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  1. High conductivity a-C:N thin films prepared by electron gun evaporation

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    Rebollo-Plata, B.; Lozada-Morales, R.; Palomino-Merino, R.; Portillo-Moreno, O.; Jimenez-Sandoval, S.; Zelaya-Angel, O. . E-mail: ozelaya@fis.cinvestav.mx

    2007-08-15

    By employing electron beam evaporation, amorphous carbon nitride (a-C:N) thin films, with a low nitrogen content ({approx} 1%), were prepared on Si(110) and glass substrates at about 150 deg. C. The source was a graphite target and an ambient of N{sub 2} was introduced into the growing chamber. The source-substrate distance (SSD) was the main parameter that was intentionally varied. Electron dispersion spectroscopy measurements indicate the nitrogen concentration in the layer as {approx} 1%. The dark electrical conductivity ({sigma}) of layers was very sensitive to SSD variation, changing up to six orders of magnitude when this parameter was varied from 10.5 to 23.5 cm. A maximum value of {sigma} = 1 x 10{sup 3} {omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} at room temperature was obtained when the SSD was equal to 15.5 cm. We have deduced that, in accordance with the Ferrari-Robertson model (FRM), our samples are localized in the second stage of the amorphization trajectory of FRM. When the SSD increases the C atoms have more probability to collide with N{sub 2} molecules, and the content of nitrogen in the a-C film increases. The amorphization trajectory followed by the films with an SSD increase is from nanocrystalline graphite to amorphous carbon. The changes in the amorphization are due to the nitrogen content in the layers.

  2. Microstructure of a-C:H films prepared on a microtrench and analysis of ions and radicals behavior

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    Hirata, Yuki; Choi, Junho

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous carbon films (a-C:H) were prepared on a microtrench (4-μm pitch and 4-μm depth), and the uniformity of film thickness and microstructure of the films on the top, sidewall, and bottom surfaces of the microtrench were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The a-C:H films were prepared by bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition (bipolar PBII&D), and the negative pulse voltage, which is the main parameter dominating the film structure, was changed from -1.0 to -15 kV. Moreover, the behavior of ions and radicals was analyzed simultaneously by combining the calculation methods of Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC-MCC) and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) to investigate the coating mechanism for the microtrench. The results reveal that the thickness uniformity of a-C:H films improves with decreasing negative pulse voltage due to the decreasing inertia of incoming ions from the trench mouth, although the film thickness on the sidewall tends to be much smaller than that on the top and bottom surfaces of the trench. The normalized flux and the film thickness show similar behavior, i.e., the normalized flux or thickness at the bottom surface increases at low negative pulse voltages and then saturates at a certain value, whereas at the sidewall it monotonically decreases with increasing negative voltage. The microstructure of a-C:H films on the sidewall surface is very different from that on the top and bottom surfaces. The film structure at a low negative pulse voltage shifts to more of a polymer-like carbon (PLC) structure due to the lower incident energy of ions. Although the radical flux on the sidewall increases slightly, the overall film structure is not significantly changed because this film formation at a low negative voltage is originally dominated by radicals. On the other hand, the flux of radicals is dominant on the sidewall in the case of high negative pulse voltage, resulting in a deviation

  3. Microstructure of a-C:H films prepared on a microtrench and analysis of ions and radicals behavior

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    Hirata, Yuki; Choi, Junho

    2015-08-28

    Amorphous carbon films (a-C:H) were prepared on a microtrench (4-μm pitch and 4-μm depth), and the uniformity of film thickness and microstructure of the films on the top, sidewall, and bottom surfaces of the microtrench were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The a-C:H films were prepared by bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition (bipolar PBII&D), and the negative pulse voltage, which is the main parameter dominating the film structure, was changed from −1.0 to −15 kV. Moreover, the behavior of ions and radicals was analyzed simultaneously by combining the calculation methods of Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC-MCC) and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) to investigate the coating mechanism for the microtrench. The results reveal that the thickness uniformity of a-C:H films improves with decreasing negative pulse voltage due to the decreasing inertia of incoming ions from the trench mouth, although the film thickness on the sidewall tends to be much smaller than that on the top and bottom surfaces of the trench. The normalized flux and the film thickness show similar behavior, i.e., the normalized flux or thickness at the bottom surface increases at low negative pulse voltages and then saturates at a certain value, whereas at the sidewall it monotonically decreases with increasing negative voltage. The microstructure of a-C:H films on the sidewall surface is very different from that on the top and bottom surfaces. The film structure at a low negative pulse voltage shifts to more of a polymer-like carbon (PLC) structure due to the lower incident energy of ions. Although the radical flux on the sidewall increases slightly, the overall film structure is not significantly changed because this film formation at a low negative voltage is originally dominated by radicals. On the other hand, the flux of radicals is dominant on the sidewall in the case of high negative pulse voltage, resulting in a

  4. Effect of incorporation of deuterium on vacancy-type defects of a-C:H films prepared by plasma CVD

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    Ozeki, K.; Sekiba, D.; Uedono, A.; Hirakuri, K. K.; Masuzawa, T.

    2015-03-01

    Amorphous deuterated carbon (a-C:D) films were prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from CH4/CD4 and CH4/D2 source gases. For CH4/CD4, the gas flow ratio of CD4/(CD4 + CH4) was varied from 0 to 100%. For CH4/D2, the additional partial gas pressure of D2 was increased from 1 to 7 Pa as the flow rate increased, and the partial gas pressure and the flow rate of CH4 were maintained at 10 Pa and 10 sccm, respectively. The concentrations of hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D) relative to carbon (C) in the films and the film densities were determined by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was performed to measure the vacancy-type defect of the film. The S value obtained from PAS measurement correlates to the vacancy-type defect in the film. The film hardness was also measured using a nanoindenter. For CH4/CD4, the D concentration in the film increased when the CD4/(CH4 + CD4) gas ratio increased, whereas the concentration of H decreased. For CH4/D2, the D concentration in the film increased with increasing D2 partial pressure, whereas the concentration of H decreased. From the PAS results, the S value increased with increasing CD4/(CH4 + CD4) gas ratio for CH4/CD4, whereas the S value did not change with any D2 partial pressure for CH4/D2. The hardness and the mass density of the films decreased when the CD4/(CH4 + CD4) gas ratio increased for CH4/CD4, whereas the hardness and the density did not change with any D2 partial pressure for CH4/D2. A correlation among the S value, the film hardness and the film density was observed, and the S value, the film hardness and the film density did not correlate to the D concentration in the film. These findings suggest that information about the vacancy-type defect of the hydrogenated amorphous carbon films is crucial for evaluation of their mechanical properties and density.

  5. Platinum containing amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H/Pt) thin films as selective solar absorbers

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    Lan, Yung-Hsiang; Brahma, Sanjaya; Tzeng, Y. H.; Ting, Jyh-Ming

    2014-10-01

    We have investigated a double-cermet structured thin film in which an a-C:H thin film was used as an anti-reflective (AR) layer and two platinum-containing amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H/Pt) thin films were used as the double cermet layers. A reactive co-sputter deposition method was used to prepare both the anti-reflective and cermet layers. Effects of the target power and heat treatment were studied. The obtained films were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The optical absorptance and emittance of the as deposited and annealed films were determined using UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. We show that the optical absorptance of the resulting double-cermet structured thin film is as high as 96% and remains to be 91% after heat treatment at 400 °C, indicating the thermal stability of the film.

  6. Deposition of a-C:H films on inner surface of high-aspect-ratio microchannel

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    Hirata, Yuki; Choi, Junho

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were prepared on inner surface of 100-μm-width microchannel by using a bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition. The microchannel was fabricated using a silicon plate, and two kinds of microchannels were prepared, namely, with a bottom layer (open at one end) and without a bottom layer (open at both ends). The distribution of thickness and hardness of films was evaluated by SEM and nanoindentation measurements, respectively, and the microstructures of films were evaluated by Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the behavior of ions and radicals was analyzed simultaneously by combining the calculation methods of Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to investigate the coating mechanism for the microchannel. It was found that the film thickness decreased as the depth of the coating position increased in the microchannels where it is open at one end. The uniformity of the film thickness improved by increasing the negative pulse voltage because ions can arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel. In addition, the hardness increased as the depth of the coating position increased. This is because the radicals do not arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel, and the incident proportion of ions relative to that of radicals increases, resulting in a high hardness due to the amorphization of the film. The opening area of the microchannel where the aspect ratio is very small, radicals dominate the incident flux, whereas ions prevail over radicals above an aspect ratio of about 7.5. On the other hand, in the microchannels that are open at both ends, there were great improvements in uniformity of the film thickness, hardness, and the film structure. The a-C:H films were successfully deposited on the entire inner surface of a microchannel with an aspect ratio of 20.

  7. Preparation of a semiconductor thin film

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    Pehnt, Martin; Schulz, Douglas L.; Curtis, Calvin J.; Ginley, David S.

    1998-01-01

    A process for the preparation of a semiconductor film. The process comprises depositing nanoparticles of a semiconductor material onto a substrate whose surface temperature during nanoparticle deposition thereon is sufficient to cause substantially simultaneous fusion of the nanoparticles to thereby coalesce with each other and effectuate film growth.

  8. Preparation of a semiconductor thin film

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    Pehnt, M.; Schulz, D.L.; Curtis, C.J.; Ginley, D.S.

    1998-01-27

    A process is disclosed for the preparation of a semiconductor film. The process comprises depositing nanoparticles of a semiconductor material onto a substrate whose surface temperature during nanoparticle deposition thereon is sufficient to cause substantially simultaneous fusion of the nanoparticles to thereby coalesce with each other and effectuate film growth.

  9. Properties of a-C:H:Si thin films deposited by middle-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Jiang, Jinlong; Wang, Yubao; Du, Jinfang; Yang, Hua; Hao, Junying

    2016-08-01

    The silicon doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si) films were prepared on silicon substrates by middle-frequency magnetron sputtering silicon target in an argon and methane gas mixture atmosphere. The deposition rate, chemical composition, structure, surface properties, stress, hardness and tribological properties in the ambient air of the films were systemically investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanoindentation and tribological tester. The results show that doped silicon content in the films is controlled in the wide range from 39.7 at.% to 0.2 at.% by various methane gas flow rate, and methane flow rate affects not only the silicon content but also its chemical bonding structure in the films due to the transformation of sputtering modes. Meanwhile, the sp3 carbon component in the films linearly increases with increasing of methane flow rate. The film deposited at moderate methane flow rate of 40-60 sccm exhibits the very smooth surface (RMS roughness 0.4 nm), low stress (0.42 GPa), high hardness (21.1 GPa), as well as low friction coefficient (0.038) and wear rate (1.6 × 10-7 mm3/Nm). The superior tribological performance of the films could be attributed to the formation and integral covering of the transfer materials on the sliding surface and their high hardness.

  10. Physical properties of a-C:N films produced by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Rossi, F. ); Andre, B. ); van Veen, A.; Mijnarends, P.E.; Schut, H.; Labohm, F. ); Dunlop, H. ); Delplancke, M.P. ); Hubbard, K. )

    1994-09-01

    Carbon films with up to 32 at. % of nitrogen have been prepared with ion beam assisted magnetron, using a N[sup +][sub 2]/N[sup +] beam at energies between 50 and 300 eV. The composition and density of the films vary strongly with the deposition parameters. EELS, SXS, XPS, and IR studies show that these a-C:N films are mostly graphitic and have up to 20% [ital sp][sup 3] bonding. Nitrogen is mostly combined with carbon in nitrile (C[equivalent to]N) and imine (C=N) groups. RBS and NDP show that density goes through a maximum as the average damage energy per incoming ion increases. Positron annihilation spectroscopy shows that the void concentration in the films goes through a minimum with average damage energy. These results are consistent with a densification induced by the collisions at low average damage energy values and induced graphitization at higher damage energy values. These results are similar to what is observed for Ar ion assisted deposition of a-C films. The mechanical properties of these films have been studied with a nanoindenter, and it was found that the hardness and Young's modulus go through a maximum as the average damage energy is increased. The maximum of mechanical properties corresponds to the minimum in the void concentration in the film. Tribological studies of the a-C:N show that the friction coefficient obtained against diamond under dynamic loading decreases strongly as the nitrogen composition increases, this effect being more pronounced at low loads.

  11. Films prepared from electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Yang, Han; Tejado, Alvaro; Alam, Nur; Antal, Miro; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2012-05-22

    Electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose (ENCC) was modified in three ways: (1) the hydroxyl groups on C2 and C3 of glucose repeat units of ENCC were converted to aldehyde groups by periodate oxidation to various extents; (2) the carboxyl groups in the sodium form on ENCC were converted to the acid form by treating them with an acid-type ion-exchange resin; and (3) ENCC was cross-linked in two different ways by employing adipic dihydrazide as a cross-linker and water-soluble 1-ethyl-3-[3-(dimethylaminopropyl)] carbodiimide as a carboxyl-activating agent. Films were prepared from these modified ENCC suspensions by vacuum filtration. The effects of these three modifications on the properties of films were investigated by a variety of techniques, including UV-visible spectroscopy, a tensile test, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), and contact angle (CA) studies. On the basis of the results from UV spectra, the transmittance of these films was as high as 87%, which shows them to be highly transparent. The tensile strength of these films was increased with increasing aldehyde content. From TGA and WVTR experiments, cross-linked films showed much higher thermal stability and lower water permeability. Furthermore, although the original cellulose is hydrophilic, these films also exhibited a certain hydrophobic behavior. Films treated by trichloromethylsilane become superhydrophobic. The unique characteristics of these transparent films are very promising for potential applications in flexible packaging and other high-technology products. PMID:22482733

  12. Electrochromism in metal oxide films studied by Raman spectroscopy and A.C. techniques: charge insertion mechanism

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    Cordoba de Torresi, Susana I.; Takenouti, H.

    1990-08-01

    Two different types of electrochromic nickel oxide films are studied : nickel hydroxide films prepared by cathodic precipitation from a Ni2 containing solution and nickel oxide films formed by anodic oxidation of a nickel substrate in very concentrated sulfuric acid. Chemical and crystallographic nature is analysed by in-situ Raman spectroscopy and the charge insertion mechanisms are studied by A.C. electrochemical impedance technique. The optical transfer function is also determined by means of 1254 Solartron frequency response analyzer. The complex capacitance C*(w), the differential coloration R/(RAE) and the differential coloration efficiency R/(RQ) are calculated.

  13. Ambient pressure process for preparing aerogel thin films reliquified sols useful in preparing aerogel thin films

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    Brinker, Charles Jeffrey; Prakash, Sai Sivasankaran

    1999-01-01

    A method for preparing aerogel thin films by an ambient-pressure, continuous process. The method of this invention obviates the use of an autoclave and is amenable to the formation of thin films by operations such as dip coating. The method is less energy intensive and less dangerous than conventional supercritical aerogel processing techniques.

  14. Preparation and application of agar/alginate/collagen ternary blend functional food packaging films.

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    Wang, Long-Feng; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2015-09-01

    Ternary blend agar/alginate/collagen (A/A/C) hydrogel films with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and grapefruit seed extract (GSE) were prepared. Their performance properties, transparency, tensile strength (TS), water vapor permeability (WVP), water contact angle (CA), water swelling ratio (SR), water solubility (WS), and antimicrobial activity were determined. The A/A/C film was highly transparent, and both AgNPs and GSE incorporated blend films (A/A/C(AgNPs) and A/A/C(GSE)) exhibited UV-screening effect, especially, the A/A/C(GSE) film had high UV-screening effect without sacrificing the transmittance. In addition, the A/A/C blend films formed efficient hydrogel film with the water holding capacity of 23.6 times of their weight. Both A/A/C(AgNPs) and A/A/C(GSE) composite films exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive (Listeria monocytogenes) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) food-borne pathogenic bacteria. The test results of fresh potatoes packaging revealed that all the A/A/C ternary blend films prevented forming of condensed water on the packaged film surface, both A/A/C(AgNPs) and A/A/C(GSE) composite films prevented greening of potatoes during storage. The results indicate that the ternary blend hydrogel films incorporated with AgNPs or GSE can be used not only as antifogging packaging films for highly respiring fresh agriculture produce, but also as an active food packaging system utilizing their strong antimicrobial activity. PMID:26187189

  15. Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy and optical characterization of a-C-H and BN films

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    Pouch, J. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Warner, J. D.

    1986-01-01

    The amorphous dielectrics a-C:H and BN were deposited on III-V semiconductors. Optical band gaps as high as 3 eV were measured for a-C:H generated by C4H10 plasmas; a comparison was made with bad gaps obtained from films prepared by CH4 glow discharges. The ion beam deposited BN films exhibited amorphous behavior with band gaps on the order of 5 eV. Film compositions were studied by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The optical properties were characterized by ellipsometry, UV/VIS absorption, and IR reflection and transmission. Etching rates of a-C:H subjected to O2 dicharges were determined.

  16. Elastic properties of a-C :N:H films

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    Wang, Chengbing; Yang, Shengrong; Li, Hongxuan; Zhang, Junyan

    2007-01-01

    Dual dc-rf plasma system has been used to deposit hydrogenated carbon nitride (CNx:H) films that exhibit high elastic recovery (75%). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and Raman spectra were subsequently used to study the microstructure and bonding of the resultant films. The structure of the films from TEM is seen to consist of many particles embedded in an amorphous carbon matrix, and the films can be described as graphitelike or onionlike with interplanar distances of ≈1.15, 1.95, and 3.5Å, as obtained from selected area electron diffraction (SAED). FTIR shows that nitrogen promotes the formation of sp2 C C/CN aromatic rings in the films. Raman spectra shows two apparent peaks at about 700 and 1200cm-1 in addition to the G and D peaks. Only by adding two extra peaks at approximately 1230 and 1470cm-1 can we deconvolute the Raman spectra of CNx:H in the region of 1000-2000cm-1. Combining TEM and SAED, we attribute the three peaks at about 700, 1200, and 1470cm-1 to fullerene or onion structure. However, the elastic recovery is relatively lower than elastic hydrogenated free carbon nitride films. We think that this is due to the fact that hydrogen is mainly incorporated to sp3 carbon and suppresses cross-linking three-dimensional (3D) network growth.

  17. Method for preparing a thick film conductor

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    Nagesh, Voddarahalli K.; Fulrath, deceased, Richard M.

    1978-01-01

    A method for preparing a thick film conductor which comprises providing surface active glass particles, mixing the surface active glass particles with a thermally decomposable organometallic compound, for example, a silver resinate, and then decomposing the organometallic compound by heating, thereby chemically depositing metal on the glass particles. The glass particle mixture is applied to a suitable substrate either before or after the organometallic compound is thermally decomposed. The resulting system is then fired in an oxidizing atmosphere, providing a microstructure of glass particles substantially uniformly coated with metal.

  18. Effect of Ion Irradiation on the Structural Properties and Hardness of a-C:H:Si:O:F Films

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    Rangel, Elidiane C.; da Cruz, Nilson C.; Rangel, Rita C. C.; Landers, Richard; Durrant, Steven F.

    2015-03-01

    Amorphous carbon-based thin films, a-C:H:Si:O:F, were obtained by plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIIID) from mixtures of hexamethyldisiloxane, sulfur hexafluoride and argon. For PIIID the sample holder was biased with negative 25 kV pulses at 60 Hz. The main system parameter was the proportion of SF6 in the reactor feed, RSF. To allow comparison to growth without intentional ion implantation, some films were also grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The objectives were to investigate the effects of fluorine incorporation and ion implantation on the film's chemical structure, and principally on the surface contact angle, hardness and friction coefficient. Infrared and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopic analyses revealed that the films are essentially amorphous and polymer-like, and that fluorine is incorporated for any non-zero value of RSF. Choice of RSF influences film composition and structure but ion implantation also plays a role. Depending on RSF, hydrophilic or hydrophobic films may be produced. Ion implantation is beneficial while fluorine incorporation is detrimental to hardness. For ion implanted films the friction coefficient falls about one third as RSF is increased from 0 to 60%. Films prepared by PIIID without fluorine incorporation present fairly low friction coefficients and hardnesses greater than those of conventional polymers.

  19. Tribological properties of metal doped a-C film by RF magnetron sputtering method

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    Park, Yong Seob; Jung, Tae-Hwan; Lim, Dong-Gun; Park, Young; Kim, Hyungchul; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-10-15

    We deposited various metal doped amorphous carbon (a-C:Me) films by radio frequency (RF) magnetron co-sputtering method. Tungsten (W), molybdenum (Mo), and chromium (Cr) were used as the doping metals in a-C film. The applied power on carbon and metal (W, Mo, and Cr) target were 150 W and 40 W, respectively. a-C:Me films exhibited smooth and uniform surface roughness and the hardness over 15 GPa. Specially, a-C:W film showed the maximum hardness of 18.5 GPa. The coefficient of friction of a-C:W film is relatively lower than that of other films and the critical load value of a-C:W film is higher. These results are related to the concentration of metal in the carbon matrix by the difference of sputtering yield and the change of the structure by the metal bonding. Consequently, W metal is good candidate as the doping metal for the improvement of tribological characteristics.

  20. Preparation and structural properties of thin carbon films by very-high-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Ming-Wei, Gao; Chao, Ye; Xiang-Ying, Wang; Yi-Song, He; Jia-Min, Guo; Pei-Fang, Yang

    2016-07-01

    Growth and structural properties of thin a-C films prepared by the 60 MHz very-high-frequency (VHF) magnetron sputtering were investigated. The energy and flux of ions impinging the substrate were also analyzed. It is found that the thin a-C films prepared by the 60 MHz sputtering have a lower growth rate, a smooth surface, and more sp3 contents. These features are related to the higher ion energy and the lower ions flux onto the substrate. Therefore, the 60 MHz VHF sputtering is more suitable for the preparation of thin a-C film with more sp3 contents. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11275136).

  1. Erosion of a-C:H films under interaction with nitrous oxide afterglow discharge

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    Zalavutdinov, R. Kh.; Gorodetsky, A. E.; Bukhovets, V. L.; Zakharov, A. P.; Mazul, I. V.

    2009-06-01

    Hydrocarbon film removal using chemically active oxygen formed in a direct current glow discharge with a hollow cathode in nitrous oxide was investigated. In the afterglow region sufficiently fast removal of a-C:H films about 500 nm thick during about 8 h was achieved at N 2O pressure of 12 Pa and 370 K. The erosion rate in the afterglow region was directly proportional to the initial pressure and increased two orders of magnitude at temperature rising from 300 to 500 K. The products of a-C:H film plasmolysis were CO, CO 2, H 2O, and H 2. After removal of a-C:H films previously deposited on stainless steel, molybdenum or tungsten 3-30 nm thick oxide films were formed on the substrates. Reactions of oxygen ion neutralization and atomic oxygen recombination suppressed further oxidation of the materials.

  2. WC/a-C nanocomposite thin films: Optical and electrical properties

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    Abad, M. D.; Sanchez-Lopez, J. C.; Cusnir, N.; Sanjines, R.

    2009-02-01

    WC/amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films were deposited by dual magnetron sputtering from individual WC and graphite targets. The influence of film composition and microstructure on the optical and electrical properties was investigated. As evidenced by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and grazing angle x-ray diffraction measurements, the WC/a-C films are composite materials made of hexagonal W{sub 2}C and/or cubic {beta}-WC{sub 1-X} nanocrystallites embedded in (a-C) matrix. The optical properties were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry and the electrical resistivity was measured by the van der Pauw method between 20 and 300 K. Both the optical and the electrical properties of the WC/a-C films are correlated with the chemical composition and microstructure evolution caused by a-C addition. The optical properties of W{sub 2}C/a-C and {beta}-WC{sub 1-x}/a-C films with a-C content {<=}10 at. % are explained by modeling their dielectric functions by a set of Drude-Lorentz oscillators. Further increase in a-C content leads only to the formation of {beta}-WC{sub 1-x}/a-C nanocomposite structures and their optical properties progressively evolve to those of a-C single phase. The electrical resistivity as a function of the temperature of all the films exhibits a negative temperature coefficient of resistivity. Theoretical fitting using the grain-boundary scattering model shows that the transport properties are mainly limited by the grain size and electron mean free path parameters.

  3. Preparation and Evaluation of Stomatitis Film Using Xyloglucan Containing Loperamide.

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    Kawano, Yayoi; Sasatsu, Masanaho; Mizutani, Ayako; Hirose, Kaoru; Hanawa, Takehisa; Onishi, Hiraku

    2016-06-01

    Stomatitis induced by radiation therapy or cancer chemotherapy is a factor in sleep disorders and/or eating disorders, markedly decreasing patient quality of life. In recent years, disintegrating oral films that are easy to handle have been developed; therefore, we focused on the formulation of these films. We prepared an adhesive film for the oral cavity using xyloglucan (Xylo), which is a water-soluble macromolecule. We used loperamide, which has been reported to relieve pain caused by stomatitis effectively, as a model drug in this study. Films were prepared from Xylo solutions (3% (w/w)) and hypromellose (HPMC) solutions (1% (w/w)). Xylo and HPMC solutions were mixed at ratios of 1 : 1, 2 : 1, or 3 : 1 for each film, and films 2×2 cm weighing 3 g were prepared and dried at 37°C for 24 h. Physicochemical properties such as strength, adhesiveness, disintegration behavior, and dissolution of loperamide from films were evaluated. Films prepared from Xylo solution alone had sufficient strength and mucosal adhesion. On the other hand, films prepared from a mixture of Xylo and HPMC were inferior to those made from Xylo, but showed sufficient strength and mucosal adhesion and were flexible and easy to handle. The films prepared in this study are useful as adhesion films in the oral cavity. PMID:26960400

  4. Helium permeation through a-C:H films deposited on polymeric substrates

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    Valentini, L.; Bellachioma, M. C.; Lozzi, L.; Santucci, S.; Kenny, J. M.

    2002-09-01

    The influence of amorphous hydrogenated carbon a-C:H coatings on gas permeation through polymer films was investigated. Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were deposited, at room temperature, from a CH4/Ar plasma produced by a radio frequency glow discharge system at 13.56 MHz. Polyether-etherketone (PEEK) and polyetherimide foils with different thicknesses were used as substrates. The permeation of He was measured and the reduction of the permeability coefficient is correlated here to the composition and density of the a-C:H films. The density and film structure of the layers were analyzed using x-ray reflectivity and Raman spectroscopy of films deposited onto silicon reference samples. A less pronounced reduction of the permeability coefficients for hard, dense diamond-like layers is reported with respect to those obtained for soft, polymer-like layers on PEEK substrates. Surprisingly, the barrier efficacy of the coating decreases with an increase in a-C:H film density. This unexpected result is attributed to intrinsic stress and the corresponding formation of microcracks. The effect of nitrogen incorporation, which reduces film permeability, is investigated in terms of the stress relaxation mechanism promoted. copyright 2002 American Vacuum Society.

  5. Origin of superlubricity in a-C:H:Si films: a relation to film bonding structure and environmental molecular characteristic.

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    Chen, Xinchun; Kato, Takahisa; Nosaka, Masataka

    2014-08-27

    Superlubricity of Si-containing hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si) films has been systematically investigated in relation to the film bonding structure and the environmental atmosphere. Structural diversity induced by hydrogen incorporation (i.e., 17.3-36.7 at. % H), namely sp(2)-bonded a-C, diamond-like or polymer-like, and tribointeractions activated by the participation of environmental gaseous molecules mainly determine the frictional behaviors of a-C:H:Si films. A suitable control of hydrogen content in the film (i.e., the inherent hydrogen coverage) is obligate to obtain durable superlubricity in a distinct gaseous atmosphere such as dry N2, reactive H2 or humid air. Rapid buildup of running-in-induced antifriction tribolayers at the contact interface, which is more feasible in self-mated sliding, is crucial for achieving a superlubric state. Superior tribological performances have been observed for the polymer-like a-C:H:Si (31.9 at. % H) film, as this hydrogen-rich sample can exhibit superlow friction in various atmospheres including dry inert N2 (μ ∼ 0.001), Ar (μ ∼ 0.012), reactive H2 (μ ∼ 0.003) and humid air (μ ∼ 0.004), and can maintain ultralow friction in corrosive O2 (μ ∼ 0.084). Hydrogen is highlighted for its decisive role in obtaining superlow friction. The occurrence of superlubricity in a-C:H:Si films is generally attributed to a synergistic effect of phase transformation, surface passivation and shear localization, for instance, the near-frictionless state occurred in dry N2. The contribution of each mechanism to the friction reduction depends on the specific intrafilm and interfilm interactions along with the atmospheric effects. These antifriction a-C:H:Si films are promising for industrial applications as lubricants. PMID:25100259

  6. Silk fibroin/pullulan blend films: Preparation and characterization

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    Shivananda, C. S.; Rao, B. Lakshmeesha; Madhukumar, R.; Sarojini, B. K.; Somashekhar, R.; Asha, S.; Sangappa, Y.

    2016-05-01

    In this work silk fibroin/pullulan blend films have been prepared by solution casting method. The blend films were examined for structural, and thermal properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimatric (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. The XRD results indicate that with the introduction of pullulan, the interaction between SF and pullulan in the blend films induced the conformation transition of SF films and amorphous phase increases with increasing pullulan ratio. The thermal properties of the blend films were improved significantly in the blend films.

  7. Deposition of a-C:H films on a nanotrench pattern by bipolar PBII&D

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    Hirata, Yuki; Nakahara, Yuya; Nagato, Keisuke; Choi, Junho

    2016-06-01

    In this study, hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were deposited on a nanotrench pattern (300 nm pitch, aspect ratio: 2.0) by bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition technique (bipolar PBII&D), and the effects of bipolar pulse on the film properties were investigated. Moreover, the behaviour of ions and radicals surrounding the nanotrench was analyzed to clarify the coating mechanism and properties of the a-C:H films on the nanotrench. Further, thermal nanoimprint lithography was carried out using the nanotrench pattern coated with a-C:H films as the mold, and the mold release properties were evaluated. All nanotrench surfaces were successfully coated with the a-C:H films, but the film thickness on the top, sidewall, and bottom surfaces of the trench were not uniform. The surface roughness of the a-C:H films was found to decrease at a higher positive voltage; this happens due to the higher electron temperature around the nanotrench because of the surface migration of plasma particles arrived on the trench. The effects of the negative voltage on the behaviour of ions and radicals near the sidewall of the nanotrench are quite similar to those near the microtrench reported previously (Park et al 2014 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 335306). However, the positive pulse voltage was also found to affect the behaviour of ions and radicals near the sidewall surface. The incident angles of ions on the sidewall surface increased with the positive pulse voltage because the energy of incoming ions on the trench decreases with increasing positive voltage. Moreover, the incident ion flux on the sidewall is affected by the positive voltage history. Further, the radical flux decreases with increasing positive voltage. It can be concluded that a higher positive voltage at a lower negative voltage condition is good to obtain better film properties and higher film thickness on the sidewall surface. Pattern transfer properties for the nanoimprint formed by

  8. Electrical properties of a-C:Mo films produced by dual-cathode filtered cathodic arc plasma deposition

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    Sansongsiri, Sakon; Anders, Andre; Yodsombat, Banchob

    2008-01-20

    Molybdenum-containing amorphous carbon (a-C:Mo) thin films were prepared using a dual-cathode filtered cathodic arc plasma source with a molybdenum and a carbon (graphite) cathode. The Mo content in the films was controlled by varying the deposition pulse ratio of Mo and C. Film sheet resistance was measured in situ at process temperature, which was close to room temperature, as well as ex situ as a function of temperature (300-515 K) in ambient air. Film resistivity and electrical activation energy were derived for different Mo and C ratios and substrate bias. Film thickness was in the range 8-28 nm. Film resistivity varied from 3.55x10-4 Omega m to 2.27x10-6 Omega m when the Mo/C pulse ratio was increased from 0.05 to 0.4, with no substrate bias applied. With carbon-selective bias, the film resistivity was in the range of 4.59x10-2 and 4.05 Omega m at a Mo/C pulse ratio of 0.05. The electrical activation energy decreased from 3.80x10-2 to 3.36x10-4 eV when the Mo/C pulse ratio was increased in the absence of bias, and from 0.19 to 0.14 eV for carbon-selective bias conditions. The resistivity of the film shifts systematically with the amounts of Mo and upon application of substrate bias voltage. The intensity ratio of the Raman D-peak and G-peak (ID/IG) correlated with the pre-exponential factor (sigma 0) which included charge carrier density and density of states.

  9. Process for the preparation of metal-containing nanostructured films

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    Lu, Yunfeng (Inventor); Wang, Donghai (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Metal-containing nanostructured films are prepared by electrodepositing a metal-containing composition within the pores of a mesoporous silica template to form a metal-containing silica nanocomposite. The nanocomposite is annealed to strengthen the deposited metal-containing composition. The silica is then removed from the nanocomposite, e.g., by dissolving the silica in an etching solution to provide a self-supporting metal-containing nanostructured film. The nanostructured films have a nanowire or nanomesh architecture depending on the pore structure of the mesoporous silica template used to prepare the films.

  10. Preparation of patterned ultrathin polymer films.

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    Yang, Huige; Su, Meng; Li, Kaiyong; Jiang, Lei; Song, Yanlin; Doi, Masao; Wang, Jianjun

    2014-08-12

    Though patterned ultrathin polymer films (<100 nm) are of great importance in the fields of sensors and nanoelectronic devices, the fabrication of patterned ultrathin polymer films remains a great challenge. Herein, patterned ultrathin polymer films are fabricated facilely on hydrophobic substrates with different hydrophilic outline patterns by the pinning of three-phase contact lines of polymer solution on the hydrophilic outlines. This method is universal for most of the water-soluble polymers, and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) has been selected as a model polymer due to its biocompatibility and good film-forming property. The results indicate that the morphologies of ultrathin polymer films can be precisely adjusted by the size of the hydrophilic outline pattern. Specifically, patterned hydrophilic outlines with sizes of 100, 60, and 40 μm lead to the formation of concave-shaped ultrathin PVA films, whereas uniform ultrathin PVA films are formed on 20 and 10 μm patterned substrates. The controllabilities of morphologies can be interpreted through the influences of the slip length and coffee ring effect. Theoretical analysis shows that when the size of the hydrophilic outline patterns is smaller than a critical value, the coffee ring effect disappears and uniform patterned ultrathin polymer films can be formed for all polymer concentrations. These results provide an effective methodology for the fabrication of patterned ultrathin polymer films and enhance the understanding of the coffee ring effect. PMID:25066958

  11. Preparation of Modified Films with Protein from Grouper Fish.

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    Valdivia-López, M A; Tecante, A; Granados-Navarrete, S; Martínez-García, C

    2016-01-01

    A protein concentrate (PC) was obtained from Grouper fish skin and it was used to prepare films with different amounts of sorbitol and glycerol as plasticizers. The best performing films regarding resistance were then modified with various concentrations of CaCl2, CaSO4 (calcium salts), and glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) with the purpose of improving their mechanical and barrier properties. These films were characterized by determining their mechanical properties and permeability to water vapor and oxygen. Formulations with 5% (w/v) protein and 75% sorbitol and 4% (w/v) protein with a mixture of 15% glycerol and 15% sorbitol produced adequate films. Calcium salts and GDL increased the tensile fracture stress but reduced the fracture strain and decreased water vapor permeability compared with control films. The films prepared represent an attractive alternative for being used as food packaging materials. PMID:27597950

  12. Preparation of Modified Films with Protein from Grouper Fish

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    Tecante, A.; Granados-Navarrete, S.; Martínez-García, C.

    2016-01-01

    A protein concentrate (PC) was obtained from Grouper fish skin and it was used to prepare films with different amounts of sorbitol and glycerol as plasticizers. The best performing films regarding resistance were then modified with various concentrations of CaCl2, CaSO4 (calcium salts), and glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) with the purpose of improving their mechanical and barrier properties. These films were characterized by determining their mechanical properties and permeability to water vapor and oxygen. Formulations with 5% (w/v) protein and 75% sorbitol and 4% (w/v) protein with a mixture of 15% glycerol and 15% sorbitol produced adequate films. Calcium salts and GDL increased the tensile fracture stress but reduced the fracture strain and decreased water vapor permeability compared with control films. The films prepared represent an attractive alternative for being used as food packaging materials. PMID:27597950

  13. Preparation of Thick Magnet Films by the Aerosol Deposition Method

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    Sugimoto, Satoshi

    The aerosol deposition method (ADM) is effective for the preparation of thick films with high deposition rate. We applied this method to fabricate NiZn ferrite or Sm-Fe-N films, which are used for microwave absorbers or permanent magnets, respectively. In this article, the magnetic properties of Sm-Fe-N thick films fabricated by the ADM are introduced and the possibility of the ADM for the fabrication process with high deposition rate is discussed.

  14. Deposition of a-C:H films on UHMWPE substrate and its wear-resistance

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    Xie, Dong; Liu, Hengjun; Deng, Xingrui; Leng, Y. X.; Huang, Nan

    2009-10-01

    In prosthetic hip replacements, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) wear debris is identified as the main factor limiting the lifetime of the artificial joints. Especially UHMWPE debris from the joint can induce tissue reactions and bone resorption that may lead to the joint loosening. The diamond like carbon (DLC) film has attracted a great deal of interest in recent years mainly because of its excellent tribological property, biocompatibility and chemically inert property. In order to improve the wear-resistance of UHMWPE, a-C:H films were deposited on UHMWPE substrate by electron cyclotron resonance microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (ECR-PECVD) technology. During deposition, the working gases were argon and acetylene, the microwave power was set to 800 W, the biased pulsed voltage was set to -200 V (frequency 15 kHz, duty ratio 20%), the pressure in vacuum chamber was set to 0.5 Pa, and the process time was 60 min. The films were analysed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, nano-indentation, anti-scratch and wear test. The results showed that a typical amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) film was successfully deposited on UHMWPE with thickness up to 2 μm. The nano-hardness of the UHMWPE coated with a-C:H films, measured at an applied load of 200 μN, was increased from 10 MPa (untreated UHMWPE) to 139 MPa. The wear test was carried out using a ball (Ø 6 mm, SiC) on disk tribometer with an applied load of 1 N for 10000 cycles, and the results showed a reduction of worn cross-sectional area from 193 μm 2 of untreated UHMWPE to 26 μm 2 of DLC coated sample. In addition the influence of argon/acetylene gas flow ratio on the growth of a-C:H films was studied.

  15. Preparation of Electrically Conductive Polystyrene/Carbon Nanofiber Nanocomposite Films

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    Sun, Luyi; O'Reilly, Jonathan Y.; Tien, Chi-Wei; Sue, Hung-Jue

    2008-01-01

    A simple and effective approach to prepare conductive polystyrene/carbon nanofiber (PS/CNF) nanocomposite films via a solution dispersion method is presented. Inexpensive CNF, which has a structure similar to multi-walled carbon nanotubes, is chosen as a nanofiller in this experiment to achieve conductivity in PS films. A good dispersion is…

  16. Preparation and Characterization of PZT Thin Films

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    Bose, A.; Sreemany, M.; Bhattacharyya, D. K.; Sen, Suchitra; Halder, S. K.

    2008-07-29

    In analogy with Piezoelectric Wafer Active Sensors (PWAS), Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) thin films also seem to be promising for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) due to a number of reasons. Firstly, PZT thin films with well oriented domains show enhanced piezoelectric response. Secondly, PWAS requires comparatively large voltage leading to a demand for thin PZT films (<< {mu}m in thickness) for low voltage operation at {<=}10 V. This work focuses on two different aspects: (a) growing oriented PZT thin films in ferroelectric perovskite phase in the range of (80-150) nm thickness on epitaxial Si/Pt without a seed layer and (b) synthesizing perovskite phase in PZT thin films on Corning glass 1737 using a seed layer of TiO{sub x} (TiO{sub x} thickness ranging between 30 nm to 500 nm)

  17. Preparation and evaluation of medicinal carbon oral films.

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    Sakuda, Yoko; Ito, Akihiko; Sasatsu, Masanaho; Machida, Yoshiharu

    2010-04-01

    Medicinal carbon (MC) films, which can be taken more easily than other dosage forms, were prepared using sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) and alginic acid sodium (ALG) as film base materials. Brilliant blue FCF (BB) was used as a model drug. The films containing MC had sufficient strength and disintegration time, but their ability to adsorb BB was clearly inhibited compared to that of MC in powder form. When ALG was used as the film base, the BB adsorption capacity of MC film was approximately 50% of that of MC powder. In an attempt to improve this adsorption ability, two saccharides, sorbitol (SOR) and maltitol (MT), were separately added to MC at a mixing ratio of 1 : 1 by weight. When ALG was the film base, MC films containing SOR or MT showed rapid adsorption profiles and had greatly increased capacities for BB adsorption compared with films containing MC alone. SOR was superior to MT as an additive, though both gave MC-containing films a BB adsorption capacity almost equal to that of MC powder after 24 h, and physical mixtures tended to have better BB adsorption capacities than pre-treatment mixture. In addition, both SOR and MT tended to increase vertical strength of films, but neither additive in either type of mixture had a clear effect on disintegration time. When CMC or HPMC was used as the film base, on the other hand, the addition of SOR or MT caused hardly any improvement in adsorption ability. The above results demonstrate that ALG is useful as a film base material for the preparation of MC films, and that MC films with sufficient strength and adsorption capacities equal to those of MC powders can be produced using a physical mixture of MC and SOR on an ALG base. PMID:20410622

  18. Raman Spectroscopy of a-C:H Films Deposited Using Ar + H2 + C7H8 Plasma CVD

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    Dong, Xiao; Koga, Kazunori; Yamashita, Daisuke; Seo, Hyunwoong; Itagaki, Naho; Shiratani, Masaharu; Setsuhara, Yuichi; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2015-09-01

    We investigated the effects of ion energy on Raman spectra of a-C:H films prepared by Ar + H2 + C7H8 plasma CVD. Raman spectra were measured with a laser Raman spectrometer (JASCO NRS-3100). Both the D-peak position and G-peak position shift toward higher wavenumbers as ion energy increases. The intensity ratio of the D-peak and G-peak, ID/IG increases with increasing the ion energy, indicating that the amount of ring-like sp2 clusters increases. The H content in a-C:H derived from photoluminescence (PL) background decreases with increasing the ion energy. The full width at half maximum of the G-peak, FWHMG related to the C-C sp3 content and H content increases with increasing the ion energy to 100 eV, whereas it decreases with increasing further the ion energy to 105 eV. The variation of FWHMG is consistent with that of mass density. There results indicate that the structure of a-C:H films transforms from polymer-like carbon to diamond-like one with increasing the ion energy above the threshold value of ~ 100 eV.

  19. The preparation of ACEL thin films

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    Vecht, Aron

    1990-05-01

    Although thin film ACEL devices have become commercially available, the number of companies producing these displays has continued to diminish. The cause of their demise was not display performance, as both sufficient brightness and efficiency has been achieved, but the low return on the heavy capital investment due to the poor yields obtained in production. In order to make ACEL thin film devices more viable, the capital investment needs to be low and/or the production yields high. Opting for relatively expensive sputtering or ALE techniques as the sole methods of fabricating EL structures, is both commercially and scientifically ill-advised. Considerable effort was spent in developing cheaper alternative techniques for thin film deposition. The main objectives of the contract can be summarized as follows: (1) to deposit high quality ZnS thin films by MOCVD, (2) to dope the ZnS thin film with Mn, (3) to deposit high quality dielectric films using a novel spray pyrolysis process, (4) to evaluate optimized insulator/ZnS-Mn/insulator structures, and (5) the fabrication of large area XY matrix ACEL structures.

  20. Enhancement of adhesion by a transition layer: Deposition of a-C film on ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) by magnetron sputtering

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    He, F. F.; Bai, W. Q.; Li, L. L.; Wang, X. L.; Xie, Y. J.; Jin, G.; Tu, J. P.

    2016-02-01

    An amorphous carbon (a-C) film is deposited on the plasma-treated UHMWPE substrate using a closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering to improve its tribological properties. During the plasma treatment period, a transition layer is prepared by high energy ion bombardment at a bias voltage of -500 V to enhance the adhesion between the a-C film and the substrate. The mechanical and tribological properties of the a-C film were evaluated by nano-indentation and ball-on-disk tribometer. After deposition of a-C film with a thickness 900 nm, the nano-hardness of UHMWPE significantly increases from 47 MPa to 720 MPa and the wear rate decreases from 9.82 × 10-15 m3 N-1 m-1 to 4.78 × 10-15 m3 N-1 m-1 in bovine calf serum solution. The formation of the transition layer is believed to be the reason why the vertical adhesion between the a-C film and the UHMWPE substrate is enhanced.

  1. Preparation of thin film silver fluoride electrodes from constituent elements

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    Odonnell, P. M.

    1972-01-01

    The feasibility of preparing thin-film metal fluoride electrodes from the elemental constituents has been demonstrated. Silver fluoride cathodes were prepared by deposition of silver on a conducting graphite substrate followed by fluorination under controlled conditions using elemental fluorine. The resulting electrodes were of high purity, and the variables such as size, shape, and thickness were easily controlled.

  2. AlN thin films prepared by DC arc deposition

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    Liang, Hai-feng; Yan, Yi-xin; Miao, Shu-fan

    2006-02-01

    Many researchers are interested in AlN films because of their novel thermal, chemical, mechanical, acoustic, and optical properties. Many methodsincluding such as DC/RF sputtering, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), laser chemical vapor deposition(LCVD), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), thermal vapor deposition, can be used to prepare AlN films. In this paper, a new method, DC arc deposition, is used to deposite AlN films. It is an anti-reflective, protective film on optical elements. FTIR are used to determine the ALN structure and measure the transmittance spectrum. Ellipsometry is used to determine the films' refractive index, extinction index and thickness. The films' anti-wear properties are tested by pin-on-disc way and the anti-corrosion(anti-acid, anti-alkali, anti-salt) properties are also tested. The results show that the films is AlN films by the 670cm -1 typical peak, the films' extinction index is near to zero in the range of visible and infrared waveband, the films' refractive index is varied from 1.7 to 2.1 at range of visible and infrared waveband. The films have better anti-wear, anti-acid and anti-alkali properties, but their anti-salt properties are not good.

  3. Rapid thermal annealing of Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon (a-C:H) films

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    Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1987-01-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) films were deposited on silicon and quartz substrates by a 30 kHz plasma discharge technique using methane. Rapid thermal processing of the films was accomplished in nitrogen gas using tungsten halogen light. The rapid thermal processing was done at several fixed temperatures (up to 600 C), as a function of time (up to 1800 sec). The films were characterized by optical absorption and by ellipsometry in the near UV and the visible. The bandgap, estimated from extrapolation of the linear part of a Tauc plot, decreases both with the annealing temperature and the annealing time, with the temperature dependence being the dominating factor. The density of states parameter increases up to 25 percent and the refractive index changes up to 20 percent with temperature increase. Possible explanations of the mechanisms involved in these processes are discussed.

  4. Topographic Characterization of Cu-Ni NPs @ a-C:H Films by AFM and Multifractal Analysis.

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    Ţălu, Ştefan; Stach, Sebastian; Ghodselahi, Tayebeh; Ghaderi, Atefeh; Solaymani, Shahram; Boochani, Arash; Garczyk, Żaneta

    2015-04-30

    In the present work three-dimensional (3-D) surface topography of Cu-Ni nanoparticles in hydrogenated amorphous carbon (Cu-Ni NPs @ a-C:H) with constant thickness of Cu and three thicknesses of Ni prepared by RF-Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (RF-PECVD) system were investigated. The thin films of Cu-Ni NPs @ a-C:H with constant thickness of Cu and three thicknesses of Ni deposited by radio frequency (RF)-sputtering and RF-PECVD systems, were characterized. To determine the mass thickness and atomic structure of the films, the Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) spectra was applied. The absorption spectra were applied to study localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peaks of Cu-Ni NPs (observed around 608 nm in visible spectra), which is widened and shifted to lower wavelengths as the thickness of Ni over layer increases, and their changes are also evaluated by the 3-D surface topography. These nanostructures were investigated over square areas of 1 μm × 1 μm using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and multifractal analysis. Topographic characterization of surface samples (in amplitude, spatial distribution, and pattern of surface characteristics) highlighted 3-D surfaces with multifractal features which can be quantitatively estimated by the multifractal measures. The 3-D surface topography Cu-Ni NPs @ a-C:H with constant thickness of Cu and three thicknesses of Ni prepared by RF-PECVD system can be characterized using the multifractal geometry in correlation with the surface statistical parameters. PMID:25839675

  5. Preparation of graphene thin films for radioactive samples.

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    Roteta, Miguel; Fernández-Martínez, Rodolfo; Mejuto, Marcos; Rucandio, Isabel

    2016-03-01

    A new method for the preparation of conductive thin films is presented. The metallization of VYNS films guarantees the electrical conductivity but it results in the breaking of a high proportion of them. Graphene, a two-dimensional nanostructure of monolayer or few layers graphite has attracted a great deal of attention because of its excellent properties such as a good chemical stability, mechanical resistance and extraordinary electronic transport properties. In this work, the possibilities of graphene have been explored as a way to produce electrical conductive thin films without an extra metallization process. The procedure starts with preparing homogenous suspensions of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in conventional VYNS solutions. Ultra-sonication is used to ensure a good dispersibility of rGO. Graphene oxide (GO) is prepared via oxidation of graphite and subsequent exfoliation by sonication. Different chemically rGO were obtained by reaction with hydrazine sulfate, sodium borohydride, ascorbic acid and hydroiodic acid as reducing agents. The preparation of the thin graphene films is done in a similar way as the conventional VYNS foil preparation procedure. Drops of the solution are deposited onto water. The graphene films have been used to prepare sources containing some electron capture radionuclides ((109)Cd, (55)Fe, (139)Ce) with an activity in the order of 3kBq. The samples have been measured to test the attainable low energy electron efficiency and the energy resolution of Auger and conversion electrons by 4π (electron capture)-γ coincidence measurements. The 4π (electron capture)-γ coincidence setup includes a pressurized proportional counter and a NaI(Tl) detector. Tests with different pressures up to 1000kPa were carried out. All these tests show similar values in both parameters (efficiency and resolution) as those obtained by using the conventional metallized films without the drawback of the high percentage of broken films. PMID:26651168

  6. Actuation Behavior of Polylactic Acid Fiber Films Prepared by Electrospinning.

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    Nobeshima, Taiki; Ishii, Yuya; Sakai, Heisuke; Uemura, Sei; Yoshida, Manabu

    2016-04-01

    A poly-DL-lactide (PLA) fiber film was prepared using the electrospinning method. This film consisted of randomly oriented PLA nanofibers. Consequently, it had sponge-like structure and was quite soft compared to PLA films prepared by spin coating. The average diameter of the fibers and the density of the film were 730 nm and 20%, respectively. By applying a voltage, the PLA film was subjected to electric-field-induced strain: expansion and compression in the thickness direction. When a voltage of -200 V was applied to the film, its thickness shrank from 13.5 µm to 10.0 µm (a 26% reduction). Electric-field-induced strain can occur via two different mechanisms: The first is electrostrictive behavior. That. is, in a highly electric field region, a change of film thickness occurs (compression only) from the electrostatic force between electrodes. The second mechanism is piezoelectric-like behavior that occurs in racemic PLA, wherein a PLA nanofiber is expanded and compressed by applying positive and negative voltage. Such piezoelectric-like behavior was not observed in spin-coated PLA films. PMID:27451629

  7. Microstructure and properties of manganese dioxide films prepared by electrodeposition

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    Jacob, G. Moses; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2008-08-01

    Nanostructured manganese dioxide films were obtained by galvanostatic, pulse and reverse pulse electrodeposition from 0.01 to 0.1 M KMnO 4 solutions. The deposition yield was investigated by in situ monitoring the deposit mass using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Obtained films were studied by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, energy dispersive spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. The QCM and electron microscopy data were utilized for the investigation of deposition kinetics and film formation mechanism. It was shown that the deposition rate and film microstructure could be changed by variation of deposition conditions. The method allowed the fabrication of dense or porous films. The thickness of dense films was limited to ˜0.1 μm due to the insulating properties of manganese dioxide and film cracking, attributed to drying shrinkage. Porous and crack-free 1-2 μm films were obtained using galvanostatic or reverse pulse deposition from 0.02 M KMnO 4 solutions. It was shown that film porosity is beneficial for the charge transfer during deposition and crack prevention in thick films. Moreover, porous nanostructured films showed good capacitive behavior for applications in electrochemical supercapacitors. The porous nanostructured films prepared in the reverse pulse regime showed higher specific capacitance (SC) compared to the SC of the galvanostatic films. The highest SC of 279 F/g in a voltage window of 1 V was obtained in 0.1 M Na 2SO 4 solutions at a scan rate of 2 mV/s.

  8. Resputtering of zinc oxide films prepared by radical assisted sputtering

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    Song Qiuming; Jiang Yousong; Song Yizhou

    2009-02-15

    Sputtering losses of zinc oxide films prepared by radical assisted sputtering were studied. It was found that the sputtering loss can be very severe in oxygenous sputtering processes of zinc oxide films. In general, resputtering caused by negative oxygen ions dominates the sputtering loss, while diffuse deposition plays a minor role. Resputtering is strongly correlated with the sputtering threshold energy of the deposited films and the concentration of O{sup -} in the sputtering zone. The balance between the oxygen concentration in the sputtering zone and the oxidation degree of the growing films depends on the sputtering rate. Our research suggests that a lower oxygen concentration in the sputtering zone and a higher oxidation degree of the growing films are favorable for reducing the resputtering losses. The sputtering loss mechanisms discussed in this work are also helpful for understanding the deposition processes of other magnetron sputtering systems.

  9. Preparation and characterization of films from pea protein.

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    Viroben, G; Barbot, J; Mouloungui, Z; Guéguen, J

    2000-04-01

    The conditions for protein film preparation from an alkaline dispersion of a pea protein isolate were investigated in the presence of polyols as plasticizers. Mechanical and barrier properties of resulting films were studied as a function of protein dispersion conditions, protein and plasticizer concentrations and ratios, chain length of the plasticizer, and pH and composition of the alkaline medium. Neither the mode of protein hydration nor the pea isolate origin had a significant effect on the mechanical properties of pea protein films. However, increasing the plasticizer chain length induced slightly higher surface hydrophobicity but poor mechanical properties. Addition of monoglycerides to film-forming solution allowed a significant improvement of the films during aging. Both tensile strength and surface hydrophobicity increased when ammonium hydroxide was used as protein dispersing agent instead of sodium hydroxide. PMID:10775350

  10. Preparation of large-area double-walled carbon nanotube films and application as film heater

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    Wu, Zi Ping; Wang, Jian Nong

    2009-11-01

    Large-area (larger than 30×30 cm 2) double-walled carbon nanotube (DWCNT) films are prepared and application as a heating element for film heaters is demonstrated. A high heating efficiency is observed. Measurements indicate that the use of the DWCNT film heater would save energy consumption up to 20-30% when compared with a commercial film-like metal-based heater. Morphological analysis reveals that the special surface structure, appropriate electric and high thermal conductivities of the film formed by the network of entangled nanotube bundles may lead to the high heating performance. Considering large-area, shape flexibility, negligible weight and easy manipulation, the film exhibits promising potential applications as a film heater for thermal control in aircrafts, medical equipment, home appliances and other industrial fields at low temperature (below 400 °C).

  11. Erosion of a-C:H films deposited on W, Mo, and stainless steel under interaction with air glow discharge

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    Zalavutdinov, R. Kh.; Gorodetsky, A. E.; Bukhovets, V. L.; Zakharov, A. P.; Mazul, I. V.

    2011-08-01

    An air direct current glow discharge with a hollow cathode was used as source of chemically active oxygen for selective removal of amorphous hydrogenated (a-C:H) films deposited on W, Mo, and stainless steel. The films were removed both directly in the discharge and afterglow region. The film erosion rates depend on the sample position relatively to plasma and decrease in the order: hollow cathode, positive column, afterglow region. It was shown that primary (1-3 nm) continuous amorphous and secondary (1-30 nm) island-like oxide films were formed on the metal surfaces after removal of the a-C:H films. Polycrystalline island-like oxide films were generated due to recrystallization of the primary films. Material oxidation suppression was caused by reactions of oxygen ion neutralization and atomic oxygen recombination on metals.

  12. /dopamine films prepared by sol-gel method

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

    2014-09-01

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

  13. [Preparation and infrared spectral analysis of nanoporous silica thin film].

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    Wang, Juan; Zhang, Chang-rui; Feng, Jian; Yang, Da-xiang

    2005-07-01

    Crack-free homogeneous nanoporous silica films on silicon wafer have been synthesized via supercritical drying of wet gel films obtained by spin-coating the polymeric silica sol, which was prepared using sol-gel method with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as precursor. The film is amorphous and nanoporous, and three-dimensional network, cross-linked by the primary particles whose sizes distribute between 10-20 nm showed respectively by XRD and SEM micrograph. The structure of the nanoporous SiO2 thin film was studied by FTIR spectra. The SiO2 thin film was composed of Si-O-Si and Si-OR, and was hydrophobic. The film contained Si-OH and became hydrophilic after being heat-treated at 250 degrees C or above in air. The heat-treated SiO2 thin film becomes hydrophobic by reacting with trimethylchlorosilane(TMCS). The TMCS-modified SiO2 thin film remains hydrophobic and can keep its nanoporous structure at a temperature lower than 450 degrees C in nitrogen. PMID:16241051

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Ultrathin Stainless Steel Films

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    Sahoo, B.; Schlage, K.; Roehlsberger, R.; Major, J.; Hoersten, U. von; Keune, W.; Wende, H.

    2011-06-30

    We report on the preparation of polycrystalline austenitic 310 ({sup 57}Fe{sub 0.55}Cr{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.20}) stainless steel (SS) thin films on Si substrates and the characterization of their residual magnetism via {sup 57}Fe conversion-electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). The films were structurally characterized at room temperature by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The virgin films were found to be structurally disordered. Subsequent annealing at moderate temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum produces the ordered martensitic and austenitic SS phases. Further annealing at higher temperatures (up to temperatures where long-range diffusion into the substrate is still weak) transforms the films into the austenitic phase with no trace of a magnetic hyperfine interaction. However, when a 2 nm thick SS thin film is embedded between two carbon layers, the as prepared disordered SS film does not transform to the martensitic or austenitic SS phase irrespective of the annealing temperature, probably because the interdiffusion with C prohibits the formation of these phases.

  15. Amorphous silicon carbide films prepared using vaporized silicon ink

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    Masuda, Takashi; Shen, Zhongrong; Takagishi, Hideyuki; Ohdaira, Keisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2014-03-01

    The deposition of wide-band-gap silicon films using nonvacuum processes rather than conventional vacuum processes is of substantial interest because it may reduce cost. Herein, we present the optical and electrical properties of p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films prepared using a nonvacuum process in a simple chamber with a vaporized silicon ink consisting of cyclopentasilane, cyclohexene, and decaborane. The incorporation of carbon into the silicon network induced by the addition of cyclohexene to the silicon ink resulted in an increase in the optical band gap (Eg) of films from 1.56 to 2.11 eV. The conductivity of films with Eg < 1.9 eV is comparable to that of conventional a-SiC:H films prepared using a vacuum process, while the films with Eg > 1.9 eV show lower conductivity than expected because of the incorporation of excess carbon without the formation of Si-C bonds.

  16. Preparation of superhydrophobic boehmite and anatase nanocomposite coating films

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    Hsiang, H.-I . E-mail: hsingi@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Liang, M.-T.; Huang, H.-C.; Yen, F.-S.

    2007-03-22

    Developing a surface with water-repelling and self-cleaning ability has attracted much interest in nano-technology. We prepared superhydrophobic films in this study using a mixture of small anatase particles and large boehmite particles. Additionally, a N{sub 2} automated adsorption apparatus, atomic force microscopy and contact angle meter were employed to examine the effects of the added boehmite and anatase to the boehmite ratio on the roughness, micropore ratio and contact angle of the hydrophobic films. As boehmite addition increased from 0 to 8 wt.%, the average roughness increased up to 30 nm, which resulted in the water contact angles increasing from 105{sup o} to 155{sup o}. The hardness of the films increased from 6B to 2H. The addition of a proper amount of small anatase particles into the large boehmite particles could lead to increasing the micropore ratio in the films, which would enhance the contact angle.

  17. Preparation Of Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide Films For Solar Cells

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu N.; Contreras, Miguel A.; Keane, James; Tennant, Andrew L. , Tuttle, John R.; Ramanathan, Kannan; Noufi, Rommel

    1998-08-08

    High quality thin films of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide useful in the production of solar cells are prepared by electrodepositing at least one of the constituent metals onto a glass/Mo substrate, followed by physical vapor deposition of copper and selenium or indium and selenium to adjust the final stoichiometry of the thin film to approximately Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2. Using an AC voltage of 1-100 KHz in combination with a DC voltage for electrodeposition improves the morphology and growth rate of the deposited thin film. An electrodeposition solution comprising at least in part an organic solvent may be used in conjunction with an increased cathodic potential to increase the gallium content of the electrodeposited thin film.

  18. Process for preparing superconducting film having substantially uniform phase development

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    Bharacharya, Raghuthan; Parilla, Philip A.; Blaugher, Richard D.

    1995-01-01

    A process for preparing a superconducting film, such as a thallium-barium-calcium-copper oxide superconducting film, having substantially uniform phase development. The process comprises providing an electrodeposition bath having one or more soluble salts of one or more respective potentially superconducting metals in respective amounts adequate to yield a superconducting film upon subsequent appropriate treatment. Should all of the metals required for producing a superconducting film not be made available in the bath, such metals can be a part of the ambient during a subsequent annealing process. A soluble silver salt in an amount between about 0.1% and about 4.0% by weight of the provided other salts is also provided to the bath, and the bath is electrically energized to thereby form a plated film. The film is annealed in ambient conditions suitable to cause formation of a superconductor film. Doping with silver reduces the temperature at which the liquid phase appears during the annealing step, initiates a liquid phase throughout the entire volume of deposited material, and influences the nucleation and growth of the deposited material.

  19. Process for preparing superconducting film having substantially uniform phase development

    DOEpatents

    Bharacharya, R.; Parilla, P.A.; Blaugher, R.D.

    1995-12-19

    A process is disclosed for preparing a superconducting film, such as a thallium-barium-calcium-copper oxide superconducting film, having substantially uniform phase development. The process comprises providing an electrodeposition bath having one or more soluble salts of one or more respective potentially superconducting metals in respective amounts adequate to yield a superconducting film upon subsequent appropriate treatment. Should all of the metals required for producing a superconducting film not be made available in the bath, such metals can be a part of the ambient during a subsequent annealing process. A soluble silver salt in an amount between about 0.1% and about 4.0% by weight of the provided other salts is also provided to the bath, and the bath is electrically energized to thereby form a plated film. The film is annealed in ambient conditions suitable to cause formation of a superconductor film. Doping with silver reduces the temperature at which the liquid phase appears during the annealing step, initiates a liquid phase throughout the entire volume of deposited material, and influences the nucleation and growth of the deposited material. 3 figs.

  20. Preparation of Lead Titanate Ultrathin Film Using Langmuir-Blodgett Film as Precursor

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    Sugai, Hiroshi; Iijima, Takashi; Masumoto, Hiroshi

    1999-09-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method is investigated as a process for the fabrication of ultrathin films of oxides such as lead titanate. LB film was fabricated by depositing a monolayer prepared from a fatty acid such as stearic acid (C17H35COOH) and a subphase containing lead chloride (PbCl2) and titanium potassium oxalate (K2TiO (C2O4)2). For converting from an LB film containing lead and titanium to an inorganic film, ultraviolet/ozone (UVO) treatment was applied. Subsequent thermal annealing resulted in a dense oxide ultrathin film. The crystallographic orientation of lead titanate thin films was controlled by conditions of precursor preparation such as the molecular ratio of lead and titanium, pH value and/or temperature in the subphase and the surface pressure. An X-ray diffraction pattern of the thin film indicating a well-defined perovskite structure was observed. Moreover, the results demonstrated the potential application of LB deposition for controlling the crystallographic orientation of lead titanate ultrathin films, particularly in the (111) or (101)(110) planes.

  1. Growth mechanism and composition of ultrasmooth a-C:H:Si films grown from energetic ions for superlubricity

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    Chen, Xinchun; Kato, Takahisa

    2014-01-01

    Growth mechanism and ion energy dependence of composition of ultrasmooth a-C:H:Si films grown from ionization of tetramethylsilane (TMS) and toluene mixture at a fixed gas ratio have been investigated by varying the applied bias voltage. The dynamic scaling theory is employed to evaluate the roughness evolution of a-C:H:Si films, and to extract roughness and growth exponents of α ˜ 0.51 and β ˜ 0, respectively. The atomically smooth surface of a-C:H:Si films with Ra ˜ 0.1 nm is thermally activated by the energetic ion-impact induced subsurface "polishing" process for ion dominated deposition. The ion energy (bias voltage) plays a paramount role in determining the hydrogen incorporation, bonding structure and final stoichiometry of a-C:H:Si films. The hydrogen content in the films measured by ERDA gradually decreases from 36.7 to 17.3 at. % with increasing the bias voltage from 0.25 to 3.5 kV, while the carbon content in the films increases correspondingly from 52.5 to 70.1 at. %. The Si content is kept almost constant at ˜9-10 at. %. Depending on the ion-surface interactions, the bonding structure of a-C:H:Si films grown in different ion energy regions evolves from chain-developed polymer-like to cross-linked diamond-like to sp2-bonded a-C as revealed by XPS, Raman, and FTIR analysis. Such a structural evolution is reflected in their measured nanomechanical properties such as hardness, modulus, and compressive stress. An enhanced viscoplastic behavior (i.e., viscoplastic exponent of ˜0.06) is observed for polymeric a-C:H:Si films. A hydrogen content threshold (H > 20 at. %) exists for the as-grown a-C:H:Si films to exhibit superlow friction in dry N2 atmosphere. An extremely low friction coefficient of ˜0.001 can be obtained for polymer-like a-C:H:Si film. These near-frictionless a-C:H:Si films are strongly promising for applications in industrial lubricating systems.

  2. Preparation, transport properties and patterning of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Kataria, N. D.; May, D.; Wolf, H.; Schneider, R.; Niemeyer, J.

    1991-09-01

    The preparation of YBCO thin films by coevaporation and magnetron sputtering is reported. The coevaporated films were fabricated on SrTiO 3 substrates by the codeposition of Y, BaF 2 and Cu at elevated substrate temperature and an ex situ annealing process. Zero resistance T c was as high as 88 K and the critical current density was j c(77K)≈10 5 A/cm 2. The superconducting sputtered films were fabricated in situ using an inverted cylindrical target on Y-stabilized ZrO 2 substrates with T c near 85 K and j c (77K)≈10 6 A/cm 2. The films were structured by a conventional photolithographic technique and chemical etching. The temperature dependence of the resistance R(T) and critical current I c(T) were measured for bridges with different line widths w. Line widths down to 3 μm were patterned on sputtered films by EDTA without any degradation of the superconducting properties, whereas due to the intrinsic surface roughness of the coevaporated films, degradation in the superconducting properties was observed for w < 10μm.

  3. Preparation and characterization of pulse electrodeposited GaAs films

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    Murali, K. R.; Trivedi, D. C.

    2006-04-01

    GaAs is a III-V compound possessing high mobility and a direct band gap of 1.43 eV, making it a very suitable candidate for photovoltaic applications. Thin GaAs films were prepared by plating an aqueous solution containing GaCl3 and As2O3 at a pH of 2 and at room temperature. The current density was kept at 50 mA cm-2 and the duty cycle was varied in the range 10-50%. The films were deposited on titanium, nickel and tin oxide coated glass substrates. Films exhibited polycrystalline nature with peaks corresponding to single-phase GaAs. Optical absorption measurements indicated a direct band gap of 1.40 eV. Atomic force microscope measurements indicated uniform coverage with large crystallites for the films deposited at higher duty cycles. Photoelectrochemical cells were made using the films as photoelectrodes and graphite as counter electrode in 1 M polysulphide electrolyte. At 60 mW cm-2 illumination, an open-circuit voltage of 0.5 V and a short-circuit current density of 5.0 mA cm-2 were observed for the films deposited at a duty cycle of 50%.

  4. Growth mechanism and composition of ultrasmooth a-C:H:Si films grown from energetic ions for superlubricity

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Xinchun Kato, Takahisa

    2014-01-28

    Growth mechanism and ion energy dependence of composition of ultrasmooth a-C:H:Si films grown from ionization of tetramethylsilane (TMS) and toluene mixture at a fixed gas ratio have been investigated by varying the applied bias voltage. The dynamic scaling theory is employed to evaluate the roughness evolution of a-C:H:Si films, and to extract roughness and growth exponents of α ∼ 0.51 and β ∼ 0, respectively. The atomically smooth surface of a-C:H:Si films with Ra ∼ 0.1 nm is thermally activated by the energetic ion-impact induced subsurface “polishing” process for ion dominated deposition. The ion energy (bias voltage) plays a paramount role in determining the hydrogen incorporation, bonding structure and final stoichiometry of a-C:H:Si films. The hydrogen content in the films measured by ERDA gradually decreases from 36.7 to 17.3 at. % with increasing the bias voltage from 0.25 to 3.5 kV, while the carbon content in the films increases correspondingly from 52.5 to 70.1 at. %. The Si content is kept almost constant at ∼9–10 at. %. Depending on the ion-surface interactions, the bonding structure of a-C:H:Si films grown in different ion energy regions evolves from chain-developed polymer-like to cross-linked diamond-like to sp{sup 2}-bonded a–C as revealed by XPS, Raman, and FTIR analysis. Such a structural evolution is reflected in their measured nanomechanical properties such as hardness, modulus, and compressive stress. An enhanced viscoplastic behavior (i.e., viscoplastic exponent of ∼0.06) is observed for polymeric a-C:H:Si films. A hydrogen content threshold (H > 20 at. %) exists for the as-grown a-C:H:Si films to exhibit superlow friction in dry N{sub 2} atmosphere. An extremely low friction coefficient of ∼0.001 can be obtained for polymer-like a-C:H:Si film. These near-frictionless a-C:H:Si films are strongly promising for applications in industrial lubricating systems.

  5. Preparation and Evaluation of Nitrogen Doped Tungsten Oxide Thin Films

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    Nakagawa, Koichi; Miura, Noboru; Matsumoto, Setsuko; Nakano, Ryotaro; Matsumoto, Hironaga

    Nitrogen doped tungsten oxide thin films were prepared by RF reactive sputtering in a gas mixture of argon, oxygen and nitrogen at room temperature. As a result of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, it was thought that the doped nitrogen in the films is bonding to tungsten of WO3 bonding states as anion and exits in substitution sites in WO3. The optical absorption edge was shifted to lower energy region with nitrogen doping. The nitrogen doped thin films exhibit a coloration to black from transparent yellow by electrochromism. Additionally, a new peak at 2.3 eV related to nitrogen doping is observed in the spectra of color center at bleaching process.

  6. Preparation and superconductivity of iron selenide thin films.

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    Han, Y; Li, W Y; Cao, L X; Zhang, S; Xu, B; Zhao, B R

    2009-06-10

    FeSe(x) (x = 0.80,0.84,0.88,0.92) thin films were prepared on SrTiO(3)(001)(STO), (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O(3)(001) (LSAT), and LaAlO(3)(001) (LAO) substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method. All of the thin films show single-phase and c-axis oriented epitaxial growth, and are superconducting. Among them, the FeSe(0.88) thin films show a T(c,onset) of 11.8 K and a T(c,0) of 3.4 K. The upper critical magnetic field is estimated to be 14.0 T. PMID:21825594

  7. Haemocompatibility of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films synthesized by plasma immersion ion implantation-deposition

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    Yang, P.; Kwok, S. C. H.; Chu, P. K.; Leng, Y. X.; Chen, J. Y.; Wang, J.; Huang, N.

    2003-05-01

    Diamond-like-carbon has attracted much attention recently as a potential biomaterial in blood contacting biomedical devices. However, previous reports in this area have not adequately addressed the biocompatibility and acceptability of the materials in blood contacting applications. In this study, hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were fabricated on silicon wafers (1 0 0) using plasma immersion ion implantation-deposition. A series of a-C:H films with different structures and chemical bonds were fabricated under different substrate voltages. The results indicate that film graphitization is promoted at higher substrate bias. The film deposited at a lower substrate bias of -75 V possesses better blood compatibility than the films at higher bias and stainless steel. Our results suggest two possible paths to improve the blood compatibility, suppression of the endogenic clotting system and reduction of platelet activation.

  8. Hardness and modulus of ultrananocrystalline diamond/hydrogenated amorphous carbon composite films prepared by coaxial arc plasma deposition

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    Hanada, Kenji; Yoshida, Tomohiro; Nakagawa, You; Gima, Hiroki; Tominaga, Aki; Hirakawa, Masaaki; Agawa, Yoshiaki; Sugiyama, Takeharu; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-04-01

    Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD)/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) composite (UNCD/a-C:H) films were deposited in hydrogen atmospheres by coaxial arc plasma deposition, and the effects of hydrogenation on the mechanical properties were studied on the basis of spectroscopic structural evaluations. The existence of UNCD grains in the films was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Non-hydrogenated films prepared in no hydrogen atmosphere exhibited a 22 GPa hardness and 222 GPa Young's modulus, and the sp 3/( sp 2 + sp 3) ratio estimated from the X-ray photoemission spectra was 41 %. For the films prepared in a 53.3-Pa hydrogen atmosphere, whereas the hardness increases to 23 GPa, the modulus decreases to 184 GPa. The UNCD grain size estimated using Scherrer's equation and the sp 3/( sp 2 + sp 3) ratio were 2.3 nm and 64 %, respectively, both of which are remarkably increased as compared with those of the non-hydrogenated films. From the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra, it is considered that σ*C-H bonds are alternatively formed instead of π*C=C, which probably results in the enhanced hardness and reduced modulus by hydrogenation. In addition, it was found that the formation of olefinic and aromatic structures remarkably softens the UNCD/a-C:H film.

  9. Flexible piezoelectric pressure sensors using oriented aluminum nitride thin films prepared on polyethylene terephthalate films

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    Akiyama, Morito; Morofuji, Yukari; Kamohara, Toshihiro; Nishikubo, Keiko; Tsubai, Masayoshi; Fukuda, Osamu; Ueno, Naohiro

    2006-12-01

    We have investigated the high sensitive piezoelectric response of c-axis oriented aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films prepared on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films. The AlN films were deposited using a radio frequency magnetron sputtering method at temperatures close to room temperature. The c axes of the AlN films were perpendicularly oriented to the PET film surfaces. The sensor consisting of the AlN and PET films is flexible like PET films and the electrical charge is linearly proportional to the stress within a wide range from 0to8.5MPa. The sensor can respond to the frequencies from 0.3 to over 100Hz and measures a clear human pulse wave form by holding the sensor between thumb and middle finger. The resolution of the pulse wave form is comparable to a sphygmomanometer at stress levels of 10kPa. We think that the origin of the high performance of the sensor is the deflection effect, the thin thickness and high elastic modulus of the AlN layer, and the thin thickness and low elastic modulus of the PET film.

  10. Preparation of nonconducting infrared-absorbing thin films

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    Gradhand, Martin; Breitenstein, Otwin

    2005-05-01

    A simple procedure for preparing colloidal "black" bismuth films is introduced, which leaves the target cold and does not pollute the recipient. The Bi evaporation occurs in a closed box in the evaporation chamber with an internal radiation shield. The bismuth is evaporated from a tantalum boat at a residual air pressure of 2×102Pa. The resulting films with a thickness of about 10μm are structureless down to a spatial resolution of 5.6μm, they become electrically insulating after 48h storage time in air, and they show an IR absorbance of above 70% in the 3-5μm wavelength range. The films are easily removable in an ultrasonic water bath. Thus, these films are ideally appropriate to increase the IR emissivity of microelectronic structures in microthermal infrared failure analysis investigations such as lock-in thermography, as is demonstrated in an application example. The application of this film may improve the thermographic detection limit of heat sources below metallized areas by up to a factor of 10, leading to a saving in acquisition time by a factor of 100.

  11. Preparation of pulse plated GaAs films

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    Murali, K. R.; Trivedi, D. C.

    2006-07-01

    Thin GaAs films were prepared by pulse plating from an aqueous solution containing 0.20 M GaCl3 and 0.15 M As2O3 at a pH of 2 and at room temperature. The current density was kept as 50 mA cm-2 the duty cycle was varied in the range 10 50%. The films were deposited on titanium, nickel and tin oxide coated glass substrates. Films exhibited polycrystalline nature with peaks corresponding to single phase GaAs. Optical absorption measurements indicated a direct band gap of 1.40 eV. Photoelectrochemical cells were made using the films as photoelectrodes and graphite as counter electrode in 1 M polysulphide electrolyte. At 60 mW cm-2 illumination, an open circuit voltage of 0.5 V and a short circuit current density of 5.0 mA cm-2 were observed for the films deposited at a duty cycle of 50%.

  12. Electroluminescent and photosensitive films prepared by DTC-CVD method

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    Zavyalova, Ludmila V.; Svechnikov, George S.

    1997-08-01

    The original chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method used in fabrication A2B6 films, photodetectors and electro- luminescent emitters based on these films have been reported. The basic idea behind this method is thermal decomposition of dithiocarbamates (DTC). The proposed method does not require expensive materials and vacuum equipment. Moreover, the DTC-CVD method differs from the known CVD methods in source material delivery method, a low deposition temperature and a non-sealed reactor geometry. Both CdS and CdS1-xSex were obtained at temperature of 240- 280 degrees C and were activated directly in the grown process by Cu and In, or by annealing in mixture CdS: Cu, Cl. Photodetectors with absorption maxima at 500-750 nm have dark conductivity (sigma) D EQ 10-9 divided by 10-8 (Omega) -1 cm-1 and photoconductivity (sigma) ph equals 10-2 divided by 10-1 (Omega) -1 cm-1 at 200 lux. CdS films with thickness of 6 divided by 12 micrometers have been used as sandwich-type photoconductor detectors. Electroluminescence ZnS:Mn films prepared by DTC-CVD method at the substrate temperature of 200 DIV 300 degrees C without additional annealing have high luminance and luminous efficiency. Deposition at a law temperature makes it possible to use flexible polymer films or low cost glasses as substrates. Because the technique is rather simple and can be applied to obtain all types of thin film electroluminescence structure layers, we expect a low price of light sources based on these films.

  13. Microwave a.c. conductivity of domain walls in ferroelectric thin films

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    Tselev, Alexander; Yu, Pu; Cao, Ye; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Maksymovych, Petro

    2016-05-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are of great interest as elementary building blocks for future electronic devices due to their intrinsic few-nanometre width, multifunctional properties and field-controlled topology. To realize the electronic functions, domain walls are required to be electrically conducting and addressable non-destructively. However, these properties have been elusive because conducting walls have to be electrically charged, which makes them unstable and uncommon in ferroelectric materials. Here we reveal that spontaneous and recorded domain walls in thin films of lead zirconate and bismuth ferrite exhibit large conductance at microwave frequencies despite being insulating at d.c. We explain this effect by morphological roughening of the walls and local charges induced by disorder with the overall charge neutrality. a.c. conduction is immune to large contact resistance enabling completely non-destructive walls read-out. This demonstrates a technological potential for harnessing a.c. conduction for oxide electronics and other materials with poor d.c. conduction, particularly at the nanoscale.

  14. Microwave a.c. conductivity of domain walls in ferroelectric thin films.

    PubMed

    Tselev, Alexander; Yu, Pu; Cao, Ye; Dedon, Liv R; Martin, Lane W; Kalinin, Sergei V; Maksymovych, Petro

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are of great interest as elementary building blocks for future electronic devices due to their intrinsic few-nanometre width, multifunctional properties and field-controlled topology. To realize the electronic functions, domain walls are required to be electrically conducting and addressable non-destructively. However, these properties have been elusive because conducting walls have to be electrically charged, which makes them unstable and uncommon in ferroelectric materials. Here we reveal that spontaneous and recorded domain walls in thin films of lead zirconate and bismuth ferrite exhibit large conductance at microwave frequencies despite being insulating at d.c. We explain this effect by morphological roughening of the walls and local charges induced by disorder with the overall charge neutrality. a.c. conduction is immune to large contact resistance enabling completely non-destructive walls read-out. This demonstrates a technological potential for harnessing a.c. conduction for oxide electronics and other materials with poor d.c. conduction, particularly at the nanoscale. PMID:27240997

  15. Microwave a.c. conductivity of domain walls in ferroelectric thin films

    PubMed Central

    Tselev, Alexander; Yu, Pu; Cao, Ye; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Maksymovych, Petro

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls are of great interest as elementary building blocks for future electronic devices due to their intrinsic few-nanometre width, multifunctional properties and field-controlled topology. To realize the electronic functions, domain walls are required to be electrically conducting and addressable non-destructively. However, these properties have been elusive because conducting walls have to be electrically charged, which makes them unstable and uncommon in ferroelectric materials. Here we reveal that spontaneous and recorded domain walls in thin films of lead zirconate and bismuth ferrite exhibit large conductance at microwave frequencies despite being insulating at d.c. We explain this effect by morphological roughening of the walls and local charges induced by disorder with the overall charge neutrality. a.c. conduction is immune to large contact resistance enabling completely non-destructive walls read-out. This demonstrates a technological potential for harnessing a.c. conduction for oxide electronics and other materials with poor d.c. conduction, particularly at the nanoscale. PMID:27240997

  16. A magnetron sputtering system for the preparation of patterned thin films and in situ thin film electrical resistance measurements

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    Arnalds, U. B.; Agustsson, J. S.; Ingason, A. S.; Eriksson, A. K.; Gylfason, K. B.; Gudmundsson, J. T.; Olafsson, S.

    2007-10-15

    We describe a versatile three gun magnetron sputtering system with a custom made sample holder for in situ electrical resistance measurements, both during film growth and ambient changes on film electrical properties. The sample holder allows for the preparation of patterned thin film structures, using up to five different shadow masks without breaking vacuum. We show how the system is used to monitor the electrical resistance of thin metallic films during growth and to study the thermodynamics of hydrogen uptake in metallic thin films. Furthermore, we demonstrate the growth of thin film capacitors, where patterned films are created using shadow masks.

  17. A magnetron sputtering system for the preparation of patterned thin films and in situ thin film electrical resistance measurements.

    PubMed

    Arnalds, U B; Agustsson, J S; Ingason, A S; Eriksson, A K; Gylfason, K B; Gudmundsson, J T; Olafsson, S

    2007-10-01

    We describe a versatile three gun magnetron sputtering system with a custom made sample holder for in situ electrical resistance measurements, both during film growth and ambient changes on film electrical properties. The sample holder allows for the preparation of patterned thin film structures, using up to five different shadow masks without breaking vacuum. We show how the system is used to monitor the electrical resistance of thin metallic films during growth and to study the thermodynamics of hydrogen uptake in metallic thin films. Furthermore, we demonstrate the growth of thin film capacitors, where patterned films are created using shadow masks. PMID:17979429

  18. Thin nanocrystalline zirconia films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Dikovska, A. Og; Atanasova, G. B.; Avdeev, G. V.; Strijkova, V. Y.

    2016-03-01

    In the present work, thin zirconia films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The substrate temperature was varied from 400 °C to 600 °C, and the oxygen pressure, from 0.01 to 0.05 mbar. The effect was investigated of the substrate temperature and oxygen pressure on the formation of m-zirconia and t-zirconia phases.The formation of a cubic phase of ZrO2 by using targets doped with 3 and 8 mol % content Y2O3 was also investigated. The variation in the optical properties was studied and discussed in relation with the zirconia films' microstructure.

  19. Chemical preparation of powders and films for high temperature superconductors

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    Bunker, B. C.; Voigt, J. A.; Lamppa, D. L.; Doughty, D. H.; Venturini, E. L.; Kwak, J. F.; Ginley, D. S.; Headley, T. J.; Harrington, M. S.; Eatough, M. O.

    A precipitation process has been developed to prepare precursor powders which can be calcined and sintered to form high critical temperature superconductors such as YBa(sub 2)Cu(sub 3)O(sub 7-x). Precursor powders are prepared using a continuous precipitation system in which a solution containing highly soluble salts of the desired metal cations is rapidly and completely mixed with a solution containing precipitating anions such as hydroxide and carbonate ions. The resulting amorphous powder can be calcined to form submicron particles of desired superconducting phases which are useful in preparing inks for the ink-jet printing of superconducting interconnects. The powders can be redissolved in organic solvents to form solutions which can be used in spin or dip coating substrates with thin superconducting films. Finally, the powders have been used to prepare bulk ceramics which exhibit the highest reported critical currents of any chem-prep ceramics. Bulk samples prepared from chloride doped precursors exhibit large, oriented grains and extensive flux pinning.

  20. Epitaxial ternary nitride thin films prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Luo, Hongmei; Feldmann, David M; Wang, Haiyan; Bi, Zhenxing

    2008-01-01

    It is indispensable to use thin films for many technological applications. This is the first report of epitaxial growth of ternary nitride AMN2 films. Epitaxial tetragonal SrTiN2 films have been successfully prepared by a chemical solution approach, polymer-assisted deposition. The structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films are also investigated.

  1. Creating Voids by Annealing a-SiC:O:H Films Prepared by Plasma-enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Gangopadhyay, S.; Lahlouh, B.; Rajagopalan, T.; Biswas, N.; Mehta, N.; Lubguban, J. A.

    2004-03-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition from diethylsilane (C4H12Si) diluted in methane (CH4). The deposition conditions resulted in a highly unstable a-SiC:H film, which reacted with oxygen when exposed to air, forming Si-OH and H-OH bonds and Si-O networks as well. The Rutherford Back Scattering analysis shows 15incorporation. The Fourier transfom infra-red (FT-IR) measurement suggests the presence of a-SiC:O:H component and a-C:H moieties throughout the film. The films were then thermally annealed in vacuum at 450C to removed unstable C-H bonds and Si-OH and H-OH groups creating voids in the film. The removal of C-H, Si-OH and H-OH is evident from the FT-IR spectra. During the annealing process, the film also cross-links and formed a stable a-SiC:O:H film. After annealing, the dielectric constant of the films decreased from 4.2 to 2.1 suggesting the presence of voids/pores in the films.

  2. Design and preparation of laser film on sapphire substrate

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    Dang, Shao-kun; Xu, Jun-qi; Su, Jun-hong; Guo, Fang; Cheng, Yao-jin

    2014-08-01

    Sapphire crystal as a kind of good material has a good transmittance in the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, which was widely used in the high-intensity laser system as the window material. Anti-reflection thin films on sapphire substrate were commonly used in high-energy laser system in the middle infrared bands 3~5μm and these thin films are very easily damaged for high energy laser system. In this paper, we adopt thermal evaporation technique on the sapphire substrate was prepared by design of single layer and multilayer anti-reflection coatings system so that the infrared transmittance satisfy the design requirements. The results of transmittance and laser damage performance tests show that the anti-reflection coating of 3~5μm transmittance is more than 97% on average, Laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) is more than 5J/cm2 (1064nm), which means that this method could obtain a high-quality laser film.

  3. Preparation of films of a highly aligned lipid cubic phase.

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    Squires, Adam M; Hallett, James E; Beddoes, Charlotte M; Plivelic, Tomás S; Seddon, Annela M

    2013-02-12

    We demonstrate a method by which we can produce an oriented film of an inverse bicontinuous cubic phase (Q(II)(D)) formed by the lipid monoolein (MO). By starting with the lipid as a disordered precursor (the L(3) phase) in the presence of butanediol, we can obtain a film of the Q(II)(D) phase showing a high degree of in-plane orientation by controlled dilution of the sample under shear within a linear flow cell. We demonstrate that the direction of orientation of the film is different from that found in the oriented bulk material that we have reported previously; therefore, we can now reproducibly form Q(II)(D) samples oriented with either the [110] or the [100] axis aligned in the flow direction depending on the method of preparation. The deposition of MO as a film, via a moving fluid-air interface that leaves a coating of MO in the L(3) phase on the capillary wall, leads to a sample in the [110] orientation. This contrasts with the bulk material that we have previously demonstrated to be oriented in the [100] direction, arising from flow producing an oriented bulk slug of material within the capillary tube. The bulk sample contains significant amounts of residual butanediol, which can be estimated from the lattice parameter of the Q(II)(D) phase obtained. The sample orientation and lattice parameters are determined from synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering patterns and confirmed by simulations. This has potential applications in the production of template materials and the growth of protein crystals for crystallography as well as deepening our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the behavior of lyotropic liquid-crystal phases. PMID:23347289

  4. Facile method to prepare silk fibroin/hyaluronic acid films for vascular endothelial growth factor release.

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    Zhou, Juan; Zhang, Bin; Liu, Xunwei; Shi, Lijun; Zhu, Jun; Wei, Daixu; Zhong, Jian; Sun, Gang; He, Dannong

    2016-06-01

    A facile approach was proposed to prepare silk fibroin (SF) and hyaluronic acid (HA) composite films from aqueous solution without crosslinking or any post treatment. Only by controlling the HA content and film formation temperature during the film casting, the HA/SF films with different composition were prepared. The films were then characterized by structural characteristics, thermal stability, morphology, water stability, water absorption, mechanical properties. After immersing in water for 24h, all of the films showed good structural integrity. The degradation rate of the HA/SF films in protease XIV can be controlled by changing the film formation temperature and HA content. Decreasing the temperature and adding HA resulted in the rapid release of VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) from the HA/SF films. Overall, the 5% HA/SF films formed at 37°C with more rapid VEGF release exhibited great potential in drug delivery, especially when the rapid vascularization was needed. PMID:27083373

  5. Preparation and photocatalyic properties of TiO2-P25 film prepared by spray pyrolysis method

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    Dostanić, J.; Grbić, B.; Radić, N.; Stojadinović, S.; Vasilić, R.; Vuković, Z.

    2013-06-01

    TiO2 films were synthesized by immobilization of Degussa P25 powders on stainless steel support by spray pyrolysis technique. After preparation, the films were annealed at different temperatures in order to obtain materials with different morphological, structural, and textural properties. The photocatalytic activity of obtained films was investigated by monitoring the degradation of arylazo pyridone dye. The results showed that with increasing annealing temperature the photoactivity of films decreased. A comparative photocatalytic activity of the synthesized films and corresponding commercial powders was evaluated under the same experimental conditions. Films generally showed lower photoactivity than powders, due to mass transfer limitations inside film layer, smaller surface exposure to light, and possible presence of metal ions in film layer.

  6. Preparation of the c-axis oriented AlN film by laser chemical vapor deposition using a newly proposed Al(acac)3 precursor

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    You, Yu; Ito, Akihiko; Tu, Rong; Goto, Takashi

    2013-02-01

    Highly oriented AlN film was prepared on a c-plane sapphire substrate by laser chemical vapor deposition using a newly proposed aluminum acetylacetonate precursor and ammonia gas as source reactants. The c-axis oriented AlN films were obtained on the c-plane sapphire substrate at deposition temperatures from 900 to 1230 K. AlN film prepared at 1047 K showed an epitaxial relation as (//( [//[. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the X-ray rocking curve for AlN (0002) plane increased with increasing deposition temperature. The c-axis lattice parameter decreased with increasing deposition temperature.

  7. Preparation of a biocompatible magnetic film from an aqueous ferrofluid

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    Albornoz, Cecilia; Jacobo, Silvia E.

    2006-10-01

    Very promising nanoparticles for biomedical applications or in medical drug targeting are superparamagnetic nanoparticles based on a core consisting of iron oxides (SPION) that can be targeted through external magnets. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is a unique synthetic biocompatible polymer that can be chemically cross-linked to form a gel. Biotechnology applications of magnetic gels include biosensors, targeted drug delivery, artificial muscles and magnetic buckles. These gels are produced by incorporating magnetic materials in the polymer composites. In this paper we report the synthesis of an aqueous ferrofluid and the preparation of a biocompatible magnetic gel with polyvinyl alcohol and glutharaldehyde (GTA). HClO 4 was used to induce the peptization since this kind of ferrofluid does not have surfactant. The magnetic gel was dried to generate a biocompatible film.

  8. Structural and biocompatible characterization of TiC/a:C nanocomposite thin films.

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    Balázsi, K; Vandrovcová, M; Bačáková, L; Balázsi, Cs

    2013-04-01

    In this work, sputtered TiC/amorphous C thin films have been developed in order to be applied as potential barrier coating for interfering of Ti ions from pure Ti or Ti alloy implants. Our experiments were based on magnetron sputtering method, because the vacuum deposition provides great flexibility for manipulating material chemistry and structure, leading to films and coatings with special properties. The films have been deposited on silicon (001) substrates with 300 nm thick oxidized silicon sublayer at 200 °C deposition temperature as model substrate. Transmission electron microscopy has been used for structural investigations. Thin films consisted of ~20 nm TiC columnar crystals embedded by 5 nm thin amorphous carbon matrix. MG63 osteoblast cells have been applied for in vitro study of TiC nanocomposites. The cell culture tests give strong evidence of thin films biocompatibility. PMID:23827622

  9. Deposition of a-C/B films from o-carborane and trimethyl boron precursors

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    Geddes, J.B.; Getty, W.D.

    1996-12-31

    Vacuum wall deposition of a-B/C films has had tremendous positive impact on the performance of tokamak fusion reactors. In this work, precursor vapor and helium carrier gas have been used to create a plasma using a novel plasma source. Either trimethyl boron (TMB) or sublimed vapor from o-carborane solid can be used as deposition precursors. The plasma operates in a pressure range of 5 to 15 mTorr and typical flow rates are 5 sccm He plus 0.5-1 sccm o-carborane or TMB vapor. The film deposition rate ranges from less than 100 {angstrom}/minute to over 1,000 {angstrom}/minute. Microwave power levels range from 300--400 W at 2.45 GHz. The temperature and bias of the substrate can be varied, and the temperature of the substrate is recorded during deposition. The films have been analyzed using XPS. The atomic composition of the films has been measured. The o-carborane films have a much higher boron concentration than those deposited from TMB. The chemical bond characteristics of the different species have also been examined for each type of film. The thickness of the films is measured by profilometry, and this is combined with measurements of the film area and weight to calculate the film density. X-ray diffraction analysis has been performed; no evidence of any crystalline structure was found. Films with a thickness of a few thousand {angstrom} are routinely obtained. Deposition rates were 350 {angstrom}/minute on average.

  10. Microstructural studies of nanocomposite thin films of Ni/CrN prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Kuppusami, P; Thirumurugesan, R; Divakar, R; Kataria, S; Ramaseshan, R; Mohandas, E

    2009-09-01

    Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites of Ni/CrN thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering from a target of 50 wt.%Ni-50 wt.%Cr is investigated. The films prepared as a function of nitrogen flow rate and substrate temperature showed that the films contained Ni and CrN phases with crystallite sizes in the nanometer range. Measurement of nanomechanical properties of the composite films exhibited a significant decrease in the values of hardness and Young's modulus than those of pure CrN films. PMID:19928270

  11. Electroless plating of honeycomb and pincushion polymer films prepared by self-organization.

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    Yabu, Hiroshi; Hirai, Yuji; Shimomura, Masatsugu

    2006-11-01

    This report describes the fabrication and electroless plating of regular porous and pincushion-like polymer structures prepared by self-organization. Honeycomb-patterned films were prepared by simple casting of polymer solution under applied humid air and pincushion structures by peeling off the top layer of the former films. Silver-deposited honeycomb-patterned films and pincushion films were obtained by simple electroless plating of the respective original structures. XPS revealed Ag deposition on the honeycomb-patterned film. After thermal decomposition or solvent elution of the template polymer, unique metal mesoscopic structures were obtained. PMID:17073508

  12. Iron-Nitride Thin Films Prepared by Arc-Discharge-Type Ion-Plating

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    Umeda, Kazuo; Kawashimo, Yasushi; Nakasone, Masami; Harada, Shigehisa; Tasaki, Akira

    1984-12-01

    Ferromagnetic iron-nitride thin films were studied as part of a programme of research into recording media. Samples were prepared by using a new type of ion-plating called “arc-discharge-type ion-plating”. In order to ionize metal vapor and nitrogen gas effectively, a new ionization electrode was introduced between 2× 10-4 and 2× 10-3 Torr. Nitrized films were obtained when the films were prepared above 2× 10-4 Torr. The composition of the films was analyzed using Mössbauer spectroscopy, and it was confirmed that the films were highly corrosion-resistant.

  13. PVOH composite films with high percent elongation prepared from amylose-fatty ammonium salt inclusion complexes

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    Amylose inclusion complexes prepared from cationic fatty ammonium salts and jet-cooked high amylose starch were combined with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) to form glycerol-plasticized films. Their tensile properties were compared with similar films prepared previously with analogous anionic fatty acid...

  14. Chromium-modified a-C films with advanced structural, mechanical and corrosive-resistant characteristics

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    Ming, Miao Yi; Jiang, Xiaohong; Piliptsou, D. G.; Zhuang, Yuzhao; Rogachev, A. V.; Rudenkov, A. S.; Balmakou, A.

    2016-08-01

    To improve structural, mechanical and chemical properties of diamond-like carbon films, we developed amorphous carbon chromium-modified composite films fabricated by means of cathode magnetic filtered arc deposition. The properties were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy for the purpose of the structure characterization, elemental analysis and topology examination. Moreover, we also assessed residual stress, the coefficient of friction, hardness, the elastic modulus and corrosion parameters through X-ray double-crystal surface profilometry, tribo-testing, nanoindenter-testing, as well as contact angle measurements and potentiodynamic polarization analysis. As a result of a comparative analysis, we revealed a substantial improvement in the characteristics of developed composite films in comparison with amorphous carbon films. For example, Cr-modification is resulted, in greater integrated performance, toughness and corrosion resistance; the residual stress was reduced substantially.

  15. Structural investigation and barrier properties of a-C:H thin films on polymer by PECVD

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    Zhang, Yuefei; Bian, Xinchao; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Guangqiu; Ge, Yuanjing

    2008-02-01

    In this paper, a thin amorphous hydrogenated carbon films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by means of capacitive coupled RF plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using a mixture of CH 4 with Ar gas as a source. The chemical composition of the deposited films were analyzed by fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), laser Roman spectroscopy(LRS). And the microgram of the film was detected atomic force microscopy (AFM). The barrier properties were examined by water vapour permeation. The results show that the barrier performance of water vapor permeation in PET coated by hydrogenated carbon film was decreased from 86.16 (g/m2d) to 10.68 (g/m2d) in experiments.

  16. Polysulfobetaine films prepared by electrografting technique for reduction of biofouling on electroconductive surfaces

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    Stach, Marek; Kroneková, Zuzana; Kasák, Peter; Kollár, Jozef; Pentrák, Martin; Mičušík, Matej; Chorvát, Dušan; Nunney, Tim S.; Lacík, Igor

    2011-10-01

    The sulfobetaine films were prepared on stainless steel and golden surfaces. In the first step, the poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) film was created by employing the electrografting polymerization technique. In the second step, this film was modified to polysulfobetaine, i.e. the polymer film bearing the zwitterionic groups. The presence of the electrografted film and its modification were determined by contact angle measurements, infrared spectroscopy in reflectance mode and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The prepared films were homogeneous with the thickness from about 5 to 26 nm as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The atomic force microscopy measurements showed the increase of surface roughness upon the surface coating. In vitro tests using adherent RAT-2 fibroblast cells and fluorescently labelled bovine serum albumin proteins showed that prepared polysulfobetaine films can be used in applications requiring the resistance against cell attachment and biofouling.

  17. Preparation and characterization of collagen/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) blend film.

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    Ding, Cuicui; Zhang, Min; Li, Guoying

    2015-03-30

    This study aimed to prepare and characterize the collagen/HPMC blend film (1/1). Thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry were used to investigate the thermal properties of the film. Both thermal decomposition temperature and denaturation temperature of the blend film were higher than those of the collagen film due to the intermolecular hydrogen bonding interaction between collagen and HPMC, which was demonstrated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Additionally, the morphologies, mechanical properties and hydrophilicity of films were examined. The blend film exhibited a more homogeneous and compact structure compared with that of the collagen film, as observed from scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The tensile strength, ultimate elongation and hydrophilicity of the blend film were superior to those of the pure collagen film. Furthermore, the introduction of polyethylene glycol 1500 had almost no influence on the thermal properties of the blend film but obviously improved its stretch-ability and smoothness. PMID:25563960

  18. Preparation of mixed metal thin films by a PVD method using several kinds of powder targets

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    Suda, Yoshiaki; Kawasaki, Hiroharu; Ohshima, Tamiko; Yagyu, Yoshihito; Ihara, Takeshi; Yamauchi, Makiko; Plasma process; application Team

    2015-09-01

    Bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) and aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were prepared by a physical vapor deposition method using mixed metal powder targets. The X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results suggest that crystalline thin films can be prepared using powder targets with quality similar to that of the films prepared using bulk targets. Bi3Fe5O12 films prepared using the pulsed laser deposition method were Bi rich, which may be due to the lower melting temperature of Bi (544 K) compared with that of Fe (1811 K). The mean transparency and resistivity of the AZO films prepared by the sputtering method were approximately 79%-84% and 0.5 - 1.4 ohm/cm, respectively.

  19. Preparation Of Transparent Conducting Zinc Oxide Films By RF Reactive Sputtering

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    Vasanelli, L.; Valentini, A.; Losacco, A.

    1986-09-01

    Transparent conducting zinc oxide films have been prepared by reactive sputtering in an Ar/H2 mixture. The optical and electrical properties of the films are presented and discussed. The effects of some post-deposition thermal treatment have been also investigated. ZnO/CdTe heterojunctions have .been prepared by sputtering ZnO films on CdTe single crystals. The photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of the obtained solar cells was 6.8%.

  20. Hierarchically controlled helical graphite films prepared from iodine-doped helical polyacetylene films using morphology-retaining carbonization.

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    Matsushita, Satoshi; Kyotani, Mutsumasa; Akagi, Kazuo

    2011-11-01

    One-handed helical graphite films with a hierarchically controlled morphology were prepared from iodine-doped helical polyacetylene (H-PA) films using the recently developed morphology-retaining carbonization method. Results from scanning electron microscopy indicate that the hierarchical helical morphology of the H-PA film remains unchanged even after carbonization at 800 °C. The weight loss of the film due to carbonization was very small; only 10-29% of the weight of the film before doping was lost. Furthermore, the graphite film prepared by subsequent heating at 2600 °C retained the same morphology as that of the original H-PA film and that of the helical carbon film prepared at 800 °C. The screwed direction, twisted degree, and vertical or horizontal alignment of the helical graphite film were well controlled by changing the helical sense, helical pitch, and orientation state of the chiral nematic liquid crystal (N*-LC) used as an asymmetric LC reaction field. X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering measurements showed that graphitic crystallization proceeds in the carbon film during heat treatment at 2600 °C. Transmission electron microscopy measurements indicate that ultrasonication of the helical graphite film in ethanol for several hours gives rise to a single helical graphite fibril. The profound potentiality of the present graphite films is exemplified in their electrical properties. The horizontally aligned helical graphite film exhibits an enhancement in electrical conductivity and an evolution of electrical anisotropy in which conductivity parallel to the helical axis of the fibril bundle is higher than that perpendicular to the axis. PMID:21970653

  1. Electrochromism Properties of Palladium Doped Tungsten-Oxide Thin Films Prepared with RF Reactive Sputtering

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    Yabumoto, Taihei; Iwai, Yuki; Miura, Noboru; Matsumoto, Setsuko; Nakano, Ryotaro; Matsumoto, Hironaga

    Palladium doped tungsten oxide thin films were prepared by RF reactive sputtering in a mixture of argon and oxygen at room temperature. XRD patterns indicated that these films were amorphous. SEM imaging indicated a smaller grain size of palladium doped thin film compared with that of undoped tungsten oxide thin film. With electrochromism, palladium doped tungsten oxide exhibited a reverse optical modulation with respect to the applied potential.

  2. Electrochemical preparation of poly(methylene blue)/graphene nanocomposite thin films

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    Erçarıkcı, Elif; Dağcı, Kader; Topçu, Ezgi; Alanyalıoğlu, Murat

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Poly(MB)/graphene thin films are prepared by a simple electrochemical approach. • Graphene layers in the film show a broad band in visible region of absorbance spectra. • Morphology of composite films indicates both disordered and ordered regions. • XRD reveals that nanocomposite films include rGO layers after electropolymerization process. • Chemically prepared graphene is better than electrochemically prepared graphene for electrooxidation of nitrite. - Abstract: Poly(methylene blue)/graphene nanocomposite thin films were prepared by electropolymerization of methylene blue in the presence of graphene which have been synthesized by two different methods of a chemical oxidation process and an electrochemical approach. Synthesized nanocomposite thin films were characterized by using cyclic voltammetry, UV–vis. absorption spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques. Electrocatalytical properties of prepared poly(methylene blue)/graphene nanocomposite films were compared toward electrochemical oxidation of nitrite. Under optimized conditions, electrocatalytical effect of nanocomposite films of chemically prepared graphene through electrochemical oxidation of nitrite was better than that of electrochemically prepared graphene.

  3. Preparation and Properties of Silver Nanowire-Based Transparent Conductive Composite Films

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanowire-based transparent conductive composite films with different structures were successfully prepared using various methods, including liquid polyol, magnetron sputtering and spin coating. The experimental results revealed that the optical transmittance of all different structural composite films decreased slightly (1-3%) compared to pure films. However, the electrical conductivity of all composite films had a great improvement. Under the condition that the optical transmittance was greater than 78% over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm, the AgNW/PVA/AgNW film became a conductor, while the AZO/AgNW/AZO film and the ITO/AgNW/ITO film showed 88.9% and 94% reductions, respectively, for the sheet resistance compared with pure films. In addition, applying a suitable mechanical pressure can improve the conductivity of AgNW-based composite films.

  4. Optical Response in Amorphous GaAs Thin Films Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Kiwa, Toshihiko; Kawashima, Ichiro; Nashima, Shigeki; Hangyo, Masanori; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2000-11-01

    Femtosecond optical response in GaAs thin films has been studied. We prepared GaAs thin films on MgO substrates and on YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at temperatures below 250^\\circC@. A photocarrier lifetime of less than 1 ps is measured for the prepared GaAs thin films using femtosecond time-domain reflectivity change measurements. Pulsed electromagnetic wave [terahertz (THz) radiaiton] containing a frequency component of up to 1 THz is emitted from fabricated photoconductive switches using the prepared thin films. We also evaluated the THz radiation properties emitted from the photoswitches on the YBCO thin films.

  5. Preparation of pure chitosan film using ternary solvents and its super absorbency.

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    Wang, Xuejun; Lou, Tao; Zhao, Wenhua; Song, Guojun

    2016-11-20

    Chemical modification and graft copolymerization were commonly adopted to prepare super absorbent materials. However, physical microstructure of pure chitosan film was optimized to improve the water uptake capacity in this study. Chitosan films with micro-nanostructure were prepared by a ternary solvent system. The optimal process parameters are 1% acetic acid water solution: dioxane: dimethyl sulfoxide=90: 2.5: 7.5 (v/v/v) with chitosan concentration at 1.25% (w/v). The water uptake capacity of the chitosan film prepared under the optimal process parameters was 896g/g. The prepared chitosan films also exhibited high water uptake capacity in response to external stimuli such as temperature, pH and salt. This finding may provide another way for improving the water absorbency. The pure chitosan film may find potential applications especially in the fields of hygienic products and biomedicine due to its super water absorbency and nontoxicity. PMID:27561494

  6. Preparation of cuxinygazsen precursor films and powders by electroless deposition

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu N.; Batchelor, Wendi Kay; Wiesner, Holm; Ramanathan, Kannan; Noufi, Rommel

    1999-01-01

    A method for electroless deposition of Cu.sub.x In.sub.y Ga.sub.z Se.sub.n (x=0-2, y=0-2, z=0-2, n=0-3) precursor films and powders onto a metallic substrate comprising: preparing an aqueous bath solution of compounds selected from the group consisting of: I) a copper compound, a selenium compound, an indium compound and gallium compound; II) a copper compound, a selenium compound and an indium compound; III) a selenium compound, and indium compound and a gallium compound; IV) a selenium compound and a indium compound; and V) a copper compound and selenium compound; each compound being present in sufficient quantity to react with each other to produce Cu.sub.x In.sub.y Ga.sub.z Se.sub.n (x=0-2, y=0-2, z=0-2, n=0-3); adjusting the pH of the aqueous bath solution to an acidic value by the addition of a dilute acid; and initiating an electroless reaction with an oxidizing counterelectrode for a sufficient time to cause a deposit of Cu.sub.x In.sub.y Ga.sub.z Se.sub.n (x=0-2, y=0-2, z=0-2, n=0-3) from the aqueous bath solution onto a metallic substrate.

  7. Structural and Optoelectrical Properties of ZnTe Thin Films Prepared by E-Beam Evaporation

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    Zia, Rehana; Saleemi, Farhat; Riaz, Madeeha; Nassem, Shahzad

    2016-07-01

    ZnTe thin films have been prepared by an electron-beam evaporation technique on glass substrates, changing the accelerating voltage and the substrate temperature at accelerating voltage of 2 kV. Structural analysis showed that all the films had cubic structure with preferential orientation along (111) direction, though (220) and (311) orientations were also present. The (111) peak intensity increased with increasing film thickness. The crystallite size increased with increasing film thickness. Conductivity measurements showed that the films were p-type. Films prepared at accelerating voltage of 2 kV exhibited minimum resistivity. Optical characterization indicated that both absorbing and transparent thin films can be achieved by using different deposition conditions. The optical bandgap value was found to vary with substrate temperature.

  8. Preparation of a Functionally Graded Fluoropolymer Thin Film and Its Application to Antireflective Coating

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    Senda, Kazuo; Matsuda, Tsuyoshi; Kawanishi, Takumi; Tanaka, Kuniaki; Usui, Hiroaki

    2013-05-01

    Fluoropolymer thin films were prepared by the ion-assisted vapor deposition polymerization (IAD) of 2-(perfluorohexyl) ethylacrylate (Rf-6) under Ar ion irradiation. The ion acceleration voltage Va largely affected the film characteristics. With increasing Va, the adhesion strength between the film and the substrate improved, while the surface energy and the refractive index increased. To attain a high adhesion strength, a low surface energy, and a low optical reflectivity simultaneously, a functionally graded film was prepared by varying Va from 300 to 0 V continually in the course of film growth. As a consequence, an antireflective coating with good adhesion and low surface energy was obtained. The optical reflectivity of a glass substrate was reduced from 4.9 to 0.55% at a wavelength of 400 nm by depositing a 100-nm-thick single-layer functionally graded fluoropolymer film. The surface energy of this film was 8.5 mJ/m2.

  9. Preparation of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O films by a reactive plasma evaporation method

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    Terashima, Kazuo; Eguchi, Keisuke; Yoshida, Toyonobu; Akashi, Kazuo

    1988-04-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting films were prepared by a reactive plasma evaporation method, in which mixed powders were coevaporated in a thermal RF Ar + O2 plasma, and the ternary-composition controlled high-temperature metallic vapors were codeposited onto a substrate. The deposition rate was much more than 10 micron/min, which is several orders of magnitude higher than those reported for other methods. The structure of the prepared films was identified as an orthorhombic oxygen-deficient perovskite phase, and some films showed the preferred orientation of (001). The as-deposited film without postannealing showed a superconducting transition temperature Tcm (midpoint) of 94 K.

  10. Electrochromic TiO2 Thin Film Prepared by Dip-Coating Technique

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    Suriani, S.; Kamisah, M. M.

    2002-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were prepared by using sol-gel dip coating technique. The coating solutions were prepared by reacting titanium isopropoxide as precursors and ethanol as solvent. The films were formed on transparent ITO-coated glass by a dip coating technique and final dried at various temperatures up to 600 °C for 30 minutes. The films were characterized with the UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). XRD results show that the films dried at 600 °C form anatase structure. From the spectroscopic studies, the sample shows electrochromic property.

  11. Preparation of PZT Thin Films on Stainless Steel Using Electrochemical Reduction

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    Koinuma, Michio; Ohmura, Hideki; Fujioka, Yoshiro; Matsumoto, Yasumichi; Yamada, Satoshi

    1998-03-01

    PZT perovskite films which were strongly adhered to stainless steel were prepared by electrochemical reduction in solutions containing TiO 2+, ZrO 2+, and Pb 2+ions. The composition of the PZT films was easily controlled by the composition in the solution and the applied cathodic potential during the electrolysis. Heat treatment at 600°C was necessary for crystallization, because the as-deposited oxide films were amorphous. Pb was deposited as a metal, while Zr and Ti were deposited as oxides and/or hydroxides during the electrolysis. The average of the dielectric constants of the PZT films prepared by the present method was more than 500.

  12. Adhesion of tungsten carbide reinforced amorphous hydrocarbon thin films (WC/a-C:H) to steel substrates for tribological applications

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    Evans, Ryan D.; Schiller, P. J; Howe, Jane Y

    2011-01-01

    We have explored the adhesive interlayer structure for a tungsten carbide reinforced amorphous hydrocarbon thin film coating (WC/a-C:H) that demonstrated excellent coating adhesion under highly stressed tribological contact. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis including cross-sectional imaging, electron diffraction, and energy dispersive spectroscopy was performed on abrupt and gradient interfaces within the multilayer film architecture. Interpretation of these results is aided by quantum mechanical calculations that were performed to investigate bonding interactions of the Cr adhesive interlayer to the Fe substrate surface within a - 3 nm thick interfacial region. Low levels of oxygen present in the coating deposition chamber during deposition were found at the Fe-Cr interface using high-resolution TEM. Molecular orbital calculations for a linear three-atom molecular model Fe-O-Cr demonstrate the role of O in strengthening Fe to Cr bonding within that interfacial region.

  13. Adhesion of tungsten carbide reinforced amorphous hydrocarbon thin films (WC/a-C:H) to steel substrates for tribological applications

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    Evans, R. D.; Shiller, P. J.; Howe, J. Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have explored the adhesive interlayer structure for a tungsten carbide reinforced amorphous hydrocarbon thin film coating (WC/a-C:H) that demonstrated excellent coating adhesion under highly stressed tribological contact. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis including cross-sectional imaging, electron diffraction, and energy dispersive spectroscopy was performed on abrupt and gradient interfaces within the multilayer film architecture. Interpretation of these results is aided by quantum mechanical calculations that were performed to investigate bonding interactions of the Cr adhesive interlayer to the Fe substrate surface within a ˜3 nm thick interfacial region. Low levels of oxygen present in the coating deposition chamber during deposition were found at the Fe-Cr interface using high-resolution TEM. Molecular orbital calculations for a linear three-atom molecular model Fe-O-Cr demonstrate the role of O in strengthening Fe to Cr bonding within that interfacial region.

  14. Preparation and optical properties of sol-gel-deposited electrochromic iron oxide films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Tepehan, Fatma; Tepehan, Galip

    1997-10-01

    The preparation and optical properties of sol-gel deposited iron oxide films are investigated in this study. The films are deposited on glass by spin-coating from polymeric sol-gel solutions. The coating solutions were prepared from Fe(OCH3H7)3 and isopropanol. Fe2O3 films were obtained at a firing temperature 180 degrees Celsius. The films were characterized by x-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The electrochemical properties of the films were studied in 0.5 M LiClO4/propylene carbonate (PC) solution. The CV results showed reversibility of the Li+/e- insertion/extraction process in the Fe2O3 films up to 200 cycles. Reduction and oxidation of the amorphous films in 0.5 M LiClO4-PC solution caused noticeable changes in optical absorption. XRD of the films showed that they had an amorphous structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurements showed that the composition of the film is Fe2O3. In-situ spectrophotometric measurements indicated that these films show weak electrochromism in the spectral range of 350 - 800 nm. The optical band gap is estimated to be 1.92 eV for the amorphous film. The spectroelectrochemical properties clearly indicated that cyclic stability of the iron oxide films deteriorated above 200 cycles.

  15. Optical characteristics of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) thin film prepared by a vacuum evaporation

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    Ohnishi, Yasutaka; Kita, Rio; Tsuchiya, Kazuyoshi; Iwamori, Satoru

    2016-02-01

    Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) thin films were deposited onto a glass slide substrate by a heat-resistance type vacuum evaporation apparatus due to changing the evaporation conditions. Transparency of the PTFE thin films prepared by the vacuum evaporation depended on the deposition conditions, i.e., temperatures of the basket, and distance between the evaporation source and substrate. To elucidate relationship between the molecular structure and transparency of the PTFE thin film prepared by the vacuum evaporation, chemical structures, crystallinity and thermophysical property were investigated. The chemical bonding state of the PTFE thin film prepared by the vacuum evaporation was almost the same as that of the pristine PTFE, however, the crystalinity was different. Although the pristine PTFE was crystal structure, the transparent evaporated thin film was estimated to be microcrystal structure. In addition, endothermic peaks in a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) spectrum of the PTFE thin film were different from that of the pristine PTFE. These endothermic peaks of the PTFE thin film prepared by the vacuum evaporation shifted lower temperature compared to the pristine PTFE, which suggests that molecular weight of the PTFE thin film prepared by the vacuum evaporation decreased compared with that of the pristine PTFE.

  16. Electrical and Optical Properties of Si-Incorporated a-C:H Films via the Radio Frequency Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Method.

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    Kim, In Jun; Choi, Won Seok; Hong, Byungyou

    2016-05-01

    The optical and electrical properties of silicon-incorporated hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si) films deposited via the radio frequency (RF) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method using a mixture of CH4, H2, and SiH4 were observed. The silane gas whose ranged from 0 to 25 vol.% [SiH4/(SiH4 + CH4) was fed into the reactor while the other deposition parameters were kept constant. The basic properties of these films were investigated via Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectrometry, I-V measurement, and surface profiling. The experiment results showed that the film thickness increased from 300 nm to 800 nm for the same deposition time as the silane gas increased. The Raman spectrum obtained from the silicon-incorporated a-C:H films suggested that the film property changed from graphitic-like to more diamond-like. As the silane gas increased, the optical gap, E04, slightly increased from 1.98 eV to 2.62 eV. It was shown that the Si atoms incorporated into the a-C:H films reduced the size of the sp2 clusters. As for the I-V characteristics, the Si-incorporated a-C:H films had a lower leakage current than the a-C:H films without Si. PMID:27483937

  17. Optical properties and residual stress in Nb-Si composite films prepared by magnetron cosputtering.

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    Tang, Chien-Jen; Porter, Glen Andrew; Jaing, Cheng-Chung; Tsai, Fang-Ming

    2015-02-01

    This paper investigates Nb-Si metal composite films with various proportions of niobium in comparison to pure Nb films. Films were prepared by two-target RF-DC magnetron cosputtering deposition. The optical properties and residual stress were analyzed. A composition of Nb(0.74)Si(0.26) was chosen toward the design and fabrication of solar absorbing coatings having a high absorption in a broad wavelength range, a low residual stress, and suitable optical constants. The layer thicknesses and absorption characteristics of the Nb-Si composite films adhere more closely to the design than other coatings made of dielectric film materials. PMID:25967812

  18. Preparation of ordered and crosslinked films from liquid crystalline vinyl ether monomers

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    Andersson, H.; Sahlen, F.; Gedde, U.W.; Hult, A.

    1993-12-31

    Highly ordered densely crosslinked liquid crystalline poly(vinyl ether) films have been prepared by in-situ photopolymerization of oriented bifunctional mesogenic vinyl ether monomers. Orientation was achieved either by a simple surface treatment, using an unidirectionally rubbed polyimide film or by a magnetic field. Polymerization from various monomer phases resulted in LC polymer network films with different molecular organizations. The films were analyzed with small-angle X-ray scattering, polarized light microscopy and infrared-dichroism measurements. It was shown that films with nematic, smectic A and smectic B structures were obtained, the latter having a very high degree of orientation.

  19. Electrochemical preparation of Photosystem I-polyaniline composite films for biohybrid solar energy conversion.

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    Gizzie, Evan A; LeBlanc, Gabriel; Jennings, G Kane; Cliffel, David E

    2015-05-13

    In this work, we report for the first time the entrapment of the biomolecular supercomplex Photosystem I (PSI) within a conductive polymer network of polyaniline via electrochemical copolymerization. Composite polymer-protein films were prepared on gold electrodes through potentiostatic electropolymerization from a single aqueous solution containing both aniline and PSI. This study demonstrates the controllable integration of large membrane proteins into rapidly prepared composite films, the entrapment of such proteins was observed through photoelectrochemical analysis. PSI's unique function as a highly efficient biomolecular photodiode generated a significant enhancement in photocurrent generation for the PSI-loaded polyaniline films, compared to pristine polyaniline films, and dropcast PSI films. A comprehensive study was then performed to separately evaluate film thickness and PSI concentration in the initial polymerization solution and their effects on the net photocurrent of this novel material. The best performing composite films were prepared with 0.1 μM PSI in the polymerization solution and deposited to a film thickness of 185 nm, resulting in an average photocurrent density of 5.7 μA cm(-2) with an efficiency of 0.005%. This photocurrent output represents an enhancement greater than 2-fold over bare polyaniline films and 200-fold over a traditional PSI multilayer film of comparable thickness. PMID:25897977

  20. Hydrophobicity in DLC films prepared by electrodeposition technique

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    Paul, R.; Dalui, S.; Das, S. N.; Bhar, R.; Pal, A. K.

    2008-12-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films were deposited by electrodeposition technique onto SnO 2-coated glass substrates by using a mixture of acetic acid and water as electrolyte at a fixed applied voltage 2.14 V. The films showed two distinct broad Raman characteristic peaks located at ˜1365 cm -1 (D-line) and 1575 cm -1 (G-line). Band gaps of the films varied between 1.98 and 2.35 eV. Hydrophobicity in these films was studied by measuring the contact angles of water droplets and it was found that the films were extremely hydrophobic. The results were interpreted in terms of hybridization of carbon in these DLC films.

  1. Electroplated Fe films prepared from a deep eutectic solvent

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    Yanai, T.; Shiraishi, K.; Shimokawa, T.; Watanabe, Y.; Ohgai, T.; Nakano, M.; Suzuki, K.; Fukunaga, H.

    2014-05-01

    Electroplating of Fe films was carried out from choline chloride-ethylene glycol types of DES (Deep Eutectic Solvent). We investigated magnetic properties of the plated Fe films and evaluated the productivity for the electroplating process. Consequently, we found that surface morphology and current efficiency of the plated films were affected by the bath temperature. We obtained the Fe films with relatively smooth surface and high current efficiency in the bath temperature range from 70 to 110 °C. The deposition rate for our process depended on the current density, and we obtained high deposition rate value of approximately 120 μm/h. We also obtained high current efficiency values of approximately 90% in the wide range of plating time. These results indicate that the DES-based bath has industrial advantages for mass-producing Fe films. Therefore, we conclude that the DES-based bath is an attractive plating bath for Fe films.

  2. Preparation and characterization of silk fibroin/HPMC blend film

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    Shetty, G. Rajesha; Kumar, R. Madhu; Rao, B. Lakshmeesha; Asha, S.; Sangappa

    2015-06-24

    In this work, the structural and mechanical stability of silk fibroin/Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (SF-HPMC) blend films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Universal Testing Machine (UTM). The results indicate that with the introduction of HPMC, the interactions between SF and HPMC results in improved crystallite size and increase in mechanical properties. The blend film obtained is more flexible compared to pure SF film.

  3. Preparation and characterization of silk fibroin/HPMC blend film

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    Shetty, G. Rajesha; Kumar, R. Madhu; Rao, B. Lakshmeesha; Asha, S.; Sangappa

    2015-06-01

    In this work, the structural and mechanical stability of silk fibroin/Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (SF-HPMC) blend films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Universal Testing Machine (UTM). The results indicate that with the introduction of HPMC, the interactions between SF and HPMC results in improved crystallite size and increase in mechanical properties. The blend film obtained is more flexible compared to pure SF film.

  4. Continuous Preparation of Copper/Carbon Nanotube Composite Films and Application in Solar Cells.

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    Luo, Xiao Gang; Le Wu, Min; Wang, Xiao Xia; Zhong, Xin Hua; Zhao, Ke; Wang, Jian Nong

    2016-02-01

    Realizing the continuous and large scale preparation of particle/carbon nanotube (CNT) composites with enhanced functionalities, and broad applications in energy conversion, harvesting, and storage systems, remains as a big challenge. Here, we report a scalable strategy to continuously prepare particle/CNT composite films in which particles are confined by CNT films. This is achieved by the continuous condensation and deposition of a cylindrical assembly of CNTs on a paper strip and the in situ incorporation of particles during the layer-by-layer deposition process. A Cu/CNT composite film is prepared as an example; such a film exhibits very high power conversion efficiency when it is used as a counter electrode in a solar cell, compared with previous materials under otherwise identical conditions. The proposed method can be extended to other CNT-based composite films with excellent functionalities for wide applications. PMID:26784865

  5. Preparation of Epoxy Resin Thin Film by Electroless Deposition Method

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    Fukui, Hitoshi; Hirai, Makoto; Shinagawa, Tsutomu; Kobayashi, Yasuyuki; Chigane, Masaya; Fujiwara, Yutaka; Fujita, Naoyuki

    The electrodeposition coating process, which is a polymer film deposition method using water electrolysis, is widely used for automobile body primers. Recently this process is being used in the insulating polymer films deposition for the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) or micro electric components. However, this process has difficulty in depositing polymer film on complex shapes and non-conductive surfaces. In this paper, we demonstrate that epoxy resin thin films used extensively as insulating polymer films were successfully deposited using the electroless chemical reaction in aqueous solution on a non-conductive surface and high aspect glass tube. The substrates catalyzed using a commercialized three-step Sn/Ag/Pd activation process were immersed in the reaction solution containing water-soluble resin and NO3- ion, reducing agent (DMAB). The pH near the substrate rose when NO3- was reduced by released electrons from DMAB. Water-soluble resin combined with OH- hence, polymer thin film was deposited by the electroless deposition reaction. By FE-SEM and FT-IR measurement, it was clear that the conformal and dense epoxy resin films were deposited. Using the present method, epoxy films could be deposited on the surface of a high aspect ratio glass tube 50 mm in length and φ3 in inner diameter. These films had high insulation resistivity of 108∼1011Ωm with applied voltage of 250 V.

  6. Dependence of magnetostriction of sputtered Tb-Fe films on preparation conditions

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    Hayashi, Y.; Arai, K.I.; Ishiyama, K.; Yamaguchi, M. . Research Institute of Electrical Communication); Honda, T. . Sendai Research Lab.)

    1993-11-01

    Amorphous Tb-Fe thin films prepared by sputtering method in the compositional range Tb[sub x]Fe[sub 1[minus]x] (x = 0--0.5) have been investigated in view of their potential for use in electromagnetic thin film actuators. The authors examined the magnetostriction and the coercive force for the Tb-Fe films for different sputtering conditions to obtain both soft magnetic properties 2nd large magnetostriction in this system. As a result, they obtained Tb-Fe thin films having large magnetostrictions (180[times]10[sup [minus]6] at 1kOe) and low coercive force (60--70 Oe). These films were prepared under the conditions of the composition of 45--50at%Tb, Ar gas pressure of 4mTorr, rf input power of 200W and using water cooled substrates. A trial actuator using magnetostrictive thin films is also reported.

  7. Properties of boron nitride coating films prepared by the ion beam and vapor deposition method (IVD)

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    Andoh, Y.; Ogata, K.; Suzuki, Y.; Kamijo, E.; Satou, M.; Fujimoto, F.

    The authors have studied coating films of boron nitride prepared by the ion implantation and vapor deposition method (IVD method) and it was found that the films consisted of the cubic, wurzite and hexagonal boron nitride. These films were manufactured by bombardment of nitrogen molecular ion with energy 25-40 keV. In the present work, we prepared films by the nitrogen molecular ions with much lower energy than the previous case. Boron was evaporated by electron beam bombardment on substrates of silicon crystal wafers and nitrogen molecular ions with energy 2-25 keV were simultaneously irradiated. Infrared absorption spectra showed a clear and strong peak due to the boron nitride of cubic structures together with a broad peak of hexagonal one. The hardness of the films was tested. The result showed that the films had 3000-5000 Hv which is much harder than titanium carbide.

  8. Properties of depth-profile controlled boron nitride films prepared by ion-beam assisted deposition

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    Kumagai, M.; Suzuki, M.; Suzuki, T.; Tanaka, Y.; Setsuhara, Y.; Miyake, S.; Ogata, K.; Kohata, M.; Higeta, K.; Einishi, T.; Suzuki, Y.; Shimoitani, Y.; Motonami, Y.

    1997-05-01

    Boron nitride films were prepared by vapor deposition of boron and simultaneous bombardment with mixed gas ions of nitrogen and argon in the energy range of 0.2 to 20 keV. The films were prepared on various kinds of substrates including silicon wafers, tungsten carbide plates and various ceramic plates at a temperature of 400°C. In the synthesis of the BN films, a boron-rich buffer layer between the substrate and the BN film was formed by energetic nitrogen ion beam bombardment, improving tribological properties such as the depth-profile controlled layer. The buffer layer improved film adhesion, and chemical stability, thermal stability at elevated temperature and corrosion resistance of the BN films also gave good results.

  9. Preparation and characterization of milk protein films and their application for packaging of Cheddar cheese.

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    Wagh, Y R; Pushpadass, Heartwin A; Emerald, F Magdaline Eljeeva; Nath, B Surendra

    2014-12-01

    Casein and whey protein concentrate (WPC) films, plasticized with glycerol and sorbitol independently, were prepared by casting. The film thickness, water vapour and oxygen permeation and tensile and moisture sorption properties of the films were determined. The tensile strength (TS), tensile strain (TE) and elastic modulus (EM) of the films ranged from 0.71 to 4.58 MPa, 19.22 to 66.63 % and 2.05 to 6.93 MPa, respectively. The film properties were influenced by the type of biopolymer (casein and whey protein concentrate), plasticizer and its concentration. Increasing the plasticizer concentration, increased the film thickness, TE and water vapour permeability (WVP), but decreased the TS and EM. As the concentration of plasticizer increased to the highest level, the film thickness increased from 0.168 to 0.305 mm for glycerol-plasticized films and from 0.251 to 0.326 mm for sorbitol-plasticized films. The film thickness increased because the amount of plasticizer in the film network increased and the amount of biopolymer remained same. Casein films showed superior tensile properties as compared to WPC films. The WVP of both casein and WPC films lied between 3.87 and 13.97 g.mm./(m(2).h.kPa). The moisture sorption isotherms of both films were typical of high-protein material, and were adequately described by the GAB model. The oxygen permeability of casein films was relatively lower than that of WPC films, regardless of the plasticizer used. The sensory data revealed that the organoleptic quality of Cheddar cheese was unaffected by milk-protein film packaging. PMID:25477643

  10. Titanium containing amorphous hydrogenated carbon films (a-C: H/Ti): surface analysis and evaluation of cellular reactions using bone marrow cell cultures in vitro.

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    Schroeder, A; Francz, G; Bruinink, A; Hauert, R; Mayer, J; Wintermantel, E

    2000-03-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C : H) coatings, also called diamond-like carbon (DLC), have many properties required for a protective coating material in biomedical applications. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new surface coating for bone-related implants by combining the hardness and inertness of a-C : H films with the biological acceptance of titanium. For this purpose, different amounts of titanium were incorporated into a-C : H films by a combined radio frequency (rf) and magnetron sputtering set-up. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of air-exposed a-C : H/titanium (a-C : H/Ti) films revealed that the films were composed of TiO2 and TiC embedded in and connected to an a-C : H matrix. Cell culture tests using primary adult rat bone marrow cell cultures (BMC) were performed to determine effects on cell number and on osteoblast and osteoclast differentiation. By adding titanium to the carbon matrix, cellular reactions such as increased proliferation and reduced osteoclast-like cell activity could be obtained, while these reactions were not seen on pure a-C : H films and on glass control samples. In summary, a-C : H/Ti could be a valuable coating for bone implants, by supporting bone cell proliferation while reducing osteoclast-like cell activation. PMID:10674809

  11. Preparation, Characterization and Microelectronic Applications of Langmuir Blodgett Films.

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    Maccagno, Pierre Luigi

    This thesis evaluates the use of ultrathin Langmuir Blodgett (LB) films in semiconductor technology. Three different applications are explored: electron-beam resists, dielectric films, and tunneling dimension insulators. Deposition processes are established for LB films of cadmium brassidate, and Poly-Methyl-Methacrylate (PMMA). Film are characterized on the water subphase of the LB trough with a Wilhelmy balance and on various substrates with X-ray diffraction, Grazing Incidence Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (GIR FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Ellipsometry, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) and electrical conduction and admittance measurements. Ultrathin PMMA LB films are shown to behave as excellent e-beam resists. PMMA LB films 10.5nm thick (13 monolayers) have pinhole densities (10/cm^2 ) three orders of magnitude smaller than those spin cast films of the same thickness. Furthermore, the same PMMA LB film thickness is able to protect a 50nm Cr underlayer for well over 13 minutes from chemical etchants. Low energy e-beam exposure of ultrathin PMMA LB films was demonstrated with the STM. The advantages of the STM as a lithography tool is that small diameter (<50nm) low energy (20eV to 100eV) e-beams may be used with LB resist films to obtain submicron resolution and reduced proximity effects due to less scattering of electrons within the ultrathin LB resist. Electrical conduction and admittance of metal/insulator/metal capacitors are studied for various thickness LB PMMA films, and electrode materials. Capacitors with Au electrodes were shorted due to pinholes in the LB film. Shorts were not observed with Al electrodes as a result of the native alumina. The thickness and dielectric constant of PMMA monolayers and Al_2O_3 are obtained. Diverse conduction mechanisms are proposed for Al electrode capacitors separated by no PMMA film; one monolayer; and three or more monolayers. Electrical properties of Au/PMMA/n-Si diodes with

  12. Electrochromic properties of molybdenum trioxide thin films prepared by chemical vapor deposition

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    Maruyama, Toshiro; Kanagawa, Tetsuya

    1995-05-01

    Electrochromic molybdenum trioxide thin films were prepared by chemical vapor deposition. The source material was molybdenum carbonyl. Amorphous molybdenum trioxide thin films were produced at a substrate temperature 300 C. Reduction and oxidation of the films in a 0.3M LiClO{sub 4} propylene carbonate solution caused desirable changes in optical absorption. Coulometry indicated that the coloration efficiency was 25.8 cm{sup 2}/C.

  13. Effects of Substrate Temperature on ZAO Thin Film Prepared by DC Magnetron Reactive Sputtering

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    Lu, F.; Zhou, X. G.; Xu, C. H.; Wen, L. S.

    The effects of substrate temperature on the resistivity and transmittance of ZAO thin films prepared by DC magnetron reactive sputtering have been investigated. The properties of the samples have been analyzed through Hall effect, X-ray diffraction and SEM. The results show that carrier concentration, Hall mobility and crystallinity of the films depend obviously on the deposition temperature. The film deposited at the range 200-250°C has lower resistivity and higher transmittance.

  14. Preparation and electric property of polysilsesquioxane thin films incorporating carbazole groups.

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    Watase, Seiji; Fujisaki, Daiki; Watanabe, Mitsuru; Mitamura, Koji; Nishioka, Noboru; Matsukawa, Kimihiro

    2014-09-26

    New silsesquioxane incorporating a carbazole groups (PCTSQ) has been synthesized by a click thiol-ene reaction and a subsequent sol-gel reaction. To evaluate the electric property of this hybrid, diode devices have been fabricated by using PCTSQ thin film by spin-coating onto n-type ZnO film prepared by the electrodeposition method. The thin film hybrid devices showed good electric characteristics and high rectification ratio, as well as worked as a rectifier. PMID:25111904

  15. Wettability of oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition: New insights

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    Prakash, Saurav

    The objective of the thesis is to investigate the wettability of good quality oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this work, many shortfalls in the water contact angle measurement of thin films of oxides, responsible for the wide scatter in the values reported in literature, have been addressed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  16. Effective post treatment for preparing highly conductive carbon nanotube/reduced graphite oxide hybrid films.

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    Wang, Ranran; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian; Xu, Chaohe; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Yangqiao

    2011-03-01

    SWCNT-reduced graphite oxide hybrid films were prepared by a filtration method. An efficient post-treatment procedure was designed to reduce GO and remove dispersants simultaneously. The sheet resistance decreased significantly after treatment, by a factor of 4-13 times. Films with excellent performance (95.6%, 655 Ω per square) were obtained and had great potential applications. PMID:21132173

  17. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite films reinforced with nano kaolin.

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    Jafarzadeh, Shima; Alias, Abd Karim; Ariffin, Fazilah; Mahmud, Shahrom; Najafi, Ali

    2016-02-01

    Effects of nano-kaolin incorporation into semolina films on the physical, mechanical, thermal, barrier and antimicrobial properties of the resulting bio-nanocomposite films were investigated. The properties included crystal structure (by X-ray diffraction), mechanical resistance, color, Fourier transform infrared spectra, decomposition temperature, water-vapor permeability (WVP), oxygen permeability (OP), and antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Kaolin was incorporated into biofilms at various amounts (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 %, w/w total solid). All films were plasticized with 50 % (w/w total solid) combination of sorbitol/glycerol at 3:1 ratio. The incorporation of nanokaolin into semolina films decreased OP and WVP. The moisture content and water solubility of the films were found to decrease by nanokaolin reinforcement, and mechanical properties of films were improved by increasing nanokaolin concentration. Tensile strength and Young's modulus increased from 3.41 to 5.44 MPa and from 63.12 to 136.18, respectively, and elongation-at-break decreased. The films did not exhibit UV absorption. In conclusion, nanokaolin incorporation enhanced the barrier and mechanical properties of semolina films, indicating the potential application of these bio-nanocomposites in food-product packaging. PMID:27162391

  18. Interfacial characterization of ion-beam-deposited a-C films on Ge

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    Bruce, T.; Bello, I.; Huang, L. J.; Lau, W. M.; High, M.; Strnad, V.; Panchhi, P.

    1994-07-01

    Diamondlike carbon films were deposited on germanium crystals with a mass-separated C+ ion beam in ultrahigh vacuum over the energy range 20-275 eV, and the interfaces were characterized with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that ion bombardment induced a carbide phase on the germanium surface. Further carbon accumulation then led to the growth of an amorphous carbon overlayer. The carbide phase was identified by a rather low C 1s binding energy (at about 283.8 eV) and small positive shift of the Ge 3p peak (about 0.4 eV). The valence-band spectra of these samples also suggested that germanium carbide formed with a pure carbon beam for the bombardment energy range considered has a band gap between germanium and diamondlike carbon.

  19. Cell proliferation on modified DLC thin films prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.

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    Stoica, Adrian; Manakhov, Anton; Polčák, Josef; Ondračka, Pavel; Buršíková, Vilma; Zajíčková, Renata; Medalová, Jiřina; Zajíčková, Lenka

    2015-01-01

    Recently, diamondlike carbon (DLC) thin films have gained interest for biological applications, such as hip and dental prostheses or heart valves and coronary stents, thanks to their high strength and stability. However, the biocompatibility of the DLC is still questionable due to its low wettability and possible mechanical failure (delamination). In this work, DLC:N:O and DLC: SiOx thin films were comparatively investigated with respect to cell proliferation. Thin DLC films with an addition of N, O, and Si were prepared by plasma enhanced CVD from mixtures of methane, hydrogen, and hexamethyldisiloxane. The films were optically characterized by infrared spectroscopy and ellipsometry in UV-visible spectrum. The thickness and the optical properties were obtained from the ellipsometric measurements. Atomic composition of the films was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy combined with elastic recoil detection analysis and by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The mechanical properties of the films were studied by depth sensing indentation technique. The number of cells that proliferate on the surface of the prepared DLC films and on control culture dishes were compared and correlated with the properties of as-deposited and aged films. The authors found that the level of cell proliferation on the coated dishes was high, comparable to the untreated (control) samples. The prepared DLC films were stable and no decrease of the biocompatibility was observed for the samples aged at ambient conditions. PMID:25967153

  20. Preparation and properties of zinc blende and orthorhombic SnS films by chemical bath deposition

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    Gao, Chao; Shen, Honglie; Sun, Lei

    2011-05-01

    SnS (stannous sulfide) films were prepared by chemical bath deposition in which a novel chelating reagent ammonium citrate was used. The film has a zinc blende structure or an orthorhombic structure which is determined by the pH value and the temperature of the deposition solution. The reason for this result is considered to be that SnS films prepared under different conditions have different deposition mechanisms (ion-by-ion mechanism for the zinc blende structured SnS and hydroxide cluster mechanism for the orthorhombic structured SnS). The prepared SnS films are homogeneous and well adhered. SEM images show that the SnS films with different structures have different surface morphologies. Electrical test shows that the resistivity of the films is as low as 420 Ω cm and 3300 Ω cm for orthorhombic and zinc blende SnS films, respectively, which are much lower than the ever reported values. Persistent photoconductivity (PPC) phenomena are observed for both the films with zinc blende and orthorhombic structures by photo-current responses measurement. The optical bandgaps of the SnS films are determined to be 1.75 eV and 1.15 eV for zinc blende structure and orthorhombic structure, respectively.

  1. Manipulating the Assembly of Spray-Deposited Nanocolloids: In Situ Study and Monolayer Film Preparation.

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    Zhang, Peng; Santoro, Gonzalo; Yu, Shun; Vayalil, Sarathlal K; Bommel, Sebastian; Roth, Stephan V

    2016-05-01

    Fabrication of nanoparticle arrays on a substrate is one of the most concerned aspects for manipulating assembly of nanoparticles and preparing functional nanocomposites. Here, we studied in situ the assembly kinetics of polystyrene nanocolloids by using grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering. The structure formation of the nanoparticle film is monitored during air-brush spraying, which provides a rapid and scalable preparation. By optimizing the substrate temperature, the dispersion of the nanocolloids can be tailored to prepare monolayer film. The success of the monolayer preparations is attributed to the fast solvent evaporation which inhibits the aggregation of the nanocolloids. The present study may open a new avenue for the manufacture-friendly preparation of well-dispersed nanoparticle thin films. PMID:27070283

  2. Facile approach to prepare drug-loading film from hemicelluloses and chitosan.

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    Guan, Ying; Qi, Xian-Ming; Chen, Ge-Gu; Peng, Feng; Sun, Run-Cang

    2016-11-20

    This study introduces a facile and green route to fabricate film from bio-based polymers. The film has been prepared by the cross-linking reaction of quaternized hemicelluloses (QH) and chitosan (CHO) with epichlorohydrin (ECH) as crosslinker. It exhibits an excellently mechanical performance as a result of its high tensile strength (up to 37MPa). Importantly, the roughness of film was 2-5nm in the area of 400nm, and smooth surface with pores were presented on the film based on the results of scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). Ciprofloxacin was utilized as a mode compound to investigate the loading behavior of the film, and the highest loading concentration was about 18%. The drug release was about 20% in film1 in comparison to only 15% in film3 within 48h. Furthermore, the results of a 293T cell viability assay indicated its good biocompatibility and non-toxicity. PMID:27561527

  3. Titanium carbonitride films on cemented carbide cutting tool prepared by pulsed high energy density plasma

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    Feng, Wenran; Liu, Chizi; Chen, Guangliang; Zhang, Guling; Gu, Weichao; Niu, Erwu; Yang, Si-Ze

    2007-03-01

    Hard films prepared by pulsed high energy density plasma (PHEDP) are characterized by high film/substrate adhesive strength, and high wear resistance. Titanium carbonitride (TiCN) films were deposited onto YG11C (ISO G20) cemented carbide cutting tool substrates by PHEDP at room temperature. XRD, XPS, SEM, AES, etc. were adopted to analyze the phases (elements) composition, microstructure and the interface of the films, respectively. The results show that, the uniform dense films are composed of grains ranging from 70 to 90 nm. According to the AES result, there is a broad transition layer between the film and the substrate, due to the ion implantation effect of the PHEDP. The transition layer is favorable for the film/substrate adhesion.

  4. Substrate Preparations in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. Annealing-temperature dependence of ZnO substrates was studied. ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates have also been investigated for comparison purposes and the annealing temperature of A1203 substrates is 1000 C. Substrates and films were characterized using photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, energy dispersive spectrum, and electric transport measurements. It has been found that the ZnO film properties were different when films were grown on the two polarity surfaces of ZnO substrates and the A1203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of homoepitaxial ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  5. Preparation of superhydrophobic nanodiamond and cubic boron nitride films

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    Zhou, Y. B.; Liu, W. M.; Wang, P. F.; Yang, Y.; Ye, Q.; He, B.; Pan, X. J.; Zhang, W. J.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.; Zou, Y. S.

    2010-09-27

    Superhydrophobic surfaces were achieved on the hardest and the second hardest materials, diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN) films. Various surface nanostructures of nanocrystalline diamond (ND) and cBN films were constructed by carrying out bias-assisted reactive ion etching in hydrogen/argon plasmas; and it is shown that surface nanostructuring may enhance dramatically the hydrophobicity of ND and cBN films. Together with surface fluorination, superhydrophobic ND and cBN surfaces with a contact angle greater than 150 deg. and a sliding angle smaller than 10 deg. were demonstrated. The origin of hydrophobicity enhancement is discussed based on the Cassie model.

  6. Preparation of polymeric diacetylene thin films for nonlinear optical applications

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    Frazier, Donald O. (Inventor); Mcmanus, Samuel P. (Inventor); Paley, Mark S. (Inventor); Donovan, David N. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A method for producing polymeric diacetylene thin films having desirable nonlinear optical characteristics has been achieved by producing amorphous diacetylene polymeric films by simultaneous polymerization of diacetylene monomers in solution and deposition of polymerized diacetylenes on to the surface of a transparent substrate through which ultraviolet light has been transmitted. These amorphous polydiacetylene films produced by photo-deposition from solution possess very high optical quality and exhibit large third order nonlinear optical susceptibilities, such properties being suitable for nonlinear optical devices such as waveguides and integrated optics.

  7. Process for preparing group Ib-IIIa-VIa semiconducting films

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    Birkmire, Robert W.; Schultz, Jerold M.; Marudachalam, Matheswaran; Hichri, Habib

    1997-01-01

    Methods are provided for the production of supported monophasic group I-III-VI semiconductor films. In the subject methods, a substrate is coated with group I and III elements and then contacted with a reactive group VI element containing atmosphere under conditions sufficient to produce a substrate coated with a composite of at least two different group I-III-IV alloys. The resultant composite coated substrate is then annealed in an inert atmosphere under conditions sufficient to convert the composite coating to a monophasic group I-III-VI semiconductor film. The resultant supported semiconductor films find use in photovoltaic applications, particularly as absorber layers in solar cells.

  8. Process for preparing group Ib-IIIa-VIa semiconducting films

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    Birkmire, R.W.; Schultz, J.M.; Marudachalam, M.; Hichri, H.

    1997-10-07

    Methods are provided for the production of supported monophasic group I-III-VI semiconductor films. In the subject methods, a substrate is coated with group I and III elements and then contacted with a reactive group VI element containing atmosphere under conditions sufficient to produce a substrate coated with a composite of at least two different group I-III-IV alloys. The resultant composite coated substrate is then annealed in an inert atmosphere under conditions sufficient to convert the composite coating to a monophasic group I-III-VI semiconductor film. The resultant supported semiconductor films find use in photovoltaic applications, particularly as absorber layers in solar cells. 4 figs.

  9. Comparison of physicomechanical properties of films prepared from organic solutions and aqueous dispersion of Eudragit RL

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    Sadeghi, F.; shahabi, M.; Afrasiabi, H.

    2011-01-01

    Background and the purpose of the study Mechanical properties of films prepared from aqueous dispersion and organic solutions of Eudragit RL were assessed and the effects of plasticizer type, concentration and curing were examined. Methods Films were prepared from aqueous dispersion and solutions of Eudragit RL (isopropy alcohol-water 9:1) containing 0, 10 or 20% (based on polymer weight) of PEG 400 or Triethyl Citrate (TEC) as plasticizer using casting method. Samples of films were stored in oven at 60°C for 24 hrs (Cured). The stress-strain curve was obtained for each film using material testing machine and tensile strength, elastic modulus, %elongation and work of failure were calculated. Results and major conclusion The films with no plasticizer showed different mechanical properties depending on the vehicle used. Addition of 10% or 20% of plasticizer decreased the tensile strength and elastic modulus and increased %elongation and work of failure for all films. The effect of PEG 400 on mechanical properties of Eudragit RL films was more pronounced. The differences in mechanical properties of the films due to vehicle decreased with addition of plasticizer and increase in its concentration. Curing process weakened the mechanical properties of the films with no plasticizer and for films with 10% plasticizer no considerable difference in mechanical properties was observed before and after curing. For those with 20% plasticizer only films prepared from aqueous dispersion showed remarkable difference in mechanical properties before and after curing. Results of this study suggest that the mechanical properties of the Eudragit RL films were affected by the vehicle, type of plasticizer and its concentration in the coating liquid. PMID:22615646

  10. Preparation of silver-activated zinc sulfide thin films

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    Feldman, C.; Swindells, F. E.

    1968-01-01

    Silver improves luminescence and reduces contamination of zinc sulfide phosphors. The silver is added after the zinc sulfide phosphors are deposited in thin films by vapor evaporation, but before calcining, by immersion in a solution of silver salt.

  11. The preparation and properties of aluminum nitride films

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    Chu, T. L.; Kelm, R. W., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    Aluminum nitride films have been deposited on silicon substrates at 800-1200 C by the pyrolysis of an aluminum trichloride-ammonia complex, AlCl3.3NH3, in a gas flow system. The deposit was transparent, tightly adherent to the substrate, and was confirmed to be aluminum nitride by X-ray and electron diffraction techniques. The deposited aluminum nitride films were found to be polycrystalline with the crystallite size increasing with increasing temperature of deposition. Other properties of aluminum nitride films relevant to device applications, including density, refractive index, dissolution rate, dielectric constant, and masking ability, have been determined. These properties indicate that aluminum nitride films have potential as a dielectric in electronic devices.

  12. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Krauss, Alan R.

    1998-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip.

  13. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.

    1998-06-30

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip. 40 figs.

  14. Preparation of transparent conducting B-doped ZnO films by vacuum arc plasma evaporation

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    Miyata, Toshihiro; Honma, Yasunori; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2007-07-15

    Highly transparent and conductive B-doped ZnO (BZO) thin films have been prepared by a newly developed vacuum arc plasma evaporation method that provided high-rate film depositions using sintered BZO pellets and fragments. The obtained electrical and optical properties of the deposited BZO thin films were considerably affected by the deposition conditions as well as the preparation method of the BZO pellets and fragments used. The lowest thin film resistivity was obtained with a B doping content [B/(B+Zn) atomic ratio] of approximately 1 at. %. A resistivity as low as 5x10{sup -4} {omega} cm and an average transmittance above about 80% in the wavelength range of 400-1300 nm were obtained in BZO films prepared with a thickness above approximately 400 nm at a substrate temperature of 200 deg. C. In addition, a low resistivity of 7.97x10{sup -4} {omega} cm and average transmittances above about 80% in the visible wavelength range were obtained in a BZO film prepared at a substrate temperature of 100 deg. C and an O{sub 2} gas flow rate of 10 SCCM (SCCM denotes cubic centimeter per minute at STP). The deposition rate of BZO films was typically 170 nm/min with a cathode plasma power of 4.5 kW.

  15. Methods for preparing colloidal nanocrystal-based thin films

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    Kagan, Cherie R.; Fafarman, Aaron T.; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Koh, Weon-kyu; Kim, David K.; Oh, Soong Ju; Lai, Yuming; Hong, Sung-Hoon; Saudari, Sangameshwar Rao; Murray, Christopher B.

    2016-05-10

    Methods of exchanging ligands to form colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) with chalcogenocyanate (xCN)-based ligands and apparatuses using the same are disclosed. The ligands may be exchanged by assembling NCs into a thin film and immersing the thin film in a solution containing xCN-based ligands. The ligands may also be exchanged by mixing a xCN-based solution with a dispersion of NCs, flocculating the mixture, centrifuging the mixture, discarding the supernatant, adding a solvent to the pellet, and dispersing the solvent and pellet to form dispersed NCs with exchanged xCN-ligands. The NCs with xCN-based ligands may be used to form thin film devices and/or other electronic, optoelectronic, and photonic devices. Devices comprising nanocrystal-based thin films and methods for forming such devices are also disclosed. These devices may be constructed by depositing NCs on to a substrate to form an NC thin film and then doping the thin film by evaporation and thermal diffusion.

  16. Preparation and evaluation of thin-film sodium tungsten bronzes

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    Kautz, H. E.; Fielder, W. L.; Singer, J.; Fordyce, J. S.

    1974-01-01

    Thin films of sodium tungsten bronze (NaxWO3) were investigated as reversible sodium ion electrodes for solid electrolytes. The films were made by electron beam evaporation of the three phases, W metal, Na2WO4, and WO3, followed by sintering. The substrates were sodium beta alumina disks and glass slides. X-ray diffraction analyses of the films showed that sintering in dry nitrogen with prior exposure to air lead to mixed phases. Sintering in vacuum with no air exposure produced tetragonal I bronze with a nominal composition of Na0.31WO3, single phase within the limits of X-ray diffraction detectability. The films were uniform and adherent on sodium beta alumina substrates. The ac and dc conductivities of the beta alumina were measured with the sodium tungsten bronze films as electrodes. These experiments indicated that the tetragonal I bronze electrodes were not completely reversible. This may have resulted from sodium ion blocking within the bronze film or at the bronze beta alumina interface. Methods for attempting to make more completely reversible electrodes are suggested.

  17. High-mobility ultrathin semiconducting films prepared by spin coating

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    Mitzi, David B.; Kosbar, Laura L.; Murray, Conal E.; Copel, Matthew; Afzali, Ali

    2004-03-01

    The ability to deposit and tailor reliable semiconducting films (with a particular recent emphasis on ultrathin systems) is indispensable for contemporary solid-state electronics. The search for thin-film semiconductors that provide simultaneously high carrier mobility and convenient solution-based deposition is also an important research direction, with the resulting expectations of new technologies (such as flexible or wearable computers, large-area high-resolution displays and electronic paper) and lower-cost device fabrication. Here we demonstrate a technique for spin coating ultrathin (~50Å), crystalline and continuous metal chalcogenide films, based on the low-temperature decomposition of highly soluble hydrazinium precursors. We fabricate thin-film field-effect transistors (TFTs) based on semiconducting SnS2-xSex films, which exhibit n-type transport, large current densities (>105Acm-2) and mobilities greater than 10cm2V-1s-1-an order of magnitude higher than previously reported values for spin-coated semiconductors. The spin-coating technique is expected to be applicable to a range of metal chalcogenides, particularly those based on main group metals, as well as for the fabrication of a variety of thin-film-based devices (for example, solar cells, thermoelectrics and memory devices).

  18. Preparation and characterization of sponge film made from feathers.

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    Zhuang, Yuan; Wu, Xiaoqian; Cao, Zhangjun; Zhao, Xiaoxiang; Zhou, Meihua; Gao, Pin

    2013-12-01

    Feather wastes generated from poultry farms will pose a problem for disposal, but they are sustainable resources of keratin. Reduction is one of the commonly used methods to obtain soluble keratin from feather. However, the residues generated during feather reduction reaction were rarely investigated. In this study, the residues were transformed into a porous and flexible sponge film by freeze-drying without pretreatment or addition of cross-linking agents. Glycerol was used to alter the physical and chemical characteristics of the sponge film. The film was characterized with a fiber strong stretch instrument, a Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscopy, an elemental analyzer, a differential scanning calorimeter and an automatic air permeability apparatus. Tensile strength and melting point of the sponge film with the optimum glycerol content were 6.2 MPa and 170°C respectively. Due to air permeability of 368 mm/s, the film can potentially be used in medicine, biology, textile, environmental technology, and so on. It is ecologically friendly and will produce additional benefits from the renewable materials. The film was utilized as adsorbents to remove Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions and as a filtering material for air pollution. Its maximum Cr(VI) uptake capacity was about 148.8 mg/g and the removal rate of PM10 was 98.3%. PMID:24094181

  19. Preparing and internal friction of VOx/TiOx/Ti multilayer thin films

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    Li, H. Q.; He, X. X.; Fang, G. Z.; Shao, L. F.

    2009-11-01

    VOx/TiOx/Ti multilayer thin films were deposited on glass and molybdenum substrates by magnetron reactive sputtering. The structure and properties of thin films were measured with X-ray diffraction (XRD), QJ31 Wheatstone Bridge and the internal friction instrument. Preparing process and internal friction of VOx/TiOx/Ti multilayer thin films were studied respectively. On the basis of measurement analysis from crystal structure, the curves of resistance vs temperature, and Young's modulus vs temperature, the phase transformation of VOx multilayer thin film occurs at 66°C and its temperature coefficient of resistance is - 4.35%/°C.

  20. Properties of ultra-thin lead zirconate titanate thin films prepared by ozone jet reactive evaporation

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    Torii, Kazuyoshi; Kawakami, Hirosi; Miki, Hiroshi; Kushida, Keiko; Fujisaki, Yoshihisa

    1997-03-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films were prepared by reactive coevaporation with high-concentration ozone. PZT thin films that demonstrate the highest charge storage density (280 fC/μm2 at 1.5 V for 75-nm-thick film) yet reported have been fabricated. No fatigue was observed after 1011 polarization switching cycles even though a Pt electrode is used. A low leakage current of <10-7 A/cm2 at 1.5 V was attained. These PZT films are promising candidates of an alternative capacitor dielectric for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and ferroelectric nonvolatile memories.

  1. CoNi Films with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy Prepared by Alternate Monoatomic Layer Deposition

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    Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Yamanouchi, Michihiko; Ikeda, Shoji; Ohno, Hideo

    2013-07-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties of CoNi and CoPt films prepared by an alternate monoatomic layer deposition and discuss the possible existence of a metastable superlattice structure. We find that, as has been reported for the CoPt and CoPd films, the CoNi film also exhibits a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy when the monoatomic Co and Ni layers are stacked alternately, suggesting the possible formation of superlattice structure. Since the CoNi film contains neither noble nor rare-earth metals, it should be an attractive material system for applications.

  2. Study of photoconductivity in Ni doped CdS thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Patidar, Manju Mishra Gangrade, Mohan; Nath, R.; Ganesan, V.; Ajay, Akhil; Wala, Arwa Dewas; N, Kiran; Panda, Richa

    2014-04-24

    Ni-doped cadmium sulphide [Cd{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}S, (x=0, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.20)] thin films were investigated for photoconductive properties. The films were prepared by spray Pyrolysis technique (SPT). AFM and two probe resistivity measurements were carried out to analyze the morphological and electrical properties of the films. AFM shows the note worthy changes in the morphology where the nanorod structures in CdS is changed into nano particles with the Ni doping. The presence of persistence photo current is demonstrated and extensive photoconductivity analysis has been studied on these films.

  3. The electrochromic characteristics of sol gel-prepared NiO thin film

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    Jiao, Zheng; Wu, Minghong; Qin, Zheng; Xu, Hong

    2003-04-01

    In this work, NiO thin film was prepared by the sol-gel technique and analysed by thermogravimetry, x-ray diffractometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrochromic characteristics were studied by ultraviolet spectroscopy. NiO thin film shows electrochromic characteristics. Its colour changes from transparent to brown when a voltage is applied. The transmittance of the film can shift from 90 to 40%. Deterioration of the film caused by colouring and discolouring was not observed for up to 100 cycles.

  4. Improved optical transparency of cuo films prepared by using quantum-dot ink on glass substrates

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    Khan, Rizwan; Yun, Jin Hyeon; Lee, In-Hwan; Vaseem, Mohammad; Hahn, Yoon Bong

    2016-01-01

    The present investigation reports a simple solution process for synthesizing CuO quantum dots at low temperature without using surfactants or templates. Detailed structural characterizations revealed that the as-prepared CuO quantum dots were uniform and dense with high crystallinity. As-prepared CuO quantum dots were used as an ink to prepare CuO films on glass substrates via a spin-coating method. The effects of annealing temperature on the optical properties of CuO films were investigated. The optical transparency of the CuO films showed an improved transmittance of > 80% at a wave length of 800 nm after annealing at 300 °C. In addition, the band-gap energy was observed to decrease from 1.70 to 1.28 eV with increasing annealing temperature from 300 to 500 °C due to the improvement in the crystallinity with grain growth in the films.

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Large Area Monolayer Films of Pt Nanoparticles

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    Kelly, Brian; Cichocki, Ronald; Ren, Jie; Schmidt, Robert; Theopold, Klaus; Unruh, Karl

    Highly uniform monolayer thick coatings of Pt nanoparticles with areas as large as 20 cm2 have been prepared by first self-assembling the desired Pt film at the interface between two immiscible liquids and then transferring the film to a glass substrate. The controlled addition of ethyl alcohol to a phase separated mixture of an aqueous colloidal solution of Pt nanoparticles and hexane allowed both monolayer and multilayer films to be prepared. Optical microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry measurements have been used to verify the large scale uniformity of the coatings while transmission electron and atomic force microscopy measurements confirmed that single and multilayer films can be prepared. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1410076.

  6. Preparation and Characterisation of Fluconazole Vaginal Films for the Treatment of Vaginal Candidiasis

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    Kumar, L.; Reddy, M. S.; Shirodkar, R. K.; Pai, G. K.; Krishna, V. T.; Verma, R.

    2013-01-01

    Objective of the present study was to develop and evaluate vaginal films with essential in vitro studies. Films were developed using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose as a polymer and formulations were coded. The developed films were evaluated with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, drug content, viscosity, surface pH, thickness, mechanical characterisation and in vitro drug release study. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results confirmed that there is no chemical interaction between drug and stabilisers/excipients. The batch variation was not more than 5% for average thickness and weight of the films. The drug content for the prepared formulation was in the range of 72.32±0.18% to 94.48±0.54%. Viscosity of the formulations increased with the increase in concentration of polymer. Mechanical characterisation revealed that tensile strength and percentage elongation of the films improved as there is increase in degree of substitution of the polymer, but the values of modulus decreased which confirmed that all the prepared films are soft in nature. The in vitro study indicated that 1 and 2% concentrations of polymer are the least concentrations to control the release of drug whereas the 4% concentration of polymer is a good and more effective concentration to control the release. Only one prepared formulation released the drug by following anomalous transport whereas other film formulations released the fluconazole by following Fickian diffusion mechanism. Prepared vaginal films may be an important alternative for the treatment of vaginal candidiasis, because these prepared films suggest the benefits of controlled release of fluconazole at the site of absorption. PMID:24403660

  7. Preparation and thermochromic properties of Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films

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    Song, Linwei; Zhang, Yubo; Huang, Wanxia; Shi, Qiwu; Li, Danxia; Zhang, Yang; Xu, Yuanjie

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This effect of doping concentration on the phase transition temperature of VO{sub 2} films demonstrates that the phase transition temperature is decreasing along with the increase of the Ce dopant concentrations. After doping Ce, the transition temperature of VO{sub 2} film changes appreciably. Highlights: ► Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films were prepared on muscovite substrate by inorganic sol–gel method for the first time. ► The cerium existing in the VO{sub 2} films in the form of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} was substituted for part of V atoms in the lattice. ► Ce doping could remarkably reduce the particle size of the Ce-doped films compared with undoped films. ► The phase transition temperature of Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films decreased appreciably with maintaining high-quality phase transition. - Abstract: Mixture of cerium (III) nitrate hexahydrate and vanadium pentaoxide powder were used as precursor to prepare Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films on the muscovite substrate by inorganic sol–gel method. SEM, XRD and XPS were used to investigate the morphologies and structures of VO{sub 2} films. The results show that the VO{sub 2} films grow on the muscovite substrate with preferred orientated (0 1 1) plane and the Ce exists in the form of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} replacing part of V atoms in the lattice. The infrared transmittance change was measured from room temperature to the temperature above the metal–insulator transition. The films have excellent thermochromic performance. The metal–insulator transition temperature of VO{sub 2} films changes appreciably with Ce doped, which decreases by 4.5 °C per 1 at.% doping. Furthermore, Ce doping could remarkably reduce the particle size of VO{sub 2} films.

  8. Controllable preparation of fluorine-containing fullerene-like carbon film

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    Wang, Jia; Liang, Aimin; Wang, Fuguo; Xu, Longhua; Zhang, Junyan

    2016-05-01

    Fluorine-containing fullerene-like carbon (F-FLC) films were prepared by high frequency unipolar pulse plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The microstructures, mechanical properties as well as the tribological properties of the films were investigated. The results indicate that fullerene-like microstructures appear in amorphous carbon matrix and increase greatly with the increase of bias voltage from -600 to -1600 V. And the fluorine contents in F-FLC films also show a minor rise. In addition, the hardness enhances with the bias voltage and the outstanding elastic recovery maintains because of the formation of fullerene-like microstructures in the F-FLC films. Undoubtedly, the F-FLC film deposited under high bias voltage owns a superiorly low friction, which combines the merits of fluorinated carbon film and fullerene-like carbon film. Moreover, the film also shows a remarkable wear resistance, which is mainly attributed to the excellent mechanical properties. This study provides new insights for us to prepare fluorine-containing FLC films with good mechanical and tribological properties.

  9. Preparation of Lead Titanate Thin Films Using Langmuir-Blodgett Method

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    Sugai, Hiroshi; Hoshi, Nobuo; Iijima, Takashi; Masumoto, Hiroshi

    1998-09-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method is investigated as a process in thefabrication of ferroelectric thin films such as lead titanate. LB film was fabricated bydepositing a monolayer prepared by stearic acid (C17H35COOH), lead chlorides (PbCl2)and titanium bis(ammonium lactato)([CH3CH(O )CO2NH4]2Ti(OH)2). As a conversionprocess from the LB film containing lead and titanium to an inorganic film, ultraviolet/ozone (UVO) treatment was found to be extremely applicable at a rate of about 4 min per monolayer. Subsequent rapid thermal annealing (RTA) resulted in a dense oxidethin film. The thickness of an oxide thin film converted from the LB film consisting of301 layers was approximately 30 nm. Hence, it is considered that approximately 0.1 nmof the oxide layer is equivalent to the thickness of the film deposited by each cycle.From an X-ray diffraction pattern of the oxide specimen, a well-defined perovskitepeak structure was observed. These results demonstrate the potential application of LBdeposition for the preparation of an inorganic oxide film such as lead titanate.

  10. Ink-jet printing versus solvent casting to prepare oral films: Effect on mechanical properties and physical stability.

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    Buanz, Asma B M; Belaunde, Claudia C; Soutari, Nina; Tuleu, Catherine; Gul, Mine Orlu; Gaisford, Simon

    2015-10-30

    The aim of this work was to compare and contrast the mechanical properties and physical stabilities of oral films prepared with either thermal ink-jet printing (TIJP) or solvent casting (SC). Clonidine hydrochloride was selected as a model drug because of its low therapeutic dose and films were prepared using cellulose polymers. Mechanical testing showed that the printed films had Young's moduli and tensile strength values similar to the free film, while casted films were significantly more brittle. The drug also appeared to crystallize out of casted films during stress testing whereas printed films remained unchanged. The dissolution behavior of printed and cast films were similar, because of the rapid disintegration of the polymer. The conclusion is that printing resulted in a better film than casting because the drug resided on the film, rather than in the film where it could exert a plasticizing effect. PMID:25526674

  11. High index of refraction films for dielectric mirrors prepared by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Brusasco, R.M.

    1989-01-01

    A wide variety of metal oxides with high index of refraction can be prepared by Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition. We present some recent optical and laser damage results on oxide films prepared by MOCVD which could be used in a multilayer structure for highly reflecting (HR) dielectric mirror applications. The method of preparation affects both optical properties and laser damage threshold. 10 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs.

  12. Studies of thin films of Ti- Zr -V as non-evaporable getter films prepared by RF sputtering

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    Gupta, Nidhi; Jagannath,; Sharma, R. K.; Gadkari, S. C.; Muthe, K. P.; Mukundhan, R.; Gupta, S. K.

    2013-02-05

    Non-Evaporable Getter (NEG) films of the Ti-Zr-V prepared on stainless steel substrates by Radio Frequency sputtering. To observe its getter behavior at the lowest activation temperature, the sample is heated continuously at different temperatures (100 Degree-Sign C, 150 Degree-Sign C, 200 Degree-Sign C and 250 Degree-Sign C) for 2 hours. The changes of the surface chemical composition at different temperaturesare analyzed by using XPS and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) techniques. The volume elemental composition of the film has been measured by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The in-situ XPS measurements of the activated getter films show the disappearance of the superficial oxide layer through the variation in the oxygen stoichiometry during thermal activation. Results of these studies show that the deposited films of Ti-Zr-V could be used as NEG to produce extreme high vacuum.

  13. Preparation and physicochemical characterization of topical chitosan-based film containing griseofulvin-loaded liposomes

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    Bavarsad, Neda; Kouchak, Maryam; Mohamadipour, Pardis; Sadeghi-Nejad, Batool

    2016-01-01

    Griseofulvin is an antifungal drug and is available as oral dosage forms. Development of topical treatment could be advantageous for superficial fungal infections of the skin. In this study, films prepared from the incorporation of griseofulvin-loaded liposomes in chitosan film for topical drug delivery in superficial fungal infections. The properties of the films were characterized regarding mechanical properties, swelling, ability to transmit vapor, drug release, thermal behavior, and antifungal efficacy against Microsporum gypseum and Epidermophyton floccosum. The presence of liposomes led to decreased mechanical properties but lower swelling ratio. Higher amount of drug permeation and rate of flux were obtained by liposomes incorporated in films compared to liposomal formulations. Antifungal efficacy of formulations was confirmed against two species of dermatophytes in vitro. Therefore, two concepts of using vesicular carrier systems and biopolymeric films have been combined and this topical novel composite film has the potential for griseofulvin delivery to superficial fungal infections. PMID:27429928

  14. Characteristics of W Doped Nanocrystalline Carbon Films Prepared by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Chul Min; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Kim, Jae-Moon

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline tungsten doped carbon (WC) films were prepared by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Tungsten was used as the doping material in carbon thin films with the aim of application as a contact strip in an electric railway. The structural, physical, and electrical properties of the fabricated WC films with various DC bias voltages were investigated. The films had a uniform and smooth surface. Hardness and frication characteristics of the films were improved, and the resistivity and sheet resistance decreased with increasing negative DC bias voltage. These results are associated with the nanocrystalline WC phase and sp(2) clusters in carbon networks increased by ion bombardment enhanced with increasing DC bias voltage. Consequently, the increase of sp(2) clusters containing WC nanocrystalline in the carbon films is attributed to the improvement in the physical and electrical properties. PMID:27483857

  15. Preparation and physicochemical characterization of topical chitosan-based film containing griseofulvin-loaded liposomes.

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    Bavarsad, Neda; Kouchak, Maryam; Mohamadipour, Pardis; Sadeghi-Nejad, Batool

    2016-01-01

    Griseofulvin is an antifungal drug and is available as oral dosage forms. Development of topical treatment could be advantageous for superficial fungal infections of the skin. In this study, films prepared from the incorporation of griseofulvin-loaded liposomes in chitosan film for topical drug delivery in superficial fungal infections. The properties of the films were characterized regarding mechanical properties, swelling, ability to transmit vapor, drug release, thermal behavior, and antifungal efficacy against Microsporum gypseum and Epidermophyton floccosum. The presence of liposomes led to decreased mechanical properties but lower swelling ratio. Higher amount of drug permeation and rate of flux were obtained by liposomes incorporated in films compared to liposomal formulations. Antifungal efficacy of formulations was confirmed against two species of dermatophytes in vitro. Therefore, two concepts of using vesicular carrier systems and biopolymeric films have been combined and this topical novel composite film has the potential for griseofulvin delivery to superficial fungal infections. PMID:27429928

  16. Electrodeposited Fe-Co films prepared from a citric-acid-based plating bath

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    Yanai, T.; Uto, H.; Shimokawa, T.; Nakano, M.; Fukunaga, H.; Suzuki, K.

    2013-06-01

    Electrodeposited Fe-Co films are commonly prepared in a boric-acid-based bath. In this research, we applied citric acid instead of boric acid for the plating of Fe-Co films because boron in the waste bath is restricted by environmental-protection regulations in Japan. We evaluated the effect of citric acid on the magnetic and structural properties of the films. The saturation magnetization of the Fe-Co films slightly increased while the Fe content in the Fe-Co films decreased with increasing citric acid concentration. The lowest coercivity value of 240 A/m was obtained at a citric acid concentration of 100 g/L. The plating bath with this citric acid concentration enabled us to obtain Fe-Co films with high saturation magnetizations and smooth surface morphologies.

  17. Preparation and characterization of biodegradable active PLA film for food packaging

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    Di Maio, L.; Scarfato, P.; Avallone, E.; Galdi, M. R.; Incarnato, L.

    2014-05-01

    In this work we report on the preparation and characterization of a biodegradable active PLA film (aPLA), intended for food packaging applications. The film was obtained by cast extrusion blending a commercial PLA matrix with an active system, developed in our laboratory and based on PLA microparticles containing a-tocopherol (aTCP) as natural antioxidant agent. In order to optimize the film composition and processing, the active microparticles were preliminarily characterized with the aim to evaluate their morphology (size and shape), thermal resistance and a-tocopherol content. The aPLA film, produced with a 5wt% of aTCP, was characterized in terms of performance and activity. The experimental results demonstrated that the aPLA film has mechanical, thermal, barrier and optical properties adequate for packaging applications and shows oxygen scavenging activity and prolonged exhaustion lag time, compared to pure PLA films.

  18. Electrochemical Evaluation of Pyrite Films Prepared by Plasma Spraying

    SciTech Connect

    Guidotti, R.A.; Reinhardt, F.W.

    1998-10-30

    Thermally activated batteries use electrodes that are typically fabricated by cold pressing of powder. In the LiSi/FeS2 system, natural (mineral) pyrite is used for the cathode. In an effort to increase the energy density and specific energy of these batteries, flame and plasma spraying to form thin films of pyrite cathodes were evaluated. The films were deposited on a 304 stainless steel substrate (current collector) and were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray dlfllaction. The films were electrochemically tested in single cells at 5000C and the petiormance compared to that of standard cells made with cold-pressed powders. The best results were obtained with material deposited by de-arc plasma spraying with a proprietq additive to suppress thermal decomposion of the pyrite.

  19. GaAs Films Prepared by RF-Magnetron Sputtering

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    L.H. Ouyang; D.L. Rode; T. Zulkifli; B. Abraham-Shrauner; N. Lewis; M.R. Freeman

    2001-08-01

    The authors reported on the optical absorption, adhesion, and microstructure of RF-magnetron sputtered films of hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline GaAs films for the 1 to 25 {micro}m infrared wavelength rate. Sputtering parameters which were varied include sputtering power, temperature and pressure, and hydrogen sputtering-gas concentration. TEM results show a sharp transition from purely amorphous GaAs to a mixture of microcrystalline GaAs in an amorphous matrix at 34 {+-} 2 C. By optimizing the sputtering parameters, the optical absorption coefficient can be decreased below 100 cm{sup -1} for wavelengths greater than about 1.25 {micro}m. These results represent the lowest reported values of optical absorption for sputtered films of GaAs directly measured by spectrophotometry for the near-infrared wavelength region.

  20. Preparation and Properties of Transparent Ultrathin Lanthanide-Complex Films.

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    Li, Yali; Xu, Yang; Wang, Yige

    2016-07-25

    Highly transparent ultrathin films (UTFs) based on alternative layer-by-layer assembly of Eu- and Tb-based lanthanide complexes (LCs) and Mg-Al-layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets are reported herein. UV-visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy showed an orderly growth of the two types of ultrathin films upon increasing the number of deposition cycles. AFM and SEM measurements indicate that the films feature periodic layered structures as well as uniform surface morphology. Luminescent investigations reveal that (LCs/LDH)n UTFs can detect Fe(3+) with relative selectivity and high sensitivity (Stern-Volmer constant KSV =8.43×10(3)  L mol(-1) ); this suggests that (LCs/LDH)n UTFs could be a promising luminescent probe for selectively sensing Fe(3+) ion. PMID:27320499

  1. Highly ordered thin films prepared with octabutoxy copper phthalocyanine complexes.

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    Stevenson, Kelly; Miyashita, Naoko; Smieja, Joanne; Mazur, Ursula

    2003-01-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of copper (II) 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octabutoxyphthalocyanine, nCuPc(OBu)(8), (non-peripheral substitution) and copper (II) 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octabutoxyphthalocyanine, pCuPc(OBu)(8), (peripheral substitution), were fabricated and characterized by optical spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy. The LB films were transferred onto hydrophilic substrates by vertical dipping. Although they posses relatively short polar substituents both compounds form smooth, uniform, dense, and highly stable LB monolayers composed of linear arrays of cofacial oligomers. The long range discotic assemblies of LB and spun cast films of pCuPc(OBu)(8) and nCuPc(OBu)(8) posses physical and chemical properties favorable for molecular electronic device application. PMID:12801680

  2. The preparation of AZO films with RF sputtering

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    Yu, Zhinong; Xu, Jin; Xue, We; Li, Xia; Li, Jinwei

    2008-03-01

    ZnO:Al is a kind of N type semiconductor material with low resistance and high transmittance in the visible region. Using ZnO mixed with Al IIO 3 (2 wt %) as target, ZAO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering. Orthogonal experiments were used to analyze the effects of main factors (oxygen flux, argon pressure, substrate temperature, RF power) on the properties (transmittance, resistance) of the film. The results showed that the optimal parameters in the room temperature are: the partial pressure of argon without oxygen is 0.1 Pa, RF power is 400w. After vacuum annealing at 220°C, the deposited film exhibits visible transmittance of above 82% and minimum sheet resistance in 3.36 × 10 -3 Ω • cm.

  3. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon films prepared by glow discharge of disilane

    SciTech Connect

    Wiesmann, H.J. )

    1990-01-01

    This report describes the results of an investigation of the properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films and the efficiency of amorphous silicon solar cells deposited from disilane at rates of 1.5 nanometers/second or greater. The study was divided into two parts, investigation of basic materials properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films and the fabrication of glass-P-I-N-metal solar cells. The thin film materials properties investigated included the dark conductivity, photoconductivity, dihydride/monohydride concentration ratio, activation energy, and mobility-lifetime product. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells were fabricated with an intrinsic layer which was deposited at 1.5 nanometers/second. The absolute and reverse bias quantum yields were measured and solar cell efficiencies of 5% were achieved. Attempts to increase the efficiency by reverse bias annealing are also reported. 7 refs., 27 figs.

  4. Preparation and optimization of the laser thin film filter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Su, Jun-hong; Wang, Wei; Xu, Jun-qi; Cheng, Yao-jin; Wang, Tao

    2014-08-01

    A co-colored thin film device for laser-induced damage threshold test system is presented in this paper, to make the laser-induced damage threshold tester operating at 532nm and 1064nm band. Through TFC simulation software, a film system of high-reflection, high -transmittance, resistance to laser damage membrane is designed and optimized. Using thermal evaporation technique to plate film, the optical properties of the coating and performance of the laser-induced damage are tested, and the reflectance and transmittance and damage threshold are measured. The results show that, the measured parameters, the reflectance R >= 98%@532nm, the transmittance T >= 98%@1064nm, the laser-induced damage threshold LIDT >= 4.5J/cm2 , meet the design requirements, which lays the foundation of achieving laser-induced damage threshold multifunction tester.

  5. Preparation and characterization of MOCVD thin films of zinc sulphide

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    Osasona, O.; Djebah, A.; Ojo, I. A. O.; Eleruja, M. A.; Adedeji, A. V.; Jeynes, C.; Ajayi, E. O. B.

    1997-03-01

    Thin solid films of stoichiometric zinc sulphide on soda lime glass and stainless steel was deposited by the pyrolysis of bis-(morpholino dithioato-s,s')zinc (C 10H 16N 2O 2S 4Zn) (a single solid source precursor). The band gap of 3.67 eV was obtained by optical absorption spectroscopy. The composition, stoichiometry and thickness were determined by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and the absence of organic remnants in the film is demonstrated by IR spectroscopy and RBS.

  6. Standard Operating Procedure for the Preparation of Lead-Containing Paint Films and Lead-in-Paint Diagnostic Test Materials

    EPA Science Inventory

    This SOP describes the preparation of stand-alone, lead paint films, prepared according to the old paint recipes. Further, this SOP describes the use of these paint films for the preparation of simulated old paints on a variety of substrates. Substrates used included wood, stee...

  7. p-type semiconducting Cu2O-CoO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Suzuki, Shingo; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2003-07-01

    The preparation by magnetron sputtering of p-type semiconducting thin films consisting of a multicomponent oxide composed of Cu oxide and Co oxide is described. The electrical, optical, and crystallographical properties of films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering using (Cu2O)1-x-(CoO)x powder targets were strongly dependent on not only the deposition condition but also the calcination condition as well as the CoO content of the targets. These properties drastically changed in films prepared with a CoO content around 90 mol %. All prepared films, i.e., CoO content in the range from 0 to 100 mol %, were found to be p type, or positive hole conductors, as evidenced from the Seebeck effect: Resistivities in the range from 103 to 10-3 Ω cm. A hole concentration on the order of 1016 cm-3 and a mobility on the order of 10-1 cm2/V s were obtained in an amorphous multicomponent oxide film prepared with a CoO content of 50 mol %. Fabricated thin-film pin heterojunction diodes consisting of a p-type high-resistance multicomponent oxide combined with undoped ZnO and n-type Al-doped ZnO exhibited a rectifying current-voltage characteristic.

  8. Investigating the nature of graphene-based films prepared by vacuum filtration of graphene dispersions.

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    Yi, Min; Liang, Shuaishuai; Liu, Lei; Shen, Zhigang; Zheng, Yiting; Zhang, Xiaojing; Ma, Shulin

    2014-07-01

    Though the graphene-based films prepared by vacuum filtration of graphene dispersions can be well and easily prepared so far and show great prospects in conductive, transparent, and flexible devices and coatings, the nature of these films has been rarely investigated. In order to reveal how graphene flakes constitute these films, herein we prepared a thin graphene-based film by vacuum filtering graphene dispersions and characterized the film by diverse techniques. Microscopic analyses evidenced the layer structure nature of the film. Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction results indicate that the film is neither graphene nor graphite, but intrinsically a graphene block constituted by numerous graphene flakes which are randomly stacked. Though aggregation of graphene flakes happens in the filtration process, the aggregation is not a process to drive graphene flakes stacked in Bernal AB style to form bulk graphite. The adjoining graphene flakes are poorly coupled, likely due to the interlayer adventitious impurities introduced from liquid-phase processing. PMID:24757968

  9. Preparation of conductive PDDA/(PEDOT:PSS) multilayer thin film: influence of polyelectrolyte solution composition.

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    Jurin, F E; Buron, C C; Martin, N; Filiâtre, C

    2014-10-01

    Self-assembled multilayer films made of PEDOT:PSS poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) and PDDA poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) were prepared using layer-by-layer method. In order to modify the growth regime of the multilayer, to fabricate an electrical conductive film and to control its thickness, the effects of pH, type of electrolyte, ionic strength and polyelectrolyte concentration were investigated. Optical reflectometry measurements show that the pH of the solutions has no effect on the film growth while the adsorbed amount increases more rapidly when BaCl2 is used instead of NaCl as electrolyte. An increase in the ionic strength (with NaCl) induces a change in the growth regime from a linear to an exponential one at low polyelectrolyte concentration. As UV-vis measurements indicate, no decomplexation of PEDOT was recorded after film preparation. With polyelectrolyte concentration below 1 g L(-1), no conductive films were obtained even if 50 bilayers were deposited. A conductive film was prepared with a polyelectrolyte concentration of 1 g L(-1) and the measured conductivity was 0.3 S m(-1). A slight increase in conductivity was recorded when BaCl2 was used probably due to a modification of the film structure. PMID:24984072

  10. Preparation technology and electrical explosion characteristics of titanium–boron composites as nanoenergetic films

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    Shenjiang, W. U.; Junhong, S. U.; Dangjuan, L. I.; Junqi, X. U.; Jingwei, L. I. U.

    2016-07-01

    Based on magnetron sputtering deposition technology, Ti and B single thin films are deposited on a Si substrate while varying the sputtering power, the working pressure and the Ar flow conditions. The effect of varying these conditions on the deposition rate, the roughness and the microstructure of these materials is studied. The optimal parameters for preparing Ti and B single thin films are identified according to the experimental and analysis results. Thus, the deposition parameters are optimized to minimize the roughness of the thin films (i.e. sputtering power: 225 and 120 W; working pressure: 0.8 and 0.3 Pa; Ar flow: 100 and 50 sccm for Ti and B thin films, respectively). The compositions and crystal orientation of the Ti and B thin films deposited at these conditions are investigated by x-ray diffraction. These optimized parameters are used while depositing Ti–B thin films on a polyimide substrate. Scanning electron microscopy is used to observe the microstructure of the Ti–B multi-layer nanoenergetic films. A close contact between the Ti film and the substrate is observed along with a clear boundary between the B and Ti films. Finally, the results of an electrical explosion experiment over a Ti–B composite thin film are discussed.

  11. Method of preparing thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Derzon, Dora K.; Arnold, Jr., Charles

    1997-01-01

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities .apprxeq.10.sup.-3 .OMEGA..sup.-1 cm.sup.-1 are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  12. Method of preparing thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Derzon, D.K.; Arnold, C. Jr.

    1997-11-25

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte is described, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities {approx_equal}10{sup {minus}3}{Omega}{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1} are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries. 1 fig.

  13. Back-etch method for plan view transmission electron microscopy sample preparation of optically opaque films.

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    Yao, Bo; Coffey, Kevin R

    2008-04-01

    Back-etch methods have been widely used to prepare plan view transmission electron microscopy (TEM) samples of thin films on membranes by removal of the Si substrate below the membrane by backside etching. The conventional means to determine when to stop the etch process is to observe the color of the light transmitted through the sample, which is sensitive to the remaining Si thickness. However, most metallic films thicker than 75 nm are opaque, and there is no detectable color change prior to film perforation. In this paper, a back-etch method based on the observation of an abrupt change of optical reflection contrast is introduced as a means to determine the etch endpoint to prepare TEM samples for these films. As the acid etchant removes the Si substrate material a rough interface is generated. This interface becomes a relatively smooth and featureless region when the etchant reaches the membrane (film/SiO2). This featureless region is caused by the mirror reflection of the film plane (film/SiO2 interface) through the optically transparent SiO2 layer. The lower etch rate of SiO2 (compared with Si) gives the operator enough time to stop the etching without perforating the film. A clear view of the morphology and control of Si roughness during etching are critical to this method, which are discussed in detail. The procedures of mounting wax removal and sample rinsing are also described in detail, as during these steps damage to the membrane may easily occur without appropriate consideration. As examples, the preparation of 100-nm-thick Fe-based amorphous alloy thin film and 160-nm-thick Cu-thin film samples for TEM imaging is described. PMID:18227137

  14. Preparation of UV curing crosslinked polyviologen film and its photochromic and electrochromic performances

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    Gao, Li-ping; Ding, Guo-jing; Wang, Yue-chuan; Yang, Yu-lin

    2011-11-01

    Polyether urethane diacrylate matrix (PEUDA) and acrylate-functional viologen (ACV2+) were successfully synthesized and characterized in detail by FTIR and 1H NMR spectra, respectively. Subsequently, they were used to prepare UV curing crosslinked polyviologen film in combination with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), trimethylolpropane ethoxylate triacrylate (TMPTA) and diphenyl (2, 4, 6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide (TPO). UV curing approach confined the polyviologen film on ITO electrode, which imparted the film excellent adhesion ability to ITO glass, good solvent resistance, excellent chemical stability, excellent optical and electrochemical properties. The crosslinked PACV2+ film exhibited excellent photochromic and electrochromic performances. After UV illumination for 60 s, the crosslinked PACV2+ film can swiftly change its color from pale yellow to deep blue, while the optical transmission of crosslinked PACV2+ film at 610 nm did not change significantly and still retained about 63.6% after 30 cycles. Simultaneously, the cyclic voltammetry experiment showed the PACV2+ film can undergo repeatable electrochemical redox reactions with good reversibility beyond the 10th scan. Furthermore, the electrochromic device composed of the PACV2+ film and gel electrolyte film can undergo reversible color change in response to the external voltages of -2.0 V and 2.0 V, respectively, while the contrast of EC device at 610 nm did not change significantly and still retained about 39.5% after 10 cycles. This UV curing approach to preparing viologen-functional film offers a method to preparing large-scale photo- and electrochromic device, which is relatively simple, high productivity, energy saving, and environmental protection.

  15. Electroplated Fe-Pt thick films prepared in plating baths with various pH values

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    Yanai, T.; Furutani, K.; Masaki, T.; Ohgai, T.; Nakano, M.; Fukunaga, H.

    2016-05-01

    Fe-Pt thick-films were electroplated on a Ta substrate using a direct current, and the effect of the pH value of the plating bath on the magnetic properties of the films was evaluated. For the films prepared from the baths with the same bath composition, the Fe composition and the thickness increased with increasing the pH value. In order to remove the effect of the change in the film composition on the magnetic properties, we controlled the film composition at approximately Fe50Pt50 or Fe60Pt40 by the change in the amount of the iron sulfate. The remanence of the annealed Fe60Pt40 films did not depend on the pH value clearly, and showed almost constant value of 0.75 T. We obtained the large coercivity of approximately 460 kA/m in the pH value from 4 to 7. Since the Fe52Pt48 film prepared at pH ≈ 4 shows much higher (BH)max value of 70 kJ/m3 than that of 57 kJ/m3 for our previously-reported Fe50Pt50 film (pH ≈ 2), we concluded that slight higher pH value than not-adjusted one (pH ≈ 2) is effective to increase the coercivity.

  16. Preparing hydrophobic nanocellulose-silica film by a facile one-pot method.

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    Le, Duy; Kongparakul, Suwadee; Samart, Chanatip; Phanthong, Patchiya; Karnjanakom, Surachai; Abudula, Abuliti; Guan, Guoqing

    2016-11-20

    Hydrophobic nanocellulose-silica film was successfully prepared by a facile one-pot method using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and dodecyl triethoxylsilane (DTES). Morphological characterization of the hydrophobic nanocellulose-silica (NC-SiO2-DTES) film showed well self-assembled DTES modified silica spherical nanoparticles with the particle sizes in the range of 88-126nm over the nanocellulose film. The hydrophobicity of the NC-SiO2-DTES film was achieved owing to the improvement of roughness of the nanocellulose film by coating dodecyl- terminated silica nanoparticles. An increase in DTES loading amount and reaction time increased the hydrophobicity of the film, and the optimum condition for NC-SiO2-DTES film preparation was achieved at DTES/TEOS molar ratio of 2.0 for 8h reaction time. Besides, the NC-SiO2-DTES film performed superoleophilic property with octane and hexadecane contact angles of 0°. It also showed an excellent hydrophobic property over all pH values ranged from 1 to 14. PMID:27561496

  17. Properties and characterization of bionanocomposite films prepared with various biopolymers and ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Kanmani, Paulraj; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2014-06-15

    This study was aimed to develop biopolymer based antimicrobial films for active food packaging and to reduce environmental pollution caused by accumulation of synthetic packaging. The ZnO NPs were incorporated as antimicrobials into different biopolymers such as agar, carrageenan and CMC. Solvent casting method was performed to prepare active nanocomposite films. Methods such as FE-SEM, FT-IR and XRD were used to characterize resulting films. Physical, mechanical, thermal and antimicrobial properties were also examined. Remarkable surface morphological differences were observed between control and nanocomposite films. The crystallinity of ZnO was confirmed by XRD analysis. The addition of ZnO NPs increased color, UV barrier, moisture content, hydrophobicity, elongation and thermal stability of the films, while decreased WVP, tensile strength and elastic modulus. ZnO NPs impregnated films inhibited growth of L. monocytogenes and E. coli. So these newly prepared nanocomposite films can be used as active packaging film to extend shelf-life of food. PMID:24721068

  18. Thin film photovoltaic converter and method of preparing same

    SciTech Connect

    Bradley, A.; Felsher, H.; Pollak, F.

    1980-07-29

    A photovoltaic device is described comprising in combination: an electrode comprising a substrate essentially transparent to light; a thin film in intimate contact with said electrode substrate consisting essentially of a a lattice of stacked carbon chains having alternating single and double bonds containing between zero and one hydrogen atom per carbon, degraded from a highly oriented organic polymer, the interface between said film and said electrode substrate constructed to act as a source of photo-induced voltage; wherein said lattice of stacked carbon atoms consists essentially of a conjugated carbon or carbon-hydrogen structure, plus an electron-attracting additive which causes an internal separation of the charges on said stacked carbon atoms by attracting electrons from the pi-bonds of said conjugated carbon structure; and wherein said electron-attracting additive consists essentially of phthalocyanine or one of its metal salts. The method of fabricating a photovoltaic device which comprises the steps of: depositing a film of highly oriented organic polymer on a transparent electrically-conducting substrate; subjecting said film in situ to controlled degradation by chemical, thermal or radiation treatment to form a condensed aromatic or otherwise highly conjugated carbon macromolecule system with a high population of mobile pi-electrons; wherein the step of subjecting said film in situ to controlled degradation is carried out in the presence of an electronattracting compound, to form chains of indefinite length by charge transfer complexed with the condensed aromatic or highly conjugated carbon macromolecule system; and wherein said electron-attracting compound is a metallic salt of phthalocyanine formed in situ by thermal reaction of an inorganic salt and in nitrogen-containing derivative.

  19. Preparation of Y123 films on REAlO 3-buffered off-cut substrates of R-plane sapphire

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamaguchi, I.; Manabe, T.; Sohma, M.; Tsuchiya, T.; Kumagai, T.; Suzuki, S.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Watanabe, T.; Mizuta, S.

    2002-10-01

    An epitaxial YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x (Y123) film was prepared on a REAlO 3 (RENd)-buffered vicinal (off-cut angle: 4.5°) α-Al 2O 3( 1¯ 0 1 2) substrate and their crystallographic relationship was investigated. Both the NdAlO 3-buffer layer and Y123 film were obtained by a coating-pyrolysis process. The XRD θ-2 θ scanning exhibited the growth of a/ c-oriented Y123. However, XRD ω-scanning of the Y123 006 reflection showed that the c-axis oriented grains comprised two components; the intensity ratio being >2:1. The c-axis of the major component was perpendicular to the substrate surface whereas that of the minor one inclined ∼10° away from the surface normal. These results suggest that, if properly optimized, epitaxial Y123 films of which the c-axis is dominantly parallel to the substrate normal would be obtained by using the REAlO 3-buffered vicinal substrates whereas doubly tilted Y123 films would occur if instead the normal α-Al 2O 3( 1¯ 0 1 2) substrates without off-cut were used.

  20. Characteristics of zinc oxide nanorod array/titanium oxide film heterojunction prepared by aqueous solution deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Hong, Min-Hsuan; Li, Bo-Wei

    2016-07-01

    The characteristics of a ZnO nanorod array/TiO2 film heterojunction were investigated. A TiO2 film was prepared on glass by aqueous solution deposition with precursors of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid at 40 °C. Then, a ZnO seed layer was prepared on a TiO2 film/glass substrate by RF sputtering. A vertically oriented ZnO nanorod array was grown on a ZnO seed layer/TiO2 film/glass substrate by aqueous solution deposition with precursors of zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) at 70 °C. After thermal annealing in N2O ambient at 300 °C, this heterojunction used as an oxygen gas sensor shows much better rise time, decay time, and on/off current ratio than as-grown and annealed ZnO nanorods.

  1. Continuous Preparation of Carbon Nanotube Film and Its Applications in Fuel and Solar Cells.

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    Luo, Xiao Gang; Huang, Xin Xin; Wang, Xiao Xia; Zhong, Xin Hua; Meng, Xin Xin; Wang, Jian Nong

    2016-03-30

    So far, simultaneously realizing the continuous, controllable, and scalable preparation of carbon nanotube (CNT) film has remained a big challenge. Here, we report a scalable approach to continuously prepare CNT film with good control of film size and thickness. This is achieved through the layer-by-layer condensation and deposition of a cylindrical CNT assembly that is continuously produced from a floating catalyst CVD reactor on a paper strip. The promising applications of such a film are demonstrated by directly using it as an effective protecting layer for the Pt/C catalyst in proton exchange membrane fuel cells and as an efficient counter electrode material in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells. PMID:26950161

  2. Preparation of superconducting Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu thin films by chemical deposition

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    Olson, W.L.; Eddy, M.M.; James, T.W.; Hammond, R.B.; Gruner, G.

    1989-07-10

    The scientific revolution in superconductivity has been driven by the discovery of many metal oxides that exhibit this unique property at unusually high temperatures. At the time of submission of this article, the material showing the highest transition temperature is Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10 (2223) which is superconducting below 122 K. For many potential applications of high Tc superconductors uniform thin films are required. There are a number of methods that might be employed for the preparation of such a film. These include electron beam (e-beam) coevaporation and sequential evaporation, sputtering, ion beam deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, laser ablation, spray, and spin-on techniques, all of which have been used to prepare thin and thick films of YBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 7}. Sequential e-beam, sputtering, and laser ablation have been shown to make superconducting films in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu oxide system.

  3. Coating Films of Titanium Nitride Prepared by Ion and Vapor Deposition Method

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    Satou, Mamoru; Andoh, Yasunori; Ogata, Kiyoshi; Suzuki, Yasuo; Matsuda, Koji; Fujimoto, Fuminori

    1985-06-01

    Titanium nitride coating films were prepared on polished stainless steel and graphite plates by vacuum evaporation of titanium with simultaneous bombardment by nitrogen ions with an energy of 10 to 30 keV (IVD method). The compositional variations of each element with depth and the crystal structure were analysed by means of XPS, RBS and X-ray diffraction. It was confirmed that a significant intermixed layer exists at the interface. The thickness of this layer was about 440 Å for a film prepared on a stainless-steel plate at about 300°C by a 30 keV nitrogen ion beam, and decreased with decrease of the ion energy. Films were mainly composed of TiN crystallites with [100] axes preferentially oriented normal to the film surfaces. Some titanium was bound to oxygen and carbon atoms, but there were no metallic-state titanium atoms.

  4. Highly transparent and conductive ZnO:Al thin films prepared by vacuum arc plasma evaporation

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    Miyata, Toshihiro; Minamino, Youhei; Ida, Satoshi; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2004-07-01

    A vacuum arc plasma evaporation (VAPE) method using both oxide fragments and gas sources as the source materials is demonstrated to be very effective for the preparation of multicomponent oxide thin films. Highly transparent and conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were prepared by the VAPE method using a ZnO fragment target and a gas source Al dopant, aluminum acethylacetonate (Al(C5H7O2)3) contained in a stainless steel vessel. The Al content in the AZO films was altered by controlling the partial pressure (or flow rate) of the Al dopant gas. High deposition rates as well as uniform distributions of resistivity and thickness on the substrate surface were obtained on large area glass substrates. A low resistivity on the order of 10-4 Ω cm and an average transmittance above 80% in the visible range were obtained in AZO thin films deposited on glass substrates. .

  5. Strong composite films with layered structures prepared by casting silk fibroin-graphene oxide hydrogels.

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    Huang, Liang; Li, Chun; Yuan, Wenjing; Shi, Gaoquan

    2013-05-01

    Composite films of graphene oxide (GO) sheets and silk fibroin (SF) with layered structures have been prepared by facile solution casting of SF-GO hydrogels. The as-prepared composite film containing 15% (by weight, wt%) of SF shows a high tensile strength of 221 ± 16 MPa and a failure strain of 1.8 ± 0.4%, which partially surpass those of natural nacre. Particularly, this composite film also has a high modulus of 17.2 ± 1.9 GPa. The high mechanical properties of this composite film can be attributed to its high content of GO (85 wt%), compact layered structure and the strong hydrogen bonding interaction between SF chains and GO sheets. PMID:23538717

  6. Ionically conductive thin polymer films prepared by plasma polymerization; Preparation and characterization of ultrathin films having fixed sulfonic acid groups with only one mobile species

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    Ogumi, Z.; Uchimoto, Y.; Takehara, Z. ); Foulkes, F.R. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry)

    1990-01-01

    Ultrathin solid polymer electrolyte membranes containing sulfonic ester groups were prepared by polymerization of methyl benzenesulfonate and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane in a glow discharge plasma. The sulfonic ester groups of the plasma polymer were transformed to lithium sulfonate groups by treatment with lithium iodide. Hybridization of this plasma polymer containing the lithium sulfonate groups with poly(ethylene oxide) (average Mw 300) resulted in the formation of a single lithium ion conductive film. The hybrid polymer electrolyte films were about 1 {mu}m thick, pinhole-free, adherent to various substrates, and showed ionic conductivities at 60{degrees}C of the order of 10{sup {minus} 6} S cm{sup {minus} 1} (10{sup 2} {Omega} cm{sup 2} resistance per unit area of as-prepared solid polymer electrolyte). This material shows promise for electrochemical applications such as all solid-state lithium batteries, sensors, and electrochemical display devices.

  7. High dielectric constant nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Yen, Chih-Feng; Fan, Cho-Han

    2014-09-01

    The electrical characteristics of nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition on p-type (100) silicon substrate were investigated. The aqueous solutions of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid were used as precursors for the growth of titanium oxide films and the dielectric constant is 29. The dielectric constant can be improved to 94 by nickel doping at the thermal annealing at 700 °C in nitrous oxide.

  8. Morphological characterization of β phase in poly-(vinylidenefluoride) film prepared by spin cast method

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    Mehtani, Hitesh Kumar Kumar, Rishi Raina, K. K.

    2014-04-24

    Poly-(Vinylidene fluoride) PVDF film was prepared by spin casting method to control the pore size of the matrix. The morphological spherulitic structure was confirmed Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) after gold sputtering and the presence of β phase was ensured in spin cast PVDF film by the FTIR spectroscopy. The β phase is very important in the application because it improve the properties like piezoelectricity by modifying PVDF crystallinity.

  9. Preparation of dilute magnetic semiconductor films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Nouhi, Akbar (Inventor); Stirn, Richard J. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    A method for preparation of a dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) film is provided, wherein a Group II metal source, a Group VI metal source and a transition metal magnetic ion source are pyrolyzed in the reactor of a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system by contact with a heated substrate. As an example, the preparation of films of Cd.sub.1-x Mn.sub.x Te, wherein 0.ltoreq..times..ltoreq.0.7, on suitable substrates (e.g., GaAs) is described. As a source of manganese, tricarbonyl (methylcyclopentadienyl) maganese (TCPMn) is employed. To prevent TCPMn condensation during the introduction thereof int the reactor, the gas lines, valves and reactor tubes are heated. A thin-film solar cell of n-i-p structure, wherein the i-type layer comprises a DMS, is also described; the i-type layer is suitably prepared by MOCVD.

  10. Preparation of Exfoliated Bi2Te3 Thin Films

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    Luo, Jiajun; Late, Dattatray; Wu, Isaac; Biswas, Kanishka; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Grayson, Matthew

    2011-12-01

    Bi2Te3, recently recognized as a "topological insulator", is proposed to have enhanced electrical and thermoelectric properties due to the topological surface state. In this work, we describe our technique for synthesizing Bi2Te3 thin films with the Scotch tape method. We also describe strategies for fabricating samples for transport and thermoelectric measurements. Preliminary data of carrier density and mobility at room temperature was obtained.

  11. Preparation of redox polymer cathodes for thin film rechargeable batteries

    DOEpatents

    Skotheim, Terje A.; Lee, Hung S.; Okamoto, Yoshiyuki

    1994-11-08

    The present invention relates to the manufacture of thin film solid state electrochemical devices using composite cathodes comprising a redox polymer capable of undergoing oxidation and reduction, a polymer solid electrolyte and conducting carbon. The polymeric cathode material is formed as a composite of radiation crosslinked polymer electrolytes and radiation crosslinked redox polymers based on polysiloxane backbones with attached organosulfur side groups capable of forming sulfur-sulfur bonds during electrochemical oxidation.

  12. Preparation of ultralow-friction surface films on vanadium diboride.

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    Erdemir, A.; Fenske, G. R.; Halter, M.

    1996-10-14

    In this paper, we present a simple annealing procedure (which we refer to as ''flash-annealing'' because of short duration) that results in the formation of an ultralow friction surface film on vanadium diboride (VB{sub 2}) surfaces. This annealing is done in a box furnace at 800 C for a period of 5 min. During annealing, the exposed surface of the VB{sub 2} undergoes oxidation and forms a layer of boron oxide (B{sub 2}O{sub 3}). In open air, the B{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer reacts spontaneously with moisture and forms a boric acid (H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}) film. The friction coefficient of a 440C steel pin against this H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} film is {approx}0.05, compared to 0.8 against the as-received VB{sub 2}. Based on Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy studies, we elucidate the ultralow friction mechanism of the flash-annealed VB{sub 2} surfaces.

  13. Structural and gasochromic properties of WO3 films prepared by reactive sputtering deposition

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    Yamamoto, S.; Hakoda, T.; Miyashita, A.; Yoshikawa, M.

    2015-02-01

    The effects of deposition temperature and film thickness on the structural and gasochromic properties of tungsten trioxide (WO3) films used for the optical detection of diluted cyclohexane gas have been investigated. The WO3 films were prepared on SiO2 substrates by magnetron sputtering, with the deposition temperature ranging from 300 to 550 °C in an Ar and O2 gas mixture. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The gasochromic properties of the WO3 films, coated with a catalytic Pt layer, were examined by exposing them to up to 5% cyclohexane in N2 gas. It was found that (001)-oriented monoclinic WO3 films, with a columnar structure, grew at deposition temperatures between 400 and 450 °C. Furthermore, (010)-oriented WO3 films were preferably formed at deposition temperatures higher than 500 °C. The gasochromic characterization of the Pt/WO3 films revealed that (001)-oriented WO3 films, with cauliflower-like surface morphology, were appropriate for the optical detection of cyclohexane gas.

  14. Preparation of Polypyrrole-Protein Composite Films and the Electrochemically Controlled Release of Proteins.

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    Jin, Juan; Huang, Zhongbing; Yin, Guangfu; Lin, Jiangli; Li, Qiuping; Han, Donghui

    2016-03-01

    It is fabricated that an electrically controlled release system based on the (poly-L-lactic acid)-mixed polypyrrole (PLLA-PPy) films through casting film of PPy and PLLA mixed solution on the glass plate, in which polyglutamic acid (PGlu)-doped PPy nanoparticles (NPs) with -50 nm diameter are synthesized via chemical oxidation. Surface conductivity of the composite film is (3.33 ± 2.01) x 10(-3) S/cm. Bovine serum albumin (BSA), as a model protein drug, is chemically linked onto the composite film via carbodiimide chemistry due to the good surface nano-structure of PLLA-PPy film. The releases of BSA from PLLA-PPy film under constant current and constant voltage can be achieved using the two-electrode electrochemical system. 6 h accumulative releases of BSA are 276 μg/cm2 and 176 μg/cm2 under 3 mA and 1 V electrical stimulation, respectively, accompanied with de-doping of PGlu and separation of a part of PPy NPs from the composite film. The results of cell experiment indicate that PGlu-doped PPy NPs in the prepared composite film have good cyto-compatibility. These results suggest that PPy-PLLA composite film would be able to be applied in the construction of degradable protein-drug-loaded scaffold for nerve tissue repair. PMID:27455630

  15. Amorphous Indium Selenide Thin Films Prepared by RF Sputtering: Thickness-Induced Characteristics.

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    Han, Myoung Yoo; Park, Yong Seob; Kim, Nam-Hoon

    2016-05-01

    The influence of indium composition, controlled by changing the film thickness, on the optical and electrical properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films was studied for the application of these materials as Cd-free buffer layers in CI(G)S solar cells. Indium selenide thin films were prepared using RF magnetron sputtering method. The indium composition of the amorphous indium selenide thin films was varied from 94.56 to 49.72 at% by increasing the film thickness from 30 to 70 nm. With a decrease in film thickness, the optical transmittance increased from 87.63% to 96.03% and Eg decreased from 3.048 to 2.875 eV. Carrier concentration and resistivity showed excellent values of ≥1015 cm(-3) and ≤ 10(4) Ω x cm, respectively. The conductivity type of the amorphous indium selenide thin films could be controlled by changing the film-thickness-induced amount of In. These results indicate the possibility of tuning the properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films by changing their composition for use as an alternate buffer layer material in CI(G)S solar cells. PMID:27483886

  16. Faraday effect of bismuth iron garnet thin film prepared by mist CVD method

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    Yao, Situ; Sato, Takafumi; Kaneko, Kentaro; Murai, Shunsuke; Fujita, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2015-06-01

    Metastable bismuth iron garnet (BIG, an abbreviation of Bi3Fe5O12), one kind of garnet-type ferrites, is known to manifest very large Faraday rotation as well as low optical absorption in the visible to infrared region. We report on successful synthesis of thin film composed of single-phase BIG epitaxially grown on single-crystalline gadolinium gallium garnet (Gd3Ga5O12, GGG) substrate by using mist chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method, which is an emerging technique for preparation of thin films. The crystal structure, surface morphology, and magnetic, optical and magneto-optical properties of the resultant thin films have been explored. The BIG thin film has a relatively flat surface free from roughness compared to those prepared by other vapor deposition methods. Saturation magnetization is about 1620 G at room temperature, which is close to that expected from the ideal magnetic structure of BIG. The maximum value of Faraday rotation angle reaches 54.3 deg/µm at a wavelength of 424 nm. This value is rather large when compared with those reported for BIG thin films prepared by other techniques. The wavelength dependence of Faraday rotation angle is analyzed well in terms of the crystal electric field (CEF) level schema. Our result suggests that the mist CVD method is a simple and effective technique to synthesize BIG thin film with excellent magneto-optical properties.

  17. Electrical and structural properties of zirconia thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Dutta, Gargi; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Mohan Rao, G.

    2007-10-01

    Thin films of ZrO 2 were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering. Annealing of the films exhibited a drastic change in the properties due to improved crystallinity and packing density. The root mean square roughness of the sample observed from atomic force microscope is about 5.75 nm which is comparable to the average grain size of the thin film which is about 6 nm obtained from X-ray diffraction. The film annealed at 873 K exhibits an optical band gap of around 4.83 eV and shows +4 oxidation state of zirconium indicating fully oxidized zirconium, whereas higher annealing temperatures lead to oxygen deficiency in the films and this is reflected in their properties. A discontinuity in the imaginary part of the AC conductivity was observed in the frequency range of tens of thousands of Hz, where as, the real part does not show such behavior.

  18. Preparation and properties of arenga starch-chitosan based edible film

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    Rahmawati, Putri; Ni'maturrohmah, Dwi; Luthfiana Sari, Putri; Puspita Sari, Putri; Nur Indah Sari, Tetty; Suryanti, Venti

    2016-02-01

    The main objective of this research was to prepare for edible film on the basis of arenga starch-chitosan. Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) was added to the blend and glycerol was used as a plasticizer. The tensile strength and water uptake of the film decreased with the increasing of glycerol content in the blend. Contrary, increasing glycerol content in the blend enhanced the elongation and swelling area of the film. The film C1, which has 6% of glycerol in the blend has a tensile strength of 124 KPa, elongation of 6.55%, swelling area of 21% and water uptake of 48%. The film C2, which has 10% of glycerol in the blend has a tensile strength of 58 KPa, elongation of 8.35%, swelling area of 32% and water uptake of 5%.

  19. Preparation and characterization of indium zinc oxide thin films by electron beam evaporation technique

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    Keshavarzi, Reza; Mirkhani, Valiollah; Moghadam, Majid; Tangestaninejad, Shahram; Mohammadpoor-Baltork, Iraj; Fallah, Hamid Reza; Dastjerdi, Mohammad Javad Vahid; Modayemzadeh, Hamed Reza

    2011-04-15

    In this work, the preparation of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZnO thin films by electron beam evaporation technique on glass substrates is reported. Optical and electrical properties of these films were investigated. The effect of dopant amount and annealing temperature on the optical and electrical properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZnO thin films was also studied. Different amount of ZnO was used as dopant and the films were annealed at different temperature. The results showed that the most crystalline, transparent and uniform films with lowest resistivity were obtained using 25 wt% of ZnO annealed at 500 {sup o}C.

  20. Photocatalytic activity of nanosized TiO2 thin film prepared by magnetron sputtering method.

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    Kang, Sang-Jun; Kim, Ki-Joong; Chung, Min-Chul; Jung, Sang-Chul; Boo, Su-Il; Cho, Soon Kye; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2011-02-01

    Nanosized TiO2 thin film on the substrate such as stainless steel plate and slide glass film were prepared by magnetron sputtering method, and these TiO2 thin films were characterized by field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Photocatalytic activity for Methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) and acetaldehyde were measured using a closed circulating reaction system through the various ultra violet (UV) sources. From the results of SEM images, nanosized TiO2 thin film was uniformly coated on slide glass, ranging from 360 nm to 370 nm. Photocatalytic activity of MEK over TiO2 thin film on stainless steel plate did not occur by UV-A irradiation, but was efficiently decomposed by UV-B and UV-C. Also, acetaldehyde could be decomposed than MEK. The effect of sputtering conditions on their structure and photocatalytic activities were investigated in detail. PMID:21456269

  1. Preparation of superconducting thin films of calcium strontium bismuth copper oxides by coevaporation

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    Rice, C.E.; Levi, A.F.J.; Fleming, R.M.; Marsh, P.; Baldwin, K.W.; Anzlowar, M.; White, A.E.; Short, K.T.; Nakahara, S.; Stormer, H.L.; and others

    1988-05-23

    Superconducting films of Ca-Sr-Bi-Cu oxides have been prepared by coevaporation of CaF/sub 2/, SrF/sub 2/, Bi, and Cu, followed by post-oxidation in wet O/sub 2/. The films were characterized by four-probe resistivity measurements, Rutherford backscattering, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and Hall measurements. Zero resistance was achieved at approx.80 K, although evidence of traces of superconductivity at higher temperatures was seen in resistivity and Hall data. The critical current at 4.2 K was 1.0 x 10/sup 6/ A cm/sup -2/. The films were epitaxial on <100> and <110> SrTiO/sub 3/ substrates. The electrical and structural properties of the films were insensitive to film composition over a wide range of stoichiometries.

  2. Photocatalytic activity and reusability study of nanocrystalline TiO2 films prepared by sputtering technique

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    Barrocas, B.; Monteiro, O. C.; Jorge, M. E. Melo; Sério, S.

    2013-01-01

    The photocatalytic activity of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) films deposited on unheated glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering at different oxygen partial pressures was tested on the decolorization of Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) aqueous solutions. The dye photodecolorization process was studied considering the influence of the crystallinity and preferred orientation of growth of the prepared films. It was found that the higher photocatalytic activity was achieved by the film with preferred orientation of growth along the (1 0 1) crystal direction and showing a vestigial rutile phase in a mainly anatase phase. The recycling catalytic ability of the TiO2 films was also evaluated and a promising photocatalytic performance has been revealed with a very low variation of the decay rate after five consecutive usages. Structural and morphological characterization revealed high photochemical stability of the films after successive photodegradations assays.

  3. Preparation of γ-Al2O3 films by laser chemical vapor deposition

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    Gao, Ming; Ito, Akihiko; Goto, Takashi

    2015-06-01

    γ- and α-Al2O3 films were prepared by chemical vapor deposition using CO2, Nd:YAG, and InGaAs lasers to investigate the effects of varying the laser wavelength and deposition conditions on the phase composition and microstructure. The CO2 laser was found to mostly produce α-Al2O3 films, whereas the Nd:YAG and InGaAs lasers produced γ-Al2O3 films when used at a high total pressure. γ-Al2O3 films had a cauliflower-like structure, while the α-Al2O3 films had a dense and columnar structure. Of the three lasers, it was the Nd:YAG laser that interacted most with intermediate gas species. This promoted γ-Al2O3 nucleation in the gas phase at high total pressure, which explains the cauliflower-like structure of nanoparticles observed.

  4. Method for etching thin films of niobium and niobium-containing compounds for preparing superconductive circuits

    DOEpatents

    Kampwirth, Robert T.; Schuller, Ivan K.; Falco, Charles M.

    1981-01-01

    An improved method of preparing thin film superconducting electrical circuits of niobium or niobium compounds in which a thin film of the niobium or niobium compound is applied to a nonconductive substrate, and covered with a layer of photosensitive material. The sensitive material is in turn covered with a circuit pattern exposed and developed to form a mask of the circuit in photoresistive material on the surface of the film. The unmasked excess niobium film is removed by contacting the substrate with an aqueous etching solution of nitric acid, sulfuric acid and hydrogen fluoride, which will rapidly etch the niobium compound without undercutting the photoresist. A modification of the etching solution will permit thin films to be lifted from the substrate without further etching.

  5. Method for etching thin films of niboium and niobium-containing compounds for preparing superconductive circuits

    DOEpatents

    Kampwirth, R.T.; Schuller, I.K.; Falco, C.M.

    1979-11-23

    An improved method of preparing thin film superconducting electrical circuits of niobium or niobium compounds is provided in which a thin film of the niobium or niobium compound is applied to a nonconductive substrate and covered with a layer of photosensitive material. The sensitive material is in turn covered with a circuit pattern exposed and developed to form a mask of the circuit in photoresistive material on the surface of the film. The unmasked excess niobium film is removed by contacting the substrate with an aqueous etching solution of nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and hydrogen fluoride, which will rapidly etch the niobium compound without undercutting the photoresist. A modification of the etching solution will permit thin films to be lifted from the substrate without further etching.

  6. Third-Harmonic Generation of Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Thin Films Prepared Using Two Solution Methods

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    Sethuraman, Kunjithapatham; Ochiai, Shizuyasu; Yamada, Yuu; Mototani, Suguru; Kojima, Kenzo; Ohashi, Asao; Mizutani, Teruyoshi

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we report on the third-order nonlinear optical properties of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thin films prepared using solution methods. The third-order optical susceptibilities χ(3)(-3ωω,ω,ω) of P3HT thin films spin-coated and drop-cast on quartz glass substrates were estimated from optical third harmonics measured using the Maker-fringe method. The orientation, alignment, and crystallinity of the P3HT thin films obtained were evaluated using atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and UV-visible absorption spectra. The maximum nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) (NLOS), as estimated from the drop-cast film, was 1.55×10-8 esu, which was higher than that of a spin-coated film by one order. The enhancement of χ(3) is associated with the orientation and crystallinity of the P3HT molecule on the substrate.

  7. Preparation of microstructure-controllable superhydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene porous thin film by vacuum thermal-evaporation

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    Yi, Na; Bao, Shanhu; Zhou, Huaijuan; Xin, Yunchuan; Huang, Aibin; Ma, Yining; Li, Rong; Jin, Ping

    2016-05-01

    The three-dimensional porous network polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thin films were achieved by a vacuum technique through evaporating the pure PTFE powders. The surfaces of PTFE thin films showed various morphologies by adjusting the evaporation temperature and the corresponding contact angle ranging from 133° to 155°. Further analyses of surface chemical composition and morphology by FTIR and FE-SEM revealed that the origin of hydrophobicity for the PTFE thin films could be ascribed to the fluorine-containing groups and the surface morphologies, indicating that abundant -CF2 groups and network structures with appropriate pore sizes played a vital role in superhydrophobicity. By characterization of UV-Vis, the films also showed high transmittance and antireflection effect. The films prepared by this simple method have potential applications such as waterproof membrane and self-cleaning coating.

  8. Preparation of microstructure-controllable superhydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene porous thin film by vacuum thermal-evaporation

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    Yi, Na; Bao, Shanhu; Zhou, Huaijuan; Xin, Yunchuan; Huang, Aibin; Ma, Yining; Li, Rong; Jin, Ping

    2016-09-01

    The three-dimensional porous network polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thin films were achieved by a vacuum technique through evaporating the pure PTFE powders. The surfaces of PTFE thin films showed various morphologies by adjusting the evaporation temperature and the corresponding contact angle ranging from 133° to 155°. Further analyses of surface chemical composition and morphology by FTIR and FE-SEM revealed that the origin of hydrophobicity for the PTFE thin films could be ascribed to the fluorine-containing groups and the surface morphologies, indicating that abundant -CF2 groups and network structures with appropriate pore sizes played a vital role in superhydrophobicity. By characterization of UV-Vis, the films also showed high transmittance and antireflection effect. The films prepared by this simple method have potential applications such as waterproof membrane and self-cleaning coating.

  9. Different properties of aluminum doped zinc oxide nanostructured thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Bidmeshkipour, Samina Shahtahmasebi, Nasser

    2013-06-15

    Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanostructured thin films are prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering on glass substrate using specifically designed ZnO target containing different amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder as the Al doping source. The optical properties of the aluminium doped zinc oxide films are investigated. The topography of the deposited films were investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy. Variation of the refractive index by annealing temperature are considered and it is seen that the refractive index increases by increasing the annealing temperature.

  10. Magneto-optical visualization by Bi:YIG thin films prepared at low temperatures

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    Galstyan, Ogsen; Lee, Hanju; Lee, Kiejin; Babajanyan, Arsen; Hakhoumian, Arsen; Friedman, Barry

    2015-04-28

    A device for the imaging of magnetic fields and domain structures based on the Faraday effect has been developed using garnet thin films prepared by the metal-organic decomposition method as indicators. The sensitivity was improved by using high concentration bismuth substituted yttrium iron garnet thin films with in-plane magnetic anisotropy. Low temperature synthesis of the films (Bi{sub x}Y{sub 3−x}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}; x = 2) on glass substrates of thickness about 0.8 μm is described and the Faraday rotation angle is measured to be about −11°/μm.

  11. Energy relaxation in CdSe nanocrystals: the effects of morphology and film preparation.

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    Spann, Bryan T; Chen, Liangliang; Ruan, Xiulin; Xu, Xianfan

    2013-01-14

    Ultrafast time-resolved absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate exciton dynamics in CdSe nanocrystal films. The effects of morphology, quantum-dot versus quantum-rod, and preparation of nanocrystals in a thin film form are investigated. The measurements revealed longer intraband exciton relaxation in quantum-rods than in quantum-dots. The slowed relaxation in quantum-rods is due to mitigation of the Auger-relaxation mechanism from elongating the nanocrystal. In addition, the nanocrystal thin film showed long-lived confined acoustic phonons corresponding to the ellipsoidal breathing mode, contrary to others work on colloidal systems of CdSe nanocrystals. PMID:23389266

  12. A facile process to prepare copper oxide thin films as solar selective absorbers

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    Xiao, Xiudi; Miao, Lei; Xu, Gang; Lu, Limei; Su, Zhanmin; Wang, Ning; Tanemura, Sakae

    2011-10-01

    Copper oxide thin films as solar selective absorbers were conveniently prepared by one-step chemical conversion method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis-NIR spectra and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were employed to characterize the composition, structure and optical properties of thin films. The results indicated that the composition, structure and optical properties of thin films were greatly influenced by reaction temperature, time and concentration of NaOH. When reaction temperature was fixed at 40 °C, the as-prepared films consist of pure cubic Cu 2O. The surface morphology of thin films was changed from square-like structure (reaction time ≤ 25 min) to porous belt-like structure (reaction time ≥ 30 min) with the elongation of reaction time. While for thin films prepared at 60 °C and 80 °C, single Cu 2O was observed after 5 min reaction. When reaction time is longer than 5 min, CuO appears and the content of CuO is increasing with the elongation of reaction time. With the increase of reaction temperature, the belt-like structure was easily formed for 60 °C/10 min and 80 °C/5 min. Decreasing concentration of NaOH also could result in the formation of CuO and porous belt-like structure. Simultaneously, the film thickness is increasing with the increase of reaction time, temperature and concentration. Films containing CuO with belt-like structure exhibited high absorptance (>0.9), and the emissivity of films increased with elongation of reaction time. Combination of the composition, structure and optical properties, it can be deduced that the porous belt-like structure like as a light trap can greatly enhance absorbance ( α), while the composition, thickness and roughness of thin films can greatly influence the emissivity ( ɛ). The highest photo-thermal conversion efficiency was up to 0.86 ( α/ ɛ = 0.94/0.08) for thin films prepared at 80 °C/5 min, which proved that the CuO x thin films can be served as

  13. Antimicrobial activity of thin solid films of silver doped hydroxyapatite prepared by sol-gel method.

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    Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Chapon, Patrick; Le Coustumer, Philippe; Predoi, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp) thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with x(Ag) = 0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h. PMID:24523630

  14. Preparations and characterization of alginate/silver composite films: Effect of types of silver particles.

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    Shankar, Shiv; Wang, Long-Feng; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2016-08-01

    Alginate-based films reinforced with different types of silver particles such as metallic silver (AgM), silver zeolite (AgZ), citrate reduced silver nanoparticles (AgNP(C)), laser ablated silver nanoparticles (AgNP(LA)), and silver nitrate (AgNO3) were prepared using a solvent casting method and the effect of silver particles on the optical, mechanical, water vapor barrier, and antimicrobial properties the composite films was evaluated. Size and shape of the silver particles were varied depending on the types of silver source and the preparation method. The alginate films incorporated with AgNP(C), AgNP(LA), and AgNO3 showed a characteristic surface plasmon resonance absorption peaks of AgNPs around 420nm. Film properties such as mechanical, optical, and water vapor barrier properties were greatly influenced by the types of AgNPs used. Alginate/AgNPs composite films except AgM and AgNP(LA) incorporated ones exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against two food-borne pathogenic bacteria, Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes. The developed films have a high potential for the application as antimicrobial food packaging films. PMID:27112867

  15. Thin film transistor based on TiOx prepared by DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Chung, Sung Mook; Shin, Jae-Heon; Hong, Chan-Hwa; Cheong, Woo-Seok

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports on the thin film transistor (TFT) based on TiOx prepared by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering for the application of n-type channel transparent TFTs. A ceramic TiOx target was prepared for the sputtering of the TiO2 films. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of the TiO2 films were investigated after their heat treatment. It is observed from XRD measurement that the TiO2 films show anatase structure having (101), (004), and (105) planes after heat treatment. The anatase-structure TiO2 films show a band-gap energy of approximately 3.20 eV and a transmittance of approximately 91% (@550 nm). The bottom-gate TFTs fabricated with the TiO2 film as an n-type channel layer. These devices exhibit the on-off ratio, the field-effect mobility, and the threshold voltage of about 10(4), 0.002 cm2/Vs, and 6 V, respectively. These results indicate the possibility of applying TiO2 films depositied by DC magnetron sputtering to TiO2-based opto-electronic devices. PMID:22966586

  16. Preparation of silica films on Ru(0001): A LEEM/PEEM study

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    Klemm, H. W.; Peschel, G.; Madej, E.; Fuhrich, A.; Timm, M.; Menzel, D.; Schmidt, Th.; Freund, H.-J.

    2016-01-01

    We use an aberration corrected spectro-microscope, the low energy electron microscope/photoelectron emission microscope (LEEM/PEEM) SMART, to follow the preparation and structure of a bilayer silica film on Ru(0001) as a function of temperature and oxidation conditions. This allows us to analyze the growth process at different length scales in order to judge on the overall quality and the morphology of the film. It is found that the film growth occurs in a crystalline and a vitreous phase as previously discovered using scanning tunneling microscopy. However, the present experiment allows an analysis on the sub-micron level to gain insight into the growth process at a mesoscopic scale. We find that the fully oxidized film can be prepared but that this film contains holes. These are unavoidable and are important to consider, if one wants to use the films for ensemble averaging experiments to investigate migration and reaction of molecules between the silica film and the Ru(0001) substrate.

  17. Polarized neutron reflectometry study of thin Fe films prepared on V (100)

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    Liu, Y. T.; Fritzsche, H.; Hauschild, J.; Maletta, H.

    2004-07-01

    The magnetic properties of ultrathin Fe (100) films were investigated by polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR). Fe films with different thicknesses from 1 to 3nm were prepared by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) on a V buffer layer, which was deposited on a MgO (100) single crystal. In order to avoid oxidation the Fe films were covered with V capping layers. During the preparation process the growth of the films was monitored by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Combining the information obtained from PNR with X-ray reflectometry (XRR), the thicknesses of the Fe and V layers were determined precisely. From PNR measurements the absolute value of the magnetization of the films could be determined by fitting the spin-up and spin-down neutron reflectivities separately. The magnetic moments of the Fe films show a perfect linear dependence on the film thickness tFe. The fitting line intersects the abscissa at tFe=(0.1+/-0.01)nm. This means that the magnetic properties of the two V/Fe interfaces show up as a constant reduction of the magnetic moment equal to an Fe bulk layer of thickness tFe=(0.1+/-0.01)nm. Also to be corresponded to.

  18. Growth, microstructure and supercapacitive performance of copper oxide thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Purusottam Reddy, B.; Sivajee Ganesh, K.; Hussain, O. M.

    2016-02-01

    The supercapacitive performance of copper oxide thin film electrodes mainly relies on micro structure, phase, surface area and conductivity which in turn depend on the deposition technique and process parameters during growth. In the present study, thin films of copper oxide were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrates keeping O2-to-Ar ratio at 1:11 and RF power at 250 W and varying the substrate temperature. The microstructure and the induced phase changes in copper oxide films are observed to be strongly influenced by the substrate temperature since the relaxation time, surface diffusion and surface structural changes are thermally activated. The XRD and Raman studies reveal that the films deposited at low substrate temperature (<200 °C) exhibited CuO, while the films deposited at substrate temperature >200 °C exhibited Cu2O phase. The films prepared at 350 °C exhibited reflections correspond to cubic Cu2O with predominant (111) orientation. The estimated maximum grain size from AFM studies was 72 nm with surface roughness of 51 nm. These films exhibited a highest areal capacitance of 30 mF cm-2 at scan rate of 5 mV s-1. The galvanostatic charge-discharge studies demonstrated high specific capacitance of 908 F g-1 at 0.5 mA cm-2 current density with 80 % of its initial capacity retention even after 1000 cycles.

  19. Properties of films prepared from low surface area/density alumina-silica

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    Hietala, S.L.; Smith, D.M. ); Hietala, V.M.; Frye, G.C.; Hurd, A.J.; Brinker, C.J. )

    1990-01-01

    A sol-gel method was use to prepare bulk, closed pore, amorphous alumina-silica. Films prepared from this 47wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}- SiO{sub 2} composition were examined by SAW, elipsometry and electrical measurements. The films were found to have a surface area of 1.1 cm{sup 2}/cm{sup 2}, a refractive index of 1.44 at 633 nm, and a relative permittivity of 6.2 at 200 KHz. These properties indicate potential applications as hermetic seals, barrier coatings, dielectric layers for capacitors and passivation coatings for electronic circuits.

  20. External-Field-Induced Growth Effect of an a-C:H Film for Manipulating Its Medium-Range Nanostructures and Properties.

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    Song, Hui; Ji, Li; Li, Hongxuan; Liu, Xiaohong; Wang, Weiqi; Zhou, Huidi; Chen, Jianmin

    2016-03-01

    A special catalytic growth effect (called the "external-field-induced effect") was found to exist on the poisoning target surface during the reactive sputtering process of a-C:H films. Enlightened by this effect, we demonstrate a facile approach to manipulate the medium-range-ordered nanostructure and mechanical and tribological properties of a-C:H films. By adjusting the plasma ionization degree, a graphene precursor was successfully produced at the graphite target surface through the synergistic catalytic effects of both the catalyst and plasma. Then, graphene was further sputtered into amorphous carbon films to form graphene-like nanoclusters. This special graphene-like nanostructure endows the a-C:H film with outstanding hardness, high elasticity, and excellent tribological properties. The elastic recovery of the film was improved to 92.5%, and the wear life in a vacuum environment was also prolonged to 8.8 × 10(5) cycles at a contact stress of 0.9 GPa, which suggests that medium-range-ordered clusters in an amorphous carbon matrix provide an important way to improve the properties of carbon films. PMID:26895554

  1. CO responses of sensors based on cerium oxide thick films prepared from clustered spherical nanoparticles.

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    Izu, Noriya; Matsubara, Ichiro; Itoh, Toshio; Akamatsu, Takafumi; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-01-01

    Various types of CO sensors based on cerium oxide (ceria) have been reported recently. It has also been reported that the response speed of CO sensors fabricated from porous ceria thick films comprising nanoparticles is extremely high. However, the response value of such sensors is not suitably high. In this study, we investigated methods of improving the response values of CO sensors based on ceria and prepared gas sensors from core-shell ceria polymer hybrid nanoparticles. These hybrid nanoparticles have been reported to have a unique structure: The core consists of a cluster of ceria crystallites several nanometers in size. We compared the characteristics of the sensors based on thick films prepared from core-shell nanoparticles with those of sensors based on thick films prepared from conventionally used precipitated nanoparticles. The sensors prepared from the core-shell nanoparticles exhibited a resistance that was ten times greater than that of the sensors prepared from the precipitated nanoparticles. The response values of the gas sensors based on the core-shell nanoparticles also was higher than that of the sensors based on the precipitated nanoparticles. Finally, improvements in sensor response were also noticed after the addition of Au nanoparticles to the thick films used to fabricate the two types of sensors. PMID:23529123

  2. Preparation of chitosan films using different neutralizing solutions to improve endothelial cell compatibility.

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    He, Qing; Ao, Qiang; Gong, Yandao; Zhang, Xiufang

    2011-12-01

    The development of chitosan-based constructs for application in large-size defects or highly vascularized tissues is still a challenging issue. The poor endothelial cell compatibility of chitosan hinders the colonization of vascular endothelial cells in the chitosan-based constructs, and retards the establishment of a functional microvascular network following implantation. The aim of the present study is to prepare chitosan films with different neutralization methods to improve their endothelial cell compatibility. Chitosan salt films were neutralized with either sodium hydroxide (NaOH) aqueous solution, NaOH ethanol solution, or ethanol solution without NaOH. The physicochemical properties and endothelial cell compatibility of the chitosan films were investigated. Results indicated that neutralization with different solutions affected the surface chemistry, swelling ratio, crystalline conformation, nanotopography, and mechanical properties of the chitosan films. The NaOH ethanol solution-neutralized chitosan film (Chi-NaOH/EtOH film) displayed a nanofiber-dominant surface, while the NaOH aqueous solution-neutralized film (Chi-NaOH/H(2)O film) and the ethanol solution-neutralized film (Chi-EtOH film) displayed nanoparticle-dominant surfaces. Moreover, the Chi-NaOH/EtOH films exhibited a higher stiffness as compared to the Chi-NaOH/H(2)O and Chi-EtOH films. Endothelial cell compatibility of the chitosan films was evaluated with a human microvascular endothelial cell line, HMEC-1. Compared with the Chi-NaOH/H(2)O and Chi-EtOH films, HMECs cultured on the Chi-NaOH/EtOH films fully spread and exhibited significantly higher levels of adhesion and proliferation, with retention of the endothelial phenotype and function. Our findings suggest that the surface nanotopography and mechanical properties contribute to determining the endothelial cell compatibility of chitosan films. The nature of the neutralizing solutions can affect the physicochemical properties and

  3. Preparation of thin ceramic films via an aqueous solution route

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    Pederson, Larry R.; Chick, Lawrence A.; Exarhos, Gregory J.

    1989-01-01

    A new chemical method of forming thin ceramic films has been developed. An aqueous solution of metal nitrates or other soluble metal salts and a low molecular weight amino acid is coated onto a substrate and pyrolyzed. The amino acid serves to prevent precipitation of individual solution components, forming a very viscous, glass-like material as excess water is evaporated. Using metal nitrates and glycine, the method has been demonstrated for zirconia with various levels of yttria stabilization, for lanthanum-strontium chromites, and for yttrium-barium-copper oxide superconductors on various substrates.

  4. Preparation and photoelectrocatalytic activity of a nano-structured WO{sub 3} platelet film

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    Yagi, Masayuki Maruyama, Syou; Sone, Koji; Nagai, Keiji; Norimatsu, Takayoshi

    2008-01-15

    A tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) film was prepared by calcination from a precursor paste including suspended ammonium tungstate and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The ammonium tungstate suspension was yielded by an acid-base reaction of tungstic acid and an ammonium solution followed by deposition with ethanol addition. Thermogravimetric (TG) analysis showed that the TG profile of PEG is significantly influenced by deposited ammonium tungstate, suggesting that PEG is interacting strongly with deposited ammonium tungstate in the suspension paste. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data indicated that the WO{sub 3} film is crystallized by sintering over 400 deg. C. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) measurement showed that the film is composed of the nano-structured WO{sub 3} platelets. The semiconductor properties of the film were examined by Mott-Schottky analysis to give flat band potential E{sub FB}=0.30 V vs. saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE) and donor carrier density N{sub D}=2.5x10{sup 22} cm{sup -3}, latter of which is higher than previous WO{sub 3} films by two orders of magnitude. The higher N{sub D} was explained by the large interfacial heterojunction area caused by the nano-platelet structure, which apparently increases capacitance per a unit electrode area. The WO{sub 3} film sintered at 550 deg. C produced 3.7 mA cm{sup -2} of a photoanodic current at 1.2 V vs. SCE under illumination with a 500 W xenon lamp due to catalytic water oxidation. This photocurrent was 4.5-12.8 times higher than those for the other control WO{sub 3} films prepared by similar but different procedures. The high catalytic activity could be explained by the nano-platelet structure. The photocurrent was generated on illumination of UV and visible light below 470 nm, and the maximum incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) was 47% at 320 nm at 1.2 V. Technically important procedures for preparation of nano-structured platelets were discussed. - Graphical abstract: A

  5. CO-sensing properties of undoped and doped tin oxide thin films prepared by electron beam evaporation.

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    Durrani, S M A; Khawaja, E E; Al-Kuhaili, M F

    2005-03-15

    Undoped thin films of tin oxide and those doped with indium oxide and nickel oxides were deposited by electron beam evaporation. The effects of the film thickness and preparation conditions (films prepared with or without the presence of oxygen environment during deposition) on the optical and carbon monoxide sensing properties of the films were studied. The films were characterized using X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy techniques. All the films were found to be amorphous. It was found that the sensitivity of the films to CO increased with the thickness and the porosity of the films. It was found that their selectivity to CO gas relative to CO(2) and SO(2) gases could be improved upon doping the films with indium (or nickel) oxide. PMID:18969926

  6. A facile route to prepare cellulose-based films.

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    Xu, Qin; Chen, Chen; Rosswurm, Katelyn; Yao, Tianming; Janaswamy, Srinivas

    2016-09-20

    Cellulose is the most abundant renewable and biodegradable material available in nature. Its insoluble character in water as well as common organic and inorganic liquids, however, curtails the wholesome utility. The continuous rise for biodegradable products based on cellulose coupled with its intrinsic ability to form a viable substitute for the petroleum-based materials necessitates the critical need for solubilizing the cellulose. Herein, we demonstrate the feasibility of ZnCl2 solutions, especially the 64-72% concentrations, to dissolve cellulose. FTIR results suggest that Zn(2+) ions promote Zn⋯O3H interactions, which in-turn weaken the intrinsic O3H⋯O5 hydrogen bonds that are responsible for strengthening the cellulose chains. Interestingly, Ca(2+) ions promote interactions among the Zn-cellulose chains leading to the formation of nano fibrils and yield gelling solutions. The tensile strength of the Ca(2+) added Zn-cellulose films increases by around 250% compared to the Zn-cellulose films. Overall, utilization of inorganic salt solutions to solubilize and crosslink cellulose is cost-effective, recyclable and certainly stands out tall among the other available systems. More importantly, the proposed protocol is simple and is a "green" process, and thus its large-scale adaptability is quite feasible. We strongly believe that the outcome opens up a new window of opportunities for cellulose in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and non-food applications. PMID:27261751

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

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

    2007-07-01

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

  8. Preparation and characterization of mesoporous Nb2O5 films for sensing applications

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    Lazarova, K.; Georgieva, B.; Spasova, M.; Babeva, T.

    2014-12-01

    The possibility of combining sol-gel synthesis with molecular self-assembly and phase separation is explored to produce Nb2O5 films with tailored pore structures at the nanometer scale. Thin Nb2O5 film are fabricated by spin coating of a Nb sol prepared by sonocatalytic method using NbCl5 and ethanol mixed with structure directing agent Pluronic PE 6800 in different concentrations which acts as a supra molecular pore template. Post deposition treatment is applied for film consolidation and pore formation. Surface morphology and structure of the films are studied by Transmission Electron Microscopy and Selected Area Electron Diffraction. The optical properties (refractive index and extinction coefficient) along with the thickness of the films are determined from reflectance spectra of films deposited on silicon substrates. The overall porosity of the films and the amount of adsorbed acetone vapors are quantified by means of Bruggeman effective medium approximation using already determined optical constants. The sensing properties of the samples are studied by measuring reflectance spectra prior to and after exposure to acetone vapors with controlled concentrations. Furthermore, the potential of using the studied mesoporous Nb2O5 films for chemical sensing with optical read-out is demonstrated and discussed.

  9. Chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol composite films containing nitrofurazone: preparation and evaluation

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    Kouchak, Maryam; Ameri, Abdolghani; Naseri, Basireh; Kargar Boldaji, Sara

    2014-01-01

    Objective(s): The aim of this study was to insert nitrofurazone in a chitosan membrane to be used as a wound dressing. Materials and Methods: Several blend films using chitosan (Cs) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), containing nitrofurazone were prepared by means of casting/solvent evaporating technique. Different characteristics such as mechanical properties, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), oxygen permeability (OP), swelling ability (SW), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC), drug release profiles and antibacterial activity of the films were investigated. Results: The results showed that nitrofurazone decreased tensile strength, OP and SW of Cs films, while increased WVTR. Addition of PVA at any concentration improved mechanical properties, reduced WVTR, and increased OP and SW of nitrofurazone-loaded Cs films. The latter films showed higher activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa than drug-free chitosan films. Conclusion: The presence of PVA improves many properties of Cs-nitrofurazone films and makes them more desirable as dressing material for burn wounds. Although nitrofurazone alone is ineffective against P. aeruginosa, it is able to increase antibacterial effect of chitosan in composite films. PMID:24592302

  10. Bio-based barium alginate film: Preparation, flame retardancy and thermal degradation behavior.

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    Liu, Yun; Zhang, Chuan-Jie; Zhao, Jin-Chao; Guo, Yi; Zhu, Ping; Wang, De-Yi

    2016-03-30

    A bio-based barium alginate film was prepared via a facile ionic exchange and casting approach. Its flammability, thermal degradation and pyrolysis behaviors, thermal degradation mechanism were studied systemically by limiting oxygen index (LOI), vertical burning (UL-94), microscale combustion calorimetry (MCC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR) and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS). It showed that barium alginate film had much higher LOI value (52.0%) than that of sodium alginate film (24.5%). Moreover, barium alginate film passed the UL-94 V-0 rating, while the sodium alginate film showed no classification. Importantly, peak of heat release rate (PHRR) of barium alginate film in MCC test was much lower than that of sodium alginate film, suggested that introduction of barium ion into alginate film significantly decreased release of combustible gases. TG-FTIR and Py-GC-MS results indicated that barium alginate produced much less flammable products than that of sodium alginate in whole thermal degradation procedure. Finally, a possible degradation mechanism of barium alginate had been proposed. PMID:26794953

  11. Electrochromic properties of nickel oxide thin films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Miki, Takeshi; Yoshimura, Kazuki; Tai, Yutaka; Tazawa, Masato; Jin, Ping; Tanemura, Sakae

    1995-08-01

    The electrochromic nickel oxide films were prepared onto transparent conducting film on glass substrate by the sol-gel method using an ethylene glycol solution of nickel nitrate hexahydrate. The films produced by the dip-coating method and calcined at 250, 300, and 350 degree(s)C. The formed films were characterized by their electrochromic behavior in cyclic voltammetry. The formed films showed electrochromic behavior in 1M KOH aqueous solution as electrolytic solution. The cyclic voltammograms were recorded up to 100 cycles for each film. The anodic peak of the coloration reaction appeared at approximately +400 mV, while the cathodic peak of the bleaching reaction occurred at about +200 mV versus Ag/AgCl. Both the anodic peak and the cathodic peak increased with an increase of the cyclic numbers in voltammograms, whereas these peaks at 100 cycles decreased with an increase of the calcination temperature of nickel oxide films. The calcination gave great influence on the other electrochromic behaviors of nickel oxide films.

  12. Surface modification of silicon-containing fluorocarbon films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Jin, Yoonyoung; Desta, Yohannes; Goettert, Jost; Lee, G. S.; Ajmera, P. K.

    2005-07-01

    Surface modification of silicon-containing fluorocarbon (SiCF) films achieved by wet chemical treatments and through x-ray irradiation is examined. The SiCF films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, using gas precursors of tetrafluoromethane and disilane. As-deposited SiCF film composition was analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Surface modification of SiCF films utilizing n-lithiodiaminoethane wet chemical treatment is discussed. Sessile water-drop contact angle changed from 95°+/-2° before treatment to 32°+/-2° after treatment, indicating a change in the film surface characteristics from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. For x-ray irradiation on the SiCF film with a dose of 27.4 kJ/cm3, the contact angle of the sessile water drop changed from 95°+/-2° before radiation to 39°+/-3° after x-ray exposure. The effect of x-ray exposure on chemical bond structure of SiCF films is studied using Fourier transform infrared measurements. Electroless Cu deposition was performed to test the applicability of the surface modified films. The x-ray irradiation method offers a unique advantage in making possible surface modification in a localized area of high-aspect-ratio microstructures. Fabrication of a Ti-membrane x-ray mask is introduced here for selective surface modification using x-ray irradiation.

  13. Preparation of sensitive and recyclable porous Ag/TiO2 composite films for SERS detection

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    Zhang, Zhengyi; Yu, Jiajie; Yang, Jingying; Lv, Xiang; Wang, Tianhe

    2015-12-01

    Porous Ag/TiO2 composite films were prepared by spin coating of titania on normal glass slides and subsequent photochemical deposition of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The films were characterized by XRD and FESEM to reveal micro structural and morphological differences between films obtained under varied conditions. The SERS properties of these films were investigated using aqueous crystal violet (CV) as probe molecules. The results indicate that the content of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and photo-reduction time had significant influences on both the microstructure and SERS performance of Ag/TiO2 films. The highest SERS sensitivity that allowed as low as 10-10 M aqueous CV to be detected, was achieved with the PEG/(C4H9O)4Ti molar ratio being 0.08% and with 30 min of UV irradiation. With this film a linear relationship was established through experiment between SERS intensity and CV concentration from 10-10 to 10-5 M, which could be used as a calibration curve for CV concentration measurement. In addition, the film could be reused as a SERS substrate for up to four times without significantly losing SERS sensitivity if a simple regeneration was followed. It is visualized that the Ag/TiO2 film on glass has potentials for being developed into a practical SERS substrate with high sensitivity and good reusability.

  14. Surface morphology and grain analysis of successively industrially grown amorphous hydrogenated carbon films (a-C:H) on silicon

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    Catena, Alberto; McJunkin, Thomas; Agnello, Simonpietro; Gelardi, Franco M.; Wehner, Stefan; Fischer, Christian B.

    2015-08-01

    Silicon (1 0 0) has been gradually covered by amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) films via an industrial process. Two types of these diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings, one more flexible (f-DLC) and one more robust (r-DLC), have been investigated. Both types have been grown by a radio frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD) technique with acetylene plasma. Surface morphologies have been studied in detail by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman spectroscopy has been used to investigate the DLC structure. Both types appeared to have very similar morphology and sp2 carbon arrangement. The average height and area for single grains have been analyzed for all depositions. A random distribution of grain heights was found for both types. The individual grain structures between the f- and r-type revealed differences: the shape for the f-DLC grains is steeper than for the r-DLC grains. By correlating the average grain heights to the average grain areas for all depositions a limited region is identified, suggesting a certain regularity during the DLC deposition mechanisms that confines both values. A growth of the sp2 carbon entities for high r-DLC depositions is revealed and connected to a structural rearrangement of carbon atom hybridizations and hydrogen content in the DLC structure.

  15. Properties of conducting In-S-O films, prepared from volatile complex compound

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    Bessergenev, V.G.; Ivanova, E.N.; Kovalevskaya, Yu.A.; Kirichenko, V.N.; Larionov, S.V.; Handros, V.O.; Gromilov, S.A.

    1995-12-31

    Described in the work is a two-stage process of the fabrication of indium oxide films, consisting in a preliminary synthesis of indium sulphide and its subsequent oxidation. Films of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} were prepared by the method of gas phase deposition from the volatile complex compound indium(III) isopropylxanthate. The crystal structure and electrical characteristics of the In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films were studied when the temperature of the synthesis was varied in the 230--450 C range. According to the X-ray phase analysis of the indium sulphide films, they were polycrystalline with cubic ({alpha}-phase) or tetragonal ({beta}-phase) structure. They were oriented with the {alpha}[111] direction perpendicular to the glass substrate for the whole interval of the synthesis temperatures. The In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films turned into cubic In{sub 2}O{sub 3} after annealing in the presence of oxygen. It was shown by Auger analysis that annealed samples were indium oxide films with a small admixture of sulphur. The electrical resistance was measured in situ, during the oxidation process. The specific electrical resistance of indium sulphide films varied from 0.1 to 500 Ohm.cm depending on the temperature of the synthesis. The electrical characteristics of the films were connected with the properties of the starting In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films. The lowest values of specific resistivity (p{approx_equal}1.10{sup {minus}2} Ohm.cm) for In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:S films were attained by the oxidation of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films synthesized at T > 370C.

  16. Composition and Structure Control of Cu-Al-O Films Prepared by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Itoh, Yuji; Ogata, Junya; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2007-01-01

    Cu-Al-O films were prepared on quartz glass substrates at 500-700 °C by sputtering the Cu and Al targets alternately on atomic-layer scale under an Ar-diluted O2 (5-20%) gas atmosphere, and then annealed at 1050 °C under a nitrogen atmosphere. The [Cu]/[Al] ratio was controlled by changing the Cu and Al deposition periods. The composition of as-deposited films corresponded to the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. Films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while films as-deposited at 700 °C had CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. After thermal annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere, the composition of the films approached that of the Cu2O-CuAlO2-Al2O3 system line, causing a noticeable appearance of the CuAlO2 phase along with the disappearance of the CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. Cu- and Al-rich annealed films had in addition a Cu2O phase and an amorphous Al2O3 phase, respectively. All annealed films exhibited p-type conductivity. The annealed films with [Cu]/[Al]≈ 1 had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2. These results indicate that the change in the Cu ion from divalent to monovalent through nitrogen annealing results in the preparation of transparent conductive films dominated by CuAlO2.

  17. Preparation of Macroporous Epitaxial Quartz Films on Silicon by Chemical Solution Deposition.

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    Carretero-Genevrier, Adrián; Gich, Martí

    2015-01-01

    This work describes the detailed protocol for preparing piezoelectric macroporous epitaxial quartz films on silicon(100) substrates. This is a three-step process based on the preparation of a sol in a one-pot synthesis which is followed by the deposition of a gel film on Si(100) substrates by evaporation induced self-assembly using the dip-coating technique and ends with a thermal treatment of the material to induce the gel crystallization and the growth of the quartz film. The formation of a silica gel is based on the reaction of a tetraethyl orthosilicate and water, catalyzed by HCl, in ethanol. However, the solution contains two additional components that are essential for preparing mesoporous epitaxial quartz films from these silica gels dip-coated on Si. Alkaline earth ions, like Sr(2+) act as glass melting agents that facilitate the crystallization of silica and in combination with cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) amphiphilic template form a phase separation responsible of the macroporosity of the films. The good matching between the quartz and silicon cell parameters is also essential in the stabilization of quartz over other SiO2 polymorphs and is at the origin of the epitaxial growth. PMID:26710210

  18. Preparation and characterization of bio-nanocomposite films of agar and silver nanoparticles: laser ablation method.

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    Rhim, Jong-Whan; Wang, Long-Feng; Lee, Yonghoon; Hong, Seok-In

    2014-03-15

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared by a laser ablation method and composite films with the AgNPs and agar were prepared by solvent casting method. UV-vis absorbance test and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis results revealed that non-agglomerated spherical AgNPs were formed by the laser ablation method. The surface color of the resulting agar/AgNPs films exhibited the characteristic plasmonic effect of the AgNPs with the maximum absorption peaks of 400-407 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) test results also exhibited characteristic AgNPs crystals with diffraction peaks observed at 2θ values of 38.39°, 44.49°, and 64.45°, which were corresponding to (111), (200), and (220) crystallographic planes of face-centered cubic (fcc) silver crystals, respectively. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results showed that thermal stability of the agar/AgNPs composite films was increased by the inclusion of metallic silver. Water vapor barrier properties and surface hydrophobicity of the agar/AgNPs films increased slightly with the increase in AgNPs content but they were not statistically significant (p>0.05), while mechanical strength and stiffness of the composite films decreased slightly (p<0.05). The agar/AgNPs films exhibited distinctive antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive (Listeria monocytogenes) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli O157:H7) bacterial pathogens. PMID:24528754

  19. Comprehensive study of ZnO films prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc at room temperature

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    Wang, Y. G.; Lau, S. P.; Lee, H. W.; Yu, S. F.; Tay, B. K.; Zhang, X. H.; Tse, K. Y.; Hng, H. H.

    2003-08-01

    Room temperature deposition of high crystal quality zinc oxide (ZnO) films was realized by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. Detrimental macroparticles in the plasma as byproducts of arcing process are removed with an off-plane double bend magnetic filter. The influence of oxygen pressure on the structural, electrical and optical properties of ZnO films were investigated in detail. The crystal structure of ZnO is hexagonal with highly c-axis orientation. Intrinsic stress decreases with an increase of chamber pressure, and near stress-free film was obtained at 1×10-3 Torr. Films with optical transmittance above 90% in the visible range and resistivity as low as 4.1×10-3 Ω cm were prepared at pressure of 5×10-4 Torr. Energetic zinc particles in the cathodic plasma and low substrate temperature enhance the probability of formation of zinc interstitials in the ZnO films. The observation of strong ultraviolet photoluminescence and weak deep level emission at room temperature manifest the high crystal quality of the ZnO films prepared by FCVA. Enlargement of the band gap is observed in the absorption and photoluminescence spectra, the band gap shifts towards lower energy with an increase of oxygen pressure. This phenomenon is attributed to the Burstein-Moss effect.

  20. Characterization of bionanocomposite films prepared with agar and paper-mulberry pulp nanocellulose.

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    Reddy, Jeevan Prasad; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2014-09-22

    Crystallized nanocellulose (CNC) was separated from paper-mulberry (Broussonetia kazinoki Siebold) bast pulp by sulfuric acid hydrolysis method and they were blended with agar to prepare bionanocomposite films. The effect of CNC content (1, 3, 5 and 10 wt% based on agar) on the mechanical, water vapor permeability (WVP), and thermal properties of the nanocomposites were studied. Changes of the cellulose fibers in structure, morphology, crystallinity, and thermal properties of the films were evaluated using FT-IR, TEM, SEM, XRD, and TGA analysis methods. The CNC was composed of fibrous and spherical or elliptic granules of nano-cellulose with sizes of 50-60 nm. Properties of agar film such as mechanical and water vapor barrier properties were improved significantly (p<0.05) by blending with the CNC. The tensile modulus and tensile strength of agar film increased by 40% and 25%, respectively, in the composite film with 5 wt% of CNC, and the WVP of agar film decreased by 25% after formation of nanocomposite with 3 wt% of CNC. The CNC obtained from the paper-mulberry bast pulp can be used as a reinforcing agent for the preparation of bio-nanocomposites, and they have a high potential for the development of completely biodegradable food packaging materials. PMID:24906782

  1. Highly porous nickel oxide thin films prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method for electrochromic application

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    Chen, Z.; Xiao, A.; Chen, Y.; Zuo, C.; Zhou, S.; Li, L.

    2013-11-01

    We report NiO nanowall thin films prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method and their electrochromic application. The as-prepared porous nanowall NiO thin films show a highly porous structure built up by many interconnected nanoflakes with a thickness of about 30 nm. The electrochromic performances of the NiO films are characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The effect of the annealing temperature on electrochromic properties is discussed. The NiO nanowall film annealed at 300 °C exhibits much better electrochromic performance than those counterparts annealed at higher temperature. The film annealed at 300 °C exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent to brown dark and presents a transmittance variation with 77% at 550 nm. The NiO nanowall film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the coloration and bleaching times are 3 s and 4 s, respectively. The improved electrochromic performances are due to the porous morphological characteristics with fast ion and electron transfer resulting in fast reaction kinetics and high color contrast.

  2. Preparation and characterization of epitaxially grown unsupported yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films

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    Götsch, Thomas; Mayr, Lukas; Stöger-Pollach, Michael; Klötzer, Bernhard; Penner, Simon

    2015-03-01

    Epitaxially grown, chemically homogeneous yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films ("YSZ", 8 mol% Y2O3) are prepared by direct-current sputtering onto a single-crystalline NaCl(0 0 1) template at substrate temperatures ≥493 K, resulting in unsupported YSZ films after floating off NaCl in water. A combined methodological approach by dedicated (surface science) analytical characterization tools (transmission electron microscopy and diffraction, atomic force microscopy, angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) reveals that the film grows mainly in a [0 0 1] zone axis and no Y-enrichment in surface or bulk regions takes place. In fact, the Y-content of the sputter target is preserved in the thin films. Analysis of the plasmon region in EEL spectra indicates a defective nature of the as-deposited films, which can be suppressed by post-deposition oxidation at 1073 K. This, however, induces considerable sintering, as deduced from surface morphology measurements by AFM. In due course, the so-prepared unsupported YSZ films might act as well-defined model systems also for technological applications.

  3. Chemically prepared La2Se3 nanocubes thin film for supercapacitor application.

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    Patil, S J; Lokhande, V C; Chodankar, N R; Lokhande, C D

    2016-05-01

    Lanthanum selenide (La2Se3) nanocubes thin film is prepared via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and utilized for energy storage application. The prepared La2Se3 thin film is characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and contact angle measurement techniques for structural, surface morphological and wettability studies, respectively. Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDAX) is performed in order to obtain the elemental composition of the thin film. The La2Se3 film electrode shows a maximum specific capacitance of 363 F g(-1) in a 0.8 M LiClO4/PC electrolyte at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1) within 1.3 V/SCE potential range. The specific capacitive retention of 83 % of La2Se3 film electrode is obtained over 1000 cyclic voltammetry cycles. The predominant performance, such as high energy (80 Wh kg(-1)) and power density (2.5 kW kg(-1)), indicates that La2Se3 film electrode facilitates fast ion diffusion during redox processes. PMID:26901380

  4. Properties of dry film lubricants prepared by spray application of aqueous starch-oil composites

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    Aqueous dispersions of starch-soybean oil (SBO) and starch-jojoba oil (JO) composites, prepared by excess steam jet cooking, form effective dry film lubricants when applied as thick coatings to metal surfaces by doctor blade. This application method necessitates long drying times, is wasteful, requ...

  5. Controlling morphology, mesoporosity, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of ordered mesoporous TiO2 films prepared at low temperature

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    Elgh, Björn; Yuan, Ning; Cho, Hae Sung; Magerl, David; Philipp, Martine; Roth, Stephan V.; Yoon, Kyung Byung; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Terasaki, Osamu; Palmqvist, Anders E. C.

    2014-11-01

    Partly ordered mesoporous titania films with anatase crystallites incorporated into the pore walls were prepared at low temperature by spin-coating a microemulsion-based reaction solution. The effect of relative humidity employed during aging of the prepared films was studied using SEM, TEM, and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering to evaluate the mesoscopic order, porosity, and crystallinity of the films. The study shows unambiguously that crystal growth occurs mainly during storage of the films and proceeds at room temperature largely depending on relative humidity. Porosity, pore size, mesoscopic order, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of the films increased with relative humidity up to an optimum around 75%.

  6. Controlling morphology, mesoporosity, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of ordered mesoporous TiO{sub 2} films prepared at low temperature

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    Elgh, Björn; Yuan, Ning; Palmqvist, Anders E. C.; Cho, Hae Sung; Terasaki, Osamu; Magerl, David; Philipp, Martine; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Roth, Stephan V.; Yoon, Kyung Byung

    2014-11-01

    Partly ordered mesoporous titania films with anatase crystallites incorporated into the pore walls were prepared at low temperature by spin-coating a microemulsion-based reaction solution. The effect of relative humidity employed during aging of the prepared films was studied using SEM, TEM, and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering to evaluate the mesoscopic order, porosity, and crystallinity of the films. The study shows unambiguously that crystal growth occurs mainly during storage of the films and proceeds at room temperature largely depending on relative humidity. Porosity, pore size, mesoscopic order, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of the films increased with relative humidity up to an optimum around 75%.

  7. Sol-gel method of p-type zinc oxide films preparation

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    Poghosyan, Armen R.; Li, XiaoNan; Manukyan, Alexandr L.; Grigoryan, Stepan G.; Vardanyan, Eduard S.

    2007-09-01

    Both n-type and p-type ZnO will be required for development of homojunction light-emitting diodes and laser diodes. It is easy to obtain strong n-type ZnO, but very difficult to create consistent, reliable, high-conductivity p-type material. Here we present our investigations of p-type ZnO thin film preparation by sol-gel method using single Li doping and Ga(Al)+N codoping technique. ZnO thin films with c-axis orientation have been prepared on glass substrates. Zn acetate dihydrate, gallium nitrate and acetamide were used as zinc, gallium and nitrogen precursors respectively. SEM, X-ray diffraction, electric conductivity and Hall effect measurements were carried out. The results show that p-type conducting ZnO films with hole concentrations as high as 5x10 17 cm -3 were obtained by this method.

  8. Preparation and characterization of solution cast films of PET, reorganized PET and their MWNT nanocomposites

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    Singh, Arvind R.; Deshpande, Vineeta D.

    2013-06-01

    The samples of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), reorganized PET (r-PET) and their nanocomposites with 0.05 wt % and 0.1 wt % multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) were prepared by standard solution casting method using trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) as a solvent. Reorganization of PET was obtained by precipitation method using TFA as a solvent and acetone as an antisolvent. Structural and morphological properties of the films were investigated by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) was used to study the thermal properties of the films. Bulk resistivity of the prepared samples was studied using LCR meter. The results show better dispersion of MWNT in r-PET than in PET. Better dispersion is attributed to the morphological changes in r-PET. The films obtained were conductive and transparent even after addition of MWNT signifying their use as a flexible solar substrate.

  9. Water-based preparation of spider silk films as drug delivery matrices.

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    Agostini, Elisa; Winter, Gerhard; Engert, Julia

    2015-09-10

    The main focus of this work was to obtain a drug delivery matrix characterized by biocompatibility, water insolubility and good mechanical properties. Moreover the preparation process has to be compatible with protein encapsulation and the obtained matrix should be able to sustain release a model protein. Spider silk proteins represent exceptional natural polymers due to their mechanical properties in combination with biocompatibility. As both hydrophobic and slowly biodegrading biopolymers, recombinant spider silk proteins fulfill the required properties for a drug delivery system. In this work, we present the preparation of eADF4(C16) films as drug delivery matrices without the use of any organic solvent. Water-based spider silk films were characterized in terms of protein secondary structure, thermal stability, zeta-potential, solubility, mechanical properties, and water absorption and desorption. Additionally, this study includes an evaluation of their application as a drug delivery system for both small molecular weight drugs and high molecular weight molecules such as proteins. Our investigation focused on possible improvements in the film's mechanical properties including plasticizers in the film matrix. Furthermore, different film designs were prepared, such as: monolayer, coated monolayer, multilayer (sandwich), and coated multilayer. The release of the model protein BSA from these new systems was studied. Results indicated that spider silk films are a promising protein drug delivery matrix, capable of releasing the model protein over 90days with a release profile close to zero order kinetic. Such films could be used for several pharmaceutical and medical purposes, especially when mechanical strength of a drug eluting matrix is of high importance. PMID:26100366

  10. Preparation and pharmaceutical evaluation of glibenclamide slow release mucoadhesive buccal film

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    Bahri-Najafi, R.; Tavakoli, N.; Senemar, M.; Peikanpour, M.

    2014-01-01

    Buccal mucoadhesive systems among novel drug delivery systems have attracted great attention in recent years due to their ability to adhere and remain on the oral mucosa and to release their drug content gradually. Buccal mucoadhesive films can improve the drug therapeutic effect by enhancement of drug absorption through oral mucosa increasing the drug bioavailability via reducing the hepatic first pass effect. The aim of the current study was to formulate the drug as buccal bioadhesive film, which releases the drug at sufficient concentration with a sustain manner reducing the frequency of the dosage form administration. One of the advantagees of this formulation is better patient compliances due to the ease of administration with no water to swallow the product. The mucoadhesive films of glibenclamide were prepared using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) K4M, K15M and Eudragit RL100 polymers and propylene glycol as plasticizer and co-solvent. Films were prepared using solvent casting method, and were evaluated with regard to drug content, thickness, weight variations, swelling index, tensile strength, ex vivo adhesion force and percentage of in vitro drug release. Films with high concentrations of HPMC K4M and K15M did not have favorable appearance and uniformity. The formulations prepared from Eudragit were transparent, uniform, flexible, and without bubble. The highest and the lowest percentages of swelling were observed for the films containing HPMC K15M and Eudragit RL100, respectively. Films made of HPMC K15M had adhesion force higher than those containing Eudragit RL100. Formulations with Eudragit RL100 showed the highest mean dissolution time (MDT). Drug release kinetics of all formulations followed Higuchi's model and the mechanism of diffusion was considered non-Fickian type. It was concluded that formulations containing Eudragit RL100 were more favorable than others with regard to uniformity, flexibility, rate and percentage of drug release. PMID

  11. Electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Yoshimura, Kazuki; Miki, Takeshi; Tanemura, Sakae

    1997-09-01

    Niobium oxide electrochromic thin films were prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering and their electrochromic properties for Li intercalation and durability were studied. Chronoamperometric analyses revealed that the extended space-charge limited model by Zhang et al. is applicable to Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films. Crystallized Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films showed excellent electrochromism and stability over many coloration-bleaching cycles. The best performance was obtained for films with a substrate temperature of 500 C and an oxygen flow rate of 10 sccm. Electrochromic materials enable dynamic control of the throughput of radiant energy, and play a significant role in energy-efficient smart windows in order to reduce the cooling and lighting costs of buildings.

  12. White light emission from silicon oxycarbide films prepared by using atmospheric pressure microplasma jet

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    Ding Yi; Shirai, Hajime

    2009-02-15

    An atmospheric pressure microplasma jet was employed as a deposition tool to fabricate silicon oxycarbide films from tetraethoxysilane-argon (Ar) mixture gas at room temperature. Resultant films exhibit intense visible emission under a 325 nm excitation which appears white to naked eyes in the range from {approx}1.75 to {approx}3.5 eV at room temperature. The origin of photoluminescence is attributed to the electron-hole pair recombination through neutral oxygen vacancies (NOVs) in the film. The density of NOV defects was found in the range from 3.48x10{sup 15} to 2.23x10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}. The photoluminescence quantum efficiencies were estimated to be 1.48%-4.15%. Present experiment results demonstrate that the silicon oxycarbide films prepared by using atmospheric pressure microplasma jet would be a competitive candidate for the development of white light emission devices.

  13. Boron doping effects in electrochromic properties of NiO films prepared by sol-gel

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    Lou, Xianchun; Zhao, Xiujian; He, Xin

    2009-12-15

    In this paper, NiO films doped with B{sub 2}O{sub 3} were first prepared by sol-gel. The effects of boron content on the structure and electrochromic properties of NiO films were studied with X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cyclic voltammetric (CV) and UV-vis spectrophotometer, respectively. In addition, the roughness and phase of the bleached/colored were studied by atom force microscopy (AFM). B-doped prevent the crystallization of the films. The colored state transmittance could be significantly lowered when the boron added. The NiO film doped with boron exhibited a noticeable electrochromism with a variation of transmittance up to {proportional_to}60% at the wavelength range of 300-500 nm. (author)

  14. Electroluminescent ZnS:Mn films prepared by an MOCVD method based on dithiocarbamate precursors

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    Zavyalova, L. V.; Beletski, A. I.; Svechnikov, G. S.

    1999-05-01

    It is shown that electroluminescent ZnS:Mn films with luminance more than 0268-1242/14/5/013/img6 and luminous efficiency 0268-1242/14/5/013/img7 can be obtained by low-temperature deposition from Mn and Zn dithiocarbamates; subsequent thermal treatment of these films is not necessary. Starting materials were deposited on the substrate heated to a temperature of 220-0268-1242/14/5/013/img8C by spraying organic solution in air at atmospheric pressure. As a result homogeneous polycrystalline layers of ZnS:Mn with a growth rate of 60-0268-1242/14/5/013/img9 have been obtained. The electroluminescent characteristics of the thin films and structures based on various preparation and excitation conditions are presented. The possibility of application of these films as a planar light source is discussed.

  15. Critical detonation thickness in vapor-deposited hexanitroazobenzene (HNAB) films with different preparation conditions

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    Tappan, Alexander; Knepper, Robert; Marquez, Michael; Ball, J.; Miller, Jill

    2013-06-01

    At Sandia National Laboratories, we have coined the term ``microenergetics'' to describe sub-millimeter energetic material studies aimed at gaining knowledge of combustion and detonation behavior at the mesoscale. Films of the high explosive hexanitroazobenzene (HNAB) have been deposited through physical vapor deposition. HNAB deposits in an amorphous state that crystallizes over time and modest heating accelerates this crystallization. HNAB films were prepared under different crystallization temperatures, and characterized with surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy. The critical detonation thickness for HNAB at different crystallization conditions was determined in a configuration where charge width was large compared to film thickness, and thus side losses did not play a role in detonation propagation. The results of these experiments will be discussed in the context of small sample geometry, deposited film morphology, crystal structure, and density.

  16. TiO2 thin films prepared by sol - gel method

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    Suciu, R. C.; Indrea, E.; Silipas, T. D.; Dreve, S.; Rosu, M. C.; Popescu, V.; Popescu, G.; Nascu, H. I.

    2009-08-01

    There is a growing awareness that titania (TiO2) and TiO2-based oxide systems are the most promising candidates for the development of photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for solar-hydrogen production [1]. The PEC is equipped with a single photoelectrode (photoanode) and cathode, both of which are immersed in an aqueous electrolyte. In this work we present a sol-gel method to prepare TiO2 thin films on ITO using tetraisopropoxides of titanium, acetylacetone, 1-butanol and Tween 80 as surfactant. The films were deposited on ITO coated glass slides by spray pyrolysis. UV-VIS spectra and fluorescence measurements were made for the solutions and films. X-ray diffraction was used for structural investigations and the morphology of the film was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy.

  17. Tuneable light-emitting carbon-dot/polymer flexible films prepared through one-pot synthesis.

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    Bhunia, Susanta Kumar; Nandi, Sukhendu; Shikler, Rafi; Jelinek, Raz

    2016-02-14

    Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e."warm" white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies. PMID:26791813

  18. Highly photoconductive amorphous carbon nitride films prepared by cyclic nitrogen radical sputtering

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    Katsuno, T.; Nitta, S.; Habuchi, H.; Stolojan, V.; Silva, S.R.P.

    2004-10-04

    We report on the growth of amorphous carbon nitride films (a-CN{sub x}) showing the highest conductivity to date. The films were prepared using a layer-by-layer method (a-CN{sub x}:LL), by the cyclical nitrogen radical sputtering of a graphite radical, alternated with a brief hydrogen etch. The photosensitivity S of these films is 10{sup 5}, defined as the ratio of the photoconductivity {sigma}{sub p} to the dark conductivity {sigma}{sub d} and is the highest value reported thus far. We believe that the carriers generated by the monochromatic light (photon energy 6.2 eV) in the a-CN{sub x}:LL films are primarily electrons, with the photoconductivity shown to increase with substrate deposition temperature.

  19. Nd-doped YVO{sub 4} waveguide films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Li Hongxia Wu Xin; Song Renguo

    2008-08-15

    Nd:YVO{sub 4} thin films have been grown on silica glass substrates by using pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction results show that the as-deposited Nd:YVO{sub 4} film is basically oriented polycrystalline and strong (200) peak was revealed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show that valence state of elements of prepared films is consistent with that of bulk target material. Prism coupling technique measurement shows that both TE and TM mode reveal sharp drops at some angular positions, indicating favorable light confinements within the Nd:YVO{sub 4} waveguide layer. The surface morphology of the deposited Nd:YVO{sub 4} films was also observed by using atomic force microscopy.

  20. Tantalum-cadmium film coatings: Preparation, phase composition, and structure

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    Tuleushev, Yu. Zh.; Volodin, V. N.; Zhakanbaev, E. A.

    2015-01-01

    Ion-plasma sputtering and codeposition of ultrafine Ta and Cd particles were used for the first time to prepare solid solutions, namely, alloys with up to 66.2 at % Cd in the form of coatings; the fact of such a production confirms the thermal-fluctuation melting and coalescence of small particles. When the coatings are formed by tantalum and cadmium nanolayers, the mutual dissolution of the components takes place, which is accompanied by the formation of solid solutions of one metal in the other. When the cadmium concentration is above 44 at %, the β-Ta tetragonal lattice transforms into the α-Ta body-centered cubic lattice. Beginning from 74.4 at % Cd, a hexagonal structure typical of cadmium is formed, and tantalum is present in the coatings in the form of amorphous phase. The formation of β-Ta- and Cd-based interstitial and α-Ta-based substitute solid solutions is stated. At 700°C, cadmium evaporates from Ta-based solid solutions, and porous tantalum is formed. The evaporation of cadmium from coatings, which consist of the mixture of tantalum solid solution in cadmium and amorphous tantalum, leads to the formation of tantalum characterized by a highly developed surface. The prepared Ta-based materials assume the technological application of the results of the investigation.

  1. Tuneable light-emitting carbon-dot/polymer flexible films prepared through one-pot synthesis

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    Bhunia, Susanta Kumar; Nandi, Sukhendu; Shikler, Rafi; Jelinek, Raz

    2016-02-01

    Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e. ``warm'' white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies.Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e. ``warm'' white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  2. A Facile Method of Preparing Transparent Superhydrophobic Film Based on Ethyl alpha-Cyanoacrylate and Polydimethylsiloxane.

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    Zhuang, Aoyun; Yang, Lijun; Liao, Ruijin; Guo, Chao; Zuo, Zhiping; Yuan, Yuan

    2016-02-01

    Fabrication of robust and transparent superhydrophobic thin film with high transmittance in the visible light region by coating mixing solution included by ethyl alpha-cyanoacrylate and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) on the acid-etched Al foil has been developed. The micro/nano-structured protrusions of the film surface were composed mainly of ethyl alpha-cyanoacrylate which was more likely to flow into the pits on acid-etched Al foil compared to polydimethylsiloxane while the main body of the film was constituted by the PDMS since its excellent transparency and mechanical flexibility. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), X-ray Photo- electron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Drop Meter were utilized to evaluate its morphology, accurate topography and quantitative roughness, element types and levels, crystallinity and wettability respectively. Optical properties of the as-prepared films were analyzed by UV-VIS scanning spectrophotometer. The result showed that the contact angle of the film was greater than 155 degrees and the transmittance of the film was greater than 90% simultaneously. In addition, the film showed good surface mechanical stability and acid-alkali resistance which has great potential in durable application of various fields. PMID:27433615

  3. Electroplated Fe-Co-Ni films prepared from deep-eutectic-solvent-based plating baths

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    Yanai, Takeshi; Shiraishi, Kotaro; Akiyoshi, Toshiki; Azuma, Keita; Watanabe, Yoshimasa; Ohgai, Takeshi; Morimura, Takao; Nakano, Masaki; Fukunaga, Hirotoshi

    2016-05-01

    We fabricated soft magnetic films from DES-based plating baths, and investigated magnetic properties of the plated films. The plating baths were obtained by stirring the mixture of choline chloride, ethylene glycol, FeCl2 ṡ 4H2O, NiCl2 ṡ 6H2O and CoCl2 ṡ 6H2O. The composition of the electroplated film depended on the amount of the reagent in the plating bath, and we consequently obtained the films with various composition. The current efficiency of the plating process shows high values (> 88 %) in the wide composition range. The soft magnetic films with low coercivity were obtained at the Fe compositions of ≈ 30 at.% and > 80 at.%, and we found that low coercivity could be realized by the control of the film composition. We also found that the Fe-rich films prepared from DES-based plating bath have some advantages as a soft magnetic phase for a nanocomposite magnet due to their high saturation magnetization and very fine crystal structure.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Nanostructured CuO Thin Films using Sol-gel Dip Coating

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    Shariffudin, S. S.; Khalid, S. S.; Sahat, N. M.; Sarah, M. S. P.; Hashim, H.

    2015-11-01

    Nanostructured CuO thin films were deposited onto quartz substrates by sol-gel dip coating technique. The precursor solution was prepared by dissolving copper acetate powder into isopropanol with molarity of 0.25M. Preheating and annealing temperature were fixed at 250°C and 600°C respectively. This study focused on various film thicknesses by varying the frequent number of deposited layers. The effect of thickness on electrical, surface morphology and optical properties of CuO thin film were studied. The surface morphology was examined using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), surface profiler for thickness measurement, optical properties of CuO thin film were characterized by using ultraviolet- visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS) for transmittance and absorbance, and the electrical property was examined by using two point probes method. The films were found to be denser at higher film thickness due to lesser porous observed on the surface. The thickness of these CuO thin films varied from 87.14 - 253.58 nm and the direct band gap energy was observed in between 1.9 to 2.35 eV. Lowest resistivity was found for sample with a thickness of 253.58 nm.

  5. High T(sub c) thin film superconductors: Preparation, patterning and characterization

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    Azoulay, J.

    A conventional oil-pumped vacuum system equipped with resistively heated tungsten boat sources was used for evaporation of bismuth- or yttrium-based cuprates for high T(sub c) thin film superconductors. A well-ground mixture with atomic proportions of bismuth, SrF2, CaF2 and copper for bismuth-based material, and of YF3, BaF2 and copper for yttrium-based material, was inserted into the boat and then resistively evaporated onto different substrates such as MgO, ZrO2 and SrTiO3 kept at room temperature. Yttrium-based thin films were found to have a better quality upon reduction of fluorine in the constituents. Thus, films prepared with an yttrium BaF2 and copper mixture show a metallic-like behavior, sharper transition and higher zero-resistance temperature as compared with that of films obtained by using a YF2 constiuent instead of yttrium. Bismuth-based thin films were found to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the copper constiuent ended the evaporation process and was subsequently fully oxidized at 400 C. Bismuth-based patterned films were easily obtained by using a lift-off photolithographic method. Typical thickness of the films was measured to be about 0.5 micron after heat treatment.

  6. Preparation and characterization of ultrathin dual-layer ionic liquid lubrication film assembled on silica surfaces.

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    Pu, Jibin; Wang, Liping; Mo, Yufei; Xue, Qunji

    2011-02-15

    A novel ultrathin dual-layer film, which contained both bonded and mobile phases in ionic liquids (ILs) layer, was fabricated successfully on a silicon substrate modified by a self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The formation and surface properties of the films were analyzed using ellipsometer, water contact angle meter, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, multi-functional X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscope. Meanwhile, the adhesive and nanotribological behaviors of the films were evaluated by a homemade colloidal probe. A ball-on-plate tribometer was used to evaluate the microtribological performances of the films. Compared with the single-layer ILs film deposited directly on the silicon surface, the as-prepared dual-layer film shows the improved tribological properties, which is attributed to the special chemical structure and outstanding physical properties of the dual-layer film, i.e., the strong adhesion between bonded phase of ILs and silicon substrate via the chemical bonding with SAM, the interlinked hydrogen bonds among the molecules, and two-phase structure composed of steady bonded phase with load-carrying capacity and flowable mobile phase with self-replenishment property. PMID:21111428

  7. Characterization of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Thermal Oxidation of Zn

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    Bouanane, I.; Kabir, A.; Boulainine, D.; Zerkout, S.; Schmerber, G.; Boudjema, B.

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of zinc films at a temperature of 500°C for 2 h. The Zn films were deposited onto glass substrates by magnetron RF sputtering. The sputtering time varied from 2.5 min to 15 min. The physico-chemical characterization of the ZnO films was carried out depending on the Zn sputtering time. According to x-ray diffraction, ZnO films were polycrystalline and the Zn-ZnO phase transformation was direct. The mean transmittance of the ZnO films was around 80% and the band gap increased from 3.15 eV to 3.35 eV. Photoluminescence spectra show ultraviolet, visible, and infrared emission bands. The increase of the UV emission band was correlated with the improvement of the crystalline quality of the ZnO films. The concentration of native defects was found to decrease with increasing Zn sputtering time. The decrease of the electrical resistivity as a function of Zn sputtering time was linked to extrinsic hydrogen-related defects.

  8. Characterization of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Thermal Oxidation of Zn

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    Bouanane, I.; Kabir, A.; Boulainine, D.; Zerkout, S.; Schmerber, G.; Boudjema, B.

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of zinc films at a temperature of 500°C for 2 h. The Zn films were deposited onto glass substrates by magnetron RF sputtering. The sputtering time varied from 2.5 min to 15 min. The physico-chemical characterization of the ZnO films was carried out depending on the Zn sputtering time. According to x-ray diffraction, ZnO films were polycrystalline and the Zn-ZnO phase transformation was direct. The mean transmittance of the ZnO films was around 80% and the band gap increased from 3.15 eV to 3.35 eV. Photoluminescence spectra show ultraviolet, visible, and infrared emission bands. The increase of the UV emission band was correlated with the improvement of the crystalline quality of the ZnO films. The concentration of native defects was found to decrease with increasing Zn sputtering time. The decrease of the electrical resistivity as a function of Zn sputtering time was linked to extrinsic hydrogen-related defects.

  9. Silver Nanoparticles Stabilized Using Chitosan Films: Preparation, Properties and Antibacterial Activity.

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    Kolarova, K; Vosmanska, V; Rimpelova, S; Ulbrich, P; Svorcik, V

    2015-12-01

    In this work we present silver nanoparticles coated with chitosan films synthesized by a simple, environmentally friendly method. Silver nanoparticles were prepared and stabilized by reduction of silver nitrate with chitosan without addition of harmful reduction agents. The presence of silver nanoparticles in the solid films was studied by the X-ray diffraction spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Solid films were dissolved and the solution was observed by the ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The amount of silver in the solid samples was studied by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Antibacterial activity of solid films with silver nanoparticles was tested by disc test on two bacterial strains, Gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. The presence of silver nanoparticles was confirmed both in solid film and in solution by the above mentioned methods. The films exhibited strong antibacterial activity against both bacterial strains. These films could be used as a wound dressing, antimicrobial packaging material or for long-term storage of silver nanoparticles for various applications. PMID:26682457

  10. Preparation and antimicrobial assay of ceramic brackets coated with TiO2 thin films

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    Cao, Shuai; Wang, Ye; Cao, Lin; Wang, Yu; Lin, Bingpeng; Lan, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Objective Different methods have been utilized to prevent enamel demineralization and other complications during orthodontic treatment. However, none of these methods can offer long-lasting and effective prevention of orthodontic complications or interventions after complications occur. Considering the photocatalytic effect of TiO2 on organic compounds, we hoped to synthesize a novel bracket with a TiO2 thin film to develop a photocatalytic antimicrobial effect. Methods The sol-gel dip coating method was used to prepare TiO2 thin films on ceramic bracket surfaces. Twenty groups of samples were composed according to the experimental parameters. Crystalline structure and surface morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively; film thickness was examined with a surface ellipsometer. The photocatalytic properties under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation were analyzed by evaluating the degradation ratio of methylene blue (MB) at a certain time. Antibacterial activities of selected thin films were also tested against Lactobacillus acidophilus and Candida albicans. Results Films with 5 coating layers annealed at 700℃ showed the greatest photocatalytic activity in terms of MB decomposition under UV light irradiation. TiO2 thin films with 5 coating layers annealed at 700℃ exhibited the greatest antimicrobial activity under UV-A light irradiation. Conclusions These results provide promising guidance in prevention of demineralization by increasing antimicrobial activities of film coated brackets. PMID:27226960

  11. Preparation and in-vivo evaluation of dimenhydrinate buccal mucoadhesive films with enhanced bioavailability.

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    Yildiz Pekoz, Ayca; Sedef Erdal, Meryem; Okyar, Alper; Ocak, Meltem; Tekeli, Fatma; Kaptan, Engin; Sagirli, Olcay; Araman, Ahmet

    2016-06-01

    Dimenhydrinate (DMH)-loaded buccal bioadhesive films for the prevention and treatment of motion sickness were prepared and optimized. This study examines the rate of drug release from the films for prolonged periods of time to reduce or limit the frequency of DMH administration. Based on preliminary studies using various polymers and concentrations, hydroxyethylcellulose (2.5, 3.0, and 3.2%), and xanthan gum (2.8%) were chosen as matrix polymers. The films were analyzed with respect to their mechanical, physicochemical, bioadhesive, swelling, and in-vitro release properties. In in-vivo pharmacokinetic studies, xanthan gum-based DMH buccal film was associated with significantly increased DMH plasma levels between 1 h and 5 h after DMH dosing when compared with an oral drug solution. The area under the curve AUC0-7 h value of the mucoadhesive buccal film was two-fold higher than the oral DMH solution. Histological analysis revealed that DMH films cause mild morphological and inflammatory changes in rabbit buccal mucosa. The DMH buccal film is effective for approximately 7 h, thus representing an option for single-dose antiemetic therapy. This dosage regimen could be particularly beneficial for chain travelers who travel for long periods of time. PMID:26460061

  12. Preparation and Analysis of Platinum Thin Films for High Temperature Sensor Applications

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    Wrbanek, John D.; Laster, Kimala L. H.

    2005-01-01

    A study has been made of platinum thin films for application as high temperature resistive sensors. To support NASA Glenn Research Center s high temperature thin film sensor effort, a magnetron sputtering system was installed recently in the GRC Microsystems Fabrication Clean Room Facility. Several samples of platinum films were prepared using various system parameters to establish run conditions. These films were characterized with the intended application of being used as resistive sensing elements, either for temperature or strain measurement. The resistances of several patterned sensors were monitored to document the effect of changes in parameters of deposition and annealing. The parameters were optimized for uniformity and intrinsic strain. The evaporation of platinum via oxidation during annealing over 900 C was documented, and a model for the process developed. The film adhesion was explored on films annealed to 1000 C with various bondcoats on fused quartz and alumina. From this compiled data, a list of optimal parameters and characteristics determined for patterned platinum thin films is given.

  13. High critical current YBCO films prepared by an MOD process on RABiTS templates.

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    Li, X.; Rupich, M. W.; Kodenkandath, T.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, W.; Siegel, E.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Schoop, U.; Nguyen, N.; Thieme, C.; Chen, Z.; Feldman, D. M.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Holesinger, T. G.; Civale, L.; Jia, Q. X.; Maroni, A.; Rane, M. V.; Chemical Engineering; American Superconductor Corp.; Univ. of Wisconsin; LANL; State Univ. of New York

    2007-06-01

    The metal organic deposition (MOD) of YBCO high temperature superconducting films on RABiTS (rolling assisted biaxially textured substrates) templates has been developed at American Superconductor as a low-cost, scalable manufacturing process for the commercialization of the second generation (2G) HTS wire. The MOD process is based on the deposition of a triflu-oroacetate (TFA) based metal organic precursor film which is converted, in an ex-situ process, to the superconducting YBCO film. A major goal of the development has been achieving high critical currents. This paper reports the preparation and characterization of MOD-YBCO films with critical currents exceeding 500 A/cm-w (77 K, self-field) using a scaleable thick film approach on RABiTS templates. The high critical current films were obtained through optimization of the precursor composition, nucleation and growth conditions. The through-thickness dependence of the critical current density of MOD Alms as a function of film thickness and a correlation of the through-thickness transport properties and microstructure of the thick MOD/RABiTS samples is reported.

  14. Preparation and properties of films cast from mixtures of poly(vinyl alcohol) and submicron particles prepared from amylose-palmitic acid inclusion complexes.

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    Fanta, George F; Selling, Gordon W; Felker, Frederick C; Kenar, James A

    2015-05-01

    The use of starch in polymer composites for film production has been studied for increasing biodegradability, improving film properties and reducing cost. In this study, submicron particles were prepared from amylose-sodium palmitate complexes both by rapidly cooling jet-cooked starch-palmitic acid mixtures and by acidifying solutions of starch-sodium palmitate complexes. Films were cast containing poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) with up to 50% starch particles. Tensile strength decreased and Young's modulus increased with starch concentration, but percent elongations remained similar to controls regardless of preparation method or starch content. Microscopy showed particulate starch distribution in films made with rapidly cooled starch-palmitic acid particles but smooth, diffuse starch staining with acidified sodium palmitate complexes. The mild effects on tensile properties suggest that submicron starch particles prepared from amylose-palmitic acid complexes provide a useful, commercially viable approach for PVOH film modification. PMID:25659717

  15. Preparation of layered thin film samples for angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Harrison, S. E.; Zhou, B.; Huo, Y.; Harris, J. S.; Pushp, A.; Kellock, A. J.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Chen, Y.; Hesjedal, T.

    2014-09-22

    Materials with layered van der Waals crystal structures are exciting research topics in condensed matter physics and materials science due to outstanding physical properties associated with their strong two dimensional nature. Prominent examples include bismuth tritelluride and triselenide topological insulators (TIs), which are characterized by a bulk bandgap and pairwise counter-propagating spin-polarized electronic surface states. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) of ex-situ grown thin film samples has been limited by the lack of suitable surface preparation techniques. We demonstrate the shortcomings of previously successful conventional surface preparation techniques when applied to ternary TI systems which are susceptible to severe oxidation. We show that in-situ cleaving is a simple and effective technique for preparation of clean surfaces on ex-situ grown thin films for high quality ARPES measurements. The method presented here is universally applicable to other layered van der Waals systems as well.

  16. Identification of the Chemical Bonding Prompting Adhesion of a-C:H Thin Films on Ferrous Alloy Intermediated by a SiCx:H Buffer Layer.

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    Cemin, F; Bim, L T; Leidens, L M; Morales, M; Baumvol, I J R; Alvarez, F; Figueroa, C A

    2015-07-29

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) and several related materials (DLCs) may have ultralow friction coefficients that can be used for saving-energy applications. However, poor chemical bonding of a-C/DLC films on metallic alloys is expected, due to the stability of carbon-carbon bonds. Silicon-based intermediate layers are employed to enhance the adherence of a-C:H films on ferrous alloys, although the role of such buffer layers is not yet fully understood in chemical terms. The chemical bonding of a-C:H thin films on ferrous alloy intermediated by a nanometric SiCx:H buffer layer was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The chemical profile was inspected by glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES), and the chemical structure was evaluated by Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques. The nature of adhesion is discussed by analyzing the chemical bonding at the interfaces of the a-C:H/SiCx:H/ferrous alloy sandwich structure. The adhesion phenomenon is ascribed to specifically chemical bonding character at the buffer layer. Whereas carbon-carbon (C-C) and carbon-silicon (C-Si) bonds are formed at the outermost interface, the innermost interface is constituted mainly by silicon-iron (Si-Fe) bonds. The oxygen presence degrades the adhesion up to totally delaminate the a-C:H thin films. The SiCx:H deposition temperature determines the type of chemical bonding and the amount of oxygen contained in the buffer layer. PMID:26135943

  17. In situ preparation, electrical and surface analytical characterization of pentacene thin film transistors

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    Lassnig, R.; Striedinger, B.; Hollerer, M.; Fian, A.; Stadlober, B.; Winkler, A.

    2015-01-01

    The fabrication of organic thin film transistors with highly reproducible characteristics presents a very challenging task. We have prepared and analyzed model pentacene thin film transistors under ultra-high vacuum conditions, employing surface analytical tools and methods. Intentionally contaminating the gold contacts and SiO2 channel area with carbon through repeated adsorption, dissociation, and desorption of pentacene proved to be very advantageous in the creation of devices with stable and reproducible parameters. We mainly focused on the device properties, such as mobility and threshold voltage, as a function of film morphology and preparation temperature. At 300 K, pentacene displays Stranski-Krastanov growth, whereas at 200 K fine-grained, layer-like film growth takes place, which predominantly influences the threshold voltage. Temperature dependent mobility measurements demonstrate good agreement with the established multiple trapping and release model, which in turn indicates a predominant concentration of shallow traps in the crystal grains and at the oxide-semiconductor interface. Mobility and threshold voltage measurements as a function of coverage reveal that up to four full monolayers contribute to the overall charge transport. A significant influence on the effective mobility also stems from the access resistance at the gold contact-semiconductor interface, which is again strongly influenced by the temperature dependent, characteristic film growth mode. PMID:25814770

  18. Preparation and property of UV-curable polyurethane acrylate film filled with cationic surfactant treated graphene

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    Xu, Jinghong; Cai, Xia; Shen, Fenglei

    2016-08-01

    The preparation of nanocomposite films composed of UV-curable polyurethane acrylate (PUA) and modified graphene were demonstrated in this paper. Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide modified graphene (CTAB-G) was prepared via intercalation of cationic surfactant and subsequently incorporated into PUA by UV curing technology. Fourier transform infrared spectra, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the structure and morphology of CTAB-G, as well as CTAB-G/PUA nanocomposite films. The results revealed that the CTAB-G sheets were layer-by-layer structure and dispersed uniformly in PUA matrix. Thermal gravimetric analysis showed that the thermal stabilities of UV-curable PUA nanocomposite films in this work were much higher than that of PUA nanocomposites previously reported. Dynamic mechanical analysis indicated that the dynamic mechanical properties of nanocomposite films were greatly enhanced in the presence of modified graphene sheets. In addition, the CTAB-G/PUA nanocomposite films exhibited improved dielectric properties and electrical conductivities compared with the pure PUA.

  19. Study of PZT thick-film infrared detectors prepared by MEMS technology

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    Qiang, Xiang-Peng; Chuan, Gui-Wu; Wen, Bo-Luo; Wan, Li-Zhang; Jia, Qiang-Cao

    2011-08-01

    In this paper, a single element integrated infrared detector using screen printed lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick films on Pt/Ti/Al2O3/SiO2 coated silicon cup has been developed. The thermal insulating micro-bridge of the detector was prepared by Micro-electro-mechanical System (MEMS) technology. To increase the density of PZT ceramic thick films, cool isostatic pressing experiments had been conducted under 300MPa and 30s dwell time. The XRD pattern shows that PZT thick films possess good perovskite structure. The SEM cross section image demonstrate that the PZT film was dense and the thickness is about 25μm. The dielectric constant, loss and pyroelectric coefficient of PZT thick films prepared at optimized conditions is 1100, 1% and 1×10-8C/Kcm 2, respectively. The results indicated that the PZT thermal sensitive layer fabricated by screen printing on the Pt/Ti coated silicon cup with micro-bridge thermal insulation structure, and Al2O3/SiO2 barrier layer show potential application in infrared detectors.

  20. Single crystal films and waveguides of organic materials: Preparation and nonlinear optical properties

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    Thakur, Mrinal

    1994-03-01

    The objective of this program is to establish a generic method for the growth of thin single crystal films of important organic nonlinear optical materials and measurement of their nonlinear optical properties. Through the last year's effort we have successfully prepared single crystal films of three organic materials which are: (1) (N-(4-Nitrophenyl)-L-prolinol) abbreviated as NPP, (2) 2-cyclooctylamino- 5-nitropyridine, abbreviated as COANP, and (3) 4'-N, N-dimethylamino- 4-N-methylstilbazolium toluene-p-sulfonate, abbreviated as DAST. These materials have very large second order susceptibilities. Both NPP and COANP have an amphiphillic molecular structure, while DAST is an organic molecular salt. The single crystal films were prepared by a method called the shear method, with appropriate choice of the growth conditions. The shear method involves crystal growth at an interface and was originally applied to the growth of polydiacetylene films. Our results show that using the principles involved in the shear method, if the growth conditions are properly optimized for each compound, then molecules other than diacetylene are possible to organize as single crystal films. The only major condition that needs to be satisfied for this method to be applicable is that the molecule must be of an elongated shape with polar chemical groups at one or both ends.

  1. A facile method for preparing highly conductive and reflective surface-silvered polyimide films

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    Liao, Yuan; Cao, Bing; Wang, Wen-Cai; Zhang, Liqun; Wu, Dezhen; Jin, Riguang

    2009-07-01

    A novel method was developed for the preparation of reflective and electrically conductive surface-silvered polyimide (PI) films. The polyimide films were functionalized with poly(dopamine), simply by dipping the PI films into aqueous dopamine solution and mildly stirring at room temperature. Electroless plating of silver was readily carried out on the poly(dopamine) deposited PI (PI-DOPA) surface. The surface compositions of the modified PI films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS results show that the PI-DOPA surfaces were successfully deposited with ploy(dopamine) and were ready for electroless deposition of silver. The poly(dopamine) layer was used not only as the chemi-sorption sites for silver particles during the electroless plating of silver, but also as an adhesion promotion layer for the electrolessly deposited silver. The as-prepared silvered PI films show high conductivity and reflectivity, with a surface resistance of 1.5 Ω and a reflectivity of 95%, respectively.

  2. Preparation and physical properties of tara gum film reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals.

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    Ma, Qianyun; Hu, Dongying; Wang, Lijuan

    2016-05-01

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) prepared from microcrystalline cellulose were blended in tara gum solution to prepare nanocomposite films. The morphology, crystallinity, and thermal properties of the CNC and films were evaluated by using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, and thermogravimetric analysis, respectively. The resultant CNC was rod-shaped with diameters of around 8.6 nm. The effect of CNC content on physical and thermal properties of films was studied. The composite film tensile strength increased from 27.86 to 65.73 MPa, elastic modulus increased from 160.98 MPa to 882.49 MPa and the contact angle increased from 55.8° to 98.7° with increasing CNC content from 0 to 6 wt%. However, CNC addition increased the thermal stability slightly and CNC content above 6 wt% decreased the tensile strength by CNC aggregation in the matrix. The nanocomposite film containing 6 wt% CNC possessed the highest light transmittance, mechanical properties, and lowest oxygen permeability. CNC addition is a suitable method to modify tara gum matrix polymer properties. PMID:26845479

  3. YBCO superconducting thin films prepared by vacuum coevaporation without post treatment in oxygen

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    Chromik, S.; Strbik, V.; Benacka, S.; Levarsky, J.; Sith, J.; Plecenik, A.; Gazi, S.; Smatko, V.; Schilder, J.

    1989-03-01

    Results on low temperature process in preparation of superconducting thin films YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ are presented. The YBCO thin films of thickness 0.5-1.0 ..mu..m were prepared by vacuum codeposition of Y, BaO, and Cu not only onto both polycrystalline and single crystal Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, MgO, and SrTiO/sub 3/ but even on Si+SrTiO/sub 3/ and Si+SiO/sub 2/ substrates. The temperature of substrate was 550 - 580/sup 0/C and partial oxygen pressure in vacuum chamber 10/sup -2/ Pa. The total film growth rate was 1 nm/s with controlled individual rates to yield the desired 1:2:3 composition. The preparation of in situ superconducting thin films was successful with all used substrates. Maximum critical temperature at zero resistance was T/sub ce/ = 85 K, the onset critical temperature T/sub con/ being from 90 to 95 K.

  4. Preparation and Microstructural Characterization of Yttrium Barium Copper Oxygen Superconducting Thin Films

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    Ece, Muzeyyen

    The preparation and microstructural characterization of YBaCuO superconducting thin films are described. The films were deposited onto various substrates by flash evaporation and rf magnetron sputtering methods. The flash evaporation was made by dropping powders of sintered Y_1Ba_2Cu _3O_{rm 7-x} onto a resistively heated W boat. A sintered powder target was used for the rf magnetron sputtering. In the latter case, use of buffer layers of SrTiO _3 resulted in (00l) oriented films that were superconducting in the as-deposited state. These films and others deposited on various substrates were subsequently annealed in O_2 to improve both superconducting and microstructural properties. When the annealing temperatures were very high (>900C) the films started to degrade structurally and the T _{rm c}'s of the films were found to be sensitive to this degradation. The characterization techniques included X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray energy spectroscopy (XES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and the measurement of the temperature dependent electrical resistance by a four probe method. Integral breadth X-ray diffraction line broadening from the films having an (00l) texture was investigated. Changes in the broadening of the 00l diffraction lines were attributed to changes in nonuniform strain along the c -direction, since the crystallite size in a direction perpendicular to the film plane did not change much. These results were correlated with annealing temperatures and electrical resistance measurements of the YBaCuO films. An average lattice parameter c was calculated from the peak positions of the 00 l diffraction lines. The as-deposited films had an elongated lattice parameter c in a direction perpendicular to the film plane and it decreased on annealing. The T _{rm c}'s of the films were found to be sensitive to this change. It was also observed that annealing improved

  5. Significant positive magnetoresistance of graphene/carbon composite films prepared by electrospraying and subsequent heat treatment

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    Chen, L. Q.; Liu, X.; Chen, J. T.; Zhang, Z. C.; Li, J. L.; Wang, L. J.; Jiang, W.

    2012-03-01

    Graphene/carbon composite films were prepared by electrospraying a graphene/polyacrylonitrile composite solution on SiO2-coated silicon substrates and subsequent heat treatment. The as-produced graphene/carbon composite films had a porous structure comprising graphene layers. With a magnetic field applied perpendicularly to the sample, an unexpectedly significant positive magnetoresistance attributed to e-e interaction and weak localization has been observed, which constantly increases with the magnetic field in the temperature range of 300-50 K from 0 to 80 kOe.

  6. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-02-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials.

  7. Polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cell prepared by the solid phase crystallization (SPC) method

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    Baba, T.; Matsuyama, T.; Sawada, T.; Takahama, T.; Wakisaka, K.; Tsuda, S.; Nakano, S.

    1994-12-31

    A solid phase crystallization (SPC) method was applied to the fabrication of thin-film polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) for solar cells for the first time. Among crystalline silicon solar cells crystallized at a low temperature of less than 600 C, the world`s highest conversion efficiency of 8.5% was achieved in a solar cell using thin-film poly-Si with only 10 {micro}m thickness prepared by the SPC method. This solar cell showed high photosensitivity in the long-wavelength region of more than 800 nm and also exhibited no light-induced degradation after light exposure.

  8. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes.

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-01-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials. PMID:26831759

  9. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-01-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials. PMID:26831759

  10. Enhanced electrochromic property of nickel hydroxide thin films prepared by anodic deposition

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    Chigane, Masaya; Ishikawa, Masami . Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry)

    1994-12-01

    Nickel hydroxide and nickel oxide thin films have received much attention as electrochromic (EC) materials, particularly as the materials for a complementary counterlayer against an EC tungsten oxide layer in smart window systems. Nickel hydroxide thin films were prepared onto transparent conductive tin oxide (NESA) substrates by potentiostatic electrolysis of a nickel amine complex solution at various potentials (0.6 to 1.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Nickel hydroxide thin film (F0.7) obtained at relatively lower anodic potential (0.7 V) showed enhanced electrochromism between colorless and dark brown in a sodium borate buffer solution at pH 12; the absorption spectrum in the colored (oxidized) state was broadened in the visible and near-infrared region compared with the nickel hydroxide films prepared at the higher anodic potential (1.1 V). characterization of the films revealed that crystal structure of F0.7 is assigned to [alpha]-Ni(OH)[sub 2], and that its electrochromism is based on the reversible oxidation to hexagonal [gamma][sub 2]-2NiO[sub 2] [center dot] NiOOH structure. Composite nickel hydroxide film, i.e., by the electrolytic deposition at 1.1 V followed by that at 0.7 V, showed electrochromic property similar to F0.7 and its durability in repeated redox cycles were much improved in comparison with that of F0.7. Electrochromic properties in switching performance of this composite nickel hydroxide film were investigated.

  11. Multilayered Zr-C/a-C film on stainless steel 316L as bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Bi, Feifei; Peng, Linfa; Yi, Peiyun; Lai, Xinmin

    2016-05-01

    A multilayered zirconium-carbon/amorphous carbon (Zr-C/a-C) coating is synthesized by magnetron sputtering in order to improve the corrosion resistance and interfacial conductivity of stainless steel 316L (SS316L) as bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Zr-C/a-C film contains an outmost pure amorphous carbon layer and a sub zirconium containing carbon layer. Interfacial contact resistance (ICR) between carbon paper and coated SS316L decreases to 3.63 mΩ cm2 at 1.4 MPa. Potentiodynamic polarization results reveal that the corrosion potential of Zr-C/a-C coated sample is more positive than pure a-C coated sample and the current density is only 0.49 μA cm-2 at the cathode applied potential 0.6 V. Electrochemical impendence spectroscopy also indicates that multilayered Zr-C/a-C film coated SS316L has much higher charge transfer resistance than the bare sample. After potentiostatic polarization, ICR values are 3.92 mΩ cm2 and 3.82 mΩ cm2 in the simulated PEMFCs cathode and anode environment, respectively. Moreover, XPS analysis of the coated samples before and after potential holding tests shows little difference, which disclose the chemical stability of multilayered Zr-C/a-C film. Therefore, the multilayered Zr-C/a-C coating exhibits excellent performance in various aspects and is preferred for the application of stainless steel bipolar plates.

  12. Thickness-dependent photocatalytic performance of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating

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    Wu, Chung-Yi; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Lo, Yu-Shiu; Lin, Chen-Jui; Wu, Chien-Hou

    2013-09-01

    TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films on soda lime glass have been prepared by sol-gel spin coating. The thin films were characterized for surface morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, thickness, and transparency by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ellipsometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The films prepared by titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as the precursor under pH of 3.5 ± 0.5 and with calcination temperature of 450 ̊C for 3 h exhibited superior homogeneous aggregation, good optical transparency, superhydrophilicity, and reliable thickness. The effect of film thickness on the photocatalytic degradation of acid yellow 17 was investigated under UV irradiation. The photocatalytic activity was strongly correlated with the number of coatings and followed Langmuir-type kinetics. Under the same film thickness, TiO2 thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP exhibited more efficient photocatalytic activity than those prepared by 0.3 M TTIP. For thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP, the maximum specific photocatalytic activity occurred at 5 coatings with thickness of 93 ± 1 nm. A model was proposed to rationalize the dependence of the film thickness on the photocatalytic activity, which predicts the existence of an optimum film thickness.

  13. Characterizations of maghemite thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N.; Ibrahim, N. B.

    2015-09-01

    Iron is one of the abundant elements of Mother Nature and its compound, iron oxide is an interesting material to study since its discovery in the form of magnetite. It can exist in many phases such as hematite and maghemite, this unique nature has put it as a potential candidate in various applications. The aim of this work is to study the influence of different precursor concentrations on the microstructural and magnetic properties of iron oxide thin film. All samples were prepared via the sol-gel method followed by a spin coating technique on quartz substrates. Iron oxide films were confirmed as maghemite phase from X-ray diffraction patterns. The film morphology was examined by a field emission scanning electron microscope and it showed non-systematic value of average grain size and film thickness throughout the study. Hysteresis loop further confirmed that maghemite is a magnetic material when it was characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The coercivity did not show any correlation with molarity. Nevertheless, it increased as the precursor concentration of the film increased due to the domain behaviour. In conclusion, maghemite thin films were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method with different precursor concentrations in this work.

  14. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of CeO 2/TiO 2 interface composite film

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    Jiang, Bangtong; Zhang, Shengyi; Guo, Xiaozhu; Jin, Baokang; Tian, Yupeng

    2009-03-01

    The CeO 2/TiO 2 and TiO 2/CeO 2 interface composite films were prepared on glass substrates by the sol-gel process via dip-coating and calcining technique. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the TiO 2 layer has a compact and uniformity glasslike surface with 200 nm in thickness, and the CeO 2 layer has a coarse surface with 240 nm in thickness. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis showed that the TiO 2 layer is made up of anatase phase, and the CeO 2 layer is structured by cubic fluorite phase. Through a series of photo-degradation experiments, the relationship of the photocatalytic activity with the constituents of the films was studied. In virtue of the efficient interfacial charge separation via the process of electron transfer from TiO 2 to CeO 2, the photocatalytic activity of the CeO 2/TiO 2 composite film is high. Contrarily, the photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2/CeO 2 composite film is low, due to its inert surface made up of CeO 2 with broad bandwidth. Apart from the effect of the film structure, the effect of film thickness on photocatalytic activity was also discussed.

  15. Preparation of superhydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate)-silicon dioxide nanocomposite films

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    Wang, Jinyan; Chen, Xinhua; Kang, Yingke; Yang, Guangbin; Yu, Laigui; Zhang, Pingyu

    2010-12-01

    Superhydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate)-SiO 2 (coded as PMMA-SiO 2) nanocomposite films with micro-nanohierarchical structure were prepared via a simple approach in the absence of low surface-energy compounds. By spin-coating the suspension of hydrophobic silica (SiO 2) nanoparticles dispersed in PMMA solution, target nanocomposite films were obtained on glass slides. The wetting behavior of PMMA-SiO 2 nanocomposite films was investigated in relation to the dosage of SiO 2 nanoparticles dispersed in PMMA solution. It was found that hydrophilic PMMA film was transferred to superhydrophobic PMMA-SiO 2 nanocomposite films when hydrophobic SiO 2 nanoparticles were introduced into the PMMA solution at a high enough dosage (0.2 g and above). Resultant PMMA-SiO 2 nanocomposite films had a static water contact angle of above 162°, showing promising applications in selfcleaning and waterproof for outer wall of building, outer covering for automobile, sanitary wares, and so forth.

  16. Transparent conductive indium zinc oxide films prepared by pulsed plasma deposition

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    Wan Runlai; Yang Ming; Zhou Qianfei; Zhang Qun

    2012-11-15

    Transparent conductive indium zinc oxide films were prepared by pulsed plasma deposition from a ceramic target (90 wt. % In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 10 wt. % ZnO). The dependences of film properties upon the substrate temperature was investigated using characterization methods including x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, Hall measurement, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The films grown at room temperature had a rather smooth surface due to the amorphous structure, with a root mean square roughness of less than 1 nm. The atomic ratio of Zn/(Zn + In) in these films is 15.3 at. %, which is close to that in the target, and the chemical states of indium and zinc atoms were In{sup 3+} and Zn{sup 2+}, respectively. The films deposited on a substrate with a temperature of 200 Degree-Sign C exhibited polycrystalline structure and a preferred growth orientation along the (222) plane. Here the electrical properties were improved due to the better crystallinity, with the films exhibiting a minimum resistivity value of 4.2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm, a maximum carrier mobility of 45 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, and an optical transmittance over 80% in the visible region.

  17. Annealing effect for SnS thin films prepared by high-vacuum evaporation

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    Revathi, Naidu Bereznev, Sergei; Loorits, Mihkel; Raudoja, Jaan; Lehner, Julia; Gurevits, Jelena; Traksmaa, Rainer; Mikli, Valdek; Mellikov, Enn; Volobujeva, Olga

    2014-11-01

    Thin films of SnS are deposited onto molybdenum-coated soda lime glass substrates using the high-vacuum evaporation technique at a substrate temperature of 300 °C. The as-deposited SnS layers are then annealed in three different media: (1) H{sub 2}S, (2) argon, and (3) vacuum, for different periods and temperatures to study the changes in the microstructural properties of the layers and to prepare single-phase SnS photoabsorber films. It is found that annealing the layers in H{sub 2}S at 400 °C changes the stoichiometry of the as-deposited SnS films and leads to the formation of a dominant SnS{sub 2} phase. Annealing in an argon atmosphere for 1 h, however, causes no deviations in the composition of the SnS films, though the surface morphology of the annealed SnS layers changes significantly as a result of a 2 h annealing process. The crystalline structure, surface morphology, and photosensitivity of the as-deposited SnS films improves significantly as the result of annealing in vacuum, and the vacuum-annealed films are found to exhibit promising properties for fabricating complete solar cells based on these single-phase SnS photoabsorber layers.

  18. Visible light active TiO 2 films prepared by electron beam deposition of noble metals

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    Hou, Xing-Gang; Ma, Jun; Liu, An-Dong; Li, De-Jun; Huang, Mei-Dong; Deng, Xiang-Yun

    2010-03-01

    TiO 2 films prepared by sol-gel method were modified by electron beam deposition of noble metals (Pt, Pd, and Ag). Effects of noble metals on the chemical and surface characteristics of the films were studied using XPS, TEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy techniques. Photocatalytic activity of modified TiO 2 films was evaluated by studying the degradation of methyl orange dye solution under visible light UV irradiation. The result of TEM reveals that most of the surface area of TiO 2 is covered by tiny particles of noble metals with diameter less than 1 nm. Broad red shift of UV-Visible absorption band of modified photocatalysts was observed. The catalytic degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solutions under visible light illumination demonstrates a significant enhancement of photocatalytic activity of these films compared with the un-loaded films. The photocatalytic efficiency of modified TiO 2 films by this method is affected by the concentration of impregnating solution.

  19. Preparation of a porcine plasma protein composite film and its application.

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    Lee, Ji-Hyun; Song, Kyung Bin

    2015-01-01

    To use blood released from slaughtering houses, a porcine plasma protein (PPP)/nanoclay composite film was prepared. The tensile strength and elongation at break values of the PPP composite film with 5% nanoclay were 10.01 MPa and 6.55%, respectively. The PPP composite film containing 1% grapefruit seed extract (GSE) was applied to pork meat, and the populations of inoculated Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes in the pork meat packaged with the PPP composite film decreased by 0.8 and 1.0 log CFU/g, respectively, after 7 days of storage compared to the populations of the control. In addition, thiobarbituric acid values in the pork meat packaged with the PPP composite film were less than those of the control sample during storage. These results suggest that the PPP nanocomposite film containing 1% GSE can be used as a packaging material to maintain the quality of pork meat. PMID:25248798

  20. Characterizations of maghemite thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N. Ibrahim, N. B.

    2015-09-25

    Iron is one of the abundant elements of Mother Nature and its compound, iron oxide is an interesting material to study since its discovery in the form of magnetite. It can exist in many phases such as hematite and maghemite, this unique nature has put it as a potential candidate in various applications. The aim of this work is to study the influence of different precursor concentrations on the microstructural and magnetic properties of iron oxide thin film. All samples were prepared via the sol-gel method followed by a spin coating technique on quartz substrates. Iron oxide films were confirmed as maghemite phase from X-ray diffraction patterns. The film morphology was examined by a field emission scanning electron microscope and it showed non-systematic value of average grain size and film thickness throughout the study. Hysteresis loop further confirmed that maghemite is a magnetic material when it was characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The coercivity did not show any correlation with molarity. Nevertheless, it increased as the precursor concentration of the film increased due to the domain behaviour. In conclusion, maghemite thin films were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method with different precursor concentrations in this work.

  1. Ultralow-k silicon containing fluorocarbon films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Jin, Yoonyoung; Ajmera, P. K.; Lee, G. S.; Singh, Varshni

    2005-09-01

    Low dielectric constant materials as interlayer dielectrics (ILDs) offer a way to reduce the RC time delay in high-performance ultra-large-scale integration (ULSI) circuits. Fluorocarbon films containing silicon have been developed for interlayer applications below 50-nm linewidth technology. The preparation of the films was carried out by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using gas precursors of tetrafluorocarbon as the source of active species and disilane (5 vol.% in helium) as a reducing agent to control the ratio of F/C in the films. The basic properties of the low dielectric constant (low-k) interlayer dielectric films are studied as a function of the fabrication process parameters. The electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties were evaluated including dielectric constant, surface planarity, hardness, residual stress, chemical bond structure, and shrinkage upon heat treatments. The deposition process conditions were optimized for film thermal stability while maintaining a relative dielectric value as low as 2.0. The average breakdown field strength was 4.74 MV/cm. The optical energy gap was in the range 2.2 2.4 eV. The hardness and residual stress in the optimized processed SiCF films were, respectively, measured to be in the range 1.4 1.78 GPa and in the range 11.6 23.2 MPa of compressive stress.

  2. Optical Properties of Cu-Doped ZnO Films Prepared by Cu Solution Coating.

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    Allabergenov, Bunyod; Chung, Seok-Hwan; Kim, Sungjin; Choi, Byeongdae

    2015-10-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of Cu-doped ZnO films by Cu solution coating method. Cu ink was spin coated on ZnO thin films prepared by e-beam deposition. After curing and annealing at high temperatures, structural, morphological and optical properties of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectrofluorometer, respectively. The XRD results showed that ZnO films formed polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the grain size increased with increasing the annealing temperature from 500 to 850 °C. The changes in lattice parameters were caused by grain size, strain, and residual stress. Morphological analysis have revealed that the Cu-doped ZnO film after annealing at 500 °C has flat surface with uniformly distributed grain size, which became porous after higher temperature annealing process. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and photoluminescence spectras have shown the presence of Zn, Cu, and O elements, and combined violet, blue, green and weak red emissions between 350 and 650 nm in the ZnO films, respectively. PMID:26726392

  3. Characterization of ? films prepared by laser ablation of ? precursor targets and ex situ thalliation

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Meng-Burany, S.; Xing, W. B.; Curzon, A. E.; Irwin, J. C.; Heinrich, B.; Cragg, R. A.; Fortier, N.; Habib, F.; Angus, V.; Anderson, G.; Fife, A. A.

    1996-02-01

    Thin films of 0953-2048/9/2/008/img17 (Tl-2212) were grown on 0953-2048/9/2/008/img18 (001) single crystals by excimer laser ablation using Tl-free 0953-2048/9/2/008/img19 targets and subsequent ex situ thalliation. The thalliation process of the film precursor (0953-2048/9/2/008/img19) took place in an 0953-2048/9/2/008/img21 crucible containing the precursor and Tl-2212 powder. The procedure was carried out at a temperature 0953-2048/9/2/008/img22 and under a reduced oxygen pressure 0953-2048/9/2/008/img23 = 20 - 400 Torr. The resulting Tl-2212 films were characterized by XRD, AES, EDAX, ECP, Raman spectroscopy and a.c. susceptibility measurements. The films exhibited epitaxial, c-axis-oriented growth with critical temperatures 0953-2048/9/2/008/img24 = 98 - 106.5 K, transition widths 0953-2048/9/2/008/img25 = 0.5 - 1 K, and critical current densities at 77 K of 0953-2048/9/2/008/img26. EDAX measurements showed that the films were as a rule somewhat Tl and Ba deficient but Ca rich 0953-2048/9/2/008/img27. AES depth profiling revealed a noticeable depth dependence of the Ca and Ba distribution, though the combined concentration of these elements (Ba + Ca) was fairly constant throughout the whole film thickness. It is postulated that cation disorder (Ba 0953-2048/9/2/008/img28 Ca substitution) is responsible, at least in part, for the high critical current density observed in the Tl films. These point defects would contribute to the strong pinning of the flux lines in the films by creating a dense network of pinning centres.

  4. Preparation of transparent self-standing thin films made from acetylated euglenoid β-1,3-glucans.

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    Shibakami, Motonari; Tsubouchi, Gen; Sohma, Mitsugu; Hayashi, Masahiro

    2015-11-20

    The feasibility of using acetylparamylon to prepare self-standing optical films was investigated. Its thermal stability, represented by the glass transition temperature, and 5% weight loss temperature are equivalent to those of acetylcellulose. The mechanical properties (maximum stress, elongation at break, and elastic modulus) of acetylparamylon films prepared by solution casting were comparable to those of acetylcellulose films. The degrees of their transparency and birefringence were the same as those of the acetylcellulose film. These results, together with the finding that acetylparamylon with a higher degree of acetylation formed a thin film with fewer micrometer-sized defects and that acetylparamylon with a lower degree of acetylation formed a thin film with a nanometer-level flat surface, suggest that acetylparamylon is a feasible material for self-standing optical film. PMID:26344298

  5. Optical, electrochemical and structural properties of long-term cycled tungsten oxide films prepared by sol gel

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    Huang, Kai; Jia, Jianfeng; Pan, Qingtao; Yang, Feng; He, Deyan

    2007-06-01

    A peroxopolytungstic acid sol has been employed for preparing tungsten oxide (WO 3) films by sol-gel dip-coating technique. Three-electrode cells with 0.5 mol/L H 2SO 4 electrolyte were fabricated using the prepared WO 3 films as active working electrode. Optical, electrochemical and structural properties of the films as a function of coloration-bleaching cycle were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, cyclic voltammetry (CV), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The films showed a stable behavior of reversible and reproducible electrochemical switching up to 1000 coloration-bleaching cycles. XRD peaks were found for the films being cycled more than 2000, and the irregular cracks, uniform nano-particles and novel nano-blades were observed on the long-term cycled film surface by SEM. The degradation of the electrochromic behavior is due to the film change to loose and crystallization after the long-term cycling.

  6. Model films from native cellulose nanofibrils. Preparation, swelling, and surface interactions.

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    Ahola, S; Salmi, J; Johansson, L-S; Laine, J; Osterberg, M

    2008-04-01

    Native cellulose model films containing both amorphous and crystalline cellulose I regions were prepared by spin-coating aqueous cellulose nanofibril dispersions onto silica substrates. Nanofibrils from wood pulp with low and high charge density were used to prepare the model films. Because the low charged nanofibrils did not fully cover the silica substrates, an anchoring substance was selected to improve the coverage. The model surfaces were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effect of nanofibril charge density, electrolyte concentration, and pH on swelling and surface interactions of the model film was studied by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and AFM force measurements. The results showed that the best coverage for the low charged fibrils was achieved by using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTS) as an anchoring substance and hence it was chosen as the anchor. The AFM and XPS measurements showed that the fibrils are covering the substrates. Charge density of the fibrils affected the morphology of the model surfaces. The low charged fibrils formed a network structure while the highly charged fibrils formed denser film structure. The average thickness of the films corresponded to a monolayer of fibrils, and the average rms roughness of the films was 4 and 2 nm for the low and high charged nanofibril films, respectively. The model surfaces were stable in QCM-D swelling experiments, and the behavior of the nanofibril surfaces at different electrolyte concentrations and pHs correlated with other studies and the theories of Donnan. The AFM force measurements with the model surfaces showed well reproducible results, and the swelling results correlated with the swelling observed by QCM-D. Both steric and electrostatic forces were observed and the influence of steric forces increased as the films were swelling due to changes in pH and electrolyte concentration. These films differ from

  7. High-T(c) superconducting films of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide prepared by plasma spraying

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    Yoshida, Yuji; Kitahara, Shigeru; Togano, Kazumasa; Yuyama, Michinari; Inoue, Kiyoshi

    1989-04-01

    Superconducting properties and microstructures of the Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide films prepared by plasma spraying have been studied. Films with a thickness of about 150 microns have been prepared from Bi(1.52)Pb(0.48)Sr(1.66)Ca(1.18)Cu(2.31)O(x) powders. The as-sprayed films, deposited on nickel substrate, are amorphous and not superconductive. After annealing in air at 840 C the films exhibit a zero-resistance temperature of 107 K (zero field) with a transition width of about 11 K.

  8. Surface modification of bioactive glasses and preparation of PDLLA/bioactive glass composite films.

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    Gao, Yuan; Chang, Jiang

    2009-08-01

    In order to improve the homogeneous dispersion of particles in the polymeric matrix, 45S5, mesoporous 58S, and 58S bioactive glasses were surface modified by esterification reactions with dodecyl alcohol at reflux temperature of 260 degrees C (named as m-45S5, m-mesoporous 58S, and m-58S, respectively). The modified particles showed better hydrophobicity and longer time of suspension in organic matrix. The PDLLA/bioactive glass composite films were fabricated using surface modified bioactive glass particles through solvent casting-evaporation method. Surface morphology, mechanical property, and bioactivity were investigated. The results revealed that the inorganic particle distribution and tensile strength of the composite films with modified bioactive glass particles were significantly improved while great bioactive properties were maintained. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation illustrated that the modified bioactive glass particles were homogeneously dispersed in the PDLLA matrix. The maximum tensile strengths of composite films with modified bioactive glass particles were higher than that of composite films with unmodified bioactive glass particles. The bioactivity of the composite films were evaluated by being soaked in the simulated body fluid (SBF) and the SEM observation of the films suggested that the modified composite films were still bioactive in that they could induce the formation of HAp on its surface and the distribution of HAp was even more homogeneous on the film. The results mentioned above indicated that the surface modification of bioactive glasses with dodecyl alcohol was an effective method to prepare PDLLA/bioactive glass composites with enhanced properties. By studying the comparisons of modification effects among the three types of bioactive glasses, we could get the conclusion that the size and morphology of the inorganic particles would greatly affect the modification effects and the properties of composites. PMID:18801895

  9. Conductive Perovskite-type Metal Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Solution Deposition Technique

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    Sasajima, K.; Uchida, H.

    2011-10-01

    Metal oxide electrode have been widely developed for high-performance electric device because they possess some attractive characteristic such as thermal/chemical stabilities and change compensation for oxygen vacancies in interconnected dielectric layers, etc., which is often hardly achieved by convention metal electrodes. As almost all metal oxide electrodes were usually fabricated by some vapour deposition techniques which require large-scale equipments, power, resources and costs, film deposition via solution technique would be worthy for familiarizing the metal oxide electrodes. In this research, thin films of conductive perovskite-type oxides, (La,Sr)CoO3 [LSCO], were fabricated by chemical solution deposition technique. The precursor solution for LSCO was prepared using metal nitrate, acetates, and iso-propoxide and 2-methoxyethanol. The solution was spin-coated on substrates, followed by drying, pyrolysis and RTA-treatment for crystallization at 500-750°C, for 5 min in air. These processes were repeated to obtain desired film thickness. (100)Si and (100)SrTiO3 were used as substrate. XRD analysis indicated that both of LSCO films fabricated on (100)SrTiO3 and (100)Si substrates were crystallized at and above 600°C. The films on (100)SrTiO3 had preferential crystal orientation of (100)LSCO normal to the substrate surface, while random crystal orientation was confirmed for the films on (100)Si. Electrical resistivity of the both films fabricated at 700°C were 6.09 × 10-5 Ω cm and 1.12 × 10-4 Ω cm, respectively, which is almost same as the LSCO films fabricated by conventional vapour deposition technique.

  10. A study on various fabrication routes for preparing multilayered cubic boron nitride films and sp(3)-like boron nitride films

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    Wong, Sing Fai

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) has a sp3-bonded structure which leads to excellent mechanical properties. Though cBN-rich films have been successfully fabricated by many techniques, the adhesion of the films is still unsatisfactory due to the high stresses. The maximum sustainable thickness of cBN-rich films with good adhesion is widely reported to be around 200 nm, so many practical applications of cBN coatings are hindered. In this study, we designed a series of deposition schemes in a logical sequence, in order to explore whether stress can be released, or other structural forms of BN with potential applications can be made, and to gain more fundamental understanding on the growth mechanisms of various phases observed in the films. Various fabrication processes were employed according to the following sequence: (1) A single-step process. It was showed that the maximum tolerable thickness of the cBN-rich films prepared by our system (183nm) was compatible with the result in literatures (200nm). (2) A multilayered deposition process. A thick sp2-bonded boron nitride (sP2-BN) buffer layer which was relatively deformable was added, and hence some stresses were released so as to allow a 643nm-thick, 87vol.% cBN-rich layer with acceptable adhesion to grow on top. (3) An advanced multilayer process with subsequent annealing process. A zirconium layer was pre-deposited to remove the soft buffer layer after postannealing. The interface could be strengthened as the zirconium-boride/nitride was formed. (4) Ion assist deposition at unheated condition. Composite BN films containing sp3 nanoclusters embedded in a sp2-BN matrix were fabricated. The IR technique was not sensitive enough to detect spa nanoclusters, but their presence was verified by the results of other measurements. In particular, the sp3 content can be over 30vo1.%, with a hardness 20GPa. The influences of the assist beam energy and substrate temperature on the generation of the sp3 nanoclusters were investigated

  11. Studies on the Controlling of the Microstructural and Morphological Properties of Al Doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Hydrothermal Method

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    Gil Gang, Myeng; Shin, Seung Wook; Gurav, K. V.; Wang, YinBo; Agawane, G. L.; Lee, Jeong Yong; Moon, Jong-Ha; Hyeok Kim, Jin

    2013-10-01

    Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were prepared on ZnO coated glass substrates by hydrothermal synthesis technique using aqueous solutions containing zinc nitrate hexahydrate, ammonium hydroxide, and different sodium citrate concentrations at 60 °C for 6 h. The effects of different trisodium citrate concentrations on the microstructural, crystallinity, morphological, optical, and chemical properties of thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the AZO thin films were grown as a polycrystalline wurtzite hexagonal phase with a c-axis preferred orientation and without an unwanted second phase regardless of trisodium citrate concentrations. The thickness and grain sizes of AZO thin films decreased with increasing trisodium citrate concentration. The microstructure of AZO thin films was changed from flat to needle shaped and the morphology was smoother with increasing trisodium citrate concentrations. The AZO thin films have a high transmittance in the visible region ranging from 75 to 85% and a sharp edge from 366 to 374 nm.

  12. Li-rich Thin Film Cathode Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Yan, Binggong; Liu, Jichang; Song, Bohang; Xiao, Pengfei; Lu, Li

    2013-01-01

    Li-rich layer-structured cathode thin films are prepared by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical testing in half battery cells are used to characterize crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical valence states and electrochemical performance of these thin films, respectively. It is observed that partial layer to spinel transformation takes place during post annealing, and the layered structure further gradually transforms to spinel during electrochemical cycling based on the analysis of dQ/dV. Electrochemical measurement shows that the thin film electrode deposited at 350 mTorr and post-annealed at 800°C possesses the best performance. PMID:24276678

  13. Preparation and characterization of high-transmittance AZO films using RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature

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    Chen, Jian; Sun, Yihua; Lv, Xin; Li, Derong; Fang, Liang; Wang, Hailin; Sun, Xiaohua; Huang, Caihua; Yu, Haizhou; Feng, Ping

    2014-10-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films with 250 nm thickness had been prepared on soda-lime glass substrate without heated by RF magnetron sputtering using a ceramic target. The microstructure, surface morphology, electrical and optical properties of AZO thin films had been investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, four-point probe method and optical transmission spectroscopy. The results indicated that all of the films obtained were polycrystalline with a hexagonal structure and oriented with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The resistivity decreased and transmittance improved with the sputtering power increase. The minimum resistivity of 2.55 × 10-3 Ω cm combined with highest transmittance of 91% was obtained at a sputtering power of 400 W. The optical bandgap at different sputtering power varied among 3.81-4.04 eV.

  14. Preparation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin film by coevaporation and its thermal stability

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    Yoshitake, T.; Fujita, J.; Kubo, Y.; Igarashi, H.; Satoh, T.

    1989-02-06

    Thin film with a high T/sub c/ single phase was prepared on a (100)MgO substrate at a substrate temperature of about 620 /sup 0/C by coevaporation of Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Sr, Ca, and Cu metal. The resistive superconducting transition with onset T/sub c/ of 80 K was observed for this film. By post-deposition annealing at 850 /sup 0/C, the high T/sub c/ phase was transformed into a low T/sub c/ phase, while films annealed at a higher temperature such as 890 /sup 0/C maintained the high T/sub c/ phase. These results indicated that the high T/sub c/ phase can exist only at the high-temperature region (approx.890 /sup 0/C) while the stable phase existing at the low-temperature region (approx.850 /sup 0/C) is the low T/sub c/ phase.

  15. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-07-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]nRS[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures.

  16. High-sensitivity organic phototransistors prepared by floating film transfer method

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    Bhargava, Kshitij; Singh, Vipul

    2016-09-01

    In this report, the performance characteristics of organic phototransistors (OPTs) prepared by the floating film transfer method (FTM) and spin coating (SC) technique are compared. The FTM OPT shows a 2-order-higher photosensitivity under an electrically induced off-state as compared with the SC OPT. Furthermore, the FTM OPT shows improved gate voltage tunabilities of photosensitivity and responsivity as compared with the SC OPT. These observed results are explained on the basis of the improved thin film morphology of the active poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) layer in the FTM OPT, pointing towards the significance of thin film processing conditions in obtaining high-sensitivity OPTs.

  17. Preparation of nano cellulose fibers and its application in kappa-carrageenan based film.

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    Savadekar, N R; Karande, V S; Vigneshwaran, N; Bharimalla, A K; Mhaske, S T

    2012-12-01

    Bio-based nanocomposite films were successfully developed using nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) as the reinforcing phase and kappa-carrageenan (KCRG) as the matrix. NFC was successfully synthesis from short stable cotton fibers by chemo-mechanical process. The bionanocomposites were prepared by incorporating 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 1wt% of the NFC into a KCRG matrix using a solution casting method there characterization was done in terms of thermal properties (DSC), morphology (SEM), water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), oxygen transmission rate (OTR), X-ray diffractograms (XRD), and tensile properties. The main conclusion arising from the analysis of the result is that the bionanocomposites containing 0.4wt% of NFC exhibited the highest enhancement in tensile strength it is almost 44% improvement. WVTR and OTR results showed improvement of all nanocomposite film compare to control KCRG film. PMID:22940239

  18. Nanocrystalline Janus films of inorganic materials prepared at the liquid-liquid interface.

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    Biswas, Kanishka; Rao, C N R

    2009-05-01

    The interface between toluene and water has been employed to prepare ultrathin Janus nanocrystalline films of metal oxides, metal chalcogenides and gold, wherein the surface on the organic-side is hydrophobic and the aqueous-side is hydrophilic. We have changed the nature of the metal precursor or capping agent in the organic layer to increase the hydrophobicity. The strategy employed for this purpose is to increase the length of the alkane chain in the precursor or use a perfluroalkane derivative as precursor or as a capping agent. The hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity of the Janus films have been determined by contact angle measurements. The morphology of hydrophobic and hydrophilic sides of the film have been examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy. PMID:19232632

  19. Physical properties of ITO thin films prepared by ion-assisted electron beam evaporation

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    Qiu, Yang; Jin, Yangli; Zhao, Hua; Xu, Bo; Wang, Jiajia

    2014-12-01

    Tin doped indium oxide (ITO) thin films were prepared on IR glass substrates at different oxygen flow rate by ion-assisted electron beam evaporation method. Properties such as microstructure, morphology, sheet resistance and optical transmittance were investigated by X-ray diffractometer, SEM, four-point probe and UV-VIS-IR spectrophotometer, respectively. Lattice constant, inner stress level and energy band gap (Eg) of ITO thin films as-deposited were calculated and discussed. The mechanical properties of ITO thin films were studied by scratching method. The measurements were performed by scratch tester and the results were recorded as acoustic emission spectra and scratch track images taken by SEM. Relationship between inner stress level and mechanical performance was investigated in detail.

  20. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method.

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]n(RS)[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures. PMID:26153533

  1. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]nRS[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures. PMID:26153533

  2. Preparation and Characterization of Silica/Polyamide-imide Nanocomposite Thin Films

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    Ma, Xiaokun; Lee, Nam-Hee; Oh, Hyo-Jin; Hwang, Jong-Sun; Kim, Sun-Jae

    2010-11-01

    The functional silica/polyamide-imide composite films were prepared via simple ultrasonic blending, after the silica nanoparticles were modified by cationic surfactant—cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The composite films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and thermomechanical analysis (TMA). CTAB-modified silica nanoparticles were well dispersed in the polyamide-imide matrix, and the amount of silica nanoparticles to PAI was investigated to be from 2 to 10 wt%. Especially, the coefficients of thermal expansion (CET) continuously decreased with the amount of silica particles increasing. The high thermal stability and low coefficient of thermal expansion showed that the nanocomposite films can be widely used in the enamel wire industry.

  3. Preparation and Characterization of Silica/Polyamide-imide Nanocomposite Thin Films

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    The functional silica/polyamide-imide composite films were prepared via simple ultrasonic blending, after the silica nanoparticles were modified by cationic surfactant—cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The composite films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and thermomechanical analysis (TMA). CTAB-modified silica nanoparticles were well dispersed in the polyamide-imide matrix, and the amount of silica nanoparticles to PAI was investigated to be from 2 to 10 wt%. Especially, the coefficients of thermal expansion (CET) continuously decreased with the amount of silica particles increasing. The high thermal stability and low coefficient of thermal expansion showed that the nanocomposite films can be widely used in the enamel wire industry. PMID:21124625

  4. Injection doping of ultrathin microcrystalline silicon films prepared by CC-CVD

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    Koynov, S.; Grebner, S.; Schwarz, R.; Vassilev, L.; Sieber, I.; Schmidt, M.; Fuhs, W.

    1997-07-01

    Recently, the authors have proposed a cyclic method, referred to as Closed Chamber CVD (CC-CVD), for the preparation of {micro}c-Si films of high crystalline fraction at increased deposition rates. In this work, they first report new process conditions of CC-CVD, which result in growth of highly crystalline films with a sharp interface on a foreign substrate. Then these conditions are further used together with a pulsed injection of B{sub 2}H{sub 6} in an appropriate moment of each cycle, so that the disturbance of the crystallization process is prevented. A series of ultrathin {micro}c-Si films, doped by this technique, is characterized by conductivity measurements, SEM, Raman Scattering, optical transmission and UV reflection. A strong reduction of the transient interface layer is achieved and conductivity as high as 2 S/cm with an activation energy of 27 meV is reached.

  5. Interfacial reactions and microstructure of BaTiO 3 films prepared using fluoride precursor method

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    Fujihara, Shinobu; Schneller, Theodor; Waser, Rainer

    2004-01-01

    Interfacial reactions of BaF 2 and TiO 2 were investigated in preparing BaTiO 3 thin films using a fluoride precursor method. Trifluoroacetate solutions were prepared from barium acetate, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, CF 3COOH) with additives such as water and acetylacetone. The solutions were deposited on platinized Si wafers by spin-coating, were pyrolysed at 400 °C in air and were finally heated typically at 700 °C in a water vapor atmosphere. The perovskite BaTiO 3 phase was obtained although a small portion of BaF 2 remained unreacted. Thus, the films were characterized as the mixture of BaTiO 3, BaF 2, and amorphous TiO 2. Influence of the solution chemistry on the phase evolution and microstructure was examined in order to discuss the reaction pathway of the perovskite phase.

  6. Facile preparation of silver nanoparticle films as an efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Sun, Yujing; Zhang, Yue; Shi, Yan; Xiao, Xianping; Dai, Haichao; Hu, Jingting; Ni, Pengjuan; Li, Zhuang

    2013-10-01

    Here, we report a new and facile method to prepare silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) film for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based sensing. The porous Ni foam was used as a template to generate high quality of Ag NPs by seed-mediated growth of metallic nanoparticles. The preparation process is very economic and environment-friendly, can achieve the recovery of the raw materials. We found that the type of silver-plating solution and the growth time are two key factors to determine the magnitude of SERS signal enhancement. Using rhodamine 6G (R6G) and 4-animothiophenol (4-ATP) as probe molecules, the created Ag NP films exhibited relatively high enhancement ability, good stability, and well reproducibility. The synthesized SERS-active substrate was further used to detect melamine molecules, an illegal additive in infant milk powder, and the limitation of detection can reach 1 μM.

  7. Preparation of Thin Melanin-Type Films by Surface-Controlled Oxidation.

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    Salomäki, Mikko; Tupala, Matti; Parviainen, Timo; Leiro, Jarkko; Karonen, Maarit; Lukkari, Jukka

    2016-04-26

    The preparation of thin melanin films suitable for applications is challenging. In this work, we present a new alternative approach to thin melanin-type films using oxidative multilayers prepared by the sequential layer-by-layer deposition of cerium(IV) and inorganic polyphosphate. The interfacial reaction between cerium(IV) in the multilayer and 5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHI) in the adjacent aqueous solution leads to the formation of a thin uniform film. The oxidation of DHI by cerium(IV) proceeds via known melanin intermediates. We have characterized the formed DHI-melanin films using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-vis spectroscopy, and spectroelectrochemistry. When a five-bilayer oxidative multilayer is used, the film is uniform with a thickness of ca. 10 nm. Its chemical composition, as determined using XPS, is typical for melanin. It is also redox active, and its oxidation occurs in two steps, which can be assigned to semiquinone and quinone formation within the indole structural motif. Oxidative multilayers can also oxidize dopamine, but the reaction stops at the dopamine quinone stage because of the limited amount of the multilayer-based oxidizing agent. However, dopamine oxidation by Ce(IV) was studied also in solution by UV-vis spectroscopy and mass spectrometry in order to verify the reaction mechanism and the final product. In solution, the oxidation of dopamine by cerium shows that the indole ring formation takes place already at low pH and that the mass spectrum of the final product is practically identical with that of commercial melanin. Therefore, layer-by-layer formed oxidative multilayers can be used to deposit functional melanin-type thin films on arbitrary substrates by a surface-controlled reaction. PMID:27049932

  8. Structural properties of pure and Fe-doped Yb films prepared by vapor condensation

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    Rojas-Ayala, C.; Passamani, E.C.; Suguihiro, N.M.; Litterst, F.J.; Baggio Saitovitch, E.

    2014-10-15

    Ytterbium and iron-doped ytterbium films were prepared by vapor quenching on Kapton substrates at room temperature. Structural characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The aim was to study the microstructure of pure and iron-doped films and thereby to understand the effects induced by iron incorporation. A coexistence of face centered cubic and hexagonal close packed-like structures was observed, the cubic-type structure being the dominant contribution. There is an apparent thickness dependence of the cubic/hexagonal relative ratios in the case of pure ytterbium. Iron-clusters induce a crystalline texture effect, but do not influence the cubic/hexagonal volume fraction. A schematic model is proposed for the microstructure of un-doped and iron-doped films including the cubic- and hexagonal-like structures, as well as the iron distribution in the ytterbium matrix. - Highlights: • Pure and Fe-doped Yb films have been prepared by vapor condensation. • Coexistence of fcc- and hcp-type structures was observed. • No oxide phases have been detected. • Fe-clustering does not affect the fcc/hcp ratio, but favors a crystalline texture. • A schematic model is proposed to describe microscopically the microstructure.

  9. Electrochromism of niobium oxide thin films prepared by the sol-gel process

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    Ohtani, Bunsho; Iwai, Kunihiro; Nishimoto, Seiichi; Inui, Tomoyuki . Division of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry)

    1994-09-01

    Thin layers of niobium oxide (NbO[sub x]) were accumulated by the sol-gel process, with the sol of NbO[sub x] in ethanol prepared by partial hydrolysis of commercial niobium (V) ethoxide, on glass plates coated with transparent conducting tin oxide. Characterization by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and thermogravimetry revealed that the as-prepared film, consisting of fully hydrated amorphous niobium(V) oxide, undergoes dehydration into the partially hydrated form and, finally, crystalline niobium(V) oxide (Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5]) by calcination at the temperature up to 873 K. The films exhibited electrochromic (EC) properties; the reversible color change was observed between colorless and brown-black by alternating anodic and cathodic polarizations, respectively. Among the films used in this study the crystalline Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5] film showed the best EC properties and its spectral change, durability for repeated coloration-decoloration cycles, and retentivity of colored states, i.e., memory characteristics under open-circuit conditions were investigated in detail.

  10. Silicon template preparation for the fabrication of thin patterned gold films via template stripping

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    Schmidl, G.; Dellith, J.; Dellith, A.; Teller, N.; Zopf, D.; Li, G.; Dathe, A.; Mayer, G.; Hübner, U.; Zeisberger, M.; Stranik, O.; Fritzsche, W.

    2015-12-01

    Metallic nanostructures play an important role in the vast field of modern nanophotonics, which ranges from the life sciences to biomedicine and beyond. Gold is a commonly-used and attractive material for plasmonics in the visible wavelength range, most importantly due to its chemical stability. In the present work, we focused on the different methods of plasmonic nanostructure fabrication that possess the greatest potential for cost-efficient fabrication. Initially, reusable (1 0 0) silicon templates were prepared. For this purpose, three different lithography methods (i.e. e-beam, optical, and nanoparticle lithography) were used that correspond to the desired structural scales. The application of a subsequent anisotropic crystal orientation-dependent wet etching process produced well-defined pyramidal structures in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from several microns to less than 100 nm. Finally, a 200 nm-thick gold layer was deposited by means of confocal sputtering on the silicon templates and stripped in order to obtain gold films that feature a surface replica of the initial template structure. The surface roughness that was achieved on the stripped films corresponds well with the roughness of the template used. This makes it possible to prepare cost-efficient high-quality structured films in large quantities with little effort. The gold films produced were thoroughly characterized, particularly with respect to their plasmonic response.

  11. Preparation and characterization of heat-assisted PbS/TiO2 thin films

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    Xu, Yanyan; Zhang, Miao; Lv, Jianguo; Zhang, Miaocui; Jiang, Xishun; Song, Xueping; He, Gang; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2014-10-01

    Heat-assisted PbS/TiO2 thin films with different reaction temperatures were prepared. Microstructure, morphology, optical and photoelectron-chemical properties of the as-synthesized thin films were investigated systematically. For the PbS/TiO2 thin films with reaction temperature changing from 10 to 95 °C, PbS particles obtained by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction are galena phase, the mean size of PbS particles decreases firstly and then increases, the coverage of PbS particles on surface increases. At the same time, red shift in the adsorption edges from 416 to 594 nm has been detected, and the optical band gap Eg decreases from 3.58 to 2.88 eV. What's more, the intensity of photoluminescence increases firstly and then decreases. The photochemistry measurement suggests that the sample prepared at 60 °C possesses the highest photocurrent in the first test cycle. However, the value of photocurrent decreases immediately with increasing the test cycle. The effect of the reaction temperature on the microstructure, morphology, optical and photoelectron-chemical properties of PbS/TiO2 thin films have been discussed in detail.

  12. Preparation of an oral acetaminophen film that is expected to improve medication administration: Effect of polyvinylpyrrolidone on physical properties of the film.

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    Ito, Ikumi; Ito, Akihiko; Unezaki, Sakae

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on a film containing carboxymethyl cellulose sodium (CMC) as a matrix to improve surface roughness caused by drug recrystallization. Acetaminophen (AA) was used as the model drug. Recrystallization is a problem encountered during the preparation of films that contain high drug doses, making them difficult to take. A film that does not disintegrate for clinical applications requires a smooth surface, moderate strength and elasticity, and a low level of adhesiveness to facilitate taking of the medication. Addition of PVP to the film formulation made the surface significantly smoother, and it was independent of the compounding method. Smooth films were obtained when the CMC concentration was kept constant and the amount of PVP was increased, but it also increased the adhesiveness and strength, and decreased the elasticity of the films. When high polymer concentration was kept constant and the ratio of CMC and PVP was varied, the films with smaller amounts of PVP tended to have a smoother surface and less adhesiveness. However, when the amount of PVP was reduced, the film strength increased and elasticity decreased. The amount of PVP had a negligible effect on drug dissolution behavior, making it useful for preparation of the AA film. However, it is necessary to determine the compounding method and the PVP load considering the adhesiveness, strength, and elasticity of the films. PMID:27301710

  13. Preparation of nickel oxide thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Abdullah, M. A. R.; Mamat, M. H.; Ismail, A. S.; Malek, M. F.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Preparation of NiO thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel method was conducted to synthesize the quality of the surface thin films. The effects of annealing temperature on the surface topology were systematically investigated. Our studies confirmed that the surface roughness of the thin films was increased whenever annealing temperature was increase. NiO thin films morphology structure analysis was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscope. Surface roughness of the thin films was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  14. Preparation of a novel chitosan-microcapsules/starch blend film and the study of its drug-release mechanism.

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    Huo, Weiqiang; Xie, Gancheng; Zhang, Weixin; Wang, Wei; Shan, Junyang; Liu, Hechou; Zhou, Xiaohua

    2016-06-01

    A novel drug delivery system, chitosan-microcapsules/starch blend film for antofloxacin controlled release, was prepared, and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (X-RD), thermogravimetry and derivative thermogravimetry (TG/DTG), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Following incorporation of the chitosan-microcapsules in the film matrix, the synergistic interactions between these drug-carriers were significant. The thermostability and mechanical properties of the blend film were greatly improved by the incorporation of the microcapsules. The water resistance of the blend film was enhanced by increasing the content of microcapsules, indicating that the microcapsules acted as moisture barriers. After being incorporated, chitosan-microcapsules/starch blend film shows a sustained drug release. The extent of the film degradation and microcapsules swelling in the release system indicated that the drug released of the blend film was pH-sensitive. The blend film exhibited pharmacodynamic efficacy because of the efficient drug releasing. PMID:26902892

  15. Preparation of DNA films for studies under vacuum conditions. The influence of cations in buffer solutions

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    Śmiałek, M. A.; Balog, R.; Jones, N. C.; Field, D.; Mason, N. J.

    2010-10-01

    Experiments were carried out to determine the optimum conditions required for the preparation of uniform films of supercoiled plasmid DNA to be used in irradiation experiments under high vacuum conditions. Investigations reveal that significant damage to the DNA molecules occurs due to the evacuation process when films were formed from DNA samples in ultra high purity water only. A variety of bases were tested for their possible protective capabilities and sodium hydroxide solution was found to be the most effective in maintaining the supercoiled structure of plasmid DNA during the preparation process. Using a transmission electron microscope we also examined the structure of the DNA films which are formed upon evacuation and how the proposed adducts influence the preparation process. It was found that the addition of bases cause the DNA to aggregate, noting that a base is required for the stability of the DNA molecules. The experimental results presented in this paper show that it may not be possible to perform experiments on so-called pure DNA under vacuum with no stabilizers being added to the sample before the evacuation process.

  16. Preparation of dilute magnetic semiconductor films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Nouhi, Akbar (Inventor); Stirn, Richard J. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A method for preparation of a dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) film is provided, in which a Group II metal source, a Group VI metal source and a transition metal magnetic ion source are pyrolyzed in the reactor of a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system by contact with a heated substrate. As an example, the preparation of films of Cd(sub 1-x)Mn(sub x)Te, in which 0 is less than or equal to x less than or equal to 0.7, on suitable substrates (e.g., GaAs) is described. As a source of manganese, tricarbonyl (methylcyclopentadienyl) manganese (TCPMn) is employed. To prevent TCPMn condensation during its introduction into the reactor, the gas lines, valves and reactor tubes are heated. A thin-film solar cell of n-i-p structure, in which the i-type layer comprises a DMS, is also described; the i-type layer is suitably prepared by MOCVD.

  17. [Study on the Properties of the Pc-Si Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering at Low Temperature].

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    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Zhang, Li-yuan; Li, Xue-ming; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi

    2016-03-01

    The polycrystalline silicon thin films play an important role in the field of electronics. In the paper, α-SiAl composite membranes on glass substrates was prepared by magnetron co-sputtering. The contents of Al radicals encapsulated-in the α-Si film can be adjusted by changing the Al to Si sputtering power ratios. The as-prepared α-Si films were converted into polycrystalline films by using a rapid thermal annealing (RTP) at low temperature of 350 degrees C for 10 minutes in N2 atmosphere. An X-ray diffractometer, and Raman scattering and UV-Visible-NIR Spectrometers were used to characterize the properties of the Pc-Si films. The influences of Al content on the properties of the Pc-Si films were studied. The results showed that the polycrystalline silicon films were obtained from α-SiAl composite films which were prepared by magnetron co-sputtering at a low temperature following by a rapid thermal annealing. The grain size and the degree of crystallization of the Pc-Si films increased with the increase of Al content, while the optical band gap was reduced. The nc-Si films were prepared when the Al to Si sputtering power ratio was 0.1. And a higher Crystallization rate (≥ 85%) of polycrystalline silicon films were obtained when the ratio was 0.3. The band gaps of the polycrystalline silicon films can be controlled by changing the aluminum content in the films. PMID:27400496

  18. Influence of C dopant on the structure, mechanical and tribological properties of r.f.-sputtered MoS2/a-C composite films

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    Xu, Jiao; Chai, Liqiang; Qiao, Li; He, Tengfei; Wang, Peng

    2016-02-01

    In present work, MoS2/a-C composite films were synthesized by r.f. sputtering of MoS2 and graphite targets, and the influence of C dopant on the structure, morphology, mechanical and the tribological properties of composite films in vacuum, ambient air and mutually alternated atmospheres were discussed in detail. Increasing the sputtering power applied on graphite target from 0 to 400 W, the film hardness increases significantly by one order of magnitude, and the optimized lubricant performance were obtained at 300 W. After sliding tests the morphology and structure of tribofilm and debris were investigated by using optical spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The results reveal that the adaptive release of non-lubricant phase from tribofilm is a critical issue for determining the tribological performance of MoS2/a-C composite films in different sliding atmospheres. The more exhaustive release of non-lubricant phase, the lower friction of rubbed counterparts can be obtained. More interestingly, the lubricant mechanism of tribofilms formed in alternated atmospheres is partially affected by their initial composition established at the beginning of sliding.

  19. Engineered a/c domain patterns in multilayer (110) epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films: Impact on domain compliance and piezoelectric properties

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    Mtebwa, M.; Mazzalai, A.; Sandu, C. S.; Crassous, A.; Setter, N.

    2016-05-01

    While there is extensive literature on the influence of both compressive and tensile strain on the domain patterns of (001) tetragonal ferroelectric thin films, little is known regarding domain engineering in (110) films. The primary reason is the absence of suitable substrates that allow the growth of epitaxial films with this orientation. However, recent works emphasized the importance of this orientation with the possibility for e.g. to achieve ultra-high ferroelectric domain density. This work reports the controlled growth of a/c domain patterns in highly tetragonal monocrystalline (110) oriented Pb(Zr0.05, Ti0.95)O3. It is demonstrated that while a/c patterns can easily be realized in the single layer film relaxed under compressive misfit strain, modulation of tensile misfit strain through the use of buffer layers allows for consistent control of domain periodicity, in which case the average domain period was tuned between 630 and 60 nm. The effects of domain density and defects on both switching behavior and piezoelectric properties in single and multilayered structures are also investigated, revealing an optimum composition of the buffer layer for improved domain compliance and piezoelectric properties.

  20. Preparation of polystyrene brush film by radical chain-transfer polymerization and micromechanical properties

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    Zhao, Jing; Chen, Miao; An, Yanqing; Liu, Jianxi; Yan, Fengyuan

    2008-12-01

    A radical chain-transfer polymerization technique has been applied to graft-polymerize brushes of polystyrene (PSt) on single-crystal silicon substrates. 3-Mercapto-propyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS), as a chain-transfer agent for grafting, was immobilized on the silicon surface by a self-assembling process. The structure and morphology of the graft-functionalized silicon surfaces were characterized by the means of contact-angle measurement, ellipsometric thickness measurement, Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nanotribological and micromechanical properties of the as-prepared polymer brush films were investigated by frictional force microscopy (FFM), force-volume analysis and scratch test. The results indicate that the friction properties of the grafted polymer films can be improved significantly by the treatment of toluene, and the chemically bonded polystyrene film exhibits superior scratch resistance behavior compared with the spin-coated polystyrene film. The resultant polystyrene brush film is expected to develop as a potential lubrication coating for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  1. Preparation and Optical Properties of Zirconium-Titanium-Oxide Thin Films by Reactive Sputtering

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    Matsumoto, Hironaga; Sekine, Masato; Miura, Noboru; Nakano, Ryotaro; Matsumoto, Setsuko

    2005-02-01

    Zirconium-titanium-oxide thin films were prepared by multi-target rf reactive sputtering using metallic targets of zirconium and titanium. The compositional ratio of zirconium to titanium in the thin films was precisely controlled through rf power. Zirconium and titanium in the thin films were found to exist as mixtures of chemically bonded ZrO2 and TiO2 from XPS spectra. The zirconium-titanium-oxide thin films with compositional ratio x<0.42 were identified to have a tetragonal crystal structure, whereas those with x≥q 0.42 were identified to be in the amorphous state. The refractive index of the zirconium-titanium-oxide thin film at a wavelength of 550 nm changed from 2.25 to 2.55 according to compositional ratio x, and the dispersion of the refractive index was analyzed using the Lorentz oscillator model with four oscillators. It was clarified that the estimated oscillator energies E1 (10.5 eV) and E2 (6.5 eV) correspond to zirconium oxide, and that E3 (5.5 eV) and E4 (4.3 eV) correspond to titanium oxide from fundamental absorption spectra and photoconductivity.

  2. Preparation and Characterization of Space Durable Polymer Nanocomposite Films from Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

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    Delozier, D. M.; Connell, J. W.; Smith, J. G.; Watson, K. A.

    2003-01-01

    Low color, flexible, space durable polyimide films with inherent, robust electrical conductivity have been under investigation as part of a continuing materials development activity for future NASA space missions involving Gossamer structures. Electrical conductivity is needed in these films to dissipate electrostatic charge build-up that occurs due to the orbital environment. One method of imparting conductivity is through the use of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). However, the incompatibility and insolubility of the SWNTs severely hampers their dispersion in polymeric matrices. In an attempt to improve their dispersability, SWNTs were functionalized by the reaction with an alkyl hydrazone. After this functionalization, the SWNTs were soluble in select solvents and dispersed more readily in the polymer matrix. The functionalized SWNTs were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The functionalized nanotubes were dispersed in the bulk of the films using a solution technique. The functionalized nanotubes were also applied to the surface of polyimide films using a spray coating technique. The resultant polyimide nanocomposite films were evaluated for nanotube dispersion, electrical conductivity, mechanical, and optical properties and compared with previously prepared polyimide-SWNT samples to assess the effects of SWNT functionalization.

  3. Preparation and characteristics of sodium alginate/Na(+)rectorite-g-itaconic acid/acrylamide hydrogel films.

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    Yang, Lianli; Ma, Xiaoyan; Guo, Naini; Zhang, Yang

    2014-05-25

    Sodium alginate/Na(+)rectorite-graft-itaconic acid/acrylamide (SA/Na(+)REC-g-IA/AM) hydrogel film was prepared via solution polymerization. The effect of Na(+)REC, KPS, and NMBA content and the ratio of IA to AM on graft ratio, graft efficiency and absorption of liquids were investigated. The structure and morphology were analyzed by FTIR, XRD, TEM and SEM. Results revealed that the optimal Na(+)REC, KPS, and NMBA content and the ratio of IA to AM were 2wt%, 0.8wt%, 0.38wt% and 4, respectively. The hydrogel film was found to exhibit an intercalative structure and coarse surface. The mechanism of graft copolymerization was discussed. A slower and more continuous release of salicylic acid for SA/Na(+)REC-g-IA/AM composite hydrogel film was shown in vitro drug-controlled release studies, in comparison with SA film. The salicylic acid release mechanism of SA/Na(+)REC-g-IA/AM hydrogel film followed Fickian diffusion. PMID:24708990

  4. Electrochromic Properties of Iridium Oxide Films Prepared by Pulsed Anodic Electrodeposition

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    Jung, Youngwoo; Tak, Yongsug; Lee, Jaeyoung

    2002-12-01

    Thin films of iridium oxide to be used as an electrochromic material were prepared by pulsed anodic current electrodeposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. Before the pulsed electrodeposition, iridium oxide films formed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) played an important role in good adhesion as a seed layer. Iridium oxide films with light-blue color (100 mC/cm2) were deposited when anodic current of 0.07 mA/cm2 for 0.5 sec was superimposed on off-time of 0.5 sec (i.e., zero current) in each cycle. During CV experiment in phosphate buffered saline solution, electrodeposited iridium oxide films exhibited anodic electrochromism of blue and black color at two oxidation potentials (i.e., the ejection of H+) of +0.5 V and +0.9 V (vs. SCE), respectively, while on the cathodic scan, black thin film became colorless due to the injection of H+. When +0.9 V and -0.7 V were applied for coloring and bleaching observation in different pulse voltammetry, minimal times needed for each process are 9 sec and 5 sec, respectively.

  5. Preparation of soft magnetic FeCo-based films for writers

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    Wang Xuan; Zheng Fu; Liu Zhaoyang; Wei Fulin; Liu Xiaoxi; Wei Dan

    2009-04-01

    New soft magnetic head materials, the nanocrystalline FeCoAlOC thin films, were prepared by introducing C element in epoxy resin during rf sputtering of FeCoAlO films. When Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was cosputtered with FeCo, soft magnetic properties of thin films were highly improved: the coercive force decreases from dozen of oersted to several oersted (H{sub ch}{approx}4.8 Oe and H{sub ce}{approx}6.5 Oe). With further addition of carbon, the thin films exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties and good high frequency response: the coercivity is as low as 1.0 Oe, with saturation B{sub s}>20 kG, permeability {mu}{sup '}>500 when f{<=}1.0 GHz, and cutoff frequency around 1.7 GHz. The measurement of microstructure shows that the good magnetic properties are correlated with the small gain size of film.

  6. Preparation of lead-zirconium-titanium film and powder by electrodeposition

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu N.; Ginley, David S.

    1995-01-01

    A process for the preparation of lead-zirconium-titanium (PZT) film and powder compositions. The process comprises the steps of providing an electrodeposition bath, providing soluble salts of lead, zirconium and titanium metals to this bath, electrically energizing the bath to thereby direct ions of each respective metal to a substrate electrode and cause formation of metallic particles as a recoverable film of PZT powder on the electrode, and also recovering the resultant film as a powder. Recovery of the PZT powder can be accomplished by continually energizing the bath to thereby cause powder initially deposited on the substrate-electrode to drop therefrom into the bath from which it is subsequently removed. A second recovery alternative comprises energizing the bath for a period of time sufficient to cause PZT powder deposition on the substrate-electrode only, from which it is subsequently recovered. PZT film and powder so produced can be employed directly in electronic applications, or the film and powder can be subsequently oxidized as by an annealing process to thereby produce lead-zirconium-titanium oxide for use in electronic applications.

  7. Preparation of lead-zirconium-titanium film and powder by electrodeposition

    DOEpatents

    Bhattacharya, R.N.; Ginley, D.S.

    1995-10-31

    A process is disclosed for the preparation of lead-zirconium-titanium (PZT) film and powder compositions. The process comprises the steps of providing an electrodeposition bath, providing soluble salts of lead, zirconium and titanium metals to this bath, electrically energizing the bath to thereby direct ions of each respective metal to a substrate electrode and cause formation of metallic particles as a recoverable film of PZT powder on the electrode, and also recovering the resultant film as a powder. Recovery of the PZT powder can be accomplished by continually energizing the bath to thereby cause powder initially deposited on the substrate-electrode to drop therefrom into the bath from which it is subsequently removed. A second recovery alternative comprises energizing the bath for a period of time sufficient to cause PZT powder deposition on the substrate-electrode only, from which it is subsequently recovered. PZT film and powder so produced can be employed directly in electronic applications, or the film and powder can be subsequently oxidized as by an annealing process to thereby produce lead-zirconium-titanium oxide for use in electronic applications. 4 figs.

  8. Preparation of an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film for increasing the shelf-life of fruits.

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    Gudadhe, Janhavi A; Yadav, Alka; Gade, Aniket; Marcato, Priscyla D; Durán, Nelson; Rai, Mahendra

    2014-12-01

    Preparation of protective coating possessing antimicrobial properties is present day need as they increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. In the present study, preparation of agar-silver nanoparticle film for increasing the shelf life of fruits is reported. Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) biosynthesised using an extract of Ocimum sanctum leaves, were mixed with agar-agar to prepare an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film. This film was surface-coated over the fruits, Citrus aurantifolium (Thornless lime) and Pyrus malus (Apple), and evaluated for the determination of antimicrobial activity of A-AgNp films using disc diffusion method, weight loss and shelf life of fruits. This study demonstrates that these A-AgNp films possess antimicrobial activity and also increase the shelf life of fruits. PMID:25429496

  9. In-Situ Preparation of Ytterbium-Barium - Superconducting Thin Films Using Pure Ozone Vapor Oxidation

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    Berkley, Dale Dane

    A new process for preparing thin films of the YBa_2Cu_3O _{rm 7-x} high transition temperature superconducting oxide completely in-situ, without the need for a post-evaporation anneal has been developed. This work is a significant advancement in the effort to achieve a fully mature, high quality thin film-making process for scientific and technical applications. A pure ozone vapor, derived from the distilled liquid, is used to oxidize the co-evaporated metallic constituents during deposition to nucleate the superconducting phase in the vacuum chamber. Films exhibiting zero resistance transition temperatures at 85 K have been grown on strontium titanate substrates using a substrate temperature of 700 ^circC. Background evaporation pressures of 2 x 10^{-7}Torr are employed during film growth. Films prepared using this process contain primarily mixed a- and c-axis oriented grains which, as evidenced by Transmission Electron Microscopy, exhibit a high degree of epitaxial order with the substrate. Processing at lower substrate temperatures results in a depression of T _{rm c} consistent with the behavior observed for other in-situ techniques. It is unclear at this time whether this depression can be attributed to an oxygen deficiency or an expanded c-axis lattice parameter which is always associated with lower temperature processing. Measurements of the critical current of a prototype YBa_2Cu_3O _{rm 7-x}/Au/Pb proximity tunneling junction prepared in-situ using the ozone process do not exhibit the expected magnetic field and temperature dependence. This observation may be the result of a poorly defined tunneling geometry subject to the vagaries of edge effects or filamentary electrical shorts through the normal metal layer. Important implications for the investigation of an isotope effect in the high T_{rm c} superconductors is made possible by the development of the ozone technique. By distilling the ^{18}O gas into a "heavy ozone," thin films can be efficiently

  10. Substitution effects on the ferroelectric properties of BiFeO3 thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Kim, Jong Kuk; Kim, Sang Su; Kim, Won-Jeong; Bhalla, Amar S.

    2007-01-01

    Ferroelectric properties of Cr-substituted BiFeO3 (BFCr) and Pb-cosubstituted BFCr films prepared by a chemical solution deposition method and annealed at 550°C in nitrogen have been studied. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the thin films were composed of a rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure without secondary phases. The 5mol% Pb-cosubstituted BFCr films appeared to have superior ferroelectric properties to those of other BFCr films prepared by the same conditions. The remanent polarization (Pr) and the coercive field (Ec) of the 5mol% Pb-cosubstituted BFCr film were 62μC /cm2 and 235kV/cm, respectively, with a maximum applied field of 712kV/cm. In addition, the film exhibited a fatigue-free behavior up to 1.45×1010 read/write cycles.

  11. Preparation of Nickel-Aluminum-Containing Layered Double Hydroxide Films by Secondary (Seeded) Growth Method and Their Electrochemical Properties.

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    Zhang, Fazhi; Guo, Li; Xu, Sailong; Zhang, Rong

    2015-06-23

    Thin films of nickel-aluminum-containing layered double hydroxide (NiAl-LDH) have been prepared on nickel foil and nickel foam substrates by secondary (seeded) growth of NiAl-LDH seed layer. The preparation procedure consists of deposition of LDH seeds from a colloidal suspension on the substrate by dip coating, followed by hydrothermal treatment of the nanocrystals to form the LDH film. The secondary grown film is found to provide a higher crystallinity and more uniform composition of metal cations in the film layer than the in situ grown film on seed-free substrate under identical hydrothermal conditions. A systematic investigation of the film evolution process reveals that the crystallite growth rate is relatively fast for the secondary grown film because of the presence of LDH nanocrystal seeds. Electrochemical performance of the resulting NiAl-LDH films as positive electrode material was further assessed as an example of their practical applications. The secondary grown film electrode delivers improved recharge-discharge capacity and cycling stability compared with that of the in situ grown film, which can be explained by the existence of a unique microstructure of the former. Our findings show an example for the effective fabrication of LDH film with controllable microstructure and enhanced application performance through a secondary (seeded) growth procedure. PMID:26033419

  12. The thin films of pyronin dyes doped with poly(vinyl sulphate) on glass substrate: Preparation and characterization

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    Meral, Kadem; Arık, Mustafa; Onganer, Yavuz

    2016-02-01

    The thin films of pyronin B (PyB) and pyronin Y (PyY) mixed with poly(vinyl sulphate) (PVS) on glass substrate from aqueous solution were fabricated using a simple spin-coating film technique. The photophysical properties of the thin films were examined by UV-Vis, steady-state fluorescence and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. The dye thin films on the glass substrate were prepared at various [PVS]/[dye] ratios. The interactions of pyronin dyes with PVS caused the formation of monomeric and H-aggregate thin films of the dyes. H-aggregates of pyronin dyes in the thin film quenched their fluorescence intensities while the monomeric dye films have strong fluorescence. Moreover, the presence of H-aggregates in the thin film also decreased the fluorescence lifetimes of dyes. The morphological variations in the thin films depending on the dye concentration were investigated by AFM. The morphological analysis of the thin films revealed that the thin films including H-aggregates were predominant in fibril-like structures while the monomeric thin films displayed the same morphologies compared to that observed in pristine PVS film. When the spectroscopic and morphological results were evaluated, it was concluded that H-aggregates of pyronin dyes were formed due to the adsorption of the dyes on PVS backbone.

  13. Development and preparation of lead-containing paint films and diagnostic test materials.

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    Binstock, David; Gutknecht, William; Sorrell, Kristen; Haas, Curtis; Winstead, Wayne; McCombs, Michelle; Brown, Gordon; Salmons, Cynthia; Harper, Sharon L

    2012-05-01

    Lead in paint continues to be a threat to children's health in cities across the United States, which means there is an ongoing need for testing and analysis of paint. This ongoing analytical effort and especially development of new methods continue to drive the need for diagnostic testing materials that provide the analytical challenges of real-world paints. To this end, 31 different types of paint test materials were developed and prepared. Preparation of the materials included development of lead-containing paint films yielding an overall relative standard error for one individual test sample being less than 10%. The 31 diagnostic test materials prepared with these paint films included two lead pigments; lead concentrations from nominally 0 to 2.0 mg lead/cm(2) (0 to 5% lead by weight); overlayers of both "lead-free," oil-based and water-based paints; Al, Ba, and Mg as potential chemical interferents; red and black potential color interferents; and substrates of wood, metal, masonry, and plaster. These materials challenge each step in method development and evaluation, including paint sample collection and preparation, lead extraction, and measurement of solubilized lead. When the materials were used to test performance of a new lead-in-paint testing method based on extraction using a rotor/stator method and measurement using turbidimetry, the results agreed to within ±20% of the expected lead values for 30 out of 31 of the diagnostic test materials, thereby demonstrating their levels of quality and utility. PMID:22460838

  14. Production and characterization of thin a-C:(H) films for gas permeation barrier functionality against He, CO(2), N(2), O(2) and H(2)O.

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    Laidani, N; Bartali, R; Gottardi, G; Anderle, M; Chuste, G; Bellachioma, C

    2006-07-01

    This work reports on (i) the gas barrier properties of a-C:H films rf-sputtered in Ar-H(2) plasmas from a graphite target on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and (ii) the influence of the film chemical structure and defect properties on the gas permeability. The intrinsic permeabilities of the films to He, CO(2), O(2), N(2) gases and H(2)O vapour were determined and found to be orders of magnitude lower than that of the bare PET. Indirect evidence was given to a solubility-diffusion process as the more probable permeation mechanism, over a gas flow through microdefects or gas transport through nanodefects by a Knudsen diffusion mechanism. The barrier capability of the films was found to scale as the gas molecular diameter within the He, CO(2), O(2) and N(2) series, and inversely with the gas critical temperature for the CO(2), O(2), N(2) and H(2)O series. A correlation between the film Urbach energy, E(u), and the gas permeability was established, except for H(2)O. Such findings further favour a bulk diffusion contributing mechanism to permeation over the gas state transport. Conversely, this E(u)-permeability relation shed more light on the origin of the valence band tailing of the amorphous carbon electron structure. PMID:21690810

  15. Production and characterization of thin a-C:(H) films for gas permeation barrier functionality against He, CO2, N2, O2 and H2O

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    Laidani, N.; Bartali, R.; Gottardi, G.; Anderle, M.; Chuste, G.; Bellachioma, C.

    2006-07-01

    This work reports on (i) the gas barrier properties of a-C:H films rf-sputtered in Ar-H2 plasmas from a graphite target on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and (ii) the influence of the film chemical structure and defect properties on the gas permeability. The intrinsic permeabilities of the films to He, CO2, O2, N2 gases and H2O vapour were determined and found to be orders of magnitude lower than that of the bare PET. Indirect evidence was given to a solubility-diffusion process as the more probable permeation mechanism, over a gas flow through microdefects or gas transport through nanodefects by a Knudsen diffusion mechanism. The barrier capability of the films was found to scale as the gas molecular diameter within the He, CO2, O2 and N2 series, and inversely with the gas critical temperature for the CO2, O2, N2 and H2O series. A correlation between the film Urbach energy, Eu, and the gas permeability was established, except for H2O. Such findings further favour a bulk diffusion contributing mechanism to permeation over the gas state transport. Conversely, this Eu-permeability relation shed more light on the origin of the valence band tailing of the amorphous carbon electron structure.

  16. Controlled preparation of Ag nanoparticle films by a modified photocatalytic method on TiO2 films with Ag seeds for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Fu, Xin; Pan, Lujun; Li, Shuai; Wang, Qiao; Qin, Jun; Huang, Yingying

    2016-02-01

    Uniform Ag nanoparticle (NP) films were synthesized by a modified photocatalytic method on TiO2 films with Ag seeds for surface-enhanced Raman scattering, which combine the advantages of the spurting method (high nucleation density) and the traditional photocatalytic method (suitable particle size). The Ag seeds were prepared by magnetron sputtering with different time, which would adjust the distribution and transfer of electrons on the surface of TiO2 film in the process of photocatalytic reduction. The distribution and morphology of Ag NP films can be adjusted by the sputtering time and the UV irradiation time. The Raman enhancement of as-prepared Ag NP films was calculated by finite-difference time-domain to validate the experiment data. It is found that the Ag NP films synthesized on TiO2 films with suitable pre-deposited Ag seeds exhibit a much higher Raman enhancement activity than the optimum Ag NP film synthesized directly on the TiO2 film without Ag seeds.

  17. Oriented Y-type hexagonal ferrite thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Buršík, J.; Kužel, R.; Knížek, K.; Drbohlav, I.

    2013-07-15

    Thin films of Ba{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 22} (Y) hexaferrite were prepared through the chemical solution deposition method on SrTiO{sub 3}(1 1 1) (ST) single crystal substrates using epitaxial SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M) hexaferrite thin layer as a seed template layer. The process of crystallization was mainly investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. A detailed inspection revealed that growth of seed layer starts through the break-up of initially continuous film into isolated grains with expressive shape anisotropy and hexagonal habit. The vital parameters of the seed layer, i.e. thickness, substrate coverage, crystallization conditions and temperature ramp were optimized with the aim to obtain epitaxially crystallized Y phase. X-ray diffraction Pole figure measurements and Φ scans reveal perfect parallel in-plane alignment of SrTiO{sub 3} substrate and both hexaferrite phases. - Graphical abstract: XRD pole figure and AFM patterns of Ba{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 22} thin film epitaxially grown on SrTiO{sub 3}(1 1 1) single crystal using seeding layer templating. - Highlights: • Single phase Y-type hexagonal ferrite thin films were prepared by CSD method. • Seed M layer breaks into isolated single crystal islands and serves as a template. • Large seed grains grow by consuming the grains within the bulk of recoated film. • We explained the observed orientation relation of epitaxial domains. • Epitaxial growth on SrTiO{sub 3}(1 1 1) with relation (0 0 1){sub M,Y}//(1 1 1){sub ST}+[1 0 0]{sub M,Y}//[2 −1 −1]{sub ST}.

  18. Optical and electrical properties of transparent conducting B-doped ZnO thin films prepared by various deposition methods

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    Nomoto, Jun-ichi; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2011-07-15

    B-doped ZnO (BZO) thin films were prepared with various thicknesses up to about 500 nm on glass substrates at 200 deg. C by dc or rf magnetron sputtering deposition, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and vacuum arc plasma evaporation (VAPE) methods. Resistivities of 4-6 x 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm were obtained in BZO thin films prepared with a B content [B/(B + Zn) atomic ratio] around 1 at. % by PLD and VAPE methods: Hall mobilities above 40 cm{sup 2}/Vs and carrier concentrations on the order of 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}. All 500-nm-thick-BZO thin films prepared with a resistivity on the order of 10{sup -3}-10{sup -4}{Omega} cm exhibited an averaged transmittance above 80% in the wavelength range of 400-1100 nm. The resistivity in BZO thin films prepared with a thickness below about 500 nm was found to increase over time with exposure to various high humidity environments. In heat-resistance tests, the resistivity stability of BZO thin films was found to be nearly equal to that of Ga-doped ZnO thin films, so these films were judged suitable for use as a transparent electrode for thin-film solar cells.

  19. Transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films prepared using oxide targets sintered by millimeter-wave heating

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Okada, Kenji; Miyata, Toshihiro; Nomoto, Juni-chi; Hara, Youhei; Abe, Hiroshi

    2009-07-15

    The preparation of transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films by both pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and magnetron sputtering deposition (MSD) using impurity-doped ZnO targets sintered with a newly developed energy saving millimeter-wave (28 GHz) heating technique is described. Al-doped ZnO (AZO) and V-co-doped AZO (AZO:V) targets were prepared by sintering with various impurity contents for 30 min at a temperature of approximately 1250 degree sign C in an air or Ar gas atmosphere using the millimeter-wave heating technique. The resulting resistivity and its thickness dependence obtainable in thin films prepared by PLD using millimeter-wave-sintered AZO targets were comparable to those obtained in thin films prepared by PLD using conventional furnace-sintered AZO targets; a low resistivity on the order of 3x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm was obtained in AZO thin films prepared with an Al content [Al/(Al+Zn) atomic ratio] of 3.2 at. % and a thickness of 100 nm. In addition, the resulting resistivity and its spatial distribution on the substrate surface obtainable in thin films prepared by rf-MSD using a millimeter-wave-sintered AZO target were almost the same as those obtained in thin films prepared by rf-MSD using a conventional powder AZO target. Thin films prepared by PLD using millimeter-wave-sintered AZO:V targets exhibited an improved resistivity stability in a high humidity environment. Thin films deposited with a thickness of approximately 100 nm using an AZO:V target codoped with an Al content of 4 at. % and a V content [V/(V+Zn) atomic ratio] of 0.2 at. % were sufficiently stable when long-term tested in air at 90% relative humidity and 60 degree sign C.

  20. Polymer-assisted deposition of films and preparation of carbon nanotube arrays using the films

    DOEpatents

    Luo, Hongmei; Li, Qingwen; Bauer, Eve; Burrell, Anthony Keiran; McCleskey, Thomas Mark; Jia, Quanxi

    2013-07-16

    Carbon nanotubes were prepared by coating a substrate with a coating solution including a suitable solvent, a soluble polymer, a metal precursor having a first metal selected from iron, nickel, cobalt, and molybdenum, and optionally a second metal selected from aluminum and magnesium, and also a binding agent that forms a complex with the first metal and a complex with the second metal. The coated substrate was exposed to a reducing atmosphere at elevated temperature, and then to a hydrocarbon in the reducing atmosphere. The result was decomposition of the polymer and formation of carbon nanotubes on the substrate. The carbon nanotubes were often in the form of an array on the substrate.

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

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    Goring, Gillian Louise Grace

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

  2. Structure and optical properties of TiO2 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Białous, Anna; Gazda, Maria; Śliwiński, Gerard

    2013-03-01

    Thin TiO2 films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in the O2 gas ambient using the bulk metal Ti or pressed TiO2 powder targets were characterized using spectroscopic methods. Films were deposited on SiO2 (001) and SiO2 glass substrates heated up to 300 °C. The deposition process was investigated at laser fluencies from the range of 1 - 3 J/cm2 and at oxygen pressure of 0.1 - 3.2 Pa. The μ-Raman and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of the TiO2 films revealed consistently both the anatase and rutile crystalline phases and a strong dependence of the phase content ratio on target material and deposition conditions. The range of crystallite size determined from XRD bandwidths was between (2-30) nm and (6-14) nm for anatase and rutile, respectively. The film thickness values between 0.74 and 1.65 μm depending on the deposition time were obtained from the transmittance and ellipsometric measurements. Values of the band gap of 3.5-4.1 eV derived from absorption spectra were higher than that of 3.2 eV corresponding to anatase and this difference was ascribed to the relatively small size of the anatase crystallites and presence of rutile, too. The SEM images of films produced under similar conditions from Ti and TiO2 targets revealed porous structures. The highest anatase content was observed for films deposited by ablation of the TiO2 target at moderate laser fluencies below 2 J/cm2 and at oxygen pressure around 1.9 Pa.

  3. Preparation and Characterization of CuInSe2 Thin Films by Molecular-Beam Deposition Method

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    Nishitani, Mikihiko; Negami, Takayuki; Terauchi, Masaharu; Hirao, Takashi

    1992-02-01

    Polycrystalline CuInSe2 films were prepared by coevaporation of the elements under an ultrahigh vacuum by a molecular-beam deposition method. The composition of the film was controlled by changing the In molecular-beam flux intensity while the other elements remained at a constant value. It is shown, at the substrate temperature of 500°C, that there is a critical In molecular-beam flux intensity for the fabrication of stoichiometric films. At the In molecular-beam intensities higher than the critical value, single-phase CuInSe2 films with nearly constant compositions are obtained as a result of the removal effects of excess In. It is shown that the present coevaporation process is suitable for the fabrication of stoichiometric or slightly In-rich composition films. Furthermore, the structural and electrical properties of the films were investigated and discussed in relation to film composition.

  4. Investigation of the nonlocal nonlinear optical response of copper nanostructured thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Farmanfarmaei, B; RashidianVaziri, M R; Hajiesmaeilbaigi, F

    2014-11-30

    Nanostructured copper thin films have been prepared using the pulsed laser deposition method. Optical absorption spectra of these films exhibit plasmonic absorption peaks around 619 nm, which suggests the formation of copper nanoparticles on their surfaces. Scanning electron micrographs of the films confirm the nanoparticle formation on the films surfaces. After laser beam passing through the thin films, the observed diffraction rings on a far-field screen have been recorded. Despite the smallness of the maximal axial phase shifts of the films, which have been obtained using the nonlocal z-scan theory, a series of low-intensity rings can be observed on the far field screen for some specific positions of the thin films from the focal point. It is shown that the best approach to determining the sign and magnitude of the nonlinear refractive index of thin samples is the application of the conventional closeaperture z-scan method. (nanostructures)

  5. Preparation of [001]- and [107]-oriented epitaxial YbBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8} films prepared by coating-pyrolysis process

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    Manabe, T.; Yajima, Y.; Yamaguchi, I.; Kondo, W.; Shimizu, T.; Mizuta, S.; Kumagai, T.

    1999-11-01

    YbBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8} (Yb124) films were prepared on SrTiO{sub 3}(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(110) substrates by coating-pyrolysis process at ambient pressure, and the alignments of these films were investigated by XRD {theta}--2{theta} scanning and XRD pole-figure analysis. Films prepared on SrTiO{sub 3}(001) consisted of almost single-phase [001]-oriented epitaxial Yb124. On the other hand, films on SrTiO{sub 3}(110) consisted of [107]-oriented epitaxial Yb124 and other impurity phases, one of which was considered to be so-called other perovskite phase.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  7. Heavily-doped ZnO:Al thin films prepared by using magnetron Co-sputtering: Optical and electrical properties

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    Moon, Eun-A.; Jun, Young-Kil; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Lee, Woo-Sun

    2016-07-01

    Photovoltaic applications require transparent conducting-oxide (TCO) thin films with high optical transmittance in the visible spectral region (380 - 780 nm), low resistivity, and high thermal/chemical stability. The ZnO thin film is one of the most common alternatives to the conventional indium-tin-oxide (ITO) thin film TCO. Highly transparent and conductive ZnO thin films can be prepared by doping with group III elements. Heavily-doped ZnO:Al (AZO) thin films were prepared by using the RF magnetron co-sputtering method with ZnO and Al targets to obtain better characteristics at a low cost. The RF sputtering power to each target was varied to control the doping concentration in fixed-thickness AZO thin films. The crystal structures of the AZO thin films were analyzed by using X-ray diffraction. The morphological microstructure was observed by using scanning electron microscopy. The optical transmittance and the band gap energy of the AZO thin films were examined with an UV-visible spectrophotometer in the range of 300 - 1800 nm. The resistivity and the carrier concentration were examined by using a Hall-effect measurement system. An excellent optical transmittance > 80% with an appropriate band gap energy (3.26 - 3.27 eV) and an improved resistivity (~10 -1 Ω·cm) with high carrier concentration (1017 - 1019 cm -3) were demonstrated in 350-nm-thick AZO thin films for thin-film photovoltaic applications.

  8. Thickness-Dependent Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of In2O3 Films Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Technique

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    Khan, M. A. Majeed; Khan, Wasi

    2016-08-01

    In this work, nanostructured In2O3 thin films with thickness in the range of 40-160 nm were deposited on glass substrates by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The microstructural, surface morphology and optical properties were investigated as a function of film thickness through x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the deposited films were polycrystalline in nature with a cubic structure having (222) as preferred orientation. The morphological analyses of the samples exhibited uniform and smooth surface of the films with systematical increments in the surface roughness with increasing film thickness. The grain size increased from 9 nm to 13 nm with increasing film thickness. Raman spectroscopy has been employed to study the crystalline quality and the structural disorder of the films. A blue-shift in the energy band gap ( E g) from 3.74 eV to 3.98 eV was observed with the increase of film thickness. Moreover, photoluminescence peaks of the In2O3 films appeared at 443 nm and 527 nm for all films. The thickness had a substantial influence on the microstructural and optical properties as well as on the luminescence intensity of the films. The strategy presented here indicates that the prepared films could be suitable candidates for optoelectronic device applications.

  9. Thickness-Dependent Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of In2O3 Films Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Technique

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    Khan, M. A. Majeed; Khan, Wasi

    2016-05-01

    In this work, nanostructured In2O3 thin films with thickness in the range of 40-160 nm were deposited on glass substrates by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The microstructural, surface morphology and optical properties were investigated as a function of film thickness through x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the deposited films were polycrystalline in nature with a cubic structure having (222) as preferred orientation. The morphological analyses of the samples exhibited uniform and smooth surface of the films with systematical increments in the surface roughness with increasing film thickness. The grain size increased from 9 nm to 13 nm with increasing film thickness. Raman spectroscopy has been employed to study the crystalline quality and the structural disorder of the films. A blue-shift in the energy band gap (E g) from 3.74 eV to 3.98 eV was observed with the increase of film thickness. Moreover, photoluminescence peaks of the In2O3 films appeared at 443 nm and 527 nm for all films. The thickness had a substantial influence on the microstructural and optical properties as well as on the luminescence intensity of the films. The strategy presented here indicates that the prepared films could be suitable candidates for optoelectronic device applications.

  10. Microstructure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Cu2O thin films prepared by electrodeposition

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    2014-01-01

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) thin films were prepared by using electrodeposition technique at different applied potentials (−0.1, −0.3, −0.5, −0.7, and −0.9 V) and were annealed in vacuum at a temperature of 100°C for 1 h. Microstructure and optical properties of these films have been investigated by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-visible (vis) spectrophotometer, and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The morphology of these films varies obviously at different applied potentials. Analyses from these characterizations have confirmed that these films are composed of regular, well-faceted, polyhedral crystallites. UV–vis absorption spectra measurements have shown apparent shift in optical band gap from 1.69 to 2.03 eV as the applied potential becomes more cathodic. The emission of FL spectra at 603 nm may be assigned as the near band-edge emission. PMID:24872805

  11. Transparent and conductive indium doped cadmium oxide thin films prepared by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition

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    Zhu, Yuankun; Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Zhu, Jiaqi; Han, Jiecai; Anders, André

    2012-11-26

    Indium doped cadmium oxide (CdO:In) films with different In concentrations were prepared on low-cost glass substrates by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition (PFCAD). In this study, it is shown that polycrystalline CdO:In films with smooth surface and dense structure are obtained. In-doping introduces extra electrons leading to remarkable improvements of electron mobility and conductivity, as well as improvement in the optical transmittance due to the Burstein Moss effect. CdO:In films on glass substrates with thickness near 230 nm show low resistivity of 7.23 x 10-5 Ωcm, high electron mobility of 142 cm2/Vs, and mean transmittance over 80% from 500-1250 nmmore » (including the glass substrate). These high quality pulsed arc-grown CdO:In films are potentially suitable for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells that harvest a broad range of the solar spectrum.« less

  12. Transparent and conductive indium doped cadmium oxide thin films prepared by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition

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    Zhu, Yuankun; Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Zhu, Jiaqi; Han, Jiecai; Anders, André

    2012-11-26

    Indium doped cadmium oxide (CdO:In) films with different In concentrations were prepared on low-cost glass substrates by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition (PFCAD). In this study, it is shown that polycrystalline CdO:In films with smooth surface and dense structure are obtained. In-doping introduces extra electrons leading to remarkable improvements of electron mobility and conductivity, as well as improvement in the optical transmittance due to the Burstein Moss effect. CdO:In films on glass substrates with thickness near 230 nm show low resistivity of 7.23 x 10-5 Ωcm, high electron mobility of 142 cm2/Vs, and mean transmittance over 80% from 500-1250 nm (including the glass substrate). These high quality pulsed arc-grown CdO:In films are potentially suitable for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells that harvest a broad range of the solar spectrum.

  13. Transparent with wide band gap InZnO nano thin film: Preparation and characterizations

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    Sugumaran, Sathish; Ahmad, Mohd Noor Bin; Jamlos, Mohd Faizal; Bellan, Chandar Shekar; Pattiyappan, Sagadevan; Rajamani, Ranjithkumar; Sivaraman, Rathish Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Novel indium zinc oxide (InZnO) thin film of 100 nm thickness was prepared onto pre-cleaned glass plate by thermal evaporation technique from InZnO nanoparticles. The metal oxide (In-O and Zn-O) bond and In, Zn and O elements present in the films were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the mixed phase of cubic In2O3 and wurzite-hexagonal ZnO structure. SEM images showed smooth surface with uniform distribution of grains (201-240 nm) over the entire film surface. High transparency and low absorption obtained from optical study. The band gap energy was evaluated to be about 3.46-3.55 eV by Tauc's plot. The structure, smooth surface and high transparency with wide band gap energy lead the thermally evaporated InZnO nano thin film to be used for transparent layer in optoelectronic devices in the future.

  14. Preparation and biocompatibility of grafted functional β-cyclodextrin copolymers from the surface of PET films.

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    Jiang, Yan; Liang, Yuan; Zhang, Hongwen; Zhang, Weiwei; Tu, Shanshan

    2014-08-01

    The hydrophobic inert surface of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film has limited its practical bioapplications, in which case, better biocompatibility should be achieved by surface modification. In this work, the copolymer of functional β-cyclodextrin derivatives and styrene grafted surfaces was prepared via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) on initiator-immobilized PET. The structures, composition, properties, and surface morphology of the modified PET films were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle measurement, and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The results show that the surface of PET films was covered by a thick targeted copolymer layer, and the hydrophobic surface of PET was changed into an amphiphilic surface. The copolymer-grafted surfaces were also shown good biocompatibility on which SGC-7901 A549 and A549/DDP cells readily attached and proliferated, demonstrating that the functional copolymer-grafted PET films could be a promising alternative to biomaterials especially for tissue engineering. PMID:24907730

  15. Preparation and thermal desorption properties of dc sputtered zirconium-hydrogen-helium thin films

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    Wei, Y. C.; Shi, L. Q.; Zhang, L.; He, Z. J.; Zhang, B.; Wang, L. B.

    2008-11-15

    We developed a new approach for preparing hydrogen and helium co-containing zirconium films (Zr-H-He) to simulate aging metal tritides. We also studied the effect of hydrogen on helium behavior, in which we applied direct current magnetron sputtering in a mixture of working gases (helium, argon, and hydrogen). The amount and depth profile of helium and hydrogen trapped in the films were determined using the elastic recoil detection analysis. The microstructure and surface morphology of the Zr-H-He films were studied by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. To investigate the effect of hydrogen on the thermal release behavior of helium in the Zr film, thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS) was used, which revealed a similar desorption behavior to aged tritides. TDS experiments showed that the spectra were constituted by low-temperature peaks around 300 deg. C and high temperature peaks above 750 deg. C. Furthermore, the solid-phase {alpha} to {delta} transformation changed the shapes of the high-temperature peaks related to microstates of helium bubbles and caused the peak with a massive helium release shift toward lower temperature obviously.

  16. Preparation and Thermal Analysis of Ferric Doped PVA-PVP-PPy Composite Films

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    Patil, Ravikumar V.; Ranganath, M. R.; Lobo, Blaise

    2011-12-01

    The preparation and thermal analysis of flexible blend films of pyrrole (Py) polymerized in aqueous solution of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) is described. In-situ polymerization of pyrrole in aqueous solution of PVA and PVP containing ferric chloride (FeCl3) was achieved through vapor sorption, and the films obtained were studied using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA). No melting endotherm is seen in the DSC and DTA scans of the composite films, indicating that the sample is amorphous. Degradation of the sample is found to occur at lower temperatures, with increase in doping level (wt% of FeCl3). DSC study was performed between 40 °C and 400 °C. Below 1.2 wt % DL, degradation of the sample occurs in two stages, the first at 310 °C and the second at 440 °C, as seen from DTA and TGA scans. The broad endotherm between 80 °C and 120 °C is due to volatization of moisture (water) absorbed by the sample. Multiple endotherms are observed in DSC and DTA scans of the composite films, for FeCl3 doping levels above 3.8 wt %, and the sample degrades in many different stages at lower temperature, with increase in doping level, as revealed by weight losses in the TGA curve.

  17. Process for preparing essentially colorless polyimide film containing phenoxy-linked diamines

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    Stclair, A. K.; Stclair, T. L.

    1986-01-01

    A polyimide film that is approximately 90% transparent at 500 nm, useful for thermal protective coatings and solar cells, and the processes for preparing the same by thermal and chemical conversion are disclosed. An essential feature for achieving maximum optical transparency films requires utilizing recrystallized and/or sublimated specific aromatic diamines and dianhydride monomers and introducing phenoxy or thiophenyl separator groups and isomeric m,m' or o,p'-oriented diamines into the polymer molecular structure. The incorporation of these groups in the polymer structure serves to separate the chromaphoric centers and reduce the formation of inter-chain and intra-chain charge transfer complexes which normally cause absorptions in the UV-visible range. The films may be obtained by hand, brushing, casting, or spraying a layer of polyamic acid solutions onto a surface and thermally converting the applied layer to the polyimide, or the polyamic acid solution can be chemically converted to the polyimide, subsequentially dissolved in an organic solvent, and applied as a polyimide film layer with the solvent therein thermally removed.

  18. Pr–Fe–B+α-Fe nanocomposite film magnets prepared by pulsed laser deposition method

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    Yamashita, Akihiro; Nakano, Masaki; Oshima, Shuichi; Yanai, Takeshi; Fukunaga, Hirotoshi

    2016-07-01

    An increase in the remanence of an isotropic film magnet is indispensable to improve the properties of miniaturized devices. We, therefore, tried to prepare Pr–Fe–B/α-Fe multilayered nanocomposite thick-film magnets by a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. Namely, a rotated target composed of a Pr x Fe14B (x = 2.2 or 2.4) target together with an α-Fe segment was ablated. We also took account of a small spot size of the laser beam in order to suppress the emission of droplets (large particles) from each target. An optimization on the area of the α-Fe segment in each Pr x Fe14B target was carried out, and the remanence of an annealed film reached approximately 1.1 T. Moreover, a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of the above-mentioned sample revealed that the microstructure varied from a multilayered structure (as-deposited) to a dispersed one through the annealing process. Resultantly, the annealed film had a dispersed nanocomposite structure with good exchange coupling.

  19. Effects of parameters on the performance of amorphous IGZO thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Niu, Jian-wen; Ma, Rui-xin; Wang, Yuan-yuan; Li, Shi-na; Cheng, Shi-yao; Liu, Zi-lin

    2014-09-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) transparent conductive thin films are prepared on glass substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The effects of seven factors, which are substrate temperature, sputtering atmosphere, working pressure, sputtering power, annealing temperature, negative bias voltage and sputtering time, on Hall mobility, transmittance and surface roughness are studied through orthogonal experiments. The results show that the effects of working pressure, substrate temperature and sputtering atmosphere on performance of films are the most prominent. According to the experimental results and discussion, relatively reasonable process parameters are obtained, which are working pressure of 0.35 Pa, substrate temperature of 200 °C, sputtering atmosphere of Ar, sputtering power of 125 W, sputtering time of 30 min, negative bias voltage of 0 V and annealing temperature of 300 °C.

  20. Optical properties of zinc phthalocyanine thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Novotny, M.; Bulir, J.; Bensalah-Ledoux, A.; Guy, S.; Fitl, P.; Vrnata, M.; Lancok, J.; Moine, B.

    2014-10-01

    ZnPc thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (KrF laser, λ = 248 nm, τ = 5 ns, f = 50 Hz) on suprasil substrates in vacuum. Optical properties in UV-Vis spectral region were analyzed as functions of laser fluence from 40 to 100 mJ/cm2 by spectrophotometric and spectral ellipsometry measurements. The spectral ellipsometry data were treated using a three-layer model (substrate, film, roughness). The best results of data fitting were obtained when Q band was characterized by two Lorentz oscillators, while two Gaussian oscillators were used for B and C band fitting. We derived the band gap using Tauc plot considering ZnPc a direct band gap semiconductor. The band gap values were found decreasing from 3.13 to 3.09 eV with increasing laser fluence, which might be related with formation of trapping sites at higher fluence.

  1. Oriented Y-type hexagonal ferrite thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Buršík, J.; Kužel, R.; Knížek, K.; Drbohlav, I.

    2013-07-01

    Thin films of Ba2Zn2Fe12O22 (Y) hexaferrite were prepared through the chemical solution deposition method on SrTiO3(1 1 1) (ST) single crystal substrates using epitaxial SrFe12O19 (M) hexaferrite thin layer as a seed template layer. The process of crystallization was mainly investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. A detailed inspection revealed that growth of seed layer starts through the break-up of initially continuous film into isolated grains with expressive shape anisotropy and hexagonal habit. The vital parameters of the seed layer, i.e. thickness, substrate coverage, crystallization conditions and temperature ramp were optimized with the aim to obtain epitaxially crystallized Y phase. X-ray diffraction Pole figure measurements and Φ scans reveal perfect parallel in-plane alignment of SrTiO3 substrate and both hexaferrite phases.

  2. Microstructure of YBCO thin films prepared by TFA-MOD method

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    Nagino, I.; Matsumoto, K.; Adachi, H.; Miyata, S.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The microstructure of the recently developed coated conductors was investigated by using electron back scatter diffraction pattern (EBSP). We prepared TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x (YBCO) films on CeO 2/LaMnO 3/IBAD-MgO/Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrates of 1 cm-width. The EBSP observation showed that there was a difference of surface microstructure between the midsection and the end of TFA-MOD YBCO film layer in the direction of width. This is attributed not to the local difference of the biaxial texture of CeO 2 top layer but to the local difference of growth condition during TFA-MOD process.

  3. Preparation and characteristics of vanadium oxide thin films by controlling the sputtering voltage

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    Wei, Xiongbang; Li, Shibin; Gou, Jun; Dong, Xiang; Yang, Xiaohui; Li, Weizhi; Wang, Tao; Wu, Zhiming; Jiang, Yadong; Chen, Zhi

    2014-06-01

    Influence of sputtering voltage on the deposition process and characteristics of vanadium oxide thin films prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering is investigated. The target surface cleaning is controlled by adjusting the sputtering voltage. During the sputtering process, the sputtering voltage increases faster with larger O2 gas flow rate. The sputtering voltage is easy to be stable with larger sputtering voltage. The measured sputtering voltage is correlated to the ion induced secondary electron emission (ISEE) coefficient of the target material. The ISEE coefficient of the oxidized vanadium target surface is lower than the ISEE coefficient of the vanadium metal. The semiconductor to metal (S-M) phase transition temperature decreases with the sputtering voltage, leading to the lower the corresponding temperature of the maximum temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). By this way, O/V ratio, R, and TCR of VOx films can be controlled by adjusting the sputtering voltage.

  4. Strong flux pinning centers in Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by chemical vapor deposition

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    Watanabe, K.; Matsushita, T.; Kobayashi, N.; Kawabe, H.; Aoyagi, E.; Hiraga, K.; Yamane, H.; Kurosawa, H.; Hirai, T.; Muto, Y.

    1990-04-01

    The Y-Ba-Cu-O film prepared by chemical vapor deposition showed Tc=91.5 K and Bc2 (77.3 K)=60 T defined by zero resistance. The Jc values measured at 77.3 K were 7.8×105 A/cm2 at B=0 and 1.0×105 A/cm2 at 16 T, magnetic fields perpendicular to the c axis. Small disk-shaped precipitates possibly regarded as strong flux pinning centers in the Y-Ba-Cu-O films were observed using transmission electron microscopy. The evaluation of Jc related to the concentration and configuration of the precipitates was in reasonable agreement with the measured Jc values.

  5. Preparation and characterization of acetylated corn starch-(PVOH)/clay nanocomposite films.

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    Katerinopoulou, Katerina; Giannakas, Aris; Grigoriadi, Kalouda; Barkoula, Nektaria M; Ladavos, Athanasios

    2014-02-15

    Acetylated corn starch (ACS)-based clay (NaMMT) nanocomposite films, with or without addition of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), were prepared by casting with glycerol as a plasticizer. The obtained nanocomposite structure was ascertained by XRD study for all polymer-clay nanocomposites. XRD patterns are indicative of an intercalated nanocomposite structure. Mechanical and thermomechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites were studied. The addition of clay induces significant reinforcing effects in the thermoplastic ACS systems. Replacement of glycerol with PVOH in the ACS-NaMMT system results in superior mechanical strength, due to the creation of hydrogen bonds between the ACS and the PVOH chains. Enhancement in water barrier properties was observed for all nanocomposite films, which reaches up to 67% for acetylated starch-PVOH-clay nanocomposites in comparison to acetylated thermoplastic starch, as indicated by water vapor transmission measurements. PMID:24507275

  6. Optical waveguiding properties and refractive index analysis of boron nitride (BN) thin films prepared by reactive ion plating

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    Boudiombo, J.; Boudrioua, A.; Loulergue, J. C.; Malhouitre, S.; Machet, J.

    1998-05-01

    Thin films of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have been prepared using a reactive ion plating process. Investigations of guiding and optical properties of films have been performed using m-line spectroscopy. Both ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices are, respectively, determined from TE and TM mode excitation. Furthermore, refractive index profile analysis using an improved inverse WKB method reveals a gradient-like behavior indicating an optical inhomogeneity of the deposited films along the thickness. An optical anisotropy study confirms the films uniaxial nature with a birefringence, Δ n, of about 0.11.

  7. Effect of annealing on magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B thin films prepared by ECR ion beam sputtering method

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    Tokumaru, R.; Tamano, S.; Goto, S.; Madeswaran, S.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.

    2009-11-01

    Nd-Fe-B thin films were prepared by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion beam sputtering and subsequent annealing. The influence of annealing on the magnetic properties and X-ray diffraction patterns of the product films was investigated. Amorphous films deposited at room temperature were annealed at temperatures between 600 and 800 °C. The c-axis oriented crystallization of the Nd2Fe14B phase did not appear by annealing of the buffer layer and magnetic Nd-Fe-B layer deposited at room temperature, and the hysteresis loops of the films indicated magnetic isotropy.

  8. Facile preparation and thermoelectric properties of Bi₂Te₃ based alloy nanosheet/PEDOT:PSS composite films.

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    Du, Yong; Cai, K F; Chen, Song; Cizek, Pavel; Lin, Tong

    2014-04-23

    Bi2Te3 based alloy nanosheet (NS)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composite films were prepared separately by spin coating and drop casting techniques. The drop cast composite film containing 4.10 wt % Bi2Te3 based alloy NSs showed electrical conductivity as high as 1295.21 S/cm, which is higher than that (753.8 S/cm) of a dimethyl sulfoxide doped PEDOT:PSS film prepared under the same condition and that (850-1250 S/cm) of the Bi2Te3 based alloy bulk material. The composite film also showed a very high power factor value, ∼32.26 μWm(-1) K(-2). With the content of Bi2Te3 based alloy NSs increasing from 0 to 4.10 wt %, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the composite films increase simultaneously. PMID:24666341

  9. Effect of nitrogen surrounding gas and plasma assistance on nitrogen incorporation in a-C:N films by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition

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    Bourquard, F.; Maddi, C.; Donnet, C.; Loir, A.-S.; Barnier, V.; Wolski, K.; Garrelie, F.

    2016-06-01

    In the context of nitrogen-rich amorphous carbon thin films ultrafast pulsed laser deposition from graphite targets in inert nitrogen or nitrogen plasma ambient, this study assesses the correlation between the ablation plume composition and dynamics and the thin films contents and structures. The use of both optical emission spectroscopy and spectrally resolved 2D imaging, coupled with intensified CCD temporal resolution, allows to precisely follow such species of the plume as CN and C2 molecules, from their apparition to their deposition on the substrate. The results show that carbon-nitrogen bonding arises at the early time of expansion with little changes in quantity thereafter. The key role of the DC-bias is in lowering the molecular weight of the ambient gas, thus easing molecules way toward the target and interfering with the chemical reaction for CN generation. Depending on the ambient pressure, these processes will have drastically different effects on the thin films properties and contents. This work thus explains the origin of high nitrogen contents in a-C:N thin films obtained using DC-bias, and proposes an easy in situ optical observation-based way to predict and look for the best conditions to maximize those contents in future work.

  10. Preparation and Characterization of Epitaxial VO2 Films on Sapphire Using Postepitaxial Topotaxy Route via Epitaxial V2O3 Films

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    Yamaguchi, Iwao; Manabe, Takaaki; Tsuchiya, Tetsuo; Nakajima, Tomohiko; Sohma, Mitsugu; Kumagai, Toshiya

    2008-02-01

    Epitaxial VO2 films were prepared on the C-planes of α-Al2O3 substrates by a metal organic deposition (MOD) process. It was difficult to obtain the single phase of (010)M-oriented VO2 films, in which the subscript M refers to the monoclinic indices, by the heat treatment of amorphous precursor films in the VO2-stable region after the pyrolysis of the coating solution. The product films consisted of discontinuous circular grains of 1-2 µm size on the substrate surface. Therefore, we prepared the (010)M-oriented epitaxial VO2 films using postepitaxial topotaxy (PET), that is, topotactic oxidation of (0001)-oriented epitaxial V2O3 films. First, epitaxial V2O3(0001) films were obtained by MOD starting with a vanadium naphthenate solution. Second, the epitaxial V2O3(0001) films were topotactically oxidized at 500 °C in an Ar-O2 gas mixture with pO2 = 10-4 atm to obtain (010)M-oriented epitaxial VO2 films. The epitaxial relationships were VO2(010)M ∥ α-Al2O3(0001) and VO2[100]M ∥ α-Al2O3[0110], [1010], [1100]. The VO2(010)M films exhibited metal-semiconductor transitions with hysteresis loops at 60-80 °C. The resistivity change before and after the transition of the VO2(010)M film oxidized for 6 h was three orders of magnitude.

  11. Study on the Preparation and Characteristics of Cellulose/Silver Iodide Nanocomposite Film.

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    Lee, Yang Hun; Han, Sung Soo; Kang, Young Ah; Shin, Eun Joo

    2016-06-01

    In this study, the structure and properties of an organic-inorganic composite material prepared from cellulose doped with fine particles of silver iodide (AgI) were examined. The preparation of the composite involved the complexation of cellulose with polyiodide ions, such as I- and 13-, by immersion in iodine/potassium iodide (I2/KI: 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0 M) or potassium iodide (KI: 0.6, 1.2, 1.8, 2.4, 3.0 M) aqueous solutions followed by reaction in a silver nitrate (AgNO3:1.0 M) aqueous solution. These procedures resulted in the in situ formation of fine β-AgI particles within the cellulose matrix. The characteristics and conductivities of prepared cellulose/silver iodide (AgI) nanocomposite films with different I2/KI and KI concentrations were investigated. AgI particle formation and aggregation increased on increasing I2/KI and KI concentrations as determined by SEM. X-ray results showed that KI could penetrate the cellulose crystal region and form AgI particles. The electrical conductivities of nanocomposite films treated with KI were higher than that of I2/KI at < 1.0 M of I2/KI and 3 M of KI, although the weight gain by AgI formation was lower than that of I2/KI. This was also attributed to the formation of smaller AgI particles and crystal defects. Highest electrical conductivity (3.8 x 10(-7) Ω(-1) cm(-1)) was obtained from the cellulose films (1.25 x 10(-11) Ω(-1) cm(-1)) treated with the aqueous solutions of 1.0 M I2/KI and 1.0 M AgNO3. PMID:27427678

  12. Comparison of Cf-252 thin-film sources prepared by evaporation or self-transfer

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    Algutifan, Noor J.; Sherman, Steven R.; Alexander, Charles W.

    2014-11-29

    Californium-252 (Z = 98) is valued as a potent neutron source due to its spontaneous fission decay path. Thin film sources containing Cf-252 were prepared by two techniques: evaporation and self-transfer. The sources were analyzed by alpha and gamma spectroscopy. Results indicate that self-transfer sources exhibit less alpha energy straggling and energy loss than evaporative sources. Fission fragments may also self-transfer, and sources made by self-transfer may need some decay time to reach radioactive equilibrium.

  13. Comparison of Cf-252 Thin-Film Sources Prepared by Evaporation or Self-Transfer

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    Algutifan, Noor J; Sherman, Steven R; Alexander, Charles W

    2015-01-01

    Californium-252 (Z = 98) is valued as a potent neutron source due to its spontaneous fission decay path. Thin film sources containing Cf-252 were prepared by two techniques: evaporation and self-transfer. The sources were analyzed by alpha and gamma spectroscopy. Results indicate that self-transfer sources exhibit less alpha energy straggling and energy loss than evaporative sources. Fission fragments may also self-transfer, and sources made by self-transfer may need some decay time to reach radioactive equilibrium.

  14. Manganese oxide helices, rings, strands, and films, and methods for their preparation

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    Suib, Steven L.; Giraldo, Oscar; Marquez, Manuel; Brock, Stephanie

    2003-01-07

    Methods for the preparation of mixed-valence manganese oxide compositions with quaternary ammonium ions are described. The compositions self-assemble into helices, rings, and strands without any imposed concentration gradient. These helices, rings, and strands, as well as films having the same composition, undergo rapid ion exchange to replace the quaternary ammonium ions with various metal ions. And the metal-ion-containing manganese oxide compositions so formed can be heat treated to form semi-conducting materials with high surface areas.

  15. Preparation and characterizaion of CTAB-templated large pore silica nanocomposite films

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    Yao, Lan-Fang; Tian, Lin-Lin; Wang, Shuo; Li, Lin; Xu, Ruiqing; Fang, Xueling

    2010-10-01

    CTAB-templated large pore silica nano-composite films were prepared by means of a two-step acid-catalyzed and solgel process using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the precursor, Surfactant cetyltrimethy- ammonium bromide (CTAB) as an organic template to generate the uniformity pore structure and 1,3,5-trimethyl benzene (TMB) as organic swelling agent. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). We found that the TMB/CTAB mol ratio must be controlled well for producing large pore materials.

  16. Preparation and characterizaion of CTAB-templated large pore silica nanocomposite films

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    Yao, Lan-fang; Tian, Lin-lin; Wang, Shuo; Li, Lin; Xu, Ruiqing; Fang, Xueling

    2011-02-01

    CTAB-templated large pore silica nano-composite films were prepared by means of a two-step acid-catalyzed and solgel process using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the precursor, Surfactant cetyltrimethy- ammonium bromide (CTAB) as an organic template to generate the uniformity pore structure and 1,3,5-trimethyl benzene (TMB) as organic swelling agent. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). We found that the TMB/CTAB mol ratio must be controlled well for producing large pore materials.

  17. Local structure investigation of Co doped ZnO thin films prepared by RF sputtering technique

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    Yadav, A. K.; Haque, S. Maidul; Shukla, D.; Phase, D. M.; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2016-05-01

    Co doped ZnO thin films have been prepared using rf magnetron sputtering technique with varying Co doping concentration. GIXRD has been used to probe long range order and Zn, Co and Oxygen K-edge XAFS measurements have been used for investigating local structure around Zn and Co atoms. GIXRD results show wurzite structure of the samples while XANES and EXAFS results at Zn and Co K edge show that Co is going at Zn site in ZnO matrix and no other phase is present. These results are further confirmed by O K edge and Co L2,3 edge XANES measurements.

  18. Preparation, assessment, and comparison of α-chitin nano-fiber films with different surface charges.

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    Zhang, Yan; Jiang, Jie; Liu, Liang; Zheng, Ke; Yu, Shiyuan; Fan, Yimin

    2015-01-01

    Chitin nano-fibers with positive and negative charges have been, respectively, produced from partially deacetylated and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidized α-chitin. The average diameters and lengths of the TEMPO-oxidized chitin nano-fibers (TOChN) were 14 ± 4.3 and 190 ± 140 nm, respectively, and the average diameters and lengths of the partially deacetylated chitin nano-fibers (DEChN) were 6 ± 1.7 and 320 ± 105 nm, respectively. A partially deacetylated chitin nano-fiber film (DEChN-F), a TEMPO-mediated and oxidized chitin nano-fiber film (TOChN-F), and a composite film (DE-TO-ChN-F) consisting of a combination of the two were prepared by drying the dispersions at 40 °C. The DEChN-F, TOChN-F, and DE-TO-ChN-F all have similar tensile strengths of approximately 90 MPa; however, the chitosan film (Chitosan-F) had a tensile strength of approximately 30 MPa. In addition, TOChN-F and DE-TO-ChN-F have a thermal weight loss at 210 °C, and DEChN-F has a thermal weight loss at 280 °C. DEChN-F was found to have antimicrobial activity with regards to Escherichia coli. Finally, the chitin nano-fiber films could be slightly degraded by cellulase, which provided a novel biological performance of the chitin nano-material. PMID:26034418

  19. Preparation, assessment, and comparison of α-chitin nano-fiber films with different surface charges

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    Zhang, Yan; Jiang, Jie; Liu, Liang; Zheng, Ke; Yu, Shiyuan; Fan, Yimin

    2015-05-01

    Chitin nano-fibers with positive and negative charges have been, respectively, produced from partially deacetylated and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidized α-chitin. The average diameters and lengths of the TEMPO-oxidized chitin nano-fibers (TOChN) were 14 ± 4.3 and 190 ± 140 nm, respectively, and the average diameters and lengths of the partially deacetylated chitin nano-fibers (DEChN) were 6 ± 1.7 and 320 ± 105 nm, respectively. A partially deacetylated chitin nano-fiber film (DEChN-F), a TEMPO-mediated and oxidized chitin nano-fiber film (TOChN-F), and a composite film (DE-TO-ChN-F) consisting of a combination of the two were prepared by drying the dispersions at 40 °C. The DEChN-F, TOChN-F, and DE-TO-ChN-F all have similar tensile strengths of approximately 90 MPa; however, the chitosan film (Chitosan-F) had a tensile strength of approximately 30 MPa. In addition, TOChN-F and DE-TO-ChN-F have a thermal weight loss at 210 °C, and DEChN-F has a thermal weight loss at 280 °C. DEChN-F was found to have antimicrobial activity with regards to Escherichia coli. Finally, the chitin nano-fiber films could be slightly degraded by cellulase, which provided a novel biological performance of the chitin nano-material.

  20. The preparation and chemical reaction kinetics of tungsten bronze thin films and nitrobenzene with and without a catalyst

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    Materer, Nicholas F.; Apblett, Allen; Kadossov, Evgueni B.; Khan, Kashif Rashid; Casper, Walter; Hays, Kevin; Shams, Eman F.

    2016-06-01

    Microcrystalline tungsten bronze thin films were prepared using wet chemical techniques to reduce a tungsten oxide thin film that was prepared by thermal oxidation of a sputter deposited tungsten metal film on a quartz substrate. The crystallinity of these films was determined by X-ray diffraction and the surface was characterized by X-ray and Ultra-Violet Photoelectron spectroscopy. The total amount of hydrogen incorporated in the film was monitored using absorbance spectroscopy at 900 nm. The oxidation kinetics of the film and the hydrogenation of nitrobenzene in hexane were measured as a function of film thickness. A satisfactory fit of the resulting kinetics was obtained using a model that involves two simultaneous processes. The first one is the proton diffusion from the bulk of the film to the surface, and the second is a reaction of the surface protons with the oxidants. Finally, the dependence of the reaction rates on the presence of catalytic amounts of first row transition metals on the surface of the film was explored.

  1. Determination of photocatalytic activity in amorphous and crystalline titanium oxide films prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Wu, Cheng-Yang; Chiang, Bo-Sheng; Chang, Springfield; Liu, Day-Shan

    2011-01-01

    Hydro-oxygenated amorphous titanium oxide (a-TiO x:OH) films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using precursors of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and oxygen. The influences of chemical states and crystal quality on the photocatalytic activity were systematically investigated in the as-deposited and post-annealed films. The degree of the photocatalytic activity was deeply correlated with the porosity related to the hydroxyl (OH) groups in the as-deposited amorphous film. The crystallized anatase structures was observed from the 200 °C-deposited a-TiO x:OH film after a post-annealing treatment at 400 °C. The photocatalytic activity related to the film with anatase structure was markedly superior to that of an amorphous film with porous structures. The larger the crystal size of the anatase structure, the higher the photocatalytic activity obtained. At elevated annealed temperatures, the inferior anatase structure due to the crystalline transformation led to a low photocatalytic activity. It was concluded that the photocatalytic activity of an amorphous TiO x film prepared using PECVD was determined by the porosity originating from the functional OH groups in the film, whereas the crystalline quality of anatase phase in the annealed poly-TiO x film was crucial to the photocatalytic activity.

  2. Photoelectrochemical properties of N/C-codoped TiO2 film electrodes prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Wu, Kee-Rong; Yeh, Chung-Wei; Hung, Chung-Hsuang; Chung, Chih-Yuan; Cheng, Li-Hsun

    2010-02-01

    This paper aims to characterize the photoelectrochemical properties of the visible-light enabling titanium dioxide (TiO2) film electrodes prepared by codoping nitrogen (N) and a presputtered carbon film (C-film) onto indium tin oxide (ITO) glass substrates using a direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering technique. To improve its photoelectrochemical properties, different amount of C-doping sources, 2 h and 4 h C-film, are chose to prepare the N/C-codoped TiO2 film electrodes. Under visible-light (420 < lambda < 610 nm) illumination, a remarkable photocurrent density of 22 microA/cm2 is obtained for the N/C-TiO2 film electrode prepared with a 4 h C-film (NC(4)-T) at an applied potential of +1.2 V versus SCE. Under ultraviolet (lambda approximately 365 nm) illumination, the NC(4)-T film electrode also exhibits the highest photocurrent density of 0.23 mA/cm2 among all samples tested. A more negative flat band potential of NC(4)-T film electrode is attributed to the synergistic effect of N/C codoping. The XRD spectrum of the NC(4)-T film electrode shows mainly the well-crystallized anatase TiO2 phase and an extremely intense (211) plane. Thus, photoelectrochemical activity of the NC(4)-T film electrode can be ascribed to the well-crystallized columnar crystals with pores at its grain boundary, open surface morphology, which are revealed by SEM and TEM images, and a more negative flat band potential. The visible-light induced activity is mostly enhanced as a result of the synergistic effects of N/C-codoping into the TiO2 crystals. A potential application to photocatalytic splitting of water for hydrogen evolution using solar light is practically possible. PMID:20352756

  3. Effect of Si and C concentration on the microstructure, and the mechanical, tribological and electrochemical properties of nanocomposite TiC/a-SiC:H/a-C:H coatings prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Li, Duanjie; Hassani, Salim; Poulin, Suzie; Szpunar, Jerzy A.; Martinu, Ludvik; Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta E.

    2012-02-01

    The nanocomposite TiC/a-SiC:H/a-C:H (presented as Ti-Si-C) coatings attract considerable interest due to their possible applications such as wear protective coatings, diffusion barriers, and materials for solar cells and electrical contacts. In order to explore new film properties and open new opportunities, in the present work, we prepare a series of C-rich Ti-Si-C coatings with different Si and C concentrations using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, and we systematically investigate the effect of elemental composition on the microstructure, and on the mechanical, tribological and electrochemical properties. XRD and XPS analyses demonstrate that the Ti-Si-C coatings mainly consist of nanocrystalline (nc-) TiC embedded in amorphous (a-) SiC:H and a-C:H matrices. Ti-Si-C coatings with a high Si concentration possess enhanced mechanical properties (high hardness), while those with additional C exhibit superior tribological behaviors. The increase of Si and/or C concentrations leads to a grain size refinement of the TiC nanocrystals and to an expansion of the amorphous phase. This in turn substantially enhances their corrosion resistance. Ti-Si-C coatings with the highest Si or C contents exhibit the best corrosion performance among the tested samples by improving the corrosion resistance of the SS410 substrate by a factor of ˜400.

  4. The influence of the preparation conditions on structure and optical properties of solid films of graphene oxide

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    Seliverstova, E.; Ibrayev, N.; Dzhanabekova, R.; Gladkova, V.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we investigated the physico-chemical properties of graphene oxide monolayers at the interface water-air. Monolayers were formed by the spreading of dispersion of graphene oxide in acetone and THF. It was found than graphene monolayers are in the “liquid” state on the surface of subphase. Monolayers were transferred onto solid substrates according to Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. SEM images show that the films have an island structure. The films obtained from acetone solutions are more uniform, which makes them more promising in terms of their use as conductive coatings. Absorption spectrum of graphene LB films exhibits a broad band in the ultraviolet and visible region of the spectrum. The optical density of the film obtained from acetone solution is greater than the optical density of the film prepared from THF. In the visible region of the spectrum both films have high transparency.

  5. Preparation of dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films by electroless deposition and their photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Nagaya, Satoshi; Nishikiori, Hiromasa

    2013-09-25

    Dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films were prepared on ITO films by electroless deposition. The films were formed in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate, dimethylamine-borane, and eosin Y at 328 K. The film thickness was 1.2-2.0 μm. Thinner and larger-plane hexagonal columns were produced from the solution containing a higher concentration of eosin Y. A photocurrent was observed in the electrodes containing such ZnO films during light irradiation. The photoelectrochemical performance of the film was improved by increasing the concentration of eosin Y because of increases in the amount of absorbed photons and the electronic conductivity of ZnO. PMID:24020721

  6. Optical, electrical and surface properties of annealed CdO:Mg thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Karakaya, Seniye E-mail: oozbas@ogu.edu.tr; Ozbas, Omer E-mail: oozbas@ogu.edu.tr

    2013-12-16

    The use of transparent conducting oxides in optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices has encouraged research on this field in recent years. Especially, cadmium oxide is a promising material for solar cell application but also for photodiodes and gas sensors. Mg doped CdO (CdO:Mg) films have been prepared on glass substrates by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) technique. After the production, the films have been annealed in air atmosphere at 475°C and half hour. Results on surface, optical and electrical properties of the films as a function of the thermal annealing have been reported. Thicknesses of the films have been determined by the filmetrics thin film measurement system. Transmission and absorbance spectra have been taken by UV-vis spectrophotometer. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analysis indicates that the roughness of the surface decreases upon increasing Mg concentration. The minimum resistivity value of the films was 2×10{sup −3} Ω cm.

  7. Thin copper oxide films prepared by ion beam sputtering with subsequent thermal oxidation: Application in chemiresistors

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    Horak, P.; Bejsovec, V.; Vacik, J.; Lavrentiev, V.; Vrnata, M.; Kormunda, M.; Danis, S.

    2016-12-01

    Copper oxide films were prepared by thermal oxidation of thin Cu films deposited on substrates by ion beam sputtering. The subsequent oxidation was achieved in the temperature range of 200 °C-600 °C with time of treatment from 1 to 7 h (with a 1-h step) in a furnace open to air. At temperatures 250 °C-600 °C, the dominant phase formed was CuO, while at 200 °C mainly the Cu2O phase was identified. However, the oxidation at 200 °C led to a more complicated composition - in the depth Cu2O phase was observed, though in the near-surface layer the CuO dominant phase was found with a significant presence of Cu(OH)2. A limited amount of Cu2O was also found in samples annealed at 600 °C. The sheet resistance RS of the as-deposited Cu sample was 2.22 Ω/□, after gradual annealing RS was measured in the range 2.64 MΩ/□-2.45 GΩ/□. The highest RS values were obtained after annealing at 300 °C and 350 °C, respectively. Oxygen depth distribution was studied using the 16O(α,α) nuclear reaction with the resonance at energy 3032 keV. It was confirmed that the higher oxidation degree of copper is located in the near-surface region. Preliminary tests of the copper oxide films as an active layer of a chemiresistor were also performed. Hydrogen and methanol vapours, with a concentration of 1000 ppm, were detected by the sensor at an operating temperature of 300 °C and 350 °C, respectively. The response of the sensors, pointed at the p-type conductivity, was improved by the addition of thin Pd or Au catalytic films to the oxidic film surface. Pd-covered films showed an increased response to hydrogen at 300 °C, while Au-covered films were more sensitive to methanol vapours at 350 °C.

  8. Bi-nanoparticle (CdTe and CdSe) mixed polyaniline hybrid thin films prepared using spin coating technique

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    Verma, Deepak; Dutta, V.

    2009-02-01

    Polyaniline (Pani) films containing CdTe, CdSe, and both nanoparticles were deposited using spin coating technique. Pani was chemically synthesized by oxidation method, whereas surfactant free CdTe and CdSe nanoparticles were prepared using solvothermal method. Binanoparticle films showed an increase in the absorption from 350 nm to the near IR region. Absorption spectra also showed charge transfer complex formation for the binanoparticle hybrid thin films prepared with weight ratio of [Pani (camphor sulfonic acid, CSA):CdTe:CdSe] 200:100:75. Photoluminescence measurement for the bi-nanoparticle hybrid thin films confirmed that the required dissociation of excitons was taking place at the interface. Scanning electron microscopy images showed homogeneity and an interconnected network on the surface of the films prepared with Pani (CSA):CdTe:CdSe weight ratios of 200:100:50 and 200:100:75, respectively. Cyclic voltammetry confirmed better stability for the bi-nanoparticle hybrid films in comparison to Pani film. It also established the process of electrochemical charge transfer between the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix.

  9. Template-directed preparation of two-layer porous NiO film via hydrothermal synthesis for lithium ion batteries

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    Chen, Z.; Xiao, A.; Chen, Y.; Zuo, C.; Zhou, S.; Li, L.

    2012-08-15

    Graphical abstract: A two-layer porous NiO film is prepared via hydrothermal synthesis method based on monolayer polystyrene sphere template and shows noticeable Li battery performance with good cycle life and high capacity. Highlights: ► Two-layer porous NiO film is prepared via monolayer polystyrene spheres template. ► NiO film with high capacity as anode material for lithium ion batteries. ► Two-layer porous structure is favorable for fast lithium ion and electron transfer. -- Abstract: A two-layer porous NiO film is prepared by hydrothermal synthesis method through self-assembled monolayer polystyrene spheres template. The substructure of the NiO film is composed of ordered close-packed hollow-sphere array and the superstructure is made up of randomly NiO nanoflakes. The electrochemical properties are measured by galvanostatic charge/discharge tests and cyclic voltammetric analysis (CV). As anode material for lithium ion batteries, the two-layer porous NiO film exhibits high initial coulombic efficiency of 75%, high reversible capacity and rather good cycling performance. The discharge capacity of the two-layer porous NiO film is 501 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.5 C after 50 cycles. The two-layer porous architecture is responsible for the enhancement of electrochemical properties.

  10. Preparation and characterization of fast dissolving pullulan films containing BCS class II drug nanoparticles for bioavailability enhancement.

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    Krull, Scott M; Ma, Zhelun; Li, Meng; Davé, Rajesh N; Bilgili, Ecevit

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this study is to assess pullulan as a novel steric stabilizer during the wet-stirred media milling (WSMM) of griseofulvin, a model poorly water-soluble drug, and as a film-former in the preparation of strip films via casting-drying the wet-milled drug suspensions for dissolution and bioavailability enhancement. To this end, pullulan films, with xanthan gum (XG) as thickening agent and glycerin as plasticizer, were loaded with griseofulvin nanoparticles prepared by WSMM using pullulan in combination with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as an ionic stabilizer. The effects of drug loading and milling time on the particle size and suspension stability were investigated, as well as XG concentration and casting thickness on film properties and dissolution rate. The nanosuspensions prepared with pullulan-SDS combination were relatively stable over 7 days; hence, this combination was used for the film preparation. All pullulan-based strip films exhibited excellent content uniformity (most <3% RSD) despite containing only 0.3-1.3 mg drug, which was ensured by the use of precursor suspensions with >5000 cP viscosity. USP IV dissolution tests revealed fast/immediate drug release (t80 < 30 min) from films <120 μm thick. Thinner films, films with lower XG loading, or smaller drug particles led to faster drug dissolution, while drug loading had no discernible effect. Overall, these results suggest that pullulan may serve as an acceptable stabilizer for media milling in combination with surfactant as well as a fast-dissolving film former for the fast release of poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles. PMID:26567632

  11. Preparation of rutile and anatase phases titanium oxide film by RF sputtering.

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    Huang, Hong-Hsin; Huang, Chia-Chen; Huang, Ping-Chih; Yang, Cheng-fu; Hsu, Ching-Yun

    2008-05-01

    Titanium oxide films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering onto glass substrates. The effects of RF power and deposition temperature on crystalline structure, morphology and energy gap were investigated, which were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, SEM and UV-Vis spectrometer, respectively. Results show that rutile phase is the favored structure during deposition. Applying RF power in the range of 50-250 W, the amorphous, rutile, and both rutile and anatase phases TiO2 films were obtained in sequence, while the content of anatase is similar in the range of 34-37% although the RF power increases. Increasing the deposition temperature, the anatase phase coexists in the rutile phase in the range of 100-200 degrees C, and the content of anatase increases from 20 to 41% with the deposition temperature. In addition, according to the morphology observation, the granulous surface is found in rutile phase while facetted surface in anatase phase when titanium oxide films deposited at various RF powers and substrate temperatures. The band gap energy of titanium oxide evaluated from (alphahv)1/2 versus energy plots show that the energy gap decreases with RF power increasing. PMID:18572703

  12. Nanoemulsions prepared by a low-energy emulsification method applied to edible films.

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    Bilbao-Sáinz, Cristina; Avena-Bustillos, Roberto J; Wood, Delilah F; Williams, Tina G; McHugh, Tara H

    2010-11-24

    Catastrophic phase inversion (CPI) was used as a low-energy emulsification method to prepare oil-in-water (O/W) nanoemulsions in a lipid (Acetem)/water/nonionic surfactant (Tween 60) system. CPIs in which water-in-oil emulsions (W/O) are transformed into oil-in-water emulsions (O/W) were induced by changes in the phase ratio. Dynamic phase inversion emulsification was achieved by slowly increasing the water volume fraction (fw) to obtain O/W emulsions from water in oil emulsions. Composition and processing variables were optimized to minimize droplet size and polydispersity index (PdI). It was found that addition of the continuous phase to the dispersed phase following the standard CPI procedure resulted in the formation of oil droplets with diameters of 100-200 nm. Droplet size distribution during CPI and emulsification time depended on stirring speed and surfactant concentration. Droplet sizes in the inverted emulsions were compared to those obtained by direct emulsification: The process time to reach droplet sizes of around 100 nm was reduced by 12 times by using CPI emulsification. The Acetem/water nanoemulsion was also used as a carrier to incorporate oregano and cinnamon essential oils into soy protein edible films. The resulting composite films containing oregano oil showed better moisture barrier and mechanical properties compared to soy protein films. PMID:20977191

  13. Preparation of atomically flat rutile TiO2(001) surfaces for oxide film growth

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    Wang, Yang; Lee, Shinbuhm; Vilmercati, P.; Lee, Ho Nyung; Weitering, Hanno; Snijders, Paul C.

    2016-01-01

    The availability of low-index rutile TiO2 single crystal substrates with atomically flat surfaces is essential for enabling epitaxialgrowth of rutile transition metal oxide films. The high surface energy of the rutile (001) surface often leads to surface faceting, which precludes the sputter and annealing treatment commonly used for the preparation of clean and atomically flat TiO2(110) substrate surfaces. In this work, we reveal that stable and atomically flat rutile TiO2(001) surfaces can be prepared with an atomically ordered reconstructedsurface already during a furnace annealing treatment in air. We tentatively ascribe this result to the decrease in surface energy associated withmore » the surface reconstruction, which removes the driving force for faceting. Despite the narrow temperature window where this morphology can initially be formed, we demonstrate that it persists in homoepitaxialgrowth of TiO2(001) thin films. The stabilization of surface reconstructions that prevent faceting of high-surface-energy crystal faces may offer a promising avenue towards the realization of a wider range of high quality epitaxial transition metal oxide heterostructures.« less

  14. Effect of plasticizer on surface of free films prepared from aqueous solutions of salts of cationic polymers with different plasticizers

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    Bajdik, János; Fehér, Máté; Pintye-Hódi, Klára

    2007-06-01

    Acquisition of a more detailed understanding of all technological processes is currently a relevant tendency in pharmaceutical technology and hence in industry. A knowledge of film formation from dispersion of polymers is very important during the coating of solid dosage forms. This process and the structure of the film can be influenced by different additives. In the present study, taste-masking films were prepared from aqueous citric acid solutions of a cationic polymer (Eudragit ® E PO) with various hydrophilic plasticizers (glycerol, propylene glycol and different poly(ethylene glycols)). The mechanical properties, film thickness, wetting properties and surface free energy of the free films were studied. The aim was to evaluate the properties of surface of free films to predict the arrangement of macromolecules in films formed from aqueous solutions of salts of cationic polymers. A high molecular weight of the plasticizer decreased the work of deformation. The surface free energy and the polarity were highest for the film without plasticizer; the hydrophilic additives decreased these parameters. The direction of the change in polarity (a hydrophilic component caused a decrease in the polarity) was unexpected. It can be explained by the change in orientation of the macromolecules, a hydrophobic surface being formed. Examination of the mechanical properties and film thickness can furnish additional results towards a knowledge of film formation by this not frequently applied type of polymer from aqueous solution.

  15. Preparation of narrow band gap V2O5/TiO2 composite films by micro-arc oxidation

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    Luo, Qiang; Li, Xin-wei; Cai, Qi-zhou; Yan, Qing-song; Pan, Zhen-hua

    2012-11-01

    V2O5/TiO2 composite films were prepared on pure titanium substrates via micro-arc oxidation (MAO) in electrolytes consisting of NaVO3. Their morphology and elements were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Phase composition and valence states of species in the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS) were also employed to evaluate the photophysical property of the films. The V2O5/TiO2 composite films show a sheet-like morphology. Not only V2O5 phase appears in the films when the NaVO3 concentration of the electrolyte is higher than 6.10 g/L and is loaded at the surface of anatase, but also V4+ is incorporated into the crystal lattice of anatase. In comparison with pure TiO2 films the V2O5/TiO2 composite films exhibit significantly narrow band gap energy. The film prepared in an electrolyte consisting of NaVO3 with a concentration of 8.54 g/L exhibits the narrowest band gap energy, which is approximately 1.89 eV. The V2O5/TiO2 composite films also have the significantly enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. The film prepared in an electrolyte consisting of NaVO3 with a concentration of 8.54 g/L exhibits the best photocatalytic activity and about 93% of rhodamine is degraded after 14 h visible light radiation.

  16. Pyroelectric property of novel LiTa3O8 thin film prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Zhang, De-Yin

    2009-05-01

    A novel sol-gel derived LiTa3O8 film sample was prepared on the Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate using the lithium ethoxide and tantalum ethoxide as starting materials. The 0.2mol/L sol of LiTa3O8 was prepared by reacting lithium ethoxide with tantalum ethoxide in 2-methoxyethanol and acetic acid in argon atmosphere to prevent humidity. The sol of LiTa3O8 was firstly diluted to 0.1mol/L and then covered on the Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate to form wet film with the condition of the spin-coating speed of 3000~7000 r.p.m. for 30~60 second. Pyrolysis of the prepared wet film was carried out in oxygen atmosphere at temperature of 420~450ºC for 2~5 min to remove the residual organics. Annealing of the prepared film was performed at temperature of 750~900ºC for 2~4 min in the rapid thermal process furnace to crystallize the prepared film layer. More layers of LiTa3O8 film can be added by repeating the spin-coating and pyrolysis steps prior to the final firing. It was found that up to 18 layers of LiTa3O8 film sample can be deposited before the films begin to exhibit signs of cracking. The performance parameters such as orientation, surface morphology, grain size and thickness of the prepared LiTa3O8 film sample were studied by XRD and SEM. The structure of the LiTa3O8 film is similar to orthorhombic, different from LiTaO3 film based on XRD pattern. The SEM micrograph reveals that the prepared LiTa3O8 film sample is uniform, smooth and crack-free on the surface with a thickness of 1 µm after crystallized at 750ºC. The pyroelectric property of the LiTa3O8 film sample was measured by the home-made water-bath heating pyroelectric coefficient measurement system. The measurement result shows that the novel LiTa3O8 film sample has pyroelectric property and its pyroelectric coefficient is 14.07μC/m2K after the sample is subjected to the DC poling of 6V, 15min. The experimental results verify the pyroelectric coefficient of the novel LiTa3O8 film is smaller than that of

  17. The domain structure features of epitaxial PbTiO{sub 3} thin films prepared by MOCVD

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    Bai, G.R.; Chang, H.L.M.; Foster, C.M.; Lam, D.J.

    1992-03-01

    Ferroelectric oxide thin films have attracted great interest in recent years because of their potential applications in numerous electro-optic, pyroelectric, acousto-optical, and nonvolatile memory devices, and a variety of methods such as sputtering, laser ablation, and MOCVD has been used for preparation of the films. Among these ferroelectric materials, the PbTiO{sub 3} thin film has been extensively studied because of its small dielectric constant, large spontaneous polarization, small coercive field, and high Curie temperature of {approximately}500{degrees}C. However, very little work has dealt with the detailed structural properties of the films. In this work, we have prepared epitaxial PbTiO{sub 3} thin films by MOCVD and performed some detailed studies on the structure of the films, particularly those related to the twin domain structure, using X-ray diffraction technique. Based on the comparison of the domain structure features of the films grown at above Curie temperature with those of the films grown at below Curie temperature as well as of bulk PbTiO{sub 3} single crystal, a model is proposed to explain our experimental results.

  18. The domain structure features of epitaxial PbTiO sub 3 thin films prepared by MOCVD

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    Bai, G.R.; Chang, H.L.M.; Foster, C.M.; Lam, D.J.

    1992-03-01

    Ferroelectric oxide thin films have attracted great interest in recent years because of their potential applications in numerous electro-optic, pyroelectric, acousto-optical, and nonvolatile memory devices, and a variety of methods such as sputtering, laser ablation, and MOCVD has been used for preparation of the films. Among these ferroelectric materials, the PbTiO{sub 3} thin film has been extensively studied because of its small dielectric constant, large spontaneous polarization, small coercive field, and high Curie temperature of {approximately}500{degrees}C. However, very little work has dealt with the detailed structural properties of the films. In this work, we have prepared epitaxial PbTiO{sub 3} thin films by MOCVD and performed some detailed studies on the structure of the films, particularly those related to the twin domain structure, using X-ray diffraction technique. Based on the comparison of the domain structure features of the films grown at above Curie temperature with those of the films grown at below Curie temperature as well as of bulk PbTiO{sub 3} single crystal, a model is proposed to explain our experimental results.

  19. Effects of target angle on the properties of aluminum doped zinc oxide films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering for thin film solar cell applications.

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    Park, Hyeongsik; Iftiquar, S M; Thuy, Trinh Than; Jang, Juyeon; Ahn, Shihyun; Kim, Sunbo; Lee, Jaehyeong; Jung, Junhee; Shin, Chonghoon; Kim, Minbum; Yi, Junsin

    2014-10-01

    An aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films for front contacts of thin film solar cells, in this work, were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering with different target angles. Effects of target angles on the structural and electro-optical properties of AZO films were investigated. Also, to clarify the light trapping of textured AZO film, amorphous silicon thin film solar cells were fabricated on the textured AZO/glass substrate and the performance of solar cells were studied. The surface became more irregular with increasing the target angle due to larger grains. The self-surface textured morphology, which is a favorable property as front layer of solar cell, exhibited at target angle of 72.5 degrees. We obtained the films with various opto-electronic properties by controlling target angle from 32.5 degrees to 72.5 degrees. The spectral haze increased substantially with the target angle, whereas the electrical resistivity was increased. The conversion efficiency of amorphous silicon solar cells with textured AZO film as a front electrode was improved by the increase of short-circuit current density and fill factor, compared to cell with relatively flat AZO films. PMID:25942853

  20. Optical properties of Mn-Co-Ni-O thin films prepared by radio frequency sputtering deposition

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    Zhou, Wei; Wu, Jing; Ouyang, Cheng; Gao, Yanqing; Huang, Zhiming; Xu, Xiaofeng

    2014-03-07

    Mn{sub 1.4}Co{sub 1.0}Ni{sub 0.6}O{sub 4} (MCN) thin films are prepared by RF sputtering deposition method on amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate. Microstructure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses suggest improvements in crystallinity and stoichiometry for MCN films with post-annealed process. Infrared (IR) optical constants of the MCN films are obtained by IR spectroscopic ellipsometer (SE) in the range of 1500 cm{sup −1} to 3200 cm{sup −1} (2.8–6.7 μm). The derived effective charge supports the increase of the oxidation after annealing. The dielectric function of the films is also extracted by SE in the range of 300–1000 nm adopting a double Lorentz model together with a Tauc–Lorentz model. The mechanism in electronic transition process is discussed based on the variation observed in the optical absorption spectra of the as-grown and post-annealed samples. The optical absorption peaks located at 1.7 eV, 2.4–2.6 eV, and 3.5–4 eV are attributed to the charge-transfer transitions of 2p electrons of oxygen ions and 3d electrons of Mn and Co ions. Our results are very important to understand the optoelectronic mechanism and exploit applications of metal oxides.

  1. Aluminum-nitride codoped zinc oxide films prepared using a radio-frequency magnetron cosputtering system

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    Liu, D.-S.; Sheu, C.-S.; Lee, C.-T.

    2007-08-01

    Al-N codoped zinc oxide films were prepared using a radio-frequency magnetron cosputtering system at room temperature. AlN and ZnO materials were employed as the cosputtered targets. The as-deposited cosputtered films at various theoretical atomic ratios [Al/(Al+Zn) at. %] showed n-type conductive behavior in spite of the N atoms exceeding that of the Al dopants, indicating that the N-related acceptors were still inactive. The crystalline structure was obviously correlated with the cosputtered AlN contents and eventually evolved into an amorphous structure for the Al-N codoped ZnO film at a theoretical Al doping level reaching 60%. With an adequate postannealing treatment, the N-related acceptors were effectively activated and the p-type ZnO conductive behavior achieved. The appearance of the Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} phase in the x-ray diffraction pattern of the annealed Al-N codoped ZnO film provided evidence of the nitrification of zinc ions. The redshift of the shallow level transition and the apparent suppression of the oxygen-related deep level emission investigated from the photoluminescence spectrum measured at room temperature were concluded to be influenced by the activated N-related acceptors. In addition, the activation of the N acceptors denoted as N-Zn bond and the chemical bond related to the Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} crystalline structure were also observed from the associated x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra.

  2. Preparation and Application of Chitosan Membranes to Filter Silver from X-ray Film Processing Wastes

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    Nyoman Rupiasih, N.; Rustam Purnomo, Rendra; Sumadiyasa, Made

    2016-04-01

    Chitosan is a natural polysaccharide biopolymer which has been widely used in different processes and applications. Chitosan based membranes have been used in reverse osmosis, gas separation, dialysis and pervaporation. The object of this research was investigating the possibility of chitosan membrane used as a filter for removing silver (Ag) from X-ray film processing wastes. Several of chitosan membranes such as M1, M2, M3 and M4 have been prepared for the purpose and filtration was done using dead-end filtration method. The filtration experiments were performed on a flat sheet membrane using pure water and X-ray film processing wastes as feeds. The analysis of silver concentration has been done by atomic absorption spectrometers (AAS). The results show that chitosan membrane M2 gave the highest filtration coefficient (Rcoeff ) i.e. 99.9%, with the pure water flux (PWF) and product flux (PF) are 2972.56 L/m2h and 1761.18 L/m2h respectively. The rejection coefficient of the membranes decreases with increasing the amount of chitosan, while the pure water flux and product flux are increased. The filtration coefficients show that the chitosan membranes are able to filter silver waste from X-ray film processing wastes with performance dependent on their characteristic such as pores size. This suggests that, chitosan membrane can be used as one method that is safe and friendly environment for recovering silver from X-ray film processing waste to improve the quality of treated to an acceptable quality level.

  3. Preparation and characterization of Chitosan/Konjac glucomannan/CdS nanocomposite film with low infrared emissivity

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    Zhang, Feng-Ying; Zhou, Yu-Ming; Sun, Yan-qing; Chen, Jing; Ye, Xiao-yun; Huang, Jing-yi

    2010-07-15

    Novel organic-inorganic nanocomposite films were prepared with Chitosan (CS), Konjac glucomannan (KGM) and CdS by one-step synthesis. As-prepared films were characterized by IR spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared emissometer (IR). The results indicated that grown CdS dendrites were formed with reaction time of 12 h for Cd{sup 2+} and CS/KGM, and were well dispersed in CS/KGM with an average diameter of 40 nm. The CS/KGM/CdS nanocomposite films had significantly low infrared emissivity. When the mole ratio of CdS to summation of CS and KGM construction units was 1.0 with CdS size of 10-20 nm, the film got the lowest infrared emissivity value of 0.011, which could be attributed to the strong synergism effect existing between CS/KGM and CdS dendrites.

  4. A facile self-assembled film assisted preparation of CuGaS2 ultrathin films and their high sensitivity to L-noradrenaline

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    Zhou, Qin; Kang, Shi-Zhao; Li, Xiangqing; Qin, Lixia; Mu, Jin

    2016-02-01

    A dense CuGaS2 ultrathin film was prepared in an improved layer-by-layer self-assembled process followed by heat treatment and characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Meanwhile, the application of the as-prepared CuGaS2 ultrathin film in the trace detection of L-noradrenaline was explored as a photoluminescent probe. The results show that the tetragonal phase CuGaS2 film fabricated on the glass substrate is smooth and dense. And this CuGaS2 ultrathin film can exhibit a strong emission at 829 nm with full width at half maximum of approximate 12 nm. Furthermore, the as-prepared CuGaS2 ultrathin film possesses high sensitivity to L-noradrenaline with a detectable concentration of 2.83 ng cm-2 when it is used as a photoluminescent probe, implying that it is a promising candidate in the field of biological and chemical sensing in future.

  5. Characterization of Ta{2}O{5} thin films prepared by reactive evaporation

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    Asghar, M. H.; Placido, F.; Naseem, S.

    2006-11-01

    Reactively evaporated thin films of tantalum oxide are prepared on glass substrate, using electron beam heating, for optical applications. Firstly, the deposition was carried out at 0.20 nm/s, with substrate temperature of 200 circC, and oxygen flow rate was varied from 0.0 to 30.0 sccm to study the effect of flow rate on optical constants. The optical constants evaluated by using transmission data of the samples, with curve fitting, show a strong dependence on oxygen flow rate. Oxygen flow rate of 10.0 sccm has been found to give reasonably high index (n:2.11 at λ =500 nm) and low absorption of the order of 10-3 in most part of the desired spectrum (380 850 nm). However, for oxygen flow rates below 10.0 sccm and above 20.0 sccm the films have exhibited low index and comparatively high absorption. In the next step, deposition rates were varied from 0.10 0.30 nm/s with steps of 0.01, keeping oxygen flow rate and substrate temperature constant at 10.0 sccm and 200 circC respectively, to optimize the film properties. A variation in refractive index and extinction coefficient values is observed with varying deposition rates. An increase in refractive index (n:2.125 at λ =500 nm) with reduced absorption (“k” of the order of 10-4) is achieved over the entire spectrum for the film deposited at 0.10 nm/s. The film was found to be highly adherent to the substrate as revealed by qualitative adhesive tape peel test. Keeping in view the application of the work, calculation of optical constants was extended up to 1100 nm for the sample deposited at 0.10 nm/s. The results have shown nearly constant optical constant values over the extended range making the film useful over a broad spectral region. AFM studies show that the surface is extremely smooth and compact, giving average and rms roughness values of 5.51 and 7.174 Å respectively, for the studied area of 2.5 μ ×2.5 μ. XRD and SEM studies carried out for structural analysis show that the film is generally amorphous

  6. Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis of nanostructured rutile films of titania prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Murugesan, S.; Kuppusami, P.; Mohandas, E.

    2010-01-15

    Rietveld powder X-ray diffraction analysis of the rutile films of titanium oxide prepared by pulsed laser deposition was carried out. The crystallite size increased with increase of substrate temperature, while the strain showed a reverse trend. The films synthesized at temperature {>=}573 K showed that the crystal structure was almost close to that of bulk rutile structure. The influence of the substrate temperature on the lattice parameters and oxygen coordinates were also studied in the present work.

  7. Effects of N- and N-In doping on ZnO films prepared by using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Wang, Qun; Park, Se-Jeong; Shin, Dong-Myeong; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Zhang, Yiwen; Li, Xiaomin

    2014-12-01

    The effects of N-doping, and N-In co-doping on ZnO films were studied by analyzing the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films prepared by using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method. According to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data, all films had very complex surface structures. Their polycrystallinity were also proven by using an X-ray diffraction method. The Hall-effect measurement showed that both the undoped and the N-doped ZnO films exhibited n-type conductivity and that the N-In co-doped ZnO film showed p-type conductivity. In the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis, the number of oxygen atoms in the N-In codoped ZnO films was found to be larger than that in the N-doped and the undoped ZnO films. The photoluminescence spectra also showed that the N-In co-doping suppressed the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the ZnO films. Through an effective incorporation of indium atoms, more oxygen atoms seem to have been introduced into the lattice of the N-In co-doped ZnO films.

  8. Protein adsorption resistance of PVP-modified polyurethane film prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Yuan, Huihui; Qian, Bin; Zhang, Wei; Lan, Minbo

    2016-02-01

    An anti-fouling surface of polyurethane (PU) film grafted with Poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) was prepared through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). And the polymerization time was investigated to obtain PU films with PVP brushes of different lengths. The surface properties and protein adsorption of modified PU films were evaluated. The results showed that the hydrophilicity of PU-PVP films were improved with the increase of polymerization time, which was not positive correlation with the surface roughness due to the brush structure. Additionally, the protein resistance performance was promoted when prolonging the polymerization time. The best antifouling PU-PVP (6.0 h) film reduced the adsoption level of bovine serum albumin (BSA), lysozyme (LYS), and brovin serum fibrinogen (BFG) by 93.4%, 68.3%, 85.6%, respectively, compared to the unmodified PU film. The competitive adsorption of three proteins indicated that LYS preferentially adsorbed on the modified PU film, while BFG had the lowest adsorption selectivity. And the amount of BFG on PU-PVP (6.0 h) film reduced greatly to 0.08 μg/cm2, which was almost one-tenth of its adsorption from the single-protein system. Presented results suggested that both hydrophilicity and surface roughness might be the important factors in all cases of protein adsorption, and the competitive or selective adsorption might be related to the size of the proteins, especially on the non-charged films.

  9. Highly flexible, transparent and self-cleanable superhydrophobic films prepared by a facile and scalable nanopyramid formation technique

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    Kong, Jeong-Ho; Kim, Tae-Hyun; Kim, Ji Hoon; Park, Jong-Kweon; Lee, Deug-Woo; Kim, Soo-Hyung; Kim, Jong-Man

    2014-01-01

    A facile and scalable technique to fabricate optically transparent, mechanically flexible and self-cleanable superhydrophobic films for practical solar cell applications is proposed. The superhydrophobic films were fabricated simply by transferring a transparent porous alumina layer, which was prepared using an anodic aluminium oxidation (AAO) technique, onto a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film with a UV-curable polymer adhesive layer, followed by the subsequent formation of alumina nano pyramids (NPs) through the time-controlled chemical etching of the transferred porous alumina membrane (PAM). It was found experimentally that the proposed functional films can ensure the superhydrophobicity in the Cassie-Baxter wetting mode with superior water-repellent properties through a series of experimental observations including static contact angle (SCA), contact angle hysteresis (CAH), sliding behaviour on the tilted film, and dynamic behaviour of the liquid droplet impacting on the film. In addition to the superior surface wetting properties, an optical transmittance of ~79% at a light wavelength of 550 nm was achieved. Furthermore, there was no significant degradation in both the surface wetting properties and morphology even after 1500-cycles of repetitive bending tests, which indicates that the proposed superhydrophobic film is mechanically robust. Finally, the practicability of the proposed self-cleanable film was proven quantitatively by observing the changes in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of a photovoltaic device covering the film before and after the cleaning process.

  10. Solvent-controlled preparation and photocatalytic properties of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies

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    Ao, Yanhui Gao, Yinyin; Wang, Peifang; Wang, Chao; Hou, Jun; Qian, Jin

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Low-temperature growth of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films was presented by a solvent-controlled method. Nanoparticle structured films in anatase phase have been successfully fabricated with some adjustment. The effects of the solvent were investigated and the formation mechanism was proposed. - Highlights: • Nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies were obtained at low temperature. • The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the products were investigated. • The effects of the solvent on the phtocatalytic activity were investigated. - Abstract: A low-temperature growth method of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies was reported. Rod-like, grass-like and nanosheet structured films have been successfully fabricated just by adjusting the ratio of different solvents. The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were investigated. The formation mechanism of different morphologies was proposed based on the experiment results. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in water was evaluated under UV illumination. Results showed that the solvents exhibited important effect on the morphologies and photocatalytic activity of as-prepared nanostructured titania films.

  11. Surface morphology and resistivity of aluminum oxide films prepared by plasma CVD combined with ion beam irradiation

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    Nakai, H.; Shinohara, J.; Sassa, T.; Ikegami, Y.

    1997-01-01

    Plasma CVD combined with simultaneous ion beams has been developed in order to prepare ceramic insulating films which have strong force of adhesion and higher electric resistivity at high temperatures. Aluminum oxide (Al 2O 3) films were deposited on nickel based superalloy (Inconel 718) by thermal CVD, plasma CVD and ion beam assisted plasma CVD at the several substrate temperatures. The surface morphology of these films was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was confirmed that, by ion beam irradiation, the extent of crystallization was enhanced at lower substrate temperature and grain size became smaller. The electric resistivity was measured in the temperature range of RT to 800°C. The film, deposited by ion beam assisted plasma CVD at 800°C, had higher electric resistivity than the films by conventional CVD.

  12. Preparation and photoelectric properties of Fe-doped mesoporous TiO2 thick films used in DSSC

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    Xie, Yian; Shen, Yue; Gu, Feng; Lu, Huina; Wu, Mingming; Wang, Linjun

    2009-08-01

    Fe-doped mesoporous TiO2 (M-TiO2-Fe) thick films were prepared by sol-gel and screen printing process. Raman characteristics results show that the M-TiO2-Fe thick film possesses a certain degree of the anatase phase, which may have advantages on photocatalysis and photovoltaic ability. Derived from small angel X-Ray diffraction (SAXRD), the films exhibit mesoporous structure with pore size around 7-8 nm. Eg of the films was obviously narrowed from 3.4 eV to 3.0 eV, which allows the thick films using more light to initiate photovoltaic process. Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on M-TiO2-Fe was structured and chlorophyl was used as sensitizers. The solar cells have an open circuit voltage above 260mV.

  13. Preparation of nitrogen doped zinc oxide nanoparticles and thin films by colloidal route and low temperature nitridation process

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    Valour, Arnaud; Cheviré, François; Tessier, Franck; Grasset, Fabien; Dierre, Benjamin; Jiang, Tengfei; Faulques, Eric; Cario, Laurent; Jobic, Stéphane

    2016-04-01

    Nitrogen doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles have been synthesized using a colloidal route and low temperature nitridation process. Based on these results, 200 nm thick transparent ZnO thin films have been prepared by dip-coating on SiO2 substrate from a ZnO colloidal solution. Zinc peroxide (ZnO2) thin film was then obtained after the chemical conversion of a ZnO colloidal thin film by H2O2 solution. Finally, a nitrogen doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin film (ZnO:N) was obtained by ammonolysis at 250 °C. All the films have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-Visible transmittance spectroscopy.

  14. Preparation of diamond-like carbon and boron nitirde films by high-intensity pulsed ion beam deposition

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    Rej, D.J.; Davis, H.A.; Remnev, G.E.

    1995-05-01

    Intense ion beams (300-keV C{sup +}, O{sup +}, and H{sup +}, 20--30 kA, 50 to 400-ns pulsewidth, up to 0.3-Hz repetition rate) were used to prepare diamond-like carbon (DLC) and boron nitride (BN) films. Deposition rates of up to 25{plus_minus}5 nm/pulse were obtained with instantaneous rates exceeding 1 mm/s. Most films were uniform, light brown, translucent, and nonporous with some micron-size particulates. Raman and parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy indicated the presence of DLC. The films possessed favorable electron field-emission characteristics desirable for cold-cathode displays. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and transmission electron diffraction (TED) revealed that the C films contained diamond crystals with 25 to 125-nm grain size. BN films were composed of hexagonal, cubic and wurtzite phases.

  15. Characteristics of Nitrogen Doped Diamond-Like Carbon Films Prepared by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering for Electronic Devices.

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    Lee, Jaehyeong; Choi, Byung Hui; Yun, Jung-Hyun; Park, Yong Seob

    2016-05-01

    Synthetic diamond-like carbon (DLC) is a carbon-based material used mainly in cutting tool coatings and as an abrasive material. The market for DLC has expanded into electronics, optics, and acoustics because of its distinct electrical and optical properties. In this work, n-doped DLC (N:DLC) films were deposited on p-type silicon substrates using an unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS) method. We investigated the effect of the working pressure on the microstructure and electrical properties of n-doped DLC films. The structural properties of N:DLC films were investigated by Raman spectroscopy and SEM-EDX, and the electrical properties of films were investigated by observing the changes in the resistivity and current-voltage (I-V) properties. The N:DLC films prepared by UBMS in this study demonstrated good conducting and physical properties with n-doping. PMID:27483841

  16. Indium tin oxide films prepared by atmospheric plasma annealing and their semiconductor-metal conductivity transition around room temperature

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    Li, Yali; Li, Chunyang; He, Deyan; Li, Junshuai

    2009-05-01

    We report the synthesis of indium tin oxide (ITO) films using the atmospheric plasma annealing (APA) technique combined with the spin-coating method. The ITO film with a low resistivity of ~4.6 × 10-4 Ω cm and a high visible light transmittance, above 85%, was achieved. Hall measurement indicates that compared with the optimized ITO films deposited by magnetron sputtering, the above-mentioned ITO film has a higher carrier concentration of ~1.21 × 1021 cm-3 and a lower mobility of ~11.4 cm2 V-1 s-1. More interestingly, these electrical characteristics result in the semiconductor-metal conductivity transition around room temperature for the ITO films prepared by APA.

  17. Preparation of nanoscaled TiO2 films with high visible light photocatalytic activity at low temperature.

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    Ji, Rongchang; Lu, Xiaona; Zhang, Jinlong

    2009-09-01

    Iron (III) doped titanium dioxide film with high visible light photocatalytic activity was prepared using the modified sol-gel method, in which, none of organic solvent was used and all the films were prepared at low temperature. The as prepared films were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and atomic force microscope (AFM). Characteristic results clearly show that the architecture of Fe3+ doped TiO2 is composed of mixed-phase crystal textures of anatase and brookite, and crystal size keeps at approximately 10 nm. After Fe (III) was successfully doped into titania lattice and partly substituted Ti (IV), absorbance of films in visible light displays obvious red shift. The photocatalytic activities of Fe3+ doped TiO2 films show their best efficiency at an optimal atomic ratio of Fe to Ti of 1.2:100. The effect of dopant and preparing conditions on their structure and photocatalytic activities were investigated in detail. PMID:19928191

  18. Thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3-In2Se3 composite thin films prepared by co-sputtering.

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    Kim, Kwang-Chon; Choi, Won Chel; Kim, Hyun Jae; Lyeo, Ho-Ki; Kim, Jin-Sang; Park, Chan

    2012-04-01

    Bi2Te3-In2Se3 films were prepared by co-sputtering followed by annealing, and their structural and thermoelectric properties were investigated. The immiscible nature of the two alloys results in precipitation of the second phase, thus leading to structures with self-assembled dots that are a few nanometers in scale. HAADF-STEM and HRTEM were used to confirm that In2Se3 nanodots that were a few nanometers in size did indeed form in the Bi2Te3 thin film. It was found that the incorporation of these nanodots can reduce the thermal conductivity of the thin film. PMID:22849184

  19. Growth, electrical, and optical properties of nanocrystalline VO{sub 2} (011) thin films prepared by thermal oxidation of magnetron sputtered vanadium films

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    Luo Zhenfei; Wu Zhiming; Xu Xiangdong; Wang Tao; Jiang Yadong

    2010-07-15

    Nanocrystalline vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) thin films were prepared on glass substrates at different deposition temperatures by oxidizing sputtered vanadium films. Atomic force microscope, x-ray diffraction, and Raman scattering were employed to characterize the films. It was confirmed that low deposition temperature resulted in improving oxygen atom diffusion and VO{sub 2} nanograin growth in the thermal oxidation process. Investigation of the electrical properties revealed that the amplitude of semiconductor-metal transition and transition temperature decreased, whereas the Hall mobility and carrier concentration increased as the deposition temperature elevated. Optical investigations were carried out in the ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared region. Narrow optical band gaps were observed in these films.

  20. [Study on preparation of lanthanum-doped TiO2 nanometer thin film materials and its photocatalytic activity].

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    Zheng, Huai-li; Tang, Ming-fang; Gong, Ying-kun; Deng, Xiao-jun; Wu, Bang-hua

    2003-04-01

    In this paper, lanthanum-doped TiO2 nanometer film materials coated on glass were prepared in Ti(OBu)4 precursor solutions by sol-gel processing. Transmittance and photocatalytic activity were respectively investigated and tested for these nanometer thin films prepared with different amount of lanthanum (La), different amount of polyethylene glycol (PEG), and different coating layer times. Some reactive mechanisms were also discussed. For one layer La-addition had little effect on the film transmissivity; but the photocatalytic activity was significantly improved due to La-addition. With increasing PEG, the transmittance of the film decreased for one layer film; but its photocatalytic activity did not rise. Increasing layer number did not affect the transmissivity of multilayer film. After coating two times, increasing layer number did not significantly improve the photocatalytic activity. The highest photocatalytic activity and best transmissivity were obtained for two layer TiO2 film when the dosage of lanthanum was 0.5 g and the dosage of polyethylene was 0.2 g in the precursor solutions. These materials will probably be used in the protection of environment, waste water treatment, and air purification. PMID:12961861

  1. The hybrid photocatalyst of TiO2-SiO2 thin film prepared from rice husk silica

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    Klankaw, P.; Chawengkijwanich, C.; Grisdanurak, N.; Chiarakorn, Siriluk

    2012-03-01

    The TiO2-SiO2 thin film was prepared by self-assembly method by mixing SiO2 precursor with titanium precursor solution and aged to obtain a co-precipitation of silica and titanium crystals. Dip coating method was applied for thin film preparation on glass slide. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the self-assembly thin film had no characteristic property of SiO2 and even anatase TiO2 but indicated new crystal structure which was determined from the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) as a hybridized Ti-O-Si bonding. The surface area and surface volume of the self-assembly sample were increased when SiO2 was incorporated into the film. The self-assembly TiO2-SiO2 thin film exhibited the enhanced photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) dye. The advantages of SiO2 are; (1) to increase the adsorbability of the film and (2) to provide the hydroxyl radical to promote the photocatalytic reaction. The self-assembly thin film with the optimum molar ratio (SiO2:TiO2) as 20:80 gave the best performance for photocatalytic decolorization of MB dye with the overall efficiency of 81%.

  2. Study on Optical Properties of Nanostructured NiCr Film Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering and RIE for Terahertz Applications

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    Gou, Jun; Wang, Jun; Li, Weizhi; Gu, Deen; Jiang, Yadong

    2015-09-01

    Nanoscale NiCr thin film has been proven to be an effective metallic terahertz (THz) absorption layer. To prepare NiCr film with a small thickness and enhanced THz absorption, a combined process of magnetron sputtering and reactive ion etching (RIE) is suggested to obtain nanostructured NiCr film with different thicknesses by precise control of process parameters and etch time. Optical characteristics tests show that both transmission and reflection of NiCr film are weakened by the RIE treatment. NiCr absorption layer is prepared in 80 × 60 infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs) by a combination of substrate modification process and RIE thinning process. THz absorption is effectively enhanced by RIE processes applied to the dielectric substrate and NiCr film, which generates nanoscale structures on upper and lower surfaces of NiCr absorption film for an increased specific surface area. The noise equivalent power (NEP) of the THz detection unit achieves 162.8 pW/Hz1/2, which is suitable for the application of active THz imaging. The results indicate that nanostructured NiCr film is an effective THz absorption layer for applications in thermal sensing and its absorption performance can be further improved by RIE.

  3. Weak localization in CdO thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Wang, W. J.; Xie, X. J.; Liu, J. Y.; Gao, K. H.

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports the study of the magnetotransport properties of polycrystalline CdO thin films prepared by the sol-gel method. Both the sheet resistance and electron density as a function of temperature indicate that our samples are degenerate semiconductors. The weak localization (WL) effect is observed in the low temperature range. Applying the two-dimensional WL theory, we have extracted the dephasing length and a relatively large value (the maximum gets to 151 nm at 2 K) is obtained. The temperature dependence of the extracted dephasing length can be well described by the electron-electron scattering process, indicating that the electron-electron scattering is main dephasing mechanism for electrons.

  4. Sol-Gel Preparation Of Lead Magnesium Ni Obate (Pmn) Powdersand Thin Films

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    Boyle, Timothy J.

    1999-01-12

    A method of preparing a lead magnesium niobium oxide (PMN), Pb(Mg.sub.1/3 Nb.sub.2/3)O.sub.3, precursor solution by a solvent method wherein a liquid solution of a lead-complex PMN precursor is combined with a liquid solution of a niobium-complex PMN precursor, the combined lead- and niobium-complex liquid solutions are reacted with a magnesium-alkyl solution, forming a PMN precursor solution and a lead-based precipitate, and the precipitate is separated from the reacted liquid PMN precursor solution to form a precipitate-free PMN precursor solution. This precursor solution can be processed to form both ferroelectric powders and thin films.

  5. Sol-gel preparation of lead magnesium niobate (PMN) powders and thin films

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    Boyle, T.J.

    1999-01-12

    A method of preparing a lead magnesium niobium oxide (PMN), Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}, precursor solution by a solvent method wherein a liquid solution of a lead-complex PMN precursor is combined with a liquid solution of a niobium-complex PMN precursor, the combined lead- and niobium-complex liquid solutions are reacted with a magnesium-alkyl solution, forming a PMN precursor solution and a lead-based precipitate, and the precipitate is separated from the reacted liquid PMN precursor solution to form a precipitate-free PMN precursor solution. This precursor solution can be processed to form both ferroelectric powders and thin films. 3 figs.

  6. Preparation and characterization of thin ferromagnetic CrO 2 films for applications in magnetoelectronics

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    Rabe, M.; Dreßen, J.; Dahmen, D.; Pommer, J.; Stahl, H.; Rüdiger, U.; Güntherodt, G.; Senz, S.; Hesse, D.

    2000-03-01

    The theoretically predicted high spin polarization of half-metallic ferromagnets like CrO 2 and NiMnSb make them to promising materials for magnetoelectronic applications. Highly textured CrO 2 films have been prepared by chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. The temperature-dependent magnetotransport data has been correlated with electronic properties of CrO 2. Over a wide temperature range (150-330 K) the resistivity follows a T2 behaviour, consistent with electron-electron scattering. Near the Curie temperature of CrO 2 no metal-insulator transition, a magnetoresistance of -7% ( B=9 T) and an enhancement of the resistance due to electron-magnon scattering are observed.

  7. Preparation and characterization of conducting thin films of molecular organic conductors (TTF-TCNQ)

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    Figueras, A.; Garelik, S.; Caro, J.; Cifré, J.; Veciana, J.; Rovira, C.; Ribera, E.; Canadell, E.; Seffar, A.; Fontcuberta, J.

    1996-09-01

    Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) form a charge-transfer complex which exhibits a high electric conductivity. In this work TTF-TCNQ thin films were prepared by CVD (chemical vapour deposition) at low pressure and using TTF and TCNQ as precursors. Substrates were common glass. These layers exhibit preferential orientation in the crystallization along the [001] direction and have a room temperature conductivity ranged between 6-24 Ω -1 cm -1. Whereas at low temperatures (smaller than a transition temperature Tp) they display a highly resistive semiconductor-like behaviour, above Tp the conductivity exhibits a small effective activation energy. Tp ≈ 50-60 K is interpreted as a signature of the Peierls transition. The evaluation of the stoichiometry was performed by UV-visible spectroscopy. The morphology and structure of the layers were also studied.

  8. Preparation and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous germanium and hydrogenated amorphous germanium carbide thin films

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    Wu, Hai-Sheng

    1989-02-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous germanium (a-Ge:H) and germanium carbide (a-Ge(1-x)Cx:H) films were prepared by rf sputtering of a polycrystalline Ge target in a vacuum approximately 4 x 10 to the 7th Torr at various rf power 50 less than or equal to P less than or equal to 600 W (0.27 to 3.3 W/sq cm), target-substrate distance 1 less than or equal to d less than or equal to 7 minutes, varying partial pressures of Ar, H2, and C3H8, and flow rates f. The vibrational and opto-electronic properties such as infrared (IR) absorption, optical gap, electron-spin-resonance (ESR) signals, and conductivities vary with deposition conditions. The photoconductivity sigma sub ph, in particular, was carefully monitored as a function of the deposition conditions to optimize it.

  9. Boron- and phosphorus-doped polycrystalline silicon thin films prepared by silver-induced layer exchange

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    Antesberger, T.; Wassner, T. A.; Jaeger, C.; Algasinger, M.; Kashani, M.; Scholz, M.; Matich, S.; Stutzmann, M.

    2013-05-27

    Intentional boron and phosphorus doping of polycrystalline silicon thin films on glass prepared by the silver-induced layer exchange is presented. A silver/(titanium) oxide/amorphous silicon stack is annealed at temperatures below the eutectic temperature of the Ag/Si system, leading to a complete layer exchange and simultaneous crystallization of the amorphous silicon. Intentional doping of the amorphous silicon prior to the exchange process results in boron- or phosphorus-doped polycrystalline silicon. Hall effect measurements show carrier concentrations between 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} for phosphorus and 4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} to 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} for boron-doped layers, with carrier mobilities up to 90 cm{sup 2}/V s.

  10. TiO2 thin films prepared via adsorptive self-assembly for self-cleaning applications.

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    Xi, Baojuan; Verma, Lalit Kumar; Li, Jing; Bhatia, Charanjit Singh; Danner, Aaron James; Yang, Hyunsoo; Zeng, Hua Chun

    2012-02-01

    Low-cost controllable solution-based processes for preparation of titanium oxide (TiO(2)) thin films are highly desirable, because of many important applications of this oxide in catalytic decomposition of volatile organic compounds, advanced oxidation processes for wastewater and bactericidal treatments, self-cleaning window glass for green intelligent buildings, dye-sensitized solar cells, solid-state semiconductor metal-oxide solar cells, self-cleaning glass for photovoltaic devices, and general heterogeneous photocatalysis for fine chemicals etc. In this work, we develop a solution-based adsorptive self-assembly approach to fabricate anatase TiO(2) thin films on different glass substrates such as simple plane glass and patterned glass at variable compositions (normal soda lime glass or solar-grade borofloat glass). By tuning the number of process cycles (i.e., adsorption-then-heating) of TiO(2) colloidal suspension, we could facilely prepare large-area TiO(2) films at a desired thickness and with uniform crystallite morphology. Moreover, our as-prepared nanostructured TiO(2) thin films on glass substrates do not cause deterioration in optical transmission of glass; instead, they improve optical performance of commercial solar cells over a wide range of incident angles of light. Our as-prepared anatase TiO(2) thin films also display superhydrophilicity and excellent photocatalytic activity for self-cleaning application. For example, our investigation of photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange indicates that these thin films are indeed highly effective, in comparison to other commercial TiO(2) thin films under identical testing conditions. PMID:22260264

  11. Scandium effect on the luminescence of Er-Sc silicates prepared from multi-nanolayer films

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    Najar, Adel; Omi, Hiroo; Tawara, Takehiko

    2014-07-01

    Polycrystalline Er-Sc silicates (Er x Sc2- x Si2O7 and Er x Sc2- x SiO5) were fabricated using multilayer nanostructured films of Er2O3/SiO2/Sc2O3 deposited on SiO2/Si substrates by RF sputtering and thermal annealing at high temperature. The films were characterized by synchrotron radiation grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and micro-photoluminescence measurements. The Er-Sc silicate phase Er x Sc2- x Si2O7 is the dominant film, and Er and Sc are homogeneously distributed after thermal treatment because of the excess of oxygen from SiO2 interlayers. The Er concentration of 6.7 × 1021 atoms/cm3 was achieved due to the presence of Sc that dilutes the Er concentration and generates concentration quenching. During silicate formation, the erbium diffusion coefficient in the silicate phase is estimated to be 1 × 10-15 cm2/s at 1,250°C. The dominant Er x Sc2 - x Si2O7 layer shows a room-temperature photoluminescence peak at 1,537 nm with the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 1.6 nm. The peak emission shift compared to that of the Y-Er silicate (where Y and Er have almost the same ionic radii) and the narrow FWHM are due to the small ionic radii of Sc3+ which enhance the crystal field strength affecting the optical properties of Er3+ ions located at the well-defined lattice sites of the Sc silicate. The Er-Sc silicate with narrow FWHM opens a promising way to prepare photonic crystal light-emitting devices.

  12. Preparation and characterization of poly(L-lactide)-co-poly(trimethylene carbonate)/talc film.

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    Yang, Jiyi; Qin, Yuyue; Yuan, Minglong; Xue, Jing; Cao, Jianxin; Wu, Yan; Yuan, Mingwei

    2013-11-01

    Poly(L-lactide)-co-poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PLLA-PTMC) composites with various talc content as food packaging materials were prepared by solvent casting method. The effect of talc filler loading (0, 1, 2, and 3 wt%) on phase morphology of PLLA-PTMC/Talc composites and improvement in resulting properties were reported. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves indicated that the crystallinity of PLLA-PTMC/Talc composites increased. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) suggested that there were strong interactions between PLLA-PTMC copolymer and talc filler. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of composite films revealed certain homogeneity between PLLA-PTMC and Talc, when the talc filler did not exceed 3 wt%. The elongation at break of composite films significantly (p<0.05) improved with the addition of talc filler. Furthermore, there were 23%, 31%, and 14% improvement in water vapor barrier properties at 1, 2, and 3 wt% of talc in PLLA-PTMC/Talc composites, respectively. This had been confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). PMID:24099935

  13. [Preparation of NiAl-MMO Films Electrode and Its Capacitive Deionization Property].

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    Wang, Ting; Zhu, Chun-shan; Hu, Cheng-zhi

    2016-02-15

    Hydrotalcites are not only considered as important absorbents in water treatment and but also widely used as super capacitor materials. In this study, NiAl metal oxide (NiAl-MMO) films, which were the calcined products of hydrotalcite-like compounds, were grown on the surface of a foam nickel by an in-situ growth method using a foam nickel substrate as the nickel source. The prepared NiAl-MMO films electrodes materials had stable electrochemical capability, remarkable electrochemical capacitor, and gave a highest specific capacitance of 667 F x g(-1). The desalination performance of material indicated high voltage and weakly alkaline solution were favored for desalination. A highest desalination efficiency was up to 58.17% when the initial concentration of Cl- was 0.003 mol x L(-1), the voltage value was 1.0 V and pH value was 8. The adsorption saturated electrodes could be rapidly regenerated with a desorption rate of 87.96% by electrodes reversion. This study provides a new choice for desalination in wastewater treatment. PMID:27363150

  14. Quality by design approach for optimizing the formulation and physical properties of extemporaneously prepared orodispersible films.

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    Visser, J Carolina; Dohmen, Willem M C; Hinrichs, Wouter L J; Breitkreutz, Jörg; Frijlink, Henderik W; Woerdenbag, Herman J

    2015-05-15

    The quality by design (QbD) approach was applied for optimizing the formulation of extemporaneously prepared orodispersible films (ODFs) using Design-Expert® Software. The starting formulation was based on earlier experiments and contained the film forming agents hypromellose and carbomer 974P and the plasticizer glycerol (Visser et al., 2015). Trometamol and disodium EDTA were added to stabilize the solution. To optimize this formulation a quality target product profile was established in which critical quality attributes (CQAs) such as mechanical properties and disintegration time were defined and quantified. As critical process parameters (CPP) that were evaluated for their effect on the CQAs the percentage of hypromellose and the percentage of glycerol as well as the drying time were chosen. Response surface methodology (RMS) was used to evaluate the effects of the CPPs on the CQAs of the final product. The main factor affecting tensile strength and Young's modulus was the percentage of glycerol. Elongation at break was mainly influenced by the drying temperature. Disintegration time was found to be sensitive to the percentage of hypromellose. From the results a design space could be created. As long as the formulation and process variables remain within this design space, a product is obtained with desired characteristics and that meets all set quality requirements. PMID:25746737

  15. Preparation and characterization of PVP-PVA-ZnO blend polymer nano composite films

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    Divya, S.; Saipriya, G.; Hemalatha, J.

    2016-05-01

    Flexible self-standing films of PVP-PVA blend composites are prepared by using ZnO as a nano filler at different concentrations. The structural, compositional, morphological and optical studies made with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra are presented in this paper. The results of XRD indicate that ZnO nanoparticles are formed with hexagonal phase in the polymeric matrix. SEM images show the dispersion of ZnO nano filler in the polymer matrix. UV-vis spectra reveal that the absorption peak is centered around 235nm and 370nm for the nano composite films. The blue shift is observed with decrease in the concentration of the nano filler. PL spectra shows the excitation wavelength is given at 320nm.The emission peaks were observed at 383 nm ascribing to the electronic transitions between valence band and conduction band and the peak at 430 nm.

  16. Preparation and characterization of film of poly vinyl acetate ethylene copolymer emulsion

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    Zhang, Yanhua; Gu, Jiyou; Tan, Haiyan; Shi, Junyou; Di, Mingwei; Zuo, Yingfeng; Qiu, Si

    2013-07-01

    In order to improve the storage modulus and water resistance of poly (vinyl acetate), the vinyl acetate and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were respectively used as monomers and protective colloid to prepare a new kind of polyvinyl acetate emulsion adhesive by continuous emulsion polymerization. The dynamic mechanics, particle distribution, glass transition temperature, polymer emulsion structure of both polymerized and copolymerized emulsion were analyzed by SEM, DMA and XPS, respectively. The results indicated that the copolymerized emulsion has the appropriate particle size and the uniform particle distribution, the glass transition temperature increased from 50 °C to 70 °C, compared with poly (vinyl acetate). It could be seen from XPS spectra of copolymerized emulsion that key characteristic peak of Cdbnd O was still existent. X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that the addition of EVA did not generate the new bond, whereas the maximum percentage increases in ester was determined in the composite film with the introduction of EVA of 25%, which indicated that the composite film has copolymer structure. The storage modulus and water resistance of poly (vinyl acetate) were improved due to the introduction of the EVA.

  17. Preparation and characterization of nonfouling polymer brushes on poly(ethylene terephthalate) film surfaces.

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    Li, Jiehua; Tan, Dongsheng; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Tan, Hong; Ding, Mingming; Wan, Changxiu; Fu, Qiang

    2010-07-01

    In this study, a surface grafting of nonfouling poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether acrylate (PEGMA) on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) was carried out via surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) to improve hemocompatibility of polymer based biomaterials. To do this, the coupling agent with hydroxyl groups for the ATRP initiator was first anchored on the surface of PET films using photochemical method, and then these hydroxyl groups were esterified by bromoisobutyryl bromide, from which PET with various main chain lengths of PEGMA was prepared. The structures and properties of modified PET surfaces were investigated using water contact angle (WAC), ATR-FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM). The molecular weights of the free polymer from solution were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). These results indicated that grafting of PEGMA on PET film is a simple way to change its surface properties. The protein adsorption resistance on the surfaces of PET was primarily evaluated by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The result demonstrated that the protein adsorption could be well suppressed by poly(PEGMA) brush structure on the surface of PET. This work provides a new approach for polymers to enhance their biocompatibility. PMID:20399623

  18. Preparation and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous germanium and hydrogenated amorphous germanium-carbide thin films

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    Wu, H.S.

    1988-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous germanium (a-Ge:H) and germanium carbide (a-Ge{sub 1{minus}x}C{sub x}:H) films were prepared by rf sputtering of a polycrystalline Ge target in a vacuum {approximately}4 {times} 10{sup {minus}7} Torr at various rf power, target-substrate distance, varying partial pressures of Ar, H{sub 2}, and C{sub 3}H{sub 8}, and flow rates. The vibrational and opto-electronic properties such as infrared (IR) absorption, optical gap, electron-spin-resonance (ESR) signals, and conductivities vary with deposition conditions. The photoconductivity, in particular, was carefully monitored as a function of the deposition conditions to optimize it. The concentration of Ge-H bonds and the optical gap generally decrease as P is increased. Results of annealing showed the enhanced segregation effect of Ge-C bonds {ge} 300{degree}C. The evolution of bonded hydrogen with temperature is studied. Deposition rates of a-Ge:H films are estimated and compared. The thermalization curve for a Ge target is constructed. Deposition rate was found to decrease exponentially with increasing target-substrate distances to decrease with increasing partial pressures of H{sub 2} and C{sub 3}H{sub 8} and increasing flow rates. Hydrogen incorporation markedly increased photoconductivity.

  19. Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of porogens for the preparation of ultralow-dielectric-constant films

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    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-20

    Supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) extraction of a CO{sub 2}-soluble poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) porogen from poly(methylsilsesquioxane) (PMSSQ) cured to temperatures adequate to initiate matrix condensation, but still below the decomposition temperature of the porogen is demonstrated to produce nanoporous, ultralow dielectric constant thin films. Both closed and open cell porous structures were prepared simply by varying the porogen load in the organic/inorganic hybrid films. The porogen loads investigated in the present work ranged from 25-55 wt.%. Structural characterization of the samples conducted using transmission electron microscope (TEM), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirms the successful extraction of the porogen from the PMSSQ matrix at relatively low temperatures ({le} 200 C). The standard thermal decomposition process is performed at much higher temperatures (typically in the range of 400 C-450 C). The values of dielectric constants and refractive indices measured are in good agreement with the structural properties of these samples.

  20. Preparation and characterization of dense films of poly(amidoamine) dendrimers on indium tin oxide.

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    Schlapak, Robert; Armitage, David; Saucedo-Zeni, Nadia; Latini, Gianluca; Gruber, Hermann J; Mesquida, Patrick; Samotskaya, Yulia; Hohage, Michael; Cacialli, Franco; Howorka, Stefan

    2007-08-14

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates were modified with a layer of poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimers to change their surface properties and, in particular, the substrates' work function. The functionalization procedure involved the electrostatic adsorption of positively charged PAMAM dendrimers of generation five onto negatively polarized ITO surfaces. Three different PAMAM dendrimers were used: PAMAM-NH2 and PAMAM-OH with terminal amine and hydroxyl groups, respectively, as well as Q-PAMAM-NH2, which had been prepared from PAMAM-NH2 by quaternization of the dendrimer's terminal and internal amine groups with methyl iodide. The resulting organic films were analyzed by contact angle goniometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and Kelvin probe force microscopy to confirm the presence of a dense layer. A Langmuir isotherm was derived from surface densities of fluorescence-labeled PAMAM-NH2 dendrimers from which we deduced an equilibrium binding constant, K(eq), of (1.3 +/- 0.3) x 10(5) M(-1). Kelvin probe measurements of the contact potential difference revealed a high reduction of the work function from 4.9 eV for bare ITO to 4.3 eV for ITO with a dense film of PAMAM-NH2 of generation five. PAMAM-OH and Q-PAMAM-NH2 resulted in slightly smaller work function changes. This study illustrates that the work function of ITO can be tuned by adlayers composed of PAMAM dendrimers. PMID:17636991

  1. Characterization of CuAlO2 Thin Films Prepared on Sapphire Substrates by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Moriya, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2008-01-01

    As-deposited films were prepared on sapphire substrates at 500-680 °C by alternately sputtering Cu and Al targets in Ar-diluted O2 gas atmosphere. The composition of the as-deposited films corresponded to that of the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. The films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while the films as-deposited at 680 °C had CuAl2O4 phase but no CuAlO2 phase. Annealing at 1050 °C in nitrogen flow caused a reduction in the molar fraction of oxygen, i.e., the composition of the annealed films with [Cu]/[Al] ≈1 corresponded to CuAlO2. The annealed films were predominated by the CuAlO2 phase. The preferential orientation of the films toward the c-axis normal to the substrate surface is due to the small lattice mismatch between the rhombohedral [010] of delafossite-type CuAlO2 and the hexagonal [1100] of the sapphire substrate. The annealed films had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2 and exhibited p-type conductivity.

  2. Preparation and characterization of nano-La (S, C)-TiO 2 oriented films by template hydrothermal synthesis

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    Xu, Kejing; Zhu, Guoquan

    2009-04-01

    The La (S, C)-TiO 2 oriented films with honeycomb ceramic wafers as carriers were prepared by template hydrothermal synthesis at low temperature. The effects of the hydrothermal reaction temperature, the amount of template agents and the codoping of La and S on the performances of nano-TiO 2 films were studied. The performances of the films were characterized on the XRD, UV-vis, BET, EDS and SEM. The results showed that the TiO 2 films with anatase phase were obtained when hydrothermal reaction temperature was 150 °C and the reaction time was 10 h, and the oriented films were obtained when the molar ratio of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer (PEO-PPO-PEO (P-123)) to Ti was 0.03. The data also revealed that the specific surface area of particles in the film increased from 148 m 2/g to 240 m 2/g, the photocatalytic activity of the oriented film was improved greatly due to the codoping of La and S, and the oriented film could fully decompose methyl orange in water for 3 h.

  3. Nano porous Al2O3-TiO2 thin film based humidity sensor prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Chandrashekara, H. D.; Angadi, Basavaraj; Ravikiran, Y. T.; Poornima, P.; Shashidhar, R.; Murthy, L. C. S.

    2016-05-01

    The nano porous surface structured TiO2 and Al2O3-TiO2 thin films were prepared using spray pyrolysis technique at 350°C. The XRD pattern of Al2O3-TiO2 film shows anatase phase and mixed phase of Al2TiO5. The surface morphology of films show a uniformly distributed nano porous structure. The elemental analysis through EDAX shows good stoichiometry. The sensitivity for humidity sensing were determined for both films of TiO2 and Al2O3-TiO2 and corresponding values are found to be 74.2% and 84.02%, this result reveal that Al2O3-TiO2 films shows higher sensing percent than the TiO2 due to the nano porous surface nature. The Al2O3-TiO2 film shows fast response time and long recovery time than the TiO2 film, this may be due to the meso-porous morphology of these films.

  4. Preparation and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films and thin film solar cells produced by ion plating techniques. Final report, 1 January 1979-31 May 1980

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    1980-05-01

    Ion plating techniques for the preparation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films have been successfully developed. The technique involves essentially the evaporation of elemental silicon through a d.c. produced hydrogen plasma. In this way hydrogen has been successfully incorporated into amorphous silicon films in concentrations as high as 30 atomic percent. Infrared spectroscopy indicates the usual SiH/sub x/ stretching mode at approximately 2000 cm/sup -1/. Further evidence for the bonding of hydrogen was obtained from ESR measurement of hydrogenated and unhydrogenated samples. The measured unpaired spin density was a factor of 25 less in the hydrogenated sample. The optical absorption edges of the hydrogenated films fell in the usual range between 1.7 and 1.9 eV. Electrical conductivity measurements indicated a substantial reduction in the density of defect states in the gap as expected. It was also shown that hydrogenated amorphous silicon prepared by ion-plating could be doped by co-evaporation of the dopant element during film deposition. Both co-evaporated phosphorous and co-evaporated bismuth have been found to substantially increase the dark conductivity of a-Si:H while shifting the Fermi level towards the conduction band edge. An x-ray method for estimating the density and hydrogen content of a-Si:H has been developed. The measurement of strain in a-Si:H thin films is discussed. (WHK)

  5. Aurum and Platinum as Metal Contact to Amorphous Carbon Thin Films

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    Mohamad, F.; Suriani, A. B.; Noor, U. M.; Rusop, M.

    2010-07-01

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films have been deposited on quartz substrates at different deposition temperatures ranging from 700 °C-800 °C. The objective of this work is to investigate several electrical contacts on a-C thin films and to find the suitable method to fabricate ohmic contact on a-C thin films that prepared from a natural product, camphor (C10H16O). The a-C thin films were prepared with a simple thermal CVD method. In this study, Aurum (Au) and Platinum (Pt) were selected as the metal contact to a-C thin films. I-V characteristics measurement was carried out to study the contact between metal and a-C thin films. It was found that increasing deposition temperature also contributes to the variation I-V characteristics of a-C thin films.

  6. Preparation and characterization of x-ray mirrors with three single layers of a-C, B4C, and Ni onto two 820-mm long Si substrate

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    Störmer, Michael; Siewert, Frank; Buchheim, Jana; Pilz, Alexander; Kuhlmann, Marion; Ploenjes, Elke; Tiedtke, Kai

    2014-09-01

    Advanced research light sources, such as free-electron lasers, require ultra-precise and long x-ray mirrors that provide high reflectivity, high flux and a wide wavelength range. An X-ray mirror is a combination of a substrate and a coating. The demand for large mirrors has increased during the last few years, since surface finishing technology is able to process longer substrate lengths on the rms-level of a few nanometers. A state-of-the-art X-ray mirror could be coated with more than one single layer to allow a selection of thin-film materials suitable for the large wavelength range of a free-electron laser. Presented here is an X-ray mirror fabrication method to achieve low variation in thickness of less than 1 nm (peak-to-valley) over the whole mirror length of about 1 m. Low figure errors and low roughness are essential for a wave front preserving transport of photons and a high reflectance of a mirror surface. At FLASH II, the new extension of the Free-electron LASer in Hamburg (FLASH) at DESY, Germany, the wavelength range will be 4-80 nm. It is further expected that the photon beam will possess average single pulse energy of 1-500 μJ, pulse duration of 10-300 fs (FWHM), and peak power of 1-5 GW. At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, an in-house designed magnetronsputtering facility enabled us to deposit single layers and multilayers on up to 1.5 m long substrates. Earlier results confirmed the excellent uniformity of X-ray optical coating properties in the tangential and sagittal direction of the mirrors. Moreover, the deposition facility provided the simultaneous fabrication of two mirrors to achieve identical properties. Thin films of amorphous carbon (a-C), boron carbide (B4C) and nickel (Ni) are deposited by means of magnetron sputtering. The thin-film properties were investigated and analyzed by means of X-ray reflectometry (XRR), atomic force (AFM), and interference microscopy. The experimental results were analysed using simulations for the

  7. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic and density-functional studies of Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 film.

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hara, Toshiki

    2004-12-01

    The interaction between C(60) and Si atoms has been investigated for Si atoms adsorbed on a C(60) film using in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density-functional (DFT) calculations. Analysis of the Si 2p core peak identified three kinds of Si atoms adsorbed on the film: silicon suboxides (SiO(x)), bulk Si crystal, and silicon atoms bound to C(60). Based on the atomic percent ratio of silicon to carbon, we estimated that there was approximately one Si atom bound to each C(60) molecule. The Si 2p peak due to the Si-C(60) interaction demonstrated that a charge transfer from the Si atom to the C(60) molecule takes place at room temperature, which is much lower than the temperature of 670 K at which the charge transfer was observed for C(60) adsorbed on Si(001) and (111) clean surfaces [Sakamoto et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 2579 (1999)]. The number of electrons transferred between the C(60) molecule and Si atom was estimated to be 0.59 based on XPS results, which is in good agreement with the DFT result of 0.63 for a C(60)Si with C(2v) symmetry used as a model cluster. Furthermore, the shift in binding energy of both the Si 2p and C 1s core peaks before and after Si-atom deposition was experimentally obtained to be +2.0 and -0.4 eV, respectively. The C(60)Si model cluster provides the shift of +2.13 eV for the Si 2p core peak and of -0.28 eV for the C 1s core peak, which are well corresponding to those experimental results. The covalency of the Si-C(60) interaction was also discussed in terms of Mulliken overlap population between them. PMID:15634092

  8. Low-temperature preparation of high-n TiO2 thin film on glass by pulsed laser deposition

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    Ishii, Akihiro; Nakamura, Yoko; Oikawa, Itaru; Kamegawa, Atsunori; Takamura, Hitoshi

    2015-08-01

    Single-phase rutile-type TiO2 thin films with a high refractive index (n) and a low extinction coefficient (k) prepared on glass are expected to improve the performance of anti-reflection coatings. In this study, TiO2 thin films were prepared by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 600 °C under an oxygen partial pressure of 1-9 Pa or a 10-5 Pa vacuum, and their crystal structure, microstructure and optical properties were investigated. A single-phase rutile-type TiO2 thin film was successfully prepared on a glass substrate by depositing at room temperature in a vacuum followed by post-annealing at 450 °C in air. A nanocrystalline oxygen-deficient phase in the as-deposited films plays an important role in the formation of the single rutile phase during post-annealing. The single-phase rutile-type TiO2 thin films showed excellent optical properties, with n = 3.14 and k < 0.05 at λ = 400 nm.

  9. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of porous TiO 2 films prepared by ODA/sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Wenjie; Bai, Jiawei

    2012-01-01

    Porous TiO2 films were deposited on SiO2 pre-coated glass-slides by sol-gel method using octadecylamine (ODA) as template. The amount of ODA in the sol played an important role on the physicochemical properties and photocatalytic performance of the TiO2 films. The films prepared at different conditions were all composed of anatase titanium dioxide crystals, and TiO2 crystalline size got larger with increasing ODA amount. The maximum specific surface area of 41.5 m2/g was obtained for TiO2 powders prepared from titanium sol containing 2.0 g ODA. Methyl orange degradation rate was enhanced along with increasing ODA amount and reached the maximal value at 2.0 g addition of ODA. After 40 min of UV-light irradiation, methyl orange degradation rate reached 30.5% on the porous film, which was about 10% higher than that on the smooth film. Porous TiO2 film showed almost constant activity with slight decrease from 30.5% to 28.5% after 4 times of recycles.

  10. Preparation of RF reactively sputtered indium-tin oxide thin films with optical properties suitable for heat mirrors

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    Boyadzhiev, S.; Dobrikov, G.; Rassovska, M.

    2008-05-01

    Technologies are discussed for preparing and characterizing indium-tin oxide (ITO) thin films with properties appropriate for usage as heat mirrors in solar thermal collectors. The samples were prepared by means of radio frequency (RF) reactive sputtering of indium-tin targets in oxygen. The technological parameters were optimized to obtain films with optimal properties for heat mirrors. The optical properties of the films were studied by visible and infra-red (IR) spectrophotometry and laser ellipsometry. The reflectance of the films in the thermal IR range was investigated by a Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectrophotometer. Heating of the substrates during the sputtering and their post deposition annealing in different environments were also studied. The ultimate purpose of the present research being the development of a technological process leading to low-cost ITO thin films with high transparency in the visible and near IR (0.3-2.4 μm) and high reflection in the thermal IR range (2.5-25 μm), we investigated the correlation of the ITO thin films structural and optical properties with the technological process parameters - target composition and heat treatment.

  11. [Preparation of Ti-O Film Deposited on the Surface of a New Type of Artificial Mechanical Heart Valve].

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    Zhou, Feng; Cui, Yuanyuan; Wu, Liangliang; Sun, Hong; Huang, Nan

    2015-04-01

    The rutile structure titanium oxide (Ti-O) film was prepared on the pure titanium material TA2 (99.999%) surface by the magnetic filter high vacuum arc deposition sputtering source. The method can not only maintain the material mechanical properties, but also improve the surface properties for better biocompatibility to accommodate the physiological environment. The preparation process of the Ti-O film was as follows. Firstly, argon ions sputtered to the TA2 substrate surface to remove the excess impurities. Secondly, a metal ion source generated Ti ions and oxygen ions by the RF discharge. Meanwhile a certain negative bias was imposed on the sample. There a certain composition of Ti-O film was obtained under a certain pressure of oxygen in the vacuum chamber. Finally, X-ray diffraction was used to research the structure and composition of the film. The results showed that the Ti-O film of the rutile crystal structure was formed under the 0.18 Pa oxygen partial pressure. A Nano scratch experiment was used to test the coating adhesion property, which demonstrated that the film was stable and durable. The contact angle experiment and the platelet clotting experiment proved that the modified surface method had improved platelet adhesion performance, and, therefore, the material possessed better biocompatibility. On the whole, the evaluations proved the modified material had excellent performance. PMID:26211266

  12. Preparation and properties of fully solid state electrochromic display thin film from a sol-gel process

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    Nishio, Keishi; Sei, Tadanori; Tsuchiya, Toshio

    1997-10-01

    Fully solid state electrochromic displays (ECD) have been prepared several times. But, they all needed more than 1 minute to complete coloring or breaching. Electrochromism of amorphous material is expected to be faster than that of crystalline one by its faster diffusion coefficients of ions due to the open structure. In this study, electrochromic films and a gel electrolyte were made by a sol-gel process using metal salts and alkoxide as raw materials. Tungsten oxide, iridium oxide films and a gel electrolyte were used to fabricate a fully solid state ECD (electrode/tungsten oxide/gel electrolyte/iridium oxide/electrode) and it electrochromic properties were investigated. Crystalline and amorphous tungsten oxide and iridium oxide films were prepared on soda lime silica glass substrates sputter-coated with indium tin oxide (ITO). Electrochromic properties of amorphous WO3 film were more significant than that of crystalline one. On the other hand, electrochromic properties of amorphous iridium oxide film were less than crystalline one. The ECD showed reversible transmittance modulation of 35% (at 800 nm, film thickness: tungsten oxide 400 nm, iridium oxide 200 nm) under alternative voltage apply of plus or minus 3 V for 0.2 sec. The ECD kept the same transmittance modulation during 200 color-breach cycles.

  13. Simulation of the Optical Parameters and Study of the Physical Properties of the ITO Films Prepared by the IBAD

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    Meng, Lijian; Teixiera, V.; dos Santos, M. P.

    2010-05-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films have been deposited onto glass substrates at room temperature by ion beam assisted deposition technique at different deposition rates. During all the deposition processes, the parameters of the Kaufman ion source and the oxygen gas flow are maintained constants. And only the deposition rate is varied from 0,1 nm/s to 0,3 nm/s by adjusting the e-beam power supply. The effects of the deposition rate on the properties of the deposited films have been studied. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the deposited films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, AFM, transmittance, FTIR, and Hall effect measurements. The optical constants of the deposited films have been calculated by fitting the transmittance spectra. It has been found that although the film prepared at low deposition rate (0,1 nm/s) shows a high transmittance in the visible region, it has a poor electrical conductivity. The films prepared at 0,2 nm/s deposition rate shows a good electrical conductivity, high IR reflectance which is useable for some electromagnetic wave shielding applications and a reasonable transmittance in the visible region.

  14. Preparation of porous monolayer film by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution

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    Wang, S.; Li, Y. L.; Zhao, H. L.; Liang, H.; Liu, B.; Pan, S.

    2012-11-01

    Porous materials have drawn attention from scientists in many fields such as life sciences, catalysis and photonics since they can be used to induce some materials growth as expected. Especially, porous Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film is an ideal material with controlled thickness and flat surface. In this paper, stearic acid (SA), which has been extensively explored in LB film technique, is chosen as the template material with known parameters to prepare the LB film, and then the porous SA monolayer film is obtained by means of etching in salt solution. The main etching mechanism is suggested that the cations in the solution block the electrostatic interaction between the polar carboxyl group of SA and the electronegative mica surface. The influencing factors (such as concentration of salt solution, valence of cation and surface pressure) of the porous SA film are systematically studied in this work. The novel method proposed in this paper makes it convenient to prepare porous monolayer film for designed material growth or cell culture.

  15. A novel method for preparing stoichiometric SnO{sub 2} thin films at low temperature

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    Ansari, S. G.; Dar, M. A.; Dhage, M. S.; Kim, Young Soon; Shin, Hyung-Shik; Ansari, Z. A.; Al-Hajry, A.

    2009-04-15

    Tin oxide is a well known nonstoichiometric material with dual valency. The invariance of stoichiometry is very intriguing. As of today no report is available for preparing perfect stoichiometric tin oxide. Here we report a novel method to prepare stoichiometric tin oxide by modifying the known plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique using SnCl{sub 4}-xH{sub 2}O as precursor and O{sub 2} as reactant gas at various temperatures from 300 to 800 deg. C. Tetragonal rutile structure of SnO{sub 2} was found, grown along the [110] direction. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurement showed constant Sn/O ratio. Sn 3d and O 1s were found composed of only Sn{sup 4+} (487.2 eV) and O-Sn{sup 4+} (531.2 eV) with equal peak widths. Raman band intensity ({approx}633 cm{sup -1}) was found increasing with temperature, indicating the morphological changes. Sheet resistance of {approx}0.5 k{Omega}/{open_square} at 300 deg. C was measured that reduces to {approx}0.1 k{Omega}/{open_square} at 600 deg. C. It is found that film stoichiometry remains unaltered, while the structural morphology changes significantly.

  16. Formulation and delivery of improved amorphous fenofibrate solid dispersions prepared by thin film freezing.

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    Zhang, Meimei; Li, Houli; Lang, Bo; O'Donnell, Kevin; Zhang, Haohao; Wang, Zhouhua; Dong, Yixuan; Wu, Chuanbin; Williams, Robert O

    2012-11-01

    The objective of this study was to prepare amorphous fenofibrate (FB) solid dispersions using thin film freezing (TFF) and to incorporate the solid dispersions into pharmaceutically acceptable dosage forms. FB solid dispersions prepared with optimized drug/polymer ratios were characterized by modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area measurements, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR), and supersaturation dissolution testing. Furthermore, a dry granulation technique was used to encapsulate the TFF compositions for in vitro dissolution and in vivo animal pharmacokinetic studies. The results showed that the TFF process produced amorphous, porous, microstructured, and stable solid dispersions with high surface areas. Development of solid oral dosage forms revealed that the performance of the FB containing solid dispersions was not affected by the formulation process, which was confirmed by DSC and XRD. Moreover, an in vivo pharmacokinetic study in rats revealed a significant increase in FB absorption compared to bulk FB. We confirmed that amorphous solid dispersions with large surface areas produced by the TFF process displayed superior dissolution rates and corresponding enhanced bioavailability of the poorly water-soluble drug, FB. PMID:22974985

  17. Preparation of transparent and conductive multicomponent Zn-In-Sn oxide thin films by vacuum arc plasma evaporation

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Tsukada, Satoshi; Minamino, Youhei; Miyata, Toshihiro

    2005-07-01

    This article describes the preparation of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin films by a vacuum arc plasma evaporation (VAPE) method using multicomponent oxide materials composed of any combination of two of the following binary compounds: ZnO, In2O3, and SnO2. The resulting TCO thin films were prepared with high deposition rates with the desired chemical composition in the ZnO-In2O3, In2O3-SnO2, and SnO2-ZnO systems by altering the composition of the sintered oxide fragments used as the source materials. Minimum resistivities were obtained in amorphous In2O3-ZnO, SnO2-In2O3, and ZnO-SnO2 thin films that were prepared with a Zn content of about 8.5 at. %, an In content of about 46 at. %, and a Sn content of about 78 at. %, respectively. It was found that the electrical, optical and chemical properties in ZnO-SnO2 thin films prepared using the VAPE method could be controlled by altering the Sn content.

  18. Flexible n-Type High-Performance Thermoelectric Thin Films of Poly(nickel-ethylenetetrathiolate) Prepared by an Electrochemical Method.

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    Sun, Yuanhui; Qiu, Lin; Tang, Liangpo; Geng, Hua; Wang, Hanfu; Zhang, Fengjiao; Huang, Dazhen; Xu, Wei; Yue, Peng; Guan, Ying-Shi; Jiao, Fei; Sun, Yimeng; Tang, Dawei; Di, Chong-An; Yi, Yuanping; Zhu, Daoben

    2016-05-01

    Flexible thin films of poly(nickel-ethylenetetrathiolate) prepared by an electrochemical method display promising n-type thermoelectric properties with the highest ZT value up to 0.3 at room temperature. Coexistence of high electrical conductivity and high Seebeck coefficient in this coordination polymer is attributed to its degenerate narrow-bandgap semiconductor behavior. PMID:26928813

  19. CuInSe₂ thin-film solar cells with 7.72 % efficiency prepared via direct coating of a metal salts/alcohol-based precursor solution.

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    Ahn, Sejin; Son, Tae Hwa; Cho, Ara; Gwak, Jihye; Yun, Jae Ho; Shin, Keeshik; Ahn, Seoung Kyu; Park, Sang Hyun; Yoon, Kyunghoon

    2012-09-01

    A simple direct solution coating process for forming CuInSe₂ (CIS) thin films was described, employing a low-cost and environmentally friendly precursor solution. The precursor solution was prepared by mixing metal acetates, ethanol, and ethanolamine. The facile formation of a precursor solution without the need to prefabricate nanoparticles enables a rapid and easy processing, and the high stability of the solution in air further ensures the precursor preparation and the film deposition in ambient conditions without a glove box. The thin film solar cell fabricated with the absorber film prepared by this route showed an initial conversion efficiency of as high as 7.72 %. PMID:22890958

  20. Absorption spectra of rhodamine B dimers in dip-coated thin films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Fujii, Tsuneo; Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Tamura, Takuma

    1995-02-01

    Thin films including rhodamine B (RB) which were dip-coated using the sol-gel reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) have been prepared as a function of time and their absorption spectra observed 72 h after preparation of the thin films. One monomer and two dimers (H- and J-types) are clearly and simultaneously resolved both for RB in the thin films and the water-ethanol mixed solvent. Just after mixing the reaction system, the proportion of the dimers for RB was significant, and the H and J dimer amounts were nearly equal. As the sol-gel reaction proceeded, the relative contribution from the monomer species increased. The relative contribution of the monomer to that of the dimers reached a constant value long before the gelation time. This behavior indicates that the dye molecules are encapsulated in a certain structural region (pores) long before the gelation point of the sol-gel reaction of TEOS.