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  1. Acid and alkali doped PBI electrolyte in electrochemical system

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    Xing, Baozhong

    In this work the conductivity of blank PBI membrane, acid doped PBI and alkaline doped PBI was systematically studied. A new methodology for sorption kinetics study in electrolyte solution has been established by monitoring the conductivity change during the sorption process. The model of the doping process and mechanism of conductivity are proposed. The performance of PBI (doped under optimum conditions) in fuel cell as PEM was evaluated. The experimental results show that the blank PBI in acid solution is an ionic insulator. It clarified the long time confusion in this area. The acid doped PBI membrane is an ionic conductor. The conductivity increases with the concentration of the acid solution. In high concentration acid solution, the conductivity increases with the type of acid in the order: H2SO 4 > H3PO4 > HClO4 > HNO3 > HCl. The kinetics of the doping process was studied, by a continuous method. The ionic conductivity mechanism was established. The PBI membranes doped with H2SO4 and H3PO4 exhibit better performance than NafionRTM. The doped FBI has more resistance to CO poison. 3% CO in H2 has little effect on the H3PO 4 doped PBI membrane at 185°C. The conductivity of the alkali doped PBI membrane changes with the concentration of the alkaline solution and the type of the alkalis. The conductivity has a maximum in KOH and NaOH solution. The maximum conductivity in KOH is higher than in NaOH and LiOH. It is about 5 times of that of NafionRTM in alkaline solution. The two-step sorption process in alkaline solution was observed. The first step is the permeation process of the alkalis in the PBI membrane. The permeation is the results of diffusion and interaction. It is concluded that the permeation process is controlled by the rate of interaction between the alkali and PBI molecule. The second step is the relaxation process in the membrane. This step contributes more to the conductivity for the membrane than the first step. The ionic conductivity mechanism

  2. A Comparative Study of Phosphoric Acid-doped m-PBI Membranes

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    Perry, Kelly A; More, Karren Leslie; Payzant, E Andrew; Meisner, Roberta A; Sumpter, Bobby G; Benicewicz, Brian

    2014-01-01

    Phosphoric acid (PA)-doped m-polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes used in high temperature fuel cells and hydrogen pumps were prepared by a conventional imbibing process and a sol-gel fabrication process. A comparative study was conducted to investigate the critical properties of PA doping levels, ionic conductivities, mechanical properties, and molecular ordering. This systematic study found that sol-gel PA-doped m-PBI membranes were able to absorb higher acid doping levels and to achieve higher ionic conductivities than conventionally imbibed membranes when treated in an equivalent manner. Even at similar acid loadings, the sol-gel membranes exhibited higher ionic conductivities. Heat treatment of conventionally imbibed membranes with 29wt% solids caused a significant reduction in mechanical properties; conversely, sol-gel membranes exhibited an enhancement in mechanical properties. From X-ray structural studies and atomistic simulations, both conventionally imbibed and sol-gel membranes exhibited d-spacings of 3.5 and 4.6 , which were tentatively attributed to parallel ring stacking and staggered side-to-side packing, respectively, of the imidazole rings in these aromatic hetercyclic polymers. An anisotropic staggered side-to-side chain packing present in the conventional membranes may be root to the reduction in mechanical properties.

  3. Influence of doping in InP buffer on photoluminescence behavior of InPBi

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    Wang, Peng; Pan, Wenwu; Cao, Chunfang; Wu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Shumin; Gong, Qian

    2016-11-01

    InP1‑ x Bi x epilayers with 1.0% bismuth concentration were grown on InP(001) substrates by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. Silicon and beryllium were doped into the InP buffer layer, and their influences on the photoluminescence (PL) emission of InPBi were investigated. The PL emission of InPBi was found to be intensified by beryllium doping into the InP buffer layer. However, there was no influence of silicon doping. To investigate the reason for the PL intensity enhancement of InPBi, the carrier transport behavior at the interface was also discussed.

  4. ELECTROCHEMICAL PROPERTIES, MECHANICAL TESTING, AND GEL MORPHOLOGY STUDY OF PHOSPHORIC ACID-DOPED META-POLYBENZIMIDAZOLE MEMBRANES VIA CONVENTIONALLY IMBIBING AND THE SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Perry, Kelly A; More, Karren Leslie; Benicewicz, Brian

    2009-01-01

    Proton exchange membrane (PEM) research has been directed at phosphoric acid (PA)-doped polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes since the 1990s. PEM fuel cells based on PA-doped PBI membranes produced via a sol-gel transition process have achieved lifetimes >10,000hrs with low degradation rates. It has been suggested that the gel morphology of the PA-doped PBI membranes is responsible for their excellent electrochemical performance. Thus, a study has been underway to characterize the microstructure of PA-doped PBI membranes, and to correlate structure with performance. However, PA-doped PBI membranes present special challenges for microscopy analysis, as these membranes are extremely sensitive to the electron beam and high vacuum conditions. This paper will discuss and compare the mechanical, electrochemical, and cryo-SEM analyses of PA-doped meta-PBI membranes produced via conventional imbibing and the sol-gel process.

  5. Characterization of Hybrid Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS)-Polybenzimidazole (PBI)-Phosphoric Acid (PA) Materials Intended for Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM)

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    Bubeck, Robert; Stark, Edmund; Decker, Berryinne; Hartmann-Thompson, Claire

    2013-03-01

    Isophthalic acid and 3,3'-diaminobenzidine (DAB) were polymerized in the presence of polyphosphoric acid (PPA) and various additives, degree of polymerization was monitored by viscosity and torque change measurements, and membranes were prepared by casting the reaction solution and allowing PPA to hydrolyze to PA under ambient conditions. As a function of relative humidity, the membranes were characterized for (1) acid content, (2) in-plane conductivity and (3) complex shear modulus G* obtained via oscillatory parallel plate dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. The addition of sulfonated octaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquixane (S-POSS) to m-polybenzimidazole (PBI)-phosphoric acid (PA) membranes resulted in increased in-plane proton conductivity at high temperatures (120-150 °C) and increased G* relative to a m-PBI control membrane and to m-PBI control membranes carrying comparable weight loadings of non-proton conducting octaphenyl-POSS nanoadditive or silica.

  6. Phase transformations of high-purity PbI2 nanoparticles synthesized from lead-acid accumulator anodes

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.

    2016-09-01

    High-purity hexagonal lead iodide nanoparticles have been synthesized from a depleted sealed lead acid battery anode. The synthesized product was found to consist of the rare 6R polytype form of PbI2 that is thought to have good potential in photovoltaic applications. We investigate the effects of annealing time and post-melting temperature on the structure and optical properties using 1.5418 Å CuKα radiation. Photoluminescence measurements were done under 150 W/221 nm wavelength xenon excitation. Phase transformation was observed through XRD peaks when annealing time increased from 0.5-5 h. The nanoparticle grain size and inter-planar distance appeared to be independent of annealing time. PL measurements show three broad peaks in a range of 400 nm to 700 nm that are attributed to excitonic, donor-acceptor pair and luminescence bands from the deep levels.

  7. New insights into organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 nanoparticles. An experimental and theoretical study of doping in Pb2+ sites with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+

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    Navas, Javier; Sánchez-Coronilla, Antonio; Gallardo, Juan Jesús; Cruz Hernández, Norge; Piñero, Jose Carlos; Alcántara, Rodrigo; Fernández-Lorenzo, Concha; de Los Santos, Desireé M.; Aguilar, Teresa; Martín-Calleja, Joaquín

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents the synthesis of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, doped in the Pb2+ position with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+. The incorporation of the dopants into the crystalline structure was analysed, observing how the characteristics of the dopant affected properties such as the crystalline phase, emission and optical properties. XRD showed how doping with Sn2+, Sr2+ and Cd2+ did not modify the normal tetragonal phase. When doping with Ca2+, the cubic phase was obtained. Moreover, DR-UV-Vis spectroscopy showed how the band gap decreased with the dopants, the values following the trend Sr2+ < Cd2+ < Ca2+ < CH3NH3PbI3 ~ Sn2+. The biggest decrease was generated by Sr2+, which reduced the CH3NH3PbI3 value by 4.5%. In turn, cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements confirmed the band gap obtained. Periodic-DFT calculations were performed to understand the experimental structures. The DOS analysis confirmed the experimental results obtained using UV-Vis spectroscopy, with the values calculated following the trend Sn2+ ~ Pb2+ > Cd2+ > Sr2+ for the tetragonal structure and Pb2+ > Ca2+ for the cubic phase. The electron localization function (ELF) analysis showed similar electron localizations for undoped and Sn2+-doped tetragonal structures, which were different from those doped with Sr2+ and Cd2+. Furthermore, when Cd2+ was incorporated, the Cd-I interaction was strengthened. For Ca2+ doping, the Ca-I interaction had a greater ionic nature than Cd-I. Finally, an analysis based on the non-covalent interaction (NCI) index is presented to determine the weak-type interactions of the CH3NH3 groups with the dopant and I atoms. To our knowledge, this kind of analysis with these hybrid systems has not been performed previously.This paper presents the synthesis of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, doped in the Pb2+ position with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+. The incorporation of the dopants into the crystalline structure was analysed

  8. Phosphoric acid distribution and its impact on the performance of polybenzimidazole membranes

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    Mack, Florian; Heissler, Stefan; Laukenmann, Ruben; Zeis, Roswitha

    2014-12-01

    Phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole (PBI) is the most common membrane material for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT-PEMFC). The PBI membrane is usually doped by immersion in hot phosphoric acid. Immersion time and acid temperature affect the doping level of the membrane. In this work we studied the influence of doping time and temperature on the ex-situ and in-situ proton conductivities of poly (2, 5-benzimidazole) (AB-PBI) membranes as well as the fuel cell performance. Confocal Raman microscopy was employed to spatially resolve the acid distribution within the AB-PBI membranes. Therefore the interactions between the basic nitrogen-sides of the AB-PBI polymer and the phosphoric acid protons were investigated. We found that membranes with a 6 h doping time had significantly higher proton conductivity than those doped for only 3 h. In terms of absolute acid up-take, however, the difference was rather small. This result shows that the doping level alone does not define the conductivity of the membrane. The conductivity is also influenced by the micro acid distribution within the membrane. Highest membrane conductivity and fuel cell performance with fumapem AM cross-linked membranes were achieved with a doping time of 6 h and a doping temperature of 120 °C.

  9. Elucidating the band structure and free charge carrier dynamics of pure and impurities doped CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) perovskite thin films.

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    Zhang, Zhen-Yu; Chen, Xin; Wang, Hai-Yu; Xu, Ming; Gao, Bing-Rong; Chen, Qi-Dai; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-11-28

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite material has been commonly used as the free charge generator and reservoir in highly efficient perovskite-based solid-state solar photovoltaic devices. However, many of the underlying fundamental photophysical mechanisms in this material such as the perovskite transition band structure as well as the dependent relationship between the carrier properties and lattice properties still lack sufficient understanding. Here, we elucidated the fundamental band structure of the pure CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice, and then reported about the dependent relationship between the free charge carrier characteristic and the different CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice thin films utilizing femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe technologies. The data demonstrated that the pure perovskite crystal band structure should only have one conduction and one valence band rather than dual valences, and the pure perovskite lattice could trigger more free charge carriers with a slower recombination rate under an identical pump intensity compared with the impurities doped perovskite crystal. We also investigated the perovskite film performance when exposed to moisture and water, the corresponding results gave us a dip in the optimization of the performance of perovskite based devices, and so as a priority this material should be isolated from moisture (water). This work may propose a deeper perspective on the comprehension for this material and it is useful for future optimization of applications in photovoltaic and light emission devices. PMID:26497219

  10. Ultrathin metallized PBI paper

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    Chenevey, E. C.

    1978-01-01

    A study to determine the feasibility of preparing ultrathin papers with a target weight of 3.5 g/m squared from polybenzimidazole (PBI) fibrids was undertaken. Small hand sheets of target weight were fabricated. They were light brown, low density materials with sufficient strength to be readily handleable. Characterization of these sheets included strength, fold endurance, thermal gravimetric analysis in air and nitrogen and photomicrographs. Two different batches of PBI fibrids were studied and differences in fabrication performance were noted. In neither case could target weight papers be prepared using conventional paper making techniques.

  11. Structural and Electrical Characterization of Protonic Acid Doped Polyaniline

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    Shaktawat, Vinodini; Saxena, Narendra S.; Sharma, Kananbala; Sharma, Thaneshwar P.

    2008-04-01

    Polyaniline doped with different protonic acids were chemically synthesized using ammonium persulfate (APS) as an oxidant. These samples were characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, which confirms the amorphous nature and acid doping, respectively. Electrical conduction in these samples has been studied through the measurement of I-V characteristics at room temperature as well as in the temperature range from 313 K to 413 K. So obtained characteristic curves were found to be nonlinear. The conductivity of phosphoric acid doped polyaniline sample is higher as compared to HCl doped polyaniline and pure polyaniline. Temperature dependence of conductivity suggests a semiconducting nature with increase in temperature. Activation energies have been found to be 50.86, 25.74 and 21.05 meV for pure polyaniline (base), polyaniline doped with hydrochloric, phosphoric acid, respectively.

  12. InPBi Single Crystals Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Wang, K.; Gu, Y.; Zhou, H. F.; Zhang, L. Y.; Kang, C. Z.; Wu, M. J.; Pan, W. W.; Lu, P. F.; Gong, Q.; Wang, S. M.

    2014-06-01

    InPBi was predicted to be the most robust infrared optoelectronic material but also the most difficult to synthesize within In-VBi (V = P, As and Sb) 25 years ago. We report the first successful growth of InPBi single crystals with Bi concentration far beyond the doping level by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. The InPBi thin films reveal excellent surface, structural and optical qualities making it a promising new III-V compound family member for heterostructures. The Bi concentration is found to be 2.4 +/- 0.4% with 94 +/- 5% Bi atoms at substitutional sites. Optical absorption indicates a band gap of 1.23 eV at room temperature while photoluminescence shows unexpectedly strong and broad light emission at 1.4-2.7 μm which can't be explained by the existing theory.

  13. InPBi Single Crystals Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Wang, K.; Gu, Y.; Zhou, H. F.; Zhang, L. Y.; Kang, C. Z.; Wu, M. J.; Pan, W. W.; Lu, P. F.; Gong, Q.; Wang, S. M.

    2014-01-01

    InPBi was predicted to be the most robust infrared optoelectronic material but also the most difficult to synthesize within In-VBi (V = P, As and Sb) 25 years ago. We report the first successful growth of InPBi single crystals with Bi concentration far beyond the doping level by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. The InPBi thin films reveal excellent surface, structural and optical qualities making it a promising new III–V compound family member for heterostructures. The Bi concentration is found to be 2.4 ± 0.4% with 94 ± 5% Bi atoms at substitutional sites. Optical absorption indicates a band gap of 1.23 eV at room temperature while photoluminescence shows unexpectedly strong and broad light emission at 1.4–2.7 μm which can't be explained by the existing theory. PMID:24965260

  14. Acid doping of polyaniline: Spectroscopic and electrochemical studies

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    Hatchett, D.W.; Josowicz, M.; Janata, J.

    1999-12-16

    A detailed investigation of the acid doping behavior of polyaniline has led to a robust and reproducible procedure for controlled adjustment of the redox state of dry polyaniline films. The initial step in this procedure is the casting of PANI films from formic acid. The subsequent exchange of the trapped formic acid for other primary dopants obtained from mono- and polyprotic acids (e.g., CH{sub 3}COO{sup {minus}}, BF{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, HSO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}, H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}) is demonstrated. The voltammetric and the spectroscopic behavior of the PANI doped with different anions indicate that both the protons and the anions of dopant acids influence the structure and redox properties of the polymer. The redox state of PANI doped with homologous series of chloroacetic and carboxylic acids correlates with the pK{sub a} of the dopant acid. These results show that it is possible to prepare the polymer with a desired oxidation state according to the pK{sub a} of the dopant acid of a given homologous series. The exchange of the formic acid for both stronger and weaker doping acid can be repeatedly accomplished by electrochemical cycling.

  15. Electrical Transport Properties of Au-Doped Deoxyribonucleic Acid Molecules

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    Hwang, Jong Seung; Hong, Su Heon; Kim, Hyung Kwon; Kwon, Young Whan; Jin, Jung Il; Hwang, Sung Woo; Ahn, Doyeol

    2005-04-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules were doped with Au atoms and their electrical transport properties were measured. The Au doping was carried out by incubating a mixture of HAuCl4\\cdot3H2O and DNA solutions. The binding of Au atoms to DNA bases was identified using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The Au-doped DNA molecules were deposited on nanoelectrodes and the presence of the molecules between the electrodes was determined by both scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Measurement of the current-voltage characteristics showed that the Au-doped DNA molecules exhibited a higher conductivity than undoped DNA molecules. Detailed analysis of the chemical composition shows that there is a strong possibility of reliably controlling the conductivity of DNA molecules using this method.

  16. Vacuum thermal evaporation of polyaniline doped with camphor sulfonic acid

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    Boyne, Devon; Menegazzo, Nicola; Pupillo, Rachel C.; Rosenthal, Joel; Booksh, Karl S.

    2015-05-15

    Intrinsically conducting polymers belong to a class of organic polymers with intriguing electronic and physical properties specifically for electro-optical applications. Significant interest into doped polyaniline (PAni) can be attributed to its high conductivity and environmental stability. Poor dissolution in most solvents has thus far hindered the successful integration of PAni into commercial applications, which in turn, has led to the investigations of various deposition and acidic doping methods. Physical vapor deposition methods, including D.C. magnetron sputtering and vacuum thermal evaporation, have shown exceptional control over physical film properties (thickness and morphology). However, resulting films are less conductive than films deposited by conventional methods (i.e., spin and drop casting) due to interruption of the hyperconjugation of polymer chains. Specifically, vacuum thermal evaporation requires a postdoping process, which results in incorporation of impurities and oxidation of surface moieties. In this contribution, thermally evaporated films, sequentially doped by vacuum evaporation of an organic acid (camphorsulfonic acid, CSA) is explored. Spectroscopic evidence confirms the successful doping of PAni with CSA while physical characterization (atomic force microscopy) suggests films retain good morphology and are not damaged by the doping process. The procedure presented herein also combines other postpreparation methods in an attempt to improve conductivity and/or substrate adhesion.

  17. The effect of porosity on performance of phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Celik, Muhammet; Genc, Gamze; Elden, Gulsah; Yapici, Huseyin

    2016-03-01

    A polybenzimidazole (PBI) based polymer electrolyte fuel cells, which called high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells (HT-PEMS), operate at higher temperatures (120-200°C) than conventional PEM fuel cells. Although it is known that HT-PEMS have some of the significant advantages as non-humidification requirements for membrane and the lack of liquid water at high temperature in the fuel cell, the generated water as a result of oxygen reduction reaction causes in the degradation of these systems. The generated water absorbed into membrane side interacts with the hydrophilic PBI matrix and it can cause swelling of membrane, so water transport mechanism in a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) needs to be well understood and water balance must be calculated in MEA. Therefore, the water diffusion transport across the electrolyte should be determined. In this study, various porosity values of gas diffusion layers are considered in order to investigate the effects of porosity on the water management for two phase flow in fuel cell. Two-dimensional fuel cell with interdigitated flow-field is modelled using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a software. The operating temperature and doping level is selected as 160°C and 6.75mol H3PO4/PBI, respectively.

  18. Effect of the filtration of PbI2 solution for zinc oxide nanowire based perovskite solar cells

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    Mijanur Rahman, Md.; Uekawa, Naofumi; Shiba, Fumiyuki; Okawa, Yusuke; Sakai, Masatoshi; Yamamoto, Kazunuki; Kudo, Kazuhiro; Konishi, Takehisa

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) are grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates via a simple reactive evaporation method without the presence of any catalysts or additives. The ZnO NWs show high crystallinity and preferential elongation along the c-axis of the hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. The highly crystalline NWs as electron transporting layer have been used to fabricate the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells and their photovoltaic performance were investigated. In this report, we studied the effect of filtration of PbI2-solution on surface morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 layer. Spin-coating of the filtered PbI2-solution leads to a better crystallization and relatively homogenous coverage of the CH3NH3PbI3 film, resulting in an enhancement of the solar cell efficiency compared to the cell fabricated using non-filtrated PbI2-solution. By synthesizing the CH3NH3PbI3 film using filtrated PbI2-solution, we achieved the best power conversion efficiency of 4.8% with a current density of 7.6 mA cm-2, the open circuit voltage of 0.79 V and fill factor of 0.63.

  19. Preparation of polyaniline nanostructures doped with different dicarboxylic acids through template-free method

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    Sun, Chuanyu; Wang, Yu

    2014-09-01

    In this article nanoscaled polyanilines (PANI) were prepared based on template-free method in the presence of dicarboxylic acid dopants (e.g. D-tartaric acid, succinic acid, maleic acid and fumaric acid). The trans-cis isomerization of butenedioic acid played an important role in the formation of nanostructures from the plane-like to nanofibers, and the PANI doped with maleic acid (MA) had larger diameter, higher crystallinity and conductivity than PANI doped with fumaric acid (FA).

  20. The Electropolymerization and Characterizations of Acid Red Dye Doped Polyaniline

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    Li, Xin; Liang, Fei-Yue; Liao, Jia-Xing; Wang, Rui; Zheng, Yi-Ping; Xian, Ze-Yu

    2016-05-01

    The electrochromic properties of an electrochemical polymerized composite consisted of polyaniline doped with acid red dye (PANI-ARD) are reported. The structures of PANIARD were characterized via cycle voltammograms, spectroelectrochemistry and colorimetric analysis. Film of the PANI-ARD composites of different concentrations appears violet, aubergine in the neutral state and darkblue in the oxidized state, which are different from the pure PANI of yellow (-0.8V) and blue (1.0V). The oxidation and reduction response speed of PANI-ARD was a bit lower than those obtained in pure PANI. It is shown that acid dye doping is an effective method to broaden the color change range of the electrochromicmateials.

  1. Iontophoresis of Salicylic Acid From Salicylic Acid Doped Poly(p-phynylene vinylene)/ Polyacrylamide Hydrogels

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    Niamlang, Sumonman

    2009-03-01

    The apparent diffusion coefficients, Dapp, and the release mechanisms of salicylic acid from salicylic acid-loaded polyacrylamide hydrogels, SA-loaded PAAM, and salicylic acid-doped poly(phenylene vinylene)/polyacrylamide hydrogels, SA-doped PPV/PAAM, were investigated. In the absence of an electric field, the diffusion of SA from the SA-doped PPV/PAAM hydrogel is delayed in the first 3 hr due to the ionic interaction between the anionic drug and PPV. Beyond this period, SA can diffuse continuously into the buffer solution through the PAAM matrix. Dapp of SA-doped PPV/PAAM is higher than that of the SA-loaded PAAM, and the former increases with increasing electric field strength due to the combined mechanisms: the expansion of PPV chains inside the hydrogel; iontophoresis; and the electroporation of the matrix pore. Thus, the presence of the conductive polymer and the applied electric field can be combined to control the drug release rate at an optimal desired level.

  2. Colorimetric determination of phosphoric acid leakage for phosphoric acid-doped polybenzimidazole membrane fuel cell applications

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    Jeong, Yeon Hun; Jung, Ju Hae; Choi, Euiji; Han, Seungyoon; Begley, Alina Irene; Yoo, Sung Jong; Jang, Jong Hyun; Kim, Hyoung-Juhn; Nam, Suk Woo; Lee, Kwan-Young; Kim, Jin Young

    2015-12-01

    A simple and precise colorimetric method for analyzing phosphoric acid leakage in phosphoric acid-doped polybenzimidazole membrane fuel cells is described. The developed method is based on the colorimetric determination from a rapid formation of molybdenum blue color by the reduction reaction of molybdate ions in the presence of phosphoric acid in the acidic medium. The color is stable up to a few months and can be used for the sensitive and accurate detection of phosphoric acid electrolyte which is discharged from the fuel cell during operation. Tests with a wide concentration range of phosphate compounds showed that it permits determination of phosphoric acid up to nanogram quantities. The developed detection method assists monitoring the phosphoric acid contents and developing stable operation strategies of fuel cells.

  3. Superacid-doped polybenzimidazole-decorated carbon nanotubes: a novel high-performance proton exchange nanocomposite membrane.

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    Hasani-Sadrabadi, Mohammad Mahdi; Dashtimoghadam, Erfan; Majedi, Fatemeh Sadat; Moaddel, Homayoun; Bertsch, Arnaud; Renaud, Philippe

    2013-12-01

    Here we demonstrate design and electrochemical characterization of novel proton exchange membranes based on Nafion and superacid-doped polymer coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Polybenzimidazole-decorated CNT (PBI-CNT), a high-performance proton exchange nanostructure, was doped using phosphotungstic acid (PWA) as a super proton conductor. The engineered nanohybrid structure was shown to retain water molecules and provide high proton conduction at low humidity and elevated temperatures. The developed complex nanomaterial was then incorporated into the Nafion matrix to fabricate nanocomposite membranes. The acid-base interactions between imidazole groups of PBI and sulfonate groups of Nafion facilitate proton conductivity, especially at elevated temperatures. The improved characteristics of the membranes at the nanoscale result in enhanced fuel cell power generation capacity (386 mW cm(-2)) at elevated temperatures and low humidity (40% R.H.), which was found to be considerably higher than the commercial Nafion®117 membrane (73 mW cm(-2)). PMID:24108383

  4. Unravelling the Effects of Grain Boundary and Chemical Doping on Electron-Hole Recombination in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite by Time-Domain Atomistic Simulation.

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    Long, Run; Liu, Jin; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2016-03-23

    Advancing organohalide perovskite solar cells requires understanding of carrier dynamics. Electron-hole recombination is a particularly important process because it constitutes a major pathway of energy and current losses. Grain boundaries (GBs) are common in methylammonium lead iodine CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite polycrystalline films. First-principles calculations have suggested that GBs have little effect on the recombination; however, experiments defy this prediction. Using nonadiabatic (NA) molecular dynamics combined with time-domain density functional theory, we show that GBs notably accelerate the electron-hole recombination in MAPbI3. First, GBs enhance the electron-phonon NA coupling by localizing and contributing to the electron and hole wave functions and by creating additional phonon modes that couple to the electronic degrees of freedom. Second, GBs decrease the MAPbI3 bandgap, reducing the number of vibrational quanta needed to accommodate the electronic energy loss. Third, the phonon-induced loss of electronic coherence remains largely unchanged and not accelerated, as one may expect from increased electron-phonon coupling. Further, replacing iodines by chlorines at GBs reduces the electron-hole recombination. By pushing the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) density away from the boundary, chlorines restore the NA coupling close to the value observed in pristine MAPbI3. By introducing higher-frequency phonons and increasing fluctuation of the electronic gap, chlorines shorten electronic coherence. Both factors compete successfully with the reduced bandgap relative to pristine MAPbI3 and favor long excited-state lifetimes. The simulations show excellent agreement with experiment and characterize how GBs and chlorine dopants affect electron-hole recombination in perovskite solar cells. The simulations suggest a route to increased photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies through rational GB passivation. PMID:26930494

  5. Doping optimization of polypyrrole with toluenesulfonic acid using Box-Behnken design

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    Syed Draman, Sarifah Fauziah; Daik, Rusli; El-Sheikh, Said M.; Latif, Famiza Abdul

    2013-11-27

    A three-level Box-Behnken design was employed in doping optimization of polypyrrole with toluenesulfonic acid (TSA-doped PPy). The material was synthesized via chemical oxidative polymerization using pyrrole, toluenesulfonic acid (TSA) and ammonium persulfate (APS) as monomer, dopant and oxidant, respectively. The critical factors selected for this study were concentration of dopant, molar ratio between dopant to monomer (pyrrole) and concentration of oxidant. Obtaining adequate doping level of TSA-doped PPy is crucial because it affects the charge carriers for doped PPy and usually be responsible for electronic mobility along polymeric chain. Furthermore, the doping level also affects other properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity. Doping level was calculated using elemental analysis. SEM images shows that the prepared TSA-doped PPy particles are spherical in shape with the diameters of about. The range of nanoparticles size is around 80-100 nm. The statistical analysis based on a Box–Behnken design showed that 0.01 mol of TSA, 1:1 mole ratio TSA to pyrrole and 0.25 M APS were the optimum conditions for sufficient doping level.

  6. Doping optimization of polypyrrole with toluenesulfonic acid using Box-Behnken design

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    Syed Draman, Sarifah Fauziah; Daik, Rusli; El-Sheikh, Said M.; Latif, Famiza Abdul

    2013-11-01

    A three-level Box-Behnken design was employed in doping optimization of polypyrrole with toluenesulfonic acid (TSA-doped PPy). The material was synthesized via chemical oxidative polymerization using pyrrole, toluenesulfonic acid (TSA) and ammonium persulfate (APS) as monomer, dopant and oxidant, respectively. The critical factors selected for this study were concentration of dopant, molar ratio between dopant to monomer (pyrrole) and concentration of oxidant. Obtaining adequate doping level of TSA-doped PPy is crucial because it affects the charge carriers for doped PPy and usually be responsible for electronic mobility along polymeric chain. Furthermore, the doping level also affects other properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity. Doping level was calculated using elemental analysis. SEM images shows that the prepared TSA-doped PPy particles are spherical in shape with the diameters of about. The range of nanoparticles size is around 80-100 nm. The statistical analysis based on a Box-Behnken design showed that 0.01 mol of TSA, 1:1 mole ratio TSA to pyrrole and 0.25 M APS were the optimum conditions for sufficient doping level.

  7. Exceptionally crystalline and conducting acid doped polyaniline films by level surface assisted solution casting approach

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    Puthirath, Anand B.; Methattel Raman, Shijeesh; Varma, Sreekanth J.; Jayalekshmi, S.

    2016-04-01

    Emeraldine salt form of polyaniline (PANI) was synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerisation method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant. Resultant emeraldine salt form of PANI was dedoped using ammonia solution and then re-doped with camphor sulphonic acid (CSA), naphthaline sulphonic acid (NSA), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and m-cresol. Thin films of these doped PANI samples were deposited on glass substrates using solution casting method with m-cresol as solvent. A level surface was employed to get homogeneous thin films of uniform thickness. Detailed X-ray diffraction studies have shown that the films are exceptionally crystalline. The crystalline peaks observed in the XRD spectra can be indexed to simple monoclinic structure. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy studies provide convincing explanation for the exceptional crystallinity observed in these polymer films. FESEM and AFM images give better details of surface morphology of doped PANI films. The DC electrical conductivity of the samples was measured using four point probe technique. It is seen that the samples also exhibit quite high DC electrical conductivity, about 287 S/cm for CSA doped PANI, 67 S/cm for NSA doped PANI 65 S/cm for HCl doped PANI, and just below 1 S/cm for m-cresol doped PANI. Effect of using the level surface for solution casting is studied and correlated with the observed crystallinity.

  8. Luminescence of benzoic acid polycrystals doped with n-terphenyl and n-quaterphenyl

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    Zarochentseva, E.P.; Korotkov, V.I.; Oleinik, Y.P.

    1994-10-01

    The luminescence and luminescence excitation spectra of benzoic acid polycrystals, terphenyl, quaterphenyl, and benzoic acid doped with terphenyl and quaterphenyl are studied. Blue shifts of the fluorescence and fluorscence excitation spectra are found. These shifts result from nonplanar entering of polyphenyl molecules into the unit cell of the benzoic acid dimmers around the acid carbonyl groups. In the impurity polycrystals at room temperature, the internal conversion from the triplet level efficiently occurs resulting in the absence of phosphorescence. 12 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Effect of amino acid doping on the growth and ferroelectric properties of triglycine sulphate single crystals

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    Raghavan, C.M.; Sankar, R.; Mohan Kumar, R.; Jayavel, R.

    2008-02-05

    Effect of amino acids (L-leucine and isoleucine) doping on the growth aspects and ferroelectric properties of triglycine sulphate crystals has been studied. Pure and doped crystals were grown from aqueous solution by low temperature solution growth technique. The cell parameter values were found to significantly vary for doped crystals. Fourier transform infrared analysis confirmed the presence of functional groups in the grown crystal. Morphology study reveals that amino acid doping induces faster growth rate along b-direction leading to a wide b-plane and hence suitable for pyroelectric detector applications. Ferroelectric domain structure has been studied by atomic force microscopy and hysteresis measurements reveal an increase of coercive field due to the formation of single domain pattern.

  10. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of benzoic acid using Au doped TiO2 thin films.

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    Mohite, V S; Mahadik, M A; Kumbhar, S S; Hunge, Y M; Kim, J H; Moholkar, A V; Rajpure, K Y; Bhosale, C H

    2015-01-01

    Highly transparent pure and Au doped TiO2 thin films are successfully deposited by using simple chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The effect of Au doping onto the structural and physicochemical properties has been investigated. The PEC study shows that, both short circuit current (Isc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) are (Isc=1.81mA and Voc=890mV) relatively higher at 3at.% Au doping percentage. XRD study shows that the films are nanocrystalline in nature with tetragonal crystal structure. FESEM images show that the film surface covered with a smooth, uniform, compact and rice shaped nanoparticles. The Au doped thin films exhibit indirect band gap, decreases from 3.23 to 3.09eV with increase in Au doping. The chemical composition and valence states of pure and Au doped TiO2 films are studied by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The photocatalytic degradation effect is 49% higher in case 3at.% Au doped TiO2 than the pure TiO2 thin film photoelectrodes in the degradation of benzoic acid. It is revealed that Au doped TiO2 can be reused for five cycles of experiments without a requirement of post-treatment while the degradation efficiency was retained.

  11. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of benzoic acid using Au doped TiO2 thin films.

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    Mohite, V S; Mahadik, M A; Kumbhar, S S; Hunge, Y M; Kim, J H; Moholkar, A V; Rajpure, K Y; Bhosale, C H

    2015-01-01

    Highly transparent pure and Au doped TiO2 thin films are successfully deposited by using simple chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The effect of Au doping onto the structural and physicochemical properties has been investigated. The PEC study shows that, both short circuit current (Isc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) are (Isc=1.81mA and Voc=890mV) relatively higher at 3at.% Au doping percentage. XRD study shows that the films are nanocrystalline in nature with tetragonal crystal structure. FESEM images show that the film surface covered with a smooth, uniform, compact and rice shaped nanoparticles. The Au doped thin films exhibit indirect band gap, decreases from 3.23 to 3.09eV with increase in Au doping. The chemical composition and valence states of pure and Au doped TiO2 films are studied by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The photocatalytic degradation effect is 49% higher in case 3at.% Au doped TiO2 than the pure TiO2 thin film photoelectrodes in the degradation of benzoic acid. It is revealed that Au doped TiO2 can be reused for five cycles of experiments without a requirement of post-treatment while the degradation efficiency was retained. PMID:25550120

  12. Flame retardant treatments of PBI fabric.

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    Temin, S. C.

    1972-01-01

    Fabrics knitted or woven from polybenzimidazole (PBI) fibers were treated to reduce flammability in oxygen atmospheres, particularly that of 5 psia oxygen. Bromination to approximately 15% weight gain of such fabrics led to markedly lower burning rates; samples brominated to over 80% weight gain were self-extinguishing in 5 psia oxygen. The loss in tensile strength of fabrics due to bromination was negligible although shrinkage was observed. Free fibers showed negligible losses on bromination. Treatment of PBI fabric with organophosphorus compounds also achieved self-extinguishing character in 5 psia oxygen but the enhanced flameproofing was largely lost on leaching. Reaction with POCl3 in pyridine led to a permanent reduction in flammability.

  13. Preparation of porous carbon nanofibers derived from PBI/PLLA for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Jung, Kyung-Hye; Ferraris, John P.

    2016-10-01

    Porous carbon nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning blend solutions of polybenzimidazole/poly-L-lactic acid (PBI/PLLA) and carbonization. During thermal treatment, PLLA was decomposed, resulting in the creation of pores in the carbon nanofibers. From SEM images, it is shown that carbon nanofibers had diameters in the range of 100-200 nm. The conversion of PBI to carbon was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, and the surface area and pore volume of carbon nanofibers were determined using nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses. To investigate electrochemical performances, coin-type cells were assembled using free-standing carbon nanofiber electrodes and ionic liquid electrolyte. cyclic voltammetry studies show that the PBI/PLLA-derived porous carbon nanofiber electrodes have higher capacitance due to lower electrochemical impedance compared to carbon nanofiber electrode from PBI only. These porous carbon nanofibers were activated using ammonia for further porosity improvement and annealed to remove the surface functional groups to better match the polarity of electrode and electrolyte. Ragone plots, correlating energy density with power density calculated from galvanostatic charge-discharge curves, reveal that activation/annealing further improves energy and power densities.

  14. Preparation of porous carbon nanofibers derived from PBI/PLLA for supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Jung, Kyung-Hye; Ferraris, John P

    2016-10-21

    Porous carbon nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning blend solutions of polybenzimidazole/poly-L-lactic acid (PBI/PLLA) and carbonization. During thermal treatment, PLLA was decomposed, resulting in the creation of pores in the carbon nanofibers. From SEM images, it is shown that carbon nanofibers had diameters in the range of 100-200 nm. The conversion of PBI to carbon was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, and the surface area and pore volume of carbon nanofibers were determined using nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses. To investigate electrochemical performances, coin-type cells were assembled using free-standing carbon nanofiber electrodes and ionic liquid electrolyte. cyclic voltammetry studies show that the PBI/PLLA-derived porous carbon nanofiber electrodes have higher capacitance due to lower electrochemical impedance compared to carbon nanofiber electrode from PBI only. These porous carbon nanofibers were activated using ammonia for further porosity improvement and annealed to remove the surface functional groups to better match the polarity of electrode and electrolyte. Ragone plots, correlating energy density with power density calculated from galvanostatic charge-discharge curves, reveal that activation/annealing further improves energy and power densities. PMID:27632072

  15. Preparation of porous carbon nanofibers derived from PBI/PLLA for supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Jung, Kyung-Hye; Ferraris, John P

    2016-10-21

    Porous carbon nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning blend solutions of polybenzimidazole/poly-L-lactic acid (PBI/PLLA) and carbonization. During thermal treatment, PLLA was decomposed, resulting in the creation of pores in the carbon nanofibers. From SEM images, it is shown that carbon nanofibers had diameters in the range of 100-200 nm. The conversion of PBI to carbon was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, and the surface area and pore volume of carbon nanofibers were determined using nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses. To investigate electrochemical performances, coin-type cells were assembled using free-standing carbon nanofiber electrodes and ionic liquid electrolyte. cyclic voltammetry studies show that the PBI/PLLA-derived porous carbon nanofiber electrodes have higher capacitance due to lower electrochemical impedance compared to carbon nanofiber electrode from PBI only. These porous carbon nanofibers were activated using ammonia for further porosity improvement and annealed to remove the surface functional groups to better match the polarity of electrode and electrolyte. Ragone plots, correlating energy density with power density calculated from galvanostatic charge-discharge curves, reveal that activation/annealing further improves energy and power densities.

  16. Refractive index modulation in polymer film doped with diazo Meldrum's acid

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    Zanutta, Alessio; Villa, Filippo; Bertarelli, Chiara; Bianco, Andrea

    2016-08-01

    Diazo Meldrum's acid undergoes a photoreaction induced by UV light and it is used as photosensitizer in photoresists. Upon photoreaction, a change in refractive index occurs, which makes this system interesting for volume holography. We report on the sublimation effect at room temperature and the effect of photoirradiation on the refractive index in thin films of CAB (Cellulose acetate butyrate) doped with different amount of diazo Meldrum's acid. A net modulation of the refractive index of 0.01 is achieved with 40% of doping ratio together with a reduction of the film thickness.

  17. Effect of NaCl and KCl doping on the growth of sulphamic acid crystals

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    Thaila, T.; Kumararaman, S.

    2011-11-01

    The nonlinear optical single crystals of doped sulphamic acid (SA) were grown from aqueous solution by doping with NaCl and KCl using slow evaporation method. Powder X-ray diffraction studies confirm that the grown crystals belong to orthorhombic system. The density and melting point measurements of the grown crystals were determined by floatation technique and capillary tube method, respectively. The range of optical transmittance was ascertained by recording the UV-Vis-NIR spectrum. Atomic absorption study reveals the presence of dopants in the doped crystals. The thermal analyses indicated that the doped SA crystals are more stable than pure crystals. The Vicker's microhardness studies revealed that the dopants increased the hardness of the crystals. SHG efficiency studies of the crystals are found to be increased in the presence of NaCl and KCl dopants.

  18. Effect of NaCl and KCl doping on the growth of sulphamic acid crystals.

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    Thaila, T; Kumararaman, S

    2011-11-01

    The nonlinear optical single crystals of doped sulphamic acid (SA) were grown from aqueous solution by doping with NaCl and KCl using slow evaporation method. Powder X-ray diffraction studies confirm that the grown crystals belong to orthorhombic system. The density and melting point measurements of the grown crystals were determined by floatation technique and capillary tube method, respectively. The range of optical transmittance was ascertained by recording the UV-Vis-NIR spectrum. Atomic absorption study reveals the presence of dopants in the doped crystals. The thermal analyses indicated that the doped SA crystals are more stable than pure crystals. The Vicker's microhardness studies revealed that the dopants increased the hardness of the crystals. SHG efficiency studies of the crystals are found to be increased in the presence of NaCl and KCl dopants.

  19. Evaluation of the acid properties of porous zirconium-doped and undoped silica materials

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    Fuentes-Perujo, D.; Santamaria-Gonzalez, J.; Merida-Robles, J.; Rodriguez-Castellon, E.; Jimenez-Lopez, A.; Maireles-Torres, P. . E-mail: maireles@uma.es; Moreno-Tost, R.

    2006-07-15

    A series of porous silica and Zr-doped silica molecular sieves, belonging to the MCM-41 and MSU families, were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N{sub 2} adsorption at 77 K. Their acid properties have been evaluated by NH{sub 3}-TPD, adsorption of pyridine and deuterated acetonitrile coupled to FT-IR spectroscopy and the catalytic tests of isopropanol decomposition and isomerization of 1-butene. The acidity of purely siliceous solids were, in all cases, very low, while the incorporation of Zr(IV) into the siliceous framework produced an enhancement of the acidity. The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behaviour revealed that Zr-doped MSU-type silica was more acidic than the analogous Zr-MCM-41 solid, with a similar Zr content. This high acidity observed in the case of Zr-doped silica samples is due to the presence of surface zirconium atoms with a low coordination, mainly creating Lewis acid sites. - Graphical abstract: The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behaviour have revealed that MSU-type materials are more acidic than the analogous MCM-41 solids, mainly after the incorporation of zirconium into the silica framework.

  20. Chemical doping of MoS2 multilayer by p-toluene sulfonic acid

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    Andleeb, Shaista; Singh, Arun Kumar; Eom, Jonghwa

    2015-06-01

    We report the tailoring of the electrical properties of mechanically exfoliated multilayer (ML) molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) by chemical doping. Electrical charge transport and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed that the p-toluene sulfonic acid (PTSA) imposes n-doping in ML MoS2. The shift of threshold voltage for ML MoS2 transistor was analyzed as a function of reaction time. The threshold voltage shifted toward more negative gate voltages with increasing reaction time, which indicates an n-type doping effect. The shift of the Raman peak positions was also analyzed as a function of reaction time. PTSA treatment improved the field-effect mobility by a factor of ~4 without degrading the electrical characteristics of MoS2 devices.

  1. A comparison study of rhodamine B photodegradation over nitrogen-doped lamellar niobic acid and titanic acid under visible-light irradiation.

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    Li, Xiukai; Kikugawa, Naoki; Ye, Jinhua

    2009-01-01

    A solid-state reaction method with urea as a nitrogen precursor was used to prepare nitrogen-doped lamellar niobic and titanic solid acids (i.e., HNb(3)O(8) and H(2)Ti(4)O(9)) with different acidities for visible-light photocatalysis. The photocatalytic activities of the nitrogen-doped solid acids were evaluated for rhodamine B (RhB) degradation and the results were compared with those obtained over the corresponding nitrogen-doped potassium salts. Techniques such as XRD, BET, SEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were adopted to explore the nature of the materials as well as the characteristics of the doped nitrogen species. It was found that the intercalation of the urea precursor helped to stabilize the layered structures of both lamellar solid acids and enabled easier nitrogen doping. The effects of urea intercalation were more significant for the more acidic HNb(3)O(8) sample than for the less acidic H(2)Ti(4)O(9). Compared with the nitrogen-doped KNb(3)O(8) and K(2)Ti(4)O(9) samples, the nitrogen-doped HNb(3)O(8) and H(2)Ti(4)O(9) solid acids absorb more visible light and exhibit a superior activity for RhB photodegradation under visible-light irradiation. The nitrogen-doped HNb(3)O(8) sample performed the best among all the samples. The results of the current study suggest that the protonic acidity of the lamellar solid-acid sample is a key factor that influences nitrogen doping and the resultant visible-light photocatalysis.

  2. Structural, optical, thermal, mechanical and dielectric studies of Sulfamic acid single crystals: An influence of dysprosium (Dy3+) doping

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    Singh, Budhendra; Shkir, Mohd.; AlFaify, S.; Kaushal, Ajay; Nasani, Narendar; Bdikin, Igor; Shoukry, H.; Yahia, I. S.; Algarni, H.

    2016-09-01

    Sulfamic acid is a potential material that exhibits excellent optical properties. A good quality, pure and dysprosium (Dy3+) doped (2.5 and 5 mol %) Sulfamic acid (SA) single crystals were grown successfully by slow cooling method. Structural study revealed a slight change in its lattice parameters and volume, suggesting the successful incorporation of Dy3+ in crystal system. The existence of dysprosium in the system was also confirmed. Presence of various vibrational modes was confirmed. Optical transparency was found to have a significant effect with variation in the doping concentration. Furthermore, a marked enhancement in its mechanical parameters with doping was also identified by nanoindentation technique. Etching study was also performed on the grown crystals to study the etch-pit formation and growth mechanism. Effect of doping on the thermal stability was analysed. All the results were compared and discussed in detail to get insight of the effect of doping concentration on Sulfamic acid crystal.

  3. Enhancement of power production with tartaric acid doped polyaniline nanowire network modified anode in microbial fuel cells.

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    Liao, Zhi-Hong; Sun, Jian-Zhong; Sun, De-Zhen; Si, Rong-Wei; Yong, Yang-Chun

    2015-09-01

    The feasibility to use tartaric acid doped PANI for MFC anode modification was determined. Uniform PANI nanowires doped with tartaric acid were synthesized and formed mesoporous networks on the carbon cloth surface. By using this tartaric acid doped PANI modified carbon cloth (PANI-TA) as the anode, the voltage output (435 ± 15 mV) and power output (490 ± 12 mW/m(2)) of MFC were enhanced by 1.6 times and 4.1 times compared to that of MFC with plain carbon cloth anode, respectively. Strikingly, the performance of PANI-TA MFC was superior to that of the MFCs with inorganic acids doped PNAI modified anode. These results substantiated that tartaric acid is a promising PANI dopant for MFC anode modification, and provided new opportunity for MFC performance improvement.

  4. Studies of structural, optical, dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity of different alkylbenzenesulfonic acids doped polypyrrole nanofibers

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    Hazarika, J.; Kumar, A.

    2016-01-01

    Polypyrrole (PPy) nanofibers doped with alkylbenzenesulfonic acids (ABSA) have been synthesized using interfacial polymerization method. HRTEM studies confirm the formation of PPy nanofibers with average diameter ranging from 13 nm to 25 nm. Broad X-ray diffraction peak in 2 θ range 20-23.46° reveals amorphous structure of PPy nanofibers. The ordering or crystallinity of polymer chains increases, while their interplanar spacing (d) and interchain separation (R) decreases for short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers. FTIR studies reveal that short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers show higher value of "effective conjugation length". PPy nanofibers doped with short alkyl chain ABSA dopant exhibit smaller optical band gap. TGA studies show enhanced thermal stability of short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers. Decrease in dielectric permittivity ε ‧ (ω) with increasing frequency suggests presence of electrode polarization effects. Linear decrease in dielectric loss ε ″ (ω) with increasing frequency suggests dominant effect of dc conductivity process. Low value of non-exponential exponent β (<1) reveals non-Debye relaxation of charge carriers. Scaling of imaginary modulus (M ″) reveals that the charge carriers follow the same relaxation mechanism. Moreover, the charge carriers in PPy nanofibers follow the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) transport mechanism.

  5. Cooperative proton transfer and tunneling in dye doped benzoic acid crystals

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    Rambaud, Ch.; Trommsdorff, H. P.

    1999-06-01

    In seleno-indigo doped benzoic acid crystals, the energy level structure of a pair of benzoic acid dimers coupled to the impurity center is characterized by optical spectroscopy and transient hole burning in electric fields. The lowest energy states involve degenerate, polar proton configurations. Proton tunneling lifts this degeneracy. The tunneling matrix element for proton transfer in a benzoic acid dimer equals 6.5±1.5 GHz, a value comparable to those found with other guest molecules. Relaxation between the two ground state levels involves the concerted motion of four protons and determines the intensity distribution of the fine structure observed in hole burning.

  6. A photoelectrochemical biosensor for fibroblast-like synoviocyte cell using visible light-activated NCQDs sensitized-ZnO/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction.

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    Pang, Xuehui; Zhang, Yong; Pan, Jihong; Zhao, Yanxia; Chen, Yao; Ren, Xiang; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-03-15

    Based on ZnO nanorods (NRs)/CH3NH3PbI3/nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (NCQDs) nanocomposites, the highly sensitive detection of fibroblast-like synoviocyte (FLS) cell was realized by a photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor. ZnO/CH3NH3PbI3/NCQDs nanocomposites were exploited as the photo-to-electron generator to produce the signal. CH3NH3PbI3 was spin-coated on ZnO surface after ZnO NRs grew on ITO electrode then by dropping on the modified electrode, NCQDs were diffused and adhered to the surface of ZnO and CH3NH3PbI3. In the presence of EDC/NHS, the combination of CH3NH3PbI3 and NCQDs was achieved by the carboxyl groups (-COOH) and amino groups (-NH2) in the preparation process. Furthermore, the capture probe of FLS cell, CD95 antibody, can be anchored by -COOH and -NH2 groups through EDC/NHS. The specific recognition between the antibody capture probes and cell targets gained high-sensitive detection for FLS cell for the first time. The developed biosensor showed a wide linear range from 1.0 × 10(4)cell/mL to 10 cell/mL and a low detection limit of 2 cell/mL. This kind of biosensor would provide a novel detection strategy for FLS cell.

  7. 3D Polyaniline Architecture by Concurrent Inorganic and Organic Acid Doping for Superior and Robust High Rate Supercapacitor Performance

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    Gawli, Yogesh; Banerjee, Abhik; Dhakras, Dipti; Deo, Meenal; Bulani, Dinesh; Wadgaonkar, Prakash; Shelke, Manjusha; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2016-01-01

    A good high rate supercapacitor performance requires a fine control of morphological (surface area and pore size distribution) and electrical properties of the electrode materials. Polyaniline (PANI) is an interesting material in supercapacitor context because it stores energy Faradaically. However in conventional inorganic (e.g. HCl) acid doping, the conductivity is high but the morphological features are undesirable. On the other hand, in weak organic acid (e.g. phytic acid) doping, interesting and desirable 3D connected morphological features are attained but the conductivity is poorer. Here the synergy of the positive quality factors of these two acid doping approaches is realized by concurrent and optimized strong-inorganic (HCl) and weak-organic (phytic) acid doping, resulting in a molecular composite material that renders impressive and robust supercapacitor performance. Thus, a nearly constant high specific capacitance of 350 F g−1 is realized for the optimised case of binary doping over the entire range of 1 A g−1 to 40 A g−1 with stability of 500 cycles at 40 A g−1. Frequency dependant conductivity measurements show that the optimized co-doped case is more metallic than separately doped materials. This transport property emanates from the unique 3D single molecular character of such system. PMID:26867570

  8. Enhancing proton conduction via doping of supramolecular liquid crystals (4-alkoxybenzoic acids) with imidazole

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    Liang, Ting; Wu, Yong; Tan, Shuai; Yang, Xiaohui; Wei, Bingzhuo

    2015-09-01

    Enhancing proton conduction via doping was first achieved in hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals consisting of benzoic acids. Supramolecular liquid crystals formed by pure 4-alkoxybenzoic acids (nAOBA, n = 8, 10, 12) exhibited the maximum proton conductivity of 5.0 × 10-8 S cm-1. Doping of nAOBA with 25 mol% imidazole (Im0.25) had little impact on mesomorphism but increased proton conductivities by at least 3 orders of magnitude. The liquid crystals formed by nAOBA-Im0.25 exhibited the maximum proton conductivity of 1.9 × 10-4 S cm-1. It was proposed that structure diffusion of imidazole bridged interdimer proton transfer to form continuous conducting pathways in mesomorphic nAOBA-Im0.25.

  9. Ferromagnetic Conducting Lignosulfonic Acid-doped Polyaniline Nanocomposites

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    Viswansthan, Tito (Inventor); Berry, Brian (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A conductive ferromagnetic composition of matter comprising sulfonated lignin or a sulfonated polyflavonoid, or derivatives thereof, and ferromagnetic iron oxide particles is disclosed. Among the uses of the composition is to shield electromagnetic radiation. The ferromagnetic iron oxide particles of the composition are surprisingly stable to acid, and are easily and inexpensively formed from iron cations in solution.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of β-napthalene sulphonic acid doped poly(o-anisidine)

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    Sangamithirai, D.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2014-04-01

    Poly(o-anisidine) doped with β-napthalene sulphonic acid (β-NSA) was synthesized using ammonium persulphate as an oxidizing agent. The polymer was characterized by using FTIR, XRD and conductivity measurements. The FTIR spectra reveal the presence of functional groups that account for the formation of polymer. The structure was characterized by XRD. The conductivity of the poly(o-anisidine) salt was found to be 2.25 × 10-6 S/m.

  11. Effect of Heat Treatment on Optical Properties of Crosslinkable Azo Chromophore Doped in Poly Amic Acid

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    Hamedi, S.; Gharavi, A.

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we have studied the optical properties of a crosslinkable poly amic acid containing Disperse Red 1. The thin films were cured at 130, 160 and 195 °C. The structural and optical properties of the doped films were investigated by using UV-VIS spectra, and Prism Coupling techniques. The composite crosslinks during poling rendering it totally insoluble. A r33 of 1.5 pm/v was obtained after poling.

  12. Electroactive self-doped poly(amic acid) with oligoaniline and sulfonic acid groups: synthesis and electrochemical properties.

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    Chi, Maoqiang; Wang, Shutao; Liang, Yuan; Chao, Danming; Wang, Ce

    2014-06-01

    A novel poly(amic acid) with pendant aniline tetramer and sulfonic acid groups (ESPAA) was synthesized by ternary polymerization and characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectra, ((1))H NMR and gel permeation chromatography. The polymer showed good thermal stability and excellent solubility in the common organic solvents. The electrochemical properties were investigated carefully on a CHI 660A Electrochemical Workstation. The polymer displayed good electroactivity in acid, neutral and even in alkaline solutions (pH=1-10) due to the self-doping effect between aniline tetramer and sulfonic/carboxylic acid groups. It also exhibited satisfactory electrochromic performance with high contrast value, acceptable coloration efficiency and fast switching time in the range of pH=1-9.

  13. Enhancement of flux pinning in a MgB2 superconductor doped with tartaric acid

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    Hossain, M. S. A.; Kim, J. H.; Wang, X. L.; Xu, X.; Peleckis, G.; Dou, S. X.

    2007-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a carbon (C) doped polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor is reported with tartaric acid (C4H6O6) used as the C source. The amount of C4H6O6 is varied between 5 and 30 wt%. Relationships between microstructures, critical current density (Jc), critical temperature (Tc), upper critical field (Hc2), and irreversibility field (Hirr) for MgB2 doped with 0-30 wt% C4H6O6 are systematically studied. A reduction in Tc from 37.65 to 34.45 K and in lattice parameter a due to the C substitution occurs with C4H6O6 doping. Jc, Hc2, and Hirr are significantly enhanced with an increasing amount of C4H6O6. All the samples exhibit a Jc above 104 A cm-2 at 5 K and 8 T. This value is higher than for un-doped MgB2 by a factor of 6. The significant improvement in the superconducting properties is attributed to the lattice distortion due to the C substitution for boron, with the C coming from the C4H6O6. These findings suggest that C4H6O6 is a promising C source for MgB2 with excellent Jc properties under high field.

  14. Optical properties of KDP crystals doped with pyrenetetrasulfonic acid salt

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    Pritula, I. M.; Bezkrovnaya, O. N.; Lopin, A. V.; Kolybaeva, M. I.; Puzikov, V. M.; Zubatyuk, R. I.; Shishkin, O. V.; Gayvoronsky, V. Ya.

    2013-03-01

    KDP crystals with incorporated molecules of the luminophore 1,3,6,8-pyrenetetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt (SPA) were grown from KH2PO4 solutions by the temperature lowering method. The luminescence spectra of KDP/SPA crystals and SPA solutions in distilled water and in KH2PO4 solutions, were studied. The increase of the dye content gives rise to excimer luminescence in the solutions and in KDP crystals, which is due to the formation of associated dye molecules. SPA molecules possessing negative electrostatic potential are incorporated into the pyramidal growth sector of KDP crystal.

  15. Yield stress of perchloric-acid-doped polythiophene/silicone oil suspensions

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    Chotpattananont, Datchanee; Sirivat, Anuvat; Jamieson, Alexander M.

    2004-07-01

    Electrorheological properties in steady shear of perchloric acid doped poly(3-thiophene acetic acid), PTAA, particles in silicone oil were investigated to determine the effects of field strength, particle concentration, doping degree (conductivity values), operating temperature, and nonionic surfactant. The PTAA/silicone oil suspensions show the typical ER response of Bingham flow behavior upon the application of electric field. The yield stress increases with electric field strength, E, and particle volume fraction, f, according to a scaling law of the form, τy~ΕαΦγ. The scaling exponent a approaches the value of 2, predicted by the polarization model, as the particle volume fraction decreases and when the doping level of the particles decreases. The scaling exponent g tends to unity, as predicted by the polarization model, when the electric field strength is low. The yield stress under electric field initially increases with temperature up to 25 °C, and then levels off. At electric fields above of 1.5 kV/mm, the yield stress increases significantly by up to 50% on addition of small amounts of a nonionic surfactant.

  16. Polypyrrole electrodes doped with sulfanilic acid azochromotrop for electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Chen, S.; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2013-12-01

    In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of deposition of polypyrrole (PPy) films by electropolymerization on stainless steel substrates and fabrication of PPy powders by chemical polymerization using sulfanilic acid azochromotrop (SPADNS) as a new anionic dopant. The problem of low adhesion of PPy films to stainless steel substrates is addressed by the use of SPADNS, which exhibits chelating properties, promoting film formation. The use of fine particles, prepared by the chemical polymerization method, allows impregnation of Ni foams and fabrication of porous electrodes with high materials loading for electrochemical supercapacitors (ES). PPy films and Ni foam based PPy electrodes show capacitive behaviour in Na2SO4 electrolyte. The electron microscopy studies, impedance spectroscopy data and analysis of the SPADNS structure provide an insight into the factors, controlling capacitive behaviour. The Ni foam based electrodes offer advantages of improved capacitive behaviour at high materials loadings and good cycling stability. The area normalized and volume normalized specific capacitances are as high as 5.43 F cm-2 and 93.6 F cm-3, respectively, for materials loading of 35.4 mg cm-2. The capacitance retention of Ni foam based electrodes is 91.5% after 1000 cycles. The Ni foam based PPy electrodes are promising for application in ES.

  17. EPR investigations of silicon carbide nanoparticles functionalized by acid doped polyaniline

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    Karray, Fekri; Kassiba, Abdelhadi

    2012-06-01

    Nanocomposites (SiC-PANI) based on silicon carbide nanoparticles (SiC) encapsulated in conducting polyaniline (PANI) are synthesized by direct polymerization of PANI on the nanoparticle surfaces. The conductivity of PANI and the nanocomposites was modulated by several doping levels of camphor sulfonic acid (CSA). Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) investigations were carried out on representative SiC-PANI samples over the temperature range [100-300 K]. The features of the EPR spectra were analyzed taking into account the paramagnetic species such as polarons with spin S=1/2 involved in two main environments realized in the composites as well as their thermal activation. A critical temperature range 200-225 K was revealed through crossover changes in the thermal behavior of the EPR spectral parameters. Insights on the electronic transport properties and their thermal evolutions were inferred from polarons species probed by EPR and the electrical conductivity in doped nanocomposites.

  18. Electrochemical incineration of sulfanilic acid at a boron-doped diamond anode.

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    El-Ghenymy, Abdellatif; Arias, Conchita; Cabot, Pere Lluís; Centellas, Francesc; Garrido, José Antonio; Rodríguez, Rosa María; Brillas, Enric

    2012-06-01

    The anodic oxidation of sulfanilic acid solutions has been studied in acidic medium using a divided cell with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and a stainless steel cathode. Overall mineralization was achieved under all experimental conditions tested due to the efficient destruction of sulfanilic acid and all its by-products with hydroxyl radicals generated at the BDD anode from water oxidation. The alternative use of an undivided cell with the same electrodes gave rise to the coating of the cathode with polymeric compounds, thus preventing the complete electrochemical incineration of sulfanilic acid. The solutions treated in the anodic compartment of the divided cell were degraded at similar rate under pH regulation within the pH interval 2.0-6.0. The mineralization current efficiency was enhanced when the applied current decreased and the initial substrate concentration increased. The decay of sulfanilic acid was followed by reversed-phase HPLC, showing a pseudo first-order kinetics. Hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone were identified as aromatic intermediates by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and/or reversed-phase HPLC. Maleic, acetic, formic, oxalic and oxamic acids were detected as generated carboxylic acids by ion-exclusion HPLC. Ionic chromatographic analysis of electrolyzed solutions revealed that the N content of sulfanilic acid was mainly released as NH(4)(+) ion and in much smaller proportion as NO(3)(-) ion.

  19. Investigation to the deep center related properties of low temperature grown InPBi with Hall and photoluminescence

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    Wang, Peng; Pan, Wenwu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Kai; Yue, Li; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin

    2015-12-15

    InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers with bismuth (Bi) concentration x= 1.0% were grown on InP by gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GS-MBE) at low temperature (LT). Bi incorporation decreased the intrinsic free electron concentration of low temperature grown InP indicated by hall analysis. It is concluded that deep level center was introduced by Bi. Influence of Si doping on the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} films Photoluminescence (PL) was investigated. N-type doping in the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers was found to be effective at PL enhancement. Blue shift of InPBi PL emission wavelength was observed as the Si doping concentration increasing. Two independent peaks were fitted and their temperature dependence behavior was observed to be distinct obviously. Two individual radiative recombination processes were expected to be involved.

  20. Effect of Morphology Control of Light Absorbing Layer on CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lei, Binglong; Eze, Vincent Obiozo; Mori, Tatsuo

    2016-04-01

    As one of the most significant components of perovskite solar cells, the perovskite light absorbing layer demands high quality to guarantee extraordinary power conversion efficiency (PCE). We have fabricated series of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by virtue of gas-flowing assisting (GFA), spin coating twice for the Pbl2 layer and dipping the semi-samples in a thermal CH3NH3I solution, by which some undesirable perovskite morphologies can be effectively avoided. The modified conductions have also dramatically improved the perovskite layer and elevated the coverage ratio from 53.6% to 79.5%. All the fabrication processes, except the steps for deposition of the hole transport material (HTM) and back gold electrode, have been conducted in air and an average PCE of 6.6% has been achieved by initiatively applying N,N'-bis(1-naphtyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (α-NPD) doped by MoO3 as HTM. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite's morphology and its coverage ratio to the underneath TiO2 mesoporic layer are evaluated to account for the cells' performance. It has demonstrated that higher homogeneity and coverage ratio of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer have most significantly contributed to the solar cells' light conversion efficiency. Keywords: Perovskite, Solar Cell, Morphology, Coverage Ratio, Hole Transport Material. PMID:27451600

  1. Dual activities of the anti-cancer drug candidate PBI-05204 provide neuroprotection in brain slice models for neurodegenerative diseases and stroke

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    Van Kanegan, Michael J.; Dunn, Denise E.; Kaltenbach, Linda S.; Shah, Bijal; He, Dong Ning; McCoy, Daniel D.; Yang, Peiying; Peng, Jiangnan; Shen, Li; Du, Lin; Cichewicz, Robert H.; Newman, Robert A.; Lo, Donald C.

    2016-01-01

    We previously reported neuroprotective activity of the botanical anti-cancer drug candidate PBI-05204, a supercritical CO2 extract of Nerium oleander, in brain slice and in vivo models of ischemic stroke. We showed that one component of this neuroprotective activity is mediated through its principal cardiac glycoside constituent, oleandrin, via induction of the potent neurotrophic factor brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). However, we also noted that the concentration-relation for PBI-05204 in the brain slice oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) model is considerably broader than that for oleandrin as a single agent. We thus surmised that PBI-05204 contains an additional neuroprotective component(s), distinct from oleandrin. We report here that neuroprotective activity is also provided by the triterpenoid constituents of PBI-05204, notably oleanolic acid. We demonstrate that a sub-fraction of PBI-05204 (Fraction 0–4) containing oleanolic and other triterpenoids, but without cardiac glycosides, induces the expression of cellular antioxidant gene transcription programs regulated through antioxidant transcriptional response elements (AREs). Finally, we show that Fraction 0–4 provides broad neuroprotection in organotypic brain slice models for neurodegeneration driven by amyloid precursor protein (APP) and tau implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementias, respectively, in addition to ischemic injury modeled by OGD. PMID:27172999

  2. Fabrication of folic acid sensor based on the Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Lavanya, N.; Radhakrishnan, S.; Sudhan, N.; Sekar, C.; Leonardi, S. G.; Cannilla, C.; Neri, G.

    2014-07-01

    A novel folic acid biosensor has been fabricated using Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a simple microwave irradiation method. Powder XRD and TEM studies confirmed that both the pure and Cu doped SnO2 (Cu: 0, 10, 20wt%) crystallized in tetragonal rutile-type structure with spherical morphology. The average crystallite size of pure SnO2 was estimated to be around 16 nm. Upon doping, the crystallite sizes decreased to 9 nm and 5 nm for 10 and 20wt% Cu doped SnO2 respectively. XPS studies confirmed the electronic state of Sn and Cu to be 4+ and 2+ respectively. Cu (20wt%) doped SnO2 NPs are proved to be a good sensing element for the determination of folic acid (FA). Cu-SnO2 NPs (20wt%) modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited the lowest detection limit of 0.024 nM over a wide folic acid concentration range of 1.0 × 10-10 to 6.7 × 10-5 M at physiological pH of 7.0. The fabricated sensor is highly selective towards the determination of FA even in the presence of a 100 fold excess of common interferent ascorbic acid. The sensor proved to be useful for the estimation of FA content in pharmaceutical sample with satisfactory recovery.

  3. Photocatalytic decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid by iron and niobium co-doped titanium dioxide.

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    Estrellan, Carl Renan; Salim, Chris; Hinode, Hirofumi

    2010-07-15

    The photocatalytic decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in aqueous solution using Fe and Nb co-doped TiO(2) (Fe:Nb-TiO(2)) prepared by sol-gel method was investigated. The photocatalytic activity of Fe:Nb-TiO(2) towards PFOA degradation was compared to that of pure TiO(2) synthesized using the same method, and that of the commercially available TiO(2) photocatalyst, Aeroxide TiO(2) P25 (AO-TiO(2) P25). The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, DRS, BET-N(2) adsorption isotherm, and SEM-EDX techniques and the data were correlated to the photocatalytic activity. Fe:Nb-TiO(2) showed the highest activity compared to the undoped TiO(2) and the commercially available TiO(2). Such activity was attributable to the effects of co-doping both on the physico-chemical properties and surface interfacial charge transfer mechanisms. Perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) with shorter carbon chain length and fluoride ions were identified as photocatalytic reaction intermediates and products.

  4. Ammonia gas sensing behavior of tanninsulfonic acid doped polyaniline-TiO₂ composite.

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    Bairi, Venu Gopal; Bourdo, Shawn E; Sacre, Nicolas; Nair, Dev; Berry, Brian C; Biris, Alexandru S; Viswanathan, Tito

    2015-10-16

    A highly active tannin doped polyaniline-TiO₂ composite ammonia gas sensor was developed and the mechanism behind the gas sensing activity was reported for the first time. A tanninsulfonic acid doped polyaniline (TANIPANI)-titanium dioxide nanocomposite was synthesized by an in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of tanninsulfonic acid and titanium dioxide nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis were utilized to determine the incorporation of TiO₂ in TANIPANI matrix. UV-Visible and infrared spectroscopy studies provided information about the electronic interactions among tannin, polyaniline, and TiO₂. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) along with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) surface analysis techniques were used to investigate the metal oxide dispersions inside polyaniline matrix. Gas sensors were prepared by spin coating solutions of TANIPANI-TiO₂ and TANIPANI composites onto glass slides. Sensors were tested at three different concentrations (20 ppm, 40 ppm, and 60 ppm) of ammonia gas at ambient temperature conditions by measuring the changes in surface resistivity of the films with respect to time. Ammonia gas sensing plots are presented showing the response values, response times and recovery times. The TANIPANI-TiO₂ composite exhibited better response and shorter recovery times when compared to TANIPANI control and other polyaniline composites that have been reported in the literature. For the first time a proposed mechanism of gas sensing basing on the polaron band localization and its effects on the gas sensing behavior of polyaniline are reported.

  5. Characterization of nano-lead-doped active carbon and its application in lead-acid battery

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    Hong, Bo; Jiang, Liangxing; Xue, Haitao; Liu, Fangyang; Jia, Ming; Li, Jie; Liu, Yexiang

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, nano-lead-doped active carbon (nano-Pb/AC) composite with low hydrogen evolution current for lead-acid battery was prepared by ultrasonic-absorption and chemical-precipitate method. The nano-Pb/AC composite was characterized by SEM, EDS and TEM. The electrochemical characterizations are performed by linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) in a three-electrode system. Since intermediate adsorption is the rate-determining step, the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is markedly inhibited as the intermediate adsorption impedance of nano-Pb/AC increased. Meanwhile, the working potential of nano-Pb/AC is widened to the whole potential region of Pb negative plate (from -1.36 V to -0.86 V vs. Hg/HgSO4) in lead-acid battery. In addition, nano-Pb can improve the interfacial compatibility between AC and Pb paste, accordingly relieve the symptoms of carbon floatation. Finally, 2.0 V single-cell flooded lead-acid batteries with 1.0 wt.% nano-Pb/AC or 1.0 wt.% AC addition in negative active materials are assembled. The cell performances test results show that the 3 h rate capacity, quick charging performance, high current discharging performance and cycling performance of nano-Pb/AC modified battery are all improved compared with regular lead-acid battery and AC modified lead-acid battery.

  6. Hydrophilic and blue fluorescent N-doped carbon dots from tartaric acid and various alkylol amines under microwave irradiation

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    Xu, Minghan; Xu, Shusheng; Yang, Zhi; Shu, Mengjun; He, Guili; Huang, Da; Zhang, Liling; Li, Li; Cui, Daxiang; Zhang, Yafei

    2015-09-01

    The desired control of particle size, doping element composition, and surface structure of carbon dots (CDs) are vital for understanding the fluorescence mechanism and exploring their potential applications. Herein, nitrogen-doped CDs (N-doped CDs) have been synthesized with tartaric acid and various alkylol amines (monoethanolamine, biethanolamine and triethanolamine) under microwave irradiation. A systematic investigation was performed to characterize the N-doped CDs. It is found that with increasing nitrogen proportion, the fluorescent quantum yield and lifetime of N-doped CDs increases, whereas cell toxicity decreases. In other words, N-doped CDs synthesized by tartaric acid and monoethanolamine have the highest nitrogen content, the highest fluorescent quantum yield, the longest lifetime and the lowest cell toxicity. A corresponding mechanism has been proposed. Moreover, as-synthesized N-doped CDs have been applied for selectively detecting the Fe3+ ion and writing letters as a fluorescent ink.The desired control of particle size, doping element composition, and surface structure of carbon dots (CDs) are vital for understanding the fluorescence mechanism and exploring their potential applications. Herein, nitrogen-doped CDs (N-doped CDs) have been synthesized with tartaric acid and various alkylol amines (monoethanolamine, biethanolamine and triethanolamine) under microwave irradiation. A systematic investigation was performed to characterize the N-doped CDs. It is found that with increasing nitrogen proportion, the fluorescent quantum yield and lifetime of N-doped CDs increases, whereas cell toxicity decreases. In other words, N-doped CDs synthesized by tartaric acid and monoethanolamine have the highest nitrogen content, the highest fluorescent quantum yield, the longest lifetime and the lowest cell toxicity. A corresponding mechanism has been proposed. Moreover, as-synthesized N-doped CDs have been applied for selectively detecting the Fe3+ ion and writing

  7. Synthesis and characterization of high-quality PbI2 nanopowders from depleted SLA accumulator anode and cathode

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.; Fernandez, C.

    2016-07-01

    High-quality lead iodide (PbI2) nanoparticles were synthesized from both anode and cathode of a discarded sealed lead-acid accumulator as starting materials. The structure, morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of washed PbI2 were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, photoluminescence and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer. The XRD measurements indicated the presence of pure hexagonal PbI2 nanoparticles. Application of the Scherrer equation indicates crystal sizes between 13.703 and 14.320 nm. SEM indicated the presence of spherical particle agglomerations between 1.5 and 3.5 \\upmum in diameter. The measured band gap using two methods was consistent at 2.75 eV. EDS results suggest the absence of impurities in the synthesized nanoparticles. The overall results suggest that discarded sealed lead-acid accumulators can source pure hexagonal-phase lead iodide nanoparticles with potential applications in perovskite solar cells. The novelty aspect is that this approach has not been previously reported.

  8. Adsorption study of acetone on acid-doped ice surfaces between 203 and 233 K.

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    Journet, E; Le Calvé, S; Mirabel, Ph

    2005-07-28

    Adsorption studies of acetone on pure ice surfaces obtained by water freezing or deposition or on frozen ice surfaces doped either with HNO3 or H2SO4 have been performed using a coated wall flow tube coupled to a mass spectrometric detection. The experiments were conducted over the temperature range 203-233 K and freezing solutions containing either H2SO4 (0.2 N) or HNO3 (0.2-3 N). Adsorption of acetone on these ice surfaces was always found to be totally reversible whatever were the experimental conditions. The number of acetone molecules adsorbed per ice surface unit N was conventionally plotted as a function of acetone concentration in the gas phase. For the same conditions, the amount of acetone molecules adsorbed on pure ice obtained by deposition are about 3-4 times higher than those measured on frozen ice films, H2SO4-doped ice surfaces lead to results comparable to those obtained on pure ice. On the contrary, N increases largely with increasing concentrations of nitric acid in ice surfaces, up to about 300 times under our experimental conditions and for temperatures ranging between 213 and 233 K. Finally, the results are discussed and used to reestimate the partitioning of acetone between the ice and gas phases in clouds of the upper troposphere.

  9. Metal-free boron-doped graphene for selective electroreduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid/formate.

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    Sreekanth, Narayanaru; Nazrulla, Mohammed Azeezulla; Vineesh, Thazhe Veettil; Sailaja, Krishnamurty; Phani, Kanala Lakshminarasimha

    2015-11-18

    Herein we report the electrocatalytic activity of boron-doped graphene for the reduction of CO2. Electrolysis takes place at low overpotentials leading exclusively to formate as the product (vis-à-vis benchmark Bi catalyst). Computational studies reveal mechanistic details of CO2 adsorption and subsequent conversion to formic acid/formate.

  10. Study of spatial rings in TPPOH4 doped in boric acid glass

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    Rao Allam, Srinivasa; Dar, Mudasir H.; Venkatramaiah, N.; Venkatesan, R.; Sharan, Alok

    2015-02-01

    Single beam optical nonlinearity is studied in TPPOH4 doped in boric acid sandwiched films between two microscope glass slides at three different molar concentrations (4×10-4M, 1×10-4M, 5×10-5M). It shows absorption peak at 700nm with bandwidth of 70nm. We have used diode laser output at 671nm to probe resonant optical nonlinearities. We have observed interesting phenomena of formation of spatial concentric rings centered on the z-axis of the sample. To our knowledge this is first such observation of spatial rings in these systems. We have carried out studies to separate the contribution to the ring formation due to absorptive/refractive optical nonlinearity and the thermal nonlinearity.

  11. Ammonia Gas Sensing Behavior of Tanninsulfonic Acid Doped Polyaniline-TiO2 Composite

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    Bairi, Venu Gopal; Bourdo, Shawn E.; Sacre, Nicolas; Nair, Dev; Berry, Brian C.; Biris, Alexandru S.; Viswanathan, Tito

    2015-01-01

    A highly active tannin doped polyaniline-TiO2 composite ammonia gas sensor was developed and the mechanism behind the gas sensing activity was reported for the first time. A tanninsulfonic acid doped polyaniline (TANIPANI)-titanium dioxide nanocomposite was synthesized by an in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of tanninsulfonic acid and titanium dioxide nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis were utilized to determine the incorporation of TiO2 in TANIPANI matrix. UV-Visible and infrared spectroscopy studies provided information about the electronic interactions among tannin, polyaniline, and TiO2. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) along with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) surface analysis techniques were used to investigate the metal oxide dispersions inside polyaniline matrix. Gas sensors were prepared by spin coating solutions of TANIPANI-TiO2 and TANIPANI composites onto glass slides. Sensors were tested at three different concentrations (20 ppm, 40 ppm, and 60 ppm) of ammonia gas at ambient temperature conditions by measuring the changes in surface resistivity of the films with respect to time. Ammonia gas sensing plots are presented showing the response values, response times and recovery times. The TANIPANI-TiO2 composite exhibited better response and shorter recovery times when compared to TANIPANI control and other polyaniline composites that have been reported in the literature. For the first time a proposed mechanism of gas sensing basing on the polaron band localization and its effects on the gas sensing behavior of polyaniline are reported. PMID:26501291

  12. Polyaniline nanotubes and their dendrites doped with different naphthalene sulfonic acids

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    Zhang Zhiming; Wei Zhixiang; Zhang Lijuan; Wan Meixiang . E-mail: wanmx@iccas.ac.cn

    2005-03-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) nanotubes (130-250 nm in average diameter) doped with {alpha}-naphthalene sulfonic acid ({alpha}-NSA), {beta}-naphthalene sulfonic acid ({beta}-NSA) and 1,5-naphthalene disulfonic acid were synthesized via a self-assembly process. It was found that the formation yield, morphology (hollow or solid), size, crystalline and electrical properties of the nanostructures are affected by the position and number of -SO{sub 3}H groups attached to the naphthalene ring of NSA as well as the synthesis conditions. Moreover, these nanotubes aggregate to form a dendritic morphology when the polymerization is performed at a static state. The micelles composed of dopant or dopant/anilinium cations might act in a template-like fashion in forming self-assembled PANI nanotubes, which was further confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements, while the aggregated morphology of the nanotubes might result from polymer chain interactions including {pi}-{pi} interactions, hydrogen and ionic bonds.

  13. N-doped carbon nanomaterials are durable catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in acidic fuel cells.

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    Shui, Jianglan; Wang, Min; Du, Feng; Dai, Liming

    2015-02-01

    The availability of low-cost, efficient, and durable catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is a prerequisite for commercialization of the fuel cell technology. Along with intensive research efforts of more than half a century in developing nonprecious metal catalysts (NPMCs) to replace the expensive and scarce platinum-based catalysts, a new class of carbon-based, low-cost, metal-free ORR catalysts was demonstrated to show superior ORR performance to commercial platinum catalysts, particularly in alkaline electrolytes. However, their large-scale practical application in more popular acidic polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells remained elusive because they are often found to be less effective in acidic electrolytes, and no attempt has been made for a single PEM cell test. We demonstrated that rationally designed, metal-free, nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes and their graphene composites exhibited significantly better long-term operational stabilities and comparable gravimetric power densities with respect to the best NPMC in acidic PEM cells. This work represents a major breakthrough in removing the bottlenecks to translate low-cost, metal-free, carbon-based ORR catalysts to commercial reality, and opens avenues for clean energy generation from affordable and durable fuel cells.

  14. N-doped carbon nanomaterials are durable catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in acidic fuel cells

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    Shui, Jianglan; Wang, Min; Du, Feng; Dai, Liming

    2015-01-01

    The availability of low-cost, efficient, and durable catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is a prerequisite for commercialization of the fuel cell technology. Along with intensive research efforts of more than half a century in developing nonprecious metal catalysts (NPMCs) to replace the expensive and scarce platinum-based catalysts, a new class of carbon-based, low-cost, metal-free ORR catalysts was demonstrated to show superior ORR performance to commercial platinum catalysts, particularly in alkaline electrolytes. However, their large-scale practical application in more popular acidic polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells remained elusive because they are often found to be less effective in acidic electrolytes, and no attempt has been made for a single PEM cell test. We demonstrated that rationally designed, metal-free, nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes and their graphene composites exhibited significantly better long-term operational stabilities and comparable gravimetric power densities with respect to the best NPMC in acidic PEM cells. This work represents a major breakthrough in removing the bottlenecks to translate low-cost, metal-free, carbon-based ORR catalysts to commercial reality, and opens avenues for clean energy generation from affordable and durable fuel cells. PMID:26601132

  15. KDP crystal doped with L-arginine amino acid: growth, structure perfection, optical and strength characteristics

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    Pritula, I. M.; Kostenyukova, E. I.; Bezkrovnaya, O. N.; Kolybaeva, M. I.; Sofronov, D. S.; Dolzhenkova, E. F.; Kanaev, A.; Tsurikov, V.

    2016-07-01

    Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate (KDP) crystal doped with L-arginine (L-arg) amino acid with 1.4 wt% concentration in the solution was grown onto a point seed by the method of temperature reduction. For the first time an attempt was made to grow large-size (7 × 6 × 8 cm3) optically transparent crystals, which allowed to analyze the effect of L-arg additive on the physical properties of the different growth sectors ({100} and {101}) of KDP. The incorporation of L-arg into both growth sectors of the crystal was confirmed by the methods of optical and IR spectroscopy and found to be caused by the ability of the amino acid to form hydrogen bonds with the face {100} and electrostatically interact with the positively charged face {101} of KDP crystal. A slight variation in the unit cell parameters was reported, the elementary cell volume of KDP:L-arg crystal increased in comparison with the one of pure KDP by 2·10-2 and 2.07·10-2 Å3 in the sectors {100} and {101}, respectively. It was found that the doping of L-arg enhanced the SHG efficiency of KDP and depended on the crystal growth sectors. The SHG efficiency of KDP:L-arg was by a factor 2.53 and 3.95 higher in comparison with those of pure KDP for {101} and {100} growth sector, respectively. The doping was found to lead to softening of both faces by ∼3-10% and ∼14-17% in the sectors {101} and {100}, respectively. Investigation of the influence of L-arg molecules on the bulk laser damage threshold of the crystals showed that the bulk laser damage threshold of the samples of KDP:L-arg crystal was higher than the one of the pure crystal in the sector {101} and lower in the sector {100}. The correlation between microhardness and laser damage threshold were discussed. The study is helpful for further searching, designing and simulation of hybrid NLO materials.

  16. An efficient hydrogenation catalyst in sulfuric acid for the conversion of nitrobenzene to p-aminophenol: N-doped carbon with encapsulated molybdenum carbide.

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    Wang, Tao; Dong, Zhen; Cai, Weimeng; Wang, Yongzheng; Fu, Teng; Zhao, Bin; Peng, Luming; Ding, Weiping; Chen, Yi

    2016-08-23

    The transfer of catalytic function from molybdenum carbide to N-doped carbon has been tested by encapsulating molybdenum carbide with N-doped carbon using a one-pot preparation process. The outer layer of N-doped carbon, inert itself, exhibits high activity and excellent selectivity with molybdenum carbide as the catalyst for the hydrogenation of nitrobenzene to p-aminophenol in sulfuric acid. PMID:27506592

  17. An efficient hydrogenation catalyst in sulfuric acid for the conversion of nitrobenzene to p-aminophenol: N-doped carbon with encapsulated molybdenum carbide.

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    Wang, Tao; Dong, Zhen; Cai, Weimeng; Wang, Yongzheng; Fu, Teng; Zhao, Bin; Peng, Luming; Ding, Weiping; Chen, Yi

    2016-08-23

    The transfer of catalytic function from molybdenum carbide to N-doped carbon has been tested by encapsulating molybdenum carbide with N-doped carbon using a one-pot preparation process. The outer layer of N-doped carbon, inert itself, exhibits high activity and excellent selectivity with molybdenum carbide as the catalyst for the hydrogenation of nitrobenzene to p-aminophenol in sulfuric acid.

  18. Vortex flux pinning mechanism and enhancement of in-field Jc in succinic acid doped MgB2

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    Ghorbani, S. R.; Darini, M.; Wang, X. L.; Hossain, M. S. A.; Dou, S. X.

    2013-08-01

    The field dependence of the resistivity and the critical current density, Jc(B), of MgB2 doped with 10 wt% wet and dry succinic acid have been investigated by magnetic measurements. The dry succinic acid significantly enhanced the upper critical field, the irreversibility field, and the Jc(B) compared to the wet succinic acid doped MgB2 and the pure MgB2. The field dependence of Jc(B) was analyzed within the collective pinning model. The observed temperature dependence of the crossover field, Bsb(T), from the single vortex to the small vortex bundle pinning regime shows that flux pinning arising from variation in the critical temperature, δTc, is the dominant mechanism for the wet sample over the whole studied temperature range, while there is a competition between δTc pinning and the pinning from variation in the mean free path, δl, for the dry sample.

  19. Enhancement in the critical current density of C-doped MgB2 wire using a polyacrylic acid dopant.

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    Lee, Seung Muk; Hwang, Soo Min; Lee, Chang Min; Kim, Won; Joo, Jinho; Lim, Jun Hyung; Kim, Chan-Joong; Hong, Gye-Won

    2012-02-01

    C-doped MgB2 wires were fabricated from a polyacrylic acid (PAA) using a conventional in-situ PIT technique. The effects of the PAA content on the lattice parameter, microstructure, critical temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc) were examined. With increasing PAA content, the amount of MgO in the sample increased but the crystallinity, a-axis lattice parameter, and Tc of MgB2 wires decreased, indicating that the C that decomposed from PAA during heat treatment had substituted for B. All doped samples exhibited a higher Jc than the undoped sample at high magnetic field, and the Jc(B) property improved with increasing PAA content: for the 7 wt% doped sample, the Jc was approximately 3-times higher than that of the pristine sample (1.28 kA/cm2 vs. 3.43 kA/cm2) at 5 K and 6.6 T. The improved Jc(B) of the doped sample was attributed to the decreased grain size, enlarged lattice distortion and increased C doping level.

  20. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of N and Zr co-doped TiO2 nanostructures from nanotubular titanic acid precursors.

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    Zhang, Min; Yu, Xinluan; Lu, Dandan; Yang, Jianjun

    2013-01-01

    Zr/N co-doped TiO2 nanostructures were successfully synthesized using nanotubular titanic acid (NTA) as precursors by a facile wet chemical route and subsequent calcination. These Zr/N-doped TiO2 nanostructures made by NTA precursors show significantly enhanced visible light absorption and much higher photocatalytic performance than the Zr/N-doped P25 TiO2 nanoparticles. Impacts of Zr/N co-doping on the morphologies, optical properties, and photocatalytic activities of the NTA precursor-based TiO2 were thoroughly investigated. The origin of the enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity is discussed in detail.

  1. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of N and Zr co-doped TiO2 nanostructures from nanotubular titanic acid precursors

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    Zhang, Min; Yu, Xinluan; Lu, Dandan; Yang, Jianjun

    2013-12-01

    Zr/N co-doped TiO2 nanostructures were successfully synthesized using nanotubular titanic acid (NTA) as precursors by a facile wet chemical route and subsequent calcination. These Zr/N-doped TiO2 nanostructures made by NTA precursors show significantly enhanced visible light absorption and much higher photocatalytic performance than the Zr/N-doped P25 TiO2 nanoparticles. Impacts of Zr/N co-doping on the morphologies, optical properties, and photocatalytic activities of the NTA precursor-based TiO2 were thoroughly investigated. The origin of the enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity is discussed in detail.

  2. Nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes with encapsulated ferric carbide as excellent electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in acid and alkaline media

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    Zhong, Guoyu; Wang, Hongjuan; Yu, Hao; Peng, Feng

    2015-07-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) with encapsulated Fe3C nanoparticles (Fe3C@NCNTs) are synthesized by a simple direct pyrolysis of melamine and ferric chloride. The characterization results reveal that Fe3C is mainly encapsulated in the interior of NCNTs and N species is mainly distributed on the outside surface of NCNTs. Iron and iron carbide catalyze the growth of NCNTs and are wrapped by carbon to form Fe3C@NCNTs. The as-prepared Fe3C@NCNTs catalyst exhibits superior oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity, excellent methanol tolerance and long-term stability in both acid and alkaline media. It is proven that the doped N is the main active site for ORR and the inner Fe3C with outside carbon form the synergetic active site to enhance ORR activity. The ORR mechanism of direct four electron transfer pathway is proved in acid and alkaline media.

  3. The effect of citric and oxalic acid doping on the superconducting properties of MgB2

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    Ojha, N.; Malik, V. K.; Singla, Rashmi; Bernhard, C.; Varma, G. D.

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the effect of carbon doping on the structural and superconducting properties of MgB2 using citric and oxalic acids as carbon sources. The bulk polycrystalline samples have been synthesized via a standard solid state reaction route with composition MgB2+x wt% of citric and oxalic acids (x = 0, 5 and 10). The x-ray diffraction results reveal the formation of dominantly MgB2 with only a small amount of impurity phase MgO and substitution of C at the B site of MgB2 for both dopants. Improvements in the upper critical field (HC2), irreversibility field (Hirr) and high field (>2.5 T) critical current density (JC) have been observed on C doping in the samples. The correlations between superconducting properties and structural characteristics of the samples are described and discussed in this paper.

  4. Improvement of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) photopolymer

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    Yu, Dan; Liu, Hongpeng; Wang, Heng; Wang, Jian; Jiang, Yongyuan; Sun, Xiudong

    2011-08-01

    Experimental studies of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone (PQ)-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) [P(MMA-co-MAA)] photopolymers are presented. A possibility to improve the thermal stability of holograms is demonstrated by doping methacrylic acid (MAA) into the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer matrix. MAA as a copolymerization monomer can form a more stable polymer matrix with methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer and increase average molecular weight of photoproducts, which finally depress the diffusion of photoproduct. The optimized MAA concentration copolymerized into P(MMA-co-MAA) polymer matrix can bring nearly a month's lifetime of gratings, which is obviously an improvement over the usual PQ-PMMA material under thermal treatment.

  5. Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films: evidence for passivation effect of PbI2.

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    Wang, Lili; McCleese, Christopher; Kovalsky, Anton; Zhao, Yixin; Burda, Clemens

    2014-09-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layered films deposited on substrates with and without a titania support structure have been prepared and studied using time-resolved femtosecond transient absorption (fs-TA) spectroscopy in the visible light range (450-800 nm). The electron injection dynamics from the photoexcited perovskite layers to the neighboring film structures could be directly monitored via the transient bleaching dynamics of the perovskite at ∼750 nm and thus systematically studied as a function of the layer-by-layer architecture. In addition, for the first time we could spectrally distinguish transient bleaching at ∼750 nm from laser-induced fluorescence that occurs red-shifted at ∼780 nm. We show that an additional bleach feature at ∼510 nm appears when PbI2 is present in the perovskite film. The amplitudes of the PbI2 and perovskite TA peaks were compared to estimate relative amounts of PbI2 in the samples. Kinetic analysis reveals that perovskite films with less PbI2 show faster relaxation rates than those containing more PbI2. These fast dynamics are attributed to charge carrier trapping at perovskite grain boundaries, and the slower dynamics in samples containing PbI2 are due to a passivation effect, in line with other recently reported work.

  6. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions

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    2014-01-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-based solar cells. The influence of the thickness of the as-prepared CuInS2 film on the performance of the ITO/CuInS2(n)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cells was investigated. The ITO/CuInS2(2)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cell showed the best performance and achieved power conversion efficiency up to 5.30%. PMID:25278818

  7. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions.

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    Chen, Chong; Li, Chunxi; Li, Fumin; Wu, Fan; Tan, Furui; Zhai, Yong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-based solar cells. The influence of the thickness of the as-prepared CuInS2 film on the performance of the ITO/CuInS2(n)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cells was investigated. The ITO/CuInS2(2)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cell showed the best performance and achieved power conversion efficiency up to 5.30%. PMID:25278818

  8. Efficient perovskite solar cells based on low-temperature solution-processed (CH3NH3)PbI3 perovskite/CuInS2 planar heterojunctions

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    Chen, Chong; Li, Chunxi; Li, Fumin; Wu, Fan; Tan, Furui; Zhai, Yong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2014-09-01

    In this work, the solution-processed CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite/copper indium disulfide (CuInS2) planar heterojunction solar cells with Al2O3 as a scaffold were fabricated at a temperature as low as 250°C for the first time, in which the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass instead of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass was used as the light-incidence electrode and the solution-processed CuInS2 layer was prepared to replace the commonly used TiO2 layer in previously reported perovskite-based solar cells. The influence of the thickness of the as-prepared CuInS2 film on the performance of the ITO/CuInS2( n)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cells was investigated. The ITO/CuInS2(2)/Al2O3/(CH3NH3)PbI3/Ag cell showed the best performance and achieved power conversion efficiency up to 5.30%.

  9. Z-scan measurements of single walled carbon nanotube doped acetylenedicarboxylic acid polymer under CW laser

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    Zidan, M. D.; Allaf, A. W.; Allahham, A.; AL-Zier, A.

    2016-06-01

    Z-scan measurements of single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) doped with acetylenedicarboxylic acid (ADC) polymer are performed using a CW diode laser at 635 nm wavelength with 17 mW power. The nonlinear absorption coefficient (β), nonlinear refractive index (n2), the real and imaginary parts of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility (Re χ3), (Im χ3) of the investigated samples are calculated. It was found that the β values decrease with increase in on-axis input intensity I0. Also, these values are found to be proportional with sample concentrations. The excited-state absorption cross sections were calculated to be at σex=5.08×10-14 cm2 for the (SWCNT) and at 15.1×10-14 cm2 for the ADC polymer. It was found that the σex is larger than ground-state absorption cross sections, indicating that the reverse saturable absorption mechanism (RSA) is the dominating mechanism for the observed absorption nonlinearities.

  10. Low thermal budget n-type doping into Ge(001) surface using ultraviolet laser irradiation in phosphoric acid solution

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    Takahashi, Kouta; Kurosawa, Masashi; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Sakashita, Mitsuo; Takeuchi, Wakana; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki

    2016-02-01

    We have investigated phosphorus (P) doping into Ge(001) surfaces by using ultraviolet laser irradiation in phosphoric acid solution at room temperature. We demonstrated that the diffusion depth of P in Ge and the concentration of electrically activated P can be controlled by the number of laser shots. Indeed, a high concentration of electrically activated P of 2.4 × 1019 cm-3 was realized by 1000-times laser shots at a laser energy of 1.0 J/cm2, which is comparable or better than the counterparts of conventional n-type doping using a high thermal budget over 600 °C. The generation current is dominant in the reverse bias condition for the laser-doped pn-junction diodes independent on the number of laser shots, thus indicating low-damage during the pn-junction formation. These results open up the possibility for applicable low thermal budget doping process for Ge-based devices fabricated on flexible substrates as well as Si electronics.

  11. The interaction of propionic and butyric acids with ice and HNO₃-doped ice surfaces at 195-212 K.

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    Romanias, Manolis N; Papadimitriou, Vassileios C; Papagiannakopoulos, Panos

    2014-12-01

    The interaction of propionic and butyric acids on ice and HNO3-doped ice were studied between 195 and 212 K and low concentrations, using a Knudsen flow reactor coupled with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The initial uptake coefficients (γ0) of propionic and butyric acids on ice as a function of temperature are given by the expressions: γ0(T) = (7.30 ± 1.0) × 10(-10) exp[(3216 ± 478)/T] and γ0(T) = (6.36 ± 0.76) × 10(-11) exp[(3810 ± 434)/T], respectively; the quoted error limits are at 95% level of confidence. Similarly, γ0 of propionic acid on 1.96 wt % (A) and 7.69 wt % (B) HNO3-doped ice with temperature are given as γ(0,A)(T) = (2.89 ± 0.26) × 10(-8) exp[(2517 ± 266)/T] and γ(0,B)(T) = (2.77 ± 0.29) × 10(-7) exp[(2126 ± 206)/T], respectively. The results show that γ0 of C1 to C4 n-carboxylic acids on ice increase with the alkyl-group length, due to lateral interactions between alkyl-groups that favor a more perpendicular orientation and well packing of H-bonded monomers on ice. The high uptakes (>10(15) molecules cm(-2)) and long recovery signals indicate efficient growth of random multilayers above the first monolayer driven by significant van der Waals interactions. The heterogeneous loss of both acids on ice and HNO3-doped ice particles in dense cirrus clouds is estimated to take a few minutes, signifying rapid local heterogeneous removal by dense cirrus clouds.

  12. Enhanced Fischer-Tropsch synthesis performance of iron-based catalysts supported on nitric acid treated N-doped CNTs

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    Li, Zhenhua; Liu, Renjie; Xu, Yan; Ma, Xinbin

    2015-08-01

    Iron-based catalysts supported on N-doped CNTs (NCNTs) treated by various concentrations of nitric acid for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) were investigated. An improved catalytic performance for the iron catalyst supported on acid treated NCNTs was obtained and the suitable nitric acid concentration was 10 M. The physiochemical properties of the NCNTs and the corresponding catalysts were characterized by BET, TEM, XRD, XPS, TGA and H2-TPR. The acid treatment removed the impurity and amorphous carbon, damaged the bamboo-like structure and increased the number of oxygen-containing functional groups and graphitization degree on the NCNTs. The more iron particles located inside the channels of NCNTs, the better catalytic FTS performance due to high dispersion and reducibility.

  13. Kinetics of the electrochemical mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid on ultrananocrystalline boron doped conductive diamond electrodes.

    PubMed

    Urtiaga, Ane; Fernández-González, Carolina; Gómez-Lavín, Sonia; Ortiz, Inmaculada

    2015-06-01

    This work deals with the electrochemical degradation and mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Model aqueous solutions of PFOA (100mg/L) were electro-oxidized under galvanostatic conditions in a flow-by undivided cell provided with a tungsten cathode and an anode formed by a commercial ultrananocrystalline boron doped diamond (BDD) coating on a niobium substrate. A systematic experimental study was conducted in order to analyze the influence of the following operation variables: (i) the supporting electrolyte, NaClO4 (1.4 and 8.4g/L) and Na2SO4 (5g/L); (ii) the applied current density, japp, in the range 50-200 A/m(2) and (iii) the hydrodynamic conditions, in terms of flowrate in the range 0.4×10(-4)-1.7×10(-4)m(3)/s and temperature in the range 293-313K. After 6h of treatment and at japp 200A/m(2), PFOA removal was higher than 93% and the mineralization ratio, obtained from the decrease of the total organic carbon (TOC) was 95%. The electrochemical generation of hydroxyl radicals in the supporting electrolyte was experimentally measured based on their reaction with dimethyl sulfoxide. The enhanced formation of hydroxyl radicals at higher japp was related to the faster kinetics of PFOA removal. The fitting of experimental data to the proposed kinetic model provided the first order rate constants of PFOA degradation, kc(1) that moved from 2.06×10(-4) to 15.58×10(-4)s(-1), when japp varied from 50 to 200A/m(2).

  14. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanofoam derived from amino acid chelate complex for supercapacitor applications

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    Ramakrishnan, Prakash; Shanmugam, Sangaraju

    2016-06-01

    We report a novel strategy to fabricate the nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon nanofoam structures (N-MCNF), derived from magnesium amino acid chelate complex (Mg-acc-complex) for its application towards high performance supercapacitor (SCs) system. A series of N-MCNF with well-connected carbon nanofoam structure have been developed by varying the synthesis temperature. The fabricated N-MCNF material possesses a high surface area (1564 m2 g-1) and pore volume (1.767 cm3 g-1) with nitrogen content of 3.42 wt%. A prototypical coin cell type symmetric N-MCNF SC device has been assembled with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [EMIMBF4] ionic liquid electrolyte, and evaluated for SCs studies. The N-MCNF with high textural properties delivers unprecedented SC performance, such as high specific capacitance (204 Fg-1 at 0.25 Ag-1, 25 °C), high energy density (63.4 Wh kg-1), high power density (35.9 kW kg-1) and long-term cycle life (32,500 cycles). Significantly, N-MCNF materials exhibited high power rate performance, at 500 mV-1 (115 Fg-1) and 25 Ag-1 (166 Fg-1) owing to the uniform mesopore size distribution (∼4 nm). The N-MCNF SC device delivered maximum energy densities of 83.4 and 93.3 Wh kg-1 at 60 °C and 90 °C, respectively. Such outstanding N-MCNF SC device is successfully demonstrated in solar energy harvester applications.

  15. Cancellous bone healing around strontium-doped hydroxyapatite in osteoporotic rats previously treated with zoledronic acid.

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    Li, Yunfeng; Shui, Xueping; Zhang, Li; Hu, Jing

    2016-04-01

    Bisphosphonates (BPs) are potent anti-osteoporotic agents. Strontium-doped hydroxyapatite (HA) (SrHA) has been reported to increase bone density and improve trabecular microarchitecture in osteoporotic animals. But information about the effect of SrHA on the surrounding bone tissue in osteoporotic animals previously on BPs treatment is limited. We hypothesize that SrHA will induce increased bone density in the vicinity of the material when compared to HA, even in osteoporotic animals previously treated with BPs. HA and 10%SrHA (HA with 10 mol % calcium substituted by strontium) implants were prepared and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Osteoporotic animal model was established by bilateral ovariectomy. Twelve weeks later, all OVX rats accepted subcutaneous injection of zoledronic acid (ZOL) at the dose of 1.5 μg/kg weekly for another twelve weeks. Subsequently, rod-shaped HA and SrHA implants were inserted in the distal femur of the OVX animals previously treated with ZOL. Eight weeks after implantation, specimens were harvested for histological and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) analysis. Compared to HA, 10%SrHA raised the percent bone volume by 32.7%, the mean trabecular thickness by 36.5%, the mean trabecular number by 34.3%, the mean connectivity density by 38.4%, while the mean trabecular separation showed no significant difference. 10%SrHA also increased the bone area density by 36.3% in histological analysis. Results from this study indicated that 10%SrHA increased bone density and improved trabecular microarchitecture around implants in osteoporotic animals previously treated with ZOL when compared to HA. PMID:25891947

  16. Kinetics of the electrochemical mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid on ultrananocrystalline boron doped conductive diamond electrodes.

    PubMed

    Urtiaga, Ane; Fernández-González, Carolina; Gómez-Lavín, Sonia; Ortiz, Inmaculada

    2015-06-01

    This work deals with the electrochemical degradation and mineralization of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Model aqueous solutions of PFOA (100mg/L) were electro-oxidized under galvanostatic conditions in a flow-by undivided cell provided with a tungsten cathode and an anode formed by a commercial ultrananocrystalline boron doped diamond (BDD) coating on a niobium substrate. A systematic experimental study was conducted in order to analyze the influence of the following operation variables: (i) the supporting electrolyte, NaClO4 (1.4 and 8.4g/L) and Na2SO4 (5g/L); (ii) the applied current density, japp, in the range 50-200 A/m(2) and (iii) the hydrodynamic conditions, in terms of flowrate in the range 0.4×10(-4)-1.7×10(-4)m(3)/s and temperature in the range 293-313K. After 6h of treatment and at japp 200A/m(2), PFOA removal was higher than 93% and the mineralization ratio, obtained from the decrease of the total organic carbon (TOC) was 95%. The electrochemical generation of hydroxyl radicals in the supporting electrolyte was experimentally measured based on their reaction with dimethyl sulfoxide. The enhanced formation of hydroxyl radicals at higher japp was related to the faster kinetics of PFOA removal. The fitting of experimental data to the proposed kinetic model provided the first order rate constants of PFOA degradation, kc(1) that moved from 2.06×10(-4) to 15.58×10(-4)s(-1), when japp varied from 50 to 200A/m(2). PMID:24981910

  17. N-Co-O Triply Doped Highly Crystalline Porous Carbon: An Acid-Proof Nonprecious Metal Oxygen Evolution Catalyst.

    PubMed

    Yang, Shiliu; Zhan, Yi; Li, Jingfa; Lee, Jim Yang

    2016-02-10

    In comparison with nonaqueous Li-air batteries, aqueous Li-air batteries are kinetically more facile and there is more variety of non-noble metal catalysts available for oxygen electrocatalysis, especially in alkaline solution. The alkaline battery environment is however vulnerable to electrolyte carbonation by atmospheric CO2 resulting in capacity loss over time. The acid aqueous solution is immune to carbonation but is limited by the lack of effective non-noble metal catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). This is contrary to the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in acid solution where a few good candidates exist. We report here the development of a N-Co-O triply doped carbon catalyst with substantial OER activity in acid solution by the thermal codecomposition of polyaniline, cobalt salt and cyanamide in nitrogen. Cyanamide and the type of cobalt precursor salt were found to determine the structure, crystallinity, surface area, extent of Co doping and consequently the OER activity of the final carbon catalyst in acid solution. We have also put forward some hypotheses about the active sites that may be useful for guiding further work. PMID:26795393

  18. A novel phosphoric acid doped poly(ethersulphone)-poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) blend membrane for high-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Xu, Xin; Wang, Haining; Lu, Shanfu; Guo, Zhibin; Rao, Siyuan; Xiu, Ruijie; Xiang, Yan

    2015-07-01

    A high-temperature proton exchange membrane, poly(ethersulphone)-poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PES-PVP) blend membrane is successfully prepared by scalable polymer blending method. The physical properties of blend membrane are characterized by DSC, TG and tensile strength test. The DSC and TG results indicate PES-PVP blend membranes possess excellent thermal stability. After phosphoric acid (PA) doping treatment, the blend membrane shows enhanced proton conductivity. PA doping level and volume swelling ratio of the blend membrane are found to be positively related to the PVP content. A high proton conductivity of 0.21 S/cm is achieved at 180 °C for PA doped PES-PVP 80% with a PA doping level of 9.1. PEM fuel cell based on PA doped PES-PVP 80% membrane shows a high power density of 850 mW/cm2 and outstanding stability at 180 °C without extra humidification.

  19. Raman scattering investigations of the interaction of a COV with pure and acid doped ice particles

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    Facq, S.; Oancea, A.; Focsa, C.; Chazallon, B.

    2009-04-01

    Ice present in polar stratosphere is as well a common component of the troposphere, particularly in cirrus clouds widespread in tropopause and upper troposphere region. With water droplets, ice constitutes the condensed matter that can interact with atmospheric trace gases via many different trapping processes (co-deposition i.e; incorporation during growing ice conditions, adsorption, freezing etc). The incorporation of trace gases in ice surface/volume can both affect the atmospheric chemistry and the ice structure and reactivity. This can therefore modify the nature and composition of the incorporated species in ice, or in the gas phase. Recently, field measurements have demonstrated the presence of nitric acid in ice particles from cirrus clouds(1,2) (concentration between 0.63 wt% and 2.5 wt %). Moreover, laboratory experiments have shown that the uptake of atmospheric trace gases can be enhanced up to 1 or 2 orders of magnitude in these doped ice particles. Among trace gases capable to interact with atmospheric condensed matter figure volatile organic compounds such as aldehydes, ketones and alcohols (ex: ethanol and methanol). They play an important role in the upper troposphere (3,4) and snowpack chemistry (5) as they can be easily photolysed, producing free radicals and so influence the oxidizing capacity and the ozone-budget of the atmosphere (3,4). The temperature range at which these physico-chemical processes occur extents between ~ 190 K and 273K. Interaction between ice and trace gases are therefore largely dependent on the ice surface properties as well as on the phase formation dynamic (crystalline or not). This study aims to examine and characterize the incorporation of a COV (ex: ethanol), at the surface or in the volume of ice formed by different growth mechanisms (vapour deposition or droplets freezing). Vibrational spectra of water OH and ethanol CH-spectral regions are analysed using confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy at different temperatures

  20. Is CH3NH3PbI3 Polar?

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    G, Sharada; Mahale, Pratibha; Kore, Bhushan P; Mukherjee, Somdutta; Pavan, Mysore S; De, Chandan; Ghara, Somnath; Sundaresan, A; Pandey, Anshu; Guru Row, Tayur N; Sarma, D D

    2016-07-01

    In view of the continued controversy concerning the polar/nonpolar nature of the hybrid perovskite system, CH3NH3PbI3, we report the first investigation of a time-resolved pump-probe measurement of the second harmonic generation efficiency as well as using its more traditional form as a sensitive probe of the absence/presence of the center of inversion in the system both in its excited and ground states, respectively. Our results clearly show that SHG efficiency, if nonzero, is below the limit of detection, strongly indicative of a nonpolar or centrosymmetric structure. Our results on the same samples, based on temperature dependent single crystal X-ray diffraction and P-E loop measurements, are entirely consistent with the above conclusion of a centrosymmetric structure for this compound in all three phases, namely the high temperature cubic phase, the intermediate temperature tetragonal phase and the low temperature orthorhombic phase. It is important to note that all our experimental probes are volume averaging and performed on bulk materials, suggesting that basic material properties of CH3NH3PbI3 are consistent with a centrosymmetric, nonpolar structure.

  1. Is CH3NH3PbI3 Polar?

    PubMed

    G, Sharada; Mahale, Pratibha; Kore, Bhushan P; Mukherjee, Somdutta; Pavan, Mysore S; De, Chandan; Ghara, Somnath; Sundaresan, A; Pandey, Anshu; Guru Row, Tayur N; Sarma, D D

    2016-07-01

    In view of the continued controversy concerning the polar/nonpolar nature of the hybrid perovskite system, CH3NH3PbI3, we report the first investigation of a time-resolved pump-probe measurement of the second harmonic generation efficiency as well as using its more traditional form as a sensitive probe of the absence/presence of the center of inversion in the system both in its excited and ground states, respectively. Our results clearly show that SHG efficiency, if nonzero, is below the limit of detection, strongly indicative of a nonpolar or centrosymmetric structure. Our results on the same samples, based on temperature dependent single crystal X-ray diffraction and P-E loop measurements, are entirely consistent with the above conclusion of a centrosymmetric structure for this compound in all three phases, namely the high temperature cubic phase, the intermediate temperature tetragonal phase and the low temperature orthorhombic phase. It is important to note that all our experimental probes are volume averaging and performed on bulk materials, suggesting that basic material properties of CH3NH3PbI3 are consistent with a centrosymmetric, nonpolar structure. PMID:27282976

  2. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium...), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as silicic acid (H6SiO2O7)...

  3. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium...), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as silicic acid (H6SiO2O7)...

  4. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium...), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as silicic acid (H6SiO2O7)...

  5. Spectral characteristics of europium-doped lead iodide

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    Novosad, I. S.; Novosad, S. S.

    2013-05-01

    Optical absorption and x-ray luminescence spectra and thermally stimulated luminescence curves of a PbI2:EuCl3 crystal grown by the Stockbarger method were investigated in the temperature range 85-295 K. It was presumed based on results of EPR spectral studies that the europium ions in this material existed in the divalent state and replaced matrix cations. An intense broad non-elementary band at 780 nm in addition to a weak band with a maximum in the range 512-520 nm were observed in the PbI2:Eu2+ x-ray luminescence spectrum at 85 K. The intensity of the long-wavelength emission increased slightly upon increasing the crystal temperature from 85 to 130 K and was quenched in several stages upon increasing the temperature further to 220 K. The maximum shifted to 740 nm. It was proposed based on an analysis of the obtained data and results of a study of the luminescence properties of PbI2 and PbI2:Mn2+ crystals that the non-elementary emission band of the PbI2:Eu2+ crystal at 780 nm could be represented as a superposition of three individual Gaussian bands with maxima near 715, 740, and 800 nm that were due to centers characteristic of the matrix and additional centers that were formed by Eu ions through association with intrinsic and dopant oxygen-containing defects, respectively. Doping PbI2 with Eu2+ ions did not affect the spectrum of matrix trapping levels. The nature of emission and trapping centers and luminescence excitation mechanisms of PbI2:Eu2+ were discussed.

  6. Influence of variously functionalized SBA-15 fillers on conductivity and electrochemical properties of PBI composite membranes for high temperature polymer fuel cells

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    Angioni, S.; Villa, D. C.; Cattaneo, A. S.; Mustarelli, P.; Quartarone, E.

    2015-10-01

    The use of inorganic fillers is an interesting strategy to improve the electrochemical performances of PBI membranes for application as electrolytes in HT-PEMFCs. Here, we prepared several mesoporous silica (SBA-15) based hybrids, functionalised with different moieties, namely acidic (SO3H-), basic (NH2-), and amphoteric (SO3H-NH2) units. The electrochemical properties of the resulting electrolytes were investigated in terms of proton transport and functional tests by varying the silica functionalization degree in the range 10-70 mol%, as well as the particles loading in the polymer (0-30 wt%). The actual effectiveness of the SBA-15 functionalization process in improving the electrolyte properties was compared with both the unfilled membrane and the one filled with pristine SBA-15. The best conductivity (∼90 mS cm-1 at 120 °C, 30%RH) was obtained with PBI composites loaded with 30 wt% of non-functionalized SBA-15. The use of fillers functionalized with acidic, basic of amphoteric groups did not lead to improvements with respect to pure SBA-15. This could be related to the set up of significant interactions between the functionalised fillers and H3PO4, which negatively influence the proton mobility. Encouraging MEA results (power peak >320 mW cm-2) were obtained in case of membranes based on pure SBA-15. These performances make the SBA-15/PBI composites particularly interesting for application in HT-PEMFCs.

  7. Investigation of the doping efficiency of poly(styrene sulfonic acid) in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonic acid) dispersions by capillary electrophoresis.

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    Diah, Anang W M; Quirino, Joselito P; Belcher, Warwick; Holdsworth, Clovia I

    2014-07-01

    CE can efficiently separate poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT/PSS) complexes and free PSS in dispersions and can be used to estimate the degree of PSS doping. We investigated the doping efficiency of PSS on PEDOT in dispersions using CE and its effect on the conductivity of the resulting PEDOT/PSS films. Results of this study indicate that dispersions containing 1:2.5-3 EDOT:PSS feed ratio (by weight) exhibiting 72-73% PSS doping generate highly processable and highly conductive films. Conductivity can be optimized by limiting the time of reaction to 12 h. At this point of the reaction, the PEDOT/PSS segments, appearing as broad band in the electropherogram, could still exist in an extended coil conformation favoring charge transport resulting in high conductivity. Above a threshold PEDOT length formed at reaction times longer than 12 h, the PEDOT/PSS complex, appearing as spikes in the electropherogram, most likely have undergone a conformational change to coiled core-shell structure restricting charge transport resulting in low conductivity. The optimal conductivity (5.2 S/cm) of films from dispersions synthesized for 12 h is significantly higher than those from its commercial equivalent Clevios P and other reported values obtained under similar conditions without the addition of codopants. PMID:24782292

  8. Optical and Atomic Force Microscopy Characterization of PbI2 Quantum Dots

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    Mu, R.; Tung, Y. S.; Ueda, A.; Henderson, D. O.

    1997-01-01

    Lead iodide (PbI2) clusters were synthesized from the chemical reaction of NaI (or KI) with Pb(NO3)2 in H2O, D2O, CH3OH, and C3H7OH media. The observation of the absorption features above 350 nm with the help of integrating sphere accessory strongly suggests the quantum dot formation of PbI2 in solution. Spectral comparison between the synthesized PbI2 clusters in solution and PbI2 nanophase by impregnation of PbI2 in four different pore-sized porous silica indicates that the PbI2 cluster size in solution is less than 2.5 nm in lateral dimension. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements show that the PbL clusters deposited onto three different molecularly flat surfaces are single-layered. The measured height is 1.0 - 0.1 nm. The swollen layer thickness can be attributed to the intralayer contraction from the strong lateral interaction among PbI2 molecules, which is supported by ab initio calculation. Raman scattering measurement of LO and TO modes of PbI2 in bulk and in the confined state were also conducted in 50-150 cu cm region. The observed three bands at 74, %, 106 1/cm are assigned to TO2, LO2, and LO, mode, respectively. The relatively small red-shift in LO modes may be caused by the surface phonon polaritons of PbI2 nanophase in the porous silica.

  9. Uptake measurements of acetic acid on ice and nitric acid-doped thin ice films over upper troposphere/lower stratosphere temperatures.

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    Romanias, Manolis N; Zogka, Antonia G; Papadimitriou, Vassileios C; Papagiannakopoulos, Panos

    2012-03-01

    The adsorption of gaseous acetic acid (CH(3)C(O)OH) on thin ice films and on ice doped with nitric acid (1.96 and 7.69 wt %) was investigated over upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UT/LS) temperatures (198-208 K), and at low gas concentrations. Experiments were performed in a Knudsen flow reactor coupled to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The initial uptake coefficients, γ(0), on thin ice films or HNO(3)-doped ice films were measured at low surface coverage. In all cases, γ(0) showed an inverse temperature dependence, and for pure thin ice films, it was given by the expression γ(0)(T) = (4.73 ± 1.13) × 10(-17) exp[(6496 ± 1798)/T]; the quoted errors are the 2σ precision of the linear fit, and the estimated systematic uncertainties are included in the pre-exponential factor. The inverse temperature dependence suggests that the adsorption process occurs via the formation of an intermediate precursor state. Uptakes were well represented by the Langmuir adsorption model, and the saturation surface coverage, N(max), on pure thin ice films was (2.11 ± 0.16) × 10(14) molecules cm(-2), independent of temperature in the range 198-206 K. Light nitration (1.96 and 7.69 wt %) of ice films resulted in more efficient CH(3)C(O)OH uptakes and larger N(max) values that may be attributed to in-bulk diffusion or change in nature of the gas-ice surface interaction. Finally, it was estimated that the rate of adsorption of acetic acid on high-density cirrus clouds in the UT/LS is fast, and this is reflected in the short atmospheric lifetimes (2-8 min) of acetic acid; however, the extent of this uptake is minor resulting in at most a 5% removal of acetic acid in UT/LS cirrus clouds.

  10. Highly efficient electrochemical degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) by F-doped Ti/SnO2 electrode.

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    Yang, Bo; Jiang, Chaojin; Yu, Gang; Zhuo, Qiongfang; Deng, Shubo; Wu, Jinhua; Zhang, Hong

    2015-12-15

    The novel F-doped Ti/SnO2 electrode prepared by SnF4 as the single-source precursor was used for electrochemical degradation of aqueous perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Higher oxidation reactivity and significantly longer service life were achieved for Ti/SnO2-F electrode than Ti/SnO2-X (X=Cl, Br, I, or Sb) electrode, which could decomposed over 99% of PFOA (50 mL of 100 mg L(-1)) within 30-min electrolysis. The property of Ti/SnO2-F electrode and its electrooxidation mechanism were investigated by XRD, SEM-EDX, EIS, LSV, and interfacial resistance measurements. We propose that the similar ionic radii of F and O as well as strong electronegativity of F caused its electrochemical stability with high oxygen evolution potential (OEP) and smooth surface to generate weakly adsorbed OH. The preparation conditions of electrode were also optimized including F doping amount, calcination temperature, and dip coating times, which revealed the formation process of electrode. Additionally, the major mineralization product, F(-), and low concentration of shorter chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) were detected in solution. So the reaction pathway of PFOA electrooxidation was proposed by intermediate analysis. These results demonstrate that Ti/SnO2-F electrode is promising for highly efficient treatment of PFOA in wastewater. PMID:26183235

  11. Highly efficient electrochemical degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) by F-doped Ti/SnO2 electrode.

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    Yang, Bo; Jiang, Chaojin; Yu, Gang; Zhuo, Qiongfang; Deng, Shubo; Wu, Jinhua; Zhang, Hong

    2015-12-15

    The novel F-doped Ti/SnO2 electrode prepared by SnF4 as the single-source precursor was used for electrochemical degradation of aqueous perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Higher oxidation reactivity and significantly longer service life were achieved for Ti/SnO2-F electrode than Ti/SnO2-X (X=Cl, Br, I, or Sb) electrode, which could decomposed over 99% of PFOA (50 mL of 100 mg L(-1)) within 30-min electrolysis. The property of Ti/SnO2-F electrode and its electrooxidation mechanism were investigated by XRD, SEM-EDX, EIS, LSV, and interfacial resistance measurements. We propose that the similar ionic radii of F and O as well as strong electronegativity of F caused its electrochemical stability with high oxygen evolution potential (OEP) and smooth surface to generate weakly adsorbed OH. The preparation conditions of electrode were also optimized including F doping amount, calcination temperature, and dip coating times, which revealed the formation process of electrode. Additionally, the major mineralization product, F(-), and low concentration of shorter chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) were detected in solution. So the reaction pathway of PFOA electrooxidation was proposed by intermediate analysis. These results demonstrate that Ti/SnO2-F electrode is promising for highly efficient treatment of PFOA in wastewater.

  12. Au/ZnO hybrid nanocatalysts impregnated in N-doped graphene for simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, acetaminophen and dopamine.

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    Chen, Xianlan; Zhang, Guowei; Shi, Ling; Pan, Shanqing; Liu, Wei; Pan, Hiabo

    2016-08-01

    The formation of nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene uses hydrothermal method with urea as reducing agent and nitrogen source. The surface elemental composition of the catalyst was analyzed through XPS, which showed a high content of a total N species (7.12at.%), indicative of the effective N-doping, present in the form of pyridinic N, pyrrolic N and graphitic N groups. Moreover, Au nanoparticles deposited on ZnO nanocrystals surface, forming Au/ZnO hybrid nanocatalysts, undergo a super-hydrophobic to super-hydrophilic conversion. Herein, we present Au/ZnO hybrid nanocatalysts impregnated in N-doped graphene sheets through sonication technique of the Au/ZnO/N-doped graphene hybrid nanostructures. The as-prepared Au/ZnO/N-doped graphene hybrid nanostructure modified glassy carbon electrode (Au/ZnO/N-doped graphene/GCE) was first employed for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA) and acetaminophen (AC). The oxidation over-potentials of AA, DA and AC decreased dramatically, and their oxidation peak currents increased significantly at Au/ZnO/N-doped graphene/GCE compared to those obtained at the N-doped graphene/GCE and bare CCE. The peak separations between AA and DA, DA and AC, and AC and AA are large up to 195, 198 and 393mV, respectively. The calibration curves for AA, DA and AC were obtained in the range of 30.00-13.00×10(3), 2.00-0.18×10(3) and 5.00-3.10×10(3)μM, respectively. The detection limits (S/N=3) were 5.00, 0.40 and 0.80μM for AA, DA and AC, respectively.

  13. Optical monitoring of CH3NH3PbI3 thin films upon atmospheric exposure

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    Ghimire, Kiran; Zhao, Dewei; Cimaroli, Alex; Ke, Weijun; Yan, Yanfa; Podraza, Nikolas J.

    2016-10-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films of interest for photovoltaic (PV) devices have been prepared by (i) vapor deposition and (ii) solution processing. Complex dielectric function (ε  =  ε 1  +  iε 2) spectra and structural parameters of the films have been extracted using near infrared to ultraviolet spectroscopic ellipsometry. In situ real time spectroscopic ellipsometry (RTSE) over a 48 h period has been performed on vapor deposited CH3NH3PbI3 after the deposition in normal atmospheric laboratory ambient conditions. Analysis of RTSE data for vapor deposited CH3NH3PbI3 film prepared under un-optimized conditions identifies phase segregated PbI2 and CH3NH3I at the substrate/film interface and unreacted PbI2 and CH3NH3I on the film surface. This analysis also provides the time dependence of the effective thicknesses of perovskite film, unreacted components, and phase segregated layers to track CH3NH3PbI3 decomposition.

  14. A first-principles study on the effect of phosphorus-doped palladium catalyst for formic acid dissociation

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    He, Feng; Li, Kai; Yin, Cong; Wang, Ying; Jiao, Menggai; Tang, Hao; Wu, Zhijian

    2016-11-01

    The effect of phosphorus-doped Pd(111) catalyst for the formic acid (HCOOH) dissociation has been investigated by using the density functional theory. The adsorption configurations and active sites of the intermediates involved in the HCOOH dissociation on the Pd/P(111) surface are studied. Our results showed that the doping of P on Pd catalyst could strengthen the adsorption of the intermediates. The Pd/P(111) catalyst exhibits higher catalytic activity by the easy formation of CO2 and H2 compared with the Pd(111) catalyst. The dominant HCOOH dissociation product on Pd/P(111) surface is CO2 rather than CO. Based on the computational hydrogen electrode (CHE) model, we found that CO formation is unfavorable on Pd/P(111) under the anode potential condition compared with the Pd(111) catalyst. Furthermore, the microkinetic analysis based on the DFT calculations showed that at high temperatures, the HCOOH dissociation is disfavored on the Pd/P(111) surface.

  15. Shear bond strength of orthodontic brackets after acid-etched and erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser-etched

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    Alavi, Shiva; Birang, Reza; Hajizadeh, Fatemeh

    2014-01-01

    Background: Laser ablation has been suggested as an alternative method to acid etching; however, previous studies have obtained contrasting results. The purpose of this study was to compare the shear bond strength (SBS) and fracture mode of orthodontic brackets that are bonded to enamel etched with acid and erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser. Materials and Methods: In this experimental in vitro study, buccal surfaces of 15 non-carious human premolars were divided into mesial and distal regions. Randomly, one of the regions was etched with 37% phosphoric acid for 15 s and another region irradiated with Er:YAG laser at 100 mJ energy and 20 Hz frequency for 20 s. Stainless steel brackets were then bonded using Transbond XT, following which all the samples were stored in distilled water for 24 h and then subjected to 500 thermal cycles. SBS was tested by a chisel edge, mounted on the crosshead of universal testing machine. After debonding, the teeth were examined under ×10 magnification and adhesive remnant index (ARI) score determined. SBS and ARI scores of the two groups were then compared using t-test and Mann-Whitney U test. Significant level was set at P < 0.05. Results: The mean SBS of the laser group (16.61 ± 7.7 MPa) was not significantly different from that of the acid-etched group (18.86 ± 6.09 MPa) (P = 0.41). There was no significant difference in the ARI scores between two groups (P = 0.08). However, in the laser group, more adhesive remained on the brackets, which is not suitable for orthodontic purposes. Conclusion: Laser etching at 100 mJ energy produced bond strength similar to acid etching. Therefore, Er:YAG laser may be an alternative method for conventional acid-etching. PMID:25097641

  16. Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid at Room Temperature: Boosting Palladium Nanoparticle Efficiency by Coupling with Pyridinic-Nitrogen-Doped Carbon.

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    Bi, Qing-Yuan; Lin, Jian-Dong; Liu, Yong-Mei; He, He-Yong; Huang, Fu-Qiang; Cao, Yong

    2016-09-19

    The use of formic acid (FA) to produce molecular H2 is a promising means of efficient energy storage in a fuel-cell-based hydrogen economy. To date, there has been a lack of heterogeneous catalyst systems that are sufficiently active, selective, and stable for clean H2 production by FA decomposition at room temperature. For the first time, we report that flexible pyridinic-N-doped carbon hybrids as support materials can significantly boost the efficiency of palladium nanoparticle for H2 generation; this is due to prominent surface electronic modulation. Under mild conditions, the optimized engineered Pd/CN0.25 catalyst exhibited high performance in both FA dehydrogenation (achieving almost full conversion, and a turnover frequency of 5530 h(-1) at 25 °C) and the reversible process of CO2 hydrogenation into FA. This system can lead to a full carbon-neutral energy cycle. PMID:27552650

  17. Dual responsive dysprosium-doped hydroxyapatite particles and toxicity reduction after functionalization with folic and glucuronic acids.

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    Sánchez Lafarga, Ana Karen; Pacheco Moisés, Fermín P; Gurinov, Andrey; Ortiz, Genaro Gabriel; Carbajal Arízaga, Gregorio Guadalupe

    2015-03-01

    The development of probes for biomedical applications demands materials with low toxicity levels besides fluorescence or magnetic properties to be detected by confocal microscopes or MRI resonators. Several drug delivery systems or other biomedical materials prepared with hydroxyapatite have been proposed, however, toxicity effects might arise when the size of particles is nanometric. In this study, hydroxyapatite functionalized with glucuronic or folic acids presented lower oxidative stress, measured from lipoperoxides and nitric oxide indicators in rats than pure hydroxyapatite. In separated experiments, hydroxyapatite was doped with dysprosium cations by coprecipitation producing a single crystal phase with fluorescent properties easily visualized by confocal microscopy when excited at 488nm. These particles also presented the ability to modify the proton relaxation time in T1 maps collected by magnetic resonance imaging. These modified hydroxyapatite nanoparticles could be candidates to design bimodal probes with low toxicity.

  18. Novel Proton Conducting Solid Bio-polymer Electrolytes Based on Carboxymethyl Cellulose Doped with Oleic Acid and Plasticized with Glycerol

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    Chai, M. N.; Isa, M. I. N.

    2016-06-01

    The plasticized solid bio-polymer electrolytes (SBEs) system has been formed by introducing glycerol (Gly) as the plasticizer into the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) doped with oleic acid (OA) via solution casting techniques. The ionic conductivity of the plasticized SBEs has been studied using Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy. The highest conductivity achieved is 1.64 × 10‑4 S cm‑1 for system containing 40 wt. % of glycerol. FTIR deconvolution technique had shown that the conductivity of CMC-OA-Gly SBEs is primarily influenced by the number density of mobile ions. Transference number measurement has shown that the cation diffusion coefficient and ionic mobility is higher than anion which proved the plasticized polymer system is a proton conductor.

  19. Chemometric study on the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid using platinum and boron-doped diamond anode.

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    Zhang, Chunyong; He, Zhenzhu; Wu, Jingyu; Fu, Degang

    2015-07-01

    This study investigated the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) at boron-doped diamond (BDD) and platinum (Pt) anodes. Trials were performed in the presence of sulfate electrolyte media under recirculation mode. The parameters that influence the degradation efficiency were investigated, including applied current density, flow rate, supporting electrolyte concentration and reaction time. To reduce the number of experiments, the system had been managed under chemometric technique named Doehlert matrix. As a consequence, the mineralization of NTA demonstrated similar behavior upon operating parameters on these two anodes. Further kinetic study indicated that the degradations followed pseudo-first-order reactions for both BDD and Pt anodes, and the reaction rate constant of the former was found to be higher than that of the latter. Such difference could be interpreted by results from fractal analysis. In addition, a reaction sequence for NTA mineralization considering all the detected intermediates was also proposed.

  20. Voltammetric determination of mixtures of caffeine and chlorogenic acid in beverage samples using a boron-doped diamond electrode.

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    Yardım, Yavuz; Keskin, Ertugrul; Şentürk, Zühre

    2013-11-15

    Herein, a boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode that is anodically pretreated was used for the simultaneous determination of caffeine (CAF) and chlorogenic acid (CGA) by cyclic and adsorptive stripping voltammetry. The dependence of peak current and potential on pH, scan rate, accumulation parameters and other experimental variables were studied. By using square-wave stripping mode after 60 s accumulation under open-circuit voltage, the BDD electrode was able to separate the oxidation peak potentials of CAF and CGA present in binary mixtures by about 0.4V in Britton-Robinson buffer at pH 1.0. The limits of detection were 0.107 µg mL(-1) (5.51×10(-7) M) for CAF, and 0.448 µg mL(-1) (1.26×10(-6) M) for CGA. The practical applicability of this methodology was tested in commercially available beverage samples. PMID:24148509

  1. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of Eskolaite nanoparticles derived from Cr doped polyanthranilic acid (CrPANA)

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    Hosny, Nasser Mohammed; Zoromba, Mohamed Shafick; Samir, Ghada; Alghool, Samir

    2016-10-01

    Cr doped polyanthranilic acid (Cr PANA) has been used as a molecular precursor of Cr2O3 nanoparticles. Potassium dichromate acted as an oxidant and a dopant in Cr PANA synthesis. The spectral, optical and thermal properties of the precursor have been described. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) were used to clarify the thermal stability of Cr PANA. The optical band gap (Eg) measurements indicated that Cr PANA has wider optical band than the pure PANA. Calcination of Cr PANA at 600 °C produced Eskolaite (Cr2O3) nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticles have been characterized by XRD and TEM. The average size of the nanoparticles was found to be 70 nm. The measured optical band gap of Eskolaite nanoparticles is 0.35 eV wider than the bulk.

  2. Novel Proton Conducting Solid Bio-polymer Electrolytes Based on Carboxymethyl Cellulose Doped with Oleic Acid and Plasticized with Glycerol.

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    Chai, M N; Isa, M I N

    2016-01-01

    The plasticized solid bio-polymer electrolytes (SBEs) system has been formed by introducing glycerol (Gly) as the plasticizer into the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) doped with oleic acid (OA) via solution casting techniques. The ionic conductivity of the plasticized SBEs has been studied using Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy. The highest conductivity achieved is 1.64 × 10(-4) S cm(-1) for system containing 40 wt. % of glycerol. FTIR deconvolution technique had shown that the conductivity of CMC-OA-Gly SBEs is primarily influenced by the number density of mobile ions. Transference number measurement has shown that the cation diffusion coefficient and ionic mobility is higher than anion which proved the plasticized polymer system is a proton conductor. PMID:27265642

  3. Chemometric study on the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid using platinum and boron-doped diamond anode.

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    Zhang, Chunyong; He, Zhenzhu; Wu, Jingyu; Fu, Degang

    2015-07-01

    This study investigated the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) at boron-doped diamond (BDD) and platinum (Pt) anodes. Trials were performed in the presence of sulfate electrolyte media under recirculation mode. The parameters that influence the degradation efficiency were investigated, including applied current density, flow rate, supporting electrolyte concentration and reaction time. To reduce the number of experiments, the system had been managed under chemometric technique named Doehlert matrix. As a consequence, the mineralization of NTA demonstrated similar behavior upon operating parameters on these two anodes. Further kinetic study indicated that the degradations followed pseudo-first-order reactions for both BDD and Pt anodes, and the reaction rate constant of the former was found to be higher than that of the latter. Such difference could be interpreted by results from fractal analysis. In addition, a reaction sequence for NTA mineralization considering all the detected intermediates was also proposed. PMID:25747300

  4. Novel Proton Conducting Solid Bio-polymer Electrolytes Based on Carboxymethyl Cellulose Doped with Oleic Acid and Plasticized with Glycerol

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    Chai, M. N.; Isa, M. I. N.

    2016-01-01

    The plasticized solid bio-polymer electrolytes (SBEs) system has been formed by introducing glycerol (Gly) as the plasticizer into the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) doped with oleic acid (OA) via solution casting techniques. The ionic conductivity of the plasticized SBEs has been studied using Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy. The highest conductivity achieved is 1.64 × 10−4 S cm−1 for system containing 40 wt. % of glycerol. FTIR deconvolution technique had shown that the conductivity of CMC-OA-Gly SBEs is primarily influenced by the number density of mobile ions. Transference number measurement has shown that the cation diffusion coefficient and ionic mobility is higher than anion which proved the plasticized polymer system is a proton conductor. PMID:27265642

  5. Investigation into the Advantages of Pure Perovskite Film without PbI2 for High Performance Solar Cell

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    Kwon, Uisik; Hasan, Md Mehedi; Yin, Wenping; Kim, Dasom; Ha, Na Young; Lee, Soonil; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Park, Hui Joon

    2016-01-01

    In CH3NH3PbI3-based high efficiency perovskite solar cells (PSCs), tiny amount of PbI2 impurity was often found with the perovskite crystal. However, for two-step solution process-based perovskite films, most of findings have been based on the films having different morphologies between with and without PbI2. This was mainly due to the inferior morphology of pure perovskite film without PbI2, inevitably produced when the remaining PbI2 forced to be converted to perovskite, so advantages of pure perovskite photoactive layer without PbI2 impurity have been overlooked. In this work, we designed a printing-based two-step process, which could not only generate pure perovskite crystal without PbI2, but also provide uniform and full surface coverage perovskite film, of which nanoscale morphology was comparable to that prepared by conventional two-step solution process having residual PbI2. Our results showed that, in two-step solution process-based PSC, pure perovskite had better photon absorption and longer carrier lifetime, leading to superior photocurrent generation with higher power conversion efficiency. Furthermore, this process was further applicable to prepare mixed phase pure perovskite crystal without PbI2 impurity, and we showed that the additional merits such as extended absorption to longer wavelength, increased carrier lifetime and reduced carrier recombination could be secured. PMID:27786257

  6. Nitrogen-doped, FeNi alloy nanoparticle-decorated graphene as an efficient and stable electrode for electrochemical supercapacitors in acid medium

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    El-Deen, Ahmed G.; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Kim, Cheol Sang; Barakat, Nasser AM

    2015-03-01

    Nitrogen-doped graphene decorated by iron-nickel alloy is introduced as a promising electrode material for supercapacitors. Compared to pristine and Ni-decorated graphene, in acid media, the introduced electrode revealed excellent specific capacitance as the corresponding specific capacitance was multiplied around ten times with capacity retention maintained at 94.9% for 1,000 cycles. Briefly, iron acetate, nickel acetate, urea, and graphene oxide were ultrasonicated and subjected to MW heating and then sintered with melanin in Ar. The introduced N-doped FeNi@Gr exhibits remarkable electrochemical behavior with long-term stability.

  7. Simultaneous voltammetric determination of paracetamol and ascorbic acid using a boron-doped diamond electrode modified with Nafion and lead films.

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    Tyszczuk-Rotko, Katarzyna; Bęczkowska, Ilona; Wójciak-Kosior, Magdalena; Sowa, Ireneusz

    2014-11-01

    The paper describes the fabrication and application of a novel sensor (a boron-doped diamond electrode modified with Nafion and lead films) for the simultaneous determination of paracetamol and ascorbic acid by differential pulse voltammetry. The main advantage of the lead film and polymer covered boron-doped diamond electrode is that the sensitivity of the stripping responses is increased and the separation of paracetamol and ascorbic acid signals is improved due to the modification of the boron-doped diamond surface by the lead layer. Additionally, the repeatability of paracetamol and ascorbic acid signals is improved by the application of the Nafion film coating. In the presence of oxygen, linear calibration curves were obtained in a wide concentration range from 5×10(-7) to 2×10(-4) mol L(-1) for paracetamol and from 1×10(-6) to 5×10(-4) mol L(-1) for ascorbic acid. The analytical utility of the differential pulse voltammetric method elaborated was tested in the assay of paracetamol and ascorbic acid in commercially available pharmaceutical formulations and the method was validated by high performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detector.

  8. Growth of thin, c-axis oriented Sr-doped LaP3O9 electrolyte membranes in condensed phosphoric acid solutions

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    Hatada, Naoyuki; Takahashi, Kota; Adachi, Yoshinobu; Uda, Tetsuya

    2016-08-01

    Proton-conducting Sr-doped LaP3O9 has potential application as electrolytes in intermediate temperature fuel cells, but reduction of the electrical resistance of the electrolyte membranes is necessary for practical applications. In this study, we focused on reducing the resistance by reducing the electrolyte thickness, while maintaining a preferable microstructure for proton conduction (c-axis orientation and absence of the small-crystal layer). Thin, c-axis oriented Sr-doped LaP3O9 membranes were successfully obtained in condensed phosphoric acid solutions by a novel "two-step precipitation method". In this method, Sr-doped LaP3O9 powder was artificially deposited on the surface of the carbon paper supports as seeds, and then columnar crystals were grown "downward" in the solutions. We expect that this method will be utilized to produce LaP3O9 electrolyte membranes with lower electrical resistance.

  9. Photoelectric characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction

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    Yamei, Wu; Ruixia, Yang; Hanmin, Tian; Shuai, Chen

    2016-05-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film is prepared on p-type silicon substrate using the one-step solution method to form a CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction. The film morphology and structure are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photoelectric properties of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction are studied by testing the current–voltage (I–V) with and without illumination and capacitance–voltage (C–V) characteristics. It turns out from the I–V curve without illumination that the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction has a rectifier feature with the rectification ratio over 70 at the bias of ±5 V. Also, there appears a photoelectric conversion phenomenon on this heterojunction with a short circuit current (Isc) of 0.16 μA and an open circuit voltage (Voc) of about 10 mV The high frequency C–V characteristic of the Ag/CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction turns out to be similar to that of the metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) structure, and a parallel translation of the C–V curve along the forward voltage axis is found. This parallel translation means the existence of defects at the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si interface and positive fixed charges in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. The defects at the interface of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction result in the dramatic decline of the Voc. Besides, the C–V test of CH3NH3PbI3 film shows a non-linear dielectric property and the dielectric value is about 4.64 as calculated. Project supported by the Hebei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. F2014202184) and the Tianjin Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 15JCZDJC37800).

  10. Photoelectric characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction

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    Yamei, Wu; Ruixia, Yang; Hanmin, Tian; Shuai, Chen

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film is prepared on p-type silicon substrate using the one-step solution method to form a CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction. The film morphology and structure are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photoelectric properties of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction are studied by testing the current-voltage (I-V) with and without illumination and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics. It turns out from the I-V curve without illumination that the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction has a rectifier feature with the rectification ratio over 70 at the bias of ±5 V. Also, there appears a photoelectric conversion phenomenon on this heterojunction with a short circuit current (Isc) of 0.16 μA and an open circuit voltage (Voc) of about 10 mV The high frequency C-V characteristic of the Ag/CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction turns out to be similar to that of the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure, and a parallel translation of the C-V curve along the forward voltage axis is found. This parallel translation means the existence of defects at the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si interface and positive fixed charges in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. The defects at the interface of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction result in the dramatic decline of the Voc. Besides, the C-V test of CH3NH3PbI3 film shows a non-linear dielectric property and the dielectric value is about 4.64 as calculated. Project supported by the Hebei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. F2014202184) and the Tianjin Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 15JCZDJC37800).

  11. Electric polarization of CH3NH3PbI3 and enhancement by Cl substitution

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    Yan, Wen-Li; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng

    As a prototype of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 has attracted extensive attention recently due to its applications in high power-conversion-efficiency solar cells. In comparison with its inorganic perovskite counterparts such as CsPbI3, the organic cation CH3NH3+ is expected to play multiple important roles in distorting crystal structures and thus band structures as well as creating local electrically polarized domains to help separate charge carriers. Using first-principles method and berry phase theory, the electric polarization vectors of CH3NH3PbI3 have been calculated. The off-center displacement of Pb within the PbI6 octahedral is shown to introduce major intrinsic polarization, with additional contributions from off-center displacement of CH3NH3+ within PbI3 cage and charge polarization within the organic cation. With chlorine substitution of iodine, the electronegativity difference between halogen and Pb becomes larger, and the lattice distortion and hence the electric polarization increases, which provides a possible mechanism to further assist charge carrier separation in solar cell devices. This is consistent with enhanced photovoltaics properties of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx found in recent experiments. This work is supported by China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201306020117) and US DOE-BES (Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER46148).

  12. Removal of aqueous Hg(II) and Cr(VI) using phytic acid doped polyaniline/cellulose acetate composite membrane.

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    Li, Renjie; Liu, Lifen; Yang, Fenglin

    2014-09-15

    Conductive composite membrane-phytic acid (PA) doped polyaniline (PANI)/cellulose acetate (CA) (PANI-PA/CA) was prepared in a simple and environmental-friendly method, in which aniline was blended with CA/PA solution and polymerized before the phase conversion. The resultant composite membranes were characterized by SEM, EDX, FTIR-ATR, BET and electrical resistance measurements. When used as adsorbent for Hg(II) and Cr(VI) ions, the prepared composite membrane exhibits excellent adsorption capability. The adsorption of Hg(II) and Cr(VI) follows a pseudo-second-order kinetic model and best fits the Langmuir isotherm model, with the maximum adsorption capacity reaching 280.11 and 94.34 mg g(-1), respectively. The heavy metal loaded composite membrane can be regenerated and reused after treatment with acid or alkali solution, making it a promising and practical adsorbent for Hg(II) and Cr(VI) removal. Tests with river water were also carried out, indicating good performance and application.

  13. Mineralization of salicylic acid in acidic aqueous medium by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes using platinum and boron-doped diamond as anode and cathodically generated hydrogen peroxide.

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    Guinea, Elena; Arias, Conchita; Cabot, Pere Lluís; Garrido, José Antonio; Rodríguez, Rosa María; Centellas, Francesc; Brillas, Enric

    2008-01-01

    Solutions containing 164 mg L(-1) salicylic acid of pH 3.0 have been degraded by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes such as anodic oxidation, anodic oxidation with electrogenerated H(2)O(2), electro-Fenton, photoelectro-Fenton and solar photoelectro-Fenton at constant current density. Their oxidation power has been comparatively studied in a one-compartment cell with a Pt or boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and a graphite or O(2)-diffusion cathode. In the three latter procedures, 0.5mM Fe(2+) is added to the solution to form hydroxyl radical (()OH) from Fenton's reaction between Fe(2+) and H(2)O(2) generated at the O(2)-diffusion cathode. Total mineralization is attained for all methods with BDD and for photoelectro-Fenton and solar photoelectro-Fenton with Pt. The poor decontamination achieved in anodic oxidation and electro-Fenton with Pt is explained by the slow removal of most pollutants by ()OH formed from water oxidation at the Pt anode in comparison to their quick destruction with ()OH produced at BDD. ()OH generated from Fenton's reaction oxidizes rapidly all aromatic pollutants, but it cannot destroy final Fe(III)-oxalate complexes. Solar photoelectro-Fenton treatments always yield quicker degradation rate due to the very fast photodecarboxylation of these complexes by UVA irradiation supplied by solar light. The effect of current density on the degradation rate, efficiency and energy cost of all methods is examined. The salicylic acid decay always follows a pseudo-first-order kinetics. 2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic, 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic, 2,6-dihydroxybenzoic, alpha-ketoglutaric, glycolic, glyoxylic, maleic, fumaric, malic, tartronic and oxalic acids are detected as oxidation products. A general reaction sequence for salicylic acid mineralization considering all these intermediates is proposed.

  14. Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of humic acids using Al and Fe co-doped TiO2 nanotubes under UV/ozonation for drinking water purification.

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    Yuan, Rongfang; Zhou, Beihai; Hua, Duo; Shi, Chunhong

    2013-11-15

    O3/UV/TiO2 was used to effectively decompose humic acids (HAs) in drinking water. To obtain a large specific surface area and low band gap energy, Al and Fe co-doped TiO2 nanotubes were successfully synthesized using the hydrothermal method. The effect of the optimal co-doped TiO2 nanotubes catalyst on the HAs removal efficiency through O3/UV/co-doped TiO2 process was investigated. The highest HAs removal efficiency (79.4%) that exhibited a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.172 min(-1) was achieved, in the presence of 550 °C calcined 1.0% co-doped TiO2 nanotubes with an Al:Fe ratio of 0.25:0.75. The effects of calcination temperature and doping concentration on anatase phase weight fractions, average crystallite sizes, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, catalyst band gap energy, and catalyst photocatalytic activity were also discussed. The inorganic anions also affected the catalyst photocatalytic ability. In a neutral solution, SO4(2-) slightly promoted HAs removal. However, HCO3(-) was found to significantly inhibit the catalyst activity, whereas Cl(-) had negligible effect on photocatalytic ability.

  15. Thermal Assisted Oxygen Annealing for High Efficiency Planar CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Ren, Zhiwei; Ng, Annie; Shen, Qian; Gokkaya, Huseyin Cem; Wang, Jingchuan; Yang, Lijun; Yiu, Wai-Kin; Bai, Gongxun; Djurišić, Aleksandra B.; Leung, Wallace Woon-fong; Hao, Jianhua; Chan, Wai Kin; Surya, Charles

    2014-01-01

    We report investigations on the influences of post-deposition treatments on the performance of solution-processed methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3)-based planar solar cells. The prepared films were stored in pure N2 at room temperature or annealed in pure O2 at room temperature, 45°C, 65°C and 85°C for 12 hours prior to the deposition of the metal electrodes. It is found that annealing in O2 leads to substantial increase in the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of the devices. Furthermore, strong dependence on the annealing temperature for the PCEs of the devices suggests that a thermally activated process may underlie the observed phenomenon. It is believed that the annealing process may facilitate the diffusion of O2 into the spiro-MeOTAD for inducing p-doping of the hole transport material. Furthermore, the process can result in lowering the localized state density at the grain boundaries as well as the bulk of perovskite. Utilizing thermal assisted O2 annealing, high efficiency devices with good reproducibility were attained. A PCE of 15.4% with an open circuit voltage (VOC) 1.04 V, short circuit current density (JSC) 23 mA/cm2, and fill factor 0.64 had been achieved for our champion device. PMID:25341527

  16. Facile route to freestanding CH3NH3PbI3 crystals using inverse solubility

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    Kadro, Jeannette M.; Nonomura, Kazuteru; Gachet, David; Grätzel, Michael; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2015-01-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 was found to exhibit inverse solubility at high temperatures in γ-butyrolactone. Making use of this unusual, so far unreported phenomenon, we present a facile method for the growth of freestanding crystals of CH3NH3PbI3 from solution without addition of any capping agents or seed particles. Large, strongly faceted crystals could be grown within minutes. This finding may aid in understanding the crystallization process of CH3NH3PbI3 from solution that may lead to improved morphological control of film deposition for a range of device architectures. Our process offers a facile and rapid route to freestanding crystals for use in a broad range of characterization techniques. PMID:26123285

  17. The Synthesis and Characterization of Substituted Polyaniline Hollow Spheres doped with a Polymeric Acid

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    Sui, Jing; Zhang, Lijuan; Travas-Sejdic, Jadranka; Kilmartin, Paul A.

    2009-07-01

    Self-assembled poly(o-toluidine) (POT) and poly(o-anisidine) (POA) hollow spheres were prepared by oxidative polymerization using ammonium persulfate as the oxidant in the presence of 5% by weight of a polymeric acid, poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic acid) (PMVEA). The substituent at the ortho position had a significant effect on the size of the hollow nanospheres as determined by SEM and TEM. The nanospheres were of a very uniform size in the presence of the polymeric acid, with average diameters of 338±25 nm for POT and 210±20 nm for POA. The POT and POA hollow spheres were also characterized by FTIR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, which confirmed the chemical identity of the substituted polyanilines.

  18. A Doped Polyaniline Modified Electrode Amperometric Biosensor for Gluconic Acid Determination in Grapes

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    Albanese, Donatella; Malvano, Francesca; Sannini, Adriana; Pilloton, Roberto; Di Matteo, Marisa

    2014-01-01

    In winemaking gluconic acid is an important marker for quantitative evaluation of grape infection by Botrytis cinerea. A screen-printed amperometric bienzymatic sensor for the determination of gluconic acid based on gluconate kinase (GK) and 6-phospho-D-gluconate dehydrogenase (6PGDH) coimmobilized onto polyaniline/poly (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid; PANI-PAAMPSA) is reported in this study. The conductive polymer electrodeposed on the working electrode surface allowed the detection of NADH at low potential (0.1 V) with a linear range from 4 × 10−3 to 1 mM (R2 = 0.99) and a sensitivity of 419.44 nA·mM−1. The bienzymatic sensor has been optimized with regard to GK/6PGDH enzymatic unit ratio and ATP/NADP+ molar ratio which resulted equal to 0.33 and 1.2, respectively. Under these conditions a sensitivity of 255.2 nA·mM−1, a limit of detection of 5 μM and a Relative Standard Deviation (RSD) of 4.2% (n = 5) have been observed. Finally, the biosensor has been applied for gluconic acid measurements in must grape samples and the matrix effect has been taken into consideration. The results have been compared with those obtained on the same samples with a commercial kit based on a spectrophotometric enzyme assay and were in good agreement, showing the capability of the bienzymatic PANI-PAAMPSA biosensor for gluconic acid measurements and thus for the evaluation of Botrytis cinerea infection in grapes. PMID:24960084

  19. Fe-N-Doped Carbon Capsules with Outstanding Electrochemical Performance and Stability for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Both Acid and Alkaline Conditions.

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    Ferrero, Guillermo A; Preuss, Kathrin; Marinovic, Adam; Jorge, Ana Belen; Mansor, Noramalina; Brett, Dan J L; Fuertes, Antonio B; Sevilla, Marta; Titirici, Maria-Magdalena

    2016-06-28

    High surface area N-doped mesoporous carbon capsules with iron traces exhibit outstanding electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction in both alkaline and acidic media. In alkaline conditions, they exhibit more positive onset (0.94 V vs RHE) and half-wave potentials (0.83 V vs RHE) than commercial Pt/C, while in acidic media the onset potential is comparable to that of commercial Pt/C with a peroxide yield lower than 10%. The Fe-N-doped carbon catalyst combines high catalytic activity with remarkable performance stability (3500 cycles between 0.6 and 1.0 V vs RHE), which stems from the fact that iron is coordinated to nitrogen. Additionally, the newly developed electrocatalyst is unaffected by the methanol crossover effect in both acid and basic media, contrary to commercial Pt/C. The excellent catalytic behavior of the Fe-N-doped carbon, even in the more relevant acid medium, is attributable to the combination of chemical functions (N-pyridinic, N-quaternary, and Fe-N coordination sites) and structural properties (large surface area, open mesoporous structure, and short diffusion paths), which guarantees a large number of highly active and fully accessible catalytic sites and rapid mass-transfer kinetics. Thus, this catalyst represents an important step forward toward replacing Pt catalysts with cheaper alternatives. In this regard, an alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cell was assembled with Fe-N-doped mesoporous carbon capsules as the cathode catalyst to provide current and power densities matching those of a commercial Pt/C, which indicates the practical applicability of the Fe-N-carbon catalyst.

  20. Highly sensitive detection of influenza virus by boron-doped diamond electrode terminated with sialic acid-mimic peptide.

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    Matsubara, Teruhiko; Ujie, Michiko; Yamamoto, Takashi; Akahori, Miku; Einaga, Yasuaki; Sato, Toshinori

    2016-08-01

    The progression of influenza varies according to age and the presence of an underlying disease; appropriate treatment is therefore required to prevent severe disease. Anti-influenza therapy, such as with neuraminidase inhibitors, is effective, but diagnosis at an early phase of infection before viral propagation is critical. Here, we show that several dozen plaque-forming units (pfu) of influenza virus (IFV) can be detected using a boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode terminated with a sialic acid-mimic peptide. The peptide was used instead of the sialyloligosaccharide receptor, which is the common receptor of influenza A and B viruses required during the early phase of infection, to capture IFV particles. The peptide, which was previously identified by phage-display technology, was immobilized by click chemistry on the BDD electrode, which has excellent electrochemical characteristics such as low background current and weak adsorption of biomolecules. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed that H1N1 and H3N2 IFVs were detectable in the range of 20-500 pfu by using the peptide-terminated BDD electrode. Our results demonstrate that the BDD device integrated with the receptor-mimic peptide has high sensitivity for detection of a low number of virus particles in the early phase of infection. PMID:27457924

  1. Improvement in fingerprint detection using Tb(III)-dipicolinic acid complex doped nanobeads and time resolved imaging.

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    Hauser, Frank M; Knupp, Gerd; Officer, Simon

    2015-08-01

    This paper deals with the synthesis and application of lanthanide complex doped nanobeads used as a luminescent fingerprint powder. Due to their special optical properties, namely a long emission lifetime, sharp emission profiles and large Stokes shifts, luminescent lanthanide complexes are useful for discriminating against signals from background emissions. This is a big advantage because latent fingerprints placed on multicoloured fluorescent surfaces are difficult to develop with conventional powders. The complex of 2,6-dipicolinic acid (DPA) and terbium ([Tb(DPA)3](3-)) is used for this purpose. Using the Stöber process, this complex is incorporated into a silica matrix forming nanosized beads (230-630nm). It is shown that the [Tb(DPA)3](3-) is successfully incorporated into the beads and that these beads exhibit the wanted optical properties of the complex. A phenyl functionalisation is applied to increase the lipophilicity of the beads and finally the beads are used to develop latent fingerprints. A device for time resolved imaging was built to improve the contrast between developed fingerprint and different background signals, whilst still detecting the long lasting luminescence of the complex. The developed fingerprint powder is therefore promising to develop fingerprints on multicoloured fluorescent surfaces.

  2. Acid synthesis of luminescent amine-functionalized or erbium-doped silica spheres for biological applications.

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    Enrichi, Francesco; Trave, Enrico; Bersani, Marco

    2008-03-01

    In this work we discuss and investigate the morphological and optical properties of luminescent silica spheres which can have interesting applications in bioimaging and biosensing. The spheres are synthesized following an acid route by the hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylortosilicate (TEOS) and can be functionalized by incorporation of aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES) during the synthesis, inducing a significant luminescence that can be attributed to a recombination mechanism from localized organic defects related to -NH(2) groups. It is shown that the acid synthesis route produces very regular spherical particles, but their diameter vary in the range of 200-4,000 nm. The luminescence properties have been investigated and optimized by variation of the annealing temperature for the functionalized spheres, obtaining the most efficient PL emission after a thermal treatment of 1 h at 600 degrees C in air. Moreover, the possibility to introduce rare earths like erbium in the spheres was also studied and the corresponding Er(3) luminescence emission at 1.53 microm is reported in terms of intensity and lifetime, pointing out that erbium can be easily and efficiently incorporated during the acid synthesis giving high PL intensity with a good lifetime of 3.9 ms.

  3. Comparing atrazine and cyanuric acid electro-oxidation on mixed oxide and boron-doped diamond electrodes.

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    Malpass, Geoffroy R P; Salazar-Banda, Giancarlo R; Miwa, Douglas W; Machado, Sérgio A S; Motheo, Artur J

    2013-01-01

    The breakdown of pesticides has been promoted by many methods for clean up of contaminated soil and wastewaters. The main goal is to decrease the toxicity of the parent compound to achieve non-toxic compounds or even, when complete mineralization occurs, carbon dioxide and water. Therefore, electrochemical degradation (potentiostatic and galvanostatic) of both the pesticide atrazine and cyanuric acid (CA) at boron-doped diamond (BDD) and Ti/Ru0.3Ti0.7O2 dimensionally stable anode (DSA) electrodes, in different supporting electrolytes (NaCl and Na2SO4), is presented with the aim of establishing the influence of the operational parameters on the process efficiency. The results demonstrate that both the electrode material and the supporting electrolyte have a strong influence on the rate of atrazine removal. In the chloride medium, the rate of atrazine removal is always greater than in sulfate under all conditions employed. Furthermore, in the sulfate medium, atrazine degradation was significant only at the BDD electrode. The total organic carbon (TOC) load decreased by 79% and 56% at the BDD and DSA electrodes, respectively, in the chloride medium. This trend was maintained in the sulfate medium but the TOC removal was lower (i.e. 33% and 13% at BDD and DSA electrodes, respectively). CA, a stable atrazine degradation intermediate, was also studied and it is efficiently removed using the BDD electrode in both media, mainly when high current densities are employed. The use of the BDD electrode in the chloride medium not only degrades atrazine but also mineralized cyanuric acid leading to the higher TOC removal.

  4. Comparing atrazine and cyanuric acid electro-oxidation on mixed oxide and boron-doped diamond electrodes.

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    Malpass, Geoffroy R P; Salazar-Banda, Giancarlo R; Miwa, Douglas W; Machado, Sérgio A S; Motheo, Artur J

    2013-01-01

    The breakdown of pesticides has been promoted by many methods for clean up of contaminated soil and wastewaters. The main goal is to decrease the toxicity of the parent compound to achieve non-toxic compounds or even, when complete mineralization occurs, carbon dioxide and water. Therefore, electrochemical degradation (potentiostatic and galvanostatic) of both the pesticide atrazine and cyanuric acid (CA) at boron-doped diamond (BDD) and Ti/Ru0.3Ti0.7O2 dimensionally stable anode (DSA) electrodes, in different supporting electrolytes (NaCl and Na2SO4), is presented with the aim of establishing the influence of the operational parameters on the process efficiency. The results demonstrate that both the electrode material and the supporting electrolyte have a strong influence on the rate of atrazine removal. In the chloride medium, the rate of atrazine removal is always greater than in sulfate under all conditions employed. Furthermore, in the sulfate medium, atrazine degradation was significant only at the BDD electrode. The total organic carbon (TOC) load decreased by 79% and 56% at the BDD and DSA electrodes, respectively, in the chloride medium. This trend was maintained in the sulfate medium but the TOC removal was lower (i.e. 33% and 13% at BDD and DSA electrodes, respectively). CA, a stable atrazine degradation intermediate, was also studied and it is efficiently removed using the BDD electrode in both media, mainly when high current densities are employed. The use of the BDD electrode in the chloride medium not only degrades atrazine but also mineralized cyanuric acid leading to the higher TOC removal. PMID:23837356

  5. Optical and structural properties of PbI2 thin film produced via chemical dipping method

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    Kariper, İ. A.

    2016-06-01

    PbI2 thin films were deposited on glass substrates via chemical bath deposition. The characteristics of PbI2 thin films were examined through their structural and optical properties. X-ray diffraction spectra showed the presence of rhombohedral structure and atom planes were subject to change with the pH of the bath. Scanning electron microscope indicated uniform distribution of grains. Optical properties were examined via UV-VIS; optical spectrum of the thin films was measured at the range of 200-1100 nm wavelength. Optimum pH levels for producing thin films were found to be pH 4-5. It has been observed that transmission and optical band gap ( E g) increased with the pH of the bath, which varied between 66-95 and 2.24-2.50 %, respectively; on the other hand film thickness of PbI2 thin films was decreased with the pH of the bath. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis were in accordance with theoretical value of PbI2 at pH = 4 and 5. Refractive index was negatively correlated with pH of the chemical bath; it has been calculated as 1.97, 1.40, 1.29 and 1.24 for the films produced at pH 2, 3, 4 and 5. The results of the study were compared with similar studies in the literature.

  6. Automated Transportation Management System (ATMS) V2.0 logistics module PBI acceptance criteria

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    Weidert, R.S.

    1995-02-28

    This document defines the acceptance criteria for the Automated Transportation Management System V2.0 Logistics Module Performance Based Incentive (PBI). This acceptance criteria will be the primary basis for the generation of acceptance test procedures. The purpose of this document is to define the minimum criteria that must be fulfilled to guarantee acceptance of the Logistics Module.

  7. Inherent electrochemistry of layered post-transition metal halides: the unexpected effect of potential cycling of PbI2.

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    Chua, Chun Kiang; Sofer, Zdeněk; Lim, Chee Shan; Pumera, Martin

    2015-02-01

    The development of two-dimensional nanomaterials has expedited the growth of advanced technological applications. PbI2 is a layered inorganic solid with important and unique properties suitable for applications in the detection of electromagnetic radiation. While the optical and electrical properties of layered PbI2 have been generally established, its electrochemistry has remained largely unexplored. In this work, we examine the inherent electrochemistry of PbI2 in relation to its morphological and structural properties. A direct comparison between commercially available and solution-grown PbI2 showed high similarity in properties based on characterizations by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The respective layered PbI2 materials also exhibited similar inherent electrochemistry. Electrochemical potential cycling of PbI2 in phosphate buffer resulted in the dissolution of iodide ions from PbI2 to form complex lead-phosphate-chloride with the oxygen groups of the phosphate ions while retaining the hexagonal structure. In the case of KCl solution, the formation of PbO2 was observed.

  8. Electrochemical oxidation of reverse osmosis concentrate on boron-doped diamond anodes at circumneutral and acidic pH.

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    Bagastyo, Arseto Y; Batstone, Damien J; Kristiana, Ina; Gernjak, Wolfgang; Joll, Cynthia; Radjenovic, Jelena

    2012-11-15

    Electrochemical processes have been widely investigated for degrading organic contaminants present in wastewater. This study evaluated the performance of electrochemical oxidation using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes by forming OH() for the treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) from secondary-treated wastewater effluents. Since oxidation by OH() and active chlorine species (HClO/ClO(-)) is influenced by pH, the electrochemical oxidation of ROC was evaluated at controlled pH 6-7 and at pH 1-2 (no pH adjustment). A high concentration of chloride ions in the ROC enhanced the oxidation, and 7-11% of Coulombic efficiency for chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was achieved with 5.2 Ah L(-1) of specific electrical charge. Complete COD removal was observed after 5.2 and 6.6 Ah L(-1), yet the corresponding dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal was only 48% (at acidic pH) and 59% (at circumneutral pH). Although a higher operating pH seemed to enhance the participation of OH() in oxidation mechanisms, high concentrations of chloride resulted in the formation of significant concentrations of adsorbable organic chlorine (AOCl) after electrochemical oxidation at both pH. While adsorbable organic bromine (AOBr) was degraded at a higher applied electrical charge, a continuous increase in AOCl concentration (up to 0.88 mM) was observed until the end of the experiments (i.e. 10.9 Ah L(-1)). In addition, total trihalomethanes (tTHMs) and total haloacetic acids (tHAAs) were further degraded with an increase in electrical charge under both pH conditions, to final total concentrations of 1 and 4 μM (tTHMs), and 12 and 22 μM (tHAAs), at acidic and circumneutral pH, respectively. In particular, tHAAs were still an order of magnitude above their initial concentration in ROC after further electrooxidation. Where high chloride concentrations are present, it was found to be necessary to separate chloride from ROC prior to electrochemical oxidation in order to

  9. Electrochemical oxidation of reverse osmosis concentrate on boron-doped diamond anodes at circumneutral and acidic pH.

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    Bagastyo, Arseto Y; Batstone, Damien J; Kristiana, Ina; Gernjak, Wolfgang; Joll, Cynthia; Radjenovic, Jelena

    2012-11-15

    Electrochemical processes have been widely investigated for degrading organic contaminants present in wastewater. This study evaluated the performance of electrochemical oxidation using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes by forming OH() for the treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) from secondary-treated wastewater effluents. Since oxidation by OH() and active chlorine species (HClO/ClO(-)) is influenced by pH, the electrochemical oxidation of ROC was evaluated at controlled pH 6-7 and at pH 1-2 (no pH adjustment). A high concentration of chloride ions in the ROC enhanced the oxidation, and 7-11% of Coulombic efficiency for chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was achieved with 5.2 Ah L(-1) of specific electrical charge. Complete COD removal was observed after 5.2 and 6.6 Ah L(-1), yet the corresponding dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal was only 48% (at acidic pH) and 59% (at circumneutral pH). Although a higher operating pH seemed to enhance the participation of OH() in oxidation mechanisms, high concentrations of chloride resulted in the formation of significant concentrations of adsorbable organic chlorine (AOCl) after electrochemical oxidation at both pH. While adsorbable organic bromine (AOBr) was degraded at a higher applied electrical charge, a continuous increase in AOCl concentration (up to 0.88 mM) was observed until the end of the experiments (i.e. 10.9 Ah L(-1)). In addition, total trihalomethanes (tTHMs) and total haloacetic acids (tHAAs) were further degraded with an increase in electrical charge under both pH conditions, to final total concentrations of 1 and 4 μM (tTHMs), and 12 and 22 μM (tHAAs), at acidic and circumneutral pH, respectively. In particular, tHAAs were still an order of magnitude above their initial concentration in ROC after further electrooxidation. Where high chloride concentrations are present, it was found to be necessary to separate chloride from ROC prior to electrochemical oxidation in order to

  10. Tailoring nickel coatings via electrodeposition from a eutectic-based ionic liquid doped with nicotinic acid

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    Yang, Haiyan; Guo, Xingwu; Birbilis, Nick; Wu, Guohua; Ding, Wenjiang

    2011-08-01

    Pure nickel (Ni) was electrodeposited onto a copper (Cu) substrate from choline chloride-urea (1:2 molar ratio) eutectic-based ionic liquid (1:2 ChCl-urea IL) with 0-1200 mg/L additions of nicotinic acid (NA). The effect of NA on the voltammetric behavior of Ni (II) was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, whilst the nucleation/growth of Ni deposits was studied by chronoamperometry. The resultant surface morphologies and microstructures of the Ni coatings were revealed by SEM/EDXS, XRD and TEM, demonstrating that NA can inhibit, hence tailor, the Ni deposition and serve as a very effective brightener producing highly uniform and smooth Ni deposits. The nucleation/growth process of Ni was not affected by the presence of NA, proceeding via three-dimensional instantaneous nucleation. NA has a profound grain refining effect with a grain size of ˜4.2 nm achievable.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of self-assembled polyaniline nanotubes doped with D-10-camphorsulfonic acid

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    Zhang, Lijuan; Wan, Meixiang

    2002-12-01

    Conducting nanotubes of polyaniline (PANI) about 80-180 nm in diameter were synthesized by a chemical template-free method in the presence of D-10-camphorsulfonic acid (D-CSA) as the dopant, and ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8) as the oxidant. The effect of synthetic conditions, such as the molar ratio of D-CSA to aniline (An), the concentration of D-CSA in the polymerization media, the reaction temperature and time, on the morphology and size as well as the electrical properties of the PANI-(D-CSA) was investigated. It was found that the above synthetic conditions, especially the molar ratio of D-CSA to An, strongly affected the morphology and formation probability of the resulting PANI. The micelles formed by D-CSA and anilinium cations act as the templates in the formation of PANI-(D-CSA) nanotubes.

  12. Degradation mechanism of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite materials upon exposure to humid air

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    Shirayama, Masaki; Kato, Masato; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Sugita, Takeshi; Fujiseki, Takemasa; Hara, Shota; Kadowaki, Hideyuki; Murata, Daisuke; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki

    2016-03-01

    Low stability of organic-inorganic perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) solar cells in humid air environments is a serious drawback which could limit practical application of this material severely. In this study, from real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization, the degradation mechanism of ultra-smooth CH3NH3PbI3 layers prepared by a laser evaporation technique is studied. We present evidence that the CH3NH3PbI3 degradation in humid air proceeds by two competing reactions of (i) the PbI2 formation by the desorption of CH3NH3I species and (ii) the generation of a CH3NH3PbI3 hydrate phase by H2O incorporation. In particular, rapid phase change occurs in the near-surface region and the CH3NH3PbI3 layer thickness reduces rapidly in the initial 1 h air exposure even at a low relative humidity of 40%. After the prolonged air exposure, the CH3NH3PbI3 layer is converted completely to hexagonal platelet PbI2/hydrate crystals that have a distinct atomic-scale multilayer structure with a period of 0.65 ± 0.05 nm. We find that conventional x-ray diffraction and optical characterization in the visible region, used commonly in earlier works, are quite insensitive to the surface phase change. Based on results obtained in this work, we discuss the degradation mechanism of CH3NH3PbI3 in humid air.

  13. UV-A light-induced photodegradation of Acid Blue 113 in the presence of Sm-doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Pandiyarajan, Thangaraj; Mangalaraja, Ramalinga Viswanathan; Karthikeyan, Balasubramanian; Sathishkumar, Panneerselvam; Mansilla, Héctor D.; Contreras, David; Ruiz, José

    2015-05-01

    In this report, optical and photocatalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 (AB 113) has been investigated in an aqueous heterogeneous media containing pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanostructures which were prepared by a simple wet chemical route. X-ray diffraction measurement confirmed that the prepared nanostructures were in hexagonal wurtzite structure and the dopant Sm ion was incorporated into the Zn lattice. Interesting morphological changes involving a nanosheet-star-spherical transition were observed upon Sm doping and annealing, which were identified through transmission electron microscope. Optical absorption measurements showed an exciton absorption band and a band gap narrowing with respect to the Sm concentrations. The photodegradation of Acid Blue 113 under UV-A radiation by using pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanostructures showed that samarium played an important role in the significant improvement of the photodegradation efficiency and the optimum amount of Sm ion was found to be 1 mmol %. Further, the possible degradation mechanism was proposed herein.

  14. Investigations on the growth, optical, thermal, dielectric, and laser damage threshold properties of crystal violet dye-doped potassium acid phthalate single crystal

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    Rao, G. Babu; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-03-01

    Influence of crystal violet dye with different concentration on potassium acid phthalate single crystal grown by conventional method has been studied. No change has been observed in the structure, whereas changes have been observed in the external morphology of the crystal when the dyes are incorporated in the crystal lattice. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses show the onset decomposition temperatures to be at 302, 285, 284, and 285 °C for pure, 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 mol% crystal violet-doped potassium acid phthalate crystals, respectively. The dielectric measurement was carried out on the grown crystals as a function of frequency at various temperatures. In addition, strong luminescent emission bands at 638, 648, and 640 nm were observed in which the relative intensity was found to be reversed as a result of doping concentration. The laser damage threshold value significantly increased for dye-doped crystal in comparison with pure crystal which may make it suitable for the solid-state dye laser applications.

  15. Photocatalytic activity of undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}-supported zeolite for humic acid degradation and mineralization

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    Lazau, C.; Ratiu, C.; Orha, C.; Pode, R.; Manea, F.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Hybrid materials based on natural zeolite and TiO{sub 2} obtained by solid-state reaction. {yields} XRD proved the presence of anatase form of undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} onto zeolite. {yields} FT-IR spectra evidenced the presence on TiO{sub 2} bounded at the zeolite network. {yields} Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} onto zeolitic matrix exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic activity. -- Abstract: The hybrid materials based on natural zeolite and undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}, i.e., Z-Na-TiO{sub 2} and Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag, were successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction in microwave-assisted hydrothermal conditions. Undoped TiO{sub 2} and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals were previously synthesized by sol-gel method. The surface characterization of undoped TiO{sub 2}/Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} and natural zeolite hybrid materials has been investigated by X-ray diffraction, DRUV-VIS spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, BET analysis, SEM microscopy and EDX analysis. The results indicated that anatase TiO{sub 2} is the dominant crystalline type as spherical form onto zeolitic matrix. The presence of Ag into Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag was confirmed by EDX analysis. The DRUV-VIS spectra showed that Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag exhibited absorption within the range of 400-500 nm in comparison with Z-Na-TiO{sub 2} catalyst. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag catalyst is proved through the degradation and mineralization of humic acid under ultraviolet and visible irradiation.

  16. Effective role of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) to enhance the photocatalytic activity of F-doped TiO2 prepared by modified sol-gel method

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Hamid, Sharifah Bee Abd; Juan, Joon Ching; Basirun, Wan Jefrey; Kandjani, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh; Bhargava, Suresh K.

    2016-03-01

    Highly photoactive mesoporous F-doped TiO2 with improved physico-chemical characteristics is achieved using modified sol-gel method. The usage of trifluoroacetic as fluorine precursor significantly modifies the morphology, size, pore shape, crystal phase, crystal structure, surface chemical state and to a lesser extent, {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} facets. The accessibility of fluoride ions on Tisbnd Osbnd Ti polymer chains during crystal growth during the sol-gel process remarkably influences the properties of catalyst. To the best of our knowledge, preparation of F-doped TiO2 using modified sol-gel and trifluoroacetic acid are limited, and still not enough. Thus this work provides additional insight by using an approach which is less hazardous, less costly and practical for large scale agile development in the photocatalysis industry.

  17. Combination of cathodic reduction with adsorption for accelerated removal of Cr(VI) through reticulated vitreous carbon electrodes modified with sulfuric acid-glycine co-doped polyaniline.

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    Mo, Xi; Yang, Zhao-hui; Xu, Hai-yin; Zeng, Guang-ming; Huang, Jing; Yang, Xia; Song, Pei-pei; Wang, Li-ke

    2015-04-01

    Improving the reduction kinetics is crucial in the electroreduction process of Cr(VI). In this study, we developed a novel adsorption-electroreduction system for accelerated removal of Cr(VI) by employing reticulated vitreous carbon electrode modified with sulfuric acid-glycine co-doped polyaniline (RVC/PANI-SA-GLY). Firstly, response surface methodology confirmed the optimum polymerization condition of co-doped polyaniline for modifying electrodes (Aniline, sulfuric acid and glycine, respectively, of 0.2 mol/L, 0.85 mol/L, 0.93 mol/L) when untraditional dopant glycine was added. Subsequently, RVC/PANI-SA-GLY showed higher Cr(VI) removal percentages in electroreduction experiments over RVC electrode modified with sulfuric acid doped polyaniline (RVC/PANI-SA) and bare RVC electrode. In contrast to RVC/PANI-SA, the improvement by RVC/PANI-SA-GLY was more significant and especially obvious at more negative potential, lower initial Cr(VI) concentration, relatively less acidic solution and higher current densities, best achieving 7.84% higher removal efficiency with entire Cr(VI) eliminated after 900 s. Current efficiencies were likewise enhanced by RVC/PANI-SA-GLY under quite negative potentials. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) analysis revealed a possible adsorption-reduction mechanism of RVC/PANI-SA-GLY, which greatly contributed to the faster reduction kinetics and was probably relative to the absorption between protonated amine groups of glycine and HCrO4(-). Eventually, the stability of RVC/PANI-SA-GLY was proven relatively satisfactory.

  18. Molecular dynamics investigation of separation of hydrogen sulfide from acidic gas mixtures inside metal-doped graphite micropores.

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    Huang, Pei-Hsing

    2015-09-21

    The separation of poisonous compounds from various process fluids has long been highly intractable, motivating the present study on the dynamic separation of H2S in acidic-gas-mixture-filled micropores. The molecular dynamics approach, coupled with the isothermal-isochoric ensemble, was used to model the molecular interactions and adsorption of H2S/CO2/CO/H2O mixtures inside metal-doped graphite slits. Due to the difference in the adsorption characteristics between the two distinct adsorbent materials, the metal dopant in the graphitic micropores leads to competitive adsorption, i.e. the Au and graphite walls compete to capture free adsorbates. The effects of competitive adsorption, coupled with changes in the gas temperature, concentration, constituent ratio and slit width on the constituent separation of mixtures were systematically studied. The molecule-wall binding energies calculated in this work (those of H2S, H2O and CO on Au walls and those of H2O, CO and CO2 on graphite walls) show good agreement with those obtained using density functional theory (DFT) and experimental results. The z-directional self-diffusivities (Dz) for adsorbates inside the slit ranged from 10(-9) to 10(-7) m(2) s(-1) as the temperature was increased from 10 to 500 K. The values are comparable with those for a typical microporous fluid (10(-8)-10(-9) m(2) s(-1) in a condensed phase and 10(-6)-10(-7) m(2) s(-1) in the gaseous state). The formation of H-bonding networks and hydrates of H2S is disadvantageous for the separation of mixtures. The results indicate that H2S can be efficiently separated from acidic gas mixtures onto the Au(111) surface by (i) reducing the mole fraction of H2S and H2O in the mixtures, (ii) raising the gas temperature to the high temperature limit (≥400 K), and (iii) lowering the slit width to below the threshold dimension (≤23.26 Å).

  19. Direct Observation of Long Electron-Hole Diffusion Distance in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Film

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    Li, Yu; Yan, Weibo; Li, Yunlong; Wang, Shufeng; Wang, Wei; Bian, Zuqiang; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-01-01

    In high performance perovskite based solar cells, CH3NH3PbI3 is the key material. We carried out a study on charge diffusion in spin-coated CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film by transient fluorescent spectroscopy. A thickness-dependent fluorescent lifetime was found. By coating the film with an electron or hole transfer layer, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) or 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9′-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) respectively, we observed the charge transfer directly through the fluorescence quenching. One-dimensional diffusion model was applied to obtain long charge diffusion distances in thick films, which is ~1.7 μm for electrons and up to ~6.3 μm for holes. Short diffusion distance of few hundreds of nanosecond was also observed in thin films. This thickness dependent charge diffusion explained the formerly reported short charge diffusion distance (~100 nm) in films and resolved its confliction to thick working layer (300–500 nm) in real devices. This study presents direct support to the high performance perovskite solar cells and will benefit the devices’ design. PMID:26416186

  20. Direct Observation of Long Electron-Hole Diffusion Distance in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Film

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    Li, Yu; Yan, Weibo; Li, Yunlong; Wang, Shufeng; Wang, Wei; Bian, Zuqiang; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-09-01

    In high performance perovskite based solar cells, CH3NH3PbI3 is the key material. We carried out a study on charge diffusion in spin-coated CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film by transient fluorescent spectroscopy. A thickness-dependent fluorescent lifetime was found. By coating the film with an electron or hole transfer layer, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) or 2,2‧,7,7‧-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9‧-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) respectively, we observed the charge transfer directly through the fluorescence quenching. One-dimensional diffusion model was applied to obtain long charge diffusion distances in thick films, which is ~1.7 μm for electrons and up to ~6.3 μm for holes. Short diffusion distance of few hundreds of nanosecond was also observed in thin films. This thickness dependent charge diffusion explained the formerly reported short charge diffusion distance (~100 nm) in films and resolved its confliction to thick working layer (300-500 nm) in real devices. This study presents direct support to the high performance perovskite solar cells and will benefit the devices’ design.

  1. Enzyme-Based Lactic Acid Detection Using Algaas/gaas High Electron Mobility Transistor with Sb-Doped Zno Nanowires Grown on the Gate Region

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    Ma, Siwei; Huang, Yunhua; Liu, Hanshuo; Zhang, Xiaohui; Liao, Qingliang

    2012-08-01

    Sb-doped ZnO nanowires were synthesized via chemical vapor deposition method. Scanning electron microscopic, transmission electron microscopic, X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectrometer have been used to characterize the morphology and structure of the nanowires. The AlGaAs/GaAs HEMT drain-source current exhibited a fast response of about 1s when different concentrations of lactic acid solutions were added to the surface of lactate oxidase immobilized on the ZnO nanowires. The HEMT could detect a range of lactic acid concentrations from 3 pM to 30 μM. The biosensor exhibited good performance along with fast response, high sensitivity, and long-term stability. Our results demonstrate the possibility of using AlGaAs/GaAs HEMTs for lactic acid measurements and provide new further fundamental insights into the study of nanoscience and nanodevices.

  2. Effects of molecular dipole orientation on the exciton binding energy of CH3NH3PbI3

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    Motta, Carlo; Mandal, Pankaj; Sanvito, Stefano

    2016-07-01

    We present a simple interacting tight-binding model for excitons, which is used to investigate the dependence of the exciton binding energy of CH3NH3PbI3 over the disorder induced by the molecular motion at room temperature. The model is fitted to the electronic structure of CH3NH3PbI3 by using data from density-functional theory and Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics, and it is solved in the mean-field approximation. When a finite-scale analysis is performed to extract the energetic of the excitons at experimental concentrations we find that disorder in general reduces the binding energy of about 10%. This suggests that the excitonic properties of CH3NH3PbI3 largely depend on the electronic structure of the PbI3 inorganic lattice.

  3. Intercalation crystallization of phase-pure α-HC(NH2)2PbI3 upon microstructurally engineered PbI2 thin films for planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhou, Yuanyuan; Yang, Mengjin; Kwun, Joonsuh; Game, Onkar S.; Zhao, Yixin; Pang, Shuping; Padture, Nitin P.; Zhu, Kai

    2016-03-01

    The microstructure of the solid-PbI2 precursor thin film plays an important role in the intercalation crystallization of the formamidinium lead triiodide perovskite (α-HC(NH2)2PbI3). It is shown that microstructurally engineered PbI2 thin films with porosity and low crystallinity are the most favorable for conversion into uniform-coverage, phase-pure α-HC(NH2)2PbI3 perovskite thin films. Planar perovskite solar cells fabricated using these thin films deliver power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 13.8%.The microstructure of the solid-PbI2 precursor thin film plays an important role in the intercalation crystallization of the formamidinium lead triiodide perovskite (α-HC(NH2)2PbI3). It is shown that microstructurally engineered PbI2 thin films with porosity and low crystallinity are the most favorable for conversion into uniform-coverage, phase-pure α-HC(NH2)2PbI3 perovskite thin films. Planar perovskite solar cells fabricated using these thin films deliver power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 13.8%. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06189j

  4. Unreacted PbI2 as a Double-Edged Sword for Enhancing the Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Jacobsson, T Jesper; Correa-Baena, Juan-Pablo; Halvani Anaraki, Elham; Philippe, Bertrand; Stranks, Samuel D; Bouduban, Marine E F; Tress, Wolfgang; Schenk, Kurt; Teuscher, Joël; Moser, Jacques-E; Rensmo, Håkan; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2016-08-17

    Lead halide perovskites have over the past few years attracted considerable interest as photo absorbers in PV applications with record efficiencies now reaching 22%. It has recently been found that not only the composition but also the precise stoichiometry is important for the device performance. Recent reports have, for example, demonstrated small amount of PbI2 in the perovskite films to be beneficial for the overall performance of both the standard perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, as well as for the mixed perovskites (CH3NH3)x(CH(NH2)2)(1-x)PbBryI(3-y). In this work a broad range of characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photo electron spectroscopy (PES), transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS), UV-vis, electroluminescence (EL), photoluminescence (PL), and confocal PL mapping have been used to further understand the importance of remnant PbI2 in perovskite solar cells. Our best devices were over 18% efficient, and had in line with previous results a small amount of excess PbI2. For the PbI2-deficient samples, the photocurrent dropped, which could be attributed to accumulation of organic species at the grain boundaries, low charge carrier mobility, and decreased electron injection into the TiO2. The PbI2-deficient compositions did, however, also have advantages. The record Voc was as high as 1.20 V and was found in PbI2-deficient samples. This was correlated with high crystal quality, longer charge carrier lifetimes, and high PL yields and was rationalized as a consequence of the dynamics of the perovskite formation. We further found the ion migration to be obstructed in the PbI2-deficient samples, which decreased the JV hysteresis and increased the photostability. PbI2-deficient synthesis conditions can thus be used to deposit perovskites with excellent crystal quality but with the downside of grain boundaries enriched in organic species, which act as a barrier toward

  5. Unreacted PbI2 as a Double-Edged Sword for Enhancing the Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Jacobsson, T Jesper; Correa-Baena, Juan-Pablo; Halvani Anaraki, Elham; Philippe, Bertrand; Stranks, Samuel D; Bouduban, Marine E F; Tress, Wolfgang; Schenk, Kurt; Teuscher, Joël; Moser, Jacques-E; Rensmo, Håkan; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2016-08-17

    Lead halide perovskites have over the past few years attracted considerable interest as photo absorbers in PV applications with record efficiencies now reaching 22%. It has recently been found that not only the composition but also the precise stoichiometry is important for the device performance. Recent reports have, for example, demonstrated small amount of PbI2 in the perovskite films to be beneficial for the overall performance of both the standard perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, as well as for the mixed perovskites (CH3NH3)x(CH(NH2)2)(1-x)PbBryI(3-y). In this work a broad range of characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photo electron spectroscopy (PES), transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS), UV-vis, electroluminescence (EL), photoluminescence (PL), and confocal PL mapping have been used to further understand the importance of remnant PbI2 in perovskite solar cells. Our best devices were over 18% efficient, and had in line with previous results a small amount of excess PbI2. For the PbI2-deficient samples, the photocurrent dropped, which could be attributed to accumulation of organic species at the grain boundaries, low charge carrier mobility, and decreased electron injection into the TiO2. The PbI2-deficient compositions did, however, also have advantages. The record Voc was as high as 1.20 V and was found in PbI2-deficient samples. This was correlated with high crystal quality, longer charge carrier lifetimes, and high PL yields and was rationalized as a consequence of the dynamics of the perovskite formation. We further found the ion migration to be obstructed in the PbI2-deficient samples, which decreased the JV hysteresis and increased the photostability. PbI2-deficient synthesis conditions can thus be used to deposit perovskites with excellent crystal quality but with the downside of grain boundaries enriched in organic species, which act as a barrier toward

  6. Enhanced Performance of Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cell by Using CH3NH3I as Additive in Sequential Deposition.

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    Xie, Yian; Shao, Feng; Wang, Yaoming; Xu, Tao; Wang, Deliang; Huang, Fuqiang

    2015-06-17

    Sequential deposition is a widely adopted method to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 on mesostructured TiO2 electrode for organic lead halide perovskite solar cells. However, this method often suffers from the uncontrollable crystal size, surface morphology, and residual PbI2 in the resulting CH3NH3PbI3, which are all detrimental to the device performance. We herein present an optimized sequential solution deposition method by introducing different amount of CH3NH3I in PbI2 precursor solution in the first step to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 absorber on mesoporous TiO2 substrates. The addition of CH3NH3I in PbI2 precursor solution can affect the crystallization and composition of PbI2 raw films, resulting in the variation of UV-vis absorption and surface morphology. Proper addition of CH3NH3I not only enhances the absorption but also improves the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells from 11.13% to 13.37%. Photoluminescence spectra suggest that the improvement of device performance is attributed to the decrease of recombination rate of carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 absorber. This current method provides a highly repeatable route for enhancing the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell in the sequential solution deposition method.

  7. Effect of doping of calcium fluoride nanoparticles on the photoluminescence properties of europium complexes with benzoic acid derivatives as secondary ligands and 2-aminopyridine as primary ligand

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    Sharma, Garima; Narula, Anudeep Kumar

    2015-08-01

    The present article reports the synthesis of three Eu(III) complexes [Eu(BA)3(2-ap)] (1), [Eu(HBA)3(2-ap)] (2) and [Eu(ABA)3(2-ap)] (3) (BA = benzoic acid, HBA = 2-hydroxy benzoic acid, ABA = 2-amino benzoic acid and 2-ap = 2-aminopyridine) carried out in ethanol solution. The complexes were further doped with CaF2 nanoparticles and a change in the photoluminescence properties was observed. The compositions and structural investigation of the complexes were determined by elemental analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) which suggest the coordination of ligands with the central Eu(III) ion. The optical properties of the complexes were studied by Ultraviolet Visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and photoluminescence studies (PL). The relative PL intensity was enhanced in the Eu(III) complexes doped with CaF2 nanoparticles as compared to the pure Eu(III) complexes, however the increase in intensity varied in the order of ligands ABA > HBA > BA. The photoluminescence lifetime decay curves also revealed the longer lifetime (τ) and higher quantum efficiency (η) for europium complexes with ABA ligands suggesting the efficient energy transfer and better sensitizing ability of the ligand to europium ion. The morphology of the synthesized compounds were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) revealing spherical morphology with agglomeration of the nanoparticles.

  8. Layered Lithium-Rich Oxide Nanoparticles Doped with Spinel Phase: Acidic Sucrose-Assistant Synthesis and Excellent Performance as Cathode of Lithium Ion Battery.

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    Chen, Min; Chen, Dongrui; Liao, Youhao; Zhong, Xiaoxin; Li, Weishan; Zhang, Yuegang

    2016-02-01

    Nanolayered lithium-rich oxide doped with spinel phase is synthesized by acidic sucrose-assistant sol-gel combustion and evaluated as the cathode of a high-energy-density lithium ion battery. Physical characterizations indicate that the as-synthesized oxide (LR-SN) is composed of uniform and separated nanoparticles of about 200 nm, which are doped with about 7% spinel phase, compared to the large aggregated ones of the product (LR) synthesized under the same condition but without any assistance. Charge/discharge demonstrates that LR-SN exhibits excellent rate capability and cyclic stability: delivering an average discharge capacity of 246 mAh g(-1) at 0.2 C (1C = 250 mA g(-1)) and earning a capacity retention of 92% after 100 cycles at 4 C in the lithium anode-based half cell, compared to the 227 mA g(-1) and the 63% of LR, respectively. Even in the graphite anode-based full cell, LR-SN still delivers a capacity of as high as 253 mAh g(-1) at 0.1 C, corresponding to a specific energy density of 801 Wh kg(-1), which are the best among those that have been reported in the literature. The separated nanoparticles of the LR-SN provide large sites for charge transfer, while the spinel phase doped in the nanoparticles facilitates lithium ion diffusion and maintains the stability of the layered structure during cycling.

  9. Structural and optical study of spin-coated camphorsulfonic acid-doped polyaniline/titanium-di-oxide nanoparticles hybrid thin films

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    Geethalakshmi, D.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Balasundaraprabhu, R.

    2015-06-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) doped with Camphorsulfonic acid (CSA) has been prepared by chemical oxidative polymerization and blend with titanium-di-oxide (TiO2) nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method to form CSA-doped PANI/TiO2 hybrid thin films. The properties of as-deposited and heat-treated (100 °C) hybrid thin films having different PANI:TiO2 weight ratios (1:0.5, 1:1, and 1:2) have been compared. FTIR study indicated that chemical bonding between CSA-doped PANI and TiO2 has been formed. XRD studies reveal that the as-deposited hybrid thin films are of amorphous nature and heat-treatment of such films initiates crystallization. SEM study shows that as-deposited hybrid films are rough; increase in TiO2 ratio and heat-treatment increased the roughness due to coalescing and agglomeration. UV-visible absorbance of hybrid films shows its characteristic peak in the visible region along with a peak in UV range and its intensity increased with TiO2 ratio and heat-treatment due to agglomeration of TiO2 particles. Photoluminescence spectra revealed that emission occurs in visible region (495 nm) for as-deposited hybrid thin film and this emission increased with TiO2 ratio and heat-treatment of hybrid films.

  10. Explosive decomposition of a melamine-cyanuric acid supramolecular assembly for fabricating defect-rich nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes with significantly promoted catalysis.

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    Zhao, Zhongkui; Dai, Yitao; Ge, Guifang; Wang, Guiru

    2015-05-26

    A facile and scalable approach for fabricating structural defect-rich nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (MCSA-CNTs) through explosive decomposition of melamine-cyanuric acid supramolecular assembly is presented. In comparison to pristine carbon nanotubes, MCSA-CNT exhibits significantly enhanced catalytic performance in oxidant- and steam-free direct dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene, demonstrating the potential for metal-free clean and energy-saving styrene production. This finding also opens a new horizon for preparing highly-efficient carbocatalysts rich in structural defect sites for diverse transformations.

  11. Uptake measurements of ethanol on ice surfaces and on supercooled aqueous solutions doped with nitric acid between 213 and 243 K.

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    Kerbrat, M; Le Calvé, S; Mirabel, Ph

    2007-02-01

    Uptake of ethanol either on pure frozen ice surfaces or supercooled solutions doped with HNO3 (0.63 and 2.49 wt %) has been investigated using a coated wall flow tube coupled to a mass spectrometric detection. The experiments were conducted over the temperature range of 213-243 K. Uptake of ethanol on these surfaces was always found to be totally reversible whatever were the experimental conditions. The number of ethanol molecules adsorbed per surface unit was conventionally plotted as a function of ethanol concentration in the gas phase and subsequently analyzed using Langmuir's model. The amount of ethanol molecules taken up on nitric acid doped-ice surfaces was found to increase largely with increasing nitric acid concentrations. For example at 223 K, and for an ethanol gas-phase concentration of 1x10(13) molecules cm3, the number of adsorbed molecules are (in units of molecules cm-2): approximately 1.3x10(14) on pure ice; approximately 1.4x10(15) on ice doped with HNO3 0.63 wt %; approximately 7.5x10(15) on ice doped with HNO3, 2.49 wt %, i.e. 60 times larger than on pure ice. Since, according to the shape of the isotherms, the adsorption did not proceed beyond monolayer coverage, the enormous increase of ethanol uptake was explained by considering its dissolution in either a supercooled liquid layer (T<230 K) or a liquid solution (T>230 K). The formation of both was indeed favored by the presence of the HNO3. Our experimental results suggest that the amount of ethanol dissolved in such supercooled solutions follows Henry's law and that the Henry's law constants at low temperatures, i.e., 223-243 K, can be estimated by extrapolation from higher temperatures. Such supercooled solutions which exist in the troposphere either in deep convective clouds or in mixed clouds for temperature above 233 K, might be responsible for the scavenging of large amounts of soluble species, such as nitric and sulfuric acids, oxygenated VOCs including alcohols, carboxylic acids, and

  12. Explosive decomposition of a melamine-cyanuric acid supramolecular assembly for fabricating defect-rich nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes with significantly promoted catalysis.

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    Zhao, Zhongkui; Dai, Yitao; Ge, Guifang; Wang, Guiru

    2015-05-26

    A facile and scalable approach for fabricating structural defect-rich nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (MCSA-CNTs) through explosive decomposition of melamine-cyanuric acid supramolecular assembly is presented. In comparison to pristine carbon nanotubes, MCSA-CNT exhibits significantly enhanced catalytic performance in oxidant- and steam-free direct dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene, demonstrating the potential for metal-free clean and energy-saving styrene production. This finding also opens a new horizon for preparing highly-efficient carbocatalysts rich in structural defect sites for diverse transformations. PMID:25900736

  13. Understanding Correlations Between Structure and Redox Properties in Aqueously-Dispersible, Electrically-Conductive, Polymer-Acid-Doped Polyaniline

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    Tarver, Jacob Daniel

    kinetics and the propagation of reaction fronts between PANI's electrically insulating and conducting forms. Specifically, PANI-PAAMPSA's switching kinetics are limited by interparticle contacts, suggesting that the reaction front propagates across particles faster than between particles. Following DCA treatment, PANI-PAAMPSA's electrochromic response is hastened, stabilized, and invariant to the original particle size. As-spun films also demonstrate size-exclusivity with respect to the ionic radius of the buffer cation; these size-exclusion effects are eliminated following DCA-treatment, further confirming the significant influence of internal film structure on electrochromic kinetics. Lastly, having established the dependence of redox properties on film structure, the redox chemistries of PANI-PAAMPSA can be manipulated to affect its structural, optical, and electrical properties. By chemically reducing PANI-PAAMPSA films, the electrostatic interaction between PANI and PAAMPSA can be eliminated. PAAMPSA subsequently relaxes in the presence of water vapor, after which the surfaces of the films smoothen dramatically. Following relaxation, the films are chemically oxidized back to their conductive state, during which the optical and electrical properties of the films undergo changes that are directly analogous to those associated with PANI films treated with performance-enhancing DCA. The interrelationships between the structural, optical, electrical, and redox properties of polymer-acid-doped conductive polymers revealed in this work provide novel insight into the behavior of these systems, and will help guide the development of future organic electronic materials.

  14. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 0.67.

  15. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells.

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-28

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm(-2) and a fill factor of 0.67. PMID:26118756

  16. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment. PMID:26924112

  17. Ferroelectric Polarization in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite.

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    Kim, Hui-Seon; Kim, Sung Kyun; Kim, Byeong Jo; Shin, Kyung-Sik; Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Jung, Hyun Suk; Kim, Sang-Woo; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2015-05-01

    We report on ferroelectric polarization behavior in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in the dark and under illumination. Perovskite crystals with three different sizes of 700, 400, and 100 nm were prepared for piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) measurements. PFM results confirmed the formation of spontaneous polarization in CH3NH3PbI3 in the absence of electric field, where the size dependency to polarization was not significant. Whereas the photoinduced stimulation was not significant without an external electric field, the stimulated polarization by poling was further enhanced under illumination. The retention of ferroelectric polarization was also observed after removal of the electric field, in which larger crystals showed longer retention behavior compared to the smaller sized one. Additionally, we suggest the effect of perovskite crystal size (morphology) on charge collection at the interface of the ferroelectric material even though insignificant size dependency in electric polarization was observed.

  18. Ultrafine polybenzimidazole (PBI) fibers. [separators for alkaline batteries and dfuel cells

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    Chenevey, E. C.

    1979-01-01

    Mats were made from ultrafine polybenzimidazole (PBI) fibers to provide an alternate to the use of asbestos as separators in fuel cells and alkaline batteries. To minimize distortion during mat drying, a process to provide a dry fibrid was developed. Two fibrid types were developed: one coarse, making mats for battery separators; the other fine, making low permeability matrices for fuel cells. Eventually, it was demonstrated that suitable mat fabrication techniques yielded fuel cell separators from the coarser alkaline battery fibrids. The stability of PBI mats to 45% KOH at 123 C can be increased by heat treatment at high temperatures. Weight loss data to 1000 hours exposure show the alkali resistance of the mats to be superior to that of asbestos.

  19. Photovoltaic performance and the energy landscape of CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Zhou, Yecheng; Huang, Fuzhi; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Gray-Weale, Angus

    2015-09-21

    Photovoltaic cells with absorbing layers of certain perovskites have power conversion efficiencies up to 20%. Among these materials, CH3NH3PbI3 is widely used. Here we use density-functional theory to calculate the energies and rotational energy barriers of a methylammonium ion in the α or β phase of CH3NH3PbI3 with differently oriented neighbouring methylammonium ions. Our results suggest the methylammonium ions in CH3NH3PbI3 prefer to rotate collectively, and to be parallel to their neighbours. Changes in polarization on rotation of methylammonium ions are two to three times larger than those on relaxation of the lead ion from the centre of its coordination shell. The preferences for parallel configuration and concerted rotation, with the polarisation changes, are consistent with ferroelectricity in the material, and indicate that this polarisation is governed by methylammonium orientational correlations. We show that the field due to this polarisation is strong enough to screen the field hindering charge transport, and find this screening field in agreement with experiment. We examine two possible mechanisms for the effect of methylammonium ion rotation on photovoltaic performance. One is that rearrangement of methylammoniums promotes the creation and transport of charge carriers. Some effective masses change greatly, but changes in band structure with methylammonium rotation are not large enough to explain current-voltage hysteresis behaviour. The second possible mechanism is that polarization screens the hindering electric field, which arises from charge accumulation in the transport layers. Polarization changes on methylammonium rotation favour this second mechanism, suggesting that collective reorientation of methylammonium ions in the bulk crystal are in significant part responsible for the hysteresis and power conversion characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic cells.

  20. High efficiency Schottky junction solar cells by co-doping of graphene with gold nanoparticles and nitric acid

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    Liu, X.; Zhang, X. W.; Meng, J. H.; Yin, Z. G.; Zhang, L. Q.; Wang, H. L.; Wu, J. L.

    2015-06-01

    We have reported an effective method to enhance the efficiency of graphene-on-Si (Gr/Si) Schottky junction solar cells by co-doping of graphene with Au nanoparticles (NPs) and HNO3. Both Au NPs decoration and HNO3 treatment lead to p-type doping of graphene, and their combination is confirmed to be a more effective approach for achieving the higher work function and enhanced electrical conductivity of graphene. Consequently, the power conversion efficiency of Gr/Si solar cells is increased by 2.6 times, with a maximum value of 10.20%. This work suggests that the co-doping might be a promising way to realize high performance Gr/Si solar cells.

  1. Complete doping in solid-state by silica-supported perchloric acid as dopant solid acid: Synthesis and characterization of the novel chiral composite of poly [(±)-2-(sec-butyl) aniline

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    Farrokhzadeh, Abdolkarim; Modarresi-Alam, Ali Reza

    2016-05-01

    Poly [(±)-2-(sec-butyl) aniline]/silica-supported perchloric acid composites were synthesized by combination of poly[(±)-2-sec-butylaniline] base (PSBA) and the silica-supported perchloric acid (SSPA) as dopant solid acid in solid-state. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and CHNS results confirm nigraniline oxidation state and complete doping for composites (about 75%) and non-complete for the PSBA·HCl salt (about 49%). The conductivity of samples was (≈0.07 S/cm) in agreement with the percent of doping obtained of the XPS analysis. Also, contact resistance was determined by circular-TLM measurement. The morphology of samples by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their coating were investigated by XPS, SEM-map and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The key benefits of this work are the preparation of conductive chiral composite with the delocalized polaron structure under green chemistry and solid-state condition, the improvement of the processability by inclusion of the 2-sec-butyl group and the use of dopant solid acid (SSPA) as dopant.

  2. Dual Mode Fluorophore-Doped Nickel Nitrilotriacetic Acid-Modified Silica Nanoparticles Combine Histidine-Tagged Protein Purification with Site-Specific Fluorophore Labeling

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    Kim, Sung Hoon; Jeyakumar, M.; Katzenellenbogen, John A.

    2008-01-01

    We present the first example of a fluorophore-doped nickel chelate surface- modified silica nanoparticle that functions in a dual mode, combining histidine-tagged protein purification with site-specific fluorophore labeling. Tetramethylrhodamine (TMR)-doped silica nanoparticles, estimated to contain 700–900 TMRs per ca. 23-nm particle, were surface modified with nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), producing TMR-SiO2-NTA-Ni+2. Silica-embedded TMR retains very high quantum yield, is resistant to quenching by buffer components and is modestly quenched and only to a certain depth (ca. 2 nm) by surface-attached Ni+2. When exposed to a bacterial lysate containing estrogen receptor α ligand binding domain (ERα) as a minor component, these beads showed very high specificity binding, enabling protein purification in one step. The capacity and specificity of these beads for binding a his-tagged protein were characterized by electrophoresis, radiometric counting, and MALDI-TOF MS. ERα, bound to TMR-SiO2-NTA-Ni++ beads in a site-specific manner, exhibited good activity for ligand binding and for ligand-induced binding to coactivators in solution FRET experiments and protein microarray fluorometric and FRET assays. This dual-mode type TMR-SiO2-NTA-Ni++ system represents a powerful combination of one-step histidine-tagged protein purification and site-specific labeling with multiple fluorophore species. BRIEFS Tetramethylrhodamine-doped silica nanoparticles surface modified with nitrilotriacetic acid are dual-mode agents that can be used to purify and site-specifically fluorophore label his-tagged proteins in one step for fluorometric and FRET experiments. PMID:17910454

  3. Electrochemical Sensor Based on Fe Doped Hydroxyapatite-Carbon Nanotubes Composite for L-Dopa Detection in the Presence of Uric Acid.

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    Kanchana, P; Radhakrishnan, S; Navaneethan, M; Arivanandhan, M; Hayakawa, Y; Sekar, C

    2016-06-01

    A novel amperometric sensor based on iron doped hydroxyapatite (Fe-HA) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) has been fabricated. The hybrid composite made of Fe-HA nanoparticles and CNT promotes electron transfer kinetics between the analyte levodopa (L-dopa) and the modified GC electrode. Under optimum conditions, the fabricated sensor gave a linear response range of 1.0 x 10(-7)-1.1 x 10(-6) M with the detection limit as low as 62 nM. The Fe-HA/CNT modified electrode showed good selectivity towards the determination of L-dopa in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA) and other common interferents. The sensor displays a high sensitivity, good reproducibility and long-term stability and it was successfully applied for the detection of L-dopa in pharmaceutical and medicinal plant samples. PMID:27427688

  4. The use of imidazolium ionic liquid/copper complex as novel and green catalyst for chemiluminescent detection of folic acid by Mn-doped ZnS nanocrystals

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    Azizi, Seyed Naser; Shakeri, Parmis; Chaichi, Mohammad Javad; Bekhradnia, Ahmadreza; Taghavi, Mehdi; Ghaemy, Mousa

    2014-03-01

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) method using water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) as CL emitter is proposed for the chemiluminometric determination of folic acid in pharmaceutical formulation. Water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS QDs were synthesized by using L-cysteine as stabilizer in aqueous solutions. The nanoparticles were structurally and optically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. The CL of ZnS QDs induced by directly chemical oxidation and its ionic liquid-sensitized effect in aqueous solution were then investigated. It was found that oxidants, especially hydrogen peroxide, could directly oxidize ZnS QDs to produce weak CL emission in basic conditions. In the presence of 1,3-dipropylimidazolium bromide/copper a drastic light emission enhancement is observed, related to a strong interaction between Cu2+ and the imidazolium ring. Therefore, a new CL analysis system was developed for the determination of folic acid. Under the optimum conditions, there is a good linear relationship between the relative CL intensity and the concentration of folic acid in the range of 1 × 10-9-1 × 10-6 M of folic acid with a correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.9991. The limit of detection of this system was found to be 1 × 10-10 M. This method is not only simple, sensitive and low cost, but also reliable for practical applications.

  5. The use of imidazolium ionic liquid/copper complex as novel and green catalyst for chemiluminescent detection of folic acid by Mn-doped ZnS nanocrystals.

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    Azizi, Seyed Naser; Shakeri, Parmis; Chaichi, Mohammad Javad; Bekhradnia, Ahmadreza; Taghavi, Mehdi; Ghaemy, Mousa

    2014-03-25

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) method using water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) as CL emitter is proposed for the chemiluminometric determination of folic acid in pharmaceutical formulation. Water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS QDs were synthesized by using L-cysteine as stabilizer in aqueous solutions. The nanoparticles were structurally and optically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. The CL of ZnS QDs induced by directly chemical oxidation and its ionic liquid-sensitized effect in aqueous solution were then investigated. It was found that oxidants, especially hydrogen peroxide, could directly oxidize ZnS QDs to produce weak CL emission in basic conditions. In the presence of 1,3-dipropylimidazolium bromide/copper a drastic light emission enhancement is observed, related to a strong interaction between Cu(2+) and the imidazolium ring. Therefore, a new CL analysis system was developed for the determination of folic acid. Under the optimum conditions, there is a good linear relationship between the relative CL intensity and the concentration of folic acid in the range of 1×10(-9)-1×10(-)(6) M of folic acid with a correlation coefficient (R(2)) of 0.9991. The limit of detection of this system was found to be 1×10(-)(10) M. This method is not only simple, sensitive and low cost, but also reliable for practical applications. PMID:24322762

  6. Enhanced performance in hole transport material free perovskite solar cells via morphology control of PbI2 film by solvent treatment

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    Cheng, Nian; Liu, Pei; Bai, Sihang; Yu, Zhenhua; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shi-Shang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-07-01

    The morphology of PbI2 film plays a critical role in determining the quality of the resultant CH3NH3PbI3 film and power conversion efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell. Here, we propose a solvent treatment method in the two-step sequential deposition process to control the morphology of PbI2 film, which leads to enhanced power conversion efficiency. Hole transport material free perovskite solar cell is chosen as a paradigm to demonstrate this idea. Solvent (isopropanol, chlorobenzene, or ethanol) treated PbI2 films exhibit dendrite-like or flake-like morphologies, which facilitate more complete conversion of PbI2 to CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in ambient atmosphere with a relative high humidity. Therefore, enhanced performance is obtained with the solvent treated PbI2 films. Average power conversion efficiency has been improved from 9.42% in the traditional two-step sequential deposition to 11.22% in solar cells derived from ethanol treated PbI2 films.

  7. Electro-fenton and photoelectro-fenton degradation of sulfanilic acid using a boron-doped diamond anode and an air diffusion cathode.

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    El-Ghenymy, Abdellatif; Garrido, José Antonio; Centellas, Francesc; Arias, Conchita; Cabot, Pere Lluís; Rodríguez, Rosa María; Brillas, Enric

    2012-04-01

    The mineralization of sulfanilic acid has been studied by electro-Fenton (EF) and photoelectro-Fenton (PEF) reaction with UVA light using an undivided electrochemical cell with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and an air diffusion cathode able to generate H(2)O(2). Organics were then oxidized by hydroxyl radicals formed at the anode surface from water oxidation and in the bulk from Fenton's reaction between generated H(2)O(2) and added Fe(2+). The UVA irradiation in PEF enhanced the production of hydroxyl radicals in the bulk, accelerating the removal of organics and photodecomposed intermediates like Fe(III)-carboxylate complexes. Partial decontamination of 1.39 mM sulfanilic acid solutions was achieved by EF until 100 mA cm(-2) at optimum conditions of 0.4 mM Fe(2+) and pH 3.0. The increase in current density and substrate content led to an almost total mineralization. In contrast, the PEF process was more powerful, yielding almost complete mineralization in less electrolysis time under comparable conditions. The kinetics for sulfanilic acid decay always followed a pseudo-first-order reaction. Hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone were detected as aromatic intermediates, whereas acetic, maleic, formic, oxalic, and oxamic acids were identified as generated carboxylic acids. NH(4)(+) ion was preferentially released in both treatments, along with NO(3)(-) ion in smaller proportion.

  8. Selective detection of dopamine using a combined permselective film of electropolymerized (poly-tyramine and poly-pyrrole-1-propionic acid) on a boron-doped diamond electrode.

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    Shang, Fengjun; Liu, Yali; Hrapovic, Sabahudin; Glennon, Jeremy D; Luong, John H T

    2009-03-01

    An effective and robust electrochemical approach has been developed for selective detection of dopamine in the presence of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-DOPA), ascorbic acid, uric acid and other dopamine metabolites. A 'layer-by-layer' film of tyramine and pyrrole-1-propionic acid (PPA) was formed by subsequent electropolymerization on a boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode with an overall thickness of approximately 33 nm as estimated by AFM. The formation of the electropolymerized homogeneous film was also confirmed by SEM and Raman spectroscopy. The modified BDD electrode exhibited rapid response to dopamine within 6 s and a detection limit of 50 nM with excellent reproducibility. The stable electropolymerized film was capable of excluding electroactive interference from 20 microM l-DOPA, 20 microM 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), and ascorbic and uric acids at normal physiological conditions (100 microM each). The modified electrode could be used for several repeated analyses of dopamine at 5 microM, without noticeable surface fouling. A plausible mechanism for permselectivity was suggested and supported by pertinent experimental data.

  9. Investigation of catalytic activity towards oxygen reduction reaction of Pt dispersed on boron doped graphene in acid medium.

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    Pullamsetty, Ashok; Sundara, Ramaprabhu

    2016-10-01

    Boron doped graphene was prepared by a facile method and platinum (Pt) decoration over boron doped graphene was done in various chemical reduction methods such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4), polyol and modified polyol. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the synthesized catalyst particles are present in a nanocrystalline structure and transmission and scanning electron microscopy were employed to investigate the morphology and particle distribution. The electrochemical properties were investigated with the help of the rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique and cyclic voltammetry. The results show that the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) takes place by a four-electron process. The kinetics of the ORR was evaluated using K-L and Tafel plots. The electrocatalyst obtained in modified polyol reduction method has shown the better catalytic activity compared to other two electrocatalysts. PMID:27393888

  10. Fabrication and Scale-up of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) Membrane Based System for Precombustion-Based Capture of Carbon Dioxide

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    Krishnan, Gopala; Jayaweera, Indira; Sanjrujo, Angel; O'Brien, Kevin; Callahan, Richard; Berchtold, Kathryn; Roberts, Daryl-Lynn; Johnson, Will

    2012-03-31

    The primary objectives of this project are to (1) demonstrate the performance and fabrication of a technically and economically viable pre-combustion-based CO{sub 2} capture system based on the high temperature stability and permeance of PBI membranes, (2) optimize a plan for integration of PBI capture system into an IGCC plant and (3) develop a commercialization plan that addresses technical issues and business issues to outline a clear path for technology transfer of the PBI membrane technology. This report describes research conducted from April 1, 2007 to March 30, 2012 and focused on achieving the above objectives. PBI-based hollow fibers have been fabricated at kilometer lengths and bundled as modules at a bench-scale level for the separation of CO{sub 2} from H{sub 2} at high temperatures and pressures. Long term stability of these fibers has been demonstrated with a relatively high H{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} selectivity (35 to 50) and H{sub 2} permeance (80 GPU) at temperatures exceeding 225°C. Membrane performance simulations and systems analysis of an IGCC system incorporating a PBI hollow fiber membrane modules have demonstrated that the cost of electricity for CO{sub 2} capture (<10%) using such a high temperature separator. When the cost of transporting, storing, and monitoring the CO{sub 2} is accounted for, the increase in the COE is only 14.4%.

  11. A rapid microwave synthesis of nitrogen-sulfur co-doped carbon nanodots as highly sensitive and selective fluorescence probes for ascorbic acid.

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    Duan, Junxia; Yu, Jie; Feng, Suling; Su, Li

    2016-06-01

    A ultrafast one-step microwave-assisted method was developed for the synthesis of nitrogen-sulfur co-doped carbon nanodots (N,S-CDs) by using ethylenediamine as the carbon source and sulfamic acid as the surface passivation reagent. The morphology and the properties of N,S-CDs were explored by a series of techniques, such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The prepared N,S-CDs exhibit bright blue photoluminescence with a high fluorescence quantum yield (FLQY) up to 28%, and high stability and excellent water solubility. A N,S-CDs-based fluorescent probe was developed for sensitive detection ascorbic acid (AA) in the presence of Cu(2+), based on the mechanism that AA reduces Cu(2+) to Cu(+), then Cu(+) quenches the fluorescence of N,S-CDs through electron or energy transfer due to the interaction between Cu(+) and thiol ligand on the N,S-CDs surface. The observed linear response concentration range was from 0.057 to 4.0μM to AA with a detection limit as low as 18nM. The probe exhibited a highly selective response toward AA even in the presence of possible interfering substances, such as uric acid and citric acid. Moreover, these promising features made the sensing system used for the analysis of human serum and urine samples. PMID:27130124

  12. Surface Properties of CH3NH3PbI3 for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Haruyama, Jun; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Han, Liyuan; Tateyama, Yoshitaka

    2016-03-15

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attracted considerable interest because of their high potential for solar energy conversion. Power conversion efficiencies of the PSCs have rapidly increased from 3.8 to over 20% only in the past few years. PSCs have several similarities to dye-sensitized solar cells in their device compositions; mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) is sensitized by light-absorbing components and placed into a medium containing hole transporting materials (HTMs). On the other hand, the perovskite materials for the light-harvesting, for example, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), have a greater advantage for the photovoltaic applications; extremely long photocarrier diffusion lengths (over 1 μm) enable carrier transports without singnificant loss. In this respect, the surface states, that can be possible recombination centers, are also of great importance. Availability of solution processes is another important aspect in terms of low cost fabrication of PSCs. Two-step methods, where PbI2 is first introduced from solution onto a mp-TiO2 film and subsequently transformed into the MAPbI3 by the exposition of a solution containing MAI, suggest that use of such a high PbI2 concentration is crucial to obtain higher performance. The experiments also indicate that the PbI2-rich growth condition modifies TiO2/ or HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces in such a way that the photocarrier transport is improved. Thus, the characteristics of surfaces and interfaces play key roles in the high efficiencies of the PSCs. In this Account, we focus on the structural stability and electronic states of the representative (110), (001), (100), and (101) surfaces of tetragonal MAPbI3, which can be regarded as reasonable model HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces, by use of first-principles calculations. By examining various types of PbIx polyhedron terminations, we found that there are two major phases on all of the four surface facets. They can be classified as vacant- and flat-type terminations, and the former is more stable

  13. Surface Properties of CH3NH3PbI3 for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Haruyama, Jun; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Han, Liyuan; Tateyama, Yoshitaka

    2016-03-15

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attracted considerable interest because of their high potential for solar energy conversion. Power conversion efficiencies of the PSCs have rapidly increased from 3.8 to over 20% only in the past few years. PSCs have several similarities to dye-sensitized solar cells in their device compositions; mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) is sensitized by light-absorbing components and placed into a medium containing hole transporting materials (HTMs). On the other hand, the perovskite materials for the light-harvesting, for example, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), have a greater advantage for the photovoltaic applications; extremely long photocarrier diffusion lengths (over 1 μm) enable carrier transports without singnificant loss. In this respect, the surface states, that can be possible recombination centers, are also of great importance. Availability of solution processes is another important aspect in terms of low cost fabrication of PSCs. Two-step methods, where PbI2 is first introduced from solution onto a mp-TiO2 film and subsequently transformed into the MAPbI3 by the exposition of a solution containing MAI, suggest that use of such a high PbI2 concentration is crucial to obtain higher performance. The experiments also indicate that the PbI2-rich growth condition modifies TiO2/ or HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces in such a way that the photocarrier transport is improved. Thus, the characteristics of surfaces and interfaces play key roles in the high efficiencies of the PSCs. In this Account, we focus on the structural stability and electronic states of the representative (110), (001), (100), and (101) surfaces of tetragonal MAPbI3, which can be regarded as reasonable model HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces, by use of first-principles calculations. By examining various types of PbIx polyhedron terminations, we found that there are two major phases on all of the four surface facets. They can be classified as vacant- and flat-type terminations, and the former is more stable

  14. White light emission from Mn2 + doped ZnS nanocrystals through the surface chelating of 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonic acid

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    Lü, Xiaodan; Yang, Jing; Fu, Yuqin; Liu, Qianqian; Qi, Bin; Lü, Changli; Su, Zhongmin

    2010-03-01

    White light emitting semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have been successfully synthesized from 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonic acid (HQS) decorated manganese doped ZnS NCs through fine tuning the surface-coordination emission and dopant emission of the NC host. The HQS functionalized manganese doped ZnS NCs (QS-ZnS:Mn), with a cubic crystal structure, have the same diameter of about 4.0 nm as ZnS:Mn NCs without HQS. The intensity of the surface-coordination emission peak increased with increasing HQS content or augmenting excited wavelength. The emission of white light was achieved by carefully controlling the dosage of HQS in NCs and appropriately tuning the excited wavelength. The color coordinates (0.35, 0.34) for the efficient white light emitting NCs were very close to the ideal Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates for pure white light (0.33, 0.33). The photoluminescence (PL) decay study revealed that the white light emitting NCs exhibited maximum lifetime values at different emission peaks for different NC samples. The study results also indicated that the HQS molecules were attached to the surface of ZnS:Mn NCs in a single coordination fashion due to the steric hindrance effect of the special spherical surface of NCs, which made the QS-ZnS:Mn NCs possess stable and high fluorescent properties in different organic solvents as compared with the conventional small molecule complexes.

  15. White light emission from Mn2 + doped ZnS nanocrystals through the surface chelating of 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonic acid.

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    Lü, Xiaodan; Yang, Jing; Fu, Yuqin; Liu, Qianqian; Qi, Bin; Lü, Changli; Su, Zhongmin

    2010-03-19

    White light emitting semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have been successfully synthesized from 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonic acid (HQS) decorated manganese doped ZnS NCs through fine tuning the surface-coordination emission and dopant emission of the NC host. The HQS functionalized manganese doped ZnS NCs (QS-ZnS:Mn), with a cubic crystal structure, have the same diameter of about 4.0 nm as ZnS:Mn NCs without HQS. The intensity of the surface-coordination emission peak increased with increasing HQS content or augmenting excited wavelength. The emission of white light was achieved by carefully controlling the dosage of HQS in NCs and appropriately tuning the excited wavelength. The color coordinates (0.35, 0.34) for the efficient white light emitting NCs were very close to the ideal Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates for pure white light (0.33, 0.33). The photoluminescence (PL) decay study revealed that the white light emitting NCs exhibited maximum lifetime values at different emission peaks for different NC samples. The study results also indicated that the HQS molecules were attached to the surface of ZnS:Mn NCs in a single coordination fashion due to the steric hindrance effect of the special spherical surface of NCs, which made the QS-ZnS:Mn NCs possess stable and high fluorescent properties in different organic solvents as compared with the conventional small molecule complexes.

  16. Meso/macroporous nitrogen-doped carbon architectures with iron carbide encapsulated in graphitic layers as an efficient and robust catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction in both acidic and alkaline solutions.

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    Xiao, Meiling; Zhu, Jianbing; Feng, Ligang; Liu, Changpeng; Xing, Wei

    2015-04-17

    Meso-/macroporous nitrogen-doped carbon architectures with iron carbide encapsulated in graphitic layers are fabricated by a facile approach. This efficient and robust material exhibits superior catalytic performance toward the oxygen reduction reaction in both acidic and alkaline solutions and is the most promising alternative to a Pt catalyst for use in electrochemical energy devices.

  17. Demonstration of Next-Generation PEM CHP Systems for Global Markets Using PBI Membrane Technology

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    Vogel, John; Fritz Intwala, Katrina

    2009-08-01

    Plug Power and BASF have conducted eight years of development work prior to this project, demonstrating the potential of PBI membranes to exceed many DOE technical targets. This project consisted of; 1.The development of a worldwide system architecture; 2.Stack and balance of plant module development; 3.Development of an improved, lower cost MEA electrode; 4.Receipt of an improved MEA from the EU consortium; 5.Integration of modules into a system; and 6.Delivery of system to EU consortium for additional integration of technologies and testing.

  18. Identification of 11-Nor-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid in urine by ion trap GC-MS-MS in the context of doping analysis.

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    Caballero, Gerardo M; D'Angelo, Carlos; Fraguío, Mariá Sol; Centurión, Osvaldo Teme

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a sensitive and specific alternative to current gas chromatography (GC)-mass spectrometry (MS) selected ion monitoring confirmation methods of 11-nor-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cTHC) in human urine samples, in the context of doping analysis. An identification procedure based on the comparison, among suspicious and control samples, of the relative abundances of cTHC selected product ions obtained by GC-tandem MS in an ion trap is presented. The method complies with the identification criteria for qualitative assays established by sports authorities; the comparison procedure is precise, reproducible, specific, and sensitive, thus indicating that it is fit for the purpose of identification accordingly to World Antidoping Agency requirements. PMID:15768841

  19. Identification of 11-Nor-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid in urine by ion trap GC-MS-MS in the context of doping analysis.

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    Caballero, Gerardo M; D'Angelo, Carlos; Fraguío, Mariá Sol; Centurión, Osvaldo Teme

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a sensitive and specific alternative to current gas chromatography (GC)-mass spectrometry (MS) selected ion monitoring confirmation methods of 11-nor-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cTHC) in human urine samples, in the context of doping analysis. An identification procedure based on the comparison, among suspicious and control samples, of the relative abundances of cTHC selected product ions obtained by GC-tandem MS in an ion trap is presented. The method complies with the identification criteria for qualitative assays established by sports authorities; the comparison procedure is precise, reproducible, specific, and sensitive, thus indicating that it is fit for the purpose of identification accordingly to World Antidoping Agency requirements.

  20. Growth and spectral characterization of ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) doped zinc sulphate hepta hydrate - a semi organic NLO material.

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    Ramachandra Raja, C; Ramamurthi, K; Manimekalai, R

    2012-12-01

    Semi-organic non-linear optical single crystals of ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) doped zinc sulphate hepta hydrate crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique, at room temperature, using de-ionized water as solvent. The modes of vibrations of different molecular groups present in the grown crystal were identified by FT-IR technique. The optical absorbance/transmittance was recorded in the wavelength range of 190-1100 nm. Thermal properties of the grown crystal were studied by thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis. The melting point of the grown crystal was estimated by differential scanning calorimetric analysis. The inclusion of the dopant (EDTA) was confirmed by colorimetric estimation method. The second harmonic generation efficiency is about 30% of potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate.

  1. Can Parental Bonding Be Assessed in Children? Factor Structure and Factorial Invariance of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) between Adults and Children

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    Tsaousis, Ioannis; Mascha, Katerina; Giovazolias, Theodoros

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the factorial structure of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) in the Greek population. Using confirmatory factor analysis different proposed models of the basic dimensions of PBI were evaluated. The results indicated that Kendler's three-factor (i.e. care, protectiveness and authoritarianism) solution was found to be more…

  2. Nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide for the photocatalytic degradation studies on Acid Blue 113: A di-azo compound under UV slurry photoreactor.

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    Suganya Josephine, G A; Mary Nisha, U; Meenakshi, G; Sivasamy, A

    2015-11-01

    Preventive measures for the control of environmental pollution and its remediation has received much interest in recent years due to the world-wide increase in the contamination of water bodies. Contributions of these harmful effluents are caused by the leather processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, agricultural and other chemical industries. Nowadays, advanced oxidation processes considered to be better option for the complete destruction of organic contaminants in water and wastewater. Acid Blue 113 is a most widely used di-azo compound in leather, textile, dying and food industry as a color rending compound. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 using a nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide as a photo catalyst under UV light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by a simple precipitation technique and were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-DRS and FE-SEM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalyst was nanocrystalline and highly active in the UV region. The UV-DRS results showed the band gap energy was 3.15eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency was analyzed by various experimental parameters such as pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The experimental results proved the efficacy of the nanocrystalline zinc oxide doped dysprosium oxide which are highly active under UV light irradiations. It is also suggested that the prepared material would find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies to remove the carcinogenic and toxic moieties present in the industrial effluents.

  3. Nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide for the photocatalytic degradation studies on Acid Blue 113: A di-azo compound under UV slurry photoreactor.

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    Suganya Josephine, G A; Mary Nisha, U; Meenakshi, G; Sivasamy, A

    2015-11-01

    Preventive measures for the control of environmental pollution and its remediation has received much interest in recent years due to the world-wide increase in the contamination of water bodies. Contributions of these harmful effluents are caused by the leather processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, agricultural and other chemical industries. Nowadays, advanced oxidation processes considered to be better option for the complete destruction of organic contaminants in water and wastewater. Acid Blue 113 is a most widely used di-azo compound in leather, textile, dying and food industry as a color rending compound. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 using a nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide as a photo catalyst under UV light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by a simple precipitation technique and were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-DRS and FE-SEM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalyst was nanocrystalline and highly active in the UV region. The UV-DRS results showed the band gap energy was 3.15eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency was analyzed by various experimental parameters such as pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The experimental results proved the efficacy of the nanocrystalline zinc oxide doped dysprosium oxide which are highly active under UV light irradiations. It is also suggested that the prepared material would find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies to remove the carcinogenic and toxic moieties present in the industrial effluents. PMID:26025644

  4. Highly selective and effective solid phase microextraction of benzoic acid esters using ionic liquid functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes-doped polyaniline coating.

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    Ai, Youhong; Wu, Mian; Li, Lulu; Zhao, Faqiong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2016-03-11

    The present work reports the electrochemical fabrication of an ionic liquid functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes-polyaniline (MWCNT@IL/PANI) nanocomposite coating and its application in the headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography (GC) determination of benzoic acid esters (i.e., methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, propyl benzoate and butyl benzoate). The MWCNTs was firstly functionalized with amine-terminated IL (MWCNT@IL) through chemical reduction, and then was doped in PANI during the electropolymerization of aniline. The resulting coating was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and thermo gravimetry. It showed net-like structure and had high thermal stability (up to 330°C). Furthermore, it presented high selectivity for the four benzoic acid esters and thus suited for their HS-SPME-GC determination. Results showed that under optimized extraction conditions, the detection limits were less than 6.1ngL(-1) (S/N=3) and the linear detection ranges were 0.012-50μgL(-1) (R≥0.9957) for these analytes. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) were lower than 6.4% for five successive measurements with one fiber, and the RSDs for fiber-to-fiber were 4.4-9.6% (n=5). The developed method was successfully applied to the determination of these benzoic acid esters in perfume samples.

  5. Self-doped anthranilic acid-pyrrole copolymer/gold electrodes for selective preconcentration and determination of Cu(I) by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry.

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    Nateghi, M R; Fallahian, M H

    2007-05-01

    Electropolymerization of anthranilic acid/pyrrole (AA/PY) at solid substrate electrodes (platinum, gold, and glassy carbon) gave stable and water-insoluble films under a wide range of pH. Combining high conductivity of the polypyrrole (PPY) and pH independence of the electrochemical activity of the self-doped carboxylic acid-substituted polyaniline allows us to prepare an improved functionalized PPY-modified electrode to collect and measure Cu(I) species. The differential pulse stripping analysis of the copper ions using a polyanthranilic acid-co-polypyrrole (PAA/PPY)-modified electrode consisted of three steps: accumulation, electrochemical reduction to the elemental copper and stripping step. Factors affecting these steps, including electropolymerization conditions, accumulation and stripping medium, reduction potential, reduction time and accumulation time, were systematically investigated. A detection limit of 5.3 x 10(-9) M Cu(I) was achieved for a 7.0 min accumulation. For 12 determinations of Cu(I) at concentrations of 1.0 x 10(-8) M, an RSD of 3.5% was obtained. The log I(p) was found to vary linearly with log[Cu(I)] in the concentration range from 7.0 x 10(-9) to 1.0 x 10(-5) M.

  6. Highly selective and effective solid phase microextraction of benzoic acid esters using ionic liquid functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes-doped polyaniline coating.

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    Ai, Youhong; Wu, Mian; Li, Lulu; Zhao, Faqiong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2016-03-11

    The present work reports the electrochemical fabrication of an ionic liquid functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes-polyaniline (MWCNT@IL/PANI) nanocomposite coating and its application in the headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography (GC) determination of benzoic acid esters (i.e., methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, propyl benzoate and butyl benzoate). The MWCNTs was firstly functionalized with amine-terminated IL (MWCNT@IL) through chemical reduction, and then was doped in PANI during the electropolymerization of aniline. The resulting coating was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and thermo gravimetry. It showed net-like structure and had high thermal stability (up to 330°C). Furthermore, it presented high selectivity for the four benzoic acid esters and thus suited for their HS-SPME-GC determination. Results showed that under optimized extraction conditions, the detection limits were less than 6.1ngL(-1) (S/N=3) and the linear detection ranges were 0.012-50μgL(-1) (R≥0.9957) for these analytes. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) were lower than 6.4% for five successive measurements with one fiber, and the RSDs for fiber-to-fiber were 4.4-9.6% (n=5). The developed method was successfully applied to the determination of these benzoic acid esters in perfume samples. PMID:26852620

  7. Acid-labile mPEG-vinyl ether-1,2-dioleylglycerol lipids with tunable pH sensitivity: synthesis and structural effects on hydrolysis rates, DOPE liposome release performance, and pharmacokinetics.

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    Shin, Junhwa; Shum, Pochi; Grey, Jessica; Fujiwara, Shin-ichi; Malhotra, Guarov S; González-Bonet, Andres; Hyun, Seok-Hee; Moase, Elaine; Allen, Theresa M; Thompson, David H

    2012-11-01

    A family of 3-methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-vinyl ether-1,2-dioleylglycerol (mPEG-VE-DOG) lipopolymer conjugates, designed on the basis of DFT calculations to possess a wide range of proton affinities, was synthesized and tested for their hydrolysis kinetics in neutral and acidic buffers. Extruded ∼100 nm liposomes containing these constructs in ≥90 mol % 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) produced dispersions that retained their calcein cargo for more than 2 days at pH 7.5, but released the encapsulated contents over a wide range of time scales as a function of the electronic properties of the vinyl ether linkage, the solution pH, and the mPEG-VE-DOG composition in the membrane. The in vivo performance of two different 90:10 DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG compositions was also evaluated for blood circulation time and biodistribution in mice, using (125)I-tyraminylinulin as a label. The pharmacokinetic profiles gave a t(1/2) of 7 and 3 h for 90:10 DOPE:ST302 and 90:10 DOPE:ST502, respectively, with the liposomes being cleared predominantly by liver and spleen uptake. The behavior of these DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG formulations is consistent with their relative rates of vinyl ether hydrolysis, i.e., the more acid-sensitive mPEG-VE-DOG derivatives produced faster leakage rates from DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG liposomes, but decreased the blood circulation times in mice. These findings suggest that the vinyl ether-based PEG-lipid derivatives are promising agents for stabilizing acid-sensitive DOPE liposomes to produce formulations with a priori control over their pH responsiveness in vitro. Our data also suggest, however, that the same factors that contribute to enhanced acid sensitivity of the DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG dispersions are also likely responsible for their reduced pharmacokinetic profiles. PMID:23030381

  8. Acid-labile mPEG-vinyl ether-1,2-dioleylglycerol lipids with tunable pH sensitivity: synthesis and structural effects on hydrolysis rates, DOPE liposome release performance, and pharmacokinetics.

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    Shin, Junhwa; Shum, Pochi; Grey, Jessica; Fujiwara, Shin-ichi; Malhotra, Guarov S; González-Bonet, Andres; Hyun, Seok-Hee; Moase, Elaine; Allen, Theresa M; Thompson, David H

    2012-11-01

    A family of 3-methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-vinyl ether-1,2-dioleylglycerol (mPEG-VE-DOG) lipopolymer conjugates, designed on the basis of DFT calculations to possess a wide range of proton affinities, was synthesized and tested for their hydrolysis kinetics in neutral and acidic buffers. Extruded ∼100 nm liposomes containing these constructs in ≥90 mol % 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) produced dispersions that retained their calcein cargo for more than 2 days at pH 7.5, but released the encapsulated contents over a wide range of time scales as a function of the electronic properties of the vinyl ether linkage, the solution pH, and the mPEG-VE-DOG composition in the membrane. The in vivo performance of two different 90:10 DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG compositions was also evaluated for blood circulation time and biodistribution in mice, using (125)I-tyraminylinulin as a label. The pharmacokinetic profiles gave a t(1/2) of 7 and 3 h for 90:10 DOPE:ST302 and 90:10 DOPE:ST502, respectively, with the liposomes being cleared predominantly by liver and spleen uptake. The behavior of these DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG formulations is consistent with their relative rates of vinyl ether hydrolysis, i.e., the more acid-sensitive mPEG-VE-DOG derivatives produced faster leakage rates from DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG liposomes, but decreased the blood circulation times in mice. These findings suggest that the vinyl ether-based PEG-lipid derivatives are promising agents for stabilizing acid-sensitive DOPE liposomes to produce formulations with a priori control over their pH responsiveness in vitro. Our data also suggest, however, that the same factors that contribute to enhanced acid sensitivity of the DOPE:mPEG-VE-DOG dispersions are also likely responsible for their reduced pharmacokinetic profiles.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions under pressure

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    Ovsyannikov, S. V.; Grigor'eva, Yu. A.; Vorontsov, G. V.; Luk'yanova, L. N.; Kutasov, V. A.; Shchennikov, V. V.

    2012-02-01

    This paper reports on a study of the Seebeck coefficient and power factor κ of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions with different contents of antimony atoms in the bismuth sublattice for x = 0, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 under variation of pressure of up to 15 GPa. The magnitude of κ has been found to grow nonmonotonically within the pressure region of 2-4 GPa. The effective mass of the density of states m/ m 0 and the mobility μ0 have been calculated with due account of degeneracy within the parabolic model of the energy spectrum assuming isotropic charge carrier scattering. It has been shown that application of pressure brings about a decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility. The power factor κ of the p-Bi0.6Sb1.4Te3 composition exhibits at the pressure P ≈ 4 GPa the largest increase of the power factor κ as a result of a weak decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility as compared to the other solid solution compositions. The specific feature of the variation of the power factor κ with a change of the pressure in bismuth telluride near P ≈ 3 GPa, which is accompanied by formation of a knee in the m/ m 0 vs. P dependence, can be assigned to an electronic topological transition.

  10. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped.

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    2011-07-01

    ..., strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. 721.9511 Section 721.9511 Protection of Environment...), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (a) Chemical substance and significant new..., strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (PMN P-98-848; CAS No.181828-07-9) is subject...

  11. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped.

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    2010-07-01

    ..., strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. 721.9511 Section 721.9511 Protection of Environment...), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (a) Chemical substance and significant new..., strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (PMN P-98-848; CAS No.181828-07-9) is subject...

  12. Boronic acid functionalized N-doped carbon quantum dots as fluorescent probe for selective and sensitive glucose determination

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    Jiang, Guohua; Jiang, Tengteng; Li, Xia; Wei, Zheng; Du, Xiangxiang; Wang, Xiaohong

    2014-04-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon quantum dots (NCQDs) of about 10 nm in diameter have been obtained by hydrothermal reaction from collagen. Because of the superiority of water dispersion, low toxicity and ease of functionlization, the NCQDs were designed as a glucose sensor after covalent grafting by 3-aminophenylboronic (APBA) (APBA-NCQDs). The as-prepared APBA-NCQDs were imparted with glucose sensitivity and selectivity from other saccharides via fluorescence (FL) quenching effect at physiological pH and at room temperature, which show high sensitivity and specificity for glucose determination with a wide range from 1 mM to 14 mM. FL quenching mechanism of APBA-NCQDs was also investigated by adding an external quencher. The APBA-NCQDs-based platform is an environmentally friendly way to substitute inorganic quantum dots containing heavy metals which offer a facile and low cost detection method.

  13. Nature and properties of pure and Nb-doped TiO sub 2 ceramic membranes affecting the photocatalytic degradation of 3-chlorosalicylic acid as a model of halogenated organic compounds

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    Sabate, J.; Anderson, M.A.; Kikkawa, H.; Xu, Q.; Hill, C.G. Jr. ); Cervera-March, S. )

    1992-03-01

    Pure and Nb-doped TiO{sub 2} ceramic membranes supported on glass were prepared by sol-gel techniques. When irradiated with near-UV light, these membranes brought about the photocatalytic degradation of 3-chlorosalicylic acid (3-CSA). Relationships between preparation conditions and the characteristics and efficiencies of the different membranes have been inferred. The changes in the physical-chemical characteristics of these membranes when they are fired at high temperatures are retarded by both the Nb-doping and the coating on glass supports. Doping does not improve the rate of degradation of 3-CSA, despite the fact that light absorbance is higher. The increase of firing temperature causes an increase in the size of membrane particles and a remarkable drop in the specific surface area, resulting in a substantial decrease in photochemical efficiency. A discussion based on the hypothesis of e/h recombination at grain boundaries and point defects of the membranes is presented.

  14. Airplane dopes and doping

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    Smith, W H

    1919-01-01

    Cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate are the important constituents of airplane dopes in use at the present time, but planes were treated with other materials in the experimental stages of flying. The above compounds belong to the class of colloids and are of value because they produce a shrinking action on the fabric when drying out of solution, rendering it drum tight. Other colloids possessing the same property have been proposed and tried. In the first stages of the development of dope, however, shrinkage was not considered. The fabric was treated merely to render it waterproof. The first airplanes constructed were covered with cotton fabric stretched as tightly as possible over the winds, fuselage, etc., and flying was possible only in fine weather. The necessity of an airplane which would fly under all weather conditions at once became apparent. Then followed experiments with rubberized fabrics, fabrics treated with glue rendered insoluble by formaldehyde or bichromate, fabrics treated with drying and nondrying oils, shellac, casein, etc. It was found that fabrics treated as above lost their tension in damp weather, and the oil from the motor penetrated the proofing material and weakened the fabric. For the most part the film of material lacked durability. Cellulose nitrate lacquers, however were found to be more satisfactory under varying weather conditions, added less weight to the planes, and were easily applied. On the other hand, they were highly inflammable, and oil from the motor penetrated the film of cellulose nitrate, causing the tension of the fabric to be relaxed.

  15. Enhancement of periodate-hydrogen peroxide chemiluminescence by nitrogen doped carbon dots and its application for the determination of pyrogallol and gallic acid.

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    Shah, Syed Niaz Ali; Li, Haifang; Lin, Jin-Ming

    2016-06-01

    A new sensitized chemiluminescence (CL) was developed to broaden the analytical application of KIO4-H2O2 system. The nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) dramatically boosted the CL intensity of KIO4-H2O2 system which was further enriched by basic medium. In light of EPR analysis, free radical scavenging studies and CL spectra the detail mechanism for the enhancement was conferred in the presence of N-CDs and NaOH. The results suggested that CL of KIO4-H2O2 system in the presence and absence of N-CDs and NaOH proceeds via radical pathway. The enhanced CL was used for the determination of pyrogallol and gallic acid in range of 1.0×10(-4)-1.0×10(-7)M with 4.6×10(-8) and 6.1×10(-8)M limit of detection respectively. The relative standard deviation (RSD) at a concentration of 10(-5) for gallic acid and pyrogallol was 1.4% and 2.3% respectively (n=11). The attained results unveil that the present method is sensitive, faster, simpler and less costly compared to other methods and could be applied to determine polyphenols in real samples.

  16. Chloride Incorporation Process in CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Perovskites via Nanoscale Bandgap Maps

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    Chae, Jungseok; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong; Centrone, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskites enable fabrication of highly efficient solar cells. Chloride ions benefit the morphology, carrier diffusion length and stability of perovskite films; however, whether those benefits stem from the presence of Cl− in the precursor solution or from their incorporation in annealed films is debated. In this work, the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), an in situ technique with nanoscale resolution, is leveraged to measure the bandgap of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx films obtained by a multicycle coating process that produces high efficiency (≈ 16 %) solar cells. Because chloride ions modify the perovskite lattice, thereby widening the bandgap, measuring the bandgap locally yields the local chloride content. After a mild annealing (60 min, 60°C) the films consist of Cl-rich (x < 0.3) and Cl-poor phases that, upon further annealing (110 °C), evolve into a homogenous Cl-poorer (x < 0.06) phase, suggesting that methylammonium-chrloride is progressively expelled from the film. Despite the small chloride content, CH3NH3PbI3-xClx films show better thermal stability up to 140 °C with respect CH3NH3PbI3 films fabricated with the same methodology. PMID:26528710

  17. Understanding the Impact of Bromide on the Photovoltaic Performance of CH3 NH3 PbI3 Solar Cells.

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    Ibrahim Dar, M; Abdi-Jalebi, Mojtaba; Arora, Neha; Moehl, Thomas; Grätzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2015-11-25

    An optimum amount of lead bromide (1%) can enhance the power conversion efficiency of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Brx (where x ≈ 0) devices from 14.7% to 16.9% without altering the bandgap of the perovskite material.

  18. Factorial Structure of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) in Japan: A Study of Cultural, Developmental, and Gender Influences

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    Uji, Masayo; Tanaka, Nao; Shono, Masahiro; Kitamura, Toshinori

    2006-01-01

    This study explored the factorial structure of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) in the Japanese population. Several differences between the structure model in the current study and Parker et al.'s original model were identified. We also examined the adaptability of the inventory to children currently being raised by parents. We also developed…

  19. Potentiometric Responses of Ion-Selective Electrodes Doped with Diureidocalix[4]arene towards Un-dissociated Benzoic Acid

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    Krajewska, Agnieszka; Lhotak, Pavel; Radecka, Hanna

    2007-01-01

    Diureidocalix[4]arene have been applied as new ionophore in liquid membrane electrode (ISE) sensitive towards un-dissociated benzoic acid. The electrode demonstrated response towards benzoic acid with the detection limit 2.0 × 10-4 M which is sufficient for the determination of benzoic acid added to beverages as preservative in milimolar concentration. The selectivity coefficients measured by the matched potential method (MPM) showed its good selectivity against common anions present in drink samples. All measurements were made in presence of 1.0 × 10-2 M NaHSO4 pH 3.0 in order to reduce the influence of OH-. The applicability of diureidocalix[4]arene incorporated ISE has been checked by recovery test of benzoic acid in the presence of artificial drink matrix and by standard addition method.

  20. Insight into the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface in hole-conductor-free mesoscopic perovskite solar cells.

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    Li, Jiangwei; Niu, Guangda; Li, Wenzhe; Cao, Kun; Wang, Mingkui; Wang, Liduo

    2016-08-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with hole-conductor-free mesoscopic architecture have shown superb stability and great potential in practical application. The printable carbon counter electrodes take full responsibility of extracting holes from the active CH3NH3PbI3 absorbers. However, an in depth study of the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface properties, such as the structural formation process and the effect of interfacial conditions on hole extraction, is still lacking. Herein, we present, for the first time, an insight into the spatial confinement induced CH3NH3PbI3/C interface formation by in situ photoluminescence observations during the crystallization process of CH3NH3PbI3. The derived reaction kinetics allows a quantitative description of the perovskite formation process. In addition, we found that the interfacial contact between carbon and perovskite was dominant for hole extraction efficiency and associated with the photovoltaic parameter of short circuit current density (JSC). Consequently, we conducted a solvent vapor assisted process of PbI2 diffusion to carefully control the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface with less unreacted PbI2 barrier. The improvement of interface conditions thereby contributes to a high hole extraction proved by the charge extraction resistance and PL lifetime change, resulting in the increased JSC valve.

  1. Insight into the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface in hole-conductor-free mesoscopic perovskite solar cells.

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    Li, Jiangwei; Niu, Guangda; Li, Wenzhe; Cao, Kun; Wang, Mingkui; Wang, Liduo

    2016-08-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with hole-conductor-free mesoscopic architecture have shown superb stability and great potential in practical application. The printable carbon counter electrodes take full responsibility of extracting holes from the active CH3NH3PbI3 absorbers. However, an in depth study of the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface properties, such as the structural formation process and the effect of interfacial conditions on hole extraction, is still lacking. Herein, we present, for the first time, an insight into the spatial confinement induced CH3NH3PbI3/C interface formation by in situ photoluminescence observations during the crystallization process of CH3NH3PbI3. The derived reaction kinetics allows a quantitative description of the perovskite formation process. In addition, we found that the interfacial contact between carbon and perovskite was dominant for hole extraction efficiency and associated with the photovoltaic parameter of short circuit current density (JSC). Consequently, we conducted a solvent vapor assisted process of PbI2 diffusion to carefully control the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface with less unreacted PbI2 barrier. The improvement of interface conditions thereby contributes to a high hole extraction proved by the charge extraction resistance and PL lifetime change, resulting in the increased JSC valve. PMID:27385565

  2. Efficient organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites and doped metal oxide heterojunction solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    Organic-Inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has recently attracted much attention for its high efficient solar energy conversion. This semiconducting pigment with a direct bandgap of 1.55 eV has made it an interesting optical and electronic material over the whole visible solar emission spectrum. The role of hole conducting has been found in this semiconductor that allows perovskite solar cell (PSC) to be formed by CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunctions that use TiO2 as scaffold, and carbon as a back contact. We will report a double layer metal doped TiO2/Al2O3 mesoporous scaffold covered by the p-type semiconducting pigment to form a high efficient PSC through solution method. TiO2 and Al2O3 are both large band gap semiconductors that affect conducting and recombination rate in solar cells. One improvement work is doping other metal elements in TiO2 to raise the mobility while extend the recombination time. It has suggested that optimal amounts of doped metals such as Cu, Co, Mn can suppress the reduction of Ti4 + resulting better transportation. TiO2 thin films doped with metals are subjected to the EPR analysis and the results will be correlated with measurements of electronic-optical properties.

  3. Modification of the surface pathways in alkane oxidation by selective doping of Bronsted acid sites of vanadyl pyrophosphate

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    Centi, G.; Golinelli, G.; Busca, G. )

    1990-08-23

    The modification of Bronsted POH groups of (VO){sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} by selective doping with K in an anhydrous medium causes a considerable modification of the surface oxidation pathways in C{sub 4}- and C{sub 5}-alkane oxidative transformation, with (i) a considerable decrease in the selective formation of maleic anhydride from n-butane and of maleic and phthalic anhydrides from n-pentane, (ii) an increase in the relative formation of C-containing surface residues. It is suggested that these effects are due to an inhibition of the catalyzed transformation of furan-like intermediates to corresponding lactones and then to anhydrides in the presence of gaseous O{sub 2} and to a change in the relative rates of O-insertion and H-abstraction on these surface intermediates. The role of the dynamics of competitive surface transformations of adsorbed intermediates on the overall behavior of vanadyl pyrophosphate in C{sub 4}- and C{sub 5}-alkane selective oxidation is also discussed.

  4. Electronic structure evolution of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Kauppi, John; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Bi, Cheng; Huang, Jinsong; Gao, Yongli

    2015-03-01

    The thickness dependence of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film surface has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the HOMO level in fullerene shifts to lower binding energy. The XPS results show a strong initial shift of core levels to lower binding energy in the perovskite, which indicates that electrons transfer from the perovskite film to fullerene molecules. Further deposition of fullerene forms C60 solid, accompanied by the reduction of the electron transfer. The strongest electron transfer happened at 1/4 monolayer of fullerene.

  5. Optical and structural effects of aniline intercalation in PbI2

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    Mehrotra, Vivek; Lombardo, S.; Thompson, Michael O.; Giannelis, Emmanuel P.

    1991-09-01

    Aniline has been intercalated in lead iodide thin films by exposure to aniline vapors in an evacuated chamber. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy have confirmed the presence of aniline in the interlayer space of PbI2. Intercalation leads to an increase of 0.5 eV in the optical band gap. The large increase in the band gap can be modeled by computing changes in the band structure resulting from the electrostatic interaction of the -NH2 dipole of aniline with the iodine 5pz electron. This interaction lowers and flattens the valence band along the ΓA direction. The band-gap increase, calculated for various possible configurations of the aniline molecule, is in the range 0.35-0.57 eV.

  6. Electronic structure evolution of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Kauppi, John; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Bi, Cheng; Huang, Jinsong; Gao, Yongli

    2015-03-19

    The thickness dependence of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskitefilm surface has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy(XPS), and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the HOMO level in fullerene shifts to lower binding energy. The XPS results show a strong initial shift of core levels to lower binding energy in the perovskite, which indicates that electrons transfer from the perovskitefilm to fullerene molecules. Further deposition of fullerene forms C60 solid, accompanied by the reduction ofmore » the electron transfer. As a result, the strongest electron transfer happened at 1/4 monolayer of fullerene.« less

  7. Novel InGaPBi single crystal grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Yue, Li; Wang, Peng; Wang, Kai; Wu, Xiaoyan; Pan, Wenwu; Li, Yaoyao; Song, Yuxin; Gu, Yi; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin; Ning, Jiqian; Xu, Shijie

    2015-04-01

    InGaPBi crystalline thin films with up to 2.1% bismuth concentration have been grown on GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry confirms that the majority of Bi atoms are located at substitutional lattice sites. The films exhibit good surface, structural, and interface quality, and their strains can be tuned from tensile to compressive by increasing the Bi content. InBi LO and GaBi LO vibrational modes in Raman spectroscopy were observed, and their intensities increased with Bi concentration. A weak photoluminescence signal was observed at 1.78 eV at room temperature for the sample with a Bi content of 0.5%.

  8. High-Performance Flexible Solid-State Carbon Cloth Supercapacitors Based on Highly Processible N-Graphene Doped Polyacrylic Acid/Polyaniline Composites

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    Wang, Yongguang; Tang, Shaochun; Vongehr, Sascha; Ali Syed, Junaid; Wang, Xiangyu; Meng, Xiangkang

    2016-02-01

    Improving the solubility of conductive polymers to facilitate processing usually decreases their conductivity, and they suffer from poor cycling stability due to swelling-shrinking during charging cycles. We circumvent these problems with a novel preparation method for nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) enhanced polyacrylic acid/polyaniline (NG-PAA/PANI) composites, ensuring excellent processibility for scalable production. The content of PANI is maximized under the constraint of still allowing defect-free coatings on filaments of carbon cloth (CC). The NG content is then adjusted to optimize specific capacitance. The optimal CC electrodes have 32 wt.% PANI and 1.3 wt.% NG, thus achieving a high capacitance of 521 F/g at 0.5 F/g. A symmetric supercapacitor made from 20 wt.% PANI CC electrodes has more than four times the capacitance (68 F/g at 1 A/g) of previously reported flexible capacitors based on PANI-carbon nanotube composites, and it retains the full capacitance under large bending angles. The capacitor exhibits high energy and power densities (5.8 Wh/kg at 1.1 kW/kg), a superior rate capability (still 81% of the 1 A/g capacitance at 10 A/g), and long-term electrochemical stability (83.2% retention after 2000 cycles).

  9. An ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for simultaneous determination of xanthine, hypoxanthine and uric acid based on Co doped CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Lavanya, N; Sekar, C; Murugan, R; Ravi, G

    2016-08-01

    A novel electrochemical sensor has been fabricated using Co doped CeO2 nanoparticles for selective and simultaneous determination of xanthine (XA), hypoxanthine (HXA) and uric acid (UA) in a phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH5.0) for the first time. The Co-CeO2 NPs have been prepared by microwave irradiation method and characterized by Powder XRD, Raman spectroscopy, HRTEM and VSM measurements. The electrochemical behaviours of XA, HXA and UA at the Co-CeO2 NPs modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were studied by cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry methods. The modified electrode exhibited remarkably well-separated anodic peaks corresponding to the oxidation of XA, HXA and UA over the concentration range of 0.1-1000, 1-600 and 1-2200μM with detection limits of 0.096, 0.36, and 0.12μM (S/N=3), respectively. For simultaneous detection by synchronous change of the concentrations of XA, HXA and UA, the linear responses were in the range of 1-400μM each with the detection limits of 0.47, 0.26, and 0.43μM (S/N=3), respectively. The fabricated sensor was further applied to the detection of XA, HXA and UA in human urine samples with good selectivity and high reproducibility.

  10. Simple quantitation of formoterol and 11-nor-Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid in human urine by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in doping control.

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    Lee, Kang Mi; Kim, Ho Jun; Son, Junghyun; Park, Ju-Hyung; Kwon, Oh-Seung; Lee, Jaeick

    2014-09-15

    11-nor-Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (THC-COOH) and formoterol are newly revised prohibited threshold substances (150 ng/mL for THC-COOH and 40 ng/mL for formoterol) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In continuation of our direct quantitation work of the prohibited threshold substances, direct LC-MS/MS methods combined with a simple sample preparation procedure have been developed and validated for the measurement of these two threshold substances in urine samples. After the enzymatic hydrolysis of urine samples, the resulting samples were diluted with acetonitrile and centrifuged. The supernatant was directly analyzed by LC-MS/MS using the selected reaction monitoring mode. The calibration curve range of the assay was ranged over 50-200% of the threshold value according to WADA guidelines. The limit of detection and limit of quantification were 6.1 and 18.4 ng/mL for THC-COOH and 2.0 and 6.2 ng/mL for formoterol, respectively. Intra- and inter-day precisions were between 2.08% and 7.28% and the accuracies ranged from 95.16% to 104.49%. The present methods were successfully applied to the analysis of the proficiency test samples. PMID:25063922

  11. N-doped carbon dots derived from bovine serum albumin and formic acid with one- and two-photon fluorescence for live cell nuclear imaging.

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    Tan, Mingqian; Li, Xintong; Wu, Hao; Wang, Beibei; Wu, Jing

    2015-12-01

    Carbon dots with both one- and two-photon fluorescence have drawn great attention for biomedical imaging. Herein, nitrogen-doped carbon dots were facilely developed by one-pot hydrothermal method using bovine serum albumin and formic acid as carbon sources. They are highly water-soluble with strong fluorescence when excited with ultraviolet or near infrared light. The carbon dots have a diameter of ~8.32 nm and can emit strong two-photon induced fluorescence upon excitation at 750 nm with a femtosecond laser. X-ray photoelectron spectrometer analysis revealed that the carbon dots contained three components, C, N and O, corresponding to the peak at 285, 398 and 532 eV, respectively. The Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy analysis revealed that there are carboxyl and carboxylic groups on the surface, which allowed further linking of functional molecules. pH stability study demonstrated that the carbon dots are able to be used in a wide range of pH values. The fluorescence mechanism is also discussed in this study. Importantly, these carbon dots are biocompatible and highly photostable, which can be directly applied for both one- and two-photon living cell imaging. After proper surface functionalization with TAT peptide, they can be used as fluorescent probes for live cell nuclear-targeted imaging.

  12. Metal ions doped chitosan-poly(acrylic acid) nanospheres: Synthesis and their application in simultaneously electrochemical detection of four markers of pancreatic cancer.

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    Rong, Qinfeng; Feng, Feng; Ma, Zhanfang

    2016-01-15

    In this work, a one-pot method was designed to synthesize copper ions, cadmium ions, lead ions and zinc ions doped chitosan-poly(acrylic acid) nanospheres. Those nanospheres can not only produce independent electrochemical signals, but also react with glutaraldehyde (GA) to immobilize different labeled antibodies. Using the modified nanospheres as immunoprobes, a sandwich-type immunosensor was fabricated to simultaneous detection of four tumor markers (CEA, CA199, CA125 and CA242) of pancreatic cancer. This designed immunosensor exhibited good linear relationships in range from 0.1 to 100ng mL(-1) for CEA, 1 to 150UmL(-1) for CA199, CA125 and CA242, corresponding detection limits 0.02ng mL(-1), 0.4UmL(-1), 0.3UmL(-1) and 0.4UmL(-1), respectively. Meanwhile, the immunosensor was applied in analysis of clinical serum samples, whose results were well agreed with the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), indicating that the proposed immunosensor gave a hope for the identification and validation of specific early cancer.

  13. Poly(acrylic acid) modified lanthanide-doped GdVO4 hollow spheres for up-conversion cell imaging, MRI and pH-dependent drug release.

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    Kang, Xiaojiao; Yang, Dongmei; Dai, Yunlu; Shang, Mengmeng; Cheng, Ziyong; Zhang, Xiao; Lian, Hongzhou; Ma, Ping'an; Lin, Jun

    2013-01-01

    In this study, multifunctional poly(acrylic acid) modified lanthanide-doped GdVO(4) nanocomposites [PAA@GdVO(4): Ln(3+) (Ln = Yb/Er, Yb/Ho, Yb/Tm)] were constructed by filling PAA hydrogel into GdVO(4) hollow spheres via photoinduced polymerization. The up-conversion (UC) emission colors (green, red and blue) can be tuned by changing the codopant compositions in the matrices. The composites have potential applications as bio-probes for cell imaging. Meanwhile, the hybrid spheres can act as T(1) contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) owing to the existence of Gd(3+) ions on the surface of composites. Due to the nature of PAA, DOX-loaded PAA@GdVO(4):Yb(3+)/Er(3+) system exhibits pH-dependent drug releasing kinetics. A lower pH offers a faster drug release rate. Such character makes the loaded DOX easily released at cancer cells. The cell uptake process of drug-loaded composites was observed by using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results indicate the potential application of the multifunctional composites as theragnostics (effective bimodal imaging probes and pH-responsive drug carriers).

  14. Aptameric Recognition-Modulated Electroactivity of Poly(4-Styrenesolfonic Acid)-Doped Polyaniline Films for Single-Shot Detection of Tetrodotoxin

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    Fomo, Gertrude; Waryo, Tesfaye T.; Sunday, Christopher E.; Baleg, Abd A.; Baker, Priscilla G.; Iwuoha, Emmanuel I.

    2015-01-01

    The work being reported is the first electrochemical sensor for tetrodotoxin (TTX). It was developed on a glassy carbon electrodes (C) that was modified with poly(4-styrenesolfonic acid)-doped polyaniline film (PANI/PSSA). An amine-end functionalized TTX-binding aptamer, 5′-NH2-AAAAATTTCACACGGGTGCCTCGGCTGTCC-3′ (NH2-Apt), was grafted via covalent glutaraldehyde (glu) cross-linking. The resulting aptasensor (C//PANI+/PSSA-glu-NH2-Apt) was interrogated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in sodium acetate buffer (NaOAc, pH 4.8) before and after 30 min incubation in standard TTX solutions. Both CV and EIS results confirmed that the binding of the analyte to the immobilized aptamer modulated the electrochemical properties of the sensor: particularly the charge transfer resistance (Rct) of the PANI+/PSSA film, which served as a signal reporter. Based on the Rct calibration curve of the TTX aptasensor, the values of the dynamic linear range (DLR), sensitivity and limit of detection (LOD) of the sensor were determined to be 0.23–1.07 ng·mL−1 TTX, 134.88 ± 11.42 Ω·ng·mL−1 and 0.199 ng·mL−1, respectively. Further studies are being planned to improve the DLR as well as to evaluate selectivity and matrix effects in real samples. PMID:26370994

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of humic acids using substrate-supported Fe³⁺-doped TiO₂ nanotubes under UV/O₃ for water purification.

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    Yuan, Rongfang; Zhou, Beihai; Zhang, Xuemin; Guan, Huanhuan

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, Fe(3+)-doped TiO2 nanotubes (Fe-TNTs) were successfully synthesized using hydrothermal method. Four different types of substrates, more specifically, ceramsite, zeolite, activated alumina, and activated carbon (AC), have been investigated in the study. The substrate-supported Fe-TNTs were used to effectively decompose humic acids (HAs) in water under O3/UV conditions. The experiment results show that the highest photocatalytic activity was obtained in the presence of AC-supported 1.0 atomic percent (at.%) Fe-TNTs calcined at 500 °C, as HAs was removed by 97.4%, with a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.126/min. The removal efficiencies of HAs reduced when the catalysts was repeatedly used, since the amount of adsorption sites of the supporting substrates decreased. However, even after the catalyst was repeatedly used for five times, the removal efficiency of HAs in the presence of AC-supported catalyst, which was 78.5%, was still sufficient in water treatment. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of AC-supported Fe-TNTs was related to a synergistic effect of AC adsorption and Fe-TNT photocatalytic ozonation.

  16. High-Performance Flexible Solid-State Carbon Cloth Supercapacitors Based on Highly Processible N-Graphene Doped Polyacrylic Acid/Polyaniline Composites

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    Wang, Yongguang; Tang, Shaochun; Vongehr, Sascha; Ali Syed, Junaid; Wang, Xiangyu; Meng, Xiangkang

    2016-01-01

    Improving the solubility of conductive polymers to facilitate processing usually decreases their conductivity, and they suffer from poor cycling stability due to swelling-shrinking during charging cycles. We circumvent these problems with a novel preparation method for nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) enhanced polyacrylic acid/polyaniline (NG-PAA/PANI) composites, ensuring excellent processibility for scalable production. The content of PANI is maximized under the constraint of still allowing defect-free coatings on filaments of carbon cloth (CC). The NG content is then adjusted to optimize specific capacitance. The optimal CC electrodes have 32 wt.% PANI and 1.3 wt.% NG, thus achieving a high capacitance of 521 F/g at 0.5 F/g. A symmetric supercapacitor made from 20 wt.% PANI CC electrodes has more than four times the capacitance (68 F/g at 1 A/g) of previously reported flexible capacitors based on PANI-carbon nanotube composites, and it retains the full capacitance under large bending angles. The capacitor exhibits high energy and power densities (5.8 Wh/kg at 1.1 kW/kg), a superior rate capability (still 81% of the 1 A/g capacitance at 10 A/g), and long-term electrochemical stability (83.2% retention after 2000 cycles). PMID:26883179

  17. A simple synthesis of nitrogen doped porous graphitic carbon: Electrochemical determination of paracetamol in presence of ascorbic acid and p-aminophenol.

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    Biswas, Sudip; Chakraborty, Dipanjan; Das, Rashmita; Bandyopadhyay, Rajib; Pramanik, Panchanan

    2015-08-26

    Graphite paste electrode modified with nitrogen doped porous carbon (NDPC) is used for the detections of paracetamol (PCM), ascorbic acid (AA) and p-aminophenol (PAP) at relatively low concentration. NDPC is synthesized by direct carbonization of Zn(OAc)2 incorporated melamine-formaldehyde resin microsphere. The NDPC shows small pore diameters centered at 3.14 nm and 8.12 nm and has a pseudo graphitic structure with reasonable porous matrix. The lower limit of detections (S/N = 3) for PCM, AA, and PAP are found to be 30 nM, 720 nM and 10 nM respectively. Under optimized experimental condition, the linear ranges of determination for PCM and AA are 1-400 μM, 10-2700 μM respectively in mixture. Similarly for PCM and PAP mixture, the linear ranges of determination are found to be 1-90 μM. It is also used for the analysis of urine and pharmaceutical products with better sensitivity.

  18. Effect of erbium-doped: yttrium, aluminium and garnet laser irradiation on the surface microstructure and roughness of sand-blasted, large grit, acid-etched implants

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    Lee, Ji-Hun; Kwon, Young-Hyuk; Herr, Yeek; Shin, Seung-Il

    2011-01-01

    Purpose The present study was performed to evaluate the effect of erbium-doped: yttrium, aluminium and garnet (Er:YAG) laser irradiation on sand-blasted, large grit, acid-etched (SLA) implant surface microstructure according to varying energy levels and application times of the laser. Methods The implant surface was irradiated by the Er:YAG laser under combined conditions of 100, 140, or 180 mJ/pulse and an application time of 1 minute, 1.5 minutes, or 2 minutes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the surface roughness of the specimens. Results All experimental conditions of Er:YAG laser irradiation, except the power setting of 100 mJ/pulse for 1 minute and 1.5 minutes, led to an alteration in the implant surface. SEM evaluation showed a decrease in the surface roughness of the implants. However, the difference was not statistically significant. Alterations of implant surfaces included meltdown and flattening. More extensive alterations were present with increasing laser energy and application time. Conclusions To ensure no damage to their surfaces, it is recommended that SLA implants be irradiated with an Er:YAG laser below 100 mJ/pulse and 1.5 minutes for detoxifying the implant surfaces. PMID:21811689

  19. Kinetic study of formic acid degradation by Fe3+ doped TiO2 self-cleaning nanostructure surfaces prepared by cold spray

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    Sayyar, Zahra; Akbar Babaluo, Ali; Shahrouzi, Javad Rahbar

    2015-04-01

    A self-cleaning solution was introduced in this paper based on sol-gel and was applied for preparing self-cleaning TiO2. Fe3+ ions have been doped into the TiO2 crystal lattice. XRD analysis indicated that the obtained TiO2 powder contains mainly the anatase phase and TiO2 powder has a crystallite size distribution of 10-12 nm. SEM micrographs have also confirmed nanometric distribution of the obtained powder. A series of uniform and transparent TiO2 and Fe/TiO2 films were prepared by cold spray technique which may result in high uniformity in the final coated surfaces. Photocatalytic activity of the thin films was investigated through degradation of aqueous formic acid under UV-visible light. The Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model was used to interpret quantitatively the observed kinetic experimental result. Comparative study of the obtained coated surfaces with those of uncoated surfaces, demonstrated a remarkable performance. The Fe/TiO2 films and their calcination at 650 °C demonstrated the highest photocatalytic activity.

  20. Electrochemical behavior of chlorogenic acid at a boron-doped diamond electrode and estimation of the antioxidant capacity in the coffee samples based on its oxidation peak.

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    Yardım, Yavuz

    2012-04-01

    In this study, an electroanalytical methodology for the determination of chlorogenic acid (CGA) was achieved at a boron-doped diamond electrode under adsorptive transfer stripping voltammetric conditions. The values obtained for CGA were used to estimate the antioxidant properties of the coffee sample based on CGA oxidation. By using square-wave stripping mode, the compound yielded a well-defined voltammetric response at +0.49 V with respect to Ag/AgCl in Britton-Robinson buffer at pH 3.0 (after 120 s accumulations at a fixed potential of 0.40 V). At the optimum experimental conditions, linear calibration curve is obtained within the concentration range of 0.25 to 4.0 μg mL⁻¹ with the limit of detection 0.049 μg mL⁻¹ . The developed protocol was successfully applied for the analysis of antioxidant capacity in the coffee products such as Turkish coffee and instant coffee.

  1. Folic acid-conjugated TiO2-doped mesoporous carbonaceous nanocomposites loaded with Mitoxantrone HCl for chemo-photodynamic therapy.

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    Li, Zhi; Ou-Yang, Ya; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yi-Qiu; Zhu, Xia-Li; Zhang, Zhen-Zhong

    2015-06-01

    Recently, porous carbons have showed great potential in many areas. In this study, TiO2-doped mesoporous carbonaceous (TiO2@C) nanoparticles were obtained by a simple one-pot hydrothermal treatment, folic acid (FA) was conjugated to TiO2@C through an amide bond, then Mitoxantrone HCl (MTX) was adsorbed onto TiO2@C-FA and a drug delivery system, TiO2@C-FA/MTX was obtained. TiO2@C-FA/MTX showed a much faster MTX release at pH 4.5 than at pH 6.0 and pH 7.4. Furthermore, compared with free MTX, this drug delivery system showed a dose-dependent cytotoxicity by varying the irradiance, and afforded higher antitumor efficacy in cultured PC3 cells in vitro. The ability of TiO2@C-FA/MTX to combine chemotherapy with photodynamic activity enhanced the cancer cell killing effect in vitro, demonstrating that TiO2@C-FA/MTX has a great potential for cancer therapy in the future.

  2. Cobalt carbonate dumbbells for high-capacity lithium storage: A slight doping of ascorbic acid and an enhancement in electrochemical performances

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    Zhao, Shiqiang; Wei, Shanshan; Liu, Rui; Wang, Yuxi; Yu, Yue; Shen, Qiang

    2015-06-01

    Synthesis of materials with desirable nanostructures is a hot research topic owing to their enhanced performances in contrast to the bulk counterparts. Herein, dumbbell-shaped cobalt carbonate (CoCO3) nano architectures and the bulk counterpart of CoCO3 rhombohedra are prepared via a facile hydrothermal route in the presence and absence of ascorbic acid (AA), respectively. By comparison, it has been found that: the addition of AA in the hydrothermal crystallization system changes the shape of the building blocks from Co2CO3(OH)2 nanosheets to CoCO3 nanoparticles, and then further influences the final configuration of the products. When applied as anodes of lithium ion batteries, CoCO3 dumbbells deliver a 100th capacity of 1042 mAh g-1 at 200 mA g-1 and even exhibit a long-term value of 824 mAh g-1 over 500 cycles at 1000 mA g-1, which are much higher than the rhombohedral counterparts with corresponding 540 and 481 mAh g-1 respectively. The much higher capacity, better cycling stability and enhanced rate performance of CoCO3 dumbbells can be attributed to the higher specific surface area, smaller charge transport resistance and better structure stability resulting from the slight doping (∼4.6 wt%) of AA, and also relate with a novel lithium storage mechanism in CoCO3.

  3. High-Performance Flexible Solid-State Carbon Cloth Supercapacitors Based on Highly Processible N-Graphene Doped Polyacrylic Acid/Polyaniline Composites.

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    Wang, Yongguang; Tang, Shaochun; Vongehr, Sascha; Syed, Junaid Ali; Wang, Xiangyu; Meng, Xiangkang

    2016-02-17

    Improving the solubility of conductive polymers to facilitate processing usually decreases their conductivity, and they suffer from poor cycling stability due to swelling-shrinking during charging cycles. We circumvent these problems with a novel preparation method for nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) enhanced polyacrylic acid/polyaniline (NG-PAA/PANI) composites, ensuring excellent processibility for scalable production. The content of PANI is maximized under the constraint of still allowing defect-free coatings on filaments of carbon cloth (CC). The NG content is then adjusted to optimize specific capacitance. The optimal CC electrodes have 32 wt.% PANI and 1.3 wt.% NG, thus achieving a high capacitance of 521 F/g at 0.5 F/g. A symmetric supercapacitor made from 20 wt.% PANI CC electrodes has more than four times the capacitance (68 F/g at 1 A/g) of previously reported flexible capacitors based on PANI-carbon nanotube composites, and it retains the full capacitance under large bending angles. The capacitor exhibits high energy and power densities (5.8 Wh/kg at 1.1 kW/kg), a superior rate capability (still 81% of the 1 A/g capacitance at 10 A/g), and long-term electrochemical stability (83.2% retention after 2000 cycles).

  4. Aptameric Recognition-Modulated Electroactivity of Poly(4-Styrenesolfonic Acid)-Doped Polyaniline Films for Single-Shot Detection of Tetrodotoxin.

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    Fomo, Gertrude; Waryo, Tesfaye T; Sunday, Christopher E; Baleg, Abd A; Baker, Priscilla G; Iwuoha, Emmanuel I

    2015-09-08

    The work being reported is the first electrochemical sensor for tetrodotoxin (TTX). It was developed on a glassy carbon electrodes (C) that was modified with poly(4-styrenesolfonic acid)-doped polyaniline film (PANI/PSSA). An amine-end functionalized TTX-binding aptamer, 5'-NH₂-AAAAATTTCACACGGGTGCCTCGGCTGTCC-3' (NH₂-Apt), was grafted via covalent glutaraldehyde (glu) cross-linking. The resulting aptasensor (C//PANI⁺/PSSA-glu-NH2-Apt) was interrogated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in sodium acetate buffer (NaOAc, pH 4.8) before and after 30 min incubation in standard TTX solutions. Both CV and EIS results confirmed that the binding of the analyte to the immobilized aptamer modulated the electrochemical properties of the sensor: particularly the charge transfer resistance (Rct) of the PANI⁺/PSSA film, which served as a signal reporter. Based on the Rct calibration curve of the TTX aptasensor, the values of the dynamic linear range (DLR), sensitivity and limit of detection (LOD) of the sensor were determined to be 0.23-1.07 ng·mL(-1) TTX, 134.88 ± 11.42 Ω·ng·mL(-1) and 0.199 ng·mL(-1), respectively. Further studies are being planned to improve the DLR as well as to evaluate selectivity and matrix effects in real samples.

  5. Non-redox modulated fluorescence strategy for sensitive and selective ascorbic acid detection with highly photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanoparticles via solid-state synthesis.

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    Zhu, Xiaohua; Zhao, Tingbi; Nie, Zhou; Liu, Yang; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-08-18

    Highly photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanoparticles (N-CNPs) were prepared by a simple and green route employing sodium alginate as a carbon source and tryptophan as both a nitrogen source and a functional monomer. The as-synthesized N-CNPs exhibited excellent water solubility and biocompatibility with a fluorescence quantum yield of 47.9%. The fluorescence of the N-CNPs was intensively suppressed by the addition of ascorbic acid (AA). The mechanism of the fluorescence suppression of the N-CNPs was investigated, and the synergistic action of the inner filter effect (IFE) and the static quenching effect (SQE) contributed to the intensive fluorescence suppression, which was different from those reported for the traditional redox-based fluorescent probes. Owing to the spatial effect and hydrogen bond between the AA and the groups on the N-CNP surface, excellent sensitivity and selectivity for AA detecting was obtained in a wide linear relationship from 0.2 μM to 150 μM. The detection limit was as low as 50 nM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The proposed sensing systems also represented excellent sensitivity and selectivity for AA analysis in human biological fluids, providing a valuable platform for AA sensing in clinic diagnostic and drug screening. PMID:26202861

  6. Multifunctional electroactive electrospun nanofiber structures from water solution blends of PVA/ODA–MMT and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid): effects of Ag, organoclay, structural rearrangement and NaOH doping factors

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    Şimşek, Murat; Rzayev, Zakir M. O.; Bunyatova, Ulviya

    2016-06-01

    Novel multifunctional colloidal polymer nanofiber electrolytes were fabricated by green reactive electrospinning nanotechnology from various water solution/dispersed blends of poly (vinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetate) (PVA)/octadecyl amine-montmorillonite (ODA–MMT) as matrix polymer nanocomposite and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid) (poly(MAc-alt-AA) and/or its Ag-carrying complex as partner copolymers. Polymer nanofiber electrolytes were characterized using FTIR, XRD, thermal (DSC, TGA–DTG), SEM, and electrical analysis methods. Effects of partner copolymers, organoclay, in situ generated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), and annealing procedure on physical and chemical properties of polymer composite nanofibers were investigated. The electrical properties (resistance, conductivity, activation energy) of nanofibers with/without NaOH doping agent were also evaluated. This work presented a structural rearrangement of nanofiber mats by annealing via decarboxylation of anhydride units with the formation of new conjugated double bond sites onto partner copolymer main chains. It was also found that the semiconductor behaviors of nanofiber structures were essentially improved with increasing temperature and fraction of partner copolymers as well as presence of organoclay and AgNPs in nanofiber composite.

  7. Multifunctional electroactive electrospun nanofiber structures from water solution blends of PVA/ODA-MMT and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid): effects of Ag, organoclay, structural rearrangement and NaOH doping factors

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    Şimşek, Murat; Rzayev, Zakir M. O.; Bunyatova, Ulviya

    2016-06-01

    Novel multifunctional colloidal polymer nanofiber electrolytes were fabricated by green reactive electrospinning nanotechnology from various water solution/dispersed blends of poly (vinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetate) (PVA)/octadecyl amine-montmorillonite (ODA-MMT) as matrix polymer nanocomposite and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid) (poly(MAc-alt-AA) and/or its Ag-carrying complex as partner copolymers. Polymer nanofiber electrolytes were characterized using FTIR, XRD, thermal (DSC, TGA-DTG), SEM, and electrical analysis methods. Effects of partner copolymers, organoclay, in situ generated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), and annealing procedure on physical and chemical properties of polymer composite nanofibers were investigated. The electrical properties (resistance, conductivity, activation energy) of nanofibers with/without NaOH doping agent were also evaluated. This work presented a structural rearrangement of nanofiber mats by annealing via decarboxylation of anhydride units with the formation of new conjugated double bond sites onto partner copolymer main chains. It was also found that the semiconductor behaviors of nanofiber structures were essentially improved with increasing temperature and fraction of partner copolymers as well as presence of organoclay and AgNPs in nanofiber composite.

  8. Mechanism of Enhanced Electrochemical Oxidation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid with in situ Microwave Activated Boron-doped Diamond and Platinum Anodes

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    Gao, Junxia; Zhao, Guohua; Liu, Meichuan; Li, Dongming

    2009-09-01

    Remarkable enhancement in degradation effect is achieved at in situ activated boron-doped diamond (BDD) and Pt anodes with different extent through electrochemical oxidation (EC) of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) with microwave (MW) radiation in a flow system. Results show that when EC is activated with MW radiation, the complete mineralization time of 2,4-D at the BDD is reduced quickly from 10 to 4 h while Chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal at Pt is increased from 37.7 to 58.3% at 10 h; the initial current efficiency is both improved about 1.5 times while the pseudo-first-order rate constant is increased by 153 and 119% at the BDD and Pt, respectively. To gain insight into the higher efficiency in microwave activated EC, the mechanism has therefore been systematically evaluated from the essence of electrochemical reaction and the accumulated hydroxyl radical concentration. 2,4-Dichlorophenol, catechol, benquinone, and maleic and oxalic acids are the main intermediates on the Pt anode measured by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), while the intermediates on the BDD electrode include 2,4-dichlorophenol, hydroquinone, and maleic and oxalic acids. The reaction pathway with microwave radiation is the same as that in a conventional electrochemical oxidation on both electrodes. While less and lower aromatic intermediates produce at the BDD with MW, which suggests the higher ring-open ratio and the faster oxidation of carboxylic acids. With microwave radiation, the ring-open ratio at the BDD is increased to 98.8% from 85.6%; the value at Pt is increased to 67.3% from 35.9%. So microwave radiation can activate the electrochemical oxidation, which leads to the higher efficiency. This promotion is mainly due to the higher accumulated hydroxyl radical concentration and the effects by microwave radiation. All the results prove that the BDD electrode presents much better mineralization performance with MW. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first

  9. Solution-processed flexible planar perovskite solar cells: A strategy to enhance efficiency by controlling the ZnO electron transfer layer, PbI2 phase, and CH3NH3PbI3 morphologies

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    Jung, Kyungeun; Lee, Jeongwon; Kim, Joosun; Chae, Weon-Sik; Lee, Man-Jong

    2016-08-01

    This paper reports a synergistic strategy to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of flexible planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by controlling the thickness of the ZnO electron transport layer (ETL), PbI2 phase, and size/morphology of the perovskite (MAPbI3) absorber layer. To optimize the size/morphology of MAPbI3 via a two-step spin coating process, various volumes of CH3NH3I precursor solutions with a constant concentration were continuously coated, which greatly affected the grain growth condition of the MAPbI3. In addition, the remnant PbI2 phase in the MAPbI3, which acted as a recombination barrier, was simultaneously controlled. This strategic method to synergistically combine the major factors affecting the final PCE resulted in the best efficiency of 12.3%, which is the highest efficiency among ZnO-ETL-based flexible planar PSCs to date.

  10. Structural, electronic and photoluminescence properties of Eu3+-doped CaYAlO4 obtained by using citric acid complexes as precursors

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    Perrella, R. V.; Júnior, C. S. Nascimento; Góes, M. S.; Pecoraro, E.; Schiavon, M. A.; Paiva-Santos, C. O.; Lima, H.; Couto dos Santos, M. A.; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Ferrari, J. L.

    2016-07-01

    The search for new materials that meet the current technological demands for photonic applications, make the Rare Earth ions embedded in inorganic oxides as excellent candidates for several technological devices. This work presents the synthesis of Eu3+-doped CaYAlO4 using citric acid as ligand to form a complex precursor. The methodology used has big draw due to its easy handling and low cost of the materials. The thermal analysis of viscous solutions was evaluated and the obtained compounds show the formation of a polycrystalline tetragonal phase. Rietveld refinement was used to understand the structural and the cell parameters of the crystalline phase as a function of temperature of heat-treatment. Crystallite size and microstrain were determined and were shown to have a direct relationship with the temperature of the heat-treatment. The band-gap of the CaYAlO4 doped with 1 and 10 mol% of Eu3+ showed values close to 4.30 eV, resulting in their transparency in the visible region between 330 and 750 nm. Besides the intense photoluminescence from Eu3+, a study was conducted to evaluate the possible position of the Eu3+ in the CaYAlO4 as host lattice. Lifetime of the emission decay from Eu3+ excited state 5D0 show that CaYAlO4 is a good host to rare earth ions, once it can avoid clustering of these ions in concentration as high as 10 mol%. The predictions of the sublevels of the 7F1 crystal field level are discussed through the method of equivalent nearest neighbours (MENN). The intensity parameters (Ωλ, λ = 2 and 4) are reproduced with physically reasonable values of average polarizabilities. The set of charge factors used in both calculations are in good agreement with the charge of the europium ion described by the Batista-Longo improved model (BLIM). The quantum efficiencies of the materials were calculated based on Judd-Ofelt theory. Based on the results obtained in this work, the materials have potential use in photonic devices such as lasers and solid

  11. O2 and H2O2 transformation steps for the oxygen reduction reaction catalyzed by graphitic nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes in acidic electrolyte from first principles calculations.

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    Li, Yuhang; Zhong, Guoyu; Yu, Hao; Wang, Hongjuan; Peng, Feng

    2015-09-14

    It is highly challenging but extremely desirable to develop carbon catalysts with high oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity and stability in acidic medium for commercial application. In this paper, based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations with long range interaction correction and solvation effects, the elementary transformations of all the probable intermediates in the ORR and the hydrogen peroxide reduction reaction (HPRR) over graphitic nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) in acidic medium were evaluated, and it was found that all the rate determining steps are related to the bonding hydroxyl group because of the strong interaction between the hydroxyl group and carbon. Thus, it is hard for the direct four-electron ORR and the two-electron HPRR to proceed. Together with hydrogen peroxide disproportionation (HPD), a mixed mechanism for the ORR in acidic electrolyte was proposed, where the two-electron and three-electron ORRs and HPD dominate the electrode reaction. The experimental result for the ORR catalyzed by NCNTs in acidic electrolyte also well illustrated the rationality of the theoretical calculations. This study not only gives new insights into the effect of graphitic nitrogen doping on the ORR catalyzed by carbon, but also provides a guide to design carbon catalysts with high ORR activity in acidic electrolyte.

  12. A facile, solvent vapor-fumigation-induced, self-repair recrystallization of CH3NH3PbI3 films for high-performance perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhu, Weidong; Yu, Tao; Li, Faming; Bao, Chunxiong; Gao, Hao; Yi, Yong; Yang, Jie; Fu, Gao; Zhou, Xiaoxin; Zou, Zhigang

    2015-03-12

    A high-quality CH3NH3PbI3 film is crucial in the manufacture of a high-performance perovskite solar cell. Here, a recrystallization process via facile fumigation with DMF vapor has been successfully introduced to self-repair of CH3NH3PbI3 films with poor coverage and low crystallinity prepared by the commonly used one-step spin-coating method. We found that the CH3NH3PbI3 films with dendritic structures can spontaneously transform to the uniform ones with full coverage and high crystallinity by adjusting the cycles of the recrystallization process. The mesostructured perovskite solar cells based on these repaired CH3NH3PbI3 films showed reproducible optimal power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.15% and average PCE of 10.25±0.90%, which are much better than that of devices based on the non-repaired CH3NH3PbI3 films. In addition, the hysteresis phenomenon in the current-voltage test can also be effectively alleviated due to the quality of the films being improved in the optimized devices. Our work proved that the fumigation of solvent vapor can modify metal organic perovskite films such as CH3NH3PbI3. It offers a novel and attractive way to fabricate high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  13. Optical band gap transition from direct to indirect induced by organic content of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films

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    Ke, Xiaohan; Yan, Jun; Zhang, Ao; Zhang, Bing; Chen, Yunlin

    2015-08-01

    Most of the systematic studies on tuning the band gap in the family of organolead halide perovskites have focused on changing the compositions of halogens. Here, the effects of varying the organic content on the band gap of CH3NH3PbI3 were studied. The methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) films were fabricated with different molar ratios of CH3NH3I to PbI2. We found that the films become compact and the crystalline size decreased from 6.0 to 0.2 μm and the optical band gap of CH3NH3PbI3 could be transferred from direct to indirect with increasing CH3NH3I content in the precursor. The experimental results demonstrated that the existence of the indirect band gap in CH3NH3PbI3 film and the CH3NH3I content plays a key role in adjusting the film morphology and optical band. The investigation of the optical band transition induced by changing organic content could provide a different view on studying CH3NH3PbI3 materials.

  14. A simple rule for determining the band offset at CH3NH3PbI3/organic semiconductor heterojunctions

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    Thibau, E. S.; Llanos, A.; Lu, Z. H.

    2016-01-01

    Organo-metal halide perovskites have recently emerged as a highly promising class of semiconductors for optoelectronic device applications. Integrating these hybrid materials within organic molecular thin film devices is key to fabricate functional devices. By evaporating ultra-thin films of organic semiconductor on thermally evaporated CH3NH3PbI3 and using in-situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, we directly measure the interfacial energy offset between CH3NH3PbI3 valence band maximum and the highest occupied molecular orbital for 5 different archetypal organic semiconductors. It is found that the energy offsets scale linearly as a function of the ionization energies of the organic semiconductors. The experimental data are in excellent agreement with a theoretical model for ideal semiconductor heterojunctions.

  15. Sonochemical synthesis of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite ultrafine nanocrystal sensitizers for solar energy applications.

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    Bhooshan Kumar, Vijay; Gouda, Laxman; Porat, Ze'ev; Gedanken, Aharon

    2016-09-01

    The organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 is becoming an interesting material in the field of energy harvesting. This material is one of the cleanest and cheapest components in solar cells which is available in ample amounts. However, most of the previous research work was done on thin film of this material. In the present work we describe the preparation of a powder containing nanoparticles of CH3NH3PbI3 using a sonochemical method. Characterization of the product was done by various methods, such as HRTEM, FTIR, PL, DLS and XRD. The particles were found to be highly crystalline (tetragonal crystal structure), polygonal in shape and having diameters of 10-40nm.

  16. The influence of γ-rays irradiation on the structure and crystallinity of heteropoly acid doped PVA

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    Mahmoud, Waleed E.; Al-Ghamdi, A. A.; Kadi, Mohammad W.

    2012-06-01

    This contribution represents the manufacturing of a hybrid organic-inorganic proton conducting compound, which involves the introduction of heteropoly acid (HPA) of different concentrations into poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA). These compounds were irradiated by γ-rays at different doses of 10, 20, 30, and 40 kGy. The unirradiated and irradiated compounds were characterized by XRD and DSC. The XRD results showed that the crystallinity and d-spacing were strongly influenced by the amount of HPA and irradiation doses. The DSC results showed that the melting point was decreased as a result of HPA concentration and irradiation doses. The degree of crystallinity calculated from XRD is in good agreement with that calculated from DSC. The activation energy of the Unirradiated and irradiated compounds was calculated using the Flynn-Wall-Ozawa model.

  17. Boron doping a semiconductor particle

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    Stevens, Gary Don; Reynolds, Jeffrey Scott; Brown, Louanne Kay

    1998-06-09

    A method (10,30) of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried (16), with the boron film then being driven (18) into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out (38) into piles and melted/fused (40) with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements.

  18. Boron doping a semiconductor particle

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    Stevens, G.D.; Reynolds, J.S.; Brown, L.K.

    1998-06-09

    A method of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried, with the boron film then being driven into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out into piles and melted/fused with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements. 2 figs.

  19. Revealing the role of organic cations in hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Motta, Carlo; El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Kais, Sabre; Tabet, Nouar; Alharbi, Fahhad; Sanvito, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    The hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has enabled solar cells to reach an efficiency of about 20%, demonstrating a pace for improvements with no precedents in the solar energy arena. Despite such explosive progress, the microscopic origin behind the success of such material is still debated, with the role played by the organic cations in the light-harvesting process remaining unclear. Here van der Waals-corrected density functional theory calculations reveal that the orientation of the organic molecules plays a fundamental role in determining the material electronic properties. For instance, if CH3NH3 orients along a (011)-like direction, the PbI6 octahedral cage will distort and the bandgap will become indirect. Our results suggest that molecular rotations, with the consequent dynamical change of the band structure, might be at the origin of the slow carrier recombination and the superior conversion efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:25912782

  20. Study of Relaxation Dynamics in Mixed Iodide Doped Silver-Vanado-Borate Superionic Glass System

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    Sharma, Poonam; Kanchan, D. K.; Pant, Meenakshi; Gondaliya, Nirali; Jayswal, Manish S.

    2011-07-01

    Electrical conductivity and impedance measurements were carried out for a new mixed metal iodide salt doped silver vanado-borate i.e., [(PbI2-CuI)-Ag2O-V2O5-B2O3] super-ionic glass system. The impedance plots (Z″ vs. Z') for all the prepared glass samples were recorded and found to exhibit depressed semi circles over the studied temperature range. Frequency dependence of the imaginary part of impedance Z″ and the imaginary part of modulus M″ at different temperatures were also investigated. Also, relaxation dynamics in framework of modulus formalism has been discussed.

  1. Self-formed grain boundary healing layer for highly efficient CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Son, Dae-Yong; Lee, Jin-Wook; Choi, Yung Ji; Jang, In-Hyuk; Lee, Seonhee; Yoo, Pil J.; Shin, Hyunjung; Ahn, Namyoung; Choi, Mansoo; Kim, Dongho; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells have attracted significant research efforts due to their remarkable performance, with certified power conversion efficiency now reaching 22%. Solution-processed perovskite thin films are polycrystalline, and grain boundaries are thought to be responsible for causing recombination and trapping of charge carriers. Here we report an effective and reproducible way of treating grain boundaries in CH3NH3PbI3 films deposited by means of a Lewis acid-base adduct approach. We show by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy lattice images that adding 6 mol% excess CH3NH3I to the precursor solution resulted in a CH3NH3I layer forming at the grain boundaries. This layer is responsible for suppressing non-radiative recombination and improving hole and electron extraction at the grain boundaries by forming highly ionic-conducting pathways. We report an average power conversion efficiency of 20.1% over 50 cells (best cell at 20.4%) together with significantly reduced current-voltage hysteresis achieved by this grain boundary healing process.

  2. Enhanced performance of Zn(II)-doped lead-acid batteries with electrochemical active carbon in negative mass

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    Xiang, Jiayuan; Hu, Chen; Chen, Liying; Zhang, Dong; Ding, Ping; Chen, Dong; Liu, Hao; Chen, Jian; Wu, Xianzhang; Lai, Xiaokang

    2016-10-01

    The effect and mechanism of Zn(II) on improving the performances of lead-acid cell with electrochemical active carbon (EAC) in negative mass is investigated. The hydrogen evolution of the cell is significantly reduced due to the deposition of Zn on carbon surface and the increased porosity of negative mass. Zn(II) additives can also improve the low-temperature and high-rate capacities of the cell with EAC in negative mass, which ascribes to the formation of Zn on lead and carbon surface that constructs a conductive bridge among the active mass. Under the co-contribution of EAC and Zn(II), the partial-state-of-charge cycle life is greatly prolonged. EAC optimizes the NAM structure and porosity to enhance the charge acceptance and retard the lead sulfate accumulation. Zn(II) additive reduces the hydrogen evolution during charge process and improves the electric conductivity of the negative electrode. The cell with 0.6 wt% EAC and 0.006 wt% ZnO in negative mass exhibits 90% reversible capacity of the initial capacity after 2100 cycles. In contrast, the cell with 0.6 wt% EAC exhibits 84% reversible capacity after 2100 cycles and the control cell with no EAC and Zn(II) exhibits less than 80% reversible capacity after 1350 cycles.

  3. Facile fabrication of self-assembled polyaniline nanotubes doped with D-tartaric acid for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Mu, Jingjing; Ma, Guofu; Peng, Hui; Li, Jiajia; Sun, Kanjun; Lei, Ziqiang

    2013-11-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) nanotubes with outstanding electrochemical properties have been successfully synthesized via a simple chemical template-free method in the presence of D-tartaric acid (D-TA) as the dopant, and ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8) as the oxidant. The morphologies and structures of PANI-(D-TA) with different [D-TA]/[aniline] molar ratios are characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). To assess the electrochemical properties of PANI-(D-TA) materials, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charging-discharging measurements are performed. The PANI-(D-TA) nanotubes electrode, with [D-TA]/[aniline] molar ratio of 1:1, exhibits larger specific capacitance (as high as 625 F g-1 at 1 A g-1) and higher capacitance retention (77% of its initial capacitance after 500 cycles) in 1 M H2SO4 aqueous solution. The remarkable electrochemical characteristics of PANI-(D-TA) are mainly attributed to their unique nanotubular structures, which provide a high electrode/electrolyte contact area and short ions diffusion path. These novel PANI-(D-TA) nanotubes will be promising electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors.

  4. Rapid adsorption of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid by iron oxide nanoparticles-doped carboxylic ordered mesoporous carbon.

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    Tang, Lin; Zhang, Sheng; Zeng, Guang-Ming; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Gui-De; Chen, Jun; Wang, Jing-Jing; Wang, Jia-Jia; Zhou, Yao-Yu; Deng, Yao-Cheng

    2015-05-01

    The ordered mesoporous carbon composite functionalized with carboxylate groups and iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe/OMC) was successfully prepared and used to adsorb 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) from wastewater. The resultant adsorbent possessed high degree of order, large specific surface area and pore volume, and good magnetic properties. The increase in initial pollutant concentration and contact time would make the adsorption capacity increase, but the pH and temperature are inversely proportional to 2,4-D uptake. The equilibrium of adsorption was reached within 120 min, and the equilibrated adsorption capacity increased from 99.38 to 310.78 mg/g with the increase of initial concentration of 2,4-D from 100 to 500 mg/L. Notablely, the adsorption capacity reached 97% of the maximum within the first 5 min. The kinetics and isotherm study showed that the pseudo-second-order kinetic and Langmuir isotherm models could well fit the adsorption data. These results indicate that Fe/OMC has a good potential for the rapid adsorption of 2,4-D and prevention of its further diffusion.

  5. Ascorbic acid induced enhancement of room temperature phosphorescence of sodium tripolyphosphate-capped Mn-Doped ZnS quantum dots: mechanism and bioprobe applications.

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    Wang, He-Fang; Li, Yan; Wu, Ye-Yu; He, Yu; Yan, Xiu-Ping

    2010-11-15

    Although quantum dot (QD)-based room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) probes are promising for practical applications in complex matrixes such as environmental, food and biological samples, current QD-based-RTP probes are not only quite limited but also exclusively based on the RTP quenching mechanism. Here we report an ascorbic acid (AA) induced phosphorescence enhancement of sodium tripolyphosphate-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs, and its application for turn-on RTP detection. The chelating ability allows AA to extract the Mn and Zn from the surface of the QDs and to generate more holes which are subsequently trapped by Mn(2+), while the reducing property permits AA to reduce Mn(3+) to Mn(2+) in the excited state, thereby enhancing the excitation and orange emission of the QDs. The enhanced RTP intensity of the QDs increases linearly with the concentration of AA in the range of 0.05-0.8 μM. Thus, a QD-based RTP probe for AA is developed. The proposed QD-based turn-on RTP probe avoids tedious sample pretreatment, and offers good sensitivity and selectivity for AA in the presence of the main relevant metal ions and other molecules in biological fluids. The limit of detection (3s) of the developed method is 9 nM AA, and the relative standard deviation is 4.8 % for 11 replicate detections of 0.1 μM AA. The developed method is successfully applied to the analysis of real samples of human urine and plasma for AA with quantitative recoveries from 96 to 105 %.

  6. Modeling the PbI2 formation in perovskite solar cells using XRD/XPS patterns

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    Sohrabpoor, Hamed; Elyasi, Majid; Aldosari, Marouf; Gorji, Nima E.

    2016-09-01

    The impact of prolonged irradiation and air humidity on the stability of perovskite solar cells is modeled using X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy patterns reported in the literature. Light or air-moisture causes the formation of a thin PbI2 or oxide defective layers (in nanoscale) at the interface of perovskite/hole-transport-layer or at the junction with metallic back contact. This thin layer blocks the carrier transport/passivation at the interfaces and cause degradation of device parameters. Variation in thickness of defective layers, changes the XRD and XPS peaks. This allows detection and estimation of the type, crystallinity and thickness of the defective layer. A simple model is developed here to extract the thickness of such thin defective layers formed in nanometer scale at the back region of several perovskite devices. Based on this information, corrected energy band diagram of every device before and after degradation/aging is drawn and discussed in order to obtain insight into the carrier transport and charge collection at the barrier region. In addition, graphene contacted perovskite devices are investigated showing that honey-comb network of graphene contact reduces the effect of aging leading to formation of a thinner defective layer at the perovskite surface compared to perovskite devices with conventional inorganic contacts i.e. Au, Al.

  7. Electronic Structure Evolution of Fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Bi, Cheng; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Huang, Jinsong; Gao, Yongli

    2015-03-01

    The thickness dependence of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film surface has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the HOMO level in fullerene shifts to lower binding energy. The XPS results show an initial shift of core levels to lower binding energy in the perovskite, which indicates that electrons transfer from the perovskite film to fullerene molecules. We observed that the WF of the perovskite is 5.0 eV and the VBM is 0.6 eV. The band gap of the perovskite is 1.66 eV, which is in accordance with previous reports. We also observed the HOMO level of C60 shifts to lower binding energy, indicating a band bending in the C60 region. The perovskite core levels show a strong initial shift to lower binding energy, indicating electron transfer from the perovskite film to fullerene molecules. The strongest electron transfer happened at 1/4 monolayer of fullerene, and further deposition reduced the transfer as forms fullerene forms C60 solid film. NSF CBET-1437656.

  8. The efficiency limit of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Sha, Wei E. I.; Ren, Xingang; Chen, Luzhou; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2015-06-01

    With the consideration of photon recycling effect, the efficiency limit of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells is predicted by a detailed balance model. To obtain convincing predictions, both AM 1.5 spectrum of Sun and experimentally measured complex refractive index of perovskite material are employed in the detailed balance model. The roles of light trapping and angular restriction in improving the maximal output power of thin-film perovskite solar cells are also clarified. The efficiency limit of perovskite cells (without the angular restriction) is about 31%, which approaches to Shockley-Queisser limit (33%) achievable by gallium arsenide (GaAs) cells. Moreover, the Shockley-Queisser limit could be reached with a 200 nm-thick perovskite solar cell, through integrating a wavelength-dependent angular-restriction design with a textured light-trapping structure. Additionally, the influence of the trap-assisted nonradiative recombination on the device efficiency is investigated. The work is fundamentally important to high-performance perovskite photovoltaics.

  9. Computed and Experimental Absorption Spectra of the Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Zhu, Xi; Su, Haibin; Marcus, Rudolph A; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E

    2014-09-01

    Electronic structure and light absorption properties of the perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are investigated by relativistic density functional theory with quasiparticle GW corrections and many-body interactions. The nature of the Wannier exciton is studied by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation augmented with the analysis of a conceptual hydrogen-like model. The computed absorption spectrum unravels a remarkable absorption "gap" between the first two absorption peaks. This discontinuity is maintained in the calculated tetragonal structure that, however, is not stable at low temperature. Most importantly, the discontinuity is also observed in the experimental absorption spectrum of the orthorhombic single crystal at low temperature (4 K). However, in contrast to the single crystal, in a polycrystalline perovskite film at 5 K the "gap" is filled by a monotonously increasing absorption throughout the visible range. This feature of thin films points to the potential significance of defect absorption for the excellent light harvesting properties of perovskite-based solar cells. PMID:26278260

  10. Insight into the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface in hole-conductor-free mesoscopic perovskite solar cells

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    Li, Jiangwei; Niu, Guangda; Li, Wenzhe; Cao, Kun; Wang, Mingkui; Wang, Liduo

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with hole-conductor-free mesoscopic architecture have shown superb stability and great potential in practical application. The printable carbon counter electrodes take full responsibility of extracting holes from the active CH3NH3PbI3 absorbers. However, an in depth study of the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface properties, such as the structural formation process and the effect of interfacial conditions on hole extraction, is still lacking. Herein, we present, for the first time, an insight into the spatial confinement induced CH3NH3PbI3/C interface formation by in situ photoluminescence observations during the crystallization process of CH3NH3PbI3. The derived reaction kinetics allows a quantitative description of the perovskite formation process. In addition, we found that the interfacial contact between carbon and perovskite was dominant for hole extraction efficiency and associated with the photovoltaic parameter of short circuit current density (JSC). Consequently, we conducted a solvent vapor assisted process of PbI2 diffusion to carefully control the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface with less unreacted PbI2 barrier. The improvement of interface conditions thereby contributes to a high hole extraction proved by the charge extraction resistance and PL lifetime change, resulting in the increased JSC valve.Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with hole-conductor-free mesoscopic architecture have shown superb stability and great potential in practical application. The printable carbon counter electrodes take full responsibility of extracting holes from the active CH3NH3PbI3 absorbers. However, an in depth study of the CH3NH3PbI3/C interface properties, such as the structural formation process and the effect of interfacial conditions on hole extraction, is still lacking. Herein, we present, for the first time, an insight into the spatial confinement induced CH3NH3PbI3/C interface formation by in situ photoluminescence observations during the crystallization

  11. Gene doping.

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    Harridge, Stephen D R; Velloso, Cristiana P

    2008-01-01

    Gene doping is the misuse of gene therapy to enhance athletic performance. It has recently been recognised as a potential threat and subsequently been prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Despite concerns with safety and efficacy of gene therapy, the technology is progressing steadily. Many of the genes/proteins which are involved in determining key components of athletic performance have been identified. Naturally occurring mutations in humans as well as gene-transfer experiments in adult animals have shown that altered expression of these genes does indeed affect physical performance. For athletes, however, the gains in performance must be weighed against the health risks associated with the gene-transfer process, whereas the detection of such practices will provide new challenges for the anti-doping authorities.

  12. All solid-state solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Yang, Xiuchun; Liu, Wei; Ren, Peng

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) were firstly used as photoanode in methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 NTAs heterojunction solar cell, where CH3NH3PbI3 functions as both light absorber and hole conductor. The composition, structure and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer and electrochemical workstation. The results indicate that the as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 belongs to the cubic crystal system, and TiO2 NTAs sensitized by 0.3 M CH3NH3I and PbI2 exhibit the best photoelectrochemical properties with an open-circuit voltage of 0.422 V and a short-circuit current density of 173.4 μA cm-2. The EIS result shows that the extremely large resistance at CH3NH3PbI3/FTO interface contributes to the low current density of the perovskite solar cell.

  13. Charge transport in bulk CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite

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    Slonopas, Andre; Foley, Benjamin J.; Choi, Joshua J.; Gupta, Mool C.

    2016-02-01

    The variation of leakage current and polarization hysteresis properties for bulk CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was studied as a function of temperature to understand the reported hysteresis in photocurrent and the role of ferroelectricity. The leakage current decreased by two orders of magnitude when the temperature was lowered from 350 K to 100 K. The transitions in leakage current were observed at structural phase transition temperatures. The temperature dependence study allowed the identification of current conduction mechanism based on various models for ferroelectrics and insulating materials. Our results show that the leakage current is governed by the space charge limited conduction mechanism which should be considered in addition to ion conduction and ferroelectricity when analyzing current-voltage hysteresis for thin film and bulk materials. The Mott's variable range hopping model fits well to the experimental data indicating the charge conduction is through hopping mechanism from 300 K to 160 K and possibly tunneling below 160 K. The conclusions from polarization hysteresis study are: (1) the hysteresis loop shape is highly dependent upon frequency and show non-saturating behavior, an indicative of strong non-ferroelectric contributions such as resistive component. (2) No domain switching current was observed between the temperature range of 100 K-350 K. (3) An electric field off-set was observed in polarization-electric field curves and it was dependent upon the frequency and temperature. This offset could be caused by the accumulation of vacancies at one interface, which could give rise to hysteresis in forward and reverse bias photocurrent. (4) The time dependence study of instantaneous current as the voltage was increased linearly show strong resistive contribution to hysteresis loop at temperatures above 200 K and capacitive contribution at 100 K.

  14. Investigation of hyperfine structure of several major lines in PbI and PbII

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    Wasowicz, T. J.; Drozdowski, R.; Kwela, J.

    2005-06-01

    Hyperfine structure of several lines in neutral and singly ionized lead have been measured. The discharge tube containing metallic isotope 207Pb was used as a light source. The high resolution spectral apparatus consisted of a silver coated Fabry-Perot etalon and a grating spectrograph combined with CCD camera used as a detector. In the analysis of the spectra we used a computer simulation technique. Our experiment yields the following hyperfine splitting constants A: A(6p2 1D2)=(20.69 +/-0.21) mK, A(6p2 3P2)=(91.37+/-0.34) mK A(6p7s 1P1)=(16.45+/-0.95) mK, A(6p7s 3P1)=(293.93+/-0.56) mK, A(6p6d 3F2)=(103.22+/-0.31) mK, A(6p6d 3F3)=(69.12+/-0.28) mK, A(6p8s 3P1)=(202.04+/-0.48) mK, A(6p8p 3P1)=(224.26+/-1.37) mK, A(6p8p 3D2)=(108.02+/-1.14) mK, A(6p7d 3D1)=(-100.86+/-0.53) mK for the levels of PbI and A(6s2 7s 2S1/2)=(352.1+/-1.7) mK, A(6s2 7p 2P3/2)=(13.6+/-1.3) mK, A(6s2 7p 2P1/2)=(70.8+/-1.1) mK for the levels of Pb II. Our results are compared with recent theory and other experiments.

  15. Ultrabroad Photoluminescence and Electroluminescence at New Wavelengths from Doped Organometal Halide Perovskites.

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    Zhou, Yang; Yong, Zi-Jun; Zhang, Kai-Cheng; Liu, Bo-Mei; Wang, Zhao-Wei; Hou, Jing-Shan; Fang, Yong-Zheng; Zhou, Yi; Sun, Hong-Tao; Song, Bo

    2016-07-21

    Doping of semiconductors by introducing foreign atoms enables their widespread applications in microelectronics and optoelectronics. We show that this strategy can be applied to direct bandgap lead-halide perovskites, leading to the realization of ultrawide photoluminescence (PL) at new wavelengths enabled by doping bismuth (Bi) into lead-halide perovskites. Structural and photophysical characterization reveals that the PL stems from one class of Bi doping-induced optically active center, which is attributed to distorted [PbI6] units coupled with spatially localized bipolarons. Additionally, we find that compositional engineering of these semiconductors can be employed as an additional way to rationally tune the PL properties of doped perovskites. Finally, we accomplished the electroluminescence at cryogenic temperatures by using this system as an emissive layer, marking the first electrically driven devices using Bi-doped photonic materials. Our results suggest that low-cost, earth-abundant, solution-processable Bi-doped perovskite semiconductors could be promising candidate materials for developing optical sources operating at new wavelengths. PMID:27377481

  16. Enhanced electronic properties in mesoporous TiO2 via lithium doping for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

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    Giordano, Fabrizio; Abate, Antonio; Correa Baena, Juan Pablo; Saliba, Michael; Matsui, Taisuke; Im, Sang Hyuk; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M.; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Hagfeldt, Anders; Graetzel, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells are one of the most promising photovoltaic technologies with their extraordinary progress in efficiency and the simple processes required to produce them. However, the frequent presence of a pronounced hysteresis in the current voltage characteristic of these devices arises concerns on the intrinsic stability of organo-metal halides, challenging the reliability of technology itself. Here, we show that n-doping of mesoporous TiO2 is accomplished by facile post treatment of the films with lithium salts. We demonstrate that the Li-doped TiO2 electrodes exhibit superior electronic properties, by reducing electronic trap states enabling faster electron transport. Perovskite solar cells prepared using the Li-doped films as scaffold to host the CH3NH3PbI3 light harvester produce substantially higher performances compared with undoped electrodes, improving the power conversion efficiency from 17 to over 19% with negligible hysteretic behaviour (lower than 0.3%).

  17. Enhanced electronic properties in mesoporous TiO2 via lithium doping for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

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    Giordano, Fabrizio; Abate, Antonio; Correa Baena, Juan Pablo; Saliba, Michael; Matsui, Taisuke; Im, Sang Hyuk; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Hagfeldt, Anders; Graetzel, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells are one of the most promising photovoltaic technologies with their extraordinary progress in efficiency and the simple processes required to produce them. However, the frequent presence of a pronounced hysteresis in the current voltage characteristic of these devices arises concerns on the intrinsic stability of organo-metal halides, challenging the reliability of technology itself. Here, we show that n-doping of mesoporous TiO2 is accomplished by facile post treatment of the films with lithium salts. We demonstrate that the Li-doped TiO2 electrodes exhibit superior electronic properties, by reducing electronic trap states enabling faster electron transport. Perovskite solar cells prepared using the Li-doped films as scaffold to host the CH3NH3PbI3 light harvester produce substantially higher performances compared with undoped electrodes, improving the power conversion efficiency from 17 to over 19% with negligible hysteretic behaviour (lower than 0.3%). PMID:26758549

  18. Enhanced electronic properties in mesoporous TiO2 via lithium doping for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

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    Giordano, Fabrizio; Abate, Antonio; Correa Baena, Juan Pablo; Saliba, Michael; Matsui, Taisuke; Im, Sang Hyuk; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M.; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Hagfeldt, Anders; Graetzel, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells are one of the most promising photovoltaic technologies with their extraordinary progress in efficiency and the simple processes required to produce them. However, the frequent presence of a pronounced hysteresis in the current voltage characteristic of these devices arises concerns on the intrinsic stability of organo-metal halides, challenging the reliability of technology itself. Here, we show that n-doping of mesoporous TiO2 is accomplished by facile post treatment of the films with lithium salts. We demonstrate that the Li-doped TiO2 electrodes exhibit superior electronic properties, by reducing electronic trap states enabling faster electron transport. Perovskite solar cells prepared using the Li-doped films as scaffold to host the CH3NH3PbI3 light harvester produce substantially higher performances compared with undoped electrodes, improving the power conversion efficiency from 17 to over 19% with negligible hysteretic behaviour (lower than 0.3%). PMID:26758549

  19. Electroluminescence from perovskite LEDs with the structure of Ag/Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2/FTO

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    Wang, Minhuan; Shi, Yantao; Bian, Jiming; Dong, Qingshun; Sun, Hongjun; Liu, Hongzhu; Luo, Yingmin; Zhang, Yuzhi

    2016-10-01

    The perovskite light-emitting diodes (Pe-LEDs) with the structure of Ag/Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2/FTO were synthesized, where the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layer was deposited by a two-step spin-coating process. A dominant near-infrared electroluminescence (EL) at 773 nm was detected from the Pe-LEDs under forward bias at room temperature. The origin and mechanism of the EL were discussed in comparison with the photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and it was attributed to the radiative recombination of electrons and holes confined in the CH3NH3PbI3 emissive layer. Moreover, the corresponding energy band diagrams was proposed to illustrate the carrier transport mechanism in the Pe-LED device.

  20. Diffusion length of photo-generated charge carriers in layers and powders of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite

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    Dittrich, Th.; Lang, F.; Shargaieva, O.; Rappich, J.; Nickel, N. H.; Unger, E.; Rech, B.

    2016-08-01

    The diffusion or transport lengths of photo-generated charge carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 layers (thickness up to 1 μm) and powders have been directly measured with high accuracy by modulated surface photovoltage after Goodman. The values of the diffusion lengths of photo-generated charge carriers ranged from 200 nm to tenths of μm. In thin CH3NH3PbI3 layers, the transport lengths corresponded to the layer thickness whereas in thicker layers and in crystallites of CH3NH3PbI3 powders the grain size limited the diffusion length. For grains, the diffusion length of photo-generated charge carriers depended on the measurement conditions.

  1. Growth of CH3NH3PbI3 cuboids with controlled size for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

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    Im, Jeong-Hyeok; Jang, In-Hyuk; Pellet, Norman; Grätzel, Michael; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2014-11-01

    Perovskite solar cells with submicrometre-thick CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) or CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3-x)Cl(x) active layers show a power conversion efficiency as high as 15%. However, compared to the best-performing device, the average efficiency was as low as 12%, with a large standard deviation (s.d.). Here, we report perovskite solar cells with an average efficiency exceeding 16% and best efficiency of 17%. This was enabled by the growth of CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) cuboids with a controlled size via a two-step spin-coating procedure. Spin-coating of a solution of CH(3)NH(3)I with different concentrations follows the spin-coating of PbI(2), and the cuboid size of CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) is found to strongly depend on the concentration of CH(3)NH(3)I. Light-harvesting efficiency and charge-carrier extraction are significantly affected by the cuboid size. Under simulated one-sun illumination, average efficiencies of 16.4% (s.d. ± 0.35), 16.3% (s.d. ± 0.44) and 13.5% (s.d. ± 0.34) are obtained from solutions of CH(3)NH(3)I with concentrations of 0.038 M, 0.050 M and 0.063 M, respectively. By controlling the size of the cuboids of CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) during their growth, we achieved the best efficiency of 17.01% with a photocurrent density of 21.64 mA cm(-2), open-circuit photovoltage of 1.056 V and fill factor of 0.741.

  2. Dielectric and Thermodynamic Signatures of Low-Temperature Glassy Dynamics in the Hybrid Perovskites CH3NH3PbI3 and HC(NH2)2PbI3.

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    Fabini, Douglas H; Hogan, Tom; Evans, Hayden A; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Seshadri, Ram

    2016-02-01

    Hybrid main group halide perovskites hold great technological promise in optoelectronic applications and present rich and complex evolution of structure and dynamics. Here we present low-temperature dielectric measurements and calorimetry of APbI3 [A = CH3NH3(+), HC(NH2)2(+)] that suggest glassy behavior on cooling. In both compounds, the dielectric loss displays frequency-dependent peaks below 100 K characteristic of a glassy slowing of relaxation dynamics, with HC(NH2)2PbI3 exhibiting greater glass fragility. Consistent with quenched disorder, the low-temperature heat capacity of both perovskites deviates substantially from the ∼T(3) acoustic phonon contribution predicted by the Debye model. We suggest that static disorder of the A-site molecular cation, potentially coupled to local distortions of the Pb-I sublattice, is responsible for these phenomena. The distinct low-temperature dynamics observed in these two perovskites suggest qualitative differences in the interaction between the molecular cation and the surrounding inorganic framework, with potential implications for defect screening and device performance at ambient temperatures. PMID:26763606

  3. Mixed-Halide CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Xx (X=Cl, Br, I) Perovskites: Vapor-Assisted Solution Deposition and Application as Solar Cell Absorbers.

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    Sedighi, Rahime; Tajabadi, Fariba; Shahbazi, Saeed; Gholipour, Somayeh; Taghavinia, Nima

    2016-08-01

    There have been recent reports on the formation of single-halide perovskites, CH3 NH3 PbX3 (X=Cl, Br, I), by means of vapor-assisted solution processing. Herein, the successful formation of mixed-halide perovskites (CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Xx ) by means of a vapor-assisted solution method at ambient atmosphere is reported. The perovskite films are synthesized by exposing PbI2 film to CH3 NH3 X (X=I, Br, or Cl) vapor. The prepared perovskite films have uniform surfaces with good coverage, as confirmed by SEM images. The inclusion of chlorine and bromine into the structure leads to a lower temperature and shorter reaction time for optimum perovskite film formation. In the case of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx , the optimum reaction temperature is reduced to 100 °C, and the resulting phases are CH3 NH3 PbI3 (with trace Cl) and CH3 NH3 PbCl3 with a ratio of about 2:1. In the case of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Brx , single-phase CH3 NH3 PbI2 Br is formed in a considerably shorter reaction time than that of CH3 NH3 PbI3 . The mesostructured perovskite solar cells based on CH3 NH3 PbI3 films show the best optimal power conversion efficiency of 13.5 %, whereas for CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx and CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Brx the best recorded efficiencies are 11.6 and 10.5 %, respectively.

  4. Preclinical Justification of pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 Lipoplex (LPX) Treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma.

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    Rao, Donald D; Jay, Christopher; Wang, Zhaohui; Luo, Xiuquan; Kumar, Padmasini; Eysenbach, Hilary; Ghisoli, Maurizio; Senzer, Neil; Nemunaitis, John

    2016-08-01

    The EWS/FLI1 fusion gene is well characterized as a driver of Ewing's sarcoma. Bi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 is a functional plasmid DNA construct that transcribes both siRNA and miRNA-like effectors each of which targets the identical type 1 translocation junction region of the EWS/FLI1 transcribed mRNA sequence. Previous preclinical and clinical studies confirm the safety of this RNA interference platform technology and consistently demonstrate designated mRNA and protein target knockdown at greater than 90% efficiency. We initiated development of pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 lipoplex (LPX) for the treatment of type 1 Ewing's sarcoma. Clinical-grade plasmid was manufactured and both sequence and activity verified. Target protein and RNA knockdown of 85-92% was demonstrated in vitro in type 1 human Ewing's sarcoma tumor cell lines with the optimal bi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 plasmid. This functional plasmid was placed in a clinically tested, liposomal (LP) delivery vehicle followed by in vivo verification of activity. Type 1 Ewing's sarcoma xenograft modeling confirmed dose related safety and tumor response to pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 LPX. Toxicology studies in mini-pigs with doses comparable to the demonstrated in vivo efficacy dose resulted in transient fever, occasional limited hypertension at low- and high-dose assessment and transient liver enzyme elevation at high dose. These results provide the justification to initiate clinical testing. PMID:27166877

  5. The pure rotational spectra of the open-shell diatomic molecules PbI and SnI

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    Evans, Corey J.; Needham, Lisa-Maria E.; Walker, Nicholas R.; Köckert, Hansjochen; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Stephens, Susanna L.

    2015-12-01

    Pure rotational spectra of the ground electronic states of lead monoiodide and tin monoiodide have been measured using a chirped pulsed Fourier transform microwave spectrometer over the 7-18.5 GHz region for the first time. Each of PbI and SnI has a X 2Π1/2 ground electronic state and may have a hyperfine structure that aids the determination of the electron electric dipole moment. For each species, pure rotational transitions of a number of different isotopologues and their excited vibrational states have been assigned and fitted. A multi-isotopologue Dunham-type analysis was carried out on both species producing values for Y01, Y02, Y11, and Y21, along with Λ-doubling constants, magnetic hyperfine constants and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants. The Born-Oppenheimer breakdown parameters for Pb have been evaluated and the parameter rationalized in terms of finite nuclear field effects. Analysis of the bond lengths and hyperfine interaction indicates that the bonding in both PbI and SnI is ionic in nature. Equilibrium bond lengths have been evaluated for both species.

  6. The pure rotational spectra of the open-shell diatomic molecules PbI and SnI

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    Evans, Corey J. E-mail: nick.walker@newcastle.ac.uk; Needham, Lisa-Maria E.; Walker, Nicholas R. E-mail: nick.walker@newcastle.ac.uk; Köckert, Hansjochen; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Stephens, Susanna L.

    2015-12-28

    Pure rotational spectra of the ground electronic states of lead monoiodide and tin monoiodide have been measured using a chirped pulsed Fourier transform microwave spectrometer over the 7-18.5 GHz region for the first time. Each of PbI and SnI has a X {sup 2}Π{sub 1/2} ground electronic state and may have a hyperfine structure that aids the determination of the electron electric dipole moment. For each species, pure rotational transitions of a number of different isotopologues and their excited vibrational states have been assigned and fitted. A multi-isotopologue Dunham-type analysis was carried out on both species producing values for Y{sub 01}, Y{sub 02}, Y{sub 11}, and Y{sub 21}, along with Λ-doubling constants, magnetic hyperfine constants and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants. The Born-Oppenheimer breakdown parameters for Pb have been evaluated and the parameter rationalized in terms of finite nuclear field effects. Analysis of the bond lengths and hyperfine interaction indicates that the bonding in both PbI and SnI is ionic in nature. Equilibrium bond lengths have been evaluated for both species.

  7. Density Functional Studies of Stoichiometric Surfaces of Orthorhombic Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Yun; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Yang, Huagui; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-12-19

    Organic/inorganic hybrid perovskite materials are highly attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells as demonstrated by their rapid advances in energy conversion efficiency. In this work, the structures, energetics, and electronic properties for a range of stoichiometric surfaces of the orthorhombic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are theoretically studied using density functional theory. Various possible spatially and constitutionally isomeric surfaces are considered by diversifying the spatial orientations and connectivities of surface Pb-I bonds. The comparison of the surface energies for the most stable configurations identified for various surfaces shows that the stabilities of stoichiometric surfaces are mainly dictated by the coordination numbers of surface atoms,more » which are directly correlated with the numbers of broken bonds. Additionally, Coulombic interactions between I anions and organic countercations on the surface also contribute to the stabilization. Electronic properties are compared between the most stable (100) surface and the bulk phase, showing generally similar features except for the lifted band degeneracy and the enhanced bandgap energy for the surface. These studies on the stoichiometric surfaces serve as the first step toward gaining a fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties in the current structural design of perovskite based solar cells, in order to achieve further breakthroughs in solar conversion efficiencies.« less

  8. Preclinical Justification of pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 Lipoplex (LPX) Treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma

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    Rao, Donald D.; Jay, Christopher; Wang, Zhaohui; Luo, Xiuquan; Kumar, Padmasini; Eysenbach, Hilary; Ghisoli, Maurizio; Senzer, Neil; Nemunaitis, John

    2016-01-01

    The EWS/FLI1 fusion gene is well characterized as a driver of Ewing's sarcoma. Bi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 is a functional plasmid DNA construct that transcribes both siRNA and miRNA-like effectors each of which targets the identical type 1 translocation junction region of the EWS/FLI1 transcribed mRNA sequence. Previous preclinical and clinical studies confirm the safety of this RNA interference platform technology and consistently demonstrate designated mRNA and protein target knockdown at greater than 90% efficiency. We initiated development of pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 lipoplex (LPX) for the treatment of type 1 Ewing's sarcoma. Clinical-grade plasmid was manufactured and both sequence and activity verified. Target protein and RNA knockdown of 85–92% was demonstrated in vitro in type 1 human Ewing's sarcoma tumor cell lines with the optimal bi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 plasmid. This functional plasmid was placed in a clinically tested, liposomal (LP) delivery vehicle followed by in vivo verification of activity. Type 1 Ewing's sarcoma xenograft modeling confirmed dose related safety and tumor response to pbi-shRNA EWS/FLI1 LPX. Toxicology studies in mini-pigs with doses comparable to the demonstrated in vivo efficacy dose resulted in transient fever, occasional limited hypertension at low- and high-dose assessment and transient liver enzyme elevation at high dose. These results provide the justification to initiate clinical testing. PMID:27166877

  9. Density Functional Studies of Stoichiometric Surfaces of Orthorhombic Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Yun; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Yang, Huagui; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-12-19

    Organic/inorganic hybrid perovskite materials are highly attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells as demonstrated by their rapid advances in energy conversion efficiency. In this work, the structures, energetics, and electronic properties for a range of stoichiometric surfaces of the orthorhombic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are theoretically studied using density functional theory. Various possible spatially and constitutionally isomeric surfaces are considered by diversifying the spatial orientations and connectivities of surface Pb-I bonds. The comparison of the surface energies for the most stable configurations identified for various surfaces shows that the stabilities of stoichiometric surfaces are mainly dictated by the coordination numbers of surface atoms, which are directly correlated with the numbers of broken bonds. Additionally, Coulombic interactions between I anions and organic countercations on the surface also contribute to the stabilization. Electronic properties are compared between the most stable (100) surface and the bulk phase, showing generally similar features except for the lifted band degeneracy and the enhanced bandgap energy for the surface. These studies on the stoichiometric surfaces serve as the first step toward gaining a fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties in the current structural design of perovskite based solar cells, in order to achieve further breakthroughs in solar conversion efficiencies.

  10. Depletion region effect of highly efficient hole conductor free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells.

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    Aharon, Sigalit; Gamliel, Shany; El Cohen, Bat; Etgar, Lioz

    2014-06-14

    The inorganic-organic perovskite is currently attracting a lot of attention due to its use as a light harvester in solar cells. The large absorption coefficients, high carrier mobility and good stability of organo-lead halide perovskites present good potential for their use as light harvesters in mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells. This work concentrated on a unique property of the lead halide perovskite, its function simultaneously as a light harvester and a hole conductor in the solar cell. A two-step deposition technique was used to optimize the perovskite deposition and to enhance the solar cell efficiency. It was revealed that the photovoltaic performance of the hole conductor free perovskite solar cell is strongly dependent on the depletion layer width which was created at the TiO2-CH3NH3PbI3 junction. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that there were no changes in the crystallographic structure of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite over time, which supports the high stability of these hole conductor free perovskite solar cells. Furthermore, the power conversion efficiency of the best cells reached 10.85% with a fill factor of 68%, a Voc of 0.84 V, and a Jsc of 19 mA cm(-2), the highest efficiency to date of a hole conductor free perovskite solar cell.

  11. Dynamic Growth of Pinhole-Free Conformal CH3NH3PbI3 Film for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Li, Bo; Tian, Jianjun; Guo, Lixue; Fei, Chengbin; Shen, Ting; Qu, Xuanhui; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-02-01

    Two-step dipping is one of the popular low temperature solution methods to prepare organic-inorganic halide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) films for solar cells. However, pinholes in perovskite films fabricated by the static growth method (SGM) result in low power conversion efficiency (PCE) in the resulting solar cells. In this work, the static dipping process is changed into a dynamic dipping process by controlled stirring PbI2 substrates in CH3NH3I isopropanol solution. The dynamic growth method (DGM) produces more nuclei and decreases the pinholes during the nucleation and growth of perovskite crystals. The compact perovskite films with free pinholes are obtained by DGM, which present that the big perovskite particles with a size of 350 nm are surrounded by small perovskite particles with a size of 50 nm. The surface coverage of the perovskite film is up to nearly 100%. Such high quality perovskite film not only eliminated pinholes, resulting in reduced charge recombination of the solar cells, but also improves the light harvesting efficiency. As a result, the PCE of the perovskite solar cells is increased from 11% for SGM to 13% for DGM.

  12. Optical Transitions in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells: Ellipsometry, Density Functional Theory, and Quantum Efficiency Analyses for CH3NH3PbI3

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    Shirayama, Masaki; Kadowaki, Hideyuki; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Sugita, Takeshi; Tamakoshi, Masato; Kato, Masato; Fujiseki, Takemasa; Murata, Daisuke; Hara, Shota; Murakami, Takurou N.; Fujimoto, Shohei; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki

    2016-01-01

    Light-induced photocarrier generation is an essential process in all solar cells, including organic-inorganic hybrid (CH3NH3PbI3 ) solar cells, which exhibit a high short-circuit current density (Jsc ) of approximately 20 mA /cm2 . Although the high Jsc observed in the hybrid solar cells relies on strong electron-photon interaction, the optical transitions in the perovskite material remain unclear. Here, we report artifact-free CH3NH3PbI3 optical constants extracted from ultrasmooth perovskite layers without air exposure and assign all of the optical transitions in the visible and ultraviolet region unambiguously, based on density-functional theory (DFT) analysis that assumes a simple pseudocubic crystal structure. From the self-consistent spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis of the ultrasmooth CH3NH3PbI3 layers, we find that the absorption coefficients of CH3NH3PbI3 (α =3.8 ×104 cm-1 at 2.0 eV) are comparable to those of CuInGaSe2 and CdTe, and high α values reported in earlier studies are overestimated seriously by the extensive surface roughness of CH3NH3PbI3 layers. The polarization-dependent DFT calculations show that CH3NH3 + interacts strongly with the PbI3 - cage, modifying the CH3NH3PbI3 dielectric function in the visible region rather significantly. In particular, the transition matrix element of CH3NH3PbI3 varies, depending on the position of CH3NH3 + within the Pb—I network. When the effect of CH3NH3 + on the optical transition is eliminated in the DFT calculation, the CH3NH3PbI3 dielectric function deduced from DFT shows an excellent agreement with the experimental result. As a result, distinct optical transitions observed at E0(Eg)=1.61 eV , E1=2.53 eV , and E2=3.24 eV in CH3NH3PbI3 are attributed to the direct semiconductor-type transitions at the R , M , and X points in the pseudocubic Brillouin zone, respectively. We further perform the quantum efficiency (QE) analysis for a standard hybrid-perovskite solar cell incorporating a mesoporous TiO2

  13. High temperature polybenzimidazole membrane electrode assemblies using pyridine-polybenzimizazole as catalyst layer binder

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    Su, Po-Hao; Cheng, Joy; Li, Jia-Fen; Liao, Yi-Hsiang; Yu, T. Leon

    2014-08-01

    We synthesize four pyridine-polybenzimidazoles (PyPBIs) and one polybenzimidazole (PBI) from a tetramin monomer (i.e., 3,3‧-diamino benzidine (DABZ)) and two dicarboxylic acid monomers (i.e., isophthalic acid (IPA) and 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (PyA)) with PyA/IPA molar ratios of 6/4 (i.e., PyPBI-64), 5/5 (i.e., PyPBI-55), 4/6 (i.e., PyPBI-46), 3/7 (i.e., PyPBI-37), and 0/1 (i.e., PBI-11). The PyPBIs and PBI with molecular weight of ∼1.0-1.3 × 10-4 g mol-1 are used as Pt-C (Pt on carbon support) binders for fabricating gas diffusion electrodes (GDEs) and are doped with H3PO4 to prepare membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs). We demonstrate that both the H3PO4 loading of the GDE and the fuel cell performance of the MEA at 160 °C with unhumidified H2/O2 fuel increase with the increase of PyA monomer content of the PyPBI (or PBI) binder in the GDEs according to the sequence of PBI-11 < PyPBI-37 < PyPBI-46 < PyPBI-55 < PyPBI-64. The higher PyA content PyPBI provides more binding sites for H3PO4 in GDE and enhances fuel cell performance.

  14. Understanding ground- and excited-state properties of perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide crystals by means of quantum chemical computations.

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    Zhao, Hong-Mei; Pfister, Johannes; Settels, Volker; Renz, Manuel; Kaupp, Martin; Dehm, Volker C; Würthner, Frank; Fink, Reinhold F; Engels, Bernd

    2009-11-01

    Quantum chemical protocols explaining the crystal structures and the visible light absorption properties of 3,4:9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide (PBI) derivates are proposed. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory has provided an intermolecular potential energy of PBI dimers showing several energetically low-lying minima, which corresponds well with the packing of different PBI dyes in the solid state. While the dispersion interaction is found to be crucial for the binding strength, the minimum structures of the PESs are best explained by electrostatic interactions. Furthermore, a method is introduced, which reproduces the photon energies at the absorption maxima of PBI pigments within 0.1 eV. It is based on time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TD-HF) excitation energies calculated for PBI dimers with the next-neighbor arrangement in the pigment and incorporates crystal packing effects. This success provides clear evidence that the electronically excited states, which determine the color of these pigments, have no significant charge-transfer character. The developed protocols can be applied in a routine manner to understand and to predict the properties of such pigments, which are important materials for organic solar cells and (opto-)electronic devices.

  15. Formation and evolution of the unexpected PbI2 phase at the interface during the growth of evaporated perovskite films.

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    Xu, Haitao; Wu, Yanglin; Cui, Jian; Ni, Chaowei; Xu, Fuzong; Cai, Jiang; Hong, Feng; Fang, Zebo; Wang, Wenzhen; Zhu, Jiabin; Wang, Linjun; Xu, Run; Xu, Fei

    2016-07-21

    The interface chemistry and evolution of the evaporated perovskite films on ITO, pedot/ITO, Si and glass substrates are studied. As evidenced by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) results, the PbI2 phase is found to be inevitably formed at the very initial growth stage, even under the conditions of a MAI-rich environment. The extremely low binding energy of adsorbed MAI particles on all the above substrates, as compared to that of PbI2 particles, is responsible for the presence of the PbI2 phase at the interface. The formation of both hole and electron barriers at the interface of PbI2/MAPbI3, as evidenced by XPS measurements, could block carrier transport into the electrode and thus deteriorate solar cell performance. This result reveals the origin of the poor performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by the vacuum evaporation method, and may help to improve the performance of PSCs made using the vacuum evaporation method.

  16. Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) Single Crystals: Rapid Solution Growth, Unparalleled Crystalline Quality, and Low Trap Density toward 10(8) cm(-3).

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    Lian, Zhipeng; Yan, Qingfeng; Gao, Taotao; Ding, Jie; Lv, Qianrui; Ning, Chuangang; Li, Qiang; Sun, Jia-Lin

    2016-08-01

    Single crystal reflects the intrinsic physical properties of a material, and single crystals with high-crystalline quality are highly desired for the acquisition of high-performance devices. We found that large single crystals of perovskite CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) could be grown rapidly from chlorine-containing solutions. Within 5 days, CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) single crystal as large as 20 mm × 18 mm × 6 mm was harvested. As a most important index to evaluate the crystalline quality, the full width at half-maximum (fwhm) in the high-resolution X-ray rocking curve (HR-XRC) of as-grown CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) single crystal was measured as 20 arcsec, which is far superior to so far reported CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals (∼1338 arcsec). The unparalleled crystalline quality delivered a low trap-state density of down to 7.6 × 10(8) cm(-3), high carrier mobility of 167 ± 35 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and long transient photovoltaic carrier lifetime of 449 ± 76 μs. The improvement in the crystalline quality, together with the rapid growth rate and excellent carrier transport property, provides state-of-the-art single crystalline hybrid perovskite materials for high-performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:27458057

  17. Structures and Electronic Properties of Different CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Interface: A First-Principles Study

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    Geng, Wei; Tong, Chuan-Jia; Liu, Jiang; Zhu, Wenjun; Lau, Woon-Ming; Liu, Li-Min

    2016-01-01

    Methylammonium lead iodide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, has attracted particular attention due to its fast increase in efficiency in dye sensitization TiO2 solid-state solar cells. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate several different types of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 interfaces. The interfacial structures between the different terminated CH3NH3PbI3 and phase TiO2 are thoroughly explored, and the calculated results suggest that the interfacial Pb atoms play important roles in the structure stability and electronic properties. A charge transfer from Pb atoms to the O atoms of TiO2 lead to the band edge alignment of Pb-p above Ti-d about 0.4 eV, suggesting a better carries separation. On the other hand, for TiO2, rutile (001) is the better candidate due to the better lattice and atoms arrangement match with CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:26846401

  18. High-performance perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin films for solar cells prepared by single-source physical vapour deposition

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    Fan, Ping; Gu, Di; Liang, Guang-Xing; Luo, Jing-Ting; Chen, Ju-Long; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Zhang, Dong-Ping

    2016-01-01

    In this work, an alternative route to fabricating high-quality CH3NH3PbI3 thin films is proposed. Single-source physical vapour deposition (SSPVD) without a post-heat-treating process was used to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 thin films at room temperature. This new process enabled complete surface coverage and moisture stability in a non-vacuum solution. Moreover, the challenges of simultaneously controlling evaporation processes of the organic and inorganic sources via dual-source vapour evaporation and the heating process required to obtain high crystallization were avoided. Excellent composition with stoichiometry transferred from the powder material, a high level of tetragonal phase-purity, full surface coverage, well-defined grain structure, high crystallization and reproducibility were obtained. A PCE of approximately 10.90% was obtained with a device based on SSPVD CH3NH3PbI3. These initial results suggest that SSPVD is a promising method to significantly optimize perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell efficiency. PMID:27426686

  19. P3HT:DiPBI bulk heterojunction solar cells: morphology and electronic structure probed by multiscale simulation and UV/vis spectroscopy.

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    Winands, Thorsten; Böckmann, Marcus; Schemme, Thomas; Ly, Phong-Minh Timmy; de Jong, Djurre H; Wang, Zhaohui; Denz, Cornelia; Heuer, Andreas; Doltsinis, Nikos L

    2016-02-17

    Coarse grained molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a mixture of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and diperylene bisimide (DiPBI). The effect of different annealing and cooling protocols on the morphology is investigated and the resulting domain structures are analyzed. In particular, π-stacked clusters of DiPBI molecules are observed whose size decreases with increasing temperature. Domain structure and diffusivity data suggest that the DiPBI subsystem undergoes an order → disorder phase transition between 700 and 900 K. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory are carried out after backmapping the coarse grained model onto an atomistic force field representation built upon first principles. UV/vis absorption spectra of the P3HT:DiPBI mixture are computed using time-dependent density functional linear response theory and recorded experimentally for a spin-coated thin film. It is demonstrated that the absorption spectrum depends sensitively on the details of the amorphous structure, thus providing valuable insight into the morphology. In particular, the results show that the tempering procedure has a significant influence on the material's electronic properties. This knowledge may help to develop effective processing routines to enhance the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26853376

  20. Antiferroelectric-to-Ferroelectric Switching in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite and Its Potential Role in Effective Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Hu, Dengwei; Chen, Changdong; Ma, Hao; Kusunose, Takafumi; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) often suffer from large performance variations which impede to define a clear charge-transfer mechanism. Ferroelectric polarization is measured numerically using CH3NH3PbI3 (M A PbI3 ) pellets to overcome the measurement issues such as pinholes and low uniformity of thickness, etc., with M A PbI3 thin films. M A PbI3 perovskite is an antiferroelectric semiconductor which is different from typical semiconducting materials and ferroelectric materials. The effect of polarization carrier separation on the charge-transfer mechanism in the PSCs is elucidated by using the results of ferroelectric and structural studies on the perovskite. The ferroelectric polarization contributes to an inherent carrier-separation effect and the I - V hysteresis. The ferroelectric and semiconducting synergistic charge-separation effect gives an alternative category of solar cells, ferroelectric semiconductor solar cells. Our findings identify the ferroelectric semiconducting behavior of the perovskite absorber as being significant to the improvement of the ferroelectric PSCs performances in future developments.

  1. High-performance perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin films for solar cells prepared by single-source physical vapour deposition

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    Fan, Ping; Gu, Di; Liang, Guang-Xing; Luo, Jing-Ting; Chen, Ju-Long; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Zhang, Dong-Ping

    2016-07-01

    In this work, an alternative route to fabricating high-quality CH3NH3PbI3 thin films is proposed. Single-source physical vapour deposition (SSPVD) without a post-heat-treating process was used to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 thin films at room temperature. This new process enabled complete surface coverage and moisture stability in a non-vacuum solution. Moreover, the challenges of simultaneously controlling evaporation processes of the organic and inorganic sources via dual-source vapour evaporation and the heating process required to obtain high crystallization were avoided. Excellent composition with stoichiometry transferred from the powder material, a high level of tetragonal phase-purity, full surface coverage, well-defined grain structure, high crystallization and reproducibility were obtained. A PCE of approximately 10.90% was obtained with a device based on SSPVD CH3NH3PbI3. These initial results suggest that SSPVD is a promising method to significantly optimize perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell efficiency.

  2. Formation and evolution of the unexpected PbI2 phase at the interface during the growth of evaporated perovskite films.

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    Xu, Haitao; Wu, Yanglin; Cui, Jian; Ni, Chaowei; Xu, Fuzong; Cai, Jiang; Hong, Feng; Fang, Zebo; Wang, Wenzhen; Zhu, Jiabin; Wang, Linjun; Xu, Run; Xu, Fei

    2016-07-21

    The interface chemistry and evolution of the evaporated perovskite films on ITO, pedot/ITO, Si and glass substrates are studied. As evidenced by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) results, the PbI2 phase is found to be inevitably formed at the very initial growth stage, even under the conditions of a MAI-rich environment. The extremely low binding energy of adsorbed MAI particles on all the above substrates, as compared to that of PbI2 particles, is responsible for the presence of the PbI2 phase at the interface. The formation of both hole and electron barriers at the interface of PbI2/MAPbI3, as evidenced by XPS measurements, could block carrier transport into the electrode and thus deteriorate solar cell performance. This result reveals the origin of the poor performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by the vacuum evaporation method, and may help to improve the performance of PSCs made using the vacuum evaporation method. PMID:27346149

  3. Efficient and stable CH3NH3PbI3-sensitized ZnO nanorod array solid-state solar cells.

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    Bi, Dongqin; Boschloo, Gerrit; Schwarzmüller, Stefan; Yang, Lei; Johansson, Erik M J; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2013-12-01

    We report for the first time the use of a perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) absorber in combination with ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) for solar cell applications. The perovskite material has a higher absorption coefficient than molecular dye sensitizers, gives better solar cell stability, and is therefore more suited as a sensitizer for ZnO NRAs. A solar cell efficiency of 5.0% was achieved under 1000 W m(-2) AM 1.5 G illumination for a solar cell with the structure: ZnO NRA/CH3NH3PbI3/spiro-MeOTAD/Ag. Moreover, the solar cell shows a good long-term stability. Using transient photocurrent and photovoltage measurements it was found that the electron transport time and lifetime vary with the ZnO nanorod length, a trend which is similar to that in dye-sensitized solar cells, DSCs, suggesting a similar charge transfer process in ZnO NRA/CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells as in conventional DSCs. Compared to CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 solar cells, ZnO shows a lower performance due to more recombination losses.

  4. High-performance perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin films for solar cells prepared by single-source physical vapour deposition.

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    Fan, Ping; Gu, Di; Liang, Guang-Xing; Luo, Jing-Ting; Chen, Ju-Long; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Zhang, Dong-Ping

    2016-01-01

    In this work, an alternative route to fabricating high-quality CH3NH3PbI3 thin films is proposed. Single-source physical vapour deposition (SSPVD) without a post-heat-treating process was used to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 thin films at room temperature. This new process enabled complete surface coverage and moisture stability in a non-vacuum solution. Moreover, the challenges of simultaneously controlling evaporation processes of the organic and inorganic sources via dual-source vapour evaporation and the heating process required to obtain high crystallization were avoided. Excellent composition with stoichiometry transferred from the powder material, a high level of tetragonal phase-purity, full surface coverage, well-defined grain structure, high crystallization and reproducibility were obtained. A PCE of approximately 10.90% was obtained with a device based on SSPVD CH3NH3PbI3. These initial results suggest that SSPVD is a promising method to significantly optimize perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell efficiency. PMID:27426686

  5. Structures and Electronic Properties of Different CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Interface: A First-Principles Study.

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    Geng, Wei; Tong, Chuan-Jia; Liu, Jiang; Zhu, Wenjun; Lau, Woon-Ming; Liu, Li-Min

    2016-01-01

    Methylammonium lead iodide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, has attracted particular attention due to its fast increase in efficiency in dye sensitization TiO2 solid-state solar cells. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate several different types of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 interfaces. The interfacial structures between the different terminated CH3NH3PbI3 and phase TiO2 are thoroughly explored, and the calculated results suggest that the interfacial Pb atoms play important roles in the structure stability and electronic properties. A charge transfer from Pb atoms to the O atoms of TiO2 lead to the band edge alignment of Pb-p above Ti-d about 0.4 eV, suggesting a better carries separation. On the other hand, for TiO2, rutile (001) is the better candidate due to the better lattice and atoms arrangement match with CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:26846401

  6. Controlled growth of CH3NH3PbI3 nanowires in arrays of open nanofluidic channels

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    Spina, Massimo; Bonvin, Eric; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej; Forró, László; Horváth, Endre

    2016-01-01

    Spatial positioning of nanocrystal building blocks on a solid surface is a prerequisite for assembling individual nanoparticles into functional devices. Here, we report on the graphoepitaxial liquid-solid growth of nanowires of the photovoltaic compound CH3NH3PbI3 in open nanofluidic channels. The guided growth, visualized in real-time with a simple optical microscope, undergoes through a metastable solvatomorph formation in polar aprotic solvents. The presently discovered crystallization leads to the fabrication of mm2-sized surfaces composed of perovskite nanowires having controlled sizes, cross-sectional shapes, aspect ratios and orientation which have not been achieved thus far by other deposition methods. The automation of this general strategy paves the way towards fabrication of wafer-scale perovskite nanowire thin films well-suited for various optoelectronic devices, e.g. solar cells, lasers, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors.

  7. Controlled growth of CH3NH3PbI3 nanowires in arrays of open nanofluidic channels.

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    Spina, Massimo; Bonvin, Eric; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej; Náfrádi, Bálint; Forró, László; Horváth, Endre

    2016-01-01

    Spatial positioning of nanocrystal building blocks on a solid surface is a prerequisite for assembling individual nanoparticles into functional devices. Here, we report on the graphoepitaxial liquid-solid growth of nanowires of the photovoltaic compound CH3NH3PbI3 in open nanofluidic channels. The guided growth, visualized in real-time with a simple optical microscope, undergoes through a metastable solvatomorph formation in polar aprotic solvents. The presently discovered crystallization leads to the fabrication of mm(2)-sized surfaces composed of perovskite nanowires having controlled sizes, cross-sectional shapes, aspect ratios and orientation which have not been achieved thus far by other deposition methods. The automation of this general strategy paves the way towards fabrication of wafer-scale perovskite nanowire thin films well-suited for various optoelectronic devices, e.g. solar cells, lasers, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. PMID:26806213

  8. Controlled growth of CH3NH3PbI3 nanowires in arrays of open nanofluidic channels

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    Spina, Massimo; Bonvin, Eric; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej; Forró, László; Horváth, Endre

    2016-01-01

    Spatial positioning of nanocrystal building blocks on a solid surface is a prerequisite for assembling individual nanoparticles into functional devices. Here, we report on the graphoepitaxial liquid-solid growth of nanowires of the photovoltaic compound CH3NH3PbI3 in open nanofluidic channels. The guided growth, visualized in real-time with a simple optical microscope, undergoes through a metastable solvatomorph formation in polar aprotic solvents. The presently discovered crystallization leads to the fabrication of mm2-sized surfaces composed of perovskite nanowires having controlled sizes, cross-sectional shapes, aspect ratios and orientation which have not been achieved thus far by other deposition methods. The automation of this general strategy paves the way towards fabrication of wafer-scale perovskite nanowire thin films well-suited for various optoelectronic devices, e.g. solar cells, lasers, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. PMID:26806213

  9. The optoelectronic role of chlorine in CH3NH3PbI3(Cl)-based perovskite solar cells

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    Chen, Qi; Zhou, Huanping; Fang, Yihao; Stieg, Adam Z.; Song, Tze-Bin; Wang, Hsin-Hua; Xu, Xiaobao; Liu, Yongsheng; Lu, Shirong; You, Jingbi; Sun, Pengyu; McKay, Jeff; Goorsky, Mark S.; Yang, Yang

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite photovoltaics offer a compelling combination of extremely low-cost, ease of processing and high device performance. The optoelectronic properties of the prototypical CH3NH3PbI3 can be further adjusted by introducing other extrinsic ions. Specifically, chlorine incorporation has been shown to affect the morphological development of perovksite films, which results in improved optoelectronic characteristics for high efficiency. However, it requires a deep understanding to the role of extrinsic halide, especially in the absence of unpredictable morphological influence during film growth. Here we report an effective strategy to investigate the role of the extrinsic ion in the context of optoelectronic properties, in which the morphological factors that closely correlate to device performance are mostly decoupled. The chlorine incorporation is found to mainly improve the carrier transport across the heterojunction interfaces, rather than within the perovskite crystals. Further optimization according this protocol leads to solar cells achieving power conversion efficiency of 17.91%. PMID:26068804

  10. Morphological Changes of Human Dentin after Erbium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Er:YAG) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Irradiation and Acid-etch Technique: An Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) Evaluation

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    Shahabi, Sima; Chiniforush, Nasim; Juybanpoor, Nasrin

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the morphological changes of human dentin after Erbium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Er:YAG), Carbon Dioxide(CO2) laser-irradiation and acid-etching by means of scanning electron microscopic (SEM) Methods: 9 extracted human third molars were used in this study. The teeth were divided in three groups: first group, CO2 laser with power of 1.5 w and frequency of 80 Hz; second group, Er:YAG laser with output power of 1.5 W frequency of 10 Hz, very short pulse with water and air spray was applied; and third group, samples were prepared by acid-etching 37% for 15 sec and rinsed with air-water spray for 20 sec. Then, the samples were prepared for SEM examination. Results: Melting and cracks can be observed in CO2 laser but in Er:YAG laser cleanedablated surfaces and exposed dentinal tubules, without smear layer was seen. Conclusion: It can be concluded that Er:YAG laser can be an alternative technique for surface treatment and can be considered as safe as the conventional methods. But CO2 laser has some thermal side effects which make this device unsuitable for this purpose. PMID:25606306

  11. Electrochemical sensing behaviour of Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2014-01-01

    Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by simple hydrothermal method. The prepared nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, DRS-UV-Visible spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The XRD confirms the phase purity of the synthesized Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The optical property of Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were studied by DRS UV-Visible analysis. The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were examined using uric acid as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards uric acid.

  12. Improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells through optimization of the CH3NH3PbI3 film growth in solution process method

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    Zhao, Ying; Liu, Jian; Lu, Xinrong; Gao, Yandong; You, Xiaozeng; Xu, Xiangxing

    2015-12-01

    Perovskite-structured organic-inorganic materials such as CH3NH3PbI3 are attracting much interest in the scientific community because of their abilities to function as revolutionary light harvesters and charge transfer materials for solar cells. To achieve high power conversion efficiency (PCE), it is critical to optimize the perovskite film layer. This paper reports the temperature and concentration controls on the two-step solution process. A diffusion-controlled growth mechanism is proposed for this process in tuning the morphology and purity of the perovskite film, which are proven to be important factors contributing to the photovoltaic performance. The highest PCE of 11.92% is achieved with an optimized perovskite crystal size of ∼150 nm and an appropriate amount of residual PbI2. This study sheds light on the design and fabrication of highly efficient, low-cost, solution-processed perovskite solar cells.

  13. Relativistic GW calculations on CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3SnI3 Perovskites for Solar Cell Applications

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    Umari, Paolo; Mosconi, Edoardo; de Angelis, Filippo

    2014-03-01

    Hybrid AMX3 perovskites (A = Cs, CH3NH3; M = Sn, Pb; X = halide) have revolutionized the scenario of emerging photovoltaic technologies, with very recent results demonstrating 15% efficient solar cells. The CH3NH3PbI3/MAPb(I1-xClx)3 perovskites have dominated the field, while the similar CH3NH3SnI3 has not been exploited for photovoltaic applications. Replacement of Pb by Sn would facilitate the large uptake of perovskite-based photovoltaics. Despite the extremely fast progress, the materials electronic properties which are key to the photovoltaic performance are relatively little understood. Density Functional Theory electronic structure methods have so far delivered an unbalanced description of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites. Here we develop an effective GW method incorporating spin-orbit coupling which allows us to accurately model the electronic, optical and transport properties of CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3, opening the way to new materials design. The different CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 electronic properties are discussed in light of their exploitation for solar cells, and found to be dominantly due to relativistic effects. These effects stabilize the CH3NH3PbI3 material towards oxidation, by inducing a deeper valence band edge. Relativistic effects, however, also increase the material band-gap compared to CH3NH3SnI3, due to the valence band energy downshift (~0.7 eV) being only partly compensated by the conduction band downshift (~0.2 eV).

  14. Full Printable Processed Mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cells with Carbon Counter Electrode

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    Ku, Zhiliang; Rong, Yaoguang; Xu, Mi; Liu, Tongfa; Han, Hongwei

    2013-01-01

    A mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell is developed with low-cost carbon counter electrode (CE) and full printable process. With carbon black/spheroidal graphite CE, this mesoscopic heterojunction solar cell presents high stability and power conversion efficiency of 6.64%, which is higher than that of the flaky graphite based device and comparable to the conventional Au version. PMID:24185501

  15. Efficient CH3 NH3 PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells Employing Nanostructured p-Type NiO Electrode Formed by a Pulsed Laser Deposition.

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    Park, Jong Hoon; Seo, Jangwon; Park, Sangman; Shin, Seong Sik; Kim, Young Chan; Jeon, Nam Joong; Shin, Hee-Won; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Noh, Jun Hong; Yoon, Sung Cheol; Hwang, Cheol Seong; Seok, Sang Il

    2015-07-15

    Highly transparent and nanostructured nickel oxide (NiO) films through pulsed laser deposition are introduced for efficient CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite solar cells. The (111)-oriented nanostructured NiO film plays a key role in extracting holes and preventing electron leakage as hole transporting material. The champion device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of 17.3% with a very high fill factor of 0.813. PMID:26038099

  16. Electron-hole diffusion lengths >175 μm in solution-grown CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals

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    Dong, Qingfeng; Fang, Yanjun; Shao, Yuchuan; Mulligan, Padhraic; Qiu, Jie; Cao, Lei; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-02-27

    Long, balanced electron and hole diffusion lengths greater than 100 nanometers in the polycrystalline organolead trihalide compound CH3NH3PbI3 are critical for highly efficient perovskite solar cells. We found that the diffusion lengths in CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals grown by a solution-growth method can exceed 175 micrometers under 1 sun (100 mW cm–2) illumination and exceed 3 millimeters under weak light for both electrons and holes. The internal quantum efficiencies approach 100% in 3-millimeter-thick single-crystal perovskite solar cells under weak light. These long diffusion lengths result from greater carrier mobility, longer lifetime, and much smaller trap densities in the single crystals thanmore » in polycrystalline thin films. As a result, the long carrier diffusion lengths enabled the use of CH3NH3PbI3 in radiation sensing and energy harvesting through the gammavoltaic effect, with an efficiency of 3.9% measured with an intense cesium-137 source.« less

  17. Achieving Ultrafast Hole Transfer at the Monolayer MoS2 and CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Interface by Defect Engineering.

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    Peng, Bo; Yu, Guannan; Zhao, Yawen; Xu, Qiang; Xing, Guichuan; Liu, Xinfeng; Fu, Deyi; Liu, Bo; Tan, Jun Rong Sherman; Tang, Wei; Lu, Haipeng; Xie, Jianliang; Deng, Longjiang; Sum, Tze Chien; Loh, Kian Ping

    2016-06-28

    The performance of a photovoltaic device is strongly dependent on the light harvesting properties of the absorber layer as well as the charge separation at the donor/acceptor interfaces. Atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2-D TMDCs) exhibit strong light-matter interaction, large optical conductivity, and high electron mobility; thus they can be highly promising materials for next-generation ultrathin solar cells and optoelectronics. However, the short optical absorption path inherent in such atomically thin layers limits practical applications. A heterostructure geometry comprising 2-D TMDCs (e.g., MoS2) and a strongly absorbing material with long electron-hole diffusion lengths such as methylammonium lead halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbI3) may overcome this constraint to some extent, provided the charge transfer at the heterostructure interface is not hampered by their band offsets. Herein, we demonstrate that the intrinsic band offset at the CH3NH3PbI3/MoS2 interface can be overcome by creating sulfur vacancies in MoS2 using a mild plasma treatment; ultrafast hole transfer from CH3NH3PbI3 to MoS2 occurs within 320 fs with 83% efficiency following photoexcitation. Importantly, our work highlights the feasibility of applying defect-engineered 2-D TMDCs as charge-extraction layers in perovskite-based optoelectronic devices. PMID:27243103

  18. Achieving Ultrafast Hole Transfer at the Monolayer MoS2 and CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Interface by Defect Engineering.

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    Peng, Bo; Yu, Guannan; Zhao, Yawen; Xu, Qiang; Xing, Guichuan; Liu, Xinfeng; Fu, Deyi; Liu, Bo; Tan, Jun Rong Sherman; Tang, Wei; Lu, Haipeng; Xie, Jianliang; Deng, Longjiang; Sum, Tze Chien; Loh, Kian Ping

    2016-06-28

    The performance of a photovoltaic device is strongly dependent on the light harvesting properties of the absorber layer as well as the charge separation at the donor/acceptor interfaces. Atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2-D TMDCs) exhibit strong light-matter interaction, large optical conductivity, and high electron mobility; thus they can be highly promising materials for next-generation ultrathin solar cells and optoelectronics. However, the short optical absorption path inherent in such atomically thin layers limits practical applications. A heterostructure geometry comprising 2-D TMDCs (e.g., MoS2) and a strongly absorbing material with long electron-hole diffusion lengths such as methylammonium lead halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbI3) may overcome this constraint to some extent, provided the charge transfer at the heterostructure interface is not hampered by their band offsets. Herein, we demonstrate that the intrinsic band offset at the CH3NH3PbI3/MoS2 interface can be overcome by creating sulfur vacancies in MoS2 using a mild plasma treatment; ultrafast hole transfer from CH3NH3PbI3 to MoS2 occurs within 320 fs with 83% efficiency following photoexcitation. Importantly, our work highlights the feasibility of applying defect-engineered 2-D TMDCs as charge-extraction layers in perovskite-based optoelectronic devices.

  19. Solar cells. Electron-hole diffusion lengths > 175 μm in solution-grown CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals.

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    Dong, Qingfeng; Fang, Yanjun; Shao, Yuchuan; Mulligan, Padhraic; Qiu, Jie; Cao, Lei; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-02-27

    Long, balanced electron and hole diffusion lengths greater than 100 nanometers in the polycrystalline organolead trihalide compound CH3NH3PbI3 are critical for highly efficient perovskite solar cells. We found that the diffusion lengths in CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals grown by a solution-growth method can exceed 175 micrometers under 1 sun (100 mW cm(-2)) illumination and exceed 3 millimeters under weak light for both electrons and holes. The internal quantum efficiencies approach 100% in 3-millimeter-thick single-crystal perovskite solar cells under weak light. These long diffusion lengths result from greater carrier mobility, longer lifetime, and much smaller trap densities in the single crystals than in polycrystalline thin films. The long carrier diffusion lengths enabled the use of CH3NH3PbI3 in radiation sensing and energy harvesting through the gammavoltaic effect, with an efficiency of 3.9% measured with an intense cesium-137 source.

  20. Charge Injection at the Heterointerface in Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells Studied by Simultaneous Microscopic Photoluminescence and Photocurrent Imaging Spectroscopy.

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    Yamashita, Daiki; Handa, Taketo; Ihara, Toshiyuki; Tahara, Hirokazu; Shimazaki, Ai; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-08-18

    Charge carrier dynamics in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells were studied by means of microscopic photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) imaging spectroscopy. The PL intensity, PL lifetime, and PC intensity varied spatially on the order of several tens of micrometers. Simultaneous PL and PC image measurements revealed a positive correlation between the PL intensity and PL lifetime, and a negative correlation between PL and PC intensities. These correlations were due to the competition between photocarrier injection from the CH3NH3PbI3 layer into the charge transport layer and photocarrier recombination within the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. Furthermore, we found that the decrease in the carrier injection efficiency under prolonged light illumination leads to a reduction in PC, resulting in light-induced degradation of solar cell devices. Our findings provide important insights for understanding carrier injection at the interface and light-induced degradation in perovskite solar cells. PMID:27482607

  1. Antibody-based donor-acceptor spatial reconfiguration in decorated lanthanide-doped nanoparticle colloids for the quantification of okadaic acid biotoxin.

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    Stipić, Filip; Burić, Petra; Jakšić, Željko; Pletikapić, Galja; Dutour Sikirić, Maja; Zgrablić, Goran; Frkanec, Leo; Lyons, Daniel M

    2015-11-01

    With the increasing movement away from the mouse bioassay for the detection of toxins in commercially harvested shellfish, there is a growing demand for the development of new and potentially field-deployable tests in its place. In this direction we report the development of a simple and sensitive nanoparticle-based luminescence technique for the detection of the marine biotoxin okadaic acid. Photoluminescent lanthanide nanoparticles were conjugated with fluorophore-labelled anti-okadaic acid antibodies which, upon binding to okadaic acid, gave rise to luminescence resonance energy transfer from the nanoparticle to the organic fluorophore dye deriving from a reduction in distance between the two. The intensity ratio of the fluorophore: nanoparticle emission peaks was found to correlate with okadaic acid concentration, and the sensor showed a linear response in the 0.37-3.97 μM okadaic acid range with a limit of detection of 0.25 μM. This work may have important implications for the development of new, cheap, and versatile biosensors for a range of biomolecules and that are sufficiently simple to be applied in the field or at point-of-care. PMID:26283497

  2. Antibody-based donor-acceptor spatial reconfiguration in decorated lanthanide-doped nanoparticle colloids for the quantification of okadaic acid biotoxin.

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    Stipić, Filip; Burić, Petra; Jakšić, Željko; Pletikapić, Galja; Dutour Sikirić, Maja; Zgrablić, Goran; Frkanec, Leo; Lyons, Daniel M

    2015-11-01

    With the increasing movement away from the mouse bioassay for the detection of toxins in commercially harvested shellfish, there is a growing demand for the development of new and potentially field-deployable tests in its place. In this direction we report the development of a simple and sensitive nanoparticle-based luminescence technique for the detection of the marine biotoxin okadaic acid. Photoluminescent lanthanide nanoparticles were conjugated with fluorophore-labelled anti-okadaic acid antibodies which, upon binding to okadaic acid, gave rise to luminescence resonance energy transfer from the nanoparticle to the organic fluorophore dye deriving from a reduction in distance between the two. The intensity ratio of the fluorophore: nanoparticle emission peaks was found to correlate with okadaic acid concentration, and the sensor showed a linear response in the 0.37-3.97 μM okadaic acid range with a limit of detection of 0.25 μM. This work may have important implications for the development of new, cheap, and versatile biosensors for a range of biomolecules and that are sufficiently simple to be applied in the field or at point-of-care.

  3. Enhancement of CO2 Adsorption and Catalytic Properties by Fe-Doping of [Ga2(OH)2(L)] (H4L = Biphenyl-3,3′,5,5′-tetracarboxylic Acid), MFM-300(Ga2)

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    2016-01-01

    Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are usually synthesized using a single type of metal ion, and MOFs containing mixtures of different metal ions are of great interest and represent a methodology to enhance and tune materials properties. We report the synthesis of [Ga2(OH)2(L)] (H4L = biphenyl-3,3′,5,5′-tetracarboxylic acid), designated as MFM-300(Ga2), (MFM = Manchester Framework Material replacing NOTT designation), by solvothermal reaction of Ga(NO3)3 and H4L in a mixture of DMF, THF, and water containing HCl for 3 days. MFM-300(Ga2) crystallizes in the tetragonal space group I4122, a = b = 15.0174(7) Å and c = 11.9111(11) Å and is isostructural with the Al(III) analogue MFM-300(Al2) with pores decorated with −OH groups bridging Ga(III) centers. The isostructural Fe-doped material [Ga1.87Fe0.13(OH)2(L)], MFM-300(Ga1.87Fe0.13), can be prepared under similar conditions to MFM-300(Ga2) via reaction of a homogeneous mixture of Fe(NO3)3 and Ga(NO3)3 with biphenyl-3,3′,5,5′-tetracarboxylic acid. An Fe(III)-based material [Fe3O1.5(OH)(HL)(L)0.5(H2O)3.5], MFM-310(Fe), was synthesized with Fe(NO3)3 and the same ligand via hydrothermal methods. [MFM-310(Fe)] crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmn21 with a = 10.560(4) Å, b = 19.451(8) Å, and c = 11.773(5) Å and incorporates μ3-oxo-centered trinuclear iron cluster nodes connected by ligands to give a 3D nonporous framework that has a different structure to the MFM-300 series. Thus, Fe-doping can be used to monitor the effects of the heteroatom center within a parent Ga(III) framework without the requirement of synthesizing the isostructural Fe(III) analogue [Fe2(OH)2(L)], MFM-300(Fe2), which we have thus far been unable to prepare. Fe-doping of MFM-300(Ga2) affords positive effects on gas adsorption capacities, particularly for CO2 adsorption, whereby MFM-300(Ga1.87Fe0.13) shows a 49% enhancement of CO2 adsorption capacity in comparison to the homometallic parent material. We thus report herein the

  4. Enhancement of CO2 Adsorption and Catalytic Properties by Fe-Doping of [Ga2(OH)2(L)] (H4L = Biphenyl-3,3',5,5'-tetracarboxylic Acid), MFM-300(Ga2).

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    Krap, Cristina P; Newby, Ruth; Dhakshinamoorthy, Amarajothi; García, Hermenegildo; Cebula, Izabela; Easun, Timothy L; Savage, Mathew; Eyley, Jennifer E; Gao, Shan; Blake, Alexander J; Lewis, William; Beton, Peter H; Warren, Mark R; Allan, David R; Frogley, Mark D; Tang, Chiu C; Cinque, Gianfelice; Yang, Sihai; Schröder, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are usually synthesized using a single type of metal ion, and MOFs containing mixtures of different metal ions are of great interest and represent a methodology to enhance and tune materials properties. We report the synthesis of [Ga2(OH)2(L)] (H4L = biphenyl-3,3',5,5'-tetracarboxylic acid), designated as MFM-300(Ga2), (MFM = Manchester Framework Material replacing NOTT designation), by solvothermal reaction of Ga(NO3)3 and H4L in a mixture of DMF, THF, and water containing HCl for 3 days. MFM-300(Ga2) crystallizes in the tetragonal space group I4122, a = b = 15.0174(7) Å and c = 11.9111(11) Å and is isostructural with the Al(III) analogue MFM-300(Al2) with pores decorated with -OH groups bridging Ga(III) centers. The isostructural Fe-doped material [Ga(1.87)Fe(0.13)(OH)2(L)], MFM-300(Ga(1.87)Fe(0.13)), can be prepared under similar conditions to MFM-300(Ga2) via reaction of a homogeneous mixture of Fe(NO3)3 and Ga(NO3)3 with biphenyl-3,3',5,5'-tetracarboxylic acid. An Fe(III)-based material [Fe3O(1.5)(OH)(HL)(L)(0.5)(H2O)(3.5)], MFM-310(Fe), was synthesized with Fe(NO3)3 and the same ligand via hydrothermal methods. [MFM-310(Fe)] crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmn21 with a = 10.560(4) Å, b = 19.451(8) Å, and c = 11.773(5) Å and incorporates μ3-oxo-centered trinuclear iron cluster nodes connected by ligands to give a 3D nonporous framework that has a different structure to the MFM-300 series. Thus, Fe-doping can be used to monitor the effects of the heteroatom center within a parent Ga(III) framework without the requirement of synthesizing the isostructural Fe(III) analogue [Fe2(OH)2(L)], MFM-300(Fe2), which we have thus far been unable to prepare. Fe-doping of MFM-300(Ga2) affords positive effects on gas adsorption capacities, particularly for CO2 adsorption, whereby MFM-300(Ga(1.87)Fe(0.13)) shows a 49% enhancement of CO2 adsorption capacity in comparison to the homometallic parent material. We thus report

  5. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Triki, S.; Abid, Y.; Boukheddaden, K.

    2015-12-01

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ˜138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ˜130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties.

  6. Impedance Spectroscopic Indication for Solid State Electrochemical Reaction in (CH3NH3)PbI3 Films.

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    Zohar, Arava; Kedem, Nir; Levine, Igal; Zohar, Dorin; Vilan, Ayelet; Ehre, David; Hodes, Gary; Cahen, David

    2016-01-01

    Halide perovskite-based solar cells still have limited reproducibility, stability, and incomplete understanding of how they work. We track electronic processes in [CH3NH3]PbI3(Cl) ("perovskite") films in vacuo, and in N2, air, and O2, using impedance spectroscopy (IS), contact potential difference, and surface photovoltage measurements, providing direct evidence for perovskite sensitivity to the ambient environment. Two major characteristics of the perovskite IS response change with ambient environment, viz. -1- appearance of negative capacitance in vacuo or post-vacuo N2 exposure, indicating for the first time an electrochemical process in the perovskite, and -2- orders of magnitude decrease in the film resistance upon transferring the film from O2-rich ambient atmosphere to vacuum. The same change in ambient conditions also results in a 0.5 V decrease in the material work function. We suggest that facile adsorption of oxygen onto the film dedopes it from n-type toward intrinsic. These effects influence any material characterization, i.e., results may be ambient-dependent due to changes in the material's electrical properties and electrochemical reactivity, which can also affect material stability.

  7. Direct Observation of Ferroelectric Domains in Solution-Processed CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Films.

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    Kutes, Yasemin; Ye, Linghan; Zhou, Yuanyuan; Pang, Shuping; Huey, Bryan D; Padture, Nitin P

    2014-10-01

    A new generation of solid-state photovoltaics is being made possible by the use of organometal-trihalide perovskite materials. While some of these materials are expected to be ferroelectric, almost nothing is known about their ferroelectric properties experimentally. Using piezoforce microscopy (PFM), here we show unambiguously, for the first time, the presence of ferroelectric domains in high-quality β-CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin films that have been synthesized using a new solution-processing method. The size of the ferroelectric domains is found to be about the size of the grains (∼100 nm). We also present evidence for the reversible switching of the ferroelectric domains by poling with DC biases. This suggests the importance of further PFM investigations into the local ferroelectric behavior of hybrid perovskites, in particular in situ photoeffects. Such investigations could contribute toward the basic understanding of photovoltaic mechanisms in perovskite-based solar cells, which is essential for the further enhancement of the performance of these promising photovoltaics.

  8. Stable and durable CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells at ambient conditions

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    Rajamanickam, Nagalingam; Kumari, Sudesh; Kalyan Vendra, Venkat; Lavery, Brandon W.; Spurgeon, Joshua; Druffel, Thad; Sunkara, Mahendra K.

    2016-06-01

    Degradation of metal‑organic halide perovskites when exposed to ambient conditions is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed for commercial viability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, a concept of encapsulating CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite crystals with a multi-functional graphene–polyaniline (PANI) composite coating to protect the perovskite against degradation from moisture, oxygen and UV light is presented. Hole-conducting polymers containing 2D layered sheet materials are presented here as multi-functional materials with oxygen and moisture impermeability. Specific studies involving PANI and graphene composites as coatings for perovskite crystals exhibited resistance to moisture and oxygen under continued exposure to UV and visible light. Most importantly, no perovskite degradation was observed even after 96 h of exposure of the PSCs to extremely high humidity (99% relative humidity). Our observations and results on perovskite protection with graphene/conducting polymer composites open up opportunities for glove-box-free and atmospheric processing of PSCs.

  9. Stable and durable CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells at ambient conditions

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    Rajamanickam, Nagalingam; Kumari, Sudesh; Kalyan Vendra, Venkat; Lavery, Brandon W.; Spurgeon, Joshua; Druffel, Thad; Sunkara, Mahendra K.

    2016-06-01

    Degradation of metal-organic halide perovskites when exposed to ambient conditions is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed for commercial viability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, a concept of encapsulating CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite crystals with a multi-functional graphene-polyaniline (PANI) composite coating to protect the perovskite against degradation from moisture, oxygen and UV light is presented. Hole-conducting polymers containing 2D layered sheet materials are presented here as multi-functional materials with oxygen and moisture impermeability. Specific studies involving PANI and graphene composites as coatings for perovskite crystals exhibited resistance to moisture and oxygen under continued exposure to UV and visible light. Most importantly, no perovskite degradation was observed even after 96 h of exposure of the PSCs to extremely high humidity (99% relative humidity). Our observations and results on perovskite protection with graphene/conducting polymer composites open up opportunities for glove-box-free and atmospheric processing of PSCs.

  10. High intrinsic carrier mobility and photon absorption in the perovskite CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Wang, Youwei; Zhang, Yubo; Zhang, Peihong; Zhang, Wenqing

    2015-05-01

    The carrier transport and optical properties of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are investigated using first-principles approaches. We found that the electron and hole mobilities could reach surprisingly high values of 7-30 × 10(3) and 1.5-5.5 × 10(3) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), respectively, and both are estimated to be much higher than the current experimental measurements. The high carrier mobility is ascribed to the intrinsically small effective masses of anti-bonding band-edge states. The above results imply that there is still space to improve the performance of related solar cells. This material also has a sharp photon absorption edge and an absorption coefficient as high as 10(5) cm(-1), both of which contribute to effective utilization of solar radiation. Although band-edge states are mainly derived from the inorganic ions of Pb and I, thermal movement of the organic base has indirect influences on the bandgap and carrier effective masses, resulting in the temperature-dependent solar cell efficiencies. PMID:25855411

  11. Strong covalency-induced recombination centers in perovskite solar cell material CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Agiorgousis, Michael L; Sun, Yi-Yang; Zeng, Hao; Zhang, Shengbai

    2014-10-15

    Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskites are a new family of solar cell materials, which have recently been used to make solar cells with efficiency approaching 20%. Here, we report the unique defect chemistry of the prototype material, CH3NH3PbI3, based on first-principles calculation. We found that both the Pb cations and I anions in this material exhibit strong covalency as characterized by the formation of Pb dimers and I trimers with strong covalent bonds at some of the intrinsic defects. The Pb dimers and I trimers are only stabilized in a particular charge state with significantly lowered energy, which leads to deep charge-state transition levels within the band gap, in contradiction to a recent proposal that this system has only shallow intrinsic defects. Our results show that, in order to prevent the deep-level defects from being effective recombination centers, the equilibrium carrier concentrations should be controlled so that the Fermi energy is about 0.3 eV away from the band edges. Beyond this range, according to a Shockley-Read-Hall analysis, the non-equilibrium carrier lifetime will be strongly affected by the concentration of I vacancies and the anti-site defects with I occupying a CH3NH3 site.

  12. Electrochemiluminescence sensor for melamine based on a Ru(bpy)₃²⁺-doped silica nanoparticles/carboxylic acid functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes/Nafion composite film modified electrode.

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    Chen, Xiaomei; Lian, Sai; Ma, Ying; Peng, Aihong; Tian, Xiaotian; Huang, Zhiyong; Chen, Xi

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a sensitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) sensor for the determination of melamine (MEL) was developed based on a Ru(bpy)3(2+)-doped silica nanoparticles (RUDS)/carboxylic acid functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CMWCNTs)/Nafion composite film modified electrode. The homogeneous spherical RUDS were synthesized by a reverse microemulsion method. As Ru(bpy)3(2+) were encapsulated in the RUDS, Ru(bpy)3(2+) dropping from the modified electrode can be greatly prevented, which is helpful for obtaining a stable ECL signal. Moreover, to improve the conductivity of the film and promote the electron transfer rate on electrode surface, CMWCNTs with excellent electrical conductivity and large surface area were applied in the construction of the sensing film. As CMWCNTs acted as electron bridges making more Ru(bpy)3(2+) participate in the reaction, the ECL intensity was greatly enhanced. Under the optimum conditions, the relative ECL signal (△IECL) was proportional to the logarithmic MEL concentration ranging from 5×10(-13) to 1×10(-7) mol L(-1) with a detection limit of 1×10(-13) mol L(-1). To verify the reliability, the thus-fabricated ECL sensor was applied to determine the concentration of MEL in milk. Based on these investigations, the proposed ECL sensor exhibited good feasibility and high sensitivity for the determination of MEL, promising the applicability of this sensor in practical analysis.

  13. Acid diffusion through polyaniline membranes

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    Su, T.M.; Huang, S.C.; Conklin, J.A.

    1995-12-01

    Polyaniline membranes in the undoped (base) and doped (acid) forms are studied for their utility as pervaporation membranes. The separation of water from mixtures of propionic acid, acetic acid and formic acid have been demonstrated from various feed compositions. Doped polyaniline displays an enhanced selectivity of water over these organic acids as compared with undoped polyaniline. For as-cast polyaniline membranes a diffusion coefficient (D) on the order of 10{sup -9} cm{sup 2}/sec has been determined for the flux of protons through the membranes using hydrochloric acid.

  14. The Anti-Doping Movement.

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    Willick, Stuart E; Miller, Geoffrey D; Eichner, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Historical reports of doping in sports date as far back as the ancient Greek Olympic Games. The anti-doping community considers doping in sports to be cheating and a violation of the spirit of sport. During the past century, there has been an increasing awareness of the extent of doping in sports and the health risks of doping. In response, the anti-doping movement has endeavored to educate athletes and others about the health risks of doping and promote a level playing field. Doping control is now undertaken in most countries around the world and at most elite sports competitions. As athletes have found new ways to dope, however, the anti-doping community has endeavored to strengthen its educational and deterrence efforts. It is incumbent upon sports medicine professionals to understand the health risks of doping and all doping control processes. PMID:26972261

  15. The Anti-Doping Movement.

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    Willick, Stuart E; Miller, Geoffrey D; Eichner, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Historical reports of doping in sports date as far back as the ancient Greek Olympic Games. The anti-doping community considers doping in sports to be cheating and a violation of the spirit of sport. During the past century, there has been an increasing awareness of the extent of doping in sports and the health risks of doping. In response, the anti-doping movement has endeavored to educate athletes and others about the health risks of doping and promote a level playing field. Doping control is now undertaken in most countries around the world and at most elite sports competitions. As athletes have found new ways to dope, however, the anti-doping community has endeavored to strengthen its educational and deterrence efforts. It is incumbent upon sports medicine professionals to understand the health risks of doping and all doping control processes.

  16. Etude de l'effet du vieillissement sur les proprietes d'un tissu en melange KevlarRTM-PBI utilise dans le revetement exterieur des habits de protection contre le feu

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    Arrieta, Carlos

    The aim of this work is to study and model the effect of three aging factors, temperature, humidity and light radiation, on the properties of a fabric made of a blend of KevlarRTM and PBI fibers frequently used to manufacture fire-protective garments. Accelarated-aging treatments carried out at carefully chosen conditions for the three factors resulted in a sizeable loss of mechanical performance. The breaking force of both the fabric and the yarns extracted from it decreases to less than 50% after one month of continuous exposure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) tests performed on thermally-aged samples indicated an increase of the crystallinity of the fabric, whereas the disappearance of Raman spectral lines suggested instead a reduction of the crystallinity following thermal aging. To explain these seemingly contradictory results, a hypothesis was introduced, stating that two different processes occurred simultaneously during thermal aging. The first one, an increase of size of the crystallites in the direction of the fibers' axis, accounted for the increase in crystallinity observed in XRD tests. The second one, an increase in the gap separating lamellar crystallites that causes a non-measurable reduction of the crystallinity of the sample, was highlighted by the Raman analyses. The results of the dielectric spectroscopy analyses carried out on thermally-aged samples confirmed the XRD results showing a significant change in the Kevlar's morphology during thermal aging. Despite the important decrease of the breaking force that ensued thermal aging, no evidence of a chemical structure modification of KevlarRTM was found. On the other hand, differential thermal analyses conducted on thermally aged fabric samples indicated a reduction of the glass transition temperature of the other component of the blend, namely the PBI, a fact that suggests a decrease of molecular weight after thermal aging. Infrared spectroscopy analyses performed on samples exposed to high humidity

  17. Polarization induced doped transistor

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    Xing, Huili; Jena, Debdeep; Nomoto, Kazuki; Song, Bo; Zhu, Mingda; Hu, Zongyang

    2016-06-07

    A nitride-based field effect transistor (FET) comprises a compositionally graded and polarization induced doped p-layer underlying at least one gate contact and a compositionally graded and doped n-channel underlying a source contact. The n-channel is converted from the p-layer to the n-channel by ion implantation, a buffer underlies the doped p-layer and the n-channel, and a drain underlies the buffer.

  18. Folic acid-targeted magnetic Tb-doped CeF3 fluorescent nanoparticles as bimodal probes for cellular fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Ma, Zhi-Ya; Liu, Yu-Ping; Bai, Ling-Yu; An, Jie; Zhang, Lin; Xuan, Yang; Zhang, Xiao-Shuai; Zhao, Yuan-Di

    2015-10-01

    Magnetic fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) have great potential applications for diagnostics, imaging and therapy. We developed a facile polyol method to synthesize multifunctional Fe3O4@CeF3:Tb@CeF3 NPs with small size (<20 nm), high water solubility and good biocompatibility. The NPs were modified by ligand exchange reactions with citric acid (CA) to obtain carboxyl-functionalized NPs (Fe3O4@CeF3:Tb@CeF3-COOH). Folic acid (FA) as an affinity ligand was then covalently conjugated onto NPs to yield Fe3O4@CeF3:Tb@CeF3-FA NPs. They were then applied as multimodal imaging agents for simultaneous in vitro targeted fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of HeLa cells with overexpressed folate receptors (FR). The results indicated that these NPs had strong luminescence and enhanced T2-weighted MR contrast and would be promising candidates as multimodal probes for both fluorescence and MRI imaging.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and fuel cell performance tests of boric acid and boron phosphate doped, sulphonated and phosphonated poly(vinyl alcohol) based composite membranes

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    Şahin, Alpay; Ar, İrfan

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study is to synthesize a composite membrane having high proton conductivity, ion exchange capacity and chemical stability. In order to achieve this aim, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based composite membranes are synthesized by using classic sol-gel method. Boric acid (H3BO3) and boron phosphate (BPO4) are added to the membrane matrix in different ratios in order to enhance the membrane properties. Characterization tests, i.e; FT-IR analysis, mechanical strength tests, water hold-up capacities, swelling properties, ion exchange capacities, proton conductivities and fuel cell performance tests of synthesized membranes are carried out. As a result of performance experiments highest performance values are obtained for the membrane containing 15% boron phosphate at 0.6 V and 750 mA/cm2. Water hold-up capacity, swelling ratio, ion exchange capacity and proton conductivity of this membrane are found as 56%, 8%, 1.36 meq/g and 0.37 S/cm, respectively. These values are close to the values obtained ones for perfluorosulphonic acid membranes. Therefore this membrane can be regarded as a promising candidate for usage in fuel cells.

  20. Polyacetylene and polyaniline: Synthesis, doping, and characterization

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    Swanson, D.B.

    1993-01-01

    Selected properties of two conducting polymers, viz., polyacetylene, (CH)[sub x], and polyaniline are studied. Polyacetylene. Reported values of conductivity for iodine-doped, non-aligned films of four types of polyacetylene, viz., S-(CH)[sub x], vary between 500 S/cm and 10,000 S/cm. the present study was carried out in order to understand why these different types of the same polymer have such different conductivities. the chief results and conclusions were: (i) through careful synthesis, purification and characterization of S-, N-, and [upsilon]-(CH)[sub x], it was concluded that while conductivity values of samples from a given synthesis are similar, they vary by up to [+-] 80% between different syntheses of the same type of (CH)[sub x]; (ii) films of N-(CH)[sub x] and [upsilon]-(CH)[sub x] both contain large and approximately equal amounts of catalyst impurities, as compared to films of S-(CH)[sub x], which contain essentially no impurity. It is concluded that impurities have no significant effect on the conductivity of these iodine-doped films. In order to ascertain optimum doping conditions for (CH)[sub x] films, an in-situ Impedance Profiling technique was developed to continually monitor the conductivity of the (CH)[sub x] during the actual redox or protonic acid doping process in aqueous and non-aqueous media. Polyaniline. A reported hysteresis in the conductivity of protonic acid doped polyaniline was studied using Impedance profiling. The chief results and conclusions were: (i) hysteresis was observed in pristine, NMP-cast polyaniline films only in the first doping/undoping cycle, but was absent in additional doping/undoping cycle.s It was concluded that the hysteresis was due to significant amounts of crystallinity in the pristine films, which was eliminated during the first doping/undoping cycle; (ii) the reported hysteresis in conductivity of polyaniline powder is amorphous, no hysteresis was observed at equilibrium, even in the first doping cycle.

  1. Co-Doped Polypyrrole Coatings for Stainless Steel Protection

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    Prissanaroon, W.; Brack, N.; Pigram, P. J.; Liesegang, J.

    Polypyrrole (PPy) films have been successfully electrodeposited on stainless steel substrates in aqueous solution. In this work, three systems of electrolytes were studied: oxalic acid, dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA) and a mixture of oxalic acid and DBSA. A combination of XPS and TOF-SIMS revealed the formation of an iron oxalate layer at the interface between the oxalic acid-doped PPy (PPy(Ox)) and stainless steel and a thin layer of DBSA was observed at the interface between DBSA-doped PPy (PPy(DBSA)) and stainless steel. Similar to the PPy(Ox) system, an iron oxalate was also present at the co-doped PPy/stainless steel interface. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that an iron oxalate layer initially formed at the surface of the stainless steel when the co-doping system was used. The adhesion strength and corrosion performance of the PPy coating on stainless steel were evaluated by lap shear tests and an anodic potentiodynamic polarization technique, respectively. The co-doped PPy-coated stainless steel exhibited the best adhesion and a significant shift of corrosion potential to the positive direction. This finding opens the possibility for the co-doped PPy coating to be deployed as a strongly adherent corrosion inhibitor by using a simple one-step electropolymerization process.

  2. Absorption enhancement in CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell using a TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposite electron selective contact

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    Imran Ahmed, Muhammad; Hussain, Zakir; Khalid, Amir; Noman Amin, Hafiz Muhammad; Habib, Amir

    2016-04-01

    In the present contribution, perovskite absorbers have been combined with few layer thick MoS2 semiconductor to put together a solar cell allowing broad spectrum harvesting of solar radiations. Such modification allows to achieve solar light harvesting at the band edges, addressing a drawback of CH3NH3PbI3 absorbers. We recorded an improved efficiency from 3.7% to 4.3% on the back of this methodology. We have also worked out a novel methodology to synthesize TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposite by in situ dispersion of liquid exfoliated MoS2 sheets in the sol gel reaction.

  3. Hybrid Bilayer WSe2 -CH3 NH3 PbI3 Organolead Halide Perovskite as a High-Performance Photodetector.

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    Lu, Junpeng; Carvalho, Alexandra; Liu, Hongwei; Lim, Sharon Xiaodai; Castro Neto, Antonio H; Sow, Chorng Haur

    2016-09-19

    A high-performance 2D photodetector based on a bilayer structure comprising a WSe2 monolayer and CH3 NH3 PbI3 organolead halide perovskite is reported. High performance is realized by modification of the WSe2 monolayer with laser healing and perovskite functionalization. After modification, the output of the device was three orders of magnitude better than the pristine device; the performance is superior to that of most of the 2D photodetectors based on transition-metal-dichalcogenides (TMDs). This result indicates that combinatory TMDs-halide perovskite hybrids can be promising building blocks in optoelectronics. PMID:27601307

  4. Impact of Film Stoichiometry on the Ionization Energy and Electronic Structure of CH3 NH3 PbI3 Perovskites.

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    Emara, Jennifer; Schnier, Tobias; Pourdavoud, Neda; Riedl, Thomas; Meerholz, Klaus; Olthof, Selina

    2016-01-20

    The electronic structure of a large sample set of CH3 NH3 PbI3 -based perovskites is studied. Combined investigations by UV/X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction reveal that interstitials present in the film lead to changes in the occupied density of states close to the valence band, which in turn influences the performance of solar cells. Changes in elemental composition tune the ionization energy of the perovskite film by almost 1 eV without introducing significant amounts of gap states.

  5. Aero dopes and varnishes

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    Britton, H T S

    1927-01-01

    Before proceeding to discuss the preparation of dope solutions, it will be necessary to consider some of the essential properties which should be possessed of a dope film, deposited in and on the surface of an aero fabric. The first is that it should tighten the material and second it should withstand weathering.

  6. [Doping and sports].

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    Lippi, G; Guidi, G

    1999-09-01

    Doping is widely known as the use of banned substances and practices by athletes in an attempt to improve sporting performances. The term doping likely derives from "dope", an ancient expression referred to a primitive alcoholic drink that was used as a stimulant in South African ceremonial dances; gradually, the term was extended and finally adopted his current significance. There are at least two essential reasons to support the fight against doping: the potential harmful effects on athletes and the depth corruption of the fair competition. An exhaustive list of banned substances and methods has been drawn by the International Olympic Committee and further accepted by other International Sport Authorities and Federations. This list, regularly updated, is basically divided into doping substances (stimulants, narcotic analgesics, anabolic agents, diuretics, peptide and glycoprotein hormones and analogues), doping methods (blood doping, pharmacological, chemical and physical manipulation) and drugs subjected to certain restrictions (alcohol, marijuana, local anesthetics, corticosteroids and beta-blockers). Although there might be some medical conditions, which could legitimate the need of these substances or methods, there is no place for their use in sport. Thus, an athlete's consume of any of these substances or methods will result in disqualification. Aim of the present review is to provide a synthetic description of both the desirable effects and the potentially harmful consequences of the use of some of the major doping substances and methods.

  7. Simultaneous formation of nitrogen and sulfur-doped transition metal catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction through pyrolyzing carbon-supported copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt

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    Qing, Xin; Shi, Jingjing; Ma, Chengyu; Fan, Mengyang; Bai, Zhengyu; Chen, Zhongwei; Qiao, Jinli; Zhang, Jiujun

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we report a spontaneous formation of copper (Cu-N-S/C) catalysts containing both nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) elements using a one-step pyrolysis of carbon supported copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt (CuTSPc/C). The obtained catalysts exhibit high catalytic activities for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media. Through electrochemical measurements and physical characterizations, several observations are reached as follows: (1) different pyrolysis temperatures can result in different catalyst structures and performances, and the optimum pyrolysis temperature is found to be 700 °C; (2) the electron transfer number of the ORR process catalyzed by the unpyrolyzed catalyst is about 2.5, after the pyrolysis, this number is increased to 3.5, indicating that the pyrolysis process can change the ORR pathway from a 2-electron transfer dominated process to a 4-electron transfer dominated one; (3) increasing catalyst loading from 40 μg cm-2 to 505 μg cm-2 can effectively improve the catalytic ORR activity, under which the percentage of H2O2 produced decreases sharply from 39.5% to 7.8%; and (4) the Cu ion can bond on pyridinic-N, graphite-N and C-Sn-C to form Cu-N-S/C catalyst active sites, which play the key role in the ORR activity.

  8. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls

  9. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls

  10. Doping Level of Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes Controls the Grafting Density of Functional Groups for DNA Assays.

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    Švorc, Ĺubomír; Jambrec, Daliborka; Vojs, Marian; Barwe, Stefan; Clausmeyer, Jan; Michniak, Pavol; Marton, Marián; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2015-09-01

    The impact of different doping levels of boron-doped diamond on the surface functionalization was investigated by means of electrochemical reduction of aryldiazonium salts. The grafting efficiency of 4-nitrophenyl groups increased with the boron levels (B/C ratio from 0 to 20,000 ppm). Controlled grafting of nitrophenyldiazonium was used to adjust the amount of immobilized single-stranded DNA strands at the surface and further on the hybridization yield in dependence on the boron doping level. The grafted nitro functions were electrochemically reduced to the amine moieties. Subsequent functionalization with a succinic acid introduced carboxyl groups for subsequent binding of an amino-terminated DNA probe. DNA hybridization significantly depends on the probe density which is in turn dependent on the boron doping level. The proposed approach opens new insights for the design and control of doped diamond surface functionalization for the construction of DNA hybridization assays.

  11. Doped graphene supercapacitors

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    Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-12-01

    Heteroatom-doped graphitic frameworks have received great attention in energy research, since doping endows graphitic structures with a wide spectrum of properties, especially critical for electrochemical supercapacitors, which tend to complement or compete with the current lithium-ion battery technology/devices. This article reviews the latest developments in the chemical modification/doping strategies of graphene and highlights the versatility of such heteroatom-doped graphitic structures. Their role as supercapacitor electrodes is discussed in detail. This review is specifically focused on the concept of material synthesis, techniques for electrode fabrication and metrics of performance, predominantly covering the last four years. Challenges and insights into the future research and perspectives on the development of novel electrode architectures for electrochemical supercapacitors based on doped graphene are also discussed.

  12. Photothermal ablation of cancer cells using self-doped polyaniline nanoparticles

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    Hong, Yoochan; Cho, Wonseok; Kim, Jeonghun; Hwng, Seungyeon; Lee, Eugene; Heo, Dan; Ku, Minhee; Suh, Jin-Suck; Yang, Jaemoon; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2016-05-01

    Water-stable confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes are successfully fabricated by nano-assembly using lauric acid both as a stabilizer and as a localized dopant. In particular, the colloidal stability of the polyaniline nanocomplexes in neutral pH and the photothermal potential by near-infrared light irradiation are characterized. We demonstrate that confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes as a photothermal nanoagent are preserved in the doped state even at a neutral pH. Finally, confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes aided by lauric acid are successfully applied for the photothermal ablation of cancer cells.

  13. Photothermal ablation of cancer cells using self-doped polyaniline nanoparticles.

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    Hong, Yoochan; Cho, Wonseok; Kim, Jeonghun; Hwng, Seungyeon; Lee, Eugene; Heo, Dan; Ku, Minhee; Suh, Jin-Suck; Yang, Jaemoon; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2016-05-01

    Water-stable confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes are successfully fabricated by nano-assembly using lauric acid both as a stabilizer and as a localized dopant. In particular, the colloidal stability of the polyaniline nanocomplexes in neutral pH and the photothermal potential by near-infrared light irradiation are characterized. We demonstrate that confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes as a photothermal nanoagent are preserved in the doped state even at a neutral pH. Finally, confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes aided by lauric acid are successfully applied for the photothermal ablation of cancer cells.

  14. Photothermal ablation of cancer cells using self-doped polyaniline nanoparticles.

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    Hong, Yoochan; Cho, Wonseok; Kim, Jeonghun; Hwng, Seungyeon; Lee, Eugene; Heo, Dan; Ku, Minhee; Suh, Jin-Suck; Yang, Jaemoon; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2016-05-01

    Water-stable confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes are successfully fabricated by nano-assembly using lauric acid both as a stabilizer and as a localized dopant. In particular, the colloidal stability of the polyaniline nanocomplexes in neutral pH and the photothermal potential by near-infrared light irradiation are characterized. We demonstrate that confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes as a photothermal nanoagent are preserved in the doped state even at a neutral pH. Finally, confined self-doping polyaniline nanocomplexes aided by lauric acid are successfully applied for the photothermal ablation of cancer cells. PMID:27010331

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Gd{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} co-doped ceria by using citric acid-nitrate combustion method

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    Yao, Hong-Chang; Zhang, Yu-Xin; Liu, Jia-Jia; Li, Yue-Li; Wang, Jian-She; Li, Zhong-Jun

    2011-01-15

    A series of Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} (x = 0-0.20) compositions have been synthesized by citric acid-nitrate combustion method. XRD measurements indicate that all the obtained materials crystallized in cubic fluorite-type structure. Lattice parameters were calculated by Rietveld method and the parameter a values in Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} system obey Vegard's law, a (A) = 5.4224 + 0.1208x. The obtained powders have good sinterability and the relative density could reach above 95% after being sintered at 1400 {sup o}C. Impedance spectroscopy measurements indicated that the conductivity of Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} first increased and then decreased with Nd dopant content x. The maximum conductivity, {sigma}{sub 700{sup o}C} = 6.26 x 10{sup -2} S/cm, was found in Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.12}Nd{sub 0.08}O{sub 1.9} when sintered at 1300 {sup o}C. The corresponding activation energies of conduction had a minimum value E{sub a} = 0.676 eV. The results tested experimentally the validity of the effective atomic number concept of recent density functional theory, which had suggested that co-dopant with effective atomic number between 61 (Pm) and 62 (Sm) was the ideal dopant exhibiting high ionic conductivity and low activation energy.

  16. Efficient hysteresis-less bilayer type CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite hybrid solar cells

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    Park, Jin Kyoung; Hyuck Heo, Jin; Han, Hye Ji; Lee, Min Ho; Song, Dae Ho; You, Myoung Sang; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Im, Sang Hyuk

    2016-01-01

    Bilayer type CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite hybrid solar cells were fabricated via a one-step spin-coating process by using solubility controlled MAPbI3 solutions of MAPbI3-DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) and MAPbI3-DMF (N, N-dimethylformamide)-HI. The best DMSO-bilayer device showed 1.07 ± 0.02 V V oc (open-circuit voltage), 20.2 ± 0.1 mA cm-2 J sc (short-circuit current density), 68 ± 2% FF (fill factor), and 15.2 ± 0.3% η (overall power conversion efficiency) under the forward scan direction and 1.07 ± 0.02 V V oc, 20.4 ± 0.1 mA cm-2 J sc, 70 ± 3% FF, and 15.9 ± 0.4% η under the reverse scan direction. The best HI-bilayer device had 1.08 ± 0.02 V V oc, 20.6 ± 0.1 mA cm-2 J sc, 75 ± 1% FF, and 17.2 ± 0.2% η under the forward scan direction and 1.08 ± 0.02 V V oc, 20.6 ± 0.1 mA cm-2 J sc, 76 ± 2% FF, and 17.4 ± 0.3% η under the reverse scan direction. The deviation of average device efficiency ({η }{{avg}}) of 20 DMSO samples and 20 HI samples was 14.2 ± 0.95% and 16.2 ± 0.85%, respectively. Therefore, the HI-bilayer devices exhibited better device efficiency and smaller J-V (current density-voltage) hysteresis with respect to the scan direction than the DMSO-bilayer devices due to the reduced recombination and traps by the formation of a purer and larger MAPbI3 perovskite crystalline film.

  17. Hole-Conductor-Free Mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on Anatase Nanosheets and Carbon Counter Electrodes.

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    Rong, Yaoguang; Ku, Zhiliang; Mei, Anyi; Liu, Tongfa; Xu, Mi; Ko, Songguk; Li, Xiong; Han, Hongwei

    2014-06-19

    A hole-conductor-free fully printable mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cell was developed with TiO2 nanosheets containing high levels of exposed (001) facets. The solar cell embodiment employed a double layer of mesoporous TiO2 and ZrO2 as a scaffold infiltrated by perovskite as a light harvester. No hole conductor or Au reflector was employed. Instead, the back contact was simply a printable carbon layer. The perovskite was infiltrated from solution through the porous carbon layer. The high reactivity of (001) facets in TiO2 nanosheets improved the interfacial properties between the perovskite and the electron collector. As a result, photoelectric conversion efficiency of up to 10.64% was obtained with the hole-conductor-free fully printable mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cell. The advantages of fully printable technology and the use of low-cost carbon-materials-based counter electrode and hole-conductor-free structure provide this design a promising prospect to approach low-cost photovoltaic devices.

  18. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  19. The nature of hydrogen-bonding interaction in the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3

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    Lee, June Ho; Lee, Jung-Hoon; Kong, Eui-Hyun; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-02-01

    In spite of the key role of hydrogen bonding in the structural stabilization of the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), little progress has been made in our in-depth understanding of the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the MA+-ion and the iodide ions in the PbI6-octahedron network. Herein, we show that there exist two distinct types of the hydrogen-bonding interaction, naming α- and β-modes, in the tetragonal MAPbI3 on the basis of symmetry argument and density-functional theory calculations. The computed Kohn-Sham (K-S) energy difference between these two interaction modes is 45.14 meV per MA-site with the α-interaction mode being responsible for the stable hydrogen-bonding network. The computed bandgap (Eg) is also affected by the hydrogen-bonding mode, with Eg of the α-interaction mode (1.73 eV) being significantly narrower than that of the β-interaction mode (2.03 eV). We have further estimated the individual bonding strength for the ten relevant hydrogen bonds having a bond critical point.

  20. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  1. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation.

  2. The nature of hydrogen-bonding interaction in the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3

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    Lee, June Ho; Lee, Jung-Hoon; Kong, Eui-Hyun; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-01-01

    In spite of the key role of hydrogen bonding in the structural stabilization of the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), little progress has been made in our in-depth understanding of the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the MA+-ion and the iodide ions in the PbI6-octahedron network. Herein, we show that there exist two distinct types of the hydrogen-bonding interaction, naming α- and β-modes, in the tetragonal MAPbI3 on the basis of symmetry argument and density-functional theory calculations. The computed Kohn-Sham (K-S) energy difference between these two interaction modes is 45.14 meV per MA-site with the α-interaction mode being responsible for the stable hydrogen-bonding network. The computed bandgap (Eg) is also affected by the hydrogen-bonding mode, with Eg of the α-interaction mode (1.73 eV) being significantly narrower than that of the β-interaction mode (2.03 eV). We have further estimated the individual bonding strength for the ten relevant hydrogen bonds having a bond critical point. PMID:26892429

  3. The nature of hydrogen-bonding interaction in the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Lee, June Ho; Lee, Jung-Hoon; Kong, Eui-Hyun; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-01-01

    In spite of the key role of hydrogen bonding in the structural stabilization of the prototypic hybrid halide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), little progress has been made in our in-depth understanding of the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the MA(+)-ion and the iodide ions in the PbI6-octahedron network. Herein, we show that there exist two distinct types of the hydrogen-bonding interaction, naming α- and β-modes, in the tetragonal MAPbI3 on the basis of symmetry argument and density-functional theory calculations. The computed Kohn-Sham (K-S) energy difference between these two interaction modes is 45.14 meV per MA-site with the α-interaction mode being responsible for the stable hydrogen-bonding network. The computed bandgap (Eg) is also affected by the hydrogen-bonding mode, with Eg of the α-interaction mode (1.73 eV) being significantly narrower than that of the β-interaction mode (2.03 eV). We have further estimated the individual bonding strength for the ten relevant hydrogen bonds having a bond critical point. PMID:26892429

  4. Gene doping in sports.

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    Unal, Mehmet; Ozer Unal, Durisehvar

    2004-01-01

    Gene or cell doping is defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as "the non-therapeutic use of genes, genetic elements and/or cells that have the capacity to enhance athletic performance". New research in genetics and genomics will be used not only to diagnose and treat disease, but also to attempt to enhance human performance. In recent years, gene therapy has shown progress and positive results that have highlighted the potential misuse of this technology and the debate of 'gene doping'. Gene therapies developed for the treatment of diseases such as anaemia (the gene for erythropoietin), muscular dystrophy (the gene for insulin-like growth factor-1) and peripheral vascular diseases (the gene for vascular endothelial growth factor) are potential doping methods. With progress in gene technology, many other genes with this potential will be discovered. For this reason, it is important to develop timely legal regulations and to research the field of gene doping in order to develop methods of detection. To protect the health of athletes and to ensure equal competitive conditions, the International Olympic Committee, WADA and International Sports Federations have accepted performance-enhancing substances and methods as being doping, and have forbidden them. Nevertheless, the desire to win causes athletes to misuse these drugs and methods. This paper reviews the current status of gene doping and candidate performance enhancement genes, and also the use of gene therapy in sports medicine and ethics of genetic enhancement.

  5. Isoelectronic co-doping

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    Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2004-11-09

    Isoelectronic co-doping of semiconductor compounds and alloys with deep acceptors and deep donors is used to decrease bandgap, to increase concentration of the dopant constituents in the resulting alloys, and to increase carrier mobilities lifetimes. Group III-V compounds and alloys, such as GaAs and GaP, are isoelectronically co-doped with, for example, N and Bi, to customize solar cells, thermal voltaic cells, light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and lasers on GaP, InP, GaAs, Ge, and Si substrates. Isoelectronically co-doped Group II-VI compounds and alloys are also included.

  6. Marijuana as doping in sports.

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    Campos, Daniel R; Yonamine, Mauricio; de Moraes Moreau, Regina L

    2003-01-01

    A high incidence of positive cases for cannabinoids, in analyses for doping control in sports, has been observed since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) included them in the 1989 list of prohibited drugs under the title of classes of prohibited substances in certain circumstances. Where the rules of sports federations so provide, tests are conducted for marijuana, hashish or any other cannabis product exposure by means of urinalysis of 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (carboxy-THC) the main metabolite of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Concentrations >15 ng/mL (cut-off value) in confirmatory analytical procedures are considered doping. Cannabis is an illicit drug in several countries and has received much attention in the media for its potential therapeutic uses and the efforts to legalise its use. Studies have demonstrated that the use of cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, but it does not have ergogenic potential in sports activities. An increase in heart rate and blood pressure, decline of cardiac output and reduced psychomotor activity are some of the pharmacological effects of THC that will determine a decrease in athletic performance. An ergolytic activity of cannabis products has been observed in athletes of several different sport categories. In Brazil, analyses for doping control in sports, performed in our laboratories, have detected positive cases for carboxy-THC in urine samples of soccer, volleyball, cycling and other athletes. It is our intention to discuss in this article some points that may discourage individuals from using cannabis products during sports activities, even in the so-called permitted circumstances defined by the IOC and some sports federations. PMID:12744713

  7. Electrochemical sensing property of Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2013-02-01

    The Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were examined using uric acid (UA) as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards UA.

  8. Methods for Doping Detection.

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    Ponzetto, Federico; Giraud, Sylvain; Leuenberger, Nicolas; Boccard, Julien; Nicoli, Raul; Baume, Norbert; Rudaz, Serge; Saugy, Martial

    2016-01-01

    Over the past few years, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has focused its efforts on detecting not only small prohibited molecules, but also larger endogenous molecules such as hormones, in the view of implementing an endocrinological module in the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). In this chapter, the detection of two major types of hormones used for doping, growth hormone (GH) and endogenous anabolic androgenic steroids (EAASs), will be discussed: a brief historical background followed by a description of state-of-the-art methods applied by accredited anti-doping laboratories will be provided and then current research trends outlined. In addition, microRNAs (miRNAs) will also be presented as a new class of biomarkers for doping detection. PMID:27348309

  9. Improving the performance of perovskite solar cells with glycerol-doped PEDOT:PSS buffer layer

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    Jian-Feng, Li; Chuang, Zhao; Heng, Zhang; Jun-Feng, Tong; Peng, Zhang; Chun-Yan, Yang; Yang-Jun, Xia; Duo-Wang, Fan

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effects of glycerol doping on transmittance, conductivity and surface morphology of poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate)) (PEDOT:PSS) and its influence on the performance of perovskite solar cells. . The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS is improved obviously by doping glycerol. The maximum of the conductivity is 0.89 S/cm when the doping concentration reaches 6 wt%, which increases about 127 times compared with undoped. The perovskite solar cells are fabricated with a configuration of indium tin oxide (ITO)/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3/PC61BM/Al, where PEDOT:PSS and PC61BM are used as hole and electron transport layers, respectively. The results show an improvement of hole charge transport as well as an increase of short-circuit current density and a reduction of series resistance, owing to the higher conductivity of the doped PEDOT:PSS. Consequently, it improves the whole performance of perovskite solar cell. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device is improved from 8.57% to 11.03% under AM 1.5 G (100 mW/cm2 illumination) after the buffer layer has been modified. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61264002, 61166002, 91333206, and 51463011), the Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province, China (Grant No. 1308RJZA159), the New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-13-0840), the Research Project of Graduate Teacher of Gansu Province, China (Grant No. 2014A-0042), and the Postdoctoral Science Foundation from Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China.

  10. [Blood doping: 2].

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    Cristani, Alessandro; Boldrini, Elena; Amateis, Elisa; Arioli, Dimitriy

    2005-01-01

    Blood Doping has recently obtained a large diffusion between professional and nonprofessional athletes, in particular for endurance sports it has almost become a necessary way to warrant best performance. Seven years after the publication of our article "Blood Doping", this second installment was born to emphasize the way the biomedical research supplies (often unintentionally) new drugs and new technology to improve athletic performance and, on the other hand, to underline the antidoping strategies.

  11. Detonation nanodiamonds for doping Kevlar.

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    Comet, Marc; Pichot, Vincent; Siegert, Benny; Britz, Fabienne; Spitzer, Denis

    2010-07-01

    This paper reports on the first attempt to enclose diamond nanoparticles--produced by detonation--into a Kevlar matrix. A nanocomposite material (40 wt% diamond) was prepared by precipitation from an acidic solution of Kevlar containing dispersed nanodiamonds. In this material, the diamond nanoparticles (Ø = 4 nm) are entirely wrapped in a Kevlar layer about 1 nm thick. In order to understand the interactions between the nanodiamond surface and the polymer, the oxygenated surface functional groups of nanodiamond were identified and titrated by Boehm's method which revealed the exclusive presence of carboxyl groups (0.85 sites per nm2). The hydrogen interactions between these groups and the amide groups of Kevlar destroy the "rod-like" structure and the classical three-dimensional organization of this polymer. The distortion of Kevlar macromolecules allows the wrapping of nanodiamonds and leads to submicrometric assemblies, giving a cauliflower structure reminding a fractal object. Due to this structure, the macroscopic hardness of Kevlar doped by nanodiamonds (1.03 GPa) is smaller than the one of pure Kevlar (2.31 GPa). To our knowledge, this result is the first illustration of the change of the mechanical properties induced by doping the Kevlar with nanoparticles.

  12. Influence of PbCl2 content in PbI2 solution of DMF on the absorption, crystal phase, morphology of lead halide thin films and photovoltaic performance in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Mao; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Jincheng; Wu, Ni; Ying, Chao

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, the influence of PbCl2 content in PbI2 solution of DMF on the absorption, crystal phase and morphology of lead halide thin films was systematically investigated and the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding planar perovskite solar cells was evaluated. The result revealed that the various thickness lead halide thin film with the small sheet-like, porous morphology and low crystallinity can be produced by adding PbCl2 powder into PbI2 solution of DMF as a precursor solution. The planar perovskite solar cell based on the 300-nm-thick CH3NH3PbI3-xClx thin film by the precursor solution with the mixture of 0.80 M PbI2 and 0.20 M PbCl2 exhibited the optimum photoelectric conversion efficiency of 10.12% along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.93 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 15.70 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 0.69.

  13. Mixed ligand complexes of Cu(II)-2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole and aliphatic or aromatic dicarboxylic acids: Synthesis, characterization and biological activity

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    El-Sherif, Ahmed A.; Jeragh, Bakir J. A.

    2007-11-01

    The synthesis and structural characterization of mixed ligand complexes derived from 2-(2-pyridyl)-benzimidazole (PBI) (1ry ligand) and aliphatic or aromatic dicarboxylic acids (2ry ligand) are reported. Cu(II) complexes were characterized on the bases of their elemental analyses, IR, ESR and thermal analyses. The elemental analysis indicated the formation of mixed ligand complexes in a mole ratio 1:1:1 (Cu:L 1:L 2), L 1 = PBI and L 2 = oxalic acid, phthalic acid or malonic acid. IR spectra showed that PBI acts as a neutral bidentate coordinated to the Cu(II) via the pyridyl and imidazolyl nitrogen atoms. The dicarboxylic acids are bidentate with monodentate carboxylate groups. Thermal decomposition study of complexes was monitored by thermogravimetric (TG) and derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) analysis in N 2 atmosphere. The decomposition course and steps were analysed and the activation parameters of the nonisothermal decomposition were calculated from the TG curves and discussed. The isolated metal chelates were screened for their antimicrobial activities and the results are reported, discussed and compared with some known antibiotics.

  14. Facile Fabrication of N-Doped Graphene as Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Liao, Yongliang; Gao, Yuan; Zhu, Shenmin; Zheng, Junsheng; Chen, Zhixin; Yin, Chao; Lou, Xianghong; Zhang, Di

    2015-09-01

    A facile bottom-up method is reported here for the fabrication of N-doped graphene for oxygen reduction. It consists of a two-step calcination strategy and uses α-hydroxy acids (AHAs) as carbon source and melamine as nitrogen source. Three different AHAs, malic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid, were chosen as the carbon sources. The prepared N-doped graphenes have a typical thin layered structure with a large specific surface area. It was found that the N content in the obtained N-doped graphenes varies from 4.12 to 8.11 at. % depending on the AHAs used. All of the samples showed high performance in oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The N-doped graphene prepared from citric acid demonstrated the highest electrocatalytic activity, which is comparable to the commercial Pt/C and exhibited good durability, attributing to the high pyridinic N content in the composite. PMID:26291928

  15. Photocatalysis with chromium-doped TiO2: bulk and surface doping.

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    Ould-Chikh, Samy; Proux, Olivier; Afanasiev, Pavel; Khrouz, Lhoussain; Hedhili, Mohamed N; Anjum, Dalaver H; Harb, Moussab; Geantet, Christophe; Basset, Jean-Marie; Puzenat, Eric

    2014-05-01

    The photocatalytic properties of TiO2 modified by chromium are usually found to depend strongly on the preparation method. To clarify this problem, two series of chromium-doped titania with a chromium content of up to 1.56 wt % have been prepared under hydrothermal conditions: the first series (Cr:TiO2) is intended to dope the bulk of TiO2, whereas the second series (Cr/TiO2) is intended to load the surface of TiO2 with Cr. The catalytic properties have been compared in the photocatalytic oxidation of formic acid. Characterization data provides evidence that in the Cr/TiO2 catalysts chromium is located on the surface of TiO2 as amorphous CrOOH clusters. In contrast, in the Cr:TiO2 series, chromium is mostly dissolved in the titania lattice, although a minor part is still present on the surface. Photocatalytic tests show that both series of chromium-doped titania demonstrate visible-light-driven photo-oxidation activity. Surface-doped Cr/TiO2 solids appear to be more efficient photocatalysts than the bulk-doped Cr:TiO2 counterparts.

  16. Simplification of femtosecond transient absorption microscopy data from CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin films into decay associated amplitude maps

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    Doughty, Benjamin; Simpson, Mary Jane; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Ma, Ying -Zhong

    2016-02-16

    This work aims to simplify multi-dimensional femtosecond transient absorption microscopy (TAM) data into decay associated amplitude maps that describe the spatial distributions of dynamical processes occurring on various characteristic timescales. Application of this method to TAM data obtained from a model methyl-ammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite thin film allows us to simplify the dataset consisting of a 68 time-resolved images into 4 decay associated amplitude maps. These maps provide a simple means to visualize the complex electronic excited-state dynamics in this system by separating distinct dynamical processes evolving on characteristic timescales into individual spatial images. This approach provides new insightmore » into subtle aspects of ultrafast relaxation dynamics associated with excitons and charge carriers in the perovskite thin film, which have recently been found to coexist at spatially distinct locations.« less

  17. Thermodynamic Origin of Photoinstability in the CH3NH3Pb(I1-xBrx)3 Hybrid Halide Perovskite Alloy.

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    Brivio, Federico; Caetano, Clovis; Walsh, Aron

    2016-03-17

    The formation of solid-solutions of iodide, bromide, and chloride provides the means to control the structure, band gap, and stability of hybrid halide perovskite semiconductors for photovoltaic applications. We report a computational investigation of the CH3NH3PbI3/CH3NH3PbBr3 alloy from density functional theory with a thermodynamic analysis performed within the generalized quasi-chemical approximation. We construct the phase diagram and identify a large miscibility gap, with a critical temperature of 343 K. The observed photoinstability in some mixed-halide solar cells is explained by the thermodynamics of alloy formation, where an initially homogeneous solution is subject to spinodal decomposition with I and Br-rich phases, which is further complicated by a wide metastable region defined by the binodal line. PMID:26952337

  18. Origin and elimination of photocurrent hysteresis by fullerene passivation in CH3NH3PbI3 planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Bi, Cheng; Yuan, Yongbo; Huang, Jinsong

    2014-12-15

    The large photocurrent hysteresis observed in many organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells has become a major hindrance impairing the ultimate performance and stability of these devices, while its origin was unknown. Here we demonstrate the trap states on the surface and grain boundaries of the perovskite materials to be the origin of photocurrent hysteresis and that the fullerene layers deposited on perovskites can effectively passivate these charge trap states and eliminate the notorious photocurrent hysteresis. Fullerenes deposited on the top of the perovskites reduce the trap density by two orders of magnitude and double the power conversion efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3more » solar cells. As a result, the elucidation of the origin of photocurrent hysteresis and its elimination by trap passivation in perovskite solar cells provides important directions for future enhancements to device efficiency.« less

  19. Influence of Temperature During Spark Plasma Sintering Compaction of Melt-Spun p-Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3

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    Melnikov, A. A.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.; Kichik, S. A.; Marakushev, I. S.; Koryakin, A. N.; Ponomarev, V. F.

    2015-06-01

    The melt spinning technique is a process for obtaining materials based on ultrafast cooling and solidification of a melt in contact with a liquid-cooled rotating wheel. In this work, p-Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 powders were obtained and compacted by spark plasma sintering at various temperature conditions, and the changes in their structural and dimensional characteristics were investigated. It is shown that the sintering temperature conditions significantly affect the structure of the material, causing active recrystallization processes even at short sintering times (5 min to 10 min). Material obtained in this work has slight preferential orientation of (0 0 1) planes perpendicular to the pressure axis, which disappears with increasing sintering time. Power factor values for all samples were greater for current direction perpendicular to the pressure axis, which corresponds to compacted nonspun material. It is shown that annealing in vacuum negatively affects the material, reducing the power factor for all current directions.

  20. Ultrafast terahertz probe of photoexcited free charge carriers in organometal CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film

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    Yan, Huijie; An, Baoli; Fan, Zhengfu; Zhu, Xiaoya; Lin, Xian; Jin, Zuanming; Ma, Guohong

    2016-04-01

    By using optical pump-terahertz probe (OPTP) experiments, we study the free charge carrier dynamics in photoexcited drop-cast CH3NH3PbI3-based perovskite thin film at room temperature. Compared with the pump photon energy at 1.55 eV, the measured OPTP signal following excitation of 3.1 eV shows an additional fast decay channel of the photoconductivity. Our experimental results demonstrate that effective carrier lifetime can be strongly modulated by surface recombination. In addition, the Drude-Smith-like transient terahertz photoconductivity spectra suggest that photogenerated free carriers experience backscattering at grain boundaries in our solution-processed perovskite films studied here.

  1. Direct Conversion of CH3NH3PbI3 from Electrodeposited PbO for Highly Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Huang, Jin-hua; Jiang, Ke-jian; Cui, Xue-ping; Zhang, Qian-qian; Gao, Meng; Su, Mei-ju; Yang, Lian-ming; Song, Yanlin

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials have recently been identified as a promising light absorber for solar cells. In the efficient solar cells, the perovskite active layer has generally been fabricated by either vapor deposition or two-step sequential deposition process. Herein, electrochemically deposited PbO film is in situ converted into CH3NH3PbI3 through solid-state reaction with adjacent CH3NH3I layer, exhibiting a large-scale flat and uniform thin film with fully substrate coverage. The resultant planar heterojunction photovoltaic device yields a best power conversion efficiency of 14.59% and an average power conversion efficiency of 13.12 ± 1.08% under standard AM 1.5 conditions. This technique affords a facile and environment-friendly method for the fabrication of the perovskite based solar cells with high reproducibility, paving the way for the practical application. PMID:26510520

  2. Thermodynamic Origin of Photoinstability in the CH3NH3Pb(I1–xBrx)3 Hybrid Halide Perovskite Alloy

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    The formation of solid-solutions of iodide, bromide, and chloride provides the means to control the structure, band gap, and stability of hybrid halide perovskite semiconductors for photovoltaic applications. We report a computational investigation of the CH3NH3PbI3/CH3NH3PbBr3 alloy from density functional theory with a thermodynamic analysis performed within the generalized quasi-chemical approximation. We construct the phase diagram and identify a large miscibility gap, with a critical temperature of 343 K. The observed photoinstability in some mixed-halide solar cells is explained by the thermodynamics of alloy formation, where an initially homogeneous solution is subject to spinodal decomposition with I and Br-rich phases, which is further complicated by a wide metastable region defined by the binodal line. PMID:26952337

  3. Simplification of femtosecond transient absorption microscopy data from CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin films into decay associated amplitude maps

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    Doughty, Benjamin; Simpson, Mary Jane; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Ma, Ying-Zhong

    2016-03-01

    This work aims to simplify multi-dimensional femtosecond transient absorption microscopy (TAM) data into decay associated amplitude maps (DAAMs) that describe the spatial distributions of dynamical processes occurring on various characteristic timescales. Application of this method to TAM data obtained from a model methyl-ammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite thin film allows us to simplify the data set comprising 68 time-resolved images into four DAAMs. These maps offer a simple means to visualize the complex electronic excited-state dynamics in this system by separating distinct dynamical processes evolving on characteristic timescales into individual spatial images. This approach provides new insight into subtle aspects of ultrafast relaxation dynamics associated with excitons and charge carriers in the perovskite thin film, which have recently been found to coexist at spatially distinct locations.

  4. [Point of view on doping].

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    Naeije, R; Pagnamenta, A

    1999-06-01

    Doping is defined as the administration of or use by competing athletes of any substance foreign to the body or of any physiological substance taken in abnormal quantity or taken by an abnormal route of entry into the body with the sole intention of increasing in an artificial and unfair manner his/her performance in competition. The prevalence of doping has been estimated by rigorous methods to be 5-15%. The only two dopings of established efficacy are: anabolic steroids for resistive performance, and blood doping for endurance performance. Although medical control of athletes is reputably poor, reported accidents attributable to doping have been until now very rare. Doping is unfair, and must as such be banned from competitions. Medicalized doping is unethical. More studies are required to improve knowledge of doping as a public health issue. Sports medicine is in need of scientific and moral revalorization.

  5. Controlling CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) Film Morphology with Two-Step Annealing Method for Efficient Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Dong; Wu, Lili; Li, Chunxiu; Ren, Shengqiang; Zhang, Jingquan; Li, Wei; Feng, Lianghuan

    2015-08-01

    The methylammonium lead halide perovskite solar cells have become very attractive because they can be prepared with low-cost solution-processable technology and their power conversion efficiency have been increasing from 3.9% to 20% in recent years. However, the high performance of perovskite photovoltaic devices are dependent on the complicated process to prepare compact perovskite films with large grain size. Herein, a new method is developed to achieve excellent CH3NH3PbI3-xClx film with fine morphology and crystallization based on one step deposition and two-step annealing process. This method include the spin coating deposition of the perovskite films with the precursor solution of PbI2, PbCl2, and CH3NH3I at the molar ratio 1:1:4 in dimethylformamide (DMF) and the post two-step annealing (TSA). The first annealing is achieved by solvent-induced process in DMF to promote migration and interdiffusion of the solvent-assisted precursor ions and molecules and realize large size grain growth. The second annealing is conducted by thermal-induced process to further improve morphology and crystallization of films. The compact perovskite films are successfully prepared with grain size up to 1.1 μm according to SEM observation. The PL decay lifetime, and the optic energy gap for the film with two-step annealing are 460 ns and 1.575 eV, respectively, while they are 307 and 327 ns and 1.577 and 1.582 eV for the films annealed in one-step thermal and one-step solvent process. On the basis of the TSA process, the photovoltaic devices exhibit the best efficiency of 14% under AM 1.5G irradiation (100 mW·cm(-2)).

  6. Synthesis and catalytic activity of heteroatom doped metal-free single-wall carbon nanohorns.

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    Wu, Xiaohui; Cui, Longbin; Tang, Pei; Hu, Ziqi; Ma, Ding; Shi, Zujin

    2016-04-01

    Boron-, phosphorus-, nitrogen-doped and co-doped single-wall carbon nanohorns were produced using an arc-vaporization method. These as-prepared doped materials consist of uniform isolated nanohorns and exhibit greatly enhanced catalytic capabilities in the reduction reaction of nitrobenzene and a volcano-shape trend between their activities with a B dopant content is found. Moreover, the B-C3 and P-C3 species in doped nanohorns might act as the acidic and basic sites to promote this reaction. PMID:27006980

  7. Lewis Acid-Base Adduct Approach for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jin-Wook; Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-02-16

    Since the first report on the long-term durable 9.7% solid-state perovskite solar cell employing methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3), mesoporous TiO2, and 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis[N,N-di(4-methoxyphenyl)amino]-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD) in 2012, following the seed technologies on perovskite-sensitized liquid junction solar cells in 2009 and 2011, a surge of interest has been focused on perovskite solar cells due to superb photovoltaic performance and extremely facile fabrication processes. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells reached 21% in a very short period of time. Such an unprecedentedly high photovoltaic performance is due to the intrinsic optoelectronic property of organolead iodide perovskite material. Moreover, a high dielectric constant, sub-millimeter scale carrier diffusion length, an underlying ferroelectric property, and ion migration behavior can make organolead halide perovskites suitable for multifunctionality. Thus, besides solar cell applications, perovskite material has recently been applied to a variety fields of materials science such as photodetectors, light emitting diodes, lasing, X-ray imaging, resistive memory, and water splitting. Regardless of application areas, the growth of a well-defined perovskite layer with high crystallinity is essential for effective utilization of its excellent physicochemical properties. Therefore, an effective methodology for preparation of high quality perovskite layers is required. In this Account, an effective methodology for production of high quality perovskite layers is described, which is the Lewis acid-base adduct approach. In the solution process to form the perovskite layer, the key chemicals of CH3NH3I (or HC(NH2)2I) and PbI2 are used by dissolving them in polar aprotic solvents. Since polar aprotic solvents bear oxygen, sulfur, or nitrogen, they can act as a Lewis base. In addition, the main group compound PbI2 is known to be a Lewis acid. Thus, PbI2 has a chance

  8. Lewis Acid-Base Adduct Approach for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jin-Wook; Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-02-16

    Since the first report on the long-term durable 9.7% solid-state perovskite solar cell employing methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3), mesoporous TiO2, and 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis[N,N-di(4-methoxyphenyl)amino]-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD) in 2012, following the seed technologies on perovskite-sensitized liquid junction solar cells in 2009 and 2011, a surge of interest has been focused on perovskite solar cells due to superb photovoltaic performance and extremely facile fabrication processes. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells reached 21% in a very short period of time. Such an unprecedentedly high photovoltaic performance is due to the intrinsic optoelectronic property of organolead iodide perovskite material. Moreover, a high dielectric constant, sub-millimeter scale carrier diffusion length, an underlying ferroelectric property, and ion migration behavior can make organolead halide perovskites suitable for multifunctionality. Thus, besides solar cell applications, perovskite material has recently been applied to a variety fields of materials science such as photodetectors, light emitting diodes, lasing, X-ray imaging, resistive memory, and water splitting. Regardless of application areas, the growth of a well-defined perovskite layer with high crystallinity is essential for effective utilization of its excellent physicochemical properties. Therefore, an effective methodology for preparation of high quality perovskite layers is required. In this Account, an effective methodology for production of high quality perovskite layers is described, which is the Lewis acid-base adduct approach. In the solution process to form the perovskite layer, the key chemicals of CH3NH3I (or HC(NH2)2I) and PbI2 are used by dissolving them in polar aprotic solvents. Since polar aprotic solvents bear oxygen, sulfur, or nitrogen, they can act as a Lewis base. In addition, the main group compound PbI2 is known to be a Lewis acid. Thus, PbI2 has a chance

  9. Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Dots for "green" Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Hao; Sun, Pengfei; Cong, Shan; Wu, Jiang; Gao, Lijun; Wang, Yun; Dai, Xiao; Yi, Qinghua; Zou, Guifu

    2016-12-01

    Considering the environment protection, "green" materials are increasingly explored for photovoltaics. Here, we developed a kind of quantum dots solar cell based on nitrogen-doped carbon dots. The nitrogen-doped carbon dots were prepared by direct pyrolysis of citric acid and ammonia. The nitrogen-doped carbon dots' excitonic absorption depends on the N-doping content in the carbon dots. The N-doping can be readily modified by the mass ratio of reactants. The constructed "green" nitrogen-doped carbon dots solar cell achieves the best power conversion efficiency of 0.79 % under AM 1.5 G one full sun illumination, which is the highest efficiency for carbon dot-based solar cells.

  10. Nanoparticle doping for improved Er-doped fiber lasers

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    Baker, Colin C.; Friebele, E. Joseph; Askins, Charles G.; Hunt, Michael P.; Marcheschi, Barbara A.; Fontana, Jake; Peele, John R.; Kim, Woohong; Sanghera, Jasbinder; Zhang, Jun; Pattnaik, Radha K.; Merkle, Larry D.; Dubinskii, Mark; Chen, Youming; Dajani, Iyad A.; Mart, Cody

    2016-03-01

    A nanoparticle (NP) doping technique was used for making erbium-doped fibers (EDFs) for high energy lasers. The nanoparticles were doped into the silica soot of preforms, which were drawn into fibers. The Er luminescence lifetimes of the NP-doped cores are longer than those of corresponding solution-doped silica, and substantially less Al is incorporated into the NP-doped cores. Optical-to-optical slope efficiencies of greater than 71% have been measured. Initial investigations of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) have indicated that SBS suppression is achieved by NP doping, where we observed a low intrinsic Brillouin gain coefficient, of ~1× 10-11 m/W and the Brillouin bandwidth was increased by 2.5x compared to fused silica.

  11. Electrochemical sensing behaviour of Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Narayanan, V.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.

    2014-01-28

    Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by simple hydrothermal method. The prepared nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, DRS-UV-Visible spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The XRD confirms the phase purity of the synthesized Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The optical property of Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were studied by DRS UV-Visible analysis. The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were examined using uric acid as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards uric acid.

  12. Dope, Fiends, and Myths.

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    Reasons, Charles E.

    Since the social reality of the drug problem has largely emanated from the diffuse conceptions of the drug user, an analysis of the history of the "dope fiend" mythology is presented in this paper in an attempt to assess the manner in which certain publics are informed about the problem. A content analysis of drug-related imagery was made from…

  13. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  14. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1993-12-14

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

  15. CSA doped polypyrrole-zinc oxide thin film sensor

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    Chougule, M. A.; Jundale, D. M.; Raut, B. T.; Sen, Shashwati; Patil, V. B.

    2013-02-01

    The polypyrrole-zinc oxide (PPy-ZnO) hybrid sensor doped with different weight ratios of camphor sulphonic acid (CSA) were prepared by spin coating technique. These CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrids were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and fourier transform infrared (FTIR) which proved the formation of polypyrrole, PPy-ZnO and the interaction between polypyrrole - ZnO (PPy-ZnO) hybrid with CSA doping. The gas sensing properties of the PPy-ZnO hybrid films doped with CSA have been studied for oxidizing (NO2) as well as reducing (H2S, NH3, CH4OH and CH3OH) gases at room temperature. We demonstrate that CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrid films are highly selective to NO2 along with high-sensitivity at low concentration (80% to 100 ppm) and better stability, which suggested that the CSA doped PPy-ZnO hybrid films are potential candidate for NO2 detection at room temperature.

  16. Gene doping: an overview and current implications for athletes.

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    van der Gronde, Toon; de Hon, Olivier; Haisma, Hidde J; Pieters, Toine

    2013-07-01

    The possibility of gene doping, defined as the transfer of nucleic acid sequences and/or the use of normal or genetically modified cells to enhance sport performance, is a real concern in sports medicine. The abuse of knowledge and techniques gained in the area of gene therapy is a form of doping, and is prohibited for competitive athletes. As yet there is no conclusive evidence that that gene doping has been practiced in sport. However, given that gene therapy techniques improve continuously, the likelihood of abuse will increase. A literature search was conducted to identify the most relevant proteins based on their current gene doping potential using articles from Pubmed, Scopus and Embase published between 2006 and 2011. The final list of selected proteins were erythropoietin, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, myostatin, vascular endothelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, endorphin and enkephalin, α actinin 3, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-delta (PPARδ) and cytosolic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C). We discuss these proteins with respect to their potential benefits, existing gene therapy experience in humans, potential risks, and chances of detection in current and future anti-doping controls. We have identified PPARδ and PEPCK-C as having high potential for abuse. But we expect that for efficiency reasons, there will be a preference for inserting gene target combinations rather than single gene doping products. This will also further complicate detection.

  17. Phonon Mode Transformation Across the Orthohombic-Tetragonal Phase Transition in a Lead Iodide Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3: A Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Approach.

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    La-o-Vorakiat, Chan; Xia, Huanxin; Kadro, Jeannette; Salim, Teddy; Zhao, Daming; Ahmed, Towfiq; Lam, Yeng Ming; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Marcus, Rudolph A; Michel-Beyerle, Maria-Elisabeth; Chia, Elbert E M

    2016-01-01

    We study the temperature-dependent phonon modes of the organometallic lead iodide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin film across the terahertz (0.5-3 THz) and temperature (20-300 K) ranges. These modes are related to the vibration of the Pb-I bonds. We found that two phonon modes in the tetragonal phase at room temperature split into four modes in the low-temperature orthorhombic phase. By use of the Lorentz model fitting, we analyze the critical behavior of this phase transition. The carrier mobility values calculated from the low-temperature phonon mode frequencies, via two theoretical approaches, are found to agree reasonably with the experimental value (∼2000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) from a previous time-resolved THz spectroscopy work. Thus, we have established a possible link between terahertz phonon modes and the transport properties of perovskite-based solar cells. PMID:26633131

  18. Phonon Mode Transformation across the Orthohombic-Tetragonal Phase Transition in a Lead-Iodide Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3: a Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Approach

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    Chia, Elbert E. M.; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Kadro, Jeannette; Salim, Teddy; Zhao, Daming; Ahmed, Towfiq; Lam, Yeng Ming; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Marcus, Rudolph; Michel-Beyerle, Maria-Elisabeth

    Using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), we study the temperature-dependent phonon modes of the organometallic lead iodide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin film across the terahertz (0.5-3 THz) and temperature (20-300 K) ranges. These modes are related to the vibration of the Pb-I bonds. We found that two phonon modes in the tetragonal phase at room temperature split into four modes in the low-temperature orthorhombic phase. By use of the Lorentz model fitting, we analyze the critical behavior of this phase transition. King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (Grant No. SCI58-003), Singapore MOE Tier 1 (RG13/12, RG123/14), ONR, ARO, NTU Biophysics Center, LANL LDRD, LANL CINT.

  19. Doping dependent charge correlation in electron-doped cuprates

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    da Silva Neto, Eduardo; Boschini, F.; Zonno, M.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Damascelli, A.; Minola, M.; Bluschke, M.; Le Tacon, M.; Keimer, B.; Wu, B.; Li, Y.; Yu, G.; Greven, M.; Higgins, J.; Jiang, Y.; Greene, R. L.; Sutarto, R.; He, F.; Schierle, E.; Weschke, E.

    We use resonant x-ray scattering to measure the charge order in electron-doped high-Tc superconductors and its relationship to antiferromagnetism and superconductivity. First, we establish the presence of charge order in a second family of electron-doped cuprates, LCCO thin films, with similar characteristics to previous observations in NCCO. Second, doping and temperature dependent measurements of NCCO single crystals show that charge order is present in the x = 0.059 to 0.166 doping range, and its doping-dependent wavevector is consistent with the separation between the hot spots on the Fermi surface. For NCCO samples near optimal doping (x = 0.14) the charge order remains constant through the superconducting transition temperature and we find that magnetic fields up to 6 T have a negligible effect on its intensity. The implications of our data to the connections of charge order to antiferromagnetism and superconductivity will be discussed.

  20. A Liquid Junction Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell Based on p-Type MeNH3PbI3 Perovskite with 1.05 V Open-Circuit Photovoltage.

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    Hsu, Hsien-Yi; Ji, Li; Ahn, Hyun S; Zhao, Ji; Yu, Edward T; Bard, Allen J

    2015-11-25

    A liquid junction photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cell based on p-type methylammonium lead iodide (p-MeNH3PbI3) perovskite with a large open-circuit voltage is developed. MeNH3PbI3 perovskite is readily soluble or decomposed in many common solvents. However, the solvent dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) can be employed to form stable liquid junctions. These were characterized with photoelectrochemical cells with several redox couples, including I3(-)/I(-), Fc/Fc(+), DMFc/DMFc(+), and BQ/BQ(•-) (where Fc is ferrocene, DMFc is decamethylferrocene, BQ is benzoquinone) in CH2Cl2. The solution-processed MeNH3PbI3 shows cathodic photocurrents and hence p-type behavior. The difference between the photocurrent onset potential and the standard potential for BQ/BQ(•-) is 1.25 V, which is especially large for a semiconductor with a band gap of 1.55 eV. A PEC photovoltaic cell, with a configuration of p-MeNH3PbI3/CH2Cl2, BQ (2 mM), BQ(•-) (2 mM)/carbon, shows an open-circuit photovoltage of 1.05 V and a short-circuit current density of 7.8 mA/cm(2) under 100 mW/cm(2) irradiation. The overall optical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency is 6.1%. The PEC solar cell shows good stability for 5 h under irradiation.

  1. Comparison of Recombination Dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films: Influence of Exciton Binding Energy.

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    Yang, Ye; Yang, Mengjin; Li, Zhen; Crisp, Ryan; Zhu, Kai; Beard, Matthew C

    2015-12-01

    Understanding carrier recombination in semiconductors is a critical component when developing practical applications. Here we measure and compare the monomolecular, bimolecular, and trimolecular (Auger) recombination rate constants of CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3. The monomolecular and bimolecular recombination rate constants for both samples are limited by trap-assisted recombination. The bimolecular recombination rate constant for CH3NH3PbBr3 is ∼3.3 times larger than that for CH3NH3PbI3 and both are in line with that found for radiative recombination in other direct-gap semiconductors. The Auger recombination rate constant is 4 times larger in lead-bromide-based perovskite compared with lead-iodide-based perovskite and does not follow the reduced Auger rate when the bandgap increases. The increased Auger recombination rate, which is enhanced by Coulomb interactions, can be ascribed to the larger exciton binding energy, ∼40 meV, in CH3NH3PbBr3 compared with ∼13 meV in CH3NH3PbI3.

  2. Parameters Affecting I-V Hysteresis of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells: Effects of Perovskite Crystal Size and Mesoporous TiO2 Layer.

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    Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2014-09-01

    Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells are studied using a time-dependent current response with stepwise sweeping of the bias voltage. Compared with the crystalline Si solar cell showing time-independent current at a given bias voltage, the perovskite solar cells exhibit time-dependent current response. The current increases with time and becomes steady at forward scan from short-circuit to open-circuit, whereas it is decayed and saturated with time at reverse scan from open-circuit to short-circuit. Time-dependent current response eventually leads to I-V hysteresis depending on the scan direction and the scan rate. Crystal size of CH3NH3PbI3 and the mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) film are found to influence I-V hysteresis, where the I-V hysteresis is alleviated as crystal size increases and in the presence of mp-TiO2. The capacitance observed at low frequency (0.1 to 1 Hz), associated with dipole polarization, tends to diminish as size of perovskite and mp-TiO2 layer thickness increases, which suggests that the origin of hysteresis correlates to the capacitive characteristic of CH3NH3PbI3 and the degree of hysteresis depends strongly on perovskite crystal size and mesoporous TiO2 layer.

  3. Ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical aptasensing of miR-155 using efficient and stable CH3NH3PbI3 quantum dots sensitized ZnO nanosheets as light harvester.

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    Pang, Xuehui; Qi, Jianni; Zhang, Yong; Ren, Yangyang; Su, Minhui; Jia, Baoxiu; Wang, Yaoguang; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-11-15

    An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor based on a novel signal amplification strategy was developed for the quantitative determination of microRNA (miR)-155. CH3NH3PbI3 quantum dots (QDs) functionalized ZnO nanosheets (NSs) were employed as the light harvester. Owing to the synergetic effect between CH3NH3PbI3 QDs and ZnO NSs, ZnO@CH3NH3PbI3 can provide an obviously increasing PEC signal by forming the heterojunction. Due to the larger steric hindrance, the sensitive decrease of the PEC signal can be achieved by the specific recognition between the primers and ssDNA of miR-155. In this sense, this developed aptasensor can achieve a high sensitivity (especially in the presence of the low concentrations of miR-155) and a wide detection range (0.01fmol/L to 20,000pmol/L). Under the optimal conditions, the proposed aptasensor offered an ultrasensitive and specific determination of miR-155 down to 0.005fmol/L. This aptassay method would open up a new promising platform at ultralow levels for early diagnose of different miRNA.

  4. Doped colorimetric assay liposomes

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    Charych, Deborah; Stevens, Raymond C.

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides compositions comprising colorimetric assay liposomes. The present invention also provides methods for producing colorimetric liposomes and calorimetric liposome assay systems. In preferred embodiments, these calorimetric liposome systems provide high levels of sensitivity through the use of dopant molecules. As these dopants allow the controlled destabilization of the liposome structure, upon exposure of the doped liposomes to analyte(s) of interest, the indicator color change is facilitated and more easily recognized.

  5. Doping of carbon foams for use in energy storage devices

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    Mayer, S.T.; Pekala, R.W.; Morrison, R.L.; Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1994-10-25

    A polymeric foam precursor, wetted with phosphoric acid, is pyrolyzed in an inert atmosphere to produce an open-cell doped carbon foam, which is utilized as a lithium intercalation anode in a secondary, organic electrolyte battery. Tests were conducted in a cell containing an organic electrolyte and using lithium metal counter and reference electrodes, with the anode located there between. Results after charge and discharge cycling, for a total of 6 cycles, indicated a substantial increase in the energy storage capability of the phosphorus doped carbon foam relative to the undoped carbon foam, when used as a rechargeable lithium ion battery. 3 figs.

  6. Doping of carbon foams for use in energy storage devices

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Pekala, Richard W.; Morrison, Robert L.; Kaschmitter, James L.

    1994-01-01

    A polymeric foam precursor, wetted with phosphoric acid, is pyrolyzed in an inert atmosphere to produce an open-cell doped carbon foam, which is utilized as a lithium intercalation anode in a secondary, organic electrolyte battery. Tests were conducted in a cell containing an organic electrolyte and using lithium metal counter and reference electrodes, with the anode located therebetween. Results after charge and discharge cycling, for a total of 6 cycles, indicated a substantial increase in the energy storage capability of the phosphorus doped carbon foam relative to the undoped carbon foam, when used as a rechargeable lithium ion battery.

  7. Electron paramagnetic resonance of nitroxide-doped magnetic fluids

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    Morais, P. C.; Alonso, A.; Silva, O.; Buske, N.

    2002-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance was used to investigate surface-coated magnetite-based magnetic fluids doped with TEMPOL. Two magnetic fluid samples, having magnetite nanoparticles with average diameter of 94 Å and coated with different coating layers (lauric acid plus ethoxylated polyalcohol in one case and oleoylsarcosine in the other case), were doped with TEMPOL (6 mM and pH 7.4) and investigated as a function of the nanoparticle concentration. The resonance field and the resonance linewidth both scale linearly with the nanoparticle concentration.

  8. Engineered doped and codoped polyaniline gas sensors synthesized in N,N,dimethylformamide media

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    Arenas, M. C.; Sánchez, Gabriela; Nicho, M. E.; Elizalde-Torres, Josefina; Castaño, V. M.

    2012-03-01

    Conducting Polyaniline films (Pani) on Corning glass substrates, produced using either an in-situ doping process or a co-doping process, were prepared by the oxidative polymerization of aniline in N,N,dimethylformamide. Bicyclic aliphatic camphorsulfonic acid (CSA), aromatic toluenesulfonic acid (TSA) and carboxylic trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) were employed as doping agents, and CSA mixed with TSA and CSA mixed with TFA were employed as the co-doping materials. The topography of the Pani films was analyzed by atomic-force microscopy (AFM), and their doping and oxidizing states were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and optical (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. Flower-like clusters, microfibers, and nanofibers were obtained by doping with CSA, TSA, and the mix of both (CSATSA), respectively. The flower-like morphology limits the conductivity of the film while the microfiber morphology leads to a highly conductive film. The conductivity of the films increases with the doping level, coil-like conformation of the chain and the protonation of the imine in quinoid units. The codoped process reduces the roughness of the CSA-doped films by 50%, but the conductivity depends on the acid type used for this process (TSA or TFA). The optical gas sensor response of the films is related to both the morphology and the degree of protonation. In this study, Pani with a microfiber morphology obtained from TSA-doping is the most sensitive to ammonia gas sensing, and Pani with flower-like morphology is the least sensitive.

  9. Polybenzimidazole block copolymers for fuel cell: synthesis and studies of block length effects on nanophase separation, mechanical properties, and proton conductivity of PEM.

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    Maity, Sudhangshu; Jana, Tushar

    2014-05-14

    A series of meta-polybenzimidazole-block-para-polybenzimidazole (m-PBI-b-p-PBI), segmented block copolymers of PBI, were synthesized with various structural motifs and block lengths by condensing the diamine terminated meta-PBI (m-PBI-Am) and acid terminated para-PBI (p-PBI-Ac) oligomers. NMR studies and existence of two distinct glass transition temperatures (Tg), obtained from dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA) results, unequivocally confirmed the formation of block copolymer structure through the current polymerization methodology. Appropriate and careful selection of oligomers chain length enabled us to tailor the block length of block copolymers and also to make varieties of structural motifs. Increasingly distinct Tg peaks with higher block length of segmented block structure attributed the decrease in phase mixing between the meta-PBI and para-PBI blocks, which in turn resulted into nanophase segregated domains. The proton conductivities of proton exchange membrane (PEM) developed from phosphoric acid (PA) doped block copolymer membranes were found to be increasing substantially with increasing block length of copolymers even though PA loading of these membranes did not alter appreciably with varying block length. For example when molecular weight (Mn) of blocks were increased from 1000 to 5500 then the proton conductivities at 160 °C of resulting copolymers increased from 0.05 to 0.11 S/cm. Higher block length induced nanophase separation between the blocks by creating less morphological barrier within the block which facilitated the movement of the proton in the block and hence resulting higher proton conductivity of the PEM. The structural varieties also influenced the phase separation and proton conductivity. In comparison to meta-para random copolymers reported earlier, the current meta-para segmented block copolymers were found to be more suitable for PBI-based PEM.

  10. Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O Complex Thin Film for Application in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Chen, Lung-Chieh; Chen, Cheng-Chiang; Liang, Kai-Chieh; Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Tseng, Zhong-Liang; Yeh, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Wen-Ti; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-09-01

    Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film-based perovskite solar cells were fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and studied. Copper (Cu) thin films with a purity of 99.995 % were deposited on an ITO-coated glass by magnetron reactive sputtering. To optimize the properties of the nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin films, the deposited Cu thin films were thermally oxidized at various temperatures from 300 to 400 °C. A CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite absorber was fabricated on top of CuO-Cu2O complex thin film by a one-step spin-coating process with a toluene washing treatment. Following optimization, the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeded 8.1 %. Therefore, the low-cost, solution-processed, stable nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film can be used as an alternative hole transport layer (HTL) in industrially produced perovskite solar cells.

  11. Photoluminescence study of time- and spatial-dependent light induced trap de-activation in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films.

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    Fu, Xiao; Jacobs, Daniel A; Beck, Fiona J; Duong, The; Shen, Heping; Catchpole, Kylie R; White, Thomas P

    2016-08-10

    Organometal halide perovskite-based solar cells have rapidly achieved high efficiency in recent years. However, many fundamental recombination mechanisms underlying the excellent performance are still not well understood. Here we apply confocal photoluminescence microscopy to investigate the time and spatial characteristics of light-induced trap de-activation in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films. Trap de-activation is characterized by a dramatic increase in PL emission during continuous laser illumination accompanied by a lateral expansion of the PL enhancement far beyond the laser spot. These observations are attributed to an oxygen-assisted trap de-activation process associated with carrier diffusion. To model this effect, we add a trap de-activation term to the standard semiconductor carrier recombination and diffusion models. With this approach we are able to reproduce the observed temporal and spatial dependence of laser induced PL enhancement using realistic physical parameters. Furthermore, we experimentally investigate the role of trap diffusion in this process, and demonstrate that the trap de-activation is not permanent, with the traps appearing again once the illumination is turned off. This study provides new insights into recombination and trap dynamics in perovskite films that could offer a better understanding of perovskite solar cell performance. PMID:27472263

  12. Highly Efficient, Reproducible, Uniform (CH3 NH3 )PbI3 Layer by Processing Additive Dripping for Solution-Processed Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Hansol; Jeong, Hanbin; Lee, Jae Kwan

    2016-09-01

    A processing additive dripping (PAD) approach to forming highly efficient (CH3 NH3 )PbI3 (MAPbI3 ) perovskite layers was investigated. A MAPbI3 (CB/DIO) perovskite film fabricated by this approach, which included briefly dripping chlorobenzene incorporating a small amount of diiodooctane (DIO) during casting of a MAPbI3 perovskite precursor dissolved in dimethylformamide, exhibited superior smooth, uniform morphologies with high crystallinity and large grains and revealed completely homogeneous surface coverage. The surface coverage and morphology of the substrate significantly affected the photovoltaic performance of planar heterojunction (PHJ) perovskite solar cells (PrSCs), resulting in a power conversion efficiency of 11.45 % with high open-circuit voltage of 0.91 V and the highest fill factor of 80.87 %. Moreover, the PAD approach could effectively provide efficient MAPbI3 (CB/DIO) perovskite layers for highly efficient, reproducible, uniform PHJ PrSC devices without performance loss or variation even over larger active areas. PMID:27414840

  13. Bandstructure, optical spectra, and mean free paths in the room-temperature structure of CH3NH3PbI3 from many-body perturbation theory

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    Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Bernardi, Marco; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-03-01

    The organometallic halide pervoskites have generated enormous interest due to the rapidly increasing efficiency of solar cells fabricated from these materials. Most research on the organometallic halide pervoskites has been experimental due to the challenges posed by these materials to theoretical study, including the size of the unit cell, the presence of many defects, the orientational disorder in of the methyammonium (MA) cation, and the heavy atoms involved with the corresponding large spin-orbit coupling (SOC). We study the room-temperature tetragonal structure of CH3NH3PbI3 using density functional theory (DFT) and a many-body Green's functions approach. We use DFT to study the effect of the dependence of the bandstructure on the orientation of the MA cation, while we perform GW and GW plus Bethe-Salpeter equation (GW-BSE) calculations to study the quasiparticle bandstructure and optical spectra, respectively, paying close attention to convergence and the effect of SOC. We particularly investigate the existence of a proposed charge-transfer state in this material. We also briefly discuss the mean free paths due to electron-phonon and electron-electron scattering in the ideal structure. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR10-1006184, and U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 and the DOE SciDAC program. Computational resources were provided by NERSC. D.V.-F. acknowledges funding from the NSF's Blue Waters Fellowship.

  14. Density Functional Calculations of Native Defects in CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 : Effects of Spin–Orbit Coupling and Self-Interaction Error

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    Du, Mao-Hua

    2015-04-02

    We know that native point defects play an important role in carrier transport properties of CH3NH3PbI3. However, the nature of many important defects remains controversial due partly to the conflicting results reported by recent density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In this Letter, we show that self-interaction error and the neglect of spin–orbit coupling (SOC) in many previous DFT calculations resulted in incorrect positions of valence and conduction band edges, although their difference, which is the band gap, is in good agreement with the experimental value. Moreover, this problem has led to incorrect predictions of defect-level positions. Hybrid density functional calculations,more » which partially correct the self-interaction error and include the SOC, show that, among native point defects (including vacancies, interstitials, and antisites), only the iodine vacancy and its complexes induce deep electron and hole trapping levels inside of the band gap, acting as nonradiative recombination centers.« less

  15. Self-formed grain boundary healing layer for highly efficient CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Son, Dae-Yong; Lee, Jin-Wook; Choi, Yung Ji; Jang, In-Hyuk; Lee, Seonhee; Yoo, Pil J.; Shin, Hyunjung; Ahn, Namyoung; Choi, Mansoo; Kim, Dongho; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells have attracted significant research efforts due to their remarkable performance, with certified power conversion efficiency now reaching 22%. Solution-processed perovskite thin films are polycrystalline, and grain boundaries are thought to be responsible for causing recombination and trapping of charge carriers. Here we report an effective and reproducible way of treating grain boundaries in CH3NH3PbI3 films deposited by means of a Lewis acid–base adduct approach. We show by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy lattice images that adding 6 mol% excess CH3NH3I to the precursor solution resulted in a CH3NH3I layer forming at the grain boundaries. This layer is responsible for suppressing non-radiative recombination and improving hole and electron extraction at the grain boundaries by forming highly ionic-conducting pathways. We report an average power conversion efficiency of 20.1% over 50 cells (best cell at 20.4%) together with significantly reduced current–voltage hysteresis achieved by this grain boundary healing process.

  16. Effect of Thermal and Structural Disorder on the Electronic Structure of Hybrid Perovskite Semiconductor CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Singh, Shivam; Li, Cheng; Panzer, Fabian; Narasimhan, K L; Graeser, Anna; Gujar, Tanaji P; Köhler, Anna; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Huettner, Sven; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-08-01

    In this Letter, we investigate the temperature dependence of the optical properties of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3 = CH3NH3PbI3) from room temperature to 6 K. In both the tetragonal (T > 163 K) and the orthorhombic (T < 163 K) phases of MAPbI3, the band gap (from both absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements) decreases with decrease in temperature, in contrast to what is normally seen for many inorganic semiconductors, such as Si, GaAs, GaN, etc. We show that in the perovskites reported here, the temperature coefficient of thermal expansion is large and accounts for the positive temperature coefficient of the band gap. A detailed analysis of the exciton line width allows us to distinguish between static and dynamic disorder. The low-energy tail of the exciton absorption is reminiscent of Urbach absorption. The Urbach energy is a measure of the disorder, which is modeled using thermal and static disorder for both the phases separately. The static disorder component, manifested in the exciton line width at low temperature, is small. Above 60 K, thermal disorder increases the line width. Both these features are a measure of the high crystal quality and low disorder of the perovskite films even though they are produced from solution. PMID:27435936

  17. On the Role of Interfaces in Planar-Structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Seol, Dong-Jin; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2015-07-20

    Planar-structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 (FAPbI3 ) perovskite solar cells were prepared via a two-step deposition process. To investigate the role of interface, the perovskite morphology was intentionally modified by varying HC(NH2 )2 I concentration. Surface and grain sizes of the deposited FAPbI3 became rougher and larger as the HC(NH2 )2 I concentration decreased from 58.2 to 40.7 mM. Average photocurrent was improved but photovoltage deteriorated slightly with decreasing concentration. Consequently, the average efficiency was improved from 7.82 % to 10.70 % and the best efficiency of 12.17 % was obtained at 40.7 mM. Photoluminescence (PL) at TiO2 /FAPbI3 interface was reduced with decreasing concentration, which was, however, reversed at FAPbI3 /spiro-MeOTAD one. By correlating PL data and the photovoltaic performance, we concluded that the TiO2 /perovskite interface plays a crucial role in determining photocurrent while the perovskite/spiro-MeOTAD interface is important in governing photovoltage.

  18. Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O Complex Thin Film for Application in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Lung-Chieh; Chen, Cheng-Chiang; Liang, Kai-Chieh; Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Tseng, Zhong-Liang; Yeh, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Wen-Ti; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-12-01

    Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film-based perovskite solar cells were fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and studied. Copper (Cu) thin films with a purity of 99.995 % were deposited on an ITO-coated glass by magnetron reactive sputtering. To optimize the properties of the nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin films, the deposited Cu thin films were thermally oxidized at various temperatures from 300 to 400 °C. A CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite absorber was fabricated on top of CuO-Cu2O complex thin film by a one-step spin-coating process with a toluene washing treatment. Following optimization, the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeded 8.1 %. Therefore, the low-cost, solution-processed, stable nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film can be used as an alternative hole transport layer (HTL) in industrially produced perovskite solar cells. PMID:27637894

  19. Synthesis and conductivity of indium-doped tin pyrophosphates

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    Garzon, Fernando H; Mukundan, Rangachary; Brosha, Eric L

    2008-01-01

    We have synthesized indium-doped tin pyrophosphates as high-temperature anhydrous proton conductors. The ratio of tin to indium was varied using two different synthetic methods. The first is a high-temperature reaction in which a paste containing the reactants in excess phosphoric acid was heated for various amounts of time at various temperatures. The second method is a solution precipitation procedure followed by calcination, which offers several advantages over traditional synthetic techniques. These advantages inc 1 ude better stoichiometric control, lower temperature requirements, and chemically uniform products. Several phosphate sources were investigated, including phosphoric acid, pyrophosphoric acid, and potassium pyrophosphate. The resulting indium-doped tin pyrophosphates had good proton conductivity over a wide temperature range with no humidification.

  20. Binary and ternary doping of nitrogen, boron, and phosphorus into carbon for enhancing electrochemical oxygen reduction activity.

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    Choi, Chang Hyuck; Park, Sung Hyeon; Woo, Seong Ihl

    2012-08-28

    N-doped carbon, a promising alternative to Pt catalyst for oxygen reduction reactions (ORRs) in acidic media, is modified in order to increase its catalytic activity through the additional doping of B and P at the carbon growth step. This additional doping alters the electrical, physical, and morphological properties of the carbon. The B-doping reinforces the sp(2)-structure of graphite and increases the portion of pyridinic-N sites in the carbon lattice, whereas P-doping enhances the charge delocalization of the carbon atoms and produces carbon structures with many edge sites. These electrical and physical alternations of the N-doped carbon are more favorable for the reduction of the oxygen on the carbon surface. Compared with N-doped carbon, B,N-doped or P,N-doped carbon shows 1.2 or 2.1 times higher ORR activity at 0.6 V (vs RHE) in acidic media. The most active catalyst in the reaction is the ternary-doped carbon (B,P,N-doped carbon), which records -6.0 mA/mg of mass activity at 0.6 V (vs RHE), and it is 2.3 times higher than that of the N-doped carbon. These results imply that the binary or ternary doping of B and P with N into carbon induces remarkable performance enhancements, and the charge delocalization of the carbon atoms or number of edge sites of the carbon is a significant factor in deciding the oxygen reduction activity in carbon-based catalysts. PMID:22769428

  1. Electrochemical mineralization pathway of quinoline by boron-doped diamond anodes.

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    Wang, Chunrong; Ma, Keke; Wu, Tingting; Ye, Min; Tan, Peng; Yan, Kecheng

    2016-04-01

    Boron-doped diamond anodes were selected for quinoline mineralization, and the resulting intermediates, phenylpropyl aldehyde, phenylpropionic acid, and nonanal were identified and followed during quinoline oxidation by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and high-performance liquid chromatography. The evolutions of formic acid, acetic acid, oxalic acid, NO2(-), NO3(-), and NH4(+) were quantified. A new reaction pathway for quinoline mineralization by boron-doped diamond anodes has been proposed, where the pyridine ring in quinoline is cleaved by a hydroxyl radical giving phenylpropyl aldehyde and NH4(+). Phenylpropyl aldehyde is quickly oxidized into phenylpropionic acid, and the benzene ring is cleaved giving nonanal. This is further oxidized to formic acid, acetic acid, and oxalic acid. Finally, these organic intermediates are mineralized to CO2 and H2O. NH4(+) is also oxidized to NO2(-) and on to NO3(-). The results will help to gain basic reference for clearing intermediates and their toxicity.

  2. Direct writing the selective emitter of solar cell with lateral ultrasonic spray laser doping technique

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    Song, Jingwei; Wang, Xuemeng; Gong, Li; Lin, Yanghuan; Gao, Xiaodong; Huang, Jiapei; Shen, Hui

    2015-10-01

    In recent years, laser doping of selective emitters has offered an attractive method to improve the performance of silicon solar cell. A simple laser process is presented for the local doping of crystalline silicon solar cells. Here, the doped line has been direct-written by a 532 nm wavelength laser combined with lateral ultrasonic spray using phosphoric acid. The laser doping selective emitter was quantitatively and spatially measured using Kelvin probe force microscopy under external light illumination. By using the exploited system, we could pattern the dielectric layer while simultaneously doping the underlying silicon to easily achieve the selective emitter (n++) in one processing step. With argon as the conveyance gas, the local melted Si was surrounded by the air-argon gas mixture in the entire process, which caused a decrease in oxygen incorporation.

  3. Neutron transmutation doped Ge bolometers

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    Haller, E. E.; Kreysa, E.; Palaio, N. P.; Richards, P. L.; Rodder, M.

    1983-01-01

    Some conclusions reached are as follow. Neutron Transmutation Doping (NTD) of high quality Ge single crystals provides perfect control of doping concentration and uniformity. The resistivity can be tailored to any given bolometer operating temperature down to 0.1 K and probably lower. The excellent uniformity is advantaged for detector array development.

  4. Fullerene-doped porous glasses

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    Joshi, M. P.; Kukreja, L. M.; Rustagi, K. C.

    We report the doping of C60 in porous glass by diffusion in solution phase at room temperature. The presence of C60 in the doped porous glass was confirmed spectroscopically. We also report the changes in optical absorption spectrum and intensity-dependent transmission of 30 ns laser pulses at 527 nm in these materials.

  5. Novel polybenzimidazole derivatives for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications

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    Xiao, Lixiang

    Recent advances have made polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) a leading alternative to internal combustion engines for both stationary and transportation applications. In particular, high temperature polymer electrolyte membranes operational above 120°C without humidification offer many advantages including fast electrode kinetics, high tolerance to fuel impurities and simple thermal and water management systems. A series of polybenzimidazole (PBI) derivatives including pyridine-based PBI (PPBI) and sulfonated PBI (SPBI) homopolymers and copolymers have been synthesized using polyphosphoric acid (PPA) as both solvent and polycondensation agent. High molecular weight PBI derivative polymers were obtained with well controlled backbone structures in terms of pyridine ring content, polymer backbone rigidity and degree of sulfonation. A novel process, termed the PPA process, has been developed to prepare phosphoric acid (PA) doped PBI membranes by direct-casting of the PPA polymerization solution without isolation or re-dissolution of the polymers. The subsequent hydrolysis of PPA to PA by moisture absorbed from the atmosphere usually induced a transition from the solution-like state to a gel-like state and produced PA doped PBI membranes with a desirable suite of physiochemical properties characterized by the PA doping levels, mechanical properties and proton conductivities. The effects of the polymer backbone structure on the polymer characteristics and membrane properties, i.e., the structure-property relationships of the PBI derivative polymers have been studied. The incorporation of additional basic nitrogen containing pyridine rings and sulfonic acid groups enhanced the polymer solubility in acid and dipolar solvents while retaining the inherently high thermal stability of the PBI heteroaromatic backbone. In particular, the degradation of the SPBI polymers with reasonable high molecular weights commenced above 450°C, notably higher than other

  6. Nitrogen doping in carbon nanotubes.

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    Ewels, C P; Glerup, M

    2005-09-01

    Nitrogen doping of single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes is of great interest both fundamentally, to explore the effect of dopants on quasi-1D electrical conductors, and for applications such as field emission tips, lithium storage, composites and nanoelectronic devices. We present an extensive review of the current state of the art in nitrogen doping of carbon nanotubes, including synthesis techniques, and comparison with nitrogen doped carbon thin films and azofullerenes. Nitrogen doping significantly alters nanotube morphology, leading to compartmentalised 'bamboo' nanotube structures. We review spectroscopic studies of nitrogen dopants using techniques such as X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy and Raman studies, and associated theoretical models. We discuss the role of nanotube curvature and chirality (notably whether the nanotubes are metallic or semiconducting), and the effect of doping on nanotube surface chemistry. Finally we review the effect of nitrogen on the transport properties of carbon nanotubes, notably its ability to induce negative differential resistance in semiconducting tubes.

  7. Antimony-doped graphene nanoplatelets

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    Jeon, In-Yup; Choi, Min; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Jung, Sun-Min; Kim, Min-Jung; Seo, Jeong-Min; Bae, Seo-Yoon; Yoo, Seonyoung; Kim, Guntae; Jeong, Hu Young; Park, Noejung; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-05-01

    Heteroatom doping into the graphitic frameworks have been intensively studied for the development of metal-free electrocatalysts. However, the choice of heteroatoms is limited to non-metallic elements and heteroatom-doped graphitic materials do not satisfy commercial demands in terms of cost and stability. Here we realize doping semimetal antimony (Sb) at the edges of graphene nanoplatelets (GnPs) via a simple mechanochemical reaction between pristine graphite and solid Sb. The covalent bonding of the metalloid Sb with the graphitic carbon is visualized using atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Sb-doped GnPs display zero loss of electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction even after 100,000 cycles. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the multiple oxidation states (Sb3+ and Sb5+) of Sb are responsible for the unusual electrochemical stability. Sb-doped GnPs may provide new insights and practical methods for designing stable carbon-based electrocatalysts.

  8. Antimony-doped graphene nanoplatelets

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    Jeon, In-Yup; Choi, Min; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Jung, Sun-Min; Kim, Min-Jung; Seo, Jeong-Min; Bae, Seo-Yoon; Yoo, Seonyoung; Kim, Guntae; Jeong, Hu Young; Park, Noejung; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-01-01

    Heteroatom doping into the graphitic frameworks have been intensively studied for the development of metal-free electrocatalysts. However, the choice of heteroatoms is limited to non-metallic elements and heteroatom-doped graphitic materials do not satisfy commercial demands in terms of cost and stability. Here we realize doping semimetal antimony (Sb) at the edges of graphene nanoplatelets (GnPs) via a simple mechanochemical reaction between pristine graphite and solid Sb. The covalent bonding of the metalloid Sb with the graphitic carbon is visualized using atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Sb-doped GnPs display zero loss of electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction even after 100,000 cycles. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the multiple oxidation states (Sb3+ and Sb5+) of Sb are responsible for the unusual electrochemical stability. Sb-doped GnPs may provide new insights and practical methods for designing stable carbon-based electrocatalysts. PMID:25997811

  9. Superconductivity in doped semiconductors

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    Bustarret, E.

    2015-07-01

    A historical survey of the main normal and superconducting state properties of several semiconductors doped into superconductivity is proposed. This class of materials includes selenides, tellurides, oxides and column-IV semiconductors. Most of the experimental data point to a weak coupling pairing mechanism, probably phonon-mediated in the case of diamond, but probably not in the case of strontium titanate, these being the most intensively studied materials over the last decade. Despite promising theoretical predictions based on a conventional mechanism, the occurrence of critical temperatures significantly higher than 10 K has not been yet verified. However, the class provides an enticing playground for testing theories and devices alike.

  10. Arsenic doped zinc oxide

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    Volbers, N.; Lautenschlaeger, S.; Leichtweiss, T.; Laufer, A.; Graubner, S.; Meyer, B. K.; Potzger, K.; Zhou Shengqiang

    2008-06-15

    As-doping of zinc oxide has been approached by ion implantation and chemical vapor deposition. The effect of thermal annealing on the implanted samples has been investigated by using secondary ion mass spectrometry and Rutherford backscattering/channeling geometry. The crystal damage, the distribution of the arsenic, the diffusion of impurities, and the formation of secondary phases is discussed. For the thin films grown by vapor deposition, the composition has been determined with regard to the growth parameters. The bonding state of arsenic was investigated for both series of samples using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  11. Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Eu²⁺-Doped BaSiF₆ Nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Xin; Hua, Ruinian; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Jun; Tang, Dongxin; Sun, Zhengang

    2016-01-01

    By adjusting the molar ratio of oleic acid (OA), oleylamine (OM), and 1-octadecene (OD) ligands in reaction solution, Eu²⁺-doped BaSiF₆ nanoparticles were synthesized using a thermal decomposition synthesis route. Eu²⁺ ions have been successfully doped into BaSiF₆ host lattice and strong 4f-4f line emission of the Eu²⁺ in BaSiF₆ matrix is observed. Meanwhile, the photoluminescent (PL) properties of BaSiF₆:Eu²⁺ nanoparticles doping Eu²⁺ ions at different concentrations were also studied. PMID:27398531

  12. Chemical Vapor Deposition of Phosphorous- and Boron-Doped Graphene Using Phenyl-Containing Molecules.

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    Mekan Ovezmyradov; Magedov, Igor V; Frolova, Liliya V; Chandler, Gary; Garcia, Jill; Bethke, Donald; Shaner, Eric A; Kalugin, Nikolai G

    2015-07-01

    Simultaneous chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of graphene and "in-situ" phosphorous or boron doping of graphene was accomplished using Triphenylphosphine (TPP) and 4-Methoxyphenylboronic acid (4-MPBA). The TPP and 4-MPBA molecules were sublimated and supplied along with CH4 molecules during graphene growth at atmospheric pressure. The grown graphene samples were characterized using Raman spectroscopy. Phosphorous and boron presence in phosphorous and boron doped graphene was confirmed with Auger electron spectroscopy. The possibility of obtaining phosphorous and boron doped graphene using solid-source molecule precursors via CVD can lead to an easy and rapid production of modified large area graphene.

  13. 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.

  14. Sulfamic Acid-Catalyzed Lead Perovskite Formation for Solar Cell Fabrication on Glass or Plastic Substrates.

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    Guo, Yunlong; Sato, Wataru; Shoyama, Kazutaka; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2016-04-27

    Lead perovskite materials such as methylammonium triiodoplumbate(II) (CH3NH3PbI3, PV) are promising materials for printable solar cell (SC) applications. The preparation of PV involves a series of energetically costly cleavages of the μ-iodo bridges via conversion of a mixture of PbI2 (PI) and methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I, MAI) in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) into a precursor solution containing a polymeric strip of a plumbate(II) dimer [(MA(+))2(PbI3(-))2·(DMF)2]m, which then produces a perovskite film with loss of DMF upon spin-coating and heating of the substrate. We report here that the PI-to-PV conversion and the PV crystal growth to micrometer size can be accelerated by a small amount of zwitterionic sulfamic acid (NH3SO3, SA) and that sulfamic acid facilitates electron transfer to a neighboring electron-accepting layer in an SC device. As a result, an SC device on indium tin oxide (ITO)/glass made of a 320 nm thick PV film using 0.7 wt % SA showed a higher short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, and fill factor and hence a 22.5% higher power conversion efficiency of 16.02% compared with the device made without SA. The power conversion efficiency value was reproducible (±0.3% for 25 devices), and the device showed very small hysteresis. The device without any encapsulation showed a respectable longevity on a shelf under nitrogen under ambient light. A flexible device similarly fabricated on ITO/poly(ethylene naphthalate) showed an efficiency of 12.4%. PMID:27054265

  15. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-06-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices.

  16. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface.

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-12-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices.

  17. Nanocrystal doped matrixes

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    Parce, J. Wallace; Bernatis, Paul; Dubrow, Robert; Freeman, William P.; Gamoras, Joel; Kan, Shihai; Meisel, Andreas; Qian, Baixin; Whiteford, Jeffery A.; Ziebarth, Jonathan

    2010-01-12

    Matrixes doped with semiconductor nanocrystals are provided. In certain embodiments, the semiconductor nanocrystals have a size and composition such that they absorb or emit light at particular wavelengths. The nanocrystals can comprise ligands that allow for mixing with various matrix materials, including polymers, such that a minimal portion of light is scattered by the matrixes. The matrixes of the present invention can also be utilized in refractive index matching applications. In other embodiments, semiconductor nanocrystals are embedded within matrixes to form a nanocrystal density gradient, thereby creating an effective refractive index gradient. The matrixes of the present invention can also be used as filters and antireflective coatings on optical devices and as down-converting layers. Processes for producing matrixes comprising semiconductor nanocrystals are also provided. Nanostructures having high quantum efficiency, small size, and/or a narrow size distribution are also described, as are methods of producing indium phosphide nanostructures and core-shell nanostructures with Group II-VI shells.

  18. Glycolic acid modulates the mechanical property and degradation of poly(glycerol, sebacate, glycolic acid).

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    Sun, Zhi-Jie; Wu, Lan; Huang, Wei; Chen, Chang; Chen, Yan; Lu, Xi-Li; Zhang, Xiao-Lan; Yang, Bao-Feng; Dong, De-Li

    2010-01-01

    The development of biodegradable materials with controllable degradation properties is beneficial for a variety of applications. Poly(glycerol-sebacate) (PGS) is a promising candidate of biomaterials; so we synthesize a series of poly(glycerol, sebacate, glycolic acid) (PGSG) with 1:2:0, 1:2:0.2, 1:2:0.4, 1:2:0.6, 1:2:1 mole ratio of glycerol, sebacate, and glycolic acid to elucidate the relation of doped glycolic acid to the degradation rate and mechanical properties. The microstructures of the polymers with different doping of glycolic acid were dissimilar. PGSG with glycolic acid in the ratio of 0.2 displayed an integral degree of ordering, different to those with glycolic acid in the ratio of 0, 0.4, 0.6, and 1, which showed mild phase separation structure. The number, DeltaH(m), and temperature of the PGSG melting peaks tended to decrease with the increasing ratio of doped glycolic acid. In vitro and in vivo degradation tests showed that the degradation rate of PGSG with glycolic acid in the ratio of 0.2 was slowest, but in the ratio range of 0, 0.4, and 0.6, the degradation rate increased with the increase of glycolic acid. All PGSG samples displayed good tissue response and anticoagulant effects. Our data suggest that doping glycolic acid can modulate the microstructure and degree of crosslinking of PGS, thereby control the degradation rate of PGS.

  19. Epitaxial Silicon Doped With Antimony

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    Huffman, James E.; Halleck, Bradley L.

    1996-01-01

    High-purity epitaxial silicon doped with antimony made by chemical vapor deposition, using antimony pentachloride (SbCI5) as source of dopant and SiH4, SiCI2H2, or another conventional source of silicon. High purity achieved in layers of arbitrary thickness. Epitaxial silicon doped with antimony needed to fabricate impurity-band-conduction photodetectors operating at wavelengths from 2.5 to 40 micrometers.

  20. Color stable manganese-doped phosphors

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    Lyons, Robert Joseph; Setlur, Anant Achyut; Deshpande, Anirudha Rajendra; Grigorov, Ljudmil Slavchev

    2012-08-28

    A process for preparing color stable Mn.sup.+4 doped phosphors includes providing a phosphor of formula I; A.sub.x[MF.sub.y]:Mn.sup.+4 I and contacting the phosphor in particulate form with a saturated solution of a composition of formula II in aqueous hydrofluoric acid; A.sub.x[MF.sub.y]; II wherein A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, NR.sub.4 or a combination thereof; M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or a combination thereof; R is H, lower alkyl, or a combination thereof; x is the absolute value of the charge of the [MF.sub.y] ion; and y is 5, 6 or 7. In particular embodiments, M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, or a combination thereof. A lighting apparatus capable of emitting white light includes a semiconductor light source; and a phosphor composition radiationally coupled to the light source, and which includes a color stable Mn.sup.+4 doped phosphor.

  1. Properties and electrochemical characteristics of boron-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Tsierkezos, Nikos G.; Ritter, Uwe; Nugraha Thaha, Yudi; Krischok, Stefan; Himmerlich, Marcel; Downing, Clive

    2015-10-01

    Boron-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized upon decomposition of ethyl alcohol and boric acid via chemical vapor deposition. The boron-doped nanotubes were treated with hydrochloric acid and were characterized by means of scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrochemistry of ferrocyanide/ferricyanide on boron-doped nanotubes was studied in temperature range of 283.15-303.15 K. The findings exhibit an improvement of films' current response and kinetics of electron transfer with the rise in temperature. The kinetics for electron transfer enhances and the redox process occurs slightly more spontaneously upon acid treatment.

  2. Study of the structure and mechanical properties of pure and doped polyaniline

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    Shaktawat, Vinodini; Saxena, N. S.; Sharma, Kananbala

    2011-03-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) doped with different protonic acids was chemically synthesized using ammonium persulfate as an oxidant. These samples were characterized through scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, which confirms the acid doping. Variation of complex elastic modulus and mechanical loss factor (tan δ) has been studied with temperature of pellet of conducting PANI. It has been observed that complex modulus decreases with temperature due to thermal expansion of films. On the other hand, tan δ increases up to characteristic temperature, beyond which it shows a decreasing trend towards melting. The phase transition temperature of pure PANI is 106.1°C and is shifted to higher temperatures i.e. 137.1°C, 134°C, 138.8°C, 118.3°C, and 109.7°C with doping of PANI by protonic acids.

  3. Wireless Solar Water Splitting Device with Robust Cobalt-Catalyzed, Dual-Doped BiVO4 Photoanode and Perovskite Solar Cell in Tandem: A Dual Absorber Artificial Leaf.

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    Kim, Jin Hyun; Jo, Yimhyun; Kim, Ju Hun; Jang, Ji Wook; Kang, Hyun Jun; Lee, Young Hye; Kim, Dong Suk; Jun, Yongseok; Lee, Jae Sung

    2015-12-22

    A stand-alone, wireless solar water splitting device without external energy supply has been realized by combining in tandem a CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite single junction solar cell with a cobalt carbonate (Co-Ci)-catalyzed, extrinsic/intrinsic dual-doped BiVO4 (hydrogen-treated and 3 at% Mo-doped). The photoanode recorded one of the highest photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity (4.8 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 VRHE) under simulated 1 sun illumination. The oxygen evolution Co-Ci co-catalyst showed similar performance to best known cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi) (5.0 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 VRHE) on the same dual-doped BiVO4 photoanode, but with significantly better stability. A tandem artificial-leaf-type device produced stoichiometric hydrogen and oxygen with an average solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 4.3% (wired), 3.0% (wireless) under simulated 1 sun illumination. Hence, our device based on a D4 tandem photoelectrochemical cell represents a meaningful advancement in performance and cost over the device based on a triple-junction solar cell-electrocatalyst combination.

  4. Synthesis, linear optical, non-linear optical, thermal and mechanical characterizations of dye-doped semi-organic NLO crystals

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    Sesha Bamini, N.; Vidyalakshmy, Y.; Choedak, Tenzin; Kejalakshmy, N.; Muthukrishnan, P.; Ancy, C. J.

    2015-06-01

    Organic laser dyes Coumarin 485, Coumarin 540 and Rhodamine 590 Chloride were used to dope potassium acid phthalate crystals (KAP). Dye-doped KAP crystals with different dye concentrations such as 0.01 mM, 0.03 mM, 0.05 mM, 0.07 mM and 0.09 mM (in the KAP growth solution) were grown. The linear optical, non-linear optical, mechanical and thermal characterizations of dye-doped KAP crystals were studied and compared to understand the effect of dye and dye concentration on the KAP crystal. Absorption and emission studies of KAP and dye-doped KAP single crystals indicated the inclusion of the dye into the KAP crystal lattice. The effect of dye and its concentration on the SHG efficiency of the KAP crystal was studied using the Kurtz and Perry powder technique. It was observed that the absorption maximum wavelength and concentration of the dye used for doping the KAP single crystal decided the SHG efficiency of the dye-doped KAP single crystals. The mechanical hardness of the dye-doped and undoped (pure) KAP single crystals were studied using the Vickner’s microhardness test. It was observed that doping the KAP crystals with the laser dyes changed them from softer material to harder material. Etching studies showed an improvement in the optical quality of the KAP crystal after doping with laser dyes.

  5. Magnetic and electromagnetic properties of Pr doped strontium ferrite/polyaniline composite film

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    Huang, Ying; Li, Yuqing; Wang, Yan

    2014-11-01

    This paper reported three acid (including hydrochloric acid HCl, p-toluenesulfonic acid PTS and D-camphor-10-acid CSA) doped SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19/PANI composite film and the HCl-PANI film prepared by a sol-gel method and in-situ oxidative polymerization. The characteristics of the film phase structure, surface morphology, conductivity and magnetic and electromagnetic properties were studied by using XRD, XPS, FESEM, four-probe tester, VSM and Vector Network Analyzer. The resistivity of organic acid doped composite films is higher than that of the HCl doped one. The saturation and remanent magnetization of PTS and HCl doped composite films are greater than the CSA-doped one; however, the coercivity of the three acid doped composite films is basically 5546 Oe. The saturation magnetization, remanent magnetization and coercivity of SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film are greater than those of the SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19-PANI composite film. In the frequency range of 8-12 GHz, the dielectric loss of HCl-PANI film is the maximum, and the dielectric loss of SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film is the minimum; the magnetic loss of the four films is in descending order as SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film, PrSrM/(HCl-PANI) composite film, PrSrM/(CSA-PANI) and HCl-PANI film.

  6. Pure MW Data for v=0-6 of PbI Give Vibrational Spacings and a Full Analytic Potential Energy Function

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    Yoo, Ji Ho (Chris); Evans, Corey; Walker, Nick; Le Roy, Robert J.

    2015-06-01

    At last year's ISMS meeting, Zaleski et al. reported new broadband MW spectroscopy measurements of pure rotational transitions in the v=0-6 levels of the ^2Π1/2 ground electronic state of PbI. The analysis presented at that time was a conventional v-level by v-level `band-constant' analysis performed using the PGopher program. That level-by-level PGopher analysis yielded values of B_v, D_v and five spin-splitting parameters for each vibrational level of each isotopologue. Ignoring the spin-splitting information, the B_v and D_v values were used to generate a set of synthetic pure R(0) transitions for each level that were taken to represent the ``mechanical'' information about the molecule contained in these spectra. A standard direct-potential-fit (DPF) analysis was then used to fit these data to an ``Expanded Morse Oscillator'' (EMO) potential function form. The well-depth parameter D_e was fixed at the literature value, while values of the equilibrium distance r_e and three EMO exponent-coefficient expansion `potential shape' parameters are determined from the fits. The best fits to the data yield potentials whose fundamental vibrational spacings are in excellent agreement with experiment together with reliable predictions for the first five overtone energies. D.P. Zaleski, H. Köckert, S.L. Stephens, N. Walker, L.-M. Dickens, and C. Evans, paper RE08 at the 69th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois (2014). PGopher - a Program for Simulating Rotational Structure, C. M. Western, University of Bristol, http://pgopher.chm.bris.ac.uk DPotFit 2.0: A Computer Program for fitting Diatomic Molecule Spectra to Potential Energy Functions, R.J. Le Roy, J. Seto and Y. Huang, University of Waterloo Chemical Physics Research Report CP-667 (2013); see http://leroy.uwaterloo.ca/programs/. K. Ziebarth, R. Breidohr, O. Shestakov and E.H. Fink, Chem. Phys. Lett. 190, 271 (1992).

  7. Highly reproducible, efficient hysteresis-less CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) planar hybrid solar cells without requiring heat-treatment.

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    Heo, Jin Hyuck; Im, Sang Hyuk

    2016-02-01

    CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)(MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x)) mixed halide perovskite powder with uniform composition was synthesized via simple solution chemistry, which demonstrates highly reproducible, efficient planar type MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite solar cells. Pure MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite powder was synthesized by reacting a 3 : 1 molar ratio of MAI : PbCl2 powder mixture in isopropanol (IPA) solution for 30 min at 60 °C with subsequent repeated centrifugation and washing in IPA. IPA functions as both the reaction medium for the formation of MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide and a selective remover of unreacted MAI and MACl byproducts. Accordingly, we could deposit a pinhole-free dense MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite film on a TiO2/FTO substrate through a simple one step spin-coating of pure MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite powder in DMF solution with HI additive, without further long heat-treatment processes. The deposited MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite film revealed uniform composition throughout the entire area, and the ratio of Cl to I + Cl and I + Cl to Pb was constant at ∼0.03 and ∼1/3, respectively. On the other hand, the conventional MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite film prepared by the long heat-treatment process had non-uniform composition because the ratio of Cl to I + Cl fluctuated greatly from 0 to 7.2. The average efficiency of planar type MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite solar cells was 18.65% ± 0.30% and the champion cell had 1.11 V V(oc), 22.1 mA cm(-2) J(sc), 77% F.F., and 18.9% η for forward scan conditions and 1.11 V V(oc), 22.1 mA cm(-2) J(sc), 78% F.F., and 19.1% η for reverse scan conditions. Although the thickness of the MAPbI(3-x)Cl(x) mixed halide perovskite layer varied from ∼500 nm to ∼900 nm, the efficiency was within the range of 18.3%-19.0%.

  8. Influence of void-free perovskite capping layer on the charge recombination process in high performance CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Fu, Kunwu; Nelson, Christopher T.; Scott, Mary Cooper; Minor, Andrew; Mathews, Nripan; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2016-02-01

    void free perovskite capping layer surface on the charge recombination processes within the mesoscopic perovskite solar cells is further scrutinized via charge extraction measurement. Modulation of precursor solution concentrations in order to further improve the perovskite layer surface morphology leads to higher efficiency and lower charge recombination rates. Inhibited charge recombination in these solar cells also matches with the higher charge density and slower photovoltage decay profiles measured. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: UV-Vis, PL and XRD of MAPbI3, internal quantum efficiency of perovskite devices, top-view SEM images of PbI2 films, cross section view of FIB cut samples, electron diffraction peak intensity vs. diffraction angle of TiO2/MAPbI3 perovskite samples from single and sequential deposition methods. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06362k

  9. Enhancing performance and uniformity of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite solar cells by air-heated-oven assisted annealing under various humidities

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    Zhou, Qing; Jin, Zhiwen; Li, Hui; Wang, Jizheng

    2016-01-01

    To fabricate high-performance metal-halide perovskite solar cells, a thermal annealing process is indispensable in preparing high quality perovskite film. And usually such annealing is performed on hot plate. However hot-plate annealing could cause problems such as inhomogeneous heating (induced by non-tight contact between the sample and the plate), it is also not fit for large scale manufactory. In this paper, we conduct the annealing process in air-heated oven under various humidity environments, and compared the resulted films (CH3NH3PbI3−xClx) and devices (Al/PC61BM/CH3NH3PbI3−xClx/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass) with that obtained via hot-plate annealing. It is found that the air-heated-oven annealing is superior to the hot-plate annealing: the annealing time is shorter, the films are more uniform, and the devices exhibit higher power conversion efficiency and better uniformity. The highest efficiencies achieved for the oven and hot-plate annealing processes are 14.9% and 13.5%, and the corresponding standard deviations are 0.5% and 0.8%, respectively. Our work here indicates that air-heated-oven annealing could be a more reliable and more efficient way for both lab research and large-scale production. PMID:26879260

  10. Enhancing performance and uniformity of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite solar cells by air-heated-oven assisted annealing under various humidities

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    Zhou, Qing; Jin, Zhiwen; Li, Hui; Wang, Jizheng

    2016-02-01

    To fabricate high-performance metal-halide perovskite solar cells, a thermal annealing process is indispensable in preparing high quality perovskite film. And usually such annealing is performed on hot plate. However hot-plate annealing could cause problems such as inhomogeneous heating (induced by non-tight contact between the sample and the plate), it is also not fit for large scale manufactory. In this paper, we conduct the annealing process in air-heated oven under various humidity environments, and compared the resulted films (CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx) and devices (Al/PC61BM/CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass) with that obtained via hot-plate annealing. It is found that the air-heated-oven annealing is superior to the hot-plate annealing: the annealing time is shorter, the films are more uniform, and the devices exhibit higher power conversion efficiency and better uniformity. The highest efficiencies achieved for the oven and hot-plate annealing processes are 14.9% and 13.5%, and the corresponding standard deviations are 0.5% and 0.8%, respectively. Our work here indicates that air-heated-oven annealing could be a more reliable and more efficient way for both lab research and large-scale production.

  11. Rapid and robust spatiotemporal dynamics of the first-order phase transition in crystals of the organic-inorganic perovskite (C12H25NH3)2PbI4

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    Yangui, Aymen; Sy, Mouhamadou; Li, Liang; Abid, Younes; Naumov, Panče; Boukheddaden, Kamel

    2015-01-01

    The dynamics of the thermally induced first-order structural phase transition in a high-quality single crystal of the organic-inorganic perovskite (C12H25NH3)2PbI4 was investigated by optical microscopy. The propagation of the straight phase front (habit plane) during the phase transition along the cooling and heating pathways of the thermal hysteresis was observed. The thermochromic character of the transition allowed monitoring of the thermal dependence of average optical density and aided the visualization of the interface propagation. The thermal hysteresis loop is 10 K wide, and the interface velocity is constant at V ≈ 1.6 mm s–1. The transition is accompanied with sizeable change in crystal size, with elongation of ~6% along the b axis and compression of ~ –2% along the a axis, in excellent agreement with previously reported X-ray diffraction data. The progression of the habit plane is at least 160 times faster than in spin-crossover materials, and opens new prospects for organic-inorganic perovskites as solid switching materials. Moreover, the crystals of (C12H25NH3)2PbI4 are unusually mechanically robust and present excellent resilience to thermal cycling. These hitherto unrecognized properties turn this and possibly similar hybrid perovskites into perspective candidates as active medium for microscopic actuation. PMID:26568147

  12. Polypyrrole-ZnO nanohybrids: effect of CSA doping on structure, morphology and optoelectronic properties

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    Chougule, M. A.; Khuspe, G. D.; Sen, Shashwati; Patil, V. B.

    2013-10-01

    Polypyrrole-ZnO (PPy-ZnO) nanohybrid was prepared from PPy and ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). Nanohybrids of PPy-ZnO were doped with camphor sulfonic acid (CSA) with different weight ratios (10-50 %). The CSA-doped nanohybrids obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction, FTIR, field emission SEM, UV-vis spectroscopy and electrical transport method. Structural investigations using X-ray diffraction shows new peaks appeared at 15.44° and 17.61° in the XRD pattern of CSA-doped PPy-ZnO nanohybrids belong to CSA. The FTIR spectra confirmed the strong interaction between the CSA and PPy-ZnO nanohybrids. The UV-visible spectrums revealed the enhancement of doping level for the 30 % CSA-doped PPy-ZnO nanohybrid film which is assigned to the existence of greater number of charges on the polymer backbone. The room temperature dc electrical conductivity of CSA-doped PPy-ZnO nanohybrids were observed to depend on the CSA doping and the morphology.

  13. Crystal Growth, Thermal, Optical, and Dielectric Properties of L-Lysine Doped Kdp Crystals

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    Parikh, Ketan D.; Dave, Dipak J.; Joshi, Mihir J.

    Single crystals of pure and various amount of L-lysine doped KDP crystals were grown from aqueous solution. The doping of L-lysine was confirmed by CHN analysis and FT-IR spectroscopy. Powder XRD was carried out to assess the single phase nature of the samples. The effect of doping on thermal stability of the crystals was carried out by TGA and the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of dehydration were evaluated. It was found that as the amount of doping of amino acid, L-lysine, increased the thermal stability of the grown crystals decreased. However, the second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of Nd:YAG laser and UV-vis spectroscopy studies indicated that as the L-lysine doping increased in KDP crystals the SHG efficiency and optical transmission percentage increased. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss of L-lysine doped KDP crystals are lower than the pure KDP crystals. Hence L-lysine doped KDP crystals are found to be more beneficial from an application point of view as compared to pure KDP crystals. The results are discussed.

  14. Manganese doped fluorescent paramagnetic nanocrystals for dual-modal imaging.

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    Sharma, Vijay Kumar; Gokyar, Sayim; Kelestemur, Yusuf; Erdem, Talha; Unal, Emre; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2014-12-10

    In this work, dual-modal (fluorescence and magnetic resonance) imaging capabilities of water-soluble, low-toxicity, monodisperse Mn-doped ZnSe nanocrystals (NCs) with a size (6.5 nm) below the optimum kidney cutoff limit (10 nm) are reported. Synthesizing Mn-doped ZnSe NCs with varying Mn(2+) concentrations, a systematic investigation of the optical properties of these NCs by using photoluminescence (PL) and time resolved fluorescence are demonstrated. The elemental properties of these NCs using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and inductive coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy confirming Mn(2+) doping is confined to the core of these NCs are also presented. It is observed that with increasing Mn(2+) concentration the PL intensity first increases, reaching a maximum at Mn(2+) concentration of 3.2 at% (achieving a PL quantum yield (QY) of 37%), after which it starts to decrease. Here, this high-efficiency sample is demonstrated for applications in dual-modal imaging. These NCs are further made water-soluble by ligand exchange using 3-mercaptopropionic acid, preserving their PL QY as high as 18%. At the same time, these NCs exhibit high relaxivity (≈2.95 mM(-1) s(-1)) to obtain MR contrast at 25 °C, 3 T. Therefore, the Mn(2+) doping in these water-soluble Cd-free NCs are sufficient to produce contrast for both fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. PMID:25111198

  15. Influence of cysteine doping on photoluminescence intensity from semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Kurnosov, N. V.; Leontiev, V. S.; Linnik, A. S.; Karachevtsev, V. A.

    2015-03-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) from semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes can be applied for detection of cysteine. It is shown that cysteine doping (from 10-8 to 10-3 M) into aqueous suspension of nanotubes with adsorbed DNA leads to increase of PL intensity. The PL intensity was enhanced by 27% at 10-3 M cysteine concentration in suspension. Most likely, the PL intensity increases due to the passivation of p-defects on the nanotube by the cysteine containing reactive thiol group. The effect of doping with other amino acids without this group (methionine, serine, aspartic acid, lysine, proline) on the PL intensity is essentially weaker.

  16. Superconductivity in doped fullerenes

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    Hebard, A.F. )

    1992-11-01

    While there is not complete agreement on the microscopic mechanism of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped C[sub 60], further research may well lead to the production of analogous materials that lose resistance at even higher temperatures. Carbon 60 is a fascinating and arrestingly beautiful molecule. With 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal faces symmetrically arrayed in a soccer-ball-like structure that belongs to the icosahedral point group, I[sub h], its high symmetry alone invites special attention. The publication in September 1990 of a simple technique for manufacturing and concentrating macroscopic amounts of this new form of carbon announced to the scientific community that enabling technology had arrived. Macroscopic amounts of C[sub 60] (and the higher fullerenes, such as C[sub 70] and C[sub 84]) can now be made with an apparatus as simple as an arc furnace powered with an arc welding supply. Accordingly, chemists, physicists and materials scientists have joined forces in an explosion of effort to explore the properties of this unusual molecular building block. 23 refs., 6 figs.

  17. Doping dependence of electrical and thermal conductivity of nanoscale polyaniline thin films

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    Jin, Jiezhu; Wang, Qing; Haque, M. A.

    2010-05-01

    We performed simultaneous characterization of electrical and thermal conductivity of 55 nm thick polyaniline (PANI) thin films doped with different levels of camphor sulfonic acids (CSAs). The effect of the doping level is more pronounced on electrical conductivity than on thermal conductivity of PANIs, thereby greatly affecting their ratio that determines the thermoelectric efficiency. At the 60% (the molar ratio of CSA to phenyl-N repeat unit of PANI) doping level, PANI exhibited the maximum electrical and thermal conductivity due to the formation of mostly delocalized structures. Whereas polarons are the charge carriers responsible for the electrical conduction, phonons are believed to play a dominant role in the heat conduction in nanoscale doped PANI thin films.

  18. Nickel-doped ceria nanoparticles for promoting catalytic activity of Pt/C for ethanol electrooxidation

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    Tan, Qiang; Du, Chunyu; Sun, Yongrong; Du, Lei; Yin, Geping; Gao, Yunzhi

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports the facile synthesis of monodispersed nickel-doped ceria nanoparticles by a thermal decomposition method, which is used to promote catalytic properties of Pt/C. The Pt/Ni-doped CeO2/C catalyst obtained exhibits remarkably high activity and stability towards the ethanol electrooxidation in acidic media. This is attributed to higher oxygen releasing capacity and stronger interaction of Ni-doped CeO2 with Pt than pure CeO2 nanoparticles that contribute positively to the removal of poisoning intermediates. We believe that the design concept and synthetic strategy of metal doped oxides used for fuel cell catalysts can be potentially extended to other catalytic fields.

  19. Highly reproducible, efficient hysteresis-less CH3NH3PbI3-xClx planar hybrid solar cells without requiring heat-treatment

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    Heo, Jin Hyuck; Im, Sang Hyuk

    2016-01-01

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx(MAPbI3-xClx) mixed halide perovskite powder with uniform composition was synthesized via simple solution chemistry, which demonstrates highly reproducible, efficient planar type MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite solar cells. Pure MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite powder was synthesized by reacting a 3 : 1 molar ratio of MAI : PbCl2 powder mixture in isopropanol (IPA) solution for 30 min at 60 °C with subsequent repeated centrifugation and washing in IPA. IPA functions as both the reaction medium for the formation of MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide and a selective remover of unreacted MAI and MACl byproducts. Accordingly, we could deposit a pinhole-free dense MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film on a TiO2/FTO substrate through a simple one step spin-coating of pure MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite powder in DMF solution with HI additive, without further long heat-treatment processes. The deposited MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film revealed uniform composition throughout the entire area, and the ratio of Cl to I + Cl and I + Cl to Pb was constant at ~0.03 and ~1/3, respectively. On the other hand, the conventional MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film prepared by the long heat-treatment process had non-uniform composition because the ratio of Cl to I + Cl fluctuated greatly from 0 to 7.2. The average efficiency of planar type MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite solar cells was 18.65% +/- 0.30% and the champion cell had 1.11 V Voc, 22.1 mA cm-2Jsc, 77% F.F., and 18.9% η for forward scan conditions and 1.11 V Voc, 22.1 mA cm-2Jsc, 78% F.F., and 19.1% η for reverse scan conditions. Although the thickness of the MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite layer varied from ~500 nm to ~900 nm, the efficiency was within the range of 18.3%-19.0%.CH3NH3PbI3-xClx(MAPbI3-xClx) mixed halide perovskite powder with uniform composition was synthesized via simple solution chemistry, which demonstrates highly reproducible, efficient planar type MAPbI3-x

  20. Doping and thrombosis in sports.

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    Lippi, Giuseppe; Banfi, Giuseppe

    2011-11-01

    Historically, humans have long sought to enhance their "athletic" performance to increase body weight, aggressiveness, mental concentration and physical strength, contextually reducing fatigue, pain, and improving recovery. Although regular training is the mainstay for achieving these targets, the ancillary use of ergogenic aids has become commonplace in all sports. The demarcation between ergogenic aids and doping substances or practices is continuously challenging and mostly based on perceptions regarding the corruption of the fairness of competition and the potential side effects or adverse events arising from the use of otherwise unnecessary ergogenic substances. A kaleidoscope of side effects has been associated with the use of doping agents, including behavioral, skeletal, endocrinologic, metabolic, hemodynamic, and cardiovascular imbalances. Among the various doping substances, the most striking association with thrombotic complications has been reported for androgenic anabolic steroids (i.e., cardiomyopathy, fatal and nonfatal arrhythmias, myocardial infarction [MI], intracardiac thrombosis, stroke, venous thromboembolism [VTE], limb arterial thrombosis, branch retinal vein occlusion, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) and blood boosting (i.e., VTE and MI, especially for epoetin and analogs). The potential thrombotic complication arising from misuse of other doping agents such as the administration of cortisol, growth hormone, prolactin, cocaine, and platelet-derived preparations is instead speculative or anecdotal at best. The present article provides an overview on the epidemiological association as well as the underlying biochemical and biological mechanisms linking the practice of doping in sports with the development of thrombosis.

  1. Enhancing charge storage of conjugated polymer electrodes with phenolic acids

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    Wagner, Michal; Rębiś, Tomasz; Inganäs, Olle

    2016-01-01

    We here present studies of electrochemical doping of poly(1-aminoanthraquinone) (PAAQ) films with three structurally different phenolic acids. The examined phenolic acids (sinapic, ferulic and syringic acid) were selected due to their resemblance to redox active groups, which can be found in lignin. The outstanding electrochemical stability of PAAQ films synthesized for this work enabled extensive cycling of phenolic acid-doped PAAQ films. Potentiodynamic and charge-discharge studies revealed that phenolic acid-doped PAAQ films exhibited enhanced capacitance in comparison to undoped PAAQ films, together with appearance of redox activity characteristics specific for each dopant. Electrochemical kinetic studies performed on microelectrodes affirmed the fast electron transfer for hydroquinone-to-quinone reactions with these phenolic compounds. These results imply the potential application of phenolic acids in cheap and degradable energy storage devices.

  2. Clarification of cross-linkage structure in boric acid doped poly(vinyl alcohol) and its model compound as studied by an organized combination of X-ray single-crystal structure analysis, Raman spectroscopy, and density functional theoretical calculation.

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    Itou, Takahiko; Kitai, Hideyuki; Shimazu, Akira; Miyazaki, Tsukasa; Tashiro, Kohji

    2014-06-01

    When boric acid (BA) is added to poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), a chemical reaction occurs to form the cross-linkages between the amorphous PVA chains. The local structural change caused by this reaction has been clarified concretely from the microscopic level on the basis of the X-ray-analyzed crystal structure, Raman spectra, and ab initio density functional theory using a model compound produced by the reaction between pentanediol (PENT) and boric acid (PENT-BA). The PENT-BA compound was found to take the TT and TG conformations in the methylene segmental parts depending on the stereoregularity of the PENT molecule itself, meso and racemo configurations, respectively. These two conformations give the Raman bands at the different positions. By comparison of the Raman spectra between the PVA-BA and PENT-BA model compounds, the local structures of PVA chains connected to BA molecules have been derived concretely: the syndiotactic PVA parts in the amorphous region form the TG-type ring structure with the 3-coordinate boron atom, where T and G are trans and gauche conformers, respectively. On the other hand, the isotactic PVA part takes the TT conformation when it forms a ring with boron atom. The thus-created rings are hydrogen-bonded to form a dimer, which plays a role as cross-linkage between the neighboring PVA chain segments in the amorphous region.

  3. Incubational domain characterization in lightly doped ceria

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    Li Zhipeng; Mori, Toshiyuki; John Auchterlonie, Graeme; Zou Jin; Drennan, John

    2012-08-15

    Microstructures of both Gd- and Y-doped ceria with different doping level (i.e., 10 at% and 25 at%) have been comprehensively characterized by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. Coherent nano-sized domains can be widely observed in heavily doped ceria. Nevertheless, it was found that a large amount of dislocations actually exist in lightly doped ceria instead of heavily doped ones. Furthermore, incubational domains can be detected in lightly doped ceria, with dislocations located at the interfaces. The interactions between such linear dislocations and dopant defects have been simulated accordingly. As a consequence, the formation mechanism of incubational domains is rationalized in terms of the interaction between intrinsic dislocations of doped ceria and dopant defects. This study offers the insights into the initial state and related mechanism of the formation of nano-sized domains, which have been widely observed in heavily rare-earth-doped ceria in recent years. - Graphical abstract: Interactions between dislocations and dopants lead to incubational domain formation in lightly doped ceria. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructures were characterized in both heavily and light Gd-/Y-doped ceria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dislocations are existed in lightly doped ceria rather than heavily doped one. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Interactions between dislocations and dopant defects were simulated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of dislocation associated incubational domain is rationalized.

  4. Sulphur-doped silica fibres

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    Gerasimova, V I; Rybaltovskii, A O; Chernov, P V; Mashinsky, V M; Sazhin, O D; Medvedkov, O I; Rybaltovsky, A A; Khrapko, R R

    2003-01-31

    An optical fibre with low optical losses is manufactured from a sulphur-doped quartz glass. Optical absorption spectra are measured for various parts of the fibre core. Most of the bands of these spectra are assigned to oxygen-deficient centres and colour centres containing sulphur atoms. The photosensitivity of glasses exposed to laser radiation at wavelengths of 193 and 244 nm is investigated to estimate the possibility of their application for producing photorefracting devices. A Bragg grating of the refractive index with {Delta}n = 7.8 x 10{sup -4} is written in a sulphur-doped silica fibre. (fibre optics)

  5. Method of doping a semiconductor

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Chiang Y.; Rapp, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    A method for doping semiconductor material. An interface is established between a solid electrolyte and a semiconductor to be doped. The electrolyte is chosen to be an ionic conductor of the selected impurity and the semiconductor material and electrolyte are jointly chosen so that any compound formed from the impurity and the semiconductor will have a free energy no lower than the electrolyte. A potential is then established across the interface so as to allow the impurity ions to diffuse into the semiconductor. In one embodiment the semiconductor and electrolyte may be heated so as to increase the diffusion coefficient.

  6. Photoluminescence characteristics of rare earth-doped nanoporous aluminum oxide

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    de Azevedo, W. M.; de Carvalho, D. D.; de Vasconcelos, E. A.; da Silva, E. F.

    2004-07-01

    In this work we present photoluminescence characterization of rare earth ion-doped nanoporous aluminum oxide synthesized by the anodization process in diverse solvents. We find that the luminescence of doped aluminum oxide strongly depends on the synthesis medium. When synthesized in an inorganic acid only rare earth fluorescence is present, whereas nanoporous aluminum oxide synthesized in organic solvent presents two strong unexpected luminescence emission lines, one at 429 nm and the other at 491 nm, with quite long decay time when excited with long wavelength ultraviolet light. The results suggest that light simulation of primary colors and chromaticity control of the emitted light can be done by the a combination of different rare earth ions present in the sample.

  7. Sn-doped hydroxylated MgF₂ catalysts for the fast and selective saccharification of cellulose to glucose.

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    Wuttke, Stefan; Negoi, Alina; Gheorghe, Nicoleta; Kuncser, Victor; Kemnitz, Erhard; Parvulescu, Vasile; Coman, Simona M

    2012-09-01

    TIN, TAILORED, NOT SOLDER, BUT CAT: Doped hydroxylated fluorides, prepared by a modified sol-gel method, offer enhanced acidity and improved stability against water, and efficiency in the degradation of cellulose. These materials extend the portfolio of acid catalysts for fast and selective hydrolysis of biomass to glucose, which offers a feedstock for bioethanol production.

  8. Gene doping: of mice and men.

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    Azzazy, Hassan M E; Mansour, Mai M H; Christenson, Robert H

    2009-04-01

    Gene doping is the newest threat to the spirit of fair play in sports. Its concept stemmed out from legitimate gene therapy trials, but anti-doping authorities fear that they now may be facing a form of doping that is virtually undetectable and extremely appealing to athletes. This paper presents studies that generated mouse models with outstanding physical performance, by manipulating genes such as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) or phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), which are likely to be targeted for gene doping. The potential transition from super mice to super athletes will also be discussed, in addition to possible strategies for detection of gene doping. PMID:19272337

  9. Quantum criticality in the electron doped cuprates

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    Dagan, Y.; Greene, R. L.

    2007-09-01

    We report transport measurements at low temperatures on the electron doped superconductor Pr 2- xCe xCuO 4- δ. Above a certain doping level we observe an abrupt change in the doping dependence of the Hall coefficient along with a significant change in the temperature dependence of the resistivity. At this doping the spin scattering channel in the magnetoresistance vanishes and the temperature dependence of the Hall angle changes. This suggests a quantum phase transition as a function of doping. This transition is most probably due to vanishing of an antiferromagnetic order persisting into the superconducting dome.

  10. Gene doping: of mice and men.

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    Azzazy, Hassan M E; Mansour, Mai M H; Christenson, Robert H

    2009-04-01

    Gene doping is the newest threat to the spirit of fair play in sports. Its concept stemmed out from legitimate gene therapy trials, but anti-doping authorities fear that they now may be facing a form of doping that is virtually undetectable and extremely appealing to athletes. This paper presents studies that generated mouse models with outstanding physical performance, by manipulating genes such as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) or phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), which are likely to be targeted for gene doping. The potential transition from super mice to super athletes will also be discussed, in addition to possible strategies for detection of gene doping.

  11. Mg 2+-doped GaN nanoparticles as blue-light emitters: a method to avoid sintering at high temperatures.

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    Mahalingam, Venkataramanan; Sudarsan, Vasanthakumaran; Munusamy, Prabhakaran; van Veggel, Frank C J M; Wang, Rui; Steckl, Andrew J; Raudsepp, Mati

    2008-01-01

    Bright blue-light emission at 410 nm is observed from Mg(2+)-doped GaN nanoparticles prepared by the nitridation of Ga(2)MgO(4) nanoparticles at 950 degrees C. The sintering of these nanoparticles during high-temperature nitridation was prevented by mixing the Ga(2)MgO(4) precursor nanoparticles with La(2)O(3) as an inert matrix before the nitridation process. The Mg(2+)-doped GaN nanoparticles were isolated from the matrix by etching with 10 % nitric acid. The Mg(2+)-doped GaN nanoparticles were characterized by photoluminescence, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and IR analyses.

  12. Morphology control of nanostructures: Na-doped PbTe-PbS system.

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    He, Jiaqing; Blum, I D; Wang, Hui-Qiong; Girard, S N; Doak, J; Zhao, Li-Dong; Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Casillas, G; Wolverton, C; Jose-Yacaman, M; Seidman, D N; Kanatzidis, M G; Dravid, V P

    2012-11-14

    The morphology of crystalline precipitates in a solid-state matrix is governed by complex but tractable energetic considerations driven largely by volume strain energy minimization and anisotropy of interfacial energies. Spherical precipitate morphologies are favored by isotropic systems, while anisotropic interfacial energies give energetic preference to certain crystallographically oriented interfaces, resulting in a faceted precipitate morphology. In conventional solid-solution precipitation, a precipitate's morphological evolution is mediated by surface anchoring of capping molecules, which dramatically alter the surface energy in an anisotropic manner, thereby providing exquisite morphology control during crystal growth. Herein, we present experimental evidence and theoretical validation for the role of a ternary element (Na) in controlling the morphology of nanoscale PbS crystals nucleating in a PbTe matrix, an important bulk thermoelectric system. The PbS nanostructures formed by phase separation from a PbI(2)-doped or undoped PbTe matrix have irregular morphologies. However, replacing the iodine dopant with Na (1-2 mol %) alters dramatically the morphology of the PbS precipitates. Segregation of Na at PbTe/PbS interfaces result in cuboidal and truncated cuboidal morphologies for PbS. Using analytical scanning/transmission electron microscopy and atom-probe tomography, we demonstrate unambiguously that Na partitions to the precipitates and segregates at the matrix/precipitate interfaces, inducing morphological anisotropy of PbS precipitates. First-principles and semiclassical calculations reveal that Na as a solute in PbTe has a higher energy than in PbS and that Na segregation at a (100) PbTe/PbS interface decreases the total energy of matrix/precipitate system, resulting in faceting of PbS precipitates. These results provide an impetus for a new strategy for controlling morphological evolution in matrix/precipitate systems, mediated by solute partitioning

  13. Optical and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies on PMMA polymer doped by rhodamine B/chloranilic acid charge transfer complex: Special relevance to the effect of γ-ray irradiation

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    Hassan, H. E.; Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.

    2016-04-01

    Polymeric sheets of poly (methylmethaclyerate) (PMMA) containing charge transfer (CT) complex of rhodamine B/chloranilic acid (Rho B/CHA) were synthesized in methanol solvent at room temperature. The systematic analysis done on the Rho B and its CT complex in the form of powder or polymeric sheets confirmed their structure and thermal stability. The IR spectra interpreted the charge transfer mode of interaction between the CHA central positions and the terminal carboxylic group. The polymer sheets were irradiated with 70 kGy of γ radiation using 60Co source to study the enhanced changes in the structure and optical parameters. The microstructure changes of the PMMA sheets caused by γ-ray irradiation were analyzed using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) techniques. The positron life time components (τi) and their corresponding intensities (Ii) as well as PADB line-shape parameters (S and W) were found to be highly sensitive to the enhanced disorder occurred in the organic chains of the polymeric sheets due to γ-irradiation.

  14. Overoxidized polypyrrole doped with 4,5-dihydroxy-3-(p-sulfophenylazo)-2,7-naphthalene disulfonic acid as a selective and regenerable film for the stripping detection of copper(II).

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    Mohadesi, Alireza; Taher, Mohammad Ali

    2007-08-01

    A conducting polymer modified electrode based on the incorporation of 4,5-dihydroxy-3-(p-sulfophenylazo)-2,7-naphthalene disulfonic acid, SPADNS, as an anionic complexing ligand into polypyrrole film during electropolymerization was prepared. The electroanalysis of copper(II) in this modified electrode was achieved by medium exchange and differential pulse voltammetry. Copper ions were accumulated from ammonia buffer on the electrode surface by the formation of a chemical complex at open circuit. The resulting electrode with complexed Cu(2+) was then transferred to an acetate buffer and subjected to anodic stripping voltammetry. The analytical performance was evaluated and, finally, linear calibration graphs were obtained in the concentration range of 2 - 250 ng ml(-1) for Cu(II). The detection limit was found to be 1.1 ng ml(-1) and RSD was obtained at 3.1 and 1.9% for two different concentrations. Many coexisting metal ions had little or no effect on the determination of copper. The developed method was applied to Cu(II) determination in natural water and human hair samples. Also, the rapid and convenient regeneration of electrode allows the use of a single modified electrode in multiple analyses.

  15. (Magnetic properties of doped semiconductors)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    Research continued on the transport behavior of doped semiconductors on both sides of the metal-insulator transition, and the approach to the transition from both the insulating and the metallic side. Work is described on magneto resistance of a series of metallic Si:B samples and CdSe. (CBS)

  16. Metal-doped organic foam

    DOEpatents

    Rinde, James A.

    1982-01-01

    Organic foams having a low density and very small cell size and method for producing same in either a metal-loaded or unloaded (nonmetal loaded) form are described. Metal-doped foams are produced by soaking a polymer gel in an aqueous solution of desired metal salt, soaking the gel successively in a solvent series of decreasing polarity to remove water from the gel and replace it with a solvent of lower polarity with each successive solvent in the series being miscible with the solvents on each side and being saturated with the desired metal salt, and removing the last of the solvents from the gel to produce the desired metal-doped foam having desired density cell size, and metal loading. The unloaded or metal-doped foams can be utilized in a variety of applications requiring low density, small cell size foam. For example, rubidium-doped foam made in accordance with the invention has utility in special applications, such as in x-ray lasers.

  17. Method of doping organic semiconductors

    DOEpatents

    Kloc, Christian Leo; Ramirez, Arthur Penn; So, Woo-Young

    2012-02-28

    A method includes the steps of forming a contiguous semiconducting region and heating the region. The semiconducting region includes polyaromatic molecules. The heating raises the semiconducting region to a temperature above room temperature. The heating is performed in the presence of a dopant gas and the absence of light to form a doped organic semiconducting region.

  18. Hormones as doping in sports.

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    Duntas, Leonidas H; Popovic, Vera

    2013-04-01

    Though we may still sing today, as did Pindar in his eighth Olympian Victory Ode, "… of no contest greater than Olympia, Mother of Games, gold-wreathed Olympia…", we must sadly admit that today, besides blatant over-commercialization, there is no more ominous threat to the Olympic games than doping. Drug-use methods are steadily becoming more sophisticated and ever harder to detect, increasingly demanding the use of complex analytical procedures of biotechnology and molecular medicine. Special emphasis is thus given to anabolic androgenic steroids, recombinant growth hormone and erythropoietin as well as to gene doping, the newly developed mode of hormones abuse which, for its detection, necessitates high-tech methodology but also multidisciplinary individual measures incorporating educational and psychological methods. In this Olympic year, the present review offers an update on the current technologically advanced endocrine methods of doping while outlining the latest procedures applied-including both the successes and pitfalls of proteomics and metabolomics-to detect doping while contributing to combating this scourge.

  19. An ultra-thin, un-doped NiO hole transporting layer of highly efficient (16.4%) organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Seo, Seongrok; Park, Ik Jae; Kim, Myungjun; Lee, Seonhee; Bae, Changdeuck; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Kim, Jin Young; Shin, Hyunjung

    2016-06-01

    NiO is a wide band gap p-type oxide semiconductor and has potential for applications in solar energy conversion as a hole-transporting layer (HTL). It also has good optical transparency and high chemical stability, and the capability of aligning the band edges to the perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) layers. Ultra-thin and un-doped NiO films with much less absorption loss were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with highly precise control over thickness without any pinholes. Thin enough (5-7.5 nm in thickness) NiO films with the thickness of few time the Debye length (LD = 1-2 nm for NiO) show enough conductivities achieved by overlapping space charge regions. The inverted planar perovskite solar cells with NiO films as HTLs exhibited the highest energy conversion efficiency of 16.40% with high open circuit voltage (1.04 V) and fill factor (0.72) with negligible current-voltage hysteresis.NiO is a wide band gap p-type oxide semiconductor and has potential for applications in solar energy conversion as a hole-transporting layer (HTL). It also has good optical transparency and high chemical stability, and the capability of aligning the band edges to the perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) layers. Ultra-thin and un-doped NiO films with much less absorption loss were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with highly precise control over thickness without any pinholes. Thin enough (5-7.5 nm in thickness) NiO films with the thickness of few time the Debye length (LD = 1-2 nm for NiO) show enough conductivities achieved by overlapping space charge regions. The inverted planar perovskite solar cells with NiO films as HTLs exhibited the highest energy conversion efficiency of 16.40% with high open circuit voltage (1.04 V) and fill factor (0.72) with negligible current-voltage hysteresis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01601d

  20. Reproducible formation of uniform CH3NH3PbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film by separation of the powder formation and spin-coating process

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    Song, Dae-ho; Heo, Jin Hyuck; Han, Hye Ji; You, Myoung Sang; Im, Sang Hyuk

    2016-04-01

    To deposit uniform CH3NH3PbI3-xClx (MAPbI3-xClx) mixed halide perovskite film reproducibly, we separated the conventional process to formation of MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite powder by heat-treatment process and deposition of MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film by single step spin-coating. The deviation of power conversion efficiency of MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite solar cells prepared by currently proposed method and conventional method was 13.75 ± 0.88% and 8.02 ± 1.65%, respectively, because more uniform MAPbI3-xClx mixed halide perovskite film could be reproducibly formed by separating the formation process of mixed halide perovskite powder and the single step spin-coating process.

  1. Density Functional Calculations of Native Defects in CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 : Effects of Spin–Orbit Coupling and Self-Interaction Error

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    Du, Mao-Hua

    2015-04-02

    We know that native point defects play an important role in carrier transport properties of CH3NH3PbI3. However, the nature of many important defects remains controversial due partly to the conflicting results reported by recent density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In this Letter, we show that self-interaction error and the neglect of spin–orbit coupling (SOC) in many previous DFT calculations resulted in incorrect positions of valence and conduction band edges, although their difference, which is the band gap, is in good agreement with the experimental value. Moreover, this problem has led to incorrect predictions of defect-level positions. Hybrid density functional calculations, which partially correct the self-interaction error and include the SOC, show that, among native point defects (including vacancies, interstitials, and antisites), only the iodine vacancy and its complexes induce deep electron and hole trapping levels inside of the band gap, acting as nonradiative recombination centers.

  2. Formation mechanism and optimization of highly luminescent N-doped graphene quantum dots.

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    Qu, Dan; Zheng, Min; Zhang, Ligong; Zhao, Haifeng; Xie, Zhigang; Jing, Xiabin; Haddad, Raid E; Fan, Hongyou; Sun, Zaicheng

    2014-01-01

    Photoluminescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have received enormous attention because of their unique chemical, electronic and optical properties. Here a series of GQDs were synthesized under hydrothermal processes in order to investigate the formation process and optical properties of N-doped GQDs. Citric acid (CA) was used as a carbon precursor and self-assembled into sheet structure in a basic condition and formed N-free GQD graphite framework through intermolecular dehydrolysis reaction. N-doped GQDs were prepared using a series of N-containing bases such as urea. Detailed structural and property studies demonstrated the formation mechanism of N-doped GQDs for tunable optical emissions. Hydrothermal conditions promote formation of amide between -NH₂ and -COOH with the presence of amine in the reaction. The intramoleculur dehydrolysis between neighbour amide and COOH groups led to formation of pyrrolic N in the graphene framework. Further, the pyrrolic N transformed to graphite N under hydrothermal conditions. N-doping results in a great improvement of PL quantum yield (QY) of GQDs. By optimized reaction conditions, the highest PL QY (94%) of N-doped GQDs was obtained using CA as a carbon source and ethylene diamine as a N source. The obtained N-doped GQDs exhibit an excitation-independent blue emission with single exponential lifetime decay. PMID:24938871

  3. Facile synthesis of antimony-doped tin oxide nanoparticles by a polymer-pyrolysis method

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    Li, Yuan-Qing; Wang, Jian-Lei; Fu, Shao-Yun; Mei, Shi-Gang; Zhang, Jian-Min; Yong, Kang

    2010-06-15

    In this article, antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) nanoparticles was synthesized by a facile polymer-pyrolysis method. The pyrolysis behaviors of the polymer precursors prepared via in situ polymerization of metal salts and acrylic acid were analyzed by simultaneous thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC). The structural and morphological characteristics of the products were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results reveal that the ATO nanoparticles calcined at 600 {sup o}C show good crystallinity with the cassiterite structure and cubic-spherical like morphology. The average particle size of ATO decreases from 200 to 15 nm as the Sb doping content increases from 5 mol% to 15 mol%. Electrical resistivity measurement shows that the resistivity for the 10-13 mol% Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles is reduced by more than three orders compared with the pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. In addition, due to its versatility this polymer-pyrolysis method can be extended to facile synthesis of other doped n-type semiconductor, such as In, Ga, Al doped ZnO, Sn doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  4. Formation mechanism and optimization of highly luminescent N-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Qu, Dan; Zheng, Min; Zhang, Ligong; Zhao, Haifeng; Xie, Zhigang; Jing, Xiabin; Haddad, Raid E.; Fan, Hongyou; Sun, Zaicheng

    2014-01-01

    Photoluminescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have received enormous attention because of their unique chemical, electronic and optical properties. Here a series of GQDs were synthesized under hydrothermal processes in order to investigate the formation process and optical properties of N-doped GQDs. Citric acid (CA) was used as a carbon precursor and self-assembled into sheet structure in a basic condition and formed N-free GQD graphite framework through intermolecular dehydrolysis reaction. N-doped GQDs were prepared using a series of N-containing bases such as urea. Detailed structural and property studies demonstrated the formation mechanism of N-doped GQDs for tunable optical emissions. Hydrothermal conditions promote formation of amide between –NH2 and –COOH with the presence of amine in the reaction. The intramoleculur dehydrolysis between neighbour amide and COOH groups led to formation of pyrrolic N in the graphene framework. Further, the pyrrolic N transformed to graphite N under hydrothermal conditions. N-doping results in a great improvement of PL quantum yield (QY) of GQDs. By optimized reaction conditions, the highest PL QY (94%) of N-doped GQDs was obtained using CA as a carbon source and ethylene diamine as a N source. The obtained N-doped GQDs exhibit an excitation-independent blue emission with single exponential lifetime decay. PMID:24938871

  5. Structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of Co doped CuS diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Sreelekha, N.; Subramanyam, K.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Ramu, S.; Rahul Varma, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2016-08-01

    Pristine and Co doped covellite CuS nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous solution by facile chemical co-precipitation method with Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) as a stabilizing agent. EDAX measurements confirmed the presence of Co in the CuS host lattice. Hexagonal crystal structure of pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were authenticated by XRD patterns. TEM images indicated that sphere-shape of nanoparticles through a size ranging from 5 to 8 nm. The optical absorption edge moved to higher energies with increase in Co concentration as indicated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements revealed that bare CuS sample show sign of diamagnetic character where as in Co doped nanoparticles augmentation of room temperature ferromagnetism was observed with increasing doping precursor concentrations. Photocatalytic performance of the pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were assessed by evaluating the degradation rate of rhodamine B solution under sun light irradiation. The 5% Co doped CuS nanoparticles provide evidence for high-quality photocatalytic activity.

  6. Helical and Dendritic Unzipping of Carbon Nanotubes: A Route to Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Nanoribbons.

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    Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza; Chizari, Kambiz; Jalilov, Almaz S; Tour, James; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman

    2015-06-23

    Bamboo structured nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CN(x)-MWCNTs) have been successfully unzipped by a chemical oxidation route, resulting in nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons (CN(x)-GNRs) with a multifaceted microstructure. The oxidation of CN(x)-MWCNTs was carried out using potassium permanganate in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid or phosphoric acid. On the basis of the high resolution transmission electron microscopy studies, the bamboo compartments were unzipped via helical or dendritic mechanisms, which are different from the longitudinal unzipping of open channel MWCNTs. The product graphene oxide nanoribbons were simultaneously reduced and doped with nitrogen by thermal annealing in an ammonia atmosphere. The effects of the annealing temperature, time, and atmosphere on the doping level and types of the nitrogen functional groups have been investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that a wide range of doping levels can be achieved (4-9 at %) simply by changing the annealing conditions. Pyridinic and pyrrolic nitrogen functional groups were the dominant species that were attached to the edges of the CN(x)-GNRs. The GNRs, with a faceted structure and pyridinic and pyrrolic groups on their edges, have abundant nitrogen sites. These active sites could play a vital role in enhancing the electrocatalytic performance of GNRs.

  7. Helical and Dendritic Unzipping of Carbon Nanotubes: A Route to Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Nanoribbons.

    PubMed

    Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza; Chizari, Kambiz; Jalilov, Almaz S; Tour, James; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman

    2015-06-23

    Bamboo structured nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CN(x)-MWCNTs) have been successfully unzipped by a chemical oxidation route, resulting in nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons (CN(x)-GNRs) with a multifaceted microstructure. The oxidation of CN(x)-MWCNTs was carried out using potassium permanganate in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid or phosphoric acid. On the basis of the high resolution transmission electron microscopy studies, the bamboo compartments were unzipped via helical or dendritic mechanisms, which are different from the longitudinal unzipping of open channel MWCNTs. The product graphene oxide nanoribbons were simultaneously reduced and doped with nitrogen by thermal annealing in an ammonia atmosphere. The effects of the annealing temperature, time, and atmosphere on the doping level and types of the nitrogen functional groups have been investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that a wide range of doping levels can be achieved (4-9 at %) simply by changing the annealing conditions. Pyridinic and pyrrolic nitrogen functional groups were the dominant species that were attached to the edges of the CN(x)-GNRs. The GNRs, with a faceted structure and pyridinic and pyrrolic groups on their edges, have abundant nitrogen sites. These active sites could play a vital role in enhancing the electrocatalytic performance of GNRs. PMID:26028162

  8. Abscisic Acid Analogues That Act as Universal or Selective Antagonists of Phytohormone Receptors.

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    Rajagopalan, Nandhakishore; Nelson, Ken M; Douglas, Amy F; Jheengut, Vishal; Alarcon, Idralyn Q; McKenna, Sean A; Surpin, Marci; Loewen, Michele C; Abrams, Suzanne R

    2016-09-13

    The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays many important roles in controlling plant development and physiology, from flowering to senescence. ABA is now known to exert its effects through a family of soluble ABA receptors, which in Arabidopsis thaliana has 13 members divided into three clades. Homologues of these receptors are present in other plants, also in relatively large numbers. Investigation of the roles of each homologue in mediating the diverse physiological roles of ABA is hampered by this genetic redundancy. We report herein the in vitro screening of a targeted ABA-like analogue library and identification of novel antagonist hits, including the analogue PBI686 that had been developed previously as a probe for identifying ABA-binding proteins. Further in vitro characterization of PBI686 and development of second-generation leads yielded both receptor-selective and universal antagonist hits. In planta assays in different species have demonstrated that these antagonist leads can overcome various ABA-induced physiological changes. While the general antagonists open up a hitherto unexplored avenue for controlling plant growth through inhibition of ABA-regulated physiological processes, the receptor-selective antagonist can be developed into chemical probes to explore the physiological roles of individual receptors.

  9. Abscisic Acid Analogues That Act as Universal or Selective Antagonists of Phytohormone Receptors.

    PubMed

    Rajagopalan, Nandhakishore; Nelson, Ken M; Douglas, Amy F; Jheengut, Vishal; Alarcon, Idralyn Q; McKenna, Sean A; Surpin, Marci; Loewen, Michele C; Abrams, Suzanne R

    2016-09-13

    The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays many important roles in controlling plant development and physiology, from flowering to senescence. ABA is now known to exert its effects through a family of soluble ABA receptors, which in Arabidopsis thaliana has 13 members divided into three clades. Homologues of these receptors are present in other plants, also in relatively large numbers. Investigation of the roles of each homologue in mediating the diverse physiological roles of ABA is hampered by this genetic redundancy. We report herein the in vitro screening of a targeted ABA-like analogue library and identification of novel antagonist hits, including the analogue PBI686 that had been developed previously as a probe for identifying ABA-binding proteins. Further in vitro characterization of PBI686 and development of second-generation leads yielded both receptor-selective and universal antagonist hits. In planta assays in different species have demonstrated that these antagonist leads can overcome various ABA-induced physiological changes. While the general antagonists open up a hitherto unexplored avenue for controlling plant growth through inhibition of ABA-regulated physiological processes, the receptor-selective antagonist can be developed into chemical probes to explore the physiological roles of individual receptors. PMID:27523384

  10. Iron-Doped Carbon Aerogels: Novel Porous Substrates for Direct Growth of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Steiner, S A; Baumann, T F; Kong, J; Satcher, J H; Dresselhaus, M S

    2007-02-15

    We present the synthesis and characterization of Fe-doped carbon aerogels (CAs) and demonstrate the ability to grow carbon nanotubes directly on monoliths of these materials to afford novel carbon aerogel-carbon nanotube composites. Preparation of the Fe-doped CAs begins with the sol-gel polymerization of the potassium salt of 2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid with formaldehyde, affording K{sup +}-doped gels that can then be converted to Fe{sup 2+}- or Fe{sup 3+}-doped gels through an ion exchange process, dried with supercritical CO{sub 2} and subsequently carbonized under an inert atmosphere. Analysis of the Fe-doped CAs by TEM, XRD and XPS revealed that the doped iron species are reduced during carbonization to form metallic iron and iron carbide nanoparticles. The sizes and chemical composition of the reduced Fe species were related to pyrolysis temperature as well as the type of iron salt used in the ion exchange process. Raman spectroscopy and XRD analysis further reveal that, despite the presence of the Fe species, the CA framework is not significantly graphitized during pyrolysis. The Fe-doped CAs were subsequently placed in a thermal CVD reactor and exposed to a mixture of CH{sub 4} (1000 sccm), H{sub 2} (500 sccm), and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} (20 sccm) at temperatures ranging from 600 to 800 C for 10 minutes, resulting in direct growth of carbon nanotubes on the aerogel monoliths. Carbon nanotubes grown by this method appear to be multiwalled ({approx}25 nm in diameter and up to 4 mm long) and grow through a tip-growth mechanism that pushes catalytic iron particles out of the aerogel framework. The highest yield of CNTs were grown on Fe-doped CAs pyrolyzed at 800 C treated at CVD temperatures of 700 C.

  11. Iron-Doped Carbon Aerogels: Novel Porous Substrates for Direct Growth of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Steiner, S. A.; Baumann, T. F.; Kong, J.; Satcher, J. H.; Dresselhaus, M. S.

    2007-02-20

    We present the synthesis and characterization of Fe-doped carbon aerogels (CAs) and demonstrate the ability to grow carbon nanotubes directly on monoliths of these materials to afford novel carbon aerogel-carbon nanotube composites. Preparation of the Fe-doped CAs begins with the sol-gel polymerization of the potassium salt of 2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid with formaldehyde, affording K{sup +}-doped gels that can then be converted to Fe{sup 2+}- or Fe{sup 3+}-doped gels through an ion exchange process, dried with supercritical CO{sub 2} and subsequently carbonized under an inert atmosphere. Analysis of the Fe-doped CAs by TEM, XRD and XPS revealed that the doped iron species are reduced during carbonization to form metallic iron and iron carbide nanoparticles. The sizes and chemical composition of the reduced Fe species were related to pyrolysis temperature as well as the type of iron salt used in the ion exchange process. Raman spectroscopy and XRD analysis further reveal that, despite the presence of the Fe species, the CA framework is not significantly graphitized during pyrolysis. The Fe-doped CAs were subsequently placed in a thermal CVD reactor and exposed to a mixture of CH{sub 4} (1000 sccm), H{sub 2} (500 sccm), and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} (20 sccm) at temperatures ranging from 600 to 800 C for 10 minutes, resulting in direct growth of carbon nanotubes on the aerogel monoliths. Carbon nanotubes grown by this method appear to be multiwalled ({approx}25 nm in diameter and up to 4 mm long) and grow through a tip-growth mechanism that pushes catalytic iron particles out of the aerogel framework. The highest yield of CNTs were grown on Fe-doped CAs pyrolyzed at 800 C treated at CVD temperatures of 700 C.

  12. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene

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    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene’s electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants’ concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors. PMID:26411651

  13. Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dots with strong blue luminescence

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    Ding, Hui; Wei, Ji-Shi; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2014-10-01

    Sulfur-doped carbon dots (S-CDs) with a quantum yield (QY) of 5.5% and nitrogen, sulfur co-doped carbon dots (N,S-CDs) with a QY of 54.4% were synthesized, respectively, via the same hydrothermal route using α-lipoic acid as the carbon source. The obtained S-CDs and N,S-CDs had similar sizes but different optical features. The QY of N,S-CDs was gradually enhanced when extending the reaction time to increase the nitrogen content. After careful characterization of these CDs, the doped nitrogen element was believed to be in the form of C&z.dbd;N and C-N bonds which enhanced the fluorescence efficiency significantly. Meanwhile, the co-doped sulfur element was found to be synergistic for nitrogen doping in N,S-CDs. The optimal N,S-CDs were successfully employed as good multicolor cell imaging probes due to their fine dispersion in water, excitation-dependent emission, excellent fluorescence stability and low toxicity. Besides, such N,S-CDs showed a wide detection range and excellent accuracy as fluorescent sensors for Fe3+ ions.Sulfur-doped carbon dots (S-CDs) with a quantum yield (QY) of 5.5% and nitrogen, sulfur co-doped carbon dots (N,S-CDs) with a QY of 54.4% were synthesized, respectively, via the same hydrothermal route using α-lipoic acid as the carbon source. The obtained S-CDs and N,S-CDs had similar sizes but different optical features. The QY of N,S-CDs was gradually enhanced when extending the reaction time to increase the nitrogen content. After careful characterization of these CDs, the doped nitrogen element was believed to be in the form of C&z.dbd;N and C-N bonds which enhanced the fluorescence efficiency significantly. Meanwhile, the co-doped sulfur element was found to be synergistic for nitrogen doping in N,S-CDs. The optimal N,S-CDs were successfully employed as good multicolor cell imaging probes due to their fine dispersion in water, excitation-dependent emission, excellent fluorescence stability and low toxicity. Besides, such N,S-CDs showed a

  14. Studies on L-citrulline doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate- A non linear crystal with significant nonlinear properties

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    Sreevalsa, V. G.; Jayalekshmi, S.

    2014-01-01

    Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate (KDP) single crystal is considered as one of the best representative of nonlinear optical crystals. Recently, amino acids having excellent nonlinear optical characteristics are being investigated as prospective dopants to improve the non linear optical characteristics of KDP. The present work is an attempt in this direction and L citrulline, one of the non essential amino acids showing good non linear optical characteristics is used as the dopant for KDP. Good quality crystals of L-citrulline doped KDP crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. From the powder X-ray diffraction studies of doped KDP crystal, the structure of the doped crystals was determined by direct method and refined by Pawley method employing Topaz version program using the single crystal X-ray data for pure KDP. The lattice parameters for L citrulline doped KDP are a=7.467A0, b=7.467 A0, c=6.977 A0. The crystal falls into the tetragonal crystal system with space group I42 d. The presence of carbon and oxygen, which are primary components of amino acids, in the EDAX spectrum confirms the effectiveness of doping. The absorption spectra of the doped samples show that the crystals are transparent in the entire visible region. The second harmonic generation efficiency of the doped samples was determined by Kurtz powder technique using the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser beam and is found to be 2.2 times that of KDP. The nonlinear optical properties can be well studied by the open aperture Z scan technique. The open aperture curve exhibits a normalized transmittance valley. The nonlinear absorption coefficient β is obtained by theoretical fitting for two photon absorption. It is inferred that doping KDP with L citrulline has enhanced the nonlinearity considerably. This obviously suggests the potentiality of the crystal as an optical power limiter and also for various optical device applications.

  15. Studies on L-citrulline doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate- A non linear crystal with significant nonlinear properties

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    Sreevalsa, V. G. E-mail: jayalekshmi@cusat.ac.in; Jayalekshmi, S. E-mail: jayalekshmi@cusat.ac.in

    2014-01-28

    Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate (KDP) single crystal is considered as one of the best representative of nonlinear optical crystals. Recently, amino acids having excellent nonlinear optical characteristics are being investigated as prospective dopants to improve the non linear optical characteristics of KDP. The present work is an attempt in this direction and L citrulline, one of the non essential amino acids showing good non linear optical characteristics is used as the dopant for KDP. Good quality crystals of L-citrulline doped KDP crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. From the powder X-ray diffraction studies of doped KDP crystal, the structure of the doped crystals was determined by direct method and refined by Pawley method employing Topaz version program using the single crystal X-ray data for pure KDP. The lattice parameters for L citrulline doped KDP are a=7.467A{sup 0}, b=7.467 A{sup 0}, c=6.977 A{sup 0}. The crystal falls into the tetragonal crystal system with space group I42 d. The presence of carbon and oxygen, which are primary components of amino acids, in the EDAX spectrum confirms the effectiveness of doping. The absorption spectra of the doped samples show that the crystals are transparent in the entire visible region. The second harmonic generation efficiency of the doped samples was determined by Kurtz powder technique using the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser beam and is found to be 2.2 times that of KDP. The nonlinear optical properties can be well studied by the open aperture Z scan technique. The open aperture curve exhibits a normalized transmittance valley. The nonlinear absorption coefficient β is obtained by theoretical fitting for two photon absorption. It is inferred that doping KDP with L citrulline has enhanced the nonlinearity considerably. This obviously suggests the potentiality of the crystal as an optical power limiter and also for various optical device applications.

  16. All-polymer solar cells with bulk heterojunction nanolayers of chemically doped electron-donating and electron-accepting polymers.

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    Nam, Sungho; Shin, Minjung; Park, Soohyeong; Lee, Sooyong; Kim, Hwajeong; Kim, Youngkyoo

    2012-11-21

    We report the improved performance of all-polymer solar cells with bulk heterojunction nanolayers of an electron-donating polymer (poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)) and an electron-accepting polymer (poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT)), which were both doped with 4-ethylbenzenesulfonic acid (EBSA). To choose the doping ratio of P3HT for all-polymer solar cells, various EBSA doping ratios (0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 wt%) were tested by employing optical absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, photoelectron yield spectroscopy, and space-charge-limited current (SCLC) mobility measurement. The doping reaction of P3HT with EBSA was followed by observing the colour change in solutions. The final doping ratio for P3HT was chosen as 1 wt% from the best hole mobility measured in the thickness direction, while that for F8BT was fixed as 10 wt% (F8BT-EBSA). The polymer:polymer solar cells with bulk heterojunction nanolayers of P3HT-EBSA (EBSA-doped P3HT) and F8BT-EBSA (EBSA-doped F8BT) showed greatly improved short circuit current density (J(SC)) and open circuit voltage (V(OC)), compared to the undoped solar cells. As a result, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) was enhanced by ca. 300% for the 6 : 4 (P3HT-EBSA : F8BT-EBSA) composition and ca. 400% for the 8 : 2 composition. The synchrotron-radiation grazing incidence angle X-ray diffraction (GIXD) measurement revealed that the crystallinity of the doped nanolayers significantly increased by EBSA doping owing to the formation of advanced phase segregation morphology, as supported by the surface morphology change measured by atomic force microscopy. Thus the improved PCE can be attributed to the enhanced charge transport by the formation of permanent charges and better charge percolation paths by EBSA doping.

  17. Electro-osmotic drag coefficient of water and methanol in polymer electrolytes at elevated temperatures

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    Weng, D.; Wainright, J.S.; Landau, U.; Savinell, R.F.

    1996-04-01

    The electro-osmotic drag coefficient of water in two polymer electrolytes was experimentally determined as a function of water activity and current density for temperatures up to 200 C. The results show that the electro-osmotic drag coefficient varies from 0.2 to 0.6 in Nafion{reg_sign}/H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} membrane electrolyte, but is essentially zero in phosphoric acid-doped PBI (polybenzimidazole) membrane electrolyte over the range of water activity considered. The near-zero electro-osmotic drag coefficient found in PBI indicates that this electrolyte should lessen the problems associated with water redistribution in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  18. Sulphur mustard degradation on zirconium doped Ti-Fe oxides.

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    Štengla, Václav; Grygar, Tomáš Matys; Opluštil, František; Němec, Tomáš

    2011-09-15

    Zirconium doped mixed nanodispersive oxides of Ti and Fe were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulphate salts with urea in aqueous solutions. Synthesized nanodispersive metal oxide hydroxides were characterised as the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda porosity (BJH), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis, and acid-base titration. These oxides were taken for an experimental evaluation of their reactivity with sulphur mustard (chemical warfare agent HD or bis(2-chloroethyl)sulphide). The presence of Zr(4+) dopant tends to increase both the surface area and the surface hydroxylation of the resulting doped oxides in such a manner that it can contribute to enabling the substrate adsorption at the oxide surface and thus accelerate the rate of degradation of warfare agents. The addition of Zr(4+) to the hydrolysis of ferric sulphate with urea shifts the reaction route and promotes formation of goethite at the expense of ferrihydrite. We discovered that Zr(4+) doped oxo-hydroxides of Ti and Fe exhibit a higher degradation activity towards sulphur mustard than any other yet reported reactive sorbents. The reaction rate constant of the slower parallel reaction of the most efficient reactive sorbents is increased with the increasing amount of surface base sites.

  19. Biomarker monitoring in sports doping control.

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    Pottgiesser, Torben; Schumacher, Yorck Olaf

    2012-06-01

    Biomarker monitoring can be considered a new era in the effort against doping. Opposed to the old concept in doping control of direct detection of a prohibited substance in a biological sample such as urine or blood, the new paradigm allows a personalized longitudinal monitoring of biomarkers that indicate non-physiological responses independently of the used doping technique or substance, and may cause sanctioning of illicit practices. This review presents the development of biomarker monitoring in sports doping control and focuses on the implementation of the Athlete Biological Passport as the current concept of the World Anti Doping Agency for the detection of blood doping (hematological module). The scope of the article extends to the description of novel biomarkers and future concepts of application.

  20. Reversible optical doping of graphene

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    Tiberj, A.; Rubio-Roy, M.; Paillet, M.; Huntzinger, J. -R.; Landois, P.; Mikolasek, M.; Contreras, S.; Sauvajol, J. -L.; Dujardin, E.; Zahab, A. -A.

    2013-01-01

    The ultimate surface exposure provided by graphene monolayer makes it the ideal sensor platform but also exposes its intrinsic properties to any environmental perturbations. In this work, we demonstrate that the charge carrier density of graphene exfoliated on a SiO2/Si substrate can be finely and reversibly tuned between hole and electron doping with visible photons. This photo-induced doping happens under moderate laser power conditions but is significantly affected by the substrate cleaning method. In particular, it requires hydrophilic substrates and vanishes for suspended graphene. These findings suggest that optically gated graphene devices operating with a sub-second time scale can be envisioned and that Raman spectroscopy is not always as non-invasive as generally assumed. PMID:23912707