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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. 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.

  6. Polydiacetylene Films Prepared in Microgravity

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    Carswell, William E.; Paley, Mark S.; Frazier, Donald O.; Naumann, Robert J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    A diffusive/kinetic rate equation was developed for the growth of polydiacetylene films from solution and compared with a microgravity experiment. The model takes into account both the kinetics of thin film growth and the diffusive transport limitations inherent to microgravity. In order to apply this model, measurements of the density and the ultraviolet extinction coefficient of the films, as well as of the diffusion coefficient of the monomer/solvent system, were made. The thin films grown in microgravity were predicted by the model to grow to a thickness of 0.148 micron, versus 0.150 micron for the ground control films. The flight films grew to 0.102 micron.

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. Surface-Wave Plasma Deposition of a-C:H Films for Field Emission

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    Sano, Toru; Nagatsu, Masaaki; Takada, Noriharu; Toyoda, Hirotaka; Sugai, Hideo; Guang, W. X.; Hirao, Takashi; Toyoda, Naoki

    2000-10-01

    Recently crystalline diamond or diamondlike carbon (DLC) thin films prepared by the plasma enhanced CVD techniques have been widely studied as a new material of electron emitter for the next generation large-area field emission display. Among them, DLC films grown at low temperature are more attractive from an aspect of industrial manufacturing. In this study, we have carried out the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous carbon(a-C:H) films using a high density, low pressure surface-wave plasma (SWP). The SWP was produced in a 40cm-diameter vacuum chamber by introducing 2.45 GHz microwave through a quartz window via slot antennas. The a-C:H films were deposited on a silicon substrate immersed in He/CH4 plasma, under discharge conditions of 700 W microwave power and 200 mTorr total pressure. Excellent field emission characteristics were obtained: the threshold electric field defined at an emission current density of 1 μA/cm^2 was obtained to be 4 V/μm. Other film characteristics measured with the XPS and FT-IR are also presented. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Science Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture in Japan.

  11. Preparation and characterization of gradient polymer films

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    Smith, S.C.

    1987-01-01

    Gradient polymers are multicomponent polymers whose chemical constitution varies with depth in the sample. Although these polymers may possess unique mechanical, optical, and barrier properties they remain relatively unexplored. This work is a study of the preparation of gradient polymers by sequential exposure of films to a diffusing monomer followed by electron beam irradiation. Initial experiments involved immersion of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films in styrene or n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) for various time periods followed by irradiation with 1 or 10 megarads of accelerated electrons. A significant amount of poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) formed in PVC/BMA systems, but little polystyrene could be found in the PVC/styrene films. A second set of experiments involved immersion of PVC and polyethylene (PE) films in BMA for 20, 40, 60, and 720 minutes followed by irradiation with 10 megarads of electrons. These films were then characterized using optical microscopy, quantitative transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and a depth profiling procedure based on quantitative attenuated total reflection (ATR) FTIR. It was concluded that the mechanism of PBMA formation in the polyethylene films was a result of events immediately following irradiation. Atmospheric oxygen diffusing into irradiated films trapped free radicals at the film surfaces. This was followed by storage in an evacuated desiccator where unintentional exposure to BMA vapor took place. This BMA reacted with free radicals that remained within the film cores, polymerizing to PBMA.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  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. Thin film preparation of semiconducting iron pyrite

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    Smestad, Greg P.; Ennaoui, Ahmed; Fiechter, Sebastian; Hofmann, Wolfgang; Tributsch, Helmut; Kautek, Wolfgang

    1990-08-01

    Pyrite (Fe52) has been investigated as a promising new absorber material for thin film solar cell applications because of its high optical absorption coefficient of 1OL cm1, and its bandgap of 0.9 to 1.0 eV. Thin layers have been prepared by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition, MOCVD, Chemical Spray Pyrolysis, CSP, Chemical Vapor Transport, CVT, and Sulfurization of Iron Oxide films, 510. It is postulated that for the material FeS2, if x is not zero, a high point defect concentration results from replacing 2 dipoles by single S atoms. This causes the observed photovoltages and solar conversion efficiencies to be lower than expected. Using the Fe-O-S ternary phase diagram and the related activity plots, a thermodynamic understanding is formulated for the resulting composition of each of these types of films. It is found that by operating in the oxide portion of the phase diagram, the resulting oxidation state favors pyrite formation over FeS. By proper orientation of the grains relative to the film surface, and by control of pinholes and stoichiometry, an efficient thin film photovolatic solar cell material could be achieved.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Reactions of ultrathin hard amorphous carbon (a-C) films under microbeam laser processing

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    Zhang Lihong; Gong Hao; Li Yuanqing; Wang Jianping

    2004-11-01

    The decomposition mechanism of hard a-C films under irradiation using a microbeam laser (514.5 nm) was studied. The films were magnetron sputtered at different pressures to achieve different degrees of sp{sup 3}/sp{sup 2} bonding ratio. Under laser irradiation, they showed graphitization and decomposition. The graphitization saturated at early exposure of {approx}4 min, while the decomposition progressed exponentially with the exposure time, following a first-order reaction mechanism. The decomposition of a-C films under laser irradiation can be modeled using a two-step process with the establishment of a quasi steady-state intermediate. The relative energy barrier and rate constant for film decomposition were calculated. With increasing sp{sup 3}/sp{sup 2} bonding ratio, the films showed increasing resistance against the irradiation-induced changes. This is shown by the decreasing rate constant and increasing energy barrier during the decomposition.

  3. Preparation of thin polymer films for infrared reaction rate studies

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    Garrard, G. G.; Houston, D. W.

    1970-01-01

    Procedure for preparing thin films for infrared spectrophotometric analysis involves pressing of a neat mixture of reactants between nonreactive thin polymer films with noninterfering absorption bands. Pressing is done under a pressure that gives desirable thickness. Following this process, the film sandwich is cut to accommodate the laboratory instrument.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  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.

  12. 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

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Superconductivity of YBCO Thick Films Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Kim, Youngha; Lee, Kyong H.; Sung, Tae-Hyun; Han, Sang-Chul; Han, Young-Hee; Jeong, Nyeon-Ho; No, Kwangsoo

    2007-10-01

    YBa2Cu3O x (YBCO) superconducting thick films have been fabricated on Cu substrates, using a simple screen-printing method from Cu-free powders (Y2O3 and BaCO3). However, such films have poor superconducting properties such as critical current density ( J c) due to the low film density. In this work, we investigate the effect of uniaxial c-axis pressure on the superconducting properties of these YBCO films using a spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The film screen-printed on Cu substrates was heat-treated at 850°C for 5 min in vacuum varying the pressure (15, 30, and 45 MPa). To form a superconducting YBCO phase, the film was reheat-treated at 930°C for 30 s in air followed by oxygen annealing at 450°C for 1 h. For heat-treatments performed under pressure, lower film porosity was obtained, and a higher crack density was also observed compared to films prepared without pressure. The densification of the YBCO thick films using the SPS technique was very effective in improving the superconducting properties of the films.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Electron cyclotron resonance deposition and plasma diagnostics of a-Si:H and a-C:H films

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    Shing, Y. H.

    1989-01-01

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition are discussed. It is shown that the ECR microwave plasma deposition technique can produce a-Si:H films with material qualities similar to and with a deposition rate one order of magnitude higher than for films deposited by radio-frequency glow discharge. The ECR-deposited a-C:H films are characterized by fluorescence, IR, and Raman spectroscopy. In situ optical emission spectroscopy plasma diagnostics indicates that ECR plasmas have a strong emission at 434 nm, which indicates a higher chemical reactivity than radio-frequency glow discharge plasmas. The radio frequency bias to the substrate is found to play a critical role in determining the film structure and the carbon bonding configuration of ECR-deposited a-C:H films.

  5. Advanced Functional Thin Films Prepared by Plasma CVD

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    Takai, Osamu

    1998-10-01

    Recently water repellency has been required for many types of substrate (e.g. glass, plastics, fibers, ceramics and metals) in various industrial fields. This paper reports on the preparation of highly water-repellent thin films by plasma CVD (PCVD). We have prepared transparent water-repellent thin films at low substrate temperatures by two types of PCVD, rf PCVD and microwave PCVD, using fluoro-alkyl silanes (FASs) as source gases. Silicon oxide thin films contained fluoro-alkyl functions were deposited onto glass and plastics, and realized the excellent water repellency like polytetrafluoroetylene (PTFE) and the high transparency like glass. Increasing the deposition pressure we have formed ultra water-repellent (contact angle for a water drop of over about 150 degrees) thin films by microwave PCVD using a multiple gas mixture of tetramethylsilane (TMS), (heptadecafluoro-1,1,2,2-tetrahydro-decyl)-1-trimethoxysilane (FAS-17) and argon. Ultra water-repellency appears at higher total pressures over 40 Pa because the surface becomes rough due to the growth of large particles. The color of these ultra water-repellent films is slightly white because of the scattering of light by the large particles. Recently we have also deposited transparent ultra water-repellent thin films at low substrate temperatures by microwave PCVD using organosilicon compounds without fluorine as source gases. We evaluated water repellency, optical transmittance, surface morphology and chemical composition of the deposited films. At the suitable substrate position the deposited film gave the contact angle of about 150 degrees and the transmittance of over 80 visible region for a coated glass (thickness was about 1 micron). The control of the surface morphology of the deposited films is most important to obtain the transparent ultra water-repellent films.

  6. /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.

  7. Nanocomposite nc-TiC/a-C thin films for electrical contact applications

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    Lewin, Erik; Wilhelmsson, Ola; Jansson, Ulf

    2006-09-01

    Thin film nanocomposites of nanocrystalline TiC embedded in a matrix of amorphous carbon have been prepared by nonreactive unbalanced dc-magnetron sputtering. These samples have been tested as coating materials for electrical contacts and show great potential as an alternative to traditional metallic coatings for contacts subjected to wear and friction. Through variation of composition and deposition temperature different microstructures have been attained. The coatings have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The performance of the coatings has been coupled to the microstructure whereby tuning and optimization possibilities have been identified.

  8. Preparation of cubic boron nitride films by RF bias sputtering

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    Tsuda, Osamu; Yamada, Yukiko; Tatebayashi, Yoshinao

    1995-07-01

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) films were successfully prepared by the phase-regulated rf bias sputtering with the aid of magnetic field. The effects of the substrate bias voltage (V{sub s}), the working gas pressure (p) and the deposition time were investigated systematically. Cubic phase was formed in the filmed deposited with V{sub s} above the threshold which depended on p. Even at p = 0.4 mTorr, cBN films were grown with V{sub s} above 100 V. The prepared cBN films had a double-layered structure which consists of an initially deposited layer of sp{sup 2} phase and a layer of cubic phase subsequently grown. The maximum growth rate of the cubic layer was estimated to be approximately 1 nm/s. Stress measurements of the cBN films were also carried out, revealing that the cBN films had compressive stress of a few GPa.

  9. Preparation and characterization of polyaniline-palladium composite films

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    Li, H.S.; Josowicz, M.; Baer, D.R.; Engelhard, M.H.; Janata, J.

    1995-03-01

    Palladium is a preeminent material for the preparation of sensors for hydrogen and hydrogen-evolving compounds. Conducting polyaniline can be chemically or electrochemically functionalized by the incorporation of palladium clusters. Different interfaces in a three-dimensional matrix for hydrogen adsorption, desorption, and evolution were synthesized and characterized. Dispersions of palladium clusters in the polymer film were formed by various preparation routes, which can be classified as one or two-step processes. In the one-step process, the composite material was obtained during the electrosynthesis of polyaniline film. In the two-step processes, Pd aggregated into the polyaniline modified electrode. Electrochemical examination, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy have been employed to characterize the composite materials in view of the hydrogen sorption and evolution as well as the binding energy stale and the spatial distribution of the palladium clusters in polyaniline film.

  10. 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.

  11. Preparation of CuInSe2 film with electrodeposition

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    Li, Wenyi; Yu, Jian; Yu, Xuebin; Chen, Qiulong; Cai, Xun

    2000-11-01

    CuInSe2(CIS) films directly electrodeposited on sputtered Mo-glass, sprayed SnO2-glass substrates had been accomplished at room temperature in the potentiostatic mode from a bath containing CuCl, InCl3(DOT)4H2O and SeO2. The acidity of bath was adjusted to 1PH. Energy dispersive spectrometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), x- ray diffraction and hot-probe method was utilized to characterize the CIS films. The key factor for preparing single-phase CuInSe2 is the proportion of CuCl, InCl3(DOT)4H2O and SeO2. The CIS films are nearly stoichiometry of CuInSe2 and polycrystalline on Mo- glass. The Cu excess films are p-type semiconductor, and the In excess films n-type. The deposition potential obviously affects the surface morphology of CIS films. AFM results had indicated that the CIS films on Mo-glass grow in layer and on SnO2 glass in island.

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

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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Preparation and Characterizations of Rosin Based Thin Films and Fibers.

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    Nirmala, R; Woo-il, Baek; Navamathavan, R; Kim, Hak Yong; Park, Soo-Jin

    2015-06-01

    In this study, we report the preparation and comparison of the rosin based thin films and electrospun fibers in terms of their formation and characterizations. Rosin in the form of thin films and fibers can be obtained via wet casting method and electrospinning process, respectively. Systematic experiments were performed to study the morphology, structure and thermal properties of the rosin thin films and electrospun fibers. Finally, in order to understand the accurate mass values of rosin in the different morphologies, we performed matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) spectroscopy. The rosin thin film prepared via wet casting method exhibited very smooth surfaces whereas the electrospun fibers were continuous without any beads over long distances. The MALDI-TOF data revealed that the most intense peak in the molecular weight of rosin components is about 302 for the rosin powder, thin film and fibers. On the other hand, some of the higher molecular component can also be observed for electrospun rosin fibers owing to the structural morphology. The present study demonstrated that the full structural characterization of the molecular species present in these different forms of rosin.

  15. 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

    2014-01-28

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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%.

  18. Study on preparation and polarization process of PVDF thin film

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    Guo, Xiaopei; Wang, Jun; Ding, Jie; Jiang, Yadong

    2014-09-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is a semi-crystalline polymer, which indicates four different crystalline forms. In this paper, the preparation of nanoscale PVDF thin film was introduced in detail. Initially PVDF was dissolved in the N,N-dimethyl Formamide and acetone mixed solution (volume ratio 1:1). The PVDF films were prepared by spin coating method with different solution concentration, then were characterized by SEM, XRD and FTIR after annealed at different annealing temperatures (60 centigrade to 120 centigrade). Due to the formation of polarized β crystal phase in the annealing process, the pyroelectric coefficient p would be affected by different annealing temperatures. The thermal poling technique of PVDF was also shown in this paper. We investigated the polarization behavior of PVDF when they were subjected to different poling electric fields (from 50 V/μm to 80 V/μm) and poling temperatures (from 90 centigrade to 120 centigrade). For a long enough poling time, the polarization is only related to poling electric filed, while poling temperature affects the poling rate merely. Under the condition of PVDF thin film beforet breakdown, the strongger the poling electric filed intensity, the higher the pyroelectric coefficient is. The pyroelectric coefficient of fibricated PVDF film is 9.0×10-10C/cm2K after 80v/μm electric field intensity polarization from experiment result.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2016-01-01

    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

  2. Preparation of a cDNA library from the hagfish slime gland

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    Gadbois, D.M.; Salo, W.L.; Ann, D.K.; Downing, S.W.; Carlson, D.M.

    1986-05-01

    The slime glands of hagfish have two major cell types, gland thread cells (GTCs) and gland mucous cells (GMCs), both of which upon contact with water contribute to an abundant viscous mucus. GTCs are unique specialized cells in which 60-80% of the mature GTC volume is occupied by a single tapered thread about 60 cm long formed by bundling keratin intermediate filaments (IFs). Each IF is composed of three 63.5 kD protein subunits (..cap alpha.., ..beta.., ..gamma..). Poly (A/sup +/) mRNA was isolated from GTCs and translated by the rabbit reticulocyte system with (/sup 35/S) Met. Analysis of the translation products showed a major labeled protein at 65 kD. A cDNA library prepared from the poly (A/sup +/) mRNAs was screened with /sup 32/P-labeled IF probes from human epidermis. Several clones containing cross-hybridizing inserts were identified.

  3. 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%.

  4. 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.

  5. Preparation and characterization of nanoporous gold thin films

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    Dixon, Matthew Curran

    In the first chapter, methods for preparing different types of nanoporous Au (nPG) are described, along with a wide variety of applications and uses in the scientific and engineering community. Of particular interest, though, is the nanoporous structure that arises from dealloying Ag from AgAu. Details about the formation of AgAu alloys and the different methods for dealloying AgAu alloys are discussed, including a brief history of the dealloying mechanism for a binary alloy. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of the thesis' subsequent chapters. The second chapter focuses on the preparation and characterization of nPG thin films of varying thickness and etch times. We adapted the approach of dealloying Ag from AgAu due to its widespread application, well understood mechanism, uniformity in pore size, and reproducible structure formation. The atomic percentage of Ag70Au30 was chosen for this work since an initial collaboration and previous studies have used this particular ratio, and demonstrated pore sizes on the order of tens of nanometers were achievable upon dealloying. We designed a new technique to deposit AgAu alloys onto surfaces. Specifically, the technique entailed argon ion sputtering a premade ingot containing Ag70Au30 onto a substrate. The third chapter describes the functionaliztion and subsequent characterization of organic films chemisorbed onto a variety of nPG films. Self-assembled monolayers of thiol containing molecules were made using typical literature procedures. The coverage of a variety of molecules were estimated using depth profiling XPS, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, adsorption measurements and redox electrochemistry. Film quality was estimated using electrochemical tunneling measurements and reflection infrared spectroscopy; these showed that film quality on nPG was comparable to that on flat Au. The macroscopic wetting properties of functionalized nPG, as measured using contact angles, were found to reflect the

  6. Influence of the source gas ratio on the hydrogen and deuterium content of a-C:H and a-C:D films: Plasma-enhanced CVD with CH4/H2, CH4/D2, CD4/H2 and CD4/D2

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    Ozeki, K.; Sekiba, D.; Suzuki, T.; Kanda, K.; Niibe, M.; Hirakuri, K. K.; Masuzawa, T.

    2013-01-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) and amorphous deuterated carbon (a-C:D) films were prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from CD4, H2, CD4 and D2 source gases. Fourteen different samples were prepared by changing the source gas ratios of CH4/H2, CH4/D2, CD4/H2, and CD4/D2. The concentrations of hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D) relative to carbon (C) in the films were determined by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The sp2/(sp2 + sp3) ratios of the films were analyzed by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements. Hardness and mass density of the films were measured using a nanoindenter and X-ray reflectivity (XRR), respectively. For all combinations of source gas, the H and D concentrations varied by only 4.0 at.%. For the CH4/D2 source gas, the D concentration in the film increased from 0 at.% with the D2/(CH4 + D2) source gas combination to 11.2 at.% for the 80% D2/(CH4 + D2) source gas combination. The increase in D concentration exceeded the increase in total H and D concentration (3.4 at.%). For CH4/D2 source gas, the H concentration decreased as the D concentration increased. For the CD4/H2 source gas, we observed the opposite tendency. Additionally, an isotope effect between the a-C:H films and the a-C:D films was observed, with preferential incorporation of H over D. From the NEXAFS measurements, the sp2/(sp2 + sp3) ratios in all of the samples were between 38.8% and 40.8%. A correlation between the sp2/(sp2 + sp3) ratio and the H2 or D2 gas source ratio was not observed. The hardness and density of the films decreased when the H2 or D2 source gas ratio increased. Even though the H concentration in the a-C:H films was higher than the D concentration in the a-C:D films, the a-C:D films had lower hardness and mass density values. These findings suggest that information concerning the voids, nanostructures, sp2/sp3 ratios and H concentrations of

  7. Ordered micro/mesoporous composite prepared as thin films.

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    Petkov, N; Hölzl, M; Metzger, T H; Mintova, S; Bein, T

    2005-03-17

    A new synthesis method for preparation of thin films and powders consisting of zeolite beta nanocrystals embedded in ordered mesoporous silica matrix is described. The final structures possessing bimodal porosity, i.e., high degree of mesophase order and spatially defined microporous zeolite nanocrystals are obtained via simultaneous solvent evaporation of preformed silica/surfactant/ethanol/nanosized zeolite beta assemblies. The films were characterized with grazing-incident diffraction (GID), nitrogen sorption based on gravimetric measurements with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) devices, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is shown that the incorporation of beta nanocrystals in the mesoporous silica matrix and the mesophase order itself can be controlled through the variation of the fractional amounts of the zeolite nanoparticles and silica/surfactant solutions. The HR-TEM measurements showed that the nanosized Beta microporous crystals are separated and at the same time connected through an ordered mesostructured matrix.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrical properties of fluorinated amorphous carbon (a-C:F(x)) and aluminum nitride (AlN) films

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    Biswas, Nivedita

    Electrical properties of Fluorinated Amorphous Carbon (a-C:Fx) and Aluminum Nitride (AlN) films were studied using capacitance-voltage (C-V), conductance-voltage (G-V) and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The films were deposited using Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technique under different conditions. The C-V characteristics of the a-C:Fx, films was stretched about the voltage axis, exhibited hysteresis effects and was characterized with a frequency dependent flatband voltage. The equivalent parallel conductance data showed a good fit to theory only if continuum of states is assumed. I-V characteristics exhibited low current in the forward and reverse biasing conditions. Annealing the sample in hydrogen introduced charge leakage in the film and was characterized with a damaged interface. The C-V characteristics of the AlN films were marked with frequency dependent flatband voltage and exhibited minimal hysteresis. Depending on processing conditions, equivalent parallel conductance data showed a good fit to theory either for single time constant or continuum of states model. I-V characteristics indicated that the current conduction in these films is a bulk limited process. Dielectric constant, as calculated using C-V curves and using I-V curves, showed good agreement. Annealing the samples in hydrogen resulted in charge polarization and reversal of hysteresis cycle but the interfacial characteristics showed marked improvement.

  10. Preparation of hyaluronan-DNA matrices and films.

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    Chen, Weiliam

    2012-10-01

    Natural carbohydrate is a class of underexplored polymers for gene delivery. The noninflammatory and nonimmunogenic properties of hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid, HA) are important in clinical situations. It has a role in wound repair and has great lubricating ability. Moreover, the presence of hyaluronidase in vivo enables any vehicle fabricated from HA to be degraded by enzyme-mediated erosion. When DNA is entrapped in a cross-linked HA vehicle, HA-DNA fragments are released on digestion by hyaluronidase. These fragments could serve both as microcarriers of DNA and its protective mechanism. This protocol describes preparation of water-insoluble HA-DNA matrices and films designed for clinical applications, and assays for verification of their bioactivities. Plasmid DNA (pDNA) encoding platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is coupled to the matrices that could be implanted into chronic wounds to accelerate their healing. pDNA encoding hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2) is coupled to the film that could initially serve as a physical barrier and subsequently a pDNA reservoir for sustaining HAS2 transfection. This would lead to continual HA production for preventing postsurgical adhesion.

  11. Optical detector prepared by high-Tc superconducting thin film

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    Wang, Lingjie; Zhou, Fang Q.; Zhao, Xing R.; Sun, Han D.; Yi, Xin J.

    1991-12-01

    An optical detector prepared by high T(subscript c) superconducting thin film has been discussed. The device has been made from YBaCuO superconducting thin film with zero resistance at more than 80 K on a ZrO(subscript 2) substrate. A pattern of the device with the dimension of the microbridge is formed through photolithographic process. Electrical contacts are made by evaporating gold or silver with thickness of 0.5 - 1 micrometers . The sample is then placed in a dewar with an infrared window and is cooled by liquid nitrogen. A blackbody source at 800 K is used to measure the responsivity of the detector, and the infrared radiation is chopped at frequencies between 6.3 and 2000 Hz. The detector output with the detectivity larger than 10(superscript 9) cmHz(superscript 1/2)/w and a typical responsivity value as large as 10(superscript 3) V/w is observed on both lock-in amplifier and root-mean-square voltmeter. In addition, the mechanism of optical detection and the methods to improve the sensitivity have been described.

  12. Comparison of the properties of titanium dioxide films prepared by various techniques.

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    Bennett, J M; Pelletier, E; Albrand, G; Borgogno, J P; Lazarides, B; Carniglia, C K; Schmell, R A; Allen, T H; Tuttle-Hart, T; Guenther, K H; Saxer, A

    1989-08-15

    Fourteen university, government, and industrial laboratories prepared a total of twenty pairs of single-layer titanium dioxide films. Several laboratories analyzed the coatings to determine their optical properties, thickness, surface roughness, absorption, wetting contact angle, and crystalline structure. Wide variations were found in the optical and physical properties of the films, even among films produced by nominally the same deposition techniques.

  13. Barrier Properties of Thin ZrNx Films Prepared by Radical-Assisted Surface Reaction

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    Sato, Masaru; Takeyama, Mayumi B.; Hayasaka, Yuichirou; Aoyagi, Eiji; Noya, Atsushi

    2011-05-01

    We have prepared thin ZrNx films at low temperatures without substrate heating. In the proposed process, radical species generated by the catalytic decomposition of NH3 molecules react on the sputtered Zr film to form ZrNx. The barrier performance of the obtained 5-nm-thick ZrNx film is as good as that prepared by reactive sputtering at 350 °C, indicating the usefulness of the proposed method in forming ZrNx films at low temperatures. We have also demonstrated the general effectiveness of the method for ZrNx preparation in addition to the previous result of TiNx.

  14. 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.

  15. Superhydrophilicity-assisted preparation of transparent and visible light activated N-doped titania film.

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    Xu, Qing Chi; Wellia, Diana V; Amal, Rose; Liao, Dai Wei; Loo, Say Chye Joachim; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2010-07-01

    A novel and environmental friendly method was developed to prepare transparent, uniform, crack-free and visible light activated nitrogen doped (N-doped) titania thin films without the use of organic Ti precursors and organic solvents. The N-doped titania films were prepared from heating aqueous peroxotitanate thin films deposited uniformly on superhydrophilic uncoated glass substrates. The pure glass substrates were superhydrophilic after being heated at 500 degrees C for 1 h. Nitrogen concentrations in the titania films were adjusted by changing the amount of ammonia solution. The optimal photocatalytic activity of the N-doped titania films was about 14 times higher than that of a commercial self-cleaning glass under the same visible light illumination. The current reported preparative technique is generally applicable for the preparation of other thin films.

  16. Preparation and characterization of superhard boron-suboxide films

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    Huang, H.; Ong, C. W.; Zheng, B.; Kwok, R. W. M.; Lau, W. M.; He, J. W.

    2003-09-01

    Boron-suboxide films with hardness reaching 44 GPa, the highest record ever achieved, were synthesized. The films with such high hardness had an oxygen/boron atomic concentration ratio of 0.05 and a carbon concentration of about 20 at. %. They were deposited on silicon at 750 °C by simple sputtering. In the range of oxygen/boron ratio varying from 0.06 to 0.3, the film hardness and elastic modulus decreased monotonically. Unlike other hard film formation, argon ion bombardment of the film during film growth reduced the film hardness.

  17. 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.

  18. Molecular dynamical simulations on a-C:H film growth from atomic flux of C and H: Effect of H fraction

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    Quan, W. L.; Li, H. X.; Zhao, F.; Ji, L.; Du, W.; Zhou, H. D.; Chen, J. M.

    2010-04-01

    Molecular dynamical simulations are carried out to studying the hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) film growth from C and H atoms. The effects of the H fraction in source atoms and incident energy on the film formation are investigated. Our simulations show that almost all the H atoms incorporating into the films bond to carbon and the amount of H 2 molecules is very slight. Increasing the H fraction in source atoms raises the sp 3-C fraction, leads to a linear increase of H concentration in film, but decreases the film growth rate. The influence of H fraction on the film growth mechanism is also discussed.

  19. Preparation and gas-sensing properties of α-Fe2O3 thin films

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    Chai, C. C.; Peng, J.; Yan, B. P.

    1995-07-01

    Haematite (α-Fe2O3) thin films are prepared by two different chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes: the atmospheric pressure CVD (APCVD) and the plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD). The films are analyzed by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy; their gas-sensing properties are also investigated. Experimental results show that APCVD α-Fe2O3 films are highly sensitive and selective to smoke while PECVD films are highly sensitive and selective to alcohol. A certain amount of quadrivalent metal in the films has an effect on their sensitivity and selectivity to gases. It is found that the films will “break down” under certain conditions.

  20. 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.

  1. Preparation of mesoporous silica thin films by photocalcination method and their adsorption abilities for various proteins.

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    Kato, Katsuya; Nakamura, Hitomi; Yamauchi, Yoshihiro; Nakanishi, Kazuma; Tomita, Masahiro

    2014-07-01

    Mesoporous silica (MPS) thin film biosensor platforms were established. MPS thin films were prepared from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) via using sol-gel and spin-coating methods using a poly-(ethylene oxide)-block-poly-(propylene oxide)-block-poly-(ethylene oxide) triblock polymer, such as P123 ((EO)20(PO)70(EO)20) or F127 ((EO)106(PO)70(EO)106), as the structure-directing agent. The MPS thin film prepared using P123 as the mesoporous template and treated via vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation to remove the triblock copolymer had a more uniform pore array than that of the corresponding film prepared via thermal treatment. Protein adsorption and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) on the synthesized MPS thin films were also investigated. VUV-irradiated MPS thin films adsorbed a smaller quantity of protein A than the thermally treated films; however, the human immunoglobulin G (IgG) binding efficiency was higher on the former. In addition, protein A-IgG specific binding on MPS thin films was achieved without using a blocking reagent; i.e., nonspecific adsorption was inhibited by the uniform pore arrays of the films. Furthermore, VUV-irradiated MPS thin films exhibited high sensitivity for ELISA testing, and cytochrome c adsorbed on the MPS thin films exhibited high catalytic activity and recyclability. These results suggest that MPS thin films are attractive platforms for the development of novel biosensors. PMID:24857463

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2016-10-01

    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.

  5. Photoactive composite films prepared from mixtures of polystyrene microgel dispersions and poly(3-hexylthiophene) solutions.

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    Chen, Mu; Cui, Zhengxing; Edmondson, Steve; Hodson, Nigel; Zhou, Mi; Yan, Junfeng; O'Brien, Paul; Saunders, Brian R

    2015-11-14

    Whilst polystyrene microgels belong to the oldest family of microgel particles, their behaviours when deposited onto substrates or prepared as composites have received little attention. Because polystyrene microgels are solvent-swellable, and inherently colloidally stable, they are well suited to form composites with conjugated polymers. Here, we investigate the morphology and light absorption properties of spin coated composite films prepared from mixed dispersions of polystyrene microgels and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) for the first time. We compare the morphologies of the composite films to spin coated microgel films. The films were studied using optical microscopy, SEM, AFM, wide-angle X-ray diffraction and UV-visible spectroscopy. The films contained flattened microgel particles with an aspect ratio of ∼10. Microgel islands containing hexagonally close packed particles were evident for both the pure microgel and microgel/P3HT composite films. The latter were electrically conducting. The composite film morphology was dependent on the microgel and P3HT concentration used for film preparation and a morphology phase diagram was constructed. The P3HT phase acted as an electrically conducting cement and increased the robustness of the films to solvent washing. The composite films were photoactive due to the P3HT component. The absorbance for the films was tuneable and increased linearly with both microgel and P3HT concentration. The results of the study should apply to other organic swellable microgel/conjugated polymer combinations and may lead to new colloidal composites for future optoelectronic applications.

  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. Preparation of Amorphous Carbon Films and Evaluation of Its Optical Properties and Gas Barrier Property

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    Ohsone, Yuuki; Nishi, Hidetaka; Saito, Masanori; Suzuki, Masaki; Murakami, Hiroya; Ohtake, Naoto

    Hydrogenerated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films can improve oxygen gas barrier characteristics of plastic food containers, by coating it on the surfaces of such containers, and is intended to enhance the preservative quality. However, it has a problem that the degradation of optical transparency in the visible light range blocks the view of the inner content. In this study, we aimed to reduce the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) as well as to improve optical transparency, and fabricated a-C:H films by the pulse plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films. First, it is clarified that the gas barrier performance in the a-C:H film in the vicinity of the PET boundary surface was lower than that of bulk a-C:H film. Secondly, the OTR and optical transparency of a-C:H films deposited not only from C2H2 but also from Si(CH3)4 were investigated in detail. The a-C:H film deposited from Si(CH3)4 shows high transmittance of 87% for visible light with a relatively low OTR of 3.2 cc/(m2·atm·day).

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Preparation of mixed bismuth and iron thin films by pulsed laser deposition using powder targets

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    Kawasaki, Hiroharu; Ohshima, Tamiko; Yagyu, Yoshihito; Ihara, Takeshi; Tanaka, Yuki; Suda, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) thin films, for use in magnetic optics, were prepared by a pulsed laser deposition method using Bi and Fe mixed powder targets in oxygen gas. The deposition rate of the film strongly depended on the target mixture. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results suggest that the prepared films were not Bi3Fe5O12 but Bi-rich films, because of the lower melting temperature of Bi (544 K) compared with that of Fe (1811 K).

  11. Carbon nanotube based nanostructured thin films: preparation and application

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    Fu, Li; Yu, Aimin

    2013-08-01

    Hybrid thin films of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and titania were fabricated on quartz slides by alternatively depositing MWCNT and titanium(IV) bis(ammonium lactato) dihydroxide (TALH) via a solution based layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method followed by calcination to convert TALH to crystalline titania. The multilayer film build-up was monitored by UV-vis spectroscopy which indicated the linear growth of the film with the bilayer number. XRD confirmed the formation of anantase titania after heat treatment. The photocatalytic property of the hybrid thin film was evaluated by its capacity to degrade rhodamine B under the UV illumination. Compared with pure TiO2 film, experiments showed that the MWCNT/TiO2 hybrid film had a much higher photocatalytic activity under the same conditions. The first order rate constant of photocatalysis of 30 bilayers of hybrid film was approximately 8-fold higher than that of 30 bilayers of pure TiO2 film. In addition, the degradation efficiency of MWCNT/TiO2 hybrid thin film increased with its thickness while pure titania film remained unchanged. A 30 bilayers hybrid thin film that contains about 0.2 mg MWCNT/TiO2 catalyst was capable of completely degrading 10 mL of 2 mg/L Rh B solution within 5 hours. The results also indicated that the hybrid catalyst could be reused for several cycles.

  12. Preparation of silica thin films by novel wet process and study of their optical properties.

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    Im, Sang-Hyeok; Kim, Nam-Jin; Kim, Dong-Hwan; Hwang, Cha-Won; Yoon, Duck-Ki; Ryu, Bong-Ki

    2012-02-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films have gained considerable attention because of their various industrial applications. For example, SiO2 thin films are used in superhydrophilic self-cleaning surface glass, UV protection films, anti-reflection coatings, and insulating materials. Recently, many processes such as vacuum evaporation, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, and spin coating have been widely applied to prepare thin films of functionally graded materials. However, these processes suffer from several engineering problems. For example, a special apparatus is required for the deposition of films, and conventional wet processes are not suitable for coating the surfaces of substrates with a large surface area and complex morphology. In this study, we investigated the film morphology and optical properties of SiO2 films prepared by a novel technique, namely, liquid phase deposition (LPD). Images of the SiO2 films were obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in order to study the surface morphology of these films: these images indicate that films deposited with different reaction times were uniform and dense and were composed of pure silica. Optical properties such as refractive index and transmittance were estimated by UV-vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry. SiO2 films with porous structures at the nanometer scale (100-250 nm) were successfully produced by LPD. The deposited film had excellent transmittance in the visible wavelength region.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO thin films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Jongnavakit, P.; Amornpitoksuk, P.; Suwanboon, S.; Ndiege, N.

    2012-08-01

    Cu-doped ZnO thin films were fabricated on glass substrates by the sol-gel dip-coating method. All samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The grain size and film thickness of the Cu-doped ZnO thin film decreased as a function of the Cu concentrations. All prepared films showed a very high transmittance above 89% in the visible region (400-800 nm). Two oxidation states of Cu in +1 and +2 were identified in the ZnO thin film by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Their photocatalytic activities were investigated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under blacklight fluorescent tubes. The film prepared from the Zn2+ solution containing 0.5 mol% of copper ions had the highest photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue solution as a function of the initial concentrations was evaluated according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The reaction rate (k) and adsorption equilibrium constant (K) over 1 cm2 of 0.5 mol% Cu-doped ZnO thin film are 15.92 μM h-1 and 0.049 μM-1, respectively.

  20. Preparation of cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol biocomposite films using 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride.

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    Abdulkhani, Ali; Hojati Marvast, Ebrahim; Ashori, Alireza; Hamzeh, Yahya; Karimi, Ali Naghi

    2013-11-01

    This study has been focused on developing cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a biocomposite film, pretreated with 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([bmim]Cl). The dissolved polymers were blended and their biocomposite films including cellulose and cellulose/PVA were prepared. The effect of PVA composition with cellulose was evaluated by comparing the physical, mechanical, chemical and thermal characteristics of produced films with neat cellulosic film. The results showed that the ionic liquid had a great capability in dissolving the polymers. Furthermore, in composition of the raw cellulose some chemical bonds were incorporated between the two components. Water uptake, thickness swelling and water vapor permeability of blend films were increased comparing to cellulosic film. Mechanical strength and Young's modulus of the films made of cellulose/PVA were decreased while the strain at break was increased. The optical transparency and thermal properties of the blend films were almost the same as neat cellulosic film. This work demonstrated a promising route for the preparation of biodegradable green composites. In addition, this biocomposite film is composed of sustainable biodegradable resources, which is suitable for release to the environment. The biocomposite films showed good optical transparency, thermal stabilities properties.

  1. Preparation and photophysical properties of thin films of coumarin dyes

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    Ibrayev, N. Kh.; Seliverstova, E. V.; Alekseeva, V. I.; Marinina, L. E.; Savvina, L. P.

    2013-07-01

    The results from investigating the photophysical properties of new coumarin dyes synthesized and incorporated into Langmuir-Blodgett films are presented. A method for forming monolayers on the surface of a water/air interface is proposed. The phase states of mixed monolayers on a water surface are studied. It is found that mixed monolayers of amphiphilic polyampholyte and dye allow us to obtain more stable and condensed films, relative to films of single components. The spectral and luminescent properties of synthesized dyes in solution and in Langmuir-Blodgett films are studied.

  2. Lithography-assisted alignment control for preparation of mesoporous silica films with uniaxially oriented mesochannels.

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    Yamauchi, Yusuke; Ishihara, Shinsuke; Suzuki, Norihiro; Wu, Kevin C W

    2014-03-01

    We report the lithography-assisted alignment control of one-dimensional (1D) mesochannels. The effectiveness on both nonionic and cationic surfactants is discussed, and a continuous film with fully uniaxially oriented mesochannels is also successfully prepared.

  3. 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 LiClO4 propylene carbon ate solution caused desirable changes in optical absorption. Coulometry indicated that the coloration efficiency was 25.8 sq cm center-dot C(exp -1).

  4. Electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method

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    Maruyama, Toshiro; Arai, Susumu

    1993-08-01

    Electrochromic niobium oxide thin films were prepared by a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method. Amorphous Nb2O5 thin films deposited at radio-frequency power 100 W showed the electrochromic behavior: Reduction and oxidation of the films in 0.1 M Na2CO3+0.1 M NaHCO3 buffer solution resulted in coloration and bleaching, respectively. Coulometry indicated that the coloration efficiency was 10 cm2/C.

  5. Ferroelectric thin film bismuth titanate prepared from acetate precursors

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    Lu, Yanxia; Hoelzer, D.T.; Schulze, W.A.; Tuttle, B.A.; Potter, B.G.

    1994-10-01

    Bismuth titanate (Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}) thin films were fabricated by spin coat deposition followed by rapid thermal processing (RTP). Acetate derived solutions for deposition were synthesized by blending bismuth acetate in aqueous acetic acid and then adding titanium acetate. A series of electrically insulating, semiconducting and conducting substrates were evaluated for Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} film deposition. While X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses indicated that the initial perovskite crystallization temperature was 500{degrees}C or less for these Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} films, a 700{degrees}C crystallization treatment was used to obtain single phase perovskite films. Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} film crystallographic orientation was shown to depend on three factors: substrate surface morphology, the number of coating layers and thermal processing. While preferred c-direction orientation was observed for Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} films deposited on silver foil substrates, preferred a-direction orientation was obtained for films deposited on both Si and Pt coated Si wafers. The films were dense, smooth, crack free, and had grain sizes ranging from 20 nm to 100 nm. Film thickness and refractive index were determined using a combination of ellipsometry, waveguide refractometry and TEM measurements. Both low field dielectric and ferroelectric properties were measured for an 800 nm thick film deposited on a Pt coated MgO substrate. A remanent polarization of 38 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and a coercive field of 98 kV/cm were measured for this film that was crystallized at 700{degrees}C.

  6. Highly conductive free standing polypyrrole films prepared by freezing interfacial polymerization.

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    Qi, Guijin; Huang, Liyan; Wang, Huiliang

    2012-08-25

    Highly conductive free standing polypyrrole (PPy) films were prepared by a novel freezing interfacial polymerization method. The films exhibit metallic luster and electrical conductivity up to 2000 S cm(-1). By characterizing with SEM, FTIR, Raman and XRD, the high conductivity is attributed to the smooth surface, higher conjugation length and more ordered molecular structure of PPy.

  7. 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

  8. Preparation and properties of nanometer silk fibroin peptide/polyvinyl alcohol blend films for cell growth.

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    Luo, Qin; Chen, Zhongmin; Hao, Xuefei; Zhu, Qiangsong; Zhou, Yucheng

    2013-10-01

    Nanometer silk fibroin peptide (Nano-SFP) was prepared from silkworm cocoons through the process of dissolution, dialysis and enzymolysis. For comparison, silk fibroin was decomposed with α-chymotrypsin, trypsin and neutrase, respectively. From the SEM and particle size analysis results, the Nano-SFP prepared by neutrase was found to be the most desirable at about 50-200 nm. Nano-SFP/polyvinyl alcohol films (Nano-SFP/PVA) were prepared by blending Nano-SFP and PVA in water with different weight ratios of 10/90, 20/80, 30/70, and 40/60. The films were characterized by IR, SEM, TG, DSC and tensile strength test for investigating their structure, surface morphology, thermostability, and mechanical property. The results showed that Nano-SFP inserted in the PVA films with small linear particles, and Nano-SFP/PVA films exhibited smooth surface, good thermostability and tensile strength. The growth of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells on films with and without Nano-SFP was investigated with MTT colorimetric assay to assess the films' ability to promote cell growth. It was observed that the Nano-SFP improved cell adhesion on the film surface, and the ability of promoting cell growth increased with the increasing content of Nano-SFP in the blend films. Nano-SFP/PVA film with the ratio of 30/70 was concluded to have the best properties.

  9. Preparation and characterization of bio-based hybrid film containing chitosan and silver nanowires.

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    Shahzadi, Kiran; Wu, Lin; Ge, Xuesong; Zhao, Fuhua; Li, Hui; Pang, Shuping; Jiang, Yijun; Guan, Jing; Mu, Xindong

    2016-02-10

    A bio-based hybrid film containing chitosan (CS) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) has been prepared by a simple casting technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-visible spectroscopy were employed to characterize the structure of bio-based film. The bio-based hybrid film showed unique performance compared with bare chitosan film. The incorporated nano-silver could improve the strength properly. The results revealed that AgNWs in CS film, improved its tensile strength more than 62% and Young modulus 55% compared with pure chitosan film. On the other hand tensile strength was increased 36.7% with AgNPs. Importantly, the film also exhibited conductivity and antibacterial properties, which may expand its future application.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. An attempt to prepare nonchromate, self-healing protective films containing molybdate on iron

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    Aramaki, K.

    1999-11-01

    Preparation of a nonchromate, self-healing protective film on an Fe surface was attempted. A protective film of 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane ([C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O]{sub 3} Si[CH{sub 2}]{sub 2} Si[OC{sub 2}H{sub 5}]{sub 3}) polymer containing a fine powder of ammonium heptamolybdate tetrahydrate ([NH{sub 4}]{sub 6}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24} {center{underscore}dot} 4H{sub 2}O) was prepared on a surface of Fe electrode passivated in aerated 0.1-M sodium molybdate (Na{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}). The protective ability of this film was examined on the covered electrode in an aerated 0.1-M sodium chloride (NaCl) solution at 30 C by polarization measurement. The protection efficiency (P) of the film was significantly high, 99.0%. After the electrode coated with the film was scratched with a knife edge, the self-healing ability of the film was estimated on the electrode in the NaCl solution by polarization measurement. The P value of the film on the scratched electrode was still high, 98.8%. The anodic process of Fe corrosion markedly was suppressed by the formation of a passive film at the scratched surface with molybdate ion (MoO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}) incorporated in the polymer film, resulting in a self-healing activity of the film.

  13. 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

  14. Preparation and physicochemical properties of compression-molded keratin films.

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    Katoh, Kazunori; Shibayama, Mikio; Tanabe, Toshizumi; Yamauchi, Kiyoshi

    2004-05-01

    The S-sulfo keratin was extracted from wool and was then spray-dried to give S-sulfo keratin powder. Differential scanning calorimetry analysis showed that the glass transition temperature of S-sulfo keratins became lowered with the increase of moisture content, while perfectly dried S-sulfo keratin powder did not give thermal transition in the temperature range 30-130 degrees C. The compression molding of the S-sulfo keratin powder supplemented with one-tenth weight of water afforded a plastic-like transparent proteinous film above the glass transition temperature. The film obtained from the powder without water addition or compression molded below glass transition temperature partly remained powdery. The film compression molded at 120 degrees C gave the maximum ultimate strength and Young's modulus, 27.8 +/- 2.9 and 1218 +/- 80 MPa, respectively. Obtained film was insoluble and slightly swelled in water, but, in the presence of reducing agent, the film significantly swelled at pH 7.0 and even dissolved at pH 9.0, suggesting the relevance of abundant disulfide linkage. The film supported the mammalian cell adhesion and proliferation, demonstrating the biocompatibility of S-sulfo keratin films.

  15. The optical properties of a-C:H films between 1.5 and 10 eV and the effect of thermal annealing on the film character

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    Logothetidis, S.; Petalas, J.; Ves, S.

    1996-01-01

    The optical properties of amorphous hydrogenated carbon films prepared with various techniques are studied with conventional and synchrotron-radiation spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and the pseudodielectric function <ɛ(ω)> of diamondlike and graphitelike films is presented in the energy region 1.5-10 eV. Characteristic features of the measured <ɛ(ω)> and the calculated electron-energy-loss (EEL) function are found to serve as useful criteria for the classification of such materials. The results and information obtained by SE are compared to those obtained by EEL and Raman spectroscopy techniques, which are the most widely used for this purpose. Thermal annealing experiments up to 675 °C with in situ monitoring of the <ɛ(ω)> reveal the undergoing structural changes in the material character from diamondlike into graphitelike during the annealing. The major modifications which turn the material into sp2-like are found to take place around and above 550 °C. The fundamental gap along with other optical parameters of the materials are compared to those of diamond and graphite and their shift with temperature is discussed and used to illustrate further the prevalence of the graphitic character during and after the annealing. Finally, the optimum growth parameters for the production of diamondlike material are discussed in the case of the glow-discharge and ion-beam deposited films.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  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. Preparation of polycrystalline Bi3Fe5O12 garnet films

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    Okuda, T.; Katayama, T.; Satoh, K.; Yamamoto, H.

    1991-04-01

    Polycrystalline films of nonthermodynamical garnet Bi3Fe5O12 were synthesized by direct epitaxial growth from the vapor phase. Polycrystalline thin layers of various kinds of thermodynamical garnets prepared on fused quartz substrates were employed as the substrate materials. The saturation magnetization of the film grown onto the polycrystalline GGG layer was 140 mT at 5 K. The films showed quite large magneto-optical effects. In the film on the GGG layer, the Faraday rotation angle at a wavelength of 633 nm was -5.5 deg/μm and the magneto-optical Kerr rotation angle at 455 nm was -0.9°.

  4. Porphyrin electrode films prepared by electrooxidation of metalloprotoporphyrins

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    Macor, K.A.; Spiro, T.G.

    1983-08-24

    Electrooxidation in organic solvents of the dimethyl esters of several metalloprotoporphyrins (PP) (Ni/sup II/PP, Zn/sup II/PP, Co/sup II/PP, (Fe/sup III/PP)Cl, (Fe/sup III/PP)/sub 2/O, and (Cr/sup III/PP)/sub 2/O) leads to the deposition of thick (approx. 1000 monolayer equivalents), electroactive porphyrin films, which have been characterized by cyclic voltammetry and absorption spectroscopy on transparent SnO/sub 2/ electrodes. The films are stable toward organic solvents and aqueous acids and bases, but are removed by treatment with hot concentrated acids. The resonance Raman spectrum of the NiPP film indicates that one of the two vinyl groups is saturated on most of the porphyrin units. Deposition continues for some minutes after the current is interrupted. This evidence is consistent with a mechanism involving electroinitiated cationic vinyl polymerization. No film is formed if the metal, rather than the ring, is oxidized. Thus the first oxidation step of Co/sup II/PP, to (Co/sup III/PP)/sup +/, does not support film formation (although the potential is as high as for ring oxidation in ZnPP), but the second step, to (Co/sup III/PP)/sup 2 +/, does. Lack of film formation for (Mn/sup III/PP)Cl and (Cr/sup IV/PP)O suggests metal, rather than ring oxidation, to Mn/sup IV/ and Cr/sup V/. However, (CrPP)/sub 2/O oxidation does produce a film, suggesting ring oxidation, analogous to (FePP)/sub 2/O, which also produces a film. However, while (CrPP)/sub 2/O is incorporated intact into the film, the (FePP)/sub 2/O film contains monomer units. Incorporation of other metal ions can be accomplished by soaking a ZnPP-coated electrode in H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ followed by contact wtih a solution of the metal dihalide in refluxing DMF. The porphyrin sites are accessible to small ions, as shown by chloride coordination of ZnPP film upon soaking in chloride solution. 49 references, 13 figures, 1 table.

  5. Characteristics of Nanostructured CdO Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition Technique

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    Asmial, Riad A.; Al-Samarai, Abdul-Majeed E.; Mohmed, Sabri J.; Ahmed, Hani H.

    2012-09-01

    Nanostructured CdO films were prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. Cadmium nitrate salt was used as a source of cadmium ions (Cd+2). The effect of solution molarity on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of nanostructured CdO films had been investigated. To obtain a good film stoichiometry, films were heated in a static air temperature of 673 K for 90 min. X-ray diffraction results showed the formation of polycrystalline cadmium oxide structure. The average grain size and root mean square of roughness values obtained from AFM investigation were 87 nm and 13 nm respectively for CdO film prepared with 0.03 M and 98 nm and 17 nm respectively for CdO film prepared with 0.1 M. The average transmittance of CdO films in the visible region was between 70-80% with a corresponding direct optical energy of 2.41-2.5 eV. The electrical resistivity of nanostructured CdO films at temperatures 300-500 K was measured.

  6. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

    DOEpatents

    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.

  7. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

    DOEpatents

    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.

  8. Preparation and transport properties of high-Tc superconducting thick films

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    Aponte, J. M.; Octavio, M.

    1989-08-01

    We have prepared thick films of high Tc superconductors on a variety of substrates: SrTiO3, BeO, Zr(Ca)O2, alumina, and sapphire. The powder of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ compound is mixed with an organic solvent and painted on the substrates. The films are then dried and fired. We have studied the effect of the substrate and of the firing temperature on the superconducting properties of the films. We found an optimum firing temperature of 990 °C. The films prepared are superconducting with Tc (R=0) as high as 82 K. We discuss the shape of the resistance-versus-temperature curves as well as the temperature dependence of the critical currents of these films.

  9. 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%.

  10. 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).

  11. Methods for preparing colloidal nanocrystal-based thin films

    DOEpatents

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    2013-04-01

    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.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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XPS spectrum of the SF-GO hybrid film, SEM images of lyophilized GO dispersion and the failure surface of GO film. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00196b

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Photoactive composite films prepared from mixtures of polystyrene microgel dispersions and poly(3-hexylthiophene) solutions.

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    Chen, Mu; Cui, Zhengxing; Edmondson, Steve; Hodson, Nigel; Zhou, Mi; Yan, Junfeng; O'Brien, Paul; Saunders, Brian R

    2015-11-14

    Whilst polystyrene microgels belong to the oldest family of microgel particles, their behaviours when deposited onto substrates or prepared as composites have received little attention. Because polystyrene microgels are solvent-swellable, and inherently colloidally stable, they are well suited to form composites with conjugated polymers. Here, we investigate the morphology and light absorption properties of spin coated composite films prepared from mixed dispersions of polystyrene microgels and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) for the first time. We compare the morphologies of the composite films to spin coated microgel films. The films were studied using optical microscopy, SEM, AFM, wide-angle X-ray diffraction and UV-visible spectroscopy. The films contained flattened microgel particles with an aspect ratio of ∼10. Microgel islands containing hexagonally close packed particles were evident for both the pure microgel and microgel/P3HT composite films. The latter were electrically conducting. The composite film morphology was dependent on the microgel and P3HT concentration used for film preparation and a morphology phase diagram was constructed. The P3HT phase acted as an electrically conducting cement and increased the robustness of the films to solvent washing. The composite films were photoactive due to the P3HT component. The absorbance for the films was tuneable and increased linearly with both microgel and P3HT concentration. The results of the study should apply to other organic swellable microgel/conjugated polymer combinations and may lead to new colloidal composites for future optoelectronic applications. PMID:26347070

  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. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Optical properties of rubrene thin film prepared by thermal evaporation

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    Chen, Liang; Deng, Jin-Xiang; Kong, Le; Cui, Min; Chen, Ren-Gang; Zhang, Zi-Jia

    2015-04-01

    Rubrene thin films are deposited on quartz substrates and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) films by the thermal evaporation technique. The optical properties of rubrene thin film are investigated in a spectral range of 190 nm-1600 nm. The analysis of the absorption coefficient (α) reveals direct allowed transition with a corresponding energy of 2.24 eV. The photoluminescence (PL) peak of the rubrene thin film is observed to be at 563 nm (2.21 eV). With the use of Ag NPs which are fabricated by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering on the quartz, the PL intensity is 8.5 times that of as-deposited rubrene thin film. It is attributed to the fact that the surface plasmon enhances the photoluminescence. Project supported by the Funding for the Development Project of Beijing Municipal Education Commission of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. KZ201410005008), the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing City, China (Grant No. 4102014), and the Graduate Science Fund of the Beijing University of Technology, China (Grant No. ykj-2013-9835).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. Preparation of ibuprofen-loaded chitosan films for oral mucosal drug delivery using supercritical solution impregnation.

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    Tang, Chuan; Guan, Yi-Xin; Yao, Shan-Jing; Zhu, Zi-Qiang

    2014-10-01

    Drug-loaded chitosan films suitable for oral mucosal drug delivery were prepared using supercritical solution impregnation (SSI) technology. Firstly, chitosan films were obtained via casting method, and the film properties including water-uptake, erosion and mucoadhesive were characterized. SSI process was then employed to load the drug of ibuprofen onto the prepared chitosan films, and the effects of impregnation pressure and temperature on morphologies of the ibuprofen-loaded chitosan films and drug loading capacity (DLC) were studied. The SEM and X-ray diffraction patterns suggested that distinct ibuprofen shapes such as microparticles, flake, rod-like and needle-like occurred after impregnation at different pressures, and DLC varied from 7.9% to 130.4% during the SSI process. The ex vivo release profiles showed that ibuprofen-loaded chitosan films could deliver the drug across the rabbit buccal mucosa, and up to 70% of the ibuprofen was released from the matrix in 460 min. SSI process is a promising method to prepare drug-loaded film formulations for oral mucosal drug delivery, which provides the advantages of low solvent residual and sustained- and controlled- release behavior.

  8. [Research on the polycrystalline CdS thin films prepared by close-spaced sublimation].

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    Yang, Ding-Yu; Xia, Geng-Pei; Zheng, Jia-Gui; Feng, Liang-Huan; Cai, Ya-Ping

    2009-01-01

    In the present paper, the factors of influence on the deposition rate of CdS films prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) were first studied systematically, and it was found from the experiments that the deposition rate increased with the raised temperature of sublimation source, while decreased with the raised substrate temperature and the deposition pressure. The structure, morphology and light transmittance of the prepared samples were tested subsequently, and the results show: (1) The CdS films deposited under different oxygen partial pressure all present predominating growth lattice orientation (103), and further more the films will be strengthened after annealed under CdCl2 atmosphere. (2) The AFM images of CdS show that the films are compact and uniform in grain diameter, and the grain size becomes larger with the increased substrate temperature. Along with it, the film roughness was also augmented. (3) The transmittance in the shortwave region of visible light through the CdS films would be enhanced when its thickness is reduced, and that will help improve the shortwave spectral response of CdTe solar cells. Finally, the prepared CdS films were employed to fabricate CdTe solar cells, which have achieved a conversion efficiency of 10.29%, and thus the feasibility of CSS process in the manufacture of CdTe solar cells was validated primarily.

  9. The preparation of fluorine doped cadmium oxide thin film by sol-gel process.

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    Kim, In Yea; Kim, Jong Sung

    2014-11-01

    During the several decades, CdO thin film has attracted many attentions as a candidate for the transparent conducting electrodes due to its high electrical conductivity and high optical transmittance. Various dopants such as F, In, Al, Sn, and Cr have been used to improve the optical and electrical properties of the film. Generally, the optical and electrical property of the thin film is dependent on its oxidation state, the amount of dopant materials, and the fabrication process. In this study, fluorine doped CdO thin films were prepared by using sol-gel process with various atomic ratios of Cd:F, and their electrical and optical properties were investigated. The precursor solution for sol-gel film was prepared with pH 5 and pH 8, and the film was annealed at 350 degrees C. X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the cubic CdO:F phase formation, and the 10% fluorine doped film prepared with pH 8 precursor solution showed the lowest resistivity of 0.01574 Ω cm.

  10. Densification and crystallization of zirconia thin films prepared by sol-gel processing

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    Schwartz, R.W.; Voigt, J.A.; Buchheit, C.D.; Boyle, T.J.

    1993-12-31

    We have investigated the effects of precursor nature and heat treatment schedule on the densification and crystallization behavior of sol-gel derived zirconia thin films. Precursor solutions were prepared from n-propanol, zirconium (IV) n-propoxide, and either acetic acid, or 2,4-pentanedione (acac) and water additions. By controlling the ligand type and ligand-to-metal ratio, we were able to prepare films which displayed significant differences in densification behavior. We attribute the dissimilarity in densification to variations in the nature of the as-deposited films, as influenced by ligand type and concentration. While the acac- derived film was a physical gel, (i.e., a physical aggregation of the oligomeric species), the acetic acid-derived film, which exhibited less consolidation, was a chemical gel that could not be redissolved in the parent solvent. Films prepared with large acac/metal ratios and small water additions exhibited minimal crosslinking at 25{degree}C, displayed the greatest consolidation ({approximately}86% shrinkage) and the highest refractive index (n = 2.071) when heat treated. These results indicate the importance that M-O-M bonds (crosslinks) formed at low temperature can have on densification behavior. We also report on the effects of heat-treatment schedules and ramp rates on densification behavior. All of the films of the present study crystallized into the cubic phase, at temperatures ranging from {approximately}400{degree}C to greater than 700{degree}C, depending on the heating rate.

  11. Preparation and characterization of regenerated cellulose/poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blend films.

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    Zhang, Xiaomin; Feng, Jianxiang; Liu, Xiaoqing; Zhu, Jin

    2012-06-01

    Regenerated cellulose/poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blend film was successfully prepared through coagulating their N,N-dimethyl acetamide (DMAC)/LiCl solution with water. The toughness of the blend films, compared with virgin regenerated cellulose film, was significantly improved when the content of PVDF in blend films was no more than 20 wt.%. The elongation at break increased from 12% to 34%, and the tensile strength was also improved from 89 to 106 MPa with the addition of PVDF till 20 wt.%. The mechanical properties of the blend films became worse when the content of PVDF in blend films was more than 20%. The oxygen permeability was firstly decreased from 2.3 1 (-10) to 0.036 1 (-10)cm(3)cm/cm(2)s Pa when the PVDF content increased from 0 to 5 wt.% in the blend films. Afterwards, the oxygen permeability would increase with the increasing of the PVDF content. The film showed some pores when the loading level of PVDF was more than 50%. The pore size of blend film became larger with the increasing of PVDF content. These phenomena were well correlated to the crystallinity, hydrogen bonds and morphologies of the blend films. PMID:24750605

  12. 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.

  13. Structural, Electrical and Optical Properties of Gallium Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Electron Beam Evaporation Technique

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    Nagarani, S.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2011-07-15

    High quality gallium doped zinc oxide (GZO) films are prepared by electron beam evaporation technique. The effect of substrate temperature on structural, electrical and optical properties was studied in detail. The prepared films are polycrystalline in nature with c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The resistivity of the film decreases and the optical transparency increases as the substrate temperature increases from room temperature to 150 deg. C. The film produce the optical band gap of 3.47 eV.

  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. Optical Thin Films Prepared by Ion-Assisted and Ultrasound-Assisted Deposition.

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    Hwangbo, Chang Kwon

    Optical, electrical, and microstructural effects of Ar ion bombardment and Ar incorporation on thermally evaporated Ag and Al thin films were investigated. The results show that as the momentum supplied to the growing films by the bombarding Ar ions per arriving metal atom increases, refractive index at 632.8 nm increases and extinction coefficient decreases, lattice spacing expands, grain size decreases, electrical resistivity increases, and trapped Ar increases slightly. The reversal of stress from tensile to compressive in Ag films requires a threshold level of momentum. The increase in electrical resistivity is related to the increase in the void fraction, decrease in the grain size, and increase in trapped Ar in both types of films. Many of these properties correlate well with the momentum transferred, suggesting that the momentum is an important physical parameter in describing the influence of ion beams on growing thin films and determining the characteristics of thin metal films prepared by ion-assisted deposition (IAD). With a low energy ion beam, the Ar concentration in IAD Ag films was negligible. When the bombarded film thickness was less than 5 nm, the electrical resistivity of IAD Ag films tended to decrease slightly from that of the non-IAD film. Using the Bruggeman effective medium theory, a formula for the void fraction at any given wavelength was derived. We investigated optical properties, stoichiometry, chemical bonding states, and structure of aluminum oxynitride thin films prepared by reactive ion-assisted deposition. Variations of optical constants and chemical bonding states are related to the stoichiometry. We found that our amorphous aluminum oxynitride film is not simply a mixture of aluminum oxide and nitride but a compound. A rugate filter using a step -index profile of aluminum oxynitride films was fabricated by nitrogen ion beam bombardment of a growing Al film with backfilled oxygen pressure as the sole variable. The effects of

  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. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Optical and electrical characteristics of pyrite films prepared by a new spray method using PVDF as a polymeric binder

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    Javad Zanganeh, Mohammad; Ziarati, Mahmoud; Khandan, Nahid; Goudarzi, Ali Reza

    2015-06-01

    Pyrite thin films were deposited on glass substrates by a new and simple spray method using polyvinylidene fluoride as polymeric binder. Prepared pyrite films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and Hall auto-measuring instrument. Hall measurements showed p-type conduction of all the prepared thin films. The film prepared by using binder concentration of 2 wt.% showed the best results. Its band gap was estimated 1.55 eV. Also, electrical characteristics of the deposited film were obtained by I-V characteristic curve.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  6. Oxygen reduction activity of N-doped carbon-based films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Hakoda, Teruyuki; Yamamoto, Shunya; Kawaguchi, Kazuhiro; Yamaki, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Tomohiro; Yoshikawa, Masahito

    2010-12-01

    Carbon-based films with nitrogen species on their surface were prepared on a glassy carbon (GC) substrate for application as a non-platinum cathode catalyst for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Cobalt and carbon were deposited in the presence of N 2 gas using a pulsed laser deposition method and then the metal Co was removed by HCl-washing treatment. Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity was electrochemically determined using a rotating disk electrode system in which the film samples on the GC substrate were replaceable. The ORR activity increased with the temperature of the GC substrate during deposition. A carbon-based film prepared at 600 °C in the presence of N 2 at 66.7 Pa showed the highest ORR activity among the tested samples (0.66 V vs. NHE). This film was composed of amorphous carbons doped with pyridine type nitrogen atoms on its surface.

  7. 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

  8. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Preparation and Thermal Characterization of Diamond-Like Carbon Films

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    Bai, Su-Yuan; Tang, Zhen-An; Huang, Zheng-Xing; Yu, Jun; Wang, Jing; Liu, Gui-Chang

    2009-07-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films are prepared on silicon substrates by microwave electron cyclotron resonance plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the films have an amorphous structure and typical characteristics. The topographies of the films are presented by AFM images. Effective thermal conductivities of the films are measured using a nanosecond pulsed photothermal reflectance method. The results show that thermal conductivity is dominated by the microstructure of the films.

  9. 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.

  10. Properties of Transparent Zinc-Tin Oxide Conducting Films Prepared by Chemical Spray Pyrolysis

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    Martinez, Arturo I.; Garcia, Benjamin A.; Acosta, Dwight R.

    2005-06-01

    In this work we have prepared thin films of zinc-tin oxide by the chemical spray pyrolysis method. The structural, electrical and optical properties were studied for all films as a function of the zinc content in the starting solution, yielding values of electrical resistivity (ρ), Hall mobility (μ), carrier concentration (n), and optical transmission (T) suitable for optoelectronic applications, e.g. our optimal values were ρ = 3.56×10-2 Ω cm and T = 0.77.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  16. 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

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

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    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Characterization of mixed Ti/Al oxide thin films prepared by ion-beam-induced CVD

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    Capitán, M. J.; Stabel, A.; Sánchez-López, J. C.; Justo, A.; González-Elipe, A. R.; Lefebvre, S.; Fernández, A.

    2000-07-01

    The ion-beam-induced chemical vapor deposition (IBICVD) method has been used for the preparation of TiO 2, Al 2O 3 and mixed oxide Al nTi mO x amorphous films on silica substrates. Also, a double-layer Al 2O 3/TiO 2 film has been prepared. The reflectivity (low angle X-ray diffraction) technique, together with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, have been used to get information about thickness, roughness and electronic density of the films. It has been found that the films are homogeneous and flat being the Al 2O 3 layers less dense than the TiO 2 layers. In particular, Al nTi mO x films can be prepared with variable composition and refraction index. The values obtained for electronic density by X-ray reflectivity have been correlated with the compaction degree of the films as stated from TEM and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy studies.

  1. 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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Metal doped fluorocarbon polymer films prepared by plasma polymerization using an RF planar magnetron target

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    Biederman, H.; Holland, L.

    1983-07-01

    Fluorocarbon films have been prepared by plasma polymerization of CF4 using an RF planar magnetron with an aluminium target. More than one order of magnitude higher deposition rate has been achieved in comparison with an r.f. diode system operated under similar conditions of monomer pressure and flow rate and power input. A glow discharge in a CF4[25%]-argon [75%] mixture was used to incorporate aluminium from a target electrode into the polymer films. The foregoing mixture and another based on CF4 [87%]-argon [13%] were used in the RF discharge with a copper target. Some experiments with a gold target and pure CF4 as the inlet gas were also made. The film structure was examined by SEM and TEM and characteristic micrographs are presented here. The composition of the films was estimated from an AES study. The sheet resistivity of the metal/polymer film complexes was determined.

  7. 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%.

  8. Combinatorial Preparation and Ferroelectric Properties of Compositionally Gradient PZT Thin Films

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    He, Gang; Peng, Chao; He, Mingzhong; Hong, Jianhe; Li, Haifeng; Gong, Yansheng

    2013-06-01

    Using a combinatorial synthesis process, compositionally gradient PZT thin films were conveniently prepared by a chemical solution decomposition (CSD) method. The thin films showed a perovskite structure with (111)-preferred orientation and a thickness of around 450 nm. The surface morphology and ferroelectric properties were significantly different, depending on the direction of compositional gradient. The detailed composition and gradient of the composition was seen to affect the property of compositionally gradient PZT thin films. The gradient thin film PZT654, with a Zr:Ti ratio of 6:4 at the bottom of the film nearest to the substrate, and with an total composition around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB, x = 0.52) showed favorable ferroelectric properties. However, no typical offset of the hysteresis loops was observed in our work.

  9. Low temperature preparation of bismuth-related ferroelectrics powder and thin films by hydrothermal synthesis.

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    Nguyen, T Tho; Inoue, Akihiro; Noda, Minoru; Okuyama, Masanori

    2007-12-01

    Bi(4)Ti(3)O(12) (BIT) thin films were prepared by low temperature hydrothermal synthesis on Pt/TiO(x)/SiO(2)/Si. Bi(4)Ti(3)O(12) or TiO(2) gel solution was formed and annealed at 350 degrees C. The BIT thin films were crystallized as a Bi-layer structural ferroelectric. During the hydrothermal treatment, the TiO(2) anatase (101) peak appears and seems to play the role as an intermediate layer. Randomly oriented BIT thin films were obtained. As a result, the BIT thin films have ferroelectric property. The as-deposited BIT thin films include spherical grains with the grain size of 120 nm.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Preparation and characterisation of thin film nuclear targets for neutron physical measurements

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    Sapundjiev, D.; Dean, A.; Jacobsson, U.; Luyckx, K.; Moens, A.; Sibbens, G.; Eykens, R.; Aregbe, Y.

    2012-09-01

    In the target preparation laboratory of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, lithium fluoride, boron, and tristearin thin films are produced by physical vapour deposition for neutron spectroscopy experiments and for neutron cross-section measurements. In all of these applications the accuracy of the obtained measurements greatly depends on the properties of the deposited films and the characterisation of the areal density. In this work we describe the production of various nuclear targets. The characterisation methods depend on the nature of the particular film/substrate system. Different characterisation techniques and the uncertainties in the determined areal densities necessary for neutron physical calculations are presented and compared.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Trehalose-containing hydrocolloid edible films prepared in the presence of transglutaminase.

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    Giosafatto, C Valeria L; Di Pierro, Prospero; Gunning, A Patrick; Mackie, Alan; Porta, Raffaele; Mariniello, Loredana

    2014-09-01

    In this article, edible hydrocolloid films were prepared by using Citrus pectins and the protein phaseolin in the presence of microbial transglutaminase, an enzyme able to catalyze isopeptide bonds between endo-protein-reactive glutamine and lysine residues. For the first time, trehalose, a nonreducing homodisaccharide into which two glucose units are linked together by a α-1,1-glycosidic linkage, was used as a component of hydrocolloid films constituted of both proteins and carbohydrates. Our data have demonstrated that these films act as very effective barriers to gases, especially to CO2 . They also present a high antioxidant capability as measured by the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl scavenging assay. In addition, the films were characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy, a powerful tool used to evaluate film surface topography and roughness. The results of our experiments clearly indicate that the trehalose-containing films prepared both in the presence and absence of transglutaminase are composed of nanoparticles with a smooth surface, having similar roughness values (Rα). In conclusion, according to barrier and antioxidant properties and to their structure, it is possible to consider the trehalose-containing films as innovative bioplastics potentially able to protect different kinds of foods. PMID:24615496

  16. 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.

  17. Preparation and characterization of agar/clay nanocomposite films: the effect of clay type.

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    Rhim, Jong-Whan; Lee, Soo-Bin; Hong, Seok-In

    2011-04-01

    Agar-based nanocomposite films with different types of nanoclays, such as Cloisite Na+, Cloisite 30B, and Cloisite 20A, were prepared using a solvent casting method, and their tensile, water vapor barrier, and antimicrobial properties were tested. Tensile strength (TS), elongation at break (E), and water vapor permeability (WVP) of control agar film were 29.7±1.7 MPa, 45.3±9.6%, and (2.22±0.19)×10(-9) g·m/m2·s·Pa, respectively. All the film properties tested, including transmittance, tensile properties, WVP, and X-ray diffraction patterns, indicated that Cloisite Na+ was the most compatible with agar matrix. TS of the nanocomposite films prepared with 5% Cloisite Na+ increased by 18%, while WVP of the nanocomposite films decreased by 24% through nanoclay compounding. Among the agar/clay nanocomposite films tested, only agar/Cloisite 30B nanocomposite film showed a bacteriostatic function against Listeria monocytogenes.

  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. Physical properties of zinc doped tin oxide films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Vijayalakshmi, S.; Venkataraj, S.; Subramanian, M.; Jayavel, R.

    2008-02-01

    The structural and optical properties of pure and zinc doped tin oxide (SnO2) thin films have been studied in detail. Thin films of pure and zinc doped tin oxide (Zn : SnO2) were prepared on Si(1 0 0) and quartz substrates by the spray pyrolysis technique at a substrate temperature of 400 °C. The zinc dopant concentration was varied from 0 to 25 wt%. The films were systematically characterized by different methods to understand their structural and optical property variations, and the results were correlated. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) method shows that pure SnO2 films possess tetragonal crystalline structure with the preferred (1 1 0) orientation. Upon increasing the zinc concentration the preferred orientation changes from the (1 1 0) plane to the (2 0 0) plane, and at the same time the crystalline quality was found to be deteriorated. The Raman measurements also confirm the tetragonal structure of the films for the entire range of Zn doping. High resolution scanning electron microscopy measurements reveal that upon increasing the Zn concentration, the surface morphology of the films changes continuously and the grains also deteriorate. The elemental analysis of the films measured by energy dispersive XRD spectroscopy shows that the Zn concentration in the solid film is slightly less than that of the starting solution. Optical transmittance measurements of the films reveal that the films are fully transparent in the visible region. Upon increasing the Zn concentration, the band gap of the films decreases from 3.85 to 3.57 eV. Thus, the structural study performed by XRD and Raman spectroscopy clearly indicates the incorporation of Zn ion into SnO2 lattice, and the change in the optical properties of the films was directly attributed to the effect of Zn ion incorporation into SnO2 lattice.

  20. 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

  1. [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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2013-03-08

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Sulfated glycopolymer thin films - preparation, characterization, and biological activity.

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    Grombe, Ringo; Gouzy, Marie F; Maitz, Manfred F; Freundenberg, Uwe; Zschoche, Stefan; Simon, Frank; Pompe, Tilo; Sperling, Claudia; Werner, Carsten

    2007-02-12

    The impact of heparinoid characteristics on model surfaces obtained from immobilization of sole sulfate groups as well as sulfated glycosides, sulfated cellulose, and definite heparin has been investigated. The obtained layers were physico-chemically characterized regarding film thickness, chemical composition, wettability, and surface morphology. Antithrombin adsorption, studied by fluorescence labeling, revealed a strong dependence on the presence of glycosidic structures and on the molecular weight of the grafted saccharide. On contact with whole blood, the coatings resulted in a diminished plasmatic and cellular coagulation in vitro, which did not reflect well the antithrombin binding. Therefore, more complex activating pathways are discussed. PMID:17295407

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Preparation of (001)-oriented Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films and their piezoelectric applications.

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    Fujii, Eiji; Takayama, Ryoichi; Nomura, Kouji; Murata, Akiko; Hirasawa, Taku; Tomozawa, Atsushi; Fujii, Satoru; Kamada, Takeshi; Torii, Hideo

    2007-12-01

    Preparation of (001)-oriented Pb(Zr,Ti)O(3) (PZT) thin films and their applications to a sensor and actuators were investigated. These thin films, which have a composition close to the morphotropic phase boundary, were epitaxially grown on (100)MgO single-crystal substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. These (001)-oriented PZT thin films could be obtained on various kinds of substrates, such as glass and Si, by introducing (100)-oriented MgO buffer layers. In addition, the (001) oriented PZT thin films could be obtained on Si substrates without buffer layers by optimizing the sputtering conditions. All of these thin films showed excellent piezoelectric properties without the need for poling treatment. The PZT thin films on the MgO substrates had a high piezoelectric coefficient, d(31), of -100 pm/V, and an extremely low relative dielectric constant, epsilon(r), of 240. The PZT thin films on Si substrate had a very high d(31) of -150 pm/V and an epsilon(r) = 700. These PZT thin films were applied to an angular rate sensor with a tuning fork in a car navigation system, to a dual-stage actuator for positioning the magnetic head of a high-density hard disk drive, and to an actuator for an inkjet printer head for industrial on-demand printers.

  9. 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.

  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. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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

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    Carretero-Genevrier, Adrián; Gich, Martí

    2015-12-21

    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.

  17. Preparation and investigation of diamond-like carbon nanocomposite thin films for nanophotonics

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    Panosyan, Zh.; Gharibyan, A.; Sargsyan, A.; Panosyan, H.; Hayrapetyan, D.; Yengibaryan, Y.

    2010-08-01

    Flexible Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technology of Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) thin film preparation on the surface of Si and organic glasses has been elaborated. Modification of PECVD equipment has been implemented by integrating ion and magnetron sources. In this paper toluene (C7H8) has been used as a nanocmposite film forming hydrocarbon which decomposition yields to the multi component plasma in vacuum chamber. Nitrogen has been used as a dopand. Investigation of plasma composition influence to the optical and mechanical properties of DLC films has been observed. The presence of sp3 and sp2 hybridization states have been proven by Raman spectroscopy and their ratios have been estimated with the help of ID, IG characteristic lines for different technological conditions. High precision refractive index and thickness measurements of DLC films have been implemented by means of laser ellipsometer. Refractive indices of prepared films have been varied in the region 1.5-3.1 and thicknesses have been varied in the region 50-250 nm. Extraordinary change in refractive index has been explained with the help of formation of differently sized sp2 carbon based clusters in the sp3 matrix. Different types of carbon and hydrogen bonds have been observed in the obtained structures by means of FTIR. Obvious prospectives of DLC nanocomposite film as a promissing nanophotonic material has been discussed.

  18. Bioactive TiO2 fiber films prepared by electrospinning method.

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    Chen, S J; Yu, H Y; Yang, B C

    2013-01-01

    Electrospining method was used to prepare bioactive TiO(2) fibers films in this study. The acetic acid/ethanol/tetrabutyl titanate/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solvent system was used as precursor for the electrospining. The TiO(2) fiber structures (including its fiber diameter, morphology, and phase composition) could be controlled by changing feeding rate, PVP concentration and sinter temperature. The fiber films were subjected to simulated body fluid soaking experiments and MG63 cells culture experiments to study their bioactivity. According to the X-ray diffraction and MTT assay results, the fiber containing with anatase showed better apatite formation ability than that without anatase at the early stage, while cell proliferated on anatase-rutile TiO(2) fiber was better than that on other samples (p < 0.05).Some string beads in the fiber were beneficial for apatite formation, while the cell proliferated best on the fiber film without string beads (p < 0.05). The fiber with a diameter of 200 nm had the best apatite formation ability and osteoblast compatibility (p < 0.05). The results showed that the TiO(2) fiber film structure had great influence on its bioactivity. It indicated that the electronspining method is an effective way to prepare bioactive titania fiber films, and it is possible to control the structure of the films in the spinning process to optimize the bioactivity of TiO(2) fiber.

  19. Cu-Ga-Se Thin Films Prepared by a Combination of Electrodeposition and Evaporation Techniques

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    Fernandez, A. M.; Turner, J. A.

    2012-04-01

    Cu-Ga-Se thin films were prepared using a combination of electrodeposition and evaporation techniques. A Cu-Se/Mo/glass precursor thin film was first prepared by galvanostatic electrodeposition. On top of this film three different thicknesses of Ga were deposited by evaporation. The Cu-Ga-Se thin films were formed by annealing the Ga/Cu-Se/Mo/glass thin film configuration in a tubular chamber with Se powder, at different temperatures. Thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), photocurrent spectroscopy (PS), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The detailed analysis from X-ray reveals that after annealing at 550 C the CuGaSe{sub 2} phase is formed when the thickness of Ga is 0.25 {mu}m, however at 0.5 {mu}m and 1.0 {mu}m Ga the formation of CuGa{sub 3}Se{sub 5} and CuGa{sub 5}Se{sub 8} phases is observed respectively. Band gap values were obtained using photocurrent spectroscopy.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Preparation of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thick Films with Ni Electrodes by Screen Printing

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    Sakai, Yuichi; Kakuda, Tatsunori; Futakuchi, Tomoaki; Adachi, Masatoshi

    2010-09-01

    The effects of doping MgO into (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 (BST) fired under a reducing atmosphere were investigated in order to prepare BST thick films with Ni electrodes by the screen-printing method. MgO-doped BST thick films fired under a reducing atmosphere showed insulation resistance. Grain growth in the thick films was advanced by MgO doping. The dielectric constant near TC of the bulk ceramics and thick films increased with increasing MgO concentration up to 2 and 10 mol %, respectively. Mg ion substitution to the B-site was also observed up to these concentrations. The tunability and tan δ of thick films with MgO concentrations of 2 and 4 mol % at an electric field of 10 V/µm were approximately 77 and 0.3%, respectively. It is expected that thick films prepared by screen printing will be applicable to tunable devices with Ni electrodes.

  3. 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%.

  4. 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%.

  5. Poly(vinyl alcohol) 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...

  6. 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...

  7. Effect of reaction temperature on carbon films prepared by a hydrothermal electrochemical method

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    Tao, Y.; Yi, D.; Zhu, B.

    2012-03-01

    Carbon films were synthesized under hydrothermal electrochemical conditions using sugar as the carbon source at temperature ranging from 170 °C to 180 °C. The reaction temperature affects the degree of sugar decomposition, the concentration of carbon ions, supersaturation and overpotential of the solution, thereby affecting the morphology, orientation, and crystallinity of the films. The graphitic content (sp2) increases with increasing the processing temperature and vice versa. The higher the synthesizing temperature the less the amount of amorphous carbon (sp3). The graphite in thin films prepared at 170 °C and 175 °C shows a (101) preferred orientation, whereas those prepared at 180 °C show a fairly random orientation. The mechanism of this synthesizing process seems to consist of three stages.

  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. 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

  10. Photoluminescence from CdTe/sapphire films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Edwards, S. T.; Schreiner, A. F.; Myers, T. M.; Schetzina, J. F.

    1983-11-01

    Photoluminescence studies at 77 K are reported for CdTe/sapphire films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. The CdTe/sapphire epilayers exhibited very bright photoluminescence spectra that were dominated by the near-edge emission band at 1.58 eV. The best CdTe/sapphire film proved to be the brightest source of luminescence of any CdTe specimen studied in our laboratories, including homoepitaxial films and bulk hydroplane polished samples. The CdTe/sapphire films also exhibited the best lateral uniformity as manifested by a nearly constant luminescence intensity over their surfaces. These results provide new evidence that high quality CdTe epitaxy on sapphire has been achieved.

  11. Nanocolloids of indomethacin prepared using sonication and subsequent encapsulation with polysaccharide films.

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    Milkova, Viktoria; Kamburova, Kamelia; Radeva, Tsetska

    2013-08-01

    A new procedure was applied for preparation of indomethacin (IMC) nano-particles (ca. 200nm), which includes ultrasonication of micron range IMC crystals in water, followed by short centrifugation to remove the larger drug particles. In order to stabilize the suspension against aggregation and to reduce the release time of the drug, water insoluble IMC particles were coated with chitosan/pectin (CHI/PEC) multilayer film at pH 4. Charge balance in the multilayer film and increase in the film thickness with the number of adsorbed layers was studied by means of electro-optics. The release time of IMC molecules from the encapsulated particles was measured at physiological pH 7, when the solubility of IMC in water increases several times. Addition of small amount of CaCl2 after deposition of PEC layers was applied to compact the multilayer films on the IMC particles.

  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. Influence of the preparation method on the As-Se-AgI thin films behaviour

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    Hineva, T.; Petkova, T.; Petkov, P.; Mikli, V.; Socol, G.; Mihailescu, C. N.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2008-05-01

    Bulk glasses of the (As2Se3)1-x (AgI)x and (AsSe)1-x(AgI)x systems, where x = 5, 10, 15 up to 35 mol.% have been prepared by the melt-quenched technique. The thin films have been deposited by means of vacuum thermal evaporation (VTE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The XRD investigation reveals a generally amorphous structure; small peaks are only observed in the samples with the highest AgI. The film compositions have been determined by EDS (energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis). WDS (wavelength dispersive spectroscopy) studies have shown that the films do not contain oxygen within the accuracy of the method (1 %). The films are dense with smooth surface as revealed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  14. Anisotropic Thermoelectric Properties of MnSiγ Film Prepared on R-Sapphire

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    Takeda, Komei; Kikuchi, Yuta; Hayashi, Kei; Miyazaki, Yuzuru; Kajitani, Tsuyoshi

    2012-05-01

    We attempted to obtain an epitaxial MnSiγ (γ˜1.7) film on R-sapphire, i.e., Sapphire(1102), substrate by pulsed laser deposition. We prepared MnSiγ films by changing the substrate temperature gradient. It was found that the MnSiγ film, whose temperature gradient in a substrate is parallel to Sapphire[1120], could be grown epitaxially on the substrate. The epitaxial relationship was MnSiγ(1000)[0010] ∥ Sapphire(1102)[1120]. The thermoelectric properties of the epitaxial MnSiγ film were different in the a- and c-axes, reflecting the anisotropic MnSiγ crystal structure. The anisotropic thermoelectric properties are discussed in terms of the electronic structure.

  15. 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

  16. Preparation of AgInS{sub 2} chalcopyrite thin films by chemical spray pyrolysis

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    Ortega-Lopez, M.; Vigil-Galan, O.; Cruz Gandarilla, F.; Solorza-Feria, O

    2003-01-01

    AgInS{sub 2} thin films were prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique using a water/ethanol solution containing silver acetate, indium chloride and thiourea. We reported our results on the characterization of tetragonal AgInS{sub 2} (chalcopyrite type) films, which were grown from indium deficient spraying solution. The films displayed a n-type conductivity with room temperature resistivities in the range between 10{sup 3} and 10{sup 4} {omega} cm. The absorption spectra of sprayed films revealed two direct band-gaps with characteristic energies around 1.87 and 2.01 eV, which are in good agreement with the reported energy values for interband transitions from the split p-like valence band to the s-like conduction band in tetragonal AgInS{sub 2} single crystals.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Influence of Glyoxal on Preparation of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol)/Poly(Acrylic Acid) Blend Film.

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    Park, Ju-Young; Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Yoon, Soon-Do; Lee, Ju-Heon; Lee, In-Hwa

    2015-08-01

    The preparation of a poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid)/glyoxal film (PVA = poly(vinyl alcohol); PAA = poly(acrylic acid)) with high tensile strength and hydrophobic properties by using the crosslinking reaction for OH group removal is reported herein. PAA was selected as a crosslinking agent because the functional carboxyl group in each monomer unit facilitates reaction with PVA. The OH groups on unreacted PVA were removed by the addition of glyoxal to the PVA/PAA solution. The chemical properties of the PVA/PAA films were investigated using Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy and the thermal properties of the PVA/PAA/glyoxal films were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. A tensile strength of 48.6 N/mm2 was achieved at a PVA/PAA ratio of 85/15 for the PVA/PAA film. The tensile strength of the cross-linked PVA/PAA/glyoxal film (10 wt% glyoxal) was increased by 55% relative to the pure PVA/PAA (85/15) film. The degree of swelling (DS) and solubility (S) of the 10 wt% (PVA/PAA = 85/15, wt%) film added 10 wt% glyoxal were 1.54 and 0.6, respectively. PMID:26369179

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Preparation and evaluation of periodontal films based on polyelectrolyte complex formation.

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    Kassem, Abeer Ahmed; Ismail, Fatma Ahmed; Naggar, Viviane Fahim; Aboulmagd, Elsayed

    2015-05-01

    Local intra-pocket drug delivery devices can provide an effective concentration of the antimicrobial agent at the site of action with avoidance of undesirable side effects. This study explored the application of chitosan-alginate and chitosan-pectin polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) films as drug release regulators for tetracycline HCl (Tc) to treat periodontal pockets. Periodontal films with 1:1 Tc:PEC ratio were prepared using 1:1 chitosan (Ch) to sodium alginate (A) or 1:3 Ch to pectin (P). The scanning electron microscope showed acceptable film appearance and differential scanning calorimetry analysis confirmed complex formation. The in vitro release studies for both films showed a burst drug release, followed by prolonged release for 70 h. A prolonged antibacterial activity of both films against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 was observed over a period of 21 days. Aging studies indicated that the five months storage period in freezer did not significantly influence the drug release profile or the antibacterial activity of both films. Clinical evaluation showed a significant reduction in pocket depth (p < 0.0001) to their normal values (≤3 mm). PEC films could be exploited as a prolonged drug release devices for treatment of periodontal pockets.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Characterization of PE-g-HEMA films prepared by gamma irradiation through nuclear microprobe techniques

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    Ferreira, L. M.; Leal, J. P.; Rodrigues, P. A.; Alves, L. C.; Falcão, A. N.; Gil, M. H.

    2012-09-01

    PE-g-HEMA films with different grafting yields prepared by mutual gamma irradiation method at a 60Co source were characterized with ion beam analytical techniques using a nuclear microprobe. Qualitative analysis showed a random and heterogeneous distribution of contaminant elements, independent of the grafting degree, suggesting the existence of several sources of contamination at different stages of their preparation. Results also suggest that this "phased" contamination occurs simultaneously with mechanisms of agglomeration/entrapment of impurities during the gamma induced copolymerization reaction. Moreover, quantitative data showed that all contaminants found in the copolymeric films are natural contaminants of their reagents of preparation, although at concentrations without toxicological hazard, which points to a low cytotoxic potential.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. MALDI MS sample preparation by using paraffin wax film: systematic study and application for peptide analysis.

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    Wang, Junhua; Chen, Ruibing; Ma, Mingming; Li, Lingjun

    2008-01-15

    Recently developed sample preparation techniques employing hydrophobic sample support have improved the detection sensitivity and mass spectral quality of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). These methods concentrate the samples on target by minimizing the sample area via the solvent repellent effect of the target surface. In the current study, we employed the use of paraffin wax film (Parafilm M) for improved MALDI MS analysis of low-abundance peptide mixtures, including neuronal tissue releasate and protein tryptic digests. This thin film was found to strongly repel polar solvents including water, methanol, and acetonitrile, which enabled the application of a wide range of sample preparation protocols that involved the use of various organic solvents. A "nanoliter-volume deposition" technique employing a capillary column has been used to produce tiny ( approximately 400 microm) matrix spots of 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid on the film. By systematically optimizing the sample volume, solvent composition, and film treatment, the Parafilm M substrate in combination with the nanoliter-volume matrix deposition method allowed dilute sample to be concentrated on the film for MALDI MS analysis. Peptide mixtures with nanomolar concentrations have been detected by MALDI time-of-flight and MALDI Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometers. Overall, the use of Parafilm M enabled improved sensitivity and spectral quality for the analysis of complex peptide mixtures.

  12. 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.

  13. Properties of cadmium-doped tin oxide thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis method

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    Choudhury, M. G. M.; Hossain, M. Mortuza; Rahman, M. Mozibur; Hakim, M. O.; Khan, M. K. R.

    2003-10-01

    Cadmium doped Tin Oxide Thin Films have been prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Method on glass substrates at 350°C. Structural, electrical and optical properties have been measured. From XRD it is found that films deposited are crystalline in nature with tetragonal structure having lattice constant a=b=3.86 A° and c=5.62A°. Hall effect measurements show that films prepared are of n-type and the carrier concentration (~1018 cm-3) and room temperature conductivity decreases with the increases in cadmium concentration in the films. Activation energy has been calculated from conductivity measurements and it was found that conduction within the temperature range we have measured is due to hoping of carriers through the spectrum of localized states. Band gap of the un-doped films calculated from transmission spectrum is about 3.1 eV and the value decrease slightly with the addition of cadmium. The refractive index, extinction coefficient, real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant have been calculated from the optical spectra. The refractive index decreases with photon energy and also decreases slightly with cadmium concentration while extinction coefficient increases with photon energy.

  14. ZnO micro-nano composite hydrophobic film prepared by the three-step method

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    Ma, Kai; Li, Hua; Zhang, Han; Xu, Xiao-Liang; Gong, Mao-Gang; Yang, Zhou

    2009-05-01

    The hydrophobicity of the lotus leaf is mainly due to its surface micro-nano composite structure. In order to mimic the lotus structure, ZnO micro-nano composite hydrophobic films were prepared via the three-step method. On thin buffer films of SiO2, which were first fabricated on glass substrates by the sol-gel dip-coating method, a ZnO seed layer was deposited via RF magnetron sputtering. Then two different ZnO films, micro-nano and micro-only flower-like structures, were grown by the hydrothermal method. The prepared films have different hydrophobic properties after surface modification. The structures of the obtained ZnO films were characterized using x-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. A conclusion that a micro-nano composite structure is more beneficial to hydrophobicity than a micro-only structure was obtained through research into the effect of structure on hydrophobic properties.

  15. 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

  16. Preparation, optimisation and characterisation of novel wound healing film dressings loaded with streptomycin and diclofenac.

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    Pawar, H V; Tetteh, J; Boateng, J S

    2013-02-01

    Streptomycin (STP) and diclofenac (DLF) loaded film dressings were prepared by blending Polyox(®) (POL) with four hydrophilic polymers [hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), carrageenan (CAR), sodium alginate (SA) or chitosan (CS)] using glycerol (GLY) as plasticiser. The films were characterised by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, texture analysis (tensile and swelling characteristics) and in vitro dissolution profiles using Franz diffusion cell. SEM showed homogeneous morphology for both blank (BLK) and drug loaded (DL) films. Films prepared by blending of POL with the other polymers showed a reduction in the crystallisation of POL in descending order of SA>CS>HPMC>CAR respectively. DSC and XRD showed no crystalline peaks of STP and DLF suggesting molecular dispersion of both drugs as well as possible drug interaction with negatively charged sulphate ions present in CAR. The DL films did not show any IR bands of both drugs, confirming the DSC and XRD results. POL-CAR-BLK films showed higher tensile strength (12.32±1.40 MPa) than the POL-CAR-DL films (9.52±1.12 MPa). DL films plasticised with 25%w/w GLY revealed soft and tough (tensile strength 1.02±0.28 MPa, % elongation 1031.33±16.23) formulations. The swelling capacities of POL-CAR-BLK and POL-CAR-DL films were (733.17±25.78%) and (646.39±40.39%), increasing to (1072.71±80.30%) and (1051±86.68%) for POL-CAR-BLK-25% GLY and POL-CAR-DL-25% GLY respectively. POL-CAR-DL films showed significantly (n=3, p<0.0318) lower cumulative release of STP and DLF (52.11±1.34, 55.26±2.25) compared to POL-CAR-DL-25% GLY films (60.07±1.56, 63.39±1.92) respectively.

  17. Preparation of TiO 2 thin films by spray pyrolysis to be used as a photocatalyst

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    Abou-Helal, M. O.; Seeber, W. T.

    2002-07-01

    Transparent TiO 2 thin films were successfully prepared on glass substrates by using spray pyrolysis technique. The films are amorphous at deposition temperatures up to 450 °C. Starting at about 550 °C, the films are partially crystallized (anatase phase). The prepared films have good homogeneity with some porosity, which is suitable for the photocatalytic applications. By using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) technique, it was possible to prove the photocatalytic properties of TiO 2 thin films. The procedure uses basically the UV-catalytic transformation of methanol traces in water to methanal. Deposition parameters such as deposition temperature and spray time are varied to investigate the effect on the photocatalytic activity of the prepared films.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Preparation and characterization of nanostructured nickel oxide thin films by spray pyrolysis

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    Ismail, Raid A.; Ghafori, Sa'ad; Kadhim, Ghada A.

    2013-12-01

    Transparent crystalline nanostructured nickel oxide (NiO) thin films were prepared using a simple spray pyrolysis technique from hydrated nickel chloride salt solution (NiCl2·6H2O) onto glass and silicon (n-type) substrates at different temperatures (280, 320, 360, and 400 °C) and with different solution concentrations (0.025, 0.05, 0.075, and 0.1 M). Structural and morphological properties of the grown NiO films were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscope. Optical properties and chemical analysis of the films were characterized by UV-visible absorption spectra and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD result showed that the deposited film has an amorphous structure when deposited at temperature of T s = 280 °C and concentration of 0.025 M. At higher temperatures ( T s = 320, 360, 400 °C) and solution concentrations (0.05, 0.075, 0.1 M), the deposited films have cubic polycrystalline structure formed with preferred orientation along (111) plane. The band gap of NiO film increases from 3.4 to 3.8 eV as the molarity decreased from 0.1 to 0.05 M.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Nanostructures prepared on polyimide films by nanoimprinting with the assistance of residual solvent

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    Pai, I.-Ting; Leu, Ing-Chi; Hsiung Hon, Min

    2006-10-01

    An elastomeric stamp made from poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) was employed to prepare patterned polyimide (PI) films by a solvent-assisted nanoimprinting process. From FESEM observation and SPM scanning, it was found that patterns with 550 nm pitch size have been completely transformed from the PDMS mold into the PI films. By FTIR spectra analysis, it was observed that the poly-amic acid (PAA) precursor was converted completely to PI by thermal curing at 250 °C for 20 min. Throughout the whole work, it is suggested that the excellent performance of pattern transfer of PDMS to PI could be ascribed to the assistance of residual solvent. The present study provides a new approach to fabricate nanoimprinted PI films which was considered to be difficult by the conventional hot embossing technique.

  14. 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.

  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

    2015-07-08

    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. The influence of DC biasing on the uniformity of a-C:H films for three-dimensional substrates by using a plasma-based ion implantation technique

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    Watanabe, Toshiya; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Tsuda, Osamu; Tanaka, Akihiro; Koga, Yoshinori; Takai, Osamu

    2003-05-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) films were synthesized by the use of a PBII technique using an electron cyclotron resonance plasma source with a mirror field, and the influence of the biasing conditions on the properties and the uniformity of the three-dimensional surfaces of a-C:H films was investigated. For convex faces, the film thickness was almost constant, independent of the deposition conditions, because a uniform plasma surrounded the substrates. For concave faces, the thickness of the films that formed without biasing and with only the application of a pulse bias decreased when the microwave-incident angle was decreased. On the other hand, when a DC bias was applied to the substrate in addition to a pulse bias, the uniformity of the thickness was much improved with a distribution within ±10%. The improvement in the uniformity was assumed to be the result of the continuous supply of ions in the plasma to the surfaces by the DC biasing.

  20. ZnO films prepared by spray pyrolysis: an overview of physical properties

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    Studenikin, S. A.; Golego, Nickolay; Cocivera, Michael

    1998-10-01

    ZnO is a versatile, wide band gap material which has found many applications and shown interesting physical properties. Thin zinc oxide films were prepared by a spray pyrolysis technique of zinc nitrate aqueous solution of different concentration between 0.02 and 1.0M(S.A.Studenikin, N.Golego, M.Cocivera, J.Appl.Phys., 1998, 83), 2104.. Influence of preparation conditions on structural, electrical and optical properties has been studied. Dense optical quality or porous films were prepared. Porous films possessed green photoluminescence (S.A.Studenikin, N.Golego, M.Cocivera, J.Appl.Phys., 1998, 84), 2287.. Conductivity of films may be reversibly changed by several orders of magnitude by annealing in hydrogen or oxygen ambient. All films exhibited a long term photoconductivity relaxation occurring over days at room temperature. The relaxation was sensitive to the oxygen partial pressure. Transient photo-Hall effect measurements. were used to extract information about both concentration and mobility changes during the relaxation. For transient analysis, an improved Laplace transform method was used. The desribed approach may be useful for studying other wide band-gap semiconductors.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Novel silk fibroin films prepared by formic acid/hydroxyapatite dissolution method.

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    Ming, Jinfa; Liu, Zhi; Bie, Shiyu; Zhang, Feng; Zuo, Baoqi

    2014-04-01

    Bombyx mori silk fibroin from the silkworm was firstly found to be soluble in formic acid/hydroxyapatite system. The rheological behavior of silk fibroin solution was significantly influenced by HAp contents in dissolved solution. At the same time, silk fibroin nanofibers were observed in dissolved solution with 103.6±20.4nm in diameter. Moreover, the structure behavior of SF films prepared by formic acid/hydroxyapatite dissolution method was examined. The secondary structure of silk fibroin films was attributed to silk II structure (β-sheet), indicating that the hydroxyapatite contents in dissolved solution were not significantly affected by the structure of silk fibroin. The X-ray diffraction results exhibited obviously hydroxyapatite crystalline nature existing in silk fibroin films; however, when the hydroxyapatite content was 5.0wt.% in dissolved solution, some hydroxyapatite crystals were converted to calcium hydrogen phosphate dehydrate in silk fibroin dissolution process. This result was also confirmed by Fourier transform infrared analysis and DSC measurement. In addition, silk fibroin films prepared by this dissolution method had higher breaking strength and extension at break. Based on these analyses, an understanding of novel SF dissolution method may provide an additional tool for designing and synthesizing advanced materials with more complex structures, which should be helpful in different fields, including biomaterial applications.

  5. Preparation of Organometal Halide Perovskite Photonic Crystal Films for Potential Optoelectronic Applications.

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    Schünemann, Stefan; Chen, Kun; Brittman, Sarah; Garnett, Erik; Tüysüz, Harun

    2016-09-28

    Herein, a facile method for the preparation of organometal halide perovskite (OHP) thin films in photonic crystal morphology is presented. The OHP photonic crystal thin films with controllable porosity and thicknesses between 2 μm and 6 μm were prepared on glass, fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), and TiO2 substrates by using a colloidal crystal of polystyrene microspheres as a template to form an inverse opal structure. The composition of OHP could be straightforwardly tuned by varying the halide anions. The obtained OHP inverse opal films possess large ordered domains with a periodic change of the refractive index, which results in pronounced photonic stop bands in the visible light range. By changing the diameter of the polystyrene microspheres, the position of the photonic stop band can be tuned through the visible spectrum. This developed methodology can be used as blueprint for the synthesis of various OHP films that could eventually be used as more effective light harvesting materials for diverse applications. PMID:27589559

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Preparation of Organometal Halide Perovskite Photonic Crystal Films for Potential Optoelectronic Applications.

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    Schünemann, Stefan; Chen, Kun; Brittman, Sarah; Garnett, Erik; Tüysüz, Harun

    2016-09-28

    Herein, a facile method for the preparation of organometal halide perovskite (OHP) thin films in photonic crystal morphology is presented. The OHP photonic crystal thin films with controllable porosity and thicknesses between 2 μm and 6 μm were prepared on glass, fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), and TiO2 substrates by using a colloidal crystal of polystyrene microspheres as a template to form an inverse opal structure. The composition of OHP could be straightforwardly tuned by varying the halide anions. The obtained OHP inverse opal films possess large ordered domains with a periodic change of the refractive index, which results in pronounced photonic stop bands in the visible light range. By changing the diameter of the polystyrene microspheres, the position of the photonic stop band can be tuned through the visible spectrum. This developed methodology can be used as blueprint for the synthesis of various OHP films that could eventually be used as more effective light harvesting materials for diverse applications.

  9. 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.

  10. Properties of BaFe12O19 films prepared by laser deposition with in situ heating and post annealing

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    Lu, Y. F.; Song, W. D.

    2000-01-01

    BaFe12O19 films on (001) sapphire substrates are prepared by laser deposition with in situ heating and postannealing. The properties of the films are analyzed by x-ray diffractometry, vibrating sample magnetometer, atomic force microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The relationship among the coercivity, crystalline orientation, and grain shape and size is discussed. The film with coercivity of 5.1 kOe has been obtained by laser deposition with postannealing. The film with a preferential c-axis orientation normal to the film plane and the grains having good crystallinity with hexagonal symmetry have been obtained by laser deposition with in situ heating.

  11. 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.

  12. Structural and optical properties of phenylalanine and tyrosine thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Hernandez-Perez, M. A.; Garapon, C.; Champeaux, C.; Orlianges, J. C.

    2007-04-01

    Thin films of the amino-acids phenylalanine (Phe) and tyrosine (Tyr) were prepared by PLD with a KrF laser at fluences of some hundreds mJ/cm2. Conservation of the chemical structure and a metastable modification of the molecular interactions are evidenced by IR spectroscopy. The evolution of the refractive indices with fluence was correlated with the structure determined by X ray diffraction. Phe plume expansion imaging was achieved.

  13. [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

  14. 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.

  15. Initial Study on Thin Film Preparation of Carbon Nanodots Composites as Luminescence Material

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    Iskandar, F.; Aimon, A. H.; Akmaluddin, A. R.; Nuryadin, B. W.; Abdullah, M.

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays, the developments of phosphors materials require elements without noble metals and simple production process. Carbon nanodots (C-dots) are one of phosphor materials with wide range of emission band, and high biocompatibility. In this research thin film carbon nanodots composite have been prepared by spin coating method. Prior deposition, powder carbon nanodots were synthesized from a mixture of commercial urea as the nitrogen sources and citric acid as a carbon source by using hydrothermal and microwave-assisted heating method. The prepared powder was dispersed in transparent epoxy resin and then coated on glass substrate. The photoluminescence result for sample with 0.035 g citric acid exhibited an intense, single, homogeneous and broad spectrum with yellowish emission upon excitation at 365 nm. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) result showed the existences of C=C, C-H, C=O, N-H and O-H functional groups which confirmed the quality of the sample. Further, based on UV-Vis measurement, the prepared thin film was highly transparent (transmittance 90%) with estimated film thickness around 764 nm. This result may open an opportunity for optoelectronic devices.

  16. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite films based on potato starch/halloysite nanoclay.

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    Sadegh-Hassani, Fatemeh; Mohammadi Nafchi, Abdorreza

    2014-06-01

    In this research casting method was used to prepare potato starch based bio-nanocomposite films with halloysite nanoclay as the reinforcing materials. The composition included potato starch with 40% (w/w) of a mixture of sorbitol/glycerol (weight ratio of 3 to 1as plasticizer) with nanoclay (0-5% w/w). The films were dried under controlled conditions. Physicochemical properties such as solubility in water, water absorption capacity (WAC), water vapour permeability (WVP), oxygen permeability, and mechanical properties of the films were measured. Results showed that by increasing the concentration of nanoclay, mechanical properties of films were improved. Tensile strength was increased from 7.33 to 9.82MPa, and elongation at break decreased from 68.0 to 44.0%. Solubility in water decreased from 35 to 23%, and heat seal strength increased from 375 to 580N/m. Also incorporation of clay nanoparticles in the structure of biopolymer decreased permeability of the gaseous molecules. In summary, addition of halloysite nanoclay, improve the barrier and mechanical properties of potato starch films and this bionanocomposites have high potential to be used for food packaging purposes. PMID:24747380

  17. 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).

  18. 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.

  19. A new molecular silver precursor for the preparation of thin conductive silver films

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    Fritsch, Julia; Wisser, Florian M.; Eckhardt, Kai; Bon, Volodymyr; Mondin, Giovanni; Schumm, Benjamin; Grothe, Julia; Kaskel, Stefan

    2013-11-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a new molecular silver precursor is reported. The presented complex [Ag(DioxoNic)2]NO3 (DioxoNic=(2,2-Dimethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)methyl nicotinate) can be obtained by the reaction of silver(I) nitrate and (2,2-Dimethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)methyl nicotinate in ethanol. The product crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c (No. 14). Concentrated ethanolic solutions allow the fabrication of thin films via dip coating. Using UV-irradiation and subsequent moderate temperature treatment compact films of elemental silver can be obtained. The resulting silver films show excellent electrical properties with sheet resistances down to 0.7 Ω/sq at a film thickness of 25 nm corresponding to a specific electrical resistance of 1.75×10-8 Ωm very close to the value of bulk silver. For the potential application in optoelectronic devices, the complex was tested as an ink in a soft printing process for the preparation of patterned silver films.

  20. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite films based on potato starch/halloysite nanoclay.

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    Sadegh-Hassani, Fatemeh; Mohammadi Nafchi, Abdorreza

    2014-06-01

    In this research casting method was used to prepare potato starch based bio-nanocomposite films with halloysite nanoclay as the reinforcing materials. The composition included potato starch with 40% (w/w) of a mixture of sorbitol/glycerol (weight ratio of 3 to 1as plasticizer) with nanoclay (0-5% w/w). The films were dried under controlled conditions. Physicochemical properties such as solubility in water, water absorption capacity (WAC), water vapour permeability (WVP), oxygen permeability, and mechanical properties of the films were measured. Results showed that by increasing the concentration of nanoclay, mechanical properties of films were improved. Tensile strength was increased from 7.33 to 9.82MPa, and elongation at break decreased from 68.0 to 44.0%. Solubility in water decreased from 35 to 23%, and heat seal strength increased from 375 to 580N/m. Also incorporation of clay nanoparticles in the structure of biopolymer decreased permeability of the gaseous molecules. In summary, addition of halloysite nanoclay, improve the barrier and mechanical properties of potato starch films and this bionanocomposites have high potential to be used for food packaging purposes.

  1. Preparation of lead-zirconium-titanium film and powder by electrodeposition

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Preparation and characterization agar-based nanocomposite film reinforced by nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Atef, Maryam; Rezaei, Masoud; Behrooz, Rabi

    2014-09-01

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) was prepared from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) with particle size of 24.7 μm using sulfuric acid hydrolysis technique. The obtained NCC revealed size of 0-100 nm, which the major part of them was about 30 nm. Then different contents (2.5, 5 and 10 wt%) of these NCC incorporated in agar film solution and the morphology, structure, and properties of the nanocomposite films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), mechanical, physical and optical testing. Results showed that the water vapor permeability (WVP) and water solubility (WS) of the agar-based nanocomposite films significantly (P<0.05) decreased about 13% and 21%, respectively, upon increasing the NCC content to 10%. Tensile strength (TS) and Young's modulus (YM) values of nanocomposite films significantly increased (P≤0.05) with addition of NCC, whereas the elongation percent (E%) decreased not significantly (P>0.05). In addition, swelling percentage, transparency and light transmission of the films were decreased by incorporating NCC into polymer matrix.

  4. Preparation of γ-Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane's Films to Protect Steel Against Corrosion

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    Deyá, Cecilia

    2015-03-01

    Traditionally, chromates and phosphates were used as pretreatments for metals to protect them from corrosion during a temporary period. Nowadays, due to their toxicity, replacements are being study. The most studied compounds are based on silanes and, among them, glicidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, aminopropyltrimethoxysilane, and mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane are the most important ones. The objective of this research work was to study the anticorrosive protection afforded by films of γ-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane deposited on SAE 1010 steel in order to select the optimum preparation conditions. The films were applied on sandblasted steel after 24 or 48 h of hydrolysis of the silane in a water/methanol solution (1.5/1, by volume) and cured for 10 min at 80 °C or for 1 h at 100 °C. In order to evaluate the characteristics of the films, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy was done on the films and the coated surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The anticorrosive protection afforded by the films was studied by electrochemical tests employing polarization curves (Tafel mode) in 0.5 M NaCl solution and corrosion potential measurements in NaCl 0.05 M. The best results were obtained with silane hydrolyzed for 48 h cured at 80 °C for 10 min.

  5. Development of naturally activated edible films with antioxidant properties prepared from red seaweed Porphyra columbina biopolymers.

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    Cian, Raúl E; Salgado, Pablo R; Drago, Silvina R; González, Rolando J; Mauri, Adriana N

    2014-03-01

    The aim of this work was to study the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of phycobiliproteins-phycocolloids-based films, obtained from mixtures of two aqueous fractions extracted from Porphyra columbina red seaweed, one enriched in phycocolloids (PcF) and the other in phycobiliproteins (PF). Films with different ratios of PF:PcF (0, 25, 50, 75, 100% [w/w]) and without plasticizer addition were prepared by casting. PcF films had excellent mechanical properties (tensile strength ∼50MPa, elongation at break ∼3% and an elastic modulus ∼17.5MPa). The addition of PF to formulations exerted a plasticizing effect on the PcF matrix, which was manifested in moisture content, water solubility and mechanical properties of the resulting films but not in its water vapour permeability. The antioxidant capacity (TEAC) of the PcF films was significantly increased by the addition of PF and a direct relationship between TEAC and the total phenolic compounds (r(2)=0.9998) and R-phycoerythrin (r(2)=0.9942) was observed.

  6. Effects of preparation methods on the structure and mechanical properties of wet conditioned starch/montmorillonite nanocomposite films.

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    Müller, Péter; Kapin, Éva; Fekete, Erika

    2014-11-26

    TPS/Na-montmorillonite nanocomposite films were prepared by solution and melt blending. Clay content changed between 0 and 25 wt% based on the amount of dry starch. Structure, tensile properties, and water content of wet conditioned films were determined as a function of clay content. Intercalated structure and VH-type crystallinity of starch were found for all the nanocomposites independently of clay and plasticizer content or preparation method, but at larger than 10 wt% clay content nanocomposites prepared by melt intercalation contained aggregated particles as well. In spite of the incomplete exfoliation clay reinforces TPS considerably. Preparation method has a strong influence on mechanical properties of wet conditioned films. Mechanical properties of the conditioned samples prepared by solution homogenization are much better than those of nanocomposites prepared by melt blending. Water, which was either adsorbed or bonded in the composites in conditioning or solution mixing process, respectively, has different effect on mechanical properties. PMID:25256520

  7. 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

  8. Preparation and evaluation of biodegradable films containing the potent osteogenic compound BFB0261 for localized delivery.

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    Umeki, Nobuo; Sato, Takayuki; Harada, Masahiro; Takeda, Junko; Saito, Shuji; Iwao, Yasunori; Itai, Shigeru

    2011-02-14

    To achieve sustained release of 3-ethyl-4-(4-methylisoxazol-5-yl)-5-(methylthio) thiophene-2-carboxamide (BFB0261), a new potent osteogenic compound for treating bone disorders, we prepared film formulations containing BFB0261 and the following newly synthesized biodegradable polymers by a solvent casting technique: poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PLA), poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), poly(D,L-lactic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-PEG), and poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-trimethylene carbonate) (PLA-TMC) polymers or copolymers. Powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and tensile testing were performed to examine the physicochemical properties of these films. Almost all the films exhibited a smooth and homogeneous surface, as observed by SEM. In addition, PXRD and DTA revealed that BFB0261 existed in an amorphous state in the films. The in vitro release of BFB0261 from PLA100 (M(w): 251 kDa), PLAPEG9604H (PLA/PEG ratio: 96:4; M(w): 181 kDa), PLAPEG8515H (PLA/PEG ratio: 85:15; M(w): 51.5 kDa), or PLAPEG8020 (PLA/PEG ratio: 80:20; M(w): 33.7 kDa) films followed zero-order kinetics with slow release up to 12 weeks following incubation. Although release of BFB0261 from PLA-TMC films followed first-order kinetics, sustained release of BFB0261 for 12 weeks was still observed for PLATMC8416 (PLA/TMC ratio: 84:16; M(w): 170 kDa) films. Furthermore, when the BFB0261-loaded films constructed from various polymers were implanted subcutaneously on rat backs, the PLAPEG8515H and PLATMC8416 films were capable of achieving sustained release of BFB0261 at the administrated site for 12 weeks. Therefore, the present data indicate that films constructed from PLAPEG8515H or PLATMC8416 may be applicable to bone or tissue engineering. PMID:21047548

  9. Impurity-doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Physical Deposition Methods Appropriate for Transparent Electrode Applications in Thin-film Solar Cells

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Miyata, Toshihiro; Nomoto, Jun-ichi

    2012-04-01

    This paper describes the development of transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films that would be appropriate for applications as transparent electrodes in thin-film solar cells. Transparent conducting Al-, B- and Ga-doped ZnO (AZO, BZO and GZO) thin films were prepared in a thickness range from 500 to 2000 nm on glass substrates at 200°C using various physical deposition methods: BZO films with vacuum arc plasma evaporation, AZO and GZO films with different types of magnetron sputtering depositions (MSDs) and all films with pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The suitability and stability of the electrical properties and, in addition, the suitability of the light scattering characteristics and surface texture formation were investigated in the prepared thin films. In particular, the suitability and stability evaluation was focused on the use of AZO, BZO and GZO thin films prepared by doping each impurity at an appropriate content to attain the lowest resistivity. The higher Hall mobility obtained in impurity-doped ZnO thin films with a resistivity on the order of 10-4 Ωcm was related more to the content, i.e., the obtained carrier concentration, rather than the kind of impurity doped into the films. The stability of resistivity of the BZO thin films in long-term moisture-resistance tests (in air at 85% relative humidity and 85°C) was found to be lower than that of the AZO and GZO thin films. The surface texture formation was carried out by wet-chemical etching (in a 0.1% HCl solution at 25°C) conducted either before or after being heat-treated either with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) or without RTA. The suitability of the light scattering characteristics and the surface texture formation obtainable by wet-chemical etching (for use in transparent electrode applications) was considerably dependent on the deposition method used as well as whether the wet-chemical etching was conducted with or without RTA. A significant improvement of both transmittance and

  10. 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.

  11. Polymer-assisted deposition of films and preparation of carbon nanotube arrays using the films

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    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.

  12. CIS(CIGS) thin films prepared for solar cells by one-step electrodeposition in alcohol solution

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    Long, Fei; Wang, Weiming; Du, Jingjing; Zou, Zhengguang

    2009-03-01

    The precursors of CIS and CIGS thin films were prepared by one-step electrodeposition in alcohol solution and then annealed in Ar atmosphere at 550°C for 30min. The influences of deposition potentials and salt concentrations on the morphology and composition of the thin films were studied in details. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(EDS). The results show that annealed films have pure CIS or CIGS phases with good crystallization and the morphology of the films are very uniform and dense. The high quality precursor films were obtained using optimized deposition parameters. Moreover the electrodeposition mechanism of CIS thin films was briefly discussed.

  13. 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)

  14. A new precursor for the preparation of nanocrystalline TiO2 films and their photocatalytic properties.

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    Pelentridou, Katerina; Stathatos, Elias; Lianos, Panagiotis; Drakopoulos, Vassilios

    2010-09-01

    In this work, we present a new precursor for the preparation of thin and transparent nanocrystalline TiO2 films, which involves the use of Titanium(IV) bis(ammonium lactato) dihydroxide as Ti(IV) source and Triton X-100 as surfactant template. The films were heated at various temperatures in order to optimize their nanostructure and their photocatalytic activity. The morphology and the nanostructure of the films were characterized by SEM and AFM. Crystallinity of the films was examined by XRD and their light absorption with UV-Vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the films was investigated by using an azo dye: Basic Blue 41. Excitation of the samples was made by low intensity black light tubes emitting in the Near-UV. The photodegradation of the dye was studied as a function of the quality of the deposited TiO2 films and the calcination temperature in comparison with similar films made by standard procedures.

  15. Low temperature synthesis of Y-Ba-Cu oxide films and preparation of DC-SQUIDS

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    Matsuda, M.; Matachi, A.; Kuriki, S.

    1989-03-01

    The authors have synthesized superconducting Y-Ba-Cu oxide thin films by rf sputtering at a relatively low substrate temperature. The films of 300-700 nm thickness have Tc of 60-72K without post-annealing after the deposition. A preferential orientation with a c-axis perpendicular to the film surface was observed. DC-SQUIDs having two parallel microbridges with constriction of submicrometer to 40..mu..m width were fabricated from the oxide films by chemical etching. The microbridges having more than 2..mu..m width did not operate as Josephson devices. The characteristics of these SQUIDs suggested vortex-flow. Periodic modulation of the voltage with magnetic flux was observed in a SQUID having submicrometer microbridges. Telegraph-like noise of the voltage which exhibits switching between two or more discrete levels was observed in all of the SQUIDs irrespective of the width of the microbridges. This telegraph-like noise was also observed in a single microbridge, and its effective switching-rate increased exponentially with the increase of temperature above 15K. A bump structure of Lorentzian due to the telegraph-like noise was dominant in the power spectral density of the flux noise of the SQUID.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Appropriate materials and preparation techniques for polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic cells

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    Dhere, Neelkanth G.

    1997-03-01

    Polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells have excellent potential for reducing the cost of TPV generators so as to address the hitherto inaccessible and highly competitive markets such as self-powered gas-fired residential warm air furnaces and energy-efficient electric cars, etc. Recent progress in polycrystalline-thin-film solar cells have made it possible to satisfy the diffusion length and intrinsic junction rectification criteria for TPV cells operating at high fluences. Continuous ranges of direct bandgaps of the ternary and pseudoternary compounds such as Hg1-xCdxTe, Pb1-xCdxTe, Hg1-xZnxTe, and Pb1-xZnxS cover the region of interest of 0.50-0.75 eV for efficient TPV conversion. Other ternary and pseudoternary compounds which show direct bandgaps in most of or all of the 0.50-0.75 eV range are Pb1-xZnxTe, Sn1-xCd2xTe2, Pb1-xCdxSe, Pb1-xZnxSe, and Pb1-xCdxS. Hg1-xCdxTe (with x~0.21) has been studied extensively for infrared detectors. PbTe and Pb1-xSnxTe have also been studied for infrared detectors. Not much work has been carried out on Hg1-xZnxTe thin films. Hg1-xCdxTe and Pb1-xCdxTe alloys cover a wide range of cut-off wavelengths from the far infrared to the near visible. Acceptors and donors are introduced in these materials by excess non-metal (Te) and excess metal (Hg and Pb) respectively. Extrinsic acceptor impurities are Cu, Au, and As while and In and Al are donor impurities. Hg1-xCdxTe thin films have been deposited by isothermal vapor-phase epitaxy (VPE), liquid phase epitaxy (LPE), hot-wall metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), electrodeposition, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), laser-assisted evaporation, and vacuum evaporation with or without hot-wall enclosure. The challenge in the preparation of Hg1-xCdxTe is to provide excess mercury incidence rate, to optimize the deposition parameters for enhanced mercury incorporation, and to achieve the requisite stoichiometry, grain size, and doping. MBE and MOCVD

  19. Structural and optical properties of anatase TiO2 heteroepitaxial films prepared by MOCVD

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    Zhao, Wei; Feng, Xianjin; Xiao, Hongdi; Luan, Caina; Ma, Jin

    2016-11-01

    High-quality single-crystal anatase TiO2(a-TiO2) thin films have been obtained on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates using the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. The optimal preparation process was explored. The lattice structure and epitaxial relationship were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, both θ-2θ and Φ scans) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the film prepared at 550 °C with the Ti precursor molar flow rate of 4×10-7 mol/min had the best single crystalline quality, for which a clear epitaxial relationship of a-TiO2 (001)||STO (100) with a-TiO2 [100]||STO [001bar] could be inferred. The elemental composition and proportion were studied by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) method, which proved the deposited film approximated stoichiometric TiO2. The samples showed high transparency of 70-80% in the visible range.

  20. 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.

  1. Preparation of LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode thin films for thin film lithium secondary batteries by a mist CVD process

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    Tadanaga, Kiyoharu; Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Sakuda, Atsushi; Hayashi, Akitoshi; Tatsumisago, Masahiro; Duran, Alicia; Aparacio, Mario

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films were prepared by using the mist CVD process. • An aqueous solution of lithium and manganese acetates is used for the precursor solution. • The cell with the LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films exhibited a capacity of about 80 mAh/g. • The cell showed good cycling performance during 10 cycles. - Abstract: LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode thin films for thin film lithium secondary batteries were prepared by using so-called the “mist CVD process”, employing an aqueous solution of lithium acetate and manganese acetate, as the source of Li and Mn, respectively. The aqueous solution of starting materials was ultrasonically atomized to form mist particles, and mists were transferred by nitrogen gas to silica glass substrate to form thin films. FE-SEM observation revealed that thin films obtained by this process were dense and smooth, and thin films with a thickness of about 750 nm were obtained. The electrochemical cell with the thin films obtained by sintering at 700 °C exhibited a capacity of about 80 mAh/g, and the cell showed good cycling performance during 10 cycles.

  2. Manifestation of unusual size effects in granular thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Sergeenkov, S.; Cichetto, L.; Diaz, J. C. C. A.; Bastos, W. B.; Longo, E.; Araújo-Moreira, F. M.

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate manifestation of some rather unusual size effects in granular thin films prepared by a pulsed laser deposition technique. We observed that the temperature dependence of resistivity ρ(T) notably depends on the relation between the grain size Rg and the film thickness d. Namely, more granular LaNiO3 thin films (with small values of Rg) grown on LaAlO3 substrate are found to follow a universal ρ(T) ∝T 3 / 2 law for all the measured temperatures. While less granular thin films (with larger values of Rg), exhibit a more complicated behavior accompanied by a clear-cut crossover (around Tcr = 200 K), from ρ(T) ∝T 3 / 2 (for 20 K < T < 200 K) to ρ(T) ∝ T (for 200 K < T < 300 K). The obtained results are attributed to manifestation of the finite temperature size effects (when an average grain size Rg becomes comparable with the thermal de Broglie wavelength Λ) leading to the crossover temperature Tcr ∝(d /Rg) 2 .

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Optical and electrochemical properties of Cu-doped NiO films prepared by electrochemical deposition

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    Zhao, Lili; Su, Ge; Liu, Wei; Cao, Lixin; Wang, Jing; Dong, Zheng; Song, Meiqin

    2011-02-01

    Cu-doped nickel oxide (NiO) thin films were prepared by electrochemial deposition (cathodic deposition) technique onto the fluorine doped tin oxide (F: SnO2; FTO) coated glass substrates from organic solutions. Effects of Cu content on the morphology, structure, optical and electrochromic properties of NiO films were investigated by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), respectively. SEM images indicated the formation of nanorods after Cu was added. The films were formed with amorphous or short-range ordered NiO grains and a trace of face-centered cubic NixCu1-xO confirmed by XRD. The transmittances of both bleached state and colored state were significantly lowered when Cu was added. The NiO films doped with Cu (the molar ratio was 1/8) exhibited the optimum electrochromic behavior with a variation of transmittance (ΔT) up to ∼80% at the wavelength range of 350-600 nm. Cu doping reduces the response time for both the coloring and bleaching states, and the reversibility of the redox reaction was increased as well.

  9. Preparation, photophysical characterization, and modeling of LDS722/Laponite 2D-ordered hybrid films.

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    Epelde-Elezcano, Nerea; Duque-Redondo, Eduardo; Martínez-Martínez, Virginia; Manzano, Hegoi; López-Arbeloa, Iñigo

    2014-08-26

    A novel hybrid material with promising optical properties for nonlinear optical applications is presented, as formed by LDS 722 organic dye confined in Laponite clay. Thin films of the hybrid material with different dye loadings have been prepared. The film thickness, the dye and water content, and the clay swelling due to guest molecule incorporation have been characterized. Then, the photophysical properties of the thin films have been studied in detail using experimental methods and molecular simulation. As the dye load increases, the hybrid films present a hypsochromic shift in absorption and a bathochromic shift in emission. The former is attributed to the increasing strength of solvation of the dye donor group, while the latter is ascribed to a switch from an intramolecular to an intermolecular charge-transfer process as the dye load increases. The LDS 722 molecules are preferentially oriented in the host clay almost in parallel to the platelet surfaces, inducing macroscopic order that makes the material responsive to polarized light. PMID:25087605

  10. Characterization of Cu2O thin films prepared by evaporation of CuO powder

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    Gevorkyan, V. A.; Reymers, A. E.; Nersesyan, M. N.; Arzakantsyan, M. A.

    2012-03-01

    Among the potential photovoltaic devices based on semiconductor oxides as active layer is cuprous oxide (Cu2O). This oxide semiconductor shows many attractive characteristics useful for solar cells production such as low cost, nontoxicity, high mobility and diffusion length of minority carriers, high absorption coefficient and direct energy gap. In this work we report our results of optical and structural investigations of Cu2O thin films fabricated by thermal vacuum evaporation of CuO powder. The effects of the deposition velocity on structural and optical properties of Cu2O films were investigated. The X-ray investigations have shown that at low deposition velocity the films consist only of Cu2O phase without any interstitial phase and have a nano-grain structure. The grains have an average dimensions about (25-30) nm and all these grains showed (200) preferential crystallographic orientation. Optical investigations have shown that the absorption edge of prepared films is due to a direct allowed transition. The value of determined optical band gap is 2.05 eV which corresponds to band gap of bulk Cu2O.

  11. 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.

  12. Correlation between properties of HfO2 films and preparing parameters by ion beam sputtering deposition.

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    Liu, Huasong; Jiang, Yugang; Wang, Lishuan; Leng, Jian; Sun, Peng; Zhuang, Kewen; Ji, Yiqin; Cheng, Xinbin; Jiao, Hongfei; Wang, Zhanshan; Wu, Bingjun

    2014-02-01

    Ion beam sputtering is one of the most important technologies for preparing hafnium dioxide thin films. In this paper, the correlation between properties of hafnium dioxide thin films and preparing parameters was systematically researched by using the orthogonal experiment design method. The properties of hafnium oxide films (refractive index, extinction coefficient, deposition rate, stress, and inhomogeneity of refractive index) were studied. The refractive index, extinction coefficient, physical thickness, and inhomogeneity of refractive index were obtained by the multiple wavelength curve-fitting method from the reflectance and transmittance of single layers. The stress of thin film was measured by elastic deformation of the thin film-substrate system. An orthogonal experimental strategy was designed using substrate temperature, ion beam voltage, ion beam current, and oxygen flow rate as the variables. The experimental results indicated that the temperature of the substrate is the key influencing parameter on the properties of hafnium oxide films, while other preparing parameters are also correlated with specific properties. The experimental results are significant for selecting proper parameters for preparing hafnium oxide films with different applications.

  13. 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.

  14. High Ordered Structure of Polyurea Thin Films Prepared by Vapor Deposition Polymerization

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    Kumagai, Taisuke; Suga, Takahiro; Kubono, Atushi

    Vapor deposition polymerization(VDP) have been utilized for producing polymeric thin films, such as polyimides, polyamides, and polyureas by co-evaporation of two types of bifunctional monomers onto the substrate surface. Through the use of poling treatment, polyureas acquire pyroelectric and piezoelectric activities comparable to those of PVDF. In this study, polyurea thin films were prepared by vapor deposition polymerization. The ordered structures and physical properties were investigated by means of infrared spectroscopy. The infrared spectra indicate that the dipoles of urea groups in the polymer were oriented normal to the surface of substrate. This results that strong interaction between the substrate interface and the urea groups results in the orientation of the urea dipoles during annealing. Moreover, the introduction of aliphatic moieties into the polymer main chain gives rise to easy thermal reorientation of the dipoles in comparison with aromatic moieties. In comparison with aromatic moieties which have rigid frame structure need poling treatment to dipoles reorientation.

  15. 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.

  16. Visible light-responsive titanium dioxide thin film prepared by reactive sputtering.

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    Jeong, Woon-Jo; Moon, In-Seob; Cho, Soon-Kye; Yang, Hyeon-Hun; Park, Gye-Choon; Gu, Hal-Bon; Kim, Ki-Joong; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2011-02-01

    TiO2 is a wide band-gap semiconductor (3.4 eV) and can only absorb about 5% of sun light in the ultraviolet light region, which largely limits its practical applications because of the lower utility of sun light and quantum yield. In order to move the absorption edge of TiO2 films to visible spectrum range, we have made the impurity level within a band-gap of TiO2 thin film by introduction of oxygen vacancy. Oxygen-defected TiO2 photo-catalyst have prepared by reactive sputtering with the partial pressure of Ar:O2 = 76.7:23.3 approximately 98.5:1.5 ratios. As a result, we could have the impurity level of about 2.75 eV on condition that oxygen partial pressure is 2.9%. And the photocatalytic activity was realized at 400 nm wavelength.

  17. Preparation and characterization of free films of high amylose/pectin mixtures cross-linked with sodium trimetaphosphate.

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    Prezotti, Fabíola Garavello; Meneguin, Andréia Bagliotti; Evangelista, Raul Cesar; Cury, Beatriz Stringhetti Ferreira

    2012-11-01

    High amylose and pectin were mixed at 1:1 mass ratio and cross-linked with sodium trimetaphosphate (STMP) in alkaline medium. Films were prepared from aqueous dispersions of these cross-linked polymer blend at three different concentrations (3, 4 and 5%), by solvent casting method. Characterization of the films included thickness, surface morphology, water uptake, water vapor permeability (WVP), tensile strength measurements and enzymatic digestion. The cross-linking allowed to obtain films with improved mechanical properties and reduced WVP. The high resistance to enzymatic digestion exhibited by these films represents a promising approach to their application in the development of colon drug delivery systems. PMID:22251099

  18. Orodispersible films in individualized pharmacotherapy: The development of a formulation for pharmacy preparations.

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    Visser, J Carolina; Woerdenbag, Herman J; Crediet, Stefan; Gerrits, Edwin; Lesschen, Marjan A; Hinrichs, Wouter L J; Breitkreutz, Jörg; Frijlink, Henderik W

    2015-01-15

    Orodispersible films (ODFs) are promising drug delivery systems for customized small scale pharmacy preparations. The aim of the present study was to develop a versatile casting solution suitable for the extemporaneous production of ODFs to which active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) can be added. Different combinations of film forming agents and other excipients and different casting heights were tested for their suitability for production of ODFs. The best suitable casting solution contained hypromellose, carbomer, glycerol, disodium EDTA and trometamol. This casting solution was used to prepare ODFs containing water-soluble APIs (enalapril maleate and prednisolone disodium phosphate) and a poorly water-soluble API (diazepam) for which ethanol 96% was used as co-solvent.The water-soluble APIs as well as ethanol influenced the viscosity of the casting solution, mechanical properties and disintegration time of the ODFs. All ODFs containing API met the requirements on uniformity of mass and uniformity of content set by the European Pharmacopoeia (2014) (Ph. Eur.) 8th edition. In conclusion, ODFs of good pharmaceutical quality can be prepared on small scale. Hereby opening the perspective of using ODFs for individualized pharmacotherapy. PMID:25448577

  19. A facile UV-curing method for the preparation of transparent and conductive carbon nanotube hybrid films.

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    Kim, Jin Ho; Jung, Jae Mok; Kwak, Jun Young; Hwang, Tai Kyung; Ganapathy, Hullathy Subban; Jeong, Yeon Tae; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2011-01-01

    A new method for preparing flexible, transparent, and conductive multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrid films with scratch resistance through a facile UV-curing method is described herein. UV-curable urethane oligomers were used as the binder between the MWCNTs and the plastic substrates. The transparency and sheet resistance of MWCNT thin films can be easily tailored by controlling the number of bar coaters. Composite films with different binder ratios were prepared to evaluate and optimize the surface abrasion resistance and adhesion parameter. Two types of MWCNT films, those with a 56% (with a 586 komega/sq sheet resistance) and a 78% transmittance (with a 22 Momega/sq sheet resistance) were obtained using the UV-curable resin, and the conductive films showed distinguished abrasion resistance and good adhesion.

  20. Suppression of Cross Contamination in Multi-Layer Thin Film Prepared by Using Rotating Hexagonal Sputtering Cathode.

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    Park, Se Yeon; Choi, Bum Ho; Lee, Jong Ho

    2015-01-01

    In this study, single- and multi-layered thin films were prepared on a glass substrate using a newly developed rotating hexagonal sputtering cathode in a single chamber. The rotatinghexagonal sputtering cathode can install up to six different sputtering targets or six single targets in a cathode. Using the rotating hexagonal cathode, we prepared a single-layered AZO film and a multi-layer film to evaluate the performance of hexagonal gun. Cross-contamination, which is often observed in multi-layer thin film preparation, was suppressed to nearly zero by controlling process parameters and revising hardware. Energy-saving effects of five-layered glass were also verified by measuring the temperature.

  1. Stable preparation process of superconductor insulator multilayer films for HTS devices by off-axis magnetron sputtering

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    Adachi, S.; Wakana, H.; Kamitani, Ai; Tanabe, K.

    2006-10-01

    The preparation process for epitaxial multilayer films consisting of Y0.9La0.2Ba1.9Cu3Oy (La-YBCO) and SrSnO3 (SSO) for high-Tc superconductor (HTS) electronic devices was developed. Four-layer films of SSO/La-YBCO/SSO/La-YBCO were deposited on BaZrO3-buffered MgO(1 0 0) substrates by off-axis magnetron sputtering. During deposition, the substrates were directly heated from backside by thermal radiation of a heater. No adhesive paste, such as Ag, for fixing the substrate was used in order to avoid contamination. Deposition conditions, especially the heater temperature profiles and atmosphere during elevating the temperature, were carefully controlled. The multilayer films with the average surface roughness Ra around 2.0 nm were prepared with high reproducibility. Continuous production of the high-quality films throughout one year proved excellent stability of the preparation process.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Crystallographic dependence of photocatalytic activity of WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Li, Guoqiang; Varga, Tamas; Yan, Pengfei; Wang, Zhiguo; Wang, Chongmin; Chambers, Scott A; Du, Yingge

    2015-06-21

    We investigated the impact of crystallographic orientation on the photocatalytic activity of single crystalline WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB). A clear effect is observed, with (111) being the most reactive surface, followed by (110) and (001). Photoreactivity is directly correlated with the surface free energy determined by density functional theory calculations. The RhB photodegradation mechanism is found to involve hydroxyl radicals in solution formed from photo-generated holes and differs from previous studies performed on nanoparticles and composites.

  9. 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.

  10. Study of electrochemically prepared CuInSe2 thin films

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    Dhanwate, Vishakha N.; Chaure, N. B.

    2012-06-01

    We report the deposition of Copper Indium diselenide (CIS) films were prepared by electrochemical deposition technique, onto FTO coating glass substrates. The deposition potential was optimized with the aid of cyclic voltammetry (CV) experiments. The deposition conditions (pH, bath temperature, stirring etc.) and chemical concentration of ionic species were optimized. CIS layers were deposited at different potentials close to the plateau observed by CV at 40 0C using a three-electrode conventional electrochemical cell. The layers were characterized thoroughly to understand the structure, composition and surface morphology.

  11. 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.

  12. Surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of TiN thin film prepared via nitridation of sol-gel derived TiO2 film

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    Dong, Zhanliang; Wei, Hengyong; Chen, Ying; Wang, Ruisheng; Zhao, Junhong; Lin, Jian; Bu, Jinglong; Wei, Yingna; Cui, Yi; Yu, Yun

    2015-10-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a powerful and non-destructive analytical technique tool for chemical and biological sensing applications. Metal-free SERS substrates have recently been developed by using semiconductor nanostructures. The optical property of TiN film is similar to that of gold. Besides that, its good chemical inertness and thermodynamic stability make TiN thin film an excellent candidate for SERS. In order to investigate its SERS activity, the TiN thin film was successfully prepared via direct nitridation of the sol-gel derived TiO2 thin film on the quartz substrate using ammonia gas as reducing agent. The crystallite structures and morphology of TiN thin film were determined by XRD, RAMAN and FE-SEM. The results show that the thin film obtained is cubic titanium nitride with a lattice parameter of 4.2349 Å. The surface of TiN thin film is rough and with the particles of 50 nm in average sizes. The thickness of TiN thin film is about 130 nm. The TiN thin film displays a surface Plasmon resonance absorption peak at around 476 nm, which can lead to a strong enhancement of the EM field on the interface. The Raman signal of the probe molecule R6G was greatly enhanced through TiN thin film substrates. The enhancement factor is about 4.1×103 and the detection limit achieves 10-6 M for R6G. The TiN thin film substrate also shows a good reproducibility of SERS performance. The results indicate that TiN thin film is an attractive material with potential application in SERS substrates.

  13. 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

  14. Investigation of antiperovskite Mn{sub 3}CuN{sub x} film prepared by DC reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Sun, Ying; Wang, Cong; Na, Yuanyuan; Chu, Lihua; Wen, Yongchun; Nie, Man

    2010-09-15

    Antiperovskite Mn{sub 3}CuN{sub x} film was prepared by dc reactive magnetron sputtering. It is the first time to report an antiperovskite ternary nitride film. The composition and crystal structure were characterized by energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). From the XRD pattern, it displays a (1 0 0) preferential orientation. A comparative study on the properties of Mn{sub 3}CuN{sub x} film and the bulk sample was presented. The film exhibits an antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition around 135 K, similar with the bulk sample. With temperature, the resistivity of the film shows semiconductor-like behavior throughout the measured temperature region, whereas there is an abrupt drop around the magnetic transition for the bulk. The variable temperature XRD results indicate that the film did not display any structure transition and shows a normal linear thermal expansion property around the magnetic transition.

  15. 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.

  16. Electrochemical studies of the LiFePO thin films prepared with pulsed laser deposition

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    Song, Seung-Wan; Reade, Ronald P.; Striebel, Kathryn A.

    2003-05-20

    Thin films of LiFePO4 have been prepared on stainless steel substrates with pulsed laser deposition utilizing an Ar atmosphere. Films were characterized with XRD, SEM, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry in liquid electrolyte. Raman spectral analysis revealed the presence of carbon in the films, even though the targets contained less than a few percent residual carbon. The Raman spectra also suggest the presence of various iron oxide species on the surface of the film. The 75nm film showed reversible cycling of more than 90 mAh/g for 60 cycles and a coulombic efficiency close to 1. Variable sweep rate cyclic voltammetry showed a diffusion-controlled reaction with an effective diffusivity of about 10-12 cm2/s. The performance of the thicker film was poor with a coulombic efficiency much less than 1.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Impedance spectroscopy of manganite films prepared by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Nakamura, Toshihiro; Homma, Kohei; Tachibana, Kunihide

    2011-09-01

    Polycrystalline Pr(1-x)CaxMnO3 (PCMO) films were prepared by liquid source metalorganic chemical vapor deposition using in situ infrared spectroscopic monitoring. The electric properties of the PCMO-based devices with Ni and Al electrodes (Ni-PCMO-Ni and Al-PCMO-Al devices) were studied by dc current-voltage (I-V) measurements and ac impedance spectroscopy. The current varied linearly with the applied voltage in Ni-PCMO-Ni devices, while nonlinear behavior was observed in I-V curves for Al-PCMO-Al devices. Impedance spectra were also different between Ni-PCMO-Ni and Al-PCMO-Al devices. The Cole-Cole plots for the Ni-PCMO-Ni devices showed only a single semicircular arc, which was assigned to the PCMO bulk impedance. Impedance spectra for the Al-PCMO-Al devices had two distinct components, which could be attributed to the PCMO bulk and to the interface between the PCMO film and the Al electrode, respectively. The bias dependence of the impedance spectra suggested that the resistance switching in the Al-PCMO-Al devices was mainly due to the resistance change in the interface between the film and the electrode. The metal electrode plays an important role in the resistance switching in the PCMO-based devices. The choice of the optimum metal electrodes is essential to the ReRAM application of the manganite-based devices.

  1. Influence of bismuth substitution on yttrium orthoferrite thin films preparation by the MOD method

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    Galstyan, Ogsen; Lee, Hanju; Park, Jongwon; Lee, Jung-Ha; Babajanyan, Arsen; Friedman, Barry; Lee, Kiejin

    2016-01-01

    Yttrium orthoferrite thin films with a thickness of about 0.4 μm were prepared on glass substrates by using a metal-organic decomposition method. Our studies reveal that it is possible to reduce the crystallization temperature of the yttrium orthoferrite by the substitution of the yttrium ion with bismuth. For the samples BixY1-xFeO3 with x=0.3 and x=0.4, orthorhombic yttrium orthoferrite characteristic peaks in the X-ray diffraction spectra have been detected. The lattice constants of the Bi0.3Y0.7FeO3 film were a=5.905 Å, b=7.66 Å, c=5.256 Å with an average grain size of about 40 nm. The magnetization data indicate that the film has in-plane easy axis and weak coercivity which might be explained by a possible secondary garnet phase crystallization. Faraday rotation angle of the sample was measured to be about 0.3°/μm.

  2. 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

  3. An Amperometric Biosensor for Glucose Determination Prepared from Glucose Oxidase Immobilized in Polyaniline-Polyvinylsulfonate Film

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    Arslan, Fatma; Ustabaş, Selvin; Arslan, Halit

    2011-01-01

    In this study, a novel amperometric glucose biosensor with immobilization of glucose oxidase on electrochemically polymerized polyaniline-polyvinylsulphonate (Pani-Pvs) films has been accomplished via the entrapment technique. Electropolymerization of aniline on the Pt surface of the Pt electrode was carried out at constant potential (0.75 V, vs. Ag/AgCl) using an electrochemical cell containing aniline and polyvinylsulphonate. Firstly, the optimum working conditions for preparing polyaniline-polyvinylsulfonate films were investigated. Determination of glucose was carried out by the oxidation of enzymatically produced H2O2 at 0.4 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The effects of pH and temperature were investigated and the optimum pH value was found to be 7.5. The storage stability and operational stability of the enzyme electrode were also studied. The results show that 75% of the response current was retained after 16 activity assays. The prepared glucose biosensor retained 80.6% of initial activity after 40 days when stored in 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution at 4 °C. PMID:22164068

  4. 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

  5. Efficient visible luminescence of nanocrystalline silicon prepared from amorphous silicon films by thermal annealing and stain etching

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    2011-01-01

    Films of nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) were prepared from hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) by using rapid thermal annealing. The formed nc-Si films were subjected to stain etching in hydrofluoric acid solutions in order to passivate surfaces of nc-Si. The optical reflectance spectroscopy revealed the nc-Si formation as well as the high optical quality of the formed films. The Raman scattering spectroscopy was used to estimate the mean size and volume fraction of nc-Si in the annealed films, which were about 4 to 8 nm and 44 to 90%, respectively, depending on the annealing regime. In contrast to as-deposited a-Si:H films, the nc-Si films after stain etching exhibited efficient photoluminescence in the spectral range of 600 to 950 nm at room temperature. The photoluminescence intensity and lifetimes of the stain etched nc-Si films were similar to those for conventional porous Si formed by electrochemical etching. The obtained results indicate new possibilities to prepare luminescent thin films for Si-based optoelectronics. PMID:21711891

  6. Comparative characterization of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibril films prepared from non-wood resources.

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    Puangsin, Buapan; Yang, Quanling; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Isogai, Akira

    2013-08-01

    Three non-wood celluloses, hemp bast holocellulose, and commercial bamboo and bagasse bleached kraft pulps, were oxidized by 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidation in water at pH 10. The water-insoluble TEMPO-oxidized celluloses thus obtained were converted to aqueous dispersions of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (TOCNs) and then to self-standing TOCN films. Weight recovery ratios of the TEMPO-oxidized celluloses decreased to 70-80% and their carboxylate contents reached 1.5-1.7mmolg(-1) by the TEMPO-mediated oxidation. The viscosity-average degrees of polymerization remarkably decreased from 800-1100 to 200-480 by partial depolymerization occurring during the oxidation, depending on the non-wood celluloses used as the starting materials. The average lengths and widths of the TOCNs were estimated to be 500-650nm and 2.4-2.9nm, respectively, from their atomic force microscopy images. The self-standing TOCN films had high light-transparencies (>87% at 600nm), high tensile strengths (140-230MPa), high Young's moduli (7-11MPa), low coefficients of thermal expansion (4-6ppmK(-1)) in spite of low densities of 1.4-1.7gcm(-3). In particular, the TOCN films prepared from the hemp bast holocellulose had clearly high works of fracture (~30MJm(-3)), whereas those prepared from other two non-wood celluloses had 2-8MJm(-3).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Preparation and microstructures of high-current density YBCO films by no-water post-annealing of precursor films including BaF 2

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    Ichinose, Ataru; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Kiss, Takanobu; Tachikawa, Kyoji; Akita, Shirabe; Inoue, Kiyoshi

    2003-10-01

    Precursor films are deposited on SrTiO 3 single crystals at room temperature by the co-evaporation technique using Y, BaF 2 and Cu as evaporation sources. Then, the precursor films are annealed in a low-pressure oxygen atmosphere without introduction of water vapor. A sample with a reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) pattern exhibiting some streaks, Kikuchi lines and Kikuchi zone, which resembles that of a single crystal, is successfully prepared. According to the cross-sectional TEM observation results, epitaxial growth of this YBCO film is achieved for the entire film thickness. The transport properties are measured using a small bridge with a width of 0.1 mm and a length of 1 mm by a standard four-probe method. The obtained YBCO film has a high Jc of over 1 MA/cm 2 at 77 K and a self-field. Furthermore, we discuss the relationship between the epitaxial YBCO layer thickness and the annealing conditions. Approximately 300- and 400-nm-thick epitaxial YBCO films are successfully prepared.

  10. Surface Plasmon Resonance in Novel Nanocomposite Gold/Lead Zirconate Titanate Films Prepared by Aerosol Deposition Method

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    Park, Jae-Hyuk; Akedo, Jun; Nakada, Masafumi

    2006-09-01

    We prepared gold/lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanocomposite thick films by the aerosol deposition method (ADM) for the first time and report their enhanced surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. ADM has been attracting much attention for its ability to deposit complex composite films at a high deposition rate and a low process temperature. Composite metal-dielectric powders are prepared from submicron particles of PZT and nano particles of gold (10-40 nm) with concentrations below 1 wt %. Nanocomposite gold/PZT 3-μm-thick film acquired enhanced SPR at approximately 640 nm as a result of annealing. The SPR position in nanocomposite films deposited by ADM can be precisely controlled by adjusting the dielectric constant of the host matrix by annealing. Moreover, nanogold particles were spatially very well distributed in the PZT matrix and showed no growth in spite of annealing at 600 °C.

  11. 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.

  12. CONTINUING EDUCATION FILM SURVEY, A NATIONAL SURVEY OF 16MM FILMS PREPARED FOR THE 1968 NYAPSAE ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

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    CAMPBELL, BOYD, P., COMP.; WILLIAMS, HAROLD A., COMP.

    AS PART OF ITS 1968 FILM SEARCH, THE NEW YORK ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL ADULT EDUCATION SENT A NATIONWIDE QUESTIONNAIRE TO LIBRARIES, UNIVERSITIES, STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS, STATE AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, AND COMMERCIAL FILM COMPANIES IN ORDER TO LEARN WHAT ADULT EDUCATION FILMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED OR…

  13. 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.

  14. Preparation and properties of tin-doped indium oxide thin films by thermal decomposition of organometallic compounds

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    Furusaki, T.; Kodaira, K.; Yamamoto, M.; Shimada, S.; Matsushita, T.

    1986-08-01

    Transparent and conductive tin-doped indium oxide thin films were prepared on soda-lime and quartz glass substrates by thermal decomposition of organometallic compounds. The optical transmittance of the films was 90% in the visible region. The electric resistivity changed from 6-8 x 10/sup 3-/ ..cap omega..-cm to 3-4 x 10/sup -2/ ..cap omega..-cm, depending on composition and, after annealing in vacuum, it decreased by a factor of 2-10.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Thin Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Films Prepared Using an Electric Field-Modified Spray Pyrolysis Deposition Technique

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    Gupta, Archana; Pandya, Dinesh K.; Kashyap, Subhash C.

    2004-12-01

    Very thin fluorine-doped tin oxide films (60-70 nm) were prepared on glass substrates at low deposition temperatures (275-300°C), these films showed an electrical resistivity of 3.2 × 10-4Ω-cm and a transparency of 88% at 625 nm with the application of a dc electric field on the film surface during growth using a spray pyrolysis deposition technique. In this first study of its kind, the applied electric field during growth by spray pyrolysis resulted in the reduction in the critical thickness and the increases in both the electrical conductivity and transparency of continuous films. The obtained X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that the films prepared with an electric field were polycrystalline, whereas those prepared without an electric field were amorphous. This method shows potential for producing very thin oxide films at a low deposition temperature with a high growth rate, an enhanced optical quality and an improved electrical conductivity.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Study on Preparation of High-k Organic-Inorganic Thin Film for Organic-Inorganic Thin Film Transistor Gate Dielectric Application

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    Lee, Wen-Hsi; Liu, Chao-Te; Lee, Ying-Chieh

    2012-06-01

    A simple solution-based deposition technique combined with spin-coating is a plausible way to prepare ultra-thin organic-inorganic nanocomposite films. In this study, we describe the spin-coating deposition of a colloidal nanoparticle suspension to obtain an ultra-thin organic-inorganic composite film as a gate insulator for organic thin film transistor (O-TFT) application. To obtain a homogenous organic-inorganic composite film, well-dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles in γ-butyrolactone and polyimide are important; therefore, several dispersants were assessed on the basis of the measurement of the rheological behavior of slurries. The thickness of the organic-inorganic composite film is mainly determined by the speed of spin-coating and viscosity of slurries. An approximately 4000-Å-thick nanocomposite film with homogeneous distribution of TiO2 nanoparticles in polyimide and low roughness was obtained after curing at 200 °C, resulting in a low leakage current density of the nano-composite film, when less than 2 vol % TiO2 nanoparticles were well dispersed in polyimide slurry. The dielectric constant of the organic-inorganic nanocomposite increases with increasing TiO2 content in polyimide, being situated in the range between 4 and 5.

  5. Ultra-high ordered, centimeter scale preparation of microsphere Langmuir films.

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    Kallepalli, L N Deepak; Constantinescu, C; Delaporte, P; Utéza, O; Grojo, D

    2015-05-15

    Controlling the preparation of nano/microsphere monolayers on large areas remains a difficult task but is crucial for several fabrication methods of highly-ordered periodic nanostructures. We demonstrate the preparation of ordered monolayers of few square centimeters with an extremely high coverage ratio (>98%) by implementing a modified protocol (MP) Langmuir Blodgett (LB) technique. We use octadecyl type hydrocarbon (C18) functionalized spherical particles (polystyrene and silica) with diameters in the range 1-5 μm, and a selected mixture of solvents for accurate control of the surface tension and particles' mobility at the water surface. This leads to a delicate growth of crystal-like monolayers which are subsequently transferred to glass or silicon substrates. While operating the Langmuir-Blodgett trough, a key enabling the quality enhancement resides not only on surface tension measurements but also on simple visual inspections of the water surface supporting the monolayer. The protocol yields a strong reduction of sensitivity to thermodynamical and mechanical disturbances leading to a robust method that could be automated by adding a feedback on the operated system based real-time image processing. A simple analytical approach is used to explain why this MP-LB technique is more appropriate in growing micrometric-sized objects in comparison to standard protocols optimized for the preparation of molecular films.

  6. Composite films based on biorelated agro-industrial waste and poly(vinyl alcohol). Preparation and mechanical properties characterization.

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    Chiellini, E; Cinelli, P; Imam, S H; Mao, L

    2001-01-01

    As a part of an ongoing project on the production of composite materials based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and polymeric materials from renewable resources, the present paper reports on the incorporation of agricultural waste materials as organic fillers in a film matrix based on PVA as continuous phase. In this study lignocellulosic fibers byproducts, derived from sugar cane (SC) and apple (AP) and orange (OR) fruit juice extraction, were cast from PVA aqueous solutions. The effect of fiber type and composition on the relative properties of cast films was evaluated and compared. OR resulted to be suitable for blending in higher amounts by weight than SC and AP. Glycerol and urea were added as plasticizing agents and were observed to be effective in giving flexible films. Additionally, cornstarch was added to further increase the composition of polymers from renewable resources in cost-effective and ecoefficient composite film formulations. The prepared films resulted sensitive to moisture and water. To reduce water sensitivity, hexamethoxymethylmelamine (HMMM) was tested as a cross-linking agent for the present composite formulations. Cross-linked films exhibited significant improvement in water-resistance that can be taken as a tuneable structural feature for customized applications. The mechanical properties of the prepared composite films (elongation at break, tensile strength, Young modulus) were found to be dependent upon the nature and content of the filler and on environmental conditions.

  7. Structural, spectroscopic and electrical studies of nanostructured porous ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Vinodkumar, R; Navas, I; Porsezian, K; Ganesan, V; Unnikrishnan, N V; Mahadevan Pillai, V P

    2014-01-24

    ZnO thin films are grown on quartz substrates at various substrate temperatures (ranging from 573 to 973 K) under an oxygen ambience of 0.02 mbar by using pulsed laser ablation. Influence of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films are investigated. The XRD and micro-Raman spectra reveal the presence of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO with preferred orientation (002). The particle size is calculated using Debye-Scherer equation and the average size of the crystallites are found to be in the range 17-29 nm. The AFM study reveals that the surface morphology of the film depends strongly on the substrate temperature. UV-Visible transmittance spectra show highly transparent nature of the films in visible region. The calculated optical band gap energy is found to be decrease with increase in substrate temperatures. The complex dielectric constant, the loss factor and the distribution of the volume and surface energy loss of the ZnO thin films prepared at different substrate temperatures are calculated. All the films are found to be highly porous in nature. The PL spectra show very strong emission in the blue region for all the films. The dc electrical resistivity of the film decreases with increase in substrate temperature. The temperature dependent electrical measurements done on the film prepared at substrate temperature 573 K reveals that the electric conduction is thermally activated and the activation energy is found to be 0.03911 eV which is less than the reported values for ZnO films.

  8. Effect of nickel doping on physical properties of zinc oxide thin films prepared by the spray pyrolysis method

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    Jlassi, M.; Sta, I.; Hajji, M.; Ezzaouia, H.

    2014-05-01

    In this study, undoped and nickel-doped zinc oxide thin films (ZnO:Ni) were deposited on glass substrates using a spray pyrolysis technique. The effects of the Zn concentration in the initial solution and the substrate temperature on the physical properties of the thin films are studied. The results show that the optimum Zn concentration and substrate temperature for preparation of basic undoped ZnO films with n-type conductivity and high optical transparency are 0.02 M and 350 °C, respectively. Then, by using these optimized deposition parameters, nickel-doped zinc oxide films are prepared. Surface morphology and crystalline structure of the films are investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffractometer. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that the films are polycrystalline. The structural analysis shows that all the samples have a hexagonal structure. The crystallite size and the preferred orientation were calculated from the XRD data. From AFM investigations, the surface morphology of the nanostructured films is found to depend on the concentration of Ni. Optical measurements have shown that an increase in the Ni doping results in a reduction in the optical transmission of the layer, but it remains higher than 80% for Ni doping greater than 8 wt%. At the same time, the optical gap increases from 3.4 to 4 eV when the Ni ratio increases. The electrical measurements show that the resistance of the films varies with the duration of pulverization and the nickel content of the film. Low values for the electrical resistivity (around 103 Ω cm) were obtained for Ni-doped ZnO thin films.

  9. Structural, spectroscopic and electrical studies of nanostructured porous ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Vinodkumar, R; Navas, I; Porsezian, K; Ganesan, V; Unnikrishnan, N V; Mahadevan Pillai, V P

    2014-01-24

    ZnO thin films are grown on quartz substrates at various substrate temperatures (ranging from 573 to 973 K) under an oxygen ambience of 0.02 mbar by using pulsed laser ablation. Influence of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films are investigated. The XRD and micro-Raman spectra reveal the presence of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO with preferred orientation (002). The particle size is calculated using Debye-Scherer equation and the average size of the crystallites are found to be in the range 17-29 nm. The AFM study reveals that the surface morphology of the film depends strongly on the substrate temperature. UV-Visible transmittance spectra show highly transparent nature of the films in visible region. The calculated optical band gap energy is found to be decrease with increase in substrate temperatures. The complex dielectric constant, the loss factor and the distribution of the volume and surface energy loss of the ZnO thin films prepared at different substrate temperatures are calculated. All the films are found to be highly porous in nature. The PL spectra show very strong emission in the blue region for all the films. The dc electrical resistivity of the film decreases with increase in substrate temperature. The temperature dependent electrical measurements done on the film prepared at substrate temperature 573 K reveals that the electric conduction is thermally activated and the activation energy is found to be 0.03911 eV which is less than the reported values for ZnO films. PMID:24100297

  10. 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.

  11. 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 C60 and Si atoms has been investigated for Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 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 (SiOx), bulk Si crystal, and silicon atoms bound to C60. Based on the atomic percent ratio of silicon to carbon, we estimated that there was approximately one Si atom bound to each C60 molecule. The Si 2p peak due to the Si-C60 interaction demonstrated that a charge transfer from the Si atom to the C60 molecule takes place at room temperature, which is much lower than the temperature of 670 K at which the charge transfer was observed for C60 adsorbed on Si(001) and (111) clean surfaces [Sakamoto et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 2579 (1999)]. The number of electrons transferred between the C60 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 C60Si with C2v 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 C60Si 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-C60 interaction was also discussed in terms of Mulliken overlap population between them.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. [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

  1. [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.

  2. Rheology of Film-Forming Solutions Prepared with Modified Banana Starch and Plasticizer

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    Flores-Gómez, Yaritza; Sánchez-Rivera, Mirna; Romero-Bastida, Claudia; González-Soto, Rosalía; Bello-Pérez, Arturo; Solorza-Feria, Javier

    2008-07-01

    The physical properties of edible films depend to a great extent on those of their components; the biopolymer and the plasticizer, which define its physical changes during heat processing and handling. The aim of this work was to determine the rheological profile of film forming solutions (FFS) composed of native and modified (oxidized) banana starch and the plasticizer glycerol. Samples of FFS, composed by 4%(w/w) of native and oxidized banana starch and glycerol (4%(w/w) were prepared. Two types of rheological tests were undertaken using a strain controlled Rheometer TA Instruments, model AR1000, with a cone and plate system, 60 mm of diameter and angle of 2°: a) isothermal oscillatory (amplitude and frequency) tests at 25 °C, 90 °C and once cooled down, at 25 °C. b) temperature sweeps, run as the samples were heated up from 25 °C to 90 °C and also when cooled down to 25 °C. The isothermal tests showed that all pastes produced, behaved as weak viscoelastic gel-like materials, with the elastic modulus (G')> the viscous modulus (G″) over the entire frequency range. The temperature sweeps also showed that all viscoelastic FFS, behaved as mainly elastic materials over the temperature range. Overall, FFS from native starch yielded gels with higher moduli values than those of the oxidized ones.

  3. The preparation and characterization of nanoparticle Ag-SiO2 composite films with super low refractive index

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    Sun, Yu-Long; Wang, Jian; Li, Shou-Yi; He, Xin; Wang, Cheng-Wei

    2014-09-01

    The spin coating technique is used to prepare the porous Ag-SiO2 composite films, and the subsequent annealing process makes the nanoparticle Ag-SiO2 composite films formed. As the increase of the annealing temperature from 300 °C to 500 °C, the size of Ag-SiO2 composite nanoparticles gradually decreases. The SEM, TEM and XRD measurements of Ag-SiO2 composite films indicate that the single crystal metal nanoparticles are uniformly embedded into the SiO2 particles, forming Ag-SiO2 composite nanoparticles. The SPR absorption spectra of the Ag-SiO2 composite films show the content of metal Ag increases with the increase of annealing temperature, but when the annealing temperature increases to 500 °C, the SPR absorption is not observed on the absorption spectra although the total absorption of Ag-SiO2 composite films is enhanced. Furthermore, the optical constants of Ag-SiO2 composite films have been determined based on the measurement of ellipsometric parameters. It is more important the refractive index lower than 1 is obtained after annealing process of Ag-SiO2 composite films under 300 and 400 °C, but the extinction coefficient is low, which makes the film have low absorption.

  4. 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.

  5. Structural, AFM, MFM and magnetic studies of LaMnO3 thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition method

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    Dimri, Mukesh Chandra; Khanduri, Himani; Vasala, Sami; Leinberg, Silver; Løhmus, Rünno; Krustok, Jüri; Karppinen, Maarit; Stern, Raivo

    2013-03-01

    Structural, microstructural and magnetic properties of the thin films of LaMnO3 (LMO) have been investigated and will be presented. Thin films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method on silicon substrates. Effects of various process parameters have been studied on LMO thin films. Single phase perovskite crystal structure was confirmed from the X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra. SEM/AFM studies confirm the uniform and high quality films grown with grains in a range of 20-100 nm, depending on preparation conditions. MFM images measured at low temperature (65K), show different magnetic domains in films annealed in N2 and O2 environments. Stoichiometry, microstructure and magnetic properties of films strongly depend on annealing environments; however there was no change in their crystal structure. Curie temperature in those LMO thin films annealed in N2 and O2 atmospheres were 200 and 250K, respectively. Enhanced Curie temperature from the ideal value (~140 K) can be related to non-stoichiometry in our LMO films.

  6. 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.

  7. [Performance comparison of coronene film for UV-CCD prepared by spin-coating and physical vapor deposition].

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    He, Liang; Zhang, Da-Wei; Tao, Chun-Xian; Hong, Rui-Jin; Huang, Yuan-Shen

    2014-05-01

    In the present paper, the methods of spin-coating and physical vapor deposition (PVD) were researched to prepare the coronene film for UV-CCD, and their properties were characterized and compared with each other. The results of the experiment show that the process of spin-coating is relatively simple, which takes advantage of materials and retains the inherent crystal structure of coronene. However, the roughness of the film is a little more than that of PVD method; the film prepared by PVD method can absorb ultraviolet more effectively and then emits fluorescence with more intensity. Compared with the method of spin-coating, the surface of PVD film is more smoothly, and the process of thermal evaporation changes the crystal structure of coronene and forms another new crystalline state according to the XRD graph. While the whole process of PVD is morecomplex and it needs larger cost of production than spin-coating method. Besides, the comparison research work provided theoretical direction for preparing the photoluminescence down-conversion film under different requirements, such as fluorescence intensity, surface roughness and cost of production.

  8. Properties of p-type N-doped Cu2O thin films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Jung, Yu Sup; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2014-11-01

    We have investigated the electrical, optical, and structural properties of p-type nitrogen (N)-doped Cu2O thin films prepared at various nitrogen gas flow rates for application in heterojunction solar cells. The N-doped Cu2O thin films were fabricated by facing-target reactive sputtering. The hole concentration of the N-doped Cu2O thin films was affected by N2 gas flow rate. With increasing N2 gas flow rate from 0 to 0.5 sccm, the hole concentration and mobility of N-doped Cu2O films increased sharply. The resistivity, hole concentration, and mobility of the N-doped Cu2O films prepared at a N2 gas flow rate of 4 sccm were 1.9 Ω·cm, 2.0 × 1018 cm-3, and 3.4 cm2·V-1·s-1, respectively. The N-doped Cu2O films showed Cu2O(111) and Cu2O(200) diffraction peaks. Cu2O(200) diffraction peak intensity increased slightly with N2 gas flow rate. The Cu2O(200) peaks were stronger at a N2 gas flow rate of 4 sccm than at other gas flow rates.

  9. 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

  10. Investigation on preparation and properties of Pb(Zr 0.95Ti 0.05)O 3 thin films

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    Zeng, Hui; Wu, Ping; Dong, Daxing; Zhang, Peng

    2011-01-01

    The preparation process, micro-structure and electrical properties of Pb(Zr xTi 1-x)O 3 (PZT) thin films were investigated in this paper. The Ag/PZT( x = 0.95)/YBCO/Si thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Si was the substrate; Ag and YBCO were the top electrode and the bottom electrode respectively. The bottom electrode YBCO was deposited on the Si substrate by PLD, and PZT was epitaxially deposited on YBCO also by PLD. After rapidly annealing, the AFM, XRD and the analysis of their electrical characters showed the films had good ferroelectric and pyroelectric properties. At 50 °C, the pyroelectric coefficient ( p) was 3.5 × 10 -8 C/(cm 2 K), the remanent polarization ( P r) and the coercive field ( E c) were 43.6 μC/cm 2 and 19.3 kV/cm respectively.

  11. 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

  12. Preparation of W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} targets and scandate cathodes with film prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Zhang, Xizhu; Wang, Jinshu Liu, Wei; Tian, Tian; Zhou, Meiling

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} film containing 5% Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 95% W were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. • W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} film on scandate cathode surface improves emission property. • The film improves Sc distribution uniformity and is favorable for forming Ba–Sc–O layer. - Abstract: Sub-micrometer Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}–W powder with a narrow particle size distribution has been obtained by a sol–gel method combined with two-step hydrogen reduction process. Based on the obtained powder, the W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} targets have been sintered via spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1300 °C. The W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} targets have the average grain size of about 1 μm. Both the sintering temperature and holding time are much lower than those of the targets prepared with micrometer sized powders. The obtained W–Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} targets have a high comparative density of 96.4% and rockwell hardness of 86.4 HRC. Using the target, the scandate cathode deposited with a film containing 5% Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 95% W has been obtained by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. This cathode has good emission property, i.e., the highest thermionic emission current density reaches 43.09 A/cm{sup 2} of J{sub div} at 900 °C{sub b} after being activated for 8 h, which is much higher than that of scandate cathode without film. Scandium (Sc) supplied by the film on the surface during the activation forms a Ba–Sc–O active layer, which helps to the emission.

  13. Properties of optical thin films and coatings prepared by reactive electron-beam deposition with and without ion bombardments

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    Tsai, Rung Y.; Shiau, Sen C.; Lee, Chii H.; Ho, Fang C.; Hua, Mu-Yi

    1997-12-01

    The structural, microstructural, optical, and mechanical properties of MgF2, SiO2, and TiO2 films prepared by reactive electron-beam deposition (EBD) and reactive ion- assisted deposition (IAD) were systematically investigated using an x-ray diffractometer (XRD), a transmission electron microscope, a spectrophotometer, and a microhardness tester, respectively. A mixture gas of pure argon and pure oxygen was used as the reactant. The mean ion energy was about 90 eV for the IAD process. Results show that the preferred orientation, refractive index, and hardness of the films were strongly influenced by ion bombardments, although the variations of the phases and grain sizes were insignificant. With the fixed x- ray incident angle of 2 deg, the measured preferred orientation of polycrystalline MgF2 films deposited on unheated glass substrate by IAD was [110], which was consistent with the powder XRD pattern of MgF2, whereas that of the film deposited by EBD at a substrate temperature of 280 degrees Celsius was [111]. The refractive index and hardness of the films deposited by IAD were always higher than those of the respective films deposited by EBD at a substrate temperature of 280 degrees Celsius, which were due to the higher packing density caused by energetic ion bombardments. A 24-layer near-IR cutoff filter of alternating SiO2 and TiO2 layers prepared by IAD was more efficient on near-IR isolation and more thermally stable than that prepared by EBD. The optical thickness variation for the filter prepared by IAD over a substrate holder radius of 30 cm was less than 1%.

  14. Two kinds of composite films: Graphene oxide/carbon nanotube film and graphene oxide/activated carbon film via a self-assemble preparation process

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    Zou, Li-feng; Ma, Nan; Sun, Mei; Ji, Tian-hao

    2014-11-01

    Two kinds of free-standing composite films, including graphene oxide and activated carbon film as well as graphene oxide and carbon nanotube film, were fabricated through a simple suspension mixing and then natural deposition process. The films were characterized by various measurement techniques in detail. The results show that the composite films without any treatment almost still remain the original properties of the corresponding precursors, and exhibit loose structure, which can be easily broken in water; whereas after treated at 200 °C in air, the films become relatively more dense, and even if immersed into concentrated strong alkali or acid for five days, they still keep the film-morphologies, but regretfully, they show obvious brittleness and slight hydrophilicity. As soon as the treated films are performed in high concentrated strong alkali for about one day, their brittleness and wettability can be improved and became good flexibility and complete hydrophilicity.

  15. Preparation and structure characterization of SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial thin films grown on Cu(111) underlayers

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nukaga, Yuri; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2009-04-01

    SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial films were prepared on Cu(111) single-crystal underlayers formed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates at 500 deg. C. The nucleation and growth mechanism of (0001)-oriented SmCo{sub 5} crystal on Cu(111) underlayer is investigated and a method to control the nucleation is proposed. The SmCo{sub 5} epitaxial thin film formed directly on Cu underlayer consists of two types of domains whose orientations are rotated around the film normal by 30 deg. each other. By introducing a thin Co seed layer on the Cu underlayer, a SmCo{sub 5}(0001) single-crystal thin film is successfully obtained. Nucleation of SmCo{sub 5} crystal on Cu underlayer seems controllable by varying the interaction between the Cu underlayer and the SmCo{sub 5} layer.

  16. SBA-15 mesoporous silica free-standing thin films containing copper ions bounded via propyl phosphonate units - preparation and characterization

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    Laskowski, Lukasz; Laskowska, Magdalena; Jelonkiewicz, Jerzy; Dulski, Mateusz; Wojtyniak, Marcin; Fitta, Magdalena; Balanda, Maria

    2016-09-01

    The SBA-15 silica thin films containing copper ions anchored inside channels via propyl phosphonate groups are investigated. Such materials were prepared in the form of thin films, with hexagonally arranged pores, laying rectilinear to the substrate surface. However, in the case of our thin films, their free standing form allowed for additional research possibilities, that are not obtainable for typical thin films on a substrate. The structural properties of the samples were investigated by X-ray reflectometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The molecular structure was examined by Raman spectroscopy supported by numerical simulations. Magnetic measurements (SQUID magnetometry and EPR spectroscopy) showed weak antiferromagnetic interactions between active units inside silica channels. Consequently, the pores arrangement was determined and the process of copper ions anchoring by propyl phosphonate groups was verified in unambiguous way. Moreover, the type of interactions between magnetic atoms was determined.

  17. Preparation of Co-doped TiO2 thin films deposited by sol-gel method

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    Mahtali, M.; Boudjema, E.-H.; Boutelala, A.; Bourfaa, F.; Mahcene, F.; Hanini, F.; Bouabellou, A.

    2012-09-01

    Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films (Co: TiO2, Co: 0-2-4-6 at. %) have been prepared by sol-gel method onto glass substrate at room temperature. The obtained films have been annealed at 500°C for 2 hours. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that all Al: TiO2 films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal anatase and orthorhombic brookite types structures. The surface morphologies of the TiO2 doped with cobalt thin films were evaluated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The calculated optical band gap decreases from 3.03 to 2.96 eV with increasing Co doping.

  18. Preparation of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide precursor films by electrodeposition for fabricating high efficiency solar cells

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu N.; Hasoon, Falah S.; Wiesner, Holm; Keane, James; Noufi, Rommel; Ramanathan, Kannan

    1999-02-16

    A photovoltaic cell exhibiting an overall conversion efficiency of 13.6% is prepared from a copper-indium-gallium-diselenide precursor thin film. The film is fabricated by first simultaneously electrodepositing copper, indium, gallium, and selenium onto a glass/molybdenum substrate (12/14). The electrodeposition voltage is a high frequency AC voltage superimposed upon a DC voltage to improve the morphology and growth rate of the film. The electrodeposition is followed by physical vapor deposition to adjust the final stoichiometry of the thin film to approximately Cu(In.sub.1-n Ga.sub.x)Se.sub.2, with the ratio of Ga/(In+Ga) being approximately 0.39.

  19. Recent trends in preparation and application of carbon nanotube-graphene hybrid thin films

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    Thanh Dang, Van; Dung Nguyen, Duc; Thanh Cao, Thi; Le, Phuoc Huu; Tran, Dai Lam; Phan, Ngoc Minh; Chuc Nguyen, Van

    2016-09-01

    The combination of one-dimensional (1D) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and two-dimensional (2D) graphene materials to generate three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanotube-graphene hybrid thin films (CNGHTFs) has attracted great attention owing to their intriguing properties via the synergistic effects of these two materials on their electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties in comparison with their individual components. This review aims to provide a brief introduction of recent trends in preparation methodologies and some outstanding applications of CNGHTFs. It contains two main scientific subjects. The first of these is the research on preparation techniques of CNGHTFs, including reduction agent-assisted mechanical blending of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and CNTs, hybridization methods for layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of CNTs and rGO sheets, multi-step methods using combinations of a solution and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processing, one-step growth of CNGHTFs by the CVD method, and modified CVD methods via thermal deposition of carbon source on catalyst surfaces. The advantages and disadvantages of the preparation methods of CNGHTFs are presented and discussed in detail. The second scientific subject of the review is the research on some outstanding applications of CNGHTFs in various research fields, including transparent conductors, electron field emitters, field-effect transistors, biosensors and supercapacitors. In most cases, the CNGHTFs showed superior performances than those of the pristine GO/graphene or CNT materials. Therefore, the CNGHTFs exhibit as high-potential materials for various practical applications. Opportunites and challenges in the fields are also presented.

  20. Preparation of an oral thin film containing meclizine hydrochloride: In vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Zhao, Yuan; Quan, Peng; Fang, Liang

    2015-12-30

    Oral thin film (OTF) is a preparation of postage stamp size, with advantages of flexible, tasty and without water for oral administration. A commercial product (Zentrip®) was developed for people who suffered from motion sickness. In order to improve the mechanical strength of Zentrip®, OTF containing meclizine hydrochloride (MH) was designed and prepared using the solvent casting method. The characteristics of the prepared OTF were evaluated using micrometer, auto stripping tester, DSC, X-ray diffraction. ATR-FTIR was employed to investigate the interaction between drug and polymer. The thickness of MH OTF obtained was 0.116±0.004mm, the tensile strength was 17.37±1.54Nmm(-2) and the drug dissolution at 5min was more than 80% both in distilled water and 0.1mol/L HCL. DSC and XRD showed MH was amorphous in the polymer. ATR-FTIR indicated the MH molecules inserted into the network structure of polymer, which resulted in an inhibition of drug recrystallization. The Cmax of Zentrip® and MH OTF were 1.46±0.44μg/mL and 1.91±0.51μg/mL, and the AUC were 10.38±2.93μgh/mL and 13.74±3.23μgh/mL, respectively. Compared with Zentrip®, MH OTF successfully overcome the weakness of mechanical strength, possessed faster dissolution profile and showed bioequivalence in pharmacokinetics, deserving to a further development. PMID:26456247

  1. Recent trends in preparation and application of carbon nanotube–graphene hybrid thin films

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    Thanh Dang, Van; Dung Nguyen, Duc; Thanh Cao, Thi; Le, Phuoc Huu; Tran, Dai Lam; Phan, Ngoc Minh; Chuc Nguyen, Van

    2016-09-01

    The combination of one-dimensional (1D) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and two-dimensional (2D) graphene materials to generate three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanotube–graphene hybrid thin films (CNGHTFs) has attracted great attention owing to their intriguing properties via the synergistic effects of these two materials on their electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties in comparison with their individual components. This review aims to provide a brief introduction of recent trends in preparation methodologies and some outstanding applications of CNGHTFs. It contains two main scientific subjects. The first of these is the research on preparation techniques of CNGHTFs, including reduction agent-assisted mechanical blending of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and CNTs, hybridization methods for layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of CNTs and rGO sheets, multi-step methods using combinations of a solution and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processing, one-step growth of CNGHTFs by the CVD method, and modified CVD methods via thermal deposition of carbon source on catalyst surfaces. The advantages and disadvantages of the preparation methods of CNGHTFs are presented and discussed in detail. The second scientific subject of the review is the research on some outstanding applications of CNGHTFs in various research fields, including transparent conductors, electron field emitters, field-effect transistors, biosensors and supercapacitors. In most cases, the CNGHTFs showed superior performances than those of the pristine GO/graphene or CNT materials. Therefore, the CNGHTFs exhibit as high-potential materials for various practical applications. Opportunites and challenges in the fields are also presented.

  2. SEIRA studies of uracil adsorbed on wet-chemically prepared gold nanoparticles film on glass substrate - Effect of morphology of film

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    Kumar, Naveen; Thomas, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Kshirsagar, R. J.

    2014-08-01

    Surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) studies of uracil adsorbed on wet-chemically prepared gold nanoparticles (AuNp) immobilized on silanised glass substrate were carried out using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The deposition time dependent evolution of morphological changes in AuNp films and its influence on the SEIRA spectra of uracil were investigated. The morphological changes were examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The spectrum of uracil adsorbed on AuNp film obtained with ½ an hour deposition time showed a clear enhancement than 2 and 4 h deposition times. The small shift seen in SEIRA spectra indicates weak interaction of the molecules with AuNp film.

  3. Preparation and characterization of transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2/SiO2 thin films on polycarbonate.

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    Fateh, Razan; Dillert, Ralf; Bahnemann, Detlef

    2013-03-19

    Transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2 coatings have been widely applied to endow the surfaces self-cleaning properties. A mixed metal oxide (TiO2/SiO2) can enhance the photocatalytic performance improving the ability of surface adsorption and increasing the amount of hydroxyl surface groups. The present work introduces a systematic study concerning the effect of the SiO2 addition to TiO2 films on the wettability, the photocatalytic activity, the adhesion strength, and the mechanical stability of the films. Transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2/SiO2 thin films were used to coat the polycarbonate (PC) substrate which was precoated by an intermediate SiO2 layer. The TiO2/SiO2 thin film was prepared employing a bulk TiO2 powder (Sachtleben Hombikat UV 100) and different molar ratios of tetraethoxysilane in acidic ethanol. A dip-coating process was used to deposit the films onto the polycarbonate substrate. The films were characterized by UV/vis spectrophotometry, FTIR spectroscopy, ellipsometry, BET, AFM, XRD, and water contact angle measurements. The mechanical stability and the UV resistance were examined. The photocatalytic activity of the coated surface was calculated from the kinetic analysis of methylene blue photodegradation measurements and compared with the photocatalytic activity of Pilkington Activ sheet glass. The coated surfaces displayed considerable photocatalytic activity and superhydrophilicity after exposure to UV light. The addition of SiO2 results in an improvement of the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 film reaching the highest value at molar ratio TiO2/SiO2 equal to 1:0.9. The prepared films exhibit a good stability against UV(A) irradiation.

  4. The electrochemical preparation of FAD/ZnO with hemoglobin film-modified electrodes and their electroanalytical properties.

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    Lin, Kuo-Chiang; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2006-03-15

    Flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)-modified zinc oxide self-assembly films were prepared using repeated cyclic voltammetry. The electrochemical reaction of the hemoglobin with the FAD/ZnO self-assembly film-modified electrodes and their electrocatalytic properties were investigated. This paper describes the successful loading of the electrochemically active molecules of hemoglobin and FAD along with ZnO by electrochemical method. In addition to the cyclic voltammetry, an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance was used to study the growth mechanism and the properties of the films. The FAD/zinc oxide films exhibited a single redox couple, which corresponded to the FAD redox couple. The electrocatalytic properties of the O2, H2O2, trichloroacetic acid and SO(3)2- were studied by the FAD/zinc oxide films in the absence or in the presence of hemoglobin. The electrocatalytic reduction current had been developed from the cathodic peak of the FAD/zinc oxide redox couple. The electrocatalytic process involved an interaction of hemoglobin and FAD/GC film-modified electrode to increase the electrocatalytic reduction current. The electrocatalytic reduction of O2 using the FAD/zinc oxide films was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and rotating ring-disk electrode methods.

  5. Correlation of photothermal conversion on the photo-induced deformation of amorphous carbon nitride films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Harata, T.; Aono, M. Kitazawa, N.; Watanabe, Y.

    2014-08-04

    The photo-induced deformation of hydrogen-free amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN{sub x}) films was investigated under visible-light illumination. The films gave rise to photothermal conversion by irradiation. In this study, we investigated the effects of thermal energy generated by irradiation on the deformation of a-CN{sub x}/ultrathin substrate bimorph specimens. The films were prepared on both ultrathin Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in the presence of pure nitrogen gas. The temperature of the film on the SiO{sub 2} substrate increased as the optical band-gap of the a-CN{sub x} was decreased. For the film on Si, the temperature remained constant. The deformation degree of the films on Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates were approximately the same. Thus, the deformation of a-CN{sub x} films primarily induced by photon energy directly.

  6. Effect of copper doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Saidani, T.; Zaabat, M.; Aida, M. S.; Boudine, B.

    2015-12-01

    In the present work, we prepared undoped and copper doped ZnO thin films by the sol-gel dip coating method on glass substrates from zinc acetate dissolved in a solution of ethanol. The objective of our work is to study the effect of Cu doping with different concentrations on structural, morphological, optical properties and photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films. For this purpose, we have used XRD to study the structural properties, and AFM to determine the morphology of the surface of the ZnO thin films. The optical properties and the photocatalytic degradation of the films were examined by UV-visibles spectrophotometer. The Tauc method was used to estimate the optical band gap. The XRD spectra indicated that the films have an hexagonal wurtzite structure, which gradually deteriorated with increasing Cu concentration. The results showed that the incorporation of Cu decreases the crystallite size. The AFM study showed that an increase of the concentration of Cu causes the decrease of the surface roughness, which passes from 20.2 for Un-doped ZnO to 12.16 nm for doped ZnO 5 wt% Cu. Optical measurements have shown that all the deposited films show good optical transmittance (77%-92%) in the visible region and increases the optical gap with increasing Cu concentration. The presence of copper from 1% to 5 wt% in the ZnO thin films is found to decelerate the photocatalytic process.

  7. Effects of discharge power on the structural and optical properties of TGZO thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Gu, Jin-hua; Lu, Zhou; Zhong, Zhi-you; Long, Lu; Long, Hao

    2016-05-01

    The transparent semiconductors of Ti and Ga-incorporated ZnO (TGZO) thin films were prepared by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering onto glass substrates. The effects of discharge power on the physical properties of thin films are studied. Experimental results show that all nanocrystalline TGZO thin films possess preferential orientation along the (002) plane. The discharge power significantly affects the crystal structure and optical properties of thin films. When the discharge power is 200 W, the TGZO thin film has the optimal crystalline quality and optical properties, with the narrowest full width at half-maximum ( FWHM) of 1.76×10-3 rad, the largest average grain size of 82.4 nm and the highest average transmittance of 84.3% in the visible range. The optical gaps of thin films are estimated by the Tauc's relation and observed to increase firstly and then decrease with the increase of the discharge power. In addition, the optical parameters, including refractive index, extinction coefficient, dielectric function and dissipation factor of the thin films, are determined by optical characterization methods. The dispersion behavior of the refractive index is also analyzed using the Sellmeier's dispersion model.

  8. Preparation and characterization of the heterojunction of CuInSe2/CdS thin films prepared by stacked elemental layer technique

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    Sharma, Mahesh C.; Vashistha, Indu B.; Vijay, Y. K.

    2013-06-01

    In the present paper, we reported heterojunction of CuInSe2/CdS thin films prepared by stacking elemental layers (SEL) technique in a vacuum 2×10-5 Torr. The as-grown CuInSe2/CdS thin films have been annealed at 300 °C in air for heating time 1h for improving the interface and crystallinity of the heterojunction. As-grown and annealed heterojunction of CuInSe2/CdS thin films have been characterized for compositional, morphological and electrical properties by energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and I-V response respectively. The presence of observed and expected elements in the EDAX spectra confirms the elemental compositions in CuInSe2/CdS thin films. Surface morphology of as-grown stacked layers and annealed thin films have been confirmed by SEM images. The dark I-V characteristics show that a recombination mechanism controls the transport of charge carriers across the junction. On illumination, appreciable changes in the I-V characteristics and photovoltaic effects have been observed. The enhancement in solar energy conversion efficiency has been observed a value of about 0.68% after annealing.

  9. Solar Selective Coatings Prepared From Thin-Film Molecular Mixtures and Evaluated

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    Jaworske, Don A.

    2003-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling molecular mixing during ion-beam sputter deposition, researchers can tailor the solar selective coatings to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance and low infrared emittance. On orbit, these combined properties simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. The solar selective coatings are envisioned for use on minisatellites, for applications where solar energy is used to power heat engines or to heat remote regions in the interior of the spacecraft. Such systems may be useful for various missions, particularly those to middle Earth orbit. Sunlight must be concentrated by a factor of 100 or more to achieve the desired heat inlet operating temperature. At lower concentration factors, the temperature of the heat inlet surface of the heat engine is too low for efficient operation, and at high concentration factors, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. The an artist's concept of a heat engine, with the annular heat absorbing surface near the focus of the concentrator coated with a solar selective coating is shown. In this artist's concept, the heat absorbing surface powers a small Stirling convertor. The astronaut's gloved hand is provided for scale. Several thin-film molecular mixtures have been prepared and evaluated to date, including mixtures of aluminum and aluminum oxide, nickel and aluminum oxide, titanium and aluminum oxide, and platinum and aluminum oxide. For example, a 2400- Angstrom thick mixture of titanium and aluminum oxide was found to have a solar absorptance of 0.93 and an infrared emittance of 0.06. On the basis of tests performed under flowing nitrogen at temperatures as high as 680 C, the coating appeared to be durable at elevated temperatures. Additional durability

  10. Cu2Sb thin film electrodes prepared by pulsed laser deposition f or lithium batteries

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    Song, Seung-Wan; Reade, Ronald P.; Cairns, Elton J.; Vaughey, Jack T.; Thackeray, Michael M.; Striebel, Kathryn A.

    2003-08-01

    Thin films of Cu2Sb, prepared on stainless steel and copper substrates with a pulsed laser deposition technique at room temperature, have been evaluated as electrodes in lithium cells. The electrodes operate by a lithium insertion/copper extrusion reaction mechanism, the reversibility of which is superior when copper substrates are used, particularly when electrochemical cycling is restricted to the voltage range 0.65-1.4 V vs. Li/Li+. The superior performance of Cu2Sb films on copper is attributed to the more active participation of the extruded copper in the functioning of the electrode. The continual and extensive extrusion of copper on cycling the cells leads to the isolation of Li3Sb particles and a consequent formation of Sb. Improved cycling stability of both types of electrodes was obtained when cells were cycled between 0.65 and 1.4 V. A low-capacity lithium-ion cell with Cu2Sb and LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 electrodes, laminated from powders, shows excellent cycling stability over the voltage range 3.15 - 2.2 V, the potential difference corresponding to approximately 0.65-1.4 V for the Cu2Sb electrode vs. Li/Li+. Chemical self-discharge of lithiated Cu2Sb electrodes by reaction with the electrolyte was severe when cells were allowed to relax on open circuit after reaching a lower voltage limit of 0.1 V. The solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer formed on Cu2Sb electrodes after cells had been cycled between 1.4 and 0.65 V vs. Li/Li+ was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy; the SEI layer contributes to the large irreversible capacity loss on the initial cycle of these cells. The data contribute to a better understanding of the electrochemical behavior of intermetallic electrodes in rechargeable lithium batteries.

  11. Magnetic properties of in-plane oriented barium hexaferrite thin films prepared by direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Xiaozhi; Yue, Zhenxing Meng, Siqin; Yuan, Lixin

    2014-12-28

    In-plane c-axis oriented Ba-hexaferrite (BaM) thin films were prepared on a-plane (112{sup ¯}0) sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates by DC magnetron sputtering followed by ex-situ annealing. The DC magnetron sputtering was demonstrated to have obvious advantages over the traditionally used RF magnetron sputtering in sputtering rate and operation simplicity. The sputtering power had a remarkable influence on the Ba/Fe ratio, the hematite secondary phase, and the grain morphology of the as-prepared BaM films. Under 80 W of sputtering power, in-plane c-axis highly oriented BaM films were obtained. These films had strong magnetic anisotropy with high hysteresis loop squareness (M{sub r}/M{sub s} of 0.96) along the in-plane easy axis and low M{sub r}/M{sub s} of 0.03 along the in-plane hard axis. X-ray diffraction patterns and pole figures revealed that the oriented BaM films grew via an epitaxy-like growth process with the crystallographic relationship BaM (101{sup ¯}0)//α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(112{sup ¯}0)//Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(112{sup ¯}0)

  12. Facile preparation of ion-imprinted composite film for selective electrochemical removal of nickel(II) ions.

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    Du, Xiao; Zhang, Hao; Hao, Xiaogang; Guan, Guoqing; Abudula, Abuliti

    2014-06-25

    A facile unipolar pulse electropolymerization (UPEP) technique is successfully applied for the preparation of ion-imprinted composite film composed of ferricyanide-embedded conductive polypyrrole (FCN/PPy) for the selective electrochemical removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater. The imprinted heavy metal ions are found to be easily removed in situ from the growing film only by tactfully applying potential oscillation due to the unstable coordination of FCN to the imprinted ions. The obtained Ni(2+) ion-imprinted FCN/PPy composite film shows fast uptake/release ability for the removal of Ni(2+) ions from aqueous solution, and the adsorption equilibrium time is less than 50 s. The ion exchange capacity reaches 1.298 mmol g(-1) and retains 93.5% of its initial value even after 1000 uptake/release cycles. Separation factors of 6.3, 5.6, and 6.2 for Ni(2+)/Ca(2+), Ni(2+)/K(+), and Ni(2+)/Na(+), respectively, are obtained. These characteristics are attributed to the high identification capability of the ion-imprinted composite film for the target ions and the dual driving forces resulting from both PPy and FCN during the redox process. It is expected that the present method can be used for simple preparation of other ion-imprinted composite films for the separation and recovery of target heavy metal ions as well.

  13. Influence of the preparation conditions on the morphology of perylene thin films on Si(111) and Si(100)

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    Casu, M. B.; Yu, X.; Schmitt, S.; Heske, C.; Umbach, E.

    2008-12-28

    Thin films of perylene on Si(111) and Si(100) substrates have been investigated using a variety of experimental techniques. We find that the structural and morphological properties as well as the growth modes strongly depend on the preparation parameters. In general, we observe the existence of a relatively weak coupling between perylene and the two single crystal substrates. However, under special preparation conditions, it is possible to obtain a multilayer phase on the Si(111) substrate that is characterized by flat-lying, parallel-oriented molecules, and strong coupling with the substrate in the first layer. This phase has different structural, electronic, and intermolecular bonding properties as compared to the known crystalline phases. On Si(100), by varying the deposition rate between 0.1 and 10 nm/min, it is possible to observe a transition from island growth mode, with large and isolated crystallites, to homogeneous film growth. These findings contribute to the basic knowledge for film engineering. Thus, the film morphology could be designed ranging from the growth of very large single grains suitable for a complete nanodevice to homogenous films for application in large displays.

  14. Carboxyl-Functionalized Ionic Liquid Assisted Preparation of Flexible, Transparent, and Luminescent Chitosan Films as Vapor Luminescent Sensor.

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    Yang, Daqing; Wang, Yige; He, Liang; Li, Huanrong

    2016-08-01

    Herein we present a novel method to synthesize flexible self-standing films consisting of europium(III) complexes in nanoclay and chitosan, which are transparent and luminescent. Preparation takes place under aqueous conditions assisted by a carboxyl-functionalized ionic liquid (IL). The latter is used not only as a replacement for acetic acid to dissolve chitosan but, surprisingly, also to enhance the luminescence efficiency of the final films. A brighter luminescence is observed for the films prepared assisted with the ionic liquids compared to those by using acetic acid. The reason is that the ionic liquid used to dissolve chitosan can decrease proton strength on embedded platelets primarily through ion-exchange process and thus can increase the coordination number of europium(III) complexes. Exposure of the films to Et3N vapors can cause a further remarkable luminescence enhancement, while significant luminescence quenching occurred upon exposure to HCl vapors. The films are promising for applications in areas such as optoelectronics and vapor-sensitive luminescent sensors. PMID:27424528

  15. Preparation of Mesoporous Silica Templated Metal Nanowire Films on Foamed Nickel Substrates

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    Campbell, Roger; Kenik, Edward A; Bakker, Martin; Havrilla, George; Montoya, Velma; Shamsuzzoha, Mohammed

    2006-01-01

    A method has been developed for the formation of high surface area nanowire films on planar and three-dimensional metal electrodes. These nanowire films are formed via electrodeposition into a mesoporous silica film. The mesoporous silica films are formed by a sol-gel process using Pluronic tri-block copolymers to template mesopore formation on both planar and three-dimensional metal electrodes. Surface area increases of up to 120-fold have been observed in electrodes containing a templated film when compared to the same types of electrodes without the templated film.

  16. Preparation and characterisation of crystalline tris(acetylacetonato)Fe(III) films grown on p-Si substrate for dielectric applications

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    Dakhel, A. A.; Ali-Mohamed, A. Y.

    2007-02-01

    Thin tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III) films were prepared by sublimation in vacuum on glass and p-Si substrates. Then comprehensive studies of X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorption spectroscopy, AC-conductivity, and dielectric permittivity as a function of frequency and temperature have been performed. The prepared films show a polycrystalline of orthorhombic structure. The optical absorption spectrum of the film was identical with that of the bulk powder layer. For electrical measurements of the complex as insulator, sample in form of metal insulator semiconductor (MIS) structure was prepared and characterised by the measurement of the capacitance and AC-conductance as a function of gate voltage. From those measurements, the state density Dit at insulator/semiconductor interface and the density of the fixed charges in the complex film were determined. It was found that Dit was of order 1010 eV-1/cm2 and the surface charge density in the insulator film was of order 1010 cm-2. The frequency dependence of the electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of MIS structures were studied at room temperature. It was observed that the experimental data follow the correlated barrier-hopping (CBH) model, from which the fundamental absorption edge, the cut off hopping distance, and other parameters of the model were determined. It was found that the capacitance of the complex increases as temperature increases. Generally, the present study shows that the tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III) films grown on p-Si is a promising candidate for low-k dielectric applications, it displays low-k value around 2.0.

  17. Oriented SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Bursik, Josef; Drbohlav, Ivo; Frait, Zdenek; Knizek, Karel; Kuzel, Radomir; Kouril, Karel

    2011-11-15

    Thin films of SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SrM) were prepared from a solution of iron and strontium alkoxides through the chemical solution deposition method on both amorphous (glassy SiO{sub 2}), and single crystal substrates (Si(100), Si(111), Ag(111), Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001), MgO(111), MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(111), SrTiO{sub 3}(111)) substrates. The process of crystallization was investigated by means of powder diffraction, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Magnetization measurements, ferromagnetic and nuclear magnetic resonance were used for evaluation of anisotropy in the films. Whilst amorphous substrates enabled growth of randomly oriented SrM phase, use of single crystal substrates resulted in samples with different degree of oriented growth. The most pronounced oriented growth was observed on SrTiO{sub 3}(111). A detailed inspection revealed that growth of SrM phase starts through the breakup of initially continuous film into isolated grains with expressive shape anisotropy and hexagonal habit. A continuous film with epitaxial relations to the substrate was produced by repeating recoating and annealing. - Graphical Abstract: XRD and AFM patterns of SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} thin film epitaxially grown on SrTiO{sub 3}(111) single crystal using seeding layer templating. Highlights: > Single phase SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition. > Epitaxial growth on SrTiO{sub 3}(111) with (00l)SrM//(111)SrTiO{sub 3}, <110>SrM//<110>SrTiO{sub 3}). > Seed layer breaks into isolated single crystal islands and serves as a template. > Larger seed grains grow by consuming the grains within the bulk of recoated film.

  18. Nanostructured MgTiO3 thick films obtained by electrophoretic deposition from nanopowders prepared by solar PVD

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    Apostol, Irina; Mahajan, Amit; Monty, Claude J. A.; Venkata Saravanan, K.

    2015-12-01

    A novel combination of solar physical vapor deposition (SPVD) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) that was developed to grow MgTiO3 nanostructured thick films is presented. Obtaining nanostructured MgTiO3 thick films, which can replace bulk ceramic components, a major trend in electronic industry, is the main objective of this work. The advantage of SPVD is direct synthesis of nanopowders, while EPD is simple, fast and inexpensive technique for preparing thick films. SPVD technique was developed at CNRS-PROMES Laboratory, Odeillo-Font Romeu, France, while the EPD was performed at University of Aveiro - DeMAC/CICECO, Portugal. The nanopowders with an average crystallite size of about 30 nm prepared by SPVD were dispersed in 50 ml of acetone in basic media with addition of triethanolamine. The obtained well-dispersed and stable suspensions were used for carrying out EPD on 25 μm thick platinum foils. After deposition, films with thickness of about 22-25 μm were sintered in air for 15 min at 800, 900 and 1000 °C. The structural and microstructural characterization of the sintered thick films was carried out using XRD and SEM, respectively. The thickness of the sintered samples were about 18-20 μm, which was determined by cross-sectional SEM. Films sintered at 900 °C exhibit a dielectric constant, ɛr ∼18.3 and dielectric loss, tan δ ∼0.0012 at 1 MHz. The effects of processing techniques (SPVD and EPD) on the structure, microstructure and dielectric properties are reported in detail. The obtained results indicate that the thick films obtained in the present study can be promising for low loss materials for microwave and millimeter wave applications.

  19. Low bandgap a-Si:H film with better stability prepared by RF PECVD method using helium dilution

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    Ray, S.; Hazra, S.; Middya, A.R.; Barua, A.K.

    1994-12-31

    Low bandgap a-Si:H films have been prepared by RF PECVD method (13.56 MHz) using helium as diluent to silane gas. Helium dilution and chamber pressure play an important role to reduce optical gap at substrate temperature {approximately}210 C. This highly photosensitive low bandgap material showed less light induced degradation compared to that for normal bandgap a-Si:H material. Single junction solar cell having efficiency 7.2% (1 cm{sup 2} area) and spectral response up to 850 nm have been fabricated using 1.6 eV a-Si:H film.

  20. Preparation and structural characterization of FeCo epitaxial thin films on insulating single-crystal substrates

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    Nishiyama, Tsutomu; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2010-05-15

    FeCo epitaxial films were prepared on MgO(111), SrTiO{sub 3}(111), and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) single-crystal substrates by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The effects of insulating substrate material on the film growth process and the structures were investigated. FeCo(110){sub bcc} films grow on MgO substrates with two type domains, Nishiyama-Wassermann (NW) and Kurdjumov-Sachs (KS) relationships. On the contrary, FeCo films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates include FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystal in addition to the FeCo(110){sub bcc} crystals with NW and KS relationships. The FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystal consists of two type domains whose orientations are rotated around the film normal by 180 deg. each other. The out-of-plane and the in-plane lattice spacings of FeCo(110){sub bcc} and FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystals formed on the insulating substrates are in agreement with those of the bulk Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} (at. %) crystal with small errors ranging between +0.2% and +0.4%, showing that the strains in the epitaxial films are very small.

  1. Improved oxygen diffusion barrier properties of ruthenium-titanium nitride thin films prepared by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Jeong, Seong-Jun; Kim, Doo-In; Kim, Sang Ouk; Han, Tae Hee; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Park, Jin-Seong; Kwon, Se-Hun

    2011-01-01

    Ru-TiN thin films were prepared from bis(ethylcyclopentadienyl)ruthenium and tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The Ru and TiN were deposited sequentially to intermix TiN with Ru. The composition of Ru-TiN films was controlled precisely by changing the number of deposition cycles allocated to Ru, while fixing the number of deposition cycles allocated to TiN. Although both Ru and TiN thin films have a polycrystalline structure, the microstructure of the Ru-TiN films changed from a TiN-like polycrystalline structure to a nanocrystalline on increasing the Ru intermixing ratio. Moreover, the electrical resistivity of the Ru0.67-TiN0.33 thin films is sufficiently low at 190 microomega x cm and was maintained even after O2 annealing at 750 degrees C. Therefore, Ru-TiN thin films can be utilized as a oxygen diffusion barrier material for future dynamic (DRAM) and ferroelectric (FeRAM) random access memory capacitors.

  2. Effect of Oxidation Condition on Growth of N: ZnO Prepared by Oxidizing Sputtering Zn-N Film

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    Qin, Xuesi; Li, Guojian; Xiao, Lin; Chen, Guozhen; Wang, Kai; Wang, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (N: ZnO) films have been prepared by oxidizing reactive RF magnetron-sputtering zinc nitride (Zn-N) films. The effect of oxidation temperature and oxidation time on the growth, transmittance, and electrical properties of the film has been explored. The results show that both long oxidation time and high oxidation temperature can obtain the film with a good transmittance (over 80 % for visible and infrared light) and a high carrier concentration. The N: ZnO film exhibits a special growth model with the oxidation time and is first to form a N: ZnO particle on the surface, then to become a N: ZnO layer, and followed by the inside Zn-N segregating to the surface to oxidize N: ZnO. The surface particle oxidized more adequately than the inside. However, the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show that the lower N concentration results in the lower N substitution in the O lattice (No). This leads to the formation of n-type N: ZnO and the decrease of carrier concentration. Thus, this method can be used to tune the microstructure, optical transmittance, and electrical properties of the N: ZnO film.

  3. Advanced Fabrication Method for the Preparation of MOF Thin Films: Liquid-Phase Epitaxy Approach Meets Spin Coating Method.

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    Chernikova, Valeriya; Shekhah, Osama; Eddaoudi, Mohamed

    2016-08-10

    Here, we report a new and advanced method for the fabrication of highly oriented/polycrystalline metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films. Building on the attractive features of the liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) approach, a facile spin coating method was implemented to generate MOF thin films in a high-throughput fashion. Advantageously, this approach offers a great prospective to cost-effectively construct thin-films with a significantly shortened preparation time and a lessened chemicals and solvents consumption, as compared to the conventional LPE-process. Certainly, this new spin-coating approach has been implemented successfully to construct various MOF thin films, ranging in thickness from a few micrometers down to the nanometer scale, spanning 2-D and 3-D benchmark MOF materials including Cu2(bdc)2·xH2O, Zn2(bdc)2·xH2O, HKUST-1, and ZIF-8. This method was appraised and proved effective on a variety of substrates comprising functionalized gold, silicon, glass, porous stainless steel, and aluminum oxide. The facile, high-throughput and cost-effective nature of this approach, coupled with the successful thin film growth and substrate versatility, represents the next generation of methods for MOF thin film fabrication. Therefore, paving the way for these unique MOF materials to address a wide range of challenges in the areas of sensing devices and membrane technology. PMID:27415640

  4. Metal–insulator transition of valence-controlled VO2 thin film prepared by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radical

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    Suetsugu, Takaaki; Shimazu, Yuichi; Tsuchiya, Takashi; Kobayashi, Masaki; Minohara, Makoto; Sakai, Enju; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Higuchi, Tohru

    2016-06-01

    We have prepared b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radicals as the reactive gas. The VO2 thin films consist of a mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state formed by oxygen vacancies. The V3+ ratio strongly depends on the film thickness and the oxygen partial pressure of the radical gun during deposition. The lattice constant of the b-axis increases and the metal–insulator transition (MIT) temperature decreases with decreasing V3+ ratio, although the VO2 thin films with a high V3+ ratio of 42% do not exhibit MIT. The bandwidths and spectral weights of V 3d a1g and \\text{e}\\text{g}σ bands at around the Fermi level, which correspond to the insulating phase at 300 K, are smaller in the VO2 thin films with a low V3+ ratio. These results indicate that the control of the mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state is important for the MIT of b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films.

  5. Vanadium dioxide thin films prepared on silicon by low temperature MBE growth and ex-situ annealing

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    Homm, Pia; van Bilzen, Bart; Menghini, Mariela; Locquet, Jean-Pierre; Ivanova, Todora; Sanchez, Luis; Sanchis, Pablo

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a material that shows an insulator to metal transition (IMT) near room temperature. This property can be exploited for applications in field effect devices, electro-optical switches and nonlinear circuit components. We have prepared VO2 thin films on silicon wafers by combining a low temperature MBE growth with an ex-situ annealing at high temperature. We investigated the structural, electrical and optical characteristics of films with thicknesses ranging from 10 to 100 nm. We have also studied the influence of the substrate cleaning. The films grown with our method are polycrystalline with a preferred orientation in the (011) direction of the monoclinic phase. For the films produced on silicon with a native oxide, an IMT at around 75 °C is observed. The magnitude of the resistance change across the IMT decreases with thickness while the refractive index at room temperature corresponds with values reported in the literature for thin films. The successful growth of VO2 films on silicon with good electrical and optical properties is an important step towards the integration of VO2 in novel devices. The authors acknowledge financial support from the FWO project G052010N10 and EU-FP7 SITOGA project. PH acknowledges support from Becas Chile - CONICYT.

  6. Effect of Oxidation Condition on Growth of N: ZnO Prepared by Oxidizing Sputtering Zn-N Film.

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    Qin, Xuesi; Li, Guojian; Xiao, Lin; Chen, Guozhen; Wang, Kai; Wang, Qiang

    2016-12-01

    Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (N: ZnO) films have been prepared by oxidizing reactive RF magnetron-sputtering zinc nitride (Zn-N) films. The effect of oxidation temperature and oxidation time on the growth, transmittance, and electrical properties of the film has been explored. The results show that both long oxidation time and high oxidation temperature can obtain the film with a good transmittance (over 80 % for visible and infrared light) and a high carrier concentration. The N: ZnO film exhibits a special growth model with the oxidation time and is first to form a N: ZnO particle on the surface, then to become a N: ZnO layer, and followed by the inside Zn-N segregating to the surface to oxidize N: ZnO. The surface particle oxidized more adequately than the inside. However, the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show that the lower N concentration results in the lower N substitution in the O lattice (No). This leads to the formation of n-type N: ZnO and the decrease of carrier concentration. Thus, this method can be used to tune the microstructure, optical transmittance, and electrical properties of the N: ZnO film.

  7. Indium droplet formation in InGaN thin films with single and double heterojunctions prepared by MOCVD

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    Chen, Yung-Sheng; Liao, Che-Hao; Kuo, Chie-Tong; Tsiang, Raymond Chien-Chao; Wang, Hsiang-Chen

    2014-07-01

    Indium gallium nitride (InGaN) samples with single heterojunction (SH) and double heterojunction (DH) were prepared using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. SH has a layer of InGaN thin film (thicknesses, 25, 50, 100, and 200 nm) grown on an uGaN film (thickness, 2 μm). The DH samples are distinguished by DH uGaN film (thickness, 120 nm) grown on the InGaN layer. Reciprocal space mapping measurements reveal that the DH samples are fully strained with different thicknesses, whereas the strain in the SH samples are significantly relaxed with the increasing thickness of the InGaN film. Scanning electron microscopy results show that the surface roughness of the sample increases when the sample is relaxed. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images of the structure of indium droplets in the DH sample indicate that the thickness of the InGaN layer decreases with the density of indium droplets. The formation of these droplets is attributed to the insufficient kinetic energy of indium atom to react with the elements of group V, resulting to aggregation. The gallium atoms in the GaN thin film will not be uniformly replaced by indium atoms; the InGaN thin film has an uneven distribution of indium atoms and the quality of the epitaxial layer is degraded.

  8. Metal-insulator transition of valence-controlled VO2 thin film prepared by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radical

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    Suetsugu, Takaaki; Shimazu, Yuichi; Tsuchiya, Takashi; Kobayashi, Masaki; Minohara, Makoto; Sakai, Enju; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Higuchi, Tohru

    2016-06-01

    We have prepared b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radicals as the reactive gas. The VO2 thin films consist of a mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state formed by oxygen vacancies. The V3+ ratio strongly depends on the film thickness and the oxygen partial pressure of the radical gun during deposition. The lattice constant of the b-axis increases and the metal-insulator transition (MIT) temperature decreases with decreasing V3+ ratio, although the VO2 thin films with a high V3+ ratio of 42% do not exhibit MIT. The bandwidths and spectral weights of V 3d a1g and \\text{e}\\text{g}σ bands at around the Fermi level, which correspond to the insulating phase at 300 K, are smaller in the VO2 thin films with a low V3+ ratio. These results indicate that the control of the mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state is important for the MIT of b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films.

  9. Preparation and properties of evaporated CdTe films: Final subcontract report, 16 February 1985-31 March 1987

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    Bube, R H; Fahrenbruch, A L; Chien, K F

    1987-07-01

    Previous work on evaporated CdTe films for photovoltaics showed no clear path to successful p-type doping of CdTe during deposition. Post-deposition annealing of the films in various ambients thus was examined as a means of doping. Anneals were done in Te, Cd, P, and As vapors and in vacuum, air and Ar, all of which showed large effects on series resistance and diode parameters. With As, series resistance values of In/p-CdTe/graphite structures decreased markedly. This decrease was due to a decrease in grain boundary and/or back contact barrier height, and thus was due to large increases in mobility; the carrier density was not altered substantially. Although the series-resistance decreases were substantial, the diode characteristics became worse. The decreases were not observed when CdS/CdTe cells were fabricated on Te vapor-annealed films. Preparation of ZnO films by reactive evaporation yielded promising results. Deposition of p-ZnTe films by hot-wall vapor evaporation, using conventional techniques, yielded acceptable films without intentional doping.

  10. Structure and characteristics of C3N4 thin films prepared by rf plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Dawei, Wu; Dejun, Fu; Huaixi, Guo; Zhihong, Zhang; Xianquan, Meng; Xiangjun, Fan

    1997-08-01

    C3N4 films were prepared on Si(111) by rf plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition using Si3N4/TiN and Si3N4/ZrN as transition layers. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron diffraction revealed that the films deposited have a polycrystalline structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the presence of sp3 and sp2 hybridized C atoms tetrahedrally and hexagonally bonded with N atoms, respectively. The nitrogen concentration was calculated from the XPS spectra. Graphite-free C3N4 films were obtained under optimal conditions. The Vickers hardness of the C3N4 films falls in the range of 2950-5100 kgf/mm2. The C3N4 films exhibit high resistance against acid and electrochemical etching. Thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis showed that the films are thermally stable at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1200 °C.

  11. Nickel nanoparticles with hcp structure: Preparation, deposition as thin films and application as electrochemical sensor.

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    Neiva, Eduardo G C; Oliveira, Marcela M; Marcolino, Luiz H; Zarbin, Aldo J G

    2016-04-15

    Hexagonal close packed (hcp) nickel nanoparticles stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were synthesized through the thermal treatment of face centered cubic (fcc) nickel nanoparticles. Controlling both the temperature of the heat treatment and the amount of PVP was possible the control of the hcp/fcc rate in the samples, where the higher Ni/PVP ratio produces only the hcp-nickel phase (average size of 8.9 nm) highly stable in air. The crystalline structure, the presence of PVP, the size of the nanoparticles and the stability of the hcp-nickel were confirmed using X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Thin films of hcp and fcc nickel nanoparticles were prepared through a biphasic system and deposited over indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) substrates, which were electrochemically characterized and applied as glycerol amperometric sensors in NaOH medium. Parameters as the number of cycles applied and the scan rate were evaluated and indicate that hcp nickel nanoparticles are more reactive to form Ni(OH)2 and lead to more electroactive Ni(OH)2 structure. The hcp nickel nanoparticles-modified electrode showed the best sensitivity (0.258 μA L μmol(-1)) and detection limit (2.4 μmol L(-1)) toward glycerol. PMID:26821149

  12. Preparation of inorganic-organic hybrid titania sol-gel nanocomposite films, and their dielectric properties

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    Kim, Hoon; Pramanik, Nimai Chand; Yeop Ahn, Bok; Seok, Sang Il

    2006-06-01

    Hybrid titania materials were prepared by a process involving the phase separation of TiO2 by hydrolysis and polycondensation from hybrids between titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and 3-(methacryloyloxy)propyl trimethoxysilane (MPTS) with excess acidic water at an elevated temperature (80 °C). The formation of TiO2 nanoparticles within the hybrid materials was studied as a function of the ageing time as well as the Ti/Si molar ratio. The crystalline phases of the TiO2 nanoparticles formed in situ within the inorganic-organic hybrid matrix were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared studies. The microstructures and the morphologies of thick films of the hybrid materials were studied using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, which showed the existence of nanocrystalline TiO2 within the crack-free hybrid matrix. The dielectric constants of the composites were found to be in the range 5.0-7.1, depending on the measuring frequency and the composite composition.

  13. Utilization of thin film method for preparation of celecoxib loaded liposomes

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    Moghimipour, Eskandar; Handali, Somayeh

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Celecoxib is nonsteroiddal anti-inflammatory drug that has been used extensively to treat patients with arthritis. The aim of the present study was to formulate and characterize liposomal vesicles loaded with celecoxib. Methods: Liposomes were prepared by thin film method using soya lecithin and cholesterol. The release of drug was determined using a dialysis membrane method. Liposomes were characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetery (DSC), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and their particle size was also determined. Results: The results showed that the drug encapsulation efficiency was 67.34% and there was 67.16% release after 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 24 h. Results of particle size determination showed a mean size of 677nm and nanoparticles were spherical as shown by TEM. The DSC curve of lecithin, cholesterol and celecoxib were different from celecoxib containing liposome. Conclusion: The results of characterization of the vesicles indicated the potential application of celecoxib loaded liposome as carrier system. PMID:24312776

  14. Some physical properties of CdO:F thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Bagheri Khatibani, A.; Hallaj, Z. A.; Rozati, S. M.

    2015-12-01

    Different attractions of cadmium oxide in the field of materials science especially in semiconductor science and engineering encouraged us to study its physical properties. The preparation of a transparent conducting cadmium oxide doped with various concentration of fluorine (0%, 3%, 6%) in the spray solution on a glass substrate by spray pyrolysis is reported. The structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Hall effect and UV-visible spectrophotometry. Different optical quantities such as optical band gap, refractive index, extinction coefficient, Urbach energy, oscillator energy, dispersion energy and nonlinear optical susceptibility were determined. The XRD, SEM, Hall effect and AFM showed the doping concentration effects on CdO thin-films properties. Observations such as the decrease of the sheet resistance to 9.20 (Ω/Box), the mobility increase up to 29.3(cm2/V·s), the transmittance up to 84% and the increase of the band gap up to 2.76(eV) state the sample CdO:F 3% is the best candidate for transparent and conducting oxide application.

  15. Exchange bias of MnPt/CoFe films prepared by ion beam deposition

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    Rickart, M.; Freitas, P. P.; Trindade, I. G.; Barradas, N. P.; Alves, E.; Salgueiro, M.; Muga, N.; Ventura, J.; Sousa, J. B.; Proudfoot, G.; Pearson, D.; Davis, M.

    2004-06-01

    We report on exchange bias of Mn100-xPtx/Co90Fe10 bottom-pinned bilayers prepared by ion beam deposition. The Pt content in the film was varied 6 at. % with x between 46 and 52 at. % by changing the angle of substrate relative to the target in a range of 40°. Exchange coupling for a Mn100-xPtx(20 nm)/Co90Fe10(5 nm) bilayer was found to be maximum (Jex=0.34 erg/cm2) at a composition with x=50 at. %. Structure and magnetic properties of the bilayers deposited on Ta, Ta/Ru, and Ta/Ni81Fe19 seed layers were studied by vibrating sample magnetometry, x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Exchange bias and coercive field can be tuned as functions of the seed layer. The effect of different annealing conditions on exchange bias is discussed to improve thermal stability of the bilayers. Maximum exchange coupling is obtained at an annealing temperature TA⩾280 °C, while the blocking temperature TB keeps increasing with annealing up to TA=420 °C.

  16. High performance polymer solar cells with as-prepared zirconium acetylacetonate film as cathode buffer layer.

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    Tan, Zhan'ao; Li, Shusheng; Wang, Fuzhi; Qian, Deping; Lin, Jun; Hou, Jianhui; Li, Yongfang

    2014-01-01

    Low-work-function active metals are commonly used as cathode in polymer solar cells (PSCs), but sensitivity of the active metals towards moisture and oxygen results in poor stability of the devices. Therefore, solution-proceessable and stable cathode buffer layer is of great importance for the application of PSCs. Here we demonstrate high performance PSCs by employing as-prepared zirconium acetylacetonate (a-ZrAcac) film spin-cast from its ethanol solution as cathode buffer layer. The PSCs based on a low bandgap polymer PBDTBDD as donor and PC60BM as acceptor with a-ZrAcac/Al cathode demonstrated an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.75% which is significantly improved than that of the devices with traditional Ca/Al cathode. The improved photovoltaic performance is benefitted from the decreased series resistance and enhanced light harvest of the PSCs with the a-ZrAcac/Al cathode. The results indicate that a-ZrAcac is a promising high performance cathode buffer layer for fabricating large area flexible PSCs. PMID:24732976

  17. Electrochemical Evaluation of Thin-Film Li-Si Anodes Prepared by Plasma Spraying

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    GUIDOTTI,RONALD A.; REINHARDT,FREDERICK W.; SCHARRER,GREGORY L.

    1999-09-08

    Thin-film electrodes of a plasma-sprayed Li-Si alloy were evaluated for use as anodes in high-temperature thermally activated (thermal) batteries. These anodes were prepared using 44% Li/56% Si (w/w) material as feed material in a special plasma-spray apparatus under helium or hydrogen, to protect this air- and moisture-sensitive material during deposition. Anodes were tested in single cells using conventional pressed-powder separators and lithiated pyrite cathodes at temperatures of 400 to 550 C at several different current densities. A limited number of 5-cell battery tests were also conducted. The data for the plasma-sprayed anodes was compared to that for conventional pressed-powder anodes. The performance of the plasma-sprayed anodes was inferior to that of conventional pressed-powder anodes, in that the cell emfs were lower (due to the lack of formation of the desired alloy phases) and the small porosity of these materials severely limited their rate capability. Consequently, plasma-sprayed Li-Si anodes would not be practical for use in thermal batteries.

  18. Bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates: Facile single source precursors for the preparation of bismuth sulfide nanorods and bismuth phosphate thin films

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    Biswal, Jasmine B.; Garje, Shivram S.; Nuwad, Jitendra; Pillai, C.G.S.

    2013-08-15

    Two different phase pure materials (Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) have been prepared under different conditions using the same single source precursors. Solvothermal decomposition of the complexes, Bi(S{sub 2}P(OR){sub 2}){sub 3} [where, R=Methyl (Me) (1), Ethyl (Et) (2), n-Propyl (Pr{sup n}) (3) and iso-Propyl (Pr{sup i}) (4)] in ethylene glycol gave orthorhombic bismuth sulfide nanorods, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of the same precursors deposited monoclinic bismuth tetraphosphate (Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) thin films on glass substrates. Surface study of the thin films using SEM illustrated the formation of variety of nanoscale morphologies (spherical-, wire-, pendent-, doughnut- and flower-like) at different temperatures. AFM studies were carried out to evaluate quality of the films in terms of uniformity and roughness. Thin films of average roughness as low as 1.4 nm were deposited using these precursors. Photoluminescence studies of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films were also carried out. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal decomposition of bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates in ethylene glycol gave Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanoparticles, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition of these single source precursors deposited Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of phase pure orthorhombic Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and monoclinic Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Use of single source precursors for deposition of bismuth phosphate thin films. • Use of solvothermal decomposition and AACVD methods. • Morphology controlled synthesis of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films using same single source precursors.

  19. Electrochromic and colorimetric properties of nickel(II) oxide thin films prepared by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition.

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    Sialvi, Muhammad Z; Mortimer, Roger J; Wilcox, Geoffrey D; Teridi, Asri Mat; Varley, Thomas S; Wijayantha, K G Upul; Kirk, Caroline A

    2013-06-26

    Aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) was used for the first time in the preparation of thin-film electrochromic nickel(II) oxide (NiO). The as-deposited films were cubic NiO, with an octahedral-like grain structure, and an optical band gap that decreased from 3.61 to 3.48 eV on increase in film thickness (in the range 500-1000 nm). On oxidative voltammetric cycling in aqueous KOH (0.1 mol dm(-3)) electrolyte, the morphology gradually changed to an open porous NiO structure. The electrochromic properties of the films were investigated as a function of film thickness, following 50, 100, and 500 conditioning oxidative voltammetric cycles in aqueous KOH (0.1 mol dm(-3)). Light modulation of the films increased with the number of conditioning cycles. The maximum coloration efficiency (CE) for the NiO (transmissive light green, the "bleached" state) to NiOOH (deep brown, the colored state) electrochromic process was found to be 56.3 cm(2) C(-1) (at 450 nm) for films prepared by AACVD for 15 min followed by 100 "bleached"-to-colored conditioning oxidative voltammetric cycles. Electrochromic response times were <10 s and generally longer for the coloration than the bleaching process. The films showed good stability when tested for up to 10 000 color/bleach cycles. Using the CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage) system of colorimetry the color stimuli of the electrochromic NiO films and the changes that take place on reversibly oxidatively switching to the NiOOH form were calculated from in situ visible spectra recorded under electrochemical control. Reversible changes in the hue and saturation occur on oxidation of the NiO (transmissive light green) form to the NiOOH (deep brown) form, as shown by the track of the CIE 1931 xy chromaticity coordinates. As the NiO film is oxidized, a sharp decrease in luminance was observed. CIELAB L*a*b* coordinates were also used to quantify the electrochromic color states. A combination of a low L* and positive a

  20. Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method of forming vanadium oxide films and vanadium oxide thin-films prepared thereby

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    Zhang, Ji-Guang; Tracy, C. Edwin; Benson, David K.; Turner, John A.; Liu, Ping

    2000-01-01

    A method is disclosed of forming a vanadium oxide film on a substrate utilizing plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The method includes positioning a substrate within a plasma reaction chamber and then forming a precursor gas comprised of a vanadium-containing chloride gas in an inert carrier gas. This precursor gas is then mixed with selected amounts of hydrogen and oxygen and directed into the reaction chamber. The amounts of precursor gas, oxygen and hydrogen are selected to optimize the final properties of the vanadium oxide film An rf plasma is generated within the reaction chamber to chemically react the precursor gas with the hydrogen and the oxygen to cause deposition of a vanadium oxide film on the substrate while the chamber deposition pressure is maintained at about one torr or less. Finally, the byproduct gases are removed from the plasma reaction chamber.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of biodegradable films prepared from Schiff bases of zein.

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    Soliman, E A; Khalil, A A; Deraz, S F; El-Fawal, G; Elrahman, S Abd

    2014-10-01

    Pure zein is known to be very hydrophobic, but is still inappropriate for coating and film applications because of their brittle nature. In an attempt to improve the flexibility and the antimicrobial activity of these coatings and films, Chemical modification of zein through forming Schiff bases with different phenolic aldhydes was tried. Influence of this modifications on mechanical, topographical, wetting properties and antimicrobial activity of zein films were evaluated. The chemical structure of the Schiff bases films were characterized by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The results indicate an improvement in mechanical properties with chemically modification of zein to form Schiff bases leading to a reduction in the elastic modulus. An increase in the elongation at break has been observed, but with slight influence on tensile strength. Plasticized zein films have similar initial contact angle (∼40°). An increase in reaction temperature and time increases film's affinity towards water. As shown by contact angle measurements, a noticeable relation was found between film composition and the hydrophilicity. Surface topography also varied by forming Schiff bases, becoming rougher than zein-based films. The antibacterial activities of zein and Schiff bases of zein-based films were investigated against gram-positive bacteria (Listeria innocua, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus and Clostridium sporogenes) and gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Salmonella enterica). It was found that the antibacterial activity of the Schiff bases-based films was more effective than that of zein-based films. PMID:25328181

  2. A study on the preparation of diamond like carbon film and its electrodes

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    Wu, Shen-jiang; Li, Dang-juan; Xu, Junqi

    2016-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have attracted much attention because of their excellent performance; however, the low anti-laser damage ability of such films seriously restricts their applicability. To overcome this problem, applying the bias field to the DLC film could slow down the DLC film graphitization process and improve the LIDT of the DLC film. Results showed that the longitudinal electric field could decrease the sp3 hybridization to sp2 hybridization, prevent the formation of sp2 clusters. in this study, Unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS) was used to deposit a diamond-like carbon (DLC) film on Si substrates. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the DLC films were measured using elliptical polarization spectrometer. The transmittance and the surface roughness of DLC films were examined using optical microscopy, SEM, AFM and Raman spectroscopy. Ti electrodes were deposited on DLC films directly, forming a transverse and longitudinal bias field on films' surfaces. The 3D electrodes morphology of the DLC film was observed. The electrode thickness was measured by a white-light interferometer, and the average thickness of the electrodes was 325.90 nm. The surface roughness of the electrodes was tested using the Talysurf CCI 2000 noncontact surface-measuring instrument, and the average roughness of the electrodes was 0.50 nm. The electrodes have good Ohmic contact and little thermal stress, and it can be used to form a parallel electric field.

  3. Preparation and characterization of electropolymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin films with different dopant anions

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    Deguchi, Toshiaki; Tomeoku, Hiroya; Takashiri, Masayuki

    2016-06-01

    We investigated the structural and thermoelectric properties poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films with several dopants (counter ions, ClO4, PF6, and BF4), synthesised by electropolymerization. We first performed cyclic voltammetry analysis to determine the optimum synthesis conditions of the PEDOT thin films. We found that the surface morphology of the PEDOT thin films was dependent on the type of the dopant. The PF6-doped PEDOT (PEDOT:PF6) thin films showed a dense structure, and the PEDOT:ClO4 thin films showed a highly porous microstructure. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy showed that all the PEDOT thin films showed similar chemical structures and the p-type state. Regarding their thermoelectric properties, the electrical conductivity of the all the doped PEDOT thin films increased as the dopant concentration increased, with the PEDOT:PF6 thin films showing the highest value. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient of the PEDOT thin films with all the dopants decreased as the dopant concentration increased, with the PEDOT:BF4 thin films achieving the highest value. As a result, the PEDOT:BF4 thin films exhibited the highest power factor of 0.75 µW/(m·K2) at a dopant concentration of 1.0 M. We think that the PEDOT microstructure produced using the different types of dopant may affect the thermoelectric properties.

  4. Preparation and characterization of copper telluride thin films by modified chemical bath deposition (M-CBD) method

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    Pathan, H. M.; Lokhande, C. D.; Amalnerkar, D. P.; Seth, T.

    2003-09-01

    Copper telluride thin films were deposited using modified chemical method using copper(II) sulphate; pentahydrate [CuSO 4·5H 2O] and sodium tellurite [Na 2TeO 3] as cationic and anionic sources, respectively. Modified chemical method is based on the immersion of the substrate into separately placed cationic and anionic precursors. The preparative conditions such as concentration, pH, immersion time, immersion cycles, etc. were optimized to get good quality copper telluride thin films at room temperature. The films have been characterized for structural, compositional, optical and electrical transport properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), Rutherford back scattering (RBS), optical absorption/transmission, electrical resistivity and thermoemf measurement techniques.

  5. Substrate bias effect on preparation of nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin films in helicon wave plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Yu, Wei; Lu, Wanbing; Wang, Chunsheng; Ding, Wenge; Fu, Guangsheng

    2006-01-01

    Silicon carbide thin films are prepared by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HW-PECVD) using a gas mixture of silane, methane, and hydrogen at a constant gas flow ratio under varying negative DC bias voltage. The structural and optical properties of the deposited films are investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) transmission spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that by applying the moderate bias on the substrates to accelerate the energetic ions, nanocrystalline silicon carbide can be deposited at lower onset temperature than without bias, and the crystalline grain size of the films is smaller and more uniform. The mechanism about the enhancing effect of the bias is discussed on the performance of positive ions in the plasma.

  6. Nanostructured TiO2 films for dye-sensitized solar cells prepared by the sol-gel method.

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    Jin, Young Sam; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Park, Sang Joon; Yoon, Hyon Hee; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2011-12-01

    TiO2 films were prepared on glass substrates using the sol-gel process for a dye-sensitized solar cell application. The TiO2 sol was prepared using hydrolysis/polycondensation. Titanium (IV) Tetra Isopropoxide (TTIP) was used as precursor and Nitric acid (HNO3) was used as a catalyst for the peptization. The crystal structure and morphology of the prepared materials were characterized by XRD, and an SEM. The observations confirmed the nanocrystalline nature of the TiO2. The reaction parameters, such as the catalyst concentrations, the calcination time, and the calcination temperature were varied during the synthesis in order to achieve nanosize TiO2 particles. The prepared TiO2 particles were coated onto FTO glass using a screen printing technique. The prepared TiO2 films were characterized by UV-vis. The TiO2 particles calcinated at low temperatures showed an anatase phase they grew into a rutile phase when the calcination temperature increased. The size and structure of the TiO2 particles were adjusted to specific surface areas. It was found that the conversion efficiency of the DSSC was highly affected by the properties of the TiO2 particles. PMID:22409037

  7. Nanostructured TiO2 films for dye-sensitized solar cells prepared by the sol-gel method.

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    Jin, Young Sam; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Park, Sang Joon; Yoon, Hyon Hee; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2011-12-01

    TiO2 films were prepared on glass substrates using the sol-gel process for a dye-sensitized solar cell application. The TiO2 sol was prepared using hydrolysis/polycondensation. Titanium (IV) Tetra Isopropoxide (TTIP) was used as precursor and Nitric acid (HNO3) was used as a catalyst for the peptization. The crystal structure and morphology of the prepared materials were characterized by XRD, and an SEM. The observations confirmed the nanocrystalline nature of the TiO2. The reaction parameters, such as the catalyst concentrations, the calcination time, and the calcination temperature were varied during the synthesis in order to achieve nanosize TiO2 particles. The prepared TiO2 particles were coated onto FTO glass using a screen printing technique. The prepared TiO2 films were characterized by UV-vis. The TiO2 particles calcinated at low temperatures showed an anatase phase they grew into a rutile phase when the calcination temperature increased. The size and structure of the TiO2 particles were adjusted to specific surface areas. It was found that the conversion efficiency of the DSSC was highly affected by the properties of the TiO2 particles.

  8. Preparation and properties of self-reinforced cellulose composite films from Agave microfibrils using an ionic liquid.

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    Reddy, K Obi; Zhang, Jinming; Zhang, Jun; Rajulu, A Varada

    2014-12-19

    The applications of natural fibers and their microfibrils are increasing rapidly due to their environment benefits, specific strength properties and renewability. In the present work, we successfully extracted cellulose microfibrils from Agave natural fibers by chemical method. The extracted microfibrils were characterized by chemical analysis. The cellulose microfibrils were found to dissolve in an ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl) to larger extent along with little quantity of undissolved microfibrils. Using this solution, the self-reinforced regenerated cellulose composite films were prepared. The raw fiber, extracted cellulose microfibrils and regenerated cellulose composite films were characterized by FTIR, (13)C CP-MAS NMR, XRD, TGA and SEM techniques. The average tensile strength, modulus and elongation at break of the self-reinforced cellulose composite films were found to be 135 MPa, 8150 MPa and 3.2%, respectively. The high values of tensile strength and modulus were attributed to the self-reinforcement of Agave fibers in their generated matrix. These self-reinforced cellulose biodegradable composite films prepared from renewable source can find applications in packaging field.

  9. Preparation and properties of self-reinforced cellulose composite films from Agave microfibrils using an ionic liquid.

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    Reddy, K Obi; Zhang, Jinming; Zhang, Jun; Rajulu, A Varada

    2014-12-19

    The applications of natural fibers and their microfibrils are increasing rapidly due to their environment benefits, specific strength properties and renewability. In the present work, we successfully extracted cellulose microfibrils from Agave natural fibers by chemical method. The extracted microfibrils were characterized by chemical analysis. The cellulose microfibrils were found to dissolve in an ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl) to larger extent along with little quantity of undissolved microfibrils. Using this solution, the self-reinforced regenerated cellulose composite films were prepared. The raw fiber, extracted cellulose microfibrils and regenerated cellulose composite films were characterized by FTIR, (13)C CP-MAS NMR, XRD, TGA and SEM techniques. The average tensile strength, modulus and elongation at break of the self-reinforced cellulose composite films were found to be 135 MPa, 8150 MPa and 3.2%, respectively. The high values of tensile strength and modulus were attributed to the self-reinforcement of Agave fibers in their generated matrix. These self-reinforced cellulose biodegradable composite films prepared from renewable source can find applications in packaging field. PMID:25263924

  10. Preparation of Copper Iodide (CuI) Thin Film by In-Situ Spraying and Its Properties

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    Rahmi, G. H.; Pratiwi, P.; Nuryadi, B. W.; Aimon, A. H.; Winata, T.; Iskandar, F.

    2016-08-01

    Perovskite based solar cells have attracted interest as low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells due to their great performance, with efficiency up to 20.1%. One type of hole transport material (HTM) used in perovskite based solar cells is copper iodide (CuI) thin film. CuI is inexpensive and has high mobility compared to other HTMs commonly used in perovskite based solar cells. However, diisopropylsulfide solvent, which is used to dissolve CuI in the preparation process, is a malodorous and toxic compound. Therefore, the objective of this research was to develop a synthesis method for CuI thin film with in-situ spraying, a low- cost, safe and easy fabrication method. As precursor solution, CuSO45H2O was dissolved in ammonia and KI aqueous solution. The precursor solution was then sprayed directly onto a glass substrate with appropriate temperature to form CuI film. The prepared thin films were characterized by X-ray diffractometer, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope and four-point probes to study their properties.

  11. Comparative Study of Cu Films Prepared by DC, High-Power Pulsed and Burst Magnetron Sputtering

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Oskirko, V. O.; Semenov, V. A.; Oskomov, K. V.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    A comparative study of deposition rate, adhesion, structural and electrical properties of nanocrystalline copper thin films deposited using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and different regimes of high power pulsed magnetron sputtering is presented. High-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) and burst regime (pulse packages) of magnetron sputtering are investigated. The ion and atomic flows toward the growing film during magnetron sputtering of a Cu target are determined. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to observe the structural characterization of the films. The resistivity of the films was measured using four-point probe technique. In all sputtering regimes, Cu films have mixture crystalline orientations of [111], [200], [311] and [220] in the direction of the film growth. As peak power density in studied deposition regimes was different in order of magnitude (from 15 W/cm2 in DC regime to 3700 W/cm2 in HIPIMS), film properties were also greatly different. DCMS Cu films exhibit a porous columnar grain structure. In contrast, HIPIMS Cu films have a slightly columnar and denser composition. Cu films deposited using burst regimes at peak power density of 415 W cm-2 and ion-to-atom ratio of about 5 have the densest composition and smallest electrical resistance.

  12. Characteristics of SnO2 thin films prepared by SILAR

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    Yıldırım, M. Ali; Akaltun, Yunus; Ateş, Aytunç

    2012-09-01

    SnO2 thin films were deposited on glass substrates by using Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method at room temperature. The film thickness effect on characteristic parameters such as structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the films was studied. Also, the films were annealed in oxygen atmosphere (400 °C, 30 min) and characteristic parameters of the films were investigated. The X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) studies showed that all the films exhibited polycrystalline nature with tetragonal structure and were covered well on glass substrates. After the investigation of the crystalline and surface properties of the films, it was found that they were improving with increasing film thickness. Optical band gap decreased from 3.90 eV to 3.54 eV and electrical conductivity changed between 0.015-0.815 (Ω-cm)-1as the film thickness increased from 215 to 490 nm. The refractive index (n), optical static and high frequency dielectric constants (ɛo, ɛ∞) values were calculated by using the optical band gap values as a function of the film thickness.

  13. Preparation of reduced graphene oxide/gelatin composite films with reinforced mechanical strength

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    Wang, Wenchao; Wang, Zhipeng; Liu, Yu; Li, Nan; Wang, Wei; Gao, Jianping

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► We used and compared different proportion of gelatin and chitosan as reducing agents. ► The mechanical properties of the films are investigated, especially the wet films. ► The cell toxicity of the composite films as biomaterial is carried out. ► The water absorption capabilities of the composite films also studied. -- Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) was reduced by chitosan/gelatin solution and added to gelatin (Gel) to fabricate reduced graphene oxide/gelatin (RGO/Gel) films by a solvent-casting method using genipin as cross-linking agent. The structure and properties of the films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and UV–vis spectroscopy. The addition of RGO increased the tensile strength of the RGO/Gel films in both dry and wet states, but decreased their elongation at break. The incorperation of RGO also decreased the swelling ability of the films in water. Cell cultures were carried out in order to test the cytotoxicity of the films. The cells grew and reproduced well on the RGO/Gel films, indicating that the addition of RGO has no negative effect on the compatibility of the gelatin. Therefore, the reduced graphene oxide/gelatin composite is a promising biomaterial with excellent mechanical properties and good cell compatibility.

  14. The role of cobalt doping on magnetic and optical properties of indium oxide nanostructured thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Baqiah, H.; Ibrahim, N.B.; Halim, S.A.; Flaifel, Moayad Husein; Abdi, M.H.

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Cobalt doped indium oxide thin films have been prepared by a sol–gel method. • The films have a thickness less than 100 nm and grain size less than 10 nm. • The lattice parameters and grain size of films decrease as Co content increase. • The optical band gap of films increases as the grain size decrease. • The films' magnetic behaviour is sensitive to ratio of oxygen defects per Co ions. - Abstract: The effect of Co doping concentration, (x = 0.025–0.2), in In{sub 2−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} thin film was investigated by X-rays diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer (UV–vis) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). All films were prepared by sol–gel technique followed by spin coating process. The XRD and XPS measurements indicate that Co{sup +2} has been successfully substituted in In{sup +3} site. The TEM measurement shows nanostructure morphology of the films. The doping of Co in indium oxide resulted in a decrease in the lattice parameters and grain size while the band gap increased with increasing Co concentration. Further, by comparing VSM and XPS results, the magnetic behaviour of the films were found to be sensitive to Co concentrations, oxygen vacancies and ratio of oxygen defects to Co concentrations. The magnetic behaviour of the prepared films was explained using bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model.

  15. SnS Thin Film Prepared by Pyrolytic Synthesis as an Efficient Counter Electrode in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Dai, Xiaoyan; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Yanru; Liu, Feng; Fang, Xiaqin; Zhu, Jun

    2015-09-01

    The SnS thin films were successfully prepared by pyrolysis procedure for the counter electrodes in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) using the methanol solution containing stannous chloride dihydrate (0.40 mol x L(-1)) and thiourea (0.40 mol x L(-1)) as precursor solution at 300 degrees C in the air atmosphere. The electrochemical catalytic activity of the SnS thin films prepared by pyrolytic synthesis for the redox couple of S(2-)/S(2-) was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The result revealed that the charge transfer resistance of the as-prepared SnS thin film with the dipping-heating cycles of 5 was 106.4 Ω and the corresponded QDSCs gave a short circuit photocurrent density of 8.69 mA x cm(-2), open circuit voltage of 0.42 V, and fill factor of 0.43, yielding the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 1.57%, under the illumination of simulated AM 1.5 sunlight (100 mWx cm(-2)).

  16. Efficiency enhancement of perovskite solar cells by fabricating as-prepared film before sequential spin-coating procedure

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    Jiang, Jiajia; Tao, Hai jun; Chen, Shanlong; Tan, Bin; Zhou, Ning; Zhu, Lumin; Zhao, Yuan; Wang, Yuqiao; Tao, Jie

    2016-05-01

    Sequential spin-coating procedure is a widely adopted strategy to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 on mesostructured TiO2 electrode for organolead halide perovskite-based solar cells. However, this method suffers from the rough surface and excessively residual PbI2 in the resulting perovskite film, deteriorating the device performance seriously. Herein, a facial modified sequential solution deposition method, by introducing an as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 and PbI2 film before the traditional two-step process, was proposed to fabricate the perovskite-based solar cell with smooth morphology and trace amount of remaining PbI2. The optimal as-prepared film introduced improves the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells from 9.11% to 11.16%. The enhancement of device performance can be attributed to the increased light absorption ability and decreased recombination rate of carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 absorber.

  17. Preparation of a composite film electrochemically deposited with chitosan and gold nanoparticles for the determination of alpha-1-fetoprotein.

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    Liu, Yaxi; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin; Hong, Chenglin; Guan, Shu

    2010-06-01

    A novel amperometric immunosensor based on chitosan-gold nanoparticles (Chit-GNPs) composite film and thionine (Thi) was prepared for the determination of alpha-1-fetoprotein (AFP). The immunosensor was prepared by electro-depositing a Chit-GNPs composite matrix on the surface of the glass carbon electrode, then Thi was immobilized onto the Chit-GNPs film using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. Furthermore, the GNPs were chemisorbed onto Thi film for immobilization of alpha-1-fetoprotein antibody. The procedure of the immunosensor was characterized by means of cyclic voltammograms. The performance and influencing factors of the resulting immunosensor were studied in details. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor was highly sensitive to AFP and the linear range covered from 0.40 to 200.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.24 ng mL(-1) at three times background noise. Moreover, the simple and controllable electro-deposition method overcame the irreproducibility for preparing Chit-based immunosensor systems and the proposed immunosensor displayed a satisfactory reproducibility and stability. PMID:19859743

  18. SnS Thin Film Prepared by Pyrolytic Synthesis as an Efficient Counter Electrode in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Dai, Xiaoyan; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Yanru; Liu, Feng; Fang, Xiaqin; Zhu, Jun

    2015-09-01

    The SnS thin films were successfully prepared by pyrolysis procedure for the counter electrodes in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) using the methanol solution containing stannous chloride dihydrate (0.40 mol x L(-1)) and thiourea (0.40 mol x L(-1)) as precursor solution at 300 degrees C in the air atmosphere. The electrochemical catalytic activity of the SnS thin films prepared by pyrolytic synthesis for the redox couple of S(2-)/S(2-) was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The result revealed that the charge transfer resistance of the as-prepared SnS thin film with the dipping-heating cycles of 5 was 106.4 Ω and the corresponded QDSCs gave a short circuit photocurrent density of 8.69 mA x cm(-2), open circuit voltage of 0.42 V, and fill factor of 0.43, yielding the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 1.57%, under the illumination of simulated AM 1.5 sunlight (100 mWx cm(-2)). PMID:26716249

  19. Structural, chemical and nanomechanical investigations of SiC/polymeric a-C:H films deposited by reactive RF unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Tomastik, C.; Lackner, J. M.; Pauschitz, A.; Roy, M.

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous carbon (or diamond-like carbon, DLC) films have shown a number of important properties usable for a wide range of applications for very thin coatings with low friction and good wear resistance. DLC films alloyed with (semi-)metals show some improved properties and can be deposited by various methods. Among those, the widely used magnetron sputtering of carbon targets is known to increase the number of defects in the films. Therefore, in this paper an alternative approach of depositing silicon-carbide-containing polymeric hydrogenated DLC films using unbalanced magnetron sputtering was investigated. The influence of the C2H2 precursor concentration in the deposition chamber on the chemical and structural properties of the deposited films was investigated by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and elastic recoil detection analysis. Roughness, mechanical properties and scratch response of the films were evaluated with the help of atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation. The Raman spectra revealed a strong correlation of the film structure with the C2H2 concentration during deposition. A higher C2H2 flow rate results in an increase in SiC content and decrease in hydrogen content in the film. This in turn increases hardness and elastic modulus and decreases the ratio H/E and H3/E2. The highest scratch resistance is exhibited by the film with the highest hardness, and the film having the highest overall sp3 bond content shows the highest elastic recovery during scratching.

  20. Preparation of microfibrillated cellulose/chitosan-benzalkonium chloride biocomposite for enhancing antibacterium and strength of sodium alginate films.

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    Liu, Kai; Lin, Xinxing; Chen, Lihui; Huang, Liulian; Cao, Shilin; Wang, Huangwei

    2013-07-01

    The nonantibacterial and low strength properties of sodium alginate films negatively impact their application for food packaging. In order to improve these properties, a novel chitosan-benzalkonium chloride (C-BC) complex was prepared by ionic gelation using tripolyphosphate (TPP) as a coagulant, and a biocomposite obtained through the adsorption of C-BC complex on microfibrillated cellulose, MFC/C-BC, was then incorporated into a sodium alginate film. The TEM image showed that the C-BC nanoparticles were spherical in shape with a diameter of about 30 nm, and the adsorption equilibrium time of these nanoparticles on the surface of MFC was estimated to be 6 min under the driving forces of hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions. According to the disc diffusion method, the MFC/C-BC biocomposite-incorporated sodium alginate film exhibited remarkable antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and certain antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli . The strength tests indicated that the tensile strength of the composite sodium alginate film increased about 225% when the loading of MFC/C-BC biocomposite was 10 wt %. These results suggested that the MFC/C-BC biocomposite-incorporated sodium alginate film with excellent antibacterial and strength properties would be a promising material for food packaging, and the MFC/C-BC may also be a potential multifunctional biocomposite for other biodegradable materials.

  1. Bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates: Facile single source precursors for the preparation of bismuth sulfide nanorods and bismuth phosphate thin films

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    Biswal, Jasmine B.; Garje, Shivram S.; Nuwad, Jitendra; Pillai, C. G. S.

    2013-08-01

    Two different phase pure materials (Bi2S3 and Bi2P4O13) have been prepared under different conditions using the same single source precursors. Solvothermal decomposition of the complexes, Bi{S2P(OR)2}3 [where, R=Methyl (Me) (1), Ethyl (Et) (2), n-Propyl (Prn) (3) and iso-Propyl (Pri) (4)] in ethylene glycol gave orthorhombic bismuth sulfide nanorods, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of the same precursors deposited monoclinic bismuth tetraphosphate (Bi2P4O13) thin films on glass substrates. Surface study of the thin films using SEM illustrated the formation of variety of nanoscale morphologies (spherical-, wire-, pendent-, doughnut- and flower-like) at different temperatures. AFM studies were carried out to evaluate quality of the films in terms of uniformity and roughness. Thin films of average roughness as low as 1.4 nm were deposited using these precursors. Photoluminescence studies of Bi2P4O13 thin films were also carried out.

  2. Characterization of intrinsic a-Si:H films prepared by inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition for solar cell applications.

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    Jeong, Chaehwan; Boo, Seongjae; Jeon, Minsung; Kamisako, Koichi

    2007-11-01

    The hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films, which can be used as the passivation or absorption layer of solar cells, were prepared by inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition (ICP-CVD) and their characteristics were studied. Deposition process of a-Si:H films was performed by varying the parameters, gas ratio (H2/SiH4), radio frequency (RF) power and substrate temperature, while a working pressure was fixed at 70 m Torr. Their characteristics were studied by measuring thickness, optical bandgap (eV), photosensitivity, bond structure and surface roughness. When the RF power and substrate temperature were 300 watt and 200 degrees C, respectively, optical bandgap and photosensitivity, similar to the intrinsic a-Si:H film, were obtained. The Si-H stretching mode at 2000 cm(-1), which means a good quality of films, was found at all conditions. Although the RF power increased up to 400 watt, average of surface roughness got better, compared to a-Si:H films deposited by the conventional PECVD method. These results show the potential for developing the solar cells using ICP-CVD, which have the relatively less damage of plasma.

  3. Large-scale preparation of nanoporous TiO2 film on titanium substrate with improved photoelectrochemical performance

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    2014-01-01

    Fabrication of three-dimensional TiO2 films on Ti substrates is one important strategy to obtain efficient electrodes for energy conversion and environmental applications. In this work, we found that hierarchical porous TiO2 film can be prepared by treating H2O2 pre-oxidized Ti substrate in TiCl3 solution followed by calcinations. The formation process is a combination of the corrosion of Ti substrate and the oxidation hydrolysis of TiCl3. According to the characterizations by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), the anatase phase TiO2 films show porous morphology with the smallest diameter of 20 nm and possess enhanced optical absorption properties. Using the porous film as a working electrode, we found that it displays efficient activity for photoelectrocatalytic decolorization of rhodamine B (RhB) and photocurrent generation, with a photocurrent density as high as 1.2 mA/cm2. It represents a potential method to fabricate large-area nanoporous TiO2 film on Ti substrate due to the scalability of such chemical oxidation process. PMID:24791163

  4. Preparation and characterization of amorphous manganese sulfide thin films by SILAR method

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    Pathan, H.M.; Kale, S.S.; Lokhande, C.D.; Han, Sung-Hwan . E-mail: shhan@hanyang.ac.kr; Joo, Oh-Shim

    2007-08-07

    Manganese sulfide thin films were deposited by a simple and inexpensive successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method using manganese acetate as a manganese and sodium sulfide as sulfide ion sources, respectively. Manganese sulfide films were characterized for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and optical absorption measurement techniques. The as-deposited film on glass substrate was amorphous. The optical band gap of the film was found to be thickness dependent. As thickness increases optical band gap was found to be increase. The water angle contact was found to be 34{sup o}, suggesting hydrophilic nature of manganese sulfide thin films. The presence of Mn and S in thin film was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis.

  5. Nickel oxide and molybdenum oxide thin films for infrared imaging prepared by biased target ion-beam deposition

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    Jin, Yao; Saint John, David; Jackson, Tom N.; Horn, Mark W.

    2014-06-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films have been intensively used as sensing materials for microbolometers. VOx thin films have good bolometric properties such as low resistivity, high negative temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR) and low 1/f noise. However, the processing controllability of VOx fabrication is difficult due to the multiple valence states of vanadium. In this study, metal oxides such as nickel oxide (NiOx) and molybdenum oxide (MoOx) thin films have been investigated as possible new microbolometer sensing materials with improved process controllability. Nickel oxide and molybdenum oxide thin films were prepared by reactive sputtering of nickel and molybdenum metal targets in a biased target ion beam deposition tool. In this deposition system, the Ar+ ion energy (typically lower than 25 eV) and the target bias voltage can be independently controlled since ions are remotely generated. A residual gas analyzer (RGA) is used to precisely control the oxygen partial pressure. A real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry is used to monitor the evolution of microstructure and properties of deposited oxides during growth and post-deposition. The properties of deposited oxide thin films depend on processing parameters. The resistivity of the NiOx thin films is in the range of 0.5 to approximately 100 ohm-cm with a TCR from -2%/K to -3.3%/K, where the resistivity of MoOx is between 3 and 2000 ohm-cm with TCR from -2.1%/K to -3.2%/K. We also report on the thermal stability of these deposited oxide thin films.

  6. Preparation and spectroscopic properties of multiluminophore luminescent oxygen and temperature sensor films.

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    Köse, Muhammet Erkan; Carroll, Bruce F; Schanze, Kirk S

    2005-09-27

    A new luminescent oxygen and temperature sensor has been developed that utilizes two luminescent dyes, 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin platinum(II) (PtTFPP, the oxygen sensor) and tris(1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) dichloride (Ruphen, the temperature sensor). The two dyes are dispersed in an oxygen-permeable polymer binder consisting of a copolymer of 4-tert-butylstyrene (tBS) and 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (p-tBS-co-TFEM). To alleviate energy transfer and other quenching interactions between the two luminescent dyes in the p-tBS-co-TFEM binder, the Ruphen temperature sensor is encapsulated in polyacrylonitrile (PAN) polymer nanospheres that are prepared by coprecipitation of PAN and Ruphen from N,N-dimethylformamide solution. The temperature and air-pressure response of the emission from the sensor film is fully characterized by using emission spectroscopy. The emission from the two luminescent dyes is spectrally well-separated. The intensity of the Ruphen emission varies strongly with temperature (approximately 1.4% degrees C(-1)), whereas the intensity of the PtTFPP emission varies with temperature and air pressure. The two-dye luminescent coating is useful as a pressure-sensitive paint (PSP), where the emission from the Ruphen temperature sensor is used to correct for the temperature dependence of the pressure response of the PtTFPP sensor. To demonstrate the PSP application, a coupon coated with the sensor was imaged using a CCD camera, and the CCD images were analyzed by intensity ratio methods. Spectroscopic studies were also carried out on a sensor that contains three dyes in order to demonstrate the feasibility of including an intensity reference dye along with the temperature and pressure dyes into the sensor.

  7. Synthesis and modification of mesoporous silica and the preparation of molecular sieve thin films via pulsed laser deposition

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    Coutinho, Decio Heringer

    2001-07-01

    Hexagonal mesoporous DAM-1 (Dallas Amorphous Material-1) was prepared using Vitamin E TPGS as the structure-directing agent. Depending upon the temperature and gel composition, highly ordered and hydrothermally stable DAM-1 with various morphologies could be achieved including spheres, gyroids, discoid, hexagonal plates and rods. This synthesis was modified to prepare hybrid organic-inorganic amine and thiol bifunctionalized DAM-1 by direct co-condensation under acidic conditions. Patterned DAM-1 thin films were prepared on patterned transparencies utilizing pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and line patterning techniques. DAM-1 laser ablation onto the patterned substrate followed by hydrothermal treatment resulted in a densely packed film. Removal of the patterned lines by sonication revealed patterned DAM-1 films. Thin films of zeolite type X were also prepared using the PLD technique. Laser ablation of zeolite X onto TiN-coated silicon wafers followed by a hydrothermal treatment resulted in partially oriented, crystalline membranes. Hydrothermal treatment of PLD films on stainless steel mesh produced a coated wire mesh with a 3-mum thick zeolite X film. A novel strategy for imprinting mesoporous SBA-15 that combines a triblock copolymer template and a chiral ruthenium complex is reported. A chiral PEO helix was formed by the chiral ruthenium complex interaction with the block copolymer during the synthesis of SBA-15. Upon removal of the chiral ruthenium complex, a stereospecfic cavity was created. Preliminary results indicated stereoselective absorption of Delta or Λ-Ru(phen)3 2+ isomer from a racemic mixture could be achieved depending on the chirality of the PEO chain. Practicum Two. The industrial practicum report describes the process development unit (PDU) 3-pentenenitrile (3PN) refining operation. This distillation works was operated to refine crude 3PN product, which contained 3PN, 2-methyl-3-butenenitrile (2M3BN), and other byproducts. This report also

  8. Preparation of Sr2AlTaO6 Insulating Films on YBa2Cu3O7-δ by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition with Purified Sr Source

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Zama, Hideaki; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Inoue, Nobuyoshi; Wu, Yuan; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2002-02-01

    200-nm-thick Sr2AlTaO6 (SAT) insulating films were prepared on 10-μm-thick superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). By employing a purified Sr(thd)2 metalorganic source, instead of Sr(thd)2-2tetraene, and a higher evaporation temperature, we could reproducibly obtain stoichiometric SAT films with high crystallinity as revealed by the full-width at half maximum value of the SAT (004) X-ray rocking curve which was as small as 0.2°. Moreover, a 200-nm-thick c-axis-oriented YBCO film with a Tc of 90 K and a Jc higher than 107 A/cm2 below 60 K could be grown on the SAT film. These results confirm that the SAT films prepared by MOCVD are suitable for use as insulating layers in high-Tc multilayer electronic devices.

  9. Cytotoxicity of Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Films Prepared by Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Liu, Dan; Gou, Li; Ran, Junguo; Zhu, Hong; Zhang, Xiang

    2015-07-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) exhibits extraordinary mechanical properties and chemical stability, making it highly suitable for biomedical applications. For implant materials, the impact of boron-doped NCD films on the character of cell growth (i.e., adhesion, proliferation) is very important. Boron-doped NCD films with resistivity of 10-2 Ω·cm were grown on Si substrates by the microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) process with H2 bubbled B2O3. The crystal structure, diamond character, surface morphology, and surface roughness of the boron-doped NCD films were analyzed using different characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact potential difference and possible boron distribution within the film were studied with a scanning kelvin force microscope (SKFM). The cytotoxicity of films was studied by in vitro tests, including fluorescence microscopy, SEM and MTT assay. Results indicated that the surface roughness value of NCD films was 56.6 nm and boron was probably accumulated at the boundaries between diamond agglomerates. MG-63 cells adhered well and exhibited a significant growth on the surface of films, suggesting that the boron-doped NCD films were non-toxic to cells. supported by the Open Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China) (No. KFJJ201313)

  10. Preparation and Study of thin Films of Tungsten Selenides for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Romanov, R.; Grigoriev, S.; Fominski, V.; Volosova, M.; Demin, M.

    Thin films of tungsten selenides (WSex) were obtained by using a method of shadow-masked pulsed laser deposition. The deposition at room temperature of substrates caused the formation of Se-enriched amorphous films (Se/W∼5) with pronounced surface roughness because of an effective nanoparticle growth. Heating or DC biasing the substrate during the deposition modified the film composition (Se/W∼1.7 - 4) and resulted in the smoothing of the film surface. Annealing the films, deposited at room temperature, as well as heating the substrate during the deposition caused crystallization of the films. Catalytic activity of WSex thin films in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) was studied in 0.5 M H2SO4 aqueous solution at room temperature. The structural state and the chemical composition of WSex films had an expressed impact on the catalytic activity. A significant improvement in HER activity was observed in the case of Se-enriched films deposition followed by annealing at 500 °C.

  11. (001) Oriented piezoelectric films prepared by chemical solution deposition on Ni foils

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    Yeo, Hong Goo Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2014-07-07

    Flexible metal foil substrates are useful in some microelectromechanical systems applications including wearable piezoelectric sensors or energy harvesters based on Pb(Zr,Ti)O₃ (PZT) thin films. Full utilization of the potential of piezoelectrics on metal foils requires control of the film crystallographic texture. In this study, (001) oriented PZT thin films were grown by chemical solution deposition (CSD) on Ni foil and Si substrates. Ni foils were passivated using HfO₂ grown by atomic layer deposition in order to suppress substrate oxidation during subsequent thermal treatment. To obtain the desired orientation of PZT film, strongly (100) oriented LaNiO₃ films were integrated by CSD on the HfO₂ coated substrates. A high level of (001) LaNiO₃ and PZT film orientation were confirmed by X-ray diffraction patterns. Before poling, the low field dielectric permittivity and loss tangents of (001) oriented PZT films on Ni are near 780 and 0.04 at 1 kHz; the permittivity drops significantly on poling due to in-plane to out-of-plane domain switching. (001) oriented PZT film on Ni displayed a well-saturated hysteresis loop with a large remanent polarization ~36 μC/cm², while (100) oriented PZT on Si showed slanted P-E hysteresis loops with much lower remanent polarizations. The |e{sub 31,f}| piezoelectric coefficient was around 10.6 C/m² for hot-poled (001) oriented PZT film on Ni.

  12. Preparation of ZnO:CeO{sub 2-x} thin films by AP-MOCVD: Structural and optical properties

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    Torres-Huerta, A.M.; Dominguez-Crespo, M.A.; Brachetti-Sibaja, S.B.; Dorantes-Rosales, H.; Hernandez-Perez, M.A.; Lois-Correa, J.A.

    2010-09-15

    The growth of columnar CeO{sub 2}, ZnO and ZnO:CeO{sub 2-x} films on quartz and AA6066 aluminum alloy substrates by economic atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (AP-MOCVD) is reported. A novel and efficient combination of metal acetylacetonate precursors as well as mild operating conditions were used in the deposition process. The correlation among crystallinity, surface morphology and optical properties of the as-prepared films was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy. The synthesized films showed different crystallographic orientations depending on the ZnO and CeO{sub 2} lattice mismatch, cerium content and growth rate. The CeO{sub 2} films synthesized in this work showed plate-like compact structures as a result of the growth process typical of CVD. Both pure and ZnO:CeO{sub 2-x} films were obtained with a hexagonal structure and highly preferred orientation with the c-axis perpendicular to both substrates under the optimal deposition conditions. The microstructure was modified from dense, short round columns to round structures with cavities ('rose-flower-like' structures) and the typical ZnO morphology by controlling the cerium doping the film and substrate nature. High optical transmittance (>87%) was observed in the pure ZnO films. As for the ZnO:CeO{sub 2-x} films, the optical transmission was decreased and the UV absorption increased, which subsequently was affected by an increase in cerium content. This paper assesses the feasibility of using ZnO:CeO{sub 2-x} thin films as UV-absorbers in industrial applications. - Graphical abstract: TEM micrographs and their corresponding SAED pattern obtained for the as-deposited ZnO-CeO{sub 2-x} thin films for a Zn/Ce metallic ratio 16:9.

  13. [Effects of Temperature on the Preparation of Al/Zn3N2 Thin Films Using Magnetron Reactive Sputtering].

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    Feng, Jun-qin; Chen, Jun-fang

    2015-08-01

    The effects of substrate temperature on the plasma active species were investigated by plasma optical emission spectroscopy. With increasing substrate temperature, the characteristic spectroscopy intensity of the first positive series of N2* (B(3)Πg-->A(3)Σu(+)), the second positive N2* (C(3)Πu-->B(3)Πg), the first negative series N2(+)* (B(2)Σu(+)-->X(2)Σg(+)) and Zn* are increased. Due to the substrate temperature, each ion kinetic energy is increased and the collision ionization intensified in the chamber. That leading to plasma ion density increase. These phenomenons's show that the substrate temperature raises in a certain range was conducive to zinc nitride thin films growth. Zn3N2 thin films were prepared on Al films using ion sources-assisted magnetron sputtering deposition method. The degree of crystalline of the films was examined with X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that has a dominant peak located at 34.359° in room temperature, which was corresponding to the (321) plane of cubic anti-bixbyite zinc nitride structure (JCPDS Card No35-0762). When the substrate temperature was 100 °C, in addition to the (321) reflection, more diffraction peaks appeared corresponding to the (222), (400) and (600) planes, which were located at 31.756°, 36.620° and 56.612° respectively. When the substrate temperature was 200 °C, in addition to the (321), (222), (400) and (600) reflection, more new diffraction peaks also appeared corresponding to the (411), (332), (431) and (622) planes, which were located at 39.070, 43.179°, 47.004° and 62.561° respectively. These results show the film crystalline increased gradually with raise the substrate temperature. XP-1 profilometer were used to analyze the thickness of the Zn3N2 films. The Zn3N2 films deposited on Al films in mixture gas plasma had a deposition rate of 2.0, 2.2, and 2.7 nm · min(-1). These results indicate that the deposition rate was gradually enhanced as substrate temperature increased

  14. [Effects of Temperature on the Preparation of Al/Zn3N2 Thin Films Using Magnetron Reactive Sputtering].

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    Feng, Jun-qin; Chen, Jun-fang

    2015-08-01

    The effects of substrate temperature on the plasma active species were investigated by plasma optical emission spectroscopy. With increasing substrate temperature, the characteristic spectroscopy intensity of the first positive series of N2* (B(3)Πg-->A(3)Σu(+)), the second positive N2* (C(3)Πu-->B(3)Πg), the first negative series N2(+)* (B(2)Σu(+)-->X(2)Σg(+)) and Zn* are increased. Due to the substrate temperature, each ion kinetic energy is increased and the collision ionization intensified in the chamber. That leading to plasma ion density increase. These phenomenons's show that the substrate temperature raises in a certain range was conducive to zinc nitride thin films growth. Zn3N2 thin films were prepared on Al films using ion sources-assisted magnetron sputtering deposition method. The degree of crystalline of the films was examined with X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that has a dominant peak located at 34.359° in room temperature, which was corresponding to the (321) plane of cubic anti-bixbyite zinc nitride structure (JCPDS Card No35-0762). When the substrate temperature was 100 °C, in addition to the (321) reflection, more diffraction peaks appeared corresponding to the (222), (400) and (600) planes, which were located at 31.756°, 36.620° and 56.612° respectively. When the substrate temperature was 200 °C, in addition to the (321), (222), (400) and (600) reflection, more new diffraction peaks also appeared corresponding to the (411), (332), (431) and (622) planes, which were located at 39.070, 43.179°, 47.004° and 62.561° respectively. These results show the film crystalline increased gradually with raise the substrate temperature. XP-1 profilometer were used to analyze the thickness of the Zn3N2 films. The Zn3N2 films deposited on Al films in mixture gas plasma had a deposition rate of 2.0, 2.2, and 2.7 nm · min(-1). These results indicate that the deposition rate was gradually enhanced as substrate temperature increased

  15. Hierarchical opal grating films prepared by slide coating of colloidal dispersions in binary liquid media.

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    Lee, Wonmok; Kim, Seulgi; Kim, Seulki; Kim, Jin-Ho; Lee, Hyunjung

    2015-02-15

    There are active researches on well ordered opal films due to their possible applications to various photonic devices. A recently developed slide coating method is capable of rapid fabrication of large area opal films from aqueous colloidal dispersion. In the current study, the slide coating of polystyrene colloidal dispersions in water/i-propanol (IPA) binary media is investigated. Under high IPA content in a dispersing medium, resulting opal film showed a deterioration of long range order, as well as a decreased film thickness due to dilution effect. From the binary liquid, the dried opal films exhibited the unprecedented topological groove patterns with varying periodic distances as a function of alcohol contents in the media. The groove patterns were consisted of the hierarchical structures of the terraced opal layers with periodic thickness variations. The origin of the groove patterns was attributed to a shear-induced periodic instability of colloidal concentration within a thin channel during the coating process which was directly converted to a groove patterns in a resulting opal film due to rapid evaporation of liquid. The groove periods of opal films were in the range of 50-500 μm, and the thickness differences between peak and valley of the groove were significantly large enough to be optically distinguishable, such that the coated films can be utilized as the optical grating film to disperse infra-red light. Utilizing a lowered hydrophilicity of water/IPA dispersant, an opal film could be successfully coated on a flexible Mylar film without significant dewetting problem. PMID:25460710

  16. Hierarchical opal grating films prepared by slide coating of colloidal dispersions in binary liquid media.

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    Lee, Wonmok; Kim, Seulgi; Kim, Seulki; Kim, Jin-Ho; Lee, Hyunjung

    2015-02-15

    There are active researches on well ordered opal films due to their possible applications to various photonic devices. A recently developed slide coating method is capable of rapid fabrication of large area opal films from aqueous colloidal dispersion. In the current study, the slide coating of polystyrene colloidal dispersions in water/i-propanol (IPA) binary media is investigated. Under high IPA content in a dispersing medium, resulting opal film showed a deterioration of long range order, as well as a decreased film thickness due to dilution effect. From the binary liquid, the dried opal films exhibited the unprecedented topological groove patterns with varying periodic distances as a function of alcohol contents in the media. The groove patterns were consisted of the hierarchical structures of the terraced opal layers with periodic thickness variations. The origin of the groove patterns was attributed to a shear-induced periodic instability of colloidal concentration within a thin channel during the coating process which was directly converted to a groove patterns in a resulting opal film due to rapid evaporation of liquid. The groove periods of opal films were in the range of 50-500 μm, and the thickness differences between peak and valley of the groove were significantly large enough to be optically distinguishable, such that the coated films can be utilized as the optical grating film to disperse infra-red light. Utilizing a lowered hydrophilicity of water/IPA dispersant, an opal film could be successfully coated on a flexible Mylar film without significant dewetting problem.

  17. Low Temperature Fabrication of REBa2Cu3Oy Epitaxial Films on SrTiO3 (100) Substrate Prepared by Molten Hydroxide Method in 1-atm Air

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    Funaki, S.; Yamada, Y.; Miyachi, Y.; Okunishi, R.

    In order to establish the fabrication method of high-Tc REBa2Cu3Oy (RE123) films by feasible simple system, we fabricated the RE123 films on SrTiO3 substrate by molten hydroxide method in low temperature and 1-atm air. Obtain films of RE-123 (RE = Gd, Eu, Sm) fabricated at low temperature of 525 °C show a c-axis orientation of RE123 and REBa2Cu4O8 phases. Moreover, the Nd-123 films show a bi-axial orientation of Nd123 single phase completely above 425 °C. The Tconset of Nd123 film fabricated at 525 °C denotes 67.1 K which was drastically lower compared with previous study of Nd123 single crystalline film, and Tconset of Nd123 films degrade with decreasing fabrication temperature. We can consider that the Nd/Ba substitution was caused by lowering the fabrication temperature.

  18. Electrical and optical properties of molybdenum doped zinc oxide films prepared by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Reddy, R. Subba; Sreedhar, A.; Uthanna, S.

    2015-08-28

    Molybdenum doped zinc oxide (MZO) films were deposited on to glass substrates held at temperatures in the range from 303 to 673 K by reactive RF magnetron sputtering method. The chemical composition, crystallographic structure and surface morphology, electrical and optical properties of the films were determined. The films contained the molybdenum of 2.7 at. % in ZnO. The films deposited at 303 K were of X-ray amorphous. The films formed at 473 K were of nanocrystalline in nature with wurtzite structure. The crystallite size of the films was increased with the increase of substrate temperature. The optical transmittance of the films was in the visible range was 80–85%. The molybdenum (2.7 at %) doped zinc oxide films deposited at substrate temperature of 573 K were of nanocrystalline with electrical resistivity of 7.2×10{sup −3} Ωcm, optical transmittance of 85 %, optical band gap of 3.35 eV and figure of merit 30.6 Ω{sup −1}cm{sup −1}.

  19. Organic thin film devices with stabilized threshold voltage and mobility, and method for preparing the devices

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    Nastasi, Michael Anthony; Wang, Yongqiang; Fraboni, Beatrice; Cosseddu, Piero; Bonfiglio, Annalisa

    2013-06-11

    Organic thin film devices that included an organic thin film subjected to a selected dose of a selected energy of ions exhibited a stabilized mobility (.mu.) and threshold voltage (VT), a decrease in contact resistance R.sub.C, and an extended operational lifetime that did not degrade after 2000 hours of operation in the air.

  20. Preparation for the Battle against Censorship of Film and Video in the 80s.

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    Cohen, David

    1986-01-01

    Documentation of the spread of censorship is extensive, and although challenges to films and videocassettes have not figured prominently in the literature, in the future there may be more emphasis on these media than on print material. On the state level, increasing censorship of films and videocassettes has occurred in North Carolina, California,…