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  1. Dynamic Nuclear Polarization in Samarium Doped Lanthanum Magnesium Nitrate. Ph.D. Thesis - Va. Polytechnic Inst.

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    Byvik, C. E.

    1971-01-01

    The dynamic nuclear polarization of hydrogen nuclei by the solid effect in single crystals of samarium doped lanthanum magnesium nitrate (Sm:LMN) was studied theoretically and experimentally. The equations of evolution governing the dynamic nuclear polarization by the solid effect were derived in detail using the spin temperature theory and the complete expression for the steady state enhancement of the nuclear polarization was calculated. Experimental enhancements of the proton polarization were obtained for eight crystals at 9.2 GHz and liquid helium temperatures. The samarium concentration ranged from 0.1 percent to 1.1 percent as determined by X-ray fluorescence. A peak enhancement of 181 was measured for a 1.1 percent Sm:LMN crystal at 3.0 K. The maximum enhancements extrapolated with the theory using the experimental data for peak enhancement versus microwave power and correcting for leakage, agree with the ideal enhancement (240 in this experiment) within experimental error for three of the crystals.

  2. Magnetic properties of nano-clusters lanthanum chromite powders doped with samarium and strontium ions synthesized via a novel combustion method

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    Rashad, M.M.; El-Sheikh, S.M.

    2011-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanocrystalline Sm{sup 3+} and Sr{sup 2+} doped LaCrO{sub 3} powders have been synthesized through a novel gel combustion synthesis using triethanol amine (TEA). The saturation magnetization of the LaCrO{sub 3} increased with an increase Sm{sup 3+} ion and it decreased with an increase in the Sr{sup 3+} ion to 0.3 at temperature 1000 {sup o}C for 2 h due to the formation of a monodispersed uniform octahedral structure as shown in the Fig. Research highlights: {yields} Single-phase orthorhombic lanthanum chromite LaCrO{sub 3} nanoclusters have been successfully synthesized through a novel gel combustion synthesis using triethanol amine (TEA). {yields} Sr{sup 2+} ions doped LaCrO{sub 3} increased the unit cell volume and the crystallite size whereas Sm{sup 3+} ions doped LaCrO{sub 3} decreased the unit cell volume and the crystallite size. {yields} The saturation magnetization of the LaCrO{sub 3} powders increased continuously with an increase in the Sm concentration and it decreased with an increase in the Sr ion up to 0.3 at annealing temperature of 1000 {sup o}C for 2 h. -- Abstract: A novel approach to synthesize a single-phase orthorhombic perovskite lanthanum chromite LaCrO{sub 3} clusters doped with Sm{sup 3+} and Sr{sup 2+} ions via gel combustion route was reported. The producing materials were synthesized using metal nitrates as oxidizers and triethanol amine (TEA), N-butyl amine (NBA) or ethylene diamine (EDA) as a fuel. The effect of the annealing temperature, type of organic fuel and the variation of the samarium and/or strontium substitution and its impact on crystal structure, crystallite size, microstructure and magnetic properties of the LaCrO{sub 3} powders formed was systematically studied. The results revealed that a well crystalline single phase of pure LaCrO{sub 3} can be achieved at annealing temperature from 800 to 1000 {sup o}C for 2 h. Moreover, each organic carrier materials exhibited a different degree of effectiveness in the synthesis of the mixed oxide powders. The crystal structure was influenced by doped Sm{sup 3+} and/or Sr{sup 2+} ions. The crystallite size of the produced powders was increased with the increase the annealing temperature, increasing the Sm{sup 3+} ion and the decrease of Sr{sup 2+} ion substitution. The microstructures of the produced powders were found to be nanoclusters octahedra-like shaped. The saturation magnetization of the LaCrO{sub 3} powders increased continuously with an increase in the Sm{sup 3+} ion concentration and it decreased with an increase in the Sr{sup 2+} ion up to 0.3 at annealing temperature of 1000 {sup o}C for 2 h. The maximum saturation magnetization (0.279 emu/g) was achieved at the Sm{sup 3+} ion molar ratio 0.3 and annealing temperature 1000 {sup o}C. Moreover, wide coercivities can be obtained at different synthesis conditions (49.25 to 522 Oe).

  3. Joining of highly aluminum-doped lanthanum strontium manganese oxide with tetragonal zirconia by plastic deformation

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    Dutta, Prabir K.

    Joining of highly aluminum-doped lanthanum strontium manganese oxide with tetragonal zirconia February 2008; accepted 24 March 2008 Abstract Aluminum-doped lanthanum strontium manganese oxide, La0.77Sr at the interface. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Keywords: Lanthanum strontium aluminum manganese oxide

  4. Effect of samarium doping on the dielectric behavior of barium zircomium titanate ceramic

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    Badapanda, T.; Sarangi, S.; Behera, B.; Anwar, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    Samarium doped Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic with general formula Ba{sub 1?x}Sm{sub 2x/3}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} [x=0.0,0.01,0.02,0.03,0.04] has been prepared by high energy ball milling. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that these ceramics have a single phase with perovskite-type upto x?0.03 and a small secondary phase exist at x=0.04. The temperature dependent dielectric study shows a ferroelectric phase transition and transition temperature decreases with an increase in the Samarium content.

  5. Single-Longitudinal-Mode Lanthanum-Codoped Bismuth-Based Erbium Doped Fiber Ring Laser

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    Wai, Ping-kong Alexander

    Single-Longitudinal-Mode Lanthanum-Codoped Bismuth-Based Erbium Doped Fiber Ring Laser K. K and demonstrate a stable single-longitudinal-mode lanthanum-codoped bismuth oxide- based erbium doped fiber ring of the experimental setup to demonstrate the proposed SLM La-codoped bismuth based EDF ring laser. The fiber laser

  6. Thermal conductivity analysis of lanthanum doped manganites

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    Mansuri, Irfan; Shaikh, M. W.; Khan, E.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2014-04-24

    The temperature-dependent thermal conductivity of the doped manganites La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} is theoretically analyzed within the framework of Kubo formulae. The Hamiltonian consists of phonon, electron and magnon thermal conductivity contribution term. In this process we took defects, carrier, grain boundary, scattering process term and then calculate phonon, electron and magnon thermal conductivity.

  7. Spectroscopy of vanadium (III) doped gallium lanthanum sulphide chalcogenide glass

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    Hughes, M; Rutt, H; Hewak, D

    2014-01-01

    Vanadium doped gallium lanthanum sulphide glass (V:GLS) displays three absorption bands at 580, 730 and 1155 nm identified by photoluminescence excitation measurements. Broad photoluminescence, with a full width half maximum (FWHM) of 500 nm, is observed peaking at 1500 nm when exciting at 514, 808 and 1064 nm. The fluorescence lifetime and quantum efficiency at 300 K were measured to be 33.4 us and 4 % respectively. From the available spectroscopic data we propose the vanadium ions valence to be 3+ and be in tetrahedral coordination The results indicate potential for development of a laser or optical amplifier based on V:GLS.

  8. Altering the equilibrium condition in Sr-doped lanthanum manganite.

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    Carter, J. D.; Krumpelt, M.; Vaughey, J.; Wang, X.

    1999-05-28

    The material of choice for a solid oxide fuel cell cathode based on a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte is doped lanthanum manganite, (La, Sr)MnO{sub 3}. It excels at many of the attributes necessary for a system to work at the required operating temperature and is flexible enough to allow for materials optimization. Although strontium-doping increases the electronic conductivity of the material, the ionic conductivity of the material remains negligible under operating conditions. Studies have shown that the internal equilibrium of the material heavily favors oxidation of the manganese and rather than the loss of lattice oxygen as a charge compensation mechanism. This lack of oxygen vacancies in the structure retards the ability of the material to conduct oxygen ions; thus the optimized system requires a large number of engineered triple point boundary locations to work efficiently. We have successfully doped the host LSM lattice to alter the interred equilibrium of the material to increase its ionic conductivity and thus lower the cathodic overpotential of the system. Our presentation will discuss these new materials, the results of cell tests, and a number of characterization experiments performed.

  9. Europium doped lanthanum zirconate nanoparticles with high concentration quenching

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    Alaparthi, Suresh B.; Lu, Long; Tian, Yue; Mao, Yuanbing

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Eu:La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanoparticles were prepared facilely by a kinetically modified molten salt method. • High color purity and concentration quenching were achieved in these La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Eu nanoparticles. • Concentration quenching mechanism was discussed for Eu{sup 3+} in these Eu:La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanoparticles. - Abstract: A series of Eu{sup 3+} doped lanthanum zirconate (La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) nanoparticles (NPs, 20 ± 5 nm in diameter) with cubic fluorite structure were facilely synthesized by a kinetically modified molten salt synthetic (MSS) process and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and photoluminescence spectra (PL). Under the excitation of 405 nm, intense red emission with high color purity can be observed in the Eu{sup 3+} doped La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} NPs. Moreover, the as-prepared Eu:La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} NPs possess high concentration quenching, which is as high as ?32.5 mol% of europium dopants in the La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} host. The corresponding concentration quenching mechanism was discussed as well. Our results confirm that the kinetically modified MSS process is a promising approach for preparing rare earth (RE) ions doped A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanoparticles with uniform RE doping and high concentration quenching.

  10. Photoluminescence of samarium-doped TiO{sub 2} nanotubes

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    Park, Dong Jin; Sekino, Tohru; Tsukuda, Satoshi; Hayashi, Asuka; Kusunose, Takafumi; Tanaka, Shun-Ichiro

    2011-10-15

    Samarium (Sm)-modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (TNTs) were synthesized by low-temperature soft chemical processing. X-ray powder diffraction analyses of the synthesized Sm-doped and non-doped TNTs show a broad peak near 2{theta}=10{sup o}, which is typical of TNTs. The binding energy of Sm {sup 3}d{sub 5/2} for 10 mol% Sm-doped TNT (1088.3 eV) was chemically shifted from that of Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1087.5 eV), showing that Sm existed in the TiO{sub 2} lattice. Sm-doped TNTs clearly exhibited red fluorescence, corresponding to the doped Sm{sup 3+} ion in the TNT lattice. The Sm-doped TNT excitation spectrum exhibited a broad curve, which was similar to the UV-vis optical absorption spectrum. Thus, it was considered that the photoluminescence emission of Sm{sup 3+}-doped TNT with UV-light irradiation was caused by the energy transfer from the TNT matrix via the band-to-band excitation of TiO{sub 2} to the Sm{sup 3+} ion. - Graphical Abstract: Samarium-doped TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (TNTs) having a nanotubular structure were synthesized by soft chemical route. It was revealed that the energy associated by the band-to-band excitation of TNT matrix transferred to the doped Sm{sup 3+} ions in the lattice, resulting in emission of strong and visible red fluorescence. Highlights: > Sm-doped TiO{sub 2} nanotubes synthesized by low-temperature soft chemical processing. > Sm{sup 3+} substitutes Ti{sup 4+} ions in the nanotube lattice. > Clear fluorescent emission due to the f-f transition at the Sm{sup 3+} in a crystal field environment. > Band-to-band excitation of TiO{sub 2} and followed energy transfer to Sm{sup 3+} causes the luminescence.

  11. Transport properties of silver-calcium doped lanthanum manganite

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    Cherif, B.; Rahmouni, H.; Smari, M.; Dhahri, E.; Moutia, N.; Khirouni, K.

    2015-01-01

    Electrical properties of silver-calcium doped lanthanum manganite (La0.5Ca0.5-xAgxMnO3 with 0.0

  12. Polarization study on doped lanthanum gallate electrolyte using impedance spectroscopy

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    Gong, Wenquan; Gopalan, Srikanth; Pal, Uday B.

    2004-06-01

    Alternating current complex impedance spectroscopy studies were conducted on symmetrical cells of the type [gas, electrode/La1-x Sr x Ga1-y Mg y O3 (LSGM) electrolyte/electrode, gas]. The electrode materials were slurry-coated on both sides of the LSGM electrolyte support. The electrodes selected for this investigation are candidate materials for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes. Cathode materials include La1-x Sr x MnO3 (LSM), La1-x Sr x Co y Fe1-y O3 (LSCF), a two-phase particulate composite consisting of LSM and doped-lanthanum gallate (LSGM), and LSCF + LSGM. Pt metal electrodes were also used for the purpose of comparison. Anode material investigated was the Ni + Ce0.85Gd0.15O2 composite. The study revealed important details pertaining to the charge-transfer reactions that occur in such electrodes. The information obtained can be used to design electrodes for intermediate temperature SOFCs based on LSGM electrolytes.

  13. Enhancement of ferromagnetic and dielectric properties of lanthanum doped bismuth ferrite nanostructures

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    Chaudhuri, A.; Mandal, K.

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rod shaped lanthanum doped bismuth ferrite was obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The diameter of the particles were found to be decreasing on doping with lanthanum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both ferromagnetic and dielectric properties enhanced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A transition due to spin canting is observed near 550 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron spin resonance study shows the breakage of spin cycloid due to doping. -- Abstract: Cylindrical-shaped multiferroic Bi{sub 1-x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) were synthesized successfully by hydrothermal method. All samples were found to be rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure. Diameter of the cylindrical particles reduces from {approx}450 nm for x = 0.0 to {approx}100 nm for x = 0.1 prepared under the same conditions. The Neel temperature as well as the dielectric constant was also found to increase with the increase in lanthanum content. Lanthanum doping also enhanced the magnetic properties. Magnetization measurements above room temperature show a significant increase in magnetization at around 400 Degree-Sign C. Enhanced magnetic properties due to lanthanum doping are caused by the breakage of spin cycloid as observed by electron spin resonance study.

  14. Structural and Conductivity Studies on Lanthanum Doped LiNiPO4 Prepared by Polyol Method

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    Karthickprabhu, S.; Hirankumar, G.; Maheswaran, A.; Bella, R. S. Daries; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2013-07-01

    Pure and Lanthanum doped LiNiPO4 (with different Molar concentrations) have been prepared by polyol method using 1,2 propanediol as a polyol medium. XRD analysis reveal that sample calcined at 650°C for 6 hrs shows good crystalline nature with orthorhombic structure and this result is consistent with TG/DTA result. It is found that the conductivity enhances upon doping of Lanthanum while backhoprate decreases compared with pure LiNiPO4. Dielectric studies have also been discussed.

  15. Structural studies of lithium boro tellurite glasses doped with praseodymium and samarium oxides

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    Damas, Pedro; Coelho, João; Hungerford, Graham; Hussain, N. Sooraj

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: [TeO{sub 4}] trigonal bipyramid structural unit, which is formed by two unequivalent pair of oxygen atoms: two equatorial oxygens (O{sub eq}) and two axial oxygens (O{sub ax}). Highlights: ? Pr{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} doped LBT glasses have been prepared and characterized. ? LBT glasses present normal surfaces without metallic clusters. ? Raman spectra revealed the network modifying behaviour of dopant ions. -- Abstract: This paper reports the preparation and structural studies of praseodymium and samarium (0.5, 2 and 4 mol%) oxide doped lithium boro tellurite glasses. These materials were prepared by the quenching technique in a ceramic crucible at 950 °C. Structural characterization was performed by Raman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy techniques. Results from Raman analysis are in good agreement with those reported in the literature, revealing a normal glass structure for the host material. Understanding on how the glasses internal structure changed when the doping concentration increases was also assessed.

  16. Optically erasable samarium-doped fluorophosphate glasses for high-dose measurements in microbeam radiation therapy

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    Morrell, B.; Okada, G.; Vahedi, S.; Koughia, C. Kasap, S. O.; Edgar, A.; Varoy, C.; Belev, G.; Wysokinski, T.; Chapman, D.; Sammynaiken, R.

    2014-02-14

    Previous work has demonstrated that fluorophosphate (FP) glasses doped with trivalent samarium (Sm{sup 3+}) can be used as a dosimetric detector in microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) to measure high radiation doses and large dose variations with a resolution in the micrometer range. The present work addresses the use of intense optical radiation at 405?nm to erase the recorded dose information in Sm{sup 3+}-doped FP glass plates and examines the underlying physics. We have evaluated both the conversion and optical erasure of Sm{sup 3+}-doped FP glasses using synchrotron-generated high-dose x-rays at the Canadian Light Source. The Sm-ion valency conversion is accompanied by the appearance of x-ray induced optical absorbance due to the trapping of holes and electrons into phosphorus-oxygen hole (POHC) and electron (POEC) capture centers. Nearly complete Sm{sup 2+} to Sm{sup 3+} reconversion (erasure) may be achieved by intense optical illumination. Combined analysis of absorbance and electron spin resonance measurements indicates that the optical illumination causes partial disappearance of the POHC and the appearance of new POEC. The suggested model for the observed phenomena is based on the release of electrons during the Sm{sup 2+} to Sm{sup 3+} reconversion process, the capture of these electrons by POHC (and hence their disappearance), or by PO groups, with the appearance of new and/or additional POEC. Optical erasure may be used as a practical means to erase the recorded data and permits the reuse of these Sm-doped FP glasses in monitoring dose in MRT.

  17. Cobalt doped lanthanum chromite material suitable for high temperature use

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    Ruka, Roswell J. (Churchill, PA)

    1986-01-01

    A high temperature, solid electrolyte electrochemical cell, subject to thermal cycling temperatures of between about 25.degree. C. and about 1200.degree. C., capable of electronic interconnection to at least one other electrochemical cell and capable of operating in an environment containing oxygen and a fuel, is made; where the cell has a first and second electrode with solid electrolyte between them, where an improved interconnect material is applied along a portion of a supporting electrode; where the interconnect is made of a chemically modified lanthanum chromite, containing cobalt as the important additive, which interconnect allows for adjustment of the thermal expansion of the interconnect material to more nearly match that of other cell components, such as zirconia electrolyte, and is stable in oxygen containing atmospheres such as air and in fuel environments.

  18. Cobalt doped lanthanum chromite material suitable for high temperature use

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    Ruka, R.J.

    1986-12-23

    A high temperature, solid electrolyte electrochemical cell, subject to thermal cycling temperatures of between about 25 C and about 1,200 C, capable of electronic interconnection to at least one other electrochemical cell and capable of operating in an environment containing oxygen and a fuel, is made; where the cell has a first and second electrode with solid electrolyte between them, where an improved interconnect material is applied along a portion of a supporting electrode; where the interconnect is made of a chemically modified lanthanum chromite, containing cobalt as the important additive, which interconnect allows for adjustment of the thermal expansion of the interconnect material to more nearly match that of other cell components, such as zirconia electrolyte, and is stable in oxygen containing atmospheres such as air and in fuel environments. 2 figs.

  19. Structural changes in chemical solution deposited lanthanum doped bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Singh, V. R.; Garg, A.; Agrawal, D. C.

    2008-04-01

    Here, we report on the lanthanum (La) doping induced structural changes in chemical solution grown Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (0.0?x?0.30) thin films on indium tin oxide coated glass substrates and influence on film's properties. Films show gradual structural changes from rhombohedral towards a pseudocubic structure as the La content increases, also evident from changes in the lattice constant and disappearance of peak splitting upon increasing the doping level. This was also accompanied by an increase in the dielectric constant, magnetization and a marginal decrease in the leakage current density up to x =0.20 followed by a reverse trend at higher doping levels.

  20. Effect of crystal size distribution on thermoelectric performance for Lanthanum-doped strontium titanate bulk material

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    Zhang, Boyu; Wang, Jun; Yaer, Xinba; Huo, Zhenzhen; Wu, Yin; Li, Yan; Miao, Lei; Liu, Chengyan; Zou, Tao; Ma, Wen

    2015-07-01

    Effect of crystal size distribution on thermoelectric performance of Lanthanum-doped strontium titanate (La-SrTiO3) ceramics are investigated in this study. Thermoelectric performance measurement, coupled with microstructure studies, shows that the electrical conductivity strongly depends on the crystal size, potential barrier on the grain boundary and porosity. Meantime, because the average potential barriers height are increased along with the reduction of crystal size, the Seebeck coefficients are increased by energy filtering effect at the large number of grain boundaries. As a result, by controlling of crystal size distribution, ZT value of La-SrTiO3 is improved.

  1. Anomaly diffuse and dielectric relaxation in strontium doped lanthanum molybdate

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    Liu, Xiao; Fan, Huiqing; Shi, Jing

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The anomaly diffuse and dielectric relaxation behaviors are fitted by the Cole-Cole approach. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The peak in the LSMO is corresponding to different oxygen ion diffusion process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We first give better explanation about the strange conductivity change caused by doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The oxygen ion diffusion is due to a combination of the dipolar relaxation and the motion of ions. -- Abstract: The dielectric properties of the La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9-{delta}} (x = 0-0.2) ceramics were investigated in the temperature range of 300-800 K. Dielectric measurement reveals that two dielectric anomalies, associated with the oxygen ion diffusion, exist in frequency spectrum with x = 0.5. The broad dielectric peaks in tan {delta}({omega}) can be well fitted by a modified Cole-Cole approach. When x = 0.1, only one dielectric relaxation peak is observed, corresponding to different oxygen ion diffusion processes, as distinct from the only relaxation peak in the pure La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9}. The relaxation parameters {tau}{sub 0}, the dielectric relaxation strength {Delta}, and the activation energy E{sub a} were obtained. The result of this work shows that, the conductivity change caused by doping between the two phases is due to the combination of the dipolar effects and motion of ions.

  2. Optical, luminescent and laser properties of highly transparent ytterbium doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics

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    Ivanov, M.; Kopylov, Yu.; Kravchenko, V.; Li, Jiang; Pan, Yubai; Kynast, U.; Leznina, M.; Strek, W.; Marciniak, Lukasz; Palashov, O.; Snetkov, I.; Mukhin, I.; Spassky, D.

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and investigation of highly transparent Yb-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics. For sintering of the ceramics we used a technology, which consists of several consecutive steps: (a) synthesis of weakly agglomerated nanopowder by laser ablation, (b) compacting of the green body with cold isostatic pressing (CIP), and (c) sintering in vacuum. After calcinations of the synthesized nanopowder at 1200 °C, a pure single-phase solid solution Yb3+:(LaxY1-x)2O3 was formed. The lanthanum ions proved to be a good aid to sinter yttria ceramics doped with Yb3+ at comparatively moderate temperatures of about 1650 °C. The ceramics have a relative density higher than 99.99% and grain sizes around 40 ?m. The absorption coefficient of 3.2 mm thick Yb0.12La0.27Y1.61O3 ceramics is 0.01 cm-1 at 1150 nm. Laser oscillation at a wavelength of 1033 nm is demonstrated.

  3. Nickel-and Ruthenium-Doped Lanthanum Chromite Anodes: Effects of Nanoscale Metal Precipitation on Solid Oxide

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    Marks, Laurence D.

    Nickel- and Ruthenium-Doped Lanthanum Chromite Anodes: Effects of Nanoscale Metal Precipitation range from 500 to 1000°C.3,4 Clearly, nanoparticles may coarsen at the rela- tively high firing temperatures 1400°C used to process SOFCs. Thus, nanoparticles must be introduced after high temperature firing

  4. Ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel synthesis of samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with enhanced sonocatalytic efficiency.

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    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2015-09-01

    In this work, pure TiO2 and samarium, cerium mono-doped and co-doped TiO2 catalysts were synthesized by an ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method and their sonocatalytic efficiency studied toward removal of Methyl Orange as a model organic pollutant from the textile industry. The relationship of structure and sonocatalytic performance of catalysts was established by using various techniques, such as XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, DRS, and PL. A comparison on the removal efficiency of sonolysis alone and sonocatalytic processes was performed. The results showed that the samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 catalyst with narrower band gap energy and smaller particle size leads to a rapid removal of pollutant. It was believed that Sm(3+) and Ce(4+) ions can serve as superficial trapping for electrons at conduction band of TiO2 and prolonged the lifetime of electron-hole pairs. Finally, the effect of synthesis and operational variables on the sonocatalytic activity of co-doped TiO2 catalyst was studied and optimized using response surface methodology as a statistical technique. The results showed that the maximum removal efficiency (96.33%) was achieved at the optimum conditions: samarium content of 0.6 wt%, cerium content of 0.82 wt%, initial pollutant concentration of 4.31 mg L(-1), catalyst dosage of 0.84 mg L(-1), ultrasonic irradiation power of 700 W, and irradiation time of 50 min. PMID:25682738

  5. Intrinsic inhomogeneities of low-doped lanthanum manganites in the paramagnetic temperature range

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    Solin, N. I.

    2012-01-15

    The nature of the electrical resistivity for low-doped lanthanum manganites is elucidated. The electrical resistivity is described by the Efros-Shklovskii law (ln{rho} {radical} (T{sub 0}/T){sup -1/2}, where T{sub 0} {radical} 1/R{sub ls}) in the temperature range from T* Almost-Equal-To 300 K Almost-Equal-To T{sub C} (T{sub C} is the Curie temperature for conducting manganites) to their T{sub C} and is explained by the tunneling of carriers between localized states. The magnetoresistance is explained by a change in the size of localized states R{sub ls} in a magnetic field. The patterns of change in R{sub ls} with temperature and magnetic field strength determined from magnetotransport properties are satisfactorily described in the model of phase separation into small-radius metallic droplets in a paramagnetic matrix. The sizes R{sub ls} and their temperature dependence have been estimated through magnetic measurements. The results confirm the existence of a Griffith phase. The intrinsic inhomogeneities produced by thermodynamic phase separation determine the electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance of lanthanum manganites.

  6. Anomalous Hall effect in calcium-doped lanthanum cobaltite and gadolinium

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    Baily, Scott Alan

    The physical origin of the anomalous (proportional to magnetization) Hall effect is not very well understood. While many theories account for a Hall effect proportional to the magnetization of a material, these theories often predict effects significantly smaller than those found in ferromagnetic materials. An even more significant deficiency of the conventional theories is that they predict an anomalous Hall resistivity that is proportional to a power of the resistivity, and in the absence of a metal insulator transition cannot account for the anomalous Hall effect that peaks near TC. Recent models based on a geometric, or Berry, phase have had a great deal of success describing the anomalous Hall effect in double-exchange systems (e.g., lanthanum manganite and chromium dioxide). In gadolinium, as in double-exchange magnets, the exchange interaction is mediated by the conduction electrons and the anomalous Hall effect may therefore resemble that of CrO2 and other metallic double-exchange ferromagnets. Lanthanum cobaltite is similar to manganite in many ways, but a strong double-exchange interaction is not present. Calcium-doped lanthanum cobaltite films were found to have the largest anomalous Hall effect of any ferromagnetic metal. The primary purpose of this study is to gain insight into the origin of the anomalous Hall effect with the hope that these theories can be extended to account for the effect in other materials. The Hall resistivity, magnetoresistance, and magnetization of a Gadolinium single crystal were measured in fields up to 30 T. Cobaltite films were grown via laser ablation and characterized by a variety of techniques. Hall resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetization, and magnetothermopower of L 1-xCaxCoO3 samples with 0.15 < x < 0.4 were measured in fields up to 7 T. The Gd results suggest that Berry's phase contributes partially to the Hall effect near TC. Berry's phase theories hold promise for explaining the large anomalous Hall effect in La1-xCaxCoO3 near T C, but the material presents many additional complexities, including a unique low temperature magnetoresistance. At low temperature, the Hall effect may be best explained by spin-polarized carriers scattering off of orbital disorder in spin-ordered clusters.

  7. Intense Red Catho- and Photoluminescence from 200 nm Thick Samarium Doped Amorphous AlN Thin Films.

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    Maqbool, Muhammad; Ali, Tariq

    2009-01-01

    Samarium (Sm) doped aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are deposited on silicon (100) substrates at 77 K by rf magnetron sputtering method. Thick films of 200 nm are grown at 100-200 watts RF power and 5-8 m Torr nitrogen, using a metal target of Al with Sm. X-ray diffraction results show that films are amorphous. Cathodoluminescence (CL) studies are performed and four peaks are observed in Sm at 564, 600, 648, and 707 nm as a result of (4)G(5/2) --> (6)H(5/2), (4)G(5/2) --> (6)H(7/2), (4)G(5/2) --> (6)H(9/2), and (4)G(5/2) --> (6)H(11/2) transitions. Photoluminescence (PL) provides dominant peaks at 600 and 707 nm while CL gives the intense peaks at 600 nm and 648 nm, respectively. Films are thermally activated at 1,200 K for half an hour in a nitrogen atmosphere. Thermal activation enhances the intensity of luminescence. PMID:20596367

  8. Electrocatalytic Properties of Nanocrystalline Calcium-Doped Lanthanum Cobalt Oxide for Bifunctional Oxygen Electrodes

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    Malkhandi, S; Yang, B; Manohar, AK; Manivannan, A; Prakash, GKS; Narayanan, SR

    2012-04-19

    Calcium-doped lanthanum cobalt oxide is a promising electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction in rechargeable metal air batteries and water electrolyzers operating with alkaline electrolyte. Nanocrystalline perovskite of composition La0.6Ca0.4CoO3 with a unique cellular internal structure was prepared at 350 degrees C and then annealed in air at progressively higher temperatures in the range of 600-750 degrees C. The samples were characterized by electrochemical techniques and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The area-specific electrocatalytic activity for oxygen evolution/oxygen reduction, the oxidation state of cobalt, and the crystallite size increased with annealing temperature, while the Tafel slope remained constant. These trends provide new insights into the role of the cobalt center in oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction, and how preparation conditions can be altered to tune the activity of the cobalt center for electrocatalysis. We expect these findings to guide the design of electrocatalysts for bifunctional oxygen electrodes, in general.

  9. Electrical performance of nanostructured strontium-doped lanthanum manganite impregnated onto yttria-stabilized zirconia backbone

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    Ju, Jiangwei; Lin, Jie; Wang, Yusu; Zhang, Yanxiang; Xia, Changrong

    2016-01-01

    Strontium-doped lanthanum manganite (LSM) nanoparticles are deposited onto porous yttria-stabilized zirconia frameworks via an ion impregnation/infiltration process. The apparent conductivity of the impregnated LSM nanostructure is investigated regarding the fabricating parameters including LSM loading, heat treatment temperature, heating rate, and annealing at 750 °C for 400 h. Besides, the conductivity, the intrinsic conductivity as well as Bruggeman factor of the impregnated LSM is estimated from the apparent conductivity using the analytical model for the three-dimensional impregnate network. The conductivity increases with LSM loading while the interfacial polarization resistance exhibits the lowest value at an optimal loading of about 5 vol.%, which corresponds to the largest three-phase boundary as predicted using the numerical infiltration methodology. At the optimal loading, the area specific ohmic resistance of the impregnated LSM is about 0.032 ? cm2 at 700 °C for a typical impregnated cathode of 30 ?m thick. It is only 5.5% of the cathode interfacial polarization resistance and 3.3% of the total resistance for a single cell consisting of a Ni-YSZ support, a 10 ?m thick electrolyte and a 30 ?m thick cathode, demonstrating that the ohmic resistance is negligible in the LSM impregnated cathode for SOFCs.

  10. Optical response and magnetic characteristic of samarium doped zinc phosphate glasses containing nickel nanoparticles

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    Azmi, Siti Amlah M.; Sahar, M. R.

    2015-11-01

    A magnetic glass of composition 40ZnO-(58-x) P2O5-1Sm2O3-xNiO, with x=0.0, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 mol% is prepared by melt-quenching technique. The glass is characterized by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis. The X-rays diffraction confirms the amorphous nature of the glass while the HRTEM analysis reveals the presence of nickel nanoparticles in the glass samples. High-resolution TEM reveals that the lattice spacing of nickel nanoparticles is 0.35 nm at (100) plane. Photoluminescence emission shows the existence of four peaks that correspond to the transition from the upper level of 4G5/2 to the lower level of 6H5/2, 6H7/2, 6H9/2, and 6H11/2. It is observed that all peaks experience significant quenching effect with the increasing concentration of nickel nanoparticles, suggesting a strong energy transfer from excited samarium ions to the nickel ions. The glass magnetization and susceptibility at 12 kOe at room temperature are found to be in the range of (3.87±0.17×10-2-7.19±0.39×10-2) emu/g and (3.24±0.16×10-6-5.99±0.29×10-6) emu/Oe g respectively. The obtained hysteresis curve indicates that the glass samples are paramagnetic materials. The studied glass can be further used towards the development of magneto-optical functional glass.

  11. Sonocatalytic degradation of Acid Blue 92 using sonochemically prepared samarium doped zinc oxide nanostructures.

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    Khataee, Alireza; Saadi, Shabnam; Vahid, Behrouz; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong-Ki

    2016-03-01

    Pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized applying a simple sonochemical method. The nanocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques which confirmed the successful synthesis of the doped sonocatalyst. The sonocatalytic degradation of Acid Blue 92 (AB92), a model azo dye, was more than that with sonolysis alone. The 6% Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles had a band gap of 2.8eV and demonstrated the highest activity. The degradation efficiency (DE%) of sonolysis and sonocatalysis with undoped ZnO and 6% Sm-doped ZnO was 45.73%, 63.9%, and 90.10%, after 150min of treatment, respectively. Sonocatalytic degradation of AB92 is enhanced with increasing the dopant amount and catalyst dosage and with decreasing the initial AB29 concentration. DE% declines with the addition of radical scavengers such as chloride, carbonate, sulfate, and tert-butanol. However, the addition of enhancers including potassium periodates, peroxydisulfate, and hydrogen peroxide improves DE% by producing more free radicals. The results show adequate reusability of the doped sonocatalyst. Degradation intermediates were recognized by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Using nonlinear regression analysis, an empirical kinetic model was developed to estimate the pseudo-first-order constants (kapp) as a function of the main operational parameters, including the initial dye concentration, sonocatalyst dosage, and ultrasonic power. PMID:26584981

  12. Synthesis, structural, optical and Raman studies of pure and lanthanum doped ZnSe nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Pushpendra; Singh, Jai; Pandey, Mukesh Kumar; Jeyanthi, C.E.; Siddheswaran, R.; Paulraj, M.; Hui, K.N.; Hui, K.S.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Template-free synthesis of ZnSe and ZnSe:La nanoparticles was developed at low temperature 100 °C. • Cubic ZnSe and ZnSe:La nanoparticles were obtained by chemical route. • As-synthesized ZnSe:La nanoparticles showed higher emission intensity than ZnSe nanoparticles. • Band gap (E{sub g}) of ZnSe nanoparticles was bigger than ZnSe nanoparticles due to nanosized effect. - Abstract: In this work, a simple, effective and reproducible chemical synthetic route for the production of high-quality, pure ZnSe nanoparticles (NPs), and lanthanum-doped ZnSe (ZnSe:La) NPs is presented. The wide bandgap, luminescent pure ZnSe and ZnSe:La NPs has been synthesized at a low temperature (100 °C) in a single template-free step. The size and optical bandgap of the NPs was analyzed from powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–visible (UV–vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). A broad photoluminescence (PL) emission across the visible spectrum has been demonstrated by a systematic blue-shift in emission due to the formation of small nanoparticles. Here, contribution to emission intensity from surface states of NPs increases with La doping. TEM data revealed that the average size of ZnSe and ZnSe:La NPs is 14 and 8 nm, respectively. On the other hand, band gap energy E{sub g} of ZnSe and ZnSe:La NPs were found to be 3.59 eV and 3.65 eV, respectively. Results showed that hydrazine hydrate played multiple roles in the formation of ZnSe and ZnSe:La NPs. A possible reaction mechanism for the growth of NPs is also discussed.

  13. Blocking effect of crystal–glass interface in lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics

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    Wang, Xiangrong; Zhang, Yong; Baturin, Ivan; Liang, Tongxiang

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The blocking effect of the crystal–glass interface on the carrier transport behavior in the lanthanum doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics: preparation and characterization. - Highlights: • La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition promotes the crystallization of the major crystalline phase. • The Z? and M? peaks exist a significant mismatch for 0.5 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. • The Z? and M? peaks separate obviously for 1.0 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. • Crystallite impedance decreases while crystal–glass interface impedance increases. • La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition increases blocking factor of the crystal–glass interface. - Abstract: The microstructures and dielectric properties in La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped barium strontium titanate glass–ceramics have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and impedance spectroscopy. SEM analysis indicated that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive decreases the average crystallite size. Impedance spectroscopy revealed that the positions of Z? and M? peaks are close for undoped samples. When La{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration is 0.5 mol%, the Z? and M? peaks show a significant mismatch. Furthermore, these peaks separate obviously for 1.0 mol% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. With increasing La{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration, the contribution of the crystallite impedance becomes smaller, while the contribution of the crystal–glass interface impedance becomes larger. More interestingly, it was found that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive increases blocking factor of the crystal–glass interface in the temperature range of 250–450 °C. This may be attributed to a decrease of activation energy of the crystallite and an increase of the crystal–glass interface area.

  14. Synthesis, thermal and photoluminescent properties of ZnSe- based oxyfluoride glasses doped with samarium

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    Kostova, I.; Okada, G.; Pashova, T.; Tonchev, D.; Kasap, S.

    2014-12-01

    Rare earth (RE) doped glasses and glass ceramic materials have recently received considerable attention because of their potential or realized applications as X-ray intensifying screens, phosphors, detectors, waveguides, lasers etc. [1]. In this work, we present a new RE doped ZnO-ZnSe-SrF2-P2O5-B2O3-Sm2O3-SmF3 (ZSPB) glass system synthesized by melt quenching technique. The resulting glasses were visually fully transparent and stable with glass the transition temperatures around 530°C. The thermal properties of this glass system were characterized by Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC) measurements before and after annealing at 650°C. We have characterized these glasses by Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements over the UV-VIS range using light emitting diodes (LED) and laser diodes (LD) excitation sources. We have also irradiated thermally treated and non-treated glass samples by X-rays and have studied the resulting PL. We discuss the results in terms of previously reported models for Sm-doped Zn-borophosphate oxide, oxyfluoride and oxyselenide glasses.

  15. Emergence of superconductivity at 45 K by lanthanum and phosphorus co-doping of CaFe2As2

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    Kudo, Kazutaka; Iba, Keita; Takasuga, Masaya; Kitahama, Yutaka; Matsumura, Jun-ichi; Danura, Masataka; Nogami, Yoshio; Nohara, Minoru

    2013-01-01

    Co-doping of lanthanum and phosphorus in CaFe2As2 induces superconductivity at 45?K. This superconducting transition temperature is higher than the 38?K transition in Ba1?xKxFe2As2, which is the maximum found thus far among the 122?phases. Superconductivity with a substantial shielding volume fraction was observed at 0.12 ? x ? 0.18 and y = 0.06 in Ca1?xLaxFe2(As1?yPy)2. The superconducting phase of the present system seems to be not adjacent to an antiferromagnetic phase. PMID:23503148

  16. Spatially resolved measurement of high doses in microbeam radiation therapy using samarium doped fluorophosphate glasses

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    Okada, Go; Morrell, Brian; Koughia, Cyril; Kasap, Safa; Edgar, Andy; Varoy, Chris; Belev, George; Wysokinski, Tomasz; Chapman, Dean

    2011-09-19

    The measurement of spatially resolved high doses in microbeam radiation therapy has always been a challenging task, where a combination of high dose response and high spatial resolution (microns) is required for synchrotron radiation peaked around 50 keV. The x-ray induced Sm{sup 3+}{yields} Sm{sup 2+} valence conversion in Sm{sup 3+} doped fluorophosphates glasses has been tested for use in x-ray dosimetry for microbeam radiation therapy. The conversion efficiency depends almost linearly on the dose of irradiation up to {approx}5 Gy and saturates at doses exceeding {approx}80 Gy. The conversion shows strong correlation with x-ray induced absorbance of the glass which is related to the formation of phosphorus-oxygen hole centers. When irradiated through a microslit collimator, a good spatial resolution and high ''peak-to-valley'' contrast have been observed by means of confocal photoluminescence microscopy.

  17. Doping controlled spin reorientation in dysprosium-samarium orthoferrite single crystals

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    Cao, Shixun; Zhao, Weiyao; Kang, Baojuan; Zhang, Jincang; Ren, Wei

    2015-03-01

    As one of the most important phase transitions, spin reorientation (SR) in rare earth transition metal oxides draws much attention of emerging materials technologies. The origin of SR is the competition between different spin configurations which possess different free energy. We report the control of spin reorientation (SR) transition in perovskite rare earth orthoferrite Dy1-xSmxFeO3, a whole family of single crystals grown by optical floating zone method from x =0 to 1. Temperature dependence of the magnetizations under zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and field-cooling (FC) processes are studied. We have found a remarkable linear change of SR transition temperature in Sm-rich samples for x>0.2, which covers an extremely wide temperature range including room temperature. The a-axis magnetization curves under FCC process bifurcate from and then jump down to that of warming process (ZFC and FCW curves) in single crystals when x =0.5-0.9, suggesting complicated 4f-3d electron interactions among Dy3+-Sm3+, Dy3+-Fe3+, and Sm3+-Fe3+ sublattices of diverse magnetic configurations for materials physics and design. The magnetic properties and the doping effect on SR transition temperature in these single crystals might be useful in the spintronics device application. This work is supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2015CB921600), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, Nos. 51372149, 50932003, 11274222).

  18. In situ synchrotron X-ray studies of dense thin-film strontium-doped lanthanum manganite solid oxide fuel cell cathodes

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    Yildiz, Bilge

    In situ synchrotron X-ray studies of dense thin-film strontium-doped lanthanum manganite solid oxide fuel cell cathodes Kee-Chul Chang1 , Brian Ingram2 , Balasubramaniam Kavaipatti3 , Bilge Yildiz4 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, U.S.A 5 X-ray Science Divison, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National

  19. High-temperature superconductivity in space-charge regions of lanthanum cuprate induced by two-dimensional doping

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    Baiutti, F.; Logvenov, G.; Gregori, G.; Cristiani, G.; Wang, Y.; Sigle, W.; van Aken, P. A.; Maier, J.

    2015-01-01

    The exploitation of interface effects turned out to be a powerful tool for generating exciting material properties. Such properties include magnetism, electronic and ionic transport and even superconductivity. Here, instead of using conventional homogeneous doping to enhance the hole concentration in lanthanum cuprate and achieve superconductivity, we replace single LaO planes with SrO dopant planes using atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (two-dimensional doping). Electron spectroscopy and microscopy, conductivity measurements and zinc tomography reveal such negatively charged interfaces to induce layer-dependent superconductivity (Tc up to 35?K) in the space-charge zone at the side of the planes facing the substrate, where the strontium (Sr) profile is abrupt. Owing to the growth conditions, the other side exhibits instead a Sr redistribution resulting in superconductivity due to conventional doping. The present study represents a successful example of two-dimensional doping of superconducting oxide systems and demonstrates its power in this field. PMID:26481902

  20. High-temperature superconductivity in space-charge regions of lanthanum cuprate induced by two-dimensional doping.

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    Baiutti, F; Logvenov, G; Gregori, G; Cristiani, G; Wang, Y; Sigle, W; van Aken, P A; Maier, J

    2015-01-01

    The exploitation of interface effects turned out to be a powerful tool for generating exciting material properties. Such properties include magnetism, electronic and ionic transport and even superconductivity. Here, instead of using conventional homogeneous doping to enhance the hole concentration in lanthanum cuprate and achieve superconductivity, we replace single LaO planes with SrO dopant planes using atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (two-dimensional doping). Electron spectroscopy and microscopy, conductivity measurements and zinc tomography reveal such negatively charged interfaces to induce layer-dependent superconductivity (Tc up to 35?K) in the space-charge zone at the side of the planes facing the substrate, where the strontium (Sr) profile is abrupt. Owing to the growth conditions, the other side exhibits instead a Sr redistribution resulting in superconductivity due to conventional doping. The present study represents a successful example of two-dimensional doping of superconducting oxide systems and demonstrates its power in this field. PMID:26481902

  1. Variation in band gap of lanthanum chromate by transition metals doping LaCr0.9A0.1O3 (A:Fe/Co/Ni)

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    Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Saad, A. A.; Shoeb, M.; Ahmed, Hilal; Husain, Shahid; Naqvi, A. H.

    2014-04-01

    Transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni) doped lanthanum chromate (LaCrO3) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by gel combustion method and calcinated at 800°C. Microstructural studies were carried by XRD and SEM/EDS techniques. The results of structural characterization show the formation of all samples in single phase without any impurity. Optical properties were studied by UV- visible and photoluminescence techniques. The energy band gap was calculated and the variation was observed with the doping of transition metal ions. Photoluminescence spectra show the emission peak maxima for the pure LaCrO3 at about 315 nm. Influence of Fe, Co, Ni doping was studied and compared with pure lanthanum chromate nanoparticles.

  2. Effects of some rare earth and carbonate-based co-dopants on structural and electrical properties of samarium doped ceria (SDC) electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Anwar, Mustafa; Khan, Zuhair S.; Mustafa, Kamal; Rana, Akmal

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, samarium doped ceria (SDC) and SDC-based composite with the addition of K2CO3 were prepared by co-precipitation route and effects of pH of the solution and calcination temperature on microstructure of SDC and SDC-K2CO3, respectively, were investigated. Furthermore, experimentation was performed to investigate into the ionic conductivity of pure SDC by co-doping with yttrium i.e., YSDC, XRD and SEM studies show that the crystallite size and particle size of SDC increases with the increase in pH. The SEM images of all the samples of SDC synthesized at different pH values showed the irregular shaped and dispersed particles. SDC-K2CO3 was calcined at 600?C, 700?C and 800?C for 4 h and XRD results showed that crystallite size increases while lattice strain, decreases with the increase in calcination temperature and no peaks were detected for K2CO3 as it is present in an amorphous form. The ionic conductivity of the electrolytes increases with the increase in temperature and SDC-K2CO3 shows the highest value of ionic conductivity as compared to SDC and YSDC. Chemical compatibility tests were performed between the co-doped electrolyte and lithiated NiO cathode at high temperature. It revealed that the couple could be used up to the temperature of 700?C.

  3. Dielectric properties and substitution mechanism of samarium-doped Ba{sub 0.68}Sr{sub 0.32}TiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Li Yuanliang Qu Yuanfang

    2009-01-08

    Ba{sub 0.68}Sr{sub 0.32}TiO{sub 3} ceramics of perovskite structure are prepared by solid state reaction method with addition of x mol% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and their dielectric properties are investigated. It is found that, integrating with the lattice parameters and tolerance factor t, there is an alternation of substitution preference of Sm{sup 3+} for the host cations in perovskite lattice. Owing to the replacement of Sm{sup 3+} ions for Ba{sup 2+} ions in the A site, T{sub c} rises with the increase of Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} doping when the doping content is below 0.1 mol%; meanwhile, when the content is more than 0.1 mol%, Sm{sup 3+} ions tend to occupy the B-site, causing a drop of T{sub c}. Owing to the modifications of Sm{sup 3+} doping, dielectric constant, dissipation factor and temperature stability of dissipation factor are influenced remarkably, making it a superior candidate for environment-friendly applications. Moreover, the creation of oxygen vacancies controls the dielectric constant when the addition is above 0.1 mol%, so the dielectric constant decreases with increasing of samarium.

  4. Electronic structure and photocatalytic water splitting of lanthanum-doped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7}

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    Li Yingxuan; Chen Gang Zhang Hongjie; Li Zhonghua

    2009-04-02

    Bi{sub 2-x}La{sub x}AlNbO{sub 7} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) photocatalysts were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectra and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The band gaps of the photocatalysts were estimated from absorption edge of diffuse reflectance spectra, which were increased by the doping of lanthanum. It was found from the electronic band structure study that orbitals of La 5d, Bi 6p and Nb 4d formed a conduction band at a more positive level than Bi 6p and Nb 4d orbitals, which results in increasing the band gap. Photocatalytic activity for water splitting of Bi{sub 1.8}La{sub 0.2}AlNbO{sub 7} was about 2 times higher than that of nondoped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7}. The increased photocatalytic activity of La-doped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7} was discussed in relation to the band structure and the strong absorption of OH groups at the surface of the catalyst.

  5. Highly active lanthanum doped ZnO nanorods for photodegradation of metasystox.

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    Korake, P V; Dhabbe, R S; Kadam, A N; Gaikwad, Y B; Garadkar, K M

    2014-01-01

    La-doped ZnO nanorods with different La contents were synthesized by microwave assisted method and characterized by various sophisticated techniques such as XRD, UV-Vis., EDS, XPS, SEM and TEM. The XRD patterns of the La-doped ZnO indicate hexagonal crystal structure with an average crystallite size of 30nm. It was found that the crystallite size of La-doped ZnO is much smaller as compared to pure ZnO and decreases with increasing La content. The photocatalytic activity of 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO in the degradation of metasystox was studied. It was observed that degradation efficiency of metasystox over La-doped ZnO increases up to 0.5mol% doping then decreases for higher doping levels. Among the catalyst studied, the 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO was the most active, showing high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of metasystox. The maximum reduction of concentration of metasystox was observed under static condition at pH 8. Reduction in the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of metasystox was observed after 150min. The cytotoxicological studies of meristematic root tip cells of Allium cepa were studied. The results obtained indicate that photocatalytically degraded products of metasystox were less toxic as compared to metasystox. PMID:24231392

  6. Fabrication of Sr- and Co-doped lanthanum chromite interconnectors for SOFC

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    Setz, L.F.G.; Colomer, M.T.; Mello-Castanho, S.R.H.

    2011-07-15

    Graphical abstract: FESEM micrographs of the fresh fracture surfaces for the La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Cr{sub 0.92}Co{sub 0.08}O{sub 3} sintered specimens cast from optimised suspensions with 13.5, 15 and 17.5 vol.% solids loading. Aqueous suspensions were prepared using ammonium polyacrylate (PAA) as dispersant and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) to assure a basic pH and providing stabilization. Sintering of the green discs was performed in air at 1600 {sup o}C for 4 h. Highlights: {yields} Optimum casting slips were achieved with 3 wt.% of ammonium polyacrylate and 1 wt.% of tetramethylammonium hydroxide. -- Abstract: Many studies have been performed dealing with the processing conditions of electrodes and electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). However, the processing of the interconnector material has received less attention. Lanthanum chromite (LaCrO{sub 3}) is probably the most studied material as SOFCs interconnector. This paper deals with the rheology and casting behaviour of lanthanum chromite based materials to produce interconnectors for SOFCs. A powder with the composition La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Cr{sub 0.92}Co{sub 0.08}O{sub 3} was obtained by combustion synthesis. Aqueous suspensions were prepared to solids loading ranging from 8 to 17.5 vol.%, using ammonium polyacrylate (PAA) as dispersant and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) to assure a basic pH and providing stabilization. The influence of the additives concentrations and suspension ball milling time were studied. Suspensions prepared with 24 h ball milling, with 3 wt.% and 1 wt.% of PAA and TMAH, respectively, yielded the best conditions for successful slip casting. Sintering of the green discs was performed in air at 1600 {sup o}C for 4 h leading to relatively dense materials.

  7. Spin-polarizing [sup 3]He nuclei with an arc-lamp-pumped neodymium-doped lanthanum magnesium hexaluminate laser

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    Gentile, T.R.; McKeown, R.D. )

    1993-01-01

    We report a systematic study of optical pumping of [sup 3]He nuclei by metastability exchange using an arc-lamp-pumped neodymium-doped lanthanum magnesium hexaluminate (Nd:LMA) laser. The laser produces 6 W at 1083 nm in a 1.5-GHz bandwidth and yields a substantial improvement in attainable nuclear polarization and pumping rates. Spin-polarized [sup 3]He has applications in several fields of physics; the focus in this article is on targets for nuclear physics, which require high pumping rates to maintain the highest polarization. We have studied the influence of the [sup 3]He pressure, pumping transition, discharge intensity and frequency, cell size and shape, and laser power on both the polarization and pumping rate. Under ideal conditions, we obtain 85% nuclear polarization. With pumping rates of 10[sup 18] (10[sup 19]) atoms/s, 82% (50%) polarization is obtained. We have found a pressure-dependent saturation of the increase in pumping rate with laser power. Based on our results, we discuss projections for the performance of both internal and external targets.

  8. Some interesting observations on the magnetic and electric properties of Al doped lanthanum orthoferrite ( LaAlFeO)

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    Acharya, S.; Chakrabarti, P. K.

    2010-07-01

    Aluminum doped lanthanum orthoferrite (La 0.5Al 0.5FeO 3) (LAFO) has been prepared by solid state reaction method. The crystallographic phase of the sample has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The static magnetic susceptibility (?m) of the sample at different magnetic fields has been measured in the temperature range 300-14 K. The magnetization of the sample measured at room temperature increases non-linearly with the increase of magnetic field, which suggests the presence of dipole-dipole/exchange interaction in the sample. Magnetization and ?m have been considerably enhanced compared to LaFeO 3. The dynamic hysteresis loops of the sample observed at room temperature also indicates the presence of hysteretic behavior of the sample. Though the LaFeO 3 is an antiferromagnetic insulator, the resistivity measured in the temperature range 300-470 K showed that LAFO is a semiconducting material with low resistivity. The variation of dielectric constant as a function of frequency and temperature predicts the presence of spontaneous polarization in the sample.

  9. Fission gas transport and its interaction with irradiation induced defects in lanthanum doped ceria

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    Yun, Di

    Combined experimental and modeling efforts have been extremely productive in understanding irradiation-induced displacement damage in metal and metal alloy systems. In order to help understand the fundamental mechanisms of irradiation-induced defect formation and evolution in nuclear fuel, similar combined modeling and experimental efforts have been carried out. Ceria (CeO2) was selected as a surrogate material for Uranium Dioxide (UO2) due to its many similar properties. Lanthanum (La) was chosen as a dopant in CeO 2 to investigate the effect of impurities in a controlled manner. The presence of La in the CeO2 lattice introduces a predictable initial concentration of oxygen vacancies, making it possible to characterize hypo-stoichiometric effects in CeO2. The influence of two La concentrations, 5% and 25%, were examined. Radiation damage was induced using low energy ion implantations and high energy ion irradiation experiments, where the ion beam energy was selected for high displacement damage levels and/or high levels of implanted Xe or Kr. A combination of in situ TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) and ex situ TEM experiments were used to study the evolution of defect clusters and the influence of two common fission products, Xe and Kr. The irradiations were performed on thin film, single crystal materials so that the material composition and crystallinity could be directly controlled. The irradiation damage caused the formation of complex microstructures with dislocation loops, voids or bubbles, and dislocation networks at higher doses. The Burgers vectors of the dislocation loops were determined and the loops were found to be mainly [111] type Burgers vector pure edge loops. They have been tentatively identified as interstitial type. La, as an impurity, has revealed a strong defect trapping effect. Various sets of quantitative experimental results were obtained to characterize the dose and temperature effects of irradiation. These results also help to benchmark simulation codes being developed with a kinetic Monte Carlo model. These experimental results include size and size distributions of dislocation loops, voids and gas bubble structures created by irradiation. More importantly, this systematic experimental work has provided key insights into the understanding of the mechanisms of defect evolution in the materials investigated. A model including both defect production and annihilation mechanisms has been proposed to explain the observed defect kinetics in the lower dose regime. A coalescence driven model has been proposed for void/bubble growth in the higher dose regime. Experimental results also revealed that lanthanum trapping has significant influence on the void/bubble growth in the CeO2 lattice. Lattice and kinetic Monte Carlo calculations have provided key insights to the interpretations of experimental results.

  10. Low-temperature thermoluminescence spectra of rare-earth-doped lanthanum fluoride

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    Yang, B.; Townsend, P.D.; Rowlands, A.P.

    1998-01-01

    Lanthanum fluoride consistently shows two strong thermoluminescence glow peaks at low temperature in pure material near 90 and 128 K. A model is proposed in which these thermoluminescence peaks arise from the annealing of halogen defect sites, similar to the H and V{sub k} centers of the alkali halides. Relaxation and decay of these defects in the pure LaF{sub 3} lattice results in broad-band intrinsic luminescence. Addition of rare-earth-impurity ions has two effects. First, the broad-band emission is replaced by narrow-band line emission defined by the trivalent rare-earth dopants. Second, it preferentially determines the formation of the halogen defect sites at impurity lattice sites and such sites appear to increase in thermal stability since the glow peak temperature increases from 128 K in the intrinsic material up to 141 K through the sequence of rare-earth dopants from La to Er. The temperature movement directly correlates with the changes in ionic size of the rare-earth ions, when allowance is made for differences in effective coordination number of the impurity ions. The data suggest two alternative lattice sites can be occupied. The model emphasizes that the intense thermoluminescence signals arise from internal charge rearrangements and annealing of defect complexes, rather than through the more conventional model of separated charge traps and recombination centers. At higher temperatures there is a complex array of glow peaks which depend not only on the dopant concentration but also are specific to each rare earth. Such effects imply defect models giving thermoluminescence within localized complexes and possible reasons are mentioned. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  11. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Eu3+ doped lanthanum orthoborates, their characterizations and luminescent properties

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    Badan, Cansin; Esenturk, Okan; Y?lmaz, Ay?en

    2012-11-01

    LaBO3 with various particle sizes have been successfully prepared by microwave-assisted combustion and sol-gel synthesis methods. Urea, citric acid and glycine have been used as fuels during the synthesis process. Characterizations were done by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, Photoluminescence Excitation and Emission Spectroscopies, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The SEM micrographs show dissimilar morphologies of powders with different particle sizes. Luminescent properties of 2.5%, 5.0%, and 7.5% Eu doped LaBO3 synthesized with three different fuels were compared. The results showed that a 5% level is the critical doping amount for all, and the one synthesized with urea gives rise to the stronger emissions compared to others.

  12. A first-principles study of co-doping in lanthanum bromide

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    Aberg, Daniel; Sadigh, Babak; Schleife, Andre; Erhart, Paul

    2015-03-01

    It was recently shown that the energy resolution of Ce-doped LaBr3 scintillator radiation detectors can be crucially improved by co-doping with Sr, Ca, or Ba. Here we outline a mechanism for this enhancement on the basis of electronic structure calculations. We show that Sr dopants create and bind to Br vacancies, resulting in stable neutral complexes. The association with Sr causes the deep vacancy level to move toward the conduction band edge. This is essential for reducing the effective carrier density available for Auger quenching during thermalization of hot carriers. Subsequent de-trapping of electrons from the complexes can activate Ce dopants that have previously captured a hole leading to luminescence. This mechanism implies an overall reduction of Auger quenching of free carriers, which is expected to improve the linearity of the photon light yield with respect to the energy of incident electron or photon. Optical properties of the Ce-Sr-vacancy triple complex are discussed and compared to experiment. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Support from the National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22) is acknowledged.

  13. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films.

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500?°C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness. PMID:26446866

  14. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Won Noh, Tae; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-10-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness.

  15. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Won Noh, Tae; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500?°C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness. PMID:26446866

  16. Pulsed laser deposition of rare-earth-doped gallium lanthanum sulphide chalcogenide glass thin films

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    Pompilian, O. G.; Dascalu, G.; Mihaila, I.; Gurlui, S.; Olivier, M.; Nemec, P.; Nazabal, V.; Cimpoesu, N.; Focsa, C.

    2014-10-01

    Amorphous chalcogenide thin films are of high current interest for technological applications as optical storage media or waveguides for photonic integrated circuits. As part of a larger project including fs, ps and ns pulsed laser deposition regimes, Er- and Pr-doped GLS thin films were deposited by ns PLD, and their structural, chemical and optical properties were analyzed by optical and electronic microscopy, stylus profilometry, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and optical transmission. Films deposited at moderate fluence (~4 J/cm2) in UV (266 nm) presented a good surface quality, while exhibiting acceptable composition uniformity and deviations from stoichiometry in line with the literature. Composition and optical properties dependences on the deposition conditions were investigated and discussed with respect to previous studies on similar systems.

  17. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Terbium-Doped Lanthanum Oxychloride Nanostructures.

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    Kong, Qingling; Wang, Jinxian; Dong, Xiangting; Yu, Wensheng; Liu, Guixia

    2015-06-01

    LaOCl:Tb3+ nanofibers, nanotubes and nanobelts were prepared via electrospinning combined with a double-crucible chlorination technique using NH4Cl powders as chlorinating agent. Different morphologies of LaOCl:Tb3+ nanostructures were obtained through adjusting some of the electrospun parameters. The as-prepared LaOCl:Tb3+ nanostructures are tetragonal in structure with space group of P4/nmm. The diameters of LaOCl:Tb3+ nanofibers, nanotubes and the width of LaOCl:Tb3+ nanobelts are respectively 133.99 ± 16.95 nm, 140.57 ± 17.82 nm and 5.32 ± 0.63 ?m under the 95% confidence level. Under the excitation of 230-nm ultraviolet light, the LaOCl:Tb3+ nanostructures emit the predominant emission peaks at 544 nm originated from the energy levels transition of 5D4 --> 7F5 of Tb3+ ions. The optimum molar percentage of Tb3+ in the LaOCl:Tb3+ nanofibers is 7%. LaOCl:Tb3+ nanobelts exhibit the strongest PL intensity of the three nanostructures under the same doping molar concentration. The possible formation mechanisms of LaOCl:Tb3+ nanostructures are also proposed. PMID:26369042

  18. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of lanthanum doped SrBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ferroelectric ceramics

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    Ashok, K.; Sarah, P.; Raju, V.S.; Chandralingam, S.

    2011-07-01

    Bismuth layer structure ferroelectrics (BLSFs) have attracted intensive investigation for the potential use in non volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) and piezoelectric devices suitable at high temperature. Bismuth layered structured compounds with general formula of (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}){sup 2+} (A{sub m-1}B{sub m}O{sub 3m+1}){sup 2-} are firstly found by Aurivillius. The structure of these compounds can be described as pseudo-perovskite (A{sub m-1}B{sub m}O{sub 3m+1}){sup 2-} slabs separated by (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}){sup 2+} layers along the crystallographic c-axis. The 12-coordinated A site can be occupied by such cations as La{sup 3+}, Bi{sup 3+}, Ba{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+}, Pb{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+}, Na{sup +}, etc. While the octahedral-coordinated B site can be occupied by W{sup 6+}, Nb{sup 5+}, Ta{sup 5+}, Ti{sup 4+} etc. Lanthanum substituted BiT (Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}) known as BLT has been extensively investigated. With this substitution, BLT shows relatively large P{sub r}, low synthesis temperature and good fatigue endurance which makes it a potential candidate for FeRAM application. So, lanthanum doping is an effective way to improve the ferroelectric and fatigue properties of Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. Lanthanum doped Bismuth layer structure ferroelectrics (BLSFs) ceramics SrBi{sub 4-x}La{sub x}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} (x=0, 0.025, 0.050, 0.075, 0.1) were prepared by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction pattern showed that single phase was formed when x=0-0.1. Morphological studies were carried out by SEM analysis. It was found that crystal lattice constant, dielectric and electrical properties of SBT ferroelectrics varied appreciably with amount of doping. Dielectric measurements in the frequency range 100Hz-1MHz were made using an impedance analyzer (Wayne Kerr 6500P) and the measurements were carried out from RT to 600 deg C. The ferroelectric hysteresis loop was traced at room temperature by a standard P-E loop tracer based on sawyer-tower circuit. The values of 2P{sub r} and E{sub c} for pure and lanthanum doped SBT are given. The above results indicate that La{sup 3+} modification is an effective way to improve the ferro electrical properties of SrBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15}. The transition temperature (T{sub c}) and dielectric constant for SrBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} are given. It is observed that with the increasing of lanthanum content remnant polarization increases and coercive field decreases. It is believed that these materials are potentially attractive candidates for FeRAM industry.

  19. Samarium/Cobalt Magnets

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    Das, D.; Kumar, K.; Frost, R.; Chang, C.

    1985-01-01

    Intrinsic magnetic coercivities of samarium cobalt magnets made to approach theoretical limit of 350 kA/m by carefully eliminating oxygen from finished magnet by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). HIP process viable alternative to currently used sintering process.

  20. Variation in band gap of lanthanum chromate by transition metals doping LaCr{sub 0.9}A{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} (A:Fe/Co/Ni)

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    Naseem, Swaleha Khan, Wasi Saad, A. A. Shoeb, M. Ahmed, Hilal Naqvi, A. H.; Husain, Shahid

    2014-04-24

    Transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni) doped lanthanum chromate (LaCrO{sub 3}) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by gel combustion method and calcinated at 800°C. Microstructural studies were carried by XRD and SEM/EDS techniques. The results of structural characterization show the formation of all samples in single phase without any impurity. Optical properties were studied by UV- visible and photoluminescence techniques. The energy band gap was calculated and the variation was observed with the doping of transition metal ions. Photoluminescence spectra show the emission peak maxima for the pure LaCrO{sub 3} at about 315 nm. Influence of Fe, Co, Ni doping was studied and compared with pure lanthanum chromate nanoparticles.

  1. Study of the Durability of Doped Lanthanum Manganite and Cobaltite Cathode Materials under “Real World” Air Exposure Atmospheres

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    Singh, Prabhakar; Mahapatra, Manoj; Ramprasad, Rampi; Minh, Nguyen; Misture, Scott

    2014-11-30

    The overall objective of the program is to develop and validate mechanisms responsible for the overall structural and chemical degradation of lanthanum manganite as well as lanthanum ferrite cobaltite based cathode when exposed to “real world” air atmosphere exposure conditions during SOFC systems operation. Of particular interest are the evaluation and analysis of degradation phenomena related to and responsible for (a) products formation and interactions with air contaminants, (b) dopant segregation and oxide exolution at free surfaces, (c) cation interdiffusion and reaction products formation at the buried interfaces, (d) interface morphology changes, lattice transformation and the development of interfacial porosity and (e) micro-cracking and delamination from the stack repeat units. Reaction processes have been studied using electrochemical and high temperature materials compatibility tests followed by structural and chemical characterization. Degradation hypothesis has been proposed and validated through further experimentation and computational simulation.

  2. Design and fabrication of lanthanum-doped tin-silver-copper lead-free solder for the next generation of microelectronics applications in severe environment

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    Sadiq, Muhammad

    Tin-Lead solder (Sn-Pb) has long been used in the Electronics industry. But, due to its toxic nature and environmental effects, certain restrictions are made on its use by the European Rehabilitation of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, and therefore, many researchers are looking to replace it. The urgent need for removing lead from solder alloys led to the very fast introduction of lead-free solder alloys without a deep knowledge of their behavior. Therefore, an extensive knowledge and understanding of the mechanical behavior of the emerging generation of lead-free solders is required to satisfy the demands of structural reliability. Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) solders are widely used as lead-free replacements but their coarse microstructure and formation of hard and brittle Inter-Metallic Compounds (IMCs) have limited their use in high temperature applications. Many additives are studied to refine the microstructure and improve the mechanical properties of SAC solders including iron (Fe), bismuth (Bi), antimony (Sb) and indium (In) etc. Whereas many researchers studied the impact of novel rare earth (RE) elements like lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce) and lutetium (Lu) on SAC solders. These RE elements are known as “vitamins of metals” because of their special surface active properties. They reduce the surface free energy, refine the grain size and improve the mechanical properties of many lead free solder alloys like Sn-Ag, Sn-Cu and SAC but still a systematic study is required to explore the special effects of “La” on the eutectic SAC alloys. The objective of this PhD thesis is to extend the current knowledge about lead free solders of SAC alloys towards lanthanum doping with varying environmental conditions implemented during service. This thesis is divided into six main parts.

  3. Stability of the Zhang-Rice Singlet with Doping in Lanthanum Strontium Copper Oxide Across the Superconducting Dome and Above.

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    Brookes, N B; Ghiringhelli, G; Charvet, A-M; Fujimori, A; Kakeshita, T; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S; Mizokawa, T

    2015-07-10

    The spin character of the states at the top of the valence band in doped La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) (x=0.03, 0.07, 0.15, 0.22, and 0.30) has been investigated using spin-polarized resonant photoemission. A clear Zhang-Rice singlet (ZRS) is observed at all doping levels. Its stability and polarization are preserved as a function of doping, suggesting that the concept of the ZRS can be used across a wide doping range and up to the metallic nonsuperconducting overdoped regime. The results are significant for theoretical models that use the ZRS approximation and for the understanding of the peculiar interplay between the ZRS and the remaining localized spins. PMID:26207496

  4. Stability of the Zhang-Rice Singlet with Doping in Lanthanum Strontium Copper Oxide Across the Superconducting Dome and Above

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    Brookes, N. B.; Ghiringhelli, G.; Charvet, A.-M.; Fujimori, A.; Kakeshita, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Mizokawa, T.

    2015-07-01

    The spin character of the states at the top of the valence band in doped La2 -xSrxCuO4 (x =0.03 , 0.07, 0.15, 0.22, and 0.30) has been investigated using spin-polarized resonant photoemission. A clear Zhang-Rice singlet (ZRS) is observed at all doping levels. Its stability and polarization are preserved as a function of doping, suggesting that the concept of the ZRS can be used across a wide doping range and up to the metallic nonsuperconducting overdoped regime. The results are significant for theoretical models that use the ZRS approximation and for the understanding of the peculiar interplay between the ZRS and the remaining localized spins.

  5. Electrochemical ammonia synthesis from steam and nitrogen using proton conducting yttrium doped barium zirconate electrolyte with silver, platinum, and lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite electrocatalyst

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    Yun, Dae Sik; Joo, Jong Hoon; Yu, Ji Haeng; Yoon, Hyung Chul; Kim, Jong-Nam; Yoo, Chung-Yul

    2015-06-01

    Electrochemical ammonia synthesis from steam and nitrogen has been systematically investigated using a proton-conducting electrolyte supported cell based on 20 mol% yttrium doped barium zirconate (BaZr0.8Y0.2O3-?) in a temperature range of 475-600 °C at atmospheric pressure. Silver (Ag), platinum (Pt), and lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite (La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-?) are used for both anode and cathode electrocatalysts. Maximum ammonia formation rates of 4.9 × 10-11 mol cm-2 s-1 and 8.5 × 10-11 mol cm-2 s-1 are observed for Ag and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-? electrocatalysts, respectively, when a voltage of 0.8 V is applied. However, Pt electrocatalyst shows a negligible ammonia formation rate lower than 1 × 10-12 mol cm-2 s-1. This is ascribed to the high activity of Pt for the hydrogen evolution reaction rather than the ammonia formation reaction. The conversion efficiency of all electrocatalysts is below 1%, primarily due to the limited nitrogen disassociation activity of the electrocatalysts.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of doped lanthanum zirconate nanomaterials and the effect of V–Ge substitution on their structural, electrical and dielectric properties

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    Farid, Muhammad Asim; Asghar, Muhammad Adnan; Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem Ehsan, Muhammad Fahad; Athar, Muhammad

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Variation of dielectric constant with frequency for all the synthesized materials. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal method has been successfully employed to synthesize the zirconates. • XRD confirmed the formation of required phase. • Increased electrical resistivity makes these materials useful for microwave devices. • Dielectric parameters of zirconates decrease with increasing frequency. • Dielectric constant decreases with increasing substituents concentration. - Abstract: A hydrothermal method was successfully employed for the synthesis of a series of vanadium and germanium co-doped pyrochlore lanthanum zirconates with composition La{sub 2?x}V{sub x}Zr{sub 2?y}Ge{sub y}O{sub 7} (where x, y = 0.0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0). The XRD and FTIR analyses confirmed the formation of single phase except vanadium and germanium substituted samples and the crystallite sizes are in the range of 7–31 nm for V{sup 3+}–Ge{sup 4+} substituted samples. The theoretical compositions are confirmed by the ED-XRF studies. The room temperature electrical resistivity increase with the substituents concentration which suggests that the synthesized materials can be used for microwave devices as such devices required highly resistive materials. Dielectric properties were measured in the frequency range of 6 kHz to 1 MHz. The dielectric parameters decrease with increase in frequency. The DC resistivity data is in good agreement with the dielectric data.

  7. Citrate gel synthesis of aluminum-doped lithium lanthanum titanate solid electrolyte for application in organic-type lithium-oxygen batteries

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    Le, Hang T. T.; Kalubarme, Ramchandra S.; Ngo, Duc Tung; Jang, Seong-Yong; Jung, Kyu-Nam; Shin, Kyoung-Hee; Park, Chan-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Aluminium doped lithium lanthanum titanate (A-LLTO) powders with various excess Li2O content are synthesized using a simple citrate gel method. The obtained A-LLTO powders show an agglomerated form, composed of nano-sized particles of 20-50 nm. The morphology and conductivity of the A-LLTO ceramics are largely affected by the content of excess Li2O. The highest total ionic conductivity of 3.17 × 10-4 S cm-1 is achieved for the A-LLTO sample containing 20% excess Li2O, exhibiting a vacancy content of 6%, and a total activation energy of 0.358 eV. The A-LLTO can act as a membrane to protect lithium metal from oxygen and other contaminants diffused through the oxygen electrode part. The Li-O2 cell employing the A-LLTO solid electrolyte shows a good cycle life of longer than 100 discharge-charge cycles, under the constant capacity mode of 300 mAh g-1.

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of yttrium and lanthanum-doped Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn spinel ferrites

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    Stergiou, Charalampos; Litsardakis, George

    2014-11-01

    Rare earth doping of Co-rich spinel ferrites is investigated through the preparation of two groups of polycrystalline Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn ferrites, where Fe is partly substituted by Y and La. The characterization of the sintered ferrites by means of X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld profile analysis, indicates the subtle expansion of the spinel unit cell and the cation redistribution in the doped ferrites in order to accommodate the incorporation of Y and La in the lattice. The impurity traces, detected only in the Ni-Co-Zn group, is ascribed to the Zn population in the tetrahedral A-sites impeding the cation transfer. Moreover, the examined microstructure of the doped Ni-Co samples comprises enlarged and more homogeneous grains, whereas grain growth is moderated in the doped Ni-Co-Zn ferrites. The discussed characteristics of the crystal and magnetic structure along with the morphological aspects define the impact of Y and La doping on the static magnetic properties of Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn ferrites, saturation magnetization MS and coercivity HC, which were extracted from the respective hysteresis loops.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of yttrium and lanthanum-doped Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn spinel ferrites

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    Stergiou, Charalampos; Litsardakis, George

    2014-11-05

    Rare earth doping of Co-rich spinel ferrites is investigated through the preparation of two groups of polycrystalline Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn ferrites, where Fe is partly substituted by Y and La. The characterization of the sintered ferrites by means of X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld profile analysis, indicates the subtle expansion of the spinel unit cell and the cation redistribution in the doped ferrites in order to accommodate the incorporation of Y and La in the lattice. The impurity traces, detected only in the Ni-Co-Zn group, is ascribed to the Zn population in the tetrahedral A-sites impeding the cation transfer. Moreover, the examined microstructure of the doped Ni-Co samples comprises enlarged and more homogeneous grains, whereas grain growth is moderated in the doped Ni-Co-Zn ferrites. The discussed characteristics of the crystal and magnetic structure along with the morphological aspects define the impact of Y and La doping on the static magnetic properties of Ni-Co and Ni-Co-Zn ferrites, saturation magnetization MS and coercivity HC, which were extracted from the respective hysteresis loops.

  10. Tape method of forming a thin layer of doped lanthanum chromite particles and of bonding such on an electrode

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    Richards, Von L. (Murrysville, PA); Singhal, Subhash C. (Murrysville, PA); Pal, Uday B. (Cambridge, MA)

    1992-01-01

    A combustible polymer film, useful for application of an interconnection on an electrode is made by: (1) providing doped LaCro.sub.3 particles; (2) dispersing doped LaCrO.sub.3 particles in a solvent, to provide a dispersion; (3) screening the dispersion to provide particles in the range of from 30 micrometers to 80 micrometers; (4) admixing a fugitive polymer with the particles; (5) casting the dispersion to provide a film; (6) drying the film; and (7) stripping the film. The film can then be applied to a porous, preheated electrode top surface, and then electrochemical vapor depositing a dense skeletal LaCrO.sub.3 structure, between and around the doped LaCrO.sub.3 particles. Additional solid oxide electrolyte and fuel electrode layers can then be added to provide a fuel cell.

  11. Ordered states of Jahn-Teller distorted MnO6 octahedra in weakly doped lanthanum-strontium manganites

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    Golenishchev-Kutuzov, A. V.; Golenishchev-Kutuzov, V. A.; Kalimullin, R. I.; Semennikov, A. V.

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents the results of investigations of the ordering of Jahn-Teller distorted MnO6 octahedra in lightly doped single crystals of the composition La1 - x Sr x MnO3 (0.12 < x < 0.175) using the complex technique including measurements of elastic moduli and damping of high-frequency acoustic waves (700 MHz), electrical conductivity as a function of the temperature (100-400 K), and magnetic field ( H ? 1.5 T). The self-organization of the orbital, magnetic, and Jahn-Teller orderings and their influence on the transport, magnetic, and structural properties of lightly doped manganites have been investigated based on the analysis of the experimental results. The decisive influence of the local and cooperative Jahn-Teller orderings on the colossal magnetoresistance effect has been established.

  12. Modified giant dielectric properties of samarium doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Thongbai, Prasit; Putasaeng, Bundit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Maensiri, Santi

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ? Grain size of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics was greatly decreased by doping with Sm{sup 3+}. ? ?? and tan ? decreased with increasing the concentration of Sm{sup 3+} doping. ? Ca{sub 0.925}Sm{sub 0.05}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} exhibited ?? ? 10,863 and low tan ? ? 0.043 at 20 °C and 1 kHz. -- Abstract: Effects of Sm{sup 3+} substitution on the microstructure and dielectric properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics were investigated. The grain size of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics was greatly decreased by doping with Sm{sup 3+}, resulting from the ability of Sm{sup 3+} to inhibit the grain growth rate. This result can cause a decrease in the dielectric constant (??) and loss tangent (tan ?) of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics. Interestingly, high dielectric permittivity (?? ? 10,863) and low loss tangent (tan ? ? 0.043 at 20 °C and 1 kHz) were observed in the Ca{sub 0.925}Sm{sub 0.05}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramic. Nonlinear electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics were modified by doping with Sm{sup 3+}. The dielectric relaxation behavior of Sm-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics can be well ascribed based on the internal barrier layer capacitor model of Schottky barriers at the grain boundaries.

  13. Effect of Hydrogen Anneals on Niobium-Doped Lead Zirconate Titanate Capacitors with Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Oxide/Platinum Electrodes

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    Evans, Joe; Jr., Jr.; Boyer, Leonard; Velasquez, Geri; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Keramidas, Vassillis

    1999-09-01

    Ferroelectric capacitors, being oxide ceramics, are very sensitive to the effects of hydrogen environments at elevated temperatures [H. Ashida et al..: Integr. Ferroelectr. 21 (1998) 97]. After a capacitor has been exposed directly to a annealing hydrogen environment at low hydrogen partial pressures, the electrical properties of the device can deteriorate and leakage currents can increase. At higher hydrogen concentration gradients, such as the formidable forming gas annealing, physical failure of the inter-layer dielectric (ILD) and/or top electrode adhesion can occur. The authors have examined various structural approaches to mitigate the effects of hydrogen damage on integrated ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) capacitors. These approaches, including the use of a titanium dioxide barrier layer above the PZT to impede the reducing effect of hydrogen on the ceramic and the use of electrode layers other than platinum to eliminate the generation of free hydrogen ions by catalyst action [S. Aggarwal et al..: Appl. Phys. Lett. 73 (1998) 1973]. The authors have found that niobium-doped PZT capacitors using LSCO/platinum electrodes passivated with titanium dioxide will recover from 1% forming gas annealing within 30 minutes at 450°C in nitrogen.

  14. Built-in Electric Field Induced Mechanical Property Change at the Lanthanum Nickelate/Nb-doped Strontium Titanate Interfaces.

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    Chien, TeYu; Liu, Jian; Yost, Andrew J; Chakhalian, Jak; Freeland, John W; Guisinger, Nathan P

    2016-01-01

    The interactions between electric field and the mechanical properties of materials are important for the applications of microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical systems, but relatively unexplored for nanoscale materials. Here, we observe an apparent correlation between the change of the fractured topography of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) within the presence of a built-in electric field resulting from the Schottky contact at the interface of a metallic LaNiO3 thin film utilizing cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The change of the inter-atomic bond length mechanism is argued to be the most plausible origin. This picture is supported by the strong-electric-field-dependent permittivity in STO and the existence of the dielectric dead layer at the interfaces of STO with metallic films. These results provided direct evidence and a possible mechanism for the interplay between the electric field and the mechanical properties on the nanoscale for perovskite materials. PMID:26743875

  15. Dielectric behavior of samarium-doped BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Li, Yuanliang; Wang, Ranran; Ma, Xuegang; Li, Zhongqiu; Sang, Rongli; Qu, Yuanfang

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We investigate dielectric properties and phase transition of Sm{sup 3+}-doped BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} ceramics. • The additive amount of Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} can greatly affect the dielectric properties. • The materials undergo a diffuse type ferroelectric phase transition. • There is an alternation of substitution preference of Sm{sup 3+} ion for the host cations in perovskite lattice. - Abstract: The dielectric properties and phase transition of Sm{sup 3+}-doped BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (BZT20) ceramics were investigated. Room temperature X-ray diffraction study suggested that the compositions had single-phase cubic symmetry. Microstructure studies showed that the grain size decreased and that the Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} amount markedly affected the dielectric properties of BZT20. A dielectric constant of 5700 at 0.2 mol% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and a dissipation factor of only 0.0011 at 2 mol% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} were observed, indicating that BZT20 had significant potential applications. Moreover, the dielectric constant, dissipation factor, phase-transition temperature, and maximum dielectric constant increased with increased Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} amount at ?0.2 mol% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} but decreased with increased Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} amount at >0.2 mol% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  16. Metals fact sheet - lanthanum

    SciTech Connect

    1995-04-01

    Mosander was the first to extract the elusive rare earth, lanthanum, from unrefined cerium nitrate in 1839. The name was derived from the Greek word lanthanein, meaning {open_quotes}to escape notice.{close_quotes} Lanthanum is the lightest rare earth and a very malleable metal-soft enough to be cut with a knife. Used primarily as an additive in steels and non-ferrous metals, lanthanum is the lightest rare earth element and one of four rare earths from which mischmetal is made. Additional applications include advanced batteries, optical fibers, and phosphors.

  17. Lanthanum-Induced Gastrointestinal Histiocytosis

    PubMed Central

    Araya, Hiwot; Longacre, Teri A.; Pasricha, Pankaj J.

    2015-01-01

    A patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis presented with fever, anorexia, and nausea shortly after starting oral lanthanum carbonate for phosphate control. Gastric and duodenal biopsies demonstrated diffuse histiocytosis with intracellular aggregates of basophilic foreign material. Transmission electron microscopy, an underutilized diagnostic test, revealed the nature of the aggregates as heavy metal particles, consistent with lanthanum. Symptoms and histiocytosis improved after discontinuation of lanthanum. Lanthanum may be an underdiagnosed cause of gastrointestinal histiocytosis. PMID:26157959

  18. Tunable quasi-cw two-micron lasing in diode-pumped crystals of mixed Tm{sup 3+}-doped sodium - lanthanum - gadolinium molybdates and tungstates

    SciTech Connect

    Bol'shchikov, F A; Ryabochkina, P A; Zharikov, Evgeny V; Lis, Denis A; Subbotin, Kirill A; Zakharov, N G; Antipov, Oleg L

    2010-12-09

    Two-micron lasing is obtained for the first time on the {sup 3}F{sub 4} {yields} {sup 3}H{sub 6} transition of Tm{sup 3+} ions in diode-pumped crystals of mixed sodium - lanthanum - gadolinium tungstate Tm:NaLa{sub 1/2}Gd{sub 1/2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (C{sub Tm} = 3.6 at %) (3.6Tm : NLGW) and molybdate Tm:NaLa{sub 1/3}Gd{sub 2/3}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} (C{sub Tm} = 4.8 at %) (4.8Tm : NLGM). For the 3.6Tm : NLGW crystal, the quasi-cw laser output power exceeded 200 mW and the slope efficiency (with respect to absorbed pump power) for the {pi}- and {sigma}-polarisations at wavelengths of 1908 and 1918 nm was 34% and 30%, respectively. The laser wavelength of this crystal was continuously tuned within the spectral range of 1860 - 1935 nm. For the 4.8Tm : NLGM crystal, the slope efficiency for the {pi}- and {sigma}-polarisations at wavelengths of 1910 and 1918 nm was 27% and 23%, respectively, and the laser wavelength was tunable within the spectral range of 1870 - 1950 nm. (lasers)

  19. ZIRCONIA-BASED MIXED POTENTIAL CARBON MONOXIDE/HYDROCARBON SENSORS WITH LANTHANUM MAGNESIUM OXIDE, AND TERBIUM-DOPED YTTRIUM STABILIZED ZIRCONIA ELECTRODES

    SciTech Connect

    E. L. BROSHA; R. MUKUNDAN; ET AL

    2000-10-01

    We have investigated the performance of dual metal oxide electrode mixed potential sensors in an engine-out, dynamometer environment. Sensors were fabricated by sputtering thin films of LaMnO{sub 3} and Tb-doped YSZ onto YSZ electrolyte. Au gauze held onto the metal oxide thin films with Au ink was used for current collection. The exhaust gas from a 4.8L, V8 engine operated in open loop, steady-state mode around stoichiometry at 1500 RPM and 50 Nm. The sensor showed a stable EMF response (with no hysteresis) to varying concentrations of total exhaust gas HC content. The sensor response was measured at 620 and 670 C and shows temperature behavior characteristic of mixed potential-type sensors. The results of these engine-dynamometer tests are encouraging; however, the limitations associated with Au current collection present the biggest impediment to automotive use.

  20. Removal of the samarium isobaric interference from promethium mass analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Shaw, R.W.; Young, J.P.; Smith, D.H.

    1988-02-01

    Resonance ionization mass spectroscopy (RIMS) is used to eliminate isobaric interference when determining the isotopic abundances of an element. In this application, RIMS is applied to the determination of promethium with the removal of samarium interference. In particular, promethium-147 is separated form samarium-147 and samarium-152.

  1. Synthesis of Samarium Cobalt Nanoblades

    SciTech Connect

    Darren M. Steele

    2010-08-25

    As new portable particle acceleration technologies become feasible the need for small high performance permanent magnets becomes critical. With particle accelerating cavities of a few microns, the photonic crystal fiber (PCF) candidate demands magnets of comparable size. To address this need, samarium cobalt (SmCo) nanoblades were attempted to be synthesized using the polyol process. Since it is preferable to have blades of 1-2 {micro}m in length, key parameters affecting size and morphology including method of stirring, reaction temperature, reaction time and addition of hydroxide were examined. Nanoparticles consisting of 70-200 nm spherical clusters with a 3-5 nm polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coating were synthesized at 285 C and found to be ferromagnetic. Nanoblades of 25nm in length were observed at the surface of the nanoclusters and appeared to suggest agglomeration was occurring even with PVP employed. Morphology and size were characterized using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis was conducted to determine composition but no supportive evidence for any particular SmCo phase has yet been observed.

  2. Lanthanum Bromide Detectors for Safeguards Measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Wright, J.

    2011-05-25

    Lanthanum bromide has advantages over other popular inorganic scintillator detectors. Lanthanum bromide offers superior resolution, and good efficiency when compared to sodium iodide and lanthanum chloride. It is a good alternative to high purity germanium detectors for some safeguards applications. This paper offers an initial look at lanthanum bromide detectors. Resolution of lanthanum bromide will be compared lanthanum chloride and sodium-iodide detectors through check source measurements. Relative efficiency and angular dependence will be looked at. Nuclear material spectra, to include plutonium and highly enriched uranium, will be compared between detector types.

  3. Isothermal decomposition of ?-irradiated samarium acetate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mahfouz, R. M.; Monshi, M. A. S.; Alshehri, S. M.; Abd El-Salam, N. M.

    2000-10-01

    Isothermal decomposition of un-irradiated and pre-?-irradiated samarium acetate has been investigated at different temperatures between 613 and 633 K. Irradiation was observed to enhance the rate of decomposition without modifying the mechanism of thermal decomposition. Thermal decomposition of samarium acetate has been shown to proceed by two-dimensional phase-boundary reaction both for un-irradiated and pre-?-irradiated samples. The enhancement of the decomposition was found to increase with an increase in the ?-ray dose applied to the sample and may be attributed to an increase in point defects and formation of additional nucleation centers generated in the host lattice. Thermodynamic values of the main decomposition process were calculated and evaluated.

  4. Ames Lab 101: Lanthanum Decanting

    SciTech Connect

    Riedemann, Trevor

    2010-01-01

    Ames Laboratory scientist Trevor Riedemann explains the process that allows Ames Laboratory to produce some of the purest lanthanum in the world. This and other high-purity rare-earth elements are used to create alloys used in various research projects and play a crucial role in the Planck satellite mission.

  5. Ames Lab 101: Lanthanum Decanting

    ScienceCinema

    Riedemann, Trevor

    2012-08-29

    Ames Laboratory scientist Trevor Riedemann explains the process that allows Ames Laboratory to produce some of the purest lanthanum in the world. This and other high-purity rare-earth elements are used to create alloys used in various research projects and play a crucial role in the Planck satellite mission.

  6. Formation of lanthanum beryllate real structure under different crystallization conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Tsvetkov, E.G. . E-mail: tsvetkov@uiggm.nsc.ru; Rylov, G.M.; Matrosov, V.N.

    2006-02-02

    The aim of this paper is to characterize the major structural defects of lanthanum beryllate single crystals grown by the Czochralski method, including those doped with rare-earth elements, and to reveal their relationship to specific properties of the crystal structure of La{sub 2}Be{sub 2}O{sub 5} and with their crystallization conditions. As a basic method for research, we used transmission X-ray topography. It was established that the defect state of La{sub 2}Be{sub 2}O{sub 5} crystals prepared by this method can be caused by different types of dislocations and their ordered assemblies, solid-phase inclusions of crucible metal and eutectically co-crystallizing phases, as well as by face growth sectors with elevated content of dopant. We show a possibility for growing single crystals of doped lanthanum beryllate having a minimum quantity of structural defects that could be suitable for manufacture of high quality laser rods.

  7. EUROPIUM, SAMARIUM, AND NEODYMIUM ISOTOPIC FRACTIONS IN METAL-POOR STARS Ian U. Roederer,1

    E-print Network

    Cowan, John

    EUROPIUM, SAMARIUM, AND NEODYMIUM ISOTOPIC FRACTIONS IN METAL-POOR STARS Ian U. Roederer,1 James E, samarium, and neodymium in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories

  8. Electromagnetic containerless reaction of samarium with cobalt for the formation of samarium-cobalt alloys

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chang, C. W.; Das, D. K.; Kumar, K.; Frost, R. T.

    1982-01-01

    The electromagnetic levitation technique has been used to obtain nearly stoichiometric SmCo5, with the reaction temperature controlled by a gas jet. The results of several experiments carried out at a 450 kHz, 25 kw RF power levitation facility using different reaction times and cooling rates are presented. It is shown that reaction rates achieved with the levitation technique are larger than the expected diffusion rate in the system liquid samarium-solid cobalt. It is also shown that substantial mixing occurs in the RF-levitated melt.

  9. SOLITONS AND OPTICAL FIBERS: Self-Q-switched ytterbium-doped cladding-pumped fibre laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Grukh, Dmitrii A.; Kurkov, Andrei S.; Razdobreev, I. M.; Fotiadi, A. A.

    2002-11-01

    A self-Q-switched ytterbium-doped double-clad fibre laser is described. A samarium-doped fibre is used as a filter for protecting a pump source. A fibre coupler is employed to obtain a nonlinear feedback. The mechanism of pulse formation in the laser is considered, and the dependence of its output pulse on the coupler parameters is studied.

  10. The features of structural transformations in lanthanum manganites La{sub 1?x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3+?} (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)

    SciTech Connect

    Sedykh, Vera D.

    2014-10-27

    In this work, the effect of the ionic radius and concentration of a doping element on the features of the structural transformations in polycrystalline lanthanum manganites, La{sub 1?x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3+?} (A = Ca, Sr, Ba), has been studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. For Mössbauer investigations, a small amount of {sup 57}Fe (2 at%) Mössbauer isotope was introduced into the samples. It follows from the analysis of the obtained data that both common features of the structural transformations and differences between them exist in lanthanum manganites depending on ionic radius and concentration of a doping element.

  11. Samarium-145 and its use as a radiation source

    DOEpatents

    Fairchild, Ralph G. (Setauket, NY); Laster, Brenda H. (Plainview, NY); Packer, Samuel (Great Neck, NY)

    1989-01-01

    The present invention covers a new radiation source, samarium-145, with radiation energies slightly above those of I-125 and a half-life of 340 days. The samarium-145 source is produced by neutron irradiation of SM-144. This new source is useful as the implanted radiation source in photon activation therapy of malignant tumors to activate the stable I-127 contained in the IdUrd accumulated in the tumor, causing radiation sensitization and Auger cascades that irreperably damage the tumor cells. This new source is also useful as a brachytherapy source.

  12. Field free, directly heated lanthanum boride cathode

    DOEpatents

    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Moussa, D.; Wilde, S.B.

    1987-02-02

    A directly heated cylindrical lanthanum boride cathode assembly is disclosed which minimizes generation of magnetic field which would interfere with electron emission from the cathode. The cathode assembly comprises a lanthanum boride cylinder in electrical contact at one end with a central support shaft which functions as one electrode to carry current to the lanthanum boride cylinder and in electrical contact, at its opposite end with a second electrode which is coaxially position around the central support shaft so that magnetic fields generated by heater current flowing in one direction through the central support shaft are cancelled by an opposite magnetic field generated by current flowing through the lanthanum boride cylinder and the coaxial electrode in a direction opposite to the current flow in the central shaft.

  13. Field free, directly heated lanthanum boride cathode

    DOEpatents

    Leung, Ka-Ngo (Hercules, CA); Moussa, David (San Francisco, CA); Wilde, Stephen B. (Pleasant Hill, CA)

    1991-01-01

    A directly heated cylindrical lanthanum boride cathode assembly is disclosed which minimizes generation of magnetic fields which would interfere with electron emission from the cathode. The cathode assembly comprises a lanthanum boride cylinder in electrical contact at one end with a central support shaft which functions as one electrode to carry current to the lanthanum boride cylinder and in electrical contact, at its opposite end with a second electrode which is coaxially position around the central support shaft so that magnetic fields generated by heater current flowing in one direction through the central support shaft are cancelled by an opposite magnetic field generated by current flowing through the lanthanum boride cylinder and the coaxial electrode in a direction opposite to the current flow in the central shaft.

  14. Lanthanum

    MedlinePLUS

    ... medications called phosphate binders. It works by preventing absorption of phosphate from food in the stomach. ... it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away ...

  15. Discovery of Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, and Terbium Isotopes

    E-print Network

    May, E

    2012-01-01

    Currently, thirty-four samarium, thirty-four europium, thirty-one gadolinium, and thirty-one terbium isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is discussed here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  16. Discovery of Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, and Terbium Isotopes

    E-print Network

    E. May; M. Thoennessen

    2012-01-19

    Currently, thirty-four samarium, thirty-four europium, thirty-one gadolinium, and thirty-one terbium isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is discussed here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  17. Discovery of samarium, europium, gadolinium, and terbium isotopes

    SciTech Connect

    May, E.; Thoennessen, M.

    2013-01-15

    Currently, thirty-four samarium, thirty-four europium, thirty-one gadolinium, and thirty-one terbium isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is described here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  18. 40 CFR 721.10601 - Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10601 Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium oxide. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as lanthanum...

  19. 40 CFR 721.10601 - Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10601 Lanthanum lead titanium zirconium oxide. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as lanthanum...

  20. Determination of lanthanum by flame photometric titration.

    PubMed

    Svehla, G; Slevin, P J

    1968-09-01

    The flame emission of lanthanum at 560 mmu decreases linearly with phosphate concentration until a 1:1 molar ratio is reached, and then remains practically constant. Lanthanum can be titrated with phosphate, the equivalence point being detected from the change in emission intensity. Errors due to consumption of solution by the atomizer can be kept low by using short spraying times and low galvanometer damping. The average error is about -1% for 0.1M solutions and less than -5% for 0.01M. The method gives good results in the presence of titanium(III), zirconium, thorium and aluminium but cerium(III) and yttrium seriously interfere. PMID:18960392

  1. Ionization of Samarium by Chemical Releases in the Upper Atmosphere

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    Siefring, C. L.; Bernhardt, P. A.; Holmes, J. M.; Pedersen, T. R.; Caton, R.; Miller, D.; Groves, K. M.

    2014-12-01

    The release of Samarium vapor into the upper atmosphere was studied using during the Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored Metal Oxide Space Cloud (MOSC) rocket launches in May 2009. The Naval Research Laboratory supported these experiments with 3-D photochemical modeling of the artificial plasma cloud including (1) reactions with atomic oxygen, (2) photo excitation, (3) photoionization, (4) dissociative recombination, and (5) ion and neutral diffusion. NRL provided the experimental diagnostic instrument on the rocket which was a dual frequency radio beacon on the rocket to measure changes in total electron content. The AFRL provided ground based diagnostics of incoherent scatter radar and optical spectroscopy and imagery. The NRL Chemical Release Model (CRM) has over 600 excited states of atomic Samarium neutrals, atomic ions, along with Samarium Oxide Ions and electrons. Diffusive transport of neutrals in cylindrical geometry and ions along magnetic field lines is computed along with the reactive flow to predict the concentrations of Sm, Sm-Ion, Sm0, and SmO Ion. Comparison of the CRM with observations demonstrates that Sm release into the upper atmosphere initially produces enhanced electron densities and SmO-Ions. The diatomic ions recombine with electrons to yield neutral Sm and O. Only the photo ionization of Sm yields a stable atomic ion that does not substantially recombine. The MOSC releases in sunlight yielded long duration ion clouds that can be replicated with the CRM. The CRM predicts that Sm releases in darkness would not produce long duration plasma clouds because of the lack of photo excitation and photoionization.

  2. An experimental analysis of a doped lithium fluoride direct absorption solar receiver

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kesseli, James; Pollak, Tom; Lacy, Dovie

    1988-01-01

    An experimental analysis of two key elements of a direct absorption solar receiver for use with Brayton solar dynamic systems was conducted. Experimental data are presented on LiF crystals doped with dysprosium, samarium, and cobalt fluorides. In addition, a simulation of the cavity/window environment was performed and a posttest inspection was conducted to evaluate chemical reactivity, transmissivity, and condensation rate.

  3. Samarium Diiodide-Mediated Reactions in Total Synthesis

    PubMed Central

    Nicolaou, K. C.; Ellery, Shelby P.; Chen, Jason S.

    2009-01-01

    Introduced by Henri Kagan more than three decades ago, samarium diiodide (SmI2) has found increasing applications in chemical synthesis. This single-electron reducing agent has been particularly useful in C–C bond formations, including those found in total synthesis endeavors. This Review highlights selected applications of SmI2 in total synthesis, with special emphasis on novel transformations and mechanistic considerations. The examples discussed are both illustrative of the power of this reagent in complex molecule construction and inspirational for the design of synthetic strategies toward such targets, both natural and designed. PMID:19714695

  4. Ambi-site substitution of Mn in lanthanum germanate apatites

    SciTech Connect

    Kendrick, E.; Knight, K.S.; Slater, P.R.

    2009-08-05

    A neutron diffraction study at 4 K of the Mn doped lanthanum germanate apatite-type oxide ion conductor of nominal starting composition 'La{sub 9.5}Mn{sub 0.5}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2.75}' is reported. The structure was refined in space group P6{sub 3}/m, although high thermal displacement parameters were observed for the oxide ion sites (particularly O3, and O4). Reduced thermal displacement parameters were obtained by splitting the O3 site, and allowing the O4 oxygen to move off site, which may indicate local regions of lower symmetry within the structure. In addition, the data suggested ambi-site substitution of Mn, with it being present on both the Ge site and the La site. Assuming no change in La:Mn:Ge ratio, a composition of La{sub 9.18}Mn{sub 0.28}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 5.8}(MnO{sub 4}){sub 0.2}O{sub 2} was determined. As such there are nominally no interstitial oxide ions, but rather cation vacancies on the La site. Therefore, the high conductivity for this sample is most likely related to the introduction of Frenkel-type defects at higher temperature, as previously proposed for other apatite-type systems containing vacancies on the La site.

  5. Influence of samarium doping on electronic and magneto-transport properties of La{sub 0.9?x}Sm{sub x}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} (0.1?x?0.5) nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Das, Proloy T. Nath, Tapan Kumar; Gupta, Kajal; Jana, Paresh Chandra

    2014-04-24

    We report detailed field dependent electronic- (?-T) and magneto- transport (MR-H) studies of La{sub 1?x}Sm{sub x}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} (0.1?x?0.5) nanoparticles. Doping induced disorder at La site is observed in field dependent ?-T measurements of the sample. At low doping side, nice metal to insulator transition (MIT) peak appears in ?-T data whereas with increasing of Sm{sup +3} contents, metallic behavior is suppressed under the insulating background although a weak signature of MIT is found. Anomalous resistive nature of the samples with increasing of x can be explained in such a way that doping at nonmagnetic La site with magnetic Sm+3 ion induces an extra magnetic coupling in the system which changes the long range ferromagnetic ordering to spin glass/cluster glass state in antiferromagnetic background. The field dependent magneto resistance (MR) mechanism at different temperatures is investigated using spin polarized tunneling model of conduction electrons between two adjacent grains at the grain boundaries. For the sample of x=0.5, maximum 83 % change in MR is found at 8 T near MIT which leads the colossal magneto resistance effect.

  6. Self-activating and doped tantalate phosphors.

    SciTech Connect

    Nyman, May Devan; Rohwer, Lauren Elizabeth Shea

    2011-01-01

    An ideal red phosphor for blue LEDs is one of the biggest challenges for the solid-state lighting industry. The appropriate phosphor material should have good adsorption and emission properties, good thermal and chemical stability, minimal thermal quenching, high quantum yield, and is preferably inexpensive and easy to fabricate. Tantalates possess many of these criteria, and lithium lanthanum tantalate materials warrant thorough investigation. In this study, we investigated red luminescence of two lithium lanthanum tantalates via three mechanisms: (1) Eu-doping, (2) Mn-doping and (3) self-activation of the tantalum polyhedra. Of these three mechanisms, Mn-doping proved to be the most promising. These materials exhibit two very broad adsorption peaks; one in the UV and one in the blue region of the spectrum; both can be exploited in LED applications. Furthermore, Mn-doping can be accomplished in two ways; ion-exchange and direct solid-state synthesis. One of the two lithium lanthanum tantalate phases investigated proved to be a superior host for Mn-luminescence, suggesting the crystal chemistry of the host lattice is important.

  7. Effect of samarium nanoparticles on the electrical transport properties of polyaniline

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gupta, K.; Mukherjee, P. S.; Meikap, A. K.; Jana, P. C.

    2014-06-01

    A comprehensive study of the effect of samarium nanoparticles on electrical transport properties of polyaniline has been reported. Samples are prepared by chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline in the presence of samarium nanoparticles and characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDS, HRTEM and UV-Vis spectrometer. When the samarium content in polyaniline matrix increases, energy band gap decreases and conductivity increases by four orders of magnitude. A transformation of negative to positive magnetoconductivity has been observed by incorporating samarium nanoparticles in polyaniline matrix. Two types of activation behavior have been observed from the dielectric relaxation behavior. AC conductivity strongly depends on magnetic field. Although, at present, no theoretical model is found in literature to explain directly the behavior of ac conductivity in the presence of magnetic field, it may be due to the change of grain and interfacial boundary resistances by magnetic field.

  8. Samarium-146 in the early solar system - Evidence from neodymiun in the Allende meteorite

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lugmair, G. W.; Shimamura, T.; Lewis, R. S.; Anders, E.

    1983-01-01

    A carbon-chromite fraction from the Allende C3V chondrite shows strikingly large isotopic enrichments of neodymium-142 (0.47 percent) and neodymium-143 (36 percent). Both apparently formed by alpha decay of samarium-146 and samarium-147 (half-lives 1.03 x 10 to the 8th and 1.06 x 10 to the 11th years), but the isotopic enrichment was greatly magnified by recoil of residual nuclei into a carbon film surounding the samarium-bearing grains. These data provide an improved estimate of the original abundance of extinct samarium-146 in the early solar system, Sm-146/Sm-144 = (4.5 + or - 0.5) x 10 to the -3rd, higher than predicted by some models of p-process nucleosynthesis. It may be possible to use this isotopic pair as a chronometer of the early solar system.

  9. Resonance ionization mass spectrometric study of the promethium/samarium isobaric pair

    SciTech Connect

    Shaw, R.W.; Young, J.P.; Smith, D.H.

    1988-01-01

    Samarium daughters are problematic in isotope ratio measurements of promethium because they are isobaric. Resonance ionization mass spectrometry was utilized to circumvent this problem. An ionization selectivity factor of at least 1000:1 has been measured for promethium over samarium at 584.6 nm. Resonance ionization spectra have been recorded for both elements over the 528-560 and 580-614 nm wavelength ranges.

  10. Thermal stability of lanthanum scandate dielectrics on Si(100)

    SciTech Connect

    Sivasubramani, P.; Lee, T. H.; Kim, M. J.; Kim, J.; Gnade, B. E.; Wallace, R. M.; Edge, L. F.; Schlom, D. G.; Stevie, F. A.; Garcia, R.; Zhu, Z.; Griffis, D. P.

    2006-12-11

    The authors have examined the thermal stability of amorphous, molecular beam deposited lanthanum scandate dielectric thin films on top of Si (100) after a 1000 deg. C, 10 s rapid thermal anneal. After the anneal, crystallization of LaScO{sub 3} is observed. Excellent suppression of lanthanum and scandium diffusion into the substrate silicon is indicated by the back-side secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses. In contrast, front-side SIMS and high-resolution electron energy loss analyses of the amorphous Si/LaScO{sub 3}/Si (100) stack indicated the outdiffusion of lanthanum and scandium into the silicon capping layer during the anneal.

  11. Clinical pharmacokinetics of the phosphate binder lanthanum carbonate.

    PubMed

    Damment, Stephen J P; Pennick, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Lanthanum carbonate is considered to be the most potent of a new generation of noncalcium phosphate binders used to treat hyperphosphataemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition associated with progressive bone and cardiovascular pathology and a markedly elevated risk of death. Its phosphate-binding action involves ionic binding and precipitation of insoluble complexes within the lumen of the intestine, thereby preventing absorption of dietary phosphate. While pharmacokinetics have little relevance to the efficacy of lanthanum carbonate, they are of fundamental importance when it comes to evaluating safety. When administered as lanthanum carbonate, the oral bioavailability of lanthanum is low (approximately 0.001%). The small absorbed fraction is excreted predominantly in bile, with less than 2% being eliminated by the kidneys. Predictably, therefore, plasma exposure and pharmacokinetics have been shown to be similar in healthy human volunteers and CKD stage 5 patients. With almost complete plasma protein binding, free lanthanum concentrations in patients at steady state are <3 pg/mL. These properties greatly reduce systemic exposure, tissue deposition and the potential for adverse effects. While lanthanum has a variety of calcium-like actions in vitro, there is little or no evidence that these occur in vivo. This paradox is explained by the very low concentrations of circulating free lanthanum ions, which are many orders of magnitude lower than reported effect concentrations in vitro. Safety pharmacology and toxicology evaluations have failed to reveal any significant calcium-like actions in vivo, despite inclusion of high intravenous doses in some cases.Lanthanum carbonate has a low propensity to cause systemic drug interactions due to its poor absorption. However, the higher concentrations present in the gastrointestinal tract can form chelates with some drugs, such as fluoroquinolones, and reduce their absorption. The improved understanding of the pharmacokinetics of lanthanum that has emerged in recent years has helped to explain why the myriad of calcium-like effects described in vitro for lanthanum have little if any relevance in vivo. The pharmacokinetic investigations of lanthanum carbonate formed an important part of the stringent premarketing safety assessment process and have been influential in reassuring both regulators and physicians that the agent can be used safely and effectively in this vulnerable dialysis population. PMID:18698878

  12. Lanthanum sulfides as high temperature thermoelectric materials

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    Danielson, L. R.; Matsuda, S.; Raag, V.

    1984-01-01

    Thermoelectric property measurements have been made for the nonstoichiometric lanthanum sulfides, LaS(R) with R in the range 1.33-1.50. The Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivities increase with temperature from 200 to 1100 C. Power factors (defined as Seebeck coefficient squared divided by electrical resistivity) generally increase both as the temperature is increased and as the compound composition is varied from LaS(1.48) to LaS(1.35). The power factor values combined with estimates of thermal conductivities for LaS(1.38) and LaS(1.4) yield figures of merit greater than 0.0005 at 1000 C.

  13. Lanthanum tetrazinc, LaZn4.

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    Oshchapovsky, Igor; Pavlyuk, Volodymyr; Dmytriv, Grygoriy; Griffin, Alexandra

    2012-06-01

    The structure of lanthanum tetrazinc, LaZn(4), has been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data for the first time, approximately 70 years after its discovery. The compound exhibits a new structure type in the space group Cmcm, with one La atom and two Zn atoms occupying sites with m2m symmetry, and one Zn atom occupying a site with 2.. symmetry. The structure is closely related to the BaAl(4), La(3)Al(11), BaNi(2)Si(2) and CaCu(5) structure types, which can be presented as close-packed arrangements of 18-vertex clusters, in this case LaZn(18). The kindred structure types contain related 18-vertex clusters around atoms of the rare earth or alkaline earth metal. PMID:22669182

  14. Sintering aid for lanthanum chromite refractories

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    Flandermeyer, Brian K. (Bolingbrook, IL); Poeppel, Roger B. (Glen Ellyn, IL); Dusek, Joseph T. (Downers Grove, IL); Anderson, Harlan U. (Rolla, MO)

    1988-01-01

    An electronically conductive interconnect layer for use in a fuel cell or other electrolytic device is formed with sintering additives to permit densification in a monolithic structure with the electrode materials. Additions including an oxide of boron and a eutectic forming composition of Group 2A metal fluorides with Group 3B metal fluorides and Group 2A metal oxides with Group 6B metal oxides lower the required firing temperature of lanthanum chromite to permit densification to in excess of 94% of theoretical density without degradation of electrode material lamina. The monolithic structure is formed by tape casting thin layers of electrode, interconnect and electrolyte materials and sintering the green lamina together under common densification conditions.

  15. Lutetium-doped EuO films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Melville, A.; Heeg, T.; Mairoser, T.; Schmehl, A.; Shai, D. E.; Monkman, E. J.; Harter, J. W.; Hollaender, B.; Schubert, J.; Shen, K. M.; Mannhart, J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2012-05-28

    The effect of lutetium doping on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of epitaxial EuO thin films grown by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy is experimentally investigated. The behavior of Lu-doped EuO is contrasted with doping by lanthanum and gadolinium. All three dopants are found to behave similarly despite differences in electronic configuration and ionic size. Andreev reflection measurements on Lu-doped EuO reveal a spin-polarization of 96% in the conduction band, despite non-magnetic carriers introduced by 5% lutetium doping.

  16. The electrochemical properties of LiCl-KCl melt held in contact with samarium

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    Kovalevskii, A. V.; El'Kin, O. V.

    2011-03-01

    The dependence of the reaction capacity ( R) of a LiCl (60 mol %)-KCl melt held in contact with samarium at 873 and 973 K on the concentration of the corroding metal in the melt was obtained. The R value was used to estimate the content of Sm2+ ions in the lowest oxidation state, their fraction, and the conventional equilibrium constant of the 2Sm3+ + Sm ? 3Sm2+ reaction. The results were used to determine the particular mechanism of currentless transfer of samarium in the chloride melt onto a substrate of a more electropositive metal (in particular, onto nickel).

  17. IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, VOL. 17, NO. 2, FEBRUARY 2005 297 La-Codoped Bismuth-Based Erbium-Doped Fiber

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    Wai, Ping-kong Alexander

    IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, VOL. 17, NO. 2, FEBRUARY 2005 297 La-Codoped Bismuth lasers using 84.6-cm-long lanthanum-codoped bismuth-based erbium doped fiber and a narrow-band tunable)-codoped bismuth-based erbium-doped fiber (Bi-EDF), laser tuning, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) filter. I

  18. Tuning oxygen vacancy photoluminescence in monoclinic Y2WO6 by selectively occupying yttrium sites using lanthanum

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    Ding, Bangfu; Han, Chao; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Junying; Wang, Rongming; Tang, Zilong

    2015-01-01

    The effect of isovalent lanthanum (La) doping on the monoclinic Y2WO6 photoluminescence was studied. Introducing the non-activated La3+ into Y2WO6 brings new excitation bands from violet to visible regions and strong near-infrared emission, while the bands position and intensity depend on the doping concentration. It is interesting to find that doping La3+ into Y2WO6 promotes the oxygen vacancy formation according to the first-principle calculation, Raman spectrum, and synchrotron radiation analysis. Through the Rietveld refinement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, La3+ is found to mainly occupy the Y2 (2f) site in low-concentration doped samples. With increasing doping concentration, the La3+ occupation number at the Y3 (4g) site increases faster than those at the Y1 (2e) and Y2 (2f) sites. When La3+ occupies different Y sites, the localized energy states caused by the oxygen vacancy pair change their position in the forbidden band, inducing the variation of the excitation and emission bands. This research proposes a feasible method to tune the oxygen vacancy emission, eliminating the challenge of precisely controlling the calcination atmosphere. PMID:25821078

  19. 40 CFR 721.10370 - Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1).

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    2014-07-01

    ...Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1). 721.10370 Section 721...Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1). (a) Chemical substance...phosphinic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1) (PMN P-10-99; CAS...

  20. 40 CFR 721.10370 - Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1).

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    2013-07-01

    ...Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1). 721.10370 Section 721...Phosphonic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1). (a) Chemical substance...phosphinic acid, p-octyl-, lanthanum (3+) salt (2:1) (PMN P-10-99; CAS...

  1. Electrochemical Deposition of Lanthanum Telluride Thin Films and Nanowires

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    Chi, Su (Ike); Farias, Stephen; Cammarata, Robert

    2013-03-01

    Tellurium alloys are characterized by their high performance thermoelectric properties and recent research has shown nanostructured tellurium alloys display even greater performance than bulk equivalents. Increased thermoelectric efficiency of nanostructured materials have led to significant interests in developing thin film and nanowire structures. Here, we report on the first successful electrodeposition of lanthanum telluride thin films and nanowires. The electrodeposition of lanthanum telluride thin films is performed in ionic liquids at room temperature. The synthesis of nanowires involves electrodepositing lanthanum telluride arrays into anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nanoporous membranes. These novel procedures can serve as an alternative means of simple, inexpensive and laboratory-environment friendly methods to synthesize nanostructured thermoelectric materials. The thermoelectric properties of thin films and nanowires will be presented to compare to current state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials. The morphologies and chemical compositions of the deposited films and nanowires are characterized using SEM and EDAX analysis.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides

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    Shapiro, E.; Danielson, L. R.

    1983-01-01

    The lanthanum sulfides are promising candidate materials for high-efficiency thermoelectric applications at temperatures up to 1300 C. The non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides (LaS(x), where x is in the range 1.33-1.50) appear to possess the most favorable thermoelectric properties. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity vary significantly with composition, so that an optimum value of alpha sq/rho (where alpha is the Seebeck coefficient and rho is the resistivity) can be chosen. The thermal conductivity remains approximately constant with stoichiometry, so a material with an optimum value of alpha sq/rho should possess the optimum figure-of-merit. Data for the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides will be pressed, together with structural properties of these materials.

  3. Calcium and lanthanum solid base catalysts for transesterification

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    Ng, K. Y. Simon; Yan, Shuli; Salley, Steven O.

    2015-07-28

    In one aspect, a heterogeneous catalyst comprises calcium hydroxide and lanthanum hydroxide, wherein the catalyst has a specific surface area of more than about 10 m.sup.2/g. In another aspect, a heterogeneous catalyst comprises a calcium compound and a lanthanum compound, wherein the catalyst has a specific surface area of more than about 10 m.sup.2/g, and a total basicity of about 13.6 mmol/g. In further another aspect, a heterogeneous catalyst comprises calcium oxide and lanthanum oxide, wherein the catalyst has a specific surface area of more than about 10 m.sup.2/g. In still another aspect, a process for preparing a catalyst comprises introducing a base precipitant, a neutral precipitant, and an acid precipitant to a solution comprising a first metal ion and a second metal ion to form a precipitate. The process further comprises calcining the precipitate to provide the catalyst.

  4. Nanostructured Lanthanum Halides and CeBr3 for Nuclear Radiation and Detection

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    Paul Guss, Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay, Ron Guise, Ding Yuan

    2010-06-09

    Scintillator materials are used to detect, and in some cases identify, gamma rays. Higher performance scintillators are expensive, hard to manufacture, fragile, and sometimes require liquid nitrogen or cooling engines. But whereas lower-quality scintillators are cheap, easy to manufacture, and more rugged, their performance is lower. At issue: can the desirable qualities of high-and low-performance scintillators be combined to achieve better performance at lower cost? Preliminary experiments show that a LaF{sub 3}:Ce oleic acid-based nanocomposite exhibits a photopeak when exposed to {sup 137}Cs source gamma-radiation. The chemical synthesis of the cerium-doped lanthanum halide nanoparticles are scalable and large quantities of material can be produced at a time, unlike typical crystal growth processes such as the Bridgeman process. Using a polymer composite (Figure 1), produced by LANL, initial measurements of the unloaded and 8% LaF{sub 3}:Ce-loaded sample have been made using {sup 137}Cs sources. Figure 2 shows an energy spectrum acquired for CeF{sub 3}. The lighter plot is the measured polymer-only spectrum and the black plot is the spectrum from the nanocomposite scintillator. As the development of this material continues, the energy resolution is expected to improve and the photopeak-to-Compton ratio will become greater at higher loadings. These measurements show the expected Compton edge in the polymer-only sample, and the Compton edge and photo-peak expected in the nanophosphor composites that LANL has produced. Using a porous VYCORR with CdSe/ZnS core shell quantum dots, Letant has demonstrated that he has obtained signatures of the 241Am photopeak with energy resolution as good at NaI (Figure 3). We begin with the fact that CeBr{sub 3} crystals do not have a self-activity component as strong as the lanthanum halides. The radioactive 0.090% {sup 138}La component of lanthanum leads to significant self-activity, which will be a problem for very large detector volumes. Yet a significant strength of the nanostructure detector concept is the ability to create extremely large detector volumes by mixing nanoparticles into a transparent matrix. This would argue for use of nanoparticles other than lanthanum halides. Nanocomposites are easy to prepare; it is much less costly to use nanocomposites than to grow large whole crystals of these materials. The material can be fabricated at an industrial scale, further reducing cost. This material potentially offers the performance of $300/cc material (e.g., lanthanum bromide) at a cost of $1/cc. Because the material acts as a plastic, it is rugged and flexible, and can be made in large sheets, increasing the sensitivity of a detector using it. It would operate at ambient temperatures. Very large volumes of detector may be produced at greatly reduced cost, enhancing the non-proliferation posture of the nation for the same dollar value.

  5. A study of the leaching of samarium from foam corundum immobilizers

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    Kozar, A.A.; Zakharov, M.A.; Potyomkina, T.I.

    1993-12-31

    The immobilization of radioactive materials by porous materials followed by further isolation from the environment is viewed as a potential direction in the field of decontamination of radioactive products. Porous immobilizers may be buried in stable rock or subjected to long-term storage. We have studied the leaching of samarium from foam corundum matrices.

  6. Reversible C-C coupling in phenanthroline complexes of divalent samarium and thulium.

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    Nocton, Grégory; Ricard, Louis

    2015-02-28

    The reaction of a series of organolanthanide fragments of samarium and thulium with phenanthroline is reported. All adducts couple in the 4-position of the phenanthroline ligand to yield the 4-4' dimers when they crystallize. The analysis of the solution structure revealed a thermally reversible C-C coupling in all cases. PMID:25634655

  7. Mechanisms of magma generation beneath hawaii and mid-ocean ridges: uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopic evidence.

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    Sims, K W; Depaolo, D J; Murrell, M T; Baldridge, W S; Goldstein, S J; Clague, D A

    1995-01-27

    Measurements of uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopes and concentrations in a suite of Hawaiian basalts show that uranium/thorium fractionation varies systematically with samarium/neodymium fractionation and major-element composition; these correlations can be understood in terms of simple batch melting models with a garnet-bearing peridotite magma source and melt fractions of 0.25 to 6.5 percent. Midocean ridge basalts shows a systematic but much different relation between uranium/thorium fractionation and samarium/neodymium fractionation, which, although broadly consistent with melting of a garnet-bearing peridotite source, requires a more complex melting model. PMID:17788786

  8. Effects of lanthanum in cellular systems. A review.

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    Das, T; Sharma, A; Talukder, G

    1988-12-01

    Lanthanum belongs to the group of elements known as "lanthanons," which also includes cerium, europium, promethium, and thulium. It is the most electropositive element of the rare earth group, is uniformly trivalent, and is similar in its chemical properties to the alkaline earth elements. The effects of this element and its compounds on cellular systems are of considerable interest because of their increasing use in industry and as a substitute or antagonist for calcium in a variety of cellular reactions. Lanthanum is also being employed extensively in studying anatomical barriers, membrane structure, and subcellular transport systems, particularly the calcium pathway. PMID:2484565

  9. Radiative lifetimes and transition probabilities of neutral lanthanum

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    Den Hartog, E. A.; Palmer, A. J.; Lawler, J. E.

    2015-08-01

    The radiative lifetimes of 72 odd-parity levels of neutral lanthanum are measured to ±5% accuracy using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic beam. The levels range in energy from 15031 to 32140 cm-1. Branching fraction measurements using Fourier-transform spectroscopy are attempted and completed for all of the 72 levels. The branching fractions, when combined with the radiative lifetimes, yield new transition probabilities for 315 lines of the first spectrum of lanthanum (La i ). This study is part of a larger body of work on the radiative properties of rare earth neutral atoms, and is motivated by research needs in lighting science and astrophysics.

  10. La doping effect on TZM alloy oxidation behavior , Kuai-She Wang a,

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    Volinsky, Alex A.

    structure due to the lan- thanum doping. The minute lanthanum oxide particles are pinned at the grain boundaries and refine the grains. Oxide layer generated on the matrix surface can form a compact coating, revolving speed 240 r/min, milling 2 h), vacuum drying (using vacuum drying oven, 70 °C, 4 h), compaction

  11. Scintillators with potential to supersede lanthanum bromide

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    Cherepy, Nerine; Payne, Steven; Aszatlos, Steve; Hull, Giulia; Kuntz, J.; Niedermayr, Tom; Pimputkar, S.; Roberts, J.; Sanner, R.; Tillotson, T.; van Loef, Edger; Wilson, Cody; Shah, Kanai; Roy, U.; Hawrami, R.; Burger, Arnold; Boatner, Lynn; Choong, Woon-Seng; Moses, William

    2009-06-01

    New scintillators for high-resolution gamma ray spectroscopy have been identified, grown and characterized. Our development efforts have focused on two classes of high light yield materials: Europium-doped alkaline earth halides and Cerium-doped garnets. Of the halide single crystals we have grown by the Bridgman method - SrI{sub 2}, CaI{sub 2}, SrBr{sub 2}, BaI{sub 2} and BaBr{sub 2} - SrI{sub 2} is the most promising. SrI{sub 2}(Eu) emits into the Eu{sup 2+} band, centered at 435 nm, with a decay time of 1.2 {micro}s and a light yield of up to 115,000 photons/MeV. It offers energy resolution better than 3% FWHM at 662 keV, and exhibits excellent light yield proportionality. Transparent ceramics fabrication allows production of Gadolinium- and Terbium-based garnets which are not growable by melt techniques due to phase instabilities. While scintillation light yields of Cerium-doped ceramic garnets are high, light yield non-proportionality and slow decay components appear to limit their prospects for high energy resolution. We are developing an understanding of the mechanisms underlying energy dependent scintillation light yield non-proportionality and how it affects energy resolution. We have also identified aspects of optical design that can be optimized to enhance energy resolution.

  12. Discovery of Cesium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium and Promethium Isotopes

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    May, E

    2011-01-01

    Currently, forty-one cesium, thirty-five lanthanum, thirty-two praseodymium, and thirty-one promethium, isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is discussed here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  13. Discovery of cesium, lanthanum, praseodymium and promethium isotopes

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    May, E.; Thoennessen, M.

    2012-09-15

    Currently, forty-one cesium, thirty-five lanthanum, thirty-two praseodymium, and thirty-one promethium isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is described here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  14. Discovery of Cesium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium and Promethium Isotopes

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    E. May; M. Thoennessen

    2011-09-08

    Currently, forty-one cesium, thirty-five lanthanum, thirty-two praseodymium, and thirty-one promethium, isotopes have been observed and the discovery of these isotopes is discussed here. For each isotope a brief synopsis of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  15. Anthropogenic dissolved and colloid/nanoparticle-bound samarium, lanthanum and gadolinium in the Rhine River and the impending destruction of the natural rare earth element distribution in rivers

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    Kulaks?z, Serkan; Bau, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The strong increase in the consumption of rare earth elements (REE) in high-tech products and processes is accompanied by increasing amounts of REE released into the environment. Following the first report of Gd contamination of the hydrosphere in 1996, anthropogenic Gd originating from contrast agents has now been reported worldwide from river and estuarine waters, coastal seawater, groundwater and tap water. Recently, microcontamination with La, that is derived from a point source where catalysts for petroleum refining are produced, has been detected in the Rhine River in Germany and the Netherlands. Here we report the occurrence of yet another REE microcontamination of river water: in addition to anthropogenic Gd and La, the Rhine River now also shows significant amounts of anthropogenic Sm. The anthropogenic Sm, which enters the Rhine River north of Worms, Germany, with the same industrial wastewater that carries the anthropogenic La, can be traced through the Middle and Lower Rhine to the Netherlands. At Leverkusen, Germany, some 250 km downstream from the point source at Worms, anthropogenic Sm still contributes up to 87% of the total dissolved Sm concentration of the Rhine River. Results from ultrafiltration suggest that while the anthropogenic Gd is not particle-reactive and hence exclusively present in the truly dissolved REE pool (<10 kDa), the anthropogenic La and Sm are also present in the colloidal/nanoparticulate REE pool (between 10 kDa and 0.2 ?m). Though difficult to quantify, our data suggest that the Rhine River may carry up to 5700 kg of anthropogenic La, up to 584 kg of anthropogenic Sm, and up to 730 kg of anthropogenic Gd per year toward the North Sea. There exist no regulatory limits for dissolved REE in natural waters, but total REE and Y (?REY) concentrations of up to 0.14 mg/kg in the plume downstream of and 52.2 mg/kg at the head of an effluent pipe at Rhine-km 447.3 at Worms get close to and well-above, respectively, the levels at which ecotoxicological effects have been documented. Because of the increasing use of REE and other formerly "exotic" trace elements in high-tech applications, these critical metals have now become emerging contaminants that should be monitored, and it appears that studies of their biogeochemical behavior in natural freshwaters might soon no longer be possible.

  16. Rare earth elements in the aragonitic shell of freshwater mussel Corbicula fluminea and the bioavailability of anthropogenic lanthanum, samarium and gadolinium in river water.

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    Merschel, Gila; Bau, Michael

    2015-11-15

    High-technology metals - such as the rare earth elements (REE) - have become emerging contaminants in the hydrosphere, yet little is known about their bioavailability. The Rhine River and the Weser River in Germany are two prime examples of rivers that are subjected to anthropogenic REE input. While both rivers carry significant loads of anthropogenic Gd, originating from contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging, the Rhine River also carries large amounts of anthropogenic La and lately Sm which are discharged into the river from an industrial point source. Here, we assess the bioavailability of these anthropogenic microcontaminants in these rivers by analyzing the aragonitic shells of the freshwater bivalve Corbicula fluminea. Concentrations of purely geogenic REE in shells of comparable size cover a wide range of about one order of magnitude between different sampling sites. At a given sampling site, geogenic REE concentrations depend on shell size, i.e. mussel age. Although both rivers show large positive Gd anomalies in their dissolved loads, no anomalous enrichment of Gd relative to the geogenic REE can be observed in any of the analyzed shells. This indicates that the speciations of geogenic and anthropogenic Gd in the river water differ from each other and that the geogenic, but not the anthropogenic Gd is incorporated into the shells. In contrast, all shells sampled at sites downstream of the industrial point source of anthropogenic La and Sm in the Rhine River show positive La and Sm anomalies, revealing that these anthropogenic REE are bioavailable. Only little is known about the effects of long-term exposure to dissolved REE and their general ecotoxicity, but considering that anthropogenic Gd and even La have already been identified in German tap water and that anthropogenic La and Sm are bioavailable, this should be monitored and investigated further. PMID:26151653

  17. A comparative study of the oxides of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, and samarium as catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of methane in the presence and absence of carbon tetrachloride

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    Sugiyama, Shigeru; Matsumura, Yasuyuki; Moffat, J.B. )

    1993-02-01

    The catalytic oxidative coupling of methane to ethane and ethene has been investigated on the rare earth oxides, i.e., La[sub 2]O[sub 3], CeO[sub 2], Pr[sub 6]O[sub 11], and Sm[sub 2]O[sub 3]. Addition of a small amount of tetrachloromethane (TCM) to the reactant stream improves the catalytic activity of these oxides. In particular, the praseodymium catalyst yields high selectivity to the C[sub 2] compounds comparable to La[sub 2]O[sub 3] or Sm[sub 2]O[sub 3] when TCM is present in the feedstream. The X-ray diffraction patterns for these catalysts after the reaction with TCM show the presence of the oxychlorides in the catalysts except for the cerium catalyst, for which the selectivity to C[sub 2] compounds is very low even in the presence of TCM. The oxychlorides can be generated on La[sub 2]O[sub 3], Sm[sub 2]O[sub 3], or Pr[sub 6]O[sub 11] by preheating under a stream including TCM. The product distribution of the reaction with these catalysts in the absence of TCM is similar to that with the oxides in the presence of TCM, while Pr[sub 6]O[sub 11] pretreated with TCM is unstable with no TCM in the feedstream. It appears that the improvement of the activity of the rare earth catalysts with TCM in the feedstream is primarily due to the formation of the oxychlorides during the reaction. 49 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. Tissue uptake and intracellular distribution of 140-lanthanum after oral intake by the rat

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    Rabinowitz, J.L.; Fernandez-Gavarron, F.; Brand, J.G.

    1988-01-01

    The ability of lanthanum to stabilize hydroxyapatite against acid dissolution is well known. It is possible to use lanthanum to experimentally alter hard tissues in vivo and in vitro. It was, therefore, of interest to determine the tissue distribution of lanthanum following oral ingestion of a LaCl/sub 3/ solution. Oral intake of 140-lanthanum (as LaCl/sub 3/ in drinking water) in adult rats over a 3-d period was voluntary and amounted to 0.27 mmol LaCl/sub 3/ per animal per day. The teeth sowed increases in 140-lanthanum uptake with time. Distribution of 140-lanthanum within the incisors of animals drinking the LaCl/sub 3/ solution showed that the highest specific activity of 140-lanthanum was associated with the outer layer of the tooth (that portion exposed to the oral environment). The soft tissues, such as lung, kidney, and liver, maintained a constant 140-lanthanum concentration after the first day of intake. The intracellular distribution of 140-lanthanum was measured in liver, with the soluble fraction showing the highest content. No histological changes were observed in the rat tissues after 3 d of oral intake (0.27 mmol/d) of lanthanum.

  19. Measurement of the triboluminescent properties for europium and samarium tetrakis dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium

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    Bhat, Kamala N.; Fontenot, Ross S.; Surabhi, Raja; Hollerman, William A.; Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Alapati, Teja R.

    2014-11-01

    Triboluminescence (TL) is the emission of cold light that is created when materials are fractured. Europium tetrakis dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium (EuD4TEA) is one of the brightest triboluminescent materials that exist. In 2010, efforts began to introduce additives to the synthesis to increase the triboluminescent yield of EuD4TEA. To date, this research has increased the overall emission yield of EuD4TEA by nearly two fold. This paper explores the effects of adding samarium to EuD4TEA. The effects of this additive on the decay time and photoluminescent emission spectra are reported. In addition, the effects of europium on samarium tetrakis dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium are also determined. The effects of europium on the decay time and photoluminescent emission spectra are also reported. Results will show that both additives have an adverse effect on the triboluminescent emission yield. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  20. Medium Resolution Spectra of Solar Illuminated Sounding Rocket Samarium Vapor Releases

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    Holmes, J. M.; Pedersen, T. R.; Miller, D.; Caton, R.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2014-12-01

    Samarium spectra in the visible wavelengths (400-900 nm) are presented from the Metal Oxide Space Clouds (MOSC) sounding rocket launches of 2014 May 01 and 09. The two releases occurred in twilight at the ground, but with distinctly different solar elevation angles. Resonance-fluorescence spectral lines are identified throughout this wavelength range, and are attributed to Sm, Sm+, SmO and SmO+. Even given the wide spectral range of the instrument, the spectral resolution throughout the range was 1.5 nm or better. The time variation of spectral line intensity from various neutral and ionized atomic and molecular products are compared with a time dependent model of the samarium release, yielding estimates of photoionization rates, autoionization rates (reaction with O to form SmO+), and relative populations of energy levels giving rise to the spectra.

  1. Alloy formation during no-current diffusion saturation of nickel with samarium in chloride melts

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    El'Kin, O. V.; Kovalevskii, A. V.; Chebykin, V. V.

    2010-07-01

    Gravimetry is used to study the effect of temperature T and time ? on the specific change in the nickel sample weight ? m/ s ( s is the sample surface area) during no-current diffusion saturation with samarium in a LiCl-KCl-SmCl3 melt. The dependence of ? m/ s on ? in the temperature range 673-873 K is obtained, and the Ni-Sm alloys synthesized on the sample surface are examined by chemical, X-ray diffraction, and electron-probe analyses. The potentials of nickel samples during saturation with samarium are measured. The measurement results support the fact that the diffusion layer consists of one structural zone, whose composition corresponds to a Laves phase.

  2. Highly substituted benzannulated cyclooctanol derivatives by samarium diiodide-induced cyclizations

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    Saadi, Jakub; Brüdgam, Irene

    2010-01-01

    Summary A series of ?-oxo esters suitably substituted with various styrene subunits was subjected to samarium diiodide-induced 8-endo-trig cyclizations. Efficacy, regioselectivity and stereoselectivity of these reactions via samarium ketyls strongly depend on the substitution pattern of the attacked alkene moiety. The stereoselectivity of the protonation of the intermediate samariumorganyl is also influenced by the structural features of the substrates. This systematic study reveals that steric and electronic factors exhibited by the alkene and ketone subunits are of high importance for the outcome of these cyclization reactions leading to highly substituted benzannulated cyclooctanol derivatives. In exceptional cases, 7-exo-trig cyclizations to cycloheptanol derivatives have been observed. In examples with high steric hindrance the ketyl–aryl coupling can be a competing process. PMID:21283559

  3. Rotation-vibration structure of even-A samarium and gadolinium isotopes

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    Hsu, H.H.; Williams, S.A.

    1980-01-01

    The extended rotation-vibration model, which consists of an asymmetric rotor and breathing mode deformation vibrations, was applied to several even-A samarium and gadolinium isotopes. The comparison between the theoretical and experimental energy levels and the comparison with other model calculations are presented. Also shown are the comparison between the experimental and theoretical B(E2) ratios for the isotopes studied. 1 figure, 2 tables.

  4. Spin reorientation transition in dysprosium-samarium orthoferrite single crystals

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    Zhao, Weiyao; Cao, Shixun; Huang, Ruoxiang; Cao, Yiming; Xu, Kai; Kang, Baojuan; Zhang, Jincang; Ren, Wei

    2015-03-01

    We report the control of spin reorientation (SR) transition in perovskite D y1 -xS mxFe O3 , a whole family of single crystals grown by an optical floating zone method from x =0 to 1 with an interval of 0.1. Powder x-ray diffractions and Rietveld refinements indicate that lattice parameters a and c increase linearly with Sm doping concentration, whereas b keeps a constant. Temperature dependence of the magnetizations under zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and field-cooling (FC) processes are studied in detail. We have found a remarkable linear change of SR transition temperature in Sm-rich samples for x >0.2 , which covers an extremely wide temperature range including room temperature. The a -axis magnetization curves under the FC during cooling (FCC) process bifurcate from and then jump back to that of the ZFC and FC warming process in single crystals when x =0.5 -0.9 , suggesting complicated 4 f -3 d electron interactions among D y3 + -S m3 +,D y3 + -F e3 + , and S m3 + -F e3 + sublattices of diverse magnetic configurations. The magnetic properties from the doping effect on SR transition temperature in these single crystals might be useful in the material physics and device design applications.

  5. Grain growth kinetics and electrical properties of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (9/65/35) based ferroelectric ceramics

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    Roca, R. Alvarez; Guerrero, F.; Botero, E. R.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Guerra, J. D. S.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of the microstructural characteristics on the dielectric and electrical properties has been investigated for Nd{sup 3+} doped lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics, obtained by the conventional solid-state reaction method, by taking into account different sintering conditions. The grain growth mechanism has been investigated and a cubic-type grain growth law was observed for samples with grain size varying from 1.00 up to 2.35 {mu}m. The porosity and grain size dependences of the phase transition parameters, such as the maximum dielectric permittivity and its corresponding temperature ({epsilon}{sub m} and T{sub m}, respectively) were also investigated. The ac conductivity analyses followed the universal Jonscher law. The behavior of the frequency exponent (s) was analyzed through the correlated barrier hopping model. Both ac and dc conductivity results have been correlated with the observed microstructural features.

  6. Investigation into Nanostructured Lanthanum Halides and CeBr{sub 3} for Nuclear Radiation Detection

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    Guss, P., Guise, R., Mukhopadhyay, S., Yuan, D.

    2011-06-22

    This slide-show presents work on radiation detection with nanostructured lanthanum halides and CeBr{sub 3}. The goal is to extend the gamma energy response on both low and high-energy regimes by demonstrating the ability to detect low-energy x-rays and relatively high-energy activation prompt gamma rays simultaneously using the nano-structured lanthanum bromide, lanthanum fluoride, cerium bromide, or other nanocrystal material. Homogeneous and nano structure cases are compared.

  7. Adverse Events in the Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients Treated With Samarium Sm 153 Lexidronam for Osseous Metastases

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    Paravati, Anthony J.; Russo, Andrea L.; Aitken, Candice

    2011-10-01

    Purpose: To investigate adverse events after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam and the effect of pre- and post-samarium Sm 153 lexidronam external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and/or chemotherapy on myelosuppression in patients who received samarium Sm 153 lexidronam for osseous metastases. Methods and Materials: We performed a single-institution retrospective review of 139 patients treated with samarium Sm 153 lexidronam between November 1997 and February 2008. New-onset adverse events after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam were reported. The effect of samarium Sm 153 lexidronam on platelet and peripheral white blood cell counts and the duration of myelosuppression after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam plus EBRT and/or chemotherapy were calculated. Differences in the prevalence of adverse events among patients with varying treatment histories were evaluated with the Pearson chi-square test. Results: Hematologic follow-up was available for 103 patients. Chemotherapy and/or EBRT had no effect on the magnitude or duration of myelosuppression. The most common nonhematologic adverse events were acute lower extremity edema (n = 27) and acute and transient neuropathy (n = 29). Patients treated with chemotherapy after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam had a higher prevalence of lower extremity edema (9 of 18 [50%]) than those who were not treated with chemotherapy after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam (18 of 85 [21.2%]) (p = 0.01, chi-square test). No adverse events were correlated with EBRT. Conclusions: Our observation of new-onset, acute and transient edema and neuropathy after samarium Sm 153 lexidronam and of a relationship between edema and post-samarium Sm 153 lexidronam chemotherapy suggests the need for re-examination of patients in past series or for a prospective investigation with nonhematologic adverse events as a primary endpoint.

  8. Nanoscale assembly of lanthanum silica with dense and porous interfacial structures

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    Ballinger, Benjamin; Motuzas, Julius; Miller, Christopher R.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-01-01

    This work reports on the nanoscale assembly of hybrid lanthanum oxide and silica structures, which form patterns of interfacial dense and porous networks. It was found that increasing the molar ratio of lanthanum nitrate to tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in an acid catalysed sol-gel process alters the expected microporous metal oxide silica structure to a predominantly mesoporous structure above a critical lanthanum concentration. This change manifests itself by the formation of a lanthanum silicate phase, which results from the reaction of lanthanum oxide nanoparticles with the silica matrix. This process converts the microporous silica into the denser silicate phase. Above a lanthanum to silica ratio of 0.15, the combination of growth and microporous silica consumption results in the formation of nanoscale hybrid lanthanum oxides, with the inter-nano-domain spacing forming mesoporous volume. As the size of these nano-domains increases with concentration, so does the mesoporous volume. The absence of lanthanum hydroxide (La(OH)3) suggests the formation of La2O3 surrounded by lanthanum silicate. PMID:25644988

  9. Lanthanum halide nanoparticle scintillators for nuclear radiation detection

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    Guss, Paul; Guise, Ronald; O'Brien, Robert; Lowe, Daniel; Kang Zhitao; Menkara, Hisham; Nagarkar, Vivek V.

    2013-02-14

    Nanoparticles with sizes <10 nm were fabricated and characterized for their nanocomposite radiation detector properties. This work investigated the properties of several nanostructured radiation scintillators, in order to determine the viability of using scintillators employing nanostructured lanthanum trifluoride. Preliminary results of this investigation are consistent with the idea that these materials have an intrinsic response to nuclear radiation that may be correlated to the energy of the incident radiation.

  10. Magnetoresistance of lanthanum manganites with activation-type conductivity

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    Kurkin, M. I. Neifeld, E. A.; Korolev, A. V.; Ugryumova, N. A.; Gudin, S. A.; Gapontseva, N. N.

    2013-05-15

    The temperature dependence of the resistivity and magnetic moment of La{sub 0.85}Ba{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.85}Sr{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} manganite single crystals in magnetic fields up to 90 kOe is investigated. Analysis of the experimental results shows that the magnetoresistance of lanthanum manganites far from the Curie temperature T{sub C} can be described quantitatively by the s-d model normally used for ferromagnets and taking into account only the exchange interaction between the spins of charge carriers and magnetic moments. These data also show that the features of lanthanum manganites responsible for colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) are manifested in a narrow temperature interval {delta}T Almost-Equal-To 20 K near T{sub C}. Our results suggest a CMR mechanism analogous to the mechanism of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) observed in Fe/Cr-type multilayers with nanometer layer thickness. The nanostratification observed in lanthanum manganites and required for GMR can be described taking into account the spread in T{sub C} in the CMR range {delta}T.

  11. Infrared luminescence of Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum aluminum germanate glasses

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    Zhang Qiang; Zhang Guang; Chen Guorong; Qiu Jianrong; Chen Danping

    2010-01-15

    Tm{sup 3+} doped and Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum aluminum germanate (LAG) glasses are prepared by melt-quenching method and characterized optically. Based on the measurement of absorption spectrum, Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters ({Omega}{sub 2},{Omega}{sub 4},{Omega}{sub 6}) are calculated. The radiation emission rates, branching ratios, and lifetimes of Tm{sup 3+} are calculated to evaluate the spectroscopic properties of Tm{sup 3+} in LAG glass. The infrared emission properties of the samples are investigated and the results show that the 1.8 {mu}m emission can be greatly enhanced by adding proper amount of Yb{sup 3+} under the excitation of 980 nm. The energy transfer processes of Yb{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+} are analyzed, and the results show that Yb{sup 3+} ions can transfer their energy to Tm{sup 3+} ions with high efficiency and large energy transfer coefficient.

  12. Optical anisotropy near the relaxor-ferroelectric phase transition in lanthanum lead zirconate titanate

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    Moore, Nathan W.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan J.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Brennecka, Geoff L.

    2013-08-01

    We examine the optical activity, birefringence, and transparency of Lanthanum-doped, lead zirconate titanate (PLZT 7/65/35) bulk ceramic wafer sections over visible and near-IR spectra and on heating. Optical transitions are compared to both crystallographic (rhombohedral-cubic) and domain (relaxor-ferroelectric) transitions identified with x-ray diffraction, dielectric, and calorimetry measurements. Optical activity and birefringence are shown to be enhanced for disordered domains near room temperature, to attenuate above the relaxor-ferroelectric transition and to gradually decay above the Curie point regardless of the initial poling state. The results are interpreted in light of the change of crystallographic symmetry due to the local strains induced by ferroelectric architecture. The heterogeneous local strains more strongly influence the optical properties than the macro-scale structure of the polycrystalline PLZT ceramic. This mechanism is significant for understanding optical rotation and birefringence in polycrystalline systems. Finally, the specific rotation (up to 350°/mm) lies among the highest reported for crystalline materials. Along with strong poling contrast and comparatively small dispersion for the unpoled state, these properties are promising for electro-optics applications.

  13. Develop techniques for ion implantation of (lead-lanthanum-zirconate-titanate) for adaptive optics

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    Batishko, C. R.; Brimhall, J. L.; Pawlewicz, W. T.; Stahl, K. A.; Toburen, L. H.

    1987-09-01

    Research was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory to develop high photosensitivity adaptive optical elements utilizing ion implanted lanthanum-doped lead-zirconate-titanate (PLZT). One centimeter square samples were prepared by implanting ferroelectric and anti-ferroelectric PLZT with a variety of species or combinations of species. These included Ne, O, Ni, Ne/Cr, Ne/Al, Ne/Ni, Ne/O, and Ni/O, at a variety of energies and fluences. An indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode coating was designed to give a balance of high conductivity and optical transmission at near uv to near ir wavelengths. Samples were characterized for photosensitivity; implanted layer thickness, index of refraction, and density; electrode (ITO) conductivity; and in some cases, residual stress curvature. Thin film anti-ferroelectric PLZT was deposited in a preliminary experiment. The structure was amorphous with x-ray diffraction showing the beginnings of a structure at substrate temperatures of approximately 550 C. This report summarizes the research and provides a sampling of the data taken during the report period.

  14. Spray pyrolytic deposition and characterization of lanthanum selenide (La 2Se 3) thin films

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    Bagde, G. D.; Sartale, S. D.; Lokhande, C. D.

    2003-05-01

    The versatile spray pyrolysis technique was employed to prepare thin films of lanthanum selenide (La 2Se 3) on glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates under optimized conditions. The deposition temperature was 250 °C. The X-ray studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline with single La 2Se 3 phase. The estimated optical band gap was found to be 2.6 eV. The dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the films deposited on FTO coated glass substrates were measured with FTO-La 2Se 3-Ag structure as a function of frequency and the results are reported. At room temperature dielectric constant and dielectric loss for 1 kHz frequency were found to be 6.2 and 0.048, respectively. The room temperature electrical resistivity was of the order of 10 5 ? cm. The La 2Se 3 films are found to be n-type semiconductor.

  15. Waveshifting fiber readout of lanthanum halide scintillators

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    Case, G. L.; Cherry, M. L.; Stacy, J. G.

    2006-07-01

    Newly developed high-light-yield inorganic scintillators coupled to waveshifting optical fibers provide the capability of efficient X-ray detection and millimeter scale position resolution suitable for high-energy cosmic ray instruments, hard X-ray/gamma ray astronomy telescopes and applications to national security. The CASTER design for NASA's proposed Black Hole Finder Probe mission, in particular, calls for a 6 8 m2 hard X-ray coded aperture imaging telescope operating in the 20 600 keV energy band, putting significant constraints on cost and readout complexity. The development of new inorganic scintillator materials (e.g., cerium-doped LaBr3 and LaCl3) provides improved energy resolution and timing performance that is well suited to the requirements for national security and astrophysics applications. LaBr3 or LaCl3 detector arrays coupled with waveshifting fiber optic readout represent a significant advance in the performance capabilities of scintillator-based gamma cameras and provide the potential for a feasible approach to affordable, large area, extremely sensitive detectors. We describe some of the applications and present laboratory test results demonstrating the expected scintillator performance.

  16. Effect of the addition of low rare earth elements (lanthanum, neodymium, cerium) on the biodegradation and biocompatibility

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    Zheng, Yufeng

    Effect of the addition of low rare earth elements (lanthanum, neodymium, cerium focused on lanthanum, neodymium and cerium to produce magnesium alloys with commonly used rare earth in in vitro and in vivo. The lanthanum- and cerium-containing alloys degraded at comparable rates, whereas

  17. Atomic Layer Deposition of Lanthanum-Based Ternary Oxides Hongtao Wang,a

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    . Lanthanum yttrium oxide thin films were also deposited by ALD under the similar condition, in order to show obtained films with EOT values 1 nm and very low leakage. Polycrystalline lanthanum yttrium oxide thin-iso-propylformamidinate , scandium tris N,N -diethylacetamidinate , lutetium tris N,N -diethyl- formamidinate , and yttrium tris N

  18. Development and Characterization of a Diverging Cusped Field Thruster and a Lanthanum Hexaboride Hollow

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    Hollow Cathode Daniel George Courtney June 2008 SSL #6-08 #12;#12;Development and Characterization of a Diverging Cusped Field Thruster and a Lanthanum Hexaboride Hollow Cathode Daniel George Courtney June 2008 and Characterization of a Diverging Cusped Field Thruster and a Lanthanum Hexaboride Hollow Cathode by Daniel George

  19. Genetic algorithm based approach to investigate doped metal oxide materials: Application to lanthanide-doped ceria

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    Hooper, James; Ismail, Arif; Giorgi, Javier B.; Woo, Tom K.

    2010-06-01

    A genetic algorithm (GA)-inspired method to effectively map out low-energy configurations of doped metal oxide materials is presented. Specialized mating and mutation operations that do not alter the identity of the parent metal oxide have been incorporated to efficiently sample the metal dopant and oxygen vacancy sites. The search algorithms have been tested on lanthanide-doped ceria (L=Sm,Gd,Lu) with various dopant concentrations. Using both classical and first-principles density-functional-theory (DFT) potentials, we have shown the methodology reproduces the results of recent systematic searches of doped ceria at low concentrations (3.2% L2O3 ) and identifies low-energy structures of concentrated samarium-doped ceria (3.8% and 6.6% L2O3 ) which relate to the experimental and theoretical findings published thus far. We introduce a tandem classical/DFT GA algorithm in which an inexpensive classical potential is first used to generate a fit gene pool of structures to enhance the overall efficiency of the computationally demanding DFT-based GA search.

  20. The effects of samarium addition on CoCrTa-based thin films for magnetic recording

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    Chandrasekhar, R.; Mapps, D. J.

    1996-03-01

    CoCrTa and CoCrTaSm sandwich films were deposited using rf sputtering on glass slides with an underlayer of platinum and a CoNbFe base layer. The films were deposited at room temperature. The magnetic properties and microstructures of the films are reported. The main result is that the addition of small quantities of samarium can increase the perpendicular coercivity from 350 to 1250 Oe. This makes the films more suitable for high-density magnetic recording.

  1. A novel and efficient samarium iodide-mediated synthesis of neoflavonoids (4-arycloumarins)

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    Nagasawa, Kazuo; Ryohke, Hirosi; Ohnishi, Makoto; Ito, Keiichi

    1995-12-31

    Bioactive 4-arylcoumarins (4-aryl-2H-1-benzopyran-2-ones) have been recently isolated from the plants belonging to the families like Leguminosae, Guttiferae, and Compositae, some of which are still used as the traditional folk medicine. Despite many methods reported so far, there appears to be of limited success or of no success in some cases (II{sub b-g}) and, therefore, a simpler and more reliable one remains to be highly desired. Thus, a new and sterling protocol is now presented for the synthesis of neoflavonoids, which involves the intramolecular Reformatsky-type reaction via a one electron transfer process with samarium diiodide as a key step.

  2. Radiation dose calculations in persons receiving injection of samarium-153 EDTMP

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    Logan, K.W.; Volkert, W.A.; Holmes, R.A.

    1987-04-01

    Samarium-153 EDTMP has been proposed as a radionuclide therapeutic agent to treat malignant bone tissue disorders. Data obtained from laboratory rats has been used to calculate the radiation dose for humans following the administration of (/sup 153/Sm)EDTMP. The data reveal that the highest doses are present in the skeleton and the urinary bladder wall (bladder dose varies with frequency of voiding). Skeletal activity was used to estimate the bone marrow dose from the (/sup 153/Sm)EDTMP beta radiation. Although this estimate indicates high marrow irradiation it is only an approximation since the beta radiation from inhomogeneously deposited bone activity surrounding the marrow produces variable radiation dose distributions.

  3. Phase I. Lanthanum-based Start Materials for Hydride Batteries

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    Gschneidner, K. A.; Schmidt, F. A.; Frerichs, A. E.; Ament, K. A.

    2013-08-20

    The purpose of Phase I of this work is to focus on developing a La-based start material for making nickel-metal (lanthanum)-hydride batteries based on our carbothermic-silicon process. The goal is to develop a protocol for the manufacture of (La1-xRx)(Ni1-yMy)(Siz), where R is a rare earth metal and M is a non-rare earth metal, to be utilized as the negative electrode in nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries.

  4. Electrical properties of samarium cobaltite nanoparticles synthesized using Sol–Gel autocombustion route

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    Sathyamoorthy, B.; Md Gazzali, P.M.; Murugesan, C.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • The structural evolution and its electrical properties of samarium cobaltite nanograins are discussed. • Optimization of SmCoO{sub 3} nanograins is achieved by post sintering as-prepared gel at 800 °C. • The impedance spectra indicate the semiconducting behavior SmCoO{sub 3} nanograins. - Abstract: Nanograins of SmCoO{sub 3} are prepared by citric acid assisted Sol–Gel autocombustion route. The characterizations of crystal structure, surface morphology and electrical properties of SmCoO{sub 3} powder are done using XRD, HRSEM, FTIR and BDS. The structural evolution of SmCoO{sub 3} upon increasing the annealing temperature is followed using XRD and FTIR analyses. The powder sample contains polycrystalline grains with average size equal to 35 nm and orthorhombic perovskite structure with Pbnm space group. The vibrational bands observed in FTIR spectrum at 545 cm{sup ?1} and 439 cm{sup ?1} correspond to Co-O stretching modes in cobaltite system. HRSEM images of the sample show the formation of hexagonal shaped grains of samarium cobaltite. The AC electrical conductivity of 4.914 × 10{sup ?5} S cm{sup ?1} at 295 K is measured for SmCoO{sub 3} nanoparticles. The impedance spectra bring out the semiconducting behavior of the material.

  5. Optical, Chemical, and Structural Properties of Thin Films of Samarium-Sulfide and Zinc-Sulfide

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    Hickey, Carolyn Frances

    The development of materials for optical thin film application is essential to progress in fields such as optical data storage and signal processing. Samarium sulfide (SmS) thin films were prepared by reactive evaporation of samarium in hydrogen sulfide (H_2S). These displayed optical switching properties despite the presence of large amounts of carbon and oxygen. They are therefore potentially useful for data storage. The semiconductor to metal phase transition was characterized by x-ray diffraction and spectrophotometry. The observed optical response was modelled by a Bruggeman effective medium calculation. Success with this analysis suggests it as a means for predicting performance in subsequent applications. Zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Implimentation of an H_2S treated silicon surface provided good chemical bond match in addition to a good lattice match. Atomic layer epitaxy was unsuccessfully explored as a means to grow ZnS from zinc and H _2S reactants, therefore other reactants are proposed. Both the MBE and ALE work is directed at the long term goals of producing p-type ZnS, which is suitable for semiconductor lasing at short wavelengths, and high quality SmS thin films.

  6. Unexpected Efficiency of a Luminescent Samarium(III) Complex for Combined Visible and Near-Infrared Biphotonic Microscopy.

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    Bui, Anh Thy; Grichine, Alexei; Brasselet, Sophie; Duperray, Alain; Andraud, Chantal; Maury, Olivier

    2015-12-01

    An original samarium(III) complex based on a triazacyclononane platform functionalized with a charge-transfer antenna chromophore exhibited optimized brightness and was successfully used as an emissive species for two-photon microscopy experiments in both the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges. PMID:26489885

  7. Interfacial behavior of Cyanex 302 and kinetics of lanthanum extraction.

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    Wu, Dongbei; Xiong, Ying; Li, Deqian; Meng, Shulan

    2005-10-01

    In this paper, interfacial tension of Cyanex 302 is measured by a Sigma-701 tensiometer and the adsorption parameters are calculated according to the Gibbs and Szyszkowski adsorption isotherms. The interfacial adsorbed behavior of Cyanex 302 is investigated. The results demonstrate that the dimer is the predominant species in the bulk organic phase; however, the monomer is adsorbed at the interface and more interfacially active. The effects of aqueous pH, ion strength, and temperature on the interfacial activity of Cyanex 302 in heptane are discussed and explained in detail. The lower interfacial activity of Cyanex 302 in aromatic hydrocarbon than in aliphatic hydrocarbon has also been determined. The values of interfacial excess at the saturated interface increase in the order n-heptane>cyclohexane>toluene>benzene, which is consistent with the order of extractability of lanthanum by Cyanex 302 in these diluents. The interfacial activity data are used to discuss the kinetic mechanism of lanthanum(III) extraction. It is shown that an interfacial mechanism is very probable, and the extraction limiting step is the reaction between the Cyanex 302 molecules in the organic phase sublayer and the adsorbed intermediate complex. PMID:15925375

  8. Electronic states and spin-orbit splitting of lanthanum dimer

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    Liu, Yang; Wu, Lu; Zhang, Chang-Hua; Krasnokutski, Serge A.; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2011-07-01

    Lanthanum dimer (La2) was studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy and a series of multi-configuration ab initio calculations. The MATI spectrum exhibits three band systems originating from ionization of the neutral ground electronic state, and each system shows vibrational frequencies of the neutral molecule and singly charged cation. The three ionization processes are La2+ (a2?g+) ? La2 (X1?g+), La2+ (b2?3/2, u) ? La2 (X1?g+), and La2+ (b2?1/2, u) ? La2 (X1?g+), with the ionization energies of 39 046, 40 314, and 40 864 cm-1, respectively. The vibrational frequency of the X1?g+ state is 207 cm-1, and those of the a2?g+, b2?3/2, u and b2?1/2, u are 235.7, 242.2, and 240 cm-1. While X1?g+ is the ground state of the neutral molecule, a2?g+ and b2?u are calculated to be the excited states of the cation. The spin-orbit splitting in the b2?u ion is 550 cm-1. An X4?g- state of La2+ was predicted by theory, but not observed by the experiment. The determination of a singlet ground state of La2 shows that lanthanum behaves differently from scandium and yttrium.

  9. Electronic states and spin-orbit splitting of lanthanum dimer.

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    Liu, Yang; Wu, Lu; Zhang, Chang-Hua; Krasnokutski, Serge A; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2011-07-21

    Lanthanum dimer (La(2)) was studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy and a series of multi-configuration ab initio calculations. The MATI spectrum exhibits three band systems originating from ionization of the neutral ground electronic state, and each system shows vibrational frequencies of the neutral molecule and singly charged cation. The three ionization processes are La(2)(+) (a(2)?(g)(+)) ? La(2) (X(1)?(g)(+)), La(2)(+) (b(2)?(3/2, u)) ? La(2) (X(1)?(g)(+)), and La(2)(+) (b(2)?(1/2, u)) ? La(2) (X(1)?(g)(+)), with the ionization energies of 39,046, 40,314, and 40,864 cm(-1), respectively. The vibrational frequency of the X(1)?(g)(+) state is 207 cm(-1), and those of the a(2)?(g)(+), b(2)?(3/2, u) and b(2)?(1/2, u) are 235.7, 242.2, and 240 cm(-1). While X(1)?(g)(+) is the ground state of the neutral molecule, a(2)?(g (+) and b(2)?(u) are calculated to be the excited states of the cation. The spin-orbit splitting in the b(2)?(u) ion is 550 cm(-1). An X(4)?(g)(-) state of La(2)(+) was predicted by theory, but not observed by the experiment. The determination of a singlet ground state of La(2) shows that lanthanum behaves differently from scandium and yttrium. PMID:21787005

  10. Novel borothermal route for the synthesis of lanthanum cerium hexaborides and their field emission properties

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    Menaka; Patra, Rajkumar; Ghosh, Santanu; Ganguli, Ashok K.

    2012-10-15

    The present study describes the development of a simple approach to stabilize polycrystalline lanthanum cerium hexaborides without using any flux and at ambient pressure. The nanostructured lanthanum-cerium borides were synthesized using hydroxide precursors. These precursors (La{sub 1-x}Ce{sub x}(OH){sub 3}, x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.5) were synthesized via hydrothermal route in the presence of Tergitol (surfactant, nonylphenol ethoxylate) as a capping agent. The precursors on heating with boron at 1300 Degree-Sign C lead to the formation of nanostructures (cubes, rods and pyramids) of lanthanum cerium hexaboride. We have investigated the field emission behaviour of the hexaboride films fabricated by spin coating. It was observed that the pyramidal shaped nanostructures of La{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.5}B{sub 6} shows excellent field emission characteristics with high field enhancement factor of 4502. - Graphical abstract: Nanostructured lanthanum cerium hexaboride with efficient field emission have fabricated by low temperature hydroxide precursor mediated route. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New methodology to prepare lanthanum cerium hexaboride at 1300 Degree-Sign C via borothermal route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanostructured lanthanum cerium hexaboride film by spin coating process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanopyramids based lanthanum cerium hexaboride shows excellent field emission.

  11. Radio-opaque fecal impaction and pseudo-occlusion in a dialyzed patient taking lanthanum carbonate.

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    Muller, Clotilde; Muller, Sandrine; Sissoko, Aicha; Klein, Alexandre; Faller, Bernadette; Chantrel, Francois

    2012-10-01

    Lanthanum therapy is an efficient therapy of hyperphosphoremia by chelating phosphore in the digestive tract. Lanthanum is a silvery white metallic element that belongs to group 3 of the periodic table. This drug is lightly absorbed and has low water solubility. It should be borne in mind that abdominal X-rays of patients taking lanthanum carbonate may have a radio-opaque appearance typical of imaging agents. This characteristic is suggested to confirm adherence of the patient by doing an abdominal X-ray. We describe in our case a particular good compliant patient with slow digestive transit, which ends by pseudo-occlusion. PMID:22118504

  12. Lanthanum-hexaboride carbon composition for use in corrosive hydrogen-fluorine environments

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    Holcombe, Cressie E. (Knoxville, TN); Kovach, Louis (Oak Ridge, TN); Taylor, Albert J. (Ten Mile, TN)

    1981-01-01

    The present invention relates to a structural composition useful in corrosive hydrogen-fluorine environments at temperatures in excess of 1400.degree. K. The composition is formed of a isostatically pressed and sintered or a hot-pressed mixture of lanthanum hexaboride particles and about 10-30 vol. % carbon. The lanthanum-hexaboride reacts with the high-temperature fluorine-containing bases to form an adherent layer of corrosion-inhibiting lanthanum trifluoride on exposed surfaces of the composition. The carbon in the composite significantly strengthens the composite, enhances thermal shock resistance, and significantly facilitates the machining of the composition.

  13. Lanthanum-hexaboride carbon composition for use in corrosive hydrogen-fluorine environments

    DOEpatents

    Holcombe, C.E. Jr.; Kovach, L.; Taylor, A.J.

    1980-01-22

    The present invention relates to a structural composition useful in corrosive hydrogen-fluorine environments at temperatures in excess of 1400/sup 0/K. The composition is formed of a isostatically pressed and sintered or a hot-pressed mixture of lanthanum hexaboride particles and about 10 to 30 vol% carbon. The lanthanum-hexaboride reacts with the high-temperature fluorine-containing gases to form an adherent layer of corrosion-inhibiting lanthanum trifluoride on exposed surfaces of the composition. The carbon in the composite significantly strengthens the composite, enhances thermal shock resistance, and significantly facilitates the machining of the composition.

  14. Neutron powder diffraction with (nat)Sm: crystal structures and magnetism of a binary samarium deuteride and a ternary samarium magnesium deuteride.

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    Kohlmann, Holger; Werner, Franz; Yvon, Klaus; Hilscher, Gerfried; Reissner, Michael; Cuello, Gabriel J

    2007-01-01

    Binary SmH(3) (trigonal, a=656.7(3), c=680.1(3) pm, P$\\bar 3$c1, Z=6), ternary SmMg2H7 (tetragonal, a=626.47(6), c=937.2(2) pm, P4(1)2(1)2, Z=4) and the corresponding deuterides SmD3 (a=653.9(1)m, c=676.7(2) pm) and SmMg2D7 (a=624.10(1), c=934.81(2) pm) have been prepared by hydrogenation (deuteration) of elemental samarium and the Laves phase SmMg2, respectively, and investigated by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction and SQUID and vibration magnetometry. The problem of the enormous neutron absorption of the natural isotopic mixture (natSm) is circumvented by carefully choosing the neutron wavelength (approximately 50 pm) and the use of double-walled cylindrical sample holders and a high-intensity neutron diffractometer (D4c at ILL). SmD3 crystallises with a tysonite-type structure and has three independently ordered deuterium atom sites with trigonal-planar, trigonal-pyramidal and tetrahedral metal environments and Sm--D bond lengths in the range 220(1)-258(1) pm (average: 235 pm). SmMg2D7 is a new deuteride that crystallises with an LaMg2D7-type structure. It displays four fully occupied deuterium sites having triangular and tetrahedral metal environments and Sm--D bond lengths in the range 227.6(5)-246.8(8) pm (average: 239 pm). These are the first samarium-deuterium bond lengths to be reported. Both deuterides are paramagnetic down to 2 K (SmD3: mueff=0.63(1) muB, thetap approximately -4 K; SmMg2D7: mueff=0.57(2) muB, thetap approximately -4 K). Their crystal structures and chemical and physical properties suggest mainly ionic bonding according to the limiting ionic formulae Sm3+(H-)3 and Sm3+(Mg2+)2(H-)7. PMID:17226872

  15. Accumulation and elimination of lanthanum by duckweed (Lemna minor L.) as influenced by organism growth and lanthanum sorption to glass.

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    Weltje, Lennart; Brouwer, Anke H; Verburg, Tona G; Wolterbeek, Hubert Th; de Goeij, Jeroen J M

    2002-07-01

    Lanthanide emissions to the environment increase as a result of the growing industrial applications of these elements. However, robust data to evaluate the environmental fate of lanthanides are scarce. This article describes the accumulation and elimination of lanthanum (La) by common duckweed (Lemna minor L.). Speciation modeling was performed to assure that solubility products were not exceeded. It also showed that La was predominantly associated with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Lanthanum concentrations in plants and medium and the amounts sorbed to glass vessels were quantified by using the radioisotope 140La. The amount of La adsorbed on the glass reached values of 25% of the total La present. A model was formulated to describe La uptake in exponentially growing duckweed in the presence of an adsorptive surface. Growth-induced dilution appeared more efficient in lowering plant La concentrations than actual elimination. An elimination study revealed two compartments, of which the smallest eliminated 50 times faster than the bigger compartment, which eliminated mainly by growth dilution. The average bioconcentration factor was 2,000 L/kg fresh weight and 30,000 L/kg dry weight, comparable with those of other higher plants. At the applied concentration of 10 nM, no effects were observed on duckweed growth. However, the high bioconcentration factor warrants monitoring of lanthanide emissions. PMID:12109750

  16. Application of artificial neural network in 3D imaging with lanthanum bromide calorimeter

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    Gostojic, A.; Tatischeff, V.; Kiener, J.; Hamadache, C.; Karkour, N.; Linget, D.; Grave, X.; Gibelin, L.; Travers, B.; Blin, S.; Barrillon, P.

    2015-07-01

    Gamma-ray astronomy in the energy range from 0.1 up to 100 MeV holds many understudied questions connected with e.g. stellar nucleosynthesis, the active Sun, neutron stars and black holes. To access the physics behind, a significant improvement in detection sensitivity is needed compared to previous missions, e.g. CGRO and INTEGRAL. One of the promising concepts for a future gamma-ray mission is an Advanced Compton Telescope. Under the project of creating a prototype of such instrument, we study the perspectives of using a novel inorganic scintillator as a calorimeter part. Modern inorganic crystal or ceramics scintillators are constantly improving on qualities such as energy resolution and radiation hardness, and this makes them a smart choice for a new space-borne telescope. At CSNSM Orsay, we have assembled a detection module from a 5 × 5cm2 area and 1 cm thick, cerium-doped lanthanum (III) bromide (LaBr3:Ce) inorganic scintillator coupled to a 64 channel multi-anode photomultiplier. The readout of the PMT signals is carried out with the ASIC MAROC, used previously for the luminometer of the ATLAS detector (CERN). Characterization, thorough measurements with various radioactive sources, as well as, single photoelectron detection have been done. Furthermore, we made a comparison of measurements with a detailed GEANT4-based simulation which includes tracking of the optical photons. Finally, we have studied the 3D reconstruction of the first interaction point of incident gamma rays, utilizing a neural network algorithm. This spatial position resolution plays a crucial part in the future implementations and, together with the other measured properties, it makes our detector module very interesting for the next generation of space telescopes operating in the MeV range.

  17. Cellulose-lanthanum hydroxide nanocomposite as a selective marker for detection of toxic copper

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    Marwani, Hadi M.; Lodhi, Mazhar Ullah; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Asiri, Abdullah M.

    2014-09-01

    In this current report, a simple, reliable, and rapid method based on modifying the cellulose surface by doping it with different percentages of lanthanum hydroxide (i.e., 1% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC), 5% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC2), and 10% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC3)) was proposed as a selective marker for detection of copper (Cu(II)) in aqueous medium. Surface properties of the newly modified cellulose phases were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis. The effect of pH on the adsorption of modified cellulose phases for Cu(II) was evaluated, and LC3 was found to be the most selective for Cu(II) at pH 6.0. Other parameters, influencing the maximum uptake of Cu(II) on LC3, were also investigated for a deeper mechanistic understanding of the adsorption phenomena. Results showed that the adsorption capacity for Cu(II) was improved by 211% on the LC3 phase as compared to diethylaminoethyl cellulose phase after only 2 h contact time. Adsorption isotherm data established that the adsorption process nature was monolayer with a homogeneous adsorbent surface. Results displayed that the adsorption of Cu(II) onto the LC3 phase obeyed a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Selectivity studies toward eight metal ions, i.e., Cd(II), Co(II), Cr(III), Cr(VI), Cu(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), and Zn(II), were further performed at the optimized pH value. Based on the selectivity study, it was found that Cu(II) is highly selective toward the LC3 phase. Moreover, the efficiency of the proposed method was supported by implementing it to real environmental water samples with adequate results.

  18. Cellulose-lanthanum hydroxide nanocomposite as a selective marker for detection of toxic copper

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    In this current report, a simple, reliable, and rapid method based on modifying the cellulose surface by doping it with different percentages of lanthanum hydroxide (i.e., 1% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC), 5% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC2), and 10% La(OH)3-cellulose (LC3)) was proposed as a selective marker for detection of copper (Cu(II)) in aqueous medium. Surface properties of the newly modified cellulose phases were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis. The effect of pH on the adsorption of modified cellulose phases for Cu(II) was evaluated, and LC3 was found to be the most selective for Cu(II) at pH 6.0. Other parameters, influencing the maximum uptake of Cu(II) on LC3, were also investigated for a deeper mechanistic understanding of the adsorption phenomena. Results showed that the adsorption capacity for Cu(II) was improved by 211% on the LC3 phase as compared to diethylaminoethyl cellulose phase after only 2 h contact time. Adsorption isotherm data established that the adsorption process nature was monolayer with a homogeneous adsorbent surface. Results displayed that the adsorption of Cu(II) onto the LC3 phase obeyed a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Selectivity studies toward eight metal ions, i.e., Cd(II), Co(II), Cr(III), Cr(VI), Cu(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), and Zn(II), were further performed at the optimized pH value. Based on the selectivity study, it was found that Cu(II) is highly selective toward the LC3 phase. Moreover, the efficiency of the proposed method was supported by implementing it to real environmental water samples with adequate results. PMID:25258599

  19. Optical amplification in disordered electrooptic Tm{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics and study of spectroscopy and communication between cations

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    Zhao, Hua; Zhang, Kun; Xu, Long; Sun, Fankui; Zhang, Jingwen; Chen, Xuesheng; Li, Kewen K.

    2014-02-21

    Rare earth doped electro-optic (EO) ceramics of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) are promising in building multifunctional optical devices, by taking advantage of both EO effect and optical activity. In this work, the combination of the measured spectra of absorption and photoluminescence, the fluorescent decay, the calculated Judd-Ofelt parameters, and measured single pass gain in Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} codoped PLZT ceramics have marked them out as promising gain media in building electrically controllable lasers/optical amplifiers and other multifunctional devices. Optical energy storage was also observed in the optical amplification dynamics.

  20. Morphology-controlled nonaqueous synthesis of anisotropic lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles

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    Djerdj, Igor; Garnweitner, Georg; Sheng Su, Dang; Niederberger, Markus

    2007-07-15

    The preparation of lanthanum hydroxide and manganese oxide nanoparticles is presented, based on a nonaqueous sol-gel process involving the reaction of La(OiPr){sub 3} and KMnO{sub 4} with organic solvents such as benzyl alcohol, 2-butanone and a 1:1 vol. mixture thereof. The lanthanum manganese oxide system is highly complex and surprising results with respect to product composition and morphology were obtained. In dependence of the reaction parameters, the La(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles undergo a shape transformation from short nanorods with an average aspect ratio of 2.1 to micron-sized nanofibers (average aspect ratio is more than 59.5). Although not directly involved, KMnO{sub 4} plays a crucial role in determining the particle morphology of La(OH){sub 3}. The reason lies in the fact that KMnO{sub 4} is able to oxidize the benzyl alcohol to benzoic acid, which presumably induces the anisotropic particle growth in [0 0 1] direction upon preferential coordination to the {+-}(1 0 0), {+-}(0 1 0) and {+-}(-110) crystal facets. By adjusting the molar La(OiPr){sub 3}-to-KMnO{sub 4} ratio as well as by using the appropriate solvent mixture it is possible to tailor the morphology, phase purity and microstructure of the La(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles. Postsynthetic thermal treatment of the sample containing La(OH){sub 3} nanofibers and {beta}-MnOOH nanoparticles at the temperature of 800 deg. C for 8 h yielded polyhedral LaMnO{sub 3} and worm-like La{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles as final products. - Graphical abstract: Lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles are synthesized based on a nonaqueous sol-gel process involving the reaction of La(OiPr){sub 3} and KMnO{sub 4} with organic solvents such as benzyl alcohol, 2-butanone and a 1:1 vol. mixture thereof. In dependence of the reaction parameters, the La(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles undergo a shape transformation from short nanorods to micron-sized nanofibers.

  1. Airplane dopes and doping

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    Smith, W H

    1919-01-01

    Cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate are the important constituents of airplane dopes in use at the present time, but planes were treated with other materials in the experimental stages of flying. The above compounds belong to the class of colloids and are of value because they produce a shrinking action on the fabric when drying out of solution, rendering it drum tight. Other colloids possessing the same property have been proposed and tried. In the first stages of the development of dope, however, shrinkage was not considered. The fabric was treated merely to render it waterproof. The first airplanes constructed were covered with cotton fabric stretched as tightly as possible over the winds, fuselage, etc., and flying was possible only in fine weather. The necessity of an airplane which would fly under all weather conditions at once became apparent. Then followed experiments with rubberized fabrics, fabrics treated with glue rendered insoluble by formaldehyde or bichromate, fabrics treated with drying and nondrying oils, shellac, casein, etc. It was found that fabrics treated as above lost their tension in damp weather, and the oil from the motor penetrated the proofing material and weakened the fabric. For the most part the film of material lacked durability. Cellulose nitrate lacquers, however were found to be more satisfactory under varying weather conditions, added less weight to the planes, and were easily applied. On the other hand, they were highly inflammable, and oil from the motor penetrated the film of cellulose nitrate, causing the tension of the fabric to be relaxed.

  2. METAL INTERACTIONS AT SULFIDE MINERAL SURFACES. PART 2. ADSORPTION AND DESORPTION OF LANTHANUM

    EPA Science Inventory

    Batch-type adsorption experiments with four sulfide minerals (chalcocite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite) were used to investigate the adsorption and desorption behavior of lanthanum (III) in the presence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), a model humic substance. Linear ...

  3. Near-electrode processes in lanthanum-gallium tantalate crystals

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    Buzanov, O. A.; Zabelina, E. V. Kozlova, N. S. Sagalova, T. B.

    2008-09-15

    The near-electrode processes on the surfaces of the polar cuts of lanthanum-gallium tantalate crystals grown in different atmospheres were investigated. The temperature dependences of short-circuit currents in the temperature range 20-700{sup o}C were measured and phase analysis of the sample surfaces after the temperature tests were performed. It is shown that short-circuit currents arise on the surfaces of polar cuts with identical conducting coatings without preliminary polarization. These currents are caused by the generation of intrinsic emf as a result of the electrochemical reactions on opposite polar cut surfaces coming in contact with a conducting coating. It is established that the crystal growth atmosphere and the conducting coating material significantly affect the temperature dependences of short-circuit currents.

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

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

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

  5. Gas permeability of lanthanum oxycarbide targets for the SPES project

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    Biasetto, L.; Innocentini, M. D. M.; Chacon, W. S.; Corradetti, S.; Carturan, S.; Colombo, P.; Andrighetto, A.

    2013-09-01

    The creation of a porous matrix made of interconnected and permeable paths is a key step for the processing of optimized metal carbide targets in the SPES (Selective Production of Exotic Species) project. Unlike close or non-connected open pores, permeable pores link more efficiently the interior and the surface of target disks, and therefore facilitate the effusion and convection transport mechanisms for a faster extraction of exotic nuclei with short decay times. This work describes the analysis of the interconnected porosity of lanthanum oxycarbide targets through the evaluation of permeability coefficients obtained in argon flow experiments at room and high temperature. Samples were produced by the sacrificial template method using phenolic resin (PR) as source of carbon for the carbothermal reaction of lanthanum oxide, and different amounts of polymethilmetacrylate (PMMA) microbeads as template for the production of porosity. Results showed that conventional targets prepared without sacrificial templates displayed relatively high total porosity (45.6%), but very low permeability coefficients (k1 = 4.21 × 10-17 m2 and k2 = 1.90 × 10-15 m), comparable to other dense ceramic materials. The linear increase in total porosity from 64.8% to 88.9% achieved by the gradual increase of PMMA from 30% to 80 wt.% resulted in a remarkable increase of five orders of magnitude for k1 (2.36 × 10-12 m2) and eight orders for k2 (7.48 × 10-7 m2). The addition of sacrificial fillers was found to be much more efficient to create interconnected and permeable paths in the structure than the carbothermal reduction itself. Preliminary tests with argon flow up to 450 °C revealed that the porous matrix also became more permeable with the increase in the gas temperature due to thermal expansion effects, but the extent of this gain depended on the initial porosity level of the sample.

  6. The 23 to 300 C demagnetization resistance of samarium-cobalt permanent magnets

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    Niedra, Janis M.; Overton, Eric

    1991-01-01

    The influence of temperature on knee point and squareness of the M-H demagnetization characteristic of permanent magnets is important information for the full utilization of the capabilities of samarium-cobalt magnets at high temperature in demagnetization resistent permanent magnet devices. Composite plots of the knee field and the demagnetizing field required to produce a given magnetic induction swing below remanence were obtained for several commercial Sm2Co17 type magnet samples in the temperature range of 23 to 300 C. Using the knee point to define the limits of operation safe against irreversible demagnetization, such plots are shown to provide an effective overview of the useable regions in the space of temperature-induction swing parameters. The observed second quadrant M-H characteristic squareness is shown, by two measures, to increase gradually with temperature, reaching a peak in the interval 200 to 300 C.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase in lithium borate based nanocrystallized glasses

    SciTech Connect

    Harihara Venkataraman, B.; Fujiwara, Takumi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2009-06-15

    Glass composites comprising of un-doped and samarium-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystallites are fabricated in the glass system 16.66SrO-16.66[(1-x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-xSm{sub 2}O{sub 3}]-16.66Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-50Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} (0<=x<=0.5, in mol%) via the melt quenching technique. The glassy nature of the as-quenched samples is established by differential thermal analyses. Transmission electron microscopic studies reveal the presence of about 15 nm sized spherical crystallites of the fluorite-like SrBi{sub 1.9}Sm{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase in the samples heat treated at 530 deg. C. The formation of layered perovskite-type un-doped and samarium-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystallites with an orthorhombic structure through the intermediate fluorite phase is confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopic studies. The influence of samarium doping on the lattice parameters, lattice distortions, and the Raman peak positions of SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} perovskite phase is clarified. The dielectric constants of the perovskite SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} and SrBi{sub 1.9}Sm{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystals are relatively larger than those of the corresponding fluorite-like phase and the precursor glass. - Graphical Abstract: This figure shows the XRD patterns at room temperature for the as-quenched and heat treated samples in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped (x=0.1) glass. Based on these results, it is concluded that the formation of samarium-doped perovskite SBN phase takes place via an intermediate fluorite-like phase in the crystallization of this glass.

  8. Lanthanum Molybdate Nanoparticles from the Bradley Reaction: Factors Influencing Their Composition, Structure, and Functional Characteristics as Potential Matrixes for Luminescent Phosphors

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Interaction of lanthanum isopropoxide with molybdenum(VI) alkoxides in La/Mo ratios varying from 3:1 to 1:1 in acetophenon or allyl alcohol as solvents offers nanosized poorly crystalline products of complex composition, where the precipitation of Mo-rich ones is followed by the formation of La-rich ones with conservation of the reaction stoichiometry in total. Thermal treatment of the precipitates at temperatures over 700 °C leads to the formation of stoichiometric phases of the ?- and ?-La2Mo2O9 compositions. Introduction of smaller Re3+ cations such as Sm3+ by doping favors stabilization of the La2–xRExMo2O9 phase with improved crystallinity even after lower-temperature thermal treatment. The doping is successful only when the Re3+ (Sm3+, Eu3+, and Tb3+) is introduced as an alkoxide: application of Re3+(acac)3 as Re3+ sources leads to materials free from Re3+. The produced samples were characterized by XPD, TGA, SEM, and TEM studies as well as the luminescent properties for the Sm3+-doped phases. PMID:24392745

  9. Preparation and laser performance of Nd-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide transparent ceramic

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    Yang, Qiuhong; Lu, Shenzhou; Zhang, Bin; Zhang, Haojia; Zhou, Jun; Yuan, Zhijun; Qi, Yunfeng; Lou, Qihong

    2011-03-01

    1.5 at.% Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 transparent ceramic was fabricated by a solid-state reaction method and sintered at 1650-1700 °C for 40-50 h under H 2 atmosphere. The spectroscopic properties were investigated at room temperature. The transparent ceramic has excellent spectroscopic properties, with the absorption cross section of 1.50 × 10 -20 cm 2 and broad full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 8 nm at LD wavelength 806 nm, the emission cross section of 2.03 × 10 -20 cm 2 at 1079 nm, and the decay lifetime of 200 ?s. Laser performance was carried out using an uncoated Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 ceramic plate under laser diode end-pumping without any water cooling device. The room temperature thermal conductivity of this ceramic is 6.20 W/mK. For Nd:Y 1.8La 0.2O 3 ceramic laser, a maximum output power of 62 mW was obtained at 1079 nm under a 808 nm diode pump.

  10. Chemical Preparation of Pure and Strontium-and/or Magnesium-Doped Lanthanum Gallate Powders

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    Tas, A. Cuneyt

    .8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O2.815 were prepared via a Pechini-type process that uses citric acid and ethylene the formation of a poly- meric resin, using citric acid and ethylene glycol. This process later was used-synthesis route, citric acid forms poly(basic acid) chelates with the metal cations. These chelates undergo polyes

  11. Luminescence study on Eu or Tb doped lanthanum-gadolinium pyrosilicate crystal

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    Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shishido, Toetsu; Sugawara, Takamasa; Nomura, Akiko; Yubuta, Kunio; Pejchal, Jan; Murakami, Rikito; Yokota, Yuui; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Yuji; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-03-01

    (Eu0.01, Gd0.90, La0.09)2Si2O7 (Eu:La-GPS) and (Tb0.01, Gd0.90, La0.09)2Si2O7 (Tb:La-GPS) crystals were grown by the floating zone method, and their optical and scintillation properties were investigated. Gd3+-to-Tb3+ or -Eu3+ energy transfer processes were found, and photo-luminescence and radio-luminescence emission spectra showed 5D0-7Fi (i = 1-4) Eu3+ transitions in Eu:La-GPS, and 5D3-7Fi (i = 3-6) and 5D4-7Fi (i = 3-6) transitions in Tb:La-GPS. Using these scintillators, alpha-ray imaging was possible with a CMOS camera. These materials can be used for X-ray detection as well.

  12. Fabrication and spectral properties of Nd 3+-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide transparent ceramics

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    Hu, Xiaoman; Yang, Qiuhong; Dou, Chuanguo; Xu, Jun; Zhou, Hongxu

    2008-06-01

    Transparent 1 at% Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 ceramics were fabricated with nanopowders prepared by carbonate coprecipitation method. The powder compacts were sintered in H2 atmosphere at 1550 °C for 30 h. The Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 ceramics display uniform grains of about 50 ?m and high transparency. The highest transmittance of the ceramics reaches 67%. The strongest absorption peak is in the wavelength of 820 nm with absorption cross section of 2.48 × 10-20 cm2. The absorption is still high at LD wavelength 806 nm with absorption cross section of 1.78 × 10-20 cm2 and broad full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 6.3 nm. The strongest emission peak was centered at 1078 nm with large stimulated emission cross section of 9.63 × 10-20 cm2 and broad FWHM of about 7.8 nm. The broad absorption and emission bandwidth of Nd3+:Y1.9La0.1O3 transparent ceramics are favorable to achieve the miniaturized LD pumping apparatus and ultrashort modelocked pulse laser output, respectively.

  13. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of Sm{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} doped cadmium sulfide nanocrystals

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    L, Saravanan; R, Jayavel; A, Pandurangan; Jih-Hsin, Liu; Hsin-Yuan, Miao

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: Samarium (Sm{sup 3+}) and neodymium (Nd{sup 3+}) doped cadmium sulfide nanocrystals have been prepared via precipitation method. The structural and the luminescent properties of the as-synthesised nanocrystals have been discussed. - Highlights: • Cubic phase lanthanide ion doped cadmium sulfide nanocrystals were prepared by co-precipitation method. • HRTEM displays randomly aggregated nanoparticles with well-defined lattice fringes. • Energy gap and optical properties were affected by the different doping ions. • Effect of Sm and Nd ion doping on photo-emission of CdS nanocrystals was clarified. - Abstract: Cubic phase samarium (Sm{sup 3+}) and neodymium (Nd{sup 3+}) doped cadmium sulfide nanocrystals were synthesized through the chemical co-precipitation method. The crystallite size computed with high intense (1 1 1) peak using Scherrer formula was ?3 nm. Morphology was examined with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images further established the formation of nanoclusters and EDAX spectra confirms the presence of cadmium, sulphide and rare earth elements in the sample. SAED pattern shows the crystallinity of the synthesized sample. Blue shift in the bandgap energy in the reflectance UV spectra, illustrates size quantization effect and dopant ion incorporation into the host lattice. The effect of doping concentrations of Sm{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} on the luminescence spectra of CdS was studied. The emission spectra revealed that the intensity increased considerably in the presence of dopant ions. The variation in the optical properties and the enhancement in the luminescence were discussed for different doping levels.

  14. Preparation and use of samarium diiodide (SmI(2)) in organic synthesis: the mechanistic role of HMPA and Ni(II) salts in the samarium Barbier reaction.

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    Sadasivam, Dhandapani V; Choquette, Kimberly A; Flowers, Robert A

    2013-01-01

    Although initially considered an esoteric reagent, SmI(2) has become a common tool for synthetic organic chemists. SmI(2) is generated through the addition of molecular iodine to samarium metal in THF.(1,2-3) It is a mild and selective single electron reductant and its versatility is a result of its ability to initiate a wide range of reductions including C-C bond-forming and cascade or sequential reactions. SmI(2) can reduce a variety of functional groups including sulfoxides and sulfones, phosphine oxides, epoxides, alkyl and aryl halides, carbonyls, and conjugated double bonds.(2-12) One of the fascinating features of SmI-(2)-mediated reactions is the ability to manipulate the outcome of reactions through the selective use of cosolvents or additives. In most instances, additives are essential in controlling the rate of reduction and the chemo- or stereoselectivity of reactions.(13-14) Additives commonly utilized to fine tune the reactivity of SmI(2) can be classified into three major groups: (1) Lewis bases (HMPA, other electron-donor ligands, chelating ethers, etc.), (2) proton sources (alcohols, water etc.), and (3) inorganic additives (Ni(acac)(2), FeCl(3), etc).(3) Understanding the mechanism of SmI(2) reactions and the role of the additives enables utilization of the full potential of the reagent in organic synthesis. The Sm-Barbier reaction is chosen to illustrate the synthetic importance and mechanistic role of two common additives: HMPA and Ni(II) in this reaction. The Sm-Barbier reaction is similar to the traditional Grignard reaction with the only difference being that the alkyl halide, carbonyl, and Sm reductant are mixed simultaneously in one pot.(1,15) Examples of Sm-mediated Barbier reactions with a range of coupling partners have been reported,(1,3,7,10,12) and have been utilized in key steps of the synthesis of large natural products.(16,17) Previous studies on the effect of additives on SmI(2) reactions have shown that HMPA enhances the reduction potential of SmI(2) by coordinating to the samarium metal center, producing a more powerful,(13-14,18) sterically encumbered reductant(19-21) and in some cases playing an integral role in post electron-transfer steps facilitating subsequent bond-forming events.(22) In the Sm-Barbier reaction, HMPA has been shown to additionally activate the alkyl halide by forming a complex in a pre-equilibrium step.(23) Ni(II) salts are a catalytic additive used frequently in Sm-mediated transformations.(24-27) Though critical for success, the mechanistic role of Ni(II) was not known in these reactions. Recently it has been shown that SmI(2) reduces Ni(II) to Ni(0), and the reaction is then carried out through organometallic Ni(0) chemistry.(28) These mechanistic studies highlight that although the same Barbier product is obtained, the use of different additives in the SmI(2) reaction drastically alters the mechanistic pathway of the reaction. The protocol for running these SmI(2)-initiated reactions is described. PMID:23407417

  15. Toxicity of Two Different Sized Lanthanum Oxides in Cultured Cells and Sprague-Dawley Rats

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    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the use of both nano- and micro-sized lanthanum has been increasing in the production of optical glasses, batteries, alloys, etc. However, a hazard assessment has not been performed to determine the degree of toxicity of lanthanum. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify the toxicity of both nano- and micro-sized lanthanum oxide in cultured cells and rats. After identifying the size and the morphology of lanthanum oxides, the toxicity of two different sized lanthanum oxides was compared in cultured RAW264.7 cells and A549 cells. The toxicity of the lanthanum oxides was also analyzed using rats. The half maximal inhibitory concentrations of micro-La2O3 in the RAW264.7 cells, with and without sonication, were 17.3 and 12.7 times higher than those of nano-La2O3, respectively. Similar to the RAW264.7 cells, the toxicity of nano-La2O3 was stronger than that of micro-La2O3 in the A549 cells. We found that nano-La2O3 was absorbed in the lungs more and was eliminated more slowly than micro-La2O3. At a dosage that did not affect the body weight, numbers of leukocytes, and concentrations of lactate dehydrogenase and albumin in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids, the weight of the lungs increased. Inflammatory effects on BAL decreased over time, but lung weight increased and the proteinosis of the lung became severe over time. The effects of particle size on the toxicity of lanthanum oxides in rats were less than in the cultured cells. In conclusion, smaller lanthanum oxides were more toxic in the cultured cells, and sonication decreased their size and increased their toxicity. The smaller-sized lanthanum was absorbed more into the lungs and caused more toxicity in the lungs. The histopathological symptoms caused by lanthanum oxide in the lungs did not go away and continued to worsen until 13 weeks after the initial exposure. PMID:26191385

  16. Sparkle/AM1 Parameters for the Modeling of Samarium(III) and Promethium(III) Complexes.

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    Freire, Ricardo O; da Costa, Nivan B; Rocha, Gerd B; Simas, Alfredo M

    2006-01-01

    The Sparkle/AM1 model is extended to samarium(III) and promethium(III) complexes. A set of 15 structures of high crystallographic quality (R factor < 0.05 Å), with ligands chosen to be representative of all samarium complexes in the Cambridge Crystallographic Database 2004, CSD, with nitrogen or oxygen directly bonded to the samarium ion, was used as a training set. In the validation procedure, we used a set of 42 other complexes, also of high crystallographic quality. The results show that this parametrization for the Sm(III) ion is similar in accuracy to the previous parametrizations for Eu(III), Gd(III), and Tb(III). On the other hand, promethium is an artificial radioactive element with no stable isotope. So far, there are no promethium complex crystallographic structures in CSD. To circumvent this, we confirmed our previous result that RHF/STO-3G/ECP, with the MWB effective core potential (ECP), appears to be the most efficient ab initio model chemistry in terms of coordination polyhedron crystallographic geometry predictions from isolated lanthanide complex ion calculations. We thus generated a set of 15 RHF/STO-3G/ECP promethium complex structures with ligands chosen to be representative of complexes available in the CSD for all other trivalent lanthanide cations, with nitrogen or oxygen directly bonded to the lanthanide ion. For the 42 samarium(III) complexes and 15 promethium(III) complexes considered, the Sparkle/AM1 unsigned mean error, for all interatomic distances between the Ln(III) ion and the ligand atoms of the first sphere of coordination, is 0.07 and 0.06 Å, respectively, a level of accuracy comparable to present day ab initio/ECP geometries, while being hundreds of times faster. PMID:26626380

  17. Electric properties and phase transition behavior in lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate ceramics with low zirconate content

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    Zeng, Tao; Lou, Qi-Wei; Chen, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Hong-Ling; Dong, Xian-Lin; Wang, Gen-Shui

    2015-11-01

    The phase transitions, dielectric properties, and polarization versus electric field (P–E) hysteresis loops of Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.42Sn0.58?xTix)O3 (0.13? x ?0.18) (PLZST) bulk ceramics were systematically investigated. This study exhibited a sequence of phase transitions by analyzing the change of the P–E hysteresis loops with increasing temperature. The antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary of PLZST with the Zr content of 0.42 was found to locate at the Ti content between 0.14 and 0.15. This work is aimed to improve the ternary phase diagram of lanthanum-doped PZST with the Zr content of 0.42 and will be a good reference for seeking high energy storage density in the PLZST system with low-Zr content. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51202273, 11204304, and 11304334) and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2261000).

  18. Capillary optical fibre with Sm3+ doped ribbon core

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    Baranowska, Agata; Miluski, Piotr; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Zmojda, Jacek; Dorosz, Dominik

    2015-09-01

    The paper presents new construction of luminescent photonic sensor based on an optical fiber capillary with a side ribbon doped with Sm3+ ions. Samarium ions ensure efficient excitation at the wavelength of 405 nm and multi colour luminescence in visible spectrum (550-720 nm). This phenomenon was proposed to increase sensor accuracy by using measurements of certain wavelength. The luminescence and angular characteristics of developed optrode were characterized at the lateral and face excitation of special capillary fibre construction. Rhodamine B (RhB) was used as a test solution in designed optrode. The nearly linear characteristic of RhB concentration was obtained for up to 0.15 % (w/w). The results indicate that the designed optrode can be used for construction of compact luminescent sensor for measuring selected properties of the solutions.

  19. The effect of LaBr3:Ce single crystal aliovalent co-doping on its mechanical strength

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    Benedetto, A.; Valladeau, S.; Richaud, D.; Ouspenski, V.; Gy, R.

    2015-06-01

    Lanthanum bromide cerium doped single crystals are a transparent scintillator material that offers outstanding scintillation properties with high light yield, excellent energy resolution, fast emission and excellent proportionality. Although properly packaged detectors are robust enough to withstand operating conditions during geophysical oil logging operations, the material itself is brittle and exhibits low fracture toughness. We attempted to modify the composition of the crystals through aliovalent co-doping by Ba, Ca, Hf, Sr, Zn and Zr. These elements have been added in concentrations from 100 ppm to 5000 ppm to the growth bath. Ratio of co-doping in the crystalline matrices ranged from no incorporation (for Hf, Zn, and Zr) up to 200 ppm for Sr and 10-20 ppm for Ca. The effect of the aliovalent co-doping on the mechanical properties of the crystals and in particular on their mechanical strength, hardness and toughness has been measured. As the crystals are extremely hygroscopic this demanded designing customized experiments in anhydrous environment in order to obtain reliable and accurate results. The ultimate strength has been measured by four points bending. Hardness has been measured by indentation and by the same technique we attempted to have some information on the fracture toughness. No improvement of the mechanical properties of the co-doped crystals with respect to the reference standard lanthanum bromide cerium doped could be found.

  20. Strontium-doped samarium manganite as cathode materials for oxygen reduction reaction in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Li, W.; Xiong, C. Y.; Jia, L. C.; Pu, J.; Chi, B.; Chen, X.; Schwank, J. W.; Li, J.

    2015-06-01

    SmxSr1-xMnO3 with x = 0.3, 0.5 and 0.8, denoted as SSM37, SSM55 and SSM82, respectively, have been prepared via a sol-gel route as materials for cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells. Their activities in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) have been evaluated in comparison with the state-of-the-art cathode material La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM82) by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetry (TG). Among all the prepared cathodes, the SSM55 exhibits the lowest values, while the LSM82 exhibits the highest polarization resistance, at open circuit voltage (OCV) and temperatures from 650 to 800 °C. This result indicates that the prepared SmxSr1-xMnO3 is a promising replacement for LSM82 as cathode material for SOFCs, and the SSM55 represents the optimal concentration in SmxSr1-xMnO3 series. The remarkably high ORR activity of the SSM55 is ascribed to its high surface Mn4+/Mn3+ and Oad/Olattice ratios and fast surface oxygen exchange kinetics.

  1. Potentiometric measurement of polymer-membrane electrodes based on lanthanum

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    Saefurohman, Asep Buchari, Noviandri, Indra; Syoni

    2014-03-24

    Quantitative analysis of rare earth elements which are considered as the standard method that has a high accuracy, and detection limits achieved by the order of ppm is inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES). But these tools are expensive and valuable analysis of the high cost of implementation. In this study be made and characterized selective electrode for the determination of rare earth ions is potentiometric. Membrane manufacturing techniques studied is based on immersion (liquid impregnated membrane) in PTFE 0.5 pore size. As ionophores to be used tri butyl phosphate (TBP) and bis(2-etylhexyl) hydrogen phosphate. There is no report previously that TBP used as ionophore in polymeric membrane based lanthanum. Some parameters that affect the performance of membrane electrode such as membrane composition, membrane thickness, and types of membrane materials studied in this research. Manufacturing of Ion Selective Electrodes (ISE) Lanthanum (La) by means of impregnation La membrane in TBP in kerosene solution has been done and showed performance for ISE-La. FTIR spectrum results for PTFE 0.5 pore size which impregnated in TBP and PTFE blank showed difference of spectra in the top 1257 cm{sup ?1}, 1031 cm{sup ?1} and 794.7 cm{sup ?1} for P=O stretching and stretching POC from group ?OP =O. The result showed shift wave number for P =O stretching of the cluster (?OP=O) in PTFE-TBP mixture that is at the peak of 1230 cm{sup ?1} indicated that no interaction bond between hydroxyl group of molecules with molecular clusters fosforil of TBP or R{sub 3}P = O. The membrane had stable responses in pH range between 1 and 9. Good responses were obtained using 10{sup ?3} M La(III) internal solution, which produced relatively high potential. ISE-La showed relatively good performances. The electrode had a response time of 29±4.5 second and could be use for 50 days. The linear range was between 10{sup ?5} and 10{sup ?1} M.

  2. Conversion to lanthanum carbonate monotherapy effectively controls serum phosphorus with a reduced tablet burden: a multicenter open-label study

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Lanthanum carbonate (FOSRENOL®) is an effective, well-tolerated phosphate binder. The ability of lanthanum to reduce serum phosphorus levels to ?5.5 mg/dL in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) was assessed in a clinical practice setting. Methods A 16-week, phase IV study enrolled 2763 patients at 223 US sites to evaluate the efficacy of lanthanum carbonate in controlling serum phosphorus in patients with ESRD, and patient and physician satisfaction with, and preference for, lanthanum carbonate after conversion from other phosphate-binder medications. Patients received lanthanum carbonate prescriptions from physicians. These prescriptions were filled at local pharmacies rather than obtaining medication at the clinical trial site. Changes from serum phosphorus baseline values were analyzed using paired t tests. Patient and physician preferences for lanthanum carbonate versus previous medications were assessed using binomial proportion tests. Satisfaction was analyzed using the McNemar test. Daily dose, tablet burden, and laboratory values including albumin-adjusted serum calcium, calcium × phosphorus product, and parathyroid hormone levels were secondary endpoints. Results Serum phosphorus control (?5.5 mg/dL) was effectively maintained in patients converting to lanthanum carbonate monotherapy; 41.6% of patients had controlled serum phosphate levels at 16 weeks. Patients and physicians expressed markedly higher satisfaction with lanthanum carbonate, and preferred lanthanum carbonate over previous medication. There were significant reductions in daily dose and daily tablet burden after conversion to lanthanum carbonate. Conclusions Serum phosphorus levels were effectively maintained in patients converted from other phosphate-binder medications to lanthanum carbonate, with increased satisfaction and reduced tablet burden. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT0016012 PMID:21962172

  3. Processing Techniques Developed to Fabricate Lanthanum Titanate Piezoceramic Material for High-Temperature Smart Structures

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    Goldsby, Jon C.; Farmer, Serene C.; Sayir, Ali

    2004-01-01

    Piezoelectric ceramic materials are potential candidates for use as actuators and sensors in intelligent gas turbine engines. For piezoceramics to be applied in gas turbine engines, they will have to be able to function in temperatures ranging from 1000 to 2500 F. However, the maximum use temperature for state-of-the-art piezoceramic materials is on the order of 300 to 400 F. Research activities have been initiated to develop high-temperature piezoceramic materials for gas turbine engine applications. Lanthanum titanate has been shown to have high-temperature piezoelectric properties with Curie temperatures of T(sub c) = 1500 C and use temperatures greater than 1000 C. However, the fabrication of lanthanum titanate poses serious challenges because of the very high sintering temperatures required for densification. Two different techniques have been developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center to fabricate dense lanthanum titanate piezoceramic material. In one approach, lower sintering temperatures were achieved by adding yttrium oxide to commercially available lanthanum titanate powder. Addition of only 0.1 mol% yttrium oxide lowered the sintering temperature by as much as 300 C, to just 1100 C, and dense lanthanum titanate was produced by pressure-assisted sintering. The second approach utilized the same commercially available powders but used an innovative sintering approach called differential sintering, which did not require any additive.

  4. Electronic Transitions and Spin-Orbit Splitting of Lanthanum Dimer

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    Liu, Yang; Wu, Lu; Zhang, Changhua; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2011-06-01

    Lanthanum dimer (La_2) was studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy and a series of high-level multi-configuration ab initio calculations (CASSCF, CASPT2, and MRCI). The MATI spectrum exhibits three band systems originating at 39044, 40312, and 40862 Cm-1, respectively. Above the band origin, the first band system displays a vibrational progression of ˜232 Cm-1, and the other two show vibrational progression with the same interval of ˜240 Cm-1. Below the band origin, the three systems exhibit the same vibrational interval of ˜207 Cm-1. These band systems are assigned to three electronic transitions from the ground state of La_2 to the low-lying electronic states of La_2^+: ^2?^+_g ? ^1?^+_g, ^2?u,1/2 ? ^1?^+_g, and ^2?u,3/2 ? ^1?^+_g. The spin-orbit splitting in the ^2?U ion state is 550 Cm-1. In addition, the electronic states and bonding of La_2 will be compared with those of Sc_2 and Y_2.

  5. Genetics of superionic conductivity in lithium lanthanum titanates.

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    Jay, E E; Rushton, M J D; Chroneos, A; Grimes, R W; Kilner, J A

    2015-01-01

    The self-diffusion of ions is a fundamental mass transport process in solids and has a profound impact on the performance of electrochemical devices such as the solid oxide fuel cell, batteries and electrolysers. The perovskite system lithium lanthanum titanate, La2/3-xLi3xTiO3 (LLTO) has been the subject of much academic interest as it displays very high lattice conductivity for a solid state Li conductor; making it a material of great technological interest for deployment in safe durable mobile power applications. However, so far, a clear picture of the structural features that lead to efficient ion diffusion pathways in LLTO, has not been fully developed. In this work we show that a genetic algorithm in conjunction with molecular dynamics can be employed to elucidate diffusion mechanisms in systems such as LLTO. Based on our simulations we provide evidence that there is a three-dimensional percolated network of Li diffusion pathways. The present approach not only reproduces experimental ionic conductivity results but the method also promises straightforward investigation and optimisation of the properties relating to superionic conductivity in materials such as LLTO. Furthermore, this method could be used to provide insights into related materials with structural disorder. PMID:25372938

  6. Removing Phosphorus from Aqueous Solutions Using Lanthanum Modified Pine Needles

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    Wang, Xianze; Liu, Zhongmou; Liu, Jiancong; Huo, Mingxin; Huo, Hongliang; Yang, Wu

    2015-01-01

    The renewable pine needles was used as an adsorbent to remove phosphorus from aqueous solutions. Using batch experiments, pine needles pretreated with alkali-isopropanol (AI) failed to effectively remove phosphorus, while pine needles modified with lanthanum hydroxide (LH) showed relatively high removal efficiency. LH pine needles were effective at a wide pH ranges, with the highest removal efficiency reaching approximately 85% at a pH of 3. The removal efficiency was kept above 65% using 10 mg/L phosphorus solutions at desired pH values. There was no apparent significant competitive behavior between co-existing anions of sulfate, nitrate, and chloride (SO42-, NO3- and Cl-); however, CO32- exhibited increased interfering behavior as concentrations increased. An intraparticle diffusion model showed that the adsorption process occurred in three phases, suggesting that a boundary layer adsorption phenomena slightly affected the adsorption process, and that intraparticle diffusion was dominant. The adsorption process was thermodynamically unfavorable and non-spontaneous; temperature increases improved phosphorus removal. Total organic carbon (TOC) assays indicated that chemical modification reduced the release of soluble organic compounds from 135.6 mg/L to 7.76 mg/L. This new information about adsorption performances provides valuable information, and can inform future technological applications designed to remove phosphorus from aqueous solutions. PMID:26630014

  7. Electrical and pyroelectric properties of lanthanum based niobate

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    Padhee, R.; Das, Piyush R.; Parida, B. N.; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2013-02-01

    A lanthanum based new tungsten bronze (TB) ferroelectrics (K2Pb2La2W2Ti4Nb4O30) was synthesized by a mixed-oxide method at high temperature. Thermogravimetry analysis (TG) technique was used to decide the material preparation conditions. The formation of desired compound was confirmed by preliminary X-ray structural analysis. The SEM micrograph of the sintered sample exhibits uniform rod-like grain distribution without many voids. Detailed studies of the nature of variation of dielectric parameters with temperature and frequency shows dielectric anomaly at 310 °C. The temperature dependence of electrical parameters (impedance, modulus, conductivity, etc) of the material exhibits a strong correlation between its micro-structure (i.e., bulk, grain boundary, etc) and electrical properties. The dc conductivity follows the Arrhenius equation, and thus its variation with rise in temperature reveals the negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior of the material. The material obeys Jonscher's universal power law which is evident from the frequency dependence of ac conductivity. The variation of current with temperature shows that the material has high pyroelectric co-efficient and figure of merit. Hence the material is useful for pyroelectric sensors.

  8. The Bayo Canyon/radioactive lanthanum (RaLa) program

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    Dummer, J.E.; Taschner, J.C.; Courtright, C.C.

    1996-04-01

    LANL conducted 254 radioactive lanthanum (RaLa) implosion experiments Sept. 1944-March 1962, in order to test implosion designs for nuclear weapons. High explosives surrounding common metals (surrogates for Pu) and a radioactive source containing up to several thousand curies of La, were involved in each experiment. The resulting cloud was deposited as fallout, often to distances of several miles. This report was prepared to summarize existing records as an aid in evaluating the off-site impact, if any, of this 18-year program. The report provides a historical setting for the program, which was conducted in Technical Area 10, Bayo Canyon about 3 miles east of Los Alamos. A description of the site is followed by a discussion of collateral experiments conducted in 1950 by US Air Force for developing an airborne detector for tracking atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. All known off-site data from the RaLa program are tabulated and discussed. Besides the radiolanthanum, other potential trace radioactive material that may have been present in the fallout is discussed and amounts estimated. Off-site safety considerations are discussed; a preliminary off-site dose assessment is made. Bibliographical data on 33 persons important to the program are presented as footnotes.

  9. A new large area lanthanum hexaboride plasma source C. M. Cooper, W. Gekelman, P. Pribyl, and Z. Lucky

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    Carter, Troy

    cathode discharges for studies in plasma surface interactions and di- verter physics.3­5 Until nowA new large area lanthanum hexaboride plasma source C. M. Cooper, W. Gekelman, P. Pribyl, and Z July 2010; published online 16 August 2010 A new 18 18 cm2 active area lanthanum hexaboride LaB6 plasma

  10. Development and evaluation of copper-67 and samarium-153 labeled conjugates for tumor radioimmunotherapy

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    Srivastava, S.C.; Mausner, L.F.; Mease, R.C.; Meinken, G.E.; Joshi, V.; Kolsky, K.; Sweet, M.; Steplewski, Z.

    1995-02-01

    The potential of utilizing receptor-specific agents such as monoclonal antibodies (MAb), and MAb-derived smaller molecules, as carriers of radionuclides for the selective destruction of tumors has stimulated much research activity. The success of such applications depends on many factors, especially the tumor binding properties of the antibody reagent, the efficiency of labeling and in-vivo stability of the radioconjugate and, on the careful choice of the radionuclide best suited to treat the tumor under consideration. The radiolabeled antibody technique for radioimmunotherapy (RIT), however, has experienced many limitations, and its success has not matched the expectations that were raised more than a decade ago. The problems that have been identified include: (i) degradation of antibody immunoreactivity resulting from chemical manipulations required for labeling; (ii) lack of suitable radioisotopes and methods for stable attachment of the radiolabel; (iii) in-vivo instability of the radioimmunoconjugates; (iv) excessive accumulation of activity in non-target locations; and (v) lack of radioimmunoconjugate accessibility to cells internal to a tumor mass. A careful choice of the radionuclide(s) best suited to treat the tumor under consideration is one of the most important requirements for successful radioimmunotherapy. This study evaluates copper 67 and samarium 153 for tumor radioimmunotherapy.

  11. Polarization-based isotope-selective two-color photoionization of atomic samarium using broadband lasers

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    Seema, A. U.; Rath, Asawari D.; Mandal, P. K.; Dev, Vas

    2015-03-01

    An isotope separation method based on polarization selection rules is applied to atomic samarium by using two-color resonance ionization spectroscopy with broadband lasers. In this method, odd isotopes with nonzero nuclear spin are selectively excited, while even isotopes with zero nuclear spin are prohibited from excitation using two parallel linearly polarized lasers. We have identified a two-color excitation scheme 0 cm-1 ( J = 0) ? 15650.5 cm-1 ( J = 1) ? 33116.8 cm-1 ( J = 1) ? Sm+ for selective excitation of the odd isotopes of Sm I. Using this scheme, selective excitation of odd isotopes of Sm I (147Sm and 149Sm) with an isotopic selectivity better than 40 has been demonstrated. In addition, the effect of different polarization states of the excitation lasers and relative polarization angle between them on the selectivity of odd isotopes has also been studied. The dependence of the even mass isotope signal on the relative polarization angle followed sin2 ?, which is in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions.

  12. Uranyl sensitization of samarium (III) luminescence in a two-dimensional coordination polymer

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    Knope, Karah E.; de Lill, Daniel T.; Rowland, Clare E.; Cantos, Paula M.; de Bettencourt-Dias, Ana; Cahill, Christopher L.

    2012-01-02

    Heterometallic carboxyphosphonates UO?2+/Ln3+ have been prepared from the hydrothermal reaction of uranyl nitrate, lanthanide nitrate (Ln = Sm, Tb, Er, Yb), and phosphonoacetic acid (H?PPA). Compound 1, (UO?)?(PPA)(HPPA)?Sm(H?O)·2H?O (1) adopts a two-dimensional structure in which the UO?2+ metal ions bind exclusively to the phosphonate moiety, whereas the Ln3+ ions are coordinated by both phosphonate and carboxylate functionalities. Luminescence studies of 1 show very bright visible and near-IR samarium(III)-centered emission upon direct excitation of the uranyl moiety. The Sm3+ emissive state exhibits a double-exponential decay with lifetimes of 67.2 ± 6.5 and 9.0 ± 1.3 ?s as measured at 594 nm, after excitation at both 365 and 420 nm. No emission is observed in the region typical of the uranyl cation, indicating that all energy is either transferred to the Sm3+ center or lost to nonradiative processes. Herein we report the synthesis, crystal structure, and luminescent behavior of 1, as well as those of the isostructural terbium, erbium, and ytterbium analogues.

  13. M-H characteristics and demagnetization resistance of samarium-cobalt permanent magnets to 300 C

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    Niedra, J. M.

    1992-01-01

    The influence of temperature on the M-H demagnetization characteristics of permanent magnets is important information for the full utilization of the capabilities of samarium-cobalt magnets at high temperatures in demagnetization-resistant permanent magnet devices. In high temperature space power converters, such as free-piston Stirling engine driven linear alternators, magnet demagnetization can occur as long-term consequence of thermal agitation of domains and of metallurgical change, and also as an immediate consequence of too large an applied field. Investigated here is the short-term demagnetization resistance to applied fields derived from basic M-H data. These quasistatic demagnetization data were obtained for commercial, high-intrinsic-coercivity, Sm2Co17-type magnets from 5 sources, in the temperature range 23 to 300 C. An electromagnet driven, electronic hysteresigraph was used to test the 1-cm cubic samples. The observed variation of the 2nd quadrant M-H characteristics was a typical rapid loss of M-coercivity and a relatively lesser loss of remanence with increasing temperature.

  14. Europium, Samarium, and Neodymium Isotopic Fractions in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Roederer, Ian U; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J; Sobeck, Jennifer S; Pilachowski, Catherine A

    2007-01-01

    We have derived isotopic fractions of europium, samarium, and neodymium in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories. These isotopic fractions were measured from new high resolution (R ~ 120,000), high signal-to-noise (S/N ~ 160-1000) spectra obtained with the 2dCoude spectrograph of McDonald Observatory's 2.7m Smith telescope. Synthetic spectra were generated using recent high-precision laboratory measurements of hyperfine and isotopic subcomponents of several transitions of these elements and matched quantitatively to the observed spectra. We interpret our isotopic fractions by the nucleosynthesis predictions of the stellar model, which reproduces s-process nucleosynthesis from the physical conditions expected in low-mass, thermally-pulsing stars on the AGB, and the classical method, which approximates s-process nucleosynthesis by a steady neutron flux impinging upon Fe-peak seed nuclei. Our Eu isotopic fraction in HD 175305 is consistent with an r-process origin by the ...

  15. Lunar prospector measurements of the distribution of incompatible elements gadolinium, samarium and thorium

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    Elphic, R.C.; Lawrence, D.J.; Feldman, W.C.; Barraclough, B.L.; Maurice, S.; Binder, A.B.; Lucey, P.G.

    1999-04-01

    Lunar Prospector neutron spectrometer (NS) and gamma ray spectrometer (GRS) observations have been used to map out the distribution of incompatible elements on the lunar surface. Specifically, the GRS data provide maps of the distribution of thorium and potassium while the NS data provide information on the distribution of iron and titanium, and the rare earth elements gadolinium and samarium. Using results of analysis of Celementine spectral reflectance (CSR) data, the Fe- and Ti-contributions to the NS data can be removed, leaving primarily rare earth element contributions from Gd and Sm. The Th and K maps correlate with the inferred Gd and Sm maps (r {approximately} 0.93), but there are regions of significant disagreement. One of these is in the KREEP-rich circum-Imbrium ring. No clear explanation has emerged for this disagreement, though Th, K, Gd and Sm have differing degrees of incompatibility. These results clearly are important to discussions of the geochemistry of the Procellarum-Imbrium Th-rich Terrane and the South-Pole-Aitken Terrane.

  16. Fabrication of large-volume, low-cost ceramic lanthanum halide scintillators for gamma ray detection : final report for DHS/DNDO/TRDD project TA-01-SL01.

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    Boyle, Timothy J.; Ottley, Leigh Anna M.; Yang, Pin; Chen, Ching-Fong; Sanchez, Margaret R.; Bell, Nelson Simmons

    2008-10-01

    This project uses advanced ceramic processes to fabricate large, optical-quality, polycrystalline lanthanum halide scintillators to replace small single crystals produced by the conventional Bridgman growth method. The new approach not only removes the size constraint imposed by the growth method, but also offers the potential advantages of both reducing manufacturing cost and increasing production rate. The project goal is to fabricate dense lanthanum halide ceramics with a preferred crystal orientation by applying texture engineering and solid-state conversion to reduce the thermal mechanical stress in the ceramic and minimize scintillation light scattering at grain boundaries. Ultimately, this method could deliver the sought-after high sensitivity and <3% energy resolution at 662 keV of lanthanum halide scintillators and unleash their full potential for advanced gamma ray detection, enabling rapid identification of radioactive materials in a variety of practical applications. This report documents processing details from powder synthesis, seed particle growth, to final densification and texture development of cerium doped lanthanum bromide (LaBr{sub 3}:Ce{sup +3}) ceramics. This investigation demonstrated that: (1) A rapid, flexible, cost efficient synthesis method of anhydrous lanthanum halides and their solid solutions was developed. Several batches of ultrafine LaBr{sub 3}:Ce{sup +3} powder, free of oxyhalide, were produced by a rigorously controlled process. (2) Micron size ({approx} 5 {micro}m), platelet shape LaBr{sub 3} seed particles of high purity can be synthesized by a vapor phase transport process. (3) High aspect-ratio seed particles can be effectively aligned in the shear direction in the ceramic matrix, using a rotational shear-forming process. (4) Small size, highly translucent LaBr{sub 3} (0.25-inch diameter, 0.08-inch thick) samples were successfully fabricated by the equal channel angular consolidation process. (5) Large size, high density, translucent LaBr{sub 3} ceramics samples (3-inch diameter, > 1/8-inch thick) were fabricated by hot pressing, demonstrating the superior manufacturability of the ceramic approach over single crystal growth methods in terms of size capability and cost. (6) Despite all these advances, evidence has shown that LaBr{sub 3} is thermally unstable at temperatures required for the densification process. This is particularly true for material near the surface where lattice defects and color centers can be created as bromine becomes volatile at high temperatures. Consequently, after densification these samples made using chemically prepared ultrafine powders turned black. An additional thermal treatment in a flowing bromine condition proved able to reduce the darkness of the surface layer for these densified samples. These observations demonstrated that although finer ceramic powders are desirable for densification due to a stronger driving force from their large surface areas, the same desirable factor can lead to lattice defects and color centers when these powders are densified at higher temperatures where material near the surface becomes thermally unstable.

  17. High-efficiency, low-temperature cesium diodes with lanthanum-hexaboride electrodes

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    Morris, J. F.

    1974-01-01

    Lanthanum hexaboride electrodes in 1700 K cesium diodes may triple power outputs compared with those demonstrated for nuclear thermionic space applications. Still greater relative gains seem possible for emitters below 1700 K. Further improvements in cesium diode performance should result from the lower collector temperatures allowed for earth and low power space duties. Decreased temperatures will lessen thermal transport losses that attend thermionic conversion mechanisms. Such advantages will add to those from collector Carnot and electrode effects. If plasma ignition difficulties impede diode temperature reductions, recycling small fractions of the output power could provide ionization. So high efficiency, low temperature cesium diodes with lanthanum hexaboride electrodes appear feasible.

  18. Titania-lanthanum phosphate photoactive and hydrophobic new generation catalyst

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    Jyothi, Chembolli K.; Jaimy, Kanakkanmavudi B.; Ghosh, Swapankumar; Sankar, Sasidharan; Smitha, V. S.; Warrier, K. G. K.

    2011-07-01

    Titania-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposites with multifunctional properties have been synthesized by aqueous sol-gel method. The precursor sols with varying TiO 2:LaPO 4 ratios were applied as thin coating on glass substrates in order to be transparent, hydrophobic, photocatalytically active coatings. The phase compositions of the composite powders were identified by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The anatase phase of TiO 2 in TiO 2-LaPO 4 composite precursors was found to be stable even on annealing at 800 °C. The glass substrates, coated with TL1 (TiO 2-LaPO 4 composition with 1 mol% LaPO 4) and TL50 (composite precursor containing TiO 2 and LaPO 4 with molar ratio 1:1) sols and annealed at 400 °C, produced contact angles of 74° and 92°, respectively, though it is only 62° for pure TiO 2 coating. The glass substrates, coated with TL50 sol, produced surfaces with relatively high roughness and uneven morphology. The TL1 material, annealed at 800 °C, has shown the highest UV photoactivity with an apparent rate constant, kapp=24×10 -3 min -1, which is over five times higher than that observed with standard Hombikat UV 100 ( kapp=4×10 -3 min -1). The photoactivity combined with a moderate contact angle (85.3°) shows that this material has a promise as an efficient self-cleaning precursor.

  19. A phase I study of samarium-153 ethylenediaminetetramethylene phosphonate therapy for disseminated skeletal metastases

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    Turner, J.H.; Claringbold, P.G.; Hetherington, E.L.; Sorby, P.; Martindale, A.A. )

    1989-12-01

    Thirty-five patients with disseminated skeletal metastases from a variety of tumor types underwent clinical trial of samarium-153 ethylenediaminetetramethylene phosphonate (153Sm-EDTMP) on a day-patient basis. Individual beta radiation dosimetry was based on pharmacokinetic studies of a 20 mCi tracer dose of 153Sm-EDTMP. The retained skeletal activity varied unpredictably from 40% to 95% of the administered dose, but in all patients greater than 98% of the nonosseous activity was cleared in the urine within 6 hours. Prospective calculation of radiation dosimetry in each patient permitted an accurate dosage schedule based upon total red marrow exposure, starting at 100 cGy and escalating to 280 cGy to define the dose-limiting myelotoxicity. Pain was relieved in 22 of 34 evaluable patients (65%) for periods ranging from 4 to 35 weeks, following a single administration of 153Sm-EDTMP. Recurrence of pain responded to retreatment with 153Sm-EDTMP in five of nine patients. The dose-limiting toxicity was myelosuppression manifested particularly by delayed thrombocytopenia. Platelet counts less than 100 x 10(9)/L occurred in 42% of courses when bone marrow radiation absorbed dose exceeded 200 cGy. Myelosuppression was transient and platelet counts had recovered to pretreatment levels within 10 weeks of treatment. 153Sm-EDTMP is effective for the amelioration of pain due to disseminated skeletal metastases particularly with carcinoma of breast or prostate where 83% of patients experienced pain relief. In 15 of the 34 evaluable patients there was evidence of stabilization or regression of skeletal metastases on radiographs and follow-up technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (99mTc-MDP) bone scans.

  20. M-H characteristics and demagnetization resistance of samarium-cobalt permanent magnets to 300 C

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    Niedra, Janis M.

    1992-01-01

    The influence of temperature on the M-H demagnetization characteristics of permanent magnets is important information for the full utilization of the capabilities of samarium-cobalt magnets at high temperatures in demagnetization-resistant permanent magnet devices. In high temperature space power converters, such as free-piston Stirling engine driven linear alternators, magnet demagnetization can occur as a long-term consequence of thermal agitation of domains and of metallurgical change, and also as an immediate consequence of too large an applied field. Investigated here is the short-term demagnetization resistance to applied fields derived from basic M-H data. This quasistatic demagnetization data was obtained for commercial, high-intrinsic-coercivity, Sm2Co17-type magnets from 5 sources, in the temperature range 23 to 300 C. An electromagnet driven, electronic hysteresigraph was used to test the 1-cm cubic samples. The observed variation of the 2nd quadrant M-H characteristics was a typical rapid loss of M-coercivity and a relatively lesser loss of remanence with increasing temperature. The 2nd quadrant M-H curve knee point is used to define the limits of operation safe against irreversible demagnetization due to an excessive bucking field for a given flux density swing at temperature. Such safe operating area plots are shown to differentiate the high temperature capabilities of the samples from different sources. For most of the samples, their 2nd quadrant M-H loop squareness increased with temperature, reaching a peak or a plateau above 250 C.

  1. Europium, Samarium, and Neodymium Isotopic Fractions in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Ian U. Roederer; James E. Lawler; Christopher Sneden; John J. Cowan; Jennifer S. Sobeck; Catherine A. Pilachowski

    2007-12-16

    We have derived isotopic fractions of europium, samarium, and neodymium in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories. These isotopic fractions were measured from new high resolution (R ~ 120,000), high signal-to-noise (S/N ~ 160-1000) spectra obtained with the 2dCoude spectrograph of McDonald Observatory's 2.7m Smith telescope. Synthetic spectra were generated using recent high-precision laboratory measurements of hyperfine and isotopic subcomponents of several transitions of these elements and matched quantitatively to the observed spectra. We interpret our isotopic fractions by the nucleosynthesis predictions of the stellar model, which reproduces s-process nucleosynthesis from the physical conditions expected in low-mass, thermally-pulsing stars on the AGB, and the classical method, which approximates s-process nucleosynthesis by a steady neutron flux impinging upon Fe-peak seed nuclei. Our Eu isotopic fraction in HD 175305 is consistent with an r-process origin by the classical method and is consistent with either an r- or an s-process origin by the stellar model. Our Sm isotopic fraction in HD 175305 suggests a predominantly r-process origin, and our Sm isotopic fraction in HD 196944 is consistent with an s-process origin. The Nd isotopic fractions, while consistent with either r-process or s-process origins, have very little ability to distinguish between any physical values for the isotopic fraction in either star. This study for the first time extends the n-capture origin of multiple rare earths in metal-poor stars from elemental abundances to the isotopic level, strengthening the r-process interpretation for HD 175305 and the s-process interpretation for HD196944.

  2. Atomic layer deposition of lanthanum aluminum oxide nano-laminates for electrical applications

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    in metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors MOSFETs and dynamic random access memo- ries DRAMs .1 is a very attractive method for depositing advanced gate oxides and DRAM insulators, because the filmAtomic layer deposition of lanthanum aluminum oxide nano-laminates for electrical applications

  3. Spacecraft charging control by thermal, field emission with lanthanum-hexaboride emitters

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    Morris, J. F.

    1978-01-01

    Thermal, field emitters of lanthanum (or perhaps cerium) hexaboride (LaB6) with temperature variability up to about 1500K are suggested for spacecraft charging control. Such emitters operate at much lower voltages with considerably more control and add plasma-diagnostic versatility. These gains should outweigh the additional complexity of providing heat for the LaB6 thermal, field emitter.

  4. Mid-infrared spectral broadening in an ultrafast laser inscribed gallium lanthanum sulphide waveguide.

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    McCarthy, John E; Bookey, Henry T; Psaila, Nicholas D; Thomson, Robert R; Kar, Ajoy K

    2012-01-16

    We report the successful fabrication of mid-infrared waveguides written in a gallium lanthanum sulphide (GLS) substrate via the ultrafast laser inscription technique. Single mode guiding at 2485 nm and 3850 nm is observed. Spectral broadening spanning 1500 nm (-15dB points) is demonstrated under 3850 nm excitation. PMID:22274497

  5. In situ Raman spectroscopy of lanthanum-strontium-cobaltite thin films

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    Breucop, Justin Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy is used to probe the structural change of Lanthanum Strontium Cobaltite (La1.xSrxCoO 3 -8) thin films across change in composition (0%-60% strontium) and temperature (30*C-520°C). Raman shift peaks were ...

  6. Fluoride removal in water by a hybrid adsorbent lanthanum-carbon.

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    Vences-Alvarez, Esmeralda; Velazquez-Jimenez, Litza Halla; Chazaro-Ruiz, Luis Felipe; Diaz-Flores, Paola E; Rangel-Mendez, Jose Rene

    2015-10-01

    Various health problems associated with drinking water containing high fluoride levels, have motivated researchers to develop more efficient adsorbents to remove fluoride from water for beneficial concentrations to human health. The objective of this research was to anchor lanthanum oxyhydroxides on a commercial granular activated carbon (GAC) to remove fluoride from water considering the effect of the solution pH, and the presence of co-existing anions and organic matter. The activated carbon was modified with lanthanum oxyhydroxides by impregnation. SEM and XRD were performed in order to determine the crystal structure and morphology of the La(III) particles anchored on the GAC surface. FT-IR and pK(a)'s distribution were determined in order to elucidate both the possible mechanism of the lanthanum anchorage on the activated carbon surface and the fluoride adsorption mechanism on the modified material. The results showed that lanthanum ions prefer binding to carboxyl and phenolic groups on the activated carbon surface. Potentiometric titrations revealed that the modified carbon (GAC-La) possesses positive charge at a pH lower than 9. The adsorption capacity of the modified GAC increased five times in contrast to an unmodified GAC adsorption capacity at an initial F(-) concentration of 20 mg L(-1). Moreover, the presence of co-existing anions had no effect on the fluoride adsorption capacity at concentrations below 30 mg L(-1), that indicated high F(-) affinity by the modified adsorbent material (GAG-La). PMID:26070190

  7. Structural characterization and properties of lanthanum film as chromate replacement for tinplate

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    Huang, Xingqiao; Li, Ning

    2007-12-01

    Sulfide-stain resistance of La-passivated, unpassivated and Cr-passivated tinplate was measured using a cysteine tarnish test. Corrosion behavior of these tinplates was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement. The morphology, composition and thickness of lanthanum film were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), respectively. La-passivation treatment remarkably enhances sulfide-stain resistance of tinplate, and sulfide-stain resistance of La-passivated tinplate is slightly higher than that of Cr-passivated tinplate. La-passivation treatment also significantly improves corrosion protection property of tinplate. In contact with 3.5% NaCl solution, corrosion resistance of La-passivated tinplate is close to that of Cr-passivated tinplate, and in contact with 0.1 M citric-citrate buffer solution, corrosion resistance of La-passivated tinplate is higher than that of Cr-passivated tinplate. Lanthanum film is composed of spherical particles about 50-1000 nm in diameter, while most part of tinplate's surface is covered with the small particles about 50-200 nm. The film mainly consists of lanthanum and oxygen, which mainly exist as La 2O 3 and its hydrates such as La(OH) 3 and LaOOH. The amount of lanthanum in the film is about 0.0409 g/m 2.

  8. Gastrointestinal symptoms after the substitution of sevelamer hydrochloride with lanthanum carbonate in Japanese patients undergoing hemodialysis.

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    Suzuki, D; Ichie, T; Hayashi, H; Sugiura, Y; Sugiyama, T

    2015-08-01

    Lanthanum carbonate has the same phosphorus depressant effect as the other phosphorus adsorbents, and is expected to decrease digestive symptom onset such as constipation in Japanese patients undergoing hemodialysis compared to sevelamar hydrochloride. In this study, we investigated the short- and long-term changes in digestive symptoms in these patients after substituting sevelamar hydrochloride with lanthanum carbonate. We studied 16 patients (4 men, 12 women) and evaluated their gastrointestinal symptoms before administration, at the time of administration, and 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks after administration, using the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale. In addition, we conducted repeat evaluations 52 weeks after administration for the patients in whom lanthanum carbonate was administered continuously for 52 weeks. Fourteen (87.5%) out of the 16 patients could tolerate continuous administration for 12 weeks. The constipation score was 3.21 ± 1.74 before administration, 2.07 ± 0.83 2 weeks after administration, 1.76 ± 0.83 4 weeks after administration, 1.57 ± 0.56 8 weeks after administration, and 11.41 ± 0.48 12 weeks after administration. The scores improved significantly 4 weeks after administration (p < 0.05) and even 12 weeks after continuous administration. Among the 16 study patients, 9 patients (1 men, 8 women) were received lanthanum carbonate continuously for 52 weeks. The constipation score was 3.74 ± 1.92 at the start of administration, 1.37 ± 0.56 12 weeks after administration, and 1.85 ± 0.63 52 weeks after administration, with significant improvement even 52 weeks after administration (p < 0.05). This study shows that substituting sevelamar hydrochloride with lanthanum carbonate improves constipation symptoms in hemodialysis patients from an early stage, which indicates its usefulness in improving constipation symptoms caused by sevelamar hydrochloride. PMID:26380521

  9. Scintillation properties of SrI_2(Eu^2+) (Strontium iodide doped with europium) for high energy astrophysical detectors: Nonproportionality as a function of temperature and at high gamma-ray energies

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    Perea, R S; Groza, M; Caudel, D; Nowicki, S; Burger, A; Stassun, K G; Peterson, T E

    2014-01-01

    Strontium iodide doped with europium is a new scintillator material being developed as an alternative to lanthanum bromide doped with cerium for use in high energy astrophysical detectors. As with all scintillators, the issue of nonproportionality is important because it affects the energy resolution of the detector. In this study, we investigate how the nonproportionality of strontium iodide doped with europium changes as a function of temperature 16 deg. C to 60 deg. C by heating the strontium iodide doped with europium scintillator separate from the photomultiplier tube. In a separate experiment, we also investigate the nonproportionality at high energies (up to 6 MeV) of strontium iodide doped with europium at a testing facility located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We find that the nonproportionality increases nearly monotonically as the temperature of the strontium iodide doped with europium scintillator is increased, although there is evidence of non-monotonic behavior near 40 deg. C, perhaps du...

  10. Preparation and Quality Control of the [153Sm]-Samarium Maltolate Complex as a Lanthanide Mobilization Product in Rats

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    Naseri, Zohreh; Hakimi, Amir; Jalilian, Amir R.; Nemati Kharat, Ali; Bahrami-Samani, Ali; Ghannadi-Maragheh, Mohammad

    2011-01-01

    Development of lanthanide detoxification agents and protocols is of great importance in management of overdoses. Due to safety of maltol as a detoxifying agent in metal overloads, it can be used as a lanthanide detoxifying agent. In order to demonstrate the biodistribution of final complex, [153Sm]-samarium maltolate was prepared using Sm-153 chloride (radiochemical purity >99.9%; ITLC and specific activity). The stability of the labeled compound was determined in the final solution up to 24h as well as the partition coefficient. Biodistribution studies of Sm-153 chloride, [153Sm]-samarium maltolate were carried out in wild-type rats comparing the critical organ uptakes. Comparative study for Sm3+ cation and the labeled compound was conducted up to 48 h, demonstrating a more rapid wash out for the labeled compound. The effective and biological half lives of 2.3 h and 2.46h were calculated for the complex. The data suggest the detoxification property of maltol formulation for lanthanide overdoses. PMID:21773065

  11. Gamma spectrometry and chemical characterization of ceramic seeds with samarium-153 and holmium-166 for brachytherapy proposal.

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    Valente, Eduardo S; Campos, Tarcísio P R

    2010-12-01

    Ceramic seeds were synthesized by the sol-gel technique with Si:Sm:Ca and Si:Ho:Ca. One set of seeds was irradiated in the TRIGA type nuclear reactor IPR-R1 and submitted to instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), K(0) method, to determine mass percentage concentration of natural samarium and holmium in the seed as well as to determine all existing radionuclides and their activities. Attention was paid to discrimination of Si-31, Ca-40, Ca-45, Ca-47, Ca-49, Sm-145, Sm-155, Sm-153 and Ho-166. A second sample was submitted to atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) also to determine samarium and holmium concentrations in weight. A third sample was submitted to X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to qualitatively determine chemical composition. The measured activity was due to Sm-153 and Ho-166 with a well-characterized gamma spectrum. The X-ray fluorescence spectrum demonstrated that there is no discrepancy in seed composition. The maximum ranges in the water of beta particles from Sm-153 and Ho-166 decay were evaluated, as well as the dose rate and total dose delivered within the volume delimited by the range of the beta particles. The results are relevant for investigation of the viability of producing Sm-153 and Ho-166 radioactive seeds for use in brachytherapy. PMID:20685128

  12. Structural phase transitions and superconductivity in lanthanum copper oxides

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    Crawford, M.K.; Harlow, R.L.; McCarron, E.M.

    1996-12-31

    Despite the enormous effort expended over the past ten years to determine the mechanism underlying high temperature superconductivity in cuprates there is still no consensus on the physical origin of this fascinating phenomenon. This is a consequence of a number of factors, among which are the intrinsic difficulties in understanding the strong electron correlations in the copper oxides, determining the roles played by antiferromagnetic interactions and low dimensionality, analyzing the complex phonon dispersion relationships, and characterizing the phase diagrams which are functions of the physical parameters of temperature and pressure, as well as the chemical parameters of stoichiometry and hole concentration. In addition to all of these intrinsic difficulties, extrinsic materials issues such as sample quality and homogeneity present additional complications. Within the field of high temperature superconductivity there exists a subfield centered around the material originally reported to exhibit high temperature superconductivity by Bednorz and Mueller, Ba doped La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}. This is structurally the simplest cuprate superconductor. The authors report on studies of phase differences observed between such base superconductors doped with Ba or Sr. What these studies have revealed is a fascinating interplay of structural, magnetic and superconducting properties which is unique in the field of high temperature superconductivity and is summarized in this paper.

  13. A Nodular Foreign Body Reaction in a Dialysis Patient Receiving Long-term Treatment With Lanthanum Carbonate.

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    Valika, Aziz K; Jain, Dhanpat; Jaffe, Phillip E; Moeckel, Gilbert; Brewster, Ursula C

    2016-01-01

    A 63-year-old man with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection and end-stage renal disease, treated with lanthanum carbonate phosphate binder for 4 years, presented with anemia and an upper gastrointestinal bleed. Upper endoscopy revealed a nodular hyperplastic epithelium, with an endoscopic ultrasound confirming hyperechoic material within the nodules. Light microscopy showed collections of histiocytes and multinucleated giant cells containing brown granular cytoplasmic material and extracellular crystalline material, a finding confirmed by electron microscopy. Similar pathologic findings associated with lanthanum exposure have been described recently. In our patient, lanthanum carbonate treatment was withdrawn and gastrointestinal bleeding has since ceased. The patient was exposed to a high amount of lanthanum over a long period, which may explain his adverse reaction. However, other contributing factors, such as competing medications or comorbid conditions, also may have increased his sensitivity to the drug. PMID:26385816

  14. Performance Evaluation of an Oxygen Sensor as a Function of the Samaria Doped Ceria Film Thickness

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    Sanghavi, Rahul P.; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Jiang, Weilin; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Kayani, Asghar N.; Prasad, Shalini

    2010-12-01

    The current demand in the automobile industry is in the control of air-fuel mixture in the combustion engine of automobiles. Oxygen partial pressure can be used as an input parameter for regulating or controlling systems in order to optimize the combustion process. Our goal is to identify and optimize the material system that would potentially function as the active sensing material for such a device that monitors oxygen partial pressure in these systems. We have used thin film samaria doped ceria (SDC) as the sensing material for the sensor operation, exploiting the fact that at high temperatures, oxygen vacancies generated due to samarium doping act as conducting medium for oxygen ions which hop through the vacancies from one side to the other contributing to an electrical signal. We have recently established that 6 atom % Sm doping in ceria films has optimum conductivity. Based on this observation, we have studied the variation in the overall conductivity of 6 atom % samaria doped ceria thin films as a function of thickness in the range of 50 nm to 300 nm at a fixed bias voltage of 2 volts. A direct proportionality in the increase in the overall conductivity is observed with the increase in sensing film thickness. For a range of oxygen pressure values from 1 mTorr to 100 Torr, a tolerable hysteresis error, good dynamic response and a response time of less than 10 seconds was observed

  15. Near fifty percent sodium substituted lanthanum manganites—A potential magnetic refrigerant for room temperature applications

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    Sethulakshmi, N.; Anantharaman, M. R.; Al-Omari, I. A.; Suresh, K. G.

    2014-03-03

    Nearly half of lanthanum sites in lanthanum manganites were substituted with monovalent ion-sodium and the compound possessed distorted orthorhombic structure. Ferromagnetic ordering at 300?K and the magnetic isotherms at different temperature ranges were analyzed for estimating magnetic entropy variation. Magnetic entropy change of 1.5?J·kg{sup ?1}·K{sup ?1} was observed near 300?K. An appreciable magnetocaloric effect was also observed for a wide range of temperatures near 300?K for small magnetic field variation. Heat capacity was measured for temperatures lower than 300?K and the adiabatic temperature change increases with increase in temperature with a maximum of 0.62?K at 280?K.

  16. Plasma Spray Deposition of Lanthanum Phosphate and Phase Structure of the Resultant Coatings

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    Pragatheeswaran, A.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.; Chakravarthy, Y.; Chaturvedi, Vandana; Bhandari, Subhankar; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-10-01

    Plasma-sprayed lanthanum phosphate coatings were prepared on stainless steel substrates at different input powers from 16 to 24 kW. Coatings were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. Results showed that the as-sprayed coatings consist of lanthanum ortho (LaPO4), poly(La2P4O13), and oxy(La3PO7) phosphates. Subsequent heat treatment of the coatings resulted in the recombination of the La-polyphosphate and La-oxyphosphate to form LaPO4. SEM images of microstructure of the coatings and coating-substrate interface showed micro-cracks, voids, and porosity that were found to decrease with deposition power.

  17. High-efficiency, low-temperature cesium diodes with lanthanum-hexaboride electrodes

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    Morris, J. F.

    1974-01-01

    Lanthanum-hexaboride electrodes in 1700 K cesium diodes may triple power outputs compared with those demonstrated for nuclear thermionic space applications. Still greater relative gains seem possible for emitters below 1700 K. Further improvements in cesium-diode performance should result from the lower collector temperatures allowed for earth and low-power-space duties. Decreased temperatures will lessen thermal-transport losses that attend thermionic-conversion mechanisms. Such advantages will add to those from collector-Carnot and electrode effects. If plasma ignition difficulties impede diode temperature reductions, recycling small fractions of the output power could provide ionization. So high-efficiency, low-temperature cesium diodes with lanthanum-hexaboride electrodes appear feasible.

  18. Effect of chloride incorporation on the crystallization of zirconium-barium-lanthanum-aluminum fluoride glass

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    Neilson, G. F.; Smith, G. L.; Weinberg, M. C.

    1985-01-01

    One aspect of the influence of preparation procedure on the crystallization behavior of a zirconium-barium-lanthanum-aluminum fluoride glass was studied. The crystallization pattern of this glass may be affected by the chlorine concentration within it. In particular, when such glasses are heated at low temperatures, the alpha-Ba-Zr-F6 crystalline phase forms only in those glasses which contain chloride.

  19. Room temperature synthesis of high temperature stable lanthanum phosphate–yttria nano composite

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    Sankar, Sasidharan; Raj, Athira N.; Jyothi, C.K.; Warrier, K.G.K.; Padmanabhan, P.V.A.

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: A facile aqueous sol–gel route involving precipitation–peptization mechanism followed by electrostatic stabilization is used for synthesizing nanocrystalline composite containing lanthanum phosphate and yttria. Highlights: ? A novel lanthanum phosphate–Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano composite is synthesized for the first time using a modified facile sol gel process. ? The composite becomes crystalline at 600 °C and X-ray diffraction pattern is indexed for monoclinic LaPO{sub 4} and cubic yttria. ? The composite synthesized was tested up to 1300 °C and no reaction between the phases of the constituents is observed with the morphologies of the phases being retained. -- Abstract: A facile aqueous sol–gel route involving precipitation–peptization mechanism followed by electrostatic stabilization is used for synthesizing nanocrystalline composite containing lanthanum phosphate and yttria. Lanthanum phosphate (80 wt%)–yttria (20 wt%) nano composite (LaPO{sub 4}–20%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}), has an average particle size of ?70 nm after heat treatment of precursor at 600 °C. TG–DTA analysis reveals that stable phase of the composite is formed on heating the precursor at 600 °C. The TEM images of the composite show rod shape morphology of LaPO{sub 4} in which yttria is acquiring near spherical shape. Phase identification of the composite as well as the phase stability up to 1300 °C was carried out using X-ray diffraction technique. With the phases being stable at higher temperatures, the composite synthesized should be a potential material for high temperature applications like thermal barrier coatings and metal melting applications.

  20. Generation of boron plasma in vacuum arc with lanthanum hexaboride cathode

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    Nikolaev, A. G.; Oks, E. M.; Frolova, V. P.; Yushkov, G. Yu.

    2015-09-01

    The mass-charge composition of vacuum-arc plasma in discharge with lanthanum hexaboride cathode has been experimentally studied. It is established that this cathode material ensures the generation of plasma with high (up to 90%) content of boron ions. Temporal variation of the plasma composition and boron ion fraction during discharge pulse and changes in the mass-charge composition of plasma with increasing pressure in the region of discharge operation have been studied.

  1. Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov Calculations in Coordinate Space: Neutron-Rich Sulfur, Zirconium, Cerium, and Samarium Isotopes

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    V. E. Oberacker; A. S. Umar; E. Teran; A. Blazkiewicz

    2003-09-29

    Using the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) mean field theory in coordinate space, we investigate ground state properties of the sulfur isotopes from the line of stability up to the two-neutron dripline ($^{34-52}S$). In particular, we calculate two-neutron separation energies, quadrupole moments, and rms-radii for protons and neutrons. Evidence for shape coexistence is found in the very neutron-rich sulfur isotopes. We compare our calculations with results from relativistic mean field theory and with available experimental data. We also study the properties of neutron-rich zirconium ($^{102,104}Zr$), cerium ($^{152}Ce$), and samarium ($^{158,160}Sm$) isotopes which exhibit very large prolate quadrupole deformations.

  2. Photoneutron cross sections for samarium isotopes: Toward a unified understanding of (? ,n ) and (n ,? ) reactions in the rare earth region

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    Filipescu, D. M.; Gheorghe, I.; Utsunomiya, H.; Goriely, S.; Renstrøm, T.; Nyhus, H.-T.; Tesileanu, O.; Glodariu, T.; Shima, T.; Takahisa, K.; Miyamoto, S.; Lui, Y.-W.; Hilaire, S.; Péru, S.; Martini, M.; Koning, A. J.

    2014-12-01

    Photoneutron cross sections were measured for the seven stable samarium isotopes 144 ,147 ,148 ,149 ,150 ,152 ,154Sm near the neutron threshold with quasi-monochromatic laser-Compton scattering ? rays . Our photoneutron cross sections are found to be low by 20%-37% relative to existing data. The photoneutron data are analyzed with the talys reaction code by considering the Skyrme Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) plus quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA) model and the axially symmetric deformed Gogny HFB plus QRPA model of the E 1 ? -ray strength. Using the ? -ray strength function constrained by the present photoneutron data, we made a thorough analysis of the reverse (n ,? ) cross sections including the radioactive nucleus 151Sm with a half-life of 90 yr. The radiative neutron capture cross section for 153Sm with the half-life of 1.928 d is deduced with the ? -ray strength function method.

  3. Preparation and Characterization of Lanthanum-Incorporated Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Titanium Substrates

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    Lou, Weiwei; Dong, Yiwen; Zhang, Hualin; Jin, Yifan; Hu, Xiaohui; Ma, Jianfeng; Liu, Jinsong; Wu, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Titanium (Ti) has been widely used in clinical applications for its excellent biocompatibility and mechanical properties. However, the bioinertness of the surface of Ti has motivated researchers to improve the physicochemical and biological properties of the implants through various surface modifications, such as coatings. For this purpose, we prepared a novel bioactive material, a lanthanum-incorporated hydroxyapatite (La-HA) coating, using a dip-coating technique with a La-HA sol along with post-heat treatment. The XRD, FTIR and EDX results presented in this paper confirmed that lanthanum was successfully incorporated into the structure of HA. The La-HA coating was composed of rod-like particles which densely compacted together without microcracks. The results of the interfacial shear strength test indicated that the incorporation of lanthanum increased the bonding strength of the HA coating. The mass loss ratios under acidic conditions (pH = 5.5) suggested that the La-HA coatings have better acid resistance. The cytocompatibility of the La-HA coating was also revealed by the relative activity of alkaline phosphatase, cellular morphology and cell proliferation assay in vitro. The present study suggested that La-HA coated on Ti has promising potential for applications in the development of a new type of bioactive coating for metal implants. PMID:26404255

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Lanthanum-Incorporated Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Titanium Substrates.

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    Lou, Weiwei; Dong, Yiwen; Zhang, Hualin; Jin, Yifan; Hu, Xiaohui; Ma, Jianfeng; Liu, Jinsong; Wu, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Titanium (Ti) has been widely used in clinical applications for its excellent biocompatibility and mechanical properties. However, the bioinertness of the surface of Ti has motivated researchers to improve the physicochemical and biological properties of the implants through various surface modifications, such as coatings. For this purpose, we prepared a novel bioactive material, a lanthanum-incorporated hydroxyapatite (La-HA) coating, using a dip-coating technique with a La-HA sol along with post-heat treatment. The XRD, FTIR and EDX results presented in this paper confirmed that lanthanum was successfully incorporated into the structure of HA. The La-HA coating was composed of rod-like particles which densely compacted together without microcracks. The results of the interfacial shear strength test indicated that the incorporation of lanthanum increased the bonding strength of the HA coating. The mass loss ratios under acidic conditions (pH=5.5) suggested that the La-HA coatings have better acid resistance. The cytocompatibility of the La-HA coating was also revealed by the relative activity of alkaline phosphatase, cellular morphology and cell proliferation assay in vitro. The present study suggested that La-HA coated on Ti has promising potential for applications in the development of a new type of bioactive coating for metal implants. PMID:26404255

  5. Lanthanum halide scintillators for time-of-flight 3-D pet

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    Karp, Joel S. (Glenside, PA); Surti, Suleman (Philadelphia, PA)

    2008-06-03

    A Lanthanum Halide scintillator (for example LaCl.sub.3 and LaBr.sub.3) with fast decay time and good timing resolution, as well as high light output and good energy resolution, is used in the design of a PET scanner. The PET scanner includes a cavity for accepting a patient and a plurality of PET detector modules arranged in an approximately cylindrical configuration about the cavity. Each PET detector includes a Lanthanum Halide scintillator having a plurality of Lanthanum Halide crystals, a light guide, and a plurality of photomultiplier tubes arranged respectively peripherally around the cavity. The good timing resolution enables a time-of-flight (TOF) PET scanner to be developed that exhibits a reduction in noise propagation during image reconstruction and a gain in the signal-to-noise ratio. Such a PET scanner includes a time stamp circuit that records the time of receipt of gamma rays by respective PET detectors and provides timing data outputs that are provided to a processor that, in turn, calculates time-of-flight (TOF) of gamma rays through a patient in the cavity and uses the TOF of gamma rays in the reconstruction of images of the patient.

  6. Sparkle/PM3 Parameters for the Modeling of Neodymium(III), Promethium(III), and Samarium(III) Complexes.

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    Freire, Ricardo O; da Costa, Nivan B; Rocha, Gerd B; Simas, Alfredo M

    2007-07-01

    The Sparkle/PM3 model is extended to neodymium(III), promethium(III), and samarium(III) complexes. The unsigned mean error, for all Sparkle/PM3 interatomic distances between the trivalent lanthanide ion and the ligand atoms of the first sphere of coordination, is 0.074 Å for Nd(III); 0.057 Å for Pm(III); and 0.075 Å for Sm(III). These figures are similar to the Sparkle/AM1 ones of 0.076 Å, 0.059 Å, and 0.075 Å, respectively, indicating they are all comparable models. Moreover, their accuracy is similar to what can be obtained by present-day ab initio effective potential calculations on such lanthanide complexes. Hence, the choice of which model to utilize will depend on the assessment of the effect of either AM1 or PM3 on the quantum chemical description of the organic ligands. Finally, we present a preliminary attempt to verify the geometry prediction consistency of Sparkle/PM3. Since lanthanide complexes are usually flexible, we randomly generated 200 different input geometries for the samarium complex QIPQOV which were then fully optimized by Sparkle/PM3. A trend appeared in that, on average, the lower the total energy of the local minima found, the lower the unsigned mean errors, and the higher the accuracy of the model. These preliminary results do indicate that attempting to find, with Sparkle/PM3, a global minimum for the geometry of a given complex, with the understanding that it will tend to be closer to the experimental geometry, appears to be warranted. Therefore, the sparkle model is seemingly a trustworthy semiempirical quantum chemical model for the prediction of lanthanide complexes geometries. PMID:26633229

  7. Investigation of band gap narrowing in nitrogen-doped La2Ti2O7 with transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Yost, Brandon T; Cushing, Scott K; Meng, Fanke; Bright, Joeseph; Bas, Derek A; Wu, Nianqiang; Bristow, Alan D

    2015-11-18

    Doping a semiconductor can extend the light absorption range, however, it usually introduces mid-gap states, reducing the charge carrier lifetime. This report shows that doping lanthanum dititinate (La2Ti2O7) with nitrogen extends the valence band edge by creating a continuum of dopant states, increasing the light absorption edge from 380 nm to 550 nm without adding mid-gap states. The dopant states are experimentally resolved in the excited state by correlating transient absorption spectroscopy with a supercontinuum probe and DFT prediction. The lack of mid-gap states is further confirmed by measuring the excited state lifetimes, which reveal the shifted band edge only increased carrier thermalization rates to the band edge and not interband charge recombination under both ultraviolet and visible excitation. Terahertz (time-domain) spectroscopy also reveals that the conduction mechanism remains unchanged after doping, suggesting the states are delocalized. PMID:26531849

  8. Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, Paul; Foster, Michael E.; Wong, Bryan M.; Doty, F. Patrick; Shah, Kanai; Squillante, Michael R.; Shirwadkar, Urmila; Hawrami, Rastgo; Tower, Josh; Yuan, Ding

    2014-01-21

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide, their commercial availability and application are limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. This investigation employed aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was used as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were studied using the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  9. First-principles study of codoping in lanthanum bromide

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    Erhart, Paul; Sadigh, Babak; Schleife, André; Åberg, Daniel

    2015-04-01

    Codoping of Ce-doped LaBr3 with Ba, Ca, or Sr improves the energy resolution that can be achieved by radiation detectors based on these materials. Here, we present a mechanism that rationalizes this enhancement on the basis of first-principles electronic structure calculations and point defect thermodynamics. It is shown that incorporation of Sr creates neutral VBr-SrLa complexes that can temporarily trap electrons. As a result, Auger quenching of free carriers is reduced, allowing for a more linear, albeit slower, scintillation light yield response. Experimental Stokes shifts can be related to different CeLa-SrLa-VBr triple complex configurations. Codoping with other alkaline as well as alkaline-earth metals is considered as well. Alkaline elements are found to have extremely small solubilities on the order of 0.1 ppm and below at 1000 K. Among the alkaline-earth metals the lighter dopant atoms prefer interstitial-like positions and create strong scattering centers, which has a detrimental impact on carrier mobilities. Only the heavier alkaline-earth elements (Ca, Sr, Ba) combine matching ionic radii with sufficiently high solubilities. This provides a rationale for the experimental finding that improved scintillator performance is exclusively achieved using Sr, Ca, or Ba. The present mechanism demonstrates that codoping of wide-gap materials can provide an efficient means for managing charge carrier populations under out-of-equilibrium conditions. In the present case dopants are introduced that manipulate not only the concentrations but also the electronic properties of intrinsic defects without introducing additional gap levels. This leads to the availability of shallow electron traps that can temporarily localize charge carriers, effectively deactivating carrier-carrier recombination channels. The principles of this mechanism are therefore not specific to the material considered here but can be adapted for controlling charge carrier populations and recombination in other wide-gap materials.

  10. Ultrasonic-assisted degradation of phenazopyridine with a combination of Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles and inorganic oxidants.

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    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2016-01-01

    Pure and samarium doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by a sonochemical method and characterized by TEM, SEM, EDX, XRD, Pl, and DRS techniques. The average crystallite size of pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was about 20 nm. The sonocatalytic activity of pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was considered toward degradation of phenazopyridine as a model organic contaminant. The Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles with Sm concentration of 0.4 mol% indicated a higher sonocatalytic activity (59%) than the pure ZnO (51%) and other Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles. It was believed that Sm(3+) ion with optimal concentration (0.4 mol%) can act as superficial trapping for electrons in the conduction band of ZnO and delayed the recombination of charge carriers. The influence of the nature and concentration of various oxidants, including periodate, hydrogen peroxide, peroxymonosulfate, and peroxydisulfate on the sonocatalytic activity of Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was studied. The influence of the oxidants concentration (0.2-1.4 g L(-1)) on the degradation rate was established by the 3D response surface and the 2D contour plots. The results demonstrated that the utilizing of oxidants in combination with Sm-doped ZnO resulting in rapid removal of contaminant, which can be referable to a dual role of oxidants; (i) scavenging the generated electrons in the conduction band of ZnO and (ii) creating highly reactive radical species under ultrasonic irradiation. It was found that the Sm-doped ZnO and periodate combination is the most efficient catalytic system under ultrasonic irradiation. PMID:26384896

  11. Samarium-153-ethylene diamine tetramethylene phosphonate, a beta-emitting bone-targeted radiopharmaceutical, useful for patients with osteoblastic bone metastases

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    Longo, John; Lutz, Stephen; Johnstone, Candice

    2013-01-01

    Bone metastases are prevalent among cancer patients and frequently cause significant morbidity. Oncology providers must mitigate complications associated with bone metastases while limiting therapy-related adverse effects and their impact on quality of life. Multiple treatment modalities, including chemotherapy, surgery, external beam radiation therapy, and radioisotopes, among others, have been recommended and utilized for palliative treatment of bone metastases. Radioisotopes such as samarium-153 are commonly used in the setting of multifocal bone metastases due to their systemic distribution, affinity for osteoblastic lesions, acceptable toxicity profile, and convenience of administration. This review focuses on samarium-153, first defining its radiobiologic and pharmacokinetic properties before describing many clinical trials that support its use as a safe and effective tool in the palliation of patients with bone metastases. PMID:23976864

  12. Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of the quercetin/lanthanum complex on human cervical carcinoma cells in vitro.

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    Durgo, Ksenija; Halec, Ivana; Sola, Ivana; Franeki?, Jasna

    2011-09-01

    Quercetin is the main flavonoid in diet with a potential in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. Due to its specific planar chemical structure, quercetin readily forms chelates with metal ions. Complexes of bioactive compounds and metal ions such as lanthanum often show strong cytotoxic and antitumour properties. The aim of this study was to compare the genotoxic effects of the quercetin/lanthanum complex on human cervical carcinoma cells with compare it to the effects of free ligands, quercetin, and lanthanum alone. The quercetin/lanthanum complex showed considerable cytotoxicity in the concentration range of (100 to 1000) mmol mL-1 and exposure time of three hours. The complex also induced a dose-dependent pro-oxidative effects and the formation of single-strand and double-strand DNA breaks. Although we obtained promising results on the cell level, future experiments should answer whether the quercetin/lanthanum complex is cancer-specific and stable enough in physiological conditions to make a potential new antitumour drug. PMID:21971105

  13. DETERMINATION OF LEAD AND CADMIUM IN FISH AND CLAM TISSUE BY ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETRY WITH A MOLYBDENUM AND LANTHANUM TREATED PYROLYTIC GRAPHITE ATOMIZER

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    A molybdenum and lanthanum treated pyrolytically coated graphite tube is employed for the furnace atomic absorption spectrometric determination of lead and cadmium directly in nitric-perchloric acid tissue digests. Lanthanum tends to promote the formation of a smooth lead atomiza...

  14. Interaction of oxygen with samarium on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film grown on Ni{sub 3}Al(111)

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    Cheng, Dingling; Xu, Qian E-mail: jfzhu@ustc.edu.cn; Han, Yong; Ye, Yifan; Pan, Haibin; Zhu, Junfa E-mail: jfzhu@ustc.edu.cn

    2014-03-07

    The interaction between oxygen and samarium (Sm) on the well-ordered thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film grown on Ni{sub 3}Al(111) has been investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy. At Sm coverage higher than one monolayer, exposure of oxygen to the Sm films at room temperature leads to the formation of both samarium peroxide (O{sub 2}{sup 2?}) states and regular samarium oxide (O{sup 2?}) states. By contrast, when exposing O{sub 2} to Sm film less than one monolayer on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, no O{sub 2}{sup 2?} can be observed. Upon heating to higher temperatures, these metastable O{sub 2}{sup 2?} states dissociate, supplying active O atoms which can diffuse through the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film to further oxidize the underlying Ni{sub 3}Al(111) substrate, leading to the significant increase of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film thickness. Therefore, it can be concluded that Sm, presumably in its peroxide form, acts as a catalyst for the further oxidation of the Ni{sub 3}Al substrate by supplying the active oxygen species at elevated temperatures.

  15. Diode pumped neodymium doped ASL (Sr1-xLax-yNdyMgxAl12-xO19) laser

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    Zheng, Lihe; Loiseau, Pascal; Aka, Gérard

    2013-07-01

    Blue laser based on Neodymium doped strontium lanthanum magnesium aluminoxide (Sr1-xLax-yNdyMgxAl12-xO19) single crystal were constructed by second harmonic generation. Output power of 1.72 W at 900nm was obtained under 792nm laser diode pump. Intra cavity second harmonic generation were performed with non linear crystal LBO leading to output power of 76.6 mW at 450nm with absorbed power of 13.7 W and average absorption efficiency of 61% in Nd:ASL crystal.

  16. Luminescence properties of Pr-doped (La,Gd)2Si2O7 grown by the floating zone method

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    Murakami, Rikito; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shishido, Toetsu; Sugawara, Takamasa; Nomura, Akiko; Yubuta, Kunio; Suzuki, Akira; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Yuji; Pejchal, Jan; Kamada, Kei; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-05-01

    Scintillation properties of a Pr-doped gadolinium lanthanum pyrosilicate (Pr:La-GPS) crystal grown by the floating zone (FZ) method were investigated, because the Pr3+ 5d-4f transition is expected to show a shorter decay time than the Ce3+ 5d-4f transition. In both ?-ray radioluminescence and photoluminescence spectra, the emission peak related to the Pr3+ 5d-4f transition was observed at around 350 nm. The photoluminescence decay time of Pr:La-GPS was found to be as short as ˜23 ns, whereas Ce:La-GPS had a decay time of ˜31 ns.

  17. Thermochemistry of perovskites in the lanthanum-strontium-manganese-iron oxide system

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    Marinescu, Cornelia; Vradman, Leonid; Tanasescu, Speranta; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The enthalpies of formation from binary oxides of perovskites (ABO3) based on lanthanum strontium manganite La(Sr)MnO3 (LSM) and lanthanum strontium ferrite La(Sr)FeO3 (LSF) and mixed lanthanum strontium manganite ferrite La(Sr)Mn(Fe)O3 (LSMF) were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Using iodometric titration, the oxygen content was derived. The perovskites with A-site cation deficiency have greater oxygen deficiency than the corresponding A-site stoichiometric series. Stability of LSMF decreases with increasing iron content. Increasing oxygen deficiency clearly destabilizes the perovskites. The results suggest an enthalpy of oxygen incorporation that is approximately independent of composition. 0.35La2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+Mn2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+0.3SrO (xl, 25 °C)+Fe2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+O2 (g, 25 °C)?La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-? (xl, 25 °C). (b) ?ubscriptshift="90%"superscriptshift="90%">Hf, ox * (La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-?) .0.35 La2O3 (xl, 25 ººC) + (0.7-y+ 2?)/2 Mn2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + 0.3 SrO (xl, 25 ºC) + y/2Fe2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + (0.3-2?) MnO2 (xl, 25 ºC)?La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-? (xl, 25 ºC).

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

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

    2008-07-15

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

  19. Temperature Dependent Electrical and Micromechanical Properties of Lanthanum Titanate with Additions of Yttria

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    Goldsby, Jon C.

    2003-01-01

    Lanthanum titanate (La2Ti2O7) a layered distorted perovskite (1) with space group Pna2(sub 1) has been shown to have potential as a high temperature piezoelectric (2). However this highly refractory oxide compound must be consolidated at relatively high temperatures approximately 1400 C. Commercial La2Ti207 powders were mechanically alloyed with additions of Y2O3 to lower the consolidation temperature by 300 C and to provide post processing mechanical stability. Temperature dependent electrical, elastic and anelastic behavior were selected as nondestructive means of evaluating the effects of yttria on the properties of this ferroceramic material.

  20. High-current lanthanum-hexaboride electron emitter for a quasi-stationary arc plasma generator

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    Davydenko, V. I.; Ivanov, A. A.; Shul'zhenko, G. I.

    2015-11-01

    A high-current electron emitter on the basis of lanthanum hexaboride is developed for quasi-stationary arc plasma generators of ion sources. The emitter consists of a set of LaB6 washers interleaved with washers made of thermally extended graphite. The emitter is heated by the current flowing through the graphite washers. The thermal regime of emitter operation during plasma generation is considered. The emitter has been successfully used in the ion sources of the diagnostic injectors of fast hydrogen atomic beams.

  1. Temperature-Dependent Electrical and Micromechanical Properties of Lanthanum Titanate with Additions of Yttria

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    Goldsby, Jon C.

    2010-01-01

    Temperature-dependent elastic properties were determined by establishing continuous flexural vibrations in the material at its lowest resonance frequency of 31tHz. The imaginary part of the complex impedance plotted as a function of frequency and temperature reveals a thermally activated peak, which decreases in magnitude as the temperature increases. Additions of yttria do not degrade the electromechanical in particularly the elastic and anelastic properties of lanthanum titanate. Y2O3/La2Ti2O7 exhibits extremely low internal friction and hence may be more mechanical fatigue-resistant at low strains.

  2. Deposition of Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite (LSCF) Using Suspension Plasma Spraying for Oxygen Transport Membrane Applications

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    Fan, E. S. C.; Kesler, O.

    2015-08-01

    Suspension plasma spray deposition was utilized to fabricate dense lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite oxygen separation membranes (OSMs) on porous metal substrates for mechanical support. The as-sprayed membranes had negligible and/or reversible material decomposition. At the longer stand-off distance (80 mm), smooth and dense membranes could be manufactured using a plasma with power below approximately 81 kW. Moreover, a membrane of 55 ?m was observed to have very low gas leakage rates desirable for OSM applications. This thickness could potentially be decreased further to improve oxygen diffusion by using metal substrates with finer surface pores.

  3. Fabrication of Lanthanum Telluride 14-1-11 Zintl High-Temperature Thermoelectric Couple

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    Ravi, Vilupanur A.; Li, Billy Chun-Yip; Fleurial, Pierre; Star, Kurt

    2010-01-01

    The development of more efficient thermoelectric couple technology capable of operating with high-grade heat sources up to 1,275 K is key to improving the performance of radioisotope thermoelectric generators. Lanthanum telluride La3-xTe4 and 14-1-11 Zintls (Yb14MnSb11) have been identified as very promising materials. The fabrication of advanced high-temperature thermoelectric couples requires the joining of several dissimilar materials, typically including a number of diffusion bonding and brazing steps, to achieve a device capable of operating at elevated temperatures across a large temperature differential (up to 900 K). A thermoelectric couple typically comprises a heat collector/ exchanger, metallic interconnects on both hot and cold sides, n-type and ptype conductivity thermoelectric elements, and cold-side hardware to connect to the cold-side heat rejection and provide electrical connections. Differences in the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of the materials that make up the thermoelectric couple, especially differences in the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE), result in undesirable interfacial stresses that can lead to mechanical failure of the device. The problem is further complicated by the fact that the thermoelectric materials under consideration have large CTE values, are brittle, and cracks can propagate through them with minimal resistance. The inherent challenge of bonding brittle, high-thermal-expansion thermoelectric materials to a hot shoe material that is thick enough to carry the requisite electrical current was overcome. A critical advantage over prior art is that this device was constructed using all diffusion bonds and a minimum number of assembly steps. The fabrication process and the materials used are described in the following steps: (1) Applying a thin refractory metal foil to both sides of lanthanum telluride. To fabricate the n-type leg of the advanced thermoelectric couple, the pre-synthesized lanthanum telluride coupon was diffusion bonded to the metal foil using a thin adhesion layer. (2) Repeating a similar process for the 14-1-11 Zintl p-type leg of the advanced thermoelectric couple. (3) Bonding thick CTE-matched metal plates on the metallized lanthanum telluride and Yb14MnSb11 to form the hot and cold sides of the thermoelectric couple. The calculated conversion efficiency of such an advanced couple would be about 10.5 percent, about 35 percent better than heritage radioisotope thermoelectric technology that relies on Si-Ge alloys. In addition, unlike Si-Ge alloys, these materials can be combined with many other thermoelectric materials optimized for operation at lower temperatures to achieve conversion efficiency in excess of 15 percent (a factor of 2 increase over heritage technology).

  4. Intrinsic and coupling-induced elastic nonlinearity of lanthanum-doped lead magnesium niobatelead titanate electrostrictive ceramic

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    Cao, Wenwu

    nonlinearity parameter e that includes both the intrinsic and the electromechanical coupling generated elastic electrostrictive ceramic has been investigated by using ultrasonic second-harmonic generation technique and field in the experiment is shown in Fig. 1. A 5 MHz toneburst signal from a function generator is amplified by a power

  5. Barium carbonate nanoparticle to enhance oxygen reduction activity of strontium doped lanthanum ferrite for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Hong, Tao; Chen, Fanglin; Xia, Changrong

    2015-03-01

    BaCO3 nanoparticles are demonstrated as outstanding catalysts for high-temperature oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on the La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-? (LSF) cathode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on ytrria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes. Thermal gravitational and X-ray diffraction measurements show that BaCO3 is stable and chemically compatible with LSF under the fabrication and operation conditions of intermediate-temperature SOFCs. The BaCO3 nanoparticles can greatly reduce the interfacial polarization resistance; from 2.96 to 0.84 ? cm2 at 700 °C when 12.9wt% BaCO3 is infiltrated to the porous LSF electrode on the YSZ electrolyte. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that there is about one order of magnitude decrease in the low-frequency resistance, indicating that BaCO3 nanoparticles can greatly enhance the surface steps for ORR. Electrical conductivity relaxation investigation indicates about one order of magnitude increase in the chemical oxygen surface exchange coefficient when BaCO3 is applied, directly demonstrating significant increase in the kinetics for ORR. In addition, LSF cathodes with infiltrated BaCO3 nanoparticles have shown excellent stability and substantially enhanced cell performance as demonstrated with single cells, suggesting BaCO3 nanoparticles are very effective in enhancing ORR on LSF.

  6. Synthesis and luminescence properties of encapsulated sol-gel glass samarium complexes

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    Zaitoun, M. A.; Momani, K.; Jaradat, Q.; Qurashi, I. M.

    2013-11-01

    Luminescence efficiency of lanthanide complexes generally largely depend on the choice of the organic ligand and the host matrix in which these complexes are doped. Two Sm(III) complexes, namely: Sm(III) dithicarbamate - Sm(L1)3B [L1 = (R)2NCS2B, R = C2H5 and B = 1,10-phenanthroline] and Sm(III) complex with the polytonic ligand L2 = N?, N?2-bis[(1E)-1-(2-pyridyl)ethylidene]ethanedihydrazide {Sm2-L2-(CH3COO)2; L2 = C16H16N6O2} are synthesized, these complexes are then trapped in sol-gel glass. Room temperature luminescence of Sm(L1)3B and {Sm2-L2-(CH3COO)2} complexes encapsulated in sol-gel glass are studied using a spectrofluorometer. Up on excitation by a UV light, ligand L1B absorbs this light and transfers it into the Sm(III) ions and emission bands were observed in the visible region and were attributed to f-f transitions of Sm(III). The observed emission indicated an efficient L1B ligand as a sensitizer, while ligand L2 shows no ability to work as a sensitizer. The branching ratio I4G5/2?6H9/2/I4G5/2?6H7/2) of electric dipole transition to magnetic dipole transition was used as an effective spectroscopic probe to predict symmetry of the site in which Sm(III) is located. The encapsulation of the Samaium complexes was performed for three reasons: (i) before rare earth (RE)-doped sol-gel glasses can be used in applications such as laser materials, several fluorescence quenching mechanisms must be overcome, we show in this work that lanthanide fluorescence is greatly enhanced by chelation and selecting a suitable host matrix (sol-gel) to accommodate the lanthanide complex, (ii) to improve the stability of the phosphor with efficient and high color-purity characteristics under ultraviolet excitation and (iii) this work provides a framework for preparing transparent composite glasses that are robust hosts to study the fundamental interactions between nano-materials and light.

  7. Synthesis and luminescence properties of encapsulated sol-gel glass samarium complexes.

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    Zaitoun, M A; Momani, K; Jaradat, Q; Qurashi, I M

    2013-11-01

    Luminescence efficiency of lanthanide complexes generally largely depend on the choice of the organic ligand and the host matrix in which these complexes are doped. Two Sm(III) complexes, namely: Sm(III) dithicarbamate - Sm(L1)3B [L1=(R)2NCS2B, R=C2H5 and B=1,10-phenanthroline] and Sm(III) complex with the polytonic ligand L2=N', N'(2)-bis[(1E)-1-(2-pyridyl)ethylidene]ethanedihydrazide {Sm2-L2-(CH3COO)2; L2=C16H16N6O2} are synthesized, these complexes are then trapped in sol-gel glass. Room temperature luminescence of Sm(L1)3B and {Sm2-L2-(CH3COO)2} complexes encapsulated in sol-gel glass are studied using a spectrofluorometer. Up on excitation by a UV light, ligand L1B absorbs this light and transfers it into the Sm(III) ions and emission bands were observed in the visible region and were attributed to f-f transitions of Sm(III). The observed emission indicated an efficient L1B ligand as a sensitizer, while ligand L2 shows no ability to work as a sensitizer. The branching ratio I4G5/2?6H9/2/I4G5/2?6H7/2) of electric dipole transition to magnetic dipole transition was used as an effective spectroscopic probe to predict symmetry of the site in which Sm(III) is located. The encapsulation of the Samaium complexes was performed for three reasons: (i) before rare earth (RE)-doped sol-gel glasses can be used in applications such as laser materials, several fluorescence quenching mechanisms must be overcome, we show in this work that lanthanide fluorescence is greatly enhanced by chelation and selecting a suitable host matrix (sol-gel) to accommodate the lanthanide complex, (ii) to improve the stability of the phosphor with efficient and high color-purity characteristics under ultraviolet excitation and (iii) this work provides a framework for preparing transparent composite glasses that are robust hosts to study the fundamental interactions between nano-materials and light. PMID:23892122

  8. Anion sensing and interfering behaviors of electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor sensors with nitrogen plasma-treated samarium oxide

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    Ye, Yu-Ren; Wang, Jer-Chyi; Chan, Ya-Ting

    2015-04-01

    In this article, we demonstrate a samarium oxide (Sm2O3) electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) sensor with nitrogen plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) treatment for anion sensing and interfering characterization. Chloride (Cl-), nitrite (NO2-), and nitrate (NO3-) ions were detected, and the sensitivity was about 49.75 mV/pCl, 53.8 mV/pNO2, and 56.19 mV/pNO3, respectively. Ion sensitivity was enhanced with the increase in ionic radius of the target ion. Titration was performed to analyze the interference of anions. To assess interferences from these ions (Cl-, NO2-, and NO3-), selectivity coefficients obtained by fixed interference method (FIM) measurements were presented. In result, the coefficients indicate that the interference can be ignored. Furthermore, characteristics of drift demonstrates that the sample exhibits long-term stability for significantly lower drift of chloride, nitrite, and nitrate ions, respectively. The Sm2O3 EIS sensor with nitrogen PIII treatment exhibits superior anion sensitivity, selectivity, and stability; therefore, this sensor is suitable for future biosensing applications.

  9. Doped Colloidal Artificial Ice

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    A. Libal; C. J. Olson Reichhardt; C. Reichhardt

    2015-07-02

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  10. Biodiesel production by free fatty acid esterification using Lanthanum (La3+) and HZSM-5 based catalysts.

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    Vieira, Sara S; Magriotis, Zuy M; Santos, Nadiene A V; Saczk, Adelir A; Hori, Carla E; Arroyo, Pedro A

    2013-04-01

    In this work the use of the heterogeneous catalysts pure (LO) and sulfated (SLO) lanthanum oxide, pure HZSM-5 and SLO/HZSM-5 (HZSM-5 impregnated with sulfated lanthanum oxide (SO4(2-)/La2O3)) was evaluated. The structural characterization of the materials (BET) showed that the sulfation process led to a reduction of the SLO and SLO/HZSM-5 surface area values. FTIR showed bands characteristic of the materials and, FTIR-pyridine indicated the presence of strong Brønsted sites on the sulfated material. In the catalytic tests the temperature was the parameter that most influenced the reactions. The best reaction conditions were: 10% catalyst, 100°C temperature and 1:5 m(OA)/m(meOH) for LO, SLO, SLO/HZSM-5 and 10% catalyst, 100°C temperature and 1:20 m(OA)/m(meOH) for HZSM-5. Under these conditions the conversions were: 67% and 96%, for LO and SLO, respectively and 80% and 100%, for HZSM-5 and SLO/HZSM-5, respectively. All catalysts deactivated after the first use, but the deactivation of SLO/HZSM-5 was smaller. PMID:23428822

  11. Aquatic ecotoxicity of lanthanum - A review and an attempt to derive water and sediment quality criteria.

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    Herrmann, Henning; Nolde, Jürgen; Berger, Svend; Heise, Susanne

    2016-02-01

    Rare earth elements (REE) used to be taken as tracers of geological origin for fluvial transport. Nowadays their increased applications in innovative environmental-friendly technology (e.g. in catalysts, superconductors, lasers, batteries) and medical applications (e.g. MRI contrast agent) lead to man-made, elevated levels in the environment. So far, no regulatory thresholds for REE concentrations and emissions to the environment have been set because information on risks from REE is scarce. However, evidence gathers that REE have to be acknowledged as new, emerging contaminants with manifold ways of entry into the environment, e.g. through waste water from hospitals or through industrial effluents. This paper reviews existing information on bioaccumulation and ecotoxicity of lanthanum in the aquatic environment. Lanthanum is of specific interest as one of the major lanthanides in industrial effluents. This review focuses on the freshwater and the marine environment, and tackles the water column and sediments. From these data, methods to derive quality criteria for sediment and water are discussed and preliminary suggestions are made. PMID:26528910

  12. Structural, microstructural and vibrational characterization of apatite-type lanthanum silicates prepared by mechanical milling

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    Rodriguez-Reyna, E.; Fuentes, A.F. . E-mail: antonio.fernandez@cinvestav.edu.mx; Maczka, M.; Hanuza, J.; Boulahya, K.; Amador, U.

    2006-02-15

    Apatite-type lanthanum silicates have been successfully prepared at room temperature by dry milling hexagonal A-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and either amorphous or low cristobalite SiO{sub 2}. Milling a stochiometric mixture of these chemicals in a planetary ball mill with a moderate rotating disc speed (350 rpm), allows the formation of the target phase after only 3 h although longer milling times are needed to eliminate all SiO{sub 2} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} traces. Thus, the mechanically activated chemical reaction proceeds faster when using amorphous silica instead of low cristobalite as silicon source and pure phases are obtained after only 9 and 18 h, respectively. As obtained powder phases are not amorphous and show an XRD pattern as well as IR and Raman bands characteristic of the lanthanum silicate. The domain size of the as-prepared phases varies gradually with the temperature of post-milling thermal treatment with activation energies of about 26(8) and 52(10) kJ mol{sup -1} K{sup -1} for the apatites obtained from amorphous silica and low-cristobalite, respectively. These values suggest crystallite growth to be favored when using amorphous silica as reactant.

  13. A polynuclear coordination glutarate of lanthanum(III) with an uncommon cage feature.

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    Benmerad, Belkacem; Guehria-Laïdoudi, Acoura; Dahaoui, Slimane; Lecomte, Claude

    2004-03-01

    The title compound, triaquatris(glutarato)dilanthanum(III) dihydrate, [[La2(C5H6O4)3(H2O)3] x 2H2O]n, is the first reported glutarate coordination polymer of lanthanum(III) without a protonated ligand. The noteworthy features in the structure are, firstly, the unusual binuclear lanthanum cage formed by three bridging bonds through O atoms involved in different coordination modes and, secondly, the very rare 'malonate' mode exhibited by a dicarboxylate ligand with an alkyl chain of five C atoms. To our knowledge, this eta7 chelation for the glutarate ligand has not been reported and was thought to be forbidden for steric reasons. The gauche-gauche conformation of the corresponding ligand favours cage formation, but trans geometries created along the ligating O atoms prevent cluster packing. The two independent La atoms are nine- and tenfold coordinated, leading to distorted one-face-sharing LaO7(H2O)2 and LaO9(H2O) polyhedra, respectively. In the three-dimensional framework, these asymmetric subunits are linked in a zigzag manner via one-edge-sharing LaO9(H2O) polyhedra and are connected by the carbon backbone chains of the ligands. The structure is very compact and, unlike many other reported dicarboxylate lanthanides, connectivity between the two metal atoms and the three ligands yields a crystal packing with cavities accommodating two guest water molecules but without an open framework. PMID:15004362

  14. Solution processed lanthanum aluminate gate dielectrics for use in metal oxide-based thin film transistors

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    Esro, M.; Adamopoulos, G.; Mazzocco, R.; Kolosov, O.; Krier, A.; Vourlias, G.; Milne, W. I.

    2015-05-18

    We report on ZnO-based thin-film transistors (TFTs) employing lanthanum aluminate gate dielectrics (La{sub x}Al{sub 1?x}O{sub y}) grown by spray pyrolysis in ambient atmosphere at 440?°C. The structural, electronic, optical, morphological, and electrical properties of the La{sub x}Al{sub 1?x}O{sub y} films and devices as a function of the lanthanum to aluminium atomic ratio were investigated using a wide range of characterization techniques such as UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, impedance spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and field-effect measurements. As-deposited LaAlO{sub y} dielectrics exhibit a wide band gap (?6.18?eV), high dielectric constant (k???16), low roughness (?1.9?nm), and very low leakage currents (<3?nA/cm{sup 2}). TFTs employing solution processed LaAlO{sub y} gate dielectrics and ZnO semiconducting channels exhibit excellent electron transport characteristics with hysteresis-free operation, low operation voltages (?10?V), high on/off current modulation ratio of >10{sup 6}, subthreshold swing of ?650?mV?dec{sup ?1}, and electron mobility of ?12?cm{sup 2} V{sup ?1}?s{sup ?1}.

  15. Fluorescence properties and electron paramagnetic resonance studies of {gamma}-irradiated Sm{sup 3+}-doped oxyfluoroborate glasses

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    Babu, B. Hari; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2012-11-01

    The permanent photoinduced valence manipulation of samarium doped oxyfluoroborate glasses as a function of {gamma}-ray irradiation has been investigated using a steady-state fluorescence and electron paramagnetic resonance techniques. An increase in SrF{sub 2} content in the glass led to the red shift of the peaks in as prepared glass, while in irradiated glasses this led to the decrease in defect formation as well as increase in photoreduction of Sm{sup 3+} to Sm{sup 2+} ion. The energy transfer mechanism of induced permanent photoreduction of Sm{sup 3+} to Sm{sup 2+} ions in oxyfluoroborate glasses has been discussed. The decay analysis shows exponential behavior before irradiation and non-exponential behavior after irradiation. The energy transfer in irradiated glasses increases with the increase in SrF{sub 2} content in the glass and also with the irradiation dose.

  16. Nitrogen-doped perovskite-type La?Ti?O? decorated on graphene composites exhibiting efficient photocatalytic activity toward bisphenol A in water.

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    Hua, Zulin; Zhang, Xiaoyuan; Bai, Xue; Lv, Lingling; Ye, Zhengfang; Huang, Xin

    2015-07-15

    Nitrogen-doped lanthanum titanate decorated on graphene sheets (GR/N-doped La2Ti2O7) used as photocatalyst was prepared by a two-step process. To synthesize GR/N-doped La2Ti2O7, La2Ti2O7 was initially developed under heat treatment in NH3 and subsequently decorated on GR by hydrothermal processing. The resulting GR/N-doped La2Ti2O7 was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Characterization results indicated that N-doped La2Ti2O7 was approximately 6-8 nm thick with single-crystalline perovskite structure and chemically attached onto GR nanosheets by the formation of TiN bond, TiC bond, and oxynitrides. The application of GR/N-doped La2Ti2O7 composites to bisphenol A decomposition exhibits high photocatalytic efficiency under irradiation compared with pure La2Ti2O7 materials. This finding was due to the synergistic effect of great adsorption, enhanced light absorption, efficient charge separation and transfer processes in the presence of GR, and reduced band gap energy because of N doping. This study provides new insights into the fabrication and practical application of high-performance photocatalysts in wastewater treatment. PMID:25801131

  17. Phase Constitution in Sr and Mg doped LaGaO3 System

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    Zheng, F; Bordia, Rajendra K.; Pederson, Larry R.

    2004-01-03

    Sr and Mg doped lanthanum gallate perovskites (La1-xSrxGa1-yMgyO3-delta, shortened as LSGM-XY where X and Y are the doping levels in mole percentage (mol%) at the La- or A-site and the Ga- or B-site, respectively) are promising electrolyte materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In this study, we have investigated the primary perovskites as well as the secondary phases formed in terms of doping content changes and A/B ratio variations in these materials. Fifteen powder compositions (three doping levels, X = Y = 0, 0.1, and 0.2 mol; and five A/B ratios 0.95, 0.98, 1.00, 1.02, and 1.05) were synthesized by the glycine-nitrate combustion process (GNP). These powders were equilibrated by calcining at 1500 degreesC for 9 h prior to crystalline phase characterization by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). From the results of this study and the available phase diagrams in the literature on constituent binary oxide systems, we propose a crystalline phase diagram of the La2O3-SrO-Ga2O3-MgO quaternary system at elevated temperature (1500 degreesC). (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

  18. Phase constitution in Sr and Mg doped LaGaO{sub 3} system

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    Zheng Feng; Bordia, Rajendra K.; Pederson, Larry R

    2004-01-03

    Sr and Mg doped lanthanum gallate perovskites (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Ga{sub 1-y}Mg{sub y}O{sub 3-{delta}}, shortened as LSGM-XY where X and Y are the doping levels in mole percentage (mol%) at the La- or A-site and the Ga- or B-site, respectively) are promising electrolyte materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In this study, we have investigated the primary perovskites as well as the secondary phases formed in terms of doping content changes and A/B ratio variations in these materials. Fifteen powder compositions (three doping levels, X=Y=0, 0.1, and 0.2 mol; and five A/B ratios 0.95, 0.98, 1.00, 1.02, and 1.05) were synthesized by the glycine-nitrate combustion process (GNP). These powders were equilibrated by calcining at 1500 deg. C for 9 h prior to crystalline phase characterization by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). From the results of this study and the available phase diagrams in the literature on constituent binary oxide systems, we propose a crystalline phase diagram of the La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SrO-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MgO quaternary system at elevated temperature (1500 deg. C)

  19. Mesoporous Mn- and La-doped cerium oxide/cobalt oxide mixed metal catalysts for methane oxidation.

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    Vickers, Susan M; Gholami, Rahman; Smith, Kevin J; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2015-06-01

    New precious-metal-free mesoporous materials were investigated as catalysts for the complete oxidation of methane to carbon dioxide. Mesoporous cobalt oxide was first synthesized using KIT-6 mesoporous silica as a hard template. After removal of the silica, the cobalt oxide was itself used as a hard template to construct cerium oxide/cobalt oxide composite materials. Furthermore, cerium oxide/cobalt oxide composite materials doped with manganese and lanthanum were also prepared. All of the new composite materials retained the hierarchical long-range order of the original KIT-6 template. Temperature-programmed oxidation measurements showed that these cerium oxide/cobalt oxide and doped cerium oxide/cobalt oxide materials are effective catalysts for the total oxidation of methane, with a light-off temperature (T50%) of ?400 °C observed for all of the nanostructured materials. PMID:26000732

  20. Influence of La doping on structural and dielectric properties of SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics

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    Verma, Maya; Sreenivas, K.; Gupta, Vinay

    2009-01-15

    Lanthanum doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics with the chemical formula SrBi{sub 2-x}La{sub x}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBLN) (x=0-0.5) have been prepared through conventional solid state route. X-ray diffraction reveals the shrinkage of unit cell of strontium bismuth niobate with incorporation of La{sup 3+} dopant, having no lone pair electrons. Shifting of Raman phonon modes indicates the reduced rattling space of NbO{sub 6} octahedra with increase in La doping concentration. Further, the softening of lowest frequency phonon mode with increasing x in SBLN shows the transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric at room temperature. The dielectric properties for all the compositions are studied as a function of temperature (25 to 500 deg. C) over the frequency range of 10 kHz-1 MHz. With increase in lanthanum doping concentration the phase transition becomes diffused and transition temperature gets shifted toward lower temperature. A phase transition from normal ferroelectric to paraelectric has been observed via relaxor-type ferroelectrics with increase in x. The frequency dependence of transition temperature was studied in terms of Vogel-Fulcher relation for SBLN (x=0.4)

  1. On the possibility of reduction of Ac{sup 3+} to Ac{sup 2+} in Aqueous-ethanolic solutions of bivalent samarium

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    Mikheev, N.B.; Veleshko, I.E.; Kamenskaya, A.N.

    1995-07-01

    In view of contradictory data on the existence of Ac{sup 2+} in aqueous solutions, the possibility of actinium reduction was examined in aqueous-ethanolic solutions in which bivalent f-elements are more stable than in aqueous media. In the presence of bivalent samarium (E{sub Sm}{sup 0}3+/Sm 2+=-1.5 V) Ac(III) is not reduced to Ac(II). These results disagree with the previously published data on the radiopolarographic generation of Ac(II) in aqueous solutions.

  2. Synthesis of (E)-alpha-hydroxy-beta,gamma-unsaturated amides with high selectivity from alpha,beta-epoxyamides by using catalytic samarium diiodide or triiodide.

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    Concellón, José M; Bernad, Pablo L; Bardales, Eva

    2004-05-17

    The highly stereoselective synthesis of (E)-alpha-hydroxy-beta,gamma-unsaturated amides starting from alpha,beta-epoxyamides, by using catalytic SmI2 or SmI3, was achieved. This transformation can also be carried out by using SmI2 generated in situ from samarium powder and diiodomethane. The starting compounds 1 are easily prepared by the reaction of enolates derived from alpha-chloroamides with ketones at -78 degrees C. A mechanism to explain this transformation has been proposed. Cyclopropanation of (E)-alpha-hydroxy-beta,gamma-unsaturated amides has been performed to demonstrate their synthetic applications. PMID:15146518

  3. Optoenergy storage and random walks assisted broadband amplification in Er3+-doped (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O3 disordered ceramics.

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    Xu, Long; Zhao, Hua; Xu, Caixia; Zhang, Siqi; Zou, Yingyin K; Zhang, Jingwen

    2014-02-01

    A broadband optical amplification was observed and investigated in Er3+-doped electrostrictive ceramics of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate under a corona atmosphere. The ceramic structure change caused by UV light, electric field, and random walks originated from the diffusive process in intrinsically disordered materials may all contribute to the optical amplification and the associated energy storage. Discussion based on optical energy storage and diffusive equations was given to explain the findings. Those experiments performed made it possible to study random walks and optical amplification in transparent ceramics materials. PMID:24514195

  4. Doped golden fullerene cages.

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    Baletto, Francesca; Ferrando, Riccardo

    2015-11-14

    A first-principles investigation of the effect of the doping of golden cages of 32 atoms is proposed. It is shown that Ag and Cu doping affects the geometrical stability of the icosahedral fullerene Au32 cage, where Ag-doping leads to a new, low symmetric, and prolate motif while Cu-doping leads to a lump, incomplete decahedral shape. Most significantly, the HOMO-LUMO gap depends strongly on the cluster geometry while its dependence on the cluster chemical composition seems to be weaker. PMID:25920946

  5. Neutron Activated Samarium-153 Microparticles for Transarterial Radioembolization of Liver Tumour with Post-Procedure Imaging Capabilities

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    Hashikin, Nurul Ab. Aziz; Yeong, Chai-Hong; Abdullah, Basri Johan Jeet; Ng, Kwan-Hoong; Chung, Lip-Yong; Dahalan, Rehir; Perkins, Alan Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Samarium-153 (153Sm) styrene divinylbenzene microparticles were developed as a surrogate for Yttrium-90 (90Y) microspheres in liver radioembolization therapy. Unlike the pure beta emitter 90Y, 153Sm possess both therapeutic beta and diagnostic gamma radiations, making it possible for post-procedure imaging following therapy. Methods The microparticles were prepared using commercially available cation exchange resin, Amberlite IR-120 H+ (620–830 ?m), which were reduced to 20–40 ?m via ball mill grinding and sieve separation. The microparticles were labelled with 152Sm via ion exchange process with 152SmCl3, prior to neutron activation to produce radioactive 153Sm through 152Sm(n,?)153Sm reaction. Therapeutic activity of 3 GBq was referred based on the recommended activity used in 90Y-microspheres therapy. The samples were irradiated in 1.494 x 1012 n.cm-2.s-1 neutron flux for 6 h to achieve the nominal activity of 3.1 GBq.g-1. Physicochemical characterisation of the microparticles, gamma spectrometry, and in vitro radiolabelling studies were carried out to study the performance and stability of the microparticles. Results Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of the Amberlite IR-120 resins showed unaffected functional groups, following size reduction of the beads. However, as shown by the electron microscope, the microparticles were irregular in shape. The radioactivity achieved after 6 h neutron activation was 3.104 ± 0.029 GBq. The specific activity per microparticle was 53.855 ± 0.503 Bq. Gamma spectrometry and elemental analysis showed no radioactive impurities in the samples. Radiolabelling efficiencies of 153Sm-Amberlite in distilled water and blood plasma over 48 h were excellent and higher than 95%. Conclusion The laboratory work revealed that the 153Sm-Amberlite microparticles demonstrated superior characteristics for potential use in hepatic radioembolization. PMID:26382059

  6. Phase I Trial of Vertebral Intracavitary Cement and Samarium (VICS): Novel Technique for Treatment of Painful Vertebral Metastasis

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    Ashamalla, Hani; Cardoso, Erico; Macedon, Mark; Guirguis, Adel; Weng Lijun; Ali, Shamsah; Mokhtar, Bahaa; Ashamalla, Michael; Panigrahi, Nokul

    2009-11-01

    Purpose: Kyphoplasty is an effective procedure to alleviate pain in vertebral metastases. However, it has no proven anticancer activity. Samarium-153-ethylene diamine tetramethylene phosphonate ({sup 153}Sm-EDTMP) is used for palliative treatment of bone metastases. A standard dose of 1 mCi/kg is administrated intravenously. The present study was conducted to determine the feasibility of intravertebral administration of {sup 153}Sm with kyphoplasty. Methods and Materials: A total of 33 procedures were performed in 26 patients. Of these 26 patients, 7 underwent procedures performed at two vertebral levels. The mean age of the cohort was 64 years (range, 33-86). The kyphoplasty procedure was performed using a known protocol; 1-4 mCi of {sup 153}Sm was admixed with the bone cement and administered under tight radiation safety measures. Serial nuclear body scans were obtained. Pain assessment was evaluated using a visual analog pain score. Results: All patients tolerated the procedure well. No procedure-related morbidities were noted. No significant change had occurred in the blood counts at 1 month after the procedure. One case was not technically satisfactory. Nuclear scans revealed clear radiotracer uptake in the other 32 vertebrae injected. Except for the first patient, no radiation leakage was encountered. The mean pain score using the visual analog scale improved from 8.6 before to 2.8 after the procedure (p < .0001). Follow-up bone scans demonstrated a 43% decrease in the tracer uptake. Conclusion: The results of our study have shown that the combination of intravertebral administration of {sup 153}Sm and kyphoplasty is well tolerated with adequate pain control. No hematologic adverse effects were found. A reduction of the bone scan tracer uptake was observed in the injected vertebrae. Longer follow-up is needed to study the antineoplastic effect of the procedure.

  7. Enhanced lithium ion conductivity in lithium lanthanum titanate solid electrolyte nanowires prepared by electrospinning

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    Yang, Ting; Li, Ying; Chan, Candace K.

    2015-08-01

    Solid electrolytes have great potential to address the safety issues of Li-ion batteries, but better synthesis methods are still required for ceramics such as lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO) since current techniques require high-temperature calcination for long times. Here we report a new approach that utilizes electrospinning to prepare phase-pure polycrystalline LLTO nanowires with well-crystallized tetragonal structure after only 3 h calcination at 1000 °C. Pellets prepared from the electrospun LLTO nanowires had higher density, less void space, and higher Li+ conductivity compared to those comprised of LLTO prepared with conventional sol-gel methods. This work demonstrates the potential that electrospinning can provide towards improving the properties of sol-gel derived ceramics.

  8. Large area directly heated lanthanum hexaboride cathode structure having predetermined emission profile

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    Leung, Ka-Ngo (Hercules, CA); Gordon, Keith C. (Berkeley, CA); Kippenham, Dean O. (Castro Valley, CA); Purgalis, Peter (San Francisco, CA); Moussa, David (San Francisco, CA); Williams, Malcom D. (Danville, CA); Wilde, Stephen B. (Pleasant Hill, CA); West, Mark W. (Albany, CA)

    1989-01-01

    A large area directly heated lanthanum hexaboride (LaB.sub.6) cathode system (10) is disclosed. The system comprises a LaB.sub.6 cathode element (11) generally circular in shape about a central axis. The cathode element (11) has a head (21) with an upper substantially planar emission surface (23), and a lower downwardly and an intermediate body portion (26) which diminishes in cross-section from the head (21) towards the base (22) of the cathode element (11). A central rod (14) is connected to the base (22) of the cathode element (11) and extends along the central axis. Plural upstanding spring fingers (37) are urged against an outer peripheral contact surface (24) of the head end (21) to provide a mechanical and electrical connection to the cathode element (11).

  9. Effect of R(3+) ions on the structure and properties of lanthanum borate glasses

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    Chakraborty, I. N.; Day, D. E.

    1985-01-01

    The present investigation of glass formation in the (mole percent) systems 25La2O3 (x)R2O3 (75-x)B2O3, where R = Al, Ga, and (25-x)La2O3 (x)Ln2O3 75B2O3, where Ln = Gd, Er, Y, notes that up to 25 mol pct Al2O3 or Ga2O3 can be substituted for B2O3, while no more than about 5 mol pct Ln2O3, substituted for La2O3, caused macro-phase separation. The substitution of either R2O3 or Ln2O3 in the lanthanum borate system changes the separation distance between adjacent B3O6 chains. The effect of this structural change on the molar volume, transformation temperature, thermal expansion coefficient, and transformation-range viscosity is discussed.

  10. Chemical solution deposition of the highly c-axis oriented apatite type lanthanum silicate thin films.

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    Hori, Shigeo; Takatani, Yasuhiro; Kadoura, Hiroaki; Uyama, Takeshi; Fujita, Satoru; Tani, Toshihiko

    2015-10-28

    Highly c-axis oriented apatite-type lanthanum silicate (LSO) thin films were fabricated by a simple solution coating method. In the solution coating method, LSO thin films are obtained by crystallization of initially deposited amorphous LSO precursor thin films. The degree of orientation was influenced by the precursor morphologies and a dense LSO precursor led to a high c-axis orientation perpendicular to the substrate. The oriented LSO thin films were composed of columnar grains with a single crystal orientation over the entire film thickness. In-plane orientation was not detected, which indicates that the c-axis orientation of the LSO thin films can be attributed to self-orientation. PMID:26391101

  11. Photoemission spectroscopy study of the lanthanum lutetium oxide/silicon interface.

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    Nichau, A; Schnee, M; Schubert, J; Besmehn, A; Rubio-Zuazo, J; Breuer, U; Bernardy, P; Holländer, B; Mücklich, A; Castro, G R; von Borany, J; Buca, D; Mantl, S

    2013-04-21

    Rare earth oxides are promising candidates for future integration into nano-electronics. A key property of these oxides is their ability to form silicates in order to replace the interfacial layer in Si-based complementary metal-oxide field effect transistors. In this work a detailed study of lanthanum lutetium oxide based gate stacks is presented. Special attention is given to the silicate formation at temperatures typical for CMOS processing. The experimental analysis is based on hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy complemented by standard laboratory experiments as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Homogenously distributed La silicate and Lu silicate at the Si interface are proven to form already during gate oxide deposition. During the thermal treatment Si atoms diffuse through the oxide layer towards the TiN metal gate. This mechanism is identified to be promoted via Lu-O bonds, whereby the diffusion of La was found to be less important. PMID:23614438

  12. Toxicity of lanthanum oxide (La2O3) nanoparticles in aquatic environments.

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    Balusamy, Brabu; Ta?tan, Burcu Ertit; Ergen, Seyda Fikirdesici; Uyar, Tamer; Tekinay, Turgay

    2015-07-01

    This study demonstrates the acute toxicity of lanthanum oxide nanoparticles (La2O3 NP) on two sentinel aquatic species, fresh-water microalgae Chlorella sp. and the crustacean Daphnia magna. The morphology, size and charge of the nanoparticles were systematically studied. The algal growth inhibition assay confirmed absence of toxic effects of La2O3 NP on Chlorella sp., even at higher concentration (1000 mg L(-1)) after 72 h exposure. Similarly, no significant toxic effects were observed on D. magna at concentrations of 250 mg L(-1) or less, and considerable toxic effects were noted in higher concentrations (effective concentration [EC50] 500 mg L(-1); lethal dose [LD50] 1000 mg L(-1)). In addition, attachment of La2O3 NP on aquatic species was demonstrated using microscopy analysis. This study proved to be beneficial in understanding acute toxicity in order to provide environmental protection as part of risk assessment strategies. PMID:26022751

  13. A Search for Bremsstrahlung From Preliminary Breakdown Using A Lanthanum Bromide Detector

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    Lundberg, J. L.; Millan, R. M.; Eack, K. B.

    2008-12-01

    The process of lightning initiation, called preliminary breakdown, is as of yet not properly understood. We present information on a detector system designed to provide more information on the process of preliminary breakdown by the observation of bremsstrahlung caused by lightning initiation. The detector system was deployed for a test campaign to South Baldy Peak in New Mexico on August 7, 2008. The detector system is composed of a 3x3 sodium iodide scintillator and a 1.5x1.5 lanthanum bromide scintillator. The output of these detectors was digitized to preserve maximum information about the observed x-rays, and GPS synched timing information was recorded. Preliminary results will be presented as well as plans for improvements on the system for a future run planned for the summer of 2009.

  14. Data for effects of lanthanum complex on the thermo-oxidative aging of natural rubber

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    Zheng, Wei; Liu, Li; Zhao, Xiuying; He, Jingwei; Wang, Ao; Chan, Tung W.; Wu, Sizhu

    2015-01-01

    Novel mixed antioxidants composed of antioxidant IPPD and lanthanum (La) complex were added as a filler to form natural rubber (NR) composites. By mechanical testing, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), a string of data, including the mechanical properties, the variation of internal groups and the thermal and thermo-oxidative decompositions of NR, was presented in this data article. The data accompanying its research article [1] studied the thermo-oxidative aging properties of NR in detail. The density function theoretical (DFT) calculations were also used as an assistant to study the thermo-oxidative aging mechanism of NR. The data revealed that this new rare-earth antioxidant could indeed enhance the thermo-oxidative aging resistance of NR, which is associated with its different function mechanism from that of the pure antioxidant IPPD.

  15. Large area directly heated lanthanum hexaboride cathode structure having predetermined emission profile

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    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Gordon, K.C.; Kippenhan, D.O.; Purgalis, P.; Moussa, D.; Williams, M.D.; Wilde, S.B.; West, M.W.

    1987-10-16

    A large area directly heated lanthanum hexaboride (LaB/sub 6/) cathode system is disclosed. The system comprises a LaB/sub 6/ cathode element generally circular in shape about a central axis. The cathode element has a head with an upper substantially planar emission surface, and a lower downwardly and an intermediate body portion which diminishes in cross-section from the head towards the base of the cathode element. A central rod is connected to the base of the cathode element and extends along the central axis. Plural upstanding spring fingers are urged against an outer peripheral contact surface of the head end to provide a mechanical and electrical connection to the cathode element. 7 figs

  16. Data for effects of lanthanum complex on the thermo-oxidative aging of natural rubber.

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    Zheng, Wei; Liu, Li; Zhao, Xiuying; He, Jingwei; Wang, Ao; Chan, Tung W; Wu, Sizhu

    2015-12-01

    Novel mixed antioxidants composed of antioxidant IPPD and lanthanum (La) complex were added as a filler to form natural rubber (NR) composites. By mechanical testing, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), a string of data, including the mechanical properties, the variation of internal groups and the thermal and thermo-oxidative decompositions of NR, was presented in this data article. The data accompanying its research article [1] studied the thermo-oxidative aging properties of NR in detail. The density function theoretical (DFT) calculations were also used as an assistant to study the thermo-oxidative aging mechanism of NR. The data revealed that this new rare-earth antioxidant could indeed enhance the thermo-oxidative aging resistance of NR, which is associated with its different function mechanism from that of the pure antioxidant IPPD. PMID:26693513

  17. Photoemission spectroscopy study of the lanthanum lutetium oxide/silicon interface

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    Nichau, A.; Schnee, M.; Schubert, J.; Bernardy, P.; Hollaender, B.; Buca, D.; Mantl, S.; Besmehn, A.; Breuer, U.; Rubio-Zuazo, J.; Castro, G. R.; Muecklich, A.; Borany, J. von

    2013-04-21

    Rare earth oxides are promising candidates for future integration into nano-electronics. A key property of these oxides is their ability to form silicates in order to replace the interfacial layer in Si-based complementary metal-oxide field effect transistors. In this work a detailed study of lanthanum lutetium oxide based gate stacks is presented. Special attention is given to the silicate formation at temperatures typical for CMOS processing. The experimental analysis is based on hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy complemented by standard laboratory experiments as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Homogenously distributed La silicate and Lu silicate at the Si interface are proven to form already during gate oxide deposition. During the thermal treatment Si atoms diffuse through the oxide layer towards the TiN metal gate. This mechanism is identified to be promoted via Lu-O bonds, whereby the diffusion of La was found to be less important.

  18. Visible light emission and energy transfer processes in Sm-doped nitride films

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    Zanatta, A. R.

    2012-06-15

    Even though the great interest in studying the near-infrared light emission due to Er{sup 3+} ions for telecommunication purposes, efficient visible radiation can be achieved from many different rare-earth (RE) ions. In fact, visible and/or near-infrared light emission takes place in RE-doped wide bandgap semiconductors following either photon or electron excitation, suggesting their technological potential in devices such as light-emitting diodes (LED's) and flat-panel displays, for example. Taking into consideration these aspects, the present contribution reports on the investigation of AlN, BeN, GeN, and SiN thin films doped with samarium. The samples were prepared by sputtering and as a result of the deposition method and conditions they present an amorphous structure and Sm concentrations in the low 0.5 at. %. After deposition, the samples were submitted to thermal annealing treatments and investigated by different spectroscopic techniques. A detailed examination of the experimental data allowed to identify optical transitions due to Sm{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 2+} ions as well as differences in their mechanisms of photon excitation and recombination. Moreover, it is shown that the Sm-related spectral features and emission intensity are susceptible, respectively, to the atomic environment the Sm{sup 3+}/Sm{sup 2+} ions experience and to the presence of non-radiative recombination centers.

  19. Sol-gel-derived hybrid materials multi-doped with rare-earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2012-06-01

    Four different hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO2-SiO2 matrices with organic additives and doped with rare-earth metal ions (III) from the group of europium, cerium, terbium, neodymium, dysprosium and samarium, were synthesized by sol-gel method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, titanium (IV) isopropoxide and organic compounds, such as butyl acrylate, butyl methacrylate, ethyl acetoacetate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, ethyl acetate, propylene carbonate, organic solvents and certain inorganic salts were used in the synthesis. The inorganic part of the sols, which were used in the synthesis of all the hybrid materials, was prepared separately and then the organic parts were added. The materials obtained were aged for three weeks at room temperature and then heated in an electric oven for three hours at temperatures of 80 °C-150 °C. Scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (KBr technique); 29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopy were used for the examination of morphology, microstructure and luminescence properties, respectively. Photoluminescence properties with relatively intense narrow emission lines of Tb, Eu, Dy, Nd, Sm respectively to the RE-ions doping, were observed for all the hybrid materials.

  20. A nuclear magnetic resonance study of amorphous and crystalline lanthanum-aluminates

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    Iuga, D.; Simon, S.; Boer, E. de; Kentgens, A.P.M.

    1999-09-09

    Lanthanum-aluminates of the composition (1 {minus} x)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}{center_dot}xLa{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 < x < 0.7) were prepared by sol-gel synthesis. Subsequent heat-treatment temperatures ranging from 200 to 1,200 C were applied. The resulting samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and {sup 27}Al MAS NMR. The most complex spectra were analyzed by MQMAS NMR in order to get insight in the number of sites and the possible distribution of the NMR parameters in the amorphous samples. Analysis of the MQMAS spectra, taking the efficiency of this experiment for different sites into account, helped to resolve ambiguities in the MAS spectra, which could otherwise not be deconvoluted in a unique way. The analyses show that, except for the sample with the lowest La (x = 0.085) concentration, hardly any pentacoordinated aluminum is observed over the whole temperature treatment range. For all samples the concentration of six-coordinated aluminum decreases as the heating temperature increases until the point where crystallization occurs. The concentration of 4-fold coordinated aluminum shows the opposite behavior. When crystallization occurs, a remarkable transformation between four- and six-coordinated aluminum takes place. Crystallization of the samples occurs at lower temperatures for samples with high amounts of lanthanum. At low La content crystallization is shifted to higher temperatures and thus the lower Al (four and five) coordinations are maintained over a larger temperature range. Storage of the samples in a water-saturated atmosphere leads to a conversion of four- to six-coordinated aluminum. This shows that the low-coordinated Al atoms are accessible to water molecules and must therefore be situated at the surface.

  1. Thermionic emission and surface composition of the lanthanum-boron and yttrium-boron systems

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    Jaskie, J.E.

    1981-12-01

    At thermionic temperatures, a difference between bulk and surface composition will exist unless the interior happens to be at the congruently vaporizing composition (CVC). Vaporization rates from the surface compete with diffusion rates in the bulk to cause this difference. The surface composition will tend toward the congruently vaporizing composition which is YB/sub 4/ in the yttrium-Boron system and LaB/sub 6/ in the Lanthanum-Boron system. The CVC is also a function of temperature and may vary slightly for the same bulk composition at different temperature. Four Yttrium-Boron (Y-B) compounds, YB/sub 2/ /sub 5/, YB/sub 5/, YB/sub 6/ /sub 4/, YB/sub 14/ and three Lanthanum-Boron (La-B) compounds, LaB/sub 6/ /sub 01/, LaB/sub 8/ /sub 5/ and LaB/sub 5/ /sub 9/ were tested in a variable spacing vacuum emission system with a guard assembly. Emitted current measurements were made with interelctrode potentials between 250 and 1400 volts. Schottky plots were used to extrapolate the zero field currents. When a sample is taken from equilibrium to a new temperature, a definite time lag appears while vaporization rates change to bring about a new equilibrium surface composition. This manifests itself in the recorded emission currents. After thermal equilibrium is reached a distinct change is seen in emission currents. A higher density is measured, reflecting the emission of a surface that has been raised to a higher temperature. But with time, at this temperature, the surface reacts through vaporization and a new composition appears that is closer to the congruently vaporizing composition, and hence, has a work function nearer that of the CVC.

  2. Sevalamer Hydrochloride, Sevelamer Carbonate and Lanthanum Carbonate: In Vitro and In Vivo Effects on Gastric Environment.

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    Coppolino, Giuseppe; Lucisano, Silvia; Rivoli, Laura; Fuiano, Giorgio; Villari, Antonino; Villari, Iole; Leonello, Grazia; Lacquaniti, Antonio; Santoro, Domenico; Buemi, Michele

    2015-10-01

    Hyperphosphatemia is common in patients with chronic renal failure. Phosphate binders are associated with gastric intolerance, representing the main reason of drug discontinuation. The aim of this study was to compare the effects in vitro and in vivo of sevelamer hydrochloride (SH), sevelamer carbonate (SC) and lanthanum carbonate (LC) on gastric microenvironment. We have also evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of these drugs in hemodialysis (HD) patients. In vitro analysis: Dissolution time, ability to uptake phosphorus, changes in pH starting from gastric milieu and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) produced were the variables analyzed. In vivo analysis: 24-h esophago-gastric pH measurement was evaluated in 24 HD patients treated with phosphate binders and proton pump inhibitor (PPI). In vitro: LC dissolved over a longer time compared with SC (58?±?2.4 vs. 12?±?0.6?min; P?lanthanum carbonate was the least soluble. PMID:25866250

  3. The combination of lanthanum chloride and the calcimimetic calindol delays the progression of vascular smooth muscle cells calcification

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    Ciceri, Paola; Volpi, Elisa; Brenna, Irene; Elli, Francesca; Borghi, Elisa; Brancaccio, Diego; Cozzolino, Mario

    2012-02-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lanthanum reduces the progression of high phosphate-induced calcium deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calcium receptor agonists and the calcimimetic calindol reduce calcium deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lanthanum and calindol cooperate on reducing calcium deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lanthanum and calindol may interact with the same receptor. -- Abstract: Phosphate (Pi)-binders are commonly used in dialysis patients to control high Pi levels, that associated with vascular calcification (VC). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of lanthanum chloride (LaCl{sub 3}) on the progression of high Pi-induced VC, in rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Pi-induced Ca deposition was inhibited by LaCl{sub 3}, with a maximal effect at 100 {mu}M (59.0 {+-} 2.5% inhibition). Furthermore, we studied the effects on VC of calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) agonists. Gadolinium chloride, neomycin, spermine, and the calcimimetic calindol significantly inhibited Pi-induced VC (55.9 {+-} 2.2%, 37.3 {+-} 4.7%, 30.2 {+-} 5.7%, and 63.8 {+-} 5.7%, respectively). To investigate the hypothesis that LaCl{sub 3} reduces the progression of VC by interacting with the CaSR, we performed a concentration-response curve of LaCl{sub 3} in presence of a sub-effective concentration of calindol (10 nM). Interestingly, this curve was shifted to the left (IC{sub 50} 9.6 {+-} 2.6 {mu}M), compared to the curve in the presence of LaCl{sub 3} alone (IC{sub 50} 19.0 {+-} 4.8 {mu}M). In conclusion, we demonstrated that lanthanum chloride effectively reduces the progression of high phosphate-induced vascular calcification. In addition, LaCl{sub 3} cooperates with the calcimimetic calindol in decreasing Ca deposition in this in vitro model. These results suggest the potential role of lanthanum in the treatment of VC induced by high Pi.

  4. [Doping and sports].

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    Lippi, G; Guidi, G

    1999-09-01

    Doping is widely known as the use of banned substances and practices by athletes in an attempt to improve sporting performances. The term doping likely derives from "dope", an ancient expression referred to a primitive alcoholic drink that was used as a stimulant in South African ceremonial dances; gradually, the term was extended and finally adopted his current significance. There are at least two essential reasons to support the fight against doping: the potential harmful effects on athletes and the depth corruption of the fair competition. An exhaustive list of banned substances and methods has been drawn by the International Olympic Committee and further accepted by other International Sport Authorities and Federations. This list, regularly updated, is basically divided into doping substances (stimulants, narcotic analgesics, anabolic agents, diuretics, peptide and glycoprotein hormones and analogues), doping methods (blood doping, pharmacological, chemical and physical manipulation) and drugs subjected to certain restrictions (alcohol, marijuana, local anesthetics, corticosteroids and beta-blockers). Although there might be some medical conditions, which could legitimate the need of these substances or methods, there is no place for their use in sport. Thus, an athlete's consume of any of these substances or methods will result in disqualification. Aim of the present review is to provide a synthetic description of both the desirable effects and the potentially harmful consequences of the use of some of the major doping substances and methods. PMID:10719440

  5. Aero dopes and varnishes

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    Britton, H T S

    1927-01-01

    Before proceeding to discuss the preparation of dope solutions, it will be necessary to consider some of the essential properties which should be possessed of a dope film, deposited in and on the surface of an aero fabric. The first is that it should tighten the material and second it should withstand weathering.

  6. Doped graphene supercapacitors.

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    Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-12-11

    Heteroatom-doped graphitic frameworks have received great attention in energy research, since doping endows graphitic structures with a wide spectrum of properties, especially critical for electrochemical supercapacitors, which tend to complement or compete with the current lithium-ion battery technology/devices. This article reviews the latest developments in the chemical modification/doping strategies of graphene and highlights the versatility of such heteroatom-doped graphitic structures. Their role as supercapacitor electrodes is discussed in detail. This review is specifically focused on the concept of material synthesis, techniques for electrode fabrication and metrics of performance, predominantly covering the last four years. Challenges and insights into the future research and perspectives on the development of novel electrode architectures for electrochemical supercapacitors based on doped graphene are also discussed. PMID:26574192

  7. Doped graphene supercapacitors

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    Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-12-01

    Heteroatom-doped graphitic frameworks have received great attention in energy research, since doping endows graphitic structures with a wide spectrum of properties, especially critical for electrochemical supercapacitors, which tend to complement or compete with the current lithium-ion battery technology/devices. This article reviews the latest developments in the chemical modification/doping strategies of graphene and highlights the versatility of such heteroatom-doped graphitic structures. Their role as supercapacitor electrodes is discussed in detail. This review is specifically focused on the concept of material synthesis, techniques for electrode fabrication and metrics of performance, predominantly covering the last four years. Challenges and insights into the future research and perspectives on the development of novel electrode architectures for electrochemical supercapacitors based on doped graphene are also discussed.

  8. A structural study of gallium lanthanum sulphide glass bulk and thin films by x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

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    Asal, R.; Rivers, P. E.; Rutt, H. N.

    1997-07-01

    Atomic-scale structure changes in gallium lanthanum sulphide bulk glass and ablation-deposited thin films have been studied by the x-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) technique. EXAFS spectra have been recorded at the sulphur and gallium K edges, and the lanthanum 0953-8984/9/29/007/img1 edge, and this has allowed us to construct a detailed picture of the local structure in bulk glass and thin films. The EXAFS results indicate that there is chemical disorder in the structural network of the GLS thin films, although chemical ordering is predominant in bulk GLS glass. The existence of `wrong bonds', i.e. Ga - Ga and S - S bonds, in the structure has been discussed and correlated with optical absorption experiments undertaken on the same samples to provide a consistent picture of the local structure.

  9. Chemical Aproximate Quantity Container Size Notes Lanthanum (La) Metal 2x 25g 2 x 25g

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    Wager, John F.

    Chemical Aproximate Quantity Container Size Notes Lanthanum (La) Metal 2x 25g 2 x 25g Aluminum (Al) evaporation pellets 10g 25g Strontium (Sr) Metal 25g 50g Sb g 5g Zn g 10g Selenium Powder 35g 50g Tellurium Powder 2 x 5g 2 x 25g Si Metal 3g 5g Indium (III) Isopropoxide Trace 0.5g MSB2675, H.W. Sands Corp

  10. Experimental investigation on the concentration and voltage effects on the characteristics of deposited magnesium-lanthanum powder

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    Sahli, M.; Chetehouna, K.; Faubert, F.; Bariki, C.; Gascoin, N.; Bellel, N.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, magnesium-lanthanum powders were synthesized by an electrodeposition technique using an aqueous solution, based on magnesium chloride hexahydrate and lanthanum nitrate for different values of voltage and La weight percentage. A copper cathode plate and a tungsten thread anode were used for the preparation of the Mg-La layers. The as-deposited powders were characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to determine the chemical composition, scanning electron microscope to describe the morphology, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra in order to define the chemical structure. EDS analyses indicate the presence of three elements (Mg, La and O) in the different deposited layers, and the major one is O (51-74.2 at.%). The two other elements, Mg and La, are, respectively, ranked 2 and 3 in the different powders. Morphological description reveals the formation of heterogeneous chemical structures on the surfaces of specimens. They are characterized by aggregates with different sizes. The dark aggregates are associated with magnesium, and the bright ones are attributed to lanthanum. X-ray results showed the existence of two distinct phases in the obtained deposits which are magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) and lanthanum hydroxide (La(OH)3). FTIR analyses confirm the presence of the two phases identified in XRD diffractograms, and they can be exhibited by clear peaks. In the studied ranges of voltage and La weight percentage, their peak transmittances have non-monotonic behaviors. A design of experiments was used to determine the influence of these two processing parameters and their interaction on the products formation. The parameter effects were ranked as follow: The first was the voltage then the interaction between the two parameters and finally the La content.

  11. De Haas-van Alphen oscillations in the charge-density wave compound lanthanum tritelluride (LaTe3)

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    Ru, N.; Borzi, R.A.; Rost, A.; Mackenzie, A.P.; Laverock, J.; Dugdale, S.B.; Fisher, I.R.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.

    2009-12-14

    De Haas-van Alphen oscillations were measured in lanthanum tritelluride (LaTe{sub 3}) to probe the partially gapped Fermi surface resulting from charge density wave (CDW) formation. Three distinct frequencies were observed, one of which can be correlated with a FS sheet that is unaltered by CDW formation. The other two frequencies arise from FS sheets that have been reconstructed in the CDW state.

  12. Synthesis and physico-chemical studies on neodymium(III) and samarium(III) complexes with tetraaza macrocyclic ligands

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    Goel, S.; Pandey, U.K.; Pandey, O.P.; Sengupta, S.K.

    1988-05-01

    Reactions of neodymium trichloride and samarium trichloride with 6,7,13,14-R/sub 4/ - 3,10-X/sub 2/-(14)-5,7,12,14-tetraene-1,5,8,12-N/sub 4/-(2,4,9,11-N/sub 4/) (R = CH/sub 3/, X = 0 (L/sub 1//sup (1)/); R = C/sub 6/H/sub 5/, X = O (L/sub 1//sup (2)/); R = CH/sub 3/, X = S(L/sub 2//sup (1)/)) and R = C/sub 6/H/sub 5/, X = S(/sub 2//sup (2)/)) have been studied in ethanol and complexes of the type (M(L/sub 1//sup (1)/ or L/sub 1//sup (2)/))Cl/sub 3/ and (M(L/sub 2//sup (1)/ or L/sub 2//sup (2)/)(H/sub 2/O)/sub 2/)Cl/sub 3/ (M = Nd(III) and Sm(III)) have been isolated. In addition, macrocyclic complexes of Nd(III) and Sm(III) with another series of tetraaza ligands, viz, 5,6,11,12-R/sub 4/-3,8-X/sub 2/-(12)-4,6,10,12-tetraene-1,4,7,10-N/sub 4/-(2,9-N/sub 2/) (R = CH/sub 3/, X = O (L/sub 3//sup (1)/); R = C/sub 6/H/sub 5/, X = O(L/sub 3//sup (2)/); R = CH/sub 3/, X = S(L/sub 4//sup (1)/); R = C/sub 6/H/sub 5/, X = S(L/sub 4//sup (2)/)), formulated as (M(L/sub 3//sup (1)/, L/sub 3//sup (2)/, L/sub 4//sup (1)/ or L/sub 4//sup (2)/)(H/sub 2/O)/sub 2/)Cl/sub 3/ (M = Nd(III) and Sm(III)) have been prepared by template condensation of Nd(III) and Sm(III) complexes of diacetylbis(semicarbazonethiosemicarbazone) or benzilibis(semicarbazonethiosemicarbazone) with diacetyl or benzil. The complexes have been identified by elemental analysis, electrical conductance, spectral and thermal measurements.

  13. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P.; Foster, M. E.; Wong, B. M.; Doty, F. P.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M. R.; Shirwadkar, U.; Hawrami, R.; Tower, J.; Yuan, D.

    2013-09-01

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  14. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P.; Foster, M. E.; Wong, B. M.; Doty, F. P.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M.; Glodo, J.; Yuan, D.

    2013-07-03

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  15. Isoelectronic co-doping

    DOEpatents

    Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2004-11-09

    Isoelectronic co-doping of semiconductor compounds and alloys with deep acceptors and deep donors is used to decrease bandgap, to increase concentration of the dopant constituents in the resulting alloys, and to increase carrier mobilities lifetimes. Group III-V compounds and alloys, such as GaAs and GaP, are isoelectronically co-doped with, for example, N and Bi, to customize solar cells, thermal voltaic cells, light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and lasers on GaP, InP, GaAs, Ge, and Si substrates. Isoelectronically co-doped Group II-VI compounds and alloys are also included.

  16. Enhanced visible light activity of nano-titanium dioxide doped with multiple ions: Effect of crystal defects

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    Jaimy, Kanakkanmavudi B.; Ghosh, Swapankumar; Gopakumar Warrier, Krishna

    2012-12-15

    Titanium dioxide photocatalysts co-doped with iron(III) and lanthanum(III) have been prepared through a modified sol-gel method. Doping with Fe{sup 3+} resulted in a relatively lower anatase to rutile phase transformation temperature, while La{sup 3+} addition reduced the crystal growth and thus retarded the phase transformation of titania nanoparticles. The presence of Fe{sup 3+} ions shifted the absorption profile of titania to the longer wavelength side of the spectrum and enhanced the visible light activity. On the other hand, La{sup 3+} addition improved the optical absorption of titania nanoparticles. Both the dopants improved the life time of excitons by proper transferring and trapping of photoexcited charges. In the present work, considerable enhancement in photocatalytic activity under visible light was achieved through synergistic effect of optimum concentrations of the two dopants and associated crystal defects. - Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic activity studies indicate a synergistic effect of dopants and crystal defects leading to an enhanced photochemical activity. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An aqueous sol-gel synthesis of Fe{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} co-doped TiO{sub 2} is being reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical and microstructural properties of titania were modified by co-doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced activity of titania by the crystal defects is being reported.

  17. Room-temperature scintillation properties of cerium-doped REOX (RE=Y, La, Gd, and Lu; X=F, Cl, Br, and I)

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    Eagleman, Yetta; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Derenzo, Stephen

    2010-12-10

    The scintillation properties of cerium-doped oxyhalides following the general formula REOX (RE=Y, La, Gd, and Lu; X=F, Cl, Br, and I) are reported. These materials were synthesized under dry conditions as microcrystalline powders from conventional solid state reactions. The room temperature X-ray excited emission and scintillation decay curves were measured and analyzed for each material. Additionally, the hygroscopic nature of the oxychlorides and oxybromides was compared to that of their corresponding rare earth halides. The yttrium, lanthanum, and gadolinium oxychlorides, and all of the oxybromides and oxyiodides are found to be activated by Ce{sup 3+}. GdOBr doped with 0.5% Ce{sup 3+} has the highest light output with a relative luminosity of about one-half that of LaBr{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}. It displays a single exponential decay of 30 ns.

  18. Intermediate-Temperature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells with a Gadolinium-Doped Ceria Anodic Functional Layer Deposited via Radio-Frequency Sputtering.

    PubMed

    Tanveer, Waqas Hassan; Ji, Sanghoon; Yu, Wonjong; Cho, Gu Young; Lee, Yoon Ho; Cha, Suk Won

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the effects of the insertion of a gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) anodic functional layer (AFL) on the electrochemical performance of intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Fully stabilized yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was used as an oxygen-ion-conducting and support material. Nickel-Samaria-doped ceriathin film was used as an anode material, while screen-printed lanthanum strontium magnetite served as a cathode material. In order to enhance the interfacial reaction on the anode side, a GDC-AFL with a thickness of about 140 nm, deposited via radio-frequency sputtering, was inserted into the anode-electrolyte interface. SOFCs with and without a GDC-AFL were electrochemically characterized. In an intermediate temperature range of about 700 - 800 degrees C, the application of the GDC-AFL led to an increase in the peak power density of approximately 16%. PMID:26726620

  19. The effect of lanthanum on the fabrication of ZrB{sub 2}-ZrC composites by spark plasma sintering

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, Kyoung Hun; Shim, Kwang Bo

    2003-01-15

    The effect of the addition of the rare earth element, lanthanum, on the sintering characteristics of ZrB{sub 2}-ZrC composites has been analyzed during a spark plasma sintering (SPS) process. Microscopic observation confirmed that lanthanum accelerated mass transport by the formation of the liquid phase between the particles induced by the spark plasma in the initial stage of the SPS process, and then these were recrystallized to form a lanthanum-containing secondary phase at the grain boundaries and at the grain boundary triple junctions. In spite of the strong covalent bonding characteristics of the ZrB{sub 2}-ZrC composite there are many well-developed dislocation structures observed. The fracture toughness of the lanthanum-containing ZrB{sub 2}-ZrC is about 2.56 MPa m{sup 1/2}, which is comparable to that of the pure composite. Therefore, it is concluded that lanthanum is very effective as a sintering aid for the ZrB{sub 2}-ZrC composite without any degradation of the mechanical properties.

  20. Lanthanum manganite-based air electrode for solid oxide fuel cells

    DOEpatents

    Ruka, R.J.; Kuo, L.; Li, B.

    1999-06-29

    An air electrode material for a solid oxide fuel cell is disclosed. The electrode material is based on lanthanum manganite having a perovskite-like crystal structure ABO[sub 3]. The A-site of the air electrode material preferably comprises La, Ca, Ce and at least one lanthanide selected from Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, Y and Nd. The B-site of the electrode material comprises Mn with substantially no dopants. The ratio of A:B is preferably slightly above 1. A preferred air electrode composition is of the formula La[sub w]Ca[sub x]Ln[sub y]Ce[sub z]MnO[sub 3], wherein Ln comprises at least one lanthanide selected from Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, Y and Nd, w is from about 0.55 to about 0.56, x is from about 0.255 to about 0.265, y is from about 0.175 to about 0.185, and z is from about 0.005 to about 0.02. The air electrode material possesses advantageous chemical and electrical properties as well as favorable thermal expansion and thermal cycle shrinkage characteristics. 10 figs.

  1. Application of graphene oxide/lanthanum-modified carbon paste electrode for the selective determination of dopamine

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    Ye, Fengying; Feng, Chenqi; Fu, Ning; Wu, Huihui; Jiang, Jibo; Han, Sheng

    2015-12-01

    A home-made carbon paste electrode (CPE) was reformed by graphene oxide (GO)/lanthanum (La) complexes, and a modified electrode, called GO-La/CPE, was fabricated for the selective determination of dopamine (DA) by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Several factors affecting the electrocatalytic performance of the modified sensor were investigated. Owning to the combination of GO and La ions, the GO-La/CPE sensor exhibited large surface area, well selectivity, good repeatability and stability in the oxidation reaction of DA. At optimal conditions, the response of the GO-La/CPE electrode for determining DA was linear in the region of 0.01-0.1 ?M and 0.1-400.0 ?M. The limit of detection was down to 0.32 nM (S/N = 3). In addition, this modified electrode was successfully applied to the detection of DA in real urine and serum samples by using standard adding method, showing its promising application in the electroanalysis of real samples.

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity of Rh-based lanthanum zirconate pyrochlores for higher alcohol synthesis

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    Abdelsayed, Victor; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Poston, James A., Jr.; Spivey, James J.

    2013-05-01

    Two lanthanum zirconate pyrochlores (La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}; LZ) were prepared by Pechini method and tested for higher alcohols selectivity. In one, Rh was substituted into the pyrochlore lattice (LRZ, 1.7 wt%) while for the second, Rh was supported on an unsubstituted La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (R/LZ, 1.8 wt%). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed reduction (TPR) results show that the surface reducibility depends on whether the Rh is in (or supported on) the LZ pyrochlore. Rhodium in the LRZ is more reducible than rhodium supported on the R/LZ pyrochlore, likely due to the presence of a perovskite phase (LaRhO{sub 3}; identified by XRD), in which rhodium is more reducible. The formation of the perovskite accompanies that of the pyrochlore. CO hydrogenation results show higher ethanol selectivity for R/LZ than LRZ, possibly due to the strong interaction between Rh and LZ on the R/LZ, forming atomically close Rh{sup +}/Rh{sup 0} sites, which have been suggested to favor ethanol production.

  3. Effects of change in the formulation of lanthanum carbonate on laboratory parameters.

    PubMed

    Takita, Takako; Furuhashi, Mitsuyoshi; Fujimoto, Taiki; Suzuki, Hiroo; Harada, Masaki; Maruyama, Satoshi; Tamiya, Rika; Kamiya, Eri; Okamoto, Mari; Tukada, Atsuyo; Furuhashi, Mikako; Kato, Akihiko

    2014-06-01

    Lanthanum carbonate (LC) is available in the two formulations of chewable tablets and granules. In this study, we changed the formulation of LC from chewable tablet to granules, and compared the laboratory parameters for 3 months before and after changing formulation in 58 hemodialysis (HD) patients. We also surveyed patients about their preferences for the two formulations. The mean serum phosphorus (P) levels decreased significantly (P < 0.01) from 6.7 mg/dL to 6.4 mg/dL after the change. The levels for serum albumin and geriatric nutritional risk index increased significantly (P < 0.01). Serum calcium levels also increased significantly (P < 0.01), while serum intact parathyroid hormone levels decreased significantly (P < 0.01). In the survey, approximately half of the patients responded that the granules were easier to take than the chewable tablets. These findings suggest that changing the formulation of LC to granules may reduce serum P levels of the HD patients in clinical practices. PMID:24953762

  4. Bioaccumulation and effects of lanthanum on growth and mitotic index in soybean plants.

    PubMed

    de Oliveira, Cynthia; Ramos, Sílvio J; Siqueira, José O; Faquin, Valdemar; de Castro, Evaristo M; Amaral, Douglas C; Techio, Vânia H; Coelho, Lívia C; E Silva, Pedro H P; Schnug, Ewald; Guilherme, Luiz R G

    2015-12-01

    Rare earth elements such as lanthanum (La) have been used as agricultural inputs in some countries in order to enhance yield and improve crop quality. However, little is known about the effect of La on the growth and structure of soybean, which is an important food and feed crop worldwide. In this study, bioaccumulation of La and its effects on the growth and mitotic index of soybean was evaluated. Soybean plants were exposed to increasing concentrations of La (0, 5, 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160µM) in nutrient solution for 28 days. Plant response to La was evaluated in terms of plant growth, nutritional characteristics, photosynthetic rate, chlorophyll content, mitotic index, modifications in the ultrastructure of roots and leaves, and La mapping in root and shoot tissues. The results showed that the roots of soybean plants can accumulate sixty-fold more La than shoots. La deposition occurred mainly in cell walls and in crystals dispersed in the root cortex and in the mesophyll. When La was applied, it resulted in increased contents of some essential nutrients (i.e., Ca, P, K, and Mn), while Cu and Fe levels decreased. Moreover, low La concentrations stimulated the photosynthetic rate and total chlorophyll content and lead to a higher incidence of binucleate cells, resulting in a slight increase in roots and shoot biomass. At higher La levels, soybean growth was reduced. This was caused by ultrastructural modifications in the cell wall, thylakoids and chloroplasts, and the appearance of c-metaphases. PMID:26232040

  5. Fluorescent complexes of nucleic acids/8-hydroxyquinoline/lanthanum(III) and the fluorometry of nucleic acids

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng Zhi Huang; Ke An Li; Shen Yang Tong

    1996-07-01

    The ternary fluorescent complexes of nucleic acids/8-hydroxyquinoline/lanthanum (III) were studied. Nucleic acids in the study involve natured and thermally denatured calf thymus DNA, fish sperm DNA and yeast RNA. In the range of PH 8.0-8.4 (controlled by NH{sub 3}-NH{sub 4}Cl buffer) ternary fluorescent complexes are formed which emit at 485.0 nm for calf thymus DNA and at 480.0 nm for fish sperm DNA when excited at 265.0 nm. Based on the fluorescence reactions sensitive fluorometric methods for nucleic acids were proposed. Using optimal conditions, the calibration curves were linear in the range of 0.4 --3.6 {mu}g{sup .}ml{sup -1} for calf thymus DNA, 0.4 -- 4.0 {mu}g{sup .}ml{sup -1} for fish sperm DNA and 0.4 --4.0{mu}g{sup .}ml{sup -1} for yeast RNA, respectively. Five synthetic samples were determined with satisfaction.

  6. RM1 Semiempirical Quantum Chemistry: Parameters for Trivalent Lanthanum, Cerium and Praseodymium

    PubMed Central

    Dutra, José Diogo L.; Filho, Manoel A. M.; Rocha, Gerd B.; Simas, Alfredo M.; Freire, Ricardo O.

    2015-01-01

    The RM1 model for the lanthanides is parameterized for complexes of the trications of lanthanum, cerium, and praseodymium. The semiempirical quantum chemical model core stands for the [Xe]4fn electronic configuration, with n =0,1,2 for La(III), Ce(III), and Pr(III), respectively. In addition, the valence shell is described by three electrons in a set of 5d, 6s, and 6p orbitals. Results indicate that the present model is more accurate than the previous sparkle models, although these are still very good methods provided the ligands only possess oxygen or nitrogen atoms directly coordinated to the lanthanide ion. For all other different types of coordination, the present RM1 model for the lanthanides is much superior and must definitely be used. Overall, the accuracy of the model is of the order of 0.07Å for La(III) and Pr(III), and 0.08Å for Ce(III) for lanthanide-ligand atom distances which lie mostly around the 2.3Å to 2.6Å interval, implying an error around 3% only. PMID:26132289

  7. Wave and transport studies utilizing dense plasma filaments generated with a lanthanum hexaboride cathode

    SciTech Connect

    Van Compernolle, B.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.; Cooper, C. M.

    2011-12-15

    A portable lanthanum hexaboride (LaB{sub 6}) cathode has been developed for use in the LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) at UCLA. The LaB{sub 6} cathode can be used as a tool for many different studies in experimental plasma physics. To date, the cathode has been used as a source of a plasma with a hot dense core for transport studies and diagnostics development, as a source of gradient driven modes, as a source of shear Alfven waves, and as a source of interacting current channels in reconnection experiments. The LaB{sub 6} cathode is capable of higher discharge current densities than the main barium oxide coated LAPD cathode and is therefore able to produce plasmas of higher densities and higher electron temperatures. The 8.25 cm diameter cathode can be introduced into the LAPD at different axial locations without the need to break vacuum. The cathode can be scaled up or down for use as a portable secondary plasma source in other machines.

  8. Thermoelectric Power Generation from Lanthanum Strontium Titanium Oxide at Room Temperature through the Addition of Graphene.

    PubMed

    Lin, Yue; Norman, Colin; Srivastava, Deepanshu; Azough, Feridoon; Wang, Li; Robbins, Mark; Simpson, Kevin; Freer, Robert; Kinloch, Ian A

    2015-07-29

    The applications of strontium titanium oxide based thermoelectric materials are currently limited by their high operating temperatures of >700 °C. Herein, we show that the thermal operating window of lanthanum strontium titanium oxide (LSTO) can be reduced to room temperature by the addition of a small amount of graphene. This increase in operating performance will enable future applications such as generators in vehicles and other sectors. The LSTO composites incorporated one percent or less of graphene and were sintered under an argon/hydrogen atmosphere. The resultant materials were reduced and possessed a multiphase structure with nanosized grains. The thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites decreased upon the addition of graphene, whereas the electrical conductivity and power factor both increased significantly. These factors, together with a moderate Seebeck coefficient, meant that a high power factor of ?2500 ?Wm(-1)K(-2) was reached at room temperature at a loading of 0.6 wt % graphene. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) was achieved when 0.6 wt % graphene was added (ZT = 0.42 at room temperature and 0.36 at 750 °C), with >280% enhancement compared to that of pure LSTO. A preliminary 7-couple device was produced using bismuth strontium cobalt oxide/graphene-LSTO pucks. This device had a Seebeck coefficient of ?1500 ?V/K and an open voltage of 600 mV at a mean temperature of 219 °C. PMID:26095083

  9. Oxidative effects, nutrients and metabolic changes in aquatic macrophyte, Elodea nuttallii, following exposure to lanthanum.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jingjing; Zhang, Tingting; Lu, Qianqian; Cai, Sanjuan; Chu, Weiyue; Qiu, Han; Xu, Ting; Li, Feifei; Xu, Qinsong

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the phytoremediation potential of Elodea nuttallii to remove rare earth metals from contaminated water. The laboratory experiments were designed to assess the responses induced by lanthanum (5-20mgL(-1)) in E. nuttallii over a period of 7 days. The results showed that most La (approximately 85%) was associated with the cell wall. The addition of La to the culture medium reduced the concentration of K, Ca, Cu, Mg, and Mn. However, O2(·-) levels increased with a concomitant increase in the malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration as the La concentration increased, which indicated that the cells were under oxidative stress. Significant reductions in the levels of chlorophyll (Chl) a, b, and carotenoids (Car) were observed in a concentration-dependent manner. However, the levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), total non-protein thiols (TNP-SH) and phytochelatins (PCs) increased for all La concentrations. The results suggested that La was toxic to E. nuttallii because it induced oxidative stress and disturbed mineral uptake. However, E. nuttallii was able to combat La induced damage via an immobilization mechanism, which involved the cell wall and the activation of non-enzymatic antioxidant. PMID:25700094

  10. Abundance gradients in the Milky Way for alpha elements, Iron peak elements, Barium, Lanthanum and Europium

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    G. Cescutti; F. Matteucci; P. Francois; C. Chiappini

    2006-09-29

    We model the abundance gradients in the disk of the Milky Way for several chemical elements (O, Mg, Si, S, Ca, Sc, Ti, Co, V, Fe, Ni, Zn, Cu, Mn, Cr, Ba, La and Eu), and compare our results with the most recent and homogeneous observational data. We adopt a chemical evolution model able to well reproduce the main properties of the solar vicinity. We compute, for the first time, the abundance gradients for all the above mentioned elements in the galactocentric distance range 4 - 22 kpc. The comparison with the observed data on Cepheids in the galactocentric distance range 5-17 kpc gives a very good agreement for many of the studied elements. In addition, we fit very well the data for the evolution of Lanthanum in the solar vicinity for which we present results here for the first time. We explore, also for the first time, the behaviour of the abundance gradients at large galactocentric distances by comparing our results with data relative to distant open clusters and red giants and select the best chemical evolution model model on the basis of that. We find a very good fit to the observed abundance gradients, as traced by Cepheids, for most of the elements, thus confirming the validity of the inside-out scenario for the formation of the Milky Way disk as well as the adopted nucleosynthesis prescriptions.

  11. The interfaces of lanthanum oxide-based subnanometer EOT gate dielectrics

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    When pushing the gate dielectric thickness of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices down to the subnanometer scale, the most challenging issue is the interface. The interfacial transition layers between the high-k dielectric/Si and between the high-k dielectric/gate metal become the critical constraints for the smallest achievable film thickness. This work presents a detailed study on the interface bonding structures of the tungsten/lanthanum oxide/silicon (W/La2O3/Si) MOS structure. We found that both W/La2O3 and La2O3/Si are thermally unstable. Thermal annealing can lead to W oxidation and the forming of a complex oxide layer at the W/La2O3 interface. For the La2O3/Si interface, thermal annealing leads to a thick low-k silicate layer. These interface layers do not only cause significant device performance degradation, but also impose a limit on the thinnest equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) to be achievable which may be well above the requirements of our future technology nodes. PMID:25246873

  12. Study of lanthanum aluminum silicate glasses for passive and active optical fibers

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    Schuster, K.; Litzkendorf, D.; Grimm, S.; Kobelke, J.; Schwuchow, A.; Ludwig, A.; Leich, M.; Jetschke, S.; Dellith, J.; Auguste, J.-L.; Leparmentier, S.; Humbert, G.; Werner, G.

    2013-03-01

    We report on SiO2-Al2O3-La2O3 glasses - with and without Yb2O3 - suitable for nonlinear and fiber laser applications. We also present successful supercontinuum generation and fiber laser operation around 1060 nm in step-index fibers. We have optimized the glass compositions in terms of thermal and optical requirements for both a high La2O3 (24 mol%) and Yb2O3(6 mol%) concentration. The aluminum concentration was adjusted to about 21 mol% Al2O3 to increase the solubility of lanthanum and ytterbium in the glass beyond possible MCVD based techniques. The glasses have been characterized by dilatometrical methods to find transition temperatures from 860 to 880°C and thermal expansion coefficients between 4.1 and 7.0 × 10-6 K-1. Structured step index fibers with a SiO2-Al2O3-La2O3 core and silica cladding have been realized showing a fiber loss minimum of about 500 dB/km at 1200 nm wavelength. The chromatic dispersion could be adjusted to shift the zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW) close to the pump wavelength of 1550 nm in a supercontinuum generation setup. First fiber laser experiments show an efficiency of about 41 % with a remarkably reduced photodarkening compared to MCVD based fibers.

  13. Electrical resistivity of liquid nickel-lanthanum and nickel-cerium alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Gasser, J.; Kefif, B. )

    1990-02-15

    The high-temperature melting points of transition metals and the extreme reactivity of rare-earth metals at high temperature explain why very few results exist on the physical properties of this kind of alloy. Except for some papers of Solodovnikov {ital et} {ital al}., no paper on the electronic properties of transition-metal--rare-earth alloys have been published to our knowledge. The scarce pure-metal results are often contradictory. The electrical resistivity of nine liquid lanthanum-nickel alloys (up to 60 at. % nickel) and of six cerium-nickel alloys (up to 53 at. % nickel) has been measured. The raw experimental results had been presented earlier. The concentration dependence of the resistivity is discussed in the framework of the extended Faber-Ziman theory of Dreirach {ital et} {ital al}. in terms of structure factors and form factors. Following a hard-sphere description, we used the Ashcroft-Langreth formula to compute the partial structure factors. The form factors have been deduced by taking transition-- and rare-earth--metal model potentials of the Heine-Abarenkov-Animalu type which incorporate formally the {ital s}-{ital d} and the {ital s}-{ital f} hybridization in the energy band of the lanthanides. Alternatively, we also compute a {ital t}-matrix form factor expressed in terms of phase shifts. The model-potential and {ital t}-matrix--form-factor calculations are compared to the experimental resistivity.

  14. Lanthanum manganite-based air electrode for solid oxide fuel cells

    DOEpatents

    Ruka, Roswell J. (Pittsburgh, PA); Kuo, Lewis (Monroeville, PA); Li, Baozhen (Essex Junction, VT)

    1999-01-01

    An air electrode material for a solid oxide fuel cell is disclosed. The electrode material is based on lanthanum manganite having a perovskite-like crystal structure ABO.sub.3. The A-site of the air electrode material preferably comprises La, Ca, Ce and at least one lanthanide selected from Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, Y and Nd. The B-site of the electrode material comprises Mn with substantially no dopants. The ratio of A:B is preferably slightly above 1. A preferred air electrode composition is of the formula La.sub.w Ca.sub.x Ln.sub.y Ce.sub.z MnO.sub.3, wherein Ln comprises at least one lanthanide selected from Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, Y and Nd, w is from about 0.55 to about 0.56, x is from about 0.255 to about 0.265, y is from about 0.175 to about 0.185, and z is from about 0.005 to about 0.02. The air electrode material possesses advantageous chemical and electrical properties as well as favorable thermal expansion and thermal cycle shrinkage characteristics.

  15. Effect of compositional variations in the lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate system on electrical properties

    SciTech Connect

    Markowski, K.; Park, S.E.; Yoshikawa, Shoko; Cross, L.E.

    1996-12-01

    The purpose of this work was to evaluate the effect of compositional modifications on the electrical properties of lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate (PLZST) ceramics, as well as to examine their electrically induced phase-change behavior. Variations in the Ti:Sn ratio were evaluated. Increased Ti{sup 4+} content produced the following: decreased switching field, related to an increased antiferroelectric-ferroelectric (AFE-FE) transition temperature; constant hysteresis ({Delta}E) correlated with a constant temperature of the maximum dielectric constant (T{sub max}); a sharper dielectric-constant maximum peak; and increased room-temperature dielectric constant (K). Variations in the Zr:Sn ratio also were evaluated. Increased Zr{sup 4+} content produced the following: increased hysteresis with increased T{sub max}, decreased maximum dielectric constant, and decreased switching field with increased AFE-FE transition temperature (T{sub AFE-FE}). From these results, with respect to compositional modifications, the AFE-FE switching field (E{sub AFE-FE}) and {Delta}E were observed to be dependent strongly on T{sub AFE-FE} and T{sub max}, respectively. Negligible change existed in the strain achievable at the switching field, which remained constant for all compositions at {approximately}0.16%. The significance of this research was the ability demonstrated to tailor the properties of phase-change materials through compositional modifications.

  16. The interfaces of lanthanum oxide-based subnanometer EOT gate dielectrics.

    PubMed

    Wong, Hei; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Jieqiong; Jin, Hao; Kakushima, Kuniyuki; Iwai, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    When pushing the gate dielectric thickness of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices down to the subnanometer scale, the most challenging issue is the interface. The interfacial transition layers between the high-k dielectric/Si and between the high-k dielectric/gate metal become the critical constraints for the smallest achievable film thickness. This work presents a detailed study on the interface bonding structures of the tungsten/lanthanum oxide/silicon (W/La2O3/Si) MOS structure. We found that both W/La2O3 and La2O3/Si are thermally unstable. Thermal annealing can lead to W oxidation and the forming of a complex oxide layer at the W/La2O3 interface. For the La2O3/Si interface, thermal annealing leads to a thick low-k silicate layer. These interface layers do not only cause significant device performance degradation, but also impose a limit on the thinnest equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) to be achievable which may be well above the requirements of our future technology nodes. PMID:25246873

  17. Clinical effects of long-term (36-month) lanthanum carbonate administration in hemodialysis patients in Japan.

    PubMed

    Kishi, Yuichiro; Obara, Yoshihiro; Hara, Keiko; Yamashiro, Hiromitsu; Kurosawa, Norio; Takada, Daisuke

    2014-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the clinical effects of long-term administration of the phosphorus (P) binder lanthanum carbonate (LC), which was launched in Japan in 2009. The subjects were 58 dialysis patients who began receiving LC, and we evaluated the clinical effects for up to 36 months after treatment initiation. The average serum P concentration remained low during the 36-month study period, with a significant reduction from 6.25 mg/dL at the start of the study to 4.94 mg/dL after 36 months (P < 0.001). A significant reduction was also observed in the average serum calcium concentration after 36 months (P < 0.05), but not in the serum intact parathyroid hormone concentration. Significant reductions were also observed in the average serum total protein, albumin and potassium concentrations (P < 0.05). The dosages of LC increased by approximately 1.9-fold after 36 months, in contrast, the dosages of concomitantly used sevelamer hydrochloride and Ca carbonate preparations decreased. These results indicate that LC could be used to treat hyperphosphatemia without causing hypercalcemia, and would be useful for long-term treatment with hemodialysis patients. PMID:24953760

  18. In vitro anticancer activities of Schiff base and its lanthanum complex.

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    Neelima; Poonia, Kavita; Siddiqui, Sahabjada; Arshad, Md; Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-02-15

    Schiff base metal complexes are well-known to intercalate DNA. The La(III) complexes have been synthesized such that they hinder with the role of the topoisomerases, which control the topology of DNA during the cell-division cycle. Although several promising chemotherapeutics have been developed, on the basis of Schiff base metal complex DNA intercalating system they did not proceed past clinical trials due to their dose-limiting toxicity. Herein, we discuss an alternative compound, the La(III) complex, [La(L(1))2Cl3]·7H2O based on a Schiff base ligand 2,3-dihydro-1H-indolo-[2,3-b]-phenazin-4(5H)-ylidene)benzothiazole-2-amine (L(1)), and report in vitro cell studies. Results of antitumor activity using cell viability assay, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and nuclear condensation in PC-3 (Human, prostate carcinoma) cells show that the metal complex is more potent than ligand. La(III) complexes have been synthesized by reaction of lanthanum(III) salt in 1:2M ratio with ligands L(1) and 3-(ethoxymethylene)-2,3-dihydro-1H-indolo[2,3-b]-phenazin-4(5H)-ylidene)benzathiazole-2-amine (L(2)) in methanol. The ligands and their La(III) complexes were characterized by molar conductance, magnetic susceptibility, elemental analyses, FT-IR, UV-Vis, (1)H/(13)C NMR, thermogravimetric, XRD, and SEM analysis. PMID:26619196

  19. Ultimate intrinsic-coercivity samarium-cobalt magnet: An Earth-based feasibility study for space-shuttle missions. [containerless melts

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    Das, D. K.; Kumar, K.; Frost, R. T.; Chang, C. W.

    1980-01-01

    Techniques for containerless melting and solidification of the samarium-cobalt alloy without excessive oxidation were developed. The rationale for extending these experiments in a weightless environment is also discussed. The effect of oxygen content from 0.15 to 0.63 weight percent and grain size in the range of 2 to 10 micrometers has been examined on arc-plasma-sprayed SmCo5 magnets. Contrary to expectations, the larger grain sizes tended to improve the coercivities. This was attributed to an increase in homogeneity resulting from higher temperature treatments used to produce larger grain size. No significant differences in coercivity were observed on the basis of oxygen content in the range examined. It is expected that more meaningful data on the relationship between oxygen content and coercivity will be seen when the oxygen content can be lowered to less than 0.1 weight percent.

  20. Spectra of optical parameters in bulk and film amorphous alloys of the Se{sub 95}As{sub 5} system containing samarium (Sm) impurities

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    Djalilov, N. Z.; Damirov, G. M.

    2011-09-15

    Reflectance spectra of bulk and film amorphous alloys of the Se{sub 95}As{sub 5} system containing samarium (Sm) impurities are studied in the energy range of 1-6 eV. Spectral dependences of optical constants and derivatives of optical dielectric functions are calculated by the Kramers-Kronig method. Changes in spectra of optical parameters depending on the content of impurities introduced into Se{sub 95}As{sub 5} and conditions of their preparation are explained based on the cluster model. According to the latter, changes in the electron density of states depends on changes in atomic configurations in clusters, i.e., short-range order changes.

  1. [Doping control in race horses].

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    Ungemach, F R

    1985-01-01

    Doping in performance horses is defined as the "illegal application of any substance, except normal diet, that might modify the natural and present capacities of the horse at the time of the race." The prohibition of doping is mainly based on the protection of animals. Doping can be performed with various aims: "doping to win" can be regarded as the classical method by mobilization of overphysiological capacities. Such positive doping may be classified as an acute form using psychomotoric stimulants, as a chronic form using anabolic hormones, and as a paradoxical form using small doses of neuroleptics or tranquilizers in excitable horses. In larger doses these sedatives are acting for "doping to loose" in a more subtle manner as compared to hypnotics. According to the doping regulations there is no difference between therapy and doping at the time of the race. Thus at the race all medications to restore normal performance have to be regarded as doping. This fact especially concerns the therapy of lamenesses with non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs or local anesthetics. A particular problem is "inadvertent" doping due to unknown side effects, combinations of drugs, galenic supplements or food additives. Accidental doping may further be caused by the unawareness of elimination times. At the moment no exact withdrawing times can be defined due to the manifold interindividual variations at different levels of the pharmacokinetics. As a border-line case of doping the application of endogenous substances, like electrolytes or glucose, may be regarded. Though their parenteral application is prohibited prior to the race, only bicarbonate or "blood doping" may be considered to be effective as positive doping. Special doping methods are the use of "masking" substances or diuretics in order to make more difficult the detection of illegal drugs as well as physical doping procedures which are often hardly to define and which thus are only in part included in the doping regulations. PMID:2859671

  2. Structure and magnetic properties evolution of nickel-zinc ferrite with lanthanum substitution

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    Wu, Xuehang; Wu, Wenwei; Qin, Liqin; Wang, Kaituo; Ou, Shiqian; Zhou, Kaiwen; Fan, Yanjin

    2015-04-01

    La3+-doped Ni-Zn ferrites with a nominal composition of Ni0.5Zn0.5LaxFe2-xO4 (where x=0-0.3) are prepared by solid-state reaction at low temperatures. X-ray diffraction data shows that single phase Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 is obtained at 600 °C, but all samples consist of the main spinel phase in combination of a small amount of a foreign LaFeO3 phase after doping. When the precursor is calcined at 900 °C, the lattice constants of the ferrites initially increase after La3+ doping, but then become smaller with additional La3+ doping. The addition of La3+ results in a reduction of crystallite size. Magnetic measurement reveals that the specific saturation magnetization (Ms) of the as-prepared ferrites decreases with increasing La3+ substitution, while the coercivity (Hc) of Ni0.5Zn0.5LaxFe2-xO4 obtained above 800 °C increases with increasing La3+ substitution.

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

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    Djerdj, Igor; Ar?on, Denis; Jagli?i?, Zvonko; Niederberger, Markus

    2008-07-01

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

  4. Crystal structure of La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} single crystals doped with bismuth

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    Alekseeva, O. A. Verin, I. A.; Sorokina, N. I.; Krasil'nikova, A. E.; Voronkova, V. I.

    2010-07-15

    Precision X-ray diffraction studies of La{sub 2-x}Bi{sub x}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} (x = 0.04, 0.06, and 0.18) single crystals are performed. It is found that in the compounds doped with bismuth, analogously with the structure of the metastable {beta}{sub ms} phase of pure La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} (LM), the La, Mo1, and O1 atoms deviate from the threefold axis on which they are located in the high-temperature {beta} phase. It is shown that bismuth atoms substitute for part of lanthanum atoms and occupy a position at the threefold axis in the neighborhood of the split lanthanum position. The implantation of bismuth atoms in the LM structure results in the return of a part of the molybdenum atoms to the position at the threefold axis. The occupancy of this position is equal to the occupancy of the bismuth atomic position.

  5. Muscle cell membranes from early degeneration muscle cell fibers in Solenopsis are leaky to lanthanum: electron microscopy and X-ray analysis

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    Jones, R.G.; Davis, W.L.

    1985-06-01

    Lanthanum infusion techniques, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray microanalysis were utilized to compare the permeability of muscle cell membranes from normal and degenerating muscle fibers of Solenopsis spp. In normal fibers, the electron-dense tracer was limited to components of the sarcotubular system. However, the insemination-induced degeneration of muscle fibers was characterized by the presence of an electron-dense precipitate within the myofibrils and mitochondria as well as in the extramyofibrillar spaces. The electron-dense material was subsequently identified by elemental analysis to be lanthanum. Such data indicate that one of the earliest stages of muscle degeneration involves an alteration in cell membrane permeability.

  6. Shear strain mediated magneto-electric effects in composites of piezoelectric lanthanum gallium silicate or tantalate and ferromagnetic alloys

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    Sreenivasulu, G.; Piskulich, E.; Srinivasan, G.; Qu, P.; Qu, Hongwei; Petrov, V. M.; Fetisov, Y. K.; Nosov, A. P.

    2014-07-21

    Shear strain mediated magneto-electric (ME) coupling is studied in composites of piezoelectric Y-cut lanthanum gallium silicate (LGS) or tantalate (LGT) and ferromagnetic Fe-Co-V alloys. It is shown that extensional strain does not result in ME effects in these layered composites. Under shear strain generated by an ac and dc bias magnetic fields along the length and width of the sample, respectively, strong ME coupling is measured at low-frequencies and at mechanical resonance. A model is discussed for the ME effects. These composites of Y-cut piezoelectrics and ferromagnetic alloys are of importance for shear strain based magnetic field sensors.

  7. CRADA (AL-C-2009-02) Final Report: Phase I. Lanthanum-based Start Materials for Hydride Batteries

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    Gschneidner, Jr., Karl; Schmidt, Frederick; Frerichs, A.E.; Ament, Katherine A.

    2013-05-01

    The purpose of Phase I of this work is to focus on developing a La-based start material for making nickel-metal (lanthanum)-hydride batteries based on our carbothermic-silicon process. The goal is to develop a protocol for the manufacture of (La{sub 1-x}R{sub x})(Ni{sub 1-y}M{sub y})(Si{sub z}), where R is a rare earth metal and M is a non-rare earth metal, to be utilized as the negative electrode in nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries.

  8. Ion-solvent interactions in lanthanum(III) chloride and D-glucose-water mixed solvent systems: An ultrasonic study

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    Dash, J. K.; Kamila, Susmita

    2015-09-01

    Acoustic parameters such as isentropic compressibility, ?s, intermolecular free length, Lf, apparent molar volume (?v), solvation number, Sn, viscosity B coefficients of Jones-Dole equation etc., have been evaluated from the measured values of ultrasonic velocity, density and viscosity for the solutions of lanthanum(III) chloride in d-glucose (dextrose)-water mixed solvent system of various proportions at 303.15 K temperature and atmospheric pressure. The results are discussed in the light of ion-solvent interactions and the structural effect of the solute on the solvent in the solution.

  9. An Integrated Approach for Structural Characterization of Complex Solid State Electrolytes: The Case of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate

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    Cheng, Yongqiang; Bi,; Huq, Ashfia; Feygenson, Mikhail; Bridges, Craig A; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sumpter, Bobby G

    2014-01-01

    Neutron scattering and first principles simulation are integrated to reveal the atomic-level to nanoscale structure of lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO), a representative solid electrolyte material with applications in Li-ion batteries. The integrated approach solves the hierarchical local structure of LLTO in detail, including the coupled chemical order and topological distortion, as well as their correlation length scale and the spatial modulation with coherent boundaries. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to map out the distribution of the mobile ions and identify the migration pathway. Overall, this integrated approach provides a powerful means for detailed study of materials with complex local chemical and topological environment.

  10. A comparison of the use of sodium iodide and lanthanum bromide scintillation crystals for airborne surveys

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    Bailey, Derek M.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aerial Spectral Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) program performs aerial radiological and chemical characterization of geographical regions of interest. Airborne surveys are performed to characterize environmental radionuclide content, for mineral exploration, as well as for emergency scenarios such as major releases or lost sources. Two radiological detection systems are used by the ASPECT team for gamma-ray detection and characterization: lanthanum bromide [LaBr 3(Ce)] and sodium iodide [NaI(Tl)] scintillation systems. An aerial survey of a uranium mine in the western United States was performed using both NaI(Tl) and LaBr3(Ce) detection systems. Analyses of the survey data were performed with RadAssist software and applying International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) airborne gamma ray mapping guidelines. The data for the survey were corrected for cross-over, which is spectral interference from higher energy photons as a result of Compton scattering, height attenuation, cosmic ray contribution to signal, and Radon contribution to signal. Two radiation survey contours were generated from each discrete data set. Based on analysis of the uranium mine survey results, LaBr3(Ce) produced a product comparable to that of NaI(Tl). The LaBr3(Ce) detection system contained 1/16th the scintillating volume and had a total system weight that was 1/4th that of the NaI(Tl) system. LaBr3(Ce) demonstrated a clear advantage over NaI(Tl) detectors in system mobility, and weight factors in airborne gamma ray spectroscopy.

  11. Combined effects of lanthanum (III) chloride and acid rain on photosynthetic parameters in rice.

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    Wang, Lihong; Wang, Wen; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua

    2014-10-01

    Rare earth elements (REEs) pollution and acid rain are environmental issues, and their deleterious effects on plants attract worldwide attention. These two issues exist simultaneously in many regions, especially in some rice-growing areas. However, little is known about the combined effects of REEs and acid rain on plants. Here, the combined effects of lanthanum chloride (LaCl3), one type of REE salt, and acid rain on photosynthesis in rice were investigated. We showed that the combined treatment of 81.6 ?M LaCl3 and acid rain at pH 4.5 increased net photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatic conductance (Gs), intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci), Hill reaction activity (HRA), apparent quantum yield (AQY) and carboxylation efficiency (CE) in rice. The combined treatment of 81.6 ?M LaCl3 and acid rain at pH 3.5 began to behave toxic effects on photosynthesis (decreasing Pn, Gs, HRA, AQY and CE, and increasing Ci), and the maximally toxic effects were observed in the combined treatment of 2449.0 ?M LaCl3 and acid rain at pH 2.5. Moreover, the combined effects of LaCl3 and acid rain on photosynthesis in rice depended on the growth stage of rice, with the maximal effects occurring at the booting stage. Furthermore, the combined treatment of high-concentration LaCl3 and low-pH acid rain had more serious effects on photosynthesis in rice than LaCl3 or acid rain treatment alone. Finally, the combined effect of LaCl3 and acid rain on Pn in rice resulted from the changes in stomatic (Gs, Ci) and non-stomatic (HRA, AQY and CE) factors. PMID:25048927

  12. Combined Effects of Lanthanum (III) and Acid Rain on Antioxidant Enzyme System in Soybean Roots.

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    Zhang, Xuanbo; Du, Yuping; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua; Sun, Zhaoguo

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth element pollution (REEs) and acid rain (AR) pollution simultaneously occur in many regions, which resulted in a new environmental issue, the combined pollution of REEs and AR. The effects of the combined pollution on the antioxidant enzyme system of plant roots have not been reported. Here, the combined effects of lanthanum ion (La3+), one type of REE, and AR on the antioxidant enzyme system of soybean roots were investigated. In the combined treatment of La3+ (0.08 mM) and AR, the cell membrane permeability and the peroxidation of cell membrane lipid of soybean roots increased, and the superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and reduced ascorbic acid served as scavengers of reactive oxygen species. In other combined treatments of La3+ (0.40 mM, 1.20 mM) and AR, the membrane permeability, malonyldialdehyde content, superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content increased, while the catalase activity decreased. The increased superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content were inadequate to scavenge the excess hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, leading to the damage of the cell membrane, which was aggravated with the increase in the concentration of La3+ and the level of AR. The deleterious effects of the combined treatment of La3+ and AR were stronger than those of the single treatment of La3+ or AR. Moreover, the activity of antioxidant enzyme system in the combined treatment group was affected directly and indirectly by mineral element content in soybean plants. PMID:26230263

  13. Humic substances interfere with phosphate removal by Lanthanum modified clay in controlling eutrophication.

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    Lürling, Miquel; Waajen, Guido; van Oosterhout, Frank

    2014-05-01

    The lanthanum (La) modified bentonite Phoslock(®) has been proposed as dephosphatisation technique aiming at removing Filterable Reactive Phosphorus (FRP) from the water and blocking the release of FRP from the sediment. In the modified clay La is expected the active ingredient. We conducted controlled laboratory experiments to measure the FRP removal by Phoslock(®) in the presence and absence of humic substances, as La complexation with humic substances might lower the effectiveness of La (Phoslock(®)) to bind FRP. The results of our study support the hypothesis that the presence of humic substances can interfere with the FRP removal by the La-modified bentonite. Both a short-term (1 d) and long-term (42 d) experiment were in agreement with predictions derived from chemical equilibrium modelling and showed lower FRP removal in presence of humic substances. This implies that in DOC-rich inland waters the applicability of exclusively Phoslock(®) as FRP binder should be met critically. In addition, we observed a strong increase of filterable La in presence of humic substances reaching in a week more than 270 ?g La l(-1) that would infer a violation of the Dutch La standard for surface water, which is 10.1 ?g La l(-1). Hence, humic substances are an important factor that should be given attention when considering chemical FRP inactivation as they might play a substantial role in lowering the efficacy of metal-based FRP-sorbents, which makes measurements of humic substances (DOC) as well as controlled experiments vital. PMID:24565799

  14. Manganese Oxide Formation in Lanthanum Strontium Manganite-Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia SOFC Cathodes

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    Wang, Hsiang-Jen; De Guire, Mark R.; Xing, Zhengliang; Agnew, Gerry; Goettler, Richard; Liu, Zhien; Heuer, Arthur H.

    2014-09-01

    Microstructural changes in the cathode adjacent to the cathode-electrolyte interface were studied in SOFCs with lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM)/Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) composite cathodes after long-term operation (1.3 to 2.0 kh) with steam (1 to 3 pct H2O) added to the cathode gas. We specifically sought to understand why the degradation rate (the increase of area specific resistance with time) was markedly higher at lower temperatures ( e.g., 1073 K (800 °C)) than at higher temperatures ( e.g., 1198 K (925 °C)). Transmission electron microscopy, combined with X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, was used to detect and identify submicron MnxOy precipitates. The particles were shown to be Mn3O4 in cells operated at 1198 K (925 °C), and both Mn3O4 and Mn2O3 in cells operated at 1073 K (800 °C). In a cell exposed for 5 kh at 1198 K (925 °C) to a cathode atmosphere of 1.1 pct H2O at 4 bara, MnxOy precipitates were uniformly distributed across the cathode. On the other hand, in an identical cell exposed to the same conditions but operated continuously at 380 mA cm-2, MnxOy precipitates were observed almost exclusively within about 3 µm of the electrolyte/cathode interface. Whether MnxOy formation is causative or simply correlative with the steam effect remains an important question for future work.

  15. Antioxidant response of soybean seedlings to joint stress of lanthanum and acid rain.

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    Liang, Chanjuan; Wang, Weimin

    2013-11-01

    Excess of rare earth elements in soil can be a serious environmental stress on plants, in particular when acid rain coexists. To understand how such a stress affects plants, we studied antioxidant response of soybean leaves and roots exposed to lanthanum (0.06, 0.18, and 0.85 mmol L(-1)) under acid rain conditions (pH 4.5 and 3.0). We found that low concentration of La3+ (0.06 mmol L(-1)) did not affect the activity of antioxidant enzymes (catalase and peroxidase) whereas high concentration of La3+ (?0.18 mmol L(-1)) did. Compared to treatment with acid rain (pH 4.5 and pH 3.0) or La3+ alone, joint stress of La3+ and acid rain affected more severely the activity of catalase and peroxidase, and induced more H2O2 accumulation and lipid peroxidation. When treated with high level of La3+ (0.85 mmol L(-1)) alone or with acid rain (pH 4.5 and 3.0), roots were more affected than leaves regarding the inhibition of antioxidant enzymes, physiological function, and growth. The severity of oxidative damage and inhibition of growth caused by the joint stress associated positively with La3+ concentration and soil acidity. These results will help us understand plant response to joint stress, recognize the adverse environmental impact of rare earth elements in acidic soil, and develop measures to eliminate damage caused by such joint stress. PMID:23653318

  16. The nature of catalytic sites on lanthanum and neodymium oxides for dehydration/dehydrogenation of ethanol

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    Rosynek, M.P.; Koprowski, R.J.; DelliSante, G.N. )

    1990-03-01

    The multi-pathway (dehydration/dehydrogenation) conversion of ethanol has been used to investigate the nature and behavior of catalytically active sites on lanthanum and neodymium sesquioxides. Catalytic reaction data, coupled with infrared spectroscopic characterizations of adsorbed species, indicate that at least two different types of catalytically active sites are generated on activated La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} surfaces that are prepared by thermal dehydration of the corresponding trihydroxides. One kind of site (designated Type I) is much less numerous than the other (Type II), but is more strongly basic and has a much higher initial activity for alcohol dehydration, via a probable ethoxide intermediate, at 300-400{degree}C. The parallel alcohol dehydrogenation pathway, on the other hand, occurs only on Type II sites, which also have moderate dehydration activity. The resulting aldehyde products readsorbs exclusively on the more strongly basic Type I sites, where it undergoes a series of secondary condensation reactions that cause a decrease in the overall rate of alcohol dehydration. The comparative behavioral features of the two kinds of sites may be due to differing surface environments, with Type I sites being in structurally more defective and/or more energetic surface locations than are Type II sites. Increases in pretreatment temperature of the oxides cause thermally induced transformations of Type I sites into Type II sites by a surface annealing or restructuring process, with corresponding modifications in the observed catalytic behavior for the two alcohol conversion pathways. 33 refs.

  17. HIGH-RESOLUTION FOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROSCOPY OF LANTHANUM IN Ar DISCHARGE IN THE NEAR-INFRARED

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    Güzelçimen, F.; Ba?ar, Gö.; Tamanis, M.; Kruzins, A.; Ferber, R.; Windholz, L.; Kröger, S. E-mail: sophie.kroeger@htw-berlin.de

    2013-10-01

    A high-resolution spectrum of lanthanum has been recorded by a Fourier Transform spectrometer in the wavelength range from 833 nm to 1666 nm (6000 cm{sup –1} to 12,000 cm{sup –1}) using as light source a hollow cathode lamp operated with argon as the discharge carrier gas. In total, 2386 spectral lines were detected in this region, of which 555 lines could be classified as La I transitions and 10 lines as La II transitions. All La II transitions and 534 of these La I transitions were classified for the first time, and 6 of the La II transitions and 433 of the classified La I transitions appear to be new lines, which could not be found in the literature. The corresponding energy level data of classified lines are given. Additionally, 430 lines are assigned as Ar I lines and 394 as Ar II lines, of which 179 and 77, respectively, were classified for the first time. All 77 classified Ar II transitions as well as 159 of the classified Ar I transitions are new lines. Furthermore, the wavenumbers of 997 unclassified spectral lines were determined, 235 of which could be assigned as La lines, because of their hyperfine pattern. The remaining 762 lines may be either unclassified Ar lines or unresolved and unclassified La lines with only one symmetrical peak with an FWHM in the same order of magnitude as the Ar lines. The accuracy of the wavenumber for the classified lines with signal-to-noise-ratio higher than four is better than 0.006 cm{sup –1} which corresponds to an accuracy of 0.0004 nm at 830 nm and 0.0017 nm at 1660 nm, respectively.

  18. Lanthanum (III) regulates the nitrogen assimilation in soybean seedlings under ultraviolet-B radiation.

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    Huang, Guangrong; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Qing

    2013-01-01

    Ultraviolet-B (UV-B, 280-320 nm) radiation has seriously affected the growth of plants. Finding the technology/method to alleviate the damage of UV-B radiation has become a frontal topic in the field of environmental science. The pretreatment with rare earth elements (REEs) is an effective method, but the regulation mechanism of REEs is unknown. Here, the regulation effects of lanthanum (La(III)) on nitrogen assimilation in soybean seedlings (Glycine max L.) under ultraviolet-B radiation were investigated to elucidate the regulation mechanism of REEs on plants under UV-B radiation. UV-B radiation led to the inhibition in the activities of the key enzymes (nitrate reductase, glutamine synthetase, glutamate synthase) in the nitrogen assimilation, the decrease in the contents of nitrate and soluble proteins, as well as the increase in the content of amino acid in soybean seedlings. The change degree of UV-B radiation at the high level (0.45 W?m(-2)) was higher than that of UV-B radiation at the low level (0.15 W?m(-2)). The pretreatment with 20 mg?L(-1) La(III) could alleviate the effects of UV-B radiation on the activities of nitrate reductase, glutamine synthetase, glutamate synthase, and glutamate dehydrogenase, promoting amino acid conversion and protein synthesis in soybean seedlings. The regulation effect of La(III) under UV-B radiation at the low level was better than that of UV-B radiation at the high level. The results indicated that the pretreatment with 20 mg?L(-1) La(III) could alleviate the inhibition of UV-B radiation on nitrogen assimilation in soybean seedlings. PMID:23090712

  19. Arsenic Adsorption on Lanthanum-Impregnated Activated Alumina: Spectroscopic and DFT Study.

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    Shi, Qiantao; Yan, Li; Chan, Tingshan; Jing, Chuanyong

    2015-12-01

    Rare earth-modified adsorbents (REMAs) have been widely used to remove oxyanion pollutants from water, including arsenic (As). However, the molecular-level structural information and reactions at the liquid/solid interface are still murky, which limits the design of applicable REMAs. Herein, a lanthanum-impregnated activated alumina (LAA) was synthesized as a representative REMA, and its As uptake mechanisms were explored using multiple complementary characterization techniques. Our adsorption experiments showed that LAA exhibited 2-3 times higher As adsorption capacity than AA. In contrast to the bidentate configuration formed on most metal oxide surfaces, our EXAFS and DFT results suggest that As(III) and As(V) form monodentate surface complexes on LAA through As-O-La coordinative bonding. In situ flow cell ATR-FTIR observed a strong dependence of As-O peak positions on pH, which could be interpreted as the change in the fractions of As(V) surface complexes with zero- to double-protonation on LAA, AA, and LaOOH. As(V) on LAA existed as singly and doubly protonated surface species, and the pKa of transition from double to single protonation (?5.8) was lower than that for its soluble counterpart (6.97). The surface reaction and structural configuration were incorporated in a CD-MUSIC model to satisfactorily predict macroscopic As adsorption behaviors. The insights gained from the molecular-level reactions shed light on the design and application of REMAs in environmental remediation for As and its structural analogues. PMID:26565426

  20. Safety and efficacy evaluation of lanthanum carbonate for hyperphosphatemia in end-stage renal disease patients.

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    Shigematsu, Takashi; Ohya, Masaki; Negi, Shigeo; Masumoto, Asuka R; Nakashima, Yuri M; Iwatani, Yuka; Moribata, Mari K; Yamanaka, Shintaro; Tatsuta, Kouichi; Mima, Toru

    2015-01-01

    In end-stage renal disease patients, various abnormalities of bone mineral metabolism adversely affect mortality. Hyperphosphatemia is known to adversely affect mortality and quality of life in chronic kidney disease patients and has been shown to be involved not only in the onset and progression of secondary hyperparathyroidism but also in vascular calcification. Thus, hyperphosphatemia is the main treatment target indicated in several guidelines for chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder treatment. Phosphate binders are typically required for the management of hyperphosphatemia because dietary phosphorus restriction and phosphorus removal by hemodialysis alone are insufficient. We are able to prescribe five phosphate binders (calcium carbonate, sevelamer HCl, lanthanum carbonate (LaC), bixalomer, and ferric citrate) to Japanese hemodialysis patients. LaC is the most powerful noncalcium-containing phosphate binder for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia. In this chapter, we discuss the efficacy and safety of LaC, the safety of which has been under debate. In particular, we consider its toxic effects on the skeletal system. LaC is effective for hyperphosphatemia treatment in end-stage renal failure patients. It has been shown to be able to decrease serum fibroblast growth factor-23 levels. This result suggests that it may have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system in patients undergoing renal replacement therapy. However, the effects of LaC remain obscure. Further investigations are required. No negative effects of LaC on bone metabolism or bone morphometry have been reported, but long-term clinical data are needed. PMID:26023014

  1. Combined Effects of Lanthanum (III) and Acid Rain on Antioxidant Enzyme System in Soybean Roots

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    Zhang, Xuanbo; Du, Yuping; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua; Sun, Zhaoguo

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth element pollution (REEs) and acid rain (AR) pollution simultaneously occur in many regions, which resulted in a new environmental issue, the combined pollution of REEs and AR. The effects of the combined pollution on the antioxidant enzyme system of plant roots have not been reported. Here, the combined effects of lanthanum ion (La3+), one type of REE, and AR on the antioxidant enzyme system of soybean roots were investigated. In the combined treatment of La3+ (0.08 mM) and AR, the cell membrane permeability and the peroxidation of cell membrane lipid of soybean roots increased, and the superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and reduced ascorbic acid served as scavengers of reactive oxygen species. In other combined treatments of La3+ (0.40 mM, 1.20 mM) and AR, the membrane permeability, malonyldialdehyde content, superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content increased, while the catalase activity decreased. The increased superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content were inadequate to scavenge the excess hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, leading to the damage of the cell membrane, which was aggravated with the increase in the concentration of La3+ and the level of AR. The deleterious effects of the combined treatment of La3+ and AR were stronger than those of the single treatment of La3+ or AR. Moreover, the activity of antioxidant enzyme system in the combined treatment group was affected directly and indirectly by mineral element content in soybean plants. PMID:26230263

  2. Substitution and doping strategies of the transparent conductor indium oxide

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    Ambrosini, Andrea

    The structural, optical, and electronic effects of substitution and doping in indium oxide have been investigated. Tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), the workhorse transparent conducting oxide, adopts the cubic bixbyite structure. Isovalent substitution alters the intrinsic optical properties while aliovalent doping modifies the extrinsic electrical properties of In2O 3. Isovalent substitution was achieved in two ways: by replacing In 3+ with an M3+ cation such as Y3+, Sc 3+, or La3+, or by cosubstituting a Zn2+/Sn 4+ cation pair for two In3+ cations, as in the material In2--2xSnxZnxO3--delta; 0 ? x ? 0.4. Yttrium oxide and scandium oxide are isostructural with In2O 3 and react to form complete solid solutions. Substitution by Y 2O3 expands the In2O3 unit cell while Sc2O3 contracts it. Reaction of (In1--xY x)2O3--delta with SnO2 results in the formation of the pyrochlore, Y2Sn2O7, which prevents tin from donating charge carriers and results in a decrease in conductivity in In1.92--xSn0.08YxO 3--delta from 2000 S/cm (x = 0) to 0.0066 S/cm (x = 0.4). However, scandium oxide does not form a stable pyrochlore with tin oxide, and solid solutions of (In1--xScx)2O3--delta can be doped with up to 6--8% SnO2 and remain single phase. As scandium is substituted into ITO, the conductivity decreases owing to a reduction in both carrier concentration and mobility. Lanthanum oxide crystallizes in the hexagonal A-type rare earth oxide structure and reacts with In2O3 to form the perovskite, LaInO3. No solid solution exists between La2O3 and In2O3, and attempts to dope LaInO3 with Sn4+ result in the formation of the pyrochlore La 2Sn2O7. La2Sn2O7, like Y2Sn2O7, prevents tin from donating carriers, and most materials in this system display conductivities less than 300 S/cm. A 4% zinc "excess" can be introduced into the Zn2+ /Sn4+ cosubstituted solid solution In1.6Sn 0.2Zn0.2O3--delta essentially p-doping the material. Zn-doped In1.6Sn0.2Zn0.2O 3--delta was annealed under high oxygen pressure (?170 atm) to eliminate anion vacancies, VO?. The carrier concentration of the annealed material decreases significantly from 10 20 to 1018 carriers/cm3, which indicates that vacancies are being filled. However, the carriers remain n-type, implying the existence of neutral Zn-VO? complexes that prevent hole formation by zinc.

  3. Doped colloidal artificial spin ice

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    Libál, A.; Olson Reichhardt, C. J.; Reichhardt, C.

    2015-10-01

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  4. Dope, Fiends, and Myths.

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    Reasons, Charles E.

    Since the social reality of the drug problem has largely emanated from the diffuse conceptions of the drug user, an analysis of the history of the "dope fiend" mythology is presented in this paper in an attempt to assess the manner in which certain publics are informed about the problem. A content analysis of drug-related imagery was made from…

  5. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D. (Oak Ridge, TN); Bond, Walter D. (Knoxville, TN); Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  6. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1993-12-14

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

  7. Investigation of the threshold voltage shift effect of lanthanum(III) oxide on tin/hafnium dioxide/lanthanum oxide/silicon dioxide/silicon stacks

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    di, Ming

    The semiconductor industry continues to scale (shrink) transistor dimensions to both increase the number of transistors per integrated circuit and their speed. One important aspect of scaling is the need to decrease the equivalent oxide thickness of the transistor gate dielectric while minimizing leakage current. Traditional thin layer SiO2 or SiOxNy films have been replaced by higher dielectric constant film stacks Here we study one example, the HfO2/La2O3/SiO 2 stack. This dissertation describes an investigation of the use of La2O3 to reduce the threshold voltage of TiN/HfO 2/SiO2/Si stacks (high-kappa/metal gate stacks). A significant aspect of this study is the determination of band alignment for a series of high-kappa/metal gate stacks that explore the effect of placement and thickness of the Lanthanum oxide layer. In order to achieve this goal, a number of film stack properties were determined including film thicknesses, band gap of the high-kappa oxides, the flat band voltages, Si band bending, and the valence band and conduction band offsets. The first part of this work was measurement of individual layer thickness in the multi-layer film stacks using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and other complementary techniques. In order to more completely understand the SE measurements, complementary techniques were used. These techniques include angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). In this dissertation, we show that SE can simultaneously measure HfO 2 and SiO2 thicknesses in HfO2/SiO2/Si stacks. We discuss the difficulties in simultaneous measurement of all films in the La oxide Hf oxide film stack. The second part of this dissertation is the measurement of the band gap of high-kappa films. The band gap of a high-kappa film is an important parameter because it affects the conduction band offset (CBO) between high-kappa and Si substrate. The CBO affects the gate leakage current of the transistor. The band gap of high-kappa films was determined from the complex refractive index using several different methods. Comparisons of plots of the extinction coefficient (k), absorption coefficient (alpha), and optical models for imaginary part of the dielectric function (epsilon2) show that each method gives slightly different values for the band gap. The Cody Lorentz model for the dielectric function provides a useful model for the defect induced sub-band gap absorption. We show the impact of the subband gap absorption on band gap extrapolation. Because the existence of sub band gap states is well documented in the literature, we use the Cody Lorentz model to determine the band gap. The next step was to determine band alignment of the valence and conduction bands the layers in the film stack. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were used to determine the valence band offset (VBO) and silicon band bending. The conduction band levels were determined from the valence band energy levels and the band gap. The CBO we measured (1.77eV) is well above the specified minimum CBO for Hf oxide (1.0eV). We developed a band alignment model to account for the trends that we observed. Our data is consistent with the presence of a dipole at the high-kappa/SiO2 interface. According to this model, the change in VBO is a direct measure of the change in the interface dipole moment. Because the combination of capacitance -- voltage (C-V) and XPS to measure the flat band voltage and Si band bending, respectively, has rarely been used, relationship between these two quantities has not been discussed in the literature. The agreement between an empirical, theoretical relationship between flat band voltage vs. Si band and our data suggests that XPS can be a useful tool for examining VT shift layers in high-kappa gate stacks. We also investigated the effect of the SiO2 thickness and growth method on the flat band voltage of TiN/HfO2/La2O 3/SiO2/Si stacks. We observed no change in flat band voltage for stacks wit

  8. Tracking petroleum refinery emission events using lanthanum and lanthanides as elemental markers for PM2.5.

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    Kulkarni, Pranav; Chellam, Shankararaman; Fraser, Matthew P

    2007-10-01

    Fine particulate matter levels at four air sampling stations in the Houston, TX area are apportioned to quantify the impact of emissions from a local refinery during a reported emission event. Through quantification of lanthanum and lanthanides using a recently developed analytical technique, the impacts of emissions from fluidized-bed catalytic cracking (FCC) units are quantitatively tracked across the Houston region. The results show a significant (33-106-fold) increase in contributions of FCC emissions to PM2.5 compared with background levels associated with routine operation. This impact from industrial emissions to ambient air quality occurs simultaneously with a larger, regional haze episode that lead to elevated PM2.5 concentrations throughout the entire region. By focusing on detailed chemical analysis of unique maker metals (lanthanum and lanthanides), the impact of emissions from the FCC unit was tracked from the local refinery that reported the emission event to a site approximately 50 km downwind, illustrating the strength of the analytical method to isolate an important source during a regional haze episode not related to the emission event. While this source apportionment technique could separate contributions from FCC emissions, improved time-resolved sampling is proposed to more precisely quantify the impacts of transient emission events on ambient PM2.5. PMID:17969690

  9. Phosphate removal from water by a novel zeolite/lanthanum hydroxide hybrid material prepared from coal fly ash.

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    Xie, Jie; Lai, Li; Lin, Lidan; Wu, Deyi; Zhang, Zhenjia; Kong, Hainan

    2015-01-01

    This study was undertaken to investigate the effectiveness of the hybrid adsorbent, which was synthesized from coal fly ash and was composed of lanthanum hydroxide and zeolite (La-ZFA), for phosphate removal from water. Long-term repeated adsorption tests for 30 days showed that the maximum removal capacity of the material reached 66.09 mg P/g. The fractionation of adsorbed phosphorus indicated that phosphate immobilized by La-ZFA was quite irreversible and was dominated by HCl-P fraction. It was suggested that the immobilization of phosphate was mainly attributed to lanthanum hydroxide and was slightly influenced by coexistence of other anions (Cl(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), and HCO3(-)). At a La/P molar ratio between 1.5:1 and 2.0:1, a nearly complete removal (above 98%) of phosphate could be achieved. La-ZFA also exhibited great performance for removing phosphate from lake water (97.29%) as well as the effluent from wastewater treatment plant (97.86%), respectively. In addition, based on the results of the present study, it was believed that La-ZFA could be a potential material for phosphate removal in practical application. PMID:26301857

  10. Effect of the addition of low rare earth elements (lanthanum, neodymium, cerium) on the biodegradation and biocompatibility of magnesium.

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    Willbold, Elmar; Gu, Xuenan; Albert, Devon; Kalla, Katharina; Bobe, Katharina; Brauneis, Maria; Janning, Carla; Nellesen, Jens; Czayka, Wolfgang; Tillmann, Wolfgang; Zheng, Yufeng; Witte, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth elements are promising alloying element candidates for magnesium alloys used as biodegradable devices in biomedical applications. Rare earth elements have significant effects on the high temperature strength as well as the creep resistance of alloys and they improve magnesium corrosion resistance. We focused on lanthanum, neodymium and cerium to produce magnesium alloys with commonly used rare earth element concentrations. We showed that low concentrations of rare earth elements do not promote bone growth inside a 750 ?m broad area around the implant. However, increased bone growth was observed at a greater distance from the degrading alloys. Clinically and histologically, the alloys and their corrosion products caused no systematic or local cytotoxicological effects. Using microtomography and in vitro experiments, we could show that the magnesium-rare earth element alloys showed low corrosion rates, both in in vitro and in vivo. The lanthanum- and cerium-containing alloys degraded at comparable rates, whereas the neodymium-containing alloy showed the lowest corrosion rates. PMID:25278442

  11. Phase separation and crystallization in sodium lanthanum phosphate glasses induced by electrochemical substitution of sodium ions with protons.

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    Kawaguchi, Keiga; Yamaguchi, Takuya; Omata, Takahisa; Yamashita, Toshiharu; Kawazoe, Hiroshi; Nishii, Junji

    2015-09-21

    Electrochemical substitution of sodium ions with protons (alkali-proton substitution; APS), and the injection of proton carriers was applied to sodium lanthanum phosphate glasses. A clear and homogeneous material was obtained for a glass of composition 25NaO1/2-8LaO3/2-66PO5/2-1GeO2 following APS, with a resulting proton conductivity of 4 × 10(-6) S cm(-1) at 250 °C. The glass underwent phase separation and crystallization at temperatures >255 °C, forming a highly hygroscopic and proton conducting H3PO4 phase in addition to LaP5O14 and other unidentified phases. A glass of composition 25NaO1/2-8LaO3/2-67PO5/2 underwent phase separation and crystallization during APS, forming both H3PO4 and LaP5O14 phases. Sodium lanthanum phosphate glasses are prone to phase separation and crystallization during APS unlike the previously reported NaO1/2-WO3-NbO5/2-LaO3/2-PO5/2 glasses. The phase separation was explained by a reduction in viscosity following APS and the introduction of protons, which exhibit high field strength. Thus, phase separation and crystallization of glasses during APS was difficult to avoid. An approach to suppress phase separation is discussed. PMID:26265082

  12. Testosterone and doping control

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    Saudan, C; Baume, N; Robinson, N; Avois, L; Mangin, P; Saugy, M

    2006-01-01

    Background and objectives Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone, modified to enhance its anabolic actions (promotion of protein synthesis and muscle growth). They have numerous side effects, and are on the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances. Gas chromatography?mass spectrometry allows identification and characterisation of steroids and their metabolites in the urine but may not distinguish between pharmaceutical and natural testosterone. Indirect methods to detect doping include determination of the testosterone/epitestosterone glucuronide ratio with suitable cut?off values. Direct evidence may be obtained with a method based on the determination of the carbon isotope ratio of the urinary steroids. This paper aims to give an overview of the use of anabolic?androgenic steroids in sport and methods used in anti?doping laboratories for their detection in urine, with special emphasis on doping with testosterone. Methods Review of the recent literature of anabolic steroid testing, athletic use, and adverse effects of anabolic?androgenic steroids. Results Procedures used for detection of doping with endogenous steroids are outlined. The World Anti?Doping Agency provided a guide in August 2004 to ensure that laboratories can report, in a uniform way, the presence of abnormal profiles of urinary steroids resulting from the administration of testosterone or its precursors, androstenediol, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone or a testosterone metabolite, dihydrotestosterone, or a masking agent, epitestosterone. Conclusions Technology developed for detection of testosterone in urine samples appears suitable when the substance has been administered intramuscularly. Oral administration leads to rapid pharmacokinetics, so urine samples need to be collected in the initial hours after intake. Thus there is a need to find specific biomarkers in urine or plasma to enable detection of long term oral administration of testosterone. PMID:16799097

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

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

    2011-10-15

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at% Co, 4 at% Ni, and 1 at% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 degree C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 degree C is 57 S/cm in air and 11 S/cm in fuel (pO2=5×10^-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  14. Characterization and adsorption properties of a lanthanum-loaded magnetic cationic hydrogel composite for fluoride removal.

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    Dong, Shuoxun; Wang, Yili

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a novel lanthanum-loaded magnetic cationic hydrogel (MCH-La) was synthesized for fluoride adsorption from drinking water. The adsorption kinetics, isotherms, and effects of pH and co-existing anions on fluoride uptake by MCH-La were evaluated. FTIR, Raman and XPS were used to analyze the fluoride adsorption mechanism of MCH-La. Results showed that MCH-La had positive zeta potential values of 23.6-8.0 mV at pH 3.0-11.0, with the magnitude of saturation magnetization up to 10.3 emu/g. The fluoride adsorption kinetics by MCH-La fitted well with the fractal-like-pseudo-second-order model, and the adsorption capacity reached 93% of the ultimate adsorption capacity within the first 10 min. The maximum fluoride adsorption capacity for MCH-La was 136.78 mg F(-)/g at an equilibrium fluoride concentration of 29.3 mg/L and pH 7.0. Equilibrium adsorption data showed that the Sips model was more suitable than the Langmuir and Freundlich models. MCH-La still had more than 100 mg of F(-)/g adsorption capacity at a strongly alkaline solution (pH > 10). The adsorption process was highly pH-dependent, and the optimal adsorption was attained at pH 2.8-4.0, corresponding to ligand exchange, electrostatic interactions, and Lewis acid-base interactions. With the exception of both anions of HCO3(-) and SiO4(4-), Cl(-), NO3(-), and SO4(2-) did not evidently prevent fluoride removal by MCH-La at their real concentrations in natural groundwater. The fluoride adsorption capacity of the regenerated MCH-La approached 70% of the fresh MCH-La from the second to fifth recycles. FTIR and Raman spectra revealed that C-O and CO functional groups on MCH contributed to the fluoride adsorption, this finding was also confirmed by the XPS F 1s spectra. Deconvolution of C 1s spectra before and after fluoride adsorption indicated that the carboxyl, anhydride, and phenol groups of MCH were involved in the fluoride removal. PMID:26613180

  15. Doped colorimetric assay liposomes

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    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Stevens, Raymond C. (Albany, CA)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides compositions comprising colorimetric assay liposomes. The present invention also provides methods for producing colorimetric liposomes and calorimetric liposome assay systems. In preferred embodiments, these calorimetric liposome systems provide high levels of sensitivity through the use of dopant molecules. As these dopants allow the controlled destabilization of the liposome structure, upon exposure of the doped liposomes to analyte(s) of interest, the indicator color change is facilitated and more easily recognized.

  16. Magnetoresistance of doped silicon

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    da Silva, Antonio Ferreira; Levine, Alexandre; Momtaz, Zahra Sadre; Boudinov, Henri; Sernelius, Bo E.

    2015-06-01

    We have performed longitudinal magnetoresistance measurements on heavily n -doped silicon for donor concentrations exceeding the critical value for the metal-nonmetal transition. The results are compared to those from a many-body theory where the donor electrons are assumed to reside at the bottom of the many-valley conduction band of the host. Good qualitative agreement between theory and experiment is obtained.

  17. Spectroscopy and laser operation of Sm(3+)-doped lithium lutetium tetrafluoride (LiLuF(4)) and strontium hexaaluminate (SrAl(12)O(19)).

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    Marzahl, Daniel-Timo; Metz, Philip Werner; Kränkel, Christian; Huber, Günter

    2015-08-10

    We report on laser operation in the orange and red spectral range in samarium (Sm(3+))-doped fluoride and oxide crystals at 300 K. Sm(3+)-doped LiLuF(4) (LLF) and SrAl(12)O(19) (SRA) crystals were grown by the Czochralski-technique and utilized for spectroscopic investigations and laser experiments. The spin-forbidden transitions of Sm(3+)exhibit low cross sections the order of 10(-21) cm(2), but high radiative upper state lifetimes of several ms in both crystal systems. Under 2?-OPSL-pumping at 480 nm, orange laser operation was achieved with Sm:LLF and Sm,Mg:SRA at lasing wavelengths of 606 nm and 593 nm, respectively. Furthermore laser oscillation was demonstrated at 648 nm in the red and 703 nm in the deep red spectral range with Sm:LLF and Sm,Mg:SRA, respectively. Output power levels of several 10 mW were obtained at slope efficiencies of up to 15 %. Most of the realized lasers were operating in a strongly modulated or even self-pulsing regime. PMID:26367962

  18. Results for aliovalent doping of CeBr{sub 3} with Ca{sup 2+}

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    Guss, Paul; Foster, Michael E.; Wong, Bryan M.; Patrick Doty, F.; Shah, Kanai; Squillante, Michael R.; Shirwadkar, Urmila; Hawrami, Rastgo; Tower, Joshua; Yuan, Ding

    2014-01-21

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr{sub 3}) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide, their commercial availability and application are limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. This investigation employed aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca{sup 2+}) was used as a dopant to strengthen CeBr{sub 3} without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca{sup 2+} dopant were grown, i.e., 1.9% of the CeBr{sub 3} molecules were replaced by CaBr{sub 2} molecules, to match our target replacement of 1 out of 54 cerium atoms be replaced by a calcium atom. Precisely the mixture was composed of 2.26 g of CaBr{sub 2} added to 222.14 g of CeBr{sub 3}. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca{sup 2+}-doped CeBr{sub 3} exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371?nm optical excitation for CeBr{sub 3}. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr{sub 3} crystals were studied using the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Calculated lattice parameters are in agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr{sub 3}, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  19. Evaluating the use of electronegativity in band alignment models through the experimental slope parameter of lanthanum aluminate heterostructures

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    Liu, Z. Q.; Chim, W. K.; Chiam, S. Y; Pan, J. S.; Ng, C. M.

    2011-11-01

    In this work, photoelectron spectroscopy is used to characterize the band alignment of lanthanum aluminate heterostructures which possess a wide range of potential applications. It is found that our experimental slope parameter agrees with theory using the metal-induced gap states model while the interface induced gap states (IFIGS) model yields unsatisfactory results. We show that this discrepancy can be attributed to the correlation between the dielectric work function and the electronegativity in the IFIGS model. It is found that the original trend, as established largely by metals, may not be accurate for larger band gap materials. By using a new correlation, our experimental data shows good agreement of the slope parameter using the IFIGS model. This correlation, therefore, plays a crucial role in heterostructures involving wider bandgap materials for accurate band alignment prediction using the IFIGS model.

  20. Kinetics of thermolysis of lanthanum nitrate with hexamethylenetetramine: Crystal structure, TG-DSC, impact and friction sensitivity studies, Part-96

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    Nibha; Baranwal, B. P.; Singh, Gurdip; Singh, C. P.; Daniliuc, Constantin G.; Soni, P. K.; Nath, Yogeshwar

    2014-11-01

    The development of high energetic materials includes process ability and the ability to attain insensitive munitions (IM). This paper investigates the preparation of lanthanum metal nitrate complex of hexamethylenetetramine in water at room temperature. This complex of molecular formulae [La (NO3)2(H2O)6] (2HMTA) (NO3-) (H2O) was characterized by X-ray crystallography. Thermal decomposition was investigated using TG, TG-DSC and ignition delay measurements. Kinetic analysis of isothermal TG data has been investigated using model fitting methods as well as model free isoconversional methods. The sensitivity measurements towards mechanical destructive stimuli such as impact and friction were carried out and the complex was found to be insensitive. In order to identify the end product of thermolysis, X-ray diffraction patterns of end product was carried out which proves the formation of La2O3.

  1. Modified Johnson model for ferroelectric lead lanthanum zirconate titanate at very high fields and below Curie temperature.

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    Narayanan, M.; Tong, S.; Ma, B.; Liu, S.; Balachandran, U.

    2012-01-01

    A modified Johnson model is proposed to describe the nonlinear field dependence of the dielectric constant ({var_epsilon}-E loop) in ferroelectric materials below the Curie temperature. This model describes the characteristic ferroelectric 'butterfly' shape observed in typical {var_epsilon}-E loops. The predicted nonlinear behavior agreed well with the measured values in both the low- and high-field regions for lead lanthanum zirconate titanate films. The proposed model was also validated at different temperatures below the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric Curie point. The anharmonic coefficient in the model decreased from 6.142 x 10{sup -19} cm{sup 2}/V{sup 2} to 2.039 x 10{sup -19} cm{sup 2}/V{sup 2} when the temperature increased from 25 C to 250 C.

  2. Thermodynamic analysis of nanoparticle size effect on kinetics in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis by lanthanum promoted iron catalyst

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    Nakhaei Pour, Ali; Housaindokht, Mohammad Reza; Behroozsarand, Alireza; Khodagholi, Mohammad Ali

    2014-08-01

    The kinetic parameters of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) on iron catalyst are analyzed by size-dependent thermodynamic method. A Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic equation is considered for evaluation of catalytic activity of lanthanum promoted iron catalyst. A series of unsupported iron catalysts with different particle sizes were prepared via microemulsion method. The experimental results showed that catalyst activity pass from a maximum value by increasing the iron particle size. Also, data presented that iron particle size has considerable effects on adsorption parameters and FTS rates. The ratio of surface tension ( ?) to nanoparticle radius ( r) is important in FTS reaction on iron catalyst. Finally, the results showed that by increasing of iron particle size from 18 to 45 nm the activation energies of catalysts and heats of adsorption of catalysts as two main parameters of FTS reaction increased from 89 to 114 kJ/mol and from 51 to 71 kJ/mol, respectively.

  3. DETERMINATION OF IN-VITRO LUNG SOLUBILITY AND INTAKE-TO-DOSE CONVERSION FACTOR FOR TRITIATED LANTHANUM NICKEL ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    Farfan, E.; Labone, T.; Staack, G.; Cheng, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Varallo, T.

    2011-11-11

    A sample of tritiated lanthanum nickel aluminum alloy (LaNi4.25Al0.75 or LANA.75) similar to that used at the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities was analyzed to estimate the particle size distribution of this metal tritide powder and the rate, at which this material dissolves in the human respiratory tract after it is inhaled. This information is used to calculate the committed effective dose received by a worker after inhaling the material. These doses, which were calculated using the same methodology given in the DOE Tritium Handbook, are presented as inhalation intake-to-dose conversion factors (DCF). The DCF for this metal tritide is less than the DCF for tritiated water and radiation worker bioassay programs designed for tritiated water are adequate to monitor for intakes of this material.

  4. Structures, thermal behaviors, and luminescent properties of anhydrous lanthanum iodate polymorphs.

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    Taouti, Mohamed B; Suffren, Yan; Leynaud, Olivier; Benbertal, Djamal; Brenier, Alain; Gautier-Luneau, Isabelle

    2015-04-01

    The structural and thermal studies of six anhydrous lanthanum iodate polymorphs are presented. The variation of the [IO3(-)]:[La(3+)] molar ratio in the starting solution and the evaporation rate of the solution leads to either the centric La(IO3)3(HIO3) or the acentric La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33 phases. The crystal structure of La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33 was determined. The thermal treatments of these two phases up to 490 °C lead to ?-La(IO3)3, observed at room temperature. To better understand the similar thermal behaviors of La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33 and La(IO3)3(HIO3) compounds and their structural evolution, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses and in situ temperature-dependent powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments were carried out. These experiments allowed us to highlight the successive formation of ?-La(IO3)3 and ?-La(IO3)3. ?-La(IO3)3 is observed from the beginning of thermal decomposition of La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33 (at 340 °C) or La(IO3)3(HIO3) (at 300 °C) up to 440 °C. A phase transition from ?-La(IO3)3 to ?-La(IO3)3 then occurs at 440 °C. Finally, the phase transition from ?-La(IO3)3 to ?-La(IO3)3 occurs at 140 °C. A cycle of heating and cooling shows the reversible phase transition at 185 and 140 °C, respectively. ?-, ?-, and ?-La(IO3)3 are three polymorph phases of the first ?-La(IO3)3 already characterized. The structure of ?-La(IO3)3 and ?-La(IO3)3 were determined on powder XRD analyses. The iodate compounds present a very broad domain of transparency from the visible range to the beginning of the far-infrared range. The intensities of SHG light generated by ?-La(IO3)3, ?-La(IO3)3, La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33, and ?-LiIO3 compounds with acentric structures were compared: ?-La(IO3)3 < La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33 < ?-La(IO3)3 ? ?-LiIO3. Finally, the luminescence spectroscopy of La(IO3)3(HIO3)1.33:Nd(3+), ?-La(IO3)3:Nd(3+), and ?-La(IO3)3:Yb(3+) is studied. PMID:25790146

  5. Improved performance rhenium containing single crystal alloy turbine blades utilizing ppm levels of the highly reactive elements lanthanum and yttrium

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    Ford, D.A.; Fullagar, K.P.L.; Bhangu, H.K.; Thomas, M.C.; Burkholder, P.S.; Korinko, P.S.; Harris, K.; Wahl, J.B.

    1999-01-01

    Turbine inlet temperatures have now approached 1650 C at maximum power for the latest large commercial turbofan engines, resulting in high fuel efficiency and thrust levels approaching or exceeding 445 kN (100,000 lbs.). High reliability and durability must be intrinsically designed into these turbine engines to meet operating economic targets and ETOPS certification requirements. Re additions to cast airfoil superalloys not only improve creep and thermomechanical fatigue strength but also environmental properties, including coating performance. It is now known that sulfur (S) at levels <10 ppm but >0.2 ppm in these alloys reduces the adherence of {alpha} alumina protective scales on these materials or their coatings by weakening the Van der Waal`s bond between the scale and the alloy substrate. A team approach has been used to develop an improvement to CMSX-4 alloy which contains 3% Re, by reducing S and phosphorus (P) levels in the alloy to <2 ppm, combined with residual additions of lanthanum (La) + yttrium (Y) in the range 10--30 ppm. Results from cyclic, burner rig dynamic oxidation testing at 1093 C show thirteen times the number of cycles to initial alumina scale spallation for CMSX-4 [La + Y] compared to standard CMSX-4. The La assists with ppm chemistry control of the Y throughout the single crystal turbine blade castings through the formation of a continuous lanthanum oxide film between the molten and solidifying alloy and the ceramic core and prime coat of the shell mold. Y and La tie up the M2 ppm but >0.2 ppm residual S in the alloy as very stable Y and La sulfides and oxysulfides, thus preventing diffusion of the S atoms to the alumina scale layer under high temperature, cyclic oxidizing conditions. La also forms a stable phosphide. CMSX-4 (ULS) (La + Y) HP shroudless turbine blades will commence engine testing in May 1998.

  6. Antiquenching effect of modifying cations on samarium clustering: Physical, structural and luminescent behavior of heavy metal borate glass systems

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    Kaur, Simranpreet; Kaur, Parvinder; Pal Singh, Gurinder; Kumar, Sunil; Singh, D. P.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper an attempt has been made to correlate the structural modifications and luminescence efficiencies by changing the environment of the glass network by modifying oxides. Sm3+ doped lead borate (SPB) and lead cadmium alumino borate (SCPB) glasses have been fabricated by melt quench technique at high temperature. The glass samples are characterized by XRD, FTIR, optical absorptions, fluorescence and density measurements. The effect of Sm3+ ion and glass host interaction on the emission spectra has been discussed in the view of the ionicity and covalency of hosts. The ratio of the intensities of electric to magnetic dipole emissions are calculated by varying both the concentration of the Sm3+ ion and the composition of the glass matrix. The XRD profile of all the glasses confirms their amorphous nature and FTIR spectrum shows the presence of BO3 and BO4 groups. These glasses have shown strong absorption bands in the visible (VIS and NIR) region and emit strong orange red wavelengths when excited by ultraviolet light. The concentration quenching has been noticed and ascribed to energy transfer through cross-relaxation between Sm3+ ions. Shifting of UV absorption edge towards longer wavelength with addition of Sm2O3 concentration has been observed. Incorporation of Al2O3 and CdO in 2nd glass system is responsible for strong effect on luminescence of the present glass system. Based on these results, an attempt has been made to throw some light on the relationship between the structural modifications and luminescence efficiencies in two different glass hosts as a laser active medium in the visible region. Moreover the optical basicity values were theoretically determined along with covalent behavior of two glass systems.

  7. Antimony-doped graphene nanoplatelets

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    Jeon, In-Yup; Choi, Min; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Jung, Sun-Min; Kim, Min-Jung; Seo, Jeong-Min; Bae, Seo-Yoon; Yoo, Seonyoung; Kim, Guntae; Jeong, Hu Young; Park, Noejung; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-01-01

    Heteroatom doping into the graphitic frameworks have been intensively studied for the development of metal-free electrocatalysts. However, the choice of heteroatoms is limited to non-metallic elements and heteroatom-doped graphitic materials do not satisfy commercial demands in terms of cost and stability. Here we realize doping semimetal antimony (Sb) at the edges of graphene nanoplatelets (GnPs) via a simple mechanochemical reaction between pristine graphite and solid Sb. The covalent bonding of the metalloid Sb with the graphitic carbon is visualized using atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Sb-doped GnPs display zero loss of electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction even after 100,000 cycles. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the multiple oxidation states (Sb3+ and Sb5+) of Sb are responsible for the unusual electrochemical stability. Sb-doped GnPs may provide new insights and practical methods for designing stable carbon-based electrocatalysts. PMID:25997811

  8. Superconductivity in doped semiconductors

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    Bustarret, E.

    2015-07-01

    A historical survey of the main normal and superconducting state properties of several semiconductors doped into superconductivity is proposed. This class of materials includes selenides, tellurides, oxides and column-IV semiconductors. Most of the experimental data point to a weak coupling pairing mechanism, probably phonon-mediated in the case of diamond, but probably not in the case of strontium titanate, these being the most intensively studied materials over the last decade. Despite promising theoretical predictions based on a conventional mechanism, the occurrence of critical temperatures significantly higher than 10 K has not been yet verified. However, the class provides an enticing playground for testing theories and devices alike.

  9. Influence of Si Co-doping on electrical transport properties of magnesium-doped boron nanoswords

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    Gao, Hongjun

    Influence of Si Co-doping on electrical transport properties of magnesium- doped boron nanoswords://apl.aip.org/about/rights_and_permissions #12;Influence of Si Co-doping on electrical transport properties of magnesium-doped boron nanoswords; published online 9 March 2012) Magnesium-doped boron nanoswords were synthesized via a thermoreduction

  10. Effect of exceeding the concentration limit of solubility of silver in perovskites on the dielectric and electric properties of half doped lanthanum-calcium manganite

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    Rahmouni, H.; Cherif, B.; Smari, M.; Dhahri, E.; Moutia, N.; Khirouni, K.

    2015-09-01

    Dielectric and electric properties of La0.5Ca0.2Ag0.3MnO3 (LCMO-Ag) manganite have been investigated using admittance spectroscopy technique. AC conductivity analysis shows that the conductivity verifies the Jonscher universal power law. The deduced exponent 's' values prove that hopping model is the dominating mechanism in the material. From dc-electrical resistivity study, conduction process is found to be dominated by thermally activated small polaron hopping (SPH) mechanism. Complex impedance analysis (CIA) indicates the presence of relaxation phenomenon and allows to modelize the sample in terms of an electrical equivalent circuit. Also, impedance study confirms the contribution of grain boundary in the electrical properties. Dielectric studies indicate that the La0.5Ca0.2Ag0.3MnO3 compound has a Debye-like relaxation. The temperature dependence of permittivity is well fitted by the modified Curie-Weiss law. It is found that dielectric permittivity behavior and the estimated relaxation parameter value (??2), support the evidence of the relaxor nature of La0.5Ca0.2Ag0.3MnO3 material. The high dielectric constant and the low loss tangent indicate the material is promising for tunable capacitor applications.

  11. Thermodynamic properties of Sr-doped LaMnO{sub 3} perovskite in the La-Sr-Mn-O system

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    Zheng, F.; Pederson, L.R.

    1999-08-01

    Thermodynamic properties of Sr-doped perovskite-type lanthanum manganites (LSM) were generated by measuring the electromotive force (EMF) of test materials, using the solid galvanic cell technique. The cell consisted of an anode (SrO/SrF{sub 2}), an electrolyte (CaF{sub 2} or SrF{sub 2}) and a cathode (LSM/SrF{sub 2}). Two types of cells were tested in which type 1 used a CaF{sub 2} electrolyte and type 2 used a SrF{sub 2} electrolyte. The activity of SrO substituting into various LSM compositions was calculated using the measured EMF. The Sr content was varied from 0.16 to 0.6 mol, and the temperature of interest varied from 700 to 1000 C. It was found that the SrO activity decreased with increasing temperature (at fixed composition) and increased with increasing Sr content (at fixed temperature).

  12. Electrical properties of lanthanum chromite based ceramics in hydrogen and oxidizing atmospheres at high temperatures. Second quarterly report, January-March 1980

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    Pollina, R.

    1980-01-01

    The immediate purpose of this work is to determine whether hydrogen has a deleterious effect on lanthanum chromite in solid oxide fuel cells. Westinghouse personnel have noted that the In/sub 2/O/sub 3/ electrode connection to the electronically conducting LaCrO/sub 3/-based intercell connectors becomes loose, possibly because of hydrogen reducing the In/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and forming a steam layer which mechanically separates the two materials. Another possibility, which Westinghouse is pursuing, is that oxygen diffusion through the lanthanum chromite is the origin of this problem. A longer-range potential side benefit of this work is a contribution to understanding of conduction mechanisms in lanthanum chromite based ceramics. Such understanding would likely benefit other energy-related programs, such as the coal-fired MHD program in which yttrium chromite is a possible electrode material. Procedures and results of measurements of Hall effect, electric conductivity, and hydrogen diffusion are described.

  13. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of Zn2+ and Mg2+ doped La10Si6O27 electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Setsoafia, D. D. Y.; Hing, P.; Jung, S. C.; Azad, A. K.; Lim, C. M.

    2015-10-01

    Achieving high densification at low sintering temperatures for lanthanum silicate apatites is a major technological hurdle to enable this class of materials to be evaluated as electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells. Using sol-gel process, materials close to 97% of theoretical density have been obtained at a low sintering temperature of 1773 K for both doped and undoped samples. The effect of varying concentrations of Zn2+ doping on the sinterability, electrical, thermal and microstructural properties of 0.2 mol Mg2+ doped La10Si6O27 were investigated. Ionic conductivity of the samples was measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range of 573 K-1073 K. A total ionic conductivity of 1.7 × 10-2 Scm-1 with a corresponding activation energy of 0.33 eV at 1073 K were measured for the composition La10Zn0.2(SiO4)5.8O2.5 which is higher than 9 × 10-3 Scm-1 for the undoped composition La10(SiO4)6O3. The composition La10Mg0.2Zn0.4(SiO4)5.4O4.8 has the lowest thermal expansion coefficient of 8.470 × 10-6 K-1 of all the samples investigated.

  14. Thermochemistry of rare earth doped uranium oxides LnxU1-xO2-0.5x+y (Ln = La, Y, Nd)

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    Zhang, Lei; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    Lanthanum, yttrium, and neodymium doped uranium dioxide samples in the fluorite structure have been synthesized, characterized in terms of metal ratio and oxygen content, and their enthalpies of formation measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. For oxides doped with 10-50 mol % rare earth (Ln) cations, the formation enthalpies from constituent oxides (LnO1.5, UO2 and UO3 in a reaction not involving oxidation or reduction) become increasingly exothermic with increasing rare earth content, while showing no significant dependence on the varying uranium oxidation state. The oxidation enthalpy of LnxU1-xO2-0.5x+y is similar to that of UO2 to UO3 for all three rare earth doped systems. Though this may suggest that the oxidized uranium in these systems is energetically similar to that in the hexavalent state, thermochemical data alone can not constrain whether the uranium is present as U5+, U6+, or a mixture of oxidation states. The formation enthalpies from elements calculated from the calorimetric data are generally consistent with those from free energy measurements.

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of commercial methyl parathion in aqueous suspension containing La-doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Hao; Shen, Min; Chen, Ruiwen; Dai, Ke; Peng, Tianyou

    2011-10-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of a commercial methyl parathion (MP) under UV irradiation was investigated in aqueous suspension containing lanthanum-doped mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles (La/m-TiO2) as photocatalyst. The rate of photodecomposition of MP was measured using UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and its mineralization was followed using ion chromatography (IC). The identification of possible intermediate products was carried out using several powerful analytical techniques such as gas chromatography-pulsed flame photometric detector (GC-PFPD) and high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (HPLC-MS). Under our conditions, complete disappearance of 20 mg/L of MP occurred within 2 h of illumination, whereas complete mineralization of MP was not achieved through IC analysis. There was a single intermediate product found in the research, which was identified to be methyl paraoxon, owing to the substitution of S by the O atom in the MP molecule. Based on the experimental facts, it is concluded that MP was mainly attacked not by OH radicals but photo-generated holes (h+), resulting from the good adsorption of MP on the catalyst surfaces due to the enhanced adsorption by La doping. PMID:22329142

  16. Crystal structure, dielectric, ferroelectric and energy storage properties of La-doped BaTiO3 semiconducting ceramics

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    Puli, Venkata Sreenivas; Li, Patrick; Adireddy, Shiva; Chrisey, Douglas B.

    2015-09-01

    Polycrystalline La-doped BaTiO3 (Ba(1-x)Lax TiO3) [x=0,0.0005,0.001,0.003] ceramics (denoted as BTO,BLT1,BLT2,BLT3) were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Raman spectroscopy. XRD and Raman spectra revealed single-phase tetragonal perovskite crystalline structure. Well-saturated polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loops were observed with the measurement frequency of 50 Hz at room temperature and confirmed ferroelectric nature of these ceramics and a high recoverable electrical energy storage density of 0.350 J/cm3 with energy efficiency (n)˜9%, which is useful in energy storage capacitor applications. Dielectric studies revealed anomalies around 415-420 K and near the Curie temperature. The latter is attributed to the ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition. Better dielectric performances were obtained for La-doped samples sintered at 1350°C for 4 h. Grain growth is inhibited with lanthanum (La) incorporation into the BTO lattice. Room temperature semiconducting behavior with positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) behavior at TC is attributed to electron compensation mechanism.

  17. Nanocrystal doped matrixes

    DOEpatents

    Parce, J. Wallace (Palo Alto, CA); Bernatis, Paul (Sunnyvale, CA); Dubrow, Robert (San Carlos, CA); Freeman, William P. (San Mateo, CA); Gamoras, Joel (Vallejo, CA); Kan, Shihai (San Jose, CA); Meisel, Andreas (Redwood City, CA); Qian, Baixin (Sunnyvale, CA); Whiteford, Jeffery A. (Belmont, CA); Ziebarth, Jonathan (Palo Alto, CA)

    2010-01-12

    Matrixes doped with semiconductor nanocrystals are provided. In certain embodiments, the semiconductor nanocrystals have a size and composition such that they absorb or emit light at particular wavelengths. The nanocrystals can comprise ligands that allow for mixing with various matrix materials, including polymers, such that a minimal portion of light is scattered by the matrixes. The matrixes of the present invention can also be utilized in refractive index matching applications. In other embodiments, semiconductor nanocrystals are embedded within matrixes to form a nanocrystal density gradient, thereby creating an effective refractive index gradient. The matrixes of the present invention can also be used as filters and antireflective coatings on optical devices and as down-converting layers. Processes for producing matrixes comprising semiconductor nanocrystals are also provided. Nanostructures having high quantum efficiency, small size, and/or a narrow size distribution are also described, as are methods of producing indium phosphide nanostructures and core-shell nanostructures with Group II-VI shells.

  18. Substitutional doping in nanocrystal superlattices

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    Cargnello, Matteo; Johnston-Peck, Aaron C.; Diroll, Benjamin T.; Wong, Eric; Datta, Bianca; Damodhar, Divij; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V. T.; Herzing, Andrew A.; Kagan, Cherie R.; Murray, Christopher B.

    2015-08-01

    Doping is a process in which atomic impurities are intentionally added to a host material to modify its properties. It has had a revolutionary impact in altering or introducing electronic, magnetic, luminescent, and catalytic properties for several applications, for example in semiconductors. Here we explore and demonstrate the extension of the concept of substitutional atomic doping to nanometre-scale crystal doping, in which one nanocrystal is used to replace another to form doped self-assembled superlattices. Towards this goal, we show that gold nanocrystals act as substitutional dopants in superlattices of cadmium selenide or lead selenide nanocrystals when the size of the gold nanocrystal is very close to that of the host. The gold nanocrystals occupy random positions in the superlattice and their density is readily and widely controllable, analogous to the case of atomic doping, but here through nanocrystal self-assembly. We also show that the electronic properties of the superlattices are highly tunable and strongly affected by the presence and density of the gold nanocrystal dopants. The conductivity of lead selenide films, for example, can be manipulated over at least six orders of magnitude by the addition of gold nanocrystals and is explained by a percolation model. As this process relies on the self-assembly of uniform nanocrystals, it can be generally applied to assemble a wide variety of nanocrystal-doped structures for electronic, optical, magnetic, and catalytic materials.

  19. Substitutional doping in nanocrystal superlattices.

    PubMed

    Cargnello, Matteo; Johnston-Peck, Aaron C; Diroll, Benjamin T; Wong, Eric; Datta, Bianca; Damodhar, Divij; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V T; Herzing, Andrew A; Kagan, Cherie R; Murray, Christopher B

    2015-08-27

    Doping is a process in which atomic impurities are intentionally added to a host material to modify its properties. It has had a revolutionary impact in altering or introducing electronic, magnetic, luminescent, and catalytic properties for several applications, for example in semiconductors. Here we explore and demonstrate the extension of the concept of substitutional atomic doping to nanometre-scale crystal doping, in which one nanocrystal is used to replace another to form doped self-assembled superlattices. Towards this goal, we show that gold nanocrystals act as substitutional dopants in superlattices of cadmium selenide or lead selenide nanocrystals when the size of the gold nanocrystal is very close to that of the host. The gold nanocrystals occupy random positions in the superlattice and their density is readily and widely controllable, analogous to the case of atomic doping, but here through nanocrystal self-assembly. We also show that the electronic properties of the superlattices are highly tunable and strongly affected by the presence and density of the gold nanocrystal dopants. The conductivity of lead selenide films, for example, can be manipulated over at least six orders of magnitude by the addition of gold nanocrystals and is explained by a percolation model. As this process relies on the self-assembly of uniform nanocrystals, it can be generally applied to assemble a wide variety of nanocrystal-doped structures for electronic, optical, magnetic, and catalytic materials. PMID:26310766

  20. Method of doping interconnections for electrochemical cells

    DOEpatents

    Pal, Uday B. (Monroeville, PA); Singhal, Subhash C. (Murrysville, PA); Moon, David M. (Pittsburgh, PA); Folser, George R. (Lower Burrell, PA)

    1990-01-01

    A dense, electronically conductive interconnection layer 26 is bonded on a porous, tubular, electronically conductive air electrode structure 16, optionally supported by a ceramic support 22, by (A) forming a layer of oxide particles of at least one of the metals Ca, Sr, Co, Ba or Mg on a part 24 of a first surface of the air electrode 16, (B) heating the electrode structure, (C) applying a halide vapor containing at least lanthanum halide and chromium halide to the first surface and applying a source of oxygen to a second opposite surface of the air electrode so that they contact at said first surface, to cause a reaction of the oxygen and halide and cause a dense lanthanum-chromium oxide structure to grow, from the first electrode surface, between and around the oxide particles, where the metal oxide particles get incoporated into the lanthanum-chromium oxide structure as it grows thicker with time, and the metal ions in the oxide particles diffuse into the bulk of the lanthamum-chromium oxide structure, to provide a dense, top, interconnection layer 26 on top of the air electrode 16. A solid electrolyte layer 18 can be applied to the uncovered portion of the air electrode, and a fuel electrode 20 can be applied to the solid electrolyte, to provide an electrochemical cell 10.

  1. On-line solid phase extraction CZE for the simultaneous determination of lanthanum and gadolinium at picogram per liter levels.

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    Vizioli, Nora; Gil, Raúl; Martínez, Luis Dante; Silva, María Fernanda

    2009-08-01

    A non-specific on-line method is presented for the extraction and preconcentration of two rare earth elements using a microcartridge containing C(18)-derivatized silica particles prior to their analysis by CZE. The microcartridge, named analyte concentrator, was coupled on-line to the inlet of the separation capillary (fused-silica (FS) capillary, 75 microm id x12 cm from the inlet to the microcartidge and 37 cm from the microcartridge to the detector). The reversed-phase sorbent quantitatively retained gadolinium (Gd) and lanthanum (La) as 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylaminophenol complexes in the presence of non-ionic micelles of polyethylene glycol tert-octylphenyl ether, enabling sample clean-up and concentration enhancement with minimum sample handling. The rare earth elements chelates were released from the sorbent with methanol and then analyzed by CZE with diode array detection. A background electrolyte of 20 mM sodium tetraborate containing 8% ACN, pH 9.0, was found to be optimal for the separation of metal chelates. The concentration limits of detection were lowered to picogram per liter levels (20 pg/L for La and 80 pg/L for Gd). A 1000-fold improvement in concentration sensitivity for La- and Gd-2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylaminophenol complexes with respect to CZE without preconcentration was reached. PMID:19670234

  2. The effect of lanthanum(III) and cerium(III) ions between layers of manganese oxide on water oxidation.

    PubMed

    Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi; Isaloo, Mohsen Abbasi; Ho?y?ska, Ma?gorzata; Shen, Jian-Ren; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman

    2015-12-01

    Manganese oxide structure with lanthanum(III) or cerium(III) ions between the layers was synthesized by a simple method. The ratio of Mn to Ce or La in samples was 0.00, 0.04, 0.08, 0.16, 0.32, 0.5, 0.82, or 1.62. The compounds were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction studies, and atomic absorption spectroscopy. The compounds show efficient catalytic activity of water oxidation in the presence of cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate with a turnover frequency of 1.6 mmol O2/mol Mn.s. In contrast to the water-oxidizing complex in Photosystem II, calcium(II) has no specific role to enhance the water-oxidizing activity of the layered manganese oxides and other cations can be replaced without any significant decrease in water-oxidizing activities of these layered Mn oxides. Based on this and previously reported results from oxygen evolution in the presence of H 2 (18) O, we discuss the mechanism and the important factors influencing the water-oxidizing activities of the manganese oxides. PMID:25701552

  3. Expanded graphite loaded with lanthanum oxide used as a novel adsorbent for phosphate removal from water: performance and mechanism study.

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    Zhang, Ling; Gao, Yan; Li, Mengxue; Liu, Jianyong

    2015-01-01

    A novel adsorbent of expanded graphite (EG) loaded with lanthanum oxide (EG-LaO) was prepared for phosphate removal from water and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The effects of impregnation time, La3+ concentration, activation time, and activation temperature on the phosphate removal performance of the adsorbent were studied for optimization of preparation conditions. Isothermal adsorption studies suggested that the Langmuir model fits the experimental data well. Adsorption kinetics investigation showed that the pseudo-second-order model fits the experimental data quite well, indicating that the adsorption process is mainly a process of chemical adsorption, and chloride ions compete to react with the active sites of the adsorbent but do not prevent phosphate from adsorbing onto EG-LaO. The adsorption mechanism studies were performed by a pH dependence study of the adsorption amount. The results demonstrated that the probable mechanisms of phosphate adsorption on EG-LaO were electrostatic and Lewis acid-base interactions in addition to ion exchange. PMID:25284167

  4. Characterization of phosphate sequestration by a lanthanum modified bentonite clay: a solid-state NMR, EXAFS, and PXRD study.

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    Dithmer, Line; Lipton, Andrew S; Reitzel, Kasper; Warner, Terence E; Lundberg, Daniel; Nielsen, Ulla Gro

    2015-04-01

    Phosphate (Pi) sequestration by a lanthanum (La) exchanged clay mineral (La-Bentonite), which is extensively used in chemical lake restoration, was investigated on the molecular level using a combination of (31)P and (139)La solid state NMR spectroscopy (SSNMR), extended X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and sorption studies. (31)P SSNMR show that all Pi was immobilized as rhabdophane (LaPO4·n H2O, n ? 3), which was further supported by (139)La SSNMR and EXAFS. However, PXRD results were ambiguous with respect to rhabdophane and monazite (LaPO4). Adsorption studies showed that at dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration above ca. 250 ?M the binding capacity was only 50% of the theoretical value or even less. No other La or Pi phases were detected by SSNMR and EXAFS indicating the effect of DOC is kinetic. Moreover, (31)P SSNMR showed that rhabdophane formed upon Pi sequestration is in close proximity to the clay matrix. PMID:25747941

  5. Increase in the dosage amount of vitamin D3 preparations by switching from calcium carbonate to lanthanum carbonate.

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    Hyodo, Toru; Kawakami, Junko; Mikami, Noriko; Wakai, Haruki; Ishii, Daisuke; Yoshida, Kazunari; Iwamura, Masatsugu; Hida, Miho; Kurata, Yasuhisa

    2014-06-01

    It is widely known that dialysis patients who are administered vitamin D preparations have a better prognosis than patients who are not. In this study, of 22 patients on maintenance dialysis who had been administered calcium (Ca) carbonate in our hospital, we investigated the dosage amount of vitamin D3 preparations after the phosphorus (P) binder was switched from Ca carbonate to the newly developed lanthanum carbonate (LC). After completely switching to LC, the dosage amount of oral vitamin D3 preparation (alfacalcidol equivalent) was significantly increased from 0.094 ?g/day to 0.375 ?g/day (P = 0.0090). No significant changes were observed in the values of serum corrected Ca, alkaline phosphatase, intact parathyroid hormone and P after switching. The administration of LC enabled complete cessation of the administration of Ca carbonate preparations, and increased the dosage amount of vitamin D3 preparations. Therefore, LC may be a useful P binder to improve patient prognosis. PMID:24953761

  6. Lanthanum Hexaboride As Novel Interlayer for Improving the Thermal Stability of P3HT:PCBM Organic Solar Cells.

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    Chambon, Sylvain; Murat, Yolande; Wantz, Guillaume; Hirsch, Lionel; Tardy, Pascal

    2015-11-18

    For efficient organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells, a low work function electrode is necessary to enhance the built-in voltage of the active layer, thereby improving the overall efficiency. Calcium is often used for this purpose in the laboratory; however, its development on a larger scale is impaired by its high reactivity with oxygen and water and the resulting low stability of solar cells under operation. The influence of a novel interlayer, lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6), on the electronic properties of OPV is studied in this work. Similarly to calcium, when LaB6 is used as an interlayer, it enhances the built-in voltage in the device, leading to a higher fill factor (FF) and optimal open circuit voltage (Voc). As a result, optimized LaB6-based devices present significantly improved power conversion efficiencies. More importantly, while calcium/aluminum (Ca/Al) and aluminum (Al) cathodes lose their capacity to enhance the internal electrical field during thermal aging, the LaB6/aluminum (LaB6/Al) electrode remains stable. This remarkable effect results in a highly stable Voc and flat-band potential during aging. PMID:26540482

  7. Hydro-thermal synthesis and crystal structure of a new lanthanum(III) coordination polymer with fumaric acid.

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    Anana, Hayet; Trifa, Chahrazed; Bouacida, Sofiane; Boudaren, Chaouki; Merazig, Hocine

    2015-05-01

    The title compound, poly[di-aqua-tris-(?4-but-2-enedioato)(?2-but-2-enedioic acid)dilanthanum(III)], [La2(C4H2O4)3(C4H4O4)(H2O)2] n , was synthesized by the reaction of lanthanum chloride penta-hydrate with fumaric acid under hydro-thermal conditions. The asymmetric unit comprises an La(III) cation, one and a half fumarate dianions (L (2-)), one a half-mol-ecule of fumaric acid (H2 L) and one coordinated water mol-ecule. Each La(III) cation has the same nine-coordinate environment and is surrounded by eight O atoms from seven distinct fumarate moieties, including one proton-ated fumarate unit and one water mol-ecule in a distorted tricapped trigonal-prismatic environment. The LaO8(H2O) polyhedra centres are edge-shared through three carboxyl-ate bridges of the fumarate ligand, forming chains in three dimensions to construct the MOF. The crystal structure is stabilized by O-H?O hydrogen-bond inter-actions between the coordin-ated water mol-ecule and the carboxyl-ate O atoms, and also between oxygen atoms of fumaric acid. PMID:25995891

  8. The special features of the crystal structure and properties of oxides with mixed conductivity based on lanthanum gallate

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    Politova, E. D.; Ivanov, S. A.; Kaleva, G. M.; Mosunov, A. V.; Rusakov, V. S.

    2008-10-01

    The paper presents a review of works on the synthesis, structural composition effects, phase transitions, and electrical conductivity properties of multicomponent solid solutions based on heterosubstituted lanthanum gallate (La,A)(Ga,M)O3 - y . High-temperature phase transitions and structural and charge ordering effects were studied. The presence of iron cations in different valence states was proved; the relative contents of these cations depended on the x parameter and nonstoichiometry parameter y of the base composition. For M = Fe, antiferromagnetic ordering was observed; its temperature interval was determined by the concentration of iron cations in the high-spin state. The total conductivity was found to increase as the concentration of transition metal cations grew because of an increase in the electronic conductivity component. The data on structural parameters and dc and ac conductivity substantiated the conclusion that the highest ionic conductivity and permeability to oxygen were characteristic of iron-containing oxides. The results obtained are evidence that crystal chemical factors play a determining role in the formation of the ion-conducting properties of anion-deficient perovskite-like oxides.

  9. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls, and dissolution during amalgam formation. The structures of these dopant@metal materials indicate that metals entrap the organic molecules within their agglomerated nanocrystals. As a result, these materials are porous, making the dopant accessible for chemical reactions, in particular for catalysis. We have prepared these materials in a variety of forms, including powder, granules, pressed discs, thin films, thick films, sub-micrometer particles, and nanometric particles decorating ceramic nanofibers. Entrapment and adsorption are very different processes. If entrapped, water-soluble molecules cannot be extracted, but the same molecules, if adsorbed, are easily washed away. Likewise, most of the special properties that we have observed, such as major improvements or changes in catalytic activity, completely different thermal gravimetric analysis behavior, and more, are observed only in the entrapped cases. PMID:24283194

  10. Surface doping of La ions into ZnO nanocrystals to lower the optimal working temperature for HCHO sensing properties.

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    Tian, Shouqin; Zhang, Yupeng; Zeng, Dawen; Wang, Hao; Li, Neng; Xie, Changsheng; Pan, Chunxu; Zhao, Xiujian

    2015-10-14

    Lowering the working temperature without sacrificing other good gas-sensing properties is of particular interest to gas sensors for an excellent performance. In this work, La surface doped ZnO nanocrystals were successfully prepared by a facile thermal treatment with lanthanum nitrate (La(NO3)3) solution injected into ZnO thick films, which exhibited a remarkable decrease in the optimal working temperature for formaldehyde (HCHO) sensing properties. This was probably attributed to the formation of surface LaZn defects in the ZnO nanocrystals which was evidenced by XRD, XPS results and DFT calculations. The surface LaZn defects can introduce a shallower donor level than oxygen vacancies, and probably facilitate the charge transfer from oxygen species to ZnO for producing chemisorbed oxygen species more easily. This was in good agreement with the DFT results that the absorption energy of oxygen molecules on the surface of La doped ZnO was only -10.61 eV, much lower than that of pure ZnO. Moreover, the optimal working temperature of the La doped ZnO based sensor was significantly decreased from 350 to 250 °C without sacrificing the high and quick response to HCHO gas as the content of surface LaZn defects was increased gradually. Therefore, the behavior of the surface LaZn defects in the optimal working temperature revealed a HCHO response mechanism in ZnO, which can provide new insights into the enhanced HCHO sensing performance of gas sensors. PMID:26421631

  11. Superconductivity in doped fullerenes

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    Hebard, A.F. )

    1992-11-01

    While there is not complete agreement on the microscopic mechanism of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped C[sub 60], further research may well lead to the production of analogous materials that lose resistance at even higher temperatures. Carbon 60 is a fascinating and arrestingly beautiful molecule. With 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal faces symmetrically arrayed in a soccer-ball-like structure that belongs to the icosahedral point group, I[sub h], its high symmetry alone invites special attention. The publication in September 1990 of a simple technique for manufacturing and concentrating macroscopic amounts of this new form of carbon announced to the scientific community that enabling technology had arrived. Macroscopic amounts of C[sub 60] (and the higher fullerenes, such as C[sub 70] and C[sub 84]) can now be made with an apparatus as simple as an arc furnace powered with an arc welding supply. Accordingly, chemists, physicists and materials scientists have joined forces in an explosion of effort to explore the properties of this unusual molecular building block. 23 refs., 6 figs.

  12. Films by Doping I Ions

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    Kim, Kwang-Chon; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Kim, Hyun Jae; Hyun, Dow-Bin; Kim, Seong Keun; Kim, Jin-Sang

    2014-06-01

    The thermoelectric properties of I-doped Bi2Te3 films grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied. I-doped epitaxial (00 l) Bi2Te3 films were successfully grown on 4° tilted GaAs (001) substrates at 360 °C. I concentration in the Bi2Te3 films was easily controlled by the variation in a flow rate of H2 carrier gas for the delivery of an isopropyliodide precursor. As I ions in the as-grown Bi2Te3 films were not fully activated, they did not influence the carrier concentration and thermoelectric properties. However, a post-annealing process at 400 °C activated I ions as a donor, accompanied with an increase in the carrier concentration. Interestingly, the I-doped Bi2Te3 films after the post-annealing process also exhibited enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient at the same electron concentration compared to un-doped Bi2Te3 films. Through doping I ions into Bi2Te3, the thermopower was also enhanced in Bi2Te3, and a high power factor of 5 × 10-3 W K-2 m-1 was achieved.

  13. Boron doping a semiconductor particle

    DOEpatents

    Stevens, Gary Don (18912 Ravenglen Ct., Dallas, TX 75287); Reynolds, Jeffrey Scott (703 Horizon, Murphy, TX 75094); Brown, Louanne Kay (2530 Poplar Tr., Garland, TX 75042)

    1998-06-09

    A method (10,30) of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried (16), with the boron film then being driven (18) into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out (38) into piles and melted/fused (40) with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements.

  14. Boron doping a semiconductor particle

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    Stevens, G.D.; Reynolds, J.S.; Brown, L.K.

    1998-06-09

    A method of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried, with the boron film then being driven into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out into piles and melted/fused with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements. 2 figs.

  15. Adsorption of phosphate from water by easily separable Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with hydrous lanthanum oxide.

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    Lai, Li; Xie, Qiang; Chi, Lina; Gu, Wei; Wu, Deyi

    2016-03-01

    Hydrous lanthanum oxide was loaded onto the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell magnetic nanoparticles to obtain an easily separable adsorbent (abbreviated as Fe-Si-La) for efficient separation of phosphate from water. Fe-Si-La was characterized with XRF, XRD, TEM, specific surface area and magnetization and their performance for phosphate removal was investigated. The Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell structure was confirmed and the hydrous lanthanum oxide was successfully loaded onto its surface. The newly developed adsorbent had magnetization of 51.27emu/g. The Langmuir adsorption capacity of phosphate by Fe-Si-La reached 27.8mg/g by loading only 1mmol lanthanum per gram of magnetite. The adsorption was fast; nearly 99% of phosphate could be removed within 10min. The removal of phosphate was favored within the pH range 5.0-9.0. The adsorption on Fe-Si-La was not significantly influenced by ionic strength and by the coexistence of the anions of chloride and nitrate but sulfate, bicarbonate and humic acid showed slightly greater negative effects. Phosphate removal efficiency of higher than 95% was attained for real effluent of a wastewater treatment plant when the dose of adsorbent was >0.2kg/ton. The results showed that adsorbed phosphate could be nearly completely desorbed with NaOH solution for further use. In conclusion, Fe-Si-La is a promising adsorbent for the removal and recovery of phosphate from water. PMID:26641568

  16. Oxygen hole doping of nanodiamond

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    Petit, Tristan; Arnault, Jean-Charles; Girard, Hugues A.; Sennour, Mohamed; Kang, Tsai-Yang; Cheng, Chia-Liang; Bergonzo, Philippe

    2012-10-01

    Surface-graphitized nanodiamonds (NDs) are promising hybrid nanomaterials which appear to combine core properties of diamond with surface properties of graphene-based materials. Here we demonstrate that NDs covered by graphene islands, so-called Fullerene-Like Reconstructions (FLRs), are sensitive to hole doping by molecular oxygen in water. NDs covered by FLRs (NDs-FLRs) are prepared by annealing under vacuum of detonation NDs at 750 °C. We propose that oxygen hole doping is promoted on FLRs due to a unique electronic interaction between the diamond core and the outer graphene layer. As a consequence, NDs-FLRs exhibit positive zeta potential in water, unlike NDs surrounded by several graphitic layers. Surface hole-doped NDs may be promising nanomaterials for new electronic and biomedical applications.Surface-graphitized nanodiamonds (NDs) are promising hybrid nanomaterials which appear to combine core properties of diamond with surface properties of graphene-based materials. Here we demonstrate that NDs covered by graphene islands, so-called Fullerene-Like Reconstructions (FLRs), are sensitive to hole doping by molecular oxygen in water. NDs covered by FLRs (NDs-FLRs) are prepared by annealing under vacuum of detonation NDs at 750 °C. We propose that oxygen hole doping is promoted on FLRs due to a unique electronic interaction between the diamond core and the outer graphene layer. As a consequence, NDs-FLRs exhibit positive zeta potential in water, unlike NDs surrounded by several graphitic layers. Surface hole-doped NDs may be promising nanomaterials for new electronic and biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Size distribution of annealed NDs and additional XPS data. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr31655b

  17. Effects of grain morphology, microstructure and dispersed metal cocatalyst on the photoreduction of water over impurity-doped LaInO{sub 3}

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    Dhanasekaran, P.; Gupta, N.M.

    2012-05-15

    Graphical abstract: Grain morphology, doping of an impurity, microstructure, and metal/oxide contacts play a crucial role in the photocatalytic water decomposition activity of metal dispersed LaInO{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaInO{sub 3} displays two-step H{sub 2} evolution from UV-induced photoreduction of pure water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Preparation-controlled particle morphology plays a key role in photoactivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Doping-induced activity enhancement relates to inter-bandgap charge trapping states. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dispersion and metal/oxide contacts may govern the performance of a cocatalyst. -- Abstract: The single phase lanthanum indates doped with Ga (for La) and N (for O), i.e. La{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}InO{sub 3} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.2) and LaInO{sub 1-y}N{sub y} (y {approx} 0.6), exhibit significant activity for photoreduction of water; the yield of H{sub 2} produced depending on dopant, excitation source, and addition of a sacrificial reagent. The two-step H{sub 2} evolution observed for this reaction corresponds with the two distinct absorbance regimes displayed by these materials, one in UV-region due to bandgap excitation and the other in visible region arising from the transitions involving sub-bandgap donor or acceptor energy states. The photocatalytic activity of these d{sup 10} metal oxides increases on coating with a metal/metal oxide co-catalyst, gold exhibiting superior activity to Pt and NiO, irrespective of excitation source and sample composition. The preparation-controlled particle morphology, doping-induced lattice imperfections, and metal/semiconductor hetero-junctions are envisaged to play a key role in the absorption characteristics and photocatalytic water reduction activity of metal/LaInO{sub 3} nanocomposites.

  18. Method of doping a semiconductor

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Chiang Y. (Miller Place, NY); Rapp, Robert A. (Columbus, OH)

    1983-01-01

    A method for doping semiconductor material. An interface is established between a solid electrolyte and a semiconductor to be doped. The electrolyte is chosen to be an ionic conductor of the selected impurity and the semiconductor material and electrolyte are jointly chosen so that any compound formed from the impurity and the semiconductor will have a free energy no lower than the electrolyte. A potential is then established across the interface so as to allow the impurity ions to diffuse into the semiconductor. In one embodiment the semiconductor and electrolyte may be heated so as to increase the diffusion coefficient.

  19. The impact of crystal symmetry on the electronic structure and functional properties of complex lanthanum chromium oxides

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    Qiao, Liang; Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Heald, Steve M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Varga, Tamas; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Biegalski, Michael D.; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Weber, William J.; Droubay, Timothy C.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2013-08-14

    Complex oxides exhibit a wide range of crystal structures, chemical compositions and physical properties. The underlying drivers determining the complicated structure-composition-property phase diagrams are the relative positions and orbital overlaps between the metal cations and the oxygen anions. Here we report a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the structure and bonding in a series of lanthanum chromium oxides prepared by reactive molecular beam epitaxy. Of particular interest is the charge state and local coordination of the Cr. We have stabilized LaCrO3, LaCrO4 and La2CrO6 films by controlling the three elemental fluxes during deposition, and have carried out x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoemission, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy, as well as first-principles calculations, to determine structure, charge state, chemical bonding, and electronic structure. Significant changes in bonding character and orbital interaction are revealed with decreasing ligand symmetry from octahedral to tetrahedral Cr coordination. Both LaCrO4 and LaCrO6 with tetrahedrally coordinated Cr show strong pre-edge features in the Cr K-edge near-edge structure whereas LaCrO3 with octahedrally coordinated Cr exhibits very weak pre-edge features. The origin of these pre-edge features is discussed based on various selection rules and ligand symmetry. We also demonstrate an increase in cation-anion orbital hybridization and a decrease in long-range ligand coupling induced by this symmetry reduction. These in turn result in dramatic modifications of the macroscopic optical and magnetic properties.

  20. The impact of crystal symmetry on the electronic structure and functional properties of complex lanthanum chromium oxides

    SciTech Connect

    Qiao, Liang; Xiao, Haiyan; Heald, Steve M.; Bowden, Mark E; Varga, Tamas; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Biegalski, Michael D; Ivanov, Ilia N; Weber, W J; Droubay, Timothy; Chambers, S. A.

    2013-01-01

    Complex oxides exhibit a wide range of crystal structures, chemical compositions and physical properties. The underlying drivers determining the complicated structure composition property phase diagrams are the relative positions and orbital overlaps between the metal cations and the oxygen anions. Here we report a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the structure and bonding in a series of lanthanum chromium oxides prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. Of particular interest is the charge state and local coordination of the Cr. We have stabilized LaCrO3, LaCrO4 and La2CrO6 films by controlling the three elemental fluxes during deposition, and have carried out X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoemission, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, as well as first-principles calculations, to determine structure, charge state, chemical bonding, and electronic structure. Significant changes in bonding character and orbital interaction are revealed with decreasing ligand symmetry from octahedral to tetrahedral Cr coordination. Both LaCrO4 and La2CrO6 with tetrahedrally coordinated Cr show strong pre-edge features in the Cr K-edge near-edge structure whereas LaCrO3 with octahedrally coordinated Cr exhibits very weak pre-edge features. The origin of these pre-edge features is discussed based on various selection rules and ligand symmetry. We also demonstrate an increase in cation anion orbital hybridization and a decrease in long-range ligand coupling induced by this symmetry reduction. These in turn result in dramatic modifications of the macroscopic optical and magnetic properties.

  1. Growth of epitaxial films of sodium potassium tantalate and niobate on single-crystal lanthanum aluminate [100] substrates

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    Thomas, George H.; Specht, Eliot D; Larese, John Z; Xue, Ziling; Beach, David B

    2008-01-01

    Epitaxial films of sodium potassium tantalate (Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}TaO{sub 3}, NKT) and sodium potassium niobate (Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3}, NKN) were grown on single-crystal lanthanum aluminate (LAO) (100) (indexed as a pseudo-cubic unit cell) substrates via an all-alkoxide solution (methoxyethoxide complexes in 2-methoxyethanol) deposition route for the first time. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that the onset of crystallization in powders formed from hydrolyzed gel samples was 550 C. {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance studies of solutions of methoxyethoxide complexes indicated that mixed-metal species were formed, consistent with the low crystallization temperatures observed. Thermal gravimetric analysis with simultaneous mass spectrometry showed the facile loss of the ligand (methoxyethoxide) at temperatures below 400 C. Crystalline films were obtained at temperatures as low as 650 C when annealed in air. {theta}-2{theta} x-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the films possessed c-axis alignment in that only (h00) reflections were observed. Pole-figures about the NKT or NKN (220) reflection indicated a single in-plane, cube-on-cube epitaxy. The quality of the films was estimated via {omega} (out-of-plane) and {psi} (in-plane) scans and full-widths at half-maximum (FWHMs) were found to be reasonably narrow ({approx}1{sup o}), considering the lattice mismatch between the films and the substrate.

  2. Determination of Protein by Fluorescence Enhancement of Curcumin in Lanthanum-Curcumin-Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate-Protein System

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Feng; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Yunfeng; Wang, Mingyin; Sun, Lina; Tang, Bo; Wang, Wei

    2011-01-01

    We found that the fluorescence intensity of the lanthanum (La(3+))-curcumin (CU) complex can be highly enhanced by proteins in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulphonate (SDBS). Based on this finding, a new fluorimetric method for the determination of protein was developed. Under optimized conditions, the enhanced intensities of fluorescence are quantitatively in proportion to the concentrations of proteins in the range 0.0080-20.0 g mL(-1) for bovine serum albumin (BSA) and 0.00080-20.0 g mL(-1) for human serum albumin (HSA) with excitation of 425 nm, and 0.00020-20.0 g mL(-1) for bovine serum albumin (BSA) and 0.00080-20.0 g mL(-1)for human serum albumin (HSA) with excitation of 280 nm, while corresponding qualitative detection limits (S/N 3) are as low as 5.368, 0.573, 0.049, 0.562 g mL(-1), respectively. Study on reaction mechanism reveals that proteins can bind with La(3+), CU and SDBS through self-assembling function with electrostatic attraction, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction and van der Waals forces, etc. The proteins form a supermolecular association with multilayer structure, in which La(3+)-CU is clamped between BSA and SDBS. The unique high fluorescence enhancement of CU is resulted through synergic effects of favorable hydrophobic microenvironment provided by BSA and SDBS, and efficient intermolecular energy transfer among BSA, SDBS and CU. In energy transfer process, La(3+) plays a crucial role because it not only shortens the distance between SDBS and CU, but also acts as a "bridge" for transferring the energy from BSA to CU.

  3. Combined effects of Lanthanum(III) and elevated Ultraviolet-B radiation on root nitrogen nutrient in soybean seedlings.

    PubMed

    Huang, Guangrong; Wang, Lihong; Sun, Zhaoguo; Li, Xiaodong; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua

    2015-02-01

    Rare earth element pollution and elevated ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation occur simultaneously in some regions, but the combined effects of these two factors on plants have not attracted enough attention. Nitrogen nutrient is vital to plant growth. In this study, the combined effects of lanthanum(III) and elevated UV-B radiation on nitrate reduction and ammonia assimilation in soybean (Glycine max L.) roots were investigated. Treatment with 0.08 mmol L(-1) La(III) did not change the effects of elevated UV-B radiation on nitrate reductase (NR), nitrite reductase (NiR), glutamine synthetase (GS), glutamate synthase (GOGAT), glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), nitrate, ammonium, amino acids, or soluble protein in the roots. Treatment with 0.24 mmol L(-1) La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation synergistically decreased the NR, NiR, GS, and GOGAT activities as well as the nitrate, amino acid, and soluble protein levels, except for the GDH activity and ammonium content. Combined treatment with 1.20 mmol L(-1) La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation produced severely deleterious effects on all test indices, and these effects were stronger than those induced by La(III) or elevated UV-B radiation treatment alone. Following the withdrawal of La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation, all test indices for the combined treatments with 0.08/0.24 mmol L(-1) La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation recovered to a certain extent, but they could not recover for treatments with 1.20 mmol L(-1) La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation. In summary, combined treatment with La(III) and elevated UV-B radiation seriously affected nitrogen nutrition in soybean roots through the inhibition of nitrate reduction and ammonia assimilation. PMID:25398543

  4. Lanthanum from a modified clay used in eutrophication control is bioavailable to the marbled crayfish (Procambarus fallax f. virginalis).

    PubMed

    van Oosterhout, Frank; Goitom, Eyerusalem; Roessink, Ivo; Lürling, Miquel

    2014-01-01

    To mitigate eutrophication in fresh standing waters the focus is on phosphorus (P) control, i.e. on P inflows to a lake as well as a lake's sediment as internal P source. The in-lake application of the lanthanum (La) modified clays - i.e. La modified bentonite (Phoslock) or La modified kaolinite, aim at dephosphatising the water column and at reducing the release of P from a lake's sediment. Application of these clays raises the question whether La from these clays can become bioavailable to biota. We investigated the bioavailability of La from Phoslock in a controlled parallel groups experiment in which we measured the La in carapace, gills, ovaries, hepatopancreas and abdominal muscle after 0, 14 and 28 days of exposure to Phoslock. Expressing the treatment effect as the difference of the median concentration between the two treatment groups (Phoslock minus control group) yield the following effects, the plus sign (+) indicating an increase, concentrations in µg g(-1) dry weight: Day 14: carapace +10.5 µg g(-1), gills +112 µg g(-1), ovaries +2.6 µg g(-1), hepatopancreas +32.9 µg g(-1) and abodminal muscle +3.2 µg g(-1). Day 28: carapace +17.9 µg g(-1); gills +182 µg g(-1); ovaries +2.2 µg g(-1); hepatopancreas +41.9 µg g(-1) and abdominal muscle +7.6 µg g(-1), all effects were statistically significant. As La from Phoslock is bio-available to and taken up by the marbled crayfishes (Procambarus fallax f. virginalis), we advocate that the application of in-lake chemical water treatments to mitigate eutrophication should be accompanied by a thorough study on potential side effects. PMID:25068309

  5. Lanthanum from a Modified Clay Used in Eutrophication Control Is Bioavailable to the Marbled Crayfish (Procambarus fallax f. virginalis)

    PubMed Central

    van Oosterhout, Frank; Goitom, Eyerusalem; Roessink, Ivo; Lürling, Miquel

    2014-01-01

    To mitigate eutrophication in fresh standing waters the focus is on phosphorus (P) control, i.e. on P inflows to a lake as well as a lake's sediment as internal P source. The in-lake application of the lanthanum (La) modified clays – i.e. La modified bentonite (Phoslock) or La modified kaolinite, aim at dephosphatising the water column and at reducing the release of P from a lake's sediment. Application of these clays raises the question whether La from these clays can become bioavailable to biota. We investigated the bioavailability of La from Phoslock in a controlled parallel groups experiment in which we measured the La in carapace, gills, ovaries, hepatopancreas and abdominal muscle after 0, 14 and 28 days of exposure to Phoslock. Expressing the treatment effect as the difference of the median concentration between the two treatment groups (Phoslock minus control group) yield the following effects, the plus sign (+) indicating an increase, concentrations in µg g?1 dry weight: Day 14: carapace +10.5 µg g?1, gills +112 µg g?1, ovaries +2.6 µg g?1, hepatopancreas +32.9 µg g?1 and abodminal muscle +3.2 µg g?1. Day 28: carapace +17.9 µg g?1; gills +182 µg g?1; ovaries +2.2 µg g?1; hepatopancreas +41.9 µg g?1 and abodminal muscle +7.6 µg g?1, all effects were statistically significant. As La from Phoslock is bio-available to and taken up by the marbled crayfishes (Procambarus fallax f. virginalis), we advocate that the application of in-lake chemical water treatments to mitigate eutrophication should be accompanied by a thorough study on potential side effects. PMID:25068309

  6. Gene doping: of mice and men.

    PubMed

    Azzazy, Hassan M E; Mansour, Mai M H; Christenson, Robert H

    2009-04-01

    Gene doping is the newest threat to the spirit of fair play in sports. Its concept stemmed out from legitimate gene therapy trials, but anti-doping authorities fear that they now may be facing a form of doping that is virtually undetectable and extremely appealing to athletes. This paper presents studies that generated mouse models with outstanding physical performance, by manipulating genes such as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) or phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), which are likely to be targeted for gene doping. The potential transition from super mice to super athletes will also be discussed, in addition to possible strategies for detection of gene doping. PMID:19272337

  7. Bias assisted scanning probe microscopy direct write lithography enables local oxygen enrichment of lanthanum cuprates thin films.

    PubMed

    Lavini, Francesco; Yang, Nan; Vasudevan, Rama K; Strelcov, E; Jesse, S; Okatan, M B; Kravchenko, I; Di Castro, Daniele; Kalinin, Sergei V; Balestrino, Giuseppe; Aruta, Carmela; Foglietti, Vittorio

    2015-08-14

    Scanning probe bias techniques have been used as a method to locally dope thin epitaxial films of La(2)CuO(4) (LCO) fabricated by pulsed laser deposition. The local electrochemical oxidation of LCO very efficiently introduces interstitial oxygen defects in the thin film. Details on the influence of the tip voltage bias and environmental conditions on the surface morphology have been investigated. The results show that a local uptake of oxygen occurs in the oxidized films. PMID:26207015

  8. Optical properties and chemical composition analyses of mixed rare earth oxyorthosilicate (R2SiO5, R=La, Gd and Y) doped Dy3+ phosphors prepared by urea-assisted solution combustion method

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    Ogugua, S. N.; Shaat, S. K. K.; Swart, H. C.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.

    2015-08-01

    Dysprosium (Dy3+) doped lanthanum gadolinium oxyorthosilicate (LaGdSiO5), lanthanum yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LaYSiO5) and gadolinium yttrium oxyorthosilicate (GdYSiO5) phosphors (in powder form) were synthesized by urea-assisted combustion method. The X-ray diffractometer analysis confirmed that the LaGdSiO5, LaYSiO5 and GdYSiO5 crystalized in monoclinic phases. The chemical composition of the phosphors was analyzed by measuring the atomic and molecular ionic species using the time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF SIMS). In addition, ToF SIMS imaging technique was used to determine the distribution of the Dy3+ dopant ions on the surface on the phosphors. The average crystallite sizes and lattice strains of the phosphor were increased by Dy3+ doping. The field emission scanning electron microscope images showed that the powders were made up of an agglomeration of particles with no regular shape. The photoluminescence data showed narrow line emission peaks at the wavelengths of 485 nm (minor emission) and 573 nm (major emission) associated with the f?f transitions of Dy3+. The photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that the emission peak of LaGdSiO5:Dy3+ was ~3× more intense than those of LaYSiO5:Dy3+ and GdYSiO5:Dy3+ when excited using monochromatic xenon lamp with a wavelength of 241 nm. However, when the powders were excited using a 325 nm He-Cd laser, the highest PL emission intensity was observed from GdYSiO5:Dy3+.

  9. Metal-doped organic foam

    DOEpatents

    Rinde, James A. (Livermore, CA)

    1982-01-01

    Organic foams having a low density and very small cell size and method for producing same in either a metal-loaded or unloaded (nonmetal loaded) form are described. Metal-doped foams are produced by soaking a polymer gel in an aqueous solution of desired metal salt, soaking the gel successively in a solvent series of decreasing polarity to remove water from the gel and replace it with a solvent of lower polarity with each successive solvent in the series being miscible with the solvents on each side and being saturated with the desired metal salt, and removing the last of the solvents from the gel to produce the desired metal-doped foam having desired density cell size, and metal loading. The unloaded or metal-doped foams can be utilized in a variety of applications requiring low density, small cell size foam. For example, rubidium-doped foam made in accordance with the invention has utility in special applications, such as in x-ray lasers.

  10. GENES IN SPORT AND DOPING

    PubMed Central

    Kaliszewski, P.; Majorczyk, E.; Zembro?-?acny, A.

    2013-01-01

    Genes control biological processes such as muscle production of energy, mitochondria biogenesis, bone formation, erythropoiesis, angiogenesis, vasodilation, neurogenesis, etc. DNA profiling for athletes reveals genetic variations that may be associated with endurance ability, muscle performance and power exercise, tendon susceptibility to injuries and psychological aptitude. Already, over 200 genes relating to physical performance have been identified by several research groups. Athletes’ genotyping is developing as a tool for the formulation of personalized training and nutritional programmes to optimize sport training as well as for the prediction of exercise-related injuries. On the other hand, development of molecular technology and gene therapy creates a risk of non-therapeutic use of cells, genes and genetic elements to improve athletic performance. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency decided to include prohibition of gene doping within their World Anti-Doping Code in 2003. In this review article, we will provide a current overview of genes for use in athletes’ genotyping and gene doping possibilities, including their development and detection techniques. PMID:24744482

  11. Hormones as doping in sports.

    PubMed

    Duntas, Leonidas H; Popovic, Vera

    2013-04-01

    Though we may still sing today, as did Pindar in his eighth Olympian Victory Ode, "… of no contest greater than Olympia, Mother of Games, gold-wreathed Olympia…", we must sadly admit that today, besides blatant over-commercialization, there is no more ominous threat to the Olympic games than doping. Drug-use methods are steadily becoming more sophisticated and ever harder to detect, increasingly demanding the use of complex analytical procedures of biotechnology and molecular medicine. Special emphasis is thus given to anabolic androgenic steroids, recombinant growth hormone and erythropoietin as well as to gene doping, the newly developed mode of hormones abuse which, for its detection, necessitates high-tech methodology but also multidisciplinary individual measures incorporating educational and psychological methods. In this Olympic year, the present review offers an update on the current technologically advanced endocrine methods of doping while outlining the latest procedures applied-including both the successes and pitfalls of proteomics and metabolomics-to detect doping while contributing to combating this scourge. PMID:22990405

  12. Genes in sport and doping.

    PubMed

    Pokrywka, A; Kaliszewski, P; Majorczyk, E; Zembro?-?acny, A

    2013-09-01

    Genes control biological processes such as muscle production of energy, mitochondria biogenesis, bone formation, erythropoiesis, angiogenesis, vasodilation, neurogenesis, etc. DNA profiling for athletes reveals genetic variations that may be associated with endurance ability, muscle performance and power exercise, tendon susceptibility to injuries and psychological aptitude. Already, over 200 genes relating to physical performance have been identified by several research groups. Athletes' genotyping is developing as a tool for the formulation of personalized training and nutritional programmes to optimize sport training as well as for the prediction of exercise-related injuries. On the other hand, development of molecular technology and gene therapy creates a risk of non-therapeutic use of cells, genes and genetic elements to improve athletic performance. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency decided to include prohibition of gene doping within their World Anti-Doping Code in 2003. In this review article, we will provide a current overview of genes for use in athletes' genotyping and gene doping possibilities, including their development and detection techniques. PMID:24744482

  13. Method of doping organic semiconductors

    DOEpatents

    Kloc, Christian Leo (Constance, DE); Ramirez, Arthur Penn (Summit, NJ); So, Woo-Young (New Providence, NJ)

    2012-02-28

    A method includes the steps of forming a contiguous semiconducting region and heating the region. The semiconducting region includes polyaromatic molecules. The heating raises the semiconducting region to a temperature above room temperature. The heating is performed in the presence of a dopant gas and the absence of light to form a doped organic semiconducting region.

  14. Lanthanum-containing hydroxyapatite coating on ultrafine-grained titanium by micro-arc oxidation: A promising strategy to enhance overall performance of titanium

    PubMed Central

    Deng, Zhennan; Wang, LiLi; Zhang, Dafeng; Liu, Jinsong; Liu, Chuantong; Ma, Jianfeng

    2014-01-01

    Titanium is widely used in biomedical materials, particularly in dental implants, because of its excellent biocompatibility and mechanical characteristics. However, titanium implant failures still remain in some cases, varying with implantation sites and patients. Improving its overall performance is a major focus of dental implant research. Equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) can result in ultrafine-grained titanium with superior mechanical properties and better biocompatibility, which significantly benefits dental implants, and without any harmful alloying elements. Lanthanum (La) can inhibit the acidogenicity of dental plaque and La-containing hydroxyapatite (La-HA) possesses a series of attractive properties, in contrast to La-free HA. Micro-arc oxidation (MAO) is a promising technology that can produce porous and firmly adherent hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings on titanium substrates. Therefore, we hypothesize that porous La-containing hydroxyapatite coatings with different La content (0.89%, 1.3% and 1.79%) can be prepared on ultrafine-grained (~200–400 nm) titanium by ECAP and MAO in electrolytic solution containing 0.2 mol/L calcium acetate, 0.02 mol/L ?-glycerol phosphate disodium salt pentahydrate (?-GP), and lanthanum nitrate with different concentrations to further improve the overall performance of titanium, which are expected to have great potential in medical applications as a dental implant. PMID:24487779

  15. Lanthanum carbonate for the control of hyperphosphatemia in chronic renal failure patients: a new oral powder formulation – safety, efficacy, and patient adherence

    PubMed Central

    Lloret, MªJesús; Ruiz-García, César; DaSilva, Iara; Furlano, Mónica; Barreiro, Yaima; Ballarín, José; Bover, Jordi

    2013-01-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with very high mortality rates, mainly of cardiovascular origin. The retention of phosphate (P) and increased fibroblast growth factor-23 levels are common, even at early stages of CKD, due to disturbances in normal P homeostasis. Later, hyperphosphatemia appears, which has also been strongly associated with high mortality rates linked to P-mediated cardiovascular and procalcifying effects. Treatment guidelines for these patients continue to be poorly implemented, at least partially due to the lack of adherence to a P-restricted diet and P-binder therapy. Calcium-free P binders, such as lanthanum carbonate, have been associated with a decreased progression of vascular calcification, rendering them an important therapeutic alternative for these high cardiovascular risk CKD patients. Lanthanum carbonate has typically been available as chewable tablets, and the new presentation as an oral powder may provide a useful alternative in the therapeutic armamentarium. This powder is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless semisolid compound miscible with food. In a recent study in healthy individuals, the safety and efficacy of this novel form were evaluated, and it was concluded that it is well tolerated and pharmacodynamically equivalent to the chewable form. In the long run, individualization of preferences and treatments seems an achievable goal prior to final demonstration of improvements in hard outcomes in wide clinical trials in CKD patients. PMID:24235818

  16. Role of flux on morphology and luminescence properties of Sm(3+) doped Y2SiO5 nanopowders for WLEDs.

    PubMed

    Ramakrishna, G; Nagabhushana, H; Prashantha, S C; Sharma, S C; Nagabhushana, B M

    2015-02-01

    The study involves preparation of samarium doped Y2SiO5 (YSO) nano powders by solution combustion method using urea as a fuel for the first time. Effect of different fluxes on the crystallization behavior, morphology and photoluminescence (PL) properties of YSO:Sm(3+) (1-9 mol%) were investigated. The final product was characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The average crystallite size estimated by Debye-Scherer's and Williamson-Hall plots were found to be in the range of 10-50 nm. Samples calcined at 1100°C show pure monoclinic X1 phase; whereas, samples calcined at 1200 and 1300°C show pure X2 phase of YSO. Photoluminescence (PL) studies of Sm(3+) (1-9 mol%) doped YSO for near ultra violet (NUV) excitation (407 nm) was studied in order to investigate the possibility of its use in white light emitting diode (WLED) applications. The emission spectra consists of intra 4f transitions of Sm(3+), such as (4)G5/2?(6)H5/2 (?560 nm), (4)G5/2?(6)H7/2 (600-613 nm), (4)G5/2?(6)H9/2 (?650 nm), (4)G5/2?(6)H11/2 (715 nm) and (4)G5/2?(6)H13/2 (763 nm) respectively. The emission intensity of the phosphor was found to be enhancing after addition of fluxes. Further, the emission at 600-613 nm show strong orange-red emission and can be applied to the orange-red emission of phosphor for near ultra violet excitation. PMID:25448940

  17. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene.

    PubMed

    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene's electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants' concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors. PMID:26411651

  18. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene

    PubMed Central

    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene’s electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants’ concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors. PMID:26411651

  19. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene

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    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-09-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene’s electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants’ concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors.

  20. Freestanding doped silicon nanocrystals synthesized by plasma

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    Ni, Zhenyi; Pi, Xiaodong; Ali, Muhammad; Zhou, Shu; Nozaki, Tomohiro; Yang, Deren

    2015-08-01

    Freestanding silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) have recently gained great popularity largely due to their easily accessible surface and flexible incorporation into device structures. In the past decade plasmas have been increasingly employed to synthesize freestanding Si NCs. As freestanding Si NCs move closer to applications in a variety of fields such as electronics, thermoelectrics and lithium-ion batteries, doping becomes more imperative. Such a context explains the current great interest in plasma-synthesized doped freestanding Si NCs. In this work we review the synthesis of freestanding doped Si NCs by plasma. Doping-induced structural, electronic, optical and oxidation properties of Si NCs are discussed. We also review the applications of plasma-synthesized doped freestanding Si NCs that have been demonstrated so far. The development of freestanding doped Si NCs synthesized by plasma in the future is envisioned.

  1. 40 CFR 721.10230 - Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 2013-07-01 false Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped. 721.10230 Section...Substances § 721.10230 Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped. (a) Chemical substance...chemical substance identified as rutile, tin zinc, calcium-doped (PMN...

  2. 40 CFR 721.10230 - Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 2014-07-01 false Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped. 721.10230 Section...Substances § 721.10230 Rutile, tin zinc, calcium doped. (a) Chemical substance...chemical substance identified as rutile, tin zinc, calcium-doped (PMN...

  3. Phosphorus doping a semiconductor particle

    DOEpatents

    Stevens, G.D.; Reynolds, J.S.

    1999-07-20

    A method of phosphorus doping a semiconductor particle using ammonium phosphate is disclosed. A p-doped silicon sphere is mixed with a diluted solution of ammonium phosphate having a predetermined concentration. These spheres are dried with the phosphorus then being diffused into the sphere to create either a shallow or deep p-n junction. A good PSG glass layer is formed on the surface of the sphere during the diffusion process. A subsequent segregation anneal process is utilized to strip metal impurities from near the p-n junction into the glass layer. A subsequent HF strip procedure is then utilized to removed the PSG layer. Ammonium phosphate is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirement. 1 fig.

  4. Phosphorous doping a semiconductor particle

    DOEpatents

    Stevens, Gary Don (18912 Ravenglen Ct, Dallas, TX 75287); Reynolds, Jeffrey Scott (703 Horizon, Murphy, TX 75094)

    1999-07-20

    A method (10) of phosphorus doping a semiconductor particle using ammonium phosphate. A p-doped silicon sphere is mixed with a diluted solution of ammonium phosphate having a predetermined concentration. These spheres are dried (16, 18), with the phosphorus then being diffused (20) into the sphere to create either a shallow or deep p-n junction. A good PSG glass layer is formed on the surface of the sphere during the diffusion process. A subsequent segregation anneal process is utilized to strip metal impurities from near the p-n junction into the glass layer. A subsequent HF strip procedure is then utilized to removed the PSG layer. Ammonium phosphate is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirement.

  5. Intrinsic Transparent Conductors without Doping

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Xiuwen; Zhang, Lijun; Perkins, John D.; Zunger, Alex

    2015-10-01

    Transparent conductors (TCs) combine the usually contraindicated properties of electrical conductivity with optical transparency and are generally made by starting with a transparent insulator and making it conductive via heavy doping, an approach that generally faces severe "doping bottlenecks." We propose a different idea for TC design—starting with a metallic conductor and designing transparency by control of intrinsic interband transitions and intraband plasmonic frequency. We identify the specific design principles for three such prototypical intrinsic TC classes and then search computationally for materials that satisfy them. Remarkably, one of the intrinsic TC, Ag3Al22O34 , is predicted also to be a prototype 3D compounds that manifest natural 2D electron gas regions with very high electron density and conductivity.

  6. Intrinsic Transparent Conductors without Doping.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xiuwen; Zhang, Lijun; Perkins, John D; Zunger, Alex

    2015-10-23

    Transparent conductors (TCs) combine the usually contraindicated properties of electrical conductivity with optical transparency and are generally made by starting with a transparent insulator and making it conductive via heavy doping, an approach that generally faces severe "doping bottlenecks." We propose a different idea for TC design-starting with a metallic conductor and designing transparency by control of intrinsic interband transitions and intraband plasmonic frequency. We identify the specific design principles for three such prototypical intrinsic TC classes and then search computationally for materials that satisfy them. Remarkably, one of the intrinsic TC, Ag_{3}Al_{22}O_{34}, is predicted also to be a prototype 3D compounds that manifest natural 2D electron gas regions with very high electron density and conductivity. PMID:26551133

  7. Degenerate doping of metallic anodes

    DOEpatents

    Friesen, Cody A; Zeller, Robert A; Johnson, Paul B; Switzer, Elise E

    2015-05-12

    Embodiments of the invention relate to an electrochemical cell comprising: (i) a fuel electrode comprising a metal fuel, (ii) a positive electrode, (iii) an ionically conductive medium, and (iv) a dopant; the electrodes being operable in a discharge mode wherein the metal fuel is oxidized at the fuel electrode and the dopant increases the conductivity of the metal fuel oxidation product. In an embodiment, the oxidation product comprises an oxide of the metal fuel which is doped degenerately. In an embodiment, the positive electrode is an air electrode that absorbs gaseous oxygen, wherein during discharge mode, oxygen is reduced at the air electrode. Embodiments of the invention also relate to methods of producing an electrode comprising a metal and a doped metal oxidation product.

  8. Blood doping and its detection.

    PubMed

    Jelkmann, Wolfgang; Lundby, Carsten

    2011-09-01

    Hemoglobin mass is a key factor for maximal exercise capacity. Some athletes apply prohibited techniques and substances with intent to increase hemoglobin mass and physical performance, and this is often difficult to prove directly. Autologous red blood cell transfusion cannot be traced on reinfusion, and also recombinant erythropoietic proteins are detectable only within a certain timeframe. Novel erythropoietic substances, such as mimetics of erythropoietin (Epo) and activators of the Epo gene, may soon enter the sports scene. In addition, Epo gene transfer maneuvers are imaginable. Effective since December 2009, the World Anti-Doping Agency has therefore implemented "Athlete Biologic Passport Operating Guidelines," which are based on the monitoring of several parameters for mature red blood cells and reticulocytes. Blood doping may be assumed, when these parameters change in a nonphysiologic way. Hematologists should be familiar with blood doping practices as they may play an important role in evaluating blood profiles of athletes with respect to manipulations, as contrasted with the established diagnosis of clinical disorders and genetic variations. PMID:21652677

  9. Activating Nonreducible Oxides via Doping.

    PubMed

    Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2015-05-19

    Nonreducible oxides are characterized by large band gaps and are therefore unable to exchange electrons or to form bonds with surface species, explaining their chemical inertness. The insertion of aliovalent dopants alters this situation, as new electronic states become available in the gap that may be involved in charge-transfer processes. Consequently, the adsorption and reactivity pattern of doped oxides changes with respect to their nondoped counterparts. This Account describes scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) experiments that demonstrate the impact of dopants on the physical and chemical properties of well-defined crystalline oxide films. For this purpose, MgO and CaO as archetypical rocksalt oxides have been loaded either with high-valence (Mo, Cr) or low-valence dopants (Li). While the former generate filled states in the oxide band gap and serve as electron donors, the latter produce valence-band holes and give rise to an acceptor response. The dopant-related electronic states and their polarization effect on the surrounding host material are explored with XPS and STM spectroscopy on nonlocal and local scales. Moreover, charge-compensating defects were found to develop in the oxide lattice, such as Ca and O vacancies in Mo- and Li-doped CaO films, respectively. These native defects are able to trap the excess charges of the impurities and therefore diminish the desired doping effect. If noncompensated dopants reside in the host lattice, electron exchange with surface species is observed. Mo ions in CaO, for example, were found to donate electrons to surface Au atoms. The anionic Au strongly binds to the CaO surface and nucleates in the form of monolayer islands, in contrast to the 3D growth prevailing on pristine oxides. Charge transfer is also revealed for surface O2 that traps one Mo electron by forming a superoxo-species. The activated oxygen is characterized by a reinforced binding to the surface, an elongated O-O bond length, and a reduced barrier for dissociation, and represents an important intermediate for oxidation reactions. The charge-transfer processes described here are quenched if Li is inserted into the oxide lattice, neutralizing the effect of the extra electrons. The specific behavior of doped oxides has been explored on a mechanistic level, i.e. on thin-film model systems at ultrahigh vacuum and low temperature. We believe, however, that our results are transferrable to realistic conditions and doping might thus develop into a powerful method to improve the performance of nonreducible oxides in surface-catalyzed reactions. PMID:25894859

  10. Erbium nanoparticle doped fibers for efficient, resonantly-pumped Er-doped fiber lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Friebele, E. Joseph; Baker, Colin C.; Askins, Charles G.; Fontana, Jake P.; Hunt, Michael P.; Peele, John R.; Marcheschi, Barbara A.; Oh, Euneku; Kim, Woohong; Sanghera, Jasbinder; Zhang, Jun; Pattnaik, Radha K.; Merkle, Larry D.; Dubinskii, Mark

    2015-03-01

    Nanoparticle (NP) doping is a new technique for making erbium-doped fibers (EDFs); the Er ions are surrounded by a cage of aluminum and oxygen ions, substantially reducing Er3+ ion-ion energy exchange and its deleterious effects on laser performance. Er-Al-doped NPs have been synthesized and doped in-situ into the silica soot of the preform core. We report the first known measurements of NP-doped EDFs in a resonantly-core pumped master oscillator-power amplifier (MOPA) configuration; the optical-to-optical slope efficiency was 80.4%, which we believe is a record for this type of fiber.

  11. Synthesis, physical and photo electrochemical characterization of La-doped SrSnO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hadjarab, B.; Bouguelia, A.; Trari, M.

    2007-08-01

    The transport properties of Sr0.98La0.02SnO3-? in the system Sr1-xLaxSnO3-?, after which the pyrochlore La2Sn2O7 appears, were investigated over the temperature range 4.2 300 K. The oxide was found to be n-type semiconductor with concomitant reduction of Sn4+ into Sn2+. The magnetic susceptibility was measured down to 4.2 K and is less than 3×10-5 emu cgs mol-1 consistent with itinerant electron behavior. The electron is believed to travel in a narrow band of Sn:5s character with an effective mass ˜4 mo. The highest band gap is 4.32 eV and the optical transition is directly allowed. A further indirect transition occurs at 4.04 eV. The electrical conductivity follows an Arrhenius-type law with a thermal activation of 40 meV and occurs by small polaron hopping between nominal states Sn4+/2+. The linear increase of thermo-power with temperature yields an electron mobility ?300 K (2×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1) thermally activated. The insulating-metal transition seems to be of Anderson type resulting from random positions of lanthanum sites and oxygen vacancies. At low temperatures, the conduction mechanism changes to a variable range hopping with a linear plot Ln ?-1 vs. T-4. The photo electrochemical (PEC) measurements confirm the n-type conductivity and give an onset potential of -0.46 VSCE in KOH (1 M). The Mott Schottky plot C-2 V shows a linear behavior from which the flat band potential Vfb=+0.01 VSCE at pH 7 and the doping density ND=1.04×1021 cm-3 were determined.

  12. Magnetoresistance of substituted lanthanum manganites La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 upon nonequilibrium overheating of carriers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shaykhutdinov, K. A.; Semenov, S. V.; Popkov, S. I.; Balaev, D. A.; Bykov, A. A.; Dubrovskiy, A. A.; Petrov, M. I.; Volkov, N. V.

    2011-04-01

    Current-voltage characteristics of the polycrystalline substituted lanthanum manganite La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 were experimentally studied at T = 77.4 K in magnetic fields up to 13 kOe. In these characteristics, a portion of negative differential resistivity was observed above a certain threshold value of critical current density j caused, in our opinion, by nonequilibrium heating of the electron gas due to low thermal conductivity of the manganite material. Because of the nonlinearity of the current-voltage characteristics, the field dependences of resistivity ?(H) appear extremely sensitive to the value of a transport current. In this case, the ?(H) dependences reveal both ordinary negative and positive magnetoresistance.

  13. Near-ambient X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and kinetic approach to the mechanism of carbon monoxide oxidation over lanthanum substituted cobaltites

    SciTech Connect

    Hueso, J. L.; Martinez-Martinez, D.; Cabalerro, Alfonso; Gonzalez-Elipe, Agustin Rodriguez; Mun, Bongjin Simon; Salmeron, Miquel

    2009-07-31

    We have studied the oxidation of carbon monoxide over a lanthanum substituted perovskite (La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-d) catalyst prepared by spray pyrolysis. Under the assumption of a first-order kinetics mechanism for CO, it has been found that the activation energy barrier of the reaction changes from 80 to 40 kJ mol-1 at a threshold temperature of ca. 320 oC. In situ XPS near-ambient pressure ( 0.2 torr) shows that the gas phase oxygen concentration over the sample decreases sharply at ca. 300 oC. These two observations suggest that the oxidation of CO undergoes a change of mechanism at temperatures higher than 300 oC.

  14. Hydrogen production by reforming of simulated hot coke oven gas over nickel catalysts promoted with lanthanum and cerium in a membrane reactor

    SciTech Connect

    Hongwei Cheng; Xionggang Lu; Yuwen Zhang; Weizhong Ding

    2009-05-15

    Catalysts of Ni/Mg(Al)O promoted with lanthanum and cerium were tested in a BaCo{sub 0.7}Fe{sub 0.2}Nb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3{delta}} (BCFNO) membrane reactor by catalytic partial oxidation of simulated hot coke oven gas (COG) with toluene as a model tar compound under atmospheric pressure. Analysis of the catalysts suggested that the hydrotalcite precursor after thermal treatment lead to a good dispersion of nickel forming the solid solution NiO-MgO and spinel (Ni,Mg)Al{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The promoted catalysts had higher oxygen permeation flux, better catalytic activity, and better resistance to carbon formation, which will be promising catalysts in the catalytic partial oxidation reforming of hot COG. 29 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Ultratough single crystal boron-doped diamond

    DOEpatents

    Hemley, Russell J [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC (United States); Mao, Ho-Kwang [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC (United States); Yan, Chih-Shiue [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC (United States); Liang, Qi [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC (United States)

    2015-05-05

    The invention relates to a single crystal boron doped CVD diamond that has a toughness of at least about 22 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention further relates to a method of manufacturing single crystal boron doped CVD diamond. The growth rate of the diamond can be from about 20-100 .mu.m/h.

  16. Doping explosive materials for neutron radiographic enhancement.

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    Golliher, K. G.

    1971-01-01

    Discussion of studies relating to the selection of doping materials of high neutron absorption usable for enhancing the neutron radiographic imaging of explosive mixtures, without interfering with the proper chemical reaction of the explosives. The results of the studies show that gadolinium oxide is an excellent material for doping explosive mixtures to enhance the neutron radiographic image.

  17. Dual vortex theory of doped Mott insulators

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    Balents, Leon; Sachdev, Subir

    2007-11-15

    We present a general framework for describing the quantum phases obtained by doping paramagnetic Mott insulators on the square lattice. The undoped insulators are efficiently characterized by the projective transformations of various fields under the square lattice space group (the PSG). We show that the PSG also imposes powerful constraints on the doped system, and on the effective action for the vortex and Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations of superconducting states. This action can also be extended across transitions to supersolid or insulating states at non-zero doping. For the case of a valence bond solid (VBS) insulator, we show that the doped system has the same PSG as that of elementary bosons with density equal to the density of electron Cooper pairs. We also discuss aspects of the action for a d-wave superconductor obtained by doping a 'staggered-flux' spin liquid state.

  18. Dual vortex theory of doped Mott insulators

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    Leon Balents; Subir Sachdev

    2006-12-08

    We present a general framework for describing the quantum phases obtained by doping paramagnetic Mott insulators on the square lattice. The undoped insulators are efficiently characterized by the projective transformations of various fields under the square lattice space group (the PSG). We show that the PSG also imposes powerful constraints on the doped system, and on the effective action for the vortex and Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations of superconducting states. This action can also be extended across transitions to supersolid or insulating states at nonzero doping. For the case of a valence bond solid (VBS) insulator, we show that the doped system has the same PSG as that of elementary bosons with density equal to the density of electron Cooper pairs. We also discuss aspects of the action for a d-wave superconductor obtained by doping a ``staggered-flux'' spin liquid state.

  19. [Cardiovascular alterations associated with doping].

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    Thieme, D; Büttner, A

    2015-05-01

    Doping -the abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids in particular- is widespread in amateur and recreational sports and does not solely represent a problem of professional sports. Excessive overdose of anabolic steroids is well documented in bodybuilding or powerlifting leading to significant side effects. Cardiovascular damages are most relevant next to adverse endocrine effects.Clinical cases as well as forensic investigations of fatalities or steroid consumption in connection with trafficking of doping agents provide only anecdotal evidence of correlations between side effects and substance abuse. Analytical verification and self-declarations of steroid users have repeatedly confirmed the presumption of weekly dosages between 300 and 2000 mg, extra to the fact that co-administration of therapeutics to treat side-effects represent a routine procedure. Beside the most frequent use of medications used to treat erectile dysfunction or estrogenic side-effects, a substantial number of antihypertensive drugs of various classes, i.e. beta-blockers, diuretics, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, calcium channel blockers, as well as ACE inhibitors were recently confiscated in relevant doping cases. The presumptive correlation between misuse of anabolic steroids and self-treatment of cardiovascular side effects was explicitly confirmed by detailed user statements.Two representative fatalities of bodybuilders were introduced to outline characteristic, often lethal side effects of excessive steroid abuse. Moreover, illustrative autopsy findings of steroid acne, thrombotic occlusion of Ramus interventricularis anterior and signs of cardiac infarctions are presented.A potential steroid abuse should be carefully considered in cases of medical consultations of patients exhibiting apparent constitutional modifications and corresponding adverse effects. Moreover, common self-medications -as frequently applied by steroid consumers- should be taken into therapeutic considerations. PMID:25828698

  20. Bismuth-doped tin telluride

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    Tamor, M. A.; Holloway, H.; Ager, R. M.; Gierczak, C. A.; Carter, R. O.

    1987-02-01

    By optimizing the growth conditions and doping with Bi, we have produced epitaxial layers of SnTe with hole concentration as low as 2.6×1018 cm-3. This is more than an order of magnitude less than the smallest carrier concentration reported for undoped bulk crystals (even with heat treatment to reduce the metal vacancy concentration). The hole mobility is found to depend somewhat on the Bi content. Measurements of the refractive index of low carrier concentration SnTe show very little dispersion for wavelengths up to 30 ?m.

  1. From Impurity Doping to Metallic Growth in Diffusion Doping: Properties and Structure of Silver-Doped InAs Nanocrystals.

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    Amit, Yorai; Li, Yuanyuan; Frenkel, Anatoly I; Banin, Uri

    2015-11-24

    Tuning of the electronic properties of presynthesized colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) by doping plays a key role in the prospect of implementing them in printed electronics devices such as transistors and photodetectors. While such impurity doping reactions have already been introduced, the understanding of the doping process, the nature of interaction between the impurity and host atoms, and the conditions affecting the solubility limit of impurities in nanocrystals are still unclear. Here, we used a postsynthesis diffusion-based doping reaction to introduce Ag impurities into InAs NCs. Optical absorption spectroscopy and analytical inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) were used to present a two-stage doping model consisting of a "doping region" and a "growth region", depending on the impurity to NC ratio in the reaction vessel. X-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) spectroscopy was employed to determine the impurity location and correlate between the structural and electronic properties for different sizes of InAs NCs and dopant concentrations. The resulting structural model describes a heterogeneous system where the impurities initially dope the NC, by substituting for In atoms near the surface of the NC, until the "solubility limit" is reached, after which the rapid growth and formation of metallic structures are identified. PMID:26390173

  2. Carbon doping of GaAs NWs

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    Salehzadeh Einabad, Omid

    Nanowires (NWs) have been proposed and demonstrated as the building blocks for nanoscale electronic and photonic devices such as NW field effect transistors and NW solar cells which rely on doping and trap-free carrier transport. Controlled doping of NWs and a high degree of structure and morphology control are required for device applications. However, doping of III-V nanowires such as GaAs nanowires has not been reported extensively in the literature. Carbon is a well known p-type dopant in planar GaAs due to its low diffusivity and high solubility in bulk GaAs; however its use as an intentional dopant in NW growth has not yet been investigated. In this work we studied the carbon doping of GaAs nanowires using CBr4 as the dopant source. Gold nanoparticles (NP) at the tip ofthe NWs have been used to drive the NW growth. We show that carbon doping suppresses the migration ofthe gold NPs from the tip of the NWs. In addition, we show that the carbon doping of GaAs NWs is accompanied by an increase of the axial growth rate and decrease of the lateral growth rate ofthe NWs. Carbon-doped GaAs NWs, unlike the undoped ones which are highly tapered, are rod-like. The origin of the observed morphological changes is attributed to the carbon adsorbates on the sidewalls ofthe nanowires which suppress the lateral growth of the nanowires and increase the diffusion length of the gallium adatoms on the sidewalls. Stacking fault formation consisting of alternating regIOns of zincblende and wurtzite structures has been commonly observed in NWs grown along the (111) direction. In this work, based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis, we show that carbon doping ofGaAs NWs eliminates the stacking fault formation. Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate the effects of carbon doping on the vibrational properties of the carbon-doped GaAs nanowires. Carbon doping shows a strong impact on the intrinsic longitudinal and transverse optical (La and TO) modes of the GaAs nanowires resulting in red-shifts and broadening of these modes. In addition we observed the appearance of a forbidden mode at the low energy side of the TO mode which has been activated by the breakdown of the Raman selection rule due to disorder introduced into the crystal by carbon impurities. In addition, Raman studies, consistent with TEM results, confirm that the doped NWs are free of stacking faults with pure zincblende crystal structure. This has been confirmed by the suppression ofthe wurtzite TO mode in the doped samples.

  3. Detonation nanodiamonds for doping Kevlar.

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    Comet, Marc; Pichot, Vincent; Siegert, Benny; Britz, Fabienne; Spitzer, Denis

    2010-07-01

    This paper reports on the first attempt to enclose diamond nanoparticles--produced by detonation--into a Kevlar matrix. A nanocomposite material (40 wt% diamond) was prepared by precipitation from an acidic solution of Kevlar containing dispersed nanodiamonds. In this material, the diamond nanoparticles (Ø = 4 nm) are entirely wrapped in a Kevlar layer about 1 nm thick. In order to understand the interactions between the nanodiamond surface and the polymer, the oxygenated surface functional groups of nanodiamond were identified and titrated by Boehm's method which revealed the exclusive presence of carboxyl groups (0.85 sites per nm2). The hydrogen interactions between these groups and the amide groups of Kevlar destroy the "rod-like" structure and the classical three-dimensional organization of this polymer. The distortion of Kevlar macromolecules allows the wrapping of nanodiamonds and leads to submicrometric assemblies, giving a cauliflower structure reminding a fractal object. Due to this structure, the macroscopic hardness of Kevlar doped by nanodiamonds (1.03 GPa) is smaller than the one of pure Kevlar (2.31 GPa). To our knowledge, this result is the first illustration of the change of the mechanical properties induced by doping the Kevlar with nanoparticles. PMID:21128413

  4. Does water dope carbon nanotubes?

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    Bell, Robert A.; Payne, Michael C.; Mostofi, Arash A.

    2014-10-28

    We calculate the long-range perturbation to the electronic charge density of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a result of the physisorption of a water molecule. We find that the dominant effect is a charge redistribution in the CNT due to polarisation caused by the dipole moment of the water molecule. The charge redistribution is found to occur over a length-scale greater than 30 Å, highlighting the need for large-scale simulations. By comparing our fully first-principles calculations to ones in which the perturbation due to a water molecule is treated using a classical electrostatic model, we estimate that the charge transfer between CNT and water is negligible (no more than 10{sup ?4}?e per water molecule). We therefore conclude that water does not significantly dope CNTs, a conclusion that is consistent with the poor alignment of the relevant energy levels of the water molecule and CNT. Previous calculations that suggest water n-dopes CNTs are likely due to the misinterpretation of Mulliken charge partitioning in small supercells.

  5. Planar doped barrier subharmonic mixers

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    Lee, T. H.; East, J. R.; Haddad, G. I.

    1992-01-01

    The Planar Doped Barrier (PDB) diode is a device consisting of a p(+) doping spike between two intrinsic layers and n(+) ohmic contacts. This device has the advantages of controllable barrier height, diode capacitance and forward to reverse current ratio. A symmetrically designed PDB has an anti-symmetric current vs. voltage characteristic and is ideal for use as millimeter wave subharmonic mixers. We have fabricated such devices with barrier heights of 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 volts from GaAs and InGaAs using a multijunction honeycomb structure with junction diameters between one and ten microns. Initial RF measurements are encouraging. The 0.7 volt barrier height 4 micron GaAs devices were tested as subharmonic mixers at 202 GHz with an IF frequency of 1 GHz and had 18 dB of conversion loss. The estimated mismatch loss was 7 dB and was due to higher diode capacitance. The LO frequency was 100.5 GHz and the pump power was 8 mW.

  6. IR-doped ruthenium oxide catalyst for oxygen evolution

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    Valdez, Thomas I. (Inventor); Narayanan, Sekharipuram R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A method for preparing a metal-doped ruthenium oxide material by heating a mixture of a doping metal and a source of ruthenium under an inert atmosphere. In some embodiments, the doping metal is in the form of iridium black or lead powder, and the source of ruthenium is a powdered ruthenium oxide. An iridium-doped or lead-doped ruthenium oxide material can perform as an oxygen evolution catalyst and can be fabricated into electrodes for electrolysis cells.

  7. FIFA's approach to doping in football

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    Dvorak, J; Graf?Baumann, T; D'Hooghe, M; Kirkendall, D; Taennler, H; Saugy, M

    2006-01-01

    Background and objectives FIFA's anti?doping strategy relies on education and prevention. A worldwide network of physicians guarantees doping control procedures that are straightforward and leave no place for cheating. FIFA actively acknowledges its responsibility to protect players from harm and ensure equal chances for all competitors by stringent doping control regulations, data collection of positive samples, support of research, and collaboration with other organisations. This article aims to outline FIFA's approach to doping in football. Method Description of FIFA's doping control regulations and procedures, statistical analysis of FIFA database on doping control, and comparison with data obtained by WADA accredited laboratories as for 2004. Results Data on positive doping samples per substance and confederation/nation documented at the FIFA medical office from 1994 to 2005 are provided. According to the FIFA database, the incidence of positive cases over the past 11 years was 0.12%, with about 0.42% in 2004 (based on the assumption of 20?750 samples per year) and 0.37% in 2005. Especially important in this regard is the extremely low incidence of the true performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids and stimulants. However, there is a need for more consistent data collection and cross checks among international anti?doping agencies as well as for further studies on specific substances, methods, and procedures. With regard to general health impairments in players, FIFA suggests that principles of occupational medicine should be considered and treatment with banned substances for purely medical reasons should be permitted to enable players to carry out their profession. At the same time, a firm stand has to be taken against suppression of symptoms by medication with the aim of meeting the ever increasing demands on football players. Conclusion Incidence of doping in football seems to be low, but much closer collaboration and further investigation is needed with regard to banned substances, detection methods, and data collection worldwide. PMID:16799099

  8. Influence of external magnetic field on thermophysical parameters of magnetic fluid based on aqueous hydrogen peroxide or ethylene glycol with a mixture of lanthanum manganite powder and toner printer cartridge

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    Zaripov, Jamshed; Borisov, Boris

    2014-08-01

    Heat transfer agent magnetic fluids based on aqueous solutions of hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of ethylene glycol with the powders of lanthanum manganite and the toner cartridge are considered. Experimental data on the effect produced by an external magnetic field on the characteristics of magnetic fluids and heat exchanger efficiency were analyzed. As the heat exchanger is considered flat-plate solar collector. The conclusion about the possibility of using the above technologies to improve the efficiency of heat exchangers.

  9. Ultraviolet Lasers Realized via Electrostatic Doping Method.

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    Liu, X Y; Shan, C X; Zhu, H; Li, B H; Jiang, M M; Yu, S F; Shen, D Z

    2015-01-01

    P-type doping of wide-bandgap semiconductors has long been a challenging issue for the relatively large activation energy and strong compensation of acceptor states in these materials, which hinders their applications in ultraviolet (UV) optoelectronic devices drastically. Here we show that by employing electrostatic doping method, hole-dominant region can be formed in wide bandgap semiconductors, and UV lasing has been achieved through the external injection of electrons into the hole-dominant region, confirming the applicability of the p-type wide bandgap semiconductors realized via the electrostatic doping method in optoelectronic devices. PMID:26324054

  10. Alternative medicine and doping in sports.

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    Koh, Benjamin; Freeman, Lynne; Zaslawski, Christopher

    2012-01-01

    Athletes are high achievers who may seek creative or unconventional methods to improve performance. The literature indicates that athletes are among the heaviest users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and thus may pioneer population trends in CAM use. Unlike non-athletes, athletes may use CAM not just for prevention, treatment or rehabilitation from illness or injuries, but also for performance enhancement. Assuming that athletes' creative use of anything unconventional is aimed at "legally" improving performance, CAM may be used because it is perceived as more "natural" and erroneously assumed as not potentially doping. This failure to recognise CAMs as pharmacological agents puts athletes at risk of inadvertent doping.The general position of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) is one of strict liability, an application of the legal proposition that ignorance is no excuse and the ultimate responsibility is on the athlete to ensure at all times whatever is swallowed, injected or applied to the athlete is both safe and legal for use. This means that a violation occurs whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly, used a prohibited substance/method or was negligent or otherwise at fault. Athletes are therefore expected to understand not only what is prohibited, but also what might potentially cause an inadvertent doping violation. Yet, as will be discussed, athlete knowledge on doping is deficient and WADA itself sometimes changes its position on prohibited methods or substances. The situation is further confounded by the conflicting stance of anti-doping experts in the media. These highly publicised disagreements may further portray inconsistencies in anti-doping guidelines and suggest to athletes that what is considered doping is dependent on the dominant political zeitgeist. Taken together, athletes may believe that unless a specific and explicit ruling is made, guidelines are open to interpretation. Therefore doping risk-taking behaviours may occur because of the potential financial, social and performance gains and the optimistically biased interpretation (that trying alternatives is part of the "spirit of sport") and doping risk-taking behaviours may occur.This discussion paper seeks to situate the reader in a world where elite level sports and CAM intersects. It posits that an understanding of the underlying motivation for CAM use and doping is currently lacking and that anti-doping rules need to be repositioned in the context of the emerging phenomenon and prevalence of CAM use. PMID:22905051

  11. Ultraviolet Lasers Realized via Electrostatic Doping Method

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    Liu, X. Y.; Shan, C. X.; Zhu, H.; Li, B. H.; Jiang, M. M.; Yu, S. F.; Shen, D. Z.

    2015-01-01

    P-type doping of wide-bandgap semiconductors has long been a challenging issue for the relatively large activation energy and strong compensation of acceptor states in these materials, which hinders their applications in ultraviolet (UV) optoelectronic devices drastically. Here we show that by employing electrostatic doping method, hole-dominant region can be formed in wide bandgap semiconductors, and UV lasing has been achieved through the external injection of electrons into the hole-dominant region, confirming the applicability of the p-type wide bandgap semiconductors realized via the electrostatic doping method in optoelectronic devices. PMID:26324054

  12. Nitrogen doping study in ingot niobium cavities

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    Dhakal, Pashupati; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Kneisel, Peter; Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Makita, Junki

    2015-09-01

    Thermal diffusion of nitrogen in niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities at temperature ~800 C has resulted in the increase in quality factor with a low-field Q-rise extending to Bp > 90 mT. However, the maximum accelerating gradient of these doped cavities often deteriorates below the values achieved by standard treatments prior to doping. Here, we present the results of the measurements on ingot niobium cavities doped with nitrogen at 800 C. The rf measurements were carried out after the successive electropolishing to remove small amount of material from the inner surface layer. The result showed higher breakdown field with lower quality factor as material removal increases.

  13. Nonuniform doping of graphene for plasmonic tapers

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    Rosolen, Gilles; Maes, Bjorn

    2015-01-01

    A numerical study of graphene plasmons (GPs) propagating along various doping profiles of the graphene sheet is proposed. We show that the GP reflection at an abrupt doping interface is a simple function of the doping difference, consistent with a Fresnel model. In addition, improved transmission is obtained with a tapered interface and we find an optimal size for the transition zone. By considering localized inhomogeneities we describe a Fabry-Perot type cavity leading to an absorption above 60%. Furthermore, an alternative design of a 6 nm length cavity is proposed achieving 100% absorption. These results may lead to novel optical switches, circuits or nano-sensors.

  14. A simulation analysis of performance of both implanted doping and in situ doping ETSOI PMOSFETs

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    Shuai, Feng; Lichuan, Zhao; Qingzhu, Zhang; Pengpeng, Yang; Zhaoyun, Tang; Cinan, Wu; Jiang, Yan

    2015-04-01

    Extremely thin silicon on insulator p-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (PMOSFETs) with implanted doping and in situ doping are analyzed by TCAD simulation. The critical characteristic parameters acquired by TCAD simulation are compared with each other to analyze their electrical performance. The saturated driven currents of implanted doping devices with a 25 nm gate length (Lg) are about 200 ?A/?m bigger than the in situ doping devices at the same saturated threshold voltage (Vtsat). Meanwhile the drain-induced barrier lowering (DIBL) and saturated subthreshold swings for implanted doping devices are also 30-50 mV/V and 6.3-9.1 mV/dec smaller than those of in situ doping devices at 25 nm Lg and a 9-11 nm thickness of SOI (Tsi), respectively. The shift of Vtsat with Tsi for in situ doping devices with 15 nm Lg is -31.8 mV/nm, whereas that for in situ doping devices is only -6.8 mV/nm. These outcomes indicate that the devices with implanted doping can produce a more advanced and stable electrical performance. Project supported by the Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  15. Electrostatic doping in oxide heterostructures

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    Lee, Jaekwang; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2008-03-01

    Recent experiments on perovskite heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy or pulsed laser deposition suggest the possibility of creating high mobility two dimensional electron gas at the oxide/oxide interface. However, the origin of charge in these insulating materials is still not clear and deemed controversial. We report a first-principles study of SrTiO3/LaAlO3 heterostructures using density functional theory at the LDA+U level. We consider the energetics and electronic structure of the junction, while focusing on the role of electrostatics. Our results suggest that a complex balance of the crystal filed, Jahn-Teller effect, lattice dynamics and internal electric field result in the robust electrostatic doping for carefully chosen thickness of the polar oxide. We explore the possible uses of this effect in other oxide-based heterostructures.

  16. Erbium-doped aluminophosphosilicate optical fibres

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    Likhachev, M E; Bubnov, M M; Zotov, K V; Medvedkov, O I; Lipatov, D S; Yashkov, M V; Gur'yanov, Aleksei N

    2010-09-10

    We have studied the active properties of erbium-doped aluminophosphosilicate (APS) core fibres in wide ranges of erbia, alumina and phosphorus pentoxide concentrations. The absorption and luminescence spectra of the P{sub 2}O{sub 5}- or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-enriched erbium-doped APS fibres are shown to be similar to those of the erbium-doped fibres singly doped with phosphorus pentoxide or alumina, respectively. The formation of AlPO{sub 4} in APS fibres leads not only to a reduction in the refractive index of the glass but also to a marked increase in Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} solubility in silica. (optical fibres)

  17. Controlled doping of graphene using ultraviolet irradiation

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    Luo Zhengtang; Pinto, Nicholas J.; Davila, Yarely; Charlie Johnson, A. T.

    2012-06-18

    The electronic properties of graphene are tunable via doping, making it attractive in low dimensional organic electronics. Common methods of doping graphene, however, adversely affect charge mobility and degrade device performance. We demonstrate a facile shadow mask technique of defining electrodes on graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) thereby eliminating the use of detrimental chemicals needed in the corresponding lithographic process. Further, we report on the controlled, effective, and reversible doping of graphene via ultraviolet (UV) irradiation with minimal impact on charge mobility. The change in charge concentration saturates at {approx}2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} cm{sup -2} and the quantum yield is {approx}10{sup -5} e/photon upon initial UV exposure. This simple and controlled strategy opens the possibility of doping wafer-size CVD graphene for diverse applications.

  18. The psychology behind doping in sport.

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    Ehrnborg, Christer; Rosén, Thord

    2009-08-01

    Drugs and methods to improve physical performance among athletes have been used since the beginning of sport history, but the use of performance enhancing drugs has not always been regarded as cheating. In short, the motives for doping are improving and maintaining physical functioning, coping with the social/psychological pressures and striving for social and psychological goals, including economic benefits. Factors such as, "doping dilemma", "win at all costs", cost versus benefit, and the specificity of some specific doping agents, also play major roles. It seems that action on the athletes' attitude about the achievement of physical improvement and creating effective methods to reveal the drug abuse, are two main ways in winning the struggle against doping. PMID:19477668

  19. Transport properties of polycrystalline boron doped diamond

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    de Oliveira, J. R.; Berengue, O. M.; Moro, J.; Ferreira, N. G.; Chiquito, A. J.; Baldan, M. R.

    2014-08-01

    The influence of doping level in the electronic conductivity and resistivity properties of synthetic diamond films grown by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) was investigated. Eight different doping level concentrations varied from 500 to 30,000 ppm were considered. The polycrystalline morphology observed by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectra was strongly affected by the addition of boron. The electric characterization by Hall effect as a function of temperature and magnetic field showed that at sufficiently low temperatures, electrical conduction is dominated by variable range hopping (VRH) conducting process. The resistivity was also investigated by temperature-dependent transport measurements in order to investigate the conduction mechanism in the doped samples. The samples exhibited the VRH (m = 1/4) mechanism in the temperature range from 77 to 300 K. The interface between metal, and our HFCVD diamond was also investigated for the lower doped samples.

  20. Doping Scheme of Semiconducting Atomic Chains

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    Toshishige, Yamada; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Atomic chains, precise structures of atomic scale created on an atomically regulated substrate surface, are candidates for future electronics. A doping scheme for intrinsic semiconducting Mg chains is considered. In order to suppress the unwanted Anderson localization and minimize the deformation of the original band shape, atomic modulation doping is considered, which is to place dopant atoms beside the chain periodically. Group I atoms are donors, and group VI or VII atoms are acceptors. As long as the lattice constant is long so that the s-p band crossing has not occurred, whether dopant atoms behave as donors or acceptors is closely related to the energy level alignment of isolated atomic levels. Band structures are calculated for Br-doped (p-type) and Cs-doped (n-type) Mg chains using the tight-binding theory with universal parameters, and it is shown that the band deformation is minimized and only the Fermi energy position is modified.

  1. Charge neutrality in heavily doped emitters

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    del Alamo, J. A.

    1981-09-01

    The applicability of the quasi-neutrality approximation to modern emitters of solar cells is analytically reviewed. It is shown that this approximation is fulfilled in more than 80 percent of the depth of a typical solar-cell emitter, being particularly excellent in the heavily doped regions beneath the surface where most of the heavy doping effects arise. The conclusions presented are in conflict with Redfield's recent (1979, 1980) affirmations.

  2. Epitaxial Deposition Of Germanium Doped With Gallium

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    Huffman, James E.

    1994-01-01

    Epitaxial layers of germanium doped with gallium made by chemical vapor deposition. Method involves combination of techniques and materials used in chemical vapor deposition with GeH4 or GeCl4 as source of germanium and GaCl3 as source of gallium. Resulting epitaxial layers of germanium doped with gallium expected to be highly pure, with high crystalline quality. High-quality material useful in infrared sensors.

  3. Hole transport in pure and doped hematite

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    Liao, Peilin; Carter, Emily A.

    2012-07-01

    Hematite (?-Fe2O3) is a promising candidate for use in photovoltaic (PV) and photoelectrochemical devices. Its poor conductivity is one major drawback. Doping hematite either p-type or n-type greatly enhances its measured conductivity and is required for potential p-n junctions in PVs. Here, we study hole transport in pure and doped hematite using an electrostatically embedded cluster model with ab initio quantum mechanics (unrestricted Hartree-Fock theory). Consistent with previous work, the model suggests that hole hopping is via oxygen anions for pure hematite. The activation energy for hole mobility is predicted to be at least 0.1 eV higher than the activation energy for electron mobility, consistent with the trend observed in experiments. We examine four dopants—magnesium(II), nickel(II), copper(II), and manganese(II/III) in direct cation substitution sites—to gain insight into the mechanism by which conductivity is improved. The activation energies are used to assess qualitative effects of different dopants. The hole carriers are predicted to be attracted to O anions near the dopants. The magnitude of the trapping effect is similar among the four dopants in their +2 oxidation states. The multivalent character of Mn doping facilitates local hole transport around Mn centers via a low-barrier O-Mn-O pathway, which suggests that higher hole mobility can be achieved with increasing Mn doping concentration, especially when a network of these low-barrier pathways is produced. Our results suggest that the experimentally observed conductivity increase in Mg-, Ni-, and Cu-doped p-type hematite is mostly due to an increase in hole carriers rather than improved mobility, and that Mg-, Ni-, and Cu-doping perform similarly, while the conductivity of Mn-doped hematite might be significantly improved in the high doping concentration limit.

  4. Enhanced Casimir effect for doped graphene

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    M. Bordag; I. Fialkovsky; D. Vassilevich

    2015-07-30

    We analyze the Casimir interaction of doped graphene. To this end we derive a simple expression for the finite temperature polarization tensor with a chemical potential. It is found that doping leads to a strong enhancement of the Casimir force reaching almost $60\\%$ in quite realistic situations. This result should be important for planning and interpreting the Casimir measurements, especially taking into account that the Casimir interaction of undoped graphene is rather weak.

  5. Enhanced Casimir effect for doped graphene

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    Bordag, M; Vassilevich, D

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the Casimir interaction of doped graphene. To this end we derive a simple expression for the finite temperature polarization tensor with a chemical potential. It is found that doping leads to a strong enhancement of the Casimir force reaching almost $60\\%$ in quite realistic situations. This result should be important for planning and interpreting the Casimir measurements, especially taking into account that the Casimir interaction of undoped graphene is rather weak.

  6. Preparation of nitrogen-doped carbon tubes

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    Chung, Hoon Taek; Zelenay, Piotr

    2015-12-22

    A method for synthesizing nitrogen-doped carbon tubes involves preparing a solution of cyanamide and a suitable transition metal-containing salt in a solvent, evaporating the solvent to form a solid, and pyrolyzing the solid under an inert atmosphere under conditions suitable for the production of nitrogen-doped carbon tubes from the solid. Pyrolyzing for a shorter period of time followed by rapid cooling resulted in a tubes with a narrower average diameter.

  7. Detection of EPO gene doping in blood.

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    Neuberger, Elmo W I; Jurkiewicz, Magdalena; Moser, Dirk A; Simon, Perikles

    2012-11-01

    Gene doping--or the abuse of gene therapy--will continue to threaten the sports world. History has shown that progress in medical research is likely to be abused in order to enhance human performance. In this review, we critically discuss the progress and the risks associated with the field of erythropoietin (EPO) gene therapy and its applicability to EPO gene doping. We present typical vector systems that are employed in ex vivo and in vivo gene therapy trials. Due to associated risks, gene doping is not a feasible alternative to conventional EPO or blood doping at this time. Nevertheless, it is well described that about half of the elite athlete population is in principle willing to risk its health to gain a competitive advantage. This includes the use of technologies that lack safety approval. Sophisticated detection approaches are a prerequisite for prevention of unapproved and uncontrolled use of gene therapy technology. In this review, we present current detection approaches for EPO gene doping, with a focus on blood-based direct and indirect approaches. Gene doping is detectable in principle, and recent DNA-based detection strategies enable long-term detection of transgenic DNA (tDNA) following in vivo gene transfer. PMID:22508654

  8. Current strategies of blood doping detection.

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    Pottgiesser, Torben; Schumacher, Yorck Olaf

    2013-12-01

    During the last 30 years, the artificial increase of red blood cell volume ("blood doping") has changed the level of performance in all endurance sports. Many doping scandals have shown the extent of the problem. The detection of blood doping relies on two different approaches: the direct detection of exogenous manipulating substances (erythropoietic stimulants) or red cells (homologous transfusion) and the indirect detection, where not the doping substance or technique itself, but its effect on certain biomarkers is measured. Whereas direct detection using standard laboratory procedures such as isoelectric focusing can identify erythropoietic stimulants, homologous blood transfusion is identified through mismatches in minor blood group antigens by flow cytometry. Indirect methods such as the athlete biological passport are the only means to detect autologous transfusion and may also be used for the detection of erythropoietic stimulants or homologous transfusion. New techniques to unmask blood doping include the use of high-throughput 'omics' technologies (proteomics/metabolomics) and the combination of different biomarkers with the help of mathematical approaches. Future strategies should aim at improving the use of the available data and resources by applying pattern recognition algorithms to recognize suspicious athletes and, on the basis of these findings, use the appropriate testing method. Different types of information should be combined in the quest for a forensic approach to anti-doping. PMID:23934350

  9. Doping in sport: effects, harm and misconceptions.

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    Birzniece, V

    2015-03-01

    Doping in sport is a widespread problem not just among elite athletes, but even more so in recreational sports. In scientific literature, major emphasis is placed on doping detection, whereas detrimental effects of doping agents on athletes' health are seldom discussed. Androgenic anabolic steroids are well known for their positive effects on muscle mass and strength. Human growth hormone also increases muscle mass, although the majority of that is an increase in extracellular fluid and not the functional muscle mass. In recreational athletes, growth hormone does not have major effect on muscle strength, power or aerobic capacity, but stimulates anaerobic exercise capacity. Erythropoietin administration increases oxygen-carrying capacity of blood improving endurance measures, whereas systemic administration of beta-adrenergic agonists may have positive effect on sprint capacity, and beta-adrenergic antagonists reduce muscle tremor. Thus, there are certain drugs that can improve selective aspects of physical performance. However, most of the doping agents exert serious side-effects, especially when used in combination, at high doses and for a long duration. The extent of long-term health consequences is difficult to predict, but likely to be substantial, especially when gene doping is considered. This review summarises the main groups of doping agents used by athletes, with the main focus on their effects on athletic performance and adverse effects. PMID:25369881

  10. Synthesis and electrochemical characterizations of La doped nano-size LiCo0.2Ni0.8O2 cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Arumugam, D.; Paruthimal Kalaignan, G.; Vediappan, K.; Lee, C. W.

    2010-07-01

    The LiLaxCo0.20-xNi0.80O2, where x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10 cathode materials for rechargeable lithium ion batteries were synthesized by simple sol-gel technique using aqueous solutions of metal nitrates and polyvinyl alcohol. The gel precursors were dried in vacuum oven for 12 h at 120 °C. After drying, the gel precursors were ground and heated at 800 °C. The structural characterization was carried out by X-ray powder diffraction. The sample exhibited a well-defined hexagonal layered structure. Surface morphology and particle size of the synthesized materials was determined by scanning electron microscope and transmittance electron microscope and it was found that the cathode materials consisted of highly-ordered single crystalline particles with layered structure. Electrochemical properties were characterized by the assembled test cells using galvanostatic charge/discharge studies which were carried out at a current rate 0.1 C at potential range of 2.75 to 4.5 V. Among them, lanthanum doped LiLa0.03Co0.17Ni0.80O2 has improved the structural stability, high reversible capacity and excellent electrochemical performance of rechargeable lithium batteries.

  11. Method of making molecularly doped composite polymer material

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    Affinito, John D. (Tucson, AZ) [Tucson, AZ; Martin, Peter M. (Kennewick, WA) [Kennewick, WA; Graff, Gordon L. (West Richland, WA) [West Richland, WA; Burrows, Paul E. (Kennewick, WA) [Kennewick, WA; Gross, Mark E. (Pasco, WA), Sapochak, Linda S. (Henderson, NV)

    2005-06-21

    A method of making a composite polymer of a molecularly doped polymer. The method includes mixing a liquid polymer precursor with molecular dopant forming a molecularly doped polymer precursor mixture. The molecularly doped polymer precursor mixture is flash evaporated forming a composite vapor. The composite vapor is cryocondensed on a cool substrate forming a composite molecularly doped polymer precursor layer, and the cryocondensed composite molecularly doped polymer precursor layer is cross linked thereby forming a layer of the composite polymer layer of the molecularly doped polymer.

  12. Field Evaporation of Grounded Arsenic Doped Silicon Clusters

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    Deng, Zexiang; She, Juncong; Li, Zhibing; Wang, Weiliang; Chen, Qiang

    2015-08-01

    We have investigated the field evaporation of grounded arsenic (As) doped silicon (Si) clusters composed of 52 atoms with density functional theory (DFT) to mimic Si nano structures of hundreds of nanometers long standing on a substrate. Six cluster structures with different As doping concentrations and dopant locations are studied. The critical evaporation electric fields are found to be lower for clusters with higher doping concentrations and doping sites closer to the surface. We attribute the difference to the difference in binding energies corresponding to the different As-doping concentrations and to the doping locations. Our theoretical study could shed light on the stability of nano apexes under high electric field.

  13. Reporting doping in sport: national level athletes' perceptions of their role in doping prevention.

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    Whitaker, L; Backhouse, S H; Long, J

    2014-12-01

    This paper qualitatively explores national level athletes' willingness to report doping in sport. Following ethical approval, semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine national level athletes from rugby league (n?=?5) and track and field athletics (n?=?4). Thematic analysis established the main themes within the data. Contextual differences existed around the role that athletes perceived they would play if they became aware of doping. Specifically, track and field athletes would adopt the role of a whistle-blower and report individuals who were doping in their sport. In comparison, the rugby league players highlighted a moral dilemma. Despite disagreeing with their teammates' actions, the players would adhere to a code of silence and refrain from reporting doping. Taking these findings into account, prevention programs might focus on changing broader group and community norms around doping. In doing so, community members' receptivity to prevention messages may increase. Moreover, developing skills to intervene (e.g., speaking out against social norms that support doping behavior) or increasing awareness of reporting lines could enhance community responsibility for doping prevention. In sum, the findings highlight the need to consider the context of sport and emphasize that a one-size-fits-all approach to anti-doping is problematic. PMID:24673128

  14. Doping and musculoskeletal system: short-term and long-lasting effects of doping agents.

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    Nikolopoulos, Dimitrios D; Spiliopoulou, Chara; Theocharis, Stamatios E

    2011-10-01

    Doping is a problem that has plagued the world of competition and sports for ages. Even before the dawn of Olympic history in ancient Greece, competitors have looked for artificial means to improve athletic performance. Since ancient times, athletes have attempted to gain an unfair competitive advantage through the use of doping substances. A Prohibited List of doping substances and methods banned in sports is published yearly by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Among the substances included are steroidal and peptide hormones and their modulators, stimulants, glucocorticosteroids, ??-agonists, diuretics and masking agents, narcotics, and cannabinoids. Blood doping, tampering, infusions, and gene doping are examples of prohibited methods indicated on the List. Apart from the unethical aspect of doping, as it abrogates fair-play's principle, it is extremely important to consider the hazards it presents to the health and well-being of athletes. The referred negative effects for the athlete's health have to do, on the one hand, by the high doses of the performance-enhancing agents and on the other hand, by the relentless, superhuman strict training that the elite or amateur athletes put their muscles, bones, and joints. The purpose of this article is to highlight the early and the long-lasting consequences of the doping abuse on bone and muscle metabolism. PMID:21039821

  15. Lanthanum-rich fluorbritholite-(Ce) from young alkaline volcanic rock of Eifel (Germany) and its crystal structure. Cation ordering in britholites

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    Zubkova, N. V.; Chukanov, N. V.; Pekov, I. V.; Schäfer, C.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Pushcharovsky, D. Yu.

    2015-09-01

    Structure (R=0.0213) of lanthanum-rich fluorbritholite (Ce) [(Ce2.47La2.31Nd0.22Pr0.13Y0.07)5.20Ca4.20Th0.27Mn0.19Sr0.09]9.95(Si5.37P0.63)6O24.16F1.95 from sanidinite in Laacher See, Eifel, Germany was studied on a monocrystal. The structure [space group P63/m, a = 9.58949 (13), c = 7.0289 (11) Å, V = 559.770 (14)Å3] is identical to structures of members of apatite supergroup. Relationships of major cations in polyhedra M(1)O9 = (Ca0.6 REE 0.4), and in polyhedral M(2)O6F = ( REE 0.7Ca0.3). Substantial structural order M(1) and M(2) is defined, simplified structural formula: (Ca, LREE)2( LREE,Ca)3(SiO4)3F. Analysis of data on crystal chemistry of britholite was carried out. It was demonstrated that distribution of cations on M(1)and M(2)-positions is always characteristic of partial structural order. Clear tendency of LREE concentration in M(2) position was noted.

  16. Establishing ecological reference conditions and tracking post-application effectiveness of lanthanum-saturated bentonite clay (Phoslock®) for reducing phosphorus in aquatic systems: an applied paleolimnological approach.

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    Moos, M T; Taffs, K H; Longstaff, B J; Ginn, B K

    2014-08-01

    Innovative management strategies for nutrient enrichment of freshwater are important in the face of this increasing global problem, however many strategies are not assessed over long enough time periods to establish effectiveness. Paleolimnological techniques using diatoms as biological indicators were utilized to establish ecological reference conditions, environmental variation, and the effectiveness of lanthanum-saturated bentonite clay (brand name: Phoslock(®)) applied to reduce water column phosphorus (P) concentrations in four waterbodies in Ontario, Canada, and eastern Australia. In sediment cores from the two Canadian sites, there were short-lived changes to diatom assemblages, relative to inferred background conditions, and a temporary reduction in both measured and diatom-inferred total phosphorus (TP) before returning to pre-application conditions (particularly in the urban stormwater management pond which has a high flushing rate and responds rapidly to precipitation and surface run-off). The two Australian sites (a sewage treatment pond and a shallow recreational lake), recorded no reduction in diatom-inferred TP. Based on our pre-application environmental reconstruction, changes to the diatom assemblages and diatom-inferred TP appeared to be driven by larger, climatic factors. While laboratory tests involving this product showed sharp reductions in water column TP, management strategies require detailed information on pre-application environmental conditions and variations in order to accurately assess the effectiveness of new technologies for lake management. PMID:24768837

  17. Effects of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Compared to Lanthanum Carbonate and Sevelamer Carbonate on Phosphate Homeostasis and Vascular Calcifications in a Rat Model of Chronic Kidney Failure.

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    Phan, Olivier; Maillard, Marc; Malluche, Hartmut H; Stehle, Jean-Christophe; Funk, Felix; Burnier, Michel

    2015-01-01

    Elevated serum phosphorus, calcium, and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) levels are associated with cardiovascular disease in chronic renal disease. This study evaluated the effects of sucroferric oxyhydroxide (PA21), a new iron-based phosphate binder, versus lanthanum carbonate (La) and sevelamer carbonate (Se), on serum FGF23, phosphorus, calcium, and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) concentrations, and the development of vascular calcification in adenine-induced chronic renal failure (CRF) rats. After induction of CRF, renal function was significantly impaired in all groups: uremic rats developed severe hyperphosphatemia, and serum iPTH increased significantly. All uremic rats (except controls) then received phosphate binders for 4 weeks. Hyperphosphatemia and increased serum iPTH were controlled to a similar extent in all phosphate binder-treatment groups. Only sucroferric oxyhydroxide was associated with significantly decreased FGF23. Vascular calcifications of the thoracic aorta were decreased by all three phosphate binders. Calcifications were better prevented at the superior part of the thoracic and abdominal aorta in the PA21 treated rats. In adenine-induced CRF rats, sucroferric oxyhydroxide was as effective as La and Se in controlling hyperphosphatemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, and vascular calcifications. The role of FGF23 in calcification remains to be confirmed. PMID:26221597

  18. Effects of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Compared to Lanthanum Carbonate and Sevelamer Carbonate on Phosphate Homeostasis and Vascular Calcifications in a Rat Model of Chronic Kidney Failure

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    Phan, Olivier; Maillard, Marc; Malluche, Hartmut H.; Stehle, Jean-Christophe; Funk, Felix; Burnier, Michel

    2015-01-01

    Elevated serum phosphorus, calcium, and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) levels are associated with cardiovascular disease in chronic renal disease. This study evaluated the effects of sucroferric oxyhydroxide (PA21), a new iron-based phosphate binder, versus lanthanum carbonate (La) and sevelamer carbonate (Se), on serum FGF23, phosphorus, calcium, and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) concentrations, and the development of vascular calcification in adenine-induced chronic renal failure (CRF) rats. After induction of CRF, renal function was significantly impaired in all groups: uremic rats developed severe hyperphosphatemia, and serum iPTH increased significantly. All uremic rats (except controls) then received phosphate binders for 4 weeks. Hyperphosphatemia and increased serum iPTH were controlled to a similar extent in all phosphate binder-treatment groups. Only sucroferric oxyhydroxide was associated with significantly decreased FGF23. Vascular calcifications of the thoracic aorta were decreased by all three phosphate binders. Calcifications were better prevented at the superior part of the thoracic and abdominal aorta in the PA21 treated rats. In adenine-induced CRF rats, sucroferric oxyhydroxide was as effective as La and Se in controlling hyperphosphatemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, and vascular calcifications. The role of FGF23 in calcification remains to be confirmed. PMID:26221597

  19. Doping of Semiconducting Atomic Chains

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    Toshishige, Yamada; Kutler, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    Due to the rapid progress in atom manipulation technology, atomic chain electronics would not be a dream, where foreign atoms are placed on a substrate to form a chain, and its electronic properties are designed by controlling the lattice constant d. It has been shown theoretically that a Si atomic chain is metallic regardless of d and that a Mg atomic chain is semiconducting or insulating with a band gap modified with d. For electronic applications, it is essential to establish a method to dope a semiconducting chain, which is to control the Fermi energy position without altering the original band structure. If we replace some of the chain atoms with dopant atoms randomly, the electrons will see random potential along the chain and will be localized strongly in space (Anderson localization). However, if we replace periodically, although the electrons can spread over the chain, there will generally appear new bands and band gaps reflecting the new periodicity of dopant atoms. This will change the original band structure significantly. In order to overcome this dilemma, we may place a dopant atom beside the chain at every N lattice periods (N > 1). Because of the periodic arrangement of dopant atoms, we can avoid the unwanted Anderson localization. Moreover, since the dopant atoms do not constitute the chain, the overlap interaction between them is minimized, and the band structure modification can be made smallest. Some tight-binding results will be discussed to demonstrate the present idea.

  20. Doping concentration Ndop [cm 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019

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    the extrapolation of the lifetime data measured on Al-doped Czochralski-grown silicon wafers. Device simulations traditionally assumed. INTRODUCTION Very low carrier lifetimes are typically measured in Al- doped Czochralski