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  1. Bimorphic polymeric photomechanical actuator

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    Sarkisov, Sergey S. (Inventor); Curley, Michael J. (Inventor); Adamovsky, Grigory (Inventor); Sarkisov, Jr., Sergey S. (Inventor); Fields, Aisha B. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A bimorphic polymeric photomechanical actuator, in one embodiment using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a photosensitive body, transmitting light over fiber optic cables, and controlling the shape and pulse duration of the light pulse to control movement of the actuator. Multiple light beams are utilized to generate different ranges of motion for the actuator from a single photomechanical body and alternative designs use multiple light beams and multiple photomechanical bodies to provide controlled movement. Actuator movement using one or more ranges of motion is utilized to control motion to position an actuating element in three dimensional space.

  2. Bimorph actuators in thick SiO2 for photonic alignment

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    Wu, Kai; Peters, Tjitte-Jelte; Tichem, Marcel; Postma, Ferry; Prak, Albert; Wörhoff, Kerstin; Leinse, Arne

    2016-03-01

    This paper proposes and tests a design of electro-thermal bimorph actuators for alignment of flexible photonic waveguides fabricated in 16 µm thick SiO2. The actuators are for use in a novel alignment concept for multi-port photonic integrated circuits (PICs), in which the fine alignment is taken care of by positioning of suspended, mechanically flexible waveguide beams on one or more of the PICs. The design parameters of the bimorph actuator allow to tune both the initial relative position of the waveguide end-facets, and the motion range of the actuators. Bimorph actuators have been fabricated and characterized. The maximum out-of-plane deflection of the bimorph actuator (with 720 μm-long poly-Si) can reach 18:5 μm with 126:42mW, sufficient for the proposed application.

  3. Morphing of Segmented Bimorph Mirrors

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    Rodrigues, Gonçalo; Bastaits, Renaud; Preumont, André

    2010-08-01

    Atmospheric turbulence compensation for the next generation of terrestrial telescopes (30-40 m diameter) will require deformable mirrors of increasing size and a number of actuators reaching several thousands. However, the mere extrapolation of existing designs leads to complicated and extremely expensive mirrors. This article discusses an alternative solution based on the use of segmented identical hexagonal bimorph mirrors. This allows to indefinitely increase the degree of correction while maintaining the first mechanical resonance at the level of a single segment, and shows an increase in price only proportional to the number of segments. Extensive simulations using random turbulent screens show that the segmentation produces only moderate reductions of the Strehl number, compared to a monolithic bimorph mirror with the same number of actuators (S = 0.86 instead of S = 0.89 in this study).

  4. Note: Helical nanobelt force sensors

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    Hwang, G.; Hashimoto, H.

    2012-12-15

    We present the fabrication and characterization of helical nanobelt force sensors. These self-sensing force sensors are based on the giant piezoresistivity of helical nanobelts. The three-dimensional helical nanobelts are self-formed from 27 nm-thick n-type InGaAs/GaAs bilayers using rolled-up techniques, and assembled onto electrodes on a micropipette using nanorobotic manipulations. The helical nanobelt force sensors can be calibrated using a calibrated atomic force microscope cantilever system under scanning electron microscope. Thanks to their giant piezoresistance coefficient (515 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10} Pa{sup -1}), low stiffness (0.03125 N/m), large-displacement capability ({approx}10 {mu}m), and good fatigue resistance, they are well suited to function as stand-alone, compact ({approx}20 {mu}m without the plug-in support), light ({approx}5 g including the plug-in support), versatile and large range ({approx}{mu}N) and high resolution ({approx}nN) force sensors.

  5. Note: helical nanobelt force sensors.

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    Hwang, G; Hashimoto, H

    2012-12-01

    We present the fabrication and characterization of helical nanobelt force sensors. These self-sensing force sensors are based on the giant piezoresistivity of helical nanobelts. The three-dimensional helical nanobelts are self-formed from 27 nm-thick n-type InGaAs/GaAs bilayers using rolled-up techniques, and assembled onto electrodes on a micropipette using nanorobotic manipulations. The helical nanobelt force sensors can be calibrated using a calibrated atomic force microscope cantilever system under scanning electron microscope. Thanks to their giant piezoresistance coefficient (515 × 10(-10) Pa(-1)), low stiffness (0.03125 N/m), large-displacement capability (~10 μm), and good fatigue resistance, they are well suited to function as stand-alone, compact (~20 μm without the plug-in support), light (~5 g including the plug-in support), versatile and large range (~μN) and high resolution (~nN) force sensors. PMID:23278031

  6. Note: Helical nanobelt force sensors

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    Hwang, G.; Hashimoto, H.

    2012-12-01

    We present the fabrication and characterization of helical nanobelt force sensors. These self-sensing force sensors are based on the giant piezoresistivity of helical nanobelts. The three-dimensional helical nanobelts are self-formed from 27 nm-thick n-type InGaAs/GaAs bilayers using rolled-up techniques, and assembled onto electrodes on a micropipette using nanorobotic manipulations. The helical nanobelt force sensors can be calibrated using a calibrated atomic force microscope cantilever system under scanning electron microscope. Thanks to their giant piezoresistance coefficient (515 × 10-10 Pa-1), low stiffness (0.03125 N/m), large-displacement capability (˜10 μm), and good fatigue resistance, they are well suited to function as stand-alone, compact (˜20 μm without the plug-in support), light (˜5 g including the plug-in support), versatile and large range (˜μN) and high resolution (˜nN) force sensors.

  7. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Gold Nanobelts

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    2015-01-01

    Gold nanobelts were synthesized by the reduction of tetrachloroauric acid with ascorbic acid in the presence of the surfactants cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecylsulfate. The resulting structures have rectangular cross sectional dimensions that are tens of nanometers and lengths that are tens to hundreds of micrometers. We find that the nanobelt yield and resulting structures are very sensitive to temperature which is likely due to the transition of the surfactant solution from wormlike micelles to spherical micelles. The nanobelt crystal structure contains a mixture of face centered cubic and hexagonally close packed lattice phases that can be isolated and examined individually due to the unique nanobelt size and shape. PMID:24803725

  8. Light-Driven Polymeric Bimorph Actuators

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    Adamovsky, Gregory; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Curley, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    Light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are being developed as alternatives to prior electrically and optically driven actuators in advanced, highly miniaturized devices and systems exemplified by microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro-electro-optical-mechanical systems (MEOMS), and sensor and actuator arrays in smart structures. These light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are intended to satisfy a need for actuators that (1) in comparison with the prior actuators, are simpler and less power-hungry; (2) can be driven by low-power visible or mid-infrared light delivered through conventional optic fibers; and (3) are suitable for integration with optical sensors and multiple actuators of the same or different type. The immediate predecessors of the present light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are bimorph actuators that exploit a photorestrictive effect in lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics. The disadvantages of the PLZT-based actuators are that (1) it is difficult to shape the PLZT ceramics, which are hard and brittle; (2) for actuation, it is necessary to use ultraviolet light (wavelengths < 380 nm), which must be generated by use of high-power, high-pressure arc lamps or lasers; (3) it is difficult to deliver sufficient ultraviolet light through conventional optical fibers because of significant losses in the fibers; (4) the response times of the PLZT actuators are of the order of several seconds unacceptably long for typical applications; and (5) the maximum mechanical displacements of the PLZT-based actuators are limited to those characterized by low strains beyond which PLZT ceramics disintegrate because of their brittleness. The basic element of a light-driven bimorph actuator of the present developmental type is a cantilever beam comprising two layers, at least one of which is a polymer that exhibits a photomechanical effect (see figure). The dominant mechanism of the photomechanical effect is a photothermal one: absorption of

  9. Dual-use bimorph deformable mirrors

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    Griffith, M. S.; Laycock, L. C.; Bagshaw, J. M.; Rowe, D.

    2005-11-01

    Adaptive Optics (AO) is a critical underpinning technology for future optical countermeasures, laser delivery, target illumination and imaging systems. It measures and compensates for optical distortion caused by transmission through the atmosphere, resulting in the ability to deploy smaller lasers and identify targets at greater ranges. AO is also well established in ground based astronomy, and is finding applications in free space optical communications and ophthalmology. One of the key components in an AO system is the wavefront modifier, which acts on the incoming or outgoing beam to counter the effects of the atmosphere. BAE SYSTEMS ATC is developing multi-element Deformable Bimorph Mirrors (DBMs) for such applications. A traditional bimorph deformable mirror uses a set of edge electrodes outside the active area in order to meet the required boundary conditions for the active aperture. This inflicts a significant penalty in terms of bandwidth, which is inversely proportional to the square of the full mirror diameter. We have devised a number of novel mounting arrangements that reduce dead space and thus provide a much improved trade-off between bandwidth and stroke. These schemes include a novel method for providing vertical displacement at the periphery of the aperture, a method for providing a continuous compliant support underneath the bimorph mirror, and a method for providing a three point support underneath the bimorph. In all three cases, there is no requirement for edge electrodes to provide the boundary conditions, resulting in devices of much higher bandwidth. The target is to broaden the use of these types of mirror beyond the current limits of either low order/low bandwidth, to address the high order, high bandwidth systems required by long range, horizontal path applications. This paper will discuss the different mirror designs, and present experimental results for the most recently assembled mirrors.

  10. A tunable plasmon resonance in gold nanobelts.

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    Anderson, Lindsey J E; Payne, Courtney M; Zhen, Yu-Rong; Nordlander, Peter; Hafner, Jason H

    2011-11-01

    Plasmonic nanowires with sub-100-nm rectangular cross sections were found to exhibit a strong transverse plasmon peak at visible wavelengths. By correlating atomic force microscopy measurements of individual nanobelts with their dark-field scattering spectra, it is seen that the transverse peak tunes with cross-sectional aspect ratio. Simulations revealed that the scattering plasmonic modes are transverse antisymmetric excitations across the nanobelt width. Unlike larger diameter silver nanowires, these nanobelts exhibit sharp, tunable plasmon resonances similar to those of nanoparticles. PMID:21973047

  11. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for energy harvesting applications

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    Pozzi, Michele; Zhu, Meiling

    2011-06-01

    The modern drive towards mobility and wireless devices is motivating intense research in energy harvesting (EH) technologies. In an effort to reduce the battery burden of people, we are investigating a novel piezoelectric wearable energy harvester. As piezoelectric EH is significantly more effective at high frequencies, in opposition to the characteristically low-frequency human activities, we propose the use of an up-conversion strategy analogous to the pizzicato musical technique. In order to guide the design of such harvester, we have modelled with Finite Elements (FE) the response and power generation of a piezoelectric bimorph while it is "plucked", i.e. deflected, then released and permitted to vibrate freely. An experimental rig has been devised and set up to reproduce the action of the bimorph in the harvester. Measurements of the voltage output and the energy dissipated across a series resistor are reported and compared with the FE predictions. As the novel harvester will feature a number of bimorphs, each plucked tens of times per step, we predict a total power output of several mW, with imperceptible effect on the wearer's gait.

  12. Membrane Mirrors With Bimorph Shape Actuators

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    Yang, Eui-Hyeok

    2003-01-01

    Deformable mirrors of a proposed type would be equipped with relatively-large-stroke microscopic piezoelectric actuators that would be used to maintain their reflective surfaces in precise shapes. These mirrors would be members of the class of MEMS-DM (for microelectromechanical system deformable mirror) devices, which offer potential for a precise optical control in adaptive-optics applications in such diverse fields as astronomy and vision science. The proposed mirror would be fabricated, in part, by use of a membrane-transfer technique. The actuator design would contain bimorph-type piezoelectric actuators.

  13. Flow Energy Piezoelectric Bimorph Nozzle Harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffery L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; Arrazola, Alvaro

    2014-01-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  14. Flow energy piezoelectric bimorph nozzle harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffrey L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; Arrazola, Alvaro; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary

    2014-04-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  15. Field Emission from Zinc Oxide Nanobelts.

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    Asthanal, A; Yap, Y K; Shahbazian-Yassar, R

    2015-03-01

    We report here, the in-situ field emission (FE) property measurement on the individual ZnO nanobelts inside a high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) using a special scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)-TEM system. The field emission properties were found to be size scale dependent. It was found that the threshold voltage decreases and the field enhancement factor increases with the decrease in the diameter of the tip of the nanobelt and increase in the sharpness of the tip. The field emission parameter was estimated following the Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) theory. The ZnO nanobelt with the sharp agave like tip structure (d = 10 nm) showed the highest value of the field enhancement factor, β ≈ 4562, and a high field emission current of ~ 502 µA. PMID:26413652

  16. Functional oxide nanobelts - from materials to nanodevices

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    Lin, Zhong; Wang

    2003-11-01

    Nanowire and nanotube based materials have been demonstrated as building blocks for nanocircuits, nanosystems and nano-optoelectronics. Recently, ultra-long belt-like, quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures (so called nanobelts or nanoribbons) have been successfully synthesized for semiconducting oxides of zinc, tin, indium, cadmium and gallium, by simply evaporating the desired commercial metal oxide powders at high temperatures [1]. The as-synthesized oxide nanobelts are pure, structurally uniform, single crystalline and most of them free from dislocations; they have a rectangular-like cross-section with typical widths of 30 - 300 nm, width-to-thickness ratios of 5 - 10 and lengths of up to a few millimeters. The belt-like morphology appears to be a unique and common structural characteristic for the family of semiconducting oxides with cations of different valence states and materials of distinct crystallographic structures. Using the technique demonstrated for measuring the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes based on in-situ transmission electron microscopy [2,3], the bending modulus of the oxide nanobelts has been measured and the nanobelt is shown to be a dual mode nanoresonator for NEMS technology. Field effect transistors [4] and ultra-sensitive nano-size gas sensors [5], nanoresonators and nanocantilevers [6] have also been fabricated based on individual nanobelts. Thermal transport along the nanobelt has also been measured. Nanocantilevers based on nanobelts have been fabricated. Very recently, structurally nanobelts exhibiting piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties have been synthesized, which could be a candidate for nano-scale traducers, actuators and sensors. [1] Z.W. Pan, Z.R. Dai and Z.L. Wang, Science, 209 (2001) 1947. [2] P. Poncharal, Z.L. Wang, D. Ugarte and W.A. de Heer, Science, 283 (1999) 1513; Electron Microscopy of Nanotubes, ed. Z.L. Wang and C. Hui, Kluwer Academic Publisher (2003). [3] R.P. Gao, Z.L. Wang, Z.G. Bai, W. de Heer

  17. Admittance matrix of a trapezoidal piezoelectric heterogeneous bimorph.

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    Schachtele, Jonathan; Goll, Erich; Muralt, Paul; Kaltenbacher, Dominik

    2012-12-01

    Bimorph structures are a standard method for transforming the high force of piezoelectric materials into a large deflection. In micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) applications, it is preferable to use structures consisting of a passive substrate (usually silicon) and one or more piezoelectric layers on the top. Such structures are called heterogeneous bimorphs or enakemesomorphs. In some MEMS applications- for example, for use as acoustic transducers-it is desirable to arrange such heterogeneous bimorphs in a circular shape, which results in trapezoidal cantilever structures. In this paper, an analytic dynamic description of such actuators is obtained. The resulting model is proved to be compatible with existing models for heterogeneous bimorphs with constant width. A comparison to a finite element analysis model of an exemplary layout shows divergences wholly within the same range as found for published models for constant-width structures. PMID:23221226

  18. Development of a Micro-Gripper Using Piezoelectric Bimorphs

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    El-Sayed, Amr M.; Abo-Ismail, Ahmed; El-Melegy, Moumen T.; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric bimorphs have been used as a micro-gripper in many applications, but the system might be complex and the response performance might not have been fully characterized. In this study the dynamic characteristics of bending piezoelectric bimorphs actuators were theoretically and experimentally investigated for micro-gripping applications in terms of deflection along the length, transient response, and frequency response with varying driving voltages and driving signals. In addition, the implementation of a parallel micro-gripper using bending piezoelectric bimorphs was presented. Both fingers were actuated separately to perform mini object handling. The bending piezoelectric bimorphs were fixed as cantilevers and individually driven using a high voltage amplifier and the bimorph deflection was measured using a non contact proximity sensor attached at the tip of one finger. The micro-gripper could perform precise micro-manipulation tasks and could handle objects down to 50 μm in size. This eliminates the need for external actuator extension of the microgripper as the grasping action was achieved directly with the piezoelectric bimorph, thus minimizing the weight and the complexity of the micro-gripper. PMID:23653051

  19. Bimorph mirrors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Alcock, Simon G.; Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal J. S.; Hall, David R.; McAuley, Katherine; Sorensen, Thomas

    2013-05-01

    Bimorph mirrors are widely used by the X-ray, Laser, Space, and Astronomy communities to focus or collimate photon beams. Applying voltages to the embedded piezo ceramics enables the user to globally bend the optical substrate to a range of figures (including cylindrical, parabolic, and elliptical), and finely correct low spatial frequency errors, thus improving optical performance. Bimorph mirrors are employed on numerous synchrotron X-ray beamlines, including several at Diamond Light Source. However, many such beamlines were not achieving the desired size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Metrology data from ex-situ, slope measuring profilometry (using the Diamond-NOM) and in-situ, synchrotron X-ray "pencil-beam" scans, revealed sharp defects on the optical substrate directly above the locations at which the piezo ceramics are bonded together. This so-called "junction effect" has been observed on a variety of bimorph mirrors with different numbers of piezos, substrate length, and thickness. To repair this damage, three pairs of bimorph mirrors were re-polished at Thales-SESO. We review the re-polishing process, and show that it successfully removed the junction effect, and significantly improved beamline performance. Since the internal structure of the bimorph mirrors was not modified during re-polishing, it is hoped that the mirrors will retain their surface quality, and remain operational for many years. We also highlight the combination of super-polishing techniques with bimorph technology to create the "Ultimate" mirror, and discuss a next generation, bimorph mirror which is predicted not to suffer from the junction effect.

  20. A miniature bimorph piezoelectrically actuated flow pump

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    Pires, Rogério F.; Nakasone, Paulo H.; de Lima, Cícero R.; Silva, Emílio C. N.

    2006-03-01

    Precision flow pumps have been widely studied over the last three decades. They have been applied as essential components in thermal management solutions for cooling electronic devices offering better performance with low noise and low power consumption. In this work, a novel configuration of a miniature piezoelectrically actuated flow pump with the purpose of cooling a LED set inside a head light system for medical applications has been studied and it will be presented. The complete cycle of pump development was conducted. In the design step, the ANSYS finite element analysis software has been applied to simulate and study the fluid-structure interaction inside the pump, as well as the bimorph piezoelectric actuator behavior. In addition, an optimization process was carried out through Altair Hyperstudy software to find a set of parameter values that maximizes the pump performance measured in terms of flow rate. The prototype manufacturing was guided based on computational simulations. Flow characterization experimental tests were conducted, generating data that allows us to analyze the influence of frequency and amplitude parameters in the pump performance. Comparisons between numerical and experimental results were also made.

  1. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Using PZT Bimorphs and Multilayered Stacks

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    Panda, Prasanta Kumar; Sahoo, Benudhar; Chandraiah, M.; Raghavan, Sreekumari; Manoj, Bindu; Ramakrishna, J.; Kiran, P.

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric materials have a unique ability to interchange electrical and mechanical energy. This property allows the absorption of mechanical energy such as ambient vibration and its transformation into electrical energy. The electrical energy generated can be used to power low-power electronic devices. In the present study, energy harvesting by lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer (ML) stacks and bimorphs is presented. The devices were fabricated by a tape casting technique and were poled at 2 kV/mm for 30 min immersed in a silicone oil bath maintained at 60°C. The energy harvesting characteristics of the fabricated devices were measured in a suitably assembled test setup. The output voltage obtained from the PZT bimorphs and ML stacks was 450 mV and 125 mV, respectively. The higher output voltage from the bimorph is due to its low capacitance.

  2. A bimorph flexural-disk accelerometer for underwater use

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    Moffett, M.B.; Powers, J.M.

    1996-04-01

    Design equations, based on Ralph Woollett{close_quote}s 1960 report [{open_quote}{open_quote}The Flexural Disk Transducer,{close_quote}{close_quote} U.S. Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory Research Report No. 490], are presented for a bimorph accelerometer. Figures-of-merit are compared for PZT-4, PZT-5A, PZT-5H, PZT-8 piezoceramics, and PVDF-TrFE copolymer. Neutrally buoyant, spherical and cylindrical accelerometer configurations can be designed to meet bandwidth, sensitivity, and depth requirements. Experimental results for PZT-8 bimorphs indicate that simply-supported edge conditions are easily achievable. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Electrical self-healing of mechanically damaged zinc oxide nanobelts.

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    Zang, Jianfeng; Xu, Zhi-Hui; Webb, Richard A; Li, Xiaodong

    2011-01-12

    We report the observation of remarkable electrical self-healing in mechanically damaged ZnO nanobelts. Nanoindentation into intrinsically defect-free ZnO nanobelts induces deformation and crack damage, causing a dramatic electrical signal decrease. Two self-healing regimes in the nanoindented ZnO nanobelts are revealed. The physical mechanism for the observed phenomena is analyzed in terms of the nanoindentation-induced dislocations, the short-range atomic diffusion in nanostructures, and the local heating of the dislocation zone in the electrical measurement. PMID:21121680

  4. Carrier doping into boron nanobelts by neutron transmutation

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    Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Shimizu, Yoshiki; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto; Yamada, Yoichi; Esaka, Fumitaka; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Shamoto, Shin-ichi; Kimura, Kaoru

    2010-11-22

    We report the effects of a neutron-capture reaction of isotope {sup 10}B on the structure and electrical transport of {sup 10}B-enriched single-crystalline boron nanobelts. Partial amorphization, particularly at the surface of the nanobelt, was observed after thermal neutron irradiation with a dose of 2x10{sup 19} cm{sup -2}. Carrier doping into the nanobelts by neutron transmutation is expected after postannealing. The change in conductance is discussed based on the distribution of localized states in the band gap of {alpha}-tetragonal boron.

  5. Integration of metal oxide nanobelts with microsystems for nerve agent detection

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    Yu, Choongho; Hao, Qing; Saha, Sanjoy; Shi, Li; Kong, Xiangyang; Wang, Z. L.

    2005-02-01

    We have assembled tin dioxide nanobelts with low-power microheaters for detecting dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), a nerve agent simulant. The electrical conductance of a heated nanobelt increased for 5% upon exposure to 78 parts per billion DMMP in air. The nanobelt conductance recovered fully quickly after the DMMP was shut off, suggesting that the single-crystal nanobelt was not subject to poisoning often observed in polycrystalline metal oxide sensors. While the sensitivity can be improved via doping nanobelts with catalytic additives, directed assembly or growth of nanobelts on microsystems will potentially allow for the large-scale fabrication of nanosensor arrays.

  6. Optical sensor based on a single CdS nanobelt.

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    Li, Lei; Yang, Shuming; Han, Feng; Wang, Liangjun; Zhang, Xiaotong; Jiang, Zhuangde; Pan, Anlian

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, an optical sensor based on a cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanobelt has been developed. The CdS nanobelt was synthesized by the vapor phase transportation (VPT) method. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results revealed that the nanobelt had a hexagonal wurtzite structure of CdS and presented good crystal quality. A single nanobelt Schottky contact optical sensor was fabricated by the electron beam lithography (EBL) technique, and the device current-voltage results showed back-to-back Schottky diode characteristics. The photosensitivity, dark current and the decay time of the sensor were 4 × 10⁴, 31 ms and 0.2 pA, respectively. The high photosensitivity and the short decay time were because of the exponential dependence of photocurrent on the number of the surface charges and the configuration of the back to back Schottky junctions. PMID:24763211

  7. A parallel leaf spring structure driven by piezoelectric bimorph actuators

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    Seki, Hiroya; Gohda, Tomio; Shimokohbe, Akira

    A parallel leaf spring structure driven by piezoelectric bimorph actuator is modelled using a Rayleigh-Ritz formulation and model truncation is done for feedback controller design. Using a strain gauge sensor, a precise positioning of the end point mass is realized. The position of the strain gauge sensor is found to be an important factor in achieving a stable response with an estimator based feedback control system. Also excitation of higher structural modes, which becomes an obstacle to a wide servo bandwidth actuator, is discussed. Using multi electrodes arranged on the bimorph actuator and appropriately tuning the voltage ratio applied to them, pole-zero cancellation of the higher modes is experimentally demonstrated.

  8. Electromechanical properties of nanotube PVA composite actuator bimorphs

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    Bartholome, Christèle; Derré, Alain; Roubeau, Olivier; Zakri, Cécile; Poulin, Philippe

    2008-08-01

    Oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotube (oxidized-MWNT)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite sheets have been prepared for electromechanical actuator applications. MWNT have been oxidized by nitric acid treatments. They were then dispersed in water and mixed with various amounts of PVA of high molecular weight (198 000 g mol-1). The composite sheets were then obtained through a membrane filtration process. The composition of the systems has been optimized to combine suitable mechanical and electrical properties. Thermogravimetric analysis, mechanical tensile tests and conductivity measurements show that the best compromise of mechanical and electrical properties was obtained for a PVA weight fraction of about 30 wt%. In addition, one face of the sheets was coated with gold to increase the conductivity of the sheets and promote uniform actuation. Pseudo-bimorph devices have been realized by subsequently coating the composite sheets with an inert layer of PVA. The devices have been tested electromechanically in a liquid electrolyte (tetrabutylammonium/tetrafluoroborate (TBA/TFB) in acetonitrile) at constant frequency and different applied voltages, from 2 to 10 V. Measurements of the bimorph deflections were used to determine the stress generated by the nanotube-PVA sheets. The results show that the stress generated increases with increasing amplitude of the applied voltage and can reach 1.8 MPa. This value compares well with and even exceeds the stress generated by recently obtained bimorphs made of gold nanoparticles.

  9. Progress on the development of a zonal bimorph deformable mirror

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    Griffith, Mike S.; Laycock, Leslie C.; Archer, Nick; Myers, Richard; Doel, Peter; Birch, Rolf

    2008-07-01

    The Zonal Bimorph Deformable Mirror (ZBDM) is a new concept of adaptive mirror. It exploits the benefits normally associated with bimorph mirrors, namely simple rugged construction, low capacitance, and cost effectiveness, but in a significant departure from classical, edge supported bimorphs each element is supported from underneath. This results in a localised (zonal) response and enables the device to be scalable up to large aperture, multi-1000 element devices. Crucially, the combination of continuous support coupled with the use of flexi-circuit interconnect promotes the assembly of a high density 'tweeter' deformable mirror (DM) onto a lower density, high dynamic range 'woofer' DM to generate an integrated, dual-stage deformable mirror which can deliver both high resolution and high dynamic range simultaneously. Such a device has the potential to significantly simplify the design of astronomical adaptive optics (AO) systems. We present the progress made on the development of the ZBDM as part of a collaborative project funded by the newly formed UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

  10. Silicon micromachined piezoelectric ZnO bimorphs as micromirrors for display applications

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    Smits, Johannes G.; Choi, Wai-Shing; Motamedi, M. Edward; Andrews, Angus P.

    1995-05-01

    Cantilever beams of piezoelectric heterogeneous bimorphs (ZnO-on-Si3N4 bimorphs) have been designed and fabricated on silicon wafers for applications as micro-mirrors. The bimorph is a composite beam comprised of a bottom layer of Si3N4 and a top layer of ZnO which has been metallized with Au/Cr film on both surfaces. A metallized rectangular pad near the tip of the bimorph has been designed to serve as a deflecting micro-mirror. The fabrication procedures of the bimorphs using surface-machining method with ZnO as the sacrificial layers are presented in the paper. Measurement of the deflection of the bimorph as a function of dc voltages showed two different regimes of voltage dependence. For voltage magnitude less than 1 volt, small and linear deflection was obtained which was consistent with the theoretical prediction. At voltage magnitude larger than 1 volt, large deflection was obtained with quadratic dependence on the magnitude of the applied voltage. The large deflection can be attributed to joule heating effect due to current conduction in the semiconducting ZnO. The fundamental resonance frequency of the bimorph has been measured and is in close agreement with the predicted value obtained from the Euler-Bernoulli beam equation. Because of the quadratic dependence on the voltage, resonance can be obtained even though the frequency of the driving signal was only at half of the true resonance frequency. Air damping was observed which led to a reduction of the Q-factor. To test the bimorph for micro-mirror display applications, a HE-Ne laser beam has been directed at a metallized pad at the tip of the bimorph. A sinusoidal signal superimposed with a dc bias has been applied to the bimorph. The scanning range of the reflected laser beam is reported and discussed in the presentation.

  11. New Interfacial Nanochemistry on Sensory Bioscaffold-Membranes of Nanobelts

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    Chen, Feng

    Nanostructured bioscaffolds and biosensors are evolving as popular and powerful tools in life science and biotechnology, due to the possible control of their surface and structural properties at the nm-scale. Being seldom discussed in literature and long-underexploited in materials and biomedical sciences, development of nanofiber-based sensory bioscaffolds has great promises and grand challenges in finding an ideal platform for low-cost quantifications of biological and chemical species in real-time, label-free, and ultrasensitive fashion. In this study, titanate nanobelts were first of all synthesized, from hydrothermal reactions of a NaOH (or KOH solution) with TiO2 powder, to possess underexploited structure and surface vital to the rapid and label-free electrochemical detections of protein (cytochrome c) and neurotransmitter (dopamine). This work is based on a suite of new physical and chemical properties on the titanate nanobelt in water, including high surface area, zwitterionic surface, chemical- and photochemical-durability, cation-exchange and anion- and cation-sorption capacities, protein- and cell-compatibility, thermal-stability, and charge conductivity. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) was used for identifying any denaturing of the cytochrome c pre-immobilized on the titanate nanobelts. On that basis, the pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12 cell) were chosen to grow on the titanate nanobelts. These experiments prove that the sensory bioscaffolds of titanate nanobelt-membrane is a multiplex platform for developing new tools for energy, environmental and life sciences.

  12. Bimorph micro heat engines based on carbon nanotube freestanding films

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    Ikuno, Takashi; Fukano, Tatsuo; Higuchi, Kazuo; Takeda, Yasuhiko

    2015-11-01

    We have found that lightweight bimorph strips consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotube freestanding films (MWNT-FSFs) and Ni thin films exhibit a continuous bending-stretching motion on a hot plate even below the temperature of 100 °C in an environment at room temperature. In fact, the Ni/MWNT-FSFs exhibited this motion at a temperature difference of as small as 5 °C. The requirements of this motion have been qualitatively elucidated by a simulation based on a relaxation time approximation.

  13. Suspended Load

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    The suspended load of rivers and streams consists of the sediments that are kept in the water column by the upward components of the flow velocity. Suspended load may be divided into cohesive and non-cohesive loads which are primarily discriminated by sediment particle size. Non-cohesive sediment ...

  14. Tailoring insoluble nanobelts into soluble anti-UV nanopotpourris

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    Wang, Jinmin; Sun, Xiao Wei; Jiao, Zhihui; Khoo, Eugene; Lee, Pooi See; Ma, Jan; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2011-11-01

    Soluble, transparent and anti-UV nanopotpourris have been prepared by tailoring long nanobelts. The strains and layered structures facilitate the breaking of the as-synthesized nanobelts under an applied mechanical action. The developed tailoring process of nanobelts is a general top-down secondary processing of layered nanostructures at the nanoscale level, which can be expended to the modifications of layered nanowires, nanotubes and hierarchical nanostructures. By tailoring, the size, morphology and solubility are modified, which may open up an area of advanced processing of nanomaterials and hint at some potential applications. Because of the excellent solubility of the tailored nanopotpourris, they are easily dispersed in cosmetics or polymer films, which are quite useful for some anti-UV protection applications, such as anti-UV sunscreen creams and anti-UV window films for vehicles and buildings.

  15. Conversion of Zinc Oxide Nanobelts into Superlattice-Structured Nanohelices

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    Gao, Pu Xian; Ding, Yong; Mai, Wenjie; Hughes, William L.; Lao, Changshi; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2005-09-01

    A previously unknown rigid helical structure of zinc oxide consisting of a superlattice-structured nanobelt was formed spontaneously in a vapor-solid growth process. Starting from a single-crystal stiff nanoribbon dominated by the c-plane polar surfaces, an abrupt structural transformation into the superlattice-structured nanobelt led to the formation of a uniform nanohelix due to a rigid lattice rotation or twisting. The nanohelix was made of two types of alternating and periodically distributed long crystal stripes, which were oriented with their c axes perpendicular to each other. The nanohelix terminated by transforming into a single-crystal nanobelt dominated by nonpolar (0110) surfaces. The nanohelix could be manipulated, and its elastic properties were measured, which suggests possible uses in electromechanically coupled sensors, transducers, and resonators.

  16. Novel hybrid materials based on the vanadium oxide nanobelts

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    Zabrodina, G. S.; Makarov, S. G.; Kremlev, K. V.; Yunin, P. A.; Gusev, S. A.; Kaverin, B. S.; Kaverina, L. B.; Ketkov, S. Yu.

    2016-04-01

    Novel hybrid materials based on zinc phthalocyanine and nanostructured vanadium oxides have attracted extensive attention for the development of academic research and innovative industrial applications such as flexible electronics, optical sensors and heterogeneous catalysts. Vanadium oxides nanobelts were synthesized via a hydrothermal treatment V2O5·nH2O gel with surfactants (TBAB, CTAB) used as structure-directing agents, where CTAB - cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, TBAB - tetrabutylammonium bromide. Hybrid materials were prepared decoration of (CTA)0.33V2O5 flexible nanobelts with cationic zinc phthalocyanine by the ion-exchange route. Investigations of the thermal stability, morphologies and structures of the (CTA)0.33V2O5, (TBA)0.16V2O5 nanobelts and zinc phthalocyanine exchange product were carried out. The hybrid materials based on the nanostructured vanadium oxide and zinc phthalocyanine were tested as photocatalysts for oxidation of citronellol and 2-mercaptoethanol by dioxygen.

  17. Electromechanical analysis of tapered piezoelectric bimorph at high electric field

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    Chattaraj, Nilanjan; Ganguli, Ranjan

    2015-04-01

    Piezoelectric bimorph laminar actuator of tapered width exhibits better performance for out-of-plane deflection compared to the rectangular surface area, while consuming equal surface area. This paper contains electromechanical analysis and modeling of a tapered width piezoelectric bimorph laminar actuator at high electric field in static state. The analysis is based on the second order constitutive equations of piezoelectric material, assuming small strain and large electric field to capture its behavior at high electric field. Analytical expressions are developed for block force, output strain energy, output energy density, input electrical energy, capacitance and energy efficiency at high electric field. The analytical expressions show that for fixed length, thickness, and surface area of the actuator, how the block force and output strain energy gets improved in a tapered surface actuator compared to a rectangular surface. Constant thickness, constant length and constant surface area of the actuator ensure constant mass, and constant electrical capacitance. We consider high electric field in both series and parallel electrical connection for the analysis. Part of the analytical results is validated with the experimental results, which are reported in earlier literature.

  18. Modeling and analysis of the thermal effects of a circular bimorph piezoelectric actuator.

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    Wang, Hairen; Yang, Shengfeng

    2016-02-01

    A theoretical analysis of the thermal effects of a circular bimorph piezoelectric actuator (CBPA) was performed. The circular bimorph structure consists of two flexible piezoelectric ceramic layers and one metallic layer in the middle, and is powered to produce flexural deformation. The CBPA, which may be a good match for large adaptive optics telescopes, has a large stroke and a high resonance frequency. We have derived analytical solutions (both the static solution and the dynamic solution) of the thermal effects of introducing (and increasing the thickness of) a metallic layer into the bimorph. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the dependence of the CBPA's performance upon the physical parameters. PMID:26836094

  19. Enhanced Magnetoelectric Coupling in Layered Structure of Piezoelectric Bimorph and Metallic Alloy

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    Petrov, V. M.; Bichurin, M. I.; Lavrentyeva, K. V.; Leontiev, V. S.

    2016-08-01

    We have investigated the enhanced magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in a layered structure of piezoelectric bimorph and magnetostrictive metallic alloy. The observed ME coefficient in the piezoelectric bimorph-based structure was found to be two times higher than in the traditional piezoelectric/magnetostrictive bilayer. The observed enhancement in ME coupling strength is related to equal signs of induced voltage in both lead zirconate titanate layers with opposite poling directions due to the flexural deformations. The piezoelectric bimorph-based structure has promising potential for sensor and technological applications.

  20. Cation Exchange Synthesis and Unusual Resistive Switching Behaviors of Ag2Se Nanobelts.

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    Guo, Zheng; Li, Min-Qiang; Liu, Jin-Huai; Huang, Xing-Jiu

    2015-12-16

    Ag2Se nanobelts are prepared through employing ZnSe nanobelts as templates via a facile cation exchange approach. The templates are derived from precursor ZnSe·0.5N2 H4 nanobelts, which are synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. As-synthesized precursor nanobelts are with 200 nm in width and several hundreds of micrometers in length. Annealed in N2 , they are transformed into ZnSe nanobelts with preserving their initial morphology. Following with a complete replacement of Zn(2+) by Ag(+), Ag2Se nanobelts with single crystalline are obtained via a cation-exchange reaction. Combined with the Langmuir-Blodgett assembly technique, regular films of ZnSe nanobelts can be achieved on transparent glass substrates and Si wafers with interdigital Au electrode arrays. Further, the optical and electrical evolutions are investigated from ZnSe nanobelts to Ag2 Se nanobelts. Finally, the resistive switching characteristic are carefully explored for Ag2Se nanobelts regularly arranged on interdigital Au microelectrodes. The results indicate that it is analogous to complementary resistive switching behaviors, which is different from that of traditional two terminal devices about previously reported Ag2Se. In order to clarify this phenomenon, a possible mechanism has been proposed and indirectly demonstrated through in situ SEM (scanning electron microscropy) observation. PMID:26509434

  1. Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts: fabrication with annealing precursor nanobelts, and gas-sensing and optoelectronic performance

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    Jin, Xiao-Bo; Li, Yi-Xiang; Su, Yao; Guo, Zheng; Gu, Cui-Ping; Huang, Jia-Rui; Meng, Fan-Li; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Li, Min-Qiang; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2016-09-01

    Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts have been prepared through annealing precursors of ZnSe · 0.5N2H4 well-defined and smooth nanobelts, which have been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method. The composition and morphology evolutions with the calcination temperatures have been investigated in detail for as-prepared precursor nanobelts, suggesting that they can be easily transformed into ZnO nanobelts by preserving their initial morphology via calcination in air. In contrast, the obtained ZnO nanobelts are densely porous, owing to the thermal decomposition and oxidization of the precursor nanobelts. More importantly, the achieved porous ZnO nanobelts are single-crystalline, different from previously reported ones. Motivated by the intrinsic properties of the porous structure and good electronic transporting ability of single crystals, their gas-sensing performance has been further explored. It is demonstrated that porous ZnO single-crystalline nanobelts exhibit high response and repeatability toward volatile organic compounds, such as ethanol and acetone, with a short response/recovery time. Furthermore, their optoelectronic behaviors indicate that they can be promisingly employed to fabricate photoelectrochemical sensors.

  2. Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts: fabrication with annealing precursor nanobelts, and gas-sensing and optoelectronic performance.

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    Jin, Xiao-Bo; Li, Yi-Xiang; Su, Yao; Guo, Zheng; Gu, Cui-Ping; Huang, Jia-Rui; Meng, Fan-Li; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Li, Min-Qiang; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2016-09-01

    Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts have been prepared through annealing precursors of ZnSe · 0.5N2H4 well-defined and smooth nanobelts, which have been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method. The composition and morphology evolutions with the calcination temperatures have been investigated in detail for as-prepared precursor nanobelts, suggesting that they can be easily transformed into ZnO nanobelts by preserving their initial morphology via calcination in air. In contrast, the obtained ZnO nanobelts are densely porous, owing to the thermal decomposition and oxidization of the precursor nanobelts. More importantly, the achieved porous ZnO nanobelts are single-crystalline, different from previously reported ones. Motivated by the intrinsic properties of the porous structure and good electronic transporting ability of single crystals, their gas-sensing performance has been further explored. It is demonstrated that porous ZnO single-crystalline nanobelts exhibit high response and repeatability toward volatile organic compounds, such as ethanol and acetone, with a short response/recovery time. Furthermore, their optoelectronic behaviors indicate that they can be promisingly employed to fabricate photoelectrochemical sensors. PMID:27454792

  3. Design of a slim-type optical pick-up actuator using PMN-PT bimorphs

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    Ko, Byeongsik; Jung, Jung-Sub; Lee, Seung-Yop

    2006-12-01

    In this paper, a new optical pick-up actuator is proposed using PMN-PT (lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate) bimorphs for slim and small form factor optical disk drives. We suggest a novel structure enabling both tracking and focusing motions by changing the moving directions of the two parallel bimorphs. A cymbal-type flextensional structure is used as a displacement amplifier in order to meet the stroke requirement for optical pick-up actuators. We have performed the theoretical analyses for the bimorph actuator and displacement amplifier to predict the resultant force and displacement. The proposed actuator based on PMN-PT bimorphs and displacement amplifier has been manufactured, and the experimental results are compared to the analytical predictions. Experimental results agree well with the analytical predictions, showing that the cymbal structure amplifies the displacement twice and the focusing stroke is 52 µm at 10 V.

  4. Suspended microfluidics

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    Casavant, Benjamin P.; Berthier, Erwin; Theberge, Ashleigh B.; Berthier, Jean; Montanez-Sauri, Sara I.; Bischel, Lauren L.; Brakke, Kenneth; Hedman, Curtis J.; Bushman, Wade; Keller, Nancy P.; Beebe, David J.

    2013-01-01

    Although the field of microfluidics has made significant progress in bringing new tools to address biological questions, the accessibility and adoption of microfluidics within the life sciences are still limited. Open microfluidic systems have the potential to lower the barriers to adoption, but the absence of robust design rules has hindered their use. Here, we present an open microfluidic platform, suspended microfluidics, that uses surface tension to fill and maintain a fluid in microscale structures devoid of a ceiling and floor. We developed a simple and ubiquitous model predicting fluid flow in suspended microfluidic systems and show that it encompasses many known capillary phenomena. Suspended microfluidics was used to create arrays of collagen membranes, mico Dots (μDots), in a horizontal plane separating two fluidic chambers, demonstrating a transwell platform able to discern collective or individual cellular invasion. Further, we demonstrated that μDots can also be used as a simple multiplexed 3D cellular growth platform. Using the μDot array, we probed the combined effects of soluble factors and matrix components, finding that laminin mitigates the growth suppression properties of the matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor GM6001. Based on the same fluidic principles, we created a suspended microfluidic metabolite extraction platform using a multilayer biphasic system that leverages the accessibility of open microchannels to retrieve steroids and other metabolites readily from cell culture. Suspended microfluidics brings the high degree of fluidic control and unique functionality of closed microfluidics into the highly accessible and robust platform of open microfluidics. PMID:23729815

  5. Highly Polarized and Self-Waveguided Emission from Single-Crystalline Organic Nanobelts

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    Che, Yanke; Yang, Xiaomei; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Zuo, Jianmin; Zang, Ling

    2009-09-15

    Well-defined single-crystalline nanobelts with strong fluorescence were fabricated from a perylene tetracarboxylic diimide molecule modified with specific side-chains that afford flip-flap stacking, rather than the common translated stacking, between the molecules along the long axis of the nanobelt. The nanobelts thus fabricated possess highly polarized, self-waveguided emission, making them ideal candidates for application in nanolasers and other angle-dependent optical nanodevices.

  6. Large-scale growth of millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts

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    Li Jianye Zhang Qi; An Lei; Qin Luchang; Liu Jie

    2008-11-15

    Millimeter-long single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a wafer scale. This is the first time that the millimeter-scale ZnS nanobelt has been synthesized. The longest nanobelts are about 3 mm. The as-grown nanobelts were characterized by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction. The results indicate that the ultra-long nanobelts are pure single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS. There are two kinds of ZnS nanobelts existing in the products. One is the nanobelts that have two smooth sides and grow along the [0 0 1] longitudinal direction, and the other is the nanobelts that have one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws, and grow along the [2 1 0] longitudinal direction. A vapor-liquid-solid mechanism is suggested for the lengthwise growth of the ZnS nanobelts (nanosaws) and a vapor-solid mechanism for the side direction growth of the saw-teeth of the nanosaws. - Graphical Abstract: Millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a large scale. There are two kinds of nanobelts in the products-one has two smooth sides, and the other has one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws. Mechanisms for the longitudinal direction growth of the nanobelts/nanosaws and the side saw-teeth direction growth of the nanosaws are discussed.

  7. Controllable synthesis of ultrathin vanadium oxide nanobelts via an EDTA-mediated hydrothermal process

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    Yu-Xiang, Qin; Cheng, Liu; Wei-Wei, Xie; Meng-Yang, Cui

    2016-02-01

    Ultrathin VO2 nanobelts with rough alignment features are prepared on the induction layer-coated substrates by an ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-mediated hydrothermal process. EDTA acts as a chelating reagent and capping agent to facilitate the one-dimensional (1D) preferential growth of ultrathin VO2 nanobelts with high crystallinities and good uniformities. The annealed induction layer and concentration of EDTA are found to play crucial roles in the formation of aligned and ultrathin nanobelts. Variation in EDTA concentration can change the VO2 morphology of ultrathin nanobelts into that of thick nanoplates. Mild annealing of ultrathin VO2 nanobelts at 350 °C in air results in the formation of V2O5 nanobelts with a nearly unchanged ultrathin structure. The nucleation and growth mechanism involved in the formations of nanobelts and nanoplates are proposed. The ethanol gas sensing properties of the V2O5 nanobelt networks-based sensor are investigated in a temperature range from 100 °C to 300 °C over ethanol concentrations ranging from 3 ppm to 500 ppm. The results indicate that the V2O5 nanobelt network sensor exhibits high sensitivity, good reversibility, and fast response-recovery characteristics with an optimal working temperature of 250 °C. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274074, 61271070, and 61574100).

  8. Noble metal nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts for enhanced photocatalysis

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    He, Haiyan; Yang, Ping; Jia, Changchao; Miao, Yanping; Zhao, Jie; Du, Yingying

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 nanobelts have been fabricated through a hydrothermal method and subsequently sulfuric-acid-corrosion-treated for a rough surface. Noble metal nanoparticles such as Ag and Au were deposited on the coarse surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a coprecipitation procedure. Ag-TiO2 nanobelts were prepared in ethanolic solution contained silver nitrate (AgNO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Au-TiO2 nanobelts were obtained in chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the reductant. It is confirmed by the results of XRD patterns together with the SEM images that the composite of noble metal and TiO2 nanobelts were obtained successfully and the Ag or Au nanoparticles were well-dispersed on the TiO2 nanobelts. Moreover, the as-prepared Ag and Au nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts represent an enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 nanobelts, which is due to the fact that the Ag and Au nanoparticles on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts act as sinks for the photogenerated electrons and promote the separation of the electrons and holes.

  9. Temperature effect on electrospinning of nanobelts: the case of hafnium oxide.

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    Su, Yurong; Lu, Bingan; Xie, Yizhu; Ma, Ziwei; Liu, Lixin; Zhao, Haiting; Zhang, Jia; Duan, Huigao; Zhang, Hongliang; Li, Jian; Xiong, Yuqing; Xie, Erqing

    2011-07-15

    Electrospinning is a convenient and versatile method for fabricating different kinds of one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanofibres, nanotubes and nanobelts. Environmental parameters have a great influence on the electrospinning nanostructure. Here we report a new method to fabricate hafnium oxide (HfO(2)) nanobelts. HfO(2) nanobelts were prepared by electrospinning a sol-gel solution with the implementation of heating and subsequent calcination treatment. We investigate the temperature dependence of the products by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. The heating temperature of spinning ambient is found to be crucial to the formation of HfO(2) nanobelts. By tuning the temperature, the morphological transformation of HfO(2) from nanowires to nanobelts was achieved. It was found that the rapid evaporation of solvent played an important role in the formation process of HfO(2) nanobelts. It is shown that nanobelts can only be obtained with the temperature higher than 50 °C and they are in the high quality monoclinic phase. A possible growth mechanism of the nanobelts based on phase separation is proposed. The enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of HfO(2):Eu(3+) nanobelts is also illustrated. PMID:21659687

  10. A spongy graphene based bimorph actuator with ultra-large displacement towards biomimetic application.

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    Hu, Ying; Lan, Tian; Wu, Guan; Zhu, Zicai; Chen, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Bimorph actuators, consisting of two layers with asymmetric expansion and generating bending displacement, have been widely researched. Their actuation performances greatly rely on the difference of coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) between the two material layers. Here, by introducing a spongy graphene (sG) paper with a large negative CTE as well as high electrical-to-thermal properties, an electromechanical sG/PDMS bimorph actuator is designed and fabricated, showing an ultra-large bending displacement output under low voltage stimulation (curvature of about 1.2 cm(-1) at 10 V for 3 s), a high displacement-to-length ratio (∼0.79), and vibration motion at AC voltage (up to 10 Hz), which is much larger and faster than that of the other electromechanical bimorph actuators. Based on the sG/PDMS bimorph serving as the "finger", a mechanical gripper is constructed to realize the fast manipulation of the objects under 0.1 Hz square wave voltage stimulation (0-8 V). The designed bimorph actuator coupled with ultra-large bending displacement, low driven voltage, and the ease of fabrication may open up substantial possibilities for the utilization of electromechanical actuators in practical biomimetic device applications. PMID:25220910

  11. Functionally modified bimorph PZT actuator for cm-scale flapping wing

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    Riddick, Jaret C.; Hall, Asha

    2011-04-01

    Army combat operations have placed a high premium on reconnaissance missions for micro air vehicles (MAVs). An analysis of insect flight indicates that in addition to the bending excitation (flapping), simultaneous excitation of the twisting degree-of-freedom is required to manipulate the control surface adequately. By adding a layer of angled piezoelectric segments to a Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) bimorph actuator, a bend-twist coupling may be introduced to the flexural response of the layered PZT, thereby creating a biaxial actuator capable of driving wing oscillation in flapping wing MAVs. The present study presents numerical solutions to governing equations for quasi-static three-dimensional bending of functionally-modified bimorph designs intended for active bend-twist actuation of cm-scale flapping wing devices. The results indicate a strong dependence of bimorph deflection on overall length. Further, the width and angle of orientation of the angled piezoelectric segments may be manipulated in order to increase or decrease the length effects on bimorph deflection. The relationships of geometry and orientation of the angled segments with bimorph flexural response are presented.

  12. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  13. Piezoelectric Bimorphs' Characteristics as In-Socket Sensors for Transfemoral Amputees

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    El-Sayed, Amr M.; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Osman, Noor Azuan Abu

    2014-01-01

    Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric bimorph showed appropriate static operating range, repeatability, hysteresis, and frequency response for application in lower prosthesis, with a force range of 0–100 N. To further validate this finding, an experiment was conducted with a single transfemoral amputee subject to measure the stump/socket pressure using the piezoelectric bimorph embedded inside the socket. The results showed that a maximum interface pressure of about 27 kPa occurred at the anterior proximal site compared to the anterior distal and posterior sites, consistent with values published in other studies. This paper highlighted the capacity of piezoelectric bimorphs to perform as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. However, further experiments are recommended to be conducted with different amputees with different socket types. PMID:25513823

  14. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples.

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  15. Janus nanobelts: fabrication, structure and enhanced magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional performance

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    Ma, Qianli; Yu, Wensheng; Dong, Xiangting; Wang, Jinxian; Liu, Guixia

    2014-02-01

    A new nanostructure of magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts with Fe3O4/PMMA as one half and Tb(BA)3phen/PMMA as the other half has been successfully fabricated by a specially designed parallel spinneret electrospinning technology. The morphology and properties of the final products were investigated in detail by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), biological microscopy (BM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results revealed that the [Fe3O4/PMMA]//[Tb(BA)3phen/PMMA] magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts possess superior magnetic and fluorescent properties due to their special nanostructure. Compared with Fe3O4/Tb(BA)3phen/PMMA composite nanobelts, the magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts provided better performance. The new magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts have potential applications in novel nano-bio-label materials, drug target delivery materials and future nanodevices due to their excellent magnetic-fluorescent properties, flexibility and insolubility. Moreover, the construction technique for the Janus nanobelts is of universal significance for the fabrication of other multifunctional Janus nanobelts.A new nanostructure of magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts with Fe3O4/PMMA as one half and Tb(BA)3phen/PMMA as the other half has been successfully fabricated by a specially designed parallel spinneret electrospinning technology. The morphology and properties of the final products were investigated in detail by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), biological microscopy (BM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results revealed that the [Fe3O4/PMMA]//[Tb(BA)3phen/PMMA] magnetic-fluorescent bifunctional Janus nanobelts possess superior magnetic and fluorescent properties due to their special

  16. Highly-stable silver nanobelts joined via diffusion-free attachment

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    Rivers, Geoff; Marzbanrad, Ehsan; Hook, Michael David; Lee-Sullivan, Pearl; Zhou, Y. Norman; Zhao, Boxin

    2016-07-01

    Silver nanobelts are demonstrated here to undergo inter-particle joining at relatively low temperatures of less than 180 °C. For surface-coated networks of nanobelts this joining reduced the network sheet resistance by 95%. The joining mechanism appears to be non-diffusional oriented attachment, caused by the thermal reactivation of the halted oriented attachment mechanism that occurred originally at room temperature during the rapid nanobelt synthesis. This self-assembly mechanism was explored by in situ electrical and calorimetric experiments, and supported by electron microscopy. Unlike pentagonal silver nanowires, silver nanobelts do not rely on diffusional instability to achieve workably low joining temperatures. The oriented attachment displayed by nanobelts represents a new approach to achieving valuable reductions in network resistance, disentangled from the instability and diffusion-driven failure by nanoparticle degradation displayed by competing silver nanoparticles.

  17. Highly-stable silver nanobelts joined via diffusion-free attachment.

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    Rivers, Geoff; Marzbanrad, Ehsan; Hook, Michael David; Lee-Sullivan, Pearl; Zhou, Y Norman; Zhao, Boxin

    2016-07-22

    Silver nanobelts are demonstrated here to undergo inter-particle joining at relatively low temperatures of less than 180 °C. For surface-coated networks of nanobelts this joining reduced the network sheet resistance by 95%. The joining mechanism appears to be non-diffusional oriented attachment, caused by the thermal reactivation of the halted oriented attachment mechanism that occurred originally at room temperature during the rapid nanobelt synthesis. This self-assembly mechanism was explored by in situ electrical and calorimetric experiments, and supported by electron microscopy. Unlike pentagonal silver nanowires, silver nanobelts do not rely on diffusional instability to achieve workably low joining temperatures. The oriented attachment displayed by nanobelts represents a new approach to achieving valuable reductions in network resistance, disentangled from the instability and diffusion-driven failure by nanoparticle degradation displayed by competing silver nanoparticles. PMID:27292376

  18. Electronic transport properties of In-doped ZnO nanobelts with different concentration.

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    Su, Jia; Li, Huifeng; Huang, Yunhua; Xing, Xiujun; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Yue

    2011-05-01

    In this paper, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanobelts with five different indium (In) concentrations (1.98, 2.73, 3.33, 4.20, and 5.16 wt%) were prepared by simple vapor deposition with HAuCl(4) (1% solution) as catalyst. Detailed structural and compositional characterizations were performed by XRD, TEM, EDS, PL, and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of In-doped ZnO nanobelts with different In concentrations were determined by nano-manipulation and measurement systems. The results show that the resistivity of these nanobelts decreases with increasing In concentration when the doping concentration of In is lower than 4.20%, but, on the contrary, when the In concentration is higher than 4.20% their resistivity increases. Also, all of the nanobelts keep ohmic contact very well. Simultaneously, the influence of electron beam irradiation (20 kV) on the nanobelts was studied, and it was found that electron beam irradiation can improve the conductivity of the nanobelts. Under the same voltage, the current increased gradually during irradiation until equilibrium was reached. The degree of influence of the irradiation on the resistivity of the nanobelts is the greatest when the In dopant concentration is 4.20%, which is suitable for making irradiation sensors. PMID:21445421

  19. Nanowires and Nanobelts: Volume 1, Metal and Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Wang, Zhong Lin

    This two volume reference, Nanowires and Nanobelts: Materials, Properties and Devices, provides a comprehensive introduction to the field and reviews the current state of the research. Volume 1, Metal and Semiconductor Nanowires covers a wide range of materials systems, from noble metals (such as Au, Ag, Cu), single element semiconductors (such as Si and Ge), compound semiconductors (such as InP, CdS and GaAs as well as heterostructures), nitrides (such as GaN and Si3N4) to carbides (such as SiC).

  20. A versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large vertical displacement and high resolution: Design and fabrication process

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    Rangra, Aarushee; Maninder, K.; Soni, Shilpi; Rangra, K. J.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents design, simulation results and envisaged fabrication process for a versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large out of plane displacement and high resolution. A comparative study of mechanical, thermal and electrical response of the micro-actuator is presented by using two well-known MEMS simulation tools. The bimorph structure measuring 700 × 1280 mm2 is fully integrable with CMOS fabrication process. It is indented for tunable filter applications where the precise vertical motion of the payload, the top metallic electrode anchored rigidly to bimorph `springs' spans the vertical range of 250-300 microns with submicron resolution. Each bimorph spring resembles a hair pin structure and is composed of materials with large difference in thermal expansion coefficients e.g. electroplated gold and polysilicon for optimal out-of-the plane deflection. The novel structure can also be configured for analog micro-mirror based optical and IR spectroscopy applications by controlling the actuation bias and top electrode surface parameters.

  1. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for knee-joint energy harvesting: modelling and experimental validation

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    Pozzi, Michele; Zhu, Meiling

    2011-05-01

    The modern drive towards mobility and wireless devices is motivating intensive research in energy harvesting technologies. To reduce the battery burden on people, we propose the adoption of a frequency up-conversion strategy for a new piezoelectric wearable energy harvester. Frequency up-conversion increases efficiency because the piezoelectric devices are permitted to vibrate at resonance even if the input excitation occurs at much lower frequency. Mechanical plucking-based frequency up-conversion is obtained by deflecting the piezoelectric bimorph via a plectrum, then rapidly releasing it so that it can vibrate unhindered; during the following oscillatory cycles, part of the mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy. In order to guide the design of such a harvester, we have modelled with finite element methods the response and power generation of a piezoelectric bimorph while it is plucked. The model permits the analysis of the effects of the speed of deflection as well as the prediction of the energy produced and its dependence on the electrical load. An experimental rig has been set up to observe the response of the bimorph in the harvester. A PZT-5H bimorph was used for the experiments. Measurements of tip velocity, voltage output and energy dissipated across a resistor are reported. Comparisons of the experimental results with the model predictions are very successful and prove the validity of the model.

  2. Fabrication and Modelling of Microactuator Systems Derived from Surface-Machined Zinc Oxide-On Nitride Heterogeneous Bimorphs

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    Choi, Wai-Shing

    1995-01-01

    Microsensors and microactuators, fabricated by micromachining techniques, can be further integrated with microelectronics to form mobile microrobots. In this thesis, ZnO-on-Si_3N_4 piezoelectric heterogeneous bimorphs have been studied as microactuators to provide microrobots with walking functions. The bimorphs are fabricated on silicon wafers using a surface -machining method with a separate bottommost layer of ZnO as the sacrificial etch layer. The etched-free bimorph is a composite cantilever comprised of five layers of materials which are, in the order of deposition, Si_3 N_4, Au/Cr, ZnO, Au/Cr and photoresist. One end of the bimorph is clamped at the silicon substrate, the other is free. Both single and dual-bimorphs (formed by two parallel single bimorphs coupled by a Si_3N _4 bridge at their free ends) have been fabricated and characterized. The constituent equations of a single and a dual -bimorph have been derived to describe their quasistatic responses under various combinations of electrical and mechanical inputs. Energy efficiencies of the single bimorph, deployed as micro-machines with various loading conditions, have been derived. Flexural bending was obtained from both single and dual-bimorphs by applying a voltage across the ZnO layer. Measurement of the deflection as a function of dc voltages showed two different regimes of voltage dependence. For low voltage magnitude (<1V), small and linear deflection was obtained, consistent with theoretical prediction. At higher voltage magnitude (>1V), large deflection was obtained. I-V characterization of the polycrystalline ZnO layer indicated an electrical system equivalent to two back-to-back Schottky diodes. Large electrical hysteresis was observed in the low frequency I-V curves at high voltage levels, while mechanical hysteresis was observed at low voltage levels. The large bimorph deflection could be attributed to Joule heating. The fundamental resonance frequency of the bimorph has been measured and

  3. Synthesis and luminescent property of single-crystal ZnO nanobelts by a simple low temperature evaporation route

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    Yang, Q.; Tang, K.; Zuo, J.; Qian, Y.

    2004-12-01

    Large-scale ZnO nanobelts in aligned fashion have been prepared via a simply conducted low temperature evaporation route using the oxidization of metallic zinc plates at 450±10 °C under ambient pressure. The produced nanobelt array has been structurally characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The microscope images show that the nanobelts are about 120-micron long, ranging on average from 80 to 160 micron, with about 30 nm in thickness. In addition to XRD, high-resolution TEM images and electron-diffraction patterns show that the nanobelts are single crystalline with wurtzite structure and mostly grow along the [0001] direction. The photoluminescence spectra of the single nanobelts show that the nanobelts have a dominant near-band-edge emission at about 388 nm with a very weak defect emission band centered at about 514 nm.

  4. Y-shaped ZnO Nanobelts Driven from Twinned Dislocations

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    Shi, Yuan; Bao, Shuhan; Shi, Run; Huang, Chengzi; Amini, Abbas; Wu, Zefei; Zhang, Linfei; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-01-01

    Y-shaped ZnO nanobelts are fabricated by a simple thermal evaporation method. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) investigation shows that these ZnO nanobelts are crystals with twinned planes {11–21}. Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction studies show that the two sides of twinned nanobelts are O-terminated towards the twinned boundary and Zn-terminated outwards. The two branches of twinned ZnO nanobelts grow along [11–26] from the trunk and then turn to the polarization direction [0001]. The featured Y-shape morphology and TEM characterizations indicate that the growth of these novel nanostructures is driven by an unusual twinned dislocation growth mechanism. PMID:26931057

  5. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-01-01

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures. PMID:26337008

  6. Correction: β-Sialon nanowires, nanobelts and hierarchical nanostructures: morphology control, growth mechanism and cathodoluminescence properties.

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    Huang, Juntong; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yangai; Fang, Minghao; Chen, Kai; Huang, Yaoting; Huang, Saifang; Ji, Haipeng; Yang, Jingzhou; Wu, Xiaowen; Zhang, Shaowei

    2016-08-01

    Correction for 'β-Sialon nanowires, nanobelts and hierarchical nanostructures: morphology control, growth mechanism and cathodoluminescence properties' by Juntong Huang, et al., Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 424-432. PMID:27401042

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of sodium vanadate nanobelts as high-performance cathode materials for lithium batteries

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    Yang, Kaiwen; Fang, Guozhao; Zhou, Jiang; Qin, Mulan; Tang, Yan; Pan, Anqiang; Liang, Shuquan

    2016-09-01

    The sodium vanadate (Na0.76V6O15) nanobelts have been successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal reaction followed by annealing. The ultra-long nanobelts have a length ranging from several micrometers to several dozens of micrometers. As cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the Na0.76V6O15 nanobelts exhibit high discharge capacity, excellent cyclic stability and good rate capability. High discharge capacity of 248 and 214 mA h g-1 can be obtained at the current density of 300 and 500 mA g-1, respectively. Meanwhile, it maintains a stable capacity of 113 mA h g-1 after 200 cycles at a high current density of 2000 mA g-1 with no capacity decay. The superior electrochemical performances may be attributed to the novel nanobelts structure and excellent structural stability of Na0.76V6O15.

  8. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-09-01

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures.

  9. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response.

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-01-01

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures. PMID:26337008

  10. Size-controlled simple fabrication of free-standing, ultralong metal nanobelt array.

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    Kubo, Wakana; Hayakawa, Harumi; Miyoshi, Kentaro; Fujikawa, Shigenori

    2011-01-01

    Free-standing, ultralong (up to several millimeters) nanobelts of gold, silver, and copper were fabricated by a template approach. Firstly, a metal nanofin array was prepared on a substrate via metal nanocoating of the template surface and selective removal of the metal top layer and template. Electroless plating and sputtering were employed for the metal nanocoating. In this approach, the minimum width and thickness of the Au nanobelt were 95 and 30 nm, respectively. Systematic control of the nanobelt width (from 95 to 350 nm) was successfully achieved by adjusting the template height. Free-standing nanobelts of several millimeters in length were fabricated and maintained their unique structure and alignment, even on a mesh grid. PMID:21446416

  11. Investigation of photoelectrical properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts with surface modifications using first-principles calculations.

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    Xiong, Li; Dai, Jianhong; Song, Yan; Wen, Guangwu; Qin, Chunlin

    2016-06-21

    The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts orientating along the different directions with surface H, F and Cl modifications are investigated using first-principles methods. The stabilities of α-Si3N4 nanobelts are greatly affected by the surface modifications and increased in the order of H, Cl and F. All the modified α-Si3N4 nanobelts exhibit semiconductor characteristics. The effective masses of nanobelts are mainly affected by their orientations as well as surface modifications. The band gaps of α-Si3N4 nanobelts are found to be modulated by surface modifications. The Cl-modified nanobelts result in a smaller band gap than that of H- or F-modified ones. The electronic properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts have significantly affected their optical properties. The linear light response ranges are mainly located in the ultraviolet region, where the absorption and refraction of light mainly occur, while the reflection is very weak. As the halogen coverage increases to 100%, the absorption edges of α-Si3N4 nanobelts have an obvious red-shift and new dielectric peaks appear. The Cl-modified nanobelts possess higher ε2(ω) peaks, lower absorption edges and better photoelectric characteristics than those of H- or F-modified nanobelts. The static optical parameters ε(0) and n(0) of 100% Cl-modified α-Si3N4 nanobelts are significantly larger than those of other nanobelts, indicating special applications in certain optical components. PMID:27225041

  12. Functional oxide nanobelts: materials, properties and potential applications in nanosystems and biotechnology.

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    Wang, Zhong Lin

    2004-01-01

    Nanobelt is a quasi-one-dimensional structurally controlled nanomaterial that has well-defined chemical composition, crystallographic structure, and surfaces (e.g., growth direction, top/bottom surface, and side surfaces). This article reviews the nanobelt family of functional oxides, including ZnO, SnO2, In2O3, Ga2O3, CdO, and PbO2 and the relevant hierarchical and complex nanorods and nanowires that have been synthesized by a solid-vapor process. The nanobelts are single crystalline and dislocation free, and their surfaces are atomically flat. The oxides are semiconductors that have been used for fabrication of nanosize functional devices of key importance for nanosystems and biotechnology, such as field-effect transistors, gas sensors, nanoresonators, and nanocantilevers. The structurally controlled ZnO nanobelts that exhibit piezoelectric properties are also reviewed. By controlling growth kinetics, we show the success of growing nanobelt-based novel structures whose surfaces are dominated by the polarized +-(0001) facets. Owing to the positive and negative ionic charges on the zinc- and oxygen-terminated +-(0001) surfaces, respectively, a spontaneous polarization is induced across the nanobelt thickness. As a result, helical nanostructures and nanorings are formed by rolling up single-crystal nanobelts; this phenomenon is a consequence of minimizing the total energy contributed by spontaneous polarization and elasticity. The polar surface-dominated ZnO nanobelts are likely to be an ideal system for understanding piezoelectricity and polarization-induced ferroelectricity at nano-scale and they could have applications as one-dimensional nano-scale sensors, transducers, and resonators. PMID:15117251

  13. Hexagonal NiS nanobelts as advanced cathode materials for rechargeable Al-ion batteries.

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    Yu, Zhijing; Kang, Zepeng; Hu, Zongqian; Lu, Jianhong; Zhou, Zhigang; Jiao, Shuqiang

    2016-08-16

    Hexagonal NiS nanobelts served as novel cathode materials for rechargeable Al-ion batteries based on an AlCl3/[EMIm]Cl ionic liquid electrolyte system. The nano-banded structure of the materials can facilitate the electrolyte immersion and enhance Al(3+) diffusion. The hexagonal NiS nanobelt based cathodes exhibit high storage capacity, good cyclability and low overpotential. PMID:27487940

  14. A finger-like hardness tester based on the contact electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever.

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Faxin

    2015-10-01

    We proposed a finger-like hardness tester based on the electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever. A Vickers indenter was fabricated to the free end of the bimorph to contact the sample. The contact force was monitored by a strain gauge and the contact area was obtained by tracking the bimorph's resonance frequency. The bimorph-sample contact system was modeled by the electromechanical equivalent circuit method. Verification experiments on standard hardness samples were conducted and the measured hardness values agreed well with those given by a conventional Vickers hardness tester. Further hardness measurement on a gear wheel showed that the proposed hardness tester is very adaptive and can be used for inner surface testing or in situ testing, where other hardness testers may not be applicable. The proposed hardness tester can be regarded as an improved ultrasonic hardness tester. PMID:26520966

  15. A finger-like hardness tester based on the contact electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Faxin

    2015-10-01

    We proposed a finger-like hardness tester based on the electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever. A Vickers indenter was fabricated to the free end of the bimorph to contact the sample. The contact force was monitored by a strain gauge and the contact area was obtained by tracking the bimorph's resonance frequency. The bimorph-sample contact system was modeled by the electromechanical equivalent circuit method. Verification experiments on standard hardness samples were conducted and the measured hardness values agreed well with those given by a conventional Vickers hardness tester. Further hardness measurement on a gear wheel showed that the proposed hardness tester is very adaptive and can be used for inner surface testing or in situ testing, where other hardness testers may not be applicable. The proposed hardness tester can be regarded as an improved ultrasonic hardness tester.

  16. Electrical and optoelectrical modification of cadmium sulfide nanobelts by low-energy electron beam irradiation.

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    Zhang, Lijie; Liu, Manman; Zhao, Mei; Dong, Youqing; Zou, Chao; Yang, Keqin; Yang, Yun; Huang, Shaoming; Zhu, Da-Ming

    2016-09-30

    In this report, we describe a method for modifying electrical and optoelectrical properties of CdS nanobelts using low-energy (lower than 10 keV) e-beam irradiation in a scanning electron microscope. The electrical conductivity of the nanobelts was dramatically improved via the irradiation of e-beams. The modified conductivity of the nanobelts depends on the energy of the e-beam; it exhibits a larger photocurrent and higher external quantum efficiency but slower time-response than that before the modification. A possible mechanism about the modification is the increase of electron accumulation (injected electrons) in the nanobelts due to e-beam irradiation. In addition, the optoelectrical modification could be caused by the trapped electrons in the nanobelts and the decrease of contact resistance between the nanobelts and metal electrodes induced by e-beam irradiation. The results of this work are significant for the in situ study of semiconductor nanostructures in the electron microscope. Besides, the method of electrical and optoelectrical modification presented here has potential application in electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:27561004

  17. Synthesis of CaCO3 Nanobelts for Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy

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    Sun, Dongmei; Peng, Haibao; Wang, Shilong; Zhu, Dazhang

    2015-05-01

    Nanobelt carriers have demonstrated some advantages such as good biocompatibility, biodegradability, and strain-accommodating properties. We prepared an optimized nanobelt carrier formulation for drug (etoposide) as an oral delivery system and estimated the potential of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanobelts. The nanobelts were prepared by the method of binary solvent approach and were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2, 5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide) assay test exhibited that etoposide-loaded calcium carbonate nanobelts (ECCNBs) showed a higher cell kill ratio against SGC-7901 cells compared with free drug. The apoptosis test and cell cycle test analysis revealed that etoposide entrapped in calcium carbonate nanobelts (CCNBs) could enhance the delivery efficiencies of drug and improved inhibition effect. The present findings demonstrated that ECCNBs might induce cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and cell apoptosis in a p53-related manner. It can be foreseen that CCNBs are a promising drug carrier to store the anti-cancer drug for cancer therapy and drug delivery.

  18. Synthesis of CaCO3 Nanobelts for Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy.

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    Sun, Dongmei; Peng, Haibao; Wang, Shilong; Zhu, Dazhang

    2015-12-01

    Nanobelt carriers have demonstrated some advantages such as good biocompatibility, biodegradability, and strain-accommodating properties. We prepared an optimized nanobelt carrier formulation for drug (etoposide) as an oral delivery system and estimated the potential of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanobelts. The nanobelts were prepared by the method of binary solvent approach and were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2, 5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide) assay test exhibited that etoposide-loaded calcium carbonate nanobelts (ECCNBs) showed a higher cell kill ratio against SGC-7901 cells compared with free drug. The apoptosis test and cell cycle test analysis revealed that etoposide entrapped in calcium carbonate nanobelts (CCNBs) could enhance the delivery efficiencies of drug and improved inhibition effect. The present findings demonstrated that ECCNBs might induce cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and cell apoptosis in a p53-related manner. It can be foreseen that CCNBs are a promising drug carrier to store the anti-cancer drug for cancer therapy and drug delivery. PMID:26055480

  19. Modeling and Tuning for Vibration Energy Harvesting using a Piezoelectric Bimorph

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    Cao, Yongqing

    With the development of wireless sensors and other devices, the need for continuous power supply with high reliability is growing ever more. The traditional battery power supply has the disadvantage of limited duration of continuous power supply capability so that replacement for new batteries has to be done regularly. This can be quite inconvenient and sometimes quite difficult especially when the sensors are located in places not easily accessible such as the inside of a machine or wild field. This situation stimulates the development of renewable power supply which can harvest energy from the environment. The use of piezoelectric materials to converting environment vibration to electrical energy is one of the alternatives of which a broad range of research has been done by many researchers, focusing on different issues. The improvement of efficiency is one of the most important issues in vibration based energy harvesting. For this purpose different methods are devised and more accurate modeling of coupled piezoelectric mechanical systems is investigated. In the current paper, the research is focused on improving voltage generation of a piezoelectric bimorph on a vibration beam, as well as the analytical modeling of the same system. Also an initial study is conducted on the characteristics of the vibration of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire, which is a promising material for its coupled semiconducting and piezoelectric properties. The effect on the voltage generation by different placement of the piezoelectric bimorph on the vibrating beam is investigated. The relation between the voltage output and the curvature is derived which is used to explain the effect of placement on voltage generation. The effect of adding a lumped mass on the modal frequencies of the beam and on the curvature distribution is investigated. The increased voltage output from the piezoelectric bimorph by using appropriately selected mass is proved analytically and also verified by experiment. For

  20. In situ Precursor-Template Route to Semi-Ordered NaNbO3 Nanobelt Arrays

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    2011-01-01

    We exploited a precursor-template route to chemically synthesize NaNbO3 nanobelt arrays. Na7(H3O)Nb6O19·14H2O nanobelt precursor was firstly prepared via a hydrothermal synthetic route using Nb foil. The aspect ratio of the precursor is controllable facilely depending on the concentration of NaOH aqueous solution. The precursor was calcined in air to yield single-crystalline monoclinic NaNbO3 nanobelt arrays. The proposed scheme for NaNbO3 nanobelt formation starting from Nb metal may be extended to the chemical fabrication of more niobate arrays.

  1. Modeling of the Through-the-Thickness Electric Potentials of a Piezoelectric Bimorph Using the Spectral Element Method

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    Dong, Xingjian; Peng, Zhike; Hua, Hongxing; Meng, Guang

    2014-01-01

    An efficient spectral element (SE) with electric potential degrees of freedom (DOF) is proposed to investigate the static electromechanical responses of a piezoelectric bimorph for its actuator and sensor functions. A sublayer model based on the piecewise linear approximation for the electric potential is used to describe the nonlinear distribution of electric potential through the thickness of the piezoelectric layers. An equivalent single layer (ESL) model based on first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) is used to describe the displacement field. The Legendre orthogonal polynomials of order 5 are used in the element interpolation functions. The validity and the capability of the present SE model for investigation of global and local responses of the piezoelectric bimorph are confirmed by comparing the present solutions with those obtained from coupled 3-D finite element (FE) analysis. It is shown that, without introducing any higher-order electric potential assumptions, the current method can accurately describe the distribution of the electric potential across the thickness even for a rather thick bimorph. It is revealed that the effect of electric potential is significant when the bimorph is used as sensor while the effect is insignificant when the bimorph is used as actuator, and therefore, the present study may provide a better understanding of the nonlinear induced electric potential for bimorph sensor and actuator. PMID:24561399

  2. Cation-Induced Coiling of Vanadium Pentoxide Nanobelts

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    2010-01-01

    Single-crystalline V2O5·xH2O nanorings and microloops were chemically assembled via an ion-induced chemical spinning route in the designed hydrothermal system. The morphology and structure of products were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) measurement, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) microanalysis and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed that the composition of nanorings and microloops is V2O5·1·1H2O. For these oxide nanorings and microloops, the cation-induced coiling growth mechanism of vanadium pentoxide nanobelts has been proposed on the basis of crystallographic structure of vanadium pentoxide. Our proposed chemical spinning process and the rational solution-phase synthesis route can also be extended to prepare novel 1D materials with layered or more complex structures. PMID:21076706

  3. Design and fabrication of bimorph transducer for optimal vibration energy harvesting.

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    Bedekar, Vishwas; Oliver, Josiah; Priya, Shashank

    2010-07-01

    High energy density piezoelectric composition corresponding to 0.9Pb(Zr0.56Ti0.44)O3–0.1Pb[(Zn0.8/3Ni0.2/3) Nb2/3]O3 + 2 mol% MnO2 (PZTZNN) and 0.8[Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48) O3]-0.2[Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3] (PZTPZN) were synthesized by conventional ceramic processing technique using three different sintering profiles. Plates of the sintered samples were used to fabricate the piezoelectric bimorphs with optimized dimensions to exhibit resonance in the loaded condition in the range of ~200 Hz. An analytical model for energy harvesting from bimorph transducer was developed which was confirmed by experimental measurements. The results of this study clearly show that power density of bimorph transducer can be enhanced by increasing the magnitude of product (d ∙ g), where d is the piezoelectric strain constant and g is the piezoelectric voltage constant. PMID:20941885

  4. Design of a Compact, Bimorph Deformable Mirror-Based Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope.

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    He, Yi; Deng, Guohua; Wei, Ling; Li, Xiqi; Yang, Jinsheng; Shi, Guohua; Zhang, Yudong

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, constructed and tested an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) using a bimorph mirror. The simulated AOSLO system achieves diffraction-limited criterion through all the raster scanning fields (6.4 mm pupil, 3° × 3° on pupil). The bimorph mirror-based AOSLO corrected ocular aberrations in model eyes to less than 0.1 μm RMS wavefront error with a closed-loop bandwidth of a few Hz. Facilitated with a bimorph mirror at a stroke of ±15 μm with 35 elements and an aperture of 20 mm, the new AOSLO system has a size only half that of the first-generation AOSLO system. The significant increase in stroke allows for large ocular aberrations such as defocus in the range of ±600° and astigmatism in the range of ±200°, thereby fully exploiting the AO correcting capabilities for diseased human eyes in the future. PMID:27526166

  5. Bimorph Silk Microsheets with Programmable Actuating Behavior: Experimental Analysis and Computer Simulations.

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    Ye, Chunhong; Nikolov, Svetoslav V; Geryak, Ren D; Calabrese, Rossella; Ankner, John F; Alexeev, Alexander; Kaplan, David L; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2016-07-13

    Microscaled self-rolling construct sheets from silk protein material have been fabricated, containing a silk bimorph composed of silk ionomers as an active layer and cross-linked silk β-sheet as the passive layer. The programmable morphology was experimentally explored along with a computational simulation to understand the mechanism of shape reconfiguration. The neutron reflectivity shows that the active silk ionomers layer undergoes remarkable swelling (eight times increase in thickness) after deprotonation while the passive silk β-sheet retains constant volume under the same conditions and supports the bimorph construct. This selective swelling within the silk-on-silk bimorph microsheets generates strong interfacial stress between layers and out-of-plane forces, which trigger autonomous self-rolling into various 3D constructs such as cylindrical and helical tubules. The experimental observations and computational modeling confirmed the role of interfacial stresses and allow programming the morphology of the 3D constructs with particular design. We demonstrated that the biaxial stress distribution over the 2D planar films depends upon the lateral dimensions, thickness and the aspect ratio of the microsheets. The results allow the fine-tuning of autonomous shape transformations for the further design of complex micro-origami constructs and the silk based rolling/unrolling structures provide a promising platform for polymer-based biomimetic devices for implant applications. PMID:27308946

  6. Design and evaluation of bimorph and sandwich tunable frequency power harvesting devices

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    Chen, Yu-Yin; Lai, Chia-Shun; Chou, Yuh-Shyong; Hsu, Chen-Kai; Wu, Wen-Jong

    2008-03-01

    Over the past years, there are growing interests on scavenging energy from ambience for portable and low-power electronic devices. Among these low-power electronic devices, wireless sensor networks combined with piezoelectric power harvesting devices are the most promising scenario which using piezoelectric cantilever beam structure excited by ambient vibrations to convert mechanical vibration power to electric power and power the wireless sensors. It is known that the environmental excitation frequency will not be always the same as the resonant frequency of the cantilever beam. However, the cantilever beam excited under resonant frequency will have the highest energy output. In this paper, bimorph and sandwich type structure with frequency tuning circuit is proposed to shift the resonant frequency of the piezoelectric cantilever beam in real-time to match the environmental excitation frequency in order to increase the power efficiency and harvest more energy. For the bimorph and sandwich laminated PZT cantilever beam, there will be 2 layers and 3 layers of PZT layers, and one for the PZT layers will be used to control the beam resonant frequency by connecting to different electrical loading impedance. The exciting frequency will be monitored by a low-power micro-processor usually used on wireless sensors. The design and fabrication of the bimorph and sandwich beam structure with and without frequency tuning circuit will all be evaluated and detailed in this paper.

  7. The effect of dopant and optical micro-cavity on the photoluminescence of Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts

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    2013-01-01

    Pure and Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts were synthesized by a convenient thermal evaporation method. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and corresponding element mapping, and transmission electron microscope were used to examine the morphology, phase structure, crystallinity, composition, and growth direction of as-prepared nanobelts. Raman spectra were used to confirm the effective doping of Mn2+ into ZnSe nanobelts. Micro-photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to investigate the emission property of as-prepared samples. A dominant trapped-state emission band is observed in single ZnSeMn nanobelt. However, we cannot observe the transition emission of Mn ion in this ZnSeMn nanobelt, which confirm that Mn powder act as poor dopant. There are weak near-bandgap emission and strong 4T1 → 6A1 transition emission of Mn2+ in single ZnSeMnCl2 and ZnSeMn(CH3COO)2 nanobelt. More interesting, the 4T1 → 6A1 transition emission in ZnSeMn(CH3COO)2 nanobelt split into multi-bands. PL mapping of individual splitted sub-bands were carried out to explore the origin of multi-bands. These doped nanobelts with novel multi-bands emission can find application in frequency convertor and wavelength-tunable light emission devices. PMID:23829706

  8. Structure and resistivity of bismuth nanobelts in situ synthesized on silicon wafer through an ethanol-thermal method

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    Gao, Zheng; Qin, Haiming; Yan, Tao; Liu, Hong; Wang, Jiyang

    2011-12-01

    Bismuth nanobelts in situ grown on a silicon wafer were synthesized through an ethanol-thermal method without any capping agent. The structure of the bismuth belt-silicon composite nanostructure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscope. The nanobelt is a multilayered structure 100-800 nm in width and over 50 μm in length. One layer has a thickness of about 50 nm. A unique sword-like nanostructure is observed as the initial structure of the nanobelts. From these observations, a possible growth mechanism of the nanobelt is proposed. Current-voltage property measurements indicate that the resistivity of the nanobelts is slightly larger than that of the bulk bismuth material.

  9. Deep-ultraviolet solar-blind photoconductivity of individual gallium oxide nanobelts.

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    Li, Liang; Auer, Erwin; Liao, Meiyong; Fang, Xiaosheng; Zhai, Tianyou; Gautam, Ujjal K; Lugstein, Alois; Koide, Yasuo; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri

    2011-03-01

    We designed solar-blind deep-ultraviolet semiconductor photodetectors using individual Ga2O3 nanobelts. The photoconductive behavior was systematically studied. The photodetectors demonstrate high selectivity towards 250 nm light, fast response times of less than 0.3 s, and a large photocurrent to dark current ratio of up to 4 orders of magnitude. The photoresponse parameters such as photocurrent, response time, and quantum efficiency depend strongly on the intensity of light, the detector environment, and the nanobelt size. The photoresponse mechanism was discussed, which was mainly attributed to the band bending, surface traps, and distribution of traps in the bandgap. Present Ga2O3 nanobelts can be exploited for future applications in photo sensing, light-emitting diodes, and optical switches. PMID:21203645

  10. Morphology evolution of MoS2: From monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts

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    Yu, Ting; Luo, Xingfang; Han, Shuming; Cao, Yingjie; Yuan, Cailei; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang

    2016-02-01

    The MoS2 nanobelts were successfully synthesized on SiO2/Si substrates using a vapor phase sulfurization process. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are employed to comprehensively study the morphology evolution of MoS2 from monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts on the SiO2/Si substrates. A possible three-step morphology evolution process, which includes initial nucleation process, self-assembly process, and subsequent crystal growth process (Ostwald ripening), is proposed to explain the formation of MoS2. Moreover, MoS2 nanobelts are characterized by Raman spectroscopy and photo-luminescence (PL). These results provide the possibility to develop an easier-to-cooperate and morphology-controllable approach to fabricate novel architectures.

  11. A wearable, highly stable, strain and bending sensor based on high aspect ratio graphite nanobelts

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    Alaferdov, A. V.; Savu, R.; Rackauskas, T. A.; Rackauskas, S.; Canesqui, M. A.; de Lara, D. S.; Setti, G. O.; Joanni, E.; de Trindade, G. M.; Lima, U. B.; de Souza, A. S.; Moshkalev, S. A.

    2016-09-01

    A simple and scalable method was developed for the fabrication of wearable strain and bending sensors, based on high aspect ratio (length/thickness ∼103) graphite nanobelt thin films deposited by a modified Langmuir–Blodgett technique onto flexible polymer substrates. The sensing mechanism is based on the changes in contact resistance between individual nanobelts upon substrate deformation. Very high sensor response stability for more than 5000 strain–release cycles and a device power consumption as low as 1 nW were achieved. The device maximum stretchability is limited by the metal electrodes and the polymer substrate; the maximum strain that could be applied to the polymer used in this work was 40%. Bending tests carried out for various radii of curvature demonstrated distinct sensor responses for positive and negative curvatures. The graphite nanobelt thin flexible films were successfully tested for acoustic vibration and heartbeat sensing.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of α-MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite positive electrode materials for lithium battery application

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    Nadimicherla, Reddeppa; Chen, Wen; Guo, Xin

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite, (b) CV curves of MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite. - Highlights: • α-MoO{sub 3} and PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts were synthesized by solvothermal method. • The capacity retention of 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts is 88.78%. • The specific capacity of 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts is 352 mAh g{sup −1}. • MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite material demonstrates good cycling stability as cathode. - Abstract: α-MoO{sub 3} and PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts were synthesized by a solvothermal method. The morphology and nanostructure of samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Bare α-MoO{sub 3} and 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts have an initial specific capacities of 279 and 352 mAh g{sup −1}, respectively, at constant current density 30 mA g{sup −1} with potential range of 1.5–4.0 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. While MoO{sub 3} is modified by the intercalation of PEO, it is effectively shielded against electrostatic interaction between the MoO{sub 3} interlayer and Li{sup +} ions. We reported positive material, a nanocomposite of MoO{sub 3} coated with polyethylene oxide. It presents good cycling stability due to existence of the conductive and protective polyethylene oxide coating and the nanobelt morphology of MoO{sub 3}. The polyethylene oxide acts as a conducting matrix, a binder and an active material, as well as a volume change buffer agent, which holds the MoO{sub 3} particles in place during the discharge cycles. The cyclic voltammograms of the 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite displayed better cyclic performance compared with pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. The specific capacity of the pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3

  13. Reverse saturable absorption and nonlinear refraction of ultrathin ZrS3 nanobelts

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    Wu, Jia-Jing; Tao, You-Rong; Wang, Jia-Nan; Wu, Zhong-Yu; Fan, Lei; Wu, Xing-Cai

    2016-05-01

    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of a ZrS3 nanobelt were measured with a 6.5 ns pulse laser at 532 nm. Its optical response to the incident light exhibits good optical absorptive and refractive effects, with the nonlinear absorption coefficient β = 4.42 × 10-10 m W-1 and the nonlinear refraction coefficient γ = 5.86 × 10-17 m2 W-1 for the ZrS3 nanobelt in ethanol dispersions at an input energy of 34.25 μJ. In addition, the β values and γ values have dependence on input energy. Results show that the ZrS3 nanobelts have an excellent reverse saturable absorption (RSA) performance in nanosecond pulses, demonstrating that ZrS3 nanobelts are an extraordinarily promising novel optical power limiting material. Meanwhile, compared to the pure ZrS3, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO), composites (ZrS3/GRO) exhibit an enhanced nonlinear absorption response at the same input energy.The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of a ZrS3 nanobelt were measured with a 6.5 ns pulse laser at 532 nm. Its optical response to the incident light exhibits good optical absorptive and refractive effects, with the nonlinear absorption coefficient β = 4.42 × 10-10 m W-1 and the nonlinear refraction coefficient γ = 5.86 × 10-17 m2 W-1 for the ZrS3 nanobelt in ethanol dispersions at an input energy of 34.25 μJ. In addition, the β values and γ values have dependence on input energy. Results show that the ZrS3 nanobelts have an excellent reverse saturable absorption (RSA) performance in nanosecond pulses, demonstrating that ZrS3 nanobelts are an extraordinarily promising novel optical power limiting material. Meanwhile, compared to the pure ZrS3, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO), composites (ZrS3/GRO) exhibit an enhanced nonlinear absorption response at the same input energy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09268j

  14. Novel optoelectronic devices based on single semiconductor nanowires (nanobelts)

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    2012-01-01

    Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) or nanobelts (NBs) have attracted more and more attention due to their potential application in novel optoelectronic devices. In this review, we present our recent work on novel NB photodetectors, where a three-terminal metal–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MESFET) device structure was exploited. In contrast to the common two-terminal NB (NW) photodetectors, the MESFET-based photodetector can make a balance among overall performance parameters, which is desired for practical device applications. We also present our recent work on graphene nanoribbon/semiconductor NW (SNW) heterojunction light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Herein, by taking advantage of both graphene and SNWs, we have fabricated, for the first time, the graphene-based nano-LEDs. This achievement opens a new avenue for developing graphene-based nano-electroluminescence devices. Moreover, the novel graphene/SNW hybrid devices can also find use in other applications, such as high-sensitivity sensor and transparent flexible devices in the future. PMID:22501032

  15. Growth of zinc oxide nanorods, tetrapods, and nanobelts without catalyst.

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    Fouad, O A

    2006-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures with various morphologies have been synthesized without catalyst in a one-step simple redox process. The results show that ZnO nanorods, nanobelts, and tetrapods with hexagonal needled arms could be synthesized via thermal treatment of a mixture of zinc oxide and charcoal powder in a muffle furnace at 1000-1200 degrees C for 240 min. XRD analyses showed that polycrystalline ZnO phase with wurtzite crystal structure was formed. At a relatively low temperature, 1000 degrees C, the ZnO structure was found to be a bundle of denser nanorods. By increasing the reaction temperature to 1100 degrees C, tetrapod-like structures of needle-like arms with pyramidal tips were formed. With the increase of temperature up to 1200 degrees C, the morphology of ZnO nanostructures changed from nanorods and tetrapods to coalescence grains. Reaction temperature was found to be the most important experimental parameter that played an important role in controlling the mode, mechanism of growth, and formation of different ZnO morphologies. PMID:17025131

  16. Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of polyaniline/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite for lithium battery

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    Mohan, Varishetty Madhu; Chen, Wen; Murakami, Kenji

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal method was introduced for the synthesis of MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and polyaniline (PANI)/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composites. The structure and morphology of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared radiation (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. We can see the presence of polyaniline on the MoO{sub 3} nanobelts surface in the TEM pictures as shown in Fig. (a). The pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts exhibit the initial specific capacity 276 mAhg{sup −1}, whereas PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite shows little low initially 228 mAhg{sup −1} after that it has more stabilized specific capacity with increasing cycle numbers as shown in Fig. (b). The cyclic voltammograms of the PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite show better cyclic performance compared to pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. The electrochemical impedance spectres were studied for both the pure and PANI/MoO{sub 3} samples at 2.0 and 3.5 potentials. The role of the PANI polymeric component of the composite material seems to be the stabilization of the specific capacity due to probable homogeneous distribution of the induced stress during cycling. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Hydrothermal synthesis of MoO{sub 3}, PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. ► Samples were characterised by XRD, FTIR, DSC, SEM, TEM, CV and impedance. ► MoO{sub 3} nanobelts cathode battery shows initial specific capacity 276 mAhg{sup −1}. ► PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelts show initial specific capacity 228 mAhg{sup −1} but high stability. ► PANI/MoO{sub 3} sample studies by impedance at the potentials of 2.0 and 3.5 V. -- Abstract: The MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and polyaniline (PANI)/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite were synthesized using hydrothermal method. The crystal structure and morphology of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared radiation (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and

  17. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over nitrogen-fluorine codoped TiO2 nanobelts prepared by solvothermal synthesis.

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    He, Zuoli; Que, Wenxiu; Chen, Jing; Yin, Xingtian; He, Yucheng; Ren, Jiangbo

    2012-12-01

    Anatase type nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) codoped TiO(2) nanobelts were prepared by a solvothermal method in which amorphous titania microspheres were used as the precursors. The as-prepared TiO(2) nanobelts are composed of thin narrow nanobelts and it is noted that there are large amount of wormhole-like mesopores on these narrow nanobelts. Photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts was measured by the reaction of photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. Results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts is higher than that of P25, which is mainly ascribed to wormhole-like mesopores like prison, larger surface area, and enhanced absorption of light due to N-F codoping. Interestingly, it is also found that the photocatalytic activity can be further enhanced when tested in a new testing method because more photons can be captured by the nanobelts to stimulate the formation of the hole-electron pair. PMID:23148575

  18. Structure and resistivity of bismuth nanobelts in situ synthesized on silicon wafer through an ethanol-thermal method

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    Gao Zheng; Qin Haiming; Yan Tao

    2011-12-15

    Bismuth nanobelts in situ grown on a silicon wafer were synthesized through an ethanol-thermal method without any capping agent. The structure of the bismuth belt-silicon composite nanostructure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscope. The nanobelt is a multilayered structure 100-800 nm in width and over 50 {mu}m in length. One layer has a thickness of about 50 nm. A unique sword-like nanostructure is observed as the initial structure of the nanobelts. From these observations, a possible growth mechanism of the nanobelt is proposed. Current-voltage property measurements indicate that the resistivity of the nanobelts is slightly larger than that of the bulk bismuth material. - Graphical Abstract: TEM images, EDS, and electron diffraction pattern of bismuth nanobelts. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bismuth nanobelts in situ grown on silicon wafer were achieved. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Special bismuth-silicon nanostructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Potential application in sensitive magnetic sensor and other electronic devices.

  19. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites.

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data. PMID:26907290

  20. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data. PMID:26907290

  1. Electrothermally-Actuated Micromirrors with Bimorph Actuators--Bending-Type and Torsion-Type.

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    Tsai, Cheng-Hua; Tsai, Chun-Wei; Chang, Hsu-Tang; Liu, Shih-Hsiang; Tsai, Jui-Che

    2015-01-01

    Three different electrothermally-actuated MEMS micromirrors with Cr/Au-Si bimorph actuators are proposed. The devices are fabricated with the SOIMUMPs process developed by MEMSCAP, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA). A silicon-on-insulator MEMS process has been employed for the fabrication of these micromirrors. Electrothermal actuation has achieved a large angular movement in the micromirrors. Application of an external electric current 0.04 A to the bending-type, restricted-torsion-type, and free-torsion-type mirrors achieved rotation angles of 1.69°, 3.28°, and 3.64°, respectively. PMID:26110409

  2. Electrothermally-Actuated Micromirrors with Bimorph Actuators—Bending-Type and Torsion-Type

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    Tsai, Cheng-Hua; Tsai, Chun-Wei; Chang, Hsu-Tang; Liu, Shih-Hsiang; Tsai, Jui-Che

    2015-01-01

    Three different electrothermally-actuated MEMS micromirrors with Cr/Au-Si bimorph actuators are proposed. The devices are fabricated with the SOIMUMPs process developed by MEMSCAP, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA). A silicon-on-insulator MEMS process has been employed for the fabrication of these micromirrors. Electrothermal actuation has achieved a large angular movement in the micromirrors. Application of an external electric current 0.04 A to the bending-type, restricted-torsion-type, and free-torsion-type mirrors achieved rotation angles of 1.69°, 3.28°, and 3.64°, respectively. PMID:26110409

  3. Largest in the world bimorph deformable mirror for high-power laser beam correction

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    Kudryashov, Alexis; Samarkin, Vadim; Aleksandrov, Alex; Borsoni, Giles; Jitsuno, Takahisa; Romanov, Pavel; Sheldakova, Julia

    2016-03-01

    The deformable mirror with the size of 410x468 mm controlled by the bimorph piezoceramic plates and multilayer piezoceramic stacks was developed. The results of the measurements of the response functions of all the actuators and of the surface shape of the deformable mirror are presented in this paper. The study of the mirror with a Fizeau interferometer and a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor has shown that it was possible to improve the flatness of the surface down to a residual roughness of 0.033 μm (RMS). The possibility of correction of the aberrations in high power lasers was numerically demonstrated.

  4. Correction of vortex laser beam in a closed-loop adaptive system with bimorph mirror.

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    Starikov, F A; Kochemasov, G G; Koltygin, M O; Kulikov, S M; Manachinsky, A N; Maslov, N V; Sukharev, S A; Aksenov, V P; Izmailov, I V; Kanev, F Yu; Atuchin, V V; Soldatenkov, I S

    2009-08-01

    The phase correction of a vortex laser beam is undertaken in the closed-loop adaptive system including a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor with singular reconstruction technique and a bimorph piezoceramic mirror. After correction the vortex doughnutlike beam is focused into a beam with bright axial spot that considerably increases the Strehl ratio and optical system resolution. Since the phase break cannot be exactly reproduced on the flexible mirror surface, off-axis vortices appear in the far field at the beam periphery. PMID:19649065

  5. Gap States Assisted MoO3 Nanobelt Photodetector with Wide Spectrum Response

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    Xiang, Du; Han, Cheng; Zhang, Jialin; Chen, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Molybdenum oxides have been widely investigated for their broad applications ranging from electronics to energy storage. Photodetectors based on molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), however, were seldom reported owing to their low conductivity and weak photoresponse. Herein we report a photodetector based on single MoO3 nanobelt with wide visible spectrum response by introducing substantial gap states via H2 annealing. The pristine MoO3 nanobelt possessed low electrical conductance and no photoresponse for nearly all visible lights. The H2 annealing can significantly improve the conductance of MoO3 nanobelt, and result in a good photodetector with wide visible spectrum response. Under illumination of 680 nm light, the photodetector exhibited high responsivity of ~56 A/W and external quantum efficiency of ~10200%. As corroborated by in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations, such strong wide spectrum photoresponse arises from the largely enriched gap states in the MoO3 nanobelt after H2 annealing. PMID:24809461

  6. A novel NiO-Au hybrid nanobelts based sensor for sensitive and selective glucose detection.

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    Ding, Yu; Liu, Yixin; Parisi, Joseph; Zhang, Lichun; Lei, Yu

    2011-10-15

    A novel amperometric nonenzymatic glucose sensor based on Au-doped NiO nanobelts has been successfully fabricated and applied to nonenzymatic glucose detection. Its electrochemical behavior towards the oxidation of glucose was compared with NiO nanofibers and Au microparticles prepared with a similar procedure. The NiO-Au hybrid nanobelts modified electrode displays greatly enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards glucose oxidation, revealing a synergistic effect between the matrix NiO and the doped Au. The as-prepared NiO-Au nanobelts based glucose sensor displays significantly lower onset potential, lower detection limit, higher sensitivity, and wider linear range than that of pristine NiO nanofibers modified electrode. Moreover, Au nanoparticles distributed in NiO nanofibers enabled amperometric glucose detection with insignificant interference from ascorbic acid and uric acid. These results indicate that the NiO-Au hybrid nanobelt is a promising candidate in the development of highly sensitive and selective nonenzymatic glucose sensors. PMID:21852103

  7. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-03-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs.

  8. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt.

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs. PMID:26928788

  9. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 − x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 − xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs. PMID:26928788

  10. Reverse saturable absorption and nonlinear refraction of ultrathin ZrS3 nanobelts.

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    Wu, Jia-Jing; Tao, You-Rong; Wang, Jia-Nan; Wu, Zhong-Yu; Fan, Lei; Wu, Xing-Cai

    2016-05-21

    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of a ZrS3 nanobelt were measured with a 6.5 ns pulse laser at 532 nm. Its optical response to the incident light exhibits good optical absorptive and refractive effects, with the nonlinear absorption coefficient β = 4.42 × 10(-10) m W(-1) and the nonlinear refraction coefficient γ = 5.86 × 10(-17) m(2) W(-1) for the ZrS3 nanobelt in ethanol dispersions at an input energy of 34.25 μJ. In addition, the β values and γ values have dependence on input energy. Results show that the ZrS3 nanobelts have an excellent reverse saturable absorption (RSA) performance in nanosecond pulses, demonstrating that ZrS3 nanobelts are an extraordinarily promising novel optical power limiting material. Meanwhile, compared to the pure ZrS3, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO), composites (ZrS3/GRO) exhibit an enhanced nonlinear absorption response at the same input energy. PMID:27139247

  11. Out-of-Plane Translational PZT Bimorph Actuator with Archimedes’ Spiral Actuating Tethers

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    Yang, Chenye; Liu, Sanwei; Livermore, Carol

    2015-12-01

    The design, finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental characterization of a MEMS out-of-plane (vertical) translational lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) bimorph actuator supported on Archimedes’ spiral tethers are presented. Two types of bimorph actuators with different electrode patterns (with spiral tethers half actuated or fully actuated) are designed and fabricated. Both designs are fabricated by commercial processes and are compatible with integration into more complex MEMS systems. Finite element analysis (FEA) was used to analyze and predict the displacements of both types of actuators. The deflections of both fully- actuated and half-actuated devices were measured experimentally to validate the design. At an applied voltage of 110V, the out-of-plane deflections of the actuators with half-actuated and fully-actuated tethers were measured at about 17 μm and 29 μm respectively, in good agreement with FEA predictions of 17.1 μm and 25.8 μm. The corresponding blocking forces are predicted as 10 mN and 17 mN by FEA.

  12. Fabrication and Characterization of Nitinol-Copper Shape Memory Alloy Bimorph Actuators

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    Wongweerayoot, E.; Srituravanich, W.; Pimpin, A.

    2015-02-01

    This study aims to examine the effect of annealing conditions on nitinol (NiTi) characteristics and applies this knowledge to fabricate a NiTi-copper shape memory alloy bimorph actuator. The effect of the annealing conditions was investigated at various temperatures, i.e., 500, 600, and 650 °C, for 30 min. With the characterizations using x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques, the results showed that annealing temperatures at 600 and 650 °C were able to appropriately form the crystalline structure of NiTi. However, at these high annealing temperatures, the oxide on a surface was unavoidable. In the fabrication of actuator, the annealing at 650 °C for 30 min was chosen, and it was performed at two pre-stressing conditions, i.e., straight and curved molds. From static and dynamic response experiments, the results suggested that the annealing temperature significantly affected the deflection of the actuator. On the other hand, the effect of pre-stressing conditions was relatively small. Furthermore, the micro gripper consisting of two NiTi-copper bimorph actuators successfully demonstrated for the viability of small object manipulation as the gripper was able to grasp and hold a small plastic ball with its weight of around 0.5 mg.

  13. Modeling and simulations of new electrostatically driven, bimorph actuator for high beam steering micromirror deflection angles

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    Walton, John P.; Coutu, Ronald A.; Starman, LaVern

    2015-02-01

    There are numerous applications for micromirror arrays seen in our everyday lives. From flat screen televisions and computer monitors, found in nearly every home and office, to advanced military weapon systems and space vehicles, each application bringing with it a unique set of requirements. The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) industry has researched many ways micromirror actuation can be accomplished and the different constraints on performance each design brings with it. This paper investigates a new "zipper" approach to electrostatically driven micromirrors with the intent of improving duel plane beam steering by coupling large deflection angles, over 30°, and a fast switching speed. To accomplish this, an extreme initial deflection is needed which can be reached using high stress bimorph beams. Currently this requires long beams and high voltage for the electrostatic pull in or slower electrothermal switching. The idea for this "zipper" approach is to stack multiple beams of a much shorter length and allow for the deflection of each beam to be added together in order to reach the required initial deflection height. This design requires much less pull-in voltage because the pull-in of one short beam will in turn reduce the height of the all subsequent beams, making it much easier to actuate. Using modeling and simulation software to characterize operations characteristics, different bimorph cantilever beam configurations are explored in order to optimize the design. These simulations show that this new "zipper" approach increases initial deflection as additional beams are added to the assembly without increasing the actuation voltage.

  14. An analytical solution for the magneto-electro-elastic bimorph beam forced vibrations problem

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    Milazzo, A.; Orlando, C.; Alaimo, A.

    2009-08-01

    Based on the Timoshenko beam theory and on the assumption that the electric and magnetic fields can be treated as steady, since elastic waves propagate very slowly with respect to electromagnetic ones, a general analytical solution for the transient analysis of a magneto-electro-elastic bimorph beam is obtained. General magneto-electric boundary conditions can be applied on the top and bottom surfaces of the beam, allowing us to study the response of the bilayer structure to electromagnetic stimuli. The model reveals that the magneto-electric loads enter the solution as an equivalent external bending moment per unit length and as time-dependent mechanical boundary conditions through the definition of the bending moment. Moreover, the influences of the electro-mechanic, magneto-mechanic and electromagnetic coupling on the stiffness of the bimorph stem from the computation of the beam equivalent stiffness constants. Free and forced vibration analyses of both multiphase and laminated magneto-electro-elastic composite beams are carried out to check the effectiveness and reliability of the proposed analytic solution.

  15. Band-pass design optimization of piezoelectric cantilever bimorph energy harvester

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    Zhang, Long; Williams, Keith A.

    2011-03-01

    Piezoelectric energy harvesting has become a feasible method for powering micro portable electronics and wireless sensor networks by converting ambient vibration energy into electrical energy. As a thumb of rule, it is critical to tune the resonant frequency of the generator to the frequency of the environmental vibrations in order to induce the maximum structural deformation and then the maximum converted electrical energy through piezoelectric effect. However, it is well-known that the ambient vibrations are not usually fixed in only one single frequency and could span over a limited frequency band. In this paper, a band-pass design optimization of piezoelectric cantilever bimorph (PCB) energy harvester is presented based on the system transfer function of the PCB generator presented in a previous literature. For such an energy harvester, a group of PCB with dimensions appropriately selected can be integrated into a band-pass energy harvester working over a limited frequency band if the dimensions of piezoelectric bimorphs and proof masses are appropriately chosen. Further, the finite element analysis (FEA) of such a band-pass energy harvester is performed in ANSYS to validate the theoretical proposal. The result shows that the band-pass design optimization leads to a piezoelectric generator working over a certain frequency band while keeping outputting the relatively stable open-circuit voltage.

  16. Synthesis and electrochemical performance of cable-like copper vanadates/polypyrrole nanobelts as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Shaoyan; Hou, Menghua; Hou, Linlin; Lu, Min

    2016-08-01

    Cable-like CuV2O6/polypyrrole (CVO/PPy) nanobelts have been synthesized via in-situ oxidative polymerization of pyrrole monomers on the surface of hydrothermally synthesized α-CuV2O6 (CVO) nanobelts. The microscope analysis revealed that the diameter of cable-like CVO/PPy nanobelts focused on 80-110 nm and the shell thickness was about 10-30 nm. The electrochemical properties of the cable-like CVO/PPy nanobelts as anode materials were systematically investigated and compared with bare α-CuV2O6 nanobelts. It was found that the electrochemical performance of the CVO/PPy nanobelts was significantly enhanced. The results suggest that the conductive PPy nanolayer coating help to preserve high capacity, maintain high electrochemical stability, and reduce charge transfer resistance during cycling performance.

  17. Controlled synthesis and near-infrared luminescence of LaOBr:Nd3+ nanofibers and nanobelts.

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    Ma, Wenwen; Dong, Xiangting; Wang, Jinxian; Yu, Wensheng; Liu, Guixia

    2014-08-01

    LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanofibers and nanobelts were synthesized for the first time via calcinating the electrospun PVP/[La(NO3)3 + Nd(NO3)3 + NH4Br] composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanofibers and nanobelts are tetragonal in structure with the space group of P4/nmm. The morphologies and sizes of LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanostructures were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The mean diameter of the LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanofibers is 192.41 ± 18.97 nm. The width and thickness of the LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanobelts are 5.50 ± 0.48 μm and 112 nm, respectively. Under the excitation of 532-nm laser, LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanostructures exhibit the characteristic emissions of predominant peaks at 922, 1072 and 1345 nm, attributed to (4)F3/2 --> (4)I9/2, (4)F3/2 --> (4)I11/2 and (4)F3/2 --> (4)I13/2 energy levels transitions of Nd(3+) ions, respectively. The optimum doping molar concentration of the Nd(3+) ions in the LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanofibers is 1.0%. Interestingly, we found that the luminescence intensity of nanobelts is obviously greater than that of the nanofibers for LaOBr:Nd(3+) under the same measuring conditions. The formation mechanisms of LaOBr:Nd(3+) nanofibers and nanobelts were also proposed. PMID:25936086

  18. Analytical modeling and experimental verification of vibration-based piezoelectric bimorph beam with a tip-mass for power harvesting

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    Wang, Hongjin; Meng, Qingfeng

    2013-03-01

    Power harvesting techniques that convert vibration energy into electrical energy through piezoelectric transducers show strong potential for powering smart wireless sensor devices in applications of structural health monitoring. This paper presents an analytical model of the dynamic behavior of an electromechanical piezoelectric bimorph cantilever harvester connected with an AC-DC circuit based on the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory and Hamiltonian theorem. A new cantilevered piezoelectric bimorph structure is proposed in which the plug-type connection between support layer and tip-mass ensures that the gravity center of the tip-mass is collinear with the gravity center of the beam so that the brittle fracture of piezoelectric layers can also be avoided while vibrating with large amplitude. The tip-mass is equated by the inertial force and inertial moment acting at the end of the piezoelectric bimorph beam based on D'Alembert's principle. An AC-DC converting circuit soldered with the piezoelectric elements is also taken into account. A completely new analytic expression of the global behavior of the electromechanical piezoelectric bimorph harvesting system with AC-DC circuit under input base transverse excitation is derived. Moreover, an experimental energy harvester is fabricated and the theoretical analysis and experimental results of the piezoelectric harvester under the input base transverse displacement excitation are validated by using measurements of the absolute tip displacement, electric voltage response, electric current response and electric power harvesting.

  19. Highly sensitive formaldehyde resistive sensor based on a single Er-doped SnO2 nanobelt

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    Li, Shuanghui; Liu, Yingkai; Wu, Yuemei; Chen, Weiwu; Qin, Zhaojun; Gong, Nailiang; Yu, Dapeng

    2016-05-01

    SnO2 nanobelts (SnO2 NBs) and Er3+-doped SnO2 nanobelts (Er-SnO2 NBs) were synthesized by thermal evaporation. The obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). It is found that Er-SnO2 NBs have a good morphology with smooth surface and their thickness are about 30 nm, widths between 200 nm and 600 nm, and lengths 30-80 mm. The nanobelts with good morphology were taken to develop sensors based on a single Er-SnO2 NB/SnO2 NB for studying sensitive properties. The results reveal that the response of a single Er-SnO2 nanobelt device is 9 to the formaldehyde gas with a shorter response (recovery time) of 17 (25) s.

  20. Effects of surface passivation on α-Si3N4 nanobelts: A first-principles study

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    Xiong, Li; Dai, Jianhong; Song, Yan; Wen, Guangwu; Qin, Chunlin

    2016-07-01

    The energetic stability and electronic structures of H, OH, F, or Cl passivated α-Si3N4 nanobelts orientating along various directions are systematically investigated via first-principles calculations. The results show that the stability of nanobelts is more sensitive to the surface passivation than growth direction. It decreases in the order of (100% OH), (50% H, 50% OH), (50% H, 50% F), (100% F), (50% H, 50% Cl), (100% Cl), (100% H), and unpassivation. H atoms prefer to bond with surface N atoms of nanobelts, while OH, F and Cl prefer to bond with Si atoms of nanobelts. In addition, the surface passivation greatly changes the electronic structures of nanobelts. The OH and F passivations result in the larger band gaps than the Cl passivation. While the coverage of OH, F or Cl increases to 100%, their band gaps decrease significantly, indicating an improvement of electrical properties, which is good agreement with the experimental findings. The 100% Cl-passivated nanobelt orientating along the [011] direction possesses the smallest band gap of 1.038 eV. The band gaps are found to be affected by a competition between quantum confinement effect and the role of the surface passivated groups or atoms at the band-gap edges.

  1. Vapor-phase synthesis, growth mechanism and thickness-independent elastic modulus of single-crystal tungsten nanobelts.

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    Wang, Shiliang; Chen, Guoliang; Huang, Han; Ma, Shujun; Xu, Hongyi; He, Yuehui; Zou, Jin

    2013-12-20

    Single-crystal tungsten nanobelts with thicknesses from tens to hundreds of nanometers, widths of several micrometers and lengths of tens of micrometers were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition. Surface energy minimization was believed to have played a crucial role in the growth of the synthesized nanobelts enclosed by the low-energy {110} crystal planes of body-centered-cubic structure. The anisotropic growth of the crystallographically equivalent {110} crystal planes could be attributable to the asymmetric concentration distribution of the tungsten atom vapor around the nanobelts during the growth process. The elastic moduli of the synthesized tungsten nanobelts with thicknesses ranging from 65 to 306 nm were accurately measured using a newly developed thermal vibration method. The measured modulus values of the tungsten nanobelts were thickness-dependent. After eliminating the effect of surface oxidization using a core-shell model, the elastic modulus of tungsten nanobelts became constant, which is close to that of the bulk tungsten value of 410 GPa. PMID:24270939

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Silver Vanadium Oxide (Ag0.35V2O5) Nanobelts for Sensing Amines

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    Fu, Haitao; Xie, Hui; Yang, Xiaohong; An, Xizhong; Jiang, Xuchuan; Yu, Aibing

    2015-10-01

    A simple hydrothermal method for the synthesis of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts with the assistance of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is reported in this study. The experimental variables that may affect the nanoparticle structures were investigated. And several advanced techniques, such as TEM, HRTEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), were used to characterize the morphology and composition of the as-prepared nanobelts. The mechanism of the formation and growth of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts was also investigated and discussed. The results show that SDS, as a weak reducing agent, plays a crucial role in the formation of Ag0.35V2O5. According to N2 sorption isothermals, the as-prepared Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts are found to exhibit relative high surface area. The gas sensing performance of the Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts towards organic amine was tested. It is found that the nanobelts show superior sensitivity of amine(s) to V2O5 particles, lower detection limit (5 ppm), and higher selectivity of amine versus ammonia at an optimized working temperature of ~260 °C. Moreover, the density functional theory (DFT) simulation was conducted to better understand the sensing mechanism. These findings may be useful in designing promising materials to detect amine gases for medical or food industrial applications.

  3. Synthesis of porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelt, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure from Zn-HDS

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    Jang, Eue-Soon; Won, Jung-Hee; Kim, Young-Woon; Cheng, Zhen; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2010-08-15

    Zn based hydroxide double salts (Zn-HDS) with an interlayer spacing of 20 A was produced by dissolving dumbbell-like ZnO crystal. The resulting Zn-HDS with a ribbon-like shape has a suitable morphology to explore the remarkably mild procedure for synthesis of ZnO nanobelts. We found that the intercalated water molecules into the Zn-HDS could play a key role in the ZnO nanobelts porosity. The nonporous ZnO nanobelts were successfully synthesized from the Zn-HDS by soft-solution process at 95 {sup o}C through mild dehydration agent as Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. As-synthesized ZnO nanobelts were grown along not only the [0 1 -1 0], but also the [2 -1 -1 0]. On the other hand, the porous ZnO nanobelts were obtained from the Zn-HDS by calcinations at 200 and 400 {sup o}C. In addition, flower-like ZnO multipod and hierarchical nanostructures were produced from the Zn-HDS by using of strong dehydration agent (NaOH) through hydrothermal reaction at 150 and 230 {sup o}C. - Graphical abstract: Porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelts, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure were successfully synthesized from Zn based hydroxyl double salts by hydrothermal reaction.

  4. Broadband piezoelectric energy harvesting devices using multiple bimorphs with different operating frequencies.

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    Xue, Huan; Hu, Yuantai; Wang, Qing-Ming

    2008-09-01

    This paper presents a novel approach for designing broadband piezoelectric harvesters by integrating multiple piezoelectric bimorphs (PBs) with different aspect ratios into a system. The effect of 2 connecting patterns among PBs, in series and in parallel, on improving energy harvesting performance is discussed. It is found for multifrequency spectra ambient vibrations: 1) the operating frequency band (OFB) of a harvesting structure can be widened by connecting multiple PBs with different aspect ratios in series; 2) the OFB of a harvesting structure can be shifted to the dominant frequency domain of the ambient vibrations by increasing or decreasing the number of PBs in parallel. Numerical results show that the OFB of the piezoelectric energy harvesting devices can be tailored by the connection patterns (i.e., in series and in parallel) among PBs. PMID:18986908

  5. Adaptive optics vision simulator based on 35 element bimorph deformable mirror

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    Zhao, Lina; Dai, Yun; Xiao, Fei; Kang, Jian; Zhao, Haoxin; Bao, Hua; Zhou, Hong; Zhou, Yifeng; Zhang, Yudong

    2014-09-01

    A novel adaptive optics vision simulator (AOVS) is presented and characterized for several design features, including automated measuring and compensating eye's aberrations up to the fifth order, which fully cover aberrations typically found in the human eye, even for the cases of highly aberrated eyes. Especially, it is equipped with 35 elements bimorph deformable mirror with bigger stroke and smaller size, which could help establish near-diffraction-limited ocular optics condition. To investigate the validity of this apparatus, pilot data under different aberration correction pattern from one subjects are collected, and contrast sensitivity function (CSF), an important psychophysical function in vision, is obtained also. Results from living eyes show a practically perfect aberration correction and demonstrate the utility of this system.

  6. Design and analysis of a connected broadband multi-piezoelectric-bimorph- beam energy harvester.

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    Zhang, Haifeng; Afzalul, Karim

    2014-06-01

    The rapid growth of remote, wireless, and microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices over the past decades has motivated the development of a self-powered system that can replace traditional electrochemical batteries. Piezoelectric energy harvesters are ideal for capturing energy from mechanical vibrations in the ambient environment. Numerous studies have been made of this application of piezoelectric energy conversion; however, the narrow frequency operation band has limited its application to generate useful power. In this paper, a broadband energy harvester with an array/matrix of piezoelectric bimorphs connected by springs has been designed and analyzed based on the 1-D piezoelectric beam equations. The predicted result shows that the operational frequency band can be enlarged significantly by carefully adjusting the small end masses, length of the beam and spring stiffness. An optimal selection of the load impedance to realize the maximum power output is discussed. The results provide an important foundation for future broadband energy harvester design. PMID:24859665

  7. Quantitative electromechanical impedance method for nondestructive testing based on a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever

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    Fu, Ji; Tan, Chi; Li, Faxin

    2015-06-01

    The electromechanical impedance (EMI) method, which holds great promise in structural health monitoring (SHM), is usually treated as a qualitative method. In this work, we proposed a quantitative EMI method based on a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever using the sample’s local contact stiffness (LCS) as the identification parameter for nondestructive testing (NDT). Firstly, the equivalent circuit of the contact vibration system was established and the analytical relationship between the cantilever’s contact resonance frequency and the LCS was obtained. As the LCS is sensitive to typical defects such as voids and delamination, the proposed EMI method can then be used for NDT. To verify the equivalent circuit model, two piezoelectric bimorph cantilevers were fabricated and their free resonance frequencies were measured and compared with theoretical predictions. It was found that the stiff cantilever’s EMI can be well predicted by the equivalent circuit model while the soft cantilever’s cannot. Then, both cantilevers were assembled into a homemade NDT system using a three-axis motorized stage for LCS scanning. Testing results on a specimen with a prefabricated defect showed that the defect could be clearly reproduced in the LCS image, indicating the validity of the quantitative EMI method for NDT. It was found that the single-frequency mode of the EMI method can also be used for NDT, which is faster but not quantitative. Finally, several issues relating to the practical application of the NDT method were discussed. The proposed EMI-based NDT method offers a simple and rapid solution for damage evaluation in engineering structures and may also shed some light on EMI-based SHM.

  8. S-induced modifications of the optoelectronic properties of ZnO mesoporous nanobelts.

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    Fabbri, Filippo; Nasi, Lucia; Fedeli, Paolo; Ferro, Patrizia; Salviati, Giancarlo; Mosca, Roberto; Calzolari, Arrigo; Catellani, Alessandra

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of ZnO porous nanobelts with high surface-to-volume ratio is envisaged to enhance the zinc oxide sensing and photocatalytic properties. Yet, controlled stoichiometry, doping and compensation of as-grown n-type behavior remain open problems for this compound. Here, we demonstrate the effect of residual sulfur atoms on the optical properties of ZnO highly porous, albeit purely wurtzite, nanobelts synthesized by solvothermal decomposition of ZnS hybrids. By means of combined cathodoluminescence analyses and density functional theory calculations, we attribute a feature appearing at 2.36 eV in the optical emission spectra to sulfur related intra-gap states. A comparison of different sulfur configurations in the ZnO matrix demonstrates the complex compensating effect on the electronic properties of the system induced by S-inclusion. PMID:27301986

  9. Raman selection rule for surface optical phonons in ZnS nanobelts.

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    Ho, Chih-Hsiang; Varadhan, Purushothaman; Wang, Hsin-Hua; Chen, Cheng-Ying; Fang, Xiaosheng; He, Jr-Hau

    2016-03-21

    We report Raman scattering results for high-quality wurtzite ZnS nanobelts (NBs) grown by chemical vapor deposition. In the Raman spectrum, the ensembles of ZnS NBs exhibit first order phonon modes at 274 cm(-1) and 350 cm(-1), corresponding to A1/E1 transverse optical and A1/E1 longitudinal optical phonons, in addition to a strong surface optical (SO) phonon mode at 329 cm(-1). The existence of the SO band is confirmed by its shift with different surrounding dielectric media. Polarization dependent Raman spectra were recorded on a single ZnS NB and for the first time a SO phonon band has been detected on a single nanobelt. Different selection rules for the SO phonon mode are shown from their corresponding E1/A1 phonon modes, and were attributed to the breaking of anisotropic translational symmetry on the NB surface. PMID:26924069

  10. S-induced modifications of the optoelectronic properties of ZnO mesoporous nanobelts

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    Fabbri, Filippo; Nasi, Lucia; Fedeli, Paolo; Ferro, Patrizia; Salviati, Giancarlo; Mosca, Roberto; Calzolari, Arrigo; Catellani, Alessandra

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of ZnO porous nanobelts with high surface-to-volume ratio is envisaged to enhance the zinc oxide sensing and photocatalytic properties. Yet, controlled stoichiometry, doping and compensation of as-grown n-type behavior remain open problems for this compound. Here, we demonstrate the effect of residual sulfur atoms on the optical properties of ZnO highly porous, albeit purely wurtzite, nanobelts synthesized by solvothermal decomposition of ZnS hybrids. By means of combined cathodoluminescence analyses and density functional theory calculations, we attribute a feature appearing at 2.36 eV in the optical emission spectra to sulfur related intra-gap states. A comparison of different sulfur configurations in the ZnO matrix demonstrates the complex compensating effect on the electronic properties of the system induced by S-inclusion. PMID:27301986

  11. Production of large-scale, freestanding vanadium pentoxide nanobelt porous structures.

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    Yun, Yong Ju; Kim, Byung Hoon; Hong, Won G; Kim, Chang Hee; Kim, Yark Yeon; Jeong, Eun-ju; Jang, Won Ick; Yu, Han Young

    2012-03-01

    Large-scale, freestanding, porous structures of vanadium pentoxide nanobelts (VPNs) were successfully prepared using the template-free freeze-drying method. The porous and multi-layered VPN macrostructures are composed of randomly oriented long nanobelts (over 100 μm) and their side length can be controlled up to a few tens of centimetres. Also, the bulk density and surface area of these macrostructures are 3-5 mg cm(-3) and 40-80 m(2) g(-1), respectively, which are similar to those of the excellent adsorbents. In addition, the removal efficiency measurements of ammonia molecules revealed that the VPN porous structures can adsorb the ammonia molecules with the combinations of van der Waals forces and strong chemical bonding by functional groups on the VPN surface. PMID:22293666

  12. Production of large-scale, freestanding vanadium pentoxide nanobelt porous structures

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    Yun, Yong Ju; Kim, Byung Hoon; Hong, Won G.; Kim, Chang Hee; Kim, Yark Yeon; Jeong, Eun-Ju; Jang, Won Ick; Yu, Han Young

    2012-02-01

    Large-scale, freestanding, porous structures of vanadium pentoxide nanobelts (VPNs) were successfully prepared using the template-free freeze-drying method. The porous and multi-layered VPN macrostructures are composed of randomly oriented long nanobelts (over 100 μm) and their side length can be controlled up to a few tens of centimetres. Also, the bulk density and surface area of these macrostructures are 3-5 mg cm-3 and 40-80 m2 g-1, respectively, which are similar to those of the excellent adsorbents. In addition, the removal efficiency measurements of ammonia molecules revealed that the VPN porous structures can adsorb the ammonia molecules with the combinations of van der Waals forces and strong chemical bonding by functional groups on the VPN surface.

  13. Optical Properties of CdS Nanobelts and Nanosaws Synthesized by Thermal Evaporation Method

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    Peng, Zhi-wei; Zou, Bing-suo

    2012-04-01

    By a simple one-step H2-assisted thermal evaporation method, high quality CdS nanostructures have been successfully fabricated on Au coated Si substrates in large scale. The as-synthesized CdS nanostructures consisted of sword-like nanobelts and toothed nanosaws with a single-crystal hexagonal wurtzite structure. The deposition temperature played an important role in determining the size and morphology of the CdS nanostructures. A combination of vapor-liquid-solid and vapor-solid growth mechanisms were proposed to interpret the formation of CdS nanostructures. Photoluminescence measurement indicated that the nanobelts and nanosaws have a prominent green emission at about 512 nm, which is the band-to-band emission of CdS. The waveguide characteristics of both types of CdS nanostructures were observed and discussed.

  14. S-induced modifications of the optoelectronic properties of ZnO mesoporous nanobelts

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    Fabbri, Filippo; Nasi, Lucia; Fedeli, Paolo; Ferro, Patrizia; Salviati, Giancarlo; Mosca, Roberto; Calzolari, Arrigo; Catellani, Alessandra

    2016-06-01

    The synthesis of ZnO porous nanobelts with high surface-to-volume ratio is envisaged to enhance the zinc oxide sensing and photocatalytic properties. Yet, controlled stoichiometry, doping and compensation of as-grown n-type behavior remain open problems for this compound. Here, we demonstrate the effect of residual sulfur atoms on the optical properties of ZnO highly porous, albeit purely wurtzite, nanobelts synthesized by solvothermal decomposition of ZnS hybrids. By means of combined cathodoluminescence analyses and density functional theory calculations, we attribute a feature appearing at 2.36 eV in the optical emission spectra to sulfur related intra-gap states. A comparison of different sulfur configurations in the ZnO matrix demonstrates the complex compensating effect on the electronic properties of the system induced by S-inclusion.

  15. A Single Eu-Doped In₂O₃ Nanobelt Device for Selective H₂S Detection.

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    Chen, Weiwu; Liu, Yingkai; Qin, Zhaojun; Wu, Yuemei; Li, Shuanghui; Ai, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Eu-doped In₂O₃ nanobelts (Eu-In₂O₃ NBs) and pure In₂O₃ nanobelts (In₂O₃ NBs) are synthesized by the carbon thermal reduction method. Single nanobelt sensors are fabricated via an ion beam deposition system with a mesh-grid mask. The gas-sensing response properties of the Eu-In₂O₃ NB device and its undoped counterpart are investigated with several kinds of gases (including H₂S, CO, NO₂, HCHO, and C₂H₅OH) at different concentrations and different temperatures. It is found that the response of the Eu-In₂O₃ NB device to 100 ppm of H₂S is the best among these gases and the sensitivity reaches 5.74, which is five times that of pure In₂O₃ NB at 260 °C. We also found that the former has an excellent sensitive response and great selectivity to H₂S compared to the latter. Besides, there is a linear relationship between the response and H₂S concentration when its concentration changes from 5 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1000 ppm. The response/recovery time is quite short and remains stable with an increase of H₂S concentration. These results mean that the doping of Eu can improve the gas-sensing performance of In₂O₃ NB effectually. PMID:26633404

  16. Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties of Single La-Doped SnO2 Nanobelts

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    Wu, Yuemei; Zhang, Heng; Liu, Yingkai; Chen, Weiwu; Ma, Jiang; Li, Shuanghui; Qin, Zhaojun

    2015-01-01

    Single crystal SnO2 nanobelts (SnO2 NBs) and La-SnO2 nanobelts (La-SnO2 NBs) were synthesized by thermal evaporation. Both a single SnO2 NB sensor and a single La-SnO2 NB sensor were developed and their sensing properties were investigated. It is found that the single La-SnO2 NB sensor had a high sensitivity of 8.76 to ethanediol at a concentration of 100 ppm at 230 °C, which is the highest sensitivity of a single SnO2 NB to ethanediol among three kinds of volatile organic (VOC) liquids studied, including ethanediol, ethanol, and acetone. The La-SnO2 NBs sensor also exhibits a high sensitivity, good selectivity and long-term stability with prompt response time to ethanediol. The mechanism behind the enhanced sensing performance of La-doped SnO2 nanobelts is discussed. PMID:26087374

  17. Bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts for photocatalysis and antibacterium.

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    Lei, Renbo; Jian, Jikang; Zhang, Zhihua; Song, Bo; Wu, Rong

    2016-09-30

    Multiple functions can be achieved in carbon nitride-based composite nanomaterials by tuning their components and structures. Here, we report on a large-scale synthesis of novel bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts (CNBs) with efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activity. The Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs were synthesized in high yield by a two-step route including a homogeneous precipitation process and a subsequent calcination treatment. The structural, morphological, compositional, and spectroscopic characterizations revealed that the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs are composed of N-deficient melem ultrathin nanobelts and crystalline Ag nanoparticles attached to the surface of the nanobelts with good contact. The band gap of the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs is determined to be about 3.04 eV. The efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of the composite nanomaterials are verified by testing the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and the inhibition zone to bacterium E. coli. The work provides a facile route to bifunctional carbon nitride-based composites with potential applications in the fields of the environment and biology. PMID:27560165

  18. Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties of Single La-Doped SnO₂ Nanobelts.

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    Wu, Yuemei; Zhang, Heng; Liu, Yingkai; Chen, Weiwu; Ma, Jiang; Li, Shuanghui; Qin, Zhaojun

    2015-01-01

    Single crystal SnO2 nanobelts (SnO2 NBs) and La-SnO2 nanobelts (La-SnO2 NBs) were synthesized by thermal evaporation. Both a single SnO2 NB sensor and a single La-SnO2 NB sensor were developed and their sensing properties were investigated. It is found that the single La-SnO2 NB sensor had a high sensitivity of 8.76 to ethanediol at a concentration of 100 ppm at 230 °C, which is the highest sensitivity of a single SnO2 NB to ethanediol among three kinds of volatile organic (VOC) liquids studied, including ethanediol, ethanol, and acetone. The La-SnO2 NBs sensor also exhibits a high sensitivity, good selectivity and long-term stability with prompt response time to ethanediol. The mechanism behind the enhanced sensing performance of La-doped SnO2 nanobelts is discussed. PMID:26087374

  19. Hysteresis-free high-temperature precise bimorph actuators produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Baturin, I. S.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Zorikhin, D. V.; Udalov, A. R.; Greshnyakov, E. D.

    2015-02-02

    The current paper presents a piezoelectric bimorph actuator produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers with the mirrored Y and Z axes. Direct bonding technology allowed to fabricate bidomain plate with precise positioning of ideally flat domain boundary. By optimizing the cutting angle (128° Y-cut), the piezoelectric constant became as large as 27.3 pC/N. Investigation of voltage dependence of bending displacement confirmed that bimorph actuator has excellent linearity and hysteresis-free. Decrease of the applied voltage down to mV range showed the perfect linearity up to the sub-nm deflection amplitude. The frequency and temperature dependences of electromechanical transmission coefficient in wide temperature range (from 300 to 900 K) were investigated.

  20. Synthesis, field-emission and electric properties of metastable phase VO2 (A) ultra-long nanobelts.

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    Li, Ming; Kong, Fengyu; Li, Liang; Zhang, Yunxia; Chen, Li; Yan, Weiwei; Li, Guanghai

    2011-11-01

    High quality single crystalline metastable phase VO(2) (A) ultra-long nanobelts were synthesized by hydrothermal method using inorganic V(2)O(5) sol as precursor and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as both surfactant and reducing agent. It was found that the oriented attach growth mechanism is responsible for the formation of VO(2) (A) nanobelts. In addition to an endothermic peak, an unusual exothermic peak was detected in DSC curve of the nanobelts. The temperature dependence of the lattice parameters have been studied, and it was found that the a-axis expands while the c-axis contracts in the high-temperature XRD test. The VO(2) (A) nanobelt has a low turn-on field of 3.8 V μm(-1) and a high field enhancement factor of 1739 in the field emission measurement. Electrical transport measurement of a single VO(2) (A) nanobelt gives a relative low hoping activation energy of 0.28 eV. PMID:21918759

  1. Piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner in the tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope

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    Zhao, Jianyong; Gong, Weitao; Cai, Wei; Shang, Guangyi

    2013-08-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner operating in tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) is first presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for fixing an AFM cantilever probe and the other one is mounted on the AFM head. The sample is placed on the top of a piezoelectric tube scanner. High speed scan is performed with the bimorph that vibrates at the resonant frequency, while slow scanning is carried out by the tube scanner. The design and performance of the scanner is discussed and given in detailed. Combined with a commercially available data acquisition system, a high speed AFM has been built successfully. By real-time observing the deformation of the pores on the surface of a commercial piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5) ceramics under electric field, the dynamic imaging capability of the AFM is demonstrated. The results show that the notable advantage of the AFM is that dynamic process of the sample with large dimensions can be easily investigated. In addition, this design could provide a way to study a sample in real time under the given experimental condition, such as under an external electric field, on a heating stage, or in a liquid cell.

  2. Piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner in the tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Jianyong; Gong, Weitao; Cai, Wei; Shang, Guangyi

    2013-08-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner operating in tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) is first presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for fixing an AFM cantilever probe and the other one is mounted on the AFM head. The sample is placed on the top of a piezoelectric tube scanner. High speed scan is performed with the bimorph that vibrates at the resonant frequency, while slow scanning is carried out by the tube scanner. The design and performance of the scanner is discussed and given in detailed. Combined with a commercially available data acquisition system, a high speed AFM has been built successfully. By real-time observing the deformation of the pores on the surface of a commercial piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5) ceramics under electric field, the dynamic imaging capability of the AFM is demonstrated. The results show that the notable advantage of the AFM is that dynamic process of the sample with large dimensions can be easily investigated. In addition, this design could provide a way to study a sample in real time under the given experimental condition, such as under an external electric field, on a heating stage, or in a liquid cell. PMID:24007072

  3. Ariad suspends ponatinib sales.

    PubMed

    2014-01-01

    Because of concerns about serious cardiovascular side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Ariad Pharmaceuticals to temporarily suspend sales and marketing of ponatinib to treat chronic myeloid leukemia in patients resistant to first-line therapy. PMID:24402926

  4. Ultrahigh quantum efficiency of CuO nanoparticle decorated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt deep-ultraviolet photodetectors.

    PubMed

    Tian, Wei; Zhi, Chunyi; Zhai, Tianyou; Wang, Xi; Liao, Meiyong; Li, Songlin; Chen, Shimou; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2012-10-21

    Although there has been significant progress in the fabrication and performance optimization of 1-D nanostructure-based deep-ultraviolet photodetectors, it is still a challenge to develop an effective device with high performance characteristics, such as high photocurrent-dark current ratio and high quantum efficiency. Herein, an efficient and simple method to fabricate high performance CuO nanoparticle decorated In(2)Ge(2)O(7) nanobelt deep-ultraviolet photodetectors is presented. A CuO coated In(2)Ge(2)O(7) nanobelt based photodetector showed very high responsivity (7.34 × 10(5) A W(-1)) and high quantum efficiency (3.5 × 10(6)). The underlying mechanism is proposed to be the formation of p-n heterojunctions between decorated nanoparticles and nanobelts, which enhances the spatial separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. This study opens up a new horizon for creation of novel photodetectors with high quantum efficiency. PMID:22936172

  5. Carrier transport in graphite/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-nanobelt/PtIr Schottky barrier diodes

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    Bi, Jinghui; Wei, Guodong; Shang, Minghui; Gao, Fengmei; Yang, Weiyou E-mail: weiyouyang@tsinghua.org.cn; Tang, Bin E-mail: weiyouyang@tsinghua.org.cn

    2014-11-10

    Understanding the roles of contacts and interfaces between metals and semiconductors is critically important for exploring nanostructure-based nanodevices. The present study shed some light on the dominated mechanism of size-dependent carrier transfer in the Schottky barrier diodes configured by the Pt-Ir/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-nanobelt/graphite (metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM)) sandwiched structure via a conductive atomic force microscopy using nanobelts with various thicknesses. The observed I-V behaviors suggested that the charge transports under the low and high biases were dominated by the reverse-biased Schottky barrier and space-charge-limited current (SCLC), respectively. The intermediate region between the low and high biases presented the transition between the Ohmic and SCLC behaviors, in which the ≡Si and =N dangling bonds acted as the defects within the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanobelt surface are predominant in the charge transfer.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties of α-MoO3 nanobelts for Li-ion batteries

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    Yayapao, Oranuch; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Titipun; Thongtem, Somchai

    2016-06-01

    Orthorhombic molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) nanobelts have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method at 180°C for 20 h. The prepared α-MoO3 samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy methods. It was found that α-MoO3 nanobelts grow along the c-axis, with ±(100) top or bottom surfaces and ±(010) side surfaces. The prepared α-MoO3 nanobelts were used as cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. They exhibit specific capacity of 1340 and 1250 mA h g-1 at a current density of 100 and 400 mA/g, respectively.

  7. Real-time observation of morphological transformations in II-VI semiconducting nanobelts via environmental transmission electron microscopy

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    Agarwal, Rahul; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Krook, Nadia M.; Liu, Wenjing; Berger, Jacob; Stach, Eric A.; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2015-05-01

    It has been observed that wurtzite II–VI semiconducting nanobelts transform into single-crystal, periodically branched nanostructures upon heating. The mechanism of this novel transformation has been elucidated by heating II–VI nanobelts in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) in oxidizing, reducing and inert atmospheres while observing their structural changes with high spatial resolution. The interplay of surface reconstruction of high-energy surfaces of the wurtzite phase and environment-dependent anisotropic chemical etching of certain crystal surfaces in the branching mechanism of nanobelts has been observed. Understanding of structural and chemical transformations of materials via in situ microscopy techniques and their role in designing new nanostructured materials is discussed.

  8. Real-time observation of morphological transformations in II-VI semiconducting nanobelts via environmental transmission electron microscopy

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    Agarwal, Rahul; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Krook, Nadia M.; Liu, Wenjing; Berger, Jacob; Stach, Eric A.; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2015-05-01

    It has been observed that wurtzite II–VI semiconducting nanobelts transform into single-crystal, periodically branched nanostructures upon heating. The mechanism of this novel transformation has been elucidated by heating II–VI nanobelts in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) in oxidizing, reducing and inert atmospheres while observing their structural changes with high spatial resolution. The interplay of surface reconstruction of high-energy surfaces of the wurtzite phase and environment-dependent anisotropic chemical etching of certain crystal surfaces in the branching mechanism of nanobelts has been observed. Understanding of structural and chemical transformations of materials via in situ microscopy techniques and their role in designingmore » new nanostructured materials is discussed.« less

  9. Improved photo-stability of silicon nanobelt arrays by atomic layer deposition for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Bao, Xiao-Qing; Liu, Lifeng

    2014-12-01

    Silicon nanostructures have recently drawn great interest for use as photocathodes to produce hydrogen through water photoelectrolysis. Despite the high photocurrent observed, nanostructured Si photocathodes usually exhibit poor photo-stability in aqueous solution and rapidly deactivate. Herein, we report that by coating a thin titania protection layer using atomic layer deposition (ALD), the photo-stability of silicon nanobelt arrays fabricated by metal assisted chemical etching can be markedly improved. The photocurrent loss of the silicon nanobelt array photoelectrode coated with a 3 nm titania layer is found to be much lower than that of the electrode without a titania coating. We also demonstrate that the 3 nm titania coated Si nanobelt arrays can sustain more than twelve hours without a significant loss in photocurrent under operation conditions before it eventually fails. The possible failure mechanism is preliminarily investigated.

  10. Hydrogenated TiO2 nanobelts as highly efficient photocatalytic organic dye degradation and hydrogen evolution photocatalyst.

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    Tian, Jian; Leng, Yanhua; Cui, Hongzhi; Liu, Hong

    2015-12-15

    TiO2 nanobelts have gained increasing interest because of its outstanding properties and promising applications in a wide range of fields. Here we report the facile synthesis of hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) nanobelts, which exhibit excellent UV and visible photocatalytic decomposing of methyl orange (MO) and water splitting for hydrogen production. The improved photocatalytic property can be attributed to the Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies in TiO2 nanobelts created by hydrogenation. Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies can enhance visible light absorption, promote charge carrier trapping, and hinder the photogenerated electron-hole recombination. This work offers a simple strategy for the fabrication of a wide solar spectrum of active photocatalysts, which possesses significant potential for more efficient photodegradation, photocatalytic water splitting, and enhanced solar cells using sunlight as light source. PMID:26118828

  11. Analysis of the deformational behaviour of a bimorph configuration with piezoelectric actuation

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    Beckert, Wieland; Pfundtner, Goesta

    2002-08-01

    The stimulation of controlled deformation in lightweight constructions by means of actuator units as an integrated part of the structure currently represents an attractive subject in engineering. A common design uses a piezoelectric film that is bonded to a shell component by an adhesive layer and induces a bending deformation in the structure. A simplified beam design has been used as a test set-up to characterize the actuator performance of a given system under practical conditions. The bimorph configuration consists of an actuator unit, the bonding adhesive and the substrate material from which the lateral bending deflection of the free end, induced by actuation of the piezoelectric film, is measured. An improved theoretical approach is presented that combines a comprehensive composite theory analysis of the bending with a detailed analytical approach for the gradual stress transfer from the edges of the piezoceramic induced by a deformational misfit between the layers. The results are validated by a finite element analysis of the system. They reveal a substantial influence of the assumptions for the transverse (width direction) state of deformation for which free bending appears to be the most realistic for the test geometry. The study is completed by an experimental analysis that investigates the influence of adhesive stiffness and layer thickness on the actuator performance of a system consisting of a steel substrate and a carbon fibre reinforced substrate and a prototypic PZT actuator module. The results are correlated to the model providing a confirmation of the essential trends.

  12. Characterization of a bimorph deformable mirror using stroboscopic phase-shifting interferometry

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    Horsley, David A.; Park, Hyunkyu; Laut, Sophie P.; Werner, John S.

    2008-01-01

    The static and dynamic characteristics of a bimorph deformable mirror (DM) for use in an adaptive optics system are described. The DM is a 35-actuator device composed of two disks of lead magnesium niobate (PMN), an electrostrictive ceramic that produces a mechanical strain in response to an imposed electric field. A custom stroboscopic phase-shifting interferometer was developed to measure the deformation of the mirror in response to applied voltage. The ability of the mirror to replicate optical aberrations described by the Zernike polynomials was tested as a measure of the mirror’s static performance. The natural frequencies of the DM were measured up to 20 kHz using both stroboscopic interferometry as well as a commercial laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Interferometric measurements of the DM surface profile were analyzed by fitting the surface with mode-shapes predicted using classical plate theory for an elastically supported disk. The measured natural frequencies were found to be in good agreement with the predictions of the theoretical model. PMID:19122798

  13. Impulse excitation of piezoelectric bimorphs for energy harvesting: a dimensionless model

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    Pozzi, Michele

    2014-04-01

    Energy harvesting (EH) is a multidisciplinary research area, involving physics, materials science and engineering, with the objective of providing renewable sources of power sufficient to operate targeted low-power applications. Piezoelectric transducers are often used for inertial vibrational as well as direct excitation EH. However, due to the stiffness of the most common material (PZT), compact and light-weight harvesters have high resonant frequencies, making them inefficient at extracting low-frequency power from the environment. The technique of frequency up-conversion, in the form of either plucking or impulse excitation, aims to bridge this frequency gap. In this paper, the technique is modelled analytically with focus on impulse excitation via impact or shock. An analytical model is developed in a standard way starting from the Euler-Bernoulli beam equations adapted to a piezoelectric bimorph. A set of dimensionless variables and parameters is defined and a system of differential equations derived. Here the system is solved numerically for a wide range of the two group parameters present, covering piezoelectric coupling strength between PVDF and PMN-PT. One major result is that the strength of the coupling strongly affects the timescale of the process, but has only a minor effect on the total energy converted. The model can be readily adapted to different excitation profiles.

  14. Synthesis of Peptide-Based Hybrid Nanobelts with Enhanced Color Emission by Heat Treatment or Water Induction.

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    Liu, Xingcen; Zhu, Pengli; Fei, Jinbo; Zhao, Jie; Yan, Xuehai; Li, Junbai

    2015-06-22

    We demonstrate that an inorganic lanthanide ion (Tb(3+)) or organic dye molecules were encapsulated in situ into diphenylalanine (FF) organogels by a general, simple, and efficient co-assembly process, which generated peptide-based hybrid nanobelts with a range of colored emissions. In the presence of a photosensitizer (salicylic acid), the organogel can serve as an excellent molecular-donor scaffold to investigate FRET to Tb(3+). More importantly, heat treatment or water induction instigated a morphology transition from nanofibers to nanobelts, after which the participation of guest molecules in the FF assembly was promoted and the stability and photoluminescence emission of the composite organogels were enhanced. PMID:25965918

  15. Cable suspended windmill

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    Farmer, Moses G. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    A windmill is disclosed which includes an airframe having an upwind end and a downwind end. The first rotor is rotatably connected to the airframe, and a generator is supported by the airframe and driven by the rotor. The airframe is supported vertically in an elevated disposition by poles which extend vertically upwardly from the ground and support cables which extend between the vertical poles. Suspension cables suspend the airframe from the support cable.

  16. Photoinduced stiffening and photoplastic effect of ZnS individual nanobelt in nanoindentation

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    Zheng, X. J.; Yu, G. C.; Chen, Y. Q.; Mao, S. X.; Zhang, T.

    2010-11-15

    The photoinduced stiffening (PIS) and photoplastic effect (PPE) of ZnS individual nanobelt (NB) were observed by using a nanoindenter in conjunction with an incident ultraviolet (UV) light source system. The results show that the elastic modulus and hardness of ZnS individual NB under UV illumination are at least 32% and 20% larger than those in darkness. The mechanisms of PIS and PPE are interpreted by the increase in electronic strain and Peierls barrier due to the photogeneration of free carriers in ZnS individual NB. The research may offer useful guidelines to the application of optoelectronic devices based on individual nanostructures.

  17. Large electrical manipulation of permittivity in BaTiO{sub 3} and Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} bimorph heterostructure

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    Ci, Penghong; Liu, Guoxi; Dong, Shuxiang; Zhang, Li

    2014-08-18

    We report a strain-mediated electric field manipulation of permittivity in BaTiO{sub 3} (barium titanate, BT) ceramic by a Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT) bimorph. This BT/PZT heterostructure exhibited a relatively large permittivity tunability of BT up to ±10% in a wide frequency range under an electric field of ±4 kV/cm applied to the PZT bimorph. The permittivity tunability is attributed to the strain in BT produced by the PZT bimorph. Calculations of the relationship between permittivity and applied electric field were developed, and corresponded well with measurements. The BT/PZT heterostructure has potential for applications in broadband field tunable smart electronic devices.

  18. Suspended-slurry reactor

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    None

    2016-03-22

    An apparatus for generating a large volume of gas from a liquid stream is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first channel through which the liquid stream passes. The apparatus also includes a layer of catalyst particles suspended in a solid slurry for generating gas from the liquid stream. The apparatus further includes a second channel through which a mixture of converted liquid and generated gas passes. A heat exchange channel heats the liquid stream. A wicking structure located in the second channel separates the gas generated from the converted liquid.

  19. One-step hydrothermal synthesis of graphene decorated V2O5 nanobelts for enhanced electrochemical energy storage

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    Lee, Minoh; Balasingam, Suresh Kannan; Jeong, Hu Young; Hong, Won G.; Lee, Han-Bo-Ram; Kim, Byung Hoon; Jun, Yongseok

    2015-01-01

    Graphene-decorated V2O5 nanobelts (GVNBs) were synthesized via a low-temperature hydrothermal method in a single step. V2O5 nanobelts (VNBs) were formed in the presence of graphene oxide, a mild oxidant, which also enhanced the conductivity of GVNBs. From the electron energy loss spectroscopy analysis, the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) are inserted into the layered crystal structure of V2O5 nanobelts, which further confirmed the enhanced conductivity of the nanobelts. The electrochemical energy-storage capacity of GVNBs was investigated for supercapacitor applications. The specific capacitance of GVNBs was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and charge/discharge (CD) studies. The GVNBs having V2O5-rich composite, namely, V3G1 (VO/GO = 3:1), showed superior specific capacitance in comparison to the other composites (V1G1 and V1G3) and the pure materials. Moreover, the V3G1 composite showed excellent cyclic stability and the capacitance retention of about 82% was observed even after 5000 cycles. PMID:25633147

  20. Anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts derived from room-temperature-synthesized titanates for fast and safe lithium storage

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    Wen, Wei; Wu, Jin-ming; Jiang, Yin-zhu; Yu, Sheng-lan; Bai, Jun-qiang; Cao, Min-hua; Cui, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are promising energy storage devices for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and power-grid applications. It is highly desirable yet challenging to develop a simple and scalable method for constructions of sustainable materials for fast and safe LIBs. Herein, we exploit a novel and scalable route to synthesize ultrathin nanobelts of anatase TiO2, which is resource abundant and is eligible for safe anodes in LIBs. The achieved ultrathin nanobelts demonstrate outstanding performances for lithium storage because of the unique nanoarchitecture and appropriate composition. Unlike conventional alkali-hydrothermal approaches to hydrogen titanates, the present room temperature alkaline-free wet chemistry strategy guarantees the ultrathin thickness for the resultant titanate nanobelts. The anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts were achieved simply by a subsequent calcination in air. The synthesis route is convenient for metal decoration and also for fabricating thin films of one/three dimensional arrays on various substrates at low temperatures, in absence of any seed layers. PMID:26133276

  1. Anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts derived from room-temperature-synthesized titanates for fast and safe lithium storage

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    Wen, Wei; Wu, Jin-Ming; Jiang, Yin-Zhu; Yu, Sheng-Lan; Bai, Jun-Qiang; Cao, Min-Hua; Cui, Jie

    2015-07-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are promising energy storage devices for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and power-grid applications. It is highly desirable yet challenging to develop a simple and scalable method for constructions of sustainable materials for fast and safe LIBs. Herein, we exploit a novel and scalable route to synthesize ultrathin nanobelts of anatase TiO2, which is resource abundant and is eligible for safe anodes in LIBs. The achieved ultrathin nanobelts demonstrate outstanding performances for lithium storage because of the unique nanoarchitecture and appropriate composition. Unlike conventional alkali-hydrothermal approaches to hydrogen titanates, the present room temperature alkaline-free wet chemistry strategy guarantees the ultrathin thickness for the resultant titanate nanobelts. The anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts were achieved simply by a subsequent calcination in air. The synthesis route is convenient for metal decoration and also for fabricating thin films of one/three dimensional arrays on various substrates at low temperatures, in absence of any seed layers.

  2. Enhanced ultraviolet-visible light responses of phototransistors based on single and a few ZrS3 nanobelts

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    Tao, You-Rong; Wu, Jia-Jing; Wu, Xing-Cai

    2015-08-01

    Phototransistors based on single and three ZrS3 nanobelts were fabricated on SiO2/Si wafers by photolithography and the lift-off technique, respectively, and their light-induced electric properties were investigated in detail. Both the devices demonstrate a remarkable photoresponse from ultraviolet to near infrared light. The photoswitch current ratio (PCR) of the single-nanobelt phototransistor is 13 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 10.5 mW cm-2 at a bias of 5 V, while the PCR of the three-nanobelt device is 210 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 5.57 mW cm-2 at a bias of 1 V. On comparison of the photoresponses under the same conditions, the latter is found to be superior to the former, and both the devices show a much better photoresponse than the reported flexible ZrS3-nanobelt-film photodetector.

  3. Enhanced ultraviolet-visible light responses of phototransistors based on single and a few ZrS₃ nanobelts.

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    Tao, You-Rong; Wu, Jia-Jing; Wu, Xing-Cai

    2015-09-14

    Phototransistors based on single and three ZrS3 nanobelts were fabricated on SiO2/Si wafers by photolithography and the lift-off technique, respectively, and their light-induced electric properties were investigated in detail. Both the devices demonstrate a remarkable photoresponse from ultraviolet to near infrared light. The photoswitch current ratio (PCR) of the single-nanobelt phototransistor is 13 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 10.5 mW cm(-2) at a bias of 5 V, while the PCR of the three-nanobelt device is 210 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 5.57 mW cm(-2) at a bias of 1 V. On comparison of the photoresponses under the same conditions, the latter is found to be superior to the former, and both the devices show a much better photoresponse than the reported flexible ZrS3-nanobelt-film photodetector. PMID:26242883

  4. Anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts derived from room-temperature-synthesized titanates for fast and safe lithium storage.

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    Wen, Wei; Wu, Jin-ming; Jiang, Yin-zhu; Yu, Sheng-lan; Bai, Jun-qiang; Cao, Min-hua; Cui, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are promising energy storage devices for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and power-grid applications. It is highly desirable yet challenging to develop a simple and scalable method for constructions of sustainable materials for fast and safe LIBs. Herein, we exploit a novel and scalable route to synthesize ultrathin nanobelts of anatase TiO2, which is resource abundant and is eligible for safe anodes in LIBs. The achieved ultrathin nanobelts demonstrate outstanding performances for lithium storage because of the unique nanoarchitecture and appropriate composition. Unlike conventional alkali-hydrothermal approaches to hydrogen titanates, the present room temperature alkaline-free wet chemistry strategy guarantees the ultrathin thickness for the resultant titanate nanobelts. The anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts were achieved simply by a subsequent calcination in air. The synthesis route is convenient for metal decoration and also for fabricating thin films of one/three dimensional arrays on various substrates at low temperatures, in absence of any seed layers. PMID:26133276

  5. Electroelastic modeling and experimental validations of piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations of cantilevered bimorphs

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    Zhao, S.; Erturk, A.

    2013-01-01

    We present electroelastic modeling, analytical and numerical solutions, and experimental validations of piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations. The modeling approach employed herein is based on a distributed-parameter electroelastic formulation to ensure that the effects of higher vibration modes are included, since broadband random vibrations, such as Gaussian white noise, might excite higher vibration modes. The goal is to predict the expected value of the power output and the mean-square shunted vibration response in terms of the given power spectral density (PSD) or time history of the random vibrational input. The analytical method is based on the PSD of random base excitation and distributed-parameter frequency response functions of the coupled voltage output and shunted vibration response. The first of the two numerical solution methods employs the Fourier series representation of the base acceleration history in an ordinary differential equation solver while the second method uses an Euler-Maruyama scheme to directly solve the resulting electroelastic stochastic differential equations. The analytical and numerical simulations are compared with several experiments for a brass-reinforced PZT-5H bimorph under different random excitation levels. The simulations exhibit very good agreement with the experimental measurements for a range of resistive electrical boundary conditions and input PSD levels. It is also shown that lightly damped higher vibration modes can alter the expected power curve under broadband random excitation. Therefore, the distributed-parameter modeling and solutions presented herein can be used as a more accurate alternative to the existing single-degree-of-freedom solutions for broadband random vibration energy harvesting.

  6. A Single Nanobelt Transistor for Gas Identification: Using a Gas-Dielectric Strategy

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    Cai, Bin; Song, Zhiqi; Tong, Yanhong; Tang, Qingxin; Shaymurat, Talgar; Liu, Yichun

    2016-01-01

    Despite tremendous potential and urgent demand in high-response low-cost gas identification, the development of gas identification based on a metal oxide semiconductor nanowire/nanobelt remains limited by fabrication complexity and redundant signals. Researchers have shown a multisensor-array strategy with “one key to one lock” configuration. Here, we describe a new strategy to create high-response room-temperature gas identification by employing gas as dielectric. This enables gas discrimination down to the part per billion (ppb) level only based on one pristine single nanobelt transistor, with the excellent average Mahalanobis distance (MD) as high as 35 at the linear discriminant analysis (LDA) space. The single device realizes the selective recognition function of electronic nose. The effect of the gas dielectric on the response of the multiple field-effect parameters is discussed by the comparative investigation of gas and solid-dielectric devices and the studies on trap density changes in the conductive channel. The current work opens up exciting opportunities for room-temperature gas recognition based on the pristine single device. PMID:27338394

  7. A Single Nanobelt Transistor for Gas Identification: Using a Gas-Dielectric Strategy.

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    Cai, Bin; Song, Zhiqi; Tong, Yanhong; Tang, Qingxin; Shaymurat, Talgar; Liu, Yichun

    2016-01-01

    Despite tremendous potential and urgent demand in high-response low-cost gas identification, the development of gas identification based on a metal oxide semiconductor nanowire/nanobelt remains limited by fabrication complexity and redundant signals. Researchers have shown a multisensor-array strategy with "one key to one lock" configuration. Here, we describe a new strategy to create high-response room-temperature gas identification by employing gas as dielectric. This enables gas discrimination down to the part per billion (ppb) level only based on one pristine single nanobelt transistor, with the excellent average Mahalanobis distance (MD) as high as 35 at the linear discriminant analysis (LDA) space. The single device realizes the selective recognition function of electronic nose. The effect of the gas dielectric on the response of the multiple field-effect parameters is discussed by the comparative investigation of gas and solid-dielectric devices and the studies on trap density changes in the conductive channel. The current work opens up exciting opportunities for room-temperature gas recognition based on the pristine single device. PMID:27338394

  8. Cu and CuO/titanate nanobelt based network assemblies for enhanced visible light photocatalysis.

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    Logar, Manca; Bračko, Ines; Potočnik, Anton; Jančar, Boštjan

    2014-04-29

    3D network configurations of copper(II) oxide/titanate nanobelt (CuO/TiNBs) and copper/titanate nanobelt (Cu/TiNBs) were formed using a two-step polyelectrolyte-assisted synthesis and assembly approach. The photoactivity of the TiNB/CuO and Cu/TiNB composite networks is significantly enhanced as compared to the activity of 3D structures formed of pristine TiNB. An efficient, UV-vis-light-induced electron transfer at the two-component interface achieved by the intimate coupling of TiNB with p-type semiconducting CuO and plasmonic Cu nanoparticles in composite heterostructures facilitates control over the system's exciton dynamics, which results in highly efficient UV-vis photocatalytic performance of heterostructures. The superior photocatalytic activity of the metal and semiconductor/semiconductor nanocomposite structures in the visible region is discussed, highlighting the role of interfacial electron-charge transfer (IFCT) in semiconductor-semiconductor (CuO/TiNB) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Cu nanoparticles in metal-semiconductor heterostructures. PMID:24697758

  9. PLD-assisted VLS growth of aligned ferrite nanorods, nanowires, and nanobelts-synthesis, and properties.

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    Morber, Jenny Ruth; Ding, Yong; Haluska, Michael Stephan; Li, Yang; Liu, J Ping; Wang, Zhong Lin; Snyder, Robert L

    2006-11-01

    We report here a systematic synthesis and characterization of aligned alpha-Fe2O3 (hematite), epsilon-Fe2O3, and Fe3O4 (magnetite) nanorods, nanobelts, and nanowires on alumina substrates using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The presence of spherical gold catalyst particles at the tips of the nanostructures indicates selective growth via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. Through a series of experiments, we have produced a primitive "phase diagram" for growing these structures based on several designed pressure and temperature parameters. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis has shown that the rods, wires, and belts are single-crystalline and grow along <111>m or <110>h directions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements confirm phase and structural analysis. Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements show that the iron oxide structures exhibit interesting magnetic behavior, particularly at room temperature. This work is the first known report of magnetite 1D nanostructure growth via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism without using a template, as well as the first known synthesis of long epsilon-Fe2O3 nanobelts and nanowires. PMID:17064124

  10. Dispersive suspended microextraction.

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    Yang, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Yu; Lu, Yue-Le; Wu, Tong; Zhou, Zhi-Qiang; Liu, Dong-Hui

    2011-11-14

    A novel sample pre-treatment technique termed dispersive suspended microextraction (DSME) coupled with gas chromatography-flame photometric detection (GC-FPD) has been developed for the determination of eight organophosphorus pesticides (ethoprophos, malathion, chlorpyrifos, isocarbophos, methidathion, fenamiphos, profenofos, triazophos) in aqueous samples. In this method, both extraction and two phases' separation process were performed by the assistance of magnetic stirring. After separating the two phases, 1 μL of the suspended phase was injected into GC for further instrument analysis. Varieties of experiment factors which could affect the experiment results were optimized and the following were selected: 12.0 μL p-xylene was selected as extraction solvent, extraction speed was 1200 rpm, extraction time was 30 s, the restoration speed was 800 rpm, the restoration time was 8 min, and no salt was added. Under the optimum conditions, limits of detections (LODs) varied between 0.01 and 0.05 μg L(-1). The relative standard deviation (RSDs, n=6) ranged from 4.6% to 12.1%. The linearity was obtained by five points in the concentration range of 0.1-100.0 μg L(-1). Correlation coefficients (r) varied from 0.9964 to 0.9995. The enrichment factors (EFs) were between 206 and 243. In the final experiment, the developed method has been successfully applied to the determination of organophosphorus pesticides in wine and tap water samples and the obtained recoveries were between 83.8% and 101.3%. Compared with other pre-treatment methods, DSME has its own features and could achieve satisfied results for the analysis of trace components in complicated matrices. PMID:22023861

  11. Self-assembly of ultrathin Cu2MoS4 nanobelts for highly efficient visible light-driven degradation of methyl orange

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    Zhang, Ke; Chen, Wenxing; Lin, Yunxiang; Chen, Haiping; Haleem, Yasir A.; Wu, Chuanqiang; Ye, Fei; Wang, Tianxing; Song, Li

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate ultrathin self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts synthesized by using Cu2O as the starting sacrificial template via a hydrothermal method. The nanobelts exhibit strong light absorption over a broad wavelength spectrum, suggesting their potential application as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of nanobelts is evaluated by the degradation of Methyl Orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation. Notably, the nanobelts can completely degrade 100 mL of 15 mg mL-1 MO in 20 minutes with excellent recycling and structural stability, suggesting their excellent photocatalytic performance. In comparison with a sheet-like sample, the high efficiency of the self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts is attributed to a high surface area and a unique band gap, agreeing with the nitrogen adsorption analysis and photoluminescence spectra. This study offers a self-assembled synthetic route to create new multifunctional nanoarchitectures composed of atomic layers, and thus may open a window for greatly extending potential applications in water pollution treatment, photocatalytic water-splitting, solar cells and other related fields.We demonstrate ultrathin self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts synthesized by using Cu2O as the starting sacrificial template via a hydrothermal method. The nanobelts exhibit strong light absorption over a broad wavelength spectrum, suggesting their potential application as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of nanobelts is evaluated by the degradation of Methyl Orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation. Notably, the nanobelts can completely degrade 100 mL of 15 mg mL-1 MO in 20 minutes with excellent recycling and structural stability, suggesting their excellent photocatalytic performance. In comparison with a sheet-like sample, the high efficiency of the self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts is attributed to a high surface area and a unique band gap, agreeing with the nitrogen adsorption analysis and photoluminescence spectra. This study

  12. Highly sensitive and selective electrochemical dopamine sensing properties of multilayer graphene nanobelts

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    Karthick Kannan, Padmanathan; Moshkalev, Stanislav A.; Sekhar Rout, Chandra

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, we report the electrochemical sensing property of multi-layer graphene nanobelts (GNBs) towards dopamine (DA). GNBs are synthesized from natural graphite and characterized by using techniques like field-emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. An electrochemical sensor based on GNBs is developed for the detection of DA. From the cyclic voltammetry and amperometry studies, it is found that GNBs possess excellent electrocatalytic activity towards DA molecules. The developed DA sensor showed a sensitivity value of 0.95 μA μM-1 cm-2 with a linear range of 2 μM to 0.2 mM. The interference data exhibited that GNB is highly selective to DA even in the presence of common interfering species like ascorbic acid, uric acid, glucose and lactic acid.

  13. Gold nanoparticles-decorated silver-bipyridine nanobelts for the construction of mediatorless hydrogen peroxide biosensor.

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    Boujakhrout, Abderrahmane; Díez, Paula; Sánchez, Alfredo; Martínez-Ruíz, Paloma; Pingarrón, José M; Villalonga, Reynaldo

    2016-11-15

    Au nanoparticles modified with 4-mercaptopyridine and 6-mercapto-1-hexanol were used as coordination agents to prepare a novel hybrid nanomaterial with Ag:4,4'-bipyridine nanobelts. This nanohybrid was employed to modify glassy carbon electrodes and to construct a horseradish peroxidase-based mediatorless amperometric biosensor for H2O2. The electrode, poised at -100mV, exhibited a rapid response within 4s and a linear calibration range from 90pM to 6.5nM H2O2. The biosensor showed a high sensitivity of 283A/Mcm(2) and a very low detection limit of 45pM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The enzyme biosensor showed high stability when stored at 4°C under dry conditions, retaining over 96% and 78% of its initial activity after 15 and 30days of storage at 4°C, respectively. PMID:27497231

  14. Present perspectives of broadband photodetectors based on nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging 2D materials.

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    Dhanabalan, Sathish Chander; Ponraj, Joice Sophia; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-28

    Recent research on photodetectors has been mainly focused on nanostructured materials that form the building blocks of device fabrication. The selection of a suitable material with well-defined properties forms the key issue for the fabrication of photodetectors that cover different ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this review, the latest progress in light detection using nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on the detection of light by the hybrid structures of the mentioned nanostructured materials in order to enhance the efficiency of the light-matter interaction. The booming research area of black phosphorus based photo-detection is also reviewed. This review provides an overview of basic concepts and new directions towards photodetectors, and highlights potential for the future development of high performance broadband photodetectors. PMID:26935809

  15. AgI/TiO2 nanobelts monolithic catalyst with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Yi, Junhui; Huang, Lingling; Wang, Hongjuan; Yu, Hao; Peng, Feng

    2015-03-01

    AgI nanoparticles (NPs) have been decorated on the TiO2 nanobelts (NBs) immobilized on a metal Ti substrate by a simple impregnating-precipitation method. The as-achieved AgI/TiO2 monolithic catalyst exhibits a high and stable visible photocatalytic activity toward acid orange II (AO-II) degradation, which is attributed to the suitable energy band match of AgI NPs and TiO2 NBs, leading to the efficient transfer of photo-generated electrons. In addition, it was found that ·O2(-) radicals and h(+) are the main reactive species for the degradation of AO-II under visible light irradiation. A reasonable photocatalytic mechanism of AgI/TiO2 photocatalyst toward AO-II degradation was discussed. This monolithic catalyst provides an advantage over the drawback encountered with powder suspension. PMID:25463235

  16. Conjugation polymer nanobelts: a novel fluorescent sensing platform for nucleic acid detection.

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    Wang, Lei; Zhang, Yingwei; Tian, Jingqi; Li, Hailong; Sun, Xuping

    2011-03-01

    In this article, we report on the facile and rapid synthesis of conjugation polymer poly(p-phenylenediamine) nanobelts (PNs) via room temperature chemical oxidation polymerization of p-phenylenediamine monomers by ammonium persulfate in aqueous medium. We further demonstrate the proof-of-concept that PNs can be used as an effective fluorescent sensing platform for nucleic acid detection for the first time. The general concept used in this approach lies in the facts that the adsorption of the fluorescently labeled single-stranded DNA probe by PN leads to substantial fluorescence quenching, followed by specific hybridization with the complementary region of the target DNA sequence. This results in desorption of the hybridized complex from PN surface and subsequent recovery of fluorescence. We also show that the sensing platform described herein can be used for multiplexing detection of nucleic acid sequences. PMID:21183465

  17. Electrochemical sensing of bisphenol using a multilayer graphene nanobelt modified photolithography patterned platinum electrode

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    Karthick Kannan, Padmanathan; Hu, Chunxiao; Morgan, Hywel; Moshkalev, Stanislav A.; Sekhar Rout, Chandra

    2016-09-01

    An electrochemical sensor has been developed for the detection of Bisphenol-A (BPA) using photolithographically patterned platinum electrodes modified with multilayer graphene nanobelts (GNB). Compared to bare electrodes, the GNB modified electrode exhibited enhanced BPA oxidation current, due to the high effective surface area and high adsorption capacity of the GNB. The sensor showed a linear response over the concentration range from 0.5 μM–9 μM with a very low limit of detection = 37.33 nM. In addition, the sensor showed very good stability and reproducibility with good specificity, demonstrating that GNB is potentially a new material for the development of a practical BPA electrochemical sensor with application in both industrial and plastic industries.

  18. Nanotubes, nanobelts, nanowires, and nanorods of silicon carbide from the wheat husks

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    Qadri, S. B.; Rath, B. B.; Gorzkowski, E. P.; Feng, J.; Qadri, S. N.; Caldwell, J. D.

    2015-09-14

    Nanotubes, nanowires, nanobelts, and nanorods of SiC were synthesized from the thermal treatment of wheat husks at temperatures in excess of 1450 °C. From the analysis based on x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, it has been found that the processed samples of wheat husk consisted of 2H and 3C polytypes of SiC exhibiting the nanostructure shapes. These nanostructures of silicon carbide formed from wheat husks are of technological importance for designing advance composites, applications in biotechnology, and electro-optics. The thermodynamics of the formation of SiC is discussed in terms of the rapid solid state reaction between hydrocarbons and silica on the molecular scale, which is inherently present in the wheat husks.

  19. Present perspectives of broadband photodetectors based on nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging 2D materials

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    Dhanabalan, Sathish Chander; Ponraj, Joice Sophia; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-01

    Recent research on photodetectors has been mainly focused on nanostructured materials that form the building blocks of device fabrication. The selection of a suitable material with well-defined properties forms the key issue for the fabrication of photodetectors that cover different ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this review, the latest progress in light detection using nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on the detection of light by the hybrid structures of the mentioned nanostructured materials in order to enhance the efficiency of the light-matter interaction. The booming research area of black phosphorus based photo-detection is also reviewed. This review provides an overview of basic concepts and new directions towards photodetectors, and highlights potential for the future development of high performance broadband photodetectors.

  20. Nanotubes, nanobelts, nanowires, and nanorods of silicon carbide from the wheat husks

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    Qadri, S. B.; Rath, B. B.; Gorzkowski, E. P.; Feng, J.; Qadri, S. N.; Caldwell, J. D.

    2015-09-01

    Nanotubes, nanowires, nanobelts, and nanorods of SiC were synthesized from the thermal treatment of wheat husks at temperatures in excess of 1450 °C. From the analysis based on x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, it has been found that the processed samples of wheat husk consisted of 2H and 3C polytypes of SiC exhibiting the nanostructure shapes. These nanostructures of silicon carbide formed from wheat husks are of technological importance for designing advance composites, applications in biotechnology, and electro-optics. The thermodynamics of the formation of SiC is discussed in terms of the rapid solid state reaction between hydrocarbons and silica on the molecular scale, which is inherently present in the wheat husks.

  1. Differential Mouse Pulmonary Dose and Time Course Responses to Titanium Dioxide Nanospheres and Nanobelts

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    Porter, Dale W.

    2013-01-01

    Three anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared; nanospheres (NSs), short nanobelts (NB1), and long nanobelts (NB2). These NPs were used to investigate the effect of NP shape and length on lung toxicity. Mice were exposed (0–30 µg per mouse) by pharyngeal aspiration and pulmonary toxicity was assessed over a 112-day time course. Whole lung lavage data indicated that NB1- and NB2-exposed mice, but not NS-exposed mice, had significant dose- and time-dependent pulmonary inflammation and damage. Histopathological analyses at 112 days postexposure determined no interstitial fibrosis in any NS-exposed mice, an increased incidence in 30 µg NB1-exposed mice, and significant interstitial fibrosis in 30 µg NB2-exposed mice. At 112 days postexposure, lung burden of NS was decreased by 96.4% and NB2 by 80.5% from initial deposition levels. At 112 days postexposure, enhanced dark field microscopy determined that alveolar macro- phages were the dominant deposition site, but a fraction of NB1 and NB2 was observed in the alveolar interstitial spaces. For the 30 µg exposure groups at 112 days postexposure, confocal micro- scopy and immunofluorescent staining demonstrated that retained NB2 but not NS were present in the interstitium subjacent to the terminal bronchiole near the normal location of the smallest lymphatic capillaries in the lung. These lymphatic capillaries play a critical role in particle clearance, and the accumulation of NB2, but not NS, suggests possible impaired lymphatic clearance by the high aspect ratio particles. In summary, our data indicate that TiO2 NP shape alters pulmonary responses, with severity of responses being ranked as NS < NB1 < NB2. PMID:22956629

  2. Colloidal Suspended Iron in Rivers

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    Shiller, A. M.

    2009-12-01

    Iron is transported in most rivers predominantly in two physical-chemical forms: a) organic complexes of Fe(III) and b) crystalline or poorly-ordered suspended phases frequently dominated by iron oxides. These two forms have different properties with respect to transport, bioavailability, and sorption. For the suspended phase iron, the fraction in the colloidal size range may be especially important given the interactions of ferric oxide surfaces with dissolved metal ions and organic compounds. We report the concentrations of colloidal (20 - 450 nm) suspended particulate iron in a wide variety of rivers. Goals of this effort are to ascertain the ubiquity of this material and also to examine other fluvial variables as indicators of its sources and nature. This, in turn, should lead to an understanding of how landscape/climate change could affect fluvial colloidal suspended iron. Possible sources of suspended colloidal iron include ferric oxides precipitated from the oxidation of ferrous iron derived from reducing environments, alumino-silicates derived from physical weathering, products of chemical weathering, and flushing of soils. We observe most commonly that increasing concentrations of colloidal suspended iron follow indicators of reducing sources (e.g., higher dissolved Mn and Ce anomaly close to 1), suggesting that this material is dominated by freshly precipitated iron oxides. Only in glacial watersheds do we find colloidal suspended iron instead correlating with colloidal suspended Si, and hence, likely to be associated with alumino-silicates. We also observe that colloidal suspended iron correlates well with the UV absorbance associated with this size range (20 - 450 nm).

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  8. Composition-dependent electron transport in CdS(x)Se(1-x) nanobelts: a THz spectroscopy study.

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    Liu, Hongwei; Lu, Junpeng; Tang, Sing Hai; Sow, Chorng Haur; Zhang, Xinhai

    2014-02-01

    We present a study on the composition-dependent electron transport in ternary CdS(x)Se(1-x) nanobelts at equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions via THz spectroscopy. The measured spectra are analyzed using a Drude-Smith model combined with a harmonic oscillator. The physical origin of parameters in the Drude-Smith model is studied in detail. Under equilibrium conditions, the surface depletion region is the dominant factor to free-carrier backscattering. However, under nonequilibrium conditions, the influence of the surface depletion region is masked by the high bulk concentration and the free carriers are mainly localized by composition disorder. The contributions from different mechanisms to the carrier mobility are also explored. In equilibrium, alloy scattering is the most vital scattering mechanism for nanobelts with x=0.25→0.9 since composition disorder is significant in this range. On the other hand, the effect of electron-phonon interaction increases under photoexcitation. PMID:24487867

  9. Vanadium nanobelts coated nickel foam 3D bifunctional electrode with excellent catalytic activity and stability for water electrolysis.

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    Yu, Yu; Li, Pei; Wang, Xiaofang; Gao, Wenyu; Shen, Zongxu; Zhu, Yanan; Yang, Shuliang; Song, Weiguo; Ding, Kejian

    2016-05-19

    Pursuit of highly active, stable and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key point for large-scale water splitting. A vanadium nanobelts coating on a nickel foam (V/NF) is proposed as an excellent 3D bifunctional electrode for water electrolysis here, which exhibits high activities with overpotentials of 292 and 176 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) for OER and HER, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst in an alkaline water electrolyzer, a cell voltage of 1.80 V was required to achieve 20 mA cm(-2) with a slight increase during a 24 h durability test. The existence of the appropriate amount of nitrogen and oxygen elements in the surface region of vanadium nanobelts is regarded to be responsible for the electrocatalytic activity. PMID:27152646

  10. A Finite Element Model Of Self-Resonating Bimorph Microcantilever For Fast Temperature Cycling In A Pyroelectric Energy Harvester

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    Mostafa, Salwa; Lavrik, Nickolay V; Bannuru, Thirumalesh; Rajic, Slobodan; Islam, Syed K; Datskos, Panos G; Hunter, Scott Robert

    2011-01-01

    A self resonating bimorph cantilever structure for fast temperature cycling in a pyroelectric energy harvester has been modeled using a finite element method. The effect of constituting material properties and system parameters on the frequency and magnitude of temperature cycling and the efficiency of energy recycling using the proposed structure has been investigated. Results show that thermal contact conductance and heat source temperature play a key role in dominating the cycling frequency and efficiency of energy recycling. An optimal solution for the most efficient energy scavenging process has been sought by studying the performance trend with different variable parameters such as thermal contact conductance, heat source temperature, device aspect ratio and constituent materials of varying thermal conductivity and expansion coefficients.

  11. Influence of piezoceramic to fused silica plate thickness on the radii of curvature of piezoelectric bimorph mirror

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    Libu, M.; Susanth, S.; Vasanthakumari, K. G.; Dileep Kumar, C. J.; Raghu, N.

    2012-01-01

    Piezoelectric based bimorph mirrors (PBM) find extensive use in focusing of x-ray beams. Many optical instruments require use of PBM whose radii of curvature can be tuned precisely. The 100 mm and 300 mm PBMs were fabricated with varying piezoelectric to fused silica plate thicknesses. The radii of curvature of free standing mirrors were measured as a function of voltage and it was found to decrease with increasing voltage. For a given piezoelectric plate thickness, as the fused silica thickness increases, the radii of curvature was found to increase owing to increase in stiffness of the mirror. On the other hand, for a given fused silica plate thickness, when the piezoelectric plate thickness is increased, the radii of curvature are decreased for a given electric field, due to increase in generated force. This study brings out the influence of piezoceramic to fused silica plate thickness on the radii of curvature of PBM.

  12. Polarization-Induced Charge Distribution at Homogeneous Zincblende/Wurtzite Heterostructural Junctions in ZnSe Nanobelts

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    Li, L.; Jin, L.; Wang, J.; Smith, D. J.; Yin, W. J.; Yan, Y.; Sang, H.; Choy, W. C. H.; McCartney, M. R.

    2012-03-08

    Homogeneous heterostructural wurtzite (WZ)/zincblende (ZB) junctions are successfully fabricated in ZnSe nanobelts. Polarity continuity across the ZB/WZ interface is demonstrated. The saw-tooth-like potential profile induced by spontaneous polarization across the WZ/ZB/WZ interfaces is identified directly at the nanoscale. The polarization-induced charge distribution across the homogeneous heterostructural interfaces is proposed as a viable alternative approach towards charge tailoring in semiconductor nanostructures.

  13. Vanadium nanobelts coated nickel foam 3D bifunctional electrode with excellent catalytic activity and stability for water electrolysis

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    Yu, Yu; Li, Pei; Wang, Xiaofang; Gao, Wenyu; Shen, Zongxu; Zhu, Yanan; Yang, Shuliang; Song, Weiguo; Ding, Kejian

    2016-05-01

    Pursuit of highly active, stable and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key point for large-scale water splitting. A vanadium nanobelts coating on a nickel foam (V/NF) is proposed as an excellent 3D bifunctional electrode for water electrolysis here, which exhibits high activities with overpotentials of 292 and 176 mV at 10 mA cm-2 for OER and HER, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst in an alkaline water electrolyzer, a cell voltage of 1.80 V was required to achieve 20 mA cm-2 with a slight increase during a 24 h durability test. The existence of the appropriate amount of nitrogen and oxygen elements in the surface region of vanadium nanobelts is regarded to be responsible for the electrocatalytic activity.Pursuit of highly active, stable and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key point for large-scale water splitting. A vanadium nanobelts coating on a nickel foam (V/NF) is proposed as an excellent 3D bifunctional electrode for water electrolysis here, which exhibits high activities with overpotentials of 292 and 176 mV at 10 mA cm-2 for OER and HER, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst in an alkaline water electrolyzer, a cell voltage of 1.80 V was required to achieve 20 mA cm-2 with a slight increase during a 24 h durability test. The existence of the appropriate amount of nitrogen and oxygen elements in the surface region of vanadium nanobelts is regarded to be responsible for the electrocatalytic activity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: More SEM, TEM images, XRD patterns, LSV curves, XPS spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02395a

  14. A Single Eu-Doped In2O3 Nanobelt Device for Selective H2S Detection

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    Chen, Weiwu; Liu, Yingkai; Qin, Zhaojun; Wu, Yuemei; Li, Shuanghui; Ai, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Eu-doped In2O3 nanobelts (Eu-In2O3 NBs) and pure In2O3 nanobelts (In2O3 NBs) are synthesized by the carbon thermal reduction method. Single nanobelt sensors are fabricated via an ion beam deposition system with a mesh-grid mask. The gas-sensing response properties of the Eu-In2O3 NB device and its undoped counterpart are investigated with several kinds of gases (including H2S, CO, NO2, HCHO, and C2H5OH) at different concentrations and different temperatures. It is found that the response of the Eu-In2O3 NB device to 100 ppm of H2S is the best among these gases and the sensitivity reaches 5.74, which is five times that of pure In2O3 NB at 260 °C. We also found that the former has an excellent sensitive response and great selectivity to H2S compared to the latter. Besides, there is a linear relationship between the response and H2S concentration when its concentration changes from 5 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1000 ppm. The response/recovery time is quite short and remains stable with an increase of H2S concentration. These results mean that the doping of Eu can improve the gas-sensing performance of In2O3 NB effectually. PMID:26633404

  15. Functionalized SnO₂ nanobelt field-effect transistor sensors for label-free detection of cardiac troponin.

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    Cheng, Yi; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Meyer, Nancy L; Yuan, Jing; Hirst, Linda S; Chase, P Bryant; Xiong, Peng

    2011-07-15

    Real-time label-free electrical detection of proteins, including cardiac troponin (cTn), is demonstrated using functionalized SnO₂ nanobelt field-effect transistors (FETs) with integrated microfluidics. Selective biomolecular functionalization of the active SnO₂ nanobelt channel and effective passivation of the substrate surface were realized and verified through fluorescence microscopy. The validation/verification of the sensing scheme was initially demonstrated via detection of biotin-streptavidin binding: devices with single biotinylated SnO₂ nanobelts showed pronounced conductance changes in response to streptavidin binding. Importantly, the pH-dependence of the conductance changes was fully consistent with the charged states of streptavidin at different pH. Moreover, the specificity of the sensors' electrical responses was confirmed by co-labeling with quantum dots. Finally, the sensing platform was successfully applied for detection of the cardiac troponin I (cTnI) subunit within cTn, a clinically important protein marker for myocardial infarction. PMID:21652197

  16. Cooperative Enhancement of Second-Harmonic Generation from a Single CdS Nanobelt-Hybrid Plasmonic Structure.

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    Liu, Xinfeng; Zhang, Qing; Chong, Wee Kiang; Yip, Jing Ngei; Wen, Xinglin; Li, Zhenpeng; Wei, Fengxia; Yu, Guannan; Xiong, Qihua; Sum, Tze Chien

    2015-05-26

    Semiconductor nanostructures (e.g., nanowires and nanobelts) hold great promise as subwavelength coherent light sources, nonlinear optical frequency converters, and all-optical signal processors for optoelectronic applications. However, at such small scales, optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) is generally inefficient. Herein, we report on a straightforward strategy using a thin Au layer to enhance the SHG from a single CdS nanobelt by 3 orders of magnitude. Through detailed experimental and theoretical analysis, we validate that the augmented SHG originates from the mutual intensification of the local fields induced by the plasmonic nanocavity and by the reflections within the CdS Fabry-Pérot resonant cavity in this hybrid semiconductor-metal system. Polarization-dependent SHG measurements can be employed to determine and distinguish the contributions of SH signals from the CdS nanobelt and gold film, respectively. When the thickness of gold film becomes comparable to the skin depth, SHG from the gold film can be clearly observed. Our work demonstrates a facile approach for tuning the nonlinear optical properties of mesoscopic, nanostructured, and layered semiconductor materials. PMID:25905978

  17. Effect of front and back gates on β-Ga2O3 nano-belt field-effect transistors

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    Ahn, Shihyun; Ren, Fan; Kim, Janghyuk; Oh, Sooyeoun; Kim, Jihyun; Mastro, Michael A.; Pearton, S. J.

    2016-08-01

    Field effect transistors (FETs) using SiO2 and Al2O3 as the gate oxides for the back and front sides, respectively, were fabricated on exfoliated two-dimensional (2D) β-Ga2O3 nano-belts transferred to a SiO2/Si substrate. The mechanical exfoliation and transfer process produced nano-belts with smooth surface morphologies and a uniform low defect density interface with the SiO2/Si substrate. The depletion mode nanobelt transistors exhibited better channel modulation with both front and back gates operational compared to either front or back-gating alone. The maximum transconductance was ˜4.4 mS mm-1 with front and back-gating and ˜3.7 mS mm-1 with front-gating only and a maximum drain source current density of 60 mA mm-1 was achieved at a drain-source voltage of 10 V. The FETs had on/off ratios of ˜105 at 25 °C with gate-source current densities of ˜2 × 10-3 mA mm-1 at a gate voltage of -30 V. The device characteristics were stable over more than a month for storage in air ambient and the results show the potential of 2D β-Ga2O3 for power nanoelectronics.

  18. Substrate-free fabrication of self-supported V2O5 nanobelt arrays by a low-temperature solvothermal method with high electrochemical performance

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    Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    In the designed synthesis, self-supported NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were prepared via a low-temperature solvothermal method. Then the NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were calcined in air atmosphere. Finally, a self-supported pattern of oriented V2O5 nanobelts was obtained for the first time. Further characterization methods certified that the growth direction of NH4V3O8 nanobelts was perpendicular to the orientation plane of self-formed NH4V3O8 sheet-like substrates. As a result, the nanobelts should stretch easily on the sheet-like substrate in an oriented manner. We prove that the solvent of ethanol plays a key role in the reaction and crystal growth process. It balances the two competing oxolation and olation reactions. Furthermore, the unique pattern served as high performance a lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor. Overall, the excellent electrochemical performances, for example, outstanding rate stability, remarkable cycling capacitance and ultrahigh capacity verify that the self-supported alignments have great potential applications in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  19. New Insights into Electrochemical Lithiation/Delithiation Mechanism of α-MoO3 Nanobelt by in Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Xia, Weiwei; Zhang, Qiubo; Xu, Feng; Sun, Litao

    2016-04-13

    The α-MoO3 nanobelt has great potential for application as anode of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) because of its high capacity and unique one-dimensional layer structure. However, its fundmental electrochemical failure mechanism during first lithiation/delithiation process is still unclear. Here, we constructed an electrochemical setup within α-MoO3 nanobelt anode inside a transmission electron microscope to observe in situ the mircostructure evolution during cycles. Upon first lithiation, the α-MoO3 nanobelt converted into numerous Mo nanograins within the Li2O matrix, with an obvious size expansion. Interestingly, α-MoO3 nanobelt was found to undergo a two-stage delithiation process. Mo nanograins were first transformed into crystalline Li1.66Mo0.66O2 along with the disappearance of Li2O and size shrink, followed by the conversion to amorphous Li2MoO3. This irreversible phase conversion should be responsible for the large capacity loss in first cycle. In addition, a fully reversile phase conversion between crystalline Mo and amorphous Li2MoO3 was revealed accompanying the formation and disapperance of the Li2O layer during the subsequent cycles. Our experiments provide direct evidence to deeply understand the distinctive electrochemical lithiation/delithiation behaviors of α-MoO3 nanobelt, shedding light onto the development of α-MoO3 anode for LIBs. PMID:27008317

  20. Catalyst-free vapour-solid technique for deposition of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanowires/nanobelts with topological insulator properties.

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    Andzane, J; Kunakova, G; Charpentier, S; Hrkac, V; Kienle, L; Baitimirova, M; Bauch, T; Lombardi, F; Erts, D

    2015-10-14

    We present a simple two-stage vapour-solid synthesis method for the growth of bismuth chalcogenide (Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3) topological insulator nanowires/nanobelts by using Bi2Se3 or Bi2Te3 powders as source materials. During the first stage of the synthesis process nanoplateteles, serving as "catalysts" for further nanowire/nanobelt growth, are formed. At a second stage of the synthesis, the introduction of a N2 flow at 35 Torr pressure in the chamber induces the formation of free standing nanowires/nanobelts. The synthesised nanostructures demonstrate a layered single-crystalline structure and Bi : Se and Bi : Te ratios 40 : 60 at% for both Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 nanowires/nanobelts. The presence of Shubnikov de Haas oscillations in the longitudinal magneto-resistance of the nanowires/nanobelts and their specific angular dependence confirms the existence of 2D topological surface states in the synthesised nanostructures. PMID:26365282

  1. Substrate-free fabrication of self-supported V2O5 nanobelt arrays by a low-temperature solvothermal method with high electrochemical performance.

    PubMed

    Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    In the designed synthesis, self-supported NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were prepared via a low-temperature solvothermal method. Then the NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were calcined in air atmosphere. Finally, a self-supported pattern of oriented V2O5 nanobelts was obtained for the first time. Further characterization methods certified that the growth direction of NH4V3O8 nanobelts was perpendicular to the orientation plane of self-formed NH4V3O8 sheet-like substrates. As a result, the nanobelts should stretch easily on the sheet-like substrate in an oriented manner. We prove that the solvent of ethanol plays a key role in the reaction and crystal growth process. It balances the two competing oxolation and olation reactions. Furthermore, the unique pattern served as high performance a lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor. Overall, the excellent electrochemical performances, for example, outstanding rate stability, remarkable cycling capacitance and ultrahigh capacity verify that the self-supported alignments have great potential applications in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. PMID:27335084

  2. Synthesis of Ba 1+xV 6O 16· nH 2O single-crystalline nanobelts and seamless ring-like structures

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    Pang, Shuping; Li, Guicun; Wang, Li; Zhang, Zhikun

    2006-08-01

    Single crystalline Ba 1+xV 6O 16· nH 2O ( x≈0.2, n≈3) nanobelts and a small quantity of seamless ring-like structures have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal treatment of barium polyvanadate precursor. The nanobelts with a rectangular cross section are up to several tens of micrometers in length, 100-300 nm in width, and less than 50 nm in thickness. The ring-like structures with outer diameters of 3-5 μm have several different types, such as plate-like, tube-like, doughnut-like and wheel-like morphologies. A probable mechanism for the formation of Ba 1+xV 6O 16· nH 2O nanobelts and ring-like structures is proposed.

  3. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Checco, Antonio

    2016-04-01

    The dependence of the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. Here, we systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Further, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquid interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle.

  4. Wettability of partially suspended graphene.

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T; Checco, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    The dependence of the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. Here, we systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Further, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquid interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle. PMID:27072195

  5. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Checco, Antonio

    2016-04-13

    Dependence on the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. We systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Moreover, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquidmore » interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle.« less

  6. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Checco, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    The dependence of the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. Here, we systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Further, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquid interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle. PMID:27072195

  7. Synthesis of one-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts and their ethanol gas sensing properties

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    Che, Hongwei; Liu, Aifeng; Hou, Junxian; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Bai, Yongmei; Mu, Jingbo; Wang, Renliang

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: 1D porous porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized via a facile route without use of any surfactants or organic solvent, exhibiting ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} powders. - Highlights: • One-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized. • The belt-like morphology can be finely controlled via adjusting the reaction parameters. • The evolution process of porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts was investigated. • Porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts exhibit superior ethanol gas sensing properties. - Abstract: In this paper, one-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized via a facile template-free hydrothermal method and subsequent the thermal decomposition. Their microstructures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption techniques. The results indicate that the reaction parameters such as the molar ratio of Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O to C{sub 2}H{sub 4}N{sub 4}, the amount of Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O, the hydrothermal temperature and time play crucial rules in controlling the microstructures and morphologies of the as-prepared cobalt precursors. A possible formation mechanism was proposed. Moreover, the obtained porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts exhibit ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} powders at a working temperature of 200 °C, suggesting their potential applications as nanosensors.

  8. Magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly

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    Stocking, G.

    1984-01-01

    The magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly (MSRWA) is the product of a development effort funded by the Air Force Materials Laboratory (AFML) at Wright Patterson AFB. The specific objective of the project was to establish the manufacturing processes for samarium cobalt magnets and demonstrate their use in a space application. The development was successful on both counts. The application portion of the program, which involves the magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly, is emphasized. The requirements for the reaction wheel were based on the bias wheel requirements of the DSP satellite. The tasks included the design, fabrication, and test of the unit to the DSP program qualification requirements.

  9. Optimizing electronic characteristics of SnO2 nanobelts for FET devices

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    Keiper, Timothy; Barreda, Jorge; Zheng, Jim P.; Xiong, Peng

    2015-03-01

    Oxide semiconductors are attractive channel materials for nanoscale field effect transistors (FETs), especially for applications in chemical and biological sensing. Here we focus on optimizing the current-voltage relationship and gating response of SnO2 nanobelt (NB) FETs, a widely used sensor material. The NBs are grown by a physical vapor-liquid-solid process, with dimensions are desirable for FET application, however the electrical characteristics of the as-grown materials are often not optimum for high-performance FETs. We have developed a multistep thermal annealing procedure in low vacuum ranging from 150 to 250 °C and oxygen environment at atmospheric pressure and 600 °C to increase the conductivity by more than 103. The multistep annealing process is necessary to consistently obtain FETs with low resistance, Ohmic contacts which differ by <5%. Utilizing a typical backgate geometry the device is transitioned from the on state to the off state over a gate voltage range of less than 30 V through a thick 250 nm SiO2 dielectric layer. The On/Off ratio is as large as 104. We surmise the oxygen annealing effectively activates the NBs while the vacuum annealing both helps clean the material and tune the carrier density at the surface, affecting metallization.

  10. Study the formation mechanism of silicon carbide polytype by silicon carbide nanobelts sintered under high pressure.

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    Wei, Guodong; Zhang, Guangqian; Gao, Fenmei; Zheng, Jinju; Qin, Yanfen; Han, Wei; Qin, Weiping; Yang, Weiyou

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, in order to reveal the formation mechanism of SiC polytype, four SiC specimens sintered under high pressure has been investigated, after being prepared from SiC nanobelts as initial powders. The structure and morphology variation dependence of SiC specimens with temperature and pressure was studied based on experimental data obtained by XRD, SEM, and Raman. The results show that SiC lattice structure and the crystallite size are greatly affected by pressure between 2 and 4 GPa under different sintering temperatures of 800 and 1200 degrees C. At the largest applied pressure and temperature, 4 GPa and 1200 degrees C, 3C-SiC crystal structure can be changed into to R-SiC due to the stress resulted in dislocations instead of planar defects. Based on our results, the multiquantum-well structure based a single one-dimensional nanostructure can be achieved by applying high pressure at certain sintered temperature. PMID:22413287

  11. A passively tunable mechanism for a dual bimorph energy harvester with variable tip stiffness and axial load

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    Dehghan Niri, E.; Salamone, S.

    2012-12-01

    This paper presents a novel vibration-based piezoelectric energy harvester capable of passively tuning its resonant frequency to a wide range of frequencies. The device comprises a dual bimorph with a mass at its free end. A novel sliding mechanism, consisting of two oblique springs connected to the tip mass, is proposed to widen the resonance frequency of the device even to very low frequencies. The application of two oblique springs results in an additional stiffness and axial load that are introduced within the system, such that the resonance frequency of the device is now a function of both the stiffness and axial load associated with the spring forces. An operator can manually change the resonance frequency of the harvester just by small adjustments of the sliding mechanism. Further, the device allows one to tune the resonance frequency of the beam to match very low frequencies without the requirement of having a large proof mass. The analytical solution of an axially loaded cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvester with tip stiffness, using Euler-Bernoulli beam assumptions, is presented. A parametric case study is presented to demonstrate the performance of the device.

  12. Suspended Solids Profiler Shop Test Report

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    STAEHR, T.W.

    2000-01-19

    The Suspended Solids Profiler (SSP) Instrument is planned to be installed in the AZ-101 tank to measure suspended solids concentrations during mixer pump testing. The SSP sensor uses a reflectance measurement principle to determine the suspended solids concentrations. The purpose of this test is to provide a documented means of verifying that the functional components of the SSP operate properly.

  13. Electromechanically Tunable Suspended Optical Nanoantenna.

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    Chen, Kai; Razinskas, Gary; Feichtner, Thorsten; Grossmann, Swen; Christiansen, Silke; Hecht, Bert

    2016-04-13

    Coupling mechanical degrees of freedom with plasmonic resonances has potential applications in optomechanics, sensing, and active plasmonics. Here we demonstrate a suspended two-wire plasmonic nanoantenna acting like a nanoelectrometer. The antenna wires are supported and electrically connected via thin leads without disturbing the antenna resonance. As a voltage is applied, equal charges are induced on both antenna wires. The resulting equilibrium between the repulsive Coulomb force and the restoring elastic bending force enables us to precisely control the gap size. As a result the resonance wavelength and the field enhancement of the suspended optical nanoantenna can be reversibly tuned. Our experiments highlight the potential to realize large bandwidth optical nanoelectromechanical systems. PMID:27002492

  14. Control of the threshold voltage in ZnO nanobelt field-effect transistors by using MoO x thin film

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    Qian, Haolei; Fang, Yanjun; Gu, Lin; Lu, Ren; Zhao, Ming; Wang, Wei; Wang, Yewu; Sha, Jian

    2016-07-01

    We report on the feasible control of the threshold voltage (V th) in ultra-thin ZnO nanobelt FETs by using substoichiometric molybdenum trioxide (MoO x , x < 3) either as a modification layer on the surface of ZnO nanobelts or as electrodes instead of the widely used Ti/Au. ZnO nanobelt FETs using Ti/Au as the electrodes usually exhibit a negative threshold voltage, indicating n-channel depletion mode behavior, whereas ZnO FETs with MoO x /Au electrodes instead of Ti/Au show a positive shift of threshold voltage, exhibiting an n-channel type enhancement mode, which can be explained by a high Schottky barrier created at the interface of MoO x and the ZnO channel. In contrast, the decoration on the surface of ZnO channel by MoO x significantly increases the zero-bias conductivity and electron carrier concentration, and then negatively shifts the threshold voltage. We propose that MoO x thin film may play a passivation effect role, much more so than the doping effect role, due to the large amount of adsorbed species on as-grown ZnO nanobelts, especially oxygen species.

  15. Control of the threshold voltage in ZnO nanobelt field-effect transistors by using MoO x thin film.

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    Qian, Haolei; Fang, Yanjun; Gu, Lin; Lu, Ren; Zhao, Ming; Wang, Wei; Wang, Yewu; Sha, Jian

    2016-07-01

    We report on the feasible control of the threshold voltage (V th) in ultra-thin ZnO nanobelt FETs by using substoichiometric molybdenum trioxide (MoO x , x < 3) either as a modification layer on the surface of ZnO nanobelts or as electrodes instead of the widely used Ti/Au. ZnO nanobelt FETs using Ti/Au as the electrodes usually exhibit a negative threshold voltage, indicating n-channel depletion mode behavior, whereas ZnO FETs with MoO x /Au electrodes instead of Ti/Au show a positive shift of threshold voltage, exhibiting an n-channel type enhancement mode, which can be explained by a high Schottky barrier created at the interface of MoO x and the ZnO channel. In contrast, the decoration on the surface of ZnO channel by MoO x significantly increases the zero-bias conductivity and electron carrier concentration, and then negatively shifts the threshold voltage. We propose that MoO x thin film may play a passivation effect role, much more so than the doping effect role, due to the large amount of adsorbed species on as-grown ZnO nanobelts, especially oxygen species. PMID:27196112

  16. Self-assembly of palladium nanoparticles: Synthesis of nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 and their application in carbon-carbon coupling reactions

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    An environmentally friendly one-step method to synthesize palladium (Pd) nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 without using any special capping agents at room temperature is described. This greener method, which uses water as benign solvent and vitamin B1 as a red...

  17. High detectivity solar-blind high-temperature deep-ultraviolet photodetector based on multi-layered (l00) facet-oriented β-Ga₂O₃ nanobelts.

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    Zou, Rujia; Zhang, Zhenyu; Liu, Qian; Hu, Junqing; Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Zhang, Wenjun

    2014-05-14

    Fabrication of a high-temperature deep-ultraviolet photodetector working in the solar-blind spectrum range (190-280 nm) is a challenge due to the degradation in the dark current and photoresponse properties. Herein, β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelts with (l00) facet-oriented were synthesized, and were demonstrated for the first time to possess excellent mechanical, electrical properties and stability at a high temperature inside a TEM studies. As-fabricated DUV solar-blind photodetectors using (l00) facet-oriented β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelts demonstrated enhanced photodetective performances, that is, high sensitivity, high signal-to-noise ratio, high spectral selectivity, high speed, and high stability, importantly, at a temperature as high as 433 K, which are comparable to other reported semiconducting nanomaterial photodetectors. In particular, the characteristics of the photoresponsivity of the β-Ga2O3 nanobelt devices include a high photoexcited current (>21 nA), an ultralow dark current (below the detection limit of 10(-14) A), a fast time response (<0.3 s), a high R(λ) (≈851 A/W), and a high EQE (~4.2 × 10(3)). The present fabricated facet-oriented β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelt based devices will find practical applications in photodetectors or optical switches for high-temperature environment. PMID:24520013

  18. Exfoliated β-Ga2O3 nano-belt field-effect transistors for air-stable high power and high temperature electronics.

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    Kim, Janghyuk; Oh, Sooyeoun; Mastro, Michael A; Kim, Jihyun

    2016-06-21

    This study demonstrated the exfoliation of a two-dimensional (2D) β-Ga2O3 nano-belt and subsequent processing into a thin film transistor structure. This mechanical exfoliation and transfer method produces β-Ga2O3 nano-belts with a pristine surface as well as a continuous defect-free interface with the SiO2/Si substrate. This β-Ga2O3 nano-belt based transistor displayed an on/off ratio that increased from approximately 10(4) to 10(7) over the operating temperature range of 20 °C to 250 °C. No electrical breakdown was observed in our measurements up to VDS = +40 V and VGS = -60 V between 25 °C and 250 °C. Additionally, the electrical characteristics were not degraded after a month-long storage in ambient air. The demonstration of high-temperature/high-voltage operation of quasi-2D β-Ga2O3 nano-belts contrasts with traditional 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides that intrinsically have limited temperature and power operational envelopes owing to their narrow bandgap. This work motivates the application of 2D β-Ga2O3 to high power nano-electronic devices for harsh environments such as high temperature chemical sensors and photodetectors as well as the miniaturization of power circuits and cooling systems in nano-electronics. PMID:27230724

  19. Synthesis, characterization, and bioactivity of carboxylic acid-functionalized titanium dioxide nanobelts

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    2014-01-01

    Background Surface modification strategies to reduce engineered nanomaterial (ENM) bioactivity have been used successfully in carbon nanotubes. This study examined the toxicity and inflammatory potential for two surface modifications (humic acid and carboxylation) on titanium nanobelts (TNB). Methods The in vitro exposure models include C57BL/6 alveolar macrophages (AM) and transformed human THP-1 cells exposed to TNB for 24 hrs in culture. Cell death and NLRP3 inflammasome activation (IL-1β release) were monitored. Short term (4 and 24 hr) in vivo studies in C57BL/6, BALB/c and IL-1R null mice evaluated inflammation and cytokine release, and cytokine release from ex vivo cultured AM. Results Both in vitro cell models suggest that the humic acid modification does not significantly affect TNB bioactivity, while carboxylation reduced both toxicity and NLRP3 inflammasome activation. In addition, short term in vivo exposures in both C57BL/6 and IL-1R null mouse strains demonstrated decreased markers of inflammation, supporting the in vitro finding that carboxylation is effective in reducing bioactivity. TNB instillations in IL-1R null mice demonstrated the critical role of IL-1β in initiation of TNB-induced lung inflammation. Neutrophils were completely absent in the lungs of IL-1R null mice instilled with TNB for 24 hrs. However, the cytokine content of the IL-1R null mice lung lavage samples indicated that other inflammatory agents, IL-6 and TNF-α were constitutively elevated indicating a potential compensatory inflammatory mechanism in the absence of IL-1 receptors. Conclusions Taken together, the data suggests that carboxylation, but not humic acid modification of TNB reduces, but does not totally eliminate bioactivity of TNB, which is consistent with previous studies of other long aspect ratio nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes. PMID:25179214

  20. Few-layered MoS2 nanosheets wrapped ultrafine TiO2 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic property.

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yana; Chen, Guohui; Sang, Yuanhua; Jiang, Huaidong; He, Jiating; Li, Xu; Liu, Hong

    2016-03-10

    Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of photocatalyst which can combine the properties of different components to generate a synergic effect, resulting in a high photocatalytic activity. In this work, a heterostructured photocatalyst comprised of few-layered MoS2 nanosheets coated on a TiO2 nanobelts surface was synthesized through a simple hydrothermal treatment. The hybrid heterostructures with enhanced broad spectrum photocatalytic properties can harness UV and visible light energy to decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solutions as well as split water to hydrogen and oxygen. The mechanism of the enhancement is that the MoS2/TiO2 nanobelts heterostructure can enhance the separation of the photo-induced carriers, which results in a higher photocurrent due to the special electronic characteristics of the graphene-like layered MoS2 nanosheets. This methodology is potentially applicable to the synthesis of a range of hybrid nanostructures with promising applications in photocatalysis and other relevant areas. PMID:26932455

  1. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers

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    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115 mA under illumination of 1.2 mWcm−2 in air at a bias of 1.0 V, which is higher 107 times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances. PMID:26197784

  2. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers.

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    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115 mA under illumination of 1.2 mWcm(-2) in air at a bias of 1.0 V, which is higher 10(7) times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances. PMID:26197784

  3. TiO{sub 2} nanobelts photocatalysts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals: Preparation and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Yang; Wu, Wenjian; Wu, Mingzai; Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Sun, Zhaoqi; Li, Guang; Liu, Xiansong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Zheng, Xiuwen

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals have been prepared. • The introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals can induce red-shift of absorption edge. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites show higher photocatalytic activity than TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites have long-time recyclable ability of photodegradation. - Abstract: In this paper, the controllable preparation of one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals based on Ti foils was reported using two-step hydrothermal treatment method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement results exhibited the binding energy changes of Ti and O elements, implying the strong adhesion of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals onto the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) absorption spectra showed that the introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals could induce the red-shift of absorption edge and exhibited a broad absorption band in the visible region, which extended the scope of absorption spectrum and help to improve the photocatalytic degradation efficiency. The photocatalytic experiment results revealed that Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites possess higher photocatalytic activities toward methyl orange than pure TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The degradation efficiency of 90% after 5 cycles indicated that the as-prepared composite photocatalysts exhibited excellent long-time recyclable ability for the degradation of contaminants.

  4. Fe(NO3)3-assisted large-scale synthesis of Si3N4 nanobelts from quartz and graphite by carbothermal reduction–nitridation and their photoluminescence properties

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    Liu, Shuyue; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Huang, Juntong; Ji, Haipeng; Liu, Haitao; Liu, Yan-gai; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-01-01

    The large-scale synthesis of Si3N4 nanobelts from quartz and graphite on a graphite-felt substrate was successfully achieved by catalyst-assisted carbothermal reduction–nitridation. The phase composition, morphology, and microstructure of Si3N4 nanobelts were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Si3N4 nanobelts were ~4–5 mm long and ~60 nm thick and exhibited smooth surfaces and flexible shapes. The Si3N4 nanobelts were well crystallized and grow along the [101] direction. The growth is dominated by the combined mechanisms of vapor–liquid–solid base growth and vapor–solid tip growth. The Fe(NO3)3 played a crucial role in promoting the nanobelt formation in the initial stage. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of Si3N4 nanobelts consists of three emission peaks centered at 413, 437, and 462 nm, indicating potential applications in optoelectronic nanodevices. PMID:25757903

  5. Fe(NO3)3-assisted large-scale synthesis of Si₃N₄ nanobelts from quartz and graphite by carbothermal reduction-nitridation and their photoluminescence properties.

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    Liu, Shuyue; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Huang, Juntong; Ji, Haipeng; Liu, Haitao; Liu, Yan-gai; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-01-01

    The large-scale synthesis of Si3N4 nanobelts from quartz and graphite on a graphite-felt substrate was successfully achieved by catalyst-assisted carbothermal reduction-nitridation. The phase composition, morphology, and microstructure of Si3N4 nanobelts were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Si3N4 nanobelts were ~4-5 mm long and ~60 nm thick and exhibited smooth surfaces and flexible shapes. The Si3N4 nanobelts were well crystallized and grow along the [101] direction. The growth is dominated by the combined mechanisms of vapor-liquid-solid base growth and vapor-solid tip growth. The Fe(NO3)3 played a crucial role in promoting the nanobelt formation in the initial stage. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of Si3N4 nanobelts consists of three emission peaks centered at 413, 437, and 462 nm, indicating potential applications in optoelectronic nanodevices. PMID:25757903

  6. Pre-stressed piezoelectric bimorph micro-actuators based on machined 40 µm PZT thick films: batch scale fabrication and integration with MEMS

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    Wilson, S. A.; Jourdain, R. P.; Owens, S.

    2010-09-01

    The projected force-displacement capability of piezoelectric ceramic films in the 20-50 µm thickness range suggests that they are well suited to many micro-fluidic and micro-pneumatic applications. Furthermore when they are configured as bending actuators and operated at ~ 1 V µm - 1 they do not necessarily conform to the high-voltage, very low-displacement piezoelectric stereotype. Even so they are rarely found today in commercial micro-electromechanical devices, such as micro-pumps and micro-valves, and the main barriers to making them much more widely available would appear to be processing incompatibilities rather than commercial desirability. In particular, the issues associated with integration of these devices into MEMS at the production level are highly significant and they have perhaps received less attention in the mainstream than they deserve. This paper describes a fabrication route based on ultra-precision ceramic machining and full-wafer bonding for cost-effective batch scale production of thick film PZT bimorph micro-actuators and their integration with MEMS. The resulting actuators are pre-stressed (ceramic in compression) which gives them added performance, they are true bimorphs with bi-directional capability and they exhibit full bulk piezoelectric ceramic properties. The devices are designed to integrate with ancillary systems components using transfer-bonding techniques. The work forms part of the European Framework 6 Project 'Q2M—Quality to Micro'.

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  2. Few-layered MoS2 nanosheets wrapped ultrafine TiO2 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic property

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yana; Chen, Guohui; Sang, Yuanhua; Jiang, Huaidong; He, Jiating; Li, Xu; Liu, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of photocatalyst which can combine the properties of different components to generate a synergic effect, resulting in a high photocatalytic activity. In this work, a heterostructured photocatalyst comprised of few-layered MoS2 nanosheets coated on a TiO2 nanobelts surface was synthesized through a simple hydrothermal treatment. The hybrid heterostructures with enhanced broad spectrum photocatalytic properties can harness UV and visible light energy to decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solutions as well as split water to hydrogen and oxygen. The mechanism of the enhancement is that the MoS2/TiO2 nanobelts heterostructure can enhance the separation of the photo-induced carriers, which results in a higher photocurrent due to the special electronic characteristics of the graphene-like layered MoS2 nanosheets. This methodology is potentially applicable to the synthesis of a range of hybrid nanostructures with promising applications in photocatalysis and other relevant areas.Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of

  3. Au/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures for the detection of cancer cells and anticancer drug activity by potential sensing

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    Cui, Jingjie; Chen, Jing; Chen, Shaowei; Gao, Li; Xu, Ping; Li, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Cancer is a cell dysfunction disease. The detection of cancer cells is extremely important for early diagnosis and clinical treatments. At present, the pretreatment for the detection of cancer cells is costly, complicated and time-consuming. As different species of the analytes may give rise to specific voltammetric signals at distinctly different potentials, simple potential sensing has the specificity to detect different cellular species. By taking advantage of the different electrochemical characteristics of normal cells, cancer cells and biointeractions between anticancer drugs and cancer cells, we develop a specific, sensitive, direct, cost-effective and rapid method for the detection of cancer cells by electrochemical potential sensing based on Au/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure electrodes that will be of significance in early cancer diagnosis, in vitro screening of anticancer drugs and molecular biology research.

  4. Au/TiO₂ nanobelt heterostructures for the detection of cancer cells and anticancer drug activity by potential sensing.

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    Cui, Jingjie; Chen, Jing; Chen, Shaowei; Gao, Li; Xu, Ping; Li, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Cancer is a cell dysfunction disease. The detection of cancer cells is extremely important for early diagnosis and clinical treatments. At present, the pretreatment for the detection of cancer cells is costly, complicated and time-consuming. As different species of the analytes may give rise to specific voltammetric signals at distinctly different potentials, simple potential sensing has the specificity to detect different cellular species. By taking advantage of the different electrochemical characteristics of normal cells, cancer cells and biointeractions between anticancer drugs and cancer cells, we develop a specific, sensitive, direct, cost-effective and rapid method for the detection of cancer cells by electrochemical potential sensing based on Au/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure electrodes that will be of significance in early cancer diagnosis, in vitro screening of anticancer drugs  and molecular biology research. PMID:26822679

  5. Physical model construction for electrical anisotropy of single crystal zinc oxide micro/nanobelt using finite element method

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    Yu, Guangbin; Tang, Chaolong; Song, Jinhui E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn; Lu, Wenqiang E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn

    2014-04-14

    Based on conductivity characterization of single crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) micro/nanobelt (MB/NB), we further investigate the physical mechanism of nonlinear intrinsic resistance-length characteristic using finite element method. By taking the same parameters used in experiment, a model of nonlinear anisotropic resistance change with single crystal MB/NB has been deduced, which matched the experiment characterization well. The nonlinear resistance-length comes from the different electron moving speed in various crystal planes. As the direct outcome, crystallography of the anisotropic semiconducting MB/NB has been identified, which could serve as a simple but effective method to identify crystal growth direction of single crystal semiconducting or conductive nanomaterial.

  6. Controlled functionalization of a double-junction n+/n-/n+ polysilicon nanobelt for hydrogen sensing application

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    Tran, Nhan Ai; Sang, Chen-Hsiang; Pan, Fu-Ming; Sheu, Jeng-Tzong

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a double-junction n+/n-/n+ polysilicon nanobelt selectively functionalized with platinum has been studied for hydrogen sensing application. The selective modification of the devices is performed by the combination of localized ablation of a resist and a lift-off process of e-beam evaporation of a catalyst material. The coverage of a Pt layer on the n- region is precisely controlled by adjusting Joule heating bias and pulse length. The Pt-functionalized devices show a rapid response to hydrogen with a limit of detection of only 5 ppm. The device with fully Pt-covered n- region is optimum for obtaining the best response to hydrogen.

  7. Freely suspended quantum point contacts

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    Rössler, C.; Herz, M.; Bichler, M.; Ludwig, S.

    2010-05-01

    We present a versatile design of freely suspended quantum point contacts with particular large one-dimensional subband quantization energies of up to Δɛ≈10 meV. The nanoscale bridges embedding a two-dimensional electron system are fabricated from AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures by electron-beam lithography and etching techniques. Narrow constrictions define quantum point contacts that are capacitively controlled via local in-plane side gates. Employing transport spectroscopy, we investigate the transition from electrostatic subbands to Landau quantization in a perpendicular magnetic field. The large subband quantization energies allow us to utilize a wide magnetic field range and thereby observe a large exchange split spin-gap of the two lowest Landau-levels.

  8. Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films

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    Sonin, A. A.

    2003-05-01

    Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films Andrei A. Sonin Centre d'Etudes Atomiques de Saclay, France and Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences with a Foreword by Professor Noel Clark University of Colorado, USA This book provides a brief introduction to the physics of liquid crystals and to macroscopic physical parameters characterising freely suspended liquid crystalline (FSLC) films, and then reviews the experimental techniques for preparing these films, measuring their thicknesses, and investigating their physical properties and structural aspects. Molecular structures and defects of FSLC films and the problems of film stability, thinning and rupture are discussed in later chapters. Physical phenomena, such as orientational and phase transitions, Frederick's and flexoelectric effects, hydroelectrodynamics, etc., are also analysed. Finally, some applications of FSLC films in industry and in various branches of science are discussed. Specialists working in the physics of liquid crystals and in surface physics will find this book of interest. Industrial firms and their research centres investigating liquid crystals, biological membranes, detergent/surfactant/biomedical areas; and graduates and postgraduates in solid state physics and crystallography will also benefit from this book. The book has an easy-to-read style with just the minimum amount of mathematics necessary to explain important concepts. This is the first book dedicated exclusively to the physics of FSLC in almost a century since their discovery and last twenty years of their active studies. Andrei Sonin, a scientist in the area of FSLC and author of many articles on surface phenomena in liquid crystals, the properties and behaviour of thin liquid crystalline and surfactant films, has a long standing reputation in liquid crystals and surfactant systems and has been particularly active in issues involving surface interactions.

  9. Freeze-dryed LixMoO3 nanobelts used as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries: A bulk and interface study

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    Villevieille, Claire; Gorzkowska-Sobas, Agnieszka; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Novák, Petr

    2015-11-01

    Through a chemical lithiation method, we were able to modify the well-known anode material MoO3 to develop a new kind of a high specific energy cathode. Thus, nanobelts of MoO3 were synthetized and chemically lithiated to obtain nominally LiMoO3 (composition discovered via DFT calculations). This electrode material showed enhanced electrochemical performance (>150 mAh/g for a loading of 4 mg/cm2 at 3C rate) and can be considered as a novel cathode with high specific charge. Its reaction mechanism was explored via high resolution in situ XRD and post mortem SEM analysis, which revealed almost no damage to the nanobelts after 50 cycles.

  10. Solution-phase synthesis and high photocatalytic activity of wurtzite ZnSe ultrathin nanobelts: a general route to 1D semiconductor nanostructured materials.

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    Xiong, Shenglin; Xi, Baojuan; Wang, Chengming; Xi, Guangcheng; Liu, Xiaoyan; Qian, Yitai

    2007-01-01

    A general and facile synthetic route has been developed to prepare 1D semiconductor nanomaterials in a binary solution of distilled water and ethanol amine. The influence of the volume ratio of mixed solvents and reaction temperature on the yield and final morphology of products was investigated. Significantly, this is the first time that wurtzite ZnSe ultrathin nanobelts have been synthesized in solution. It has been confirmed that the photocatalytic activity of ZnSe nanobelts in the photodegradation of the fuchsine acid is higher than that of TiO(2) nanoparticles. The present work shows that the solvothermal route is facile, cheap, and versatile. Thus, it is very easy to realize scaled-up production, and brings new light on the synthesis and self-assembly of functional materials. PMID:17616961