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  1. Thermodynamic Model for the Solubility of Ba(SeO4sub>, SO4sub>) Precipitates

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    Rai, D.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Moore, Dean A.; Kitamura, Akira; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Doi, Reisuke; Yoshida, Yasushi

    2014-08-15

    The solubility of Ba(SeO4sub>, SO4sub>) precipitates was determined as a function of the BaSeO4sub> mole fractions, ranging from 0.0015 to 0.3830, and time with an equilibration period extending to as long as 302 days. Equilibrium/steady state conditions in this system are reached in ≤ 65 days. Pitzer’s ion interaction model was used to calculate solid and aqueous phase activity coefficients. Thermodynamic analyses showed that the data do not satisfy Gibbs-Duhem equation, thereby demonstrating that a single-solid solution phase does not control both the selenate and sulfate concentrations. Our extensive data with log 10 [Ba] ranging from -3.6 to -5.9 mol kg-1, log 10 [SeO4sub>] rangingfrom-3.6 to -5.2 mol kg-1, and log 10 [SO4sub>] ranging from-4.0 to -5.3 mol kg-1 can be explained with the formation of an ideal BaSeO4sub> solid solution phase that controls the selenium concentrations and a slightly disordered/less-crystalline BaSO4sub>(s) (log 10Κ°sp = -9.5 instead of -10.05 for barite) that controls the sulfate concentrations. In these experiments the BaSO4sub> component of the solid solution phase never reaches thermodynamic equilibrium with the aqueous phase. Thermodynamic interpretations of the data show that both the ideal BaSeO4sub> solid solution phase and less-crystalline BaSO4sub> (s) phase are in equilibrium with each other in the entire range of BaSeO4sub> mole fractions investigated in this study.

  2. Solvate Structures and Computational/Spectroscopic Characterization of LiBF4sub> Electrolytes

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    Seo, D. M.; Boyle, Paul D.; Allen, Joshua L.; Han, Sang D.; Jonsson, Erlendur; Johansson, Patrik; Henderson, Wesley A.

    2014-07-21

    Crystal structures have been determined for both LiBF4sub> and HBF4sub> solvates—(acetonitrile)2:LiBF4sub>, (ethylene glycol diethyl ether)1:LiBF4sub>, (diethylene glycol diethyl ether)1:LiBF4sub>, (tetrahydrofuran)1:LiBF4, (methyl methoxyacetate)1:LiBF4sub>, (suc-cinonitrile)1:LiBF4sub>, (N,N,N',N",N"-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine)1:HBF4sub>, (N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine)3/2:HBF4sub> and (phenanthroline)2:HBF4sub>. These, as well as other known LiBF4sub> solvate structures, have been characterized by Raman vibrational spectroscopy to unambiguously assign the anion Raman band positions to specific forms of BF4sub>-...Li+ cation coordination. In addition, complementary DFT calculations of BF4sub>-...Li+ cation complexes have provided additional insight into the challenges associated with accurately interpreting the anion interactions from experimental Raman spectra. This information provides a crucial tool for the characterization of the ionic association interactions within electrolytes.

  3. Solution-processable glass LiI-Li4sub>SnS4sub> superionic conductors for all-solid-state Li-ion batteries

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    Kern Ho Park; Oh, Dae Yang; Choi, Young Eun; Nam, Young Jin; Han, Lili; Kim, Ju -Young; Xin, Huolin; Lin, Feng; Oh, Seung M.; Jung, Yoon Seok

    2015-12-22

    The new, highly conductive (4.1 × 10–4 S cm–1 at 30 °C), highly deformable, and dry-air-stable glass 0.4LiI-0.6Li4sub>SnS4sub> is prepared using a homogeneous methanol solution. Furthermore, the solution process enables the wetting of any exposed surface of the active materials with highly conductive solidified electrolytes (0.4LiI-0.6Li4sub>SnS4sub>), resulting in considerable improvements in electrochemical performances of these electrodes over conventional mixture electrodes.

  4. U(v) in metal uranates: A combined experimental and theoretical study of MgUO4sub>, CrUO4sub>, and FeUO4sub>

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    Guo, Xiaofeng; Tiferet, Eitan; Qi, Liang; Solomon, Jonathan M.; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Newville, Matthew; Engelhard, Mark H.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Wu, Di; Ilton, Eugene S.; Asta, Mark; Sutton, Stephen R.; Xu, Hongwu; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2016-01-01

    Although pentavalent uranium can exist in aqueous solution, its presence in the solid state is uncommon. Metal monouranates, MgUO4sub>, CrUO4sub> and FeUO4sub> were synthesized for detailed structural and energetic investigations. Structural characteristics of these uranates used powder X-ray diffraction, synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and 57Fe-Mossbauer spectroscopy. Enthalpies of formation were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations provided both structural and energetic information. The measured structural and thermodynamic properties show good consistency with those predicted from DFT. The presence of U5+ has been solidly confirmed in CrUO4sub> and FeUO4sub>, which are thermodynamically stable compounds, and the origin and stability of U5+ in the system was elaborated by DFT. Lastly, the structural and thermodynamic behaviour of U5+ elucidated in this work is relevant to fundamental actinide redox chemistry and to applications in the nuclear industry and radioactive waste disposal.

  5. Aqueous Sulfate Separation by Sequestration of [(SO4sub>)2(H2O)4sub>]4sub> Clusters within Highly Insoluble Imine-Linked Bis-Guanidinium Crystals

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    Custelcean, Radu; Williams, Neil J.; Seipp, Charles A.; Ivanov, Aleksandr; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav

    2015-12-18

    Quantitative removal of sulfate from seawater was achieved by selective crystallization of the anion with a bis(guanidinium) ligand self-assembled in situ through imine condensation of simple components. The resulting crystalline salt has an exceptionally low aqueous solubility, on a par with BaSO4sub>. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed pairs of sulfate anions clustered together with four water molecules within the crystals.

  6. Origin of modulated phases and magnetic hysteresis in TmB4sub>

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    Wierschem, Keola; Sunku, Sai Swaroop; Kong, Tai; Ito, Toshimitsu; Canfield, Paul C.; Panagopoulos, Christos; Sengupta, Pinaki

    2015-12-23

    In this study, we investigate the low-temperature magnetic phases in TmB4sub>, a metallic quantum magnet on the geometrically frustrated Shastry-Sutherland lattice, using coordinated experimental and theoretical studies. Our results provide an explanation for the appearance of the intriguing fractional plateau in TmB4sub> and accompanying magnetic hysteresis. Together with observation of the bump in the half plateau, our results support the picture that the magnetization plateau structure in TmB4sub> is strongly influenced by the zero-field modulated phases. We present a phenomenological model to explain the appearance of the modulated phases and a microscopic Hamiltonian that captures the complete magnetic behavior of TmB4sub>.

  7. Native defects in Tl6SI4sub>: Density functional calculations

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    Shi, Hongliang; Du, Mao -Hua

    2015-05-05

    In this study, Tl6SI4sub> is a promising room-temperature semiconductor radiation detection material. Here, we report density functional calculations of native defects and dielectric properties of Tl6SI4sub>. Formation energies and defect levels of native point defects and defect complexes are calculated. Donor-acceptor defect complexes are shown to be abundant in Tl6SI4sub>. High resistivity can be obtained by Fermi level pinning by native donor and acceptor defects. Deep donors that are detrimental to electron transport are identified and methods to mitigate such problem are discussed. Furthermore, we show that mixed ionic-covalent character of Tl6SI4sub> gives rise to enhanced Born effective charges and large static dielectric constant, which provides effective screening of charged defects and impurities.

  8. The hydrogen permeability of Pd4sub>S

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    O’Brien, Casey P.; Gellman, Andrew J.; Morreale, Bryan D.; Miller, James B.

    2011-04-01

    Hydrogen permeates rapidly through pure Pd membranes, but H2S, a common minor component in hydrogencontaining streams, produces a Pd4sub>S film on the Pd surface that severely retards hydrogen permeation. Hydrogen still permeates through the bi-layered Pd4sub>S/Pd structure, indicating that the Pd4sub>S surface is active for H2 dissociation; the low hydrogen permeability of the Pd4sub>S film is responsible for the decreased rate of hydrogen transport. In this work, the hydrogen permeability of Pd4sub>S was determined experimentally in the 623-773 K temperature range. Bi-layered Pd4sub>S/Pd foils were produced by exposing pure Pd foils to H2S. H2 fluxes through the bi-layered Pd4sub>S/Pd foils were measured during exposure to both pure H2 and a 1000 ppm H2S in H2 gas mixture. Our results show that H2S slows hydrogen permeation through Pd mainly by producing a Pd4S film on the Pd surface that is roughly an order-of-magnitude less permeable to hydrogen (kPd4S = 10-7.5 exp(-0.22 eV/kBT)molH2/m/s/Pa-1/2) than pure Pd. The presence of H2S in the gas stream results in greater inhibition of hydrogen transport than can be explained by the very low permeability of Pd4sub>S. H2S may block H2 dissociation sites at the Pd4sub>S surface.

  9. The role of carbonic anhydrase in C4sub> photosynthesis

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    Studer, Anthony

    2015-10-01

    Current pressures on the global food supply have accelerated the urgency for a second green revolution using novel and sustainable approaches to increase crop yield and efficiency. This proposal outlines experiments to address fundamental questions regarding the biology of C4sub> photosynthesis, the method of carbon fixation utilized by the most productive food, feed and bioenergy crops. Carbonic anhydrase (CA) has been implicated in multiple cellular functions including nitrogen metabolism, water use efficiency, and photosynthesis. CA catalyzes the first dedicated step in C4sub> photosynthesis, the hydration of CO2 into bicarbonate, and is potentially rate limiting in C4sub> grasses. Using insertional mutagenesis, we have generated CA mutants in maize, and propose the characterization of these mutants using phenotypic, physiological, and transcriptomic profiling to assay the plant’s response to altered CA activity. In addition, florescent protein tagging experiments will be employed to study the subcellular localization of CA paralogs, providing critical data for modeling carbon fixation in C4sub> plants. Finally, I propose parallel experiments in Setaria viridis to explore its relevance as model C4sub> grass. Using a multifaceted approach, this proposal addresses important questions in basic biology, as well as the need for translation research in response to looming global food challenges.

  10. Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) Program - KClO4sub>/Aluminum Mixture

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    Sandstrom, Mary M.; Brown, Geoffrey W.; Preston, Daniel N.; Pollard, Colin J.; Warner, Kirstin F.; Sorensen, Daniel N.; Remmers, Daniel L.; Whinnery, LeRoy L.; Shelley, Timothy J.; Reyes, Jose A.; Hsu, Peter C.; Reynolds, John G.

    2012-01-17

    The Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) program is conducting a Proficiency Test for Small-Scale Safety and Thermal (SSST) testing of homemade explosives (HMEs). Described here are the results for impact, friction, electrostatic discharge, and differential scanning calorimetry analysis of a mixture of KClO4sub> and aluminum—KClO4sub>/Al mixture. This material was selected because of the challenge of performing SSST testing of a mixture of two solids. The mixture was found to be: 1) much less sensitive to impact than RDX, (LLNL being the exception) and PETN, 2) more sensitive to friction than RDX and PETN, and 3) extremely sensitive to spark. The thermal analysis showed little or no exothermic character. One prominent endothermic feature was observed in the temperature range studied and identified as a phase transition of KClO4sub>.

  11. Investigations On Stoichiometry And Melting Behavior Of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Salunke, R. G.; Gosavi, S. W.; Singh, S. G.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Chauhan, A. K.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2010-12-01

    Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies were carried out to understand the melting behavior of the NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}, an important functional material used for the laser production. It has been observed that the stoichiometric NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} composition forms a solution with another phase of the Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}-Y{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3} pseudo-binary system. This is found to be detrimental for the growth of single crystals of the material. Therefore, molar fraction in the starting charge was suitably altered to successfully restrict the formation of the undesired phase in the melt. A composition is suggested for the favorable crystal growth of this material.

  12. Novel Solution Process for Fabricating Ultra-Thin-Film Absorber Layers in Fe2SiS4sub> and Fe2GeS4sub> Photovoltaics

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    Orefuwa, Samuel A.; Lai, Cheng-Yu; Dobson, Kevin D.; Ni, Chaoying; Radu, Daniela R.

    2014-05-12

    Fe2SiS4sub> and Fe2GeS4sub> crystalline materials posses direct bandgaps of ~1.55 and ~1.4 eV respectively and an absorption coefficient larger than 10^5 cm–1; their theoretical potential as solar photovoltaic absorbers has been demonstrated. However, no solar devices that employ either Fe2SiS4sub> or Fe2GeS4sub> have been reported to date. In the presented work, nanoprecursors to Fe2SiS4sub> and Fe2GeS4sub> have been fabricated and employed to build ultra-thin-film layers via spray coating and rod coating methods. Temperature-dependent X-Ray diffraction analyses of nanoprecursors coatings show an unprecedented low temperature for forming crystalline Fe2SiS4sub> and Fe2GeS4sub>. Fabricating of ultra-thin-film photovoltaic devices utilizing Fe2SiS4sub> and Fe2GeS4sub> as solar absorber material is presented.

  13. The superionic phase transitions in (NH{sub 4}){sub 3}H(SeO{sub 4}){sub 2} under hydrostatic pressure up to 400 MPa

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    Lindner, Ł.; Zdanowska-Frączek, M. Pawłowski, A.; Frączek, Z. J.

    2014-10-28

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on proton conductivity of (NH{sub 4}){sub 3}H(SeO{sub 4}){sub 2} superionic crystal was studied in a wide temperature range and different isobaric conditions by means of impedance spectroscopy method. The measurements were performed along the trigonal c axis of the crystal, i.e., along the direction perpendicular to the plane in which, in the superionic phases, a dynamically disordered H-bond network is formed. The obtained pressure-temperature phase diagram is linear with increasing pressure. The triple point, which is the point of coexistence of the three phases: ferroelastic phase IV, ferroelastic phase III, and superionic phase II was found at p = 116.3 MPa and T = 287.3 K. High pressure leads to increase in the temperature range of stability of both superionic phases and to a drastic decrease in the temperature width of the ferroelastic phase III. With increasing pressure, the range of the superionic phase II expands at the expense of the range of the ferroelastic phase III, which is unstable and vanishes at the triple point.

  14. Sub-nanosecond Yb:KLu(WO4sub>)2 microchip laser.

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    Loiko, P; Serres, J M; Mateos, X; Yumashev, K; Yasukevich, A; Petrov, V; Griebner, U; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2016-06-01

    A diode-pumped Yb:KLu(WO4sub>)2 microchip laser passively Q-switched by a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber generated a maximum average output power of 590 mW at 1031 nm with a slope efficiency of 55%. The pulse characteristics were 690 ps/47.6 μJ at a pulse repetition frequency of 12.4 kHz. The output beam had an excellent circular profile with M2<1.05. Yb:KLu(WO4sub>)2 is very promising for ultrathin sub-ns microchip lasers. PMID:27244429

  15. Shape resonances in the photoionization of CF4sub>

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    Stephens, J. A.; Dill, Dan; Dehmer, Joseph L.

    1986-01-01

    Calculations of photoionization cross sections and photoelectron angular distributions have been performed for all occupied orbitals of CF4sub> using the multiple-scattering model. Results are compared with very recent experiments which employ synchrotron radiation to measure these quantities, namely the measurements of Truesdale e t a l. for the carbonK shell, and measurements of Carlson e t a l. and Novak e t a l. for the five outermost valence levels. The calculations predict intense shape resonances below 3 eV in continua of a1 and t2 final state symmetry. Qualitative agreement is attained on comparing much of the theory with experiment, notably the five outer valence levels, which serves to establish a one-electron picture of the photoionization dynamics of CF4sub>.

  16. Sequential Reaction Channels of Metastable C{sup 4+}{sub 60}

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    Duenser, B.; Echt, O.; Scheier, P.; Maerk, T.D.

    1997-11-01

    We employ a two-sector-field mass spectrometer to identify sequential, unimolecular dissociation channels of C{sup 4+}{sub 60} . In addition to sequential {open_quotes}monomer evaporations{close_quotes} (loss of two C{sub 2} units), we observe two novel sequential channels which involve fissionlike events: loss of C{sup +}{sub 2} followed by evaporation, and sequential loss of two C{sup +}{sub 2} units. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. Mild hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, thermal behavior, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the (NH{sub 4})[Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(PO{sub 4}){sub x}F] (x=0.3, 0.6, 0.8) series. Thermal transformation of (NH{sub 4})[Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 0.3}F] into the textural porous orthorhombic Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 0.3}

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    Berrocal, Teresa

    2009-04-15

    The (NH{sub 4})[Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(PO{sub 4}){sub x}F] (x=0.3, 0.6, 0.8) series of compounds has been synthesized under mild hydrothermal conditions. The compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic Pna2{sub 1} space group, with the unit-cell parameters a=13.1718(1), b=6.5966(6), c=10.797(1) A for x=0.3; a=13.081(1), b=6.5341(6), c=10.713(1) A for x=0.6 and a=13.0329(9), b=6.4994(4), c=10.6702(6) A for x=0.8, with the volumes 938.6(1), 915.7(1) and 903.8(1) A{sup 3}, respectively, with Z=8. Single crystals of (NH{sub 4})[Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 0.3}F] heated under air atmosphere at 465 deg. C remain as single crystals, changing the composition to Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 0.3}. This later phase belongs to the orthorhombic Imam space group, with the unit cell parameters a=13.328(2), b=6.5114(5), c=10.703(1) A, V=928.9(2) A{sup 3} and Z=12. The crystal structure of the ammonium phases consists of a KTP three-dimensional framework constructed by chains formed by alternating Fe(2)O{sub 4}F{sub 2} or Fe(1)O{sub 4}F{sub 2} octahedra and As/P(2)O{sub 4} or As/P(1)O{sub 4} tetrahedra, respectively. These octahedra and tetrahedra are linked by a common oxygen vertex. The chains run along the 'a' and 'b' crystallographic axes. The crystal structure of Fe(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 0.3} is a three-dimensional skeleton derived from that of the precursor, formed from (100) sheets stacked along the [001] direction, and interconnected by chains of alternating Fe(2)O{sub 6} octahedra and As/P(2)O{sub 4} tetrahedra sharing a vertex in the 'a' direction. Transmission electronic microscopy of this compound indicates the existence of unconnected external cavities with a BET surface area of 3.91(3) m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. The diffuse reflectance spectra in the visible region show the forbidden electronic transitions characteristic of the Fe(III) d{sup 5}-high spin cation in slightly distorted octahedral geometry, for all the compounds. The ESR spectra

  18. Crystal Chemistry of Electrochemically and Chemically Lithiated Layered αI-LiVOPO4sub>

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    He, Guang; Bridges, Craig A.; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2015-09-14

    LiVOPO4sub> is an attractive cathode for lithium-ion batteries with a high operating voltage and the potential to achieve the reversible insertion of two lithium ions between VOPO4sub> and Li2VOPO4sub>. Among the three known forms of LiVOPO4sub> (α, β, and αI), the αI-LiVOPO4sub> has a layered structure that could promote better ionic mobility and reversibility than others. However, a comprehensive study of its lithiated product is not available as αI-LiVOPO4sub> is metastable and difficult to prepare by conventional approaches. We present here a facile synthesis of highly crystalline αI-LiVOPO4sub> and αI-LiVOPO4sub>/rGO nanocomposite by a microwave-assisted solvothermal method and its electrochemical/chemical lithiation. The LiVOPO4sub>/rGO cathodes exhibit a high reversible capacity of 225 mAh g–1, indicating the insertion of more than one lithium into VOPO4sub>. Both electrochemical and chemical lithiation imply a solid-solution reaction mechanism on inserting the second lithium into αI-LiVOPO4sub>, but a two-phase reaction feature could also occur under certain conditions such as insufficient time for equilibration of Li+ diffusion in the structure. The fully lithiated new αI-Li2VOPO4sub> phase was characterized by combined Rietveld refinement of neutron diffraction and X-ray diffraction data and by bond-valence sum maps. The results suggest that αI-Li2VOPO4sub> retains the tetragonal P4/nmm symmetry of the parent αI-LiVOPO4sub> structure, where the second lithium ions are located in the lithium layers rather than in the VOPO4sub> layers

  19. Quaternary (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} alloys and photosensitive structures on their basis

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    Bodnar, I. V.; Rud, V. Yu.; Rud, Yu. V.; Lozhkin, D. V.

    2011-07-15

    Using directional crystallization of the melt of the (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} alloy, homogeneous crystals of a similar atomic composition are grown over the entire range of compositions 1 {>=} x {>=} 0. It is established that the crystals of the continuous series of quaternary alloys in the range x = 0-1 crystallize in the spinel structure and lattice parameter a linearly depends on x. It is established that it is possible to obtain In(Al)/(FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} photosensitive structures. Room-temperature spectra of relative quantum efficiency of photoconversion of the In(Al)/(FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} structures fabricated for the first time are obtained. From the analysis of these spectra, activation energies of direct and indirect band-to-band transitions for the crystals of the (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} alloys are determined and the dependence of these parameters on the composition of the position-disordered phases of mentioned alloys is discussed. It is concluded that the crystals of the (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub x}(MnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} alloys can be used in broadband photoconverters of optical radiation.

  20. Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) Program - KClO4sub>/Carbon Mixture

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    Sandstrom, Mary M.; Brown, Geoffrey W.; Preston, Daniel N.; Pollard, Colin J.; Warner, Kirstin F.; Sorensen, Daniel N.; Remmers, Daniel L.; Shelley, Timothy J.; Reyes, Jose A.; Hsu, Peter C.; Reynolds, John G.

    2013-01-31

    The Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) program is conducting a proficiency study for Small- Scale Safety and Thermal (SSST) testing of homemade explosives (HMEs). Described here are the results for impact, friction, electrostatic discharge, and differential scanning calorimetry analysis of a mixture of KClO4sub> and activated carbon—KClO4sub>/C mixture. This material was selected because of the challenge of performing SSST testing of a mixture of two solids. The mixture was found to be insensitive to impact, friction, and thermal stimulus, and somewhat sensitive to spark discharge. This effort, funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ultimately will put the issues of safe handling of these materials in perspective with standard military explosives. The study is adding SSST testing results for a broad suite of different HMEs to the literature. Ultimately the study has the potential to suggest new guidelines and methods and possibly establish the SSST testing accuracies needed to develop safe handling practices for HMEs. Each participating testing laboratory uses identical test materials and preparation methods wherever possible. Note, however, the test procedures differ among the laboratories. The results are compared among the laboratories and then compared to historical data from various sources. The testing performers involved for the KClO4sub>/carbon mixture are Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, (NSWC IHD), and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXQL). These tests are conducted as a proficiency study in order to establish some consistency in test protocols, procedures, and experiments and to understand how to compare results when these testing variables cannot be made consistent.

  1. Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) program--KClO4sub>/Dodecane Mixture

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    Sandstrom, Mary M.; Brown, Geoffrey W.; Preston, Daniel N.; Pollard, Colin J.; Warner, Kirstin F.; Sorensen, Daniel N.; Remmers, Daniel L.; Shelley, Timothy J.; Reyes, Jose A.; Hsu, Peter C.; Reynolds, John G.

    2012-05-11

    The Integrated Data Collection Analysis (IDCA) program is conducting a proficiency study for Small- Scale Safety and Thermal (SSST) testing of homemade explosives (HMEs). Described here are the results for impact, friction, electrostatic discharge, and differential scanning calorimetry analysis of a mixture of KClO4sub> and dodecane—KClO4sub>/dodecane mixture. This material was selected because of the challenge of performing SSST testing of a mixture of solid and liquid materials. The mixture was found to: 1) be less sensitive to impact than RDX, and PETN, 2) less sensitive to friction than RDX and PETN, and 3) less sensitive to spark than RDX and PETN. The thermal analysis showed little or no exothermic features suggesting that the dodecane volatilized at low temperatures. A prominent endothermic feature was observed and assigned to a phase transition of KClO4sub>. This effort, funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ultimately will put the issues of safe handling of these materials in perspective with standard military explosives. The study is adding SSST testing results for a broad suite of different HMEs to the literature. Ultimately the study has the potential to suggest new guidelines and methods and possibly establish the SSST testing accuracies needed to develop safe handling practices for HMEs. Each participating testing laboratory uses identical test materials and preparation methods wherever possible. Note, however, the test procedures differ among the laboratories. The results are compared among the laboratories and then compared to historical data from various sources. The testing performers involved for the KClO4sub>/dodecane mixture are Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, (NSWC IHD), and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXQL). These tests are conducted as a proficiency study in order to establish some

  2. Discovery of a metastable Al20Sm4sub> phase

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    Ye, Z.; Zhang, F.; Sun, Y.; Mendelev, M. I.; Ott, R. T.; Park, E.; Besser, M. F.; Kramer, M. J.; Ding, Z.; Wang, C. -Z.; Ho, K. -M.

    2015-03-09

    In this study, we present an efficient genetic algorithm, integrated with experimental diffraction data, to solve a nanoscale metastable Al20Sm4sub> phase that evolves during crystallization of an amorphous magnetron sputtered Al90Sm10 alloy. The excellent match between calculated and experimental X-ray diffraction patterns confirms an accurate description of this metastable phase. Molecular dynamic simulations of crystal growth from the liquid phase predict the formation of disordered defects in the devitrified crystal.

  3. A dispersive treatment of Kl4sub> decays

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    Colangelo, Gilberto; Passemar, Emilie; Stoffer, Peter

    2015-04-28

    Kl4sub> decays offer several reasons of interest: they allow an accurate measurement of ππ-scattering lengths; they provide the best source for the determination of some low-energy constants of xPT; one form factor is directly related to the chiral anomaly, which can be measured here. We present a dispersive treatment of Kl4sub> decays that provides a resummation of ππ- and Kπ-rescattering effects. In addition, the free parameters of the dispersion relation are fitted to the data of the high-statistics experiments E865 and NA48/2. The matching toxPT at NLO and NNLO enables us to determine the LECs Lr1, Lr2 and Lr3. With recently published data from NA48/2, the LEC Lr9 can be determined as well. In contrast to a pure chiral treatment, the dispersion relation describes the observed curvature of one of the form factors, which we understand as a rescattering effect beyond NNLO.

  4. Synthesis, structure, and optical properties of CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Oh, George N.; Ringe, Emilie; Van Duyne, Richard P.; Ibers, James A.

    2012-01-15

    CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} was synthesized in highest yield by the reaction in a fused-silica tube of U, P, and Se in a CsCl flux at 1273 K. It crystallizes with four formula units in space group P2{sub 1}/n of the monoclinic system in a new structure type. The structure of CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is composed of U and Cs atoms coordinated by PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} units in distorted octahedral arrangements. Each U atom corner shares with six PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} units. Each Cs atom face shares with one, edge shares with two, and corner shares with three PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} units. The structure shares some features with the sodium zirconium phosphate structure type. X-ray powder diffraction results demonstrate that the present CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} compound crystallizes in a structure different from the previously reported {beta} Prime - and {gamma}-CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} compounds. CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is highly pleochroic, as demonstrated by single-crystal optical absorption measurements. - Graphical abstract: Stacking of the layers in CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, viewed along [100]. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compound CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystallizes in a new structure type. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure shares some features with the sodium zirconium phosphate structure type. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CsU{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is highly pleochroic, as demonstrated by single-crystal optical absorption measurements.

  5. Heat capacity and neutron diffraction studies on the frustrated magnetic Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} [0{<=}x{<=}1] solid solution

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    Pedro, I. de; Rojo, J.M.; Rodriguez Fernandez, J.; Sanchez Marcos, J.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.; Rojo, T.

    2012-04-15

    The Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} [0{<=}x{<=}1] solid solution exhibits a complex magnetic behaviour due to the bond-frustration in its magnetic structure. Heat capacity measurements of the (x=0.1-0.5) phases show a three-dimensional magnetic ordering ({lambda} anomaly) that shifts to lower temperatures and becomes broader as the AsO{sub 4}{sup 3-} content increases. For x=0.75, no significant feature was observed whereas for higher arsenate ion content, x=0.9 and 1, a small maximum was detected. The magnetic structures of solid solution are consistent with the existence of predominant antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions through the |OH| and |XO{sub 4}| (X=P and As) groups between the Co{sup +2} ions. The substitution of PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} by AsO{sub 4}{sup 3-} anions by more than 90% substantially modifies the magnetic exchange pathways in the solid solution, leading to an incommensurate antiferromagnetic structure in Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} [x=0.9 and 1] phases. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic structures of Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} [0{<=}x{<=}1]. The ordering of the magnetic moments of Co{sup 2+} is in c direction for the two crystallographic positions (dimers and chains) in all compounds. The unit cell is surrounded by a red line. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of a new adamite-type compounds, Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 0.9) phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co{sub 2}(OH)(PO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(AsO{sub 4}){sub x} (0-1) solid solution; magnetic frustrated system. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High resolution neutron powder diffraction to determine the crystal structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Incommensurate magnetic structures at low temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetostructural correlations in cobalt-based Co{sub 2}(OH)XO{sub 4} (X=P and As) insulation compounds.

  6. Preparation and crystal structure of Na sub 3 SbO(PO sub 4 ) sub 2

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    Guyomard, D.; Pagnoux, C.; Verbaere, A.; Piffard, Y. ); Zah Letho, J.J. )

    1991-02-01

    The single phase compound Na{sub 3}SbO(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} was prepared by a solid state reaction. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1} with a = 6.964(1) {angstrom}, b = 9.284(2) {angstrom}, c = 12.425(2) {angstrom}, Z = 4. The structure was determined from 968 reflections collected on a Nonius CAD4 automatic diffractometer with MoK{alpha} radiation. The final R index and weighted R{sub w} index are 0.031 and 0.039, respectively. The structure is built up from strings of corner-sharing SbO{sub 6} octahedra to which phosphate groups are linked by two of their vertices. These chains, running parallel to the a-axis, are separated from each other by sodium atoms.

  7. Anomalous magnetic structure and spin dynamics in magnetoelectric LiFePO4sub>

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    Toft-Petersen, Rasmus; Reehuis, Manfred; Jensen, Thomas B. S.; Andersen, Niels H.; Li, Jiying; Le, Manh Duc; Laver, Mark; Niedermayer, Christof; Klemke, Bastian; Lefmann, Kim; Vaknin, David

    2015-07-06

    We report significant details of the magnetic structure and spin dynamics of LiFePO4sub> obtained by single-crystal neutron scattering. Our results confirm a previously reported collinear rotation of the spins away from the principal b axis, and they determine that the rotation is toward the a axis. In addition, we find a significant spin-canting component along c. Furthermore, the possible causes of these components are discussed, and their significance for the magnetoelectric effect is analyzed. Inelastic neutron scattering along the three principal directions reveals a highly anisotropic hard plane consistent with earlier susceptibility measurements. While using a spin Hamiltonian, we show that the spin dimensionality is intermediate between XY- and Ising-like, with an easy b axis and a hard c axis. As a result, it is shown that both next-nearest neighbor exchange couplings in the bc plane are in competition with the strongest nearest neighbor coupling.

  8. Two-Dimensional Nb-Based M 4sub> C 3 Solid Solutions (MXenes)

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    Yang, Jian; Naguib, Michael; Ghidiu, Michael; Pan, Li-Mei; Gu, Jian; Nanda, Jagjit; Halim, Joseph; Gogotsi, Yury; Barsoum, Michel W.; Zhou, Y.

    2015-10-15

    Two new two-dimensional Nb4sub>C3-based solid solutions (MXenes), (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4sub>C3Tx and (Nb0.8,Zr0.2)4sub>C3Tx (where T is a surface termination) were synthesizedas confirmed by X-ray diffractionfrom their corresponding MAX phase precursors (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4sub>AlC3 and (Nb0.8,Zr0.2)4sub>AlC3. In our report we discuss Zr-containing MXene. We also studied intercalation of Li ions into these two compositions, and Nb4sub>C3Tx in order to determine the potential of those materials for energy storage applications. Lithiation and delithiation peaks at 2.26 and 2.35 V, respectively, appeared in the case of Nb4sub>C3Tx, but were not present in Nb2CTx. After 20 cycles at a rate of C/4, the specific capacities of (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4sub>C3Txand (Nb0.8,Ti0.2)4sub>C3Tx were 158 and 132 mAh/g, respectively, both slightly lower than the capacity of Nb4sub>C3Tx.

  9. New double molybdate Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6}: Synthesis, structure, properties

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    Savina, Aleksandra A.; Solodovnikov, Sergey F.; Basovich, Olga M.; Solodovnikova, Zoya A.; Belov, Dmitry A.; Pokholok, Konstantin V.; Gudkova, Irina A.; Stefanovich, Sergey Yu.; Lazoryak, Bogdan I.; Khaikina, Elena G.

    2013-09-15

    A new double molybdate Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} was synthesized using solid state reactions and studied with X-ray powder diffraction, second harmonic generation (SHG) technique, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray fluorescence analysis, Mössbauer and dielectric impedance spectroscopy. Single crystals of Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} were obtained and its structure was solved (the space group R3{sup ¯}, a=14.8264(2), c=19.2402(3) Å, V=3662.79(9) Å{sup 3}, Z=6, R=0.0132). The structure is related to that of sodium ion conductor II-Na{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}. The basic structure units are polyhedral clusters composed of central FeO{sub 6} octahedron sharing edges with three Na(1)O{sub 6} octahedra. The clusters share common vertices with bridging MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra to form an open 3D framework where the cavities are occupied by Na(2) and Na(3) atoms. The compound melts incongruently at 904.7±0.2 K. Arrhenius type temperature dependence of electric conductivity σ has been registered in solid state (σ=6.8×10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} at 800 K), thus allowing considering Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} as a new sodium ion conductor. - Graphical abstract: A new double molybdate Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} was synthesized and structurally characterized, its physicochemical properties were studied. Display Omitted - Highlights: • A new compound Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} was synthesized as ceramics and single crystals. • Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} structure is related to that of sodium-ion conductor II-Na{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}. • Physicochemical properties of the compound were studied. • Arrhenius plot for conductivity showed 6.8×10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} at 800 K, E{sub a}∼0.8 eV. • Thus, Na{sub 9}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 6} may be considered as a new sodium ion conductor.

  10. Luminescence properties of phosphate phosphor Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}

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    Yang, Fu; Liu, Yufeng; Tian, Xiaodong; Dong, Guoyi; Yu, Quanmao

    2015-05-15

    A series of reddish orange-emitting phosphate phosphors Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 1−x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:xSm{sup 3+}(0.01≤x≤0.20) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectra were utilized to characterize the structure and luminescence properties of as-synthesized phosphors. The optimized phosphors Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 0.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} present several excitation bands from 300 to 500 nm, and exhibit intense reddish orange-emitting properties. The energy transfer type between Sm{sup 3+} ions was confirmed as d–d interaction by using Van Uitert model. The chromatic properties of the typical sample Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} phosphor have been found to have chromaticity coordinates of (0.583, 0.405), which are located in reddish orange region under the excitation of 401 nm. These results indicated that Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors have potential applications in the field of lighting and display due to their effective excitation in the near-ultraviolet range. - Graphical abstract: The color coordinates for 5 mol% Sm{sup 3+} doped Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphor were calculated to be (0.583, 0.405), which are located in reddish orange region under the excitation of 401 nm. The peaks of Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 0.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} phosphor with the highest emission intensity at 600 nm are broader than those of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors. All these characteristics suggest that Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors are suitable for near-UV (370–410 nm) excitation and can be applicable to near UV-based WLEDs. ▪ - Highlights: • Different concentration Sm{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphors were fabricated by solid state method. • The optimized phosphors present the several excitation bands from 300 to 500 nm. • The Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} shows bright reddish orange

  11. New insight in the structure-luminescence relationships of Ca{sub 9}Eu(PO{sub 4}){sub 7}

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    Benhamou, Rajia Ait; Bessiere, Aurelie; Wallez, Gilles; Viana, Bruno; Elaatmani, Mohamed; Daoud, Mohamed; Zegzouti, Abdelwahed

    2009-08-15

    The double phosphate Ca{sub 9}Eu(PO{sub 4}){sub 7}, obtained by solid state reaction, was found to be isotypic with Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, with space group R3c and unit cell parameters a=10.4546(1) A, c=37.4050(3) A, V=3540.67(9) A{sup 3}, Z=6. The structure parameters refined using the Rietveld method showed that europium shares positions M1, M2 and M3 with calcium, contradicting previously published Moessbauer results. Low temperature luminescence under selective excitation of Eu{sup 3+} in Ca{sub 9}Y{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 7} and in Ca{sub 9}Eu(PO{sub 4}){sub 7} samples was studied, confirming the Eu{sup 3+} distribution into these sites. At 10 K, {sup 5}D{sub 0}->{sup 7}F{sub 0} emission lines of Eu{sup 3+} were observed at 578.5, 579.5, 580.1 nm for the M3, M1 and M2 sites, respectively. High temperature X-ray powder diffraction evidenced a second-order phase transition around 573 deg. C. - Graphical Abstract: Emission spectra of Ca{sub 9}Eu(PO{sub 4}){sub 7} recorded at 10 K evidencing the three different sites for Eu{sup 3+} dopant cation.

  12. Insights into the structure of mixed CO2/CH4sub> in gas hydrates

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    Everett, S. Michelle; Rawn, Claudia J.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Keffer, David J.; Huq, Ashfia; Phelps, Tommy J.

    2015-05-12

    The exchange of carbon dioxide for methane in natural gas hydrates is an attractive approach to harvesting CH4sub> for energy production while simultaneously sequestering CO2. In addition to the energy and environmental implications, the solid solution of clathrate hydrate (CH4sub>)1-x(CO2)x·5.75H2O provides a model system to study how the distinct bonding and shapes of CH4sub> and CO2 influence the structure and properties of the compound. In this paper, high-resolution neutron diffraction was used to examine mixed CO2/CH4sub> gas hydrates. CO2-rich hydrates had smaller lattice parameters, which were attributed to the higher affinity of the CO2 molecule interacting with H2O molecules that form the surrounding cages, and resulted in a reduction in the unit-cell volume. Experimental nuclear scattering densities illustrate how the cage occupants and energy landscape change with composition. Finally, these results provide important insights on the impact and mechanisms for the structure of mixed CH4sub>/CO2 gas hydrate.

  13. Magnetic structures of the {alpha}-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3-} {sub x} (AsO{sub 4}) {sub x} (x=1, 1.5, 2, 3) solid solution

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    Goni, Aintzane; Wattiaux, Alain; Olazcuaga, Roger; Isabel Arriortua, Maria . E-mail: teo.rojo@ehu.es

    2006-01-15

    Moessbauer spectroscopy and neutron diffraction studies have been carried out for the {alpha}-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3-} {sub x} (AsO{sub 4}) {sub x} (x=1, 1.5, 2, 3) solid solution, potential candidate for the cathode material of the lithium secondary batteries. The crystal and magnetic structures of all these phases are based on the structural and magnetic model corresponding to the {alpha}-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphate parent, but with some differences promoted by the arsenate substitution. The PO{sub 4} and AsO{sub 4} groups have a random distribution in the structure. In all compounds the coupling of the magnetic moments takes place in the (001) plane, but the value of the angle between the moments and the x direction decreases from 38.3 deg. ({alpha}-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}) to 4.7{sup o} ({alpha}-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1}). This rotation arises from the change in the tilt angle between the Fe(1)O{sub 6} and Fe(2)O{sub 6} crystallographically and magnetically independent octahedra in the structures, and affects the effectiveness of the magnetic exchange pathways. The ordering temperature T{sub N} decreases with the increase of phosphate amount in the compounds. The existence of a phenomenon of canting and the evolution of the ferrimagnetic behavior in this solid solution is also discussed.

  14. Synthesis and crystal structures of new oxyapatites BiCa{sub 4-x}La{sub x}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3-x}(GeO{sub 4}){sub x}O, x=1-3

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    Zhuravlev, V.D.; Tyutyunnik, A.P.; Zubkov, V.G.; Perelyaeva, L.A.; Baklanova, I.V.; Blinova, A.L.

    2012-10-15

    New germanate-vanadates with the general formula BiCa{sub 4-x}La{sub x}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3-x}(GeO{sub 4}){sub x}O, x=1-3, have been synthesized by the nitrate-citrate method and characterized. Structural refinement based on X-ray powder diffraction data showed that these compounds are isostructural with BiCa{sub 4}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}O (space group P6{sub 3}/m (N 176), Z=2, a=9.8327-9.8755(3), and c=7.1203-7.2133(2) ). They may be viewed as continuous series of solid solutions where Ca{sup 2+} and V{sup 5+} cations in the crystal lattice of vanadate BiCa{sub 4}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}O are replaced by La{sup 3+} and Ge{sup 4+} cations. In the process of substitution, the La{sup 3+} cations occupy mainly the 4f lattice sites of the germanate-vanadate oxyapatites, but the filling of the 4f and 6h lattice sites in the germanate BiCaLa{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} is equivalent. IR and Raman spectra were studied. The Raman spectra clearly show a two-mode behavior: the lines of GeO{sub 4} and VO{sub 4} are separated from each other, and the (V/Ge)O{sub 4} tetrahedra exhibit a quasi-independent behavior. - Graphical abstract: Schematic drawing of the BiCa{sub 3}La(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}(GeO{sub 4})O structure in projection on the ac plane. Green-V and Ge, red-Ca(1) and La(1), yellow-Ca(2), La(2) and Bi, dark-blue-O(1)-O(4), blue-O(5). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The citrate synthesis of germanate-vanadate oxyapatites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synthesized compounds crystallize in the hexagonal symmetry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A single series of solid solutions BiCa{sub 4-x}La{sub x}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3-x}(GeO{sub 4}){sub x}O, (x=0-3). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer IR an Raman spectra of mixed crystals.

  15. Biodiesel production using lipase immobilized on epoxychloropropane-modified Fe3O4 sub-microspheres.

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    Zhang, Qian; Zheng, Zhong; Liu, Changxia; Liu, Chunqiao; Tan, Tianwei

    2016-04-01

    Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 sub-microspheres with diameters of approximately 200 nm were prepared via a solvothermal method, and then modified with epoxychloropropane. Lipase was immobilized on the modified sub-microspheres. The immobilized lipase was used in the production of biodiesel fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) from acidified waste cooking oil (AWCO). The effects of the reaction conditions on the biodiesel yield were investigated using a combination of response surface methodology and three-level/three-factor Box-Behnken design (BBD). The optimum synthetic conditions, which were identified using Ridge max analysis, were as follows: immobilized lipase:AWCO mass ratio 0.02:1, fatty acid:methanol molar ratio 1:1.10, hexane:AWCO ratio 1.33:1 (mL/g), and temperature 40 °C. A 97.11% yield was obtained under these conditions. The BBD and experimental data showed that the immobilized lipase could generate biodiesel over a wide temperature range, from 0 to 40 °C. Consistently high FAME yields, in excess of 80%, were obtained when the immobilized lipase was reused in six replicate trials at 10 and 20 °C. PMID:26803008

  16. Mechanisms for pressure-induced crystal-crystal transition, amorphization, and devitrification of Snl4sub>

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    Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.; Hu, Michael Y.; Bi, Wenli; Zhao, Jiyong; Alp, E. Ercan; Pasternak, Moshe; Taylor, R. Dean; Lashley, Jason C.

    2015-10-27

    The pressure-induced amorphization and subsequent recrystallization of SnI4sub> have been investigated using first principles molecular dynamics calculations together with high-pressure 119Sn nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements. Above ~8 GPa, we observe a transformation from an ambient crystalline phase to an intermediate crystal structure and a subsequent recrystallization into a cubic phase at ~64 GPa. The crystalline-to-amorphous transition was identified on the basis of elastic compatibility criteria. The measured tin vibrational density of states shows large amplitude librations of SnI4sub> under ambient conditions. Although high pressure structures of SnI4sub> were thought to be determined by random packing of equal-sized spheres, we detected electron charge transfer in each phase. As a result, this charge transfer results in a crystal structure packing determined by larger than expected iodine atoms. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  17. Spin Hall magnetoresistance in CoFe2O4sub>/Pt films

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    Wu, Hao; Qintong, Zhang; Caihua, Wan; Ali, Syed Shahbaz; Yuan, Zhonghui; You, Lu; Wang, Junling; Choi, Yongseong; Han, Xiufeng

    2015-05-13

    Pulse laser deposition and magnetron sputtering techniques have been employed to prepare MgO(001)//CoFe2O4sub>/Pt samples. Cross section transmission electron microscope results prove that the CoFe2O4sub> film epitaxially grew along (001) direction. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism results show that magnetic proximity effect in this sample is negligible. Magnetoresistance (MR) properties confirm that spin Hall MR (SMR) dominates in this system. Spin Hall effect-induced anomalous Hall voltage was also observed in this sample. Lastly, these results not only demonstrate the universality of SMR effect but also demonstrate the utility in spintronics of CoFe2O4sub> as a new type of magnetic insulator.

  18. A high performance hybrid battery based on aluminum anode and LiFePO4sub> cathode

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe; Liu, Hansan; Bridges, Craig A.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2015-12-07

    A unique battery hybrid utilizes an aluminum anode, a LiFePO4sub> cathode and an acidic ionic liquid electrolyte based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and aluminum trichloride (AlCl 3) (EMImCl-AlCl 3, 1-1.1 in molar ratio) with or without LiAlCl4sub> is proposed. This hybrid ion battery delivers an initial high capacity of 160 mAh g-1 at a current rate of C/5. It also shows good rate capability and cycling performance.

  19. Structural and conductivity studies of CsK(SO{sub 4}){sub 0.32}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 0.68}Te(OH){sub 6}

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    Djemel, M.; Abdelhedi, M.; Dammak, M.; Kolsi, A.W.

    2012-12-15

    The compound CsK(SO{sub 4}){sub 0.32}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 0.68}Te(OH){sub 6} crystallizes in the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n space group. It was analyzed, at room temperature, using X-ray diffractometer data. The main feature of these atomic arrangements is the coexistence of three and different anions (SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}, SeO{sub 4}{sup 2-} and TeO{sub 6}{sup 6-}groups) in the unit cell, connected by hydrogen bonds which make the building of the crystal. The thermal analysis of the title compound shows three distinct endothermal peaks at 435, 460 and 475 K. Complex impedance measurements are performed on this material as a function of both temperature and frequency. The electric conduction has been studied. The temperature dependence on the conductivity indicates that the sample became an ionic conductor at high temperature. - Graphical abstract: Projection of crystal structure CsK(SO{sub 4}){sub 0.32}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 0.68}Te(OH){sub 6} on the ab plane. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have studied the results of the crystal structure of the new mixed compound. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have characterized the phase transition observed in DSC curve. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The protonic conduction in our material is probably due to a hopping mechanism.

  20. A new three-dimensional cobalt phosphate: Co{sub 5}(OH{sub 2}){sub 4}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Han Zhangang . E-mail: hanzg116@yahoo.com.cn; Tian Aixiang; Peng Jun . E-mail: jpeng@nenu.edu.cn; Zhai Xueliang

    2006-10-15

    A three-dimensional (3D) cobalt phosphate: Co{sub 5}(OH{sub 2})PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (1), has been synthesized by hydrothermal reaction and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic techniques. The title compound is a template free cobalt phosphate. Compound 1 exhibits a complex net architecture based on edge- and corner-sharing of CoO{sub 6} and PO{sub 4} polyhedra. The magnetic susceptibility measurements indicated that the title compound obeys Curie-Weiss behavior down to a temperature of 17 K at which an antiferromagnetic phase transition occurs. - Graphical abstract: A 3D cobalt phosphate with a neutral framework: Co{sub 5}(OH{sub 2}){sub 4}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (1), has been synthesized and characterized. Compound 1 exhibits a complex net architecture based on edge- and corner-sharing of CoO{sub 6} and PO{sub 4} polyhedra. Its magnetic property was researched.

  1. Solvothermal indium fluoride chemistry: Syntheses and crystal structures of K{sub 5}In{sub 3}F{sub 14}, beta-(NH{sub 4}){sub 3}InF{sub 6} and [NH{sub 4}]{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 21}N{sub 4}]{sub 2}[In{sub 4}F{sub 21}

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    Jayasundera, Anil C.A.; Goff, Richard J.; Li Yang; Finch, Adrian A.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2010-02-15

    The solvothermal syntheses and crystal structures of three indium fluorides are presented. K{sub 5}In{sub 3}F{sub 14} (1) and beta-(NH{sub 4}){sub 3}InF{sub 6} (2) are variants on known inorganic structure types chiolite and cryolite, respectively, with the latter exhibiting a complex and apparently novel structural distortion. [NH{sub 4}]{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 21}N{sub 4}]{sub 2}[In{sub 4}F{sub 21}] (3) represents a new hybrid composition displaying a unique trimeric metal fluoride building unit. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal synthesis has been used to prepare three indium fluorides, including a novel hybrid material containing a unique [In{sub 3}F{sub 15}] trimer templated by tren.

  2. A facile solvothermal synthesis of octahedral Fe3O4sub> nanoparticles

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    DuChene, Joseph S.; Qiu, Jingjing; Graham, Jeremy O.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Cao, Guixin; Gai, Zheng; Wei, Wei David; Ooi, Frances

    2015-01-26

    Anisotropic Fe3O4sub> octahedrons are obtained via a simple solvothermal synthesis with appropriate sizes for various technological applications. Here, a complete suite of materials characterization methods confirms the magnetite phase for these structures, which exhibit substantial saturation magnetization and intriguing morphologies for a wide range of applications.

  3. Anisotropic magnetic behaviors of monoclinic Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    He, Zhangzhen; Guo, Wenbin; Cheng, Wendan; Itoh, Mitsuru

    2014-07-01

    Large sized α-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} single crystals with high quality are successfully grown by a flux method. Magnetic behaviors of the grown crystals are investigated by means of magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, and heat capacity measurements along different directions. The results confirm that α-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} exhibits weak ferrimagnetic behaviors at low temperature, which are in good agreement with those reported previously. However magnetic anisotropy is confirmed for the first time, suggesting that the c-axis is the likely magnetic easy axis and the a-axis is the magnetic hard one. Two anomalies are clearly observed in magnetic susceptibility along the a-axis and heat capacity data at zero field, suggesting the appearance of two successive magnetic transitions at ∼26 and ∼22 K in the system. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic anisotropy is confirmed for the first time using a single crystal sample of α-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} obtained by the flux method. - Highlights: • Large-sized single crystals of α-Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} are grown by the flux method. • Magnetic anisotropy is confirmed for the first time in the system. • Two successive magnetic transitions are observed along the a-axis.

  4. New mixed-valence chromium structure type: NH{sub 4}Cr(CrO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Casari, Barbara M. . E-mail: casari@chem.gu.se; Wingstrand, Erica; Langer, Vratislav

    2006-01-15

    Synthesis and crystal structure of a new structure type of mixed Cr(III)/Cr(VI) chromates is reported. NH{sub 4}Cr(CrO{sub 4}){sub 2} was prepared from CrO{sub 3} in the presence of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}Ce(NO{sub 3}){sub 6}. Since this is the first preparation of mixed valence ternary chromium oxides from aqueous solution, a reaction pathway for this synthesis is suggested. The crystal structure of NH{sub 4}Cr(CrO{sub 4}){sub 2} has been determined from three-dimensional X-ray data collected at low temperature, 173K. The structure belongs to the orthorhombic space group Pnma, with a=14.5206(10), b=5.4826(4), c=8.7041(7)A and Z=4. The title compound consists of corner-sharing chromium(III) octahedra and chromium(VI) tetrahedra forming a three-dimensional network with the composition [Cr(CrO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}{sup n-}, containing channels in which zigzag rows of ammonium ions balance the net charge.

  5. Thermodynamic Model for BiPO 4sub>(cr) and Bi(OH)3(am) Solubility in the Aqueous Na+–H+–H2PO- 4sub> –HPO 2- 4sub> –PO 3- 4 sub>–OH- –Cl- –H2O System

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    Rai, Dhanpat; Yui, Mikazu; Schaef, Herbert T; Kitamura, Akira

    2010-07-10

    Prior to this study no data for the solubility product of BiPO 4sub>(cr) or the complexation constants of Bi with phosphate were available. The solubility of BiPO 4sub>(cr) was studied at 23 ± 2 °C from both the over- and under-saturation directions as functions of a wide range in time (6–309 days), pH values (0–15), and phosphate concentrations (reaching as high as 1.0 mol·kg-1). HCl or NaOH were used to obtain a range in pH values. Steady state concentrations and equilibrium were reached in <6 days. The data were interpreted using the SIT model. These extensive data provided a solubility product value for BiPO 4sub>(cr) and an upper limit value for the formation of BiPO 4sub>(aq). Because the aqueous system in this study involved relatively high concentrations of chloride, reliable values for the complexation constants of Bi with chloride were required to accurately interpret the solubility data. Therefore as a part of this investigation, existing Bi–Cl data were critically reviewed and used to obtain values of equilibrium constants for various Bi–Cl complexes at zero ionic strength along with the values for various SIT ion interaction parameters. Predictions based on these thermodynamic quantities agreed closely with our experimental data, the chloride concentrations of which ranged as high as 0.7 mol·kg-1. The study showed that BiPO 4sub>(cr) is stable at pH values <9.0. At pH values >9.0, Bi(OH)3(am) is the solubility controlling phase. Reliable values for the Bi(OH)3(am) solubility reactions involving Bi(OH)3(aq) and Bi(OH) - 4sub> and the formation constants of these aqueous species are also reported.

  6. Synthesis and photoluminescence of Tb{sup 3+} Activated NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors

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    Liu, Xiaohua; Xiang, Wendou; Chen, Fengming; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Zhengfa

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The phosphor powders of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} were prepared by solid state reaction. The dependence of luminescence intensity on the Tb{sup 3+} concentration was investigated. Highlights: ► We synthesize NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphors by the solid-state reaction technique. ► We observe and explain the blue shifting of excitation peak positions of CTBs. ► The PL from {sup 5}D{sub 3} level become less probable with increasing the Tb{sup 3+} content. ► The PL intensity increases with Tb{sup 3+} content without concentration quenching. ► NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} has potential application as a green emitting phosphor in lamps. -- Abstract: The novel yellowish green phosphor powders of NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with Tb{sup 3+} were prepared by solid-state reaction. The powder samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the phosphors sintered at 900 °C for 6 h were a pure NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phase for all the Tb{sup 3+} doping concentrations. The room temperature excitation spectra vary with the Tb{sup 3+} concentration and consist of an intense charge transfer band of WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} group and weak intra-4f{sup 8} transition absorption peaks of Tb{sup 3+} ions. The photoluminescence spectra, excited at the peak wavelengths of charge transfer bands, consist of the characteristic Tb{sup 3+} emission transitions from {sup 5}D{sub 3} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} excited levels to {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 3–6) levels. The dependence of luminescence intensity on the Tb{sup 3+} concentration in NaY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb phosphors was investigated.

  7. Magnetic structure of the antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice compounds CeRhAl4sub>Si2 and CeIrAl4sub>Si2

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Calder, S.; Janoschek, M.; Bauer, E. D.

    2015-06-01

    In this article, we have investigated the magnetic ground state of the antiferromagnetic Kondo-lattice compounds CeMAl4sub>Si2(M = Rh, Ir) using neutron powder diffraction. Although both of these compounds show two magnetic transitions TN1 and TN2 in the bulk properties measurements, evidence for magnetic long-range order was only found below the lower transition TN2. Analysis of the diffraction profiles reveals a commensurate antiferromagnetic structure with a propagation vector k = (0, 0, 1/2). The magnetic moment in the ordered state of CeRhAl4sub>Si2 and CeIrAl4sub>Si2 were determined to be 1.14(2) and 1.41(3) μB/Ce, respectively, and are parallel to the crystallographic c-axis in agreement with magnetic susceptibility measurements.

  8. Sensitive CH4sub> detection applying quantum cascade laser based optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy.

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    Lang, N; Macherius, U; Wiese, M; Zimmermann, H; Röpcke, J; van Helden, J H

    2016-03-21

    We report on sensitive detection of atmospheric methane employing quantum cascade laser based optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS). An instrument has been built utilizing a continuous-wave distributed feedback quantum cascade laser (cw-QCL) with a V-shaped cavity, a common arrangement that reduces feedback to the laser from non-resonant reflections. The spectrometer has a noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10-9 cm-1 Hz-1/2 for a spectral scan of CH4sub> at 7.39 μm. From an Allan-Werle analysis a detection limit of 39 parts per trillion of CH4sub> at atmospheric pressure within 50 s acquisition time was found.

  9. Investigation of room temperature ferromagnetic nanoparticles of Gd5Si4sub>

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Gupta, S.; Harstad, S. M.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Jiles, D. C.

    2015-07-06

    Gd5(SixGe1-x)4sub> compounds undergo first-order phase transitions close to room temperature when x ~ = 0.5, which are accompanied by extreme changes of properties. We report the fabrication of the nanoparticles of one of the parent compounds-Gd5Si4sub>-using high-energy ball milling. Crystal structure, microstructure, and magnetic properties have been investigated. Particles agglomerate at long milling times, and the particles that are milled >20 min lose crystallinity and no longer undergo magnetic phase transition close to 340 K, which is present in a bulk material. The samples milled for >20 min exhibit a slightly increased coercivity. As a result, magnetization at a high temperature of 275K decreases with the increase in the milling time.

  10. Single crystal growth of Yb doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and structural and spectroscopic studies

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    Singh, S. G.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Tiwari, B.; Tyagi, M.

    2014-04-24

    High quality single crystals of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with 5 mol % Yb and oriented along <001> have been grown by the Czochralski technique in Ar atmosphere. The tetragonal space group I41/a accounts for all the reflections observed in the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Polarized optical spectroscopy at room temperature revealed a direction dependence of absorption at different wavelength. As a novel uniaxial laser host for Yb{sup 3+}, NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} is characterized with respect to its transparency and band-edge. The emission spectrum of Yb{sup 3+} (excitation: 980-990 nm diode laser) was also recorded.

  11. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4sub>

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; Wang, Y. Q.; Ye, F.; Wang, Jinchen; Fernandez-baca, J. A.; Chu, C. W.

    2015-12-15

    There are various orders in multiferroic materials with a frustrated spiral spin modulation inducing a ferroelectric state are extremely sensitive to small perturbations such as magnetic and electric fields, external pressure, or chemical substitutions. A classical multiferroic, the mineral Hubnerite with chemical formula MnWO4sub>, shows three different magnetic phases at low temperature. The intermediate phase between 7.5K < T < 12.7K is multiferroic and ferroelectricity is induced by an inversion symmetry breaking spiral Mn-spin order and strong spin-lattice interactions. Furthermore, the substitution of Ni2+ (spin 1) for Mn2+ (spin 5/2) in MnWO4sub> and its effects on the magnetic and multiferroic phases are studied. The ferroelectric phase is stabilized for low Ni content (up to 10%). Upon further Ni doping, the polarization in the ferroelectric phase is quickly suppressed while a collinear and commensurate magnetic phase, characteristic of the magnetic structure in NiWO4sub>, appears first at higher temperature, gradually extends to lower temperature, and becomes the ground state above 30% doping. Between 10% and 30%, the multiferroic phase coexists with the collinear commensurate phase. In this concentration region, the spin spiral plane is close to the a-b plane which explains the drop of the ferroelectric polarization. Finally, the phase diagram of Mn1-xNixWO4sub> is derived by a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electric polarization, and neutron scattering measurements.

  12. Crystal chemistry of M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} double monophosphates

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    Bregiroux, Damien; Popa, Karin; Wallez, Gilles

    2015-10-15

    M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds have been extensively studied for several decades for their potential applications in the field of several domains such as matrices for actinides conditioning, phosphors etc. In this paper, the relationships between composition and crystal structure of these compounds are established. A review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds is also proposed, as well as their most reported properties. M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} structures stem from two different archetypes: the cheralite and the yavapaiite structures, with some exceptions that are also described in this article. The ratio of the cations radii appears to be the most relevant parameter. The high ratio between the ionic radii of the divalent and tetravalent cations in yavapaiite derivates results in the ordering of these cations into well-differentiated polyhedra whereas cheralite is the only non-ordered structure encountered for M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds. - Graphical abstract: In this paper, the relationships between composition and crystal structure of M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds are established. A review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds is also proposed, as well as their most reported properties. - Highlights: • Crystal structure–composition relationships of MIIM′IV(PO4)2 compounds. • Review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds. • Their most reported properties are described and discussed.

  13. Crystal structure of Rb{sub 2}[Ti(VO{sub 2}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Yakubovich, O. V. Yakovleva, E. V.; Dimitrova, O. V.

    2010-03-15

    The crystal structure of the new compound Rb{sub 2}[Ti(VO{sub 2}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}] obtained by hydrothermal synthesis in the RbCl-TiPO{sub 4}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-H{sub 2}O system (a = 13.604(2) A, c = 9.386(2) A, sp. gr. P6cc, Z = 4, {rho}{sub calcd} = 3.32 g/cm{sup 3}) has been studied by X-ray diffraction (Xcalibur-S-CCD diffractometer, R = 0.038). It is shown that the isotypism of Rb{sub 2}[Ti(VO{sub 2}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}] and Cs{sub 2}[Ti(VO{sub 2}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}] is caused by the flexibility of a mixed anionic framework composed of phosphorus tetrahedra, vanadium five-vertex polyhedra, and titanium octahedra (bases of the crystal structures of these compounds). The topological correlations between the structures of titanium-vanadyl phosphates and benitoite and beryl silicates are analyzed.

  14. Growth and characterization of Pt-protected Gd5Si4sub> thin films

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    Hadimani, R L; Mudryk, Y; Prost, T E; Pecharsky, V K; Gschneidner, K A; Jiles, D C

    2014-05-07

    Successful growth and characterization of thin films of giant magnetocaloric Gd5(SixGe1-x)4sub> were reported in the literature with limited success. The inherent difficulty in producing this complex material makes it difficult to characterize all the phases present in the thin films of this material. Therefore, thin film of binary compound of Gd5Si4sub> was deposited by pulsed laser deposition. It was then covered with platinum on the top of the film to protect against any oxidation when the film was exposed to ambient conditions. The average film thickness was measured to be approximately 350 nm using a scanning electron microscopy, and the composition of the film was analyzed using energy dispersive spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates the presence of Gd5Si4sub> orthorhombic structure along with Gd5Si3 secondary phase. The transition temperature of the film was determined from magnetic moment vs. temperature measurement. The transition temperature was between 320 and 345 K which is close to the transition temperature of the bulk material. Magnetic moment vs. magnetic field measurement confirmed that the film was ferromagnetic below 342 K.

  15. New open-framework in the uranyl vanadates A{sub 3}(UO{sub 2}){sub 7}(VO{sub 4}){sub 5}O (A=Li, Ag) with intergrowth structure between A(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3} and A{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O

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    Obbade, S. Renard, C.; Abraham, F.

    2009-03-15

    New uranyl vanadates A{sub 3}(UO{sub 2}){sub 7}(VO{sub 4}){sub 5}O (M=Li (1), Na (2), Ag (3)) have been synthesized by solid-state reaction and their structures determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data for 1 and 3. The tetragonal structure results of an alternation of two types of sheets denoted S for {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}[UO{sub 2}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sup 4-} and D for {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sup 5-} built from UO{sub 6} square bipyramids and connected through VO{sub 4} tetrahedra to {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[U(3)O{sub 5}-U(4)O{sub 5}]{sup 8-} infinite chains of edge-shared U(3)O{sub 7} and U(4)O{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids alternatively parallel to a- and b-axis to construct a three-dimensional uranyl vanadate arrangement. It is noticeable that similar {sub {infinity}}[UO{sub 5}]{sup 4-} chains are connected only by S-type sheets in A{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O and by D-type sheets in A(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}, thus A{sub 3}(UO{sub 2}){sub 7}(VO{sub 4}){sub 5}O appears as an intergrowth structure between the two previously reported series. The mobility of the monovalent ion in the mutually perpendicular channels created in the three-dimensional arrangement is correlated to the occupation rate of the sites and by the geometry of the different sites occupied by either Na, Ag or Li. Crystallographic data: 293 K, Bruker X8-APEX2 X-ray diffractometer equipped with a 4 K CCD detector, MoK{alpha}, {lambda}=0.71073 A, tetragonal symmetry, space group P4-bar m2, Z=1, full-matrix least-squares refinement on the basis of F{sup 2}; 1,a=7.2794(9) A, c=14.514(4) A, R1=0.021 and wR2=0.048 for 62 parameters with 782 independent reflections with I{>=}2{sigma}(I); 3, a=7.2373(3) A, c=14.7973(15) A, R1=0.041 and wR2=0.085 for 60 parameters with 1066 independent reflections with I{>=}2{sigma}(I). - Abstract: A view of the three-dimensional structure of Li{sub 3}(UO{sub 2}){sub 7}(VO{sub 4}){sub 5}O

  16. Field Evaluation of Transgenic Switchgrass Plants Overexpressing PvMYB4sub> for Reduced Biomass Recalcitrance

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    Baxter, Holly L.; Poovaiah, Charleson R.; Yee, Kelsey L.; Mazarei, Mitra; Rodriguez, Miguel; Thompson, Olivia A.; Shen, Hui; Turner, Geoffrey B.; Decker, Stephen R.; Sykes, Robert W.; Chen, Fang; Davis, Mark F.; Mielenz, Jonathan R.; Davison, Brian H.; Dixon, Richard A.; Stewart, C. Neal

    2015-01-07

    High biomass yields and minimal agronomic input requirements have made switchgrass, Panicum virgatum L., a leading candidate lignocellulosic bioenergy crop. Large-scale lignocellulosic biofuel production from such crops is limited by the difficulty to deconstruct cell walls into fermentable sugars: the recalcitrance problem. In this study, we assessed the field performance of switchgrass plants overexpressing the switchgrass MYB4sub> (PvMYB4sub>) transcription factor gene. PvMYB4sub> transgenic switchgrass can have great lignin reduction, which commensurately increases sugar release and biofuel production. Our results over two growing seasons showed that one transgenic event (out of eight) had important gains in both biofuel (32% more) and biomass (63% more) at the end of the second growing season relative to non-transgenic controls. These gains represent a doubling of biofuel production per hectare, which is the highest gain reported from any field-grown modified feedstock. In contrast to this transgenic event, which had relatively low ectopic overexpression of the transgene, five of the eight transgenic events planted did not survive the first field winter. The dead plants were all high-overexpressing events that performed well in the earlier greenhouse studies. Disease susceptibility was not compromised in any transgenic events over the field experiments. These results demonstrate the power of modifying the expression of an endogenous transcription factor to improve biofuel and biomass simultaneously, and also highlight the importance of field studies for "sorting" transgenic events. In conclusion, further research is needed to develop strategies for fine-tuning temporal-spatial transgene expression in feedstocks to optimize desired phenotypes.

  17. Infrared-to-visible upconversion in thin films of LaEr(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Bubb, D.M.; Cohen, D.; Qadri, S.B.

    2005-09-26

    LaEr(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering, and fluorescence measurements. The results show that the deposited films were epitaxial with their c axis oriented along the surface normal. Films illuminated with 980 nm laser light show visible emission spectra. This visible emission arises as a result of the Er 4f-4f transitions and their lifetimes. Such so-called 'upconverting phosphors' are important to the development of new chemical and biological sensing applications.

  18. trans-K3[TcO2(CN)4sub>

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    Chatterjee, Sayandev; Del Negro, Andrew S; Edwards, Matthew K; Twamley, Brendan; Krause, Jeanette A; Bryan, Samuel A

    2010-07-14

    The dioxotetracyanotechnetate anion, [TcO2(CN)4sub>]3-, of the title complex has octahedral symmetry. The technetium is located on a center of inversion and is bound by two oxygen atoms and four cyano ligands. The Tc=O bond distance of 1.7721 (12) Å is consistent with double bond character. The potassium cations [located on special (1/2,0,1) and general positions] reside in octahedral or tetrahedral environments; interionic K···O and K···N interactions occur in the 2.7877 (19)-2.8598 (15) Å range.

  19. Femtosecond pulse generation with an a-cut Nd:CaYAlO4sub> disordered crystal.

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    Liu, Shan-De; Dong, Lu-Lu; Xu, Yan; Zhang, Xiao; Ren, Ting-Qi; Xu, Xiao-Dong; Peng, Yan-Dong; Zhang, Yu-Ping; Zhang, Hui-Yun; Li, De-Hua; Zhang, Bai-Tao; He, Jing-Liang

    2016-09-20

    We experimentally demonstrated a diode-pumped 587 fs ultrafast laser by using an a-cut Nd:CaYAlO4sub> crystal. Pumped by an 808 nm fiber-coupled laser diode, a stable continuous-wave mode-locked ultrafast laser was achieved with a semiconductor saturable absorber. The ultrafast pulses had a repetition rate of 75 MHz at the center wavelength of 1080.8 nm. A maximum average output power of the mode-locked laser reached 375 mW delivering a slope efficiency of 9%. PMID:27661595

  20. Tailoring the surface properties of LiNi0.4sub>Mn0.4sub>Co0.2O₂ by titanium substitution for improved high voltage cycling performance

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    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Xin, Huolin L.; Lin, Feng; Markus, Isaac M.; Nordlund, Dennis; Asta, Mark; Doeff, Marca M.

    2015-07-30

    The present research aims to provide insights into the behavior of LiNi0.4Mn0.4Co0.2O2 (NMC442) and LiNi0.4sub>Mn0.4sub>Co0.2O₂ (NMC442-Ti02) cathode materials under galvanostatic cycling to high potentials, in the context of previous work which predicted that Ti-substituted variants should deliver higher capacities and exhibit better cycling stability than the unsubstituted compounds. It is found that NMC cathodes containing Ti show equivalent capacity fading but greater specific capacity than those without Ti in the same potential range. When repeatedly charged to the same degree of delithiation, NMC cathodes containing Ti showed better capacity retention. Soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) spectra for Mn and Co indicated increased reduction in these elements for NMC cathodes without Ti, indicating that the substitution of Ti for Co acts to suppress the formation of a high impedance rock salt phase at the surface of NMC cathode particles. The results of this study validate the adoption of a facile change to existing NMC chemistries to improve cathode capacity retention under high voltage cycling conditions.

  1. Heterogeneous Nature of Relaxation Dynamics of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids (EMIm)2[Co(NCS)4sub>] and (BMIm)2[Co(NCS)4sub>

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    Hensel-Bielowka, Stella; Wojnarowska, Zaneta; Dzida, Marzena; Zorębski, Edward; Zorębski, Michał; Geppert-Rybczyńska, Monika; Peppel, Tim; Grzybowska, Katarzyna; Wang, Yangyang; Sokolov, Alexei P.; Paluch, Marian

    2015-08-11

    Dynamic crossover above Tg has been recognized as a characteristic feature of molecular dynamics of liquids approaching glass transition. Experimentally, it is manifested as a change in Vogel–Fulcher–Tammann dependence or a breakdown of the Stokes–Einstein and related relations. In this study, we report the exception from this rather general pattern of behavior. By means of dielectric, ultrasonic, rheological, and calorimetric methods, dynamics of two good ionic conductors (BMIm)2[Co(NCS)4sub>] and (EMIm)2[Co(NCS)4sub>] of less common stoichiometry (2:1) was studied in a very broad temperature range. However, none of the mentioned dynamic changes was observed in the entire studied temperature range. On the contrary, the single VFT and the same fractional Walden coefficient were found for conductivity and viscosity changes over 12 decades. Finally and moreover, ultrasonic studies revealed that the data at temperatures which cover the normal liquid region cannot be fitted by a single exponential decay, and the Cole–Cole function should be used instead.

  2. Morphology control of open-framework zinc phosphate Zn{sub 4}(H{sub 3}O)(NH{sub 4}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} via microwave-assisted technique

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    Ding, Ling; Song, Yu; Yang, Wei; Xue, Run-Miao; Zhai, Shang-Ru; An, Qing-Da

    2013-08-15

    Open-framework zinc phosphates were synthesized by microwave-assisted technique, and it was shown that the morphology of as-prepared materials could be easily tailored by changing synthesis temperature, reaction time and pH value. During the synthesis, when the reaction temperature increases from 130 °C to 220 °C, the products transformed from hexagonal prisms to polyhedron along with the disappearance of the hexagonal prisms vertical plane. Simultaneously, both the reaction time and pH value could promote the nucleation and growth of crystal particles. More interestingly, the target products with different morphologies could be obtained by varying the usage of NaOH or NH{sub 3}·H{sub 2}O at 130 °C during the microwave synthesis process. - Graphical abstract: Zinc phosphates with variable morphologies can be obtained by simply tuning the microwave-heating temperatures. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Synthesis of open-framework Zn{sub 4} (H{sub 3}O) (NH{sub 4}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} compounds employing microwave technique. • Dependence of morphology on the reaction conditions. • Morphology transformation from hexagonal prisms to polyhedron was observed.

  3. Study of calcium-containing orthophosphates of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} structural type by high-temperature X-ray diffraction

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    Orlova, A. I.; Kanunov, A. E.; Samoilov, S. G.; Kazakova, A. Yu.; Kazantsev, G. N.

    2013-03-15

    Orthophosphates Ca{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, Ca{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, Ca{sub 0.75}Zr{sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 0.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2.5}, and CaMg{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 1.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (structural type NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}), having different occupancies of interframework positions by calcium, have been prepared by the sol-gel method with the subsequent thermal treatment of dried gels and investigated by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The analytical indexing of X-ray diffraction patterns is performed within the sp. gr. R3{sup -}. High-temperature X-ray diffraction was used to investigate the behavior of the orthophosphates upon heating: thermal expansion in the temperature range of 20-610 Degree-Sign C (up to 500 Degree-Sign C for Ca{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}). The coefficients of thermal expansion are calculated from the shift of diffraction peaks. The unit-cell parameters of crystals at different temperatures are determined. The dependences of thermal expansion and its anisotropy on the occupancy of cation M positions by calcium are revealed.

  4. First-principles predicted low-energy structures of NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}

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    Tran, Huan Doan Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.

    2014-03-28

    According to previous interpretations of experimental data, sodium-scandium double-cation borohydride NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallizes in the crystallographic space group Cmcm where each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by six scandium (sodium) atoms. A careful investigation of this phase based on ab initio calculations indicates that the structure is dynamically unstable and gives rise to an energetically and dynamically more favorable phase with C222{sub 1} symmetry and nearly identical x-ray diffraction pattern. By additionally performing extensive structural searches with the minima-hopping method we discover a class of new low-energy structures exhibiting a novel structural motif in which each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by four scandium (sodium) atoms arranged at the corners of either a rectangle with nearly equal sides or a tetrahedron. These new phases are all predicted to be insulators with band gaps of 7.9–8.2 eV. Finally, we estimate the influence of these structures on the hydrogen-storage performance of NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}.

  5. X-Ray Powder Diffraction Study of Synthetic Palmierite, K{sub 2}Pb(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    TISSOT JR.,RALPH G.; RODRIGUEZ,MARK A.; SIPOLA,DIANA L.; VOIGT,JAMES A.

    2000-12-19

    Palmierite (K{sub 2}Pb(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}) has been prepared via a chemical synthesis method. Intensity differences were observed when X-ray powder data from the newly synthesized compound were compared to the published powder diffraction card (PDF) 29-1015 for Palmierite. Investigation of these differences indicated the possibility of preferred orientation and/or chemical inhomogeneity affecting intensities, particularly those of the basal (00{ell}) reflections. Annealing of the Palmierite was found to reduce the effects of preferred orientation. Electron microprobe analysis confirmed K:Pb:S as 2:1:2 for the annealed Palmierite powder. Subsequent least-squares refinement and Rietveld analysis of the annealed powder showed peak intensities very close to that of a calculated Palmierite pattern (based on single crystal data), yet substantially higher than many of the PDF 29-1015 published intensities. Further investigation of peak intensity variation via calculated patterns suggested that the intensity discrepancies between the annealed sample and those found in PDF 29-1015 were potentially due to chemical variation in the K{sub 2}Pb(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} composition. X-ray powder diffraction and crystal data for Palmierite are reported for the annealed sample. Palmierite is Trigonal/Hexagonal with unit cell parameters a = 5.497(1){angstrom}, c = 20.864(2) {angstrom}, space group R-3m (166), and Z = 3.

  6. Nanocrystalline K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: Eu for proton beam dosimetry

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    Bahl, Shaila; Lochab, S. P.; Pandey, A.; Aleynikov, V. E.; Molokanov, A.; Kumar, Pratik

    2012-06-05

    This paper investigates the Thermoluminescent response of nanocrystalline K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: Eu, prepared by Co-precipitation technique to 150 MeV proton beam. The particle size was calculated to be 45 nm by the broadening of the XRD peaks using Scherrer's formula. Samples in the form of pellets were irradiated by 150 MeV proton beam with dose range of 0.1 Gy to 325 Gy. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of the irradiated samples were recorded and studied. It has been found that the phosphor shows a characteristic single peak at around 420 K. The TL response is linear in the range upto 200 Gy and then saturates for higher doses. The wider linear TL response of nanocrystalline K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: Eu and low fading makes it a superior candidate as a dosimeter to be used for detecting the doses of protons beams for its various applications in the field of space, therapy and research.

  7. Photoluminescence performance of thulium doped Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} under irradiation of ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet lights

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    Wang, Zhaofeng; Li, Yezhou; Liu, Xiong; Wei, Xingmin; Chen, Yueling; Zhou, Fei; Wang, Yuhua

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • A novel blue-emitting phosphor Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} was reported. • Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} exhibited excellent thermal and irradiation stability. • Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} was found to possess high color purity. - Abstract: In this work, we synthesized Tm{sup 3+} doped Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors and investigated their photoluminescence properties under the excitation of ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet lights. The crystal structure analysis and variation of cell parameters confirm that Tm{sup 3+} ions have been successfully doped in the structure of Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} host by occupying the sites of Ca{sup 2+} with the coordination number of 6. The luminescence results suggest that Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} is a good blue-emitting phosphor when excited by ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet irradiations. In addition, it is observed that there is nearly no degradation for Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} after undergoing thermal and irradiation treatments. Possible mechanisms for the luminescence processes are proposed on the basis of the discussion of excitation and emission spectra. In particular, the emission color of Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} by excitation of 147 and 172 nm irradiations is very close to the standard blue color, suggesting that it could be potentially applied in plasma display panels and mercury-free fluorescence lamps.

  8. Crystal structure, thermally stability and photoluminescence properties of novel Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors

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    Guo, Qingfeng; Liao, Libing Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun

    2015-03-15

    A series of novel luminescent phosphors Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} with apatite structure were synthesized via a high temperature solid-state reaction. The phase structure, photoluminescence (PL) properties, the PL thermal stability, as well as the fluorescence decay curves of the samples were investigated to characterize the resulting samples, and the selected Sr{sub 9.97}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.03Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibits strong thermal quenching resistance, retaining the luminance of 88.73% at 150 °C. The quenching concentration of Eu{sup 2+} in Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O was about 0.03 attributing to the dipole–quadrupole interaction. The Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibited a broad-band blue emission at 439 nm upon excitation at 346 nm. The results indicate that Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white-light UV LEDs. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white-light UV LEDs. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 9.97}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.03Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibits strong thermal quenching resistance. • Two different Eu{sup 2+} emission centers exists in Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O. • The activation energy was also estimated for the Eu{sup 2+} luminescence center.

  9. Investigation of the physical properties of the tetragonal CeMAl4sub>Si2 (M = Rh, Ir, Pt) compounds

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    Ghimire, N. J.; Ronning, F.; Williams, D. J.; Scott, B. L.; Luo, Yongkang; Thompson, J. D.; Bauer, E. D.

    2014-12-15

    The synthesis, crystal structure and physical properties studied by means of x-ray diffraction, magnetic, thermal and transport measurements of CeMAl4sub>Si2 (M = Rh, Ir, Pt) are reported, along with the electronic structure calculations for LaMAl4sub>Si2 (M = Rh, Ir, Pt). These materials adopt a tetragonal crystal structure (space group P4/mmm) comprised of BaAl4sub> blocks, separated by MAl2 units, stacked along the c-axis. Both CeRhAl4sub>Si2 and CeIrAl4sub>Si2 order antiferromagnetically below TN1 = 14 and 16 K, respectively, and undergo a second antiferromagnetic transitition at lower temperature (TN2 = 9 and 14 K, respectively). CePtAl4sub>Si2 orders ferromagnetically below TC = 3 K with an ordered moment of μsat = 0.8 μB for a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the c-axis. Electronic structure calculations reveal quasi-2D character of the Fermi surface.

  10. Controlled synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence property of olive-like tetragonal α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Zhang, Youjin; Zheng, Ao; Yang, Xiaozhi; He, Hongmei; Fan, Yun

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► The olive-like tetragonal α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was gained with EDTA assisted hydrothermal method. ► The product was characterized by XRD, XPS, FTIR, FESEM, and PL. ► The possible formation mechanism for olive-like α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was proposed. ► The PL in visible region of the olive-like α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was studied. -- Abstract: The olive-like tetragonal α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was obtained by a convenient and facile complex agent assisted hydrothermal method. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and photoluminescence (PL). The possible formation mechanism of the olive-like α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was proposed. The photoluminescence property in visible region of the olive-like tetragonal α-Nd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was studied.

  11. Refractive indices of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4} crystals under uniaxial pressure

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    Stadnyk, V. Yo. Romanyuk, M. O.; Andrievskii, B. V.; Tuzyak, N. R.

    2009-03-15

    The effect of uniaxial pressure {sigma}{sub m} {<=} 200 bar on the spectral (300-800 nm) and temperature (300-77 K) dependences of the refractive indices of(NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4} crystals has been investigated. The baric dependences of the electronic polarizability, specific refraction, and parameters of the Sellmeier formula have been calculated. It is established that uniaxial pressure increases the refractive indices, mainly because of the narrowing of the band gap, increase in the oscillator density, and redshift of the UV absorption band maximum. The anomalies arising as a result of ferroelectric phase transition are related to the occurrence of spontaneous deformation and polarization (the latter is a superposition of two sublattice polarizations). The spectral and temperature dependences of the piezooptic constants are analyzed and the values of electro-optic coefficients are estimated.

  12. Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> with Ga-doping

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    Wei, Kaya; Beauchemin, Laura; Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D.; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-08-10

    Gallium doped Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> quaternary chalcogenides with and without excess Cu were synthesized by elemental reaction and densified using hot pressing in order to investigate their high temperature thermoelectric properties. The resistivity, , and Seebeck coefficient, S, for these materials decrease with increased Ga-doping while both mobility and effective mass increase with Ga doping. The power factor (S2/ρ) therefore increases with Ga-doping. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT = 0.39 at 700 K) was obtained for the composition that had the lowest thermal conductivity. Our results suggest an approach to achieving optimized thermoelectric properties and are part of the continuing effort to explore different quaternary chalcogenide compositions and structure types, as this class of materials continues to be of interest for thermoelectrics applications.

  13. Ionic liquid assisted microwave synthesis route towards color-tunable luminescence of lanthanide- doped BiPO4sub>

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    Cybinska, Joanna; Lorbeer, Chantal; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-08

    Ln3+-doped (Ln=Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy) nanoparticles of BiPO4sub> with a particle size below 10 nm were synthesized in a straightforward manner from the appropriate mixture of the respective metal acetates and the task-specific ionic liquids choline or butylammonium dihydrogen-phosphate by conversion in a laboratory microwave (120 °C, 10 min). The ionic liquid acts not only as a solvent and microwave susceptor, but also as the reaction partner and nanoparticle stabilizer. The materials were thoroughly characterized not only with respect to their optical properties but also by PXRD, FT-IR, TEM techniques. Furthermore, depending on the lanthanide, the nanomaterial shows intense luminescence of different colors such as: orange (Sm3+), red (Eu3+), green (Tb3+) or even white (Dy3+).

  14. Luminescent and lasing characteristics of heavily doped Yb{sup 3+}:KY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals

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    Kisel', V E; Troshin, A E; Shcherbitskii, V G; Kuleshov, N V; Pavlyuk, A A; Brunner, F; Paschotta, R; Morier-Genoud, F; Keller, U

    2006-04-30

    The luminescence decay times are measured taking into account reabsorption for KY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Yb(KYW:Yb) crystals with atomic concentrations of active ions from 0.2% to 30%. The radiative lifetime of Yb{sup 3+} ions was measured to be 233 {mu}s. The cw output power of 1.46 and 1.62 W was achieved with the slope efficiency 52% and 47% for Yb:KYW lasers with the atomic concentration of Yb{sup 3+} ions equal to 10% and 30%, respectively. Using a semiconductor mirror with a saturable absorber (SESAM) in the passive mode-locking regime, pulses of duration 194 and 180 fs were obtained at wavelengths of 1042 and 1039 nm for crystals with Yb{sup 3+} concentrations equal to 10% and 30%, respectively, the average output power being 0.63 and 0.75 W. (lasers and amplifiers)

  15. Synthesis, structural and spectroscopic properties of acentric triple molybdate Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Savina, A.A.; Atuchin, V.V.; Solodovnikov, S.F.; Solodovnikova, Z.A.; Krylov, A.S.; Maximovskiy, E.A.; Molokeev, M.S.; Oreshonkov, A.S; Pugachev, A.M.; and others

    2015-05-15

    New ternary molybdate Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} is synthesized in the system Na{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Bi{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}. The structure of Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} of a new type is determined in noncentrosymmetric space group R3c, a=10.6435(2), c=40.9524(7) Å, V=4017.71(13) Å{sup 3}, Z=12 in anisotropic approximation for all atoms taking into account racemic twinning. The structure is completely ordered, Mo atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated, Bi(1) and Bi(2) atoms are in octahedra, and Na(1) and Na(2) atoms have a distorted trigonal prismatic coordination. The Cs(1) and Cs(2) atoms are in the framework cavities with coordination numbers 12 and 10, respectively. No phase transitions were found in Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} up to the melting point at 826 K. The compound shows an SHG signal, I{sub 2w}/I{sub 2w}(SiO{sub 2})=5 estimated by the powder method. The vibrational properties are evaluated by Raman spectroscopy, and 26 narrow lines are measured. - Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The crystal structure of Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} is defined. • The molybdate Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} is stable up to melting point at 826 K. • Vibrational properties of Cs{sub 2}NaBi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} are evaluated by Raman spectroscopy.

  16. Synthesis, structures and properties of the new lithium cobalt(II) phosphate Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Glaum, R.; Gerber, K.; Schulz-Dobrick, M.

    2012-04-15

    {alpha}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} has been synthesized and crystallized by solid-state reactions. The new phosphate crystallizes in the monoclinic system (P2{sub 1}/a, Z=4, a=8.117(3) Angstrom-Sign , b=10.303(8) Angstrom-Sign , c=8.118(8) Angstrom-Sign , {beta}=104.36(8) Angstrom-Sign ) and is isotypic to {alpha}-Li{sub 4}Zn(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The structure of {alpha}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} has been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data {l_brace}R{sub 1}=0.040, wR{sub 2}=0.135, 2278 unique reflections with F{sub o}>4{sigma}(F{sub o}){r_brace}. The crystal structure, which might be regarded as a superstructure of the wurtzite structure type, is build of layers of regular CoO{sub 4}, PO{sub 4} and Li1O{sub 4} tetrahedra. Lithium atoms Li2, Li3 and Li4 are located between these layers. Thermal investigations by in-situ XRPD, DTA/TG and quenching experiments suggest decomposition followed by formation and phase transformation of Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}: {alpha}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} Long-Rightwards-Double-Arrow {sup 442 Degree-Sign C}{beta}-Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}+LiCoPO{sub 4} Rightwards-Harpoon-Over-Leftwards-Harpoon {sup 773 Degree-Sign C}{beta}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} Long-Rightwards-Double-Arrow {sup quenchingto25 Degree-Sign C}{alpha}-Li{sub 4} Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} According to HT-XRPD at {theta}=850 Degree-Sign C{beta}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (Pnma, Z=2, 10.3341(8) A, b=6.5829(5) A, c=5.0428(3) Angstrom-Sign ) is isostructural to {gamma}-Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. The powder reflectance spectrum of {alpha}-Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} shows the typical absorption bands for the tetrahedral chromophore [Co{sup II}O{sub 4}]. - Graphical abstract: The complex formation and decomposition behavior of Li{sub 4}Co(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} with temperature has been elucidated. The crystal structure of its {alpha}-phase was determined from single crystal data, HT-XRPD allowed derivation of a structure model for the {beta}-phase. Both

  17. CuCo2O4sub> ORR/OER Bi-functional catalyst: Influence of synthetic approach on performance

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    Serov, Alexey; Andersen, Nalin I.; Roy, Aaron J.; Matanovic, Ivana; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Atanassov, Plamen

    2015-02-07

    A series of CuCo2O4sub> catalysts were synthesized by pore forming, sol-gel, spray pyrolysis and sacrificial support methods. Catalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS and BET techniques. The electrochemical activity for the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER) was evaluated in alkaline media by RRDE. Density Functional Theory was used to identify two different types of active sites responsible for ORR/OER activity of CuCo2O4sub> and it was found that CuCo2O4 sub>can activate the O-O bond by binding molecular oxygen in bridging positions between Co or Co and Cu atoms. It was found that the sacrificial support method (SSM) catalyst has the highest performance in both ORR and OER and has the highest content of phase-pure CuCo2O4sub>. It was shown that the presence of CuO significantly decreases the activity in oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions. As a result, the half-wave potential (E1/2) of CuCo2O4sub>-SSM was found as 0.8 V, making this material a state-of-the-art, unsupported oxide catalyst.

  18. Preparation of porous glass-ceramics with a skeleton of NASICON-type crystal CuTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Yamamoto, Kousuke, Kasuga, Toshihiro; Abe, Yoshihiro

    1997-03-01

    A novel porous glass-ceramic with a skeleton of CuTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} was prepared by controlled crystallization of a glass and subsequent chemical leaching of the resulting dense glass-ceramic. A volume-crystallized dense glass-ceramic composed of CuTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Cu{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} whose surface was covered by a CuO thin layer was prepared by reheating a glass with a nominal composition of 50 CuO{center_dot}20TiO{sub 2}{center_dot}30P{sub 2}O{sub 5} (in mol%) glass in air. When the resultant glass-ceramic was leached with dilute H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, Cu{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and CuO phases were dissolved out selectively, leaving a crystalline CuTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} skeleton. The specific surface area and the average pore radius of the porous glass-ceramic obtained were approximately 45 m{sup 2}{center_dot}g{sup {minus}1} and 9 nm, respectively. The porous glass-ceramic showed catalytic activity in the conversion reaction of propene into acrolein.

  19. Exchange bias effect in Au-Fe3O4sub> dumbbell nanoparticles induced by the charge transfer from gold

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Bauer, John C; Gai, Zheng; Marques, Carlos; Aronson, Meigan C.; Teng, Xiaowei; Su, Dong; Stanic, Vesna; Urban, Volker S; Kevin, Beyer; Dai, Sheng

    2015-08-10

    We have studied the origin of the exchange bias effect in the Au-Fe3O4sub> dumbbell nanoparticles in two samples with different sizes of the Au seed nanoparticles (4.1 and 2.7 nm) and same size of Fe3O4sub> nanoparticles (9.8 nm). The magnetization, small-angle neutron scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscope measurements determined the antiferromagnetic FeO wüstite phase within Fe3O4sub> nanoparticles, originating at the interface with the Au nanoparticles. The interface between antiferromagnetic FeO and ferrimagnetic Fe3O4sub> is giving rise to the exchange bias effect. The strength of the exchange bias fields depends on the interfacial area and lattice mismatch between both phases. We propose that the charge transfer from the Au nanoparticles is responsible for a partial reduction of the Fe3O4sub> into FeO phase at the interface with Au nanoparticles. The Au-O bonds are formed across the interface to accommodate an excess of oxygen released during the reduction of magnetite.

  20. Structural features of AgCaCdMg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and AgCd{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, two new compounds with the alluaudite-type structure, and their catalytic activity in butan-2-ol conversion

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    Kacimi, Mohammed; Ziyad, Mahfoud; Hatert, Frederic . E-mail: fhatert@ulg.ac.be

    2005-04-20

    AgCaCdMg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and AgCd{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, two new compounds with the alluaudite-type structure, were synthesized by a solid state reaction in air at 750 deg. C. The X-ray powder diffraction pattern of AgCaCdMg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} indicates the presence of small amounts of (Ca, Mg){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} with the whitlockite structure, as impurity, whereas AgCd{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is constituted by pure alluaudite. The Rietveld refinements of the X-ray powder diffraction patterns indicate an ordered cationic distribution for AgCd{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, with Ag on A(2)', Cd on A(1) and M(1), and Mg on M(2), whereas a disordered distribution of Cd and Ca between the A(1) and M(1) sites is observed for AgCaCdMg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. The catalytic properties of these compounds has been measured in reaction of butan-2-ol dehydrogenation. In the absence of oxygen, both samples exhibit poor dehydrogenation activity. All samples displayed no dehydration activity. Introduction of oxygen into the feed changed totally the catalytic behavior of the catalysts. The production of methyl ethyl ketone increases with time on stream and the reaction temperature. AgCaCdMg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is more efficient than AgCd{sub 2}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}.

  1. Synthesis and crystal structure of Na{sub 3}NbO(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Hizaoui, K.; Jouini, T.; Jouini, N.

    1999-04-01

    The compound Na{sub 3}NbO(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2} was prepared by a solid-state reaction. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P2{sub 1}/n, with a = 9.637(3) {angstrom}, b = 8.509(2) {angstrom}, c = 10.593(2) {angstrom}, {beta} = 108.67(2){degree}, M = 455.72, V = 822.9(4) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4, {rho} = 3.687 g cm{sup {minus}3}. The crystal structure was refined (137 variables) from 1440 independent reflections collected on a Nonius CAD4 automatic diffractometer with MoK{alpha} radiation. The final R index and weighted wR index are 0.022 and 0.045, respectively. The three-dimensional network is built up from NbO{sub 6} octahedra and AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra-sharing corners; each NbO{sub 6} octahedron is bonded to five AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra. This arrangement delimits three different tunnels running along [100], [010], and [001], respectively, at the intersection of which the sodium ions are located in a six-coordination model. This structure is compared with those of the A{sub 3}MX{sub 2}O{sub 9} (A = Na, K; M = Nb, Sb; X = P, As).

  2. Synthesis and molecular structure of (4 sub 5 )(1,2,3,4,5)ferrocenophane ((4)superferrocenophane)

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    Hisatome, Masao; Watanabe, Jun; Kawajiri, Yoshiki; Yamakawa, Koji ); Iitaka, Yoichi )

    1990-02-01

    (4{sub 5})(1,2,3,4,5)Ferrocenophane, which has been given the trivial name (4)superferrocenophane, was synthesized by the stepwise construction of a tetramethylene bridge via formation of a three-carbon bridge followed by bridge enlargement. The {sup 1}H NMR spectrum showed two broad signals for the methylene resonances ({delta} 1.97 and 2.54). No other signal was present. In the {sup 13}C NMR spectrum, only three signals were observed at {delta} 87.31, 28.66, and 25.12, which were assigned to the cyclopentadienyl rings and the {alpha}- and {beta}-methylene carbons, respectively. The absorption band of d-d transition in the visible region shifted to a considerably shorter wavelength (403 nm) as compared with that of ferrocene (443 nm). The crystal structure {alpha} was determined by X-ray diffraction. Compound crystallizes in the tetragonal system, space group I42d with unit cell parameters a = 15.453 (8), c = 18.968 (10) {angstrom}, and Z = 8. The whole shape of is nearly spherical. The thermal vibrations of the {beta}-methylene carbons on the bridges are large and remarkably anisotropic. The distances between the {beta}-carbon and the adjacent carbons are unusually short (1.286 (17)-1.420 (13) {angstrom}).

  3. Compact KGd(WO4sub>)2 picosecond pulse-train synchronously pumped broadband Raman laser.

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    Gao, Xiao Qiang; Long, Ming Liang; Meng, Chen

    2016-08-20

    We demonstrate an efficient approach to realizing an extra-cavity, synchronously pumped, stimulated Raman cascaded process under low repetition frequency (1 kHz) pump conditions. We also construct a compact KGd(WO4sub>)2 (KGW) crystal picosecond Raman laser that has been configured as the developed method. A pulse-train green laser pumped the corresponding 70 mm long KGW crystal Raman cavity. The pulse train contains six pulses, about 800 ps separated, for every millisecond; thus, it can realize synchronous pumping between pump pulse and the pumped Raman cavity. The investigated system produced a collinear Raman laser output that includes six laser lines covering the 532 to 800 nm spectra. This is the first report on an all-solid-state, high-average-power picosecond collinear multi-wavelength (more than three laser components) laser to our knowledge. This method has never been reported on before in the synchronously pumped stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) realm. PMID:27556971

  4. Magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and magnetic structure of CuNi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Escobal, Jaione; Pizarro, Jose L.; Mesa, Jose L. . E-mail: joseluis.mesa@ehu.es; Larranaga, Aitor; Fernandez, Jesus Rodriguez; Arriortua, Maria I.; Rojo, Teofilo

    2006-10-15

    CuNi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphate has been synthesized by the ceramic method at 800 deg. C in air. The crystal structure consists of a three-dimensional skeleton constructed from MO{sub 4} (M{sup II} =Cu and Ni) planar squares and M{sub 2}O{sub 8} dimers with square pyramidal geometry, which are interconnected by (PO{sub 4}){sup 3-} oxoanions with tetrahedral geometry. The magnetic behavior has been studied on powdered sample by using susceptibility, specific heat and neutron diffraction data. The bimetallic copper(II)-nickel(II) orthophosphate exhibits a three-dimensional magnetic ordering at, approximately, 29.8 K. However, its complex crystal structure hampers any parametrization of the J-exchange parameter. The specific heat measurements exhibit a three-dimensional magnetic ordering ({lambda}-type) peak at 29.5 K. The magnetic structure of this phosphate shows ferromagnetic interactions inside the Ni{sub 2}O{sub 8} dimers, whereas the sublattice of Cu(II) ions presents antiferromagnetic couplings along the y-axis. The change of the sign in the magnetic unit-cell, due to the [1/2, 0, 1/2] propagation vector determines a purely antiferromagnetic structure. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic structure of CuNi2(PO4)2.

  5. X-ray and Neutron Diffraction Studies of Rb{sub 4}LiH{sub 3}(XO{sub 4}){sub 4} (X = S, Se) Single Crystals

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    Troyanov, S.I.; Snigireva, E.M.; Ling, C.D.

    2004-11-01

    Rb{sub 4}LiH{sub 3}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 4} single crystals (1) are studied by the X-ray diffraction method at 180 K and Rb{sub 4}LiH{sub 3}(SO{sub 4}){sub 4} single crystals (2a-2c) are studied by the neutron diffraction method at 298 K (2a and 2b) and 480 K (2c). It is established that isostructural single crystals 1 and 2 (sp. gr. P4{sub 1}) have analogous systems of hydrogen bonds: chains of four XO{sub 4} tetrahedra linked by three H bonds with the central bond (2.49 A) being somewhat shorter than the terminal ones (2.52-2.54 A). In the high-temperature 2c phase, the amplitudes of atomic thermal vibrations and the degree of proton disorder in the central hydrogen bond have somewhat elevated values.

  6. Controllable synthesis and down-conversion properties of flower-like NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} microcrystals via polyvinylpyrrolidone-mediated

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    Lin, Han; Yan, Xiaohong; Wang, Xiangfu

    2013-08-15

    Double alkaline rare-earth molybdates NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} with multilayered flower-like architectures have been successfully synthesized via hydrothermal method in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-modified processes. The crystal structure and morphology of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that reaction time and the amount of PVP have crucial influences on the morphology of the resulting novel microstructures. Under 450 nm excitation, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} samples exhibit 539 nm green emission and 960–1200 nm broadband near-infrared emission, corresponding to the characteristic lines of Ho{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}, respectively. Moreover, increasing Yb{sup 3+} doping enhances the energy transfer efficiency from Ho{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+}. - Graphical abstract: Low and high-magnification SEM images demonstrate the perfect flower-like NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} prepared in the presence of PVP; Detailed TEM and HRTEM images further manifest the single-crystalline feature. Highlights: • NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} flower-like microstructures were synthesized by hydrothermal method using polyvinylpyrrolidone. • Polyvinylpyrrolidone induces the growth of the NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} to form multilayered architectures. • Flowerlike NaY(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: Ho{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+} phosphors were investigated as a downconversion layer candidate.

  7. Oxygen trapped by rare earth tetrahedral clusters in Nd4sub>FeOS6: Crystal structure, electronic structure, and magnetic properties

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    Lin, Qisheng; Taufour, Valentin; Zhang, Yuemei; Wood, Max; Drtina, Thomas; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.; Miller, Gordon J.

    2015-05-22

    Single crystals of Nd4sub>FeOS6 were grown from an Fe-S eutectic solution. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed a Nd4sub>MnOSe6-type structure (P63mc, a = 9.2693(1) Å, c = 6.6650(1) Å, V = 495.94(1) Å3, Z = 2), featuring parallel chains of face-sharing [FeS6x1/2]4- trigonal antiprisms and interlinked [Nd4sub>OS3]4+ cubane-like clusters. Oxygen atoms were found to be trapped by Nd4 clusters in the [Nd4OS3]4+ chains. Structural differences among Nd4sub>MnOSe6-type Nd4sub>FeOS6 and the related La3CuSiS7- and Pr8CoGa3-type structures have been described. Magnetic susceptibility measurements on Nd4sub>FeOS6 suggested the dominance of antiferromagnetic interactions at low temperature, but no magnetic ordering down to 2 K was observed. Spin-polarized electronic structure calculations revealed magnetic frustration with dominant antiferromagnetic interactions.

  8. Calculation of enthalpies of formation of compounds of the type M/sub 5/R(EO/sub 4/)/sub 4/

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    Kaganyuk, D.S.; Perepelitsa, A.P.

    1985-12-01

    Enthalpies of formation were determined for compounds of the M/sub 5/R(EO/sub 4/)/sub 4/ type, where M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Fr, Tl, Ag, Cu; R = the rare earth elements, y, Bi; and E = Mo, W. Values of ..delta..Hf/sup 0/, either experimentally determined or estimated by any quantum-chemical methods, are absent in the literature for these compounds. The obtained values of lambdaHf/sup 0/ for M/sub 5/R(EO/sub 4/)/sub 4/ are presented.

  9. High power, diffraction limited picosecond oscillator based on Nd:GdVO4sub> bulk crystal with σ polarized in-band pumping.

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    Lin, Hua; Guo, Jie; Gao, Peng; Yu, Hai; Liang, Xiaoyan

    2016-06-27

    We report on a high power passively mode-locked picosecond oscillator based on Nd:GdVO4sub> crystal with σ polarized in-band pumping. Thermal gradient and thermal aberration was greatly decreased with proposed configuration. Maximum output power of 37 W at 81 MHz repetition rate with 19.3 ps pulse duration was achieved directly from Nd:GdVO4sub> oscillator, corresponding to 51% optical efficiency. The oscillator maintained diffraction limited beam quality of M2 < 1.05 at different output coupling with pulse duration between 11.2 ps to 19.3 ps.

  10. Electrorheological properties and structure of (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2})

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    Hou Jiaxiang; Shi Lei . E-mail: shil@ustc.edu.cn; Zhu Qingren

    2006-06-15

    The core-shell structural (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}) samples of giant electrorheological (ER) activity have been synthesized by a sol-gel method and studied by TEM, X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy. From the analysis of the X-ray diffraction, it is found that the component of samples is (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}) with a different content of urea. The observations of the TEM morphology show that (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}) particles are spheral with a size of around 80 nm and a surface coating with 5-10 nm thickness consisting of urea. The samples show an increasing tend of ER effect as the addition of urea increasing. Moreover, by IR spectroscopy study, it is revealed that some peaks of C=O band and C-O band vibrations of BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2} are split into two peaks after urea added. The extent of the splits increase with the increase of urea content, which is resulted by the interaction between the chemical bonds of urea and oxalate of BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}. It is evident that the giant ER activity of the sample has a close relationship with the interfacial polarization between the core and the shell of (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}). - Graphical abstract: TEM images of (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}) particles show the thickness of shell increasing as the urea addition increasing. The enhancement of giant ER activity relate with the increasing interfacial polarization of the core-shell structural (BaTiO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}/NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2})

  11. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of Tb{sup 3+} doped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphor

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    Gupta, Palvi; Bedyal, A.K.; Kumar, Vinay; Khajuria, Y.; Lochab, S.P.; Pitale, S.S.; Ntwaeaborwa, O.M.; Swart, H.C.

    2014-12-15

    Energy level diagram of Tb{sup 3+} ion in the K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} host lattice. - Highlights: • First time, a detailed TL and PL study on undoped and Tb{sup 3+} doped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphor. • Combustion method was employed to synthesize the Tb{sup 3+} doped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphor. • Mechanism of excitation and emission in undoped and Tb{sup 3+} doped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphor was given. - Abstract: Tb{sup 3+} doped nanoparticulate K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor was prepared by combustion method using urea as a fuel. The structure, optical and luminescent properties of the phosphor were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and thermoluminescence (TL) spectroscopy. In undoped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, the excitation and emission peaks at 273 nm and 323 nm belongs to the {sup 8}S{sub 7/2} → {sup 6}I{sub J(J=7/2)} and {sup 6}P{sub J(J=7/2)} → {sup 8} S{sub 7/2} transitions of Gd{sup 3+} while green emission was observed in the Tb{sup 3+} doped K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. TL study was carried out after exposing the samples to γ-radiations (0.1–5 kGy) in the K{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} (1.5 mol%). The calculated kinetic parameters were compared with different methods. The band gap of the phosphor was estimated as 5.80 eV. The green shade of the Tb{sup 3+} ion with the CIE coordinates (x, y) as (0.29, 0.54) was in good agreement with the well known green phosphors.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and spectroscopy properties of Na{sub 3} AZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (A=Mg, Ni) and Li{sub 2.6}Na{sub 0.4}NiZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphates

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    Chakir, M. . E-mail: fachakir@yahoo.fr; El Jazouli, A.; Waal, D. de

    2006-06-15

    Na{sub 3} AZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (A=Mg, Ni) phosphates were prepared at 750 deg. C by coprecipitation route. Their crystal structures have been refined at room temperature from X-ray powder diffraction data using Rietveld method. Li{sub 2.6}Na{sub 0.4}NiZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} was synthesized through ion exchange from the sodium analog. These materials belong to the Nasicon-type structure. Raman spectra of Na{sub 3} AZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (A=Mg, Ni) phosphates present broad peaks in favor of the statistical distribution in the sites around PO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Diffuse reflectance spectra indicate the presence of octahedrally coordinated Ni{sup 2+} ions. - Graphical abstract: Structure of Na{sub 3} AZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (A=Mg, Ni) phosphates. Display Omitted.

  13. Magnetic structures of R5Ni2In4sub> and R11Ni4sub>In9 ( R = Tb and Ho): Strong hierarchy in the temperature dependence of the magnetic ordering in the multiple rare-earth sublattices

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    Ritter, C.; Provino, A.; Manfrinetti, P.; Pecharsky, V. K.; Gschneidner, Jr., K. A.; Dhar, S. K.

    2015-11-09

    In this study, the magnetic properties and magnetic structures of the R5Ni2In4sub> and the microfibrous R 11Ni4sub>In9 compounds with R = Tb and Ho have been examined using magnetization, heat capacity, and neutron diffraction data. Rare earth atoms occupy three and five symmetrically inequivalent rare earth sites in R5Ni2In4sub> and R 11Ni4sub>In9 compounds, respectively. As a result of the intra- and inter-magnetic sublattice interactions, the magnetic exchange interactions are different for various rare earth sites; this leads to a cascade of magnetic transitions with a strong hierarchy in the temperature dependence of the magnetic orderings.

  14. Phase transition and multicolor luminescence of Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+}-activated Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors

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    Li, Kai; Chen, Daqin; Xu, Ju; Zhang, Rui; Yu, Yunlong; Wang, Yuansheng

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: We have synthesized Eu{sup 2+} doped and Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+} co-doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors. The emitting color varies from blue to green with increasing of Eu{sup 2+} content for the Eu{sup 2+}-doped phosphor, and the quantum yield of the 0.05Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 2.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} sample reaches 56.7%. Interestingly, Mn{sup 2+} co-doping into Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} leads to its phase transition from orthorhombic to rhombohedral, and subsequently generates tunable multi-color luminescence from green to red via Eu{sup 2+} → Mn{sup 2+} energy transfer. - Highlights: • A series of novel Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors were successfully synthesized. • Phase transition of Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} from orthorhombic to rhombohedral occurred when Mn{sup 2+} ions were doped. • The phosphors exhibited tunable multi-color luminescence. • The quantum yield of 0.05Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 2.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor can reach 56.7%. • The analyses of phosphors were carried out by many measurements. - Abstract: Intense blue-green-emitting Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and tunable multicolor-emitting Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors are prepared via a solid-state reaction route. Eu{sup 2+}-doped orthorhombic Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor exhibits a broad emission band in the wavelength range of 400–700 nm with a maximum quantum yield of 56.7%, and the emission peak red-shifts gradually from 479 to 520 nm with increase of Eu{sup 2+} doping content. Broad excitation spectrum (250–420 nm) of Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} matches well with the near-ultraviolet LED chip, indicating its potential applications as tri-color phosphors in white LEDs. Interestingly, Mn{sup 2+} co-doping into Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} leads to its phase transition from orthorhombic to rhombohedral, and subsequently generates tunable multi

  15. Diode-pumped Yb:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F laser performance

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    Marshall, C.D.; Payne, S.A.; Smith, L.K.

    1995-03-17

    The performance of the first diode-pumped Yb{sup 3+}-doped Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F (Yb:S-FAP) laser is discussed. We found the pumping dynamics and extraction cross-sections of Yb:S-FAP crystals to be similar to those previously inferred by purely spectroscopic techniques. The saturation fluence for pumping was measured to be 2.2 J/cm{sup 2} using three different methods based on either the spatial, temporal, or energy transmission properties of a Yb:S-FAP rod. The small signal gain implies an emission cross section of 6.0 x 10{sup -20} cm{sup 2} that falls within error bars of the previously reported value of 7.3 x 10{sup -20} cm{sup 2}, obtained from spectroscopic techniques. Up to 1.7 J/cm{sup 3} of stored energy density was achieved in a 6 x 6 x 44 mm Yb:S-FAP amplifier rod. An InGaAs diode array has been fabricated that has suitable specifications for pumping a 3 x 3 x 30 mm Yb:S-FAP rod. In a free running configuration diode-pumped slope efficiencies up to 43% were observed with output energies up to {approximately}0.5 J per 1 ms pulse. When the rod was mounted in a copper block for cooling, 13 W of average power was produced with power supply limited operation at 70 Hz and 500 {mu}s pulses.

  16. Solvothermal synthesis of monodispersed CoZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} microspheres and their application as microwave absorber

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    Chen, Tingting; Sun, Genban; Ma, Shulan; Yang, Xiaojing; Hu, Changwen

    2012-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Monodispersed CoZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} porous microspheres with shell structure were synthesized via a combined solvothermal method and calcination route. The radar-wave absorbability of the purple sample calcined at 900 Degree-Sign C was strongest at the frequency of about 8.5 GHz. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this study we synthesized monodispersed CoZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} porous microspheres as microwave absorber. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between microstructures and the electromagnetic properties was indicated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The radar-wave absorbability of the sample was included. -- Abstract: Monodispersed CoZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} microspheres with a diameter of 40 {mu}m were achieved via a combining solvothermal and calcination route. The crystallinity of the calcined microspheres with shell structure was improved, while the monodisperse property and morphologies remained. The possible formation mechanism of the porous CoZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} microspheres with nanoshell was proposed. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) technologies, thermal analysis (TG and DSC), nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and network analyzer. The sample calcined at 900 Degree-Sign C shows a strongest absorbability in the radar-wave absorbability test.

  17. Diagrammatic Separation of Different Crystal Structures of A2BX4sub> Compounds Without Energy Minimization. A Pseudopotential Orbital Radii Approach

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    Zhang, Xiuwen; Zunger, Alex

    2010-05-18

    The A2BX4sub> family of compounds manifest a wide range of physical properties, including transparent conductivity, ferromagnetism, and superconductivity. A 98% successful diagrammatic separation of the 44 different crystal structures of 688 oxide A2BX4sub> compounds (96% for 266 oxide-only) is described by plotting the total radius of the A atom RA versus the radius of the B atom RB for many A2BX4sub> compounds of known structure types and seeking heuristically simple, straight boundaries in the RA versus RB plane that best separate the domains of different structure types. The radii are sums RA = Rs(A) + Rp(A) of the quantum-mechanically calculated “orbital radii” Rs(Rp), rather than empirical radii or phenomenological electronegativity scales. These success rates using first-principles orbital radii uniformly exceed the success rates using classic radii. Such maps afford a quick guess of the crystal structure of a yet unmade A2BX4sub> compound by placing its atomic orbital radii on such maps and reading off its structure type.

  18. Low Temperature Propane Oxidation over Co3O4sub> based Nano-array Catalysts. Ni Dopant Effect, Reaction Mechanism and Structural Stability

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    Ren, Zheng; Wu, Zili; Gao, Puxian; Song, Wenqiao; Xiao, Wen; Guo, Yanbing; Ding, Jun; Suib, Steven L.; Gao, Pu-Xian

    2015-06-09

    Low temperature propane oxidation has been achieved by Co3O4sub>-based nano-array catalysts featuring low catalytic materials loading. The Ni doping into the Co3O4sub> lattice has led to enhanced reaction kinetics at low temperature by promoting the surface lattice oxygen activity. In situ DRIFTS investigation in tandem with isotopic oxygen exchange reveals that the propane oxidation proceeds via Mars-van Krevelen mechanism where surface lattice oxygen acts as the active site whereas O2 in the reaction feed does not directly participate in CO2 formation. The Ni doping promotes the formation of less stable carbonates on the surface to facilitate the CO2 desorption. The thermal stability of Ni doped Co3O4sub> decreases with increased Ni concentration while catalytic activity increases. A balance between enhanced activity and compromised thermal stability shall be considered in the Ni doped Co3O4sub> nano-array catalysts for low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation. This study provides useful and timely guidance for rational catalyst design toward low temperature catalytic oxidation.

  19. Highly Selective Colorimetric and Luminescence Response of a Square-Planar Platinum(II) Terpyridyl Complex to Aqueous TcO4sub>-

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    Chatterjee, Sayandev; Norton, Amie E.; Edwards, Matthew K.; Peterson, James M.; Taylor, Stephen D.; Bryan, Samuel A.; Andersen, Amity; Govind, Niranjan; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Connick, William; Levitskaia, Tatiana G.

    2015-10-08

    In an effort to address the need for a rapid, selective and economical detection technique for aqueous pertechnetate (TcO4sub>-) anion based on recognition at the molecular level, simple salts of transition metal complexes that undergo a distinct spectroscopic change upon exposure to aqueous anions were explored. The Pt(II) complex [Pt(tpy)Br]SbF6 (tpy=2,2';6',2"-terpyridine) undergoes a dramatic color change and intense luminescence response upon TcO4sub>- uptake due to concomitant enhancement of Pt•••Pt interactions. The spectroscopic response was highly selective and quantitative for aqueous TcO4sub>- among other competing anions. Complimentary Raman spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, structural determination and theoretical methods were employed to achieve molecular-level understanding of the mechanism of the response to aqueous TcO4sub>-.

  20. Single phase melt processed powellite (Ba,Ca)MoO4sub> for the immobilization of Mo-rich nuclear waste

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    Brinkman, Kyle; Fox, Kevin M.; Marra, James C.; Reppert, Jason; Crum, Jarrod V.; Tang, Ming

    2012-10-02

    Crystalline and glass composite materials are currently being investigated for the immobilization of combined High Level Waste (HLW) streams resulting from potential commercial fuel reprocessing scenarios. Several of these potential waste streams contain elevated levels of transition metal elements such as molybdenum (Mo). Molybdenum has limited solubility in typical silicate glasses used for nuclear waste immobilization. Under certain chemical and controlled cooling conditions, a powellite (Ba,Ca)MoO4sub> crystalline structure can be formed by reaction with alkaline earth elements. In this study, single phase BaMoO4sub> and CaMoO4sub> were formed from carbonate and oxide precursors demonstrating the viability of Mo incorporation into glass, crystalline or glass composite materials by a melt and crystallization process. X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy indicated a long range ordered crystalline structure. In situ electron irradiation studies indicated that both CaMoO4 and BaMoO4sub> powellite phases exhibit radiation stability up to 1000 years at anticipated doses with a crystalline to amorphous transition observed after 1 x 1013 Gy. Aqueous durability determined from product consistency tests (PCT) showed low normalized release rates for Ba, Ca, and Mo (<0.05 g/m2).

  1. Ion exchange and electrochemical evaluation of the microporous phosphate Li{sub 9}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10}

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    Becht, Gregory A.; Vaughey, John T.; Britt, Robin L.; Eagle, Cassandra T.; Hwu, Shiou-Jyh

    2008-12-01

    A new lithium iron(III) phosphate, Li{sub 9}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10}, has been synthesized and is currently under electrochemical evaluation as an anode material for rechargeable lithium-ion battery applications. The sample was prepared via the ion exchange reaction of Cs{sub 5}K{sub 4}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10}1 in the 1 M LiNO{sub 3} solution under hydrothermal conditions at 200 deg. C. The fully Li{sup +}-exchanged sample Li{sub 9}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10}2 cannot yet be synthesized by conventional high-temperature, solid-state methods. The parent compound 1 is a member of the Cs{sub 9-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10} series that was previously isolated from a high-temperature (750 deg. C) reaction employing the eutectic CsCl/KCl molten salt. The polycrystalline solid 1 was first prepared in a stoichiometric reaction via conventional solid-state method then followed by ion exchange giving rise to 2. Both compounds adopt three-dimensional structures that consist of orthogonally interconnected channels where electropositive ions reside. It has been demonstrated that the Cs{sub 9-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10} series possesses versatile ion exchange capabilities with all the monovalent alkali metal and silver cations due to its facile pathways for ion transport. 1 and 2 were subject to electrochemical analysis and preliminary results suggest that the latter can be considered as an anode material. Electrochemical results indicate that Li{sub 9}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10} is reduced below 1 V (vs. Li) to most likely form a Fe(0)/Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4} composite material, which can subsequently be cycled reversibly at relatively low potential. An initial capacity of 250 mAh/g was measured, which is equivalent to the insertion of thirteen Li atoms per Li{sub 9+x}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10} (x = 13) during the charge/discharge process (Fe{sup 2+} + 2e {yields} Fe{sup 0}). Furthermore, 2 shows a lower reduction potential (0.9 V), by approximately 200

  2. Pressure induced phase transformations in NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} studied by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy

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    Kamali, K.; Ravindran, T.R.; Chandra Shekar, N.V.; Pandey, K.K.; Sharma, S.M.

    2015-01-15

    Raman spectroscopic and x-ray diffraction measurements on NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} were carried out up to 30 GPa at close intervals of pressure, revealing two structural phase transformations around 5 and 6.6 GPa. The second phase at 5.4 GPa is indexed to R3 space group similar to that of RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus decreases abruptly from 53 GPa (B′=4) to 36 GPa (B′=4) in the second phase above 5 GPa. The structure of the phase III at 8.2 GPa is indexed as orthorhombic similar to the case of high temperature phase of monoclinic LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Bulk modulus of this phase III is found to be 65 GPa (B′=4), which is higher than that of the ambient phase. In high pressure Raman studies, modes corresponding to 72 and 112 cm{sup −1} soften in the ambient phase whereas around 5 GPa, the ones at 60, 105, 125 and 190 cm{sup −1} soften with pressure contributing negatively to overall thermal expansion. - Graphical abstract: High pressure study of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} shows a reversible phase transition from R-3c to R3 structure at 5 GPa accompanied by an increase in compressibility signaling a polyhedral tilt transition. - Highlights: • NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} undergoes two reversible phase transitions at 5 and 6.7 GPa. • The transition at 5 is from rhombohedral R-3c to R3 structure. • Bulk modulus of NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is lower than that for the isostructural RbTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3.} • Compressibility increases with substitution of a smaller cation (Na). • Zr-translational and PO{sub 4} librational modes contribute to phase transition.

  3. A novel red long lasting phosphorescent (LLP) material {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+}, Sm{sup 3+}

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    Wang Jing; Su Qiang . E-mail: cessuq@zsu.edu.cn; Wang Shubin

    2005-04-20

    A novel red long lasting phosphorescent materials {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+},Sm{sup 3+} is firstly synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reaction. The influence of Sm{sup 3+} ions on luminescence and long lasting phosphorescence properties of Mn{sup 2+} in phosphor {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+},Sm{sup 3+} are systematically investigated. It is found that the red phosphorescence ({lambda} = 616 nm) performance of Mn{sup 2+} ion such as brightness and duration is largely improved when Sm{sup 3+} ion is co-doped into the matrix in which Mn{sup 2+} ion acts as luminescent center and Sm{sup 3+} ion plays an important role of electron trap. Thermoluminescence spectrums show that there exists one peak in {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+},Sm{sup 3+}, the depth of which is 0.33 eV, and that there are three peaks in {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+}, among which the depth of the lowest temperature peak in {beta}-Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Mn{sup 2+} is 0.37 eV. Such differences in the trap depth result in the improvement of red long lasting phosphorescence of Mn{sup 2+} in present matrix.

  4. Syntheses, crystal structures and optical spectroscopy of Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) and Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O

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    Kazmierczak, Karolina; Hoeppe, Henning A.

    2011-05-15

    The lanthanide sulphate octahydrates Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) and the respective tetrahydrate Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O were obtained by evaporation of aqueous reaction mixtures of trivalent rare earth oxides and sulphuric acid at 300 K. Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) crystallise in space group C2/c (Z=4, a{sub Ho}=13.4421(4) A, b{sub Ho}=6.6745(2) A, c{sub Ho}=18.1642(5) A, {beta}{sub Ho}=102.006(1) A{sup 3} and a{sub Tm}=13.4118(14) A, b{sub Tm}=6.6402(6) A, c{sub Tm}=18.1040(16) A, {beta}{sub Tm}=101.980(8) A{sup 3}), Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O adopts space group P2{sub 1}/n (a=13.051(3) A, b=7.2047(14) A, c=13.316(3) A, {beta}=92.55(3) A{sup 3}). The vibrational and optical spectra of Ho{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O and Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O are also reported. -- Graphical abstract: In the lanthanide sulphate octahydrates the cations form slightly undulated layers. Between the layers are voids in which sulphate tetrahedra and water molecules are located. The holmium compound exhibits an Alexandrite effect. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} Determination of the optimum conditions for the growth of single-crystals of Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) and Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O. {yields} Single-crystal structure elucidation of Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) including hydrogen bonds. {yields} Single-crystal structure determination of Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O including hydrogen bonds. {yields} UV-vis spectra of Ho{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O and Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O recorded and interpreted: Assignation of bands and clarification of the Alexandrite effect of the Ho compound. {yields} IR and Raman spectra of Ln{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.8H{sub 2}O (Ln=Ho, Tm) and Pr{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.4H{sub 2}O recorded and interpreted.

  5. Structural study and physical properties of a new phosphate KCuFe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Badri, Abdessalem; Hidouri, Mourad; Lopez, Maria Luisa; Pico, Carlos; Wattiaux, Alain; Ben Amara, Mongi

    2011-04-15

    Single crystals of a new phosphate KCuFe(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} have been prepared by the flux method and its structural and physical properties have been investigated. This compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with the space group P2{sub 1}/n and its parameters are: a=7.958(3) A, b=9.931(2) A, c=9.039(2) A, {beta}=115.59(3){sup o} and Z=4. Its structure consists of FeO{sub 6} octahedra sharing corners with Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} units of edge-sharing CuO{sub 5} polyhedra to form undulating chains extending infinitely along the b-axis. These chains are connected by the phosphate tetrahedra giving rise to a 3D framework with six-sided tunnels parallel to the [101] direction, where the K{sup +} ions are located. The Moessbauer spectroscopy results confirm the exclusive presence of octahedral Fe{sup 3+} ions. The magnetic measurements show the compound to be antiferromagnetic with C{sub m}=5.71 emu K/mol and {theta}=-156.5 K. The derived experimental effective moment {mu}{sub ex}=6.76{mu}{sub B} is somewhat higher than the theoretical one of {mu}{sub th}=6.16{mu}{sub B}, calculated taking only into account the spin contribution for Fe{sup 3+} and Cu{sup 2+} cations. Electrical measurements allow us to obtain the activation energy (1.22 eV) and the conductivity measurements suggest that the charge carriers through the structure are the potassium cations. -- Graphical abstract: A projection along the [101] direction of the structure showing the six-edged tunnels, occupied by the K{sup +} ions. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} The reported structure is of a new type. {yields} The structural model is supported by a Moessbauer spectroscopy study. {yields} The magnetic susceptibility results are reported. {yields} The electrical properties are discussed.

  6. Combustion synthesized nanocrystalline Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C cathode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Nathiya, K.; Bhuvaneswari, D.; Gangulibabu; Kalaiselvi, N.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanocrystalline Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C compound has been synthesized using a novel corn assisted combustion (CAC) method, wherein the composite prepared at 850 °C is found to exhibit superior physical and electrochemical properties than the one synthesized at 800 °C (Fig. 1). Despite the charge disproportionation of V{sup 4+} and a possible solid solution behavior of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} cathode upon insertion and de-insertion of Li{sup +} ions, the structural stability of the same is appreciable, even with the extraction of third lithium at 4.6 V (Fig. 2). An appreciable specific capacity of 174 mAh g{sup −1} with an excellent columbic efficiency (99%) and better capacity retention upon high rate applications have been exhibited by Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C cathode, thus demonstrating the feasibility of CAC method in preparing the title compound to best suit with the needs of lithium battery applications. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Novel corn assisted combustion method has been used to synthesize Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C. ► Corn is a cheap and eco benign combustible fuel to facilitate CAC synthesis. ► Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C exhibits an appreciable specific capacity of 174 mAh g{sup −1} (C/10 rate). ► Currently observed columbic efficiency of 99% is better than the reported behavior. ► Suitability of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C cathode up to 10C rate is demonstrated. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C composite synthesized using a novel corn assisted combustion method at 850 °C exhibits superior physical and electrochemical properties than the one synthesized at 800 °C. Despite the charge disproportionation of V{sup 4+} and a possible solid solution behavior of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} cathode upon insertion and extraction of Li{sup +} ions, the structural stability of the same is appreciable, even with

  7. Structural, energetic and thermodynamic analyses of Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2NH{sub 3} from first principles calculations

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    Yuan Pengfei; Wang Fei; Sun Qiang; Jia Yu; Guo Zhengxiao

    2012-01-15

    Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2NH{sub 3} is a relatively new compound with potential application in hydrogen storage. Here the fundamental properties of the compound, such as electronic structure, energetic and thermodynamic properties, were comprehensively studied using first-principles calculations. Results from electronic density of states (DOS) and electron localization function (ELF) indicate the covalent bond nature of the N-H bond and the B-H bond. Charge density analyses show weak ionic interactions between the Ca atom and the NH{sub 3} complexes or the (BH{sub 4}){sup -} complexes. The calculated vibration frequencies of B-H and N-H are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental results. Furthermore, we calculated the reaction enthalpy and reaction Gibbs free energy at a range of temperature 0-700 K. Our results are in good agreement with experimental results in literature. Possible reaction mechanism of the decomposition reaction is proposed. - Graphical Abstract: The crystal structure of this compound and the calculated decomposition reaction free energy for two different reactions: Reac(2):Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator 2NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 162 Degree-Sign C}Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator NH{sub 3}+NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 230 Degree-Sign C}Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}+2NH{sub 3} Reac(3):Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator 2NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 190 Degree-Sign C}1/4Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}+1/4Ca{sub 3}(BN{sub 2}){sub 2}+BN+6H{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure of this compound was studied in detail. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic properties were calculated for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phonon density of states and reaction free energy at different temperatures were first calculated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Possible decomposition mechanism was presented.

  8. Ultrafast bulk diffusion of AlHx in high-entropy dehydrogenation intermediates of NaAlH4sub> [Highly mobile AlHx species and the dehydogenation kinetics of NaAlH4sub>

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    Zhang, Feng; Wood, Brandon C.; Wang, Yan; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Ho, Kai -Ming; Chou, Mei -Yin

    2014-07-21

    Using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) and total-energy calculations, we demonstrate low-barrier bulk diffusion of Al-bearing species in γ-NaAlH4sub>, a recently proposed high-entropy polymorph of NaAlH4sub>. For charged AlH4sub>– and neutral AlH3 vacancies, the computed barriers for diffusion are <0.1 eV, and we directly observe the predicted diffusive pathways in FPMD simulations at picosecond time scales. In contrast, such diffusion in the α phase is inaccessible to FPMD, consistent with much higher barriers. The transport behavior of γ-NaAlH4sub>, in addition to key dynamical and structural signatures, is consistent with experimental observations of high-mobility species, strongly supporting the idea that an intermediate transition from the α phase to a high-entropy polymorph facilitates the hydrogen-releasing decomposition of NaAlH4. Lastly, our results provide an answer to longstanding questions regarding the responsible agent for the experimentally observed efficient Al transport during dehydrogenation and suggest that mass transport and phase transformation kinetics are coupled. Implications for understanding the (de)hydrogenation of undoped and catalyzed NaAlH4sub> are discussed.

  9. Neutron scattering studies of the H2a-H2b and (H3-H4)/sub 2/ histone complexes

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    Carlson, R.D.

    1982-01-01

    Neutron scattering experiments have shown that both the (H3-H4)/sub 2/ and H2a-H2b histone complexes are quite asymmetric in solution. The (H3-H4)/sub 2/ tetramer is an oblate or flattened structure, with a radius of gyration almost as large as that of the core octamer. If the tetramer is primarily globular, it must have an axial ratio of about 1:5. It is more likely, however, that this asymmetry results in part from N-terminal arms that extend outward approximately within the major plane of the particle. If this is the case, less asymmetric models for the globular part of the tetramer, including a dislocated disk, can be made consistent with the scattering data. The H2a-H2b dimer, on the other hand, is an elongated structure. 48 references, 12 figures, 1 table.

  10. Theoretical Assessment on the Phase Transformation Kinetic Pathways of Multi-component Ti Alloys: Application to Ti-6Al-4sub>V

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    Ji, Yanzhou; Heo, Tae Wook; Zhang, Fan; Chen, Long-Qing

    2015-12-21

    Here we present our theoretical assessment of the kinetic pathways during phase transformations of multi-component Ti alloys. Employing the graphical thermodynamic approach and an integrated free energy function based on the realistic thermodynamic database and assuming that a displacive structural transformation occurs much faster than long-range diffusional processes, we analyze the phase stabilities of Ti-6Al-4sub>V (Ti-6wt.%Al-4sub>wt.%V). Our systematic analyses predict a variety of possible kinetic pathways for β to (α + β) transformations leading to different types of microstructures under various heat treatment conditions. In addition, the possibility of unconventional kinetic pathways is discussed. Lastly, we also briefly discuss the application of our approach to general multicomponent/multiphase alloy systems.

  11. Structurally induced magnetization in a La2/3Sr4/3MnO4sub> superlattice

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    Shah, Amish B.; Nelson-Cheeseman, Brittany B.; Subramanian, Ganesh; Bhattacharya, Anand; Spence, John C.H.

    2012-03-16

    A structural transition has been observed in a digital superlattice of La2/3Sr4/3MnO4sub>, which is correlated to a magnetization enhancement upon cooling the sample. The artificial superlattices were grown layer-by-layer using ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Electron diffraction experiments show a phase transition below 150K in nanopatches of the superlattice, which coincides with an enhanced magnetization starting below 110K. Furthermore, atomic scale electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) shows changes in the Mn L2,3 and O K edges, which are related to valence, strain, and the atomic coordination within nanopatches. Atomic resolution image and EELS showing variations of oxygen and lanthanum signature edges in a La2/3Sr4/3MnO4sub> supperlattice.

  12. Magnetic properties of (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x} alloy single crystals

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    Bodnar, I. V. Novikova, M. A.; Trukhanov, S. V.

    2013-05-15

    (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x} alloy single crystals are grown by oriented crystallization in the entire range of component concentrations. For the single crystals, studies of the magnetic properties are carried out in the temperature range 4-300 K and the magnetic-field range 0-14 T. It is established that almost all of the alloys are paramagnetic materials at temperatures down to the lowest achievable temperatures ({approx}4 K). It is shown that the ground magnetic phase state of the alloys is the spin-glass state with the freezing temperature steadily increasing with increasing Fe{sup 2+} cation content. The most probable causes and mechanism of formation of the magnetic state of the (FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x} crystals are discussed.

  13. Structure symmetry determination and magnetic evolution in Sr2Ir1–xRhxO4sub>

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    Ye, Feng; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina; Wang, Jinchen; Chi, Songxue; Matsuda, Masaaki; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A.; Cao, Gang

    2015-11-23

    We use single-crystal neutron diffraction to determine the crystal structure symmetry and to study the magnetic evolution in the rhodium doped iridates Sr2Ir1–xRhxO4sub> (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.16). Throughout this doping range, the crystal structure retains a tetragonal symmetry (space group I4<sub>1/a) with two distinct magnetic Ir sites in the unit cell forming staggered IrO6 rotation. Upon Rh doping, the magnetic order is suppressed and the magnetic moment of Ir4+ is reduced from 0.21 μB/Ir for x = 0 to 0.18 μB/Ir for x = 0.12. As a result, the magnetic structure at x = 0.12 is different from that of the parent compound while the moments remain in the basal plane.

  14. Stabilization of heterogeneous silicon lasers using Pound-Drever-Hall locking to Si3N4sub> ring resonators.

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    Spencer, Daryl T; Davenport, Michael L; Komljenovic, Tin; Srinivasan, Sudharsanan; Bowers, John E

    2016-06-13

    Recent results on heterogeneous Si/III-V lasers and ultra-high Q Si3N4sub> resonators are implemented in a Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization system to yield narrow linewidth characteristics for a stable on-chip laser reference. The high frequency filtering is performed with Si resonant mirrors in the laser cavity. To suppress close in noise and frequency walk off, the laser is locked to an ultra-high Q Si3N4sub> resonator with a 30 million quality factor. The laser shows high frequency noise levels of 60 × 103 Hz2/Hz corresponding to 160 kHz linewidth, and the low frequency noise is suppressed 33 dB to 103 Hz2/Hz with the PDH system. PMID:27410367

  15. Multi-wavelength Yb:YAG/Nd3+:YVO4sub> continuous-wave microchip Raman laser.

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    Wang, Xiao-Lei; Dong, Jun; Wang, Xiao-Jie; Xu, Jie; Ueda, Ken-Ichi; Kaminskii, Alexander A

    2016-08-01

    Multi-wavelength continuous-wave (CW) Raman lasers in a laser diode pumped Yb:YAG/Nd3+:YVO4sub> microchip Raman laser have been demonstrated for the first time to our best knowledge. The multi-wavelength laser of the first Stokes radiation around 1.08 μm has been achieved with a Raman shift of 261  cm-1 for a-cut Nd:YVO4sub> crystal corresponding to the fundamental wavelength at 1.05 μm. Multi-wavelength laser operation simultaneously around 1.05 and 1.08 μm has been achieved under the incident pump power between 1.5 and 1.7 W. Multi-wavelength Raman laser with frequency separation of 1 THz around 1.08 μm has been obtained when the incident pump power is higher than 1.7 W. The maximum Raman laser output power of 260 mW at 1.08 μm is obtained and the corresponding optical-to-optical conversion efficiency is 4.2%. Elliptically polarized fundamental laser and linearly polarized Raman laser were observed in an Yb:YAG/Nd:YVO4sub> CW microchip Raman laser. The experimental results of linearly polarized, multi-wavelength Yb:YAG/Nd:YVO4sub> CW microchip Raman laser with adjustable frequency separation provide a novel approach for developing potential compact laser sources for Terahertz generation. PMID:27472618

  16. Lasing properties of sodium-gadolinium tungstate NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals doped with Tm{sup 3+} ions

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    Zharikov, Evgeny V; Lis, Denis A; Popov, A V; Subbotin, Kirill A; Ushakov, S N; Shestakov, A V; Razdobreev, I M

    2006-06-30

    Lasing is obtained in Tm{sup 3+}-doped sodium-gadolinium tungstate NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals longitudinally pumped by pulses from a laser diode bar. The slope lasing efficiency is 16%. Lasing was observed at wavelengths of 1957, 1944, 1936, and 1901 nm for the transmission coefficients of the output mirror T{sub out} = 0.3%, 1.4%, 3.3%, and 8.5%, respectively. (lasers)

  17. Electric-field-induced linear birefringence in TmAl3(BO3)4sub>.

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    Pashchenko, M I; Bedarev, V A; Merenkov, D N; Gnatchenko, S L; Bezmaternykh, L N; Sukhachev, A L; Temerov, V L

    2016-04-20

    The linear birefringence induced by the electric field was first detected in a TmAl3(BO3)4sub> single crystal. The electric field dependence of the birefringence was investigated. The estimation of the electro-optical coefficient of the material gives ≈1.5×10-10  cm/V for a wavelength 632.8 nm. PMID:27140114

  18. Correlation of anisotropy and directional conduction in β-Li3PS4sub> fast Li+ conductor

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    Chen, Yan; Cai, Lu; Liu, Zengcai; dela Cruz, Clarina R.; Liang, Chengdu; An, Ke

    2015-07-06

    Our letter reports the correlation of anisotropy and directional conduction in the fast Li+ conductor β-Li3PS4sub>, one of the low-symmetry crystalline electrolyte candidates. The material has both high conductivity and good stability that serves well for the large-scale energy storage applications of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries. The anisotropic physical properties, demonstrated here by the thermal expansion coefficients, are crucial for compatibility in the solid-state system and battery performance. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction measurements were done to determine the crystal structure and thermal stability. Moreover, the crystallographic b-axis was revealed as a fast expansion direction, while negligible thermal expansion was observed along the a-axis around the battery operating temperatures. The anisotropic behavior has its structural origin from the Li+ conduction channels with incomplete Li occupancy and a flexible connection of LiS4sub> and PS4sub> tetrahedra within the framework. This indicates a strong correlation in the direction of the ionic transport in the low-symmetry Li+ conductor.

  19. Organogold oligomers: Exploiting iClick and aurophilic cluster formation to prepare solution stable Au4sub> repeating units

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    Yang, Xi; Wang, Shanshan; Ghiviriga, Ion; Abboud, Khalil A.; Veige, Adam S.

    2015-05-19

    A novel synthetic method to create gold based metallo–oligomers/polymers via the combination of inorganic click (iClick) with intermolecular aurophilic interactions is demonstrated. Complexes [PEt3Au]4sub>(μ-N3C2C6H5) (1) and [PPhMe2Au]4sub (μ-N3C2C6H5) (2) and {[PEt3Au]4sub>[(μ-N3C2)2-9,9-dihexyl-9H-fluorene]}n (8) have been synthesized via iClick. The tetranuclear structures of 1 and 2, induced by aurophilic bonding, are confirmed in the solid state through single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments and in solution via variable temperature NMR spectroscopy. The extended 1D structure of 8 is constructed by aurophilic induced self-assembly. 1H DOSY NMR analysis reveals that the aurophilic bonds in 1, 2, and 8 are retained in the solution phase. The degree of polymerization within complex 8 is temperature and concentration dependent, as determined by 1H DOSY NMR. The complex 8 is a rare example of a solution stable higher ordered structure linked by aurophilic interactions.

  20. Synthesis, crystal growth, structural and magnetic characterization of NH4sub>MCl2(HCOO), M=(Fe, Co, Ni)

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    Greenfield, Joshua T.; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Kamali, Saeed; Chen, Michael; Kovnir, Kirill

    2015-09-24

    In this paper, an ambient-pressure solution route and an improved solvothermal synthetic method have been developed to produce polycrystalline powders and large single crystals of NH4sub>MCl2(HCOO) (M=Fe, Co, Ni). The magnetic structure of the 1D linear chain compound NH4sub>FeCl2(HCOO) has been determined by low-temperature neutron powder diffraction, revealing ferromagnetic intra-chain interactions and antiferromagnetic inter-chain interactions. Finally, the newly-reported Co and Ni analogs are isostructural with NH4sub>FeCl2(HCOO), but there are significant differences in the magnetic properties of each compound; the Ni analog behaves similarly to the Fe compound but with stronger magnetic coupling, exhibiting antiferromagnetic ordering (TN=8.5 K) and a broad metamagnetic transition between 2 and 5 T, while the Co analog does not order magnetically above 2 K, despite strong antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor interactions.

  1. New insulating antiferromagnetic quaternary iridates MLa10Ir4sub>O24 (M=Sr, Ba)

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    Zhao, Qingbiao; Han, Fei; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Han, Tian -Heng; Li, Hao; Mitchell, J. F.

    2015-07-01

    Recently, oxides of Ir4+ have received renewed attention in the condensed matter physics community, as it has been reported that certain iridates have a strongly spin-orbital coupled (SOC) electronic state, Jeff = ½, that defines the electronic and magnetic properties. The canonical example is the Ruddlesden-Popper compound Sr2IrO4sub>, which has been suggested as a potential route to a new class of high temperature superconductor due to the formal analogy between Jeff = ½ and the S = ½ state of the cuprate superconductors. The quest for other iridium oxides that present tests of the underlying SOC physics is underway. In this spirit, here we report the synthesis and physical properties of two new quaternary tetravalent iridates, MLa10Ir4sub>O24 (M = Sr, Ba). The crystal structure of both compounds features isolated IrO6 octahedra in which the electronic configuration of Ir is d5. As a result, both compounds order antiferromagnetically despite the lack of obvious superexchange pathways, and resistivity measurement shows that SrLa10Ir4sub>O24 is an insulator.

  2. Color tunable and thermally stable luminescence of Tb{sup 3+} doped Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors

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    Zhang, Xinmin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► Lowest spin-allowed and spin-forbidden f–d transitions locate at 250 and 280 nm. ► Cross relaxation shortens lifetime of {sup 5}D{sub 3} level, while that of {sup 5}D{sub 4} are unaffected. ► Cross-relaxation can explain concentration quenching of the {sup 5}D{sub 3} emission. ► Dipole–quadrupole interaction is responsible for the non-radiative relaxation. ► Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} is thermally stable and color tunable phosphor. -- Abstract: Tb{sup 3+} ions activated Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors were synthesized using a solid state reaction method. The phase impurity was checked by XRD. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation spectrum, emission spectra at room and high temperature, decay curves of samples with different Tb{sup 3+} ions concentration were studied in detail. Cross-relaxation and the Inokuti–Hirayama model were used to analyze the experimental results. Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:xTb{sup 3+} are thermally stable and color tunable phosphors.

  3. Magnetic excitations in the spin-1/2 triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Cs2CuBr4sub>

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    Zvyagin, S. A.; Ozerov, M.; Kamenskyi, D.; Wosnitza, J.; Krzystek, J.; Yoshizawa, D.; Hagiwara, M.; Hu, Rongwei; Ryu, Hyejin; Petrovic, C.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.

    2015-11-27

    We present on high- field electron spin resonance (ESR) studies of magnetic excitations in the spin- 1/2 triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Cs2CuBr4sub>. Frequency- field diagrams of ESR excitations are measured for different orientations of magnetic fields up to 25 T. We show that the substantial zero- field energy gap, Δ ≈ 9.5 K, observed in the low-temperature excitation spectrum of Cs2CuBr4sub> [Zvyagin et al:, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 077206 (2014)], is present well above TN. Noticeably, the transition into the long-range magnetically ordered phase does not significantly affect the size of the gap, suggesting that even below TN the high-energy spin dynamics in Cs2CuBr4sub> is determined by short-range-order spin correlations. The experimental data are compared with results of model spin-wave-theory calculations for spin-1/2 triangle-lattice antiferromagnet.

  4. Graphene oxide wrapped Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} sub-microparticles with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability under visible light irradiation

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    Xiu, Zhiliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Hao, Xiaopeng; Lu, Qifang; Liu, Suwen

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Graphene oxide wrapped Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} sub-microparticles were prepared. • The photocatalytic activity of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} is increased by 6 times by GO wrapping. • The hybrid photocatalysts exhibited excellent stability. - Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) wrapped Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} sub-microparticles were prepared by in situ deposition–precipitation method. By hybridization of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} with GO nanosheets, a 6-fold enhancement in the photodegradation rate toward orange methyl (MO) under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm) was observed compared with the pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} sub-microsparticles. The hybrid photocatalysts also exhibited excellent stability in the successive MO degradation experiments. The highly enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability were mainly attributed to the quick transfer of the photogenerated electrons from Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} to GO nanosheets, which could effectively suppress the electron–hole pairs recombination and thus inhibit the photocorrosion of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. These high-efficient and stable hybrid photocatalysts were expected to show considerable potential applications in wastewater treatment and water splitting.

  5. Phase formation in the Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Rb{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Fe{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} system and crystal structure of a novel triple molybdate LiRb{sub 2}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Khal'baeva, Klara M.; Solodovnikov, Sergey F.; Khaikina, Elena G.; Kadyrova, Yuliya M.; Solodovnikova, Zoya A.; Basovich, Olga M.

    2013-07-15

    X-ray investigation of solid state interaction of the components in the Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Rb{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Fe{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} system was carried out, and a subsolidus phase diagram of the said system was constructed. The subsystem Rb{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–LiRbMoO{sub 4}–RbFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} was shown to be non-quasiternary. Formation of a novel triple molybdate LiRb{sub 2}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} was established, conditions of solid state synthesis and crystallization of the compound were found. Its crystal structure (orthorhombic, space group Pnma, Z=4, a=24.3956(6), b=5.8306(1), c=8.4368(2) Å) represents a new structure type and includes infinite two-row ribbons ([Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sup 3−}){sub ∞} parallel to the b axis and composed of FeO{sub 6} octahedra, terminal Mo(3)O{sub 4} tetrahedra, and bridge Mo(1)O{sub 4} and Mo(2)O{sub 4} tetrahedra connecting two or three FeO{sub 6} octahedra. The ribbons are connected to form 3D framework via corner-sharing LiO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Rubidium cations are 11- and 13-coordinated and located in cavities of this heterogeneous polyhedral framework. - Graphical abstract: Exploring the Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Rb{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Fe{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} system showed its partial non-quasiternarity and revealed a new compound LiRb{sub 2}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} which was structurally studied. - Highlights: • The Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Rb{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–Fe{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} system study revealed a new compound LiRb{sub 2}Fe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}. • Its structure of a new type includes ribbons of FeO{sub 6} octahedra and MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. • The ribbons are connected into a 3D framework via corner-sharing LiO{sub 4} tetrahedra.

  6. On the role of the VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} precursor for n-butane oxidation into maleic anhydride

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    Sananes, M.T. |; Hutchings, G.J.; Volta, J.C.

    1995-07-01

    The catalytic role of VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, the precursor of the VO(PO{sub 3}){sub 2} phase, has been studied for N-butane oxidation to maleic anhydride. By comparison with the activated VPO catalyst, derived from the VOHPO{sub 4} {center_dot} 0.5H{sub 2}O precursor phase, VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} gives a highly selective final catalyst. The total oxidation products CO and CO{sub 2} are not observed under any of the conditions examined, a result confirmed by extensive catalyst testing and carbon mass balances. The final catalyst derived from VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} has a low surface area, ca. 1 m{sup 2}/g, and consequently demonstrates low specific activity on the basis of n-butane conversion per unit mass. However, the intrinsic activity (activity per unit surface area) is found to be higher than that for catalysts derived from VOHPO{sub 4}{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O. Since some VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is present in VOHPO{sub 4}{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O, which is the precursor of the industrial catalyst, the results of this study complicate the simple model in which the (VO){sub 2}O{sub 7} phase derived from VOHPO{sub 4} {center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O is responsible for the selective oxidation of n-butane. The observation that the precursor VO(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} can generate catalysts of high specific activity and of total selectivity to partial oxidation products might provide a useful insight into the design of a new series of high activity and high selectivity partial oxidation catalysts. 36 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  7. Structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of britholites Ca{sub 10−x}La{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6−x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub x}F{sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 6): Experiment and theory

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    Njema, H.; Debbichi, M.; Boughzala, K.; Said, M.; Bouzouita, K.

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • The structural and electronic properties of apatites with the general formula Ca{sub 10−x}La{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6−x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub x}F{sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 6) have been investigated by means of the density functional theory. • The calculated enthalpy of formation of the compounds increased with the substitution degree. • The decrease in stability is probably due to the disorder induced in the Ca/LaO{sub 6}F polyhedron, following the substitution. - Abstract: The apatite-type compounds Ca{sub 10−x}La{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6−x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub x}F{sub 2} with 0 ≤ x ≤ 6 were prepared using a high temperature solid state reaction and were characterized by X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure, chemical bonding, electronic structure and formation energy of all relaxed structures were analyzed by density functional theory (DFT). The calculated results show that the predicted geometry can well reproduce the structural parameters. The incorporation of La{sup 3+} into the fluorapatite (FA) structure induced especially at the level of the S(2) sites a certain disorder which is responsible for the weakening in the stability with x. Excellent agreement were obtained between the calculated and experimental results. Moreover, the band structure indicates that despite the reduction of the band gap with x content all materials remain insulating.

  8. Crystal structures of alkali-metal indium (III) phosphates of [M{sub 3}In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n} (M=K, n=10; M=Rb, n=2) compounds, and band structures and chemical bond properties of [Rb{sub 3}In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub 2} crystal

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    Zhang Yongchun; Cheng Wendan . E-mail: cwd@ms.fjirsm.ac.cn; Wu Dongsheng

    2006-01-15

    Ternary indium (III) phosphates with three-dimensional frameworks, [M{sub 3}In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n} (M=K, n=10; M=Rb, n=2), are found and firstly reported in this paper. These compounds have been obtained by high temperature solid-state reactions and their crystal structures have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The title compounds, which crystallize in monoclinic system, possess the same [In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}{sup 3n-} anionic frameworks built up from interconnected InO{sub 6} octahedra and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra and have an interesting tunnel structure where M{sup +} cations are located. Optical and bonding properties of [Rb{sub 3}In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub 2} are investigated in terms of measured absorption and emission spectra, and calculated band structures and density of states. The crystal band structures obtained by the DFT method show that the solid compound of [Rb{sub 3}In(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub 2} is an insulator with direct band gap, and the P-O covalent bond characters are larger than the In-O ones in this compound.

  9. Superconductivity in the presence of disorder in skutterudite-related La3Co4sub>Sn13 and La3Ru4sub>Sn13 compounds: Electrical transport and magnetic studies

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    Slebarski, A.; Maska, M. M.; Fijalkowski, M.; McElroy, C. A.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-06-25

    La3Co4sub>Sn13 and La3Ru4sub>Sn13 were categorized as BCS superconductors. In a plot of the critical field Hc2 vs T, La3Ru4sub>Sn13 displays a second superconducting phase at the higher critical temperature Tc*, characteristic of inhomogeneous superconductors, while La3Co4sub>Sn13 shows bulk superconductivity below Tc. We observe a decrease in critical temperatures with external pressure and magnetic field for both compounds. Additionally, for La3Ru4sub>Sn13 we find that Tc*/dP>dTc/dP. The pressure dependences of Tc are interpreted according to the McMillan theory and understood to be a consequence of lattice stiffening. The investigation of the superconducting state of La3CoxRu4–xSn13 shows a Tc* that is larger then Tc for x < 4. Furthermore, this unique and unexpected observation is discussed as a result of the local disorder and/or the effect of chemical pressure when Ru atoms are partially replaced by smaller Co atoms.

  10. Study of phase relationships in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system. Phase diagram and thermal characteristics of phases

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    Matraszek, Aleksandra

    2013-07-15

    A diagram representing phase relationships in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} phosphate system has been developed on the basis of results obtained by thermal analysis (DTA/DSC/TGA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. One intermediate compound with the formula Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} occurs in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system at temperatures exceeding 1045 °C. The compound has a eulytite structure with the following structural parameters: a=b=c=10.1655(8) Å, α=β=γ=90.00°, V=1050.46(6) Å{sup 3}. It's melting point exceeds 1950 °C. A limited solid solution exists in the system, which possesses the structure of a low-temperature form of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. At 1000 °C the maximal concentration of CePO{sub 4} in the solid solution is below 20 mol%. The solid solution phase field narrows with increased temperature. There is a eutectic point in the (Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}+Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}) phase field at 1765 °C and 15 mol% of CePO{sub 4}. The melting temperature of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is 1882±15 °C. - Graphical abstract: The phase diagram of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system showing the stability ranges of limited solid solution and Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phases. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} melts at 1882 °C. • Phase diagram of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system has been proposed. • Limited solid solution of CePO{sub 4} in Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} forms in the system. • The Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphate is stable at temperatures above 1045 °C.

  11. Crystal structures of lazulite-type oxidephosphates Ti{sup III}Ti{sup IV}{sub 3}O{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and M{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24} (M{sup III}=Ti, Cr, Fe)

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    Schoeneborn, M.; Glaum, R. Reinauer, F.

    2008-06-15

    Single crystals of the oxidephosphates Ti{sup III}Ti{sup IV}{sub 3}O{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (black), Cr{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24} (red-brown, transparent), and Fe{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24} (brown) with edge-lengths up to 0.3 mm were grown by chemical vapour transport. The crystal structures of these orthorhombic members (space group F2dd ) of the lazulite/lipscombite structure family were refined from single-crystal data [Ti{sup III}Ti{sup IV}{sub 3}O{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}: Z=24, a=7.3261(9) A, b=22.166(5) A, c=39.239(8) A, R{sub 1}=0.029, wR{sub 2}=0.084, 6055 independent reflections, 301 variables; Cr{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24}: Z=1, a=7.419(3) A, b=21.640(5) A, c=13.057(4) A, R{sub 1}=0.037, wR{sub 2}=0.097, 1524 independent reflections, 111 variables; Fe{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24}: Z=1, a=7.4001(9) A, b=21.7503(2) A, c=12.775(3) A, R{sub 1}=0.049, wR{sub 2}=0.140, 1240 independent reflections, 112 variables). For Ti{sup III}Ti{sup IV}O{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} a well-ordered structure built from dimers [Ti{sup III,IV}{sub 2}O{sub 9}] and [Ti{sup IV,IV}{sub 2}O{sub 9}] and phosphate tetrahedra is found. The metal sites in the crystal structures of Cr{sub 4}Ti{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24} and Fe{sub 4}Ti{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24}, consisting of dimers [M{sup III}Ti{sup IV}O{sub 9}] and [Ti{sup IV,IV}{sub 2}O{sub 9}], monomeric [Ti{sup IV}O{sub 6}] octahedra, and phosphate tetrahedra, are heavily disordered. Site disorder, leading to partial occupancy of all octahedral voids of the parent lipscombite/lazulite structure, as well as splitting of the metal positions is observed. According to Guinier photographs Ti{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4}){sub 24} (a=7.418(2) A, b=21.933(6) A, c=12.948(7) A) is isotypic to the oxidephosphates M{sup III}{sub 4}Ti{sup IV}{sub 27}O{sub 24}(PO{sub 4

  12. Competitive Reduction of Pertechnetate (99TcO4sub>- ) by Dissimilatory Metal Reducing Bacteria and Biogenic Fe(II)

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    Plymale, Andrew E.; Fredrickson, James K.; Zachara, John M.; Dohnalkova, Alice C.; Heald, Steve M.; Moore, Dean A.; Kennedy, David W.; Marshall, Matthew J.; Wang, Chongmin; Resch, Charles T.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy

    2011-01-06

    The fate of pertechnetate (99Tc(VII)O4sub>-) during bioreduction was investigated in the presence of 2-line ferrihydrite (Fh) and various dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria (DMRB) (Geobacter, Anaeromyxobacter, Shewanella) in comparison with TcO4sub>- bioreduction in the absence of Fh. In the presence of Fh, Tc was present primarily as a fine-grained Tc(IV)/Fe precipitate that was distinct from the Tc(IV)O2·nH2O solids produced by direct biological Tc(VII) reduction. Aqueous Tc concentrations (<0.2 μm) in the bioreduced Fh suspensions (1.7 to 3.2 × 10-9 mol L-1) were over 1 order of magnitude lower than when TcO4sub>- was biologically reduced in the absence of Fh (4.0 × 10-8 to 1.0 × 10-7 mol L-1). EXAFS analyses of the bioreduced Fh-Tc products were consistent with variable chain length Tc-O octahedra bonded to Fe-O octahedra associated with the surface of the residual or secondary Fe(III) oxide. In contrast, biogenic TcO2·nH2O had significantly more Tc-Tc second neighbors and a distinct long-range order consistent with small particle polymers of TcO2. In Fe-rich subsurface sediments, the reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) may predominate over direct microbial pathways, potentially leading to lower concentrations of aqueous 99Tc(IV).

  13. Writing of nonlinear optical Sm{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal lines at the surface of glass by samarium atom heat processing

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    Abe, M.; Benino, Y.; Fujiwara, T.; Komatsu, T.; Sato, R.

    2005-06-15

    Some glasses such as 21.25Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}.63.75MoO{sub 3}.15B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (mol %) giving the formation of nonlinear optical Sm{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals through conventional crystallization in an electric furnace and through continuous-wave Nd: yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser (wavelength: 1064 nm) irradiation (samarium atom heat processing) have been developed. It is proposed from x-ray diffraction analyses, micro-Raman-scattering spectra, and second-harmonic generation measurements that the crystal structure of Sm{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} formed by the crystallization is the {beta}{sup '}-phase structure with an orthorhombic (noncentrosymmetric) symmetry. The lines consisting of nonlinear optical {beta}{sup '}-Sm{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals are written at the surface of glasses by YAG laser irradiation (laser power: P=0.4 W, laser scanning speed: S=1-10 {mu}m/s), and, in particular, homogeneous crystal lines are formed at the laser scanning speed of 1 {mu}m/s. Refractive index changes (not crystallization) are also induced by YAG laser irradiation of P=0.4 W and a high laser scanning speed of S=25 {mu}m/s. The crystallization mechanism in the laser-irradiated region has been proposed. The present study demonstrates that the samarium atom heat processing is a technique for the writing of rare earth containing optical nonlinear/ferroelectric crystal lines in glass.

  14. High efficiency passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4sub> laser with direct in-band pumping at 914 nm.

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    Waritanant, Tanant; Major, Arkady

    2016-06-13

    We report on the performance of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4sub> laser with in-band pumping at 914 nm and with the highest slope efficiency to date among the mode-locked Nd-lasers. The laser produced 6.7 W of output power with repetition rate of 87 MHz and pulse duration of 16 ps. The slope efficiency of 77.1% and the optical-to-optical efficiency of 60.7% were achieved. PMID:27410304

  15. Widely tunable in the mid-IR BaGa4sub>Se7 optical parametric oscillator pumped at 1064  nm.

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    Kostyukova, Nadezhda Y; Boyko, Andrey A; Badikov, Valeriy; Badikov, Dmitrii; Shevyrdyaeva, Galina; Panyutin, Vladimir; Marchev, Georgi M; Kolker, Dmitry B; Petrov, Valentin

    2016-08-01

    A BaGa4sub>Se7 nanosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) shows extremely wide idler tunability in the mid-IR (2.7-17 μm) under 1.064 μm pumping. The ∼10  ns pulses at ∼7.2  μm have an energy of 3.7 mJ at 10 Hz. The pump-to-idler conversion efficiency for this wavelength reaches 5.9% with a slope of 6.5% corresponding to a quantum conversion efficiency or pump depletion of 40%.

  16. Unique edge-sharing sulfate-transition metal coordination in Na{sub 2}M(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M=Ni and Co)

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    Fry, Allyson M.; Sweeney, Owen T.; Adam Phelan, W.; Drichko, Natalia; Siegler, Maxime A.; McQueen, Tyrel M.

    2015-02-15

    Two compounds, Na{sub 2}Ni(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Na{sub 2}Co(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, were synthesized and their structure and properties were characterized. They adopt a structure that contains a bidentate coordination of sulfate to the transition metal center, which was determined via single crystal X-ray diffraction combined with model refinements to both laboratory X-ray and time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data. The compounds were both found to crystallize in the C2/c space group with Z=24 and a unit cell of a=23.3461(3) Å, b=10.3004(1) Å, c=17.4115(2) Å, β=98.8659(9)°, and V=4136.99(8) Å{sup 3} for the cobalt analog and a=23.2253(1) Å, b=10.26155(6) Å, c=17.3353(1) Å, β=99.0376(5)°, and V=4080.20(5) Å{sup 3} for the nickel analog. Magnetization measurements show that the transition metal centers have negligible interactions with neighboring sites. Infrared and Raman spectroscopies were used to further probe the unique sulfate-transition metal coordination, and confirm the bidentate binding motif. The resulting pseudo-trigonal bipyramidal coordination produces vivid violet, Na{sub 2}Co(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, and yellow, Na{sub 2}Ni(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, colors that were probed by diffuse reflectance. - Graphical abstract: Two blue distorted transition metal octahedra (oxygen in red) bridged by two sulfate tetrahedra are shown here. Each bridging sulfate tetrahedra shares an edge with one octahedron and a corner with the other. All of the remaining corners of the octahedra are corner sharing with four tetrahedra forming a polyhedral network. - Highlights: • Structure of Na2Ni(SO4)2 and Na2Co(SO4)2 is determined. • Unique sulfate-transition metal binding observed in the new structure. • Combined diffraction and spectroscopic techniques were used. • Magnetization measurements show negligible interactions between sites.

  17. Coannihilation scenarios and particle spectroscopy in SU(4){sub c}xSU(2){sub L}xSU(2){sub R}

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    Gogoladze, Ilia; Khalid, Rizwan; Shafi, Qaisar

    2009-11-01

    We identify a variety of coannihilation scenarios in a supersymmetric SU(4){sub c}xSU(2){sub L}xSU(2){sub R} model with discrete left-right symmetry. Nonuniversal gaugino masses, compatible with the gauge symmetry, play an essential role in realizing gluino and bino-wino coannihilation regions that are consistent with the WMAP dark matter constraints. We also explore regions of the parameter space in which the little hierarchy problem is partially resolved. We present several phenomenologically interesting benchmark points and the associated sparticle and Higgs mass spectra.

  18. Spin Waves in the Frustrated Kagome Lattice Antiferromagnet KFe3(OH)6(SO4sub>)2

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    Matan, K.; Grohol, D.; Nocera, D. G.; Yildirim, T.; Harris, A. B.; Lee, S.-H.; Nagler, Stephen E; Lee, Y. S.

    2006-01-01

    The spin wave excitations of the S=5/2 kagome lattice antiferromagnet KFe{sub 3}(OH){sub 6}(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} have been measured using high-resolution inelastic neutron scattering. We directly observe a flat mode which corresponds to a lifted ''zero energy mode,'' verifying a fundamental prediction for the kagome lattice. A simple Heisenberg spin Hamiltonian provides an excellent fit to our spin wave data. The antisymmetric Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is the primary source of anisotropy and explains the low-temperature magnetization and spin structure.

  19. Improved synthesis and crystal structure of the flexible pillared layer porous coordination polymer: Ni(1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene)[Ni(CN)4sub>

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Culp, J. T.; Chen, Y. S.; Zavalij, P.; Espinal, L.; Siderius, D. W.; Allen, A. J.; Scheins, S.; Matranga, C.

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports our synthesis of flexible coordination polymer, Ni(L)[Ni(CN)4sub>], (L = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene (nicknamed bpene)), and its structural characterization using synchrotron single crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure of the purplish crystals has been determined to be monoclinic, space group P21/m, a = 13.5941(12) Å, b = 14.3621(12) Å, c = 14.2561(12) Å, β = 96.141(2)°, V = 2767.4(4) Å3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.46 g cm-1. Ni(bpene)[Ni(CN)4sub>] assumes a pillared layer structure with layers defined by Ni[Ni(CN)4sub>]n nets and bpene ligands acting as pillars. With the present crystallization technique which involves the use of concentrated ammonium hydroxide solution and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), disordered free bpene ligands and solvents of crystallization (DMSO and water molecules) occupy the pores, resulting in a formula of Ni(bpene)[Ni(CN)4sub>](1/2)bpene∙DMSO2H2O, or Ni2N7C24H25SO3. Without the inclusion of free bpene ligands and solvent molecules, the free volume is approximately 61% of the total volume; this free volume fraction is reduced to 50% with the free ligands present. Pores without the free ligands were found to have a local diameter of 5.7 Å and a main aperture of 3.5 Å. Based on the successful crystal synthesis, we also devised a new bulk synthetic technique which yielded a polycrystalline material with a significantly improved CO2 uptake as compared to the originally reported powder material. The improved synthetic technique yielded a polycrystalline material with 40% higher CO2 uptake compared to the previously reported powder material. An estimated 14.4 molecules of CO2 per unit cell was obtained.

  20. Integrated chip-scale Si3N4sub> wavemeter with narrow free spectral range and high stability.

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    Xiang, Chao; Tran, Minh A; Komljenovic, Tin; Hulme, Jared; Davenport, Michael; Baney, Doug; Szafraniec, Bogdan; Bowers, John E

    2016-07-15

    We designed, fabricated, and characterized an integrated chip-scale wavemeter based on an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer with 300 MHz free spectral range. The wavemeter is realized in the Si3N4sub> platform, allowing for low loss with ∼62  cm of on-chip delay. We also integrated an optical hybrid to provide phase information. The main benefit of a fully integrated wavemeter, beside its small dimensions, is increased robustness to vibrations and temperature variations and much improved stability over fiber-based solutions. PMID:27420522

  1. Investigation of the structure of Cs{sub 3}(HSO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}) single crystals

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    Makarova, I. P. Grebenev, V. V.; Vasiliev, I. I.; Dmitricheva, E. V.; Komornikov, V. A.; Dolbinina, V. V.

    2015-07-15

    Cs{sub 3}(HSO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}) single crystals, obtained for the first time based on a systematic study of the phase diagram of the CsH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}–CsHSO{sub 4}–H{sub 2}O ternary system, have been studied by X-ray diffraction. The atomic structure of the crystals at room temperature is determined, and their structural features are analyzed.

  2. Synthesis and crystal structure of a new open-framework iron phosphate (NH{sub 4}){sub 4}Fe{sub 3}(OH){sub 2}F{sub 2}[H{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}]: Novel linear trimer of corner-sharing Fe(III) octahedra

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    Mi, Jin-Xiao; Wang, Cheng-Xin; Chen, Ning; Li, Rong; Pan, Yuanming

    2010-12-15

    A new iron phosphate (NH{sub 4}){sub 4}Fe{sub 3}(OH){sub 2}F{sub 2}[H{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}] has been synthesized hydrothermally at HF concentrations from 0.5 to 1.2 mL. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals its three-dimensional open-framework structure (monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n (No. 14), a=6.2614(13) A, b=9.844(2) A, c=14.271(3) A, {beta}=92.11(1){sup o}, V=879.0(3) A{sup 3}). This structure is built from isolated linear trimers of corner-sharing Fe(III) octahedra, which are linked by (PO{sub 4}) groups to form ten-membered-ring channels along [1 0 0]. This isolated, linear trimer of corner-sharing Fe(III) octahedra, [(FeO{sub 4}){sub 3}(OH){sub 2}F{sub 2}], is new and adds to the diverse linkages of Fe polyhedra as secondary building units in iron phosphates. The trivalent iron at octahedral sites for the title compound has been confirmed by synchrotron Fe K-edge XANES spectra and magnetic measurements. Magnetic measurements also show that this compound exhibit a strong antiferromagnetic exchange below T{sub N}=17 K, consistent with superexchange interactions expected for the linear trimer of ferric octahedra with the Fe-F-Fe angle of 132.5{sup o}. -- Graphical abstract: The three-dimensional open-framework structure of (NH{sub 4}){sub 4}Fe{sub 3}(OH){sub 2}F{sub 2}[H{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}] is built from a novel isolated, linear (FeO{sub 4}){sub 3}(OH){sub 2}F{sub 2} trimer of corner-sharing Fe(III) octahedra linked by PO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Display Omitted

  3. Luminescent properties of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} and its luminescence improvement by incorporating A{sup +} (A=Li, Na, and K)

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    Li, Panlai Wang, Zhijun Yang, Zhiping; Guo, Qinglin

    2014-12-15

    A novel green phosphor SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} is synthesized by a high temperature solid-state method, and its luminescent property is investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} indicate a similarity crystalline phase to SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} shows green emission under 369 nm excitation, and the prominent luminescence in green (544 nm) due to {sup 5}D{sub 4}–{sup 7}F{sub 5} transition of Tb{sup 3+}. For the 544 nm emission, excitation spectrum has several excitation band from 200 nm to 400 nm. Emission intensity of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} is influenced by Tb{sup 3+} concentration, and concentration quenching effect of Tb{sup 3+} in SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is also observed. With incorporating A{sup +} (A=Li, Na, and K) as compensator charge, the emission intensity of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} can be obviously enhanced. CIE color coordinates of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} locate in the green region. The results indicate this phosphor may be a potential application in white LEDs. - Graphical abstract: SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} can produce green emission under near-UV excitation, and its luminescent properties can be improved by incorporating A{sup +} (A=Li, Na, and K). - Highlights: • SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} can produce green emission under near-UV excitation. • Concentration quenching effect of Tb{sup 3+} in SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is observed. • Emission intensities of SrZn{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} are enhanced by codoped A{sup +} (A=Li, Na, K)

  4. Investigations of the R5(SixGe1-x)4sub> Intermetallic Compounds by X-Ray Resonant Magnetic Scattering

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    Tan, Lizhi

    2008-08-18

    The XRMS experiment on the Gd5Ge4sub> system has shown that, below the Neel temperature, TN = 127 K, the magnetic unit cells is the same as the chemical unit cell. From azimuth scans and the Q dependence of the magnetic scattering, all three Gd sites in the structure were determined to be in the same magnetic space group Pnma. The magnetic moments are aligned along the c-axis and the c-components of the magnetic moments at the three different sites are equal. The ferromagnetic slabs are stacked antiferromagnetically along the b-direction. They found an unusual order parameter curve in Gd5Ge4sub>. A spin-reorientation transition is a possibility in Gd5Ge4sub>, which is similar to the Tb5Ge4sub> case. Tb5Ge4sub> possesses the same Sm5Ge4sub>-type crystallographic structure and the same magnetic space group as Gd5Ge4sub> does. The difference in magnetic structure is that Tb5Ge4sub> has a canted one but Gd5Ge4sub> has nearly a collinear one in the low temperature antiferromagnetic phase. The competition between the magneto-crystalline anisotropy and the nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange interactions may allow a 3-dimensional canted antiferromagnetic structure in Tb5Ge4sub>. The spin-reorientation transition in both Gd5Ge4sub> and Tb5Ge4sub> may arise from the competition between the magnetic anisotropy from the spin-orbit coupling of the conduction electrons and the dipolar interactions anisotropy.

  5. Structural instability of the CoO4sub> tetrahedral chain in SrCoO3-δ thin films

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    Glamazda, A.; Choi, Kwang-yong; Lemmens, P.; Choi, Woo Seok; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Meyer, Tricia L.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-08-31

    Raman scattering experiments together with detailed lattice dynamic calculations are performed to elucidate crystallographic and electronic peculiarities of SrCoO3-δ films. We observe that the 85 cm-1 phonon mode involving the rotation of a CoO4sub> tetrahedron undergoes a hardening by 21 cm-1 when the temperature is decreased. In addition, new phonon modes appear at 651.5 and 697.6 cm-1 . The latter modes are attributed to the Jahn-Teller activated modes. Upon cooling from room temperature, all phonons exhibit an exponential-like increase of intensity with a characteristic energy of about 103–107 K. We attribute this phenomenon to an instability of the CoO4sub> tetrahedral chain structure, which constitutes a key ingredient to understand the electronic and structural properties of the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5.

  6. Conduction below 100 °C in nominal Li6ZnNb4sub>O14

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    Li, Yunchao; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Gill, Lance W.; Edward W. Hagaman; Wang, Yangyang; Sokolov, Alexei P.; Dai, Sheng; Ma, Cheng; Chi, Miaofang; Veith, Gabriel M.; Manthiram, Arumugam; Goodenough, John B.

    2015-09-15

    The increasing demand for a safe rechargeable battery with a high energy density per cell is driving a search for a novel solid electrolyte with a high Li+ or Na+ conductivity that is chemically stable in a working Li-ion or Na-ion battery. Li6ZnNb4sub>O14 has been reported to exhibit a σ Li > 10-2 S cm-1 at 250 °C, but to disproportionate into multiple phases on cooling from 850 °C to room temperature. An investigation of the room-temperature Li-ion conductivity in a porous pellet of a multiphase product of a nominal Li6ZnNb4sub>O14 composition is shown to have bulk σ Li 3.3 x 10-5 S cm-1 at room temperature that increases to 1.4 x 10-4 S cm-1 by 50 °C. 7Li MAS NMR spectra were fitted to two Lorentzian lines, one of which showed a dramatic increase with increasing temperature. As a result, a test for water stability indicates that Li+ may move to the particle and grain surfaces to react with adsorbed water as occurs in the garnet Li+ conductors.

  7. Metastability in the MgAl2O4sub>-Al2O3 System

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    Wilkerson, Kelley R.; Smith, Jeffrey D.; Hemrick, James G.

    2014-07-22

    Aluminum oxide must take a spinel form ( γ-Al2O3) at elevated temperatures in order for extensive solid solution to form between MgAl2O4sub> and α-Al2O3. The solvus line between MgAl2O4sub> and Al2O3 has been defined at 79.6 wt% Al2O3 at 1500°C, 83.0 wt% Al2O3 at 1600°C, and 86.5 wt% Al2O3 at 1700°C. A metastable region has been defined at temperatures up to 1700°C which could have significant implications for material processing and properties. Additionally, initial processing could have major implications on final chemistry. The spinel solid solution region has been extended to form an infinite solid solution with Al2O3 at elevated temperatures. A minimum in melting at 1975°C and a chemistry of 96 wt% Al2O3 rather than a eutectic is present, resulting in no eutectic crystal formation during solidification.

  8. Modification of the activity of Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} in the gas-phase conversion of cyclohexanol by addition of sodium carbonate

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    Aramendia, M.A.; Borau, V.; Jimenez, C.

    1995-11-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and characterization of solid NaMgPO{sub 4}, obtained by adding Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} to freshly formed Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}22H{sub 2}O. The magnesium orthophosphate was prepared by gelling an aqueous solution of MgCl{sub 2} and Na{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} with 3 N NaOH. The solid products thus obtained were characterized by using various structural (XRD), surface (XPS, DRIFT,BET), and morphological (SEM) elucidation techniques. The results show that the NaMgPO{sub 4} surface also contains Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, NaCl, and MgO, which endow it with increased activity and selectivity. Thus, Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} yields cyclohexene (CHE) preferentially, and some cyclohexanone (CHONE), in the gas-phase conversion of cyclohexanol. On the other hand, NaMgPO{sub 4} produces CHONE selectively under the same reaction conditions. 61 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  9. In situ studies of surface of NiFe2O4sub> catalyst during complete oxidation of methane

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    Zhang, Shiran; Shan, Junjun; Nie, Longhui; Nguyen, Luan; Wu, Zili; Tao, Franklin

    2015-12-21

    Here, NiFe2O4sub> with an inverse spinel structure exhibits high activity for a complete oxidation of methane at 400 °C–425 °C and a higher temperature. The surface of the catalyst and its adsorbates were well characterized with ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and in situ infrared spectroscopy (IR). In situ studies of the surface of NiFe2O4sub> using AP-XPS suggest the formation of methoxy-like and formate-like intermediates at a temperature lower than 200 °C, supported by the observed vibrational signatures in in situ IR studies. Evolutions of C1s photoemission features and the nominal atomic ratios of C/(Ni + Fe) of the catalyst surface suggest that the formate-like intermediate is transformed to product molecules CO2 and H2O in the temperature range of 250–300 °C. In situ studies suggest the formation of a spectator, – Olattice – CH2 – Olattice –. It strongly bonds to surface through C–O bonds and cannot be activated even at 400 °C.

  10. Thermodynamic Properties of α-Fe2O3 and Fe3O4sub> Nanoparticles

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    Spencer, Elinor C.; Ross, Nancy L.; Olsen, Rebecca E.; Huang, Baiyu; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; Woodfield, Brian F.

    2015-04-21

    Here we comprehansively assessed the thermodynamic properties of hydrated α-Fe2O3 (hematite) and Fe3O4sub> (magnetite) nanoparticles. In addition to 9 nm Fe3O4sub>, three α-e2O3nanoparticles samples of different sizes (11, 14, and 25 nm) and bulk α-e2O3 have been evaluated by inelastic neutron scattering methods. The contribution of the two-level magnetic spin flip transition to the heat capacity of the α-e2O3 particles has been determined. The isochoric heat capacity of the water confined on the surface of these two types of iron oxide particles have been calculated from their INS spectra, and is affected by the chemical composition of the underlying particle. Furthermore, the heat capacity and dynamics of the particle hydration layers appear to be influenced by a complex array of factors including particle size, water coverage, and possibly the magnetic state of the particle itself.

  11. Disorder from order among anisotropic next-nearest-neighbor Ising spin chains in SrHo2O4sub>

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    Wen, J. -J.; Tian, W.; Garlea, V. O.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; McQueen, T. M.; Li, H. -F.; Yan, J. -Q.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Vaknin, D.; Broholm, C. L.

    2015-02-26

    In this study, we describe why Ising spin chains with competing interactions in SrHo2O4sub> segregate into ordered and disordered ensembles at low temperatures (T). Using elastic neutron scattering, magnetization, and specific heat measurements, the two distinct spin chains are inferred to have Néel (↑↓↑↓) and double-Néel (↑↑↓↓) ground states, respectively. Below TN = 0.68(2)K, the Néel chains develop three-dimensional long range order (LRO), which arrests further thermal equilibration of the double-Néel chains so they remain in a disordered incommensurate state for T below TS = 0.52(2)K. SrHo2O4sub> distills an important feature of incommensurate low dimensional magnetism: kinetically trapped topological defects in a quasi–d–dimensional spin system can preclude order in d + 1 dimensions.

  12. Magnetic excitations from an S=1/2 diamond-shaped tetramer compound Cu2PO4sub>OH

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    Matsuda, Masaaki; Dissanayake, Sachith E.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Totsuka, K.; Belik, A. A.

    2015-11-30

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been carried out on a powder sample of Cu2PO4sub>OH, which consists of diamond-shaped tetramer spin units with S=1/2. We have observed two nearly dispersionless magnetic excitations at E1 ~2 and E2 ~0 meV, whose energy width are broader than the instrumental resolution. The simplest square tetramer model with one dominant interaction, which predicts two sharp excitation peaks at E1 and E2(=2E1), does not explain the experimental result. We found that two diagonal intratetramer interactions compete with the main interaction and weak intertetramer interactions connect the tetramers. The main intratetramer interaction is found to split into two inequivalent ones due to a structural distortion below 160 K. Cu2PO4sub>OH is considered to be a good material to study the S=1/2 Heisenberg tetramer system.

  13. NMR Studies of the Vanadium Spin Dynamics and Spin Structure in LiV2O4sub>, CaV2O4sub>, and (LixV1-x)3BO5 (x ≈ 0.33, 0.40)

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    Zong, Xiaopeng

    2007-01-01

    Strong electron correlation is believed to be an essential and unifying factor in diverse properties of condensed matter systems. Ground states that can arise due to electron correlation effects include Mott insulators, heavy fermion, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism, spin glasses, and high-temperature superconductivity. The electronic systems in transition metal oxide compounds are often highly correlated. In this thesis, the author presents experimental studies on three strongly correlated vanadium oxide compounds: LiV2O4sub>, (LixV1-x)3BO5, and CaV2O4sub>, which have completely different ground states.

  14. Electrochemically influenced cation inter-diffusion and Co3O4sub> formation on La0.6Sr0.4sub>CoO3 infiltrated into SOFC cathodes

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    Song, Xueyan; Lee, Shiwoo; Chen, Yun; Gerdes, Kirk

    2015-06-18

    Nanosized LSC electrocatalyst was infiltrated into a porous scaffold cathode composed of Sm2O3-doped CeO2 (SDC) and La0.6Sr0.4sub>Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) in a commercial button solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). To understand the stability of cathodes infiltrated with LSC, the infiltrated composite cells were subjected to both electrochemical operating and thermal aging states at 750 °C for 1500 h. Nanostructure and local chemistry evolution of La0.6Sr0.4sub>CoO3 (LSC) infiltrated cathodes upon operation and aging were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. After operation, the LSC remained a cubic perovskite, and the crystal grains exhibit comparable size to as-infiltrated LSC grains. Inter-diffusion of Fe from the LSCF to a Fe-incorporated LSC layer developed on the LSCF backbone. However, only sharp interfaces were observed between LSC and SDC backbone in the as-infiltrated cathode and such interfaces remain after operation. The infiltrated LSC on the SDC backbone also retains granular particle morphology. Furthermore, newly grown Co3O4sub> nanocrystals were found in the operated cathode. After thermal aging, on the other hand, cation inter-diffusion across the interfaces of the infiltrate particles and the cathode backbones is less than that from the operated cells. Lastly, the following hypothesis is proposed: Co3O4sub> forms on LSC arising from local charge balancing between cobalt and oxygen vacancies.

  15. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of NaCu{sup II}[(Cu{sup II}{sub 3}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}Cl

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    Jin Tengteng; Liu Wei; Chen Shuang; Prots, Yurii; Schnelle, Walter; Zhao Jingtai; Kniep, Ruediger; Hoffmann, Stefan

    2012-08-15

    A new copper(II) oxide phosphate chloride, NaCu{sup II}[(Cu{sup II}{sub 3}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}Cl], has been synthesized by flux synthesis. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction data show that the title compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P2{sub 1}/c (No. 14), with lattice parameters a=8.392(2) A, b=6.3960(10) A, c=16.670(2) A, {beta}=109.470(10) Degree-Sign , V=843.6(3) A{sup 3}, Z=4. The crystal structure is characterized by a complex chain of copper-centered polyhedra running along [0 1 0] which are connected by phosphate tetrahedra. The resulting three-dimensional polyhedra framework exhibits channels filled by additional copper and sodium atoms. Field and temperature dependent measurements of the specific heat and the magnetic susceptibility reveal low-dimensional magnetic behavior. The compound starts to decompose at 700 K under release of oxygen and evaporation of Cu{sup I}Cl as shown by simultaneous thermogravimetry and mass spectrometry. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of the new copper(II) phosphate chloride, NaCu{sup II}[(Cu{sup II}{sub 3}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}Cl], exhibits linear chains of copper tetrahedra which show low-dimensional magnetic behavior proven by specific heat and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new copper(II) oxide phosphate chloride, NaCu{sup II}[(Cu{sup II}{sub 3}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}Cl], has been synthesized by flux synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure comprises chains of Cu{sub 4}O tetrahedra. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low-dimensional behavior has been proven by magnetic and specific heat measurements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer On heating, Cu{sup I}Cl and oxygen are released shown by simultaneous thermogravimetry and mass spectrometry.

  16. Determination of ketone body kinetics using a D-(-)-3-hydroxy(4,4,4-/sub 2/H/sup 3/)butyrate tracer

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    Bougneres, P.F.; Balasse, E.O.; Ferre, P.; Bier, D.M.

    1986-02-01

    In studies where D-(-)-3-hydroxy(4,4,4-/sub 2/H/sup 3/)butyrate is employed as isotopic tracer in vivo, we have described a selected ion monitoring, gas-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry micromethod which measures (/sub 2/H/sup 3/) tracer enrichment in 3-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate from 300-microliters blood samples. For plasma samples in the physiologic range, intra- and interassay precisions for each ketone averaged better than +/- 1% and +/- 2%, respectively. The use of the method was validated by comparing kinetic data obtained with the above tracer with simultaneous flux data obtained with conventional D-(-)-3-hydroxy(3-/sup 14/C)butyrate tracer in five fasted rats.

  17. New insights into the thermodynamic behavior of 2LiBH4sub>-MgH2 composite for hydrogen storage

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    Cova, Federico; Ronnebro, Ewa; Choi, Yong-Joon; Gennari, Fabiana; Larochette, Pierre

    2015-06-15

    The composite 2LiBH4sub>:MgH2 has been studied as a possible hydrogen storage material due to its high storage capacity. The present work is directed towards the clarification of the thermodynamic behavior of the system, especially in the temperature region above 400°C. We reveal different reaction paths during hydrogen absorption and desorption at various temperatures which has important implication for applications. At temperatures higher than 413°C, the observation of two different absorption pressure plateaus indicates that two different reactions occur, however, below this temperature there is only one plateau present in the system. During desorption, the double plateau can be observed at temperatures as low as 375°C.

  18. Cw and Q-switched Nd:NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} laser noncritical to the temperature drift of the diode pump laser wavelength

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    Ushakov, S N; Lis, Denis A; Subbotin, Kirill A; Romanyuk, V A; Shestakov, A V; Ryabochkina, P A; Shestakova, I A; Zharikov, Evgeny V

    2010-08-27

    Lasing in Nd:NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals is obtained without stabilisation of the diode pump wavelength. A dependence of the cw laser power (at a wavelength of 1059 nm) on the pump diode temperature is found within a range of 10-458C. It is shown that the variations in the diode temperature within this region change the lasing efficiency no more than by 30%. In the passive Q-switching regime, the experiments were performed under both pulsed and cw pumping. Upon pulsed pumping, the laser energy was 16 {mu}J at the output pulse duration of 11 ns. The laser wavelength was 1059 nm, as well as in the case of cw operation. Upon cw pumping with a power of 1.5 W, laser pulses were obtained with an energy of 15 {mu}J. (lasers)

  19. The migration mechanism of transition metal ions in LiNi 0.5 Mn 1.5O4sub>

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    Xu, Gui-Liang; Qin, Yan; Ren, Yang; Cai, Lu; An, Ke; Amine, Khalil; Chen, Zonghai

    2015-05-12

    The migration of transition metal ions in the oxygen framework was recently proposed to be responsible for the continuous loss of average working potential of high energy density layered–layered composite cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. The potential migration pathway in a model material, LiNi 0.5 Mn 1.5O4sub> spinel, was investigated using in situ high-energy X-ray diffraction and in situ neutron diffraction during the solid state synthesis process. It was found that the migration of transition metal ions among octahedral sites is possible by using tetrahedral vacancies as intermediate sites. It was also suggested that the number of electrons in 3d orbitals has a significant impact on their mobility in the hosting oxygen framework.

  20. Negative to positive magnetoresistance and magnetocaloric effect in Pr0.6Er0.4sub>Al2

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Gschneidner, Jr., K. A.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2014-10-13

    We report on the magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetotransport properties of Pr0.6Er0.4sub>Al2. The title compound exhibits a large positive magnetoresistance (MR) for H ≥ 40 kOe and a small but non negligible negative MR for H ≤ 30 kOe. The maximum positive MR reaches 13% at H = 80 kOe. The magnetic entropy and adiabatic temperature changes as functions of temperature each show two anomalies: a broad dome-like maximum below 20 K and a relatively sharp peak at higher temperature. As a result, observed behaviors are unique among other binary and mixed lanthanide compounds.

  1. Beam quality management by periodic reproduction of wavefront aberrations in end-pumped Nd:YVO4sub> laser amplifiers.

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    Liu, Bin; Liu, Chong; Shen, Lifeng; Wang, Chunhua; Ye, Zhibin; Liu, Dong; Xiang, Zhen

    2016-04-18

    A method for beam quality management is presented in a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) using Nd:YVO4sub> as the gain medium by extra-cavity periodic reproduction of wavefront aberrations. The wavefront aberration evolution of the intra-cavity beams is investigated for both symmetrical and asymmetrical resonators. The wavefront aberration reproduction process is successfully realized outside the cavity in four-stage amplifiers. In the MOPA with a symmetrical oscillator, the laser power increases linearly and the beam quality hardly changes. In the MOPA with an asymmetrical oscillator, the beam quality is deteriorated after the odd-stage amplifier and is improved after the even-stage amplifier. The wavefront aberration reproduction during the extra-cavity beam propagation in the amplifiers is equivalent to that during the intra-cavity propagation. This solution helps to achieve the effective beam quality management in laser amplifier chains. PMID:27137329

  2. Beam quality management by periodic reproduction of wavefront aberrations in end-pumped Nd:YVO4sub> laser amplifiers.

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    Liu, Bin; Liu, Chong; Shen, Lifeng; Wang, Chunhua; Ye, Zhibin; Liu, Dong; Xiang, Zhen

    2016-04-18

    A method for beam quality management is presented in a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) using Nd:YVO4sub> as the gain medium by extra-cavity periodic reproduction of wavefront aberrations. The wavefront aberration evolution of the intra-cavity beams is investigated for both symmetrical and asymmetrical resonators. The wavefront aberration reproduction process is successfully realized outside the cavity in four-stage amplifiers. In the MOPA with a symmetrical oscillator, the laser power increases linearly and the beam quality hardly changes. In the MOPA with an asymmetrical oscillator, the beam quality is deteriorated after the odd-stage amplifier and is improved after the even-stage amplifier. The wavefront aberration reproduction during the extra-cavity beam propagation in the amplifiers is equivalent to that during the intra-cavity propagation. This solution helps to achieve the effective beam quality management in laser amplifier chains.

  3. 119Sn-NMR investigations on superconducting Ca3Ir4sub>Sn13: Evidence for multigap superconductivity

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    Sarkar, R.; Petrovic, C.; Bruckner, F.; Gunther, M.; Wang, Kefeng; Biswas, P. K.; Luetkens, H.; Morenzoni, E.; Amato, A.; Klauss, H. -H.

    2015-09-25

    In this study, we report bulk superconductivity (SC) in Ca3Ir4sub>Sn13 by means of 119Sn nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments. Two classical signatures of BCS superconductivity in spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1), namely the Hebel–Slichter coherence peak just below the Tc, and the exponential decay in the superconducting phase, are evident. The noticeable decrease of 119Sn Knight shift below Tc indicates spin-singlet superconductivity. The temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 119(1/T1) is convincingly described by the multigap isotropic superconducting gap. NMR experiments do not witness any sign of enhanced spin fluctuations.

  4. Temperature, Oxygen, and Soot-Volume-Fraction Measurements in a Turbulent C2H4sub>-Fueled Jet Flame

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    Kearney, Sean P.; Guildenbecher, Daniel Robert; Winters, Caroline; Farias, Paul Abraham; Grasser, Thomas W.; Hewson, John C.

    2015-09-01

    We present a detailed set of measurements from a piloted, sooting, turbulent C 2 H 4 sub>- fueled diffusion flame. Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) is used to monitor temperature and oxygen, while laser-induced incandescence (LII) is applied for imaging of the soot volume fraction in the challenging jet-flame environment at Reynolds number, Re = 20,000. Single-laser shot results are used to map the mean and rms statistics, as well as probability densities. LII data from the soot-growth region of the flame are used to benchmark the soot source term for one-dimensional turbulence (ODT) modeling of this turbulent flame. The ODT code is then used to predict temperature and oxygen fluctuations higher in the soot oxidation region higher in the flame.

  5. Optical modeling and optimizations of Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> solar cells using the modified transfer matrix method.

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    Cozza, Dario; Ruiz, Carmen M; Duché, David; Giraldo, Sergio; Saucedo, Edgardo; Simon, Jean Jacques; Escoubas, Ludovic

    2016-09-01

    The fast and computationally inexpensive Modified Transfer Matrix Method (MTM) is employed to simulate the optical response of kesterite Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> solar cells. This method can partially take into account the scattering effects due to roughness at the interfaces between the layers of the stack. We analyzed the optical behavior of the whole cell structure by varying the thickness of the TCO layer (iZnO + ITO) between 50 and 1200 nm and the buffer CdS layer between 0 and 100 nm. We propose optimal combinations of the TCO/CdS thicknesses that can locally maximize the device photocurrent. We provide experimental data that qualitatively confirm our theoretical predictions. PMID:27607723

  6. Calorimetric, spectroscopic and structural investigations of phase polymorphism in [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 3}. Part I

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    Dolega, Diana; Mikuli, Edward; Inaba, Akira; Gorska, Natalia; Holderna-Natkaniec, Krystyna; Nitek, Wojciech

    2013-01-15

    Four crystalline phases of the coordination compound [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 3} are identified by adiabatic calorimetry. Three phase transitions, one at T{sub C3}(IV{yields}III)=30.7 K, the second at T{sub C2}(III{yields}II)=91.7 K (both accompanied by comparable entropy changes 3.0 and 3.1 J K{sup -1} mol{sup -1}, respectively) and the third at T{sub C1}(II{yields}I)=241.6 K (accompanied by an entropy change of 8.1 J K{sup -1} mol{sup -1}) were discovered. X-ray single crystal diffraction (at 293 K) demonstrates that phase I is a highly dynamic disordered cubic phase (Fm3{sup Macron }m, No. 225) with two types of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions differing in a degree of disorder. In phase II (at 170 K) the structure remains cubic (Ia3{sup Macron }, No. 206), with two different types of cations and four different types of anions. Splitting of certain IR bands connected with NH{sub 3} ligands at the observed phase transitions suggests a lowering of the symmetry of the [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}]{sup 3+} complex cation. Both NH{sub 3} ligands and BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions perform fast reorientations ({tau}{sub R} Almost-Equal-To 10{sup -12} s), which are significantly slowed down below the phase transition at T{sub C3}. {sup 1}H NMR studies led to estimate the values of the activation energy of NH{sub 3} ligands reorientation in the phases II and I as equal to {approx}8 kJ mol{sup -1}. In phase I the whole hexammineruthenium(III) cations reorientation as a tumbling process can be noticed. The activation energy value of this motion is {approx}24 kJ mol{sup -1}. {sup 19}F NMR studies give the values of the activation energy of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions reorientation as {approx}6 kJ mol{sup -1}. Above the phase transition temperature half of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions perform a tumbling motion with E{sub a} Almost-Equal-To 8 kJ mol{sup -1}. - Graphical abstract: A series of complementary methods, such as Adiabatic Calorimetry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Fourier

  7. The behavior of thermal conductivity in the chaotic phase of [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} crystal

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    Sveleba, S. A. Karpa, I. V.; Kunyo, I. M.; Semotyuk, O. V.; Katerynchuk, I. M.; Phitsych, E. I.; Pankivskyi, Yu. I.

    2010-07-15

    A thermal investigation of the modulated structure dynamics at the transition between metastable states in the incommensurate phase of [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} crystal have been performed. It is established that the anomalous behavior of the thermal conductivity in the absence of a defect-density wave is due to the inelastic scattering of thermal phonons from critical phonons of the soft optical branch. In the presence of a defect-density wave, the anomalous increase in thermal conductivity is caused by the existence of a chaotic phase and is related to the contribution that soft optical phonons make to the heat transfer due to the increase in their group velocity.

  8. Nanoparticles of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Eu as effective detectors for swift heavy ions

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    Salah, Numan; Lochab, S. P.; Kanjilal, D.; Ranjan, Ranju; Habib, Sami S.; Rupasov, A. A.; Aleynikov, V. E.

    2007-09-15

    The modification of thermoluminescence (TL) and photoluminescence (PL) properties of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Eu nanoparticles by swift heavy ions (SHI), irradiation is studied. Pellets form of the nanomaterials were irradiated by 48 MeV Li{sup 3+}, 75 MeV C{sup 6+}, and 90 MeV O{sup 7+} ion beams. The fluence range is 1x10{sup 9}-1x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The modification in TL glow curves of the nanomaterials irradiated by Li{sup 3+}, C{sup 6+}, and O{sup 7+} ion beams are essentially similar to those induced by {gamma}-ray irradiation. These glow curves have single peaks at around 427 K with a small variation in their positions by around {+-}3 K. The TL intensity of the ion beams irradiated nanomaterials is found to decease, while going from low to high atomic number (Z) ions (i.e., Li{sup 3+}{yields}O{sup 7+}). The TL response curve of the pellets irradiated by Li{sup 3+} ions is linear in the whole range of studied fluences. The curves for C{sup 6+} and O{sup 7+} irradiated samples are linear at lower fluences (1x10{sup 9}-1x10{sup 12} ion/cm{sup 2}) and then saturate at higher fluence. These results for the nanomaterials are much better than that of the corresponding microcrystalline samples irradiated with a Li{sup 3+} ion. The curves were linear up to the fluence 1x10{sup 11} ion/cm{sup 2} and then become sublinear at higher fluences. The TL efficiency values of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Eu nanoparticles irradiated by 48 MeV Li{sup 3+}, 75 MeV C{sup 6+}, and 90 MeV O{sup 7+} ion beams have been measured relative to {gamma} rays of {sup 60}Co and are found to be 0.515, 0.069, and 0.019, respectively. This value for the Li{sup 3+} ion (0.515) is much higher than that of the corresponding microcrystalline material (0.0014). These superiorities for the nanomaterials make K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Eu nanophosphor a suitable candidate for detecting the doses of swift heavy ions. PL studies on the ion beams irradiated and

  9. One Dimensional(1D)-to-2D Crossover of Spin Correlations in the 3D Magnet ZnMn2O4sub>

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    Disseler, S. M.; Chen, Y.; Yeo, S.; Gasparovic, G.; Piccoli, P. M. B.; Schultz, A. J.; Qiu, Y.; Huang, Q.; Cheong, S. -W.; Ratcliff, W.

    2015-12-08

    In this paper we report on the intriguing evolution of the dynamical spin correlations of the frustrated spinel ZnMn2O4sub>. Inelastic neutron scattering and magnetization studies reveal that the dynamical correlations at high temperatures are 1D. At lower temperature, these dynamical correlations become 2D. Surprisingly, the dynamical correlations condense into a quasi 2D Ising-like ordered state, making this a rare observation of two dimensional order on the spinel lattice. Remarkably, 3D ordering is not observed down to temperatures as low as 300 mK. This unprecedented dimensional crossover stems from frustrated exchange couplings due to the huge Jahn-Teller distortions around Mn3+ ions on the spinel lattice.

  10. Structure and magnetism of nanocrystalline and epitaxial (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4sub> thin films

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    Alaan, U. S.; Wong, F. J.; Grutter, A. J.; Iwata-Harms, J. M.; Mehta, V. V.; Arenholz, E.; Suzuki, Y.

    2012-02-21

    We study nanocrystalline (NC) textured Mn0.5Zn0.6Fe1.9O4sub> (MZFO) films, grown at room temperature on both isostructural and non-isostructural substrates, that show magnetization values significantly suppressed from epitaxial MZFO films. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements indicate larger ratios of Fe3+ to Fe2+ ions on the tetrahedral sites in the NC films compared to the epitaxialfilms. The magnetization loops of the NC films are shifted by 200-400 Oe at low temperatures. No such effect is observed in the epitaxialfilms. In conclusion, we hypothesize that the presence of a more structurally disordered, possibly magnetically frustrated, matrix exchange biases the crystalline regions.

  11. Multiband Te p Based Superconductivity of Ta4sub>Pd3Te16

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    Singh, David J.

    2014-10-06

    We recently discovered that Ta4sub>Pd3Te16 is a superconductor that has been suggested to be an unconventional superconductor near magnetism. Here, we report electronic structure calculations showing that despite the layered crystal structure the material is an anisotropic three-dimensional (3D) metal. The Fermi surface contains prominent one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) features, including nested 1D sheets, a 2D cylindrical section, and a 3D sheet. Moreover, the electronic states that make up the Fermi surface are mostly derived from Te p states with small Ta d and Pd d contributions. This places the compound far from magnetic instabilities. The results are discussed in terms of multiband superconductivity.

  12. Thermal expansion of NaTi/sub 2/(PO/sub 4/)/sub 3/ studied by Rietveld method from x-ray diffraction data

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    Rodrigo, J.L.; Carrasco, P.; Alamo, J. )

    1989-05-01

    Previous disagreement about the thermal expansion of the rhombohedral compound, NZP-type, NaTi/sub 2/(PO/sub 4/)/sub 3/ is clarified. It is shown that thermal stresses affect the thermal expansion, but they relax after some time of storage. Its anisotropic thermal expansion, has been calculate from high temperature X-ray diffraction, and it is linear in the range from room temperature up to 800{sup 0}C. The predictability of thermal expansion and the tailoring of the composition of NZP ceramics require checking whether the thermal effect on the rotations and distortions of the atomic polyhedra in this structure is the responsible for the high anisotropy in the thermal expansion. This effect has been determined experimentally by solving the chemical structure at five different temperatures, applying the Rietveld method to deconvolute the powder X-ray diffraction profiles.

  13. Optical modeling and optimizations of Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> solar cells using the modified transfer matrix method.

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    Cozza, Dario; Ruiz, Carmen M; Duché, David; Giraldo, Sergio; Saucedo, Edgardo; Simon, Jean Jacques; Escoubas, Ludovic

    2016-09-01

    The fast and computationally inexpensive Modified Transfer Matrix Method (MTM) is employed to simulate the optical response of kesterite Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> solar cells. This method can partially take into account the scattering effects due to roughness at the interfaces between the layers of the stack. We analyzed the optical behavior of the whole cell structure by varying the thickness of the TCO layer (iZnO + ITO) between 50 and 1200 nm and the buffer CdS layer between 0 and 100 nm. We propose optimal combinations of the TCO/CdS thicknesses that can locally maximize the device photocurrent. We provide experimental data that qualitatively confirm our theoretical predictions.

  14. Complex conductance of ultrathin La2-xSrxCuO4sub> films and heterostructures

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    V. A. Gasparov; Bozovic, I.

    2015-10-23

    We used atomic-layer molecular beam epitaxy to synthesize bilayers of a cuprate metal (La1.55Sr0.45CuO4sub>) and a cuprate insulator (La2CuO4sub>), in which each layer is just one unit cells thick. We have studied the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the complex sheet conductance, σ(ω), of these films. Experiments have been carried out at frequencies between 2 and 50 MHz using the single-spiral coil technique. We found that: (i) the inductive response starts at ΔT = 3 K lower temperatures than Re σ(T), which in turn is characterized by a peak close to the transition, (ii) this shift is almost constant with magnetic field up to 14 mT; (iii) ΔT increases sharply up to 4 K at larger fields and becomes constant up to 8 T; (iv) the vortexdiffusion constant D(T) is not linear with T at low temperatures as in the case of free vortices, but is rather exponential due to pinning of vortex cores, and (v) the dynamic Berezinski–Kosterlitz–Thouless (BKT) transition temperature occurs at the point where Y=(lω/ξ+)2 = 1. As a result, our experimental results can be described well by the extended dynamic theory of the BKT transition and dynamics of bound vortex–antivortex pairs with short separation lengths.

  15. Enhanced thermoelectric performance driven by high-temperature phase transition in the phase change material Ge4sub>SbTe5

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    Williams, Jared B.; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Cakmak, Ercan; Watkins, Thomas R.; Morelli, Donald T.

    2015-05-15

    Phase change materials are identified for their ability to rapidly alternate between amorphous and crystalline phases and have large contrast in the optical/electrical properties of the respective phases. The materials are primarily used in memory storage applications, but recently they have also been identified as potential thermoelectric materials. Many of the phase change materials researched today can be found on the pseudo-binary (GeTe)1-x(Sb2Te3)x tie-line. While many compounds on this tie-line have been recognized as thermoelectric materials, here we focus on Ge4sub>SbTe5, a single phase compound just off of the (GeTe)1-x(Sb2Te3)x tie-line, that forms in a stable rocksalt crystal structure at room temperature. We find that stoichiometric and undoped Ge4sub>SbTe5 exhibits a thermal conductivity of ~1.2 W/m-K at high temperature and a large Seebeck coefficient of ~250 μV/K. The resistivity decreases dramatically at 623 K due to a structural phase transition which lends to a large enhancement in both thermoelectric power factor and thermoelectric figure of merit at 823 K. In a more general sense the research presents evidence that phase change materials can potentially provide a new route to highly efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation at high temperature.

  16. Decoupling of the antiferromagnetic and insulating states in Tb-doped Sr2IrO4sub>

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    Wang, J. C.; Aswartham, S.; Ye, Feng; Terzic, J.; Zheng, H.; Haskel, Daniel; Chikara, Shalinee; Choi, Yong; Schlottmann, P.; Custelcean, Radu; Yuan, S. J.; Cao, G.

    2015-12-08

    Sr2IrO4sub> is a spin-orbit coupled insulator with an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at TN = 240 K. We report results of a comprehensive study of single-crystal Sr2Ir1-xTbxO4sub> (0≤x≤0.03). This study found that mere 3% (x=0.03) tetravalent Tb4+(4f7) substituting for Ir4+ (rather than Sr2+) completely suppresses the long-range collinear AFM transition but retains the insulating state, leading to a phase diagram featuring a decoupling of magnetic interactions and charge gap. The insulating state at x = 0.03 is characterized by an unusually large specific heat at low temperatures and an incommensurate magnetic state having magnetic peaks at (0.95, 0, 0) and (0, 0.95, 0) in the neutron diffraction, suggesting a spiral or spin density wave order. It is apparent that Tb doping effectively changes the relative strength of the SOI and the tetragonal CEF and enhances the Hund’s rule coupling that competes with the SOI, and destabilizes the AFM state. However, the disappearance of the AFM accompanies no metallic state chiefly because an energy level mismatch for the Ir and Tb sites weakens charge carrier hopping and renders a persistent insulating state. Furthermore, this work highlights an unconventional correlation between the AFM and insulating states in which the magnetic transition plays no critical role in the formation of the charge gap in the iridate.

  17. Self-powdering and nonlinear optical domain structures in ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals formed in glass

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    Tsukada, Y.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2009-08-15

    Ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}, (GMO), crystals are formed through the crystallization of 21.25Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-63.75MoO{sub 3}-15B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass (mol%), and two scientific curious phenomena are observed. (1) GMO crystals formed in the crystallization break into small pieces with a triangular prism or pyramid shape having a length of 50-500 {mu}m spontaneously during the crystallizations in the inside of an electric furnace, not during the cooling in air after the crystallization. This phenomenon is called 'self-powdering phenomenon during crystallization' in this paper. (2) Each self-powdered GMO crystal grain shows a periodic domain structure with different refractive indices, and a spatially periodic second harmonic generation (SHG) depending on the domain structure is observed. It is proposed from polarized micro-Raman scattering spectra and the azimuthal dependence of second harmonic intensities that GMO crystals are oriented in each crystal grain and the orientation of (MoO{sub 4}){sup 2-} tetrahedra in GMO crystals changes periodically due to spontaneous strains in ferroelastic GMO crystals. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the polarized optical photograph at room temperature for a particle (piece) obtained by a heat treatment of the glass at 590 deg. C for 2 h in an electric furnace in air. This particle was obtained through the self-powdering behavior in the crystallization of glass. The periodic domain structure is observed. Ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals are formed in the particle, and second harmonic generations are detected, depending on the domain structure.

  18. Enhanced ferromagnetic order in Sr{sub 4}Mn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} featuring canted [MnO{sub 4}]{sub ∞} spin chains of mixed-valent Mn(III)/Mn(IV). Aliovalent substitution of the Sr{sub 4−x}Ln{sub x}Mn{sup III}{sub 2+x}Mn{sup IV}{sub 1−x}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} solid-solution

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    West, J. Palmer; Sulejmanovic, Dino; Becht, Gregory; He, Jian; Hitchcock, Dale; Yan, Yonggao; Hwu, Shiou-Jyh

    2013-10-15

    Crystals of Sr{sub 4−x}Ln{sub x}Mn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} (x=0; x∼0.15 for Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm. Eu, Gd, Dy; x∼0.3 for Ln=Gd) were isolated upon using high-temperature, solid-state methods in molten-salt media. These compounds are isostructural with the previously reported Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln=La, Sm, Gd) series that contains the same [MnO{sub 4}]{sub ∞} spin chains. The synthesis of the Sr{sub 4}Mn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} (x=0) phase was carried out by a double aliovalent substitution with respect to the Sr{sup 2+} and Ge{sup 4+} ions that replace Na{sup +}/Ln{sup 3+} and As{sup 5+} in Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}, respectively. The title series contains mixed-valent Mn(III)/Mn(IV) and shows a limited range of solid solution, both of which were not observed in the previously reported Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3} series. To form the Sr{sub 4−x}Ln{sub x}Mn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} solid solution, one of the Sr{sup 2+} sites, i.e., the original Ln-site in Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}, is partially substituted by Ln{sup 3+} in a statistical disorder of Sr{sub 1−x}/Ln{sub x}. Initial magnetic investigations of selected derivatives reveal higher ferromagnetic ordering temperatures than those reported for the Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3} series, presumably attributed to a lesser degree of canting as a result of introducing non-Jahn–Teller Mn{sup 4+} ions. Also intriguing is the observation of multiple anomalies at low temperatures which appear to be of electronic origins. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sub 4−x}Ln{sub x}Mn(III){sub 2+x}Mn(IV){sub 1−x}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Double aliovalent substitution: Sr{sub 4}Mn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} with respect to Na{sub 3}LnMn{sub 3}O{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3}. • Solid solution with respect to statistical disorder of Sr{sub 1

  19. Synthesis of MoS2/g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for the removal of nitric oxide (NO).

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    Wen, M Q; Xiong, T; Zang, Z G; Wei, W; Tang, X S; Dong, F

    2016-05-16

    Molybdenum disulfide and graphitic carbon nitride (MoS2-g-C3N4sub>) nanocomposites with visible-light induced photocatalytic activity were successfully synthesized by a facile ultrasonic dispersion method. The crystalline structure and morphology of the MoS2-g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microcopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical property of the as-prepared nanocomposites was studied by ultraviolet visible diffusion reflection (UV-vis) and photoluminescence(PL) spectrum. It could be observed from the TEM image that the MoS2 nanosheets and g-C3N4sub> nanoparticles were well combined together. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of MoS2-g-C3N4sub> composites was evaluated by the removal of nitric oxide under visible light irradiation (>400nm). The experimental results demonstrated that the nanocomposites with the MoS2 content of 1.5 wt% exhibited optimal photocatalytic activity and the corresponding removal rate of NO achieved 51.67%, higher than that of pure g-C3N4sub> nanoparticles. A possible photocatalytic mechanism for the MoS2-g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the hetero-structure of MoS2 and g-C3N4sub>. PMID:27409846

  20. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Cu2ZnGeSe4sub>. First-Principles Calculations and Vacuum-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Ellipsometric Studies

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    Choi, Sukgeun; Park, Ji-Sang; Donohue, Andrea; Christensen, Steven T.; To, Bobby; Beall, Carolyn; Wei, Su-Huai; Repins, Ingid L.

    2015-11-19

    Cu2ZnGeSe4sub> is of interest for the development of next-generation thin-film photovoltaic technologies. To understand its electronic structure and related fundamental optical properties, we perform first-principles calculations for three structural variations: kesterite, stannite, and primitive-mixed CuAu phases. The calculated data are compared with the room-temperature dielectric functionϵ=ϵ1+iϵ2 spectrum of polycrystalline Cu2ZnGeSe4sub> determined by vacuum-ultraviolet spectroscopic ellipsometry in the photon-energy range of 0.7 to 9.0 eV. Ellipsometric data are modeled with the sum of eight Tauc-Lorentz oscillators, and the best-fit model yields the band-gap and Tauc-gap energies of 1.25 and 1.19 eV, respectively. A comparison of overall peak shapes and relative intensities between experimental spectra and the calculated ϵ data for three structural variations suggests that the sample may not have a pure (ordered) kesterite phase. We found that the complex refractive index N=n+ik, normal-incidence reflectivity R, and absorption coefficients α are calculated from the modeled ϵ spectrum, which are also compared with those of Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> . The spectral features for Cu2ZnGeSe4sub> appear to be weaker and broader than those for Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> , which is possibly due to more structural imperfections presented in Cu2ZnGeSe4sub> than Cu2ZnSnSe4sub> .

  1. Synthesis of MoS2/g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for the removal of nitric oxide (NO).

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    Wen, M Q; Xiong, T; Zang, Z G; Wei, W; Tang, X S; Dong, F

    2016-05-16

    Molybdenum disulfide and graphitic carbon nitride (MoS2-g-C3N4sub>) nanocomposites with visible-light induced photocatalytic activity were successfully synthesized by a facile ultrasonic dispersion method. The crystalline structure and morphology of the MoS2-g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microcopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical property of the as-prepared nanocomposites was studied by ultraviolet visible diffusion reflection (UV-vis) and photoluminescence(PL) spectrum. It could be observed from the TEM image that the MoS2 nanosheets and g-C3N4sub> nanoparticles were well combined together. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of MoS2-g-C3N4sub> composites was evaluated by the removal of nitric oxide under visible light irradiation (>400nm). The experimental results demonstrated that the nanocomposites with the MoS2 content of 1.5 wt% exhibited optimal photocatalytic activity and the corresponding removal rate of NO achieved 51.67%, higher than that of pure g-C3N4sub> nanoparticles. A possible photocatalytic mechanism for the MoS2-g-C3N4sub> nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the hetero-structure of MoS2 and g-C3N4sub>.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structure, infrared and Raman spectra of Sr{sub 4}Cu{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 4}.3H{sub 2}O and Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 3}

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    Dordevic, Tamara Karanovic, Ljiljana

    2008-11-15

    The two new compounds, Sr{sub 4}Cu{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 4}.3H{sub 2}O (1) and Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 3}(2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. They represent previously unknown structure types and are the first compounds synthesized in the systems SrO/BaO-CuO-As{sub 2}O{sub 5}-H{sub 2}O. Their crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction [space group C2/c, a=18.536(4) A, b=5.179(1) A, c=24.898(5) A, {beta}=93.67(3){sup o}, V=2344.0(8) A{sup 3}, Z=4 for 1; space group P4{sub 2}/n, a=7.775(1) A, c=13.698(3) A, V=828.1(2) A{sup 3}, Z=2 for 2]. The crystal structure of 1 is related to a group of compounds formed by Cu{sup 2+}-(XO{sub 4}){sup 3-} layers (X=P{sup 5+}, As{sup 5+}) linked by M cations (M=alkali, alkaline earth, Pb{sup 2+}, or Ag{sup +}) and partly by hydrogen bonds. In 1, worth mentioning is the very short hydrogen bond length, D...A=2.477(3) A. It is one of the examples of extremely short hydrogen bonds, where the donor and acceptor are crystallographically different. Compound 2 represents a layered structure consisting of Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} centrosymmetric dimers crosslinked by As1{phi}{sub 4} tetrahedra, where {phi} is O or OH, which are interconnected by Ba, As2 and hydrogen bonds to form a three-dimensional network. The layers are formed by Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} centrosymmetric dimers of CuO{sub 5} edge-sharing polyhedra, crosslinked by As1O{sub 4} tetrahedra. Vibrational spectra (FTIR and Raman) of both compounds are described. The spectroscopic manifestation of the very short hydrogen bond in 1, and ABC-like spectra in 2 were discussed. - Graphical abstract: The two new compounds, Sr{sub 4}Cu{sub 3}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 4}.3H{sub 2}O (1) and Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 3}OH){sub 3}(2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. They represent previously unknown structure types and are the first compounds synthesized in the

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of the first 1-D indiumphosphate chain In{sub 2}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}F{sub 2}.C{sub 4}N{sub 2}H{sub 12}, a precursor for high dimensional structures

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    Chen Chao; Yi Zhuo; Bi Minghui; Liu Yunling; Wang Chunyu; Liu Li; Zhao Zan; Pang Wenqin . E-mail: wqpang@mail.jlu.edu.cn

    2006-05-15

    The first one-dimensional (1-D) indiumphosphate chain, In{sub 2}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}F{sub 2}.C{sub 4}N{sub 2}H{sub 12} (1), has been hydrothermally prepared using piperazine (PIP) as a template. The structure consists of infinite chains of trans,trans-corners-sharing InO{sub 4}F{sub 2} octahedra with the adjacent octahedra being bridged by tetrahedral PO{sub 3}(OH) and PO{sub 2}(OH){sub 2} units, which are H-bonded with amine groups of the organic cations. Interestingly, this macroanionic chain InP{sub 2}O{sub 8}H{sub 3}F{sup -} is similar to that found in the mineral tancoite-like chains and has potential to further set up higher-dimensional networks. On heating 1 in the presence of additional phosphoric acid at 180 deg. C under hydrothermal condition, compound 2, In{sub 2}(OH)(H{sub 2}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}.H{sub 3}O.H{sub 2}O, possessed a 3-D structure building from the repetition of a secondary building unit is obtained. When 1 is heated with additional PIP, an unknown phase, compound 3 is formed. Finally, on treatment with another amine, such as diethylenetriamine or 1,4-diaminobutane, at 180 deg. C, 1, as a precursor, can convert into a previously known 3-D framework structure with 16-membered ring compound 4. Compounds 1 and 2 are determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, 1 is characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, IR spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis.

  4. New organically templated gallium oxalate-phosphate structures based on Ga{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) building unit

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    Chen Zhenxia; Tan Songliang; Weng Linhong; Zhou Yaming; Gao Xiang; Zhao Dongyuan . E-mail: dyzhao@fudan.edu.cn

    2006-07-15

    Five organic-inorganic hybrid gallium oxalate-phosphates, [Ga{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}](C{sub 3}N{sub 2}H{sub 12}){sub 0.5}(H{sub 2}O) (1), [Ga{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}](C{sub 2}N{sub 2}H{sub 10}){sub 0.5}(H{sub 2}O) (2), [Ga{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}](C{sub 3}N{sub 2}H{sub 12}){sub 0.5} (3), [Ga{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 0.5}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}](C{sub 4}N{sub 3}H{sub 16}){sub 0.5} (H{sub 2}O){sub 1.5} (4) and [Ga{sub 2.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2.5}(H{sub 2}O){sub 1.5}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}](C{sub 4}N{sub 3}H{sub 15}){sub 0.5} (5), have been synthesized by using 1,3-diaminopropane, ethylenediamine and diethylene triamine as structure-directing agents under hydrothermal condition. The structures of 1-5 are based on Ga{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) building unit made up from Ga{sub 2}O{sub 8}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) oxalate-bridging dimer and alternating PO{sub 4} and GaO{sub 4} tetrahedral units. Compound 1 is layered structure where the building units link together in the same orientation. Corner sharing of these similar layers result in three-dimensional (3-D) structure 2. However, in compound 3, the building units arrange in a wave-like way to generate two types of eight member ring (8MR) channels. Both 4 and 5 contain the layers where the building units have an opposite orientation. Those layers are linked by H{sub 2}PO{sub 4} group and Ga(PO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}O){sub 3} cluster, respectively, to form 3-D frameworks with 12MR large pore channels. Compounds 2-5 exhibit intersecting 3-D channels where the protoned amines are located. - Graphical abstract: Compound 4 contains layers where the Ga{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) building units are connected to each other in an opposite orientation. The phosphorous atom sits on a twofold axis, is positioned between the layers and joins the GaO{sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) group from

  5. Beyond Yolk–Shell Nanoparticles: Fe 3 O 4sub> @Fe 3 C Core@Shell Nanoparticles as Yolks and Carbon Nanospindles as Shells for Efficient Lithium Ion Storage

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    Zhang, Jianan; Wang, Kaixi; Xu, Qun; Zhou, Yunchun; Cheng, Fangyi; Guo, Shaojun

    2015-02-25

    In order to well address the problems of large volume change and dissolution of Fe3O4sub> nanomaterials during Li+ intercalation/extraction, herein we demonstrate a one-step in situ nanospace-confined pyrolysis strategy for robust yolk–shell nanospindles with very sufficient internal void space (VSIVS) for high-rate and long-term lithium ion batteries (LIBs), in which an Fe3O4sub>@Fe3C core@shell nanoparticle is well confined in the compartment of a hollow carbon nanospindle. This structure can not only introduce VSIVS to accommodate volume change of Fe3O4sub> but also afford a dual shell of Fe3C and carbon to restrict Fe3O4sub> dissolution, thus providing dual roles for greatly improving the capacity retention. Consequently, Fe3O4sub>@Fe3C–C yolk–shell nanospindles deliver a high reversible capacity of 1128.3 mAh g–1 at even 500 mA g–1, excellent high rate capacity (604.8 mAh g–1 at 2000 mA g1), and prolonged cycling life (maintaining 1120.2 mAh g–1 at 500 mA g–1 for 100 cycles) for LIBs, which are much better than those of Fe3O4sub>@C core@shell nanospindles and Fe3O4sub> nanoparticles. The present Fe3O4sub>@Fe3C–C yolk–shell nanospindles are the most efficient Fe3O4sub>-based anode materials ever reported for LIBs.

  6. Insight into the Atomic Structure of High-Voltage Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> Cathode Material in the First Cycle

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    Huang, Xuejie; Yu, Xiqian; Lin, Mingxiang; Ben, Liubin; Sun, Yang; Wang, Hao; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yang, Xiao -Qing; Zhao, Haofei; Yu, Richeng; Armand, Michel

    2014-12-22

    Application of high-voltage spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> cathode material is the closest and the most realistic approach to meeting the midterm goal of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). However, this application has been hampered by long-standing issues, such as capacity degradation and poor first-cycle Coulombic efficiency of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> cathode material. Although it is well-known that the structure of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> into which Li ions are reversibly intercalated plays a critical role in the above issues, performance degradation related to structural changes, particularly in the first cycle, are not fully understood. Here, we report detailed investigations of local atomic-level and average structure of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> during first cycle (3.5–4.9 V) at room temperature. We observed two types of local atomic-level migration of transition metals (TM) ions in the cathode of a well-prepared LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub>//Li half-cell during first charge via an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Surface regions (~2 nm) of the cycled LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> particles show migration of TM ions into tetrahedral Li sites to form a Mn3O4sub>-like structure. However, subsurface regions of the cycled particles exhibit migration of TM ions into empty octahedral sites to form a rocksalt-like structure. The migration of these TM ions are closely related to dissolution of Ni/Mn ions and building-up of charge transfer impedance, which contribute significantly to the capacity degradation and the poor first-cycle Coulombic efficiency of spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> cathode material. Accordingly, we provide suggestions of effective stabilization of LiNi0.5

  7. Crystal structure and thermal expansion of the low- and high-temperature forms of BaM{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds (M=Ti, Zr, Hf and Sn)

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    Bregiroux, D.; Popa, K.; Jardin, R.; Raison, P.E.; Wallez, G.; Quarton, M.; Brunelli, M.; Ferrero, C.; Caciuffo, R.

    2009-05-15

    The crystal structure of beta-BaZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, archetype of the high-temperature forms of BaM(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphates (with M=Ti, Zr, Hf and Sn), has been solved ab initio by Rietveld analysis from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data. The phase transition appears as a topotactic modification of the monoclinic (S.G. C2/m) lamellar alpha-structure into a trigonal one (S.G. P3-barm1) through a simple mechanism involving the unfolding of the [Zr(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}{sup 2-} layers. The thermal expansion is very anisotropic (e.g., -4.14}){sub 2}) and quite different in the two forms, as a consequence of symmetry. It stems from a complex combination of several mechanisms, involving bridging oxygen rocking in M-O-P linkages, and 'bond thermal expansion'. - Graphical abstract: The layered high-temperature form of BaM(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, only expands along the c-axis.

  8. Temperature-dependent framework–template interaction of |Na{sub 6}(H{sub 2}O){sub 8}|[ZnPO{sub 4}]{sub 6} sodalite

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    Robben, Lars Gesing, Thorsten M.

    2013-11-15

    The partial dehydration followed by the decomposition of sodium-zincophosphate-hydrosodalite caused by the total water loss was examined by temperature-dependent X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy as well as thermogravimetry combined with difference thermoanalysis. The dehydration causing the decomposition of this sodalite could be described in a two step-process. Initially two water molecules per unit-cell were lost, changing the interaction between the zincophosphate framework and the remaining water molecules as well as sodium cations as non-framework constituents. In this stage a 3+3 coordination of water molecules and sodium cations in the sodalite cage is observed. Using the autocorrelation function (AC) for the evaluation of the temperature-dependent FTIR spectra of sodalites is reported here for the first time. Calculating the changes in the AC broadness, structural features could well be analyzed due to its correlation with respective structural parameters. Temperature dependent Raman data was used to give a band assignment of bands at Raman shifts below 300 cm{sup −1}. - Graphical abstract: The thermal decomposition of |Na{sub 6}(H{sub 2}O){sub 8}|[ZnPO{sub 4}]{sub 6} sodalite is a two-step process with an initial loss of two water molecules at 400 K, intermediately stabilizing the highly stressed framework. Further heating leads to a subsequent loss of the remaining six water molecules and a breakup of the sodalite framework. A beryllonite-type NaZnPO{sub 4} is the final product of this process. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The decomposition of |Na{sub 6}(H{sub 2}O){sub 8}|[ZnPO{sub 4}]{sub 6} sodalite is a two-step process. • Initial loss of two water molecule at 400 K stabilizes the sodalite (step 1). • Further heating leads to complete loss of water and structural breakdown. • Autocorrelation of temperature dependent FTIR-spectra gives structural information.

  9. Dipole ordering, ionic conductivity, and cold nuclear fusion: Three types of cation mobility in the orthophosphates KTiOPO{sub 4} Na{sub 3}M{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (M=Sc,Fe,Cr), NaTh{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, KD{sub 2}PO{sub 4}, and related compounds

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    Kalinin, V.B.

    1995-05-01

    As shown in earlier studies, crystals whose structures contain closely located positions statistically occupied by metal cations (split positions) may exhibit anomalies in physical properties, such as ferroelectric (FE) or antiferroelectric (AFE) ordering, superionic conduction (SIC), low thermal expansion coefficients, ultrarapid nuclear relaxation, etc. For example, splitting of Na positions lead to Fe ordering in low-temperature structures of Na{sub 3}Sc{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and NaTh{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and to AFE ordering in Na{sub 3}Zr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}PO{sub 12} (stoichiometric NASICON - one of the best three-dimensional superionic conductors). The coexistance of two types of split cation positions in KFeFPO{sub 4} was reported by Belokoeneva et al.; later, these splittings were shown to be accompanied by FE and AFE ordering. In this paper, the authors report an attempt to establish inter-relations between various physical phenomena related to cation mobility. They discuss three manifestations of cation mobility in orthophosphates with split cation positions: dipole ordering of both FE and AFE types, superionic conduction, and cold nuclear fusion (CNF).

  10. Passive Q-switching of a Tm,Ho:KLu(WO4sub>)2 microchip laser by a Cr:ZnS saturable absorber.

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    Serres, J M; Loiko, P; Mateos, X; Jambunathan, V; Yasukevich, A S; Yumashev, K V; Petrov, V; Griebner, U; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2016-05-10

    A diode-pumped Tm,Ho:KLu(WO4sub>)2 microchip laser passively Q-switched with a Cr:ZnS saturable absorber generated an average output power of 131 mW at 2063.6 nm with a slope efficiency of 11% and a Q-switching conversion efficiency of 58%. The pulse characteristics were 14  ns/9  μJ at a pulse repetition frequency of 14.5 kHz. With higher modulation depth of the saturable absorber, 9  ns/10.4  μJ/8.2  kHz pulses were generated at 2061.1 nm, corresponding to a record peak power extracted from a passively Q-switched Tm,Ho laser of 1.15 kW. A theoretical model is presented, predicting the pulse energy and duration. The simulations are in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:27168288

  11. Band alignment of atomic layer deposited (HfZrO{sub 4}){sub 1−x}(SiO{sub 2}){sub x} gate dielectrics on Si (100)

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    Heo, Sung; Tahir, Dahlang; Chung, Jae Gwan; Lee, Jae Cheol; Kim, KiHong; Lee, Junho; Lee, Hyung-Ik; Park, Gyeong Su; Oh, Suhk Kun; Kang, Hee Jae; Choi, Pyungho; Choi, Byoung-Deog

    2015-11-02

    The band alignment of atomic layer deposited (HfZrO{sub 4}){sub 1−x}(SiO{sub 2}){sub x} (x = 0, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20) gate dielectric thin films grown on Si (100) was obtained by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy. The band gap, valence band offset, and conduction band offset values for HfZrO{sub 4} silicate increased from 5.4 eV to 5.8 eV, from 2.5 eV to 2.75 eV, and from 1.78 eV to 1.93 eV, respectively, as the mole fraction (x) of SiO{sub 2} increased from 0.1 to 0.2. This increase in the conduction band and valence band offsets, as a function of increasing SiO{sub 2} mole fraction, decreased the gate leakage current density. As a result, HfZrO{sub 4} silicate thin films were found to be better for advanced gate stack applications because they had adequate band gaps to ensure sufficient conduction band offsets and valence band offsets to Si.

  12. Anisotropic lattice thermal expansion of PbFeBO4sub>: A study by X-ray and neutron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and DFT calculations

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    Murshed, M. Mangir; Mendive, Cecilia B.; Curti, Mariano; Nénert, Gwilherm; Kalita, Patricia E.; Lipinska, Kris; Cornelius, Andrew L.; Huq, Ashfia; Gesing, Thorsten M.

    2014-11-01

    We present the lattice thermal expansion of mullite-type PbFeBO4sub> in this study. The thermal expansion coefficients of the metric parameters were obtained from composite data collected from temperature-dependent neutron and X-ray powder diffraction between 10 K and 700 K. The volume thermal expansion was modeled using extended Grüneisen first-order approximation to the zero-pressure equation of state. The additive frame of the model includes harmonic, quasi-harmonic and intrinsic anharmonic potentials to describe the change of the internal energy as a function of temperature. Moreover, the unit-cell volume at zero-pressure and 0 K was optimized during the DFT simulations. Harmonic frequencies of the optical Raman modes at the Γ-point of the Brillouin zone at 0 K were also calculated by DFT, which help to assign and crosscheck the experimental frequencies. The low-temperature Raman spectra showed significant anomaly in the antiferromagnetic regions, leading to softening or hardening of some phonons. Selected modes were analyzed using a modified Klemens model. The shift of the frequencies and the broadening of the line-widths helped to understand the anharmonic vibrational behaviors of the PbO4, FeO6 and BO3 polyhedra as a function of temperature.

  13. An air-stable Na3SbS4sub> superionic conductor prepared by a rapid and economic synthetic procedure

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    Wang, Hui; Chen, Yan; Hood, Zachary D.; Samuthira Pandian, Amaresh; Keum, Jong Kahk; An, Ke; Sahu, Gayatri; Liang, Chengdu

    2016-01-01

    All-solid-state sodium batteries, using abundant sodium resources and solid electrolyte, hold much promise for safe, low cost, large-scale energy storage. To realize the practical applications of all solid Na-ion batteries at ambient temperature, the solid electrolytes are required to have high ionic conductivity, chemical stability, and ideally, easy preparation. Ceramic electrolytes show higher ionic conductivity than polymers, but they often require extremely stringent synthesis conditions, either high sintering temperature above 1000 C or long-time, low-energy ball milling. Herein, we report a new synthesis route for Na3SbS4sub>, a novel Na superionic conductor that needs much lower processing temperature below 200 C and easy operation. This new solid electrolyte exhibits a remarkable ionic conductivity of 1.05 mS cm-1 at 25 °C and is chemically stable under ambient atmosphere. In conclusion, this synthesis process provides unique insight into the current state-of-the-art solid electrolyte preparation and opens new possibilities for the design of similar materials.

  14. Stable platinum nanoparticles on specific MgAl2O4sub> spinel facets at high temperatures in oxidizing atmospheres

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    Li, Wei-Zhen; Kovarik, Libor; Mei, Donghai; Liu, Jun; Wang, Yong; Peden, Charles H. F.

    2013-09-25

    The development of thermally stable, nanometer-sized precious metal-based catalysts remains a daunting challenge. Such materials, especially those based on the use of costly platinum metal, are essential and, to date, non-replaceable for a large number of industrially important catalytic processes. Here we report a well-defined cuboctahedral MgAl2O4sub> spinel support material that is capable of stabilizing platinum particles in the range of 1–3 nm on its relatively abundant {111} facets during extremely severe aging at 800 °C in air for 1 week. The aged catalysts retain platinum dispersions of 15.9% with catalytic activities for methanol oxidation being ~80% of that of fresh ones, whereas a conventional Pt/γ-Al2O3 catalyst is severely sintered and nearly inactive. Finally, we reveal the origin of the markedly superior ability of spinel {111} facets, resulting from strong interactions between spinel surface oxygens and epitaxial platinum {111} facets, inspiring the rational design of anti-sintering supported platinum group catalysts.

  15. Optical gain in capillary light guides filled with NaYF4sub>: Yb3+, Er3+ nanocolloids.

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    Patel, Darayas N; Sarkisov, Sergey S; Darwish, Abdalla M; Ballato, John

    2016-09-01

    A capillary light guide optical amplifier using nanocolloids of Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped NaYF4sub> as a filler was successfully demonstrated. A 7-cm-long and 150-micron-inner-diameter capillary light guide was capable to amplify a pulsed optical signal at 1550 nm with a gain coefficient of 0.15 cm-1 at a pump power of 4 mW (980-nm wavelength). The nanocolloid gain medium was prepared by pulverizing the phosphor powder with a high-speed planetary ball mill. Ball milling of the powder in water produced nanoparticles with a size of approximately 130 nm that after drying were transferred to a liquid with high refractive index (1.551 at 1550 nm) required to maintain light confinement within the fused silica capillary light guide. The results show that RE-doped colloids of nanocrystals can be potentially used as liquid gain media fillers in capillary light guide lasers and amplifiers with high photostability and low toxicity. PMID:27607717

  16. Diode-laser-pumped 1.065-{mu}m Nd:Sr{sub 5}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}F laser and its intracavity frequency doubling

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    Zhao, S.; Wang, Q.; Zhang, X.; Wang, S.; Zhao, L.; Sun, L.; Zhang, S.

    1996-12-01

    Nd:Sr{sub 5}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}F, known as Nd:S-VAP, is a new material for efficient and miniature diode-pumped solid state lasers. By using a laser-diode pump operating at 809 nm, Nd:S-VAP is successfully lased at 1.065 {mu}m. A slope efficiency of 43.5{percent} and a laser threshold of only 11 mW are measured. The theoretical formulas for threshold power and slope efficiency are written and the theoretical calculations are in agreement with the experimental results. In addition, by using KTP as an intracavity-doubling crystal, the intracavity frequency of the Nd:S-VAP laser at 0.5325 {mu}m is also realized. The threshold power is 13.2 mW and the TEM{sub 00} mode green laser output power is 25.6 mW at 200 mW incident pump power, corresponding to an optical efficiency of 12.8{percent}. In addition a way to improve efficiency is discussed. {copyright} {ital 1996 Society of Photo{minus}Optical Instrumentation Engineers.}

  17. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of LiBF 4sub> in propylene carbonate. A model lithium ion battery electrolyte

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    Smith, Jacob W.; Lam, Royce K.; Sheardy, Alex T.; Shih, Orion; Rizzuto, Anthony M.; Borodin, Oleg; Harris, Stephen J.; Prendergast, David; Saykally, Richard J.

    2014-08-20

    Since their introduction into the commercial marketplace in 1991, lithium ion batteries have become increasingly ubiquitous in portable technology. Nevertheless, improvements to existing battery technology are necessary to expand their utility for larger-scale applications, such as electric vehicles. Advances may be realized from improvements to the liquid electrolyte; however, current understanding of the liquid structure and properties remains incomplete. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of solutions of LiBF4sub> in propylene carbonate (PC), interpreted using first-principles electronic structure calculations within the eXcited electron and Core Hole (XCH) approximation, yields new insight into the solvation structure of the Li+ ion in this model electrolyte. By generating linear combinations of the computed spectra of Li+-associating and free PC molecules and comparing to the experimental spectrum, we find a Li+–solvent interaction number of 4.5. This result suggests that computational models of lithium ion battery electrolytes should move beyond tetrahedral coordination structures.

  18. Structure and conductivity of the NASICON analog Na/sub 3/SC/sub 2/(PO/sub 4/)/sub 3/

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    Susman, S.; Delbecq, C.J.; Brun, T.O.; Prince, E.

    1982-01-01

    Neutron and x-ray diffraction data of Na/sub 3/SC/sub 2/(PO/sub 4/)/sub 3/ are presented that show the transition from an ordinary-conducting, high temperature phase to a still higher temperature, superionic conducting phase. There are at least four polymorphic modifications. At room temperature, the refined neutron diffraction data confirm the Cc space group reported by Efremov and Kalinin but with a = 16.0449(24), b = 8.9225(15), c = 9.0656(13)A, ..beta.. = 126.918(21), R/sub weighted pattern/ = 17.5%, and R/sub expected/ = 7%. Between 25/sup 0/C and 64/sup 0/C, a second polymorph appears. The structure is monoclinic but has not yet been refined. At 64/sup 0/C, a third polymorph C appears. It is rhombohedral R3c. Using hexagonal axes, a = 8.9273(2), c = 22.3668A, R/sub wp/ = 6.28% and R/sub e/ = 3.83% at 100/sup 0/C. At 166/sup 0/C, the high temperature polymorph D appears. It is the superconducting phase of NASICON(Sc). It, too, is rhombohedral R3c with a = 8.9274(1), c = 22.5493(6)A, R/sub wp/ = 5.81% and R/sub e/ = 3.87% at 225/sup 0/C. The diffraction data are correlated with ionic conductivity measurements as a function of temperature.

  19. Upper critical fields of high-T/sub c/ superconducting Y/sub 2-//sub x/Ba/sub x/CuO/sub 4-//sub y/

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    Orlando, T.P.; Delin, K.A.; Foner, S.; McNiff E.J. Jr.; Tarascon, J.M.; Greene, L.H.; McKinnon, W.R.; Hull, G.W.

    1987-05-01

    We have measured the upper critical field B/sub c//sub 2/(T) of Y/sub 2-//sub x/Ba/sub x/CuO/sub 4-//sub y/ with x = 0.4 near T/sub c/ in dc fields up to 20 T and at 77 K with pulsed fields to 45 T. The data yield (dB/sub c//sub 2//dT)/sub T //sub = //sub T>c/ = 1.3 T/K and T/sub c/ = 89.5 K for the midpoint of the resistive transitions, and (dB/sub c//sub 2//dT)/sub T //sub = //sub T>c/ = 5 +- 1 T/K and T/sub c/ = 95.1 K for the onset. The estimates for B/sub c//sub 2/(0) range from 80 to 320 T. Pulsed-field data suggest that a fraction of the material is still superconducting above 45 T at 77 K.

  20. New localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ in orange-emitting hexagonal EuAl2O4sub>

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    Liu, Feng; Meltzer, Richard S.; Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Chen, Yu -Sheng; Pan, Zhengwei

    2014-11-18

    Eu2+-activated phosphors are being widely used in illuminations and displays. Some of these phosphors feature an extremely broad and red-shifted Eu2+ emission band; however, convincing explanation of this phenomenon is lacking. Here we report a new localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ ions in a new hexagonal EuAl2O4sub> phosphor whose Eu2+ luminescence exhibits a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift. At 77 K, two luminescent sites responsible for 550 nm and 645 nm broadband emissions are recognized, while at room temperature only the 645 nm emission band emits. The 645 nm emission exhibits a typical radiative lifetime of 1.27 μs and an unusually large Stokes shift of 0.92 eV. We identify the 645 nm emission as originating from a new type of emitting state whose composition is predominantly that of localized 4f65d character but which also contains a complementary component with delocalized conduction-band-like character. This investigation gives new insights into a unique type of Eu2+ luminescence in solids whose emission exhibits both a very large bandwidth and an extremely large Stokes shift.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis, structural and physico-chemical characterizations of two Nasicon phosphates: M{sub 0.50}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (M = Mn, Co)

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    Essehli, Rachid; Bali, Brahim El; Benmokhtar, S.; Fejfarova, Karla; Dusek, Michal

    2009-07-01

    The family of titanium Nasicon-phosphates of generic formula M{sub 0.5}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} has been revisited using hydrothermal techniques. Two phases have been synthesized: Mn{sub 0.5}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (MnTiP) and Co{sub 0.5}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (CoTiP). Single crystal diffraction studies show that they exhibit two different structural types. Mn{sub 0.5}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphate crystallizes in the R-3 space group, with the cell parameters a = 8.51300(10) A and c = 21.0083(3) A (V = 1318.52(3) A{sup 3} and Z = 6). The Co{sub 0.5}{sup II}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphate crystallizes in the R-3c space group, with a = 8.4608(9) A and c = 21.174(2) A (V = 1312.7(2) A{sup 3} and Z = 6). These two compounds are clearly related to the parent Nasicon-type rhombohedral structure, which can be described using [Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}] framework composed of two [TiO{sub 6}] octahedral interlinked via three [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra. {sup 31}P magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) data are presented as supporting data. Curie-Weiss-type behavior is observed in the magnetic susceptibility. The phases are also characterized by IR spectroscopy and UV-visible.

  2. Scintillation properties of Eu2+-doped KBa2I5 and K2BaI4sub>

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    Stand, L.; Zhuravleva, M.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Johnson, J.; Lindsey, Adam; Melcher, Charles L.

    2015-09-25

    We report two new ternary metal halide scintillators, KBa2I5 and K2BaI4sub>, activated with divalent europium. Single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed that KBa2I5 has a monoclinic structure (P21/c) and that K2BaI4sub> has a rhombohedral structure (R3c). Differential scanning calorimetry showed singular melting and crystallization points, making these compounds viable candidates for melt growth. We grew 13 mm diameter single crystals of KBa2I5:Eu2+ and K2BaI4sub>:Eu2+ in evacuated quartz ampoules via the vertical Bridgman technique. The optimal Eu2+ concentration was 4% for KBa2I5 and 7% for K2BaI4sub>. The X-ray excited emissions at 444 nm for KBa2I5:Eu 4% and 448 nm for K2BaI4sub>:Eu 7% arise from the 5d-4f radiative transition in Eu2+. KBa2I5:Eu 4% has a light yield of 90,000 photons/MeV, with an energy resolution of 2.4% and K2BaI4sub>:Eu 7% has a light yield of 63,000 ph/MeV, with an energy resolution of 2.9% at 662 keV. Both crystals have an excellent proportional response to a wide range of gamma-ray energies.

  3. Near-infrared quantum-cutting luminescence and energy transfer properties of Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+},Ce{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Dong, S. L.; Lin, H. H. E-mail: qyzhang@scut.edu.cn; Yu, T.; Zhang, Q. Y. E-mail: qyzhang@scut.edu.cn

    2014-07-14

    The phosphors Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} by co-doping Ce{sup 3+} have been synthesized by conventional high-temperature solid-state reaction method. Their spectroscopic properties in the UV-VIS-NIR range have been investigated. The first 5d crystal field level location and stokes shift have been determined from the UV excitation and emission spectra of Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+}. The three-photon NIR quantum-cutting luminescence of Tm{sup 3+} assigned to the electronic transitions of {sup 1}G{sub 4}→{sup 3}H{sub 4}, {sup 3}H{sub 4}→{sup 3}F{sub 4} and {sup 3}F{sub 4}→{sup 3}H{sub 6} is observed, whether in Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} or Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+},Ce{sup 3+}. The energy transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Tm{sup 3+} takes place with energy-transfer efficiency up to 34.5% for the Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+},Ce{sup 3+}. A cross relaxation scheme using the 5d states of Ce{sup 3+} and f-f transition of Tm{sup 3+} is proposed. The mechanism is revealed from energy level and decay measurements. The results show that the broadband absorption of Ce{sup 3+} sensitizer not only extends the spectrum conversion in UV region but also greatly enhances the photoluminescence intensities of the three-photon quantum cutting luminescence of Tm{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}.

  4. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14}:Sm{sup 3+} red phosphor for white light emitting diodes

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    Zhu, Ge; Ci, Zhipeng; Shi, Yurong; Wang, Yuhua

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • A novel red phosphor Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14}:Sm{sup 3+} was synthesized and investigated firstly. • The structure and characteristic luminescence properties are discussed. • The excellent thermal stability was found and investigated. • It has good color saturation, the CIE is close to that of commercial Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. - Abstract: A series of Sm{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14} red phosphors were successfully synthesized. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that all the samples are single phased. The luminescence property is investigated in detail by measuring their photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra. Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors show strong absorption in 400–410 nm region, which is suitable for application in LEDs. When excited at 403 nm, Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor can emit red emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates (0.615, 0.384). The optimal doping concentration of Sm{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14} is measured to be 0.02. The thermal quenching property is also measured and compared with the commercial red phosphor Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} (Topstar, TXC-RIA). The results indicate Ca{sub 19}Mg{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 14}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors have potential to serve as a red phosphor for white LEDs.

  5. Magnetic field, frequency and temperature dependence of complex conductance of ultrathin La1.65Sr0.45CuO4sub>/La2CuO4sub> films and the organic superconductors κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br

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    V. A. Gasparov; Bozovic, I.; He, Xi; Dubuis, G.; Pavuna, D.; Kushch, N. D.; Yagubskii, E. B.; Schlueter, J. A.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we used atomic-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) to synthesize bilayer films of a cuprate metal (La1.65Sr0.45CuO4sub>) and a cuprate insulator (La2CuO4sub>), in which interface superconductivity occurs in a layer that is just one-half unit cell thick. We have studied the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the complex sheet conductance, σ(ω), of these films, and compared them to κκ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br single crystals. The magnetic field H was applied both parallel and perpendicular to the 2D conducting layers. Experiments have been carried out at frequencies between 23 kHz and 50 MHz using either two-coil mutual inductance technique, or the LC resonators with spiral or rectangular coils. The real and the imaginary parts of the mutual-inductance M(T,ω) between the coil and the sample were measured and converted to complex conductivity. For H perpendicular to the conducting layers, we observed almost identical behavior in both films and κ-Br single crystals: (i) the transition onset in the inductive response, Lk–1(T) occurs at a temperature lower by 2 K than in Re σ(T), (ii) this shift is almost constant with magnetic field up to 8 T; (iii) the vortex diffusion constant D(T) is exponential due to pinning of vortex cores. These results can be described by the extended dynamic theory of the Berezinski–Kosterlitz–Thouless (BKT) transition and dynamics of bound vortex–antivortex pairs with short separation lengths.

  6. Fundamental Understanding of Methane-Carbon Dioxide-Water (CH4sub>-CO2-H2O) Interactions in Shale Nanopores under Reservoir Conditions. Quarterly Report.

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    Wang, Yifeng

    2015-10-27

    This project focuses on the systematic study of CH4sub>-CO2-H2O interactions in shale nanopores under high-pressure and high temperature reservoir conditions. The proposed work will help to develop new stimulation strategies to enable efficient resource recovery from fewer and less environmentally impactful wells.

  7. Longitudinally diode-pumped 1.06-{mu}m Nd{sup 3+}:NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} laser without pump-wavelength stabilisation

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    Zharikov, Evgeny V; Lis, Denis A; Subbotin, Kirill A; Ushakov, S N; Onishchenko, A M; Romanyuk, V A; Shestakov, A V

    2006-01-31

    The spectral and lasing characteristics of a Nd{sup 3+}:NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystal longitudinally diode-pumped without pump-wavelength stabilisation are studied. A variation in the output power did not exceed 30% when the pump wavelength was changed in the spectral region from 0.794 to 0.811 {mu}m. (lasers)

  8. Origin of Active Oxygen in a Ternary CuOx /Co3O4sub>–CeO 2 Catalyst for CO Oxidation

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    Liu, Zhigang; Wu, Zili; Peng, Xihong; Binder, Andrew; Chai, Songhai; Dai, Sheng

    2014-11-14

    In this paper, we have studied CO oxidation over a ternary CuOx/Co3O4sub>-CeO2 catalyst and employed the techniques of N2 adsorption/desporption, XRD, TPR, TEM, in situ DRIFTS and QMS (Quadrupole mass spectrometer) to explore the origin of active oxygen. DRIFTS-QMS results with labeled 18O2 indicate that the origin of active oxygens in CuOx/Co3O4sub>-CeO2 obeys a model, called as queue mechanism. Namely gas-phase molecular oxygens are dissociated to atomic oxygens and then incorporate in oxygen vacancies located at the interface of Co3O4sub>-CeO2 to form active crystalline oxygens, and these active oxygens diffuse to the CO-Cu+ sites thanks to the oxygen vacancy concentration magnitude and react with the activated CO to form CO2. This process, obeying a queue rule, provides active oxygens to form CO2 from gas-phase O2 via oxygen vacancies and crystalline oxygen at the interface of Co3O4sub>-CeO2.

  9. In situ determination of the spinel-post-spinel transition in Fe3O4sub> at high pressure and temperature by synchrotron X-ray diffraction

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    Schollenbruch, K; Woodland, A B; Frost, D J; Wang, Y; Sanehira, T; Langenhorst, F

    2011-08-10

    The position of the spinel-post-spinel phase transition in Fe3O4sub> has been determined in pressure-temperature space by in situ measurements using a multi-anvil press combined with white synchrotron radiation. Pressure measurement using the equation of state for MgO permitted pressure changes to be monitored at high temperature. The phase boundary was determined by the first appearance of diffraction peaks of the high-pressure polymorph (h-Fe3O4sub>) during pressure increase and the disappearance of these peaks on pressure decrease along several isotherms. We intersected the phase boundary over the temperature interval of 700-1400 ºC. The boundary is linear and nearly isobaric, with a slightly positive slope. Post-experiment investigation by TEM confirms that the reverse reaction from h-Fe 3O4sub> to magnetite during decompression leads to the formation of microtwins on the (311) plane in the newly formed magnetite. Observations made during the phase transition suggest that the transition has a pseudomartensitic character, explaining in part why magnetite persists at conditions well within the stability field of h-Fe3O4sub>, even at high temperatures. This study emphasizes the utility of studying phase transitions in situ at simultaneously high temperatures and pressures since the reaction kinetics may not be favorable at room temperature.

  10. Polyselenide chemistry of indium and thallium in dimethylformamide, acetonitrile, and water. Syntheses, structures, and properties of the new complexes [In[sub 2](Se[sub 4])[sub 4](Se[sub 5])][sup 4[minus

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    Dhingra, S.S.; Kanatzidis, M.G. )

    1993-04-14

    The reaction of InCl[sub 3] with Na[sub 2]Se[sub 5] in dimethylformamide (DMF) in the presence of Ph[sub 4]PCl gave (Ph[sub 4]P)[sub 4][In[sub 2](Se[sub 4])[sub 4](Se[sub 5])] (I) in 75% yield. Under the same conditions, InCl[sub 3] reacted with Na[sub 2]Se[sub 5] in the presence of Pr[sub 4]NBr or Et[sub 4]NBr and afforded (Pr[sub 4]N)[sub 4][In[sub 2](Se[sub 4])[sub 4](Se[sub 5])] (II) in 65% yield and (Et[sub 4]N)[sub 4][In[sub 2](Se[sub 4])[sub 4](Se[sub 5])] (III) in 72% yield, respectively. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies show that (I), (II), and (III) contain the same anion, [In[sub 2](Se[sub 4])[sub 4](Se[sub 5])][sup 4[minus

  11. NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}) microspheres: the synthesis and optical properties

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    Gao, Zhiyi; Wang, Zhiying; Fu, Linlin; Yang, Xingxing; Fu, Zuoling; Wu, Zhijian; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-10-15

    The strong green upconversion (UC) emission were observed in various Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} samples synthesized via a hydrothermal route. The UC intensity depends on the dopant concentration, and the optimal UC emission was obtained in NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: 0.02Er{sup 3+}/0.10 Yb{sup 3+}. - Highlights: • The NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} microspheres doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. • The effects of the EDTA in the initial solution crystal phase and morphology were studied. • The down-conversion luminescence properties of NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}) were investigated. • The UC luminescence properties and mechanism of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} was discussed. - Abstract: NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}) microspheres have been synthesized at 180 °C via a facile EDTA-mediated hydrothermal route. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. It was found that the amount of EDTA in the initial solution was responsible for crystal phase and shape determination. The effect of Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} doping concentrations on the luminescent intensity was also investigated in details. Furthermore, the up-conversion (UC) emissions have been observed in a series of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} samples. Concentration dependent studies revealed that the optimal composition was realized for a 2% Er{sup 3+} and 10% Yb{sup 3+}-doping concentration.

  12. A study of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> solid solutions

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    Saravanan, Kuppan; Jarry, Angelique; Kostecki, Robert; Chen, Guoying

    2015-01-26

    Understanding the kinetic implication of solid-solution vs. biphasic reaction pathways is critical for the development of advanced intercalation electrode materials. Yet this has been a long-standing challenge in materials science due to the elusive metastable nature of solid solution phases. The present study reports the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> solid solutions. In situ XRD studies performed on pristine and chemically-delithiated, micron-sized single crystals reveal the thermal behavior of LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) cathode material consisting of three cubic phases: LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> (Phase I), Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> (Phase II) and Mn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> (Phase III). A phase diagram capturing the structural changes as functions of both temperature and Li content was established. In conclusion, the work not only demonstrates the possibility of synthesizing alternative electrode materials that are metastable in nature, but also enables in-depth evaluation on the physical, electrochemical and kinetic properties of transient intermediate phases and their role in battery electrode performance.

  13. NMR relaxation study of the phase transitions and relaxation mechanisms of the alums MCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O (M=Rb and Cs) single crystals

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    Lim, Ae Ran; Paik, Younkee; Lim, Kye-Young

    2011-06-15

    The physical properties and phase transition mechanisms of MCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O (M=Rb and Cs) single crystals have been investigated. The phase transition temperatures, NMR spectra, and the spin-lattice relaxation times T{sub 1} of the {sup 87}Rb and {sup 133}Cs nuclei in the two crystals were determined using DSC and FT NMR spectroscopy. The resonance lines and relaxation times of the {sup 87}Rb and {sup 133}Cs nuclei undergo significant changes at the phase transition temperatures. The sudden changes in the splitting of the Rb and Cs resonance lines are attributed to changes in the local symmetry of their sites, and the changes in the temperature dependences of T{sub 1} are related to variations in the symmetry of the octahedra of water molecules surrounding Rb{sup +} and Cs{sup +}. We also compared these {sup 87}Rb and {sup 133}Cs NMR results with those obtained for the trivalent cations Cr and Al in MCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O and MAl(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O crystals. - Graphical Abstract: The physical properties and phase transition mechanisms of MCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O (M=Rb, Cs, and NH{sub 4}) single crystals have been investigated. Highlights: > The physical properties and phase transition mechanisms of MCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}.12H{sub 2}O (M=Rb and Cs) crystals {yields} The NMR spectra and the spin-lattice relaxation times T{sub 1} of the {sup 87}Rb and {sup 133}Cs nuclei in the two crystals {yields} The variations in the symmetry of the octahedra of water molecules surrounding Rb{sup +} and Cs{sup +}.

  14. Thermal expansion of phosphates with the NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} structure containing lanthanides and zirconium: R{sub 0.33}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (R = Nd, Eu, Er) and Er{sub 0.33(1–x)} Zr{sub 0.25x}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sup 3}

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    Volgutov, V. Yu. Orlova, A. I.

    2015-09-15

    Phosphates R{sub 0.33}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (R = Nd, Eu, or Er) and Er{sub 0.33(1–x)}Zr{sub 0.25}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0) of the NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} family have been synthesized and investigated by high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The crystallochemical approach is used to obtain compounds with expected small and controllable thermal-expansion parameters. Phosphates with close-to-zero thermal-expansion parameters, including those with low thermal-expansion anisotropy, have been obtained: Nd{sub 0.33}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} with α{sub a} =–2.21 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}, α{sub c} = 0.81 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}, and Δα = 3.02 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup –1} and Er{sub 0.08}Zr{sub 0.19}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} with α{sub a} =–1.86 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}, α{sub c} = 1.73 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}, and Δα = 3.58 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}.

  15. From {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}O(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4}]{sup 6-} to {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}(MoO{sub 5})]{sup 6-} infinite chains in A{sub 6}U{sub 2}Mo{sub 4}O{sub 21} (A=Na, K, Rb, Cs) compounds: Synthesis and crystal structure of Cs{sub 6}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}(MoO{sub 5})

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    Yagoubi, S.; Obbade, S.; Saad, S.; Abraham, F.

    2011-05-15

    A new caesium uranyl molybdate belonging to the M{sub 6}U{sub 2}Mo{sub 4}O{sub 21} family has been synthesized by solid-state reaction and its structure determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. Contrary to the other alkali uranyl molybdates of this family (A=Na, K, Rb) where molybdenum atoms adopt only tetrahedral coordination and which can be formulated A{sub 6}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}O(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4}], the caesium compound Cs{sub 6}U{sub 2}Mo{sub 4}O{sub 21} should be written Cs{sub 6}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}(MoO{sub 5})] with molybdenum atoms in tetrahedral and square pyramidal environments. Cs{sub 6}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}(MoO{sub 5})] crystallizes in the triclinic symmetry with space group P1-bar and a=10.4275(14) A, b=15.075(2) A, c=17.806(2) A, {alpha}=70.72(1){sup o}, {beta}=80.38(1){sup o} and {gamma}=86.39(1){sup o}, V=2604.7(6) A{sup 3}, Z=4, {rho}{sub mes}=5.02(2) g/cm{sup 3} and {rho}{sub cal}=5.08(3) g/cm{sup 3}. A full-matrix least-squares refinement on the basis of F{sup 2} yielded R{sub 1}=0.0464 and wR{sub 2}=0.0950 for 596 parameters with 6964 independent reflections with I{>=}2{sigma}(I) collected on a BRUKER AXS diffractometer with Mo(K{alpha}) radiation and a CCD detector. The crystal structure of Cs compound is characterized by {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}(MoO{sub 5})]{sup 6-} parallels chains built from U{sub 2}O{sub 13} dimeric units, MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra and MoO{sub 5} square pyramids, whereas, Na, K and Rb compounds are characterized by {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}O(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4}]{sup 6-} parallel chains formulated simply of U{sub 2}O{sub 13} units and MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Infrared spectroscopy measurements using powdered samples synthesized by solid-state reaction, confirm the structural results. The thermal stability and the electrical conductivity are also studied. The four compounds decompose at low temperature (between 540 and 610 {sup o

  16. Dual Phase Li4sub>Ti5O12–TiO2 Nanowire Arrays As Integrated Anodes For High-rate Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Liao, Jin; Chabot, Victor; Gu, Meng; Wang, Chong M.; Xiao, Xingcheng; Chen, Zhongwei

    2014-08-19

    Lithium titanate (Li4sub>Ti5O12) is well known as a zero strain material inherently, which provides excellent long cycle stability as a negative electrode for lithium ion batteries. However, the low specific capacity (175 mA h g-1) limits it to power batteries although the low electrical conductivity is another intrinsic issue need to be solved. In this work, we developed a facile hydrothermal and ion-exchange route to synthesize the self-supported dual-phase Li4sub>Ti5O12–TiO2 nanowire arrays to further improve its capacity as well as rate capability. The ratio of Li4sub>Ti5O12 to TiO2 in the dual phase Li4sub>Ti5O12–TiO2 nanowire is around 2:1. The introduction of TiO2 into Li4sub>Ti5O12 increases the specific capacity. More importantly, by interface design, it creates a dual-phase nanostructure with high grain boundary density that facilitates both electron and Li ion transport. Compared with phase-pure nanowire Li4sub>Ti5O12 and TiO2 nanaowire arrays, the dual-phase nanowire electrode yielded superior rate capability (135.5 at 5 C, 129.4 at 10 C, 120.2 at 20 C and 115.5 mA h g-1 at 30 C). In-situ transmission electron microscope clearly shows the near zero deformation of the dual phase structure, which explains its excellent cycle stability.

  17. Selective Metal Exsolution in BaFe2-yMy(PO4sub>)2 (M = Co2+, Ni2+) Solid Solutions

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    Alcover, Ignacio Blazquez; Daviero-Minaud, Sylvie; David, Rénald; Filimonov, Dmitry; Huvé, Marielle; Attfield, J. Paul; Kabbour, Houria; Mentré, Olivier

    2015-08-19

    The 2D-Ising ferromagnetic phase BaFe2+2(PO4sub>)2 shows exsolution of up to one-third of its iron content (giving BaFe3+1.33(PO4sub>)2) under mild oxidation conditions, leading to nanosized Fe2O3 exsolved clusters. Here we have prepared BaFe2–yMy(PO4sub>)2 (M = Co2+, Ni2+; y = 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5) solid solutions to investigate the feasibility and selectivity of metal exsolution in these mixed metallic systems. For all the compounds, after 600 °C thermal treatment in air, a complete oxidation of Fe2+ to Fe3+ leaves stable M2+ ions, as verified by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, TGA, TEM, microprobe, and XANES. Furthermore, the size of the nanometric α-Fe2O3clusters coating the main phase strongly depends on the yM metal concentration. For M-rich phases the iron diffusion is hampered so that a significant fraction of superparamagnetic α-Fe2O3 particles (100% for BaFe0.5–xCo1.5(PO4sub>)2) was detected even at 78 K. Although Ni2+and Co2+ ions tend to block Fe diffusion, the crystal structure of BaFe0.67Co1(PO4sub>)2demonstrates a fully ordered rearrangement of Fe3+ and Co2+ ions after Fe exsolution. We found that the magnetic behaviors of the Fe-depleted materials are mostly dominated by antiferromagnetic exchange, while Co2+-rich compounds show metamagnetic transitions reminiscent of the BaCo2(PO4sub>)2 soft helicoidal magnet.

  18. [H{sub 3}N(CH{sub 2}){sub 4}NH{sub 3}]{sub 2}[Al{sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}].4[H{sub 2}O]: A new layered aluminum phosphate-oxalate

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    Peng Li; Li Jiyang; Yu Jihong . E-mail: jihong@mail.jlu.edu.cn; Li Guanghua; Fang Qianrong; Xu Ruren . E-mail: rrxu@mail.jlu.edu.cn

    2005-09-15

    A new layered inorganic-organic hybrid aluminum phosphate-oxalate [H{sub 3}N(CH{sub 2}){sub 4}NH{sub 3}]{sub 2}[Al{sub 4}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}].4[H{sub 2}O](AlPO-CJ25) has been synthesized hydrothermally, by using 1,4-diaminobutane (DAB) as structure-directing agent. The structure has been solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and further characterized by IR, {sup 31}P MAS NMR, TG-DTA as well as compositional analyses. Crystal data: the triclinic space group P-1, a=8.0484(7) A, b=8.8608(8) A, c=13.2224(11) A, {alpha}=80.830(6) deg. , {beta}=74.965(5) deg. , {gamma}=78.782(6) deg. , Z=2, R {sub 1[} {sub I} {sub >2} {sub {sigma}} {sub (} {sub I} {sub )]}=0.0511 and wR {sub 2(alldata)}=0.1423. The alternation of AlO{sub 4} tetrahedra and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra gives rise to the four-membered corner-sharing chains, which are interconnected through AlO{sub 6} octahedra to form the layered structure with 4,6-net sheet. Interestingly, oxalate ions are bis-bidentately bonded by participating in the coordination of AlO{sub 6}, and bridging the adjacent AlO{sub 6} octahedra. The layers are held with each other through strong H-bondings between the terminal oxygens. The organic ammonium cations and water molecules are located in the large cavities between the interlayer regions. -- Graphical abstract: The alternation of AlO{sub 4} tetrahedra and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra gives rise to the four-membered corner-sharing chains, which are interconnected through AlO{sub 6} octahedra to form the layered structure with 4,6-net sheet. Oxalate ions are bis-bidentately boned by participating in the coordination of AlO{sub 6}, and bridging the adjacent AlO{sub 6} octahedra.

  19. Growth of the (In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x}(FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} single crystals and properties of photoelectric structures on their basis

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    Bodnar, I. V.; Rud, V. Yu.; Rud, Yu. V.; Terukov, E. I.

    2010-01-15

    Complete mutual solubility in the (In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x}(FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} system is established. The technology is developed, and single crystals of the continuous series of the (In{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x}(FeIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}){sub 1-x} solid solutions are grown for the first time. The linear dependence of the unit cell parameter of single crystals with a cubic spinel lattice on the solid solution composition is found. First, photosensitive Schottky barriers are fabricated, and then, based on studies of their photosensitivity, the character of band-to-band transition is discussed and the values of the band gap depending on the atomic composition are estimated. The possibility of using the obtained solid solutions as broadband photoconverters of optical radiation is revealed.

  20. Crystal structure of the binary complex of cobalt and zinc chlorides with carbamide [Co(OCN{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 5}(H{sub 2}O)][ZnCl{sub 4}

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    Furmanova, N. G. Chernaya, T. S.; Resnyanskii, V. F. Sulaimankulov, K. S.

    2010-03-15

    Mixed single crystals of [Co(OCN{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 5}(H{sub 2}O)][ZnCl{sub 4}] were grown by the isothermal evaporation of an aqueous solution. The crystal structure of this complex was established by X-ray diffraction (R = 0.052 based on 7003 reflections). The crystals consist of [Co(OCN{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 5}(H{sub 2}O)]{sup 2+} cations containing Co atoms in an octahedral coordination and [ZnCl{sub 4}]{sup 2-}] anions containing Zn atoms in a tetrahedral coordination. The carbamide molecules are involved in both intramolecular and interionic hydrogen bonds. The H{sub 2}O molecule forms hydrogen bonds with the anions.

  1. Neutron-scattering evidence for a periodically modulated superconducting phase in the underdoped cuprate La1.905Ba0.095CuO4sub>

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    Xu, Zhijun; Stock, C.; Chi, Songxue; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Xu, Guangyong I.; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.

    2014-10-01

    The role of antiferromagnetic spin correlations in high-temperature superconductors remains a matter of debate. We present inelastic neutron-scattering evidence that gapless spin fluctuations coexist with superconductivity in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4sub>. Furthermore, we observe that both the low-energy magnetic spectral weight and the spin incommensurability are enhanced with the onset of superconducting correlations. We propose that the coexistence occurs through intertwining of spatial modulations of the pair wave function and the antiferromagnetic correlations. This proposal is also directly relevant to sufficiently underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4sub> and YBa2Cu3O6+x.

  2. Synthesis of Ag{sub 9}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}NO{sub 3} through a reactive flux method and its visible-light photocatalytic performances

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    Zhu, Xianglin; Wang, Zeyan E-mail: bbhuang@sdu.edu.cn; Huang, Baibiao E-mail: bbhuang@sdu.edu.cn; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Qin, Xiaoyan; Wei, Wei; Dai, Ying

    2015-10-01

    Ag{sub 9}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}NO{sub 3} was prepared by a reactive flux method. The structures, morphologies, and light absorption properties were investigated. Owing to the polar crystal structure, an internal electric field can be formed inside the material, which can facilitate the photogenerated charge separation during the photocatalytic process. Based on both the wide light absorption spectra and high charge separation efficiency originated from the polarized internal electric field, Ag{sub 9}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}NO{sub 3} exhibit higher efficiency over Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} during the degradation of organic dyes under visible light irradiation, which is expected to be a potential material for solar energy harvest and conversion.

  3. Strain-relaxation and critical thickness of epitaxial La1.85Sr0.15CuO4sub> films

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    Meyer, Tricia L; Jiang, Lu; Park, Sungkyun; Egami, Takeshi; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-12-08

    We report the thickness-dependent strain-relaxation behavior and the associated impacts upon the superconductivity in epitaxial La1.85Sr0.15CuO4sub> films grown on different substrates, which provide a range of strain. We have found that the critical thickness for the onset of superconductivity in La1.85Sr0.15CuO4sub> films is associated with the finite thickness effect and epitaxial strain. In particular, thin films with tensile strain greater than ~0.25% revealed no superconductivity. We attribute this phenomenon to the inherent formation of oxygen vacancies that can be minimized via strain relaxation.

  4. Synthesis, spectroscopy, and structural characterization of six-coordinate bis(aryldiazenido)rhenium and bis(diarylhydrazido)rhenium complexes. X-ray structures of (Et{sub 4}N)[Re(NNPh){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}], (Et{sub 4}N)[Re(NNPh{sub 2}){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}], and Na[Re(NNPh){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}]{center_dot}CH{sub 3}CN

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    Kettler, P.B.; Chang, Yuan-Da; Zubieta, J.

    1994-12-07

    The reactions of the cis-dioxorhenium(VII)-catecholate complex [(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}){sub 4}N][ReO{sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}] (1) with either monosubstituted organohydrazines (C{sub 6}H{sub 5}NHNH{sub 2}; 4-BrC{sub 6}H{sub 4}NHNH{sub 2}) or 1,1 disubstituted organohydrazines (Ph{sub 2-}NNH{sub 2}) yield the cis-bis(diazenido) core complexes [(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}){sub 4}N][Re(NNR){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}] (5, R = C{sub 6}H{sub 5}; 6, R = 4-BrC{sub 6}H{sub 4}) and the cis-bis(hydrazido) core species [(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}){sub 4}N][Re(NNPh{sub 2}){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C36H{sub 4}){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C36H{sub 4}){sub 2}] (7). Elution of 5 in a 3:1 mixture of toluene/methanol on a column of silica gel resulted in cation exchange to give Na[Re(NNPh){sub 2}-(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}]{center_dot}CH{sub 3}CN (8) as a one-dimensional polymer ([Na(CH{sub 3}CN)]{sup +}[Re(NNPh){sub 2}(O{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sup {minus}}){sub 2}. Crystal data for C{sub 32}H{sub 38}N{sub 5}O{sub 4}Re (5): P2{sub 1}/c,a = 14.458(3) {angstrom}, b = 10.436(2) {angstrom}, c = 21.767(4) {angstrom}, {beta} = 107.04(3){degrees}, V = 3140(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 4, D {sub calc} = 1.572 g cm{sup {minus}3}; structure solution and refinement based on 3256 reflections with I{sub o} {ge} 3{sigma}(I{sub o}) converged at R = 0.053. Crystal data for C{sub 44}H{sub 48}N{sub 5}O{sub 4}Re (7): P1, a = 11.660(2) {angstrom}, b = 11.864(2) {angstrom}, c = 15.400(2) {angstrom}, {alpha} = 107.12(3){degrees}, {beta} = 94.99(3){degrees}, {gamma} = 97.61(3){degrees}, V = 2000(1) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 2, D{sub calc} = 1.490 g cm{sup {minus}3}; 3702 reflections, R = 0.0534. Crystal data for C{sub 26}H{sub 18}N{sub 5}NaO{sub 4}Re (8): P2/n, a = 5.785(1) {angstrom}, b = 9.670(2) {angstrom}, c = 23.142(5) {angstrom}. {beta} = 90.91(30)degrees, V = 1294.4(7) {angstrom}{sup 3}, Z = 2, D{sub calc} = 1.737 g cm{sup {minus}3}; 1517 reflections, R = 0.049.

  5. Structure electronic and ionic conductivity study versus Ca content in Ca{sub 10-x}Sr{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} apatites

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    Sghir, B.; Hlil, E.K.; Laghzizil, A.; Boujrhal, F.Z.; Cherkaoui El Moursli, R.; Fruchart, D.

    2009-07-01

    Substitution effect on the crystallographic structure in Ca{sub 10-x}Sr{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} solid solution are studied by X-ray diffraction patterns and Rietveld refinements. Full potential electronic structure calculations based on LCAO (linear combination atomic orbital) are also performed using the obtained crystallographic parameters. DOS modification and the charge transfer are estimated versus the calcium content. According to the complex impedance method, ionic conductivity changes are explained.

  6. Temperature dependence of the luminescence of calcium-magnesium phosphate Ca{sub 3}Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}, a blue-emitting material for white light-emitting diodes

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    Zhang, Xinmin; Pan, Qi; Kim, Sun Il; Yu, Young Moon; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Emission spectrum at 20 K confirms that Eu{sup 2+} ions occupy three sites. • Decay curves of three types of Eu{sup 2+} reflect the characteristics of energy transfer. • The Eu(I) emission is thermally quenched at 323 K. • Ca{sub 3}Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} has good thermal stability. • Ca{sub 3}Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} is a promising phosphor for near UV excited white LEDs. - Abstract: A blue-emitting phosphor Ca{sub 3}Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} peaking at 450 nm was synthesized by a solid state reaction. The XRD patterns, luminescence properties, decay curves of samples as well as their thermal quenching and comparing the luminescence properties with that of commercial material were investigated. At 20 K, the emission spectrum exhibiting two distinct bands peaking at 437 and 473 nm with a shoulder peak at 510 nm can be attributed to the overlap of Eu(I), Eu(II) and Eu(III) emission bands. At 423 K the PL intensity decreases to 80% of the value at room temperature, and the emission wavelength shifts toward high energy. The derived activation energy indicates that the lowest energy level of the Eu{sup 2+} 4f{sup 6}5d{sup 1} state is well isolated from the host lattice conduction band. The PL spectra and chromaticity coordinates are close to those of BAM. Ca{sub 3}Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} could be a potential candidate for near-UV excited white LEDs.

  7. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites II: Photoluminescence studies of Ln:K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (Ln=Eu, Er, Sm, Ho, or Tm)

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    Kimani, Martin M. McMillen, Colin D. Kolis, Joseph W.

    2015-03-15

    Glaserite-type potassium yttrium double vanadates (K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}) doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+} have been synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h and their photoluminescence properties investigated. Efficient energy transfer from the vanadate group to the rare earth ion has been established by photoluminescence investigation. Ultraviolet excitation into the metal to ligand charge transfer band of the vanadate groups results in orange-red, blue and green emissions from Eu{sup 3+} (592 nm), Sm{sup 3+} (602 nm), Tm{sup 3+} (475 nm), Er{sup 3+} (553 nm), and Ho{sup 3+} (541–551 nm) dopant ions. The emission intensities of the lanthanide-doped K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} powders were studied as a function of dopant ion concentrations. Over the concentration ranges studied, no emission quenching was observed for Eu{sup 3+} or Ho{sup 3+} dopants, while Er{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} dopants did exhibit such effects for dopant ion concentrations greater than 5%, probably due to cross relaxation processes. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis and photoluminescence in vanadate glaserites. - Highlights: • K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with Eu, Er, Tm, Sm, or Ho were synthesized via solid-state reactions. • Photoluminescence properties are investigated. • The lanthanide doped K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds revealed efficient energy transfer from the vanadate group to the rare earth ions. • The presented compounds are promising materials for light display systems, lasers, and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Spectral--luminescent characteristics and stimulated emission of the ND/sup 3 +/ ion in GD/sub 2en-dashx/Nd/sub x/(WO/sub 4/)/sub 3/ crystals

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    Berenberg, V.A.; Ivanov, A.O.; Krutova, L.I.; Mochalov, I.V.; Terpugov, V.S.

    1984-09-01

    Highly concentrated Gd/sub 2en-dashx/Nd/sub x/(WO/sub 4/)/sub 3/ crystals of high optical quality with x> or =0.5 were synthesized. The Stark diagram of energy levels of the neodymium ion was constructed in these crystals, and lasing was obtained. Conclusions are drawn regarding the possibility of using crystals in microlaser systems with pulsed pumping.

  9. A limited role for carbonic anhydrase in C4sub> photosynthesis as revealed by a ca1ca2 double mutant in maize.

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    Studer, Anthony J.; Gandin, Anthony; Kolbe, Allison R.; Wang, Lin; Cousins, Asaph B.; Brutnell, Thomas P.

    2014-04-04

    Carbonic anhydrase (CA) catalyzes the first biochemical step of the carbon concentrating mechanism of C4sub> plants, and in C4sub> monocots, it has been suggested that CA activity is near limiting for photosynthesis. Here, we test this hypothesis through the characterization of transposon induced mutant alleles of Ca1 and Ca2 in Zea mays. In addition, these two isoforms account for more than 85% of the CA transcript pool. A significant change in isotopic discrimination is observed in mutant plants, which have as little as 3% of wild-type CA activity, but surprisingly, photosynthesis is not reduced under current or elevated pCO2. However, growth and rates of photosynthesis under sub-ambient pCO2 are significantly impaired in the mutants. These findings suggest, that while CA is not limiting for C4sub> photosynthesis in Z. mays at current pCO2, it likely maintains high rates of photosynthesis when CO2 availability is reduced. Current atmospheric CO2 levels now exceed 400 ppm (~40.53 Pa) and contrast the low CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) conditions under which C4sub> plants expanded their range ~10 million years ago when the global atmospheric CO2 was below 300 ppm (~30.40 Pa). Thus, as CO2 levels continue to rise, selective pressures for high levels of CA may be limited to arid climates where stomatal closure reduces CO2 availability to the leaf.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure, and characterization of a mixed-valent iron(II/III) phosphate, NaFe{sub 3.67}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}: A new variation of the alluaudite structure type

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    Korzenski, M.B.; Schimek, G.L.; Kolis, J.W.; Long, G.J.

    1998-08-01

    A mixed-valent Fe(II/III) phosphate, NaFe{sub 3.67}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, has been synthesized by high-temperature/high-pressure hydrothermal methods and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, EDAX, magnetic susceptibility, Moessbauer, infrared, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopies, DTA, and bond valence sum calculations. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c (No. 15) with a = 11.881(4) {angstrom}, b = 12.564(3) {angstrom}, c = 6.522(2) {angstrom}, {beta} = 115.09(2){degree}, V = 881.7(5) {angstrom}{sup 3}, and Z = 4 with R/R{sub w} = 0.029/0.033. It exhibits a three-dimensional channel-like structure with an open framework that is similar to the naturally occurring iron-containing mineral alluaudite, NaFe{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. In alluaudite there are two distinct channels, one which contains the sodium cations and the second which remains empty. In the title phase, this second channel is partially occupied by a square-planar iron atom. The Moessbauer spectral parameters are consistent with the structure and indicate that the fully occupied iron sites are octahedral Fe(II) and the square-planar iron is Fe(III). Structural comparisons to a number of phosphates and arsenates that also possess the alluaudite-type structure, including NaCu{sub 4}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3} and NaMn{sub 4}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 3} are discussed.

  11. Structural properties of mixed (NH{sub 4}){sub 2−x}Rb{sub x}ZnCl{sub 4} (x=0, 1, and 2) crystals studied by {sup 1}H and {sup 87}Rb nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Lim, Ae Ran; Lim, Kye-Young

    2013-04-15

    The structures of mixed (NH{sub 4}){sub 2−x}Rb{sub x}ZnCl{sub 4} (x=0, 1, and 2) single crystals were determined by x-ray diffraction. In addition, the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra and spin–lattice relaxation times of the {sup 1}H and {sup 87}Rb nuclei in the three crystals were determined using NMR spectroscopy. We analyzed the crystallographic structures of these crystals by considering the occupation probabilities (NH{sub 4} or Rb) of the two cationic sites. Our NMR results confirm that there are two crystallographically inequivalent NH{sub 4} sites, NH{sub 4}(1) and NH{sub 4}(2), in (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4}, and two crystallographically inequivalent Rb sites, Rb(1) and Rb(2), in Rb{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4}. However, only one NH{sub 4} site and two Rb sites were observed in NH{sub 4}RbZnCl{sub 4}. The NH{sub 4} and Rb occupation rates of each of the two available sites, A{sub 1} and A{sub 2}, were determined from the NMR signals. - Graphical abstract: The structures of mixed (NH{sub 4}){sub 2−x}Rb{sub x}ZnCl{sub 4} (x=0, 1, and 2) single crystals were determined by x-ray diffraction. In addition, the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra and spin–lattice relaxation times of the {sup 1}H and {sup 87}Rb nuclei in the three crystals were determined using NMR spectroscopy. Highlights: ► Mixed (NH{sub 4}){sub 2−x}Rb{sub x}ZnCl{sub 4} (x=0, 1, and 2) crystals. ► The crystallographic structures by occupation probabilities. ► The NH{sub 4} and Rb occupation rates.

  12. Electrical and physical characterization of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-GaSb interface for 1%, 5%, 10%, and 22% (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S surface treatments

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    Peralagu, Uthayasankaran Thayne, Iain G.; Povey, Ian M.; Carolan, Patrick; Lin, Jun; Hurley, Paul K.; Contreras-Guerrero, Rocio; Droopad, Ravi

    2014-10-20

    In this work, the impact of ammonium sulfide ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S) surface treatment on the electrical passivation of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-GaSb interface is studied for varying sulfide concentrations. Prior to atomic layer deposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, GaSb surfaces were treated in 1%, 5%, 10%, and 22% (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S solutions for 10 min at 295 K. The smallest stretch-out and flatband voltage shifts coupled with the largest capacitance swing, as indicated by capacitance-voltage (CV) measurements, were obtained for the 1% treatment. The resulting interface defect trap density (D{sub it}) distribution showed a minimum value of 4 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2}eV{sup −1} at E{sub v} + 0.27 eV. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy examination revealed the formation of interfacial layers and increased roughness at the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-GaSb interface of samples treated with 10% and 22% (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S. In combination, these effects degrade the interface quality as reflected in the CV characteristics.

  13. Consequences of Optimal Bond Valence on Structural Rigidity and Improved Luminescence Properties in SrxBa2-xSiO4sub>:Eu2+ Orthosilicate Phosphors

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    Denault, Kristin A.; Brgoch, Jakoah; Gaultois, Michael W.; Mikhailovsky, Alexander; Petry, Ralf; Winkler, Holger; DenBaars, Steven P.; Seshadri, Ram

    2014-08-19

    The orthosilicate phosphors SrxBa2–xSiO4sub>:Eu2+ have now been known for over four decades and have found extensive recent use in solid-state white lighting. It is well-recognized in the literature and in practice that intermediate compositions in the solid-solutions between the orthosilicates Sr2SiO4sub> and Ba2SiO4sub> yield the best phosphor hosts when the thermal stability of luminescence is considered. We employ a combination of synchrotron X-ray diffraction, total scattering measurements, density functional theory calculations, and low-temperature heat capacity measurements, in conjunction with detailed temperature- and time-resolved studies of luminescence properties to understand the origins of the improved luminescence properties. We observe that in the intermediate compositions, the two cation sites in the crystal structure are optimally bonded as determined from bond valence sum calculations. Optimal bonding results in a more rigid lattice, as established by the intermediate compositions possessing the highest Debye temperature, which are determined experimentally from low-temperature heat capacity measurements. Greater rigidity in turn results in the highest luminescence efficiency for intermediate compositions at elevated temperatures.

  14. Investigation of the structure and properties of K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O single crystals

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    Makarova, I. P. Chernaya, T. S.; Grebenev, V. V.; Dolbinina, V. V.; Verin, I. A.; Simonov, A. A.

    2011-11-15

    The features of the conductivity of K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O single-crystal samples in the temperature range of superprotonic phase transition have been investigated. The K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O crystal structure is determined and refined taking into account hydrogen atoms by X-ray diffraction analysis at a temperature of 295 K: monoclinic symmetry, sp. gr. P2{sub 1}/c, Z = 4, a = 7.059(1), b = 19.773(1), c = 23.449(1) Angstrom-Sign , {beta} = 95.33(1) Degree-Sign , R{sub 1}/wR{sub 2} = 2.71/1.71. The structural data obtained suggest that the occurrence of high conductivity in K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O crystals with an increase in temperature is related to the diffusion of crystallization water and motion of K ions, as well as to the transformation of the system of hydrogen bonds and protonic motion. The stabilization of the high-temperature superprotonic phase and its supercooling to low temperatures are due to the presence of channels for the motion of K ions and slow backward diffusion of water in the crystal.

  15. Temperature-induced changes in the single-crystal structure of K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O

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    Makarova, I. P. Grebenev, V. V.; Chernaya, T. S.; Verin, I. A.; Dolbinina, V. V.; Chernyshov, D. Yu.; Koval'chuk, M. V.

    2013-05-15

    Interest in superprotonic crystals of M{sub m}H{sub n}(XO{sub 4}){sub (m+n)/2} is associated with the solution to the fundamental problem of modern condensed matter physics: investigations of structural phase transitions and the stabilization of phases with high proton conductivity with the aim of designing new functional materials. The available data suggest that changes in the physical properties in these crystals can occur through different structural mechanisms. To reveal the structural conditionality for anomalies in the physical properties, the crystals of K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O were studied by X-ray diffraction in the temperature range of 25-463 K, and the crystal structure of the high-temperature phase was determined at 418 K (sp. gr. Pcan). The results of the study indicate that the occurrence of high conductivity in K{sub 9}H{sub 7}(SO{sub 4}){sub 8} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O crystals at high temperatures is associated with the diffusion of water of crystallization, the hydrogen-bond network rearrangement, and the motion of K ions. The hydrogen-bond rearrangement and the hindered back diffusion of water to the crystal stabilize the high-temperature phase and ensure its supercooling to low temperatures.

  16. Influence of Ga-concentration on the electrical and magnetic properties of magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2–xO4sub>/BaTiO3 composite

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    Ni, Yan; Zhang, Zhen; Nlebedim, Cajetan I.; Jiles, David C.

    2015-03-20

    Multiferroic materials exhibit magnetoelectric (ME) coupling and promise new device applications including magnetic sensors, generators, and filters. An effective method for developing ME materials with enhanced ME effect is achieved by the coupling through the interfacial strain between piezoelectric and magnetostrictive materials. In this study, the electrical and magnetic properties of Ga doped magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2–xO4sub>/BaTiO3 composite are studied systematically. It is found that Ga doping improves the sensitivity of magnetoelastic response and stabilizes the magnetic phase of the composites. More importantly, Ga doping reduces the electrical conductivity of composite, as well as the dielectric loss. An enhancement of the electrostrain with doping Ga is also observed. Quantitative estimation indicates that magnetoelectric coupling is enhanced for Ga-doped CoGaxFe2–xO4sub>/BaTiO3 composites. As a result, the present work is beneficial to the practical application of composite CoFe2O4sub>/BaTiO3-based multiferroic materials.

  17. Engineering of mixed pairing and non-Abelian Majorana states in chiral p-wave superconductor Sr2RuO4sub> and other materials

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    Liu, Ying

    2015-11-30

    This project deals with odd-parity superconductor Sr2RuO4sub> and related material systems, aiming at understanding the unconventional nature of superconductivity in this material. An odd-parity superconductor is expected to feature a novel topological object, the half-flux-quantum vortex that hosts a Majorana anyons. Majorana anyons carry non-Abelian statistics that can be used are the building block for constructing a fault-tolerated topological quantum computer. Half-flux-quantum vortices form in an odd-parity superconductor because of the availability of charge neutral spin supercurrent in addition to the normal supercurrent. Half-height magnetization steps were found in a cantilever magnetometry measurement of doubly connected mesoscopic samples of Sr2RuO4sub> in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field (J. Jang, D. G. Ferguson, V. Vakaryuk, R. Budakian, S. B. Chung, P. M. Goldbart, and Y. Maeno, Science 331, 186 (2011)), which suggests the presence of a half-flux-quantum (Φ0/2 = h/4e) state. Evidence for half flux quantum states, which can be viewed as coreless half vortices, was obtained in mesoscopic samples of Sr2RuO4sub> in the torque magnetomitry measurements. However, the existence of such an important property has not been confirmed by any other independent measurement.

  18. Ground-based, integrated path differential absorption LIDAR measurement of CO2, CH4sub>, and H2O near 1.6  μm.

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    Wagner, Gerd A; Plusquellic, David F

    2016-08-10

    A ground-based, integrated path, differential absorption light detection and ranging (IPDA LIDAR) system is described and characterized for a series of nighttime studies of CO2, CH4sub>, and H2O. The transmitter is based on an actively stabilized, continuous-wave, single-frequency external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) operating from 1.60 to 1.65 μm. The fixed frequency output of the ECDL is microwave sideband tuned using an electro-optical phase modulator driven by an arbitrary waveform generator and filtered using a confocal cavity to generate a sequence of 123 frequencies separated by 300 MHz. The scan sequence of single sideband frequencies of 600 ns duration covers a 37 GHz region at a spectral scan rate of 10 kHz (100 μs per scan). Simultaneously, an eye-safe backscatter LIDAR system at 1.064 μm is used to monitor the atmospheric boundary layer. IPDA LIDAR measurements of the CO2 and CH4sub> dry air mixing ratios are presented in comparison with those from a commercial cavity ring-down (CRD) instrument. Differences between the IPDA LIDAR and CRD concentrations in several cases appear to be well correlated with the atmospheric aerosol structure from the backscatter LIDAR measurements. IPDA LIDAR dry air mixing ratios of CO2 and CH4sub> are determined with fit uncertainties of 2.8 μmol/mol (ppm) for CO2 and 22 nmol/mol (ppb) for CH4sub> over 30 s measurement periods. For longer averaging times (up to 1200 s), improvements in these detection limits by up to 3-fold are estimated from Allan variance analyses. Two sources of systematic error are identified and methods to remove them are discussed, including speckle interference from wavelength decorrelation and the seed power dependence of amplified spontaneous emission. Accuracies in the dry air retrievals of CO2 and CH4sub> in a 30 s measurement period are estimated at 4 μmol/mol (1% of ambient levels) and 50

  19. Investigation of structural and luminescent properties of Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions-doped Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F

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    Zhang, Lei; Fu, Zuoling; Wu, Zhijian; Wang, Yuan; Fu, Xihong; Cui, Tian

    2014-08-15

    Graphical abstract: The structural and luminescent properties FAP: Ce{sup 3+} and FAP: Ce{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} were investigated in detail by the spectral measurement and theoretical calculation. The emission of Ce{sup 3+} is fitted by two Gaussian functions dashed lines in wavenumber to further confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously occupy the 4f and 6h sites Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4})F host. - Highlights: • A simple hydrothermal method has been used to prepare Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F: Ce{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} powders with structural and luminescent analysis. • The emission of Ce{sup 3+} is fitted by two Gaussian functions to confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously to occupy the 4f and 6h sites in Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F host. • Due to an efficient energy transfer, the existence of Ce{sup 3+} (sensitizer) can dramatically enhance the green emission of Mn{sup 2+} (activator) in co-doped samples. - Abstract: Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions-doped oxyapatite calcium fluorapatite [Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F, FAP] has been successfully synthesized by a facile one-step hydrothermal method. The luminescent properties of Ce{sup 3+}- and Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+}- activated FAP phosphors were investigated using the photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra. The emission of Ce{sup 3+} was fitted by two Gaussian functions with dashed lines in wavenumber to confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously to occupy the 4f and 6h sites in Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F host, which was consistent with the calculated results of crystal field based on chemical bond theory. In addition, the existence of Ce{sup 3+} (sensitizer) can dramatically enhance the green emission of Mn{sup 2+} (activator) in Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions co-doped samples due to an efficient energy transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Mn{sup 2+}. All of these results could help us understand the site assignments and optical properties of the rare earth ions doped in hexagonal Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4

  20. Ground-based, integrated path differential absorption LIDAR measurement of CO2, CH4sub>, and H2O near 1.6  μm.

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    Wagner, Gerd A; Plusquellic, David F

    2016-08-10

    A ground-based, integrated path, differential absorption light detection and ranging (IPDA LIDAR) system is described and characterized for a series of nighttime studies of CO2, CH4sub>, and H2O. The transmitter is based on an actively stabilized, continuous-wave, single-frequency external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) operating from 1.60 to 1.65 μm. The fixed frequency output of the ECDL is microwave sideband tuned using an electro-optical phase modulator driven by an arbitrary waveform generator and filtered using a confocal cavity to generate a sequence of 123 frequencies separated by 300 MHz. The scan sequence of single sideband frequencies of 600 ns duration covers a 37 GHz region at a spectral scan rate of 10 kHz (100 μs per scan). Simultaneously, an eye-safe backscatter LIDAR system at 1.064 μm is used to monitor the atmospheric boundary layer. IPDA LIDAR measurements of the CO2 and CH4sub> dry air mixing ratios are presented in comparison with those from a commercial cavity ring-down (CRD) instrument. Differences between the IPDA LIDAR and CRD concentrations in several cases appear to be well correlated with the atmospheric aerosol structure from the backscatter LIDAR measurements. IPDA LIDAR dry air mixing ratios of CO2 and CH4sub> are determined with fit uncertainties of 2.8 μmol/mol (ppm) for CO2 and 22 nmol/mol (ppb) for CH4sub> over 30 s measurement periods. For longer averaging times (up to 1200 s), improvements in these detection limits by up to 3-fold are estimated from Allan variance analyses. Two sources of systematic error are identified and methods to remove them are discussed, including speckle interference from wavelength decorrelation and the seed power dependence of amplified spontaneous emission. Accuracies in the dry air retrievals of CO2 and CH4sub> in a 30 s measurement period are estimated at 4 μmol/mol (1% of ambient levels) and 50

  1. Growth, structural and optical characterizations of LiLa{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} single-crystalline fibers by the micro-pulling-down method

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    Moraes, Jair Ricardo de

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transparent and uniform LiLa{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} single-crystalline fibers were grown by the micro-pulling-down method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alkali and rare earth ionic radii influence the pulling rate on the growth. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eu incorporation in LiLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} induces local distortions in the crystalline lattice. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LiLa{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} single-crystalline fibers present intense red emission under 395 nm excitation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Concentration quenching observed in the emission around 20 mol% of Eu doping. -- Abstract: Transparent and uniform LiLa{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} single-crystalline fibers where x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25 and 1.0, with an average of 20-40 mm length were obtained by the micro-pulling-down method aiming structural and optical characterization. The optimum pulling rate was found to depend on the difference between alkali and rare earth ionic radii. Rietveld analysis from X-ray diffraction data and excitation spectroscopy at room temperature were applied to investigate the lattice changes due to the Eu{sup 3+} incorporation in the host. LiLa{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystal fibers present red emission due to the electric dipole {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition under 395 nm excitation showing a concentration quenching around 20 mol% of doping. The excitation spectra of the {sup 7}F{sub 0} {yields} {sup 5}D{sub 0} transition show small changes in the Eu{sup 3+} surroundings as function of dopant concentration.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of alluaudite-like triple molybdate Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24}

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    Savina, Aleksandra A.; Solodovnikov, Sergey F.; Belov, Dmitry A.; Basovich, Olga M.; Solodovnikova, Zoya A.; Pokholok, Konstantin V.; Stefanovich, Sergey Yu.; Lazoryak, Bogdan I.; Khaikina, Elena G.

    2014-12-15

    A new triple molybdate Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24} was synthesized using solid state reactions and studied with X-ray powder diffraction, second harmonic generation (SHG) technique, differential scanning calorimetry, Mössbauer and dielectric impedance spectroscopy. Single crystals of Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24} were obtained and its structure was solved (the space group P1{sup ¯}, a=12.5814(5), b=13.8989(5), c=28.4386(9) Å, α=90.108(2), β=90.064(2), γ=90.020(2)°, V=4973.0(3) Å{sup 3}, Z=2, R=0.0440). Characteristic features of the structure are polyhedral layers composed of pairs of edge-shared FeO{sub 6} and (Fe, Na)O{sub 6} octahedra, which are connected by bridging MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The layers share common vertices with bridging MoO{sub 4} tetrahedra to form an open 3D framework with the cavities occupied by the Cs{sup +} and Na{sup +} cations. The compound undergoes first-order phase transformation at 642 K and above this phase transition, electrical conductivity reaches 10{sup −3}–10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1}. Thus, Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24} may be considered as a promising compound for developing new materials with high ionic conductivity. - Graphical abstract: A new triple molybdate Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24} was synthesized and structurally characterized, its physicochemical properties were studied. - Highlights: • New compound Na{sub 25}Cs{sub 8}Fe{sub 5}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 24} was synthesized. • Physicochemical properties of the compound were studied. • The first-order phase transformation is observed. • Electrical conductivity above 642 K is (10{sup −2}–10{sup −3}) S cm{sup −1}. • New compound may be considered as promising object with high ionic conductivity.

  3. Microwave sol–gel synthesis and upconversion photoluminescence properties of CaGd{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} phosphors with incommensurately modulated structure

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    Lim, Chang Sung; Aleksandrovsky, Aleksandr; Molokeev, Maxim; Oreshonkov, Aleksandr; Atuchin, Victor

    2015-08-15

    CaGd{sub 2−x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} phosphors with the doping concentrations of Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} (x=Er{sup 3+}+Yb{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}=0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and Yb{sup 3+}=0.2, 0.45) have been successfully synthesized by the microwave sol–gel method. The crystal structure of CaGd{sub 2−x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} tungstates have been refined, and upconversion photoluminescence properties have been investigated. The synthesized particles, being formed after the heat-treatment at 900 °C for 16 h, showed a well crystallized morphology. Under the excitation at 980 nm, CaGd{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} particles exhibited a strong 525-nm and a weak 550-nm emission bands in the green region and a very weak 655-nm emission band in the red region. The Raman spectrum of undoped CaGd{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4} revealed about 12 narrow lines. The strongest band observed at 903 cm{sup −1} was assigned to the ν{sub 1} symmetric stretching vibration of WO{sub 4} tetrahedrons. The spectra of the samples doped with Er and Yb obtained under the 514.5 nm excitation were dominated by Er{sup 3+} luminescence preventing the recording of these samples Raman spectra. Concentration quenching of the erbium luminescence at {sup 2}H{sub 11/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} transition is weak in the range of erbium doping level x{sub Er}=0.05–0.2, while, for transition {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, the signs of concentration quenching become pronounced at x{sub Er}=0.2. - Graphical abstract: CaGd{sub 2−x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} phosphors with the doping concentrations of Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} (x=Er{sup 3+}+Yb{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}=0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and Yb{sup 3+}=0.2, 0.45) have been successfully synthesized by the microwave sol–gel method and the crystal structure refinement, and upconversion photoluminescence properties have been investigated. - Highlights: • CaGd{sub 2−x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}/Yb

  4. Fluorocarbon assisted atomic layer etching of SiO2 and Si using cyclic Ar/C4sub>F8 and Ar/CHF3 plasma

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    Metzler, Dominik; Li, Chen; Engelmann, Sebastian; Bruce, Robert L.; Joseph, Eric A.; Oehrlein, Gottlieb S.

    2015-11-11

    The need for atomic layer etching (ALE) is steadily increasing as smaller critical dimensions and pitches are required in device patterning. A flux-control based cyclic Ar/C4sub>F8 ALE based on steady-state Ar plasma in conjunction with periodic, precise C4sub>F8 injection and synchronized plasma-based low energy Ar+ ion bombardment has been established for SiO2.1 In this work, the cyclic process is further characterized and extended to ALE of silicon under similar process conditions. The use of CHF3 as a precursor is examined and compared to C4sub>F8. CHF3 is shown to enable selective SiO2/Si etching using a fluorocarbon (FC) film build up. Other critical process parameters investigated are the FC film thickness deposited per cycle, the ion energy, and the etch step length. Etching behavior and mechanisms are studied using in situ real time ellipsometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Silicon ALE shows less self-limitation than silicon oxide due to higher physical sputtering rates for the maximum ion energies used in this work, ranged from 20 to 30 eV. The surface chemistry is found to contain fluorinated silicon oxide during the etching of silicon. As a result, plasma parameters during ALE are studied using a Langmuir probe and establish the impact of precursor addition on plasma properties.

  5. Effects of Mg doping on the remarkably enhanced electrochemical performance of Na3V2(PO4sub>)3 cathode materials for sodium ion batteries

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    Li, Hui; Yu, Xiqian; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Wu, Chuan; Liu, Liang-Yu; Yang, Xiao-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Na3V2-xMgx(PO4sub>)3/C composites with different Mg2+ doping contents (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1) were prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The doping effects on the crystal structure were investigated by XRD, XPS and EXAFS. The results show that low dose doping Mg2+ does not alter the structure of the material, and magnesium is successfully substituted for vanadium site. The Mg doped Na3V2-xMgx(PO4sub>)3/C composites exhibit significant improvements on the electrochemistry performances in terms of the rate capability and cycle performance, especially for the Na3V1.95Mg0.05(PO4sub>)3/C. For example, when the current density increased from 1 C to 30 C, the specific capacity only decreased from 112.5 mAh g-1 to 94.2 mAh g-1 showing very good rate capability. Moreover, even cycling at a high rate of 20 C, an excellent capacity retention of 81% is maintained from the initial value of 106.4 mAh g-1 to 86.2 mAh g-1 at the 50th cycle. Enhanced rate capability and cycle performance can be attributed to the optimized particle size, structural stability and enhanced ionic and electronic conductivity induced by Mg doping.

  6. CW EC-QCL-based sensor for simultaneous detection of H2O, HDO, N2O and CH4sub> using multi-pass absorption spectroscopy.

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    Yu, Yajun; Sanchez, Nancy P; Griffin, Robert J; Tittel, Frank K

    2016-05-16

    A sensor system based on a continuous wave, external-cavity quantum-cascade laser (CW EC-QCL) was demonstrated for simultaneous detection of atmospheric H2O, HDO, N2O and CH4sub> using a compact, dense pattern multi-pass gas cell with an effective path-length of 57.6 m. The EC-QCL with a mode-hop-free spectral range of 1225-1285 cm-1 operating at ~7.8 µm was scanned covering four neighboring absorption lines, for H2O at 1281.161 cm-1, HDO at 1281.455 cm-1, N2O at 1281.53 cm-1 and CH4sub> at 1281.61 cm-1. A first-harmonic-normalized wavelength modulation spectroscopy with second-harmonic detection (WMS-2f/1f) strategy was employed for data processing. An Allan-Werle deviation analysis indicated that minimum detection limits of 1.77 ppmv for H2O, 3.92 ppbv for HDO, 1.43 ppbv for N2O, and 2.2 ppbv for CH4sub> were achieved with integration times of 50-s, 50-s, 100-s and 129-s, respectively. Experimental measurements of ambient air are also reported.

  7. Thermoluminescence response of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanophosphor Co-doped with Eu and Ce for gamma ray dosimetry

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    Patil, B. J.; Bhadane, Mahesh S.; Dahiwale, S. S.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dhole, S. D.; Mandlik, N. T.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.

    2015-06-24

    K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} nanophosphors co-doped with Eu and Ce were synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method. These samples were further annealed at 700 °C structural reformation. The structural and morphological characteristics were studied using XRD and TEM techniques. The particle size calculated from XRD spectra was around 35 nm. The as synthesized sample shows cubic structure annealed at 700 °C. The as synthesized and annealed sample of K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: EuCe were irradiated with Co{sup 60} gamma rays for the doses from 2Gy to 1kGy. The TL characteristic sample of co-doped were studied for the dosimetric application by gamma radiation. The TL spectrum of annealed sample has single peaked at 160 °C. The Eu doped sample has a high TL sensitivity than Ce doped sample. But after co-doping with Eu and Ce, TL intensity observed to be decreased. The decrees in TL peak intensity of the phosphor on co-doping of Eu and Ce gives an insight into the emission mechanism of the phosphor which involves energy transfer from Eu to Ce. The TL response of all the samples were found to be linear for the dose from 2 Gy to 1 KGy. Therefore, K{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}: EuCe nanophosphor can be used for the measurement of high dose of gamma radiation.

  8. Mild hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, thermal behaviour, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.80}Li{sub 0.20}[Fe(AsO{sub 4})F

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    Berrocal, Teresa

    2011-10-15

    The (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.80}Li{sub 0.20}[Fe(AsO{sub 4})F] compound has been synthesized under mild hydrothermal conditions. The compound crystallize in the orthorhombic Pna2{sub 1} space group, with cell parameters a=13.352(9), b=6.7049(9), c=10.943(2) A and Z=8. The compound belongs to the KTiO(PO{sub 4}) structure type, with chains alternating FeO{sub 4}F{sub 2} octahedra and AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra, respectively, running along the 'a' and 'b' crystallographic axes. The diffuse reflectance spectrum in the visible region shows the forbidden electronic transitions characteristic of the Fe(III) d{sup 5}-high spin cation in slightly distorted octahedral geometry. The Moessbauer spectrum at room temperature is characteristic of iron (III) cations. The ESR spectra, carried out from room temperature to 200 K, remain isotropic with variation in temperature; the g-value being 1.99(1). Magnetic measurements indicate the predominance of strong antiferromagnetic interactions. - Graphical Abstract: Three-dimensional structure of (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.80}Li{sub 0.20}[Fe(AsO{sub 4})F], a fluoroarsenate containing lithium and ammonium in the structural cavities. Highlights: > (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.80}Li{sub 0.20}[Fe(AsO{sub 4})F] has been synthesized by mild hydrothermal technique. > The compound exhibits a three-dimensional structure. > Moessbauer spectrum indicates the existence of Fe(III) cations. > Visible spectroscopy confirms the hexacoordination of Fe(III). > Magnetic measurements indicate the existence of a global antiferromagnetic ordering.

  9. High-temperature X-ray analysis of phase evolution in lithium ion conductor Li{sub 1.5}Al{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 1.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    He, Kun Wang, Yanhang; Zu, Chengkui Liu, Yonghua; Zhao, Huifeng; Chen, Jiang; Han, Bin; Ma, Juanrong

    2013-06-15

    Series of Li{sub 1.5}Al{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 1.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} glass ceramic samples were prepared in this work through the change of heat treatment temperature from 650 to 1050 °C. The structures of glass ceramic samples were characterized by means of high temperature X-ray diffraction and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. And the lithium ionic conductivity was analyzed through AC impedance spectroscopy. Through heat treatment at 850 °C for 4 h for the base glass sample, we obtained a maximum conductivity of 5.8 × 10{sup −4} S/cm at room temperature. - Graphical Abstract: High temperature X-ray diffraction (HT-XRD) and Rietveld refinement of Li{sub 1.5}Al{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 1.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (LAGP) glass-ceramics were recorded to investigate the phase transformation, cell parameters and the mass fraction of each crystal phase, which occur in the glass to glass-ceramics process during different crystallization temperatures. The relationship between the average grain size and conductivity that originate from and relate to the crystallization temperature was analyzed by SEM micrograph and AC impedance spectroscopy. - Highlights: • Li{sub 1.5}Al{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 1.5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} glass-ceramics were prepared from as-prepared glass. • The phases decomposition and mass fraction of each phase were analyzed by HT-XRD. • Conductivity is relate to grain size that influenced by crystallization temperature.

  10. New process of preparation, structure, and physicochemical investigations of the new titanyl phosphate Ti{sub 2}O(H{sub 2}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Benmokhtar, S. El jazouli, A.; Chaminade, J.P.; Gravereau, P.; Menetrier, M.; Bouree, F.

    2007-10-15

    New titanyl phosphate Ti{sub 2}O(H{sub 2}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} has been prepared and characterized by X-ray and neutron diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and Raman spectroscopies and thermogravimetric analysis. The crystal structure has been solved from neutron powder diffraction data at 300 K by Rietveld method in P2{sub 1} space group. The refinement led to satisfactory profile factors (R{sub p}=2.7%, R{sub wp}=3.2%) and crystal structure model indicators (R{sub B}=5.8%, R{sub F}=3.2%). The cell is monoclinic with a=7.3735 A, b=7.0405 A, c=7.6609 A and {beta}=121.48{sup o}, Z=4. The structure can be described as a three-dimensional framework built up by chains of [TiO{sub 5}(OH{sub 2})] octahedra with alternative short bonds [Ti{sub (1)}-O{sub (12)}; Ti{sub (2)}-O{sub (12)}, 1.88-1.84 A] and long ones [Ti{sub (1)}-O{sub W}; Ti{sub (2)}-O{sub W}, 2.25-2.23 A] along c-axis and connected via [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra. Oxygen atom denoted O{sub (12)} is only linked to two titanium atoms and Oxygen atom denoted O{sub W} is linked to two titanium atoms and two hydrogen atoms. O{sub (12)} and O{sub W} are not linked to P atoms and justify the titanyl phosphate formulation Ti{sub 2}O(H{sub 2}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The infrared and Raman spectra presents peaks due to vibrations of Ti-O, P-O and O-H bonds. The {sup 31}P MAS NMR spectrum reveals two {sup 31}P resonance lines, in agreement with the structure which showed two crystallographic sites for phosphorus. The thermogravimetric analysis show that Ti{sub 2}O(H{sub 2}O)(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is thermally stable until 400 deg. C. Above this temperature, it losses water and decomposes to Ti{sub 5}O{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} and TiP{sub 2}O{sub 7}. - Graphical abstract: The structure of TiHP can be described as a TiOPO{sub 4} framework constituted by chains of tilted corner-sharing [TiO{sub 6}] octahedra and cross linked by [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra with empty cavities in the framework.

  11. Rietveld refinement and ionic conductivity of Ca{sub 8.4}Bi{sub 1.6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 1.8}

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    Tmar Trabelsi, I.; Madani, A.; Mercier, A.M.; Toumi, M.

    2013-01-15

    The structure of Ca{sub 8.4}Bi{sub 1.6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 1.8}, isostructural with Fluoroapatite, was determined by X-ray powder diffraction methods. The results of Rietveld refinement revealed that the formula of this compound is [Ca{sub 4}]{sup 4f}[Ca{sub 4.4}Bi{sub 1.6}]{sup 6h}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}[O{sub 1.8}]{sup 2a}, space group P63/m (a=9.468 (3) A, c=6.957 (3) A). A total substitution of Bi{sup 3+} ions in the (6h) sites was related particularly to the high polarizability of the Bi{sup 3+} ion compared to Ca{sup 2+}. The observed frequencies in the Raman and infrared spectra were explained and discussed on the basis of unit-cell group analyses and in comparison with Fluoroapatite and other oxyapatites. The ionic conductivity over a wide range of temperature was investigated according to the complex impedance method. The highest overall conductivity values were found at {sigma}{sub 700 Degree-Sign C} =5.03 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} S cm{sup -1} and E{sub a}=0.50 eV. - Graphical abstract: The final Rietveld refinement plot of the Ca{sub 8.4}Bi{sub 1.6} (PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 1.8}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Rietveld refinement revealed that the formula of this compound is Ca{sub 8.4}Bi{sub 1.6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 1.8}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Vibrational spectroscopy supports the high symmetry P63/m space group for this apatite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This apatite contained channels where oxygen ions were located in 2a sites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The possibility of anionic conduction along these channels was considered.

  12. High-energy passively Q-switched laser operation of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4sub> disordered crystal.

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    Wang, Lisha; Han, Wenjuan; Pan, Zhongben; Xu, Honghao; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-05-01

    Efficient high-energy passively Q-switched laser operation was demonstrated with Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4sub> disordered crystal, producing an average output power of 3.0 W at 1018.7 nm, at a pulse repetition frequency of 5.0 kHz; the resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power were 600 μJ, 5.3 ns, and 113.2 kW, respectively. PMID:27140354

  13. North American terrestrial CO2 uptake largely offset by CH4sub> and N2O emissions: toward a full accounting of the greenhouse gas budget

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    Tian, Hanqin; Chen, Guangsheng; Lu, Chaoqun; Xu, Xiaofeng; Hayes, Daniel J.; Ren, Wei; Pan, Shufen; Huntzinger, Deborah N.; Wofsy, Steven C.

    2014-03-14

    The terrestrial ecosystems of North America have been identified as a sink of atmospheric CO2 though there is no consensus on the magnitude. However, the emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases (CH4sub> and N2O) may offset or even overturn the climate cooling effect induced by the CO2 sink. Using a coupled biogeochemical model, in this study, we have estimated the combined global warming potentials (GWP) of CO2, CH4sub> and N2O fluxes in North American terrestrial ecosystems and quantified the relative contributions of environmental factors to the GWP changes during 1979–2010. The uncertainty range for contemporary global warming potential has been quantified by synthesizing the existing estimates from inventory, forward modeling, and inverse modeling approaches. Our “best estimate” of net GWP for CO2, CH4sub> and N2O fluxes was₋0.50 ± 0.27 Pg CO2 eq/year (1 Pg=1015 g) in North American terrestrial ecosystems during 2001–2010. The emissions of CH4sub> and N2O from terrestrial ecosystems had offset about two thirds (73% ± 14%) of the land CO2 sink in the North American continent, showing large differences across the three countries, with offset ratios of 57% ± 8% in US, 83% ± 17 % in Canada and 329% ± 119 % in Mexico. Climate change and elevated tropospheric ozone concentration have contributed the most to GWP increase, while elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration have contributed the most to GWP reduction. Extreme drought events over certain periods could result in a positive GWP. By integrating the existing estimates, we have found a wide range of uncertainty for the combined GWP. In conclusion, from both climate change science and policy perspectives, it is necessary to integrate ground and satellite observations with models for a more accurate accounting of these three greenhouse gases in

  14. Two-micron lasing in NaLa{sub 1/2}Gd{sub 1/2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals doped with Tm{sup 3+} ions

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

    2010-02-28

    Lasing on the {sup 3}F{sub 4{yields}}{sup 3}H{sub 6} transition of Tm{sup 3+} ions in Tm{sup 3+}:NaLa{sub 1/2}Gd{sub 1/2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals pumped by a diode laser is obtained for the first time. The {pi}- and {sigma}-polarised laser radiation at wavelengths of 1908 and 1918 nm was generated with a slope efficiency of 28% and 25%, respectively. (lasers)

  15. Tunable photoluminescence properties of Ca{sub 8}NaLa(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2}:Eu{sup 2+},Mn{sup 2+} phosphor under UV excitation

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    Zhang, Fen; Lan, Tong; Tang, Wanjun

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Ca{sub 8}NaLa(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2}:Eu{sup 2+},Mn{sup 2+} was prepared by a combustion-assisted synthesis method. • The phosphor presents blue and yellow double color emissions. • Efficient energy transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} in this phosphor is observed obviously. • White emitting was realized in Ca{sub 8}NaGd(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2}:0.10Eu{sup 2+},0.32Mn{sup 2+},0.10B phosphor. - Abstract: A series of Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} coactivated Ca{sub 8}NaLa(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} (CNLF) phosphors have been synthesized by a combustion-assisted synthesis method. The investigation revealed that Ca{sub 8}NaLa(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} crystallized in a hexagonal crystal system with the space group P6{sub 3}/m (176). The Eu{sup 2+} activated phosphors can be efficiently excited in the range of 270–400 nm and give intense blue emission peaking at 451 nm. By codoping the Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the CNLF host and singly varying the doping content of the Mn{sup 2+} ion, tunable colors from blue to white and eventually to yellow are obtained in CNLF:Eu{sup 2+},Mn{sup 2+} phosphors under the irradiation of 330 nm. The energy transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} in CNLF:Eu{sup 2+},Mn{sup 2+} has been demonstrated to be a resonant type via a dipole–dipole mechanism and the critical distance of energy transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} was estimated to be about 11.9 Å. The investigation indicates that the obtained samples might have potential application in white LEDs.

  16. 1.6  MW peak power, 90  ps all-solid-state laser from an aberration self-compensated double-passing end-pumped Nd:YVO4sub> rod amplifier.

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    Wang, Chunhua; Liu, Chong; Shen, Lifeng; Zhao, Zhiliang; Liu, Bin; Jiang, Hongbo

    2016-03-20

    In this paper a delicately designed double-passing end-pumped Nd:YVO4sub> rod amplifier is reported that produces 10.2 W average laser output when seeded by a 6 mW Nd:YVO4sub> microchip laser at a repetition rate of 70 kHz with pulse duration of 90 ps. A pulse peak power of ∼1.6  MW and pulse energy of ∼143  μJ is achieved. The beam quality is well preserved by a double-passing configuration for spherical-aberration compensation. The laser-beam size in the amplifier is optimized to prevent the unwanted damage from the high pulse peak-power density. This study provides a simple and robust picosecond all-solid-state master oscillator power amplifier system with both high peak power and high beam quality, which shows great potential in the micromachining. PMID:27140580

  17. Multianvil high-pressure/high-temperature synthesis, crystal structure, and thermal behaviour of the rare-earth borogermanate Ce{sub 6}(BO{sub 4}){sub 2}Ge{sub 9}O{sub 22}

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    Heymann, Gunter; Huppertz, Hubert . E-mail: huh@cup.uni-muenchen.de

    2006-02-15

    The new monoclinic cerium borogermanate Ce{sub 6}(BO{sub 4}){sub 2}Ge{sub 9}O{sub 22} was synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 10.5GPa and 1200 deg. C. Ce{sub 6}(BO{sub 4}){sub 2}Ge{sub 9}O{sub 22} crystallizes with two formula units in the space group P2{sub 1}/n with lattice parameters a=877.0(2), b=1079.4(2), c=1079.1(2) pm, and {beta}=95.94(3){sup o}. As the parameter pressure favours the formation of compounds with cations possessing high coordination numbers, it was possible to produce simultaneously BO{sub 4}-tetrahedra and GeO{sub 6}-octahedra in one and the same borogermanate for the first time. Furthermore, the cerium atoms show high coordination numbers (C.N.: 9 and 11), and one oxygen site bridges one boron and two germanium atoms (O{sup [3]}), which is observed here for the first time. Besides a structural discussion, temperature-dependent X-ray powder diffraction data are presented, demonstrating the metastable character of this high-pressure phase.

  18. High-power actively Q-switched single-mode 1342 nm Nd:YVO4sub> ring laser, injection-locked by a cw single-frequency microchip laser.

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    Koch, Peter; Bartschke, Juergen; L'huillier, Johannes A

    2015-11-30

    In this paper we report on the realization of a single-mode Q-switched Nd:YVO4sub> ring laser at 1342 nm. Unidirectional and single-mode operation of the ring laser is achieved by injection-locking with a continuous wave Nd:YVO4sub> microchip laser, emitting a single-frequency power of up to 40 mW. The ring laser provides a single-mode power of 13.9 W at 10 kHz pulse repetition frequency with a pulse duration of 18.2 ns and an excellent beam quality (M2 < 1.05). By frequency doubling of the fundamental 1342 nm laser, a power of 8.7 W at 671 nm with a pulse duration of 14.8 ns and a beam propagation factor of M2 < 1.1 is obtained. The 671 nm radiation features a long-term spectral width of 75 MHz.

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure of a new inorganic/organic hybrid of scandium sulfate: (H{sub 2}en)Sc{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 4}.(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.72}

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    Lu Jianjiang . E-mail: j.lu@anl.gov; Schlueter, John A.; Geiser, Urs

    2006-05-15

    The first organically templated layered structure of scandium sulfate, (H{sub 2}en)Sc{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 4}.(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.72}, (en=ethylenediamine) was synthesized by a hydrothermal method and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the title compound, scandium ions are bridged by sulfate groups with a ratio of 1:2 into a 4{sub 3}{sup 6} layer structure. These layers are parallel packed and separated from each other by ethylenediammonium dications and water molecules. The title compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2/c, with cell parameters a=8.5966(13)A, b=5.1068(8)A, c=18.847(3)A, {beta}=91.210(3){sup o}, V=827.2(2)A{sup 3} and Z=2. Refinement gave R{sub 1}[I>2{sigma}(I)]=0.0354 and wR{sub 2}[I>2{sigma}(I)]=0.0878. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates that this material is thermally stable to above 400 deg. C.

  20. Toward understanding the lithiation/delithiation process in Fe0.5TiOPO4sub>/C electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Lasri, Karima; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah; Saadoune, Ismael; Sougrati, Moulay Tahar; Stievano, Lorenzo; Lippens, Pierre-Emmanuel; Hermann, Raphaël Pierre; Ehrenberg, Helmut

    2015-11-28

    We used Fe0.5TiOPO4sub>/C composite as anode material for LIB and exhibits excellent cycling performance when the electrode is cycled in two different voltage ranges [3.0-1.3V] and [3.0- 0.02V] where different insertion mechanisms were involved. Based on in situ X-ray diffraction, in situ XANES spectroscopy results, and various electrochemical analyses at high and low voltage cut-off, we found that Fe0.5TiOPO4sub>/C electrode materials still maintains its structure crystallinity after cycling between [3.0-1.3V] showing formation of new phase at the end of first discharge, with a reversible capacity of 100 mAhg-1 after 50 cycles at C/5 rate. Moreover, at highly lithiated states, [3.0-0.02V] voltage range, a reduction decomposition reaction highlights the Li-insertion/extraction behaviors, and low phase crystallinity is observed during cycling, in addition an excellent rate behavior and a reversible capacity of 250 mAhg- 1 can still be maintained after 50 cycles at high cycling rate 5C.

  1. Crystal structure and properties of K{sub 2}[OsO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}] . 2H{sub 2}O

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    Burvikova, Yu. N. Lin'ko, I. V.; Venskovskii, N. U.; Rybakov, V. B.

    2007-09-15

    The synthesis and X-ray diffraction study of the compound K{sub 2}[OsO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}] . 2H{sub 2}O are performed. The compound crystallizes in the triclinic crystal system, space group P1-bar, a = 6.545(1) A, b = 6.835(2) A, c = 7.595(2) A, {alpha} = 85.76(2) deg., {beta} = 65.33(2) deg., {gamma} = 71.14(2) deg., and Z = 1. The osmium atom is located at the center of symmetry and has a distorted octahedral coordination formed by oxygen atoms: two oxygen atoms of the osmyl group occupy the apical positions [Os-O, 1.730(2) A], and four oxygen atoms of the oxalate ions lie in the equatorial plane. The K{sup +} cation is surrounded by ten oxygen atoms located at different K-O distances in the range from 2.787(2) to 3.158(2) A. The assignment of the absorption bands in the IR spectrum of K{sub 2}[OsO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}] . 2H{sub 2}O is performed. The electronic absorption spectra of the compound are recorded in different solvents, and the thermal behavior in air is studied.

  2. Influence of electron doping on the ground state of (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4sub>

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    Chen, Xiang; Hogan, Tom; Walkup, D.; Zhou, Wenwen; Pokharel, M.; Yao, Mengliang; Tian, Wei; Ward, Thomas Zac; Zhao, Y.; Parshall, Dr. D.; Opeil, C.; Lynn, J. W.; Madhavan, Vidya; Wilson, Stephen

    2015-08-17

    The evolution of the electronic properties of electron-doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4sub> is experimentally explored as the doping limit of La is approached. As electrons are introduced, the electronic ground state transitions from a spin-orbit Mott phase into an electronically phase separated state, where long-range magnetic order vanishes beyond x = 0:02 and charge transport remains percolative up to the limit of La substitution (x =0:06). In particular, the electronic ground state remains inhomogeneous even beyond the collapse of the parent state's long-range antiferromagnetic order, while persistent short-range magnetism survives up to the highest La-substitution levels. Furthermore, as electrons are doped into Sr2IrO4sub>, we observe the appearance of a low temperature magnetic glass-like state intermediate to the complete suppression of antiferromagnetic order. Universalities and di erences in the electron-doped phase diagrams of single layer and bilayer Ruddlesden-Popper strontium iridates are discussed.

  3. [NH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 2}NH{sub 3}][Co(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]: Chemical preparation, crystal structure, thermal decomposition and magnetic properties

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    Rekik, Walid; Naili, Houcine; Mhiri, Tahar; Bataille, Thierry

    2008-10-02

    Cobalt ethylenediammonium bis(sulfate) tetrahydrate, [NH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 2}NH{sub 3}][Co(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}], has been synthesised by slow evaporation at room temperature. It crystallises in the triclinic system, space group P1-bar, with the unit cell parameters: a = 6.8033(2), b 7.0705(2), c = 7.2192(3) A, {alpha} = 74.909(2){sup o}, {beta} = 72.291(2){sup o}, {gamma} = 79.167(2){sup o}, Z = 1 and V = 317.16(2) A{sup 3}. The Co(II) atom is octahedrally coordinated by four water molecules and two sulfate tetrahedra leading to trimeric units [Co(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]. These units are linked to each other and to the ethylenediammonium cations through OW-H...O and N-H...O hydrogen bonds, respectively. The zero-dimensional structure is described as an alternation between cationic and anionic layers along the crystallographic b-axis. The dehydration of the precursor proceeds through three stages leading to crystalline intermediary hydrate phases and an anhydrous compound. The magnetic measurements show that the title compound is predominantly paramagnetic with weak antiferromagnetic interactions.

  4. High-power actively Q-switched single-mode 1342 nm Nd:YVO4sub> ring laser, injection-locked by a cw single-frequency microchip laser.

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    Koch, Peter; Bartschke, Juergen; L'huillier, Johannes A

    2015-11-30

    In this paper we report on the realization of a single-mode Q-switched Nd:YVO4sub> ring laser at 1342 nm. Unidirectional and single-mode operation of the ring laser is achieved by injection-locking with a continuous wave Nd:YVO4sub> microchip laser, emitting a single-frequency power of up to 40 mW. The ring laser provides a single-mode power of 13.9 W at 10 kHz pulse repetition frequency with a pulse duration of 18.2 ns and an excellent beam quality (M2 < 1.05). By frequency doubling of the fundamental 1342 nm laser, a power of 8.7 W at 671 nm with a pulse duration of 14.8 ns and a beam propagation factor of M2 < 1.1 is obtained. The 671 nm radiation features a long-term spectral width of 75 MHz. PMID:26698762

  5. (2,2'-bipy)[In{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)](SO{sub 4}){sub 2}: The first indium sulfate with a layer structure

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    Tian Zhenfen; Wang Li; Song Tianyou; Wang Ying; Huang Liangliang; Zhang Lirong; Shi Suhua

    2008-04-15

    The first indium sulfate coordination complex, (2,2'-bipy)[In{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)](SO{sub 4}){sub 2} (2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridyl) was hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), the powder XRD, elemental analysis, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), IR spectroscopy and fluorescent spectroscopy. It is noteworthy that this compound exhibits a novel two-dimensional layer structure, which is built up from two distinct motifs, a butlerite-type chain and a single 4-ring (S4R) unit. The adjacent layers are stably packed together and extended into three-dimensional supramolecular arrays via {pi}-{pi} stacking interactions of the 2,2'-bipy ligands. Additionally, this compound shows strong fluorescent property at room temperature, which may be assigned to ligand-centered {pi}*-{pi} transitions. - Graphical abstract: The two-dimensional layer structure of (2,2'-bipy)[In{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)](SO{sub 4}){sub 2} along [001]. Display Omitted.

  6. Magnetic ordering in the frustrated J1 - J2 Ising chain candidate BaNd2O4sub>

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    Aczel, Adam A.; Li, Ling; Garlea, Vasile O.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Weickert, Franziska; Jaime, M.; Maiorov, B.; Movshovich, R.; Civale, L.; Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D.

    2014-10-06

    The AR2O4sub> family (R = rare earth) has recently been attracting interest as a new series of frustrated magnets, with the magnetic R atoms forming zigzag chains running along the c axis. In this paper, we have investigated polycrystalline BaNd2O4sub> with a combination of magnetization, heat-capacity, and neutron powder diffraction measurements. Magnetic Bragg peaks are observed below TN = 1.7 K, and they can be indexed with a propagation vector of k = (0,1/2,1/2). The signal from magnetic diffraction is well described by long-range ordering of only one of the two types of Nd zigzag chains, with collinear up-up-down-down intrachain spin configurations (double Néel state). Furthermore, low-temperature magnetization and heat-capacity measurements reveal two magnetic-field-induced spin transitions at 2.75 and 4 T for T = 0.46 K. The high-field phase is paramagnetic, while the intermediate-field state may arise from a spin transition of the long-range ordered Nd chains. Finally, one possible candidate for the field-induced ordered state corresponds to an up-up-down intrachain spin configuration, as predicted for a classical J1-J2 Ising chain with a double Néel ground state in zero field.

  7. The excited state dynamics of KLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Pr{sup 3+}: From a case study to the determination of the energy levels of rare earth impurities relative to the bandgap in oxidising host lattices

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    Cavalli, Enrico Boutinaud, Philippe; Bettinelli, Marco; Dorenbos, Pieter

    2008-05-15

    The luminescence properties of KLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} (KLM) single crystals doped with Pr{sup 3+} have been measured in the 10-600 K temperature range in order to investigate the mechanisms involved in the radiationless processes. At variance with previously studied scheelite-like molybdates activated with Pr{sup 3+}, no effects attributed to the formation of intervalence charge transfer states have been observed. The model proposed in order to account for this behaviour allows the determination of the energy of the Pr{sup 3+} levels relative to the valence and conduction bands of the host. This model has firstly been confirmed for Tb{sup 3+}-doped KLM, for which suitable experimental data are available, and then extended to the other rare earth ions on the basis of the systematic nature of the lanthanide energy levels properties. The obtained conclusions are finally supported in the light of the comparison with some other representative cases. - Graphical abstract: The study of the excited state dynamics of KLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} single crystals doped with Pr{sup 3+} allows to determine the energies of the levels of the active ion relative to the valence and conduction bands of the host. This model has then been extended to the other rare earth ions on the basis of the systematic nature of the lanthanide energy levels properties.

  8. Evolution of competing magnetic order in the Jeff=1/2 insulating state of Sr2Ir1-xRuxO4sub>

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    Calder, Stuart A.; Kim, Jong-Woo; Cao, Guixin; Cantoni, Claudia; May, Andrew F; Cao, Huibo B.; Aczel, Adam A.; Matsuda, Masaaki; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, Daniel; Sales, B. C.; Mandrus, David; Lumsden, Mark D.; Christianson, Andrew D.

    2015-10-27

    We investigate the magnetic properties of the series Sr2Ir1-xRuxO4sub> with neutron, resonant x-ray and magnetization measurements. The results indicate an evolution and coexistence of magnetic structures via a spin flop transition from ab-plane to c-axis collinear order as the 5d Ir4+ ions are replaced with an increasing concentration of 4d Ru4+ ions. The magnetic structures within the ordered regime of the phase diagram (x<0.3) are reported. Despite the changes in magnetic structure no alteration of the Jeff=1/2 ground state is observed. This behavior of Sr2Ir1-xRuxO4sub> is consistent with electronic phase separation and diverges from a standard scenario of hole doping. The role of lattice alterations with doping on the magnetic and insulating behavior is considered. Our results presented here provide insight into the magnetic insulating states in strong spin-orbit coupled materials and the role perturbations play in altering the behavior.

  9. Magnetic and structural transitions in La0.4sub>Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals

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    Yan, Jiaqiang; Nandi, S.; Saparov, Bayrammurad I.; Cermak, P.; Xiao, Y.; Su, Y.; Jin, W. T.; Schneidewind, A.; Bruckel, Th.; McCallum, R. W.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Sales, B. C.; Mandrus, D. G.

    2015-01-05

    La0.4sub>Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals have been grown out of an NaAs flux in an alumina crucible and characterized by measuring magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, specific heat, as well as single-crystal x-ray and neutron diffraction. La0.4sub>Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals show a structural phase transition from a high-temperature tetragonal phase to a low-temperature orthorhombic phase at Ts=125 K. This structural transition is accompanied by an anomaly in the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity, anisotropic magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat. Concomitant with the structural phase transition, the Fe moments order along the a direction with an ordered moment of 0.7(1) μB at T=5 K. Finally, the low-temperature stripe antiferromagnetic structure is the same as that in other AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds. La0.5₋xNa0.5+xFe2As2 provides a material platform for the study of iron-based superconductors where the electron-hole asymmetry could be studied by simply varying the La/Na ratio.

  10. An in-situ phosphorus source for the synthesis of Cu3P and the subsequent conversion to Cu3PS4sub> nanoparticle clusters

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    Sheets, Erik J.; Stach, Eric A.; Yang, Wei -Chang; Balow, Robert B.; Wang, Yunjie; Walker, Bryce C.; Agrawal, Rakesh

    2015-09-20

    The search for alternative earth abundant semiconducting nanocrystals for sustainable energy applications has brought forth the need for nanoscale syntheses beyond bulk synthesis routes. Of particular interest are metal phosphides and derivative I-V-VI chalcogenides including copper phosphide (Cu3P) and copper thiophosphate (Cu3PS4sub>). Herein, we report a one-pot, solution-based synthesis of Cu3P nanocrystals utilizing an in-situ phosphorus source: phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) in trioctylphosphine (TOP). By injecting this phosphorus source into a copper solution in oleylamine (OLA), uniform and size controlled Cu3P nanocrystals with a phosphorous-rich surface are synthesized. The subsequent reaction of the Cu3P nanocrystals with decomposing thiourea forms nanoscale Cu3PS4sub> particles having p-type conductivity and an effective optical band gap of 2.36 eV.

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of (N{sub 4}C{sub 6}H{sub 21}).(Co(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2})

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    Dakhlaoui, A.; Smiri, L.S. . E-mail: leila.smiri@fsb.rnu.tn

    2005-08-11

    The title compound (N{sub 4}C{sub 6}H{sub 21}).(Co(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}), was prepared hydrothermally (473 K, 10 days, autogenous pressure), in the presence of the tris(2-aminoethyl)amine as organic template. Its structure is built up from a network of four membered-rings, formed by the vertex linkages between [CoO{sub 4}] and [H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra with [HPO{sub 4}] moieties hanging from the Co center. Hydrogen bonds involving the cobalt phosphate units and the triply protonated amine molecule, contribute to the stability of the structure. The IR spectrum shows bands characteristic of the (N{sub 4}C{sub 6}H{sub 21}){sup 3+} cations and the (H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sup -} and (HPO{sub 4}){sup 2-} phosphate anions. The UV-Visible-NIR spectrum confirms the tetrahedral coordination of Co{sup 2+} ions. The TGA analysis indicates that the dehydration of (N{sub 4}C{sub 6}H{sub 21}).(Co(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}) occurs in one step. Magnetic measurements from 4.5 to 305 K show a weak antiferromagnetic character of this compound.

  12. Origin of periodic domain structure in Er{sup 3+}-doped beta'-(Sm,Gd){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal lines patterned by laser irradiations in glasses

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    Suzuki, Futoshi; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2010-04-15

    Er{sup 3+}-doped beta'-(Sm,Gd){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal lines are patterned on the surface of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MoO{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses by continuous-wave Yb:YVO{sub 4} laser irradiations (wavelength: 1080 nm, power: 1.3 W, scanning speeds: 5 {mu}m/s), and the origin of the periodicity of self-organized domain structures with high and low refractive index regions in crystal lines is examined from polarized optical microscope (POM) observations, micro-Raman scattering spectrum, and photoluminescence spectrum measurements. It is found that the periodicity of domain structures changes largely depending on Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, i.e., the length of high (bright color in POM observations) and low (dark color) refractive index regions increases with increasing Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and homogeneous crystal lines with no periodic domain structures are patterned in Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MoO{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass with no Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Considering that the degree of ferroelasticities in beta'-(Sm,Gd){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals decreases due to the incorporation of Er{sup 3+} ions, it is demonstrated that the origin of periodic domain structures in laser-patterned lines is due to spontaneous strains in ferroelastic beta'-(Sm,Gd){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the polarized optical photographs (top view) for the lines patterned by laser irradiations with the power of P=1.3 W and the scanning speed of S=5 {mu}m/s in xEr{sub 2}O{sub 3}-(18.25-x)Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-3Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-63.75MoO{sub 3}-15B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (mol%) glasses. This figure indicates that the periodicity of domain structures in beta'-(Sm,Gd){sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystal lines, i.e., the lengths of bright (high refractive index) and dark (low refractive index) color regions, changes depending on the amount of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. It is demonstrated that the

  13. Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of indium filled In x Co 4sub> Sb 12 ( x=0.05, 0.2) and indium cerium filled Ce 0.05 In 0.1 Co 4sub> Sb 12 skutterudites: Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of In/Ce skutterudites

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    Sesselmann, Andreas; Klobes, Benedikt; Dasgupta, Titas; Gourdon, Olivier; Hermann, Raphael; Mueller, Eckhard

    2015-09-25

    The thermoelectric properties on polycrystalline single (In) and double filled (Ce, In) skutterudites are characterized between 300 and 700 K. Powder neutron diffraction measurements of the skutterudite compositions InxCo4sub>Sb12 (x= 0.05, 0.2) and Ce0.05In0.1Co4sub>Sb12 as a function of temperature (12- 300 K) were carried out, which gives more insight into the structural data of single and double-filled skutterudites. Our results show that due to the annealing treatment, a Sb deficiency is detectable and thus verifies defects at the Sb lattice site of the skutterudite. Furthermore, we show by electron microprobe analysis that a considerable amount of indium is lost during synthesis and post-processing for the single indium filled samples, but not for the double cerium and indium skutterudite sample. The double-filled skutterudite is superior to the single-filled skutterudite composition due to a higher charge carrier density, a comparable lattice thermal resistivity, and a higher density of states effective mass in our experiment. Finally, we obtained a significantly higher Einstein temperature for the double-filled skutterudite composition in comparison to the single-filled species, which reflects the high sensitivity due to filling of the void lattice position within the skutterudite crystal.

  14. A study of spin canting in Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} with Mössbauer spectroscopy under 5 T

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    Kim, Hee Seung; Kim, Chul Sung

    2014-05-07

    Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} has been actively studied as a Lithium ion battery cathode material for the next-generation energy storage application. Here, we have investigated the changes of magnetic coupling between two different magnetic sub-lattices in Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} with x-ray diffraction (XRD), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), and Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements. The experimental XRD pattern was analyzed using Rietveld refinement, confirming single phase. In order to investigate the magnetic property, the SQUID measurement under applied field of 5 T was performed between 4.2 and 295 K. From the temperature-dependent zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetization curves, we observed the magnetization decreasing with increasing temperature up to T{sub min} = 13 K, at which the magnetization showed a minimum value. With continuing increase in temperature, the magnetization starts increasing with a maximum value at T{sub max} = 28 K and beyond T{sub max}, the magnetization decreases with the further increase in temperature. Based on the experimentally measured Mössbauer spectra, we identified that the ratios of first and sixth to second and fifth absorption lines were identical around T{sub min}, while with increasing temperature the area of second and fifth absorption line rapidly decreased up to T{sub max}. Our study suggests that the spin canting angle between the applied field and hyperfine field of Li{sub 3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is constant up to T{sub min}. However, the spin canting angle starts decreasing with increasing temperature, reaching a minimum value at T{sub max}, and beyond T{sub max} it is increasing. We expect that around T{sub max}, the ferrimagnetically coupled spin arrangement is appeared to be collinear along the applied field direction under applied field of 5 T.

  15. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites I: Upconversion studies of doubly co-doped (Er, Tm, or Ho):Yb:K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Kimani, Martin M. Chen, Hongyu McMillen, Colin D. Anker, Jeffery N. Kolis, Joseph W.

    2015-03-15

    The synthesis and upconversion properties of trigonal glaserite-type K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} co-doped with Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} were studied. Powder samples were synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h, while well-formed hexagonal single crystals of the same were grown hydrothermally using 10 M K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 560–650 °C. Infrared-to-visible upconversion by Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped-K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} glaserite powder and single crystals was observed, and the upconversion spectral properties were studied as a function of different Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+} ion concentrations. The process is observed under 980 nm laser diode excitation and leads to strong green (552 nm) and red (659 nm) emission for Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, green (549 nm) and red (664 nm) emission for Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, and blue (475 nm) and red (647 nm) emission for Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}. The main mechanism that allows for up-conversion is attributed the energy transfer among Yb{sup 3+} and the various Er{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+} ions in excited states. These results illustrate the large potential of co-doped alkali double vanadates for photonic applications involving optoelectronics devices. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis and upconversion in vanadate glaserites. - Highlights: • K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} codoped with Er, Tm, or Ho:Yb were synthesized via solid-state and hydrothermal routes. • Upconversion properties are investigated. • The codoped compounds revealed efficient infrared-to-visible upconversion. • The presented compounds are potential host for solid state lighting.

  16. Intrinsic Nanostructure in Zr2-xFe4sub>Si16-y(x=0.81, y=6.06)

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    Smith, G J; Simonson, J W; Orvis, T; Marques, C; Grose, J E; Kistner-Morris, J J; Wu, L; Cho, Kyuil; Kim, Hyong june; Tanatar, Makariy A; Garlea, V O; Prozorov, Ruslan; Zhu, Y; Aronson, M C

    2014-09-17

    We present a study of the crystal structure and physical properties of single crystals of a new Fe-based ternary compound, Zr2-xFe4sub>Si16-y(x=0.81,y=6.06). Zr1.19Fe4sub>Si9.94 is a layered compound, where stoichiometric β-FeSi2-derived slabs are separated by Zr-Si planes with substantial numbers of vacancies. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) experiments show that these Zr-Si layers consist of 3.5nm domains where the Zrand Si vacancies are ordered within a supercell sixteen times the volume of the stoichiometric cell. Within these domains, the occupancies of the Zr and Si sites obey symmetry rules that permit only certain compositions, none of which by themselves reproduce the average composition found in x-ray diffraction experiments. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements reveal a small but appreciable number of magnetic moments that remain freely fluctuating to 1.8K, while neutron diffraction confirms the absence of bulk magnetic order with a moment of 0.2μB or larger down to 1.5K. Electrical resistivity measurements find that Zr1.19Fe4sub>Si9.94 is metallic, and the modest value of the Sommerfeld coefficient of the specific heat γ = C/T suggests that quasi-particle masses are not particularly strongly enhanced. The onset of superconductivity at Tc ≃ 6K results in a partial resistive transition and a small Meissner signal, although a bulk-like transition is found in the specific heat. Sharp peaks in the ac susceptibility signal the interplay of the normal skin depth and the London penetration depth, typical of a system in which nano-sized superconducting grains are separated by a on-superconducting host. Ultra low field differential magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal the presence of a surprisingly large number of trace magnetic and superconducting phases, suggesting that the Zr-Fe-Si ternary system

  17. Preparation and spectroscopic properties of rare-earth (RE) (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) phosphate in vacuum ultraviolet region

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Lin, Xiao; Zhao, Jing-Tai; Zhang, Guo-Bin

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We report the VUV spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions in K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. ► The O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} charge transfer bands at about 220 nm have been observed. ► The 4f–5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+} have been observed. ► There is energy transfer between the host and rare-earth activators. -- Abstract: Rare earth (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy and Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) have been synthesized by solid-state reaction method, and their vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) excitation luminescent characteristics have been investigated. The band in the wavelength range of 130–157 nm and the other one range from 155 to 216 nm with the maximum at about 187 nm in the VUV excitation spectra of these compounds are attributed to the host lattice absorption and O–Zr charge transfer transition, respectively. The charge transfer bands (CTB) of O{sup 2−}-Sm{sup 3+}, O{sup 2−}-Dy{sup 3+} and O{sup 2−}-Tm{sup 3+}, in Sm{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}-activated samples, have not been obviously observed probably because the 2p electrons of oxygen are tightly bound to the zirconium ion in the host lattice. For Eu{sup 3+}-activated samples, the relatively weak O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} CTB at about 220 nm is observed. And for Tb{sup 3+}-activated samples, the bands at 223 and 258 nm are related to the 4f-5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+}, respectively. It is observed that there is energy transfer between the host lattice and the luminescent activators (e.g. Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}). From the standpoint of luminescent efficiency, color purity and chemical stability, K{sub 2}GdZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} are attractive candidates for novel yellow, red, green-emitting PDP phosphors.

  18. Sub-80 femtosecond pulses generation from a diode-pumped mode-locked Nd:Ca3La2(BO3)4sub> disordered crystal laser.

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    Ma, Jie; Pan, Zhongben; Cai, Huaqiang; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Shen, Deyuan; Tang, Dingyuan

    2016-04-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a diode-pumped sub-80 fs Nd:Ca3La2(BO3)4sub> disordered crystal laser. Pumping by an 808 nm fiber coupled laser diode, stable continuous-wave mode-locked pulses as short as 79 fs were achieved with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The ultrashort pulses had a repetition rate of ∼98.9  MHz at the central wavelength of about 1068 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of sub-100 fs pulses and the shortest mode-locked pulses generated from the Nd3+-doped crystal lasers. PMID:27192242

  19. High-pressure synthesis and single-crystal structure refinement of gadolinium holmium silicate hydroxyapatite Gd{sub 4.33}Ho{sub 4.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}

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    Wang Chao; Liu Xiaoyang . E-mail: liuxy@jlu.edu.cn; Fleet, M.E.; Feng, Shouhua; Xu Ruren

    2006-07-15

    Single crystals of gadolinium holmium silicate hydroxyapatite Gd{sub 4.33}Ho{sub 4.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2} have been synthesized at 2.0GPa and 1450 deg. C using a piston-cylinder-type high-pressure apparatus. The crystal symmetry by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis is hexagonal, space group P6{sub 3}/m (No. 176), with a=9.3142(5)A, c=6.7010(4)A, Z=1. Gadolinium and Ho are disordered over the two large cation positions, A(1) and A(2), and charge balance in this silicate apatite is maintained by cation vacancies in A(1). Two other apatite-structure crystals investigated have P3-bar and Imma symmetry, and represent either partially ordered Gd-Ho distributions or crystal strain induced during quenching.

  20. Chemical compatibility of (La{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}){sub x}Fe{sub 0.8}M{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} with yttria-stabilized zirconia

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    Kindermann, L.; Das, D.; Nickel, H.; Hilpert, K.; Appel, C.C.; Poulson, F.W.

    1997-02-01

    LaFeO{sub 3}-based perovskites are of interest as cathode material for the development of advanced solid oxide fuel cells operating at temperatures significantly lower than 900 C. The compatibility of the selected materials is necessary to guarantee long-term operation of a solid oxide fuel cell. Systematic investigations on the reactivity between the solid electrolyte yttria-stabilized zirconia (ZrO{sub 2} + 8 mole percent Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and the perovskites (La{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}){sub x}Fe{sub 0.8}M{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} (x = 1, 0.9; M = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni) were carried out. The results obtained are discussed.

  1. Laser-induced excited-state crossover and spectral variation of Cr3+ in the high-crystal-field environment of CaGa2O4sub>.

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    Rai, M; Singh, S K; Morthekai, P

    2016-08-01

    We have studied a wide-bandgap oxide semiconductor, CaGa1.99Cr0.01O4sub>, which possesses high crystal field strength and develops deep traps. These traps efficiently store electric charges after excitation with ultraviolet light. Stimulation of trap charges using infrared radiation (both coherent and incoherent) gives wideband emission of Cr3+ in the red-infrared region, which is similar to the photon upconversion process in lanthanides. Under laser excitation, high photon density and local heating pronounce the coupling of E2 and T24 states and causes an excited state crossover of the population from the E2 to T24 state. This expands the emission band-width of Cr3+ up to 900 nm. PMID:27472637

  2. Preservation of fluorescence and Raman gain in the buried channel waveguides in neodymium-doped KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}(Nd:KGW) by femtosecond laser writing

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    Liu Xiaoyu; Qu Shiliang; Tan Yang; Chen Feng

    2011-02-20

    We report on the preservation of fluorescence and Raman gain in low-repetition-rate femtosecond laser written buried channel waveguides in neodymium-doped KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The propagation loss index, profile reconstruction, and calculation of the modal intensity distribution by the beam propagation method of the waveguide are presented. Microluminescence spectra of the waveguides show that the fluorescence properties of Nd{sup 3+} ions are not significantly affected by the waveguide formation processing, which indicates a fairly good potential for further laser actions in a compact device. Micro-Raman spectra are also performed to reveal the preservation of the characteristic 768 and 901 cm{sup -1} Raman mode intensities in the guiding regions.

  3. Wavelength-dependent optical enhancement of superconducting interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4sub>

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    Casandruc, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Rajasekaran, S.; Laplace, Y.; Khanna, V.; Gu, G.; Hill, J. P.; Cavalleri, A.

    2015-05-05

    We analyze the pump wavelength dependence for the photo-induced enhancement of interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4sub>, which is promoted by optical melting of the stripe order. In the equilibrium superconducting state (T < TC = 13 K), in which stripes and superconductivity coexist, time-domain THz spectroscopy reveals a photo-induced blue-shift of the Josephson Plasma Resonance after excitation with optical pulses polarized perpendicular to the CuO2 planes. In the striped, non-superconducting state (TC < T < TSO ≃ 40 K) a transient plasma resonance similar to that seen below TC appears from a featureless equilibrium reflectivity. Most strikingly, both these effects become stronger upon tuning of the pump wavelength from the mid-infrared to the visible, underscoring an unconventional competition between stripe order and superconductivity, which occurs on energy scales far above the ordering temperature.

  4. Electrical conductivities of three-phase emulsions. 2. C[sub 6]H[sub 13](OC[sub 2]H[sub 4])[sub 2]OH/n-tetradecane/water with wetting and nonwetting middle phases

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    Johnson, G.K. West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV ); Dadyburjor, D.B. ); Smith, D.H. Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK )

    1994-08-01

    Electrical conductivities of steady-state, three-phase (macro)emulsions formed by the top (T), middle (i.e., microemulsion, M), and bottom (B) phases of the amphiphile/oil/'water' (i.e., aqueous 10 mM NaCl) system C[sub 6]H[sub 13](OC[sub 2]H[sub 4])[sub 2]OH/n-tetradecane/water have been measured and compared with conductivities predicted by equations for different emulsion morphologies. Two temperatures were used, one above and one below the temperature of the middle-phase wetting transition. The appropriate conductivity equations, and thus the emulsion morphologies, appeared to depend on the wettability of the T-B interface by the middle phase. 17 refs., 9 figs.

  5. High-Pressure Single-Crystal Neutron Scattering Study of Magnetic and Fe Vacancy Orders in (Tl,Rb)2 Fe4sub> Se5 Superconductor

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    Ye, Feng; Bao, Wei; Chi, Song-Xue; Santos, Antonio M. dos; Molaison, Jamie J.; Fang, Ming-Hu; Wang, Hang-Dong; Mao, Qian-Hui; Wang, Jin-Chen; Liu, Juan-Juan; Sheng, Jie-Ming

    2014-12-01

    We investigate the magnetic and iron vacancy orders in superconducting (Tl,Rb)2Fe4sub>Se5 single-crystals by using a high-pressure neutron diffraction technique. Similar to the temperature effect, the block antiferromagnetic order gradually decreases upon increasing pressure while the Fe vacancy superstructural order remains intact before its precipitous disappearance at the critical pressure Pc = 8.3 GPa. Combined with previously determined Pc for superconductivity, our phase diagram under pressure reveals the concurrence of the block AFM order, the √5 × √5 iron vacancy order and superconductivity for the 245 superconductor. Lastly, a synthesis of current experimental data in a coherent physical picture is attempted.

  6. Mechanochemical transformation of mixtures of Ca(OH){sub 2} and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} or P{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Gonzalez, G. . E-mail: gemagonz@ivic.ve; Sagarzazu, A.; Villalba, R.

    2006-10-12

    A detailed comparative study of the mechanochemical transformation of two mixtures: Ca(OH){sub 2}-(NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} and Ca(OH){sub 2}-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}, milled in a mortar dry grinder for different periods of time was carried out. The phase transformations obtained at each milling stage were studied by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. The transformations taking place during the first periods of milling are very different for both mixtures. However, prolonged milling, over nearly the same period, causes amorphization of both mixtures. DSC analysis of the milled powders showed the temperature of crystallization of hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate ({beta}-TCP). Calcinations of all the different milled powders at 800 deg. C for 2 h, results in the formation of hydroxyapatite and {beta}-TCP.

  7. Synthesis, structure and characterisation of Fe{sub 0.50}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}: A new material with Nasicon-like structure

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    Benmokhtar, S. El Jazouli, A.; Aatiq, A.; Chaminade, J.P.; Gravereau, P.; Wattiaux, A.; Fournes, L.; Grenier, J.C.

    2007-07-15

    A new iron titanyl phosphate Fe{sub 0.50}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} was synthesized by both solid-state reaction and Cu{sup 2+}-Fe{sup 2+} ion exchange method. The material was then characterized by X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer, magnetic susceptibility measurements and optical absorption. The crystal structure of the compound was refined, using X-ray powder diffraction data, by the Rietveld profile method; it crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, space group R3-bar, with a=8.511(1)A and c=20.985(3)A, V=1316.45(3)A{sup 3} and Z=6. The structure, which is compared to that of Mn{sub 0.50}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is built up from [TiO{sub 6}] octahedra and [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra which are linked by corner sharing along the c-axis. Fe{sup 2+} cations are located in half of the antiprism M{sub I} sites and are orderly distributed with vacancies within the two possible positions of the M{sub I} sites of R3-bar. These results were supported by the Mossbauer studies that showed the presence of one Fe{sup 2+} site in the high spin state (t{sub 2g}{sup 4}e{sub g}{sup 2}). The Curie-Weiss-type behavior is observed in the magnetic susceptibility. Diffuse reflectance spectrum indicates the presence of octahedrally coordinated Fe{sup 2+} ions.

  8. Role of ytterbium-erbium co-doped gadolinium molybdate (Gd2(MoO4sub>)3:Yb/Er) nanophosphors in solar cells.

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    Jin, Xiao; Li, Haiyang; Li, Dongyu; Zhang, Qin; Li, Feng; Sun, Weifu; Chen, Zihan; Li, Qinghua

    2016-09-01

    Insufficient harvest of solar light energy is one of the obstacles for current photovoltaic devices to achieve high performance. Especially, conventional organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells (HSCs) based on PTB7 as p-type semiconductor can only utilize 400-800 nm solar spectrum. One effective strategy to overcome this obstacle is the introduction of up-conversion nanophosphors (NPs), in the virtue of utilizing the near infrared region (NIR) of solar radiation. Up-conversion can convert low-energy photons to high-energy ones through multi-photon processes, by which the solar spectrum is tailored to well match the absorptive domain of the absorber. Herein we incorporate erbium-ytterbium co-doped gadolinium molybdate (Gd2(MoO4sub>)3, GMO), denoted as GMO:Yb/Er, into TiO2 acceptor film in HSCs to enhance the light harvest. Here Er3+ acts as activator while Yb-MoO4sub> 2- is the joint sensitizer. Facts proved that the GMO:Yb/Er single crystal NPs are capable of turning NIR photons to visible photons that can be easily captured by PTB7. Studies on time-resolved photoluminescence demonstrate that electron transfer rate at the interface increases sharply from 0.65 to 1.42 × 109 s-1. As a result, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the GMO:Yb/Er doped TiO2/PTB7 HSCs reach 3.67%, which is increased by around 25% compared to their neat PTB7/TiO2 counterparts (2.94%). This work may open a hopeful way to take the advantage of those conversional rare-earth ion doped oxides that function in tailoring solar light spectrum for optoelectronic applications. PMID:27607730

  9. Role of ytterbium-erbium co-doped gadolinium molybdate (Gd2(MoO4sub>)3:Yb/Er) nanophosphors in solar cells.

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    Jin, Xiao; Li, Haiyang; Li, Dongyu; Zhang, Qin; Li, Feng; Sun, Weifu; Chen, Zihan; Li, Qinghua

    2016-09-01

    Insufficient harvest of solar light energy is one of the obstacles for current photovoltaic devices to achieve high performance. Especially, conventional organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells (HSCs) based on PTB7 as p-type semiconductor can only utilize 400-800 nm solar spectrum. One effective strategy to overcome this obstacle is the introduction of up-conversion nanophosphors (NPs), in the virtue of utilizing the near infrared region (NIR) of solar radiation. Up-conversion can convert low-energy photons to high-energy ones through multi-photon processes, by which the solar spectrum is tailored to well match the absorptive domain of the absorber. Herein we incorporate erbium-ytterbium co-doped gadolinium molybdate (Gd2(MoO4sub>)3, GMO), denoted as GMO:Yb/Er, into TiO2 acceptor film in HSCs to enhance the light harvest. Here Er3+ acts as activator while Yb-MoO4sub> 2- is the joint sensitizer. Facts proved that the GMO:Yb/Er single crystal NPs are capable of turning NIR photons to visible photons that can be easily captured by PTB7. Studies on time-resolved photoluminescence demonstrate that electron transfer rate at the interface increases sharply from 0.65 to 1.42 × 109 s-1. As a result, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the GMO:Yb/Er doped TiO2/PTB7 HSCs reach 3.67%, which is increased by around 25% compared to their neat PTB7/TiO2 counterparts (2.94%). This work may open a hopeful way to take the advantage of those conversional rare-earth ion doped oxides that function in tailoring solar light spectrum for optoelectronic applications.

  10. Effect of Spin-Crossover-Induced Pore Contraction on CO2–Host Interactions in the Porous Coordination Polymers [Fe(pyrazine)M(CN)4sub>] (M = Ni, Pt)

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    Culp, Jeffrey T; Chen, De-Li; Liu, Jinchen; Chirdon, Danielle; Kauffman, Kristi; Goodman, Angela; Johnson, J Karl

    2013-02-01

    Variable-temperature in situ ATR-FTIR spectra are presented for the porous spin-crossover compounds [Fe(pyrazine)Ni(CN)4sub>] and [Fe(pyrazine)Pt(CN)4sub>] under CO2 pressures of up to 8 bar. Significant shifts in the ν3 and ν2 IR absorption bands of adsorbed CO2 are observed as the host materials undergo transition between low- and high-spin states. Computational models used to determine the packing arrangement of CO2 within the pore structures show a preferred orientation of one of the adsorbed CO2 molecules with close O=C=O···H contacts with the pyrazine pillar ligands. The interaction is a consequence of the commensurate distance of the inter-pyrazine separations and the length of the CO2 molecule, which allows the adsorbed CO2 to effectively bridge the pyrazine pillars in the structure. The models were used to assign the distinct shifts in the IR absorption bands of the adsorbed CO2 that arise from changes in the O=C=O···H contacts that strengthen and weaken in correlation with changes in the Fe–N bond lengths as the spin state of Fe changes. The results indicate that spin-crossover compounds can function as a unique type of flexible sorbent in which the pore contractions associated with spin transition can affect the strength of CO2–host interactions.

  11. Visible quantum cutting through downconversion in GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} and Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}

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    Wang Deyin; Kodama, Nobuhiro

    2009-08-15

    Visible quantum cutting has been observed in GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} upon Tb{sup 3+} 4f{sup 8}-4f{sup 7}5d{sup 1} excitation and host excitation, and in Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} upon Tb{sup 3+} 4f{sup 8}-4f{sup 7}5d{sup 1} excitation. In the quantum cutting process, Tb{sup 3+} acts as a quantum cutter, which converts one short wavelength ultraviolet photon or one vacuum ultraviolet photon into more than one visible photon. The quantum cutting involves a cross-relaxation process between two neighboring Tb{sup 3+} and direct energy transfer between Tb{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}, depending on the excitation wavelength. The quantum efficiency variation of GdPO{sub 4}:xTb{sup 3+} and Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:xTb{sup 3+} shows a growing trend with increasing of Tb{sup 3+} content from x=1.5% to 13%. - Graphical abstract: The ratio of emission from {sup 5}D{sub 4} level to that attributed to {sup 5}D{sub 3} of Tb{sup 3+} and {sup 6}P{sub J} of Gd{sup 3+} under 210,196 and 157 nm excitations are much stronger than that under 273 nm excitation, indicating visible quantum cutting has occurred in GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} upon Tb{sup 3+} 4f{sup 8}-4f{sup 7}5d{sup 1} excitation and host excitation.

  12. Influence of 6s{sup 2} lone pair electrons of Bi{sup 3+} on its preferential site occupancy in fluorapatite, NaCa{sub 3}Bi(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F – An insight from Eu{sup 3+} luminescent probe

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    Lakshminarasimhan, N. Varadaraju, U.V.

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Eu{sup 3+} structural probe – difference in Eu{sup 3+} PL emission in (a) NaCa{sub 3}Bi{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F and (b) NaCa{sub 3}La{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F suggests Bi{sup 3+} with preferential site occupancy at M(II) site directing Eu{sup 3+} to M(I) site. - Highlights: • Eu{sup 3+} luminescent probe used for establishing the role of 6s{sup 2} lone pair electrons of Bi{sup 3+} in fluorapatite. • Difference in Eu{sup 3+} PL emission spectral features in NaCa{sub 3}Bi{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F and NaCa{sub 3}La{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F. • Preferential site occupancy of Bi{sup 3+} in M(II) site directs Eu{sup 3+} to M(I) site in NaCa{sub 3}Bi{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F. - Abstract: Eu{sup 3+} luminescence was used as a structural probe in understanding the preferential site occupancy of lone pair cation, Bi{sup 3+}, in fluorapatite by comparing the photoluminescence (PL) emission spectral features with that of in analogous La{sup 3+} based fluorapatite. The fluorapatites, NaCa{sub 3}Bi{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F and NaCa{sub 3}La{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F, were synthesized by conventional high temperature solid state reaction method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FT-IR spectroscopy. The Eu{sup 3+} PL results revealed a difference in the emission spectral features in NaCa{sub 3}Bi{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F and NaCa{sub 3}La{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F. This difference in Eu{sup 3+} PL emission can be attributed to the difference in its site occupancy in the studied fluorapatites.

  13. High-energy magnetic excitations in overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4sub> studied by neutron and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering

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    Wakimoto, S.; Ishii, K.; Kimura, H.; Fujita, M.; Dellea, G.; Kummer, K.; Braicovich, L.; Ghiringhelli, G.; Debeer-Schmitt, Lisa M.; Granroth, Garrett E.

    2015-05-21

    We have performed neutron inelastic scattering and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) at the Cu-L3 edge to study high-energy magnetic excitations at energy transfers of more than 100 meV for overdoped La2₋xSrxCuO4sub> with x=0.25 (Tc=15 K) and x=0.30 (nonsuperconducting) using identical single-crystal samples for the two techniques. From constant-energy slices of neutron-scattering cross sections, we have identified magnetic excitations up to ~250 meV for x=0.25. Although the width in the momentum direction is large, the peak positions along the (π,π) direction agree with the dispersion relation of the spin wave in the nondoped La2CuO4sub> (LCO), which is consistent with the previous RIXS results of cuprate superconductors. Using RIXS at the Cu-L3 edge, we have measured the dispersion relations of the so-called paramagnon mode along both (π,π) and (π,0) directions. Although in both directions the neutron and RIXS data connect with each other and the paramagnon along (π,0) agrees well with the LCO spin-wave dispersion, the paramagnon in the (π,π) direction probed by RIXS appears to be less dispersive and the excitation energy is lower than the spin wave of LCO near (π/2,π/2). Thus, our results indicate consistency between neutron inelastic scattering and RIXS, and elucidate the entire magnetic excitation in the (π,π) direction by the complementary use of two probes. The polarization dependence of the RIXS profiles indicates that appreciable charge excitations exist in the same energy range of magnetic excitations, reflecting the itinerant character of the overdoped sample. Lastly, we find a possible anisotropy in the charge excitation intensity might explain the apparent differences in the paramagnon dispersion in the (π,π) direction as detected by the x-ray scattering.

  14. Evidence of local defects in the oxygen excess apatite La{sub 9.67}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2.5} from high resolution neutron powder diffraction

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    Guillot, Stephanie; Beaudet-Savignat, Sophie; Lambert, Sebastien; Vannier, Rose-Noelle; Roussel, Pascal; Porcher, Florence

    2009-12-15

    From neutron diffraction data collected at 3 K on a powder of La{sub 9.67}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2.5} composition and a careful examination of the average structure, a model was proposed to explain the oxygen over-stoichiometry in the apatite structure. This model leads to realistic distances to neighbouring atoms. Moreover, it accounts perfectly for the maximum oxygen content observed in these materials. Up to 0.5 oxygen atom located at the vicinity of the 2a site (0, 0, 1/4) would be shifted to a new interstitial position in the channel at (-0.01, 0.04, 0.06), creating a Frenkel defect, with the possibility of a maximum occupancy in this site equal to twice the Frenkel defect numbers. This structural model is in good agreement with the oxygen diffusion pathways recently proposed by Bechade et al. (2009) using computer modeling techniques. It supports preferred oxygen diffusion pathways via interstitial oxygen atoms and vacant sites along [0 0 1], close to the centre of the La(2)-O channels. - Graphical abstract legend: Structural defect position and possible conduction mechanism along the c-axis (representation of two adjacent unit-cells)

  15. Strain tuning of electronic structure in Bi4sub>Ti3O12-LaCoO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we investigated the crystal and electronic structures of ferroelectric Bi4sub>Ti3O12 single-crystalline thin films site-specifically substituted with LaCoO3 (LCO). The epitaxial films were grown by pulsed laser epitaxy on NdGaO3 and SrTiO3 substrates to vary the degree of strain. With increasing the LCO substitution, we observed a systematic increase in the c-axis lattice constant of the Aurivillius phase related with the modification of pseudo-orthorhombic unit cells. These compositional and structural changes resulted in a systematic decrease in the band gap, i.e., the optical transition energy between the oxygen 2p and transition-metal 3d states, based on a spectroscopic ellipsometry study. In particular, the Co 3d state seems to largely overlap with the Ti t2g state, decreasing the band gap. Interestingly, the applied tensile strain facilitates the band-gap narrowing, demonstrating that epitaxial strain is a useful tool to tune the electronic structure of ferroelectric transition-metal oxides.

  16. Crystal structure, magnetic susceptibility and Mossbauer spectroscopy of the mixed-valence iron phosphate Na{sub 1/2}Cu{sub 4/3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Hidouri, Mourad; Lajmi, Besma; Wattiaux, Alain; Fournes, Leopold; Darriet, Jacques; Amara, Mongi B. . E-mail: Mongi.Benamara@fsm.rnu.tn

    2006-06-15

    Single crystals of a new mixed-valent iron phosphate Na{sub 1/2}Cu{sub 4/3}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} have been synthesized by a flux method and structurally characterized from X-ray diffraction data. Crystal data: space group P1-bar ; a=6.2882(1)A; b=8.0459(1)A; c=9.3255(1)A; {alpha}=105.881(1){sup o}; {beta}=107.202(1){sup o}; {gamma}=101.467(1){sup o}; Z=2; R{sub 1}=0.03; wR{sub 2}=0.093. The three-dimensional structure was found to be closely related to that of the well known Howardevansite structural type. It results from infinite chains of CuO{sub 5} and FeO{sub 6} polyhedra, joined together by (Cu,-bar )O{sub 6} octahedra and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra by corner-sharing. The large cavities in framework are occupied by Na{sup +} ions. The magnetic susceptibility study revealed an antiferromagnetic behavior with Neel temperature of approximately 40K. The Mossbauer spectroscopy confirmed the presence of iron in both +2 and +3 oxidation states.

  17. Saturable absorber: transparent glass-ceramics based on a mixture of Co:β-Zn2SiO4sub> and Co:ZnO nanocrystals.

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    Loiko, P; Dymshits, O S; Vitkin, V V; Skoptsov, N A; Zhilin, A A; Shemchuk, D V; Tsenter, M Ya; Bogdanov, K; Malyarevich, A M; Glazunov, I V; Mateos, X; Yumashev, K V

    2016-07-20

    We report on the development of novel saturable absorbers for erbium lasers based on transparent glass-ceramics (GCs) containing a mixture of cobalt-doped β-willemite, Co2+:β-Zn2SiO4sub>, and zinc oxide, Co2+:ZnO, nanosized (10-14 nm) crystals. The structure of the parent glass and GCs is studied by x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Variations of absorption spectra with heat-treatment reveal that Co2+ ions from the parent glass enter the crystals of ZnO and β-willemite. GCs are characterized by a broad absorption band due to the A24(F4)→T14(F4) transition of Co2+ ions in tetrahedral sites spanning up to ∼1.74  μm, relatively low saturation fluence, FS=0.75  J/cm2 at 1.54 μm, short recovery time, τ=830  ns, and high laser damage threshold, ∼14  J/cm2. By using the developed GCs in a diode-side-pumped Er, Yb:glass laser, 0.77 mJ/45 ns pulses are generated. PMID:27463897

  18. Refinement of the crystal structure of the high-temperature phase G{sub 0} in (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}WO{sub 2}F{sub 4} (powder, X-ray, and neutron scattering)

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    Novak, D. M. Smirnov, L. S.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Voronin, V. I.; Berger, I. F.; Laptash, N. M.; Vasil'ev, A. D.; Flerov, I. N.

    2013-01-15

    The (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}WO{sub 2}F{sub 4} compound undergoes a series of phase transitions: G{sub 0} {yields} 201, K {yields} G{sub 1} {yields} 160, and K {yields} G{sub 2}, with a significant change in entropy ({Delta}S{sub 1} {approx} Rln10 at the G{sub 0} {yields} G{sub 1} transition), which indicates significant orientational disordering in the G{sub 0} phase and the order-disorder type of the phase transition. X-ray diffraction is used to identify the crystal structure of the G{sub 0} phase as rhombohedral (sp. gr. Cmcm, Z = 4), determine the lattice parameters and the positions of all atoms (except hydrogen), and show that [WO{sub 2}F{sub 4}]{sup 2-} ions can form a superposition of dynamic and static orientational disorders in the anionic sublattice. A determination of the orientational position of [NH{sub 4}]{sup +} ions calls for the combined method of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering. Inelastic neutron scattering is used to determine the state of hindered rotation for ammonium ions in the G{sub 0} phase. Powder neutron diffraction shows that the orientational disorder of NH{sub 4} ions can adequately be described within the free-rotation approximation.

  19. Tetrahedrally coordinated disordered Cu2SnS3-Cu2ZnSnS4sub>-ZnS alloys with tunable optical and electronic properties

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    Erslev, Peter T.; Young, Matthew R.; Li, Jian V.; Siah, Sin Cheng; Chakraborty, Rupak; Du, Hui; Lad, Robert J.; Buonassisi, Tonio; Teeter, Glenn

    2014-08-28

    A key requirement for large-scale deployment of photovoltaic technologies is the development of highly functional materials with controllable opto-electronic properties. In this work, we report on the room-temperature synthesis of disordered alloys of the Earth-abundant, tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors Cu2SnS3, Cu2ZnSnS4sub> (CZTS), and ZnS as (Cu2SnS3)1-x(ZnS)x. The resulting disordered semiconductors are found to have continuously and independently tunable optical and electronic properties. Quasi-isovalent alloying on the cation sublattice allows the optical band gap to be varied continuously from 1.1 eV to 2.8 eV. Aliovalent alloying leads to independent control of carrier concentration over at least three orders of magnitude. A conceptual framework describing these disordered materials is presented, in which the structural disorder, constrained by local tetrahedral coordination of both anions and cations, leads to the observed high degree of tunability of the opto-electronic properties. These materials are not only independently interesting, but the developed framework also applies to the opto-electronic properties of kesterite CZTS materials as well as provides a basis for the development of new semiconductors.

  20. Bipolar resistive switching performance of the nonvolatile memory cells based on (AgI){sub 0.2}(Ag{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}){sub 0.8} solid electrolyte films

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    Yan, X. B.; Guo, H. X.; Su, Y.; Xu, B.; Li, H. T.; Xia, Y. D.; Liu, Z. G.; Yin, J.; Yan, D. W.

    2009-09-01

    Resistive switching memory cells with polycrystalline (AgI){sub 0.2}(Ag{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}){sub 0.8} (AIMO) solid electrolyte films as storage medium were fabricated on SiO{sub 2}/Pt/Ti/Si substrates by using pulse laser deposition technique and focused ion beam lithography. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray analysis have been employed to investigate the structure, the surface morphology, and the composition of AIMO thin films. The Ag/AIMO/Pt memory cells with sandwich structure exhibit stable, reproducible, and reliable resistive switching characteristics. The ratio of resistance between high resistance states and low resistance states can reach approx10{sup 5}. Moreover, the low resistance is approx500 OMEGA at a compliance current of 0.5 mA, which is favorable to reduce the power dissipation of the entire circuit. The switching-on mechanism has been discussed and the metallic conduction characteristic has also been verified. The fast response speed and the good retention properties further indicate that polycrystalline AIMO thin film is a potential candidate for the next generation nonvolatile memory.

  1. O3-type layered transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4sub>O2 as a high rate and long cycle life cathode material for sodium ion batteries

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    Yue, Ji -Li; Yang, Xiao -Qing; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yu, Xiqian; Bak, Seong -Min; Fu, Zheng -Wen

    2015-10-09

    High rate capability and long cycle life are challenging goals for the development of room temperature sodium-ion batteries. Here we report a new single phase quaternary O3-type layer-structured transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4sub>O2 synthesized by a simple solid-state reaction as a new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries. It can deliver a reversible capacity of 90.6 mA h g–1 at a rate as high as 20C. At 5C, 75.0% of the initial specific capacity can be retained after 400 cycles with a capacity-decay rate of 0.07% per cycle, demonstrating a superior long-term cyclability at high current density. X-ray diffraction and absorption characterization revealed reversible phase transformations and electronic structural changes during the Na+ deintercalation/intercalation process. Ni, Co and Fe ions contribute to charge compensation during charge and discharge. Although Ti ions do not contribute to the charge transfer, they play a very important role in stabilizing the structure during charge and discharge by suppressing the Fe migration. Additionally, Ti substitution can also smooth the charge–discharge plateaus effectively, which provides a potential advantage for the commercialization of this material for room temperature sodium-ion batteries.

  2. Neutron Diffraction Study of Parasitic Nd-Moment Order in the Checkerboard-Type Phase Nd1.3Sr0.7NiO4sub>

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    Kobayashi, Riki; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Matsuda, Masaaki; Kajimoto, Ryoichi; Ishizaka, Kyoko; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-05-25

    In this paper, the Nd-moment order in the layered nickelate Nd2-xSrxNiO4sub> (x = 0.7) has been investigated by performing a neutron diffraction experiment using a single crystal sample. First, the checkerboard (CB)-type charge order was confirmed by observing the temperature dependence of the nuclear superlattice peak at Q=(5,0,0) between 1.9 and 300 K, which indicates that the transition temperature of the CB-type charge order is above 300 K. Magnetic superlattice peaks with the propagation vector k=(1-ε,0,1) appear below 67 K, and the value of ε was determined to be 0.455 in good agreement with previous studies. The intensity of the magnetic superlattice peaks appearing below 67 K shows a sharp increase below ≈20 K. This behavior indicates that the Nd moments freeze under the influence of the Ni ordering. The CB-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) Ni order in the NiO2 layers is stacked antiferromagnetically in the c-axis direction, while the Nd moments in the Nd/SrO2 layers are coupled antiferromagnetically with the Ni moments. Finally, the Nd moments are parallel to the c-axis, while the Ni moments are canted towards the c-axis direction from the basal ab-plane at low temperatures where the Nd moments are well ordered.

  3. Structure tracking aided design and synthesis of Li3V2(PO4sub>)3 nanocrystals as high-power cathodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Liping; Bai, Jianming; Gao, Peng; Wang, Xiaoya; Looney, J. Patrick; Wang, Feng

    2015-07-30

    In this study, preparing new electrode materials with synthetic control of phases and electrochemical properties is desirable for battery applications but hardly achievable without knowing how the synthesis reaction proceeds. Herein, we report on structure tracking-aided design and synthesis of single-crystalline Li3V2(PO4sub>)3 (LVP) nanoparticles with extremely high rate capability. A comprehensive investigation was made to the local structural orderings of the involved phases and their evolution toward forming LVP phase using in situ/ex situ synchrotron X-ray and electron-beam diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging techniques. The results shed light on the thermodynamics and kinetics of synthesis reactions and enabled the design of a cost-efficient synthesis protocol to make nanocrystalline LVP, wherein solvothermal treatment is a crucial step leading to an amorphous intermediate with local structural ordering resembling that of LVP, which, upon calcination at moderate temperatures, rapidly transforms into the desired LVP phase. The obtained LVP particles are about 50 nm, coated with a thin layer of amorphous carbon and featured with excellent cycling stability and rate capability – 95% capacity retention after 200 cycles and 66% theoretical capacity even at a current rate of 10 C. The structure tracking based method we developed in this work offers a new way of designing battery electrodes with synthetic control of material phases and properties.

  4. Magnetocaloric effect in gadolinium-oxalate framework Gd{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}⋅(0{sub ⋅}6H{sub 2}O)

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    Sibille, Romain Didelot, Emilie; Mazet, Thomas; Malaman, Bernard; François, Michel

    2014-12-01

    Magnetic refrigerants incorporating Gd{sup 3+} ions and light organic ligands offer a good balance between isolation of the magnetic centers and their density. We synthesized the framework material Gd{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}⋅0.6H{sub 2}O by a hydrothermal route and characterized its structure. The honeycomb lattice of Gd{sup 3+} ions interlinked by oxalate ligands in the (a,c) plane ensures their decoupling in terms of magnetic exchange interactions. This is corroborated by magnetic measurements indicating negligible interactions between the Gd{sup 3+} ions in this material. The magnetocaloric effect was evaluated from isothermal magnetization measurements. The maximum entropy change −ΔS{sub M}{sup max} reaches 75.9 mJ cm{sup −3} K{sup −1} (around 2 K) for a moderate field change (2 T)

  5. Persistent luminescence in Ba{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+},R{sup 3+} (R = Y, La, Ce, Gd, Tb and Lu)

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    Ju, Guifang; Hu, Yihua Chen, Li; Wang, Xiaojuan; Mu, Zhongfei

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The persistent luminescence in Ba{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+},R{sup 3+} was reported. • The influences of auxiliary codopants was discussed. • The concentration quenching of persistent luminescence was discussed. - Abstract: We investigated the persistent luminescence in europium-doped barium chloroapatite upon codoping with auxiliary rare earth ions. Luminescence properties of the phosphors, including photoluminescence, luminescence decay, and thermoluminescence are systematically studied. We formulated a model of persistent luminescence on the basis of the experimental results. In our model, some Eu{sup 2+} ions are oxidized to Eu{sup 3+} under short UV excitation, and the released electrons are trapped at the positive defect. The persistent luminescence arises from the recombination of these trapped electrons with the photo-ionized Eu{sup 3+} ions. The influence of auxiliary codopants was discussed in terms of ionic potential and ionic radius. Eventually, the concentration quenching of persistent luminescence was reported and discussed.

  6. Magnetic field induced anisotropy of 139La spin-lattice relaxation rates in stripe ordered La1.875Ba0.125CuO4sub>

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    S. -H. Baek; Gu, G. D.; Utz, Y.; Hucker, M.; Buchner, B.; Grafe, H. -J.

    2015-10-26

    We report 139La nuclear magnetic resonance studies performed on a La1.875Ba0.125CuO4sub> single crystal. The data show that the structural phase transitions (high-temperature tetragonal → low-temperature orthorhombic → low-temperature tetragonal phase) are of the displacive type in this material. The 139La spin-lattice relaxation rate T–11 sharply upturns at the charge-ordering temperature TCO = 54 K, indicating that charge order triggers the slowing down of spin fluctuations. Detailed temperature and field dependencies of the T–11 below the spin-ordering temperature TSO=40 K reveal the development of enhanced spin fluctuations in the spin-ordered state for H ∥ [001], which are completely suppressed for large fields along the CuO2 planes. Lastly, our results shed light on the unusual spin fluctuations in the charge and spin stripe ordered lanthanum cuprates.

  7. Structural characterization and AC conductivity of bis tetrapropylammonium hexachlorado-dicadmate, [N(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}]{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}

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    Hannachi, N.; Guidara, K.; Bulou, A.; Hlel, F.

    2010-11-15

    Synthesis, crystal structure, vibrational study, {sup 13}C, {sup 111}Cd CP-MAS-NMR analysis and electrical properties of the compound [N(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}]{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}, are reported. The latter crystallizes in the triclinic system (space group P1-bar, Z = 2) with the following unit cell dimensions: a = 9.530(1) A, b = 11.744(1) A, c = 17.433(1) A, {alpha} = 79.31(1){sup o}, {beta} = 84.00(1){sup o} and {gamma} = 80.32(1){sup o}. Besides, its structure was solved using 6445 independent reflections down to R = 0.037. The atomic arrangement can be described by alternating organic and inorganic layers parallel to the (11-bar 0) plan, made up of tetrapropylammonium groups and Cd{sub 2}Cl{sub 6} dimers, respectively. In crystal structure, the inorganic layer, built up by Cd{sub 2}Cl{sub 6} dimers, is connected to the organic ones through van der Waals interaction in order to build cation-anion-cation cohesion. Impedance spectroscopy study, reported in the sample, reveals that the conduction in the material is due to a hopping process. The temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric constants of the single crystal sample has been investigated to determine some related parameters to the dielectric relaxation.

  8. Temperature dependence of structural parameters in oxide-ion-conducting Nd{sub 9.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}: single crystal X-ray studies from 295 to 900K

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    Okudera, Hiroki . E-mail: h.okudera@fkf.mpg.de; Yoshiasa, Akira; Masubuchi, Yuuji; Higuchi, Mikio; Kikkawa, Shinichi

    2004-12-01

    Crystallographic space group, structural parameters and their thermal changes in oxide-ion-conducting Nd{sub 9.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} were investigated using high-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments in the temperature range of 295=

  9. Evidence for phase transitions and pseudospin phonon coupling in K{sub 0.9}(NH{sub 4}){sub 0.1}H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Ramesh, K. P.; Muthu, D. V. S.

    2015-03-15

    This work reports a detailed temperature dependent Raman study on the mixed crystals of K{sub 0.9}(NH{sub 4}){sub 0.1}H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4} (KADA) from 5K to 300K in the spectral range of 60-1200cm{sup −1}, covering tetragonal to orthorhombic structural phase transition accompanied by paraelectric to ferroelectric transition at T{sub c}{sup *} ∼ 60K. Multiple phase transitions below transition temperature (T{sub c}{sup *} ∼ 60K) are marked by the appearance of new modes, splitting of existing ones as well as anomalies in the self-energy parameters (i.e. mode frequencies and damping coefficient) of the phonon modes. Temperature independent behaviour of damping coefficient and abrupt jump in the mode frequency of some of the internal vibrations of AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra as well as external vibrations clearly signal long range ferroelectric ordering and proton ordering below T{sub c}{sup *}. In addition, we observed that temperature dependence of many prominent phonon modes diverges significantly from their normal anharmonic behaviour below T{sub c}{sup *} suggesting potential coupling between pseudospins and phonons.

  10. Measurement of boundaries between two-phase and three-phase regions in emulsified systems by titration calorimetry. 3: C{sub 6}H{sub 13}(OC{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}OH/n-tetradecane/water

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    Smith, D.H. |; Covatch, G.L.

    1995-04-01

    Isoperibolic titration calorimetry has been used to determine tietriangles (i.e., compositions or conjugate top, middle, and bottom phases) of the system C{sub 6}H{sub 13}(OC{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}OH/n-tetradecane/water at seven temperatures from 15 through 45 C. The concentration of each component in each phase was approximately a linear function of temperature over this temperature range. The density of C{sub 6}H{sub 13}(OC{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}OH from 24 to 50 C also is reported.

  11. Critical Behavior of Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction in the Vicinity of the First order transition at the Curie Point of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4sub>

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    Han, Mangui

    2004-01-01

    Thermal expansion (TE) and magnetostriction (MS) measurements have been conducted for Gd5(SixGe1-x)4sub> with a series of x values to study its critical behavior in the vicinity of transition temperatures. It was found that the Curie temperature of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4sub> for x 0 ~ 0.5 is dependent on magnetic field, direction of change of temperature (Tc on cooling was lower than Tc on heating), purity of Gd starting material, compositions, material preparation methods, and also can be triggered by the external magnetic field with a different dT/dB rate for different x values. For Gd5(Si1.95Ge2.05), Gd5(Si2Ge2), Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91), it was also found that the transition is a first order magneto-structural transition, which means the magnetic transition and crystalline structure transition occur simultaneously, and completely reversible. Temperature hysteresis and phase coexistence have been found to confirm that it is a first order transformation. While for Gd5(Si0.15Ge3.85), it is partially reversible at some temperature range between the antiferromagnetic and the ferromagnetic state. For Gd5(Si2.3Ge1.7) and Gd5(Si3Ge1), it was a second order transformation between the paramagnetic and ferromagnetic state, because no ΔT have been found. Giant magnetostriction was only found on Gd5(Si1.95Ge2.05), Gd5(Si2Ge2), Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91) in their vicinity of first order transformation. MFM images have also been taken on polycrystal sample Gd5(Si2.09Ge1.91) to investigate the transformation process. The results also indicates that the Curie temperature was lower and the thermally

  12. Structural, thermal, magnetic and electrical studies of the iron oxophosphate Rb{sub 7}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 8}O{sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O

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    Hidouri, Mourad; Lajmi, Besma; Gmati, Nadia; Wattiaux, Alain; Nenert, Gwilherm; Ritter, Clemens; Fournes, Leopold; Darriet, Jacques; Lopez, Maria Luisa; Pico, Carlos; Amara, Mongi B.

    2010-09-15

    A new iron oxophosphate of composition Rb{sub 7}Fe{sub 7}(PO{sub 4}){sub 8}O{sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O has been synthesized and studied by X-ray diffraction, TG and DTA analysis, magnetic susceptibility, neutron diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy and ionic conductivity. This compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with the P2{sub 1}/c space group and the unit cell parameters a = 8.224(8) A, b = 22.162(6) A, c = 9.962(6) A and {beta} = 109.41(8){sup o}. Its structure is built up from Fe{sub 7}O{sub 32} clusters of edge- and corner-sharing FeO{sub 5} and FeO{sub 6} polyhedra. Neighboring clusters are connected by the phosphate tetrahedra to form a three-dimensional framework. The Rb{sup +} cations and the water molecules are occupying intersecting tunnels parallel to a and c. The presence of water molecules was confirmed by TG and DTA analysis. The magnetic susceptibility measurements have shown the existence of antiferromagnetic ordering below 22 K with a weak ferromagnetic component. Additionally, these measurements show evidence for a strong magnetic frustration characterized by |{theta}/T{sub N}| {approx} 12. Powder neutron diffraction study confirms the presence of a long range antiferromagnetic order coupled to a weak ferromagnetic component along the b-axis. The strongly reduced magnetic moments extracted from the refinement support the existence of a magnetically frustrated ground state. The Moessbauer spectroscopy results confirmed the presence of only Fe{sup 3+} ions in both five and six coordination. The ionic conductivity measurements led to activation energy of 0.81 eV, a value that agrees with the obtained for other rubidium phosphates.

  13. Quasi-two-dimensional spin and phonon excitations in La1.965Ba0.035CuO4sub>

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    Wagman, J. J.; Parshall, D.; Stone, Matthew B.; Savici, Andrei T.; Zhao, Yang; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2015-06-03

    Here, we present time-of-fight inelastic neutron scattering measurements of La1.965Ba0.035CuO4sub> (LBCO), a lightly doped member of the high temperature superconducting La-based cuprate family. By using time-of-flight neutron instrumentation coupled with single crystal sample rotation we obtain a four-dimensional data set (three Q and one energy) that is both comprehensive and spans a large region of reciprocal space. Our measurements identify rich structure in the energy dependence of the highly dispersive spin excitations, which are centered at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors. These structures correlate strongly with several crossings of the spin excitations with the lightly dispersive phonons found in this system. These eects are signicant and account for on the order of 25% of the total inelastic scattering for energies between ≈5 and 40meV at low |Q|. Interestingly, this scattering also presents little or no L-dependence. As the phonons and dispersive spin excitations centred at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors are common to all members of La-based 214 copper oxides, we conclude such strong quasi-two dimensional scattering enhancements are likely to occur in all such 214 families of materials, including those concentrations corresponding to superconducting ground states. Such a phenomenon appears to be a fundamental characteristic of these materials and is potentially related to superconducting pairing.

  14. Application of a ring cavity surface emitting quantum cascade laser (RCSE-QCL) on the measurement of H2S in a CH4sub> matrix for process analytics.

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    Moser, Harald; Genner, Andreas; Ofner, Johannes; Schwarzer, C; Strasser, Gottfried; Lendl, Bernhard

    2016-03-21

    The present work reports on the first application of a ring-cavity-surface-emitting quantum-cascade laser (RCSE-QCL) for sensitive gas measurements. RCSE-QCLs are promising candidates for optical gas-sensing due to their single-mode, mode-hop-free and narrow-band emission characteristics along with their broad spectral coverage. The time resolved down-chirp of the RCSE-QCL in the 1227-1236 cm-1 (8.15-8.09 µm) spectral range was investigated using a step-scan FT-IR spectrometer (Bruker Vertex 80v) with 2 ns time and 0.1 cm-1 spectral resolution. The pulse repetition rate was set between 20 and 200 kHz and the laser device was cooled to 15-17°C. Employing 300 ns pulses a spectrum of ~1.5 cm-1 could be recorded. Under these laser operation conditions and a gas pressure of 1000 mbar a limit of detection (3σ) of 1.5 ppmv for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in nitrogen was achieved using a 100 m Herriott cell and a thermoelectric cooled MCT detector for absorption measurements. Using 3 µs long pulses enabled to further extend the spectral bandwidth to 8.5 cm-1. Based on this increased spectral coverage and employing reduced pressure conditions (50 mbar) multiple peaks of the target analyte H2S as well as methane (CH4sub>) could be examined within one single pulse.

  15. Improved electrochemical performance of spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> through MgF2 nano-coating

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    Wu, Qing; Zhang, Xiaoping; Sun, Shuwei; Wan, Ning; Pan, Du; Bai, Ying; Zhu, Huiyuan; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Dai, Sheng

    2015-07-08

    In this paper, a spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> (LMNO) cathode material synthesized by a sol–gel method is modified by MgF2 nano-coating via a wet coating strategy. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) showed that the MgF2 nano-coating layers do not physically change the bulk structure of the pristine material. Compared with the pristine compound, the MgF2-coated LMNO electrodes display enhanced cycling stabilities. Particularly, the 5 wt% MgF2-coated LMNO demonstrates the best reversibility, with a capacity retention of 89.9% after 100 cycles, much higher than that of the pristine material, 69.3%. The dQ/dV analysis and apparent Li+ diffusion coefficient calculation prove that the kinetic properties are enhanced after MgF2 surface modification, which partly explains the improved electrochemical performances. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) data confirm that the MgF2 coating layer helps in suppressing the fast growth of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film in repeated cycling, which effectively stabilizes the spinel structure. Finally and additionally, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) tests show that the MgF2 nano-coating layer also helps in enhancing the thermal stability of the LMNO cathode.

  16. Microstructure study of the rare-earth intermetallic compounds R5(SixGe1-x)4sub> and R5(SixGe1-x)3

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    Cao, Qing

    2012-01-01

    The unique combination of magnetic properties and structural transitions exhibited by many members of the R5(SixGe1-x)4sub> family (R = rare earths, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) presents numerous opportunities for these materials in advanced energy transformation applications. Past research has proven that the crystal structure and magnetic ordering of the R5(SixGe1-x)4sub> compounds can be altered by temperature, magnetic field, pressure and the Si/Ge ratio. Results of this thesis study on the crystal structure of the Er5Si4sub> compound have for the first time shown that the application of mechanical forces (i.e. shear stress introduced during the mechanical grinding) can also result in a structural transition from Gd5Si4sub>-type orthorhombic to Gd5Si2Ge2-type monoclinic. This structural transition is reversible, moving in the opposite direction when the material is subjected to low-temperature annealing at 500 °C.

  17. Crystal structures and electronic properties for the over-lithiated and Li–Ag substituted phases of Li{sub 9}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} insertion electrode system

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    Onoda, Masashige Inagaki, Makoto; Saito, Hiroaki

    2014-11-15

    For the Li{sub 9}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} insertion electrode system with a multiple-electron reaction, the over-lithiated phase Li{sub x}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} with 94}){sub 2} with 04}){sub 2} which has (VP2{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(P1O{sub 4}){sub 2} layers in the ab-plane built up of VO{sub 6} octahedra sharing corners with P1O{sub 4} tetrahedra and P2{sub 2}O{sub 7} groups. In Li{sub x}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, the over-inserted Li4 ion surrounded by three oxygens in a planar triangular arrangement resides with a significantly large thermal parameter in the tunnels formed by the stacking of the layers and in between the octahedral Li1 sites, leading to a linear chain of Li ions with the distance 3.40 Å parallel to the direction of diffusion pathways. In Li{sub 9−y}Ag{sub y}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, where the Li1 site is substituted by Ag, the reduction of the electron hopping and the electrostatic potential for V ions are revealed in comparison with those of unsubstituted parent, which may account for the increase of mean voltage in the Li ion battery. - Highlights: • Li{sub x}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (x>9) and Li{sub 9−y}Ag{sub y}V{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (04}){sub 2}, the over-inserted Li4 ion resides in between the Li

  18. Thermal expansion of lanthanum silicate oxyapatite (La{sub 9.33+2x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x}), lanthanum oxyorthosilicate (La{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}) and lanthanum sorosilicate (La{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7})

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    Fukuda, Koichiro; Asaka, Toru; Uchida, Tomohiro

    2012-10-15

    Four types of powder specimens of La{sub 9.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} (space group P6{sub 3}/m and Z=1), La{sub 9.33+2x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x} with 0.06{<=}x{<=}0.13 (P6{sub 3}/m and Z=1), La{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} (P2{sub 1}/c and Z=4) and La{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} (P2{sub 1}/c and Z=4) were examined by high-temperature X-ray powder diffractometry to determine the changes in unit-cell dimensions up to 1473 K. The anisotropy of thermal expansion was demonstrated for the former two crystals to clarify the thermal behaviors of the highly c-axis-oriented polycrystals. With La{sub 9.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}, the linear expansion coefficient of the a-axis ({alpha}{sub a}) was 4.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} and that of the c-axis ({alpha}{sub c}) was 1.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} in the temperature range from 298 to 1473 K. The {alpha}{sub a}- and {alpha}{sub c}-values of La{sub 9.33+2x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x} (0.06{<=}x{<=}0.13) were, respectively, 5.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} and 2.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1}. The coefficients of mean linear thermal expansion were 4.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} for La{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and 6.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} for La{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}, which describe the thermal expansion behaviors of the randomly grain-oriented polycrystalline materials. - Graphical abstarct: Temperature dependence of the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE). The linear CTE along the a-axes for La{sub 9.33}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} and La{sub 9.33+2x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x} with 0.06{<=}x{<=}0.13. The mean linear CTE for La{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and La{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We examined the thermal expansion of La{sub 9.33+2x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2+3x} (x=0 and 0.06{<=}x{<=}0.13), La{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and La{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unit-cell dimensions were

  19. Second order phase transition temperature of single crystals of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4sub>Ge2.6

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    Hadimani, R. L.; Melikhov, Y.; Schlagel, D. L.; Lograsso, T. A.; Dennis, K. W.; McCallum, R. W.; Jiles, D. C.

    2015-01-30

    Gd5(SixGe1–x)4sub> has mixed phases in the composition range 0.32 < x < 0.41, which have not been widely studied. In this paper, we have synthesized and indexed single crystal samples of Gd5Si1.3Ge2.7 and Gd5Si1.4sub>Ge2.6. In this study, we have investigated the first order and second order phase transition temperatures of these samples using magnetic moment vs. temperature and magnetic moment vs. magnetic field at different temperatures. We have used a modified Arrott plot technique that was developed and reported by us previously to determine the “hidden” second order phase transition temperature of the orthorhombic II phase.

  20. Color-tunable photoluminescence phosphors of Ce{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Sr{sub 2}La{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} for UV w-LEDs

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    Guo, Qingfeng; Liao, Libing Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun; Hai, Yun

    2015-05-15

    A series of new luminescent emission-tunable phosphors Sr{sub 2}La{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} with apatite structure have been synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction. The phase structure, photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra, lifetime, as well as the effect of Tb{sup 3+} concentration are investigated to characterize the resulting samples. The critical distance was calculated to be 8.26 Å by using the concentration quenching method. The intense green emission was observed in the Sr{sub 2}La{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphors on the basis of the efficient energy transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} with an efficiency of 68.55%. And a possible mechanism of the energy-transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} ion is also proposed. The results indicate that Sr{sub 2}La{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphors have potential applications to be used as near UV-convertible phosphors for white light-emitting diodes because of the broad excitation in the near-ultraviolet range and the efficient green emission light. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure and luminescence properties of Sr{sub 2}La{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+} phosphors have been discussed. - Highlights: • Ce{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions entered both La sites in SLSO. • The energy transfer efficiency can reach at 68.55%. • The emitting color of SLSO phosphors shifted from the blue to green region.

  1. Three-dimensional framework of uranium-centered polyhedra with non-intersecting channels in the uranyl oxy-vanadates A{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O (A=Li, Na)

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    Obbade, S. Duvieubourg, L.; Dion, C.; Abraham, F.

    2007-03-15

    The uranyl vanadates A{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O (A=Li, Na) have been synthesized by solid-state reaction and the structure of the Li compound was solved from single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure is built from {sub {infinity}}{sup 1}[UO{sub 5}]{sup 4{sup -}} chains of edge-shared U(2)O{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids alternatively parallel to a-vector- and b-vector-axis and further connected together to form a three-dimensional (3-D) arrangement. The perpendicular chains are hung on both sides of a sheet {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}[(UO{sub 2})(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sup 4-} parallel to (001), formed by U(1)O{sub 6} square bipyramids connected by VO{sub 4} tetrahedra, and derived from the autunite-type sheet. The resulting 3-D framework creates non-intersecting channels running down the a-vector- and b-vector-axis formed by empty face-shared oxygen octahedra, the Li{sup +} ions are displaced from the center of the channels and occupy the middle of one edge of the common face. The peculiar position of the Li{sup +} ion together with the full occupancy explain the low conductivity of Li{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O compared with that of Na(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3} containing the same type of channels half occupied by Na{sup +} ions in the octahedral sites. Crystallographic data for Li{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}O: tetragonal, space group I41/amd, a=7.3303(5)A, c=24.653(3)A, V=1324.7(2)A{sup 3}, Z=4, {rho}{sub mes}=5.32(2)g/cm{sup 3}, {rho}{sub cal}=5.36(3)g/cm{sup 3}, full-matrix least-squares refinement basis on F{sup 2} yielded, R{sub 1}=0.032, wR{sub 2}=0.085 for 37 refined parameters with 364 independent reflections with I>=2{sigma}(I)

  2. Influence of composition modification on Ca{sub 0.5−x}Mg{sub x}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) nanoparticles as electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Vidal-Abarca, C. Aragón, M.J.; Lavela, P.; Tirado, J.L.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Cation mixing was determined in the Ca{sub 0.5−x}Mg{sub x}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} biphasic series. • Nanometric Ca{sub 0.15}Mg{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} delivered 138 mAh/g at C/20 in lithium cells. • Low content of Ca{sup 2+} increases cell volume favoring Li{sup +} insertion in R-3c framework. • Diminution of R{sub SEI} and R{sub CT} for Ca{sub 0.15}Mg{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} discharged electrodes. • Fast electrode response for x = 0.35. - Abstract: The Ca{sub 0.5−x}Mg{sub x}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} series (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) was prepared by a sol–gel method. X-ray diffraction patterns showed two rhombohedral phases which coexist for intermediate compositions. Despite of the absence of a solid solution mechanism for the whole stoichiometry range, an appreciable cation mixing was observed in both phases. {sup 31}P MAS NMR spectroscopy revealed that low magnesium contents are incorporated to the calcium compound inducing changes in the ordering of the alkaline earth cations in M{sub 1} sites. Derivative plots of the voltage–capacity curves revealed two reversible regions ascribed to the reduction of Ti{sup 4+} to Ti{sup 3+}, ascribable to the subsequent insertion of lithium ions into M{sub 1} and M{sub 2} vacant sites. Capacity values as high as 138 mAh/g after the first discharge were monitored for nanometric Ca{sub 0.15}Mg{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} at C/20. Cell cycling under successive kinetic rates revealed a good capacity retention for samples with x = 0.15 and 0.25. Impedance spectra were recorded in lithium cells discharged after different number of cycles at different C rates. The increase in charge transfer resistance was shown to be an important factor determining the electrode behavior on extended cycling.

  3. Electronic, Structural, and Electrochemical Properties of LiNixCuyMn2-x-yO4sub> (0 < x < 0.5, 0 < y < 0.5) High-Voltage Spinel Materials

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    Yang, Ming-Che; Xu, Bo; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Pan, Chun-Jern; Hwang, Bing-Joe; Meng, Ying S

    2011-09-06

    First principles computation is carried out for investigating the electronic, structural, and electrochemical properties of LiM1/2Mn3/2O4sub> (M = Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu). The computation results suggest that doping with Co or Cu can potentially lower Li diffusion barrier as compared to Ni doping. Our experimental research has focused on LiNixCuyMn2-x-yO4sub> (0 < x < 0.5, 0 < y < 0.5), and we found that the amount of Cu will affect the lattice parameters, the cation disorder in the spinel lattice, the particle morphology, as well as the electrochemical properties. Crystal structures, electronic structures, and electrochemical properties of LiNixCuyMn2-x-6O4sub> (0 < x < 0.5, 0 < y < 0.5) are studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and electrochemical measurements including potentiostatic intermittent titration technique (PITT). With detailed electrochemical measurements and in situ XAS experiments of LiNi0.25Cu0.25Mn1.50O4sub>, the proposed explanation of the voltage profile by the first principles computation was proven, a second plateau at 4.2 V originates from the oxidation of Cu2+ to Cu3+, and the plateau at 4.95 V may originate from extra electrons provided by oxygen ions. Although the reversible discharge capacity decreases with increasing Cu amount, optimized composition such as LiCu0.25Ni0.25Mn1.5O4sub>exhibits high capacities at high rates.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, and characterization of a new pseudo-two-dimensional uranyl oxyfluoride, [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}

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    Ok, Kang Min; O'Hare, Dermot

    2007-02-15

    A new uranyl oxyfluoride, [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}] has been synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction technique using (C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}NBr, UO{sub 2}(OCOCH{sub 3}){sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O, and HF as reagents. The structure of [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}] has been determined by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction technique. [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n (No. 14), with a=13.852(3)A, b=15.532(3)A, c=16.481(3)A, {beta}=98.88(3){sup o}, V=3503.4(12)A{sup 3}, and Z=4. [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}] reveals a novel pseudo-two-dimensional crystal structure that is composed of UO{sub 2}F{sub 5}, UO{sub 3}F{sub 4}, and UO{sub 4}F{sub 3} pentagonal bipyramids. Each uranyl pentagonal bipyramid shares edges and corners through F atoms to form a six-membered ring. The rings are further interconnected to generate infinite strips running along the b-axis. [N(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}]{sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 4}(OH{sub 2}){sub 3}F{sub 10}] has been further characterized by elemental analysis, bond valence calculations, Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis.

  5. High-pressure high-temperature synthesis and crystal structure of the isotypic rare earth (RE)-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu)

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    Borna, Marija; Hunger, Jens; Ormeci, Alim; Zahn, Dirk; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder; Cardoso-Gil, Raul; Kniep, Ruediger

    2011-02-15

    Application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions (3.5 GPa at 1673 K for 5 h) to mixtures of the elements (RE:B:S=1:3:6) yielded crystalline samples of the isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu), which crystallize in space group P6{sub 3} (Z=2/3) and adopt the Ce{sub 6}Al{sub 3.33}S{sub 14} structure type. The crystal structures were refined from X-ray powder diffraction data by applying the Rietveld method. Dy: a=9.4044(2) A, c=5.8855(3) A; Ho: a=9.3703(1) A, c=5.8826(1) A; Er: a=9.3279(12) A, c=5.8793(8) A; Tm: a=9.2869(3) A, c=5.8781(3) A; Yb: a=9.2514(5) A, c=5.8805(6) A; Lu: a=9.2162(3) A, c=5.8911(3) A. The crystal structure is characterized by the presence of two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3}]{sup 3-} and [BS{sub 4}]{sup 5-} as well as [{open_square}(S{sup 2-}){sub 3}] units. -- Graphical abstract: Isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) were prepared by application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions to mixtures of the elements. Their crystal structures are characterized by presence of the two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3}]{sup 3-} and [BS{sub 4}]{sup 5-} as well as [{open_square}(S{sup 2-}){sub 3}] units. Quantum mechanical calculations revealed the arrangement of the intrinsic vacancies. Display Omitted Research Highlights: {yields} Application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions to mixtures of the elements yields crystalline samples of the isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu). {yields} RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) crystallize in space group P6{sub 3} (Z=2/3) and adopt the Ce{sub 6}Al{sub 3.33}S{sub 14} structure type. {yields} The crystal structure of RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) is characterized by the presence of two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3

  6. Acoustic emission during the ferroelectric transition Pm3{sup ¯}m to P4mm in BaTiO{sub 3} and the ferroelastic transition R3{sup ¯}m-C2/c in Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Salje, E. K. H.; Dul'kin, E.; Roth, M.

    2015-04-13

    Acoustic emission (AE) spectroscopy without frequency filtering (∼broadband AE) and moderate time integration is shown to be sensitive enough to allow the investigation of subtle nano-structural changes in ferroelectric BaTiO{sub 3} and ferroelastic Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. AE signals during weak phase transitions are compatible with avalanche statistics as observed previously in large-strain systems. While the data are too sparse to determine avalanche exponents, they are well suited to determine other thermodynamic parameters such as transition temperatures and critical stresses.

  7. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition of a metal-organic framework Co2(4,4'-bpy)3(NO3)4sub>·xH2O

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    Zhou, Mi; Wang, Kai; Men, Zhiwei; Sun, Chenglin; Li, Zhanlong; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Guangtian; Zou, Bo

    2014-07-17

    Based on the 4,4'-bipyridine organic linker, metal–organic frameworks of Co2(4,4'-bpy)3(NO3)4sub>·xH2O (CB-MOF) have been prepared. The pressure-dependent structure evolution of CB-MOF has been investigated up to 11 GPa. An isostructural phase transition was observed at about 6 GPa followed by negative compressibility along the b axis.

  8. Electronic and Electrochemical Properties of Li 1–x Mn 1.5 Ni 0.5 O 4sub> Spinel Cathodes As a Function of Lithium Content and Cation Ordering

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    Moorhead-Rosenberg, Zach; Huq, Ashfia; Goodenough, John B.; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2015-10-05

    The electronic and electrochemical properties of the high-voltage spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> as a function of cation ordering and lithium content have been investigated. Conductivity and activation energy measurements confirm that charge transfer occurs by small polaron hopping and the charge carrier conduction is easier in the Ni:3d band than in the in Mn:3d band. Seebeck coefficient data reveal that the Ni2+/3+. and Ni3+/4+ redox couples are combined in a single,3d band, and that maximum charge carrier concentration occurs where the average Ni oxidation state is close to 3+, corresponding to x = 0.5 in Li Li1-xMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub>. Furthermore, maximum electronic conductivity is found at x = 0.5, regardless of cation ordering. The thermodynamically stable phases formed during cycling were investigated by recording the X-ray diffraction (XRD) of chemically delithiated powders. The more ordered spinels maintained two separate two-phase regions upon lithium extraction, while the more disordered samples exhibited a solid-solubility region from LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4sub> to Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4sub>. The conductivity and phase-transformation data of four samples with varying degrees of cation ordering were compared to the electrochemical data collected with lithium cells. Only the most ordered spinel showed inferior rate performance, while the sample annealed for a shorter time performed comparable to the unannealed or disordered samples. Our results challenge the most common beliefs about high-voltage spinel: (i) low Mn3+ content is responsible for poor rate performance and (ii) thermodynamically stable solid-solubility is critical for fast kinetics.

  9. Preparation and microwave dielectric properties of Li{sub 3}(Mg{sub 0.92}Zn{sub 0.08}){sub 2}NbO{sub 6}–Ba{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} composite ceramics for LTCC applications

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    Zhang, Tianwen; Zuo, Ruzhong Zhang, Chen

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Microwave properties of ϵ{sub r} ∼ 16.3, Q × f ∼ 50,084 GHz and τ{sub f} ∼ 1.5 ppm/°C are achieved. • The τ{sub f} value of the LMZN ceramic can be adjusted to near zero by adding BV. • The LMZN–BV composite ceramic can be well sintered at a relatively low temperature. • The composite ceramic has a good chemical compatibility with Ag electrode. - Abstract: In this work, the (1 − x)Li{sub 3}(Mg{sub 0.92}Zn{sub 0.08}){sub 2}NbO{sub 6}–xBa{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (x = 0.1–0.35) ceramics were prepared via a conventional solid state reaction route. The phase composition, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties were investigated by an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), a scanning electron microscope and a network analyzer. The XRD results indicated that the Li{sub 3}(Mg{sub 0.92}Zn{sub 0.08}){sub 2}NbO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} phases could well coexist without forming any secondary phases. The dielectric constant (ϵ{sub r}) and quality factor (Q × f) values of the Li{sub 3}(Mg{sub 0.92}Zn{sub 0.08}){sub 2}NbO{sub 6} ceramic decreased with the addition of Ba{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} phase, however its temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τ{sub f}) value was improved significantly. Excellent microwave dielectric properties of ϵ{sub r} ∼ 16.3, Q × f ∼ 50,084 GHz (at 8.64 GHz) and τ{sub f} ∼ 1.5 ppm/°C were achieved for the x = 0.3 sample when sintered at 950 °C for 4 h. The chemical compatibility with Ag electrode indicated that the 0.7Li{sub 3}(Mg{sub 0.92}Zn{sub 0.08}){sub 2}NbO{sub 6}–0.3Ba{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} composite ceramic would be a promising material for the low temperature cofired ceramic applications.

  10. Phase transitions and unusual behavior of heat capacity in metal organic framework compound Zn{sub 2}(C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 2}·N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6}

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    Paukov, I.E.; Samsonenko, D.G.; Pischur, D.P.; Kozlova, S.G.; Gabuda, S.P.

    2014-12-15

    Thermodynamic properties of high-porous metal-organic framework (MOF) compound Zn{sub 2}(C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 2}·N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6} were studied in the temperature range 8.9–300 K using low-temperature adiabatic calorymetry and DSC methods. Phase transitions were observed at ∼15, ∼60, and ∼135 K. It is shown that specific heat of the compound obeys the classical Debye law C{sub p}∼T{sup 3} only below 15 K, whereas above 15 K it is proportional to the first degree of temperature, C{sub p}∼T, to indicate a strong anisotropy of crystal vibrations corresponding to 1D continuum. It is shown that the strong anisotropy can be related to coordination interaction of Zn{sup 2+} and N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6} ligands in the specific structure of compound Zn{sub 2}(C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 2}·N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6}. - Graphical abstract: Specific heat C{sub p} is proportional to the first degree of temperature showing a strong anisotropy of crystal vibrations corresponding to 1D continuum in Zn{sub 2}(C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 2}·N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6.} - Highlights: • Specific heat capacity of Zn{sub 2}(C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 2}·N{sub 2}(CH{sub 2}){sub 6} was first studied at 8.9–300 K. • Phase transitions were observed at ∼15, ∼60, and ∼135 K. • The heat capacity is proportional to the first degree of temperature above 15 K. • The discovered dependency corresponds to a one-dimensional vibration continuum.

  11. Thermal Reactions of Uranium Metal, UO2, U3O8, UF4sub>, and UO2F2 with NF3 to Produce UF6

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    McNamara, Bruce K; Scheele, Randall D; Kozelisky, Anne E; Edwards, Matthew K

    2009-11-01

    The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that NF3 fluorinates uranium metal, UO2, UF4sub>, UO3, U3O8, and UO2F2•2H2O to produce the volatile UF6 at temperatures between 100 and 500ºC. Thermogravimetric reaction profiles are described that reflect changes in the uranium oxidation state and discrete chemical speciation. Differences in the onset temperatures for each system indicate that NF3-substrate interactions are important for the temperature at which NF3 reacts: U metal > UO3 > UO2 > UO2F2 > UF4sub> and in fact may indicate different fluorination mechanisms for these various substrates. These studies demonstrate that NF3 is a potential replacement fluorinating agent in the existing nuclear fuel cycle and in oft-proposed actinide volatility reprocessing.

  12. Performance improvement of Li-rich layer-structured Li 1.2 Mn 0.54 Ni 0.13 Co 0.13 O 2 by integration with spinel LiNi 0.5 Mn 1.5 O 4sub>

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    Feng, Xin; Yang, Zhenzhong; Tang, Daichun; Kong, Qingyu; Gu, Lin; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan

    2015-01-01

    Li-rich layered Li1+xMnyM1-x-yO2 (or denoted xLi2MnO3center dot1-xLiMO2, M = Ni, Co, Mn, etc.) are promising cathode materials for high energy-density Li-ion batteries. However, their commercial applications suffer from problems such as a drop in the capacity and discharge voltage during cycling. In this work, the cycling performance of a layered oxide Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 is improved by integration with spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4sub> to obtain a layered-spinel composite. Characterization by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) as well as cyclic voltammetry (CV) indicates that delayed degradation of layered Li2MnO3 and the suppressed growth of LiMn2O4sub>-like spinel are responsible for the performance improvement.

  13. New yellow Ba0.93Eu0.07Al2O4sub> phosphor for warm-white light-emitting diodes through single-emitting-center conversion

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    Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Liu, Feng; Howe, Jane Y.; Zhang, Jiahua; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Gu, Zhanjun; Sun, Chengjun; Meltzer, Richard S.; Pan, Zhengwei

    2013-01-01

    Phosphor-converted white light-emitting diodes for indoor illumination need to be warm-white (i.e., correlated color temperature <4000 K) with good color rendition (i.e., color rendering index >80). However, no single-phosphor, single-emitting-center-converted white light-emitting diodes can simultaneously satisfy the color temperature and rendition requirements due to the lack of sufficient red spectral component in the phosphors’ emission spectrum. Here, we report a new yellow Ba0.93Eu0.07Al2O4sub> phosphor that has a new orthorhombic lattice structure and exhibits a broad yellow photoluminescence band with sufficient red spectral component. Warm-white emissions with correlated color temperature <4000 K and color rendering index >80 were readily achieved when combining the Ba0.93Eu0.07Al2O4sub> phosphor with a blue light-emitting diode (440–470 nm). This study demonstrates that warm-white light-emitting diodes with high color rendition (i.e., color rendering index >80) can be achieved based on single-phosphor, single-emitting-center conversion.

  14. From the ternary Eu(Au/In)2 and EuAu4sub>(Au/In)2 with remarkable Au/In distributions to a new structure type: The gold-rich Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 structure

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    Steinberg, Simon; Card, Nathan; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-08-13

    The ternary Eu(Au/In)2 (EuAu0.46In1.54(2)) (I), EuAu4sub>(Au/In)2 (EuAu4+xIn2–x with x = 0.75(2) (II), 0.93(2), and 1.03(2)), and Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (III) have been synthesized, and their structures were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. I and II crystallize with the CeCu2-type (Pearson Symbol oI12; Imma; Z = 4; a = 4.9018(4) Å; b = 7.8237(5) Å; c = 8.4457(5) Å) and the YbAl4sub>Mo2-type (tI14; I4/mmm; Z = 2; a = 7.1612(7) Å; c = 5.5268(7) Å) and exhibit significant Au/In disorder. I is composed of an Au/In-mixed diamond-related host lattice encapsulating Eu atoms, while the structure of II features ribbons of distorted, squared Au8 prisms enclosing Eu, Au, and In atoms. Combination of these structural motifs leads to a new structure type as observed for Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (oS108; Cmcm; Z = 4; a = 7.2283(4) Å; b = 9.0499(6) Å; c = 34.619(2) Å), which formally represents a one-dimensional intergrowth of the series EuAu2–“EuAu4sub>In2”. The site preferences of the disordered Au/In positions in II were investigated for different hypothetical “EuAu4sub>(Au/In)2” models using the projector-augmented wave method and indicate that these structures attempt to optimize the frequencies of the heteroatomic Au–In contacts. Furthermore, a chemical bonding analysis on two “EuAu5In” and “EuAu4sub>In2” models employed the TB-LMTO-ASA method and reveals that the subtle interplay between the local atomic environments and the bond energies determines the structural and site preferences for these systems.

  15. [Ni(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sub 3}[U(OH,H{sub 2}O)(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}], crystal structure and comparison with uranium minerals with U{sub 3}O{sub 8}-type sheets

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    Rivenet, Murielle; Vigier, Nicolas; Roussel, Pascal; Abraham, Francis

    2009-04-15

    The new U(VI) compound, [Ni(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sub 3}[U(OH,H{sub 2}O)(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}], was synthesized by mild hydrothermal reaction of uranyl and nickel nitrates. The crystal-structure was solved in the P-1 space group, a=8.627(2), b=10.566(2), c=12.091(4) A and alpha=110.59(1), beta=102.96(2), gamma=105.50(1){sup o}, R=0.0539 and wR=0.0464 from 3441 unique observed reflections and 151 parameters. The structure of the title compound is built from sheets of uranium polyhedra closely related to that in beta-U{sub 3}O{sub 8}. Within the sheets [(UO{sub 2})(OH)O{sub 4}] pentagonal bipyramids share equatorial edges to form chains, which are cross-linked by [(UO{sub 2})O{sub 4}] and [UO{sub 4}(H{sub 2}O)(OH)] square bipyramids and through hydroxyl groups shared between [(UO{sub 2})(OH)O{sub 4}] pentagonal bipyramids. The sheets are pillared by sharing the apical oxygen atoms of the [(UO{sub 2})(OH)O{sub 4}] pentagonal bipyramids with the oxygen atoms of [NiO{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}] octahedral units. That builds a three-dimensional framework with water molecules pointing towards the channels. On heating [Ni(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sub 3}[U(OH,H{sub 2}O)(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}] decomposes into NiU{sub 3}O{sub 10}. - Graphical abstract: The framework of [Ni(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sub 3}[U(OH,H{sub 2}O)(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}] built from uranium polyhedra sheets pillared by Ni-centered octahedra.

  16. In Situ Foaming of Porous (La 0.6 Sr 0.4sub> ) 0.98 (Co 0.2 Fe 0.8 ) O 3-δ (LSCF) Cathodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications

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    Gandavarapu, Sodith; Sabolsky, Edward; Sabolsky, Katarzyna; Gerdes, Kirk

    2013-07-18

    A binder system containing polyurethane precursors was used to in situ foam (direct foam) a (La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}){sub 0.98} (Co{sub 0.2} Fe{sub 0.8}) O{sub 3-{ delta}} (LSCF) composition for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode applications. The relation between in situ foaming parameters on the final microstructure and electrochemical properties was characterized by microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), respectively. The optimal porous cathode architecture was formed with a 70 vol% solids loading within a polymer precursor composition with a volume ratio of 8:4:1 (isocyanate: PEG: surfactant) in a terpineol-based ink vehicle. The resultant microstructure displayed a broad pore size distribution with highly elongated pore structure.

  17. Impact of a Mixed Oxide’s Surface Composition and Structure on Its Adsorptive Properties: Case of the (Fe,Cr)3O4sub>(111) Termination of the α-(Fe,Cr)2O3(0001) Surface

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    Henderson, Michael A.; Engelhard, Mark H.

    2014-06-10

    Characterization of an α-(Fe0.75,Cr0.25)2O3(0001) mixed oxide single crystal surface was conducted using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). After sputter/anneal cleaning in ultra-high vacuum (UHV), the mixed oxide surface became terminated with a magnetite-(111) structure based on the presence of (2x2) spots in LEED and Fe2+ in XPS. The composition of the surface was close to that of M3O4sub> based on XPS, with the metal (M) content of Fe2+/3+ and Cr3+ being close to 1.4:1, despite the fact that the film’s bulk was 3:1 with respect to the metal cations. The enrichment of the surface with Cr was not altered by high temperature oxidation in UHV, but could be returned to that of the bulk film composition by exposure to the ambient. Adsorption of various probe molecules (NO, O2, CO2 and H2O) was used to identify the active cation sites present in the (Fe,Cr)3O4sub>(111) terminated surface. Although XPS and SIMS both indicated that the near-surface region was enriched in Cr3+, no adsorption states typically associated with Cr3+ sites on α-Cr2O3 single crystal surfaces were detected. Instead, the TPD behaviors of O2 and CO2 pointed toward the main active sites being Fe2+ and Fe3+, with O2 preferentially adsorbing at the former and CO2 at the latter. NO was observed to bind at both Fe2+ and Fe3+ sites, and H2O TPD looked nearly identical to that for H2O on the Fe3O4sub>(111) surface. Competition for adsorption sites between coadsorbed combinations of CO2, O2, H2O and NO corroborated these

  18. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of Cs[(V[sub 2]O[sub 3])(HPO[sub 4])[sub 2](H[sub 2]O)], a mixed-valence vanadium (IV, V) hydrogen phosphate with a one-dimensional (-V[sup IV]-O-V[sup V]-O-) chain of corner-sharing VO[sub 6] octahedra

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    Haushalter, R.C. ); Wang, Z. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ ); Thompson, M.E. ); Zubieta, J. ); O'Connor, C.J. )

    1994-04-01

    The hydrothermal reaction of Cs[sub 4]V[sub 2]O[sub 7], V, H[sub 3]PO[sub 4], H[sub 2]O, and Bu[sub 4]NBr in the molar ratio 4.5:1:41:3150:1 at 200[degrees]C for 48 hr yielded the red-brown cesium vanadium phosphate Cs[(V[sub 2]O[sub 3])(HPO[sub 4])[sub 2](H[sub 2]O)], a mixed-valence V(IV, V) species. The structure contains corner-sharing vanadium octahedra and phosphorus tetrahedra with unusual 1-D (-V[sup IV]-O-V[sup v]-O-)[infinity] chains formed from VO[sub 6] octahedra sharing opposite corners. These chains are connected through tridentate bridging (HPO[sub 4])[sup 2[minus

  19. Eu3Ir2In15: A mixed-valent and vacancy-filled variant of the Sc5Co4sub>Si10 structure type with anomalous magnetic properties

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    Sarkar, Sumanta; Jana, Rajkumar; Siva, Ramesh; Banerjee, Swastika; Pati, Swapan K.; Balasubramanian, Mahalingam; Peter, Sebastian C.

    2015-10-27

    Here, a new compound, Eu3Ir2In15 has been synthesized using indium as an active metal flux. The compound crystallizes in tetragonal P4/mbm space group with lattice parameters, a = 14.8580(4) Å, b = 14.8580(4) Å, c = 4.3901(2) Å. It was further characterized by SEM-EDX studies. The temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility suggests that Eu in this compound is exclusively in divalent state. The effective magnetic moment (μeff) of this compound is 7.35 μB/Eu ion with paramagnetic Curie temperature (θp) of -28 K suggesting antiferromagnetic interaction. The mixed valent nature of Eu observed in magnetic measurements was confirmed by XANES measurements. The compound undergoes demagnetization at a low magnetic field (10 Oe), which is quite unusual for Eu based intermetallic compounds. Temperature dependent resistivity studies reveal that the compound is metallic in nature. A comparative study was made between Eu3Ir2In15 and hypothetical vacancy variant Eu5Ir4sub>In10 which also crystallizes in the same crystal structure However our computational studies along with control experiments suggest that the latter is thermodynamically less feasible compared to the former and hence we proposed that it is highly unlikely that a RE5T4sub>X10 would exist with X as a group 13 elements.

  20. Reversible Exsolution of Nanometric Fe2O3 Particles in BaFe2-x(PO4sub>)2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2/3):The Logic of Vacancy Ordering in Novel Metal-Depleted Two-Dimensional Lattices

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    Alcover, Ignacio Blazquez; David, Rénald; Daviero-Minaud, Sylvie; Filimonov, Dmitry; Huvé, Marielle; Roussel, Pascal; Kabbour, Houria; Mentré, Olivier

    2015-08-12

    We show here that the exsolution of Fe2+ ions out of two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb layers of BaFe2(PO4sub>)2 into iron-deficient BaFe2–x(PO4sub>)2 phases and nanometric α-Fe2O3 (typically 50 nm diameter at the grain surface) is efficient and reversible until x = 2/3 in mild oxidizing/reducing conditions. It corresponds to the renewable conversion of 12 wt % of the initial mass into iron oxide. After analyzing single crystal X-ray diffraction data of intermediate members x = 2/7, x = 1/3, x = 1/2 and the ultimate Fe-depleted x = 2/3 term, we then observed a systematic full ordering between Fe ions and vacancies (VFe) that denote unprecedented easy in-plane metal diffusion driven by the Fe2+/Fe3+ redox. Besides the discovery of a diversity of original depleted triangular {Fe2/3+2–xO6} topologies, we propose a unified model correlating the x Fe-removal and the experimental Fe/VFe ordering into periodic one-dimensional motifs paving the layers, gaining insights into predictive crystahemistry of complex low dimensional oxides. When we increased the x values it led to a progressive change of the materials from 2D ferromagnets (Fe2+) to 2D ferrimagnets (Fe2/3+) to antiferromagnets for x = 2/3 (Fe3+).

  1. Defect-Tolerant Diffusion Channels for Mg2+ Ions in Ribbon-Type Borates: Structural Insights into Potential Battery Cathodes MgVBO4sub> and Mgx Fe2–xB2O5

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    Bo, Shou-Hang; Grey, Clare P.; Khalifah, Peter G.

    2015-06-10

    The reversible room temperature intercalation of Mg2+ ions is difficult to achieve, but may offer substantial advantages in the design of next-generation batteries if this electrochemical process can be successfully realized. Two types of quadruple ribbon-type transition metal borates (MgxFe2-xB2O5 and MgVBO4sub>) with high theoretical capacities (186 mAh/g and 360 mAh/g) have been synthesized and structurally characterized through the combined Rietveld refinement of synchrotron and time-of-flight neutron diffraction data. Neither MgVBO4 sub> nor MgxFe2-xB2O5 can be chemically oxidized at room temperature, though Mg can be dynamically removed from the latter phase at elevated temperatures (approximately 200 - 500 °C). Findings show that Mg diffusion in the MgxFe2-xB2O5 structure is more facile for the inner two octahedral sites than for the two outer octahedral sites in the ribbons, a result supported by both the refined site occupancies after Mg removal and by bond valence sum difference map calculations of diffusion paths in the pristine material. Mg diffusion in this pyroborate MgxFe2-xB2O5 framework is also found to be tolerant to the presence of Mg/Fe disorder since Mg ions can diffuse through interstitial channels which bypass Fe-containing sites.

  2. Chemical bond parameters and photoluminescence of a natural-white-light Ca{sub 9}La(VO{sub 4}){sub 7}:Tm{sup 3+},Eu{sup 3+} with one O{sup 2−}→V{sup 5+} charge transfer and dual f-f transition emission centers

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    Li, Ling; Liu, Xiao Guang; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-01-15

    The relationship between the photoluminescence properties and the crystal structure of undoped, Eu{sup 3+} or/ and Tm{sup 3+} singly or codoped Ca{sub 9}La(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} (CLaVO) samples was discussed. Under the excitation of UV light, CLaVO:Tm{sup 3+}, CLaVO, and CLaVO:Eu{sup 3+} exhibit the characteristic emissions of Tm{sup 3+} ({sup 1}G{sub 4}→{sup 3}H{sub 6}, blue), O{sup 2−}→V{sup 5+} charge transfer (CT), and Eu{sup 3+} ({sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2}, red), respectively. By adjusting the doping concentration of Tm{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions in CLaVO, a natural white emission in a single composition with the color temperature at 6181 K was obtained. Based on the dielectric theory of complex crystal, the chemical bond parameters of La-O and V-O bonds were quantitatively calculated. The standard deviation of environmental factor of every bond (EFSD), which can be expressed as σ(h{sub e{sub i}})=√((1/N)∑{sub i=1}{sup N}(h{sub e{sub i}}−μ){sup 2}) (h{sub e{sub i}}=(f{sub c{sub i}}α{sub b{sub i}}){sup 1/2}Q{sub B{sub i}} and μ=(1/N)∑{sub i=1}{sup N}h{sub e{sub i}}), was proposed to quantitatively express the distortion degree of VO{sub 4}{sup 3−} from that of an ideal tetrahedron. The maximum change of EFSD comes from the [VO{sub 4}]{sup −} tetrahedra in CLaVO sample by comparison with that of EFSD of isostructural Ca{sub 9}Gd(VO{sub 4}){sub 7}. This is possible the key reason that the undoped CLaVO sample has self-activated emission while the self-activated emission of its isostructural Ca{sub 9}Gd(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} sample cannot be found. The quantitative calculation also demonstrated that the broad excitation bands at 319 nm in CLaVO:Tm and at 335 nm in CLaVO:Eu were due to the O-V2 and O-V3 (overlap with O-V2) CT, not the CT energy of O{sup 2−}-Eu1{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm1{sup 3+}), O{sup 2−}-Eu2{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm2{sup 3+}), and O{sup 2−}-Eu3{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm3{sup 3+}). The environmental factors surrounding the

  3. Sodium doping effect on physicochemical properties of K{sub 1−x}Na{sub x}CaPb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) for the determination of mercury(II): Application in seawater samples

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    Lahrich, Sara; Manoun, Bouchaib; Mhammedi, Moulay Abderrahim El

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • The apatite, K{sub 1−x}Na{sub x}CaPb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), was synthesized using reaction solid. • The obtained apatite was used to determine mercury in seawater samples from Morocco. • The effect of doping sodium into apatite on physic-chemical parameters was studied. • The influence of the electrochemical variables was investigated to determine mercury. - Abstract: A new chemically modified electrode was synthesized for the determination of mercury(II) using differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV). The electrode was modified by lacunar apatite K{sub 1−x}Na{sub x}CaPb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) synthesized using solid reaction. These powders were crystallized in the hexagonal system, space group P6{sub 3}/m. The effect of sodium content on structural, thermodynamic and electrochemical properties of prepared apatite has been studied. Therefore, the best results was obtained using NaCaPb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (x = 1) as modifier of carbon paste electrode for the electrochemical detection of mercury(II). The later ions were preconcentrated on the surface of the modified electrode and oxidized at 0.06 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The electroanalytical procedure comprises of two steps: the chemical accumulation of the analyte under open-circuit conditions followed by the electrochemical detection of the preconcentrated species using differential pulse voltammetry. The different parameters that govern the two steps were optimized. A linear response was obtained in the concentration range from 1.0 mol L{sup −1} × 10{sup −4} mol L{sup −1} to 2.0 mol L{sup −1} × 10{sup −7} mol L{sup −1} Hg(II) after activation of the electrode surface under the optimized conditions. The standard deviation was evaluated in a high and low concentration of mercury(II). The values ​​obtained for seven consecutive measurements were 1.24% and 5.07% of 1.0 mol L{sup −1} × 10{sup −4} mol L{sup −1} and 5.0 mol

  4. Solvothermal syntheses, crystal structures, and properties of lanthanide(III) thioarsenates [Ln(dien){sub 2}(μ-1κ,2κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})]{sub n} (Ln==Sm, Eu, Gd) and [Ln(dien){sub 2}(1κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})] (Ln==Tb, Dy, Ho)

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    Wang, Fang; Tang, Chunying; Chen, Ruihong; Zhang, Yong; Jia, Dingxian

    2013-10-15

    Solvothermal reactions of Ln{sub 2}O{sub 3}, As and S in diethylenetriamine (dien) at 170 °C for 6 days afforded two structural types of lanthanide thioarsenates with the general formulae [Ln(dien){sub 2}(μ-1κ,2κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})]{sub n} [Ln=Sm(1), Eu(2), Gd(3)] and [Ln(dien){sub 2}(1κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})] [Ln=Tb(4), Dy(5), Ho(6)]. The Ln{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides were converted to [Ln(dien){sub 2}]{sup 3+} complex units in the solvothermal reactions. The As atom binds four S atoms, forming a tetrahedral AsS{sub 4} unit. In 1−3, the AsS{sub 4} units interconnect the [Ln(dien){sub 2}]{sup 3+} cations via Ln−S bonds as tridentate μ-1κ,2κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4} bridging ligands, resulting in the neutral coordination polymers [Ln(dien){sub 2}(μ-1κ,2κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})]{sub n} (Ln1). In 4−6, the AsS{sub 4} units coordinate with the Ln{sup 3+} ion of [Ln(dien){sub 2}]{sup 3+} as 1κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4} chelating ligands to form neutral coordination compounds [Ln(dien){sub 2}(1κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})] (Ln2). The Ln{sup 3+} ions are in nine- and eight-coordinated environments in Ln1 and Ln2, respectively. The formation of Ln1 and Ln2 is related with ionic size of the Ln{sup 3+} ions. Optical absorption spectra showed that 1−6 have potential use as semiconductors with the band gaps in the range 2.18−3.21 eV. - Graphical abstract: Two types of Ln-thioarsenates [Ln(dien){sub 2}(μ-1κ,2κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})]{sub n} and [Ln(dien){sub 2}(1κ{sup 2}-AsS{sub 4})] were prepared by solvothermal methods and the soft Lewis basic AsS{sub 4}{sup 3–} ligand to Ln(III) centers with polyamine co-ligand was obtained. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lanthanide thioarsenates were prepared by solvothermal methods. • The soft Lewis basic AsS{sub 4} ligand coordinate Ln{sup 3+} ions with coexistence polyamine ligands. • Two structural types of Ln-thioarsenates with structural turnover at Tb were obtained along Ln series. • The Ln-thioarsenates are potential semiconductors

  5. Synthesis, crystal structures, phase transition characterization and thermal decomposition of a new dabcodiium hexaaquairon(II) bis(sulfate): (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N{sub 2})[Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](SO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Yahyaoui, Samia; Rekik, Walid; Naili, Houcine; Mhiri, Tahar; Bataille, Thierry

    2007-12-15

    The crystal structures of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (dabco)-templated iron sulfate, (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N{sub 2})[Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, were determined at room temperature and at -173 deg. C from single-crystal X-ray diffraction. At 20 deg. C, it crystallises in the monoclinic symmetry, centrosymmetric space group P2{sub 1}/n, Z=2, a=7.964(5), b=9.100(5), c=12.065(5) A, {beta}=95.426(5) deg. and V=870.5(8) A{sup 3}. The structure consists of [Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} and disordered (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N{sub 2}){sup 2+} cations and (SO{sub 4}){sup 2-} anions connected together by an extensive three-dimensional H-bond network. The title compound undergoes a reversible phase transition of the first-order at -2.3 deg. C, characterized by DSC, dielectric measurement and optical observations, that suggests a relaxor-ferroelectric behavior. Below the transition temperature, the compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system, non-centrosymmetric space group Cc, with eight times the volume of the ambient phase: a=15.883(3), b=36.409(7), c=13.747(3) A, {beta}=120.2304(8){sup o}, Z=16 and V=6868.7(2) A{sup 3}. The organic moiety is then fully ordered within a supramolecular structure. Thermodiffractometry and thermogravimetric analyses indicate that its decomposition proceeds through three stages giving rise to the iron oxide. - Graphical abstract: The new dabcodiium hexaaquairon(II) bis(sulfate), (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N{sub 2})[Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, was prepared and characterized. It exhibits a supramolecular structure and undergoes a reversible order-disorder phase transition at -2.3 deg. C.

  6. Syntheses, crystal structures, and characterization of As(III) and As(V) thioarsenates, [Mn{sub 2}(phen)(As{sup III}{sub 2}S{sub 5})]{sub n} and [Mn{sub 3}(phen){sub 3}(As{sup v}S{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O

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    Wang Xin; Sheng Tianlu; Hu Shengmin; Fu Ruibiao; Chen Jianshan; Wu Xintao

    2009-04-15

    The hydrothermal reactions of As, Mn, S, phen (phen=1,10-phenanthroline), and en (en=ethylenediamine) yield two manganese As(III) and As(V) thioarsenates, [Mn{sub 2}(phen)(As{sup III}{sub 2}S{sub 5})]{sub n} (1) and [Mn{sub 3}(phen){sub 3}(As{sup V}S{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (2), respectively. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 is a two-dimensional (2D) layer of (6,3) topology. The 18-membered rings within the 2D porous layers are formed by corner-, edge-, and face-sharing cubane-like [Mn{sub 2}As{sub 2}S{sub 4}] units along the [100] direction. Whereas compound 2 is a one-dimensional (1D) chain structure. They are both characterized by IR, elemental analysis, EDS, and X-ray powder diffraction. The thermogravimetric analysis of 1 and 2 are discussed. Both the compounds are semiconductors with the band gap of E{sub g} (compound 1)=2.01 eV (617 nm) and E{sub g} (compound 2)=1.97 eV (629 nm), respectively. In addition, the variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data suggest weak antiferromagnetic interactions between the Mn{sup 2+} ions in these two compounds. - Graphical abstract: Two manganese As(III) and As(V) thioarsenates, namely, [Mn{sub 2}(phen)(As{sup III}{sub 2}S{sub 5})]{sub n} (1) (top structure) and [Mn{sub 3}(phen){sub 3}(As{sup V}S{sub 4}){sub 2}]{sub n}.nH{sub 2}O (2) (bottom structure), have been isolated under hydrothermal conditions. Compound 1 is a 2D layer of (6,3) topology, while that of 2 is a 1D chain structure. The oxidation-state of arsenic might be related to the molar ratio of the reactants. They are both characterized by IR, elemental analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, and EDS. The thermogravimetric analysis and magnetism of 1 and 2 are discussed. Both the compounds are semiconductors.

  7. Itinerant ferromagnetism in the As 4p conduction band of Ba0.6K0.4sub>Mn2As2 identified by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y.; Sapkota, A.; Choi, Y.; Haskel, D.; Rosenberg, R. A.; Lang, J. C.; Harmon, B. N.; Johnston, D. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2015-05-27

    In this study, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements on single-crystal and powder samples of Ba0.6K0.4sub>Mn2As2 show that the ferromagnetism below TC ≈ 100 K arises in the As 4p conduction band. No XMCD signal is observed at the Mn x-ray absorption edges. Below TC, however, a clear XMCD signal is found at the As K edge which increases with decreasing temperature. The XMCD signal is absent in data taken with the beam directed parallel to the crystallographic c axis indicating that the orbital magnetic moment lies in the basal plane of the tetragonal lattice. These results show that the previously reported itinerant ferromagnetism is associated with the As 4p conduction band and that distinct local-moment antiferromagnetism and itinerant ferromagnetism with perpendicular easy axes coexist in this compound at low temperature.

  8. Enhanced magnetic behavior, exchange bias effect, and dielectric property of BiFeO{sub 3} incorporated in (BiFeO{sub 3}){sub 0.50} (Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.2} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5} nanocomposite

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    Mukhopadhyay, K.; Mahapatra, A. S.; Sutradhar, S.; Chakrabarti, P. K.

    2014-03-15

    Nanoparticles of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) are incorporated in the nanocomposite of (BiFeO{sub 3}){sub 0.50} (Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.2} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}, (BFO-CZCF) and these are prepared by chemical route. The formation of pure crystallographic phase of each component (BFO and CZCF) in the nanocomposite of BFO-CZCF has been confirmed by Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffractograms using FULLPROF program. Morphology, average particle size and its distribution, crystallographic phase etc. are obtained from the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of BFO-CZCF. Magnetic measurements of BFO-CZCF have been carried out to explore the modulation of magnetic behavior of BFO in BFO-CZCF. Interestingly, magnetization of BFO-CZCF has been drastically enhanced compared to that of the pristine BFO. An exchange bias effect is also observed in the M vs. H loops of BFO-CZCF recorded in field cooled and zero field cooled conditions, which suggest that nanoparticles of BFO (AFM) are encapsulated by nanoparticles of CZCF (FM) in BFO-CZCF. Thermal variation of dielectric constant of BFO-CZCF is recorded in the range of 300 to 1073 K and a ferroelectric to paraelectric transition is observed at ∼728 K. Enhanced magnetic property of BFO would quite interesting for this important multiferroic.

  9. Low-Temperature Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Electrochemistry of Ni-Rich Spinel-like LiNi 2–y Mn y O 4sub> (0.4 ≤ y ≤ 1)

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    Kan, Wang Hay; Huq, Ashfia; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2015-11-24

    The thermal conversion of chemically delithiated layered Li0.5Ni1-yMnyO2 (0.2 ≤ y ≤ 0.5) into spinel-like LiNi2-yMnyO4sub> (0.4 ≤ y ≤ 1) has been systematically investigated. The formed spinel-like phases are metastable and cannot be accessed by a conventional high-temperature solid-state method. The layered-to-spinel transformation mechanism has been studied by the Rietveld refinement of in situ neutron diffraction as a function of temperature (25–300 °C). In particular, the ionic diffusion of Li and M ions is quantified at different temperatures. Electrochemistry of the metastable spinel-like phases obtained has been studied in lithium-ion cells. A bond valence sum map has been performed to understand the ionic diffusion of lithium ions in the Ni-rich layered, spinel, and rock-salt structures. The study can aid the understanding of the possible phases that could be formed during the cycling of Ni-rich layered oxide cathodes.

  10. Interfacial charge-mediated non-volatile magnetoelectric coupling in Co0.3Fe0.7/Ba0.6Sr0.4sub>TiO3/Nb:SrTiO3 multiferroic heterostructures

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Howe, Brandon M.; Liu, Ming; Nan, Tianxiang; Chen, Xing; Mahalingam, Krishnamurthy; Sun, Nian X.; Brown, Gail J.

    2015-01-13

    The central challenge in realizing non-volatile, E-field manipulation of magnetism lies in finding an energy efficient means to switch between the distinct magnetic states in a stable and reversible manner. In this work, we demonstrate using electrical polarization-induced charge screening to change the ground state of magnetic ordering in order to non-volatilely tune magnetic properties in ultra-thin Co0.3Fe0.7/Ba0.6Sr0.4sub>TiO3/Nb:SrTiO3 (001) multiferroic heterostructures. A robust, voltage-induced, non-volatile manipulation of out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy up to 40 Oe is demonstrated and confirmed by ferromagnetic resonance measurements. This discovery provides a framework for realizing charge-sensitive order parameter tuning in ultra-thin multiferroic heterostructures, demonstrating great potential for delivering compact, lightweight, reconfigurable, and energy-efficient electronic devices.

  11. Energetics of phosphate frameworks containing zinc and cobalt: NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O

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    Le, So-Nhu; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2007-09-15

    Differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry were used to study the enthalpy of the {alpha}-{beta} phase transformation of NaZnPO{sub 4} and enthalpies of formation of {alpha}-NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3). The enthalpies of formation from the oxides of cobalt substituted in NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O do not depend on cobalt content, confirming similar acid-base interactions for Zn-PO{sub 4} and Co-PO{sub 4}. While water molecules stabilize zinc phosphate frameworks through solvating a cation or forming extra hydrogen bonds, the partial substitution of water for sodium oxide to form NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2} represents the formation of an acidic compound with weaker acid-base interactions and less exothermic enthalpy of formation from oxides than Na{sub 2}(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: Relative stability of NaZnPO{sub 4} dense phases, open frameworks, and hydrated frameworks. Enthalpy of interaction between water and NaZnPO{sub 4} frameworks is presented by reaction: NaZnPO{sub 4} (cr, open framework) + nH{sub 2}O (l) {yields} NaZnPO{sub 4}.nH{sub 2}O (cr, hydrated framework)

  12. Oxophily of gadolinium(III) and synthesis of dissymmetric di(Schiff bases) and dissymmetric dinuclear compounds. Crystal structure of [Cu[sub 2]L[prime](OH)](ClO[sub 4])[sub 2][center dot]H[sub 2]O with L[prime] = 2-[N-(2-pyridylethyl)formimidoyl]-6-[N-((dimethylamino)propyl)formimidoyl]phenolato

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    Andruh, M.; Kahn, O.; Sainton, J. ); Dromzee, Y.; Jeannin, S. )

    1993-04-28

    The strong oxophilic character of the Gd(III) ion has been utilized to protect one of the carbonyl functions of 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol, which has allowed the quantitative synthesis of mono(Schiff bases), then dissymmetric di(Schiff bases). The synthetic process is as follows: the reaction of 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol with a primary amine RNH[sub 2] in the presence of Gd(III) affords a complex in which Gd(III) is coordinated to two mono(Schiff bases) through their carbonyl and phenolic oxygen atoms. The mono(Schiff base) may be isolated by precipitation of Gd(III) in the form of gadolinium(III) oxalate. The reaction of another primary amine, R[prime]NH[sub 2], on this mono(Schiff base) affords a dissymmetric di(Schiff base), from which dissymmetric dinuclear compounds can be synthesized. For example, this reaction has been carried out with RNH[sub 2] = 2-(2-aminoethyl)pyridine and R[prime]NH[sub 2] = N,N-dimethylpropylenediamine. The mono(Schiff base) 2-formyl-6-(N-(2-pyridylethyl)formimidoyl)-4-methylphenol (HL) and the di(Schiff base) 2-[N-(2-pyridylethyl)formimidoyl]-6-[N-((dimethylamino)propyl)formimidoyl]-4-methylphenol (HL[prime]) have been unambiguously characterized from their [sup 1]H NMR spectra. The copper(II) dinuclear compound [CuL[prime](OH)](ClO[sub 4])[sub 2][center dot]H[sub 2]O obtained from this di(Schiff base) has been synthesized, and its crystal structure has been solved. 36 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  13. Influence of Microstructure and Surface Activation of Dual-Phase Membrane Ce 0.8 Gd 0.2 O 2-δ -FeCo 2 O 4sub> on Oxygen Permeation

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    Ramasamy, Madhumidha; Baumann, Stefan; Palisaitis, Justinas; Schulze-Küppers, Falk; Balaguer, Maria; Kim, Daejin; Meulenberg, Wilhelm A.; Mayer, Jochim; Bhave, Ramesh; Guillon, Olivier; Bram, Martin; Stevenson, J.

    2015-09-24

    In dual-phase oxygen transport membranes we noticed that there is fast-growing interest in research for oxyfuel combustion process application. One such potential candidate is CGO-FCO (60wt% Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ-40wt% FeCo2O4) identified to provide good oxygen permeation flux with substantial stability in harsh atmosphere. Dense CGO-FCO membranes of 1mm thickness were fabricated by sintering dry pellets pressed from powders synthesized by one-pot method (modified Pechini process) at 1200 degrees C for 10h. Microstructure analysis indicates presence of a third orthorhombic perovskite phase in the sintered composite. We also identified that the spinel phase tends to form an oxygen deficient phase at the grain boundary of spinel and CGO phases. Surface exchange limitation of the membranes was overcome by La0.6Sr0.4sub>Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) porous layer coating over the composite. Moreover, the oxygen permeation flux of the CGO-FCO screen printed with a porous layer of 10mthick LSCF is 0.11mL/cm2 per minute at 850 degrees C with argon as sweep and air as feed gas at the rates of 50 and 250mL/min.

  14. Performances of YBaCo1.4sub>Cu0.6O5+δ–Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 composite cathodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Lizhong; Peng, Lu; Hu, Michael Z.; Lü, Shiquan; Meng, Xiangwei; Yu, Bo; Wei, Maobin; Fan, Hougang; Yang, Lili

    2015-08-20

    In this paper, the electrochemical properties of YBaCo1.4sub>Cu0.6O5+δ–xCe0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (YBCC–xSDC, x=20, 30, 40, 50 wt%) have been investigated for the potential application in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). No chemical reactions between YBCC cathode and SDC electrolyte, and YBCC and La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) occur. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of YBCC cathode decreases with SDC addition. The TEC of YBCC–30SDC cathode is 13.60×10–6 K-1 from 30 to 850 °C in air and it exhibits the best electrochemical performance among the YBCC–xSDC cathodes. The polarization resistance (Rp) of YBCC–30SDC is 0.027 Ω cm2 at 850 °C, 0.044 Ω cm2 at 800 °C and 0.075 Ω cm2 at 750 °C. The maximum power density value of electrolyte-based cell with YBCC–30SDC cathode is 662, 483 and 319 mW cm-2 at 850, 800 and 750 °C, respectively. Finally, preliminary results indicate that YBCC–30SDC is especially promising as a cathode for IT-SOFCs.

  15. Synthesis and characteristics of a novel 3-D organic amine oxalate: (enH{sub 2}){sub 1.5}[Bi{sub 3}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 6}(CO{sub 2}CONHCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3})].6.5H{sub 2}O

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    Yu Xiaohong; Zhang Hanhui . E-mail: zhanghh1840@hotmail.com; Cao Yanning; Chen Yiping; Wang Zhen

    2006-01-15

    A novel 3-D compound of (enH{sub 2}){sub 1.5}[Bi{sub 3}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 6}(CO{sub 2}CONHCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3})].6.5H{sub 2}O has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by IR, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection integral spectrum (UV-Vis DRIS), fluorescence spectra, TGA and single crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group C2/c with a=31.110(8)A, b=11.544(3)A, c=22.583(6)A, {beta}=112.419(3){sup o}, V=7497(3)A{sup 3}, Z=8, R{sub 1}=0.0463 and wR{sub 2}=0.1393 for unique 7686 reflections I>2{sigma}(I). In the title compound, the Bi atoms have eight-fold and nine-fold coordination with respect to the oxygen atoms, with the Bi atoms in distorted dodecahedron and monocapped square antiprism, respectively. The 3-D framework of the title compound contains channels and is composed of linkages between Bi atoms and oxalate units, forming honeycomb-like layers with two kinds of 6+6 membered aperture, and pillared by oxalate ligands and monamide groups. The channels have N-ethylamine oxalate monamide group {sup -}CO{sub 2}CONHCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3}{sup +}, which is formed by the in situ reaction of en and oxalate acid. At room temperature, the complex exhibits intense blue luminescence with an emission peak at 445nm.

  16. Ultra-flexible framework breathing in response to dehydration in liskeardite, [(Al,Fe){sub 16}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 9}(OH){sub 21}(H{sub 2}O){sub 11}]·26H{sub 2}O, a natural open-framework compound

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    Grey, Ian. E.; Brand, Helen E.A.; Rumsey, Michael S.; Gozukara, Yesim

    2015-08-15

    Dehydration of the natural open-framework compound, liskeardite, [(Al,Fe){sub 16}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 9}(OH){sub 21}(H{sub 2}O){sub 11}]·26H{sub 2}O, is accompanied by a change in the sign of the thermal expansion from positive to negative above room temperature, and at ~100 °C the structure undergoes a dramatic 2D contraction by co-operative rotation of heteropolyhedral columns that constitute the framework walls. Monoclinic liskeardite, I112 with a≈b≈24.7 Å, c ≈7.8 Å and β≈90° is transformed to a tetragonal phase, I-4 with a≈20.6 Å, c ≈7.7 Å. The associated 30% decrease in volume is unprecedented in inorganic microporous compounds. The flexibility of the contraction is related to the double-hinged nature of the column rotations about [001]. Octahedra in adjacent columns are interconnected by corner-sharing with the two pairs of anions forming opposing edges of AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra, so a double-hinged rotation mechanism operates. Thermal analysis and mass spectroscopic results for liskeardite show that the phase transition at ~100 °C is related to removal of the channel water. The tetragonal phase shows exceptionally large NTE behaviour. Over the temperature range 148–178 the NTE along a and b is close to linear with a magnitude of the order of −900×10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}. The contraction along the channel direction is smaller but still appreciable at −200×10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}. - Graphical abstract: Structure of the collapsed liskeardite framework, formed on dehydration above 100 °C. - Highlights: • The thermal expansion of the mineral liskeardite changes + to − above ambient. • Dehydration at 100 °C results in a record reversible 30% volume reduction. • In situ synchrotron XRD has led to a structural model for the dehydrated phase. • Framework breathing flexibility is attributed to a double-hinge rotation mechanism. • The dehydrated phase shows unprecedented -ve expansion for inorganic materials.

  17. High temperature redox reactions with uranium: Synthesis and characterization of Cs(UO{sub 2})Cl(SeO{sub 3}), Rb{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}O{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and RbNa{sub 5}U{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 7}

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    Babo, Jean-Marie; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2013-10-15

    Cs(UO{sub 2})Cl(SeO{sub 3}) (1), Rb{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}O{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 3} (2), and RbNa{sub 5}U{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 7} (3) single crystals were synthesized using CsCl, RbCl, and a CuCl/NaCl eutectic mixture as fluxes, respectively. Their lattice parameters and space groups are as follows: P2{sub 1}/n (a=6.548(1) Å, b=11.052(2) Å, c=10.666(2) Å and β=93.897(3)°), P1{sup ¯} (a=7.051(2) Å, b=7.198(2) Å, c=8.314(2) Å, α=107.897(3)°, β=102.687(3)° and γ=100.564(3)°) and C2/c (a=17.862(4) Å, b=6.931(1) Å, c=20.133(4) Å and β=109.737(6)°. The small anionic building units found in these compounds are SeO{sub 3}{sup 2−} and SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} tetrahedra, oxide, and chloride. The crystal structure of the first compound is composed of [(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Cl{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sup 2−} chains separated by Cs{sup +} cations. The structure of (2) is constructed from [(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}O{sub 11}]{sup 16−} chains further connected through selenite units into layers stacked perpendicularly to the [0 1 0] direction, with Rb{sup +} cations intercalating between them. The structure of compound (3) is made of uranyl sulfate layers formed by edge and vertex connections between dimeric [U{sub 2}O{sub 16}] and [SO{sub 4}] polyhedra. These layers contain unusual sulfate–metal connectivity as well as large voids. - Graphical abstract: A new family of uranyl selenites and sulfates has been prepared by high-temperature redox reactions. This compounds display new bonding motifs. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Low-dimensional Uranyl Oxoanion compounds. • Conversion of U(IV) to U(VI) at high temperatures. • Dimensional reduction by both halides and stereochemically active lone-pairs.

  18. Two new zincophosphates, (H{sub 3}NCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[Zn({mu}-PO{sub 4}){sub 2}] and (NH{sub 4})[(H{sub 3}N)Zn{l_brace}({mu}-PO{sub 4})Zn{r_brace}{sub 3}]: Crystal structures and relationships to similar open framework zinco- and aluminophospates

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    Karanovic, Ljiljana; Poleti, Dejan; Dordevic, Tamara; Sutovic, Sabina

    2011-09-15

    Two new zincophosphates, bis(ethylenediammonim) catena-bis({mu}-phosphato)zincate, (H{sub 3}NCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[Zn({mu}-PO{sub 4}){sub 2}] (1), and ammonium ammine-tris({mu}-phosphato)tetrazincate, (NH{sub 4})[(H{sub 3}N)Zn{l_brace}({mu}-PO{sub 4})Zn{r_brace}{sub 3}] (2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and their crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystal structure of 1 consists of infinite macroanionic ZnP{sub 2}O{sub 8}{sup 4-} chains, running along the [0 0 1] direction, and diprotonated ethylenediammonium cations, H{sub 2}en{sup 2+}. The crystal structure of 2 is built up from ZnO{sub 4}, Zn(NH{sub 3})O{sub 3} and PO{sub 4} vertex-sharing tetrahedra connected to form an open 3D framework. The ammonium groups, NH{sub 4}{sup +}, are located in the channels formed by 8M-rings extending along [1 0 0]. In order to study vibrational behavior of H{sub 2}en{sup 2+} and NH{sub 4}{sup +} cations, NH{sub 3} molecules in 1 and 2, single-crystal Raman spectra were obtained. Structural, chemical and topological similarities to the other open framework zinco- and aluminophosphates incorporating different guest species are discussed. - Graphical Abstract: Structure of 1 (left): polyhedral (a) and ORTEP-like (b) representation of the ZnP{sub 2}O{sub 8}{sup 4-} chain with two H{sub 2}en{sup 2+} cations. Structure of 2 (right): polyhedral structure of the layers I and II seen along [1 0 0] (c-axis is vertical). Highlights: > Synthesis under hydrothermal conditions and the crystal structures of two new zincophosphates. > Compound 1 is a new inorganic-organic hybrid compound. > Structure of 1 consists of infinite macroanionic ZnP{sub 2}O{sub 8}{sup 4-} chains and H{sub 2}en{sup 2+} (en=ethylenediamine) cations. > Structure of 2 is a novel 3D open framework structure with 8M channels. > Structure of 2 is the first 3D zincophosphate which incorporates both, the coordinated NH{sub 3} molecule and NH

  19. The relationship between reorientational molecular motions and phase transitions in [Mg(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 2}, studied with the use of {sup 1}H and {sup 19}F NMR and FT-MIR

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    Mikuli, Edward Hetmańczyk, Joanna; Grad, Bartłomiej; Kozak, Asja; Wąsicki, Jan W.; Bilski, Paweł; Hołderna-Natkaniec, Krystyna; Medycki, Wojciech

    2015-02-14

    A {sup 1}H and {sup 19}F nuclear magnetic resonance study of [Mg(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 2} has confirmed the existence of two phase transitions at T{sub c1} ≈ 257 K and T{sub c2} ≈ 142 K, detected earlier by the DSC method. These transitions were reflected by changes in the temperature dependences of both proton and fluorine of second moments M{sub 2}{sup H} and M{sub 2}{sup F} and of spin-lattice relaxation times T{sub 1}{sup H} and T{sub 1}{sup F}. The study revealed anisotropic reorientations of whole [Mg(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} cations, reorientations by 180° jumps of H{sub 2}O ligands, and aniso- and isotropic reorientations of BF{sub 4}{sup −} anions. The activation parameters for these motions were obtained. It was found that the phase transition at T{sub c1} is associated with the reorientation of the cation as a whole unit around the C{sub 3} axis and that at T{sub c2} with isotropic reorientation of the BF{sub 4}{sup −} anions. The temperature dependence of the full width at half maximum value of the infrared band of ρ{sub t}(H{sub 2}O) mode (at ∼596 cm{sup −1}) indicated that in phases I and II, all H{sub 2}O ligands in [Mg(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} perform fast reorientational motions (180° jumps) with a mean value of activation energy equal to ca 10 kJ mole{sup −1}, what is fully consistent with NMR results. The phase transition at T{sub c1} is associated with a sudden change of speed of fast (τ{sub R} ≈ 10{sup −12} s) reorientational motions of H{sub 2}O ligands. Below T{sub c2} (in phase III), the reorientations of certain part of the H{sub 2}O ligands significantly slow down, while others continue their fast reorientation with an activation energy of ca 2 kJ mole{sup −1}. This fast reorientation cannot be evidenced in NMR relaxation experiments. Splitting of certain IR bands connected with H{sub 2}O ligands at the observed phase transitions suggests a reduction of the symmetry of the octahedral [Mg(H{sub 2}O

  20. Centrosymmetric [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} vs. noncentrosymmetric polar [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6}: A hydrogen-bonding effect on the out-of-center distortion of TiF{sub 6} octahedra

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    Kim, Eun-ah; Lee, Dong Woo; Ok, Kang Min

    2012-11-15

    The syntheses, structures, and characterization of organically templated zero-dimensional titanium fluoride materials, A{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} (A=[N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}] or [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]), are reported. Phase pure samples of A{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} were synthesized by either solvothermal reaction method or a simple mixing method. While [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} crystallizes in a centrosymmetric space group, R-3, [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} crystallizes in a noncentrosymmetric polar space group, Cm. The asymmetric out-of-center distortion of TiF{sub 6} octahedra in polar [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} are attributable to the hydrogen-bonding interactions between the fluorine atoms in TiF{sub 6} octahedra and the nitrogen atoms in the [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sup +} cation. Powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on the [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6}, using 1064 nm radiation, indicate the material has SHG efficiency of 25 Multiplication-Sign that of {alpha}-SiO{sub 2}, which indicates an average nonlinear optical susceptibility, Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket d{sub eff} Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket {sub exp} of 2.8 pm/V. Additional SHG measurements reveal that the material is not phase-matchable (Type 1). The magnitudes of out-of-center distortions and dipole moment calculations for TiF{sub 6} octahedra will be also reported. - Graphical abstract: The out-of-center distortion of TiF{sub 6} octahedron in the polar noncentrosymmetric [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} is attributable to the hydrogen-bonding interactions between the F in TiF{sub 6} octahedron and the H-N in the [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sup +}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two titanium fluorides materials have been synthesized in high yields. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hydrogen-bonds are crucial for the out-of-center distortion of TiF{sub 6} octahedra. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer [C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 2}TiF{sub 6} has a SHG efficiency of 25

  1. Removal of Ca2+ from the Oxygen-Evolving Complex in Photosystem II Has Minimal Effect on the Mn4sub>O5 Core Structure: A Polarized Mn X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study

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    Lohmiller, Thomas; Shelby, Megan L.; Long, Xi; Yachandra, Vittal K.; Yano, Junko

    2015-05-19

    We studied Ca2+ -depleted and Ca2+ -reconstituted spinach photosystem II using polarized X-ray absorption spectroscopy of oriented PS II preparations to investigate the structural and functional role of the Ca2+ ion in the Mn4sub>O5Ca cluster of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC). Samples were prepared by low pH/citrate treatment as one-dimensionally ordered membrane layers and poised in the Ca2+ -depleted S1 (S1') and S2 (S2') states, the S2'YZ• state, at which point the catalytic cycle of water oxidation is inhibited, and the Ca2+ -reconstituted S1 state. Polarized Mn K-edge XANES and EXAFS spectra exhibit pronounced dichroism. Polarized EXAFS data of all states of Ca2+ -depleted PS II investigated show only minor changes in distances and orientations of the Mn-Mn vectors compared to the Ca2+ -containing OEC, which may be attributed to some loss of rigidity of the core structure. Thus, removal of the Ca2+ ion does not lead to fundamental distortion or rearrangement of the tetranuclear Mn cluster, which indicates that the Ca2+ ion in the OEC is not critical for structural maintenance of the cluster, at least in the S1 and S2 states, but fulfills a crucial catalytic function in the mechanism of the water oxidation reaction. On the basis of this structural information, reasons for the inhibitory effect of Ca2+ removal are discussed, attributing to the Ca2+ ion a fundamental role in organizing the surrounding (substrate) water framework and in proton-coupled electron transfer to YZ• (D1-Tyr161).

  2. Thermodynamic Model for the Solubility of NdF3(cr) in the Na+-NH4sub>+ – Nd3+–F-–H2O System at 25 °C

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    Rai, Dhanpat; Yui, Mikazu; Kitamura, Akira; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Felmy, A. R.

    2013-08-02

    The objectives of this study were to develop a reliable thermodynamic model for the Nd-F system based on critical review and experimental studies. The SIT model was used to convert concentration constants reported in the literature to constants at zero ionic strengths for cross comparison and selection of reliable values. The critically evaluated thermodynamic constants for the formation of NdF2+ and NdF2+ were then used to interpret the extensive NdF3(cr) solubility data in NaF and NH4sub>F solutions, ranging in concentrations from extremely low values to as high as 1.0 mol.kg-1, equilibrated for different periods ranging up to as long as 72 days. These efforts have resulted in log βn0 for the reaction [Nd3+ + nF- = NdFn3-n] of (3.81 ± 0.10), (5.89 ± 0.77), and <12.48 for n of 1 through 3, respectively. The log10 Ksp0 for the solubility of NdF3(cr) (NdF3(cr) = Nd3+ + 3F-) was determined to be -(20.49 ± 0.37). Because 1) Nd is an excellent analog for trivalent actinides -- An(III) (e.i., Pu(III), Am(III), and Cm(III)) -- and 2) the available data for the An(III)-F system, especially the solubility products of AnF3(cr), are of extremely poor quality, the critical literature review in combination with the experimental Nd-F system data have been used to assign thermodynamic constants for the An(III)-F reactions until good quality specific data for them becomes available.

  3. Local structure of Rb{sub 2}Li{sub 4}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 3}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O by the modeling of X-ray diffuse scattering - from average-structure to microdomain model

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    Komornicka, Dorota; Wolcyrz, Marek; Pietraszko, Adam

    2012-08-15

    Local structure of dirubidium tetralithium tris(selenate(VI)) dihydrate - Rb{sub 2}Li{sub 4}(SeO{sub 4}){sub 3}{center_dot} 2H{sub 2}O has been determined basing on the modeling of X-ray diffuse scattering. The origin of observed structured diffuse streaks is SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra switching between two alternative positions in two quasi-planar layers existing in each unit cell and formation of domains with specific SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra configuration locally fulfilling condition for C-centering in the 2a Multiplication-Sign 2b Multiplication-Sign c superstructure cell. The local structure solution is characterized by a uniform distribution of rather large domains (ca. thousand of unit cells) in two layers, but also monodomains can be taken into account. Inside a single domain SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra are ordered along ab-diagonal forming two-string ribbons. Inside the ribbons SeO{sub 4} and LiO{sub 4} tetrahedra share the oxygen corners, whereas ribbons are bound to each other by a net of hydrogen bonds and fastened by corner sharing SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra of the neighboring layers. - Graphical abstract: Experimental sections of the reciprocal space showing diffraction effects observed for RLSO. Bragg spots are visible on sections with integer indices (1 kl section - on the left), streaks - on sections with fractional ones (1.5 kl section - on the right). At the center: resulting local structure of the A package modeled as a microdomain: two-string ribbons of ordered oxygen-corners-sharing SeO{sub 4} and LiO{sub 4} terahedra extended along ab-diagonal are seen; ribbons are bound by hydrogen bonds (shown in pink); the multiplied 2a Multiplication-Sign 2b unit cell is shown. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray diffuse scattering in RLSO was registered and modeled. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The origin of diffuse streaks is SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra switching in two structure layers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The local structure is characterized by a uniform

  4. Structural and Magnetothermal Properties of Compounds: Yb5SixGe4-x,Sm5SixGe4-x, EuO, and Eu3O4sub>

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    Ahn, Kyunghan

    2007-01-01

    The family of R5SixGe4-x alloys demonstrates a variety of unique physical phenomena related to magneto-structural transitions associated with reversible breaking and reforming of specific bonds that can be controlled by numerous external parameters such as chemical composition, magnetic field, temperature, and pressure. Therefore, R5SixGe4-x systems have been extensively studied to uncover the mechanism of the extraordinary magneto-responsive properties including the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and colossal magnetostriction, as well as giant magnetocaloric effect (GMCE). Until now, more than a half of possible R5SixGe4-x pseudobinary systems have been completely or partially investigated with respect to their crystallography and phase relationships (R = La, Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Lu, Y). Still, there are other R5SixGe4-x systems (R = Ce, Sm, Ho, Tm, and Yb) that are not studied yet. Here, we report on phase relationships and structural, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties in the Yb5SixGe4-xand Sm5SixGe4-x pseudobinary systems, which may exhibit mixed valence states. The crystallography, phase relationships, and physical properties of Yb5SixGe4-x alloys with 0 ≤ x ≤ 4 have been examined by using single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction at room temperature, and dc magnetization and heat capacity measurements between 1.8 K and 400 K in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 7 T. Unlike the majority of R5SixGe4-x systems studied to date, where R is the rare earth metal, all Yb-based germanide-silicides with the 5:4 stoichiometry crystallize in the same Gd5Si4sub>-type structure. The magnetic properties of Yb5SixGe4-x materials are nearly composition

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis and structural analysis of new mixed oxyanion borates: Ba{sub 11}B{sub 26}O{sub 44}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(OH){sub 6}, Li{sub 9}BaB{sub 15}O{sub 27}(CO{sub 3}) and Ba{sub 3}Si{sub 2}B{sub 6}O{sub 16}

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    Heyward, Carla McMillen, Colin D. Kolis, Joseph

    2013-07-15

    Several new borate compounds, Ba{sub 11}B{sub 26}O{sub 44}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(OH){sub 6} (1), Li{sub 9}BaB{sub 15}O{sub 27}(CO{sub 3}) (2), and Ba{sub 3}Si{sub 2}B{sub 6}O{sub 16} (3) were synthesized containing other hetero-oxyanion building blocks in addition to the borate frameworks. They were all prepared under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, and IR spectroscopy. Crystal data: For 1; space group P2{sub 1}/c, a=6.8909 (14) Å, b=13.629 (3) Å, c=25.851 (5) Å, β=90.04 (3)°; For 2; space group P-31c, a=8.8599 (13) Å, c=15.148 (3) Å; For 3; space group P-1, a=5.0414 (10) Å, b=7.5602 (15) Å, c=8.5374 (17) Å, α=77.15 (3)°, β=77.84 (3)°, γ=87.41 (3)° for 3. Compounds 1 and 2 contain isolated oxyanions [PO{sub 4}]{sup 3−} and [CO{sub 3}]{sup 2−} respectively, sitting in channels created by the borate framework, while structure 3 has the [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4−} groups directly bonded to the borate groups creating a B–O–Si framework. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal syntheses of three new mixed oxyanion borates are presented. • Ba{sub 11}B{sub 26}O{sub 44}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(OH){sub 6} contains isolated [PO{sub 4}]{sup 3−} in voids of the borate framework. • Li{sub 9}BaB{sub 15}O{sub 27}(CO{sub 3}) contains isolated [CO{sub 3}]{sup 2−} in channels created by the framework. • Ba{sub 3}Si{sub 2}B{sub 6}O{sub 16} has direct bonding of [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4−} and borates creating a B–O–Si framework.

  6. Synthesis, structure, and physical properties of [Sm(C{sub 6}NO{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub 2n}.(H{sub 5}O{sub 2}){sub n}(ZnCl{sub 5}){sub n}(ZnCl{sub 4}){sub 2n}.(H{sub 2}O){sub 2n} with unprecedented ZnCl{sub 5}{sup 3-} species

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    Xie Yiming Chen Wentong; Wu Jihuai

    2008-08-15

    A novel bimetallic 4f-3d metal-isonicotinic acid inorganic-organic hybrid complex [Sm(C{sub 6}NO{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub 2n}.(H{sub 5}O{sub 2}){sub n}(ZnCl{sub 5}){sub n}(ZnCl{sub 4}){sub 2n}.(H{sub 2}O){sub 2n} (1) has been synthesized via hydrothermal reaction and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Complex 1 is characteristic of a one-dimensional polycationic chain-like structure and unprecedented ZnCl{sub 5}{sup 3-} species. Photoluminescent investigation reveals that the title complex displays interesting emissions in a wide region. Optical absorption spectra of 1 reveal the presence of an optical gap of 3.59 eV. - Graphical abstract: A novel bimetallic 4f-3d metal-isonicotinic acid inorganic-organic hybrid complex was synthesized. It is characteristic of a one-dimensional polycationic chain-like structure. Photoluminescent investigation reveals that the title complex displays interesting emissions in a wide region. Optical absorption spectra of 1 reveal the presence of a wide optical bandgap.

  7. Mild hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup V}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe, x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co, Ni, x=2.5, y=2] compounds

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    Orive, Joseba

    2009-08-15

    The [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup V}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe (1), x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co (2), x=2.5, y=2; Ni (3), x=2.5, y=2] compounds have been synthesized using mild hydrothermal conditions at 170 deg. C during five days. Single-crystals of (1) and (2), and polycrystalline sample of (3) were obtained. These isostructural compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic system, space group Aba2, with a=9.9598(2), b=18.8149(4) and c=8.5751(2) A for (1), a=9.9142(7), b=18.570(1) and c=8.4920(5) A for (2) and a=9.8038(2), b=18.2453(2) and c=8.4106(1) A for (3), with Z=8 in the three phases. An X-ray diffraction study reveals that the crystal structure is composed of a three-dimensional skeleton formed by [MO{sub 5}F] and [MO{sub 4}F{sub 2}] (M=Fe, Co and Ni) octahedra and [HPO{sub 3}] tetrahedra, partially substituted by [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra in phase (1). The IR spectra show the vibrational modes of the water molecules and those of the (HPO{sub 3}){sup 2-} tetrahedral oxoanions. The thermal study indicates that the limit of thermal stability of these phases is 195 deg. C for (1) and 315 deg. C for (2) and (3). The electronic absorption spectroscopy shows the characteristic bands of the Fe(II), Co(II) and Ni(II) high-spin cations in slightly distorted octahedral geometry. Magnetic measurements indicate the existence of global antiferromagnetic interactions between the metallic centers with a ferromagnetic transition in the three compounds at 28, 14 and 21 K for (1), (2) and (3), respectively. Compound (1) exhibits a hysteresis loop with remnant magnetization and coercive field values of 0.72 emu/mol and 880 Oe, respectively. - Abstract: Polyhedral view of the crystal structure of the [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup IV}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe, x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co, Ni, x=2.5, y=2] compounds showing the sheets along the [001] direction.

  8. Syntheses, crystal structures and Raman spectra of Ba(BF{sub 4})(PF{sub 6}), Ba(BF{sub 4})(AsF{sub 6}) and Ba{sub 2}(BF{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsF{sub 6})(H{sub 3}F{sub 4}); the first examples of metal salts containing simultaneously tetrahedral BF{sub 4}{sup -} and octahedral AF{sub 6}{sup -} anions

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    Lozinsek, Matic; Bunic, Tina; Goreshnik, Evgeny; Meden, Anton; Tramsek, Melita; Tavcar, Gasper; Zemva, Boris

    2009-10-15

    In the system BaF{sub 2}/BF{sub 3}/PF{sub 5}/anhydrous hydrogen fluoride (aHF) a compound Ba(BF{sub 4})(PF{sub 6}) was isolated and characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction on the single crystal. Ba(BF{sub 4})(PF{sub 6}) crystallizes in a hexagonal P6-bar2m space group with a=10.2251(4) A, c=6.1535(4) A, V=557.17(5) A{sup 3} at 200 K, and Z=3. Both crystallographically independent Ba atoms possess coordination polyhedra in the shape of tri-capped trigonal prisms, which include F atoms from BF{sub 4}{sup -} and PF{sub 6}{sup -} anions. In the analogous system with AsF{sub 5} instead of PF{sub 5} the compound Ba(BF{sub 4})(AsF{sub 6}) was isolated and characterized. It crystallizes in an orthorhombic Pnma space group with a=10.415(2) A, b=6.325(3) A, c=11.8297(17) A, V=779.3(4) A{sup 3} at 200 K, and Z=4. The coordination around Ba atom is in the shape of slightly distorted tri-capped trigonal prism which includes five F atoms from AsF{sub 6}{sup -} and four F atoms from BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions. When the system BaF{sub 2}/BF{sub 3}/AsF{sub 5}/aHF is made basic with an extra addition of BaF{sub 2}, the compound Ba{sub 2}(BF{sub 4}){sub 2}(AsF{sub 6})(H{sub 3}F{sub 4}) was obtained. It crystallizes in a hexagonal P6{sub 3}/mmc space group with a=6.8709(9) A, c=17.327(8) A, V=708.4(4) A{sup 3} at 200 K, and Z=2. The barium environment in the shape of tetra-capped distorted trigonal prism involves 10 F atoms from four BF{sub 4}{sup -}, three AsF{sub 6}{sup -} and three H{sub 3}F{sub 4}{sup -} anions. All F atoms, except the central atom in H{sub 3}F{sub 4} moiety, act as mu{sub 2}-bridges yielding a complex 3-D structural network. - Graphical abstract: The first three compounds, containing simultaneously tetrahedral BF{sub 4}{sup -} and octahedral AF{sub 6}{sup -} (A=P, As) anions have been synthesized and characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray single crystal diffraction. In the system BaF{sub 2}/BF{sub 3}/PF{sub 5}/anhydrous hydrogen fluoride (a

  9. Synthesis, structural characterization, and solid-state NMR spectroscopy of [Ga(phen)(H{sub 1.5}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}].H{sub 2}O and [Ga(phen)(HPO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})].1.5H{sub 2}O (phen=1, 10-phenanthroline), two organic-inorganic hybrid compounds with 1-D chain structures

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    Chang, W.-J.; Chang, P.-C.; Kao, H.-M.; Lii, K.-H. . E-mail: liikh@cc.ncu.edu.tw

    2005-12-15

    Two new organic-inorganic hybrid compounds, [Ga(phen)(H{sub 1.5}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}].H{sub 2}O (1) and [Ga(phen)(HPO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})].1.5H{sub 2}O (2) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline), have been synthesized by hydrothermal methods and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Their structures consist of 1-D chains of strictly alternating GaO{sub 4}N{sub 2} octahedra and phosphate tetrahedra. The phen ligands in both compounds bind in a bidentate fashion to the gallium atoms and the 1-D structures extend into 3-D supramolecular arrays via {pi}-{pi} stacking interactions of phen ligands and hydrogen bonds. {sup 2}H MAS NMR spectroscopy was applied to study the deuterated sample of 1 which contains very short hydrogen bonds with an O-O distance of 2.406(2) A. Crystal data for 1: monoclinic, space group C2/c (No. 15), a=11.077(1) A, b=21.496(2) A, c=7.9989(7) A, {beta}=127.211(2){sup o}, and Z=4. The crystal symmetry is the same for 2 as for 1 except a=27.555(2) A, b=6.3501(5) A, c=21.327(2) A, {beta}=122.498(1){sup o}, and Z=8.

  10. Sr2IrO4sub>: Gateway to cuprate superconductivity?

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    Mitchell, J. F.

    2015-06-05

    High temperature superconductivity in cuprates remains a defining challenge in condensed matter physics. Recently, a new set of related compounds based on Ir rather than Cu has been discovered that may be on the verge of superconductivity themselves or be able to shed new light on the underlying interactions responsible for superconductivity in the cuprates.

  11. Enthalpies of Formation of Rare-Earth Orthovanadates, REVO4sub>

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    Dorogova, M.; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Boatner, Lynn A

    2007-01-01

    Rare earth orthovanadates, REVO4, having the zircon structure, form a series of materials interesting for magnetic, optical, sensor, and electronic applications. Enthalpies of formation of REVO4 compounds (RE=Sc, Y, Ce Nd, Sm Tm, Lu) were determined by oxide melt solution calorimetry in lead borate (2PbO {center_dot} 2B2O3) solvent at 1075 K. The enthalpies of formation from oxide components become more negative with increasing RE ionic radius. This trend is similar to that obtained for the rare earth phosphates.

  12. The Ground State of (CS) 4sub> Is Different from That of (CO) 4sub> : An Experimental Test of a Computational Prediction by Negative Ion Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Jian; Hrovat, David A.; Sun, Zhenrong; Bao, Xiaoguang; Borden, Weston Thatcher; Wang, Xue-Bin

    2013-08-22

    Cyclobutane-1,2,3,4-tetrathione, (CS)4, has recently been calculated to have a singlet ground state, 1A1g, in which the highest b2g MO is doubly occupied and the lowest a2u MO is empty. Thus, (CS)4 is predicted to have a different ground state than its lighter congener, (CO)4, which has a triplet ground state, 3B1u, in which these two MOs are each singly occupied. Here we report the results of a negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) study of the radical anion (CS)4∙-, designed to test the prediction that (CS)4 has a singlet ground state. The NIPE spectrum reveals that (CS)4 does, indeed, have a singlet ground state with electron affinity (EA) = 3.75 eV. The lowest triplet state is found to lie 0.31 eV higher in energy than the ground state, and the open-shell singlet is 0.14 eV higher in energy than the triplet state. Calculations at the (U)CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//(U)B3LYP/6-311+G(2df) level support the spectral assignments, giving EA = 3.71 eV, EST = 0.44 eV. These calculated values are, respectively, 0.04 eV (0.9 kcal/mol) smaller, and 0.13 eV (3.0 kcal/mol) larger than the corresponding experimental values. In addition, RASPT2 calculations with various active spaces converge on a 1B1u-3B1u energy gap of 0.137 eV, in excellent agreement with the 0.14 eV energy difference obtained from the NIPE spectrum. Finally, calculations of the Franck-Condon factors for transitions from the ground state of (CS)4∙- to the ground (1A1g) and two excited states (3B1u, 1B1u) of (CS)4 account for all of the major spectral peaks, and nicely reproduce vibrational structure observed in each electronic transition. The close correspondence between the calculated and the observed features in the NIPE spectrum of (CS)4∙- provides unequivocal proof that (CS)4, unlike (CO)4, has a singlet ground state.

  13. Theoretical Studies on the Photoelectron and Absorption Spectra of MnO 4sub> and TcO 4sub>

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    Su, Jing; Xu, Wen-Hua; Xu, Chao-Fei; Schwarz, W. H. E.; Li, Jun

    2013-09-03

    The tetraoxo pertechnetate anion (TcO4-) is of great interest for nuclear waste management and radiopharmceuticals. To elucidate its electronic structure and to compare with that of its lighter congener MnO4-, the photoelectron and electronic absorption spectra of MnO4 - and TcO4 - are investigated with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio wave function theory (WFT). The vertical electron detachment energies (VDEs) of MnO4 - obtained with the CR-EOM-CCSD(T) method are in good agreement with the lowest two experimental VDEs; the differences are less than 0.1 eV, representing a significant improvement over the IP-EOMCCSD(T) result in the literature. Combining our CCSD(T) and CR-EOMCCSD( T) results, the first five VDEs of TcO4 - are estimated between 5 and 10 eV with an estimated accuracy of about ±0.2 eV. The vertical excitation energies are determined by using TD-DFT, CR-EOM-CCSD(T), and RASPT2 methods. The excitation energies and the assignments of the spectra are analyzed and partly improved. They are compared with reported SAC-CI results and available experimental data. Both dynamic and nondynamic electron correlations are important in the ground and excited states of MnO4 - and TcO4 -. Nondynamical correlations are particularly relevant in TcO4 - for reliable prediction of excitation energies. In TcO4 - one Rydberg state interlaces but does not mix with the valence excited states, and it disappears in the condensed phase.

  14. Zintl-phase compounds with SnSb4sub> tetrahedral anions. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties

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    Zhang, Lijun; Du, Mao-Hua; Singh, David J.

    2010-02-22

    We report the investigation of Zintl-phase Na(K){sub 8}SnSb{sub 4} and related compounds that contain SnSb{sub 4} tetrahedral anions using first principles electronic structure, Boltzmann transport, and density functional phonon calculations. We find that these compounds are narrow-gap semiconductors and there is a combination of heavy and light bands at valence band edge, which may lead to a combination of high thermopower and reasonable conductivity. High values of the thermopower are found for p-type doping within the Boltzmann transport theory. Furthermore, these materials are expected to have low thermal conductivity due to their structures that consist of a network of weakly coupled SnSb{sub 4} clusters, which leads to low phonon frequencies. In particular, we find low-frequency optical phonons that should effectively scatter the heat-carrying acoustic phonons. These results are discussed in terms of the structure, which consists of anionic clusters. Based on the results, it is suggested that such compounds may represent a useful paradigm for finding new thermoelectric materials.

  15. Development of a He3-He4 sub Kelvin active magnetic regenerative refrigerator (AMRR) with no moving parts

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    Jahromi, A. E.; Miller, F. K.

    2014-01-01

    Current state of the art particle and photon detectors such as Transition Edge Sensors (TES) and Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKID) use large arrays of sensors or detectors for space science missions. As the size of these space science detectors increases, future astrophysics missions will require sub-Kelvin cooling over larger areas. This leads to not only increased cooling power requirements, but also a requirement for distributed sub-Kelvin cooling. We propose an active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigerator (AMRR) that uses a Superfluid Magnetic Pump (SMP) to circulate liquid He3-He4 through a magnetic regenerator to provide the necessary cooling at sub-Kelvin temperatures. Such system will be capable of distributing the cooling load to a relatively large array of objects. One advantage of using a fluid for heat transfer in such systems is to isolate components such as the superconducting magnets from detectors that are sensitive to magnetic fields. Another advantage of the proposed tandem AMRR is that it does not need Gas Gap Heat Switches (GGHS) to transfer heat during various stages of the magnetic cooling. Our proposed system consists of four superconducting magnets, one superleak, and three heat exchangers. It will operate continuously with no moving parts and it will be capable of providing the necessary cooling at sub-Kelvin temperatures for future space science applications.

  16. Electrical properties of methane hydrate + sediment mixtures: The σ of CH4sub> Hydrate + Sediment

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    Du Frane, Wyatt L.; Stern, Laura A.; Constable, Steven; Weitemeyer, Karen A.; Smith, Megan M.; Roberts, Jeffery J.

    2015-07-30

    Knowledge of the electrical properties of multicomponent systems with gas hydrate, sediments, and pore water is needed to help relate electromagnetic (EM) measurements to specific gas hydrate concentration and distribution patterns in nature. We built a pressure cell capable of measuring in situ electrical properties of multicomponent systems such that the effects of individual components and mixing relations can be assessed. We first established the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity (σ) of pure, single-phase methane hydrate to be ~5 orders of magnitude lower than seawater, a substantial contrast that can help differentiate hydrate deposits from significantly more conductive water-saturated sediments in EM field surveys. We report σ measurements of two-component systems in which methane hydrate is mixed with variable amounts of quartz sand or glass beads. Sand by itself has low σ but is found to increase the overall σ of mixtures with well-connected methane hydrate. Alternatively, the overall σ decreases when sand concentrations are high enough to cause gas hydrate to be poorly connected, indicating that hydrate grains provide the primary conduction path. Our measurements suggest that impurities from sand induce chemical interactions and/or doping effects that result in higher electrical conductivity with lower temperature dependence. Finally, these results can be used in the modeling of massive or two-phase gas-hydrate-bearing systems devoid of conductive pore water. Further experiments that include a free water phase are the necessary next steps toward developing complex models relevant to most natural systems.

  17. Use of a Comprehensive HIV Care Cascade for Evaluating HIV Program Performance: Findings From 4 Sub-Saharan African Countries

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    McNairy, Margaret L.; Lamb, Matthew R.; Abrams, Elaine J.; Elul, Batya; Sahabo, Ruben; Hawken, Mark P.; Mussa, Antonio; Zwede, Ayele; Justman, Jessica; El-Sadr, Wafaa M.

    2016-01-01

    Background The traditional HIV treatment cascade has been noted to have limitations. A proposed comprehensive HIV care cascade that uses cohort methodology offers additional information as it accounts for all patients. Using data from 4 countries, we compare patient outcomes using both approaches. Methods Data from 390,603 HIV-infected adults (>15 years) enrolled at 217 facilities in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzania from 2005 to 2011 were included. Outcomes of all patients at 3, 6, and 12 months after enrollment were categorized as optimal, suboptimal, or poor. Optimal outcomes included retention in care, antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, and documented transfer. Suboptimal outcomes included retention in care without ART initiation among eligible patients or those without eligibility data. Poor outcomes included loss to follow-up and death. Results The comprehensive HIV care cascade demonstrated that at 3, 6 and 12 months, 58%, 51%, and 49% of patients had optimal outcomes; 22%, 12%, and 7% had suboptimal outcomes, and 20%, 37% and 44% had poor outcomes. Of all patients enrolled in care, 56% were retained in care at 12 months after enrollment. In comparison, the traditional HIV treatment cascade found 89% of patients enrolled in HIV care were assessed for ART eligibility, of whom 48% were determined to be ART-eligible with 70% initiating ART, and 78% of those initiated on ART retained at 12 months. Conclusions The comprehensive HIV care cascade follows outcomes of all patients, including pre-ART patients, who enroll in HIV care over time and uses quality of care parameters for categorizing outcomes. The comprehensive HIV care cascade provides complementary information to that of the traditional HIV treatment cascade and is a valuable tool for monitoring HIV program performance. PMID:26375466

  18. La2-xSrxCuO4sub> superconductor nanowire devices

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    Litombe, N. E.; Bollinger, A. T.; Hoffman, J. E.; Božović, I.

    2014-07-02

    La2-xSrxCuO₄ nanowire devices have been fabricated and characterized using electrical transport measurements. In addition, nanowires with widths down to 80 nm are patterned using high-resolution electron beam lithography. However, the narrowest nanowires show incomplete superconducting transitions with some residual resistance at T = 4 K. Here, we report on refinement of the fabrication process to achieve narrower nanowire devices with complete superconducting transitions, opening the path to the study of novel physics arising from dimension-limited superconductivity on the nanoscale.

  19. Fermi Surface and Quasiparticle Excitations of Sr2RhO4sub>

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    Baumberger, F.; Ingle, N. J. C.; Meevasana, W.; Lu, D. H.; Perry, R. S.; Mackenzie, A. P.; Hussain, Z; Singh, David J; Shen, Z. X.

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structure of the layered 4d transition metal oxide Sr2RhO4 is investigated by angle resolved photoemission. We find well-defined quasiparticle excitations with a highly anisotropic dispersion, suggesting a quasi-two-dimensional Fermi-liquid-like ground state. Markedly different from the isostructural Sr2RuO4, only two bands with dominant Rh 4dxz;zy character contribute to the Fermi surface. A quantitative analysis of the photoemission quasiparticle band structure is in excellent agreement with bulk data. In contrast, it is found that state-of-the-art density functional calculations in the local density approximation differ significantly from the experimental findings.

  20. Numerical methods for studying anharmonic oscillator approximations to the phi super 4 sub 2 quantum field theory

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    Isaacson, D.; Marchesin, D.; Paes-Leme, P. J.

    1980-01-01

    This paper is an expanded version of a talk given at the 1979 T.I.C.O.M. conference. It is a self-contained introduction, for applied mathematicians and numerical analysts, to quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. It also contains a brief description of the authors' numerical approach to the problems of quantum field theory, which may best be summarized by the question; Can we compute the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of Schrodinger operators in infinitely many variables.

  1. Efficient 2-μm laser oscillation of 5% Tm{sup 3+} : KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} disks and 5% Tm{sup 3+} : KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}/KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} composite structures

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    Vatnik, S M; Vedin, I A; Kurbatov, P F; Pavlyuk, A A

    2014-11-30

    The spectral and lasing characteristics of active disk elements made of double potassium – lutetium tungstates 5% Tm : KLuW and 5% Tm : KLuW/KLuW composite structures are comparatively studied. Laser power of about 5 W in the cw regime at a wavelength of 1.85 μm was achieved in a composite sample with the active layer thickness of 250 μm. Under quasi-cw pumping, the slope efficiency of all the studied samples exceeded 50%. It is experimentally shown that the internal stresses in the composite structures strongly affect the spectral characteristics of the laser radiation. (lasers)

  2. Stepwise metal-assisted conversion of /eta//sup 2/-CSe/sub 2/ to /eta//sup 1/-Se/sub 2/CPEt/sub 3/, /eta//sup 2/-Se/sub 2/CO, and /eta//sup 2/-Se/sub 2/. Crystal structures of the complexes ((triphos)Rh(Se/sub 2/CO))BPh/sub 4/ x 0. 5CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ x 0. 5C/sub 4/H/sub 9/OH and ((triphos)Rh(. mu. -Se/sub 2/)/sub 2/Rh(triphos)) (BPh/sub 4/)/sub 2/ x 2DMF (triphos = MeC(CH/sub 2/PPh/sub 2/)/sub 3/)

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    Bianchini, C.; Masi, D.; Mealli, C.; Meli, A.; Sabat, M.; Vizza, F.

    1988-10-19

    The reaction of (triphos)RhCl(/eta//sup 2/-CSe/sub 2/) (1) in CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ with PEt/sub 3/ gives the phosphoniodiselenoformate complex (triphos)RhCl(Se/sub 2/CPEt/sub 3/) (2). Compound 2 reacts at room temperature in CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ solution with dioxygen to yield OPEt/sub 3/ and (triphos)RhCl(Se/sub 2/CO) (3). The chloride ligand can be removed from 3 in CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ by NaBPh/sub 4/ in 1-butanol to give the 16-electron complex ((triphos)Rh(Se/sub 2/CO))BPh/sub 4/ x 0.5CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ x 0.5C/sub 4/H/sub 9/OH (4), which photochemically or thermally undergoes the chelotropic elimination of CO to form the bis(..mu..-diselenium) complex ((triphos)Rh(..mu..-Se/sub 2/)/sub 2/Rh(triphos))(BPh/sub 4/)/sub 2/ x 2DMF (5b). The crystal structures of 4 and 5b have been determined by x-ray crystallography and the results are presented here. The structure consists of monomeric complex cations ((triphos)Rh(Se/sub 2/CO))/sup +/, BPh/sub 4//sup -/ anions, and some amount of CH/sub 2/Cl/sub 2/ and 1-butanol molecules of crystallization. The metal atom is five-coordinated by the three phosphorus atoms of triphos and by the two selenium atoms of the diselenocarbonate ligand in a distorted-square-pyramidal environment. The structure consists of binuclear ((triphos)Rh(..mu..-Se/sub 2/)/sub 2/Rh(triphos))/sup 2 +/ cations, BPh/sub 4//sup -/ anions, and DMF molecules of crystallization. The system consists of two (triphos)Rh(/eta//sup 2/-Se/sub 2/) fragments related by a crystallographic inversion center. Each rhodium atom is coordinated by the three phosphorus atoms of triphos, an /eta//sup 2/-diselenium molecule, and one selenium atom from the other (triphos)Rh(/eta//sup 2/-Se/sub 2/) moiety. 27 references, 3 figures, 5 tables.

  3. Observation, identification and characterization of strong self-reduction process in a orthophosphate phosphor CaZr{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}:Eu

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    Zhu, Ge; Shi, Yurong; Mikami, Masayoshi; Shimomura, Yasuo; Wang, Yuhua

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • CaZr{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 24}:Eu was synthesized by solid state reaction in air. • Relationship between the structure and luminescence properties was discussed. • Strong self-reduction process was found in CaZr{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 24}:Eu prepared in air. • Oxidation states of Eu were identified by muti-method approaches. • The self-reduction mechanism was investigated. - Abstract: CaZr{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 24}:Eu orthophosphate phosphor was synthesized by traditional solid state reaction in air atmosphere. The relationship between the host structure and the characteristic luminescence properties was discussed detailedly. When irradiate the sample under 365 nm UV lamp, intense green emission was observed due to the strong self-reduction process of Eu ions. The oxidation states of Eu ions were identified by muti-method approaches, including photoluminescence spectra, fluorescence lifetimes, Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis (XPS). The self-reduction process was controlled by adding the charge compensator Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and the self-reduction mechanism was further investigated.

  4. High-temperature corrosion of UNS N10003 in molten Li2BeF4sub> (FLiBe) salt

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    Zheng, Guiqiu; Kelleher, Brian; He, Lingfeng; Cao, Guoping; Anderson, Mark; Allen, Todd; Sridharan, Kumar

    2015-07-30

    Here, corrosion testing of Hastelloy N in molten fluoride salt was performed in purified molten 27LiF-BeF2 (66-34mol%) (FLiBe) salt at 700°C for 1000 hours, in pure nickel and graphite capsules. In the nickel capsule tests, the near-surface region of the alloy exhibited an about 200 nm porous structure, an approximately 3.5 μm chromium depleted region, and MoSi2 precipitates. In tests performed in graphite capsules, the alloy samples gained weight due to the formation of a variety of Cr3C2, Cr7C3, Mo2C and Cr23C6, carbide phases on the surface and in the subsurface regions of the alloy. A Cr depleted region was observed in the near-surface region where Mo thermally diffused toward either surface or grain boundary, which induced approximately 1.4 μm Ni3Fe alloy layer in this region. The carbide containing layer extended to about 7 μm underneath the Ni3Fe layer. The presence of graphite dramatically changes the mechanisms of corrosion attack in Hastelloy N in molten FLiBe salt. Evaluated by in terms of the depth of attack, graphite clearly accelerates corrosion, but the results appear to indicate that the formation of Cr23C6 phase might stabilize the Cr and mitigate its dissolution in molten FLiBe salt.

  5. Biogenic U(IV) oxidation by dissolved oxygen and nitrate in sediment after prolonged U(VI)/Fe(III)/SO4sub>2- reduction

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    Moon, H. S.; Komlos, J.; Jaffé, P. R.

    2009-02-01

    Sediment column experiments were performed to quantify the effect of biogenic iron sulfide precipitates on the stability of bioreduced uranium during and after a simulated bioremediation scenario. In particular, this study examined the effect of different oxidants (dissolved oxygen and nitrate) on biogenic U(IV) oxidation in sediment that experienced significant sulfate reduction in addition to Fe(III) and U(VI) reduction. The experimental set-up included five replicate columns (each 5 cm in diameter, 15 cm long and packed with background sediment from a site contaminated with uranium) that were bioreduced for 70 days by injecting a nutrient media containing 3 mM acetate and 6 mM sulfate prior to oxidation. Upon oxidation, iron sulfide precipitates formed during bioreduction acted as a buffer to partially prevent biogenic U(IV) oxidation. The iron sulfides were more effective at protecting biogenic U(IV) from oxidation when dissolved oxygen was the oxidant compared to nitrate. A constant supply of 0.25 mM and 1.6 mM nitrate over a 50 day period resulted in uranium resolubilization of 11% and 60%, respectively, while less than 1% of the uranium was resolubilized in the column supplied 0.27 mM dissolved oxygen during the same time period. Over time, oxidation increased pore water channeling, which was more pronounced during oxidation with nitrate. Finally, increased channeling with time of oxidation could affect the transport of an oxidant through the previously reduced zone, and hence the oxidation dynamics of the reduced species.

  6. Individual response speed is modulated by variants of the gene encoding the alpha 4 sub-unit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (CHRNA4).

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    Schneider, Katja Kerstin; Schote, Andrea B; Meyer, Jobst; Markett, Sebastian; Reuter, Martin; Frings, Christian

    2015-05-01

    Acetylcholine (ACh) is a known modulator of several domains of cognition, among them attention, memory and learning. The neurotransmitter also influences the speed of information processing, particularly the detection of targets and the selection of suitable responses. We examined the effect of the rs1044396 (C/T) polymorphism of the gene encoding the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α4-subunit (CHRNA4) on response speed and selective visual attention. To this end, we administered a Stroop task, a Negative priming task and an exogenous Posner-Cuing task to healthy participants (n = 157). We found that the CHRNA4 rs1044396 polymorphism modulated the average reaction times (RTs) across all three tasks. Dependent on the C allele dosage, the RTs linearly increased. Homozygous T allele carriers were always fastest, while homozygous C allele carriers were always slowest. We did not observe effects of this polymorphism on selective attention. In sum, we conclude that naturally occurring variations within the cholinergic system influence an important factor of information processing. This effect might possibly be produced by the neuromodulator system rather than the deterministic system of cortical ACh. PMID:25639542

  7. Dopant-Induced Nanoscale Electronic Inhomogeneities in Ca2-xSrxRuO4sub>

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    Zhang, Jiandi; Ismail, #; Moore, R. G.; Wang, S. -C.; Ding, H.; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Plummer, E Ward

    2006-01-01

    Ca{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}RuO{sub 4} single crystals with 0.1 {le} x {le} 2.0 have been studied systematically using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). In contrast with the well-ordered lattice structure, the local density of states at the surface clearly shows a strong doping dependent nanoscale electronic inhomogeneity, regardless of the fact of isovalent substitution. Remarkably, the surface electronic roughness measured by STM and the inverse spectral weight of quasiparticle states determined by ARPES are found to vary with x in the same manner as the bulk in-plane residual resistivity, following the Nordheim rule. For the first time, the surface measurements - especially those with STM - are shown to be in good agreement with the bulk transport results, all clearly indicating a doping-induced electronic disorder in the system.

  8. A PbWO4sub>-based Neutral Particle Spectrometer in Hall C at 12 GeV JLab

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    Horn, Tanja

    2015-02-01

    The Neutral Particle Spectrometer is a standalone electromagnetic calorimeter capable of detecting high energy photons from, for instance, DVCS or π0 decay with good energy and spatial resolution in a high rate environment. It can be used together with the Hall C high-momentum spectrometers for a suite of experiments with the underlying scientific objective of studying quark dynamics through exclusive and semi-inclusive reactions.

  9. Influence of Adsorption Site and Wavelength on the Photodesorption of NO from the (Fe,Cr) 3 O 4sub> (111) Mixed Oxide Surface

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    Henderson, M. A.

    2014-09-11

    The photochemical properties of nitric oxide on a mixed oxide single crystal surface was examined in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) using temperature programmed desorption (TPD), photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The mixed oxide was a 75% Fe and 25% Cr corundum (0001) oxide film prepared on an α-Al2O3(0001) crystal, however its surface became terminated with a magnetite-like (111) structure after sputter/anneal cleaning, leading to a surface designated of (Fe,Cr)3O4(111). TPD of NO from the (Fe,Cr)3O4(111) surface revealed three chemisorbed states at 220, ~315 and 370 K assigned to NO binding at Fe3+, Cr3+ and Fe2+ sites, respectively. No significant thermal chemistry of NO was detected. NO photodesorption, the primary photochemical pathway in UHV, was sensitive to the adsorption site, with rates at the three adsorption sites following the trend: Fe3+ > Fe2+ > Cr3+. Multiexponential rate behavior seen in the overall NO PSD spectra was linked directly to site heterogeneity being manifested as a convolution of the individual NO photodesorption rates at the three types of surface sites. The photodesorption rate with UV light (365 nm) was ~10 times greater than that in the visible, but the per-photon rates across the visible spectrum (from 460 to 630 nm) were independent of the wavelength, which is suggestive of localized photon absorption at the adsorption site. Results in this study demonstrate that the adsorption site plays a critical role in determining photochemical rates on complex oxide surfaces. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multi-program national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using EMSL, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  10. Development of a He{sup 3}−He{sup 4} sub Kelvin active magnetic regenerative refrigerator (AMRR) with no moving parts

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    Jahromi, A. E.; Miller, F. K.

    2014-01-29

    Current state of the art particle and photon detectors such as Transition Edge Sensors (TES) and Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKID) use large arrays of sensors or detectors for space science missions. As the size of these space science detectors increases, future astrophysics missions will require sub-Kelvin cooling over larger areas. This leads to not only increased cooling power requirements, but also a requirement for distributed sub-Kelvin cooling. We propose an active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigerator (AMRR) that uses a Superfluid Magnetic Pump (SMP) to circulate liquid He{sup 3}−He{sup 4} through a magnetic regenerator to provide the necessary cooling at sub-Kelvin temperatures. Such system will be capable of distributing the cooling load to a relatively large array of objects. One advantage of using a fluid for heat transfer in such systems is to isolate components such as the superconducting magnets from detectors that are sensitive to magnetic fields. Another advantage of the proposed tandem AMRR is that it does not need Gas Gap Heat Switches (GGHS) to transfer heat during various stages of the magnetic cooling. Our proposed system consists of four superconducting magnets, one superleak, and three heat exchangers. It will operate continuously with no moving parts and it will be capable of providing the necessary cooling at sub-Kelvin temperatures for future space science applications.

  11. Room temperature metathetic synthesis and characterization of {alpha}-hopeite, Zn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O

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    Parhi, Purnendu; Manivannan, V. Kohli, Sandeep; McCurdy, Patrick

    2008-07-01

    The synthesis of crystalline zinc phosphates ({alpha}-hopeite phase) through the metathetic pathway has been investigated. The reaction has been carried out by room-temperature grinding. High lattice energy of the by-product NaCl has driven the reaction in the forward direction, and as a result, stable phosphate phases have been synthesized. Reaction of a different phosphorus source (like Na{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, Na{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}, NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}, and K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}) with ZnCl{sub 2} has been attempted. The structural, vibrational, thermal, optical, and chemical properties of synthesized powders are determined by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and diffused reflectance spectra (DR) in the UV-vis range. The direct band gap of the title compound was determined to be 3.6 {+-} 0.2 eV.

  12. Low temperature synthesis of {tau}-zirconium hydrogenophosphate [{tau}-Zr(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}] and a new sodic form obtained by ion exchange

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    Fernandez-Valverde, Suilma M.; Contreras-Ramirez, Aida; Ordonez-Regil, Eduardo; Fernandez-Garcia, M. Eufemia; Perez-Alvarez, Mario

    2013-02-15

    A new method for the synthesis of 3-D {tau}-zirconium hydrogenophosphate (TZP) was developed using solid-state reactions at low temperature and atmospheric pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere in a two-hour reaction time. The characterization of the compound was performed using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetric, thermochemical analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A sodic form of the compound obtained by the immersion of TZP in a sodium hydroxide solution was characterized using the same techniques along with neutron activation analysis. The XPS spectra confirm the binding energy value for sodium-oxygen, and the XRD diffraction reveals the formation of a new sodium compound. - Graphical abstract: DRX, XPS and MEB of {tau}-zirconium hydrogenophosphate and its sodic form on the surface of TZP. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New method for the syntheses of 3-D {tau}-zirconium hydrogenophosphate (TZP). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A sodic form of the TZP was obtained by the immersion of TZP in a sodium hydroxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sodium compound is only formed on the TZP surface.

  13. Free Energy Landscapes for S-H Bonds in (Cp2Mo2S4sub>)-Mo-star Complexes

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    Appel, Aaron M.; Lee, Suh-Jane; Franz, James A.; DuBois, Daniel L.; Rakowski DuBois, Mary

    2009-03-23

    Extensive thermochemical data have been determined for a series of complexes derived from Cp*Mo(μ S)2(μ SMe)(μ SH)MoCp* and Cp*Mo(μ S)2(μ SH)2MoCp*. These data include electrochemical potentials, pKa values, homolytic solution bond dissociation free energies (SBDFEs), and hydride donor abilities in acetonitrile. Thermochemical data ranged from +0.6 to -2.0 V vs FeCp2+/o for electrochemical potentials, 5 to 31 for pKa values, 43 to 68 kcal/mol for homolytic SBDFEs, and 44 to 84 kcal/mol for hydride donor abilities. The observed values for these thermodynamic parameters are comparable to those of many transition metal hydrides, which is consistent with the many parallels in the chemistry of these two classes of compounds. The wealth of thermochemical data are presented in free energy landscapes as a useful approach to visualizing and understanding the relative stabilities of all of the species under specified conditions. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences program. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.

  14. Effect of thermal treatment on the catalytic properties of crystalline. cap alpha. -Ti(HPO/sub 4/)/sub 2/ x H/sub 2/O

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    Titov, V.P.; Bel'skaya, R.I.; Berezovik, G.K.; Berezutskii, S.S.; Yakubovskaya, S.V.

    1987-10-10

    The authors studied the effect of the thermal treatment ..cap alpha..-TiP on its catalytic properties in the dehydration of cyclohexanol. The results obtained were compared with the acid properties of the ..cap alpha..-TiP samples. The studies showed that the catalytic activity of ..cap alpha..-TiP in the dehydration of cyclohexanol depends on the temperature of the prior thermal treatment and passes through a maximum at 480/sup 0/C. The catalytic activity of these samples is related to the amount of strong acid sites. The regeneration of POH groups is possible in the case of a high treatment temperature for ..cap alpha..-TiP. This regeneration occurs during the catalytic reaction.

  15. Neutron diffraction study of magnetic field induced behavior in the heavy Fermion Ce3Co4sub>Sn13

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    Christianson, Andrew D; Goremychkin, E. A.; Gardner, J. S.; Kang, H. J.; Chung, J.-H.; Manuel, P.; Thompson, J. D.; Sarrao, J. L.; Lawrence, J. M.

    2008-01-01

    The specific heat of Ce3Co4Sn13 exhibits a crossover from heavy Fermion behavior with antiferromagnetic correlations at low field to single impurity Kondo behavior above 2 T. We have performed neutron diffraction measurements in magnetic fields up to 6 Tesla on single crystal samples. The (001) position shows a dramatic increase in intensity in field which appears to arise from static polarization of the 4f level and which at 0.14 K also exhibits an anomaly near 2T reflecting the crossover to single impurity behavior.

  16. Thermodynamic modeling of solid solutions between monosulfate and monochromate 3CaO Bullet Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} Bullet Ca[(CrO{sub 4}){sub x}(SO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}] Bullet nH{sub 2}O

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    Leisinger, Sabine M.; Lothenbach, Barbara; Le Saout, Gwenn; Johnson, C. Annette

    2012-01-15

    In hydrated cement paste AFm-phases are regarded to play an important role in the binding of the toxic contaminant chromate through isomorphic substitution with sulfate. Solid solutions formation can lower the solubility of the solids, thus reducing chromate leaching concentrations. Solid solutions between monosulfate and monochromate were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and inductive coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Based on the measured ion concentrations in solution total solubility products of the solid solution series were determined. For pure monochromate a logK = - 28.4 {+-} 0.7 was determined. Results from solid and solution analysis showed that limited solid solutions exist. Based on XRD diffractograms a solid solution with a miscibility gap 0.15 < Crx < 0.85 with a dimensionless Guggenheim parameter of 2.43 was proposed.

  17. Synthesis of Compositionally Defined Single-Crystalline Eu 3+ -Activated Molybdate–Tungstate Solid-Solution Composite Nanowires and Observation of Charge Transfer in a Novel Class of 1D CaMoO 4sub> –CaWO 4sub> :Eu 3+ –0D CdS/CdSe QD Nanoscale Heterostructures

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    Han, Jinkyu; McBean, Coray; Wang, Lei; Jaye, Cherno; Liu, Haiqing; Fischer, Daniel A.; Wong, Stanislaus S.

    2015-02-10

    As a first step, we have synthesized and optically characterized a systematic series of one-dimensional (1D) single-crystalline Eu³⁺-activated alkaline-earth metal tungstate/molybdate solid solution composite CaW₁₋xMoxO₄ (0 ≤ ‘x’ ≤ 1) nanowires of controllable chemical composition using a modified template-directed methodology under ambient room-temperature conditions. Extensive characterization of the resulting nanowires has been performed using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and optical spectroscopy. The crystallite size and single crystallinity of as-prepared 1D CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ (0 ≤ ‘x’ ≤ 1) solid solution composite nanowires increase with increasing Mo component (‘x’). We note a clear dependence of luminescence output upon nanowire chemical composition with our 1D CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ (0 ≤ ‘x’ ≤ 1) evincing the highest photoluminescence (PL) output at ‘x’ = 0.8, amongst samples tested. Subsequently, coupled with either zero-dimensional (0D) CdS or CdSe quantum dots (QDs), we successfully synthesized and observed charge transfer processes in 1D CaW1-xMoxO4: Eu3+ (‘x’ = 0.8) – 0D QD composite nanoscale heterostructures. Our results show that CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ (‘x’ = 0.8) nanowires give rise to PL quenching when CdSe QDs and CdS QDs are anchored onto the surfaces of 1D CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ nanowires. The observed PL quenching is especially pronounced in CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ (‘x’ = 0.8) – 0D CdSe QD heterostructures. Conversely, the PL output and lifetimes of CdSe and CdS QDs within these heterostructures are not noticeably altered as compared with unbound CdSe and CdS QDs. The difference in optical behavior between 1D Eu³⁺ activated tungstate and molybdate solid solution nanowires and the semiconducting 0D QDs within our heterostructures can be correlated with the relative positions of their conduction and valence energy band levels. We propose that the PL quenching can be attributed to a photo-induced electron transfer process from CaW₁₋xMoxO₄: Eu³⁺ (‘x’ = 0.8) to both CdSe and CdS QDs, an assertion supported by complementary NEXAFS measurements.

  18. Extended Scattering Continua Characteristic of Spin Fractionalization in the Two-dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnet Cs2CuCl4sub>Observed by Neutron Scattering

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    Coldea, Radu; Tennant, D. A.; Tyleczynski, Z.

    2003-01-01

    The magnetic excitations of the quasi-2D spin-1/2 frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnet Cs{sub 2}CuCl{sub 4} are explored throughout the 2D Brillouin zone using high-resolution time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. Measurements are made both in the magnetically ordered phase, stabilized at low temperatures by the weak interlayer couplings, as well as in the spin liquid phase above the ordering temperature T{sub N}, when the 2D magnetic layers are decoupled. In the spin liquid phase the dynamical correlations are dominated by highly dispersive excitation continua, a characteristic signature of fractionalization of S = 1 spin waves into pairs of deconfined S = 1/2 spinons and the hallmark of a resonating-valence-bond (RVB) state. The boundaries of the excitation continua have strong 2D-modulated incommensurate dispersion relations. Upon cooling below T{sub N} magnetic order in an incommensurate spiral forms due to the 2D frustrated couplings. In this phase sharp magnons carrying a small part of the total scattering weight are observed at low energies, but the dominant continuum scattering which occurs at medium to high energies is essentially unchanged compared to the spin liquid phase. Linear spin-wave theory including one- and two-magnon processes can describe the sharp magnon excitation, but not the dominant continuum scattering, which instead is well described by a parametrized two-spinon cross section. Those results suggest a crossover in the nature of the excitations from S = 1 spin waves at low energies to deconfined S = 1/2 spinons at medium to high energies, which could be understood if Cs{sub 2}CuCl{sub 4} was in the close proximity of transition between a fractional RVB spin liquid and a magnetically ordered state. A large renormalization factor of the excitation energies [R = 1.63(5)], indicating strong quantum fluctuations in the ground state, is obtained using the exchange couplings determined from saturation-field measurements. We provide an independent consistency check of this quantum renormalization factor using measurements of the second moment of the paramagnetic scattering.

  19. Tetrabutylammonium cation in a homoleptic environment of borohydride ligands: [(n-Bu){sub 4}N][BH{sub 4}] and [(n-Bu){sub 4}N][Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}

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    Jaron, T.; Wegner, W.; Cyranski, M.K.; Dobrzycki, L.; Grochala, W.

    2012-07-15

    A novel solvent-free dual-cation organic-inorganic derivative, tetrabutylammonium yttrium borohydride (TBAYB), has been prepared for the first time and structurally characterized together with its organic precursor, tetrabutylammonium borohydride (TBAB). Both compounds crystallize in monoclinic unit cells (TBAYB: P2{sub 1}/c, TBAB: P2/c) and they contain [(n-Bu){sub 4}N]{sup +} in a homoleptic environment consisting of BH{sub 4}{sup -} ligands. Presence of large and lightweight Bu{sub 4}N{sup +} cations results in loose packing and low densities of both solids close to 1 g cm{sup -3}. TBAB melts at ca. 130 Degree-Sign C and it decomposes thermally above 160 Degree-Sign C while TBAYB melts at temperature as low as 78 Degree-Sign C, and the melt is stable over an appreciable temperature range of ca. 150 Degree-Sign C. The low melting point of TBAYB is the second lowest among derivatives of yttrium rendering this compound a new ionic liquid above 78 Degree-Sign C. - Graphical abstract: A novel organic-inorganic hybrid material for hydrogen storage, where (n-Bu){sub 4}N{sup +} cation is found in homoleptic environment of BH{sub 4}{sup -} ligands, was synthesised. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Novel organic-inorganic hybrid material for hydrogen storage was synthesised. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer (n-Bu){sub 4}N{sup +} cation is found in a homoleptic environment of BH{sub 4}{sup -} ligands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TBAYB derivative is a novel ionic liquid with melting point of 78 Degree-Sign C..

  20. Measurements of High PT Identified Particles upsilon2 and upsilon4sub> in sqrt SNN = 200 GeV Au+Au Collisions by PHENIX

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    Huang, S.; Cianciolo, Vince; Awes, Terry C; Efremenko, Yuri V; Enokizono, Akitomo; Read Jr, Kenneth F; Silvermyr, David O; Sorensen, Soren P; Stankus, Paul W; Young, Glenn R; PHENIX, Collaboration

    2008-01-01

    The {upsilon}{sub 2} and {upsilon}{sub 4} of pions, kaons and protons have been measured by PHENIX in 200 GeV Au+Au collisions up to p{sub T} {approx} 6 GeV/c and 4 GeV/c, respectively. The {upsilon}{sub 4} of all these identified particles have been found to scale with the number of constituent quarks and all these particles have a similar {upsilon}{sub 4}/{upsilon}{sub 2}{sup 2} ratio which is close to 0.9. The scaling behavior of {upsilon}{sub 2} is studied at high p{sub T} and a deviation from the universal scaling is observed for transverse kinetic energy (KE{sub T}/n{sub q}) higher than 1 GeV.

  1. Ultrafast direct laser writing of cladding waveguides in the 0.8CaSiO{sub 3}-0.2Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} eutectic glass doped with Nd{sup 3+} ions

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    Martínez de Mendívil, J. Lifante, G.; Sola, D.; Peña, J. I.; Vázquez de Aldana, J. R.; Aza, A. H. de; Pena, P.

    2015-01-28

    We report on tubular cladding optical waveguides fabricated in Neodymium doped Wollastonite-Tricalcium Phosphate glass in the eutectic composition. The glass samples were prepared by melting the eutectic powder mixture in a Pt-Rh crucible at 1600 °C and pouring it in a preheated brass mould. Afterwards, the glass was annealed to relieve the inner stresses. Cladding waveguides were fabricated by focusing beneath the sample surface using a pulsed Ti:sapphire laser with a pulsewidth of 120 fs working at 1 kHz. The optical properties of these waveguides have been assessed in terms of near-field intensity distribution and transmitted power, and these results have been compared to previously reported waveguides with double-line configuration. Optical properties have also been studied as function of the temperature. Heat treatments up to 700 °C were carried out to diminish colour centre losses where waveguide's modes and transmitted power were compared in order to establish the annealing temperature at which the optimal optical properties were reached. Laser experiments are in progress to evaluate the ability of the waveguides for 1064 nm laser light generation under 800 nm optical pumping.

  2. Forsterite [Mg 2 SiO 4sub> )] Carbonation in Wet Supercritical CO 2 : An in Situ High-Pressure X-ray Diffraction Study

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    Todd Schaef, Herbert; McGrail, Bernard P.; Loring, John L.; Bowden, Mark E.; Arey, Bruce W.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2013-01-02

    Technological advances have been significant in recent years for managing environmentally harmful emissions (mostly CO2) resulting from combustion of fossil fuels. Deep underground geologic formations are emerging as reasonable options for long term storage of CO2 but mechanisms controlling rock and mineral stability in contact with injected supercritical fluids containing water are relatively unknown. In this paper, we discuss mineral transformation reactions occurring with forsterite (Mg2SiO4) exposed to wet supercritical CO2. Forsterite was selected as it is an important olivine group mineral present in igneous and mafic rocks and has been the subject of a large number of aqueous dissolution studies that can be compared with non-aqueous fluid tests in this study. Transformation reactions were examined by in situ high pressure x-ray diffraction in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) containing dissolved water at conditions relevant to carbon sequestration. Under modest pressures (90 bar) and temperatures (50°C), scCO2 saturated with water was found to convert >70 wt% forsterite to a hydrated magnesium carbonate, nesquehonite (MgCO3 •3H2O) and magnesite (MgCO3), after 72 hours of reaction. However, comparable tests with scCO2 at only partial water saturation (82%) showed a significantly slower carbonation rate with only ~30-39 wt% conversion to nesquehonite and no evidence of the anhydrous form (MgCO3). Further decreases in water content of the scCO2 continued to reduce the extent of carbonation, until a critical moisture threshold (~30%) was crossed where forsterite no longer reacted in the presence of the wet scCO2 to form crystalline carbonates. Increasing the temperature to 75°C produced anhydrous magnesium carbonate, magnesite (MgCO3), preceded by the intermediate phase, hydromagnesite [Mg(CO3)4(OH)2 •4H2O]. Measurements conducted during in situ IR experiments at 50°C and 30% saturation identified the presence of an amorphous carbonate phase as well as the formation of a thin liquid-like water layer on the forsterite surface. The presence of this water film appears to be critical for the mineral carbonation of forsterite exposed to water bearing scCO2. In contrast, our prior studies with the mineral brucite [Mg(OH)2] showed extensive carbonation in the absence of a condensed water layer on the mineral surface. The contrasts in reaction rate and products formed demonstrated by temperature and water-content dependence highlights the importance of these kinds of studies to help enable better predictions of the long term fate of geologically stored CO2.

  3. Effect of epitaxial strain on small-polaron hopping conduction in Pr{sub 0.7}(Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}){sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Wang, Jing Hu, Feng-xia; Zhao, Ying-ying; Liu, Yao; Wu, Rong-rong; Sun, Ji-rong; Shen, Bao-gen

    2015-03-09

    We investigated the epitaxial strain effect on the small-polaron hopping conduction properties in Pr{sub 0.7}(Ca,Sr){sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} (PCSMO) films. An increase in the carrier localization, as evidenced by the enhancement of the small-polaron activation energy E{sub A} in the high temperature region, was obtained by increasing the epitaxial lattice strain in either the tensile or compressive strained film. Furthermore, it was found that the magnitude of E{sub A}, and thus the carrier localization, strongly depends on the sign of the lattice strain, which explains the diverse percolative transport behaviors in PCSMO films with different types of strains. Meanwhile, similar dependencies on the strain of the films were also obtained for the electron-phonon interaction, characterized by the calculated small-polaron coupling constant. Our results reveal that the type of lattice strain plays a crucial role in determining the degree of localization of charge carriers and the electron-phonon coupling strength, which is important for understanding the lattice strain-induced various novel properties related to phase separation and percolation behaviors.

  4. Reconciliation of local and long-range tilt correlations in underdoped La2-xBaxCuO4sub>(0 ≤ x ≤ 0.155)

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    Bozin, Emil S.; Zhong, Ruidan; Knox, Kevin R.; Gu, Genda; Hill, John P.; Tranquada, John M.; Billinge, Simon J. L.

    2015-02-26

    A long standing puzzle regarding the disparity of local and long range CuO₆ octahedral tilt correlations in the underdoped regime of La₂₋xBaxCuO₄ is addressed by utilizing complementary neutron powder diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) approaches. Long-range and static CuO₆ tilt order with orthogonally inequivalent Cu-O bonds in the CuO₂ planes in the low temperature tetragonal (LTT) phase is succeeded on warming through the low-temperature transition by one with orthogonally equivalent bonds in the low temperature orthorhombic (LTO) phase. In contrast, the signatures of LTT-type tilts in the instantaneous local atomic structure persist on heating throughout the LTO crystallographic phase on the nanoscale, although becoming weaker as temperature increases. Analysis of the INS spectra for the x = 1/8 composition reveals the dynamic nature of the LTT-like tilt fluctuations within the LTO phase and their 3D character. The doping dependence of relevant structural parameters indicates that the magnitude of the Cu-O bond anisotropy has a maximum at x = 1/8 doping where bulk superconductivity is most strongly suppressed, suggesting that the structural anisotropy might be influenced by electron-phonon coupling and the particular stability of the stripe-ordered phase at this composition. The bond-length modulation that pins stripe order is found to be remarkably subtle, with no anomalous bond length disorder at low temperature, placing an upper limit on any in-plane Cu-O bondlength anisotropy. The results further reveal that although appreciable octahedral tilts persist through the high-temperature transition and into the high temperature tetragonal (HTT) phase, there is no significant preference between different tilt directions in the HTT regime. As a result, this study also exemplifies the importance of a systematic approach using complementary techniques when investigating systems exhibiting a large degree of complexity and subtle structural responses.

  5. Investigation of sodium insertion–extraction in olivine Na x FePO 4sub> (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) using first-principles calculations

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    Saracibar, A.; Carrasco, J.; Saurel, D.; Galceran, M.; Acebedo, B.; Anne, H.; Lepoitevin, M.; Rojo, T.; Casas Cabanas, M.

    2016-01-01

    Olivine NaFePO4 has recently attracted the attention of the scientific community as a promising cathode material for Na-ion batteries. In this work we combine density functional theory (DFT) calculations and high resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) experiments to study the phase stability of NaxFePO4 along the whole range of sodium compositions (0 ≤ x ≤ 1). DFT calculations reveal the existence of two intermediate structures governing the phase stability at x = 2/3 and x = 5/6. This is in contrast to isostructural LiFePO4, which is a broadly used cathode in Li-ion batteries. Na2/3FePO4 and Na5/6FePO4 ground states both align vacancies diagonally within the ab plane, coupled to a Fe2+/Fe3+ alignment. HRXRD data for NaxFePO4 (2/3 < x < 1) materials show common superstructure reflections up to x = 5/6 within the studied compositions. The computed intercalation voltage profile shows a voltage difference of 0.16 V between NaFePO4 and Na2/3FePO4 in agreement with the voltage discontinuity observed experimentally during electrochemical insertion.

  6. Isopiestic Determination of the Osmotic and Activity Coefficients of Li2SO4sub>(aq) at T=298.15 and 323.15 K, and Representation with an Extended Ion-Interaction (Pitzer) Model

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    Rard, Joseph A.; Clegg, Simon L.; Palmer, Donald

    2007-01-01

    Isopiestic vapor-pressure measurements were made for Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}(aq) from 0.1069 to 2.8190 mol{center_dot}kg{sup -1} at 298.15 K, and from 0.1148 to 2.7969 mol{center_dot}kg{sup -1} at 323.15 K, with NaCl(aq) as the reference standard. Published thermodynamic data for this system were reviewed, recalculated for consistency, and critically assessed. The present results and the more reliable published results were used to evaluate the parameters of an extended version of Pitzer's ion-interaction model with an ionic-strength dependent third-virial coefficient, as well as those of the standard Pitzer model, for the osmotic and activity coefficients at both temperatures. Published enthalpies of dilution at 298.15 K were also analyzed to yield the parameters of the ion-interaction models for the relative apparent molar enthalpies of dilution. The resulting models at 298.15 K are valid to the saturated solution molality of the thermodynamically stable phase Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O(cr). Solubilities of Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O(cr) at 298.15 K were assessed and the selected value of m(sat.)=3.13{+-}0.04 mol{center_dot}kg{sup -1} was used to evaluate the thermodynamic solubility product K {sub s}(Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O, cr, 298.15 K) = (2.62{+-}0.19) and a CODATA-compatible standard molar Gibbs energy of formation {Delta}{sub f} G m{sup 0}(Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O, cr, 298.15 K) = -(1564.6{+-}0.5) kJ{center_dot}mol{sup -1}.

  7. Alpha self-irradiation effects in ternary oxides of actinides elements: The zircon-like phases Am{sup III}VO{sub 4} and A{sup II}Np{sup IV}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (A=Sr, Pb)

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    Goubard, F. . E-mail: fabrice.goubard@chim.u-cergy.fr; Griesmar, P.; Tabuteau, A.

    2005-06-15

    We report the experimental studies of irradiation damage from alpha decay in neptunium and americium vanadates versus cumulative dose. The isotopes used were the transuranium {alpha}-emitter {sup 237}Np and the {alpha},{gamma}-emitter {sup 241}Am. Neptunium and americium vanadates self-irradiation was studied by X-ray diffraction method (XRD). The comparison of the powder diffraction patterns reveal that the irradiation has no apparent effect on the neptunium phases while the americium vanadate swells and becomes metamict as a function of cumulative dose.

  8. Anomalous Hall Effect in Three Ferromagnets: EuFe4sub>Sb12, Yb14MnSb11, and Eu8Ga16Ge30

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    Sales, Brian C; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Khalifah, Peter

    2006-01-01

    The Hall resistivity ({rho}{sub xy}), resistivity ({rho}{sub xx}), and magnetization of three metallic ferromagnets are investigated as a function of magnetic field and temperature. The three ferromagnets, EuFe{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} (T{sub c}{approx}84 K), Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} (T{sub c}{approx}53 K), and Eu{sub 8}Ga{sub 16}Ge{sub 30} (T{sub c}{approx}36 K) are Zintl compounds with carrier concentrations between 1 x 10{sup 21} and 3.5 x 10{sup 21} cm{sup -3}. The relative decrease in {rho}{sub xx} below T{sub c} [{rho}{sub xx}(T{sub c})Y{rho}{sub xx}(2 K)] is 28, 6.5, and 1.3 for EuFe{sub 4}Sb{sub 12}, Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11}, and Eu{sub 8}Ga{sub 16}Ge{sub 30}, respectively. The low carrier concentrations coupled with low magnetic anisotropies allow a relatively clean separation between the anomalous ({rho}{sub xy}), and normal contributions to the measured Hall resistivity. For each compound the anomalous contribution in the zero field limit is fit to a{rho}{sub xx}+{sigma}{sub xy}{rho}{sub xx}{sup 2} for temperatures T

  9. Spectroscopy and kinetics of the population of monoclinic KYb{sub 0.5}Y{sub 0.43}Tm{sub 0.07}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals pumped by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    Vatnik, S M; Maiorov, A P; Plakushchev, D V; Pavlyuk, A A

    2001-01-31

    The kinetics of pump radiation absorption and luminescence of monoclinic crystals of potassium-yttrium-ytterbium tungstate doped with thulium are studied. It is shown theoretically and experimentally that due to the 'excitation multiplication' caused by absorption of pump radiation from metastable states of thulium ions accompanied by cross-relaxation, above 50 % of a total number of thulium ions can occupy the {sup 3}F{sub 4} level. The cross sections of stimulated transitions in the spectral region from 1600 to 2100 nm are calculated from luminescence spectra, and the gain in the crystal is estimated. The prospects of practical applications of the results obtained in the paper are discussed. (active media)

  10. TRANSFORMATION OF CARBON TETRACHLORIDE BY PYRITE IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The reactivity of Cc4sub> with pyrite was investigated by measuring the CC14sub> transformation rates and products under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Under all reaction conditions, >90% of the CC14sub> was transformed within 12- 36 days in the presence o...

  11. WETTING STIMULATES ATMOSPHERIC CH4 OXIDATION BY ALPINE SOIL (R823442)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Studies were done to assess the effects of soil moisture manipulations on CH4sub> oxidation in soils from a dry alpine tundra site. When water was added to these soils there was a stimulation of CH4sub> oxidation. This stimulation of CH4sub> oxidation took ti...

  12. Frequency doubled operation of a ground state depleted laser using the Nd(3+)(4)F(sub 3/2)-(4)I(sub 9/2) transition in Y2SiO5

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    Beach, R.; Albrecht, G.; Mitchell, S.; Comaskey, B.; Solarz, R.; Krupke, William F.; Brandle, C.; Berkstresser, G.

    1990-01-01

    A ground state depleted (GSD) laser has been demonstrated at 912 nm in the form of a Q-switched oscillator operating on the Nd(3+) F-4(sub 3/2) - I-4(sub 9/2) transition in Y2SiO5. Samarium scandium gallium garnet has been demonstrated effective at selectively suppressing the competing and much stronger F-4(sub 3/2) - I-4(sub 11/2) lasing transition. Efficient harmonic generation has been demonstrated using non-critically phase matched KNbO3.

  13. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of the ArsI C–As lyase from Thermomonospora curvata

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    Nadar, S. Venkadesh; Yoshinaga, Masafumi; Kandavelu, Palani; Sankaran, Banumathi; Rosen, Barry P.

    2014-05-10

    The ArsI C-As lyase from Thermomonospora curvata was expressed, purified and crystallized. The crystals diffracted to 1.46 Å and belong to space group P4{sub 3}2{sub 1}2 or its enantiomer P4{sub 1}2{sub 1}2.

  14. Structural Interactions within Lithium Salt Solvates. Acyclic Carbonates and Esters

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    Afroz, Taliman; Seo, D. M.; Han, Sang D.; Boyle, Paul D.; Henderson, Wesley A.

    2015-03-06

    Solvate crystal structures serve as useful models for the molecular-level interactions within the diverse solvates present in liquid electrolytes. Although acyclic carbonate solvents are widely used for Li-ion battery electrolytes, only three solvate crystal structures with lithium salts are known for these and related solvents. The present work, therefore, reports six lithium salt solvate structures with dimethyl and diethyl carbonate: (DMC)2:LiPF6, (DMC)1:LiCF3SO3, (DMC)1/4sub>:LiBF4sub>, (DEC)2:LiClO4sub>, (DEC)1:LiClO4sub> and (DEC)1:LiCF3SO3 and four with the structurally related methyl and ethyl acetate: (MA)2:LiClO4sub>, (MA)1:LiBF4sub>, (EA)1:LiClO4sub> and (EA)1:LiBF4sub>.

  15. EFFECTS OF NITROGEN SOURCE ON CRUDE OIL BIODEGRADATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The effects of NH4SUB>Cl and KNO3 on biodegradation of light Arabian crude oil by an oil-degrading enrichment culture were studied in respirometers. In poorly buffered sea salts medium, the pH decreased dramatically in cultures that contained NH4SUB>Cl, b...

  16. A STUDY OF PROCESS CONTRIBUTION TO PM 2.5 FORMATION DURING THE 2004 ICARTT PERIOD USING THE ETA-CMAQ FORECAST MODEL OVER THE NORTHEASTERN U.S.

    EPA Science Inventory

    In this study, first, we evaluate the Eta-CMAQ forecast model performance for the chemical components (SO4SUB>2-, NO3-, and NH4SUB>+) of PM2.5 with the observational data from aircraft flights during the 2004 In...

  17. A PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS OF THE CLEAN AIR STATUS AND TRENDS NETWORK (CASTNET) AIR CONCENTRATION DATA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The spatial and temporal variability of ambient air concentrations of SO2, SO4SUB>2-, NO3, HNO3, and NH4SUB>+ obtained from EPA's CASTNet was examined using an objective, statistically based technique...

  18. AEROSOL INORGANICS AND ORGANICS MODEL (AIOM) WITH USER DEFINED PROPERTIES FOR ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Aerosol Inorganics Model (AIM) is widely used to calculate gas/liquid/solid phase equilibrium in aerosol systems containing the species H+-NH4SUB>+-SO4SUB>2--NO3--H2O over a range of tropospheric ...

  19. Growth of Ammonium Bisulfate Clusters by Adsorption of Oxygenated Organic Molecules

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    DePalma, Joseph W.; Wang, Jian; Wexler, Anthony S.; Johnston, Murray V.

    2015-10-21

    Quantum chemical calculations were employed to model the interactions of the [(NH4sub>+)4sub>(HSO4sub>-)4sub>] ammonium bisulfate cluster with one or more molecular products of monoterpene oxidation. A strong interaction was found between the bisulfate ion of the cluster and a carboxylic acid, aldehyde or ketone functionality of the organic molecule. Free energies of adsorption for carboxylic acids were in the -70 to -73 kJ/mol range, while those for aldehydes and ketones were in the -46 to -50 kJ/mol range. These values suggest that a small ambient ammonium bisulfate cluster, such as the [(NH4sub>+)4sub>(SO4sub>-)4sub>] cluster, is able to adsorb an oxygenated organic molecule. Although adsorption of the first molecule is highly favorable, adsorption of subsequent molecules is not, suggesting that sustained uptake of organic molecules does not occur, and thus is not a pathway for continuing growth of the cluster. This result is consistent with ambient measurements showing that particles below ~1 nm grow slowly, while those above 1 nm grow at an increasing rate presumably due to a lower surface energy barrier enabling the uptake of organic molecules. This work provides insight into the molecular level interactions which affect sustained cluster growth by uptake of organic molecules.

  20. Tris(Cyclopentadienyl)Uranium-t-Butyl: Synthesis, reactions, and mechanisms

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    Weydert, M.

    1993-04-01

    Compounds (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 3]U(t-Bu) were prepared for R = H, Me, Et. Their decomposition products in aromatic solvents are consistent with a radical decomposition pathway induced by solvent-assisted U-C bond homolysis. NMR was used to study the reactions of (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 3]UCl with t-BuLi (R = t-Bu, Me[sub 3]Si). Reactions of (MeC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 3]U(t-Bu) with Lewis bases and fluorocarbons were studied. Analogous reaction chemistry between (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 3]ThX systems and t-BuLi was also studied, and reactivity differences between U and Th are discussed. Synthesis of sterically crowded (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 4]U compounds is next considered. Reaction of the trivalent (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 3]U with (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 2]Hg results in formation of (RC[sub 5]H[sub 4])[sub 4]U. Steric congestion, cyclopentadienyl ligand exchange, and electron transfer are discussed. (DLC)

  1. Tris(Cyclopentadienyl)Uranium-t-Butyl: Synthesis, reactions, and mechanisms

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    Weydert, M.

    1993-04-01

    Compounds (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U(t-Bu) were prepared for R = H, Me, Et. Their decomposition products in aromatic solvents are consistent with a radical decomposition pathway induced by solvent-assisted U-C bond homolysis. NMR was used to study the reactions of (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}UCl with t-BuLi (R = t-Bu, Me{sub 3}Si). Reactions of (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U(t-Bu) with Lewis bases and fluorocarbons were studied. Analogous reaction chemistry between (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}ThX systems and t-BuLi was also studied, and reactivity differences between U and Th are discussed. Synthesis of sterically crowded (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 4}U compounds is next considered. Reaction of the trivalent (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U with (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 2}Hg results in formation of (RC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 4}U. Steric congestion, cyclopentadienyl ligand exchange, and electron transfer are discussed. (DLC)

  2. Pathways and transformations of dissolved methane and dissolved inorganic carbon in Arctic tundra watersheds: Evidence from analysis of stable isotopes

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    Throckmorton, Heather M.; Heikoop, Jeffrey M.; Newman, Brent D.; Altmann, Garrett L.; Conrad, Mark S.; Muss, Jordan D.; Perkins, George B.; Smith, Lydia J.; Torn, Margaret S.; Wullschleger, Stan D.; Wilson, Cathy J.

    2015-11-08

    Arctic soils contain a large pool of terrestrial C and are of interest due to their potential for releasing significant carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4sub>) to the atmosphere. Due to substantial landscape heterogeneity, predicting ecosystem-scale CH4sub> and CO2 production is challenging. This study assessed dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC = Σ (total) dissolved CO2) and CH4sub> in watershed drainages in Barrow, Alaska as critical convergent zones of regional geochemistry, substrates, and nutrients. In July and September of 2013, surface waters and saturated subsurface pore waters were collected from 17 drainages. Based on simultaneous DIC and CH4sub> cycling, we synthesized isotopic and geochemical methods to develop a subsurface CH4sub> and DIC balance by estimating mechanisms of CH4sub> and DIC production and transport pathways and oxidation of subsurface CH4sub>. We observed a shift from acetoclastic (July) toward hydrogenotropic (September) methanogenesis at sites located toward the end of major freshwater drainages, adjacent to salty estuarine waters, suggesting an interesting landscape-scale effect on CH4sub> production mechanism. The majority of subsurface CH4sub> was transported upward by plant-mediated transport and ebullition, predominantly bypassing the potential for CH4sub> oxidation. Thus, surprisingly, CH4sub> oxidation only consumed approximately 2.51± 0.82% (July) and 0.79 ± 0.79% (September) of CH4sub> produced at the frost table, contributing to <0.1% of DIC production. DIC was primarily produced from respiration, with iron and organic matter serving as likely e- acceptors. Furthermore, this work highlights the importance of spatial and temporal variability of CH4sub> production at the watershed scale and suggests broad scale investigations are required to build better regional or pan-Arctic representations of CH

  3. A β-VOPO4/ε-VOPO4 composite Li-ion battery cathode

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    Chen, Zehua; Chen, Qiyuan; Wang, Haiyan; Zhang, Ruibo; Zhou, Hui; Chen, Liquan; Whittingham, M. Stanley

    2014-09-01

    VOPO4sub> is an example of a Li-ion battery cathode that can achieve over 300 Ah/kg when two Li-ions are intercalated. A two phase β-VOPO4sub>/ε-VOPO4sub> composite was found to improve the cycling capacity of ε-VOPO4sub> from tetragonal H2VOPO4sub>, particularly as the rate is increased. In the potential range of 2.0–4.5 V, this composite showed an initial electrochemical capacity of 208 mAh/g at 0.08 mA/cm2, 190 mAh/g at 0.16 mA/cm2, and 160 mAh/g at 0.41 mA/cm2.

  4. A microbial functional group-based module for simulating methane production and consumption: Application to an incubated permafrost soil

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    Xu, Xiaofeng; Elias, Dwayne A.; Graham, David E.; Phelps, Tommy J.; Carroll, Sue L.; Wullschleger, Stan D.; Thornton, Peter E.

    2015-07-23

    In this study, accurately estimating methane (CH4sub>) flux is critically important for investigating and predicting the biogeochemistry-climate feedback. Better simulating CH4sub> flux requires explicit representations of microbial processes on CH4sub> dynamics because all processes for CH4sub> production and consumption are actually carried out by microbes. A microbial functional group based module was developed and tested against an incubation experiment. The module considers four key mechanisms for CH4sub> production and consumption: methanogenesis from acetate or single-carbon compounds and CH4sub> oxidation using molecular oxygen or other inorganic electron acceptors. These four processes were carried out by four microbial functional groups: acetoclastic methanogens, hydrogenotrophic methanogens, aerobic methanotrophs, and anaerobic methanotrophs. This module was then linked with the decomposition subroutine of the Community Land Model, and was further used to simulate dynamics of carbon dioxide (CO2) and CH4sub> concentrations from an incubation experiment with permafrost soils. The results show that the model could capture the dynamics of CO2 and CH4sub> concentrations in microcosms with top soils, mineral layer soils and permafrost soils under natural and saturated moisture conditions and a temperature gradient of -2°C, 3°C, and 5°C. Sensitivity analysis confirmed the importance of acetic acid's direct contribution as substrate and indirect effects through pH feedback on CO2 and CH4sub> production and consumption. This study suggests that representing the microbial mechanisms is critical for modeling CH4sub> production and consumption; it is urgent to incorporate microbial mechanisms into Earth system models for better predicting the behavior of the climate system.

  5. Top-down methane emissions estimates for the San Francisco Bay Area from 1990 to 2012

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    Fairley, David; Fischer, Marc L.

    2015-01-30

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that is now included in both California State and San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) bottom-up emission inventories as part of California's effort to reduce anthropogenic GHG emissions. Here we provide a top-down estimate of methane (CH4sub>) emissions from the SFBA by combining atmospheric measurements with the comparatively better estimated emission inventory for carbon monoxide (CO). Local enhancements of CH4sub> and CO are estimated using measurements from 14 air quality sites in the SFBA combined together with global background measurements. Mean annual CH4sub> emissions are estimated from the product of Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) emission inventory CO and the slope of ambient local CH4sub> to CO. The resulting top-down estimates of CH4sub> emissions are found to decrease slightly from 1990 to 2012, with a mean value of 240 ± 60 GgCH4sub> yr⁻¹ (at 95% confidence) in the most recent (2009–2012) period, and correspond to reasonably a constant factor of 1.5–2.0 (at 95% confidence) times larger than the BAAQMD CH4sub> emission inventory. However, we note that uncertainty in these emission estimates is dominated by the variation in CH4sub>:CO enhancement ratios across the observing sites and we expect the estimates could represent a lower-limit on CH4sub> emissions because BAAQMD monitoring sites focus on urban air quality and may be biased toward CO rather than CH4sub> sources.

  6. Syntheses and Structures of the Open-Framework Phases (CH(3)NH(3))(3).Zn(4)O(AsO(4))(3) and (CH(3)NH(3))(3).Zn(4)O(PO(4))(3) Related to the M(3)Zn(4)O(XO(4)(3).nH(2)O Family

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    Chavez, Alejandra V.; Harrison, William T.A.; Nenoff, Tina M.; Phillips, Mark L.F.

    1999-05-07

    The solution-mediated syntheses and single crystal structures of (CH3NH3)3·Zn4sub>0(AsO4sub>)3 and (CH3NH3)3·Zn4sub>O(P04sub>)3 are reported. These compounds are built up from vertex-sharing three-dimensional Zn04sub> + AsO4sub>/P04sub> tetrahedral frameworks encapsulating methylammonium cations in three-dimensional channel systems. These phases are closely related to the zeolite- like M3Zn4sub>O(XO4sub>)3·nH2O family of phases. Crystal data for (CH3NH3)3·Zn4sub>0(AsO4sub>)3, M, = 790.47, monoclinic, space group P21 (No. 4), a = 7.814 (3)Å, b = 15.498 (6)Å, c = 7.815 (3) Å, {beta} = 92.91 (2)0, V = 945.1 (9) Å3, Z = 2, R(F) = 3.01%, RW(F) = 3.98% (2301 reflections, 236 parameters). Crystal data for (CH3NH3)3·Zn4sub>0(P04sub>)3: M, = 658.63, monoclinic, space group P21 (No. 4), a = 7.6569 (5) Å, b = 15.241 (1)Å, c= 7.6589 (5) Å, {beta} = 92.740 (1)0, V= 892.7 (5) Å3, Z = 2, R(F)= 8.07%, RW(F)= 9.60% (2694 reflections, 106 parameters).

  7. Structural disorder, octahedral coordination and two-dimensional ferromagnetism in anhydrous alums

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    West, D.V. Huang, Q.; Zandbergen, H.W.; McQueen, T.M.; Cava, R.J.

    2008-10-15

    The crystal structures of the triangular lattice, layered anhydrous alums KCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, RbCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} and KAl(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} are characterized by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at temperatures between 1.4 and 773 K. The compounds all crystallize in the space group P3-bar, with octahedral coordination of the trivalent cations. In all cases, small amounts of disorder in the stacking of the triangular layers of corner sharing MO{sub 6} octahedra and SO{sub 4} tetrahedra is seen, with the MO{sub 6}-SO{sub 4} network rotated in opposite directions between layers. The electron diffraction study of KCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} supports this model, which on an average can be taken to imply trigonal prismatic coordination for the M{sup 3+} ions; as was previously reported for the prototype anhydrous alum, KAl(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibilities for ACr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} (A=K, Rb, Cs) indicate the presence of predominantly ferromagnetic interactions. Low-temperature powder neutron diffraction reveals that the magnetic ordering is ferromagnetic in-plane, with antiferromagnetic ordering between planes below 3 K. - Graphical abstract: The anhydrous alums KCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, RbCr(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} and KAl(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} are characterized by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction and TEM diffraction. All compounds have octahedral coordination of the trivalent cations. Stacking disorder is observed, with the MO{sub 6}-SO{sub 4} network of polyhedra rotated in opposite directions between layers. Low-temperature NPD reveals ferromagnetic in-plane ordering, with antiferromagnetic ordering between planes below 3 K.

  8. Estimating U.S. Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas Supply Chain. Approaches, Uncertainties, Current Estimates, and Future Studies

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    Heath, Garvin; Warner, Ethan; Steinberg, Daniel; Brandt, Adam

    2015-08-01

    A growing number of studies have raised questions regarding uncertainties in our understanding of methane (CH4sub>) emissions from fugitives and venting along the natural gas (NG) supply chain. In particular, a number of measurement studies have suggested that actual levels of CH4sub> emissions may be higher than estimated by EPA" tm s U.S. GHG Emission Inventory. We reviewed the literature to identify the growing number of studies that have raised questions regarding uncertainties in our understanding of methane (CH4sub>) emissions from fugitives and venting along the natural gas (NG) supply chain.

  9. Perrhenate incorporation into binary mixed sodalites: The role of anion size and implications for technetium-99 sequestration

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    Dickson, Johnbull O.; Harsh, James B.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Pierce, Eric M.

    2014-12-20

    Perrhenate (ReO4sub>-), as a TcO4sub>- analogue, was incorporated into mixed-anion sodalites from binary solutions containing ReO4sub>- and a competing anion Xn- (Cl-, CO32-, SO4sub>2-, MnO4sub>-, or WO4sub>2-). For this study, our objective was to determine the extent of solid solution formation and the dependence of competing ion selectivity on ion size. Using equivalent aqueous concentrations of the anions (ReO4sub>-/Xn- molar ratio = 1:1), we synthesized mixed-anion sodalites from zeolite and NaOH at 90 °C for 96 h. The resulting solids were characterized by bulk chemical analysis, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy to determine crystal structure, chemical composition, morphology, and rhenium (Re) oxidation state. Rhenium in the solid phase occurred predominately as Re(VII)O4sub>- in the sodalites, which have a primitive cubic pattern in the space group P43n. The refined unit-cell parameters of the mixed sodalites ranged from 8.88 to 9.15 Å and showed a linear dependence on the size and mole fraction of the incorporated anion(s). The ReO4sub>- selectivity, represented by its distribution coefficient (Kd), increased in the following order: Cl- < NO3- < MnO4sub>- and CO32- < SO4sub>2- < WO4sub>2- for the monovalent and divalent anions, respectively. The relationship between the ReO4sub>- distribution coefficient and competing anion size was nonlinear. When the difference in ionic radius (DIR) between ReO4sub>- and Xn - (n = 1 or 2) was greater than ~ 12%, then ReO4sub>- incorporation

  10. Probing the failure mechanism of nanoscale LiFePO₄ for Li-ion batteries

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    Gu, Meng; Shi, Wei; Zheng, Jianming; Yan, Pengfei; Zhang, Ji-guang; Wang, Chongmin

    2015-05-18

    LiFePO4sub> is a high power rate cathode material for lithium ion battery and shows remarkable capacity retention, featuring a 91% capacity retention after 3300 cycles. In this work, we use high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to study the gradual capacity fading mechanism of LiFePO4sub> materials. We found that upon prolonged electrochemical cycling of the battery, the LiFePO4sub> cathode shows surface amorphization and loss of oxygen species, which directly contribute to the gradual capacity fading of the battery. The finding is of great importance for the design and improvement of new LiFePO4sub> cathode for high-energy and high-power rechargeable battery for electric transportation.

  11. MICROWAVE-ASSISTED PREPARATION OF 1-BUTYL-3-METHYLIMIDAZOLIUM TETRACHLOROGALLATE AND ITS CATALYTIC USE IN ACETAL FORMATION UNDER MILD CONDITIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrachlorogallate, [bmim][GaCl4SUB>], prepared via microwave-assisted protocol, is found to be an active catalyst for the efficient acetalization of aldehydes under mild conditions.

  12. ESTABLISHING CHANGES IN METABOLISM OF CARBON TETRACHLORIDE IN THE PRESENCE OF TRICHLOROETHYLENE IN THE RAT THROUGH THE USE OF PHYSIOLOGICALLY BASED PHARMACOKINETIC (PBPK) MODELING

    EPA Science Inventory

    Toxicological interactions of chemicals can affect metabolism, often decreasing overall associated metabolic rates; and changes in metabolism can be evaluated through the use of mathematical models. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4SUB>) are common co...

  13. INORGANIC PM2.5 AT A U.S. AGRICULTURAL SITE

    EPA Science Inventory

    In this study, we present approximately two years (January 1999–December 2000) of atmospheric NH3, NH4SUB>+, HCl, Cl-, HNO3, NO3-, SO2, and SO4SUB>= concentrations measured by t...

  14. Reactive belite stabilization mechanisms by boron-bearing dopants

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    Cuesta, Ana; Losilla, Enrique R.; Aranda, Miguel A.G.; Sanz, Jesus; De la Torre, Angeles G.

    2012-04-15

    Belite-rich cements hold promise for reduced energy consumption and CO{sub 2} emissions, but their use is hindered by the slow hydration rates of ordinary belites. This drawback may be overcome by activation of belite by doping. Here, the doping mechanism of B and Na/B in belites is reported. For B-doping, three solid solutions have been tested: Ca{sub 2-x/2{open_square}x/2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(BO{sub 3}){sub x}, Ca{sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(BO{sub 3}){sub x}O{sub x/2} and Ca{sub 2-x}B{sub x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(BO{sub 4}){sub x}. The experimental results support the substitution of silicate groups by tetrahedral borate groups with the concomitant substitution of calcium by boron for charge compensation, Ca{sub 2-x}B{sub x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(BO{sub 4}){sub x}. Otherwise, the coupled Na/B-doping of belite has also been investigated and Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1-x}(BO{sub 3}){sub x} series is confirmed to exist for a large range of x values. Along this series, {alpha}'{sub H}-C{sub 2}S is the main phase (for x {>=} 0.10) and is single phase for x = 0.25. Finally, a new structural description for borax doping in belite has been developed for {alpha}'{sub H}-Ca{sub 1.85}Na{sub 0.15}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 0.85}(BO{sub 3}){sub 0.15}, which fits better borax activated belite cements in Rietveld mineralogical analysis.

  15. Chromium (V) compounds as cathode material in electrochemical power sources

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    Delnick, Frank M.; Guidotti, Ronald A.; McCarthy, David K.

    1985-01-01

    A cathode for use in a thermal battery, comprising a chromium (V) compound. The preferred materials for this use are Ca.sub.5 (CrO.sub.4).sub.3 Cl, Ca.sub.5 (CrO.sub.4).sub.3 OH, and Cr.sub.2 O.sub.5. The chromium (V) compound can be employed as a cathode material in ambient temperature batteries when blended with a suitably conductive filler, preferably carbon black.

  16. STEAM REFORMING OF CHLOROCARBONS: CHLORINATED AROMATICS. (R826694C633)

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    Effective dechlorination of chloroaromatics, such as C6H5Cl, 1,2-C6H4sub>Cl2, 1,3-C6H4sub>Cl2 and 1,2,4-C6H3Cl3, using catalytic steam reforming has been confirmed ...

  17. Photocatalytic activity of glass ceramics containing Nasicon-type crystals

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    Fu, Jie

    2013-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Glass ceramics containing Nasicon-type crystals were prepared. ► The glass ceramics showed photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. ► Higher activity was observed in the MgTi{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}- and CaTi{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}-containing glass ceramics. -- Abstract: Glass ceramics were prepared by heat-treating MO–TiO{sub 2}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5} (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) and R{sub 2}O–TiO{sub 2}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–SiO{sub 2} (R = Li, Na and K) glasses, and their photocatalytic activity was investigated. The crystalline phases precipitated in the glasses were only Nasicon-type crystals, MTi{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} or RTi{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Decomposition experiments of both methylene blue (MB) and acetaldehyde showed that the glass ceramics exhibited effective photocatalytic activity. The activity did not depend on the radius of the M{sup 2+} or R{sup +} ion, and higher activity was observed in the MgTi{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} and CaTi{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} precipitated glass ceramics.

  18. Analyzing source apportioned methane in northern California during Discover-AQ-CA using airborne measurements and model simulations

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    Johnson, Matthew S.; Yates, Emma L.; Iraci, Laura T.; Loewenstein, Max; Tadić, Jovan M.; Wecht, Kevin J.; Jeong, Seongeun; Fischer, Marc L.

    2014-12-01

    This study analyzes source apportioned methane (CH4sub>) emissions and atmospheric mixing ratios in northern California during the Discover-AQ-CA field campaign using airborne measurement data and model simulations. Source apportioned CH4sub> emissions from the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) version 4.2 were applied in the 3-D chemical transport model GEOS-Chem and analyzed using airborne measurements taken as part of the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment over the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) and northern San Joaquin Valley (SJV). During the time period of the Discover-AQ-CA field campaign EDGAR inventory CH4sub> emissions were ~5.30 Gg day –1 (Gg = 1.0 × 109 g) (equating to ~1.90 × 103 Gg yr–1) for all of California. According to EDGAR, the SFBA and northern SJV region contributes ~30% of total CH4sub> emissions from California. Source apportionment analysis during this study shows that CH4sub> mixing ratios over this area of northern California are largely influenced by global emissions from wetlands and local/global emissions from gas and oil production and distribution, waste treatment processes, and livestock management. Model simulations, using EDGAR emissions, suggest that the model under-estimates CH4sub> mixing ratios in northern California (average normalized mean bias (NMB) = –5.2% and linear regression slope = 0.20). The largest negative biases in the model were calculated on days when large amounts of CH4sub> were measured over local emission sources and atmospheric CH4sub> mixing ratios reached values >2.5 parts per million. Sensitivity emission studies conducted during this research suggest that local emissions of CH4sub> from livestock management processes are likely the primary source of the negative model bias. These results indicate that a variety, and larger quantity, of measurement data needs to be

  19. Searching for “LiCr{sup II}PO{sub 4}”

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    Mosymow, E.; Glaum, R.; Kremer, R.K.

    2014-10-15

    The two new phosphates LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} are discovered as equilibrium phases (ϑ=800 °C) in the quarternary system Li/Cr/P/O. Their crystal structures have been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data (LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}: violet-blue, Pnma (no. 62), Z=4, a=6.175(1) Å, b=14.316(3) Å, c=10.277(2) Å, 100 parameters, R{sub 1}=0.028, wR{sub 2}=0.08, 2060 unique reflections with F{sub o}>4σ(F{sub o}); Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}: greyish-green, P1{sup ¯} (no. 2), Z=1, a=4.9379(7) Å, b=7.917(2) Å, c=8.426(2) Å, α=109.98(2)°, β=90.71(1)°, γ=104.91(1)°, 131 parameters, R{sub 1}=0.022, wR{sub 2}=0.067, 1594 unique reflections with F{sub o}>4σ(F{sub o})). Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} adopts an hitherto unknown structure type. The crystal structure of LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is isotypic to that of NaCd{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and related to that of the mineral silicocarnotite Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}). Significant disorder between Li{sup +} and Cr{sup 2+} is observed for both crystal structures. The oxidation states assigned to chromium in these two phosphates are in agreement with UV/vis/NIR absorption spectra and magnetic susceptibility data recorded for both compounds. Instead of “LiCr{sup II}PO{sub 4}” mixtures of LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and CrP are observed at equilibrium. Instead of “Li{sub 2}Cr{sup II}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}” four-phase mixtures consisting of Li{sub 9}Cr{sup III}{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, Li{sub 3}Cr{sup III}{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, LiCrP{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and CrP were obtained. - Graphical abstract: Investigations on the equilibrium relations in the system Li/Cr/P/O revealed the two hitherto unknown phosphates Li{sub 5

  20. Speciation of technetium peroxo complexes in sulfuric acid revisited

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    Poineau, Frederic; German, Konstantin E.; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Weck, Philippe F.; Kim, Eunja; Kriyzhovets, Olga; Safonov, Aleksey; Ilin, Viktor; Francesconi, Lynn C.; Sattelberger, Alfred P.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.

    2014-08-24

    We found that the reaction of Tc(+7) with H2O2 has been studied in H2SO4sub> and the speciation of technetium performed by UV–visible and 99-Tc NMR spectroscopy. UV–visible measurements show that for H2SO4sub> ≥ 9 M and H2O2 = 0.17 M, TcO3(OH)(H2O)2 reacts immediately and blue solutions are obtained, while no reaction occurs for H2SO4sub < 9 M. The spectra of the blue solutions exhibit bands centered around 520 and 650 nm which are attributed to Tc(+7) peroxo species. Furthermore, our studies in 6 M H2SO4sub show that TcO4sub> - begins to react for H2O2 = 2.12 M and red solutions are obtained. The UV–visible spectra of the red species are identical to the one obtained from the reaction of TcO4sub> - with H2O2 in HNO3 and consistent with the presence of TcO(O2)2(H2O)(OH). The 99-Tc NMR spectrum of the red solution exhibits a broad signal centered at +5.5 ppm vs TcO4sub> - and is consistent with the presence of a low symmetry Tc(+7) molecule.

  1. Reaction of Tris(cyclopentadienyl)uranium compounds with amines, azides, and related ligands

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    Rosen, R.K.

    1989-12-01

    The trivalent uranium compound, (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U(thf), serves as a one- or two-electron reducing agent towards azides, RN{sub 3}. These reactions produce either the uranium(IV) azide, (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}UN{sub 3}, or uranium(V) imides, (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}UNR. The role of steric and electronic effects upon this reaction has been investigated using several series of azides. For Me{sub 3}XN{sub 3}, the imides are produced when X = C or Si, both products are formed when X = Ge, and the azide is produced when X = Sn. For Ph{sub 3}XN{sub 3}, the azide is produced when X = C or Sn. For Ph{sub 3-x}CH{sub 3}N{sub 3}, the imide is produced when x = 2 and both compounds are produced when x = 1. For substituted phenylazides, RC{sub 6}H{sub 4}N{sub 3}, only the imides are produced. The magnetic properties of uranium diimides, ((MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U){sub 2}({mu}-NRN), were investigated. Several uranium(III) amines, (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U(NH{sub 2}R), were produced from (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U(thf) and RNH{sub 2}, and NH{sub 3} was found to be a better ligand towards (MeC{sub 5}H{sub 4}){sub 3}U than is PMe{sub 3}.

  2. A multitower measurement network estimate of California's methane emissions

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    Jeong, Seongeun; Hsu, Ying-Kuang; Andrews, Arlyn E.; Bianco, Laura; Vaca, Patrick; Wilczak, James M.; Fischer, Marc L.

    2013-09-20

    In this paper, we present an analysis of methane (CH4sub>) emissions using atmospheric observations from five sites in California's Central Valley across different seasons (September 2010 to June 2011). CH4sub> emissions for spatial regions and source sectors are estimated by comparing measured CH4sub> mixing ratios with transport model (Weather Research and Forecasting and Stochastic Time-Inverted Lagrangian Transport) predictions based on two 0.1° CH4sub> (seasonally varying “California-specific” (California Greenhouse Gas Emission Measurements, CALGEM) and a static global (Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research, release version 42, EDGAR42)) prior emission models. Region-specific Bayesian analyses indicate that for California's Central Valley, the CALGEM- and EDGAR42-based inversions provide consistent annual total CH4sub> emissions (32.87 ± 2.09 versus 31.60 ± 2.17 Tg CO2eq yr-1; 68% confidence interval (CI), assuming uncorrelated errors between regions). Summing across all regions of California, optimized CH4sub> emissions are only marginally consistent between CALGEM- and EDGAR42-based inversions (48.35 ± 6.47 versus 64.97 ± 11.85 Tg CO2eq), because emissions from coastal urban regions (where landfill and natural gas emissions are much higher in EDGAR than CALGEM) are not strongly constrained by the measurements. Combining our results with those from a recent study of the South Coast Air Basin narrows the range of estimates to 43–57 Tg CO2eq yr-1 (1.3–1.8 times higher than the current state inventory). Finally, these results suggest that the combination of rural and urban measurements will be necessary to verify future changes in California's total CH4sub> emissions.

  3. Thermal expansion of solid solutions in apatite binary systems

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    Knyazev, Alexander V.; Bulanov, Evgeny N. Korokin, Vitaly Zh.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Thermal dependencies of volume thermal expansion parameter for with thermal expansion diagrams for Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x}. - Highlights: • Solid solutions in three apatitic binary systems were investigated via HT-XRD. • Thermal expansion coefficients of solid solutions in the systems were calculated. • Features of the thermal deformation of the apatites were described. • Termoroentgenography is a sensitive method for the investigation of isomorphism. - Abstract: High-temperature insitu X-ray diffraction was used to investigate isomorphism and the thermal expansion of apatite-structured compounds in three binary systems in the entire temperature range of the existence of its hexagonal modifications. Most of the studied compounds are highly expandable (α{sub l} > 8 × 10{sup 6} (K{sup −1})). In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system, volume thermal expansion coefficient is independence from the composition at 573 K. In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl, the compound with equimolar ratio of substituted atoms has constant volume thermal expansion coefficient in temperature range 298–973 K. Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system is characterized by the most thermal sensitive composition, in which there is an equal ratio of isomorphic substituted atoms.

  4. Tetrahedral-Network Organo-Zincophosphates: Syntheses and Structures of (N(2)C(6)H(14)).Zn(HPO(4))(2).H(2)O, H(3)N(CH(2))(3)NH(3).Zn(2)(HPO(4))(3) and (N(2)C(6)H(14)).Zn(3)(HPO(4))(4)

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    Chavez, Alejandra V.; Hannooman, Lakshitha; Harrison, William T.A.; Nenoff, Tina M.

    1999-05-07

    The solution-mediated syntheses and single crystal structures of (N2C6H14)·Zn(HPO4sub>)2·H2O (I), H3N(CH2)3NH3·Zn2(HPO4sub>)3 (II), and (N2C6H14)·Zn3(HPO4sub>)4sub> (III) are described. These phases contain vertex-sharing Zn04sub> and HP04sub> tetrahedra, accompanied by doubly- protonated organic cations. Despite their formal chemical relationship, as members of the series of t·Znn(HP04sub>)n+1 (t= template, n = 1-3), these phases adopt fimdamentally different crystal structures, as one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional Zn04sub>/HP04sub> networks, for I, II, and III respectively. Similarities and differences to some other zinc phosphates are briefly discussed. Crystal data: (N2C6H14)·Zn(HP04sub>)2·H20, Mr = 389.54, monoclinic, space group P21/n (No. 14), a = 9.864 (4) Å, b = 8.679 (4) Å, c = 15.780 (3) Å, β = 106.86 (2)°, V= 1294.2 (8) Å3, Z = 4, R(F) = 4.58%, RW(F) = 5.28% [1055 reflections with I >3σ(I)]. H3N(CH2)3NH3·Zn2(HP04sub>)3, Mr = 494.84, monoclinic, space group P21/c (No. 14), a= 8.593 (2)Å, b= 9.602 (2)Å, c= 17.001 (3)Å, β= 93.571 (8)°, V = 1400.0 (5) Å3, Z = 4, R(F) = 4.09%, RW(F) = 4.81% [2794 reflections with I > 3σ (I)]. (N2C6H14)·Zn3(HP04sub>)4sub>, Mr= 694.25, monoclinic, space group P21/n (No. 14), a = 9.535 (2) Å, b = 23.246 (4)Å, c= 9.587 (2)Å, β= 117.74 (2)°, V= 1880.8 (8) Å3, Z = 4, R(F) = 3.23%, RW(F) = 3.89% [4255 reflections with

  5. On the synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of two new phases discovered in the PbO–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5} system

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    El Hafid, Hassan; Velázquez, Matias; Pérez, Olivier; Pautrat, Alain; Véron, Emmanuel; Viraphong, Oudomsack; Delmas, Claude

    2013-06-15

    The PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} powder compound was studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) from 300 to 6 K, electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA) coupled with wavelength dispersion spectroscopy (WDS), calorimetric (DSC and specific heat) and magnetic properties measurements. Magnetization, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements carried out on PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} powders firmly establish a series of three ferromagnetic (FM)-like second order phase transitions spanned over the 32–8 K temperature range. Discrepancies between magnetization and specific heat data obtained in PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} powders and single crystals are highlighted. A first extraction of the critical exponents (β,γ,δ) was performed by ac magnetic susceptibility in both PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} powders and single crystals and the values were found to be consistent with mean-field theory. Further exploration of the PbO–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5} system led to the discovery of a new langbeinite phase, Pb{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, the crystal structure of which was solved by room temperature single crystal XRD (P2{sub 1}3, Z=4, a=9.7831(2) Å). This phase does not undergo any structural phase transition down to 6 K nor any kind of long range ordering down to 2 K. - Graphical abstract: Three ferromagnetic-like phase transitions discovered in the new compound PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} by specific heat and ZFC/FC magnetization measurements. - Highlights: • Three FM-like second order phase transitions in PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} powders. • Critical exponents (β,γ,δ) in PbFe{sub 3}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} consistent with mean-field behavior. • Discovery of a new langbeinite phase, Pb{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}.

  6. Self-assembled light lanthanide oxalate architecture with controlled morphology, characterization, growing mechanism and optical property

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    He, Hongmei; Zhang, Youjin; Zhu, Wei; Zheng, Ao

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Flower-like Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O was gained with Na{sub 3}Cit assisted precipitation method. {yields} The mechanism of the flower-like Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O formation was proposed. {yields} The Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O and Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exhibited obviously different PL spectra. {yields} Ln{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.nH{sub 2}O (Ln = Gd, Dy, Lu, Y) also were achieved by the simple method. -- Abstract: Flower-like Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O had been synthesized by a facile complex agent assisted precipitation method. The flower-like Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O was characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis and photoluminescence. The possible growth mechanism of the flower-like Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O was proposed. To extend this method, other Ln{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.nH{sub 2}O (Ln = Gd, Dy, Lu, Y) with different morphologies also had been prepared by adjusting different rare earth precursors. Further studies revealed that besides the reaction conditions and the additive amount of complex agents, the morphologies of the as-synthesised lanthanide oxalates were also determined by the rare earth ions. The Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}.10H{sub 2}O and Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exhibited different photoluminescence spectra, which was relevant to Sm{sup 3+} energy level structure of 4f electrons. The method may be applied in the synthesis of other lanthanide compounds, and the work could explore the potential optical materials.

  7. Top-down estimate of methane emissions in California using a mesoscale inverse modeling technique: The South Coast Air Basin

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    Cui, Yu Yan; Brioude, Jerome; McKeen, Stuart A.; Angevine, Wayne M.; Kim, Si -Wan; Frost, Gregory J.; Ahmadov, Ravan; Peischl, Jeff; Bousserez, Nicolas; Liu, Zhen; Ryerson, Thomas B.; Wofsy, Steve C.; Santoni, Gregory W.; Kort, Eric A.; Fischer, Marc L.; Trainer, Michael

    2015-07-28

    Methane (CH4sub>) is the primary component of natural gas and has a larger global warming potential than CO2. Some recent top-down studies based on observations showed CH4sub> emissions in California's South Coast Air Basin (SoCAB) were greater than those expected from population-apportioned bottom-up state inventories. In this study, we quantify CH4 sub>emissions with an advanced mesoscale inverse modeling system at a resolution of 8 km × 8 km, using aircraft measurements in the SoCAB during the 2010 Nexus of Air Quality and Climate Change campaign to constrain the inversion. To simulate atmospheric transport, we use the FLEXible PARTicle-Weather Research and Forecasting (FLEXPART-WRF) Lagrangian particle dispersion model driven by three configurations of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) mesoscale model. We determine surface fluxes of CH4sub> using a Bayesian least squares method in a four-dimensional inversion. Simulated CH4 concentrations with the posterior emission inventory achieve much better correlations with the measurements (R2 = 0.7) than using the prior inventory (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Emission Inventory 2005, R2 = 0.5). The emission estimates for CH4sub> in the posterior, 46.3 ± 9.2 Mg CH4sub>/h, are consistent with published observation-based estimates. Changes in the spatial distribution of CH4sub> emissions in the SoCAB between the prior and posterior inventories are discussed. Missing or underestimated emissions from dairies, the oil/gas system, and landfills in the SoCAB seem to explain the differences between the prior and posterior inventories. Furthermore, we estimate that dairies contributed 5.9 ± 1.7 Mg CH4sub>/h and the two sectors of oil and gas industries (production and downstream) and landfills together contributed 39.6 ± 8.1 Mg CH4sub>/h in the SoCAB.

  8. (H3O)Fe(SO4)2 Formed by Dehydrating Rhomboclase and its Potential Existence on Mars

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    w Xu; J Parise; J Hanson

    2011-12-31

    Rhomboclase, (H{sub 5}O{sub 2})Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}-2H{sub 2}O, transforms to a solid crystalline phase, (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, upon dehydration. The structure of (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} is found to be the same as a recently reported structure determined from single-crystal diffraction by Peterson et al. (2009), who synthesized the same compound using a hydrothermal method. The phase boundary between rhomboclase and (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} as a function of temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) was determined by environment-controlled in situ x-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The stability of (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} against rhomboclase was further evaluated under a simulated martian condition (constant 50% RH, - 20 C, 6 mbar CO{sub 2}). Both phases remained after 14 days with no observable transition. This result suggests that hydrate ferric sulfate minerals might not respond to diurnal RH fluctuation under the extremely slowed kinetics expected on the martian service.

  9. Yttrium-succinates coordination polymers: Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and thermal decomposition

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    Amghouz, Zakariae; Roces, Laura; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Garcia, Jose R.; Souhail, Badredine; Mafra, Luis; Shi, Fa-nian; Rocha, Joao

    2009-12-15

    New polymeric yttrium-succinates, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}, have been synthesized, and their structures (solved by single crystal XRD) are compared with that of Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O. Three compounds were obtained as single phases, and their thermal behaviour is described. - Graphical abstract: In the field of coordination polymers or MOF's, few studies report on the polymorphs of Ln(III)-succinic acid. Here, we describe the hydrothermal synthesis and structural characterization of two novel yttrium-succinates coordination polymers, respectively 2D and 3D, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.

  10. (H3O)Fe(SO4)2 Formed by Dehydrating Rhomboclase and its Potential Existence on Mars

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    Xu, W.; Hanson, J.; Parise, J.B.

    2010-10-01

    Rhomboclase, (H{sub 5}O{sub 2})Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O, transforms to a solid crystalline phase, (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}, upon dehydration. The structure of (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} is found to be the same as a recently reported structure determined from single-crystal diffraction by Peterson et al. (2009), who synthesized the same compound using a hydrothermal method. The phase boundary between rhomboclase and (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} as a function of temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) was determined by environment-controlled in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The stability of (H{sub 3}O)Fe(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} against rhomboclase was further evaluated under a simulated martian condition (constant 50% RH, -20 C, 6 mbar CO{sub 2}). Both phases remained after 14 days with no observable transition. This result suggests that hydrate ferric sulfate minerals might not respond to diurnal RH fluctuation under the extremely slowed kinetics expected on the martian surface.

  11. Effects of ammonium sulfate aerosol exposure on lung structure of normal and elastase-impaired rats and guinea pigs

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    Busch, R.H.; Buschbom, R.L.; Cannon, W.C.; Lauhala, K.E.; Miller, F.J.; Graham, J.A.; Smith, L.G.

    1984-04-01

    Rats and guinea pigs, pretreated with intratracheally administered elastase or saline, were exposed to 1.03 mg/m/sup 3/ (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/; MMAD, 0.42 ..mu..m. Identically treated controls were sham exposed. Measurements and evaluation of structural changes were conducted using morphometric techniques on SEM photographs and by applying subjective ratings. Pathology studies were conducted by light and electron microscopy. All examination methods confirmed elastase-induced emphysema, which was aggravated by (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ exposure in the rat. Ammonium sulfate exposure of saline-treated animals produced measurable degrees of enlargement of alveoli, and alveolar ducts and sacs. Electron microscopy revealed increased interstitial collagen in affected lung areas of elastase-treated, (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/-exposed animals. Alveolar-pore size was significantly increased in elastase-treated animals (control and exposed) but not in saline-treated, exposed animals. The data suggest a possible difference between elastase and (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ in the mechanisms responsible for the increased diameter of alveolar structures. Hypertrophy and hyperplasia of nonciliated epithelial cells of the small airways and of the Type II alveolar cells were observed in otherwise untreated guinea pigs exposed to (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ but not in elastase-treated guinea pigs, nor in any of the rats. 12 references.

  12. New coordination features; A bridging pyridine and the forced shortest non-covalent distance between two CO32- species

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    Velasco, V.; Aguilà, D.; Barrios, L. A.; Borilovic, I.; Roubeau, O.; Ribas-Ariño, J.; Fumanal, M.; Teat, S. J.; Aromí, G.

    2014-09-29

    The aerobic reaction of the multidentate ligand 2,6-bis-(3-oxo-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-propionyl)-pyridine, H4sub>L, with Co(II) salts in strong basic conditions produces the clusters [Co4sub>(L)2(OH)(py)7]NO3 (1) and [Co8Na4sub>(L)4sub>(OH)2(CO3)2(py)10](BF4sub>)2 (2). Analysis of their structure unveils unusual coordination features including a very rare bridging pyridine ligand or two trapped carbonate anions within one coordination cage, forced to stay at an extremely close distance (dO···O = 1.946 Å). This unprecedented non-bonding proximity represents a meeting point between long covalent interactions and “intermolecular” contacts. These original motifs have been analysed here through DFT calculations, which have yielded interaction energies and the reduced repulsion energy experimented by both CO32- anions when located in close proximity inside the coordination cage.

  13. Fourier transform and Vernier spectroscopy using an optical frequency comb at 3-5.4  μm.

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    Khodabakhsh, Amir; Ramaiah-Badarla, Venkata; Rutkowski, Lucile; Johansson, Alexandra C; Lee, Kevin F; Jiang, Jie; Mohr, Christian; Fermann, Martin E; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra

    2016-06-01

    We present a versatile mid-infrared frequency comb spectroscopy system based on a doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator tunable in the 3-5.4 μm range and two detection methods: a Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) and a continuous-filtering Vernier spectrometer (CF-VS). Using the FTS with a multipass cell, we measure high precision broadband absorption spectra of CH4sub> at 3.3 μm and NO at 5.25 μm, the latter for the first time with comb spectroscopy, and we detect atmospheric species (CH4sub>, CO, CO2, and H2O) in air in the signal and idler ranges. Multiline fitting yields minimum detectable concentrations of 10-20  ppb Hz-1/2 for CH4sub>, NO, and CO. For the first time in the mid-infrared, we perform CF-VS using an enhancement cavity, a grating, and a single detector, and we measure the absorption spectrum of CH4sub> and H2O in ambient air at ∼3.3  μm, reaching a 40 ppb concentration detection limit for CH4sub> in 2 ms.

  14. Interpenetrating Diruthenium Tetraformate Monocation, [RuII/III2(O2CH)4]+, Based 3-D Molecule-based Magnets

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    Kennon, B.; Stone, K; Stephens, P; Miller, J

    2009-01-01

    Synthesis of [Ru{sub 2}(O{sub 2}CH){sub 4}]{sub 3}[MIII(CN){sub 6}] (M = Co, Fe) possessing an interpenetrating body center cubic (bcc) lattices was investigated utilizing several synthetic methods. The targeted interpenetrating bcc [a = 12.6621(3) {angstrom}] structure was obtained for [Ru{sub 2}(O{sub 2}CH){sub 4}]{sub 3}[Co(CN){sub 6}], and it exhibits {chi}T(T) that is fit to a model which includes zero field splitting. Cyanide abstraction from [Cr(CN){sub 6}]{sup 3-} occurs thwarting the formation of [Ru{sub 2}(O{sub 2}CH){sub 4}]{sub 3}[M(CN){sub 6}]. [Ru{sub 2}(O{sub 2}CH){sub 4}]{sub 3}[Fe(CN){sub 6}] also exhibits the desired bcc structure [12.7071(3) {angstrom}], and its 13.4 K T{sub c} is a 6-fold enhancement with respect to that observed for [Ru{sub 2}(O{sub 2}CMe){sub 4}]{sub 3}[Fe(CN){sub 6}].

  15. Metal-HfO{sub 2}-Ge capacitor: Its enhanced charge trapping properties with S-treated substrate and atomic-layer-deposited HfO{sub 2} layer

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    Park, In-Sung; Jung, Yong Chan; Seong, Sejong; Ahn, Jinho; Lee, Sung Bo

    2015-01-15

    The charge trapping properties of metal-HfO{sub 2}-Ge capacitor as a nonvolatile memory have been investigated with (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S-treated Ge substrate and atomic-layer-deposited HfO{sub 2} layer. The interfacial layer generated by (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S-treated Ge substrate reveals a trace of -S- bonding, very sharp interface edges, and smooth surface morphology. The Ru-HfO{sub 2}-Ge capacitor with (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S-treated Ge substrate shows an enhanced interface state with little frequency dispersion, a lower leakage current, and very reliable properties with the enhanced endurance and retention than Ru-HfO{sub 2}-Ge capacitor with cyclic-cleaned Ge substrate.

  16. Synthesis, selected coordination chemistry and extraction behavior of a (phosphinoylmethyl)pyridyl N-oxide-functionalized ligand based upon a 1,4-diazepane platform

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    Ouizem, Sabrina; Rosario Amorin, Daniel; Dickie, Diane A.; Cramer, Roger E.; Campana, Charles F.; Hay, Benjamin P.; Podair, Julien; Delmau, Laetitia H.; Paine, Robert T.

    2015-05-09

    For syntheses of new multidentate chelating ligands ((6,6'4(1,4-diazepane-1,4-diyl)bis(methylene))bis(pyridine-6,2-diyl))bis(methylene))bis(diphenylphosphine oxide) (2) and 6,6'-((1,4-diazepane1,4-diyl)bis(methylene))bis(2-((diphenylphosphoryl)methyl)pyridine 1-oxide) (3), based upon a 1,4-diazepane platform functionalized with 2-(diphenylphosphinoylmethyl)pyridine P-oxide and 2-(diphenylphosphinoylmethyl)pyridine NP-dioxide fragments, respectively, the results are reported. Our results from studies of the coordination chemistry of the ligands with selected lanthanide nitrates and Cu(BF4sub>)(2) are outlined, and crystal structures for two complexes, [Cu(2)](BF4sub>)2 and [Cu(3)](BF4sub>)2, are described along with survey Eu(III) and Am(III) solvent extraction analysis, for 3.

  17. Silver manganese oxide electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Vaughey, John T.; Dees, Dennis W.

    2006-05-09

    This invention relates to electrodes for non-aqueous lithium cells and batteries with silver manganese oxide positive electrodes, denoted AgxMnOy, in which x and y are such that the manganese ions in the charged or partially charged electrodes cells have an average oxidation state greater than 3.5. The silver manganese oxide electrodes optionally contain silver powder and/or silver foil to assist in current collection at the electrodes and to improve the power capability of the cells or batteries. The invention relates also to a method for preparing AgxMnOy electrodes by decomposition of a permanganate salt, such as AgMnO4sub>, or by the decomposition of KMnO4 sub>or LiMnO4 sub>in the presence of a silver salt.

  18. Manganese modified structural and optical properties of zinc soda lime silica glasses.

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    Samsudin, Nur Farhana; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Wahab, Zaidan Abdul; Fen, Yap Wing; Liew, Josephine Ying Chi; Lim, Way Foong; Mohd Zaid, Mohd Hafiz; Omar, Nur Alia Sheh

    2016-03-20

    A series of MnO-doped zinc soda lime silica glass systems was prepared by a conventional melt and quenching technique. In this study, the x-ray diffraction analysis was applied to confirm the amorphous nature of the glasses. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows the glass network consists of MnO4sub>, SiO4sub>, and ZnO4sub> units as basic structural units. The glass samples under field emission scanning electron microscopy observation demonstrated irregularity in shape and size with glassy phase-like structure. The optical absorption studies revealed that the optical bandgap (Eopt) values decrease with an increase of MnO content. Through the results of various measurements, the doping of MnO in the glass matrix had effects on the performance of the glasses and significantly improved the properties of the glass sample as a potential host for phosphor material.

  19. Protective coating on positive lithium-metal-oxide electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Johnson, Christopher S.; Thackeray, Michael M.; Kahaian, Arthur J.

    2006-05-23

    A positive electrode for a non-aqueous lithium cell comprising a LiMn2-xMxO4 sub>spinel structure in which M is one or more metal cations with an atomic number less than 52, such that the average oxidation state of the manganese ions is equal to or greater than 3.5, and in which 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.15, having one or more lithium spine oxide LiM'2O4 sub>or lithiated spinel oxide Li1+yM'2O4 sub>compounds on the surface thereof in which M' are cobalt cations and in which 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1.

  20. Structure of the K{sup {pi}=}4{sup +} bands in {sup 186,188}Os

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    Phillips, A. A.; Garrett, P. E.; Demand, G. A.; Finlay, P.; Green, K. L.; Leach, K. G.; Schumaker, M. A.; Svensson, C. E.; Wong, J.; Lo Iudice, N.; Sushkov, A. V.; Bettermann, L.; Braun, N.; Burke, D. G.; Faestermann, T.; Kruecken, R.; Wirth, H.-F.; Hertenberger, R.

    2010-09-15

    The ({sup 3}He, d) single-proton stripping reaction has been performed on targets of {sup 185,187}Re to investigate the structures of the 4{sub 3}{sup +} states in {sup 186,188}Os. The experiment employed 30 MeV {sup 3}He beams, and the reaction products were analyzed with a Q3D spectrograph. Absolute cross sections were determined at nine angles between 5 deg. and 50 deg. for states up to approximately 3 MeV in excitation energy. Large (5/2){sup +}[402]{sub {pi}+}(3/2){sup +}[402]{sub {pi}}two-quasiparticle components are deduced for the 4{sub 3}{sup +} levels of both isotopes. Their magnitudes are in agreement with calculations performed using the quasiparticle phonon model, which predicts a coexistence of a large hexadecapole with a smaller, but sizable, {gamma}-{gamma} component in the 4{sub 3}{sup +}.

  1. Photoelastic properties of NaBi(MoO4)2 crystals.

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    Krupych, Oleg; Kushnirevych, Marian; Mys, Oksana; Vlokh, Rostyslav

    2015-06-01

    In this work we present the results of comprehensive studies of the piezo-optic and elasto-optic effects in NaBi(MoO4sub>)2 crystals. The full matrices of the piezo-optic and elasto-optic coefficients for the NaBi(MoO4sub>)2 crystals are obtained for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. The acousto-optic effect in the NaBi(MoO4sub>)2 is analyzed for the case of interactions of optical waves with the slowest acoustic waves. It is shown that the crystals under analysis can be efficiently used as working elements for the collinear acousto-optic tunable filters. PMID:26192660

  2. Pressurizing the HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel at room temperature

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    Efthimiopoulos, Ilias; Wang, Yuejian; Yaresko, Alexander; Tsurkan, Vladimir; Deisenhofer, Joachim; Loidl, Alois; Park, Changyong

    2014-01-06

    The cubic HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel undergoes two structural transitions upon pressure increase. Initially, the ambient-pressure Fd-3m phase transforms into a tetragonal I4{sub 1}/amd structure above 15 GPa. We speculate that this Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition is accompanied by an insulator-to-metal transition, resulting in the vanishing of the Raman signal after the structural transformation. Further compression of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} leads to structural disorder beyond 21 GPa. Our spin-resolved band structure calculations reveal significant changes in the electronic structure of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} after the Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition, whereas the ferromagnetic interactions are found to dominate in both structures.

  3. Ytterbium- and neodymium-doped vanadate laser hose crystals having the apatite crystal structure

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    Payne, S.A.; Kway, W.L.; DeLoach, L.D.; Krupke, W.F.; Chai, B.H.T.

    1994-08-23

    Yb[sup 3+] and Nd[sup 3+] doped Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F crystals serve as useful infrared laser media that exhibit low thresholds of oscillation and high slope efficiencies, and can be grown with high optical quality. These laser media possess unusually high absorption and emission cross sections, which provide the crystals with the ability to generate greater gain for a given amount of pump power. Many related crystals such as Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F crystals doped with other rare earths, transition metals, or actinides, as well as the many structural analogs of Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F, where the Sr[sup 2+] and F[sup [minus

  4. Ytterbium- and neodymium-doped vanadate laser hose crystals having the apatite crystal structure

    DOEpatents

    Payne, Stephen A.; Kway, Wayne L.; DeLoach, Laura D.; Krupke, William F.; Chai, Bruce H. T.

    1994-01-01

    Yb.sup.3+ and Nd.sup.3+ doped Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F crystals serve as useful infrared laser media that exhibit low thresholds of oscillation and high slope efficiencies, and can be grown with high optical quality. These laser media possess unusually high absorption and emission cross sections, which provide the crystals with the ability to generate greater gain for a given amount of pump power. Many related crystals such as Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F crystals doped with other rare earths, transition metals, or actinides, as well as the many structural analogs of Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F, where the Sr.sup.2+ and F.sup.- ions are replaced by related chemical species, have similar properties.

  5. HNCO in molecular clouds

    SciTech Connect

    Jackson, J.M.; Armstrong, J.T.; Barrett, A.H.

    1984-05-15

    In a survey of 18 molecular clouds, HNCO J/sub K/-1K1..-->..J'/sub K/'-1K'1 = 5/sub 05/..-->..4/sub 05/ and 4/sub 04/..-->..3/sub 03/ emission was etected in seven clouds, and possibly in one other. Emission in these transitions originates in high-density regions (n> or approx. =10/sup 6/ cm/sup -3/). The molecule's excitation requirements allow us to derive limits to excitation temperatures an optical depths. We discuss the possibility of clumping with respect to the beam and compare our results with data from other molecular species. The HNCO emission from Sgr A is an ordder of magnitude larger than the other detected sources as is the ratio ..delta..T +- /sub A/(HNCO 5/sub 05/..-->..4/sub 04/)/..delta..T +- /sub A/(C/sup 18/O 1..-->..0). HNCO is probably a constituent of most molecular clouds.

  6. Destabilized and catalyzed borohydride for reversible hydrogen storage

    DOEpatents

    Mohtadi, Rana F.; Nakamura, Kenji; Au, Ming; Zidan, Ragaiy

    2012-01-31

    A process of forming a hydrogen storage material, including the steps of: providing a first material of the formula M(BH.sub.4).sub.X, where M is an alkali metal or an alkali earth metal, providing a second material selected from M(AlH.sub.4).sub.x, a mixture of M(AlH.sub.4).sub.x and MCl.sub.x, a mixture of MCl.sub.x and Al, a mixture of MCl.sub.x and AlH.sub.3, a mixture of MH.sub.x and Al, Al, and AlH.sub.3. The first and second materials are combined at an elevated temperature and at an elevated hydrogen pressure for a time period forming a third material having a lower hydrogen release temperature than the first material and a higher hydrogen gravimetric density than the second material.

  7. Mid-infrared dual-gas sensor for simultaneous detection of methane and ethane using a single continuous-wave interband cascade laser.

    PubMed

    Ye, Weilin; Li, Chunguang; Zheng, Chuantao; Sanchez, Nancy P; Gluszek, Aleksander K; Hudzikowski, Arkadiusz J; Dong, Lei; Griffin, Robert J; Tittel, Frank K

    2016-07-25

    A continuous-wave (CW) interband cascade laser (ICL) based mid-infrared sensor system was demonstrated for simultaneous detection of atmospheric methane (CH4sub>) and ethane (C2H6). A 3.337 µm CW ICL with an emitting wavenumber range of 2996.0-3001.5 cm-1 was used to simultaneously target two absorption lines, C2H6 at 2996.88 cm-1 and CH4sub> at 2999.06 cm-1, respectively. The sensor performance was first evaluated for single-gas detection by only targeting the absorption line of one gas species. Allan deviations of 11.2 parts per billion in volume (ppbv) for CH4sub> and 1.86 ppbv for C2H6 with an averaging time of 3.4 s were achieved for the detection of these two gases. Dual-gas detection was realized by using a long-term scan signal to target both CH4sub> and C2H6 lines. The Allan deviations increased slightly to 17.4 ppbv for CH4sub> and 2.4 ppbv for C2H6 with an averaging time of 4.6 s due to laser temperature and power drift caused by long-term wavelength scanning. Measurements for both indoor and outdoor concentration changes of CH4sub> and C2H6 were conducted. The reported single ICL based dual-gas sensor system has the advantages of reduced size and cost compared to two separate sensor systems. PMID:27464149

  8. Syntheses and characterization of elpasolite-type ammonium alkali metal hexafluorometallates(III)

    SciTech Connect

    Mi Jinxiao Luo Shuming; Sun Huayu; Liu Xiaoxuan; Wei Zanbin

    2008-08-15

    Crystal structures of three fluorides (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}NaFeF{sub 6}, (Fe), (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}NaGaF{sub 6}, (Ga), and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}NaCrF{sub 6}, (Cr), as well as a substituted compound [(NH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}K{sub x}]{sub 2}KAlF{sub 6} (x{approx}0.17), (Al), have been refined using single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. All these four ammonium hexafluorides have a cubic elpasolite-type structure and crystallize in the space group Fm3-bar m with lattice constants a=8.483(3), 8.450 (3), 8.4472(2) and 8.724(3) A for compounds (Fe), (Ga), (Cr) and (Al), respectively. The effective ionic radius of the ammonium ion calculated from those compounds has a mean value of R=1.729 A for CN=12. An ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}NaCrF{sub 6}, measured at room temperature, gives a crystal field (Dq=1575 cm{sup -1}) and Racah parameters (B=758 cm{sup -1} and C=3374 cm{sup -1}). Abnormal anisotropic thermal parameters of fluorine atoms have been observed in the compound (Al), and interpreted to arise from four strong hydrogen bonds (F...H-N) that are distributed in a square form around each fluorine atom. - Graphical abstract: Abnormal anisotropic thermal parameters of fluorine atoms have been observed in the compound [(NH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}K{sub x}]{sub 2}KAlF{sub 6} (x{approx}0.17), and interpreted to arise from four strong hydrogen bonds (F...H-N) that are distributed in a square form around each fluorine atom. The endmembers' phase transitions at low temperature are believed to be caused by them.

  9. Calcium aluminates hydration in presence of amorphous SiO{sub 2} at temperatures below 90 deg. C

    SciTech Connect

    Rivas Mercury, J.M.

    2006-10-15

    The hydration behaviour of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}, Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 33} and CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} with added amorphous silica at 40, 65 and 90 deg. C has been studied for periods ranging from 1 to 31 days. In hydrated samples crystalline phases like katoite (Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 3-} {sub x} (OH){sub 4} {sub x} ) and gibbsite, Al(OH){sub 3}, were identified, likewise amorphous phases like Al(OH) {sub x} , calcium silicate hydrates, C-S-H, and calcium aluminosilicate hydrates, C-S-A-H, were identified. The stoichiometry of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 3-} {sub x} (OH){sub 4} {sub x} (0{<=}3-x{<=}0.334), which was the main crystalline product, was established by Rietveld refinement of X-ray and neutron diffraction data and by transmission electron microscopy. - Graphical abstract: Katoite, Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 3-} {sub x} (OH){sub 4} {sub x} (0{<=}3-x{<=}0.334), was identified besides gibbsite, Al(OH){sub 3}, as a crystalline stable hydration products in Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}, Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 33} and CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} hydrated with added amorphous silica between 40 and 90 deg. C.

  10. Synthesis, Characterization and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Supramolecular Tetrakis(ruthenium (II) phthalocyanine)-perylenediimide Pentad

    SciTech Connect

    Jiménez, Angel J.; Grimm, Bruno; Gunderson, Victoria; Vagnini, Michael T.; Calderon, Sandra K.; Rodríguez-Morgade, M. S.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Guldi, Dirk M.; Torres, Tomas

    2011-03-22

    Metal coordination was probed as a versatile approach for designing a novel electron donor/acceptor hybrid [PDIpy4sub>{Ru(CO)Pc}4sub>] (1), in which four pyridines placed at the bay region of a perylenediimides (PDIpy4sub>) coordinate with four ruthenium phthalocyanine units [Ru(CO)Pc]. This structural motif was expected to promote strong electronic coupling between the electron donors and the electron acceptor, a hypothesis that was confirmed in a full-fledged physicochemical investigation focusing on the ground and excited state reactivities. As far as the ground state is concerned, absorption and electrochemical assays indeed reveal a notable redistribution of electron density, that is, from the electron-donating [Ru(CO)Pc] to the electron-accepting PDIpy4sub>. The most important thing to note in this context is that both the [Ru(CO)Pc] oxidation and the PDIpy4sub> reduction are rendered more difficult in 1 than in the individual building blocks. Likewise, in the excited state, strong electronic communication is the inception for a rapid charge-transfer process in photoexcited 1. Regardless of exciting [Ru(CO)Pc] or PDIpy4sub>, spectral characteristics of the [RuPc] radical cation (broad absorptive features from 425 to 600 nm with a maximum at 575 nm, as well as a band centered at 725 nm) and of the PDI radical anion (780 nm maximum) emerge. The correspondingly formed radical ion pair state lasts for up to several hundred picoseconds in toluene, for example. On the other hand, employing more polar solvents, such as dichloromethane, destabilizes the radical ion pair state.

  11. Molecular Supertetrahedron Decorated with Exposed Sulfonate Groups Built from Mixed-Valence Tetranuclear Fe[subscript 3 superscript 3+]Fe[superscript 2+]([mu subscript 3]-Ο)([mu subscript 3]-SO[subscript 4])[subscript 3](−CO[subscript 2])[subscript 3] Clusters

    SciTech Connect

    Papadaki, Ioanna; Malliakas, Christos D.; Bakas, Thomas; Trikalitis, Pantelis N.

    2009-12-01

    We present the synthesis and characterization of a novel metal-organic molecular solid using the ligand 4,8-disulfonaphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid. The solid features a sulfonated, isolated supertetrahedra, [Fe{sub 16}O{sub 4}(SO{sub 4}){sub 12}(L2){sub 6}], built from mixed-valence [Fe{sub 3}{sup 3+}Fe{sup 2+}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 3}-SO{sub 4}){sub 3}(-CO{sub 2}){sub 3}] clusters.

  12. Separations method for polar molecules

    DOEpatents

    Thoma, Steven G.; Bonhomme, Francois R.

    2004-07-27

    A method for separating at least one compound from a liquid mixture containing different compounds where anew crystalline manganese phosphate composition with the formula Mn.sub.3 (PO.sub.4).sub.4.2(H.sub.3 NCH.sub.2 CH.sub.2).sub.3 N.6(H.sub.2 O) is dispersed in the liquid mixture, selectively intercalating one or more compounds into the crystalline structure of the Mn.sub.3 (PO.sub.4).sub.4.2(H.sub.3 NCH.sub.2 CH.sub.2).sub.3 N.6(H.sub.2 O).

  13. Catalyzed Nano-Framework Stablized High Density Reversible Hydrogen Storage Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Tang, Xia; Opalka, Susanne M.; Mosher, Daniel A; Laube, Bruce L; Brown, Ronald J; Vanderspurt, Thomas H; Arsenault, Sarah; Wu, Robert; Strickler, Jamie; Ronnebro, Ewa; Boyle, Tim; Cordaro, Joseph

    2010-06-30

    A wide range of high capacity on-board rechargeable material candidates have exhibited non-ideal behavior related to irreversible hydrogen discharge / recharge behavior, and kinetic instability or retardation. This project addresses these issues by incorporating solvated and other forms of complex metal hydrides, with an emphasis on borohydrides, into nano-scale frameworks of low density, high surface area skeleton materials to stabilize, catalyze, and control desorption product formation associated with such complex metal hydrides. A variety of framework chemistries and hydride / framework combinations were investigated to make a relatively broad assessment of the method's potential. In this project, the hydride / framework interactions were tuned to decrease desorption temperatures for highly stable compounds or increase desorption temperatures for unstable high capacity compounds, and to influence desorption product formation for improved reversibility. First principle modeling was used to explore heterogeneous catalysis of hydride reversibility by modeling H2 dissociation, hydrogen migration, and rehydrogenation. Atomic modeling also demonstrated enhanced NaTi(BH4sub>)4sub> stabilization at nano-framework surfaces modified with multi-functional agents. Amine multi-functional agents were found to have more balanced interactions with nano-framework and hydride clusters than other functional groups investigated. Experimentation demonstrated that incorporation of Ca(BH4sub>)2 and Mg(BH4sub>)2 in aerogels enhanced hydride desorption kinetics. Carbon aerogels were identified as the most suitable nano-frameworks for hydride kinetic enhancement and high hydride loading. High loading of NaTi(BH4sub>)4sub> ligand complex in SiO2 aerogel was achieved and hydride stability was improved with the aerogel. Although improvements of desorption kinetics was observed, the incorporation of Ca

  14. Crystal structure of 4,5-dinitro-1 H-imidazole

    SciTech Connect

    Windler, G. Kenneth; Scott, Brian L.; Tomson, Neil C.; Leonard, Philip W.

    2015-01-01

    Here, the title compound, C3H2N4sub>O4sub>, forms crystals with two molecules in the asymmetric unit which are conformationally similar. With the exception of the O atoms of the nitro groups, the molecules are essentially planar. In the crystal, adjacent molecules are associated by N—H...N hydrogen bonds involving the imidazole N—H donors and N-atom acceptors of the unsaturated nitrogen of neighboring rings, forming layers parallel to (010).

  15. Probing Battery Chemistry with Liquid Cell Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Unocic, Raymond R.; Baggetto, Loic; Veith, Gabriel M.; Aguiar, Jeffery A.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Sacci, Robert L.; Dudney, Nancy J.; More, Karren L.

    2015-11-25

    We demonstrate the ability to apply electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to follow the chemistry and oxidation states of LiMn2O4sub> and Li4sub>Ti5O12 battery electrodes within a battery solvent. The use and importance of in situ electrochemical cells coupled with a scanning/transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) has expanded and been applied to follow changes in battery chemistry during electrochemical cycling. Furthermore, we discuss experimental parameters that influence measurement sensitivity and provide a framework to apply this important analytical method to future in situ electrochemical studies.

  16. Discussion of the coexisting 0/sup +/ band in the doubly closed subshell /sup 96/Zr on the basis of the polyspheron model

    SciTech Connect

    Pauling, L.

    1987-03-01

    When values of the mass m of the revolving cluster of the ground band and ..beta../sub 1/ excited band of Zr and Mo are assigned to the 2/sub 1//sup +/, 4/sub 1//sup +/, 2/sub 2//sup +/, and 4/sub 2//sup +/ levels on the basis of the assumption that the distance R between the centers of the cluster and the spherical part of the nucleus is approximately constant, these values are found to change in a systematic way. It is suggested that the ..beta../sub 1/ band is formed by promotion of a pair of neutrons, a two-particle, two-hole excitation.

  17. Spin-liquid ground state in the frustrated J1-J2 zigzag chain system BaTb2O4

    SciTech Connect

    Aczel, A. A.; Li, L.; Garlea, V. O.; Yan, J. -Q.; Weickert, F.; Zapf, V. S.; Movshovich, R.; Jaime, M.; Baker, P. J.; Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D.

    2015-07-13

    We have investigated polycrystalline samples of the zigzag chain system BaTb2O4sub> with magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, neutron powder diffraction, and muon spin relaxation measurements. No magnetic transitions are observed in the bulk measurements, while neutron diffraction reveals low-temperature, short-range, intrachain magnetic correlations between Tb3+ ions. Muon spin relaxation measurements indicate that these correlations are dynamic, as the technique detects no signatures of static magnetism down to 0.095 K. Altogether these findings provide strong evidence for a spin liquid ground state in BaTb2O4sub>.

  18. Probing battery chemistry with liquid cell electron energy loss spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Unocic, Raymond R.; Baggetto, Loic; Veith, Gabriel M.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Sacci, Robert L.; Dudney, Nancy J.; More, Karren Leslie; Aguiar, Jeffery A.

    2015-09-15

    Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) was used to determine the chemistry and oxidation state of LiMn2O4sub> and Li4sub>Ti5O12 thin film battery electrodes in liquid cells for in situ scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). Using the L2,3 white line intensity ratio method we determine the oxidation state of Mn and Ti in a liquid electrolyte solvent and discuss experimental parameters that influence measurement sensitivity.

  19. Crystal Growth and Characterization of Epitaxial Layers of Laser and Nonlinear Optical Materials for Thin-Disk and Waveguide laser applications

    SciTech Connect

    W Bolanos; M Segura; J Cugat; J Carvajal; X Mateos; M Pujol; R Solé; F Díaz; M Aguiló; et. al.

    2011-12-31

    This paper summarizes the main results we obtained in our laboratories in relation with crystalline layers obtained by liquid phase epitaxial growth of lanthanide doped KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Nb:RbTiOPO{sub 4} grown on KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and RbTiOPO{sub 4} substrates, respectively. Macroscopic defect free epitaxial layers were grown and characterized in terms of their compositional homogeneity, structural stress in the layer/substrate interface and laser and waveguiding performances.

  20. WETCHIMP-WSL: Intercomparison of wetland methane emissions models over West Siberia

    SciTech Connect

    Bohn, T. J.; Melton, J. R.; Ito, A.; Kleinen, T.; Spahni, R.; Stocker, B. D.; Zhang, B.; Zhu, X.; Schroeder, R.; Glagolev, M. V.; Maksyutov, S.; Brovkin, V.; Chen, G.; Denisov, S. N.; Eliseev, A. V.; Gallego-Sala, A.; McDonald, K. C.; Rawlins, M. A.; Riley, W. J.; Subin, Z. M.; Tian, H.; Zhuang, Q.; Kaplan, J. O.

    2015-06-03

    Wetlands are the world's largest natural source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The strong sensitivity of methane emissions to environmental factors such as soil temperature and moisture has led to concerns about potential positive feedbacks to climate change. This risk is particularly relevant at high latitudes, which have experienced pronounced warming and where thawing permafrost could potentially liberate large amounts of labile carbon over the next 100 years. However, global models disagree as to the magnitude and spatial distribution of emissions, due to uncertainties in wetland area and emissions per unit area and a scarcity of in situ observations. Recent intensive field campaigns across the West Siberian Lowland (WSL) make this an ideal region over which to assess the performance of large-scale process-based wetland models in a high-latitude environment. Here we present the results of a follow-up to the Wetland and Wetland CH4sub> Intercomparison of Models Project (WETCHIMP), focused on the West Siberian Lowland (WETCHIMP-WSL). We assessed 21 models and 5 inversions over this domain in terms of total CH4sub> emissions, simulated wetland areas, and CH4sub> fluxes per unit wetland area and compared these results to an intensive in situ CH4sub> flux data set, several wetland maps, and two satellite surface water products. We found that (a) despite the large scatter of individual estimates, 12-year mean estimates of annual total emissions over the WSL from forward models (5.34 ± 0.54 Tg CH4sub> yr⁻¹), inversions (6.06 ± 1.22 Tg CH4sub> yr⁻¹), and in situ observations (3.91 ± 1.29 Tg CH4sub> yr⁻¹) largely agreed; (b) forward models using surface water products alone to estimate wetland areas suffered from severe biases in CH4sub> emissions; (c) the interannual time series of models that lacked either soil thermal physics appropriate to the high latitudes or realistic emissions from

  1. Thermochemical process for the production of hydrogen using chromium and barium compound

    DOEpatents

    Bamberger, Carlos E.; Richardson, Donald M.

    1977-01-25

    Hydrogen is produced by a closed cyclic process involving the reduction and oxidation of chromium compounds by barium hydroxide and the hydrolytic disproportionation of Ba.sub.2 CrO.sub.4 and Ba.sub.3 (CrO.sub.4).sub.2.

  2. Experimental and theoretical study on gas-phase ion/molecule reactions of silver trimer cation, Ag{sub 3}{sup +}, with 12-crown-4

    SciTech Connect

    Kumondai, Kousuke; Toyoda, Michisato; Ishihara, Morio; Katakuse, Itsuo; Takeuchi, Takae; Ikeda, Mai; Iwamoto, Kenichi

    2005-07-08

    The reaction mechanisms of silver trimer cation, Ag{sub 3}{sup +}, with 12-crown-4 (12C4) were studied experimentally and theoretically. Using a cylindrical ion trap time-of-flight mass spectrometer, gas-phase ion/molecule reactions of Ag{sub 3}{sup +} with 12C4 were observed. Metal-ligand complexes of [Ag(12C4)]{sup +}, [Ag{sub 3}(12C4)]{sup +} and [Ag{sub 3}(12C4){sub 2}]{sup +}, and of [Ag(12C4){sub 2}]{sup +} and [Ag{sub 3}(12C4){sub 3}]{sup +}, were observed as the reaction intermediates and terminal products, respectively. The formations of the [Ag(12C4)]{sup +} and [Ag(12C4){sub 2}]{sup +} complexes indicated that the neutral dimer (Ag{sub 2}) had been eliminated from the trimer cation. From the results of ab initio calculations at the HF/LanL2DZ level of theory and the experiments, it is suggested that three 12C4 molecules can attach to Ag{sub 3}{sup +} through consecutive reactions and that neutral Ag{sub 2} can be easily eliminated from [Ag{sub 3}(12C4)]{sup +}.

  3. MICROWAVE-ASSISTED PREPARATION OF IMIDAZOLIUM-BASED TETRACHLOROINDATE(III) AND THEIR APPLICATION IN THE TETRAHYDROPYRANYLATION OF ALCOHOLS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A MW-assisted preparation of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrachloroindate(III), [Rmim][InCl4SUB>] (R = methyl, ethyl, butyl, hexyl, octyl) and their application as recyclable catalysts for the efficient and eco-friendly protection of alcohols to form tetrahydropyranyl (TH...

  4. Energy transfer and visible-infrared quantum cutting photoluminescence modification in Tm-Yb codoped YPO(4) inverse opal photonic crystals.

    PubMed

    Wang, Siqin; Qiu, Jianbei; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Zhengwen

    2015-08-01

    YPO4sub>:  Tm, Yb inverse opal photonic crystals were successfully synthesized by the colloidal crystal templates method, and the visible-infrared quantum cutting (QC) photoluminescence properties of YPO4sub>:  Tm, Yb inverse opal photonic crystals were investigated. We obtained tetragonal phase YPO4sub> in all the samples when the samples sintered at 950°C for 5 h. The visible emission intensity of Tm3+ decreased significantly when the photonic bandgap was located at 650 nm under 480 nm excitation. On the contrary, the QC emission intensity of Yb3+ was enhanced as compared with the no photonic bandgap sample. When the photonic bandgap was located at 480 nm, the Yb3+ and Tm3+ light-emitting intensity weakened at the same time. We demonstrated that the energy transfer between Tm3+ and Yb3+ is enhanced by the suppression of the red emission of Tm3+. Additionally, the mechanisms for the influence of the photonic bandgap on the energy transfer process of the Tm3+, Yb3+ codoped YPO4sub> inverse opal are discussed. PMID:26368098

  5. Optimizing Synthesis of Na2Ti2SiO7 - 2H2O (Na-CST) and Ion Exchange Pathways for Cs0.4H1.6Ti2SiO7 - H2O (Cs-CST) Determined from in situ Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction

    SciTech Connect

    Celestian,A.; Medvedev, D.; Tripathi, A.; Parise, J.; Clearfield, A.

    2005-01-01

    Observation of wide angle diffraction data collected in situ during previous synthesis of Na-CST (Na{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}SiO{sub 7}-2H{sub 2}O) showed initial crystallization of a precursor phase (SNT) at 30 C followed by conversion to CST after 1 h at 220 C. In situ studies of Cs{sup +} ion exchange into the H{sup +} form of CST showed a site-by-site ion exchange pathway accompanied by a simultaneous structural transition from P4{sub 2}/mbc (cell parameters a = 11.0690(6) Angstroms, c = 11.8842(6) Angstroms) to P4{sub 2}/mcm (cell parameters a = 7.847(2) Angstroms, c = 11.9100(6) Angstroms). After approximately 18% Cs{sup +} exchange into site designated Cs2 in space group P4{sub 2}/mcm, a site designated Cs1 in space group P4{sub 2}/mcm began to fill at the center of the 8MR windows until a maximum of approximately 22% exchange was achieved for Cs1. Bond valence sums of site Cs1 to framework O{sup 2-} are 1.00 v.u., while bond valence sums of site Cs2 to framework O{sup 2-} are 0.712 v.u. suggesting Cs1 to have a more stable bonding environment.

  6. Ammonia emissions in the United States, European Union, and China derived by high-resolution inversion of ammonium wet deposition data: Interpretation with a new agricultural emissions inventory (MASAGE_NH3)

    EPA Science Inventory

    We use the adjoint of a global 3-D chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem) to optimizeammonia (NH3+4SUB> wet deposition fluxes. Optimized emissions are derive...

  7. ISSUES IN MANAGING THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PERCHLORATE IN DRINKING WATER

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchlorate (ClO4SUB>-) contamination of ground and surface waters has placed drinking water supplies at risk in communities throughout the US, especially in the West. Several major assessment studies of that risk in terms of health and environmental impact are ...

  8. Conductive lithium storage electrode

    DOEpatents

    Chiang, Yet-Ming; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Bloking, Jason T; Andersson, Anna M

    2014-10-07

    A compound comprising a composition A.sub.x(M'.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.y(XD.sub.4).sub.z, A.sub.x(M'.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.y(DXD.sub.4).sub.z, or A.sub.x(M'.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.y(X.sub.2D.sub.7).sub.z, (A.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.xM'.sub.y(XD.sub.4).sub.z, (A.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.xM'.sub.y(DXD.sub.4).sub.z, or (A.sub.1-aM''.sub.a).sub.xM'.sub.y(X.sub.2D.sub.7).sub.z. In the compound, A is at least one of an alkali metal and hydrogen, M' is a first-row transition metal, X is at least one of phosphorus, sulfur, arsenic, molybdenum, and tungsten, M'' any of a Group IIA, IIIA, IVA, VA, VIA, VIIA, VIIIA, IB, IIB, IIIB, IVB, VB, and VIB metal, D is at least one of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, or a halogen, 0.0001

  9. Performance of the Proposed New Federal Reference Methods for Measuring Ozone Concentrations in Ambient Air

    EPA Science Inventory

    The current Federal Reference Method (FRM) for measuring concentrations of ozone in ambient air, described in EPA regulations at 40 CFR Part 50, Appendix D, is based on the dry, gas-phase, chemiluminescence reaction between ethylene (C2H4SUB>) and any ozone (O

  10. Energy transfer and visible-infrared quantum cutting photoluminescence modification in Tm-Yb codoped YPO(4) inverse opal photonic crystals.

    PubMed

    Wang, Siqin; Qiu, Jianbei; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Zhengwen

    2015-08-01

    YPO4sub>:  Tm, Yb inverse opal photonic crystals were successfully synthesized by the colloidal crystal templates method, and the visible-infrared quantum cutting (QC) photoluminescence properties of YPO4sub>:  Tm, Yb inverse opal photonic crystals were investigated. We obtained tetragonal phase YPO4sub> in all the samples when the samples sintered at 950°C for 5 h. The visible emission intensity of Tm3+ decreased significantly when the photonic bandgap was located at 650 nm under 480 nm excitation. On the contrary