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  1. The Physics of Sol-Gel Derived Ferroelectric Thin Film PZT

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    Melnick, Bradley Michael

    Initial examination of a simple Auger depth profile reveals that thin film, pure lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is intrinsically a layered structure. Oxygen vacancies at the electrode interfaces create an n-type region in a normally p-type material by contributing electrons into the conduction band. Therefore, such measurable effects as the polarization versus applied field (hysteresis), and the dielectric constant versus applied field are all thickness dependent via a space charge effect on the surface of the material. M. E. Lines has suggested that the decay in switching polarization (fatigue) of barium titanate is linked to a build up of a space charge layer near the surface region. Although no specifics as to the source of the space charge layer (electronic or ionic) are given, it is implied that the space charge layer does inhibit switching due to an interaction with the domain nuclei. Therefore, it is plausible that degradation of the remnant polarization in PZT may also be connected with a surface layer. The implication from the above discussion is that thin film ferroelectric materials, such as sol-gel derived PZT, are intrinsically layered structures. This thesis involves the study of ferroelectric PZT synthesized via a solution-gelation technique (sol -gel). Using a reproducible and stable liquid solution, thin films are made by spinning droplets of the metalorganic liquid onto a substrate. The thin layers are then dried and annealed in order to form perovskite phase ferroelectric PZT capacitors for testing. A testing methodology is presented in order to test the capacitors unambiguous of artifacts due to the integration process. Capacitance versus voltage (CV), true DC leakage current, switching curve and hysteresis curve data is analyzed in order to examine the unique properties of the thin film ferroelectric. CV analysis indicates that a depletion region exists near the surface of the ferroelectric capacitor. The depletion region is found to dominate

  2. Sol-gel derived sorbents

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    Sigman, Michael E.; Dindal, Amy B.

    2003-11-11

    Described is a method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles for the production of copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent material. The method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles comprises adding a basic solution to an aqueous metal alkoxide mixture for a pH.ltoreq.8 to hydrolyze the metal alkoxides. Then, allowing the mixture to react at room temperature for a precalculated period of time for the mixture to undergo an increased in viscosity to obtain a desired pore size and surface area. The copolymerized mixture is then added to an immiscible, nonpolar solvent that has been heated to a sufficient temperature wherein the copolymerized mixture forms a solid upon the addition. The solid is recovered from the mixture, and is ready for use in an active sampling trap or activated for use in a passive sampling trap.

  3. Sol-Gel Derived Hafnia Coatings

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    Feldman, Jay D.; Stackpoole, Mairead; Blum, Yigal; Sacks, Michael; Ellerby, Don; Johnson, Sylvia M.; Venkatapathy, Ethiras (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Sol-gel derived hafnia coatings are being developed to provide an oxidation protection layer on ultra-high temperature ceramics for potential use in turbine engines (ultra-efficient engine technology being developed by NASA). Coatings using hafnia sol hafnia filler particles will be discussed along with sol synthesis and characterization.

  4. Sol-gel derived ? thin films on GaAs

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    Arscott, S.; Smith, N.; Kurchania, R.; Milne, S. J.; Miles, R. E.

    1998-02-01

    Sol-gel derived thin films of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) have been fabricated on a platinized GaAs substrate using a propane-1,3-diol based sol-gel route. PZT can be used as the piezoelectric component in bulk acoustic wave devices for monolithic microwave integrated circuit applications. A 100 nm silicon nitride buffer layer was deposited onto the GaAs by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition in order to prevent gallium and arsenic outdiffusion during film fabrication. Rapid thermal processing (RTP) techniques were employed to decompose thermally the sol-gel layer to PZT in a further effort to minimize problems of gallium and arsenic outdiffusion. Adhesion between the bottom electrode and substrate was found to improve when an intermediate titanium layer deposited between the platinum and silicon nitride was oxidized prior to deposition of the platinum electrode. A crystalline PZT film was produced on the 0268-1242/13/2/016/img9 substrate configuration by firing the sol-gel coating at 0268-1242/13/2/016/img10C for 10 s using RTP. A single deposition of sol resulted in a film having a thickness of 0268-1242/13/2/016/img11. Ferroelectric hysteresis measurements yielded average values of remanant polarization and coercive field of 0268-1242/13/2/016/img12 and 0268-1242/13/2/016/img13 respectively.

  5. Sol-gel derived PZT films doped with vanadium pentoxide

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    Shen Hongfang; Guo Qing; Zhao Zhiman; Cao Guozhong

    2009-11-15

    The present research investigated the sol-gel preparation, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PZT films doped with 5 mol% vanadium oxide. Stable PZTV sols can be readily formed, and homogeneous, micrometer thick and pinhole-free PZTV films were obtained by using spin coating followed with rapid annealing. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that no parasitic or secondary phases were formed in the sol-gel PZT films with the addition of vanadium oxide. The material doped with vanadium pentoxide showed enhanced dielectric constant and remanent polarization with reduced loss tangent and coercive field.

  6. Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-gel Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics

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    Simspon, R L; Satcher, J H; Gash, A

    2004-06-10

    It was demonstrated that highly porous sol-gel derived iron (III) oxide materials could be reduced to sub-micron-sized metallic iron by heating the materials to intermediate temperatures in a hydrogen atmosphere. Through a large number of experiments complete reduction of the sol-gel based materials was realized with a variety of hydrogen-based atmospheres (25-100% H{sub 2} in Ar, N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, or CO) at intermediate temperatures (350 C to 700 C). All of the resulting sol-gel-derived metallic iron powders were ignitable by thermal methods, however none were pyrophoric. For comparison several types of commercial micron sized iron oxides Fe2O3, and NANOCAT were also reduced under identical conditions. All resulting materials were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). In addition, the reduction of the iron oxide materials was monitored by TGA. In general the sol-gel materials were more rapidly reduced to metallic iron and the resulting iron powders had smaller particle sizes and were more easily oxidized than the metallic powders derived from the micron sized materials. The lack of pyrophoricity of the smaller fine metallic powders was unexpected and may in part be due to impurities in the materials that create a passivation layer on the iron. Several recommendations for future study directions on this project are detailed.

  7. Sol Gel-Derived SBA-16 Mesoporous Material

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    Rivera-Muñoz, Eric M.; Huirache-Acuña, Rafael

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this article is to review current knowledge related to the synthesis and characterization of sol gel-derived SBA-16 mesoporous silicas, as well as a review of the state of the art in this issue, to take stock of knowledge about current and future applications. The ease of the method of preparation, the orderly structure, size and shape of their pores and control, all these achievable through simple changes in the method of synthesis, makes SBA-16 a very versatile material, potentially applicable in many areas of science and molecular engineering of materials. PMID:20957080

  8. Highly reliable bipolar resistive switching in sol-gel derived lanthanum-doped PbTiO3 thin film: Coupling with ferroelectricity?

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    Wang, Ying; Chen, Wei-Jin; Zhang, Xiao-Yue; Ma, Wen-Jing; Wang, Biao; Zheng, Yue

    2014-08-01

    Nanoscale Pb x La1- x Ti1- x/4O3 (PLT) thin film has been fabricated on PtTiSiO2Si substrates by chemical solution deposition (CSD) method. Ferroelectricity of the fresh-made PLT thin film has been clearly detected through piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) by writing reversible ferroelectric domains. However, PLT thin film also shows off-standard ferroelectric hysteresis loops highly dependent on frequency, indicating large amount of mobile space charges in the film. Subsequent current-voltage (C-V) studies show that sandwich-like PtPLTPt structure exhibits notable bipolar resistive switching (BRS) characteristics with high stability (> 103 switching cycles). It is found that the C-V curves of both high- and low-resistance states have the feature of space-charge-limited current (SCLC) conduction, indicating important roles of defects in the conduction. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement further verifies that oxygen vacancies based conductive filament mechanism is likely responsible for the observed RS effect. Our demonstration of stable RS effect in the PLT thin film and its possible coupling with ferroelectricity is promising in device development and applications, such as development of ferroelectric-tunable RS memories.

  9. Granulation of sol-gel-derived nanostructured alumina

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    Deng, S.G.; Lin, Y.S.

    1997-02-01

    A sol-gel granulation process was developed to prepare porous nanostructured {gamma}-alumina granules as supports for catalysts and adsorbents. The process, which starts with an aqueous sol of gelatinous boehmite, involves droplet formation, gelation in paraffin oil, conditioning in ammonia solution, and drying and calcination in air under controlled conditions. The {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} granules prepared are 1--3 mm-dia. spherical particles with large surface area (380 m{sup 2}/g) and pore volume (0.5 cm{sup 3}/g), uniform pore-size distribution (20--60 {angstrom}), and controllable average pore size (35 {angstrom}). These sol-gel-derived granules have excellent mechanical properties with crush strength (>100 N per granule) and attrition resistance (<0.01 wt.%/h), much better than the commercial alumina and zeolite granules. Supported CuO sorbents were prepared on these granules for SO{sub 2} removal applications. The alumina-supported CuO sorbents contain higher loading of well-dispersed CuO and better sulfation properties than similar sorbents reported in the literature.

  10. Sol-gel derived ceramic electrolyte films on porous substrates

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    Kueper, T.W.

    1992-05-01

    A process for the deposition of sol-gel derived thin films on porous substrates has been developed; such films should be useful for solid oxide fuel cells and related applications. Yttria-stabilized zirconia films have been formed from metal alkoxide starting solutions. Dense films have been deposited on metal substrates and ceramic substrates, both dense and porous, through dip-coating and spin-coating techniques, followed by a heat treatment in air. X-ray diffraction has been used to determine the crystalline phases formed and the extent of reactions with various substrates which may be encountered in gas/gas devices. Surface coatings have been successfully applied to porous substrates through the control of substrate pore size and deposition parameters. Wetting of the substrate pores by the coating solution is discussed, and conditions are defined for which films can be deposited over the pores without filling the interiors of the pores. Shrinkage cracking was encountered in films thicker than a critical value, which depended on the sol-gel process parameters and on the substrate characteristics. Local discontinuities were also observed in films which were thinner than a critical value which depended on the substrate pore size. A theoretical discussion of cracking mechanisms is presented for both types of cracking, and the conditions necessary for successful thin formation are defined. The applicability of these film gas/gas devices is discussed.

  11. Structure and Electrical Properties of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 Ferroelectric Thick Films Derived From a Polymer Modified Sol-Gel Method

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    Ji, Hongfen; Ren, Wei; Wang, Lingyan; Shi, Peng; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Yao, Xi; Lau, Sien-Ting; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk

    2011-01-01

    Lead-free Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) ferroelectric thick films were prepared by a poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) modified sol-gel method. The NBT thick films annealed from 500°C to 750°C exhibit a perovskite structure. The relationship between annealing temperature, thickness, and electrical properties of the thick films has been investigated. The dielectric constants and remnant polarizations of the thick films increase with annealing temperature. The electrical properties of the NBT films show strong thickness dependence. As thickness increases from 1.0 to 4.8 μm, the dielectric constant of the NBT films increases from 620 to 848, whereas the dielectric loss is nearly independent of the thickness. The remnant polarization of the NBT thick films also increases with increasing thickness. The leakage current density first decreases and then increases with film thickness. PMID:21989868

  12. Structure and electrical properties of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric thick films derived from a polymer modified sol-gel method.

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    Ji, Hongfen; Ren, Wei; Wang, Lingyan; Shi, Peng; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Yao, Xi; Lau, Sien-Ting; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K Kirk

    2011-10-01

    Lead-free NaBi(0.5)TiO(3) (NBT) ferroelectric thick films were prepared by a poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) modified sol-gel method. The NBT thick films annealed from 500°C to 750°C exhibit a perovskite structure. The relationship between annealing temperature, thickness, and electrical properties of the thick films has been investigated. The dielectric constants and remnant polarizations of the thick films increase with annealing temperature. The electrical properties of the NBT films show strong thickness dependence. As thickness increases from 1.0 to 4.8 μm, the dielectric constant of the NBT films increases from 620 to 848, whereas the dielectric loss is nearly independent of the thickness. The remnant polarization of the NBT thick films also increases with increasing thickness. The leakage current density first decreases and then increases with film thickness. PMID:21989868

  13. Sol-gel-derived waterproof coating for laser glass

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    Jiang, Zhonghong; Hu, Lili; Song, Xiuyu

    1997-12-01

    A two layer coating was deposited by sol-gel dip-coating method on phosphate laser glass. First silica film was coated from SiO2 colloidal suspension derived from ammonia catalyzed hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol. Then a methyl containing silicate film was covered. It was fabricated from a solution prepared by the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane in the presence of hydrogen chloride catalyst. A 130 degree(s)C, 16h heat-treatment was done after coating process. It is confirmed by optical microscope that the two layer coating improves obviously the chemical durability of phosphate laser glass. The laser damage threshold of this coating is measured to be 31 J/cm2 at 1060 nm wavelength of 10 ns pulse duration. It is found that silica film contributes to the improvement on both film adhesion to phosphate glass substrate and laser damage threshold of film. The methyl containing silicate single film has only 18 J/cm2 laser damage threshold and can be easily dissolved in ethanol solution when it was coated on the phosphate laser glass substrate.

  14. Sol-gel-derived thick-film amperometric immunosensors.

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    Wang, J; Pamidi, P V; Rogers, K R

    1998-03-15

    Sol-gel processing is used for the first time for the preparation of electrochemical immunosensors. One-step sensor fabrication, based on the coupling of sol-gel and screen-printing technologies, is employed. A low-temperature cured ink is prepared by dispersion of rabbit immunoglobulin G (RIgG), graphite powder, and a binder in the sol-gel solution. The enzyme-labeled antibody can readily diffuse toward the encapsulated antigen, which retains its binding properties, and the association reaction is easily detected at the dispersed graphite surface. Use of anti-RIgG labeled with alkaline phosphatase, naphthyl phosphate as the substrate, and amperometric detection at +400 mV (vs Ag/AgCl) results in a low detection limit of 5 ng/mL (32 pM) for the solution antigen. Tailoring the porosity of the ceramic-carbon matrix can be used for tuning the assay performance. The high sensitivity, low cost, durability, and simplicity of the new single-use immunosensors make them well suited for various on-site applications. PMID:9530007

  15. Nanostructured energetic materials derived from sol-gel chemistry

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    Simpson, R L; Tillotson, T M; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E

    2000-03-15

    Initiation and detonation properties are dramatically affected by an energetic material's microstructural properties. Sol-gel chemistry allows intimacy of mixing to be controlled and dramatically improved over existing methodologies. One material goal is to create very high power energetic materials which also have high energy densities. Using sol-gel chemistry we have made a nanostructured composite energetic material. Here a solid skeleton of fuel, based on resorcinol-formaldehyde, has nanocrystalline ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer, trapped within its pores. At optimum stoichiometry it has approximately the energy density of HMX. Transmission electron microscopy indicated no ammonium perchlorate crystallites larger than 20 nm while near-edge soft x-ray absorption microscopy showed that nitrogen was uniformly distributed, at least on the scale of less than 80 nm. Small-angle neutron scattering studies were conducted on the material. Those results were consistent with historical ones for this class of nanostructured materials. The average skeletal primary particle size was on the order of 2.7 nm, while the nanocomposite showed the growth of small 1 nm size crystals of ammonium perchlorate with some clustering to form particles greater than 10 nm.

  16. Optical activation of Si nanowires using Er-doped, sol-gel derived silica

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    Suh, Kiseok; Shin, Jung H.; Park, Oun-Ho; Bae, Byeong-Soo; Lee, Jung-Chul; Choi, Heon-Jin

    2005-01-31

    Optical activation of Si nanowires (Si-NWs) using sol-gel derived Er-doped silica is investigated. Si-NWs of about 100 nm diameter were grown on Si substrates by the vapor-liquid-solid method using Au catalysts and H{sub 2} diluted SiCl{sub 4}. Afterwards, Er-doped silica sol-gel solution was spin-coated, and annealed at 950 deg. C in flowing N{sub 2}/O{sub 2} environment. Such Er-doped silica/Si-NWs nanocomposite is found to combine the advantages of crystalline Si and silica to simultaneously achieve both high carrier-mediated excitation efficiency and high Er{sup 3+} luminescence efficiency while at the same time providing high areal density of Er{sup 3+} and easy current injection, indicating the possibility of developing sol-gel activated Si-NWs as a material platform for Si-based photonics.

  17. Citrate complexing sol-gel process of lead-free (K,Na)NbO3 ferroelectric films

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    Yao, Linlin; Zhu, Kongjun

    2016-05-01

    The citrate complexing sol-gel process to fabricate lead-free (K,Na)NbO3 ferroelectric thin films was studied. Soluble niobium source of niobium-citric acid (Nb-CA) solution was utilized as a raw material to synthesize (K,Na)NbO3 thin films, by pyrolyzing at 450-550∘C and annealing at 650∘C. The film pyrolyzed at 450∘C shows poor crystallization with porous morphology, whereas the film pyrolyzed at 550∘C appear to be well-crystallized and denser, and the ferroelectricity was also proved by the P-E hysteresis loop measurement.

  18. Effect of calcium source on structure and properties of sol-gel derived bioactive glasses.

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    Yu, Bobo; Turdean-Ionescu, Claudia A; Martin, Richard A; Newport, Robert J; Hanna, John V; Smith, Mark E; Jones, Julian R

    2012-12-18

    The aim was to determine the most effective calcium precursor for synthesis of sol-gel hybrids and for improving homogeneity of sol-gel bioactive glasses. Sol-gel derived bioactive calcium silicate glasses are one of the most promising materials for bone regeneration. Inorganic/organic hybrid materials, which are synthesized by incorporating a polymer into the sol-gel process, have also recently been produced to improve toughness. Calcium nitrate is conventionally used as the calcium source, but it has several disadvantages. Calcium nitrate causes inhomogeneity by forming calcium-rich regions, and it requires high temperature treatment (>400 °C) for calcium to be incorporated into the silicate network. Nitrates are also toxic and need to be burnt off. Calcium nitrate therefore cannot be used in the synthesis of hybrids as the highest temperature used in the process is typically 40-60 °C. Therefore, a different precursor is needed that can incorporate calcium into the silica network and enhance the homogeneity of the glasses at low (room) temperature. In this work, calcium methoxyethoxide (CME) was used to synthesize sol-gel bioactive glasses with a range of final processing temperatures from 60 to 800 °C. Comparison is made between the use of CME and calcium chloride and calcium nitrate. Using advanced probe techniques, the temperature at which Ca is incorporated into the network was identified for 70S30C (70 mol % SiO(2), 30 mol % CaO) for each of the calcium precursors. When CaCl(2) was used, the Ca did not seem to enter the network at any of the temperatures used. In contrast, Ca from CME entered the silica network at room temperature, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction, (29)Si magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and dissolution studies. CME should be used in preference to calcium salts for hybrid synthesis and may improve homogeneity of sol-gel glasses. PMID:23171477

  19. Copper loaded on sol-gel-derived alumina adsorbents for phosphine removal.

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    Hsu, Jung-Nan; Bai, Hsunling; Li, Shou-Nan; Tsai, Chuen-Jinn

    2010-05-01

    The hydride gas of phosphine (PH3) is commonly used for semiconductor and optoelectronic industries. The local scrubbers must immediately abate it because of its high toxicity. In this study, copper (Cu) loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-alumina (Al2O3) adsorbents are prepared and tested to investigate the possibility of PH3 removal and sorbent regeneration. Test results showed that during the breakthrough time of over 99% PH3 removal efficiency, the maximum adsorption capacity of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent is 18 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. This is much higher than that of Cu loaded on the commercial gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent--8.6 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. The high specific surface area, narrow pore size distribution, and well dispersion of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 could be the reasons for its high PH3 adsorption capacity. The regeneration test shows that Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent can be regenerated after a simple air purging procedure. The cumulative adsorption capacity for five regeneration cycles is 65 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent, which is approximately double that of the Cu/zeolite adsorbent demonstrated in the literature. PMID:20480862

  20. Sol-gel-derived silicate nano-hybrids for biomedical applications.

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    Tsuru, Kanji; Shirosaki, Yuki; Hayakawa, Satoshi; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2013-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrids of poly(dimethyl siloxane), gelatin, and chitosan with such silanes as tetraethoxysilane and 3-glycidoxytriethoxysilane are derived via the sol-gel routes. Their biomedical applications are discussed from biomimetic deposition of bone-like apatite, cell culture, and in vivo behavior. PMID:24189412

  1. A micron-size sol-gel-derived fiber-optic based chemical sensor

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    Ingersoll, C.M.; Narang, U.; Bright, F.V.

    1995-12-31

    The development of new chemical and biosensing schemes has been a topic of great interest. In our laboratory, a portion of our work has centered on the use of sol-gels doped with fluorescent dyes as materials for forming small optical fibers used for sensing. We are currently working with pyrene-doped fibers for oxygen sensing and fluorescein-doped fibers to detect changes in pH. These schemes have shown great promise, however, several factors (e.g., cost, size, rigidity, response time, sensitivity) are associated with building practical sensors. It is also critical to understand the actual sol-gel composite gelation process in order to quantitatively determine the appropriate conditions for forming microsensor tips from these sol-gel materials. This presentation will focus on the construction of an inexpensive, micron-size fiber-optic sensor as well as a small flow-cell apparatus for the detection of various analytes. Also, the actual preparation of these sol-gel derived optical fibers will be discussed.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of sol-gel-derived nanomaterials and nanocrystalline electroless metal coatings

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    Shukla, Satyajit Vishnu

    CuS (minimum size of 2.5 nm), Ag2S (minimum and average size of 2.5 nm and 26 nm respectively), and Au (with minimum size of <10 nm) nanoparticles dispersed within the sol-gel derived hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)-silica films are synthesized using the gas diffusion technique. The effectiveness of HPC polymer, as a 'compatibilizer', to synthesize semiconductor and metal nanoparticles distributed uniformly within the silica film is demonstrated. The sol-gel derived HPC-silica films containing dispersed nanoparticles are characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to understand the mechanism of formation of nanoparticles within the film. The XPS core-level binding energies (B.E.) for the nanoparticles are observed to be sensitive to the variation in the chemical composition at the surface and their size. The 'cluster size effect' is shown to be useful in predicting the average nanoparticle size. Nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles are successfully synthesized using sol-gel technique utilizing HPC polymer as a 'steric barrier'. The use of HPC polymer is demonstrated to synthesize submicron-sized, non-agglomerated, and spherical as well as nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles by adjusting the sol-gel synthesis parameters. The effect of sol-gel synthesis parameters on ZrO2 nanocrystallite size, its distribution, and the phase evolution behavior of ZrO2 is studied. The optimum sol-gel synthesis parameters for synthesizing nanocrystalline ZrO2 with 100% tetragonal phase are identified. Cu/CuO-ZrO2 composite powder is synthesized using the electroless metal deposition technique. The mechanism of electroless deposition of Cu over ZrO2 particle surface is investigated using XPS. On the basis of 'cluster size effect', it is suggested that, the electroless metal deposition process activates the non-catalytic ceramic substrate surface by depositing metallic Pd0 clusters and not by the accepted Pd-Sn alloy catalyst. Fly ash cenosphere particle surface is also activated by

  3. Use of sol-gel-derived titania coating for direct soft tissue attachment.

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    Areva, Sami; Paldan, Hannu; Peltola, Timo; Närhi, Timo; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika

    2004-08-01

    A firm bond between an implant and the surrounding soft tissue is important for the performance of many medical devices (e.g., stents, canyls, and dental implants). In this study, the performance of nonresorbable and reactive sol-gel-derived nano-porous titania (TiO(2)) coatings in a soft tissue environment was investigated. A direct attachment between the soft tissue and the sol-gel-derived titania coatings was found in vivo after 2 days of implantation, whereas the titanium control implants showed no evidence of soft tissue attachment. The coated implants were in immediate contact with the connective tissue, whereas the titanium controls formed a gap and a fibrous capsule on the implant-tissue interface. The good soft tissue attachment of titania coatings may result from their ability to initiate calcium phosphate nucleation and growth on their surfaces (although the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite does not occur). Thus, the formation of a bonelike CaP layer is not crucial for their integration in soft tissue. The formation of bonelike apatite was hindered by the adsorption of proteins onto the initially formed amorphous calcium phosphate growth centers, thus preventing the dissolution/reprecipitation processes required for the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite. These findings might open novel application areas for sol-gel-derived titania-based coatings. PMID:15227661

  4. Wet powder processing of sol-gel derived mesoporous silica-hydroxyapatite hybrid powders.

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    Andersson, Jenny; Johannessen, Espen; Areva, Sami; Järn, Mikael; Lindén, Mika

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a method by which a porous silica coating layer can be obtained on different apatite particles through a simple sol-gel synthesis route. Sol-gel derived powders of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and beta tricalciumphosphate (beta-TCP) were coated with a mesoporous silica using C16TAB (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) as a template in order to induce mesophase formation. Further calcination of the material removes the template from the mesophase and leaves a highly ordered hexagonal arranged mesoporous silica structure with a core of HAP/beta-TCP. The phase purity of the SiO2/apatite composites has been thoroughly investigated by the means of FT-IR, XRD, and solid state 31P MAS NMR. The phase purity of these materials is shown to be dependent on the solubility properties of the used apatites. The hybrid materials are suitable as a multifunctional biomaterial where osteoconductive properties can be combined with drug delivery. PMID:17037853

  5. Sealing of pores in sol-gel-derived tritium permeation barrier coating by electrochemical technique

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    Zhang, Kun; Hatano, Yuji

    2011-10-01

    An electrolytic deposition technique was applied to seal open pores in sol-gel derived ZrO 2 coating and to improve barrier effects against permeation of hydrogen isotopes. Disk-type specimens of type 430 ferritic stainless steel were first covered by thin ZrO 2 films (50 nm) with a conventional sol-gel technique. Then, pores in the ZrO 2 film was sealed with ZrO 2 or Al 2O 3 by cathodic processes in ethanol solution of Zr or Al nitrate and subsequent heat treatments in air. The permeation rate of hydrogen was measured at 300-600 °C. The sol-gel derived ZrO 2 coatings showed only limited barrier effects; the permeation reduction factor (PRF) was about 6-800. Nevertheless, the treatments by electrolytic deposition technique resulted in considerable improvement in the barrier effects, especially at high temperature region (>500 °C), and the PRF increased to 100-1000.

  6. Formation and prevention of fractures in sol-gel-derived thin films.

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    Kappert, Emiel J; Pavlenko, Denys; Malzbender, Jürgen; Nijmeijer, Arian; Benes, Nieck E; Tsai, Peichun Amy

    2015-02-01

    Sol-gel-derived thin films play an important role as the functional coatings for various applications that require crack-free films to fully function. However, the fast drying process of a standard sol-gel coating often induces mechanical stresses, which may fracture the thin films. An experimental study on the crack formation in sol-gel-derived silica and organosilica ultrathin (submicron) films is presented. The relationships among the crack density, inter-crack spacing, and film thickness were investigated by combining direct micrograph analysis with spectroscopic ellipsometry. It is found that silica thin films are more prone to fracturing than organosilica films and have a critical film thickness of 300 nm, above which the film fractures. In contrast, the organosilica films can be formed without cracks in the experimentally explored regime of film thickness up to at least 1250 nm. These results confirm that ultrathin organosilica coatings are a robust silica substitute for a wide range of applications. PMID:25466584

  7. Studies of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped barium titanate prepared by sol-gel method

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    Bisen, Supriya; Mishra, Ashutosh; Jarabana, Kanaka M.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) powders were synthesized via Sol-Gel auto combustion method using citric acid as a chelating agent. We study the behavior of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped BaTiO3 on different concentration. To understand the phase and structure of the powder calcined at 900°C were characterized by X-ray Diffraction shows that tetragonal phase is dominant for pure and doped BTO and data fitted by Rietveld Refinement. Electric and Dielectric properties were characterized by P-E Hysteresis and Dielectric measurement. In P-E measurement ferroelectric loop tracer applied for different voltage. The temperature dependant dielectric constant behavior was observed as a function of frequency recorded on hp-Hewlett Packard 4192A, LF impedance, 5Hz-13Hz analyzer.

  8. Structural characterization of some sol-gel derived phosphosilicate glasses

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    Todan, L.; Anghel, E. M.; Osiceanu, P.; Turcu, R. V. F.; Atkinson, I.; Simon, S.; Zaharescu, M.

    2015-04-01

    A comparative study of three phosphosilicate gels of the 90SiO2-10P2O5 composition obtained from tetraethoxysilane and three phosphorous precursors: triethylphosphate (TEP), triethylphosphite (TEPI) and H3PO4 is performed. 29Si and 31P Magic Angle Spining NMR, X-ray Photoelectron, X-ray Fluorescence and Raman spectroscopies as well as TG analysis are used in order to establish phosphorous precursors and annealing influence on composition and structure of the outcome materials. Unlike the three dimensional silicate network made of Si(OSi)x(OH)4-x species, unreacted TEP (100% Q1 condensed phosphorous units) from TEP derived gel and a large amount of isolated phosphorous species (39.7% Q0) in the H3PO4 derived gel are identified. Annealing at 700 °C of the three gels give similar structure with the 90SiO2-10P2O5 glass, excepting the triethylphosphate derived glass that has a much lower P content. Thus, the H3PO4 derived glass at 700 and 1000 °C shows 1.89 and 1.94 times higher P2O5/SiO2 ratios than in the case of the TEP derived one.

  9. Fluorescence depolarization studies of sol-gel-derived glasses using a rigidochromic probe

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    McKiernan, John; Zink, Jeffrey I.; Dunn, Bruce S.

    1992-12-01

    The rigidochromic molecule rhenium(I)chlorotricarbonyl-2,2'-bipyridine was used in fluorescence depolarization experiments to probe the gelation, aging, and drying of silica and aluminosilicate sol-gel derived materials. These studies indicate that the local environment of the probe is fluid until well after gelation has occurred. Aluminosilicate gels show an increase in local viscosity after gelation while silica gels show no increase until the drying stage is begun. These results are compared to previous studies in which the shift of the emission band was used to indicate the rigidity in the local environment of the probe.

  10. Tunable Bragg stacks from sol-gel derived Ta2O5 and MEL zeolite films

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    Gospodinov, B.; Dikova, J.; Mintova, S.; Babeva, T.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper we investigated sol-gel derived Ta2O5 and nanosized MEL zeolite films obtained by spin coating of Tantalum sol and colloidal zeolite solution, respectively. Refractive index and thickness of the films were determined using non-linear curve fitting of measured reflectance spectra. The influence of the post deposition annealing on the optical properties and thickness of the films was studied. Besides tunable Bragg stacks were designed and prepared by layer-by-layer deposition of Ta2O5 and MEL suspensions with quarter-wave thicknesses. The influence of water, acetone and methanol on the optical behavior of Bragg stacks was discussed.

  11. Sol-gel derived C-SiC composites and protective coatings for sustained durability in the space environment

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    Haruvy, Yair; Liedtke, Volker

    2003-09-01

    Composites and coatings were produced via the fast sol-gel process of a mixture of alkoxysilane precursors. The composites were comprised of carbon fibers, fabrics, or their precursors as reinforcement, and sol-gel-derived silicon carbide as matrix, aiming at high-temperature stable ceramics that can be utilized for re-entry structures. The protective coatings were comprised of fluorine-rich sol-gel derived resins, which exhibit high flexibility and coherence to provide sustained ATOX protection necessary for LEO space-exposed elements. For producing the composites, the sol-gel-derived resin is cast onto the reinforcement fibers/fabrics mat (carbon or its precursors) to produce a 'green' composite that is being cured. The 'green' composite is converted into a C-SiC composite via a gradual heat-pressure process under inert atmosphere, during which the organic substituents on the silicon atoms undergo internal oxidative pyrolysis via the schematic reaction: (SiRO3/2)n -> SiC + CO2 + H2O. The composition of the resultant silicon-oxi-carbide is tailorable via modifying the composition of the sol-gel reactants. The reinforcement, when made of carbon precursors, is converted into carbon during the heat-and-pressure processing as well. The C-SiC composites thus derived exhibit superior thermal stability and comparable thermal conductivity, combined with good mechanical strength features and failure resistance, which render them greatly applicable for re-entry shielding, heat-exchange pipes, and the like. Fluorine rich sol-gel derived coatings were developed as well, via the use of HF rich sol-gel process. These coatings provide oxidation-protection via the silica formation process, together with flexibility that allows 18,000 repetitive folding of the coating without cracking.

  12. Temperature- and Frequency-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Sol-Gel-Derived BaTiO3-NaNbO3 Solid Solutions

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    Kwon, Do-Kyun; Goh, Yumin; Son, Dongsu; Kim, Baek-Hyun; Bae, Hyunjeong; Perini, Steve; Lanagan, Michael

    2016-01-01

    A sol-gel-derived powder synthesis method has been used to prepare BaTiO3-NaNbO3 (BT-NN) solid-solution ceramic samples with various compositions. Fine and homogeneous complex perovskite ceramics were obtained at lower processing temperatures than used in conventional solid-state processing. The ferroelectric and relaxor ferroelectric properties of the sol-gel-synthesized (1 - x)BaTiO3- xNaNbO3 [(1 - x)BT- xNN] ceramics in the wide composition range of 0 < x ≤ 0.7 were extensively studied. Structural and dielectric characterization results revealed that a low level of NN addition ( x = 0.04) to BT is sufficient to cause a continuous relaxor-to-ferroelectric transition, and the relaxor behavior was consistently observed at compositions with high NN content up to x = 0.7. A number of relaxor parameters including the Curie temperature, Burns temperature, freezing temperature, γ, diffuseness parameter ( δ), and activation energy were determined from the temperature and frequency dependency of the real part of the dielectric permittivity for various BT-NN compositions using the Curie-Weiss law and Vögel-Fulcher relationship. The systematic changes of these parameters with respect to composition indicate that a continuous crossover between BT-based relaxor and NN-based relaxor occurs at a composition near x = 0.4.

  13. Fabrication and optical properties of sol-gel-derived interference coating for high power laser applications

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    Zhang, Qinyuan; Pita, Kantisara; Xu, Chang-Qing; Que, Wenxiu; Hinooda, S.; Thilakan, Periyasamy

    2001-10-01

    A single layer sol-gel derived TiO2 thin films and 6 periods SiO2/TiO2 multilayer coating were designed and prepared on GaAs substrates as anti-reflection coating or near-IR-reflective coating for high power semiconductor laser applications. Crack free TiO2 thin films having thickness of 80-150 nm, and refractive indices of 1.8-2.1 have been obtained by simply sol-gel method upon heating at different temperatures. The obtained TiO2 thin films on GaAs substrates have shown reflectance of

  14. A Guided Materials Screening Approach for Developing Quantitative Sol-gel Derived Protein Microarrays

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    Helka, Blake-Joseph; Brennan, John D.

    2013-01-01

    Microarrays have found use in the development of high-throughput assays for new materials and discovery of small-molecule drug leads. Herein we describe a guided material screening approach to identify sol-gel based materials that are suitable for producing three-dimensional protein microarrays. The approach first identifies materials that can be printed as microarrays, narrows down the number of materials by identifying those that are compatible with a given enzyme assay, and then hones in on optimal materials based on retention of maximum enzyme activity. This approach is applied to develop microarrays suitable for two different enzyme assays, one using acetylcholinesterase and the other using a set of four key kinases involved in cancer. In each case, it was possible to produce microarrays that could be used for quantitative small-molecule screening assays and production of dose-dependent inhibitor response curves. Importantly, the ability to screen many materials produced information on the types of materials that best suited both microarray production and retention of enzyme activity. The materials data provide insight into basic material requirements necessary for tailoring optimal, high-density sol-gel derived microarrays. PMID:24022739

  15. Nonvolatile memory devices prepared from sol-gel derived niobium pentoxide films.

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    Baek, Hyunhee; Lee, Chanwoo; Choi, Jungkyu; Cho, Jinhan

    2013-01-01

    We report on the resistive switching nonvolatile memory (RSNM) properties of niobium pentoxide (Nb(2)O(5)) films prepared using sol-gel chemistry. A sol-gel derived solution of niobium ethoxide, a precursor to Nb(2)O(5), was spin-coated on to a platinum (Pt)-coated silicon substrate, and was then annealed at approximately 620 and 450 °C to form a Nb(2)O(5) film of polycrystalline and amorphous structure, respectively. A top electrode consisting of Ag, W, Au, or Pt was then coated onto the Nb(2)O(5) films to complete the fabrication. After a forming process of limited current compliance up to 10 mA, known as "electroforming", a resistive switching phenomenon, independent of voltage polarity (unipolar switching), was observed at low operating voltages (0.59 ± 0.05 V(RESET) and 1.03 ± 0.06 V(SET)) with a high ON/OFF current ratio above 10(8). The reported approach offers opportunities for preparing Nb(2)O(5)-based resistive switching memory devices from solution process. PMID:23210494

  16. Sol-Gel Derived Hydroxyapatite Coating on Mg-3Zn Alloy for Orthopedic Application

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    Singh, Sanjay; Manoj Kumar, R.; Kuntal, Kishor Kumar; Gupta, Pallavi; Das, Snehashish; Jayaganthan, R.; Roy, Partha; Lahiri, Debrupa

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, magnesium and its alloys have gained a lot of interest as orthopedic implant constituents because their biodegradability and mechanical properties are closer to that of human bone. However, one major concern with Mg in orthopedics is its high corrosion rate that results in the reduction of mechanical integrity before healing the bone tissue. The current study evaluates the sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on a selected Mg alloy (Mg-3Zn) for decreasing the corrosion rate and increasing the bioactivity of the Mg surface. The mechanical integrity of the coating is established as a function of the surface roughness of the substrate and the sintering temperature of the coating. Coating on a substrate roughness of 15-20 nm and sintering at 400°C shows the mechanical properties in similar range of bone, thus making it suitable to avoid the stress-shielding effect. The hydroxyapatite coating on the Mg alloy surface also increases corrosion resistance very significantly by 40 times. Bone cells are also found proliferating better in the HA-coated surface. All these benefits together establish the candidature of sol-gel HA-coated Mg-3Zn alloy in orthopedic application.

  17. Biocompatibility of sol-gel-derived titania-silica coated intramedullary NiTi nails.

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    Muhonen, V; Kujala, S; Vuotikka, A; Aäritalo, V; Peltola, T; Areva, S; Närhi, T; Tuukkanen, J

    2009-02-01

    We investigated bone response to sol-gel-derived titania-silica coated functional intramedullary NiTi nails that applied a continuous bending force. Nails 26 mm in length, either straight or with a radius of curvature of 28 or 15 mm, were implanted in the cooled martensite form from a proximal to distal direction into the medullary cavity of the right femur in 40 Sprague-Dawley rats. Body temperature restored the austenite form, causing the curved implants to generate a bending force on the bone. The femurs were examined after 24 weeks. Bone length measurements did not reveal any bowing or shortening of the bone in the experimental groups. The results from histomorphometry demonstrated that the stronger bending force, together with sol-gel surface treatment, resulted in more bone deposition around the implant and the formation of significantly less fibrous tissue. Straight intramedullary nails, even those with a titania-silica coating, were poorly attached when compared to the implants with a curved austenite structure. PMID:18838349

  18. Ferroelectric, Dielectric, Ferromagnetic, and Magnetoelectric Properties of BNF-NZF Bilayer Nanofilms Prepared via Sol-Gel Process.

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    Guo, Kaixin; Zhang, Rongfen; Mou, Qingfeng; Cui, Ruirui; Deng, Chaoyong

    2016-12-01

    Bilayer magnetoelectric (ME) nanofilms composed of Bi0.9Nd0.1FeO3 (BNF) and Ni0.55Zn0.45Fe2O4 (NZF) were fabricated on the Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates via sol-gel and a subsequent rapid thermal process with different growth sequences of BNF and NZF forming the following layered structures: BNF/NZF and NZF/BNF. The phase composition, microstructure, and ferroelectric, dielectric, ferromagnetic, and ME coupling properties of the composites were investigated at room temperature. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy showed that there are no other impurity phases but BNF and NZF, and the nucleation barrier caused that it is easier for NZF and BNF to grow on each other rather than on the surface of Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si. The tests of the physical properties indicated that such heterostructures present both good ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and dielectric properties and the in-plane ME coupling coefficient α E at room temperature but some discrepancies also exist, which can be attributed to an interfacial effect, in other words, the deposition sequences of the constituent phases have a great influence on the properties of bilayer films. PMID:27599718

  19. Synthesis, Consolidation and Characterization of Sol-gel Derived Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composites

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    Cervantes, O

    2010-06-01

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel (SG) derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition-tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO3) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g·cm-3 or 93% relative density. In addition, those samples were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus retaining their stored chemical energy.

  20. Combined removal of SO2 and NO using sol-gel-derived copper oxide coated alumina sorbents/catalysts.

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    Buelna, G; Lin, Y S

    2003-09-01

    The present paper reports experimental results on the removal of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from simulated flue gas using a copper oxide coated on alumina sorbent/catalyst prepared by the sol-gel method. Selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide by ammonia over sol-gel derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbents/catalysts with different degrees of sulfation was studied in a fixed-bed packed reactor. The optimum temperature for NO reduction was found at 350 degrees C for both fresh and sulfated catalysts. The properties for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NO by the sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbents were studied using simulated dry flue gas. The optimum operating temperature for the combined deSO2/deNO operations was identified at 350 degrees C. At the space velocity of 5200 h(-1) and 350 degrees C, a fixed-bed reactor packed with the 7.9 wt% CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbent prepared by the sol-gel method offers SO2 sorption capacity of 2.3 mmol g(-1) and NO conversion of 92% with a dry simulated flue gas as the feed. Under these experimental conditions, the sol-gel derived sorbents/catalysts have comparable efficiency for removal of SO2 and NOx as their commercial counterparts. The significantly higher crush strength of the sol-gel derived sorbents/catalysts make them very promising for their use in the copper oxide process for combined removal of SO2 and NOx from flue gas in a single unit operation. PMID:14599142

  1. Radiation hardening in sol-gel derived Er{sup 3+}-doped silica glasses

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    Hari Babu, B. E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; León Pichel, Mónica; Ollier, Nadège; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bigot, Laurent; Savelii, Inna; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand; Lancry, Matthieu E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; Ibarra, Angel

    2015-09-28

    The aim of the present paper is to report the effect of radiation on the Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica glasses. A possible application of these sol-gel glasses could be their use in harsh radiation environments. The sol-gel glasses are fabricated by densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through polymeric sol-gel technique. The radiation-induced attenuation of Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica is found to increase with erbium content. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies reveal the presence of E′{sub δ} point defects. This happens in the sol-gel aluminum-silica glass after an exposure to γ-rays (kGy) and in sol-gel silica glass after an exposure to electrons (MGy). The concentration levels of these point defects are much lower in γ-ray irradiated sol-gel silica glasses. When the samples are co-doped with Al, the exposure to γ-ray radiation causes a possible reduction of the erbium valence from Er{sup 3+} to Er{sup 2+} ions. This process occurs in association with the formation of aluminum oxygen hole centers and different intrinsic point defects.

  2. Structure and Properties of Laser-Fired Sol-Gel Derived Tungsten Oxide Films

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    Taylor, Douglas John

    1995-01-01

    This investigation focuses on the use of laser radiation to fire sol-gel derived oxide films. The main emphasis of this work was to make high quality tungsten oxide films with good electrochromic properties. Laser firing was done with a carbon dioxide laser operated in continuous mode. The laser-fired tungsten oxide films were measured for density, composition, crystallinity and electrochromic behavior. Analytical tools included multi -angle ellipsometry, FTIR, TEM, XRD, spectrophotometry and electrochemistry. The effect of process variables (laser power, spot size and translation speed) on the extent of film densification and microstructural evolution was investigated. Thermal modeling of laser-heated sol-gel films was studied to further understand the laser firing process and to estimate firing temperatures. Temperature calculations were based on laser parameters, sample geometry and target materials. Properties characteristic of firing temperature were used to verify the thermal modeling. For laser-fired films, the properties at the calculated temperatures agreed well with the properties of similar furnace-fired films. The modeling also provided the thermal profiles seen by the laser heated materials. Laser firing was shown to be a feasible technique to make good quality electrochromic films. By precisely controlling the irradiation, the microstructure of tungsten oxide films was tailored to produce the desired electrochromic properties. Transmission electron microscopy showed film microstructures that varied from completely amorphous to fully crystalline. Corresponding optoelectrochemical measurements indicated a decrease in electrochromism with increasing crystallinity. The effects of density/porosity and coating composition are also discussed. It is proposed that laser firing of sol-gel derived films can be used for optics, sensors, graded index materials, and electrochromic windows. The ability to heat localized regions afforded by laser firing is

  3. Sol-gel derived titania coating with immobilized bisphosphonate enhances screw fixation in rat tibia.

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    Linderbäck, Paula; Areva, Sami; Aspenberg, Per; Tengvall, Pentti

    2010-08-01

    A variety of surface modifications have been tested for the enhancement of screw fixation in bone, and locally delivered anti-osteoporosis drugs such as bisphosphonates (BP) are then of interest. In this in vivo study, the impact of surface immobilized BP was compared with systemic BP delivery and screws with no BP. After due in vitro characterization, differently treated stainless steel (SS) screws were divided into four groups with 10 rats each. Three of the groups received screws coated with sol-gel derived TiO(2) and calcium phosphate (SS+TiO(2)+CaP). One of these had no further treatment, one had alendronate (BP) adsorbed to calcium phosphate mineral, and one received systemic BP treatment. The fourth group received uncoated SS screws and no BP (control). The screw pullout force was measured after 4 weeks of implantation in rat tibiae. The immobilized amount and release rate of alendronate could be controlled by different immersion times. The SS+TiO(2)+CaP coating did not increase the pullout force compared to SS alone. Surface delivered alendronate enhanced the pullout force by 93% [p = 0.000; 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 67-118%] compared to SS, and by 39% (p = 0.044; 95% CI: 7-71%) compared to systemic alendronate delivery. Both surface immobilized and systemically delivered alendronate improved implant fixation. Also, locally delivered, that is, surface immobilized alendronate showed a better fixation than systemically delivered. Using sol-gel derived TiO(2) as a platform, it is possible to administer controllable amounts of a variety of BPs. PMID:20186735

  4. Sol-gel reaction stability studied: Influence in the formation temperature and properties of ferroelectric thin films

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    Perez, J. Vilarinho, P.M.; Kholkin, A.L.; Almeida, A.

    2009-03-05

    Lead zirconium titanate (PZT) sol-gel solutions were prepared based on distilled lead acetate precursor solutions. A detailed analysis of the distillation effect on the lead precursor and the final PZT solution were carried out by Infrared and Raman techniques. It was found that the increase in the number of distillation steps experienced by the lead precursor solutions removes the constitutional water and increases the lead acetate-2-methoxyethanol interconnectivity; thus improving stability and avoiding the aging effect of the resulting PZT solutions. The thermal decomposition process of the PZT solutions was analyzed based on the thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermogravimetric analysis (DTA) measurements. It was found that as the number of distillation steps in the lead precursor solutions increases, the decomposition rate increases and the formation temperature of pure perovskite PZT films decreases. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique was used to study the film phase formation. A pure perovskite phase at 500 deg. C was found by the XRD analysis after the second distillation step. Scanning electron microscope technique was used to carry out the microstructural analysis. Dense microstructure was found in all analyzed films and an incipient columnar grain growth was revealed in PZT films prepared based on lead precursor solution with more than three distillation steps. The dependence of the dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties on the number of distillation steps was revealed and a correlation between the distillation process, film microstructure properties and electrical performance was established.

  5. Luminescence behavior of terbium sulphosalicylic acid complexes in sol-gel derived host materials

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    Fan, X.; Wang, M.; Wang, Z.; Hong, Z.

    1997-08-01

    The formation and luminescence behavior of terbium sulphosalicylic acid (TbSSA) complexes in sol-gel derived host materials have been investigated. The 5-sulphosalicylic acid (H{sub 3}SSA) was dissolved in ethanol in advance, and then the TbCl{sub 3} and ethanol containing H{sub 3}SSA were introduced into the initial precursor sol, respectively. The resulting sol exhibits intramolecular energy transfer from the coordinated sulphosalicylic acid to the terbium ion. The TbSSA complex has formed in the TbCl{sub 3} and H{sub 3}SSA codoped sol. The complexes were found to have notably higher fluorescence intensities than TbCl{sub 3} in both the sol and the gel. In the sol, the concentration quenching was a diffusion-controlled process due to aggregation and effective collision between molecules and the fluorescence was decreased with increase of H{sub 3}SSA concentration. On the other hand, the molecules in the gel were isolated in the pores of the silica network. The fluorescence intensities of TbSSA in the gel were increased with the increase of concentration ratio of H{sub 3}SSA/TbCl{sub 3}. Maximum fluorescence intensity was obtained at H{sub 3}SSA/TbCl{sub 3} = 2.

  6. Influence of calcium precursors on the morphology and crystallinity of sol gel-derived hydroxyapatite nanoparticles

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    Vijayalakshmi Natarajan, U.; Rajeswari, S.

    2008-10-01

    Nanosized hydroxyapatite (HAP) particles were prepared by sol-gel method from the water-based solution of calcium and phosphorus precursor. In this study, two calcium precursors such as calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and calcium acetate were chosen as calcium precursors. The influence of aging period, pH, viscosity and sintering temperature on crystallinity and morphology of the HAP particles were investigated for the two calcium precursors with triethyl phosphate precursor. The morphology of nano-HAP towards phosphorous precursor was dependent on the type of calcium precursor used. The HAP prepared from calcium nitrate and triethyl phosphate was spherically shaped whereas the one from calcium acetate was found to be fibrous in structure. Both HAPs were stable up to 1200 °C and their crystallinity increased with respect to the sintering temperature. The obtained sample was characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), P 31 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and TEM analysis. The sol derived from the optimized aging period for the two different calcium precursors was coated on 316L stainless-steel (SS) implant and its corrosion resistivity during long-term implantation was studied by cyclic polarization in Ringer's solution. Both HAPs have their own desirable qualities and were found to be corrosion resistive.

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

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

    2011-10-01

    Sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid materials doped with rare earth metal ions (Pr 3+) and small amounts of lithium ions (˜0.1-0.2 wt.%) were produced from the tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), AlCl 3·6H 2O (about 10 mol%), ethyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate and some other organic additions (ca. 35-40 wt.% of organics in the fresh gels) to obtain hybrid organic-inorganic hosts. The gel and hybrid materials obtained were aged at room temperature for three weeks, then heated in an electric drier for 3 h at temperature of 125 °C and investigated for morphology, structure and luminescence properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), 29Si and 27Al MAS nuclear magnetic resonance and fluorescence spectroscopy. An influence of the organic additions and inorganic dopants on microstructure of the materials obtained and their luminescence properties has been examined. Under excitation with UV radiation in a range of ˜210-350 nm, the sharp and relatively intense luminescence emission lines due to 3P 0 → 3H 4 (blue) and 3P 0 → 3F 3 (red) transitions of Pr 3+ ions were observed in the luminescence spectra of gel and hybrid materials of SA-series.

  8. The influence of sol-gel-derived silica coatings functionalized with betamethasone on adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs).

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    Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Grzesiak, Jakub; Smieszeka, Agnieszk; Krzak, Justyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2014-09-01

    Silica-based sol-gel coatings have gained attention in bone therapies and orthopedic applications, due to the biocompatibility and bioactivity, including a high potential for the controlled release both in vitro and in vivo. Bioactive materials are created to facilitate the biocompatibility of orthopedic implants. One of the promising alternatives is biomaterials with immobilized drugs. In this study we demonstrated for the first time novel sol-gel-derived silica coatings with active amino groups (SiO2(NH2)) functionalized with a steroid drug-betamethasone, applied to a substrate 316 L using dip coating technique. The presence of betamethasone in functionalized coatings was directly confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic analysis. The wettability was evaluated by the sessile drop method, while the surface free energy was estimated based on the contact angles measured. Our results showed a shift in surface properties from hydrophobic to hydrophilic after application of the coatings. We have investigated the morphology, proliferation factor, and the population doubling time of adipose-derived stem cells for biological purposes. Moreover, the analysis of the distribution and localization of cellular microvesicles was performed to evaluate the influence of functionalized surfaces on cellular cytophysiological activity. Increased proliferation and activation of cells, determined by the observations of microvesicles shedding processes, provided evidence of the availability of the drug. Therefore, we conclude that the sol-gel synthesis proposed here allows to improve the metal substrates and can be successfully used for immobilization of betamethasone. This in turn enables the direct delivery of the drug with implanted material into the wound site, and to stimulate the activity of cells to enhance tissue regeneration. PMID:24825759

  9. Development of residual stress in sol-gel derived Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3 films: An experimental study

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    Corkovic, S.; Whatmore, R. W.; Zhang, Q.

    2008-04-01

    Residual stresses develop in the sol-gel-derived ferroelectric thin films during the transformation of the metal-organic gel to the metal oxide upon thermal treatment and due to the thermal and elastic mismatch between the Pb(Zrx,Ti1-x)O3 (PZT) film and the substrate materials during cooling. In this study, residual stresses were determined using the wafer curvature method after the deposition of multilayer PZT film on platinized (100) silicon wafers. A multilayer model for stress analysis was used to calculate the residual stress in PZT films of three different compositions: x =0.4, x =0.52, and x =0.6. Orientation dependent residual stresses were found in compositions containing the tetragonal phase, with x =0.4 and x =0.52. Depending on the fraction of (100) orientated domains low compressive or low tensile stress was found in Pb(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O3 (PZT 40/60). Higher residual stress was found in PZT films consisting of only rhombohedral crystallographic structure (PZT 60/40) while the residual stress in PZT films with morphotropic boundary composition (PZT 52/48) was significantly dependent on the film orientation and the phase composition and could range from 17to90MPa. The effect of the film orientation on residual stress was found to be a function of the anisotropic thermal expansion coefficient of PZT. The contribution of the thermal and elastic properties of materials to the total wafer curvature was investigated and discussed. Finally, the residual stress results calculated with the four layer model were compared to the results calculated using the Stoney equation.

  10. Synthesis, consolidation and characterization of sol-gel derived tantalum-tungsten oxide thermite composites

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    Cervantes, Octavio

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel (SG) derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition-tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO3) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g·cm-3 or 93% relative density. In addition, those samples were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus retaining their stored chemical energy. The heat of combustion of two distinctly synthesized stoichiometric tantalum-tungsten oxide energetic composites was investigated by bomb calorimetry. One composite was synthesized using a sol-gel (SG) derived method in which micrometric-scale tantalum is immobilized in a tungsten oxide three-dimensional nanostructured network structure. The second energetic composite was made from the mixing of micrometric-scale tantalum and commercially available (CA) nanometric tungsten oxide powders. The energetic composites were consolidated using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique under a 300 MPa pressure and at temperatures of 25, 400, and 500°C. For samples consolidated at 25°C, the density of the CA composite is 61.65 +/- 1.07% in comparison to 56.41 +/- 1.19% for the SG derived composite. In contrast, the resulting densities of the SG composite are higher than the CA composite for samples consolidated at 400 and 500°C. The theoretical maximum density for the SG composite consolidated to 400 and 500°C are 81.30 +/- 0.58% and 84.42 +/- 0.62%, respectively. The theoretical

  11. Investigation of correlation between the microstructure and electrical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO based thin films

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    Zhu, M. W.; Gong, J.; Sun, C.; Xia, J. H.; Jiang, X.

    2008-10-01

    Pure ZnO and aluminum doped ZnO films (ZAO) were prepared by sol-gel method and the effect of Al doping on the microstructure and electrical properties of the films was investigated. The results showed that the transformation from granular to columnar structure could be observed in pure ZnO films with the increase in heating time while in aluminum doped films little structural changes occurred even after a prolonged heating time. Additionally, measurements of electrical properties showed that both microstructural evolution and doping could significantly improve the conductivity of the films, which could be assigned to an increase both in Hall mobility and carrier concentration. The relationship between microstructure and the electrical properties of the films was discussed, and various scattering mechanisms were proposed for sol-gel derived ZnO and ZAO films as a function of the carrier concentration.

  12. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  13. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40.

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C Diniz

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  14. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-09-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  15. Preparation and characterization of protein-doped sol-gel derived nanocomposite films for biosensor development

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    Goring, Gillian Louise Grace

    The entrapment of biomolecules within TEOS-based sol-gel derived organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials has proven to be a viable platform for the development of biosensors and solid-phase biocatalysts. In this thesis, a series of organically modified silica materials were prepared by a two-step aqueous processing method that was suitable for biomolecule entrapment, and were formed as submicron thick films by dipcasting. Dispersed additives, such as polymers (Class I materials) and covalently bound additives, such as organically modified silanes (Class II materials), were used to modify the internal environment compared to the undoped matrices and to correlate the properties of entrapped enzymes. The morphology of organically modified silica materials could be modified through the use of either separate or co-hydrolysis of the silane precursors, with the later method generating optically transparent materials. Fluorescence microscopy revealed chemical heterogeneity in materials that appeared to be homogeneous by brightfield or SEM. Fluorescence emission studies of a solvatochromic dye entrapped within the film continued that the internal chemical environment of the films was strongly affected by doping with polymers and organosilanes. The films showed a rapid initial change in chemical properties owing to solvent evaporation, followed by a much slower evolution over several months owing to continued condensation reactions within the film. A reagentless biosensor was designed based on co-entrapment of an enzyme and a fluorescently labeled polymer. The enzymes urease and lipase were selected for this study as both catalyze reactions that alter the local pH. By co-entrapping pH sensitive fluorophores (SNARF-1 and fluorescein) bound to a high molecular weight polymer, it was possible to detect the analytes urea and glyceryl tributyrate using changes in the fluorescence intensity (fluorescein) or emission ratio (SNARF-1). By tuning the polarity of the matrix it was

  16. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-01

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified. PMID:23247669

  17. Low-temperature sol-gel-derived nanosilver-embedded silane coating as biofilm inhibitor

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    Babapour, A.; Yang, B.; Bahang, S.; Cao, W.

    2011-04-01

    Silver nanocomposite coatings are prepared by the sol-gel method for the prevention of biofilm formation on the surface of medical implanted devices. High-temperature processing of such coatings can lead to diffusion of nanosilver and reduce the amount of available silver particles for long-term effects. Using a low-temperature sol-gel method, we have successfully prepared silane-based matrices, phenyltriethoxysilane (PhTEOS), containing different amounts of Ag nanoparticles. The incorporation of a silver salt into the sol-gel matrix resulted in a desired silver release rate, i.e. high initial release rate followed by a lower sustained release for more than 15 days, as determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been employed to investigate the morphology of the film surfaces before and after immersion in a nutrient-rich bacterial suspension of approximately 108 CFU ml - 1, which was incubated for up to 30 days at 37 °C. It was found that thin films containing 35 nm particles could prevent the formation of biofilm for over 30 days. The presence of surface silver before and after 3, 9 and 15 days immersion was confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  18. Optical sensors based on sol-gel derived, laminate planar waveguide structures

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    Yang, Lin; Armstrong, N.R.; Dunphy, D.R.; Saavedra, S.S.

    1995-12-31

    A new optical sensing platform based on a combination of planar and sol-gel processing technologies is described. The sensing element is a planar integrated optical waveguide (IOW) composed of two, submicron thick glass layers coated on glass substrate; both layers are fabricated via the sol-gel method. The lower layer is a densified titania-silica composite. The upper layer is an undensified silica doped with an optical indicator that is physically entrapped yet sterically accessible to dissolved analytes that can diffuse into the pore network. Formation of an analyte-indicator complex is detected via attenuated total reflection (ATR) of light guided in the IOW. The sensor response is both sensitive and rapid, features that are difficult to achieve simultaneously in monolithic sol-gel glass sensors. In the IOW-ATR geometry, these features are realized simultaneously because the primary axes of light propagation and analyte diffusion are orthogonal. The overall approach is technically simple, inexpensive, and applicable to a wide variety of indicator chemistries.

  19. Chemical sensing using sol-gel derived planar waveguides and indicator phases

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    Yang, L.; Saavedra, S.S.

    1995-04-15

    A new optical sensing platform based on a combination of planar waveguiding and sol-gel processing technologies is described. The sensing element consists of two, submicrometer thick glass layers supported on an optically thick glass substrate; both layers were fabricated using a sol-gel coating method. The lower layer is a densified glass that functions as a planar integrated optical waveguide (IOW). The upper layer is an undensified glass of lower index doped with an optical indicator that is immobilized, yet remains sterically accessible to analytes that diffuse into the pore network. Formation of a complex between the analyte and indicator is detected via attenuated total reflection (ATR) of light guided in the IOW. Feasibility was evaluated by constructing IOW-ATR sensors for Pb{sup 2+} and pH, based on immobilized xylenol orange and bromocresol purple, respectively. The response of both sensors was sensitive and rapid, features that are difficult to achieve simultaneously in monolithic sol-gel glass sensors. In the IOW-ATR geometry, these features are realized simultaneously because the primary axes of light propagation and analyte diffusion are orthogonal. The overall approach is technically simple, inexpensive, and applicable to a wide variety of indicator chemistries. 48 refs., 8 figs.

  20. The effect of lithiation on the electrochromism of sol-gel derived niobium oxide films

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    Macek, M.; Orel, B.; Krasovec, U.O.

    1997-09-01

    Niobium oxide films are promising cathodic electrochromic materials that in certain aspects can compete with the more frequently studied WO{sub 3} films. The films reported here were prepared using the sol-gel route from a NbCl{sub 5} precursor. The electrochromic properties were pronounced for crystalline films heat-treated at 500 C exhibiting transmittance changes between the colored and bleached states of 60% in the ultraviolet (UV) and 80% in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions. The reversibility of electrochromic changes of thick niobium oxide films (d > 250 nm) was enhanced by lithiation.

  1. Synthesis and Conductometric Property of Sol-Gel-Derived ZnO/PVP Nano Hybrid Films

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    Ilegbusi, Olusegun J.; Trakhtenberg, Leonid

    2013-03-01

    ZnO nanoparticles immobilized in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were prepared using sol-gel dip-coating technique with varying Zn2+/PVP ratios. The films were characterized using atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for chemical analysis. The size and concentration of ZnO particles decreased as the Zn/PVP ratio decreased. Under low Zn2+/PVP molar ratios, ZnO particles were clearly well separated and capped in the PVP polymer matrix. Electrical resistivity of 108 Ω cm was achieved under these deposition conditions.

  2. Growth of vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays on sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Kitazawa, Nobuaki; Aono, Masami; Watanabe, Yoshihisa

    2014-11-01

    Vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method on sol-gel derived ZnO films. Sol-gel derived ZnO films and corresponding ZnO nanowire arrays have been characterized by X-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The effect of sol-gel derived ZnO film surface on the morphology of ZnO nanowire arrays has been investigated. The authors suggest from our investigation that sol-gel derived ZnO films affect the growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures. Not only crystalline ZnO films but also amorphous ones can act as a scaffold for ZnO nucleus. Tilted ZnO micro-rods are grown on ZnO gel films, whereas vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays are grown on nanometer-sized ZnO grains. The average diameter of ZnO nanowire arrays are correlated strongly with the grain size of sol-gel derived ZnO films.

  3. Effects of ion irradiation on the surface mechanical behavior of hybrid sol-gel derived silicate thin films

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    Ghisleni, Rudy

    A study on the effects of ion irradiation on the surface mechanical behavior of hybrid sol-gel derived thin films has been performed. Hybrid organic/inorganic modified silicate thin films were synthesized by sol-gel processing from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) precursors and spin-coated onto (100) Si substrates. The synthesized films were investigated by nanoindentation, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Hybrid TEOS/MTES sol-gel films modified by ion irradiation with deposited electronic energies of 1.87 x 1025 eV/cm3 or higher showed higher values of reduced elastic modulus and hardness than 800°C heat treated films. Thus, ion irradiation was found to be an effective means in converting the polymer sol into ceramic type coatings. The ions used in this study were Cu2+, N2+, Si+, O+, N+, He+, and H+, with incident energies ranging from 100 keV to 2 MeV, and fluences ranging from 1 x 1014 to 1 x 1017 ions/cm2. Both the reduced elastic modulus and hardness were seen to increase monotonically with the increase in ion fluence, with an observed maximum hardness of 7.7 GPa (an unirradiated film hardness was 0.4 GPa) and a maximum reduced elastic modulus of 84.0 GPa (an unirradiated film reduced elastic modulus was 7.1 GPa) for 250 keV N2+ irradiation with a 5 x 1016 ions/cm2 fluence. The electronic stopping power was found to be principally responsible for the film hardening, while the role of nuclear stopping power was minimal. A monotonic increase in hardness with increase in electronic energy deposited to the film surface was found. A model describing the hardening of ion irradiated films was developed. This model characterizes the hardening effectiveness of the ion species considered by two parameters: the constant hardening cross-section and the hardening coefficient. Where the hardening cross-section represents the cross-sectional area hardened by the interaction of an incident ion with the target, and the

  4. Sol gel derived hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium and its alloy Ti6Al4V

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    Stoch, A.; Jastrzebski, W.; Długoń, E.; Lejda, W.; Trybalska, B.; Stoch, G. J.; Adamczyk, A.

    2005-06-01

    Titanium has been used for many medical and dental applications; however, its joining to a living bone is not satisfactorily good or the implant integration with bone tissue takes several months.The aim of this work is to produce hydroxyapatite (HAP) coatings on titanium and its alloy for facilitating and shortening the processes towards osseointegration. HAP coatings were obtained by sol-gel method with sol solutions prepared from calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and triammonium phosphate trihydrate as the calcium and phosphorous sources. Two types of gelatine were added to the sol: agar-agar or animals gelatine. Both were found to enhance the formation and stability of amorphous HAP using soluble salts as the sources of calcium and phosphate. HAP coatings were deposited from HAP-GEL sol using dip-withdrawal technique, then the plates were dried and annealed at temperatures 460-750 °C. FTIR spectroscopy and XRD analysis were used to study the phase composition of phosphate coatings. Morphology and chemical analysis of HAP layers was performed using a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analyser (SEM+EDX). The biological activity of sol-gel phosphate coatings was observed during thermostatic held in simulated body fluid (SBF). It was found that chemical composition and structure of HAP coatings depends on pH and final thermal treatment of the layer.

  5. Sol-gel derived ZnO thin films: Effect of amino-additives

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    Hosseini Vajargah, P.; Abdizadeh, H.; Ebrahimifard, R.; Golobostanfard, M. R.

    2013-11-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were dip-coated from an alcoholic sol of zinc acetate with different amino-additives including monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, triethanolamine, triethylamine, and ethylenediamine. Sol-gel behavior, crystal structure, optoelectronic and morphological properties of thin films were investigated with focus on the effects of different amines and drying conditions. Investigations explicate the role of chemical and physical properties of amines such as organic chains, polarity, and boiling point as the main factors that cause distinct sol-gel behavior and film properties. It is shown that different amines in different molar ratios together with drying temperature cause dramatic impacts on sol transparency, stability, and consequently on structural, optoelectronic, and morphological properties of films. Notably, monoethanolamine and triethylamine films demonstrate a preferred orientation stimulated by increased molar ratio of amines. Further investigations indicated the positive effect of elevated drying temperature particularly on those films prepared from sols with high-boiling-point stabilizers. The variation of film optoelectronics seems to depend mainly on heat treatment, whereas sol chemistry influences the optical properties indirectly through the structural alteration. Peculiar morphologies in the ethylenediamine films disappeared with adjusting the drying conditions. The size of ZnO grains were approximately independent of amine types and primarily affected by the heat treatment

  6. Sol-gel-derived composite antimony-doped, tin oxide-coated clay-silicate semitransparent and conductive electrodes.

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    Sadeh, A; Sladkevich, S; Gelman, F; Prikhodchenko, P; Baumberg, I; Berezin, O; Lev, O

    2007-07-15

    A new form of conductive and transparent porous composite electrode is introduced. The electrode material is composed of antimony-doped, tin oxide (ATO)-coated mica platelets imbedded in sol-gel-derived silicate or methyl silicate network. The platelet clays self-align in a layered structure within the silicate film, an anisotropic construction that minimizes the ATO loading required to achieve electric percolation. Transparency and resistance as a function of clay loading is reported with typical values of 100 k Omega/square and 1.5 OD for a 20-microm-thick film. The transparency is lower as compared to sputtered ATO glasses, but this is, as far as we know, the best method for the low-temperature preparation of transparent, porous, and electrically conductive (as opposed to the amply reported ionically conductive) electrode materials. Permselectivity induced by the silicate and clay ingredients is demonstrated by permeation of positively charged methyl viologen compared to negatively charged ferricyanide. Prussian blue-modified ATO-coated platelets dispersed in sol-gel-derived silicate were used to demonstrate feasibility of a transparent and electrically conductive porous electrochromic material. PMID:17555295

  7. Identification of Ti clusters during nucleation and growth of sol-gel-derived TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Simonsen, Morten Enggrob; Søgaard, Erik Gydesen

    2013-01-01

    In the present work, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was used to investigate the titanium clusters present during nucleation and growth of sol-gel derived TiO2 nanoparticles. Depending on the alkoxide precursor used, Ti clusters of different sizes were identified [titanium isopropoxide (TTIP)-11-12 Ti atoms, titanium butoxide (TTB)-10-11 Ti atoms and titanium tetraethoxide (TTE)-5-7 Ti atoms]. The Ti-O-Ti backbone/core of the titanium clusters were found to be quite stable after formation and do not easily break up into smaller clusters. The results of this investigation suggest that these clusters are used as building blocks in the growth during the induction period. The h-ratio (n H2O/n alcoxide) and the pH were not found to influence the identity of the Ti clusters present during nucleation of the growth of sol-gel derived TiO2 nano-particles, although the induction period was greatly influenced. The reactivity of the alkoxy group are OEt > OPri > OBu. The difference in reactivity of the alkoxides is generally believed to be due to the increasing size of the alkoxy group which causes sterical hindrance during the nucleophilic substitution reaction. PMID:24575625

  8. Optical Fiber Chemical Sensor with Sol-Gel Derived Refractive Material as Transducer for High Temperature Gas Sensing in Clean Coal Technology

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    Shiquan Tao

    2006-12-31

    The chemistry of sol-gel derived silica and refractive metal oxide has been systematically studied. Sol-gel processes have been developed for preparing porous silica and semiconductor metal oxide materials. Micelle/reversed micelle techniques have been developed for preparing nanometer sized semiconductor metal oxides and noble metal particles. Techniques for doping metal ions, metal oxides and nanosized metal particles into porous sol-gel material have also been developed. Optical properties of sol-gel derived materials in ambient and high temperature gases have been studied by using fiber optic spectroscopic techniques, such as fiber optic ultraviolet/visible absorption spectrometry, fiber optic near infrared absorption spectrometry and fiber optic fluorescence spectrometry. Fiber optic spectrometric techniques have been developed for investigating the optical properties of these sol-gel derived materials prepared as porous optical fibers or as coatings on the surface of silica optical fibers. Optical and electron microscopic techniques have been used to observe the microstructure, such as pore size, pore shape, sensing agent distribution, of sol-gel derived material, as well as the size and morphology of nanometer metal particle doped in sol-gel derived porous silica, the nature of coating of sol-gel derived materials on silica optical fiber surface. In addition, the chemical reactions of metal ion, nanostructured semiconductor metal oxides and nanometer sized metal particles with gas components at room temperature and high temperatures have also been investigated with fiber optic spectrometric methods. Three classes of fiber optic sensors have been developed based on the thorough investigation of sol-gel chemistry and sol-gel derived materials. The first group of fiber optic sensors uses porous silica optical fibers doped with metal ions or metal oxide as transducers for sensing trace NH{sub 3} and H{sub 2}S in high temperature gas samples. The second group of

  9. Spectroellipsometric studies of sol-gel derived Sr0.6Ba0.4Nb2O6 films

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    Ho, Melanie M. T.; Tang, T. B.; Mak, C. L.; Pang, G. K. H.; Chan, K. Y.; Wong, K. H.

    2006-10-01

    Sr0.6Ba0.4Nb2O6 (SBN) films have been fabricated on (001)Si substrates by a sol-gel technique. The annealing process was carried out in air at various temperatures ranging from 200to700°C. Studies using x-ray diffractometry, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy showed that polycrystalline films, with a grain size of about 100nm, were obtained only for annealing temperatures ⩾600°C. The optical properties of these sol-gel derived SBN films were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). In the analysis of the measured SE spectra, a triple-layer Lorentz model has been developed and used to deduce the optical properties of the SBN films. Our systematic SE measurements revealed that the refractive indices of the SBN films increase with the annealing temperature. This increase is more pronounced at around the crystallization temperature, i.e., between 500 and 600°C. The extinction coefficients of the films also exhibit a similar trend, showing a zero value for amorphous films and larger values for films annealed at above 600°C. Our results demonstrate that while crystallization helps to raise the refractive index of the film due to film densification, it also promotes scattering by grain boundary, resulting in a larger extinction coefficient.

  10. Optical and morphological properties of sol gel derived titanium dioxide films

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    Sharma, A. B.; Sharma, S. K.; M, Vishwas; Rao, K. Narasimha

    2015-08-28

    Titanium oxide (Titania) thin films were synthesized on different substrates via the sol-gel dip-coating method using alkoxide solution. Some selected samples were also prepared with different percentage of Lead (Pb). The influence of Pb addition in precursor sol on the optical properties of titanium dioxide thin films was studied. The optical transmittance in the visible region has increased with increase in weight percentage of lead. The refractive index was slightly decreased with Pb addition. Crystallization of these coatings was achieved through thermal annealing at temperatures above 400 °C. The structural properties and surface morphology of the crystallized coatings were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Increase in average grain size from 250 nm to 350 nm with increase in Pb concentration is observed. Films were appeared to more coarse with increase in Pb addition. An increase in Pb addition resulted increase in average roughness from 12 nm to 25 nm.

  11. A new type of a sol-gel-derived inorganic-organic nanocomposite

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    Kasemann, R.; Schmidt, H.K.; Wintrich, E.

    1994-12-31

    A new type of sol-gel-based transparent inorganic-organic nano composites has been developed by increasing the inorganic phase dimension to values just below the point, where scattering can be neglected. For this purpose, nanosized boehmite particles {le} < 50 nm are homogeneously incorporated in a sol based on tetraethoxysilane and an epoxysilane. The nanoscale boehmite particles act as catalysts for the polymerization of the epoxy silane to polyethylene oxide, as proved by {sup 13}C NMR, and are linked to the matrix by Si-O-Al bridges, as proven by {sup 27}Al-NMR spectroscopy. The synthesized sols can be applied by standard coating techniques on transparent polymers and are cured thermally. The mechanical properties (scratch resistance, hardness) have been substantially improved compared to systems with molecular dimensions of the inorganic phase. The effect is attributed to the special structure of flexibly suspended nano-scale boehmite particles in an inorganic-organic network by a tailored interface.

  12. Second-harmonic generation in metal oxide/ormosils nanocomposites derived from sol-gel processing

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    Cheng, Chih-Hsing; Xu, Yuhuan; Mackenzie, John D.; Chee, Joseph K.; Liu, Jia-ming

    1992-12-01

    Nanocomposites of Ormosis containing metal oxides, such as niobates, titanates and zirconates, were prepared by sol-gel processing. The materials were hydrolyzed partially and were dried in air atmosphere for appropriate periods. Afterwards, the materials were heat- treated between 200 degree(s) and 450 degree(s)C for 2 days in pure oxygen. The final bulk samples are transparent in infrared and visible ranges. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that these samples did not have any crystalline phases after heating up to 200 degree(s)C. Using a Nd:YAG laser of 1.064 micrometers wavelength, second harmonic generation, of green light (0.532 micrometers ), was observed in these metal oxides/Ormosils nanocomposites. The refractive index and other optical properties of the metal oxides/Ormosils were also measured. The microstructures of these samples were examined by transmission electron microscopy.

  13. Sol-gel derived porous bioactive nanocomposites: Synthesis and in vitro bioactivity

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Kothiyal, G. P.; Srinivasan, A.

    2013-06-01

    Porous bioactive composites consisting of SiO2-CaO-Na2O-P2O5 bioactive glass-ceramic and synthetic water soluble polymer Polyvinylpyrrolidone [PVP (C6H9NO)n, MW˜40000 g/mol] have been synthesized by sol-gel route. As-prepared polymeric composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Two major bone mineral phases, viz., hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] and wollastonite [calcium silicate (CaSiO3)] have been identified in the XRD patterns of the composites. Presence of these bone minerals indicates the bioactive nature of the composites. In vitro bioactivity tests confirm bioactivity in the porous composites. The flexibility offered by these bioactive polymer composites is advantageous for its application as implant material.

  14. Sol-gel derived silica/siloxane composite materials: The effect of loading level and catalyst activity on silica domain formation

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    Black, E.P.; Ulibarri, T.A.; Beaucage, G.; Schaefer, D.W.; Assink, R.A.; Bergstrom, D.F.; Giwa-Agbomeirele, P.A.; Burns, G.T.

    1993-11-01

    Currently, the production of in situ reinforcement in polymeric systems by sol-gel methods is undergoing rapid development. However, understanding of synthesis/structure/property relationships is still lacking. In order to produce sol-gel derived composite materials with sufficient mechanical properties for commercial applications, this deficit of information must be addressed. We have completed a detailed investigation of in situ silica growth in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) systems. Factors which affect the domain growth, such as catalyst activity and silica loading, have been examined by solid state {sup 29}Si NMR, SEM, mechanical testing and small angle neutron scattering.

  15. Sol-gel kinetics by NMR

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    Assink, R.A.; Kay, B.D.

    1991-01-01

    The chemical synthesis of advanced ceramic and glass materials by the sol-gel process has become an area of increasing activity in the field of material science. The sol-gel process provides a means to prepare homogeneous, high purity materials with tailored chemical and physical properties. This paper surveyed the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of silicon-based sol-gel kinetics. A review of the various models which have been used to analyze the chemical kinetics of various sol-gel systems was presented. The utility of NMR spectroscopy was demonstrated in investigating the influence that various reaction conditions have on the reaction pathways by which sol-gel derived materials are synthesized. By observing in a direct fashion the chemical pathway of the sol-gel, it is often possible to relate the final properties of the material to the formulation and reaction conditions of the sol-gel. The study of reaction kinetics by NMR is expected to play an increasingly important role in understanding sol-gel processing and material properties. 15 refs. (DP)

  16. Investigation of bioactivity and cell effects of nano-porous sol-gel derived bioactive glass film

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    Ma, Zhijun; Ji, Huijiao; Hu, Xiaomeng; Teng, Yu; Zhao, Guiyun; Mo, Lijuan; Zhao, Xiaoli; Chen, Weibo; Qiu, Jianrong; Zhang, Ming

    2013-11-01

    In orthopedic surgery, bioactive glass film coating is extensively studied to improve the synthetic performance of orthopedic implants. A lot of investigations have confirmed that nano-porous structure in bioactive glasses can remarkably improve their bioactivity. Nevertheless, researches on preparation of nano-porous bioactive glasses in the form of film coating and their cell response activities are scarce. Herein, we report the preparation of nano-porous bioactive glass film on commercial glass slide based on a sol-gel technique, together with the evaluation of its in vitro bioactivity through immersion in simulated body fluid and monitoring the precipitation of apatite-like layer. Cell responses of the samples, including attachment, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation, were also investigated using BMSCS (bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells) as a model. The results presented here provide some basic information on structural influence of bioactive glass film on the improvement of bioactivity and cellular effects.

  17. Role of spinodal-like wrinkling as a prenucleation process in crystallization of sol-gel derived thin films

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    Valant, Matjaz; Fanetti, Mattia; Luin, Uros

    2016-04-01

    Studies of crystallization of a sol-gel derived alumina thin film showed on a critical role of spinodal-like wrinkling. The wrinkling that depends on a humidity gradient in the film provides nucleation sites with high supersaturation located at the top of topological islands that occur as a result of the wrinkling. Nucleation of crystal nuclei takes place at these sites at a significantly lower temperature as it would be the case for homogenous nucleation. The crystal growth continues through different supersaturation regimes that are defined by the wrinkling topology. We showed how the crystallization can be efficiently suppressed to higher temperatures by minimizing the humidity gradient in the dip-coated film by controlled drying.

  18. Sol-gel-derived silica films with tailored microstructures for applications requiring organic dyes

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    Logan, M.N.; Prabakar, S.; Brinker, C.J. |

    1994-09-01

    A three-step sol-gel process was developed to prepare organic dye-doped thin films with tailored porosity for applications in chemical sensing and optoelectronics. Varying the acid- and base-catalyzed hydrolysis steps of sols prepared from tetraethoxysilane with identical final H{sub 2}O/Si ratios, dilution factors and pH resulted in considerably different distributions of the silicate polymers in the sol (determined by {sup 29}Si NMR) and considerably different structures for the polymer clusters (determined by SAXS). During film formation these kinetic effects cause differences in the packing and collapse of the silicate network, leading to thin films with different refractive indices and volume fraction porosities. Under conditions where small pore-plugging species were avoided, the porosities of as-deposited films could be varied by aging the sol prior to film deposition. This strategy, which relies on the growth and aggregation of fractal polymeric clusters, is compatible with the low temperature and near neutral pH requirements of organic dyes.

  19. The analysis of the electrical properties of BLT ceramics fabricated from sol-gel derived powders

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    Wodecka-Dus, Beata; Adamczyk, Malgorzata; Dzik, Jolanta; Osinska, Katarzyna

    2016-02-01

    The (Ba x La1- x )Ti1- x/4O3 (BLT, 0.001 ≤ x ≤ 0.005) amorphous gel was prepared by sol-gel process. The electrical properties of obtained materials has been investigated by impedance spectroscopy. Detailed analysis of impedance spectra allowed to propose an adequate equivalent circuit, which described the electric properties of discussed materials very well. Basing on the obtained circuits and the fitting procedure the grain and grain boundary resistivity was determined as a function of temperature and La concentration. With increase of La admixture the contribution of grain and grains impedance to the bulk impedance changes. It was found that the small amount of La additive decreases the blocking factor of the grain boundary in the temperature range 600-850 K, whereas the amount of La on the level of 0.4-0.5 mol.% causes the sharp increase of the mentioned factor. The fact may be attributed to a decrease of grain activation energy and increase of the grain boundary one.

  20. Sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania coatings on titanium substrates.

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    Ji, Xiaoli; Lou, Weiwei; Wang, Qi; Ma, Jianfeng; Xu, Haihong; Bai, Qing; Liu, Chuantong; Liu, Jinsong

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania (HA-CNT/TiO(2)) double layer coatings were successfully developed on titanium (Ti) substrates intended for biomedical applications. A TiO(2) coating was firstly developed by anodization to improve bonding between HA and Ti, and then the layer of HA and CNTs was coated on the surface by the sol-gel process to improve the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of Ti. The surfaces of double layer coatings were uniform and crack-free with a thickness of about 7 μm. The bonding strength of the HA-CNT/TiO(2) coating was higher than that of the pure HA and HA-CNT coatings. Additionally, in vitro cell experiments showed that CNTs promoted the adhesion of preosteoblasts on the HA-CNT/TiO(2) double layer coatings. These unique surfaces combined with the osteoconductive properties of HA exhibited the excellent mechanical properties of CNTs. Therefore, the developed HA-CNT/TiO(2) coatings on Ti substrates might be a promising material for bone replacement. PMID:22606041

  1. Electrochemical Urea Biosensor Based on Sol-gel Derived Nanostructured Cerium Oxide

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Azahar, Md; Malhotra, B. D.

    2012-04-01

    Urease (Urs) and glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH) have been co-immobilized onto a nanostructured-cerium oxide (Nano-CeO2) film deposited onto a indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate by dip-coating via sol-gel process for urea detection. This nanostructured film has characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electrochemical techniques, respectively. The particle size of the Nano-CeO2 film has been found to be 23 nm. Electrochemcial response (CV) studies show that Ur-GLDH/Nano-CeO2/ITO bioelectrode is found to be sensitive in the 10-80 mg/dL urea concentration range and can detect urea concentration upto 0.1 mg/dL level. The value of Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) estimated using Lineweaver-Burke plot found as 6.09 mg/dL indicates enhancement in the affinity and/or activity of enzyme attached to their nanobiocomposite. This bioelectrode retained 95% of enzyme activity after 6 months at 4°C.

  2. Optical fibers from sol-gel-derived germania-silica glasses

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    Kirkbir, Fikret; Chaudhuri, S. R.

    1992-12-01

    Step index multimode optical fibers were successfully drawn from germania doped silica rods prepared by sol-gel process. The fiber, drawn using rod-in-tube technique, had a 100 micron core with a pure silica cladding of 140 micron. The numerical aperture of the fiber was 0.21. Initial experimental results indicate an attenuation of 20 dB/km at 850 nm wavelength. Precursors used for sol preparation were tetraethyl orthosilicate, Si(OC2H5)4 and tetraethyl orthogermanate, Ge(OC2H5)4. Clear wet gels were routinely produced without any problem of premature precipitation of germanium dioxide even at high dopant concentration levels. The gels were dried by supercritical drying technique. Dry gels were consolidated to clear glass samples routinely at a temperature of 1300 degree(s)C. Fiber was drawn from these rods at a temperature of 1800 degree(s)C. The sintering parameters, i.e., type of gas flow at different steps of the sintering operation, duration of such steps and temperature were optimized to eliminate reboil of the glass above 1800 degree(s)C, resulting in bubble-free glass fibers.

  3. 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.

  4. Sol-Gel-Derived Hydroxyapatite-Carbon Nanotube/Titania Coatings on Titanium Substrates

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    Ji, Xiaoli; Lou, Weiwei; Wang, Qi; Ma, Jianfeng; Xu, Haihong; Bai, Qing; Liu, Chuantong; Liu, Jinsong

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania (HA-CNT/TiO2) double layer coatings were successfully developed on titanium (Ti) substrates intended for biomedical applications. A TiO2 coating was firstly developed by anodization to improve bonding between HA and Ti, and then the layer of HA and CNTs was coated on the surface by the sol-gel process to improve the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of Ti. The surfaces of double layer coatings were uniform and crack-free with a thickness of about 7 μm. The bonding strength of the HA-CNT/TiO2 coating was higher than that of the pure HA and HA-CNT coatings. Additionally, in vitro cell experiments showed that CNTs promoted the adhesion of preosteoblasts on the HA-CNT/TiO2 double layer coatings. These unique surfaces combined with the osteoconductive properties of HA exhibited the excellent mechanical properties of CNTs. Therefore, the developed HA-CNT/TiO2 coatings on Ti substrates might be a promising material for bone replacement. PMID:22606041

  5. Regulation of cellular behaviors of fibroblasts related to wound healing by sol-gel derived bioactive glass particles.

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    Xie, Weihan; Chen, Xiaofeng; Miao, Guohou; Tang, Jieying; Fu, Xiaoling

    2016-10-01

    Sol-gel derived bioactive glass (BG) holds great potential in the application of skin repair. However, the specific regulation of BG on skin cells is still unclear and demands more investigation. Herein, we synthesized sol-gel derived BGs with different compositions (60S, 70S, 80S, and 90S) and found 90S BGs (90 mol % SiO2 , 6 mol % CaO, 4 mol % P2 O5 ) exhibited the best supportiveness for the proliferation of normal human foreskin fibroblasts. Thus, 90S BG particles were used as a model to systematically study the wound healing related cellular response of fibroblasts to BGs. Time-lapse imaging revealed a promoted fibroblast motility stimulated by 90S BG particles. Results on the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) related genes illustrated that 90S BG particles modulated the synthesis capacity for critical ECM molecules including type I collagen, type III collagen, fibronectin, and tenascin-C. Moreover, the myofibroblastic differentiation of fibroblasts was greatly inhibited by 90S BG particles. Further analysis on the intracellular signaling pathways demonstrated that 90S BG particles down-regulated the collagen synthesis and fibroblast-to-myofibroblast differentiation via TGF-β1-Smad2 signaling, evidenced by the decreased expression levels of TGF-β receptor I and its downstream effector Smad2. Our study provided a further understanding of the specific regulation of 90S BG particles on fibroblasts, which may guide the future design of BG based wound dressing and benefit the clinical application of BG particles in skin repair. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 2420-2429, 2016. PMID:27177533

  6. Effects of pyrolysis conditions on dielectric properties of PLZT films derived from a polyvinylpyrrolidone-modified sol-gel process

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    Chao, Sheng; Ma, Beihai; Liu, Shanshan; Narayanan, Manoj; Balachandran, Uthamalingam

    2012-03-15

    Graphical abstract: SEM images showing the surface morphology of PLZT films derived from solutions with various PVP content and treated with either RTA (rapid thermal annealing) or SPT (step-wise preheat treatment) process. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-quality PLZT films were fabricated by using a polyvinylpyrrolidone-modified sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Improved film density and integrity was achieved by employing a novel step-wise preheat treatment (SPT) process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced dielectric properties were correlated to the improved microstructures as a result of the SPT process. -- Abstract: Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08}Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PLZT) films were deposited on platinized silicon substrates (Pt/Si) using a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) modified sol-gel method. Pyrolysis of the green films was conducted via two methods: rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and a step-wise preheat treatment (SPT). Microstructure analysis and dielectric property characterization were performed on samples treated by these two methods. Results showed that the SPT-pyrolyzed films exhibited much better dielectric properties when compared with the RTA-pyrolyzed films. The differences in dielectric properties were correlated to microstructural features caused by the different pyrolysis conditions. High-quality PLZT films with high dielectric constant ( Almost-Equal-To 860 at zero bias) and high breakdown strength ( Almost-Equal-To 2.1 MV/cm) were fabricated under controlled pyrolysis conditions. This work demonstrated the potential application of this material for power electronics in electric drive vehicles.

  7. Calcium phosphate sol-gel-derived coatings on titanium-aluminum-vanadium substrate for biomedical applications

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    Gan, Lu

    Osseointegration of implants to host bone is a necessary requirement for dental and orthopaedic implants. The rate and quality of osseointegration were enhanced through the use of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) films on metallic substrates. The present study investigates the characteristics of Ca-P films applied using sol-gel dip coating methods to sintered porous-surfaced implants. Ca-P films have been formed using Inorganic Route and Organic Route processes. It has been shown that both approaches resulted in the formation of carbonated hydroxyapatite but with different Ca/P ratios as well as different surface textures and film structures, the Inorganic Route-formed film being more porous at its outermost surface, and having a more irregular topography. An interfacial reaction product (calcium titanium oxide) was detected for the Inorganic Route-formed coatings while this interfacial phase was not detectable in the Organic Route-formed coatings. The interface tensile and shear adhesion strength properties of Ca-P films have been evaluated using an improved direct pull-off testing (ASTM C633) and a substrate straining method, respectively. For both Ca-P films, the adhesive tensile strength was higher than the failure stress of ˜38 MPa occurring between the Ca-P films and the glue or in the glue. A shear lag approach revealed a shear strength of 347 +/- 64MPa and 280 +/- 28MPa for the Inorganic Route and the Organic Route Ca-P films, respectively. In vivo animal model studies have been performed to compare the effect on early bone formation of sintered porous-surfaced implants that had been modified through the addition of Ca-P film. In Group I study (i.e. Inorganic Route-formed Ca-P-coated implants vs. non-coated implants), it has been found that the Inorganic Route-formed Ca-P film significantly enhances the early rate of bone ingrowth for sintered porous-surfaced implants. However, in Group II study (i.e. Organic Route-formed Ca-P-coated implants vs. non

  8. Structural characterization of sol-gel derived oxide nanostuctures using synchrotron x-ray techniques

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    Sun, Tao

    Ceramic oxides possess extraordinarily rich functionalities. With the advent of nanofabrication techniques, it is now possible to grow nanostructured oxides with precise control of composition, morphology, and microstructure, which has re-vitalized the research in the field of traditional ceramics. The unexpected behavior and enhanced properties of oxide nanostructures have been extensively reported. However, knowledge about the underlying mechanisms as well as structural implications is still quite limited. Therefore, it is imperative to develop and employ sophisticated characterization tools for unraveling the structure-property relationships for oxide nanostructures. The present thesis work aims at addressing the critical issues associated with fabrication, and more importantly, structural characterization of functional oxide nanostructures. The dissertation starts with introducing the strategy for synthesizing phase-pure and highly controlled oxide nanostructures using sol-gel deposition and an innovative approach called "soft" electron beam lithography. Some specific oxides are chosen for the present study, such as BiFeO3, CoFe2O4, and SnO2, because of their scientific and technological significance. Subsequent to fabrication of tailored oxide nanostructures, advanced synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques have been applied for structural characterization. The nucleation and growth behavior of BiFeO3 thin film was investigated using in situ grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) technique. The results reveal that the kinetics for early-stage nuclei growth are governed by the oriented-attachment model. Moreover, the porous structures of undoped and Pd-doped semiconducting SnOx thin films were quantitatively characterized using GISAXS. By correlating the structural parameters with H2 sensitivity of SnOx films, it is found out that the microstructure of doped film is favorable for gas sensing, but it is not the major reason for the overall

  9. Structural and pyroelectric properties of sol-gel derived multiferroic BFO thin films

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    Jo, Seo-Hyeon; Lee, Sung-Gap; Lee, Seung-Hwan

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We fabricated multiferroic BFO/PZT multilayer films by spin-coating method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The trap centers of carriers were formed at the interfaces between BFO and PZT films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferroelectric properties were superior to those of single composition BFO film. -- Abstract: Multiferroic BFO/PZT multilayer films were fabricated by spin-coating method on the (1 1 1)Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate alternately using PZT(30/70), PZT(70/30) and BFO alkoxide solutions. The structural and ferroelectric properties were investigated for uncooled infrared detector applications. The coating and heating procedure was repeated six times to form BFO/PZT multilayer films. All films showed the typical XRD patterns of the perovskite polycrystalline structure without presence of the second phase such as Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 3}. The thickness of BFO/PZT multilayer film was about 200-220 nm. The ferroelectric properties such as dielectric constant, remnant polarization and pyroelectric coefficient were superior to those of single composition BFO film, and those values for BFO/PZT(70/30) multilayer film were 288, 15.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 9.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} C/cm{sup 2} K at room temperature, respectively. Leakage current density of the BFO/PZT(30/70) multilayer film was 3.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} A/cm{sup 2} at 150 kV/cm. The figures of merit, F{sub V} for the voltage responsivity and F{sub D} for the specific detectivity, of the BFO/PZT(70/30) multilayer film were 6.17 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -11} Ccm/J and 6.45 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} Ccm/J, respectively.

  10. The osteogenic properties of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells in cultures on TiO₂ sol-gel-derived biomaterial.

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    Marycz, Krzysztof; Śmieszek, Agnieszka; Grzesiak, Jakub; Siudzińska, Anna; Marędziak, Monika; Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Krzak, Justyna

    2015-01-01

    The biocompatibility of the bone implants is a crucial factor determining the successful tissue regeneration. The aim of this work was to compare cellular behavior and osteogenic properties of rat adipose-derived multipotent stromal cells (ASCs) and bone marrow multipotent stromal cells (BMSCs) cultured on metallic substrate covered with TiO2 sol-gel-derived nanolayer. The morphology, proliferation rate, and osteogenic differentiation potential of both ASCs and BMSCs propagated on the biomaterials were examined. The potential for osteogenic differentiation of ASCs and BMSCs was determined based on the presence of specific markers of osteogenesis, that is, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteopontin (OPN), and osteocalcin (OCL). Additionally, the concentration of calcium and phosphorus in extracellular matrix was determined using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). Obtained results showed that TiO2 layer influenced proliferation activity of ASCs, which manifested by shortening of population doubling time and increase of OPN secretion. However, characteristic features of cells morphology and growth pattern of cultures prompted us to conclude that ultrathin TiO2 layer might also enhance osteodifferentiation of BMSCs. Therefore in our opinion, both populations of MSCs should be used for biological evaluation of biomaterials compatibility, such results may enhance the area of investigations related to regenerative medicine. PMID:25710015

  11. The Osteogenic Properties of Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Cultures on TiO2 Sol-Gel-Derived Biomaterial

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    Marycz, Krzysztof; Śmieszek, Agnieszka; Grzesiak, Jakub; Siudzińska, Anna; Marędziak, Monika; Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Krzak, Justyna

    2015-01-01

    The biocompatibility of the bone implants is a crucial factor determining the successful tissue regeneration. The aim of this work was to compare cellular behavior and osteogenic properties of rat adipose-derived multipotent stromal cells (ASCs) and bone marrow multipotent stromal cells (BMSCs) cultured on metallic substrate covered with TiO2 sol-gel-derived nanolayer. The morphology, proliferation rate, and osteogenic differentiation potential of both ASCs and BMSCs propagated on the biomaterials were examined. The potential for osteogenic differentiation of ASCs and BMSCs was determined based on the presence of specific markers of osteogenesis, that is, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteopontin (OPN), and osteocalcin (OCL). Additionally, the concentration of calcium and phosphorus in extracellular matrix was determined using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). Obtained results showed that TiO2 layer influenced proliferation activity of ASCs, which manifested by shortening of population doubling time and increase of OPN secretion. However, characteristic features of cells morphology and growth pattern of cultures prompted us to conclude that ultrathin TiO2 layer might also enhance osteodifferentiation of BMSCs. Therefore in our opinion, both populations of MSCs should be used for biological evaluation of biomaterials compatibility, such results may enhance the area of investigations related to regenerative medicine. PMID:25710015

  12. Topography and surface energy dependent calcium phosphate formation on Sol-Gel derived TiO2 coatings.

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    Järn, Mikael; Areva, Sami; Pore, Viljami; Peltonen, Jouko; Linden, Mika

    2006-09-12

    Heterogeneous nucleation and growth of calcium phosphate (CaP) on sol-gel derived TiO(2) coatings was investigated in terms of surface topography and surface energy. The topography of the coatings was derived from AFM measurements, while the surface energy was determined with contact angle measurements. The degree of precipitation was examined with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The precipitation of CaP was found to be dependent on both topography and surface energy. A high roughness value when combining the RMS roughness parameter S(q) with the number of local maxima per unit area parameter S(ds) enhances CaP formation. The hydrophilicity of the coating was also found to be of importance for CaP formation. We suggest that the water contact angle, which is a direct measure of the hydrophilicity of the surface, may be used to evaluate the surface energy dependent precipitation kinetics rather than using the often applied Lewis base parameter. PMID:16952264

  13. Sol-Gels for Optical Sensors

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    Podbielska, Halina; Ulatowska-Jarża, Agnieszka; Müller, Gerhard; Eichler, Hans J.

    Sol-gel process allows for formation of glassy and ceramics materials in temperatures much lower than offered by conventional melting techniques. The first paper on sol-gels was published over 150 years ago by Ebelmen, however, the rapid development of this technology and applications occurred in the last few years. There is a broad range of possible applications of solgel derived materials, what marked this technology as one of the most promising fields of contemporary material sciences

  14. Luminescent features of novel sol-gel derived lanthanide multi-doped oxyfluoride nano-structured phosphors for white LED

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    Gouveia-Neto, Artur S.; da Silva, Andréa F.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Costa, Ernande B.

    2011-03-01

    Rare-earth doped oxyfluoride 75SiO2:25PbF2 nano-structured phosphors for white-light-emitting diodes were synthesized by thermal treatment of precursor sol-gel derived glasses. Room temperature luminescence features of Eu3+, Sm3+, Tb3+, Eu3+/Tb3+ and Sm3+/Tb3+ ions incorporated into low-phonon-energy PbF2 nanocrystals dispersed in the aluminosilicate glass matrix and excited with UV(395 nm) and blue(405 nm) light emitting diodes was investigated. The luminescence spectra exhibited strong emission signals in the red(600, 610, 625, 646 nm), green(548, and 560 nm) and blue(485 nm) wavelength regions. White-light emission was observed in Sm/Tb and Eu/Tb double-doped activated phosphors employing UV-LED excitation at 395 nm. The dependence of the luminescence emission intensities upon annealing temperature, and rare-earth concentration was also examined. The results indicated that there exist optimum annealing temperature and activator ion concentration in order to obtain intense visible emission light with high color rendering index. The study suggest that the nanocomposite phosphor based upon 75SiO2:25PbF2 host herein reported is a promising contender for white-light LED applications.

  15. Sol-gel derived copper-doped silica glass as a sensitive material for X-ray beam dosimetry

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    Capoen, Bruno; Hamzaoui, Hicham El; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Ouerdane, Youcef; Boukenter, Aziz; Girard, Sylvain; Marcandella, Claude; Duhamel, Olivier

    2016-01-01

    The light emission from a sol-gel-derived Cu-doped silica glass was studied under 10 keV X-ray irradiation using a fibered setup. Both radioluminescence (RL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) were analyzed at different high dose rates up to 50 Gy/s and for different exposure times, yielding accumulated doses up to 50 kGy (in SiO2). Even if a darkening effect appears at this dose level, the material remains X-sensitive after exposure to several kGy. At low dose rate, the scintillation mechanisms are similar to photoluminescence, involving the Cu+ ions electronic levels, contrary to the nonlinear domain (for dose rates higher than 30 Gy/s). This RL, as well as the OSL, could be exploited in their linear domain to measure doses as high as 3 kGy. A thorough study of the OSL signal has shown that it must be employed with caution in order to take the fading phenomenon and the response dependency on stimulation source intensity into consideration.

  16. A case study of optical properties and structure of sol gel derived nanocrystalline electrochromic WO3 films

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    Deepa, M.; Srivastava, A. K.; Kar, M.; Agnihotry, S. A.

    2006-05-01

    Sol-gel derived, as-deposited amorphous tungsten oxide (WO3) films become nanocrystalline with a pseudocubic triclinic structure upon annealing at 600 °C. The annealed films are constituted of nanorods along with interconnected nanoparticles and pores. While the high transmission modulation and colouration efficiency in the visible region and the fast bleaching kinetics as shown by the nanostructured film were typical of amorphous WO3, the absorption coefficient spread in the 300-2000 nm wavelength range, the reflectance modulation and the colouration efficiency peak in the NIR region were reminiscent of crystalline WO3. The larger magnitude of the indirect band gap shift to blue than the direct gap shift for the same level of lithium intercalation (18 mC cm-2) and the irreversibility of the direct gap shift upon bleaching are characteristic of the nanocrystalline structure of the film. The moderate decline in the anodic peak current maximum, the diffusion coefficient for lithium and the optical modulation at 632.8 nm upon repetitive switching between the coloured and bleached states ratified that nanostructured films sustain 1000 cycles without much deterioration.

  17. Sol gel processes. (Latest citations from the NTIS bibliographic database). Published Search

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    1993-09-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar energy collection are presented. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  18. Structural, morphology and electrical studies on ferroelectric bismuth titanate thin films prepared by sol?gel technique

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    Giridharan, N. V.; Madeswaran, S.; Jayavel, R.

    2002-04-01

    Crystal structure, surface morphology, compositional homogeneity and electrical properties of layered perovskite bismuth titanate (BTO) thin films have been investigated. BTO thin films were deposited on silicon and platinum-coated silicon substrates by spin coating. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms that the crystallinity of the films increases with increasing annealing temperature and the optimum temperature is found to be 600°C. Morphology studies by AFM showed that the surface of the films were smooth, dense and crack free. Composition analysis on the surface and in-depth confirms the stoichiometry of the films. C- V measurements show a counter-clockwise dielectric hysteresis, indicating that the ferroelectric property sufficiently controls the silicon potential with a memory width of 2 V. The leakage current density of the films is measured to be 2×10 -7 A/cm 2 from I- V characteristics at an applied voltage of 1 V.

  19. Application feasibility of Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} ceramics fabricated from sol-gel derived powders using titanium and zirconium alkoxides

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    Huang, C.L.; Chen, B.H.; Wu, L

    2004-04-02

    It is believed that what may be termed the 'Nanoscaled Century' will lead to a new industrial revolution, particularly in terms of sol-gel methods of assembly for nanostructure devices. A propyl alcohol (1-Pro) based sol-gel chemical has been developed to replace 2-methoxyethanol (MOE), 1,1,1-tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane (THOME) for the fabrication of PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3} (PZT) piezoelectric ceramics. This chemical is prepared from sol-gel derived powders that are near to the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). The pyrochlore phase was still apparent when calcining at 900 deg. C with a shorter calcining time, such as 30 min. However, it disappeared for longer calcining times, for example 3 h or more. From the results of the analysis, PZT ceramics calcinations at 900 deg. C for 4 h, and sintering at 1100 deg. C for 2 h could reach a pyrochlore-free crystal phase with relative density of approximately 7.9 g/cm{sup 3}--close to 98% of the theoretical value. The P-E hysteresis loop, measured by the Sawyer-Tower circuit, revealed that the remanent polarization (P{sub r}) and coercive field (E{sub c}) were 8.54 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 15.6 kV/cm, respectively. The vibration modes of the PZT ceramics were between 150 and 1.5 MHz. Morevoer, under such processing conditions the PZT piezoceramics had uniform grain size distribution less than 1 {mu}m and zero temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (TCF). In summary, the PZT ceramics derived from the sol-gel method were confirmed to possess excellent piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, the processing temperatures were scaled down by 100-200 deg. C, compared to conventional oxide reaction. Finally, from an energy-saving viewpoint, this experiment can potentially make a very positive contribution.

  20. Low cost sol-gel derived SiC-SiO2 nanocomposite as anti reflection layer for enhanced performance of crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Jannat, Azmira; Lee, Woojin; Akhtar, M. Shaheer; Li, Zhen Yu; Yang, O.-Bong

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes the preparation, characterizations and the antireflection (AR) coating application in crystalline silicon solar cells of sol-gel derived SiC-SiO2 nanocomposite. The prepared SiC-SiO2 nanocomposite was effectively applied as AR layer on p-type Si-wafer via two step processes, where the sol-gel of precursor solution was first coated on p-type Si-wafer using spin coating at 2000 rpm and then subjected to annealing at 450 °C for 1 h. The crystalline, and structural observations revealed the existence of SiC and SiO2 phases, which noticeably confirmed the formation of SiC-SiO2 nanocomposite. The SiC-SiO2 layer on Si solar cells was found to be an excellent AR coating, exhibiting the low reflectance of 7.08% at wavelengths ranging from 400 to 1000 nm. The fabricated crystalline Si solar cell with SiC-SiO2 nanocomposite AR coating showed comparable power conversion efficiency of 16.99% to the conventional SixNx AR coated Si solar cell. New and effective sol-gel derived SiC-SiO2 AR layer would offer a promising technique to produce high performance Si solar cells with low-cost.

  1. The effect of post annealing treatment on the citrate sol-gel derived nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powder: structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    Brightlin, B. C.; Balamurugan, S.

    2016-05-01

    The nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powders were obtained from citrate sol-gel combustion-derived powder upon annealing at 800-1100 °C, and explored their structural, micro-structural, optical and magnetic properties. The thermal decomposition of citrate sol-gel combustion product was verified by means of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. Structural identification of the citrate sol-gel combustion powder and annealed samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction. Though the combustion product exhibits cubic spinel phase material, the annealed powder yields good quality nanocrystalline hexagonal BaFe12O19 phase materials. The thin plate-like flakes morphology with random particle sizes of ~100-200 nm with slightly agglomerated particles of BaFe12O19 phase is analyzed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy for the good quality annealed sample. Photoluminescence emission spectrum of BaFe12O19 material reveals broad emission peak at ~360 nm under the excitation wavelength of 270 nm. Interestingly, the near infrared relative reflectivity of the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by citrate sol-gel synthesis method is higher than the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by mechano-thermal and co-precipitation method. The present dark brown colored BaFe12O19 materials can be applied as a ceramic color pigment which includes several applications. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis loop of the annealed BaFe12O19 sample exhibits a ferromagnetic saturation magnetization, M s of 55.774 emu/g at 15 kOe.

  2. In vitro toxicity assessment of extracts derived from sol-gel coatings on polycarbonate intended to be used in food contact applications.

    PubMed

    Séverin, Isabelle; Lionti, Krystelle; Dahbi, Laurence; Loriot, Catherine; Toury, Bérangère; Chagnon, Marie-Christine

    2016-07-01

    Polycarbonate is a widely used polymer in food contact applications all around the world. However, due to the potential release of Bisphenol A (BPA) during repeated washing cycles, its use becomes compromised as BPA is known for being an endocrine disruptor for rodents. In order to tackle this issue, sol-gel coatings based on organoalkoxysiloxane were developed on PC, to act as a physical barrier. To this end, two sol-gel systems based on tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) and 3-glycidyloxypropyltriethoxysilane (GPTES), three common sol-gel precursors, were prepared. The coatings derived from the latter two systems were then studied with regards to their potential toxicity in vitro. Migration tests were performed in food simulants, and the maximal migration was obtained in ethanol 10% (v/v) for one system and in isooctane for the other one. In vitro genotoxicity was assessed with the Ames test (OECD 471) and the micronucleus assay (OECD 487), and no genotoxic effect was observed. Moreover, the estrogenic activity of the extracts was studied with a transcriptional activation assay using transient transfection in human cells; none of the extracts was found estrogenic. These negative in vitro results are highly promising for the future use of these new barrier coating formulations onto food contact materials. PMID:27137982

  3. Analysis of lipid phase behavior and protein conformational changes in nanolipoprotein particles upon entrapment in sol-gel-derived silica.

    PubMed

    Zeno, Wade F; Hilt, Silvia; Aravagiri, Kannan K; Risbud, Subhash H; Voss, John C; Parikh, Atul N; Longo, Marjorie L

    2014-08-19

    The entrapment of nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) and liposomes in transparent, nanoporous silica gel derived from the precursor tetramethylorthosilicate was investigated. NLPs are discoidal patches of lipid bilayer that are belted by amphiphilic scaffold proteins and have an average thickness of 5 nm. The NLPs in this work had a diameter of roughly 15 nm and utilized membrane scaffold protein (MSP), a genetically altered variant of apolipoprotein A-I. Liposomes have previously been examined inside of silica sol-gels and have been shown to exhibit instability. This is attributed to their size (∼150 nm) and altered structure and constrained lipid dynamics upon entrapment within the nanometer-scale pores (5-50 nm) of the silica gel. By contrast, the dimensional match of NLPs with the intrinsic pore sizes of silica gel opens the possibility for their entrapment without disruption. Here we demonstrate that NLPs are more compatible with the nanometer-scale size of the porous environment by analysis of lipid phase behavior via fluorescence anisotropy and analysis of scaffold protein secondary structure via circular dichroism spectroscopy. Our results showed that the lipid phase behavior of NLPs entrapped inside of silica gel display closer resemblance to its solution behavior, more so than liposomes, and that the MSP in the NLPs maintain the high degree of α-helix secondary structure associated with functional protein-lipid interactions after entrapment. We also examined the effects of residual methanol on lipid phase behavior and the size of NLPs and found that it exerts different influences in solution and in silica gel; unlike in free solution, silica entrapment may be inhibiting NLP size increase and/or aggregation. These findings set precedence for a bioinorganic hybrid nanomaterial that could incorporate functional integral membrane proteins. PMID:25062385

  4. Sol gels. (Latest citations from Materials Business file). Published Search

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    1996-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning sol gel derived materials. The citations examine research conducted by universities, corporations and government agencies for the development of novel sol gel processes, and commercial applications of these techniques. Uses of sol gels in the production of glass, ceramics, composites, protective coatings, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials are described. Other topics include new products, expanding markets for sol gel derived materials, and profit potential. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  5. Structural and electrical properties of ferroelectric Na0.5 (Bi1-xPrx )0.5TiO3 (x=0.00 and 0.10) ceramics synthesized by Sol-Gel method

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    Shalini, K.; Muneeswaran, M.; Giridharan, N. V.

    2016-05-01

    Ferroelectric Na0.5(Bi1-xPrx)0.5TiO3 (x=0.00, 0.10) ceramics have been synthesized through sol-gel method. The phase formation has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis of ceramics annealed at 800°C. The relaxation mechanism is observed from variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature and frequency. Substitution of Pr reduces vacancies and defects identified from leakage current measurements. Further, the polarization Vs electricfield (P-E) measurements have been performed at room temperature.

  6. Optical spectroscopy of trivalent chromium in sol-gel lithium niobate

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    Krebs, J.K.; Happek, U.

    2005-12-19

    We report on the characterization of sol-gel derived lithium niobate via trivalent chromium probe ions, a study that is motivated by recent reports on the synthesis of high quality sol-gel lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}). In order to assess the quality of sol-gel derived LiNbO{sub 3}, we incorporate Cr{sup 3+} during the hydrolysis stage of the sol-gel process. A comparison of the Cr{sup 3+} emission and photoexcitation data on both sol-gel and melt-grown LiNbO{sub 3} shows that the sol-gel derived material is highly stoichiometric.

  7. Toward sol-gel-based sensors

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    Jordan, J.D.; Ingersoll, C.M.; Dunbar, R.A.

    1995-12-31

    Advances in biotechnology have produced a variety of antibodies and other biomolecules that possess selective recognition capabilities. Current techniques for the immobilization of these biomolecules typically involve multistep derivatization of a primary substrate, which is labor intensive and often requires large volumes of costly reagents. Further, these immobilization chemistries often adversely affect the characteristic properties of the protein (e.g., the binding affinity). As a result, the need for fast, accurate, inexpensive, and simple to operate diagnostic assays escalates. Because of their room temperature processing, transparency, inertness, and tunable pore structure, sol-gel-derived composites represent promising chemical and biosensing platforms. To date, many researchers have entrapped proteins and enzymes in sol-gel monoliths, and found that they retain some of their native properties. Our group first reported on the affinity of a sol-gel entrapped antibody. However, although these biogel monoliths were promising, analyte diffusion through the monolith matrix is slow, resulting in long response times. Thus, it is clear that the next level of sol-gel-derived biosensor must depend on thin film technology. In the current work, the affinity of fluorescein entrapped within a sol-gel derived thin film for the anti fluorescent hapten, 5- (and 6-)-carboxy 4{prime}, 5{prime}-dimethylfluorescein, is investigated. A novel film preparation technique will be introduced, and the response and response times of these films as a function of processing and storage conditions will be discussed.

  8. Structural investigations of sol-gel-derived LiYF{sub 4} and LiGdF{sub 4} powders

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    Lepoutre, S.; Boyer, D. Potdevin, A.; Dubois, M.; Briois, V.; Mahiou, R.

    2007-11-15

    A soft synthesis route based on the sol-gel process was used for preparing rare-earth tetrafluoride powders from alkoxide precursors. In-situ fluorination was performed by decomposition of a fluorine containing organic compound named 1,1,1-trifluoro-5-methyl-2,4-hexanedione when sintering the as-prepared xerogel to produce crystallized samples. Both to insure complete departure of organic residues as well as to avoid any oxidation into oxyfluoride, annealing treatment was carried out under fluorine atmosphere. Free-oxygen content of resulting samples was evidenced by infrared and Raman spectroscopies. X-ray absorption spectroscopies (XAS) and {sup 19}F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies showed that samples heat treated at 300 deg. C are already crystallized but for a full crystallization in LiGdF{sub 4} and LiYF{sub 4} a thermal treatment at 550 deg. C is needed. Temperature dependence of powder morphology was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). - Graphical abstract: The sol-gel route is a soft process, which allows developing versatile-shaped compounds. A fluorine organic compound named 1,1,1-trifluoro-5-methyl-2,4-hexadione was used to synthesis LiGdF{sub 4} and LiYF{sub 4} powders based on the sol-gel method. These materials can be used as host lattices for rare-earth ions to provide phosphors.

  9. Improved performance by plasma-treated silicate phosphor particles with a sol-gel derived protective coating of indium oxide

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    Kim, Hyeon; Yun, Changhun; Jeon, Sie Wook; Lee, June Key; Kim, Jae Pil

    2016-03-01

    The optical properties and reliability of silicate phosphor was fairly improved by an amorphous In2O3 protective coating on plasma-treated phosphor particles. The In2O3 layers were coated using a conventional sol-gel method with alkoxide precursor in N2 gas. The surface morphology of silicate particles was smoother after Ar-plasma surface modification. When plasma surface treatment of the phosphor was applied before sol-gel coating, the In2O3 coating was almost 3-times thicker, and the surface of the phosphor particles was smoother, than could be obtained when sol-gel coating was not preceded by plasma treatment. This was because the treatment caused the surface to become hydrophilic. The light absorption rate and quantum efficiency were increased from 75.3% and 93.8%, to 79.2% and 95.7%, after plasma-treated In2O3 coating. Bare silicate phosphor used in 450-nm vertical-type LEDs, displayed 10% decreased optical output, whereas In2O3-coated phosphor showed just 3% decreased optical output after 1000 h of input current at 350 mA; under conditions of high humidity and high temperature.

  10. In situ real-time investigation of kinetics of nucleation and growth of sol-gel-derived functional oxide thin films

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    Sun, Tao; Hu, Hao; Pan, Zixiao; Li, Xuefa; Wang, Jin; Dravid, Vinayak P.

    2008-05-01

    Early-stage nucleation and growth kinetics of sol-gel-derived multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were investigated in situ and in real time by combining transmission electron microscopy and grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS). While the initial phase of the nuclei was identified to be Bi2O2CO3 , the quantitative GISAXS analysis unambiguously revealed that the early-stage kinetic nucleation growth in the thin films was dominated by an oriented-attachment mechanism as opposed to the conventional Ostwald ripening in metallic and ceramic systems.

  11. Influence of processing parameters on the luminescence of sol-gel derived PrPO{sub 4}

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    Chadeyron-Bertrand, G. . E-mail: chadeyr@chimtp.univ-bpclermont.fr; Vial, S.; Cellier, J.; Boyer, D.; Mahiou, R.

    2005-09-01

    PrPO{sub 4} synthesis by the sol-gel process was carried out using an alkoxide route. Powders purity and morphology were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction, laser granulometry and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, praseodymium fluorescence in that lattice was recorded by laser induced spectroscopy at room temperature. Upon excitation into the {sup 3}P{sub 0} high energy level, emission in the red wavelength range is observed from this state as well as from the {sup 1}D{sub 2} level. Finally, dependence of the phosphorus precursor and hydrolysis rate on the quantum efficiency was investigated.

  12. Sol-Gel-derived TiO2-SiO2 implant coatings for direct tissue attachment. Part II: Evaluation of cell response.

    PubMed

    Areva, Sami; Aäritalo, Virpi; Tuusa, Sari; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika; Peltola, Timo

    2007-08-01

    Silica-releasing sol-gel derived TiO2-SiO2 coatings with tailored nanostructure were evaluated in fibroblast and osteoblast cell cultures. The adhesion of both fibroblasts and osteoblasts proceeded within two hours. The highest fibroblast proliferation activities were observed on the TiO2-SiO2 (70:30) and (30:70) coatings. However, the cell layer on TiO2-SiO2 (30:70) coating was disordered. Prolonged osteoblast activity was observed on the coatings as a function of increased amount of released silica. At day 21 the surfaces were fully covered by the calcified nodules and extracellular matrix except for the coatings TiO2-SiO2 (10:90) i.e. having the highest SiO2 amount. The results suggested that TiO2-SiO2 (70:30) was the best for fibroblasts and TiO2-SiO2 (30:70) for osteoblasts. The applicability of the sol-gel derived TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 coatings as an alternative for the calcium phosphate based implant coatings are discussed. PMID:17483880

  13. Sol-gel processes. January 1970-September 1989 (Citations from the NTIS data base). Report for January 1970-September 1989

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    Not Available

    1989-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear-fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar-energy collection are presented. (This updated bibliography contains 179 citations, 39 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  14. Sol-gel processes. January 1970-September 1988 (Citations from the NTIS database). Report for January 1970-September 1988

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1988-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar energy collection are presented. (This updated bibliography contains 140 citations, 28 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  15. Microstructural changes in NiFe2O4 ceramics prepared with powders derived from different fuels in sol-gel auto-combustion technique

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    Chauhan, Lalita; Bokolia, Renuka; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    Structural properties of Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) ceramics prepared from powders derived from sol gel auto-combustion method using different fuels (citric acid, glycine and Dl-alanine) are compared. Changes in the structural properties at different sintering temperatures are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase material with cubic structure. Ceramics prepared using the different powders obtained from different fuels show that that there are no significant changes in lattice parameters. However increasing sintering temperatures show significant improvement in density and grain size. The DL-alanine fuel is found to be the most effective fuel for producing NIFe2O4 powders by the sol-gel auto combustion method and yields highly crystalline powders in the as-burnt stage itself at a low temperature (80 °C). Subsequent use of the powders in ceramic manufacturing produces dense NiFe2O4 ceramics with a uniform microstructure and a large grain size.

  16. The evaluation of physical properties and in vitro cell behavior of PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds.

    PubMed

    Ding, Yaping; Yao, Qingqing; Li, Wei; Schubert, Dirk W; Boccaccini, Aldo R; Roether, Judith A

    2015-12-01

    PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds (P5S1S) and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds (P5S1N) with a 5:1 organic/inorganic ratio were fabricated through a combination of electrospinning and sol-gel methods and dispersion electrospinning, respectively. In contrast to the silica nanoparticle aggregates appearing on the fiber surface of P5S1N, smooth and uniform fibers were obtained for P5S1S. The fiber diameter distribution, tensile strength, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and cellular behavior of both types of scaffolds were characterized and studied. The tensile strength results and TGA indicated that the interfacial interaction between the organic and the inorganic phase was enhanced in P5S1S over the nanocomposite scaffolds, and cells exhibited significantly higher alkaline phosphate activity (ALP) for P5S1S, which makes P5S1S hybrid scaffolds candidate materials for bone tissue engineering applications. PMID:26364089

  17. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

    DOEpatents

    Petruska, Melissa A.; Klimov, Victor L.

    2012-06-12

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites

  18. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

    DOEpatents

    Petruska, Melissa A.; Klimov, Victor L.

    2007-06-05

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites.

  19. Resistive Switching Properties of Sol-Gel-Derived V-Doped SrTiO3 Thin Films

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    Tang, Zhen Hua; Xiong, Ying; Xu, Ding Lin; Tang, Ming Hua; Wang, Zi Ping; Xiao, Yong Guang; Zeng, Bo Wen; Gu, Xiao Chen; Li, Jian Cheng; Wang, Long Hai

    2013-08-01

    V-doped and undoped SrTiO3 (V:STO and STO) thin films on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates were synthesized using a sol-gel method to form metal-insulator-metal (MIM) structures. Coexistence of the bipolar and unipolar resistive switching (BRS and URS) modes in Pt/STO/Pt and Pt/V:STO/Pt structures was observed as a irreversible transition from BRS to URS on adjustment of the compliance current ( I comp). Both states were stable and reproducible over 60 cycles, and the maximum operating voltage of the Pt/STO/Pt was reduced from 10 V to 2 V by doping with V. Linear fitting of current-voltage curves suggests that space-charge-limited leakage was the limiting leakage mechanism for these two devices. Based on these results, a switching mechanism based on filament theory is proposed to explain both resistive switching modes.

  20. Processing and mechanical behavior of Nicalon{reg_sign}/SiC composites with sol-gel derived oxide interfacial coatings

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    Shanmugham, S.; Liaw, P.K.

    1996-10-01

    Recent analytical and finite element modeling studies have indicated that low modulus interface materials are desirable for obtaining Nicalon/SiC composites with good toughness. Two oxides, Al titanate and mullite, were chosen on this basis as interface materials. The oxide and C coatings were deposited by sol-gel and CVD, respectively. Nicalon/SiC composites with oxide/C and C/oxide/C interfaces were fabricated and evaluated for flexure strength in the as-processed and oxidized conditions. Composites with C/oxide/C interfaces retained considerable strength and damage-tolerant behavior even after 500 h oxidation at 1000 C in air. The C/oxide/C interface shows promise as a viable oxidation-resistant interface alternative to C or BN interfaces.

  1. Electroassisted codeposition of sol-gel derived silica nanocomposite directs the fabrication of coral-like nanostructured porous gold.

    PubMed

    Farghaly, Ahmed A; Collinson, Maryanne M

    2014-05-13

    Herein, we report on a one-step coelectrodeposition method to form gold-silica nanocomposite materials from which high surface area nanostructured gold electrodes can be produced. The as-prepared Au-SiO2 films possess an interconnected three-dimensional porous framework with different silica-gold ratios depending on the deposition solutions and parameters. Chemical etching of the nanocomposite films using hydrofluoric acid resulted in the formation of nanostructured porous gold films with coral-like structures and pores in the nanometer range. The cross-linkage of the gold coral branches resulted in the generation of a porous framework. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the complete removal of silica. Well-controlled surface area enhancement, film thickness, and morphology were achieved by manipulating the deposition parameters, such as potential, time, and gold ion and sol-gel monomer concentrations in the deposition solution. An enhancement in the surface area of the electrode up to 57 times relative to the geometric area has been achieved. The thickness of the as-prepared Au-SiO2 nanocomposite films is relatively high and varied from 8 to 15 μm by varying the applied deposition potential while the thickness of the coral-like nanostructured porous gold films ranged from 0.22 to 2.25 μm. A critical sol-gel monomer concentration (CSGC) was determined at which the deposited silica around the gold coral was able to stabilize the coral-like gold nanostructures, while below the CSGC, the coral-like gold nanostructures were unstable and the surface area of the nanostructured porous gold electrodes decreased. PMID:24766096

  2. Alkoxy sol-gel derived Y{sub 3{minus}x}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Tb{sub x} thin films as efficient cathodoluminescent phosphors

    SciTech Connect

    Choe, Jae Young; Ravichandran, D.; Blomquist, S. M.; Morton, D. C.; Kirchner, K. W.; Ervin, M. H.; Lee, Unchul

    2001-06-11

    Thin-film Y{sub 3{minus}x}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Tb{sub x}{sup 3+} (YAG:Tb) phosphor derived from a sol-gel chemistry is analyzed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL). The metal alkoxides organic precursors were chosen as the starting materials to form the sol-gel. This liquid sol-gel was spin coated on sapphire and silicon substrates to form the uniform thin films, then crystallized by annealing. The PL intensity of the crystallized film at 545 nm green emission was 15 times higher than that of the as-coated noncrystalline film. CL measurements show that luminance and efficiency are comparable to the films deposited by other techniques. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  3. Third-order optical nonlinearities of sol-gel silica coating films containing metal porphyrin derivatives measured by resonant femtosecond degenerate four-wave mixing technique

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    Kasatani, Kazuo; Okamoto, Hiroaki; Takenaka, Shunsuke

    2003-11-01

    Third-order optical nonlinearities of sol-gel silica coating films containing metal porphyrin derivatives were measured under resonant conditions by the femtosecond degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) technique. Temporal profiles of the DFWM signal were measured with a time resolution of 0.3 ps, and were found to consist of two components, the coherent instantaneous nonlinear response and the delayed response with a decay time constant of several to several hundred ps. The latter can be attributed to population grating of an excited state, and contribution of slow component was very little for a zinc porphyrin derivative. The values of electronic component of the optical nonlinear susceptibility, χ(3) xxxx, for these films were ca. 2 x 10-10 esu.

  4. Effect of Fe incorporation on the optical behavior of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel derived spin coating techniques

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    Rakkesh, R. Ajay; Malathi, R.; Balakumar, S.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, Fe doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films were fabricated on the glass substrate by sol-gel derived spin coating technique. X-ray Diffraction studies revealed that the obtained pure and Fe doped ZnO thin films were in the wurtzite and spinel phase respectively. The three well defined Raman lines at 432, 543 and 1091 cm-1 also confirmed the lattice structure of the ZnO thin film has wurtzite symmetry. While doping Fe atoms in the ZnO, there was a significant change in the phase from wurtzite to spinel structure; owing to Fe (III) ions being incorporated into the lattice through substitution of Zn (II) ions. Room temperature PL spectra showed that the role of defect mediated red emissions at 612 nm was due to radial recombination of a photogenerated hole with an electron that belongs to the Fe atoms, which were discussed in detail.

  5. Design and Simulation of 2×2 MMI Coupler and Thermo-optic Switch Using Sol-Gel Derived Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Material

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    Samah, M. Firdaus A.; Nawabjan, Amirjan; Abdullah, Ahmad Sharmi; Ibrahim, Mohd Haniff; Kassim, Norazan Mohd; Mohamad, Abu Bakar

    2011-05-01

    A new design of Multimode Interference (MMI) thermo-optic switch with improved crosstalk figure is demonstrated in this paper. The device is designed and simulated using BeamProp 3D from Rsoft and 3D BPM CAD softwares. The devices are designed based on sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid material, vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES), tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and tetrabutoxytitanate (TTBu) or VTT with refractive index of 1.47 as a core and surrounded by silica with refractive index of 1.45 at 1550 nm wavelength. The switching power is 164mW and the simulation result show that the propagation loss of the MMI device is 1.8 dB and zero crosstalk.

  6. Sol-gel derived mesoporous cobalt silica catalyst: Synthesis, characterization and its activity in the oxidation of phenol

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    Andas, Jeyashelly; Adam, Farook; Rahman, Ismail Ab.

    2014-10-01

    Highly mesoporous cobalt silica rice husk catalysts with (5-15 wt.%) Co2+ loading were prepared via a simple sol-gel technique at room temperature. The successful insertion of cobalt ions into silica matrix was evidenced from FT-IR, NMR, XPS and AAS analyses. Preservation of the mesoporosity nature of silica upon incorporating Co2+ was confirmed from the N2-sorption studies. The topography and morphology viewed by TEM analysis differs as the cobalt concentration varies from 5 to 15 wt.%. Parallel pore channels and spherical nanoparticles of 9.44 nm were achieved for cobalt silica catalysts with 10 and 15 wt.% respectively. Cobalt catalysts were active in the liquid-phase oxidation of phenol with H2O2 as an oxygen source. The performances of the catalysts were greatly influenced by various parameters such as reaction temperature, catalyst amount, molar ratio of substrate to oxidant, nature of solvent, metal loading and homogeneous precursor salt. Water served as the best reaction medium for this oxidation system. The regeneration studies confirmed cobalt catalyst could be reused for five cycles without experiencing large loss in the conversion. Both leaching and reusability studies testified that the catalysts were truly heterogeneous.

  7. Sol-gel derived Al-Ga co-doped transparent conducting oxide ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi; Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO doped with Al, Ga and co-doped Al and Ga (1:1) (AGZO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by cost effective sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD results showed that all the films are polycrystalline in nature and highly textured along the (002) plane. Enhanced grain size was observed in the case of AGZO thin films. The transmittance of all the films was more than 83% in the visible region of light. The electrical properties such as carrier concentration and mobility values are increased in case of AGZO compared to that of Al and Ga doped ZnO thin films. The minimum resistivity of 2.54 × 10-3 Ω cm was observed in AGZO thin film. The co-doped AGZO thin films exhibited minimum resistivity and high optical transmittance, indicate that co-doped ZnO thin films could be used in transparent electronics mainly in display applications.

  8. Low dark current metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors based on sol-gel-derived TiO2 films

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    Xie, Yannan; Huang, Huolin; Yang, Weifeng; Wu, Zhengyun

    2011-01-01

    The titanium dioxide (TiO2) films prepared by sol-gel processing were used to fabricate metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors. A very low dark current of 5.38 pA (current density of 3.84 nA/cm2) at 5 V bias is obtained, which is ascribed to the high effective Schottky barrier between Au and TiO2 films. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis demonstrates that the concentration of oxygen vacancies is very low in the surface of the TiO2 films, which is responsible for the high effective Schottky barrier. The devices exhibit a cutoff wavelength at about 380 nm and a large UV-to-visible rejection ratio (340 versus 400 nm) of three orders of magnitude. The peak responsivity of the devices is 17.5 A/W at 5 V bias, indicating the presence of internal photoconductive gain induced by desorption of oxygen on the TiO2 surface.

  9. Influence of annealing temperature on microstructure and optical properties of sol-gel derived tungsten oxide films

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    Sun, Xilian; Cao, Hongtao; Liu, Zhimin; Li, Jianzhong

    2009-07-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO 3) thin films have been extensively studied for their interesting physical properties and a variety of potential applications in electrochromic devices. In order to explore the possibility of using these in electrochromic devices, a preliminary and thorough study of the optical properties of the host materials is an important step. Based on this, the influence of annealing temperature on the structural, surface morphological, optical and electrochromic properties has been investigated in the present work. The host material, WO 3 films, has been prepared from an ethanolic acetylated peroxotungstic acid sol containing 5 wt.% oxalic acid dehydrate (OAD) by sol-gel technique. The monoclinic structure and textured nature change of the films with the temperature increasing have been investigated by X-ray diffraction analysis. The surface morphology evolution of the films has been characterized by SEM. The shift in absorption edge towards the higher wavelength region observed from optical studies may be due to the electron scattering effects and the optical band filling effect that reveals the crystallization of the film. The amorphous film shows better optical modulation (Δ T = 76.9% at λ = 610 nm), fast color-bleach kinetics ( tc ˜ 4 s and tb ˜ 9 s) and good reversibility ( Qb/ Qc = 90%), thereby rendering it suitable for smart window applications.

  10. In situ SAXS observation on metal-salt-derived alumina sol-gel system accompanied by phase separation.

    PubMed

    Tokudome, Yasuaki; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Hanada, Teiichi

    2010-12-15

    The structure formation process of hierarchically porous alumina gels has been investigated by in situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The measurement was performed on the sol-gel solution containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate (AlCl(3)·6H(2)O), poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), and propylene oxide (PO). The temporal divergence of scattering intensity in the low q regime was observed in the early stage of reaction, indicating that the occurrence of spinodal-decomposition-type phase separation. Detailed analysis of the SAXS profiles revealed that phase separation occurs between weakly branched polymerizing aluminum hydroxide (AH) and PEO. Further progress of the condensation reaction forms phase-separated two phases, that is, AH-rich phase and PEO-rich phase with the micrometer-range heterogeneity. The growth and aggregation of primary particles occurs in the phase-separated AH-rich domain, and therefore, the addition of PEO influences on the structure in nanometer regime as well as micrometer regime. The moderate stability of oligomeric species allows homogeneous condensation reaction parallel to phase separation and successful formation of hierarchically porous alumina gel. PMID:20822775

  11. Preparation and characterization of bioactive sol-gel-derived Na2Ca2Si3(O)9.

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    Du, Ruilin; Chang, Jiang

    2004-12-01

    In this study, pure Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 was synthesized by a sol-gel method, and Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids and disks were prepared by uniaxial pressing and calcining at 700 degrees C. The porosity and mechanical strength of the Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids were measured, and the results showed that the Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids were porous with an average porosity of 44%, and the 3-point bending strength of the cuboids was 6.08 MPa. The in vitro bioactivity of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 was carried out by soaking Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 disks in simulated body fluid (SBF). The results showed that hydroxyapatite (HA) formed on the surface of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 samples after soaking for 1 day, which indicated good bioactivity of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9. PMID:15747180

  12. Structural investigations of sol-gel-derived LiYF 4 and LiGdF 4 powders

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    Lepoutre, S.; Boyer, D.; Potdevin, A.; Dubois, M.; Briois, V.; Mahiou, R.

    2007-11-01

    A soft synthesis route based on the sol-gel process was used for preparing rare-earth tetrafluoride powders from alkoxide precursors. In-situ fluorination was performed by decomposition of a fluorine containing organic compound named 1,1,1-trifluoro-5-methyl-2,4-hexanedione when sintering the as-prepared xerogel to produce crystallized samples. Both to insure complete departure of organic residues as well as to avoid any oxidation into oxyfluoride, annealing treatment was carried out under fluorine atmosphere. Free-oxygen content of resulting samples was evidenced by infrared and Raman spectroscopies. X-ray absorption spectroscopies (XAS) and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies showed that samples heat treated at 300 °C are already crystallized but for a full crystallization in LiGdF 4 and LiYF 4 a thermal treatment at 550 °C is needed. Temperature dependence of powder morphology was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  13. Photophysical properties of sol-gel derived luminescent silicone hybrids synthesized via facile amino-ene reaction.

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    Yue, Yuanzhi; Liang, Yan; Wang, Hua; Feng, Linglong; Feng, Shengyu; Lu, Haifeng

    2013-01-01

    Novel luminescent silicone hybrids (LSHs) containing lanthanide ions were prepared via different sol-gel processes. The precursor, dimethyl ester-functionalized silane, was synthesized via a facile amino-ene reaction. The coordinated assembly of the ester ligands and lanthanide ions (Eu(3+), Tb(3+) and Dy(3+)) occurred. The ester ligands were immobilized onto the Si-O network backbone during the preparation of the silicone hybrid materials. The particle size can be controlled to ca 50 nm by adjusting the solvent ratio. The obtained materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), (13)C NMR, (28)Si NMR, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, high-resolution scanning electronic microscopy and luminescent (excitation and emission) spectroscopy. The coordination state and photophysical performance of the compounds were studied in detail. The terbium- and europium-containing materials show sharp green and red emissions, respectively, which indicate that efficient intramolecular energy transfer took place in these LSHs. PMID:22774939

  14. Influence of Eu(3+) doping content on antioxidant properties of Lu2O3 sol-gel derived nanoparticles.

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    Olvera Salazar, Arturo; García Hernández, Margarita; López Camacho, Perla Yolanda; López Marure, Arturo; Reyes de la Torre, Adriana Isabel; Morales Ramírez, Ángel de Jesús; Hernández Santiago, Felipe; Aguilera Vázquez, Luciano

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents the synthesis of pure and europium-doped lutetium oxide (Lu2O3) powders prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of europium ion concentration into Lu2O3 nanocrystallites was investigated for first time in an in vitro system using a modified ABTS radical cation decolorization assay to determine the antioxidant activity. The crystalline structure of Lu2O3 and Eu:Lu2O3 powders was elucidated by XRD obtaining cubic phase in all system without secondary products in accordance with FT-IR results. By TEM and Scherrer equation, it was determined that Lu2O3 and Eu:Lu2O3 powders presented nearly spherical particle morphology with crystallites sizes in the range of 8 to 13nm. The antioxidant assays results revealed that europium ion enhance Lu2O3 powders antioxidant properties, showing that 12.5mol% of europium is sufficient to reach its maximum capacity. PMID:27612779

  15. Effects of lithium doping on microstructure, electrical properties, and chemical bonds of sol-gel derived NKN thin films

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    Lin, Chun-Cheng; Chen, Chan-Ching; Weng, Chung-Ming; Chu, Sheng-Yuan; Tsai, Cheng-Che

    2015-02-28

    Highly (100/110) oriented lead-free Li{sub x}(Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}){sub 1−x}NbO{sub 3} (LNKN, x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, and 0.06) thin films are fabricated on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates via a sol-gel processing method. The lithium (Li) dopants modify the microstructure and chemical bonds of the LNKN films, and therefore improve their electrical properties. The optimal values of the remnant polarization (P{sub r} = 14.3 μC/cm{sup 2}), piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33} = 48.1 pm/V), and leakage current (<10{sup −5} A/cm{sup 2}) are obtained for a lithium addition of x = 0.04 (i.e., 4 at. %). The observation results suggest that the superior electrical properties are the result of an improved crystallization, a larger grain size, and a smoother surface morphology. It is shown that the ion transport mechanism is dominated by an Ohmic behavior under low electric fields and the Poole-Frenkel emission effect under high electric fields.

  16. Molecular host sol-gel films for chemical sensing applications

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    Shi, J.; Johnson, S.; Yang, X.; Swanson, B.

    1997-12-31

    Sol-gel cyclodextrin coatings on surface acoustic wave (SAW) device as VOC sensors have been studied. The sol-gel approach to thin films efficiently yields uniform coatings on SAW devices. The films were characterized by ATR-FT-IR, ellipsometry and SEM. The incorporation of molecular host reagents (cyclodextins and their derivatives) into thin films greatly enhance the sensitivity and selectivity of SAW sensors. It is believed that molecular recognition (selective sorption) occurs at the gas-solid interface. From the SAW data, it is possible to calculate the binding constants of sol-gel films towards a variety VOCs. The identification of VOCs based on SAW sensor arrays is discussed.

  17. Sol-gel derived silica/chitosan/Fe3O4 nanocomposite for direct electrochemistry and hydrogen peroxide biosensing

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    Satvekar, R. K.; Rohiwal, S. S.; Tiwari, A. P.; Raut, A. V.; Tiwale, B. M.; Pawar, S. H.

    2015-01-01

    A novel strategy to fabricate hydrogen peroxide third generation biosensor has been developed from sol-gel of silica/chitosan (SC) organic-inorganic hybrid material assimilated with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4). The large surface area of Fe3O4 and porous morphology of the SC composite facilitates a high loading of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Moreover, the entrapped enzyme preserves its conformation and biofunctionality. The fabrication of hydrogen peroxide biosensor has been carried out by drop casting of the SC/F/HRP nanocomposite on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for study of direct electrochemistry. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms the phase purity and particle size of as-synthesized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, respectively. The nanocomposite was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) for the characteristic structure and conformation of enzyme. The surface topographies of the nanocomposite thin films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dynamic light scattering (DLS) was used to determine the particle size distribution. The electrostatic interactions of the SC composite with Fe3O4 nanoparticles were studied by the zeta potential measurement. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of the SC/F/HRP/GCE electrode displays Fe3O4 nanoparticles as an excellent candidate for electron transfer. The SC/F/HRP/GCE exhibited a pair of well-defined quasi reversible cyclic voltammetry peaks due to the redox couple of HRP-heme Fe (III)/Fe (II) in pH 7.0 potassium phosphate buffer. The biosensor was employed to detect H2O2 with linear range of 5 μM to 40 μM and detection limit of 5 μM. The sensor displays excellent selectivity, sensitivity, good reproducibility and long term stability.

  18. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Ba(Sn{sub 0.15}Ti{sub 0.85})O{sub 3} thin films grown by a sol-gel process

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    Zhai Jiwei; Shen Bo; Yao Xi; Zhang Liangying

    2004-09-01

    Ferroelectric Ba(Sn{sub 0.15}Ti{sub 0.85})O{sub 3} (BTS) thin films were deposited on LaNiO{sub 3}-coated silicon substrates via a sol-gel process. Films showed a strong (1 0 0) preferred orientation depending upon annealing temperature and concentration of the precursor solution. The dependence of dielectric and ferroelectric properties on film orientation has been studied. The leakage current density of thin films at 100 kV/cm was 7 x 10{sup -7} A/cm{sup 2} and 5 x 10{sup -5} A/cm{sup 2} and their capacitor tunability was 54 and 25% at an applied field of 200 kV/cm (measurement frequency of 1 MHz) for the thin films deposited with 0.1 and 0.4 M spin-on solution, respectively. This work clearly reveals the highly promising potential of BTS compared with BST films for application in tunable microwave devices.

  19. Sintering Effects on Morphology, Thermal Stability and Surface Area of Sol-Gel Derived Nano-Hydroxyapatite Powder

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    Kapoor, Seema; Batra, Uma; Kohli, Suchita

    2011-12-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) ceramics have been recognized as substitute materials for bone and teeth in orthopedic and dentistry field due to their chemical and biological similarity to human hard tissue. The nanosized and nanocrystalline forms of HAP have great potential to revolutionize the hard tissue-engineering field, starting from bone repair and augmentation to controlled drug delivery systems. This paper reports the synthesis of biomimetic nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP) by sol-gel method using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (CNT) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively to obtain a desired Ca/P ratio of 1.67. Deionized water was used as a diluting media for HAP sol preparation and ammonia was used to adjust the pH to 11. After aging, the HAP gel was dried at 55 °C and sintered to different temperatures (200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C, 1000 °C and 1200 °C). The dried and sintered powders were characterized for phase composition using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size and morphology was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal behavior of the dried HAP nanopowder was studied in the temperature range of 55 °C to 1000 °C using thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA). The BET surface area of absorbance was determined by Nitrogen adsorption using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The presence of characteristic peaks of the phosphate and OH groups in FTIR spectrums confirmed the formation of pure HAP in dried as well as sintered powders. XRD results also confirmed the formation of stoichiometric nano-HAP. Sintering revealed that with increase in temperature, both the crystallinity and crystallite size of nano-HAP particles increased. The synthesized nano-HAP powder was found to be stable upto 1000 °C without any additional phase other than HAP, whereas peak of β-TCP (tricalcium phosphate) was observed at 1200 °C. Photomicrograph of

  20. Sintering Effects on Morphology, Thermal Stability and Surface Area of Sol-Gel Derived Nano-Hydroxyapatite Powder

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    Kapoor, Seema; Batra, Uma; Kohli, Suchita

    2011-12-12

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) ceramics have been recognized as substitute materials for bone and teeth in orthopedic and dentistry field due to their chemical and biological similarity to human hard tissue. The nanosized and nanocrystalline forms of HAP have great potential to revolutionize the hard tissue-engineering field, starting from bone repair and augmentation to controlled drug delivery systems. This paper reports the synthesis of biomimetic nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP) by sol-gel method using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (CNT) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively to obtain a desired Ca/P ratio of 1.67. Deionized water was used as a diluting media for HAP sol preparation and ammonia was used to adjust the pH to 11. After aging, the HAP gel was dried at 55 deg. C and sintered to different temperatures (200 deg. C, 400 deg. C, 600 deg. C, 800 deg. C, 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C). The dried and sintered powders were characterized for phase composition using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size and morphology was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal behavior of the dried HAP nanopowder was studied in the temperature range of 55 deg. C to 1000 deg. C using thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA). The BET surface area of absorbance was determined by Nitrogen adsorption using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The presence of characteristic peaks of the phosphate and OH groups in FTIR spectrums confirmed the formation of pure HAP in dried as well as sintered powders. XRD results also confirmed the formation of stoichiometric nano-HAP. Sintering revealed that with increase in temperature, both the crystallinity and crystallite size of nano-HAP particles increased. The synthesized nano-HAP powder was found to be stable upto 1000 deg. C without any additional phase other than HAP, whereas peak of {beta}-TCP (tricalcium phosphate) was observed

  1. Novel carboxy functionalized sol-gel precursors

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    Wolter, H.; Storch, W.; Gellermann, C.

    1996-12-31

    A novel family of inorganic-organic copolymers (ORMOCER`s) derived from urethane- and thioether(meth)acrylate alkoxysilanes has been successfully exploited for a variety of diverse applications. In order to widen the range of applications an additional functionality (carboxy group) has been incorporated int his silane type. Conventional sol-gel processing facilitates the formation of an inorganic Si-O-Si-network via hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions of alkoxysilyl moieties and in addition, the (meth)acrylate groups are available for radically induced polymerization to obtain a complementary organic polymer structure. The presence of a carboxy group would appear to have great potential for a range of diverse areas of application, such as an internal catalyst for the sol-gel process, complexation of elements such as Zr and Ti, increasing the adhesion to various substrates and modification of solubility. A number of novel silanes and their syntheses will be described in this paper.

  2. Sol-gel processes and materials. January 1970-August 1988 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for January 1970-August 1988

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    Not Available

    1988-08-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning Sol-Gel processes and Sol-Gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include Sol-Gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, Sol-Gel production of microspheres, Sol-Gel thin films and coatings, photographic materials, and dental materials. (Contains 71 citations fully indexed and including a title list.)

  3. Novel sol-gel bioactive fibers.

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    Oréfice, R L; Hench, L L; Clark, A E; Brennan, A B

    2001-06-15

    Bioactive fibers were produced using a sol-gel method. The rheological properties of two different sol compositions prepared from a mixture of TEOS, phosphorous alkoxide and calcium nitrate, or calcium chloride in a water-ethanol solution, are reported. The sols were extruded through a spinneret to produce continuous 10 microm-diameter fibers. Discontinuous fibers and fibrous mats were prepared by air-spraying the multicomponent sols. The sol-gel fibers were converted to the bioactive fibers by three different thermal treatments at either 600 degrees, 700 degrees, or 900 degrees C for 3 h. SEM, BET, EDX, and FTIR were used to characterize the morphology and structure of the fibers. The BET measured surface area of the fibers sintered at 900 degrees C was 0 m(2)/gm compared to a value of 200 m(2)/gm for a typical sol-gel-derived particle of similar composition. Both the continuous and discontinuous fibers exhibited in vitro bioactivity in a simulated body fluid. PMID:11288073

  4. Sol-gel derived bioactive glasses with low tendency to crystallize: synthesis, post-sintering bioactivity and possible application for the production of porous scaffolds.

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    Bellucci, Devis; Sola, Antonella; Salvatori, Roberta; Anesi, Alexandre; Chiarini, Luigi; Cannillo, Valeria

    2014-10-01

    A new sol-gel (SG) method is proposed to produce special bioactive glasses (BG_Ca family) characterized by a low tendency to devitrify. These formulations, derived from 45S5 Bioglass®, are characterized by a high content of CaO (45.6 mol%) and by a partial or complete substitution of sodium oxide with potassium oxide (total amount of alkaline oxides: 4.6 mol%), which increases the crystallization temperature up to 900°C. In this way, it is possible to produce them by SG preserving their amorphous nature, in spite of the calcination at 850°C. The sintering behavior of the obtained SG powders is thoroughly investigated and the properties of the sintered bodies are compared to those of the melt-derived (M) counterparts. Furthermore, the SG glass powders are successfully used to produce scaffolds by means of a modified replication technique based on the combined use of polyurethane sponges and polyethylene particles. Finally, in the view of a potential application for bone tissue engineering, the cytotoxicity of the produced materials is evaluated in vitro. PMID:25175252

  5. Carbon nanotubes incorporated with sol-gel derived La(OH)3 nanorods as platform to simultaneously determine ascorbic acid, dopamine, uric acid and nitrite.

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    Zhang, Yu; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin; Zhong, Xia; Zhong, Huaan

    2012-12-01

    A novel material, sol-gel derived La(OH)(3) nanorods (La(OH)(3)NRs) with excellent film forming ability was prepared, and it was first designed to incorporate with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to simultaneously voltammetric determine ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA), and nitrite (NO(2)(-)). Cyclic voltammetry (CV), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to characterize the sensor. Under optimal conditions, the linear response range for AA, DA, UA, and NO(2)(-) were 0.5 μmol L(-1) to 1.46 mmol L(-1), 50 nmol L(-1) to 35.36 μmol L(-1), 50 nmol L(-1) to 0.79 mmol L(-1), and 0.55 μmol L(-1) to 0.72 mmol L(-1), respectively and the detection limits were 1.67 μmol L(-1), 1.67 nmol L(-1), 1.67 nmol L(-1), and 0.18 μmol L(-1). The sensor demonstrated well stability, high selectivity and sensitivity. More importance, this material can be extended to construct other electrochemical sensors by the immobilization of enzymes and antibodies. PMID:22766296

  6. Grafting of organosilane derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and thiourea onto magnesium phyllosilicate by sol-gel process and investigation of metal adsorption properties

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    Dey, R. K.; Oliveira, Andrea S.; Patnaik, Tanushree; Singh, V. K.; Tiwary, D.; Airoldi, Claudio

    2009-08-01

    A layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) has been successfully synthesized by using sol-gel based precursor under mild temperature conditions and a new silylaing agent (GTPS-TU) derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. The hybrid material was characterized through elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, thermogravimetry, and carbon and silicon solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The result confirmed the attachment of organic functionality to the inorganic silicon network. The inter-lamellar distance for the hybrid material was found to be 18.8 Å. Metal adsorption characteristics follows Cr(III) >Mn(II)>Zn(II) with more affinity towards Cr(III) in dilute aqueous solution. Evaluation of thermodynamic parameters ΔH and ΔS for Cr(III) were found to be 25.44 J mol -1 and 79.9 J mol -1 K -1, respectively, indicating adsorption process to be endothermic in nature. The negative value of Δ G indicated the feasibility and spontaneity of ongoing adsorption process at relatively higher temperature. The presence of multiple coordination sites in the attached organic functionality expresses the potentiality of the hybrid material containing new silylating agent for heavy cation removal from eco-system.

  7. Study of the surface modification with oleic acid of nanosized HfO2 synthesized by the polymerized complex derived sol-gel method

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    Ramos-González, R.; García-Cerda, L. A.; Quevedo-López, M. A.

    2012-06-01

    The synthesis of nanosized hafnium oxide by the polymerized complex derived sol-gel method is reported. The structural and morphological characterization of the HfO2 was carried out by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The surface of hafnium oxide nanoparticles was modified by capping with oleic acid. The nanoparticle surface area was measured by the gas adsorption technique in order to determine the minimal amount of oleic acid needed to obtain a uniform coverage of the hafnium oxide. The existence of organic layer can be confirmed by Fourier transform spectroscopy, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The FTIR and solid state NMR results reveal that oleic acid is chemisorbed as a carboxylate onto the HfO2 nanoparticle surface and confirm the formation of a monomolecular layer of oleic acid surrounding the HfO2. The cover density of oleic acid on the HfO2 increases with the amount of oleic acid used to modify the nanoparticles and the surface properties of HfO2 nanoparticles modified with oleic acid change from hydrophilic to hydrophobic.

  8. Sol-gel-derived TiO(2)-SiO (2) implant coatings for direct tissue attachment. Part I: design, preparation and characterization.

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    Aäritalo, Virpi; Areva, Sami; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika; Peltola, Timo

    2007-09-01

    A series of sol-gel derived TiO(2)-SiO(2) mixed oxide coatings were prepared by carefully controlling the process parameters to obtain silica-releasing coatings consisting of nanoparticles. These features are of paramount importance for enhanced cell adhesion and activation. To achieve both these goals the Ti-alkoxide and Si-alkoxide were first separately hydrolysed and the titania-silica mixed sol was further reacted before the dipping process to obtain the desired particle sizes resulting to the biologically favourable topographical features. Silica release was observed from all the prepared coatings and it was dependent on SiO(2) amount added to the sols, i.e., the higher the added amount the higher the release. In addition, calcium phosphate was able to nucleate on the coatings. From the obtained SiO(2) dissolution data, together with the detailed XPS peak analysis, the mixed oxide coatings are concluded to be chemically heterogeneous, consisting of TiO(2) and SiO(2) species most likely linked together by Ti-O-Si bonds. TiO(2) is chemically stable making long-term implant coating possible and the desired nanoscale dimensions were well preserved although the composition was changed as a consequence of SiO(2) dissolution under in vitro conditions. PMID:17508132

  9. Structural and dielectric/ferroelectric properties of (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} synthesized by sol-gel route

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    Shao Zhenmian; Saitzek, Sebastien; Roussel, Pascal; Mentre, Olivier; Prihor Gheorghiu, Felicia; Mitoseriu, Liliana; Desfeux, Rachel

    2010-07-15

    A series of compounds with the general formula (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (0.0{<=}x{<=}1.0) has been prepared by the sol-gel method. The decomposition of the gel was characterized by thermo-gravimetric analysis coupled to mass spectrometry, indicating the reaction is achieved above 850 {sup o}C. The lattice parameters versus x show an expected decrease in the a and b parameters while c and the {beta} angle remain almost unchanged with respect to the monoclinic symmetry conserved for the full solid solution. Dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were measured on the entire series. - Graphical abstract: XRD patterns of (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} powders for various x values. The (hkl) peaks positions (with h and k{ne}0) change with x values while the (00l) peaks positions remain unaffected.

  10. Comparisons between surfactant-templated mesoporous and conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses: Compositional, textural and in vitro bioactive properties

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    Xiu Tongping; Liu Qian Wang Jiacheng

    2008-04-15

    Compositional, textural and in vitro bioactive comparisons between surfactant-templated mesoporous (MCBS) and conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} (CBS) glasses are studied in this paper. CBS glasses are heterogeneous in composition. Due to the heterogeneity, melting boron oxide that formed during the heat treatment will fill in the pores that should have been generated by decomposition of calcium species. So, unlike other conventional sol-gel-derived bioactive glasses that have disordered and widely distributed mesopores, the CBS glasses are almost nonporous. MCBS glasses are more homogeneous in composition than CBS glasses, mainly ascribed to the effect of the surfactant. MCBS glasses of different compositions possess wormhole-like mesoporous structure and have similar pore size. In vitro bioactive tests show that wormhole-like MCBS glasses are more bioactive than CBS glasses, due to their high porosity. - Graphical abstract: Surfactant-templated mesoporous CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses (MCBS) are superior to conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses (CBS) in compositional homogeneity, textural properties and in vitro bioactivity. Display Omitted.

  11. Grafting of organosilane derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and thiourea onto magnesium phyllosilicate by sol-gel process and investigation of metal adsorption properties

    SciTech Connect

    Dey, R.K.; Oliveira, Andrea S.; Patnaik, Tanushree; Singh, V.K.; Tiwary, D.; Airoldi, Claudio

    2009-08-15

    A layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) has been successfully synthesized by using sol-gel based precursor under mild temperature conditions and a new silylaing agent (GTPS-TU) derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. The hybrid material was characterized through elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, thermogravimetry, and carbon and silicon solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The result confirmed the attachment of organic functionality to the inorganic silicon network. The inter-lamellar distance for the hybrid material was found to be 18.8 A. Metal adsorption characteristics follows Cr(III) >Mn(II)>Zn(II) with more affinity towards Cr(III) in dilute aqueous solution. Evaluation of thermodynamic parameters DELTAH and DELTAS for Cr(III) were found to be 25.44 J mol{sup -1} and 79.9 J mol{sup -1} K{sup -1}, respectively, indicating adsorption process to be endothermic in nature. The negative value of DELTAG indicated the feasibility and spontaneity of ongoing adsorption process at relatively higher temperature. The presence of multiple coordination sites in the attached organic functionality expresses the potentiality of the hybrid material containing new silylating agent for heavy cation removal from eco-system. - Abstract: We report the synthesis and adsorption properties of a layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) derived from a new silylaing agent from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. Display Omitted

  12. Kinetics and structure of silicate sol-gels

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    Assink, R.A.; Brinker, C.J.; Kay, B.D.

    1990-01-01

    The structure of a silicate sol-gel derived material depends on the nature of its reaction kinetics. The chemical state of the silicate sol-gel is characterized by both the functional group concentrations and the distribution of the functional groups about a single silicon atom. {sup 29}Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy provides a way to quantitatively determine these concentrations and distributions as a function of time during the reaction. During the early stages of the sol-gel reaction, the distribution of hydrolyzed species enables one to calculate the relative rates of hydrolysis. During the intermediate stages of the reaction, the rate of formation of various condensed species enables one to determine the reaction rate constants for both water-producing and alcohol-producing condensation. The chemical bonding of sol-gel derived solid materials can be determined by direct polarization NMR combined with magic angle spinning techniques. These capabilities provide a valuable tool for studying the relationships between the reaction conditions, the chemical kinetics and the resulting structure of the sol-gel derived material. 8 refs., 4 figs.

  13. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

    DOEpatents

    Klimov, Victor L.; Petruska, Melissa A.

    2010-05-25

    The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a solid composite having colloidal nanocrystals dispersed within a sol-gel matrix, the process including admixing colloidal nanocrystals with an amphiphilic polymer including hydrophilic groups selected from the group consisting of --COOH, --OH, --SO.sub.3H, --NH.sub.2, and --PO.sub.3H.sub.2 within a solvent to form an alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex, admixing the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex and a sol-gel precursor material, and, forming the solid composite from the admixture. The present invention is also directed to the resultant solid composites and to the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complexes.

  14. Ferroelectricity in corundum derivatives

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    Ye, Meng; Vanderbilt, David

    The search for new ferroelectric (FE) materials holds promise for broadening our understanding of FE mechanisms and extending the range of application of FE materials. The known FE materials LiNbO3 can be regarded as derived from the A2O3 corundum structure with cation ordering. Here we consider more general binary (AB O3) and ternary (A2 BB' O6) corundum derivatives as an extended class of potential FE materials, motivated by the fact that some members of this class have recently been synthesized. There are four structure types for these corundum derivatives, and the number of cation combinations is enormous, but in many cases the energy barriers for polarization reversal may be too large to allow FE behavior. Here we present a first-principles study of the polar structure, coherent FE barrier, and domain-wall switching barrier for a representative set of polar corundum derivatives, allowing us to identify several potentially new FE materials. We also discuss the conditions under which ferroelectricity is compatible with magnetic ordering. Finally, we identify several empirical measures that can provide a rule of thumb for estimating the barrier energies. Our results should assist in the experimental search for new FE materials in the corundum derivative family. This work is supported by ONR Grant No. N-00014-12-1-1035.

  15. Comparison of formats for the development of fiber-optic biosensors utilizing sol-gel derived materials entrapping fluorescently-labelled protein.

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    Flora, K; Brennan, J D

    1999-10-01

    The development of fiber-optic biosensors requires that a biorecognition element and a fluorescent reporter group be immobilized at or near the surface of an optical element such as a planar waveguide or optical fiber. In this study, we examined a model biorecognition element-reporter group couple consisting of human serum albumin that was site-selectively labelled at Cys 34 with iodoacetoxy-nitrobenzoxadiazole (HSA-NBD). The labelled protein was encapsulated into sol-gel derived materials that were prepared either as monoliths, as beads that were formed at the distal tip of a fused silica optical fiber, or as thin films that were dipcast along the length of a glass slide or optical fiber. For fiber-based studies, the entrapped protein was excited using a helium-cadmium laser that was launched into a single optical fiber, and emission was separated from the incident radiation using a perforated mirror beam-splitter, and detected using a monochromator-photomultiplier tube assembly. Changes in fluorescence intensity were generated by denaturant-induced conformational changes in the protein or by iodide quenching. The analytical parameters of merit for the different encapsulation formats, including minimum protein loading level, response time and limit-of-detection, were examined, as were factors such as protein accessibility, leaching and photobleaching. Overall, the results indicated that both beads and films were suitable for biosensor development. In both formats, a substantial fraction of the entrapped protein remained accessible, and the entrapped protein retained a large degree of conformational flexibility. Thin films showed the most rapid response times, and provided good detection limits for a model analyte. However, the entrapment of proteins into beads at the distal tip of fibers provided better signal-to-noise and signal-to-background ratios, and required less protein for preparation. Hence, beads appear to be the most viable method for interfacing of

  16. Sol-gel processes and materials. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    1995-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning sol-gel processes and sol-gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include sol-gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, sol-gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, catalysts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, sol-gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  17. Ferroelectricity in corundum derivatives

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    Ye, Meng; Vanderbilt, David

    2016-04-01

    The search for new ferroelectric (FE) materials holds promise for broadening our understanding of FE mechanisms and extending the range of application of FE materials. Here we investigate a class of A B O3 and A2B B'O6 materials that can be derived from the X2O3 corundum structure by mixing two or three ordered cations on the X site. Most such corundum derivatives have a polar structure, but it is unclear whether the polarization is reversible, which is a requirement for a FE material. In this paper, we propose a method to study the FE reversal path of materials in the corundum derivative family. We first categorize the corundum derivatives into four classes and show that only two of these allow for the possibility of FE reversal. We then calculate the energy profile and energy barrier of the FE reversal path using first-principles density functional methods with a structural constraint. Furthermore, we identify several empirical measures that can provide a rule of thumb for estimating the energy barriers. Finally, the conditions under which the magnetic ordering is compatible with ferroelectricity are determined. These results lead us to predict several potentially new FE materials.

  18. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  19. Structural, optical, vibrational, and magnetic properties of sol-gel derived Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinet, Gunjan; Kumar, Ravindra; Sajal, Vivek

    2013-07-01

    With a view to study structural, optical, vibrational, and magnetic properties of solgel derived Zn1-xNixO (x = 0.02, 0.04, and 0.06) nanoparticles, systematic investigations have been carried out. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction data revealed a single hexagonal phase with space group P63mc. The secondary phase of NiO appeared only in 6% Ni doped sample. Phonon modes in Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles were studied through Fourier transform infrared measurements. Furthermore, the enhancement in optical band gap with Ni doping from 3.29 to 3.32 eV has been observed through UV-visible spectroscopic analysis. Photoluminescence spectra of Zn1-xNixO show the UV-emission peak showing the blue shift with increase in doping concentration followed by broad visible (blue) emission corresponding to the defect emission whose intensity decreased with increasing Ni concentration. A clear room temperature ferromagnetism is observed in all samples but saturation magnetization decreased with increasing Ni content. The suitability of bound magnetic polarons (BMP) model is checked and numbers of BMPs are found to be of the order 1015 per cm3, which is very small for the percolation in ZnO. In the present case, oxygen rich stoichiometry with enhanced Zn-O bonding favours the indirect Ni-O-Ni ferromagnetic exchange coupling and reduction of oxygen vacancies leading to strong hybridization of Ni in ZnO host matrix responsible for room temperature ferromagnetism.

  20. Sol-Gel Glasses

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    Mukherjee, S. P.

    1985-01-01

    Multicomponent homogeneous, ultrapure noncrystalline gels/gel derived glasses are promising batch materials for the containerless glass melting experiments in microgravity. Hence, ultrapure, homogeneous gel precursors could be used to: (1) investigate the effect of the container induced nucleation on the glass forming ability of marginally glass forming compositions; and (2) investigate the influence of gravity on the phase separation and coarsening behavior of gel derived glasses in the liquid-liquid immiscibility zone of the nonsilicate systems having a high density phase. The structure and crystallization behavior of gels in the SiO2-GeO2 as a function of gel chemistry and thermal treatment were investigated. As are the chemical principles involved in the distribution of a second network former in silica gel matrix being investigated. The procedures for synthesizing noncrystalline gels/gel-monoliths in the SiO2-GeO2, GeO2-PbO systems were developed. Preliminary investigations on the levitation and thermal treatment of germania silicate gel-monoliths in the Pressure Facility Acoustic Levitator were done.

  1. Strong magnetoelectric coupling in sol-gel derived multiferroic (Pb0.76Ca0.24)TiO3-CoFe2O4 composite films

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    Cheng, T. D.; Tang, X. G.; Wang, Yu; Chan, H. L. W.

    2012-10-01

    A multilayer heterostructure composite thin films consisting of alternating layers (Pb0.76Ca0.24)TiO3 (PCT) and CoFe2O4 (CFO) were grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate by a sol-gel process. X-ray measurements indicated high quality of crystallization of both PCT and CFO layers. The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of the composite were investigated. Well-defined polarization vs. electric field (P-E) and magnetic hysteresis (M-H) loops were obtained. A strong magnetoelectric (ME) response was observed in the sample which was subjected to an alternating magnetic field, and a high ME voltage coefficient αE = 870 mV/Oe cm was obtained for the composite thin films when applied magnetic field parallel to the sample plane.

  2. Fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials using sol-gel processing techniques

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    Chu, C. T.; Chu, Jay; Zheng, Haixing

    1995-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. They are being used as both electrodes and electrolytes. Sol-gel processing is a versatile solution technique used in fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. The application of sol-gel processing in the fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials will be presented. The potentials of sol-gel derived materials for electrochemical energy applications will be discussed along with some examples of successful applications. Sol-gel derived metal oxide electrode materials such as V2O5 cathodes have been demonstrated in solid-slate thin film batteries; solid electrolytes materials such as beta-alumina for advanced secondary batteries had been prepared by the sol-gel technique long time ago; and high surface area transition metal compounds for capacitive energy storage applications can also be synthesized with this method.

  3. Preparation and optical properties of ZnGa 2O 4:Cr 3+ thin films derived by sol-gel process

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Zhang, Junying; Li, Yuan; Chen, Ziyu; Wang, Tianmin

    2010-05-01

    ZnGa 2O 4:Cr 3+ thin films with bright red emission were synthesized using a sol-gel process, characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and UV-vis and fluorescence spectrophotometry measurements. Effects of calcining temperature, film thickness, calcining duration and substrates on the crystal structure and photoluminescent property have been investigated. It is found that the crystallinity, Ga/Zn ratio and band gap energy ( Eg) are significant factors influencing optical characteristics, while the nature of substrates affect the surface morphologies of ZnGa 2O 4:Cr 3+ thin films.

  4. Structural studies and impedance spectroscopy of sol-gel derived Bi0.9Pr0.1FeO3 nanoceramics

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    Mahato, Dev K.; Saha, Sujoy; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    Nano-crystalline Bi0.9Pr0.1FeO3 (BPFO) ceramics have been synthesized by a sol-gel technique. The Rietveld refinement of the room temperature powder X-ray diffraction pattern confirms that the BPFO crystallizes in the rhombohedral R3c space group symmetry. SEM image of the sintered BPFO ceramic shows particles with same shape and fine grain morphology with the average grain size of 53±12 nm. The electrical properties of the ceramic are analysed by impedance spectroscopy. Grain and grain-boundary effect is observed in the material at lower temperature range which has been confirmed by electric modulus formalism. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys the Johnscher's power law. The activation energy calculated from dc conductivity is found to be 0.373 eV, which represents the conduction of small polaron over barrier between two sites of the lattice.

  5. Bipolar and unipolar resistive switching behaviors of sol-gel-derived SrTiO3 thin films with different compliance currents

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    Tang, M. H.; Wang, Z. P.; Li, J. C.; Zeng, Z. Q.; Xu, X. L.; Wang, G. Y.; Zhang, L. B.; Xiao, Y. G.; Yang, S. B.; Jiang, B.; He, J.

    2011-07-01

    The SrTiO3 (STO) thin films on a Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate were synthesized using a sol-gel method to form a metal-insulator-metal structure. This device shows the bipolar resistance switching (BRS) behavior for a compliance current Icc of less than 0.1 mA but exhibits soft breakdown at a higher level of compliance current. A transition from the BRS behavior to the stable unipolar resistive switching behavior (URS) was also observed. We found that the BRS behavior may be controlled by the structure interface while the URS behavior is likely bulk controlled. Our study indicates that the external compliance current is a key factor in resistance switching phenomenon of STO thin films.

  6. Biomass-Derived Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Aerogels from a Salt Melt Sol-Gel Synthesis and their Performance in Li-S Batteries.

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    Schipper, Florian; Vizintin, Alen; Ren, Jiawen; Dominko, Robert; Fellinger, Tim-Patrick

    2015-09-21

    An ionothermal sol-gel strategy to synthesize hierarchically porous carbon aerogels doped with different heteroatoms is presented by using biomass precursors in a scalable process. Morphologically similar but chemically different materials are used to study the influence of heteroatoms in Li-S batteries. The materials show capacities as high as 1290 mAh g(-1) in the first cycle using 50 wt % S loading. Heteroatom doping reduces the capacity fading and the polarization throughout cycling. Zeta potential measurements reveal positive surface charges for heteroatom-doped carbons and indicate attractive interactions with polysulfides causing reduced fading. A polysulfide-selective sorption study reveals strongly different adsorption behavior depending on the carbon's chemical composition. Interestingly, the polysulfide fraction is also crucial. The results indicate that improved adsorption of long-chain polysulfides to doped carbons is related to improved capacity retention. PMID:26373362

  7. Optical and electrical properties study of sol-gel derived Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films for solar cells

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    Guo, B. L.; Liu, X. J.; Li, A. D. E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn; Chen, Y. H.; Liu, W. C. E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn

    2014-09-15

    The fabrication of environmental-friendly Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films with pure kesterite phase is always a challenge to researchers in the field of solar cells. We introduce a simple non-vacuum sol-gel method to fabricate kesterite CZTS films. Ethylenediamine is used as the chelating agent and stabilizer and plays an important role in preparing stable precursor. X-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the microstructure and optical properties of CZTS films depend strongly on annealing temperatures. The temperature dependence of conductivity of 500 °C annealed CZTS film shows that the Mott law dominates in the low temperature region and thermionic emission is predominant at high temperatures.

  8. : comparison between magnetron sputtering and sol-gel synthesis

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    Cosentino, S.; Knebel, S.; Mirabella, S.; Gibilisco, S.; Simone, F.; Bracht, H.; Wilde, G.; Terrasi, A.

    2014-07-01

    SiGeO films have been produced by a sol-gel derived approach and by magnetron sputtering deposition. Post-thermal annealing of SiGeO films in forming gas or nitrogen atmosphere between 600 and 900 °C ensured the phase separation of the SiGeO films and synthesis and growth of Ge nanoclusters (NCs) embedded in SiO2. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry analysis evidenced a similar Ge concentration (~12 %), but a different Ge out-diffusion after annealing between the two types of techniques with the formation of a pure SiO2 surface layer (~30 nm thick) in sol-gel samples. The thermal evolution of Ge NCs has been followed by transmission electron microscopy and Raman analysis. In both samples, Ge NCs form with similar size increase (from ~3 up to ~7 nm) and with a concomitant amorphous to crystalline transition in the 600-800 °C temperature range. Despite a similar Ge concentration, a significant lower NCs density is observed in sol-gel samples attributed to an incomplete precipitation of Ge, which probably remains still dispersed in the matrix. The optical absorption of Ge NCs has been measured by spectrophotometry analyses. Ge NCs produced by the sol-gel method evidence an optical band gap of around 2 eV, larger than that of NCs produced by sputtering (~1.5 eV). These data are presented and discussed also considering the promising implications of a low-cost sol-gel based technique towards the fabrication of light harvesting devices based on Ge nanostructures.

  9. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, C.S.; Reed, S.T.

    1988-01-26

    An antireflection film made from reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  10. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  11. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings

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    Ozer, N.; Lampert, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Electrochromic devices have increasing application in display devices, switchable mirrors and smart windows. A variety of vacuum deposition technologies have been used to make electrochromic devices. The sol- gel process offers an alternative approach to the synthesis of optical quality and low cost electrochromic device layers. This study summarizes the developments in sol-gel deposited electrochromic films. The sol-gel process involves the formation of oxide networks upon hydrolysis-condensation of alkoxide precursors. In this study we cover the sol-gel deposited oxides of WO[sub 3], V[sub 2]O[sub 5], TiO[sub 2], Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5], and NiO[sub x].

  12. Sol-gel processes and materials. November 1971-October 1989 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for November 1971-October 1989

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning sol-gel processes and sol-gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include sol-gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, sol-gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, sol-gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (This updated bibliography contains 120 citations, 12 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  13. Sol-gel processes and materials. January 1970-August 1989 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for January 1970-August 1989

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    Not Available

    1989-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning Sol-Gel processes and Sol-Gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include Sol-Gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, Sol-Gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, Sol-Gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (This updated bibliography contains 108 citations, 37 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  14. A silica sol-gel design strategy for nanostructured metallic materials

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    Warren, Scott C.; Perkins, Matthew R.; Adams, Ashley M.; Kamperman, Marleen; Burns, Andrew A.; Arora, Hitesh; Herz, Erik; Suteewong, Teeraporn; Sai, Hiroaki; Li, Zihui; Werner, Jörg; Song, Juho; Werner-Zwanziger, Ulrike; Zwanziger, Josef W.; Grätzel, Michael; Disalvo, Francis J.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2012-05-01

    Batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, among many other high-current-density devices, could benefit from the precise meso- to macroscopic structure control afforded by the silica sol-gel process. The porous materials made by silica sol-gel chemistry are typically insulators, however, which has restricted their application. Here we present a simple, yet highly versatile silica sol-gel process built around a multifunctional sol-gel precursor that is derived from the following: amino acids, hydroxy acids or peptides; a silicon alkoxide; and a metal acetate. This approach allows a wide range of biological functionalities and metals—including noble metals—to be combined into a library of sol-gel materials with a high degree of control over composition and structure. We demonstrate that the sol-gel process based on these precursors is compatible with block-copolymer self-assembly, colloidal crystal templating and the Stöber process. As a result of the exceptionally high metal content, these materials can be thermally processed to make porous nanocomposites with metallic percolation networks that have an electrical conductivity of over 1,000 S cm-1. This improves the electrical conductivity of porous silica sol-gel nanocomposites by three orders of magnitude over existing approaches, opening applications to high-current-density devices.

  15. Strain-induced crystallization in elastomeric polymer networks prepared in solution and sol-gel derived high-temperature organic-inorganic hybrid materials

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    Premachandra, Jagath Kumara

    Cross-linking polymer chains in solution should bring about fewer inter-chain entanglements in the resulting network. The subsequent drying of this network should compress the chains into a "super-contracted" state. The opposing effects of these changes on strain-induced crystallization in cis-1,4-polyisoprene networks formed in solution were investigated. Higher elongations were required to achieve strain-induced crystallinity in the networks prepared at higher dilutions, suggesting that in this regard the compressed states of the chains was more important than their reduced entangling. The constrained-junction theory was applied to strain-induced crystallization in the above networks. The stress-strain isotherms generated from this theory were in satisfactory agreement with experiment. It was found that the constraint parameter kappa decreases with increase in dilution during cross-linking mainly due to the fact that cross-linking in solution decreases chain interpenetration. The dependence of hydrolysis and condensation of gamma-ureidopropyltrimethoxysilane on pH in the water-methanol system at 23sp°C was investigated by FTIR spectroscopy. Quantitative analysis of rates of hydrolysis showed that gamma-ureidopropyltrimethoxysilane is most stable in the water-methanol system at pH 7.7. The rate of overall condensation of silanols produced by the hydrolysis was qualitatively analyzed. These silanol groups are relatively more stable around pH 4.87. The mechanical properties, thermal stability and water absorption of high-temperature sulfopolybenzobisthiazole-silica hybrid materials were investigated. The use of a bonding agent N,N-diethylaminopropyltrimethoxysilane facilitated the interfacial bonding between the organic and inorganic phases in these materials prepared through the sol-gel process. Tensile modulus, thermal stability and the resistant to water absorption were increased with increase in silica content in the resulting composites

  16. A sol-gel derived pH-responsive bovine serum albumin molecularly imprinted poly(ionic liquids) on the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes.

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    Liu, Mingming; Pi, Jiangyan; Wang, Xiaojie; Huang, Rong; Du, Yamei; Yu, Xiaoyang; Tan, Wenfeng; Liu, Fan; Shea, Kenneth J

    2016-08-17

    A pH-responsive surface molecularly imprinted poly(ionic liquids) (MIPILs) was prepared on the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by a sol-gel technique. The material was synthesized using a 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane modified multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT-APTES) as the substrate, bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the template molecule, an alkoxy-functionalized IL 1-(3-trimethoxysilyl propyl)-3-methyl imidazolium chloride ([TMSPMIM]Cl) as both the functional monomer and the sol-gel catalyst, and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the crosslinking agent. The molecular interaction between BSA and [TMSPMIM]Cl was quantitatively evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy prior to polymerization so as to identify an optimal template/monomer ratio and the most suitable pH value for the preparation of the MWCNTs@BSA-MIPILs. This strategy was found to be effective to overcome the problems of trial-and-error protocol in molecular imprinting. The optimum synthesis conditions were as follows: template/monomer ratio 7:20, crosslinking agent content 2.0-2.5 mL, temperature 4 °C and pH 8.9 Tris-HCl buffer. The influence of incubation pH on adsorption was also studied. The result showed that the imprinting effect and selectivity improved significantly with increasing incubation pH from 7.7 to 9.9. This is mainly because the non-specific binding from electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions decreased greatly with the increase of pH value, which made the specific binding affinity from shape selectivity strengthened instead. The polymers synthesized under the optimal conditions were then characterized by BET surface area measurement, FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The adsorption capacity, imprinting effect, selective recognition and reusability were also evaluated. The as-prepared MWCNTs@BSA-MIPILs were also found to have a number of advantages including high surface area (134.2 m(2) g(-1)), high adsorption capacity (55.52

  17. The morphology, proliferation rate, and population doubling time factor of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells cultured on to non-aqueous SiO2, TiO2, and hybrid sol-gel-derived oxide coatings.

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    Marycz, Krzysztof; Krzak-Roś, Justyna; Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Śmieszek, Agnieszka

    2014-11-01

    In recent years, much attention has been paid to the development of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, especially when stem cells of various sources are concerned. In addition to the interest in mesenchymal stem cells isolated from bone marrow, recently more consideration has been given to stem cells isolated from adipose tissue (AdMSCs), due to their less invasive method of collection as well as their ease of isolation and culture. However, the development of regenerative medicine requires both the application of biocompatible material and the stem cells to accelerate the regeneration. In this study, we investigated the morphology, proliferation rate index (PRi), and population doubling time factor of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells cultured on non-aqueous sol-gel-derived SiO2, TiO2, and SiO2/TiO2 oxide coatings. The results indicated an increase in PRi of AdMSCs when cultured on to titanium dioxide, suggesting its high attractiveness for AdMSCs. In addition, the proper morphology and the shortest doubling time of AdMSCs were observed when cultured on titanium dioxide coating. PMID:24408867

  18. Synthesis characterization and luminescence studies of 100 MeV Si8+ ion irradiated sol gel derived nanocrystalline Y2O3

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    Lakshminarasappa, B. N.; Shivaramu, N. J.; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Singh, Fouran

    2014-06-01

    Nanoparticles of pure yttrium oxide (Y2O3) have been prepared by sol gel method. The powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern of as synthesized sample showed the amorphous nature. The as synthesized Y2O3 powders are annealed at 500, 600, 700, 800 and 900 °C for 2 h. Y2O3 powder heat treated for 600 °C showed cubic phase and the crystallite sizes are found to be ˜13 nm. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed absorption with peaks at 3434, 1724, 1525, 1400, 847, 562 and 465 cm-1. Photoluminescence (PL) of 100 MeV Si8+ ion irradiated samples shows emission with peaks at 417, 432, 465 nm. It is found that PL intensity increases with increasing in ion fluence up to ˜3 × 1012 ions cm-2 and then decreases with further increase in ion fluence. A well resolved thermoluminescence (TL) glow with peak at ˜430 K (Tm1) and an unresolved TL glow with peak at ˜538 (Tm2), 584 K (Tm3) are observed in ion irradiated samples.

  19. Far-infrared properties of sol-gel derived PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 thin films on Pt-coated substrates

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    Kafadaryan, E. A.; Hovsepyan, R. K.; Khachaturova, A. A.; Aghamalyan, N. R.; Shirinyan, G. O.; Manukyan, A. L.; Vardanyan, R. S.; Hayrapetyan, A. G.; Grigoryan, S. G.; Vardanyan, E. S.

    2003-02-01

    Polycrystalline tetragonal PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) thin films have been deposited on the nickel and (111) platinum coated (110) sapphire substrates by the sol-gel method. Optical properties of the PZT thin films were studied using far-infrared reflectivity spectroscopy in the 200-10 000 cm-1 frequency range at 300 K. The frequency dependence of the optical characteristics (sigma, varepsilon, -Im varepsilon-1) of the films were calculated by the Kramers-Kronig transformation of the reflectivity spectra and analysed by the Drude-Lorentz model. The frequency dependence of the optical conductivity, sigma(omega), of the PZT films deposited on platinum coated sapphire is well described by the free-carrier term and an overdamped mid-infrared component. Sapphire/Pt/PZT structures reveal semiconductor properties (effective carrier concentration N/mast is up to 1020 cm-3, plasma minimum is located near 3000 cm-1). This effect can be related to the favourable influence of the platinum electrode on the charge carrier density at Pt/PZT contact and formation of the interfacial conductive layer.

  20. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural, photoluminescence and magnetic properties of sol-gel derived Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite

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    Teh, Geok Bee; Wong, Yat Choy; Tilley, Richard D.

    2011-09-01

    Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) hexagonal strontium ferrite particles were synthesized via sol-gel technique employing ethylene glycol as the gel precursor at two different calcination temperatures (800 and 1000 °C). Structural properties were systematically investigated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence spectrophotometry and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. XRD results showed that the sample synthesized at 1000 °C was of single-phase with a space group of P6 3/mmc and lattice cell parameter values of a=5.882 Å and c=23.048 Å. EDS confirmed the composition of strontium ferrite calcined at 1000 °C being mainly of M-type SrFe 12O 19 with HRTEM micrographs confirming the ferrites exhibiting M-type long range ordering along the c-axis of the crystal structure. The photoluminescence (PL) property of strontium ferrite was examined at excitation wavelengths of 260 and 270 nm with significant PL emission peaks centered at 350 nm being detected. Strontium ferrite annealed at higher temperature (1000 °C) was found to have grown into larger particle size, having higher content of oxygen vacancies and exhibited 83-85% more intense PL. Both the as-prepared strontium ferrites exhibited significant oxygen vacancies defect structures, which were verified via TGA. Higher calcination temperature turned strontium ferrite into a softer ferrite.

  1. Sol-gel derived Zn1-xFexS diluted magnetic semiconductor thin films: Compositional dependent room or above room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Goktas, A.

    2015-06-01

    Zn1-xFexS (where x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) thin films were synthesized by sol-gel method. To investigate the origin of room or above room temperature ferromagnetism in these films several tools such as XRD, SEM, XPS, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and SQUİD magnetometer were used. The XRD studies showed that the phase singularity of ZnS zinc blende (hexagonal) structure. The SEM images indicated the homogeneous film surface with no cracking and increased particle size with increasing Fe-doping ratio except for 1 at.% Fe dopant. The presence of Zn, Fe, S, Si and O atoms in the films was observed in EDS spectrum. The XPS studies confirmed that the existence of Fe3+ ions in host ZnS thin films. In the UV-Vis measurements the band gap energy corresponding to the absorption edge was estimated to be approximately in the range of 3.59-2.08 eV, depending on the Fe doping level. The magnetization measurements revealed that the films had paramagnetic or ferromagnetic order depending on Fe doping ratio at 5, 100, 200, 300 and 350 K. The observed room or above room temperature ferromagnetism can be attributed to the strong p-d exchange interaction between Fe3+ d and anion (S2-) p orbitals as well as impurities.

  2. Evaluation of sol-gel derived Eu 2+ activated SrMgAl 2SiO 7 as a novel nanostructure luminescent pigment

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    Sameie, H.; Salimi, R.; Sabbagh Alvani, A. A.; Sarabi, A. A.; Moztarzadeh, F.; Tahriri, M.

    2010-12-01

    A novel nanostructure pigment of Eu 2+ doped SrMgAl 2SiO 7 was prepared via the sol-gel route. The phase composition and condition of crystallites during heating were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Investigation of optical properties by spectrophotometer illustrated that under short ultraviolet excitation wavelength, the main emission peak occurred at about 415-420 nm. Also, relatively pure purplish blue color was observed that can be ascribed to the 4f 65d 1( 2D) →4f 7( 8S 7/2) transition of Eu 2+. The effect of calcination temperature on the luminescence properties of the phosphors was evaluated and, also in this case, scanning electron microscope (SEM) was employed. From colorimetry results, color coordinations of phosphor shift towards the deep blue region as calcination temperature increases. Finally, grain size of products at optimum calcination temperature was estimated to be about 20-30 nm using Scherrer’s equation, which was consistent with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations.

  3. Ion-induced secondary electron emission behavior of sol-gel-derived MgO thin films used for protective layers in alternating current plasma display panels

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Jung-Kun; Hong, Kug Sun; Youn, Hyuk-Joon

    2002-09-01

    MgO thin films were prepared using two sols (hydrolyzed sol and stabilized sol) and the ion-induced secondary electron emission behavior of the resultant thin films was investigated. A severe fluctuation in the secondary electron emission current was found in MgO films from hydrolyzed sol. The instability of the ion-induced current was due to the nanosized pores, which were formed during the topotactic reaction of Mg(OH)2 to MgO. Nonhydrolyzed MgO films, however, showed a stable ion-induced current. The ion-induced secondary electron emission coefficients (gammai) of the MgO films had a maximum of 0.95plus-or-minus0.02 when the films were heat treated at 550 degC in O2. The change in gammai of nonhydrolyzed films was discussed from the viewpoint of crystallinity, residual organics, and surface roughness. The high gammai and low processing temperature of nonhydrolyzed MgO films revealed that the sol-gel process is suitable to prepare MgO films for use as a protective layer in ac plasma display panel cells.

  4. Influence of heat treatment on bond strength and corrosion resistance of sol-gel derived bioglass-ceramic coatings on magnesium alloy.

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    Shen, Sibo; Cai, Shu; Xu, Guohua; Zhao, Huan; Niu, Shuxin; Zhang, Ruiyue

    2015-05-01

    In this study, bioglass-ceramic coatings were prepared on magnesium alloy substrates through sol-gel dip-coating route followed by heat treatment at the temperature range of 350-500°C. Structure evolution, bond strength and corrosion resistance of samples were studied. It was shown that increasing heat treatment temperature resulted in denser coating structure as well as increased interfacial residual stress. A failure mode transition from cohesive to adhesive combined with a maximum on the measured bond strength together suggested that heat treatment enhanced the cohesion strength of coating on the one hand, while deteriorated the adhesion strength of coating/substrate on the other, thus leading to the highest bond strength of 27.0MPa for the sample heat-treated at 450°C. This sample also exhibited the best corrosion resistance. Electrochemical tests revealed that relative dense coating matrix and good interfacial adhesion can effectively retard the penetration of simulated body fluid through the coating, thus providing excellent protection for the underlying magnesium alloy. PMID:25728582

  5. Microwave sol-gel derived NaCaGd(MoO4)3:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors and their upconversion photoluminescence properties

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    Lim, Chang Sung

    2016-05-01

    Ternary molybdate NaCaGd1-x(MoO4)3:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors with the proper doping concentrations of Er3+ and Yb3+ (x = Er3+ + Yb3+, Er3+ = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and Yb3+ = 0, 0.2, 0.45) were successfully synthesized by microwave sol-gel method for the first time. Well-crystallized particles formed after heat-treatment at 900 °C for 16 h showed a fine and homogeneous morphology with particle sizes of 3-5 μm. The optical properties were examined comparatively using photoluminescence emission and Raman spectroscopy. Under excitation at 980 nm, the doped particles exhibited a strong 525-nm emission band, a weak 550-nm emission band in the green region, which correspond to the 2H11/2 → 4I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 transitions, and a very weak 655-nm emission band in the red region, which corresponds to the 4F9/2 → 4I15/2 transition. The optimal Yb3+:Er3+ ratio was obtained to be 9:1, as indicated by the composition-dependent quenching effect of Er3+ ions. The pump power dependence of upconversion emission intensity and Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage chromaticity coordinates of the phosphors were evaluated in detail.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and application of sol-gel derived mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Khan, M. Alam; Shaheer Akhtar, M.; Yang, O-Bong

    2010-12-15

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous titania of anatase crystal phase were prepared by sol-gel route by varying calcination (400 C and 600 C) conditions, and the photo-electrochemical properties were investigated for dye-sensitized solar cell applications. The TTIP precursor in n-heptane solvent with ratio of water to TTIP (5:1) was found to be effective substrate for the working electrodes. The overall conversion efficiency of 7.59% was achieved under 1 sun irradiation with open circuit voltage of 0.77 V, current density of 17.00 mA/cm{sup 2} and FF of 51.12. The high efficiency of the 400 C calcined sample were attributed to its mesopores, high BET surface area (80.1 m{sup 2}/g) and large pore volume of prepared titania substrate which provide better surface for the absorption of dye, improves light harvesting efficiency and better charge injection. The prepared samples were characterized by XRD, small angle XRD, FE-SEM, TEM, IPCE, I-V curve, BET surface area and BJH plot techniques. (author)

  7. AOTF-based remote sensor with sol-gel probe

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    Volkan, M.; Lee, Y.; Vo-Dinh, T.

    1999-11-01

    The authors report the development and application of a sensor using acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) and sol-gel probe technology. A pH-sensitive probe is used as a model sensing system with dextran derivatives of pH sensitive dyes doped into sol-gel thin films. They used a unique combination of pH-sensitive and pH-insensitive dual-label dye system. For optimization studies, the performance of these films as a pH sensing probe was evaluated using synchronous fluorescence detection. The performance of the prototype AOTF-based monitor using a low-power argon laser as an ion excitation source was evaluated.

  8. Sol-gel Technology and Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials

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    Chu, Chung-tse; Zheng, Haixing

    1996-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in the development of electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. The sol-gel process is a versatile solution for use in the fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. This processing technique is particularly useful in producing porous materials with high surface area and low density, two of the most desirable characteristics for electrode materials. In addition,the porous surface of gels can be modified chemically to create tailored surface properties, and inorganic/organic micro-composites can be prepared for improved material performance device fabrication. Applications of several sol-gel derived electrode materials in different energy storage devices are illustrated in this paper. V2O5 gels are shown to be a promising cathode material for solid state lithium batteries. Carbon aerogels, amorphous RuO2 gels and sol-gel derived hafnium compounds have been studied as electrode materials for high energy density and high power density electrochemical capacitors.

  9. Temperature dependence of the optical band gap and electrical conductivity of sol-gel derived undoped and Li-doped ZnO films

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    Caglar, Mujdat; Caglar, Yasemin; Aksoy, Seval; Ilican, Saliha

    2010-06-01

    Undoped and lithium (Li)-doped ZnO films were prepared by sol-gel method using spin coating technique. The effects of Li content on the crystallinity and morphological properties of ZnO films were assessed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRD patterns of the films showed the hexagonal wurtzite type polycrystalline structure and that the incorporation of lithium leads to substantial changes in the structural characteristics of ZnO films. The SEM and AFM measurements showed that the surface morphology of the films was affected from the lithium incorporation. The wrinkle network was observed on the surface from both SEM and AFM results for undoped ZnO. The wrinkle structure disappeared with increasing Li content. The absorption spectra of the ZnO and 5% Li-doped ZnO (LZO5) films were carried out between 140 and 400 K temperatures. The optical band gap of ZnO and LZO5 films (calculated at various temperatures) showed a linear dependence on the temperature. The absolute zero value optical band gap and the rate of change of the band gap with temperature of the ZnO and LZO5 films were found to be 3.339 and 3.322 eV, and 2.95 × 10 -4 and 1.60 × 10 -4 eV/K, respectively. The transport mechanisms in the ZnO and LZO5 films have been investigated by analyzing of the temperature (80-300 K) dependence of the conductivity. The activation energies of the ZnO film increased with Li content.

  10. In vitro response of human osteoblasts to multi-step sol-gel derived bioactive glass nanoparticles for bone tissue engineering.

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    Fan, Jian Ping; Kalia, Priya; Di Silvio, Lucy; Huang, Jie

    2014-03-01

    A multi-step sol-gel process was employed to synthesize bioactive glass (BG) nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the BG nanoparticles were spherical and ranged from 30 to 60 nm in diameter. In vitro reactivity of the BG nanoparticles was tested in phosphate buffer saline (PBS), Tris-buffer (TRIS), simulated body fluid (SBF), and Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM), in comparison with similar sized hydroxyapatite (HA) and silicon substituted HA (SiHA) nanoparticles. Bioactivity of the BG nanoparticles was confirmed through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. It was found that bone-like apatite was formed after immersion in SBF at 7 days. Solutions containing BG nanoparticles were slightly more alkaline than HA and SiHA, suggesting that a more rapid apatite formation on BG was related to solution-mediated dissolution. Primary human osteoblast (HOB) cell model was used to evaluate biological responses to BG nanoparticles. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) cytotoxicity assay showed that HOB cells were not adversely affected by the BG nanoparticles throughout the 7day test period. Interestingly, MTS assay results showed an enhancement in cell proliferation in the presence of BG when compared to HA and SiHA nanoparticles. Particularly, statistically significant (p<0.05) alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of HOB cells was found on the culture containing BG nanoparticles, suggesting that the cell differentiation might be promoted by BG. Real-time quantitative PCR analysis (qPCR) further confirmed this finding, as a significantly higher level of RUNX2 gene expression was recorded on the cells cultured in the presence of BG nanoparticles when compared to those with HA and SiHA. PMID:24433905

  11. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

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    Hiller, J.M.; Wallace, S.A.; Dai, S.

    1999-10-26

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes.

  12. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

    DOEpatents

    Hiller, John M.; Wallace, Steven A.; Dai, Sheng

    1999-01-01

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes.

  13. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Zeigler, J.M.

    1993-04-20

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  14. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Zeigler, John M.

    1993-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  15. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Zeigler, John M.

    1992-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  16. Sol-Gel derived Sb-doped SnO II/SiO II nano-composite thin films for gas sensors

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    Gu, Zhengtian; Liang, Peihui; Zhang, Weiqing

    2006-05-01

    Sb-doped SnO II/SiO II nano-composite thin films prepared by sol-gel dip-coating method have been studied. By using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, detailed investigation on the structure and morphology of the films has shown the crystalline grain size of Sb-doped SnO II/SiO II thin films is about 34nm, with larger specific surface area and duty porosity, which is fit for gas-sensing materials. The adulteration of SiO II particles leads to the condensation of Sn-OH and the strengthening of gel network, and improve the adhesion of the films. In addition, the optical properties of the thin films were studied by UV-Vis spectra and p-polarized light reflectance angular spectrum. The results showthat the optical transmissivity of Sb-doped SnO II/SiO II thin films is higher, near 95% in visible spectrum range, the measured optical gap is found equal to 3.67eV, also the films take on smaller refractive index and extinction coefficient compared with those of the SnO II and Sb:SnO II films, which is compatible with the semiconductor substrate in the solar cell. Further, the gas-sensing test was made to three kinds of gas C 3H 8, C IIH 5OH and NH 3 in our novel high sensitive scheme for optical film sensors. The results indicate that Sb doping to SnO II films greatly improves the gas sensitivity to C IIH 5OH, and the gas sensitivity of Sb:SnO II/SiO II nano-composite thin films are higher than that of Sb:SnO II thin films. The detection sensitivity of this optical film sensor is available to 10 -1ppm provided that the resolution of reflectance ratio is 10 -2.

  17. Sol-Gel Synthesis Of Aluminoborosilicate Powders

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Selvaduray, Guna

    1992-01-01

    Application of sol-gel process to synthesis of aluminoborosilicate powders shows potential for control of microstructures of materials. Development of materials having enhanced processing characteristics prove advantageous in extending high-temperature endurance of fibrous refractory composite insulation made from ceramic fibers.

  18. Fabrication and Characterization of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thin Films by Sol-Gel Technique

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    Rahman, M. F.; Miglioli, L.

    2016-02-01

    In this work, thin lead zirconate titanate, Pb[Zr0.52Ti0.48]O3 (PZT) films have been developed from a novel sol-gel route. The sol-gel films were deposited by spin coating method. Isopropanol-based solution was used for its less toxic property. Gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and indium tin oxide (ITO) were used as substrates. Homogeneous polycrystalline films with (110) preferred orientation were obtained from all the films. The films behaved as ferroelectric material where dielectric constant at 0V for the films obtained from Au, Pt and ITO substrates were 484, 770 and 655, respectively. The coercive field values were around 10-15KV/cm which revealed that the films were soft ferroelectric.

  19. Sol-gel processing of metal sulfides

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    Stanic, Vesha

    Metal sulfides were synthesised via a sol-gel process using various metal alkoxides and hydrogen sulfide in toluene. Colloidal gels were prepared from germanium ethoxide, germanium isopropoxide, zinc tert-butoxide and tungsten (VI) ethoxide, whereas colloidal powder was produced from tungsten (V) dichloride ethoxide. Special precautions were necessary to protect the reaction mixture from water contamination which produced metal oxides. Results indicated that the main source of water is the hydrogen sulfide gas. In addition, synthesis of metal sulfides from a mixture of metal oxide and sulfide was demonstrated by the example of monoclinic germanium disulfide. It was produced by reaction of the sol-gel product with sulfur. Heat treatment of the sol-gel product and sulfur yielded single phase GeSsb2. The sol-gel prepared materials and their heat treated products were characterized by various methods. A chemical kinetics study of the functional groups -OR, -SH and Ssp{2-} was carried out for the sol-gel processing of GeSsb2 from of hydrogen sulfide and two different alkoxides, germanium ethoxide and germanium isopropoxide. The study was performed for different concentrations of precursors at different molar ratios and temperatures. The results indicate that the proposed reaction mechanism was simplified under appropriate reaction conditions. Experimentally determined rate constants of thiolysis and condensations demonstrate that thiolysis is slow and that condensations are fast steps, regardless of the studied reaction conditions. A study of the temperature effect on the reaction rate constant shows that it increases with temperature in accord with both Arrhenius law and transition-state theory. Activation energies, Esba, and activation parameters DeltaSsp{ddagger}, DeltaHsp{ddagger} and DeltaGsp{ddagger}, were determined for thiolysis and condensation reactions. The potentiometric tiration method was used for quantitative determination of germanium sulfide and

  20. Modified sol-gel coatings for biotechnological applications

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    Beganskiene, A.; Raudonis, R.; Zemljic Jokhadar, S.; Batista, U.; Kareiva, A.

    2007-12-01

    The modified sol-gel derived silica coatings were prepared and characterized. The amino and methyl groups were introduced onto the colloidal silica. The silica coatings with different wettability properties: coloidal silica (water contact angle 17°), polysiloxane (61°), methyl-modified (158° and 46°) coatings samples were tested for CaCo-2 cells proliferation. Methyl-modified coating (46°) proved to be the best substrate for cell proliferation. CaCo-2 cell proliferation two days post seeding was significantly faster on almost laminine, fibronectin and collagen-1 coated samples compared to corresponding controls.

  1. Droplet Spreading with Sol-Gel Transition

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    Jalaal, Maziyar; Stoeber, Boris; Balmforth, Neil J.

    2014-11-01

    The impact and spreading of liquid droplets on a smooth solid substrate is a classical subject with several industrial applications such as ink-jet printing, spray cooling, coating, and many others. For many of these deposition processes, controlling the final shape of the drop is critical. In the current research, a new technique for controlling the spreading of droplets impacting a substrate is presented. This technique exploits the rheology of a thermo-responsive polymer solution that undergoes a reversible sol/gel transition above a critical temperature. Experiments are conducted using a combination of shadowgraphy and micro-PIV to observe spreading drops. It is shown that the final diameter of a droplet can be controlled through the temperature of the substrate and the tunable sol/gel transition temperature of the fluid.A mathematical model is provided to further elucidate the flow dynamics.

  2. Innovative materials based on sol gel technology

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    Reisfeld, Renata; Saraidarov, Tsiala

    2006-01-01

    We review the sol-gel based new materials which were prepared in our laboratory including: tunable lasers, active waveguides, luminescent solar concentrators, electrochromic, photochromic and gasochromic plates for smart windows, chemical and biological sensors, semiconductor quantum dots and complexes of rare earth ions. In this paper we present the firstly obtained results of the Eu sulfide nanocrystalline (NCs) powder material and doped in the sol-gel based zirconia films. The powder and films were studied by high resolution transmittance electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDS) and luminescence spectroscopy. Eu sulfide nanocrystals (NCs) ranging between 8 and 10 nm were obtained as powder and 3-4 nm incorporated in zirconia film.

  3. Ring-Resonator/Sol-Gel Interferometric Immunosensor

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    Bearman, Gregory; Cohen, David

    2007-01-01

    A proposed biosensing system would be based on a combination of (1) a sensing volume containing antibodies immobilized in a sol-gel matrix and (2) an optical interferometer having a ring resonator configuration. The antibodies would be specific to an antigen species that one seeks to detect. In the ring resonator of the proposed system, light would make multiple passes through the sensing volume, affording greater interaction length and, hence, greater antibody- detection sensitivity.

  4. Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composite Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Cervantes, O; Kuntz, J; Gash, A; Munir, Z

    2009-02-13

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO{sub 3}) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g.cm{sup -3} or 93% relative density. In addition those parts were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus the sample retained its stored chemical energy.

  5. Screen-printable sol-gel enzyme-containing carbon inks.

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    Wang, J; Pamidi, P V; Park, D S

    1996-08-01

    Enzymes usually cannot withstand the high-temperature curing associated with the thick-film fabrication process and require a separate immobilization step in connection with the production of single-use biosensors. We report on the development of sol-gel-derived enzyme-containing carbon inks that display compatibility with the screen-printing process. Such coupling of sol-gel and thick-film technologies offers a one-step fabrication of disposable enzyme electrodes, as it obviates the need for thermal curing. The enzyme-containing sol-gel carbon ink, prepared by dispersing the biocatalyst, along with the graphite powder and a binder, within the sol-gel precursors, is cured very rapidly (10 min) at low temperature (4 °C). The influence of the ink preparation conditions is explored, and the sensor performance is evaluated in connection with the incorporation of glucose oxidase or horseradish peroxidase. The resulting strips are stable for at least 3 months. Such sol-gel-derived carbon inks should serve as hosts for other heat-sensitive biomaterials in connection with the microfabrication of various thick-film biosensors. PMID:21619216

  6. Sol-Gel Manufactured Energetic Materials

    DOEpatents

    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2005-05-17

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  7. Sol-gel manufactured energetic materials

    DOEpatents

    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2003-12-23

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  8. Biological effects of sol-gel derived ZrO2 and SiO2/ZrO2 coatings on stainless steel surface--In vitro model using mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Smieszek, Agnieszka; Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Grzesiak, Jakub; Krzak, Justyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this study was to determine biocompatibility of zirconia-based coatings obtained by the sol-gel method. Two matrices, ZrO2 and SiO2/ZrO2, were created and applied on stainless steel type 316L with dip-coating technique. The morphology and topography of biomaterials' surface were characterized using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, while chemical composition was analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, wettability and surface free energy were characterized. Biocompatibility of obtained biomaterials was evaluated using an in vitro model employing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) of adipose and bone marrow origin. Biological analysis included determination of proliferation activity and morphology of MSCs in cultures on synthesized biomaterials. Osteoinductive properties of biomaterials were determined both in non-osteogenic, as well as osteogenic conditions. The results showed that investigated biomaterials exerted different impact on MSCs. Biomaterial with ZrO2 layer was more biocompatible for adipose-derived MSCs, while SiO2/ZrO2 layer promoted proliferation of bone marrow derived MSCs. Moreover, hybrid coating exhibited greater osteoinductive properties than ZrO2 coating, both on cultures with adipose-derived stromal (stem) cells and bone marrow stromal cells. Observed biological effects may result not only from different chemical composition, but also from diverse wettability. The ZrO2 coating was characterized as hydrophobic layer, while SiO2/ZrO2 exhibited hydrophilic properties. The results obtained suggest that behavior of MSCs in response to the biomaterial may vary depending on their origin, therefore we postulate, that screening analysis of implants' biocompatibility, should incorporate model applying both adipose- and bone marrow derived MSCs. PMID:25074359

  9. Ionogel Electrolytes through Sol-Gel Processing

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    Horowitz, Ariel I.

    Electrical energy needs have intensified due to the ubiquity of personal electronics, the decarbonization of energy services through electrification, and the use of intermittent renewable energy sources. Despite developments in mechanical and thermal methods, electrochemical technologies are the most convenient and effective means of storing electrical energy. These technologies include both electrochemical cells, commonly called batteries, and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, or "supercapacitors", which store energy electrostatically. Both device types require an ion-conducting electrolyte. Current devices use solutions of complex salts in organic solvents, leading to both toxicity and flammability concerns. These drawbacks can be avoided by replacing conventional electrolytes with room-temperature molten salts, known as ionic liquids (ILs). ILs are non-volatile, non-flammable, and offer high conductivity and good electrochemical stability. Device mass can be reduced by combining ILs with a solid scaffold material to form an "ionogel," further improving performance metrics. In this work, sol-gel chemistry is explored as a means of forming ionogel electrolytes. Sol-gel chemistry is a solution-based, industrially-relevant, well-studied technique by which solids such as silica can be formed in situ. Previous works used a simple acid-catalyzed sol-gel reaction to create brittle, glassy ionogels. Here, both the range of products that can be accomplished through sol-gel processing and the understanding of interactions between ILs and the sol-gel reaction network are greatly expanded. This work introduces novel ionogel materials, including soft and compliant silica-supported ionogels and PDMS-supported ionogels. The impacts of the reactive formulation, IL identity, and casting time are detailed. It is demonstrated that variations in formulation can lead to rapid gelation and open pore structures in the silica scaffold or slow gelation and more dense silica

  10. Ferroelectric Self-Assembled PbTiO3 Perovskite Nanostructures Onto (100)SrTiO3 Substrates From a Novel Microemulsion Aided Sol-Gel Preparation Method

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    Calzada, M.L.; Torres, M.; Fuentes-Cobas, L.E.; Mehta, A.; Ricote, J.; Pardo, L.; /Madrid, ICM

    2007-10-17

    A novel preparation method, which involves the use of microemulsions, sol-gel chemistry and chemical solution deposition, has been developed in this work for the preparation of layers of PbTiO3 nanostructures supported on SrTiO3 substrates. A transparent solution was first prepared by mixing a PbTiO3 precursor sol and a microemulsion formed by water, cyclohexane and the surfactant Brij 30 (polyoxyethylene(4) lauryl ether). The solution was deposited onto the SrTiO3 substrate by spin-coating and dried under controlled conditions (temperature, time and relative humidity) to favor the rearrangement of the micelles in the deposited coat. After a rapid thermal treatment of crystallization at 650 C, nanostructures with uniform sizes of 40 nm diameter and showing periodicity in some zones of the substrate are obtained. The analysis of these nanostructures by grazing-incidence x-ray synchrotron radiation indicates that they have a perovskite structure with a <100> preferred orientation and that they are under strained conditions. Thermal treatments at higher temperatures produce the collapse of the ordered nanoparticles' network and the formation of larger isolated particles of PbTiO3 with a truncated-pyramid morphology. Piezoresponse force microscopy studies demonstrate that the spontaneous polarization of these PbTiO3 nanostructures can be switched and that they have piezoelectric activity. These results support the fabrication strategy here proposed as a promising approach for the preparation of nanoferroelectrics onto substrates of possible interest in future nanoelectronic devices.

  11. Sol-gel processing to form doped sol-gel monoliths inside hollow core optical fiber and sol-gel core fiber devices made thereby

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    Shaw, Harry C. (Inventor); Ott, Melanie N. (Inventor); Manuel, Michele V. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A process of fabricating a fiber device includes providing a hollow core fiber, and forming a sol-gel material inside the hollow core fiber. The hollow core fiber is preferably an optical fiber, and the sol-gel material is doped with a dopant. Devices made in this manner includes a wide variety of sensors.

  12. Ultrafast Sol-Gel Synthesis of Graphene Aerogel Materials

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    Lim, Mathew; Hu, Matthew; Manandhar, Sandeep; Sakshaug, Avery; Strong, Adam; Riley, Leah; Pauzauskie, Peter J.

    2015-12-01

    Graphene aerogels derived from graphene-oxide (GO) starting materials recently have been shown to exhibit a combination of high electrical conductivity, chemical stability, and low cost that has enabled a range of electrochemical applications. Standard synthesis protocols for manufacturing graphene aerogels require the use of sol-gel chemical reactions that are maintained at high temperatures for long periods of time ranging from 12 hours to several days. Here we report an ultrafast, acid-catalyzed sol-gel formation process in acetonitrile in which wet GO-loaded gels are realized within 2 hours at temperatures below 45°C. Spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis following supercritical drying and pyrolysis confirms the reduction of the GO in the aerogels to sp2 carbon crystallites with no residual carbon–nitrogen bonds from the acetonitrile or its derivatives. This rapid synthesis enhances the prospects for large-scale manufacturing of graphene aerogels for use in numerous applications including sorbents for environmental toxins, support materials for electrocatalysis, and high-performance electrodes for electrochemical capacitors and solar cells.

  13. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing: Properties and potentials

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    Hou, L. |; Mennig, M.; Schmidt, H.

    1994-12-31

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper the authors present their experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic-inorganic composite (Ormocer) materials following an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Their photochromic spirooxazine-Ormocer gels and coatings possess better photochromic response and color-change speed than the corresponding photochromic polymer coatings and similar photochemical stability to the latter. Further developments are proposed as to tackle the temperature dependence problem and further tap the potentialities of the photochromic dye-Ormocer material for practical applications.

  14. Sol-gel-derived magnetic SiO2/TiO2 nanocomposite reinforced hollow fiber-solid phase microextraction for enrichment of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from human hair prior to high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Es'haghi, Zarrin; Esmaeili-Shahri, Effat

    2014-10-01

    Hollow fiber-solid phase micro-extraction (HF-SPME) technique containing sol-gel-derived Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 core-double shell nanocomposite as a novel high efficiency sorbent, coupled with high performance liquid chromatography was used to extraction and determination of six non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; acetylsalicylic acid, naproxen, piroxicam, diclofenac, indomethacin and mefenamic acid, in hair samples. First, magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4-NPs) were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) ions (where the ratio of Fe(II) to Fe(III) is 1:2 and a non-oxidizing environment), in alkaline medium to produce magnetite particles. Subsequently, surface of Fe3O4-NPs was modified with SiO2 and TiO2 using layer-by-layer chemical technique. A core-shell structure of Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 composite was prepared by coating magnetite core particles with silica and titania layers. In the proposed method, NSAIDs were extracted by the synthesized nanocomposite and analyzed by HPLC. The parameters affecting the efficiency of magnetic nanoparticle (MNPs) assisted HF-SPME were investigated and optimized. The method validation was included and satisfying results with high pre-concentration factors (405 up to 2450) were obtained. It owes large surface area and porosity of the nano-adsorbent. Under the optimal conditions, the method detection limits (S/N=3) were in the range of 0.01-0.10μgml(-1) and the limits of quantification (S/N=10) between 0.04 and 0.30μgml(-1). Relative standard deviations were 3.09-6.61%. Eventually, the method was successfully applied to human hair after administration of NSAIDs. PMID:25464107

  15. Spontaneous Pattern Formation Induced by Bénard-Marangoni Convection for Sol-Gel-Derived Titania Dip-Coating Films: Effect of Co-solvents with a High Surface Tension and Low Volatility.

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    Uchiyama, Hiroaki; Matsui, Tadayuki; Kozuka, Hiromitsu

    2015-11-17

    Evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the liquid layer often causes the convective flow, i.e., Bénard-Marangoni convection, resulting in the formation of cell-like patterns on the surface. Here, we prepared sol-gel-derived titania films from Ti(OC3H7(i))4 solutions by dip coating and discussed the effect of the addition of co-solvents with a high surface tension and low volatility on the spontaneous pattern formation induced by Bénard-Marangoni convection. Propylene glycol (PG, with a surface tension of 38.6 mN m(-1)) and dipropylene glycol (DPG, with a surface tension of 33.9 mN m(-1)) were added to the coating solutions containing 2-propanol (2-Pr, with a surface tension of 22.9 mN m(-1)) for controlling the evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the coating layer on a substrate. During dip coating at a substrate withdrawal speed of 50 cm min(-1) in a thermostatic oven at 60 °C, linearly arranged cell-like patterns on a micrometer scale were spontaneously formed on the titania gel films, irrespective of the composition of coating solutions. Such surface patterns remained even after the heat treatment at 200 and 600 °C, where the densification and crystallization of the titania films progressed. The width and height of the cell-like patterns increased with increasing PG and DPG contents in the coating solutions, where the addition of PG resulted in the formation of cells with a larger height than DPG. PMID:26539840

  16. Fluoride glasses from sol gels. Final report

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    Uhlmann, D.R.

    1986-09-15

    The use of sol-gel coatings to strengthen oxide glasses was demonstrated for the case of fused silica. Increases in strength to as much as 2.2 times the strength of uncoated glass were obtained. The strengthening does not involve the annealing of surface microcracks, but rather the filling-in of such flaws. The strengthening does not depend on coating thickness over the range 2000-10000 Angstroms, but does depend significantly upon the state of hydrolysis of the substrate surface.

  17. Photocurable bioactive bone cement based on hydroxyethyl methacrylate-poly(acrylic/maleic) acid resin and mesoporous sol gel-derived bioactive glass.

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    Hesaraki, S

    2016-06-01

    This paper reports on strong and bioactive bone cement based on ternary bioactive SiO2-CaO-P2O5 glass particles and a photocurable resin comprising hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and poly(acrylic/maleic) acid. The as-cured composite represented a compressive strength of about 95 MPa but it weakened during soaking in simulated body fluid, SBF, qua its compressive strength reached to about 20 MPa after immersing for 30 days. Biodegradability of the composite was confirmed by reducing its initial weight (~32%) as well as decreasing the molecular weight of early cured resin during the soaking procedure. The composite exhibited in vitro calcium phosphate precipitation in the form of nanosized carbonated hydroxyapatite, which indicates its bone bonding ability. Proliferation of calvarium-derived newborn rat osteoblasts seeded on top of the composite was observed during incubation at 37 °C, meanwhile, an adequate cell supporting ability was found. Consequently, it seems that the produced composite is an appropriate alternative for bone defect injuries, because of its good cell responses, high compressive strength and ongoing biodegradability, though more in vivo experiments are essential to confirm this assumption. PMID:27040248

  18. Sol-gel method for encapsulating molecules

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Bhatia, Rimple; Singh, Anup K.

    2002-01-01

    A method for encapsulating organic molecules, and in particular, biomolecules using sol-gel chemistry. A silica sol is prepared from an aqueous alkali metal silicate solution, such as a mixture of silicon dioxide and sodium or potassium oxide in water. The pH is adjusted to a suitably low value to stabilize the sol by minimizing the rate of siloxane condensation, thereby allowing storage stability of the sol prior to gelation. The organic molecules, generally in solution, is then added with the organic molecules being encapsulated in the sol matrix. After aging, either a thin film can be prepared or a gel can be formed with the encapsulated molecules. Depending upon the acid used, pH, and other processing conditions, the gelation time can be from one minute up to several days. In the method of the present invention, no alcohols are generated as by-products during the sol-gel and encapsulation steps. The organic molecules can be added at any desired pH value, where the pH value is generally chosen to achieve the desired reactivity of the organic molecules. The method of the present invention thereby presents a sufficiently mild encapsulation method to retain a significant portion of the activity of the biomolecules, compared with the activity of the biomolecules in free solution.

  19. OPTIMIZATION OF ALKYL ESTER PRODUCTION FROM GREASE USING A PHYLLOSILICATE SOL-GEL IMMOBILIZED LIPASE

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    Simple alkyl ester derivatives of restaurant grease were prepared using a lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia immobilized within a phyllosilicate sol-gel matrix as biocatalyst. Alcoholysis reactions of grease were carried out in solvent-free media using a one step addition of alcohol to reaction mixtur...

  20. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

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    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  1. Preparation and complex characterization of silica holmium sol-gel monoliths.

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    Cacaina, D; Areva, S; Laaksonen, H; Simon, S; Ylänen, H

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous, sol-gel derived SiO(2) are known to biocompatible and bioresorbable materials. Biodegradable and inert materials containing radioactive isotopes have potential application as delivery vehicles of the beta radiation to the cancer tumors inside the body. Incorporation of holmium in the sol-gel derived SiO(2) could lead to the formation of a biodegradable material which could be used as carrier biomaterial for the radiation of radioactive holmium to the various cancer sites. The homogeneity of the prepared sol-gel silica holmium monoliths was investigated by Back Scattered Electron Imaging of Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis, X-ray Induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The biodegradation of the monoliths was investigated in Simulated Body Fluid and TRIS (Trizma pre-set Crystals) solution. The results show that by suitable tailoring of the sol-gel processing parameters holmium can be homogeneously incorporated in the silica matrix with a controlled biodegradation rate. PMID:21132520

  2. Environmentally benign sol-gel antifouling and foul-releasing coatings.

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    Detty, Michael R; Ciriminna, Rosaria; Bright, Frank V; Pagliaro, Mario

    2014-02-18

    application, and the waterborne nature of sol-gel coatings all support the diffusion of these paints to efficiently reduce the accumulation of fouling layers on valued surfaces immersed in marine or fluvial waters. Furthermore, sol-gel glassy coatings are transparent and can be effectively applied to optical devices, windows, and solar panels used in lake, fluvial, or marine environments. Sol-gel technology is eminently versatile, and the first generation sol-gel paints have already shown good performance. Even so, vast opportunities still exist for chemists to develop novel sol-gel derived coatings to both prevent biofouling and enhance the hydrodynamic properties of boat and ship hulls. Moreover, researchers have prepared and applied multifunctional sol-gel coatings providing protection against both biofouling and corrosion. They have tested these in the marine environment with good preliminary results. In this Account, we discuss some of our new strategies for the controlled functionalization of surfaces for the development of efficient antifouling and foul-releasing systems and summarize the main achievements with biocidal and nonbiocidal sol-gel coatings. We conclude by giving insight into the marine coatings and sol-gel products markets, providing arguments to justify our conclusion that the sol-gel coatings technology is now a mature platform for the development of economically viable and environmentally friendly antifouling and foul-release formulations of enhanced performance. PMID:24397288

  3. Optical characterization of anti reflective sol-gel coatings fabricated using dip coating method

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    Melninkaitis, A.; Juškevičius, K.; Maciulevičius, M.; Sirutkaitis, V.; Beganskienė, A.; Kazadojev, I.; Kareiva, A.; Perednis, D.

    2007-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in further development of sol-gel method which can produce ceramics and glasses using chemical precursors at relative low-temperatures. The applications for sol-gel derived products are numerous. Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry with Laser Research Center of Vilnius University and Institute of Physics continues an ongoing research effort on the synthesis, deposition and characterization of porous solgel. Our target is highly optically resistant anti-reflective (AR) coatings for general optics and nonlinear optical crystals. In order to produce AR coatings a silica (SiO II) sol-gel has been dip coated on the set of fused silica substrates. The optical properties and structure of AR-coatings deposited from hydrolysed tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) sol were characterized in detail in this study. The influence of different parameters on the formation of colloidal silica antireflective coatings by dip-coating technique has been investigated. All samples were characterized performing, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometric, total scattering and laser-induced damage threshold measurements. Herewith we present our recent results on synthesis of sol-gel solvents, coating fabrication and characterization of their optical properties.

  4. Composite sol-gel process for photocatalytic titanium dioxide

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    Keshmiri, Mehrdad

    Photocatalytic TiO2 decomposes organic and inorganic pollutants upon irradiation with UV light. TiO2 thin films and powder suspensions are used for purification treatments, but small surface area of TiO2 films, and difficult filtration of powders are the two major drawbacks in application of photocatalytic TiO2. The major objective of this work was to develop a novel process to combine the thin film coatings and the fine (sub-micron) powder anatase TiO2 to provide high photocatalytic efficiency thick films and self-supported membranes. The microstructural properties and photocatalytic efficiency of the developed materials were characterized and compared with that of the conventional TiO2 coatings and powders. Photocatalytic activity of CSG TiO 2 was measured through the ability to decompose organic compounds (trichloroethane, dioxane, toluene), as well as to destroy bacteria. The major achievement of this work is the development of a process wherein structurally sound, thick films and membranes of CSG anatase photocatalytic TiO2 can be produced in reproducible way. A novel method for the synthesis of monodispersed anatase TiO2 microspheres through colloidal precipitation has also been established. The microspheres were used as filler TiO2 in the composite microstructure, bonded with sot-gel derived TiO2, to produce the composite sol-gel (CSG) TiO2. A sol-gel-assisted sintering model for the CSG thick films and self-supported membranes was established and validated by experimental data. The model has the ability to predict the sintering behavior of the CSG-TiO2, in terms of the reduction of specific surface area versus the time of heating, particularly at the initial and intermediate stages of the sintering.

  5. Solution chemistry optimization of sol-gel processed PZT thin films

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    Lockwood, S.J. Schwartz, R.W.; Tuttle, B.A.; Thomas, E.V.

    1992-12-31

    We have optimized the ferroelectric properties and microstructural characteristics of sol-gel PZT thin films used in a CMOS-integrated, 256 bit ferroelectric non-volatile memory. The sol-gel process utilized in our work involved the reaction of Zr n-butoxide, Ti isopropoxide, and Pb (IV) acetate in a methanol/acetic acid solvent system. A 10-factor screening experiment identified solution concentration, acetic acid addition, and water volume as the solution chemistry factors having the most significant effects on the remanent polarization, coercive field, ferroelectric loop quality, and microstructural quality. The optimal values for these factors were determined by running a 3-factor uniform shell design, modeling the responses, and testing the models at the predicted optimal conditions. The optimized solution chemistry generated 3-layer, 300--400 nm thick films on RuO{sub 2} coated silicon substrates with coercive fields of less than 25 kv/cm (a 40--50% improvement over the original solution chemistry), a remanent polarization of 25--30 {mu}C/cm, and a reduction in the pyrochlore phase content below observable levels.

  6. Energy migration of the local excitation at the Eu3+ site in a Eu-O chemical cluster in sol-gel derived SiO2:Eu3+ glasses

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    Hayakawa, Tomokatsu; Nogami, Masayuki

    2001-09-01

    By using the fluorescence line-narrowing technique, we observed a broad fluorescence band in the vicinity of a resonant line of the 5D0→7F0 transition in an Eu3+-doped SiO2 glass synthesized by a sol-gel process. The comparison with a similar line in an Al2O3-SiO2:Eu3+ sol-gel glass revealed the existence of a chemical cluster of Eu3+ and O2- in the tetrahedral SiO4 network. The broad fluorescence band was attributable to an energy migration among the Eu3+ ions for the site-selectively received excitation energy. Also, based on Yokota-Tanimoto's energy diffusion model, the fluorescence decay curves for the 5D0→7F2 transition were closely correlated with the energy migration and gel-glass transformation. The gel-shrinkage and reduced interatomic distance between Eu3+ ions due to a thermal treatment at higher temperature definitely resulted in a decrease in the associated lifetime of the initial decay.

  7. Electrophoretic Porosimetry of Sol-Gels

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    Snow, L. A.; Smith, D. D.; Sibille, L.; Hunt, A. J.; Ng, J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that gravity has an effect on the formation and resulting microstructure of sol-gels. In order to more clearly resolve the effect of gravity, pores may be non-destructively analyzed in the wet gel, circumventing the shrinkage and coarsening associated with the drying procedure. We discuss the development of an electrophoretic technique, analogous to affinity chromatography, for the determination of pore size distribution and its application to silica gels. Specifically a monodisperse charged dye is monitored by an optical densitometer as it moves through the wet gel under the influence of an electric field. The transmittance data (output) represents the convolution of the dye concentration profile at the beginning of the run (input) with the pore size distribution (transfer function), i.e. linear systems theory applies. Because of the practical difficulty in producing a delta function input dye profile we prefer instead to use a step function. Average pore size is then related to the velocity of this dye front, while the pore size distribution is related to the spreading of the front. Preliminary results of this electrophoretic porosimetry and its application to ground and space-grown samples will be discussed.

  8. Production of continuous mullite fiber via sol-gel processing

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Sparks, J. Scott; Esker, David C.

    1990-01-01

    The development of a continuous ceramic fiber which could be used in rocket engine and rocket boosters applications was investigated at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Methods of ceramic fiber production such as melt spinning, chemical vapor deposition, and precursor polymeric fiber decomposition are discussed and compared with sol-gel processing. The production of ceramics via the sol-gel method consists of two steps, hydrolysis and polycondensation, to form the preceramic, followed by consolidation into the glass or ceramic structure. The advantages of the sol-gel method include better homogeneity and purity, lower preparation temperature, and the ability to form unique compositions. The disadvantages are the high cost of raw materials, large shrinkage during drying and firing which can lead to cracks, and long processing times. Preparation procedures for aluminosilicate sol-gel and for continuous mullite fibers are described.

  9. Organofunctional Sol-Gel Materials for Toxic Metal Separation

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    Im, Hee-Jung; Yost, Terry L.; Yang, Yihui; Bramlett, J. Morris; Yu, Xiang-Hua; Fagan, Bryan C.; Allain, Leonardo R.; Chen, Tianniu; Xue, Ziling; Barnes, Craig E.; Dai, Sheng; Rocker, Lee E.; Sepaniak, Michael J.

    2003-09-10

    Inorganic-organic silica sol-gels grafted or encapsulated with organic ligands were prepared and found to selectively and reversibly remove target metal ions such as Cu2+, Cd2+, and Sr2+. These organofunctional sol-gel materials, which were easily prepared from off-the-shelf chemicals, were hydrophilic and showed fast kinetics of metal uptake. The sol-gels were easily regenerated and used in multi-cycle metal removal. In our search for new ligands for metal removal, we found that the reactions of thioacetal ligands with Hg2+ gave Hg(SCH2COOH)2. Our studies of organofunctional sol-gel materials for metal separation will be discussed.

  10. Perovskite phase transformation in 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles derived by sol-gel

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    Singh, Satyendra; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2012-01-15

    Fabrication of 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) nanoparticles with an average size of about 40 nm and their phase transformation behavior from pyrochlore to perovskite phase is investigated. A novel sol-gel method was used for the synthesis of air-stable and precipitate-free diol-based sol of PMN-PT which was dried and partially calcined at 450 deg. C for 1 h to decompose organics and bring down the free energy barrier for perovskite crystallization and then finally annealed in the temperature range 600 to 700 deg. C. Annealed at around 700 deg. C for 1 h, PMN-PT gel powder exhibited nanocrystalline morphology with perovskite phase as confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques.

  11. Dielectric anomaly in Li-doped zinc oxide thin films grown by sol gel route

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    Dhananjay; Singh, Satyendra; Nagaraju, J.; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2007-08-01

    Sol gel route was employed to grow polycrystalline thin films of Li-doped ZnO thin films (Zn1-xLixO, x=0.15). Polycrystalline films were obtained at a growth temperature of 400 500 °C. Ferroelectricity in Zn0.85Li0.15O was verified by examining the temperature variation of the real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant, and from the C V measurements. The phase transition temperature was found to be 330 K. The room-temperature dielectric constant and dissipation factor were 15.5 and 0.09 respectively, at a frequency of 100 kHz. The films exhibited well-defined hysteresis loop, and the values of spontaneous polarization (Ps) and coercive field were 0.15 μC/cm2 and 20 kV/cm, respectively, confirming the presence of ferroelectricity.

  12. Slow Release of Plant Volatiles Using Sol-Gel Dispensers.

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    Bian, L; Sun, X L; Cai, X M; Chen, Z M

    2014-12-01

    The black citrus aphid, also known as the tea aphid, (Toxoptera aurantii Boyer) attacks economically important crops, including tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). In the current study, silica sol-gel formulations were screened to find one that could carry and release C. sinensis plant volatiles to lure black citrus aphids in a greenhouse. The common plant volatile trans-2-hexen-1-al was used as a model molecule to screen for suitable sol-gel formulations. A zNose (Electronic Sensor Technology, Newbury Park, CA) transportable gas chromatograph was used to continuously monitor the volatile emissions. A sol-gel formulation containing tetramethyl orthosilicate and methyltrimethoxysilane in an 8:2 (vol:vol) ratio was selected to develop a slow-release dispenser. The half-life of trans-2-hexen-1-al in the sol-gel dispenser increased slightly with the volume of this compound in the dispenser. Ten different volatiles were tested in the sol-gel dispenser. Alcohols of 6-10 carbons had the longest half-lives (3.01-3.77 d), while esters of 6-12 carbons had the shortest (1.53-2.28 d). Release of these volatiles from the dispensers could not be detected by the zNose after 16 d (cis-3-hexenyl acetate) to 26 d (3,7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol). In greenhouse experiments, trans-2-hexen-1-al and cis-3-hexen-1-ol released from the sol-gel dispensers attracted aphids for ≍17 d, and release of these volatiles could not be detected by the zNose after ≍24 d. The sol-gel dispensers performed adequately for the slow release of plant volatiles to trap aphids in the greenhouse. PMID:26470065

  13. Sol-gel encapsulation for controlled drug release and biosensing

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    Fang, Jonathan

    The main focus of this dissertation is to investigate the use of sol-gel encapsulation of biomolecules for controlled drug release and biosensing. Controlled drug release has advantages over conventional therapies in that it maintains a constant, therapeutic drug level in the body for prolonged periods of time. The anti-hypertensive drug Captopril was encapsulated in sol-gel materials of various forms, such as silica xerogels and nanoparticles. The primary objective was to show that sol-gel silica materials are promising drug carriers for controlled release by releasing Captopril at a release rate that is within a therapeutic range. We were able to demonstrate desired release for over a week from Captopril-doped silica xerogels and overall release from Captopril-doped silica nanoparticles. As an aside, the antibiotic Vancomycin was also encapsulated in these porous silica nanoparticles and desired release was obtained for several days in-vitro. The second part of the dissertation focuses on immobilizing antibodies and proteins in sol-gel to detect various analytes, such as hormones and amino acids. Sol-gel competitive immunoassays on antibody-doped silica xerogels were used for hormone detection. Calibration for insulin and C-peptide in standard solutions was obtained in the nM range. In addition, NASA-Ames is also interested in developing a reagentless biosensor using bacterial periplasmic binding proteins (bPBPs) to detect specific biomarkers, such as amino acids and phosphate. These bPBPs were doubly labeled with two different fluorophores and encapsulated in silica xerogels. Ligand-binding experiments were performed on the bPBPs in solution and in sol-gel. Ligand-binding was monitored by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the two fluorophores on the bPBP. Titration data show that one bPBP has retained its ligand-binding properties in sol-gel.

  14. MOS solar cells with oxides deposited by sol-gel spin-coating techniques

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    Huang, Chia-Hong; Chang, Chung-Cheng; Tsai, Jung-Hui

    2013-06-15

    The metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) solar cells with sol-gel derived silicon dioxides (SiO{sub 2}) deposited by spin coating are proposed in this study. The sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} layer is prepared at low temperature of 450 Degree-Sign C. Such processes are simple and low-cost. These techniques are, therefore, useful for largescale and large-amount manufacturing in MOS solar cells. It is observed that the short-circuit current (I{sub sc}) of 2.48 mA, the open-circuit voltage (V{sub os}) of 0.44 V, the fill factor (FF) of 0.46 and the conversion efficiency ({eta}%) of 2.01% were obtained by means of the current-voltage (I-V) measurements under AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) irradiance at 25 Degree-Sign C in the MOS solar cell with sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2}.

  15. Regioselective hydroaminomethylation of vinylarenes by a sol-gel immobilized rhodium catalyst.

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    Nairoukh, Zackaria; Blum, Jochanan

    2014-03-21

    In the course of our studies toward the development of new heterogeneous conditions for better controlling regioselectivity in organic reactions, we investigated the application of sol-gel immobilized organometallic catalyst for regioselective hydroaminomethylation of vinylarenes with aniline or nitroarene derivatives in an aqueous microemulsion. By immobilization of 6 mol % [Rh(cod)Cl]2 within a hydrophobic silica sol-gel matrix we were able to perform efficient hydroaminomethylation under mild conditions and isolate 2-arylpropylamines with high regioselectivity. The regioselectivity of the reaction was found to be mainly dependent on the hydrophobicity of the catalyst support. It is also significantly affected by the electronic nature of the substrates, by the reaction temperature, and by syngas pressure. The heterogenized catalyst can be reused for several times. PMID:24528141

  16. Glucose microbiosensor based on alumina sol-gel matrix/electropolymerized composite membrane.

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    Chen, Xiaohong; Hu, Yibai; Wilson, George S

    2002-12-01

    A procedure is described that provides co-immobilization of enzyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) within an alumina sol-gel matrix and a polyphenol layer permselective for endogenous electroactive species. BSA has first been employed for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) on a Pt electrode in a sol-gel to produce a uniform, thin and compact film with enhanced enzyme activity. Electropolymerization of phenol was then employed to form an anti-interference and protective polyphenol film within the enzyme layer. In addition, a stability-reinforcing membrane derived from (3-aminopropyl)-trimethoxysilane was constructed by electrochemically-assisted crosslinking. This hybrid film outside the enzyme layer contributed both to the improved stability and to permselectivity. The resulting glucose sensor was characterized by a short response time (<10 s), high sensitivity (10.4 nA/mM mm(2)), low interference from endogenous electroactive species, and a working lifetime of at least 60 days. PMID:12392950

  17. Structural evolution and stability of sol gel biocatalysts

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    Rodgers, L. E.; Knott, R. B.; Holden, P. J.; Pike, K. J.; Hanna, J. V.; Foster, L. J. R.; Bartlett, J. R.

    2006-11-01

    Immobilisation strategies for catalytic enzymes are important as they allow recovery and reuse of the biocatalysts. In this work, sol-gel matrices have been used to immobilise Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB), a commonly used industrial enzyme. The sol-gel bioencapsulate is produced through fluoride-catalysed hydrolysis of mixtures of tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) and methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) in the presence of CALB, yielding materials with controlled pore sizes and surface chemistries. Sol-gel matrices prolong the catalytic life and enhance the activity of CALB, although the molecular basis for this effect has yet to be elucidated due to the limitations of analytical techniques applied to date. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) allows such multi-component systems to be characterised through contrast matching. In the sol-gel bioencapsulate system at the contrast match point for silica, residual scattering intensity is due to the CALB and density fluctuations in the matrix. A SANS contrast variation series found the match point for the silica matrix, both with and without enzyme present, to be around 35%. The model presented here proposes a mechanism for the interaction between CALB and the surrounding sol-gel matrix, and the observed improvement in enzyme activity and matrix strength. Essentially, the inclusion of CALB modulates silicate speciation during evolution of the inorganic network, leading to associated variations in SANS contrast. The SANS protocol developed here may be applied more generally to other encapsulated enzyme systems.

  18. Characterization of Sol-gel Encapsulated Proteins using Small-angle Neutron Scattering

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    Luo, Guangming; Zhang, Qiu; Del Castillo, Alexis Rae; Urban, Volker S; O'Neill, Hugh Michael

    2009-01-01

    Entrapment of biomolecules in silica-derived sol-gels has grown into a vibrant area of research since it was originally demonstrated. However, accessing the consequences of entrapment on biomolecules and the gel structure remains a major challenge in characterizing these biohybrid materials. We present the first demonstration that it is possible with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to study the conformation of dilute proteins that are entrapped in transparent and dense sol-gels. Using deuterium-labeled green fluorescent protein (GFP) and SANS with contrast variation, we demonstrate that the scattering signatures of the sol-gel and the protein can be separated. Analysis of the scattering curves of the sol-gels using a mass-fractal model shows that the size of the colloidal silica particles and the fractal dimensions of the gels were similar in the absence and presence of protein, demonstrating that GFP did not influence the reaction pathway for the formation of the gel. The major structural difference in the gels was that the pore size was increased 2-fold in the presence of the protein. At the contrast match point for silica, the scattering signal from GFP inside the gel became distinguishable over a wide q range. Simulated scattering curves representing a monomer, end-to-end dimer, and parallel dimer of the protein were calculated and compared to the experimental data. Our results show that the most likely structure of GFP is that of an end-to-end dimer. This approach can be readily applied and holds great potential for the structural characterization of complex biohybrid and other materials.

  19. Luminescence properties of Cr-doped silica sol gel glasses

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    Strek, Wieslaw; Lukowiak, Edward; Deren, Przemyslaw J.; Maruszewski, K.; Trabjerg, Ib; Koepke, Czeslaw; Malashkevich, G. E.; Gaishun, Vladimir E.

    1997-11-01

    The emission of Cr-doped silica glass obtained by the sol- gel method is characterized by an orange broad band with a maximum at 610 nm. Its nature is examined by the absorption, excited state absorption, emission, excitation and lifetime measurements over a wide range of temperature and for different concentration of Cr ions. Our measurement show that in spite of fact that the absorption properties of Cr- doped silica sol-gel glass are predominantly associated with Cr4+ centers, the observed in visible range emission can be assigned neither to Cr3+ nor to Cr4+ ions. The discussion of the nature of observed emission was carried out for all possible valencies of the Cr ions. In conclusion is suggested that it may be ascribed to the transitions on the monovalent Cr1+ ion. The reducing agents occurring during the sol-gel process and leading to lowering the Cr valency are discussed.

  20. Modification of sol-gel coatings by ion implantation

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    Hirashima, Hiroshi; Adachi, Kenji; Imai, Hiroaki

    1994-10-01

    In order to densify and to improve the physical properties, TiO2 sol-gel films, about 100 nm in thickness, on silica glass or silicon wafer were implanted with Ar+ or B+ ions. The refractive index of the as-dried films increased and the IR absorption band of OH disappeared after Ar+ implantation. Dehydration and densification of sol-gel films were enhanced by Ar+ implantation. On the other hand, the refractive index and the thickness of the films hardly changed by B+ implantation. However, IR absorption bands attributed to B-O bond were observed after B+ implantation. This suggests that sol-gel films could be chemically modified by ion implantation with reactive ion species.

  1. Synthesis of garnet structure compounds using aqueous sol-gel processing

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    Leleckaite, A.; Kareiva, A.

    2004-07-01

    The sol-gel method based on metal chelates in aqueous solvents has been developed to prepare different oxides having garnet crystal structure. This synthetic approach has been used to prepare rare-earth doped yttrium aluminum garnet Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce, Y 3Al 5O 12:Nd, Y 3Al 5O 12:Ho, and Y 3Al 5O 12:Er samples (YAG:Ln). The polycrystalline powders sintered at 1000 °C are formed as single-phase garnet materials. The formation of pure and neodymium-doped lanthanum aluminum garnets (La 3Al 5O 12 (LAG), and La 3Al 5O 12:Nd (LAG:Nd)) at the same synthesis conditions, however, does not proceed. A systematic study of sol-gel technique synthesized Y 3Ga 5O 12 (YGG) is presented using six different complexing agents. These complexing agents were found to influence the characteristics of the end products, in particular the homogeneity. Finally, some specific features of sol-gel derived mixed-metal Y 3Sc xAl 5- x- yGa yO 12 (0⩽ x, y⩽5) (YSAGG) garnets are discussed in the present paper. The phase purity, composition and microstructural features in the polycrystalline samples were studied by XRD analysis, IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

  2. Synthesis of Sol-Gel Matrices for Encapsulation of Enzymes Using an Aqueous Route

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    Ashley, C.S.; Bhatia, R.B.; Brinker, C.J.; Harris, T.M.

    1998-11-23

    Sol-gel matrices are promising host materials for potential chemical and biosensor applications. Previous studies have focused on modified sol-gel routes using alkoxides for encapsulation of enzymes. However the formation of alcohol as a byproduct during hydrolysis and condensation reactions poses limitations. We report the immobilization of glucose oxidase and peroxidase in silica prepared by an aqueous route which may provide a more favorable environment for the biomolecules. A two step aqueous sol-gel procedure using sodium silicate as the precursor was developed to encapsulate the enzymes and the dye precursor, o-dianisidine. Glucose oxidase catalyzes the oxidation of glucose to give gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Peroxidase then catalyzes the reaction of the dye precursor with hydrogen peroxide to produce a colored product. The kinetics of the coupled enzymatic reactions were monitored by optical spectroscopy and compared to those occurring in tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) derived silica matrices developed by Yamanaka. Enhanced kinetics in the aqueous silicate matrices were related to differences in the host microstructure as elucidated by microstructural comparisons of the corresponding aerogels.

  3. Optical Sensors for Biomolecules Using Nanoporous Sol-Gel Materials

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    Fang, Jonathan; Zhou, Jing C.; Lan, Esther H.; Dunn, Bruce; Gillman, Patricia L.; Smith, Scott M.

    2004-01-01

    An important consideration for space missions to Mars is the ability to detect biosignatures. Solid-state sensing elements for optical detection of biological entities are possible using sol-gel based biologically active materials. We have used these materials as optical sensing elements in a variety of bioassays, including immunoassays and enzyme assays. By immobilizing an appropriate biomolecule in the sol-gel sensing element, we have successfully detected analytes such as amino acids and hormones. In the case of the amino acid glutamate, the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase was the immobilized molecule, whereas in the case of the hormone cortisol, an anti-cortisol antibody was immobilized in the sensing element. In this previous work with immobilized enzymes and antibodies, excellent sensitivity and specificity were demonstrated in a variety of formats including bulk materials, thin films and fibers. We believe that the sol-gel approach is an attractive platform for bioastronautics sensing applications because of the ability to detect a wide range of entities such as amino acids, fatty acids, hopanes, porphyrins, etc. The sol-gel approach produces an optically transparent 3D silica matrix that forms around the biomolecule of interest, thus stabilizing its structure and functionality while allowing for optical detection. This encapsulation process protects the biomolecule and leads to a more "rugged" sensor. The nanoporous structure of the sol-gel matrix allows diffusion of small target molecules but keeps larger, biomolecules immobilized in the pores. We are currently developing these biologically active sol-gel materials into small portable devices for on-orbit cortisol detection

  4. Silica scintillating materials prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Werst, D.W.; Sauer, M.C. Jr.; Cromack, K.R.; Lin, Y.; Tartakovsky, E.A.; Trifunac, A.D.

    1993-12-31

    Silica was investigated as a rad-hard alternative to organic polymer hosts for organic scintillators. Silica sol-gels were prepared by hydrolysis of tetramethoxysilane in alcohol solutions. organic dyes were incorporated into the gels by dissolving in methanol at the sol stage of gel formation. The silica sol-gel matrix is very rad-hard. The radiation stability of silica scintillators prepared by this method is dye-limited. Transient radioluminescence was measured following excitation with 30 ps pulses of 20 MeV electrons.

  5. Sol-gel processing with inorganic metal salt precursors

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    Hu, Zhong-Cheng

    2004-10-19

    Methods for sol-gel processing that generally involve mixing together an inorganic metal salt, water, and a water miscible alcohol or other organic solvent, at room temperature with a macromolecular dispersant material, such as hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) added. The resulting homogenous solution is incubated at a desired temperature and time to result in a desired product. The methods enable production of high quality sols and gels at lower temperatures than standard methods. The methods enable production of nanosize sols from inorganic metal salts. The methods offer sol-gel processing from inorganic metal salts.

  6. Investigations of sol gel-derived highly (100)-oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films for phase-shifter applications

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    Jain, M.; Majumder, S. B.; Katiyar, R. S.; Bhalla, A. S.; Miranda, F. A.; van Keuls, F. W.

    2005-02-01

    Sol gel deposition of highly oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films has shown desirable dielectric constant reduction and higher figure of merit for phase-shifter applications. In this multilayer configuration, MgO distributed homogeneously through the Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST50) matrix, and it helped in tailoring the dielectric constant and reducing the loss tangent significantly. In the present study, the high-frequency dielectric behavior of the films has been evaluated by fabricating an eight-element coupled microstrip phase shifter and measuring the degree of phase shift and insertion loss as a function of applied voltage at room temperature. An increase in phase-shifter figure of merit (degree of phase shift per dB insertion loss) from 28°/dB for pure BST50 to 71°/dB for a BST50 : MgO film (at 14 GHz and 333 kV/cm) has been observed.

  7. THE THICKNESS DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN PERMEABILITY IN SOL-GEL DERIVED CGO-COFE2O4 THIN FILMS ON POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATES: A SPUTTERED BLOCKING LAYER FOR THICKNESS CONTROL

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    Brinkman, K

    2009-01-08

    Mixed conductive oxides are a topic of interest for applications in oxygen separation membranes as well as use in producing hydrogen fuel through the partial oxidation of methane. The oxygen flux through the membrane is governed both by the oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the material's electronic conductivity; composite membranes like Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} (CGO)-CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) use gadolinium doped ceria oxides as the ionic conducting material combined with cobalt iron spinel which serves as the electronic conductor. In this study we employ {approx} 50 nm sputtered CeO{sub 2} layers on the surface of porous CGO ceramic substrates which serve as solution 'blocking' layers during the thin film fabrication process facilitating the control of film thickness. Films with thickness of {approx} 2 and 4 microns were prepared by depositing 40 and 95 separate sol-gel layers respectively. Oxygen flux measurements indicated that the permeation increased with decreasing membrane thickness; thin film membrane with thickness on the micron level showed flux values an order of magnitude greater (0.03 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2} s) at 800 C as compared to 1mm thick bulk ceramic membranes (0.003 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}).

  8. Stoichiometric hydroxyapatite obtained by precipitation and sol gel processes

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    Vazquez, C. G.; Barba, C. P.; Munguia, N.

    2005-06-01

    Three methods for obtaining hydroxiapatite (HA) are described. HA is a very interesting ceramic because of its many medical applications. The first two precipitation methods start from calcium and phosphorous compounds, whereas the third method is a sol-gel process that uses alcoxides. The products were characterized and compared. The observed differences are important for practical applications.

  9. Sol-Gel Matrices For Direct Colorimetric Detection Of Analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2002-11-26

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  10. Process of forming a sol-gel/metal hydride composite

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    Congdon, James W.

    2009-03-17

    An external gelation process is described which produces granules of metal hydride particles contained within a sol-gel matrix. The resulting granules are dimensionally stable and are useful for applications such as hydrogen separation and hydrogen purification. An additional coating technique for strengthening the granules is also provided.

  11. ARSENIC REMOVAL USING SOL-GEL SYNTHESIZED TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 nanoparticles in arsenic adsorption was examined. TiO2 particles (LS) were synthesized via sol-gel techniques and characterized for their crystallinity, surface area and pore volume. Batch adsorption studies were perf...

  12. Sol-gel matrices for direct colorimetric detection of analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2000-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  13. Inverted low band gap polymer solar cells integrated with a low-temperature-annealed sol-gel-derived ZnO: Active layer thickness effect on the recombination process

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    Dhibi, O.; Ltaief, A.; Zghal, S.; Bouazizi, A.

    2013-08-01

    Structural of thin film of ZnO elaborated by sol-gel ZnO method, annealed at different temperatures were investigated by means of Photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy analysis. The results show the formation of crystalline layer of ZnO after annealing at 150 °C. This thin film provided an effective hole blocking layer and an increased interfacial area for electron collection. Inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells were fabricated using ZnO film as the electron collecting layer. The influence of spin coating speed of the active layer on the performance of inverted-type organic solar cells has been investigated. The organic photoactive layers consisted of Poly[N-9‧-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4‧,7‧-di-2-thienyl-2‧,1‧,3‧-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) and [6,6]-Phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) were spin coated onto ZnO thin film with two spin coating speeds at 600 and 2000 rpm. Experimental results showed that the short-circuit current density (Jsc), the fill factor (FF) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) increase with increasing spin coating speed. This result may be attributed to reducing series resistance and recombination processes in thinner photoactive layer. The impedance spectra of the devices were measured under illumination. A decrease in the charge recombination and the resistance of whole device were observed with the increase in the spin coating speed of the active layer.

  14. New insights into uranium (VI) sol-gel processing

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R. ); King, R.B. . Dept. of Chemistry); Garber, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1990-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) investigations on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been extremely useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sup 17}O NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, ((UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}){sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results will be presented to illustrate that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an intercalation'' cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2} ((UO{sub 2}){sub 8} O{sub 4} (OH){sub 10}) {center dot} 8H{sub 2}O. This compound is the precursor to sintered UO{sub 2} ceramic fuel. 23 refs., 10 figs.

  15. Intrinsically tunable bulk acoustic wave resonators based on sol-gel grown PMN-PT films

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    Vorobiev, A.; Spreitzer, M.; Veber, A.; Suvorov, D.; Gevorgian, S.

    2014-08-01

    Intrinsically tunable bulk acoustic wave resonators, based on sol-gel 0.70Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.30PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) thin films, with high effective electromechanical coupling coefficient of 13% and tunability of the series resonance frequency up to 4.0% are fabricated and characterized. The enhanced electroacoustic properties of the PMN-PT resonators are attributed to the mechanism of polarization rotation occurring in the region of the morphotropic phase boundary. Electroacoustic performance of the PMN-PT resonators is analyzed using the theory of dc field-induced piezoelectric effect in ferroelectrics. Extrinsic acoustic loss in the PMN-PT resonators is analyzed using the model of the wave scattering at reflections from rough interfaces. Mechanical Q-factor of the resonators is up to 70 at 4.1 GHz and limited mainly by losses in the PMN-PT film.

  16. Evaluation of sol-gel based magnetic 45S5 bioglass and bioglass-ceramics containing iron oxide.

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Srinivasan, A

    2016-05-01

    Multicomponent oxide powders with nominal compositions of (45-x)·SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5xFe2O3 (in wt.%) were prepared by a modified sol-gel procedure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the sol-gel products show fully amorphous structure for Fe2O3 substitutions up to 2 wt.%. Sol-gel derived 43SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5·2Fe2O3 glass (or bioglass 45S5 with SiO2 substituted with 2 wt.% Fe2O3), exhibited magnetic behavior with a coercive field of 21 Oe, hysteresis loop area of 33.25 erg/g and saturation magnetization of 0.66 emu/g at an applied field of 15 kOe at room temperature. XRD pattern of this glass annealed at 850 °C for 1h revealed the formation of a glass-ceramic containing sodium calcium silicate and magnetite phases in nanocrystalline form. Temperature dependent magnetization and room temperature electron spin resonance data have been used to obtain information on the magnetic phase and distribution of iron ions in the sol-gel glass and glass-ceramic samples. Sol-gel derived glass and glass-ceramic exhibit in-vitro bioactivity by forming a hydroxyapatite surface layer under simulated physiological conditions and their bio-response is superior to their melt quenched bulk counterparts. This new form of magnetic bioglass and bioglass ceramics opens up new and more effective biomedical applications. PMID:26952414

  17. Stress-induced shifting of the morphotropic phase boundary in sol-gel derived Pb(Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} thin films

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    Zhang, S.Q.; Wang, L.D.; Li, W.L.; Liu, C.Q.; Wang, J.N.; Li, N.; Darvishi, A. Rajabtabar; Fei, W.D.

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} Differing from Pb(Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} bulk ceramic with a tetragonal phase, our results indicate that for PZT thin films with the same composition monoclinic phase coexisting with tetragonal phase can appear. {yields} Tensile stress is suggested to play a role in shifting the morphotropic phase boundary to titanium-rich region in PZT thin films. {yields} The deteriorated ferroelectric properties can be attributed mainly to the presence of thin non-ferroelectric layer and large tensile stress. -- Abstract: The structure evolution of Pb(Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} thin films with different thicknesses on the Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates has been investigated using X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering. Differing from Pb(Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} bulk ceramic with a tetragonal phase, our results indicate that for PZT thin films with the same composition monoclinic phase with Cm space group coexisting with tetragonal phase can appear. It is suggested that tensile stress plays a role in shifting the morphotropic phase boundary to titanium-rich region in PZT thin films. The deteriorated ferroelectric properties of PZT thin films can be attributed mainly to the presence of thin non-ferroelectric layer and large tensile stress.

  18. Synthesis and properties of nanostructured sol-gel sorbents for simultaneous removal of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from flue gas

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    Buelna Quijada, Genoveva

    2001-07-01

    Regenerative, alumina-supported, copper-based sorbent/catalysts provide a promising technique for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NO x from flue gas. These sorbents can remove over 90% of SO2 and 70+% of NOx while generating no wastes, reducing energy consumption, and producing valuable by-products. The lack of a cost-effective sorbent with low attrition rate and good reactivity has been the main hurdle to commercialization of this copper oxide process. Developing such a sorbent is the focus of this dissertation. This work examines using sol-gel techniques rather than traditional processes to produce gamma-alumina and copper coated 7-alumina granular sorbents. Important modifications to the established sol-gel synthesis process were made, which minimized generated wastes and reduced preparation time and sorbent cost. A laboratory scale semi-continuous process providing a basis for large-scale synthesis was developed. The effect of the copper content on the surface area and dispersion of the active species on sol-gel-derived sorbents coated by the one step and wet-impregnation methods was studied. The sol-gel-derived sorbents showed superior sulfation and regeneration properties than the existing commercial sorbents used in the copper oxide process in terms of sulfation capacity, fast regeneration, recovery of sorption capacity, and SO2 concentration in the regenerated effluent. The optimum temperature for NO reduction by NH3 over sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 was found to be 350°C for both fresh and sulfated catalysts. This was also the optimum operating temperature for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NOx from simulated flue gas. At 350°C, the adsorption capacity of the sol-gel sorbent/catalyst was higher than UOP's sorbent, and very close to the capacity of ALCOA's sorbent, while the catalytic activity for NO reduction of the sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al 2O3 sorbent fell between the commercial sorbents. The new mesoporous sol-gel-derived materials showed

  19. Tunable Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticle Sol-Gel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Snow, Lanee A.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate that the linear and non-linear optical properties of sol-gels containing metal nanoparticles are highly tunable with porosity. Moreover, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous hosts, such as aerogels, and determine rigorous bounds for the average fractional composition of each component, i.e., the porosity of the aerogel, or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Sol-gels containing noble metal nanoparticles were fabricated and a significant blue-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was observed upon formation of an aerogel, as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping and aggregation this blue-shift does not strictly obey standard effective medium theories. Mitigation of these complications is achieved by avoiding the use of alcohol and by annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere.

  20. Sol-gel synthesis of monolithic materials with hierarchical porosity.

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    Feinle, A; Elsaesser, M S; Hüsing, N

    2016-06-13

    The development of synthetic routes to hierarchically organized porous materials containing multiple, discrete sets of pores having disparate length scales is of high interest for a wide range of applications. One possible route towards the formation of multilevel porous architectures relies on the processing of condensable, network forming precursors (sol-gel processes) in the presence of molecular porogens, lyotropic mesophases, supramolecular architectures, emulsions, organic polymers, or ice. In this review the focus is on sol-gel processing of inorganic and organic precursors with concurrently occurring microscopic and/or macroscopic phase separation for the formation of self-supporting monoliths. The potential and the limitations of the solution-based approaches is presented with special emphasis to recent examples of hierarchically organized silica, metal oxides and phosphates as well as carbon monoliths. PMID:26563577

  1. Optical detection of parasitic protozoa in sol-gel matrices

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    Livage, Jacques; Barreau, J. Y.; Da Costa, J. M.; Desportes, I.

    1994-10-01

    Whole cell parasitic protozoa have been entrapped within sol-gel porous silica matrices. Stationary phase promastigote cells of Leishmania donovani infantum are mixed with a silica sol before gelation occurs. They remain trapped within the growing oxide network and their cellular organization appears to be well preserved. Moreover protozoa retain their antigenic properties in the porous gel. They are still able to detect parasite specific antibodies in serum samples from infected patients via an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Antigen- antibody associations occurring in the gel are optically detected via the reactions of a peroxidase conjugate with ortho-phenylenediamine leading to the formation of a yellow coloration. A clear-cut difference in optical density is measured between positive and negative sera. Such an entrapment of antigenic species into porous sol-gel matrices avoids the main problems due to non specific binding and could be advantageously used in diagnostic kits.

  2. Nanostructured energetic materials using sol-gel methodologies

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    Tillotson, T M; Simpson, R L; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E; Thomas, I M; Poco, J F

    2000-09-27

    The fundamental differences between energetic composites and energetic materials made from a monomolecular approach are the energy density attainable and the energy release rates. For the past 4 years, we have been exploiting sol-gel chemistry as a route to process energetic materials on a microstructural scale. At the last ISA conference, we described four specific sol-gel approaches to fabricating energetic materials and presented our early work and results on two methods - solution crystallization and powder addition. Here, we detail our work on a third approach, energetic nanocomposites. Synthesis of thermitic types of energetic nanocomposites are presented using transition and main group metal-oxide skeletons. Results on characterization of structure and performance will also be given.

  3. Nanostructured Energetci Matreials with sol-gel Chemistry

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    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-18

    The utilization of nanomaterials in the synthesis and processing of energetic materials (i.e., pyrotechnics, explosives, and propellants) is a relatively new area of science and technology. Previous energetic nanomaterials have displayed new and potentially beneficial properties, relative to their conventional analogs. Unfortunately some of the energetic nanomaterials are difficult and or expensive to produce. At LLNL we are studying the application of sol-gel chemical methodology to the synthesis of energetic nanomaterials components and their formulation into energetic nanocomposites. Here sol-gel synthesis and formulation techniques are used to prepare Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al pyrotechnic nanocomposites. The preliminary characterization of their thermal properties and the degree of mixing between fuel and oxidizer phases is contrasted with that of a conventional pyrotechnic mixture.

  4. Sol-Gel Thin Films for Plasmonic Gas Sensors

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    Della Gaspera, Enrico; Martucci, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic gas sensors are optical sensors that use localized surface plasmons or extended surface plasmons as transducing platform. Surface plasmons are very sensitive to dielectric variations of the environment or to electron exchange, and these effects have been exploited for the realization of sensitive gas sensors. In this paper, we review our research work of the last few years on the synthesis and the gas sensing properties of sol-gel based nanomaterials for plasmonic sensors. PMID:26184216

  5. Inhomogeneous distribution of organic molecules adsorbed in sol gel glasses

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    Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Chávez-Cerda, S.; Sánchez-Villicaña, V.; Sánchez-Mondragón, J. J.; King, T. A.

    1999-09-01

    The effects of the porous matrix upon the radiative characteristics of quinine sulphate doped sol-gel glasses are investigated. The broadenings of the absorption and fluorescence spectra are explained by the attachment of the molecules on distorted sites or in a non-planar fashion, creating an inhomogeneous distribution of adsorbed molecules. For this reason, each emitting center relaxes with its own characteristics. This inhomogeneous distribution is also supported by the non-exponential and the wavelength dependence of the fluorescence decay.

  6. New developments for sol-gel film and fiber processing

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    Hurd, A.J.

    1995-03-01

    New insights into the development of microstructure in sol-gel films have recently been revealed by several diagnostic techniques, including imaging ellipsometry, {open_quotes}chemical imaging{close_quotes} by fluorescent tracers, light scattering from capillary waves, and finite-element modeling. The evolution of porosity during the continuous transition from dilute sol to porous solid in restricted geometries such as films and fibers is becoming clearer through fundamental understanding of evaporation dynamics and capillarity.

  7. Synthesis of zirconium oxide nanoparticle by sol-gel technique

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    Lim, H. S.; Ahmad, A.; Hamzah, H.

    2013-11-27

    Zirconium oxide nanoparticle is synthesized using sol-gel technique. Various mole ratio of ammonia solution and nitric acid relative to zirconium propoxide is added in the reaction to study the effect on the crystallinity and particle size on zirconium oxide particle. Zirconium oxide synthesized with nitric acid have the smallest particle size under FESEM image and show the increasing formation of crystalline tetragonal phase under XRD diffractogram.

  8. Piezoelectric Sol-Gel Composite Film Fabrication by Stencil Printing.

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    Kaneko, Tsukasa; Iwata, Kazuki; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2015-09-01

    Piezoelectric films using sol-gel composites could be useful as ultrasonic transducers in various industrial fields. For sol-gel composite film fabrication, the spray coating technique has been used often because of its adaptability for various substrates. However, the spray technique requires multiple spray coating processes and heating processes and this is an issue of concern, especially for on-site fabrication in controlled areas. Stencil printing has been developed to solve this issue because this method can be used to fabricate thick sol-gel composite films with one coating process. In this study, PbTiO3 (PT)/Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) films, PZT/PZT films, and Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT)/PZT films were fabricated by stencil printing, and PT/ PZT films were also fabricated using the spray technique. After fabrication, a thermal cycle test was performed for the samples to compare their ultrasonic performance. The sensitivity and signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) of the ultrasonic response of PT/PZT fabricated by stencil printing were equivalent to those of PT/PZT fabricated by the spray technique, and better than those of other samples between room temperature and 300°C. Therefore, PT/PZT films fabricated by stencil printing could be a good candidate for nondestructive testing (NDT) ultrasonic transducers from room temperature to 300°C. PMID:26688872

  9. Sol-gel thin films for photonic application

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    Jasieniak, Jacek J.; Martucci, Alessandro

    2012-06-01

    For the fabrication of photonic devices the sol-gel technique is a potentially lucrative alternative to methods such as physical vapor or chemical vapor deposition because of its solution-processability, low cost and relative ease of production. In this work we harness this potential by developing based photonic devices which incorporate highly luminescent CdSe@ZnS core-shell semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) doped within inorganic (TiO2, ZrO2) or hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel films. As a pre-requisite to the formation of such devices, luminescent waveguides emitting between green and red have been obtained and their optical properties have been characterized. The photochemical stability of these waveguides was found to highly dependent on the exact sol-gel material used. QDs:Titania based composites were found to be inherently photo-unstable due to photoelectron injection into the bulk matrix and subsequent nanocrystal oxidation. In comparison, zirconia composites were significantly more robust with high photoluminescence retained up to annealing temperatures of 300 °C. Despite this difference in photo-chemical stability, both titania and zirconia composite waveguides exhibited amplified stimulated emission (ASE) with one-photon and two-photon optical pumping, however only zirconia based waveguides exhibited long term photostability. This Zirconia based films have been used for the realization of distributed feedback lasers and Bragg micro-cavities.

  10. The Influence of Microgravity on Silica Sol-Gel Formation

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    Sibille, L.; Smith, D. D.; Cronise, R.; Hunt, A. J.; Wolfe, D. B.; Snow, L. A.; Oldenberg, S.; Halas, N.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss space-flight experiments involving the growth of silica particles and gels. The effect of microgravity on the growth of silica particles via the sol-gel route is profound. In four different recipes spanning a large range of the parameter space that typically produces silica nanoparticles in unit-gravity, low-density gel structures were instead formed in microgravity. The particles that did form were generally smaller and more polydisperse than those grown on the ground. These observations suggest that microgravity reduces the particle growth rate, allowing unincorporated species to form aggregates and ultimately gel. Hence microgravity favors the formation of more rarefied structures, providing a bias towards diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. These results further suggest that in unit gravity, fluid flows and sedimentation can significantly perturb sol-gel substructures prior to gelation and these deleterious perturbations may be "frozen" into the resulting microstructure. Hence, sol-gel pores may be expected to be smaller, more uniform, and less rough when formed in microgravity.

  11. Structural and optoelectronic characterization of TiO2 films prepared using the sol gel technique

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    Jiménez González, A. E.; Gelover Santiago, S.

    2007-07-01

    TiO2 is a versatile material that makes for fascinating study in any of its several physical forms: monocrystal, polycrystal, powder or thin film. Its enhanced photosensitivity to UV radiation and excellent chemical stability in acidic and aqueous media point to its excellent potential for use in a variety of applications, such as solar cells, electronic devices, chemical sensors and photocatalysts. Of late, thin films of TiO2 have permitted the study of physical and chemical properties that are almost impossible to examine in powders. Using the sol-gel technique, it was possible to prepare TiO2 films, and to specifically modify their characteristic properties by means of annealing treatments. Optical measurements carried out on sol-gel derived films produced results similar to those found in films prepared using the sputtering technique. The use of TiO2 films facilitates the study of the behaviour of crystalline structure, grain size, photoresponse, electrical conductivity in both darkness and light and energy band gap (Eg) as a function of treatment temperature. For the first time, it has been demonstrated that the photoconductivity of TiO2 becomes apparent at a treatment temperature of 350 °C, which means that below this temperature the material is not photosensitive. The photosensitivity (S) of TiO2 films prepared by the sol-gel technique reaches values between 100 and 104, surpassing by more than two orders of magnitude the photosensitivity of TiO2 in powder form. In addition, it was possible to study the surface crystalline structure, where TEM studies clearly revealed both the polycrystalline order and the atomic arrangements of the TiO2 films. Our findings will afford us an opportunity to better study the nature of TiO2 and to enhance its performance with respect to the above-mentioned applications.

  12. Synthesis of phthalocyanine doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, Bruce

    1993-01-01

    The synthesis of sol-gel silica materials doped with three different types of metallophthalocyanines has been studied. Homogeneous materials of good optical quality were prepared and the first optical limiting measurements of dyes in sol-gel hosts were carried out. The properties of these solid state limiters are similar to limiters based on phthalocyanine (Pc) in solution. Sol-gel silica materials containing copper, tin and germanium phthalocyanines were investigated. The initial step in all cases was to prepare silica sols by the sonogel method using tetramethoxy silane (TMOS), HCl and distilled water. Thereafter, the synthesis depended upon the specific Pc and its solubility characteristics. Copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetra sodium salt (CuPc4S) is soluble in water and various doping levels (1 x 10 (exp -4) M to 1 x 10 (exp -5) M) were added to the sol. The group IV Pc's, SnPc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2 and GePc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2, are insoluble in water and the process was changed accordingly. In these cases, the compounds were dissolved in THF and then added to the sol. The Pc concentration in the sol was 2 x 10(exp -5)M. The samples were then aged and dried in the standard method of making xerogel monoliths. Comparative nanosecond optical limiting experiments were performed on silica xerogels that were doped with the different metallophthalocyanines. The ratio of the net excited state absorption cross section (sigma(sub e)) to the ground state cross section (sigma(sub g)) is an important figure of merit that is used to characterize these materials. By this standard the SnPc sample exhibits the best limiting for the Pc doped sol-gel materials. Its cross section ratio of 19 compares favorably with the value of 22 that was measured in toluene. The GePc materials appear to not be as useful as those containing SnPc. The GePc doped solids exhibit a higher onset energy (2.5 mj and lower cross section ratio, 7. The CuPc4S sol-gel material has a still lower cross

  13. Integrated optical components using hybrid organic-inorganic materials prepared by sol-gel technology

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    Mishechkin, Oleg Viktorovich

    2003-10-01

    A technological platform based on low-temperature hybrid sol-gel method for fabrication of optical waveguides and integrated optical components has been developed. The developed chemistry for doping incorporation in the host network provides a range of refractive indexes (1.444--1.51) critical for device optimization. A passivation method for improving long-term stability of organic-inorganic sol-gel material is reported. The degradation of waveguide loss over time due to moisture adsorption from the atmosphere is drastically suppressed by coating the material with a protective thin SiO2 film. The results indicate a long-term optical loss below 0.3 dB/cm for protected waveguides. The theory of multimode interference couplers employing self-imaging effect is described. A novel approach for design of high-performance MMI devices in low-contrast material is proposed. The design method is based on optimization of refractive index contrast and width of a multimode waveguide (the body of MMI couplers) to achieve a maximum number of constructively interfering modes resulting to the best self-imaging. This optimization is carried out using 3D BPM simulations. This method was applied to design 1 x 4, 1 x 12, and 4 x 4 MMI couplers and led to a superior performance in excess loss, power imbalance in output ports, and polarization sensitivity. Taking advantage of the inherent input-output phase relations in a 4 x 4 MMI coupler, an optical 90° hybrid is realized by incorporation a Y-junction to coherently excite two ports of the coupler. A series of MMI couplers were fabricated and characterized. The experimental results are in good agreement with the design. Measured performance of the sol-gel derived MMI components was compared to analogues fabricated by other technologies. The comparison demonstrates the superior performance of the sol-gel devices. The polarization sensitivity of all fabricated couplers is below 0.05 dB.

  14. Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia-Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography

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    McLean, Michael M.

    The first chapter of this thesis presents an introduction to sol-gel methodology whose usefulness as a synthetic route will be demonstrated with two applications in chromatography. The first application involves the fabrication of a capillary micro-extraction (CME) device by coating a phenyl functionalized extracting phase on the inner surface of a fused silica capillary for analyte pre-concentration. The device was coupled on-line to a RP-HPLC system and practicality was demonstrated using allergens as target analytes. The allergens chosen as model analytes are typically found in fragrance products and food. Most of the 26 fragrance allergens that are monitored by various government authorities have a phenyl organic moiety (a strong chromophore), thus making them appropriate probes for exploring the extraction efficiency of the coating using a UV detector. The CME device showed ppt level limit of detection which makes it suitable for trace analyses of allergens and similar compounds in a variety of matrices. The second application explores the feasibility of using sol-gel derived chromia-based stationary phase in gas chromatographic columns. The organic moiety of the stationary phase was derived from Ucon 75-H-90,000 while the inorganic backbone was prepared using chromium(III) dichloride hydroxide - methacrylic acid - aqua complex, 40% in isopropanol/acetone . Usefulness of prepared chromia-based GC stationary phase was examined for petrochemical application. Promising results were obtained using aliphatic-aromatics, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, BTEX test mixture, cycloalkanes, branched alkanes and akylbenzenes. The column was able to perform without degradation despite being rinsed multiples times sequentially with the following solvents: dichloromethane, methanol, water and finally methanol again. Maximum theoretical plate number calculated is around 2,400 plates/m. The plate number clearly needs improvement but is a promising result for the newly explored

  15. Sol-gel kinetics: /sup 29/SI NMR and a statistical reaction model

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    Assink, R.A.; Kay, B.D.

    1988-01-01

    Sol-gel processes allow one to prepare novel materials at low processing temperatures. A detailed understanding of the chemical kinetics of such systems is important to fully exploit the unique features of sol-gel processing. This paper describes a systematic approach to the study of sol-gel kinetics which employs /sup 29/Si NMR spectroscopy and kinetic modelling techniques. 2 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Uncooled microbolometer IR FPA based on sol-gel VOx

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    Ovsyuk, V. N.; Shashkin, V. V.; Dem'yanenko, M. A.; Fomin, B. I.; Vasil'ieva, L. L.; Soloviev, A. P.

    2005-06-01

    The technology of high-quality uncooled focal plane arrays (FPA) fabrication has been developed. Simple and cheap sol-gel technology of thermosensitive vanadium oxide layers preparation is underlain in its basis. Uncooled 160x120 and 320x240 FPA for 8-14 microns spectral range have been fabricated. The noise equivalent temperature difference less than 8OmK has been achieved at frame rate 60 Hz for 160x120 FPA and at use of optics with 1/1 relative aperture.

  17. Guided wave measurements for characterization of sol-gel layers

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    Piombini, Hervé; Dieudonne, Xavier; Wood, Thomas; Flory, François

    2013-09-01

    Sol-gel applications require very thick layers with a good understanding of the interfaces. To address this problem, we have installed at CEA Le Ripault a characterization bench using guided waves with assistance from the IM2NP lab in Marseille. This bench allows us to measure the thickness and the refractive index and determine the extinction coefficient of a thin layer. We can distinguish losses at interfaces from those in the bulk according to the chosen propagation mode. This allows us to know if we can stack elementary layers to make thick layers without incurring problems.

  18. Durable hydrophobic sol-gel finishing for textiles

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    Vihodceva, S.; Kukle, S.; Bitenieks, J.

    2015-03-01

    The surface of cotton textile was modified to create a water-repellent finishing by depositing a modifying coatings using the sol-gel technique. Treated textiles evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD). The wettability of treated fabrics was characterized by water contact angle and drop test. The results showed that the cotton textile treated with 7.5 wt.% zinc acetate dihydrate sol showed excellent hydrophobic properties, water contact angle could reach 145°C without decreasing after 50 hydrothermal treatment cycles.

  19. Sol-gel hydroxyapatite coatings on stainless steel substrates.

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    Liu, Dean-Mo; Yang, Quanzu; Troczynski, Tom

    2002-02-01

    Thin film hydroxyapatite deposits onto sandblasted 316L stainless steel substrates were prepared using water-based sol-gel technique recently developed in our lab. The coatings were annealed in air at 375 degrees C, 400 degrees C, and 500 degrees C. Phase formation, surface morphology, interfacial microstructure, and interfacial bonding strength of the coatings were investigated. Apatitic structure developed within the coatings while annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, while those heat-treated at 375 degrees C showed poor crystallinity. The coatings were dense and firmly attached to the underlying substrates, reaching an average bonding strength (as determined through the pull-out test) of 44 MPa. Nano-porous structure was found for the coatings annealed at 500 degrees C, believed to result from grain growth, and causing a slight decrease in the bonding strength. Surface microcracking, although not extensive, occurred after annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, and was linked to non-uniform thickness of the coating due to roughness of the substrate. A contraction of the coatings as a result of sintering, and phase transition from amorphous (or poor crystalline) to reasonably good crystalline apatite, may be responsible for the loss of structural integrity of the thicker sections of the coatings. It seems quite promising that a dense and adhesive apatite coating can be achieved through water-based sol gel technology after short-term annealing at around 400 degrees C in air. PMID:11771689

  20. Study of silica sol-gel materials for sensor development

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    Lei, Qiong

    Silica sol-gel is a transparent, highly porous silicon oxide glass made at room temperature by sol-gel process. The name of silica sol-gel comes from the observable physical phase transition from liquid sol to solid gel during its preparation. Silica sol-gel is chemically inert, thermally stable, and photostable, it can be fabricated into different desired shapes during or after gelation, and its porous structure allows encapsulation of guest molecules either before or after gelation while still retaining their functions and sensitivities to surrounding environments. All those distinctive features make silica sol-gel ideal for sensor development. Study of guest-host interactions in silica sol-gel is important for silica-based sensor development, because it helps to tailor local environments inside sol-gel matrix so that higher guest loading, longer shelf-life, higher sensitivity and faster response of silica gel based sensors could be achieved. We focused on pore surface modification of two different types of silica sol-gel by post-grafting method, and construction of stable silica hydrogel-like thin films for sensor development. By monitoring the mobility and photostability of rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules in silica alcogel thin films through single molecule spectroscopy (SMS), the guest-host interactions altered by post-synthesis grafting were examined. While physical confinement remains the major factor that controls mobility in modified alcogels, both R6G mobility and photostability register discernable changes after surface charges are respectively reversed and neutralized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) grafting. The change in R6G photostability was found to be more sensitive to surface grafting than that of mobility. In addition, silica film modification by 0.4% APTS is as efficient as that by pure MTES in lowering R6G photostability, which suggests that surface charge reversal is more effective than charge neutralization

  1. Novel thermochromism in silica sol-gel materials

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    Gardener, Martin; Perry, Carole C.

    2000-05-01

    In this contribution we provide evidence for thermochromic color changes unique to silica based materials formed at low temperatures by the sol-gel process. The materials formed have potential application as temperature sensitive light filters, visual temperature indicators, self-diagnostic labels for electronic devices and IR recording media. The dopants, diamine complexes of copper(II)/nickel(II) chloride, change from purple to green following heating to 100 degrees C and revert to purple on cooling in the atmosphere. This color change has been explained by the substitution of water molecules by chloride ions in the first coordination sphere of the metal ions. When the same compounds are incorporated into a silica sol-gel matrix under acidic conditions the gel-glasses may be pale green, dark green, yellow, olive-yellow, blue or brown depending on the metal ion chosen and the extent of thermal treatment. Studies on the complexes themselves and on granular silicas doped with some of the complexes are assisting us in understanding the molecular mechanisms that give rise to these color changes.

  2. Titanium (IV) sol-gel chemistry in varied gravity environments

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    Hales, Matthew; Martens, Wayde; Steinberg, Theodore

    Sol-gel synthesis in reduced gravity is a relatively new topic in the literature and further inves-tigation is essential to realise its potential and application to other sol-gel systems. The sol-gel technique has been successfully applied to the synthesis of silica systems of varying porosity for many diverse applications [1-5]. It is proposed that current methods for the synthesis of silica sol-gels in reduced gravity may be applied to titanium sol-gel processing in order to enhance desirable physical and chemical characteristics of the final materials. The physical and chemical formation mechanisms for titanium alkoxide based sol-gels, to date, is not fully understood. However, various authors [6-9] have described potential methods to control the hydrolysis and condensation reactions of titanium alkoxides through the use of chemical inhibitors. A preliminary study of the reaction kinetics of titanium alkoxide sol-gel reaction in normal gravity was undertaken in order to determine reactant mixtures suitable for further testing under varied gravity conditions of limited duration. Through the use of 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) for structural analysis of precursor materials, Ultra-Violet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS) and viscosity measurements, it was demonstrated that not only could the rate of the chemical reaction could be controlled, but directed linear chain growth within the resulting gel structure was achievable through the use of increased inhibitor concentrations. Two unique test systems have been fabricated to study the effects of varied gravity (reduced, normal, high) on the formation of titanium sol-gels. Whilst the first system is to be used in conjunction with the recently commissioned drop tower facility at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia to produce reduced gravity conditions. The second system is a centrifuge capable of providing high gravity environments of up to 70 G's for extended periods of time

  3. Sol - Gel synthesis and characterization of magnesium peroxide nanoparticles

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    Jaison, J.; Ashok raja, C.; Balakumar, S.; Chan, Y. S.

    2015-04-01

    Magnesium peroxide is an excellent source of oxygen in agriculture applications, for instance it is used in waste management as a material for soil bioremediation to remove contaminants from polluted underground water, biological wastes treatment to break down hydrocarbon, etc. In the present study, sol-gel synthesis of magnesium peroxide (MgO2) nanoparticles is reported. Magnesium peroxide is odourless; fine peroxide which releases oxygen when reacts with water. During the sol-gel synthesis, the magnesium malonate intermediate is formed which was then calcinated to obtain MgO2 nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using Thermo gravimetric -Differential Thermal Analysis (TG- DTA), X-Ray Diffraction studies (XRD) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM). Our study provides a clear insight that the formation of magnesium malonate during the synthesis was due to the reaction between magnesium acetate, oxalic acid and ethanol. In our study, we can conclude that the calcination temperature has a strong influence on particle size, morphology, monodispersity and the chemistry of the particles.

  4. Sol-gel-fluorination synthesis of amorphous magnesium fluoride

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    Krishna Murthy, J.; Gross, Udo; Ruediger, Stephan; Kemnitz, Erhard . E-mail: erhard.kemnitz@chemie.hu-berlin.de; Winfield, John M.

    2006-03-15

    The sol-gel fluorination process is discussed for the reaction of magnesium alkoxides with HF in non-aqueous solvents to give X-ray amorphous nano-sized magnesium fluoride with high surface areas in the range of 150-350 m{sup 2}/g (HS-MgF{sub 2}). The H2 type hysteresis of nitrogen adsorption-desorption BET-isotherms is indicative for mesoporous solids. A highly distorted structure causes quite high Lewis acidity, shown by NH{sub 3} temperature-programmed desorption (NH{sub 3}-TPD) and catalytic test reactions. XPS data of amorphous and conventionally crystalline MgF{sub 2} are compared, both show octahedral coordination at the metal site. Thermal analysis, F-MAS NMR- and IR-spectroscopy give information on composition and structure of the precursor intermediate as well as of the final metal fluoride. The preparation of complex fluorides, M{sup +}MgF{sub 3} {sup -}, by the sol-gel route is reported. From the magnesium fluoride gel of the above process thin films for optical application are obtained by, e.g., spin coating.

  5. Nanospherical silica as luminescent markers obtained by sol-gel.

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    Azevedo, Caroline B; Batista, TúlioM; de Faria, Emerson H; Rocha, Lucas A; Ciuffi, Katia J; Nassar, Eduardo J

    2015-03-01

    Hybrid nanosilicas constitute a broad study field. They find application as catalysts, pigments, drug delivery systems, and biomaterials, among others, and it is possible to obtain them via the sol-gel methodology. Lanthanide ions present special properties like light emission. Their incorporation into a silica matrix can enhance their luminescent properties, which enables their application as luminescent markers. This work reports on (i) the preparation of luminescent spherical hybrid silica nanoparticles by the hydrolytic sol-gel methodology, (ii) doping of the resulting matrix with the europium(III) ion or its complex with 1,10-phenanthroline, and (iii) characterization of the final powders by scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and europium(III) ion photoluminescence. The synthesized materials consisted of hybrid, amorphous, polydispersed nonspherical silicas with average size of 180 nm. Photoluminescence confirmed incorporation of the europium(III) ion and its complex into the silica matrix-the ligand-metal charge transfer band emerged in the excitation spectra. The emission spectra presented the bands corresponding to the transition of the excited state (5)D0 level to (7)FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4). The main emission occurred in the red region; the lifetime was long. These characteristics indicated that the prepared nanospherical hybrid silicas could act as luminescent markers. PMID:25686772

  6. Nanostructured Energetic Materials with Sol-Gel Methods

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    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-25

    The utilization of sol-gel chemical methodology to prepare nanostructured energetic materials as well as the concepts of nanoenergetics is described. The preparation and characterization of two totally different compositions is detailed. In one example, nanostructured aerogel and xerogel composites of sol-gel iron (III) oxide and ultra fine grained aluminum (UFG Al) are prepared, characterized, and compared to a conventional micron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al thermite. The exquisite degree of mixing and intimate nanostructuring of this material is illustrated using transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM and SEM). The nanocomposite material has markedly different energy release (burn rate) and thermal properties compared to the conventional composite, results of which will be discussed. Small-scale safety characterization was performed aerogels and xerogels of the nanostructured thermite. The second nanostructured energetic material consists of a nanostructured hydrocarbon resin fuel network with fine ammonium perchlorate (NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4}) oxidizer present.

  7. Excimer UV-assisted rapid thermal annealing of PbLa(Zr ,Ti)O3 thin films by a sol-gel deposition method

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    Shannigrahi, S. R.; Lim, X.; Tay, F. E. H.

    2007-01-01

    Excimer UV-assisted rapid thermal annealing (UV-RTA) process has been employed to fabricate sol-gel derived ferroelectric Pb0.97La0.03(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PLZT) thin films on Pt /Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the single phase PLZT thin film can be achieved at a relatively low processing temperature of 580°C. The films appeared to have improved dielectric properties with dielectric constant (ɛ) and loss (tanδ) values of 3300 and 0.03 at 1kHz, respectively. Comparatively good remnant polarization (Pr) value of 36μCcm-2 and coercive field (Ec) value of 60kVcm-1 along with a good fatigue resistance up to 1010 switching cycles have been observed. This method of fabrication of the Pb-based material with the aid of UV-RTA at a comparatively lower temperature opens the door for their better employability in the Si integrated circuit technology.

  8. Development of sol-gel formulations for slow release of phermones

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    A new type of dispenser for slow-release of semiochemicals and sex pheromones was developed based on sol-gel polymers that can be useful in monitoring, mass trapping, and mating disruption in integrated pest management (IPM). Sol-gel matrices exhibit glass characteristics and allow control of the de...

  9. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Patry, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  10. Optical fiber sensor having a sol-gel fiber core and a method of making

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    Tao, Shiquan; Jindal, Rajeev; Winstead, Christopher; Singh, Jagdish P.

    2006-06-06

    A simple, economic wet chemical procedure is described for making sol-gel fibers. The sol-gel fibers made from this process are transparent to ultraviolet, visible and near infrared light. Light can be guided in these fibers by using an organic polymer as a fiber cladding. Alternatively, air can be used as a low refractive index medium. The sol-gel fibers have a micro pore structure which allows molecules to diffuse into the fiber core from the surrounding environment. Chemical and biochemical reagents can be doped into the fiber core. The sol-gel fiber can be used as a transducer for constructing an optical fiber sensor. The optical fiber sensor having an active sol-gel fiber core is more sensitive than conventional evanescent wave absorption based optical fiber sensors.

  11. Nanoparticle metrology in sol-gels using multiphoton excited fluorescence

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    Karolin, J.; Geddes, C. D.; Wynne, K.; Birch, D. J. S.

    2002-01-01

    We have developed a method of measuring the growth of nanoparticles during sol-gel glass formation based on labelling the particle with a fluorescent dye and determining the multiphoton excited decay of fluorescence anisotropy due to Brownian rotation. Multiphoton excitation is shown to give a higher dynamic range of measurement than one-photon excitation. We illustrate the sub-nanometre resolution and stability of our approach by detecting a 0.8-1.1 nm silica particle hydrodynamic mean radius increase in a tetramethylorthosilicate sol at pH 2.3 labelled with rhodamine 6G and observed over ≈4 weeks and also with a stable silica colloid of radius 6 nm, pH 8.9, labelled with a 6-methoxyquinoline-type dye.

  12. Substituent effects on the sol-gel chemistry of organotrialkoxysilanes

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    LOY, DOUGLAS A.; BAUGHER, BRIGITTA M.; BAUGHER, COLLEEN R.; SCHNEIDER, DUANE A.; RAHIMIAN, KAMYAR

    2000-05-09

    Silsesquioxanes have been the subject of intensive study in the past and are becoming important again as a vehicle for introducing organic functionalities into hybrid organic-inorganic materials through sol-gel processing. Depending on the application, the target hybrid material may be required to be a highly cross-linked, insoluble gel or a soluble polymer that can be cast as a thin film or coating. The former has applications such as catalyst supports and separations media; the latter is an economically important method for surface modification or compatiblization for applying adhesives or introducing fillers. Polysilsesquioxanes are readily prepared through the hydrolysis and condensation of organotrialkoxysilanes, though organotriaminosilane and organotrihalosilane monomers can also be used. This paper explores the kinetics of the preparation route.

  13. Sol-gel multilayers applied by a meniscus coating process

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    Britten, J.A.; Thomas, I.M.

    1992-03-19

    We describe a meniscus coating method to produce high-laser damage threshold, silica/alumina sol-gel multilayer reflectors on 30 {plus} cm substrates for laser-fusion applications. This process involves forcing a small suspension flow through a porous applicator tube, forming a falling film on the tube. A substrate contacts this film to form a meniscus. Motion of the substrate relative to the applicator entrains a thin film on the substrate, which leaves behind a porous, optical quality film upon solvent evaporation. We develop a solution for the entrained film thickness as a function of geometry, flow and fluid properties by an analysis similar to that of the classical dip-coating problem. This solution is compared with experimental measurements. Also, preliminary results of multilayer coating experiments with a prototype coater are presented, which focus on coating uniformity and laser damage threshold (LDT).

  14. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous manganese oxide

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    Hong Xinlin; Zhang Gaoyong; Zhu Yinyan; Yang Hengquan

    2003-10-30

    Mesoporous manganese oxide (MPMO) from reduction of KMnO{sub 4} with maleic acid, was obtained and characterized in detail. The characterization of the material was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and N{sub 2} sorptometry. The results showed that MPMO is a pseudo-crystalline material with complex network pore structure, of which BET specific surface area is 297 m{sup 2}/g and pore size distribution is approximately in the range of 0.7-6.0 nm. The MPMO material turns to cryptomelane when the calcinating temperature rises to 400 deg. C. The optimum sol-gel reaction conditions are KMnO{sub 4}/C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4} molar ratio=3, pH=7 and gelation time>6 h.

  15. Operation of electrochromic devices prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Tulloch, Gavin; Skryabin, Igor L.; Evans, Graeme; Bell, John M.

    1997-10-01

    The manufacturing and operation of window size (30 cm by 90 cm) electrochromic devices is described. Both the electrochromic electrode (WO3) and the counter electrode (V2O5) were deposited by sol-gel method. Electrochromic measurements were performed on both electrodes and the complete device to correlate device performance to fabrication conditions. The paper describes the affects of temperature on the switching characteristics of electrochromic window. The devices were tested in the temperature range between 10 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Celsius. The switching algorithm described in this paper ensures identical optical performance of electrochromic device in the wide range of temperatures. The algorithm is based on the charge control and does not require monitoring of device transmittance.

  16. Polymer sol-gel composite inverse opal structures.

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    Zhang, Xiaoran; Blanchard, G J

    2015-03-25

    We report on the formation of composite inverse opal structures where the matrix used to form the inverse opal contains both silica, formed using sol-gel chemistry, and poly(ethylene glycol), PEG. We find that the morphology of the inverse opal structure depends on both the amount of PEG incorporated into the matrix and its molecular weight. The extent of organization in the inverse opal structure, which is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and optical reflectance data, is mediated by the chemical bonding interactions between the silica and PEG constituents in the hybrid matrix. Both polymer chain terminus Si-O-C bonding and hydrogen bonding between the polymer backbone oxygens and silanol functionalities can contribute, with the polymer mediating the extent to which Si-O-Si bonds can form within the silica regions of the matrix due to hydrogen-bonding interactions. PMID:25734614

  17. Photosensitivity in a silica-based sol-gel glass

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    Korwin, D.M.; Pye, L.D.

    1996-12-31

    Photosensitivity in glasses containing Au and Ce was first reported by Dalton in 1943 and later reaffirmed by Stookey. The photothermal reduction of Au ions to form metallic colloids was determined to be responsible for the {open_quotes}ruby{close_quotes} color produced in these glasses. In this work, the photosensitive effect has been confirmed for the first time in a silica sol-gel glass containing Au and Ce. Two methods of producing Au colloids in this glass were investigated, one involved a short ultraviolet (UV) exposure followed by a thermal treatment, the other a simultaneous UV irradiation and thermal treatment. Colloid formation was studied using optical absorption spectroscopy, whereas the role of Ce in the photosensitive process was elucidated using optical absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques.

  18. Manufacture of Regularly Shaped Sol-Gel Pellets

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Johnston, James C.; Kinder, James D.

    2006-01-01

    An extrusion batch process for manufacturing regularly shaped sol-gel pellets has been devised as an improved alternative to a spray process that yields irregularly shaped pellets. The aspect ratio of regularly shaped pellets can be controlled more easily, while regularly shaped pellets pack more efficiently. In the extrusion process, a wet gel is pushed out of a mold and chopped repetitively into short, cylindrical pieces as it emerges from the mold. The pieces are collected and can be either (1) dried at ambient pressure to xerogel, (2) solvent exchanged and dried under ambient pressure to ambigels, or (3) supercritically dried to aerogel. Advantageously, the extruded pellets can be dropped directly in a cross-linking bath, where they develop a conformal polymer coating around the skeletal framework of the wet gel via reaction with the cross linker. These pellets can be dried to mechanically robust X-Aerogel.

  19. Manipulation and characterization of thin-film interfacial chemistry: Sol-gel deposition and single molecule tracking experiments

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    Barhoum, Moussa

    fabricated optical materials. Finally, magnetic functionalization studies of sol-gel derived Co-ion doped titania thin films using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and an attempt to measure their magneto-optical properties using a home-built Faraday rotation setup are discussed. The experimental limitations in reliably measuring magnetization responses of these thin films are introduced and discussed in detail. The summary and outlook chapters summarize the scientific significance of each research project and briefly introduce ongoing research based on the work and the results presented in this dissertation.

  20. Sol-gel synthesis and densification of aluminoborosilicate powders. Part 1: Synthesis

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Selvaduray, Guna; Leiser, Daniel

    1992-01-01

    Aluminoborosilicate powders high in alumina content were synthesized by the sol-gel process utilizing various methods of preparation. Properties and microstructural effects related to these syntheses were examined. After heating to 600 C for 2 h in flowing air, the powders were amorphous with the metal oxides comprising 87 percent of the weight and uncombusted organics the remainder. DTA of dried powders revealed a T(sub g) at approximately 835 C and an exotherm near 900 C due to crystallization. Powders derived from aluminum secbutoxide consisted of particles with a mean diameter 5 microns less than those from aluminum isopropoxide. Powders synthesized with aluminum isopropoxide produced agglomerates comprised of rod shaped particulates while powders made with the secbutoxide precursor produced irregular glassy shards. Compacts formed from these powders required different loadings for equivalent densities according to the method of synthesis.

  1. Improving endothelialization on 316L stainless steel through wettability controllable coating by sol-gel technology

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    Wang, Mingqi; Wang, Yao; Chen, Yijie; Gu, Hongchen

    2013-03-01

    Rapid endothelialization by surface coverage is considered as a way to increase blood compatibility of the vascular stent and reduce smooth muscle cell (SMC) mediated restenosis. Coatings on 316L stainless steels with different wettabilities and similar topographies were obtained through sol-gel process by regulating the proportions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Adhesion and proliferation of vascular endothelial cells (EC) and SMC on these substrates have been evaluated by cell numbers, cell morphology, and expression of cytoskeletal protein. Results showed that EC and SMC responded differently to the coated surfaces. Enhanced endothelialization of bare 316L was found at the moderately hydrophilic coating (contact angle 45.3°) which exhibited effective inhibition of SMC and negligible influence on EC. These results are expected to lay foundation for the solution of the vascular restenosis which was mainly derived from the hyperplasia of SMC.

  2. Mayenite Synthesized Using the Citrate Sol-Gel Method

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    Ude, Sabina N; Rawn, Claudia J; Meisner, Roberta A; Kirkham, Melanie J; Jones, Gregory L.; Payzant, E Andrew

    2014-01-01

    A citrate sol-gel method has been used to synthesize mayenite (Ca12Al14O33). X-ray powder diffraction data show that the samples synthesized using the citrate sol-gel method contained CaAl2O4 and CaCO3 along with mayenite when fired ex-situ in air at 800 C but were single phase when fired at 900 C and above. Using high temperature x-ray diffraction, data collected in-situ in air at temperatures of 600 C and below showed only amorphous content; however, data collected at higher temperatures indicated the first phase to crystallize is CaCO3. High temperature x-ray diffraction data collected in 4% H2/96% N2 does not show the presence of CaCO3, and Ca12Al14O33 starts to form around 850 C. In comparison, x-ray powder diffraction data collected ex-situ on samples synthesized using traditional solid-state synthesis shows that single phase was not reached until samples were fired at 1350 C. DTA/TGA data collected either in a nitrogen environment or air on samples synthesized using the citrate gel method suggest the complete decomposition of metastable phases and the formation of mayenite at 900 C, although the phase evolution is very different depending on the environment. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements showed a slightly higher surface area of 7.4 0.1 m2/g in the citrate gel synthesized samples compared to solid-state synthesized sample with a surface area of 1.61 0.02 m2/g. SEM images show a larger particle size for samples synthesized using the solid-state method compared to those synthesized using the citrate gel method.

  3. Sol-Gel processing of silica nanoparticles and their applications.

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    Singh, Lok P; Bhattacharyya, Sriman K; Kumar, Rahul; Mishra, Geetika; Sharma, Usha; Singh, Garima; Ahalawat, Saurabh

    2014-11-01

    Recently, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) have drawn widespread attention due to their applications in many emerging areas because of their tailorable morphology. During the last decade, remarkable efforts have been made on the investigations for novel processing methodologies to prepare SNPs, resulting in better control of the size, shape, porosity and significant improvements in the physio-chemical properties. A number of techniques available for preparing SNPs namely, flame spray pyrolysis, chemical vapour deposition, micro-emulsion, ball milling, sol-gel etc. have resulted, a number of publications. Among these, preparation by sol-gel has been the focus of research as the synthesis is straightforward, scalable and controllable. Therefore, this review focuses on the recent progress in the field of synthesis of SNPs exhibiting ordered mesoporous structure, their distribution pattern, morphological attributes and applications. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) with good dispersion, varying morphology, narrow size distribution and homogeneous porous structure have been successfully prepared using organic and inorganic templates. The soft template assisted synthesis using surfactants for obtaining desirable shapes, pores, morphology and mechanisms proposed has been reviewed. Apart from single template, double and mixed surfactants, electrolytes, polymers etc. as templates have also been intensively discussed. The influence of reaction conditions such as temperature, pH, concentration of reagents, drying techniques, solvents, precursor, aging time etc. have also been deliberated. These MSNPs are suitable for a variety of applications viz., in the drug delivery systems, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), biosensors, cosmetics as well as construction materials. The applications of these SNPs have also been briefly summarized. PMID:25466691

  4. Sol-Gel Glass Holographic Light-Shaping Diffusers

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    Yu, Kevin; Lee, Kang; Savant, Gajendra; Yin, Khin Swe (Lillian)

    2005-01-01

    Holographic glass light-shaping diffusers (GLSDs) are optical components for use in special-purpose illumination systems (see figure). When properly positioned with respect to lamps and areas to be illuminated, holographic GLSDs efficiently channel light from the lamps onto specified areas with specified distributions of illumination for example, uniform or nearly uniform irradiance can be concentrated with intensity confined to a peak a few degrees wide about normal incidence, over a circular or elliptical area. Holographic light diffusers were developed during the 1990s. The development of the present holographic GLSDs extends the prior development to incorporate sol-gel optical glass. To fabricate a holographic GLSD, one records a hologram on a sol-gel silica film formulated specially for this purpose. The hologram is a quasi-random, micro-sculpted pattern of smoothly varying changes in the index of refraction of the glass. The structures in this pattern act as an array of numerous miniature lenses that refract light passing through the GLSD, such that the transmitted light beam exhibits a precisely tailored energy distribution. In comparison with other light diffusers, holographic GLSDs function with remarkably high efficiency: they typically transmit 90 percent or more of the incident lamp light onto the designated areas. In addition, they can withstand temperatures in excess of 1,000 C. These characteristics make holographic GLSDs attractive for use in diverse lighting applications that involve high temperatures and/or requirements for high transmission efficiency for ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. Examples include projectors, automobile headlights, aircraft landing lights, high-power laser illuminators, and industrial and scientific illuminators.

  5. Glucose biosensor based on covalent immobilization of enzyme in sol-gel composite film combined with Prussian blue/carbon nanotubes hybrid.

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    Fu, Guanglei; Yue, Xiuli; Dai, Zhifei

    2011-05-15

    A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor was developed based on in situ covalent immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) by one-pot chitosan (CS)-incorporated sol-gel process in the presence of Prussian blue deposited multi-walled carbon nanotubes hybrids (PB/MWNTs) using 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane (ICPTES) as both a sol-gel precursor and a covalent coupling agent for GOx and CS. The electrode modified with the PB/MWNTs-GOx-CS-ICPTES sol-gel composite film showed good electrical conductivity and effective low-potential electron transfer mediation toward H2O2 reduction attributed to the incorporation of PB/MWNTs. The biosensor exhibited a linear response to glucose in the concentration range from 2.5×10(-5) to 1.3×10(-3) M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9998, a detection limit of 7.5×10(-6) M, a low response time (10s ), good sensitivity and high anti-interference ability. Compared with the control biosensor based on the traditional tetraethoxysilane derived sol-gel composite film, the biosensor showed a similarly small apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of 3.67 mM but much higher electrochemical and biosensing stability. PMID:21478008

  6. Preparation and characterization of novel crown ether functionalized ionic liquid-based solid-phase microextraction coatings by sol-gel technology.

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    Zhou, Xin; Xie, Peng-fei; Wang, Jiang; Zhang, Bei-bei; Liu, Ming-ming; Liu, Han-lan; Feng, Xiong-han

    2011-06-10

    A novel crown ether functionalized ionic liquid (IL), 1-allyl-3-(6'-oxo-benzo-15-crown-5 hexyl) imidazolium hexafluorophosphate was synthesized and used as selective stationary phase to prepare task-specific IL-based solid phase microextraction (SPME) fibers by sol-gel method and free radical cross-linking technology. The underlying mechanism of the sol-gel reaction was proposed and the successful chemical bonding of the crown ether functionalized IL to the formed hybrid organic-inorganic copolymer coating was confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy. The performance of this in situ created crown ether functionalized IL-based SPME fibers, was investigated in detail. The coating has porous surface structure, stable performance in high temperature (to 340 °C) and in different solutions (water, organic solvent, acid and alkali), and good coating preparation reproducibility. In contrast to the sol-gel derived 1-allyl-3-methyl imidazolium hexafluorophosphate-based coating prepared in our previous work with the identical procedure, the extraction performance of this newly developed sol-gel crown ether functionalized IL-based coating was superior for alcohols, phthalate esters, phenolic environmental estrogens, fatty acids and aromatic amines due to the introduction of benzo-15-crown-5 functional group in IL structure. Moreover, it was shown to provide higher or comparable extraction efficiencies for most analytes studied than did the commercial PDMS, PDMS/DVB and PA fibers. PMID:21531419

  7. Electric fatigue in Pb(Nb,Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 thin films grown by a sol-gel process

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    Zhai, Jiwei; Chen, Haydn

    2003-08-01

    Antiferroelectric Pb(Nb,Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 (PNZST) thin films were deposited via a sol-gel process on LaNiO3-buffered Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. The highly (100)-oriented LaNiO3 buffer layer facilitated the formation of high-quality PNZST films with a strong (100) preferred orientation. These films showed improved electric fatigue properties than those grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. With increasing cycling field, the remanent polarization increases but the saturated polarization decreases. Fatigue properties of PNZST antiferroelectric thin films might be closely related to the nonuniform strain buildup due to switching that tends to stabilize the ferroelectric phase.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of nitric oxide-releasing sol-gel microarrays.

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    Robbins, Mary E; Hopper, Erin D; Schoenfisch, Mark H

    2004-11-01

    Diazeniumdiolate-modified sol-gel microarrays capable of releasing low levels of nitric oxide are reported as a viable means for improving the blood compatibility of a surface without fully modifying the underlying substrate. Several parameters are characterized including: (1) NO surface flux as a function of sol-gel composition and microarray geometry; (2) microstructure dimensions and spacing for optimal blood compatibility; and (3) the effect of sol-gel surface modification on analyte accessibility to platinum electrodes. The sol-gel microarrays release biologically relevant levels of NO under physiological conditions for >24 h. In vitro platelet adhesion assays indicate that a NO surface flux of 2.2 pmol cm(-2) s(-1) effectively reduces platelet adhesion to glass substrates modified with sol-gel microstructures separated by 50 microm. The blood compatibility observed for these micropatterned surfaces is comparable to NO-releasing sol-gel films. When the separation between NO-releasing microstructures is reduced to 10 microm, the NO surface flux required to reduce platelet adhesion is lowered to 0.4 pmol cm(-2) s(-1). Finally, the oxygen response of platinum electrodes modified with NO-releasing sol-gel microarrays indicates that selective modification via micropatterning enhances analyte accessibility to the sensor surface. PMID:15518528

  9. Sol-gel synthesis and characterisation of nano-scale hydroxyapatite

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    Bilton, M.; Brown, A. P.; Milne, S. J.

    2010-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) forms the main mineral component of bone and teeth. This naturally occurring HAp is in the form of nano-metre sized crystallites of Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 that contain a number of cation and anion impurities, for example CO32-, F-, Na+, Mg2+ and Sr2+. Synthetic nano-sized HAp particles exhibit favourable biocompatibility and bioactivity and in order to better match the composition to natural HAp there is great interest in producing a range of chemically modified powders. In this study, two HAp powders have been synthesised via a water-based low-temperature sol-gel method and a third, commercial powder from Sigma-Aldrich have been analysed. Subsequent powder calcination has been carried out within the temperature range of 500-700 °C and the products characterised by bulk chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) in the TEM has been used to assess the composition of individual HAp particles. In order to do this accurately it is first necessary to account for the sensitivity of the HAp structure and composition to irradiation by the high energy electron beam of the TEM. This was done by monitoring the estimated Ca/P ratio derived from TEM-EDX of stoichiometric HAp under increasing levels of electron fluence. A fluence threshold (at a given beam energy) was established below which the measured Ca/P ratio can be considered to be stable. Subsequent elemental analysis at or below this threshold has enabled the variation in composition between particles both within and between synthesis batches to be accurately assessed. Compositional variability between particles is also evident, even in the commercial powder, but is far greater in the powders prepared by the sol-gel method.

  10. Microwave sintering of sol-gel derived abrasive grain

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    Plovnick, Ross; Celikkaya, Ahmet; Blake, Rodger D.

    1997-01-01

    A method is provided for making microwave-sintered, free flowing alpha alumina-based ceramic abrasive grain, under conditions effective to couple microwaves with calcined alpha alumina-based abrasive gain precursor and sinter it at a temperature of at least about 1150.degree. C.

  11. Optical inhomogeneities in sol-gel derived ormosils and nanocomposites

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    Duarte, E.J.; Pope, E.J.A.

    1995-12-31

    Interferometric measurements are used to characterize and quantify optical inhomogeneities present in laser dye doped MPMMA, ORMOSILS, and silicate/PMMA nanocomposites. A brief history of the effect of optical inhomogeneities in high beam quality dye lasers is given and their importance to the solid-state dye laser program is discussed.

  12. Mediated patterning of sol-gel thin layers: Shrinkage, decohesion, and lift-off

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    Mikalsen, Erik Arthur

    This thesis explores the unique de-cohesion and lift-off processes that occur during mediated patterning of integrated sol-gel thin films of functional materials. Mediated deposition, an additive patterning approach, was introduced by Jeon et al. (J. Mater. Res., 10[12]: 2996--9 (1995)), where microcontact printing (mu-CP) facilitated the selective transfer of a molecular 'ink' (e.g., octadecyltrichlorosilane, ODTS) to the substrate, and de-cohesion of sol-gel films occurred exclusively above the printed ink regions after heat treatment (<150°C). Patterned sol-gel films of uniform thickness were revealed after facile lift-off of cracked fragments, without the use of etchants. In this thesis, the origin and mechanics of de-cohesion and lift-off were determined through direct observations and measurements. The disparate mechanical behaviors of sol-gel films on functionalized and unmodified surfaces were determined, with emphasis on interfacial strength, in-plane biaxial stress, thin film mechanics, and crack propagation for sol-gel layers on silicon, glass and fused silica substrates. In addition, direct patterning of sol-gel layers was demonstrated for the first time on curved glassy surfaces using mu-CP and mediated patterning methods. The shrinkage and densification of sol-gel layers were determined by in-situ and ex-situ measurements, where a ˜30% decrease in thickness (t) was typical during drying of sol-gel layers (T < 300°C). Constrained shrinkage, resulting from adhesion to the supporting silicon substrate, led to a coherent (crack-free) film with biaxial stresses of ˜200 MPa (t ˜ 50 nm). For ODTS-mediated sol-gel films, however, precise in-situ wafer curvature measurements determined that film stresses never exceeded 75 MPa. Additionally, interfacial adhesive strength between the substrate and the sol-gel film were evaluated for the first time using a unique pulsed-laser stress-wave technique. An adhesive strength threshold of 15 MPa was determined for

  13. Examination of light distribution from sol-gel based applicators for interstitial laser therapy

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    Hołowacz, I.; Ulatowska-Jarża, A.; Podbielska, H.; Garbaczewska, I.

    2006-02-01

    We describe here the construction of sol-gel based applicators for interstitial thermotheraphy. The silica sol-gel coatings were prepared from silicate precursor TEOS (tetraethylorthosilicate) mixed with ethyl alcohol in acid catalyzed hydrolysis. The matrices were produced with various ratios R=5, 10, 20, 32, 50, whereas R denotes the number of solvent molds (here ethanol) to the number of TEOS moles. The spatial light intensity distribution was examined in order to find out the influence of R factor on the light distribution shape. It was shows that the most homogeneous patterns are observed for sol-gel coatings with R factors equal 10 and 20.

  14. Synthesis, properties, sintering and microstructure of sphene, CaTiSiO{sub 5}: A comparative study of coprecipitation, sol-gel and combustion processes

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    Muthuraman, M.; Patil, K.C.

    1998-04-01

    Sphene (CaTiSiO{sub 5}), a titanosilicate ceramic considered as a host material for the immobilization of radioactive waste from nuclear power reactors, has been prepared using coprecipitation, sol-gel, and solution combustion methods. All these processes initially yielded amorphous powders, which on further calcination, crystallized to yield sphere along with perovskite, titania, and cristobalite. The coprecipitation-derived powder calcined at 1,000 C for 2 h showed the formation of single phase sphere; whereas, the sol-gel-derived and combustion-derived powders required higher temperature (1,200 C for 2 h) for single phase sphene to form. Coprecipitation-derived sphene powder achieved 96% theoretical density when sintered at 1,300 C for 2 h, and the microstructure of the sintered body showed a uniform grain size of {approx} 1 {micro}m.

  15. Sol gel growth of titania from electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibres

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    Hong, Youliang; Li, Domgmei; Zheng, Jian; Zou, Guangtian

    2006-04-01

    In this paper we report on the development of TiO2 surface-residing electrospun nanofibres with controllable density of TiO2 on the support fibre surface by means of an electrospinning technique and a sol-gel process. The TiO2 precursor/PAN composite nanofibres were synthesized by electrospinning a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) solution containing TiO2 precursors. Subsequently, an immersion of the electrospun composite nanofibres in deionized water led to the hydrolysis of the TiO2 precursors. SEM, TEM and XRD pattern analyses demonstrated that TiO2 was formed and resided on the nanofibre surface. On further calcining the hydrolysed nanofibres in air at 300 °C, TiO2 could be conveniently converted into anatase without essentially changing the morphology of the hydrolysed nanofibres. Furthermore, surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) confirmed that the TiO2 surface-residing nanofibre nonwovens had a strong SPS response. It can be attributed that the surface residence of TiO2 permits the transfer of the photogenerated electron originating from TiO2 to ITO electrodes. Potential applications of the TiO2 surface-residing nanofibres include filters, catalysis films and environmental pollution remediation films.

  16. /dopamine films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; Prado-Prone, G.; Vergara-Aragón, P.; Garcia-Macedo, J.; Santiago, Patricia; Rendón, Luis

    2014-09-01

    Dopamine was encapsulated into nanoporous amorphous TiO2 matrix by sol-gel method under atmospheric conditions. A second sample was obtained by the addition of the crown-ether 15C5 in this previous sample. Thin films were spin-coated on glass wafers. No heat treatment was employed in both films. All films were characterized using infrared spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction, optical absorption and scanning electronic microscopy. Despite the films prepared with 15C5 were no calcined, a partial crystallization was identified. Anatase and rutile nanoparticles with sizes of 4-5 nm were obtained. Photoconductivity technique was used to determine the charge transport mechanism on these films. Experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination wavelengths at 320, 400, and 515 nm. It indicates an ohmic behavior. Photovoltaic and photoconductivity parameters were determined from the current density vs. the applied-electrical-field results. Amorphous film has bigger photovoltaic and photoconductive parameters than the partially crystalline film. Results observed in the present investigation prove that the nanoporous TiO2 matrix can protect the dopamine inhibiting its chemical instability. This fact modifies the optical, physical and electrical properties of the film, and is intensified when 15C5 is added.

  17. Sol-gel template synthesis of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Lakshmi, B.B.; Dorhout, P.K.; Martin, C.R.

    1997-03-01

    The template method for preparing nanostructures entails synthesis of the desired material within the pores of a nanoporous membrane or other solid. A nonofibril or tubule of the desired material is obtained within each pore. Methods used previously to deposit materials within the pores of such membranes include electrochemical and electroless deposition and in situ polymerization. This paper describes the first use of sol-gel chemistry to prepare semiconductor nanofibrils and tubules within the pores of an alumina template membrane. TiO{sub 2}, WO{sub 3}, and ZnO nanostructures have been prepared. TiO{sub 2} nanofibrils with diameters of 22 nm were found to be single crystals of anatase with the c-axis oriented along the fibril axis. Bundles of these fibrils were also found to be single crystalline, suggesting that the individual fibrils are arranged in a highly organized fashion within the bundle. Finally, 200 nm diameter TiO{sub 2} fibrils were used as photocatalysts for the decomposition of salicylic acid. 30 refs., 8 figs.

  18. Characterization of titanium and zirconium valerate sol-gel films

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    Severin, K.G.; Ledford, J.S.; Torgerson, B.A.; Berglund, K.A. )

    1994-07-01

    FTIR and XPS have been used to characterize titanium and zirconium valerate thin films prepared using sol-gel techniques. Films were prepared by hydrolysis of titanium(IV) isopropoxide or zirconium(IV) n-propoxide in excess valeric acid at room temperature. Film solution chemistry, from precursors to cast films, was followed with FTIR. The structure and chemical composition of films spin cast from fresh and day-old solutions were determined. Results of these studies suggest that all films consist of a metal-oxygen polymer backbone coordinated with bidentate valerate ligands. No evidence for the presence of alkoxide ligands has been found. A small amount of water is present in all cast films. While solution aging experiments indicate that the zirconium film structure does not change with solution reaction time, carboxylate ligand concentrations are higher in titanium films made from aged solutions. Titanium films made from aged solutions contain slightly less than 1.5 valerate ligands/titanium atom. Zirconium films are more highly carboxylated with almost two valerate groups per metal center. 57 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes Using Sol Gel Route

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    Abdel-Fattah, Tarek

    2002-12-01

    Since 1990, carbon nanotubes were discovered and they have been the object of intense scientific study ever since. A carbon nanotube is a honeycomb lattice rolled into a cylinder. The diameter of a carbon nanotube is of nanometer size and the length is in the range of micrometer. Many of the extraordinary properties attributed to nanotubes, such as tensile strength and thermal stability, have inspired predictions of microscopic robots, dent-resistant car bodies and earthquake-resistant buildings. The first products to use nanotubes were electrical. Some General Motors cars already include plastic parts to which nanotubes were added; such plastic can be electrified during painting so that the paint will stick more readily. Two nanotube-based lighting and display products are well on their way to market. In the long term, perhaps the most valuable applications will take further advantage of nanotubes' unique electronic properties. Carbon nanotubes can in principle play the same role as silicon does in electronic circuits, but at a molecular scale where silicon and other standard semiconductors cease to work. There are several routes to synthesize carbon nanotubes; laser vaporization, carbon arc and vapor growth. We have applied a different route using sol gel chemistry to obtain carbon nanotubes. This work is patent-pending.

  20. Preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by sol-gel method

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    Kamiya, K.; Yoko, T.; Sakka, S.

    1987-01-01

    An investigation is carried out on the types of siloxane polymers produced in the course of the hydrolysis of silicon tetraethoxide, as well as the preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by the sol-gel method.

  1. Molecular receptors in metal oxide sol-gel materials prepared via molecular imprinting

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Daitch, Charles E.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Rush, Daniel J.

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided for molecularly imprinting the surface of a sol-gel material, by forming a solution comprised of a sol-gel material, a solvent, an imprinting molecule, and a functionalizing siloxane monomer of the form Si(OR).sub.3-n X.sub.n, wherein n is an integer between zero and three and X is a functional group capable of reacting with the imprinting molecule, evaporating the solvent, and removing the imprinting molecule to form the molecularly imprinted metal oxide sol-gel material. The use of metal oxide sol-gels allows the material porosity, pore size, density, surface area, hardness, electrostatic charge, polarity, optical density, and surface hydrophobicity to be tailored and be employed as sensors and in catalytic and separations operations.

  2. Porous alumina scaffold produced by sol-gel combined polymeric sponge method

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    Hasmaliza, M.; Fazliah, M. N.; Shafinaz, R. J.

    2012-09-01

    Sol gel is a novel method used to produce high purity alumina with nanometric scale. In this study, three-dimensional porous alumina scaffold was produced using sol-gel polymeric sponge method. Briefly, sol gel alumina was prepared by evaporation and polymeric sponge cut to designated sizes were immersed in the sol gel followed by sintering at 1250 and 1550°C. In order to study the cell interaction, the porous alumina scaffold was sterilized using autoclave prior to Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (HMSCs) seeding on the scaffold and the cell proliferation was assessed by alamarBlue® assay. SEM results showed that during the 21 day period, HMSCs were able to attach on the scaffold surface and the interconnecting pores while maintaining its proliferation. These findings suggested the potential use of the porous alumina produced as a scaffold for implantation procedure.

  3. Fabrication of ceramic microspheres by diffusion-induced sol-gel reaction in double emulsions.

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    Zhang, Lei; Hao, Shaochang; Liu, Bing; Shum, Ho Cheung; Li, Jiang; Chen, Haosheng

    2013-11-27

    We demonstrate an approach to prepare zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) microspheres by carrying out a diffusion-induced sol-gel reaction inside double emulsion droplets. A glass capillary microfluidic device is introduced to generate monodisperse water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) double emulsions with a zirconium precursor as the inner phase. By adding ammonia to the continuous aqueous phase, the zirconium precursor solution is triggered to gel inside the emulsions. The double emulsion structure enhances the uniformity in the rate of the sol-gel reaction, resulting in sol-gel microspheres with improved size uniformity and sphericity. ZrO2 ceramic microspheres are formed following subsequent drying and sintering steps. Our approach, which combines double-emulsion-templating and sol-gel synthesis, has great potential for fabricating versatile ceramic microspheres for applications under high temperature and pressure. PMID:23865771

  4. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-14

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  5. All optical controlled photonic integrated circuits using azo dye functionized sol-gel material

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    Ke, Xianjun

    The main focus of this dissertation is development and characterization of all-optical controllable azo dye functionized sol gel material, demonstrating a PIC fabrication technique on glass substrate using such material, and exploration and feasibility demonstration of three PIC functional devices namely optical variable attenuator, optical switches, and optical tunable filters using the material. The realization of all the devices in this dissertation are based on one material: dye functionalized sol-gel material. A photochromic sol-gel material functionalized with azo dye was synthesized and characterized. It possesses a photochromic characteristic under the control of green laser beam illumination. The material characteristics suggest the possibility of a new promising material platform candidate for the fabrication of alloptical controlled photonic integrated circuits. As the first potential application of the dye functionalized sol-gel material, an alloptical variable attenuator was designed and demonstrated. The optical variable attenuation is achieved in Mach-Zehnder interferometric configuration through all-optical modulation of sol-gel waveguide phase shifters. A 2 x 2 optical switch based on multimode interference (MMI) waveguide structure is proposed in the dissertation. The schematic configuration of the optical switch consists of a cascade of two identical MMIs with two all-optical controlled phase shifters realized by using the photochromic sol-gel material. The cross or bar switch state of the optical switch is determined by the phase difference between the two sol-gel waveguide phase shifters. An all-optical tunable filter is designed and its feasibility demonstrated by using the sol-gel photochromic material. Except for the phase change demonstrated on sol-gel waveguide phase shifters, dynamic gratings were observed on sol-gel film when exposed to two interference beams. This reveals the possibility of realizing Bragg grating-based tunable filters

  6. Strength of interactions between immobilized dye molecules and sol-gel matrices.

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    Ismail, Fanya; Schoenleber, Monika; Mansour, Rolan; Bastani, Behnam; Fielden, Peter; Goddard, Nicholas J

    2011-02-21

    In this paper we present a new theory to re-examine the immobilization technique of dye doped sol-gel films, define the strength and types of possible bonds between the immobilized molecule and sol-gel glass, and show that the immobilized molecule is not free inside the pores as was previously thought. Immobilizing three different pH sensitive dyes with different size and functional groups inside the same sol-gel films revealed important information about the nature of the interaction between the doped molecule and the sol-gel matrix. The samples were characterized by means of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), mercury porosimetry (MP), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((29)Si NMR) and field-emission environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM-FEG). It was found that the doped molecule itself has a great effect on the strength and types of the bonds. A number of factors were identified, such as number and types of the functional groups, overall charge, size, pK(a) and number of the silanol groups which surround the immobilized molecule. These results were confirmed by the successful immobilization of bromocresol green (BCG) after a completely polymerized sol-gel was made. The sol-gel consisted of 50% tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 50% methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) (w/w). Moreover, the effect of the immobilized molecule on the structure of the sol-gel was studied by means of a leaky waveguide (LW) mode for doped films made before and after polymerization of the sol-gel. PMID:21120245

  7. Solid-state tunable lasers based on dye-doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, B.; Mackenzie, J.D.; Zink, J.I.; Stafsudd, O.M.

    1992-03-01

    The sol-gel process is a solution synthesis technique which provides a low temperature chemical route for the preparation of rigid transparent matrix materials. The luminescent organic dye molecules, rhodamine 6G and coumarin 540A have been incorporated, via the sol-gel method, into aluminosilicate and organically modified silicate host matrices. Synthesis, laser oscillation and photostability for these systems are reported. The improved photostability of these materials with respect to comparable polymeric host materials is discussed.

  8. Making MgO/SiO2 Glasses By The Sol-Gel Process

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1989-01-01

    Silicon dioxide glasses containing 15 mole percent magnesium oxide prepared by sol-gel process. Not made by conventional melting because ingredients immiscible liquids. Synthesis of MgO/SiO2 glass starts with mixing of magnesium nitrate hexahydrate with silicon tetraethoxide, both in alcohol. Water added, and transparent gel forms. Subsequent processing converts gel into glass. Besides producing glasses of new composition at lower processing temperatures, sol-gel method leads to improved homogeneity and higher purity.

  9. Preparation and characterization of conductive and transparent ruthenium dioxide sol-gel films.

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    Allhusen, John S; Conboy, John C

    2013-11-27

    RuO2 conductive thin films were synthesized using the sol-gel method and deposited onto transparent insulating substrates. The optical transmission, film thickness, surface morphology and composition, resistivity, and spectroelectrochemical performance have been characterized. The optical transmission values of these films ranged from 70 to 89% in the visible region and from 56 to 88% in the infrared region. Resistivity values of the RuO2 sol-gel films varied from 1.02 × 10(-3) to 1.13 Ω cm and are highly dependent on the initial solution concentration of RuO2 in the sol-gel. The RuO2 sol-gel films were used as electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol. The electrochemical behavior of our novel RuO2 sol-gel films was compared to that of a standard platinum disk electrode and showed no appreciable differences in the half-wave potential (E1/2). The mechanical and chemical stability of the coatings was tested by physical abrasion and exposure to highly acidic, oxidizing Piranha solution. Repeated exposure to these extreme conditions did not result in any appreciable decline in electrochemical performance. Finally, the use of the novel RuO2 sol-gel conductive and transparent films was demonstrated in a spectroelectrochemistry experiment in which the oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy as the applied potential was cycled. PMID:24221640

  10. One-step sol-gel imprint lithography for guided-mode resonance structures

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    Huang, Yin; Liu, Longju; Johnson, Michael; Hillier, Andrew C.; Lu, Meng

    2016-03-01

    Guided-mode resonance (GMR) structures consisting of sub-wavelength periodic gratings are capable of producing narrow-linewidth optical resonances. This paper describes a sol-gel-based imprint lithography method for the fabrication of submicron 1D and 2D GMR structures. This method utilizes a patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold to fabricate the grating coupler and waveguide for a GMR device using a sol-gel thin film in a single step. An organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gel film was selected as the imprint material because of its relatively high refractive index. The optical responses of several sol-gel GMR devices were characterized, and the experimental results were in good agreement with the results of electromagnetic simulations. The influence of processing parameters was investigated in order to determine how finely the spectral response and resonant wavelength of the GMR devices could be tuned. As an example potential application, refractometric sensing experiments were performed using a 1D sol-gel device. The results demonstrated a refractive index sensitivity of 50 nm/refractive index unit. This one-step fabrication process offers a simple, rapid, and low-cost means of fabricating GMR structures. We anticipate that this method can be valuable in the development of various GMR-based devices as it can readily enable the fabrication of complex shapes and allow the doping of optically active materials into sol-gel thin film.

  11. Development of electrochromic smart windows by sol-gel techniques

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    Munro, Brian; Kraemer, S.; Zapp, P.; Krug, Herbert; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-10-01

    A novel nanocomposite lithium ion-conducting electrolyte has been developed, based on organically modified silanes, which is suitable for application in a sol-gel electrochromic system. The system developed consists of FTO-coated (fluorine doped tin oxide) glass coated with tungsten oxide, WO3, at one side of the device as the electrochromic layer, with a cerium oxide-titanium oxide layer, CeO2-TiO2, acting as ion-storage layer or counter electrode. The adhesive properties of the electrolyte enabled the manufacture of electrochromic devices in a laminated structure: glassFTOWO3nanocomp.elect.CeO2-TiO2FTOglass. The conductivity of the nanocomposite electrolyte system varies between 10-4 and 10-5 Scm-1 at 25 degrees Celsius depending on the exact composition. The temperature dependence of the conductivity exhibits typical Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher (VTF) behavior. The thickness of the electrolyte between the two halves of the device could be adjusted by the use of a spacer technique in the range 10 - 150 micrometer. Optoelectrochemical measurements were conducted on electrochromic devices to study the kinetics of coloration and bleaching as a function of the number of switching cycles. At present, cells are constructed in two formats: 10 multiplied by 15 cm2 and 35 multiplied by 35 cm2. Switching times under one minute were achieved for the smaller format with a corresponding optical modulation between 75% to 20% (at lambda equals 0.633 micrometer). In the case of the larger format the switching time increases to several minutes due to the increase in geometric area.

  12. Characterization of Hafnia Powder Prepared from an Oxychloride Sol Gel

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    McGilvery, Catriona M.; De Gendt, S; Payzant, E Andrew; MacKenzie, M; Craven, A J; McComb, D W

    2011-01-01

    Hafnium containing compounds are of great importance to the semiconductor industry as a replacement for Si(O,N) with a high- gate dielectric. Whilst Hf is already being incorporated into working devices1, much is still to be understood about it. Here we investigate the crystallisation processes and chemistry of bulk HfO2 powders which will aid in interpretation of reactions and crystallisation events occurring in thin films used as gate dielectrics. Amorphous HfO2 powder was prepared via a sol-gel route using hafnium oxychloride (HfOCl2 xH2O) as a precursor. The powders were subjected to various heat treatments and analysed using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis techniques. It was found that a large change in the crystallisation pathway occurred when the sample was heated in an inert environment compared with in air. Instead of the expected monoclinic phase (m-HfO2), tetragonal HfO2 (t-HfO2) also formed under these conditions and was observed up to temperatures of ~760 C. The t-HfO2 particles, which are less than 30nm in size, eventually transform into m-HfO2 on further heating. Possible mechanisms for the crystallisation of t-HfO2 are discussed. It is proposed that within this temperature range t-HfO2 is stabilised due to the presence of oxygen vacancies in the inert environment, forming by the reduction of HfIV to HfIII. As the crystal grows in size as the temperature increases there are too few oxygen vacancies left in the structure to continue stabilising the t-HfO2 phase and so transformation to m-HfO2 occurs.

  13. Entrapment of subtilisin in ceramic sol-gel coating for antifouling applications.

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    Regina, Viduthalai Rasheedkhan; Søhoel, Helmer; Lokanathan, Arcot Raghupathi; Bischoff, Claus; Kingshott, Peter; Revsbech, Niels Peter; Meyer, Rikke Louise

    2012-11-01

    Enzymes with antifouling properties are of great interest in developing nontoxic antifouling coatings. A bottleneck in developing enzyme-based antifouling coatings is to immobilize the enzyme in a suitable coating matrix without compromising its activity and stability. Entrapment of enzymes in ceramics using the sol-gel method is known to have several advantages over other immobilization methods. The sol-gel method can be used to make robust coatings, and the aim of this study was to explore if sol-gel technology can be used to develop robust coatings harboring active enzymes for antifouling applications. We successfully entrapped a protease, subtilisin (Savinase, Novozymes), in a ceramic coating using a sol-gel method. The sol-gel formulation, when coated on a stainless steel surface, adhered strongly and cured at room temperature in less than 8 h. The resultant coating was smoother and less hydrophobic than stainless steel. Changes in the coating's surface structure, thickness and chemistry indicate that the coating undergoes gradual erosion in aqueous medium, which results in release of subtilisin. Subtilisin activity in the coating increased initially, and then gradually decreased. After 9 months, 13% of the initial enzyme activity remained. Compared to stainless steel, the sol-gel-coated surfaces with active subtilisin were able to reduce bacterial attachment of both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria by 2 orders of magnitude. Together, our results demonstrate that the sol-gel method is a promising coating technology for entrapping active enzymes, presenting an interesting avenue for enzyme-based antifouling solutions. PMID:23020255

  14. Low-temperature deposition of the high-performance anatase-titania optical films via a modified sol gel route

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    Sheng, Yonggang; Liang, Liping; Xu, Yao; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2008-04-01

    Anatase-titania films with high optical performances have been deposited via a modified sol-gel route. This involved several precisely controlled processes including a sufficient hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) with excessive water, a peptization at pH value of 1-2, a restrained condensation under the hydrothermal conditions at 373 K, and finally a spin-coating process at 293 K. A full characterization of the sols and films indicated that such a well-controlled hydrolysis and condensation of TTIP enabled the formation of high-quality precursor sols consisting of anatase-titania colloidal particles with the mean hydrodynamic diameter of about 17.2 nm, and then endowed the as-deposited films with nanocrystalline structure and the corresponding high refractive index of 1.92 (at 632.8 nm). Moreover, the prepared films exhibited large optical bandgap of 3.38 eV and high laser-induced damage threshold of 16.3 J/cm 2 (at 1064 nm, 3 ns pulse duration and R/1 testing mode), which must be closely related to their homogeneous and nearly defect-free network structures derived from the low-temperature sol-gel deposition route.

  15. Review and the state of the art: Sol-gel and melt quenched bioactive glasses for tissue engineering.

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    Kaur, Gurbinder; Pickrell, Gary; Sriranganathan, Nammalwar; Kumar, Vishal; Homa, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Biomaterial development is currently the most active research area in the field of biomedical engineering. The bioglasses possess immense potential for being the ideal biomaterials due to their high adaptiveness to the biological environment as well as tunable properties. Bioglasses like 45S5 has shown great clinical success over the past 10 years. The bioglasses like 45S5 were prepared using melt-quenching techniques but recently porous bioactive glasses have been derived through sol-gel process. The synthesis route exhibits marked effect on the specific surface area, as well as degradability of the material. This article is an attempt to provide state of the art of the sol-gel and melt quenched bioactive bioglasses for tissue regeneration. Fabrication routes for bioglasses suitable for bone tissue engineering are highlighted and the effect of these fabrication techniques on the porosity, pore-volume, mechanical properties, cytocompatibilty and especially apatite layer formation on the surface of bioglasses is analyzed in detail. Drug delivery capability of bioglasses is addressed shortly along with the bioactivity of mesoporous glasses. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 1248-1275, 2016. PMID:26060931

  16. Asymmetric bioreduction of acetophenones by Baker's yeast and its cell-free extract encapsulated in sol-gel silica materials

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    Kato, Katsuya; Nakamura, Hitomi; Nakanishi, Kazuma

    2014-02-01

    Baker's yeast (BY) encapsulated in silica materials was synthesized using a yeast cell suspension and its cell-free extract during a sol-gel reaction of tetramethoxysilane with nitric acid as a catalyst. The synthesized samples were fully characterized using various methods, such as scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, and differential thermal analysis. The BY cells were easily encapsulated inside silica-gel networks, and the ratio of the cells in the silica gel was approximately 75 wt%, which indicated that a large volume of BY was trapped with a small amount of silica. The enzyme activity (asymmetric reduction of prochiral ketones) of BY and its cell-free extract encapsulated in silica gel was investigated in detail. The activities and enantioselectivities of free and encapsulated BY were similar to those of acetophenone and its fluorine derivatives, which indicated that the conformation structure of BY enzymes inside silica-gel networks did not change. In addition, the encapsulated BY exhibited considerably better solvent (methanol) stability and recyclability compared to free BY solution. We expect that the development of BY encapsulated in sol-gel silica materials will significantly impact the industrial-scale advancement of high-efficiency and low-cost biocatalysts for the synthesis of valuable chiral alcohols.

  17. Diamond nanoparticles as a way to improve electron transfer in sol-gel L-lactate biosensing platforms.

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    Briones, M; Casero, E; Vázquez, L; Pariente, F; Lorenzo, E; Petit-Domínguez, M D

    2016-02-18

    In the present work, we have included for the first time diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) in a sol-gel matrix derived from (3-mercaptopropyl)-trimethoxysilane (MPTS) in order to improve electron transfer in a lactate oxidase (LOx) based electrochemical biosensing platform. Firstly, an exhaustive AFM study, including topographical, surface potential (KFM) and capacitance gradient (CG) measurements, of each step involved in the biosensing platform development was performed. The platform is based on gold electrodes (Au) modified with the sol-gel matrix (Au/MPTS) in which diamond nanoparticles (Au/MPTS/DNPs) and lactate oxidase (Au/MPTS/DNPs/LOx) have been included. For the sake of comparison, we have also characterized a gold electrode directly modified with DNPs (Au/DNPs). Secondly, the electrochemical behavior of a redox mediator (hydroxymethyl-ferrocene, HMF) was evaluated at the platforms mentioned above. The response of Au/MPTS/DNPs/LOx towards lactate was obtained. A linear concentration range from 0.053 mM to 1.6 mM, a sensitivity of 2.6 μA mM(-1) and a detection limit of 16 μM were obtained. These analytical properties are comparable to other biosensors, presenting also as advantages that DNPs are inexpensive, environment-friendly and easy-handled nanomaterials. Finally, the developed biosensor was applied for lactate determination in wine samples. PMID:26826696

  18. Optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin-coated CeO2-TiO2 films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; De Souza, Selmar; Lampert, Carl M.

    1995-08-01

    The optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin coated CeO2-TiO2 (50% CeO2) films were investigated for electrochromic applications. The coating solutions were prepared by using mixed organic-inorganic [Ti(OC2H5)4 and Ce(NH4)2 (NO3)6] precursors. X-ray diffraction studies showed the sol-gel spin- coated films were composed of an amorphous matrix of titanium oxide containing nanocrystallites of cerium oxide. The coating solar transmission value was Ts equals 0.8 (250 nm thick). The refractive index and the extinction coefficient were derived from transmittance measurements in the UV-VIS-NIR regions. These films had refractive index value of n equals 2.18 and extinction coefficient value of k equals 8 X 10-4 at (lambda) equals 550 nm. Cyclic voltametric measurements showed reversible electrochemical insertion of lithium ions in a CeO2-TiO2/LiClO4-propylene carbonate electrochemical cell. During cycling the films maintain high optical transmittance. Spectrophotometric and electrochemical investigations performed on CeO2-TiO2 films revealed that these films are suitable as an optically passive counter-electrode in lithium electrochromic devices.

  19. Fabrication and characterization of bioactive composite coatings on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy by MAO/sol-gel.

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    Gao, J H; Shi, X Y; Yang, B; Hou, S S; Meng, E C; Guan, F X; Guan, S K

    2011-07-01

    High corrosion rate and accumulation of hydrogen gas upon degradation impede magnesium alloys' clinical application as implants. In this work, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) was used to fabricate a porous coating on magnesium alloys as an intermediate layer to enhance the bonding strength of propolis layer. Then the composite coatings were fabricated using sol-gel method by dipping sample into the solution containing propolis and polylactic acid at 40 °C. The corrosion resistance of the samples was determined based on potentiodynamic polarization experiments and immersion tests. Biocompatibility was designed by observing the attachment and growth of wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells (WJCs) on substrates with MAO coating and substrates with composite coatings. The results showed that, compared with that of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy, the corrosion current density of the samples with composite coatings decreased from 5.37 × 10⁻⁵ to 1.10 × 10⁻⁶ A/cm² and the corrosion potential increased by 240 mV. Composite coatings exhibit homogeneous corrosion behavior and can promote WJCs cell adhesion and proliferation. In the meantime, pH value was relatively stable during the immersion tests, which may be significant for cellular survival. In conclusion, our results indicate that composite coatings on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy fabricated by MAO/sol-gel method provide a new type bioactive material. PMID:21656033

  20. Non-hydrolytic Sol-gel Synthesis of Tin Sulfides

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    Kaur, Rajvinder

    The non-hydrolytic sol-gel (NHSG) process is an effective low temperature route well known for preparing homogeneous metal oxides. Thermodynamically as well as kinetically favored products, which cannot be prepared with the traditional solid-state routes, can be produced using NHSG. This project is focused on the exploration of NHSG synthesis of binary tin sulfides. In the past few years, metal sulfides have been the subject of significant interest. Much effort has been devoted to understand these materials because of their potential applications in electronic, optical, and superconductor devices.4 Among these materials, tin sulfides are materials of technological importance, which are being explored as semiconductors, anode materials for Li ion batteries, photoconductors, photocatalysts and absorber layer materials in photovoltaic solar cell devices. All of these applications depend upon features like homogeneity, oxidation state, high surface area and purity of the materials. These properties can be difficult to achieve by employing traditional synthetic routes, which require high temperatures due to slow diffusion, limiting the products to thermodynamically stable phases and prohibiting control over properties like particle size and surface area. A variety of low temperature methods are being explored due to the increased demand for such advanced materials. This project is focused on exploring the NHSG approach to synthesize binary tin sulfides, with the main goal of establishing conditions for the targeted synthesis of different tin sulfide polymorphs with controlled particle size. Being non-oxide materials, tin sulfides can be air sensitive, which requires special attention in handling. All reactions were carried out in absence of oxygen. This project explores the reaction of tin halides with thioethers in a dry solvent medium, leading to the formation of tin sulfides. There are a number of synthetic parameters that can be varied for the NHSG approach. A

  1. Sol-gel-based molecularly imprinted xerogel for capillary microextraction.

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    Bagheri, Habib; Piri-Moghadam, Hamed

    2012-09-01

    A novel molecularly imprinted xerogel (MIX) based on organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) was successfully prepared for on-line capillary microextraction (CME) coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The sol-gel-based xerogel was prepared using only one precursor and exhibited extensive selectivity towards triazines along with significant thermal and chemical stability. Atrazine was selected as a model template molecule and 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate (TMSPMA) as a precursor in which the propylmethacrylate moiety was responsible for van der Waals, dipole-dipole, and hydrogen-bond interactions with the template. This moiety plays a key role in creation of selective sites while methoxysilyl groups in TMSPMA acted as crosslinkers between the template and the propylmethacrylate moiety. Moreover, a non-imprinted xerogel (NIX) was also prepared in the absence of the template for evaluating the extraction efficiency of the prepared MIX. Then, the prepared imprinted and non-imprinted xerogels were used for extraction of three selected analytes of triazines class including atrazine, ametryn, and terbutryn, which have rather similar structures. The extraction efficiency of the prepared xerogel for atrazine, the template molecule, was found to be ten times greater than the efficiency achieved by the non-imprinted one. In the meantime, the extraction efficiency ratio of MIX to NIX for ametryn and terbutryn was also rather significant (eight times). Moreover, other compounds from different classes including dicamba, mecoprop, and estriol were also analyzed to evaluate the selectivity of the prepared MIX towards triazines. The ratio of enrichment factors (EF) of MIX to NIX for atrazine, ametryn, terbutryn, dicamba, mecoprop, and estriol were about 10, 8, 8, 2, 2, and 3, respectively. The linearity for the analytes was in the range of 5-700 μg L(-1). Limit of detection was in the range of 1-5 μg L(-1) and the RSD% values (n = 5) were all below 6

  2. Roughness evolution of sol-gel optical coatings by ion beam sputtering

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    Gailly, P.; Dubreuil, O.; Fleury-Frenette, K.

    2015-12-01

    The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions were applied on silicon substrates using the dip coating technique and thermally cured to obtain thin solid films and their thicknesses were then controlled over the samples surface using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The surface roughness of the sol-gel films was measured using both interferometric profilometry and atomic force microscopy depending on the obtained sputtering depths. We observed a significant increase of the roughness according to the sputtering depth, faster in the case of sol-gel layers than with bulk fused silica. Interestingly, the sputtering rates of the sol-gel layers were found much higher than the rate obtained on bulk fused silica. The development of micron scale holes with relatively stable interstices is supposed to rule the surface roughness evolution. AFM measurements revealed a regular submicron scale lateral structure which nanometric amplitude is amplified within sputtering.

  3. Sol-gel prepared glass for micro-optical elements and arrays

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    Haruvy, Yair; Gilath, Irith; Maniewictz, M.; Eisenberg, Naftali P.

    1997-09-01

    Sol-gel processes of metal alkoxides involve hydrolysis of the alkoxy groups and condensation to a 3-D oxide glass network. Volume reduction of the drying gel typically results in cracking, unless sufficient relaxation is allowed to take place. Further, the common shrinkage by a factor of 2.5 and higher imposes great difficulty to obtain dimensional accuracy in thus prepared micro-optical elements. The new fast sol-gel method enables facile preparation of siloxane-based glassy materials in which polymerization is completed within minutes and curing within a few hours. The optical quality of thin films obtained by the fast sol-gel method and the ease of preparation makes this method technologically and economically attractive for micro-lenses and micro-optical arrays by replication. Micro-optical arrays are highly patterned, including sharp curvatures of small radii. This necessitates to study primarily two aspects of the sol-gel replication process: (1) the chemical constitution of the sol-gel and the reaction pathway that ensures prompt adhesion to the template during the process. (2) the surface chemical adaptation of the template that allows timing of adhesion and release of the produced elements. The adaptation of this process to the desired replication is described. Thence, the results of preliminary fabrication of micro-optical elements and arrays by this method are shown and their features discussed.

  4. From inulin to fructose syrups using sol-gel immobilized inulinase.

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    Santa, Gonçalo L M; Bernardino, Susana M S A; Magalhães, Salomé; Mendes, Vanessa; Marques, Marco P C; Fonseca, Luís P; Fernandes, Pedro

    2011-09-01

    The present work aims to provide the basic characterization of sol-gel immobilized inulinase, a biocatalyst configuration yet unexploited, using as model system the hydrolysis of inulin to fructose. Porous xerogel particles with dimensions in slight excess of 10 μm were obtained, yielding an immobilization efficiency of roughly 80%. The temperature- and pH-activity profiles displayed a broader bell-shaped pattern as a result of immobilization. In the latter case, a shift of the optimal pH of 0.5 pH units was observed towards a less acidic environment. The kinetic parameters estimated from the typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics suggest that immobilization in sol-gel did not tamper with the native enzyme conformation, but on the other hand, entrapment brought along mass transfer limitations. The sol-gel biocatalyst displayed a promising operational stability, since it was used in more than 20 consecutive 24-hour batch runs without noticeable decay in product yield. The performance of sol-gel biocatalyst particles doped with magnetite roughly matched the performance of simple sol-gel particles in a single batch run. However, the operational stability of the former proved poorer, since activity decay was evident after four consecutive 24-hour batch runs. PMID:21445597

  5. Mechanical compatibility of sol-gel annealing with titanium for orthopaedic prostheses.

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    Greer, Andrew I M; Lim, Teoh S; Brydone, Alistair S; Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2016-01-01

    Sol-gel processing is an attractive method for large-scale surface coating due to its facile and inexpensive preparation, even with the inclusion of precision nanotopographies. These are desirable traits for metal orthopaedic prostheses where ceramic coatings are known to be osteoinductive and the effects may be amplified through nanotexturing. However there are a few concerns associated with the application of sol-gel technology to orthopaedics. Primarily, the annealing stage required to transform the sol-gel into a ceramic may compromise the physical integrity of the underlying metal. Secondly, loose particles on medical implants can be carcinogenic and cause inflammation so the coating needs to be strongly bonded to the implant. These concerns are addressed in this paper. Titanium, the dominant material for orthopaedics at present, is examined before and after sol-gel processing for changes in hardness and flexural modulus. Wear resistance, bending and pull tests are also performed to evaluate the ceramic coating. The findings suggest that sol-gel coatings will be compatible with titanium implants for an optimum temperature of 500 °C. PMID:26691162

  6. Spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization of cytochrome c encapsulated in a bio sol-gel matrix.

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    Deriu, Daniela; Pagnotta, Sara Emanuela; Santucci, Roberto; Rosato, Nicola

    2008-08-01

    Sol-gel technique represents a remarkably versatile method for protein encapsulation. To enhance sol-gel biocompatibility, systems envisaging the presence of calcium and phosphates in the sol-gel composition were recently prepared and investigated. Unfortunately, the low pH at which solutions were prepared (pH < 2.5) dramatically limited their application to proteins, because the acidic environment induces protein denaturation. In this paper we apply a new protocol based on the introduction of calcium nitrate to the inorganic phase, with formation of a binary bioactive system. In this case protein encapsulation results versatile and secure, being achieved at a pH close to neutrality (pH 6.0); also, the presence of calcium is expected to enhance system biocompatibility. To determine the properties of the salt-doped sol-gel and the influence exerted on entrapped biosystems, the structural and functional properties of embedded cytochrome c have been investigated. Data obtained indicate that the salt-doped sol-gel induces no significant change in the structure and the redox properties of the embedded protein; also, the matrix increases protein stability. Interestingly, the presence of calcium nitrate appears determinant for refolding of the acid-denatured protein. This is of interest in the perspective of future applications in biosensoristic area. PMID:18163198

  7. Soft tissue attachment on sol-gel-treated titanium implants in vivo.

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    Paldan, H; Areva, S; Tirri, T; Peltola, T; Lindholm, T C; Lassila, L; Pelliniemi, L J; Happonen, R-P; Närhi, T O

    2008-03-01

    This study was designed to examine the attachment and reactions of soft tissues to sol-gel-derived TiO2 coatings. In the first experiment, TiO2 coated and uncoated titanium cylinders were placed subcutaneously into the backs of rats for 3, 11 and 90 days. Tissue response and implant surfaces were characterized with routine light microscopy and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) analysis. In the second experiment, TiO2-coated and uncoated discs were implanted subcutaneously into the backs of rats for 14 and 21 days. The discs were pulled out from the implantation sites with a mechanical testing device using a constant speed of 5 mm/min. Rupture force was registered, after which the discs were assigned for SEM and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) analysis. All the coated implants showed immediate contact with the surrounding soft tissues without a clear connective tissue capsule. Significantly better soft tissue response was measured for all the coated compared to the uncoated cylinders (p<0.01). Higher rupture forces were measured for all coated discs, although the differences were not statistically significant. An immediate and tight connection between connective tissue fibroblasts and coatings was noticed in TEM analysis. Our study indicates that TiO2 coatings improve soft tissue attachment on a titanium surface. PMID:17710511

  8. Electrochromic performance of sol-gel-deposited CeO2 films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Cronin, John P.; Akyuz, Sevim

    1999-10-01

    Ceria (CeO2) films were prepared by a sol-gel technique onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrates. The coating solution was derived from cerium ammonium nitrate dissolved in ethanol with diethanolamine used as a complexing agent. Lithium intercalating properties of the films were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-visible spectroscopy. The electrochemical examinations were performed in a 0.5 M LiClO4 propylene carbonate electrolyte. The additional film characterizations were performed in X-ray diffractometry (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. XRD of the films showed that they had an cerianite structure for heat treatment temperatures at or above 450 degree(s)C. The SEM examinations showed that the surface texture was uniform and homogeneous. CV examinations showed a reversible electrochemical insertion or extraction of Li+/e- ions maintaining a high optical transmissivity. Spectroelectrochemistry showed that these films can be used as optically passive counter-electrode in transmissive electrochromic devices.

  9. Hydroxyapatite coating on Ti6Al4V alloy by a sol-gel method.

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    Wang, Diangang; Chen, Chuanzhong; He, Ting; Lei, Tingquan

    2008-06-01

    Using trimethyl phosphate and calcium nitrate tetrahydrate as the calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively, HA films were prepared layer by layer by a sol-gel method. The phase constitution, microstructure and calcium/phosphorus (Ca/P) molar ratio of the sol-gel films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electronic probe microanalysis (EPMA). The results show that the sol-gel films have high crystallinity and are composed of HA and CaO phases, and the Ca/P ratio is slightly higher than the theoretical value in HA because of the loss of phosphorous element. Two typical cauliflower-like and lamellar structures were observed in the films. Cauliflower-like structure, which increases the biological reactivity of the implant surface towards natural bone, formed mainly at low drying temperature and high calcining temperature, while the lamellar structure formed when the drying temperature is high (500 degrees C or above). PMID:18071873

  10. High-energy-density sol-gel thin film based on neat 2-cyanoethyltrimethoxysilane.

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    Kim, Yunsang; Kathaperumal, Mohanalingam; Smith, O'Neil L; Pan, Ming-Jen; Cai, Ye; Sandhage, Kenneth H; Perry, Joseph W

    2013-03-13

    Hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel dielectric thin films from a neat 2-cyanoethyltrimethoxysilane (CNETMS) precursor have been fabricated and their permittivity, dielectric strength, and energy density characterized. CNETMS sol-gel films possess compact, polar cyanoethyl groups and exhibit a relative permittivity of 20 at 1 kHz and breakdown strengths ranging from 650 V/μm to 250 V/μm for film thicknesses of 1.3 to 3.5 μm. Capacitors based on CNETMS films exhibit extractable energy densities of 7 J/cm(3) at 300 V/μm, as determined by charge-discharge and polarization-electric field measurements, as well as an energy extraction efficiency of ~91%. The large extractable energy resulting from the linear dielectric polarization behavior suggests that CNETMS films are promising sol-gel materials for pulsed power applications. PMID:23427818

  11. Thin film porous membranes based on sol-gel chemistry for catalytic sensors

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    Hughes, R.C.; Patel, S.V.; Jenkins, M.W.; Boyle, T.J.; Gardner, T.J.; Brinker, C.J.

    1998-05-01

    Nanoporous sol-gel based films are finding a wide variety of uses including gas separations and supports for heterogeneous catalysts. The films can be formed by spin or dip coating, followed by relatively low temperature annealing. The authors used several types of these films as coatings on the Pd alloy thin film sensors they had previously fabricated and studied. The sol-gel films have little effect on the sensing response to H{sub 2} alone. However, in the presence of other gases, the nanoporous film modifies the sensor behavior in several beneficial ways. (1) They have shown that the sol-gel coated sensors were only slightly poisoned by high concentrations of H{sub 2}S while uncoated sensors showed moderate to severe poisoning effects. (2) For a given partial pressure of H{sub 2}, the signal from the sensor is modified by the presence of O{sub 2} and other oxidizing gases.

  12. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide development in microgravity by the sol-gel process

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    Mukherjee, S. P.; Holman, R. A.

    1981-01-01

    Multicomponent, homogeneous, noncrystalline oxide gels can be prepared by the sol-gel process and these gels are promising starting materials for melting glasses in the space environment. The sol-gel process referred to here is based on the polymerization reaction of alkoxysilane with other metal alkoxy compounds or suitable metal salts. Many of the alkoxysilanes or other metal alkoxides are liquids and thus can be purified by distillation. The use of gels offers several advantages such as high purity and lower melting times and temperatures. The sol-gel process is studied for utilization in the preparation of multicomponent ultrapure glass batches for subsequent containerless melting of the batches in space to prepare glass blanks for optical waveguides.

  13. Laser-assisted sol-gel growth and characteristics of ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Min Su; Kim, Soaram; Leem, Jae-Young

    2012-06-18

    ZnO thin films were grown on Si(100) substrates by a sol-gel method assisted by laser beam irradiation with a 325 nm He-Cd laser. In contrast to conventional sol-gel ZnO thin films, the surface morphology of the laser-assisted sol-gel thin films was much smoother, and the residual stress in the films was relaxed by laser irradiation. The luminescent properties of the films were also enhanced by laser irradiation, especially, by irradiation during the deposition and post-heat treatment stages. The incident laser beam is thought to play several roles, such as annihilating defects by accelerating crystallization during heat treatment, enhancing the surface migration of atoms and molecules, and relaxing the ZnO matrix structure during crystallization.

  14. Preliminary fabrication of small Li{sub 2}O spheres by sol-gel method

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    Tsuchiya, K.; Kawamura, H.; Oyamada, R.; Nishimura, K.; Yoshimuta, H.; Watarumi, K.

    1995-12-31

    Lithium oxide (Li{sub 2}O) is one of the best tritium breeding materials. And as the shape of Li{sub 2}O, a small sphere is proposed in Japanese design of fusion blanket. Recently, reprocessing technology development on irradiated ceramic tritium breeders is conducted from the view point of effective use of resources and decrease of radioactive waste. The sol-gel method is most advantageous for fabricating small Li{sub 2}O spheres from the reprocessing solution with lithium. And the fabrication cost will be decreased by this method. In the present work, preliminary fabrication tests of small Li{sub 2}O spheres is carried out by the sol-gel method, and there are bright prospects for fabrication of small Li{sub 2}O spheres by sol-gel method.

  15. Influence of pyrogenic particles on the micromechanical behavior of thin sol-gel layers.

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    Schönstedt, B; Garnweitner, G; Barth, N; Mühlmeister, A; Kwade, A

    2011-07-01

    Coatings based on sol-gel technology with different types of nanoparticles embedded into the sol-gel matrix were fabricated, and the resulting properties were investigated. Pyrogenic silica nanoparticles were added to the sol before coating. The silica particles varied in primary particle size and agglomerate size, and in their surface modification. The particles were wetted in ethanol and dispersed to certain finenesses. The difference in agglomerate size was partly caused by varying particle types, but also by the dispersing processes that were applied to the particles. The resulting coatings were examined by visual appearance and SEM microscopy. Furthermore, their micromechanical properties were determined by nanoindentation. The results show an important influence from the added nanoparticles and their properties on the visual appearance as well as the micromechanical behavior of the sol-gel coatings. It is shown that, in fact, the particle size distribution can have a major impact on the coating properties as well as the surface modification. PMID:21630652

  16. Development and characterization of molecularly imprinted sol-gel materials for the selective detection of DDT.

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    Graham, Amy L; Carlson, Catherine A; Edmiston, Paul L

    2002-01-15

    Molecularly imprinting sol-gel materials for DDT using both a noncovalent and a covalent approach was examined. A nonpolar porous sol-gel network was created through the use of the bridged polysilsesquioxane, bis-(trimethoxysilylethyl)benzene (BTEB), as the principal sol-gel component. Noncovalent molecular imprinting was deemed unsuccessful, presumably because of the lack of strong intermolecular interactions that can be established between the DDT and the sol-gel precursor. A covalent imprinting strategy was employed by generating a sacrificial spacer through the reaction of two 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilanes with one of two different template molecules: 4,4'-ethylenedianiline (EDA) or 4,4'-ethylidenebisphenol (EBP). After formation of the sol-gel, the bonds linking the spacer template to the matrix were cleaved in a manner that generated a pocket of the appropriate size bordered by amine groups that could aid in the binding of DDT through weak hydrogen bonding interactions. Experiments indicated that DDT could be bound selectively by such an approch. To generate a sensor, an environmentally sensitive fluorescent probe, 7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazole, (NBD) located adjacent to the DDT binding site was used to transduce the binding of analyte. EDA-imprinted sol-gels, deposited as films on glass microscope slides, were shown to quantitatively detect DDT in water to a limit-of-detection of 50 ppt with a response time of <60 s. Repeat measurements could be made with the same sensing films after rinsing with acetone between each measurement. The EDA sensing material was selective for DDT and other structurally similar molecules. However, the sensing film design was limited by the relatively minor changes in fluorescence intensity upon binding DDT. This situation may be remedied by an alternative methodology that can facilitate attachment of the NBD fluorophore in an optimal position proximal to the binding pocket. PMID:11811423

  17. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic films for electrochromic smart window glass

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    Oezer, N.; Lampert, C.M.; Rubin, M.

    1996-08-01

    Electrochromic windows offer the ability to dynamically change the transmittance of a glazing. With the appropriate sensor and controls, this smart window can be used for energy regulation and glare control for a variety of glazing applications. The most promising are building and automotive applications. This work covers the use of sol-gel deposition processes to make active films for these windows. The sol-gel process offers a low-capital investment for the deposition of these active films. Sol-gel serves as an alternative to more expensive vacuum deposition processes. The sol-gel process utilizes solution coating followed by a hydrolysis and condensation. In this investigation the authors report on tungsten oxide and nickel oxide films made by the sol-gel process for electrochromic windows. The properties of the sol-gel films compare favorably to those of films made by other techniques. A typical laminated electrochromic window consists of two glass sheets coated with transparent conductors, which are coated with the active films. The two sheets are laminated together with an ionically conductive polymer. The range of visible transmission modulation of the tungsten oxide was 60% and for the nickel oxide was 20%. The authors used the device configuration of glass/SnO{sub 2}:F/W0{sub 3}/polymer/Li{sub Z}NiO{sub x}H{sub y}/SnO{sub 2}:F glass to test the films. The nickel oxide layer had a low level of lithiation and possibly contained a small amount of water. Lithiated oxymethylene-linked poly(ethylene oxide) was used as the laminating polymer. Commercially available SnO{sub 2}:F/glass (LOF-Tec glass) was used as the transparent conducting glass. The authors found reasonable device switching characteristics which could be used for devices.

  18. Development of novel Sol-Gel Indicators (SGI's) for in-situ environmental measurements: Part 1, Program and a new pH Sol-Gel Indicator

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    Livingston, R.R.; Baylor, L.; Wicks, G.G.

    1992-11-03

    The feasibility of incorporating analytical indicators into a sol-gel glassy matrix and then coating substrates with this composite material has bee demonstrated. Substrates coated include paper, wood, glass, and the lens of an analytical probe. The first SRTC sol-gel indicator, comprising bromophenol blue dispersed in a silica matrix, was fabricated and successfully used to measure solution pH in the range of pH 3.0 to 7.5. material exhibited a quick response time, as measured by color changes both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the measuring device was reversible or reusable. Additional indicators with responses over other ranges as well as indicators sensitive to the presence of elements of interest, are also under development. The new SGI composites possess promising properties and an excellent potential for performing a variety important in-situ environmental measurements and area discussed in this report.

  19. Sol-gel silica films embedding NIR- emitting Yb-quinolinolate complexes

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    Figus, Cristiana Quochi, Francesco Piana, Giacomo; Saba, Michele; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Artizzu, Flavia; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Serpe, Angela; Deplano, Paola

    2014-10-21

    Sol-gel silica thin films embedding an ytterbium quinolinolato complex (YbClQ{sub 4}) have been obtained using different alkoxides. Homogeneous, crack- and defect-free thin films of optical quality have been successfully deposited on glass substrate by dip-coating. The silica thin films have been characterized by time-resolved photoluminescence. The luminescence properties of the YbClQ{sub 4} are preserved in silica films prepared through an optimized sol-gel approach. The excited state lifetime of the lanthanide is comparable to those observed in bulk and longer than the corresponding ones in solution.

  20. Fabrication of CO sensing film by sol-gel method for application to microsensor

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    Wan-Young Chung; Duk-Dong Lee; Tamaki, Jun; Miura, Norio; Yamazoe, Noboru

    1996-12-31

    The most commonly used methods for the preparation of sensing film of micro-gas sensors are physical methods such as r.f. sputtering, thermal evaporation, spary pyrolysis and CVD. Though it is somewhat difficult to be compatible with microelectronic processes, the chemical preparation method such as sol-gel method has many advantages over the physical ones like additive incorporation and surface control. In this experiment, the authors have prepared tin oxide thin film by sol-gel method combined with spin-coating. The compatibility of the film process to the microelectronic process and CO gas sensing characteristics of the fabricated film have been investigated.

  1. Porous Silica Sol-Gel Glasses Containing Reactive V2O5 Groups

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    Stiegman, Albert E.

    1995-01-01

    Porous silica sol-gel glasses into which reactive vanadium oxide functional groups incorporated exhibit number of unique characteristics. Because they bind molecules of some species both reversibly and selectively, useful as chemical sensors or indicators or as scrubbers to remove toxic or hazardous contaminants. Materials also oxidize methane gas photochemically: suggests they're useful as catalysts for conversion of methane to alcohol and for oxidation of hydrocarbons in general. By incorporating various amounts of other metals into silica sol-gel glasses, possible to synthesize new materials with broad range of new characteristics.

  2. Transparent poly(vinyl acetate)-silica gels by a sol-gel process

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    Wojcik, Anna B.; Klein, Lisa C.

    1993-12-01

    Rod shaped silica-poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) gels have been prepared by a sol gel process. In situ polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was accomplished in the presence of low molecular weight PVAc by dissolving various amounts of PVAc in a mixture of TEOS, ethanol, water and hydrochloric acid (HCl). Gelation of this mixture was carried out between room temperature and slightly above. Silica-PVAc rods recovered from cylindrical molds were homogeneous and transparent. Gels with weight percents of PVAc ranging from 2% to 50% were prepared. Silica-PVAc gels have higher flexure strengths, less brittle character and improved water durability in comparison with pure sol- gel silica.

  3. Electrochemical and In Vitro Behavior of Nanostructure Sol-Gel Coated 316L Stainless Steel Incorporated with Rosemary Extract

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    Motalebi, Abolfazl; Nasr-Esfahani, Mojtaba

    2013-06-01

    The corrosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel for biomedical applications, was significantly enhanced by means of hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel thin films deposited by spin-coating. Thin films of less than 100 nm with different hybrid characters were obtained by incorporating rosemary extract as green corrosion inhibitor. The morphology, composition, and adhesion of hybrid sol-gel coatings have been examined by SEM, EDX, and pull-off test, respectively. Addition of high additive concentrations (0.1%) did not disorganize the sol-gel network. Direct pull-off test recorded a mean coating-substrate bonding strength larger than 21.2 MPa for the hybrid sol-gel coating. The effect of rosemary extract, with various added concentrations from 0.012 to 0.1%, on the anticorrosion properties of sol-gel films have been characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution and has been compared to the bare metal. Rosemary extract additions (0.05%) have significantly increased the corrosion protection of the sol-gel thin film to higher than 90%. The in vitro bioactivity of prepared films indicates that hydroxyapatite nuclei can form and grow on the surface of the doped sol-gel thin films. The present study shows that due to their excellent anticorrosion properties, bioactivity and bonding strength to substrate, doped sol-gel thin films are practical hybrid films in biomedical applications.

  4. THERMALLY STABLE NANOCRYSTALLINE TIO2 PHOTOCATALYSTS SYNTHESIZED VIA SOL-GEL METHODS MODIFIED WITH IONIC LIQUID AND SURFACTANT MOLECULES

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    Recently, sol-gel methods employing ionic liquids (ILs) have shown significant implications for the synthesis of well-defined nanostructured inorganic materials. Herein, we synthesized nanocrystalline TiO2 particles via an alkoxide sol-gel method employing a water-immi...

  5. Optical and dielectric properties of BiMn1-xAExO3 (AE=Cr, Fe, Co, and Zn; x=0, 0.1) nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel technique

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    Bhardwaj, Neha; Gaur, Anurag; Yadav, Kamlesh

    2015-08-01

    BiMnO3 is a multiferroic material which means that it shows both the ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. Present study deals about the study of optical and dielectric properties of BiMnO3 and doped BiMnO3. The magnetic and non magnetic ions are introduced as dopants in place of Mn sublattice, BiMn1-xAExO3 (where x=0.1 and AE= Cr, Fe, Co, and Zn). We have synthesized nanoparticles of BiMnO3 and BiMn1-xAExO3 (where x=0.1 and AE= Cr, Fe, Co, and Zn) by sol-gel technique. Optical properties have been studied by using FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) spectroscopy. FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) analysis showed that there is an increase in the band gap of BiMn1-xAExO3 (where x=0.1 and AE= Cr, Fe, Co, and Zn) than pure BiMnO3 for the samples synthesized by sol-gel technique. The increase in band gap on doping is due to the radius to charge ratio. Ferroelectric hysteresis loop confirms the presence of ferroelectricity in BiMnO3. From the ferroelectric hysteresis loop the parameters like coericivity, saturation polarization and remanant polarization has been calculated. Nanoparticles of BiMnO3 have applications in memory storage devices.

  6. Effectiveness of silica based Sol-gel microencapsulation Method for odorants and flavours leading to sustainable Environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Ayesha Masood; Sarfraz, Maliha; Ahmad, Mushtaq

    2015-08-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped actives, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils. Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavoured sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits.

  7. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment.

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits. PMID:26322304

  8. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits. PMID:26322304

  9. Selectivity differences between sol-gel coated and immobilized liquid film open-tubular columns for gas chromatography.

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    Kiridena, Waruna; Poole, Colin F; Koziol, Wiadyslaw W

    2002-12-01

    The solvation parameter model is used to determine the system constants for two sol-gel coated open-tubular columns at five equally spaced temperatures in the range 60-140 degrees C. Differences in the system constants as a function of temperature are used to determine the affect of sol-gel structure on the selectivity of SolGel-l and SolGel-Wax columns compared with conventionally coated and immobilized poly(dimethylsiloxane) and poly(ethylene glycol) stationary phases. The sol-gel columns should be suitable for similar separations to those presently performed on conventional immobilized liquid film columns of the same type but selectivity differences for polar compounds, which depend on temperature, should be anticipated. PMID:12537368

  10. Foldable and Cytocompatible Sol-gel TiO2 Photonics

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    Li, Lan; Zhang, Ping; Wang, Wei-Ming; Lin, Hongtao; Zerdoum, Aidan B.; Geiger, Sarah J.; Liu, Yangchen; Xiao, Nicholas; Zou, Yi; Ogbuu, Okechukwu; Du, Qingyang; Jia, Xinqiao; Li, Jingjing; Hu, Juejun

    2015-09-01

    Integrated photonics provides a miniaturized and potentially implantable platform to manipulate and enhance the interactions between light and biological molecules or tissues in in-vitro and in-vivo settings, and is thus being increasingly adopted in a wide cross-section of biomedical applications ranging from disease diagnosis to optogenetic neuromodulation. However, the mechanical rigidity of substrates traditionally used for photonic integration is fundamentally incompatible with soft biological tissues. Cytotoxicity of materials and chemicals used in photonic device processing imposes another constraint towards these biophotonic applications. Here we present thin film TiO2 as a viable material for biocompatible and flexible integrated photonics. Amorphous TiO2 films were deposited using a low temperature (<250 °C) sol-gel process fully compatible with monolithic integration on plastic substrates. High-index-contrast flexible optical waveguides and resonators were fabricated using the sol-gel TiO2 material, and resonator quality factors up to 20,000 were measured. Following a multi-neutral-axis mechanical design, these devices exhibit remarkable mechanical flexibility, and can sustain repeated folding without compromising their optical performance. Finally, we validated the low cytotoxicity of the sol-gel TiO2 devices through in-vitro cell culture tests. These results demonstrate the potential of sol-gel TiO2 as a promising material platform for novel biophotonic devices.

  11. Foldable and Cytocompatible Sol-gel TiO2 Photonics

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    Li, Lan; Zhang, Ping; Wang, Wei-Ming; Lin, Hongtao; Zerdoum, Aidan B.; Geiger, Sarah J.; Liu, Yangchen; Xiao, Nicholas; Zou, Yi; Ogbuu, Okechukwu; Du, Qingyang; Jia, Xinqiao; Li, Jingjing; Hu, Juejun

    2015-01-01

    Integrated photonics provides a miniaturized and potentially implantable platform to manipulate and enhance the interactions between light and biological molecules or tissues in in-vitro and in-vivo settings, and is thus being increasingly adopted in a wide cross-section of biomedical applications ranging from disease diagnosis to optogenetic neuromodulation. However, the mechanical rigidity of substrates traditionally used for photonic integration is fundamentally incompatible with soft biological tissues. Cytotoxicity of materials and chemicals used in photonic device processing imposes another constraint towards these biophotonic applications. Here we present thin film TiO2 as a viable material for biocompatible and flexible integrated photonics. Amorphous TiO2 films were deposited using a low temperature (<250 °C) sol-gel process fully compatible with monolithic integration on plastic substrates. High-index-contrast flexible optical waveguides and resonators were fabricated using the sol-gel TiO2 material, and resonator quality factors up to 20,000 were measured. Following a multi-neutral-axis mechanical design, these devices exhibit remarkable mechanical flexibility, and can sustain repeated folding without compromising their optical performance. Finally, we validated the low cytotoxicity of the sol-gel TiO2 devices through in-vitro cell culture tests. These results demonstrate the potential of sol-gel TiO2 as a promising material platform for novel biophotonic devices. PMID:26344823

  12. The influence of surfactants on the roughness of titania sol-gel films

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    Medina-Valtierra, Jorge . E-mail: jormeval@yahoo.com; Frausto-Reyes, Claudio . E-mail: cfraus@cio.mx; Calixto, Sergio . E-mail: scalixto@cio.mx; Bosch, Pedro . E-mail: lacv@xanum.uam.mx

    2007-03-15

    Substrate dipping in a composite sol-gel solution was used to prepare both smooth and rough thin films of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) on commercial fiberglass. The deposition of a composite film was done in a beaker using a solution of titanium (IV) isopropoxide as the sol-gel precursor and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide as the surfactant. In order to establish a correlation between experimental conditions and the titanium oxide produced, as well as the film quality, the calcined samples were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. One of the most important results is that a 61-nm TiO{sub 2} film was obtained with a short immersion of fiberglass into the sol-gel without surfactant. In other cases, the deposited film consisted of a titanium precursor gel encapsulating micelles of surfactant. The gel films were converted to only the anatase phase by calcining them at 500 deg. C. The resulting films were crystalline and exhibited a uniform surface topography. In the present paper, it was found that the TiO{sub 2} films prepared from the sol-gel with a surfactant showed a granular microstructure, and are composed of irregular particles between 1.5 and 3 {mu}m. Smooth TiO{sub 2} films could have useful optical and corrosion-protective properties and, on other hand, roughness on the TiO{sub 2} films can enhance the inherent photocatalytic activity.

  13. Two substrate-confined sol-gel coassembled ordered macroporous silica structures with an open surface.

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    Guo, Wenhua; Wang, Ming; Xia, Wei; Dai, Lihua

    2013-05-21

    A sol-gel cooperative assembly method was demonstrated for the fabrication of inverse opal films with an open surface. In this method, a sol-gel silicate precursor was cooperatively assembled into the interstitial spaces of microspheres at the same time when polystyrene templates formed in between two desired substrates. Silica inverse opals with a three-dimensional ordered macroporous (3DOM) structure were obtained after selective removing the colloidal templates by calcination. The open surfaces with a high degree of interconnected porosity and extremely uniform pore size were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Optical transmission spectra reveals the existence of considerable deep band gaps of up to 70% and steep band edges of up to 6%/nm in the [111] directions of the 3DOM silica samples. A little shrinkage confirmed by transmission spectra is not larger than 3%, in consistent with the results measured by SEM, which revealing the sufficient and compact infiltration into the interstitial spaces by our confined sol-gel coassembly method. With different incidence angles, the positions of pseudogaps can be easily tuned in the wide range from 720 nm to 887 nm, agreed well with the calculated values by the Bragg law. All the results prove that the sol-gel coassembly method with two substrates confinement is a simple, low cost, convenient and versatile method for the fabrication of silica inverse opals without overlayers in large domains. PMID:23614663

  14. Low-density nanoporous iron foams synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Nanoporous iron metal foams were synthesized by an improved sol-gel autocombustion method in this report. It has been confirmed to be pure phase iron by X-ray diffraction measurements. The nanoporous characteristics were illustrated through scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope images. Very low density and quite large saturation magnetization has been performed in the synthesized samples. PMID:22333555

  15. Improving the temperature performance of low-density ceramic heatshields through sol-gel processing

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Sommers, Jeneen; Esfahani, Lili

    1991-01-01

    The performance of rigid insulations for use as thermal protection materials on reentry vehicles can be characterized by their resistance to dimensional and morphological change when exposed to an isothermal environment equivalent to that generated in entry. Improvements in these material characteristics for alumina-enhanced thermal barrier insulation by compositional modification through sol-gel processing are reported.

  16. Nanopore yttria doped zirconia membranes prepared by sol-gel method

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    Gopalan, R.; Chang, C.H.; Lin, Y.S.

    1994-12-31

    Yttria doped zirconia membranes were prepared by the sol-gel method. A solution-sol mixing method was employed to dope yttria on the grain surface of zirconia particles in the sol. These nano-structured yttria doped zirconia membranes have potential application as a support for dense oxide ceramic membranes, fuel cells and oxygen sensors.

  17. A Sol-Gel-Modified Poly(methyl methacrylate) Electrophoresis Microchip with a Hydrophilic Channel Wall

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    Chen, Gang; Xu, Xuejiao; Lin, Yuehe; Wang, Joseph

    2007-07-27

    A sol-gel method was employed to fabricate a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) electrophoresis microchip that contains a hydrophilic channel wall. To fabricate such a device, tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was injected into the PMMA channel and was allowed to diffuse into the surface layer for 24 h. After removing the excess TEOS, the channel was filled with an acidic solution for 3 h. Subsequently, the channel was flushed with water and was pretreated in an oven to obtain a sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip. The water contact angle for the sol-gel-modified PMMA was 27.4° compared with 66.3° for the pure PMMA. In addition, the electro-osmotic flow increased from 2.13×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the native-PMMA channel to 4.86×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the modified one. The analytical performance of the sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip was demonstrated for the electrophoretic separation of several purines, coupled with amperometric detection. The separation efficiency of uric acid increased to 74 882.3 m-1 compared with 14 730.5 m-1 for native-PMMA microchips. The result of this simple modification is a significant improvement in the performance of PMMA for microchip electrophoresis and microfluidic applications.

  18. [Sol-gel preparation of ultrathin nano-hydroxyapatite coating and its characterization].

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    Yang, Jianhua; Guo, Linghong; Li, Hui

    2006-10-01

    Present study used dip-coating techniques to fabricate ultrathin nano-HA coating on titanium in organic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and PO(CH3)3 and inorganic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to observe the morphology and distribution of crystallite size (D) and lattice strain (epsilon) of ultrathin nano-HA coating. After heated at 400 degrees C, the apatite structure of coatings on titanium began to appear. At heating temperature of 400 degrees C-600 degrees C, the effect of heating temperature on D and epsilon of both coatings was obvious. Precursor types significantly affected the particle diameters of nano-HA coatings, which were 25-40 nm for organic sol-gel and about 100 nm for inorganic sol. The thickness of ultrathin nano-HA coatings was 2.5 microm for organic sol-gel and 5 microm for inorganic sol and morphology of interfaces between coating and titanium was intact and homogenous. PMID:17121358

  19. Optical properties of metallophthalocyanines in solution and in a sol-gel matrix

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    Acosta, Agnes; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Wilkosz, Aaron; Leyderman, Alexander; Venkateswarlu, Putcha

    1997-10-01

    The sol-gel method is convenient for preparing amorphous transparent oxides with a wide range of optical properties including laser action, optical gain, phosphorescence, SHG and other non-linear effects. The sol-gel method was used to produce sol-gel samples using metallophthalocyanines. From metallophthalocyanines we used Cu (II) phthalocyanine (beta) - form, Ni (II) phthalocyaninetetrasulfonic acid, tetrasodium salt, Cu (II) 3,10,17,24-tetra-tert-butyl-1,8,15,22-tetrakis (dimethylamino)-29H, 31H-phthalocyanine, Zn 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octabutoxy- 29H,31H-phthalocyanine Ni (II) 5,9,14,18,23,27,32,36-octabutoxy- 2,3-napthalocyanine and Cu (II) 5,9,14,18,23,27,32,36-octabutoxy-2,3-napthalocyanine. In our paper we report and discuss the results obtained from the measurements of the index of refraction using the prism coupling technique, absorption spectra and non-linear transmission measurements using picosecond laser pulses. The absorption spectras of Cu, Zn and Ni phthalocyanines in solution and sol-gel matrix showed decomposition. We found optical limiting after 0.2 J/cm2 in Ni (II) phthalocyaninetetrasulfonic acid, tetrasodium salt solution; glass samples showed no optical limiting. The mean of the index of refraction measured for all the (beta) -Cu phthalocyanine samples was 1.42. No birefringency was found.

  20. Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO2 materials for gas phase photocatalytic applications.

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    Lafjah, Mama; Djafri, Fatiha; Bengueddach, Abdelkader; Keller, Nicolas; Keller, Valérie

    2011-02-28

    Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO(2) photocatalytic materials were prepared according to a sol-gel route in which high specific surface area Beta zeolite powder was incorporated into the titanium isopropoxide sol during the course of the sol-gel process. This led to an intimate contact between the zeolite surface and the TiO(2) precursors, and resulted in the anchorage of large amounts of dispersed TiO(2) nanoparticles and in the stabilization of TiO(2) in its anatase form, even for high TiO(2) wt. contents and high calcination temperatures. Taking the UV-A photocatalytic oxidation of methanol as gas phase target reaction, high methanol conversions were obtained on the Beta zeolite supported TiO(2) photocatalysts when compared to bulk sol-gel TiO(2), despite lower amounts of TiO(2) within the photoactive materials. The methanol conversion was optimum for about 40 wt.% TiO(2) loading and calcination temperatures of 500-600°C. PMID:21177024

  1. Thin-film silica sol-gel coatings for neural microelectrodes.

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    Pierce, Andrew L; Sommakia, Salah; Rickus, Jenna L; Otto, Kevin J

    2009-05-30

    The reactive tissue response of the brain to chronically implanted materials remains a formidable obstacle to stable recording from implanted microelectrodes. One approach to mitigate this response is to apply a bioactive coating in the form of an ultra-porous silica sol-gel, which can be engineered to improve biocompatibility and to enable local drug delivery. The first step in establishing the feasibility of such a coating is to investigate the effects of the coating on electrode properties. In this paper, we describe a method to apply a thin-film silica sol-gel coating to silicon-based microelectrodes, and discuss the resultant changes in the electrode properties. Fluorescently labeled coatings were used to confirm coating adherence to the electrode. Cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy were used to evaluate electrical property changes. The silica sol-gel was found to successfully adhere to the electrodes as a thin coating. The voltammograms revealed a slight increase in charge carrying capacity of the electrodes following coating. Impedance spectrograms showed a mild increase in impedance at high frequencies but a more pronounced decrease in impedance at mid to low frequencies. These results demonstrate the feasibility of applying silica sol-gel coatings to silicon-based microelectrodes and are encouraging for the continued investigation of their use in mitigating the reactive tissue response. PMID:19427536

  2. Investigation of optical properties of anthocyanin doped into sol-gel based matrix

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    Hashim, Hasrina; Abdul Aziz, Nik Mohd Azmi Nik; Isnin, Aishah

    2012-06-01

    Anthocyanin dye was extracted from petal of Hibiscus rosasinensis (Bunga Raya) and doped into sol-gel based matrix to investigate an effect of pH change on its optical properties. Sol-gel matrix based on Vinyl triethoxysilene (VTES) as a precursor was prepared through Sol-gel process at pH 7. The sol was doped with 0.1% of Anthocyanin and the same amount of dye was also dissolved in ethanol as a comparative sample. Hydrochloric Acid, HCl and Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide, TMAH were used to change the pH value by adding them at various concentrations into each sample. The emission spectra and chemical structures of the samples were measured by Spectrofluorometer and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) respectively. When excited at 410 nm, two emission peaks at about 492 and 574 nm were observed for Anthocyanin in acidic environment both in ethanol and VTES sol. In base environment however, only Anthocyanin dissolved in ethanol produced emission peak with a single peak at about 539 nm. The sensitivity of Anthocyanin dye toward pH changes in VTES open a possibility to use it as sensing element in which sol-gel based matrix are known to have higher mechanical strength and thermal stability.

  3. Sol-gel deposition of buffer layers on biaxially textured metal substances

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    Shoup, Shara S.; Paranthamam, Mariappan; Beach, David B.; Kroeger, Donald M.; Goyal, Amit

    2000-01-01

    A method is disclosed for forming a biaxially textured buffer layer on a biaxially oriented metal substrate by using a sol-gel coating technique followed by pyrolyzing/annealing in a reducing atmosphere. This method is advantageous for providing substrates for depositing electronically active materials thereon.

  4. Synthesis of nanostructured sol gel ITO films at different temperatures and study of their absorption and photoluminescence properties

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    Kundu, Susmita; Biswas, Prasanta K.

    2008-10-01

    Nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) films were deposited on silica glass by sol-gel dipping method from salt derived PVA based aqueous precursor. The films were cured at 250 °C, 350 °C, 450 °C, 600 °C, 700 °C and 900 °C and characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM techniques to observe heating effect on nanostructured feature. Nanocluster sizes were determined by TEM study. Different crystal phases of ITO were existed in the temperature range 250-900 °C. Quantum confinement behavior of the nanoclusters was observed for their size being near Bohr radius. Absorption, band gap and photoluminescence behavior of the nanstructured ITO films supported excitonic transitions due to the formation of electron hole pair generated by interaction of electromagnetic radiation.

  5. Investigations of the small-scale thermal behavior of sol-gel thermites.

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    Warren, Mial E.; Farrow, Matthew; Tappan, Alexander Smith

    2009-02-01

    Sol-gel thermites, formulated from nanoporous oxides and dispersed fuel particles, may provide materials useful for small-scale, intense thermal sources, but understanding the factors affecting performance is critical prior to use. Work was conducted on understanding the synthesis conditions, thermal treatments, and additives that lead to different performance characteristics in iron oxide sol-gel thermites. Additionally, the safety properties of sol-gel thermites were investigated, especially those related to air sensitivity. Sol-gel thermites were synthesized using a variety of different techniques and there appear to be many viable routes to relatively equivalent thermites. These thermites were subjected to several different thermal treatments under argon in a differential scanning calorimeter, and it was shown that a 65 C hold for up to 200 minutes was effective for the removal of residual solvent, thus preventing boiling during the final thermal activation step. Vacuum-drying prior to this heating was shown to be even more effective at removing residual solvent. The addition of aluminum and molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) reduced the total heat release per unit mass upon exposure to air, probably due to a decrease in the amount of reduced iron oxide species in the thermite. For the thermal activation step of heat treatment, three different temperatures were investigated. Thermal activation at 200 C resulted in increased ignition sensitivity over thermal activation at 232 C, and thermal activation at 300 C resulted in non-ignitable material. Non-sol-gel iron oxide did not exhibit any of the air-sensitivity observed in sol-gel iron oxide. In the DSC experiments, no bulk ignition of sol-gel thermites was observed upon exposure to air after thermal activation in argon; however ignition did occur when the material was heated in air after thermal treatment. In larger-scale experiments, up to a few hundred milligrams, no ignition was observed upon exposure to air

  6. Magnetic resonance as a structural probe of a uranium (VI) sol-gel process

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R.; King, R.B.; Garber, A.R.

    1989-12-31

    NMR investigations on the ORNL process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub l2}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-Gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sub 17}0 NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, [(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}]{sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results show that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an ``intercalation`` cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ ion exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 10}] {center_dot} 8H{sub 2}0. This compound is the precursor to sintered U0{sub 2} ceramic fuel.

  7. Magnetic resonance as a structural probe of a uranium (VI) sol-gel process

    SciTech Connect

    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R. ); King, R.B. . Dept. of Chemistry); Garber, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1989-01-01

    NMR investigations on the ORNL process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub l2}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-Gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sub 17}0 NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, ((UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}){sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results show that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an intercalation'' cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ ion exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}((UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 10}) {center dot} 8H{sub 2}0. This compound is the precursor to sintered U0{sub 2} ceramic fuel.

  8. Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol-gel and rf-sputtering techniques

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    Ferrari, M.; Alombert-Goget, G.; Armellini, C.; Berneschi, S.; Bhaktha, S. N. B.; Boulard, B.; Brenci, M.; Chiappini, A.; Chiasera, A.; Duverger-Arfuso, C.; Féron, P.; Gonçalves, R. R.; Jestin, Y.; Minati, L.; Moser, E.; Nunzi Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Rao, D. N.; Retoux, R.; Righini, G. C.; Speranza, G.

    2009-05-01

    The realization of photonic structures operating at visible and near infrared frequencies is a highly attractive scientific and technological challenge. Since optical fiber innovation, a huge of activity has been performed leading to interesting results, such as optical waveguides and planar lightwave circuits, microphotonic devices, optical microcavities, nanowires, plasmonic structures, and photonic crystals. These systems have opened new possibilities in the field of both basic and applied physics, in a large area covering Information Communication Technologies, Health and Biology, Structural Engineering, and Environment Monitoring Systems. Several materials and techniques are employed to successfully fabricate photonic structures. Concerning materials, Er3+-activated silica-based glasses still play an important role, although recently interesting results have been published about fluoride glass-ceramic waveguides. As far as regards the fabrication methods sol-gel route and rf sputtering have proved to be versatile and reliable techniques. In this article we will present a review of some Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol gel route and rf sputtering deposition. In the discussion on the sol-gel approach we focus our attention on the silica-hafnia binary system presenting an overview concerning fabrication protocols and structural, optical and spectroscopic assessment of SiO2-HfO2 waveguides activated by Er3+ ions. In order to put in evidence the reliability and versatility of the sol-gel route for photonics applications four different confined structures are briefly presented: amorphous waveguides, coated microspheres, monolithic waveguide laser, and core-shell nanospheres. As examples of rf sputtering technique, we will discuss Er3+-activated silica-hafnia and silica-germania waveguides, the latter system allowing fabrication of integrated optics structures by UV photo-imprinting. Finally, two examples of photonic crystal structures, one

  9. Microwave dielectric properties of BNT-BT0.08 thin films prepared by sol-gel technique

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    Huitema, L.; Cernea, M.; Crunteanu, A.; Trupina, L.; Nedelcu, L.; Banciu, M. G.; Ghalem, A.; Rammal, M.; Madrangeas, V.; Passerieux, D.; Dutheil, P.; Dumas-Bouchiat, F.; Marchet, P.; Champeaux, C.

    2016-04-01

    We report for the first time the microwave characterization of 0.92(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.08BaTiO3 (BNT-BT0.08) ferroelectric thin films fabricated by the sol-gel method and integrated in both planar and out-of-plane tunable capacitors for agile high-frequency applications and particularly on the WiFi frequency band from 2.4 GHz to 2.49 GHz. The permittivity and loss tangent of the realized BNT-BT0.08 layers have been first measured by a resonant cavity method working at 12.5 GHz. Then, we integrated the ferroelectric material in planar inter-digitated capacitors (IDC) and in out-of-plane metal-insulator-metal (MIM) devices and investigated their specific properties (dielectric tunability and losses) on the whole 100 MHz-15 GHz frequency domain. The 3D finite-elements electromagnetic simulations of the IDC capacitances are fitting very well with their measured responses and confirm the dielectric properties determined with the cavity method. While IDCs are not exhibiting an optimal tunability, the MIM capacitor devices with optimized Ir/MgO(100) bottom electrodes demonstrate a high dielectric tunability, of 30% at 2.45 GHz under applied voltages as low as 10 V, and it is reaching 50% under 20 V voltage bias at the same frequency. These high-frequency properties of the MIM devices integrating the BNT-BT0.08 films, combining a high tunability under low applied voltages indicate a wide integration potential for tunable devices in the microwave domain and particularly at 2.45 GHz, corresponding to the widely used industrial, scientific, and medical frequency band.

  10. Silica/quercetin sol-gel hybrids as antioxidant dental implant materials

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    Catauro, Michelina; Papale, Ferdinando; Bollino, Flavia; Piccolella, Simona; Marciano, Sabina; Nocera, Paola; Pacifico, Severina

    2015-06-01

    The development of biomaterials with intrinsic antioxidant properties could represent a valuable strategy for preventing the onset of peri-implant diseases. In this context, quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid, has been entrapped at different weight percentages in a silica-based inorganic material by a sol-gel route. The establishment of hydrogen bond interactions between the flavonol and the solid matrix was ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. This technique also evidenced changes in the stretching frequencies of the quercetin dienonic moiety, suggesting that the formation of a secondary product occurs. Scanning electron microscopy was applied to detect the morphology of the synthesized materials. Their bioactivity was shown by the formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on sample surface soaked in a fluid that simulates the composition of human blood plasma. When the potential release of flavonol was determined by liquid chromatography coupled with ultraviolet and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry techniques, the eluates displayed a retention time that was 0.5 min less than quercetin. Collision-activated dissociation mass spectrometry and untraviolet-visible spectroscopy were in accordance with the release of a quercetin derivative. The antiradical properties of the investigated systems were evaluated by DPPH and ABTS methods, whereas the 2,7-dichlorofluorescein diacetate assay highlighted their ability to inhibit the H2O2-induced intracellular production of reactive oxygen species in NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblast cells. Data obtained, along with data gathered from the MTT cytotoxicity test, revealed that the materials that entrapped the highest amount of quercetin showed notable antioxidant effectiveness.

  11. Nonlinear solid-state filter based on photochromism induced by 2-photon absorption in a dye-doped sol-gel

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    Gvishi, Raz; Zhao, Peng; Hu, Honghua; Strum, Galit; Tal, Amir; Grinvald, Shmuel; Bar, Galit; Bekere, Laura; Lokshin, Vladimir; Khodorkovsky, Vladimir; Sigalov, Mark; Hagan, David; Van Stryland, Eric

    2014-10-01

    There is much interest in enhancement of the absorbance performance of nonlinear absorber solid-state filters. In this work we present an advanced reversible nonlinear filter based on a dye-doped sol-gel matrix. The absorbance enhancement was achieved by using a combination of two absorption mechanisms in the same molecule; a photochromic absorption which is induced by 2-photon absorption (2PA). The 2PA serves as the trigger for initiating the photochromism through Förster-resonance-energy-transfer (FRET) between the fluorescent donor and the photochromic acceptor. We synthesized a new bifunctional-chromophore that incorporated a carbazole-derived 2PA fluorescent donor and a chromene-derived photochromic acceptor, covalently linked together in a single molecule by a ~6 Å carboxyl group or oxygen bridge. The bifunctional-chromophore was doped in an inorganic-organic hybrid matrix prepared by the fast-sol-gel process. These materials solidify without shrinkage or formation of cracks and present promising properties as optical matrices for smart filters. The dye-doped sol-gel disc presents high transparency in the visible region ("colorless"), which under UV-irradiation (one-photon absorption in the photochromic part of the molecule), transforms into a strongly absorbing filter ("dark colored"), due to the conversion of the photochromic moiety to its "open" absorbing form. We have demonstrated that this ring-opening can also be induced by visible-light (620 nm) using the 2PA carbazole-derived moiety of the molecule. We have studied the fabrication routes and optical performance of these filters. We present studies of the 2PA mechanism of the carbazole derivative, FRET efficiency of the combined-molecule as well as in solutions of the individual moieties, and reversible dynamics of the photochromic moiety.

  12. Effect of PMMA impregnation on the fluorescence quantum yield of sol-gel glasses doped with quinine sulfate

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    Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Barbosa-García, O.; Díaz-Torres, L. A.; Chávez-Cerda, S.; Torres-Cisneros, M.; King, T. A.

    2001-08-01

    The fluorescence quantum yield of quinine sulfate in sol-gel and PMMA impregnated glasses is measured. The observed quantum yield improvement in the sol-gel matrix, compared to ethanol, is interpreted as a reduction of non-radiative relaxation channels by isolation of the molecules by the cage of the glass. PMMA impregnated sol-gel glasses show an extra improvement of the fluorescence yield, which is interpreted as a reduction of the free space and the rigid fixation of the molecules to the matrix.

  13. Fiber-optic chemical sensors using sol-gel membranes and photocatalysts

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    Nivens, Delana Amber Gajdosik

    Fiber-optic sensors have been developed that incorporate multi-layer organo-silica sol-gel membranes. Multilayer sol-gel sensors have been designed to offer improved stability over other sol-gel membranes and to measure COsb2 and the unreactive analytes trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene. Single layer pH sensors were fabricated using a base-catalyzed organo-silica sol-gel containing organosilane coupling agents. A base catalyst was found to be better suited for complete incorporation of the aminopropyltriethoxysilane used to attach dye molecules. This allows the production of optically transparent gels that respond to pH in less than 15 seconds. Dual layer COsb2 sensors use the pH sol-gel layer overcoated with a hydrophobic ORganically MOdified SIlica sol-gel membrane (ORMOSIL). The ORMOSIL reduces much of the pH cross sensitivity found in gas sensors and allows fast, reversible diffusion of COsb2. The sensors respond to COsb2 gas within 10 seconds and dissolved COsb2 in 2 minutes. COsb2 sensors have been found to be stable and reproducible for 12 months when stored dry and at least 6 months when stored in buffer. Many volatile organochloride compounds (VOC's) have been difficult to measure using current fiber-optic sensor transduction schemes. The three-layer optical sensor described here incorporates a TiOsb2/SiOsb2 membrane to degrade VOC's into smaller, detectable products, Hsp+, Clsp- and COsb2. Upon exposure to UV light, TiOsb2, a semiconductor with a bandgap of 3.2 eV, produces highly reactive electron-hole pairs that photodegrade organic compounds. The products produced on the TiOsb2 surface diffuse into the nearby indicator membrane where they are detected. Carbon dioxide and protons produced are detected by the pH sensitive indicator layer described above. Preliminary data for the measurement of VOC's indicates that the detection limit for PCE is less than 1.65 ppm in the headspace (10 ppm in solution). Photocatalysis is also used to measure uranyl

  14. Ferroelectric properties of PZT/BFO multilayer thin films prepared using the sol-gel method

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    In this study, Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3/BiFeO3 [PZT/BFO] multilayer thin films were fabricated using the spin-coating method on a Pt(200 nm)/Ti(10 nm)/SiO2(100 nm)/p-Si(100) substrate alternately using BFO and PZT metal alkoxide solutions. The coating-and-heating procedure was repeated several times to form the multilayer thin films. All PZT/BFO multilayer thin films show a void-free, uniform grain structure without the presence of rosette structures. The relative dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the six-coated PZT/BFO [PZT/BFO-6] thin film were approximately 405 and 0.03%, respectively. As the number of coatings increased, the remanent polarization and coercive field increased. The values for the BFO-6 multilayer thin film were 41.3 C/cm2 and 15.1 MV/cm, respectively. The leakage current density of the BFO-6 multilayer thin film at 5 V was 2.52 × 10-7 A/cm2. PMID:22221519

  15. Protein-templated gold nanoclusters sequestered within sol-gel thin films for the selective and ratiometric luminescence recognition of Hg2+

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    Hofmann, Carrie M.; Essner, Jeremy B.; Baker, Gary A.; Baker, Sheila N.

    2014-04-01

    Sequestration of bovine serum albumin (BSA)-stabilized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs@BSA) prepared using microwave assistance within sol-gel-derived mesoporous silica films permits the selective and highly sensitive quenchometric detection of aqueous Hg2+ (limit of detection = 600 pM) with luminescence signal arising from oxidized BSA allowing for an analytically robust and reliable ratiometric detection. Overall, this work highlights a number of important advances, including the highest luminescence quantum yield reported to date for a protein-templated luminescent noble metal nanocluster (13%) made possible using a microwave-mediated synthesis followed by cold incubation. We also demonstrate the clear advantage of exploiting the luminescence signal arising from oxidized BSA as an internal reference to generate selectivity of response to Hg2+. A careful Stern-Volmer quenching analysis reveals the persistence of two unique quenching sites for AuNCs@BSA entrapped within a sol-gel-derived glass, a minor population of which is unquenchable. Finally, based on these AuNCs@BSA nanosensors, we advise a path forward for paper-based indicator strip detection of heavy metals in aqueous streams, the implementation of which can be performed using the unaided eye, making it a meaningful approach for routine screening and in resource-limited situations.Sequestration of bovine serum albumin (BSA)-stabilized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs@BSA) prepared using microwave assistance within sol-gel-derived mesoporous silica films permits the selective and highly sensitive quenchometric detection of aqueous Hg2+ (limit of detection = 600 pM) with luminescence signal arising from oxidized BSA allowing for an analytically robust and reliable ratiometric detection. Overall, this work highlights a number of important advances, including the highest luminescence quantum yield reported to date for a protein-templated luminescent noble metal nanocluster (13%) made possible using a microwave

  16. Sol-gel coatings for high power laser optics-past, present and future

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    Thomas, I.M.

    1993-12-21

    An investigation into the preparation of sol-gel coatings for high power lasers was started at LLNL in 1983 and AR coatings were successfully developed for use in the Nova laser in 1984. Several other large lasers now use these coatings. Subsequent work on HR coatings resulted in AlOOH/SiO{sub 2} and later ZrO{sub 2} or HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} systems of good optical performance. The use of organic polymer binders gave increased damage threshold and enhanced optical performance. We are in the process of scaling up HR fabrication for substrates approximately 38 cm square. Concurrently we are developing sol-gel random phase plates for laser beam smoothing. These have a patterned surface design of silica which induces phase shifts in the beam by variation in the optical path length. Plates of this type on 80 cm diameter substrates have been used successfully on the Nova.

  17. Moisture sensor based on evanescent wave light scattering by porous sol-gel silica coating

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    Tao, Shiquan; Singh, Jagdish P.; Winstead, Christopher B.

    2006-05-02

    An optical fiber moisture sensor that can be used to sense moisture present in gas phase in a wide range of concentrations is provided, as well techniques for making the same. The present invention includes a method that utilizes the light scattering phenomenon which occurs in a porous sol-gel silica by coating an optical fiber core with such silica. Thus, a porous sol-gel silica polymer coated on an optical fiber core forms the transducer of an optical fiber moisture sensor according to an embodiment. The resulting optical fiber sensor of the present invention can be used in various applications, including to sense moisture content in indoor/outdoor air, soil, concrete, and low/high temperature gas streams.

  18. Multi-level diffractive optical elements produced by excimer laser ablation of sol-gel.

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    Neiss, Estelle; Flury, Manuel; Mager, Loïc; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Fort, Alain; Montgomery, Paul; Gérard, Philippe; Fontaine, Joël; Robert, Stéphane

    2008-09-01

    Material ablation by excimer laser micromachining is a promising approach for structuring sol-gel materials as we demonstrate in the present study. Using the well-known direct etching technique, the behaviour of different hybrid organic/inorganic self-made sol-gel materials is examined with a KrF* laser. Ablated depths ranging from 0.1 to 1.5 microm are obtained with a few laser pulses at low fluence (< 1 J/cm(2)). The aim is to rapidly transfer surface relief multi-level diffractive patterns in such a substrate, without intermediate steps. The combination with the 3D profilometry technique of coherence probe microscopy permits to analyse the etching process with the aim of producing multi-level Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE). Examples of four-level DOEs with 10 microm square elementary cells are presented, as well as their laser reconstructions in the infrared. PMID:18773015

  19. The Physics of Evaporation-Induced Assembly of Sol-Gel Materials

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    HURD,ALAN J.; STEINBERG,LEV

    2000-07-24

    Remarkable materials ordered at the nanoscale emerge when a sol-gel solution becomes co-organized with a surfactant. At sufficiently high concentration, the surfactant forms crystalline or liquid-crystalline arrays of micelles in the presence of the sol-gel, and as gelation proceeds the arrays become locked into the gel. Recent experiments demonstrate that the degree of order in the resulting mesoporous ceramic phase can be enhanced and controlled by continuous dip coating in which the solution, initially dilute, evolves through the critical micelle concentration by steady-state evaporation. The long-range order and microstructural orientation in these films suggest that the propagation of a critical-micelle-concentration transition front, with large physico-chemical gradients, promotes oriented self assembly of surfactant aggregates. This steep-gradient view is supported by results from unsteady evaporation of aerosols of similar solutions, in which internally well-ordered but complex particles are formed.

  20. Sol-gel co-assembly of hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns.

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    Haibin, Ni; Ming, Wang; Wei, Chen

    2011-12-19

    A facile approach of fabricating hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns by sol-gel co-assembly method was proposed. Polystyrene (PS) colloidal suspension added with hydrolyzed silicate precursor solution was used to self-assemble composite colloidal crystals which consist of PS colloidal crystal template and infiltrated silica gel in the interstitial of microspheres. Continuous hollow cylindrical composite colloidal crystal films have been produced on capillaries' outside and internal surface. Composite colloidal crystal columns which filling up the interior of a capillary were fabricated by pressure assisted sol-gel co-assembly method. Hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns were obtained after removing PS colloidal crystal from the composite colloidal crystal. Optical properties of the silica hollow cylindrical inverse opals were characterized by transmission spectrum and a stop band was observed. Structure and optical properties of the inverse opal columns were investigated. PMID:22274178

  1. A Review of Photocatalysts Prepared by Sol-Gel Method for VOCs Removal

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    Tseng, Ting Ke; Lin, Yi Shing; Chen, Yi Ju; Chu, Hsin

    2010-01-01

    The sol-gel process is a wet-chemical technique (chemical solution deposition), which has been widely used in the fields of materials science, ceramic engineering, and especially in the preparation of photocatalysts. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are prevalent components of indoor air pollution. Among the approaches to remove VOCs from indoor air, photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is regarded as a promising method. This paper is a review of the status of research on the sol-gel method for photocatalyst preparation and for the PCO purification of VOCs. The review and discussion will focus on the preparation and coating of various photocatalysts, operational parameters, and will provide an overview of general PCO models described in the literature. PMID:20640156

  2. Sol gel based fiber optic sensor for blook pH measurement

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    Grant, S. A.; Glass, R. S.

    1996-12-19

    This paper describes a fiber-optic pH sensor based upon sol-gel encapsulation of a self-referencing dye, seminaphthorhodamine-1 carboxylate (SNARF-1C). The simple sol-gel fabrication procedure and low coating leachability are ideal for encapsulation and immobilization of dye molecules onto the end of an optical fiber. A miniature bench-top fluorimeter system was developed for use with the optical fiber to obtain pH measurements. Linear and reproducible responses were obtained in human blood in the pH range 6.8 to 8.0, which encompasses the clinically-relevant range. Therefore, this sensor can be considered for in vivo use.

  3. Solid-state NMR study of geopolymer prepared by sol-gel chemistry

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    Tsai, Yi-Ling; Hanna, John V.; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Smith, Mark E.; Chan, Jerry C.C.

    2010-12-15

    Geopolymers are a new class of materials formed by the condensation of aluminosilicates and silicates obtained from natural minerals or industrial wastes. In this work, the sol-gel method is used to synthesize precursor materials for the preparation of geopolymers. The geopolymer samples prepared by our synthetic route have been characterized by a series of physical techniques, including Fourier-transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and multinuclear solid-state NMR. The results are very similar to those obtained for the geopolymers prepared from natural kaolinite. We believe that our synthetic approach can offer a good opportunity for the medical applications of geopolymer. -- Graphical abstract: Geopolymer prepared by the sol-gel route has the same spectroscopic properties as the sample prepared from the natural kaolinite. Display Omitted

  4. The porosity of sol-gel silica thin films for optrode applications

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    Harris, T.M.; Knobbe, E.T.

    1995-12-01

    Porous silica thin films produced by sol-gel processing are being considered for use in optical sensor (optrode) applications. In this study, thin films were produced by dip-coating onto glass slides. The porosity was then measured indirectly, by determining the amount of methylene blue adsorption on each slide. Using this technique, it has been determined that the {open_quotes}two-step{close_quotes} sol-gel process provides a greater surface area than the acid-catalyzed process. With the two-step process, increasing the amount of solvent (ethanol) and decreasing the rate of slide withdrawal from the sol provided increased surface area when normalized to the mass of the deposit.

  5. Effect of sol-gel modifications on formation and morphology of nanocrystalline lanthanum aluminate

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    Koc, S. Naci . E-mail: nacik@istanbul.edu.tr; Oksuzomer, Faruk; Yasar, Erdem; Akturk, Selcuk; Gurkaynak, M. Ali

    2006-12-14

    LaAlO{sub 3} powders are prepared by sol-gel method. The effect of preparation conditions on morphological properties and crystal formations are investigated. iso-Propanol/tert-butanol and ethyl acetoacetate/ethylene glycol monomethylether are used solvents and complexing agents, respectively. Samples are dried with conventional and freeze-drying methods and calcined between 600 and 1000 deg. C. TGA, DTA, XRD, SEM and TEM methods are used for characterization. It is observed that freeze-dried sample prepared with tert-butanol has the lowest LaAlO{sub 3} formation temperature and uniform rhombohedral crystals. But conventionally dried sample, prepared with iso-propanol has smallest agglomerates at 1000 deg. C and does not show clear crystallization temperature in DTA analysis. The XRD peaks of LaAlO{sub 3} crystal are observed at 600 deg. C for all samples prepared by various sol-gel conditions.

  6. Preparation and electrochemical characterization of lithium cobalt oxide nanoparticles by modified sol-gel method

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    Khomane, Ramdas B.; Agrawal, Amit C.; Kulkarni, B.D. Gopukumar, S. Sivashanmugam, A.

    2008-08-04

    Uniformly distributed nanoparticles of LiCoO{sub 2} have been synthesized through the simple sol-gel method in presence of neutral surfactant (Tween-80). The powders were characterized by X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy and electrochemical method including charge-discharge cycling performance. The powder calcined at a temperature of 900 deg. C for 5 h shows pure phase layered LiCoO{sub 2}. The results show that the particle size is reduced in presence of surfactant as compared to normal sol-gel method. Also, the sample prepared in presence of surfactant and calcined at 900 deg. C for 5 h shows the highest initial discharge capacity (106 mAh g{sup -1}) with good cycling stability as compared to the sample prepared without surfactant which shows the specific discharge capacity of 50 mAh g{sup -1}.

  7. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide development in microgravity by the sol-gel process

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    1982-01-01

    Containerless melting of glasses in space for the preparation of ultrapure homogeneous glass for optical waveguides is discussed. The homogenization of the glass using conventional raw materials is normally achieved on Earth either by the gravity induced convection currents or by the mechanical stirring of the melt. Because of the absence of gravity induced convection currents, the homogenization of glass using convectional raw materials is difficult in the space environment. Multicomponent, homogeneous, noncrystalline oxide gels can be prepared by the sol-gel process and these gels are promising starting materials for melting glasses in the space environment. The sol-gel process is based on the polymerization reaction of alkoxysilane with other metal alkoxy compounds or suitable metal salts. Many of the alkoxysilanes or other metal alkoxides are liquids and thus can be purified by distillation.

  8. Enhanced optical band-gap of ZnO thin films by sol-gel technique

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    Raghu, P.; Naveen, C. S.; Shailaja, J.; Mahesh, H. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent ZnO thin films were prepared using different molar concentration (0.1 M, 0.2 M & 0.8 M) of zinc acetate on soda lime glass substrates by the sol-gel spin coating technique. The optical properties revealed that the transmittance found to decrease with increase in molar concentration. Absorption edge showed that the higher concentration film has increasingly red shifted. An increased band gap energy of the thin films was found to be direct allowed transition of ˜3.9 eV exhibiting their relevance for photovoltaic applications. The extinction coefficient analysis revealed maximum transmittance with negligible absorption coefficient in the respective wavelengths. The results of ZnO thin film prepared by sol-gel technique reveal its suitability for optoelectronics and as a window layer in solar cell applications.

  9. Transparent ultralow-density silica aerogels prepared by a two-step sol-gel process

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    Tillotson, T.M.; Hrubesh, L.W.

    1991-09-01

    Conventional silica sol-gel chemistry is limited for the production of transparent ultralow-density aerogels because (1) gelation is either slow or unachievable, and (2) even when gelation is achieved, the large pore sizes result in loss of transparency for aerogels <.020 g/cc. We have developed a two-step sol-gel process that circumvents the limitations of the conventional process and allows the formation of ultralow-density gels in a matter of hours. we have found that the gel time is dependent on the catalyst concentration. After supercritical extraction, the aerogels are transparent, uncracked tiles with densities as low as .003 g/cc. 6 figs., 11 refs.

  10. 3D Printed PEG-Based Hybrid Nanocomposites Obtained by Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Chiappone, Annalisa; Fantino, Erika; Roppolo, Ignazio; Lorusso, Massimo; Manfredi, Diego; Fino, Paolo; Pirri, Candido Fabrizio; Calignano, Flaviana

    2016-03-01

    In this work, three-dimensional (3D) structured hybrid materials were fabricated combining 3D printing technology with in situ generation of inorganic nanoparticles by sol-gel technique. Those materials, consisting of silica nanodomains covalently interconnected with organic polymers, were 3D printed in complex multilayered architectures, incorporating liquid silica precursors into a photocurable oligomer in the presence of suitable photoinitiators and exposing them to a digital light system. A post sol-gel treatment in acidic vapors allowed the in situ generation of the inorganic phase in a dedicated step. This method allows to build hybrid structures operating with a full liquid formulation without meeting the drawbacks of incorporating inorganic powders into 3D printable formulations. The influence of the generated silica nanoparticle on the printed objects was deeply investigated at macro- and nanoscale; the resulting light hybrid structures show improved mechanical properties and, thus, have a huge potential for applications in a variety of advanced technologies. PMID:26871993

  11. Optical and electrochromic properties of sol-gel-deposited tungsten oxide films

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    Ozkan, Esra; Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Ed; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Pitts, J. Roland; Deb, Satyen K.

    2001-11-01

    The electrochromic properties of sol-gel and mesoporous tungsten oxide thin films were investigated. Tungsten oxide films were prepared by a spin coating technique from an ethanolic solution of tungsten hexachloride. A block copolymer (BASF Pluronic p123, (p1) was employed as a template to generate the mesoporous structure. The electrochromic and optical properties of such films are described and compared to standard sol-gel tungsten oxide films. A novel ultraviolet (UV) illumination method was developed to remove the polymer templates and was found to improve the coloration efficiency of tungsten oxide in general. All types of films were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x- ray diffractometry and cyclic voltammetry.

  12. Low birefringent magneto-optical waveguides fabricated via organic-inorganic sol-gel process

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    Choueikani, F.; Royer, F.; Douadi, S.; Skora, A.; Jamon, D.; Blanc, D.; Siblini, A.

    2009-09-01

    This paper is devoted to the study and the characterization of novel magneto-optical waveguides prepared via organic-inorganic sol-gel process. Thin silica/zirconia films doped with magnetic nanoparticles were coated on glass substrate using dip-coating technique. After annealing, samples were UV-treated. Two different techniques were used to measure their properties: m-lines spectroscopy and free space ellipsometry. Results evidence low refractive index waveguides that combine a low modal birefringence (2×10-4) with a Faraday rotation around 15 °/cm (φ = 0.1%). The low birefringence is obtained with a soft UV treatment and a graded intrinsic anisotropy is evidenced for films thicker than 5 μm. Therefore, we prove that the organic-inorganic sol-gel approach is very promising to realize magneto-optical waveguides with a non-reciprocal functionality such as TE-TM mode conversion.

  13. Synthesis and enhanced thermal stability of albumins@alumina: towards injectable sol-gel materials.

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    Rutenberg, Avi; Vinogradov, Vladimir V; Avnir, David

    2013-06-25

    A major obstacle to the introduction of bioactively-doped sol-gel based materials for medical applications has been the fact that silica - the most widely studied sol-gel material - despite being a GRAS material, which is widely used as an additive in foods and drug formulations, is still not approved by regulatory agencies for intramuscular injections. Here we point to a potential solution to this problem by shifting the weight to alumina, which is approved for injections as the most common immunization adjuvant. Towards the achievement of this goal we describe the development of protein entrapment methods tailored to alumina, and show high thermal stability of protein-dopants, using a newly developed DSC methodology for this purpose. PMID:23682354

  14. The role of temperature in forming sol-gel biocomposites containing polydopamine.

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    Dyke, Jason Christopher; Hu, Huamin; Lee, Dong Joon; Ko, Ching-Chang; You, Wei

    2014-11-28

    To further improve the physical strength and biomedical applicability of bioceramicsbuilt on hydroxyapatite-gelatin (HAp-Gel) and siloxane sol-gel reactions, we incorporated mussel adhesive inspired polydopamine (PD) into our original composite based on HAp-Gel cross-linked with siloxane. Surprisingly, with the addition of PD, we observed that the processing conditions and temperatures play an important role in the structure and performance of these materials. A systematic study to investigate this temperature dependence behavior discloses that the rate of crosslinking of silane during the sol-gel process is significantly influenced by the temperature, whereas the polymerization of the dopamine only shows minor temperature dependence. With this discovery, we report an innovative thermal process for the design and application of these biocomposites. PMID:25485111

  15. The role of temperature in forming sol-gel biocomposites containing polydopamine

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    Dyke, Jason Christopher; Hu, Huamin; Lee, Dong Joon; Ko, Ching-Chang; You, Wei

    2014-01-01

    To further improve the physical strength and biomedical applicability of bioceramicsbuilt on hydroxyapatite-gelatin (HAp-Gel) and siloxane sol-gel reactions, we incorporated mussel adhesive inspired polydopamine (PD) into our original composite based on HAp-Gel cross-linked with siloxane. Surprisingly, with the addition of PD, we observed that the processing conditions and temperatures play an important role in the structure and performance of these materials. A systematic study to investigate this temperature dependence behavior discloses that the rate of crosslinking of silane during the sol-gel process is significantly influenced by the temperature, whereas the polymerization of the dopamine only shows minor temperature dependence. With this discovery, we report an innovative thermal process for the design and application of these biocomposites. PMID:25485111

  16. A sol-gel based surface treatment for preparation of water repellent antistatic textiles

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    Textor, Torsten; Mahltig, Boris

    2010-01-01

    In this paper a surface treatment is described for preparation of hydrophobic sol-gel coatings that simultaneously offer antistatic properties for an appropriate finishing of textiles and refinement of polymer foils. Sol-gel based formulations are modified with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic components simultaneously. Hydrophobic components are, e.g., alkoxysilanes modified with alkyl chains while the hydrophilic ones are amino-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The basic idea is that due to an enrichment of hydrophobic groups at the solid/air interface the surface of the as prepared coatings will be hydrophobic while the deeper region will be more hydrophilic. Textiles finished with these coatings exhibit sufficient water repellence and simultaneously absorb sufficient amounts of humidity in the deeper areas of the coating guaranteeing antistatic properties. This concept offers interesting approaches for the preparation of multifunctional surface coatings not only focussing on combining water repellence with antistatic properties for textile materials.

  17. Treatments of paper surfaces with sol-gel coatings for laminated plywood

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    Wang, Shaoxia; Jämsä, Saila; Mahlberg, Riitta; Ihalainen, Petri; Nikkola, Juha; Mannila, Juha; Ritschkoff, Anne-Christine; Peltonen, Jouko

    2014-01-01

    Two silane-based hybrid coatings were developed for surface modification of paper samples with an attempt to improve the hydrophobic properties of the paper surfaces. A phenolic resin was used along with the sol-gel coatings to impregnate the paper samples before they were pressed on to plywood surfaces. The surface characteristics of the sol-gel-coated paper were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The surface chemical properties and water absorption of the laminated plywood was also evaluated. It was observed that the hybrid coatings had clearly different effect on the surface properties of the base paper compared to the industrially impregnated paper. The water absorption of the laminated plywood was decreased the most effectively by mixing the phenolic resin with the coating having an octyl group attached to the silane backbone.

  18. Sol-gel kinetics for the preparation of inorganic/organic siloxane copolymers

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    Rankin, S.E.; Macosko, C.W.; McCormick, A.V.

    1996-12-31

    A model is described which incorporates hydrolysis pseudo-equilibrium to quantify the evolution of silicon site distributions in sol-gel polymerization up to higher conversions than previously possible. {sup 29}Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy data are used (1) to provide a means of recognizing hydrolysis pseudo-equilibrium and (2) to provide examples where different substitution effects on condensation rate coefficients caused by branching are observed. Extension of the model to copolymerization is discussed.

  19. Design of hybrid sol gel films for direct x-ray and electron beam nanopatterning

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    Brusatin, Giovanna; Della Giustina, Gioia; Romanato, Filippo; Guglielmi, Massimo

    2008-04-01

    New epoxy based sol-gel organic inorganic materials, showing lithographic resist-like properties without the addition of any photocatalysts, are presented. To obtain a material sensitive to radiation, specific sol-gel syntheses based on an organically modified alkoxide containing an epoxy ring, 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS), have been developed. The synthesis and the patternability of hybrid materials have been obtained controlling the inorganic crosslinking degree and with an almost total absence of organic polymerization. Two examples of directly patternable hybrid films, called GB and GGe, have been synthesized using acidic (GGe) and basic (GB) conditions and obtaining different compositions. After electron beam lithography (EBL) or x-ray synchrotron radiation lithography (XRL) the polymerization of the organic component of the sol-gel film occurs, generating a hardening of the structure after post-exposure baking. The exposed polymerized material becomes insoluble, determining a negative resist-like behaviour of the film: the lithographic process of nanopatterning results from the dissolution of the unexposed areas in proper solvents (developers). Spatial resolution of the order of 200 nm is reported and a contrast of 2.2 is achieved. The novelty of this work is that epoxy based materials, which have enhanced thermomechanical stability with respect to the more usual acrylic based resins, are directly nanopatterned for the first time by electron beam (EB) and/or x-ray beam radiation exposure without the aid of catalysts for polymerization. In contrast to common resists that are sacrificial layers of the fabrication process, direct patternable sol-gel hybrids constitute the final material of the devices. In fact, an example of doping with a light emitting dye is reported together with the achievement of directly patterned structures by EBL and XRL.

  20. Volume Changes of a Thixotropic, Sodium Bentonite Suspension during Sol-Gel-Sol Transition.

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    Anderson, D M; Leaming, G F; Sposito, G

    1963-09-13

    Dilatometric measurements during the sol-gel-sol transition of an air-free, thixotropic, sodium bentonite suspension revealed a reversible change in volume of about 2.4 X 10(-4) percent. The volume of the suspension increased during gelation and decreased when the gel was subsequently liquified. This is taken as evidence of a progressive building up, during gelation, of a water structure less dense than normal. PMID:17739493

  1. Production and characterization of spodumene dosimetric pellets prepared by a sol-gel route

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    Lima, H. R. B. R.; Nascimento, D. S.; Bispo, G. F. C.; Teixeira, V. C.; Valério, M. E. G.; Souza, S. O.

    2014-11-01

    Spodumene is an aluminosilicate that has shown good results for high-dose TL dosimetry for beta or gamma rays. Due to its chemical composition (LiAlSi2O6) it has potential to be used as a neutron dosimeter. The synthetic spodumene is usually produced by solid state reaction and conventional sol-gel, whose shortcomings arise from the need to employ high temperatures and high cost reagents, respectively. Proteic sol-gel method is promising, because it can reduce production costs and the possibility of environmental contamination. This work reports the production of the spodumene by the proteic sol-gel method using edible unflavored gelatin as a precursor. The product is characterized physically and morphologically, and investigated its applicability as a TL dosimeter. Two sets of samples were prepared using different sources of silicon, one with TEOS (Si(OC3H5)4) and one with SILICA (SiO2). The materials produced were characterized by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry in order to evaluate the structural properties, as well as possible changes in physical or chemical properties depending on the temperature. The production of spodumene was successful, with generation of the crystals in the β-phase with tetragonal structure. Sintered pellets produced from these crystals were irradiated with a 90Sr-90Y source and their TL glow curves were evaluated. Although the samples prepared by the proteic sol-gel method with TEOS presented a lower forming temperature, the samples produced with SILICA showed higher sensitivity to radiation.

  2. Electrostatic influence on rotational mobilities of sol-gel-encapsulated solutes by NMR and EPR spectroscopies.

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    Wheeler, Korin E; Lees, Nicholas S; Gurbiel, Ryszard J; Hatch, Shelby L; Nocek, Judith M; Hoffman, Brian M

    2004-10-20

    The rotational mobilities of small solute molecules encapsulated in tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) sol-gels have been investigated by EPR spectroscopy of encapsulated nitroxide probes and by high-resolution NMR spectroscopic measurements of transferred NOE's (trNOE's), of T(1)'s, and of T(1)'s in the rotating frame (T(1)rho). The two spectroscopic methods are sensitive to motions on different time scales and hence, are nicely complementary. Suites of neutral, positively, and negatively charged nitroxide probes (EPR) and of simple diamagnetic small molecules (NMR) were selected to disclose influences of electrostatic interactions with the sol-gel walls and to probe the presence of multiple populations of molecules in distinct regions of the sol-gel pores. For neutral and negatively charged solute probes, both techniques disclose a single population with a significantly increased average rotational correlation time, which we interpret at least in part as resulting from exchange between free-volume and transiently immobilized surface populations. The electrostatic attraction between cationic probes and the negatively charged sol-gel walls causes the positively charged probes to be more effectively immobilized and/or causes a greater percentage of probes to undergo this transient immobilization. The EPR spectra directly disclose a population of cationic probes which are immobilized on the X-band EPR time scale: tau(c) greater than or approximately equal 10(-7) s. However, NMR measurements of trNOE's and of T(1)rho demonstrate that this population does exchange with the free-volume probes on the slower time scale of NMR. This approach is equally applicable to the study of solutes within other types of confined spaces, as well. PMID:15479102

  3. Chemical sensing of copper phthalocyanine sol-gel glass through organic vapors

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    Ridhi, R.; Gawri, Isha; Abbas, Saeed J.; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-15

    The sensitivities of metallophthalocyanine to vapor phase electron donors has gained significance in many areas and disciplines due to their sensing properties and ease of operation. In the present study the interaction mechanism of organic vapors in Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc) sol-gel glass has been studied. The interaction mechanism is affected by many factors like morphology, electrical or optical properties of film. CuPc sol-gel glass has been synthesized using chemical route sol-gel method. Its structural characterization was conducted using XRD and the amorphous nature of the silicate glass was observed with characteristic α polymorph phase of CuPc at around 6.64° with 13.30Å interplanar spacing. The size of the particle as determined using Debbye Scherre’s formula comes out around 15.5 nm. The presence of α phase of CuPc was confirmed using FTIR with the appearance of crystal parameter marker band at 787 cm-1. Apart from this A2u and Eu symmetry bands of CuPc have also been observed. The UV absorption spectrum of CuPc exhibits absorption peaks owing to π→ π* and n→ π* transitions. A blue shift in the prepared CuPc glass has been observed as compared to the dopant CuPc salt indicating increase of band gap. A split in B (Soret) band and Q band appears as observed with the help of Lorentzian fitting. CuPc sol gel glass has been exposed with chemical vapors of Methanol, Benzene and Bromine individually and the electrical measurements have been carried out. These measurements show the variation in conductivity and the interaction mechanism has been analyzed.

  4. Chemical sensing of copper phthalocyanine sol-gel glass through organic vapors

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    Ridhi, R.; Gawri, Isha; Abbas, Saeed J.; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-01

    The sensitivities of metallophthalocyanine to vapor phase electron donors has gained significance in many areas and disciplines due to their sensing properties and ease of operation. In the present study the interaction mechanism of organic vapors in Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc) sol-gel glass has been studied. The interaction mechanism is affected by many factors like morphology, electrical or optical properties of film. CuPc sol-gel glass has been synthesized using chemical route sol-gel method. Its structural characterization was conducted using XRD and the amorphous nature of the silicate glass was observed with characteristic α polymorph phase of CuPc at around 6.64˚ with 13.30Å interplanar spacing. The size of the particle as determined using Debbye Scherre's formula comes out around 15.5 nm. The presence of α phase of CuPc was confirmed using FTIR with the appearance of crystal parameter marker band at 787 cm-1. Apart from this A2u and Eu symmetry bands of CuPc have also been observed. The UV absorption spectrum of CuPc exhibits absorption peaks owing to π→ π* and n→ π* transitions. A blue shift in the prepared CuPc glass has been observed as compared to the dopant CuPc salt indicating increase of band gap. A split in B (Soret) band and Q band appears as observed with the help of Lorentzian fitting. CuPc sol gel glass has been exposed with chemical vapors of Methanol, Benzene and Bromine individually and the electrical measurements have been carried out. These measurements show the variation in conductivity and the interaction mechanism has been analyzed.

  5. Optical chemical sensors based on hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel nanoreactors.

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    Tran-Thi, Thu-Hoa; Dagnelie, Romain; Crunaire, Sabine; Nicole, Lionel

    2011-02-01

    Sol-gel porous materials with tailored or nanostructured cavities have been increasingly used as nanoreactors for the enhancement of reactions between entrapped chemical reactants. The domains of applications issued from these designs and engineering are extremely wide. This tutorial review will focus on one of these domains, in particular on optical chemical sensors, which are the subject of extensive research and development in environment, industry and health. PMID:21180764

  6. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide: Development in microgravity by the sol gel process

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    Mukherjee, S. P.; Debsikdar, J. C.; Beam, T.

    1983-01-01

    The sol-gel process for the preparation of homogeneous gels in three binary oxide systems was investigated. The glass forming ability of certain compositions in the selected oxide systems (SiO-GeO2, GeO2-PbO, and SiO2-TiO2) were studied based on their potential importance in the design of optical waveguide at longer wavelengths.

  7. The detection of hexavalent chromium by organically doped sol-gels

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    Wong, P.W.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1994-12-31

    The sol-gel process can be used to produce porous inorganic matrices that are doped with organic molecules. These doped gels can be used as a quantitative method for the spectrophotometric determination of trace concentrations of metallic ions. For the detection of hexavalent chromium, malachite green was used as the dopant. Preliminary results indicate concentrations on the order of 5 ppb are detectable using this method.

  8. Development of novel sol-gel indicators (SGI`s) for in-situ environmental measurements

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    Livingston, R.R.; Wicks, G.G.; Baylor, L.C.; Whitaker, M.J.

    1993-10-01

    Organic indicator molecules have been incorporated in a porous sol- gel matrix coated on the end of a fiber-optic lens assembly to create sensors for in situ environmental measurements. Probes have been made that are sensitive to pH and uranyl concentration. The use of fiber optics allows the probe to be lowered into a well or bore hole, while support equipment such as a spectrophotometer and computer may be situated hundreds of meters away.

  9. Synthetic implant surfaces. 1. The formation and characterization of sol-gel titania films.

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    Haddow, D B; Kothari, S; James, P F; Short, R D; Hatton, P V; van Noort, R

    1996-03-01

    Sol-gel has been used to prepare thin titania films. We have investigated the effects of dip rate, sintering temperature and time on the chemical composition of the films, their physical structure and thickness, and adherence to a silica substrate. Our aim has been to produce films that mimic as closely as possible the natural oxide layer that is found on titanium. These films are to be used as substrates in an in vitro model of osseointegration. PMID:8991481

  10. Li+ ions diffusion into sol-gel V2O5 thin films: electrochromic properties

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    Benmoussa, M.; Outzourhit, A.; Bennouna, A.; Ihlal, A.

    2009-10-01

    V{2}O{5} thin films were prepared by the sol-gel spin coating process. The Li+ ions insertion effect on optical and electrochromic properties of those films was studied. The diffusion coefficient was calculated using both cyclic voltammograms and chronoamperometric curves. The amount x of Li+ ions in LixV{2}O{5} was also calculated. Finally, the electrochromic performance evolution characteristics such as the reversibility, coloration efficiency, coloration memory stability and response time were studied.

  11. Photoresist-Free Fully Self-Patterned Transparent Amorphous Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Obtained by Sol-Gel Process

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    Lim, Hyun Soo; Rim, You Seung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated self-patterned solution-processed amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) using photosensitive sol-gels. The photosensitive sol-gels were synthesized by adding β-diketone compounds, i.e., benzoylacetone and acetylacetone, to sol-gels. The chemically modified photosensitive sol-gels showed a high optical absorption at specific wavelengths due to the formation of metal chelate bonds. Photoreactions of the modified solutions enabled a photoresist-free process. Moreover, Zn–Sn–O with a high Sn ratio, which is hard to wet-etch using conventional photolithography due to its chemical durability, was easily patterned via the self-patterning process. Finally, we fabricated a solution-processed oxide TFT that included fully self-patterned electrodes and an active layer. PMID:24686314

  12. Increasing the activity and enantioselectivity of lipases by sol-gel immobilization: further advancements of practical interest

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    Tielmann, Patrick; Kierkels, Hans; Zonta, Albin; Ilie, Adriana; Reetz, Manfred T.

    2014-05-01

    The entrapment of lipases in hydrophobic silicate matrices formed by sol-gel mediated hydrolysis of RSi(OCH3)3/Si(OCH3)4 as originally reported in 1996 has been improved over the years by a number of modifications. In the production of second-generation sol-gel lipase immobilizates, a variety of additives during the sol-gel process leads to increased activity and enhanced stereoselectivity in esterifying kinetic resolution. Recent advances in this type of lipase immobilization are reviewed here, in addition to new results regarding the sol-gel entrapment of the lipase from Burkholderia cepacia. It constitutes an excellent heterogeneous biocatalyst in the acylating kinetic resolution of two synthetically and industrially important chiral alcohols, rac-sulcatol and rac-trans-2-methoxycyclohexanol. The observation that the catalyst can be used 10 times in recycling experiments without losing its significant activity or enantioselectivity demonstrates the practical viability of the sol-gel approach.The entrapment of lipases in hydrophobic silicate matrices formed by sol-gel mediated hydrolysis of RSi(OCH3)3/Si(OCH3)4 as originally reported in 1996 has been improved over the years by a number of modifications. In the production of second-generation sol-gel lipase immobilizates, a variety of additives during the sol-gel process leads to increased activity and enhanced stereoselectivity in esterifying kinetic resolution. Recent advances in this type of lipase immobilization are reviewed here, in addition to new results regarding the sol-gel entrapment of the lipase from Burkholderia cepacia. It constitutes an excellent heterogeneous biocatalyst in the acylating kinetic resolution of two synthetically and industrially important chiral alcohols, rac-sulcatol and rac-trans-2-methoxycyclohexanol. The observation that the catalyst can be used 10 times in recycling experiments without losing its significant activity or enantioselectivity demonstrates the practical viability of

  13. Effects of sol-gel processing parameters on the phases and microstructures of HA films.

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    Wang, Diangang; Chen, Chuanzhong; Liu, Xiuna; Lei, Tingquan

    2007-06-15

    Bioactive hydroxyapatite (HA) films were fabricated by a sol-gel method and triethylphosphate and calcium nitrate were used as the phosphorus and calcium precursors, respectively. The effects of the heat treatment temperature, pH level and substrate materials on the phases and microstructures of HA films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and electronic probe microanalysis (EPMA) and so on. The results show that all the sol-gel films are composed of the phases of HA, CaO, TiO(2) and CaTiO(3). With increasing the calcining temperature, the crystallinity of the films increases, the structure becomes more compact and changes from granular and lamellar to cellular structure, and the Ca/P ratio increases slightly because of the loss of P in the films. The addition of ammonia (adjusting the pH level to be about 7.5) can increase the HA content in the films, and the difference of substrate materials only has a little influence on the microstructure of the sol-gel films. PMID:17353116

  14. A study on the effect factors of sol-gel synthesis of yttrium aluminum garnet nanopowders

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    Yang, Lin; Lu, Tiecheng; Xu, Hui; Zhang, Wei; Ma, Benyuan

    2010-03-01

    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) nanopowders were synthesized by sol-gel method using aluminum nitrate, yttrium nitrate, and citric acid as starting materials, de-ionized water, ethanol, and ethylene glycol as solvents, respectively. The phase formation process, state of particle size distribution (PSD), compositions, morphological characteristics, and thermal behavior of the powders were investigated by means of x-ray diffractometry, PSD, Fourier transform infrared, transmission electronic microscope, and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry. Results indicate that the formation and characteristics of precursor gel and YAG powder, such as the rate of gelation, average particle size, and powder agglomerate state, strongly depend on the stoichiometric amount of citric acid, the solvent composition, and the precalcination process. Highly crystalline, well-dispersed YAG nanopowder was obtained by calcining at 800 °C for 2 h in the presence of citric acid to nitrate ratio of 3, ethanol solvent, and precalcination process. According to the analysis of experimental results, sol-gel chemistry, DLVO theory, and steric effect, the effects of stoichiometric amount of citric acid, solvent composition, and precalcination process on the formation and characteristics of precursor gel and YAG powder have been discussed. Meanwhile, the overall synthesis mechanism in sol-gel method has been suggested.

  15. Synthesis of polymeric fluorinated sol-gel precursor for fabrication of superhydrophobic coating

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    Li, Qianqian; Yan, Yuheng; Yu, Miao; Song, Botao; Shi, Suqing; Gong, Yongkuan

    2016-03-01

    A fluorinated polymeric sol-gel precursor (PFT) is synthesized by copolymerization of 2,3,4,5,5,5-hexafluoro-2,4-bis(trifluorinated methyl)pentyl methacrylate (FMA) and 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (TSMA) to replace the expensive long chain fluorinated alkylsilanes. The fluorinated silica sol is prepared by introducing PFT as co-precursor of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in the sol-gel process with ammonium hydroxide as catalyst, which is then used to fabricate superhydrophobic coating on glass substrate through a simple dip-coating method. The effects of PFT concentrations on the chemical structure of the formed fluorinated silica, the surface chemical composition, surface morphology, wetting and self-cleaning properties of the resultant fluorinated silica coatings were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectrophotometer (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and water contact angle measurements (WCA). The results show that the fluorinated silica sols are successfully obtained. The size and size distribution of the fluorinated silica particles are found greatly dependent on the concentration of PFT, which play a crucial role in the surface morphology of the corresponding fluorinated silica coatings. The suitable PFT concentration added in the sol-gel stage, i.e. for F-sol-1 and F-sol-2, is helpful to achieve both the low surface energy and multi-scaled microstructures, leading to the formation of the superhydrophobic coatings with bio-mimicking self-cleaning property similar to lotus leaves.

  16. Enzyme renaturation to higher activity driven by the sol-gel transition: Carbonic anhydrase

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    Vinogradov, Vladimir V.; Avnir, David

    2015-01-01

    We describe a so-far unknown route for renaturing denatured enzymes, namely subjecting the denatured enzyme to an oxide sol-gel transition. The phenomenon was revealed in a detailed study of denatured carbonic anhydrase which was subjected to an alumina sol-gel transition, up to the thermally stabilizing entrapment in the final xerogel. Remarkably, not only that the killed enzyme regained its activity during the sol-gel process, but its activity increased to 180% of the native enzyme. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of enhanced activity following by renaturing (a “Phoenix effect”). Kinetic study which revealed a five-orders of magnitude (!) increase in the Arrhenius prefactor upon entrapment compared to solution. Circular dichroism analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, zeta potential analyses as well as synchronous fluorescence measurements, all of which were used to characterize the phenomenon, are consistent with a proposed mechanism which is based on the specific orienting interactions of the active site of the enzyme with respect to the alumina interface and its pores network. PMID:26394694

  17. Sol-Gel Material-Enabled Electro-Optic Polymer Modulators.

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    Himmelhuber, Roland; Norwood, Robert A; Enami, Yasufumi; Peyghambarian, Nasser

    2015-01-01

    Sol-gels are an important material class, as they provide easy modification of material properties, good processability and are easy to synthesize. In general, an electro-optic (EO) modulator transforms an electrical signal into an optical signal. The incoming electrical signal is most commonly information encoded in a voltage change. This voltage change is then transformed into either a phase change or an intensity change in the light signal. The less voltage needed to drive the modulator and the lower the optical loss, the higher the link gain and, therefore, the better the performance of the modulator. In this review, we will show how sol-gels can be used to enhance the performance of electro-optic modulators by allowing for designs with low optical loss, increased poling efficiency and manipulation of the electric field used for driving the modulator. The optical loss is influenced by the propagation loss in the device, as well as the losses occurring during fiber coupling in and out of the device. In both cases, the use of sol-gel materials can be beneficial due to the wide range of available refractive indices and low optical attenuation. The influence of material properties and synthesis conditions on the device performance will be discussed. PMID:26225971

  18. Direct test of the critical exponents at the sol-gel transition

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    Kaya, Demet; Pekcan, Önder; Yılmaz, Yaşar

    2004-01-01

    The steady state fluorescence technique was used to study the sol-gel transition for the solution-free radical cross-linking polymerization of acrylamide (AAm), with N,N'-methylenebis (acrylamide) as cross linker in the presence of ammonium persulfate as an initiator. Pyranine (8-hydroxypyrene-1, 3,6-trisulfonic acid, trisodium salt) is used as a fluoroprobe for monitoring the polymerization. Pyranine molecules start to bind to acrylamide polymer chains upon the initiation of the polymerization, thus the spectra of the bonded pyranines shift to the shorter wavelengths. Fluorescence spectra from the bonded pyranines allows one to monitor the sol-gel transition, without disturbing the system mechanically, and to test the universality of the sol-gel transition as a function of some kinetic parameters such as polymer concentration, cross-linker concentration, and temperature. Observations around the critical point show that there are three regimes for AAm concentration in which the exponents differ drastically. The gel fraction exponent β and the weight average degree of polymerization exponent γ agree best with the static percolation results for higher acrylamide concentrations above 1M, but they cross over from percolation to mean-field (Flory-Stockmayer) values when the AAm concentration is lower than 2M. For very low polymer concentrations, below which the system can not form the gel, the exponents differ considerably from both the percolation and the mean-field values.

  19. Optical characterization of sol-gel ZnO:Al thin films

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2015-09-01

    This work presents a sol-gel approach for ZnO:Al films deposition. The effect of Al component and annealing treatments (from 500 to 800 °C) on the film structural and optical properties has been studied. Sol-gel ZnO and Al2O3 films are used for comparative analyses. Structural evolution as a function of annealing temperatures is investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analysis of ZnO:Al films revealed that the predominant crystal phase is a wurtzite ZnO. It can be seen that the addition of Al leads to decaying of the film crystallinity. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry are applied for characterization of the vibrational and optical properties. The Al component influences the shapes of the absorption bands. The optical properties of the sol-gel ZnO, ZnO:Al and Al2O3 films reveal very interesting features. Increasing Al component results in significantly higher film transparency.

  20. Enzyme renaturation to higher activity driven by the sol-gel transition: Carbonic anhydrase

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    Vinogradov, Vladimir V.; Avnir, David

    2015-09-01

    We describe a so-far unknown route for renaturing denatured enzymes, namely subjecting the denatured enzyme to an oxide sol-gel transition. The phenomenon was revealed in a detailed study of denatured carbonic anhydrase which was subjected to an alumina sol-gel transition, up to the thermally stabilizing entrapment in the final xerogel. Remarkably, not only that the killed enzyme regained its activity during the sol-gel process, but its activity increased to 180% of the native enzyme. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of enhanced activity following by renaturing (a “Phoenix effect”). Kinetic study which revealed a five-orders of magnitude (!) increase in the Arrhenius prefactor upon entrapment compared to solution. Circular dichroism analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, zeta potential analyses as well as synchronous fluorescence measurements, all of which were used to characterize the phenomenon, are consistent with a proposed mechanism which is based on the specific orienting interactions of the active site of the enzyme with respect to the alumina interface and its pores network.

  1. Preparation and characterisation of a sol-gel process α-Al₂O₃ polycrystalline detector.

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    Ferreira, H R; Santos, A

    2015-02-01

    This article presents the dosimetric characteristics of α-Al2O3 detectors prepared through the sol-gel process, disc pressing and sintering in a highly reducing atmosphere. Comparative tests between the sol-gel process α-Al2O3 polycrystalline and anion-defective α-Al2O3:C single-crystal detectors indicate that the ones prepared through this approach present good dosimetric characteristics similar to those found in single-crystal detectors, such as a simple glow curve with the main peak at ∼198 °C (2 °C s(-1)), high sensitivity, a detection threshold of 1.7 µGy, linearity of response, low fading, relatively low photon energy dependence, reusability without annealing and good reproducibility. However, the undesirable feature of heating rate dependence of the thermoluminescence (TL) output in α-Al2O3:C single crystal is practically non-existent in the sol-gel process α-Al2O3 polycrystalline detector. This characteristic renders it useful for the routine processing of large numbers of personal and environmental dosemeters at higher heating rates and also when it comes to the proposal for new approaches to thermal quenching investigation. PMID:24795396

  2. Biological influence of Ca/P ratio on calcium phosphate coatings by sol-gel processing.

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    Catauro, M; Papale, F; Sapio, L; Naviglio, S

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this work has been to develop low temperature sol-gel glass coatings to modify the substrate surface and to evaluate their bioactivity and biocompatibility. Glasses, based on SiO2·CaO·P2O5, were synthesized by the sol-gel technique using tetraethyl orthosilicate, calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and triethyl phosphate as precursors of SiO2, CaO and P2O5, respectively. Those materials, still in the sol phase, have been used to coat substrates by means of the dip-coating technique. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) has been used for characterize coatings and a microstructural analysis has been obtained using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The potential applications of the coatings in the biomedical field were evaluated by bioactivity and biocompatibility tests. The coated substrate was immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 21days and the hydroxyapatite deposition on its surface was subsequently evaluated via SEM-EDXS analysis, as an index of bone-bonding capability. In order to study the cell behavior and response to our silica based materials, prepared via the sol-gel method, with various Ca/P ratio and coating substrate, we have used the human osteoblast-like U2OS cell line. PMID:27157742

  3. Qualification of Target Chamber Vacuum Systems Cleanliness using Sol-Gel Coatings

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    Miller, P; Stowers, I F; Ertel, J R

    2006-01-03

    This document defines the procedure necessary to qualify the airborne molecular cleanliness (AMC) of vacuum systems (enclosures or large components) that are placed within the National Ignition Facility (NIF) target chamber or are attached to it and communicate with it during vacuum operation. This test is specific to the NIF target chamber because the allowable time dependent rate of rise in the pore filling of a sol-gel coated SAW sensor is based on some nominal change-out time for the disposable debris shields. These debris shields will be sol-gel coated and thus they represent a means of ''pumping'' AMCs from the target chamber. The debris shield pumping rate sets the allowable change in pore filling with time specified in the test procedure. This document describes a two-part procedure that provides both a static measurement of sol-gel pore filling at the end of a 48-hour test period and a dynamic record of pore-filling measured throughout the test period. Successful qualification of a vacuum system requires that both the static and dynamic measurements meet the criteria set forth in Section 7 of this document.

  4. Sol-Gel Material-Enabled Electro-Optic Polymer Modulators

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    Himmelhuber, Roland; Norwood, Robert A.; Enami, Yasufumi; Peyghambarian, Nasser

    2015-01-01

    Sol-gels are an important material class, as they provide easy modification of material properties, good processability and are easy to synthesize. In general, an electro-optic (EO) modulator transforms an electrical signal into an optical signal. The incoming electrical signal is most commonly information encoded in a voltage change. This voltage change is then transformed into either a phase change or an intensity change in the light signal. The less voltage needed to drive the modulator and the lower the optical loss, the higher the link gain and, therefore, the better the performance of the modulator. In this review, we will show how sol-gels can be used to enhance the performance of electro-optic modulators by allowing for designs with low optical loss, increased poling efficiency and manipulation of the electric field used for driving the modulator. The optical loss is influenced by the propagation loss in the device, as well as the losses occurring during fiber coupling in and out of the device. In both cases, the use of sol-gel materials can be beneficial due to the wide range of available refractive indices and low optical attenuation. The influence of material properties and synthesis conditions on the device performance will be discussed. PMID:26225971

  5. Art and practice to emboss gratings into sol-gel waveguides

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    Szendro, Istvan

    2001-05-01

    Recent interest in optical sensors, especially optical biosensors, has led to the introduction of commercially available instrumentation and sensor schemes for label free, real time monitoring of intermolecular interactions. One of the promising optical structure is the grating coupler planar waveguide sensor, where high precision surface relief grating is used and a low cost manufacturing is needed. A practical method to mass-produce gratings with limited lateral dimension is to emboss master grating into a sol-gel waveguide film. With proper optimization of the sol-gel process, a wide time window is available to perform embossing and highly reproducible, cost effective grating structures can be replicated. In our practice SiO2, TiO2, SiO2/TiO2, Ta2O5 and a mixture of these sol-gel thin films are proved to be good candidates for low optical loss waveguide materials in which grating with 2400 line/mm periodicity could be directly embossed. The relatively wide time window for optimal embossing opens the possibility to develop grating structures with more than one grating. Producing multiple gratings separated laterally and/or vertically from each other is demonstrated.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of sol-gel based nanoparticles for drug delivery

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    Yadav, Reeta

    Nanogels are cross linked polymeric sol-gel based nanoparticles that offer an interior network for incorporation and protection of biomolecules, exhibiting unique advantages for polymer based delivery systems. We have successfully synthesized stable sol-gel nanoparticles by means of [a] silicification reactions using cationic peptides like polylysine as gelating agents, and [b] lyophilization of sol-gels. Macromolecules such as Hemoglobin and Glucose Oxidase and small molecules such as Sodium Nitroprusside (SNP) and antibiotics were encapsulated within the nanogels. We have used transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, zeta potential analysis, and spectroscopy to perform a physicochemical characterization of the nanogels resulting from the two approaches. Our studies have indicated that the nanogel encapsulated proteins and small molecules remain intact, stable and functional. A Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and Nitric Oxide (NO) generating drug carrier was synthesized using these nanogels and the effect of generation of H2O2 from Glucose Oxidase encapsulated nanogels and NO from SNP encapsulated nanogels was tested on E.coli. The results show that the nanoparticles exert antimicrobial activity against E.Coli, in addition NO generating nanogels potentiated H2O2 generating nanogels induced killing. These data suggest that these NO and H2O2 releasing nanogels have the potential to serve as a novel class of antimicrobials for the treatment of multidrug resistant bacteria. The unique properties of these protein/drug incorporated nanogels raise the prospect of fine tailoring to specific applications such as drug delivery and bio imaging.

  7. Thin-film silica sol-gels doped with ion responsive fluorescent lipid bilayers

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    Sasaki, D.Y.; Shea, L.E.; Sinclair, M.B.

    1999-01-12

    A metal ion sensitive, fluorescent lipid-b i layer material (5oA PSIDA/DSPC) was successfully immobilized in a silica matrix using a tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) sol-gel procedure. The sol-gel immobilization method was quantitative in the entrapment of seif-assembled Iipid-bilayers and yielded thin films for facile configuration to optical fiber piatforms. The silica matrix was compatible with the solvent sensitive lipid bilayers and provided physical stabilization as well as biological protection. Immobilization in the silica sol-gel produced an added benefit of improving the bilayer's metal ion sensitivity by up to two orders of magnitude. This enhanced performance was attributed to a preconcentrator effect from the anionic surface of the silica matrix. Thin gels (193 micron thickness) were coupled to a bifurcated fiber optic bundle to produce a metal ion sensor probe. Response times of 10 - 15 minutes to 0.1 M CUCIZ were realized with complete regeneration of the sensor using an ethylenediarninetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution.

  8. Sol-gel nanocasting synthesis of patterned hierarchical LaFeO3 fibers with enhanced catalytic CO oxidation activity.

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    Li, Pengna; Hu, Xianluo; Zhang, Lei; Dai, Hongxing; Zhang, Lizhi

    2011-03-01

    Hierarchical LaFeO3 fibers were prepared by a sol-gel nanocasting method using a cotton cloth as the template. The resulting LaFeO3 fibers inherited the initial network morphology of the template very well and showed enhanced catalytic CO oxidation activity and satisfactory stability compared to the counterpart particles prepared by the conventional sol-gel method. PMID:21234504

  9. Matrix molecularly imprinted mesoporous sol-gel sorbent for efficient solid-phase extraction of chloramphenicol from milk.

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    Samanidou, Victoria; Kehagia, Maria; Kabir, Abuzar; Furton, Kenneth G

    2016-03-31

    Highly selective and efficient chloramphenicol imprinted sol-gel silica based inorganic polymeric sorbent (sol-gel MIP) was synthesized via matrix imprinting approach for the extraction of chloramphenicol in milk. Chloramphenicol was used as the template molecule, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) and triethoxyphenylsilane (TEPS) as the functional precursors, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the cross-linker, isopropanol as the solvent/porogen, and HCl as the sol-gel catalyst. Non-imprinted sol-gel polymer (sol-gel NIP) was synthesized under identical conditions in absence of template molecules for comparison purpose. Both synthesized materials were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, which unambiguously confirmed their significant structural and morphological differences. The synthesized MIP and NIP materials were evaluated as sorbents for molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) of chloramphenicol in milk. The effect of critical extraction parameters (flow rate, elution solvent, sample and eluent volume, selectivity coefficient, retention capacity) was studied in terms of retention and desorption of chloramphenicol. Competition and cross reactivity tests have proved that sol-gel MIP sorbent possesses significantly higher specific retention and enrichment capacity for chloramphenicol compared to its non-imprinted analogue. The maximum imprinting factor (IF) was found as 9.7, whereas the highest adsorption capacity of chloramphenicol by sol-gel MIP was 23 mg/g. The sol-gel MIP was found to be adequately selective towards chloramphenicol to provide the necessary minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0.3 μg/kg set forth by European Commission after analysis by LC-MS even without requiring time consuming solvent evaporation and sample reconstitution step, often considered as an integral part in solid phase extraction work-flow. Intra and

  10. A sol-gel-integrated protein array system for affinity analysis of aptamer-target protein interaction.

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    Ahn, Ji-Young; Kim, Eunkyung; Kang, Jeehye; Kim, Soyoun

    2011-06-01

    A sol-gel microarray system was developed for a protein interaction assay with high activity. Comparing to 2-dimensional microarray surfaces, sol-gel can offer a more dynamic and broad range for proteins. In the present study, this sol-gel-integrated protein array was used in binding affinity analysis for aptamers. Six RNA aptamers and their target protein, yeast TBP (TATA-binding protein), were used to evaluate this method. A TBP-containing sol-gel mixture was spotted using a dispensing workstation under high-humidity conditions and each Cy-3-labeled aptamer was incubated. The dissociation constants (K(d)) were calculated by plotting the fluorescent intensity of the bound aptamers as a function of the TBP concentrations. The K(d) value of the control aptamer was found to be 8 nM, which agrees well with the values obtained using the conventional method, electric mobility shift assay. The sol-gel-based binding affinity measurements fit well with conventional binding affinity measurements, suggesting their possible use as an alternative to the conventional method. In addition, aptamer affinity measurements by the sol-gel-integrated protein chip make it possible to develop a simple high-throughput affinity method for screening high-affinity aptamers. PMID:21749295

  11. Fiber-optic pH sensor based on sol-gel film immobilized with neutral red

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    Jeon, Dayeong; Yoo, Wook Jae; Seo, Jeong Ki; Shin, Sang Hun; Han, Ki-Tek; Kim, Seon Geun; Park, Jang-Yeon; Lee, Bongsoo

    2013-03-01

    In this study, we developed a fiber-optic pH sensor based on a sol-gel film immobilized with neutral red (NR). A solgel film was prepared by mixing tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS), trimethoxymethylsilane (MTMS), ethanol (EtOH), distilled water (H2O), and NR powder. Accordingly, the thin pH sol-gel film was fabricated through a sol-gel process with a dip-coating method. The thickness and diameter of the fabricated pH sol-gel film are 0.11 and 0.6 mm, respectively. We measured the optical absorbance and the light intensity with the spectra of reflected light, which change with the color variation of the pH sol-gel film in the fiber-optic sensing probe. From the experimental results, we demonstrated that the proposed fiber-optic pH sensor has good reversibility, reproducibility, and a fast response time, in which the optical properties of the NR-based pH sol-gel film change with the pH value.

  12. The sol-gel route: A versatile process for up-scaling the fabrication of gas-tight thin electrolyte layers

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    Viazzi, Céline; Rouessac, Vincent; Lenormand, Pascal; Julbe, Anne; Ansart, Florence; Guizard, Christian

    2011-03-01

    Sol-gel routes are often investigated and adapted to prepare, by suitable chemical modifications, submicronic powders and derived materials with controlled morphology, which cannot be obtained by conventional solid state chemistry paths. Wet chemistry methods provide attractive alternative routes because mixing of species occurs at the atomic scale. In this paper, ultrafine powders were prepared by a novel synthesis method based on the sol-gel process and were dispersed into suspensions before processing. This paper presents new developments for the preparation of functional materials like yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ, 8% Y2O3) used as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells. YSZ thick films were coated onto porous Ni-YSZ substrates using a suspension with an optimized formulation deposited by either a dip-coating or a spin-coating process. The suspension composition is based on YSZ particles encapsulated by a zirconium alkoxide which was added with an alkoxide derived colloidal sol. The in situ growth of these colloids increases significantly the layer density after an appropriated heat treatment. The derived films were continuous, homogeneous and around 20 μm thick. The possible up-scaling of this process has been also considered and the suitable processing parameters were defined in order to obtain, at an industrial scale, homogeneous, crack-free, thick and adherent films after heat treatment at 1400 °C.

  13. Homoleptic gallium(III) and indium(III) aminoalkoxides as precursors for sol-gel routes to metal oxide nanomaterials.

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    Mishra, Shashank; Daniele, Stéphane; Petit, Sarah; Jeanneau, Erwann; Rolland, Marc

    2009-04-14

    New homoleptic aminoalkoxides of gallium(III) and indium(III) of the types M4{(OC2H4)2NMe}6 [M = Ga (1), In (2)] and [Ga{(OC2H4)3N}]n (3), as well as a previously described Ga2(OC2H4NMe2)6 (A) have been prepared by isopropoxo(chloro)-aminoalkoxo exchange reactions and characterised by elemental analyses, FT-IR and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Formation of a star-shaped Ga[Ga{mu-eta3:eta1-(OC2H4)2NMe}2]3 (1.4CHCl3) and a zigzag linear In4{mu-eta3:eta1-(OC2H4)2NMe}6 (2.6CHCl3), as revealed by X-ray single crystal structures, reflects the structural diversity among N-methyldiethanolaminate derivatives. Their hydrolyses in boiling water, either in presence or absence of tetraalkylamonium bromide, have been studied and, for gallium derivatives, compared with similar hydrolytic reactions of Ga(OiPr)3. The hydrolysed products were studied by FT-IR, TG-DTA and XRD techniques. For gallium derivatives, transition from orthorhombic Ga(O)OH phase of as-prepared powder to phase pure rhombohedral- and monoclinic-Ga2O3 occurred at about 500 degrees C and 700 degrees C, respectively, whereas cubic In(OH)3 phase of as-prepared powder of 2 was converted to cubic In2O3 at 250 degrees C. Partial hydrolyses were also performed and evolution of the particle size in solution was recorded by light scattering measurements. Various sol-gel processing parameters such as concentration and hydrolysis ratio (h) were studied in order to stabilise nano-sized colloidal suspensions for access to thin films by spin coating. The N-methyldiethanolamine derivatives 1 and 2 were found to be the most suitable candidates for sol-gel processing. The transparent Ga2O3 and In2O3 films obtained on glass or Si wafers from spin-coating of 1 and 2, respectively, were characterised by SEM, EDX and XRD. PMID:19319402

  14. Protein-templated gold nanoclusters sequestered within sol-gel thin films for the selective and ratiometric luminescence recognition of Hg2+.

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    Hofmann, Carrie M; Essner, Jeremy B; Baker, Gary A; Baker, Sheila N

    2014-05-21

    Sequestration of bovine serum albumin (BSA)-stabilized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs@BSA) prepared using microwave assistance within sol-gel-derived mesoporous silica films permits the selective and highly sensitive quenchometric detection of aqueous Hg(2+) (limit of detection = 600 pM) with luminescence signal arising from oxidized BSA allowing for an analytically robust and reliable ratiometric detection. Overall, this work highlights a number of important advances, including the highest luminescence quantum yield reported to date for a protein-templated luminescent noble metal nanocluster (13%) made possible using a microwave-mediated synthesis followed by cold incubation. We also demonstrate the clear advantage of exploiting the luminescence signal arising from oxidized BSA as an internal reference to generate selectivity of response to Hg(2+). A careful Stern-Volmer quenching analysis reveals the persistence of two unique quenching sites for AuNCs@BSA entrapped within a sol-gel-derived glass, a minor population of which is unquenchable. Finally, based on these AuNCs@BSA nanosensors, we advise a path forward for paper-based indicator strip detection of heavy metals in aqueous streams, the implementation of which can be performed using the unaided eye, making it a meaningful approach for routine screening and in resource-limited situations. PMID:24714822

  15. A new sol-gel synthesis of 45S5 bioactive glass using an organic acid as catalyst.

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    Faure, J; Drevet, R; Lemelle, A; Ben Jaber, N; Tara, A; El Btaouri, H; Benhayoune, H

    2015-02-01

    In this paper a new sol-gel approach was explored for the synthesis of the 45S5 bioactive glass. We demonstrate that citric acid can be used instead of the usual nitric acid to catalyze the sol-gel reactions. The substitution of nitric acid by citric acid allows to reduce strongly the concentration of the acid solution necessary to catalyze the hydrolysis of silicon and phosphorus alkoxides. Two sol-gel powders with chemical compositions very close to that of the 45S5 were obtained by using either a 2M nitric acid solution or either a 5mM citric acid solution. These powders were characterized and compared to the commercial Bioglass®. The surface properties of the two bioglass powders were assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET). The Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed a partial crystallization associated to the formation of crystalline phases on the two sol-gel powders. The in vitro bioactivity was then studied at the key times during the first hours of immersion into acellular Simulated Body Fluid (SBF). After 4h immersion into SBF we clearly demonstrate that the bioactivity level of the two sol-gel powders is similar and much higher than that of the commercial Bioglass®. This bioactivity improvement is associated to the increase of the porosity and the specific surface area of the powders synthesized by the sol-gel process. Moreover, the nitric acid is efficiently substituted by the citric acid to catalyze the sol-gel reactions without alteration of the bioactivity of the 45S5 bioactive glass. PMID:25492213

  16. Phase and electrical properties of PZT thin films embedded with CuO nano-particles by a hybrid sol-gel route

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    Sreesattabud, Tharathip; Gibbons, Brady J.; Watcharapasorn, Anucha; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda

    2013-07-01

    Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 or PZT thin films embedded with CuO nano-particles were successfully prepared by a hybrid sol-gel process. In this process, CuO (0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 1 wt. %) nanopowder was suspended in an organometallic solution of PZT, and then coated on platinised silicon substrate using a spin-coating technique. The influence of CuO nano-particles' dispersion on the phase of PZT thin films was investigated. XRD results showed a perovskite phase in all films. At the CuO concentration of 0.4-1 wt. %, a second phase was observed. The addition of CuO nano-particles affected the orientation of PZT thin films. The addition was also found to reduce the ferroelectric properties of PZT thin films. However, at 0.2 wt. % CuO concentration, the film exhibited good ferroelectric properties similar to those of PZT films. In addition, the fatigue retention properties of the PZT/CuO system was observed, and it showed 14% fatigue at 108 switching bipolar pulse cycles while the fatigue in PZT thin films was found to be 17% at the same switching bipolar pulse cycles.

  17. Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to backfill, seal, and/or densify porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive material

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    Panitz, Janda K.; Reed, Scott T.; Ashley, Carol S.; Neiser, Richard A.; Moffatt, William C.

    1999-01-01

    Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to fill, seal, and/or density porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive substrates. Such coatings may be dielectrics, ceramics, or semiconductors and, by the present invention, may have deposited onto and into them sol-gel ceramic precursor compounds which are subsequently converted to sol-gel ceramics to yield composite materials with various tailored properties.

  18. Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to backfill, seal, and/or densify porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive material

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    Panitz, J.K.; Reed, S.T.; Ashley, C.S.; Neiser, R.A.; Moffatt, W.C.

    1999-07-20

    Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to fill, seal, and/or density porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive substrates. Such coatings may be dielectrics, ceramics, or semiconductors and, by the present invention, may have deposited onto and into them sol-gel ceramic precursor compounds which are subsequently converted to sol-gel ceramics to yield composite materials with various tailored properties. 6 figs.

  19. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of High Dielectric Constant CaCu3Ti4O12 from Sol-Gel Precursor

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    Ouyang, Xin; Cao, Peng; Huang, Saifang; Zhang, Weijun; Huang, Zhaohui; Gao, Wei

    2015-07-01

    CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) powders derived from sol-gel precursors were calcined and sintered via microwave radiation. The obtained CCTO powders were compared with that obtained via a conventional heating method. For microwave heating, 89.1 wt.% CCTO was achieved from the sol-gel precursor, after only 17 min at 950°C. In contrast, the conventional calcination method required 3 h to generate 87.6 wt.% CCTO content at 1100°C. In addition, the CCTO powders prepared through 17 min of microwave calcination exhibited a small particle size distribution of D50 = 3.826 μm. It was found that a lengthy hold time of 1 h by microwave sintering is required to obtain a high dielectric constant (3.14 × 103 at 102 Hz) and a reasonably low dielectric loss (0.161) in the sintered CCTO ceramic. Based upon the distinct microstructures, the dielectric responses of the CCTO samples sintered by different methods are attributed to space charge polarization and internal barrier layer capacitor mechanism.

  20. Effect of post-annealing temperature on structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films grown on mica substrates using sol-gel spin-coating

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    Kim, Younggyu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2015-09-01

    ZnO thin films were grown on flexible muscovite mica substrates using sol-gel spin-coating. The structural and optical properties of the sol-gel-derived ZnO thin films annealed at temperatures between 300 - 600 °C were investigated. The surface morphology of the ZnO thin films was found to depend slightly on the annealing temperature. In the photoluminescence spectra, the position of the near-band-edge (NBE) peak was shifted towards a lower energy by the post-annealing process, and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the NBE peaks for the annealed ZnO thin films were significantly lower than those for the as-grown film. Defect-related deep-level peaks exhibiting green and red emissions were observed only for the annealed ZnO thin films. The Urbach energy and optical band gap of the films decreased with an increase in annealing temperatures up to 500 °C.

  1. Strategies for reducing dye aggregation in luminescent host-guest systems: Rhodamine 6G incorporated in new mesoporous sol-gel hosts

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    de Queiroz, Thiago B.; Botelho, Moema B. S.; De Boni, Leonardo; Eckert, Hellmut; de Camargo, Andrea S. S.

    2013-03-01

    Aiming at the design of new luminescent host-guest materials with minimized aggregation effects, two classes of sol-gel derived mesoporous materials were explored as hosts for Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) dye: The first consists of pure (SiO2) and phenyl-modified silica (Ph0.17SiO1.915) xerogels, prepared via sol-gel reaction using an ionic liquid as catalytic agent. The second consists of mesoporous sodium aluminosilicate glasses with Si to Al ratio in the range of 6 ≤ Si/Al ≤ 9. Characterization through high resolution solid state NMR proved the successful obtention of the designed host matrices. Following Rh6G-loading in various concentrations, the resulting materials were characterized by their luminescence and excitation spectra, excited state lifetimes, and quantum yields. The dye doped silica xerogels presented high quantum yield values (up to 87%), with no substantial decrease in efficiency with increasing dye concentration. At suitable Rh6G contents, all the final materials presented laser action under 532 nm excitation from a Q-switched frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser. The phenyl silicate sample presents the highest laser photostability with a half-life of 6560 pulses, under 2 mJ/pulse pump power, and 10 Hz repetition rate. The laser experiments provided further insights on the photodegradation mechanisms of such organic species.

  2. Electrochemically induced sol-gel deposition of ZnO films on Pt-nanoparticle modified FTO surfaces for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic energy conversion.

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    Gutkowski, Ramona; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2016-04-20

    The low conductivity of transparent conductive oxides such as fluorine-doped tin oxides (FTO) has a high impact on the electrochemically induced deposition of semiconductor films for photoelectrocatalytic investigations. Furthermore, the often high recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs influences the photoelectrochemical performance of semiconductor films. In order to improve the semiconductor deposition process as well as to decrease electron-hole pair recombination, we propose modification of FTO by electrochemically induced deposition of Pt nanoparticles. The deposited Pt nanoparticles improve on the one hand the conductivity of the FTO and on the other hand they create nuclei at which the sol-gel semiconductor deposition starts. We use ZnO as a well-characterised material to evaluate the effect of the influencing parameters during electrochemically induced sol-gel deposition with respect to the incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) derived from wavelength dependent photocurrent spectroscopy. Using optimised deposition parameters a substantially decreased recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers is demonstrated, if Pt-nanoparticles are first deposited on the FTO surface. By improving the diffusion of photogenerated electrons to the Pt nanoparticles and hence to the back contact the photoelectrochemical performance of the deposited ZnO films is substantially increased. PMID:26883342

  3. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of SiO2/PCL hybrid materials containing quercetin as new materials for antioxidant implants.

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    Catauro, Michelina; Bollino, Flavia; Papale, Ferdinando; Piccolella, Simona; Pacifico, Severina

    2016-01-01

    The development of biomaterials with intrinsic antioxidant properties could represent a valuable strategy for preventing peri-implant disease onset. In this context quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid, has been entrapped, at different weight percentages in a silica/poly(ε-caprolactone)-based hybrid material by a sol-gel route. FT-IR and UV spectroscopic techniques were employed in order to characterize the hybrids. FT-IR analysis indicated changes in stretching frequencies of the quercetin dienonic moiety, suggesting that a flavonol oxidized derivative was formed during the sol-gel process. The establishment of hydrogen-bonded interactions between quercetin and silica and polymer matrices,was strongly affected by the amount of polymer. Poly(ε-caprolactone) did not interact with quercetin when it was loaded at high doses (50 wt.%). The morphology of the synthesized materials was observed by using SEM. The obtained images proved that the materials are hybrid nanocomposites. Their bioactivity was shown by the formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on samples' surface soaked in a fluid simulating the composition of the human plasma. The antiradical properties of the investigated systems were evaluated by DPPH and ABTS methods and their cytotoxicity by the MTT assay. Data obtained revealed that the synthesized materials are biocompatible and that the hybrid system,with 6 wt.% of PCL and 15 wt.% of quercetin, produced the strongest antiradical efficacy. PMID:26478390

  4. Stability High Salt Content Waste Using Sol Gel Process. Mixed Waste Focus Area. OST Reference Number 0236

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    None, None

    1999-09-01

    Mixed waste sludges, soils, and homogeneous solids containing high levels of salt ( ~ greater than 15% by weight ) have proven to be difficult to stabilize due to the soluble nature of the salts. The current stabilization technique for high salt waste, grouting with Portland cement, is limited to low waste loadings. The presence of salts interfere with the hydration and curing of the cement, cause waste form deteriorating mineral expansions, or result in an undesirable separate phase altogether. Improved technologies for the stabilization of salt waste must be able to accommodate higher salt loadings, while maintaining structural integrity, chemical durability, and leach resistance. In a joint collaboration supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Mixed Waste Focus Area (MWFA), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Arizona Materials Laboratory (AML) at the University of Arizona have developed a sol-gel (wet-chemical) based, low-temperature-processing route for the stabilization of salt-containing mixed wastes. By blending and reacting liquid precursors at room temperature with salt waste, strong, impermeable “polyceram” matrices have been formed that encapsulate the environmentally hazardous waste components. As depicted by Figure 1, polycerams are hybrid organic/inorganic materials with unique properties derived from the chemical combination of polymer (organic) and ceramic (inorganic) components. For this application, the stabilizing polyceram matrices contain polybutadiene-based polymer components and silicon dioxide (SiO2) as the inorganic component. Polybutadiene (PBD) is a strong, tough, waterresistant plastic and its use in the polyceram promotes these same characteristics in the waste form. The PBD polymer component is modified to increase its reactivity with the SiO2 precursor during sol-gel processing. When combined, the polymer and SiO2 precursors react, gel, solidify, and encapsulate the

  5. Synthesis of Sol-Gel Precursors for Ceramics from Lunar and Martian Soil Simulars

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    Sibille, L.; Gavira-Gallardo, J. A.; Hourlier-Bahloul, D.

    2004-01-01

    Recent NASA mission plans for the human exploration of our Solar System has set new priorities for research and development of technologies necessary to enable a long-term human presence on the Moon and Mars. The recovery and processing of metals and oxides from mineral sources on other planets is under study to enable use of ceramics, glasses and metals by explorer outposts. We report initial results on the production of sol-gel precursors for ceramic products using mineral resources available in martian or lunar soil. The presence of SO2, TiO2, and Al2O3 in both martian (44 wt.% SiO2, 1 wt.% TiO2, 7 wt.% Al2O3) and lunar (48 wt.% SiO2, 1.5 wt.% TiO2, 16 wt.% Al2O3) soils and the recent developments in chemical processes to solubilize silicates using organic reagents and relatively little energy indicate that such an endeavor is possible. In order to eliminate the risks involved in the use of hydrofluoric acid to dissolve silicates, two distinct chemical routes are investigated to obtain soluble silicon oxide precursors from lunar and martian soil simulars. Clear solutions of sol-gel precursors have been obtained by dissolution of silica from lunar soil similar JSC-1 in basic ethylene glycol (C2H4(OH)2) solutions to form silicon glycolates. Similarly, sol-gel solutions produced from martian soil simulars reveal higher contents of iron oxides. Characterization of the precursor molecules and efforts to further concentrate and hydrolyze the products to obtain gel materials will be presented for evaluation as ceramic precursors.

  6. Synthesis of Sol-Gel Precursors for Ceramics from Lunar and Martian Soil Simulars

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    Sibille, L.; Gavira-Gallardo, J. A.; Hourlier-Bahloul, D.

    2003-01-01

    Recent NASA mission plans for the human exploration of our Solar System has set new priorities for research and development of technologies necessary to enable a long-term human presence on the Moon and Mars. The recovery and processing of metals and oxides from mineral sources on other planets is under study to enable use of ceramics, glasses and metals by explorer outposts. We report initial results on the production of sol-gel precursors for ceramic products using mineral resources available in martian or lunar soil. The presence of SiO2, TiO2, and Al2O3 in both martian (44 wt.% SiO2, 1 wt.% TiO2,7 wt.% Al2O3) and lunar (48 wt.% SiO2, 1.5 wt.% TiO2, 16 wt.% Al2O3) soils and the recent developments in chemical processes to solubilize silicates using organic reagents and relatively little energy indicate that such an endeavor is possible. In order to eliminate the risks involved in the use of hydrofluoric acid to dissolve silicates, two distinct chemical routes are investigated to obtain soluble silicon oxide precursors from lunar and martian soil simulars. Clear solutions of sol-gel precursors have been obtained by dissolution of silica from lunar soil simular in basic ethylene glycol (C2H4(OH)2) solutions to form silicon glycolates. Similarly, sol-gel solutions produced from martian soil simulars reveal higher contents of iron oxides. The elemental composition and structure of the precursor molecules were characterized. Further concentration and hydrolysis of the products was performed to obtain gel materials for evaluation as ceramic precursors.

  7. Structural Characterization and Corrosion Behavior of Stainless Steel Coated With Sol-Gel Titania

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    Vasconcelos, Daniela C. L.; Nunes, Eduardo H. M.; Sabioni, Antônio Claret S.; da Costa, João C. Diniz; Vasconcelos, Wander L.

    2012-03-01

    Sol-gel titania films were prepared from hydrolysis and condensation of titanium (IV) isopropoxide. Diethanolamine was used as chelant agent in titania synthesis. 316L stainless steel substrates were dip-coated at three different withdrawal speeds (6, 30, and 60 mm/min) and heated up to 400 °C. Thermogravimetry and differential thermal analyses of the titania gel solution evinced a continuous mass loss for temperatures up to 800 °C. The transition of anatase to the rutile phase begins at 610-650 °C, being the rutile transformation completed at 900 °C. The thicknesses of the films were determined as a function of the heat treatment and withdrawal speed. It was observed that their thicknesses varied from 130 to 770 nm. Scanning electron microscopy images of the composites revealed the glass-like microstructure of the films. The obtained sol-gel films were also characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The chemical evolution of the films as a function of the heating temperature was evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (specular reflectance method). After performing the adhesion tests, the adherence of the titania films to the stainless steel substrate was excellent, rated 5B according to ASTM 3359. The hardness of the ceramic films obtained was measured by the Knoop microindentation hardness test with a 10 g load. We observed that the titania film became harder than the steel substrate when it was heated above 400 °C. The corrosion rates of the titania/steel composites, determined from potentiodynamic curves, were two orders of magnitude lower than that of the bare stainless steel. The presence of the sol-gel titania film contributed to the increase of the corrosion potential in ca. 650 mV and the passivation potential in ca. 720 mV.

  8. Preparation and mechanical properties of silicon oxycarbide fibers from electrospinning/sol-gel process

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    Wang, Xiaofei; Gong, Cairong; Fan, Guoliang

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Ceramic fibers, silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) fibers were demonstrated and showed higher mechanical properties from electrospinning/sol-gel process at 1000 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SiOC fibers with low cost are promising to substitute the non-oxide fibers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Successful preparation of SiOC fibers by electrospinning/sol-gel process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Confirmation of the designed product using material characterization methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SiOC fibers prepared at 1000 Degree-Sign C possess higher strength (967 MPa). -- Abstract: Silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) fibers were produced through the electrospinning of the solution containing vinyltrimethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane in the course of sol-gel reaction with pyrolysis to ceramic. The effect of the amount of spinning agent Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on the dope spinnability was investigated. At a mass ratio of PVP/alkoxides = 0.05, the spinning sol exhibited an optimal spinnable time of 50 min and generated a large quantity of fibers. Electrospun fibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermo gravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The SEM results revealed that the SiOC fibers had a smooth surface and dense cross-section, free of residue pores and cracks. The XPS results gave high content of SiC (13.99%) in SiOC fibers. The SiOC fibers prepared at 1000 Degree-Sign C had a high tensile strength of 967 MPa and Young's modulus of 58 GPa.

  9. Evaluation of hybrid sol-gel incorporated with nanoparticles as nano paint

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    Jameel, Zainab N.; Haider, Adawiya J.; Taha, Samar Y.; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra; Bok, Sangho

    2016-07-01

    A coating with self-cleaning characteristics has been developed using a TiO2/SiO2 hybrid sol-gel, TiO2 nanoparticles and organosilicate nanoparticles (OSNP). A patented technology of the hybrid sol-gel and OSNP was combined with TiO2 nanoparticles to create the surface chemistry for self-cleaning. Two synthesis methods have been developed to prepare TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), resulting in the enhancement of local paint by the addition of anatase and rutile TiO2 phases. The NPs size as determined by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) ranges within of (3-4) and (20-42) nm, which was also confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The nanoparticles showed surface charge (zeta-potential, ζ) of +35 and +25.62 mV for the methods, respectively, and ζ values of +41.31 and 34.02 mV for anatase and rutile phases, respectively. The NPs were mixed with the coating solution (i.e., hybrid sol-gel and OSNP) in different concentrations and thin films were prepared by spin coating. Self-cleaning tests were performed using Rhodamine B (RhB) as a pollution indicator. The effect of UV-irradiation on the films was also studied. Anatase and rutile incorporated as a mixture with different ratios in local paint and washability as well as a contrast ratio tests were performed. It was found that the addition of TiO2 NPs in combination with irradiation show a great enhancement of RhB degradation (1%) wt. with a decrease in contact angle and improved washability.

  10. A physically-derived nonquasi-static model of ferroelectric amplifiers for computer-aided device simulation - Part I: The ferroelectric common-drain amplifier

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    Sayyah, Rana; Hunt, Mitchell; Ho, Fat D.

    2013-08-01

    A physically-derived nonquasi-static model describing the behavior of the ferroelectric common-drain amplifier is presented. The model is based on the method of partitioned channel and ferroelectric layers and is valid in accumulation, depletion, and the three inversion cases: weak, moderate, and strong. The equations of this model are based on the standard MOSFET equations that have been modified to reflect the ferroelectric properties. The model code is written in MATLAB and outputs voltage plots with respect to time. The accuracy and effectiveness of the model are verified by a few test cases, where the modeled results are compared to empirically-derived oscilloscope plots.

  11. Switching of lasing wavelength in a sol-gel laser with dynamic distributed feedback

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    Balenko, V G; Trufanov, A N; Umanskii, B A; Dolotov, S M; Petukhov, V A

    2011-09-30

    A scheme of switching the lasing wavelength of active centres in a sol-gel matrix excited by external laser radiation is proposed. A distributed feedback is formed during pumping by using a right-angle prism due to the interference of the direct and reflected pump beams. The lasing wavelength is determined by the period of the interference pattern, which depends on the convergence angle of interfering beams. Control is performed by a liquid-crystal cell, which changes the pump radiation polarisation, and a birefringent prism. As a result, the convergence angle of interfering beams changes, leading to a change in the interference pattern period and the excited radiation wavelength.

  12. Luminescence of Eu3+ incorporated into PZT tetragonal ceramics prepared by sol gel

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    González, Federico; Schabes-Retchkiman, Pablo; García-Macedo, Jorge

    2004-09-01

    Luminescence of Eu3+ in Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT) polycrystalline tetragonal samples synthesized by sol-gel processing is reported. Studies by x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrate the incorporation of the dopant in the host. A broad charge transfer band centred around 266 nm was observed in the Eu3+ excitation spectra. Eu3+ is in a low symmetry site. Luminescence was lost between 673 and 1173 K. It was recovered after 1 h of heat treatment at 1273 K, when nanocrystallites were formed.

  13. Green fluorescent protein-doped sol-gel silica planar waveguide to detect organophosphorus compound

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    Enami, Y.; Suye, S.

    2012-02-01

    We report novel living protein-doped planar waveguide, and real-time detection of an organophosphorus compound using a sol-gel silica planar waveguide doped with a green fluorescent protein and an organophosphorus hydrolase on a yeast-cell surface. The waveguide was pumped at 488 nm, and emitted green fluorescence at the far field. The green fluorescent light at 550 nm changed by 50% from the original power 1 min after application of the organophosphorus compound. The results enable the real-time detection of biochemical weapon and insecticide harmful for human body by using an in-line fiber sensor network.

  14. Electroanalytical applications of screen-printable surfactant-induced sol-gel graphite composites

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    Guadalupe, Ana R.; Guo, Yizhu

    2001-05-15

    A process for preparing sol-gel graphite composite electrodes is presented. This process preferably uses the surfactant bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) and eliminates the need for a cosolvent, an acidic catalyst, a cellulose binder and a thermal curing step from prior art processes. Fabrication of screen-printed electrodes by this process provides a simple approach for electroanalytical applications in aqueous and nonaqueous solvents. Examples of applications for such composite electrodes produced from this process include biochemical sensors such as disposable, single-use glucose sensors and ligand modified composite sensors for metal ion sensitive sensors.

  15. 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.

  16. Development of an efficient large-aperture high damage-threshold sol-gel diffraction grating.

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Rambo, Patrick K.; Schwarz, Jens; Dunphy, Darren Robert; Branson, Eric D.; Smith, Ian Craig; Johnson, William Arthur; Reed, Scott T.; Cook, Adam W.

    2005-03-01

    In order to develop the next generation of high peak intensity lasers, new grating technology providing higher damage thresholds and large apertures is required. The current assumption is that this technical innovation will be multilayer dielectric gratings, wherein the uppermost layer of a thin film mirror is etched to create the desired binary phase grating. A variant of this is explored with the upper grating layer being a lower density gelatin-based volume phase grating in either sol-gel or dichromated gelatin. One key benefit is the elimination of the etching step.

  17. Free volume effects on the fluorescence characteristics of sol-gel glasses doped with quinine sulphate

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    Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Barbosa-García, O.; Díaz-Torres, L. A.; Chávez-Cerda, S.; King, T. A.

    1999-12-01

    The broadening of the absorption and fluorescence spectra and the red shift of the fluorescence maximum of quinine sulfate doped sol-gel glasses, before and after PMMA polymer impregnation, are investigated at different concentrations. The fluorescence decay of the quinine sulfate doped samples does not fit to a single exponential, as it does in ethanol solutions. We found that a double exponential gives a good fit to the obtained results. Introduction of solvent to fill the pores of the matrix does not only have the same effect as the polymer, but also reveals the strong attachment of the molecules to the pore walls and the influence of the interaction with the cage.

  18. Uncooled 160×120 microbolometer IR FPA based on sol-gel VOx

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    Dem'yanenko, Michael A.; Fomin, Boris I.; Ovsyuk, Victor N.; Marchishin, Igor V.; Parm, Igor O.; Vasil'ieva, Lyudmila L.; Shashkin, Valeri V.

    2005-09-01

    The technology of high-quality microbolometer focal plane arrays (FPA) fabrication has been developed. Simple and cheap sol-gel technology of thermosensitive vanadium oxide layers preparation is underlain in its basis. Uncooled 160×120 microbolometer sensor assemblies for 8-14 microns spectral range have been fabricated. The paper brief outlines simple techniques to measure crosstalk, precision of FPA temperature stabilization and sensor assembly response time to infrared signal change. The noise equivalent temperature difference better than 100 mK has been achieved at frame rate 60 Hz and F/1 optics.

  19. YAG:Ce3+ Nanophosphor Synthesized with the Salted Sol-Gel Method

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    D. Jia; C. V. Shaffer; J. E. Weyant; A. Goonewardene; X. Guo; Y. Wang; X. Z. Guo; K. K. Li; Y. K. Zou; W. Jia

    2006-05-01

    Nano-phosphors of Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YAG:Ce) were synthesized with a novel salted sol-gel method, in which aqueous solution of inorganic salts (yttrium/cerium nitrates) were used along with the metal alkoxide precursor, aluminum sec-butoxide, Al(OC4H9)3. YAG single phase was formed at temperature as low as 800 C. Luminescence of YAG:Ce reached the maximum intensity when calcined above 1350C. The SEM image reveals that the grain sizes of the nano-phosphors calcined at 1100 C are in a range of 50-150 nm.

  20. Surface and catalytic properties of acid metal carbons prepared by the sol gel method

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    Aguado-Serrano, J.; Rojas-Cervantes, M. L.; Martín-Aranda, R. M.; López-Peinado, A. J.; Gómez-Serrano, V.

    2006-06-01

    The sol-gel method has been applied for the synthesis of a series of acid metal-carbon xerogels (with M = V, Cr, Mo and Ni) by polymerisation of resorcinol with formaldehyde in the presence of metallic precursors. A blank sample was also prepared without any metal addition. The xerogels were heated in nitrogen at 1000 °C to obtain the pyrolysed products. The samples were characterised by different techniques such as thermal-mass spectrometry analysis, gas physisorption, and mercury porosimetry. In addition, the acid character of the pyrolysed products was tested by the Claisen-Schmidt condensation between benzaldehyde and acetophenone for the formation of chalcones.

  1. Synthesis and sintering of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powders by citric acid sol-gel combustion method

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    Han Yingchao; Li Shipu; Wang Xinyu; Chen Xiaoming

    2004-01-03

    The citric acid sol-gel combustion method has been used for the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAP) powder from calcium nitrate, diammonium hydrogen phosphate and citric acid. The phase composition of HAP powder was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction analysis (XRD). The morphology of HAP powder was observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The HAP powder has been sintered into microporous ceramic in air at 1200 deg. C with 3 h soaking time. The microstructure and phase composition of the resulting HAP ceramic were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and XRD, respectively. The physical characterization of open porosity and flexural strength have also been carried out.

  2. Dielectric function of sol-gel prepared nano-granular zinc oxide by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Gilliot, Mickaël Hadjadj, Aomar; Eypert, Céline

    2013-11-14

    ZnO thin films have been prepared by sol gel and deposited by spin coating. The dielectric function has been determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Ellipsometric spectra are inverted by a direct numerical method without using the standard fitting procedures. The obtained dielectric function presents a broad excitonic effect. The dielectric function is studied using Elliot excitonic theory including exciton plus band-to-band Coulomb interactions with standard Lorentzian broadening. A modification of this model dielectric function with independent bound and unbound exciton contributions is empirically proposed to improve modelling of the band gap excitonic peak.

  3. Ion-irradiation enhanced epitaxial growth of sol-gel TiO2 films

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    Lee, Jung-Kun; Jung, Hyun Suk; Wang, Yongqiang; Theodore, N. David; Alford, Terry L.; Nastasi, Michael

    2011-04-01

    We report the epitaxial growth of sol-gel TiO2 films by using ion-irradiation enhanced synthesis. Our present study shows that the ion-beam process can provide highly crystalline TiO2 even at 350°C. Nuclear energy deposition at amorphous/crystalline interface plays a dominant role in the epitaxial growth of the films at the reduced temperature via a defect-migration mechanism. In addition, the ion irradiation allows for increasing the film density by balancing the crystallization rate and the escape rate of organic components.

  4. Photovoltaic responses of ZnO/Si heterojunctions synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Liu, H.; Zhao, S.; Zhao, K.; Liu, W.

    2011-07-01

    ZnO/Si heterojunctions were prepared by the sol-gel method and hexagonal polycrystalline wurtzite structures with pores were observed by a field emission scanning electron microscope. The steady photovoltage properties of ZnO/Si heterojunctions were obtained under the illumination of a 532 nm continuum solid state laser with a 50 Hz chopper. In addition ns photoresponse signals were found when the samples were excited by a ps pulsed laser at room temperature. A possible mechanism was proposed to describe the photovoltaic process in the ZnO/Si heterojunction.

  5. Barium hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized by citric acid sol-gel combustion method

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    Xiu Zhiliang; Lue Mengkai . E-mail: mklu@icm.sdu.edu.cn; Liu Suwen; Zhou Guangjun; Su Benyu; Zhang Haiping

    2005-09-01

    Barium hydroxyapatite (BaHAP) nanoparticles have been synthesized by citric acid sol-gel combustion method using citric acid as a reductant/fuel and nitrate as an oxidant at a relatively low temperature of 600 deg. C. The thermal decomposition of nitrate-citrate xerogel was investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) technique. The yielding powders calcined at 600 deg. C have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The possible combustion process was presented.

  6. Distributed feedback sol-gel zirconia waveguide lasers based on surface relief gratings

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    Ye, Chao; Wong, K. Y.; He, Yaning; Wang, Xiaogang

    2007-02-01

    Distributed feedback waveguide lasers based on dye-doped sol-gel zirconia films with permanent grating structures were demonstrated. The permanent grating was realized by employing a novel epoxy-based azo-polymer that generates a surface relief grating by a photo-isomerization process induced by two interfering writing beams. When employing the rhodamine 6G dye, tuning of the output wavelength of the distributed feedback waveguide laser from around 575 nm to 610 nm can be achieved by adjusting the tilting angle between the orientation of the grating and the pump beam.

  7. Thin film of sol-gel deposited in photonic crystal fiber for cholesterol detection

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    Razo-Medina, D. A.; Alvarado-Méndez, E.; Trejo-Durán, M.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, the fabrication of thin films mixed with cholesterol enzyme as recognition component is shown, using solgel technique. The film was deposited at one end of photonic crystal fiber (optrode), which was used as carrier medium of sol-gel matrix. The concentration of cholesterol in the test sample was determined by the use of transmittance. Measuring device consists of a power source (laser diode), optrode and a light detector. The laser beam is transmitted through the optrode; the variations of intensity depending on cholesterol concentration are emitted to be detected by a photoresistor.

  8. Optical characterization of Sol-Gel ZnO:Al thin films

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a sol-gel technological process for preparing thin films of ZnO and ZnO:Al. The effect of annealing treatments (500, 600, 700 and 800 °C) on their properties was studied. The structural evolution with the temperature was investigated by using X-Ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry were applied to characterizing the films' vibrational and optical properties. The ZnO and ZnO:Al films possessed a polycrystalline structure. The films studied are highly transparent in the visible spectral range. The optical band gap values and the haze parameter were also determined.

  9. Solid-state NMR study of geopolymer prepared by sol-gel chemistry

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    Tsai, Yi-Ling; Hanna, John V.; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Smith, Mark E.; Chan, Jerry C. C.

    2010-12-01

    Geopolymers are a new class of materials formed by the condensation of aluminosilicates and silicates obtained from natural minerals or industrial wastes. In this work, the sol-gel method is used to synthesize precursor materials for the preparation of geopolymers. The geopolymer samples prepared by our synthetic route have been characterized by a series of physical techniques, including Fourier-transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and multinuclear solid-state NMR. The results are very similar to those obtained for the geopolymers prepared from natural kaolinite. We believe that our synthetic approach can offer a good opportunity for the medical applications of geopolymer.

  10. Investigation of sol-gel yttrium doped ZnO thin films: structural and optical properties

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured metal oxide films are extensively studied due to their numerous applications such as optoelectronic devices, sensors. In this work, we report the Y-Zn-O nanostructured films prepared by sol-gel technology from sols with different concentration of yttrium precursor, followed by post-annealing treatment. The Y doped ZnO thin films have been deposited on Si and quartz substrates by spin coating method, then treated at temperatures ranging from 300-800oC. XRD analysis reveals modification of the film structure and phases in the doped ZnO films.

  11. Controlling the porosity of microporous silica by sol-gel processing using an organic template approach

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    Lu, Y.; Cao, G.Z.; Kale, R.P.; Delattre, L.; Lopez, G.P.; Brinker, C.J. |

    1996-12-31

    The authors use an organic template approach to prepare microporous silica with controlled pore size and narrow pore size distributions. This was accomplished by fabricating relatively dense hybrid silica matrices incorporating organic template ligands by sol-gel synthesis and then removing the organic ligands to create a microporous silica network. Comparison of computer simulation results and experimental data indicated that using this fugitive template approach, pore volume can be controlled by the amount of organic template added to the system, and pore size can be controlled by the size of the organic ligands.

  12. The electrochromic characteristics of sol gel-prepared NiO thin film

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    Jiao, Zheng; Wu, Minghong; Qin, Zheng; Xu, Hong

    2003-04-01

    In this work, NiO thin film was prepared by the sol-gel technique and analysed by thermogravimetry, x-ray diffractometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrochromic characteristics were studied by ultraviolet spectroscopy. NiO thin film shows electrochromic characteristics. Its colour changes from transparent to brown when a voltage is applied. The transmittance of the film can shift from 90 to 40%. Deterioration of the film caused by colouring and discolouring was not observed for up to 100 cycles.

  13. Sol-gel synthesis of quaternary (P2O5)55-(CaO)25-(Na2O)(20-x)-(TiO2) x bioresorbable glasses for bone tissue engineering applications (x = 0, 5, 10, or 15).

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    Foroutan, Farzad; Walters, Nick J; Owens, Gareth J; Mordan, Nicola J; Kim, Hae-Won; de Leeuw, Nora H; Knowles, Jonathan C

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, we report a new and facile sol-gel synthesis of phosphate-based glasses with the general formula of (P2O5)55-(CaO)25-(Na2O)(20-x)-(TiO2) x , where x = 0, 5, 10 or 15, for bone tissue engineering applications. The sol-gel synthesis method allows greater control over glass morphology at relatively low processing temperature (200 °C) in comparison with phosphate-based melt-derived glasses (~1000 °C). The glasses were analyzed using several characterization techniques, including x-ray diffraction (XRD), (31)P magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ((31)P MAS-NMR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, which confirmed the amorphous and glassy nature of the prepared samples. Degradation was assessed by measuring the ion release and pH change of the storage medium. Cytocompatibility was also confirmed by culturing osteoblast-like osteosarcoma cell line MG-63 on the glass microparticles over a seven-day period. Cell attachment to the particles was imaged using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results revealed the potential of phosphate-based sol-gel derived glasses containing 5 or 10 mol% TiO2, with high surface area, ideal dissolution rate for cell attachment and easily metabolized dissolution products, for bone tissue engineering applications. PMID:26306553

  14. An abrasion-resistant and broadband antireflective silica coating by block copolymer assisted sol-gel method.

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    Zou, Liping; Li, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Qinghua; Shen, Jun

    2014-09-01

    A double-layer broadband antireflective (AR) coating was prepared on glass substrate via sol-gel process using two kinds of acid-catalyzed TEOS-derived silica sols. The relative dense layer with a porosity of ∼10% was obtained from an as-prepared sol, while the porous layer with a porosity of ∼55% was from a modified one with block copolymer (BCP) Pluronic F127 as template which results in abundant ordered mesopores. The two layers give rise to a reasonable refractive index gradient from air to the substrate and thus high transmittance in a wide wavelength range, and both of them have the same tough skeleton despite different porosity, for which each single-layer and the double-layer coatings all behaved well in the mechanical property tests. The high transmittance and the strong ability of resisting abrasion make this coating promising for applications in some harsh conditions. In addition, the preparation is simple, low-cost, time-saving, and flexible for realizing the optical property. PMID:25117300

  15. Application of a nanostructured platform and imprinted sol-gel film for determination of chlorogenic acid in food samples.

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    Ribeiro, Carla M; Miguel, Eliane M; Silva, Jonadab Dos S; Silva, Cristian B da; Goulart, Marília O F; Kubota, Lauro T; Gonzaga, Fabiano B; Santos, Wilney J R; Lima, Phabyanno R

    2016-08-15

    Chlorogenic acid (CGA) is a polyphenol derivative that widely exists in higher plants like fruits, vegetables, black teas, and some traditional Chinese medicines. In this work, we have proposed a sensitive and selective electrochemical sensor for detection of CGA. The sensor was based on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a functional platform by grafting vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) in multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and covered by a molecularly imprinted siloxane (MIS) film prepared using the sol-gel process. The VTMS was grafted onto the surface of the MWCNTs via in situ free radical polymerization. The MIS was obtained from the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis/condensation of a solution consisting of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), phenyltriethoxysilane (PTEOS), (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APTMS), and CGA as a template molecule. The modification procedure was evaluated by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Under optimized operational conditions, a linear response was obtained covering a concentration ranging from 0.08μmolL(-1) to 500μmolL(-1) with a detection limit (LOD) of 0.032μmolL(-1). The proposed sensor was applied to CGA determination in coffee, tomato, and apple samples with recoveries ranging from 99.3% to 108.6%, showing a promising potential application in food samples. Additionally, the imprinted sensor showed a significantly higher affinity for target CGA than the non-imprinted siloxane (NIS) sensor. PMID:27260443

  16. Novel multifunctional titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite coatings through an all aqueous sol-gel process.

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    Smitha, Venu Sreekala; Jyothi, Chembolli Kunhatta; Peer, Mohamed A; Pillai, Saju; Warrier, Krishna Gopakumar

    2013-04-01

    A novel nanocomposite coating containing titania, silica and lanthanum phosphate prepared through an all aqueous sol-gel route exhibits excellent self-cleaning ability arising from the synergistic effect of the constituents in the nanocomposite. A highly stable titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite sol having particle size in the range of 30-50 nm has been synthesized starting from a titanyl sulphate precursor, which was further used for the development of photocatalytically active composite coatings on glass. The coatings prepared by the dip coating technique as well as the nanocomposite powders are heat treated and characterized further for their morphology and multifunctionality. The nanocomposite containing 1.5 wt% LaPO4 has shown a surface area as high as 138 m(2) g(-1) and a methylene blue degradation efficiency of 94% in two hours of UV exposure. The composite coating has shown very good homogeneity evidenced by transparency as high as 99.5% and low wetting behaviour. The present novel approach for energy conserving, aqueous derived, self-cleaning coatings may be suitable for large scale industrial applications. PMID:23358559

  17. Preparation of the SnO2 gate pH-ISFET by sol gel technology

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    Chou, Jung Chuan; Wang, Yii Fang

    2001-10-01

    In this paper, the sol-gel prepared SnO2 thin film is first applied for the pH sensing. We use the SnCl2(DOT)2H2O as the precursor. It is cheaper than other methods. The resulting solution is dropped on the gate of the SiO2 gate pH-ISFET (ion sensitive field effect transistor). After baking, the thin film will convert to SnO2. We also use the thermal evaporation system to prepare the SnO2 gate MOSFET. Then, we use the Keithley 236 instrument to measure the IDS-VG curves of the SnO2 gate MOSFET and pH-ISFET for the different pH buffer solutions. Since the MOSFET and pH-ISFET are fabricated on the same silicon wafer, the properties of these devices are identical. Therefore, we can use the experimental results and theoretical model of the pH-ISFET to find the pH sensitivity and pHPZC (pH at the point of zero charge) of the sol-gel prepared SnO2 gate pH-ISFET, which are about 57.36 mV/pH and 11.3, respectively.

  18. Characterizations of maghemite thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N.; Ibrahim, N. B.

    2015-09-01

    Iron is one of the abundant elements of Mother Nature and its compound, iron oxide is an interesting material to study since its discovery in the form of magnetite. It can exist in many phases such as hematite and maghemite, this unique nature has put it as a potential candidate in various applications. The aim of this work is to study the influence of different precursor concentrations on the microstructural and magnetic properties of iron oxide thin film. All samples were prepared via the sol-gel method followed by a spin coating technique on quartz substrates. Iron oxide films were confirmed as maghemite phase from X-ray diffraction patterns. The film morphology was examined by a field emission scanning electron microscope and it showed non-systematic value of average grain size and film thickness throughout the study. Hysteresis loop further confirmed that maghemite is a magnetic material when it was characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The coercivity did not show any correlation with molarity. Nevertheless, it increased as the precursor concentration of the film increased due to the domain behaviour. In conclusion, maghemite thin films were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method with different precursor concentrations in this work.

  19. Microalgae fiber optic biosensors for herbicide monitoring using sol-gel technology.

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    Peña-Vázquez, Elena; Maneiro, Emilia; Pérez-Conde, Concepción; Moreno-Bondi, Maria Cruz; Costas, Eduardo

    2009-08-15

    Three microalgal species (Dictyosphaerium chlorelloides (D.c.), Scenedesmus intermedius (S.i.) and Scenedesmus sp. (S.s.)) were encapsulated in silicate sol-gel matrices and the increase in the amount of chlorophyll fluorescence signal was used to quantify simazine. Influence of several parameters on the preparation of the sensing layers has been evaluated: effect of pH on sol-gel gelation time; effect of algae density on sensor response; influence of glycerol (%) on the membrane stability. Long term stability was also tested and the fluorescence signal from biosensors remained stable for at least 3 weeks. D.c. biosensor presented the lowest detection limits for simazine (3.6 microg L(-1)) and the broadest dynamic calibration range (19-860 microg L(-1)) with IC(50) 125+/-14 microg L(-1). Biosensor was validated by HPLC with UV/DAD detection. The biosensor showed response to those herbicides that inhibit the photosynthesis at photosystem II (triazines: simazine, atrazine, propazine, terbuthylazine; urea based herbicides: linuron). However, no significant increases of fluorescence response was obtained for similar concentrations of 2,4-D (hormonal herbicide) or Cu(II). The combined use of two biosensors that use two different genotypes, sensitive and resistant to simazine, jointly allowed improving microalgae biosensor specificity. PMID:19497732

  20. Antimicrobial activity of thin solid films of silver doped hydroxyapatite prepared by sol-gel method.

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    Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Chapon, Patrick; Le Coustumer, Philippe; Predoi, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp) thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with x(Ag) = 0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h. PMID:24523630