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  1. Label free detection of DNA on Au/ZnO/Ag hybrid structure based SERS substrate

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    Pal, Anil Kumar; Mohan, D. Bharathi

    2016-04-01

    Au/ZnO/Ag based SERS substrate was fabricated for the label free detection of DNA of Escherichia Coli bacteria. The SERS substrate was fabricated by growing ZnO nanorod arrays on thermally evaporated ultrathin Ag film of 5 nm thickness using hydrothermal process. Non-spherical like Au nanoparticles were decorated on ZnO nanorod arrays by sputtering technique with sputtering time of 45 sec. The surface of Au/ZnO/Ag was observed to be nearly superhydrophobic exhibiting the contact angle of 144 °. A low volume (5 µl) of aqueous solution of DNA of laboratory strain Escherichia Coli with very low concentration was adsorbed on fabricated SERS substrate by drop casting. The SERS detection of DNA molecules was achieved up to lower concentration of 10-8 M due to strong local electric field enhancement at the nanometer gap among Au nanoparticles and superhydrophobic nature of Au/ZnO/Ag surface.

  2. Optical properties of ZnSe doped with Ag and Au

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    Dean, P. J.; Fitzpatrick, B. J.; Bhargava, R. N.

    1982-08-01

    We present bound-exciton (BE) and donor-acceptor-pair (DAP) spectra of ZnSe grown by liquid-phase epitaxy and doped with the transition metals (TM) Ag and Au. Luminescence, luminescence excitation, and time decay spectra establish the assignments of the spectral features and show that Ag forms a medium deep acceptor, (EA)Ag=431+/-2 meV, consistent with the activation energy for thermal quenching of the DAP spectra. This thermal technique, together with the less precise spectral measurements available for the more-strongly-phonon-coupled Au acceptor indicate that (EA)Au~550 meV, appreciably less than the probable value for Cu, ~650 meV. Peculiarities in the BE properties within this TM sequence are discussed with reference to the influence of their d-state characteristics. Strong BE luminescence with no-phonon energy near 2.747 eV is attributed to a neutral AgZn-AgI associate, possibly a split interstitial. Reasons for its absence in ZnSe: Au are discussed. Isotope effects in this spectrum and that of the Li neutral acceptor BE are contrasted. The latter provides proof that LiZn is the persistent shallow Td site acceptor in ZnSe. Further associate BE luminescence is tentatively identified for ZnSe: Ag and ZnSe: Au.

  3. Photoluminescence of Cu:ZnS, Ag:ZnS, and Au:ZnS nanoparticles applied in Bio-LED

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    Lin, Kuan Bo; Su, Yen Hsun

    2013-12-01

    In this work, transition elements, including Cu2+, Ag+, and Au3+, were used to dope in zinc sulfide (ZnS) by chemical solution synthesis to prepare Cu:ZnS, Ag:ZnS, and Au:ZnS nanoparticles, respectively. Transition elements doping ZnS nanoparticles form the electronic energy level between the conduction band and valance band, which will result in the green light emission. There is a zinc sulfide emission shift from blue (~3.01 eV) to green light (~2.15 eV). We also found that Au:ZnS nanoparticles will emit a green light (~2.3 eV) and a blue light (~2.92 eV) at the same time because the mechanism of blue light emission was not broken after Au element had been doped. Furthermore, we used sodium chlorophyllin copper salt to simulate chlorophyll in biological light emission devices (Bio-LED). We combined copper chlorophyll with Cu:ZnS, Ag:ZnS, and Au:ZnS nanoparticles by a self-assembly method. Then, we measured its photoluminescence spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to study its emission spectrum and bonding mode. We found that Au:ZnS nanoparticles are able to emit green and blue light to excite the red light emission of copper chlorophyll, which is a potential application of Bio-LED.

  4. Electron configuration and charge state of electrically active Cu, Ag and Au ions in ZnSe

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    Nedeoglo, N. D.; Sirkeli, V. P.; Nedeoglo, D. D.; Laiho, R.; Lähderanta, E.

    2006-08-01

    The Hall effect, electrical conductivity and electron mobility are investigated at temperatures between 55 and 500 K in n-ZnSe crystals doped with Cu, Ag or Au. The presence of a small amount of Cu atoms leads to an inversion of the sign of the Hall coefficient at temperatures above 300 K. Anomalous temperature dependence of the electron mobility is observed in the samples with low Cu concentration (<0.3 at.% in the melt). Different characters of the temperature dependences of kinetic coefficients are found for n-ZnSe doped with Ag and Au. These curves are typical for crystals having several donor levels at different energetic depths. Immediately after doping, silver behaves like a usual compensating acceptor impurity while gold shows amphoteric properties. We propose a model that explains the anomalies of the temperature dependences of the kinetic coefficients in Cu-doped crystals and the lack of the anomalies in Ag-doped and Au-doped crystals. In accordance with this model and our experimental data, copper in n-ZnSe has two charge states, CuZn+ (d10) and CuZn2+ (d9), and two acceptor levels near the valence band. Silver and gold exist in single-charged states AgZn+ and AuZn+ with d10 electron configuration forming single energy levels near the valence band. Au atoms form mainly interstitial Aui donors at low doping concentrations and substitutional AuZn and AuZn-based acceptors at high doping concentrations. Time stimulation of the amphoteric properties of Ag is discussed.

  5. First principles investigation of the diffusion of interstitial Cu, Ag and Au in ZnTe

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    Chen, Li An; Zhu, Xing Feng; Chen, Ling Fu

    2015-07-01

    The diffusion is of great significance in many applications when the impurities are employed to tune the semiconductor's electrical or optical properties. It is necessary to understand how dopant defects diffuse in semiconductors. Using first-principles calculations, we consider interstitial diffusion mechanisms and calculate the migration barrier energies of interstitial Cu, Ag and Au atoms in II-VI compounds ZnTe. We find that the relative size of dopant and bulk atoms is an important factor which affects the diffusion behavior. The high symmetry Tc site, which is tetrahedrally coordinated by four cation atoms, is the global minimum energy location for Ag and Au interstitials. The size of Cu adatom is small, so Cu is more stable when it locates at the Ta site which is tetrahedrally coordinated by four anion atoms. But the global minimum energy location for Cu interstitials is M site which is of smaller space than Ta. Cu adatoms show an asymmetric curve of energy diffusion barrier with two energetically distinct extremum in the pathway. Ag diffuses along nearly straight line paths along [111] or equivalent directions. Diffusion for Cu or Au deviates from the straight line paths along <111> avoiding high symmetric sites.

  6. Hexagonal core-shell and alloy Au/Ag nanodisks on ZnO nanorods and their optical enhancement effect

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    2014-01-01

    Au and Ag hybrid hexagonal nanodisks were synthesized on ZnO nanorods' (0002) surface via a new two-step deposition-annealing method. The structural, compositional, as well as optical investigations were carried out systematically to find out the nanodisks' formation mechanism and optical enhancement effect. It was shown that the core-shell Au/Ag nanodisk can be formed under rapid annealing temperature of 500°C, while Au/Ag alloy nanodisks are formed if higher temperatures (>550°C) are applied. The optical effect from these nanodisks was studied through photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the carrier-plasmon coupling together and carrier transfer between metal and ZnO contribute to the emission enhancement. Furthermore, the results suggest that the composition of nanodisk on the vicinity of metal/ZnO interface plays an important role in terms of the enhancement factors. PMID:24936157

  7. Tuning the electronic properties of the golden buckyball by endohedral doping: M@Au16(-) (M=Ag,Zn, In)

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    Wang, Leiming; Pal, R.; Huang, Wei; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Wang, Lai S.

    2009-02-07

    The golden Au16 cage is doped systematically with an external atom of different valence electrons:Ag, Zn, and In. The electronic and structural properties of the doped clusters, MAu16 (M=Ag,Zn, In), are investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. It is observed that the characteristic spectral features of Au16, reflecting its near tetrahedral (Td) symmetry, are retained in the photoelectron spectra of MAu16, suggesting endohedral structures with little distortion from the parent Au16 cage for the doped clusters. Density functional calculations show that the endohedral structures of M@Au16 with Td symmetry are low-lying structures, which give simulated photoelectron spectra in good agreement with the experiment. It is found that the dopant atom does not significantly perturb the electronic and atomic structures of Au16, but simply donate its valence electrons to the parent Au16 cage, resulting in a closed-shell 18-electron system for Ag@Au16, a 19-electron system for Zn@Au16 with a large energy gap,and a 20-electron system for In@Au16. The current work shows that the electronic properties of the golden buckyball can be systematically tuned through doping.

  8. The effect of Zn, Ag and Au substitution for Cu in Finemet on the crystallization and magnetic properties

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    Chau, N.; Hoa, N. Q.; The, N. D.; Vu, L. V.

    2006-08-01

    Soft magnetic ribbons of Finemet compound with Zn, Ag and Au substituted for Cu: Fe 73.5Si 13.5B 9Nb 3Cu 1-xM x (M=Zn, Ag, Au; x=0.5, 1.0) have been fabricated by rapid quenching technique with wheel speeds of 10, 25 and 30 m/s, respectively. The crystallization evolution of samples examined by DSC measurements showed that the high cooling rates make the ribbons in amorphous state whereas the samples with M=Zn; x=0.5, 1.0 showed to be partly crystallized when they fabricated by the wheel speed of 10 m/s. In the case of Zn ( x=0.5, 1.0) and Ag ( x=1.0) substitution there is a sharp peak in the DSC curve corresponding to crystallization of α-Fe(Si) phase. However, the role of Au is similar to that of Cu. Hysteresis loops of as-cast samples exhibited square form which relates to the pinning centers in domain wall displacement. After appropriate annealing, the ultrasoft magnetic properties of studied ribbons are obtained.

  9. Clathrates with Me = Mg, Pd, Ni, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, Al, Sn

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    Wunderlich, Wilfried; Amano, Mao; Matsumura, Yoshihito

    2014-06-01

    Clathrate materials of AlSi, CuSi or NiSi type consisting of abundant elements have a realistic chance of becoming useful thermoelectrics in the near future, because the rattling effect due to their crystal cage structure provides a large figure of merit ZT even in experiments measured under large temperature gradients. In the search for better thermoelectrics, new element combinations in the clathrate type I structure with cubic space group Pm3n were calculated using VASP ab initio software. Predictions of the Seebeck coefficient were made by checking the electronic band structure and density of states for a large variety of input data. For x values around 4 to 6 in the structural formula Ba8Me x Si46- x the substituents Cu, Au, and Ag are best for good thermoelectric behavior, which is discussed in this paper as a result of the low electron-phonon interaction parameter.

  10. Photochemical synthesis of noble metal (Ag, Pd, Au, Pt) on graphene/ZnO multihybrid nanoarchitectures as electrocatalysis for H2O2 reduction.

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    Gu, Hui; Yang, Yan; Tian, Jixiang; Shi, Guoyue

    2013-07-24

    For the first time, a series of noble metal (Ag, Au, Pd, and Pt) nanoparticles (NPs) based on new functional graphene were successfully achieved via UV-assisted photocatalytic reduction by ZnO nanorods. The whole preparation strategy for constructing noble metal deposited graphene sheets/ZnO (GS/ZnO) was elucidated in detail in this work. First, graphene oxide based two-dimensional carbon nanostructures served as a support to disperse ZnO nanorods through a hydrothermal route. The ZnO nanorods were self-assembled onto the surface of graphene sheets, forming GS/ZnO nanocomposite, and the graphene oxide was reduced, yielding reduced graphene sheets in this synthetic procedure. Second, the GS/ZnO films were further employed as supporting materials for the dispersion of metal nanoparticles. Photogenerated electrons from UV-irradiated ZnO were transported across GS to stepwise and respectively reduce v μL metal ions (Ag(+), Pd(2+), AuCl4(-), PtCl6(2-), 20 mg/mL) into metal (Ag, Pd, Au, Pt) NPs at a location distinct from the ZnO anchored site, forming five graphene-based hybrid nanocomposites designated as GS/ZnO, GS/ZnO@Agv, GS/ZnO@Pdv, GS/ZnO@Auv, GS/ZnO@Ptv, respectively. The obtained mutihybrid nanoarchitectured materials were clearly characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). According to the diameters and distribution, the four metal NPs on GS/ZnO were divided into two categories: Ag&Au and Pd&Pt. Their difference was rooted in the rival abilities of gathering electron between graphene and different metal islands in the photochemical reduction process. The electrochemical behaviors of the five resultant hybrid nanocomposites were investigated in H2O2 as well as in potassium ferricyanide (Fe(CN)6(3-/4-)) and displayed distinct electrocatalytic activity. PMID:23790187

  11. Origin of epithermal Ag-Au-Cu-Pb-Zn mineralization in Guanajuato, Mexico

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    Mango, Helen; Arehart, Greg; Oreskes, Naomi; Zantop, Half

    2014-01-01

    The Guanajuato epithermal district is one of the largest silver producers in Mexico. Mineralization occurs along three main vein systems trending dominantly northwest-southeast: the central Veta Madre, the La Luz system to the northwest, and the Sierra system to the east. Mineralization consists dominantly of silver sulfides and sulfosalts, base metal sulfides (mostly chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, and pyrite), and electrum. There is a broad zonation of metal distribution, with up to 10 % Cu+Pb+Zn in the deeper mines along the northern and central portions of the Veta Madre. Ore occurs in banded veins and breccias and as stockworks, with gangue composed dominantly of quartz and calcite. Host rocks are Mesozoic sedimentary and intrusive igneous rocks and Tertiary volcanic rocks. Most fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures are between 200 and 300 °C, with salinities below 4 wt.% NaCl equivalent. Fluid temperature and salinity decreased with time, from 290 to 240 °C and from 2.5 to 1.1 wt.% NaCl equivalent. Relatively constant fluid inclusion liquid-to-vapor ratios and a trend of decreasing salinity with decreasing temperature and with increasing time suggest dilution of the hydrothermal solutions. However, evidence of boiling (such as quartz and calcite textures and the presence of adularia) is noted along the Veta Madre, particularly at higher elevations. Fluid inclusion and mineralogical evidence for boiling of metal-bearing solutions is found in gold-rich portions of the eastern Sierra system; this part of the system is interpreted as the least eroded part of the district. Oxygen, carbon, and sulfur isotope analysis of host rocks, ore, and gangue minerals and fluid inclusion contents indicate a hydrothermal fluid, with an initial magmatic component that mixed over time with infiltrating meteoric water and underwent exchange with host rocks. Mineral deposition was a result of decreasing activities of sulfur and oxygen, decreasing temperature, increasing p

  12. Regional setting and characteristics of the Neoproterozoic Wadi Hamama Zn-Cu-Ag-Au prospect: evidence for an intra-oceanic island arc-hosted volcanogenic hydrothermal system

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    Abd El-Rahman, Yasser; Surour, Adel A.; El-Manawi, Abdel Hamid W.; El-Dougdoug, Abdel-Monem A.; Omar, Sayed

    2015-04-01

    The Wadi Hamama area is a volcanogenic Zn-Cu-Au-Ag prospect. It is hosted by a Neoproterozoic bimodal-mafic sequence, which comprises basalt, dacite and rhyolite along with volcaniclastic rocks. The rocks have a low-K tholeiitic affinity and are enriched in large ion lithophile elements over high field strength elements, which indicated their formation in an intra-oceanic island arc tectonic setting. The area was intruded by a tonalite-trondhjemite body, which has an intra-oceanic island arc affinity and later by diorite, which has a cordilleran-margin geochemical affinity. These rock units were intruded by post-tectonic granite dykes, which have a within-plate geochemical signature. There is a quartz-carbonate horizon extending along the contact between the basalt and the volcaniclastic rocks, mainly banded and lapilli tuffs. This horizon is of exhalative origin and is underlain by a mushroom-shaped alteration zone extending from the horizon down to the massive basalt. The footwall alteration is characterized by a silica-rich core surrounded by a thick chlorite sheath. Both the quartz-carbonate horizon and the footwall-altered rocks enclose historical trenches and pits. Sulfide-rich core samples are enriched in Zn, relative to Cu, and in Ag, which indicates the low-temperature nature of the hydrothermal system. The prospect was affected by supergene processes, which led to the widespread occurrence of secondary copper minerals and gold enrichment relative to the leached base metals, especially Zn. The prospect formed through a limited rifting of an intra-oceanic island arc which resulted in the formation of a small-scale volcanogenic Zn-Cu-Ag-Au prospect.

  13. Geological, fluid inclusion and isotopic studies of the Yinshan Cu-Au-Pb-Zn-Ag deposit, South China: Implications for ore genesis and exploration

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    Wang, Guo-Guang; Ni, Pei; Wang, Ru-Cheng; Zhao, Kui-Dong; Chen, Hui; Ding, Jun-Ying; Zhao, Chao; Cai, Yi-Tao

    2013-09-01

    The Yinshan Cu-Au-Pb-Zn-Ag deposit is located in Dexing, South China. Ore bodies are primarily hosted in low-grade phyllite of the Neoproterozoic Shuangqiaoshan Group along EW- and NNW-striking fault zones. Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization is dictated by Jurassic rhyolitic quartz porphyries (ca. 172 Ma), whereas Cu-Au mineralization is associated with Jurassic dacite porphyries (ca. 170 Ma). The main ore minerals are pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, tetrahedrite-tennatite, gold, silver, and silver sulphosalt, and the principal gangue minerals are quartz, sericite, calcite, and chlorite. Two-phase liquid-rich (type I), two-phase vapor-rich (type II), and halite-bearing (type III) fluid inclusions can be observed in the hydrothermal quartz-sulfides veins. Type I inclusions are widespread and have homogenization temperatures of 187-303 °C and salinities of 4.2-9.5 wt.% NaCl equivalent in the Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization, and homogenization temperatures of 196-362 °C and salinities of 3.5-9.9 wt.% NaCl equivalent in the Cu-Au mineralization. The pervasive occurrence of type I fluid inclusions with low-moderate temperatures and salinities implies that the mineralizing fluids formed in epithermal environments. The type II and coexisting type III inclusions, from deeper levels below the Cu-Au ore bodies, share similar homogenization temperatures of 317-448 °C and contrasting salinities of 0.2-4.2 and 30.9-36.8 wt.% NaCl equivalent, respectively, which indicates that boiling processes occurred. The sulfur isotopic compositions of sulfides (δ34S = -1.7‰ to +3.2‰) suggest a homogeneous magmatic sulfur source. The lead isotopes of sulfides (206Pb/204Pb = 18.01-18.07; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.55-15.57; and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.03-38.12) are consistent with those of volcanic-subvolcanic rocks (206Pb/204Pb = 18.03-18.10; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.56-15.57; and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.02-38.21), indicating a magmatic origin for lead in the ore. The oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions (δ18O = +7.8

  14. Saltwater ecotoxicology of Ag, Au, CuO, TiO2, ZnO and C60 engineered nanoparticles: An overview.

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    Minetto, D; Volpi Ghirardini, A; Libralato, G

    2016-01-01

    This review paper examined 529 papers reporting experimental nanoecotoxicological original data. Only 126 papers referred to saltwater environments (water column and sediment) including a huge variety of species (n=51), their relative endpoints and engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) (n=38). We tried to provide a synthetic overview of the ecotoxicological effects of ENPs from existing data, refining papers on the basis of cross-cutting selection criteria and supporting a "mind the gap" approach stressing on missing data for hazard and risk assessment. After a codified selection procedure, attention was paid to Ag, Au, CuO, TiO2, ZnO and C60 ENPs, evidencing and comparing the observed nanoecotoxicity range of effect. Several criticisms were evidenced: i) some model organisms are overexploited like microalgae and molluscs compared to annelids, echinoderms and fish; ii) underexploited model organisms: mainly bacteria and fish; iii) exposure scenario variability: high species-specific and ENP scenarios including organism life stage and way of administration/spiking of toxicants; iv) scarce comparability between results due to exposure scenario variability; v) micro- and mesocosms substantially unexplored; vi) mixture effects: few examples are available only for ENPs and traditional pollutants; mixtures of ENPs have not been investigated yet; vii) effects of ions and ENPs: nAg, nCuO and nZnO toxicity aetiology is still a matter of discussion; viii) size and morphology effects of ENPs: scarcely investigated, justified and understood. Toxicity results evidenced that: nAu>nZnO>nAg>nCuO>nTiO2>C60. PMID:27107224

  15. Carbonate-replacement Pb-Zn-Ag ± Au mineralization in the Kamariza area, Lavrion, Greece: Mineralogy and thermochemical conditions of formation

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    Voudouris, P.; Melfos, V.; Spry, P. G.; Bonsall, T. A.; Tarkian, M.; Solomos, Ch.

    2008-09-01

    Carbonate-replacement Pb-Zn-Ag ± Au deposits in the Kamariza area, Lavrion district, Attica, Greece, are genetically related to the emplacement of Miocene andesitic dikes within a rapidly extending continental back-arc basin, which formed during exhumation of the Attic-Cycladic Crystalline Belt. Replacement veins as well as chimneys and mantos of massive sulfides are the major orebody types with mantos grading into chimneys and veins. Ore minerals are similar among the various types of orebodies in the Kamariza area and consist of sulfides and sulfarsenides (pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, gersdorffite, marcasite), native metals (Au and Bi), Sn-bearing phases (petrukite), sulfosalts and sulfbismuthites of Ag, Bi, Cu, Pb, As, Sb (tetrahedrite-group minerals, bournonite, boulangerite, stephanite, pyrargyrite, semseyite, enargite, bismuthinite, lillianite homologues, Cu-matildite, aikinite, Ag-aikinite, mummeite, emplectite, wittichenite). The elemental association of Bi, Au, and Ag is common. The assemblages gersdorffite-bismuthinite-native gold and native gold-native bismuth are evidence for a contribution of magmatic components to the hydrothermal system. A fluctuation in the sulfidation states of the ore fluid during the evolution of the Kamariza system is evident from the deposition of early arsenopyrite, as well as of enargite-luzonite and both low-Fe and Fe-rich sphalerite in the same samples. Microthermometry of fluid inclusion assemblages show that carbonate replacement mineralization was deposited from a warm to hot (100°C to 400°C), low to moderately saline (1.8 to 17.3 wt% NaCl equiv) fluid. Eutectic temperatures of fluid inclusions as low as -55°C suggest the presence of CaCl2 in addition to NaCl, in the ore fluid. The Kamariza deposit occurs distal to the Plaka granodiorite intrusion and the associated porphyry-Mo mineralization, but is likely to be genetically related to a granitoid buried at depth.

  16. Ideal Weyl Semimetals in the Chalcopyrites CuTlSe2 , AgTlTe2 , AuTlTe2 , and ZnPbAs2

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Zhang, Dongqin; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-06-01

    Weyl semimetals are new states of matter which feature novel Fermi arcs and exotic transport phenomena. Based on first-principles calculations, we report that the chalcopyrites CuTlSe2 , AgTlTe2 , AuTlTe2 , and ZnPbAs2 are ideal Weyl semimetals, having largely separated Weyl points (˜0.05 Å-1 ) and uncovered Fermi arcs that are amenable to experimental detections. We also construct a minimal effective model to capture the low-energy physics of this class of Weyl semimetals. Our discovery is a major step toward a perfect playground of intriguing Weyl semimetals and potential applications for low-power and high-speed electronics.

  17. Ideal Weyl Semimetals in the Chalcopyrites CuTlSe_{2}, AgTlTe_{2}, AuTlTe_{2}, and ZnPbAs_{2}.

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    Ruan, Jiawei; Jian, Shao-Kai; Zhang, Dongqin; Yao, Hong; Zhang, Haijun; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Xing, Dingyu

    2016-06-01

    Weyl semimetals are new states of matter which feature novel Fermi arcs and exotic transport phenomena. Based on first-principles calculations, we report that the chalcopyrites CuTlSe_{2}, AgTlTe_{2}, AuTlTe_{2}, and ZnPbAs_{2} are ideal Weyl semimetals, having largely separated Weyl points (∼0.05  Å^{-1}) and uncovered Fermi arcs that are amenable to experimental detections. We also construct a minimal effective model to capture the low-energy physics of this class of Weyl semimetals. Our discovery is a major step toward a perfect playground of intriguing Weyl semimetals and potential applications for low-power and high-speed electronics. PMID:27314733

  18. Involvement of magmatic fluids at the Laloki and Federal Flag massive sulfide Cu-Zn-Au-Ag deposits, Astrolabe mineral district, Papua New Guinea: sulfur isotope evidence

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    Noku, Shadrach K.; Espi, Joseph O.; Matsueda, Hiroharu

    2015-01-01

    We present the first sulfur (S) isotope data of sulfides, sulfates, pyrite in host mudstone, and bulk sulfur of gabbroic rocks from the Laloki and Federal Flag massive Cu-Zn-Au-Ag deposits in the Astrolabe mineral district, Papua New Guinea. Early-stage pyrite-marcasite, chalcopyrite, and sphalerite from Laloki display wide range of δ34S values from -4.5 to +7.0 ‰ ( n = 16). Late-stage pyrite, chalcopyrite, and sphalerite have restricted δ34S values of -1.9 to +4.7 ‰ ( n = 16). The mineralizing stage these correspond to had moderately saline (5.9-8.4 NaCl eq. wt%) mineralizing fluids of possible magmatic origin. A single analysis of late-stage barite has a value of δ34S +17.9 ‰, which is likely similar to coexisting seawater sulfate. Pyrite from the foot-wall mudstone at Laloki has very light δ34S values of -36.1 to -33.8 ‰ ( n = 2), which suggest an organic source for S. Pyrite-marcasite and chalcopyrite from Federal Flag show δ34S values of -2.4 to -1.9 ‰ ( n = 2), consistent with a magmatic origin, either leached from intrusive magmatic rocks or derived from magmatic-hydrothermal fluids. The very narrow range and near-zero δ34S values (-1.0 to +0.6 ‰) of bulk gabbroic samples is consistent with mantle-derived magmatic S. Sulfur isotope characteristics of sulfides and sulfates are, however, very similar to base metal sulfide accumulations associated with modern volcanic arcs and sedimented mid-ocean ridges. The most reasonable interpretation is that the range of the sulfide and sulfate δ34S values from both Laloki and Federal Flag massive sulfide deposits is indicative of the complex interaction of magmatic fluids, seawater, gabbroic rocks, and mudstone.

  19. Partitioning of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide phases and hydrous basanite melt at upper mantle conditions

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    Li, Yuan; Audétat, Andreas

    2012-11-01

    The partitioning of 15 major to trace metals between monosulfide solid solution (MSS), sulfide liquid (SL) and mafic silicate melt (SM) was determined in piston-cylinder experiments performed at 1175-1300 °C, 1.5-3.0 GPa and oxygen fugacities ranging from 3.1 log units below to 1.0 log units above the quartz-fayalite-magnetite fO2 buffer, which conditions are representative of partial melting in the upper mantle in different tectonic settings. The silicate melt was produced by partial melting of a natural, amphibole-rich mantle source rock, resulting in hydrous (˜5 wt% H2O) basanitic melts similar to low-degree partial melts of metasomatized mantle, whereas the major element composition of the starting sulfide (˜52 wt% Fe; 39 wt% S; 7 wt% Ni; 2 wt% Cu) was similar to the average composition of sulfides in this environment. SL/SM partition coefficients are high (≥100) for Au, Ni, Cu, Ag, Bi, intermediate (1-100) for Co, Pb, Sn, Sb (±As, Mo), and low (≤1) for the remaining elements. MSS/SM partition coefficients are generally lower than SL/SM partition coefficients and are high (≥100) for Ni, Cu, Au, intermediate (1-100) for Co, Ag (±Bi, Mo), and low (≤1) for the remaining elements. Most sulfide-silicate melt partition coefficients vary as a function of fO2, with Mo, Bi, As (±W) varying by a factor >10 over the investigated fO2 range, Sb, Ag, Sn (±V) varying by a factor of 3-10, and Pb, Cu, Ni, Co, Au, Zn, Mn varying by a factor of 3-10. The partitioning data were used to model the behavior of Cu, Au, Ag, and Bi during partial melting of upper mantle and during fractional crystallization of primitive MORB and arc magmas. Sulfide phase relationships and comparison of the modeling results with reported Cu, Au, Ag, and Bi concentrations from MORB and arc magmas suggest that: (i) MSS is the dominant sulfide in the source region of arc magmas, and thus that Au/Cu ratios in the silicate melt and residual sulfides may decrease with increasing degree of

  20. Probing the rupture of a Ag atomic junction in a Ag-Au mixed electrode

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    Kim, Taekyeong

    2015-09-01

    We probed that the atomic junction in Ag part ruptures during stretching of atomic sized contacts of Ag-Au mixed electrodes, resulting in Ag-Ag electrodes through a scanning tunneling microscope breaking junction (STM-BJ) technique. We observed that the conductance and tunneling decay constant for a series of amine-terminated oligophenyl molecular junctions are essentially the same for the Ag-Au mixed and the Ag-Ag electrodes. We also found the molecular plateau length and the evolution patterns with the Ag-Au mixed electrodes are similar to those with Ag-Ag electrodes rather than the Au-Au electrodes in the molecular junction elongation. This result is attributed to the smaller binding energy of Ag atoms compared to that of Au atoms, so the Ag junction part is more easily broken than that of Au part in stretching of Ag-Au mixed electrodes. Furthermore, we successfully observed that the rupture force of the atomic junction for the Ag-Au mixed electrodes was identical to that for the Ag-Ag electrodes and smaller than that for the Au-Au electrodes. This study may advance the understanding of the electrical and the mechanical properties in molecular devices with Ag and Au electrodes in future.

  1. Effects of temperature, silicate melt composition, and oxygen fugacity on the partitioning of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide phases and silicate melt

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    Li, Yuan; Audétat, Andreas

    2015-08-01

    In order to assess the role of sulfide in controlling the ore metal budgets and fractionation during magmatic genesis and differentiation, the partition coefficients (D) of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide liquid (SL), monosulfide solid solution (MSS), and basaltic to rhyolitic melts (SM) were determined at 900-1200 °C, 0.5-1.5 GPa, and oxygen fugacity (fO2) ranging from ∼FMQ-2 to FMQ+3, in a piston-cylinder apparatus. The DSL/SM values range from 0.4 to 2 for V, 0.5 to 3 for Mn, 80 to 580 for Co, 2300 to 18,000 for Ni, 800 to 4600 for Cu, 1 to 11 for Zn, 20 to 180 for As, 4 to 230 for Mo, 450 to 1600 for Ag, 5 to 24 for Sn, 10 to 80 for Sb, 0.03 to 0.16 for W, 2000 to 29,000 for Au, 24 to 170 for Pb, and 830 to 11,000 for Bi; whereas the DMSS/SM values range from 0.04 to 10 for V, 0.5 to 10 for Mn, 70 to 2500 for Co, 650 to 18,000 for Ni, 280 to 42,000 for Cu, 0.1 to 80 for Zn, 0.2 to 30 for As, 1 to 820 for Mo, 20 to 500 for Ag, 0.2 to 220 for Sn, 0.1 to 40 for Sb, 0.01 to 24 for W, 10 to 2000 for Au, 0.03 to 6 for Pb, and 1 to 350 for Bi. Both DMSS/SM and DSL/SM values generally increase with decreasing temperature or decreasing FeOtot content in silicate melt, except for Mo, DMSS/SM and DSL/SM of which show a clear decrease with decreasing temperature. At given temperature and FeOtot content, high oxygen fugacity appears to lead to a significant decrease in DMSS/SM of Au, Bi, Mo, and potentially As. The partitioning data obtained experimentally in this study and previous studies were fitted to an empirical equation that expresses the DMSS/SM and/or DSL/SM of a given element as a function of temperature, oxygen fugacity, and FeOtot content of the silicate melt: log (DSL/SMorDMSS/SM = d + a · 10, 000 / T + b · (ΔFMQ) + c · log (FeOmelt) in which T is temperature in K, FeOmelt denotes wt% FeOtot in silicate melt, and ΔFMQ denotes log fO2 relative to the fayalite-magnetite-quartz (FMQ) oxygen buffer. The

  2. Effect of Ag Templates on the Formation of Au-Ag Hollow/Core-Shell Nanostructures

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    Tsai, Chi-Hang; Chen, Shih-Yun; Song, Jenn-Ming; Haruta, Mitsutaka; Kurata, Hiroki

    2015-11-01

    Au-Ag alloy nanostructures with various shapes were synthesized using a successive reduction method in this study. By means of galvanic replacement, twined Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and single-crystalline Ag nanowires (NWs) were adopted as templates, respectively, and alloyed with the same amount of Au+ ions. High angle annular dark field-scanning TEM (HAADF-STEM) images observed from different rotation angles confirm that Ag NPs turned into AuAg alloy rings with an Au/Ag ratio of 1. The shifts of surface plasmon resonance and chemical composition reveal the evolution of the alloy ring formation. On the other hand, single-crystalline Ag NWs became Ag@AuAg core-shell wires instead of hollow nanostructure through a process of galvanic replacement. It is proposed that in addition to the ratio of Ag templates and Au ion additives, the twin boundaries of the Ag templates were the dominating factor causing hollow alloy nanostructures.

  3. Effect of Ag Templates on the Formation of Au-Ag Hollow/Core-Shell Nanostructures.

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    Tsai, Chi-Hang; Chen, Shih-Yun; Song, Jenn-Ming; Haruta, Mitsutaka; Kurata, Hiroki

    2015-12-01

    Au-Ag alloy nanostructures with various shapes were synthesized using a successive reduction method in this study. By means of galvanic replacement, twined Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and single-crystalline Ag nanowires (NWs) were adopted as templates, respectively, and alloyed with the same amount of Au(+) ions. High angle annular dark field-scanning TEM (HAADF-STEM) images observed from different rotation angles confirm that Ag NPs turned into AuAg alloy rings with an Au/Ag ratio of 1. The shifts of surface plasmon resonance and chemical composition reveal the evolution of the alloy ring formation. On the other hand, single-crystalline Ag NWs became Ag@AuAg core-shell wires instead of hollow nanostructure through a process of galvanic replacement. It is proposed that in addition to the ratio of Ag templates and Au ion additives, the twin boundaries of the Ag templates were the dominating factor causing hollow alloy nanostructures. PMID:26563266

  4. Effects of metal-bearing nanoparticles (Ag, Au, CdS, ZnO, SiO2) on developing zebrafish embryos.

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    Lacave, José María; Retuerto, Ander; Vicario-Parés, Unai; Gilliland, Douglas; Oron, Miriam; Cajaraville, Miren P; Orbea, Amaia

    2016-08-12

    Due to the increasing commercialization of consumer and industrial products containing nanoparticles (NPs), an increase in the introduction of these materials into the environment is expected. NP toxicity to aquatic organisms depends on multiple biotic and abiotic factors, resulting in an unlimited number of combinations impossible to test in practice. The zebrafish embryo model offers a useful screening tool to test and rank the toxicity of nanomaterials according to those diverse factors. This work aims to study the acute and sublethal toxicity of a set of metal-bearing NPs displaying different properties, in comparison to that of the ionic and bulk forms of the metals, in order to establish a toxicity ranking. Soluble NPs (Ag, CdS and ZnO) showed the highest acute and sublethal toxicity, with LC50 values as low as 0.529 mg Ag l(-1) for Ag NPs of 20 nm, and a significant increase in the malformation prevalence in embryos exposed to 0.1 mg Cd l(-1) of CdS NPs of ∼4 nm. For insoluble NPs, like SiO2 NPs, acute effects were not observed during early embryo development due to the protective effect of the chorion. But effects on larvae could be expected, since deposition of fluorescent SiO2 NPs over the gill lamella and excretion through the intestine were observed after hatching. In other cases, such as for gold NPs, the toxicity could be attributed to the presence of additives (sodium citrate) in the NP suspension, as they displayed a similar toxicity when tested separately. Overall, the results indicated that toxicity to zebrafish embryos depends primarily on the chemical composition and, thus, the solubility of the NPs. Other characteristics, such as size, played a secondary role. This was supported by the observation that ionic forms of the metals were always more toxic than the nano forms, and bulk forms were the least toxic to the developing zebrafish embryos. PMID:27363512

  5. Effects of metal-bearing nanoparticles (Ag, Au, CdS, ZnO, SiO2) on developing zebrafish embryos

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    María Lacave, José; Retuerto, Ander; Vicario-Parés, Unai; Gilliland, Douglas; Oron, Miriam; Cajaraville, Miren P.; Orbea, Amaia

    2016-08-01

    Due to the increasing commercialization of consumer and industrial products containing nanoparticles (NPs), an increase in the introduction of these materials into the environment is expected. NP toxicity to aquatic organisms depends on multiple biotic and abiotic factors, resulting in an unlimited number of combinations impossible to test in practice. The zebrafish embryo model offers a useful screening tool to test and rank the toxicity of nanomaterials according to those diverse factors. This work aims to study the acute and sublethal toxicity of a set of metal-bearing NPs displaying different properties, in comparison to that of the ionic and bulk forms of the metals, in order to establish a toxicity ranking. Soluble NPs (Ag, CdS and ZnO) showed the highest acute and sublethal toxicity, with LC50 values as low as 0.529 mg Ag l‑1 for Ag NPs of 20 nm, and a significant increase in the malformation prevalence in embryos exposed to 0.1 mg Cd l‑1 of CdS NPs of ∼4 nm. For insoluble NPs, like SiO2 NPs, acute effects were not observed during early embryo development due to the protective effect of the chorion. But effects on larvae could be expected, since deposition of fluorescent SiO2 NPs over the gill lamella and excretion through the intestine were observed after hatching. In other cases, such as for gold NPs, the toxicity could be attributed to the presence of additives (sodium citrate) in the NP suspension, as they displayed a similar toxicity when tested separately. Overall, the results indicated that toxicity to zebrafish embryos depends primarily on the chemical composition and, thus, the solubility of the NPs. Other characteristics, such as size, played a secondary role. This was supported by the observation that ionic forms of the metals were always more toxic than the nano forms, and bulk forms were the least toxic to the developing zebrafish embryos.

  6. Analytical performance of a lab-made concomitant metal analyzer to generate volatile species of Ag, Au, Cd, Cu, Ni, Sn and Zn using 8-hydroxyquinoline as a reaction media.

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    Villanueva-Alonso, Julia; Peña-Vázquez, Elena; Bermejo-Barrera, Pilar

    2012-10-15

    This study evaluated the main parameters affecting Ag, Au, Cd, Cu, Ni, Sn and Zn vapor generation using a lab-made concomitant metal analyzer (CMA) as a reaction chamber and gas-liquid separator. The modifier used in the reaction media was 8-hydroxyquinoline, and Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry was used as detection technique. The performance of the lab-made concomitant analyzer was compared with the performance of a continuous flow gas-liquid separator and of a cyclonic spray chamber. Standards were prepared in acid media and included 1 mg L(-1) of Co as a catalyzer. The optimum concentrations of the reagents in the standards were: 450 mg L(-1) of 8-hydroxyquinoline and 0.4 M nitric acid. The optimum concentration of sodium borohydride to generate the vapors was 2.25% (w/v) (prepared in 0.4% (w/v) NaOH). The volatile species were swept from the CMA to the torch by an argon flow of 0.6 mL min(-1). The use of the CMA led to an improvement of the detection limits for some elements compared to conventional nebulization: 1.1 μg L(-1) for Ag, 7.0 μg L(-1) for Au and 4.3 μg L(-1) for Sn. The limit of detection for Cu was 1.4 μg L(-1) and for Ni 22.5 μg L(-1). The direct mixing of the reagents on the spray chamber was not effective for Cd and Zn; a deviation of the linearity was observed for these elements. PMID:23141310

  7. Isomorphism and solid solutions among Ag- and Au-selenides

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    Palyanova, Galina A.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Kokh, Konstantin A.; Bakakin, Vladimir V.

    2016-09-01

    Au-Ag selenides were synthesized by heating stoichiometric mixtures of elementary substances of initial compositions Ag2-xAuxSe with a step of x=0.25 (0≤x≤2) to 1050 °C and annealing at 500 °C. Scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and X-ray powder diffraction methods have been applied to study synthesized samples. Results of studies of synthesized products revealed the existence of three solid solutions with limited isomorphism Ag↔Au: naumannite Ag2Se - Ag1.94Au0.06Se, fischesserite Ag3AuSe2 - Ag3.2Au0.8Se2 and gold selenide AuSe - Au0.94Ag0.06Se. Solid solutions and AgAuSe phases were added to the phase diagram of Ag-Au-Se system. Crystal-chemical interpretation of Ag-Au isomorphism in selenides was made on the basis of structural features of fischesserite, naumannite, and AuSe.

  8. Theory of doping properties of Ag acceptors in ZnO

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    Volnianska, O.; Boguslawski, P.; Kaczkowski, J.; Jakubas, P.; Jezierski, A.; Kaminska, E.

    2009-12-01

    Doping properties of Ag in ZnO were analyzed by first-principles calculations within both the local-density and generalized gradient approximations. The ionization energy of AgZn , about 0.2 eV, is comparable to that of the commonly used group-V acceptors, and is lower than that of two other IB species, Cu and Au. Formation energy of Ag in the favorable O-rich conditions is 0.85 eV, which corresponds to the solubility limit of about 1018cm-3 at 700°C . Formation of Ag-rich second phases is predicted for high Ag concentrations. Energetics of the onset of this process is analyzed and AgZn display a tendency to form aggregates of AgO with the wurtzite structure. Formation of such nanoinclusions is shown to affect the lattice constant of ZnO:Ag. Two “wrong” incorporation channels, i.e., at the interstitial sites and at the oxygen sites as AgO , are predicted to be nonefficient due to the high formation energies. The calculated magnetic coupling between Ag ion reveals an unexpected dependence on the Ag-Ag distance; the interaction between the nearest-neighbor AgZn pair vanishes while that for the more distant pairs is weakly ferromagnetic.

  9. Au nanoparticle sensitized ZnO nanopencil arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Wang, Tuo; Lv, Rui; Zhang, Peng; Li, Changjiang; Gong, Jinlong

    2014-11-01

    This paper describes the synthesis of Au nanoparticle sensitized ZnO nanopencil arrays on F-doped SnO2 substrates by an aqueous chemical growth and subsequent photoreduction method. The Au-ZnO nanopencil arrays yield a photocurrent of ~1.5 mA cm-2 at 1 V versus Ag/AgCl. The enhanced photocurrent is attributed to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles and the prolonged lifetime of the photo-generated electron-hole pairs. The improved stability of ZnO is due to the plasmon resonance energy transfer process enabled by the Au nanoparticles, which enhances the electric field intensity in a small, well-defined location of the ZnO semiconductor.This paper describes the synthesis of Au nanoparticle sensitized ZnO nanopencil arrays on F-doped SnO2 substrates by an aqueous chemical growth and subsequent photoreduction method. The Au-ZnO nanopencil arrays yield a photocurrent of ~1.5 mA cm-2 at 1 V versus Ag/AgCl. The enhanced photocurrent is attributed to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles and the prolonged lifetime of the photo-generated electron-hole pairs. The improved stability of ZnO is due to the plasmon resonance energy transfer process enabled by the Au nanoparticles, which enhances the electric field intensity in a small, well-defined location of the ZnO semiconductor. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Illustrative schematic of PEC measurements, XPS of ZnO nanorods and nanopencils. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03735a

  10. Component conversion from pure Au nanorods to multiblock Ag-Au-Ag nanorods assisted by Pt nanoframe templates.

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    Lee, Sangji; Jang, Hee-Jeong; Jang, Ho Young; Kim, Seong Kyu; Park, Sungho

    2016-07-14

    We developed a new method for synthesizing multiblock Ag-Au-Ag nanorods using Pt nanoframes that had been deposited on the edges of Au nanorod seeds. As a function of Au etching time, the length of the Au nanorod decreased symmetrically starting from the two ends, leading to the formation of empty inner space at the ends. Subsequent reduction of Ag ions could be selectively performed in the inner space confined by Pt nanoframes and the resulting Ag-Au-Ag nanorods exhibited characteristic LSPR modes originating from each block component (in a transverse direction) and SPR coupling (in a longitudinal direction). The high quality of the resulting multiblock nanorods enabled observation of the longitudinal quadrupole mode that was induced by Ag-Au SPR coupling in a long axis. The mode exhibited high sensitivity in accordance with the change in the surrounding media, demonstrating great potential for sensor applications. PMID:27315144

  11. Laser generated Ag and Ag-Au composite nanoparticles for refractive index sensor

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    Navas, M. P.; Soni, R. K.

    2014-09-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength of metal nanoparticles (NPs) is highly sensitive to size, shape and the surrounding medium. Metal targets were laser ablated in liquid for preparation of spherical Ag and Ag@Au core-shell NP colloidal solution for refractive index sensing. The LSPR peak wavelength and broadening of the NPs were monitored in different refractive index liquid. Quasi-static Mie theory simulation results show that refractive index sensitivity of Ag, Ag-Au alloy and Ag@Au core-shell NPs increases nearly linearly with size and shell thickness. However, the increased broadening of the LSPR peak with size, alloy concentration and Au shell thickness restricts the sensing resolution of these NPs. Figure-of-merit (FOM) was calculated to optimize the size of Ag NPs, concentration of Ag-Au alloy NPs and Au shell thickness of Ag@Au core-shell NPs. The refractive index sensitivity (RIS) and FOM were optimum in the size range 20-40 nm for Ag NPs. Laser generated Ag@Au NPs of Au shell thickness in the range of 1-2 nm showed optimum FOM, where thin layer of Au coating can improve the stability of Ag NPs.

  12. Component conversion from pure Au nanorods to multiblock Ag-Au-Ag nanorods assisted by Pt nanoframe templates

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    Lee, Sangji; Jang, Hee-Jeong; Jang, Ho Young; Kim, Seong Kyu; Park, Sungho

    2016-06-01

    We developed a new method for synthesizing multiblock Ag-Au-Ag nanorods using Pt nanoframes that had been deposited on the edges of Au nanorod seeds. As a function of Au etching time, the length of the Au nanorod decreased symmetrically starting from the two ends, leading to the formation of empty inner space at the ends. Subsequent reduction of Ag ions could be selectively performed in the inner space confined by Pt nanoframes and the resulting Ag-Au-Ag nanorods exhibited characteristic LSPR modes originating from each block component (in a transverse direction) and SPR coupling (in a longitudinal direction). The high quality of the resulting multiblock nanorods enabled observation of the longitudinal quadrupole mode that was induced by Ag-Au SPR coupling in a long axis. The mode exhibited high sensitivity in accordance with the change in the surrounding media, demonstrating great potential for sensor applications.We developed a new method for synthesizing multiblock Ag-Au-Ag nanorods using Pt nanoframes that had been deposited on the edges of Au nanorod seeds. As a function of Au etching time, the length of the Au nanorod decreased symmetrically starting from the two ends, leading to the formation of empty inner space at the ends. Subsequent reduction of Ag ions could be selectively performed in the inner space confined by Pt nanoframes and the resulting Ag-Au-Ag nanorods exhibited characteristic LSPR modes originating from each block component (in a transverse direction) and SPR coupling (in a longitudinal direction). The high quality of the resulting multiblock nanorods enabled observation of the longitudinal quadrupole mode that was induced by Ag-Au SPR coupling in a long axis. The mode exhibited high sensitivity in accordance with the change in the surrounding media, demonstrating great potential for sensor applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03484e

  13. Bipolar Ag-Zn battery

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    Giltner, L. John

    1994-02-01

    The silver-zinc (AgZn) battery system has been unique in its ability to safely satisfy high power demand applications with low mass and volume. However, a new generation of defense, aerospace, and commercial applications will impose even higher power demands. These new power demands can be satisfied by the development of a bipolar battery design. In this configuration the power consuming, interelectrode current conductors are eliminated while the current is then conducted via the large cross-section electrode substrate. Negative and positive active materials are applied to opposite sides of a solid silver foil substrate. In addition to reducing the weight and volume required for a specified power level, the output voltage performance is also improved as follows. Reduced weight through: elimination of the plastic cell container; elimination of plate leads and intercell connector; and elimination of internal plate current collector. Increased voltage through: elimination of resistance of current collector; elimination of resistance of plate lead; and elimination of resistance of intercell connector. EPI worked previously on development of a secondary bipolar silver zinc battery. This development demonstrated the electrical capability of the system and manufacturing techniques. One difficulty with this development was mechanical problems with the seals. However, recent improvements in plastics and adhesives should eliminate the major problem of maintaining a seal around the periphery of the bipolar module. The seal problem is not as significant for a primary battery application or for a requirement for only a few discharge cycles. A second difficulty encountered was with activation (introducing electrolyte into the cell) and with venting gas from the cell without loss of electrolyte. During previous work, the following projections for energy density were made from test data for a high power system which demonstrated in excess of 50 discharge/charge cycles. Projected

  14. Bipolar Ag-Zn battery

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    Giltner, L. John

    1994-01-01

    The silver-zinc (AgZn) battery system has been unique in its ability to safely satisfy high power demand applications with low mass and volume. However, a new generation of defense, aerospace, and commercial applications will impose even higher power demands. These new power demands can be satisfied by the development of a bipolar battery design. In this configuration the power consuming, interelectrode current conductors are eliminated while the current is then conducted via the large cross-section electrode substrate. Negative and positive active materials are applied to opposite sides of a solid silver foil substrate. In addition to reducing the weight and volume required for a specified power level, the output voltage performance is also improved as follows. Reduced weight through: elimination of the plastic cell container; elimination of plate leads and intercell connector; and elimination of internal plate current collector. Increased voltage through: elimination of resistance of current collector; elimination of resistance of plate lead; and elimination of resistance of intercell connector. EPI worked previously on development of a secondary bipolar silver zinc battery. This development demonstrated the electrical capability of the system and manufacturing techniques. One difficulty with this development was mechanical problems with the seals. However, recent improvements in plastics and adhesives should eliminate the major problem of maintaining a seal around the periphery of the bipolar module. The seal problem is not as significant for a primary battery application or for a requirement for only a few discharge cycles. A second difficulty encountered was with activation (introducing electrolyte into the cell) and with venting gas from the cell without loss of electrolyte. During previous work, the following projections for energy density were made from test data for a high power system which demonstrated in excess of 50 discharge/charge cycles. Projected

  15. In situ growth of matchlike ZnO/Au plasmonic heterostructure for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Wu, Mi; Chen, Wei-Jian; Shen, Yu-Hua; Huang, Fang-Zhi; Li, Chuan-Hao; Li, Shi-Kuo

    2014-09-10

    In this paper, we report a novel matchlike zinc oxide (ZnO)/gold (Au) heterostructure with plasmonic-enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity for solar hydrogen production. The matchlike heterostructure with Au nanoparticles coated on the tip of ZnO nanorods is in situ grown on a zinc (Zn) substrate by using a facile hydrothermal and photoreduction combined approach. This unique heterostructure exhibits plasmonic-enhanced light absorption, efficient charge separation and transportation properties with tunable Au contents. The photocurrent density of the matchlike ZnO/Au heterostructure reaches 9.11 mA/cm(2) at an applied potential of 1.0 V (vs Ag/AgCl) with an Au/Zn atomic ratio of 0.039, which is much higher than that of the pristine ZnO nanorod array (0.33 mA/cm(2)). Moreover, the solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of this special heterostructure can reach 0.48%, 16 times higher than that of the pristine ZnO nanorod array (0.03%). What is more, the efficiency could be further improved by optimizing the Au content of the heterostructure. The formation mechanism of such a unique heterostructure is proposed to explain the plasmonic-enhanced PEC performance. This study might contribute to the rational design of the visible-light-responsive plasmonic semiconductor/metal heterostructure photoanode to harvest the solar spectrum. PMID:25144940

  16. Mechanical and electrical properties of ZnO/Ag nanocomposites.

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    Hayashi, Y.

    1998-08-27

    Effects of Ag particle dispersions on microstructural development and some properties were investigated for ZnO/Ag nanocomposites. They were fabricated by Pulse Electric Current Sintering (PECS) Process to achieve finer and densified microstructure. ZnO/Ag nanocomposites with novel microstructure which were prepared by a reduction process using Ag{sub 2}O fine powders were compared with microcomposites prepared by mixing of Ag and ZnO powders. SEM observation indicated that fine Ag particles were homogeneously dispersed within the ZnO matrix grains and at the grain boundaries for ZnO/Ag nanocomposites prepared by the reduction process using Ag{sub 2}O fine powder. Hardness and fracture toughness increased with increasing the Ag volume fraction. Linear resistivity was decreased with increasing Ag volume fraction. However, the mechanical and electrical properties appeared to the significantly different for composites prepared by two different powder processes.

  17. 3D modelling and sheath folding at the Falun pyritic Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) sulphide deposit and implications for exploration in a 1.9 Ga ore district, Fennoscandian Shield, Sweden

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    Kampmann, Tobias C.; Stephens, Michael B.; Weihed, Pär

    2016-06-01

    Altered and mineralized rocks at the Falun pyritic Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) sulphide deposit, situated in the Palaeoproterozoic Bergslagen ore district in the south-western part of the Fennoscandian Shield, have been metamorphosed at low-pressure, amphibolite-facies conditions and affected by ductile deformation. Using combined surface mapping of lithology and structure, drill core logging and microstructural work, the polyphase (D1 and D2) ductile deformation is demonstrated and a 3D model for the deposit created. Mineral associations include quartz, biotite, cordierite, anthophyllite, and minor almandine, andalusite and chlorite in silicate-rich altered rock, calcite or dolomite in marble and tremolite-actinolite or diopside-hedenbergite in skarn. The silicate minerals show varying growth patterns during the different phases of the tectonothermal evolution, with considerable static grain growth occurring between D1 and D2, and even after D2. F2 sheath folding along axes that plunge steeply to the SSE, parallel to a mineral stretching lineation and the dip direction of the S2 foliation, is suggested as a key deformation mechanism forming steeply plunging, cone- to rod-shaped mineralized bodies. This contrasts with a previous structural model invoking fold interference. A major shear zone with talc-chlorite-(quartz-biotite) mineral association separates the northern and southern structural domains at the deposit and bounds the polymetallic massive sulphides to the north.

  18. 3D modelling and sheath folding at the Falun pyritic Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) sulphide deposit and implications for exploration in a 1.9 Ga ore district, Fennoscandian Shield, Sweden

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    Kampmann, Tobias C.; Stephens, Michael B.; Weihed, Pär

    2016-01-01

    Altered and mineralized rocks at the Falun pyritic Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) sulphide deposit, situated in the Palaeoproterozoic Bergslagen ore district in the south-western part of the Fennoscandian Shield, have been metamorphosed at low-pressure, amphibolite-facies conditions and affected by ductile deformation. Using combined surface mapping of lithology and structure, drill core logging and microstructural work, the polyphase (D1 and D2) ductile deformation is demonstrated and a 3D model for the deposit created. Mineral associations include quartz, biotite, cordierite, anthophyllite, and minor almandine, andalusite and chlorite in silicate-rich altered rock, calcite or dolomite in marble and tremolite-actinolite or diopside-hedenbergite in skarn. The silicate minerals show varying growth patterns during the different phases of the tectonothermal evolution, with considerable static grain growth occurring between D1 and D2, and even after D2. F2 sheath folding along axes that plunge steeply to the SSE, parallel to a mineral stretching lineation and the dip direction of the S2 foliation, is suggested as a key deformation mechanism forming steeply plunging, cone- to rod-shaped mineralized bodies. This contrasts with a previous structural model invoking fold interference. A major shear zone with talc-chlorite-(quartz-biotite) mineral association separates the northern and southern structural domains at the deposit and bounds the polymetallic massive sulphides to the north.

  19. Deposition of Au and Ag nanoparticles on PEDOT.

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    Danieli, Tamar; Colleran, John; Mandler, Daniel

    2011-12-01

    The deposition of Au and Ag, locally and from bulk solution, on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) was studied. Specifically, PEDOT was electrochemically polymerized onto a glassy carbon (GC) electrode and used for bulk deposition of Au and Ag from their respective ions dissolved in the solution as well as for the local deposition of these metals using scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). These two sets of experiments were utilized to investigate the difference between Au and Ag electrochemical deposition on PEDOT. In particular, SECM experiments, which were conducted by the controlled anodic dissolution of Au and Ag microelectrodes close to GC/PEDOT, probed the effect of different PEDOT oxidation states on local deposition. The current-time transients recorded during the deposition, combined with scanning electron microscopy and EDX analysis provided insight into the reduction processes. AuCl(4)(-) and Ag(+) ions were electrochemically reduced at a potential equal to and more negative than the ions redox potentials (0.4 and 0.2 V, respectively) and more positive than -0.7 V, where the PEDOT starts transforming into the reduced, i.e. insulating, state. We found that the electroreduction of Ag(+) ions was diffusion-controlled and the PEDOT film served as a simple conductor. On the other hand, the reduction of AuCl(4)(-) ions was enhanced on GC/PEDOT as compared with bare GC, indicating that PEDOT catalyzes the reduction of AuCl(4)(-) to Au. PMID:21993698

  20. Biosynthesis of Au, Ag and Au-Ag nanoparticles using edible mushroom extract.

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    Philip, Daizy

    2009-07-15

    Integration of green chemistry principles to nanotechnology is one of the key issues in nanoscience research. There is growing need to develop environmentally benign metal nanoparticle synthesis process that do not use toxic chemicals in the synthesis protocols to avoid adverse effects in medical applications. Here, it is a report on extracellular synthesis method for the preparation of Au, Ag and Au-Ag nanoparticles in water, using the extract of Volvariella volvacea, a naturally occurring edible mushroom, as reducing and protecting agents. Gold nanoparticles of different sizes (20-150 nm) and shapes from triangular nanoprisms to nearly spherical and hexagonal are obtained by this novel method. The size and shape of gold nanoparticles are also found to depend on temperature of the extract. The silver nanoparticles are spherical with size approximately 15 nm. There is increased productivity of nanoparticles as shown by sharp and intense surface plasmon resonance bands for the nanoparticles prepared using an excess of the extract. The Au-Ag nanoparticles prepared by co-reduction has only one plasmon band due to alloying of the constituents. All the synthesized nanoparticles are found to be photoluminescent and are highly crystalline as shown by SAED and XRD patterns with fcc phase oriented along the (111) plane. FTIR measurements were carried out to identify the possible biomolecules responsible for capping and efficient stabilization of the nanoparticles. It is found that Au nanoparticles are bound to proteins through free amino groups and silver nanoparticles through the carboxylate group of the amino acid residues. The position and intensity of the emission band is found to depend on composition of the nanoparticles indicating the possible use in therapeutic applications. PMID:19324587

  1. Biosynthesis of Au, Ag and Au-Ag nanoparticles using edible mushroom extract

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    Philip, Daizy

    2009-07-01

    Integration of green chemistry principles to nanotechnology is one of the key issues in nanoscience research. There is growing need to develop environmentally benign metal nanoparticle synthesis process that do not use toxic chemicals in the synthesis protocols to avoid adverse effects in medical applications. Here, it is a report on extracellular synthesis method for the preparation of Au, Ag and Au-Ag nanoparticles in water, using the extract of Volvariella volvacea, a naturally occurring edible mushroom, as reducing and protecting agents. Gold nanoparticles of different sizes (20-150 nm) and shapes from triangular nanoprisms to nearly spherical and hexagonal are obtained by this novel method. The size and shape of gold nanoparticles are also found to depend on temperature of the extract. The silver nanoparticles are spherical with size ˜15 nm. There is increased productivity of nanoparticles as shown by sharp and intense surface plasmon resonance bands for the nanoparticles prepared using an excess of the extract. The Au-Ag nanoparticles prepared by co-reduction has only one plasmon band due to alloying of the constituents. All the synthesized nanoparticles are found to be photoluminescent and are highly crystalline as shown by SAED and XRD patterns with fcc phase oriented along the (1 1 1) plane. FTIR measurements were carried out to identify the possible biomolecules responsible for capping and efficient stabilization of the nanoparticles. It is found that Au nanoparticles are bound to proteins through free amino groups and silver nanoparticles through the carboxylate group of the amino acid residues. The position and intensity of the emission band is found to depend on composition of the nanoparticles indicating the possible use in therapeutic applications.

  2. Controlled Synthesis of Au@AgAu Yolk-Shell Cuboctahedra with Well-Defined Facets.

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    Londono-Calderon, Alejandra; Bahena, Daniel; Yacaman, Miguel J

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis of Au@AgAu yolk-shell cuboctahedra nanoparticles formed by galvanic replacement in a seed-mediated method is described. Initially, single-crystal Au seeds are used for the formation of Au@Ag core-shell nanocubes, which serve as the template material for the deposition of an external Au layer. The well-controlled synthesis yields the formation of cuboctahedra nanoparticles with smooth inner and outer Au/Ag surfaces. The deposition/oxidation process is described to understand the formation of cuboctahedra and octahedra nanoparticles. The Au core maintains the initial morphology of the seed and remains static at the center of the yolk-shell because of residual Ag. Structural analysis of the shell indicates intrinsic stacking faults (SFs) near the surface. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) compositional analysis show an Au-Ag nonordered alloy forming the shell. The three-dimensional structure of the nanoparticles presented open facets on the [111] as observed by electron tomography SIRT reconstruction over a stack of high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. The geometrical model was validated by analyzing the direction of streaks in coherent nanobeam diffraction (NBD). The catalytic activity was evaluated using a model reaction based on the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NTP) by NaBH4 in the presence of Au@AgAu yolk-shell nanoparticles. PMID:27385583

  3. Ag-ZnO nanostructure for ANTA explosive molecule detection

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha; Sangani, L. D. Varma; Gaur, Anshu; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Krishna, M. Ghanashyam

    2016-05-01

    Ag/ZnO nanostructure for surface enhanced Raman scattering application in the detection of ANTA explosive molecule is demonstrated. A highly rough ZnO microstructure was achieved by rapid thermal annealing of metallic Zn film. Different thickness Ag nanostructures are decorated over these ZnO microstructures by ion beam sputtering technique. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic studies carried out over Ag/ZnO substrates have shown three orders higher enhancement compared to bare Ag nanostructure deposited on the same substrate. The reasons behind such huge enhancement are discussed based on the morphology of the sample.

  4. Fermi surfaces of surface states on Si(111)-Ag, Au

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    Crain, J. N.; Altmann, K. N.; Bromberger, C.; Himpsel, F. J.

    2002-11-01

    Metallic surface states on semiconducting substrates provide an opportunity to study low-dimensional electrons decoupled from the bulk. Angle resolved photoemission is used to determine the Fermi surface, group velocity, and effective mass for surface states on Si(111)(3)×(3)-Ag, Si(111)(3)×(3)-Au, and Si(111)(21)×(21)-(Ag+Au). For Si(111)(3)×(3)-Ag the Fermi surface consists of small electron pockets populated by electrons from a few % excess Ag. For Si(111)(21)×(21)-(Ag+Au) the pockets increase their size corresponding to a filling by three electrons per unit cell. The (21)×(21) superlattice leads to an intricate surface umklapp pattern and to minigaps of 110 meV, giving an interaction potential of 55 meV for the (21)×(21) superlattice.

  5. Melting curve of metals Cu, Ag and Au under pressure

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    Tam, Pham Dinh; Hoc, Nguyen Quang; Tinh, Bui Duc; Tan, Pham Duy

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the dependence of the melting temperature of metals Cu, Ag and Au under pressure in the interval from 0 kbar to 40 kbar is studied by the statistical moment method (SMM). This dependence has the form of near linearity and the calculated slopes of melting curve are 3.9 for Cu, 5.7 for Ag and 6 for Au. These results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  6. SrAgZn and EuAgZn with KHg{sub 2}-type structure—Structure, magnetic properties, and {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Gerke, Birgit; Rodewald, Ute Ch.; Niehaus, Oliver; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2013-07-15

    Samples of SrAgZn and EuAgZn were synthesized by reaction of the elements in sealed tantalum crucibles. Both structures were refined on the basis of single crystal X-ray diffractometer data: KHg{sub 2}-type, Imma, a=476.7(1), b=780.9(2), c=810.1(2) pm, R{sub 1}/wR{sub 2}=0.0189/0.0119, 381 F² values for SrAg{sub 1.12}Zn{sub 0.88} and a=474.43(9), b=760.8(2), c=799.0(2) pm, R{sub 1}/wR{sub 2}=0.0226/0.0483, 370 F² values for EuAg{sub 1.17}Zn{sub 0.83} with 13 variables per refinement. Silver and zinc are randomly distributed on the Hg position and build up three-dimensional networks. EuAgZn shows ferromagnetic ordering at 29(1) K. In the temperature range from 75 to 300 K the sample shows Curie–Weiss behaviour with μ{sub eff}=7.87(1) μ{sub B}/Eu atom and θ{sub P}=37.1(1) K, indicating divalent europium. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements confirmed the divalent state with an isomer shift of −9.31 mm/s at 78 K. Temperature dependent {sup 151}Eu data show first magnetic hyperfine field splitting at 25 K and a saturated magnetization of 17 T at 5.2 K. The temperature dependence can be described by an S=7/2 Brillouin function. - Graphical abstract: The near neighbor coordination of the strontium and europium atoms in SrAg{sub 1.12}Zn{sub 0.88}, EuAg{sub 1.17}Zn{sub 0.83}, and EuAuZn. - Highlights: • Synthesis of new intermetallic zinc compounds SrAgZn and EuAgZn. • Ferromagnetic ordering of EuAgZn at 29 K. • Magnetic hyperfine field splitting in the {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectrum.

  7. Herringbone and triangular patterns of dislocations in Ag, Au, and AgAu alloy films on Ru(0001).

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    Thayer, Gayle Echo; de la Figuera, Juan; Bartelt, Norman Charles; Carter, C. Barrington; Hwang, R. Q.; Thurmer, Konrad; Ling, W. L.; Hamilton, John C.; McCarty, Kevin F.

    2008-10-01

    We have studied the dislocation structures that occur in films of Ag, Au, and Ag{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5} alloy on a Ru(0001) substrate. Monolayer (ML) films form herringbone phases while films two or more layers thick contain triangular patterns of dislocations. We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) to determine how the film composition affects the structure and periodicity of these ordered structures. One layer of Ag forms two different herringbone phases depending on the exact Ag coverage and temperature. Low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) establishes that a reversible, first-order phase transition occurs between these two phases at a certain temperature. We critically compare our 1 ML Ag structures to conflicting results from an X-ray scattering study [H. Zajonz et al., Phys. Rev. B 67 (2003) 155417]. Unlike Ag, the herringbone phases of Au and AgAu alloy are independent of the exact film coverage. For two layer films in all three systems, none of the dislocations in the triangular networks thread into the second film layer. In all three systems, the in-plane atomic spacing of the second film layer is nearly the same as in the bulk. Film composition does, however, affect the details of the two layer structures. Ag and Au films form interconnected networks of dislocations, which we refer to as 'trigons.' In 2 ML AgAu alloy, the dislocations form a different triangular network that shares features of both trigon and moire structures. Yet another well-ordered structure, with square symmetry, forms at the boundaries of translational trigon domains in 2 ML Ag films but not in Au films.

  8. Photoreduction of Ag+ in Ag/Ag2S/Au memristor

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    Mou, N. I.; Tabib-Azar, M.

    2015-06-01

    Silver halides and chalcogenides are excellent memristor materials that have been extensively used in the past as photosensitive layers in photography. Here we examine the effect of illumination on the operating voltages and switching speed of Ag/Ag2S/Au memristors using a green laser (473-523 nm). Our results indicate that illumination decreases the average switching time from high to low resistance states by ∼19% and decreases the turn-off voltages dramatically from -0.8 V to -0.25 V that we attribute to the change in sulfur valency and a photo-induced change in its oxidation/reduction potential. Photo-induced reduction of silver in Ag2S may be used in three dimensional optical memories that can be electronically read and reset.

  9. The extraction characteristic of Au-Ag from Au concentrate by thiourea solution

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    Kim, Bongju; Cho, Kanghee; On, Hyunsung; Choi, Nagchoul; Park, Cheonyoung

    2013-04-01

    The cyanidation process has been used commercially for the past 100 years, there are ores that are not amenable to treatment by cyanide. Interest in alternative lixiviants, such as thiourea, halogens, thiosulfate and malononitrile, has been revived as a result of a major increase in gold price, which has stimulated new developments in extraction technology, combined with environmental concern. The Au extraction process using the thiourea solvent has many advantages over the cyanidation process, including higher leaching rates, faster extraction time and less than toxicity. The purpose of this study was investigated to the extraction characteristic of Au-Ag from two different Au concentrate (sulfuric acid washing and roasting) under various experiment conditions (thiourea concentration, pH of solvent, temperature) by thiourea solvent. The result of extraction experiment showed that the Au-Ag extraction was a fast extraction process, reaching equilibrium (maximum extraction rate) within 30 min. The Au-Ag extraction rate was higher in the roasted concentrate than in the sulfuric acid washing. The higher the Au-Ag extraction rate (Au - 70.87%, Ag - 98.12%) from roasted concentrate was found when the more concentration of thiourea increased, pH decreased and extraction temperature increased. This study informs extraction method basic knowledge when thiourea was a possibility to eco-/economic resources of Au-Ag utilization studies including the hydrometallurgy.

  10. Role of Ag in the formation of interfacial intermetallic phases in Sn-Zn soldering

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    Song, Jenn-Ming; Liu, Pei-Chi; Shih, Chia-Ling; Lin, Kwang-Lung

    2005-09-01

    This study explored the effect of Ag as the substrate or alloying element of solders on the interfacial reaction in Sn-Zn soldering. Results show that instead of Ag-Sn compounds, ζ-AgZn and γ-Ag5Zn8 form at the Sn-Zn/Ag interface. The addition of Ag in Sn-Zn solders leads to the precipitation of ɛ-AgZn3 from the liquid solder on preformed interfacial intermetallics. The morphology of this additional AgZn3 is closely related to the solidification process of Ag-Zn intermetallics and the under intermetallic layer.

  11. Au-Ag@Au Hollow Nanostructure with Enhanced Chemical Stability and Improved Photothermal Transduction Efficiency for Cancer Treatment.

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    Jiang, Tongtong; Song, Jiangluqi; Zhang, Wenting; Wang, Hao; Li, Xiaodong; Xia, Ruixiang; Zhu, Lixin; Xu, Xiaoliang

    2015-10-01

    Despite the fact that Au-Ag hollow nanoparticles (HNPs) have gained much attention as ablation agents for photothermal therapy, the instability of the Ag element limits their applications. Herein, excess Au atoms were deposited on the surface of a Au-Ag HNP by improving the reduction power of l-ascorbic acid (AA) and thereby preventing the reaction between HAuCl4 and the Ag element in the Au-Ag alloy nanostructure. Significantly, the obtained Au-Ag@Au HNPs show excellent chemical stability in an oxidative environment, together with remarkable increase in extinction peak intensity and obvious narrowing in peak width. Moreover, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) was used to simulate the optical properties and electric field distribution of HNPs. The calculated results show that the proportion of absorption cross section in total extinction cross section increases with the improvement of Au content in HNP. As predicted by the theoretical calculation results, Au-Ag@Au nanocages (NCs) exhibit a photothermal transduction efficiency (η) as high as 36.5% at 808 nm, which is higher than that of Au-Ag NCs (31.2%). Irradiated by 808 nm laser at power densities of 1 W/cm(2), MCF-7 breast cancer cells incubated with PEGylated Au-Ag@Au NCs were seriously destroyed. Combined together, Au-Ag@Au HNPs with enhanced chemical stability and improved photothermal transduction efficiency show superior competitiveness as photothermal agents. PMID:26371629

  12. Study on antibacterial activity of chemically synthesized PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite

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    Boomi, Pandi; Prabu, Halliah Gurumallesh; Manisankar, Paramasivam; Ravikumar, Sundaram

    2014-05-01

    Pristine polyaniline (PANI), PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization method using aniline as monomer, ammonium persulphate as oxidant and metal (Ag, Au and Ag-Au) colloids. UV-Vis analysis exhibited surface Plasmon resonances of Ag, Au, Ag-Au nanoparticles. FT-IR spectra revealed the shift in peak position of N-H stretching. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm the presence of Ag, Au and Au-Ag nanoparticles. HR-TEM images show nanosizes of Ag, Au, Ag-Au and the incorporation of such nanoparticles into the PANI matrix. Pristine PANI, PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites were tested for antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited higher antibacterial activity against both gram-positive [Streptococcus sp. (MTCC 890), Staphylococcus sp. (MTCC 96)] and gram-negative bacteria [Escherichia coli (MTCC 1671) and Klebsiella sp. (MTCC 7407)] when compared with PANI-Ag nanocomposite, PANI-Au nanocomposite and pristine PANI. The novelty of this study is the polymer-bimetal synthesis and its antibacterial potential.

  13. Geochemistry of the Patricia Zn-Pb-Ag Deposit (paguanta, NE Chile)

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    Chinchilla Benavides, D.; Merinero Palomares, R.; Piña García, R.; Ortega Menor, L.; Lunar Hernández, R.

    2013-12-01

    The Patricia Zn-Pb-Ag ore deposit is located within the Paguanta mining project, situated at the northern end of the Andean Oligocene Porphyry Copper Belt of Chile. The sulfide mineralization occurs as W-E oriented veins hosted in volcanic rocks, mainly andesite (pyroclastic, ash and lavas), of Upper Cretaceous to Middle Tertiary age. The ore mineralogy (obtained by EMPA analyses) comprises in order of abundance, pyrite, sphalerite (5.5 - 10.89 wt % Fe, 9.8-19 % molar FeS and 0.52 wt % Cd), galena, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite and Ag-bearing sulfosalts. The veins show a zoned and banded internal structure with pyrite at the edges and sphalerite in the center. The Ag occurs mostly as Ag-Cu-Sb sulfosalts, in order of abundance: series freibergite - argentotennantite -polybasite and stephanite. Other minor Ag phases such as argentite, pyrargirite and diaphorite were also identified. These Ag phases are typically associated with the base-metal sulfides. Freibergite occurs filling voids within sphalerite, chalcopyrite and at the contact between sphalerite and galena. Polybasite, stephanite, pyrargirite and argentite are mostly in close association with freibergite. In the case of diaphorite, it commonly occurs filling voids between galena crystals or as inclusions within galena. Some minor Ag-bearing sulfosalts are also identified between pyrite crystals. The alteration minerals are dominated by chlorite, illite and kaolinite. The gangue minerals consist of quartz and carbonates identified by XRD as kutnahorite. We obtained linear correlation statistically significant only for Ag, As Au, Cd, Cu, Pb, Sb and Zn and therefore we generated an enhanced scatter plot matrix of these elements. Bulk rock analyses (ICP/MS and XRF) of drill cores show that Ag is strongly and positively correlated with Pb and As, moderately with Cd, Sb, Au and Zn and weakly with Cu, while Au is moderately and positively correlated with Ag, As, Cd, Sb and Zn and weakly with Cu and Pb. These results

  14. EMU Ag-Zn battery wet-life extension test

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    Bragg, Bobby J.; Wooten, Claude M.

    1992-01-01

    The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) silver/zinc (Ag/Zn) battery is an 11 cell battery of approximately 30 AH. The Ag/Zn battery is comprised of two 4-cell monoblocks and one 3-cell monoblock. A discussion of a wet-life extension test performed on the battery is given in viewgraph form.

  15. Biogenic synthesis of Ag, Au and bimetallic Au/Ag alloy nanoparticles using aqueous extract of mahogany (Swietenia mahogani JACQ.) leaves.

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    Mondal, Samiran; Roy, Nayan; Laskar, Rajibul A; Sk, Ismail; Basu, Saswati; Mandal, Debabrata; Begum, Naznin Ara

    2011-02-01

    In this paper, we have demonstrated for the first time, the superb efficiency of aqueous extract of dried leaves of mahogany (Swietenia mahogani JACQ.) in the rapid synthesis of stable monometallic Au and Ag nanoparticles and also Au/Ag bimetallic alloy nanoparticles having spectacular morphologies. Our method was clean, nontoxic and environment friendly. When exposed to aqueous mahogany leaf extract, competitive reduction of Au(III) and Ag(I) ions present simultaneously in same solution leads to the production of bimetallic Au/Ag alloy nanoparticles. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to monitor the kinetics of nanoparticles formation. UV-visible spectroscopic data and TEM images revealed the formation of bimetallic Au/Ag alloy nanoparticles. Mahogany leaf extract contains various polyhydroxy limonoids which are responsible for the reduction of Au(III) and Ag(I) ions leading to the formation and stabilization of Au and Ag nanopaticles. PMID:21030220

  16. Structure of the ophiolite-hosted Outokumpu Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide ore district revealed by combined 3D modelling and 2D high-resolution seismic reflection data

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    Saalmann, Kerstin; Laine, Eevaliisa

    2015-04-01

    The Outokumpu district within the North Karelia Schist Belt in eastern Finland hosts Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide deposits which are associated with Palaeoproterozoic ophiolitic metaperidotites that were tectonically interleaved with allochthonous metaturbidites. Extensive metasomatism of the peridotites produced a rim of quartz-carbonate-calc-silicate rocks, grouped as the Outokumpu assemblage (OKA). A tectonic history comprising various phases of folding and shearing followed by several faulting events dismembered the metaperidotites so that ore bodies cannot be easily followed along strike. Future exploration has to expand the search into deeper areas and consequently requires better knowledge of the subsurface geology. In order to unravel the complex structure 3D geologic models of different scales have been built using a variety of information: geological maps, aeromagnetic and gravity maps, digital terrain models, mine cross sections, drill core logs combined with observations from underground mine galleries, structural measurements, and data from seismic survey lines. The latter have been used to detect upper crustal-scale structures and have been reprocessed for our purpose. The models reveal that the ore body has formed during remobilisation of a proto-ore and is closely related to thrust zones that truncate the OKA. Later faults dismembered the ore explaining the variable depth of the different ore bodies along the Outokumpu ore zone. On a larger scale, at least four km-scale thrust sheets separated by major listric shear zones (curved dislocations in the seismic lines) can be recognized, each internally further imbricated by subordinate shear zones containing a number of lens-shape bodies of probably OKA rocks. Thrust stacking was followed by at least 3 stages of faulting that divided the ore belt into fault-bounded blocks with heterogeneous displacements: (i) NW-dipping faults with unresolved kinematics, (ii) reverse faulting along c.50°-60° SE

  17. Interfacial Microstructure Evolution Between Sn-Zn Solders and Ag Substrate During Solid-State Annealing

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    Wang, Chao-hong; Li, Po-yi; Li, Kuan-ting

    2014-12-01

    In this study, solid-state interfacial reactions between Ag and Sn-Zn alloys with varying Zn content (0.1 wt.% to 9 wt.%) were investigated at 170°C. The reaction couples were prepared by electroplating Ag on the Sn-Zn alloy to avoid dissolution of Ag into the molten solder during soldering. The Zn content greatly influenced the reaction products and the interfacial microstructures. When the Zn content was less than 4 wt.%, Ag3Sn and AgZn layers were simultaneously formed. Notably, Zn could actively diffuse through the Ag3Sn layer and react with Ag to form the AgZn phase. With the proceeding reaction, small α-Ag particulates were produced within the AgZn phase. With 9 wt.% Zn, the dominant reactions formed Ag5Zn8 and AgZn layers. The interfacial microstructure evolved significantly with reaction time. Interface instability due to Zn depletion in the solder resulted in massive spalling of the Ag5Zn8 layer. The Ag3Sn phase was then produced next to the AgZn layer. Moreover, another reaction couple, Sn-9 wt.%Zn/Sn(15 μm)/Ag, was prepared, in which fast interdiffusion between Zn and Ag across the Sn layer was demonstrated due to the strong chemical affinity of Zn.

  18. Liquidus Projection and Isothermal Section of the Ag-In-Zn Ternary System

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    Chang, Jui-Shen; Chen, Sinn-wen

    2015-04-01

    This study experimentally determines the liquidus projection and phase equilibria isothermal section at 773.2 K (500°C) of the Ag-In-Zn ternary system. There are ten primary solidification phases of the Ag-In-Zn ternary system. In addition to the (Ag) (In) and (Zn) phases, there are seven binary compounds: β-(Ag3In), ζ-(Ag3In), γ-(Ag9In4), AgIn2, β-(AgZn), γ-(Ag5Zn8), and ɛ-(AgZn3). No ternary compounds were found. Among all these phases, the γ-(Ag9In4) primary solidification phase has the largest compositional regime. Five invariant reactions, two Class I reactions, two Class II reactions, and one Class III reaction, are determined by thermal analysis in this study. The reactions with the lowest and highest reaction temperatures are Liquid = (In) + AgIn2 + γ-(Ag5Zn8) at 413.5 K (140.3°C) and Liquid + (Ag) + β-(AgZn) = ζ-(Ag3In) at 964.9 K (691.7°C), respectively. In the isothermal section at 773.2 K, there are six tie-triangles: (Ag) + ζ-(Ag3In) + β-(AgZn), ζ-(Ag3In) + γ-(Ag9In4) + β-(AgZn), ζ-(Ag3In) + γ-(Ag9In4) + Liquid, γ-(Ag9In4) + β-(AgZn) + Liquid, β-(AgZn) + γ -(Ag5Zn8) + Liquid, and γ-(Ag5Zn8) + ɛ-(AgZn3) + Liquid.

  19. One pot green synthesis of Ag, Au and Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles using isonicotinic acid hydrazide and starch.

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    Malathi, Sampath; Ezhilarasu, Tamilarasu; Abiraman, Tamilselvan; Balasubramanian, Sengottuvelan

    2014-10-13

    Gold-silver alloy nanoparticles were synthesized via chemical reduction of varying mole fractions of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) and silver nitrate (AgNO3) by environmentally benign isonicotinic acid hydrazide (INH) in the presence of starch as a capping agent in aqueous medium. The absorption spectra of Au-Ag nanoparticles show blue shift with increasing silver content indicating the formation of alloy nanoparticles. When the Ag content in the alloy decreases the size of the nanoparticles increases and as a result of which the oxidation potential also increases. The emission maximum undergoes a red shift from 443 to 614 nm. The nanoparticles are monodisperse and spherical with an average particle size of 3-18 nm. The catalytic behavior of alloy nanoparticles indicate that the rate constant for the reduction of 4-nitro phenol to 4-amino phenol increases exponentially from metallic Ag to metallic Au as Au content increases in the Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles. PMID:25037410

  20. Controlling Au Photodeposition on Large ZnO Nanoparticles.

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    Fernando, Joseph F S; Shortell, Matthew P; Noble, Christopher J; Harmer, Jeffrey R; Jaatinen, Esa A; Waclawik, Eric R

    2016-06-01

    This study investigated how to control the rate of photoreduction of metastable AuCl2(-) at the solid-solution interface of large ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) (50-100 nm size). Band-gap photoexcitation of electronic charge in ZnO by 370 nm UV light yielded Au NP deposition and the formation of ZnO-Au NP hybrids. Au NP growth was observed to be nonepitaxial, and the patterns of Au photodeposition onto ZnO NPs observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were consistent with reduction of AuCl2(-) at ZnO facet edges and corner sites. Au NP photodeposition was effective in the presence of labile oleylamine ligands attached to the ZnO surface; however, when a strong-binding dodecanethiol ligand coated the surface, photodeposition was quenched. Rates of interfacial electron transfer at the ZnO-solution interface were adjusted by changing the solvent, and these rates were observed to strongly depend on the solvent's permittivity (ε) and viscosity. From measurements of electron transfer from ZnO to the organic dye toluidine blue at the ZnO-solution interface, it was confirmed that low ε solvent mixtures (ε ≈ 9.5) possessed markedly higher rates of photocatalytic interfacial electron transfer (∼3.2 × 10(4) electrons·particle(-1)·s(-1)) compared to solvent mixtures with high ε (ε = 29.9, ∼1.9 × 10(4) electrons·particle(-1)·s(-1)). Dissolved oxygen content in the solvent and the exposure time of ZnO to band-gap, near-UV photoexcitation were also identified as factors that strongly affected Au photodeposition behavior. Production of Au clusters was favored under conditions that caused electron accumulation in the ZnO-Au NP hybrid. Under conditions where electron discharge was rapid (such as in low ε solvents), AuCl2(-) precursor ions photoreduced at ZnO surfaces in less than 5 s, leading to deposition of several small, isolated ∼6 nm Au NP on the ZnO host instead. PMID:27196721

  1. Chemical stability and degradation mechanisms of triangular Ag, Ag@Au, and Au nanoprisms.

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    Lee, Kee Eun; Hesketh, Amelia V; Kelly, Timothy L

    2014-06-28

    Anisotropic metal nanoparticles have found use in a variety of plasmonic applications because of the large near-field enhancements associated with them; however, the very features that give rise to these enhancements (e.g., sharply curved edges and tips) often have high surface energies and are easily degraded. This paper describes the stability and degradation mechanisms of triangular silver, gold-coated silver, and gold nanoprisms upon exposure to a wide variety of adverse conditions, including halide ions, thiols, amines and elevated temperatures. The silver nanoprisms were immediately and irreversibly degraded under all of the conditions studied. In contrast, the core-shell Ag@Au nanoprisms were less susceptible to etching by chlorides and bromides, but were rapidly degraded by iodides, amines and thiols by a different degradation pathway. Only the pure gold nanoprisms were stable to all of the conditions tested. These results have important implications for the suitability of triangular nanoprisms in many applications; this is particularly true in biological or environmental fields, where the nanoparticles would inevitably be exposed to a wide variety of chemical stimuli. PMID:24827005

  2. Plasmon Mapping in Au@Ag Nanocube Assemblies

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    2014-01-01

    Surface plasmon modes in metallic nanostructures largely determine their optoelectronic properties. Such plasmon modes can be manipulated by changing the morphology of the nanoparticles or by bringing plasmonic nanoparticle building blocks close to each other within organized assemblies. We report the EELS mapping of such plasmon modes in pure Ag nanocubes, Au@Ag core–shell nanocubes, and arrays of Au@Ag nanocubes. We show that these arrays enable the creation of interesting plasmonic structures starting from elementary building blocks. Special attention will be dedicated to the plasmon modes in a triangular array formed by three nanocubes. Because of hybridization, a combination of such nanotriangles is shown to provide an antenna effect, resulting in strong electrical field enhancement at the narrow gap between the nanotriangles. PMID:25067991

  3. Dependence of SERS enhancement on the chemical composition and structure of Ag/Au hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Chaffin, Elise; O'Connor, Ryan T; Barr, James; Huang, Xiaohua; Wang, Yongmei

    2016-08-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver (Ag) and gold (Au) have unique plasmonic properties that give rise to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Generally, Ag NPs have much stronger plasmonic properties and, hence, provide stronger SERS signals than Au NPs. However, Ag NPs lack the chemical stability and biocompatibility of comparable Au NPs and typically exhibit the most intense plasmonic resonance at wavelengths much shorter than the optimal spectral region for many biomedical applications. To overcome these issues, various experimental efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for the purpose of SERS detections. However, a complete understanding on how the SERS enhancement depends on the chemical composition and structure of these nanoparticles has not been achieved. In this study, Mie theory and the discrete dipole approximation have been used to calculate the plasmonic spectra and near-field electromagnetic enhancements of Ag/Au hybrid NPs. In particular, we discuss how the electromagnetic enhancement depends on the mole fraction of Au in Ag/Au alloy NPs and how one may use extinction spectra to distinguish between Ag/Au alloyed NPs and Ag-Au core-shell NPs. We also show that for incident laser wavelengths between ∼410 nm and 520 nm, Ag/Au alloyed NPs provide better electromagnetic enhancement than pure Ag, pure Au, or Ag-Au core-shell structured NPs. Finally, we show that silica-core Ag/Au alloy shelled NPs provide even better performance than pure Ag/Au alloy or pure solid Ag and pure solid Au NPs. The theoretical results presented will be beneficial to the experimental efforts in optimizing the design of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for SERS-based detection methods. PMID:27497571

  4. Dependence of SERS enhancement on the chemical composition and structure of Ag/Au hybrid nanoparticles

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    Chaffin, Elise; O'Connor, Ryan T.; Barr, James; Huang, Xiaohua; Wang, Yongmei

    2016-08-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver (Ag) and gold (Au) have unique plasmonic properties that give rise to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Generally, Ag NPs have much stronger plasmonic properties and, hence, provide stronger SERS signals than Au NPs. However, Ag NPs lack the chemical stability and biocompatibility of comparable Au NPs and typically exhibit the most intense plasmonic resonance at wavelengths much shorter than the optimal spectral region for many biomedical applications. To overcome these issues, various experimental efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for the purpose of SERS detections. However, a complete understanding on how the SERS enhancement depends on the chemical composition and structure of these nanoparticles has not been achieved. In this study, Mie theory and the discrete dipole approximation have been used to calculate the plasmonic spectra and near-field electromagnetic enhancements of Ag/Au hybrid NPs. In particular, we discuss how the electromagnetic enhancement depends on the mole fraction of Au in Ag/Au alloy NPs and how one may use extinction spectra to distinguish between Ag/Au alloyed NPs and Ag-Au core-shell NPs. We also show that for incident laser wavelengths between ˜410 nm and 520 nm, Ag/Au alloyed NPs provide better electromagnetic enhancement than pure Ag, pure Au, or Ag-Au core-shell structured NPs. Finally, we show that silica-core Ag/Au alloy shelled NPs provide even better performance than pure Ag/Au alloy or pure solid Ag and pure solid Au NPs. The theoretical results presented will be beneficial to the experimental efforts in optimizing the design of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for SERS-based detection methods.

  5. Phytosynthesis of Au, Ag and Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles using aqueous extract and dried leaf of Anacardium occidentale

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    Sheny, D. S.; Mathew, Joseph; Philip, Daizy

    2011-06-01

    Present study reports a green chemistry approach for the biosynthesis of Au, Ag, Au-Ag alloy and Au core-Ag shell nanoparticles using the aqueous extract and dried powder of Anacardium occidentale leaf. The effects of quantity of extract/powder, temperature and pH on the formation of nanoparticles are studied. The nanoparticles are characterized using UV-vis and FTIR spectroscopies, XRD, HRTEM and SAED analyses. XRD studies show that the particles are crystalline in the cubic phase. The formation of Au core-Ag shell nanoparticles is evidenced by the dark core and light shell images in TEM and is supported by the appearance of two SPR bands in the UV-vis spectrum. FTIR spectra of the leaf powder before and after the bioreduction of nanoparticles are used to identify possible functional groups responsible for the reduction and capping of nanoparticles. Water soluble biomolecules like polyols and proteins are expected to bring about the bio-reduction.

  6. Systematics of hydrothermal alteration at the volcanic-hosted Falun Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) deposit - implications for ore genesis, structure and exploration in a 1.9 Ga ore district, Fennoscandian Shield, Sweden

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    Kampmann, Tobias C.; Jansson, Nils J.; Stephens, Michael B.; Majka, Jarosław

    2016-04-01

    The Palaeoproterozoic, volcanic-hosted Falun Zn-Pb-Cu-(Au-Ag) sulphide deposit was mined for base and precious metals during several centuries, until its closure in 1992. The deposit is located in a 1.9 Ga ore district in the Bergslagen lithotectonic unit, Fennoscandian Shield, south-central Sweden. Both the ores and their host rock underwent polyphase ductile deformation, and metamorphism under amphibolite facies and later retrograde conditions at 1.9-1.8 Ga (Svecokarelian orogenic system). This study has the following aims: (i) Classify styles and intensities of alteration in the hydrothermally altered zone at Falun; (ii) identify precursor rocks to hydrothermally altered rocks and their spatial distribution at the deposit; (iii) evaluate the chemical changes resulting from hydrothermal alteration using mass change calculations; and (iv) assess the pre-metamorphic alteration assemblages accounting for the observed metamorphic mineral associations in the altered rocks at Falun. Results will have implications for both the ore-genetic and structural understanding of the deposit, as well as for local and regional exploration. Metamorphic mineral associations in the altered rocks include biotite-quartz-cordierite-(anthophyllite) and, more proximally, quartz-anthophyllite-(biotite-cordierite/almandine), biotite-cordierite-(anthophyllite) and biotite-almandine-(anthophyllite). The proximal hydrothermally altered zone corresponds to intense chlorite-style alteration. Subordinate dolomite or calcite marble, as well as calc-silicate (tremolite, diopside) rocks are also present at the deposit. Metavolcanic rocks around the deposit are unaltered, weakly sericitized or sodic-altered. Immobile-element (e.g. Zr, TiO2, Al2O3, REE) systematics of the silicate-rich samples at and around the deposit suggest that the precursors to the hydrothermally altered rocks at Falun were predominantly rhyolitic in composition, dacitic rocks being subordinate and mafic-intermediate rocks

  7. Communication: Kinetics of chemical ordering in Ag-Au and Ag-Ni nanoalloys

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    Calvo, F.; Fortunelli, A.; Negreiros, F.; Wales, D. J.

    2013-09-01

    The energy landscape and kinetics of medium-sized Ag-Au and Ag-Ni nanoalloy particles are explored via a discrete path sampling approach, focusing on rearrangements connecting regions differing in chemical order. The highly miscible Ag27Au28 supports a large number of nearly degenerate icosahedral homotops. The transformation from reverse core-shell to core-shell involves large displacements away from the icosahedron through elementary steps corresponding to surface diffusion and vacancy formation. The immiscible Ag42Ni13 naturally forms an asymmetric core-shell structure, and about 10 eV is required to extrude the nickel core to the surface. The corresponding transformation occurs via a long and smooth sequence of surface displacements. For both systems the rearrangement kinetics exhibit Arrhenius behavior. These results are discussed in the light of experimental observations.

  8. Nanocap array of Au:Ag composite for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Zhang, Yongjun; Wang, Cong; Wang, Jinpeng; Chen, Lei; Li, Jia; Liu, Yang; Zhao, Xiaoyu; Wang, Yaxin; Yang, Jinghai

    2016-01-01

    We fabricated Au:Ag nanocap arrays by co-sputtering Au and Ag onto two-dimensional polystyrene (PS) colloidal sphere templates in a magnetron sputtering system for the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. In contrast to the bilayer Au/Ag, the co-sputtering Au:Ag bimetal array formed the protrusion network of Ag and Au nanoparticles, which contributed to Raman enhancement in the waxberry-like structure. The metal protrusions formed waxberry-like shell in which the PS beads were encapsulated. At the same time, the Au:Ag bimetal arrays exhibit 4-fold more enhancement in the SERS signal intensity of Rhodamine 6G at the 1649 cm-1 than Au/Ag bilayer array, which is ascribed to the plasmon coupling between the nanoparticles of Au and Ag on the sample. When the PS colloidal particle templates were etched by O2-plasma before sputtering process, the nanogaps affected the surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and the optimal gaps between adjacent Au:Ag nanocaps generated even stronger SERS enhancements. This SERS substrate of Au:Ag showed high sensitivity and reproducibility. The EF of Au:Ag nanocap array substrate onto which Rhodamine 6G (R6G) were adsorbed was evaluated as 6.72 × 1010.

  9. Nanocap array of Au:Ag composite for surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Zhang, Yongjun; Wang, Cong; Wang, Jinpeng; Chen, Lei; Li, Jia; Liu, Yang; Zhao, Xiaoyu; Wang, Yaxin; Yang, Jinghai

    2016-01-01

    We fabricated Au:Ag nanocap arrays by co-sputtering Au and Ag onto two-dimensional polystyrene (PS) colloidal sphere templates in a magnetron sputtering system for the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. In contrast to the bilayer Au/Ag, the co-sputtering Au:Ag bimetal array formed the protrusion network of Ag and Au nanoparticles, which contributed to Raman enhancement in the waxberry-like structure. The metal protrusions formed waxberry-like shell in which the PS beads were encapsulated. At the same time, the Au:Ag bimetal arrays exhibit 4-fold more enhancement in the SERS signal intensity of Rhodamine 6G at the 1649cm(-1) than Au/Ag bilayer array, which is ascribed to the plasmon coupling between the nanoparticles of Au and Ag on the sample. When the PS colloidal particle templates were etched by O2-plasma before sputtering process, the nanogaps affected the surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and the optimal gaps between adjacent Au:Ag nanocaps generated even stronger SERS enhancements. This SERS substrate of Au:Ag showed high sensitivity and reproducibility. The EF of Au:Ag nanocap array substrate onto which Rhodamine 6G (R6G) were adsorbed was evaluated as 6.72×10(10). PMID:26253437

  10. Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au intermetallics: First-principles study of temperature-composition phase diagrams and structures

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    Ozoliņš, V.; Wolverton, C.; Zunger, Alex

    1998-03-01

    The classic metallurgical systems-noble-metal alloys-that have formed the benchmark for various alloy theories are revisited. First-principles fully relaxed general-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (LAPW) total energies of a few ordered structures are used as input to a mixed-space cluster expansion calculation to study the phase stability, thermodynamic properties, and bond lengths in Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au alloys. (i) Our theoretical calculations correctly reproduce the tendencies of Ag-Au and Cu-Au to form compounds and Ni-Au and Cu-Ag to phase separate at T=0 K. (ii) Of all possible structures, Cu3Au (L12) and CuAu (L10) are found to be the most stable low-temperature phases of Cu1-xAux with transition temperatures of 530 K and 660 K, respectively, compared to the experimental values 663 K and ~670 K. The significant improvement over previous first-principles studies is attributed to the more accurate treatment of atomic relaxations in the present work. (iii) LAPW formation enthalpies demonstrate that L12, the commonly assumed stable phase of CuAu3, is not the ground state for Au-rich alloys, but rather that ordered (100) superlattices are stabilized. (iv) We extract the nonconfigurational (e.g., vibrational) entropies of formation and obtain large values for the size-mismatched systems: 0.48 kB/atom in Ni0.5Au0.5 (T=1100 K), 0.37 kB/atom in Cu0.141Ag0.859 (T=1052 K), and 0.16 kB/atom in Cu0.5Au0.5 (T=800 K). (v) Using 8 atom/cell special quasirandom structures we study the bond lengths in disordered Cu-Au and Ni-Au alloys and obtain good qualitative agreement with recent extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements.

  11. Ag/ZnO hybrid systems studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy-based luminescence spectroscopy

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    Pascua, Leandro; Stavale, Fernando; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-03-01

    Coupled metal/oxide systems are prepared by depositing and embedding Ag nanoparticles into crystalline ZnO films grown on Au(111) supports. The morphology and optical properties of the compounds are investigated by topographic imaging and luminescence spectroscopy performed in a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). The luminescence of bare ZnO is governed by the band-recombination and a Zn-vacancy related peak. After Ag deposition, two additional maxima are detected that are assigned to the in-plane and out-of-plane plasmon in Ag nanoparticles and have energies below and slightly above the oxide band-gap, respectively. Upon coating the particles with additional ZnO, the out-of-plane plasmon redshifts and loses intensity, indicating strong coupling to the oxide electronic system, while the in-plane mode broadens but remains detectable. The original situation can be restored by gently heating the sample, which drives the silver back to the surface. However, the optical response of pristine ZnO is not recovered even after silver evaporation at high temperature. Small discrepancies are explained with changes in the ZnO defect landscape, e.g., due to silver incorporation. Our experiments demonstrate how energy-transfer processes can be investigated in well-defined metal/oxide systems by means of STM-based spectroscopic techniques.

  12. Au-Ag-Cu nano-alloys: tailoring of permittivity

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    Hashimoto, Yoshikazu; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Nishijima, Yoshiaki

    2016-04-01

    Precious metal alloys enables new possibilities to tailor materials for specific optical functions. Here we present a systematic study of the effects of a nanoscale alloying on the permittivity of Au-Ag-Cu metals at 38 different atomic mixing ratios. The permittivity was measured and analyzed numerically by applying the Drude model. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the face centered cubic lattice of the alloys. Both, optical spectra and XRD results point towards an equivalent composition-dependent electron scattering behavior. Correlation between the fundamental structural parameters of alloys and the resulting optical properties is elucidated. Plasmonic properties of the Au-Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were investigated by numerical simulations. Guidelines for designing plasmonic response of nano- structures and their patterns are presented from the material science perspective.

  13. Au-Ag-Cu nano-alloys: tailoring of permittivity

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    Hashimoto, Yoshikazu; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Nishijima, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Precious metal alloys enables new possibilities to tailor materials for specific optical functions. Here we present a systematic study of the effects of a nanoscale alloying on the permittivity of Au-Ag-Cu metals at 38 different atomic mixing ratios. The permittivity was measured and analyzed numerically by applying the Drude model. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the face centered cubic lattice of the alloys. Both, optical spectra and XRD results point towards an equivalent composition-dependent electron scattering behavior. Correlation between the fundamental structural parameters of alloys and the resulting optical properties is elucidated. Plasmonic properties of the Au-Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were investigated by numerical simulations. Guidelines for designing plasmonic response of nano- structures and their patterns are presented from the material science perspective. PMID:27118459

  14. Injection and acceleration of Au31+ in the BNL AGS.

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    Fischer,W.; Ahrens, L.; Brown, K.; Gardner, C.; Glenn, W.; Huang, H.; Mapes, M.; Smart, L.; Thieberger, P.; Tsoupas, N.; Zhang, S.Y.; Zeno, K.; Omet, C.; Spiller, P.

    2008-06-23

    Injection and acceleration of ions in a lower charge state reduces space charge effects, and, if further elcctron stripping is needed, may allow elimination of a stripping stage and the associated beam losses. The former is of interest to the accelerators in the GSI FAIR complex, the latter for BNL RHIC collider operation at energies lower than the current injection energy. Lower charge state ions, however, have a higher likelihood of electron stripping which can lead to dynamic pressures rises and subsequent beam losses. We report on experiments in the AGS where Au{sup 31+} ions were injected and accelerated instead of the normally used Au{sup 77+} ions. Beam intensities and the average pressure in the AGS ring are recorded, and compared with calculations for dynamic pressures and beam losses. The experimental results will be used to benchmark the StrahlSim dynamic vacuum code and will be incorporated in the GSI FAIR SIS100 design.

  15. Laccase/AuAg Hybrid Glucose Microfludic Fuel Cell

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    López-González, B.; Cuevas-Muñiz, F. M.; Guerra-Balcázar, M.; Déctor, A.; Arjona, N.; Ledesma-García, J.; Arriaga, L. G.

    2013-12-01

    In this work a hybrid microfluidic fuel cell was fabricated and evaluated with a AuAg/C bimetallic material for the anode and an enzymatic cathode. The cathodic catalyst was prepared adsorbing laccase and ABTS on Vulcan carbon (Lac-ABTS/C). This material was characterized by FTIR-ATR, the results shows the presence of absorption bands corresponding to the amide bounds. The electrochemical evaluation for the materials consisted in cyclic voltammetry (CV). The glucose electrooxidation reaction in AuAg/C occurs around - 0.3 V vs. NHE. Both electrocatalytic materials were placed in a microfluidic fuel cell. The fuel cell was fed with PBS pH 5 oxygen saturated solution in the cathodic compartment and 5 mM glucose + 0.3 M KOH in the anodic side. Several polarization curves were performed and the maximum power density obtained was 0.3 mWcm-2 .

  16. Synthesis of triangular Au core-Ag shell nanoparticles

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    Rai, Akhilesh; Chaudhary, Minakshi; Ahmad, Absar; Bhargava, Suresh; Sastry, Murali . E-mail: msastry@tatachemicals.com

    2007-07-03

    In this paper, we demonstrate a simple and reproducible method for the synthesis of triangular Au core-Ag shell nanoparticles. The triangular gold core is obtained by the reduction of gold ions by lemongrass extract. Utilizing the negative charge on the gold nanotriangles, silver ions are bound to their surface and thereafter reduced by ascorbic acid under alkaline conditions. The thickness of the silver shell may be modulated by varying the pH of the reaction medium. The formation of the Au core-Ag shell triangular nanostructures has been followed by UV-vis-NIR Spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. The sharp vertices of the triangles coupled with the core-shell structure is expected to have potential for application in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and in the sensitive detection of biomolecules.

  17. Au-Ag-Cu nano-alloys: tailoring of permittivity.

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    Hashimoto, Yoshikazu; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Nishijima, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Precious metal alloys enables new possibilities to tailor materials for specific optical functions. Here we present a systematic study of the effects of a nanoscale alloying on the permittivity of Au-Ag-Cu metals at 38 different atomic mixing ratios. The permittivity was measured and analyzed numerically by applying the Drude model. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the face centered cubic lattice of the alloys. Both, optical spectra and XRD results point towards an equivalent composition-dependent electron scattering behavior. Correlation between the fundamental structural parameters of alloys and the resulting optical properties is elucidated. Plasmonic properties of the Au-Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were investigated by numerical simulations. Guidelines for designing plasmonic response of nano- structures and their patterns are presented from the material science perspective. PMID:27118459

  18. Ab inito study of Ag-related defects in ZnO

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    Wan, Qixin; Xiong, Zhihua; Li, Dongmei; Liu, Guodong

    2008-12-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the structure and electronic properties of Ag-related defects in ZnO. The calculation results indicate that AgZn behaves as acceptor. Simultaneously, by comparing the formation energy and electronic structure of Ag-related defects in ZnO, Oi-AgZn behaves as acceptor in Ag-doped ZnO and it is better to gain p-type ZnO. However, Hi-AgZn complex has the lowest formation energy. Thus, the formation of the other point defects is greatly suppressed by the formation of Hi in Ag-doped ZnO. Moreover, the H atoms can be easily dissociated from hydrogen-passivated complexes by post-annealing at moderate temperatures, thus, codoping Ag with H may be a good method to achieve p-type in Ag-doped ZnO.

  19. Enhanced Raman scattering and photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO heterojunction nanocrystals.

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    Chen, Chongqi; Zheng, Yuanhui; Zhan, Yingying; Lin, Xingyi; Zheng, Qi; Wei, Kemei

    2011-10-01

    In this work, we study the enhancement of Raman signals and photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO heterojunctions with an Ag content of 1 at.%, which were synthesized by photochemical deposition of Ag nanoparticles onto pre-synthesized ZnO nanorods. A strong interaction between Ag and ZnO nanocrystals were evidenced by XPS and UV-vis spectroscopy. The binding energy of Ag nanoparticles shifts toward lower energy compared to that of pure Ag nanoparticles, revealing that electrons transfer from Ag to the ZnO nanocrystals. The red shift of the plasmon absorption peak of Ag nanoparticles in Ag/ZnO heterojunctions further confirms the strong interaction between the two components. This strong interaction, arising from the coupling between Ag and ZnO nanocrystals, is responsible for the enhancement of Raman signals and photocatalytic activity of the Ag/ZnO heterojunctions. PMID:21847472

  20. Real-Time Imaging of the Formation of Au-Ag Core-Shell Nanoparticles.

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    Tan, Shu Fen; Chee, See Wee; Lin, Guanhua; Bosman, Michel; Lin, Ming; Mirsaidov, Utkur; Nijhuis, Christian A

    2016-04-27

    We study the overgrowth process of silver-on-gold nanocubes in dilute, aqueous silver nitrate solution in the presence of a reducing agent, ascorbic acid, using in situ liquid-cell electron microscopy. Au-Ag core-shell nanostructures were formed via two mechanistic pathways: (1) nuclei coalescence, where the Ag nanoparticles absorbed onto the Au nanocubes, and (2) monomer attachment, where the Ag atoms epitaxially deposited onto the Au nanocubes. Both pathways lead to the same Au-Ag core-shell nanostructures. Analysis of the Ag deposition rate reveals the growth modes of this process and shows that this reaction is chemically mediated by the reducing agent. PMID:27043921

  1. Growth of Au@Ag core-shell pentatwinned nanorods: tuning the end facets.

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    Zhang, Weiqing; Goh, Hao Ying Johnny; Firdoz, Shaik; Lu, Xianmao

    2013-09-16

    Au@Ag core-shell nanorods with tunable end facets are obtained by coating Au bipyramids (BPs) with Ag. The resultant nanorods exhibit a pentatwinned crystal structure with tips terminated with either {110} or {111} facets. The control over the end facets is achieved by varying the capping agents and tuning the reduction rate of Ag. Specifically, when Ag is reduced slowly, Au@Ag nanorods with flat {110} end facets are formed with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the capping agent. If CTAB is replaced with cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC), Au@Ag nanorods with tips terminated with {111} facets are obtained. However, at a high Ag reduction rate, dumbbell-shaped Au@Ag nanorods are formed, with either CTAB or CTAC as the capping agent. The morphological evolution of the nanorods in each case is closely followed and a growth mechanism is proposed. PMID:23934938

  2. Lithogeochemistry and fluid inclusions of an Au-Ag vein deposit in a granodiorite intrusive

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    Hahn, R.; Ikramuddin, M.

    1985-01-01

    Forty-eight samples of altered and unaltered rocks and quartz veins from the Acme mine in northeast Washington, an Au-Ag vein deposit in a granodiorite intrusive, have been analyzed for SiO/sub 2/, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Feo, MgO, CaO, Na/sub 2/O, K/sub 2/O, TiO/sub 2/, MnO, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/, H/sub 2/O, CO/sub 2/, Ag, Au, Ba, Cu, Pb, Rb, Sr, Tl, and Zn. A comparison of major and trace elements shows that the altered granodiorite is enriched in SiO/sub 2/, Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/, K/sub 2/O, Ag, Au, Ba, Cu, Pb, Rb, Tl, and Zn and depleted in Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, FeO, MgO, CaO, Na/sub 2/O, TiO/sub 2/, MnO, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/, and Sr. The average contents of Au in unaltered and altered granodiorite and quartz veins are 9 ppb. 270 ppb and 1020 ppb respectively. The average Ba/Tl ratio in the altered samples decrease and average Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios increase. K, Rb, and Tl are enriched in the altered granodiorite by factors of 1.5, 1.6, and 1.4 respectively. Tl is not enriched relative to Rb and K in the altered samples due to the high temperature of the deposit. The Ba/Tl, K/Tl and K/Rb ratios do not show complete separation of altered from unaltered samples. However, the Ba/Tl and K/Tl ratios in the quartz vein are significantly lower than the unaltered and altered granodiorite. This is due to the enrichment of Tl over K and Rb in the quartz veins. The Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios are higher in the altered granodiorite and quartz veins compared to unaltered samples. The enrichment of Tl and presence of low Ba/Tl and high Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios in a granodiorite indicate that the rocks are hydrothermally altered and represent a possible Au-Ag target.

  3. Synthesis, Study, and Discrete Dipole Approximation Simulation of Ag-Au Bimetallic Nanostructures

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    Hu, Yang; Zhang, An-Qi; Li, Hui-Jun; Qian, Dong-Jin; Chen, Meng

    2016-04-01

    Water-soluble Ag-Au bimetallic nanostructures were prepared via co-reduction and seed-mediated growth routes employing poly-(4-styrenesulfonic acid-co-maleic acid) (PSSMA) as both a reductant and a stabilizer. Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles were obtained by the co-reduction of AgNO3 and HAuCl4, while Ag-Au core-shell nanostructures were prepared through seed-mediated growth using PSSMA-Au nanoparticle seeds in a heated AgNO3 solution. The optical properties of the Ag-Au alloy and core-shell nanostructures were studied, and the growth mechanism of the bimetallic nanoparticles was investigated. Plasmon resonance bands in the range 422 to 517 nm were observed for Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles, while two plasmon resonances were found in the Ag-Au core-shell nanostructures. Furthermore, discrete dipole approximation theoretical simulation was used to assess the optical property differences between the Ag-Au alloy and core-shell nanostructures. Composition and morphology studies confirmed that the synthesized materials were Ag-Au bimetallic nanostructures.

  4. Synthesis, Study, and Discrete Dipole Approximation Simulation of Ag-Au Bimetallic Nanostructures.

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    Hu, Yang; Zhang, An-Qi; Li, Hui-Jun; Qian, Dong-Jin; Chen, Meng

    2016-12-01

    Water-soluble Ag-Au bimetallic nanostructures were prepared via co-reduction and seed-mediated growth routes employing poly-(4-styrenesulfonic acid-co-maleic acid) (PSSMA) as both a reductant and a stabilizer. Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles were obtained by the co-reduction of AgNO3 and HAuCl4, while Ag-Au core-shell nanostructures were prepared through seed-mediated growth using PSSMA-Au nanoparticle seeds in a heated AgNO3 solution. The optical properties of the Ag-Au alloy and core-shell nanostructures were studied, and the growth mechanism of the bimetallic nanoparticles was investigated. Plasmon resonance bands in the range 422 to 517 nm were observed for Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles, while two plasmon resonances were found in the Ag-Au core-shell nanostructures. Furthermore, discrete dipole approximation theoretical simulation was used to assess the optical property differences between the Ag-Au alloy and core-shell nanostructures. Composition and morphology studies confirmed that the synthesized materials were Ag-Au bimetallic nanostructures. PMID:27094823

  5. Immobilization of Ag-deposited Au nanoprisms by thiol-coupling and oil-coating methods

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    Noda, Yuta; Hayakawa, Tomokatsu

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated the immobilization of Ag-deposited Au (Au@Ag) nanoprisms on glass substrates by two different methods: self-assembly on a thiol-modified glass (thiol-coupling method) and evaporation of the Au@Ag nanoprism colloidal solution in silicone oil (oil-coating method). In the thiol-coupling method, the Au@Ag nanoprisms were well dispersed and accumulated on the substrates as single or stacked layers. On the other hand, the oil-coating method allowed Au@Ag nanoprisms to accumulate as multilayers without excessive agglomeration. The multilayers of Au@Ag nanoprisms were subjected to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and a very low concentration (2.1 × 10-5 M) of rhodamine 6G molecules was sensitively detected.

  6. Ab initio study of He point defects in fcc Au-Ag alloys

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    Zhu, Zi Qiang; Yang, Li; Nie, JL; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei

    2013-04-25

    The relative stabilities of He defects in two fcc Au-Ag alloys (Au3Ag2 and AuAg) are investigated using ab initio method based on density functional theory. The results show that the stabilities of He defects in the two alloys mainly depend on the atomic arrangements of the nearest neighboring host metals. A He interstitial prefers to stay at a site with more Ag neighboring atoms, while the favorable substitutional site has more Au neighboring atoms in Au-Ag alloys. Moreover, the substitutional He defects are the most stable configurations in both the alloys, and the octahedral He interstitials are energetically more favorable than the tetrahedral interstitials. It is of interest to note that the properties of He defects slightly depend on the mass-density of Au-Ag alloys. The results also demonstrate that the relative stabilities of He defects are primarily attributed to the hybridization between metals d states and He p states.

  7. Synthesis of novel AuPd nanoparticles decorated one-dimensional ZnO nanorod arrays with enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting activity.

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    Lu, Yan; Zhang, Junlong; Ge, Lei; Han, Changcun; Qiu, Ping; Fang, Siman

    2016-12-01

    The vertically aligned one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorod arrays decorated with AuPd alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized with ZnO nanorod arrays as template via a mild hydrothermal method. In this work, the as-prepared AuPd/ZnO nanorod arrays demonstrated high light-harvesting efficiency. The microstructures, morphologies and chemical properties of the obtained AuPd/ZnO composite photocatalyst were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoelectrochemical (PEC) performances of as-obtained AuPd/ZnO nanorod arrays were examined, and the photocurrent density was up to 0.98mAcm(-2) at 0.787V versus Ag/AgCl, which was about 2.4 times higher than the pure ZnO sample. A possible photocatalytic mechanism of the AuPd/ZnO hybrid nanostructures under the simulated sunlight irradiation was proposed to guide further improvement of other desirable materials. According to the above experiment results, it can be clearly found that AuPd/ZnO composite nanorod arrays showed excellent PEC performance and had promising applications in the utilization of solar energy. PMID:27552423

  8. Theoretical and experimental investigation of stability and spectra of doped Ag:ZnSe nanocrystals.

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    Xu, Shuhong; Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Zhuyuan; Cui, Yiping

    2014-04-01

    In experiment, doped Ag:ZnSe nanocrystals (NCs) had better stability than that of ZnSe nanocrystals under ambient atmospheres in the presence of air and light illumination. However, it is difficult to explain the mechanism of better stability of Ag:ZnSe nanocrystals from the experiment perspective for doped nanocrystals are more unstable than corresponding pure nanocrystals in general. Using B3LYP/LANL2DZ method, we have investigated the geometrical structures, bonding characters, and molecular orbitals (MOs) of hexagonal and tetrahedral Ag doped ZnSe structures in theory. The results showed that the good stability of Ag:ZnSe nanocrystals can be attributed to the stronger binding between Ag and Se. Moreover, we have proved that Ag doped ZnSe nanocrystals synthesized in experiment should be substituting doped but not vacuity doped. Substituting Ag doped ZnSe molecules have the same configuration as that of the ZnSe structure, but vacuity doped Ag:ZnSe have completely different configuration than ZnSe structure due to the big size of Ag atom. In addition, through contrast of MO of ZnSe and Ag doped ZnSe, we have testified that Ag easily formed bonds with Se. The high binding energy and high probability of forming bonds with Se atom make Ag doped ZnSe nanocrystals have better stability than that of ZnSe nanocrystals. PMID:24633779

  9. Electrostatic assembles and optical properties of Au CdTe QDs and Ag/Au CdTe QDs

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    Yang, Dongzhi; Wang, Wenxing; Chen, Qifan; Huang, Yuping; Xu, Shukun

    2008-09-01

    Au-CdTe and Ag/Au-CdTe assembles were firstly investigated through the static interaction between positively charged cysteamine-stabilized CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and negatively charged Au or core/shell Ag/Au nano-particles (NCs). The CdTe QDs synthesized in aqueous solution were capped with cysteamine which endowed them positive charges on the surface. Both Au and Ag/Au NCs were prepared through reducing precursors with gallic acid obtained from the hydrolysis of natural plant poly-phenols and favored negative charges on the surface of NCs. The fluorescence spectra of CdTe QDs exhibited strong quenching with the increase of added Au or Ag/Au NCs. Railey resonance scattering spectra of Au or Ag/Au NCs increased firstly and decreased latter with the concentration of CdTe QDs, accompanied with the solution color changing from red to purple and colorless at last. Experimental results on the effects of gallic acid, chloroauric acid tetrahydrate and other reagents demonstrated the static interaction occurred between QDs and NCs. This finding reveals the possibilities to design and control optical process and electromagnetic coupling in hybrid structures.

  10. Precipitations in a dental Ag-Pd-Cu-Au alloy.

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    Herø, H; Jørgensen, R; Sørbrøden, E; Suoninen, E

    1982-05-01

    The structure of a dental Ag-PD-Cu-Au alloy has been studied after centrifugal casting and various heat treatments. By transmission electron microscopy, a high density of small fct particles, assumed to be PdCu, was observed, but, in addition, finely-spaced rods of approximately equal to 0.05 micrometer (500 A) diameter with an fcc structure precipitated on the [100] planes of the matrix were found. On the basis of their structure and the pertaining lattice parameter, these rods are assumed to be Cu-rich. They could also be observed by scanning electron microscopy, but not at annealing temperatures lower than 425 degrees C. PMID:6953095

  11. First-principles study of electronic and dynamic properties of AgMg and AgZn

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    Arıkan, Nihat; Bayhan, Ülkü

    2012-05-01

    The structural, electronic, and phonon properties of AgMg and AgZn in the cesium-chloride phase have been investigated using the density functional theory (DFT) within the local density approximation (LDA). The calculated ground state properties such as lattice constant and bulk modulus agree well with the previous theoretical calculations. The electronic band structure is also presented for AgMg and AgZn. The calculated DOS at the Fermi energy are 0.49{states}/{eV cell} for AgMg and 0.43{states}/{eV cell} for AgZn. A linear-response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive phonon dispersion curves and the total and partial density of states for AgMg and AgZn. The high-frequency region of AgMg is mainly due to the vibrations of Mg atoms.

  12. Pirquitasite, Ag2ZnSnS4

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    Schumer, Benjamin N.; Downs, Robert T.; Domanik, Kenneth J.; Andrade, Marcelo B; Origlieri, Marcus J.

    2013-01-01

    Pirquitasite, ideally Ag2ZnSnS4 (disilver zinc tin tetra­sulfide), exhibits tetra­gonal symmetry and is a member of the stannite group that has the general formula A2BCX 4, with A = Ag, Cu; B = Zn, Cd, Fe, Cu, Hg; C = Sn, Ge, Sb, As; and X = S, Se. In this study, single-crystal X-ray diffraction data are used to determine the structure of pirquitasite from a twinned crystal from the type locality, the Pirquitas deposit, Jujuy Province, Argentina, with anisotropic displacement parameters for all atoms, and a measured composition of (Ag1.87Cu0.13)(Zn0.61Fe0.36Cd0.03)SnS4. One Ag atom is located on Wyckoff site Wyckoff 2a (symmetry -4..), the other Ag atom is statistically disordered with minor amounts of Cu and is located on 2c (-4..), the (Zn, Fe, Cd) site on 2d (-4..), Sn on 2b (-4..), and S on general site 8g. This is the first determination of the crystal structure of pirquitasite, and our data indicate that the space group of pirquitasite is I-4, rather than I-42m as previously suggested. The structure was refined under consideration of twinning by inversion [twin ratio of the components 0.91 (6):0.09 (6)]. PMID:23424398

  13. Laser stimulated electrooptics in the Ag-ZnO nanorods

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    Tan, Sin Tee; AlZayed, N. S.; Lakshminarayana, G.; Naumar, F.; Umar, A. A.; Oyama, M.; Myronchuk, G.; Kityk, I. V.

    2014-07-01

    In the present work, we have discovered a photoinduced linear electrooptics in ZnO nanorods which were fabricated by simply varying the content of the growth solution. It was established that by varying the growth solution concentration one can vary the surface density of the ZnO nanorod arrays growth on the surface. The lowest ZnO content produces the lowest surface density in the nanorods. The photoinduced linear electrooptics was studied using the He-Ne laser at wavelength 1150 nm and was stimulated by 7 ns nitrogen laser at 371 nm. The nonlinear dependence of the Ag nanoparticle (NP) concentration was found and it was significantly higher than that for the pure ZnO NP. Principal role of the Ag NP on the observed effects was discussed.

  14. Interfacial Reactions and Joint Strengths of Sn- xZn Solders with Immersion Ag UBM

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    Jee, Y. K.; Yu, Jin

    2010-10-01

    The solder joint microstructures of immersion Ag with Sn- xZn ( x = 0 wt.%, 1 wt.%, 5 wt.%, and 9 wt.%) solders were analyzed and correlated with their drop impact reliability. Addition of 1 wt.% Zn to Sn did not change the interface microstructure and was only marginally effective. In comparison, the addition of 5 wt.% or 9 wt.% Zn formed layers of AgZn3/Ag5Zn8 at the solder joint interface, which increased drop reliability significantly. Under extensive aging, Ag-Zn intermetallic compounds (IMCs) transformed into Cu5Zn8 and Ag3Sn, and the drop impact resistance at the solder joints deteriorated up to a point. The beneficial role of Zn on immersion Ag pads was ascribed to the formation of Ag-Zn IMC layers, which were fairly resistant to the drop impact, and to the suppression of the brittle Cu6Sn5 phase at the joint interface.

  15. Spin and structural features of oxygen dissociation on tetrahedral Ag20 and Ag19Au clusters.

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    Pichugina, D A; Polynskaya, Y G; Kuz'menko, N E

    2016-07-21

    The spin-crossing mechanism of oxygen dissociation on Ag20 and monodoped Ag19Au clusters was investigated via spin-polarized scalar-relativistic DFT calculations using the PBE, TPSSh, M06L, mPBE, BLYP, OLYP, and B3LYP functionals. In particular, the singlet and triplet O-O bond rupture pathways at vertex-edge and facet-edge sites on the tetrahedral clusters were studied. The calculations reveal that for the Ag20O2 and Ag19AuO2 complexes, the spin inversion from the triplet to singlet state occurs during the last step, which involves O-O bond rupture through a singlet transition state (TS). When spin crossing during oxygen dissociation on the clusters is considered, the activation energies decrease by 10-29 kJ mol(-1); however, they are still high due to the magic nature of the clusters and high vertical spin excitation energies. For these silver clusters, size effects based on the relationship between the TS structure and oxidation activation energy were predicted. PMID:27327106

  16. Bonding, Luminescence, Metallophilicity in Linear Au3 and Au2Ag Chains Stabilized by Rigid Diphosphanyl NHC Ligands.

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    Ai, Pengfei; Mauro, Matteo; Gourlaouen, Christophe; Carrara, Serena; De Cola, Luisa; Tobon, Yeny; Giovanella, Umberto; Botta, Chiara; Danopoulos, Andreas A; Braunstein, Pierre

    2016-09-01

    The heterofunctional and rigid ligand N,N'-diphosphanyl-imidazol-2-ylidene (PCNHCP; P = P(t-Bu)2), through its phosphorus and two N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) donors, stabilizes trinuclear chain complexes, with either Au3 or AgAu2 cores, and dinuclear Au2 complexes. The two oppositely situated PCNHCP (L) ligands that "sandwich" the metal chain can support linear and rigid structures, as found in the known tricationic Au(I) complex [Au3(μ3-PCNHCP,κP,κCNHC,κP)2](OTf)3 (OTf = CF3SO3; [Au3L2](OTf)3; Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 103-105) now also obtained by transmetalation from [Ag3(μ3-PCNHCP,κP,κCNHC,κP)2](OTf)3 ([Ag3L2](OTf)3), or in the mixed-metal tricationic [Au2Ag(μ3-PCNHCP,κP,κCNHC,κP)2](OTf)3 ([Au2AgL2](OTf)3). The latter was obtained stepwise by the addition of AgOTf to the digold(I) complex [Au2(μ2-PCNHCP,κP,κCNHC)2](OTf)2 ([Au2L2](OTf)2). The latter contains two dangling P donors and displays fluxional behavior in solution, and the Au···Au separation of 2.8320(6) Å in the solid state is consistent with metallophilic interactions. In the solvento complex [Au3Cl2(tht)(μ3-PCNHCP,κP,κCNHC,κP)](OTf)·MeCN ([Au3Cl2(tht)L](OTf)·MeCN), which contains only one L and one tht ligand (tht = tetrahydrothiophene), the metal chain is bent (148.94(2)°), and the longer Au···Au separation (2.9710(4) Å) is in line with relaxation of the rigidity due to a more "open" structure. Similar features were observed in [Au3Cl2(SMe2)L](OTf)·2MeCN. A detailed study of the emission properties of [Au3L2](OTf)3, [Au3Cl2(tht)L](OTf)·MeCN, [Au2L2](OTf)2, and [Au2AgL2](OTf)3 was performed by means of steady state and time-resolved photophysical techniques. The complex [Au3L2](OTf)3 displays a bright (photoluminescence quantum yield = 80%) and narrow emission band centered at 446 nm with a relatively small Stokes' shift and long-lived excited-state lifetime on the microsecond timescale, both in solution and in the solid state. In line with the very narrow emission

  17. Electrical resistivity of Au-ZnO nanocomposite films

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    Argibay, N.; Goeke, R. S.; Dugger, M. T.; Rodriguez, M. A.; Michael, J. R.; Prasad, S. V.

    2013-04-14

    The electrical resistivity of electron beam codeposited gold and zinc oxide (Au-ZnO) films was investigated over the full composition range. The electrical resistivity was shown to increase monotonically with increasing ZnO content, with three characteristic regimes of behavior associated primarily with (1) grain boundary electron scattering due to grain refinement at ZnO volume fractions below 0.3, (2) percolation theory for ZnO volume fractions at and above the percolation threshold (f{sub c} = 0.85), and (3) a transition region between these where it was proposed that resistivity was influenced by the formation of Au-Zn complexes due to an oxygen deficiency in the deposited ZnO. The electrical resistivity of the composite films remained below 100 {mu}{Omega} cm for ZnO volume fractions below 0.5. A model combining the general effective media equation and Mayadas-Shatzkes grain boundary electron scattering model was shown to generally describe the composition dependence of electrical resistivity for the investigated oxide dispersion hardened metal-matrix composite thin films.

  18. Synthesis and enhanced humidity detection response of nanoscale Au-particle-decorated ZnS spheres

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    2014-01-01

    We successfully prepared Au-nanoparticle-decorated ZnS (ZnS-Au) spheres by sputtering Au ultrathin films on surfaces of hydrothermally synthesized ZnS spheres and subsequently postannealed the samples in a high-vacuum atmosphere. The Au nanoparticles were distributed on ZnS surfaces without substantial aggregation. The Au nanoparticle diameter range was 5 to 10 nm. Structural information showed that the surface of the annealed ZnS-Au spheres became more irregular and rough. A humidity sensor constructed using the Au-nanoparticle-decorated ZnS spheres demonstrated a substantially improved response to the cyclic change in humidity from 11% relative humidity (RH) to 33% to 95% RH at room temperature. The improved response was associated with the enhanced efficiency of water molecule adsorption onto the surfaces of the ZnS because of the surface modification of the ZnS spheres through noble-metal nanoparticle decoration. PMID:25520595

  19. Mechanical Properties and Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu Joints

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    Huang, M. L.; Huang, Y. Z.; Ma, H. T.; Zhao, J.

    2011-03-01

    The effect of Ag content on the wetting behavior of Sn-9Zn- xAg on aluminum and copper substrates during soldering, as well as the mechanical properties and electrochemical corrosion behavior of Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu solder joints, were investigated in the present work. Tiny Zn and coarsened dendritic AgZn3 regions were distributed in the Sn matrix in the bulk Sn-9Zn- xAg solders, and the amount of Zn decreased while that of AgZn3 increased with increasing Ag content. The wettability of Sn-9Zn-1.5Ag solder on Cu substrate was better than those of the other Sn-9Zn- xAg solders but worse than that of Sn-9Zn solder. The wettability of Sn-9Zn-1.5Ag on the Al substrate was also better than those of the other Sn-9Zn- xAg solders, and even better than that of Sn-9Zn solder. The Al/Sn-9Zn/Cu joint had the highest shear strength, and the shear strength of the Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu ( x = 0 wt.% to 3 wt.%) joints gradually decreased with increasing Ag content. The corrosion resistance of the Sn-9Zn- xAg solders in Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu joints in 5% NaCl solution was improved compared with that of Sn-9Zn. The corrosion potential of Sn-9Zn- xAg solders continuously increased with increasing Ag content from 0 wt.% to 2 wt.% but then decreased for Sn-9Zn-3Ag. The addition of Ag resulted in the formation of the AgZn3 phase and in a reduction of the amount of the eutectic Zn phase in the solder matrix; therefore, the corrosion resistance of the Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu joints was improved.

  20. Synthesis and biosensor application of Ag@Au bimetallic nanoparticles based on localized surface plasmon resonance

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    Ghodselahi, T.; Arsalani, S.; Neishaboorynejad, T.

    2014-05-01

    This work demonstrates a simple method for synthesizing gold-silver bimetallic nanoparticles (Ag@Au BNPs). Ag@Au BNPs on the carbon thin film are prepared by co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-PECVD using acetylene gas and gold-silver target. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that Au and Ag NPs with FCC crystal structure are formed in our samples. From AFM image and data, average particles size of gold and silver are estimated to be about 5 and 8 nm, respectively. XRD profile and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy indicate that Ag NPs in Ag@Au BNPs composite have a more chemical activity with respect to bare Ag NPs. Biosensor application of Ag@Au BNPs without probe immobilization is introduced too. The change in LSPR absorption peak of Ag@Au BNPs in presence of DNA primer decamer (ten-deoxycytosine) at fM concentrations is investigated. The LSPR absorption peak of Au NPs has a blue shift and the LSPR absorption peak of Ag NPs has a red shift by addition of DNA primer and under DNA exposure up to 1 h. Our sample shows a good response to low concentration of DNA and has a short response time. Both of these are prerequisite for applying this sample as LSPR biosensor chip.

  1. PVP induce self-seeding process for growth of Au@Ag core@shell nanocomposites

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    Eisa, Wael H.; Al-Ashkar, Emad; El-Mossalamy, S. M.; Ali, Safaa S. M.

    2016-05-01

    A novel self-seeding route is developed for fabrication of metallic nanocomposites of gold (core) and silver (shell) (Au@Ag core@shell). Herein, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is used as both reducing and stabilizing agent. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au@Ag core@shell can be tuned by controlling the thickness of the Ag shell. The different growth stages of the Au@Ag core@shell have been traced by in situ UV-vis absorption spectra. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used for the characterization of the prepared samples.

  2. Ag/Au mixed sites promote oxidative coupling of methanol on the alloy surface.

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    Xu, Bingjun; Siler, Cassandra G F; Madix, Robert J; Friend, Cynthia M

    2014-04-14

    Nanoporous gold, a dilute alloy of Ag in Au, activates molecular oxygen and promotes the oxygen-assisted catalytic coupling of methanol. Because this trace amount of Ag inherent to nanoporous gold has been proposed as the source of oxygen activation, a thin film Ag/Au alloy surface was studied as a model system for probing the origin of this reactivity. Thin alloy layers of Ag(x)Au(1-x), with 0.15≤x≤0.40, were examined for dioxygen activation and methanol self-coupling. These alloy surfaces recombine atomic oxygen at different temperatures depending on the alloy composition. Total conversion of methanol to selective oxidation products, that is, formaldehyde and methyl formate, was achieved at low initial oxygen coverage and at low temperature. Reaction channels for methyl formate formation occurred on both Au and Au/Ag mixed sites with a ratio, as was predicted from the local 2-dimensional composition. PMID:24633724

  3. Photoelectron spectroscopic and computational study of (M-CO2)- anions, M = Cu, Ag, Au

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    Zhang, Xinxing; Lim, Eunhak; Kim, Seong K.; Bowen, Kit H.

    2015-11-01

    In a combined photoelectron spectroscopic and computational study of (M-CO2)-, M = Au, Ag, Cu, anionic complexes, we show that (Au-CO2)- forms both the chemisorbed and physisorbed isomers, AuCO 2- and Au-(CO2), respectively; that (Ag-CO2)- forms only the physisorbed isomer, Ag-(CO2); and that (Cu-CO2)- forms only the chemisorbed isomer, CuCO 2- . The two chemisorbed complexes, AuCO 2- and CuCO 2- , are covalently bound, formate-like anions, in which their CO2 moieties are significantly reduced. These two species are examples of electron-induced CO2 activation. The two physisorbed complexes, Au-(CO2) and Ag-(CO2), are electrostatically and thus weakly bound.

  4. ZnO/Ag nanowires composite film ultraviolet photoconductive detector

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    Guodong, Yan; Minqiang, Wang; Zhi, Yang

    2015-08-01

    ZnO/Ag nanowires (NWs) film ultraviolet (UV) detector was fabricated by a simple and low-cost solution-processed method. In order to prepare this device, Ag NWs network was first spin-coated on glass substrate as a transparent conducting electrode, then ZnO NWs arrays were grown vertically on the Ag NWs network based on the hydrothermal method. This UV detector exhibited an excellent detection performance with large on/off ratio and short response time. Several process and working parameters were particularly investigated to analyze the relationship between structure and performance, which include growth time of ZnO NWs array, spin speed of Ag NWs network and working temperature. This UV photoconductive detector is based on two kinds of one-dimension nanomaterials, and it was regarded as a compromise between high performance with large area, low voltage and low cost. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61176056, 91323303, 91123019), the 111 Program (No. B14040), and the Open Projects from the Institute of Photonics and Photo-Technology, Provincial Key Laboratory of Photoelectronic Technology, Northwest University, China.

  5. Kinetics-controlled growth of bimetallic RhAg on Au nanorods and their catalytic properties

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    Ye, Wei; Guo, Xia; Xie, Fang; Zhu, Rui; Zhao, Qing; Yang, Jian

    2014-03-01

    Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices.Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices. Electronic

  6. Effects of Oxide-Modified Spherical ZnO on Electrical Properties of Ag/ZnO Electrical Contact Material

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    Wei, Zhijun; Zhang, Lingjie; Shen, Tao; Qiao, Zhengyang; Yang, Hui; Fan, Xianping; Chen, Lawson

    2016-07-01

    Silver-zinc oxide (Ag/ZnO) electrical contact material is widely used as contacts of the medium duty switching devices. Effects of modified ZnO on properties of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material were investigated in this work. NiO and CuO were introduced to modify spherical ZnO by a chemical solution nano-coating method. Ag/ZnO contacts prepared using the modified spherical ZnO were produced by powder metallurgy (PM) method in a muffle furnace in temperature ranges from 750 to 900 °C. Results show that electrical conductivity, stability of relative density, and Vickers' hardness of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material can be improved by the addition of NiO because of the formation of NiO solid solution Zn0.2Ni0.8O. The addition of CuO to Ag/ZnO electrical contact material makes arcing energy and mass loss lower. Since this is attractive for a longer service life, using NiO and CuO co-modified ZnO as a second phase may be a promising way to improve properties of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material. Hence, the presented results could also be useful for the design of a new Ag/ZnO electrical contact material.

  7. Field emission characteristics study for ZnO/Ag and ZnO/CNTs composites produced by DC electrophoresis

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    Yu, Ling-min; Zhu, Chang-chun

    2009-07-01

    A simple controllable method is reported for the coating of ZnO nanowires with Ag nanoparticles and ZnO/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composite. It has been achieved through DC electrophoresis AgNO 3 electrolyte and CNTs in the presence of isopropanol dispersion of ZnO nanowires. In the present work, the influence of Ag nanoparticles and CNTs on the field emission properties of the composite materials is studied. The results of this research demonstrate a remarkable enhancement of field emission current of ZnO nanowires in case of CNTs mixture and Ag nanoparticles coating.

  8. Classification of Broken Hill-Type Pb-Zn-Ag Deposits: A Refinement

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    Spry, P. G.; Teale, G. S.; Steadman, J. A.

    2009-05-01

    Broken Hill Hill-type Pb-Zn-Ag (BHT) deposits constitute some of the largest ore deposits in the world. The Broken Hill deposit is the largest accumulation of Pb, Zn, and Ag on Earth and the Cannington deposit is currently the largest silver deposit. Characteristic features of BHT deposits include: 1. high Pb+Zn+Ag values with Pb > Zn; 2. Metamorphism to amphibolite-granulite facies; 3. Paleo-to Mesoprotoerozoic clastic metasedimentary host rocks; 4. Sulfides that are spatially associated with bimodal (felsic and mafic) volcanic rocks, and stratabound gahnite- and garnet-bearing rocks and iron formations, 5. Stacked orebodies with characteristic Pb:Zn:Ag ratios and skarn-like Fe-Mn-Ca-F gangue assemblages, and the presence of Cu, Au, Bi, As, and Sb; and 6. Sulfur-poor assemblages. Broken Hill (Australia) has a prominent footwall feeder zone whereas other BHT deposits have less obvious alteration zones (footwall garnet spotting and stratabound alteration haloes). Deposits previously regarded in the literature as BHT deposits are Broken Hill, Cannington, Oonagalabie, Menninie Dam, and Pegmont (Australia), Broken Hill, Swartberg, Big Syncline, and Gamsberg (South Africa), Zinkgruvan (Sweden), Sullivan, Cottonbelt, and Foster River (Canada), and Boquira (Brazil). Of these deposits, only the Broken Hill (Australia, South Africa), Pinnacles, Cannington, Pegmont, and Swartberg deposits are BHT deposits. Another BHT deposit includes the Green Parrot deposit, Jervois Ranges (Northern Territory). The Foster River, Gamsberg, and Sullivan deposits are considered to be "SEDEX deposits with BHT affinities", and the Oonagalabie, Green Mountain (Colorado), and Zinkgruvan are "VMS deposits with BHT affinities". In the Broken Hill area (Australia), Corruga-type Pb-Zn-Ag deposits occur in calc-silicate rocks and possess some BHT characteristics; the Big Syncline, Cottonbelt, Menninie Dam, and Saxberget deposits are Corruga-type deposits. SEDEX deposits with BHT affinities, VMS

  9. Non ideal behavior of AZO/ZnO/ZnPc/Au hybrid p-n junction diode

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    Singh, Budhi; Ghosh, Subhasis

    2015-06-01

    Temperature dependence current density-voltage characteristic of AZO/ZnO/ZnPc/Au inorganic/organic hybrid p-n junction diode have been used to investigate the non ideal behavior of AZO/ZnO/ZnPc/Au hybrid p-n junction diode. The diode shows high ideality factor of 3.0 at 300 K which increases with decreasing temperature and cannot be explained by the standard Shockley theory of the p-n junction diode.

  10. Luminescent, bimetallic AuAg alloy quantum clusters in protein templates.

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    Mohanty, Jyoti Sarita; Xavier, P Lourdu; Chaudhari, Kamalesh; Bootharaju, M S; Goswami, N; Pal, S K; Pradeep, T

    2012-07-21

    We report the synthesis of luminescent AuAg alloy quantum clusters (QCs) in bovine serum albumin (BSA), for the first time, with experimentally determined atomic composition. Mixing of the as-synthesized protein-protected Au and Ag clusters resulted in the formation of alloy AuAg clusters within the BSA. Mass spectrometric analysis of the product of a 1 : 1 molar ratio reaction mixture of Au(QC)@BSA and Ag(QC)@BSA suggested that the alloy clusters could be Au(38-x)Ag(x)@BSA. Further analyses by standard techniques revealed that the alloy cluster core of ∼1.2 nm diameter is composed of nearly zero valent Au and Ag atoms that exhibit distinctly different steady state and time resolved excited state luminescence profiles compared to the parent clusters. Tuning of the alloy composition was achieved by varying the molar ratio of the parent species in the reaction mixture and compositional changes were observed by mass spectrometry. In another approach, mixing of Au(3+) ions with the as-synthesized Ag(QC)@BSA also resulted in the formation of alloy clusters through galvanic exchange reactions. We believe that alloy clusters with the combined properties of the constituents in versatile protein templates would have potential applications in the future. The work presents interesting aspects of the reactivity of the protein-protected clusters. PMID:22684267

  11. An Atomically Precise Au10 Ag2 Nanocluster with Red-Near-IR Dual Emission.

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    Lei, Zhen; Guan, Zong-Jie; Pei, Xiao-Li; Yuan, Shang-Fu; Wan, Xian-Kai; Zhang, Jin-Yuan; Wang, Quan-Ming

    2016-08-01

    A red-near-IR dual-emissive nanocluster with the composition [Au10 Ag2 (2-py-C≡C)3 (dppy)6 ](BF4 )5 (1; 2-py-C≡C is 2-pyridylethynyl, dppy=2-pyridyldiphenylphosphine) has been synthesized. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis reveals that 1 has a trigonal bipyramidal Au10 Ag2 core that contains a planar Au4 (2-py-C≡C)3 unit sandwiched by two Au3 Ag(dppy)3 motifs. Cluster 1 shows intense red-NIR dual emission in solution. The visible emission originates from metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) from silver atoms to phosphine ligands in the Au3 Ag(dppy)3 motifs, and the intense NIR emission is associated with the participation of 2-pyridylethynyl in the frontier orbitals of the cluster, which is confirmed by a time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculation. PMID:27305386

  12. Lattice Instability in β1-AgZn

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    Morii, Yukio; Nagasawa, Akira; Matsuo, Yoshie; Funahashi, Satoru; Child, Harry R.; Nicklow, Robert M.

    1991-12-01

    Phase transition of β1-AgZn alloy was studied by means of neutron inelastic and diffuse scattering techniques. Acoustic phonon dispersion relation along the main crystal axes of the alloy was obtained. No [\\zeta\\zeta\\zeta]LA phonon anomalies related to the \\zeta-phase was observed, although previous sound experiment followed by elastic constant analysis predicts that possibility. The observed anomalies in phonon energy of both [\\zeta\\zeta 0]TA1 and [\\zeta\\zeta-2\\zeta]TA modes associated with the diffuse scattering peaks indicate that a strong lattice instability is involved in the phonon modes. It is pointed out that the lattice instability plays important roles in the structure transition from β1-phase to \\zeta-phase or to the martensitic phase in the AgZn alloy.

  13. High quality ZnS/Au/ZnS transparent conductive tri-layer films deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Caifeng; Li, Qingshan; Wang, Jisuo; Zhang, Lichun; Zhao, Fengzhou; Dong, Fangying

    2016-07-01

    ZnS/Au/ZnS tri-layer films were deposited on quartz glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The influence of Au layer thickness on optical and electrical properties of the tri-layer ZnS/Au/ZnS was studied. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope were employed to characterize the crystalline structure and surface morphology of the tri-layer films. Hall measurements, ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer, four-point probe were used to explore the optoelectronic properties of the ZnS/Au/ZnS. The increase of Au layer thickness resulted in the decreased resistivity, the increased carrier concentration, and the declined transmittance in the visible light region.

  14. Alloyed Crystalline Au-Ag Hollow Nanostructures with High Chemical Stability and Catalytic Performance.

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    Liu, Renxiao; Guo, Jianhua; Ma, Gang; Jiang, Peng; Zhang, Donghui; Li, Dexing; Chen, Lan; Guo, Yuting; Ge, Guanglu

    2016-07-01

    For bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs), the degree of alloying is beginning to be recognized as a significant factor affecting the NP properties. Here, we report an alloyed crystalline Au-Ag hollow nanostructure that exhibits a high catalytic performance, as well as structural and chemical stability. The Au-Ag alloyed hollow and porous nanoshell structures (HPNSs) with different morphologies and subnanoscale crystalline structures were synthesized by adjusting the size of the sacrificial Ag NPs via a galvanic replacement reaction. The catalytic activities of the nanomaterials were evaluated by the model reaction of the catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol by NaBH4 to p-aminophenol. The experimental results show that the subnanoscale crystalline structure of the Au-Ag bimetallic HPNSs has much greater significance than the apparent morphology does in determining the catalytic ability of the nanostructures. The Au-Ag alloyed HPNSs with better surface crystalline alloying microstructures and open morphologies were found to exhibit much higher catalytic reaction rates and better cyclic usage efficiencies, probably because of the better dispersion of active Au atoms within these materials. These galvanic replacement-synthesized alloyed Au-Ag HPNSs, fabricated by a facile method that avoids Ag degradation, have potential applications in catalysis, nanomedicine (especially in drug/gene delivery and cancer theranostics), and biosensing. PMID:27268019

  15. Core-size-dependent catalytic properties of bimetallic Au/Ag core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Haldar, Krishna Kanta; Kundu, Simanta; Patra, Amitava

    2014-12-24

    Bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles have recently emerged as a new class of functional materials because of their potential applications in catalysis, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate and photonics etc. Here, we have synthesized Au/Ag bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles with varying the core diameter. The red-shifting of the both plasmonic peaks of Ag and Au confirms the core-shell structure of the nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis, line scan EDS measurement and UV-vis study confirm the formation of core-shell nanoparticles. We have examined the catalytic activity of these core-shell nanostructures in the reaction between 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and NaBH4 to form 4-aminophenol (4-AP) and the efficiency of the catalytic reaction is found to be increased with increasing the core size of Au/Ag core-shell nanocrystals. The catalytic efficiency varies from 41.8 to 96.5% with varying core size from 10 to 100 nm of Au/Ag core-shell nanoparticles, and the Au100/Ag bimetallic core-shell nanoparticle is found to be 12-fold more active than that of the pure Au nanoparticles with 100 nm diameter. Thus, the catalytic properties of the metal nanoparticles are significantly enhanced because of the Au/Ag core-shell structure, and the rate is dependent on the size of the core of the nanoparticles. PMID:25456348

  16. First-principles study on distribution of Ag in ZnO

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    Wan, Qixin; Xiong, Zhihua; Li, Dongmei; Liu, Guodong; Peng, Jianfei

    2009-08-01

    Except for the group-V dopants, Ag, as a group IB element, could also act as an acceptor in ZnO, if incorporated on substitutional Zn sites. In this paper, first-principles density-functional calculations have been performed to investigate various distributions of Ag in ZnO. The first-principles calculations were carried out using the density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the projector augmented wave (PAW) pseudopotentials. The supercell employed contained 32 atoms that corresponded to a 2×2×2 supercell of ZnO. The various distributions of Ag in ZnO have been calculated corresponding to each possible location. In conclusion, the calculation results show that the formation energies of Ag on the substitutional Zn site (AgZn) and incorporation in the interstitial site (Agi) are smaller than that of Ag on the O site (AgO). When AgZn and Agi coexist and are partitioned by an oxygen atom layer, the formation energy and the total energy is the smallest. As a result, Ag prefers to distribute discretely in Ag doped ZnO. It is also found that our results are in agreement with other experimental results.

  17. Synthesis of ZnO/Ag/graphene composite and its enhanced photocatalytic efficiency

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    Xu, Fang; Yuan, Yafei; Wu, Dapeng; Zhao, Mei; Gao, Zhiyong; Jiang, Kai

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► ZnO/Ag/graphene composite was synthesized via a facile aqueous reaction. ► ZnO/Ag composite nanoparticles are anchored on a two-dimensional graphene sheet. ► Enhanced photocatalytic efficiency was obtained compared to ZnO/Ag composite. ► The composite shows excellent stability after four photodegradation cycling runs. - Abstract: ZnO/Ag/graphene composite was synthesized via a facile low-temperature aqueous solution reaction. The morphology and crystal phase of the obtained samples were well characterized by SEM, TEM, and XRD. The results indicated that ZnO/Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are anchored on the two-dimensional graphene sheet. The photocatalytic trials confirmed that the ZnO/Ag/graphene composite exhibited improved photocatalytic efficiency compared with the ZnO/Ag NPs and pristine ZnO NPs. The increased photocatalytic activity of ZnO/Ag/graphene was attributed to the effective charge separation and the suppressed recombination of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the ZnO/Ag/graphene sample showed excellent stability after four photodegradation cycling runs.

  18. ZnO-Au-SnO2 Z-scheme photoanodes for remarkable photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Li, Jing-Mei; Cheng, Hao-Yun; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2016-08-25

    For the first time a ZnO nanorod-based Z-scheme heterostructure system was proposed and realized for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. The samples were prepared by depositing a thin layer of SnO2 on the Au surface of Au particle-decorated ZnO nanorods. For ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods, the embedded Au can mediate interfacial charge transfer by promoting electron transfer from the conduction band of SnO2 to the valence band of ZnO. This vectorial charge transfer resulted in the situation that the photoexcited electrons accumulated at ZnO while the photogenerated holes concentrated at SnO2, giving ZnO-Au-SnO2 substantially high redox powers. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra suggested that the interfacial charge transfer across the ZnO/Au/SnO2 interface was significantly improved as a result of the Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism. With the substantially high redox powers and significantly improved interfacial charge transfer, ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods performed much better as a photoanode in photoelectrochemical water splitting than pristine ZnO, plasmonic Au-decorated ZnO and type-II SnO2-coated ZnO nanorods did. The present study has provided a viable approach to exploit Z-scheme photoanodes in the design of efficient artificial photosynthesis systems for solar energy conversion. PMID:27527337

  19. Spectral Tuning of Plasmon Resonance in a Core/Shell (Au)Ag Nanocomposite

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    Panarin, A. Yu.; Abakshonok, A. V.; Agabekov, V. E.; Eryomin, A. N.; Terekhov, S. N.

    2015-01-01

    A bimetallic (Au)Ag nanocomposite with a core/shell structure was synthesized in aqueous solution and a H2O/EtOH mixture (1:1) containing polymers (carboxymethylcellulose, sodium polystyrenesulfonate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, dextran). Its structure and optical properties were characterized. The shape and position of scattering bands of colloidal noble-metal nanoparticles with optical density <0.1 were undistorted by solvent absorption. Scattering spectra had to be corrected for solutions of greater optical density. A method for correcting the resonant lightscattering spectra of Au and (Au)Ag nanoparticles was proposed for a single-beam apparatus. The possibility of surface plasmon resonance tuning for (Au)Ag with a short-wavelength shift of ~150 nm for the absorption band maximum and of ~84 nm for the resonant scattering band was demonstrated by varying the AgNO3 concentration during formation of the silver shell on the gold core.

  20. Site-specific growth of Au particles on ZnO nanopyramids under ultraviolet illumination.

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    Yao, Ke Xin; Liu, Xin; Zhao, Lan; Zeng, Hua Chun; Han, Yu

    2011-10-01

    In this work, wurtzite ZnO nanocrystals with unique "pyramid" morphology were firstly prepared via solvothermal synthesis. It was determined that the ZnO nanopyramids are grown along the polar c-axis with the vertexes pointing to the [001] direction. When the mixture of ZnO nanopyramids and Au precursor (HAuCl(4)) was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, Au particles were site-specifically formed on the vertexes of ZnO nanopyramids. The obtained Au/ZnO nanocomposite showed significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the bare ZnO nanopyramids. First-principles based calculations well explained the formation of ZnO nanopyramids as well as the site-specific growth of Au, and revealed that during the photocatalysis process the Au particles can accommodate photoelectrons and thus facilitate the charge separation. PMID:21870000

  1. Growth of Ag nanowires on Au-pre-facetted 4° vicinal Si(0 0 1)

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    Meyer zu Heringdorf, Frank-J.; Roos, Kimberly L.; Wiethoff, Christian; Horn-von Hoegen, Michael; Roos, Kelly R.

    2008-05-01

    We studied the self-assembly of wire-shaped Ag islands at high temperature with low energy electron microscopy and photoemission electron microscopy. A Au-faceted vicinal Si(0 0 1) surface was used as a substrate. The initial Ag deposit at 600-620 °C induces a surface phase change from the (5 × 3.2) reconstruction of the Au-covered (0 0 1) terraces, to a (3 × 2) reconstruction, but leaves the structure of the Au-induced step bunches intact. Subsequent Ag growth produces two distinct types of 3D crystalline islands: compact and wire-like. The total Ag deposit is comprised mostly of compact islands, with only a small minority of wire-like islands. We attribute the wire formation to local step bunches that create the proper quasi-one-dimensional diffusion environment for the Ag islands to grow with a high aspect ratio.

  2. Templated Atom-Precise Galvanic Synthesis and Structure Elucidation of a [Ag24Au(SR)18](-) Nanocluster.

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    Bootharaju, Megalamane S; Joshi, Chakra P; Parida, Manas R; Mohammed, Omar F; Bakr, Osman M

    2016-01-18

    Synthesis of atom-precise alloy nanoclusters with uniform composition is challenging when the alloying atoms are similar in size (for example, Ag and Au). A galvanic exchange strategy has been devised to produce a compositionally uniform [Ag24Au(SR)18](-) cluster (SR: thiolate) using a pure [Ag25(SR)18](-) cluster as a template. Conversely, the direct synthesis of Ag24Au cluster leads to a mixture of [Ag(25-x)Au(x)(SR)18](-), x=1-8. Mass spectrometry and crystallography of [Ag24Au(SR)18](-) reveal the presence of the Au heteroatom at the Ag25 center, forming Ag24Au. The successful exchange of the central Ag of Ag25 with Au causes perturbations in the Ag25 crystal structure, which are reflected in the absorption, luminescence, and ambient stability of the particle. These properties are compared with those of Ag25 and Ag24Pd clusters with same ligand and structural framework, providing new insights into the modulation of cluster properties with dopants at the single-atom level. PMID:26611172

  3. Seeded growth of robust SERS-active 2D Au@Ag nanoparticulate films

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    Baker, Gary A; Dai, Sheng; Hagaman, Edward {Ed} W; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Zhu, Haoguo; Bao, Lili

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate herein a novel and versatile solution-based methodology for fabricating self-organized two-dimensional (2D) Au nanoparticle arrays on glass using in situ nucleation at an aminosilane monolayer followed by seeded, electroless growth; subsequent deposition of Ag produced Au{at}Ag core-shell nanoparticulate films which proved highly promising as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platforms.

  4. Phospholipid Encapsulated AuNR@Ag/Au Nanosphere SERS Tags with Environmental Stimulus Responsive Signal Property.

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    Su, Xueming; Wang, Yunqing; Wang, Wenhai; Sun, Kaoxiang; Chen, Lingxin

    2016-04-27

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags draw much attention due to the ultrasensitivity and multiplex labeling capability. Recently, a new kind of SERS tags was rationally designed by encapsulating metal nanoparticles with phospholipid bilayers, showing great potential in theranostics. The lipid bilayer coating confers biocompatibility and versatility to changing surface chemistry of the tag; however, its "soft" feature may influence SERS signal stability, which is rarely investigated. Herein, we prepared phospholipid-coated AuNR@Ag/Au nanosphere SERS tags by using three different kinds of Raman reporters, i.e., thio-containing 4-nitrothiophenol (NT), nitrogen-containing hydrophobic chromophore cyanine 7 monoacid (Cy7), and alkyl chain-chromophore conjugate 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindodicarbocyanine (DiD). It was found that signal responses were different upon additional stimulation which the tags may encounter in theranostic applications including the presence of detergent Triton X-100, lipid membrane, and photothermal treatment. Living-cell imaging also showed signal changing distinction. The different SERS signal performances were attributed to the different Raman reporter releasing behaviors from the tags. This work revealed that Raman reporter structure determined signal stability of lipid-coated SERS tags, providing guidance for the design of stimulus responsive tags. Moreover, it also implied the potential of SERS technique for real time drug release study of lipid based nanomedicine. PMID:27052206

  5. A composition and size controllable approach for Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles

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    2012-01-01

    A capillary micro-reaction was established for the synthesis of Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with a flexible and controllable composition and grain size by tuning the synthesis temperature, the residence time, or the mole ratio of Au3+:Ag+. By extending the residence time from 5 to 900 s, enhancing the temperature from 120°C to 160°C, or decreasing the mole ratio of Au3+:Ag+ from 1:1 to 1:20, the composition of samples was changed continuously from Au-rich to Ag-rich. The particles became large with the increase of the residence time; however, synthesis temperatures showed less effect on the particle size change. The particle size of the Au-Ag alloy NPs with various composition could be kept by adjusting the mole ratio of Au3+:Ag+. TEM observation displayed that the as-obtained NPs were sphere-like with the smallest average size of 4.0 nm, which is half of those obtained by the traditional flask method. PMID:22513005

  6. Synthesis, optical, photocatalytic, and electrochemical studies on Ag2S/ZnS and ZnS/Ag2S nanocomposites

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    Murugadoss, G.; Jayavel, R.; Rajesh Kumar, M.; Thangamuthu, R.

    2016-04-01

    Novel Ag2S/ZnS and ZnS/Ag2S nanocomposites were synthesized by a simple chemical method in air. Different morphologies were obtained for Ag2S/ZnS nanocomposites annealed at different temperatures. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible absorption, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Thermal stability and phase transition of the sample were studied by TG-DTA. Compared the PL spectra of Ag2S/ZnS at 640 nm, it was significantly red shifted from 640 to 670 nm for reversed ZnS/Ag2S nanocomposites. The band gaps of nanocomposites were lying between 2.25 and 2.55 eV range. It has been found that as-synthesized powder has excellent photocatalytic activity toward degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light and electrochemical activity, indicating that Ag2S/ZnS and ZnS/Ag2S nanocomposites can play an important role as semiconductor photocatalyst and energy storage applications.

  7. Influence of Ag thickness on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnS/Ag/ZnS multilayers prepared by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Leng Jian; Yu Zhinong; Xue Wei; Zhang Ting; Jiang Yurong; Zhang Jie; Zhang Dongpu

    2010-10-15

    The structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of zinc sulfide (ZnS)/Ag/ZnS (ZAZ) multilayer films prepared by ion beam assisted deposition on k9 glass have been investigated as a function of Ag layer thickness. The characteristics of ZAZ multilayer are significantly improved up insertion of optimal Ag thickness between ZnS layers. The results show that due to bombardment of Ar ion beam, distinct Ag islands evolve into continuous Ag films at a thin Ag thickness of about 4 nm. The thinner Ag film as a thickness of 2 nm leads to high sheet resistance and low transmittance for the interface scattering induced by the Ag islands or noncontinuous films; and when the Ag thickness is over 4 nm, the ZAZ multilayer exhibits a remarkably reduced sheet resistance between 7-80 {Omega}/sq for the increase in carrier concentration and mobility of Ag layer, and a high transmittance over 90% for the interference phenomena of multilayers and low absorption and surface scattering of Ag layer. The ZAZ multilayer with 14 nm Ag film has a figure of merit up to 6.32x10{sup -2} {Omega}{sup -1}, an average transmittance over 92% and a sheet resistance of 7.1 {Omega}/sq. The results suggest that ZAZ film has better optoelectrical properties than conditional indium tin oxide single layer.

  8. Core-shell Au@Pd nanoparticles with enhanced catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction via core-shell Au@Ag/Pd constructions

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    Chen, Dong; Li, Chengyin; Liu, Hui; Ye, Feng; Yang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Core-shell nanoparticles often exhibit improved catalytic properties due to the lattice strain created in these core-shell particles. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of core-shell Au@Pd nanoparticles from their core-shell Au@Ag/Pd parents. This strategy begins with the preparation of core-shell Au@Ag nanoparticles in an organic solvent. Then, the pure Ag shells are converted into the shells made of Ag/Pd alloy by galvanic replacement reaction between the Ag shells and Pd2+ precursors. Subsequently, the Ag component is removed from the alloy shell using saturated NaCl solution to form core-shell Au@Pd nanoparticles with an Au core and a Pd shell. In comparison with the core-shell Au@Pd nanoparticles upon directly depositing Pd shell on the Au seeds and commercial Pd/C catalysts, the core-shell Au@Pd nanoparticles via their core-shell Au@Ag/Pd templates display superior activity and durability in catalyzing oxygen reduction reaction, mainly due to the larger lattice tensile effect in Pd shell induced by the Au core and Ag removal. PMID:26144550

  9. Egg White Templated Synthesis of Ag and Au@Ag Alloy Microspheres for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Research.

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    Li, Min; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Xiansong; Cui, Daxiang

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we report the green synthesis of Ag and Au@Ag microspheres by using the aqueous extracts of the egg white as well as their application as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection. Both microspheres are prepared via the green synthesis method (room temperature, in aqueous solution and a benign reducer). The as-prepared urchin-like Ag microspheres have an average diameter of 600-800 nm, which is made up of some nanopricks with an average length of 10-40 nm. Meanwhile, the Au@Ag architectures prepared by galvanic replacement keep nearly similar size, which is also composed of some compact nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 10-40 nm. These products are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR). The study on SERS activities is also carried out for both microspheres. It is found that Au@Ag microspheres possess much higher SERS activity than Ag microspheres. Our work may shed light on the design and synthesis of self-assembled 3D micro/nano-architectures for the use of SERS, catalysis, biosensors, nanomedicine, etc. PMID:27398550

  10. Enhanced ultraviolet emission of ZnO microrods array based on Au surface plasmon

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    Feng, Wen-po; Jing, Ai-hua; Li, Jing-hua; Liang, Gao-feng

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the Au/ZnO hybrid microstructure was fabricated by assembling Au nanoparticles (NPs) onto the surface of ZnO microrods, and an obviously improved ultraviolet (UV) emission of ZnO is observed in the hybrid microstructure. About 27-fold enhancement ratio of the UV emission to the green band emission of ZnO is achieved. The underlying enhanced mechanism of the UV emission intensities can be ascribed to the charge transfer and the efficient coupling between ZnO excitons and Au surface plasmon (SP).

  11. Direct electrochemical oxidation of S-captopril using gold electrodes modified with graphene-AuAg nanocomposites

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    Pogacean, Florina; Biris, Alexandru R; Coros, Maria; Lazar, Mihaela Diana; Watanabe, Fumiya; Kannarpady, Ganesh K; Al Said, Said A Farha; Biris, Alexandru S; Pruneanu, Stela

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present a novel approach for the electrochemical detection of S-captopril based on graphene AuAg nanostructures used to modify an Au electrode. Multi-layer graphene (Gr) sheets decorated with embedded bimetallic AuAg nanoparticles were successfully synthesized catalytically with methane as the carbon source. The two catalytic systems contained 1.0 wt% Ag and 1.0 wt% Au, while the second had a larger concentration of metals (1.5 wt% Ag and 1.5 wt% Au) and was used for the synthesis of the Gr-AuAg-1 and Gr-AuAg-1.5 multicomponent samples. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated the presence of graphene flakes that had regular shapes (square or rectangular) and dimensions in the tens to hundreds of nanometers. We found that the size of the embedded AuAg nanoparticles varied between 5 and 100 nm, with the majority being smaller than 20 nm. Advanced scanning transmission electron microscopy studies indicated a bimetallic characteristic of the metallic clusters. The resulting Gr-AuAg-1 and Gr-AuAg-1.5 samples were used to modify the surface of commonly used Au substrates and subsequently employed for the direct electrochemical oxidation of S-captopril. By comparing the differential pulse voltammograms recorded with the two modified electrodes at various concentrations of captopril, the peak current was determined to be well-defined, even at relatively low concentration (10−5 M), for the Au/Gr-AuAg-1.5 electrode. In contrast, the signals recorded with the Au/Gr-AuAg-1 electrode were poorly defined within a 5×10−6 to 5×10−3 M concentration range, and many of them overlapped with the background. Such composite materials could find significant applications in nanotechnology, sensing, or nanomedicine. PMID:24596464

  12. Fabrication and characterization of n-ZnO:Eu/p-ZnO:(Ag, N) homojunction by spray pyrolysis

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    Swapna, R.; Kumar, M.C. Santhosh

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: In this paper authors report the fabrication of ZnO homojunction by the deposition of 2 at.% Eu doped ZnO (n-ZnO:Eu) layer grown over the 4 at.% Ag–N dual acceptor doped ZnO (p-ZnO:(Ag, N)) layer by spray pyrolysis technique. The as-grown n-type and p-type ZnO films on glass substrates have been characterized by Hall measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), UV–vis and luminescence spectroscopy techniques. Hall measurement shows that 4 at.% ZnO:(Ag, N) film exhibits p-type conductivity with high hole concentration of 2.17 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} and n-type conductivity is observed in the ZnO:Eu film. The current–voltage characteristics measured from the two-layer structure show typical rectifying characteristics of p–n homojunction with a low turn on voltage of about 1.85 V. I–V characteristics of the n-ZnO:Eu/p-ZnO:(Ag, N) homojunction. - Highlights: • The n-ZnO:Eu/p-ZnO:(Ag, N) homojunction is fabricated and characterized. • Low resistive and stable p-type ZnO films are achieved by dual acceptor-doping. • Homojunction with best dual-doped ZnO film shows good rectifying characteristics. • The fabricated ZnO homojunction is suitable for optoelectronic devices. - Abstract: In the present study, the authors report the fabrication of ZnO homojunction by the deposition of 2 at.% Eu doped ZnO (n-ZnO:Eu) layer grown over the 4 at.% Ag–N dual acceptor doped ZnO (p-ZnO:(Ag, N)) layer by spray pyrolysis technique. The as-grown n-type and p-type ZnO films on glass substrates have been characterized by Hall measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), UV–vis and luminescence spectroscopy techniques. Hall measurement shows that 4 at.% ZnO:(Ag, N) film exhibits p-type conductivity with high hole concentration of 2.17 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} and n-type conductivity is observed in the ZnO:Eu film. The current–voltage characteristics measured from the two

  13. Ag/ZnO heterostructures and their photocatalytic activity under visible light: effect of reducing medium.

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    Liu, Yangsi; Wei, Shanghai; Gao, Wei

    2015-04-28

    Decoration of ZnO by Ag is a promising method to improve its photocatalytic activity and extend the photoreactivity to the visible light. In this paper, Ag/ZnO heterostructures have been synthesised by photoreduction in various reducing mediums. When the Ag/ZnO nanocomposite arrays were obtained in the air, only a small amount of Ag was reduced. Ag nanosheets and nanoparticles were formed in the water and attached on the top and side surfaces of ZnO nanorods, forming Ag/ZnO heterostructures with a nano(sheet-rod-particle) multi-level structure. In the mixture of water and ethanol, a large amount of Ag nanoclusters was produced and embedded in the ZnO nanorod arrays. The influence of reducing mediums on the microstructure, morphology, quantity and dispersion of Ag nanostructures was investigated; and the effect of Ag component on the optical properties and visible light driven photocatalytic behaviour of the Ag/ZnO heterostructures was discussed. PMID:25621832

  14. Phytosynthesis of stable Au, Ag and Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles using J. Sambac leaves extract, and their enhanced antimicrobial activity in presence of organic antimicrobials

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    Yallappa, S.; Manjanna, J.; Dhananjaya, B. L.

    2015-02-01

    A green chemistry approach for the synthesis of Au, Ag and Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles (NPs) using the corresponding metal precursors and Jasminum sambac leaves extract as both reducing and capping media, under microwave irradiation, is reported. During the formation, as expected, the reaction mixture shows marginal decrease in pH and an increase in solution potential. The formation of NPs is evident from their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak observed at ∼555 nm for Au, ∼435 nm for Ag and ∼510 nm for Au-Ag alloy. The XRD pattern shows fcc structure while the FTIR spectra indicate the presence of plant residues adsorbed on these NPs. Such a bio-capping of NPs is characterized by their weight loss, ∼35% due to thermal degradation of biomass, as observed in TG analysis. The colloidal dispersion of NPs is stable for about 6 weeks. The near spherical shape of NPs (ϕ20-50 nm) is observed by FE-SEM/TEM images and EDAX gives the expected elemental composition. Furthermore, these NPs showed enhanced antimicrobial activity (∼1-4-fold increase in zone of inhibition) in combination with antimicrobials against test strains. Thus, the phytosynthesized NPs could be used as effective growth inhibitors for various microorganisms.

  15. Site-specific growth of Au particles on ZnO nanopyramids under ultraviolet illumination

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    Yao, Ke Xin; Liu, Xin; Zhao, Lan; Zeng, Hua Chun; Han, Yu

    2011-10-01

    In this work, wurtzite ZnO nanocrystals with unique ``pyramid'' morphology were firstly prepared via solvothermal synthesis. It was determined that the ZnO nanopyramids are grown along the polar c-axis with the vertexes pointing to the [001] direction. When the mixture of ZnO nanopyramids and Au precursor (HAuCl4) was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, Au particles were site-specifically formed on the vertexes of ZnO nanopyramids. The obtained Au/ZnO nanocomposite showed significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the bare ZnO nanopyramids. First-principles based calculations well explained the formation of ZnO nanopyramids as well as the site-specific growth of Au, and revealed that during the photocatalysis process the Au particles can accommodate photoelectrons and thus facilitate the charge separation.In this work, wurtzite ZnO nanocrystals with unique ``pyramid'' morphology were firstly prepared via solvothermal synthesis. It was determined that the ZnO nanopyramids are grown along the polar c-axis with the vertexes pointing to the [001] direction. When the mixture of ZnO nanopyramids and Au precursor (HAuCl4) was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, Au particles were site-specifically formed on the vertexes of ZnO nanopyramids. The obtained Au/ZnO nanocomposite showed significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the bare ZnO nanopyramids. First-principles based calculations well explained the formation of ZnO nanopyramids as well as the site-specific growth of Au, and revealed that during the photocatalysis process the Au particles can accommodate photoelectrons and thus facilitate the charge separation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images of Au/ZnO nanocomposites with Au nanoparticles in different sizes, density of states of Au55 and Au20 deposited on ZnO (001) surface, and the first-principles calculation details. See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10685f

  16. Formation of Ag 2, Au 2 and AgAu particles on MgO(1 0 0): DFT study on the role of support-induced charge transfer in metal-metal interactions

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    Fuente, Silvia A.; Belelli, Patricia G.; Branda, María M.; Ferullo, Ricardo M.; Castellani, Norberto J.

    2009-05-01

    The formation of Ag 2, Au 2 and AgAu particles oriented perpendicularly to the MgO(1 0 0) surface was studied using the density functional theory. While the support induces a slight enhancement of the Ag-Ag bond (by 0.3-0.4 eV), the Au-Au bond is strongly enhanced (by 0.8-1.1 eV). Concerning the bimetallic particle, the Ag-Au bond stabilization depends on the relative position of each atom. Thus, in general terms, the strength of the metal-metal bond is determined by the nature of the terminal atom; the bond is stronger in Au-terminal particles. The partial electronic charge transfer to the terminal Au atom and its ability to polarize this charge are responsible for this energetic stabilization.

  17. Preparation and characterization of double layer thin films ZnO/ZnO:Ag for methylene blue photodegradation

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    Wibowo, Singgih; Sutanto, Heri

    2016-02-01

    Double layer (DL) thin films of zinc oxide and silver-doped zinc oxide (ZnO/ZnO:Ag) were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spray coating technique. The prepared thin films were subjected for optical and photocatalytic studies. UV-visible transmission spectra shows that the subtitution of Ag in ZnO leads to band gap reduction. The influence of Ag doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO for the degradation of methylene blue dye was studied under solar radiation. The light absorption over an extended visible region by Ag ion doping in ZnO film contributed equally to improve the photocatalytic activity up to 98.29%.

  18. Study of thermal diffusivity of nanofluids with bimetallic nanoparticles with Au(core)/Ag(shell) structure

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    Gutierrez Fuentes, R.; Pescador Rojas, J. A.; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Sanchez Ramirez, J. F.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Mendoza-Alvarez, J. G.

    2008-11-01

    The thermal diffusivity of Au/Ag nanoparticles with core/shell structure, at different compositions (Au/Ag = 3/1, 1/1, 1/3, 1/6), was measured by using the mismatched mode of the dual-beam thermal lens (TL) technique. This study determines the effect of the bimetallic composition on the thermal diffusivity of the nanofluids. In these results we find a lineal increment of the nanofluid it thermal diffusivity when the Ag shell thickness is increased. Our results show that the nanoparticle structure is an important parameter to improve the heat transport in composites and nanofluids. These results could have importance for applications in therapies and photothermal deliberation of drugs. Complementary measurements with UV-vis spectroscopy and TEM, were used to characterize the Au(core)/Ag(shell) nanoparticles.

  19. Effects of Au on the Growth of ZnO Nanostructures on Si by MOCVD

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    Cong, Chen; Fan, Lu Yang; Ping, He Hai; Wei, Wu Ke; Zhen, Ye Zhi

    2013-08-01

    The effects of Au on the growth of ZnO nanostructures on Si by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) at a relatively low temperature (450°C) were investigated. The experimental results showed that Au nanoparticles played a critical role during the growth of the ZnO nanostructures and affected their morphology and optical properties. It was found that Au nanoparticles particularly affected the nucleation of ZnO nanostructures during the growth process and the Au-assisted growth mechanism of ZnO nanostructures should be ascribed to the vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The formation of a nanoneedle may be attributed to a more reactive interface between Au and ZnO, which leads to more zinc gaseous species absorbed near the interface. Different nucleation sites on ZnO nuclei resulted in the disorder of ZnO nanoneedles. Moreover, the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO was improved due to the presence of Au, according to the smaller full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the low-temperature exciton emission. We confirmed that ZnO nanoneedles showed better crystalline quality than ZnO nanorods through the HRTEM images and the SAED patterns. The reason for the improvement of the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO may be due to the less lattice mismatch.

  20. Tuning the SERS Response with Ag-Au Nanoparticle-Embedded Polymer Thin Film Substrates.

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    Rao, V Kesava; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2015-06-17

    Development of facile routes to the fabrication of thin film substrates with tunable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) efficiency and identification of the optimal conditions for maximizing the enhancement factor (EF) are significant in terms of both fundamental and application aspects of SERS. In the present work, polymer thin films with embedded bimetallic nanoparticles of Ag-Au are fabricated by a simple two-stage protocol. Ag nanoparticles are formed in the first stage, by the in situ reduction of silver nitrate by the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) film through mild thermal annealing, without any additional reducing agent. In the second stage, aqueous solutions of chloroauric acid spread on the Ag-PVA thin film under ambient conditions, lead to the galvanic displacement of Ag by Au in situ inside the film, and the formation of Ag-Au particles. Evolution of the morphology of the bimetallic nanoparticles into hollow cage structures and the distribution of Au on the nanoparticles are revealed through electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) extinction of the nanocomposite thin film evolves with the Ag-Au composition; theoretical simulation of the extinction spectra provides insight into the observed trends. The Ag-Au-PVA thin films are found to be efficient substrates for SERS. The EF follows the variation of the LSPR extinction vis-à-vis the excitation laser wavelength, but with an offset, and the maximum SERS effect is obtained at very low Au content; experiments with Rhodamine 6G showed EFs on the order of 10(8) and a limit of detection of 0.6 pmol. The present study describes a facile and simple fabrication of a nanocomposite thin film that can be conveniently deployed in SERS investigations, and the utility of the bimetallic system to tune and maximize the EF. PMID:26035249

  1. A colorimetric nitrite detection system with excellent selectivity and high sensitivity based on Ag@Au nanoparticles.

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    Li, Tianhua; Li, Yonglong; Zhang, Yujie; Dong, Chen; Shen, Zheyu; Wu, Aiguo

    2015-02-21

    Excessive uptake of NO2(-) is detrimental to human health, but the currently available methods used to sensitively detect this ion in the environment are cumbersome and expensive. In this study, we developed an improved NO2(-) detection system based on a redox etching strategy of CTAB-stabilized Ag-Au core-shell nanoparticles (Ag@AuNPs). The detection mechanism was verified by UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM and XPS. The detection system produces a color change from purple to colorless in response to an increase of NO2(-) concentration. The selectivity of detection of NO2(-), both with the unaided eye and by measurement of UV-Vis spectra, is excellent in relation to other ions, including Cu(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), Cr(3+), Al(3+), Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Ca(2+), Ba(2+), Zn(2+), Mn(2+), Mg(2+), Fe(3+), Hg(2+), Ag(+), K(+), F(-), PO4(3-), C2O4(2-), SO3(2-), CO3(2-), SO4(2-), NO3(-) and CH3-COO(-) (Ac(-)). The limit of detection (LOD) for NO2(-) is 1.0 μM by eye and 0.1 μM by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The LOD by eye is lower than the lowest previously reported value (4.0 μM). There is a good linear relationship between A/A0 and the concentration of NO2(-) from 1.0 to 20.0 μM NO2(-), which permits a quantitative assay. The applicability of our detection system was also verified by analysis of NO2(-) in tap water and lake water. The results demonstrate that our Ag@AuNP-based detection system can be used for the rapid colorimetric detection of NO2(-) in complex environmental samples, with excellent selectivity and high sensitivity. PMID:25564225

  2. Optical properties of Ag nanoparticle-polymer composite film based on two-dimensional Au nanoparticle array film

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    Wang, Long-De; Zhang, Tong; Zhang, Xiao-Yang; Song, Yuan-Jun; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhu, Sheng-Qing

    2014-03-01

    The nanocomposite polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) films containing Ag nanoparticles and Rhodamine 6G are prepared on the two-dimensional distinctive continuous ultrathin gold nanofilms. We investigate the optical properties and the fluorescence properties of silver nanoparticles-PVP polymer composite films influenced by Ag nanoparticles and Au nanoparticles. Absorption spectral analysis suggests that the prominently light absorption in Ag nanowire/PVP and Ag nanowire/PVP/Au film arises from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The enhanced fluorescence is observed in the presence of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm, which is attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon polariton resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The gold nanofilm is proven to be very effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer donors. The fabricated novel structure, gold ultrathin continuous nanofilm, possesses high surface plasmon resonance properties and prominent fluorescence enhancement effect. Therefore, the ultrathin continuous gold nanofilm is an active substrate on nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence.

  3. Intriguing centrality dependence of the Au-Au source size at the AGS

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    Baker, M.D.; The E802 Collaboration

    1996-06-01

    One of the main goals of high energy heavy ion physics is to establish the existence of a deconfined phase of nuclear matter--the quark-gluon plasma--at high temperatures or densities. One possible signature of such a phase transition, especially if it were first order, would be a larger source size or lifetime than a similar hadronic system. At current AGS energies, we attempt to form a quark- gluon plasma by achieving a high baryon density for a period of time in the center of the collision region. For a given density threshold, the size of this high density region should be a strong function of the impact parameter: the more central the event, the larger the high density region. Therefore, one possible signature of a quark-gluon plasma would be a sudden change in system lifetime or size as a function of the centrality of the collision. In this talk we present an intriguing effect which was not predicted for simple hadronic systems: a rapid increase of the HBT-measured source radius parameter for pion pairs with increasing centrality for Au-Au collisions at a beam momentum of 11.45 A GeV/c on a fixed target. Experience has shown, however, that we must be cautious in our interpretation. A complete understanding of the collision dynamics at a given energy must be built up from several measurements and new, but conventional, hadronic explanations must be considered for such unexpected effects. More study is needed, therefore, before any strong conclusions can be reached.

  4. Effect of gas atmosphere on Ag-embedded ZnO nanofilms: structural, optical and electrical properties.

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    Kim, Jin-Hwan; Kim, Haslin; Vaseem, Mohammed; Hahn, Yoon-Bong

    2013-10-01

    The effects of gas atmosphere and sputter time for depositing silver (Ag) on the structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO/Ag/ZnO transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films have been investigated with sputtering Ag target in Ar or N2. It was found that the properties of the Ag and ZnO/Ag/ZnO films are quite dependent on the gas environment and the sputter time. The optical transparency of ZnO/Ag/ZnO films was easily controllable when sputtering the Ag target in N2 rather than in Ar. With optimizing the sputter time and atmosphere for Ag adsorption, the ZnO-based TCO films where the Ag layer was embedded in N2 yielded low resistance of 6.1-9.1 omega/sq and high transmittance of 93-96% over the visible range of wavelengths. PMID:24245155

  5. Bioaccumulation of Zn and Ag Nanoparticles in the Earthworms (Eisenia fetida)

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    Ha, Lee Seung; Sung-Dae, Kim; Yi, Yang Song; Byeong-Gweon, Lee

    2014-05-01

    Many studies are carried out to evaluate environmental effects of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). Most of the previous studies primarily focused on the effects of nanoparticles into the aquatic environment and human. Model studies predict that ENPs released into environment would transferred primarily to the soil of the terrestrial environment. Despite this prediction, biogeochemical behavior of ENPs in soil environment as well as bioavailability of ENPs to soil-dwelling organisms such as earthworm, springtail, isopod and nematodes are poorly understood. The main goal of this study was to compare the bioaccumulation factor (BAFs) and subcellular partitioning of nanoparticles in the soil-dwelling earthworm (Eisenia fetida) from ENP (ZnO and Ag nanoparticles) or ionic metal (Zn2+, Ag+) contaminated soil. And the sequential extraction was also used to determine the mobility of metals in soil which could be used as to predict bioavailability and compare that with bioaccumulation factor. The radiotracer method was employed to trace the transfer of ENPs and ionic metal among different environmental media and animals. Radiolabeled 65ZnO, 110mAgNPs coated with PVP or citrate were synthesized in the laboratory and their chemical and biological behavior was compared to ionic 65Zn and 110mAg. The BAFs of Zn and Ag in the earthworms were determined after animals exposed to the contaminated soils. After the 7 days of elimination phase, subcellular partitioning of metals were also obtained. BAF for ZnO(0.06) was 31 times lower than that for Zn ion (1.86), suggesting that ZnO was less bioavailable than its ionic form from contaminated soil. On the other hands, BAFs for AgNPs coated with PVP (0.12) or with citrate (0.11) were comparable to those for Ag ion (0.17), indicating that Ag from contaminated soil was bioavailable in a similar rate regardless of chemical forms. The subcellular partitioning results showed that bioaccumulated Zn from Zn ion and ZnO contaminated soil were

  6. Crystal growth behaviour in Au-ZnO nanocomposite under different annealing environments and photoswitchability

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    Mishra, Y. K.; Chakravadhanula, V. S. K.; Hrkac, V.; Jebril, S.; Agarwal, D. C.; Mohapatra, S.; Avasthi, D. K.; Kienle, L.; Adelung, R.

    2012-09-01

    The growth of gold nanoparticles and ZnO nanorods in atom beam co-sputtered Au-ZnO nanocomposite (NC) system by annealing at two different ambient conditions is demonstrated in this work. Annealing in a furnace at 600 °C (air environment) confirmed the formation of ZnO nanorods surrounded with Au nanoparticles. In-situ annealing inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM) led to the formation of gold nanocrystals with different polygonal shapes. TEM micrographs were obtained in real time at intermediate temperatures of 300 °C, 420 °C, and 600 °C under vacuum. The growth mechanisms of Au nanocrystals and ZnO nanorods are discussed in the framework of Au-Zn eutectic and Zn-melting temperatures in vacuum and air, respectively. Current-voltage responses of Au-ZnO NC nanorods in dark as well as under light illumination have been investigated and photoswitching in Au-ZnO NC system is reported. The photoswitching has been discussed in terms of Au-ZnO band-diagram.

  7. Direct sunlight responsive Ag-ZnO heterostructure photocatalyst: Enhanced degradation of rhodamine B

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    Zhai, Hongju; Wang, Lijing; Sun, Dewu; Han, Donglai; Qi, Bing; Li, Xiuyan; Chang, Limin; Yang, Jinghai

    2015-03-01

    The catalytic activity of Ag-ZnO heterostructure on the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B was investigated. It demonstrated that Ag-ZnO heterostructure exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pure ZnO nanoparticles under direct sunlight. The possible factors to the photocatalytic acitivity of the sample were explored, including Ag content, dispersity and calcination temperature. It was shown that the sample dispersed by PVP, with 5% mol ratio Ag content, calcined at 400 °C showed the highest photocatalytic acitivity and this catalyst was reusable.

  8. Photoluminescence of Ag-doped ZnSe nanowires synthesized by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhang, X. T.; Ip, K. M.; Li, Quan; Hark, S. K.

    2005-05-01

    Photoluminescence of Ag-doped ZnSe nanowires synthesized by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition is investigated in the temperature range from 10to300K. Ag impurities were introduced into the ZnSe nanowires during the growing process. Some dominating Ag-related centers are found. Especially, the strong zero-phonon bound exciton luminescence with energy near 2.747eV is attributed to a neutral AgZn acceptor complex. This is because the emission peak at the same energy is observed only in the photoluminescence spectrum of the Ag-doped bulk ZnSe. A new luminescence peak at 2.842eV is attributed to the recombination of excitons bound to ionized acceptors (I2h) in the hexagonal phase of ZnSe nanowires. The physical origins of the emissions are briefly discussed.

  9. The enhanced SERS effect of Ag/ZnO nanoparticles through surface hydrophobic modification

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    Li, Zhenjiang; Zhu, Kaixing; Zhao, Qian; Meng, Alan

    2016-07-01

    Ag/ZnO nanocomposites modified by a mixture of stearic acid (SA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were obtained using a heating reflux method. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) suggests that organic SA/PVP was bonded onto the surface of Ag/ZnO nanocrystals, converting the wettability property of the nanostructures from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. The modified Ag/ZnO nanostructures were confirmed as effective Raman substrates, with a 3-fold signal enhancement compared to the ordinary hydrophilic Ag/ZnO substrate for detecting Rh B molecules due to the hydrophobic condensation effect. It is expected that the modified Ag/ZnO nanoparticles have potential for SERS-based rapid detection of molecules.

  10. Core-satellite ZnS-Ag nanoassemblies: Synthesis, structure, and optical properties.

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    Rohani, Parham; Sharma, Munish K; Swihart, Mark T

    2016-02-01

    We synthesized hollow core-satellite nanoassemblies comprised of hollow zinc sulfide (ZnS) shells decorated with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). This was achieved by solution-phase attachment of Ag NPs to hollow ZnS nanospheres (NSs) prepared by spray pyrolysis. This produces an aqueous dispersion of ZnS-Ag hybrid structures, 50-500nm in overall diameter. We characterized the nanostructures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) to elucidate the ZnS (core)-Ag (satellite) morphology and optimize conditions for producing such structures. Optical spectroscopy showed that photoluminescence of ZnS was quenched by Ag while absorbance was enhanced. This work provides a simple and general means of producing hollow core-satellite structures that could be of broad applicability. PMID:26524256

  11. Enhanced field emission properties of ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction nanowires.

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    Wang, Guojing; Li, Mingyang; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Liao, Jiecui; Li, Zhengcao

    2016-06-01

    A simple approach to Ag2S quantum dot (QD) modification was used to tune the field emission (FE) properties of ZnO nanowire arrays (NWAs). By a simple and facile successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) approach, Ag2S QDs were uniformly and densely packed on ZnO nanowires (NWs) to form ZnO-Ag2S core-shell heterojunction structures. The FE properties of ZnO NWAs were effectively tuned by controlling the amount of Ag2S QDs. The turn-on field first reduces and then increases as the amount of Ag2S QDs increases, while the trend of the field-enhancement factor is inverse. This is attributed to the clustering of Ag2S QDs into nanoparticles (NPs) which cover the nanowire tips, as SILAR cycles increase. PMID:27142998

  12. Lattice Dynamical Interpretation of the Structure of \\zeta-Phase AgZn

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    Yamada, Yasusada; Noda, Yukio

    1988-04-01

    The crystal structure of \\zeta-phase AgZn has been reconsidered. It is shown that the static structure of \\zeta-AgZn is expressible in terms of (i) two types of lattice waves (phonon modes) and (ii) one type of probability density wave of Zn atom site-occupation. It is noted that the relevant phonon modes are the soft modes existing commonly in bcc Hume-Rothery alloys. It is pointed out that \\zeta-AgZn shares the common origin of stabilization with 9R martensites and ω-phase.

  13. A Bis(Diphosphanyl N-Heterocyclic Carbene) Gold Complex: A Synthon for Luminescent Rigid AuAg2 Arrays and Au5 and Cu6 Double Arrays.

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    Ai, Pengfei; Mauro, Matteo; De Cola, Luisa; Danopoulos, Andreas A; Braunstein, Pierre

    2016-03-01

    A mononuclear bis(NHC)/Au(I) (NHC=N-heterocyclic carbene) cationic complex with a rigid bis(phosphane)-functionalized NHC ligand (PCNHC P) was used to construct linear Au3 and Ag2 Au arrays, a Au5 cluster with two intersecting crosslike Au3 arrays, and an unprecedented Cu6 complex with two parallel Cu3 arrays. The impact of metallophilic interactions on photoluminescence was studied experimentally. PMID:26823329

  14. Electrical performance of Ti-ZnO-Au thin film composite structure for device application

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    Joshi, Priyanka; Singh, Jitendra; Das, Surajit; Desai, J. V.; Akhtar, Jamil

    2016-04-01

    Thin film layers of Au/Ti approximately 2200 Å thick and ZnO approximately 2.24 µm thick were sputtered sequentially onto silicon dioxide coated <100> Si-wafer. Conventional wisdom confirms the adhesion of gold over zinc oxide (ZnO) by an intermediate layer of titanium for better adhesion. But, in Au/Ti/ZnO/Au/Ti structure, it was observed that with the passing of time the gold diffused into ZnO thin film at room temperature, making a very low resistance between the two gold layers eventually making a conductive path in ZnO. Therefore, electrical connectivity was found between the metal layers. A detailed experimental analysis has been carried out in support of the observed Au diffusion. In the present work, reliability of Ti/Au metallisation and anomalous electrical behavior due to gold diffusion has been studied.

  15. Luminescent, bimetallic AuAg alloy quantum clusters in protein templates

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    Mohanty, Jyoti Sarita; Xavier, P. Lourdu; Chaudhari, Kamalesh; Bootharaju, M. S.; Goswami, N.; Pal, S. K.; Pradeep, T.

    2012-06-01

    We report the synthesis of luminescent AuAg alloy quantum clusters (QCs) in bovine serum albumin (BSA), for the first time, with experimentally determined atomic composition. Mixing of the as-synthesized protein-protected Au and Ag clusters resulted in the formation of alloy AuAg clusters within the BSA. Mass spectrometric analysis of the product of a 1 : 1 molar ratio reaction mixture of AuQC@BSA and AgQC@BSA suggested that the alloy clusters could be Au38-xAgx@BSA. Further analyses by standard techniques revealed that the alloy cluster core of ~1.2 nm diameter is composed of nearly zero valent Au and Ag atoms that exhibit distinctly different steady state and time resolved excited state luminescence profiles compared to the parent clusters. Tuning of the alloy composition was achieved by varying the molar ratio of the parent species in the reaction mixture and compositional changes were observed by mass spectrometry. In another approach, mixing of Au3+ ions with the as-synthesized AgQC@BSA also resulted in the formation of alloy clusters through galvanic exchange reactions. We believe that alloy clusters with the combined properties of the constituents in versatile protein templates would have potential applications in the future. The work presents interesting aspects of the reactivity of the protein-protected clusters.We report the synthesis of luminescent AuAg alloy quantum clusters (QCs) in bovine serum albumin (BSA), for the first time, with experimentally determined atomic composition. Mixing of the as-synthesized protein-protected Au and Ag clusters resulted in the formation of alloy AuAg clusters within the BSA. Mass spectrometric analysis of the product of a 1 : 1 molar ratio reaction mixture of AuQC@BSA and AgQC@BSA suggested that the alloy clusters could be Au38-xAgx@BSA. Further analyses by standard techniques revealed that the alloy cluster core of ~1.2 nm diameter is composed of nearly zero valent Au and Ag atoms that exhibit distinctly different

  16. Effect of ultraviolet irradiation on luminescence properties of undoped ZnS and ZnS:Ag nanoparticles

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    Qu Hua; Cao Lixin; Su Ge; Liu Wei; Sun Yuanguang; Dong Bohua

    2009-11-01

    Undoped ZnS and ZnS:Ag nanoparticles have been prepared through hydrothemal synthesis. The changes of luminescence properties induced by ultraviolet irradiation have been investigated. For both samples, the initial slight increase in luminescence is ascribed to the fast electron filling, while the succedent decrease is supposed to be caused by nonradiative pathways originating from some unknown photochemical products. The more remarkable decrease in ZnS:Ag is put down to the segregation of Ag on the surfaces of ZnS:Ag nanoparticles. Multipeaks Gaussian fitting is applied to the emission spectra. The fitting peaks around 490 nm in both samples are related with the surface states emission and the fitting peaks around 456 nm in ZnS nanoparticles and 443 nm in ZnS:Ag nanoparticles are attributed to the type of donor-acceptor pair luminescence, which corresponds to the transition between different donor levels and acceptor levels in different samples. A model of stretched exponential function is used to fit the fluorescence decay spectra. Result shows that the introduction of Ag{sup +} ions causes a spectacular lifetime shortening of ZnS. Experiment result also verifies the model as that the lifetimes of both samples are notably shortened after irradiation for 2 h.

  17. Third-order optical nonlinearity studies of bilayer Au/Ag metallic films

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    Mezher, M. H.; Chong, W. Y.; Zakaria, R.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents nonlinear optical studies of bilayer metallic films of gold (Au) and silver (Ag) on glass substrate prepared using electron beam evaporation. The preparation of Au and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the substrate involved the use of electron beam deposition, then thermal annealing at 600 °C and 270 °C, respectively, to produce a randomly distributed layer of Au and a layer of Ag NPs. Observation of field-effect scanning electron microscope images indicated the size of the NPs. Details of the optical properties related to peak absorption of surface plasmon resonance of the nanoparticle were revealed by use of UV-Vis spectroscopy. The Z-scan technique was used to measure the nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction of the fabricated NP layers. The third-order nonlinear refractive index coefficients for Au and Ag are (-9.34 and  -1.61)  ×  10-11 cm2 W-1 given lower n 2, in comparison with bilayer (Au and Ag) NPs at  -1.24  ×  10-10 cm2 W-1. The results show bilayer NPs have higher refractive index coefficients thus enhance the nonlinearity effects.

  18. A comparative investigation of the behaviors of H in Au and Ag from first principles

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    Han, Quan-Fu; Zhou, Zhen-Yu; Ma, Yuming; Liu, Yue-Lin

    2016-05-01

    Hydrogen (H) is a common impurity in metals and has a significant effect on their purification, even at concentrations of only a few parts per million. Here we present a comparative analysis of the behaviors of H in Au and Ag based on first-principles calculations. In bulk Au and Ag, the results demonstrate that the tetrahedral position is energetically more stable for a single H atom than the octahedral site. The concentration of H dissolving in the interstitial sites as a function of temperature is calculated in both metals. To characterize the dynamic behaviors, in bulk Au and Ag we determine the theoretical diffusivity and permeation of H, which are in quantitative agreement with the experimental data. Further, we investigate the role of vacancy on the formation of the H n -vacancy (H n V) via a clustering reaction. One vacancy can accommodate up to 9 H atoms in Au and capture as many as 7 H atoms in Ag. The H2 molecule in the vacancy is energetically unstable in both metals. These research results will provide a very useful reference for the refinement of Ag/Au as noble metals in industry.

  19. Near infrared Ag/Au alloy nanoclusters: tunable photoluminescence and cellular imaging.

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    Wang, Chuanxi; Xu, Lin; Xu, Xiaowei; Cheng, Hao; Sun, Hongchen; Lin, Quan; Zhang, Chi

    2014-02-15

    The fluorescent nanomaterials play an important role in cellular imaging. Although the synthesis of fluorescent metal nanoclusters (NCs) have been developing rapidly, there are many technical issues in preparing metal alloy NCs. Herein, we used a facile galvanic replacement reaction to prepare Ag/Au alloy NCs. The characterizations of UV, PL, HRTEM, EDX and XPS confirm one fact the Ag/Au alloy NCs are carried out. As-prepared Ag/Au alloy NCs display near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence centered at 716 nm and show tunable luminescence from visible red (614 nm) to NIR (716 nm) by controlling the experimental Ag/Au ratios. Moreover, as-prepared Ag/Au alloy NCs are protected by glutathione (GSH) whose some functional groups including thiol, carboxyl and amino groups make the as-prepared alloy NCs exhibit good dispersion in aqueous solution, high physiological stability and favorable biocompatibility. Together with NIR fluorescence, these advantages make alloy NCs be promising candidate in biological labeling. PMID:24370431

  20. Facile Synthesis of Cadmium-Free Zn-In-S:Ag/ZnS Nanocrystals for Bio-Imaging

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    Xuan, Tong-Tong; Liu, Jia-Qing; Yu, Cai-Yan; Xie, Rong-Jun; Li, Hui-Li

    2016-01-01

    High quality cadmium-free Zn-In-S:Ag doped-nanocrystals (d-NCs) were synthesized via a simple one-step noninjection route using silver nitrate, indium acetate, zinc acetate, oleylamine, S powder and 1-dodecanethiol as starting materials in an organic phase. The size and optical properties can be effectively tailored by controlling the reaction time, reaction temperature, Ag+ dopant concentration, and the molar ratio of In to Zn. The photoluminescence wavelength of as-prepared Zn-In-S:Ag NCs covered a broad visible range from 458 nm to 603 nm. After being passivated by protective ZnS shell, the photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of Zn-In-S:Ag+ /ZnS was greatly improved to 43.5%. More importantly, the initial high PLQY of the obtained core/shell d-NCs in organic media can be preserved when being transferred into the aqueous media via ligand exchange. Finally, high quality Zn-In-S:Ag+ /ZnS d-NCs in aqueous phase were applied as bio-imaging agents for identifying living KB cells. PMID:27074820

  1. Facile Synthesis of Cadmium-Free Zn-In-S:Ag/ZnS Nanocrystals for Bio-Imaging.

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    Xuan, Tong-Tong; Liu, Jia-Qing; Yu, Cai-Yan; Xie, Rong-Jun; Li, Hui-Li

    2016-01-01

    High quality cadmium-free Zn-In-S:Ag doped-nanocrystals (d-NCs) were synthesized via a simple one-step noninjection route using silver nitrate, indium acetate, zinc acetate, oleylamine, S powder and 1-dodecanethiol as starting materials in an organic phase. The size and optical properties can be effectively tailored by controlling the reaction time, reaction temperature, Ag(+) dopant concentration, and the molar ratio of In to Zn. The photoluminescence wavelength of as-prepared Zn-In-S:Ag NCs covered a broad visible range from 458 nm to 603 nm. After being passivated by protective ZnS shell, the photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of Zn-In-S:Ag(+) /ZnS was greatly improved to 43.5%. More importantly, the initial high PLQY of the obtained core/shell d-NCs in organic media can be preserved when being transferred into the aqueous media via ligand exchange. Finally, high quality Zn-In-S:Ag(+) /ZnS d-NCs in aqueous phase were applied as bio-imaging agents for identifying living KB cells. PMID:27074820

  2. Facile Synthesis of Cadmium-Free Zn-In-S:Ag/ZnS Nanocrystals for Bio-Imaging

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    Xuan, Tong-Tong; Liu, Jia-Qing; Yu, Cai-Yan; Xie, Rong-Jun; Li, Hui-Li

    2016-04-01

    High quality cadmium-free Zn-In-S:Ag doped-nanocrystals (d-NCs) were synthesized via a simple one-step noninjection route using silver nitrate, indium acetate, zinc acetate, oleylamine, S powder and 1-dodecanethiol as starting materials in an organic phase. The size and optical properties can be effectively tailored by controlling the reaction time, reaction temperature, Ag+ dopant concentration, and the molar ratio of In to Zn. The photoluminescence wavelength of as-prepared Zn-In-S:Ag NCs covered a broad visible range from 458 nm to 603 nm. After being passivated by protective ZnS shell, the photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of Zn-In-S:Ag+ /ZnS was greatly improved to 43.5%. More importantly, the initial high PLQY of the obtained core/shell d-NCs in organic media can be preserved when being transferred into the aqueous media via ligand exchange. Finally, high quality Zn-In-S:Ag+ /ZnS d-NCs in aqueous phase were applied as bio-imaging agents for identifying living KB cells.

  3. Tarnish resistance evaluation of experimental Pd-free Ag-Au-Pt-Cu dental alloys.

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    Takuma, Yasuko; Shiraishi, Takanobu; Fujita, Takeshi; Hisatsune, Kunihiro

    2010-05-01

    This study evaluated the tarnish resistance of eight experimental Pd-free Ag-Au-Pt-Cu dental alloys in a 0.1% Na(2)S aqueous solution at 37 degrees C. Color measurements of the plate samples were made using a computerized spectrophotometer before and after immersion in the test solution for up to 72 hours. Tarnish discoloration was evaluated using the color difference vector, DeltaE*, in the CIELAB color space. Microstructural observation of each sample through an optical microscope revealed the matrix phase as the major constituent and second-phase small grains in the matrix phase. Selective tarnish discoloration occurred in the matrix, and fractional area of the matrix to the whole surface area was influenced by the sum of Au and Ag concentrations. The DeltaE* value significantly decreased with increasing Au/(Au+Ag) atomic ratio. In conclusion, the Au/(Au+Ag) ratio in an alloy and the fractional area of the matrix were found to be primary and auxiliary factors affecting the tarnish resistance of the experimental alloys. PMID:20495286

  4. Plasmonic enhanced optical characteristics of Ag nanostructured ZnO thin films

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    Sarkar, Arijit; Gogurla, Narendar; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N.; Ray, Samit K.

    2016-04-01

    We have demonstrated the enhanced photoluminescence and photoconducting characteristics of plasmonic Ag–ZnO films due to the light scattering effect from Ag nanoislands. Ag nanoislands have been prepared on ITO-coated glass substrates by thermal evaporation followed by annealing. Plasmonic Ag–ZnO films have been fabricated by depositing ZnO over Ag nanoislands by sol–gel process. The band-edge emission of ZnO is enhanced for 170 nm sized Ag nanoislands in ZnO as compared to pure ZnO. The defect emission is also found to be quenched simultaneously for plasmonic Ag–ZnO films. The enhancement and quenching of photoluminescence at different wavelengths for Ag–ZnO films can be well understood from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoislands. The Ag–ZnO M–S–M photoconductor device showed a tenfold increment in photocurrent and faster photoresponse as compared to the control ZnO device. The enhancement in photoresponse of the device is due to the increased photon absorption in ZnO films via scattering of the incident illumination.

  5. Centrality and collision system dependence of antiproton production from p+A to Au+Au collisions at AGS energies

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    Sako, H.; Ahle, L.; Akiba, Y.; Ashktorab, K.; Baker, M. D.; Beavis, D.; Britt, H. C.; Chang, J.; Chasman, C.; Chen, Z.; Chu, Y. Y.; Cianciolo, V.; Cole, B. A.; Crawford, H. J.; Cumming, J. B.; Debbe, R.; Dunlop, J. C.; Eldredge, W.; Engelage, J.; Fung, S.-Y.

    1997-01-01

    Antiproton production in heavy ion collisions reflects subtle interplay between initial production and absorption by nucleons. Because the AGS energies (10--20 A(center-dot)GeV/c) are close to the antiproton production threshold, antiproton may be sensitive to cooperative processes such as QGP and hadronic multi-step processes. On the other hand, antiproton has been proposed as a probe of baryon density due to large N(anti N) annihilation cross sections. Cascade models predict the maximum baryon density reaches about 10 times the normal nucleus density in central Au+Au collisions, where the strong antiproton absorption is expected. In this paper, the authors show systematic studies of antiproton production from p+A to Au+Au collisions.

  6. The layered polyphosphide Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16

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    Köpf, Marianne; Osters, Oliver; Bawohl, Melanie; Nilges, Tom

    2012-01-01

    The silver zinc hexa­deca­phosphide Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16 is the first polyphosphide in the ternary system Ag/Zn/P. It was synthesized from stoichiometric mixtures of Ag, Zn and P in the molar ratio 4:2:16, using AgI as a mineralizing agent in a gas-phase-assisted reaction. Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16 crystallizes in the Cu5InP16 structure type. The asymmetric unit contains two Ag/Zn sites with mixed occupancies and four P sites. One of the Ag/Zn sites is located on a twofold rotation axis. The polyanionic [P16]-substructure consists of corrugated six-membered rings that are connected into a layer via the 1-, 2-, 4- and 5-positions of the rings by a bridging P atom in each case. The layers extend parallel to the bc plane and are stacked along the a axis. Both Ag/Zn sites are tetra­hedrally coordinated by P atoms. PMID:23468667

  7. Hierarchical Ag/ZnO micro/nanostructure: Green synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Gao, Shuyan; Jia, Xiaoxia; Yang, Shuxia; Li, Zhengdao; Jiang, Kai

    2011-04-15

    Ag/ZnO metal-semiconductor nanocomposites with hierarchical micro/nanostructure have been prepared by the hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of bovine serum albumin (BSA). The results suggest that this biomolecule-assisted hydrothermal method is an efficient route for the fabrication of Ag/ZnO nanocomposites by using BSA both a shape controller and a reducing agent of Ag{sup +} ions. Moreover, Ag nanoparticles on the ZnO act as electron sinks, improving the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, increasing the surface hydroxyl contents of ZnO, facilitating trapping the photoinduced electrons and holes to form more active hydroxyl radicals, and thus, enhancing the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. This is a good example for the organic combination of green chemistry and functional materials. -- Graphical Abstract: A green strategy is report to construct Ag/ZnO metal-semiconductor nanocomposites with hierarchical micro/nanostructure and enhanced photocatalytic activity. Display Omitted Research highlights: > Hierarchical micro/nanostructured Ag/ZnO nanocomposites have been prepared via a green route. > Ag nanoparticles improve the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. > This facilitates trapping the photoinduced electrons and holes to form more hydroxyl radicals. Therefore, it enhances the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO.

  8. Novel Sr-Au-ZnO: Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity

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    Senthilraja, A.; Subash, B.; Krishnakumar, B.; Swaminathan, M.; Shanthi, M.

    2014-11-01

    A simple method was adopted for the synthesis of Sr-Au-ZnO and the formed composite was characterized by different characterization technique. The initial dopant amount of Au was fixed as a constant, the other dopant amount (Sr) was varied. It is good to keep the concentration of Au in a minimum level due to its cost. The optimization of Sr amount was performed through the photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalysts using AR 18 degradation under UV-A light. The photocatalytic activity was highly influenced by Sr. The optimized Sr-Au-ZnO was found to be more efficient than single metal dopants (Sr-ZnO, Au-ZnO), commercial catalysts (ZnO and benchmark photocatalyst Degussa P25) and prepared ZnO for the mineralization of AR 18. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration, initial pH on photo mineralization of AR 18 have been analyzed and optimized values are reported. The mineralization of AR 18 has been confirmed by COD measurements. A mechanism has been proposed for the degradation of AR 18 by Sr-Au-ZnO under UV-A light illumination. Reusability of optimized Sr-Au-ZnO, make this process to be applied for industrial effluent treatment.

  9. Morphologically manipulated Ag/ZnO nanostructures as surface enhanced Raman scattering probes for explosives detection

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha; Hamad, Syed; Ahamad Mohiddon, Md.; Soma, Venugopal Rao; Ghanashyam Krishna, M.

    2016-03-01

    The detection of secondary explosive molecules (e.g., ANTA, FOX-7, and CL-20) using Ag decorated ZnO nanostructures as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probes is demonstrated. ZnO nanostructures were grown on borosilicate glass substrates by rapid thermal oxidation of metallic Zn films at 500 °C. The oxide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, emerged over the surface of the Zn film leaving behind the metal residue. We demonstrate that SERS measurements with concentrations as low as 10 μM, of the three explosive molecules ANTA, FOX-7, and CL-20 over ZnO/Ag nanostructures, resulted in enhancement factors of ˜107, ˜107, and ˜104, respectively. These measurements validate the high sensitivity of detection of explosive molecules using Ag decorated ZnO nanostructures as SERS substrates. The Zn metal residue and conditions of annealing play an important role in determining the detection sensitivity.

  10. Ultrasonic probe of the AuZn Fermi surface.

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    Svitelskiy, O.; Suslov, A. V.; Singleton, J. M.; Lashley, J. C.

    2005-01-01

    We, for the first time, apply the ultrasonic pulse-echo technique to explore the Fermi surface of the martensite phase of the single crystalline AuZn shape memory alloy. The ultrasonic measurements were performed in the magnetic fields of up to 45 T in the temperature range of 0.07 < T < 300 K. In the martensite phase (T < 64 K), the oscillations of the speed of the longitudinal sound wave propagating in the (110) direction indicated a strong acoustic de Haas - van Alphen effect. In addition to the earlier described oscillations with frequencies of 1140 and 4720 Tesla, we observed a new frequency of 120 Tesla, which was predicted theoretically. Corresponding effective masses were in favorable agreement with those expected from band structure calculations.

  11. Ag@Au core-shell dendrites: a stable, reusable and sensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Jun Yin, Hong; Yang Chen, Zhao; Mei Zhao, Yong; Yang Lv, Ming; An Shi, Chun; Long Wu, Zheng; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Luo; Li Wang, Ming; Jun Xu, Hai

    2015-09-01

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on fabricated Ag@Au core-shell dendrite was achieved. Ag dendrites were grown on Si wafer by the hydrothermal corrosion method and Au nanofilm on the surface of Ag dendritic nanostructure was then fabricated by chemical reduction. With the help of sodium borohydride in water, Au surface absorbates such as thiophene, adenine, rhodamine, small anions (Br- and I-), and a polymer (PVP, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)) can be completely and rapidly removed. After four repeatable experiments, the substrate SERS function did not decrease at all, indicating that the Ag@Au dendrite should be of great significance to SERS application because it can save much resource. Six-month-duration stability tests showed that the Ag@Au core-shell dendrite substrate is much more stable than the Ag dendrite substrates. We have also experimented on fast detection of Cd2+ at 10-8  M concentration by decorating single-stranded DNA containing adenine and guanine bases on the surface of this Ag@Au dendrite. Finite-difference time-domain simulations were carried out to investigate the influence of Au nanolayer on Ag dendrites, which showed that the local electric fields and enhancement factor are hardly affected when a 4 nm Au nanolayer is coated on Ag dendrite surface.

  12. Ag@Au core-shell dendrites: a stable, reusable and sensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering substrate.

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    Yin, Hong Jun; Chen, Zhao Yang; Zhao, Yong Mei; Lv, Ming Yang; Shi, Chun An; Wu, Zheng Long; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Luo; Wang, Ming Li; Xu, Hai Jun

    2015-01-01

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on fabricated Ag@Au core-shell dendrite was achieved. Ag dendrites were grown on Si wafer by the hydrothermal corrosion method and Au nanofilm on the surface of Ag dendritic nanostructure was then fabricated by chemical reduction. With the help of sodium borohydride in water, Au surface absorbates such as thiophene, adenine, rhodamine, small anions (Br(-) and I(-)), and a polymer (PVP, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)) can be completely and rapidly removed. After four repeatable experiments, the substrate SERS function did not decrease at all, indicating that the Ag@Au dendrite should be of great significance to SERS application because it can save much resource. Six-month-duration stability tests showed that the Ag@Au core-shell dendrite substrate is much more stable than the Ag dendrite substrates. We have also experimented on fast detection of Cd(2+) at 10(-8) M concentration by decorating single-stranded DNA containing adenine and guanine bases on the surface of this Ag@Au dendrite. Finite-difference time-domain simulations were carried out to investigate the influence of Au nanolayer on Ag dendrites, which showed that the local electric fields and enhancement factor are hardly affected when a 4 nm Au nanolayer is coated on Ag dendrite surface. PMID:26412773

  13. Ag@Au core-shell dendrites: a stable, reusable and sensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Jun Yin, Hong; Yang Chen, Zhao; Mei Zhao, Yong; Yang Lv, Ming; An Shi, Chun; Long Wu, Zheng; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Luo; Li Wang, Ming; Jun Xu, Hai

    2015-01-01

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on fabricated Ag@Au core-shell dendrite was achieved. Ag dendrites were grown on Si wafer by the hydrothermal corrosion method and Au nanofilm on the surface of Ag dendritic nanostructure was then fabricated by chemical reduction. With the help of sodium borohydride in water, Au surface absorbates such as thiophene, adenine, rhodamine, small anions (Br– and I–), and a polymer (PVP, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)) can be completely and rapidly removed. After four repeatable experiments, the substrate SERS function did not decrease at all, indicating that the Ag@Au dendrite should be of great significance to SERS application because it can save much resource. Six-month-duration stability tests showed that the Ag@Au core-shell dendrite substrate is much more stable than the Ag dendrite substrates. We have also experimented on fast detection of Cd2+ at 10−8  M concentration by decorating single-stranded DNA containing adenine and guanine bases on the surface of this Ag@Au dendrite. Finite-difference time-domain simulations were carried out to investigate the influence of Au nanolayer on Ag dendrites, which showed that the local electric fields and enhancement factor are hardly affected when a 4 nm Au nanolayer is coated on Ag dendrite surface. PMID:26412773

  14. Development of Au-Ag nanowire mesh fabrication by UV-induced approach

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    Saggar, Siddhartha; Predeep, Padmanabhan

    2014-10-15

    In an attempt to overcome the limitations of the presently prevailing transparent conducting electrode (TCE) - indium tin oxide (ITO) - many materials have been considered for replacing ITO. Recently, a novel method has been reported for the synthesis of Au-Ag nanowire (NW) mesh, and tested successfully for organic-light-emitting-diodes (OLEDs). It employs UV-induced reduction of gold- and silver- precursors to form Au-Ag NW mesh. In this report, Au-Ag NW mesh thin films are synthesized on glass substrates with an objective for use as facing-electrode for Organic Photovoltaics. Various issues and factors affecting the fabrication-process have been improved, and are also discussed here. The electrode showed good transmitivity, of around 95% (excluding that of glass substrate). The advantage of the technique is its simple processing method and cost-effectiveness.

  15. Development of a ReaxFF potential for Ag/Zn/O and application to Ag deposition on ZnO

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    Lloyd, A.; Cornil, D.; van Duin, A. C. T.; van Duin, D.; Smith, R.; Kenny, S. D.; Cornil, J.; Beljonne, D.

    2016-03-01

    A new empirical potential has been derived to model an Ag-Zn-O system. Additional parameters have been included into the reactive force field (ReaxFF) parameter set established for ZnO to describe the interaction between Ag and ZnO for use in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The reactive force field parameters have been fitted to density functional theory (DFT) calculations performed on both bulk crystal and surface structures. ReaxFF accurately reproduces the equations of state determined for silver, silver zinc alloy and silver oxide crystals via DFT. It also compares well to DFT binding energies and works of separation for Ag on a ZnO surface. The potential was then used to model single point Ag deposition on polar (000 1 bar) and non-polar (10 1 bar0) orientations of a ZnO wurtzite substrate, at different energies. Simulation results then predict that maximum Ag adsorption on a ZnO surface requires deposition energies of ≤ 10 eV.

  16. Surface Segregated AgAu Tadpole-Shaped Nanoparticles Synthesized Via a Single Step Combined Galvanic and Citrate Reduction Reaction.

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    da Silva, Anderson G M; Lewis, Edward A; Rodrigues, Thenner S; Slater, Thomas J A; Alves, Rafael S; Haigh, Sarah J; Camargo, Pedro H C

    2015-08-24

    New AgAu tadpole nanocrystals were synthesized in a one-step reaction involving simultaneous galvanic replacement between Ag nanospheres and AuCl4(-)(aq.) and AuCl4(-)(aq.) reduction to Au in the presence of citrate. The AgAu tadpoles display nodular polycrystalline hollow heads, while their undulating tails are single crystals. The unusual morphology suggests an oriented attachment growth mechanism. Remarkably, a 1 nm thick Ag layer was found to segregate so as to cover the entire surface of the tadpoles. By varying the nature of the seeds (Au NPs), double-headed Au tadpoles could also be obtained. The effect of a number of reaction parameters on product morphology were explored, leading to new insights into the growth mechanisms and surface segregation behavior involved in the synthesis of bimetallic and anisotropic nanomaterials. PMID:26227074

  17. Dissociative adsorption of water on Au/MgO/Ag(001) from first principles calculations

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    Nevalaita, J.; Häkkinen, H.; Honkala, K.

    2015-10-01

    The molecular and dissociative adsorption of water on a Ag-supported 1 ML, 2 ML and 3 ML-a six atomic layer-thick MgO films with a single Au adatom is investigated using density functional theory calculations. The obtained results are compared to a bulk MgO(001) surface with an Au atom. On thin films the negatively charged Au strengthens the binding of the polar water molecule due to the attractive Au-H interaction. The adsorption energy trends of OH and H with respect to the film thickness depend on an adsorption site. In the case OH or H binds atop Au on MgO/Ag(001), the adsorption becomes more exothermic with the increasing film thickness, while the reverse trend is seen when the adsorption takes place on bare MgO/Ag(001). This behavior can be explained by different bonding mechanisms identified with the Bader analysis. Interestingly, we find that the rumpling of the MgO film and the MgO-Ag interface distance correlate with the charge transfer over the thin film and the interface charge, respectively. Moreover, we employ a modified Born-Haber-cycle to analyze the effect of film thickness to the adsorption energy of isolated Au and OH species on MgO/Ag(001). The analysis shows that the attractive Coulomb interaction between the negatively charged adsorbate and the positive MgO-Ag-interface does not completely account for the weaker binding with increasing film thickness. The redox energy associated with the charge transfer from the interface to the adsorbate is more exothermic with the increasing film thickness and partly compensates the decrease in the attractive Coulomb interaction.

  18. Effect of Annealing Twins on Electromigration in Ag-8Au-3Pd Bonding Wires

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    Chuang, Tung-Han; Wang, Hsi-Ching; Chuang, Chien-Hsun; Lee, Jun-Der; Tsai, Hsing-Hua

    2013-03-01

    An innovative Ag-8Au-3Pd bonding wire with a high twin density has been produced. The grain size of this annealing-twinned wire changes moderately during electrical stressing, unlike that of the conventional grained wire, which increases drastically and even leads to a bamboo structure. In addition, the durability against electromigration of the annealing-twinned Ag-8Au-3Pd alloy wire is higher than that of the conventional grained wire. This higher durability can be ascribed to the surface reconstruction of a stepwise morphology and slow grain growth resulting from the abundance of annealing twins in this wire.

  19. Constraints on Variable Ag:Au:Cu Ore-Metal Ratios in Felsic Arc-Magmas

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    Piccoli, P.; Englander, L.; Candela, P.

    2004-12-01

    Silver:gold:copper ratios are variable in porphyry-type ore systems. In an attempt to better understand why, we have employed experimental techniques to determine how silver and copper, and gold from previous experiments, are sequestered in felsic magmas. To this end, we are performing sealed silica tube experiments on the equilibria among pyrrhotite-magnetite-silver alloy at 800C and at vapor pressure. Run times for the preliminary experiments were 144 hours; runs had magnetite/pyrrhotite ratio of 4. The source of silver in the runs was AgCl. Analysis of reconnaissance experiments demonstrates the stability of magnetite, pyrrhotite and a silver sulfide solid solution under the conditions of the experiments. Equilibrium concentrations of ore metals in the run products are ~3000 ppm Ag and 3500 ppm Cu in the pyrrhotite. However, the concentrations in magnetite are significantly different: 100 ppm Ag and ~20 ppm Cu. Like copper and gold (Jugo et al., 1999; Lithos), silver is concentrated in pyrrhotite relative to magnetite. The equilibrium Ag-sulfide composition in the run products is Ag53Fe8Cu3S36, with a mole fraction of Ag2S of 0.74. The log fS2 is approximated as ~ -4. The mole fraction of Ag in an ideal metal solid solution in equilibrium with an ideal model Ag2S solid solution, and a log fS2 of -4, is ~0.4. By analogy with Au, the substitution of Ag into pyrrhotite may occur as an AgFeS2 component. The substitutional mechanism for Ag in magnetite is not clear: silver may substitute as AgFe(3+)(Fe(2+))-2, but may also be present in defects in the magnetite structure. The partition coefficient (D(po/mt)) for approximately 30 for Ag. The partition coefficient for Au is higher (~120) based on the data of Simon et al. (2003; Am. Min,) and Jugo et al. (1999; Lithos). These data can be combined with data on the solubility of Ag in silicate melts to calculate mineral-melt partition coefficients. These data suggest that the role of pyrrhotite crystallization in felsic

  20. Role of Au in the growth and nanoscale optical properties of ZnO nanowires

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    Brewster, M.; Zhou, Xiang; Lim, S. K.; Gradecak, S.

    2011-03-17

    Metallic nanoparticles play a crucial role in nanowire growth and have profound consequences on nanowire morphology and their physical properties. Here, we investigate the evolving role of the Au nanoparticle during ZnO nanowire growth and its effects on nanoscale photoemission of the nanowires. We observe the transition from Au-assisted to non-assisted growth mechanisms during a single nanowire growth, with significant changes in growth rates during these two regimes. This transition occurs through the reduction of oxygen partial pressure, which modifies the ZnO facet stability and increases Au diffusion. Nanoscale quenching of ZnO cathodoluminescence occurs near the Au nanoparticle due to excited electron diffusion to the nanoparticle. Thus, the Au nanoparticle is critically linked to the nanowire growth mechanism and corresponding growth rate through the energy of its interface with the ZnO nanowire, and its presence modifies nanowire optical properties on the nanoscale.

  1. The unusual effect of AgNO3 on the growth of Au nanostructures and their catalytic performance

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    Li, Xingliang; Yang, Yun; Zhou, Guangju; Han, Shuhua; Wang, Wenfang; Zhang, Lijie; Chen, Wei; Zou, Chao; Huang, Shaoming

    2013-05-01

    Au nanostructures attract much attention due to their potential applications in many fields. The controlled synthesis is critical to their properties modulation and applications. AgNO3-assisted synthesis is a widely used method for controllably preparing Au nanostructures in aqueous system. Herein, the effect of AgNO3 on the growth of Au nanostructures in polyol is studied. We observe an unusual effect that AgNO3 can induce the formation of pentatwinned Au nanostructures (nanorods and decahedra) and block the growth of Au nanorods. More interestingly, this blocking effect can be tuned through controlling the amount of AgNO3. A moderate amount of AgNO3 facilitates the formation of Au nanorods. A large amount of AgNO3 completely blocks the growth of nanorods and favors the formation of high quality decahedra (decahedra can be considered as nanorods with 0 nm longitudinal length). Besides, this blocking effect also allows preparation of different high-index-faceted Au nanobipyramids. These prepared Au nanostructures further serve as starting templates to fabricate other heterostructured Au/Ag nanomaterials, such as Ag-Au-Ag segmental nanorods, Au@Ag core-shelled nanostructures. The prepared nanostructures exhibit size- and structure-dependent catalytic performance in the reduction of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol by sodium borohydride.Au nanostructures attract much attention due to their potential applications in many fields. The controlled synthesis is critical to their properties modulation and applications. AgNO3-assisted synthesis is a widely used method for controllably preparing Au nanostructures in aqueous system. Herein, the effect of AgNO3 on the growth of Au nanostructures in polyol is studied. We observe an unusual effect that AgNO3 can induce the formation of pentatwinned Au nanostructures (nanorods and decahedra) and block the growth of Au nanorods. More interestingly, this blocking effect can be tuned through controlling the amount of AgNO3. A moderate

  2. C60 chain phases on ZnPc/Ag(111) surfaces: Supramolecular organization driven by competing interactions.

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    Jin, W; Liu, Q; Dougherty, D B; Cullen, W G; Reutt-Robey, J E; Weeks, J; Robey, S W

    2015-03-14

    Serpentine chain C60 phases were observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of C60 layers on zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or pentacene covered Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. This low-density, quasi-one-dimensional organization contrasts starkly with the close-packed hexagonal phases observed for C60 layers on bare metal substrates. STM was employed to perform a detailed investigation of these chain structures for C60/ZnPc/Ag(111) heterolayers. Motivated by the similarity of these chain phases, and the chain and stripe organization occurring in dipole-fluid systems, we investigated a model based on competing van der Waals attractions and electrostatic repulsions between C60 molecules as an explanation for the driving force behind these monolayer phases. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations revealed significant charge transfer to C60 from the Ag(111) substrate, through the intervening ZnPc layer, inducing electrostatic interactions between C60 molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations performed with attractive van der Waals interactions plus repulsive dipole-dipole interactions reproduced the C60 chain phases with dipole magnitudes consistent with DFT calculations. PMID:25770499

  3. C60 chain phases on ZnPc/Ag(111) surfaces: Supramolecular organization driven by competing interactions

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    Jin, W.; Liu, Q.; Dougherty, D. B.; Cullen, W. G.; Reutt-Robey, J. E.; Weeks, J.; Robey, S. W.

    2015-03-01

    Serpentine chain C60 phases were observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of C60 layers on zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or pentacene covered Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. This low-density, quasi-one-dimensional organization contrasts starkly with the close-packed hexagonal phases observed for C60 layers on bare metal substrates. STM was employed to perform a detailed investigation of these chain structures for C60/ZnPc/Ag(111) heterolayers. Motivated by the similarity of these chain phases, and the chain and stripe organization occurring in dipole-fluid systems, we investigated a model based on competing van der Waals attractions and electrostatic repulsions between C60 molecules as an explanation for the driving force behind these monolayer phases. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations revealed significant charge transfer to C60 from the Ag(111) substrate, through the intervening ZnPc layer, inducing electrostatic interactions between C60 molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations performed with attractive van der Waals interactions plus repulsive dipole-dipole interactions reproduced the C60 chain phases with dipole magnitudes consistent with DFT calculations.

  4. Hollow Au/Ag nanostars displaying broad plasmonic resonance and high surface-enhanced Raman sensitivity

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    Garcia-Leis, Adianez; Torreggiani, Armida; Garcia-Ramos, Jose Vicente; Sanchez-Cortes, Santiago

    2015-08-01

    Bimetallic Au/Ag hollow nanostar (HNS) nanoparticles with different morphologies were prepared in this work. These nanoplatforms were obtained by changing the experimental conditions (concentration of silver and chemical reductors, hydroxylamine and citrate) and by using Ag nanostars as template nanoparticles (NPs) through galvanic replacement. The goal of this research was to create bimetallic Au/Ag star-shaped nanoparticles with advanced properties displaying a broader plasmonic resonance, a cleaner exposed surface, and a high concentration of electromagnetic hot spots on the surface provided by the special morphology of nanostars. The size, shape, and composition of Ag as well as their optical properties were studied by extinction spectroscopy, hyperspectral dark field microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Finally, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of these HNS was investigated by using thioflavin T, a biomarker of the β-amyloid fibril formation, responsible for Alzheimer's disease. Lucigenin, a molecule displaying different SERS activities on Au and Ag, was also used to explore the presence of these metals on the NP surface. Thus, a relationship between the morphology, plasmon resonance and SERS activity of these new NPs was made.Bimetallic Au/Ag hollow nanostar (HNS) nanoparticles with different morphologies were prepared in this work. These nanoplatforms were obtained by changing the experimental conditions (concentration of silver and chemical reductors, hydroxylamine and citrate) and by using Ag nanostars as template nanoparticles (NPs) through galvanic replacement. The goal of this research was to create bimetallic Au/Ag star-shaped nanoparticles with advanced properties displaying a broader plasmonic resonance, a cleaner exposed surface, and a high concentration of electromagnetic hot spots on the surface provided by the special morphology of nanostars

  5. Electron emission of Au nanoparticles embedded in ZnO for highly conductive oxide

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    Huang, Po-Shun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Hoe Kim, Dong

    2014-04-07

    We investigated the effect of embedded Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) on electrical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) for highly conductive oxide semiconductor. Au NPs in ZnO films influenced both the structural and electrical properties of the mixture films. The electrical resistivity decreases by as much as five orders of magnitude. This is explained by the electron emission from Au NPs to the ZnO matrix. Temperature-dependent Hall effect measurements show that an electron emission mechanism changes from tunneling to thermionic emission at T = 180 K. The electron mobility in the mixture film is mainly limited by the grain boundaries at lower temperature (80-180 K), and the Au/ZnO heterogeneous interface at higher temperature (180-340 K). In addition to the electron emission, embedded Au NPs alter the ZnO matrix microstructure and improve the electron mobility. Compared to the undoped ZnO film, the carrier concentration of the Au NP-embedded ZnO film can be increased by as much as six orders of magnitude with a small change in the carrier mobility. This result suggests a way to circumvent the inherent tradeoff between the carrier concentration and the carrier mobility in transparent conductive oxide (TCO) materials.

  6. Synthesis and properties of Au/ZnO nanorods as a plasmonic photocatalyst

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    Lu, Jia; Wang, Huihu; Peng, Daluo; Chen, Tao; Dong, Shijie; Chang, Ying

    2016-04-01

    It is of great interest to develop plasmonic photocatalysts with high activity and stability recently. In this paper, Au/ZnO nanorods were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method and used as photocatalysts for methyl orange dye degradation. The results revealed an interesting phenomenon that photocorrosion cracks were produced specially along the c-axis of pure ZnO nanorods for five cycles photodegradation experiments under UV-vis. light irradiation, while Au nanoparticles surface modification can effectively inhibit the occurrence of photocorrosion and improve its photocatalytic activity. The formation of photocorrossion cracks along the c-axis of pure ZnO nanorods verifies the photogenerated charges may follow the route that electrons migrate to Zn-terminated (0001) plane and holes to O-terminated (000 1 -) plane. SPR effect of Au nanoparticles enhances the light absorption ability and the electrons capture ability of Au/ZnO nanorods. Moreover, the surface adsorbed hydroxyl groups content is also increased due to Au nanoparticles modification. As Au nanoparticles can capture photogenerated electrons and hydroxyl groups are the favorable holes scavenger, the charges generation and separation in photocatalysis are strengthened. Especially, the charges separation path in Au/ZnO nanorods have changed, thus inhibiting the occurrence of photocorrosion along the c-axis of ZnO nanorods and improving the photocatalytic activity.

  7. Inhibition of metal induced crystallization in the system Ag/ZnO/a-Si:H

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    Edelman, F.; Brener, R.; Cytermann, C.; Weil, R.; Beneking, C.; Beyer, W.

    1996-12-31

    A systematic investigation has been made on the barrier properties of ZnO layer between n-doped a-Si:H and Ag metallization films in the structures (001)Si/SiO{sub 2}/Ag/ZnO/a-Si:H:P and (001)Si/SiO{sub 2}/a-Si:H:P/ZnO/Ag. Plasma assisted CVD deposition was used to produce a Si:H (2,500 {angstrom} thick) highly P-doped films over thermally oxidized Si-wafers at 190 and 270 C. Transparent conductive ZnO:Al layers, 1,000{angstrom} and 1 {micro}m thickness, and Ag films (1,000{angstrom} thick) were deposited by sputtering. The polycrystalline ZnO layers were textured along the <0001> axis in the as-deposited state. The structures were annealed in vacuum in the temperature range from 300 to 700 C for 1/4 to 16h. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies demonstrated the a-Si:H:P stability against crystallization under ZnO buffer protection up to 700 C (when free a-Si crystallizes itself). The (111) peak position of the Ag reflection was used to show that while the Ag was always strained, the strain was partially relaxed when in contact with the 0.1{micro}m ZnO film, it developed additional strain when in contact with the 1{micro}m ZnO film.

  8. Highly active WO3-Ag-ZnO photocatalyst driven by day light illumination

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    Subash, B.; Krishnakumar, B.; Sreedhar, B.; Swaminathan, M.; Shanthi, M.

    2013-02-01

    The WO3 loaded Ag-ZnO (WO3-Ag-ZnO) was successfully synthesized by precipitation-decomposition method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) images, energy dispersive spectrum (EDS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and BET surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of WO3-Ag-ZnO was investigated for the degradation of Naphthol Blue Black (NBB) in aqueous solution using solar light. WO3-Ag-ZnO is found to be more efficient than Ag-ZnO, WO3-ZnO, Ag-WO3, WO3, commercial ZnO, bare ZnO, TiO2-P25 and TiO2 (Merck) at pH 9 for the mineralization of NBB dye. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration, initial pH on photo mineralization of NBB dye have been analyzed. The mineralization of NBB has been confirmed by Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) measurements. A degradation mechanism is proposed for the degradation of NBB under solar light. This catalyst is found to be reusable.

  9. Effect of Ag film thickness on the crystallization mechanism and photoluminescence properties of ZnO/Ag nanoflower arrays

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    Hu, Zhan-Shuo; Hung, Fei-Yi; Chang, Shoou-Jinn; Huang, Bohr-Ran; Lin, Bo-Cheng; Hsieh, Wei-Kang; Chen, Kuan-Jen

    2012-08-01

    Three dimensional (3D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoflowers have been successfully synthesized on oxidized silver clusters using a vapor transportation method on a 50 nm Ag layer. One dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorods can be fabricated on even the thinner Ag layers (2 nm and 10 nm). During the heating process, with a trace amount of oxygen present, the Ag layer (50 nm) melted and agglomerated forming silver oxide until the temperature reached the melting point of the zinc powder. Initially, the oxygen-rich phase ZnO formed and the zinc atoms diffused from the ZnO shell forming pistils and after an increase in time formed the zinc-rich ZnO nanoflowers. The ultraviolet (UV) emission (3.28 eV) from ZnO nanoflowers and nanorods revealed useful properties relating to the recombination of free excitons and the formation of zinc interstitials or zinc antisites as evidenced by the broad visible peak in the 50 nm Ag layer spectra.

  10. Electron correlation and relativistic effects in the coinage metal compounds. II. Heteronuclear dimers: CuAg, CuAu, and AgAu

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    Kellö, Vladimir; Sadlej, Andrzej J.

    1995-08-01

    Electric properties of heteronuclear dimers of the coinage metals are calculated at the level of the CCSD(T) approximation applied to 38 electrons of the valence and next-to-valence atomic shells. The relativistic effects are accounted for by using the scalar approximation to the Pauli hamiltonian. Both the pure relativistic and mixed relativistic-correlation contributions to energies and electric properties are computed. All calculations have been carried out by using the recently developed first-order polarized basis sets of the coinage metal atoms. In the non-relativistic approximation all studied dimers show only a moderate degree of polarity; the non-relativistic CuAg turns out to be the most polar dimer with the Cu(-)Ag(+) polarity. The relativistic effects considerably reduce the negative value of the CuAg dipole moment, change the sign of the CuAu dipole moment, and make the AgAu molecule the most polar species in the series. Simultaneously, the parallel component of the dipole polarizability shows only a small relativistic contraction. The calculated quasirelativistic interaction potentials have a correct behavior in the vicinity of their minima and give the Re and ωe values in complete agreement with experiment. Much less satisfactory are the dissociation energy data which seem to suffer from the single reference configuration approximation.

  11. Genetic Pd, Pt, Au, Ag, and Rh mineralogy in Noril'sk sulfide ores

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    Spiridonov, E. M.; Kulagov, E. A.; Serova, A. A.; Kulikova, I. M.; Korotaeva, N. N.; Sereda, E. V.; Tushentsova, I. N.; Belyakov, S. N.; Zhukov, N. N.

    2015-09-01

    The undeformed ore-bearing intrusions of the Noril'sk ore field (NOF) cut through volcanic rocks of the Late Permian-Early Triassic trap association folded in brachysynclines. Due to the nonuniform load on the roof of intrusive bodies, most sulfide melts were squeezed, up to the tops of ore-bearing intrusions; readily fusible Ni-Fe-Cu sulfide melts were almost completely squeezed. In our opinion, not only one but two stages of mineralization developed at the Noril'sk deposits: (i) syntrap magmatic and (ii) epigenetic post-trap metamorphic-hydrothermal. All platinum-group minerals (PGM) and minerals of gold are metasomatic in the Noril'sk ores. They replaced sulfide solid solutions and exsolution structures. All types of PGM and Au minerals occur in the ores, varying in composition from pyrrhotite to chalcopyrite, talnakhite, mooihoekite, and rich in galena; they are localized in the inner and outer contact zones and differ only in the quantitative proportions of ore minerals. The aureoles of PGM and Au-Ag minerals are wider than the contours of sulfide bodies and coincide with halos of fluid impact on orebodies and adjacent host rocks. The pneumatolytic PGM and Au-Ag minerals are correlated in abundance with the dimensions of sulfide bodies. Their amounts are maximal in veins of late fusible ore composed of eutectic PbS ss and iss intergrowths, as well as at their contacts. The Pd and Pt contents in eutectic sulfide ores of NOF are the world's highest. In the process of noble-metal mineral formation, the fluids supply Pd, Pt, Au, As, Sb, Sn, Bi, and a part of Te, whereas Fe, Ni, Cu, Pb, Ag, Rh, a part of Te and Pd are leached from the replaced sulfide minerals. The pneumatolytic PGM of the early stage comprises Pd and Pt intermetallic compounds enriched in Au along with Pd-Pt-Fe-Ni-Cu-Sn-Pb(As) and (Pd,Pt,Au)(Sn,Sb,Bi,Te,As) solid solutions. Pneumatolytic PGM and Au minerals of the middle stage are products of solid-phase transformation and recrystallization of

  12. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of visible-light-driven plasmonic Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites

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    Li, Xiaojuan Tang, Duanlian; Tang, Fan; Zhu, Yunyan; He, Changfa; Liu, Minghua Lin, Chunxiang; Liu, Yifan

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • A plasmonic Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} photocatalyst has been successfully synthesized. • Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites exhibit high visible light photocatalytic activity. • Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} photocatalyst is stable and magnetically separable. - Abstract: A visible-light-driven plasmonic Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized via a deposition–precipitation and photoreduction through a novel one-pot process. X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were employed to investigate the crystal structure, chemical composition, morphology, and optical properties of the as-prepared nanocomposites. The photocatalytic activities of the nanocomposites were evaluated by photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and phenol under visible light. The results demonstrated that the obtained Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites exhibited higher photocatalytic activity as compared to pure ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. In addition, the sample photoreduced for 20 min and calcined at 500 °C achieved the highest photocatalytic activity. Furthermore, the Ag/AgBr/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite has high stability under visible light irradiation and could be conveniently separated by using an external magnetic field.

  13. MgxZn1-xO/Ag/MgxZn1-xO Multilayers As High-Performance Transparent Conductive Electrodes.

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    Lee, Hyo-Ju; Kang, Jang-Won; Hong, Sang-Hyun; Song, Sun-Hye; Park, Seong-Ju

    2016-01-27

    We report on the optical and electrical properties of MgxZn1-xO/Ag/MgxZn1-xO transparent conductive electrodes. The transmittance and sheet resistance of MgxZn1-xO/Ag/MgxZn1-xO multilayers deposited at room temperature were strongly dependent on the thickness and surface morphology of Ag layer. The optical absorption edge of MgxZn1-xO/Ag/MgxZn1-xO showed a blue shift with increasing Mg composition due to the increased band gap of MgxZn1-xO. The Haack figure of merit value of Mg0.28Zn0.72O/Ag/Mg0.28Zn0.72O with a 14 nm-thick Ag layer, which has a sheet resistance of 6.36 Ω/sq and an average transmittance of 89.2% at wavelengths in the range from 350 to 780 nm, was 69% higher than that of a ZnO/Ag/ZnO multilayer electrode. These results indicate that MgxZn1-xO/Ag/MgxZn1-xO multilayers, which also show low surface roughness, can be used as highly conductive transparent electrodes in various optoelectronic devices operating over a wide wavelength region. PMID:26752616

  14. Effect of Au Content on Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of Au-Cu-Ag-Si Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Guo, H.; Zhang, W.; Chen, M. W.; Saotome, Y.; Fukuhara, M.; Inoue, A.

    2011-06-01

    The thermal stability, glass-forming ability (GFA), and mechanical and electrical properties of Au-based Au x Si17Cu75.5- x Ag7.5 ( x = 40 to 75.5 at. pct) metallic glasses were investigated. The glass transition temperature ( T g ) and crystallization temperature ( T x ) decreased with increasing Au content. The ultralow T g values below 373 K (100 °C) were obtained for alloys with x = 55 to 75.5. The alloys with x = 45 to 70 exhibited a high stabilization of supercooled liquid and a high GFA, and the supercooled liquid region and critical sample diameter for glass formation were in the range of 31 K to 50 K and 2 to 5 mm, respectively. The compressive fracture strength ( σ c,f ), Young's modulus ( E), and Vicker's hardness ( H v ) of the bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) decreased with increasing Au content. A linear correlation between Au concentration and the characteristic temperature, i.e., T g and T x , and mechanical properties, i.e., σ c,f , E, and H v , as well as electrical resistivity can be found in the BMGs, which will be helpful for the composition design of the desirable Au-based BMGs with tunable physical properties.

  15. Noble metals (Ag, Au) nanoparticles addition effects on superconducting properties of CuTl-1223 phase

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Nadeem, Kashif

    2015-03-01

    Low anisotropic (Cu0.5Tl0.5) Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 - δ (CuTl-1223) high temperature superconducting phase was synthesized by solid-state reaction, silver (Ag) nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel method and gold (Au) nanoparticles were extracted from colloidal solution. We added Ag and Au nanoparticles in CuTl-1223 matrix separately with same concentration during the final sintering process to get (M)x/CuTl-1223; M = Ag nanoparticles or Au nanoparticles (x = 0 and 1.0 wt.%) nano-superconductor composites. We investigated and compared the effects of these noble metals nanoparticles addition on structural, morphological and superconducting transport properties of CuTl-1223 phase. The crystal structure of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting phase was not affected significantly after the addition of these nanoparticles. The enhancement of superconducting properties was observed after the addition of both Ag and Au nanoparticles, which is most probably due to improved inter-grains weak-links and reduction of defects such as oxygen deficiencies, etc. The reduction of normal state room temperature resistivity is the finger prints of the reduction of barriers and facilitation to the carriers transport across the inter-crystallite sites due to improved inter-grains weak-links. The greater improvement of superconducting properties in Ag nanoparticles added samples is attributed to the higher conductivity of silver as compared to gold, which also suits for practical applications due to lower cost and easy synthesis of Ag nanoparticles as compared to Au nanoparticles.

  16. Radiative properties of n-ZnSe single crystals doped with Ag

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    Ivanova, Galina N.; Kasiyan, Vladimir A.; Nedeoglo, Dmitri D.; Nedeoglo, Natalia D.

    1999-05-01

    Ag impurity exists in ZnSe as interstitial atoms Agi and substitution atoms Agzn. The structure of photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the ZnSe crystals doped with Ag depends on quantitative ratio of these defects in the crystal. Evidently, this is a cause of significant difference of PL spectra of n-ZnSe crystals doped with Ag either in the growing process or in the process of annealing in the Zn+Ag melt. The questions of electron configuration and of a charge state of Ag impurity in ZnSe is discussed also in the literature. Theoretical analysis of this problem allows the existence possibility of Ag multi-charged states in ZnSe, while the authors assume that Ag in ZnSe exists only in the single-charged state with d10-electron configuration. In this work, the PL spectra and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of n-ZnSe single crystals annealed in Zn melt with Ag contents from 0.1 at.% to 20 at.% are investigated in the temperature range from 82 K to 300 K. The annealing was made at the temperature of 950 degrees Celsius during the 100 h. At the termination of annealing the quartz ampoules were immersed in cold water for the sharp cooling of the samples. Luminescence was excited either by radiation of LGI-21 laser with the wavelength of 337 nm (Eexcit equals 3.68 eV) or by monochromatic light from VSU-1 monochromator with the halogen lamp. The investigation of PL spectra was carried out using MDR-23 monochromator with the line dispersion of 1.4 nm/mm in the wavelength region from 430 nm to 700 nm.

  17. Au-coated ZnO nanostructures for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy applications

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    Dikovska, A O; Nedyalkov, N N; Imamova, S E; Atanasova, G B; Atanasov, P A

    2012-03-31

    Thin ZnO nanostructured films were produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) studies. The experimental conditions used for preparation of the samples were chosen to obtain different types of ZnO nanostructures. The Raman spectra of rhodamine 6G (R6G) were measured at an excitation wavelength of 785 nm after coating the ZnO nanostructures with a thin Au layer. The influence of the surface morphology on the Raman signal obtained from the samples was investigated. High SERS signal enhancement was observed from all Au-coated ZnO nanostructures.

  18. Emission of ZnO:Ag nanorods obtained by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Velázquez Lozada, E.; Torchynska, T. V.; Casas Espinola, J. L.; Pérez Millan, B.

    2014-11-01

    Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), X ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and its temperature dependence have been studied in ZnO:Ag nanorods (NRs) prepared by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method. The time variation at the growth of ZnO:Ag films permits modifying the ZnO phase from the amorphous to crystalline, to change the size of ZnO:Ag NRs and to vary their emission spectra. PL spectra of ZnO:Ag NRs versus temperature has been investigated. This study reveals that the PL band related to the acceptor AgZn (LO phonon replicas of an acceptor bound exciton, ABE (2.877 eV)), and its second-order diffraction peak (1.44 eV) disappeared in the temperature range of 10-170 K with the formation of free exciton (FX). The PL intensity of defect related PL bands decreases monotonously in the range 10-300 K with the activation energy of 13 meV. The PL band (3.22 eV), related to the LO phonon replica of free exciton (FX-2LO) and its second-order diffraction peak (1.61 eV) increase monotonously in the range 10-300 K. FX related peak dominates in PL spectra at room temperature that testifies on the high quality of ZnO:Ag films prepared by the USP technology.

  19. The Role of Polyvinylpyrrolidone in Hydrothermally Synthesized Ag/ZnO Nanocomposites and Their Photocatalytic Activities.

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    Mavrič, Tina; Emin, Saim; Valant, Matjaž; Peng, Wenqin; Stangar, Urkaška Lavrenčič

    2015-09-01

    Here we present a simple hydrothermal route for the preparation of photoactive ZnO and Ag/ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized in the presence and absence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The low temperature synthesis is carried out in ethylene glycol (EG) medium at 180 degrees C, where EG is used as a reducing agent for the Ag+ ions. PVP is exploited as a size confining matrix for the Ag NPs. The present synthetic protocol allows the preparation of ZnO nanorods (NRs) with typical lengths of -200 nm and Ag/ZnO NPs with typical sizes of -100 nm. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared nanomaterials was tested for degradation of model pollutant methyl orange (MO) dye and terephthalic acid (TPA). We found that the Ag/ZnO NPs synthesized in PVP showed higher photoactivity than the commercial TiO2 (P25) powder or ZnO and Ag/ZnO NPs synthesized without PVP. PMID:26716210

  20. One pot synthesis of Ag nanoparticle modified ZnO microspheres in ethylene glycol medium and their enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Tian Chungui; Li Wei; Pan Kai; Zhang Qi; Tian Guohui; Zhou Wei; Fu Honggang

    2010-11-15

    Ag nanoparticles (NPs) modified ZnO microspheres (Ag/ZnO microspheres) were prepared by a facile one pot strategy in ethylene glycol (EG) medium. The EG played two important roles in the synthesis: it could act as a reaction media for the formation of ZnO and reduce Ag{sup +} to Ag{sup 0}. A series of the characterizations indicated the successful combination of Ag NPs with ZnO microspheres. It was shown that Ag modification could greatly enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO microspheres by taking the photodegradation of Rhodamine B as a model reaction. With appropriate ratio of Ag and ZnO, Ag/ZnO microspheres showed the better photocatalytic performance than commercial Degussa P-25 TiO{sub 2}. Photoluminescence and surface photovoltage spectra demonstrated that Ag modification could effectively inhibit the recombination of the photoinduced electron and holes of ZnO. This is responsible for the higher photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO composites. -- Graphical abstract: A 'one-pot' strategy was developed for preparing the Ag/ZnO microspheres in ethylene glycol. The composites exhibited superior photocatalytic performance for photodegradation of Rhodamine B dye in water. Display Omitted

  1. Collagen-chitosan scaffold modified with Au and Ag nanoparticles: Synthesis and structure

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    Rubina, M. S.; Kamitov, E. E.; Zubavichus, Ya. V.; Peters, G. S.; Naumkin, A. V.; Suzer, S.; Vasil'kov, A. Yu.

    2016-03-01

    Nowadays, the dermal biomimetic scaffolds are widely used in regenerative medicine. Collagen-chitosan scaffold one of these materials possesses antibacterial activity, good compatibility with living tissues and has been already used as a wound-healing material. In this article, collagen-chitosan scaffolds modified with Ag and Au nanoparticles have been synthesized using novel method - the metal-vapor synthesis. The nanocomposite materials are characterized by XPS, TEM, SEM and synchrotron radiation-based X-ray techniques. According to XRD data, the mean size of the nanoparticles (NPs) is 10.5 nm and 20.2 nm in Au-Collagen-Chitosan (Au-CollCh) and Ag-Collagen-Chitosan (Ag-CollCh) scaffolds, respectively in fair agreement with the TEM data. SAXS analysis of the composites reveals an asymmetric size distribution peaked at 10 nm for Au-CollCh and 25 nm for Ag-CollCh indicative of particle's aggregation. According to SEM data, the metal-carrying scaffolds have layered structure and the nanoparticles are rather uniformly distributed on the surface material. XPS data indicate that the metallic nanoparticles are in their unoxidized/neutral states and dominantly stabilized within the chitosan-rich domains.

  2. Photothermal heating and mechanical properties of Au/PEO and Ag/PEO nanocomposites

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    Seyhan, Merve; Rickard, Katherine; Yarar, U. Ecem; Rende, Deniz; Baysal, Nihat; Ozisik, Rahmi; Bucak, Seyda

    2014-03-01

    In the current study, the photothermal effect of gold (Au) and silver (Ag) nanoparticles in poly(ethylene oxide) is investigated. Both Au and Ag nanoparticles were synthesized in-house and were characterized by dynamic light scattering, UV-Visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy experiments. The average size of the Au and Ag nanoparticles was found to be on average 8.9 and 8.4 nm, respectively. The Au/PEO and Ag/PEO nanocomposites containing 0.01-2% nanoparticles (by weight) were prepared via solution mixing. Mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties were investigated by static and dynamic tests. The results indicate that the Young's modulus increases with increasing nanoparticle concentration, however, the modulus values reached a plateau at high concentrations. Both nanocomposites were heated via laser radiation at appropriate wavelengths and via traditional heating (using a heating stage). The temperature variations were measured through Raman spectroscopy experiments and by correlating Raman and traditional heating experiments. The material is partially based upon work supported by NSF under Grant Nos. 1200270 and 1003574, and TUBITAK 113M265.

  3. Investigation of the ratio of proton-stopping cross sections in Ag and Au

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    Semrad, D.; Golser, R.

    1987-06-01

    Knowledge of the ratio of stopping cross sections may help in determining best values from measurements. The case of Ag and Au is discussed, where theoretical considerations show that this ratio always has a value smaller than 1. This is confirmed experimentally for proton energies larger than 70 keV, in contradiction to all published stopping-power tabulations.

  4. Room temperature synthesis and optical studies on Ag and Au mixed nanocomposite polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer films

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    Udayabhaskar, R.; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Manikandan, D.; Arjunan, V.; Karthikeyan, B.

    2012-12-01

    Optical properties of silver, gold and bimetallic (Au:Ag) nanocomposite polymer films which are prepared by chemical method have been reported. The experimental data was correlated with the theoretical calculations using Mie theory. We adopt small change in the theoretical calculations of bimetallic/mixed particle nanocomposite and the theory agrees well with the experimental data. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was used as reducing and capping agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) study reveals the presence of different functional groups, the possible mechanism that leads to the formation of nanoparticles by using PVP alone as reducing agent. Optical absorption spectra of Ag and Au nanocomposite polymers show a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band around 430 and 532 nm, respectively. Thermal annealing effect on the prepared samples at 60 °C for different time durations result in shift of SPR band maximum and varies the full width at half maximum (FWHM). Absorption spectra of Au:Ag bimetallic films show bands at 412 and 547 nm confirms the presence of Ag and Au nanoparticles in the composite.

  5. Dependence of the conductance change on the molecular orbitals in Ag and Au electrodes

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    Kim, Hyun Sung; Kim, Taekyeong

    2016-01-01

    The conductance change in single-molecule junctions due to the molecular orbitals and the metal's Fermi energy was investigated by using a scanning tunneling microscopy break-junction technique with Ag and Au electrodes. 4,4'-diaminobiphenyl and 4,4'-dicyanobiphenyl as the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) junctions were used. The amine-linked HOMO-conducting junction had a lower conductance, and cyano-linked LUMO-conducting junction had a higher conductance for Ag electrode compared to Au electrode. These results are attributed to the difference between the metal electrode Fermi energy and the molecular orbital level in the metal-molecule junction. Furthermore, 2,7-diaminofluorene exhibited a higher conductance but the identical molecular plateau length for the Ag electrodes compared to that of 4,4'-diaminobiphenyl indicating that the twist angle of the molecular backbone affects the conductance.

  6. Extremely high efficient nanoreactor with Au@ZnO catalyst for photocatalysis.

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    Su, Chung-Yi; Yang, Tung-Han; Gurylev, Vitaly; Huang, Sheng-Hsin; Wu, Jenn-Ming; Perng, Tsong-Pyng

    2015-10-01

    We fabricated a photocatalytic Au@ZnO@PC (polycarbonate) nanoreactor composed of monolayered Au nanoparticles chemisorbed on conformal ZnO nanochannel arrays within the PC membrane. A commercial PC membrane was used as the template for deposition of a ZnO shell into the pores by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Thioctic acid (TA) with sufficient steric stabilization was used as a molecular linker for functionalization of Au nanoparticles in a diameter of 10 nm. High coverage of Au nanoparticles anchored on the inner wall of ZnO nanochannels greatly improved the photocatalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine B. The membrane nanoreactor achieved 63% degradation of Rhodamine B within only 26.88 ms of effective reaction time owing to its superior mass transfer efficiency based on Damköhler number analysis. Mass transfer limitation can be eliminated in the present study due to extremely large surface-to-volume ratio of the membrane nanoreactor. PMID:26358837

  7. Extremely high efficient nanoreactor with Au@ZnO catalyst for photocatalysis

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    Su, Chung-Yi; Yang, Tung-Han; Gurylev, Vitaly; Huang, Sheng-Hsin; Wu, Jenn-Ming; Perng, Tsong-Pyng

    2015-10-01

    We fabricated a photocatalytic Au@ZnO@PC (polycarbonate) nanoreactor composed of monolayered Au nanoparticles chemisorbed on conformal ZnO nanochannel arrays within the PC membrane. A commercial PC membrane was used as the template for deposition of a ZnO shell into the pores by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Thioctic acid (TA) with sufficient steric stabilization was used as a molecular linker for functionalization of Au nanoparticles in a diameter of 10 nm. High coverage of Au nanoparticles anchored on the inner wall of ZnO nanochannels greatly improved the photocatalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine B. The membrane nanoreactor achieved 63% degradation of Rhodamine B within only 26.88 ms of effective reaction time owing to its superior mass transfer efficiency based on Damköhler number analysis. Mass transfer limitation can be eliminated in the present study due to extremely large surface-to-volume ratio of the membrane nanoreactor.

  8. Evidence for rapid epithermal mineralization and coeval bimodal volcanism, Bruner Au-Ag property, NV USA

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    Baldwin, Dylan

    The character of Au-Ag mineralization and volcanic/hydrothermal relationships at the underexplored Miocene-age Bruner low-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit are elucidated using field and laboratory studies. Bruner is located in central Nevada within the Great Basin extensional province, near several major volcanic trends (Western Andesite, Northern Nevada Rift) associated with world-class Miocene-age epithermal Au-Ag provinces. Despite its proximity to several >1 Moz Au deposits, and newly discovered high-grade drill intercepts (to 117 ppm Au/1.5m), there is no published research on the deposit, the style of mineralization has not been systematically characterized, and vectors to mineralization remain elusive. By investigating the nature of mineralization and time-space relationships between volcanic/hydrothermal activity, the deposit has been integrated into a regional framework, and exploration targeting improved. Mineralization occurs within narrow quartz + adularia +/- pyrite veins that manifest as sheeted/stockwork zones, vein swarms, and rare 0.3-2 m wide veins hosted by two generations of Miocene high-K, high-silica rhyolite flow dome complexes overlying an andesite flow unit. The most prominent structural controls on veining are N­striking faults and syn-mineral basalt/rhyolite dikes. Productive veins have robust boiling indicators (high adularia content, bladed quartz after calcite, recrystallized colloform quartz bands), lack rhythmic banding, and contain only 1-2 stages; these veins overprint, or occur separately from another population of barren to weakly mineralized rhythmically banded quartz-only veins. Ore minerals consist of coarse Au0.5Ag 0.5 electrum, fine Au0.7Ag0.3 electrum, acanthite, uytenbogaardtite (Ag3AuS2) and minor embolite Ag(Br,Cl). Now deeply oxidized, veins typically contain <1% pyrite/goethite + Au-Ag minerals, with trace marcasite and microscopic Fe-poor sphalerite. Property-scale K-feldspar alteration related to a pre

  9. Ag@Au concave cuboctahedra: A unique probe for monitoring Au-catalyzed reduction and oxidation reactions by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Winget, Sarah A.; Wu, Yiren; Su, Dong; Sun, Xiaojun; Xie, Zhao -Xiong; Qin, Dong

    2016-01-26

    In this paper, we report a facile synthesis of Ag@Au concave cuboctahedra by titrating aqueous HAuCl4 into a suspension of Ag cuboctahedra in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA), NaOH, and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) at room temperature. Initially, the Au atoms derived from the reduction of Au3+ by AA are conformally deposited on the entire surface of a Ag cuboctahedron. Upon the formation of a complete Au shell, however, the subsequently formed Au atoms are preferentially deposited onto the Au{100} facets, resulting in the formation of a Ag@Au cuboctahedron with concave structures at the sites of {111} facets. The concave cuboctahedramore » embrace excellent SERS activity that is more than 70-fold stronger than that of the original Ag cuboctahedra at an excitation wavelength of 785 nm. The concave cuboctahedra also exhibit remarkable stability in the presence of an oxidant such as H2O2 because of the protection by a complete Au shell. These two unique attributes enable in-situ SERS monitoring of the reduction of 4-nitrothiophenol (4-NTP) to 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) by NaBH4 through a 4,4'-dimercaptoazobenzene (trans-DMAB) intermediate and the subsequent oxidation of 4-ATP back to trans-DMAB upon the introduction of H2O2.« less

  10. Fabrication of hierarchical core-shell Au@ZnO heteroarchitectures initiated by heteroseed assembly for photocatalytic applications.

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    Qin, Yao; Zhou, Yanjie; Li, Jie; Ma, Jie; Shi, Donglu; Chen, Junhong; Yang, Jinhu

    2014-03-15

    Three dimensional dandelion-like hierarchical core-shell Au@ZnO heteroarchitectures with ZnO nanorods grown radially on Au nanoparticle (NP) cores have been successfully prepared with a high yield via a simple solution method involving heteroseed-induced nucleation and subsequent heteroepitaxial growth processes. Briefly, mercaptopropionic acid (MA) modified Au NPs were synthesized beforehand and served as nucleation centers for primary ZnO seed generation and Au@ZnO heteroseed formation. Then an epitaxial growth of ZnO nanorods (ZnO NRs) on the Au@ZnO heteroseeds resulted in the formation of Au@ZnO dandelions. The photocatalytic properties of as-prepared Au@ZnO dandelions were evaluated through rhodamine B (RhB) photodegradation under UV irradiation. The result showed that the Au@ZnO dandelions had improved photocatalytic performance compared with pure ZnO NRs and hybrids of ZnO NRs/Au NPs, due likely to the synergistic effect of the metal-semiconductor heterojunction and the unique dandelion-like hierarchical core-shell structure. PMID:24461832

  11. Asymmetric AgPd-AuNR heterostructure with enhanced photothermal performance and SERS activity.

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    Zhang, Han; Liu, Zeke; Kang, Xiaolin; Guo, Jun; Ma, Wanli; Cheng, Si

    2016-01-28

    Most as-reported nanostructures through galvanic replacement reactions are still symmetric hollow structures, until now. Asymmetric structures fabricated through a galvanic replacement reaction have been rarely reported. However, asymmetric heterostructures can generally lead to new intriguing properties through asymmetric synergistic coupling. Here, we report a simple synthesis of an asymmetric one-ended AgPd bimetal on Au nanorods (AuNR) by combining a galvanic replacement reaction with an Ostwald ripening process. The morphological evolution from a nanodumbbell to a dandelion structure is thoroughly investigated. The unique asymmetric AgPd-AuNR heterostructures possess the required plasmonic performance and avoid strong damping caused by the poor plasmonic metal Pd, resulting in a superior photothermal heating performance and enhanced SERS sensitivity for in situ monitoring of a catalytic reaction compared with the symmetric counterparts. PMID:26744075

  12. Nanoscale mapping of plasmon and exciton in ZnO tetrapods coupled with Au nanoparticles

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    Bertoni, Giovanni; Fabbri, Filippo; Villani, Marco; Lazzarini, Laura; Turner, Stuart; van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Calestani, Davide; Gradečak, Silvija; Zappettini, Andrea; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2016-01-01

    Metallic nanoparticles can be used to enhance optical absorption or emission in semiconductors, thanks to a strong interaction of collective excitations of free charges (plasmons) with electromagnetic fields. Herein we present direct imaging at the nanoscale of plasmon-exciton coupling in Au/ZnO nanostructures by combining scanning transmission electron energy loss and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and mapping. The Au nanoparticles (~30 nm in diameter) are grown in-situ on ZnO nanotetrapods by means of a photochemical process without the need of binding agents or capping molecules, resulting in clean interfaces. Interestingly, the Au plasmon resonance is localized at the Au/vacuum interface, rather than presenting an isotropic distribution around the nanoparticle. On the contrary, a localization of the ZnO signal has been observed inside the Au nanoparticle, as also confirmed by numerical simulations.

  13. Nanoscale mapping of plasmon and exciton in ZnO tetrapods coupled with Au nanoparticles.

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    Bertoni, Giovanni; Fabbri, Filippo; Villani, Marco; Lazzarini, Laura; Turner, Stuart; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Calestani, Davide; Gradečak, Silvija; Zappettini, Andrea; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2016-01-01

    Metallic nanoparticles can be used to enhance optical absorption or emission in semiconductors, thanks to a strong interaction of collective excitations of free charges (plasmons) with electromagnetic fields. Herein we present direct imaging at the nanoscale of plasmon-exciton coupling in Au/ZnO nanostructures by combining scanning transmission electron energy loss and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and mapping. The Au nanoparticles (~30 nm in diameter) are grown in-situ on ZnO nanotetrapods by means of a photochemical process without the need of binding agents or capping molecules, resulting in clean interfaces. Interestingly, the Au plasmon resonance is localized at the Au/vacuum interface, rather than presenting an isotropic distribution around the nanoparticle. On the contrary, a localization of the ZnO signal has been observed inside the Au nanoparticle, as also confirmed by numerical simulations. PMID:26754789

  14. Nanoscale mapping of plasmon and exciton in ZnO tetrapods coupled with Au nanoparticles

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    Bertoni, Giovanni; Fabbri, Filippo; Villani, Marco; Lazzarini, Laura; Turner, Stuart; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Calestani, Davide; Gradečak, Silvija; Zappettini, Andrea; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2016-01-12

    Metallic nanoparticles can be used to enhance optical absorption or emission in semiconductors, thanks to a strong interaction of collective excitations of free charges (plasmons) with electromagnetic fields. Herein we present direct imaging at the nanoscale of plasmon-exciton coupling in Au/ZnO nanostructures by combining scanning transmission electron energy loss and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and mapping. The Au nanoparticles (~30 nm in diameter) are grown in-situ on ZnO nanotetrapods by means of a photochemical process without the need of binding agents or capping molecules, resulting in clean interfaces. Interestingly, the Au plasmon resonance is localized at the Au/vacuum interface, rather than presentingmore » an isotropic distribution around the nanoparticle. Moreover, on the contrary, a localization of the ZnO signal has been observed inside the Au nanoparticle, as also confirmed by numerical simulations.« less

  15. Nanoscale mapping of plasmon and exciton in ZnO tetrapods coupled with Au nanoparticles

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    Bertoni, Giovanni; Fabbri, Filippo; Villani, Marco; Lazzarini, Laura; Turner, Stuart; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Calestani, Davide; Gradečak, Silvija; Zappettini, Andrea; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2016-01-01

    Metallic nanoparticles can be used to enhance optical absorption or emission in semiconductors, thanks to a strong interaction of collective excitations of free charges (plasmons) with electromagnetic fields. Herein we present direct imaging at the nanoscale of plasmon-exciton coupling in Au/ZnO nanostructures by combining scanning transmission electron energy loss and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and mapping. The Au nanoparticles (~30 nm in diameter) are grown in-situ on ZnO nanotetrapods by means of a photochemical process without the need of binding agents or capping molecules, resulting in clean interfaces. Interestingly, the Au plasmon resonance is localized at the Au/vacuum interface, rather than presenting an isotropic distribution around the nanoparticle. On the contrary, a localization of the ZnO signal has been observed inside the Au nanoparticle, as also confirmed by numerical simulations. PMID:26754789

  16. Facile synthesis of pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposites and their enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Cheng, Yang; An, Liang; Lan, Jing; Gao, Fang; Tan, Ruiqin; Li, Xiao-min; Wang, Guang-hui

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pompon-like ZnO-Ag was prepared via heterothermal and photodeposition method. • Pompon-like ZnO-Ag is a excellent photocatalyst for degradation of azo dyes. • The photocatalytic and wetting properties were studied upon UV irradiation. • The discoloring efficiency of ZnO-Ag heterostructure toward to azo dyes is 99.1%. - Abstract: A series of pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposites were prepared by hydrothermal method and photochemical deposition technique. Several characterizations indicated the successful deposition of Ag nanoparticles on ZnO. As a whole, the as-prepared composites present pompon-like nanostructures with a diameter of ∼10 μm. In detail, the nanostructural, chemical and optical properties were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), ultra-visible spectra (UV). The photocatalytic degradation experiments under UV irradiation using Methyl Orange (MO) as a model dye were executed here. The relative results demonstrated that the pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposite with a suitable content of Ag nanoparticles (about 4.82 wt%) has the highest photochemical activity, and the removal ratio of MO was 99.1% after 0.5 h adsorption and subsequent 2 h photodegradation processes. The excellent photocatalytic performance was attributed to the high surface areas of ZnO nanostructure and effectively separation of photo-generated charge on flower-like ZnO by employing Ag nanoparticles as a conductor.

  17. Asymmetric AgPd-AuNR heterostructure with enhanced photothermal performance and SERS activity

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    Zhang, Han; Liu, Zeke; Kang, Xiaolin; Guo, Jun; Ma, Wanli; Cheng, Si

    2016-01-01

    Most as-reported nanostructures through galvanic replacement reactions are still symmetric hollow structures, until now. Asymmetric structures fabricated through a galvanic replacement reaction have been rarely reported. However, asymmetric heterostructures can generally lead to new intriguing properties through asymmetric synergistic coupling. Here, we report a simple synthesis of an asymmetric one-ended AgPd bimetal on Au nanorods (AuNR) by combining a galvanic replacement reaction with an Ostwald ripening process. The morphological evolution from a nanodumbbell to a dandelion structure is thoroughly investigated. The unique asymmetric AgPd-AuNR heterostructures possess the required plasmonic performance and avoid strong damping caused by the poor plasmonic metal Pd, resulting in a superior photothermal heating performance and enhanced SERS sensitivity for in situ monitoring of a catalytic reaction compared with the symmetric counterparts.Most as-reported nanostructures through galvanic replacement reactions are still symmetric hollow structures, until now. Asymmetric structures fabricated through a galvanic replacement reaction have been rarely reported. However, asymmetric heterostructures can generally lead to new intriguing properties through asymmetric synergistic coupling. Here, we report a simple synthesis of an asymmetric one-ended AgPd bimetal on Au nanorods (AuNR) by combining a galvanic replacement reaction with an Ostwald ripening process. The morphological evolution from a nanodumbbell to a dandelion structure is thoroughly investigated. The unique asymmetric AgPd-AuNR heterostructures possess the required plasmonic performance and avoid strong damping caused by the poor plasmonic metal Pd, resulting in a superior photothermal heating performance and enhanced SERS sensitivity for in situ monitoring of a catalytic reaction compared with the symmetric counterparts. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07333b

  18. Au sensitized ZnO nanorods for enhanced liquefied petroleum gas sensing properties

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    Nakate, U. T.; Bulakhe, R. N.; Lokhande, C. D.; Kale, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    The zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods have grown on glass substrate by spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD) method using zinc acetate solution. The phase formation, surface morphology and elemental composition of ZnO films have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques. The liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensing response was remarkably improved by sensitization of gold (Au) surface noble metal on ZnO nanorods film. Maximum LPG response of 21% was observed for 1040 ppm of LPG, for pure ZnO nanorods sample. After Au sensitization on ZnO nanorods film sample, the LPG response greatly improved up to 48% at operating temperature 623 K. The improved LPG response is attributed Au sensitization with spill-over mechanism. Proposed model for LPG sensing mechanism discussed.

  19. Effects of Ag-induced acceptor defects on the band gap tuning and conductivity of Li:ZnO films

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    Li, Jian-Chang; Cao, Qing; Hou, Xue-Yan

    2013-05-01

    The effects of Ag-induced acceptor defects on the band gap tuning and conductivity of Li:ZnO film grown by the sol-gel method were investigated. The structural analyses indicate that the Ag-Li:ZnO films possess hexagonal structure with the substitutional Ag defect at the Zn site (AgZn) and the interstitial Li defect (Lii). The decreased film transmittance and band gap with Ag-Li codoping is mainly due to the incorporation of foreign impurity levels by the AgZn and Lii defects. The electrical measurements reveal that doping can obviously improve the film conductivity, which could be attributed to the reduction of the grain boundary scattering and the inter-diffusion of the Ag nanoparticles, as well as the decreased ionization energy of the acceptor owing to the AgZn defects. The electronic structures of Ag-Li:ZnO were further studied by the first-principles calculations and the results show that the AgZn defects may lead to p-type conductivity of ZnO.

  20. Facile Synthesis and Highly Electrocatalytic and Photocatalytic Performances of Nido-Like Ag/ZnO Composite Microspheres

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    Pan, Lu; Shen, Liying; Li, Li; Li, Chen

    2015-09-01

    Nido-like Ag/ZnO composites with different Ag contents were obtained by calcining each precursor prepared via a facile and easily controlled hydrothermal method. The resulting samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The experiments demonstrated that Ag/ZnO composites were assembled by numerous flakes with a mean thickness of 150 nm. The electrocatalytic and photocatalytic performances of Ag/ZnO composites were investigated. The results indicated that the addition of Ag nanoparticles could effectively enhance the electrocatalytic and photocatalytic activity of the products. The sample with 4% Ag exhibited the highest electrocatalytic and photocatalytic activity.

  1. Synthesis of spherical Ag/ZnO heterostructural composites with excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light and UV irradiation

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    Liu, Hairui; Hu, Yanchun; Zhang, Zhuxia; Liu, Xuguang; Jia, Husheng; Xu, Bingshe

    2015-11-01

    Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) decorated ZnO microspheres (ZnO-MSs) heterostructural composites were fabricated via a two-step chemical method. The ZnO-MSs with the diameter about 700 nm was initially prepared by ultrasonic technology. Subsequently, Ag-NPs with a diameter of 20-50 nm were anchored onto the surface of the as-prepared ZnO-MSs by a microwave polyol process. The morphology, structural and optical properties of the as-synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution TEM (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results show that the surface plasmon absorption band of Ag/ZnO composites is distinctly broadened and the PL intensity of Ag/ZnO heterostructural composites varies with the increase of Ag loading. The photocatalytic activity of the Ag/ZnO composites were evaluated by the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) solution under ultraviolet (UV) and visible light irradiation. The rate of degradation of the as-prepared Ag/ZnO composites was more than triple times faster than that of pure ZnO-MSs under UV light, which was ascribed to the formation of Schottky barriers in the regions between Ag-NPs and ZnO-MSs. Furthermore, Ag/ZnO composites exhibit superior photocatalytic activity over ZnO-MSs in the visible light region owing to the effective electron transfer from plasmon-excited Ag(0) nanoparticles to ZnO-MSs by strong localization of surface plasmon resonance (SPR). This can effectively decrease the recombination of electron-hole pairs, lead to a prolonged lifetime of the electron-holes pairs that promotes the degradation efficiency. The chemical stability and reusability of Ag/ZnO powders were also investigated.

  2. Evaluation of gas-sensing properties of ZnO nanostructures electrochemically doped with Au nanophases

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    Penza, Michele; Alvisi, Marco; Di Franco, Cinzia; Palmisano, Francesco; Torsi, Luisa

    2016-01-01

    Summary A one-step electrochemical method based on sacrificial anode electrolysis (SAE) was used to deposit stabilized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) directly on the surface of nanostructured ZnO powders, previously synthesized through a sol–gel process. The effect of thermal annealing temperatures (300 and 550 °C) on chemical, morphological, and structural properties of pristine and Au-doped ZnO nancomposites (Au@ZnO) was investigated. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), revealed the successful deposition of nanoscale gold on the surface of spherical and rod-like ZnO nanostructures, obtained after annealing at 300 and 550 °C, respectively. The pristine ZnO and Au@ZnO nanocomposites are proposed as active layer in chemiresistive gas sensors for low-cost processing. Gas-sensing measurements towards NO2 were collected at 300 °C, evaluating not only the Au-doping effect, but also the influence of the different ZnO nanostructures on the gas-sensing properties. PMID:26925349

  3. Highly selective NH3 gas sensor based on Au loaded ZnO nanostructures prepared using microwave-assisted method.

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    Shingange, K; Tshabalala, Z P; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Motaung, D E; Mhlongo, G H

    2016-10-01

    ZnO nanorods synthesized using microwave-assisted approach were functionalized with gold (Au) nanoparticles. The Au coverage on the surface of the functionalized ZnO was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the Au precursor. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results, it was confirmed that Au form nanoparticles loaded on the surface of ZnO. The small Au loading level of 0.5wt% showed the highest response of 1600-100ppm of NH3 gas at room temperature (RT) whereas further increase of Au loading level resulted in poor detection of NH3. All Au loaded ZnO (Au/ZnO) based sensors exhibited very short recovery and response times compared to unloaded ZnO sensing materials. The responses of ZnO and Au/ZnO based sensors (0.5-2.5wt%) to other flammable gases, including H2, CO and CH4, were considerably less, demonstrating that Au/ZnO based sensors were highly selective to NH3 gas at room temperature. Spill over mechanism which is the main reason for the observed enhanced NH3 response with 0.5 Au loading level is explained in detail. PMID:27388126

  4. ZnO/Ag sputtering deposition on a-Si solar cells

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    Hayashi, Katsuhiko; Kondo, Masataka; Ishikawa, Atsuo; Yamagishi, Hideo

    1994-12-31

    In order to produce large area amorphous silicon solar cell modules and to simplify the module production process, a continuous ZnO/Ag sputtering deposition process has been applied. The authors found that by means of a continuous ZnO/Ag sputtering deposition method an adhesive a-Si/electrode contact can be realized. They compared short circuit currents of Al,ZnO/Al and ZnO/Ag back side contact cells and confirmed short circuit current increase by application of ZnO/Ag back side contact. They found that the series resistance is severely dependent on the conditions during the first stage of ZnO deposition. They confirmed the reliability of ZnO/Ag structure as the back side contact through high temperature high humidity test. After 310 hours accelerated light induced degradation test which corresponds to one year light exposure the 100cm2 integrated a-Si tandem solar cell kept the efficiency higher than 8.5%.

  5. Laser irradiation-induced Au-ZnO nanospheres with enhanced sensitivity and stability for ethanol sensing.

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    Zhang, Hao; Wu, Shouliang; Liu, Jun; Cai, Yunyu; Liang, Changhao

    2016-08-10

    Incorporating noble metal nanoparticles on the surface or the inner side of semiconductors to form a hybrid nanostructure is an effective route for improving the gas sensing performance of the semiconductors. In this study, we present novel Au-decorated ZnO nanospheres (Au-ZnO NSs) obtained by the laser irradiation of liquids. Structural characterization indicated that the Au-ZnO NSs consisted of single crystalline ZnO NSs with a few Au nanoparticles decorated on their surfaces and abundant encapsulated Au nanoparticles with relatively small sizes. Laser irradiation-induced heating-melting-evaporating processes are responsible for the formation of unique Au-ZnO NSs. The gas sensing properties of the Au-ZnO NSs, as gas sensing materials, were investigated and compared with those of pure ZnO NSs. The former showed a lower working temperature, higher sensitivity, better selectivity, and good reproducibility. The response values of the Au-ZnO NS and pure ZnO NS sensors to ethanol of 100 ppm were 252 and 75 at a working temperature of 320 °C and 360 °C, respectively. Significant enhancements in gas sensing performance should be attributed to the electronic sensitization induced by the depleted layers between the encapsulated Au nanoparticles and ZnO and chemical sensitization originating from the catalytic effects of Au nanoparticles decorated on the surfaces that dissociated molecular oxygen. PMID:27465699

  6. Growth of Single- and Bilayer ZnO on Au(111) and Interaction with Copper

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    Deng, Xingyi; Yao, Kun; Sun, Keju; Li, Wei-Xue; Lee, Junseok; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-05-02

    The stoichiometric single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) have been prepared by reactive deposition of Zn on Au(111) and studied in detail with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Both single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) adopt a planar, graphite-like structure similar to freestanding ZnO(0001) due to the weak van der Waals interactions dominating their adhesion with the Au(111) substrate. At higher temperature, the single-layer ZnO(0001) converts gradually to bi-layer ZnO(0001) due to the twice stronger interaction between two ZnO layers than the interfacial adhesion of ZnO with Au substrate. It is found that Cu atoms on the surface of bi-layer ZnO(0001) are mobile with a diffusion barrier of 0.31 eV, and likely to agglomerate and form nanosized particles at low coverages; while Cu atoms tend to penetrate a single layer of ZnO(0001) with a barrier of 0.10 eV, resulting in a Cu free surface.

  7. Influence of Ag-Au microstructure on the photoelectrocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanotube array photocatalysts.

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    Wang, Qingyao; Wang, Xiaotong; Zhang, Miao; Li, Guihua; Gao, Shanmin; Li, Mingyang; Zhang, Yiqing

    2016-02-01

    In this work, vertically-aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTs) were grown on Ti substrates via a facile electrochemical anodization method followed by calcinations. Then, Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles were deposited on the obtained TiO2 NTs via UV reduction and displacement reaction, respectively. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy indicated that Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles grew uniformly on the walls of TiO2 NTs. Investigation results from removal of methyl orange (MO) and Cr(IV) ions indicated that the as-prepared bimetal plasmonic photocatalysts exhibited excellent photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activities. The influences of Ag-Au alloy and core-shell microstructures on PEC properties of TiO2 NTs were investigated and the TiO2 NTs/Ag@Au photocatalyst showed more outstanding PEC removal efficiency than that of TiO2 NTs/Ag-Au due to the regular core-shell microstructure and low recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. PMID:26555961

  8. In situ biosynthesis of Ag, Au and bimetallic nanoparticles using Piper pedicellatum C.DC: green chemistry approach.

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    Tamuly, Chandan; Hazarika, Moushumi; Borah, Sarat Ch; Das, Manash R; Boruah, Manas P

    2013-02-01

    The synthesis of Ag, Au and Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles using Piper pedicellatum C.DC leaf extract is demonstrated here. The rapid formation of stable Ag and Au nanoparticles has been found using P. pedicellatum C.DC leaf extract in aqueous medium at normal atmospheric condition. Competitive reduction of Ag(+) and Au(3+) ions present simultaneously in solution during exposure to P. pedicellatum C.DC leaf extract leads to the synthesis of bimetallic Ag-Au nanoparticles in solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis revealed that the Ag nanoparticles predominantly form spherical in shape with the size range of 2.0±0.5-30.0±1.2 nm. In case of Au nanoparticles, the particles are spherical in shape along with few triangular, hexagonal and pentagonal shaped nanoparticles also observed. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies revealed that the nanoparticles were face centered cubic (fcc) in shape. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) showed nanoparticles were capped with plant compounds. The chemical constituents, viz. catechin, gallic acid, courmaric acid and protocatechuic acid of the leaf extract were identified which may act as a reducing, stabilizing and capping agent. The expected reaction mechanism in the formation of Ag and Au nanoparticles is also reported. PMID:23107941

  9. Hydroquinone-assisted synthesis of branched au-ag nanoparticles with polydopamine coating as highly efficient photothermal agents.

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    Li, Jing; Wang, Wenjing; Zhao, Liang; Rong, Li; Lan, Shijie; Sun, Hongchen; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2015-06-01

    Despite the success of galvanic replacement in preparing hollow nanostructures with diversified morphologies via the replacement reaction between sacrificial metal nanoparticles (NPs) seeds and less active metal ions, limited advances are made for producing branched alloy nanostructures. In this paper, we report an extended galvanic replacement for preparing branched Au-Ag NPs with Au-rich core and Ag branches using hydroquinone (HQ) as the reductant. In the presence of HQ, the preformed Ag seeds are replaceable by Au and, in turn, supply the growth of Ag branches. By altering the feed ratio of Ag seeds, HAuCl4, and HQ, the size and morphology of the NPs are tunable. Accordingly, the surface plasmon resonance absorption is tuned to near-infrared (NIR) region, making the branched NPs as potential materials in photothermal therapy. The branched NPs are further coated with polydopamine (PDA) shell via dopamine polymerization at room temperature. In comparison with bare NPs, PDA-coated branched Au-Ag (Au-Ag@PDA) NPs exhibit improved stability, biocompatibility, and photothermal performance. In vitro experiments indicate that the branched Au-Ag@PDA NPs are competitive agents for photothermal ablation of cancer cells. PMID:25969998

  10. Chloroplasts-mediated biosynthesis of nanoscale Au-Ag alloy for 2-butanone assay based on electrochemical sensor

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    2012-01-01

    We reported a one-pot, environmentally friendly method for biosynthesizing nanoscale Au-Ag alloy using chloroplasts as reducers and stabilizers. The prepared nanoscale Au-Ag alloy was characterized by UV–visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was further used to identify the possible biomolecules from chloroplasts that are responsible for the formation and stabilization of Au-Ag alloy. The FTIR results showed that chloroplast proteins bound to the nanoscale Au-Ag alloy through free amino groups. The bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles have only one plasmon band, indicating the formation of an alloy structure. HR-TEM images showed that the prepared Au-Ag alloy was spherical and 15 to 20 nm in diameter. The high crystallinity of the Au-Ag alloy was confirmed by SAED and XRD patterns. The prepared Au-Ag alloy was dispersed into multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to form a nanosensing film. The nanosensing film exhibited high electrocatalytic activity for 2-butanone oxidation at room temperature. The anodic peak current (Ip) has a linear relationship with the concentrations of 2-butanone over the range of 0.01% to 0.075% (v/v), when analyzed by cyclic voltammetry. The excellent electronic catalytic characteristics might be attributed to the synergistic electron transfer effects of Au-Ag alloy and MWNTs. It can reasonably be expected that this electrochemical biosensor provided a promising platform for developing a breath sensor to screen and pre-warn of early cancer, especially gastric cancer. PMID:22916797

  11. Chloroplasts-mediated biosynthesis of nanoscale Au-Ag alloy for 2-butanone assay based on electrochemical sensor

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    Zhang, Yixia; Gao, Guo; Qian, Qirong; Cui, Daxiang

    2012-08-01

    We reported a one-pot, environmentally friendly method for biosynthesizing nanoscale Au-Ag alloy using chloroplasts as reducers and stabilizers. The prepared nanoscale Au-Ag alloy was characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was further used to identify the possible biomolecules from chloroplasts that are responsible for the formation and stabilization of Au-Ag alloy. The FTIR results showed that chloroplast proteins bound to the nanoscale Au-Ag alloy through free amino groups. The bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles have only one plasmon band, indicating the formation of an alloy structure. HR-TEM images showed that the prepared Au-Ag alloy was spherical and 15 to 20 nm in diameter. The high crystallinity of the Au-Ag alloy was confirmed by SAED and XRD patterns. The prepared Au-Ag alloy was dispersed into multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to form a nanosensing film. The nanosensing film exhibited high electrocatalytic activity for 2-butanone oxidation at room temperature. The anodic peak current (Ip) has a linear relationship with the concentrations of 2-butanone over the range of 0.01% to 0.075% (v/v), when analyzed by cyclic voltammetry. The excellent electronic catalytic characteristics might be attributed to the synergistic electron transfer effects of Au-Ag alloy and MWNTs. It can reasonably be expected that this electrochemical biosensor provided a promising platform for developing a breath sensor to screen and pre-warn of early cancer, especially gastric cancer.

  12. Mechanical and Electrical Performance of Thermally Stable Au-ZnO films

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    Schoeppner, Rachel L.; Goeke, Ronald S.; Moody, Neville R.; Bahr, David F.

    2015-03-28

    The mechanical properties, thermal stability, and electrical performance of Au–ZnO composite thin films are determined in this work. The co-deposition of ZnO with Au via physical vapor deposition leads to grain refinement over that of pure Au; the addition of 0.1 vol.% ZnO reduces the as-grown grain size by over 30%. The hardness of the as-grown films doubles with 2% ZnO, from 1.8 to 3.6 GPa as measured by nanoindentation. Films with ZnO additions greater than 0.5% show no significant grain growth after annealing at 350 °C, while pure gold and smaller additions do exhibit grain growth and subsequent mechanicalmore » softening. Films with 1% and 2% ZnO show a decrease of approximately 50% in electrical resistivity and no change in hardness after annealing. A model accounting for both changes in the interface structure between dispersed ZnO particles and the Au matrix captures the changes in mechanical and electrical resistivity. Furthermore, the addition of 1–2% ZnO co-deposited with Au provides a method to create mechanically hard and thermally stable films with a resistivity less than 80 nΩ-m. Our results complement previous studies of other alloying systems, suggesting oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) gold shows a desirable hardness–resistivity relationship that is relatively independent of the particular ODS chemistry.« less

  13. Mechanical and Electrical Performance of Thermally Stable Au-ZnO films

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    Schoeppner, Rachel L.; Goeke, Ronald S.; Moody, Neville R.; Bahr, David F.

    2015-03-28

    The mechanical properties, thermal stability, and electrical performance of Au–ZnO composite thin films are determined in this work. The co-deposition of ZnO with Au via physical vapor deposition leads to grain refinement over that of pure Au; the addition of 0.1 vol.% ZnO reduces the as-grown grain size by over 30%. The hardness of the as-grown films doubles with 2% ZnO, from 1.8 to 3.6 GPa as measured by nanoindentation. Films with ZnO additions greater than 0.5% show no significant grain growth after annealing at 350 °C, while pure gold and smaller additions do exhibit grain growth and subsequent mechanical softening. Films with 1% and 2% ZnO show a decrease of approximately 50% in electrical resistivity and no change in hardness after annealing. A model accounting for both changes in the interface structure between dispersed ZnO particles and the Au matrix captures the changes in mechanical and electrical resistivity. Furthermore, the addition of 1–2% ZnO co-deposited with Au provides a method to create mechanically hard and thermally stable films with a resistivity less than 80 nΩ-m. Our results complement previous studies of other alloying systems, suggesting oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) gold shows a desirable hardness–resistivity relationship that is relatively independent of the particular ODS chemistry.

  14. Sonochemically synthesized mono and bimetallic Au-Ag reduced graphene oxide based nanocomposites with enhanced catalytic activity.

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    Neppolian, Bernaurdshaw; Wang, Chang; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2014-11-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) supported Ag and Au mono-metallic and Au-Ag bimetallic catalysts were synthesized using a sonochemical method. Bimetallic catalysts containing different weight ratios of Au and Ag were loaded onto GO utilizing a low frequency horn-type ultrasonicator. High frequency ultrasonication was used to efficiently reduce Ag(I) and Au(III) ions in the presence of polyethylene glycol and 2-propanol. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM-EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to analyze the morphology, size, shape and chemical oxidation states of the prepared metallic catalysts on GO. The catalytic efficiency of the prepared catalysts were compared using 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction reaction and the subsequent formation of 4-aminophenol (4-AP) that was also monitored using UV-vis spectrophotometry. The results revealed that Au-Ag-GO bimetallic catalysts showed high activity for the conversion of 4-NP to 4-AP than their monometallic counterparts. Amongst different weight ratios (1:1, 1:2 and 2:1) between Au and Ag, the 1:2 (Au:Ag) catalyst exhibited very good catalytic performance for the conversion of 4-NP to 4-AP. A total reduction of 4-NP took place within a short period of time if Au-GO was reduced first followed by Ag reduction, whereas a lower reduction rate was observed if Ag-GO was reduced first. The same trend was observed for all the ratios of bimetallic catalysts prepared by this method. The initial unfavorable reduction potential of Ag(I) is likely to be responsible for the above order. It was found that applying dual frequency ultrasonication was a highly effective way of preparing bimetallic catalysts requiring relatively low levels of added chemicals and producing bimetallic catalysts with GO with improved catalytic efficiency. PMID:24582660

  15. Blood surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy based on Ag and Au nanoparticles for nasopharyngeal cancer detection

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    Lin, Duo; Ge, Xiaosong; Lin, Xueliang; Chen, Guannan; Chen, Rong

    2016-05-01

    This study aims to evaluate and compare the utility of blood surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) based on Au or Ag nanoparticles (NPs), respectively, for detection of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). A rapid home-made Raman system was employed for SERS measurement, and high quality SERS spectra can be recorded from blood plasma samples belonging to 60 healthy volunteers and 100 NPC patients, using both metallic NPs. The spectral differences under Ag-SERS measurement between the normal and cancer groups are more significant than Au-SERS. Principal component analysis combined with linear discriminant analysis (PCA-LDA) was used for differentiating the two blood groups with a diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of 90% and 95%, respectively, using Ag-SERS method, which has almost a 20% improvement in diagnostic specificity in comparison to Au-SERS. This exploratory study demonstrates that blood SERS based on Ag NPs is capable of achieving a better diagnostic performance for NPC detection, and has promising potential for improving NPC screening.

  16. The Role of d-Orbitals in the Rashba Splitting on Au(111) and Ag(111)

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    Lee, Hyungjun; Choi, Hyoung Joon

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the Rashba-type spin splitting in sp-derived Shockley surface states on (111) surfaces of noble metals, such as Au(111) and Ag(111), based on first-principles calculations including the spin-orbit interaction. By turning on and off l-dependent spin-orbit coupling one by one, we find that although the surface states on Au(111) have predominantly p-orbital character, the spin splitting in energy originates mainly from d-orbital character of the surface states. We also demonstrate that the spin splitting in surface states of both metallic surfaces of Au(111) and Ag(111) can be controlled by varying the sizes of d-orbital parts of the surface-state wave functions. These results show that in addition to difference in the atomic spin-orbit strength in Au and Ag, difference in d-orbital contributions to the surface states makes substantial difference in the sizes of the Rashba-type spin splitting in their surface electronic structures. This work was supported by the NRF of Korea (Grant Nos. 2009-0081204 and 2011-0018306) and KISTI Supercomputing Center (Project No. KSC-2011-C2-04).

  17. Fe-Au and Fe-Ag composites as candidates for biodegradable stent materials.

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    Huang, Tao; Cheng, Jian; Bian, Dong; Zheng, Yufeng

    2016-02-01

    In this study, Fe-Ag and Fe-Au composites were fabricated by powder metallurgy using spark plasma sintering. Their microstructures, mechanical properties, and biocorrosion behavior were investigated by using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, environment scanning electronic microscopy, compressive test, electrochemical measurements, and immersion tests. Microstructure characterization indicated that the as-sintered iron-based materials obtained much finer grains than that of as-cast pure iron. Phase analysis showed that the Fe-Ag composites were composed of α-Fe and pure Ag phases, and Fe-Au composites consisted of α-Fe and Au phases. Compressive test showed that the improved mechanical strengths were obtained in as-sintered iron-based materials, among which the Fe-5 wt %Ag exhibited the best mechanical properties. The electrochemical and immersion tests revealed that the addition of Ag and Au could increase the corrosion rate of the iron matrix and change the corrosion mode into more uniform one. Based on the results of cytotoxicity evaluation, it was found that all the experimental material extracts performed no significant toxicity on the L-929 cells and EA. hy-926 cells, whereas a considerable inhibition on the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells was observed. The hemocompatibility tests showed that the hemolysis of all the experimental materials was within the range of 5%, which is the criteria value of biomaterials with good hemocomaptibility. The amount of platelet adhered on the surface of as-sintered iron-based materials was lower than that of as-cast pure iron, and the morphology of platelets kept smoothly spherical on the surface of all the experimental materials. PMID:25727071

  18. Ferritin-mediated biomimetic synthesis of bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles on graphene nanosheets for electrochemical detection of hydrogen peroxide

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Jiku; Ni, Pengjuan; Li, Zhuang

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrated a biomimetic green synthesis of bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on graphene nanosheets (GNs). The spherical protein, ferritin (Fr), was bound onto GNs and served as the template for the synthesis of GN/Au-Ag nanohybrids. The created GN/Au-Ag nanohybrids were further utilized to fabricate a non-enzymatic amperometric biosensor for the sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and this biosensor displayed high performances to determine H2O2 with a detection limit of 20.0 × 10-6 M and a linear detection range from 2.0 μM to 7.0 mM.

  19. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance of ZnO nanowires integrated with CdS and Ag2S.

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    Chen, Chienhua; Li, Zhengcao; Lin, Hehnan; Wang, Guojing; Liao, Jiecui; Li, Mingyang; Lv, Shasha; Li, Wei

    2016-02-18

    A series of ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures with different amounts of Ag2S were prepared using simple and low-cost successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and a chemical precipitation method. The ZnO nanowires, with a diameter of ∼100 nm and a length of ∼1 μm, were modified by coating CdS and Ag2S. CdS has a high absorption coefficient and can efficiently match with the energy levels of ZnO, which can enhance the light absorption ability of the nanostructures. In addition, Ag2S with a narrow band gap was used as the main light absorber and played an important role in increasing the light absorption in the visible light region. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures was investigated using the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution under visible light. The ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures were found to be more efficient than ZnO nanowires, ZnO-CdS nanowires, and ZnO-Ag2S nanowires. There is 7.68 times more photocatalytic activity for MO degradation in terms of the rate constant for ZnO-CdS-Ag2S 15-cycle ternary nanostructure compared to the as-grown ZnO. Furthermore, the effect of the amount of Ag2S and CdS on the ZnO surface on the photocatalytic activity was analyzed. The superior photo-absorption properties and photocatalytic performance of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures can be ascribed to the heterostructure, which enhanced the separation of the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. In addition, visible light could be absorbed by ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures rather than by ZnO. PMID:26815888

  20. The synthesis and characterization of Ag-N dual-doped p-type ZnO: experiment and theory.

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    Duan, Li; Wang, Pei; Yu, Xiaochen; Han, Xiao; Chen, Yongnan; Zhao, Peng; Li, Donglin; Yao, Ran

    2014-03-01

    Ag-N dual-doped ZnO films have been fabricated by a chemical bath deposition method. The p-type conductivity of the dual-doped ZnO:(Ag, N) is stable over a long period of time, and the hole concentration in the ZnO:(Ag, N) is much higher than that in mono-doped ZnO:Ag or ZnO:N. We found that this is because AgZn-NO complex acceptors can be formed in ZnO:(Ag, N). First-principles calculations show that the complex acceptors generate a fully occupied band above the valance band maximum, so the acceptor levels become shallower and the hole concentration is increased. Furthermore, the binding energy of the Ag-N complex in ZnO is negative, so ZnO:(Ag, N) can be stable. These results indicate that the Ag-N dual-doping may be expected to be a potential route to achieving high-quality p-type ZnO for use in a variety of devices. PMID:24448605

  1. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-07-01

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  2. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-05-16

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including x-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  3. Au@Ag core/shell cuboids and dumbbells: Optical properties and SERS response

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    Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Liu, Zhonghui; Ye, Jian; Khlebtsov, Nikolai G.

    2015-12-01

    Recent studies have conclusively shown that the plasmonic properties of Au nanorods can be finely controlled by Ag coating. Here, we investigate the effect of asymmetric silver overgrowth of Au nanorods on their extinction and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) properties for colloids and self-assembled monolayers. Au@Ag core/shell cuboids and dumbbells were fabricated through a seed-mediated anisotropic growth process, in which AgCl was reduced by use of Au nanorods with narrow size and shape distribution as seeds. Upon tailoring the reaction rate, monodisperse cuboids and dumbbells were synthesized and further transformed into water-soluble powders of PEGylated nanoparticles. The extinction spectra of AuNRs were in excellent agreement with T-matrix simulations based on size and shape distributions of randomly oriented particles. The multimodal plasmonic properties of the Au@Ag cuboids and dumbbells were investigated by comparing the experimental extinction spectra with finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The SERS efficiencies of the Au@Ag cuboids and dumbbells were compared in two options: (1) individual SERS enhancers in colloids and (2) self-assembled monolayers formed on a silicon wafer by drop casting of nanopowder solutions mixed with a drop of Raman reporters. By using 1,4-aminothiophenol Raman reporter molecules, the analytical SERS enhancement factor (AEF) of the colloidal dumbbells was determined to be 5.1×106, which is an order of magnitude higher than the AEF=4.0×105 for the cuboids. This difference can be explained by better fitting of the dumbbell plasmon resonance to the excitation laser wavelength. In contrast to the colloidal measurements, the AEF=5×107 of self-assembled cuboid monolayers was almost twofold higher than that for dumbbell monolayers, as determined with rhodamine 6G Raman reporters. According to TEM data and electromagnetic simulations, the better SERS response of the self-assembled cuboids is due to uniform

  4. Aging and annealing effects on properties of Ag-N dual-acceptor doped ZnO thin films

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    Swapna, R.; Amiruddin, R.; Santhosh Kumar, M. C.

    2013-02-05

    Ag-N dual acceptor doping into ZnO has been proposed to realize p-ZnO thin film of different concentrations (1, 2 and 4 at.%) by spray pyrolysis at 623 K and then 4 at.% films annealed at 673 K and 723 K for 1 hr. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that all the films are preferentially oriented along (002) plane. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) confirms the presence of Ag and N in 2 at.% ZnO:(Ag, N) film. Hall measurement shows that 4 at.% ZnO:(Ag, N) film achieved minimum resistivity with high hole concentration. The p-type conductivity of the ZnO:(Ag, N) films is retained even after 180 days. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of ZnO:(Ag, N) films show low density of native defects.

  5. Preparation, characterization and dye adsorption of Au nanoparticles/ZnAl layered double oxides nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Yu Xin; Hao, Xiao Dong; Kuang, Min; Zhao, Han; Wen, Zhong Quan

    2013-10-01

    In this work, Au/ZnAl-layer double oxides (LDO) nanocomposties were prepared through a facile calcination process of AuCl4- intercalated ZnAl-layered double hydroxides (LDHs) nanocomposites. The morphology and crystal structure of these nanocomposites were characterized by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and N2 sorption analysis. By tailoring the process parameter, such as calcination temperature, heating time and the component composition, the adsorption properties of methyl orange (MO) on the Au/ZnAl-LDO nanocomposites were investigated in this work. In a typical adsorption process, it was found that 0.985 mg of MO (0.01 g L-1, 100 mL, 1 mg of MO in total) can be removed in 60 min by utilizing only 2.5 mg of Au/ZnAl-LDO (Au content, 1%) as adsorbents. Our adsorption data obtained from the Langmuir model also gave good values of the determination coefficient, and the saturated adsorption capacity of Au/ZnAl-LDO nanocomposites for MO was found to be 627.51 mg/g under ambient condition (e.g., room temperature, 1 atm). In principle, these hybrid nanostructures with higher adsorption abilities could be very promising adsorbents for wastewater treatment.

  6. An intermetallic Au24Ag20 superatom nanocluster stabilized by labile ligands.

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    Wang, Yu; Su, Haifeng; Xu, Chaofa; Li, Gang; Gell, Lars; Lin, Shuichao; Tang, Zichao; Häkkinen, Hannu; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2015-04-01

    An intermetallic nanocluster containing 44 metal atoms, Au24Ag20(2-SPy)4(PhC≡C)20Cl2, was successfully synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal analysis and density funtional theory computations. The 44 metal atoms in the cluster are arranged as a concentric three-shell Au12@Ag20@Au12 Keplerate structure having a high symmetry. For the first time, the co-presence of three different types of anionic ligands (i.e., phenylalkynyl, 2-pyridylthiolate, and chloride) was revealed on the surface of metal nanoclusters. Similar to thiolates, alkynyls bind linearly to surface Au atoms using their σ-bonds, leading to the formation of two types of surface staple units (PhC≡C-Au-L, L = PhC≡C(-) or 2-pyridylthiolate) on the cluster. The co-presence of three different surface ligands allows the site-specific surface and functional modification of the cluster. The lability of PhC≡C(-) ligands on the cluster was demonstrated, making it possible to keep the metal core intact while removing partial surface capping. Moreover, it was found that ligand exchange on the cluster occurs easily to offer various derivatives with the same metal core but different surface functionality and thus different solubility. PMID:25803406

  7. ZnO/Ag composite nanorod arrays for surface-plasmon-enhanced emission study

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    Pal, Anil Kumar E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com; Mohan, D. Bharathi E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com

    2014-04-24

    The surface plasmon resonance enhanced emission through coupling of surface plasmons and exciton band energies is studied in hybrid ZnO/Ag nanostructure. The catalytic growth of ZnO nanorods is controlled in seed mediated growth by altering size distribution of Ag nanoislands. X-ray diffraction shows a predominant (002) crystal plane confirming the preferential growth of ZnO nanorods on as-deposited Ag. Increase of surface roughness in Ag film by post deposition annealing process enhances the light emission due to momentum matching between surface plasmons and excitons as well as a red shift of 32 meV occurs due to multi phonon and phonon-exciton interaction.

  8. Identification of Au-Sn phase in Ag3Sn alloys containing gold.

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    Malhotra, M L; Lawless, K R

    1975-03-01

    Substitution of gold in part for silver in Ag3Sn alloys is found to result in two separate phases: gamma (Ag3Sn particles) grains with a uniform distribution of gold within the grain and an Au-Sn phase in a form of ring surrounding the gamma grain. The thickness of this ring increases with increasing gold concentration. The phases were identified by using the techniques of x-ray diffraction, optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. PMID:1176478

  9. UV photodetectors based on 3D periodic Au-decorated nanocone ZnO films.

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    Fan, Haowen; Sun, Mengwei; Ma, Pengsha; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong; Ma, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Thermal nanoimprinting technology was employed to fabricate 3D periodic nanocone ZnO films with different height/pitch values for photodetectors to optimize their light capturing property. The photocurrents of patterned film photodetectors increase with the height/pitch values. The patterned ZnO-Au hybrid film further boosts the ultraviolet (UV) response. Due to the co-contribution of the light trapping of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier in the Au/ZnO interface, the patterned ZnO-Au hybrid films with height/pitch of 40 nm/866 nm exhibit the best UV photoresponse (I on/I off = 779.927), which is 3.8 times higher than its film counterpart (I on/I off = 164.1). PMID:27482636

  10. UV photodetectors based on 3D periodic Au-decorated nanocone ZnO films

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    Fan, Haowen; Sun, Mengwei; Ma, Pengsha; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong; Ma, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Thermal nanoimprinting technology was employed to fabricate 3D periodic nanocone ZnO films with different height/pitch values for photodetectors to optimize their light capturing property. The photocurrents of patterned film photodetectors increase with the height/pitch values. The patterned ZnO–Au hybrid film further boosts the ultraviolet (UV) response. Due to the co-contribution of the light trapping of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier in the Au/ZnO interface, the patterned ZnO–Au hybrid films with height/pitch of 40 nm/866 nm exhibit the best UV photoresponse (I on/I off = 779.927), which is 3.8 times higher than its film counterpart (I on/I off = 164.1).

  11. First-principles study of diffusion of Li, Na, K and Ag in ZnO

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    Huang, Gui-Yang; Wang, Chong-Yu; Wang, Jian-Tao

    2009-08-01

    Based on ab initio total energy calculations, Li, Na and Ag interstitials are found to be stable with at least a 1.56 eV energy barrier to transform to a zinc substitutional site in ZnO, whereas K interstitial has a relatively small energy barrier at 0.79 eV. The isolated dopant substitutional defects (LiZn, NaZn, KZn and AgZn) are found to be rather stable, with at least a 3.4 eV energy barrier to transform to an interstitial site. All of the dopant interstitials (Lii, Nai, Ki and Agi) are fast diffusers. The diffusion of Li interstitial is isotropic, whereas the diffusion of Na, K and Ag interstitials is highly anisotropic. Fundamental processes of the vacancy-assisted mechanisms are systematically investigated and specific values of the energy barriers are obtained.

  12. Characteristics of localized surface plasmons excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles.

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    Tanaka, Daisuke; Imazu, Keisuke; Sung, Jinwoo; Park, Cheolmin; Okamoto, Koichi; Tamada, Kaoru

    2015-10-01

    The fundamental characteristics of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles (AgNPs and AuNPs, respectively) were investigated. Mixed monolayered films were fabricated at the air-water interface at different mixing ratios. The films retained their phase-segregated morphologies in which AuNPs formed several 10 to 100 nm island domains in a homogeneous AgNP matrix phase. The LSPR bands originating from the self-assembled domains shifted to longer wavelengths as the domain size increased, as predicted by a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. The FDTD simulation also revealed that even an alternating-lattice-structured two-dimensional (2D) AgNP/AuNP film retained two isolated LSPR bands, revealing that the plasmon resonances excited on each particle did not couple even in a continuous 2D sheet, unlike in the homologous NP system. The fluorescence quenching test of Cy3 and Cy5 dyes confirmed that the independent functions of AuNPs and AgNPs remained in the mixed films, whereas the AuNPs exhibited significantly higher quenching efficiency for the Cy3 dye compared with AgNPs due to the overlap of the excitation/emission bands of the dyes with the AuNP LSPR band. Various applications can be considered using this nanoheterostructured plasmonic assembly to excite spatially designed, high-density LSPR on macroscopic surfaces. PMID:26332039

  13. Optical properties of Ag-related centers in bulk ZnSe

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    Holtz, P. O.; Monemar, B.; Loykowski, H. J.

    1985-07-01

    A detailed optical study of defects induced by Ag diffusion into bulk ZnSe is presented. Two dominating Ag-related centers are found, a deep acceptor AgZn with binding energy EA=430+/-2 meV and a neutral complex with a bound exciton (BE) transition at 2.747 eV. These results are in good agreement with recent data for liquid-phase-epitaxial Ag-doped ZnSe, but differ from previous work on bulk ZnSe, where several additional Ag-related defects were reported from photoluminescence data. From dye-laser-excited selective photoluminescence and excitation spectra both S- and P-like ``hydrogenic'' excited states of the AgZn acceptor are observed, in a sequence quite similar to more shallow substitutional acceptors in ZnSe. Thus the AgZn acceptor is a conventional acceptor with a 4d105s1 configuration, i.e., no d9 hole state is observed in the band gap. The temperature dependence of the binding energy of this acceptor level is obtained from a detailed treatment of the phonon coupling in the experimental optical cross sections σ0n(hν). The 2.747-eV BE state is concluded to be a neutral Ag-related complex with an electronic structure compatible with the Hopfield-Thomas-Lynch model, with a hole-attractive central cell, and a shallow donor-like electron state. No splitting of this BE line is observed, and the thermal activation energy for the hole is 52+/-5 meV, in agreement with this model. The identity for this dominating Ag-related complex is suggested to be the AgZn-Agi pair (where Agi is a silver atom in an interstitial position), probably in the simplest trigonal configuration. The thermal broadening and quenching of the 2.747-eV electronic line is consistent with a linear coupling of low-energy phonon modes (both acoustic lattice modes and quasilocalized modes of energy ~2 meV) with an effective Debye temperature, ΘD,eff~60 K, indicating a strong enhancement of these low-energy modes in the phonon coupling, compared to the lattice phonon density of states in ZnSe.

  14. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic performance of pear-shaped ZnO/Ag core-shell submicrospheres

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    Guo, Xiao-Hua; Ma, Jian-Qi; Ge, Hong-Guang

    2013-05-01

    Pear-shaped ZnO/Ag core-shell submicrospheres with good monodispersity were prepared via a seed-mediated particle growth procedure, where metal Ag (by reducing Ag+ with Sn2+) deposited on the as-prepared ZnO submicrospheres served as seeds (nucleation sites) for further growth of Ag nanoparticles. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescence spectra. Structure characterization demonstrates that the ZnO/Ag composites are composed of pear-shaped wurtzite ZnO submicrosphere core and Ag nanoparticles (nanoshell). Photoluminescence indicates that Ag nanoshell can effectively inhibit the recombination of the photoinduced electrons and holes of ZnO. This is responsible for the higher photocatalytic activity of the ZnO/Ag core-shell composites. The photocatalytic performance of the prepared ZnO/Ag samples for degradation of Rhodamine B was evaluated with a comparative study. The relationship between the structure of the samples and their photocatalytic performance shows that Ag deposits can significantly enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO submicrospheres.

  15. The O, OH and OOH-assisted selective coupling of methanol on Au-Ag(111).

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    Zhong, Wenhui; Liang, Jinxia; Hu, Wei; Cao, Xinrui; Jia, Chuanyi; Jiang, Jun

    2016-04-21

    Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we performed a thorough theoretical investigation on the catalytic mechanism of oxidative self-coupling of methanol with molecular oxygen on Au-Ag catalysts. It is found that molecular oxygen can be activated via a hydroperoxyl (OOH) intermediate by taking a hydrogen atom from co-adsorbed methanol with an energy barrier of 0.51 eV, which is actually the rate determining step for the overall reaction. The O, OH and OOH oxidant formation proceeds via two channels of I and II with low barriers. We demonstrated that the oxidative coupling of methanol by OOH, atomic oxygen, and hydroxyl is much more favorable than the total oxidation of methanol, and is responsible for the high selectivity of Au-Ag catalysts in methanol oxidation. The revealed activation mechanism provides an efficient pathway for optimizing the selective coupling of methanol with dioxygen. PMID:26947704

  16. Redox-Robust Pentamethylferrocene Polymers and Supramolecular Polymers, and Controlled Self-Assembly of Pentamethylferricenium Polymer-Embedded Ag, AgI, and Au Nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haibin; Ciganda, Roberto; Castel, Patricia; Vax, Amélie; Gregurec, Danijela; Irigoyen, Joseba; Moya, Sergio; Salmon, Lionel; Zhao, Pengxiang; Ruiz, Jaime; Hernández, Ricardo; Astruc, Didier

    2015-12-01

    We report the first pentamethylferrocene (PMF) polymers and the redox chemistry of their robust polycationic pentamethylferricenium (PMFium) analogues. The PMF polymers were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a PMF-containing norbornene derivative by using the third-generation Grubbs ruthenium metathesis catalyst. Cyclic voltammetry studies allowed us to determine confidently the number of monomer units in the polymers through the Bard-Anson method. Stoichiometric oxidation by using ferricenium hexafluorophosphate quantitatively and instantaneously provided fully stable (even in aerobic solutions) blue d(5) Fe(III) metallopolymers. Alternatively, oxidation of the PMF-containing polymers was conducted by reactions with Ag(I) or Au(III) , to give PMFium polymer-embedded Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs). In the presence of I2 , oxidation by using Ag(I) gave polymer-embedded Ag/AgI NPs and AgNPs at the surface of AgI NPs. Oxidation by using Au(III) also produced an Au(I) intermediate that was trapped and characterized. Engineered single-electron transfer reactions of these redox-robust nanomaterial precursors appear to be a new way to control their formation, size, and environment in a supramolecular way. PMID:26494439

  17. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-21

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn{sup 2+} interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  18. Fabrication of AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Xiao-yu; Yuan, Shu-long; Yuan, Yu-zhen; Li, Xue

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, for improving the photocatalytic efficiency of titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs), AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell NPs are fabricated via a sol-gel (SG) process in the presence of AgAu alloy NPs with block copolymer shells as templates. The photocatalytic activities of the AgAu-TiO2 NPs on the photodecomposition of methylene blue (MB) are investigated. The AgAu-TiO2 composite NPs coated with 5.0% titania related to block copolymers show higher photocatalytic activity than the other samples in which the titania contents are larger than 5.0%. The results indicate that the increase of the thickness of the TiO2 shell leads to the decrease of the photocatalytic activity.

  19. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated Au nanorods coupled with Ag nanoparticles used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for analyzing trace melamine constituents in solution.

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    Sivashanmugan, Kundan; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Liu, Bernard Haochih; Yao, Chih-Kai

    2013-10-24

    A well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au_NRsd) was fabricated using the focused ion beam method. Au_NRsd was then coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to bridge the gaps among Au nanorods. The effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on Au_NRsd and Ag NPs/Au_NRsd was particularly verified using crystal violet (CV) as the molecular probe. Raman intensity obtained from a characteristic peak of CV on Au_NRsd was estimated by an enhancement factor of ≈10(7) in magnitude, which increased ≈10(12) in magnitude for that on Ag NPs/Au_NRsd. A highly SERS-active Ag NPs/Au_NRsd was furthermore applied for the detection of melamine (MEL) at very low concentrations. Raman-active peaks of MEL (10(-3) to 10(-12)M) in water or milk solution upon Au_NRsd or Ag NPs/Au_NRsd were well distinguished. The peaks at 680 and 702 cm(-1) for MEL molecules were found suitable to be used as the index for sensing low-concentration MEL in a varied solution, while that at 1051 cm(-1) was practical to interpret MEL molecules in water or milk solution bonded with Au (i.e., Au_NRsd) or Ag (i.e., Ag NPs/Au_NRsd) surface. At the interface of Ag NPs/Au_NRsd and MEL molecules in milk solution, a laser-induced electromagnetic field or hotspot effect was produced and competent to sense low-concentration MEL molecules interacting with Ag and Au surfaces. Accordingly, Ag NPs/Au_NRsd is very promising to be used as a fast and sensitive tool for screening MEL in complex matrices such as adulteration in e.g., food and pharmaceutical products. PMID:24120168

  20. Plasmonic effects of au/ag bimetallic multispiked nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications.

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    Sharma, Manisha; Pudasaini, Pushpa Raj; Ruiz-Zepeda, Francisco; Vinogradova, Ekaterina; Ayon, Arturo A

    2014-09-10

    In recent years, there has been considerable interest in the use of plasmons, that is, free electron oscillations in conductors, to boost the performance of both organic and inorganic thin film solar cells. This has been driven by the possibility of employing thin active layers in solar cells in order to reduce materials costs, and is enabled by significant advances in fabrication technology. The ability of surface plasmons in metallic nanostructures to guide and confine light in the nanometer scale has opened up new design possibilities for solar cell devices. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of highly monodisperse, reasonably stable, multipode Au/Ag bimetallic nanostructures using an inorganic additive as a ligand for photovoltaic applications. A promising surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect has been observed for the synthesized bimetallic Au/Ag multispiked nanoparticles, which compare favorably well with their Au and Ag spherical nanoparticle counterparts. The synthesized plasmonic nanostructures were incorporated on the rear surface of an ultrathin planar c-silicon/organic polymer hybrid solar cell, and the overall effect on photovoltaic performance was investigated. A promising enhancement in solar cell performance parameters, including both the open circuit voltage (VOC) and short circuit current density (JSC), has been observed by employing the aforementioned bimetallic multispiked nanoparticles on the rear surface of solar cell devices. A power conversion efficiency (PCE) value as high as 7.70% has been measured in a hybrid device with Au/Ag multispiked nanoparticles on the rear surface of an ultrathin, crystalline silicon (c-Si) membrane (∼ 12 μm). This value compares well to the measured PCE value of 6.72% for a similar device without nanoparticles. The experimental observations support the hope for a sizable PCE increase, due to plasmon effects, in thin-film, c-Si solar cells in the near future. PMID:25137194

  1. ZnO/Au-based surface plasmon resonance for CO2 gas sensing application

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    Nuryadi, Ratno; Mayasari, Rina Dewi

    2016-01-01

    We fabricate surface plasmon resonance (SPR) device using a modified ZnO/Au-Kretschmann configuration to investigate the possibility of using ZnO for CO2 gas sensing at room temperature. Here, nanostructured ZnO/Au layer was deposited on the flat surface of the prism and then gas chamber was placed on the ZnO/Au surface to observe the gas response. The ZnO structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. We found that ZnO structures have two types of nanostructures, i.e., individual nanorods and flower-like structures, which have hexagonal crystal structure. The ZnO nanorod has a diameter ranged from 200 to 300 nm and length ranged from 3 to 5 μm. The effect of gas response is demonstrated by a shift of SPR spectra and a change in light reflectance. It is found that the adsorption of gas molecules on the ZnO nanorods produces the shift of SPR angle to the lower light incident angle. A consistent sensing behavior over repetitive circles is also demonstrated.

  2. Spectroscopic monitoring on irradiation-induced formation of AuAg alloy nanoparticles by femtosecond laser

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    Herbani, Yuliati; Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi

    2016-02-01

    The interaction of an intense femtosecond laser pulses with a neat liquid solvent has been known to produce a number of highly reactive species that are useful to induce chemical reactions in the solution through the nonlinear absorption processes. When metal ions are present in the solution, they are assumed to readily reduce by ions, radicals, molecules or excited states generated photolytically from the solvent resulting in the formation of zerovalent metal nanoalloys. If two kinds of metal precursors are involved in a reduction process, the alloying process is expected. In this work, irradiation-induced synthesis of AuAg bimetallic nanoparticle at different laser-pulse energies was examined to investigate the formation mechanism in the presence of NH4OH in the initial solution. At a given laser pulse energy (5.8 mJ/pulse), the time evolution of the UV-visible absorption spectra showed that the formation of AuAg nanoalloys most likely begin with the formation of Ag-riched alloy nanoparticles. As the reduction is started, the absorption spectrum of solution was closer to that of pure Ag nanoparticles. This indicates that the reduction rate of Ag is relatively greater than that of Au nanoparticle in the presence of ammonia. The single peak position then shifts to the red region as the irradiation time increases. After 10 min, the peak positions are between pure silver and gold peaks indicating the alloying process occurs at this stage. At low pulse energy (1.0 mJ/pulse), there was an induction time for several minutes before the absorption is detectable, and hence the alloying process is also delayed (after 20 minutes irradiation). While the formation rate of nanoparticles is more pronounced at high laser pulse energy, the formation yield is relatively the same for both laser pulse energies.

  3. Synthesis of Ag/ZnO nanostructures by different methods and investigation of their photocatalytic efficiency for 4-nitrophenol degradation

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    Divband, B.; Khatamian, M.; Eslamian, G. R. Kazemi; Darbandi, M.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, Ag/ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag loadings were prepared by photo reduction, chemical reduction and polyacrylamide-gel methods. The Ag/ZnO photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDS and DRUV-vis methods. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of 4-NP in aqueous suspensions showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO nanocrystallites. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is due to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes in ZnO, and the improvement of photo stability of ZnO is attributed to a considerable decrease of the surface defect sites of ZnO after the Ag loading. The chemisorptions of molecular oxygen and the chemisorption of atomic oxygen on Ag in the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts were observed. It was found that the metallic Ag in the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts does play a new role of O2 chemisorption sites except for electron acceptor, by which chemisorbed molecular oxygen reacts with photogenerated electrons to form active oxygen species, and thus facilitates the trapping of photogenerated electrons and further improves the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts. Also the method of preparation is regarded as important factors for determining photocatalysis. The best photocatalytic performance was exhibited for Ag/ZnO prepared by polyacrylamide gel method in comparison with chemical reduction and photo reduction method and the optimum Ag content was approximately 0.5%.

  4. Highly Stretchable and Transparent Supercapacitor by Ag-Au Core-Shell Nanowire Network with High Electrochemical Stability.

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    Lee, Habeom; Hong, Sukjoon; Lee, Jinhwan; Suh, Young Duk; Kwon, Jinhyeong; Moon, Hyunjin; Kim, Hyeonseok; Yeo, Junyeob; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2016-06-22

    Stretchable and transparent electronics have steadily attracted huge attention in wearable devices. Although Ag nanowire is the one of the most promising candidates for transparent and stretchable electronics, its electrochemical instability has forbidden its application to the development of electrochemical energy devices such as supercapacitors. Here, we introduce a highly stretchable and transparent supercapacitor based on electrochemically stable Ag-Au core-shell nanowire percolation network electrode. We developed a simple solution process to synthesize the Ag-Au core-shell nanowire with excellent electrical conductivity as well as greatly enhanced chemical and electrochemical stabilities compared to pristine Ag nanowire. The proposed core-shell nanowire-based supercapacitor still possesses fine optical transmittance and outstanding mechanical stability up to 60% strain. The Ag-Au core-shell nanowire can be a strong candidate for future wearable electrochemical energy devices. PMID:27285849

  5. New isotopic evidence bearing on bonanza (Au-Ag) epithermal ore-forming processes

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    Saunders, James A.; Mathur, Ryan; Kamenov, George D.; Shimizu, Toru; Brueseke, Matthew E.

    2016-01-01

    New Cu, S, and Pb isotope data provide evidence for a magmatic source of metal(loid)s and sulfur in epithermal Au-Ag deposits even though their ore-forming solutions are composed primarily of heated meteoric (ground) waters. The apparent isotopic discrepancy between ore metals and ore-forming solutions, and even between the ore and associated gangue minerals, indicates two different sources of epithermal ore-forming constituents: (1) a shallow geothermal system that not only provides the bulk of water for the ore-forming solutions but also major chemical constituents leached from host rocks (silica, aluminum, potassium, sodium, calcium) to make gangue minerals and (2) metals and metalloids (As, Te, Sb, etc.) and sulfur (±Se) derived from deeper magma bodies. Isotopic data are consistent with either vapor-phase transport of metal(loids) and sulfur and their subsequent absorption by shallow geothermal waters or formation of metallic (Au, Ag, Cu phases) nanoparticles at depth from magmatic fluids prior to encountering the geothermal system. The latter is most consistent with ore textures that indicate physical transport and aggregation of nanoparticles were significant ore-forming processes. The recognition that epithermal Au-Ag ores form in tectonic settings that produce magmas capable of releasing metal-rich fluids necessary to form these deposits can refine exploration strategies that previously often have focused on locating fossil geothermal systems.

  6. Structural and electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Au(111) and Ag(111)

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    Tesch, Julia; Leicht, Philipp; Blumenschein, Felix; Gragnaniello, Luca; Fonin, Mikhail; Marsoner Steinkasserer, Lukas Eugen; Paulus, Beate; Voloshina, Elena; Dedkov, Yuriy

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy as well as density functional theory calculations. Quasiparticle interference mapping allows for the clear distinction of substrate-derived contributions in scattering and those originating from graphene nanoflakes. Our analysis shows that the parabolic dispersion of Au(111) and Ag(111) surface states remains unchanged with the band minimum shifted to higher energies for the regions of the metal surface covered by graphene, reflecting a rather weak interaction between graphene and the metal surface. The analysis of graphene-related scattering on single nanoflakes yields a linear dispersion relation E(k), with a slight p-doping for graphene/Au(111) and a larger n-doping for graphene/Ag(111). The obtained experimental data (doping level, band dispersions around EF, and Fermi velocity) are very well reproduced within DFT-D2/D3 approaches, which provide a detailed insight into the site-specific interaction between graphene and the underlying substrate. PMID:27002297

  7. Magnetic and electronic structure of Mn nanostructures on Ag(111) and Au(111)

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    Cardias, R.; Bezerra-Neto, M. M.; Ribeiro, M. S.; Bergman, A.; Szilva, A.; Eriksson, O.; Klautau, A. B.

    2016-01-01

    We present results of the electronic and magnetic structure of Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. For finite Mn nanowires on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces, our ab initio results show that the large difference between the spin-orbit splitting of these two surfaces leads to completely different magnetic configurations. The magnetic ordering for Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) is governed by the strong exchange interaction between Mn adatoms. For Mn nano-chains on Au(111), the competition between Heisenberg and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions leads to a complex magnetic structure of the clusters considered here. Among the more conspicuous results we note a spin-spiral helical type for the nanowire with seven atoms, and a complex magnetic configuration incommensurate with the substrate lattice for a double-sized Mn wire. The effect of the structural relaxation is also investigated, showing sensitivity of the exchange interactions to the bond distance to the substrate. We also demonstrate that small changes in the band filling of these Mn chains results in drastically different changes of the interatomic exchange. Finally, we show that dispersion of the electronic energy spectrum is possible even in nanostructures with bounded spatial extension.

  8. From monomer to monolayer: a global optimisation study of (ZnO)n nanoclusters on the Ag surface.

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    Demiroglu, Ilker; Woodley, Scott M; Sokol, Alexey A; Bromley, Stefan T

    2014-12-21

    We employ global optimisation to investigate how oxide nanoclusters of increasing size can best adapt their structure to lower the system energy when interacting with a realistic extended metal support. Specifically, we focus on the (ZnO)@Ag(111) system where experiment has shown that the infinite Ag(111)-supported ZnO monolayer limit corresponds to an epitaxially 7 : 8 matched graphene-like (Zn(3)O(3))-based hexagonal sheet. Using a two-stage search method based on classical interatomic potentials and then on more accurate density functional theory, we report global minina candidate structures for Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster with sizes ranging from n = 1-24. Comparison with the respective global minina structure of free space (ZnO)n clusters reveals that the surface interaction plays a decisive role in determining the lowest energy Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster structures. Whereas free space (ZnO)n clusters tend to adopt cage-like bubble structures as they grow larger, Ag-supported (ZnO)n clusters of increasing size become progressively more like planar cuts from the infinite graphene-like ZnO single monolayer. This energetic favourability for planar hexagonal Ag-supported clusters over their 3D counterparts can be partly rationalised by the ZnO-Ag(111) epitaxial matching and the increased number of close interactions with the Ag surface. Detailed analysis shows that this tendency can also be attributed to the capacity of 2D clusters to distort to improve their interaction with the Ag surface relative to more rigid 3D bubble cluster isomers. For the larger sized clusters we find that the adsorption energies and most stable structural types appear to be rather converged confirming that our study makes a bridge between the Ag-supported ZnO monomer and the infinite Ag-supported ZnO monolayer. PMID:25354937

  9. Sulfur isotope and trace element systematics of zoned pyrite crystals from the El Indio Au-Cu-Ag deposit, Chile

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    Tanner, Dominique; Henley, Richard W.; Mavrogenes, John A.; Holden, Peter

    2016-04-01

    We present a comparative study between early, massive pyrite preceding (Cu-Ag) sulfosalt mineralization in high-temperature feeder zones (`early pyrite') and late pyrite that formed during silicic alteration associated with Au deposition (`late pyrite') at the El Indio high-sulfidation Au-Ag-Cu deposit, Chile. We use coupled in situ sulfur isotope and trace element analyses to chronologically assess geochemical variations across growth zones in these pyrite crystals. Early pyrite that formed in high-temperature feeder zones shows intricate oscillatory zonation of Cu, with individual laminae containing up to 1.15 wt% Cu and trace Co, As, Bi, Ni, Zn, Se, Ag, Sb, Te, Au, Pb and Bi. Late pyrite formed after (Cu-Ag) sulfosalt mineralization. It contains up to 1.14 wt% As with trace Cu, Zn, Pb, V, Mn, Co, Ni, Ge, Se, Ag, Sb, Te, Pb and Bi, as well as colloform Cu-rich growth bands containing vugs toward the outer edges of some crystals. Plotting the trace element data in chronological order (i.e., from core to rim) revealed that Co and Ni were the only elements to consistently co-vary across growth zones. Other trace elements were coupled in specific growth zones, but did not consistently co-vary across any individual crystal. The δ34S of early pyrite crystals in high-temperature feeder zones range from -3.19 to 1.88 ‰ (±0.5 ‰), consistent with sublimation directly from a high-temperature magmatic vapor phase. Late pyrite crystals are distinctly more enriched in δ34S than early pyrite (δ34S = 0.05-4.77 ‰, ±0.5 ‰), as a consequence of deposition from a liquid phase at lower temperatures. It is unclear whether the late pyrite was deposited from a small volume of liquid condensate, or a larger volume of hydrothermal fluid. Both types of pyrite exhibit intracrystalline δ34S variation, with a range of up to 3.31 ‰ recorded in an early pyrite crystal and up to 4.48 ‰ in a late pyrite crystal. Variations in δ34Spyrite at El Indio did not correspond with

  10. Porous Au-Ag Alloy Particles Inlaid AgCl Membranes As Versatile Plasmonic Catalytic Interfaces with Simultaneous, in Situ SERS Monitoring.

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    Cao, Qi; Yuan, Kaiping; Liu, Qinghe; Liang, Chongyun; Wang, Xiang; Cheng, Yi-Feng; Li, Qingqing; Wang, Min; Che, Renchao

    2015-08-26

    We present a novel porous Au-Ag alloy particles inlaid AgCl membrane as plasmonic catalytic interfaces with real-time, in situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) monitoring. The Au-Ag alloy particles inlaid AgCl membranes were obtained via a facile two-step, air-exposed, and room-temperature immersion reaction with appropriate annealing process. Owing to the designed integration of semiconductor component AgCl and noble metal Au-Ag particles, both the catalytic reduction and visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities toward organic contaminants were attained. Specifically, the efficiencies of about 94% of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP, 5 × 10(-5) M) reduction after 8 min of reaction, and degradation of rhodamine 6G (R6G, 10(-5) M) after 12 min of visible light irradiation were demonstrated. Moreover, efficiencies of above 85% of conversion of 4-NP to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) and 90% of R6G degradation were achieved as well after 6 cycles of reactions, by which robust recyclability was confirmed. Further, with distinct SERS signals generated simultaneously from the surfaces of Au-Ag particles under laser excitation, in situ SERS monitoring of the process of catalytic reactions with superior sensitivity and linearity has been realized. Overall, the capability of the Au-Ag particles inlaid AgCl membranes to provide SERS monitored catalytic and visible-light-driven photocatalytic conversion of organic pollutants, along with their mild and cost-effective fabrication method, would make sense for in-depth understanding of the mechanisms of (photo)catalytic reactions, and also future development of potable, multifunctional and integrated catalytic and sensing devices. PMID:26263301

  11. Corrosion Protection of Al/Au/ZnO Anode for Hybrid Cell Application.

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    Slaughter, Gymama; Stevens, Brian

    2015-01-01

    Effective protection of power sources from corrosion is critical in the development of abiotic fuel cells, biofuel cells, hybrid cells and biobateries for implantable bioelectronics. Corrosion of these bioelectronic devices result in device inability to generate bioelectricity. In this paper Al/Au/ZnO was considered as a possible anodic substrate for the development of a hybrid cell. The protective abilities of corrosive resistant aluminum hydroxide and zinc phosphite composite films formed on the surface of Al/Au/ZnO anode in various electrolyte environments were examined by electrochemical methods. The presence of phosphate buffer and physiological saline (NaCl) buffer allows for the formation of aluminum hyrdroxide and zinc phosphite composite films on the surface of the Al/Au/ZnO anode that prevent further corrosion of the anode. The highly protective films formed on the Al/Au/ZnO anode during energy harvesting in a physiological saline environment resulted in 98.5% corrosion protective efficiency, thereby demonstrating that the formation of aluminum hydroxide and zinc phosphite composite films are effective in the prevention of anode corrosion during energy harvesting. A cell assembly consisting of the Al/Au/ZnO anode and platinum cathode resulted in an open circuit voltage of 1.03 V. A maximum power density of 955.3 mW/ cm² in physiological saline buffer at a cell voltage and current density of 345 mV and 2.89 mA/ cm², respectively. PMID:26580661

  12. Corrosion Protection of Al/Au/ZnO Anode for Hybrid Cell Application

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    Slaughter, Gymama; Stevens, Brian

    2015-01-01

    Effective protection of power sources from corrosion is critical in the development of abiotic fuel cells, biofuel cells, hybrid cells and biobateries for implantable bioelectronics. Corrosion of these bioelectronic devices result in device inability to generate bioelectricity. In this paper Al/Au/ZnO was considered as a possible anodic substrate for the development of a hybrid cell. The protective abilities of corrosive resistant aluminum hydroxide and zinc phosphite composite films formed on the surface of Al/Au/ZnO anode in various electrolyte environments were examined by electrochemical methods. The presence of phosphate buffer and physiological saline (NaCl) buffer allows for the formation of aluminum hyrdroxide and zinc phosphite composite films on the surface of the Al/Au/ZnO anode that prevent further corrosion of the anode. The highly protective films formed on the Al/Au/ZnO anode during energy harvesting in a physiological saline environment resulted in 98.5% corrosion protective efficiency, thereby demonstrating that the formation of aluminum hydroxide and zinc phosphite composite films are effective in the prevention of anode corrosion during energy harvesting. A cell assembly consisting of the Al/Au/ZnO anode and platinum cathode resulted in an open circuit voltage of 1.03 V. A maximum power density of 955.3 μW/ cm2 in physiological saline buffer at a cell voltage and current density of 345 mV and 2.89 mA/ cm2, respectively. PMID:26580661

  13. Ag-In-Zn-S quantum dots for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells

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    Kim, Eung-min; Ruankham, Pipat; Lee, Jae-hyeong; Hachiya, Kan; Sagawa, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Quantum dots of (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2 (x = 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0) capped by oleylamine were prepared and applied for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells consisting of glass-indium-tin-oxide/ZnO/(AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2/poly(3-hexylthiophene)/MoO3/Ag. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) and open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the hybrid solar cells were measured, and we found a low power conversion efficiency (PCE) below 0.1%. From the incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) profiles of the hybrid devices, there is no marked photocurrent generation from 350 to 700 nm, which is ascribed to the absorption region of (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2. To improve the photovoltaic performance, ligand substitution from oleylamine to pyridine was performed. The PCE of the hybrid cell using the pyridine-capped (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2 was improved twofold in terms of both Jsc and Voc as compared with that of the oleylamine-capped one. In particular, from the IPCE measurements, a remarkable (more than doubled) enhancement of photocurrent generation from 400 to 450 nm was observed with the pyridine-substituted nanoparticles.

  14. Measuring the Optical Absorption Cross-sections of Au-Ag Nanocages and Au Nanorods by Photoacoustic Imaging

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    Cho, Eun Chul; Kim, Chulhong; Zhou, Fei; Cobley, Claire M.; Song, Kwang Hyun; Chen, Jingyi; Li, Zhi-Yuhan; Wang, Lihong V.; Xia, Younan

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a method for measuring the optical absorption cross-sections (σa) of Au-Ag nanocages and Au nanorods. The method is based on photoacoustic (PA) imaging, where the detected signal is directly proportional to the absorption coefficient (μa) of the nanostructure. For each type of nanostructure, we firstly obtained μa from the PA signal by benchmarking against a linear calibration curve (PA signal vs. μa) derived from a set of methylene blue solutions with different concentrations. We then calculated σa by dividing the μa by the corresponding concentration of the Au nanostructure. Additonally, we obtained the extinction cross-section (σe, sum of absorption and scattering) from the extinction spectrum recorded using a conventional UV-vis-NIR spectrometer. From the measurements of σa and σe, we were able to easily derive both the absorption and scattering cross-sections for each type of gold nanostructure. The ratios of absorption to extinction obtained from experimental and theoretical approaches agreed well, demonstrating the potential use of this method in determining the optical absorption and scattering properties of gold nanostructures and other types of nanomaterials. PMID:19680423

  15. Crystalline monolayer surface of liquid Au-Cu-Si-Ag-Pd: Metallic glass former

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    Mechler, S; Yahel, E; Pershan, P S; Meron, M; Lin, B

    2012-02-06

    It is demonstrated by means of x-ray synchrotron reflectivity and diffraction that the surface of the liquid phase of the bulk metallic glass forming alloy Au49Cu26.9Si16.3Ag5.5Pd2.3 consists of a two-dimensional crystalline monolayer phase for temperatures of up to about 50 K above the eutectic temperature. The present alloy as well as glass forming Au82Si18 and Au-Si-Ge alloys containing small amounts of Ge are the only metallic liquids to exhibit surface freezing well above the melting temperature. This suggests that the phenomena of surface freezing in metallic liquids and glass forming ability are related and probably governed by similar physical properties.

  16. Optical properties of Ag nanoparticle-polymer composite film based on two-dimensional Au nanoparticle array film

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    2014-01-01

    The nanocomposite polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) films containing Ag nanoparticles and Rhodamine 6G are prepared on the two-dimensional distinctive continuous ultrathin gold nanofilms. We investigate the optical properties and the fluorescence properties of silver nanoparticles-PVP polymer composite films influenced by Ag nanoparticles and Au nanoparticles. Absorption spectral analysis suggests that the prominently light absorption in Ag nanowire/PVP and Ag nanowire/PVP/Au film arises from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The enhanced fluorescence is observed in the presence of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm, which is attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon polariton resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The gold nanofilm is proven to be very effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer donors. The fabricated novel structure, gold ultrathin continuous nanofilm, possesses high surface plasmon resonance properties and prominent fluorescence enhancement effect. Therefore, the ultrathin continuous gold nanofilm is an active substrate on nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence. PMID:24685186

  17. Optical properties of Ag nanoparticle-polymer composite film based on two-dimensional Au nanoparticle array film.

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    Wang, Long-De; Zhang, Tong; Zhang, Xiao-Yang; Song, Yuan-Jun; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhu, Sheng-Qing

    2014-01-01

    The nanocomposite polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) films containing Ag nanoparticles and Rhodamine 6G are prepared on the two-dimensional distinctive continuous ultrathin gold nanofilms. We investigate the optical properties and the fluorescence properties of silver nanoparticles-PVP polymer composite films influenced by Ag nanoparticles and Au nanoparticles. Absorption spectral analysis suggests that the prominently light absorption in Ag nanowire/PVP and Ag nanowire/PVP/Au film arises from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The enhanced fluorescence is observed in the presence of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm, which is attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon polariton resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The gold nanofilm is proven to be very effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer donors. The fabricated novel structure, gold ultrathin continuous nanofilm, possesses high surface plasmon resonance properties and prominent fluorescence enhancement effect. Therefore, the ultrathin continuous gold nanofilm is an active substrate on nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence. PMID:24685186

  18. Polymorphism in Cs[AgZn(NCS)4].

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    Güneş, Minna; Valkonen, Jussi

    2002-12-01

    The title compound, caesium silver zinc tetrathiocyanate, crystallizes in two polymorphic forms, in space groups P2(1)/n and C2/c. Both structures form a continuous three-dimensional network. The structure in C2/c contains a delocalized Ag atom in a binuclear-like anion, where two [Ag(NCS)(4)] units (delocalized Ag as an average) share two common NCS(-) ligands. PMID:12466595

  19. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.; Ganesan, V.

    2015-10-15

    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  20. Electrically conductive nanostructured silver doped zinc oxide (Ag:ZnO) prepared by solution-immersion technique

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    Afaah, A. N.; Asib, N. A. M.; Aadila, A.; Mohamed, R.; Rusop, M.; Khusaimi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    p-type ZnO films have been fabricated on ZnO-seeded glass substrate, using AgNO3 as a source of silver dopant by facile solution-immersion. Cleaned glass substrate were seeded with ZnO by mist-atomisation, and next the seeded substrates were immersed in Ag:ZnO solution. The effects of Ag doping concentration on the Ag-doped ZnO have been investigated. The substrates were immersed in different concentrations of Ag dopant with variation of 0, 1, 3, 5 and 7 at. %. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). In order to investigate the electrical properties, the films were characterized by Current-Voltage (I-V) measurement. FESEM micrographs showed uniform distribution of nanostructured ZnO and Ag:ZnO. Besides, the electrical properties of Ag-doped ZnO were also dependent on the doping concentration. The I-V measurement result indicated the electrical properties of 1 at. % Ag:ZnO thin film owned highest electrical conductivity.

  1. Sulfuration resistance of five experimental Ag-Pd-Au-Cu alloys with low Pd content of 10 or 12%.

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    Saitoh, Setsuo; Araki, Yoshima; Taira, Masayuki

    2006-06-01

    Commercial Ag-based alloy (46Ag-20Pd-12Au-20Cu alloy) is widely used in Japan as a casting alloy. As opposed to the commercial composition, we prepared five experimental Ag-based alloys with reduced Pd content of 10 or 12%, increased Au content of 20 to 30%, and reduced Cu content of 12 to 20%. We then evaluated their sulfuration resistance by analyzing cast specimen surfaces dipped in 0.1% Na2S solution with SEM/EPMA, TF-XRD, and XPS. It became evident that all alloys were susceptible to sulfuration in the segregated Ag-rich Pd-poor phases. The degree and speed of sulfuration, however, differed among the six alloys examined. In particular, one experimental alloy (46Ag-10Pd-30Au-12Cu) possessed a sulfuration resistance equal or superior to that of commercial Ag-based alloy, while the other four experimental alloys were inferior in sulfuration resistance. Based on the results of this study, we concluded that our newly developed 46Ag-10Pd-30Au-12Cu alloy could be employed as a new sulfuration-resistant Ag-based casting alloy--which is especially useful if the price of Pd is skyrocketing again. PMID:16916236

  2. Beet juice utilization: Expeditious green synthesis of nobel metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd) using microwaves

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    Metal nanoparticles of Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd were prepared in aqueous solutions via a rapid microwave-assisted green method using beet juice, an abundant sugar-rich agricultural produce, served as both a reducing and a capping reagent. The Ag nanoparticles with capping prepared by b...

  3. Formation of core-shell Au@Ag nanorods induced by catecholamines: A comparative study and an analytical application.

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    Gorbunova, M V; Apyari, V V; Dmitrienko, S G; Garshev, A V

    2016-09-14

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) stabilized by cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) were synthesized and an interaction of catecholamines (CAs) with silver ions in the presence of the obtained AuNRs was studied. The reaction results into formation of core-shell Au@Ag nanorods (Au@AgNRs) and leads to a hypsochromic shift of the long-wave surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band in the absorption spectrum of AuNRs. The influence of a CA structure, excess of CTAB, interaction time, pH, concentration of AuNRs, silver ions and CAs on this interaction was studied. Based on correlation of the NRs spectral characteristics with the concentration of CAs, a method for spectrophotometric determination of dobutamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine with detection limits 27, 18, 16 and 13 μg L(-1), respectively, has been developed. The method can be applied to the analysis of medicines. PMID:27566354

  4. Efficient piezoelectric ZnO nanogenerators based on Au-coated silica sphere array electrode

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    2013-01-01

    We reported ZnO nanorod-based piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs) with Au-coated silica sphere array as an efficient top electrode. This electrode can readily bend the ZnO nanorods due to its enhanced surface roughness, thus resulting in more increased and regular piezoelectric charge output. Under a low external pushing force of 0.3 kgf, the output current and voltage were increased by approximately 2.01 and 1.51 times, respectively, in comparison with a conventional Au top electrode without silica spheres. Also, the effect of Au-coated silica spheres on the bending radius of ZnO nanorods was theoretically investigated. PMID:24305510

  5. Facile synthesis and optical properties of polymer-laced ZnO-Au hybrid nanoparticles

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    Wang, XianHong; Zhang, XiaoYan; Cheng, WenZheng; Shao, HongQin; Liu, Xiao; Li, XueMei; Liu, HongLing; Wu, JunHua

    2014-03-01

    Bi-phase dispersible ZnO-Au hybrid nanoparticles were synthesized via one-pot non-aqueous nanoemulsion using the triblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)- block-poly(propylene glycol)- block-poly(ethylene glycol) as the surfactant. The characterization shows that the polymer-laced ZnO-Au nanoparticles are monosized and of high crystallinity and demonstrate excellent dispersibility and optical performance in both organic and aqueous medium, revealing the effects of quantum confinement and medium. The findings show two well-behaved absorption bands locating at approximately 360 nm from ZnO and between 520 and 550 nm from the surface plasmon resonance of the nanosized Au and multiple visible fingerprint photoluminescent emissions. Consequently, the wide optical absorbance and fluorescent activity in different solvents could be promising for biosensing, photocatalysis, photodegradation, and optoelectronic devices.

  6. Investigation of factors influencing the catalytic performance of CO oxidation over Au-Ag/SBA-15 catalyst

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    Qu, Zhenping; Ke, Guozhou; Wang, Yi; Liu, Mengwei; Jiang, Tingting; Gao, Jinsuo

    2013-07-01

    Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) supported on SBA-15 have been prepared by a two-step method and characterized by ICP-AES, XRD, UV-vis, TG-DTG, XPS and TEM. Au-Ag/SBA-15 bimetallic catalyst with a low metal loading of 1.26 wt.% exhibited high catalytic performance for low temperature CO oxidation, which was governed by Au/Ag molar ratio and the pretreatment conditions (calcination and reduction). The Au-Ag/SBA-15 with an actual Au/Ag molar ratio of 5.4/1 showed the highest catalytic activity for CO oxidation (T100 = 20 °C), and it has also been found that catalytic activity was strongly related with the calcination and reduction temperature of the bimetallic catalyst. The initial CO conversion was increased with the calcination temperature and then decreased above 500 °C. It was necessary to activate the bimetallic catalyst and completely remove the amine groups in the catalyst at 500 °C for the high activity of CO oxidation. The severe sintering of Au-Ag bimetallic NPs at 700 °C resulted in an obvious loss of activity. H2 reduction following the calcination played an important role in the enhancement of catalytic activity for CO oxidation. The best catalytic performance was obtained in the activation temperature range of 500-600 °C, and then decreased with a further increase of reduction temperature to 700 °C. The reduction treatment induced the surface redistribution of gold and silver. The formation of a closer bulk value of the surface Au/Ag molar ratio after reduction at 500-600 °C and a more random alloy resulted in the improvement in activity. However, the surface enrichment of Ag NPs and the severe aggregation of particles after high temperature reduction (>600 °C) caused the activity decrease.

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of coral-like Au/ZnO catalyst and photocatalytic degradation of Orange II dye

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    Chen, P.K.; Lee, G.J.; Davies, S.H.; Masten, S.J.; Amutha, R.; Wu, J.J.

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Coral-like Au/ZnO was successfully prepared using green synthetic method. ► Gold nanoparticles were deposited on the ZnO structure using NaBH{sub 4} and β-D-glucose. ► Coral-like Au/ZnO exhibited superior photocatalytic activity to degrade Orange II. - Abstract: A porous coral-like zinc oxide (c-ZnO) photocatalyst was synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The coral-like structure was obtained by precipitating Zn{sub 4}(CO{sub 3})(OH){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O (ZnCH), which forms nanosheets that aggregate together to form microspheres with the coral-like structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies indicate that after heating at 550 °C the ZnCH microspheres can be converted to ZnO microspheres with a morphology similar to that of ZnCH microspheres. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) shows this conversion takes place at approximately 260 °C. A simple electrostatic self-assembly method has been employed to uniformly disperse Au nanoparticles (1 wt.%) on the ZnO surface. In this procedure β-D-glucose was used to stabilize the Au nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscope images indicate that the diameter of coral-like ZnO microspheres (c-ZnO) is about 8 μm. X-ray diffraction reveals that the ZnO is highly crystalline with a wurtzite structure and the Au metallic particles have an average size of about 13 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies have confirmed the presence of ZnO and also showed that the Au is present in the metallic state. The photocatalytic degradation of Orange II dye, with either ultraviolet or visible light, is faster on Au/c-ZnO than on c-ZnO.

  8. Geology and origin of Ag-Pb-Zn deposits occurring in the Ulaan-Jiawula metallogenic province, northeast Asia

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    Nie, Feng-jun; Li, Qiang-feng; Liu, Chun-hua; Ding, Cheng-wu

    2015-01-01

    Located at the conjunction area of China, Mongolia and Russia in NE Asia, the Ulaan-Jiawula (also referred as UJ) region, with an area of 400,000 km2, is one of the most important Ag-Pb-Zn, U, Sn, W, Nb-Ta, and Au metallogenic provinces in Asia. At present, 2126 deposits and showings including 500 Ag-Pb-Zn deposits have been discovered, explored and mined since the late 1960s. These Ag-Pb-Zn occurrences can be subdivided into three types according to their geological setting, texture, alteration and mineral assemblages: (1) low sulfidation epithermal Ag-Pb-Zn deposits; (2) intermediate sulfidation epithermal Ag-Pb-Zn deposits; (3) mixed-type Ag-Pb-Zn deposit consisting of vein-like and tabular ore bodies. The Eren Tologoi and Tsagenbulagen deposits are representative of low-sulphidation type Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization in the UJ region, and are associated with intensive adularization and sericitization. Ore occurs as mineralized quartz veins, veinlet groups and altered-fracture zones within Mesozoic alkaline and high-K calc-alkaline volcanic rocks, Ore mineralogy includes native silver, electrum, pyrite, galena, sphalerite, arsenopyrite, pyrargyrite and chalcopyrite. The Tsav and Jiawula deposits are typical of intermediate sulfidation Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization. The δ34S value of sulfide (pyrite and galena) separates from groups 1 and 2 varies from 1.5‰ to 3.5‰ and 2.0‰ to 4.5‰, respectively. The δ34S values of the Mesozoic volcanic host rocks for groups 1 and 2 deposits also show the positive δ34S values of 1.5-4.8‰, while the δ34S value of pyrite separate from the pre-Jurassic schist range from -6‰ to -8‰ which are much lower than Mesozoic volcanic host rocks and their associated ore deposits. There is no difference between the δ34S value of sulfide (pyrite and galena) separates from vein-like ore bodies of the group 3 deposits and their wall rocks, having δ34S value of 1.0-5.0‰ and 1.2-4.5‰ which are similar to that of groups 1 and 2 deposits

  9. Resistive switching of Au/ZnO/Au resistive memory: an in situ observation of conductive bridge formation

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    2012-01-01

    A special chip for direct and real-time observation of resistive changes, including set and reset processes based on Au/ZnO/Au system inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM), was designed. A clear conducting bridge associated with the migration of Au nanoparticles (NPs) inside a defective ZnO film from anode to cathode could be clearly observed by taking a series of TEM images, enabling a dynamic observation of switching behaviors. A discontinuous region (broken region) nearby the cathode after reset process was observed, which limits the flow of current, thus a high resistance state, while it will be reconnected to switch the device from high to low resistance states through the migration of Au NPs after set process. Interestingly, the formed morphology of the conducting bridge, which is different from the typical formation of a conducting bridge, was observed. The difference can be attributed to the different diffusivities of cations transported inside the dielectric layer, thereby significantly influencing the morphology of the conducting path. The current TEM technique is quite unique and informative, which can be used to elucidate the dynamic processes in other devices in the future. PMID:23043767

  10. Effects of Annealing Twins on the Grain Growth and Mechanical Properties of Ag-8Au-3Pd Bonding Wires

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    Chuang, Tung-Han; Tsai, Chih-Hsin; Wang, Hsi-Ching; Chang, Che-Cheng; Chuang, Chien-Hsun; Lee, Jun-Der; Tsai, Hsing-Hua

    2012-11-01

    An innovative Ag-8Au-3Pd bonding wire containing a large amount of annealing twins has been produced. In contrast to the apparent grain growth in a conventional Ag-8Au-3Pd wire during aging at 600°C, the grain size of this annealing-twinned Ag alloy wire remains almost unchanged. The high thermal stability of the grain structure leads to a smaller heat-affected zone near the free air ball of this twinned wire. The annealing twins in this material also result in the dual merits of increased tensile strength and elongation with aging time, which is beneficial for the reliability of wire-bonded packages.

  11. An asymmetric Zn//Ag doped polyaniline microparticle suspension flow battery with high discharge capacity

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    Wu, Sen; Zhao, Yongfu; Li, Degeng; Xia, Yang; Si, Shihui

    2015-02-01

    In this study, the effect of oxygen on the potential of reduced polyaniline (PANI) was investigated. In order to enhance the air oxidation of reduced PANI, several composites of PANI doped with co-catalysts were prepared, and a reasonable flow Zn//PANI suspension cell system was designed to investigate the discharge capacity of obtained PANI composite microparticle suspension cathodes. Compared with PANI doped with Cu2+, La+, Mn2+ and zinc protoporphyrin, Ag doped PANI composite at 0.90 weight percent doping of Ag gave the highest value of discharge capacity for the half-cell potential from the initial value to -0.20 V (vs. SCE). A comparison study on the electrochemical properties of both PANI and Ag doped PANI microparticle suspension was done by using cyclic voltammetry, AC Impedance. Due to partial utilization of Zn//air fuel cell, the discharge capacity for Ag doped PANI reached 470 mA h g-1 at the current density of 20 mA cm-2. At 15 mA cm-2, the discharge capacity even reached up to 1650 mA h g-1 after 220 h constant current discharge at the final discharge voltage of 0.65 V. This work demonstrates an effective and feasible approach toward obtaining high energy and power densities by a Zn//Ag-doped PANI suspension flow battery system combined with Zn//air fuel cell.

  12. Bioleaching mechanism of Zn, Pb, In, Ag, Cd and As from Pb/Zn smelting slag by autotrophic bacteria.

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    Wang, Jia; Huang, Qifei; Li, Ting; Xin, Baoping; Chen, Shi; Guo, Xingming; Liu, Changhao; Li, Yuping

    2015-08-15

    A few studies have focused on release of valuable/toxic metals from Pb/Zn smelting slag by heterotrophic bioleaching using expensive yeast extract as an energy source. The high leaching cost greatly limits the practical potential of the method. In this work, autotrophic bioleaching using cheap sulfur or/and pyrite as energy matter was firstly applied to tackle the smelting slag and the bioleaching mechanisms were explained. The results indicated autotrophic bioleaching can solubilize valuable/toxic metals from slag, yielding maximum extraction efficiencies of 90% for Zn, 86% for Cd and 71% for In, although the extraction efficiencies of Pb, As and Ag were poor. The bioleaching performance of Zn, Cd and Pb was independent of leaching system, and leaching mechanism was acid dissolution. A maximum efficiency of 25% for As was achieved by acid dissolution in sulfursulfur oxidizing bacteria (S-SOB), but the formation of FeAsO4 reduced extraction efficiency in mixed energy source - mixed culture (MS-MC). Combined works of acid dissolution and Fe(3+) oxidation in MS-MC was responsible for the highest extraction efficiency of 71% for In. Ag was present in the slag as refractory AgPb4(AsO4)3 and AgFe2S3, so extraction did not occur. PMID:25996622

  13. A facile and controllable strategy to synthesize Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles within polyelectrolyte multilayer nanoreactors upon thermal reduction.

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    Shang, Li; Jin, Lihua; Guo, Shaojun; Zhai, Junfeng; Dong, Shaojun

    2010-05-01

    A new synthesis strategy has been developed for the preparation of bimetallic gold-silver (Au-Ag) alloy nanoparticles by the virtue of polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) nanoreactors. By controlling the assembly conditions, gold and silver ions can be effectively loaded onto the PEM composed of polyethylenimine (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) simultaneously. Upon further thermal treatment, Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles with sizes of ca. 3.8 nm formed in the PEM, which were characterized in detail by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Appearance of a single plasmon band in the visible region and lack of apparent core-shell structures in the TEM images confirm the formation of homogeneous Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles. In addition, the surface plasmon absorption band of the Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles shows linear blue-shift with increasing Ag content, which also supported the formation of alloy nanoparticles. Several key parameters of the present strategy have been investigated, which showed that pH of both the assembly solution and gold salt solution and the choice of polymers for constructing PEM, as well as the reduction approach, all played an important role in successfully synthesizing bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles. The formation mechanism of alloy nanoparticles has also been discussed based on the spectral evolution during the thermal reduction. PMID:20017511

  14. Phonons, nature of bonding, and their relation to anomalous thermal expansion behavior of M2O (M = Au, Ag, Cu)

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    Gupta, M. K.; Mittal, R.; Chaplot, S. L.; Rols, S.

    2014-03-01

    We report a comparative study of the dynamics of Cu2O, Ag2O, and Au2O (i.e., M2O with M = Au, Ag, and Cu) using first principle calculations based on the density functional theory. Here, for the first time, we show that the nature of chemical bonding and open space in the unit cell are directly related to the magnitude of thermal expansion coefficient. A good match between the calculated phonon density of states and that derived from inelastic neutron scattering measurements is obtained for Cu2O and Ag2O. The calculated thermal expansions of Ag2O and Cu2O are negative, in agreement with available experimental data, while it is found to be positive for Au2O. We identify the low energy phonon modes responsible for this anomalous thermal expansion. We further calculate the charge density in the three compounds and find that the magnitude of the ionic character of the Ag2O, Cu2O, and Au2O crystals is in decreasing order, with an Au-O bond of covalent nature strongly rigidifying the Au4O tetrahedral units. The nature of the chemical bonding is also found to be an important ingredient to understand the large shift of the phonon frequencies of these solids with pressure and temperature. In particular, the quartic component of the anharmonic term in the crystal potential is able to account for the temperature dependence of the phonon modes.

  15. Aqueous amino acids and proteins near solid surfaces: ZnO, ZnS, Au, and mica

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    Cieplak, Marek

    2015-03-01

    We calculate potentials of the mean force for 20 amino acids in the vicinity of the (111) surface of Au, four surfaces of ZnO, and the (110) surface of ZnS using molecular dynamics simulations combined with the umbrella sampling method. In the case of Au, we compare results obtained within three different force fields: one hydrophobic (for a contaminated surface) and two hydrophilic - with and without polarization of the solid. The properties of water near the surface sensitively depend on the force field. All of these fields lead to good binding with very different specificities and to unlike patterns in the density and polarization of water. We demonstrate that binding energies of dipeptides are distinct from the combined binding energies of their amino acidic components. We show that ZnS is more more hydrophobic than ZnO and that the density profile of water is quite different than that forming near ZnO - it has only a minor articulation into layers. Furthermore, the first layer of water is disordered and mobile. In the case of ZnS, not all amino acids can attach to the surface and when they do, the binding energies are comparable to those found for the surfaces of ZnO (and to hydrogen bonds in proteins) but the nature of the specificity is distinct. The covalent bond with the sulfur atom on cysteine is modeled by the Morse potential. For the hydrophobic Au, adsorption events of a small protein (the tryptophan cage) are driven by attraction to the strongest binding amino acids. This is not so for ZnO, ZnS and for the hydrophilic models of Au - a result of smaller specificities combined with the difficulty for proteins, but sometimes not for single amino acids, to penetrate the first layer of water. Molecular dynamics studies of several proteins near mica with a net charge on its surface indicate existence of two types of states: deformed and unfolded. Using a coarse-grained model, we also study a glassy behavior of protein layers at air-water interfaces. Polish

  16. Complete Au@ZnO core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced plasmonic absorption enabling significantly improved photocatalysis.

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    Sun, Yiqiang; Sun, Yugang; Zhang, Tao; Chen, Guozhu; Zhang, Fengshou; Liu, Dilong; Cai, Weiping; Li, Yue; Yang, Xianfeng; Li, Cuncheng

    2016-05-19

    Nanostructured ZnO exhibits high chemical stability and unique optical properties, representing a promising candidate among photocatalysts in the field of environmental remediation and solar energy conversion. However, ZnO only absorbs the UV light, which accounts for less than 5% of total solar irradiation, significantly limiting its applications. In this article, we report a facile and efficient approach to overcome the poor wettability between ZnO and Au by carefully modulating the surface charge density on Au nanoparticles (NPs), enabling rapid synthesis of Au@ZnO core-shell NPs at room temperature. The resulting Au@ZnO core-shell NPs exhibit a significantly enhanced plasmonic absorption in the visible range due to the Au NP cores. They also show a significantly improved photocatalytic performance in comparison with their single-component counterparts, i.e., the Au NPs and ZnO NPs. Moreover, the high catalytic activity of the as-synthesized Au@ZnO core-shell NPs can be maintained even after many cycles of photocatalytic reaction. Our results shed light on the fact that the Au@ZnO core-shell NPs represent a promising class of candidates for applications in plasmonics, surface-enhanced spectroscopy, light harvest devices, solar energy conversion, and degradation of organic pollutants. PMID:27160795

  17. Hydrothermal ethanol conversion on Ag, Cu, Au/TiO2

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    Mai, Do Tkhyui; Mikhalenko, I. I.; Pylinina, A. I.

    2014-10-01

    The effect UV irradiation and silver, copper, and gold ions (M z+) supported on titania (anatase) have on the activity of M/TiO2 samples in ethanol conversion at 150-400°C is examined. After UV irradiation, the yields of acetaldehyde and ethylene increase for TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 samples, while the activity of Cu2+/TiO2 decreases. The activation energy of ethanol dehydration declines in the order TiO2 > Au3+ > Cu2+ > Ag+ and correlates linearly with a reduction in the radius of M z+ in crystal. The number of acidic sites on a M/TiO2 surface titrated via pyridine adsorption grows upon the introduction of M. Unlike Cu2+/TiO2, these sites are not activated after the irradiation of TiO2, Ag+/TiO2, and Au3+/TiO2. According to IR spectral data on adsorbed pyridine, all samples contain Lewis and Brönsted acidic sites.

  18. Mass preparation and novel visible light photocatalytic activity of C and Ag Co-modified ZnO nanocrystals.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Yan; Deng, Ya-Juan; Liu, Jin-Ku; Lu, Yi; Yang, Xiao-Hong

    2015-12-01

    A combustion method was developed to synthesize the C and Ag co-modified ZnO NCs to enhance its photocatalytic efficiency and practicability. The results showed that the doped Ag was significant to promote the photocatalytic activity, and the optimum content was 2% molar ratio of Ag to Zn atom. The degradation rate under visible light increased by 150% compared with C-ZnO NCs, while by more 1233.3% than pure ZnO photocatalyst. There were some new little particles with grain size about 10 nm on the C-ZnO NCs surface, which may state for the existence of Ag atoms. The synergy effect of Ag and carbon elements was proposed to explain the mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light irradiation. PMID:26254866

  19. The IP6 micelle-stabilized small Ag cluster for synthesizing Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and the tunable surface plasmon resonance effect

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    Wang, Na; Wen, Ying; Wang, Yao; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Xiyao; Ling, Bo; Huan, Shuangyan; Yang, Haifeng

    2012-04-01

    The stable small Ag seeds (size in diameter < 10 nm) were obtained in the presence of inositol hexakisphosphoric (IP6) micelles. Then Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized through a replacement reaction with the rapid interdiffusion process between such small Ag seeds in nanoclusters and HAuCl4. Adjusting the dosage of HAuCl4 resulted in different products, which possessed unique surface plasmon resonances (SPR). The morphologies of the as-made nanoparticles were observed using transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy and their compositions were determined by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Among them, the Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles with the cauliflower-like structure had a suitable SPR for highly sensitive Raman detection application as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with a long-term stability of six months.

  20. Ag nanoparticles-decorated ZnO nanorod array on a mechanical flexible substrate with enhanced optical and antimicrobial properties.

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    Chen, Yi; Tse, Wai Hei; Chen, Longyan; Zhang, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Heteronanostructured zinc oxide nanorod (ZnO NR) array are vertically grown on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) through a hydrothermal method followed by an in situ deposition of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) through a photoreduction process. The Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorods on PDMS are measured with an average diameter of 160 nm and an average length of 2 μm. ZnO NRs measured by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) shows highly crystalline with a lattice fringe of 0.255 nm, which corresponds to the (0002) planes in ZnO crystal lattice. The average diameter of the Ag NPs in situ deposited on the ZnO NRs is estimated at 22 ± 2 nm. As compared to the bare ZnO NRs, the heterostructured Ag-ZnO nanorod array shows enhanced ultraviolet (UV) absorption at 440 nm, and significant emission in the visible region (λem = 542 nm). In addition, the antimicrobial efficiency of Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorod array shows obvious improvement as compared to bare ZnO nanorod array. The cytotoxicity of ZnO nanorod array with and without Ag NPs was studied by using 3 T3 mouse fibroblast cell line. No significant toxic effect is imposed on the cells. PMID:25852401

  1. Study of faceted Au nanoparticle capped ZnO nanowires: antireflection, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence aspects

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    Ghosh, A.; Juluri, R. R.; Guha, P.; Sathyavathi, R.; Dash, Ajit; Jena, B. K.; Satyam, P. V.

    2015-02-01

    We report a single step growth process of faceted Au nanoparticles (NPs) on highly c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires (NWs) and report that a system with a lower antireflection coefficient also showed higher surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhanced factors. Well-dispersed Au NPs are grown on silicon substrate using a thin film-in-air-annealing method (using 1 nm and 5 nm thick Au films on silicon and subsequent annealing in air at 800 °C) wherein enhanced oxide growth at the Au-Si interface was used to inhibit inter-diffusion to avoid Au-Si alloy formation (Au/SiOx/Si). These substrates are used to grow aligned ZnO NWs using a high temperature (≈900 °C) chemical vapour deposition method. Depending on the size and areal density of initial catalytic Au NPs, the resultant photoluminescence, reflectance characteristics, and effectiveness as SERS substrates of the faceted Au NP capped ZnO NWs coatings are systematically studied. The highly oriented and faceted Au NPs on ZnO NWs have been used as free standing SERS substrates to detect sub-micro molar crystal violet molecules with an analytical enhancement factor (AEF) of ≥104 and with high repeatability. The substrate with high-density Au-ZnO heterostructures (5 nm Au case) found to have larger AEF, very low reflectance (≈0.75%) and more green emission.

  2. Analysis of d/p ratio in Au+Au collisions from the E866 experiment at the AGS

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    Shea, Y.; Garcia-Solis, E.J.; Stanskas, P.J.

    1996-02-01

    High energy nucleus-nucleus collisions are a great interest as a means of creating a new state of matter. The transition of nuclear matter to quark matter is expected to result in a strongly interacting region that lives for a long time and expands to a large volume. In order to understand the properties of the collision region, it is important to gather information experimentally on the lifetime and thermodynamic attributes such as temperature, volume, density, and entropy of the collision region. Deuteron production by phase space coalescence is particularly interesting because it can be used as a probe in studying the space-time structure of the heavy ion collisions. In the hot and dense participant region, a proton and a neutron coalesce when their relative momentum is small. The deuteron density in momentum space is proportional to the proton density squared in momentum space at equal momenta per nucleon, assuming proton and neutron density to be identical. The motivation here is to study the properties of the coalesced deuterons formed in the participant region of Au-Au collisions at 11.6 GeV/c. The d/p ratio as a function of centrality is studied in hopes of gaining information about any change in the size of the participant zone which could lead to the effort of searching for the Quark-Gluon-Plasma at the AGS. The results shown here is very preliminary and the work is in progress.

  3. UV sensing using film bulk acoustic resonators based on Au/n-ZnO/piezoelectric-ZnO/Al structure

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    Bian, Xiaolei; Jin, Hao; Wang, Xiaozhi; Dong, Shurong; Chen, Guohao; Luo, J. K.; Deen, M. Jamal; Qi, Bensheng

    2015-01-01

    A new type of ultraviolet (UV) light sensor based on film bulk acoustic wave resonator (FBAR) is proposed. The new sensor uses gold and a thin n-type ZnO layer deposited on the top of piezoelectric layer of FBAR to form a Schottky barrier. The Schottky barrier's capacitance can be changed with UV light, resulting in an enhanced shift in the entire FBAR's resonant frequency. The fabricated UV sensor has a 50 nm thick n-ZnO semiconductor layer with a carrier concentration of ~ 1017 cm−3. A large frequency downshift is observed when UV light irradiates the FBAR. With 365 nm UV light of intensity 1.7 mW/cm2, the FBAR with n-ZnO/Au Schottky diode has 250 kHz frequency downshift, much larger than the 60 kHz frequency downshift in a conventional FBAR without the n-ZnO layer. The shift in the new FBAR's resonant frequency is due to the junction formed between Au and n-ZnO semiconductor and its properties changes with UV light. The experimental results are in agreement with the theoretical analysis using an equivalent circuit model of the new FBAR structure. PMID:25773146

  4. Direct growth of comet-like superstructures of Au-ZnO submicron rod arrays by solvothermal soft chemistry process

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    Shen Liming; Bao, Ningzhong Yanagisawa, Kazumichi; Zheng, Yanqing; Domen, Kazunari; Gupta, Arunava; Grimes, Craig A.

    2007-01-15

    The synthesis, characterization and proposed growth process of a new kind of comet-like Au-ZnO superstructures are described here. This Au-ZnO superstructure was directly created by a simple and mild solvothermal reaction, dissolving the reactants of zinc acetate dihydrate and hydrogen tetrachloroaurate tetrahydrate (HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O) in ethylenediamine and taking advantage of the lattice matching growth between definitized ZnO plane and Au plane and the natural growth habit of the ZnO rods along [001] direction in solutions. For a typical comet-like Au-ZnO superstructure, its comet head consists of one hemispherical end of a central thick ZnO rod and an outer Au-ZnO thin layer, and its comet tail consists of radially standing ZnO submicron rod arrays growing on the Au-ZnO thin layer. These ZnO rods have diameters in range of 0.2-0.5 {mu}m, an average aspect ratio of about 10, and lengths of up to about 4 {mu}m. The morphology, size and structure of the ZnO superstructures are dependent on the concentration of reactants and the reaction time. The HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O plays a key role for the solvothermal growth of the comet-like superstructure, and only are ZnO fibers obtained in absence of the HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O. The UV-vis absorption spectrum shows two absorptions at 365-390 nm and 480-600 nm, respectively attributing to the characteristic of the ZnO wide-band semiconductor material and the surface plasmon resonance of the Au particles. - Graphical abstract: One-step solvothermal synthesis of novel comet-like superstructures of radially standing ZnO submicron rod arrays.

  5. Synergistic effects of dual Zn/Ag ion implantation in osteogenic activity and antibacterial ability of titanium.

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    Jin, Guodong; Qin, Hui; Cao, Huiliang; Qian, Shi; Zhao, Yaochao; Peng, Xiaochun; Zhang, Xianlong; Liu, Xuanyong; Chu, Paul K

    2014-09-01

    Zinc (Zn) and silver (Ag) are co-implanted into titanium by plasma immersion ion implantation. A Zn containing film with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) possessing a wide size distribution is formed on the surface and the corrosion resistance is improved due to the micro-galvanic couples formed by the implanted Zn and Ag. Not only are the initial adhesion, spreading, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of rBMSCs observed from the Zn/Ag implanted Ti in vitro, but also bacteria killing is achieved both in vitro and in vivo. Electrochemical polarization and ion release measurements suggest that the excellent osteogenic activity and antibacterial ability of the Zn/Ag co-implanted titanium are related to the synergistic effect resulting from the long-range interactions of the released Zn ions and short-range interactions of the embedded Ag NPs. The Zn/Ag co-implanted titanium offers both excellent osteogenic activity and antibacterial ability and has large potential in orthopedic and dental implants. PMID:24947228

  6. Preparation of Ag/Au bimetallic nanostructures and their application in surface-enhanced fluorescence.

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    Dong, Jun; Ye, Yanyan; Zhang, Wenhui; Ren, Zebin; Huo, Yiping; Zheng, Hairong

    2015-11-01

    An effective substrate for surface-enhanced fluorescence, which consists of cluster Ag/Au bimetallic nanostructures on a copper surface, was synthesized via a multi-stage galvanic replacement reaction of a Ag cluster in a chlorauric acid (HAuCl4) solution at room temperature. The fabricated silver/gold bimetallic cluster were found to yield large surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) enhancement factors for rhodamine 6G probe molecules deposited on the substrate, and also the fluorescence efficiency is critically dependent on the period of nanostructure growth. With the help of proper control reaction conditions, such as the reaction time, and concentration of reaction solutions, the maximum fluorescence enhanced effect was obtained. Therefore, the bimetallic nanostructure substrate also can be adapted to studies in SEF, which will expand the application of SEF. PMID:25691287

  7. Breakthrough of the p-type doping bottleneck in ZnO by inserting an ultrathin ZnX (X  =  S, Se and Te) layer doped with NX or AgZn

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    Jiang, Xin-he; Shi, Jun-jie; Zhang, Min; Zhong, Hong-xia; Huang, Pu; Ding, Yi-min; Cao, Xiong; Wu, Meng; Liao, Zhi-min

    2016-03-01

    The worldwide problem of p-type doping in ZnO is investigated based on first-principles calculations by combining the standard density functional theory and hybrid functional methods. We find that p-type doping can be realized by inserting an ultrathin ZnX (X  =  S, Se and Te) layer, doped with NX or AgZn, into ZnO to form short-period (ZnO) m /(ZnX) n (m  >  n) superlattices. The formation energy is the lowest for NX or AgZn in the ZnX layer. The Zn-rich (Zn-poor) condition is favourable for the formation of the NX (AgZn) defect. Compensation by the native defects can be avoided for the Ag-doped (ZnO) m /(ZnX) n under the Zn-poor condition. The N (Ag) acceptor activation energy can be reduced from 0.45 (0.43) eV in ZnO to 0.33 (0.32) eV in (ZnO)5/(ZnS)1, 0.20 (0.24) eV in (ZnO)5/(ZnSe)1 and 0.12 (0.13) eV in (ZnO)5/(ZnTe)1, which is caused by the ZnX-monolayer modulation to the local structure around the NX or AgZn defect and the high-lying p-derived valence bands. Moreover, the band gaps can be tuned from 3.40 eV of ZnO to 3.21 eV of (ZnO)5/(ZnS)1, 2.41 eV of (ZnO)5/(ZnSe)1 and 2.26 eV of (ZnO)5/(ZnTe)1, which is promising for the integration of ZnO-based white light-emitting diodes.

  8. Intermetallic Competition in the Fragmentation of Trimetallic Au-Zn-Alkali Complexes.

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    Lang, Johannes; Cayir, Merve; Walg, Simon P; Di Martino-Fumo, Patrick; Thiel, Werner R; Niedner-Schatteburg, Gereon

    2016-02-12

    Cationization is a valuable tool to enable mass spectrometric studies on neutral transition-metal complexes (e.g., homogenous catalysts). However, knowledge of potential impacts on the molecular structure and catalytic reactivity induced by the cationization is indispensable to extract information about the neutral complex. In this study, we cationize a bimetallic complex [AuZnCl3 ] with alkali metal ions (M(+) ) and investigate the charged adducts [AuZnCl3 M](+) by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Infrared multiple photon dissociation (IR-MPD) in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal a μ(3) binding motif of all alkali ions to the three chlorido ligands. The cationization induces a reorientation of the organic backbone. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) studies reveal switches of fragmentation channels by the alkali ion and by the CID amplitude. The Li(+) and Na(+) adducts prefer the sole loss of ZnCl2 , whereas the K(+) , Rb(+) , and Cs(+) adducts preferably split off MCl2 ZnCl. Calculated energetics along the fragmentation coordinate profiles allow us to interpret the experimental findings to a level of subtle details. The Zn(2+) cation wins the competition for the nitrogen coordination sites against K(+) , Rb(+) , and Cs(+) , but it loses against Li(+) and Na(+) in a remarkable deviation from a naive hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB) concept. The computations indicate expulsion of MCl2 ZnCl rather than of MCl and ZnCl2 . PMID:26785330

  9. Designed synthesis of Au/Ag/Pd trimetallic nanoparticle-based catalysts for Sonogashira coupling reactions.

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    Venkatesan, P; Santhanalakshmi, J

    2010-07-20

    Pdnp and Pd containing trimetallic nanoparticles (tnp) are synthesized by chemical method with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as the capping agent. Compositionally, four different tnp are prepared and the particle sizes are characterized by UV-vis spectra, HR-TEM, and XRD measurements. The catalytic activities of Pdnp and tnp are tested using the Sonogashira C-C coupling reaction. The product yield and recyclability of the recovered catalysts are studied. tnp (1:1:1) exhibited better catalysis than Pdnp, which may be due to the concerted electronic effects of the Au-Ag core onto the Pd shell atoms. PMID:20462280

  10. Anti p and anti Lambda production in Si + Au collisions at the AGS

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    Wu, Yue-Dong

    1996-01-01

    (anti (ital p)) and (anti (Lambda)) production in central Si + Au collisions has been measured by E589 at the BNL-AGS. Preliminary (ital m)(sub (perpendicular)) spectra are presented for (anti (ital p))'s and (anti (Lambda))'s. The (ital dn/dy) distribution for (anti (ital p))'s is also presented. Based on the (anti (ital p)) and (anti (Lambda)) measurements, (anti (Lambda))/(anti (ital p)) ratios are calculated in the rapidity range of 1.1-1.5.

  11. Mechanism of Electromigration in Ag-Alloy Bonding Wires with Different Pd and Au Content

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    Chuang, Tung-Han; Lin, Hsin-Jung; Wang, Hsi-Ching; Chuang, Chien-Hsun; Tsai, Chih-Hsin

    2015-02-01

    The mechanism of electromigration in Ag-alloy wires containing different amounts of Pd and Au has been studied. Thinning and thickening accompanying grain growth were observed in worn bonding wire after current stress. The mean time-to-failure of bonding wires stressed with different current densities is highly dependent on their electrical resistivity, and wire temperature increases during current stress, owing to the Joule effect. An indirect method is proposed for in situ assessment of the temperatures of these fine wires under current stress. A mode of failure of these bonding wires was deduced by kinetic analysis. This mode can be correlated with atomic diffusion in the wire.

  12. In situ synthesis and nonlinear optical properties of Au:Ag nanocomposite polymer films

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Anija, M.; Philip, Reji

    2006-01-01

    We report a simple in situ synthesis procedure for Au:Ag nanocomposite polymer (NCP) films using polyvinyl alcohol as the reducing agent. Optical measurements show absorption bands of varying strengths around 530 and 410 nm. The presence of nanoparticles is confirmed from Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Nonlinear optical response is studied using 7 ns laser pulses, for near-resonant and off-resonant excitation wavelengths (532 and 1064 nm, respectively). Samples exhibit saturable as well as induced absorption. These materials have the potential to be used as saturable absorbers and optical limiters.

  13. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X = Ba, Eu; Y = Cu, Ag and Au).

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y = Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal. PMID:26399742

  14. Multifunctional Au-ZnO Plasmonic Nanostructures for Enhanced UV Photodetector and Room Temperature NO Sensing Devices

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Sinha, Arun Kumar; Santra, Sumita; Manna, Santanu; Ray, Samit Kumar

    2014-01-01

    In this study we report the enhancement of UV photodetection and wavelength tunable light induced NO gas sensing at room temperature using Au-ZnO nanocomposites synthesized by a simple photochemical process. Plasmonic Au-ZnO nanostructures with a size less than the incident wavelength have been found to exhibit a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) that leads to a strong absorption, scattering and local field enhancement. The photoresponse of Au-ZnO nanocomposite can be effectively enhanced by 80 times at 335 nm over control ZnO. We also demonstrated Au-ZnO nanocomposite's application to wavelength tunable gas sensor operating at room temperature. The sensing response of Au-ZnO nancomposite is enhanced both in UV and visible region, as compared to control ZnO. The sensitivity is observed to be higher in the visible region due to the LSPR effect of Au NPs. The selectivity is found to be higher for NO gas over CO and some other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with a minimum detection limit of 0.1 ppb for Au-ZnO sensor at 335 nm. PMID:25255700

  15. Solvothermal Preparation of ZnO Nanorods as Anode Material for Improved Cycle Life Zn/AgO Batteries

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    Ullah, Shafiq; Ahmed, Fiaz; Badshah, Amin; Ali Altaf, Ataf; Raza, Ramsha; Lal, Bhajan; Hussain, Rizwan

    2013-01-01

    Nano materials with high surface area increase the kinetics and extent of the redox reactions, thus resulting in high power and energy densities. In this study high surface area zinc oxide nanorods have been synthesized by surfactant free ethylene glycol assisted solvothermal method. The nanorods thus prepared have diameters in the submicron range (300∼500 nm) with high aspect ratio. They have uniform geometry and well aligned direction. These nanorods are characterized by XRD, SEM, Specific Surface Area Analysis, solubility in alkaline medium, EDX analysis and galvanostatic charge/discharge studies in Zn/AgO batteries. The prepared zinc oxide nanorods have low solubility in alkaline medium with higher structural stability, which imparts the improved cycle life stability to Zn/AgO cells. PMID:24146807

  16. Hierarchical nanostructures of Au@ZnO: antibacterial and antibiofilm agent.

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    Gholap, Haribhau; Warule, Sambhaji; Sangshetti, Jaiprakash; Kulkarni, Gauri; Banpurkar, Arun; Satpute, Surekha; Patil, Rajendra

    2016-07-01

    The perpetual use of antibiotics against pathogens inadvertently altered their genes that have translated into an unprecedented resistance in microorganisms in the twenty-first century. Many researchers have formulated bactericidal and bacteriostatic inorganic nanoparticle-based antiseptics that may be linked to broad-spectrum activity and far lower propensity to induce microbial resistance than organic-based antibiotics. Based on this line, herein, we present observations on microbial abatement using gold-based zinc oxide nanostructures (Au@ZnO) which are synthesized using hydrothermal route. Inhibition of microbial growth and biofilm using Au@ZnO is a unique feature of our study. Furthermore, this study evinces antimicrobial and antibiofilm mechanisms of photo-eradiated Au@ZnO by disruption of cellular functions and biofilms via reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent generation of superoxide anion radical. The present study is significant as it introduces novel functionalities to Au@ZnO in the biomedical field which can be extended to other species of microbial pathogens. PMID:26952109

  17. Hyperspectral reflected light microscopy of plasmonic Au/Ag alloy nanoparticles incubated as multiplex chromatic biomarkers with cancer cells.

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    Patskovsky, Sergiy; Bergeron, Eric; Rioux, David; Simard, Mikaël; Meunier, Michel

    2014-10-21

    A hyperspectral microscopy system based on a reflected light method for plasmonic nanoparticle (NP) imaging was designed and compared with a conventional darkfield method for spatial localization and spectroscopic identification of single Au, Ag and Au/Ag alloy NPs incubated with fixed human cancer cell preparations. A new synthesis protocol based on co-reduction of Au and Ag salts combined with the seeded growth technique was used for the fabrication of monodispersed alloy NPs with sizes ranging from 30 to 100 nm in diameter. We validated theoretically and experimentally the performance of 60 nm Au, Ag and Au/Ag (50 : 50) NPs as multiplexed biological chromatic markers for biomedical diagnostics and optical biosensing. The advantages of the proposed reflected light microscopy method are presented for NP imaging in a complex and highly diffusing medium such as a cellular environment. The obtained information is essential for the development of a high throughput, selective and efficient strategy for cancer detection and treatment. PMID:25133743

  18. Synthesis of (Au)Ag core-shell nanocomposite in the water- ethanol mixture and its optical properties

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    Abakshonok, A. V.; Panarin, A. Yu; Agabekov, V. E.; Eryomin, A. N.; Terekhov, S. N.

    2014-08-01

    The technique of synthesis of (Au)Ag core-shell bimetallic nanocomposite was developed. Gold seed nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained by HAuCl4 reduction with sodium citrate at ultrasonic treatment during 3 hours in a mixture of water - ethanol (1:1). Then, the surface of gold NPs was modified by silver. In the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) K30 (Mw ~ 24000) and K90 (Mw ~ 360000) the coreshell (Au)Ag NPs of spherical shape were formed. They are characterized by aggregate stability and well-defined absorption maximum at 400-514 nm. Composite (Au)Ag, prepared in the solution without a polymer or in the presence of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), sodium polystyrene sulfonate (PSS), dextran T100 and T500, had a broad band plasmon resonance in the whole range of visible spectrum. The ability to use the (Au)Ag core-shell nanoparticles in absorption nanospectroscopy based on the phenomenon of plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) was evaluated. In the presence of 0,1-2,0 μM of water-soluble cationic Cu (II) -5,10,15,20-tetrakis (4-N-methyl pyridinium) porphyrin (CuTMPyP4) distinct dips due to plasmon quenching matched the absorption maximum of CuTMPyP4 were detected in the resonant scattering spectrum of (Au)Ag solution.

  19. A novel glucose biosensor platform based on Ag@AuNPs modified graphene oxide nanocomposite and SERS application.

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    Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Atar, Necip; Yola, Mehmet Lütfi; Eryılmaz, Merve; Torul, Hilal; Tamer, Uğur; Boyacı, Ismail Hakkı; Ustündağ, Zafer

    2013-09-15

    This study represents a novel template demonstration of a glucose biosensor based on mercaptophenyl boronic acid (MBA) terminated Ag@AuNPs/graphene oxide (Ag@AuNPs-GO) nanomaterials. The nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The TEM image shows that Ag@AuNPs in the nanocomposite is in the range of diameters of 10-20 nm. The nanocomposite was used for the determination of glucose through the complexation between boronic acid and diol groups of glucose. Thus, a novel glucose biosensor was further fabricated by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOD) into MBA terminated Ag@AuNPs-GO nanocomposite film (MBA-Ag@AuNPs-GO). The linearity range of glucose was obtained as 2-6mM with detection limit of 0.33 mM. The developed biosensor was also applied successfully for the determination of glucose in blood samples. The concentration value of glucose in blood samples was calculated to be 1.97±0.002 mM from measurements repeated for six times. PMID:23816220

  20. Superhydrophobic Ag decorated ZnO nanostructured thin film as effective surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates

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    Jayram, Naidu Dhanpal; Sonia, S.; Poongodi, S.; Kumar, P. Suresh; Masuda, Yoshitake; Mangalaraj, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Viswanathan, C.

    2015-11-01

    The present work is an attempt to overcome the challenges in the fabrication of super hydrophobic silver decorated zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure thin films via thermal evaporation process. The ZnO nanowire thin films are prepared without any surface modification and show super hydrophobic nature with a contact angle of 163°. Silver is further deposited onto the ZnO nanowire to obtain nanoworm morphology. Silver decorated ZnO (Ag@ZnO) thin films are used as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) studies. The formation of randomly arranged nanowire and silver decorated nanoworm structure is confirmed using FESEM, HR-TEM and AFM analysis. Crystallinity and existence of Ag on ZnO are confirmed using XRD and XPS studies. A detailed growth mechanism is discussed for the formation of the nanowires from nanobeads based on various deposition times. The prepared SERS substrate reveals a reproducible enhancement of 3.082 × 107 M for Rhodamine 6G dye (R6G) for 10-10 molar concentration per liter. A higher order of SERS spectra is obtained for a contact angle of 155°. Thus the obtained thin films show the superhydrophobic nature with a highly enhanced Raman spectrum and act as SERS substrates. The present nanoworm morphology shows a new pathway for the construction of semiconductor thin films for plasmonic studies and challenges the orderly arranged ZnO nanorods, wires and other nano structure substrates used in SERS studies.

  1. Magnetic properties of ZnS doped with noble metals (X = Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag)

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    Tan, Zhiyun; Xiao, Wenzhi; Wang, Lingling; Yang, Youchang

    2012-12-01

    Density functional theory calculations are carried out to study the electronic structures and magnetic properties in zinc-blende structure ZnS doped with nonmagnetic noble metals (X = Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag). Results show robust magnetic ground states for X-doped ZnS. The total magnetic moments are about 2.0, 3.0, and 2.0 μB per supercell for the Ru-, Rh-, and Pd-doped ZnS, respectively. As the atomic number of X element increases, the local magnetic moment tends toward delocalize and the hybridization between X-4d and S-3p states become stronger. This trend is strongly related to the difference in electronegativity between the substitutional X and the cation in the ZnS host. For Ag-doped ZnS, both non-spin- and spin-polarized calculations yield nearly equal total energy. The substitution of Zn in ZnS parent material by the nonmagnetic 4d transition-metals may lead to half-metallic ferromagnetism which stems from the hybridization between X-4d and S-3p states and could be attributed to a double-exchange mechanism. Curie temperature values are estimated using mean-field approximation.

  2. Co-doping of Ag into Mn:ZnSe Quantum Dots: Giving Optical Filtering effect with Improved Monochromaticity

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    Hu, Zhiyang; Xu, Shuhong; Xu, Xiaojing; Wang, Zhaochong; Wang, Zhuyuan; Wang, Chunlei; Cui, Yiping

    2015-01-01

    In optics, when polychromatic light is filtered by an optical filter, the monochromaticity of the light can be improved. In this work, we reported that Ag dopant atoms could be used as an optical filter for nanosized Mn:ZnSe quantum dots (QDs). If no Ag doping, aqueous Mn:ZnSe QDs have low monochromaticity due to coexisting of strong ZnSe band gap emission, ZnSe trap emission, and Mn dopant emission. After doping of Ag into QDs, ZnSe band gap and ZnSe trap emissions can be filtered, leaving only Mn dopant emission with improved monochromaticity. The mechanism for the optical filtering effect of Ag was investigated. The results indicate that the doping of Ag will introduce a new faster deactivation process from ZnSe conduction band to Ag energy level, leading to less electrons deactived via ZnSe band gap emission and ZnSe trap emission. As a result, only Mn dopant emission is left. PMID:26446850

  3. ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure network over flexible platform for enhanced cold cathode application

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    Pal, Shreyasi; Maiti, Soumen; Narayan Maiti, Uday; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar

    2016-07-01

    Multistage field emitters consisting of organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures with branched geometry are designed via a two-step protocol: a simple wet chemical method followed by a vapor-solid-phase technique. (Cu/Ag)TCNQ (copper/silver-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) nanowires (NWs) were grown hierarchically on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) to form ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure assemblies. By monitoring the metallic Cu and Ag coating thickness on ZnO NRs, precise control over the morphology and orientations of the secondary organic NWs is achieved. In-depth analysis of electron field emission (FE) behavior of the ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ-based hierarchy suggests highest emission performance with low turn-on as well as threshold fields of 1.15 and 3.75 V μm‑1 respectively from the morphology-optimized hierarchy. Beneficial orientation of the branched organic NWs ensures sequential electric field enhancement in the consecutive stem and branches whereas its low work function eases electron emission; these aspects combined together render an overall enhancement in the emission behavior of the hybrid system. As compared to individual building units, the heterostructures show improved field electron emission. Additionally, successful construction of this novel hybrid over a fabric platform displays great potential in opening up new pathways in the highly-anticipated field of flexible electronics.

  4. ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure network over flexible platform for enhanced cold cathode application.

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    Pal, Shreyasi; Maiti, Soumen; Maiti, Uday Narayan; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar

    2016-07-01

    Multistage field emitters consisting of organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures with branched geometry are designed via a two-step protocol: a simple wet chemical method followed by a vapor-solid-phase technique. (Cu/Ag)TCNQ (copper/silver-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) nanowires (NWs) were grown hierarchically on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) to form ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure assemblies. By monitoring the metallic Cu and Ag coating thickness on ZnO NRs, precise control over the morphology and orientations of the secondary organic NWs is achieved. In-depth analysis of electron field emission (FE) behavior of the ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ-based hierarchy suggests highest emission performance with low turn-on as well as threshold fields of 1.15 and 3.75 V μm(-1) respectively from the morphology-optimized hierarchy. Beneficial orientation of the branched organic NWs ensures sequential electric field enhancement in the consecutive stem and branches whereas its low work function eases electron emission; these aspects combined together render an overall enhancement in the emission behavior of the hybrid system. As compared to individual building units, the heterostructures show improved field electron emission. Additionally, successful construction of this novel hybrid over a fabric platform displays great potential in opening up new pathways in the highly-anticipated field of flexible electronics. PMID:27188388

  5. Ag-ZnO nanoreactor grown on FTO substrate exhibiting high heterogeneous photocatalytic efficiency.

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    Tan, Sin Tee; Ali Umar, Akrajas; Balouch, Aamna; Nafisah, Suratun; Yahaya, Muhammad; Yap, Chi Chin; Mat Salleh, Muhamad; Kityk, I V; Oyama, Munetaka

    2014-07-14

    This Research Article reports an unusually high efficiency heterogeneous photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) in the presence of Ag nanoparticle-loaded ZnO quasi-nanotube or nanoreactor (A-ZNRs) nanocatalyst grown on FTO substrate. In typical process, photodegradation efficiency of as high as 21.6% per μg per Watts of used catalyst and UV power can be normally obtained within only a 60-min reaction time from this system, which is 10(3) order higher than the reported results. This is equivalent to the turnover frequency of 360 mol mol(-1) h(-1). High-density hexagonal A-ZNRs catalysts were grown directly on FTO substrate via a seed-mediated microwave-assisted hydrolysis growth process utilizing Ag nanoparticle of approximately 3 nm in size as nanoseed and mixture aqueous solution of Zn(NO3)·6H2O, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT), and AgNO3 as the growth solution. A-ZNRs adopts hexagonal cross-section morphology with the inner surface of the reactor characterized by a rough and rugged structure. Transmission electron microscopy imaging shows the Ag nanoparticle grows interstitially in the ZnO nanoreactor structure. The high photocatalytic property of the A-ZNRs is associated with the highly active of inner side's surface of A-ZNRs and the oxidizing effect of Ag nanoparticle. The growth mechanism as well as the mechanism of the enhanced-photocatalytic performance of the A-ZNRs will be discussed. PMID:24919039

  6. Nanocatalyst superior to Pt for oxygen reduction reactions: the case of core/shell Ag(Au)/CuPd nanoparticles.

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    Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Zhu, Wenlei; He, Kai; Su, Dong; Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Ho, Sally Fae; Lu, Gang; Sun, Shouheng

    2014-10-22

    Controlling the electronic structure and surface strain of a nanoparticle catalyst has become an important strategy to tune and to optimize its catalytic efficiency for a chemical reaction. Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we predicted that core/shell M/CuPd (M = Ag, Au) NPs with a 0.8 or 1.2 nm CuPd2 shell have similar but optimal surface strain and composition and may surpass Pt in catalyzing oxygen reduction reactions. We synthesized monodisperse M/CuPd NPs by the coreduction of palladium acetylacetonate and copper acetylacetonate in the presence of Ag (or Au) nanoparticles with controlled shell thicknesses of 0.4, 0.75, and 1.1 nm and CuPd compositions and evaluated their catalysis for the oxygen reduction reaction in 0.1 M KOH solution. As predicted, our Ag/Cu37Pd63 and Au/Cu40Pd60 catalysts with 0.75 and 1.1 nm shells were more efficient catalysts than the commercial Pt catalyst (Fuel Cells Store), with their mass activity reaching 0.20 A/mg of noble metal at -0.1 V vs Ag/AgCl (4 M KCl); this was over 3 times higher than that (0.06 A/mg Pt) from the commercial Pt. These Ag(Au)/CuPd nanoparticles are promising non-Pt catalysts for oxygen reduction reactions. PMID:25279704

  7. Holey Au-Ag alloy nanoplates with built-in hotspots for surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Wei, Xinyu; Fan, Qikui; Liu, Hongpo; Bai, Yaocai; Zhang, Lei; Zheng, Haoquan; Yin, Yadong; Gao, Chuanbo

    2016-08-25

    Plasmonic noble metal nanocrystals with interior nanogaps have attracted great attention in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications due to the presence of built-in hotspots. Herein, we report a synthesis route to holey Au-Ag alloy nanoplates by controlled galvanic replacement with Ag nanoplates as the sacrificial template, a sulfite-coordinated Au(i) salt as the Au source, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the capping agent. PVP helps regulate the anisotropic growth of nanopores on the Ag nanoplates to afford a highly holey nanostructure, and the monovalent Au(i) salt plays a critical role in stabilizing these holey nanoplates by rapidly enriching Au in the alloy nanostructures. Numerical simulations and experimental results suggest that these holey Au-Ag alloy nanoplates possess enormous internal hotspots for high sensitivity in the SERS analysis, and high stability for excellent reliability of the analysis under many harsh conditions. We believe that this strategy is potentially applicable to the synthesis of many other types of plasmonic nanostructures with inherent nanogaps for many sensing and imaging applications. PMID:27524663

  8. Visible light plasmonic heating of Au-ZnO for the catalytic reduction of CO2

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    Wang, Congjun; Ranasingha, Oshadha; Natesakhawat, Sittichai; Ohodnicki, Paul R.; Andio, Mark; Lewis, James P.; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-01-01

    Plasmonic excitation of Au nanoparticles attached to the surface of ZnO catalysts using low power 532 nm laser illumination leads to significant heating of the catalyst and the conversion of CO2 and H2 reactants to CH4 and CO products. Temperature-calibrated Raman spectra of ZnO phonons show that intensity-dependent plasmonic excitation can controllably heat Au–ZnO from 30 to ~600 °C and simultaneously tune the CH4 : CO product ratio. The laser induced heating and resulting CH4 : CO product distribution agrees well with predictions from thermodynamic models and temperature-programmed reaction experiments indicating that the reaction is a thermally driven process resultingmore » from the plasmonic heating of the Au-ZnO. The apparent quantum yield for CO2 conversion under continuous wave (cw) 532 nm laser illumination is 0.030%. The Au-ZnO catalysts are robust and remain active after repeated laser exposure and cycling. The light intensity required to initiate CO2 reduction is low ( ~2.5 x 105 W m-2) and achievable with solar concentrators. Our results illustrate the viability of plasmonic heating approaches for CO2 utilization and other practical thermal catalytic applications.« less

  9. Modulation of the electron transfer processes in Au-ZnO nanostructures

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    Aguirre, M. E.; Armanelli, A.; Perelstein, G.; Feldhoff, A.; Tolley, A. J.; Grela, M. A.

    2015-04-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures comprising Au and ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by the spontaneous reduction of HAuCl4 in ethylene glycol were used to assess the possibility of modulating the direction of the electron transfer processes at the interface. One electron UV reduction and visible oxidation of the reversible couple TEMPOL/TEMPOL-H was confirmed by EPR spectroscopy. The apparent quantum yield for TEMPOL-H conversion under continuous wave visible excitation depends on the irradiation wavelength, being 0.57% and 0.27% at 450 +/- 12 and 530 +/- 12 nm, respectively. These results indicate that both the surface plasmon resonance and the interband transition from the 5d to the 6s level of Au nanoparticles contribute to the visible activity of the nanostructure. In addition, by detecting free electron conduction band electrons in ZnO, after the visible excitation of Au/ZnO nanostructures, we provide direct evidence of the photoexcited electron transfer from gold nanoparticles to ZnO.Plasmonic nanostructures comprising Au and ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by the spontaneous reduction of HAuCl4 in ethylene glycol were used to assess the possibility of modulating the direction of the electron transfer processes at the interface. One electron UV reduction and visible oxidation of the reversible couple TEMPOL/TEMPOL-H was confirmed by EPR spectroscopy. The apparent quantum yield for TEMPOL-H conversion under continuous wave visible excitation depends on the irradiation wavelength, being 0.57% and 0.27% at 450 +/- 12 and 530 +/- 12 nm, respectively. These results indicate that both the surface plasmon resonance and the interband transition from the 5d to the 6s level of Au nanoparticles contribute to the visible activity of the nanostructure. In addition, by detecting free electron conduction band electrons in ZnO, after the visible excitation of Au/ZnO nanostructures, we provide direct evidence of the photoexcited electron transfer from gold nanoparticles to ZnO. Electronic

  10. 3D Ag/ZnO hybrids for sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection

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    Huang, Chenyue; Xu, Chunxiang; Lu, Junfeng; Li, Zhaohui; Tian, Zhengshan

    2016-03-01

    To combine the surface plasma resonance of metal and local field enhancement in metal/semiconductor interface, Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on a ZnO nanorod array which was grown by hydrothermally on carbon fibers. The construction of dimensional (3D) Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate is used for the sensitive detection of organic pollutants with the advantages such as facile synthesis, short detection time and low cost. The hybrid substrate was manifested a high sensitivity to phenol red at a lower concentration of 1 × 10-9 M and a higher enhancement factor of 3.18 × 109. Moreover, the ZnO nanostructures decorated with Ag NPs were demonstrated self-cleaning function under UV irradiation via photocatalytic degradation of the analytic molecules. The fabrication process of the materials and sensors, optimization of the SERS behaviors for different sized Ag NPs, the mechanism of SERS and recovery were presented with a detailed discussion.

  11. Facile synthesis of Ag/ZnO heterostructures assisted by UV irradiation: Highly photocatalytic property and enhanced photostability

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    Yang, Zhongmei; Zhang, Ping; Ding, Yanhuai; Jiang, Yong; Long, Zhilin; Dai, Wenli

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Fabrication of Ag/ZnO heterostructure between the two incompatible phases is realized under UV irradiation in the absence of surfactant. {yields} The synthetic method is facile, low cost, and low carbon, which depends on the photogenerated electrons produced by ZnO under UV light. {yields} Photocatalytic property of the as-synthesized samples is 3.0 times as good as the pure ZnO synthesized under the same condition or the commercial TiO{sub 2} (Degussa, P-25). {yields} The heterostructures exhibit good durability without significant change in the activity even after the third cycle compared to the pure ZnO. -- Abstract: We report a new method to synthesize Ag/ZnO heterostructures assisted by UV irradiation. The formation of Ag/ZnO heterostructures depends on photogenerated electrons produced by ZnO under UV light to reduce high valence silver. Functional property of the Ag/ZnO heterostructures is evaluated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV illumination. Results of photodegradation tests reveal that the optimal photocatalytic activity of as-syntheszied samples is about 1.5 times higher than the pure ZnO synthesized in the same condition or commercial TiO{sub 2} (P-25), showing the advantage of the unique structure in the Ag/ZnO heterostructure. Besides, due to the reduced activation of surface oxygen atom, photocatalytic activity of the photocatalysts has no evident decrease even after three recycles.

  12. Impact of ZnO and Ag Nanoparticles on Bacterial Growth and Viability

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    Olson, M. S.; Digiovanni, K. A.

    2007-12-01

    Hundreds of consumer products containing nanomaterials are currently available in the U.S., including computers, clothing, cosmetics, sports equipment, medical devices and product packaging. Metallic nanoparticles can be embedded in or coated on product surfaces to provide antimicrobial, deodorizing, and stain- resistant properties. Although these products have the potential to provide significant benefit to the user, the impact of these products on the environment remains largely unknown. The purpose of this project is to study the effect of metallic nanoparticles released to the environment on bacterial growth and viability. Inhibition of bacterial growth was tested by adding doses of suspended ZnO and Ag nanoparticles into luria broth prior to inoculation of Escherichia coli cells. ZnO particles (approximately 40 nm) were obtained commercially and Ag particles (12-14 nm) were fabricated by reduction of silver nitrate with sodium borohydride. Toxicity assays were performed to test the viability of E. coli cells exposed to both ZnO and Ag nanoparticles using the LIVE/DEAD BacLight bacterial viability kit (Invitrogen). Live cells stain green whereas cells with compromised membranes that are considered dead or dying stain red. Cells were first grown, stained, and exposed to varying doses of metallic nanoparticles, and then bacterial viability was measured hourly using fluorescence microscopy. Results indicate that both ZnO and Ag nanoparticles inhibit the growth of E. coli in liquid media. Preliminary results from toxicity assays confirm the toxic effect of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles on active cell cultures. Calculated death rates resulting from analyses of toxicity studies will be presented.

  13. Growth and characterization of ZnO multipods on functional surfaces with different sizes and shapes of Ag particles

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    A, Kamalianfar; S, A. Halim; Mahmoud Godarz, Naseri; M, Navasery; Fasih, Ud Din; J, A. M. Zahedi; Kasra, Behzad; K, P. Lim; A Lavari, Monghadam; S, K. Chen

    2013-08-01

    Three-dimensional ZnO multipods are successfully synthesized on functional substrates using the vapor transport method in a quartz tube. The functional surfaces, which include two different distributions of Ag nanoparticles and a layer of commercial Ag nanowires, are coated onto silicon substrates before the growth of ZnO nanostructures. The structures and morphologies of the ZnO/Ag heterostructures are investigated using X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The sizes and shapes of the Ag particles affect the growth rates and initial nucleations of the ZnO structures, resulting in different numbers and shapes of multipods. They also influence the orientation and growth quality of the rods. The optical properties are studied by photoluminescence, UV-vis, and Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that the surface plasmon resonance strongly depends on the sizes and shapes of the Ag particles.

  14. Schottky or Ohmic metal-semiconductor contact: influence on photocatalytic efficiency of Ag/ZnO and Pt/ZnO model systems.

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    Yan, Fengpo; Wang, Yonghao; Zhang, Jiye; Lin, Zhang; Zheng, Jinsheng; Huang, Feng

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between the contact type in metal-semiconductor junctions and their photocatalytic efficiencies is investigated. Two metal-semiconductor junctions, silver on zinc oxide (Ag/ZnO) and platinum on zinc oxide (Pt/ZnO) serve as model system for Ohmic and Schottky metal-semiconductor contact, respectively. Ag/ZnO, with Ohmic contact, exhibits a higher photocatalytic efficiency than Pt/ZnO, with Schottky contact. The direction of electric fields within the semiconductor is found to play a crucial role in the separation of photogenerated charges, and thus strongly influences the photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:24458735

  15. The γ-polymorph of AgZnPO4 with an ABW zeolite-type framework topology

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    Assani, Abderrazzak; Saadi, Mohamed; El Ammari, Lahcen

    2010-01-01

    The γ-polymorph of the title compound, silver zinc orthophos­phate, was synthesized under hydro­thermal conditions. The structure consists of ZnO4, PO4 and AgO4 units. The coord­ination spheres of ZnII and PV are tetra­hedral, whereas the AgI atom is considerably distorted from a tetra­hedral coordination. Each O atom is linked to each of the three cations. An elliptic eight-membered ring system is formed by corner-sharing of alternating PO4 and ZnO4 tetra­hedra, leading to a framework with an ABW-type zeolite structure. The framework encloses channels running parallel to [100] in which the Ag cations are located, with Ag⋯Ag contacts of 3.099 (3) Å. This short distance results from d 10⋯d 10 inter­actions, which play a substantial role in the crystal packing. The structure of γ-AgZnPO4 is distinct from the two other polymorphs α-AgZnPO4 and β-AgZnPO4, but is isotypic with NaZnPO4-ABW, NaCoPO4-ABW and NH4CoPO4-ABW. PMID:21588789

  16. Molecular dynamics simulation of joining process of Ag-Au nanowires and mechanical properties of the hybrid nanojoint

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    Ding, Su; Tian, Yanhong Jiang, Zhi; He, Xiaobin

    2015-05-15

    The nanojoining process of Ag-Au hybrid nanowires at 800K was comprehensively studied by virtue of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Three kinds of configurations including end-to-end, T-like and X-like were built in the simulation aiming to understand the nanojoining mechanism. The detailed dynamic evolution of atoms, crystal structure transformation and defects development during the nanojoining processes were performed. The results indicate that there are two stages in the nanojoining process of Ag-Au nanowires which are atom diffusion and new bonds formation. Temperature is a key parameter affecting both stages ascribed to the energy supply and the optimum temperature for Ag-Au nanojoint with diameter of 4.08 nm has been discussed. The mechanical properties of the nanojoint were examined with simulation of tensile test on the end-to-end joint. It was revealed that the nanojoint was strong enough to resist fracture at the joining area.

  17. Significant enhancement in photocatalytic reduction of water to hydrogen by Au/Cu2 ZnSnS4 nanostructure.

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    Ha, Enna; Lee, Lawrence Yoon Suk; Wang, Jingchuan; Li, Fenghua; Wong, Kwok-Yin; Tsang, Shik Chi Edman

    2014-06-01

    Enhanced photocatalytic activities by Au core Novel Au/Cu2 ZnSnS4 core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) are synthesized for the first time via wet chemistry approach. The insertion of Au core into CZTS NPs dramatically enhances light absorption due to surface plasmon resonance effect, especially in the Vis-NIR region. Au/CZTS core/shell NPs show much higher photocatalytic activities for hydrogen evolution compared with other CZTS nanostructures. PMID:24644004

  18. Electrodeposition of Au/Ag bimetallic dendrites assisted by Faradaic AC-electroosmosis flow

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    Ji, Jianlong; Li, Pengwei; Sang, Shengbo Zhang, Wendong Li, Gang; Hu, Jie; Zhou, Zhaoying Yang, Xing; Dong, Hualai

    2014-03-15

    Au/Ag bimetallic dendrites were synthesized successfully from the corresponding aqueous solution via the AC electrodeposition method. Both of the morphologies and compositions could be tuned by the electrolyte concentration and AC frequency. The prepared bimetallic dendrites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV–vis spectroscopy. The underlying dendrite growth mechanism was then proposed in the context of the Directed Electrochemical Nanowires Assembly (DENA) models. Owing to the unscreened voltage dropping in the electrolyte bulk, electromigration dominates the species flux process, and cations tend to accumulate in areas with strong electric field intensity, such as electrode edges. Moreover, Faradaic AC-electro-osmosis (ACEO) flow could increase the effective diffusion layer thickness in these areas during the electrochemical reaction, and leads to dendrite growth. Further Micro-Raman observations illustrated that the Au/Ag bimetallic dendrites exhibited pronounced surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity, using 4-mercaptopyridine (4-MP) as model molecules.

  19. Hybrid microfluidic fuel cell based on Laccase/C and AuAg/C electrodes.

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    López-González, B; Dector, A; Cuevas-Muñiz, F M; Arjona, N; Cruz-Madrid, C; Arana-Cuenca, A; Guerra-Balcázar, M; Arriaga, L G; Ledesma-García, J

    2014-12-15

    A hybrid glucose microfluidic fuel cell composed of an enzymatic cathode (Laccase/ABTS/C) and an inorganic anode (AuAg/C) was developed and tested. The enzymatic cathode was prepared by adsorption of 2,2'-Azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) and Laccase on Vulcan XC-72, which act as a redox mediator, enzymatic catalyst and support, respectively. The Laccase/ABTS/C composite was characterised by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, streaming current measurements (Zeta potential) and cyclic voltammetry. The AuAg/C anode catalyst was characterised by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic voltammetry. The hybrid microfluidic fuel cell exhibited excellent performance with a maximum power density value (i.e., 0.45 mW cm(-2)) that is the highest reported to date. The cell also exhibited acceptable stability over the course of several days. In addition, a Mexican endemic Laccase was used as the biocathode electrode and evaluated in the hybrid microfluidic fuel cell generating 0.5 mW cm(-2) of maximum power density. PMID:25016252

  20. Half sandwich structures of MCF6- (M = Ag and Au): An experimental and theoretical study

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    Sun, Zhang; Tang, Zichao; Gao, Zhen

    2013-01-01

    The metal-hexafluorobenzene anionic complexes of [MC6F6]- (M = Ag and Au) were produced from the reactions between metal cluster generated by laser ablation and the hexafluorobenzene seeded in argon carrier gas, and were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and density functional theory (DFT). The adiabatic electron affinities (EAs) of these corresponding complexes are measured from the experimental PE spectra at 193 nm photon energy. Also, the calculated EAs and the calculated density of states (DOS) spectra of these complexes in the ground state are conducted, which are in good agreement with their experimental PE spectra. The most possible structures of the anions [AgC6F6]- and [AuC6F6]- are the half-sandwich structures with C6v symmetry, in which the metal atom is above the center of the C6F6 plane. Furthermore, the molecular orbital (MO) analysis of these species indicates that the additional electron of the anions binds on the metal.

  1. Selective oxidation of ethane using the Au|YSZ|Ag electrochemical membrane system

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    Hamakawa, Satoshi; Sato, Koichi; Hayakawa, Takashi; York, A.P.E.; Tsunoda, Tatsuo; Suzuki, Kunio; Shimizu, Masao; Takehira, Katsuomi

    1997-01-01

    The catalytic conversion of ethane to acetaldehyde on an inert gold electrode has been studied using the electrochemical membrane reactor with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) solid electrolyte at 475 C. On applying a direct current to the reaction cell, 5% ethane in N{sub 2}, Au|YSZ|Ag, 100% O{sub 2}, acetaldehyde was formed and the formation rate increased linearly with increasing current. Selectivities to acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide were 45 and 55%, respectively. The addition of oxygen to the ethane-mixed gas in the anode space did not affect the acetaldehyde formation. The use of YSZ powder as a fixed bed catalyst under the mixed gas flow of ethane and oxygen at 450 to 600 C resulted in the formation of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and ethene. Even the use of N{sub 2}O instead of oxygen resulted in no formation of acetaldehyde. Hence, it is likely that partial oxidation of ethane to acetaldehyde was carried out by the oxygen species transferred electrochemically through the YSZ which appeared at the gold-YSZ-gas triple-phase boundary. From the results of ethanol oxidation over the Au|YSZ|Ag system, the following mechanism was proposed: ethane is dehydrogenated to an ethyl radical, then converted to ethoxide, and finally to acetaldehyde by the oxygen species transferred through the YSZ.

  2. The structure of a commercial dental Ag-Pd-Cu-Au casting alloy.

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    Niemi, L; Herø, H

    1984-02-01

    The structure of a commercial dental Ag-Pd-Cu-Au casting alloy has been studied by microprobe and X-ray diffraction analyses after various heat treatments. The composition of phases in equilibrium was established. After being annealed at 400 degrees C, 500 degrees C, and 600 degrees C for seven wk, the alloy consisted of three phases: a Cu- and Pd-rich fee phase (alpha 1) with alpha = 0.372nm, a Ag-rich matrix (alpha 2) with alpha = 0.399nm, and an ordered CsCl-type bcc PdCu phase with alpha = 0.296nm. The PdCu phase was not observed above 600 degrees C, and the proportion of the alpha 1 phase decreased sharply above 700 degrees C. After being annealed at 900 degrees C, the alloy matrix was partly decomposed at the Cu-enriched grain boundaries. The decomposed areas grew into the grain interior during subsequent precipitation hardening. No segregation of Au was detected after casting, and the element was evenly distributed throughout the alloy structure after all heat treatments. PMID:6582096

  3. Bimetallic Pt-Au Nanocatalysts on ZnO/Al2O3/Monolith for Air Pollution Control.

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    Kim, Ki-Joong; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2015-08-01

    The catalytic activity of a monolithic catalyst with nanosized Pt and Au particles on ZnO/Al2O3 (Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M) prepared by a wash-coat method was examined, specifically for toluene oxidation. Scanning electron microscopy image showed clearly the formation of a ZnO/Al2O3 layer on the monolith. Nanosized Pt-Au particles on ZnO/Al2O3/M with different sizes could be found in the Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M catalyst. The conversion of toluene decreased with increasing toluene concentration and was also largely affected by the feed flow rate. The Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M catalysts prepared in this work have almost the same activity (molecules of toluene per second) compared with a powder Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst with the same loadings of Pt and Au components; thus this catalyst could be used in controlling air pollution with very low concentrations and high flow rate. PMID:26369207

  4. Au-Ag Alloy Static High Pressure EOS measurements: FY09 summary of results

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    Evans, W J; Jenei, Z

    2009-09-17

    Static high-pressure measurements of the equation of state of a Gold-Silver alloy (23.5 wt-% Ag) at room temperature were performed up to a pressure of approximately 100 GPA (1 megabar). Measurements were made using an energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction method. The data was analyzed, yielding crystal structure lattice constants and volume/density as a function of pressure. The results are extremely precise yielding accuracy of better than 1%. The experiments were carried out at the HPCAT 16BM-D beamline at the Advanced Photon Source. Two experiments on separate samples were carried out using conventional membrane diamond anvil cells. To achieve hydrostatic conditions, we loaded a 50-100 micron piece of the Au-Ag alloy into the cell and surrounded it with neon and mineral oil pressure media in the respective experiments. The differing pressure media demonstrated no measurable difference on the resultant crystal structures, lattice constants or pressure-volume curves. Results of our work are shown in the figures below. Up to the maximum pressure of 100 GPa the sample remained in the face-centered cubic structure, e.g., we observed no change in crystal structure. EOS curves of silver and gold, taken from the literature, are shown for comparison. We fit our data to a Vinet EOS functional form, and the parameters for this EOS were found to be, Reference (ambient pressure) volume, V{sub 0} = 16.965435 {angstrom}{sup 3}; Reference (ambient pressure) density, {rho}{sub 0} = 16.14584 g/cm{sup 3}; Bulk Modulus, K{sub 0} = 144 GPa; and Bulk Mod Derivative, K{prime}{sub 0} = 5.66. As one might expect the Au-Ag alloy lies between the gold and silver EOS curves, and tracks more closely to the gold EOS. These data are useful in validating and developing predictive EOS models of the pressure-dependent behavior of Au-Ag alloys.

  5. An ultrasensitive, uniform and large-area surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate based on Ag or Ag/Au nanoparticles decorated Si nanocone arrays

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    Zhang, P. P.; Gao, J.; Sun, X. H.

    2015-01-01

    Large-area and highly ordered Si nanocone arrays decorated with Ag or Au/Ag nanoparticles have been fabricated via a mask-free lithography with reaction ion etching, followed by metal deposition process. Ultrasensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering signals with an enhancement factor of 1012 were achieved even at the concentration of the Rhodamine 6G as low as 10-15 M. The surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate was also applied on the detection of Sudan I dye and the Raman signals were substantially enhanced as well. The stability of the SERS substrate can be significantly improved by covering Ag nanoparticles with Au thin layer, which maintain a high SERS performance even after one month storage. This nanofabrication process appears to be a feasible approach to prepare uniform and reproducible SERS-active substrates with high sensitivity and stability for practical SERS applications.

  6. Investigation on the interaction of nanoAg with Cu-Zn SOD.

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    Zhang, Bin; Yu, Lei; Zhang, Ruijing; Liu, Yang; Liu, Rutao

    2015-12-01

    Silver nanoparticles (nanoAg) are used more and more widely, particularly because of their antimicrobial properties. The effect of exposure to nanoAg on the structure of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was thoroughly investigated using fluorescence measurements, synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching measurements, UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy, resonance light scattering (RLS), circular dichroism (CD), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Through van der Waal's force, nanoAg interacted with Cu-Zn SOD and influenced the active site by inducing structural changes, which influenced the function of SOD. The fluorescence studies show that both static and dynamic quenching processes occur. This paper provides reference data for toxicological studies of nanoAg, which are important in the future development of nanotechnology. PMID:25754791

  7. Structural and nonlinear optical behavior of Ag-doped ZnO films

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    Tan, Ming-Yue; Yao, Cheng-Bao; Yan, Xiao-Yan; Li, Jin; Qu, Shu-Yang; Hu, Jun-Yan; Sun, Wen-Jun; Li, Qiang-Hua; Yang, Shou-Bin

    2016-01-01

    We present the structural and nonlinear optical behavior of Ag-doped ZnO (AZO) films prepared by magnetron sputtering. The structural of AZO films are systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results show that AZO films can still retain a wurtzite structure, although the c-axis as preferred orientation is decreased by Ag doping. As the amounts of the Ag dopant were increased, the crystallinity as well as the absorptivity and optical band gap were increased. Moreover, the nonlinear optical characterized of the AZO films was studied using Z-scan technique. These samples show self-defocusing nonlinearity and good nonlinear absorption behavior which increases with increasing Ag volume fraction. AZO is a potential nanocomposite material for the development of nonlinear optical devices with a relatively small limiting threshold.

  8. Preparation and use of photocatalytically active segmented Ag|ZnO and coaxial TiO2-Ag nanowires made by templated electrodeposition.

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    Maijenburg, A Wouter; Rodijk, Eddy J B; Maas, Michiel G; Ten Elshof, Johan E

    2014-01-01

    Photocatalytically active nanostructures require a large specific surface area with the presence of many catalytically active sites for the oxidation and reduction half reactions, and fast electron (hole) diffusion and charge separation. Nanowires present suitable architectures to meet these requirements. Axially segmented Ag|ZnO and radially segmented (coaxial) TiO2-Ag nanowires with a diameter of 200 nm and a length of 6-20 µm were made by templated electrodeposition within the pores of polycarbonate track-etched (PCTE) or anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes, respectively. In the photocatalytic experiments, the ZnO and TiO2 phases acted as photoanodes, and Ag as cathode. No external circuit is needed to connect both electrodes, which is a key advantage over conventional photo-electrochemical cells. For making segmented Ag|ZnO nanowires, the Ag salt electrolyte was replaced after formation of the Ag segment to form a ZnO segment attached to the Ag segment. For making coaxial TiO2-Ag nanowires, a TiO2 gel was first formed by the electrochemically induced sol-gel method. Drying and thermal annealing of the as-formed TiO2 gel resulted in the formation of crystalline TiO2 nanotubes. A subsequent Ag electrodeposition step inside the TiO2 nanotubes resulted in formation of coaxial TiO2-Ag nanowires. Due to the combination of an n-type semiconductor (ZnO or TiO2) and a metal (Ag) within the same nanowire, a Schottky barrier was created at the interface between the phases. To demonstrate the photocatalytic activity of these nanowires, the Ag|ZnO nanowires were used in a photocatalytic experiment in which H2 gas was detected upon UV illumination of the nanowires dispersed in a methanol/water mixture. After 17 min of illumination, approximately 0.2 vol% H2 gas was detected from a suspension of ~0.1 g of Ag|ZnO nanowires in a 50 ml 80 vol% aqueous methanol solution. PMID:24837535

  9. Preparation and Use of Photocatalytically Active Segmented Ag|ZnO and Coaxial TiO2-Ag Nanowires Made by Templated Electrodeposition

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    Maijenburg, A. Wouter; Rodijk, Eddy J.B.; Maas, Michiel G.; ten Elshof, Johan E.

    2014-01-01

    Photocatalytically active nanostructures require a large specific surface area with the presence of many catalytically active sites for the oxidation and reduction half reactions, and fast electron (hole) diffusion and charge separation. Nanowires present suitable architectures to meet these requirements. Axially segmented Ag|ZnO and radially segmented (coaxial) TiO2-Ag nanowires with a diameter of 200 nm and a length of 6-20 µm were made by templated electrodeposition within the pores of polycarbonate track-etched (PCTE) or anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes, respectively. In the photocatalytic experiments, the ZnO and TiO2 phases acted as photoanodes, and Ag as cathode. No external circuit is needed to connect both electrodes, which is a key advantage over conventional photo-electrochemical cells. For making segmented Ag|ZnO nanowires, the Ag salt electrolyte was replaced after formation of the Ag segment to form a ZnO segment attached to the Ag segment. For making coaxial TiO2-Ag nanowires, a TiO2 gel was first formed by the electrochemically induced sol-gel method. Drying and thermal annealing of the as-formed TiO2 gel resulted in the formation of crystalline TiO2 nanotubes. A subsequent Ag electrodeposition step inside the TiO2 nanotubes resulted in formation of coaxial TiO2-Ag nanowires. Due to the combination of an n-type semiconductor (ZnO or TiO2) and a metal (Ag) within the same nanowire, a Schottky barrier was created at the interface between the phases. To demonstrate the photocatalytic activity of these nanowires, the Ag|ZnO nanowires were used in a photocatalytic experiment in which H2 gas was detected upon UV illumination of the nanowires dispersed in a methanol/water mixture. After 17 min of illumination, approximately 0.2 vol% H2 gas was detected from a suspension of ~0.1 g of Ag|ZnO nanowires in a 50 ml 80 vol% aqueous methanol solution. PMID:24837535

  10. Li and Ag Co-Doped ZnO Photocatalyst for Degradation of RO 4 Dye Under Solar Light Irradiation.

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    Dhatshanamurthi, P; Shanthi, M

    2016-06-01

    The synthesis of Li doped Ag-ZnO (Li-Ag-ZnO) has been successfully achieved by a sonochemically assisted precipitation-decomposition method. The synthesized catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and BET surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of Li-Ag-ZnO was investigated for the degradation of Reactive orange 4 (RO 4) dye in aqueous solution under solar light irradiation. Co-dopants shift the absorbance of ZnO to the visible region. Li-Ag-ZnO is found to be more efficient than Ag-ZnO, Li-ZnO, commercial ZnO and prepared ZnO at pH 7 for the mineralization of RO 4 dye under solar light irradiation. The influences of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration, initial pH on photo-mineralization of RO 4 have been analyzed. The mineralization of RO 4 dye has been confirmed by COD measurements. A degradation mechanism is proposed for the degradation of RO 4 under solar light. The catalyst was found to be more stable and reusable. PMID:27427652

  11. A colorimetric assay for measuring iodide using Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles coupled with Cu(2+).

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    Zeng, Jingbin; Cao, Yingying; Lu, Chun-Hua; Wang, Xu-Dong; Wang, Qianru; Wen, Cong-Ying; Qu, Jian-Bo; Yuan, Cunguang; Yan, Zi-Feng; Chen, Xi

    2015-09-01

    Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and coupled with copper ion (Cu(2+)) for the colorimetric sensing of iodide ion (I(-)). This assay relies on the fact that the absorption spectra and the color of metallic core-shell NPs are sensitive to their chemical ingredient and dimensional core-to-shell ratio. When I(-) was added to the Au@Ag core-shell NPs-Cu(2+) system/solution, Cu(2+) can oxidize I(-) into iodine (I2), which can further oxidize silver shells to form silver iodide (AgI). The generated Au@AgI core-shell NPs led to color changes from yellow to purple, which was utilized for the colorimetric sensing of I(-). The assay only took 10 min with a lowest detectable concentration of 0.5 μM, and it exhibited excellent selectivity for I(-) over other common anions tested. Furthermore, Au@Ag core-shell NPs-Cu(2+) was embedded into agarose gels as inexpensive and portable "test strips", which were successfully used for the semi-quantitation of I(-) in dried kelps. PMID:26388386

  12. Activity of calcined Ag,Cu,Au/TiO2 catalysts in the dehydrogenation/dehydration of ethanol

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    Mai, Do Tkhyui; Pylinina, A. I.; Mikhailenko, I. I.

    2015-07-01

    The catalytic activity of the anatase TiO2 and M z+/TiO2 with supported ions M z+ = Ag+, Cu2+, Au3+ in vapor phase conversions of ethanol is investigated at temperatures of 100-400°C. It is shown that the yields of acetaldehyde and ethylene decline for the most active catalyst Cu2+/TiO2 but increase for TiO2 and Ag/TiO2. The drop in the activation energy of the dehydrogenation reaction over calcined samples is linearly correlated with the one in the reduction potential of M z+ to Cu+, Au+, Ag0 and the ionic radius of M z+ in the crystal. The energies of activation for ethylene formation change in the series TiO2 > Au3+ > Cu2+ >Ag+ and TiO2 ≈ Cu2+ ≈ Ag+ > Au3+ for the calcined samples. The rate of pyridine adsorption, considered as an indicator of the activity of acid sites, is a linear function of ion charge + z = 1, 2, 3, and slows by two-thirds after calcination.

  13. Au@Ag nanorods based electrochemical immunoassay for immunoglobulin G with signal enhancement using carbon nanofibers-polyamidoamine dendrimer nanocomposite.

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    Ma, Lina; Ning, Danlei; Zhang, Hongfang; Zheng, Jianbin

    2015-06-15

    Au@Ag nanorods (Au@AgNRs) was utilized to construct a novel sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG). The sensor was prepared by immoblizing capture antibodies on the amine-terminated nanocomposite of carbon nanofibers-polyamidoamine dendrimer (CNFs-PAMAM), whilst the trace tag was prepared by loading anti-human IgG on Au@AgNRs. The "built-in" Ag layer on Au nanorods was characterized by UV-vis extinction spectra, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results of cyclic voltammetry indicated that modifying CNFs-PAMAM nanocomposite on glassy carbon electrode enabled 177 times of peak current increase of Ag in the bimetallic nanorods. The peak current was quantitatively related with the concentration of the target protein IgG via the formation of immunocomplex. After the parameter optimization, the oxidative peak current of silver was proportional to the concentration of IgG in a wide linear range of six orders of magnitude with a low detection limit of 0.5 fg mL(-1). Besides, this sensor showed acceptable reproducibility and stability, and thus the strategy reported here has great promise for extension to the other disease biomarkers. PMID:25569874

  14. Au@Ag/Au nanoparticles assembled with activatable aptamer probes as smart ``nano-doctors'' for image-guided cancer thermotherapy

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    Shi, Hui; Ye, Xiaosheng; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin; Cui, Wensi; He, Dinggeng; Li, Duo; Jia, Xuekun

    2014-07-01

    Although nanomaterial-based theranostics have increased positive expectations from cancer treatment, it remains challenging to develop in vivo ``nano-doctors'' that provide high-contrast image-guided site-specific therapy. Here we designed an activatable theranostic nanoprobe (ATNP) via self-assembly of activatable aptamer probes (AAPs) on Au@Ag/Au nanoparticles (NPs). As both quenchers and heaters, novel Au@Ag/Au NPs were prepared, showing excellent fluorescence quenching and more effective near-infrared photothermal therapy than Au nanorods. The AAP comprised a thiolated aptamer and a fluorophore-labeled complementary DNA; thus, the ATNP with quenched fluorescence in the free state could realize signal activation through target binding-induced conformational change of the AAP, and then achieve on-demand treatment under image-guided irradiation. By using S6 aptamer as the model, in vitro and in vivo studies of A549 lung cancer verified that the ATNP greatly improved imaging contrast and specific destruction, suggesting a robust and versatile theranostic strategy for personalized medicine in future.Although nanomaterial-based theranostics have increased positive expectations from cancer treatment, it remains challenging to develop in vivo ``nano-doctors'' that provide high-contrast image-guided site-specific therapy. Here we designed an activatable theranostic nanoprobe (ATNP) via self-assembly of activatable aptamer probes (AAPs) on Au@Ag/Au nanoparticles (NPs). As both quenchers and heaters, novel Au@Ag/Au NPs were prepared, showing excellent fluorescence quenching and more effective near-infrared photothermal therapy than Au nanorods. The AAP comprised a thiolated aptamer and a fluorophore-labeled complementary DNA; thus, the ATNP with quenched fluorescence in the free state could realize signal activation through target binding-induced conformational change of the AAP, and then achieve on-demand treatment under image-guided irradiation. By using S6 aptamer as

  15. Synthesis, characterization, and hydrogen gas sensing properties of AuNs-catalyzed ZnO sputtered thin films

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    Drmosh, Q. A.; Yamani, Z. H.

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen present in concentration up to 4 vol.% forms an explosive mixture with air. Its propensity to escape in the event of leak, could lead to quick build-up and formation of an explosive mixture with air in confined spaces, such as an automobile. This necessitates its detection at very low concentration. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a well-known wide band gap (∼3.37 eV) semiconducting oxide that has been widely used for gas sensing applications. This work reports on the fabrication, characterization and gas sensing performance of nanogold decorated ZnO thin films made by DC reactive sputtering. The sensor films were fabricated by depositing a very thin layer of gold on the sputtered ZnO thin film. The as deposited Au@ZnO films were converted into highly crystalline ZnO film covered with gold nanostructures (AuNs@ZnO) by mild heat treatment. The structural and morphological as well as the compositional homogeneity of the as-deposited and heat-treated ZnO, Au@ZnO and AuNs@ZnO thin films were ascertained. The gas sensing behavior of the AuNs@ZnO thin films towards hydrogen as a function of temperature at different H2 concentrations was investigated and compared with that of pure and heat-treated ZnO films. The effect of the presence of gold nanoparticles on imparting improvement (in terms of higher response signal, high reproducibility and complete reversibility) was established; the optimal operating temperature was about 400 °C. A plausible mechanism for the observed enhancement in the sensing behavior of AuNs@ZnO films towards H2 is proposed.

  16. Controlled protein embedment onto Au/Ag core-shell nanoparticles for immuno-labeling of nanosilver surface.

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    Lee, In Hwan; Lee, Jeong Min; Jung, Yongwon

    2014-05-28

    Difficulties in stable conjugation of biomolecules to nanosilver surfaces have severely limited the use of silver nanostructures in biological applications. Here, we report a facile antibody conjugation onto gold/silver (Au/Ag) core-shell nanoparticles by stable and uniform embedment of an antibody binding protein, protein G, in silver nanoshells. A rigid helical peptide linker with a terminal cysteine residue was fused to protein G. A mixture of the peptide-fused protein G and space-filling free peptide was reacted with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to form a protein G-linked peptide layer on the particle surface. Uniform silver nanoshells were successfully formed on these protein G-AuNPs, while stably embedding protein G-linked peptide layers. Protein G specifically targets the Fc region of an antibody and thus affords properly orientated antibodies on the particle surface. Compared to Au nanoparticles of similar size with randomly adsorbed antibodies, the present immuno-labeled Au/Ag core-shell nanoparticles offered nearly 10-fold higher sensitivities for naked-eye detection of surface bound antigens. In addition, small dye molecules that were bonded to the peptide layer on Au nanoparticles exhibited highly enhanced surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals upon Ag shell formation. The present strategy provides a simple but efficient way to conjugate antibodies to nanosilver surfaces, which will greatly facilitate wider use of the superior optical properties of silver nanostructures in biological applications. PMID:24801432

  17. Fabrication of Au@Ag core/shell nanoparticles decorated TiO2 hollow structure for efficient light-harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yun, Juyoung; Hwang, Sun Hye; Jang, Jyongsik

    2015-01-28

    Improving the light-harvesting properties of photoanodes is promising way to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We synthesized Au@Ag core/shell nanoparticles decorated TiO2 hollow nanoparticles (Au@Ag/TiO2 HNPs) via sol-gel reaction and chemical deposition. The Au@Ag/TiO2 HNPs exhibited multifunctions from Au@Ag core/shell NPs (Au@Ag CSNPs) and TiO2 hollow nanoparticles (TiO2 HNPs). These Au@Ag CSNPs exhibited strong and broadened localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), together with a large specific surface area of 129 m(2) g(-1), light scattering effect, and facile oxidation-reduction reaction of electrolyte from TiO2 HNPs, which resulted in enhancement of the light harvesting. The optimum PCE of η = 9.7% was achieved for the DSSCs using photoanode materials based on TiO2 HNPs containing Au@Ag/TiO2 HNPs (0.2 wt % Au@Ag CSNPs with respect to TiO2 HNPs), which outperformed by 24% enhancement that of conventional photoanodes formed using P25 (η = 7.8%). PMID:25562329

  18. Structural Phase Transition in AuZn Alloys

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    Winn,B.L.; Shapiro, S.M.; Lashley, J.C.; Opeil, C.; Ratcliff, W.

    2009-05-03

    AuxZn1-x alloys undergo a shape memory martensitic transformation whose temperature and nature (continuous or discontinuous) is strongly composition dependent. Neutron diffraction experiments were performed on single crystals of x=50 and 52 to explore the structural changes occurring at the transition temperature. A transverse modulation with wavevector q0=(1/3,1/3,0) develops below the transition temperature, with no observable change in lattice parameter. However, the Bragg peak width shows a broadening suggesting an unresolved rhombohedral distortion similar to what has been observed in NiTi-Fe alloys.

  19. The fabrication and photocatalytic performances of flower-like Ag nanoparticles/ZnO nanosheets-assembled microspheres

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    Deng, Quan; Tang, Haibin; Liu, Gang; Song, Xiaoping; Xu, Guoping; Li, Qian; Ng, Dickon H. L.; Wang, Guozhong

    2015-03-01

    A new micro/nanostructure photocatalyst, Ag nanoparticles decorated ZnO nanosheets-assembled microspheres (Ag-NPs/ZnOs), was synthesised by a two-step method. The flower-like micron-sized ZnO spheres assembled with ∼25 nm thick ZnO nanosheets were initially fabricated via a facile solvothermal method. Then, highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) with dimension ranging from 15 to 50 nm were anchored onto the surface of the each ZnO nanosheet by the Sn(II) ion activation method. The as-prepared Ag-NPs/ZnOs demonstrated enhanced photocatalytic performance in eliminating methylene blue and methyl orange aqueous solutions under UV irradiation, showing twice faster reaction rate than the bare ZnOs. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was due to the suppression of electron/hole pair recombination and the acceleration of surface charge transfer induced by the highly dispersive Ag-NPs, which was further demonstrated by the cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectra measurements.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of Au/p-ZnO Schottky contacts

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    Singh, Brijesh Kumar; Tripathi, Shweta

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports the electrical characteristics of gold contacts on p-type ZnO thin films synthesized by spin coating the sol containing zinc acetate and bismuth nitrate as main precursors. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the deposited thin film have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Ellipsometry, respectively. Further, hot probe measurement has been used to ascertain the type of deposited film and it was observed that films doped with the concentration of 10 mol% Bi shows p-type nature that was found to be stable over the period of five months. Moreover, reflectance of the Bi doped ZnO with varying Bi concentrations, have also been calculated over the wavelength range of 300-800 nm. The optical band gap of Bi doped ZnO films have also been determined for different concentrations of Bi using the data taken by ellipsometer. The gold (Au) contacts have been deposited on the p-ZnO thin films using low cost thermal evaporation method. Electrical parameters such as the reverse saturation current, barrier height and ideality factor have also been determined for Au/p-ZnO thin film based Schottky contact using conventional thermionic emission model and Cheung's method. The conventional thermionic emission model yields barrier height ∼0.681 eV and ideality factor ∼2.3 however Cheung method gives barrier height ∼0.556 eV, ideality factor ∼2.186 and series resistance ∼923 Ω. The present study establishes the fact that Cheung's method can be the best and most realistic method for approximating the diode parameters including the effect of series resistance of the Au/p-ZnO Schottky diode under consideration.

  1. Facile synthesis and intraparticle self-catalytic oxidation of dextran-coated hollow Au-Ag nanoshell and its application for chemo-thermotherapy.

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    Jang, Hongje; Kim, Young-Kwan; Huh, Hyun; Min, Dal-Hee

    2014-01-28

    Galvanic replacement reaction is a useful method to prepare various hollow nanostructures. We developed fast and facile preparation of biocompatible and structurally robust hollow Au-Ag nanostructures by using dextran-coated Ag nanoparticles. Oxidation of the surface dextran alcohols was enabled by catalytic activity of the core Au-Ag nanostructure, introducing carbonyl groups that are useful for further bioconjugation. Subsequent doxorubicin (Dox) conjugation via Schiff base formation was achieved, giving high payload of approximately 35 000 Dox per particle. Near-infrared-mediated photothermal conversion showed high efficacy of the Dox-loaded Au-Ag nanoshell as a combinational chemo-thermotherapy to treat cancer cells. PMID:24383549

  2. Surface Grafted Hyper-Branched Polyglycerol Stabilized Ag and AuNPs Heterogeneous Catalysts for Efficient Reduction of Congo Red.

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    Murugan, Eagambaram; Shanmugam, Paramasivam

    2016-01-01

    Six types of insoluble polymer-supported beads immobilized with Ag and AuNPs nanoparticle catalysts were synthesized using newly prepared three different types of polymer-supported poly(styrene)-co-poly(vinyl benzene chloride) matrix (PS-PVBC), surface grafted with (i) triethanolamine (TEA), (ii) glycidyl trimethyl ammonium chloride (GTMAC) and (iii) hyper-branched polyglycerol (HPG) and Ag and AuNPs as a catalytic moiety and thus yield polymer-supported nanoparticle catalysts viz., PS-PVBC-TEA-AgNPs and AuNPs, PS-PVBC-g-GTMAC-AgNPs and AuNPs and PS-PVBC-g-GTMAC-AgNPs and AuNPs catalyst respectively. These bead-shaped heterogonous nanoparticle catalysts were characterized by UV-Vis, FTIR, FESEM, HRTEM and TGA techniques. The efficiency for stabilization/loading of metal nanoparticles with respect to varied intensities of hyper-branched chain grafted onto their matrix was screened by determining their comparative catalytic activity. The catalytic potential of these catalysts was inspected through reduction of Congo Red (CR) keeping pseudo first order identical reaction condition. The observed k(obs) values reveal that irrespective of metal the catalyst derived from hyper-branched polyglycerol as stabilizing agent viz., PS-PVBC-g-HPG-AgNPs and PS-PVBC-g-HPG-AuNPs shows (k(obs) = 3.98 x 10⁻² min⁻¹ and k(obs) = 4.54 x 10⁻² min⁻¹) four and two times greater activity than the catalyst derived from TEA and GTMAC hyper-branched chain. Further, for the same reaction PS-PVBC-g-HPG-AuNPs showed more efficiency than the PS-PVBC-g-HPG AgNPs catalyst. The stability and reusability of the superior catalyst viz., PS-PVBC-g-HPG-AuNPs catalyst was observed to be good even at the sixth cycle. This catalyst can be continuously used to conduct the reduction of various dyes in continuous mode operation in industrial scale. PMID:27398471

  3. PdAgAu alloy with high resistance to corrosion by H2S

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    Braun, Fernando; Miller, James B.; Gellman, Andrew J.; Tarditi, Ana M.; Fleutot, Benoit; Kondratyuk, Petro; Cornaglia, Laura M.

    2012-12-01

    PdAgAu alloy films were prepared on porous stainless steel supports by sequential electroless deposition. Two specific compositions, Pd83Ag2Au15 and Pd74Ag14Au12, were studied for their sulfur tolerance. The alloys and a reference Pd foil were exposed to 1000 H2S /H2 at 623 K for periods of 3 and 30 hours. The microstructure, morphology and bulk composition of both nonexposed and H2S-exposed samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). XRD and SEM analysis revealed time-dependent growth of a bulk Pd{sub 4}S phase on the Pd foil during H2S exposure. In contrast, the PdAgAu ternary alloys displayed the same FCC structure before and after H2S exposure. In agreement with the XRD and SEM results, sulfur was not detected in the bulk of either ternary alloy samples by EDS, even after 30 hours of H2S exposure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiles were acquired for both PdAgAu alloys after 3 and 30 hours of exposure to characterize sulfur contamination near their surfaces. Very low S 2p and S 2s XPS signals were observed at the top-surfaces of the PdAgAu alloys, and those signals disappeared before the etch depth reached ~ 10 nm, even for samples exposed to H2S for 30 hours. The depth profile analyses also revealed silver and gold segregation to the surface of the alloys; preferential location of Au on the alloys surface may be related to their resistance to bulk sulfide formation. In preliminary tests, a PdAgAu alloy membrane displayed higher initial H{sub 2} permeability than a similarly prepared pure Pd sample and, consistent with resistance to bulk sulfide formation, lower permeability loss in H2S than pure Pd.

  4. Electrically pumped random lasing based on an Au-ZnO nanowire Schottky junction.

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    Gao, Fan; Morshed, Muhammad M; Bashar, Sunayna B; Zheng, Youdou; Shi, Yi; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-06-01

    Electrically pumped random lasing based on an Au-ZnO nanowire Schottky junction diode is demonstrated. The device exhibits typical Schottky diode current-voltage characteristics with a turn-on voltage of 0.7 V. Electroluminescence characterization shows good random lasing behavior and the output power is about 67 nW at a drive current of 100 mA. Excitonic recombination is responsible for lasing generation. Zn plasma is only observed under high applied bias, which can be distinguished from the random lasing spectral features near 380 nm. The laser diode based on the Schottky junction provides an alternative approach towards semiconductor random lasers. PMID:25946977

  5. Synthesis of ZnGa2O4 Hierarchical Nanostructure by Au Catalysts Induced Thermal Evaporation

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    2010-01-01

    In this paper, ZnGa2O4 hierarchical nanostructures with comb-like morphology are fabricated by a simple two-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method: first, the Ga2O3 nanowires were synthesized and employed as templates for the growth of ZnGa2O4 nanocombs; then, the as-prepared Ga2O3 nanowires were reacted with ZnO vapor to form ZnGa2O4 nanocombs. Before the reaction, the Au nanoparticles were deposited on the surfaces of Ga2O3 nanowires and used as catalysts to control the teeth growth of ZnGa2O4 nanocombs. The as-prepared ZnGa2O4 nanocombs were highly crystallized with cubic spinel structure. From the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, a broad band emission in the visible light region was observed of as-prepared ZnGa2O4 nanocombs, which make it promising application as an optical material. PMID:20802787

  6. Highly Transparent and Low-Resistance Indium-Free ZnO/Ag/ZnO Multilayer Electrodes for Organic Photovoltaic Devices

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    Kim, Jun Ho; Na, Jin-Young; Kim, Sun-Kyung; Yoo, Young-Zo; Seong, Tae-Yeon

    2015-10-01

    We investigated the effect of ZnO layer thickness on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO/Ag/ZnO multilayer films deposited on glass substrates. The transmission window became wider and shifted toward the lower energy side with increasing ZnO thickness. The ZnO/Ag/ZnO (40 nm/18.8 nm/40 nm) multilayer sample showed transmittance of ~96% at 550nm. As the ZnO thickness was increased from 8 nm to 80 nm, the carrier concentration gradually decreased from 1.74 × 1022 cm-3 to 4.33 × 1021 cm-3, while the charge mobility varied from 23.8 cm2/V-s to 24.8 cm2/V-s. With increasing ZnO thickness, the samples exhibited similar sheet resistances of 3.6 Ω/sq to 3.9 Ω/sq, but the resistivity increased by a factor of 4.58. The samples showed smooth surfaces with root-mean-square roughness in the range of 0.47 nm to 0.94 nm. Haacke's figure of merit (FOM) was calculated for all the samples; the ZnO (40 nm)/Ag (18.8 nm)/ZnO (40 nm) multilayer produced the highest FOM of 148.9 × 10-3 Ω-1.

  7. Controlled preparation of Au/Ag/SnO2 core-shell nanoparticles using a photochemical method and applications in LSPR based sensing

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    Zhou, Na; Ye, Chen; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2015-05-01

    A photochemical method for the controlled preparation of core-shell Au/Ag/SnO2 nanorods (NRs) and nanospheres (NSs) has been developed based on photo-induced electron transfer processes in the plasmonic metal-semiconductor system. Au/AgNR/SnO2 and Au/AgNS/SnO2 were prepared by the UV irradiation of a mixture of mesoporous SnO2 coated AuNRs, or AuNSs, and AgNO3, in which AgNO3 was reduced by electrons transferred from the photo-excited mesoporous SnO2 (semiconductor) to the gold (metal). This method allows precise control over the composition and optical properties of the obtained nanoparticles. The LSPR refractive index sensitivity of the obtained Au/AgNR/SnO2 nanoparticles has been optimized to obtain a refractive index sensitivity of ~442 nm RIU-1. The optimized nanoparticles were subsequently chosen for the LSPR based sensing of glutathione (GSH) with the limit of detection of ~7.5 × 10-7 M. This photochemical method allows the controlled preparation of various Au/Ag/SnO2 nanoparticles to adjust their LSPR to suit various applications.A photochemical method for the controlled preparation of core-shell Au/Ag/SnO2 nanorods (NRs) and nanospheres (NSs) has been developed based on photo-induced electron transfer processes in the plasmonic metal-semiconductor system. Au/AgNR/SnO2 and Au/AgNS/SnO2 were prepared by the UV irradiation of a mixture of mesoporous SnO2 coated AuNRs, or AuNSs, and AgNO3, in which AgNO3 was reduced by electrons transferred from the photo-excited mesoporous SnO2 (semiconductor) to the gold (metal). This method allows precise control over the composition and optical properties of the obtained nanoparticles. The LSPR refractive index sensitivity of the obtained Au/AgNR/SnO2 nanoparticles has been optimized to obtain a refractive index sensitivity of ~442 nm RIU-1. The optimized nanoparticles were subsequently chosen for the LSPR based sensing of glutathione (GSH) with the limit of detection of ~7.5 × 10-7 M. This photochemical method allows

  8. Tunable Optical Limiting Action due to Non-linear Absorption in ZnO/Ag Nanocomposites

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    Radhu, S.; Vijayan, C.; Sandeep, Suchand; Philip, Reji

    2011-07-01

    ZnO/Ag nanocomposites with different silver concentration are successfully synthesized by solvothermal method. The characterization of the as- synthesized samples is done using XRD, UV-visible spectroscopy and HRTEM and the results indicate that the composites consist of silver nanoparticles attached to the ZnO nanoparticles. The optical non-linearity in these samples is studied using open aperture Z-scan technique and the experimental results agree well with a theoretical model involving two- photon absorption. It is found that the parameters of optical limiting can be tuned in a broad band by varying the silver concentration in the samples.

  9. The structure, morphology, and the metal-enhanced fluorescence of nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell structure

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    Zhao, Yue; Ding, Yanli; Peng, Xiang; Zhou, Mingtao; Liang, Xiaoyan; Min, Jiahua; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2015-06-01

    Nano-polyc rystalline silver (Ag) particles with the diameter of 60 nm were synthesized by the reducing agent sodium citrate. An amorphous zinc oxide (ZnO) shell layer was then coated on the surface of silver particles using wet chemical method. The Ag/ZnO core-shell structure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and fluorescence (FL) measurement. The results showed that nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell particles with an average diameter of ~100 nm were prepared successfully, and the FL intensity of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) mixed with Ag/ZnO nanoparticle was 53 % greater than that of the same amount of R6G without any nanoparticles, which may be related to the effect of surface plasmon resonance.

  10. Solvent-dependent turn-on probe for dual monitoring of Ag(+) and Zn(2+) in living biological samples.

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    Yang, Zheng; She, Mengyao; Yin, Bing; Hao, Likai; Obst, Martin; Liu, Ping; Li, Jianli

    2015-04-01

    A novel, solvent-dependent "off-on" probe with benzoylthiourea moiety as the functional receptor and fluorescein as the fluorophore was designed for monitoring of Ag(+) in EtOH-H2O (2:8, v/v) solution and Zn(2+) in CH3CN-H2O (2:8, v/v) solution at physiological range with sufficient selectivity and sensitivity. The Ag(+) promoted desulfurization of thiosemicarbazide functionality in formation of the 1,3,4-oxadiazole and the coordination of Zn(2+) to the O atom and N atom of the spoirolactam moiety and the S atom of the benzoylthiourea moiety were investigated to be the power that promoted the fluorescent enhancement. This probe was tested highly suitable for mapping Ag(+) and Zn(2+) in living human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells and microbial cell-EPS-mineral aggregates, thus, providing a wonderful candidate for tracking Ag(+) and Zn(2+) in biological organisms and processes. PMID:25813234

  11. The structure, morphology, and the metal-enhanced fluorescence of nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell structure

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    Zhao, Yue; Ding, Yanli; Peng, Xiang; Zhou, Mingtao; Liang, Xiaoyan; Min, Jiahua; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2014-09-01

    Nano-polyc rystalline silver (Ag) particles with the diameter of 60 nm were synthesized by the reducing agent sodium citrate. An amorphous zinc oxide (ZnO) shell layer was then coated on the surface of silver particles using wet chemical method. The Ag/ZnO core-shell structure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and fluorescence (FL) measurement. The results showed that nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell particles with an average diameter of ~100 nm were prepared successfully, and the FL intensity of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) mixed with Ag/ZnO nanoparticle was 53 % greater than that of the same amount of R6G without any nanoparticles, which may be related to the effect of surface plasmon resonance.

  12. Growth of periodic nano-layers of nano-crystals of Au, Ag, Cu by ion beam

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    Smith, Cydale C.; Zheng, B.; Muntele, C. I.; Muntele, I. C.; Ila, D.

    2005-01-01

    Multilayered thin films of SiO2/AU+ SiO2/, SiO2/Ag+ SiO2/, and SiO2/Cu+ SiO2/, were grown by deposition. We have previously shown that MeV ion Bombardment of multi-nano-layers of SiO2/AU+ SiO2/ produces Au nanocrystals in the AU+ SiO2 layers. An increased number of nano-layers followed by MeV ion bombardment produces a wide optical absorption band, of which its FWHM depends on the number of nano-layers of SiO2/AU+ SiO2/. We have successfully repeated this process for nano-layers of SiO2/Ag+ SiO2/, and SiO2/Cu+ SiO2/. In this work we used 5 MeV Si as the post deposition bombardment ion and monitored the location as well as the optical absorption's FWHM for each layered structure using Optical Absorption Photospectrometry. The concentration and location of the metal nano-crystals were measured by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry. We will report on the results obtained for nano-layered structures produced by post deposition bombardment of SiO2/AU+ SiO2/, SiO2/Ag+ SiO2/, and SiO2/Cu+ SiO2/ layered systems as well as the results obtained from a system containing a periodic combination of SiO2/AU+ SiO2/, SiO2/Ag+ SiO2/, and SiO2/Cu+ SiO2/.

  13. Electrical properties of Au/CdZnTe/Au detectors grown by the boron oxide encapsulated Vertical Bridgman technique

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    Turturici, A. A.; Abbene, L.; Gerardi, G.; Benassi, G.; Bettelli, M.; Calestani, D.; Zambelli, N.; Raso, G.; Zappettini, A.; Principato, F.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we report on the results of electrical characterization of new CdZnTe detectors grown by the Boron oxide encapsulated Vertical Bridgman technique (B-VB), currently produced at IMEM-CNR (Parma, Italy). The detectors, with gold electroless contacts, have different thicknesses (1 and 2.5 mm) and the same electrode layout, characterized by a central anode surrounded by a guard-ring electrode. Investigations on the charge transport mechanisms and the electrical contact properties, through the modeling of the measured current-voltage (I-V) curves, were performed. Generally, the detectors are characterized by low leakage currents at high bias voltages even at room temperature: 34 nA/cm2 (T=25 °C) at 10,000 V/cm, making them very attractive for high flux X-ray measurements, where high bias voltage operation is required. The Au/CdZnTe barrier heights of the devices were estimated by using the interfacial layer-thermionic-diffusion (ITD) model in the reverse bias voltage range. Comparisons with CdZnTe detectors, grown by Traveling Heater Method (THM) and characterized by the same electrode layout, deposition technique and resistivity, were also performed.

  14. Complete Au@ZnO core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced plasmonic absorption enabling significantly improved photocatalysis

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    Sun, Yiqiang; Sun, Yugang; Zhang, Tao; Chen, Guozhu; Zhang, Fengshou; Liu, Dilong; Cai, Weiping; Li, Yue; Yang, Xianfeng; Li, Cuncheng

    2016-05-01

    Nanostructured ZnO exhibits high chemical stability and unique optical properties, representing a promising candidate among photocatalysts in the field of environmental remediation and solar energy conversion. However, ZnO only absorbs the UV light, which accounts for less than 5% of total solar irradiation, significantly limiting its applications. In this article, we report a facile and efficient approach to overcome the poor wettability between ZnO and Au by carefully modulating the surface charge density on Au nanoparticles (NPs), enabling rapid synthesis of Au@ZnO core-shell NPs at room temperature. The resulting Au@ZnO core-shell NPs exhibit a significantly enhanced plasmonic absorption in the visible range due to the Au NP cores. They also show a significantly improved photocatalytic performance in comparison with their single-component counterparts, i.e., the Au NPs and ZnO NPs. Moreover, the high catalytic activity of the as-synthesized Au@ZnO core-shell NPs can be maintained even after many cycles of photocatalytic reaction. Our results shed light on the fact that the Au@ZnO core-shell NPs represent a promising class of candidates for applications in plasmonics, surface-enhanced spectroscopy, light harvest devices, solar energy conversion, and degradation of organic pollutants.Nanostructured ZnO exhibits high chemical stability and unique optical properties, representing a promising candidate among photocatalysts in the field of environmental remediation and solar energy conversion. However, ZnO only absorbs the UV light, which accounts for less than 5% of total solar irradiation, significantly limiting its applications. In this article, we report a facile and efficient approach to overcome the poor wettability between ZnO and Au by carefully modulating the surface charge density on Au nanoparticles (NPs), enabling rapid synthesis of Au@ZnO core-shell NPs at room temperature. The resulting Au@ZnO core-shell NPs exhibit a significantly enhanced plasmonic

  15. Constructing n-ZnO@Au heterogeneous nanorod arrays on p-Si substrate as efficient photocathode for water splitting.

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    Bao, Zhijia; Xu, Xiaoyong; Zhou, Gang; Hu, Jingguo

    2016-07-29

    Developing ingenious heterostructure photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells to both harvest more solar photons and steer desired charge separation flow is a prerequisite challenge for PEC water splitting. Herein a hierarchical p-Si/n-ZnO@Au heterostructure was constructed via large-area growth of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) on p-Si substrate followed by decorating with Au nanoparticles (NPs), which exhibited remarkably improved photocathode activity for PEC water splitting relative to the bare Si and Si/ZnO NRAs photocathodes. In addition to structural superiorities of 1D NRAs, a series of dynamic contributions from complementary band-gap structure, p-n heterojunctions and Au plasmon towards photon harvesting and charge separation were demonstrated to ensure a well-steered collection of photoelectrons at the exposed ZnO nanorods and Au NPs, enabling substantially improved photocathode performance. PMID:27306198

  16. Constructing n-ZnO@Au heterogeneous nanorod arrays on p-Si substrate as efficient photocathode for water splitting

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    Bao, Zhijia; Xu, Xiaoyong; Zhou, Gang; Hu, Jingguo

    2016-07-01

    Developing ingenious heterostructure photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells to both harvest more solar photons and steer desired charge separation flow is a prerequisite challenge for PEC water splitting. Herein a hierarchical p-Si/n-ZnO@Au heterostructure was constructed via large-area growth of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) on p-Si substrate followed by decorating with Au nanoparticles (NPs), which exhibited remarkably improved photocathode activity for PEC water splitting relative to the bare Si and Si/ZnO NRAs photocathodes. In addition to structural superiorities of 1D NRAs, a series of dynamic contributions from complementary band-gap structure, p–n heterojunctions and Au plasmon towards photon harvesting and charge separation were demonstrated to ensure a well-steered collection of photoelectrons at the exposed ZnO nanorods and Au NPs, enabling substantially improved photocathode performance.

  17. Novel ZnO:Ag nanocomposites induce significant oxidative stress in human fibroblast malignant melanoma (Ht144) cells

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    Arooj, Syeda; Nazir, Samina; Nadhman, Akhtar; Ahmad, Nafees; Muhammad, Bakhtiar; Ahmad, Ishaq; Mazhar, Kehkashan

    2015-01-01

    Summary The use of photoactive nanoparticles (NPs) such as zinc oxide (ZnO) and its nanocomposites has become a promising anticancer strategy. However, ZnO has a low photocatalytic decomposition rate and the incorporation of metal ions such as silver (Ag) improves their activity. Here different formulations of ZnO:Ag (1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 30% Ag) were synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford back scattering and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for their structure, morphology, composition and optical band gap. The NPs were investigated with regard to their different photocatalytic cytotoxic effects in human malignant melanoma (HT144) and normal (HCEC) cells. The ZnO:Ag nanocomposites killed cancer cells more efficiently than normal cells under daylight exposure. Nanocomposites having higher Ag content (10, 20 and 30%) were more toxic compared to low Ag content (1, 3 and 5%). For HT144, under daylight exposure, the IC50 values were ZnO:Ag (10%): 23.37 μg/mL, ZnO:Ag (20%): 19.95 μg/mL, and ZnO:Ag (30%): 15.78 μg/mL. ZnO:Ag (30%) was toxic to HT144 (IC50: 23.34 μg/mL) in dark as well. The three nanocomposites were further analyzed with regard to their ability to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and induce lipid peroxidation. The particles led to an increase in levels of ROS at cytotoxic concentrations, but only HT144 showed strongly induced MDA level. Finally, NPs were investigated for the ROS species they generated in vitro. A highly significant increase of 1O2 in the samples exposed to daylight was observed. Hydroxyl radical species, HO•, were also generated to a lesser extent. Thus, the incorporation of Ag into ZnO NPs significantly improves their photo-oxidation capabilities. ZnO:Ag nanocomposites could provide a new therapeutic option to selectively target cancer cells. PMID:25821698

  18. Novel ZnO:Ag nanocomposites induce significant oxidative stress in human fibroblast malignant melanoma (Ht144) cells.

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    Arooj, Syeda; Nazir, Samina; Nadhman, Akhtar; Ahmad, Nafees; Muhammad, Bakhtiar; Ahmad, Ishaq; Mazhar, Kehkashan; Abbasi, Rashda

    2015-01-01

    The use of photoactive nanoparticles (NPs) such as zinc oxide (ZnO) and its nanocomposites has become a promising anticancer strategy. However, ZnO has a low photocatalytic decomposition rate and the incorporation of metal ions such as silver (Ag) improves their activity. Here different formulations of ZnO:Ag (1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 30% Ag) were synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford back scattering and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for their structure, morphology, composition and optical band gap. The NPs were investigated with regard to their different photocatalytic cytotoxic effects in human malignant melanoma (HT144) and normal (HCEC) cells. The ZnO:Ag nanocomposites killed cancer cells more efficiently than normal cells under daylight exposure. Nanocomposites having higher Ag content (10, 20 and 30%) were more toxic compared to low Ag content (1, 3 and 5%). For HT144, under daylight exposure, the IC50 values were ZnO:Ag (10%): 23.37 μg/mL, ZnO:Ag (20%): 19.95 μg/mL, and ZnO:Ag (30%): 15.78 μg/mL. ZnO:Ag (30%) was toxic to HT144 (IC50: 23.34 μg/mL) in dark as well. The three nanocomposites were further analyzed with regard to their ability to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and induce lipid peroxidation. The particles led to an increase in levels of ROS at cytotoxic concentrations, but only HT144 showed strongly induced MDA level. Finally, NPs were investigated for the ROS species they generated in vitro. A highly significant increase of (1)O2 in the samples exposed to daylight was observed. Hydroxyl radical species, HO(•), were also generated to a lesser extent. Thus, the incorporation of Ag into ZnO NPs significantly improves their photo-oxidation capabilities. ZnO:Ag nanocomposites could provide a new therapeutic option to selectively target cancer cells. PMID:25821698

  19. Direct Cross-Linking of Au/Ag Alloy Nanoparticles into Monolithic Aerogels for Application in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.

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    Gao, Xiaonan; Esteves, Richard J Alan; Nahar, Lamia; Nowaczyk, Jordan; Arachchige, Indika U

    2016-05-25

    The direct cross-linking of Au/Ag alloy nanoparticles (NPs) into high surface area, mesoporous Au/Ag aerogels via chemical oxidation of the surface ligands is reported. The precursor alloy NPs with composition-tunable morphologies were produced by galvanic replacement of the preformed Ag hollow NPs. The effect of Au:Ag molar ratio on the NP morphology and surface plasmon resonance has been thoroughly investigated and resulted in smaller Au/Ag alloy NPs (4-8 nm), larger Au/Ag alloy hollow NPs (40-45 nm), and Au/Ag alloy hollow particles decorated with smaller Au NPs (2-5 nm). The oxidative removal of surfactant ligands, followed by supercritical drying, is utilized to construct large (centimeter to millimeter) self-supported Au/Ag alloy aerogels. The resultant assemblies exhibit high surface areas (67-73 m(2)/g), extremely low densities (0.051-0.055 g/cm(3)), and interconnected mesoporous (2-50 nm) networks, making them of great interest for a number of new technologies. The influence of mesoporous gel morphology on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been studied using Rhodamine 101 (Rd 101) as the probe molecule. The alloy aerogels exhibit SERS signal intensities that are 10-42 times higher than those achieved from the precursor Au/Ag alloy NPs. The Au/Ag alloy aerogel III exhibits SERS sensing capability down to 1 nM level. The increased signal intensities attained for alloy aerogels are attributed to highly porous gel morphology and enhanced surface roughness that can potentially generate a large number of plasmonic hot spots, creating efficient SERS substrates for future applications. PMID:27142886

  20. Possible Mesozoic age of Ellenville Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposit, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

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    Friedman, J.D.; Conrad, J.E.; McKee, E.H.; Mutschler, F.E.; Zartman, R.E.

    1994-01-01

    Ore textures, epithermal open-space filling of Permian structures of the Alleghanian orogeny, and largely postorogenic mineralization of the Ellenville, New York, composite Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) vein system, provide permissive evidence for post-Permian mineralization. Isochron ages determined by 40Ar/39Ar laser-fusion techniques for K-bearing liquid inclusions in main-stage quartz from the Ellenville deposit additionally suggest a Mesozoic time of mineralization, associated with extensional formation of the Newark basin. The best 40Ar/39Ar total-fusion age range is 165 ?? 30 to 193 ?? 35 Ma. The Mesozoic 40Ar/39Ar age agrees with that of many other dated northern Appalachian Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposits with near-matching lead isotope ratios, and adds new evidence of Jurassic tectonism and mineralization as an overprint to Late Paleozoic tectonism at least as far north as Ellenville (lat. 41??43???N). ?? 1994 Springer-Verlag.

  1. Plasmon-Enhanced Surface Photovoltage of ZnO/Ag Nanogratings.

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    Gwon, Minji; Sohn, Ahrum; Cho, Yunae; Phark, Soo-Hyon; Ko, Jieun; Sang Kim, Youn; Kim, Dong-Wook

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the surface photovoltage (SPV) behaviors of ZnO/Ag one-dimensional (1D) nanogratings using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The grating structure could couple surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with photons, giving rise to strong light confinement at the ZnO/Ag interface. The larger field produced more photo-excited carriers and increased the SPV. SPP excitation influenced the spatial distribution of the photo-excited carriers and their recombination processes. As a result, the SPV relaxation time clearly depended on the wavelength and polarization of the incident light. All of these results suggested that SPV measurement using KPFM should be very useful for studying the plasmonic effects in nanoscale metal/semiconductor hybrid structures. PMID:26567529

  2. Plasmon-Enhanced Surface Photovoltage of ZnO/Ag Nanogratings

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    Gwon, Minji; Sohn, Ahrum; Cho, Yunae; Phark, Soo-Hyon; Ko, Jieun; Sang Kim, Youn; Kim, Dong-Wook

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the surface photovoltage (SPV) behaviors of ZnO/Ag one-dimensional (1D) nanogratings using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The grating structure could couple surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with photons, giving rise to strong light confinement at the ZnO/Ag interface. The larger field produced more photo-excited carriers and increased the SPV. SPP excitation influenced the spatial distribution of the photo-excited carriers and their recombination processes. As a result, the SPV relaxation time clearly depended on the wavelength and polarization of the incident light. All of these results suggested that SPV measurement using KPFM should be very useful for studying the plasmonic effects in nanoscale metal/semiconductor hybrid structures. PMID:26567529

  3. Plasmon-Enhanced Surface Photovoltage of ZnO/Ag Nanogratings

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    Gwon, Minji; Sohn, Ahrum; Cho, Yunae; Phark, Soo-Hyon; Ko, Jieun; Sang Kim, Youn; Kim, Dong-Wook

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the surface photovoltage (SPV) behaviors of ZnO/Ag one-dimensional (1D) nanogratings using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The grating structure could couple surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with photons, giving rise to strong light confinement at the ZnO/Ag interface. The larger field produced more photo-excited carriers and increased the SPV. SPP excitation influenced the spatial distribution of the photo-excited carriers and their recombination processes. As a result, the SPV relaxation time clearly depended on the wavelength and polarization of the incident light. All of these results suggested that SPV measurement using KPFM should be very useful for studying the plasmonic effects in nanoscale metal/semiconductor hybrid structures.

  4. Broad-band three dimensional nanocave ZnO thin film photodetectors enhanced by Au surface plasmon resonance

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    Sun, Mengwei; Xu, Zhen; Yin, Min; Lin, Qingfeng; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Cui, Yanxia; Fan, Zhiyong; Ding, Yiling; Tian, Li; Wang, Hui; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Li, Dongdong

    2016-04-01

    ZnO semiconductor films with periodic 3D nanocave patterns were fabricated by the thermal nanoimprinting technology, which is promising for photodetectors with enhanced light harvesting capability. The Au nanoparticles were further introduced into the ZnO films, which boosts the UV response of ZnO films and extends the photodetection to visible regions. The best UV photoresponse was detected on the 3D nanocave ZnO-Au hybrid films, attributing to the light trapping mechanism of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier at the ZnO/Au interface, while the high visible photoresponse of ZnO-Au hybrid films mainly results from the hot electron generation and injection process over the Schottky junctions mediated by Au surface plasmon resonances. The work provides a cost-effective pathway to develop large-scale periodic 3D nanopatterned thin film photodetectors and is promising for the future deployment of high performance optoelectronic devices.ZnO semiconductor films with periodic 3D nanocave patterns were fabricated by the thermal nanoimprinting technology, which is promising for photodetectors with enhanced light harvesting capability. The Au nanoparticles were further introduced into the ZnO films, which boosts the UV response of ZnO films and extends the photodetection to visible regions. The best UV photoresponse was detected on the 3D nanocave ZnO-Au hybrid films, attributing to the light trapping mechanism of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier at the ZnO/Au interface, while the high visible photoresponse of ZnO-Au hybrid films mainly results from the hot electron generation and injection process over the Schottky junctions mediated by Au surface plasmon resonances. The work provides a cost-effective pathway to develop large-scale periodic 3D nanopatterned thin film photodetectors and is promising for the future deployment of high performance optoelectronic devices. Electronic supplementary information

  5. A novel electrochemical immunosensor based on nonenzymatic Ag@Au-Fe3O4 nanoelectrocatalyst for protein biomarker detection.

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    Zhang, Hongfang; Ma, Lina; Li, Pengli; Zheng, Jianbin

    2016-11-15

    A hybrid nanostructure of Fe3O4 nanospheres and Ag@Au nanorods prepared by polydopamine coating was utilized as nanoelectrocatalyst to construct a novel sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor. Ag@Au-Fe3O4 nanohybrid modified electrode exhibited much better electrocatalytic activity toward the reduction of hydrogen peroxide than Fe3O4 nanospheres or Ag@Au nanorods due to the synergetic catalytic effect. The immunosensor was prepared by immobilizing the capture antibodies on the amine-terminated nanocomposite of carbon nanofibers-chitosan, whilst the trace tag was prepared by loading detection antibodies on the Ag@Au-Fe3O4 nanocomposite. After the parameter optimization, the amperometric signal increased linearly with human IgG concentration in the broad range of 0.1pgmL(-1) to 5μgmL(-1) with a detection limit of 50fgmL(-1). Meanwhile, the enzyme-free catalyst based immunosensor also showed acceptable selectivity, reproducibility and stability. PMID:27183286

  6. β-Cyclodextrin coated SiO₂@Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles for SERS detection of PCBs.

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    Lu, Yilin; Yao, Guohua; Sun, Kexi; Huang, Qing

    2015-09-01

    A new type of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate consisting of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) coated SiO2@Au@Ag nanoparticles (SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs) has been achieved. Our protocol was a simplified approach as the fabrication and modification of the silver shell were realized in a single-step reaction by taking advantage of β-CD as both the reducing and stabilizing agents. The as-synthesized SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs were uniform in size and demonstrated high SERS activity and reproducibility. The substrates consisting of the SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs were employed for SERS detection of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) including PCB-3, PCB-29 and PCB-77. The SERS detection sensitivity was significantly improved due to enrichment of more PCB molecules captured by β-CD on the substrate surface, as confirmed by the appearance of the new Raman bands which are attributed to the complexes between β-CD and PCBs according to the theoretical simulation. Therefore, this work presents a novel approach to the fabrication of effective SERS substrates that can be employed for rapid determination of trace amounts of PCBs in the environment with high detection sensitivity and recognition selectivity. PMID:25478906

  7. Dextrin-mediated synthesis of Ag NPs for colorimetric assays of Cu(2+) ion and Au NPs for catalytic activity.

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    Bankura, Kalipada; Rana, Dipak; Mollick, Md Masud Rahaman; Pattanayak, Sutanuka; Bhowmick, Biplab; Saha, Nayan Ranjan; Roy, Indranil; Midya, Tarapada; Barman, Gadadhar; Chattopadhyay, Dipankar

    2015-09-01

    A facile one-pot approach for rapid synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles (Ag NPs and Au NPs) with narrow size distribution and good stability was described by reducing silver nitrate and chloroauric acid with polysaccharide dextrin. Here, dextrin was used as both a reducing and stabilizing agent for synthesis of NPs. The as-synthesized Ag NPs and Au NPs were characterized by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The Ag NPs and Au NPs exhibited an absorption maxima at 404 and 547 nm respectively. TEM images showed NPs in the range of 8-28 nm. The crystallinity of the NPs was measured by XRD analysis. Furthermore, the as-prepared Ag NPs revealed colorimetric sensor property for detection of Cu(2+) ions based on changes in absorbance resulting from metal ion-induced aggregation of NPs or direct deposition of metal ions onto NPs. The as-prepared Au NPs exhibited a notable catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4. PMID:26143120

  8. Enzyme-free hydrogen peroxide sensor based on Au@Ag@C core-double shell nanocomposites

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    Li, Yancai; Zhang, Yayun; Zhong, Yanmei; Li, Shunxing

    2015-08-01

    The well-designed Au@Ag@C core-double shell nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile method, and were used to fabricate an enzyme-free amperometric hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) sensor. The size, shape, elementary composition and structure of the nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), energy-dispersed spectrum (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The outermost layer of the nanocomposites was amorphous carbon, the second layer was Ag and the core was Au. The Au@Ag@C core-double shell nanocomposites exhibit attractive activity for electrocatalytic reduction of H2O2 according to the electrochemical experiments. It also demonstrates the H2O2 sensor possess well performance with a wide linear range of 5.0 μM to 4.75 mM and a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 0.14 μM (S/N = 3). Furthermore, the interference from the common interfering species, such as glucose, ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid can be effectively avoided. In a word, the Au@Ag@C nanocomposites are promising candidates for enzyme-free H2O2 sensor.

  9. Tunable Au-Ag nanobowl arrays for size-selective plasmonic biosensing.

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    Jana, Debrina; Lehnhoff, Emily; Bruzas, Ian; Robinson, Jendai; Lum, William; Sagle, Laura

    2016-08-01

    Selectivity is often a major obstacle for localized surface plasmon resonance-based biosensing in complex biological solutions. An additional degree of selectivity can be achieved through the incorporation of shape complementarity on the nanoparticle surface. Here, we report the versatile fabrication of substrate-bound Au-Ag nanobowl arrays through the galvanic ion replacement of silver nanodisk arrays. Both localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) were carried out to detect the binding of analytes of varying size to the nanobowl arrays. Large increases in the LSPR and SERS response were measured for analytes that were small enough to enter the nanobowls, compared to those too large to come into contact with the interior of the nanobowls. This size-selective sensing should prove useful in both size determination and differentiation of large analytes in biological solutions, such as viruses, fungi, and bacterial cells. PMID:27111025

  10. Porous Au-Ag Nanospheres with High-Density and Highly Accessible Hotspots for SERS Analysis.

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    Liu, Kai; Bai, Yaocai; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Zhongbo; Fan, Qikui; Zheng, Haoquan; Yin, Yadong; Gao, Chuanbo

    2016-06-01

    Colloidal plasmonic metal nanoparticles have enabled surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for a variety of analytical applications. While great efforts have been made to create hotspots for amplifying Raman signals, it remains a great challenge to ensure their high density and accessibility for improved sensitivity of the analysis. Here we report a dealloying process for the fabrication of porous Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles containing abundant inherent hotspots, which were encased in ultrathin hollow silica shells so that the need of conventional organic capping ligands for stabilization is eliminated, producing colloidal plasmonic nanoparticles with clean surface and thus high accessibility of the hotspots. As a result, these novel nanostructures show excellent SERS activity with an enhancement factor of ∼1.3 × 10(7) on a single particle basis (off-resonant condition), promising high applicability in many SERS-based analytical and biomedical applications. PMID:27192436

  11. Steering Fluorescence Emission with Metal-Dielectric-Metal Structures of Au, Ag and Al

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    Dutta Choudhury, Sharmistha; Badugu, Ramachandram; Ray, Krishanu; Lakowicz, Joseph R.

    2014-01-01

    Directional control over fluorescence emission is important for improving the sensitivity of fluorescence based techniques. In recent years, plasmonic and photonic structures have shown great promise in shaping the spectral and spatial distribution of fluorescence, which otherwise is typically isotropic in nature and independent of the observation direction. In this work we have explored the potential of metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) structures composed of Au, Ag or Al in steering the fluorescence emission from various probes emitting in the NIR, Visible or UV/blue region. We show that depending on the optical properties of the metal and the thickness of the dielectric layer, the emission from randomly oriented fluorophores embedded within the MDM substrate is transformed into beaming emission normal to the substrate. Agreement of the observed angular emission patterns with reflectivity calculations reveals that the directional emission is due to the coupling of the fluorescence with the electromagnetic modes supported by the MDM structure. PMID:25126154

  12. Effects of Ag and Al Additions on the Structure and Creep Properties of Sn-9Zn Solder Alloy

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    Mahmudi, R.; Geranmayeh, A. R.; Noori, H.; Taghaddosi, M.

    2009-02-01

    Creep behavior of the eutectic Sn-9Zn, Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag, and Sn-9Zn-0.5Al solder alloys was studied by impression testing under constant punching stress in the range of 60 MPa to 130 MPa and at temperatures in the range of 298 K to 370 K. Analysis of the data showed that, for all loads and temperatures, Sn-9Zn-0.5Al had the lowest creep rates and thus the highest creep resistance among all materials tested. The creep resistance of Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag was slightly lower than that of the Al-containing alloy. The enhanced creep behaviors of the ternary alloys are attributed to the presence of AgZn3 and very fine Zn particles, which act as the main strengthening agents in the Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag and Sn-9Zn-0.5Al alloys, respectively. Assuming a power-law relationship between the impression rate and stress, average stress exponents of 6.9, 7.1, and 7.2 and activation energies of 42.1 kJ mol-1, 42.9 kJ mol-1, and 43.0 kJ mol-1 were obtained for Sn-9Zn, Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag and Sn-9Zn-0.5Al, respectively. These activation energies are close to 46 kJ mol-1 for dislocation climb, assisted by vacancy diffusion through dislocation cores in the Sn. This, together with the stress exponents of about 7, suggests that the operative creep mechanism is dislocation climb controlled by dislocation pipe diffusion.

  13. Tuning the properties of ZnO, hematite, and Ag nanoparticles by adjusting the surface charge.

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    Zhang, Jianhui; Dong, Guanjun; Thurber, Aaron; Hou, Yayi; Gu, Min; Tenne, Dmitri A; Hanna, C B; Punnoose, Alex

    2012-03-01

    A poly (acryl acid) (PAA) post-treatment method is performed to modify the surface charge of ZnO nanospheres, hematite nanocubes, and Ag nanoprisms from highly positive to very negative by adjusting the PAA concentration, to and greatly modify their photoluminescence, cytotoxicity, magnetism, and surface plasmon resonance. This method provides a general way to tune the nanoparticle properties for broad physicochemical and biological applications. PMID:22298490

  14. Dicaesium silver zinc thiocyanate, Cs2[AgZn(SCN)5].

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    Güneş, Minna; Valkonen, Jussi

    2002-01-01

    The title compound, dicaesium(I)-mu-thiocyanato-kappa2N:S-zinc(II)-tetra-mu-thiocyanato-kappa2S:N-argentate(I), crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmn2(1) and contains units of composition AgZn(SCN)3 lying on a mirror plane and bonded together through Cs+ ions and thiocyanate groups. The crystal studied contained equal numbers of inversion twins. PMID:11781445

  15. Preparation and ion conductivity of composite films AgI-ZnO

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    Fateev, Sergey S.; Tveryanovich, Yu S.; Tomaev, V. V.; Fokina, Svetlana V.

    2015-05-01

    It has been proven that with laser deposition silver iodide retains its chemical composition and structure. A film has been produced with the help of laser deposition, consisting of finely divided crystals of ZnO and AgI. Its structure has been reviewed using X-Ray phase analysis, and its electric conductivity has been reviewed using impedance measurement. Special attention has been given to the effect of phase interaction on ion transport.

  16. Intensification of surface enhanced Raman scattering of thiol-containing molecules using Ag@Au core@shell nanoparticles

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    Singh, Prerna; Thuy, Nguyen T. B.; Aoki, Yoshiya; Mott, Derrick; Maenosono, Shinya

    2011-05-01

    In this paper, we study the relationship between nanoparticles' structure/composition and the chemical nature of the molecules to be identified in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy. Three types of nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized, including Ag, Au, and silver coated by gold (Ag@Au), in order to study the resulting enhancement effects. When a rhodamine 6G dye molecule was used to assemble the NPs, it was found that Ag NPs exhibited the highest enhancement activity. However, when a thiol containing 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol molecule was used to assemble the NPs, it was found that the Ag@Au NPs exhibited high Raman activity as well as the Ag NPs. The results give insight into how the chemical properties of the molecules to be analyzed play an important role in the SERS detection. An additional parameter of the analysis reveals the relative stability of the three types of NP probes synthesized with regard to oxidation in the presence of different mediating molecules and varying salt concentrations. The results are of interest in designing and employing NP probes to detect biological molecules using colorimetric and SERS based approaches.

  17. Ultrafine Au and Ag Nanoparticles Synthesized from Self-Assembled Peptide Fibers and Their Excellent Catalytic Activity.

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    Xu, Wenlong; Hong, Yue; Hu, Yuanyuan; Hao, Jingcheng; Song, Aixin

    2016-07-18

    The self-assembly of an amphiphilic peptide molecule to form nanofibers facilitated by Ag(+) ions was investigated. Ultrafine AgNPs (NPs=nanoparticles) with an average size of 1.67 nm were synthesized in situ along the fibers due to the weak reducibility of the -SH group on the peptide molecule. By adding NaBH4 to the peptide solution, ultrafine AgNPs and AuNPs were synthesized with an average size of 1.35 and 1.18 nm, respectively. The AuNPs, AgNPs, and AgNPs/nanofibers all exhibited excellent catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, with turnover frequency (TOF) values of 720, 188, and 96 h(-1) , respectively. Three dyes were selected for catalytic degradation by the prepared nanoparticles and the nanoparticles showed selective catalysis activity toward the different dyes. It was a surprising discovery that the ultrafine AuNPs in this work had an extremely high catalytic activity toward methylene blue, with a reaction rate constant of 0.21 s(-1) and a TOF value of 1899 h(-1) . PMID:27028550

  18. Tailor-made Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticle 2D arrays on protein-coated graphene oxide with assembly enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Wang, Huiqiao; Liu, Jinbin; Wu, Xuan; Tong, Zhonghua; Deng, Zhaoxiang

    2013-05-01

    Water-dispersible two-dimensional (2D) assemblies of Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles are obtained through a highly selective electroless silver deposition on pre-assembled gold nanoparticles on bovine serum albumin (BSA)-coated graphene oxide (BSA-GO). While neither BSA-GO nor AuNP-decorated BSA-GO shows any antibacterial ability, the silver-coated GO@Au nanosheets (namely GO@Au@Ag) exhibit an enhanced antibacterial activity against Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, superior to unassembled Au@Ag nanoparticles and even ionic Ag. Such an improvement may be attributed to the increased local concentration of silver nanoparticles around a bacterium and a polyvalent interaction with the bacterial surface. In addition, the colloidal stability of this novel nano-antimicrobial against the formation of random nanoparticle aggregates guarantees a minimized activity loss of the Au@Ag nanoparticles. The antibacterial efficacy of GO@Au@Ag is less sensitive to the existence of Cl-, in comparison with silver ions, providing another advantage for wound dressing applications. Our research unambiguously reveals a strong and very specific interaction between the GO@Au@Ag nanoassembly and E. coli, which could be an important clue toward a rational design, synthesis and assembly of innovative and highly active antibacterial nanomaterials.

  19. Electrostatic Assembly of Sandwich-like Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C Hybrid Hollow Microspheres with Excellent High-Rate Lithium Storage Properties.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Ma, Yating; Wang, Xuanpeng; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Mai, Liqiang; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-01-26

    Herein, we introduce a facile electrostatic attraction approach to produce zinc-silver citrate hollow microspheres, followed by thermal heating treatment in argon to ingeniously synthesize sandwich-like Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C hybrid hollow microspheres. The 3D carbon conductive framework in the hybrids derives from the in situ carbonation of carboxylate acid groups in zinc-silver citrate hollow microspheres during heating treatment, and the continuous and homogeneous Ag nanoparticles on the outer and inner surfaces of hybrid hollow microspheres endow the shells with the sandwiched configuration (Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C). When applied as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the fabricated hybrid hollow microspheres with sandwich-like shells reveal a very large reversible capacity of 1670 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at a current density of 0.2 A g(-1). Even at the very large current densities of 1.6 and 10.0 A g(-1), the high specific capacities of about 1063 and 526 mAh g(-1) can be retained, respectively. The greatly enhanced electrochemical properties of Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C hybrid microspheres are attributed to their special structural features such as the hollow structures, the sandwich-like shells, and the nanometer-sized building blocks. PMID:26624924

  20. ARPES study of the surface states from Au/Ag( 1 1 1 ): evolution with coverage and photon energy

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    Palomares, F. J.; Serrano, M.; Ruiz, A.; Soria, F.; Horn, K.; Alonso, M.

    2002-07-01

    The Shockley surface states formed on the (1 1 1) surfaces of noble metals have been extensively studied, but few reports exist on layered thin film systems. We present angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) results, recorded at normal emission in the photon energy range from 21 to 49 eV, which describe the behavior of these sp-derived surface states for Au layers epitaxially grown on Ag(1 1 1). Growth was performed at room and low temperatures. In both cases, the ARPES spectra are found to evolve from Ag(1 1 1)-like to Au(1 1 1)-like features as the thickness of the Au film increases. In particular, the surface-state binding energy shifts from the Ag(1 1 1) to the bulk Au(1 1 1) position, the shift being already evident at coverages lower than one monolayer. The origin of the changes observed in the surface-state peak as a function of Au coverage and photon energy will be discussed.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructures on noble-metal coated substrates

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    Dikovska, A. Og.; Atanasova, G. B.; Avdeev, G. V.; Nedyalkov, N. N.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, ZnO nanostructures were fabricated on noble-metal (Au, Ag and Au-Ag alloys) coated silicon substrates by applying pulsed laser deposition. The samples were prepared at a substrate temperature of 550 °C, an oxygen pressure of 5 Pa, and a laser fluence of 2 J cm-2 - process parameters usually used for deposition of smooth and dense thin films. The metal layer's role is substantial for the preparation of nanostructures. Heating of the substrate changed the morphology of the metal layer and, subsequently, nanoparticles were formed. The use of different metal particles resulted in different morphologies and properties of the ZnO nanostructures synthesized. The morphology of the ZnO nanostructures was related to the Au-Ag alloy's content of the catalyst layer. It was found that the morphology of the ZnO nanostructures evolved from nanorods to nanobelts as the ratio of Au/Ag in the alloy catalyst was varied. The use of a small quantity of Ag in the Au-Ag catalyst (Au3Ag) layer resulted predominantly in the deposition of ZnO nanorods. A higher Ag content in the catalyst alloy (AuAg2) layer resulted in the growth of a dense structure of ZnO nanobelts.

  2. Electrocatalytic activity of alkyne-functionalized AgAu alloy nanoparticles for oxygen reduction in alkaline media

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    Hu, Peiguang; Song, Yang; Chen, Limei; Chen, Shaowei

    2015-05-01

    1-Dodecyne-functionalized AgAu alloy nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical reduction of metal salt precursors at varied initial feed ratios. Transmission electron microscopic measurements showed that the nanoparticles were all rather well dispersed with the average core diameter in the narrow range of 3 to 5 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies confirmed the formation of AgAu alloy nanoparticles with the gold concentration ranging from approximately 25 at% to 55 at%. Consistent results were obtained in UV-vis spectroscopic measurements where the nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance red-shifted almost linearly with increasing gold concentrations. The self-assembly of 1-dodecyne ligands on the nanoparticle surface was manifested in infrared spectroscopic measurements. Importantly, the resulting nanoparticles exhibited apparent electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction in alkaline media, and the performance was found to show a volcano variation in the Au content in the alloy nanoparticles, with the best performance observed for the samples with ca. 35.5 at% Au. The enhanced catalytic activity, as compared to pure Ag nanoparticles or even commercial Pt/C catalysts, was accounted for by the unique metal-ligand interfacial bonding interactions as well as alloying effects that increased metal-oxygen affinity.1-Dodecyne-functionalized AgAu alloy nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical reduction of metal salt precursors at varied initial feed ratios. Transmission electron microscopic measurements showed that the nanoparticles were all rather well dispersed with the average core diameter in the narrow range of 3 to 5 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies confirmed the formation of AgAu alloy nanoparticles with the gold concentration ranging from approximately 25 at% to 55 at%. Consistent results were obtained in UV-vis spectroscopic measurements where the nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance red-shifted almost linearly with increasing gold

  3. Ag-Modified In₂O₃/ZnO Nanobundles with High Formaldehyde Gas-Sensing Performance.

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    Fang, Fang; Bai, Lu; Song, Dongsheng; Yang, Hongping; Sun, Xiaoming; Sun, Hongyu; Zhu, Jing

    2015-01-01

    Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles with micro/nano porous structures have been designed and synthesized with by hydrothermal method continuing with dehydration process. Each bundle consists of nanoparticles, where nanogaps of 10-30 nm are present between the nanoparticles, leading to a porous structure. This porous structure brings high surface area and fast gas diffusion, enhancing the gas sensitivity. Consequently, the HCHO gas-sensing performance of the Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles have been tested, with the formaldehyde-detection limit of 100 ppb (parts per billion) and the response and recover times as short as 6 s and 3 s, respectively, at 300 °C and the detection limit of 100 ppb, response time of 12 s and recover times of 6 s at 100 °C. The HCHO sensing detect limitation matches the health standard limitation on the concentration of formaldehyde for indoor air. Moreover, the strategy to synthesize the nanobundles is just two-step heating and easy to scale up. Therefore, the Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles are ready for industrialization and practical applications. PMID:26287205

  4. Long life, low cost, rechargeable AgZn battery for non-military applications

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    Brown, Curtis C.

    1996-03-01

    Of the rechargeable (secondary) battery systems with mature technology, the silver oxide-zinc system (AgZn) safely offers the highest power and energy (watts and watt hours) per unit of volume and mass. As a result they have long been used for aerospace and defense applications where they have also proven their high reliability. In the past, the expense associated with the cost of silver and the resulting low production volume have limited their commercial application. However, the relative low cost of silver now make this system feasible in many applications where high energy and reliability are required. One area of commercial potential is power for a new generation of sophisticated, portable medical equipment. AgZn batteries have recently proven ``enabling technology'' for power critical, advanced medical devices. By extending the cycle calendar life to the system (offers both improved performance and lower operating cost), a combination is achieved which may enable a wide range of future electrical devices. Other areas where AgZn batteries have been used in nonmilitary applications to provide power to aid in the development of commercial equipment have been: (a) Electrically powered vehicles; (b) Remote sensing in nuclear facilities; (c) Special effects equipment for movies; (d) Remote sensing in petroleum pipe lines; (e) Portable computers; (f) Fly by wire systems for commercial aircraft; and (g) Robotics. However none of these applications have progressed to the level where the volume required will significantly lower cost.

  5. Au@MnS@ZnS Core/Shell/Shell Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Enhanced Cancer Radiation Therapy.

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    Li, Meifang; Zhao, Qi; Yi, Xuan; Zhong, Xiaoyan; Song, Guosheng; Chai, Zhifang; Liu, Zhuang; Yang, Kai

    2016-04-20

    Although conventional radiotherapy (RT) has been widely used in the clinic to treat cancer, it often has limited therapeutic outcomes and severe toxic effects. There is still a need to develop theranostic agents with both imaging and RT-enhancing functions to improve the accuracy and efficiency of RT. Herein we synthesize Au@MnS@ZnS core/shell/shell nanoparticles with polyethylene glycol (PEG) functionalization, yielding Au@MnS@ZnS-PEG nanoparticles with great stability in different physiological solutions and no significant cytotoxicity. It is found that Au@MnS@ZnS-PEG nanoparticles can enhance the cancer cell killing efficiency induced by RT, as evidenced by multiple in vitro assays. Owing to the existence of paramagnetic Mn(2+) in the nanoparticle shell, our Au@MnS@ZnS-PEG can be used as a contrast agent for T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, which reveals the efficient accumulation and retention of nanoparticles in the tumors of mice after intravenous injection. Importantly, by exposing tumor-bearing mice that were injected with Au@MnS@ZnS-PEG to X-ray irradiation, the tumor growth can be significantly inhibited. This result shows clearly improved therapeutic efficacy compared to RT alone. Furthermore, no obvious side effect of Au@MnS@ZnS-PEG is observed in the injected mice. Therefore, our work presents a new type of radiosensitizing agent, which is promising for the imaging-guided enhanced RT treatment of cancer. PMID:27039932

  6. Realization of p-type conductivity in ZnO by (N, Ag) dual acceptor codoping: a first-principles study

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    Xiong, Zhihua; Chen, Lanli; Wan, Qixin; Li, Dongmei

    2010-10-01

    Ag monodoped, N monodoped and (nN, Ag) codoped ZnO have been investigated by the first-principles calculations, where the formation energies and ionization energies of various complexes and the electronic structure for 3N-Ag complex are studied. The calculated results are that N prefers to substitute O site, and Ag substitutes Zn site under the most growth condition, which indicate NO and AgZn all act as acceptors. Meanwhile, it's shown that N-Ag, 2N-Ag complex contribute little to p-type conduction because of the relatively higher ionization energy. However, 3N-Ag complex may have the lowest ionization energy among various complexes, while the formation energy of 3N-Ag is lower than that of N monodoped, Ag monodoped, N-Ag and 2N-Ag complex under the Zn-rich condition, which indicates that 3N-Ag complex is energetically favorable for the formation of p-type ZnO. Furthermore, by studying the electronic structure of 3N-Ag complex, it may generate an additional impurity band above the valence band maximum of ZnO. It is found that NO generated holes around the top of the valence band, and at the same time, N 2p states hybridized with 4d states of AgZn at the Fermi energy, and the hybridization lowered the repulsive interaction between the two dual acceptors, which enhance the concentration of impurities and the stability of the system, indicating that the dual acceptors evidently improve p-type conductivity of ZnO. Thus, it is found that 3N-Ag complex is the better dopant configuration. That can gain a better quality p-type ZnO under the Zn-rich condition. Our theoretical results are consistent with the experiment results.

  7. Synthesis of wheatear-like ZnO nanoarrays decorated with Ag nanoparticles and its improved SERS performance through hydrogenation.

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    Shan, Yufeng; Yang, Yong; Cao, Yanqin; Fu, Chaoli; Huang, Zhengren

    2016-04-01

    Semiconductor/noble metal composite SERS substrates have been extensively studied due to their unique bifunctionality. In this work, wheatear-like ZnO nanoarrarys have been fabricated via a modified low-temperature solution method. The hierarchical nanostructures that are constructed by stacked nanoflakes and long whiskers of ZnO possess a substantial number of characteristic nano corners and edges, which are proved to be beneficial to deposit more Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Furthermore, hydrogenated wheatear-like ZnO/AgNP composite substrates are achieved via a safe and facile solid hydrogen source (NaBH4). The hydrogenated ZnO/AgNPs (H-ZnO/Ag) substrates exhibit greatly improved SERS activity in detecting R6G molecules with an enhancement factor (EF) up to ∼0.49 × 10(8), over two orders of magnitude higher than that of the substrates before hydrogenation. The outstanding SERS performance of wheatear-like H-ZnO/Ag substrates benefits from the emerging porous structure of ZnO and abundant surface defects introduced by hydrogenation. In addition, the as-prepared substrates also show high detection sensitivity, good repeatability and recyclability, indicating great potential for practical applications. PMID:26916627

  8. Band edge emission enhancement by quadrupole surface plasmon-exciton coupling using direct-contact Ag/ZnO nanospheres.

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    Zang, Yashu; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Yin, Jun; Li, Kongyi; Yue, Chuang; Wu, Zhiming; Wu, Suntao; Kang, Junyong

    2013-01-21

    Periodic Ag nanoball (NB) arrays on ZnO hollow nanosphere (HNS) supporting structures were fabricated in a large area by a laser irradiation method. The optimized laser power and spherical supporting structure of ZnO with a certain size and separation were employed to aggregate a sputtering-deposited Ag nano-film into an ordered, large-area, and two dimensional Ag NB array. A significant band edge (BE) emission enhancement of ZnO HNSs was achieved on this Ag NB/ZnO HNS hybrid structure and the mechanism was revealed by further experimental and theoretical analyses. With successfully fabricating the direct-contact structure of a Ag NB on the top of each ZnO HNS, the highly localized quadrupole mode surface plasmon resonance (SPR), realized on the metal NBs in the ultraviolet region, can effectively improve the BE emission of ZnO through strong coupling with the excitons of ZnO. Compared with the dipole mode SPR, the quadrupole mode SPR is insensitive to the metal nanoparticle's size and has a resonance frequency in the BE region of the wide band gap materials, hence, it can be potentially applied in related optoelectronic devices. PMID:23196786

  9. Enhanced acetone-sensing performance of Au/ZnO hybrids synthesized using a solution combustion method

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    Li, Yan; Lv, Tan; Zhao, Fang-Xian; Wang, Qiong; Lian, Xiao-Xue; Zou, Yun-Ling

    2015-09-01

    ZnO semiconductor hybrids with high response and selectivity to various gases have received enormous attention for practical applications. In this work, Au/ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile solution combustion method, using chlorauric acid and zinc nitrate as the raw materials. X-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning microscopy revealed that the Au/ZnO nanoparticles, with diameters of 50-300 nm, were mainly composed of the ZnO wurtzite phase and Au metal phase with a face-centered structure. The gas-sensing results indicated that the Au (4 at. %)/ZnO-based sensor exhibited the highest response and selectivity among all the as-obtained Au/ZnO products; moreover, its response to acetone was approximately 3 times greater than that of the pure ZnO, and the response (173) of the sensor to acetone was 2.4, 9.8, 17, and 22 times higher than that to C2H5OH, H2, CO, and CH4 at 300°C, respectively. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Effect of Metallic Au Seed Layer Annealing on the Properties of Electrodeposited ZnO Nanorods.

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    Park, Youngbin; Nam, Giwoong; Kim, Byunggu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2015-11-01

    This study focuses on the effect of annealing the Au seed layer (ASL) on the structural and optical properties of electrodeposited ZnO nanorods. ZnO nanorods were fabricated in a three-step approach. In the first step, ASLs were deposited using an ion sputter technique. In the second step, layers were annealed in air at various temperatures ranging from 400 degrees C to 600 degrees C. Finally, ZnO nanorods were grown using an electrodeposition method. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that better aligned ZnO nanorods are fabricated on the annealed ASL compared with non-annealed ASL The X-ray diffraction analysis showed a notable improvement in directional growth along the (002) crystallographic plane when ZnO nanorods were grown on the annealed ASL. The photoluminescence analysis showed that the UV emission peak of ZnO nanorods on the annealed ASL at 400 degrees C was blue-shifted and increased. PMID:26726551

  11. Site-specific growth of AgPd nanodendrites on highly purified Au bipyramids with remarkable catalytic performance

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    Zhou, Lin; Liu, Zeke; Zhang, Han; Cheng, Si; Fan, Li-Juan; Ma, Wanli

    2014-10-01

    Au nanorods have been extensively explored in various applications as the template for heterogeneous metallic nanostructures. However, Au bipyramids (AuBPs) have been paid much less attention although they possess an intriguing crystalline structure and extremely superior plasmonic properties which are absent in AuNRs. The state-of-the-art synthesis cannot produce pure AuBPs, which has become a major barrier to their various applications like catalysis since purity is often critical for achieving the desired performance. Herein, we have shown a facile approach to obtain large-scale high-purity AuBPs. The purity of AuBPs can be improved from 30 to 50% for the as-synthesized AuBP solution to over 95% for the purified solution. Site-specific growth of AgPd nanodendrites on multiply twinned AuBPs from core-shell to tipped nanostructures was achieved for the first time by coupling a galvanic replacement with a co-reduction process, which show remarkable catalytic activity in the reduction reaction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4. The use of ascorbic acid (AA) as a reductant in the co-reduction process and the intriguing crystalline structure of AuBPs play a critical role in forming these unique structures. We believe that this work would provide a general strategy to prepare high-purity AuBP based trimetallic nanostructures, which offers the opportunity for AuBPs to be widely used in catalysis or other plasmonic-effect related applications in the near future.Au nanorods have been extensively explored in various applications as the template for heterogeneous metallic nanostructures. However, Au bipyramids (AuBPs) have been paid much less attention although they possess an intriguing crystalline structure and extremely superior plasmonic properties which are absent in AuNRs. The state-of-the-art synthesis cannot produce pure AuBPs, which has become a major barrier to their various applications like catalysis since purity is often critical for achieving the desired

  12. Midinfrared Nonlinear Optical Thiophosphates from LiZnPS4 to AgZnPS4: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study.

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    Zhou, Molin; Kang, Lei; Yao, Jiyong; Lin, Zheshuai; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian

    2016-04-18

    Our earlier theoretical calculation and preliminary experiment highlighted LiZnPS4 as a good mid-infrared (mid-IR) nonlinear optical (NLO) material. However, this compound suffers from problems including corrosion of the silica tubes, a pungent smell, deliquescence, and incongruent-melting behavior in the further single crystal growth and applications. In order to overcome these problems, herein, we investigate the analogues of LiZnPS4 and propose that AgZnPS4 would be a good candidate. The combination of experimental and theoretical study demonstrates that AgZnPS4 exhibits a much stronger NLO effect than that of LiZnPS4 despite the relatively smaller energy band gap. More importantly, AgZnPS4 melts congruently with a melting point as low as 534 °C, much lower than those of traditional IR NLO crystals, and is nondeliquescent with enough stability in the air. Such a good crystal growth habit and chemical stability enable AgZnPS4 to possess much better overall performance for the practical mid-IR NLO applications. PMID:27015097

  13. A study of the microstructure, thermal properties and wetting kinetics of Sn-3Ag- xZn lead-free solders

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    Li, Yulong; Yu, Xiao; Sekulic, Dusan P.; Hu, Xiaowu; Yan, Ming; Hu, Ronghua

    2016-06-01

    Microstructure, thermal properties and wetting kinetics of Sn-3Ag- xZn solders ( x = 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 2 and 4 wt%) were systematically investigated. The results indicate that a small amount of Zn (Zn wt% ≤ 1 wt%) has a rather moderate effect on the microstructure morphology of the Sn-3Ag- xZn solders. The microstructures are composed of a β-Sn phase and the mixture of Ag3Sn and ζ-AgZn particles. However, the β-Sn phase reduces its volume fraction in the entire microstructure and the intermetallic compounds population increases with the increasing of Zn content. The microstructure is dramatically changed with a further increase in the Zn content. The γ-AgZn phase is formed in a Sn-3Ag-2Zn solder. The ɛ-AgZn phase is formed in a Sn-3Ag-4Zn solder. The melting temperature and the undercooling of the Sn-3Ag- xZn solder alloys decrease with the increase in Zn content, reach to a minimum value when the content of Zn is 1 wt%, and then increase with further increase in Zn content. The Sn-3Ag-1Zn demonstrates the minimum value of 228.13 °C in the melting temperature and 13.87 °C in undercooling. The wetting kinetics of the main spreading stage features the power law of R n ~ t ( n = 1), which is controlled by chemical reactions at the triple line.

  14. Laser treatment of Ag@ZnO nanorods as long-life-span SERS surfaces.

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    Macias-Montero, Manuel; Peláez, Ramón J; Rico, Victor J; Saghi, Zineb; Midgley, Paul; Afonso, Carmen N; González-Elipe, Agustín R; Borras, Ana

    2015-02-01

    UV nanosecond laser pulses have been used to produce a unique surface nanostructuration of Ag@ZnO supported nanorods (NRs). The NRs were fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at low temperature applying a silver layer as promoter. The irradiation of these structures with single nanosecond pulses of an ArF laser produces the melting and reshaping of the end of the NRs that aggregate in the form of bundles terminated by melted ZnO spherical particles. Well-defined silver nanoparticles (NPs), formed by phase separation at the surface of these melted ZnO particles, give rise to a broad plasmonic response consistent with their anisotropic shape. Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in the as-prepared Ag@ZnO NRs arrays was proved by using a Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) chromophore as standard analyte. The surface modifications induced by laser treatment improve the stability of this system as SERS substrate while preserving its activity. PMID:25575182

  15. Purification and characterization of Ag,Zn-superoxide dismutase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae exposed to silver.

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    Ciriolo, M R; Civitareale, P; Carrì, M T; De Martino, A; Galiazzo, F; Rotilio, G

    1994-10-14

    Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase plays an important role in protecting cells from oxygen toxicity by catalyzing the dismutation of superoxide anion into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase is coregulated with copper-thionein by copper via the transcription factor ACE 1. We demonstrate here that presence of AgNO3 in the culture medium leads to a five times increase of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase mRNA, with a concomitant six times decrease of the enzyme activity. Susceptibility of yeast to silver was apparently inversely related to Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase activity. From silver-treated yeast a Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase with impaired dismutase function was purified and was shown to contain silver, which was located to the copper site. These data suggest that Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase may play an additional direct role in the defense of S. cerevisiae against metal stress by functioning as metal chelator. PMID:7929283

  16. Plasma versus thermal annealing for the Au-catalyst growth of ZnO nanocones and nanowires on Al-doped ZnO buffer layers

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    Güell, Frank; Martínez-Alanis, Paulina R.; Roso, Sergio; Salas-Pérez, Carlos I.; García-Sánchez, Mario F.; Santana, Guillermo; Marel Monroy, B.

    2016-06-01

    We successfully synthesized ZnO nanocones and nanowires over polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers on fused silica substrates by a vapor-transport process using Au-catalyst thin films. Different Au film thicknesses were thermal or plasma annealed in order to analyze their influence on the ZnO nanostructure growth morphology. Striking differences have been observed. Thermal annealing generates a distribution of Au nanoclusters and plasma annealing induces a fragmentation of the Au thin films. While ZnO nanowires are found in the thermal-annealed samples, ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been obtained on the plasma-annealed samples. Enhancement of the preferred c-axis (0001) growth orientation was demonstrated by x-ray diffraction when the ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been grown over the AZO buffer layer. The transmittance spectra of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires show a gradual increase from 375 to 900 nm, and photoluminescence characterization pointed out high concentration of defects leading to observation of a broad emission band in the visible range from 420 to 800 nm. The maximum emission intensity peak position of the broad visible band is related to the thickness of the Au-catalyst for the thermal-annealed samples and to the plasma power for the plasma-annealed samples. Finally, we proposed a model for the plasma versus thermal annealing of the Au-catalyst for the growth of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires. These results are promising for renewable energy applications, in particular for its potential application in solar cells.

  17. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Characterization of Zn Underpotential Deposition on Au(111) from Phosphate Supporting Electrolyte

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    Lee, J R; O'Malley, R L; O'Connell, T J; Vollmer, A; Rayment, T

    2009-12-11

    Zn K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to investigate the structure of Zn monolayers prepared on Au(111) electrodes via underpotential deposition (UPD) from phosphate supporting electrolyte. Theoretical modeling of the XAS data indicates that the Zn adatoms adopt a commensurate ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) adlayer structure and reside within the 3-fold hollow sites of the Au(111) surface. Meanwhile, phosphate counter-ions co-adsorb on the UPD adlayer and bridge between the Zn adatoms in a ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) configuration, with each phosphorous atom residing above a vacant 3-fold hollow site of the Au(111). Significantly, this surface structure is invariant between the electrochemical potential for UPD adlayer formation and the onset of bulk Zn electrodeposition. Analysis of the Zn K-edge absorption onset also presents the possibility that the Zn adatoms do not fully discharge during the process of UPD, which had been proposed in prior voltammetric studies of the phosphate/Zn(UPD)/Au(111) system.

  18. From monomer to monolayer: a global optimisation study of (ZnO)n nanoclusters on the Ag surface

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    Demiroglu, Ilker; Woodley, Scott M.; Sokol, Alexey A.; Bromley, Stefan T.

    2014-11-01

    We employ global optimisation to investigate how oxide nanoclusters of increasing size can best adapt their structure to lower the system energy when interacting with a realistic extended metal support. Specifically, we focus on the (ZnO)@Ag(111) system where experiment has shown that the infinite Ag(111)-supported ZnO monolayer limit corresponds to an epitaxially 7 : 8 matched graphene-like (Zn3O3)-based hexagonal sheet. Using a two-stage search method based on classical interatomic potentials and then on more accurate density functional theory, we report global minina candidate structures for Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster with sizes ranging from n = 1-24. Comparison with the respective global minina structure of free space (ZnO)n clusters reveals that the surface interaction plays a decisive role in determining the lowest energy Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster structures. Whereas free space (ZnO)n clusters tend to adopt cage-like bubble structures as they grow larger, Ag-supported (ZnO)n clusters of increasing size become progressively more like planar cuts from the infinite graphene-like ZnO single monolayer. This energetic favourability for planar hexagonal Ag-supported clusters over their 3D counterparts can be partly rationalised by the ZnO-Ag(111) epitaxial matching and the increased number of close interactions with the Ag surface. Detailed analysis shows that this tendency can also be attributed to the capacity of 2D clusters to distort to improve their interaction with the Ag surface relative to more rigid 3D bubble cluster isomers. For the larger sized clusters we find that the adsorption energies and most stable structural types appear to be rather converged confirming that our study makes a bridge between the Ag-supported ZnO monomer and the infinite Ag-supported ZnO monolayer.We employ global optimisation to investigate how oxide nanoclusters of increasing size can best adapt their structure to lower the system energy when interacting with a realistic

  19. σ-Aromatic cyclic M3(+) (M = Cu, Ag, Au) clusters and their complexation with dimethyl imidazol-2-ylidene, pyridine, isoxazole, furan, noble gases and carbon monoxide.

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    Pan, Sudip; Saha, Ranajit; Mandal, Subhajit; Chattaraj, Pratim K

    2016-04-28

    The σ-aromaticity of M3(+) (M = Cu, Ag, Au) is analyzed and compared with that of Li3(+) and a prototype σ-aromatic system, H3(+). Ligands (L) like dimethyl imidazol-2-ylidene, pyridine, isoxazole and furan are employed to stabilize these monocationic M3(+) clusters. They all bind M3(+) with favorable interaction energy. Dimethyl imidazol-2-ylidene forms the strongest bond with M3(+) followed by pyridine, isoxazole and furan. Electrostatic contribution is considerably more than that of orbital contribution in these M-L bonds. The orbital interaction arises from both L → M σ donation and L ← M back donation. M3(+) clusters also bind noble gas atoms and carbon monoxide effectively. In general, among the studied systems Au3(+) binds a given L most strongly followed by Cu3(+) and Ag3(+). Computation of the nucleus-independent chemical shift (NICS) and its different extensions like the NICS-rate and NICS in-plane component vs. NICS out-of-plane component shows that the σ-aromaticity in L bound M3(+) increases compared to that of bare clusters. The aromaticity in pyridine, isoxazole and furan bound Au3(+) complexes is quite comparable with that in the recently synthesized Zn3(C5(CH3)5)3(+). The energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital also increases upon binding with L. The blue-shift and red-shift in the C-O stretching frequency of M3(CO)3(+) and M3(OC)3(+), respectively, are analyzed through reverse polarization of the σ- and π-orbitals of CO as well as the relative amount of OC → M σ donation and M → CO π back donation. The electron density analysis is also performed to gain further insight into the nature of interaction. PMID:26624276

  20. Si/ZnO nanorods/Ag/AZO structures as promising photovoltaic plasmonic cells

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    Placzek-Popko, E. Gwozdz, K.; Gumienny, Z.; Zielony, E.; Jacak, W.; Pietruszka, R.; Witkowski, B. S.; Wachnicki, Ł.; Gieraltowska, S.; Chang, Liann-Be

    2015-05-21

    The test structures for photovoltaic (PV) applications based on zinc oxide nanorods (NRs) that were grown using a low-temperature hydrothermal method on p-type silicon substrates (100) covered with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were studied. The NPs of three different diameters, i.e., 5–10 nm, 20-30 nm, and 50–60 nm, were deposited using a sputtering method. The morphology and crystallinity of the structures were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the nanorods have a hexagonal wurtzite structure. An analysis of the Raman and photoluminescence spectra permitted the identification of the surface modes at 476 cm{sup −1} and 561 cm{sup −1}. The presence of these modes is evidence of nanorods oriented along the wurtzite c-axis. The NRs with Ag NPs were covered with a ZnO:Al (AZO) layer that was grown using the low-temperature atomic layer deposition technique. The AZO layer served as a transparent ohmic contact to the ZnO nanorods. The applicability of the AZO layer for this purpose and the influence of the Ag nanoparticles on the effectiveness of light acquisition by such prepared PV cells were checked by reflectance and transmittance measurements of the AZO/glass and AZO/NPs/glass reference structures. Based on these studies, the high-energy transmittance edge was assigned to the ZnO energy gap, although it is blueshifted with respect to the bulk ZnO energy gap because of Al doping. It was also shown that the most optimal PV performance is obtained from a structure containing Ag nanoparticles with a diameter of 20–30 nm. This result is confirmed by the current-voltage measurements performed with 1-sun illumination. The structures show a plasmonic effect within the short wavelength range: the PV response for the structure with Ag nanoparticles is twice that of the structure without the nanoparticles. However, the influence of the Ag nanoparticle diameters on the plasmonic effect is ambiguous.

  1. Si/ZnO nanorods/Ag/AZO structures as promising photovoltaic plasmonic cells

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    Placzek-Popko, E.; Gwozdz, K.; Gumienny, Z.; Zielony, E.; Pietruszka, R.; Witkowski, B. S.; Wachnicki, Ł.; Gieraltowska, S.; Godlewski, M.; Jacak, W.; Chang, Liann-Be

    2015-05-01

    The test structures for photovoltaic (PV) applications based on zinc oxide nanorods (NRs) that were grown using a low-temperature hydrothermal method on p-type silicon substrates (100) covered with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were studied. The NPs of three different diameters, i.e., 5-10 nm, 20-30 nm, and 50-60 nm, were deposited using a sputtering method. The morphology and crystallinity of the structures were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the nanorods have a hexagonal wurtzite structure. An analysis of the Raman and photoluminescence spectra permitted the identification of the surface modes at 476 cm-1 and 561 cm-1. The presence of these modes is evidence of nanorods oriented along the wurtzite c-axis. The NRs with Ag NPs were covered with a ZnO:Al (AZO) layer that was grown using the low-temperature atomic layer deposition technique. The AZO layer served as a transparent ohmic contact to the ZnO nanorods. The applicability of the AZO layer for this purpose and the influence of the Ag nanoparticles on the effectiveness of light acquisition by such prepared PV cells were checked by reflectance and transmittance measurements of the AZO/glass and AZO/NPs/glass reference structures. Based on these studies, the high-energy transmittance edge was assigned to the ZnO energy gap, although it is blueshifted with respect to the bulk ZnO energy gap because of Al doping. It was also shown that the most optimal PV performance is obtained from a structure containing Ag nanoparticles with a diameter of 20-30 nm. This result is confirmed by the current-voltage measurements performed with 1-sun illumination. The structures show a plasmonic effect within the short wavelength range: the PV response for the structure with Ag nanoparticles is twice that of the structure without the nanoparticles. However, the influence of the Ag nanoparticle diameters on the plasmonic effect is ambiguous.

  2. Determination of the compositions of the DIGM zone in nanocrystalline Ag/Au and Ag/Pd thin films by secondary neutral mass spectrometry.

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    Molnár, Gábor Y; Shenouda, Shenouda S; Katona, Gábor L; Langer, Gábor A; Beke, Dezső L

    2016-01-01

    Alloying by grain boundary diffusion-induced grain boundary migration is investigated by secondary neutral mass spectrometry depth profiling in Ag/Au and Ag/Pd nanocrystalline thin film systems. It is shown that the compositions in zones left behind the moving boundaries can be determined by this technique if the process takes place at low temperatures where solely the grain boundary transport is the contributing mechanism and the gain size is less than the half of the grain boundary migration distance. The results in Ag/Au system are in good accordance with the predictions given by the step mechanism of grain boundary migration, i.e., the saturation compositions are higher in the slower component (i.e., in Au or Pd). It is shown that the homogenization process stops after reaching the saturation values and further intermixing can take place only if fresh samples with initial compositions, according to the saturation values, are produced and heat treated at the same temperature. The reversal of the film sequence resulted in the reversal of the inequality of the compositions in the alloyed zones, which is in contrast to the above theoretical model, and explained by possible effects of the stress gradients developed by the diffusion processes itself. PMID:27335738

  3. Determination of the compositions of the DIGM zone in nanocrystalline Ag/Au and Ag/Pd thin films by secondary neutral mass spectrometry

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    Molnár, Gábor Y; Shenouda, Shenouda S; Katona, Gábor L; Langer, Gábor A

    2016-01-01

    Summary Alloying by grain boundary diffusion-induced grain boundary migration is investigated by secondary neutral mass spectrometry depth profiling in Ag/Au and Ag/Pd nanocrystalline thin film systems. It is shown that the compositions in zones left behind the moving boundaries can be determined by this technique if the process takes place at low temperatures where solely the grain boundary transport is the contributing mechanism and the gain size is less than the half of the grain boundary migration distance. The results in Ag/Au system are in good accordance with the predictions given by the step mechanism of grain boundary migration, i.e., the saturation compositions are higher in the slower component (i.e., in Au or Pd). It is shown that the homogenization process stops after reaching the saturation values and further intermixing can take place only if fresh samples with initial compositions, according to the saturation values, are produced and heat treated at the same temperature. The reversal of the film sequence resulted in the reversal of the inequality of the compositions in the alloyed zones, which is in contrast to the above theoretical model, and explained by possible effects of the stress gradients developed by the diffusion processes itself. PMID:27335738

  4. The comprehensive evaluation of the structural and functional properties of the gas- statically treated Au-CdZnTe-Au structures for X- and gamma-ray detectors

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    Nasieka, Iu.; Strelchuk, V.; Boyko, M.; Rybka, A.; Kutniy, V.; Nakonechnyj, D.

    2015-08-01

    The influence of the gas-static processing on the optical, structural and electrophysical properties of Au-CdZnTe-Au structures, used in X- and gamma-ray detectors, was investigated. The processing, which is described in detail in the experimental part, was done in a laboratory-scale setup "GAUS-4/2000-35" with the following process parameters: pressure=0.32±0.02 GPa, temperature ~170 °C, time=2 h. The influence of the mentioned processing on the photoluminescence, the Raman scattering, the electric resistance, the I-V characteristics and the spectrometric parameters of the Au-CdZnTe-Au structures was determined. The physical mechanisms, through which the gas-static processing induces changes in the structural and functional properties, were analyzed. It was observed that the gas-static processing (with the above-mentioned process parameters) of the Au-CdZnTe-Au structures leads to a significant increase of the electric resistance of the structures; it also leads to the increase of the intensity of the photoelectric absorption peak when the respective detector is registering X- and gamma-radiation with energy near 32.19 keV. The Raman and photoluminescence data indicates the formation of the surface oxides TeOx and the compensation of Cd vacancies by Au atoms. The assumption that, under the discussed processing, two different rival processes modify the Au-CdZnTe junction due to the influence of the increased temperature ~170 °C and pressure ~0.3 GPa, was suggested. The first process is the formation of TeO2 oxide (which increases the electric resistance) on the contact; the second process is the destruction of the surface films of the oxides and the absorbed gases. Most likely, the first process is dominant, which was evidenced by the Raman and photoluminescence measurements.

  5. Total structure determination of surface doping [Ag46Au24(SR)32](BPh4)2 nanocluster and its structure-related catalytic property

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    Wang, Shuxin; Jin, Shan; Yang, Sha; Chen, Shuang; Song, Yongbo; Zhang, Jun; Zhu, Manzhou

    2015-01-01

    The structure effect is widely present in the catalysis of alloy systems. However, the surface structure of this system is still ambiguous because of the limitations of the current surface characterization tools. We reported the x-ray crystallographic structure of the first and the largest AgAu alloy nanocluster with a doping shell formulated as [Ag46Au24(SR)32](BPh4)2. This nanocluster consists of an achiral bimetallic Ag2@Au18@Ag20 core protected by a chiral Ag24Au6(SR)32 shell. The catalysis experiments further revealed that the surface structure affects the selectivity of products significantly. This is the first case to find the structure effect in atomically precise alloy nanoclusters. Our work will benefit the basic understanding of bimetal distribution, as well as the structure-related catalytic property of alloy nanoclusters at the atomic level. PMID:26601236

  6. Bi-SERS sensing and enhancement by Au-Ag bimetallic non-alloyed nanoparticles on amorphous and crystalline silicon substrate.

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    Tan, Chee Leong; Lee, Soo Kyung; Lee, Yong Tak

    2015-03-01

    We have demonstrated Au-Ag bimetallic non-alloy nanoparticles (BNNPs) on thin a-Si film and c-Si substrate for high SERS enhancement, low cost, high sensitivity and reproducible SERS substrate with bi-SERS sensing properties where two different SERS peak for Au NPs and Ag NPs are observed on single SERS substrate. The isolated Au-Ag bimetallic NPs, with uniform size and spacing distribution, are suitable for uniform high density hotspot SERS enhancement. The SERS enhancement factor of Au-Ag BNNPs is 2.9 times higher compared to Ag NPs on similar substrates due to the increase of the localized surface plasmon resonance effect. However there is a decrement of SERS peak intensity at specific wavenumbers when the surrounding refractive index increases due to out-phase hybridization of Au NPs. The distinct changes of the two different SERS peaks on single Au-Ag BNNPs SERS substrate due to Au and Ag NPs independently show possible application for bi-molecular sensing. PMID:25836846

  7. Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel/impregnation method as photocatalysts

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    Ninsonti, Hathaithip; Sriwichai, Saengrawee; Wetchakun, Natda; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2016-02-01

    In this work, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by modified sol-gel method together with impregnation method. The samples were characterized by their physicochemical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in order to obtain the correlation between structure and photocatalytic properties. XRD results indicated unloaded TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were all in the anatase phase with average crystallite size in the range of 10-13 nm. In addition, XPS analysis confirmed the presence of Au and Ag elements in Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were evaluated through the mineralization of formic acid under UV-light illumination. The results showed that Au-loading and Ag-loading could effectively improve the photocatalytic activities of TiO2. Furthermore, Au-loaded TiO2 exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than Ag-loaded TiO2.

  8. Self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for transparent and flexible film heaters

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    Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Han-Ki; Kim, Min-Yi; Chang, Hyo-Sik

    2015-12-15

    We investigated a self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network electrode passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for use in high-performance transparent and flexible film heaters (TFFHs). The low temperature atomic layer deposition of a nano-sized ZnO layer effectively filled the uncovered area of Ag network and improved the current spreading in the self-assembled Ag network without a change in the sheet resistance and optical transmittance as well as mechanical flexibility. The time-temperature profiles and heat distribution analysis demonstrate that the performance of the TFTH with the ZnO/Ag network is superior to that of a TFFH with Ag nanowire electrodes. In addition, the TFTHs with ZnO/Ag network exhibited better stability than the TFFH with a bare Ag network due to the effective current spreading through the nano-sized ZnO layer.

  9. Intermetallic compounds formed at the interface between Cu substrate and an Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder

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    Chang, T.-C.; Hon, M.-H.; Wang, M.-C

    2003-04-30

    The intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the interface between Cu substrate and an Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder alloy have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron diffraction (ED). The XRD patterns show that the main IMCs formed at the interface of Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag/Cu are {gamma}-Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} and {eta}'-Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}. The Ag{sub 3}Sn IMC with orthorhombic structure was also observed at the Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag/Cu interface by TEM and ED analyses. The interfacial adhesion strength between the Cu substrate and Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder alloy is higher than that of the Sn-9Zn alloy due to the formation of Ag{sub 3}Sn IMC at the interface.

  10. Transparent conductive ZnInSnO-Ag-ZnInSnO multilayer films for polymer dispersed liquid-crystal based smart windows

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    Kim, Eun Mi; Choi, In-Seok; Oh, Jeong-Pyo; Kim, Young-Baek; Lee, Jong-Ho; Choi, Yong-Sung; Cho, Jung-Dae; Kim, Yang-Bae; Heo, Gi-Seok

    2014-09-01

    Multilayer transparent films with electrical resistances lower than those in conventionally used transparent conductive electrodes were prepared at room temperature on glass substrates in an RF/DC magnetron sputtering system. The multilayer structure of the films consisted of three layers, ZnInSnO (ZITO)-Ag-ZITO. The optical and electrical properties of the multilayer structures were investigated with respect to the thickness of each ZITO-Ag-ZITO layer. Transparent conductive films with a sheet resistance of 9.4 Ω/square and an average transmittance of 92% at 550 nm were obtained at the following thicknesses of the glass substrate: ZITO (100 nm)-Ag (8 nm)-ZITO (42 nm). The surface roughness (RRMS) of the obtained ZITO-Ag-ZITO multilayer films was below 0.8 nm. Overall, the properties of the ZITO-Ag-ZITO multilayer films were comparable or superior to those of other multilayers such as InSnO (ITO)-Ag-ITO and InZnO (IZO)-Ag-IZO. The deposited ZITO single layer and ZITO-Ag-ZITO multilayer films were used in the fabrication of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal (PDLC)-based smart windows. The ZITO-Ag-ZITO multilayer-based smart windows exhibited a lower operating voltage (16 V) and a higher cutoff rate of infrared light than ITO or ZITO-based smart windows 20-26 V. However, they showed a lower PDLC-ON transmittance than ITO-based smart windows.

  11. Efficient enhancement of hydrogen production by Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrochemical cell

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    Liu, Ying; Ren, Feng; Shen, Shaohua; Fu, Yanming; Chen, Chao; Liu, Chang; Xing, Zhuo; Liu, Dan; Xiao, Xiangheng; Wu, Wei; Zheng, Xudong; Liu, Yichao; Jiang, Changzhong

    2015-03-01

    Highly efficient semiconductor photoelectrodes for solar hydrogen production through photocatalytic water splitting are a promising and challenge solution to solve the energy problems. In this work, Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrode was designed and prepared. An increase of 11 times of photocurrent is achieved in the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO photoelectrode comparing to that of the Cu2O film. The high performance of the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO film is due to the optimized design of the tandem triple-junction structure, where the localized surface Plasmon resonance of Ag and the hetero-junctions efficiently absorb solar energy, produce, and separate electron-hole pairs in the photocathode.

  12. Ag nanoparticle-ZnO nanowire hybrid nanostructures as enhanced and robust antimicrobial textiles via a green chemical approach

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    Li, Zhou; Tang, Haoying; Yuan, Weiwei; Song, Wei; Niu, Yongshan; Yan, Ling; Yu, Min; Dai, Ming; Feng, Siyu; Wang, Menghang; Liu, Tengjiao; Jiang, Peng; Fan, Yubo; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-04-01

    A new approach for fabrication of a long-term and recoverable antimicrobial nanostructure/textile hybrid without increasing the antimicrobial resistance is demonstrated. Using in situ synthesized Ag nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on ZnO nanowires (NWs) grown on textiles by a ‘dip-in and light-irradiation’ green chemical method, we obtained ZnONW@AgNP nanocomposites with small-size and uniform Ag NPs, which have shown superior performance for antibacterial applications. These new Ag/ZnO/textile antimicrobial composites can be used for wound dressings and medical textiles for topical and prophylactic antibacterial treatments, point-of-use water treatment to improve the cleanliness of water and antimicrobial air filters to prevent bioaerosols accumulating in ventilation, heating, and air-conditioning systems.

  13. Ag nanoparticle-ZnO nanowire hybrid nanostructures as enhanced and robust antimicrobial textiles via a green chemical approach.

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    Li, Zhou; Tang, Haoying; Yuan, Weiwei; Song, Wei; Niu, Yongshan; Yan, Ling; Yu, Min; Dai, Ming; Feng, Siyu; Wang, Menghang; Liu, Tengjiao; Jiang, Peng; Fan, Yubo; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-04-11

    A new approach for fabrication of a long-term and recoverable antimicrobial nanostructure/textile hybrid without increasing the antimicrobial resistance is demonstrated. Using in situ synthesized Ag nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on ZnO nanowires (NWs) grown on textiles by a 'dip-in and light-irradiation' green chemical method, we obtained ZnONW@AgNP nanocomposites with small-size and uniform Ag NPs, which have shown superior performance for antibacterial applications. These new Ag/ZnO/textile antimicrobial composites can be used for wound dressings and medical textiles for topical and prophylactic antibacterial treatments, point-of-use water treatment to improve the cleanliness of water and antimicrobial air filters to prevent bioaerosols accumulating in ventilation, heating, and air-conditioning systems. PMID:24622377

  14. 3D branched ZnO nanowire arrays decorated with plasmonic au nanoparticles for high-performance photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhang, Xing; Liu, Yang; Kang, Zhenhui

    2014-03-26

    Plasmonic photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is very promising in the conversion of abundant solar energy into chemical energy. However, the solar-to-hydrogen efficiencies reported so far are still too low for practical use, which can be improved by optimizing the design and synthesis of individual blocks (i. e., the compositions, sizes, shapes of the metal and the coupling semiconductors) and the assembly of these blocks into targeted three-dimensional (3D) structures. Here, we constructed a composite plasmonic metal/semiconductor photoanode by decorating gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) on 3D branched ZnO nanowire arrays (B-ZnO NWs) through a series of simple solution chemical routes. The 3D ordered Au/B-ZnO NWs photoanodes exhibited excellent PEC activities in both ultraviolet and visible region. The improved photoactivities in visible region were demonstrated to be caused by the surface-plasmon-resonance effect of Au NPs. The photoconversion efficiency of Au/B-ZnO NWs photoanode reached 0.52% under simulated sunlight illumination. This is a high value of solar-to-hydrogen efficiencies reported till nowadays for plasmonic PEC water splitting, which was mainly benefit from the extensive metal/semiconductor interfaces for efficient extraction of hot electron from Au NPs and excellent charge-carries collection efficiency of the 3D ordered Au/B-ZnO NWs photoelectrode. PMID:24598779

  15. Broad-band three dimensional nanocave ZnO thin film photodetectors enhanced by Au surface plasmon resonance.

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    Sun, Mengwei; Xu, Zhen; Yin, Min; Lin, Qingfeng; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Cui, Yanxia; Fan, Zhiyong; Ding, Yiling; Tian, Li; Wang, Hui; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Li, Dongdong

    2016-04-28

    ZnO semiconductor films with periodic 3D nanocave patterns were fabricated by the thermal nanoimprinting technology, which is promising for photodetectors with enhanced light harvesting capability. The Au nanoparticles were further introduced into the ZnO films, which boosts the UV response of ZnO films and extends the photodetection to visible regions. The best UV photoresponse was detected on the 3D nanocave ZnO-Au hybrid films, attributing to the light trapping mechanism of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier at the ZnO/Au interface, while the high visible photoresponse of ZnO-Au hybrid films mainly results from the hot electron generation and injection process over the Schottky junctions mediated by Au surface plasmon resonances. The work provides a cost-effective pathway to develop large-scale periodic 3D nanopatterned thin film photodetectors and is promising for the future deployment of high performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:27073045

  16. M-Au/TiO2 (M = Ag, Pd, and Pt) nanophotocatalyst for overall solar water splitting: role of interfaces.

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    Melvin, Ambrose A; Illath, Kavya; Das, Tanmay; Raja, Thirumalaiswamy; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Gopinath, Chinnakonda S

    2015-08-28

    M-Au/TiO2 (M = Ag, Pd, Pt) composites were prepared through a facile one-pot photodeposition synthesis and evaluated for solar water splitting (SWS) with and without a sacrificial agent. The M-Au combination exhibits a dominant role in augmenting the H2 generation activity by forming a bi-metallic system. Degussa P25 was used as a TiO2 substrate to photodeposit Au followed by Au + M (M = Ag/Pd/Pt). The SWS activity of the M-Au/TiO2 was determined through photocatalytic H2 production in the presence of methanol as a sacrificial agent under one sun conditions with an AM1.5 filter. The highest H2 yield was observed for Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2 and was around 1.3 ± 0.07 mmol h(-1) g(-1), with an apparent quantum yield (AQY) of 6.4%. Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2 also demonstrated the same activity for 25 cycles of five hours each for 125 h. Critically, the same Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2 catalyst was active in overall SWS (OSWS) without any sacrificial agent, with an AQY = 0.8%. The amount of Au and/or Pt was varied to obtain the optimum composition and it was found that the Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2 composition exhibits the best activity. Detailed characterization by physico-chemical, spectral and microscopy measurements was carried out to obtain an in-depth understanding of the origin of the photocatalytic activity of Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2. These in-depth studies show that gold interacts predominantly with oxygen vacancies present on titania surfaces, and Pt preferentially interacts with gold for an effective electron-hole pair separation at Pt-Au interfaces and electron storage in metal particles. The Pt in Pt0.5-Au1/TiO2 is electronically and catalytically different from the Pt in Pt/TiO2 and it is predicted that the former suppresses the oxygen reduction reaction. PMID:26199221

  17. Electron transport properties and spin modulation effect analysis for C60, Au@C60 and Ag@C60

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    Wang, Fangyuan; Li, Guiqin

    2016-04-01

    The electron transport properties of C60, Au@C60 and Ag@C60 junctions between Au electrodes are investigated with density functional theory and the first-principle nonequilibrium Greens function. Density of states and transmission possibility as functions of energy are examined, and current-voltage characteristics of all these models are calculated with and without spin correction. With spin correction, we find a spin-current difference in Au@C60 as large as an order of magnitude. It may be used to obtain high-purity arbitrary spin current. By comparing the calculation results with and without spin correction, we attribute this spin difference to the spin resonance between transmission electrons and the valence electron of endohedral Au atom.

  18. Ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for Hg(2+) by using hybridization chain reaction coupled with Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Li, Zongbing; Miao, Xiangmin; Xing, Ke; Peng, Xue; Zhu, Aihua; Ling, Liansheng

    2016-06-15

    A novel electrochemical biosensor for Hg(2+) detection was reported by using DNA-based hybridization chain reaction (HCR) coupled with positively charged Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles ((+)Ag@Au CSNPs) amplification. To construct the sensor, capture probe (CP ) was firstly immobilized onto the surface of glass carbon electrode (GCE). In the presence of Hg(2+), the sandwiched complex can be formed between the immobilized CP on the electrode surface and the detection probe (DP) modified on the gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) based on T-Hg(2+)-T coordination chemistry. The carried DP then opened two ferrocene (Fc) modified hairpin DNA (H1 and H2) in sequence and propagated the happen of HCR to form a nicked double-helix. Numerous Fc molecules were formed on the neighboring probe and produced an obvious electrochemical signal. Moreover, (+)Ag@Au CSNPs were assembly onto such dsDNA polymers as electrochemical signal enhancer. Under optimal conditions, such sensor presents good electrochemical responses for Hg(2+) detection with a detection limit of 3.6 pM. Importantly, the methodology has high selectivity for Hg(2+) detection. PMID:26852203

  19. Low temperature preparation of Ag-doped ZnO nanowire arrays for sensor and light-emitting diode applications

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    Lupan, O.; Viana, B.; Cretu, V.; Postica, V.; Adelung, R.; Pauporté, T.

    2016-02-01

    Transition metal doped-oxide semiconductor nanostructures are important to achieve enhanced and new properties for advanced applications. We describe the low temperature preparation of ZnO:Ag nanowire/nanorod (NW/NR) arrays by electrodeposition at 90 °C. The NWs have been characterized by SEM, EDX, transmittance and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The integration of Ag in the crystal is shown. Single nanowire/nanorod of ZnO:Ag was integrated in a nanosensor structure leading to new and enhanced properties. The ultraviolet (UV) response of the nanosensor was investigated at room temperature. Experimental results indicate that ZnO:Ag (0.75 μM) nanosensor possesses faster response/recovery time and better response to UV light than those reported in literature. The sensor structure has been also shown to give a fast response for the hydrogen detection with improved performances compared to pristine ZnO NWs. ZnO:Ag nanowire/nanorod arrays electrochemically grown on p-type GaN single crystal layer is also shown to act as light emitter in LED structures. The emission wavelength is red-shifted compared to pristine ZnO NW array. At low Ag concentration a single UV-blue emission is found whereas at higher concentration of dopant the emission is broadened and extends up to the red wavelength range. Our study indicates that high quality ZnO:Ag NW/NR prepared at low temperature by electrodeposition can serve as building nanomaterials for new sensors and light emitting diodes (LEDs) structures with low-power consumption.

  20. Essential role of catalysts (Mn, Au, and Sn) in the vapor liquid solid growth kinematics of ZnS nanowires

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    Rehman, S.; Shehzad, M. A.; Hafeez, M.; Bhatti, A. S.

    2014-01-14

    In this paper, we demonstrate that surface energy of the catalyst is a vital parameter for the growth rate, self doping of the self assembled nanowires synthesized by employing vapor liquid solid growth technique. The synthesis of ZnS nanowires was done by selectively using three different catalysts (Mn, Au, and Sn), where Au, is the most common catalyst, was used as a reference. The distinctive difference in the growth rate was due to the surface energy of the metal alloy droplet and the interface energies, as explained theoretically using thermodynamic approach. We have found that the activation energy of diffusion of (Zn, S) species in the catalyst droplet was low in Sn (0.41 eV for Zn and 0.13 eV for S) and high in Mn (1.79 eV for Zn and 0.61 eV for S) compared to Au (0.62 eV for Zn and 0.21 eV for S) catalyzed ZnS nanostructures. The thermodynamic calculations predicted the growth rates of Sn (7.5 nm/s) catalyzed nanowires was faster than Au (5.1 nm/s) and Mn (4.6 nm/s) catalyzed ZnS nanostructures, which were in agreement with the experimental results. Finally, the location of the catalyst as dopant in the grown nanostructure was predicted and compared with experimental observations.

  1. Ag-nanoparticle-decorated porous ZnO-nanosheets grafted on a carbon fiber cloth as effective SERS substrates.

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    Wang, Zhiwei; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Zhulin; Li, Zhongbo; Zhou, Qitao

    2014-12-21

    We report on the large-scale synthesis of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated ZnO-mesoporous-nanosheets (NSs) grafted on a flexible carbon fiber cloth (CFC), as sensitive and reproducible surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with excellent flexibility. The composite SERS-substrates are achieved by a combination of atomic layer deposition of ZnO-seeds on each fiber of the CFC (denoted as ZnO-seeds@CFC), chemical bath deposition and subsequent pyrolysis for the creation of ZnO-mesoporous-NSs grafted on ZnO-seeds@CFC, and ion-sputtering of Ag-NPs on the ZnO-mesoporous-NSs. As abundant SERS "hot spots" are generated from the electromagnetic coupling of the densely distributed Ag-NPs, and the semiconducting ZnO-mesoporous-NSs also have chemical supporting enhancement and distinct molecule adsorbing abilities, the composite SERS-substrates demonstrate high SERS-sensitivity with good signal reproducibility. As a trial for potential applications, the composite SERS-substrates were used to identify pesticides and highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and low concentrations down to 10(-7) M for methyl parathion and 5 × 10(-6) M for PCB-77 were reached, respectively, showing promising potential for the SERS-based rapid detection of toxic organic pollutants in the environment. PMID:25382607

  2. Development and characterization of ZnO, Au/ZnO and Pd/ZnO thin films through their adsorptive and catalytic properties.

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    Giannoudakos, A; Agelakopoulou, T; Asteriadis, I; Kompitsas, M; Roubani-Kalantzopoulou, F

    2008-04-11

    In this paper, we report (a) the development of ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition and partially covered with nano-particles Pd or Au and (b) their physicochemical study, in order to investigate their catalytic and/or adsorptive properties. It is the first time where two different and popular methods, namely pulsed laser deposition and reversed flow-inverse gas chromatography, are combined. The inverse gas chromatographic technique with the corresponding time-resolved analysis is used for the first time in order to characterise compounds in the nano-scale domain. We focus on the determination of physicochemical quantities mainly concerning the adsorption in thin films, with (Pd/ZnO) or without (Au/ZnO) catalytic behaviour. Thus, entropy and other important physicochemical quantities are calculated which reveal the mechanism of adsorption as well as of isomerization-hydrogenation of 1-butene and contribute to the study of heterogeneity of thin film surfaces. The programs used have been written in Fortran. An important achievement is also the determination of the standard deviations of the kinetic constants. PMID:18313683

  3. Oxidation of palladium on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) supports

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    Lallo, J.; Tenney, S. A.; Kramer, A.; Sutter, P.; Batzill, M.

    2014-10-21

    The oxidation of supported Pd-deposits on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) single crystals has been studied by x- ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Oxidation has been carried out ex-situ in a high-pressure cell with subsequent vacuum-transfer and characterization by XPS in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), as well as using in-situ characterization by synchrotron based near-ambient pressure XPS. On Au(111) alloying of Pd with the substrate competes with oxidation and only sufficiently thick Pd films have been found to oxidize. For Pd on ZnO the oxidation conditions depend on the amount of deposited Pd. Thicker Pd deposits behave similar to bulk Pd, while thinner filmsmore » oxidize already at lower temperatures. Interestingly, for very small amounts of Pd, in-situ XPS shows full oxidation at room temperature and at less than 0.6 mbar O₂ pressure. This indicates a lowering of the kinetic barriers for oxidation of very small supported Pd-clusters. The formed oxide is, however, not stable in UHV and a slow reduction is observed. The instability of this oxide indicates that the Pd-oxide formed at the interface to ZnO may have different chemical properties compared to bulk PdO or surface oxides on Pd.« less

  4. Oxidation of palladium on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) supports

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    Lallo, J.; Tenney, S. A.; Kramer, A.; Sutter, P.; Batzill, M.

    2014-10-21

    The oxidation of supported Pd-deposits on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) single crystals has been studied by x- ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Oxidation has been carried out ex-situ in a high-pressure cell with subsequent vacuum-transfer and characterization by XPS in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), as well as using in-situ characterization by synchrotron based near-ambient pressure XPS. On Au(111) alloying of Pd with the substrate competes with oxidation and only sufficiently thick Pd films have been found to oxidize. For Pd on ZnO the oxidation conditions depend on the amount of deposited Pd. Thicker Pd deposits behave similar to bulk Pd, while thinner films oxidize already at lower temperatures. Interestingly, for very small amounts of Pd, in-situ XPS shows full oxidation at room temperature and at less than 0.6 mbar O₂ pressure. This indicates a lowering of the kinetic barriers for oxidation of very small supported Pd-clusters. The formed oxide is, however, not stable in UHV and a slow reduction is observed. The instability of this oxide indicates that the Pd-oxide formed at the interface to ZnO may have different chemical properties compared to bulk PdO or surface oxides on Pd.

  5. Ag/ZnO nanomaterials as high performance sensors for flammable and toxic gases.

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    Simon, Quentin; Barreca, Davide; Gasparotto, Alberto; Maccato, Chiara; Tondello, Eugenio; Sada, Cinzia; Comini, Elisabetta; Devi, Anjana; Fischer, Roland A

    2012-01-20

    Ag/ZnO nanocomposites supported on polycrystalline Al2O3 were synthesized by an unprecedented approach combining plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD) of ZnO matrices and the subsequent deposition of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) by radio frequency (RF) sputtering. The system structure, composition and morphology were investigated by glancing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). A tailored dispersion and distribution of silver particles could be obtained under mild conditions by the sole variation of the sputtering time. Gas sensing properties toward flammable and toxic gases, both reducing (CH3CH2OH, CH3COCH3) and oxidizing (O3), were investigated in the temperature range 100-400 °C. Beside the high sensitivity, the developed sensors exhibited a response proportional to Ag content, thanks to catalytic and electronic effects promoted by silver NPs. In addition, discrimination between oxidizing and reducing analytes was enabled by a suitable choice of the adopted working temperature. PMID:22166305

  6. Relationship between the Porco, Bolivia, Ag-Zn-Pb-Sn deposit and the Porco Caldera

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    Cunningham, C.G.

    1994-01-01

    The Porco Ag-Zn-Pb-Sn deposit, a major Ag producer in the 16th century and currently the major Zn producer in Bolivia, consists of a swarm of fissure-filling veins in the newly recognized Porco caldera. The caldera measures 5 km by 3 km and formed in response to the eruption of the 12 Ma crystal-rich dacitic Porco Tuff. The mineralization is associated with, and is probably genetically related to, the 8.6 Ma Huayna Porco stock. The Porco deposit consists of steeply dipping irregular and curvilinear veins that cut the intracaldera Porco Tuff about 1 km east of the Huayna Porco stock. Most of the veins are aligned along the structural margin (ring fracture) of the caldera. The ore deposit is zoned around the Huayna Porco stock. The primary Ag minerals are most abundant in the upper parts of the viens. Fluid inclusions in sphalerite stalactites have homogenization temperatures of about 225??C and salinities of about 8 wt% NaCl equiv. The stalactites and the presence of sparse vapor-rich inclusions suggest deposition of sphalerite under boiling conditions. -from Authors

  7. Transparent capacitors with hybrid ZnO:Al and Ag nanowires as electrodes.

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    Zhang, Guozhen; Wu, Hao; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ti; Liu, Chang

    2016-03-11

    Transparent conducting films with a composite structure of AlZnO-Ag nanowires (AgNWs) have been prepared by atomic layer deposition. The sheet resistance was reduced from 120 to 9 Ω when the AgNW networks were involved. Transparent capacitors with Al2O3-TiO2-Al2O3 dielectrics were fabricated on the composite electrodes and demonstrated a capacitance density of 10.1 fF μm(-2), which was significantly higher than that of capacitors with AlZnO electrodes (8.8 fF μm(-1)). The capacitance density remained almost unchanged in a broad frequency range from 3 kHz to 1 MHz. Moreover, a low leakage current density of 2.4 × 10(-7) A cm(-2) at 1 V was achieved. Transparent and flexible capacitors were also fabricated using the composite electrodes, and demonstrated an improved bendability. The transparent capacitors showed an average optical transmittance over 70% in the visible range, and thus open the door to practical applications in transparent integrated circuits. PMID:26866788

  8. Geology and mineralogy of the Santo Nino Ag-Pb-Zn vein, Fresnillo District, Mexico

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    Gemmell, J.B.; Zantop, H.; Birnie, R.W.

    1985-01-01

    The Santo Nino Ag-Pb-Zn vein is the major producer of the Fresnillo District, located 750 km NW of Mexico City. It is over 2.4 km long, more than 480 m in vertical extent, more than 2.5 m wide overall, and has average grades of >600 gm/t Ag and <2% combined Pb and Zn. The vein is hosted by a tilted sequence of Cretaceous graywackes, shales and andesitic volcanics and extends upward into a Lower Tertiary conglomerate. Up to 5 separate opening events occurred along the vein, resulting in discontinuous stages of brecciation and crustiform banding. Ore mineral zonation is well developed both vertically and laterally and closely reflects metal and metal ratio distributions. Ore minerals are sphalerite, galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, marcasite, pyrrhotite, acanthite, native silver, and three coexisting solid solution series, pyrargyrite-proustite, polybasite-arsenopolybasite, and tetrahedrite-tennantite in a gangue of quartz, calcite, clay, sericite,and chlorite. A 5-stage paragenetic sequence can be established: 1) pyrite, arsenopyrite, quartz, 2) sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, quartz, 3) tetrahedrite, pyrargyrite, polybasite, quartz, 4) acanthite, native silver, calcite, quartz, and 5) calcite. Preliminary microprobe analyses indicate that the Ag-rich solid solution series are Sb-rich in the central and upper portions of the vein and As-rich at deeper levels.

  9. Au-Ag polymetallic mineralization within tectonically weak zones along the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau

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    Wenrich, K.J.; Silberman, M.L. )

    1993-04-01

    The Music Mountain mining district lies at the base of the Grand Wash Cliffs, a major fault-line scarp along the Grand Wash fault, which marks the SW margin of the Colorado Plateau. Nearly vertical Au-Ag polymetallic quartz veins parallel, and are in contact with, altered diabase and granite porphyry dikes that cut Proterozoic granite, schist, and gneiss. The gold-bearing veins range in thickness from an inch to several feet and contain significant amounts of sulfide minerals. Diabase dikes and quartz veins in the district and to the north consistently strike N42[degree]W to N57[degree]W, which is one of the most prevalent fracture orientation throughout NW Arizona. In the Gold Basin-Lost Basin districts to the north, the Au occurs in such pegmatite-quartz veins that strike NE. Thirty miles east along Diamond Creek, quartz veins and diabase dikes strike N45[degree]E and are associated with Au and Ag anomalies in stream-sediments and panned concentrates. To the west major Au-Ag polymetallic quartz veins of the Wallapai mining district show consistent strikes from N30[degree] to 60[degree]W. K-Ar ages of hydrothermal alterations of 4 NW oriented diabase dikes that have quartz veins along them, range from 935 [+-] 35 to 755 [+-] 21 Ma. Sericite from altered granite porphyry, adjacent to a mineralized vein, gave a K-Ar age of 72 [+-]2 Ma. All geochemical sites (within a 1,000 mi[sup 2] area) determined to be anomalous in Au lie within 2 mi of either the Grand Wash or Hurricane faults. The Hurricane and Grand Wash faults, major Precambrian fault zones that were reactivated in the Phanerozoic, appear to be good exploration targets for Au-rich quartz veins associated with pegmatite or diabase dikes, many of which may be buried beneath the thick alluvium of Hualapai Valley.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Varying Concentrations of Ag-doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Hachlica, Justin; Wadie-Ibrahim, Patrick; Sahiner, M. Alper

    Silver doped ZnO is a promising compound for photovoltaic solar cell use. Doping this compound with varying amounts of silver will theoretically make this type of thin film more efficient by reducing the overall resistance and increasing the voltage and current output. The extent of this promise is being tested experimentally, by analysis of both the electrical and the surface roughness properties of the cells. Ag-doped Zinc Oxide is deposited by method of Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) onto Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) coated Glass. Annealing effects were also observed by varying the temperature at which the annealing occurred after synthesis of the sample. Thickness is confirmed by use of Ellipsometery. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed a ZnO crystal structure on the thin films. The active dopant carrier concentrations were determined using a Hall Effect Measuring System. Finally, the photovoltaic properties of the film are recorded by using a Keithley Source Meter. The structural characterization and electrical results of the effect of Ag doping on ZnO will then be discussed.

  11. [Fatigue properties of dental alloys. 12% Au-Pd-Ag alloy and type III gold alloy].

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    Kato, H

    1989-12-01

    Usually the mechanical properties of dental alloys are determined from the values obtained through static tests of their tensile strength, hardness, etc. Generally, high tensile strength and ductility are preferred. However, when small stresses within proportional limits are applied repeatedly (even though not amounting to destructive forces in static tests), they may cause rupture in the alloy or, at least, cause it to lose its original mechanical properties. This phenomenon is called metal fatigue. It is estimated that the intraoral stress loads received by dental restorations during mastication or during insertion and removal of appliances are repeated more than 3 x 10(5) times/year. From this standpoint, it may be more appropriate to estimate the fracture strength of such dental alloys based on the fatigue properties of the restorative materials used for clasps, bars, and fixed bridges. For this reason, it is necessary to obtain data through fatigue tests on the fatigue strength and the fatigue endurance limits of dental alloys, and it is important to find a correlation between these data and the static data on tensile strengths and ductility obtained by tensile tests. Two alloys are used in these experiments. Both wrought specimens and cast specimens of 12% Au-Pd-Ag and Type III gold alloy were prepared for the fatigue tests. The size of the rectangular wrought specimens was 3 x 4 x 110 mm. The 12% Au-Pd-Ag alloy was heated to 800 degrees C for 15 minutes, quenched, and reheated to 400 degrees C for 20 minutes and quenched again according to the manufacturer's instructions for heat treatment. The Type III gold alloy was heated to 700 degrees C for 10 minutes, quenched, and reheated to 350 degrees C for 20 minutes and quenched again. The cylindrical cast specimens were 60 mm long and 2 mm in diameter. They were invested by conventional methods and cast in a centrifugal casting machine, Thermotrol Model 2500. The four point bending test for the wrought specimen

  12. DNA origami based Au-Ag-core-shell nanoparticle dimers with single-molecule SERS sensitivity

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    Prinz, J.; Heck, C.; Ellerik, L.; Merk, V.; Bald, I.

    2016-03-01

    DNA origami nanostructures are a versatile tool to arrange metal nanostructures and other chemical entities with nanometer precision. In this way gold nanoparticle dimers with defined distance can be constructed, which can be exploited as novel substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We have optimized the size, composition and arrangement of Au/Ag nanoparticles to create intense SERS hot spots, with Raman enhancement up to 1010, which is sufficient to detect single molecules by Raman scattering. This is demonstrated using single dye molecules (TAMRA and Cy3) placed into the center of the nanoparticle dimers. In conjunction with the DNA origami nanostructures novel SERS substrates are created, which can in the future be applied to the SERS analysis of more complex biomolecular targets, whose position and conformation within the SERS hot spot can be precisely controlled.DNA origami nanostructures are a versatile tool to arrange metal nanostructures and other chemical entities with nanometer precision. In this way gold nanoparticle dimers with defined distance can be constructed, which can be exploited as novel substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We have optimized the size, composition and arrangement of Au/Ag nanoparticles to create intense SERS hot spots, with Raman enhancement up to 1010, which is sufficient to detect single molecules by Raman scattering. This is demonstrated using single dye molecules (TAMRA and Cy3) placed into the center of the nanoparticle dimers. In conjunction with the DNA origami nanostructures novel SERS substrates are created, which can in the future be applied to the SERS analysis of more complex biomolecular targets, whose position and conformation within the SERS hot spot can be precisely controlled. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional information about materials and methods, designs of DNA origami templates, height profiles, additional SERS spectra, assignment of DNA

  13. Integrated logic gate for fluorescence turn-on detection of histidine and cysteine based on Ag/Au bimetallic nanoclusters-Cu²⁺ ensemble.

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    Sun, Jian; Yang, Fan; Zhao, Dan; Chen, Chuanxia; Yang, Xiurong

    2015-04-01

    By means of employing 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) as a reducing agent and protecting ligand, we present straightforward one-pot preparation of fluorescent Ag/Au bimetallic nanoclusters (namely AgAuNCs@11-MUA) from AgNO3 and HAuCl4 in alkaline aqueous solution at room temperature. It is found that the fluorescence of AgAuNCs@11-MUA has been selectively quenched by Cu(2+) ions, and the nonfluorescence off-state of the as-prepared AgAuNCs@11-MUA-Cu(2+) ensemble can be effectively switched on upon the addition of histidine and cysteine. By incorporating Ni(2+) ions and N-ethylmaleimide, this phenomenon is further exploited as an integrated logic gate and a specific fluorescence turn-on assay for selectively and sensitively sensing histidine and cysteine has been designed and established based on the original noncovalent AgAuNCs@11-MUA-Cu(2+) ensemble. Under the optimal conditions, histidine and cysteine can be detected in the concentration ranges of 0.25-9 and 0.25-7 μM; besides, the detection limits are found to be 87 and 111 nM (S/N = 3), respectively. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the proposed AgAuNCs@11-MUA-based fluorescent assay can be successfully utilized for biological fluids sample analysis. PMID:25761537

  14. A diffusion-controlled kinetic model for growth of Au-catalyzed ZnO nanorods: Theory and experiment

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    Hejazi, S. R.; Madaah Hosseini, H. R.

    2007-11-01

    A kinetic model for growth of ZnO nanorods via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism based on the bulk diffusion of Zn atoms through the Au-Zn droplet is presented. The dependences of the growth rate on size are given quantitatively. A general expression for the growth rate of nanorods during VLS process is derived. The derived formula shows the dependences of growth rate on lateral size of nanorods, concentration and supersaturation of Zn atoms in the liquid droplet. Based on the presented kinetic model the smaller nanorods have faster growth rate. Au-catalyzed ZnO nanorods are grown by chemical vapor transport and condensation (CVTC) process experimentally. Theoretical and experimental rate/radius curves are compared to each other. Theoretical predictions are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  15. Leaching of Au, Ag, and Pd from waste printed circuit boards of mobile phone by iodide lixiviant after supercritical water pre-treatment

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    Xiu, Fu-Rong; Qi, Yingying; Zhang, Fu-Shen

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • We report a novel process for recovering Au, Ag, and Pd from waste PCBs. • The effect of SCWO on the leaching of Au, Ag, and Pd in waste PCBs was studied. • SCWO was highly efficient for enhancing the leaching of Au, Ag, and Pd. • The optimum leaching parameters for Au, Ag, and Pd in iodine–iodide were studied. - Abstract: Precious metals are the most attractive resources in waste printed circuit boards (PCBs) of mobile phones. In this work, an alternative process for recovering Au, Ag, and Pd from waste PCBs of mobile phones by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) pre-treatment combined with iodine–iodide leaching process was developed. In the process, the waste PCBs of mobile phones were pre-treated in supercritical water, then a diluted hydrochloric acid leaching (HL) process was used to recovery the Cu, whose leaching efficiency was approximately 100%, finally the resulting residue was subjected to the iodine–iodide leaching process for recovering the Au, Ag, and Pd. Experimental results indicated that SCWO pre-treatment temperature, time, and pressure had significant influence on the Au, Ag, and Pd leaching from (SCWO + HL)-treated waste PCBs. The optimal SCWO pre-treatment conditions were 420 °C and 60 min for Au and Pd, and 410 °C and 30 min for Ag. The optimum dissolution parameters for Au, Pd, and Ag in (SCWO + HL)-treated PCBs with iodine–iodide system were leaching time of 120 min (90 min for Ag), iodine/iodide mole ratio of 1:5 (1:6 for Ag), solid-to-liquid ratio (S/L) of 1:10 g/mL (1:8 g/mL for Ag), and pH of 9, respectively. It is believed that the process developed in this study is environment friendly for the recovery of Au, Ag, and Pd from waste PCBs of mobile phones by SCWO pre-treatment combined with iodine–iodide leaching process.

  16. Hafnium dioxide as a passivating layer and diffusive barrier in ZnO/Ag Schottky junctions obtained by atomic layer deposition

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    Krajewski, Tomasz A.; Luka, Grzegorz; Gieraltowska, Sylwia; Zakrzewski, Adam J.; Smertenko, Petro S.; Kruszewski, Piotr; Wachnicki, Lukasz; Witkowski, Bartlomiej S.; Lusakowska, Elzbieta; Jakiela, Rafal; Godlewski, Marek; Guziewicz, Elzbieta

    2011-06-01

    This paper reports on ZnO/Ag Schottky junctions obtained by the low temperature atomic layer deposition process. Introducing the thin (from 1.25 to 7.5 nm) layer of hafnium dioxide between the ZnO layer and evaporated Ag Schottky contact improves the rectification ratio to about 105 at 2V. For the ZnO/Ag junctions without the HfO2 interlayer, the rectification ratio is only 102. We assign this effect to the passivation of ZnO surface accumulation layer that is reported for ZnO thin films.

  17. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds.

    PubMed

    Keast, V J; Barnett, R L; Cortie, M B

    2014-07-30

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications. PMID:25001413

  18. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds

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    Keast, V. J.; Barnett, R. L.; Cortie, M. B.

    2014-07-01

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nano Cdo/NiO, nano Ag/ZnO composites & Ag/Zno embedded polymer nanocomposites

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    Godasu, Rahul

    Nanoparticles are finest structures whose size composition is within nanometer range. Thus nanoparticles are a collection of atoms bonded together with structural radius less than 100 nm. Nanocomposites are multiphase solid materials where one of the phases has one, two or three dimensions of less than 100 mn. Nano composites are prepared to improve mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical, electrochemical, catalytic properties from its parent materials. For instance, blend of nanoparticles with a polymer are called polymer nanocomposites. Nanostructured composites like Cadmium oxide/Nickel oxide (CdO/NiO) and silver/zinc oxide (Ag/ZnO) were prepared. Characterization of these prepared nanocomposites were carried out using X-ray powder diffraction, Differential scanning calorimetry, Scanning electron microscopy and the average sizes were determined using zeta sizer. Results obtained using characterization methods were in agreement stating that we were successful in synthesizing composites. The prepared Ag/ZnO nano composite was embedded in PCL polymer and we made films of PCL embedded with nano composite. The SEM image of the 5% Ag/ZnO embedded film clearly shows two regions, which indicates that Ag/ZnO nano composite was successfully embedded into the polymer using a non insitu method. SEM results also showed that the Zinc Oxide nano particles were successfully embedded into the polymer .

  20. Influence of reactive sulfide (AVS) and supplementary food on Ag, Cd and Zn bioaccumulation in the marine polychaete Neanthes arenaceodentata

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    Lee, J.-S.; Lee, B.-G.; Yoo, H.; Koh, C.-H.; Luoma, S.N.

    2001-01-01

    A laboratory bioassay determined the relative contribution of various pathways of Ag, Cd and Zn bioaccumulation in the marine polychaete Neanthes arenaceodentata exposed to moderately contaminated sediments. Juvenile worms were exposed for 25 d to experimental sediments containing 5 different reactive sulfide (acid volatile sulfides, AVS) concentrations (1 to 30 ??mol g-1), but with constant Ag, Cd, and Zn concentrations of 0.1, 0.1 and 7 ??mol g-1, respectively. The sediments were supplemented with contaminated food (TetraMin??) containing 3 levels of Ag-Cd-Zn (uncontaminated, 1?? or 5??1 metal concentrations in the contaminated sediment). The results suggest that bioaccumulation of Ag, Cd and Zn in the worms occurred predominantly from ingestion of contaminated sediments and contaminated supplementary food. AVS or dissolved metals (in porewater and overlying water) had a minor effect on bioaccumulation of the 3 metals in most of the treatments. The contribution to uptake from the dissolved source was most important in the most oxic sediments, with maximum contributions of 8% for Ag, 30% for Cd and 20% for Zn bioaccumulation. Sediment bioassays where uncontaminated supplemental food is added could seriously underestimate metal exposures in an equilibrated system; N. arenaceodentata feeding on uncontaminated food would be exposed to 40-60% less metal than if the food source was equilibrated (as occurs in nature). Overall, the results show that pathways of metal exposure are dynamically linked in contaminated sediments and shift as external geochemical characteristics and internal biological attributes vary.

  1. The influence of Au film thickness and annealing conditions on the VLS-assisted growth of ZnO nanostructures

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    Govatsi, K.; Chrissanthopoulos, A.; Dracopoulos, V.; Yannopoulos, S. N.

    2014-05-01

    High temperature evaporation methods, such as the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism, have been exploited for the controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures on various substrates. While Au is the most frequently used catalyst for growing ZnO nanowires, its morphological features on the substrate, which determine the size and shape of the nanostructures grown, have not yet been methodically explored. In the current work, we investigated the details of the thermal dewetting of Au films into nanoparticles on Si substrates. Au films of various thicknesses ranging from 2 to 15 nm were annealed under slow and fast rates at various temperatures and the morphological details of the nanoparticles formed were investigated. The dependence of the mean particle size on the nominal film thickness is in fair agreement with theoretical predictions. The vapor-liquid-solid method was employed to investigate the role of the Au nanoparticles on the growth details of ZnO nanowires. The efficient and high throughput growth of ZnO nanowires, for a given growth time, is realized in cases of thin Au films, i.e. when the thickness is lower than 10 nm. Based on these experimental findings, a two-step mechanism is proposed to account for the growth of ZnO nanorods ending in ultrathin (˜30 nm), micron-long tips.

  2. Surface plasmon dispersion engineering via double-metallic AU/AG layers for nitride light-emitting diodes

    DOEpatents

    Tansu, Nelson; Zhao, Hongping; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Guangyu

    2014-04-01

    A double-metallic deposition process is used whereby adjacent layers of different metals are deposited on a substrate. The surface plasmon frequency of a base layer of a first metal is tuned by the surface plasmon frequency of a second layer of a second metal formed thereon. The amount of tuning is dependent upon the thickness of the metallic layers, and thus tuning can be achieved by varying the thicknesses of one or both of the metallic layers. In a preferred embodiment directed to enhanced LED technology in the green spectrum regime, a double-metallic Au/Ag layer comprising a base layer of gold (Au) followed by a second layer of silver (Ag) formed thereon is deposited on top of InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) on a sapphire/GaN substrate.

  3. Sensitive electrochemical detection of copper ions based on the copper(II) ion assisted etching of Au@Ag nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Wu, Tianxiang; Xu, Teng; Ma, Zhanfang

    2015-12-01

    A new sensitive electrochemical sensor for the detection of copper ions based on the copper ion assisted etching of Au@Ag nanoparticles was developed in this work. Since copper ions could greatly catalyze the etching process of the silver shell of Au@Ag nanoparticles in the presence of thiosulfate solutions, leading to an obvious decrease of the linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) signals of silver, the concentration of the copper ions, therefore, can be measured. Under the optimized conditions, the electrochemical sensor exhibited excellent sensitivity and selectivity for Cu(2+), with wide linear ranges of 1 nM to 100 μM, and the detection limit of 0.3 nM. In addition, this method was successfully applied for the analysis of Cu(2+) in river water and exhibited good analytical performance. PMID:26501137

  4. Broadband light absorption enhancement in dye-sensitized solar cells with Au-Ag alloy popcorn nanoparticles

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    Xu, Qi; Liu, Fang; Liu, Yuxiang; Cui, Kaiyu; Feng, Xue; Zhang, Wei; Huang, Yidong

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, we present an investigation on the use of Au-Ag alloy popcorn-shaped nanoparticles (NPs) to realise the broadband optical absorption enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Both simulation and experimental results indicate that compared with regular plasmonic NPs, such as nano-spheres, irregular popcorn-shaped alloy NPs exhibit absorption enhancement over a broad wavelength range due to the excitation of localized surface plasmons (LSPs) at different wavelengths. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSCs is enhanced by 16% from 5.26% to 6.09% by incorporating 2.38 wt% Au-Ag alloy popcorn NPs. Moreover, by adding a scattering layer on the exterior of the counter electrode, the popcorn NPs demonstrate an even stronger ability to increase the PCE by 32% from 5.94% to 7.85%, which results from the more efficient excitation of the LSP mode on the popcorn NPs.

  5. Optical properties of complex defects created by Ag diffusion in ZnTe

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    Monemar, B.; Holtz, P. O.; Gislason, H. P.; Magnea, N.; Uihlein, Ch.; Liu, P. L.

    1985-09-01

    Several complex defects in ZnTe created by Ag diffusion at a rather high doping level are studied by optical spectroscopy. In addition to the usual substitutional AgZn acceptor bound exciton (BE) at 2.3737 eV, a new prominent BE, S1, with a lowest energy of 2.3149 eV appears. This transition has a strong phonon coupling and corresponds to a neutral isoelectronic defect. Two electronic states at zero field are revealed by transmission data; a doublet at the lowest state (2.3149 eV) and a singlet at slightly higher energy (2.3155 eV). The electronic properties of the S1 BE are revealed by optical data, including the magneto-optical Zeeman spectra. The electronic structure can be understood as a consequence of a strong compressional axial local crystal field in combination with an electron-hole exchange interaction. It is further concluded that both carriers are bound to the complex defect by an attractive central-cell potential. The identity of the S1 defect as a pair of substitutional AgZn and interstitial Agi in the <111> direction is consistent with the trigonal symmetry observed in magneto-optical data. In addition to the S1 defect, several acceptorlike complex defects are created, of which S2 is a BE with its lowest electronic line at 2.3486 eV, and S3 similarly at 2.365 eV. These BE excitations give rise to several electronic levels both in the ground state (the acceptor hole) and in the excited state (the BE state). The complicated electronic structure can be explained by a combination of a low-symmetry crystal field and an exchange interaction. An identification of the defects S2 and S3 as composed of three atoms is suggested.

  6. Long life, low cost, rechargeable AgZn battery for non-military applications

    SciTech Connect

    Brown, C.C.

    1996-03-01

    Of the rechargeable (secondary) battery systems with mature technology, the silver oxide-zinc system (AgZn) safely offers the highest power and energy (watts and watt hours) per unit of volume and mass. As a result they have long been used for aerospace and defense applications where they have also proven their high reliability. In the past, the expense associated with the cost of silver and the resulting low production volume have limited their commercial application. However, the relative low cost of silver now make this system feasible in many applications where high energy and reliability are required. One area of commercial potential is power for a new generation of sophisticated, portable medical equipment. AgZn batteries have recently proven {open_quote}{open_quote}enabling technology{close_quote}{close_quote} for power critical, advanced medical devices. By extending the cycle calendar life to the system (offers both improved performance and lower operating cost), a combination is achieved which may enable a wide range of future electrical devices. Other areas where AgZn batteries have been used in nonmilitary applications to provide power to aid in the development of commercial equipment have been: (a) Electrically powered vehicles; (b) Remote sensing in nuclear facilities; (c) Special effects equipment for movies; (d) Remote sensing in petroleum pipe lines; (e) Portable computers; (f) Fly by wire systems for commercial aircraft; and (g) Robotics. However none of these applications have progressed to the level where the volume required will significantly lower cost. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Ultraviolet electroluminescence from Au-ZnO nanowire Schottky type light-emitting diodes

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    Gao, Fan; Zhang, Dakuan; Wang, Jianyu; Sun, Huabin; Yin, Yao; Sheng, Yun; Yan, Shancheng; Yan, Bo; Sui, Chenghua; Zheng, Youdou; Shi, Yi; Liu, Jianlin

    2016-06-01

    Ultraviolet electroluminescence from Schottky type LED device is demonstrated. The device prototype is based on Schottky junctions formed between Au and the top ends of ZnO nanowire arrays. Rectifying current-voltage characteristics are observed, and three different charge transport mechanisms are discussed in detail. Excitonic electroluminescence at around 380 nm is detected at high forward bias and the linear relationship between intensity and current suggests a LED device performance. The observation of LED signals from the simple Schottky structure provides a potential supplement to the category of ultraviolet LED devices.

  8. [Preparation of MgxZn1-xO/Au/MgxZn1-xO multilayer transparent conductive film and studies of its photoelectric properties].

    PubMed

    Lü, Shan-Shan; Fang, Xuan; Wang, Jia-Qi; Fang, Fang; Zhao, Hai-Feng; Chu, Xue-Ying; Li, Jin-Hua; Fang, Dan; Tang, Ji-Long; Wei, Zhi-Peng; Ma, Xiao-hui; Wang, Xiao-Hua; Pu, Shuang-Shuang; Xu, Li

    2014-09-01

    In the present paper, MgxZn1-xO and MgxZn1-xO/Au/MgxZn1-xO multilayer structures of transparent conductive film were prepared by the simple operation of sol-gel and RF magnetron sputtering method on quartz substrate respectively and then they were annealed. The surface, electrical, crystal and optical properties of the films at different annealing temperature were determined by UV-Vis spectrophotometer, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and Hall effect, respectively. The influence of annealing temperature on the films was also investigated. The testing results indicated that the films with good c-axis orientation presented hexagonal wurtzite structure. With increasing Mg components, the optical band gap of ZnO thin film increased gradually. There was an obvious blue shift phenomenon in PL spectrum and absorption spectrum line. But the electrical properties of the films declined. In MgxZn1-xO/Au/MgxZn1-xO multilayer structure of thin film samples, the existence of Au interlining led to the poor optical properties of thin film, and the light transmittance in the ultraviolet region was 60%. Compared with MgxZn1-xO film, the electrical properties of MgxZn1-xO/Au/MgxZn1-xO multilayer structure of transparent conductive film were improved, the resistivity and migration rate were significantly increased. In addition, high temperature annealing treatment could effectively improve the crystal quality of thin film and further improve the electrical characteristics of the samples. After the annealing treatment at 500 °C, migration rate of the film reached to 40.9 cm2 · 1 Vs(-1) while the resistivity was 0.0057 Ω · cm. Due to the rising of temperature, the crystal size increased from 25.1 to 32.4 nm to reduce the mobility of the film. Therefore, MgxZn1-xO/Au/MgxZn1-xO multilayer structure of transparent conductive film played an important role in promoting the ZnO transparent conductive film application in deep ultraviolet devices. PMID:25532325

  9. Scanning surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of chemical agent simulants on templated Au-Ag nanowire substrates

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    Hoffmann, J. A.; Miragliotta, J. A.; Wang, J.; Tyagi, P.; Maddanimath, T.; Gracias, D. H.; Papadakis, S. J.

    2009-05-01

    We report the results of scanning micro-Raman spectroscopy obtained on Au-Ag nanowires for a variety of chemical warfare agent simulants. Rough silver segments embedded in gold nanowires showed enhancement of 105 - 107 and allowed unique identification of 3 of 4 chemical agent simulants tested. These results suggest a promising method for detection of compounds significant for security applications, leading to sensors that are compact and selective.

  10. Enzymatic plasmonic engineering of Ag/Au bimetallic nanoshells and their use for sensitive optical glucose sensing.

    PubMed

    He, Haili; Xu, Xiaolong; Wu, Haoxi; Jin, Yongdong

    2012-04-01

    Enzyme works for plasmonic nanostructure: an interesting enzyme-responsive hybrid Ag/Au-GOx bimetallic nanoshell (NS) system is reported, in which control over the enzyme reaction of glucose oxidase (GOx) can automatically fine-tune the morphology (from complete NS to porous NS) and optical properties of the hybrid nanostructure. The phenomenon is further exploited as a new platform for sensitive optical glucose sensing. PMID:22388952

  11. Generation of Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Using Hybrid Au-Ag Nanoparticle Arrays as a Sensor of Polychlorinated Biphenyls Detection.

    PubMed

    Liu, Jing; Cai, Haoyuan; Chen, Chaoyang; Yang, Guangsong; Yang, Cheng-Fu

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the hybrid Au-Ag hexagonal lattice of triangular and square lattice of quadrate periodic nanoparticle arrays (PNAs) were designed to investigate their extinction spectra of the localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs). First, their simulating extinction spectra were calculated by discrete dipole approximation (DDA) numerical method by changing the media refractive index. Simulation results showed that as the media refractive index was changed from 1.0 to 1.2, the maximum peak intensity of LSPRs spectra had no apparent change and the wavelength to reveal the maximum peak intensity of LSPRs spectra was shifted lower value. Polystyrene (PS) nanospheres with two differently arranged structures were used as the templates to deposit the hybrid Au-Ag hexagonal lattice of triangular and square lattice of quadrate periodic PNAs by evaporation method. The hybrid Au-Ag hexagonal lattice of triangular and square lattice of quadrate PNAs were grown on single crystal silicon (c-Si) substrates, and their measured extinction spectra were compared with the calculated results. Finally, the fabricated hexagonal lattices of triangular PNAs were investigated as a sensor of polychlorinated biphenyl solution (PCB-77) by observing the wavelength to reveal the maximum extinction efficiency (λmax). We show that the adhesion of β-cyclodextrins (SH-β-CD) on the hybrid Au-Ag hexagonal lattice of triangular PNAs could be used to increase the variation of λmax. We also demonstrate that the adhesion of SH-β-CD increases the sensitivity and detection effect of PCB-77 in hexagonal lattice of triangular PNAs. PMID:27527188

  12. Dihydrogen bond interactions as a result of H2 cleavage at Cu, Ag and Au centres.

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    Grabowski, Sławomir J; Ruipérez, Fernando

    2016-05-14

    A quantum chemical study of H2 activation at fluorides of coinage metals, MF (M = Cu, Ag and Au), and its splitting was performed. The following reaction path was analyzed: FMH2→ FHHM → HMFH, where both the molecular complexes and the corresponding transition states have been characterized at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ//MP2/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory. Further single-point CASSCF/CASPT2 calculations, including spin-orbit coupling effects, were also performed to analyze the role of non-dynamic correlation. The scalar relativistic effects are included via aug-cc-pVQZ-PP basis sets used for the metals. The dihydrogen-bonded copper (FHHCu) and silver (FHHAg) complexes are observed as a result of H2 cleavage, while the corresponding FHHAu gold complex is not found but the HAuHF arrangement is observed, instead. The energetic and geometrical parameters of the complexes have been analyzed and both the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules approach and the Natural Bond Orbitals method were additionally applied to analyze the intermolecular interactions. PMID:27101741

  13. Electronic structure and conductivity of nanocomposite metal (Au,Ag,Cu,Mo)-containing amorphous carbon films

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    Endrino, Jose L.; Horwat, David; Gago, Raul; Andersson, Joakim; Liu, Y.S.; Guo, Jinghua; Anders, Andre

    2008-05-14

    In this work, we study the influence of the incorporation of different metals (Me = Au, Ag, Cu, Mo) on the electronic structure of amorphous carbon (a-C:Me) films. The films were produced at room temperature using a novel pulsed dual-cathode arc deposition technique. Compositional analysis was performed with secondary neutral mass spectroscopy whereas X-ray diffraction was used to identify the formation of metal nanoclusters in the carbon matrix. The metal content incorporated in the nanocomposite films induces a drastic increase in the conductivity, in parallel with a decrease in the band gap corrected from Urbach energy. The electronic structure as a function of the Me content has been monitored by x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) at the C K-edge. XANES showed that the C host matrix has a dominant graphitic character and that it is not affected significantly by the incorporation of metal impurities, except for the case of Mo, where the modifications in the lineshape spectra indicated the formation of a carbide phase. Subtle modifications of the spectral lineshape are discussed in terms of nanocomposite formation.

  14. Formation of recent Pb-Ag-Au mineralization by potential sub-surface microbial activity

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    Tornos, Fernando; Velasco, Francisco; Menor-Salván, César; Delgado, Antonio; Slack, John F.; Escobar, Juan Manuel

    2014-08-01

    Las Cruces is a base-metal deposit in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, one of the world’s best-known ore provinces. Here we report the occurrence of major Pb-Ag-Au mineralization resulting from recent sub-surface replacement of supergene oxyhydroxides by carbonate and sulphide minerals. This is probably the largest documented occurrence of recent microbial activity producing an ore assemblage previously unknown in supergene mineralizing environments. The presence of microbial features in the sulphides suggests that these may be the first-described natural bacteriomorphs of galena. The low δ13C values of the carbonate minerals indicate formation by deep anaerobic microbial processes. Sulphur isotope values of sulphides are interpreted here as reflecting microbial reduction in a system impoverished in sulphate. We suggest that biogenic activity has produced around 3.1 × 109 moles of reduced sulphur and 1010 moles of CO2, promoting the formation of ca. 1.19 Mt of carbonates, 114,000 t of galena, 638 t of silver sulphides and 6.5 t of gold.

  15. Formation of recent Pb-Ag-Au mineralization by potential sub-surface microbial activity.

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    Tornos, Fernando; Velasco, Francisco; Menor-Salván, César; Delgado, Antonio; Slack, John F; Escobar, Juan Manuel

    2014-01-01

    Las Cruces is a base-metal deposit in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, one of the world's best-known ore provinces. Here we report the occurrence of major Pb-Ag-Au mineralization resulting from recent sub-surface replacement of supergene oxyhydroxides by carbonate and sulphide minerals. This is probably the largest documented occurrence of recent microbial activity producing an ore assemblage previously unknown in supergene mineralizing environments. The presence of microbial features in the sulphides suggests that these may be the first-described natural bacteriomorphs of galena. The low δ(13)C values of the carbonate minerals indicate formation by deep anaerobic microbial processes. Sulphur isotope values of sulphides are interpreted here as reflecting microbial reduction in a system impoverished in sulphate. We suggest that biogenic activity has produced around 3.1 × 10(9) moles of reduced sulphur and 10(10) moles of CO2, promoting the formation of ca. 1.19 Mt of carbonates, 114,000 t of galena, 638 t of silver sulphides and 6.5 t of gold. PMID:25098677

  16. Atmospheric-Pressure Processed Silver Nanowire (Ag-NW)/ZnO Composite Transparent Conducting Contacts

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    Perkins, John D.; Aggarwal, Shruti; van Hest, Maikel F. A. M.; Ginley, David S.

    2015-06-14

    Composite transparent contacts (TCs) based on metal nanowires and metal oxide matrix materials hold great promise for high performance transparent contacts for photovoltaics and opto-electronic technologies with the potential of all-atmospheric pressure processing. The metal nanowire mesh can provide both electrical conductivity and mechanical robustness against bending while the matrix material can both control the electrical interface and protect the metal nanowires. Here, we demonstrate all atmospheric pressure processed Ag-NW/ZnO composite TCs that are 90% transparent in the visible with sheet resistance Rs ~= 10 Ohms/sq. In addition, the composite TCs have higher infrared transmission than conventional TCO films with the same sheet resistance.

  17. Effect of incorporated PVP/Ag nanoparticles on ZnPc/C60 organic solar cells.

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    Heo, Ilsu; Kim, Jinhyun; Yim, Sanggyu

    2013-06-01

    Various sizes of PVP-capped Ag nanoparticles were incorporated in the PEDOT:PSS layer of ZnPc/C60-based small-molecule organic solar cells. The incorporated nanoparticles partially block the incident light, but this was offset by the scattering effect and consequent increase in path lengths through the active organic layers. As a result, the overall power conversion efficiency of the cell increased by approximately 15% when nanoparticles with an average diameter of 24 nm were used. PMID:23862493

  18. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence properties of quaternary ZnAgInS quantum dots.

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    Zhou, Ping; Zhang, Xiaosong; Liu, Xiaojuan; Xu, Jianping; Li, Lan

    2016-08-22

    A series of ZnAgInS (ZAIS) quantum dots were synthesized and their optical properties were tuned by adjusting the reaction times from 5 to 30 min. The emission spectra were observed ranging from 619 to 667 nm. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence properties of ZAIS QDs were investigated from 10 K to 300 K that show a blue shift of spectra line with increasing intensity as well as broadening of spectral line owing to the coupling of the carrier to acoustic phonon. We have also discussed and investigated the internal luminescence mechanism of ZAIS QDs. PMID:27557228

  19. Highly porous ZnS microspheres for superior photoactivity after Au and Pt deposition and thermal treatment

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    Singla, Shilpa; Pal, Bonamali

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Highly porous ZnS microsphere of size 2–5 μm having large surface area ca. 173.14 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} exhibits superior photocatalytic activity for the oxidation of 4-nitrophenol under UV light irradiation. The rate of photooxidation has been significantly improved by Au and Pt deposition and after sintering, respectively, due to rapid electron acceptance by metal from photoexcited ZnS and growth of crystalline ZnS phase. - Highlights: • Photoactive ZnS microsphere of size 2–5 μm was prepared by hydrothermal route. • Highly porous cubic spherical ZnS crystals possess a large surface area, 173 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. • 1 wt% Au and Pt photodeposition highly quenched the photoluminescence at 437 nm. • Sintering and metal loading notably improve the photooxidation rate of 4-nitrophenol. • Pt co-catalyst always exhibits superior photoactivity of ZnS microsphere than Au. - Abstract: This work highlights the enhanced photocatalytic activity of porous ZnS microspheres after Au and Pt deposition and heat treatment at 500 °C for 2 h. Microporous ZnS particles of size 2–5 μm with large surface area 173.14 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} and pore volume 0.0212 cm{sup 3} g{sup −1} were prepared by refluxing under an alkaline medium. Photoluminescence of ZnS at 437 nm attributed to sulfur or zinc vacancies were quenched to 30% and 49%, respectively, after 1 wt% Au and Pt loading. SEM images revealed that each ZnS microparticle consist of several smaller ZnS spheres of size 2.13 nm as calculated by Scherrer's equation. The rate of photooxidation of 4-nitrophenol (10 μM) under UV (125 W Hg arc–10.4 mW/cm{sup 2}) irradiation has been significantly improved by Au and Pt deposition followed by sintering due to better electron capturing capacity of deposited metals and growth of crystalline ZnS phase with less surface defects.

  20. Gold network structures in rhombohedral and monoclinic Sr2Au6(Au,T)3 (T = Zn, Ga). A transition via relaxation.

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    Mishra, Trinath; Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2013-12-01

    Quantitative syntheses, structure determinations and interpretations, and band calculations are reported for the nonstoichiometric rhombohedral (R3c) and monoclinic (C2/c) Sr2Au6(Au(3-x)T(x)) (T = Zn, Ga) compounds. Several different compositions of the two Sr phases were similarly refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data as R3c: a ≈ 8.43 Å, c ≈ 21.85 Å, Z = 6 and C2/c: a ≈ 14.70 Å, b ≈ 8.47 Å, c ≈ 8.70 Å, β ≈ 123.2°, Z = 4. The R3c Zn phase is stable in the composition region x ∼ 2.5-2.9 whereas its C2/c neighbor is the major product at x ∼ 2.2-2.3. Gallium versions of both were also identified. Both R3c and C2/c structural types contain hexagonal-diamond-like gold superlattices stuffed with strings of interstitial Sr and disordered triangular (Au,T)3 units. The latter space group is a maximal, nonisomorphic subgroup of the former, and the decrease in interstitial radius from Ba to Sr (∼0.08 Å experimentally) evidently drives the symmetry reduction, relaxation, and small distortions, principally around the Sr sites. Au-Au bonding among the Au hexagons in the host lattices and with gold components in the triangular interstitials is dominant and reflected in their tight packing and short interatomic separations. PMID:24215108

  1. The enhancing of Au-Ag-Te content in tellurium-bearing ore mineral by bio-oxidation-leaching

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    Kim, PyeongMan; Kim, HyunSoo; Myung, EunJi; Kim, YoonJung; Lee, YongBum; Park*, CheonYoung

    2015-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to enhance the content of valuable metals such as Au-Ag-Te in tellurium-bearing minerals by bio-oxidation-leaching. It was confirmed that pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite and galena were produced together with tellurium-bearing minerals including hessite, sylvanite and tellurobismuthite from ore minerals and concentrates through microscopic observation and SEM/EDS analysis. In a bio-oxidation-leaching experiment, with regard to Au, Ag, Te, Cu and Fe, the changes in the amount of leaching and the content of leaching residues were compared and analyzed with each other depending on the adaptation of an indigenous microbe identified as Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. As a result of the experiment, the Au-Ag-Te content in tellurium-bearing ore mineral was enhanced in the order of physical oxidation leaching, physical/non-adaptive bio-oxidation-leaching and physical/adaptive biological leaching. It suggests that the bio-oxidation-leaching using microbes adapted in tellurium-bearing ore mineral can be used as a pre-treatment and a main process in a recovery process of valuable metals. "This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education(NRF-2013R1A1A2004898)"

  2. Cylindrical posts of Ag/SiO₂/Au multi-segment layer patterns for highly efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Kim, Kyoung Hwan; Baek, Youn-Kyoung; Jeon, Hwan-Jin; Srinivasarao, Mohan; Jung, Hee-Tae

    2012-08-10

    We fabricated a regular array of Ag/SiO₂/Au multi-segment cylindrical nanopatterns to create a highly efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) active substrate using an advanced soft-nanoimprint lithographic technique. The SERS spectra results for Rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules on the Ag/SiO₂/Au multi-segment nanopatterns show that the highly ordered patterns and interlayer thickness are responsible for enhancing the sensitivity and reproducibility, respectively, The multi-segment nanopattern with a silica interlayer generates significant SERS enhancement (~EF = 1.2 x 10⁶) as compared to that of the bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanopatterns without a dielectric gap (~EF = 1.0 x 10⁴). Further precise control of the interlayer distances between the two metals plays an essential role in enhancing SERS performance for detecting low concentrations of analytes such as fluorescent (Rhodamine 6G) and DNA molecules. Therefore, the highly ordered multi-segment patterns provide great sensitivity and reproducibility of SERS based detection, resulting in a high performance of the SERS substrate. PMID:22802161

  3. Tunable Catalysis of Water to Peroxide with Anionic, Cationic, and Neutral Atomic Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, and Os

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    Suggs, K.; Kiros, F.; Tesfamichael, A.; Felfli, Z.; Msezane, A. Z.

    2015-05-01

    Fundamental anionic, cationic, and neutral atomic metal predictions utilizing density functional theory calculations validate the recent discovery identifying the interplay between Regge resonances and Ramsauer-Townsend minima obtained through complex angular momentum analysis as the fundamental atomic mechanism underlying nanoscale catalysis. Here we investigate the optimization of the catalytic behavior of Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, and Os atomic systems via polarization effects and conclude that anionic atomic systems are optimal and therefore ideal for catalyzing the oxidation of water to peroxide, with anionic Os being the best candidate. The discovery that cationic systems increase the transition energy barrier in the synthesis of peroxide could be important as inhibitors in controlling and regulating catalysis. These findings usher in a fundamental and comprehensive atomic theoretical framework for the generation of tunable catalytic systems. The ultimate aim is to design giant atomic catalysts and sensors, in the context of the recently synthesized tri-metal Ag@Au@Pt and bimetal Ag@Au nanoparticles for greatly enhanced plasmonic properties and improved chemical stability for chemical and biological sensing. Research was supported by U.S. DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  4. DNA biosensor-based on fluorescence detection of E. coli O157:H7 by Au@Ag nanorods.

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    Sun, Jiadi; Ji, Jian; Sun, Yanqing; Abdalhai, Mandour H; Zhang, Yinzhi; Sun, Xiulan

    2015-08-15

    A novel DNA sensor for the detection of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) eaeA gene was constructed using surface enhanced fluorescence (SEF). The spacing distance dependence nature of Au@Ag nanorods surface enhanced fluorescence was investigated when the cy3-labled single strand DNA(ssDNA) and the stem-loop DNA probe modified on the nanorods was co-hybridized. The result revealed that the fluorescence intensity reached the maximum value with the spacing distance of about 10nm between cy3 and the Au@Ag nanorods surface. Based on this result, a fluorescence "ON/OFF" switch for detecting the eaeA gene of E. coli O157:H7 was constructed. Under optimal conditions, the DNA sensor produced a linear range from 10(-17) to 10(-11) M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9947 and a detection limit of 3.33×10(-18) M, and was also found to be specific in targeting eaeA. The DNA sensor demonstrated a new strategy of combining eaeA recognition and Au@Ag nanorods for fluorescence signal enhancement, and increased sensitivity in the detection of bacterial specific genes. PMID:25829221

  5. Probing the mechanism of plasma protein adsorption on Au and Ag nanoparticles with FT-IR spectroscopy

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    Wang, Mengmeng; Fu, Cuiping; Liu, Xingang; Lin, Zhipeng; Yang, Ning; Yu, Shaoning

    2015-09-01

    Protein-nanoparticle interactions are important in biomedical applications of nanoparticles and for growing biosafety concerns about nanomaterials. In this study, the interactions of four plasma proteins, human serum albumin (HSA), myoglobin (MB), hemoglobin (HB), and trypsin (TRP), with Au and Ag nanoparticles were investigated by FT-IR spectroscopy. The secondary structure of thio-proteins changed with time during incubation with Au and Ag nanoparticles, but the secondary structures of non-thio-proteins remained unchanged. The incubation time for structural changes depended on the sulfur-metal bond energy; the stronger the sulfur-metal energy, the less the time needed. H/D exchange experiments revealed that protein-NP complexes with thio-proteins were less dynamic than free proteins. No measurable dynamic differences were found between free non-thio-proteins and the protein-Au (or Ag) nanoparticle complex. Therefore, the impact of covalent bonds on the protein structure is greater than that of the electrostatic force.

  6. Surface Plasmons and Optical Properties of TiO2/X(X = Au and Ag) Nanostructure Thin Films

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    Zolanvari, A.; Sadeghi, H.; Norouzi, R.; Ranjgar, A.

    2013-09-01

    TiO2/X(X = Au and Ag) nanolayers are fabricated by depositing TiO2 films using rf magnetron sputtering on thin quartz substrates embedded with Au and Ag nanoparticles. Enhancement of light absorption of the nanostructural layers is observed. These plasmonic and non-plasmonic materials are ordered in geometric arrangements with dimensions that are fractions of the wavelength of light. The light absorption enhancement of synthesized structure in comparison to TiO2 is originated from near-field enhancement caused by the plasmonic effect of metallic nanoparticles, which can be demonstrated by the optical absorption spectra. We show that plasmon modes can exist for the infrared region of the optical spectrum. Also, we analyze the optical properties of the metal-insulator films, in order to clarify the role of metal inclusions in the TiO2 dielectric matrix. Optical band gaps of the nanolayer films are calculated by using Tauc's relation, and the n values of optical band gaps with the variation composition are found from 1.80 to 3.69 eV. Band gap narrowing and absorption in the visible spectral region induced by the incorporation of TiO2/X(X=Au and Ag) nanolayers enable the design of nanostructured thin films to be achieved for photocatalysts and solar energy converters.

  7. Particle size dependence of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties of densely arranged two-dimensional assemblies of Au(core)-Ag(shell) nanospheres.

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    Sugawa, Kosuke; Akiyama, Tsuyoshi; Tanoue, Yoshimasa; Harumoto, Takashi; Yanagida, Sayaka; Yasumori, Atsuo; Tomita, Shohei; Otsuki, Joe

    2015-09-01

    We investigated the dependence of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of densely arranged two-dimensional assemblies of spherical Au(core)-Ag(shell) nanoparticles (Au/AgNSs) on the nanoparticle diameter. The size-controlled Au/AgNSs were synthesized using the Au nanosphere seed-mediated growth method without any bulky stabilizers. The diameters of the Au/AgNSs were 38, 53, and 90 nm and the ratio of the total diameter to the Au core diameter was adjusted to ca. 2.0. Extinction spectra of the colloidal solutions of these nanoparticles exhibited the prominent peak of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag and therefore the Au/AgNSs exhibited LSPR properties almost the same as Ag nanospheres. It was confirmed from SEM observation that the organic solvent-mediated liquid-liquid interface assembly technique easily generated densely arranged two-dimensional assemblies of the nanospheres. The extinction spectra of all the assemblies exhibited a prominent broad peak ranging from 500 nm to the near-infrared region, which is assigned to the longitudinal LSPR mode of the coupling nanospheres. The extinction intensity increased with increasing nanosphere diameter. The SERS activities of these assemblies were investigated using p-aminothiophenol as a probe molecule. The result revealed that the enhancement factor (EF) of the Raman signal dramatically increased upon increasing the particle diameter. The maximum EF obtained with a laser excitation wavelength of 785 nm was 1.90 × 10(6) for a nanosphere diameter of 90 nm. This renders the two-dimensional assemblies of the plasmonic Au/AgNSs promising for the development of highly sensitive SERS sensor platforms due to their strong electromagnetic effect. PMID:25558009

  8. Incorporation-limited growth of molecular film: Zn-phthalocyanine on Ag(100)

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    Sadowski, Jerzy; Al-Mahboob, Abdullah

    2013-03-01

    Metal phthalocyanines draw considerable attention due to their potential for energy and environmental applications. However, the control of film fabrication, necessary for achieving optimized performance of organic devices, remains a challenge. Here, we present results of low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) studies of incorporation-limited growth mechanism of zinc-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) thin films on Ag(100) substrate. We found that when ZnPc is deposited on a substrate kept at lower temperature (RT to 430K), the resulting film has a double domain epitaxial structure, resembling that of bulk ZnPc, with domain sizes in the sub-micrometer range. At above 440K, the film ordering changes into a 5x5 commensurate structure, having only a single crystalline orientation. In situ LEEM of the nucleation and growth of the film allowed us to find a crossover of equilibrium concentration of diffusing molecules versus temperature for both adsorption phases, and thus to tune the type of nucleation. We determined that at favorable growth conditions, the 5x5 phase undergoes a thermodynamic phase transition into the bulk-like structure and we were able to obtain ZnPc bulk-like films with unprecedented quality, with single crystalline domain sizes in the range of millimeters.