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  1. Synthesis, characterisation and antibacterial activity of PVA/TEOS/Ag-Np hybrid thin films.

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    Bryaskova, Rayna; Pencheva, Daniela; Kale, Girish M; Lad, Umesh; Kantardjiev, T

    2010-09-01

    Novel hybrid material thin films based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) with embedded silver nanoparticles (AgNps) were synthesized using sol-gel method. Two different strategies for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles in PVA/TEOS matrix were applied based on reduction of the silver ions by thermal annealing of the films or by preliminary preparation of silver nanoparticles using PVA as a reducing agent. The successful incorporation of silver nanoparticles ranging from 5 to 7nm in PVA/TEOS matrix was confirmed by TEM and EDX analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy and XRD analysis. The antibacterial activity of the synthesized hybrid materials against etalon strains of three different groups of bacteria -Staphylococcus aureus (gram-positive bacteria), Escherichia coli (gram-negative bacteria), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (non-ferment gram-negative bacteria) has been studied as they are commonly found in hospital environment. The hybrid materials showed a strong bactericidal effect against E. coli, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa and therefore have potential applications in biotechnology and biomedical science.

  2. Quaternary neptunium compounds: syntheses and characterization of KCuNpS(3), RbCuNpS(3), CsCuNpS(3), KAgNpS(3), and CsAgNpS(3).

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    Wells, Daniel M; Jin, Geng Bang; Skanthakumar, S; Haire, Richard G; Soderholm, L; Ibers, James A

    2009-12-21

    The five quaternary neptunium compounds KCuNpS3, RbCuNpS3, CsCuNpS3, KAgNpS3, and CsAgNpS3 (AMNpS3) have been synthesized by the reaction of Np, Cu or Ag, S, and K2S or Rb2S3 or Cs2S3 at 793 K (Rb) or 873 K. These isostructural compounds crystallize as black rectangular plates in the KCuZrS3 structure type in space group Cmcm of the orthorhombic system. The structure comprises MS4 (M = Cu or Ag) tetrahedra and NpS6 octahedra that edge share to form infinity 2[MNpS3-] layers. These layers are separated by the alkali-metal cations. The Np-S bond lengths vary from 2.681(2) to 2.754(1) A. When compared to the corresponding isostructural Th and U compounds these bond distances obey the expected actinide contraction. As the structure contains no S-S bonds, formal oxidation states of +1/+1/+4/-2 may be assigned to A/M/Np/S, respectively. From these results a value of 2.57 for the bond-valence parameter r0 for Np(4+)-S(2-) has been derived and applied to the estimation of the formal oxidation states of Np in the binary NpxSy compounds whose structures are known.

  3. Chitosan nanocomposite films based on Ag-NP and Au-NP biosynthesis by Bacillus Subtilis as packaging materials.

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    Youssef, Ahmed M; Abdel-Aziz, Mohamed S; El-Sayed, Samah M

    2014-08-01

    Chitosan-silver (CS-Ag) and Chitosan-gold (CS-Au) nanocomposites films were synthesized by a simple chemical method. A local bacterial isolate identified as Bacillus subtilis ss subtilis was found to be capable to synthesize both silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) and gold nanoparticles (Au-NP) from silver nitrate (AgNO3) and chloroauric acid (AuCl(4-)) solutions, respectively. The biosynthesis of both Ag-NP and Au-NP characterize using UV/vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), and then added to chitosan by different ratios (0.5, 1 and 2%). The prepared chitosan nanocomposites films were characterize using UV, XRD, SEM and TEM. Moreover, the antibacterial activity of the prepared films was evaluated against gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aerugenosa), fungi (Aspergillus niger) and yeast (Candida albicans). Therefore, these materials can be potential used as antimicrobial agents in packaging applications.

  4. On the hybrid glassy carbon electrode/OligoThiophene/Ag(NP) interface.

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    Tassinari, Francesco; Tancini, Erik; Innocenti, Massimo; Schenetti, Luisa; Fontanesi, Claudio

    2012-11-06

    GC/OligoThiophene/Ag(NP) hybrid interfaces are synthesized and characterized: GC is the glassy carbon surface; OligoThiophene stands for both an ultrathin bithiophene grafted film and a 4-Br-Bithiophene grafted polymer; Ag(NP) stands for silver nanoparticles. The hybrid interface preparation involves different steps: first, the electrode surface is functionalized through a combination of electrochemically assisted grafting (under reduction regime) and polymerization (under oxidation regime); then, silver nanoparticles are chemisorbed by dipping. In particular, an ultrathin film of grafted bithiophene can be obtained by applying one cyclic voltammetry reduction cycle (GC/BT surface), while subsequent cyclic voltammetry cycling under oxidation regime yields an immobilized 4Br-Bithiophene polymer (GC/4BrBT surface). AFM and TEM images were recorded to investigate the morphology and chemical composition of the Ag(NP). Fe(II)/Fe(III) cyclic voltammetry, Zn underpotential deposition (UPD), XPS, LA-ICP-MS, and Raman techniques were exploited to characterize both the GC/OligoThiophene and GC/OligoThiophene/Ag(NP) interfaces. Theoretical calculation, at the B3LYP/6-311G** level of the theory, enabled rationalization of the electroreduction mechanism and the Raman results.

  5. Green fabrication of quaternized chitosan/rectorite/Ag NP nanocomposites with antimicrobial activity.

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    Luo, Jiwen; Xie, Meijia; Wang, Xiaoying

    2014-02-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were synthesized rapidly in one pot via the Tollens reaction, in which quaternized chitosan (QCS) and rectorite (REC) acted as the reducing and stabilizing agent, while other chemical reducing and stabilizing agents and the surfactant were not included. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results showed that spherical Ag NPs with uniform sizes were obtained, the layers of clay were peeled and thus exfoliated QCS/REC/Ag NP (QCRAg) nanocomposite was achieved. Moreover, Ag NPs dispersed well in the exfoliated nanocomposite matrix, some Ag NPs even entered into the interlayer of REC. QCRAg nanocomposites showed strong antimicrobial activity; the lowest minimum inhibitory concentration against Staphyloccocus aureus was only 0.0001% (w/v). The study reveals that the obtained QCRAg nanocomposites have great potential for biomedical applications.

  6. Electronic properties and bonding characteristics of AlN:Ag thin film nanocomposites

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    Lekka, Ch. E.; Patsalas, P.; Komninou, Ph.; Evangelakis, G. A.

    2011-03-01

    We present theoretical and experimental results on the bonding and structural characteristics of AlN:Ag thin film nanocomposites obtained by means of density functional theory (DFT) computations, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) observations, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. From the theoretical calculations it was determined that the presence of the Ag substitutional of N or Al atoms affects the electronic density of states (EDOS) of the resulting systems. In particular, occupied energy states are introduced (between others) that lie within the energy gap of the AlN matrix due to Ag-d, Al-p (accompanied with a charge transfer from Al to Ag), Ag-p, and N-p hybridizations, respectively. The effect is predicted to be even more pronounced in the case of Ag nanoparticle inclusions affecting the EDOS of the composite system. These predictions were verified by the HRTEM images that gave unequivocal evidence for the presence and stability of Ag nanoparticles in the AlN matrix. In addition, the AES data suggested a metal-metal (Ag-Al) bonding preference, while the XRD patterns revealed that the atomic Ag dispersions in the AlN thin films results in a small elongation of the Wurtzite lattice, which is in agreement with the DFT predictions. These results may useful in tailoring the electronic response of AlN-based systems and the design of devices for various opto-electronic applications.

  7. Ag-NP@Ge-nanotaper/Si-micropillar ordered arrays as ultrasensitive and uniform surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates

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    Liu, Jing; Meng, Guowen; Li, Zhongbo; Huang, Zhulin; Li, Xiangdong

    2015-10-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is considered to be an excellent candidate for analytical detection schemes, because of its molecular specificity, rapid response and high sensitivity. Here, SERS-substrates of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated Ge-nanotapers grafted on hexagonally ordered Si-micropillar (denoted as Ag-NP@Ge-nanotaper/Si-micropillar) arrays are fabricated via a combinatorial process of two-step etching to achieve hexagonal Si-micropillar arrays, chemical vapor deposition of flocky Ge-nanotapers on each Si-micropillar and decoration of Ag-NPs onto the Ge-nanotapers through galvanic displacement. With high density three-dimensional (3D) ``hot spots'' created from the large quantities of the neighboring Ag-NPs and large-scale uniform morphology, the hierarchical Ag-NP@Ge-nanotaper/Si-micropillar arrays exhibit strong and reproducible SERS activity. Using our hierarchical 3D SERS-substrates, both methyl parathion (a commonly used pesticide) and PCB-2 (one congener of highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls) with concentrations down to 10-7 M and 10-5 M have been detected respectively, showing great potential in SERS-based rapid trace-level detection of toxic organic pollutants in the environment.Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is considered to be an excellent candidate for analytical detection schemes, because of its molecular specificity, rapid response and high sensitivity. Here, SERS-substrates of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated Ge-nanotapers grafted on hexagonally ordered Si-micropillar (denoted as Ag-NP@Ge-nanotaper/Si-micropillar) arrays are fabricated via a combinatorial process of two-step etching to achieve hexagonal Si-micropillar arrays, chemical vapor deposition of flocky Ge-nanotapers on each Si-micropillar and decoration of Ag-NPs onto the Ge-nanotapers through galvanic displacement. With high density three-dimensional (3D) ``hot spots'' created from the large quantities of the neighboring Ag-NPs and large-scale uniform

  8. Enhanced photocarrier extraction mechanisms in ultra-thin photovoltaic GaAs n/p junctions

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    York, Mark C. A.; Proulx, Francine; Masson, Denis P.; Jaouad, Abdelatif; Bouzazi, Boussairi; Arès, Richard; Aimez, Vincent; Fafard, Simon

    2016-03-01

    PV devices with active areas of ~3:4 mm2 were fabricated and tested with top electrodes having different emitter gridline spacings with active area shadowing values between 0% and 1.8%. As expected, the thicker n/p junctions exhibit hindered photocarrier extraction, with low fill factor (FF) values, for devices prepared with sparse gridline designs. However, this study clearly demonstrates that for thin n/p junctions photocarrier extraction can still be efficient (FF > 80%) even for devices with no gridlines, which we explain using a TCAD model. The electric field profiles of devices with and without hindered photocarrier extraction are also discussed.

  9. Enhanced resistive switching effect in Ag nanoparticle embedded BaTiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Au, K.; Wang, Juan; Bao, Z. Y.; Dai, J. Y.; Gao, X. S.; Liu, J. M.

    2013-07-14

    Ag nanoparticle (NP) embedded BaTiO{sub 3} (BTO) thin films on SrRuO{sub 3}-coated SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates are prepared by the integrated nanocluster beam deposition and laser-molecular beam epitaxy. Enhanced resistive switching, up to an ON/OFF ration of 10{sup 4}, has been achieved at low switching voltage (less than 1 V) without a forming voltage. These characteristics make such nanocomposite film very promising for application of low voltage non-volatile random access memory. The enhanced resistive switching effect may be attributed to the charge storage effect of the Ag nanoparticles and easy formation of Ag filament inside the BTO film.

  10. Two-photon AgNP/DNA-TP dye nanosensing conjugate for biothiol probing in live cells.

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    Liu, Mingli; Tang, Qiao; Deng, Ting; Yan, Huijuan; Li, Jishan; Li, Yinhui; Yang, Ronghua

    2014-12-07

    A novel silver nanoparticle (AgNP)/DNA-two-photon dye (TP dye) conjugate was fabricated as a two-photon nanoprobe for biothiol imaging in live cells. DNA-templated silver nanoparticles are efficient quenchers and also provide a biocompatible nanoplatform for facile delivery of DNA into living cells. In the presence of biothiols (Cys, Hcy, or GSH), the strong interaction between the thiol group and silver results in the release of TP dye-labeled single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) from the AgNP surface and the subsequent fluorescence emission of the TP dye, thus enabling biothiols to be assayed. Our results reveal that the AgNP/DNA-TP dye nanosensing conjugate not only is a robust, sensitive, and selective sensor for quantitative detection of biothiols in the complex biological environment but also can be efficiently delivered into live cells and act as a "signal-on" sensor for specific, high-contrast imaging of target biomolecules. Our design provides a methodology for the development of future DNA-templated silver nanoparticle-based two-photon fluorescent probes for use in vitro or in vivo as biomolecular sensors for live-cell imaging.

  11. Effect of temperature on oxidative stress parameters and enzyme activity in tissues of Cape River crab (Potamanautes perlatus) following exposure to silver nanoparticles (AgNP).

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    Walters, Chavon R; Cheng, Paul; Pool, Edmund; Somerset, Vernon

    2016-01-01

    Biomarkers of oxidative stress have been widely used in environmental assessments to evaluate the effects of exposure of aquatic organisms to contaminants from various anthropogenic sources. Silver nanoparticles (AgNP), the most produced NP worldwide and used in several consumer products, are known to produce oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Similarly, temperature is also known to affect reactive oxygen species (ROS) by influencing the inputs of contaminants into the environment, as well as altering behavior, fate, and transport. Aquatic ecosystems are affected by both anthropogenic releases of contaminants and increased temperature. To test this hypothesis, the influence of AgNP and temperature in the response to multiple biomarkers of oxidative stress was studied in the gills and hepatopancreas of the Cape River crab Potamonautes perlatus. Responses were assessed through activities of antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and the nonenzymatic antioxidant glutathione S-transferase (GST). The response of the oxidative stress biomarkers analyzed was always higher in hepatopancreas than in gills. Elevated temperatures (28°C) induced oxidative stress by increasing SOD, CAT, and GST activities, particularly at 100 µg/ml AgNP. These data indicate that AgNP-mediated toxicity to P. perlatus is modulated by elevated temperatures, but this relationship is not linear. Co-effects of AgNP and temperature are reported for the first time in P. perlatus.

  12. Formation of surface oxides and Ag2O thin films with atomic oxygen on Ag(111)

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    Derouin, Jonathan; Farber, Rachael G.; Heslop, Stacy L.; Killelea, Daniel R.

    2015-11-01

    The nature of the oxygen species adsorbed to silver surfaces is a key component of the heterogeneously catalyzed epoxidation of ethylene and partial oxidation of methanol over silver catalysts. We report the formation of two different silver-oxygen species depending on the flux and energy of incident gas-phase oxygen atoms on an Ag(111) surface. A combination of surface science techniques was used to characterize the oxidized surfaces. Atomic oxygen was generated with an Ir filament; lower temperatures created surface oxides previously reported. When O was deposited with a higher filament temperature, the surface became highly corrugated, little subsurface oxygen was observed, and thin layers of Ag2O were likely formed. These results show that the energy and flux of oxygen are important parameters in the chemical identity and abundance of oxygen on silver surfaces and suggest that formation of the Ag2O thin film hinders formation of subsurface oxygen.

  13. Determination of weight distribution ratios of Pa(V) and Np(V) with some extraction chromatography resins and the AG1-X8 resin.

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    Mendes, M; Aupiais, J; Jutier, C; Pointurier, F

    2013-05-30

    Literature data on distribution ratios (Dw) of Np(V) and Pa(V) for the AG1-X8 resin are scarce whereas those related on resin capacity factors (k') values for TEVA, TRU and U/TEVA resins are absent. Therefore, batch extraction experiments for Pa(V) and Np(V) from HCl and HNO3 media were realized, at tracer scale, with AG1-X8 and EIChroM resins (TEVA, TRU and U/TEVA). Based on the new Dw and k' values obtained in this study, a new protocol for Pa/Np separation has been developed leading to a better separation factor of 10(5) and a chemical yield of 97±3% and 99±1% for Pa and Np, respectively. A separation of (231)Pa from uranium matrix was successfully tested.

  14. Plasmonic Ag nanostructures on thin substrates for enhanced energy harvesting

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    Osgood, R. M.; Giardini, S. A.; Carlson, J. B.; Gear, C.; Diest, K.; Rothschild, M.; Fernandes, G. E.; Xu, J.; Kooi, S.; Periasamy, P.; O'Hayre, R.; Parilla, P.; Berry, J.; Ginley, D.

    2013-09-01

    Nanoparticles and nanostructures with plasmonic resonances are currently being employed to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. Ag stripe arrays have been shown theoretically to enhance the short-circuit current of thin silicon layers. Such Ag stripes are combined with 200 nm long and 60 nm wide "teeth", which act as nanoantennas, and form vertical rectifying metal-insulator-metal (MIM) nanostructures on metallic substrates coated with thin oxides, such as Nb/NbOx films. We characterize experimentally and theoretically the visible and near-infrared spectra of these "stripeteeth" arrays, which act as microantenna arrays for energy harvesting and detection, on silicon substrates. Modeling the stripe-teeth arrays predicts a substantial net a.c. voltage across the MIM diode, even when the stripe-teeth microrectenna arrays are illuminated at normal incidence.

  15. Silver nanoparticles coated with natural polysaccharides as models to study AgNP aggregation kinetics using UV-Visible spectrophotometry upon discharge in complex environments.

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    Lodeiro, Pablo; Achterberg, Eric P; Pampín, Joaquín; Affatati, Alice; El-Shahawi, Mohammed S

    2016-01-01

    This study provides quantitative information on the aggregation and dissolution behaviour of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) upon discharge in fresh and sea waters, represented here as NaCl solutions of increasing ionic strength (up to 1M) and natural fjord waters. Natural polysaccharides, sodium alginate (ALG) and gum Arabic (GA), were used as coatings to stabilize the AgNPs and the compounds acted as models to study AgNP aggregation kinetics. The DLVO theory was used to quantitatively describe the interactions between the AgNPs. The stability of AgNPs was established using UV-Visible spectrophotometry, including unique information collected during the first seconds of the aggregaton process. Alginate coating resulted in a moderate stabilization of AgNPs in terms of critical coagulation concentration (~82mM NaCl) and a low dissolution of <10% total Ag in NaCl solutions up to 1M. Gum Arabic coated AgNPs were more strongly stabilized, with ~7-30% size increase up to 77mM NaCl, but only when the silver ion content initially present in solution was low (<10% total Ag). The ALG and GA coated AgNPs showed a strongly enhanced stability in natural fjord waters (ca. 5h required to reduce the area of the surface plasmon resonance band (SPRB) by two fold) compared with NaCl at an equivalent ionic strength (1-2min period for a two fold SPRB reduction). This is ascribed to a stabilizing effect from dissolved organic matter present in natural fjord waters. Interestingly, for AgNP-GA solutions with 40% of total silver present as unreacted silver ions in the NP stock solution, fast aggregation kinetics were observed in NaCl solutions (SPRB area was reduced by ca. 50% within 40-150min), with even more rapid removal in fjord waters, attributed to the high amount of silver-chloride charged species, that interact with the NP coating and/or organic matter and reduce the NPs stabilization.

  16. On the lifetime of the transients (NP)-(CH3)n (NP = Ag0, Au0, TiO2 nanoparticles) formed in the reactions between methyl radicals and nanoparticles suspended in aqueous solutions.

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    Bar-Ziv, Ronen; Zilbermann, Israel; Oster-Golberg, Olga; Zidki, Tomer; Yardeni, Guy; Cohen, Haim; Meyerstein, Dan

    2012-04-10

    Methyl radicals react in fast reactions, with rate constants k>1×10(8)  M(-1)  s(-1), with Au(0), Ag(0) and TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed in aqueous solutions to form intermediates, (NP)-(CH(3))(n), in which the methyl groups are covalently bound to the NPs. These intermediates decompose to form ethane. As n≥2 is required for the formation of C(2)H(6), the minimal lifetime (τ) of the methyls bound to the NPs, (NP)-CH(3), can be estimated from the rate of production of the CH(3)(·) radicals and the NPs concentration. The results obtained in this study, using a very low dose rate γ-source for NP = Ag(0), Au(0), and TiO(2) point out that τ of these intermediates is surprisingly long, for example, ≥8 and ≥188 sec for silver and gold, respectively. These data point out that the NP-C bond dissociation energies are ≥70 kJ  mol(-1). Under low rates of production of CH(3)(·), that is, when the rate of formation of ethane is very low, other reactions may occur, consequently the mechanism proposed is "broken". This is observed in the present study only for TiO(2) NPs. These results have to be considered whenever alkyl radicals are formed near surfaces. Furthermore, the results point out that the rate of reaction of methyl radicals with (NP)-(CH(3))(n) depends on n, that is, the number of methyl radicals bound to the NPs affect the properties of the NPs.

  17. Real-Space Microscopic Electrical Imaging of n+-p Junction Beneath Front-Side Ag Contact of Multicrystalline Si Solar Cells

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    Jiang, C. S.; Li, Z. G.; Moutinho, H. R.; Liang, L.; Ionkin, A.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2012-04-15

    We investigated the quality of the n+-p diffused junction beneath the front-side Ag contact of multicrystalline Si solar cells by characterizing the uniformities of electrostatic potential and doping concentration across the junction using the atomic force microscopy-based electrical imaging techniques of scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy and scanning capacitance microscopy. We found that Ag screen-printing metallization fired at the over-fire temperature significantly degrades the junction uniformity beneath the Ag contact grid, whereas metallization at the optimal- and under-fire temperatures does not cause degradation. Ag crystallites with widely distributed sizes were found at the Ag-grid/emitter-Si interface of the over-fired cell, which is associated with the junction damage beneath the Ag grid. Large crystallites protrude into Si deeper than the junction depth. However, the junction was not broken down; instead, it was reformed on the entire front of the crystallite/Si interface. We propose a mechanism of junction-quality degradation, based on emitter Si melting at the temperature around the Ag-Si eutectic point during firing, and subsequent re-crystallization with incorporation of Ag and other impurities and with formation of crystallographic defects during quenching. The effect of this junction damage on solar cell performance is discussed.

  18. Thermoelectric Generators from AgBiTe and AgSbTe Thin Films Modified by High-Energy Beam

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    Budak, S.; Guner, S.; Muntele, C.; Ila, D.

    2015-06-01

    The ternary chalcogenides AgBiTe2 and AgSbTe2 belong to the family of semiconductors with disordered NaCl cubic structure in which Ag and Sb occupy metal sublattices. Both compounds are very interesting due to their thermoelectric properties. We have grown single-layer AgBiTe and AgSbTe thin films on silicon (Si) and fused silica (Suprasil) substrates using electron beam deposition. High-energy (MeV) Si-ion bombardment was performed on the thin-film samples at five different fluences between 5 × 1013 ions/cm2 and 7 × 1015 ions/cm2. We have measured the thermoelectric efficiency (figure of merit, ZT) of the fabricated thermoelectric devices by measuring the cross-plane thermal conductivity using the third-harmonic (3 ω) method, the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient, and the in-plane electrical conductivity using the van der Pauw method before and after MeV Si-ion bombardment. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and the Rutherford Universal Manipulation Program (RUMP) simulation package were used to analyze the elemental composition and thickness of the deposited materials on the substrates. The RUMP simulation gave thicknesses for the AgBiTe and AgSbTe thin films of 270 nm and 188 nm, respectively. The figure of merit for AgBiTe started to decrease from the value of 0.37 for the virgin sample after bombardment. We saw similar decreasing behavior for the AgSbTe thin-film system. The figure of merit for AgSbTe started to decrease from the value of 0.88 for the virgin sample after bombardment. MeV Si-ion bombardment caused changes in the thermoelectric properties of the thin films.

  19. Tensile and fatigue behaviors of printed Ag thin films on flexible substrates

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    Sim, Gi-Dong; Won, Sejeong; Lee, Soon-Bok

    2012-11-05

    Flexible electronics using nanoparticle (NP) printing has been highlighted as a key technology enabling eco-friendly, low-cost, and large-area fabrication. For NP-based printing to be used as a successive alternative to photolithography and vacuum deposition, stretchability and long term reliability must be considered. This paper reports the stretchability and fatigue behavior of 100 nm thick NP-based silver thin films printed on polyethylene-terephthalate substrate and compares it to films deposited by electron-beam evaporation. NP-based films show stretchability and fatigue life comparable to evaporated films with intergranular fracture as the dominant failure mechanism.

  20. Ferroelectric domain of epitaxial AgNbO3 thin film

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    Ahn, Yoonho; Seo, Jeongdae; Lee, Kwang Jo; Son, Jong Yeog

    2016-03-01

    We investigated ferroelectric properties of silver niobate (AgNbO3) thin film grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The AgNbO3 thin film exhibited room temperature ferroelectricity with a large remanent polarization of about 31 μC/cm2 (2Pr~62 μC/cm2) and fast switching behavior within 120 ns. Triangular grains of AgNbO3 thin film were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) study revealed that the AgNbO3 thin film had mosaic-like ferroelectric domain structure. In comparison with PbTiO3 thin films, domain size of the AgNbO3 thin films was smaller than that of PbTiO3 thin films. Based on Landau, Lifshitz, and Kittel (LLK) scaling law of the domain size versus film thickness curves, it is inferred that AgNbO3 thin films have slightly lower domain wall energy than that of PbTiO3 thin films.

  1. Evenly distributed thin-film Ag coating on stainless plate by tricomponent Ag/silicate/PU with antimicrobial and biocompatible properties.

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    Huang, Yi-Hsiu; Chen, Mark Hung-Chih; Lee, Bing-Heng; Hsieh, Kuo-Huang; Tu, Yuan-Kun; Lin, Jiang-Jen; Chang, Chih-Hao

    2014-11-26

    A tricomponent nanohybrid dispersion in water comprising silver nanoparticles (AgNP), nanometer-thick silicate platelets (NSP), and water-based polyurethane (PU) was developed for surface coating on orthopedic metal plates. The previously developed AgNP-on-NSP nanohybrid was homogeneously blended into a selected waterborne PU dispersion at varied weight ratios from 1/0.1 to 1/10 (w/w). PU was used to adhere the Ag nanohybrid to the metal surface. The resultant dispersions were analyzed and found to contain AgNP 2-18 nm in diameter and characterized by using UV absorption and TEM micrograph. The subsequent coating of AgNP/NSP-PU dispersion generated a film of 1.5 μm thickness on the metal plate surface, further characterized by an energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS) to show the homogeneous distribution of Ag, Si, and C elements on the metal plates. The surface antimicrobial efficacy was proven for the coating composition of AgNP/NSP to PU ranging from 1/1 to 1/5 by weight ratio but irrelevant to the thickness of the coated materials. The metal plate coated with the high Ag content at 1/1 (w/w) ratio was shown to have very low cytotoxicity toward the contacted mammal fibroblasts. Overall, the optimized tricomponent Ag/silicate/PU in water dispersion from 1/2 to 1/3 (w/w) could generate a stable film on a metal surface exhibiting both antimicrobial and biocompatible properties. The facile coating technique of the AgNP/NSP in waterborne PU is proven to be viable for fabricating infection- and cytotoxicity-free medical devices.

  2. Thin Ag films. Influence of substrate and postdeposition treatment on morphology and optical properties

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    Roark, S.E.; Rowlen, K.L. )

    1994-01-15

    In an effort to understand the experimental parameters that influence thin metal film morphology and optical characteristics, thin Ag films are examined with a combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical absorption, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The morphology of 5 nm of Ag vapor deposited onto glass, derivatized glass, Formvar-coated glass, and mica is explored. The substrate is found to have a large effect on both Ag film surface morphology and optical properties. In addition, micrographs of a Ag film before and after exposure to solvent suggest solvent-induced morphological changes. 32 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. Study on swift heavy ions induced modifications of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film

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    Singh, S. K.; Singhal, R.; Siva Kumar, V. V.

    2017-03-01

    In the present work, swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation induced modifications in structural and optical properties of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin films have been investigated. Ag-ZnO nanocomposite (NCs) thin films were synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering technique and irradiated with 100 MeV Ag7+ ions at three different fluences 3 × 1012, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry revealed Ag concentration to be ∼8.0 at.%, and measured thickness of the films was ∼55 nm. Structural properties of pristine and irradiated films have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction analysis and found that variation in crystallite size of the film with ion irradiation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicates the formation of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film with presence of Ag, Zn and O elements. Oxidation state of Ag and Zn also estimated by XPS analysis. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticle has appeared at ∼475 nm in the pristine thin film, which is blue shifted by ∼30 nm in film irradiated at fluence of 3 × 1012 ions/cm2 and completely disappeared in film irradiated at higher fluences, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. A marginal change in the optical band gap of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film is also found with increasing ion fluence. Surface morphology of pristine and irradiated films have been studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Raman and Photo-luminance (PL) spectra of nanocomposite thin films have been investigated to understand the ion induced modifications such as lattice defects and disordering in the nanocomposite thin film.

  4. Antibacterial activity of microstructured Ag/Au sacrificial anode thin films.

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    Köller, Manfred; Sengstock, Christina; Motemani, Yahya; Khare, Chinmay; Buenconsejo, Pio J S; Geukes, Jonathan; Schildhauer, Thomas A; Ludwig, Alfred

    2015-01-01

    Ten different Ag dot arrays (16 to 625 microstructured dots per square mm) were fabricated on a continuous Au thin film and for comparison also on Ti film by sputter deposition and photolithographic patterning. To analyze the antibacterial activity of these microstructured films Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were placed onto the array surfaces and cultivated overnight. To analyze the viability of planktonic as well as surface adherent bacteria, the applied bacterial fluid was subsequently aspirated, plated on blood agar plates and adherent bacteria were detected by fluorescence microscopy. A particular antibacterial effect towards both bacterial strains was induced by Ag dot arrays on fabricated Au thin film (sacrificial anode system for Ag), due to the release of Ag ions from dissolution of Ag dots in contrast to Ag dot arrays fabricated on the Ti thin films (non-sacrificial anode system for Ag) which remained intact to the original dot shape. The required number of Ag dots on gold film to achieve complete bactericidal effects for both bacterial strains was seven times lower than that observed with Ag dot arrays on Ti film.

  5. Influence of the surface properties on bactericidal and fungicidal activity of magnetron sputtered Ti-Ag and Nb-Ag thin films.

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    Wojcieszak, D; Mazur, M; Kaczmarek, D; Mazur, P; Szponar, B; Domaradzki, J; Kepinski, L

    2016-05-01

    In this study the comparative investigations of structural, surface and bactericidal properties of Ti-Ag and Nb-Ag thin films have been carried out. Ti-Ag and Nb-Ag coatings were deposited on silicon and fused silica substrates by magnetron co-sputtering method using innovative multi-target apparatus. The physicochemical properties of prepared thin films were examined with the aid of X-ray diffraction, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy methods. Moreover, the wettability of the surface was determined. It was found that both, Ti-Ag and Nb-Ag thin films were nanocrystalline. In the case of Ag-Ti film presence of AgTi3 and Ag phases was identified, while in the structure of Nb-Ag only silver occurred in a crystal form. In both cases the average size of crystallites was ca. 11 nm. Moreover, according to scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy investigations the surface of Nb-Ag thin films was covered with Ag-agglomerates, while Ti-Ag surface was smooth and devoid of silver particles. Studies of biological activity of deposited coatings in contact with Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus hirae, Klebisiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans were performed. It was found that prepared coatings were bactericidal and fungicidal even in a short term-contact, i.e. after 2 h.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of Ag doped TiO2 thin film

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    Bensouici, F.; Souier, T.; Dakhel, A. A.; Iratni, A.; Tala-Ighil, R.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, structure, microstructure, optical properties and photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) have been investigated in an aqueous heterogeneous media containing pure and Ag doped TiO2 nanostructures thin films which were prepared by a simple sol-gel route. Thermal analysis demonstrated that Ag content decreased the temperature of anatase-to-rutile phase transformation. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that the prepared nanostructures crystallize within anatase-type structure and that the dopant Ag ions were not fully incorporated within TiO2 host lattice, meanwhile both the refractive index and optical band gap were affected by Ag concentration. The photodegradation of Rhodamine B under UV-C radiation by using pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanostructures showed that Ag played an important role in a significant improvement of the photodegradation efficiency and that the optimum content of Ag ions was found to be 0.5% molar ratio.

  7. Effect of microstructure on thermal conductivity of Cu, Ag thin films.

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    Ryu, Sang; Juhng, Woonam; Kim, Youngman

    2010-05-01

    Thin film type materials are widely used in modern industries, such as semiconductor devices, functional superconductors, machining tools, and so on. The thermal properties of material in semiconductor are very important factors for stable operation because the heat generated during device operation may increase clock frequency. Even though thermal properties of thin films may play a major role in assessing reliability of parts, the measurement methods of thin film thermal properties are generally known to be complex to devise. In this study, a temperature distribution method was applied for the measurement of thermal conductivity of Cu and Ag thin film on borosilicate glass substrate. Cu and Ag thin films were deposited on borosilicate glass using thermal evaporation processes. To measure the thermal conductivity changes according to the microstructure of metallic thin film, the processing variables for the Cu and Ag thin film deposition were changed. To minimize the effect of film thickness, the film thickness was fixed to the thickness of approximately 500 nm throughout experiments. The thermal conductivities of thin films were measured to be much lower than those of bulk materials. Thin film with larger grain size showed higher thermal conductivity probably due to the lower number density of grain boundary. Weidman-Franz law could be applied to thin films produced in this study. Thermal conductivity was also estimated from the resistivity of thin film and Lorenz number of bulk material.

  8. Optical nano-structuring in light-sensitive AgCl-Ag waveguide thin films: wavelength effect.

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    Talebi, Razieh; Nahal, Arashmid; Bashouti, Muhammad Y; Christiansen, Silke H

    2014-12-15

    Irradiation of photosensitive thin films results in the nanostructures formation in the interaction area. Here, we investigate how the formation of nanostructures in photosensitive waveguide AgCl thin films, doped by Ag nanoparticles, can be customized by tuning the wavelength of the incident beam. We found, silver nanoparticles are pushed towards the interference pattern minima created by the interference of the incident beam with the excited TEn-modes of the AgCl-Ag waveguide. The interference pattern determines the grating constant of the resulting spontaneous periodic nanostructures. Also, our studies indicate a strong dependence of the shape and size distribution of the formed Ag nano-coalescences on the wavelength of the incident beam. It also influences on the surface coverage of the sample by the formed silver nanoparticles and on period of the self-organized nano-gratings. It is found, exposure time and intensity of the incident light are the most determinant parameters for the quality and finesse of our nanostructures. More intense incident light with shorter exposure time generates more regular nanostructures with smaller nano-coalescences and, produces gratings with higher diffraction efficiency. At constant intensity longer exposure time produces more complete nanostructures because of optical positive feedback. We observed exposure with longer wavelength produces finer gratings.

  9. Diffusion and solid state reactions in Fe/Ag/Pt and FePt/Ag thin-film systems

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    Katona, G. L.; Safonova, N. Y.; Ganss, F.; Mitin, D.; Vladymyrskyi, I. A.; Sidorenko, S. I.; Makogon, Iu N.; Beddies, G.; Albrecht, M.; Beke, D. L.

    2015-05-01

    Depth profiles of tri-layered Fe(15 nm)/Ag(10 nm)/Pt(15 nm)/SiO2(100 nm)/Si(1 0 0) and bi-layered Fe50Pt50(15 nm)/Ag(7.5 nm)/SiO2(100 nm)/Si(1 0 0) thin films after different heat treatments were investigated by secondary neutral mass spectrometry. Isotherm annealing of the tri-layered samples was carried out between 245 and 390 °C up to several hours, while isochrone thermal annealing was performed between 600 and 900 °C for 30 s. Composition profiles, obtained after isotherm heat treatment, show that initially there was a strong intermixing between Ag and Pt, resulting most likely in the formation of an AgxPt1-x reaction layer. Furthermore, the intermixing process was much faster in the Ag layer accompanied by the segregation of Ag to the substrate/Pt interface. Later on the Pt, which diffused through the Ag layer, started to penetrate into the Fe grain boundaries. This process led to the formation of the FePt reaction product. At the same time as the Pt diffused into the Fe layer, reducing the amount of Pt in the AgxPt1-x layer, the Ag appeared to ‘move’ towards the substrate. Finally, an almost fully homogeneous FePt alloy layer formed with some FePt present in the grain boundaries of the remaining Ag. This behavior was compared to both types of samples subjected to isochrone thermal annealing. High temperature treatments resulted in similar results and eventually in the formation of a homogeneous L10 ordered FePt alloy with randomly distributed Ag in the grain boundaries and at the free surface.

  10. Influence of Ag and Sn incorporation in In2S3 thin films

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    Lin, Ling-Yan; Yu, Jin-Ling; Cheng, Shu-Ying; Lu, Pei-Min

    2015-07-01

    Ag- and Sn-doped In2S3 thin films were deposited on glass substrates using the thermal evaporation technique. The doping was realized by thermal diffusion. The influences of Ag and Sn impurities on the electrical, structural, morphological, and optical properties of the In2S3 films were investigated. In all deposited samples, the x-ray diffraction spectra revealed the formation of cubic In2S3 phase. A significant increase in the crystallite size was observed after Ag doping, while the doping of Sn slightly decreased the crystallite size. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified the diffusion of Ag and Sn into the In2S3 films after annealing. The optical study illustrated that Ag doping resulted in a reduction of the optical band gap while Sn doping led to a widening of the gap. Optical properties were investigated to determine the optical constants. Besides, it was found that the resistivity decreases significantly either after Ag or Sn incorporation. The study demonstrates that the Sn-doped In2S3 thin films are more suitable for buffer layer application in solar cells than the Ag-doped In2S3 thin films. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61076063, 61340051, and 61306120) and the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China (Grant No. 2014J05073).

  11. 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.

  12. Infrared surface plasmon resonance of AZO-Ag-AZO sandwich thin films.

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    Guske, Joshua T; Brown, Jeff; Welsh, Alex; Franzen, Stefan

    2012-10-08

    Near-infrared surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectra were collected of thin multilayer films of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) / silver (Ag) / AZO on BK-7 glass in the Kretschmann configuration in air, with the silver layer thickness varying from 5 nm to 50 nm. The SPR results were interpreted by modeling the reflectance with a five-layer transfer-matrix method, with the aid of a simplex algorithm. The model indicated that the Ag plasma frequency was significantly higher than the bulk value, possibly due to Schottky effect charge transfer from the AZO to the Ag layer. Continuous silver films were made as thin as 10 nm, indicating an inhibition of metal island formation for Ag deposited on AZO.

  13. Characterization of radiative recombination in Ag(In,Ga)Se2 thin films by photoluminescence

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    Zhang, X. F.; Liu, J.; Liu, G. F.

    2016-06-01

    A detailed analysis of the radiative recombination processes in Ag(InGa)Se2 thin films grown by a three-stage method was carried out by photoluminescence. The temperature and excitation dependence of the photoluminescence spectra was used to identify the recombination types and determine the ionization energy of the defects in the films. Significant differences were observed between the spectra of the Ag-rich and Ag-poor samples. The Ag-rich films were dominated by two emission peaks of donor acceptor pairs (DAPs). The DAP at lower energy level is attributed to recombination of donor level 13.8 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 70.3 meV (AgIn), while the one at high energy level is assigned to recombination of donor level 18.5 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 108.9 (AgSe). When Ag/III atomic ratio was near 2.00, a phonon related-structure began to appear, which is attributed to the phonon replica of the high energy level DAP. In the case of Ag-poor AIGS samples, the dominant broad asymmetric peaks of AIGS films with different Ag/III atomic ratios were related to potential fluctuation at low temperature, and the compensation level decreased with increasing Ag/III atomic ratio. The emission line was assigned to recombination of donor level 12.7 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 175 meV ( AgGa 2). When the excitation power and temperature were increased, new free-bound and DAP emission lines began to appear. The free-bound was assigned to the transition from the conduction band to an acceptor level of 80 meV (AgIn). The DAP was assigned to recombination of donor level 20 meV (VSe) with acceptor level 145 meV (AgGa).

  14. Structural, optical and electronic properties of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film

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    Sharma, Himanshu; Singhal, R.; Siva Kumar, V. V.; Asokan, K.

    2016-12-01

    Nanocomposite thin films of Ag nanoparticles in TiO2 matrices were synthesised by RF magnetron co-sputtering and characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford back scattering (RBS) spectrometry, UV-Vis, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The composition of Ag was varied from 0 to 45 at.%. The thickness and the concentrations of Ag in the nanocomposite thin film were revealed by RBS. XRD analysis confirmed that the TiO2 matrix is in anatase phase and shows change in phase with Ag concentration. The UV-visible absorption spectroscopy revealed low-intense and broad surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak at 500 nm for the thin film with 33 at.% Ag content that was red-shifted to 525 nm with increasing its intensity for 45 at.% of Ag. The red shift in SPR peak understood by Maxwell-Garnett theory and explained further nonexistence of SPR by interparticle separation from HR-TEM images and crystallinity. This HR-TEM image analysis confirmed the formation of Ag nanoparticles, and average radii were 5, 12, 15 nm. The Tauc plot reveals reduction in band gap from 3.05 to 2.25 eV with increase in Ag content. Above results are understood based on the XPS analysis which shows a strong interaction between the Ag nanoparticle and TiO2. This decrease in band gap was advantageous to enhance the properties like photocatalytic and bioactivities through SPR.

  15. FePt-Ag nanocomposite thin films with longitudinal magnetic anisotropy.

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    Zhou, Y Z; Chen, J S; Chow, G M; Wang, J P

    2004-09-01

    A well-controlled method to fabricate FePt thin films with the (200) texture and longitudinal magnetic anisotropy for high-density magnetic recording media is reported. FePt-Ag nanocomposite thin films with L1(0) ordered FePt grains embedded in an Ag matrix were deposited on the Cr90Ru10/glass by co-sputtering from Ag and FePt targets. The Ag doping suppressed the (001) texture but improved the L1(0) FePt (200) texture. The magnetic easy axis of FePt-Ag thin films changed from perpendicular to longitudinal in direction. In-plane coercivity of the films varied from 0.8 kOe to 6.5 kOe, depending on Ag contents in the films and under-layer thickness. The change from the (001) to (200) texture could be due to the competition of grain-boundary energy and epitaxial-strain energy.

  16. Crystal Structure of AgBi2I7 Thin Films.

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    Xiao, Zewen; Meng, Weiwei; Mitzi, David B; Yan, Yanfa

    2016-10-06

    Synthesis of cubic-phase AgBi2I7 iodobismuthate thin films and fabrication of air-stable Pb-free solar cells using the AgBi2I7 absorber have recently been reported. On the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and nominal composition, it was suggested that the synthesized films have a cubic ThZr2H7 crystal structure with AgBi2I7 stoichiometry. Through careful examination of the proposed structure and computational evaluation of the phase stability and bandgap, we find that the reported "AgBi2I7" films cannot be forming with the ThZr2H7-type structure, but rather more likely adopt an Ag-deficient AgBiI4 type. Both the experimental X-ray diffraction pattern and bandgap can be better explained by the AgBiI4 structure. Additionally, the proposed AgBiI4 structure, with octahedral bismuth coordination, removes unphysically short Bi-I bonding within the [BiI8] hexahedra of the ThZr2I7 model. Our results provide critical insights for assessing the photovoltaic properties of AgBi2I7 iodobismuthate materials.

  17. Two-band superconductivity of bulk and surface states in Ag thin films on Nb

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    Tomanic, Tihomir; Schackert, Michael; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Sürgers, Christoph; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.

    2016-12-01

    We use epitaxial strain to spatially tune the bottom of the surface-state band ESS of Ag(111) islands on Nb(110). Bulk and surface-state contributions to the Ag(111) local density of states (LDOS) can be separated with scanning tunneling spectroscopy. For thick islands (≈20 nm), the Ag surface states are decoupled from the Ag bulk states and the superconductive gap induced by proximity to Nb is due to bulk states only. However, for thin islands (3-4 nm), surface-state electrons develop superconducting correlations as identified by a complete energy gap in the LDOS when ESS is smaller than but close to the Fermi level. The induced superconductivity in this case is of a two-band nature and appears to occur when the surface-state wave function reaches down to the Ag/Nb interface.

  18. Preparation of AgInSe2 thin films grown by vacuum evaporation method

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    Matsuo, H.; Yoshino, K.; Ikari, T.

    2006-09-01

    Polycrystalline AgInSe2 thin films were successfully grown on glass substrates by an evaporation method. The starting materials were stoichiometrically mixed Ag2Se and In2Se3 powders. X-ray diffraction revealed that the sample annealed at 600 °C consisted of AgInSe2 single phase, with (112) orientation and a large grain size. The lattice constant (a axis) was close to JCPDS values. From optical transmittance and reflectance measurements, the bandgap energy was estimated to be 1.17 eV.

  19. Oxidative degradation of acid orange 7 using Ag-doped zinc oxide thin films.

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    Shinde, S S; Bhosale, C H; Rajpure, K Y

    2012-12-05

    Ag-doped ZnO thin films with preferred c-axis orientation along (002) have been prepared by spray pyrolysis technique in aqueous medium on to the corning glass substrates. The effect of Ag-doping on to the photoelectrochemical, structural, morphological, optical, luminescence, electrical and thermal properties has been investigated. XRD and Raman study indicates that the films have hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The effect of Ag loading on the photocatalytic activity of Ag-doped ZnO in the degradation of azo dye is studied and results are compared with pure ZnO. The results show that the rate of degradation of azo dye over Ag-doped ZnO is much higher as compared to pure ZnO. Ag doping in ZnO is highly effective and can significantly enhance the photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of azo dye. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of Ag-doped ZnO thin films is mainly due to their smaller crystallite size and capability for reducing the electron-hole pair recombination. Kinetic parameters have been investigated in terms of a first order rate equation. The rate constant (-k) for this heterogeneous photocatalysis is evaluated as a function of the initial concentration of original species. Substantial reduction in azo dye is achieved as analyzed from COD and TOC studies.

  20. Speciation and Lability of Ag-, AgCl- and Ag2S-Nanoparticles in Soil Determined by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films

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    Long-term speciation and lability of silver (Ag-), silver chloride (AgCl-) and silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) in soil were studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and newly developed "nano" Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) devices. These nano-D...

  1. Chemical and phase distributions in a multilayered organic matter-Ag nanoparticle thin film system

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    Michel, F. M.; Levard, C.; Wang, Y.; Choi, Y.; Eng, P.; Brown, G. E.

    2010-12-01

    Rapid development of nanotechnologies raises concern regarding the environmental impact of nanoparticles on ecosystems. Among the types of nanoparticles currently in production, metallic silver is the most widely used in nanotechnology (1). Synthetic Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are most often used for their antimicrobial and antifungal properties that are, in part, explained by the release of highly toxic Ag+ species (2). While such properties are desirable in certain applied cases, the release of Ag-NPs and soluble Ag+ species to the environment is expected to impact biota as well as soil and water quality (3). With the production of Ag-NPs projected to increase (1), the amount of Ag-NPs that will be released to the environment through waste streams is also likely to increase. As such, a deeper understanding of the fundamental processes associated with Ag-NPs toxicity and reactivity is needed to evaluate their impact on the environment. We have studied the interaction during aging of poly-acrylic acid (PAA) and Ag-NPs with average particle sizes of 20 ±5 nm. The sample studied was composed of thin films of PAA and Ag-NPs deposited on a Si-wafer support. PAA served as a model compound and a simplified surrogate for exopolysaccharide, an organic substance produced through metabolic activity by most microorganisms. We applied a novel combination of long-period x-ray standing wave fluorescence yield (XSW-FY) spectroscopy, grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction (GI-XRD), and XRD-based standing wave profiles (XSW-XRD) to obtain chemical- and phase-specific information on this sample. After 24 hours, we observed the formation of AgCl(s) in the PAA film of the sample, which suggests oxidation and dissolution of a portion of the Ag-NPs during aging, resulting in the release of Ag+. In addition, we see partitioning of Cl and Br, both present initially in the PAA, to the intact Ag-NPs thin film. To our knowledge, this is the first application of this suite of techniques to this

  2. Antibacterial effect of visible light reactive TiO2/Ag nanocomposite thin film on the orthodontic appliances.

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    Yun, Kwidug; Oh, Gyejeong; Vang, Mongsook; Yang, Hongso; Lim, Hyunpil; Koh, Jeongtae; Jeong, Woonjo; Yoon, Dongjoo; Lee, Kyungku; Lee, Kwangmin; Park, Sangwon

    2011-08-01

    This study evaluated the antibacterial effect of a visible light reactive TiO2/Ag nanocomposite thin film on dental orthodontic wire (STS 304 wire). The growth of S. mutans and A. actinomycetemcomitans was suppressed on the specimens coated with TiO2/Ag compared to the uncoated specimens. The antibacterial effect of the TiO2/Ag nanocomposite thin film was improved under visible light irradiation.

  3. Preparation of amorphous and crystalline Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films

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    Viana, M. M.; Mohallem, N. D. S.; Miquita, D. R.; Balzuweit, K.; Silva-Pinto, E.

    2013-01-01

    Ag/TiO2 thin films have been prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique and sol-gel process using a precursor solution containing titanium alkoxide and silver nitrate in an Ag/Ti atomic ratio of 1:6 and 1:100. These films were annealed at 100 °C and 400 °C and cooled rapidly to obtain silver nanoparticles dispersed in an amorphous TiO2 matrix, confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. Ag/TiO2 nanocrystalline films were also prepared using slow cooling. Silver nanoparticles coalesced and migrated to the thin film surfaces with increasing annealing temperature as observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM). A transmission electron microscope (TEM) was used to induce phase transition in the amorphous matrix into anatase and rutile crystalline phases using a 200 kV electron beam. The variation of the Ag/Ti atomic ratio changed the plasmon resonance absorption and band gap values of the Ag/TiO2 films due to the change in the Ag nanoparticle sizes formed on the surface of films, as verified by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry.

  4. High quality transparent conductive Ag-based barium stannate multilayer flexible thin films.

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    Wu, Muying; Yu, Shihui; He, Lin; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Weifeng

    2017-12-01

    Transparent conductive multilayer thin films of silver (Ag)-embedded barium stannate (BaSnO3) structures have been deposited onto flexible polycarbonate substrates by magnetron sputtering at room temperature to develop an indium free transparent flexible electrode. The effect of thicknesses of Ag mid-layer and barium stannate layers on optical and electrical properties were investigated, and the mechanisms of conduction and transmittance were discussed. The highest value of figure of merit is 25.5 × 10(-3) Ω(-1) for the BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer flexible thin films with 9 nm thick silver mid-layer and 50 nm thick barium stannate layers, while the average optical transmittance in the visible range from 380 to 780 nm is above 87%, the resistivity is 9.66 × 10(-5) Ω · cm, and the sheet resistance is 9.89 Ω/sq. The change rate of resistivity is under 10% after repeated bending of the multilayer flexible thin films. These results indicate that Ag-based barium stannate multilayer flexible thin films can be used as transparent flexible electrodes in various flexible optoelectronic devices.

  5. Preparation of vanadium oxide thin films modified with Ag using a hybrid deposition configuration

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    Gonzalez-Zavala, F.; Escobar-Alarcón, L.; Solís-Casados, D. A.; Rivera-Rodríguez, C.; Basurto, R.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2016-04-01

    The application of a hybrid deposition configuration, formed by the interaction of a laser ablation plasma with a flux of atomic vapor, to deposit vanadium oxide thin films modified with different amounts of silver, is reported. The effect of the amount of Ag incorporated in the films on their structural, morphological, compositional and optical properties was studied. The obtained results reveal that films with variable Ag content from 11.7 to 24.6 at.% were obtained. Depending on the silver content, the samples show very different surface morphologies. Optical characterization indicates the presence of nanostructures of Ag. Thin films containing silver exhibit better photocatalytic performances than unmodified V2O5 films. Raman spectra reveal that as the silver content is increased, the signals associated with V2O5 disappear and new modes attributed mainly to silver vanadates appear suggesting the formation of ternary compounds.

  6. Antimicrobial effect of Al2O3, Ag and Al2O3/Ag thin films on Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas putida

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    Angelov, O.; Stoyanova, D.; Ivanova, I.; Todorova, S.

    2016-10-01

    The influence of Al2O3, Ag and Al2O3/Ag thin films on bacterial growth of Gramnegative bacteria Pseudomonas putida and Escherichia coli is studied. The nanostructured thin films are deposited on glass substrates without intentional heating through r.f. magnetron sputtering in Ar atmosphere of Al2O3 and Ag targets or through sequential sputtering of Al2O3 and Ag targets, respectively. The individual Ag thin films (thickness 8 nm) have a weak bacteriostatic effect on Escherichia coli expressed as an extended adaptive phase of the bacteria up to 5 hours from the beginning of the experiment, but the final effect is only 10 times lower bacterial density than in the control. The individual Al2O3 film (20 nm) has no antibacterial effect against two strains E. coli - industrial and pathogenic. The Al2O3/Ag bilayer films (Al2O3 20 nm/Ag 8 nm) have strong bactericidal effect on Pseudomonas putida and demonstrate an effective time of disinfection for 2 hours. The individual films Al2O3 and Ag have not pronounced antibacterial effect on Pseudomonas putida. A synergistic effect of Al2O3/Ag bilayer films in formation of oxidative species on the surface in contact with the bacterial suspension could be a reason for their antimicrobial effect on E. coli and P. putida.

  7. Influence of Ag doping concentration on structural and optical properties of CdS thin film

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    Kumar, Pragati; Saxena, Nupur; Gupta, Vinay; Agarwal, Avinash

    2015-05-15

    This work shows the influence of Ag concentration on structural properties of pulsed laser deposited nanocrystalline CdS thin film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirm the dopant concentration in CdS films and atomic concentration of elements. XPS studies show that the samples are slightly sulfur deficient. GAXRD scan reveals the structural phase transformation from cubic to hexagonal phase of CdS without appearance of any phase of CdO, Ag{sub 2}O or Ag{sub 2}S suggesting the substitutional doping of Ag ions. Photoluminescence studies illustrate that emission intensity increases with increase in dopant concentration upto 5% and then decreases for higher dopant concentration.

  8. Tailoring the structural and optical properties of TiN thin films by Ag ion implantation

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    Popović, M.; Novaković, M.; Rakočević, Z.; Bibić, N.

    2016-12-01

    Titanium nitride (TiN) thin films thickness of ∼260 nm prepared by dc reactive sputtering were irradiated with 200 keV silver (Ag) ions to the fluences ranging from 5 × 1015 ions/cm2 to 20 × 1015 ions/cm2. After implantation TiN layers were annealed 2 h at 700 °C in a vacuum. Ion irradiation-induced microstructural changes were examined by using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, while the surface topography was observed using atomic force microscopy. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was employed to get insights on the optical and electronic properties of TiN films with respect to their microstructure. The results showed that the irradiations lead to deformation of the lattice, increasing disorder and formation of new Ag phase. The optical results demonstrate the contribution of surface plasmon resonace (SPR) of Ag particles. SPR position shifted in the range of 354.3-476.9 nm when Ag ion fluence varied from 5 × 1015 ions/cm2 to 20 × 1015 ions/cm2. Shift in peak wavelength shows dependence on Ag particles concentration, suggesting that interaction between Ag particles dominate the surface plasmon resonance effect. Presence of Ag as second metal in the layer leads to overall decrease of optical resistivity of TiN.

  9. Optical properties of a-C:H thin films modified by Ti and Ag

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    Prikhodko, Oleg Yu.; Mikhailova, Svetlana L.; Mukhametkarimov, Ershan C.; Maksimova, Suyumbika Ya.; Manabaev, Nurlan K.; Dauthan, Kuanysh

    2016-09-01

    Structure and optical properties of amorphous diamond-like carbon (a-C: H) thin films modified with Ag, Ti and Ag + Ti metal impurities are studied. The films were prepared by ion-plasma magnetron sputtering of combined polycrystalline graphite and metal target in the mixture of Ar and CH4 gases. AFM, SEM and TEM methods show that a-C:H<Ag+Ti> films are heterogeneous, nanostructured and characterized by the presence of silver nanoclusters on the surface sized 60 nm and both Ti and Ag nanoclusters with a mean size (2 ÷ 3) nm in the bulk of films. It was found that in a- C:H<Ag+Ti> films as well as in a-C:H<Ag> films plasma resonance absorption due to excitation of surface plasmons in silver nanoclusters in the visible region of spectrum takes place. Intensity of the resonance absorption in the a- C:H<Ag+Ti> films increases with increase in concentration of silver. The results are important for produce of nanomaterials with nonlinear optical properties based on the amorphous diamond-like carbon films containing metal nanoclusters.

  10. Deposition of Pd–Ag thin film membranes on ceramic supports for hydrogen purification/separation

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    Pereira, A.I.; Pérez, P.; Rodrigues, S.C.; Mendes, A.; Madeira, L.M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Thin film Pd–Ag membranes have been produced for hydrogen selectivity. • Magnetron sputtering yields Pd–Ag compact films for atomic H diffusion. • The thin film Pd–Ag membranes yielded a selectivity of α (H{sub 2}/N{sub 2}) = 10. - Abstract: Pd–Ag based membranes supported on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (doped with yttria-stabilized zirconia) were studied for hydrogen selective separation. Magnetron sputtering technique was employed for the synthesis of thin film membranes. The hydrogen permeation flux is affected by the membrane columnar structure, which is formed during deposition. From scanning electron microscopy analysis, it was observed that different sputtering deposition pressures lead to distinct columnar structure growth. X-ray diffraction patterns provided evidence of a Pd–Ag solid solution with an average crystallite domain size of 21 nm, whose preferential growth can be altered by the deposition pressure. The gas-permeation results have shown that the Pd–Ag membrane supported on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is selective toward H{sub 2}. For optimized membrane synthesis conditions, the permeance toward N{sub 2} is 0.076 × 10{sup −6} mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1} Pa{sup −1} at room temperature, whereas for a pressure difference of 300 kPa the H{sub 2}-flux is of the order of ca. 0.21 mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1}, which corresponds to a permeance of 0.71 × 10{sup −6} mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1} Pa{sup −1}, yielding a selectivity of α (H{sub 2}/N{sub 2}) = 10. These findings suggest that the membrane has a reasonable capacity to selectively permeate this gas.

  11. Surface Thiolation of Al Microspheres to Deposite Thin and Compact Ag Shells for High Conductivity.

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    Wang, Yilong; Wen, Jianghong; Zhao, Suling; Chen, Zhihong; Ren, Ke; Sun, Jie; Guan, Jianguo

    2015-12-15

    In this work, we have demonstrated a method for controllable thiolated functionalization coupled with electroless silver plating to achieve aluminum@silver (Al@Ag) core-shell composite particles with thin and compact layers. First, Al microspheres were functionalized by a well-known polymerizable silane coupling agent, i.e., 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS). Decreasing the ethanol-to-water volume ratio (F) in silane solution produces modification films with high content of thiol groups on Al microspheres, owing to the dehydration of silane molecules with hydroxyl groups on Al microspheres and self-polymerization of silane molecules. Then, ethanol was used as one of the solvents to play a major role in the uniform dispersion of silane coupling agent in the solution, resulting in uniformly distributing and covalently attaching thiol groups on Al microspheres. In electroless silver plating, thiol groups being densely grafted on the surface of Al microspheres favor the heterogeneous nucleation of Ag, since the thiol group can firmly bind with Ag(+) and enable the in situ reduction by the reducing reagent. In this manner, dense Ag nuclei tend to produce thin and compact silver shells on the Al microspheres surfaces. The as-obtained Al@Ag core-shell composite particles show a resistivity as low as (8.58 ± 0.07) × 10(-5) Ω·cm even when the Ag content is as low as 15.46 wt %. Therefore, the as-obtained Al@Ag core-shell composite particles have advantages of low weight, low silver content and high conductivity, which could make it a promising candidate for application in conductive and electromagnetic shielding composite materials.

  12. Photodarkening Effect in a-(GaSe){sub 90}Ag{sub 10} Thin Films

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    Gupta, Shikha; Mustafa, F. I.; Saini, G. S. S.; Goyal, Navdeep; Tripathi, S. K.

    2011-12-12

    The present paper reports the laser induced changes on the optical properties of a-(GaSe){sub 90}Ag{sub 10} thin films prepared by thermal evaporation technique. Thin film samples, on glass substrate, were exposed to laser light of wavelength {lambda} = 532 nm for different exposure times, t{sub E}(t{sub E}=0{sub s}, 500 s, 1000 s and 3000 s). Optical parameters like absorption coefficient and optical energy gap of as- deposited thin film and their laser induced changes were studied at three different times of exposure. The value of absorption coefficient of these thin film increases on exposing the film to laser irradiation. The optical absorption edge shift to lower photon energy i.e. the Photodarkening (PD) effect occurs. The results have been explained on the basis of structural changes that are occurring after the laser irradiation.

  13. The Characteristics of an Antibacterial TiAgN Thin Film Coated by Physical Vapor Deposition Technique.

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    Kang, Byeong-Mo; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Park, Gye-Choon; Yoon, Dong-Joo; Ahn, Ho-Geun; Lim, Yeong-Seog

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we found the characteristics of an antibacterial TiAgN thin film coated on the pure titanium specimen via the physical vapor deposition process (PVD). TiAgN thin films were coated using TiAg alloy targets by arc ion plating method. Changing the process parameters, the surface analysis of TiAgN thin film was observed by FE-SEM and the force of adhesion was measured with Scratch Tester. The proliferation of human gingival fibroblast (HGF) cells was examined by XTT test assay and the antibacterial properties were investigated by culturing Streptococus Mutans (KCTC 3065) using paper disk techniques. At the result of experiment, cytotoxic effects were not found and the antibacterial effects against Streptococus Mutans were appeared over 5 wt% TiAgN specimens.

  14. Structural and optical studies on AgSbSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Asokan, T. Namitha; Urmila, K. S.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-01-28

    AgSbSe{sub 2} semiconducting thin films are successfully deposited using reactive evaporation technique at a substrate temperature of 398K. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline in nature. The structural parameters such as average particle size, dislocation density, and number of crystallites per unit have been evaluated. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to study the topographic characteristics of the film including the grain size and surface roughness. The silver antimony selenide thin films have high absorption coefficient of about 10{sup 5} cm{sup −1} and it has an indirect band gap of 0.64eV.

  15. Effect of Grazing Angle Cross-Ion Irradiation on Ag Thin Films

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    Kumar, Manish; Jangid, Teena; Panchal, Vandana; Kumar, Praveen; Pathak, Abhishek

    2016-10-01

    Apart from the spherical shape, control over other shapes is a technical challenge in synthesis approaches of nanostructures. Here, we studied the effect of grazing angle cross-irradiation Ag thin films for the nanostructures evolution from a top-down approach. Ag thin films of different thicknesses were deposited on Si (100) and glass substrates by electron beam evaporation system and subsequently irradiated at grazing angle ions by 80 keV Ar+ in two steps (to induce effectively a cross-ion irradiation). Pristine films exhibited dense and uniform distribution of Ag nanoparticles with their characteristic surface plasmon resonance-induced absorption peak around 420 nm. When the film surfaces were treated with cross-grazing angle irradiation of Ar ions with varying effective fluences from 0.5 × 1017 ions/cm2 to 2.0 × 1017 ions/cm2, it was found that fluence values governed the competition of sputtering and sputter re-deposition of Ag. As a result, lower irradiation fluence favoured the formation of cone-like nanostructures, whereas high fluence values demonstrated dominant sputtering. Fluence-dependent modification of surface features was studied through the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and the Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Theoretical justifications for the underlying mechanisms are presented to justify the experimental results.

  16. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y.; Talebi, Razieh; Kassar, Thaer; Nahal, Arashmid; Ristein, Jürgen; Unruh, Tobias; Christiansen, Silke H.

    2016-01-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the work-function, dielectric constant and pyroelectric behavior together with morphological and structural thin film properties such as layer thickness, grain structure and texture formation. Notable results are: (i) a remarkable increase of the work-function (by 0.9 eV) of the Ag thin layer after short a iodine exposure time (≤60 s), with simultaneous increase of the thin film transparency (by two orders of magnitude), (ii) pinning of the Fermi level at the valance band maximum upon iodine functionalization, (iii) 84% of all crystallites grain were aligned as a result of the evolution of an internal electric field. Realizing a nano-scale layer stack composed of a dielectric AgI layer on top of a metallic thin Ag layer with such a simple method has some technological implications e.g. to realize optical elements such as planar optical waveguides. PMID:26899434

  17. Synthesis of Ag-TiO2 composite nano thin film for antimicrobial application.

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    Yu, Binyu; Leung, Kar Man; Guo, Qiuquan; Lau, Woon Ming; Yang, Jun

    2011-03-18

    TiO2 photocatalysts have been found to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses under mild UV illumination, which offers numerous potential applications. On the other hand, Ag has long been proved as a good antibacterial material as well. The advantage of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite is to expand the nanomaterial's antibacterial function to a broader range of working conditions. In this study neat TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 composite nanofilms were successfully prepared on silicon wafer via the sol-gel method by the spin-coating technique. The as-prepared composite Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 films with different silver content were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the topologies, microstructures and chemical compositions, respectively. It was found that the silver nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and strongly attached to the mesoporous TiO2 matrix. The morphology of the composite film could be controlled by simply tuning the molar ratio of the silver nitrate aqueous solution. XPS results confirmed that the Ag was in the Ag(0) state. The antimicrobial effect of the synthesized nanofilms was carried out against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 29425) by using an 8 W UV lamp with a constant relative intensity of 0.6 mW cm(-2) and in the dark respectively. The synthesized Ag-TiO2 thin films showed enhanced bactericidal activities compared to the neat TiO2 nanofilm both in the dark and under UV illumination.

  18. Synthesis of Ag-TiO2 composite nano thin film for antimicrobial application

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    Yu, Binyu; Leung, Kar Man; Guo, Qiuquan; Lau, Woon Ming; Yang, Jun

    2011-03-01

    TiO2 photocatalysts have been found to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses under mild UV illumination, which offers numerous potential applications. On the other hand, Ag has long been proved as a good antibacterial material as well. The advantage of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite is to expand the nanomaterial's antibacterial function to a broader range of working conditions. In this study neat TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 composite nanofilms were successfully prepared on silicon wafer via the sol-gel method by the spin-coating technique. The as-prepared composite Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 films with different silver content were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the topologies, microstructures and chemical compositions, respectively. It was found that the silver nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and strongly attached to the mesoporous TiO2 matrix. The morphology of the composite film could be controlled by simply tuning the molar ratio of the silver nitrate aqueous solution. XPS results confirmed that the Ag was in the Ag0 state. The antimicrobial effect of the synthesized nanofilms was carried out against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 29425) by using an 8 W UV lamp with a constant relative intensity of 0.6 mW cm - 2 and in the dark respectively. The synthesized Ag-TiO2 thin films showed enhanced bactericidal activities compared to the neat TiO2 nanofilm both in the dark and under UV illumination.

  19. Chemically deposited In2S3-Ag2S layers to obtain AgInS2 thin films by thermal annealing

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    Lugo, S.; Peña, Y.; Calixto-Rodriguez, M.; López-Mata, C.; Ramón, M. L.; Gómez, I.; Acosta, A.

    2012-12-01

    AgInS2 thin films were obtained by the annealing of chemical bath deposited In2S3-Ag2S layers at 400 °C in N2 for 1 h. According to the XRD and EDX results the chalcopyrite structure of AgInS2 has been obtained. These films have an optical band gap, Eg, of 1.86 eV and an electrical conductivity value of 1.2 × 10-3 (Ω cm)-1.

  20. Atomic scale analysis of phase formation and diffusion kinetics in Ag/Al multilayer thin films

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    Aboulfadl, Hisham; Gallino, Isabella; Busch, Ralf; Mücklich, Frank

    2016-11-01

    Thin films generally exhibit unusual kinetics leading to chemical reactions far from equilibrium conditions. Binary metallic multilayer thin films with miscible elements show some similar behaviors with respect to interdiffusion and phase formation mechanisms. Interfacial density, lattice defects, internal stresses, layer morphologies and deposition conditions strongly control the mass transport between the individual layers. In the present work, Ag/Al multilayer thin films are used as a simple model system, in which the effects of the sputtering power and the bilayer period thickness on the interdiffusion and film reactions are investigated. Multilayers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering undergo calorimetric and microstructural analyses. In particular, atom probe tomography is extensively used to provide quantitative information on concentration gradients, grain boundary segregations, and reaction mechanisms. The magnitude of interdiffusion was found to be inversely proportional to the period thickness for the films deposited under the same conditions, and was reduced using low sputtering power. Both the local segregation at grain boundaries as well as pronounced non-equilibrium supersaturation effects play crucial roles during the early stages of the film reactions. For multilayers with small periods of 10 nm supersaturation of the Al layers with Ag precedes the polymorphic nucleation and growth of the hcp γ-Ag2Al phase. In larger periods the γ phase formation is triggered at junctions between grain boundaries and layers interfaces, where the pathway to heterogeneous nucleation is local supersaturation. Other Ag-rich phases also form as intermediate phases due to asymmetric diffusion rates of parent phases in the γ phase during annealing.

  1. DESIGN OF A THIN QUADRUPOLE TO BE USED IN THE AGS SYNCHROTRON

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    TSOUPAS,N.; AHRENS, L.; ALFORQUE, R.; BAI, M.; BROWN, K.; COURANT, E.; ET AL.

    2007-06-25

    The Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) employs two partial helical snakes[l] to preserve the polarization of the proton beam during acceleration. In order to compensate for the focusing effect of the partial helical snakes on the beam optics in the AGS during acceleration of the beam, we introduced eight quadrupoles in straight sections of the AGS at the proximity of the partial snakes. At injection energies, the strength of each quad is set at a high value, and is ramped down to zero as the effect of the snakes diminishes by the square of beam's rigidity. Four of the eight compensation quadrupoles had to be placed in very short straight sections -30 cm in length, therefore the quadruples had be thin with an overall length of less than 30 cm. In this paper we will discus: (a) the mechanical and magnetic specifications of the ''thin'' quadrupole. (b) the method to minimize the strength of the dodecapole harmonic, (c) the method to optimize the thickness of the laminations that the magnet iron is made, (d) mechanical tolerances of the magnet, (e) comparison of the measured and calculated magnetic multipoles of the quadrupole.

  2. Patterned nanostructure in AgCo/Pt/MgO(001) thin films

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    Liu, Zhi-Rong; Gao, Huajian; Chen, L. Q.; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2003-07-01

    The formation of a patterned nanostructure in an AgCo/Pt/MgO(001) thin film is simulated by a technique of combining molecular dynamics and phase-field theory. The dislocation (strain) network existing in Pt/MgO is used as a template whose pattern is transferred to the AgCo phase in spinodal decomposition, resulting in regular arrays of Co islands that are attracted by the dislocations. The influence of various factors, such as the component concentration and film thickness, is studied. It is found that the spinodal decomposition of AgCo in this system is mainly characterized by a competition between a surface-directed layer structure and the strain-induced patterned structure, where the patterned Ag-Co structure only dominates in a small range near the interface (less than ten atomic layers). However, if the interlayer diffusion can be minimized by controlling film growth conditions, it is shown that the patterned structure can be formed throughout the entire film.

  3. Optical and structural properties of Cr and Ag thin films deposited on glass substrate

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    Rauf, A.; Ahmed, K.; Nasim, F.; Khan, A. N.; Gul, A.

    2016-08-01

    Most of the rotating or noting patterns are being developed by using silver plating through chemical coating. Silver layers deteriorate with the passage of time and become less reflective while undergo through cleaning process due to its softness and the results become unpredictable. In this paper an alternate method for development of above mentioned pattern has been demonstrated. Chromium (Cr) and Silver (Ag) thin films of 200nm and 160nm thick respectively have been realized using electron beam evaporation (PVD technique) on quartz substrate. Structural analysis has been carried out by XRD and SEM while optical transmission/reflection has been studied using spectrophotometer. XRD analysis shows that Ag coated thin films exhibit FCC structure while Cr coated thin films reveals a BCC structure. SEM analysis shows almost smooth and uniform surfaces in both cases. After passing through high and low temperature cycles it was found that the results of pattern structures developed by chromium coating were more reliable than obtained through silver platting process.

  4. Nanoindentation study of electrodeposited Ag thin coating: An inverse calculation of anisotropic elastic-plastic properties

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    Cheng, Guang; Sun, Xin; Wang, Yuxin; Tay, See Leng; Gao, Wei

    2017-01-01

    A new inverse method was proposed to calculate the anisotropic elastic-plastic properties (flow stress) of thin electrodeposited Ag coating utilizing nanoindentation tests, previously reported inverse method for isotropic materials and three-dimensional (3-D) finite element analyses (FEA). Indentation depth was ~4% of coating thickness (~10 μm) to avoid substrate effect and different indentation responses were observed in the longitudinal (L) and the transverse (T) directions. The estimated elastic-plastic properties were obtained in the newly developed inverse method by matching the predicted indentation responses in the L and T directions with experimental measurements considering indentation size effect (ISE). The results were validated with tensile flow curves measured from free-standing (FS) Ag film. The current method can be utilized to characterize the anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of coatings and to provide the constitutive properties for coating performance evaluations.

  5. SPR sensitivity of silver nanorods in CsBr-Ag nanocomposite thin films

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    Lovkush; Ravikant, Chhaya; Arun, P.; Kumar, Kuldeep

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the optical and morphological properties of CsBr-Ag complex thin films deposited by thermal evaporation on glass substrate. By varying the thickness of the film with fixed mass ratio of cesium bromide and silver, we observed a broad absorption peak in the visible region from 350 to 450 nm corresponding to the transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (SPR) mode. Red shift is observed, with varying film thickness, in SPR peak position corresponding to longitudinal mode with no significant change in transverse mode due to variation in the aspect ratio of the silver nano crystalline grains. Scanning electron microscope and EDX revealed the formation of silver nanorods in film samples. Such, stable and tunable CsBr-Ag films can be used in optical filters.

  6. Surface electronic structure of polar NiO thin film grown on Ag(111)

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    Das, Jayanta; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2015-06-24

    The growth and structure of NiO thin films on top of Ag(111) substrate were studied where the formation of faceted surface was confirmed by Low Energy Electron Diffraction. The electronic structure of polar NiO(111) surface has been probed using photoemission techniques. The core energy levels and the valence band electronic structure were excited by x-ray and ultraviolet photons respectively. The modifications in physical structure and valence band electronic structure of the film under vacuum annealing have also been enlightened.

  7. Quantitative investigation of light induced defects in glassy Se90Ag10 thin films

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    Kumar, Anjani; Kumar, D.; Dwivedi, Prabhat K.; Kumar, A.

    2016-05-01

    An attempt is made to investigate light induced defects (LID) in amorphous chalcogenide Se90Ag10 thin films prepared by vacuum evaporation technique. For the determination of light induced defects quantitatively, space charge limited current (SCLC) measurements have been made in a vacuum ~ 10-3 Torr before and after exposing amorphous films to white light for different exposure times (0 to 6 hours). Results indicate that light induced defects are created due to prolonged exposure of light which is explained by a microscopic model for light induced defects creation proposed by Shimakawa and co-workers.

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

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    Wibowo, Singgih Sutanto, Heri

    2016-02-08

    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%.

  9. 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%.

  10. A dry method to synthesize dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures utilizing CdSe quantum dots and Ag thin films

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    Hu, Lian; Zhang, Bingpo; Xu, Tianning; Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures are synthesized in a dry environment by UV irradiating the hybrids composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and silver (Ag). UV irradiation on CdSe QDs induces a photooxidation effect on the QD surface and leads to the formation of SeO2 components. Then SeO2 reacts with the Ag atoms in either Ag film or QD layer to produce the Ag2Se. The growth mechanism of Ag2Se dendrites on solid Ag films is explored and explained by a diffusion limited aggregation model in which the QD layer provides enough freedom for Ag2Se motion. Since the oxidation of the CdSe QDs is the critical step for the Ag2Se dendrites formation this dry chemical interaction between QDs and Ag film can be applied in the study of the QD surface chemical properties. With this dry synthesis method, the Ag2Se dendrites can also be facilely formed at the designed area on Ag substrates.

  11. A dry method to synthesize dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures utilizing CdSe quantum dots and Ag thin films.

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    Hu, Lian; Zhang, Bingpo; Xu, Tianning; Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2015-01-09

    Dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures are synthesized in a dry environment by UV irradiating the hybrids composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and silver (Ag). UV irradiation on CdSe QDs induces a photooxidation effect on the QD surface and leads to the formation of SeO2 components. Then SeO2 reacts with the Ag atoms in either Ag film or QD layer to produce the Ag2Se. The growth mechanism of Ag2Se dendrites on solid Ag films is explored and explained by a diffusion limited aggregation model in which the QD layer provides enough freedom for Ag2Se motion. Since the oxidation of the CdSe QDs is the critical step for the Ag2Se dendrites formation this dry chemical interaction between QDs and Ag film can be applied in the study of the QD surface chemical properties. With this dry synthesis method, the Ag2Se dendrites can also be facilely formed at the designed area on Ag substrates.

  12. Characterization of Ag nanostructures fabricated by laser-induced dewetting of thin films

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    Nikov, Ru. G.; Nedyalkov, N. N.; Atanasov, P. A.; Hirsch, D.; Rauschenbach, B.; Grochowska, K.; Sliwinski, G.

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents results on laser nanostructuring of Ag thin films. The thin films are deposited on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition technology. The as fabricated films are then annealed by nanosecond laser pulses delivered by Nd:YAG laser system operated at λ = 355 nm. The film modification is studied as a function of the film thickness and the parameters of the laser irradiation as pulse number and laser fluence. In order to estimate the influence of the environment on the characteristics of the fabricated structures the Ag films are annealed in different surrounding media: water, air and vacuum. It is found that at certain conditions the laser treatment may lead to decomposition of the films into a monolayer of nanoparticles with narrow size distribution. The optical properties of the fabricated nanostructures are investigated on the basis of transmission spectra taken by optical spectrometer. In the measured spectra plasmon resonance band is observed as its shape and position vary depending on the processing conditions. The fabricated structures are covered with Rhodamine 6G and tested as active substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

  13. 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.

  14. A microscopic study of strongly plasmonic Au and Ag island thin films

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    Pavaskar, Prathamesh; Hsu, I.-Kai; Theiss, Jesse; Hsuan Hung, Wei; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2013-01-01

    Thin Au and Ag evaporated films (˜5 nm) are known to form island-like growth, which exhibit a strong plasmonic response under visible illumination. In this work, evaporated thin films are imaged with high resolution transmission electron microscopy, to reveal the structure of the semicontinuous metal island film with sub-nm resolution. The electric field distributions and the absorption spectra of these semicontinuous island film geometries are then simulated numerically using the finite difference time domain method and compared with the experimentally measured absorption spectra. We find surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factors as high as 108 in the regions of small gaps (≤2 nm), which dominate the electromagnetic response of these films. The small gap enhancement is further substantiated by a statistical analysis of the electric field intensity as a function of the nanogap size. Areal SERS enhancement factors of 4.2 × 104 are obtained for these films. These plasmonic films can also enhance the performance of photocatalytic and photovoltaic phenomena, through near-field coupling. For TiO2 photocatalysis, we calculate enhancement factors of 16 and 19 for Au and Ag, respectively. We study the effect of annealing on these films, which results in a large reduction in electric field strength due to increased nanoparticle spacing.

  15. The effects of deposition time on surface morphology, structural, electrical and optical properties of sputtered Ag-Cu thin films

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    Ahmadpourian, Azin; Luna, Carlos; Boochani, Arash; Arman, Ali; Achour, Amine; Rezaee, Sahare; Naderi, Sirvan

    2016-10-01

    The preparation of designed nanostructured thin films combining nano grains of different compositions and physical properties represents a promising avenue for the exploration of novel collective behaviors with technological potentials. Herein, nanostructured Ag-Cu thin films with different surface morphology properties were grown by magnetron sputtering varying the deposition time (4-24 min) and fixing the other deposition conditions. X-ray diffraction studies corroborated that Cu and Ag tend to appear as separated phases with nanometric sizes due to the fact that these elements are rather immiscible. The deposited Cu tended to be partially oxidized with crystal sizes of several tens of nm, whereas the deposited Ag phase displayed a poor crystallinity with an average crystal size of around 3nm. However, at deposition time of few minutes, the formation of Ag-Cu crystals with a preferable crystallization orientation along the [111] direction was detected. The surface morphology of the obtained thin films was studied by atomic force microscopy determining the surface roughness and average particle sizes of the samples. These parameters were correlated with the plasmon resonance extinction bands of the different Ag-Cu films and their electrical properties, providing a reproducible route to obtain thin films with tuned electrical resistances and optical properties.

  16. Structuring of DLC:Ag nanocomposite thin films employing plasma chemical etching and ion sputtering

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    Tamulevičius, Tomas; Tamulevičienė, Asta; Virganavičius, Dainius; Vasiliauskas, Andrius; Kopustinskas, Vitoldas; Meškinis, Šarūnas; Tamulevičius, Sigitas

    2014-12-01

    We analyze structuring effects of diamond like carbon based silver nanocomposite (DLC:Ag) thin films by CF4/O2 plasma chemical etching and Ar+ sputtering. DLC:Ag films were deposited employing unbalanced reactive magnetron sputtering of silver target with Ar+ in C2H2 gas atmosphere. Films with different silver content (0.6-12.9 at.%) were analyzed. The films (as deposited and exposed to plasma chemical etching) were characterized employing scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDS), optical microscopy, ultraviolet-visible light (UV-VIS) spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. After deposition, the films were plasma chemically etched in CF4/O2 mixture plasma for 2-6 min. It is shown that optical properties of thin films and silver nano particle size distribution can be tailored during deposition changing the magnetron current and C2H2/Ar ratio or during following plasma chemical etching. The plasma etching enabled to reveal the silver filler particle size distribution and to control silver content on the surface that was found to be dependent on Ostwald ripening process of silver nano-clusters. Employing contact lithography and 4 μm period mask in photoresist or aluminum the films were patterned employing CF4/O2 mixture plasma chemical etching, direct Ar+ sputtering or combined etching processes. It is shown that different processing recipes result in different final grating structures. Selective carbon etching in CF4/O2 gas mixture with photoresist mask revealed micrometer range lines of silver nanoparticles, while Ar+ sputtering and combined processing employing aluminum mask resulted in nanocomposite material (DLC:Ag) micropatterns.

  17. Laser irradiation of ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al multilayers for electrical isolation in thin film photovoltaics

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    2013-01-01

    Laser irradiation of ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al transparent contacts is investigated for segmentation purposes. The quality of the irradiated areas has been experimentally evaluated by separation resistance measurements, and the results are complemented with a thermal model used for numerical simulations of the laser process. The presence of the Ag interlayer plays two key effects on the laser scribing process by increasing the maximum temperature reached in the structure and accelerating the cool down process. These evidences can promote the use of ultra-thin ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al electrode in large-area products, such as for solar modules. PMID:24053228

  18. Light induced diffusion driven self assembly of Ag nanoparticles in a-Se/Ag bi-layer thin film with ultrafast optical response

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    Bapna, Mukund; Sharma, Rituraj; Barik, A. R.; Khan, Pritam; Ranjan Kumar, Rakesh; Adarsh, K. V.

    2013-05-01

    In this Letter, we demonstrate that femtosecond light-induced interdiffusion of Ag driven by the electrostatic attraction between photo-excited Ag+ ions and negatively charged amorphous layer can act as an efficient single step method for hybrid integration of spatially ordered and interconnected nanoparticles on the surface of amorphous films. Such self assembled complex hybrid structures of silver nanoparticles via bottom-up nano-construction method on a-Se thin film show an ultrafast optical response over an unusually broad wavelength range that can be used to construct optical modulators operating at switching speed of ˜5 ps.

  19. Structural analysis of TiO2 and TiO2-Ag thin films and their antibacterial behaviors

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Yu, R. B.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.

    2012-01-01

    TiO2 (rutile and anatase) thin films was first prepared using reactive sputtering, in an Ar+O2 plasma. In the 2nd stage of the experiment, various amounts (3, 7, and 10 at. %) of Ag was doped into the rutile film in order to form TiO2-Ag thin films. These films were annealed for one hour in Ar atmosphere, at 300, 400, and 500 °C. The films' structures were then examined using X-ray diffractometry. FESEM (field-emission scaning electron microscopy) was used to investigate the surface emergence of Ag particles. As for the examination of optical band gaps and absorption of these films, UV-Vis-NIR photometer was used. The results show that, in as-deposited condition, the addition of Ag might disrupt the growth of crystalline structure and cause the formation of amorphous films. After annealing, it is found that the structure tends to become anatase phase which is a metastable phase between amorphous titanium oxide and rutile. More importantly, the absorption of the Ag-doped films would be enhanced in the visible-light range. Some of the enhancement is clearly due to plasmon resonance effect. The Ag-doped samples have shown some antibacterial effect in dark. When irradiated with light, the samples show a synergistic behavior combining the bactericidal effect of Ag ions and photocatalytic effect of TiO2.

  20. Theory and practical considerations of multilayer dielectric thin-film stacks in Ag-coated hollow waveguides.

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    Bledt, Carlos M; Melzer, Jeffrey E; Harrington, James A

    2014-02-01

    This analysis explores the theory and design of dielectric multilayer reflection-enhancing thin film stacks based on high and low refractive index alternating layers of cadmium sulfide (CdS) and lead sulfide (PbS) on silver (Ag)-coated hollow glass waveguides (HGWs) for low loss transmission at midinfrared wavelengths. The fundamentals for determining propagation losses in such multilayer thin-film-coated Ag hollow waveguides is thoroughly discussed, and forms the basis for further theoretical analysis presented in this study. The effects on propagation loss resulting from several key parameters of these multilayer thin film stacks is further explored in order to bridge the gap between results predicted through calculation under ideal conditions and deviations from such ideal models that often arise in practice. In particular, the effects on loss due to the number of dielectric thin film layers deposited, deviation from ideal individual layer thicknesses, and surface roughness related scattering losses are presented and thoroughly investigated. Through such extensive theoretical analysis the level of understanding of the underlying loss mechanisms of multilayer thin-film Ag-coated HGWs is greatly advanced, considerably increasing the potential practical development of next-generation ultralow-loss mid-IR Ag/multilayer dielectric-coated HGWs.

  1. Combinatorial Study of Ag-Te Thin Films and Their Application as Cation Supply Layer in CBRAM Cells.

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    Devulder, Wouter; Opsomer, Karl; Meersschaut, Johan; Deduytsche, Davy; Jurczak, Malgorzata; Goux, Ludovic; Detavernier, Christophe

    2015-05-11

    In this work, we investigate binary Ag-Te thin films and their functionality as a cation supply layer in conductive bridge random access memory devices. A combinatorial sputter deposition technique is used to deposit a graded Ag(x)Te(1-x) (0 < x < 1) layer with varying composition as a function of the position on the substrate. The crystallinity, surface morphology, and material stability under thermal treatment as a function of the composition of the material are investigated. From this screening, a narrow composition range between 33 and 38 at% Te is selected which shows a good morphology and a high melting temperature. Functionality of a single Ag(2-δ)Te composition as cation supply layer in CBRAM with dedicated Al2O3 switching layer is then investigated by implementing it in 580 μm diameter dot Pt/Ag(2-δ)Te/Al2O3/Si cells. Switching properties are investigated and compared to cells with a pure Ag cation supply layer. An improved cycling behavior is observed when Te is added compared to pure Ag, which we relate to the ionic conducting properties of Ag2Te and the preferred formation of Ag-Te phases.

  2. Emission enhancement in indium zinc oxide(IZO)/Ag/IZO sandwiched structure due to surface plasmon resonance of thin Ag film

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    Kiba, Takayuki; Yanome, Kazuki; Kawamura, Midori; Abe, Yoshio; Kim, Kyung Ho; Takayama, Junichi; Murayama, Akihiro

    2016-12-01

    We report on a photoluminescence (PL) enhancement in IZO/Ag/IZO sandwiched structure via surface plasmonic effects of 14 nm-thick Ag film. In the presence of Ag thin film, the 2-8-fold enhancement was observed for the broad PL around 2.34 eV, which can be originated from defect states in amorphous IZO film. The results of time-resolved PL spectra suggested that the increase in radiative recombination rate, and the maximum Purcell factor of 19 was estimated from the analysis of the PL decay profiles. The comparison between the results of static- and dynamic-PL measurement suggests that the non-radiative process after the excitation of the surface plasmon of the silver film also affects the total efficiency of the emission enhancement.

  3. Application of patterned Ag-nanowire networks to transparent thin-film heaters and electrodes for organic light-emitting diodes

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    Kim, Seung-Rok; Triambulo, Ross E.; Kim, Jin-Hoon; Park, Jaeyoon; Jeong, Unyong; Park, Jin-Woo

    2016-06-01

    We present patterned Ag-nanowire (AgNW) networks for their application to transparent electrodes in flexible devices. Using capillary-force-based soft lithography (CFL), we formed 25- to 30-µm-wide line patterns of AgNWs on flexible polymer substrates. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and transparent thin-film heaters (TFHs) were successfully fabricated on the patterned substrates, which verified the potential of AgNW patterns formed by CFL as interconnects in flexible devices.

  4. Collective magnetic behaviors of Fe-Ag nanostructured thin films above the percolation limit

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    Alonso, J.; Fdez-Gubieda, M. L.; Barandiaran, J. M.; Svalov, A.; Sarmiento, G.; Fernandez Barquin, L.; Pedro, I. de; Orue, I.

    2009-04-01

    The magnetic behavior of sputtered and pulsed laser deposited (PLD) Fe{sub x}Ag{sub 100-x} thin films with 27{<=}x{<=}55 has been studied by means of ac and dc magnetic measurements. Sputtered samples present a continuous decrease in the magnetization, down to 310 K for x=30, where a magnetic transition into a superparamagnetic state with the presence of dipolar interactions is observed. The ac susceptibility measurements indicate that this transition resembles that of three dimensional glassy systems. Sputtered samples with higher concentration of Fe present a similar but slower thermal evolution of magnetization. PLD samples with x{>=}50 show a Curie-Weiss-type transition above {approx}200 K triggered by direct exchange interactions. As the temperature decreases, the system behaves like a ferromagnet and below {approx}75 K, a transition into a cluster-glass state appears. As the composition decreases, these phenomena vanish.

  5. Large-scale preparation of strawberry-like, AgNP-doped SiO2 microspheres using the electrospraying method

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    Ma, Zhijun; Ji, Huijiao; Tan, Dezhi; Dong, Guoping; Teng, Yu; Zhou, Jiajia; Guan, Miaojia; Qiu, Jianrong; Zhang, Ming

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, we report on a novel strategy for the preparation of silver nanoparticle-doped SiO2 microspheres (Ag-SMSs) with an interesting strawberry-like morphology using a simple and efficient electrospraying method. SEM (scanning electron microscopy), TEM (transmission electron microscopy), XRD (x-ray diffraction), EDS (energy-dispersive spectroscopy) and UV-vis spectra (ultraviolet-visible spectra) were applied to investigate the morphology, structure, composition and optical properties of the hybrid microspheres, and E. coli (Escherichia coli) was used as a model microbe to evaluate their antibacterial ability. The results showed that the Ag-SMSs were environmentally stable and washing resistant. The Ag-SMSs exhibited effective inhibition against proliferation of E. coli, and their antibacterial ability could be well preserved for a long time. The environmental stability, washing resistance, efficient antibacterial ability and simple but productive preparation method endowed the Ag-SMSs with great potential for practical biomedical applications.

  6. Silver activation on thin films of Ag-ZrCN coatings for antimicrobial activity.

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    Ferreri, I; Calderon V, S; Escobar Galindo, R; Palacio, C; Henriques, M; Piedade, A P; Carvalho, S

    2015-10-01

    Nowadays, with the increase of elderly population and related health problems, knee and hip joint prosthesis are being widely used worldwide. However, failure of these invasive devices occurs in a high percentage thus demanding the revision of the chirurgical procedure. Within the reasons of failure, microbial infections, either hospital or subsequently-acquired, contribute in high number to the statistics. Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) has emerged as one of the major nosocomial pathogens associated with these infections. Silver has a historic performance in medicine due to its potent antimicrobial activity, with a broad-spectrum on the activity of different types of microorganisms. Consequently, the main goal of this work was to produce Ag-ZrCN coatings with antimicrobial activity, for the surface modification of hip prostheses. Thin films of ZrCN with several silver concentrations were deposited onto stainless steel 316 L, by DC reactive magnetron sputtering, using two targets, Zr and Zr with silver pellets (Zr+Ag target), in an atmosphere containing Ar, C2H2 and N2. The antimicrobial activity of the modified surfaces was tested against S. epidermidis and the influence of an activation step of silver was assessed by testing samples after immersion in a 5% (w/v) NaClO solution for 5 min. The activation procedure revealed to be essential for the antimicrobial activity, as observed by the presence of an inhibition halo on the surface with 11 at.% of Ag. The morphology analysis of the surface before and after the activation procedure revealed differences in silver distribution indicating segregation/diffusion of the metallic element to the film's surface. Thus, the results indicate that the silver activation step is responsible for an antimicrobial effect of the coatings, due to silver oxidation and silver ion release.

  7. Optical properties and oxidation of α-phase Ag-Al thin films.

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    De Silva, Kaludewa S B; Keast, Vicki J; Gentle, Angus; Cortie, Michael B

    2017-03-03

    We investigate a series of Ag-Al thin films containing up to 12 at% Al with the purpose of discovering whether these alloys would be a better choice for nanophotonic applications than pure Ag. Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, AFM, x-ray diffraction and density functional theory are applied to explore and characterize the materials. Electromagnetic simulations of optical properties are used to place the results into a theoretical framework. We find that the increase in electron-to-atom ratio associated with the Al additions changes the optical properties: additions of the order of 1-2 at% Al are beneficial as they are associated with favorable changes in the dielectric function, but for greater additions of Al there is a flattening of the absorption edge and an increase in optical loss. In addition, contents of more than about 2 at% Al are associated with the onset of time-dependent intergranular oxidation, which causes a pronounced dip in the reflectance spectrum at about 2.3-2.4 eV (∼500-540 nm).

  8. Acetylene trimerization on Ag, Pd and Rh atoms deposited on MgO thin films.

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    Judai, Ken; Wörz, Anke S; Abbet, Stéphane; Antonietti, Jean-Marie; Heiz, Ueli; Del Vitto, Annalisa; Giordano, Livia; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2005-03-07

    The acetylene trimerization on the group VIII transition metal atoms, Rh and Pd, as well as on Ag atoms supported on MgO thin films has been studied experimentally and theoretically. The three metal atoms with the atomic configurations 4d(8)5s1 (Rh), 4d10s0 (Pd) and 4d(10)5s1 (Ag) behave distinctly differently. The coinage metal atom silver is basically inert for this reaction, whereas Pd is active at 220 and 320 K, and Rh produces benzene in a rather broad temperature range from 350 to ca. 430 K. The origins of these differences are not only the different electronic configurations, leading to a weak interaction of acetylene with silver due to strong Pauli repulsion with the 5s electron but also the different stability and dynamics of the three atoms on the MgO surface. In particular, Rh and Pd atoms interact differently with surface defects like the oxygen vacancies (F centers) and the step edges. Pd atoms migrate already at low temperature exclusively to F centers where the cyclotrimerization is efficiently promoted. The Rh atoms on the other hand are not only trapped on F centers but also at step edges up to about 300 K. Interestingly, only Rh atoms on F centers catalyze the trimerization reaction whereas they are turned inert on the step edges due to strong steric effects.

  9. Single-pulse transformation of Ag thin film into nanoparticles via laser-induced dewetting

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    Oh, Yoonseok; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we show that Ag thin films deposited on glass can be transformed into nanoparticles by laser-induced dewetting using a nanosecond-pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The film could be completely dewetted by a single pulse and the pulse energy density required for a 10 nm-thick Ag film was 86 mJ/cm2 at λ = 1064 nm. This made it possible to dewet a film area of ∼10 cm2 by a single pulse with energy of 850 mJ. The produced particles exhibited a monomodal size distribution and the mean particle size increased as the initial film thickness increased. Repeated exposure to pulses induced no noticeable change in the particle size distribution. The initial film thickness was the only factor that determined the mean particle size. The absorption spectra of dewetted films were well consistent with the surface plasma resonance behaviors of metal nanoparticles. This process provides a facile and scalable method of forming metal nanoparticle arrays for plasmonic and other applications.

  10. Ag2ZnSn(S,Se)4: A highly promising absorber for thin film photovoltaics.

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    Chagarov, Evgueni; Sardashti, Kasra; Kummel, Andrew C; Lee, Yun Seog; Haight, Richard; Gershon, Talia S

    2016-03-14

    The growth in efficiency of earth-abundant kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) solar cells has slowed, due in part to the intrinsic limitations imposed by the band tailing attributed primarily to I-II antisite exchange. In this study, density functional theory simulations show that when Ag is substituted for Cu to form kesterite Ag2ZnSnSe4 (AZTSe), the I-II isolated antisite formation energy becomes 3.7 times greater than in CZTSSe, resulting in at least an order of magnitude reduction in I-II antisite density. Experimental evidence of an optoelectronically improved material is also provided. Comparison of the low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) structure of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), CZTSSe, and AZTSe shows that AZTSe has a shallow defect structure with emission significantly closer to the band edge than CZTSe. Existence of suppressed band tailing is found in the proximity of the room-temperature PL peak of AZTSe to its measured band gap. The results are consistent with AZTSe being a promising alternative to CZTSSe and CIGSe for thin film photovoltaics.

  11. Ag2ZnSn(S,Se)4: A highly promising absorber for thin film photovoltaics

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    Chagarov, Evgueni; Sardashti, Kasra; Kummel, Andrew C.; Lee, Yun Seog; Haight, Richard; Gershon, Talia S.

    2016-03-01

    The growth in efficiency of earth-abundant kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) solar cells has slowed, due in part to the intrinsic limitations imposed by the band tailing attributed primarily to I-II antisite exchange. In this study, density functional theory simulations show that when Ag is substituted for Cu to form kesterite Ag2ZnSnSe4 (AZTSe), the I-II isolated antisite formation energy becomes 3.7 times greater than in CZTSSe, resulting in at least an order of magnitude reduction in I-II antisite density. Experimental evidence of an optoelectronically improved material is also provided. Comparison of the low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) structure of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), CZTSSe, and AZTSe shows that AZTSe has a shallow defect structure with emission significantly closer to the band edge than CZTSe. Existence of suppressed band tailing is found in the proximity of the room-temperature PL peak of AZTSe to its measured band gap. The results are consistent with AZTSe being a promising alternative to CZTSSe and CIGSe for thin film photovoltaics.

  12. Large third-order optical nonlinearity in vertically oriented mesoporous silica thin films embedded with Ag nanoparticles

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    Tan, Min; Liu, Qiming

    2016-12-01

    Taking advantage of the channel confinement of mesoporous films to prevent the agglomeration of Ag nanoparticles to achieve large third-order optical nonlinearity in amorphous materials, Ag-loaded composite mesoporous silica film was prepared by the electrochemical deposition method on ITO substrate. Ag ions were firstly transported into the channels of mesoporous film by the diffusion and binding force of channels, which were reduced to nanoparticles by applying suitable voltage. The existence and uniform distribution of Ag nanoparticles ranging in 1-10 nm in the mesoporous silica thin films were exhibited by UV spectrophotometer, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. The third-order optical nonlinearity induced by Ag nanoparticles was studied by the Z-scan technique. Due to the local field surface plasmon resonance, the maximum third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility of Ag-loaded composite mesoporous silica film is 1.53×10-10 esu, which is 1000 times larger than that of the Ag-contained chalcogenide glasses which showed large nonlinearity in amorphous materials.

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy of picene thin films formed on Ag(111)

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    Yoshida, Yasuo Yokosuka, Takuya; Hasegawa, Yukio; Yang, Hung-Hsiang; Huang, Hsu-Sheng; Guan, Shu-You; Su, Wei-Bin; Chang, Chia-Seng; Yanagisawa, Susumu; Lin, Minn-Tsong; Hoffmann, Germar

    2014-09-21

    Using ultrahigh-vacuum low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy combined with first principles density functional theory calculations, we have investigated structural and electronic properties of pristine and potassium (K)-deposited picene thin films formed in situ on a Ag(111) substrate. At low coverages, the molecules are uniformly distributed with the long axis aligned along the [112{sup ¯}] direction of the substrate. At higher coverages, ordered structures composed of monolayer molecules are observed, one of which is a monolayer with tilted and flat-lying molecules resembling a (11{sup ¯}0) plane of the bulk crystalline picene. Between the molecules and the substrate, the van der Waals interaction is dominant with negligible hybridization between their electronic states; a conclusion that contrasts with the chemisorption exhibited by pentacene molecules on the same substrate. We also observed a monolayer picene thin film in which all molecules were standing to form an intermolecular π stacking. Two-dimensional delocalized electronic states are found on the K-deposited π stacking structure.

  14. Structural and optical properties of (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin film alloys

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    Boyle, J. H.; Shafarman, W. N.; Birkmire, R. W.; McCandless, B. E.

    2014-06-14

    The structural and optical properties of pentenary alloy (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin films were characterized over the entire compositional range at a fixed (Cu + Ag)/(In + Ga) ratio. Films deposited at 550 °C on bare and molybdenum coated soda-lime glass by elemental co-evaporation in a single-stage process with constant incident fluxes exhibit single phase chalcopyrite structure, corresponding to 122 spacegroup (I-42d) over the entire compositional space. Unit cell refinement of the diffraction patterns show that increasing Ag substitution for Cu, the refined a{sub o} lattice constant, (Ag,Cu)-Se bond length, and anion displacement increase in accordance with the theoretical model proposed by Jaffe, Wei, and Zunger. However, the refined c{sub o} lattice constant and (In,Ga)-Se bond length deviated from theoretical expectations for films with mid-range Ag and Ga compositions and are attributed to influences from crystallographic bond chain ordering or cation electronegativity. The optical band gap, derived from transmission and reflection measurements, widened with increasing Ag and Ga content, due to influences from anion displacement and cation electronegativity, as expected from theoretical considerations for pseudo-binary chalcopyrite compounds.

  15. A Solid-State Thin-Film Ag/AgCl Reference Electrode Coated with Graphene Oxide and Its Use in a pH Sensor

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    Kim, Tae Yong; Hong, Sung A; Yang, Sung

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we describe a novel solid-state thin-film Ag/AgCl reference electrode (SSRE) that was coated with a protective layer of graphene oxide (GO). This layer was prepared by drop casting a solution of GO on the Ag/AgCl thin film. The potential differences exhibited by the SSRE were less than 2 mV for 26 days. The cyclic voltammograms of the SSRE were almost similar to those of a commercial reference electrode, while the diffusion coefficient of Fe(CN)63− as calculated from the cathodic peaks of the SSRE was 6.48 × 10−6 cm2/s. The SSRE was used in conjunction with a laboratory-made working electrode to determine its suitability for practical use. The average pH sensitivity of this combined sensor was 58.5 mV/pH in the acid-to-base direction; the correlation coefficient was greater than 0.99. In addition, an integrated pH sensor that included the SSRE was packaged in a secure digital (SD) card and tested. The average sensitivity of the chip was 56.8 mV/pH, with the correlation coefficient being greater than 0.99. In addition, a pH sensing test was also performed by using a laboratory-made potentiometer, which showed a sensitivity of 55.4 mV/pH, with the correlation coefficient being greater than 0.99. PMID:25789490

  16. Thermally induced effect on sub-band gap absorption in Ag doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Sharma, Kriti; Bharti, Shivani; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-01

    Thin films of Ag doped CdSe have been prepared by thermal evaporation using inert gas condensation (IGC) method taking Argon as inert gas. The prepared thin films are annealed at 363 K for one hour. The sub-band gap absorption spectra in the as deposited and annealed thin films have been studied using constant photocurrent method (CPM). The absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region is described by an Urbach tail in both as deposited and annealed thin films. The value of Urbach energy and number density of trap states have been calculated from the absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region which have been found to increase after annealing treatment indicating increase in disorderness in the lattice. The energy distribution of the occupied density of states below Fermi level has also been studied using derivative procedure of absorption coefficient.

  17. Thickness Dispersion of Surface Plasmon of Ag Nano-thin Films: Determination by Ellipsometry Iterated with Transmittance Method

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    Gong, Junbo; Dai, Rucheng; Wang, Zhongping; Zhang, Zengming

    2015-03-01

    Effective optical constants of Ag thin films are precisely determined with effective thickness simultaneously by using an ellipsometry iterated with transmittance method. Unlike the bulk optical constants in Palik's database the effective optical constants of ultrathin Ag films are found to strongly depend on the thickness. According to the optical data two branches of thickness dispersion of surface plasmon energy are derived and agreed with theoretical predication. The thickness dispersion of bulk plasmon is also observed. The influence of substrate on surface plasmon is verified for the first time by using ellipsometry. The thickness dependent effective energy loss function is thus obtained based on this optical method for Ag ultrathin films. This method is also applicable to other ultrathin films and can be used to establish an effective optical database for ultrathin films.

  18. Thickness Dispersion of Surface Plasmon of Ag Nano-thin Films: Determination by Ellipsometry Iterated with Transmittance Method

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    Gong, Junbo; Dai, Rucheng; Wang, Zhongping; Zhang, Zengming

    2015-01-01

    Effective optical constants of Ag thin films are precisely determined with effective thickness simultaneously by using an ellipsometry iterated with transmittance method. Unlike the bulk optical constants in Palik's database the effective optical constants of ultrathin Ag films are found to strongly depend on the thickness. According to the optical data two branches of thickness dispersion of surface plasmon energy are derived and agreed with theoretical predication. The thickness dispersion of bulk plasmon is also observed. The influence of substrate on surface plasmon is verified for the first time by using ellipsometry. The thickness dependent effective energy loss function is thus obtained based on this optical method for Ag ultrathin films. This method is also applicable to other ultrathin films and can be used to establish an effective optical database for ultrathin films. PMID:25797217

  19. Ar plasma irradiation improved optical and electrical properties of TiO₂/Ag/TiO₂ multilayer thin film.

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    Fang, Yingcui; He, Jinjun; Zhang, Kang; Xiao, Chuanyun; Zhang, Bing; Shen, Jie; Niu, Haihong; Yan, Rong; Chen, Junling

    2015-12-01

    Embedding a thin metal layer between two thin dielectric or semiconductor layers [dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD)] leads to a kind of transparent electrode that is promising as a substitute for the currently widely applied indium tin oxide electrode. However, the optical and electrical properties of DMD still wait for further improvement. In this study, Ar plasma irradiation (API) was, for the first time to our knowledge, applied to improve the optical and electrical properties of a TiO2/Ag/TiO2 electrode that was fabricated by electron-beam evaporation of TiO2 and electric-resistance heating of high purity Ag under vacuum. Ar plasma was produced by radio frequency glow discharge. The Ag layer was bombarded before the second layer of TiO2 was deposited. The electrode with configuration of TiO2 (24  nm)/Ag(14  nm)/TiO2 (24  nm) after API for 10 s shows excellent performance. The mean transmittance between 370 and 800 nm reaches 94% and the sheet resistance is as low as 6  Ω/sq, while Haacke's figure of merit is as high as 112×10(-3)  Ω(-1). The improvement mechanism is discussed based on field emission scanning electron microscope images and absorption spectra. The improvement is attributed to the fact that API reduces the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles and makes the Ag film thinner and denser.

  20. Nanomechanical Analysis of a UV Treated Ag Thin Film Based on a Three-Step Oxidation Model.

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    Kim, Sung Joon; Kim, Soo In; Lee, Chang Woo

    2015-03-01

    Nanoindentation was used as the main method to measure the change in nanomechanical properties on the surface of an Ag thin film due to UV treatment. The 4-point probe method, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to measure the electrical, crystallographic, and morphological properties, respectively. During a UV treatment time of between 1 and 3 minutes, the sheet resistance increased dramatically to 0.55 Ω/sq. (the sheet resistance was 0.16 Ω/sq. prior to UV treatment) and these results were supported by a proportional decreased in XRD intensity. Thereafter, the sheet resistance decreased and the XRD intensity increased in response to increases in UV treatment time. These results were related to a change in crystal structure from Ag to AgOx, which could also have caused the change in sheet resistance. Based on these results, we propose a 3-step oxidation model of an Ag thin film according to UV treatment time. This proposal has been proven by nanoindentation testing.

  1. Microwave sintering of Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate

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    Fujii, S.; Kawamura, S.; Maitani, M. M.; Suzuki, E.; Wada, Y.; Mochizuki, D.

    2015-12-15

    Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate were subjected to microwave sintering by use of a single-mode waveguide applicator. A two-step sintering process was employed. First, at low conductivities of the film, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum electric field and subjected to microwave irradiation. Second, when the conductivity of the film increased, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum magnetic field and again subjected to microwave irradiation. The microwave sintering process was completed within 1.5 min, which is significantly lower than the time required for the oven heating process. The resulting conductivity of the film, albeit only 30% of that of the bulk material, was seven times that of a film annealed at the same temperature in a furnace. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the nanoparticles underwent both grain necking and grain growth during microwave sintering. In addition, this sintering process was equivalent to the oven heating process performed at a 50 °C higher annealing temperature. An electromagnetic wave simulation and a heat transfer simulation of the microwave sintering process were performed to gain a thorough understanding of the process.

  2. Microwave sintering of Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate

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    Fujii, S.; Kawamura, S.; Mochizuki, D.; Maitani, M. M.; Suzuki, E.; Wada, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate were subjected to microwave sintering by use of a single-mode waveguide applicator. A two-step sintering process was employed. First, at low conductivities of the film, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum electric field and subjected to microwave irradiation. Second, when the conductivity of the film increased, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum magnetic field and again subjected to microwave irradiation. The microwave sintering process was completed within 1.5 min, which is significantly lower than the time required for the oven heating process. The resulting conductivity of the film, albeit only 30% of that of the bulk material, was seven times that of a film annealed at the same temperature in a furnace. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the nanoparticles underwent both grain necking and grain growth during microwave sintering. In addition, this sintering process was equivalent to the oven heating process performed at a 50 °C higher annealing temperature. An electromagnetic wave simulation and a heat transfer simulation of the microwave sintering process were performed to gain a thorough understanding of the process.

  3. Energy harvesting using ionic electro-active polymer thin films with Ag-based electrodes

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    Anand, S. V.; Arvind, K.; Bharath, P.; Mahapatra, D. Roy

    2010-04-01

    In this paper we employ the phenomenon of bending deformation induced transport of cations via the polymer chains in the thickness direction of an electro-active polymer (EAP)-metal composite thin film for mechanical energy harvesting. While EAPs have been applied in the past in actuators and artificial muscles, promising applications of such materials in hydrodynamic and vibratory energy harvesting are reported in this paper. For this, functionalization of EAPs with metal electrodes is the key factor in improving the energy harvesting efficiency. Unlike Pt-based electrodes, Ag-based electrodes have been deposited on an EAP membrane made of Nafion. The developed ionic metal polymer composite (IPMC) membrane is subjected to a dynamic bending load, hydrodynamically, and evaluated for the voltage generated against an external electrical load. An increase of a few orders of magnitude has been observed in the harvested energy density and power density in air, deionized water and in electrolyte solutions with varying concentrations of sodium chloride (NaCl) as compared to Pt-based IPMC performances reported in the published literature. This will have potential applications in hydrodynamic and residual environmental energy harvesting to power sensors and actuators based on micro-and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) for biomedical, aerospace and oceanic applications.

  4. Photoelectrochemical water splitting on nanoporous GaN thin films for energy conversion under visible light

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    Cao, Dezhong; Xiao, Hongdi; Fang, Jiacheng; Liu, Jianqiang; Gao, Qingxue; Liu, Xiangdong; Ma, Jin

    2017-01-01

    Nanoporous (NP) GaN thin films, which were fabricated by an electrochemical etching method at different voltages, were used as photoelectrodes during photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting in 1 M oxalic acid solution. Upon illumination at a power density of 100 mW cm‑2 (AM 1.5), water splitting is observed in NP GaN thin films, presumably resulting from the valence band edge which is more positive than the redox potential of the oxidizing species. In comparison with NP GaN film fabricated at 8 V, NP GaN obtained at 18 V shows nearly twofold enhancement in photocurrent with the maximum photo-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.05% at ~0 V (versus Ag/AgCl). This enhancement could be explained with (i) the increase of surface area and surface states, and (ii) the decrease of resistances and carrier concentration in the NP GaN thin films. High stability of the NP GaN thin films during the PEC water splitting further confirms that the NP GaN thin film could be applied to the design of efficient solar cells and solar fuel devices.

  5. A chemical bath deposition route to facet-controlled Ag3PO4 thin films with improved visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Gunjakar, Jayavant L.; Jo, Yun Kyung; Kim, In Young; Lee, Jang Mee; Patil, Sharad B.; Pyun, Jae.-Chul.; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2016-08-01

    A facile, economic, and reproducible chemical bath deposition (CBD) method is developed for the fabrication of facet-controlled Ag3PO4 thin films with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. The fine-control of bath temperature, precursor, complexing agent, substrate, and solution pH is fairly crucial in preparing the facet-selective thin film of Ag3PO4 nanocrystal. The change of precursor from silver nitrate to silver acetate makes possible the tailoring of the crystal shape of Ag3PO4 from cube to rhombic dodecahedron and also the bandgap tuning of the deposited films. The control of [Ag+]/[phosphate] ratio enables to maximize the loading amount of Ag3PO4 crystals per the unit area of the deposited film. All the fabricated Ag3PO4 thin films show high photocatalytic activity for visible light-induced degradation of organic molecules, which can be optimized by tailoring the crystal shape of the deposited crystals. This CBD method is also useful in preparing the facet-controlled hybrid film of Ag3PO4-ZnO photocatalyst. The present study clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the present CBD method for fabricating facet-controlled thin films of metal oxosalt and its nanohybrid.

  6. Integration of plasmonic Ag nanoparticles as a back reflector in ultra-thin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

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    Yin, Guanchao; Steigert, Alexander; Andrae, Patrick; Goebelt, Manuela; Latzel, Michael; Manley, Phillip; Lauermann, Iver; Christiansen, Silke; Schmid, Martina

    2015-11-01

    Integration of plasmonic Ag nanoparticles as a back reflector in ultra-thin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) solar cells is investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results show that Ag nanoparticles underneath a Sn:In2O3 back contact could not be thermally passivated even at a low substrate temperature of 440 °C during CIGSe deposition. It is shown that a 50 nm thick Al2O3 film prepared by atomic layer deposition is able to block the diffusion of Ag, clearing the thermal obstacle in utilizing Ag nanoparticles as a back reflector in ultra-thin CIGSe solar cells. Via 3-D finite element optical simulation, it is proved that the Ag nanoparticles show the potential to contribute the effective absorption in CIGSe solar cells.

  7. Study on the Structural and Electrical Properties of Sequentially Deposited Ag-Ga-In-Te Thin Films

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    Coşkun, E.; Güllü, H. H.; Parlak, M.; Erçelebi, Ç.

    2015-02-01

    The structural properties and electrical conduction mechanisms of Ag-Ga-In-Te thin films deposited by a combination of e-beam and thermal evaporation methods were studied for various annealing temperatures. Structural analysis showed the existence of InTe and InTe binary phases at the early stage of crystallization and monophase of AgGaInTe with the main orientation along (112) direction following the post-annealing at 400 C. The effects of the structural changes on electrical properties and temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity of Ag-Ga-In-Te thin films were studied in the temperature range of 90-400 K. The analysis of electrical conductivity revealed the Efros-Shklovskii variable range hopping (VRH) mechanism in between 90 and 210 K and Mott VRH mechanisms for the temperature range of 250-400 K for all deposited films. The VRH parameters including average hopping distance, average hopping energy and characteristic temperature coefficient for Efros-Shklovskii and Mott VRH mechanisms were determined and discussed in detail.

  8. A chemical bath deposition route to facet-controlled Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films with improved visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Gunjakar, Jayavant L.; Jo, Yun Kyung; Kim, In Young; Lee, Jang Mee; Patil, Sharad B.; Pyun, Jae-Chul; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2016-08-15

    A facile, economic, and reproducible chemical bath deposition (CBD) method is developed for the fabrication of facet-controlled Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. The fine-control of bath temperature, precursor, complexing agent, substrate, and solution pH is fairly crucial in preparing the facet-selective thin film of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanocrystal. The change of precursor from silver nitrate to silver acetate makes possible the tailoring of the crystal shape of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} from cube to rhombic dodecahedron and also the bandgap tuning of the deposited films. The control of [Ag{sup +}]/[phosphate] ratio enables to maximize the loading amount of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} crystals per the unit area of the deposited film. All the fabricated Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films show high photocatalytic activity for visible light-induced degradation of organic molecules, which can be optimized by tailoring the crystal shape of the deposited crystals. This CBD method is also useful in preparing the facet-controlled hybrid film of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–ZnO photocatalyst. The present study clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the present CBD method for fabricating facet-controlled thin films of metal oxosalt and its nanohybrid. - Highlights: • The crystal facet of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} films can be tuned by chemical bath deposition. • The crystal shape of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} is tailorable from cube to rhombic dodecahedron. • Facet-tuned Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} film shows enhanced visible light photocatalyst activity.

  9. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Tunable Anisotropic Absorption of Ag-Embedded SiO2 Thin Films by Oblique Angle Deposition

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    Xiao, Xiu-Di; Dong, Guo-Ping; Shao, Jian-Da; Fan, Zheng-Xiu; He, Hong-Bo; Qi, Hong-Ji

    2009-08-01

    Ag-embedded SiO2 thin films are prepared by oblique angle deposition. Through field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an orientated slanted columnar structure is observed. Energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis shows the Ag concentration is about 3% in the anisotropic SiO2 matrix. Anisotropic surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption is observed in the Ag-embedded SiO2 thin films, which is dependent on polarization state and incidence angle of two orthogonal polarized lights and the deposition angle. This means that optical properties and anisotropic SPR absorption can be tunable in Ag-embedded SiO2 thin films. Broadband polarization splitting is also observed and the transmission ratio Tp/Ts between p- and s-polarized lights is up to 2.7 for thin films deposited at α = 70°, which means that Ag-embedded SiO2 thin films are a promising candidate for thin film polarizers.

  10. Ag y :TiN x thin films for dry biopotential electrodes: the effect of composition and structural changes on the electrical and mechanical behaviours

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    Pedrosa, P.; Machado, D.; Borges, J.; Rodrigues, M. S.; Alves, E.; Barradas, N. P.; Martin, N.; Evaristo, M.; Cavaleiro, A.; Fonseca, C.; Vaz, F.

    2015-04-01

    In the present work, Ag y :TiN x thin films, obtained by reactive DC magnetron sputtering, with decreasing [N]/[Ti] atomic ratios (from 1 to 0.1) and a fixed amount of Ag pellets placed in the erosion zone of a pure Ti target, were studied envisaging their application as biopotential electrodes. The strongly under-stoichiometric samples, [N]/[Ti] = 0.1 and 10 at.% Ag; [N]/[Ti] = 0.2 and 8 at.% Ag, were found to be composed of a N-doped hcp-Ti structure, with possible formation of TiAg or Ti2Ag intermetallics. These samples exhibit high electrical resistivity values and low hardness and reduced modulus. In the set of samples indexed to a transition zone, [N]/[Ti] = 0.3 and 15 at.% Ag; [N]/[Ti] = 0.7 and 32 at.% Ag, a hcp-Ti to fcc-TiN phase transformation took place, giving rise to a disaggregated N-deficient TiN matrix. It correlates with the high resistivity values as well as the higher hardness and reduced modulus values that were obtained. The last identified zone comprised the stoichiometric Ag:TiN x sample—[N]/[Ti] = 1 and 20 at.% Ag. Extensive metallic Ag segregation was detected, contributing to a significant decrease of the resistivity and hardness values.

  11. Synthesis of Ag ion-implanted TiO2 thin films for antibacterial application and photocatalytic performance.

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    Hou, Xinggang; Ma, Huiyan; Liu, Feng; Deng, Jianhua; Ai, Yukai; Zhao, Xinlei; Mao, Dong; Li, Dejun; Liao, Bin

    2015-12-15

    TiO2 thin films were deposited by spin coating method. Silver ions were implanted into the films using a Metal Vapor Vacuum Arc implanter. The antibacterial ability of implanted films was tested using Escherichia coli removal under fluorescent irradiation and in the dark. The concentration of E. coli was evaluated by plating technique. The photocatalytic efficiency of the implanted films was studied by degradation of methyl orange under fluorescent illumination. The surface free energy of the implanted TiO2 films was calculated by contact angle testing. Vitamin C was used as radical scavengers to explore the antibacterial mechanism of the films. The results supported the model that both generation of reactive oxygen species and release of silver ions played critical roles in the toxic effect of implanted films against E. coli. XPS experimental results demonstrated that a portion of the Ag(Ag(3+)) ions were doped into the crystalline lattice of TiO2. As demonstrated by density functional theory calculations, the impurity energy level of subtitutional Ag was responsible for enhanced absorption of visible light. Ag ion-implanted TiO2 films with excellent antibacterial efficiency against bacteria and decomposed ability against organic pollutants could be potent bactericidal surface in moist environment.

  12. Highly transparent low resistance ZnO/Ag nanowire/ZnO composite electrode for thin film solar cells.

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    Kim, Areum; Won, Yulim; Woo, Kyoohee; Kim, Chul-Hong; Moon, Jooho

    2013-02-26

    We present an indium-free transparent conducting composite electrode composed of silver nanowires (AgNWs) and ZnO bilayers. The AgNWs form a random percolating network embedded between the ZnO layers. The unique structural features of our ZnO/AgNW/ZnO multilayered composite allow for a novel transparent conducting electrode with unprecedented excellent thermal stability (∼375 °C), adhesiveness, and flexibility as well as high electrical conductivity (∼8.0 Ω/sq) and good optical transparency (>91% at 550 nm). Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)₂ (CIGSSe) thin film solar cells incorporating this composite electrode exhibited a 20% increase of the power conversion efficiency compared to a conventional sputtered indium tin oxide-based CIGSSe solar cell. The ZnO/AgNW/ZnO composite structure enables effective light transmission and current collection as well as a reduced leakage current, all of which lead to better cell performance.

  13. Pure Cubic-Phase Hybrid Iodobismuthates AgBi2 I7 for Thin-Film Photovoltaics.

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    Kim, Younghoon; Yang, Zhenyu; Jain, Ankit; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Kim, Gi-Hwan; Liu, Min; Quan, Li Na; García de Arquer, F Pelayo; Comin, Riccardo; Fan, James Z; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-08-08

    Bismuth-based hybrid perovskites are candidates for lead-free and air-stable photovoltaics, but poor surface morphologies and a high band-gap energy have previously limited these hybrid perovskites. A new materials processing strategy to produce enhanced bismuth-based thin-film photovoltaic absorbers by incorporation of monovalent silver cations into iodobismuthates is presented. Solution-processed AgBi2 I7 thin films are prepared by spin-coating silver and bismuth precursors dissolved in n-butylamine and annealing under an N2 atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the pure cubic structure (Fd3m) with lattice parameters of a=b=c=12.223 Å. The resultant AgBi2 I7 thin films exhibit dense and pinhole-free surface morphologies with grains ranging in size from 200-800 nm and a low band gap of 1.87 eV suitable for photovoltaic applications. Initial studies produce solar power conversion efficiencies of 1.22 % and excellent stability over at least 10 days under ambient conditions.

  14. Amperometric biosensor of SnO2 thin film modified by Pd, In and Ag nanostructure synthesized by CSP method

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    Hassan, Marwa Abdul Muhsien; Hateef, Areej Adnan; Majeed, Aseel Mustafa Abdul; Al-Jabiry, Ali Jasim Mohammed; Jameel, Sabah; Hussian, Haidar Abdul Razaq Abdul

    2013-10-01

    Palladium, Indium and Silver-doped SnO2 thin film was deposited by chemical spray pyrolysis on ITO and porous silicon substrates to be a fast MgSO4·7H2O amperometric biosensor. The prepared SnO2 films were doped by dipping in palladium chloride PdCl2, indium chloride, InCl3 and silver nitrides AgNO3 dissolved in ethanol C2H5OH. The structural and optical properties of the prepared films were studied. The sensitivity behaviors of SnO2, SnO2: Pd, SnO2: In and SnO2: Ag based on the amperometric biosensor to MgSO4·7H2O salts were investigated at room temperature with different doping.

  15. Second-harmonic generation in quaternary atomically thin layered AgInP2S6 crystals

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    Wang, Xingzhi; Du, Kezhao; Liu, Weiwei; Hu, Peng; Lu, Xin; Xu, Weigao; Kloc, Christian; Xiong, Qihua

    2016-09-01

    Nonlinear effects in two-dimensional (2D) atomic layered materials have attracted increasing interest. Here, we report the observation of optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) in two-dimensional atomically thin silver indium phosphorus sulfide (AgInP2S6) crystals, with odd layer thickness. The nonlinear signal facilitates the use of thickness-dependent SHG intensity to investigate the stacking type of this material, while the crystal-orientation dependent SHG intensity of the monolayer sample reveals the rotational symmetry of the AgInP2S6 lattice in plane. Our studies expand the 2D crystal family in nonlinear effect field, which opened considerable promise to the functionalities and potential applications of 2D materials.

  16. Growth of Atomically Flat Ultra-Thin Ag Films on Si(111) by Introducing a √3 × √3-Ga Buffer Layer

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    He, Jie-Hui; Jiang, Li-Qun; Qiu, Jing-Lan; Chen, Lan; Wu, Ke-Hui

    2014-12-01

    It is known that, when Ag is deposited on Si(111)-7×7 substrates in a conventional growth procedure at room temperature, no atomically flat Ag film could be obtained. We use scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction to investigate the growth of ultra-thin Ag films on the Si(111) substrates at room temperature. Our study reveals that, upon introducing a Si(111)-√3 × √3-Ga buffer layer, atomically flat Ag films can easily grow on Si(111) with a critical thickness of two monolayers. Moreover, Ag film growth follows a layer-by-layer mode with further deposition. This novel growth behavior of Ag can be explained in terms of a free electron model (i.e., particle in a box) and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.

  17. Investigation of nanostructured Pd-Ag/n-ZnO thin film based Schottky junction for methane sensing

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    Roy, S.; Das, S.; Sarkar, C. K.

    2016-07-01

    Undoped nanocrystalline n-type ZnO thin film was deposited by chemical deposition technique on a thermally oxidized p-Si (~5 Ω cm resistivity and <100> orientation) substrate. Formation of stable zinc oxide thin film was confirmed by two-dimensional X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and EDX analysis. The average crystallite size of the ZnO sample was evaluated as ~50 nm. The surface was characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) that confirm the formation of nanocrystalline (grain size ~50 nm) ZnO thin film with surface roughness of ~100 nm. Good conversion of precursor into ZnO thin film in the chemical deposition method was evident by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). A small peak at 479 cm-1was observed in the FTIR spectrum confirming the formation of quartzite structure of the ZnO. The band gap (~3.44 eV) of the material was calculated from the optical absorption spectroscopy. To prepare Pd-Ag/n-ZnO Schottky junction, Pd-Ag contacts were taken by electron beam evaporation method. I-V characteristics of the junction were studied at different temperatures in inert and reducing ambient (N2 and N2 + CH4) with turn on voltage of around 0.2 V. The parameters like ideality factor ( η), saturation current ( I 0), series resistance ( Rs), and barrier height ( Φ BO) of the junction were calculated in the temperature range 50-200 °C in N2 as well as in 1 % CH4 + N2 ambient. It was observed that the ideality factor decreases in the temperature range 50-200 °C ( η = 12.34 at 50 °C and η = 1.52 at 200 °C) in N2 ambient and η = 1.18 in N2 +CH4 ambient at 200 °C. Schottky Barrier Height ( Φ BO) of the Pd-Ag/n-ZnO junction was found to increase with temperature. A close observation of Pd-Ag/n-ZnO junction in the presence of methane was performed to appreciate its application as methane sensor. The sensing mechanism was illustrated by a simplified energy band diagram.

  18. Characterization of the (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se2 thin film alloy system for solar cells

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    Boyle, Jonathan

    Energy is the underlying factor to human economic activity, and more energy is projected to be needed in the near future and photovoltaics provide a means to supply that energy. Results presented in this dissertation detail material properties of the (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se2 thin film alloy system for use as a solar cell material. Structural and optical properties were determined via X-ray diffraction and UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometry, respectively. Structural data was analyzed using JADE 2010 software and optical data was analyzed via two different methods. Results of Ag substitution into Cu(In,Ga)Se2 alloy were reconciled with the Jaffe-Wei-Zunger (JWZ) theoretical model, which relates structural and chemical properties of Cu-based ternary chalcopyrite alloys to their optical properties. Dominant phase of the alloy system was identified as chalcopyrite I-42d, Space group 122, with minor secondary phases and order defect phases. No chalcopyrite-chalcopyrite miscibility gap was present in the alloy compositional space, counter to prior literature on bulk polycrystalline materials and thermodynamic calculations performed here, indicating that Ag was successfully substituted into the chalcopyrite lattice. Lattice constant results were consistent with JWZ model, where a O lattice constant closely follows Vegard's rule, cO lattice constant changes at different rates than aO does with composition, and anion displacement is affected by cation radii. Optical results showed bandgap widening with Ag and Ga substitution across the full compositional space, with bowing parameters shown overall to be invariant with cation substitution, counter to expectations. (Ag+Cu)/(In+Ga) ratio effect on bandgap for a limited set of samples is consistent with p-d hybridization effects from JWZ model.

  19. Silver Nanoparticle-Embedded Thin Silica-Coated Graphene Oxide as an SERS Substrate

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    Pham, Xuan-Hung; Hahm, Eunil; Kim, Hyung-Mo; Shim, Seongbo; Kim, Tae Han; Jeong, Dae Hong; Lee, Yoon-Sik; Jun, Bong-Hyun

    2016-01-01

    A hybrid of Ag nanoparticle (NP)-embedded thin silica-coated graphene oxide (GO@SiO2@Ag NPs) was prepared as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. A 6 nm layer of silica was successfully coated on the surface of GO by the physical adsorption of sodium silicate, followed by the hydrolysis of 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane. Ag NPs were introduced onto the thin silica-coated graphene oxide by the reduction of Ag+ to prepare GO@SiO2@Ag NPs. The GO@SiO2@Ag NPs exhibited a 1.8-fold enhanced Raman signal compared to GO without a silica coating. The GO@SiO2@Ag NPs showed a detection limit of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) at 0.74 μM. PMID:28335304

  20. Growth of ultra-thin FeO(100) films on Ag(100): A combined XPS, LEED and CEMS study

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    Abreu, G. J. P.; Paniago, R.; Pfannes, H.-D.

    2014-01-01

    The production and characterization of ultra-thin iron oxide films grown on an atomically clean Ag(100) surface by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is presented. The goal of this work was to prepare ultra-thin FeO(100) with excellent crystallographic quality. The films were prepared with high purity 57Fe and O2 and afterwards analyzed in situ by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS). During preparation the evaporation rate, the O2 partial pressure, film thickness and annealing procedures were varied. The analysis of the various samples showed that in general a mixture of FeO and Fe3O4 phases is obtained. We determined the best conditions to produce the desired oxide (FeO). Besides the paramagnetic phase, the antiferromagnetic phase of the FeO films was characterized by low temperature Mössbauer spectra.

  1. Characterization of nanocomposite a-C:H/Ag thin films synthesized by a hybrid deposition process

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    Venkatesh, M.; Taktak, S.; Meletis, E. I.

    2015-08-01

    Silver containing amorphous carbon films were deposited on Si wafer using a hybrid deposition process combining d.c. magnetron sputtering and PECVD. The concentration of Ag in the films was varied from 1.3 to 8.3 at % by changing d.c. magnetron current of Ag target. The influence of incorporated Ag in the a-C:H on the atomic bond structure of the films were investigated by XPS, FTIR, Raman, and HRTEM methods of analysis. The XPS, FTIR, and Raman studies demonstrated that as the silver concentration increased in the a-C:H, sp2 bonding content increased and a-C:H films changed to more graphitic structure. The high resolution TEM cross sectional studies revealed that crystalline Ag particles formed with a size in the range of 2-4 nm throughout an amorphous a-C:H matrix.

  2. Fabrication of ITO/Ag3SbS3/CdX (X = S, Se) thin film heterojunctions for photo-sensing applications

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    Daniel, T.; Henry, J.; Mohanraj, K.; Sivakumar, G.

    2016-11-01

    Thin film heterojunctions of Ag3SbS3/CdX (X = S, Se) are deposited on a glass substrate coated with SnO2:In (ITO). The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and I-V analysis. XRD reveals the monoclinic structure of Ag3SbS3 and a fcc structure for both CdS and CdSe thin films. The AFM images clearly show the distinct morphological features (nanopyramids, wedge-shaped and rectangular nanorod-like grains). From the I-V studies, under illumination, an ITO/Ag3SbS3/CdS heterojunction produces a higher photocurrent (12.4 mA) than that an ITO/Ag3SbS3/CdSe heterojunction (1.34 mA).

  3. Structural characteristics of thermally evaporated Cu0.5Ag0.5InSe2 thin films

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    Gullu, H. H.; Parlak, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, Cu0.5Ag0.5InSe2 (CAIS) thin film samples were prepared by thermal evaporation of Cu, Ag, InSe and Se evaporants sequentially on glass substrates. Following the deposition, annealing processes were applied at different temperatures. The as-grown and annealed CAIS samples were nearly stoichiometric in the detection limit of the compositional measurement. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed that they were in polycrystalline structure with a preferred orientation along the (112) direction. Moreoever, the crystallinity of the films improved with increasing annealing temperature. According to the results of Raman measurements, the highest Raman intensity was found in the A1 mode which is directly proportional to the crystallinity of the samples. The surface properties of the thin films were analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). These results showed that there was a Se agglomeration on the deposited film surfaces and with annealing processes segregation effects were observed on the surface of the annealed samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were carried out to get information about surface and near-surface properties of the films. The results from the surface and depth surface analyses of the films were found to be in agreement with the energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis.

  4. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of Ag and ZnO Thin Films and Their Interfaces for Thin Film Photovoltaics

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    Sainju, Deepak

    Many modern optical and electronic devices, including photovoltaic devices, consist of multilayered thin film structures. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) is a critically important characterization technique for such multilayers. SE can be applied to measure key parameters related to the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the components of multilayers with high accuracy and precision. One of the key advantages of this non-destructive technique is its capability of monitoring the growth dynamics of thin films in-situ and in real time with monolayer level precision. In this dissertation, the techniques of SE have been applied to study the component layer materials and structures used as back-reflectors and as the transparent contact layers in thin film photovoltaic technologies, including hydrogenated silicon (Si:H), copper indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS), and cadmium telluride (CdTe). The component layer materials, including silver and both intrinsic and doped zinc oxide, are fabricated on crystalline silicon and glass substrates using magnetron sputtering techniques. These thin films are measured in-situ and in real time as well as ex-situ by spectroscopic ellipsometry in order to extract parameters related to the structural properties, such as bulk layer thickness and surface roughness layer thickness and their time evolution, the latter information specific to real time measurements. The index of refraction and extinction coefficient or complex dielectric function of a single unknown layer can also be obtained from the measurement versus photon energy. Applying analytical expressions for these optical properties versus photon energy, parameters that describe electronic transport, such as electrical resistivity and electron scattering time, can be extracted. The SE technique is also performed as the sample is heated in order to derive the effects of annealing on the optical properties and derived electrical transport parameters, as well as the

  5. Antifungal activity of Ag:hydroxyapatite thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on Ti and Ti modified by TiO2 nanotubes substrates

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    Eraković, S.; Janković, A.; Ristoscu, C.; Duta, L.; Serban, N.; Visan, A.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Socol, M.; Iordache, O.; Dumitrescu, I.; Luculescu, C. R.; Janaćković, Dj.; Miškovic-Stanković, V.

    2014-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a widely used biomaterial for implant thin films, largely recognized for its excellent capability to chemically bond to hard tissue inducing the osteogenesis without immune response from human tissues. Nowadays, intense research efforts are focused on development of antimicrobial HA doped thin films. In particular, HA doped with Ag (Ag:HA) is expected to inhibit the attachment of microbes and contamination of metallic implant surface. We herewith report on nano-sized HA and Ag:HA thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on pure Ti and Ti modified with 100 nm diameter TiO2 nanotubes (fabricated by anodization of Ti plates) substrates. The HA-based thin films were characterized by SEM, AFM, EDS, FTIR, and XRD. The cytotoxic activity was tested with HEp2 cells against controls. The antifungal efficiency of the deposited layers was tested against the Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger strains. The Ti substrates modified with TiO2 nanotubes covered with Ag:HA thin films showed the highest antifungal activity.

  6. Preparation and antibacterial effects of Ag-SiO2 thin films by sol-gel method.

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    Jeon, Hyung-Jun; Yi, Sung-Chul; Oh, Seong-Geun

    2003-12-01

    In the present study, silver-doped silica thin films were successfully prepared by sol-gel method to apply for antibacterial materials. The starting solution was prepared from 1:0.24:3.75:2.2 molar ratios of Si(OC2H5)4):AgNO3:H2O:C2H5OCH2CH2OH and then the pH value controlled at 3 with 0.5 N HNO3 solution. The formation of silver-doped glassy silica thin films at various temperatures was investigated through infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. From these analysis data, it was found that silver ions were completely trapped in the silica matrix and their reduction could be achieved at 600 degrees C annealing temperature. The antibacterial effects of silica thin films against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were examined by film attachment method. The coating films had an excellent antibacterial performance.

  7. Comparative analysis of serial and parallel laser patterning of Ag nanowire thin films

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    Oh, Harim; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2017-03-01

    Ag nanowire (AgNW) films solution-coated on a glass substrate were laser-patterned in two different ways. For the conventional serial process, a pulsed ultraviolet laser of 30 kHz repetition rate and ∼20 ns pulse width was employed as the laser source. For parallel patterning, the film was directly irradiated by a spatially-modulated Nd:YAG laser beam that has a low repetition rate of 10 kHz and a shorter pulse width of 5 ns. While multiple pulses with energy density ranging from 3 to 9 J/cm2 were required to pattern the film in the serial process, a single pulse with energy density of 0.16 J/cm2 completely removed AgNWs in the parallel patterning. This may be explained by the difference in patterning mechanism. In the parallel process using short pulses of 5 ns width, AgNWs can be removed in their solid state by the laser-induced thermo-elastic force, while they should be evaporated in the serial process utilizing a high-repetition rate laser. Important process parameters such as threshold energy density, speed, and available feature sizes are comparatively discussed for the two patterning

  8. Photochromic and self-cleaning properties of TiO2-AgCl/TiO2-xCu thin film.

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    Sangchay, Weerachai; Sikong, Lek; Kooptarnond, Kalayanee

    2013-02-01

    The TiO2-AgCl/TiO2-xCu thin films were prepared by sol-gel method and dip coated on glass slide. The prepared films were synthesized at the temperature of 400 degrees C for 2 h with a heating rate of 10 degrees C/min. The microstructure and properties of synthesized TiO2-AgCl/TiO2-xCu thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic forced microscope and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Finally, the hydrophilic property was evaluated by means of contact angle of water droplet on the films. The results show all samples have film thickness in range of 400-500 nm and their surfaces are dense and strong with a large surface area according to the image of atomic forced microscope. It can be noted that TiO2-AgCl/TiO2-5Cu thin films exhibit the highest photochromic (or the lowest capability of light transmittance) at 250-400 nm. The TiO2-AgCl/TiO2-xCu thin films can block UV C, UV B and UV A rays and exhibit self-cleaning effect (small contact angle, 3.9 degrees ) under UV irradiation.

  9. Temperature behaviour of optical parameters in (Ag3AsS3)0.3(As2S3)0.7 thin films

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    Kutsyk, Mykhailo M.; Ráti, Yosyp Y.; Izai, Vitalii Y.; Makauz, Ivan I.; Studenyak, Ihor P.; Kökényesi, Sandor; Komada, Paweł; Zhailaubayev, Yerkin; Smailov, Nurzhigit

    2015-12-01

    (Ag3AsS3)0.3(As2S3)0.7 thin films were deposited onto a quartz substrate by rapid thermal evaporation. The optical transmission spectra of thin films were measured in the temperature range 77-300 K. It is shown that the absorption edge spectra are described by the Urbach rule. The temperature behaviour of absorption spectra was studied, the temperature dependences of energy position of absorption edge and Urbach energy were investigated. The influence of transition from three-dimensional glass to the two-dimensional thin film as well as influence of Ag3AsS3 introduction into As2S3 on the optical parameters of (Ag3AsS3)0.3(As2S3)0.7 were analysed. The spectral and temperature behaviour or refractive index for (Ag3AsS3)0.3(As2S3)0.7 thin film were studied.

  10. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Thin Films Modified with Ag and Pt Nanoparticles Deposited by Gas Flow Sputtering.

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    Maicu, M; Glöss, D; Frach, Peter; Hecker, D; Gerlach, G; Córdoba, José M

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a gas flow sputtering (GFS) process which allows the production and deposition of metal nanoparticles (NPs) in a vacuum environment is described. Aim of the study is to prove the potential of this technology for the fabrication of new TiO2 films with enhanced photocatalytic properties. For this purpose, Ag and Pt NPs have been produced and deposited on photocatalytic float glass coated with TiO2 thin films by magnetron sputtering. The influence of the process parameters and of the metal amount on the final properties of the particles (quantity, size, size distribution, oxidation state etc.,) was widely investigated. Moreover, the effect of the NPs on the photocatalytic activity of the resulting materials was evaluated for the case of the decomposition of stearic acid (SA) during UV-A irradiation. The reduction of the water contact angle (WCA) during the irradiation period was measured in order to test the photo-induced super-hydrophilicity (PSH).

  11. Investigation of interfacial reaction between Sn-Ag eutectic solder and Au/Ni/Cu/Ti thin film metallization

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    Park, J. Y.; Yang, C. W.; Ha, J. S.; Kim, C.-U.; Kwon, E. J.; Jung, S. B.; Kang, C. S.

    2001-09-01

    This paper reports the formation of intermetallic compounds in Au/Ni/Cu/Ti under-bump-metallization (UBM) structure reacted with Ag-Sn eutectic solder. In this study, UBM is prepared by evaporating Au(500 Å)/Ni(1000 Å)/Cu(7500 Å) /Ti (700 Å) thin films on top of Si substrates. It is then reacted with Ag-Sn eutectic solder at 260 C for various times to induce different stages of the interfacial reaction. Microstructural examination of the interface, using both chemical and crystallographic analysis, indicates that two types of intermetallic compounds are formed during the interfacial reaction. The first phase, formed at the intial stage of the reaction, is predominantly Ni3Sn4. At longer times the Ni3Sn4 phase transforms into (Cu, Ni)6Sn6, probably induced by interdiffusion of Cu and Ni. At this stage, the underlying Cu layer also reacts with Sn and forms the same phase, (Cu,Ni)6Sn5. As a result, the fully reacted interface is found to consist of two intermetallic layers with the same phase but different morphologies.

  12. The Role of Annealing Process in Ag-Based BaSnO3 Multilayer Thin Films.

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    Wu, Muying; Yu, Shihui; He, Lin; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-12-01

    The BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer structure was designed and fabricated on a quartz glass by magnetron sputtering, followed by an annealing process at a temperature from 150 to 750 °C in air. In this paper, we investigated the influence of the annealing temperature on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the multilayers and proposed the mechanisms of conduction and transmittance. The maximum value of the figure of merit of 31.8 × 10(-3) Ω(-1) was achieved for the BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer thin films annealed at 150 °C, while the average optical transmittance in the visible ranges was >84 %, the resistivity was 5.71 × 10(-5) Ω cm, and the sheet resistance was 5.57 Ω/sq. When annealed at below 600 °C, the values of resistivity and transmittance of the multilayers were within an acceptable range (resistivity <5.0 × 10(-4) Ω cm, transmittance >80 %). The observed property of the multilayer film is suitable for the application of transparent conductive electrodes.

  13. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B. Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C.; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D.; Kyriakides, Themis R.; Schroers, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design. PMID:27230692

  14. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B. Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C.; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D.; Kyriakides, Themis R.; Schroers, Jan

    2016-05-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design.

  15. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses.

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D; Kyriakides, Themis R; Schroers, Jan

    2016-05-27

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design.

  16. Linear and non-linear optical properties of Ag-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 thin films estimated by single transmission spectra

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    Singh, Palwinder; Sharma, Pankaj; Sharma, Vineet; Thakur, Anup

    2017-04-01

    In this paper we have studied the effect of Ag addition on linear and non-linear optical properties of thermally evaporated (Ge2Sb2Te5)100‑x Ag x (x = 0, 1, 3 and 10) thin films (thickness ∼700 nm) from single transmission spectra. Energy dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy were used to verify the composition, amorphous nature and structure of the fabricated thin films respectively. Swanpoel’s method was used to calculate the thickness (d), refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k). The refractive index and extinction coefficient were used to obtain all linear and non linear optical parameters. The compositional dependence of the refractive index, extinction coefficient, volume energy loss function, surface energy loss function, dielectric constant, dielectric loss function, optical conductivity and third order non-linear optical susceptibility were determined. All these optical parameters have minimum values for 3% Ag-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST). The decrease in measured optical parameters up to 3% Ag doping is due to a decrease in the density of localized states in the mobility gap. The increase in the optical parameters at 10% Ag doping was ascribed to the distortion of the host lattice, because incorporation of Ag has been done at the expense of Ge, Sb and Te. The optical parameters of the GST films were found to be strongly dependent upon Ag content. The results revealed that 3% Ag-doped GST is a promising candidate for phase change optical storage applications.

  17. Structural and optical properties of annealed and illuminated (Ag3AsS3)0.6(As2S3)0.4 thin films

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    Studenyak, I. P.; Neimet, Yu. Yu.; Rati, Y. Y.; Stanko, D.; Kranjčec, M.; Kökényesi, S.; Daróci, L.; Bohdan, R.

    2014-11-01

    (Ag3AsS3)0.6(As2S3)0.4 thin films were deposited upon a quartz substrate by rapid thermal evaporation. Structural studies of the as-deposited, annealed and illuminated films were performed using XRD, scanning electron and atomic force microscopies. Surfaces of all the films were found to be covered with Ag-rich crystalline micrometer sized cones. Thermal annealing leads to mechanical deformation of part of the cones and their detachment from the base film surface while the laser illumination leads to the new formations appearance on the surface of thin films. The spectroscopic studies of optical transmission spectra for as-deposited, annealed and illuminated thin films were carried out. The optical absorption spectra in the region of its exponential behaviour were analysed, the dispersion dependences of refractive index as well as their variation after annealing and illumination were investigated.

  18. AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2} thin films for solar cell applications

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    González, J.O.; Shaji, S.; Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, A.G.; Roy, T.K. Das; and others

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2} thin films were formed by heating Na{sub 2}SeSO{sub 3} dipped Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Ag layers. ► S/Se ratio was varied by changing the dipping time in Na{sub 2}SeSO{sub 3} solution. ► Characterized the films using XRD, XPS, SEM, Optical and electrical measurements. ► Band gap engineering of 1−1.1 eV for x = 0.51 and 0.52 respectively. ► PV Glass/FTO/CdS/AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2}/C were prepared showing V{sub oc} = 410 mV, J{sub sc} = 5.7 mA/cm{sup 2}. - Abstract: Silver antimony sulfoselenide (AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2}) thin films were prepared by heating glass/Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Ag layers after selenization using sodium selenosulphate solution. First, Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films were deposited on glass substrates from a chemical bath containing SbCl{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Then Ag thin films were thermally evaporated onto glass/Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}, followed by selenization by dipping in an acidic solution of Na{sub 2}SeSO{sub 3}. The duration of selenium dipping was varied as 30 min and 2 h. The heating condition was at 350 °C for 1 h in vacuum. Analysis of X-ray diffraction pattern of the thin films formed after heating showed the formation of AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2}. Morphology and elemental analysis were done by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray detection. Depth profile of composition of the thin films was performed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The spectral study showed the presence of Ag, Sb, S, and Se, and the corresponding binding energy analysis confirmed the formation of AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2}. Photovoltaic structures (PV) were prepared using AgSb(S{sub x}Se{sub 1−x}){sub 2} thin films as absorber and CdS thin films as window layers on FTO coated glass substrates. The PV structures were heated at 60–80 °C in air for 1 h to improve ohmic contact. Analysis of J–V characteristics of the PV structures showed V

  19. Nurse practitioner (NP)

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    ... more states are requiring NPs to have a master's or doctorate degree and national certification. In some ... these organizations require that NPs complete an approved master's or doctorate-level NP program before taking the ...

  20. Oxidative Stress Mechanisms Caused by Ag Nanoparticles (NM300K) are Different from Those of AgNO3: Effects in the Soil Invertebrate Enchytraeus crypticus

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    Ribeiro, Maria J.; Maria, Vera L.; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck J.; Amorim, Mónica J. B.

    2015-01-01

    The mechanisms of toxicity of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are unclear, in particular in the terrestrial environment. In this study the effects of AgNP (AgNM300K) were assessed in terms of oxidative stress in the soil worm Enchytraeus crypticus, using a range of biochemical markers [catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione S-transferase (GST), glutathione reductase (GR), total glutathione (TG), metallothionein (MT), lipid peroxidation (LPO)]. E. crypticus were exposed during 3 and 7 days (d) to the reproduction EC20, EC50 and EC80 levels of both AgNP and AgNO3. AgNO3 induced oxidative stress earlier (3 d) than AgNP (7 d), both leading to LPO despite the activation of the anti-redox system. MT increased only for AgNP. The Correspondence Analysis showed a clear separation between AgNO3 and AgNP, with e.g., CAT being the main descriptor for AgNP for 7 d. LPO, GST and GPx were for both 3 and 7 d associated with AgNO3, whereas MT and TG were associated with AgNP. These results may reflect a delay in the effects of AgNP compared to AgNO3 due to the slower release of Ag+ ions from the AgNP, although this does not fully explain the observed differences, i.e., we can conclude that there is a nanoparticle effect. PMID:26287225

  1. Optical properties of (Se{sub 80}Te{sub 20}){sub 100−x}Ag{sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 4) thin films

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    Singh, D. Kumar, S. Sandhu, S. Thangaraj, R.

    2014-04-24

    Thin films of (Se{sub 80}Te{sub 20}){sub 100−x}Ag{sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 4) glasses were prepared by thermal evaporation of the bulk samples. The transmittance (T) and reflection (R) spectra of amorphous thin films were obtained in the spectral region in the range 400–2500 nm. The optical band gap (E{sub g}) has been determined by Tauc’s extrapolation method. The surface morphology has been determined by the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  2. Effects of Using a Ag Anode with a Co-evaporation Thin Film of MoOx and α-Naphthyl Diamine Derivative in Organic Light-Emitting Diode

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    Park, Sang-Geon; Wang, Haiying; Mori, Tatsuo

    2013-05-01

    We investigated the effects of using a Ag anode with the co-evaporation of molybdenum oxide (MoOx) and N,N '-bis(1-naphthyl)-N,N '-diphenyl-1,1'-diphenyl-1,4'-diamine (α-NPD). The current density of the device with a Ag anode and a co-evaporation thin film was the highest among the various devices used owing to a low sheet resistance and charge transport. We discussed the mobility and carrier density of the co-evaporation thin film as compared with the electrical properties of the α-NPD thin film. The device with a Ag anode achieved high electroluminescence (EL) efficiency due to the optical design. In particular, the device with a Ag anode and a co-evaporation thin film showed an approximately 55% higher current efficiency than that with indium-tin oxide (ITO) and a MoOx layer.

  3. Contact resistance improvement using interfacial silver nanoparticles in amorphous indium-zinc-oxide thin film transistors

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    Xu, Rui; He, Jian; Song, Yang; Li, Wei; Zaslavsky, A.; Paine, D. C.

    2014-09-01

    We describe an approach to reduce the contact resistance at compositional conducting/semiconducting indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) homojunctions used for contacts in thin film transistors (TFTs). By introducing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) at the homojunction interface between the conducting IZO electrodes and the amorphous IZO channel, we reduce the specific contact resistance, obtained by transmission line model measurements, down to ∼10{sup −2 }Ω cm{sup 2}, ∼3 orders of magnitude lower than either NP-free homojunction contacts or solid Ag metal contacts. The resulting back-gated TFTs with Ag NP contacts exhibit good field effect mobility of ∼27 cm{sup 2}/V s and an on/off ratio >10{sup 7}. We attribute the improved contact resistance to electric field concentration by the Ag NPs.

  4. Structural and optical properties of Ag-doped copper oxide thin films on polyethylene napthalate substrate prepared by low temperature microwave annealing

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    Das, Sayantan; Alford, T. L.

    2013-06-28

    Silver doped cupric oxide thin films are prepared on polyethylene naphthalate (flexible polymer) substrates. Thin films Ag-doped CuO are deposited on the substrate by co-sputtering followed by microwave assisted oxidation of the metal films. The low temperature tolerance of the polymer substrates led to the search for innovative low temperature processing techniques. Cupric oxide is a p-type semiconductor with an indirect band gap and is used as selective absorption layer solar cells. X-ray diffraction identifies the CuO phases. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurements confirm the stoichiometry of each copper oxide formed. The surface morphology is determined by atomic force microscopy. The microstructural properties such as crystallite size and the microstrain for (-111) and (111) planes are calculated and discussed. Incorporation of Ag led to the lowering of band gap in CuO. Consequently, it is determined that Ag addition has a strong effect on the structural, morphological, surface, and optical properties of CuO grown on flexible substrates by microwave annealing. Tauc's plot is used to determine the optical band gap of CuO and Ag doped CuO films. The values of the indirect and direct band gap for CuO are found to be 2.02 eV and 3.19 eV, respectively.

  5. Characteristics of AgInSbTe-SiO2 nanocomposite thin film applied to nonvolatile floating gate memory devices.

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    Chiang, Kuo-Chang; Hsieh, Tsung-Eong

    2010-10-22

    Nanocomposite thin films containing AgInSbTe (AIST) particles embedded in an SiO(2) matrix was prepared by sputtering deposition and its feasibility for nonvolatile floating gate memory (NFGM) was investigated. The sample subjected to a 400 °C annealing exhibited a distinct hysteresis memory window (ΔV(FB)) shift = 6.6 V and charge density = 5.2 × 10(12) cm(-2) after ± 8 V gate voltage sweep. Electrical measurement revealed the current transport is via the Schottky emission in low applied field and the space-charge-limited conduction mechanism in high applied field in the samples, regardless of their thermal history. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that the metallic Sb(2)Te nanocrystals (NCs) with diameters about 5-7 nm dispersed in a nanocomposite layer may serve as the discrete charge-storage traps for nonvolatile memory. Analytical results illustrate the utilization of an AIST-SiO(2) nanocomposite layer as the core structure of NFGM devices is able to simplify the device structure and fabrication process.

  6. Lasting antibacterial activities of Ag-TiO2/Ag/a-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film photocatalysts under solar light irradiation.

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    Akhavan, O

    2009-08-01

    Photodegradation of Escherichia coli bacteria in presence of Ag-TiO(2)/Ag/a-TiO(2) nanocomposite film with an effective storage of silver nanoparticles was investigated in the visible and the solar light irradiations. The nanocomposite film was synthesized by sol-gel deposition of 30 nm Ag-TiO(2) layer on approximately 200 nm anatase(a-)TiO(2) film previously doped by silver nanoparticles. Both Ag/a-TiO(2) and Ag-TiO(2)/Ag/a-TiO(2) films were transparent with a SPR absorption band at 412 nm. Depth profile X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed metallic silver nanoparticles with diameter of 30 nm and fcc crystalline structure were self-accumulated on the film surface at depth of 5 nm of the TiO(2) layer and also at the interface of the Ag-TiO(2) and a-TiO(2) films (at depth of 30 nm). Both OH(-) bounds and H(2)O contents were concentrated on the film surface and at the interface, as a profit in releasing more ionic (not metallic) silver nanoparticles. Antibacterial activity of the nanocomposite film against E. coli bacteria was 5.1 times stronger than activity of the a-TiO(2), in dark. Photo-antibacterial activity of the nanocomposite film exposed by the solar light was measured 1.35 and 6.90 times better than activity of the Ag/a-TiO(2) and a-TiO(2), respectively. The main mechanism for silver ion releasing was inter-diffusion of water and silver nanoparticles through pores of the TiO(2) layer. Durability of the nanocomposite film was at least 11 times higher than the Ag/a-TiO(2) film. Therefore, the Ag-TiO(2)/Ag/a-TiO(2) photocatalyst can be nominated as one of the effective and long-lasting antibacterial nanocomposite materials.

  7. The structural studies of Ag containing TiO2-SiO2 gels and thin films deposited on steel

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    Adamczyk, Anna; Rokita, Magdalena

    2016-06-01

    FTIR spectroscopic structural studies of titania-silica monolith samples as well as thin films deposited on steel were described in this work. Thin films were synthesized by the sol-gel method applying the dip coating as separate one-component TiO2 and/or SiO2 layers or as two-component TiO2-SiO2 thin films. Silver nanoparticles were incorporated into the structure from pure SiO2 sol, deposited then as an additional layer in those hybrid multilayers systems. Except the spectroscopic studies, XRD diffraction, SEM microscopy with EDX analysis and AFM microscopy were applied. The structural studies allow to describe and compare the structure and the morphology of thin films, as well those Ag free as Ag containing ones, also by the comparison with the structure of bulk samples. In FTIR spectra, the band observed at about 613 cm-1 can be connected with the presence of the non-tetrahedral cation in the structure and is observed only in the spectra of Ag containing bulk samples and thin films. The bands at 435-467 cm-1 are due to the stretching vibrations of Ti-O bonds or as well to the bending vibrations of O-Si-O one. In the ranges of 779-799 cm-1 and 1027-1098 cm-1, the bands ascribed to the symmetric stretching vibrations and asymmetric vibrations of Si-O-Si connections, respectively, are observed. SEM and AFM images gave the information on the microstructure and the topography of samples surface. XRD measurements confirmed the presence of only amorphous phase in samples up to 500 °C and allowed to observe the tendency of their crystallization.

  8. Highly Flexible and Transparent Ag Nanowire Electrode Encapsulated with Ultra-Thin Al2O3: Thermal, Ambient, and Mechanical Stabilities

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    Hwang, Byungil; An, Youngseo; Lee, Hyangsook; Lee, Eunha; Becker, Stefan; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Kim, Hyoungsub

    2017-01-01

    There is an increasing demand in the flexible electronics industry for highly robust flexible/transparent conductors that can withstand high temperatures and corrosive environments. In this work, outstanding thermal and ambient stability is demonstrated for a highly transparent Ag nanowire electrode with a low electrical resistivity, by encapsulating it with an ultra-thin Al2O3 film (around 5.3 nm) via low-temperature (100 °C) atomic layer deposition. The Al2O3-encapsulated Ag nanowire (Al2O3/Ag) electrodes are stable even after annealing at 380 °C for 100 min and maintain their electrical and optical properties. The Al2O3 encapsulation layer also effectively blocks the permeation of H2O molecules and thereby enhances the ambient stability to greater than 1,080 h in an atmosphere with a relative humidity of 85% at 85 °C. Results from the cyclic bending test of up to 500,000 cycles (under an effective strain of 2.5%) confirm that the Al2O3/Ag nanowire electrode has a superior mechanical reliability to that of the conventional indium tin oxide film electrode. Moreover, the Al2O3 encapsulation significantly improves the mechanical durability of the Ag nanowire electrode, as confirmed by performing wiping tests using isopropyl alcohol. PMID:28128218

  9. Highly Flexible and Transparent Ag Nanowire Electrode Encapsulated with Ultra-Thin Al2O3: Thermal, Ambient, and Mechanical Stabilities

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    Hwang, Byungil; An, Youngseo; Lee, Hyangsook; Lee, Eunha; Becker, Stefan; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Kim, Hyoungsub

    2017-01-01

    There is an increasing demand in the flexible electronics industry for highly robust flexible/transparent conductors that can withstand high temperatures and corrosive environments. In this work, outstanding thermal and ambient stability is demonstrated for a highly transparent Ag nanowire electrode with a low electrical resistivity, by encapsulating it with an ultra-thin Al2O3 film (around 5.3 nm) via low-temperature (100 °C) atomic layer deposition. The Al2O3-encapsulated Ag nanowire (Al2O3/Ag) electrodes are stable even after annealing at 380 °C for 100 min and maintain their electrical and optical properties. The Al2O3 encapsulation layer also effectively blocks the permeation of H2O molecules and thereby enhances the ambient stability to greater than 1,080 h in an atmosphere with a relative humidity of 85% at 85 °C. Results from the cyclic bending test of up to 500,000 cycles (under an effective strain of 2.5%) confirm that the Al2O3/Ag nanowire electrode has a superior mechanical reliability to that of the conventional indium tin oxide film electrode. Moreover, the Al2O3 encapsulation significantly improves the mechanical durability of the Ag nanowire electrode, as confirmed by performing wiping tests using isopropyl alcohol.

  10. Critical island size for Ag thin film growth on ZnO (0 0 0 1 bar)

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    Lloyd, Adam L.; Smith, Roger; Kenny, Steven D.

    2017-02-01

    Island growth of Ag on ZnO is investigated with the development of a new technique to approximate critical island sizes. Ag is shown to attach in one of three highly symmetric sites on the ZnO surface or initial monolayers of grown Ag. Due to this, a lattice based adaptive kinetic Monte Carlo (LatAKMC) method is used to investigate initial growth phases. As island formation is commonly reported in the literature, the critical island sizes of Ag islands on a perfect polar ZnO surface and a first monolayer of grown Ag on the ZnO surface are considered. A mean rate approach is used to calculate the average time for an Ag ad-atom to drop off an island and this is then compared to deposition rates on the same island. Results suggest that Ag on ZnO (0 0 0 1 bar) will exhibit Stranski-Krastanov (layer plus island) growth.

  11. Study of NBE emission enhancement with an absence of DL emission from ZnO nanorods through controlled growth on ultra-thin Ag films

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    Pal, Anil Kumar; Bharathi Mohan, D.

    2015-04-01

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) exhibiting enhanced ultra-violet near band edge (UV-NBE) emission without a broad visible deep level (DL) emission has been investigated on catalytically grown ZnO/Ag hybrid nanostructure. The hybrid structure is fabricated in two steps, (1) Thermal evaporation of ultra-thin catalytic layer of Ag with mass thickness ∼1 nm on glass substrate followed by annealing process from 50 to 250 °C and (2) vertical growth of ZnO NRs by hydrothermal reaction process on all Ag films. The surface properties of Ag layer such as particle size, inter-particle distance, particles number density, surface roughness and surface coverage area were altered through annealing process. Annealing at 100 °C modifies Ag from quasi-amorphous to nanocrystalline leading to high density growth and high aspect ratio of ZnO NRs where as a random and less density growth was realized at 250 °C due to increase of both particle size and inter-particles distance in Ag layer. X-ray diffraction reveals a predominant growth of (0 0 2) plane at 100 °C confirming the formation of wurtzite phase of ZnO NRs with highest texture coefficient of 2.35. Raman spectra verify the chemical structure of ZnO with very good crystallinity. Absorption spectra demonstrates the overlapping of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and exciton bands up to 200 °C while the excitonic absorption band is resolved at above 200 °C because of the red shift in SPR due to change in surface properties of Ag layer. At 250 °C, a broad optical absorption spectra from 300 to 800 nm attributed to the dominant properties of SPR and exciton. Besides acting as a catalyst, Ag interlayer enhances the NBE emission at above 200 °C through electrons transfer from Ag to ZnO which is quite possible because of the direct contact between them, explained by giving energy band diagram. The morphology is such that there is an increase in passage for light interaction due to less density and random growth of ZnO NRs leading to increase

  12. Thin-film metallic glass: an effective diffusion barrier for Se-doped AgSbTe2 thermoelectric modules

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    Yu, Chia-Chi; Wu, Hsin-Jay; Deng, Ping-Yuan; Agne, Matthias T.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chu, Jinn P.

    2017-03-01

    The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8–360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy. No observable IMCs (intermetallic compounds) are formed at the TFMG/TE interface, suggesting the effective inhibition of atomic diffusion that may be attributed to the grain-boundary-free structure of TFMG. The minor amount of Se acts as a tracer species, and a homogeneous Se-rich region is found nearing the TFMG/TE interface, which guarantees satisfactory bonding at the joint. The diffusion of Se, which has the smallest atomic volume of all the elements from the TE substrate, is found to follow Fick’s second law. The calculated diffusivity (D) of Se in TFMG falls in the range of D~10‑20–10‑23(m2/s), which is 106~107 and 1012~1013 times smaller than those of Ni [10‑14–10‑17(m2/s)] and Cu [10‑8–10‑11(m2/s)] in Bi2Te3, respectively.

  13. Structuring by field enhancement of glass, Ag, Au, and Co thin films using short pulse laser ablation

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    Ulmeanu, M.; Zamfirescu, M.; Rusen, L.; Luculescu, C.; Moldovan, A.; Stratan, A.; Dabu, R.

    2009-12-01

    Single pulse laser ablation of glass, Ag, Au, and Co thin films was experimentally investigated with a laser pulse width of 400 ps at a wavelength of 532 nm both in the far and near fields. In the far-field regime, the electromagnetic field results from a focused laser beam, while the near-field regime is realized by a combination of the focused laser beam incident on a spherical colloidal particle. For the near-field experiments we have used polystyrene colloidal particles of 700 nm diameter self-assembled or spin coated on top of the surfaces. Laser fluences applied are in the range of 0.01-10 J/cm{sup 2}. The diameter and the morphologies of the ablated holes were investigated by optical microscopy, profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The dependence of the shape of the holes reflects the fluence regime and the thermophysical properties, i.e., melting temperature and thermal diffusivity of the surfaces involved in the experiments. We give quantitative data about the fluence threshold, diameter, and depth ablation dependence for the far and near fields and discuss their values with respect to the enhancement factor of the intensity of the electromagnetic field due to the use of the colloidal particles. Theoretical estimations of the intensity enhancement were done using the finite-difference time-domain method by using the RSOFT software. The application of near fields allows structuring of the surfaces with structure dimension in the order of 100 nm and even below.

  14. Thin-film metallic glass: an effective diffusion barrier for Se-doped AgSbTe2 thermoelectric modules

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    Yu, Chia-Chi; Wu, Hsin-jay; Deng, Ping-Yuan; Agne, Matthias T.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chu, Jinn P.

    2017-01-01

    The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8–360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy. No observable IMCs (intermetallic compounds) are formed at the TFMG/TE interface, suggesting the effective inhibition of atomic diffusion that may be attributed to the grain-boundary-free structure of TFMG. The minor amount of Se acts as a tracer species, and a homogeneous Se-rich region is found nearing the TFMG/TE interface, which guarantees satisfactory bonding at the joint. The diffusion of Se, which has the smallest atomic volume of all the elements from the TE substrate, is found to follow Fick’s second law. The calculated diffusivity (D) of Se in TFMG falls in the range of D~10−20–10−23(m2/s), which is 106~107 and 1012~1013 times smaller than those of Ni [10−14–10−17(m2/s)] and Cu [10−8–10−11(m2/s)] in Bi2Te3, respectively. PMID:28327655

  15. The influence of electron confinement, quantum size effects, and film morphology on the dispersion and the damping of plasmonic modes in Ag and Au thin films

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    Politano, Antonio; Chiarello, Gennaro

    2015-05-01

    Plasmons are collective longitudinal modes of charge fluctuation in metal samples excited by an external electric field. Surface plasmons (SPs) are waves that propagate along the surface of a conductor. SPs find applications in magneto-optic data storage, optics, microscopy, and catalysis. The investigation of SPs in silver and gold is relevant as these materials are extensively used in plasmonics. The theoretical approach for calculating plasmon modes in noble metals is complicated by the existence of localized d electrons near the Fermi level. Nevertheless, recent calculations based on linear response theory and time-dependent local density approximation adequately describe the dispersion and damping of SPs in noble metals. Furthermore, in thin films the electronic response is influenced by electron quantum confinement. Confined electrons modify the dynamical screening processes at the film/substrate interface by introducing novel properties with potential applications. The presence of quantum well states in the Ag and Au overlayer affects both the dispersion relation of SP frequency and the damping processes of the SP. Recent calculations indicate the emergence of acoustic surface plasmons (ASP) in Ag thin films exhibiting quantum well states. The slope of the dispersion of ASP decreases with film thickness. High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) is the main experimental technique for investigating collective electronic excitations, with adequate resolution in both the energy and momentum domains to investigate surface modes. Herein we review on recent progress of research on collective electronic excitations in Ag and Au films deposited on single-crystal substrates.

  16. Enhanced Thermochromic Properties and Solar-Heat Shielding Ability of W(x)V(1-x)O2 Thin Films with Ag Nanowires Capping Layers.

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    Zhao, Li Li; Miao, Lei; Liu, Cheng Yan; Wang, Hai Long; Tanemura, Sakae; Sun, Li Xian; Gao, Xiang; Zhou, Jian Hua

    2015-11-01

    Considerable efforts have been made to shift the phase transition temperature of metal-doped vanadium dioxide (VO2) films nearer the ambient temperature while maintain the excellent thermochromic properties simultaneously. Here, we describe a facile and economic solution-based method to fabricate W-doped VO2 (V(1-x)W(x)O2) thin films with excellent thermochromic properties for the application of smart windows. The substitutional doping of tungsten atoms notably reduces the phase transition temperature to the ambient temperature and retains the excellent thermochromic property. Furthermore, Ag nanowires (NWs) are employed as capping layers to effectively decrease the thermal emissivity from 0.833 to 0.603, while the original near infrared region (NIR) modulation ability is not severely affected. Besides, the Ag NWs layers further depress the phase transition temperature as well as the hysteresis loop width, which is important to the fenestration application. These solution-grown Ag NWs/V(1-x)W(x)O2 thin films exhibit excellent solar modulation ability, narrowed hysteresis loop width as well as low thermal emissivity, which provide a promising perspective into the practical application of VO2-based smart windows.

  17. Enhanced adhesion and performance of the source/drain electrode using a single-layered Ag(Cu) film for an amorphous silicon thin-film transistor

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    Hong, S. J.; Lee, S.; Park, J. B.; Yang, H. J.; Ko, Y. K.; Lee, J. G.; Cho, B. S.; Jeong, C. O.; Chung, K. H.

    2003-10-01

    The feasibility of using a Ag(Cu) alloy film as a source/drain electrode for thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal displays has been investigated. The annealing of a Ag(Cu)/Si structure, for 30 min at 200 °C, produced a uniform Cu3Si layer at the Ag(Cu)-Si interface, as a result of the reaction of the segregated Cu with Si. This lowered the resistivity from 5.3 to 3.2 μΩ cm, which also led to improved adhesion properties. A hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) TFT was fabricated using a single layer of Ag (19 at. % Cu) alloy film as the source/drain metal. The subthreshold slope, mobility, and threshold voltage obtained from the fabricated a-Si:H TFT were 0.78 V/dec, 0.79 cm2/V s, and 2 V, respectively, revealing a reduction in the process steps, with excellent performance.

  18. Optical and electrical properties and phonon drag effect in low temperature TEP measurements of AgSbSe2 thin films

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    Namitha Asokan, T.; Urmila, K. S.; Jacob, Rajani; Reena Philip, Rachel; Okram, G. S.; Ganesan, V.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-05-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver antimony selenide have been deposited using a reactive evaporation technique onto an ultrasonically cleaned glass substrate at a vacuum of 10-5 torr. The preparative parameters, like substrate temperature and incident fluxes, have been properly controlled in order to get stoichiometric, good quality and reproducible thin film samples. The samples are characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM and a UV—vis—NIR spectrophotometer. The prepared sample is found to be polycrystalline in nature. From the XRD pattern, the average particle size and lattice constant are calculated. The dislocation density, strain and number of crystallites per unit area are evaluated using the average particle size. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the temperature has also been studied and the prepared AgSbSe2 samples are semiconducting in nature. The AgSbSe2 thin films exhibited an indirect allowed optical transition with a band gap of 0.64 eV. The compound exhibits promising thermoelectric properties, a large Seebeck coefficient of 30 mV/K at 48 K due to strong phonon electron interaction. It shows a strong temperature dependence on thermoelectric properties, including the inversion of a dominant carrier type from p to n over a low temperature range 9-300 K, which is explained on the basis of a phonon drag effect.

  19. NP Science Network Requirements

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    Dart, Eli; Rotman, Lauren; Tierney, Brian

    2011-08-26

    The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is the primary provider of network connectivity for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC), the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. To support SC programs, ESnet regularly updates and refreshes its understanding of the networking requirements of the instruments, facilities, scientists, and science programs it serves. This focus has helped ESnet to be a highly successful enabler of scientific discovery for over 20 years. In August 2011, ESnet and the Office of Nuclear Physics (NP), of the DOE SC, organized a workshop to characterize the networking requirements of the programs funded by NP. The requirements identified at the workshop are summarized in the Findings section, and are described in more detail in the body of the report.

  20. Preparation and antibacterial activities of Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites made by pomegranate (Punica granatum) rind extract

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    Yang, Hui; Ren, Yan-yu; Wang, Tao; Wang, Chuang

    Nano-silver and its composite materials are widely used in medicine, food and other industries due to their strong conductivity, size effect and other special performances. So far, more microbial researches have been applied, but a plant method is rarely reported. In order to open up a new way to prepare AgNP composites, pomegranate peel extract was used in this work to reduce Ag+ to prepare Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites. UV-Vis was employed to detect and track the reduction of Ag+ and the forming process of AgNPs. The composition, structure and size of the crystal were analyzed by XRD and TEM. Results showed that, under mild conditions, pomegranate peel extract reacted with dilute AgNO3 solution to produce Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites. At pH = 8 and 10 mmol/L of AgNO3 concentration, the size of the achieved composites ranged between 15 and 35 nm with spherical shapes and good crystallinity. The bactericidal experiment indicated that the prepared Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticles had strong antibacterial activity against gram positive bacteria and gram negative bacteria. FTIR analysis revealed that biological macromolecules with groups of sbnd NH2, sbnd OH, and others were distributed on the surface of the newly synthesized Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticles. This provided a useful clue to further study the AgNP biosynthesis mechanism.

  1. Mechanical and thermal behaviors of nitrogen-doped Zr-Cu-Al-Ag-Ta--An alternative class of thin film metallic glass

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    Chen, Pao-Sheng; Chen, Hsien-Wei; Duh, Jenq-Gong; Lee, Jyh-Wei; Shian-Ching Jang, Jason

    2012-10-01

    Super-plasticity and nano-scale surface roughness make thin film metallic glass (TFMG) a candidate for master mold of micro/nano imprint technique. Meanwhile, better mechanical properties of TFMG undoubtedly expand the life time of master mold. In this study, nitrogen is doped into Zr-based TFMG to exhibit the hardness higher than 10 GPa. Different from elements used to be doped into metallic glass, the role of nitrogen atoms plays in metallic glass is distinct and vital owing to its strong electronegativity. From the correlation of thermal and mechanical behavior, the role and effect of nitrogen in Ta-Zr-Cu-Al-Ag TFMG is discussed and proposed.

  2. Resistive switching memory based on three-dimensionally confined Ag quantum dots embedded in ultra thin polyimide layers.

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    Wu, Chaoxing; Li, Fushan; Guo, Tailiang

    2013-02-01

    Resistive switching memory devices based on three-dimensionally confined Ag quantum dots (QDs) embedded in polyimide (PI) layers were fabricated by using spin-coating and thermal evaporation. The Ag QDs embedded in PI layer were distributed uniformly with sizes of approximately 4-6 nm and with surface density of approximately 1.25 x 10(11) cm(-2). The electrical properties of the Ag/PI (10 nm)/Ag QDs/PI (10 nm)/Ag devices were investigated at room temperature. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements on the devices showed a counterclockwise electrical hysteresis behavior with reliable and reproducible resistive switching to the existence of the Ag QDs. The memory device transformed from its original high-resistance state to low-resistance state under positive bias, and regained its original high-resistance state under negative bias. The maximum ON/OFF ratio of the current bistability was 1 x 10(4). The device also revealed excellent endurance ability at ambient conditions. The possible operating mechanisms concerning the interaction between Ag QDs and PI matrix for the resistance-transform phenomenon were analyzed on the basis of the I-V results.

  3. Effect of Ag underlayer on microstructures and perpendicular magnetic properties of CoPt nanocomposite thin films.

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    Shen, C L; Kuo, P C; Li, Y S; Lin, G P; Huang, K T; Ou, S L; Chen, S C

    2011-12-01

    CoPt/Ag films were prepared by magnetron sputtering on glass substrates and subsequent annealing. The dependence of degree of ordering and magnetic properties on Ag film thickness and annealing conditions were investigated. It was found that the Ag underlayer played a dominant role in inducing the (001) texture of the CoPt film after annealing. CoPt films with a thickness about 20 nm and Ag underlayers with a thickness about 70 nm are easy to obtain a large degree of ordering and a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy after annealing at 700 degrees C for 30 min. CoPt/Ag films with out-of-plane coercivity (Hc (perpendicular)) in the range of 13.5-14.0 kOe and a out-of-plane squareness (S(perpendicular)) of 0.97 were obtained after annealing at 700 degrees C for 30 min. Ag underlayer is beneficial to enhance the Hc(perpendicular)and S(perpendicular) of CoPt film significantly. The degree of ordering and perpendicular magnetic properties of the CoPt films which deposited on Ag underlayer are larger than those of the single layer CoPt films.

  4. Reactive combinatorial synthesis and characterization of a gradient Ag-Ti oxide thin film with antibacterial properties.

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    Unosson, Erik; Rodriguez, Daniel; Welch, Ken; Engqvist, Håkan

    2015-01-01

    The growing demand for orthopedic and dental implants has spurred researchers to develop multifunctional coatings, combining tissue integration with antibacterial features. A possible strategy to endow titanium (Ti) with antibacterial properties is by incorporating silver (Ag), but designing a structure with adequate Ag(+) release while maintaining biocompatibility has been shown difficult. To further explore the composition-structure-property relationships between Ag and Ti, and its effects against bacteria, this study utilized a combinatorial approach to manufacture and test a single sample containing a binary Ag-Ti oxide gradient. The sample, sputter-deposited in a reactive (O2) environment using a custom-built combinatorial physical vapor deposition system, was shown to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus with viability reductions ranging from 17 to above 99%, depending on the amount of Ag(+) released from its different parts. The Ag content along the gradient ranged from 35 to 62 wt.%, but it was found that structural properties such as varied porosity and degree of crystallinity, rather than the amount of incorporated Ag, governed the Ag(+) release and resulting antibacterial activity. The coating also demonstrated in vitro apatite-forming abilities, where structural variety along the sample was shown to alter the hydrophilic behavior, with the degree of hydroxyapatite deposition varying accordingly. By means of combinatorial synthesis, a single gradient sample was able to display intricate compositional and structural features affecting its biological response, which would otherwise require a series of coatings. The current findings suggest that future implant coatings incorporating Ag as an antibacterial agent could be structurally enhanced to better suit clinical requirements.

  5. Chromatographic behaviour of alkaloids on thin layers of anion and cation exhangers. I. AG 1-X4 and cellex D.

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    Lepri, L; Desideri, P G; Lepori, M

    1976-01-07

    The chromatographic behaviour of 48 alkaloids has been studied on Bio-Rad AG 1-X4, Cellex D and microcrystalline cellulose, eluting with solutions of different pH but constant ionic strength (0.5). Many interesting separations were effected on both AG 1-X4 and Cellex D layers. The influence of pH on the chromatographic behaviour of alkaloids has been quantitatively studied and an equation was used that expresses the behaviour of the alkaloids on both AG 1-X4 (AcO-) and microcrystalling cellulose layers. The nonapplicability of this equation to Cellex D layers is discussed.

  6. Microstructure of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) epitaxial thin films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Akita, Yuta; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2007-05-01

    Epitaxial thin films of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) were prepared on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates at substrate temperatures of 100 and 300 degree sign C by UHV molecular beam epitaxy. A complicated microstructure was realized for the epitaxial thin films. In-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction observation has shown that X atoms of the buffer layer segregated to the surface during Co layer deposition, and it yielded a unique epitaxial granular structure. The structure consists of small Co grains buried in the X buffer layer, where both the magnetic small Co grains and the nonmagnetic X layer are epitaxially grown on the single crystal substrate. The structure varied depending on the X element and the substrate temperature. The crystal structure of Co grains is influenced by the buffer layer material and determined to be hcp and fcc structures for the buffer layer materials of Au and Cu, respectively.

  7. Ultra-thin L1{sub 0}-FePt for perpendicular anisotropy L1{sub 0}-FePt/Ag/[Co/Pd]{sub 30} pseudo spin valves

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    Ho, Pin; Chow, Gan Moog; Chen, Jing-Sheng; Han, Guchang; He, Kaihua

    2014-05-07

    Perpendicular anisotropy L1{sub 0}-FePt/Ag/[Co/Pd]{sub 30} pseudo spin valves (PSVs) with ultra-thin L1{sub 0}-FePt alloy free layer possessing high anisotropy and thermal stability have been fabricated and studied. The thickness of the L1{sub 0}-FePt layer was varied between 2 and 4 nm. The PSV became increasingly decoupled with reduced L1{sub 0}-FePt thickness due to the larger difference between the coercivity of the L1{sub 0}-FePt and [Co/Pd]{sub 30} films. The PSV with an ultra-thin L1{sub 0}-FePt free layer of 2 nm displayed a high K{sub u} of 2.21 × 10{sup 7} ergs/cm{sup 3}, high thermal stability of 84 and a largest giant magnetoresistance of 0.54%.

  8. Layer by layer growth of silver chloride nanoparticle within the pore channels of SBA-15/SO3H mesoporous silica (AgClNP/SBA-15/SO3K): Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial properties

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    Rostamnia, Sadegh; Doustkhah, Esmail; Estakhri, Saba; Karimi, Ziba

    2016-02-01

    The growth of silver chloride nanoparticles within the pore channels of functionalized SBA-15 mesoporous was achieved by sequential dipping steps in alternating bath of potassium chloride and silver nitrate under ultrasound irradiation at pH=9. The effects of sequential dipping steps in growth of the AgCl nanoparticles have been studied. The growth and formation of AgCl nanoparticles inside the sulfonated SBA-15 were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Antibacterial activity of the synthesized materials was investigated against Escherichia coli (E.coli) using the conventional diffusion-disc method. The materials showed high antibacterial activity.

  9. Characterization and antibacterial functions of Ag-TiO2 and W-TiO2 nanostructured thin films prepared by sol-gel/laser-induced technique

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    Joya, Y. F.; Liu, Z.; Wang, T.

    2011-11-01

    A novel sol-gel/laser-induced technique (SGLIT) has been developed to form nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) based thin films with an improved antibacterial performance. TiO2 precursor films loaded with W+6 and Ag+2 ions (W-TiO2, Ag-TiO2) were prepared separately by sol-gel method and spin-coated on microscopic glass slides. As-dried films were subjected to KrF excimer laser pulses at optimized parameters to generate mesoporous anatase and rutile phases at room temperature. The anatase phase was obtained after irradiation with 10 laser pulses only at 75-85 mJ/cm2 fluence in W-TiO2 films. However, higher number of laser pulses and higher W+6 content favored the formation of rutile. Whereas Ag-TiO2 films exhibited anatase up to 200 laser pulses at the same fluence. The films were characterized by using XRD, FEG-SEM, TEM and UV-Vis spectrophotometer to investigate the crystallographic structure, phase transformation, surface morphology, film thickness and the optical properties. A crystallite size of approximately 20 nm was achieved from the anatase prepared by SGLIT. The films exhibited an enhanced antibacterial function against E-Coli cells under the UV excitation.

  10. A first principle study of encapsulated and functionalized silicon nanotube of chirality (6,6) with monoatomically thin metal wires of Ag, Au and Cu

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    Kumar Chandel, Surjeet; Kumar, Arun; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Sharma, Raman

    2015-04-01

    First principle calculations have been performed to study the influence of interaction of monoatomically thin metal nanowires of Ag, Au and Cu placed inside (encapsulation) and outside (functionalization) the silicon nanotube having armchair conformation with chirality (6,6). The cohesive energy for all the encapsulated and functionalized systems under study was found to be almost same. In comparison to the pristine silicon nanotube (SiNT) which is found to be semiconducting in nature, all the encapsulated and functionalized systems of SiNT are found to be metallic in nature. The calculated electronic band structures show that the conductance in case of Ag, Au and Cu nanowires encapsulation is 2G0. However, its value for functionalized Ag, Au and Cu nanowires is found to be 1G0, 2G0 and 4G0 for the outside positioning of nanowires respectively. Optical properties of all the encapsulated and functionalized SiNTs have been studied. All the systems under study show reflectivity in the infrared (IR) region and behave as non-absorbing transparent conductors in the visible region.

  11. Enhanced high-field transport critical current densities observed for ex situ PIT processed Ag/(Ba, K)Fe2As2 thin tapes

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    Togano, Kazumasa; Gao, Zhaoshun; Taira, Hideaki; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Kihou, Kunihiro; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2013-06-01

    We found that the transport Jc of ex situ PIT (powder-in-tube) processed (Ba,K)Fe2As2 (Ba-122) wires with a single Ag sheath can be significantly enhanced by repeating a combined process of rolling and heat treatment. A transport Jc (4.2 K and 10 T) of 4.4 × 103 A cm-2 (Ic = 15.7 A) was obtained for a thin tape (0.3 mm thick) produced by this method, which is the highest reported so far for Ag-sheathed Ba-122 and Sr-122 wires processed by the conventional PIT route. The measurement by a hybrid magnet showed that the Jc-H curve maintains a very small field dependence up to the strong magnetic field of 28 T, as expected from the previously reported high Hc2 value. The core of the thin tape shows dense grain structure with fewer cracks and voids, which is considered to be responsible for the large enhancement of Jc. We believe that this new approach is useful for further development of 122 wires with higher transport Jc.

  12. Enhancement in the excitonic spontaneous emission rates for Si nanocrystal multi-layers covered with thin films of Au, Ag, and Al

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    Estrin, Y.; Rich, D. H.; Rozenfeld, N.; Arad-Vosk, N.; Ron, A.; Sa'ar, A.

    2015-10-01

    The enhancement in the spontaneous emission rate (SER) for Ag, Au, and Al films on multilayer Si nanocrystals (SiNCs) was probed with time-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL). The SiNCs were grown on Si(100) using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Electron-hole pairs were generated in the metal-covered SiNCs by injecting a pulsed high-energy electron beam through the thin metal films, which is found to be an ideal method of excitation for plasmonic quantum heterostructures and nanostructures that are opaque to laser or light excitation. Spatially, spectrally, and temporally resolved CL was used to measure the excitonic lifetime of the SiNCs in metal-covered and bare regions of the same samples. The observed enhancement in the SER for the metal-covered SiNCs, relative to the SER for the bare sample, is attributed to a coupling of the SiNC excitons with surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) of the thin metal films. A maximum SER enhancement of ˜2.0, 1.4 and 1.2 was observed for the Ag, Au, and Al films, respectively, at a temperature of 55 K. The three chosen plasmonic metals of Ag, Au, and Al facilitate an interesting comparison of the exciton-SPP coupling for metal films that exhibit varying differences between the surface plasmon energy, ωsp, and the SiNC excitonic emission energy. A modeling of the temperature dependence of the Purcell enhancement factor, Fp, was performed and included the temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of the metals.

  13. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for DNA detection by the self-assembly of Ag nanoparticles onto Ag nanoparticle-graphene oxide nanocomposites.

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    Lin, Tsung-Wu; Wu, Hong-Yi; Tasi, Ting-Ti; Lai, Ying-Huang; Shen, Hsin-Hui

    2015-07-28

    A novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing system which operates by the self-assembly of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) onto the nanocomposite of AgNPs and graphene oxide (AgNP-GO) in the presence of two complementary DNAs has been developed. In this system, AgNP-GO serves as a SERS-active substrate. The AgNPs with the modification of non-fluorescent 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) act as highly efficient Raman probes for DNA hybridization. When probe DNAs on AgNP-GO are complementary to target DNAs on AgNPs functionalized with 4-MBA, the DNA hybridization occurring directs the self-assembly of AgNPs onto AgNP-GO, leading to the creation of SERS hot spots. Due to the fact that partial 4-MBA molecules are located in the region of the hot spots, their SERS signals are greatly enhanced, indicating successful DNA hybridization. It is noteworthy that the size of AgNPs contributes significantly to the enhancement of SERS activity. The detection limit of the target DNAs at the pM level can be achieved through the self-assembly of large sized AgNPs onto AgNP-GO. More importantly, the AgNP-AgNP-GO system shows reproducible SERS signals in proportion to the logarithm of the target DNA concentrations spanning from 10(-6) to 10(-12) M and the excellent capability for multiplex DNA detection.

  14. Influence of surface features on the adhesion of Staphylococcus epidermidis to Ag-TiCN thin films

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    Carvalho, Isabel; Henriques, Mariana; Oliveira, João Carlos; Filipa Almeida Alves, Cristiana; Piedade, Ana Paula; Carvalho, Sandra

    2013-06-01

    Staphylococcus epidermidis has emerged as one of the major nosocomial pathogens associated with infections of implanted medical devices. The initial adhesion of these organisms to the surface of biomaterials is assumed to be an important stage in their colonization. The main objective of this work is to assess the influence of surface features on the adhesion of S. epidermidis to Ag-TiCN coatings deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering. The structural results obtained by x-ray diffraction show that the coatings crystallize in a B1-NaCl crystal structure typical of TiC0.3N0.7. The increase of Ag content promoted the formation of Ag crystalline phases. According to the results obtained with atomic force microscopy, a decrease on the surface roughness of the films from 39 to 7 nm is observed as the Ag content increases from 0 to 15 at.%. Surface energy results show that the increase of Ag promotes an increase in hydrophobicity. Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on coatings were assessed by the enumeration of the number of viable cells. The results showed that the surface with lower roughness and higher hydrophobicity leads to greater bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, highlighting that surface morphology and hydrophobicity rule the colonization of materials.

  15. In vitro antibacterial properties and UV induced response from Staphylococcus epidermidis on Ag/Ti oxide thin films.

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    Unosson, Erik; Morgenstern, Matthias; Engqvist, Håkan; Welch, Ken

    2016-03-01

    Implanted materials are susceptible to bacterial colonization and biofilm formation, which can result in severe infection and lost implant function. UV induced photocatalytic disinfection on TiO2 and release of Ag(+) ions are two promising strategies to combat such events, and can be combined for improved efficiency. In the current study, a combinatorial physical vapor deposition technique was utilized to construct a gradient coating between Ag and Ti oxide, and the coating was evaluated for antibacterial properties in darkness and under UV light against Staphylococcus epidermidis. The findings revealed a potent antibacterial effect in darkness due to Ag(+) release, with near full elimination (97%) of viable bacteria and visible cell lysis on Ag dominated surfaces. The photocatalytic activity, however, was demonstrated poor due to low TiO2 crystallinity, and UV light irradiation of the coating did not contribute to the antibacterial effect. On the contrary, bacterial viability was in several instances higher after UV illumination, proposing a UV induced SOS response from the bacteria that limited the reduction rate during Ag(+) exposure. Such secondary effects should thus be considered in the development of multifunctional coatings that rely on UV activation.

  16. Thin films composed of Ag nanoclusters dispersed in TiO2: Influence of composition and thermal annealing on the microstructure and physical responses

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    Borges, J.; Rodrigues, M. S.; Lopes, C.; Costa, D.; Couto, F. M.; Kubart, T.; Martins, B.; Duarte, N.; Dias, J. P.; Cavaleiro, A.; Polcar, T.; Macedo, F.; Vaz, F.

    2015-12-01

    Noble metal powders containing gold and silver have been used for many centuries, providing different colours in the windows of the medieval cathedrals and in ancient Roman glasses. Nowadays, the interest in nanocomposite materials containing noble nanoparticles embedded in dielectric matrices is related with their potential use for a wide range of advanced technological applications. They have been proposed for environmental and biological sensing, tailoring colour of functional coatings, or for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Most of these applications rely on the so-called localised surface plasmon resonance absorption, which is governed by the type of the noble metal nanoparticles, their distribution, size and shape and as well as of the dielectric characteristics of the host matrix. The aim of this work is to study the influence of the composition and thermal annealing on the morphological and structural changes of thin films composed of Ag metal clusters embedded in a dielectric TiO2 matrix. Since changes in size, shape and distribution of the clusters are fundamental parameters for tailoring the properties of plasmonic materials, a set of films with different Ag concentrations was prepared. The optical properties and the thermal behaviour of the films were correlated with the structural and morphological changes promoted by annealing. The films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering and in order to promote the clustering of the Ag nanoparticles the as-deposited samples were subjected to an in-air annealing protocol. It was demonstrated that the clustering of metallic Ag affects the optical response spectrum and the thermal behaviour of the films.

  17. Polylactic acid (PLA)/Silver-NP/VitaminE bionanocomposite electrospun nanofibers with antibacterial and antioxidant activity

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    Munteanu, Bogdanel Silvestru; Aytac, Zeynep; Pricope, Gina M.; Uyar, Tamer; Vasile, Cornelia

    2014-10-01

    The antibacterial property of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and the antioxidant activity of Vitamin E have been combined by incorporation of these two active components within polylactic acid (PLA) nanofibers via electrospinning (PLA/Ag-NP/VitaminE nanofibers). The morphological and structural characterizations of PLA/Ag-NP/VitaminE nanofibers were performed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The average fiber diameter was 140 ± 60 nm, and the size of the Ag-NP was 2.7 ± 1.5 nm. PLA/Ag-NP/VitaminE nanofibers inhibited growth of Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella typhymurium up to 100 %. The amount of released Ag ions from the nanofibers immersed in aqueous solution was determined by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, and it has been observed that the release of Ag ions was kept approximately constant after 10 days of immersion. The antioxidant activity of PLA/Ag-NP/VitaminE nanofibers was evaluated according to DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) method and determined as 94 %. The results of the tests on fresh apple and apple juice indicated that the PLA/Ag/VitaminE nanofiber membrane actively reduced the polyphenol oxidase activity. The multifunctional electrospun PLA nanofibers incorporating Ag-NP and Vitamin E may be quite applicable in food packaging due to the extremely large surface area of nanofibers along with antibacterial and antioxidant activities. These materials could find application in food industry as a potential preservative packaging for fruits and juices.

  18. Unveiling the atomic structure and electronic properties of atomically thin boron sheets on an Ag(111) surface.

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    Shu, Haibo; Li, Feng; Liang, Pei; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2016-09-15

    Two-dimensional (2D) boron sheets (i.e., borophene) have a huge potential as a basic building block in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics; such a situation is greatly promoted by recent experiments on fabrication of borophene on silver substrates. However, the fundamental atomic structure of borophene on the Ag substrate is still under debate, which greatly impedes further exploration of its properties. Herein, the atomic structure and electronic properties of borophene on an Ag(111) surface have been studied using first-principles calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our results reveal that there exist three energetically favorable borophene structures (β5, χ1, and χ2) on the Ag(111) surface and their simulated STM images are in good agreement with experimental results, suggesting the coexistence of boron phases during the growth. All these stable borophene structures have a planar structure with slight surface buckling (∼0.15 Å) and relatively high hexagonal vacancy density (1/6 and 1/5) and exhibit typical metallic conductivity. These findings not only can be applied to solve the experimental controversies about the atomic structure of borophene on the Ag substrate but also provide a theoretical basis for exploring the fundamental properties and applications of 2D boron sheets.

  19. Optoelectronic characterization of wide-bandgap (AgCu)(InGa)Se 2 thin-film polycrystalline solar cells including the role of the intrinsic zinc oxide layer

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    Obahiagbon, Uwadiae

    Experiments and simulations were conducted to vary the thickness and the sheet resistance of the high resistance (HR) ZnO layer in polycrystalline thin film (AgCu)(GaIn)Se2 (ACIGS) solar cells. The effect of varying these parameters on the electric field distribution, depletion width and hence capacitance were studied by SCAPS simulation. Devices were then fabricated and characterized by a number of optoelectronic techniques. Thin film CIGS has received a lot of attention, for its use as an absorber layer for thin film solar cells. However, the addition of Silver (Ag) to the CIGS alloy system increases the band gap as indicated from optical transmission measurements and thus higher open circuit voltage (Voc) could be obtained. Furthermore, addition of Ag lowers the melting temperature of the alloy and it is expected that this lowers the defect densities in the absorber and thus leads to higher performance. Transient photocapacitance analysis on ACIGS devices shows sharper band edge indicating lower disorder than CIGS. Presently there is a lack of fundamental knowledge relating film characteristics to device properties and performance. This is due to the fact that some features in the present solar cell structure have been optimized empirically. The goal of this research effort was to develop a fundamental and detailed understanding of the device operation as well as the loss mechanism(s) limiting these devices. Recombination mechanisms in finished ACIGS solar cell devices was studied using advanced admittance techniques (AS, DLCP, CV) to identify electronically active defect state(s) and to study their impact on electronic properties and device performance. Analysis of various optoelectronic measurements of ACIGS solar cells provided useful feedback regarding the impact on device performance of the HR ZnO layer. It was found that thickness between 10-100 nm had negligible impact on performance but reducing the thickness to 0 nm resulted in huge variability in all

  20. The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles in Bacillus subtilis Are Mediated by Released Ag+ Ions

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    Hsueh, Yi-Huang; Lin, Kuen-Song; Ke, Wan-Ju; Hsieh, Chien-Te; Chiang, Chao-Lung; Tzou, Dong-Ying; Liu, Shih-Tung

    2015-01-01

    The superior antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are well-documented, but the exact mechanisms underlying Ag-NP microbial toxicity remain the subject of intense debate. Here, we show that Ag-NP concentrations as low as 10 ppm exert significant toxicity against Bacillus subtilis, a beneficial bacterium ubiquitous in the soil. Growth arrest and chromosomal DNA degradation were observed, and flow cytometric quantification of propidium iodide (PI) staining also revealed that Ag-NP concentrations of 25 ppm and above increased membrane permeability. RedoxSensor content analysis and Phag-GFP expression analysis further indicated that reductase activity and cytosolic protein expression decreased in B. subtilis cells treated with 10–50 ppm of Ag NPs. We conducted X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses to directly clarify the valence and fine structure of Ag atoms in B. subtilis cells placed in contact with Ag NPs. The results confirmed the Ag species in Ag NP-treated B. subtilis cells as Ag2O, indicating that Ag-NP toxicity is likely mediated by released Ag+ ions from Ag NPs, which penetrate bacterial cells and are subsequently oxidized intracellularly to Ag2O. These findings provide conclusive evidence for the role of Ag+ ions in Ag-NP microbial toxicity, and suggest that the impact of inappropriately disposed Ag NPs to soil and water ecosystems may warrant further investigation. PMID:26669836

  1. The growth, structure, and thermal stability of vapor deposited ultra-thin metal films: Rh on Ag(100), Au on Pd(110), and Pt on Pd(110)

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    Schmitz, P.

    1990-09-21

    The growth, structure, and thermal stability of ultra-thin metal films (Rh on Ag(100); Au on Pd(110) and Pt on Pd(110)) is investigated using surface sensitive techniques. The three systems studied present a variety of differing characteristics which can contribute to the growth mode, two-dimensional structure, and thermal stability of the films. The main factors contributing to the differing properties of the three systems presented here are: (1) the different substrate morphologies; (2) the differences in surface free energies between the overlayer and the substrate; (3) the degree of lattice mismatch for a particular system; and (4) the extent of miscibility of the two metals. 200 refs., 38 figs.

  2. Study of semiconducting parameters in dark as well as in presence of light for Se90X10 (X=Ag,In) thin films

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    Singh, N. K.; Kumar, Anjani; Kumar, D.; Shukla, S.

    2016-05-01

    The present paper reports the study of semiconducting parameters (activation energy and pre-exponential factor) in glassy samples of Se90X10 (X= Ag, In) in dark as well as in presence of light. Temperature dependence of dark and photo-conductivity is measured in amorphous thin films in the temperature range 300-378 K and in the intensity range 2000-18000 Lux. A straight line between lnσ0 and ΔE indicates the presence of Meyer - Neldel (MN) rule in dark as well as in presence of light. Linear dependence of ln(σ0) on ΔE in case of amorphous material indicate that the conduction band tails a finite energy distance towards the valence band and a Fermi level which is controlled by fixed dominant hole levels deeper in the gap.

  3. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beam irradiation effects on spray deposited 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Sendilkumar, A.; Asokan, K.; Venkateswaran, C.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Lithium 5 wt% doped V2O5 thin film was deposited onto ITO substrate by spray pyrolysis technique. The substrate temperature was kept at 450 °C. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beams at a fluence of 5×1012 ions/cm2 was irradiated on 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 film of thickness 1367 nm. The XRD pattern confirms that the pristine film is non stoichiometry with orthorhombic structure and upon irradiation the crystallinity decreased and an obvious textured growth along (020) plane is induced. Raman peak observed at 917 cm-1 is due to oxygen deficiency. Upon irradiation, the optical transparency and band gap of the film decreased. Electrical transport property study shows that the resistivity increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  4. An analysis of the x-ray linear dichroism spectrum for NiO thin films grown on vicinal Ag(001)

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    Wu, Y.Z.; Zhao, Y.; Arenholz, E.; Young, A.T.; Sinkovic, B.; Qiu, Z.Q.

    2008-05-10

    Antiferromagnetic (AFM) NiO thin films are grown epitaxially on vicinal Ag(118) substrate and investigated by x-ray linear dichroism (XLD). We find that the NiO AFM spin exhibits an in-plane spin reorientation transition from parallel to perpendicular to the step edges with increasing the NiO film thickness. In addition to the conventional L{sub 2} adsorption edge, x-ray linear dichroism (XLD) effect at the Ni L{sub 3} adsorption edge is also measured and analyzed. The result identifies a small energy shift of the L{sub 3} peak. Temperature-dependent measurement confirms that the observed XLD effect in this system at the normal incidence of the x-rays originates entirely from the NiO magnetic ordering.

  5. Comparison of Ag and SiO2 Nanoparticles for Light Trapping Applications in Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Theuring, Martin; Wang, Peng Hui; Vehse, Martin; Steenhoff, Volker; von Maydell, Karsten; Agert, Carsten; Brolo, Alexandre G

    2014-10-02

    Plasmonic and photonic light trapping structures can significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. This work presents an experimental and computational comparison of identically shaped metallic (Ag) and nonmetallic (SiO2) nanoparticles integrated to the back contact of amorphous silicon solar cells. Our results show comparable performance for both samples, suggesting that minor influence arises from the nanoparticle material. Particularly, no additional beneficial effect of the plasmonic features due to metallic nanoparticles could be observed.

  6. Magnetic disorder in diluted FexM100-x granular thin films (M=Au, Ag, Cu; x < 10 at.%).

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    Alba Venero, D; Fernández Barquín, L; Alonso, J; Fdez-Gubieda, M L; Rodríguez Fernández, L; Boada, R; Chaboy, J

    2013-07-10

    Nanogranular thin films of Fe7Au93, Fe7Ag93 and Fe9Cu91 have been sputtered onto Si(100) substrates with the aim of studying the magnetic interactions. X-ray diffraction shows a major noble metal matrix with broad peaks stemming from (111) textured fcc-Au, Ag and Cu. The noble metal forms a nanogranular environment, as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, with mean particle sizes below 10 nm. The high magnetoresistance (>6%) reveals the existence of Fe nanoparticles. X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy confirms the presence of a bcc-Fe atom arrangement and some dissolved Fe atoms in the matrix, and XMCD shows the polarization of Au by the Fe nanoparticles. DC-magnetization displays a field-dependent irreversibility produced by the freezing of magnetic nanoparticles into a superspin-glass state. The hysteresis loops remain unsaturated at 5 K and 45 kOe. The coercivity displays a sharp temperature decrease towards a minimum below 50 K, levelling off at higher values, reaching Hc = 200 Oe at 300 K. Annealing of FeAu results in a double-peak zero field cooled magnetization and a slight decrease of the coercivity. The interpretation of the results supports the presence of Fe nanoparticles embedded in the major noble matrix, with some diluted Fe atoms/clusters.

  7. Transport of engineered silver (Ag) nanoparticles through partially fractured sandstones

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    Neukum, Christoph; Braun, Anika; Azzam, Rafig

    2014-08-01

    Transport behavior and fate of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) in the subsurface is of major interest concerning soil and groundwater protection in order to avoid groundwater contamination of vital resources. Sandstone aquifers are important groundwater resources which are frequently used for public water supply in many regions of the world. The objective of this study is to get a better understanding of AgNP transport behavior in partially fractured sandstones. We executed AgNP transport studies on partially fissured sandstone drilling cores in laboratory experiments. The AgNP concentration and AgNP size in the effluent were analyzed using flow field-flow fractionation mainly. We employed inverse mathematical models on the measured AgNP breakthrough curves to identify and quantify relevant transport processes. Physicochemical filtration, time-dependent blocking due to filling of favorable attachment sites and colloid-facilitated transport were identified as the major processes for AgNP mobility. Physicochemical filtration was found to depend on solute chemistry, mineralogy, pore size distribution and probably on physical and chemical heterogeneity. Compared to AgNP transport in undisturbed sandstone matrix reported in the literature, their mobility in partially fissured sandstone is enhanced probably due to larger void spaces and higher hydraulic conductivity.

  8. Elastic npnp( pn) scattering at intermediate energies

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    Troyan, Yu. A.; Anikina, M. Kh.; Belyaev, A. V.; Ierusalimov, A. P.; Troyan, A. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The study of the elastic npnp( pn) scattering was carried out at the momenta of incident quasimonochromatic neutrons P 0 = 1.43, 2.23 and 5.20 GeV/ c. The differential cross sections of the processes of elastic np scattering, both without (cos Φ* p < 0) and with charge exchange (cos Φ* p >0) of nucleons, are analyzed. The results are compared with the data of other experiments. The suggested pole model takes into account exchange by π meson, ρ meson, and includes the peripheral exchange mechanism. This model permits one to get a good description of the data of elastic np scattering at the energy region 1-10 GeV.

  9. On the discrete dipole approximation investigation of the extinction spectra of Ag/glass nano-flower thin film with threefold symmetry

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    Abdi, Fatemeh; Siabi-Gerjan, Araz; Savaloni, Hadi

    2012-07-01

    The use of glancing angle deposition technique provides opportunities for the deposition of sculptured nanostructures of different shape. The optical properties of such nanostructures that are a function of the shape of these nanostructures may be investigated, using the discrete dipole approximation theory which is an appropriate method for solving the light scattering problem from objects of different shape and geometry. In this paper, the extinction spectra of Ag/glass-sculptured nano-flowers with threefold symmetry are modeled and calculated, while the results are compared with similar experimental observations. In modeling the nano-flower-shaped sculptured thin films, it is proposed that the nano-flower is formed as a combination of two chiral thin films with different dimensions. This structure was replaced with 1,405 electrical dipoles, and its extinction spectrum was calculated as a function of incident light angle and azimuthal angle. The extinction spectrum consists of both transverse and longitudinal modes of oscillations. The results showed that by increasing the incident angle, due to increase of amplitude of electrical oscillations, transverse oscillations shift towards longer wavelengths. It was also observed that at azimuthal angles close to nano-flower petals, where sharp points or recesses may exist, the intensity of extinction spectrum for longitudinal mode (long wavelengths in the extinction spectrum) increases.

  10. Insight into the unit cell: Structure of picene thin films on Ag(100) revealed with complementary methods

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    Huempfner, Tobias; Hafermann, Martin; Udhardt, Christian; Otto, Felix; Forker, Roman; Fritz, Torsten

    2016-11-01

    We study the molecular structure of one monolayer of picene on a Ag(100) surface. Low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy experiments show that the molecules arrange in a highly ordered manner exhibiting a point-on-line epitaxy with two differently arranged molecules per unit cell. Comparing measured and simulated photoelectron momentum maps allows further conclusions about the composition of the unit cell. The structural basis consists of two parallel molecules; one molecule lies face-on and the other is tilted by ≈45° around its long axis with respect to the surface normal.

  11. Temperature studies of optical parameters of (Ag3AsS3)0.6(As2S3)0.4 thin films prepared by rapid thermal evaporation and pulse laser deposition

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    Studenyak, I. P.; Kutsyk, M. M.; Buchuk, M. Yu.; Rati, Y. Y.; Neimet, Yu. Yu.; Izai, V. Yu.; Kökényesi, S.; Nemec, P.

    2016-02-01

    (Ag3AsS3)0.6(As2S3)0.4 thin films were deposited using rapid thermal evaporation (RTE) and pulse laser deposition (PLD) techniques. Ag-enriched micrometre-sized cones (RTE) and bubbles (PLD) were observed on the thin film surface. Optical transmission spectra of the thin films were studied in the temperature range 77-300 K. The Urbach behaviour of the optical absorption edge in the thin films due to strong electron-phonon interaction was observed, the main parameters of the Urbach absorption edge were determined. Temperature dependences of the energy position of the exponential absorption edge and the Urbach energy are well described in the Einstein model. Dispersion and temperature dependences of refractive indices were analysed; a non-linear increase of the refractive indices with temperature was revealed. Disordering processes in the thin films were studied and compared with bulk composites, the differences between the thin films prepared by RTE and PLD were analysed.

  12. Rapid Aminoglycoside NP Test for Rapid Detection of Multiple Aminoglycoside Resistance in Enterobacteriaceae.

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    Nordmann, Patrice; Jayol, Aurélie; Dobias, Jan; Poirel, Laurent

    2017-04-01

    The rapid aminoglycoside NP (Nordmann/Poirel) test was developed to rapidly identify multiple aminoglycoside (AG) resistance in Enterobacteriaceae It is based on the detection of the glucose metabolism related to enterobacterial growth in the presence of a defined concentration of amikacin plus gentamicin. Formation of acid metabolites was evidenced by a color change (orange to yellow) of the red phenol pH indicator. The rapid aminoglycoside NP test was evaluated by using bacterial colonies of 18 AG-resistant isolates producing 16S rRNA methylases, 20 AG-resistant isolates expressing AG-modifying enzymes (acetyl-, adenyl-, and phosphotransferases), and 10 isolates susceptible to AG. Its sensitivity and specificity were 100% and 97%, respectively, compared to the broth dilution method, which was taken as the gold standard for determining aminoglycoside resistance. The test is inexpensive, rapid (<2 h), and implementable worldwide.

  13. Light regulated I-V hysteresis loop of Ag/BiFeO3/FTO thin film

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    Wei, Lujun; Sun, Bai; Zhao, Wenxi; Li, Hongwei; Chen, Peng

    2017-01-01

    A hysteresis loop of current-voltage characteristics based multiferroic BiFeO3 nanoribbons memory device is observed. Moreover, the white-light can greatly regulate both the current-voltage hysteresis loop and the ferroelectric hysteresis loop. The stored space charges within the electrodes/BiFeO3 interface can lead to hysteresis-type I-V characteristics of Ag/BiFeO3/FTO devices. The white-light controlled I-V loop and ferroelectric loop result from photon-generated carries. Since the I-V hysteresis loop and ferroelectric hysteresis loop have a potential application prospect to the memory devices, these two white-light controlled the hysteresis loops curves are likely to provide promising opportunity for developing the multi-functional memory devices.

  14. In-situ x-ray scattering investigation of strain in thin-film morphological evolution of homoepitaxial Ag(001)

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    Hayden, S. T.; Kim, C.; Conrad, E. H.; Gramlich, M. W.; Miceli, P. F.

    2010-03-01

    Because it escapes detection in most experimental probes of surfaces, the role of strain during film growth has not been widely investigated. However, large strain fields arise from vacancy nano-clusters [C. Kim et al., APL 91, 093131 (2007)] that can be incorporated during film growth at lower temperatures. It has also been suggested that extreme surface morphologies, resulting from a deposition flux at grazing angles, might lead to significant strain [Y. Shim et. al., PRL 101, 11601 (2008)]. Because of its simultaneous sensitivity to both the surface and the subsurface, x-ray scattering is a particularly valuable technique for exploring the role of strain in epitaxial crystal growth. This talk will discuss our recent in-situ x-ray diffuse scattering and reflectivity measurements, performed at the Advanced Photon Source, which investigate the low temperature homoepitaxial growth of Ag(001).

  15. Modification of energy band alignment and electric properties of Pt/Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3}/Pt thin-film ferroelectric varactors by Ag impurities at interfaces

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    Hirsch, S.; Komissinskiy, P. Flege, S.; Li, S.; Rachut, K.; Klein, A.; Alff, L.

    2014-06-28

    We report on the effects of Ag impurities at interfaces of parallel-plate Pt/Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3}/Pt thin film ferroelectric varactors. Ag impurities occur at the interfaces due to diffusion of Ag from colloidal silver paint used to attach the varactor samples with their back side to the plate heated at 600–750 °C during deposition of Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3}. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry suggest that amount and distribution of Ag adsorbed at the interfaces depend strongly on the adsorbent surface layer. In particular, Ag preferentially accumulates on top of the Pt bottom electrode. The presence of Ag significantly reduces the barrier height between Pt and Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} leading to an increased leakage current density and, thus, to a severe degradation of the varactor performance.

  16. 500 V/200 A fault current limiter modules made of large-area MOD-YBa2Cu3O7 thin films with high-resistivity Au-Ag alloy shunt layers

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    Yamasaki, H.; Arai, K.; Kaiho, K.; Nakagawa, Y.; Sohma, M.; Kondo, W.; Yamaguchi, I.; Matsui, H.; Kumagai, T.; Natori, N.; Higuchi, N.

    2009-12-01

    We developed 500 Vrms/ 200 Arms superconducting thin-film fault current limiter (FCL) modules that can withstand high electric fields (E>30 Vrms cm-1) by using large-area YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) thin films with high-resistivity Au-Ag alloy shunt layers. Au-Ag alloy films about 60 nm thick were sputter-deposited on YBCO/CeO2/sapphire films (2.7 cm × 20 cm) prepared using a fluorine-free MOD method. Each 20 cm long Au-Ag/YBCO film was then divided into three segments (each ~5.7 cm long) by four Ag electrodes deposited on the Au-Ag layer, resulting in an effective length of 17 cm. The 500 V/200 A FCL modules were then fabricated by first connecting two of the segmented films in parallel using Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 superconducting tapes and then connecting in parallel an external resistor and a capacitor for each segment to protect the Au-Ag/YBCO film from hot spots. Switching tests using a short-circuit generator revealed that all the modules carried a superconducting ac current of >=237 Arms and that modules prepared with YBCO films having a relatively homogeneous critical current Ic distribution successfully withstood >=515 Vrms for five cycles without any damage. These results demonstrate that (a) the FCL modules fabricated here successfully achieved the rated current of 200 Arms and rated voltage of 500 Vrms and (b) total area of the YBCO films on sapphire substrates required for the 500 V/200 A (100 kV A) module was less than one-third that for conventional thin-film FCL modules that use gold shunt layers, leading to the significantly reduced cost of thin-film FCLs. Film damage due to hot spots depended on the difference in Ic between the two parallel-connected films and on the inhomogeneity of the Ic distribution in the film, and is most probably due to nonlinear current flows at the moment of quenching that cause local overheating.

  17. Speciation of Np(V) uptake by Opalinus Clay using synchrotron microbeam techniques.

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    Fröhlich, Daniel R; Amayri, Samer; Drebert, Jakob; Grolimund, Daniel; Huth, Joachim; Kaplan, Ugras; Krause, Joachim; Reich, Tobias

    2012-11-01

    Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been used to determine the chemical speciation of Np sorbed on Opalinus Clay (OPA, Mont Terri, Switzerland), a natural argillaceous rock revealing a micro-scale heterogeneity. Different sorption and diffusion samples with Np(V) were prepared for spatially resolved molecular-level investigations. Thin sections of OPA contacted with Np(V) solution under aerobic and anaerobic conditions as well as a diffusion sample were analysed spatially resolved. Micro-X-ray fluorescence (μ-XRF) mapping has been used to determine the elemental distributions of Np, Fe and Ca. Regions of high Np concentration were subsequently investigated by micro-X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy to determine the oxidation state of Np. Further, micro-X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD) was employed to gain knowledge about reactive crystalline mineral phases in the vicinity of Np enrichments. One thin section was also analysed by electron microprobe to determine the elemental distributions of the lighter elements (especially Si and Al), which represent the main elements of OPA. The results show that in most samples, Np spots with considerable amounts of Np(IV) could be found even when the experiments were carried out in air. In some cases, almost pure Np(IV) L(III)-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectra were recorded. In the case of the anaerobic sample, the μ-XRF mapping showed a clear correlation between Np and Fe, indicating that the reduction of Np(V) is caused by an iron(II)-containing mineral which could be identified by μ-XRD as pyrite. These spatially resolved investigations were complemented by extended X-ray absorption fine structure measurements of powder samples from batch experiments under aerobic and anaerobic conditions to determine the structural parameters of the near-neighbour environment of sorbed Np.

  18. Evolution of structural and magnetic properties of Co-doped TiO2 thin films irradiated with 100 MeV Ag7+ ions

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    Mohanty, P.; Singh, V. P.; Mishra, N. C.; Ojha, S.; Kanjilal, D.; Rath, Chandana

    2014-08-01

    In continuation to our earlier studies where we have shown room temperature ferromagnetism observed in TiO2 and Co-doped TiO2 (CTO) thin films independent of their phase (Mohanty et al 2012 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 325301), here the modifications in structure and magnetic properties in CTO thin films using 100 MeV Ag7+ ion irradiation are reported. Owing to the important role of defects in tailoring the magnetic properties of the material, we vary the ion fluence from 5 × 1011 to 1 × 1012 ions cm-2 to create post-deposition defects. While the film deposited under 0.1 mTorr oxygen partial pressure retains its crystallinity showing radiation-resistant behaviour even at a fluence of 1 × 1012 ions cm-2, films deposited under 1 to 300 mTorr oxygen partial pressure becomes almost amorphous at the same fluence. Using Poisson's law, the diameter of the amorphized region surrounding the ion path is calculated to be ˜4.2 nm from the x-ray diffraction peak intensity ((1 1 0) for rutile phase) as a function of ion fluence. The saturation magnetization (Ms) decreases exponentially similar to the decrease in x-ray peak intensity with fluence, indicating magnetic disordered region surrounding the ion path. The diameter of the magnetic disordered region is found to be ˜6.6 nm which is larger than the diameter of the amorphized latent track. Therefore, it is confirmed that swift heavy ion irradiation induces a more significant magnetic disorder than the structural disorder.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of thin PTCDI films on Ag/Si(111)-√3 × √3

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    Emanuelsson, C.; Zhang, H. M.; Moons, E.; Johansson, L. S. O.

    2017-03-01

    3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic diimide molecules were evaporated onto a Ag/Si(111)-√3 × √3 surface and studied by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The growth mode was characterized as layer-by-layer growth with a single molecular unit cell in a short range order. The growth of the first two monolayers involves a molecule/substrate superstructure and a molecule/molecule superstructure. At higher coverages, the molecules in each layer were found to align so that unit cells are on top of each other. The experimentally obtained LEED pattern is described as a combination of patterns from the molecular unit cell and the molecule/substrate superstructure. The electronic structure was found to be strongly dependent on the film thickness for the first few layers: Several extra states are found at low coverages compared to higher coverages resulting in a very small pseudo gap of 0.9 eV for the first layer, which widens up to 4.0 eV for thicker films.

  20. Impact of 100 MeV Ag7+ SHI irradiation fluence and N incorporation on structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO thin films

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    Balakrishnan, L.; Gokul Raj, S.; Meher, S. R.; Asokan, K.; Alex, Z. C.

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, we have investigated the influence of Ag7+ ion irradiation fluence and N incorporation on structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO thin films. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the retainment of ZnO wurtzite structure even at higher fluence irradiation with slight decrease in crystallinity. Photoluminescence and Hall effect measurement analysis showed an increase in density of defects for high ion fluence irradiation. Atomic force microscope analysis shows that the films irradiated at high ion fluence have vertical standing needle-like morphology and also have high value of roughness compared with the films irradiated at low ion fluence. The ammonia and methanol gas sensing properties of the films have been studied at different operating temperature and gas concentration. It conveys that the films have selectivity towards ammonia than methanol and also that the films irradiated at high ion fluence exhibit better sensitivity, low response and recovery times compared with the films irradiated at low ion fluence. The film grown in oxygen ambience and irradiated at high ion fluence showed good sensing characteristics at all temperatures even at room temperature.

  1. Influence of substrate temperature on the properties of pulsed laser deposited silver nanoparticle thin films and their application in SERS detection of bovine serum albumin

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    Kamakshi, Koppole; Silva, J. P. B.; Sekhar, K. C.; Marslin, Gregory; Moreira, J. Agostinho; Conde, O.; Almeida, A.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of substrate temperature ( T s) on electrical conductance, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) thin films is presented. AgNP films are grown on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition in a controlled Ar atmosphere at a pressure of 0.1 mbar and varying T s. Different T s results in different morphologies, as observed by scanning electron microscopy. The effect of interparticle distance on the electrical conductance of AgNPs is highlighted. The current-voltage characteristics display negative resistance effect and is attributed to the charge trapping process in AgNPs. The film deposited at room temperature presents a SPR peak at λ = 460 nm, and its wavelength first increases until T s reaches 300 °C and then decreases with further increasing T s. The quantitative analysis of SERS studies reveals that SERS intensity of bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorbed on AgNP substrate deposited at 300 °C exhibits a higher intensity as compared with that of BSA adsorbed on the SERS active substrates at any other T s.

  2. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of Ag-Cu and ZnO reinforced polylactide nanocomposite films.

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    Ahmed, Jasim; Arfat, Yasir Ali; Castro-Aguirre, Edgar; Auras, Rafael

    2016-05-01

    Plasticized polylactic acid (PLA) based nanocomposite films were prepared by incorporating polyethylene glycol (PEG) and two selected nanoparticles (NPs) [silver-copper (Ag-Cu) alloy (<100 nm) and zinc oxide (ZnO) (<50 and <100 nm)] through solvent casting method. Incorporation of Ag-Cu alloy into the PLA/PEG matrix increased the glass transition temperature (Tg) significantly. The crystallinity of the nanocomposites (NCs) was significantly influenced by NP incorporation as evidenced from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The PLA nanocomposite reinforced with NPs exhibited much higher tensile strength than that of PLA/PEG blend. Melt rheology of NCs exhibited a shear-thinning behavior. The mechanical property drastically reduced with a loading of NPs, which is associated with degradation of PLA. SEM micrographs exhibited that both Ag-Cu alloy and ZnO NPs were dispersed well in the PLA film matrix.

  3. The effect of strain induced by Ag underlayer on saturation magnetization of partially ordered Fe16N2 thin films

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    Yang, Meiyin; Allard, Lawrence F.; Ji, Nian; ...

    2013-12-12

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron®717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt.% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt.% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external) scattering, but withmore » no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt.% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Here, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.« less

  4. Reliable determination of 237Np in environmental solid samples using 242Pu as a potential tracer.

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    Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin; Roos, Per; Miró, Manuel

    2011-04-15

    This paper reports an analytical method for rapid determination of neptunium ((237)Np) in environmental solid samples exploiting automated sequential injection (SI)-based anion exchange separation. Pivotal issues on analytical method performance were investigated including sorption behavior of (237)Np onto various AG 1-type anion exchangers; suitability of (242)Pu as a tracer for (237)Np determination in environmental solid samples; and long-term chemical stability of tetravalent Np. Experimental results revealed that the degree of resin cross-linking has a significant influence on the separation efficiency in terms of chemical yields of (237)Np and removal of interfering nuclides. Although ca. 30% of sorbed Np onto AG 1- × 4 was stripped out during HCl rinsing step for the removal of Th, chemical yield ratios of (237)Np to (242)Pu were proven steady with an average value of 0.67 ± 0.04 (n=15) under selected experimental conditions. Disulfite-8M HNO(3) was selected as a redox pair for valence adjustment to Np(IV) and the tetravalent Np in the sample solution was demonstrated to be stabilized for up to 5 days under 3°C. The analytical results for reference materials showed a good agreement with the expected values, thereby demonstrating the usefulness of (242)Pu as a non-isotopic tracer for (237)Np chemical yield monitoring. The on-column separation procedure fosters rapid analysis as required in emergency situations since each individual sample can be handled within 2.5h, and leads to a significant decrease in labor intensity compared to conventional batch-wise protocols.

  5. Characterization of interface states in thin epitaxial film In{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}P/Ag diodes

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    Singh, A.; Masut, R.A.; Bensaada, A.

    1996-07-01

    Epitaxial In{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}P/Ag Schottky contacts were fabricated by electron beam evaporation of Ag on an epitaxial thin film of In{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}P grown on highly doped n-InP substrate by MOCVD. The diode showed non-ideal behavior with an ideality factor of 1.3 and is thought to have a metal-interface layer-semiconductor (MIS) structure. The room temperature small signal ac capacitance ({ital C}{sub {ital m}}) was measured as a function of applied voltage (V{sub {ital a}}), in the frequency ({ital f}) range 0.5 KHz and 1 MHz. Under forward bias, the large frequency dispersion in {ital C}{sub {ital m}} was attributed to the interface states in equilibrium with the semiconductor (In{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}P). From {ital C}{sub {ital m}}, the interface states capacitance {ital C}{sub {ital p}} was extracted. The experimental {ital C}{sub {ital p}}{minus}{ital f} data fitted well to Lehovec{close_quote}s model of an interface state continuum with a single time constant and provided the values of the interface states energy density ({ital N}{sub {ital ss}}), relaxation time ({tau}) and capture cross-section ({sigma}{sub {ital n}}) for forward bias (V{sub {ital a}}) voltages between 0.0 V and 0.4 V. Over the forward bias range 0.4V{gt}V{sub {ital a}}{gt}0.0V,{ital N}{sub {ital ss}} decreased linearly with bias from 1.7{times}10{sup 12} eV{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}2} to 2.4{times}10{sup 11} eV{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}2} and {sigma}{sub {ital n}} increased exponentially with bias from 1.9{times}10{sup {minus}15} cm{sup 2} to 3.9{times}10{sup {minus}9} cm{sup 2}. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. A comparative study of the effects of Ag2S films prepared by MPD and HRTD methods on the performance of polymer solar cells

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    Zhai, Yong; Li, Fumin; Ling, Lanyun; Chen, Chong

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the Ag2S nanocrystalline thin films are deposited on ITO glass via molecular precursor decomposition (MPD) method and newly developed HRTD method for organic solar cells (ITO/Ag2S/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Au) as an electron selective layer and a light absorption material. The surface morphology, structure characterization, and optical property of the Ag2S films prepared by these two methods were compared and the effect of the prepared Ag2S film on the device performance is investigated. It is found that the Ag2S films prepared by HRTD method have lower roughness and better uniformity than the corresponding films prepared by the MPD method. In addition, a more effective and rapid transporting ability for the electrons and holes in the ITO/Ag2S(HRTD, n)/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Au cells is found, which reduces the charge recombination, and thus, improves the device performance. The highest efficiency of 3.21% achieved for the ITO/Ag2S(HRTD, 50)/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Au cell is 93% higher than that of the ITO/Ag2S(MPD, 2)/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Au cell.

  7. 237 Np Mössbauer isomer shifts in neptunium chalcogenides

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    Thévenin, T.; Jové, J.; Pagès, M.

    1984-10-01

    We report237Np Mössbauer spectrometry measurements on some Np polychalcogenides: NpS3, β-NpS2, Np3Se5, NpTe3, α-Np2S3 and γ-Np2Se3. The experiments have been performed at 4.2 K and 77 K. From the isomeric shift values, the oxidation state of the Np ion can easily be assigned in these kinds of compounds: Np(IV) in NpS3, β-NpS2 and Np(III) in NpTe3, α-Np2S3 and γ-Np2 Se3. A mixture of Np(III) and Np(IV) ions has been observed in Np3Se5. Comparisons of the IS values have pointed out the influence of the electronegativity of the chalcogen atom and of the bond length Np- X(X≡ S, Se, Te).

  8. Enzyme immobilization on Ag nanoparticles/polyaniline nanocomposites.

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    Crespilho, Frank N; Iost, Rodrigo M; Travain, Silmar A; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Zucolotto, Valtencir

    2009-06-15

    We show a simple strategy to obtain an efficient enzymatic bioelectrochemical device, in which urease was immobilized on electroactive nanostructured membranes (ENMs) made with polyaniline and silver nanoparticles (AgNP) stabilized in polyvinyl alcohol (PAni/PVA-AgNP). Fabrication of the modified electrodes comprised the chemical deposition of polyaniline followed by drop-coating of PVA-AgNP and urease, resulting in a final ITO/PAni/PVA-AgNP/urease electrode configuration. For comparison, the electrochemical performance of ITO/PAni/urease electrodes (without Ag nanoparticles) was also studied. The performance of the modified electrodes toward urea hydrolysis was investigated via amperometric measurements, revealing a fast increase in cathodic current with a well-defined peak upon addition of urea to the electrolytic solution. The cathodic currents for the ITO/PAni/PVA-AgNP/urease electrodes were significantly higher than for the ITO/PAni/urease electrodes. The friendly environment provided by the ITO/PAni/PVA-AgNP electrode to the immobilized enzyme promoted efficient catalytic conversion of urea into ammonium and bicarbonate ions. Using the Michaelis-Menten kinetics equation, a K(M)(app) of 2.7 mmol L(-1) was obtained, indicating that the electrode architecture employed may be advantageous for fabrication of enzymatic devices with improved biocatalytic properties.

  9. NpCoGe, near quantum criticality?

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    Colineau, E.; Eloirdi, R.; Griveau, J.-C.; Gaczynski, P.; Shick, A. B.

    2013-05-01

    The magnetic and electronic properties of NpCoGe are reported. NpCoGe orders antiferromagnetically at T N ≈ 13 K with an average ordered magnetic moment < µ N p > = 0.80 µ B . The comparison with NpRhGe and uranium analogues suggests the leading role of f-d hybridization, the rather delocalized character of 5f electrons in NpCoGe and its possible proximity to a magnetic quantum critical point.

  10. Enhanced magnetic and bolometric sensitivity of La{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} thin films due to 200 MeV Ag ion irradiation

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    Choudhary, R.J.; Kumar, Ravi; Patil, S.I.; Husain, Shahid; Srivastava, J.P.; Malik, S.K.

    2005-05-30

    The parameters for bolometric performance [temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and noise value] and magnetic sensitivity of pulsed-laser-deposited thin films of La{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} and their dependence on the 200 MeV Ag ions irradiation are studied. It is observed that the TCR value and magnetic sensitivity can be tuned in different temperature regime by controlling the irradiation fluence value. It turns out that irradiation with a fluence value of 5x10{sup 10} ions/cm{sup 2} changes the TCR value in a positive direction and enhances magnetic sensitivity at room temperature, while irradiation with a fluence value of 1x10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2} enhances these parameters at 200 K. The observations are explained on the basis of structural and electrical transport modifications induced by the 200 MeV Ag ion irradiation.

  11. Understanding and Interpreting Japanese NP1 "wa" NP2 "da" Sentences: Mechanism and Contextual Factors

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    Yoshida, Megumi

    2013-01-01

    This dissertation investigates the contextual factors that affect the understanding and interpretation of one Japanese topicalized construction, NP[subscript 1] wa NP[subscript 2] da sentences, by native speakers of Japanese. The construction allows two possibilities in the relation between the NP[subscript 1] and the NP[subscript 2]. When the two…

  12. Sorption of Np by UO2 under repository conditions

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    Kazakovskaya, T. V.; Zakharova, E. V.; Haire, M. J.

    2010-03-01

    This work is a part of the joint Russian - American Program on Beneficial Use of Depleted Uranium. The production of nuclear fuels results in the accumulation of large quantities of depleted uranium (DU) in the form of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), which is converted to uranium oxides. Depleted uranium dioxide (DUO2) can be used as a component of radiation shielding and as an absorbent for migrating radionuclides that may emerge from casks containing spent nuclear fuel (SNF) that are stored for hundreds of thousands of years in high-level wastes (HLW) and SNF repositories (e.g. Yucca Mountain Project). In this case DU oxides serve as an additional engineered chemical barrier. It is known that the primary radioisotope contributor to the calculated long-term radiation dose to the public at the Yucca Mountain SNF repository site boundary is neptunium-237 (237Np). This paper describes the sorption of 237Np in various media (deionized water and J-13 solution) by DUO2. Samples of DUO2 used in this work originated from the treatment of UF6 in a reducing media to form UO2(DUO2-1 at 600°C, DUO2-2 at 700°C, and DUO2-3 at 800°C). All species of DUO2 sorb Np(V) and Np(IV) from aqueous media. Equilibrium was achieved in 24 hours for Np(V) and in 2 hours for Np(IV). Np(V) sorption is accompanied with partial reduction of Np(V) to Np(IV) and vice versa. The sorption of Np(V) onto DUO2 surfaces is irreversible. The investigations on DUO2 transformations were performed under dynamic and static conditions. Under static conditions the solubility of the DUO2 samples in J-13 solution is considerably higher than in DW. When the pre-treatment temperature is decreased, the solubility of DUO2 samples raises regardless of the media. The experiments on interaction between DUO2 and aqueous media (DW and J-13 solution) under dynamic conditions demonstrated that during 30-40 days the penetration/filtration rate of DW and J-13 solution through a thin DUO2 layer decreased dramatically, and then

  13. Toxicokinetics of Ag in the terrestrial isopod Porcellionides pruinosus exposed to Ag NPs and AgNO₃ via soil and food.

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    Tourinho, Paula S; van Gestel, Cornelis A M; Morgan, A John; Kille, Peter; Svendsen, Claus; Jurkschat, Kerstin; Mosselmans, J Fred W; Soares, Amadeu M V M; Loureiro, Susana

    2016-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) have been used in numerous consumer products and may enter the soil through the land application of biosolids. However, little is known about the relationship between Ag NP exposure and their bioavailability for soil organisms. This study aims at comparing the uptake and elimination kinetics of Ag upon exposures to different Ag forms (NPs and ionic Ag (as AgNO3)) in the isopod Porcellionides pruinosus. Isopods were exposed to contaminated Lufa 2.2 soil or alder leaves as food. Uptake and elimination rate constants for soil exposure did not significantly differ between Ag NPs and ionic Ag at 30 and 60 mg Ag/kg. For dietary exposure, the uptake rate constant was up to 5 times higher for Ag NPs than for AgNO3, but this was related to feeding activity and exposure concentrations, while no difference in the elimination rate constants was found. When comparing both routes, dietary exposure resulted in lower Ag uptake rate constants but elimination rate constants did not differ. A fast Ag uptake was observed from both routes and most of the Ag taken up seemed not to be eliminated. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence showed Ag in the S-cells of the hepatopancreas, thus supporting the observations from the kinetic experiment (i.e. low elimination). In addition, our results show that isopods have an extremely high Ag accumulation capacity, suggesting the presence of an efficient Ag storage compartment.

  14. Ising formulations of many NP problems

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    Lucas, Andrew

    2014-02-01

    We provide Ising formulations for many NP-complete and NP-hard problems, including all of Karp's 21 NP-complete problems. This collects and extends mappings to the Ising model from partitioning, covering and satisfiability. In each case, the required number of spins is at most cubic in the size of the problem. This work may be useful in designing adiabatic quantum optimization algorithms.

  15. In Vitro and In Vivo Pharmacokinetics of Aminoalkylated Diarylpropanes NP085 and NP102

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    Pravin, Kendrekar; Abay, Efrem; Wilhelm, Anke; Swart, Kenneth; Lawrence, Nina; Khoury, Rosal; van der Westhuizen, Jan; Smith, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Malaria remains a great burden on humanity. Although significant advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of malaria, malaria control is now hindered by an increasing tolerance of the parasite to one or more drugs within artemisinin combination therapies; therefore, an urgent need exists for development of novel and improved therapies. The University of the Free State Chemistry Department previously synthesized an antimalarial compound, NP046. In vitro studies illustrated an enhanced efficacy against Plasmodium falciparum. However, NP046 showed low bioavailability. Efforts to enhance the bioavailability of NP046 have resulted in the synthesis of a number of aminoalkylated diarylpropanes, including NP085 and NP102. Pharmacokinetic studies were conducted in C57BL/6 mice, with 15 mg/kg NP085 or NP102 administered orally and the 5 mg/kg NP085 or NP102 administered intravenously. Blood samples were collected by means of tail bleeding at predetermined time intervals. Drug concentrations were determined using a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method, and subsequently pharmacokinetic modeling was done for both compounds. NP085 and NP102 were incubated in vitro with human and mouse liver microsomes. Both compounds were also subjected to a parallel artificial membrane permeation assay. In vitro studies of NP085 and NP102 illustrated that both of the compounds are rapidly absorbed and undergo rapid hepatic metabolism. The maximum concentration of drug (Cmax) obtained following oral administration of NP085 and NP102 was 0.2 ± 0.4 and 0.7 ± 0.3 μM, respectively; the elimination half-life of both compounds was 6.1 h. NP085 and NP102 showed bioavailability levels of 8% and 22%, respectively. PMID:26953201

  16. Syntheses, Structures, and Magnetic Properties of Np3S5 and Np3Se5

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    Jin, Geng Bang; Skanthakumar, S; Haire, Richard {Dick} G; Soderholm, L; Ibers, James A.

    2010-01-01

    Black prisms of Np3Q5 (Q = S, Se) have been synthesized by the stoichiometric reactions between Np and Q at 1173 K in a CsCl flux. The structures of these compounds were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. The Np3Q5 compounds are isostructural with U3Q5. The structure of Np3Q5 is constructed from layers of Np(1)Q8 distorted bicapped trigonal prisms that share faces with each other on bc planes. Each Np(1)Q8 layer further shares Q(2) edges with two adjacent identical neighbors to form a three-dimensional framework. The space inside each channel within this framework is filled by one single edge-sharing Np(2)Q7 distorted 7-octahedron chain running along the b axis. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that Np3S5 and Np3Se5 have antiferromagnetic orderings at 35(1) and 36(1) K, respectively. Above the magnetic ordering temperatures, both Np3S5 and Np3Se5 behave as typical Curie-Weiss paramagnets. The effective moments obtained from the fit of the magnetic data to a modified Curie- Weiss law over the temperature range 70 to 300 K are 2.7(2) B (Np3S5) and 2.9(2) B (Np3Se5).

  17. SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 thin films with superhydrophilicity and low-emissivity

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    Loka, Chadrasekhar; Ryeol Park, Kyoung; Lee, Kee-Sun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 multilayer structures have been designed and deposited by the RF and DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The as-deposited TiO2/glass films which are initially amorphous in nature were subjected to post annealing at 673 K for anatase phase TiO2. The anatase TiO2 films showed an optical bandgap ˜3.32 eV. The Ag(Cr)/TiO2 showed very low-emissivity (low-e) value ˜0.081 which is evaluated by using the sheet resistance (6.51 Ω/□) of the films. All the deposited films showed high visible transmittance (˜81%) and high infrared reflectance (72%) which are recorded by using the UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer. In addition, experimentally obtained optical properties were in good agreement with the simulation data. The TiO2/n-Si heterojunction concept has been employed to enhance the superhydrophilicity of the deposited multilayer stack, TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 films exhibited best superhydrophilicity with water contact angle ˜2°. The deposited multilayer structures SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 and TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 achieved significant low-e and superhydrophilicity.

  18. (237)Np Mössbauer effect study on NpFeAsO.

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    Gaczyński, P; Klimczuk, T; Walker, H; Springell, R; Colineau, E; Eloirdi, R; Griveau, J-C; Caciuffo, R

    2014-04-16

    We report (237)Np Mössbauer measurements on NpFeAsO. The Np atoms were found to occupy only one crystallographic site. The value of the isomer shift (δ ∼ 9.1 mm s(-1) versus NpAl2) indicates a 5f(4) electronic configuration (Np(3+) ions). The magnetic ordering of the Np sublattice below 60 K is established and the saturated ordered magnetic moment is determined to be 1.73μB at 3.6 K. The unique set of hyperfine parameters exclude a modulated magnetic structure or spin waves on the Np site. The neptunium magnetic moments μNp are found to lie along the tetragonal c-axis.

  19. Standardization of ²³⁷Np.

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    Laureano-Perez, Lizbeth; Fitzgerald, R; Collé, R

    2014-05-01

    The standardization of (237)Np was investigated. The certified massic activity for (237)Np was obtained by 4παβ liquid scintillation (LS) counting with correction for the (233)Pa daughter using the CIEMAT/NIST efficiency tracing method using a (3)H standard. Confirmatory measurements were also performed by high-resolution HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry, and by 4παβ(LS)-γ(NaI) anticoincidence counting. All results agree within the respective method's uncertainties. It was confirmed that the (237)Np/(233)Pa radioactive equilibrium is disturbed when making dilutions and/or removing aliquots.

  20. Ion-modulated nonlinear electronic transport in carbon nanotube bundle/RbAg{sub 4}I{sub 5} thin film composite nanostructures

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    Sun, Jia-Lin; Zhang, Wei; Wei, Jinquan; Gu, Bingfu

    2014-01-28

    We have explored the ion-modulated electronic transport properties of mixed ionic-electronic conductor (MIEC) composite nanostructures made of superionic conductor RbAg{sub 4}I{sub 5} films and carbon nanotube (CNT) bundle spiderwebs. Our experimental and theoretical studies indicate that the formation of ion-electron bound states (IEBSs) leads to strong ion-electron interference effect and interesting electronic transport of CNT, such as nonlinear current-voltage (I–V) characteristics and novel temperature dependence of the current. With increasing temperature, the hybrid nanostructures show rich phases with different dependence of current on temperature, which is related to the structural phase transition of RbAg{sub 4}I{sub 5} and the transition of dissociation of IEBSs. The ion-modulation of the electric conductivity in such MIEC composite nanostructures with great tunability has been used to design new ionic-electronic composite nano-devices with function like field effect transistor.

  1. Photoelectrochemical decomposition of water into H2 and O2 on porous BiVO4 thin-film electrodes under visible light and significant effect of Ag ion treatment.

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    Sayama, Kazuhiro; Nomura, Atsushi; Arai, Takeo; Sugita, Tsuyoshi; Abe, Ryu; Yanagida, Masatoshi; Oi, Takashi; Iwasaki, Yasukazu; Abe, Yoshimoto; Sugihara, Hideki

    2006-06-15

    The photoelectrochemical properties of porous BiVO4 thin-film electrodes on conducting glass for H2 production from water under visible light were investigated. BiVO4 films were prepared by the metal-organic decomposition method, and particles were 90-150 nm in diameter. Under visible-light irradiation, H2 and O2 evolved in a stoichiometric ratio (H2/O2 = 2) from an aqueous solution of Na2SO4 with an external bias. The photocurrent increased with addition of methanol. The band structure of BiVO4 was investigated by open-circuit potential, flat-band potential, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and calculations based on density functional theory. The top of the valence-band potential of BiVO4 was shifted negatively compared to the potentials of the conventional oxide semiconductors without Bi. We surmise that hybridization between the O-2p and Bi-6s orbitals might contribute to the negative shift of the BiVO4 valence band. Treatment with an aqueous solution of AgNO3 improved the photocurrent of the BiVO4 electrode significantly. The maximum incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency at 420 nm was 44%. This value was the highest among mixed-oxide semiconductor electrodes under visible light irradiation. AgNO3 treatment also improved the stability of the photocurrent. The Ag+ ion in/on the BiVO4 catalyzed the intrinsic photogeneration of oxygen with the holes.

  2. Study on surface-enhanced Raman scattering efficiency of Ag core-Au shell bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Dong, Xiao; Gu, Huaimin; Kang, Jian; Yuan, Xiaojuan

    2009-08-01

    In this article, the relationship between the states of Ag core-Au shell (core-shell) nanoparticles (NP) and the intensity of Raman scattering of analytes dissolved in the water and adsorbed on the NP was studied. The core-shell NP were synthesised by coating Au layers over Ag seeds by the method of "seed-growth". To highlight the advantage of the core-shell NP, Ag colloid and Au colloid were chosen for contrasting. The analyte that were chosen for this testing were methylene blue (MB) for the reason that MB has very strong signal in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The SERS activity of optimalizing states of Ag and Au colloids were compared with that of core-shell NP when MB was used as analyte. In this study, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate and sodium nitrate were used as aggregating agents for Ag, Au colloids and core-shell NP, because anions have a strong influence on the SERS efficiency and the stability of colloids. The results indicate that core-shell NP can obviously enhance the SERS of MB. The aim of this study is to prove that compared with the metal colloid, the core-shell NP is a high efficiency SERS active substrate.

  3. Criticality of a {sup 237}Np Sphere

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    Sanchez, Rene G.; Hayes, David K.; Cappiello, Charlene C.; Myers, William L.; Jaegers, Peter J.; Clement, Steven D.; Butterfield, Kenneth B.

    2003-07-22

    A critical mass experiment using a 6-kg {sup 237}Np sphere has been performed. The purpose of the experiment is to get a better estimate of the critical mass of {sup 237}Np. To attain criticality, the {sup 237}Np sphere was surrounded with 93 wt % {sup 235}U shells. A 1/M as a function of uranium mass was performed. An MCNP neutron transport code was used to model the experiment. The MCNP code yielded a k{sub eff} of 0.99089 {+-} 0.0003 compared with a k{sub eff} 1.0026 for the experiment. Based on these results, it is estimated that the critical mass of {sup 237}Np ranges from kilogram weights in the high fifties to low sixties.

  4. SERS activity of Ag decorated nanodiamond and nano-β-SiC, diamond-like-carbon and thermally annealed diamond thin film surfaces.

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    Kuntumalla, Mohan Kumar; Srikanth, Vadali Venkata Satya Siva; Ravulapalli, Satyavathi; Gangadharini, Upender; Ojha, Harish; Desai, Narayana Rao; Bansal, Chandrahas

    2015-09-07

    In the recent past surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based bio-sensing has gained prominence owing to the simplicity and efficiency of the SERS technique. Dedicated and continuous research efforts have been made to develop SERS substrates that are not only stable, durable and reproducible but also facilitate real-time bio-sensing. In this context diamond, β-SiC and diamond-like-carbon (DLC) and other related thin films have been promoted as excellent candidates for bio-technological applications including real time bio-sensing. In this work, SERS activities of nanodiamond, nano-β-SiC, DLC, thermally annealed diamond thin film surfaces were examined. DLC and thermally annealed diamond thin films were found to show SERS activity without any metal nanostructures on their surfaces. The observed SERS activities of the considered surfaces are explained in terms of the electromagnetic enhancement mechanism and charge transfer resonance process.

  5. Impact of Ag nanoparticle exposure on p,p'-DDE bioaccumulation by Cucurbita pepo (zucchini) and Glycine max (soybean).

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    De La Torre-Roche, Roberto; Hawthorne, Joseph; Musante, Craig; Xing, Baoshan; Newman, Lee A; Ma, Xingmao; White, Jason C

    2013-01-15

    The effect of nanoparticle (NP), bulk, or ionic Ag exposure on dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE; DDT metabolite) accumulation by Glycine max L. (soybean) and Cucurbita pepo L. (zucchini) was investigated. The plants were grown in 125-mL jars of vermiculite amended with 500 or 2000 mg/L of bulk or NP Ag; ion controls at 5 and 20 mg/L were established. During 19 d of growth, plants were amended with solution containing 100 ng/mL of p,p'-DDE. Total shoot p,p'-DDE levels in non-Ag exposed G. max and C. pepo were 500 and 970 ng, respectively; total root DDE content was 13,700 and 20,300 ng, respectively. Ag decreased the p,p'-DDE content of G. max tissues by up to 40%, with NP exposure resulting in less contaminant uptake than bulk Ag. Total Ag content of exposed G. max ranged from 50.5 to 373 μg; NP-exposed plants had 1.9-2.2 times greater overall Ag than corresponding bulk particle treatments and also significantly greater relative Ag transport to shoot tissues. Bulk and NP Ag at 500 mg/L suppressed DDE uptake by C. pepo by 21-29%, although Ag exposure at 2000 mg/L had no impact on contaminant uptake. Similar to G. max , C. pepo whole plant Ag content ranged from 50.5 to 182 μg, with tissue element content generally being greater for NP exposed plants. These findings show that the Ag may significantly alter the accumulation and translocation of cocontaminants in agricultural systems. Notably, the cocontaminant interactions vary both with Ag particle size (NP vs bulk) and plant species. Future investigations will be needed to clarify the mechanisms responsible for the cocontaminant interactions and assess the impact on overall exposure and risk.

  6. Magnetic sublattices in Np2Co17 and Np2Ni17

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    Colineau, E.; Hen, A.; Sanchez, J.-P.; Griveau, J.-C.; Magnani, N.; Eloirdi, R.; Halevy, I.; Gaczyński, P.; Orion, I.; Shick, A. B.; Caciuffo, R.

    2016-12-01

    Rare-earth-based compounds R2T17 (R=Rare earth; T=Transition metal) have been extensively studied and developed for applications as permanent magnets. The actinide-based analogues, however, are much less documented and we report here about the magnetic properties of Np2Co17 and Np2Ni17, as inferred from 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy, the best resonance in actinides, and specific heat.

  7. Two-step synthesis of Ag@GQD hybrid with enhanced photothermal effect and catalytic performance

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    Wu, Cong; Yuan, Yali; He, Qian; Song, Rui

    2016-12-01

    A novel Ag@GQD (graphene quantum dot) hybrid fabricated by a facile two-step strategy is presented: the GQDs are prepared by citrate acid and AgNO3 is reduced. Catalytic studies showed that the Ag@GQD hybrid exhibited excellent photothermal effect and catalytic performance for 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction, suggesting that the GQDs enhanced the catalytic activity via a synergistic effect and the Ag NPs boosted the catalytic efficiency through SPR-mediated photothermal local heating.

  8. Influence of size, shape and core-shell interface on surface plasmon resonance in Ag and Ag@MgO nanoparticle films deposited on Si/SiO x.

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    D'Addato, Sergio; Pinotti, Daniele; Spadaro, Maria Chiara; Paolicelli, Guido; Grillo, Vincenzo; Valeri, Sergio; Pasquali, Luca; Bergamini, Luca; Corni, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Ag and Ag@MgO core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) with a diameter of d = 3-10 nm were obtained by physical synthesis methods and deposited on Si with its native ultrathin oxide layer SiO x (Si/SiO x ). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of bare Ag NPs revealed the presence of small NP aggregates caused by diffusion on the surface and agglomeration. Atomic resolution TEM gave evidence of the presence of crystalline multidomains in the NPs, which were due to aggregation and multitwinning occurring during NP growth in the nanocluster source. Co-deposition of Ag NPs and Mg atoms in an oxygen atmosphere gave rise to formation of a MgO shell matrix surrounding the Ag NPs. The behaviour of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) excitation in surface differential reflectivity (SDR) spectra with p-polarised light was investigated for bare Ag and Ag@MgO NPs. It was shown that the presence of MgO around the Ag NPs caused a red shift of the plasmon excitation, and served to preserve its existence after prolonged (five months) exposure to air, realizing the possibility of technological applications in plasmonic devices. The Ag NP and Ag@MgO NP film features in the SDR spectra could be reproduced by classical electrodynamics simulations by treating the NP-containing layer as an effective Maxwell Garnett medium. The simulations gave results in agreement with the experiments when accounting for the experimentally observed aggregation.

  9. In situ study of defect migration kinetics in nanoporous Ag with enhanced radiation tolerance

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    Sun, C.; Bufford, D.; Chen, Y.; Kirk, M. A.; Wang, Y. Q.; Li, M.; Wang, H.; Maloy, S. A.; Zhang, X.

    2014-01-01

    Defect sinks, such as grain boundaries and phase boundaries, have been widely accepted to improve the irradiation resistance of metallic materials. However, free surface, an ideal defect sink, has received little attention in bulk materials as surface-to-volume ratio is typically low. Here by using in situ Kr ion irradiation technique in a transmission electron microscope, we show that nanoporous (NP) Ag has enhanced radiation tolerance. Besides direct evidence of free surface induced frequent removal of various types of defect clusters, we determined, for the first time, the global and instantaneous diffusivity of defect clusters in both coarse-grained (CG) and NP Ag. Opposite to conventional wisdom, both types of diffusivities are lower in NP Ag. Such a surprise is largely related to the reduced interaction energy between isolated defect clusters in NP Ag. Determination of kinetics of defect clusters is essential to understand and model their migration and clustering in irradiated materials. PMID:24435181

  10. Biotic and abiotic interactions in aquatic microcosms determine fate and toxicity of Ag nanoparticles: part 2-toxicity and Ag speciation.

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    Bone, Audrey J; Colman, Benjamin P; Gondikas, Andreas P; Newton, Kim M; Harrold, Katherine H; Cory, Rose M; Unrine, Jason M; Klaine, Stephen J; Matson, Cole W; Di Giulio, Richard T

    2012-07-03

    To study the effects of complex environmental media on silver nanoparticle (AgNP) toxicity, AgNPs were added to microcosms with freshwater sediments and two species of aquatic plants (Potamogeton diversifolius and Egeria densa), followed by toxicity testing with microcosm surface water. Microcosms were designed with four environmental matrices in order to determine the contribution of each environmental compartment to changes in toxicity: water only (W), water + sediment (WS), water + plants (WP), and water + plants + sediment (WPS). Silver treatments included AgNPs with two different coatings, gum arabic (GA-AgNPs) or polyvinylpyrollidone (PVP-AgNPs), as well as AgNO(3). Water samples taken from the microcosms at 24 h postdosing were used in acute toxicity tests with two standard model organisms, early life stage zebrafish (Danio rerio) and Daphnia magna. Speciation of Ag in these samples was analyzed using Ag L3-edge X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). Silver speciation patterns for the nanoparticle treatments varied significantly by coating type. While PVP-AgNPs were quite stable and resisted transformation across all matrices (>92.4% Ag(0)), GA-AgNP speciation patterns suggest significantly higher transformation rates, especially in treatments with plants (<69.2% and <58.8% Ag(0) in WP and WPS, respectively) and moderately increased transformation with sediments (<85.6% Ag(0)). Additionally, the presence of plants in the microcosms (with and without sediments) reduced both the concentration of Ag in the water column and toxicity for all Ag treatments. Reductions in toxicity may have been related to decreased water column concentrations as well as changes in the surface chemistry of the particles induced by organic substances released from the plants.

  11. Low temperature sintering of Ag nanoparticles for flexible electronics packaging

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    Hu, A.; Guo, J. Y.; Alarifi, H.; Patane, G.; Zhou, Y.; Compagnini, G.; Xu, C. X.

    2010-10-01

    We achieve robust bonding of Cu wires to Cu pads on polyimide with silver nanopaste cured at 373 K. The paste is prepared by simply condensing Ag nanoparticle (NP) solution via centrifuging. The bonding is formed by solid state sintering of Ag NPs through neck growth and direct metallic bonding between clean Ag-Cu interfaces. Both experiment and Monte Carlo simulation confirm that the melting point of joint clusters increases during sintering. This creates improved bonds for use at an elevated operating temperature using Ag NPs.

  12. Structural and optical characterization of Ag photo-doped thin As40S60 - xSex films for non-linear applications

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    Tasseva, J.; Todorov, R.; Babeva, Tz; Petkov, K.

    2010-06-01

    This paper deals with the structure and the optical properties of thin As40S60 - xSex films doped with silver. The refractive index n and the optical band gap Egopt were calculated from the transmittance and reflectance spectra. The results showed that the photo-doping leads to increase in the refractive index by about 0.25-0.27. An effect of thickness expansion was observed in the photo-doped layers. The non-linear refractive index, γ, and the two-photon absorption coefficient, β, were evaluated by applying a formula developed by Sheik-Bahae. Each of the films studied exhibits a highly non-linear refractive index at the telecommunication wavelength, 70-850 times higher than that measured for fused silica. From the Raman spectra of thin As40S30Se30 it might be concluded that under dissolution, the silver interacts with both sulfur and selenium. The surface of the thin films was investigated by using a white light interferometric profiler. It was found that the increase in the thickness of the silver layer results in roughening of the surface of the photo-doped films.

  13. LITERATURE REVIEW: REDUCTION OF NP(V) TO NP (IV)-ALTERNATIVES TO FERROUS SULFAMATE

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    Kessinger, G.; Kyser, E.; Almond, P.

    2009-09-28

    The baseline approach to control of Np oxidation in UREX and PUREX separation processes is the reduction of Np(V) and Np(VI) to Np(IV) using ferrous sulfamate. Use of this reagent results in increased sulfur and iron concentrations in the liquid waste streams from the process. Presence of these two elements, especially sulfur, increases the complexity of the development of wasteforms for immobilizing these effluents. Investigations are underway to identify reductants that eliminate sulfur and iron from the Np reduction process. While there are a variety of chemical reductants that will reduce Np to Np(IV) in nitric acid media, the reaction rates for most are so slow that the reductants are not be feasible for use in an operating plant process. In an attempt to identify additional alternatives to ferrous sulfamate, a literature search and review was performed. Based on the results of the literature review, it is concluded that photochemical and catalytic processes should also be investigated to test the utility of these two approaches. The catalytic process could be investigated for use in conjunction with chemical oxidants to speed the reaction rates for reductants that react slowly, but would otherwise be appropriate replacements for ferrous sulfamate. The photochemical approach, which has received little attention during the past few decades, also shows promise, especially the photocatalytic approach that includes a catalyst, such as Pt supported on SiC, which can be used in tandem with an oxidant, for Np reduction.

  14. High selectivity of colorimetric detection of p-nitrophenol based on Ag nanoclusters

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    Qu, Fei; Chen, Ping; Zhu, Shuyun; You, Jinmao

    2017-01-01

    Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) templated by hyperbranched polyethyleneimine (PEI) with different terminal groups and molecular weights had been developed as a special optical sensor for detecting p-nitrophenol (p-NP). When adding p-NP into Ag NCs, an obvious color change from pale yellow to deep yellow could be observed by naked eyes, accompanying with an apparent red-shift of absorption peak, and the reason was attributed to the formation of oxygen anion of p-NP based on the transfer of H+ from p-NP to amine groups of PEI. The molecular weights of template would greatly affect the sensitivity of p-NP. Ag NCs capped by PEI terminated ethylenediamine (EDA) possessed better sensitivity than other Ag NCs, showing good linear range from 5 to 140 μM with the limit of detection as low as 1.28 μM. Most importantly, this present system displayed high selectivity toward p-NP even in the presence of other nitrophenols and nitrotoluenes. This reliable method had been successfully applied for the detection of p-NP in real water and soil samples.

  15. High selectivity of colorimetric detection of p-nitrophenol based on Ag nanoclusters.

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    Qu, Fei; Chen, Ping; Zhu, Shuyun; You, Jinmao

    2017-01-15

    Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) templated by hyperbranched polyethyleneimine (PEI) with different terminal groups and molecular weights had been developed as a special optical sensor for detecting p-nitrophenol (p-NP). When adding p-NP into Ag NCs, an obvious color change from pale yellow to deep yellow could be observed by naked eyes, accompanying with an apparent red-shift of absorption peak, and the reason was attributed to the formation of oxygen anion of p-NP based on the transfer of H(+) from p-NP to amine groups of PEI. The molecular weights of template would greatly affect the sensitivity of p-NP. Ag NCs capped by PEI terminated ethylenediamine (EDA) possessed better sensitivity than other Ag NCs, showing good linear range from 5 to 140μM with the limit of detection as low as 1.28μM. Most importantly, this present system displayed high selectivity toward p-NP even in the presence of other nitrophenols and nitrotoluenes. This reliable method had been successfully applied for the detection of p-NP in real water and soil samples.

  16. 237Np and 57Fe Mössbauer study of NpFeGa5

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    Homma, Y.; Nakada, M.; Nakamura, A.; Nasu, S.; Aoki, D.; Sakai, H.; Ikeda, S.; Yamamoto, E.; Haga, Y.; Ōnuki, Y.; Shiokawa, Y.

    2006-02-01

    57Fe and 237Np Mössbauer Ōmeasurements have been performed for NpFeGa5, which is one of the so-called neptunium 1-1-5 compounds. The 57Fe Mössbauer spectra below T N = 118 K show the magnetically ordered state. The magnitude of the hyperfine magnetic field at the 57Fe nucleus is determined to be 1.98 ± 0.05 T at 10 K. From the 237Np Mössbauer spectrum at 10 K, the hyperfine magnetic field at the 237Np nucleus is 203 T and the hyperfine coupling constant is determined to be 237 T/μB using the Np atomic magnetic moment of 0.86 μB determined by the neutron diffraction study.

  17. 237Np and 57Fe Mdssbauer study of NpFeGa5

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    Homma, Y.; Nakada, M.; Nakamura, A.; Nasu, S.; Aoki, D.; Sakai, H.; Ikeda, S.; Yamamoto, E.; Haga, Y.; Onuki, Y.; Shiokawa, Y.

    57Fe and 237Np Mössbauer Omeasurements have been performed for NpFeGa5, which is one of the so-called neptunium 1-1-5 compounds. The 57Fe Mössbauer spectra below T N=118 K show the magnetically ordered state. The magnitude of the hyperfine magnetic field at the 57Fe nucleus is determined to be 1.98 ± 0.05 T at 10K. From the 237Np Mössbauer spectrum at 10 K, the hyperfine magnetic field at the 237Np nucleus is 203 T and the hyperfine coupling constant is determined to be 237 T/μB using the Np atomic magnetic moment of 0.86 μB determined by the neutron diffraction study.

  18. Noble-metal Ag nanoparticle chains: annealing Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires in vacuum

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    Xu, Shao Hui; Fei, Guang Tao; You, Qiao; Gao, Xu Dong; Huo, Peng Cheng; De Zhang, Li

    2016-09-01

    One-dimensional noble-metal Ag nanoparticle chains have been prepared by electrodepositing Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires in a porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template and following an annealing process in vacuum. It is found that Bi, as a sacrificial metal, can be removed completely after annealing at 450 °C with a vacuum degree of 10-5 Torr. The regulation of particle size, shape and interparticle spacing of Ag NP chains has been realized by adjusting the segment length of the Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires and the annealing condition. With an extension of the annealing time, it is observed that Ag particles display the transform trend from ellipsoid to sphere. Our findings could inspire further investigation on the design and fabrication of metal nanoparticle chains.

  19. Noble-metal Ag nanoparticle chains: annealing Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires in vacuum.

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    Xu, Shao Hui; Fei, Guang Tao; You, Qiao; Gao, Xu Dong; Huo, Peng Cheng; De Zhang, Li

    2016-09-16

    One-dimensional noble-metal Ag nanoparticle chains have been prepared by electrodepositing Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires in a porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template and following an annealing process in vacuum. It is found that Bi, as a sacrificial metal, can be removed completely after annealing at 450 °C with a vacuum degree of 10(-5) Torr. The regulation of particle size, shape and interparticle spacing of Ag NP chains has been realized by adjusting the segment length of the Ag/Bi superlattice nanowires and the annealing condition. With an extension of the annealing time, it is observed that Ag particles display the transform trend from ellipsoid to sphere. Our findings could inspire further investigation on the design and fabrication of metal nanoparticle chains.

  20. NP-MHTGR Fuel Development Program Results

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    Maki, John Thomas; Petti, David Andrew; Hobbins, Richard Redfield; McCardell, Richard K.; Shaber, Eric Lee; Southworth, Finis Hio

    2002-10-01

    In August 1988, the Secretary of Energy announced a strategy to acquire New Production Reactor capacity for producing tritium. The strategy involved construction of a New Production Modular High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (NP-MHTGR) where the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) was selected as the Management and Operations contractor for the project. Immediately after the announcement in August 1988, tritium target particle development began with the INEEL selected as the lead laboratory. Fuel particle development was initially not considered to be on a critical path for the project, therefore, the fuel development program was to run concurrently with the design effort of the NP-MHTGR.

  1. VACTERL with the mitochondrial NP 3243 point mutation

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    Damian, M.S.; Dorndorf, W.; Schachenmayr, W.; Seibel, P.; Reichmann, H.

    1996-04-24

    The VACTERL association of vertebral, anal, cardiovascular, tracheo-esophageal, renal, and limb defects is one of the more common congenital disorders with limb deficiency arising during blastogenesis. The cause is probably heterogeneous; a molecular basis has not been defined. We report on a family in which a female infant with VACTERL was born in 1977 and died at age 1 month due to renal failure. Because her mother and sister later developed classical mitochondrial cytopathy associated with the A-G point mutation at nucleotide position (np) 3243 of mitochondrial (mt) DNA, we performed a molecular analysis of mt DNA in preserved kidney tissue from the VACTERL case. We discovered 100% mutant mt DNA in multicystic and 32% mutant mt DNA in normal kidney tissue. Mild deficiency of complex I respiratory chain enzyme activity was found in the mother`s muscle biopsy. Other maternal relatives were healthy but had low levels of mutant mt DNA in blood. This is the first report to provide a precise molecular basis for a case of VACTERL. The differing tissue pathology depending on the percentage of mutant mt DNA suggests a causal connection between the mutation and symptoms. VACTERL, and this type of multicystic renal dysplasia, are new phenotypes for the np 3243 point mutation. The possibility of a mitochondrial disorder should be born in mind and also that VACTERL may occur as a first manifestation of a mutation that has been present for generations. This would have major implications for patient management and for genetic counselling regarding both the risk of recurrence and risk of other mitochondrial syndromes in affected families. 19 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  2. The NP Draconii Multiple Star System

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    Castelaz, Michael W.; Barker, Thurburn; McNaughton, Abby; Robertson, Rachel; Smith, Matt

    2016-01-01

    Otero and Dubovsky used the ASAS-3 (Pojmanski 2002), Hipparcos (Perryman et al 1997) and Northern Sky Variability Survey (NSVS; Wozniak et al 2004) databases to determine elements for 80 eclipsing binaries. NP Draconii (NSV 22984) was identified by Otero and Dubovsky (IBVS Number 5557, 2004) as a possible Algol type variable with an ephemeris of HJD Min I = 2448604.780+3.10886E days based on 84 observations over 326 days with about 2 to 4 observations on any one night. We decided to further refine the ephemeris and observe NP Dra in VRI filters, with the goal of determining the elements of the system.NP Dra is a V = 9.0 system located at J2000 = 17h 35m 16s and +55d 00' 12". We observed NP Dra August 2, 3 and September 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 2015 UT using the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute 0.4-m telescope in V, R, and I with 20 second exposure times in each filter. Observations in each filter were repeated about every 3 minutes each night of observing.From our light curves we determined the period using the Date Compensated Discrete Fourier Transform function (Ferraz-Mello 1981) which is part of the open source code VSTAR (AAVSO). The period derived from the observations is 2.2755 days. Superimposed on this period is another period of 0.6398 days. We will present the V, R, and I light curves, period determination and implication

  3. Neutron Resonance Parameters for Np-237 (Neptunium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Volume 24 `Neutron Resonance Parameters' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms'. It provides the neutron resonance parameters for the isotope Np-237 (Neptunium).

  4. Silver release from nanocomposite Ag/alginate hydrogels in the presence of chloride ions: experimental results and mathematical modeling

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    Kostic, Danijela; Vidovic, Srđan; Obradovic, Bojana

    2016-03-01

    A stepwise experimental and mathematical modeling approach was used to assess silver release from nanocomposite Ag/alginate microbeads in wet and dried forms into water and into normal saline solution chosen as a simplified model for certain biological fluids (e.g., blood plasma, wound exudates, sweat, etc). Three phenomena were connected and mathematically described: diffusion of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) within the alginate hydrogel, AgNP oxidation/dissolution and reaction with chloride ions, and diffusion of the resultant silver-chloride species. Mathematical modeling results agreed well with the experimental data with the AgNP diffusion coefficient estimated as 1.3 × 10-18 m2 s-1, while the first-order kinetic rate constant of AgNP oxidation/dissolution and diffusivity of silver-chloride species were shown to be inversely related. In specific, rapid rehydration and swelling of dry Ag/alginate microbeads induced fast AgNP oxidation/dissolution reaction with Cl- and AgCl precipitation within the microbeads with the lowest diffusivity of silver-chloride species compared to wet microbeads in normal saline. The proposed mathematical model provided an insight into the phenomena related to silver release from nanocomposite Ca-alginate hydrogels relevant for use of antimicrobial devices and established, at the same time, a basis for further in-depth studies of AgNP interactions in hydrogels in the presence of chloride ions.

  5. Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) of Freshwater Biofilms Stabilize and Modify CeO2 and Ag Nanoparticles

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    Kroll, Alexandra; Behra, Renata; Kaegi, Ralf; Sigg, Laura

    2014-01-01

    Streams are potential receiving compartments for engineered nanoparticles (NP). In streams, NP may remain dispersed or settle to the benthic compartment. Both dispersed and settling NP can accumulate in benthic biofilms called periphyton that are essential to stream ecosystems. Periphytic organisms excrete extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) that interact with any material reaching the biofilms. To understand the interaction of NP with periphyton it is therefore crucial to study the interaction of NP with EPS. We investigated the influence of EPS on the physicochemical properties of selected NP (CeO2, Ag) under controlled conditions at pH 6, 7.6, 8.6 and light or dark exposure. We extracted EPS from five different periphyton communities, characterized the extracts, and exposed CeO2 and carbonate-stabilized Ag NP (0.5 and 5 mg/L, both 25 nm primary particle size) and AgNO3 to EPS (10 mg/L) over two weeks. We measured NP size distribution, shape, primary particle size, surface plasmon resonance, and dissolution. All EPS extracts were composed of biopolymers, building blocks of humic substances, low molecular weight (Mr) acids, and small amphiphilic or neutral compounds in varying concentrations. CeO2 NP were stabilized by EPS independent of pH and light/dark while dissolution increased over time in the dark at pH 6. EPS induced a size increase in Ag NP in the light with decreasing pH and the formation of metallic Ag NP from AgNO3 at the same conditions via EPS-enhanced photoreduction. NP transformation and formation were slower in the extract with the lowest biopolymer and low Mr acid concentrations. Periphytic EPS in combination with naturally varying pH and light/dark conditions influence the properties of the Ag and CeO2 NP tested and thus the exposure conditions within biofilms. Our results indicate that periphytic organisms may be exposed to a constantly changing mixture of engineered and naturally formed Ag NP and Ag+. PMID:25333364

  6. Electrical resistance and magnetic properties of the neptunium monopnictides NpAs, NpSb, and NpBi at high pressures

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    Ichas, V.; Zwirner, S.; Braithwaite, D.; Spirlet, J. C.; Rebizant, J.; Potzel, W.

    1997-12-01

    We report on high-pressure studies performed on the neptunium pnictides NpAs and NpBi via electrical resistance up to ~25 GPa between 1.3 K and room temperature, and on a high-pressure investigation up to 9 GPa and at 4.2 K on NpSb using 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy. This work extends previous high-pressure studies carried out on NpAs via Mössbauer spectroscopy, on NpSb via resistance, and on all pnictides via x-ray study. In NpX (X=As,Sb,Bi) crystallizing in the cubic-NaCl phase the ground state is antiferromagnetic and displays a noncollinear 3k spin structure. The strong increase of the resistivity with decreasing temperature observed in the temperature range of the 3k order at ambient pressure collapses at 0.23 (NpAs), 2.7 (NpSb), and 3.9 GPa (NpBi). No significant change of the hyperfine interactions is found in NpAs or NpSb at the pressure where the resistance collapse is observed. The Kondo anomaly of the resistivity observed at ambient pressure disappears above 25 GPa (NpAs), 2.7 GPa (NpSb), and 3 GPa (NpBi). The Néel temperature TN of all compounds and the ordered moment of NpAs and NpSb decrease with reduced volume. For NpAs and NpBi the resistance indicates the presence of magnetic order at least up to 16 GPa. The compounds undergo a pressure-induced structural transition with a volume reduction by ~10%. Although in the resistance of NpSb the signature of magnetic order is lost already at 8 GPa in the high-pressure phase, a magnetic hyperfine field is present, which is reduced by ~30% relative to the NaCl phase. It is suggested that the resistance collapse is caused by a change of the magnetic structure, that the decrease of TN is due to a modification of the Fermi surface besides a small 5f delocalization, and that in NpSb the volume reduction in the structural high-pressure phase leads to an enhanced 5f delocalization.

  7. Understanding the fate and biological effects of Ag- and TiO₂-nanoparticles in the environment: The quest for advanced analytics and interdisciplinary concepts.

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    Schaumann, Gabriele E; Philippe, Allan; Bundschuh, Mirco; Metreveli, George; Klitzke, Sondra; Rakcheev, Denis; Grün, Alexandra; Kumahor, Samuel K; Kühn, Melanie; Baumann, Thomas; Lang, Friederike; Manz, Werner; Schulz, Ralf; Vogel, Hans-Jörg

    2015-12-01

    Engineered inorganic nanoparticles (EINP) from consumers' products and industrial applications, especially silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles (NP), are emitted into the aquatic and terrestrial environments in increasing amounts. However, the current knowledge on their environmental fate and biological effects is diverse and renders reliable predictions complicated. This review critically evaluates existing knowledge on colloidal aging mechanisms, biological functioning and transport of Ag NP and TiO2 NP in water and soil and it discusses challenges for concepts, experimental approaches and analytical methods in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the processes linking NP fate and effects. Ag NP undergo dissolution and oxidation with Ag2S as a thermodynamically determined endpoint. Nonetheless, Ag NP also undergo colloidal transformations in the nanoparticulate state and may act as carriers for other substances. Ag NP and TiO2 NP can have adverse biological effects on organisms. Whereas Ag NP reveal higher colloidal stability and mobility, the efficiency of NOM as a stabilizing agent is greater towards TiO2 NP than towards Ag NP, and multivalent cations can dominate the colloidal behavior over NOM. Many of the past analytical obstacles have been overcome just recently. Single particle ICP-MS based methods in combination with field flow fractionation techniques and hydrodynamic chromatography have the potential to fill the gaps currently hampering a comprehensive understanding of fate and effects also at a low field relevant concentrations. These analytical developments will allow for mechanistically orientated research and transfer to a larger set of EINP. This includes separating processes driven by NP specific properties and bulk chemical properties, categorization of effect-triggering pathways directing the EINP effects towards specific recipients, and identification of dominant environmental parameters triggering fate and effect of EINP in

  8. Studies on structural & optical properties of CdS0.2Se0.8: Ag nanocomposite thin film for photosensor application

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    Chaudhari, J. B.; Patil, R. S.; Patil, I. J.; Jagtap, P. P.; Sharma, Ramphal

    2012-06-01

    Silver doped CdS0.2Se0.8 thin films of different concentrations were grown by simple and economical chemical bath deposition technique and later on characterized for optoelectronic and physicochemical properties. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of undoped and doped sample indicates polycrystalline nature with hexagonal structure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrograph showed uniform morphology with cabbage type structure for undoped film and leaf-like structure for doped films over the entire glass substrate. Room temperature absorbance for 1 wt% doping concentration of silver showed an excitonic peak which confirms the size quantization of the particle. I-V characteristic for undoped and doped film shows ohmic and Schottky junction behavior.

  9. Influence of size, shape and core–shell interface on surface plasmon resonance in Ag and Ag@MgO nanoparticle films deposited on Si/SiOx

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    Pinotti, Daniele; Spadaro, Maria Chiara; Paolicelli, Guido; Grillo, Vincenzo; Valeri, Sergio; Pasquali, Luca; Bergamini, Luca; Corni, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Summary Ag and Ag@MgO core–shell nanoparticles (NPs) with a diameter of d = 3–10 nm were obtained by physical synthesis methods and deposited on Si with its native ultrathin oxide layer SiOx (Si/SiOx). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of bare Ag NPs revealed the presence of small NP aggregates caused by diffusion on the surface and agglomeration. Atomic resolution TEM gave evidence of the presence of crystalline multidomains in the NPs, which were due to aggregation and multitwinning occurring during NP growth in the nanocluster source. Co-deposition of Ag NPs and Mg atoms in an oxygen atmosphere gave rise to formation of a MgO shell matrix surrounding the Ag NPs. The behaviour of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) excitation in surface differential reflectivity (SDR) spectra with p-polarised light was investigated for bare Ag and Ag@MgO NPs. It was shown that the presence of MgO around the Ag NPs caused a red shift of the plasmon excitation, and served to preserve its existence after prolonged (five months) exposure to air, realizing the possibility of technological applications in plasmonic devices. The Ag NP and Ag@MgO NP film features in the SDR spectra could be reproduced by classical electrodynamics simulations by treating the NP-containing layer as an effective Maxwell Garnett medium. The simulations gave results in agreement with the experiments when accounting for the experimentally observed aggregation. PMID:25821680

  10. Electrostatically assisted fabrication of silver-dielectric core/shell nanoparticles thin film capacitor with uniform metal nanoparticle distribution and controlled spacing.

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    Li, Xue; Niitsoo, Olivia; Couzis, Alexander

    2016-03-01

    An electrostatically-assisted strategy for fabrication of thin film composite capacitors with controllable dielectric constant (k) has been developed. The capacitor is composed of metal-dielectric core/shell nanoparticle (silver/silica, Ag@SiO2) multilayer films, and a backfilling polymer. Compared with the simple metal particle-polymer mixtures where the metal nanoparticles (NP) are randomly dispersed in the polymer matrix, the metal volume fraction in our capacitor was significantly increased, owing to the densely packed NP multilayers formed by the electrostatically assisted assembly process. Moreover, the insulating layer of silica shell provides a potential barrier that reduces the tunneling current between neighboring Ag cores, endowing the core/shell nanocomposites with a stable and relatively high dielectric constant (k) and low dielectric loss (D). Our work also shows that the thickness of the SiO2 shell plays a dominant role in controlling the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites. Control over metal NP separation distance was realized not only by variation the shell thickness of the core/shell NPs but also by introducing a high k nanoparticle, barium strontium titanate (BST) of relatively smaller size (∼8nm) compared to 80-160nm of the core/shell Ag@SiO2 NPs. The BST assemble between the Ag@SiO2 and fill the void space between the closely packed core/shell NPs leading to significant enhancement of the dielectric constant. This electrostatically assisted assembly method is promising for generating multilayer films of a large variety of NPs over large areas at low cost.

  11. Silver nanowire composite thin films as transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂/ZnS thin film solar cells.

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    Tan, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Yu; Liu, Ye-Xiang

    2014-05-20

    Solution processed silver nanowire indium-tin oxide nanoparticle (AgNW-ITONP) composite thin films were successfully applied as the transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ (CIGS) thin film solar cells with ZnS buffer layers. Properties of the AgNW-ITONP thin film and its effects on performance of CIGS/ZnS thin film solar cells were studied. Compared with the traditional sputtered ITO electrodes, the AgNW-ITONP thin films show comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, the AgNW-ITONP thin film causes no physical damage to the adjacent surface layer and does not need high temperature annealing, which makes it very suitable to use as transparent conductive layers for heat or sputtering damage-sensitive optoelectronic devices. By using AgNW-ITONP electrodes, the required thickness of the ZnS buffer layers for CIGS thin film solar cells was greatly decreased.

  12. Sorption of Np (V) by U (VI) hydroxide solids

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    Wruck, D A; Brachmann, A; Sylwester, E; Allen, C E A

    1999-09-20

    The distribution of {sup 237}Np(V) between aqueous NaHCO{sub 3} solutions and U(VI) hydroxide solids was investigated. Experiments were initiated by addition of U solids to Np solutions and by coprecipitation of U and Np. Analysis by U L{sub III} extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and infrared absorption spectroscopy indicated the solid phase was synthetic schoepite. Equilibrium Np distribution coefficients were 5-44 mL/g in the pH range 6-8. The results are consistent with adsorption of Np by the solids and provide no evidence of Np incorporation in the bulk solid.

  13. Gamma beam system at ELI-NP

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    Ur, Calin Alexandru

    2015-02-24

    The Gamma Beam System of ELI-NP will produce brilliant, quasi-monochromatic gamma-ray beams via Inverse Compton Scattering of short laser pulses on relativistic electron beam pulses. The scattered radiation is Doppler upshifted by more than 1,000,000 times and is forward focused in a narrow, polarized, tunable, laser-like beam. The gamma-ray beam at ELI-NP will be characterized by large spectral density of about 10{sup 4} photons/s/eV, narrow bandwidth (< 0.5%) and tunable energy from 200 keV up to about 20 MeV. The Gamma Beam System is a state-of-the-art equipment employing techniques and technologies at the limits of the present-day's knowledge.

  14. Using Cell Phone Keyboards Is (NP) Hard

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    Boothe, Peter

    Sending text messages on cell phones which only contain the keys 0 through 9 and # and * can be a painful experience. We consider the problem of designing an optimal mapping of numbers to sets of letters to act as an alternative to the standard {2→{abc}, 3→{def}...}. Our overall goal is to minimize the expected number of buttons that must be pressed to enter a message in English. Some variations of the problem are efficiently solvable, either by being small instances or by being in P, but the most realistic version of the problem is NP hard. To prove NP-completeness, we describe a new graph coloring problem UniquePathColoring. We also provide numerical results for the English language on a standard corpus which describe several mappings that improve upon the standard one. With luck, one of these new mappings will achieve success similar to that of the Dvorak layout for computer keyboards.

  15. Quantum Computation and NP-Complete Problems

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    Nishino, Tetsuro

    In this paper, we show the following two results on the relationships between quantum computers and NP-complete problems. First, we develop a theory of bulk quantum computation such as NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) quantum computation. For this purpose, we first define bulk quantum Turing machine (BQTM for short) as a model of bulk quantum computation. Then, we show that BQTMs can solve certain instances of NP-complete problems efficiently. Next, we show that the algorithm designed by Abrams and Lloyd can be simulated by a deterministic Turing machine in polynomial space. This suggests that their algorithm, which is based on non-standard quantum mechanics, can be simulated by a standard QTM with exponential time slow down.

  16. The effect of strain induced by Ag underlayer on saturation magnetization of partially ordered Fe16N2 thin films

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    Yang, Meiyin; Allard, Lawrence F.; Ji, Nian; Zhang, Xiaowei; Yu, Guang-Hua; Wang, Jian -Ping

    2013-12-12

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron®717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt.% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt.% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external) scattering, but with no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt.% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Here, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.

  17. The structural conversion from α-AgVO3 to β-AgVO3: Ag nanoparticle decorated nanowires with application as cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.

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    McNulty, David; Ramasse, Quentin; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2016-09-15

    The majority of electrode materials in batteries and related electrochemical energy storage devices are fashioned into slurries via the addition of a conductive additive and a binder. However, aggregation of smaller diameter nanoparticles in current generation electrode compositions can result in non-homogeneous active materials. Inconsistent slurry formulation may lead to inconsistent electrical conductivity throughout the material, local variations in electrochemical response, and the overall cell performance. Here we demonstrate the hydrothermal preparation of Ag nanoparticle (NP) decorated α-AgVO3 nanowires (NWs) and their conversion to tunnel structured β-AgVO3 NWs by annealing to form a uniform blend of intercalation materials that are well connected electrically. The synthesis of nanostructures with chemically bound conductive nanoparticles is an elegant means to overcome the intrinsic issues associated with electrode slurry production, as wire-to-wire conductive pathways are formed within the overall electrode active mass of NWs. The conversion from α-AgVO3 to β-AgVO3 is explained in detail through a comprehensive structural characterization. Meticulous EELS analysis of β-AgVO3 NWs offers insight into the true β-AgVO3 structure and how the annealing process facilitates a higher surface coverage of Ag NPs directly from ionic Ag content within the α-AgVO3 NWs. Variations in vanadium oxidation state across the surface of the nanowires indicate that the β-AgVO3 NWs have a core-shell oxidation state structure, and that the vanadium oxidation state under the Ag NP confirms a chemically bound NP from reduction of diffused ionic silver from the α-AgVO3 NWs core material. Electrochemical comparison of α-AgVO3 and β-AgVO3 NWs confirms that β-AgVO3 offers improved electrochemical performance. An ex situ structural characterization of β-AgVO3 NWs after the first galvanostatic discharge and charge offers new insight into the Li(+) reaction mechanism for β-Ag

  18. Enhanced thermal stability of Ag nanorods through capping

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    Bachenheimer, Lou; Elliott, Paul; Stagon, Stephen; Huang, Hanchen

    2014-11-24

    Ag nanorods may serve as sensors in the detection of trace amounts of chemical agents, even single molecules, through surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). However, thermal coarsening of Ag nanorods near room temperature limits their applications. This letter proposes the use of a thin oxide capping layer to enhance the thermal stability of Ag nanorods beyond 100 °C. Using electron microscopy characterization and SERS tests, the authors show that the proposed method is effective in stabilizing both morphology and sensitivity of Ag nanorods. The results of this work extend the applicability of Ag nanorods as chemical sensors to higher temperatures.

  19. Theoretical study of the electronic spectra of neutral and cationic NpO and NpO2

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    Kovács, Attila; Infante, Ivan

    2015-08-01

    The electronic spectra of neutral NpO and NpO2 as well as of their mono- (NpO+, NpO2+) and dications (NpO2+, NpO22+) were studied using multiconfigurational relativistic quantum chemical calculations at the complete active space self-consistent field/CASPT2 level of theory taking into account spin-orbit coupling. The active space included 16 orbitals: all the 7s, 6d, and 5f orbitals of neptunium together with selected orbitals of oxygen. The vertical excitation energies on the ground state geometries have been computed up to ca. 35 000 cm-1. The gas-phase electronic spectra were evaluated on the basis of the computed Einstein coefficients at 298 K and 3000 K. The computed vertical transition energies show good agreement with previous condensed-phase results on NpO2+ and NpO22+.

  20. Nanoparticle conjugation and pulmonary delivery enhance the protective efficacy of Ag85B and CpG against tuberculosis.

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    Ballester, Marie; Nembrini, Chiara; Dhar, Neeraj; de Titta, Alexandre; de Piano, Cyntia; Pasquier, Miriella; Simeoni, Eleonora; van der Vlies, André J; McKinney, John D; Hubbell, Jeffrey A; Swartz, Melody A

    2011-09-16

    Vaccines that drive robust T-cell immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) are needed both for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes. We have recently developed a synthetic vaccine delivery platform with Pluronic-stabilized polypropylene sulfide nanoparticles (NPs), which target lymphoid tissues by their small size (∼ 30 nm) and which activate the complement cascade by their surface chemistry. Here we conjugated the tuberculosis antigen Ag85B to the NPs (NP-Ag85B) and compared their efficacy in eliciting relevant immune responses in mice after intradermal or pulmonary administration. Pulmonary administration of NP-Ag85B with the adjuvant CpG led to enhanced induction of antigen-specific polyfunctional Th1 responses in the spleen, the lung and lung-draining lymph nodes as compared to soluble Ag85B with CpG and to the intradermally-delivered formulations. Mucosal and systemic Th17 responses were also observed with this adjuvanted NP formulation and vaccination route, especially in the lung. We then evaluated protection induced by the adjuvanted NP formulation following a Mtb aerosol challenge and found that vaccination with NP-Ag85B and CpG via the pulmonary route displayed a substantial reduction of the lung bacterial burden, both compared to soluble Ag85B with CpG and to the corresponding intradermally delivered formulations. These findings highlight the potential of administrating NP-based formulations by the pulmonary route for TB vaccination.

  1. Effect of Front-Side Silver Metallization on Underlying n+-p Junction in Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Jiang, C. S.; Li, Z. G.; Moutinho, H. R.; Liang, L.; Ionkin, A.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2012-06-01

    We report on the effect of front-side Ag metallization on the underlying n+-p junction of multicrystalline Si solar cells. The junction quality beneath the contacts was investigated by characterizing the uniformities of the electrostatic potential and doping concentration across the junction, using scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy and scanning capacitance microscopy. We investigated cells with a commercial Ag paste (DuPont PV159) and fired at furnace setting temperatures of 800 degrees, 840 degrees, and 930 degrees C, which results in actual cell temperatures ~100 degrees C lower than the setting temperature and the three cells being under-, optimal-, and over-fired. We found that the uniformity of the junction beneath the Ag contact was significantly degraded by the over-firing, whereas the junction retained good uniformity with the optimal- and under-fire temperatures. Further, Ag crystallites with widely distributed sizes from <100 nm to several μm were found at the Ag/Si interface of the over-fired cell. Large crystallites were imaged as protrusions into Si deeper than the junction depth. However, the junction was not broken down; instead, it was reformed on the entire front of the crystallite/Si interface. We propose a mechanism of the junction-quality degradation, based on emitter Si melting at the temperature around the Ag-Si eutectic point during firing, and subsequent recrystallization with incorporation of impurities in the Ag paste and with formation of crystallographic defects during quenching.

  2. Highly dynamic PVP-coated silver nanoparticles in aquatic environments: chemical and morphology change induced by oxidation of Ag(0) and reduction of Ag(+).

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    Yu, Su-Juan; Yin, Yong-Guang; Chao, Jing-Bo; Shen, Mo-Hai; Liu, Jing-Fu

    2014-01-01

    The fast growing and abundant use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in commercial products alerts us to be cautious of their unknown health and environmental risks. Because of the inherent redox instability of silver, AgNPs are highly dynamic in the aquatic system, and the cycle of chemical oxidation of AgNPs to release Ag(+) and reconstitution to form AgNPs is expected to occur in aquatic environments. This study investigated how inevitable environmentally relevant factors like sunlight, dissolved organic matter (DOM), pH, Ca(2+)/Mg(2+), Cl(-), and S(2-) individually or in combination affect the chemical transformation of AgNPs. It was demonstrated that simulated sunlight induced the aggregation of AgNPs, causing particle fusion or self-assembly to form larger structures and aggregates. Meanwhile, AgNPs were significantly stabilized by DOM, indicating that AgNPs may exist as single particles and be suspended in natural water for a long time or delivered far distances. Dissolution (ion release) kinetics of AgNPs in sunlit DOM-rich water showed that dissolved Ag concentration increased gradually first and then suddenly decreased with external light irradiation, along with the regeneration of new tiny AgNPs. pH variation and addition of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) within environmental levels did not affect the tendency, showing that this phenomenon was general in real aquatic systems. Given that a great number of studies have proven the toxicity of dissolved Ag (commonly regarded as the source of AgNP toxicity) to many aquatic organisms, our finding that the effect of DOM and sunlight on AgNP dissolution can regulate AgNP toxicity under these conditions is important. The fact that the release of Ag(+) and regeneration of AgNPs could both happen in sunlit DOM-rich water implies that previous results of toxicity studies gained by focusing on the original nature of AgNPs should be reconsidered and highlights the necessity to monitor the fate and toxicity of AgNPs under more

  3. Toxicological Effects of Caco-2 Cells Following Short-Term and Long-Term Exposure to Ag Nanoparticles

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    Chen, Ni; Song, Zheng-Mei; Tang, Huan; Xi, Wen-Song; Cao, Aoneng; Liu, Yuanfang; Wang, Haifang

    2016-01-01

    Extensive utilization increases the exposure of humans to Ag nanoparticles (NPs) via the oral pathway. To comprehensively address the action of Ag NPs to the gastrointestinal systems in real situations, i.e., the long-term low-dose exposure, we evaluated and compared the toxicity of three Ag NPs (20–30 nm with different surface coatings) to the human intestine cell Caco-2 after 1-day and 21-day exposures, using various biological assays. In both the short- and long-term exposures, the variety of surface coating predominated the toxicity of Ag NPs in a descending order of citrate-coated Ag NP (Ag-CIT), bare Ag NP (Ag-B), and poly (N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-coated Ag NP (Ag-PVP). The short-term exposure induced cell growth inhibition and death. The cell viability loss appeared after cells were exposed to 0.7 μg/mL Ag-CIT, 0.9 μg/mL Ag-B or >1.0 μg/mL Ag-PVP for 24 h. The short-term and higher-dose exposure also induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, mitochondrial damage, cell membrane leakage, apoptosis, and inflammation (IL-8 level). The long-term exposure only inhibited the cell proliferation. After 21-day exposure to 0.4 μg/mL Ag-CIT, the cell viability dropped to less than 50%, while cells exposed to 0.5 μg/mL Ag-PVP remained normal as the control. Generally, 0.3 μg/mL is the non-toxic dose for the long-term exposure of Caco-2 cells to Ag NPs in this study. However, cells presented inflammation after exposure to Ag NPs with the non-toxic dose in the long-term exposure. PMID:27338357

  4. A stretchable strain sensor based on a metal nanoparticle thin film for human motion detection.

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    Lee, Jaehwan; Kim, Sanghyeok; Lee, Jinjae; Yang, Daejong; Park, Byong Chon; Ryu, Seunghwa; Park, Inkyu

    2014-10-21

    Wearable strain sensors for human motion detection are being highlighted in various fields such as medical, entertainment and sports industry. In this paper, we propose a new type of stretchable strain sensor that can detect both tensile and compressive strains and can be fabricated by a very simple process. A silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) thin film patterned on the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp by a single-step direct transfer process is used as the strain sensing material. The working principle is the change in the electrical resistance caused by the opening/closure of micro-cracks under mechanical deformation. The fabricated stretchable strain sensor shows highly sensitive and durable sensing performances in various tensile/compressive strains, long-term cyclic loading and relaxation tests. We demonstrate the applications of our stretchable strain sensors such as flexible pressure sensors and wearable human motion detection devices with high sensitivity, response speed and mechanical robustness.

  5. Impact of the formation of NpO{sub 2} and Np{sub 2}O{sub 5} on the Np solubility in YM waters

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    Runde, W.; Janecky, D.; Kaszuba, J.; Tait, C.D.

    1998-01-01

    The objective of this activity is to evaluate the impact of different Np solids on the solubility of neptunium in YM waters. Special interest is on the impact of Np{sub 2}O{sub 5} found in solubility experiments as the Np solid phase. The formation and stability of Np{sub 2}O{sub 5} is discussed and its stability calculated in J-13 based upon new solubility data. Clearly, the results show that Np{sub 2}O{sub 5} is the most stable Np(V) solid phase that determined the solubility of neptunium under aerobic conditions. Both solubility experiments and geochemical modeling show a decrease of the neptunium solubility in J-13 of about two orders of magnitude (compared to previously reported results) based on the new solubility data. Under anaerobic conditions NpO{sub 2} is the most stable Np bearing solid phase. Its formation would decrease the Np solubility by several orders of magnitude.

  6. Determining the Concentration Dependent Transformations of Ag Nanoparticles in Complex Media: Using SP-ICP-MS and Au@Ag Core-Shell Nanoparticles as Tracers.

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    Merrifield, Ruth C; Stephan, Chady; Lead, Jamie

    2017-03-01

    The fate, behavior, and impact of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in toxicological and environmental media are driven by complex processes which are difficult to quantify. A key limitation is the ability to perform measurements at low and environmentally relevant concentrations, since concentration may be a key factor determining fate and effects. Here, we use single particle inductively coupled mass spectroscopy (SP-ICP-MS) to measure directly NP diameter and particle number concentration of suspensions containing gold-silver core-shell (Au@Ag) NPs in EPA moderately hard water (MHW) and MHW containing 2.5 mg L(-1) Suwannee River fulvic acid. The Au core of the Au@Ag NPs acts as an internal standard, and aids in the analysis of the complex Ag transformations. The high sensitivity of SP-ICP-MS, along with the Au@Ag NPs, enabled us to track the NP transformations in the range 0.01 and 50 μg L(-1), without further sample preparation. On the basis of the analysis of both Au and Ag parameters (size, size distribution, and particle number), concentration was shown to be a key factor in NP behavior. At higher concentration, NPs were in an aggregation-dominated regime, while at the lower and environmentally representative concentrations, dissolution of Ag was dominant and aggregation was negligible. In addition, further formation of ionic silver as Ag NPs in the form of AgS or AgCl was shown to occur. Between 1 and 10 μg L(-1), both aggregation and dissolution were important. The results suggest that, under realistic conditions, the role of NP homoaggregation may be minimal. In addition, the complexity of exposure and dose in dose-response relationships is highlighted.

  7. Antiferromagnetic ground state in NpCoGe

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    Colineau, E.; Griveau, J.-C.; Eloirdi, R.; Gaczyński, P.; Khmelevskyi, S.; Shick, A. B.; Caciuffo, R.

    2014-03-01

    NpCoGe, the neptunium analog of the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe, has been investigated by dc magnetization, ac susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, Hall effect, 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy, and local spin-density approximation (LSDA) calculations. NpCoGe exhibits an antiferromagnetic ground state with a Néel temperature TN≈13 K and an average ordered magnetic moment <μNp>=0.80μB. The magnetic phase diagram has been determined and shows that the antiferromagnetic structure is destroyed by the application of a magnetic field (≈3 T). The value of the isomer shift suggests a Np3+ charge state (configuration 5f4). A high Sommerfeld coefficient value for NpCoGe (170 mJ mol-1 K-2) is inferred from specific heat. LSDA calculations indicate strong magnetic anisotropy and easy magnetization along the c axis. Mössbauer data and calculated exchange interactions support the possible occurrence of an elliptical spin-spiral structure in NpCoGe. The comparison with NpRhGe and uranium analogs suggests the leading role of 5f-d hybridization, the rather delocalized character of 5f electrons in NpCoGe, and the possible proximity of NpRuGe or NpFeGe to a magnetic quantum critical point.

  8. A stretchable strain sensor based on a metal nanoparticle thin film for human motion detection

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    Lee, Jaehwan; Kim, Sanghyeok; Lee, Jinjae; Yang, Daejong; Park, Byong Chon; Ryu, Seunghwa; Park, Inkyu

    2014-09-01

    Wearable strain sensors for human motion detection are being highlighted in various fields such as medical, entertainment and sports industry. In this paper, we propose a new type of stretchable strain sensor that can detect both tensile and compressive strains and can be fabricated by a very simple process. A silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) thin film patterned on the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp by a single-step direct transfer process is used as the strain sensing material. The working principle is the change in the electrical resistance caused by the opening/closure of micro-cracks under mechanical deformation. The fabricated stretchable strain sensor shows highly sensitive and durable sensing performances in various tensile/compressive strains, long-term cyclic loading and relaxation tests. We demonstrate the applications of our stretchable strain sensors such as flexible pressure sensors and wearable human motion detection devices with high sensitivity, response speed and mechanical robustness.Wearable strain sensors for human motion detection are being highlighted in various fields such as medical, entertainment and sports industry. In this paper, we propose a new type of stretchable strain sensor that can detect both tensile and compressive strains and can be fabricated by a very simple process. A silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) thin film patterned on the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp by a single-step direct transfer process is used as the strain sensing material. The working principle is the change in the electrical resistance caused by the opening/closure of micro-cracks under mechanical deformation. The fabricated stretchable strain sensor shows highly sensitive and durable sensing performances in various tensile/compressive strains, long-term cyclic loading and relaxation tests. We demonstrate the applications of our stretchable strain sensors such as flexible pressure sensors and wearable human motion detection devices with high sensitivity, response

  9. Oxygen Reduction at Very Low Overpotential on Nanoporous Ag Catalysts

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    Zhou, Yang; Lu, Qi; Zhuang, Zhongbin; Hutchings, Gregory S.; Kattel, Shyam; Yan, Yushan; Chen, Jingguang G.; Xiao, John Q.; Jiao, Feng

    2015-05-07

    Here we report a monolithic nanoporous Ag (np-Ag) material, synthesized using the dealloying method, as high-performance catalysts for ORR in alkaline media. As shown in Scheme 1, when there is insufficient potential input, the O2 molecules are more likely to rebound off from a planar electrode surface (i.e. bulk polycrystalline metal, films made from nanoparticles or nanowires) before they could be reduced. In contrast, they are more likely to be trapped inside the monolithic nanoporous structure, contacting with catalytic surface for multiple time, which greatly enhances the chance for them to be fully reduced. As a result, the np-Ag catalyst is able to achieve an equivalent or better ORR performance than the state-of the-art Pt/C catalyst at low overpotentials, which is most desired in electrochemical energy applications for maximizing efficiency.

  10. Oxygen Reduction at Very Low Overpotential on Nanoporous Ag Catalysts

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    Zhou, Yang; Lu, Qi; Zhuang, Zhongbin; ...

    2015-05-07

    Here we report a monolithic nanoporous Ag (np-Ag) material, synthesized using the dealloying method, as high-performance catalysts for ORR in alkaline media. As shown in Scheme 1, when there is insufficient potential input, the O2 molecules are more likely to rebound off from a planar electrode surface (i.e. bulk polycrystalline metal, films made from nanoparticles or nanowires) before they could be reduced. In contrast, they are more likely to be trapped inside the monolithic nanoporous structure, contacting with catalytic surface for multiple time, which greatly enhances the chance for them to be fully reduced. As a result, the np-Ag catalystmore » is able to achieve an equivalent or better ORR performance than the state-of the-art Pt/C catalyst at low overpotentials, which is most desired in electrochemical energy applications for maximizing efficiency.« less

  11. Comparative studies on removal of Erythrosine using ZnS and AgOH nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon as adsorbents: Kinetic and isotherm studies of adsorption

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    Ghaedi, M.; Rozkhoosh, Z.; Asfaram, A.; Mirtamizdoust, B.; Mahmoudi, Z.; Bazrafshan, A. A.

    2015-03-01

    Erythrosine adsorption (Er) onto ZnS and AgOH nanoparticle-loaded activated carbon (ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC) was studied and results were compared. Subsequent preparation were fully analyzed by different approach such as BET to obtain knowledge about surface area, pore volume, while FT-IR analysis give comprehensive information about functional group the dependency of removal percentage to adsorbent mass, initial Er concentration and contact time were investigated and optimum conditions for pH, adsorbent dosage, Er concentration and contact time was set as be 3.2, 0.016 g, 20 mg/L and 16 min and 3.2, 0.015 g, 19 mg/L and 2 min for ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC, respectively. The equilibrium data correspond to adsorption strongly follow Langmuir model by ZnS-NP-AC and Freundlich model for AgOH-NP-AC. High adsorption capacity for of 55.86-57.80 mg g-1 and 67.11-89.69 mg g-1 for ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC, respectively. The result of present study confirm the applicability of small amount of these adsorbent (<0.02 g) for efficient removal of Er (>95%) in short reasonable time (20 min).

  12. Comparative studies on removal of Erythrosine using ZnS and AgOH nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon as adsorbents: Kinetic and isotherm studies of adsorption.

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    Ghaedi, M; Rozkhoosh, Z; Asfaram, A; Mirtamizdoust, B; Mahmoudi, Z; Bazrafshan, A A

    2015-03-05

    Erythrosine adsorption (Er) onto ZnS and AgOH nanoparticle-loaded activated carbon (ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC) was studied and results were compared. Subsequent preparation were fully analyzed by different approach such as BET to obtain knowledge about surface area, pore volume, while FT-IR analysis give comprehensive information about functional group the dependency of removal percentage to adsorbent mass, initial Er concentration and contact time were investigated and optimum conditions for pH, adsorbent dosage, Er concentration and contact time was set as be 3.2, 0.016g, 20mg/L and 16min and 3.2, 0.015g, 19mg/L and 2min for ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC, respectively. The equilibrium data correspond to adsorption strongly follow Langmuir model by ZnS-NP-AC and Freundlich model for AgOH-NP-AC. High adsorption capacity for of 55.86-57.80mgg(-1) and 67.11-89.69mgg(-1) for ZnS-NP-AC and AgOH-NP-AC, respectively. The result of present study confirm the applicability of small amount of these adsorbent (<0.02g) for efficient removal of Er (>95%) in short reasonable time (20min).

  13. Mechanisms of Toxicity of Ag Nanoparticles in Comparison to Bulk and Ionic Ag on Mussel Hemocytes and Gill Cells.

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    Katsumiti, Alberto; Gilliland, Douglas; Arostegui, Inmaculada; Cajaraville, Miren P

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are increasingly used in many products and are expected to end up in the aquatic environment. Mussels have been proposed as marine model species to evaluate NP toxicity in vitro. The objective of this work was to assess the mechanisms of toxicity of Ag NPs on mussel hemocytes and gill cells, in comparison to ionic and bulk Ag. Firstly, cytotoxicity of commercial and maltose stabilized Ag NPs was screened in parallel with the ionic and bulk forms at a wide range of concentrations in isolated mussel cells using cell viability assays. Toxicity of maltose alone was also tested. LC50 values were calculated and the most toxic Ag NPs tested were selected for a second step where sublethal concentrations of each Ag form were tested using a wide array of mechanistic tests in both cell types. Maltose-stabilized Ag NPs showed size-dependent cytotoxicity, smaller (20 nm) NPs being more toxic than larger (40 and 100 nm) NPs. Maltose alone provoked minor effects on cell viability. Ionic Ag was the most cytotoxic Ag form tested whereas bulk Ag showed similar cytotoxicity to the commercial Ag NPs. Main mechanisms of action of Ag NPs involved oxidative stress and genotoxicity in the two cell types, activation of lysosomal AcP activity, disruption of actin cytoskeleton and stimulation of phagocytosis in hemocytes and increase of MXR transport activity and inhibition of Na-K-ATPase in gill cells. Similar effects were observed after exposure to ionic and bulk Ag in the two cell types, although generally effects were more marked for the ionic form. In conclusion, results suggest that most observed responses were due at least in part to dissolved Ag.

  14. Mechanisms of Toxicity of Ag Nanoparticles in Comparison to Bulk and Ionic Ag on Mussel Hemocytes and Gill Cells

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    Katsumiti, Alberto; Gilliland, Douglas; Arostegui, Inmaculada; Cajaraville, Miren P.

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are increasingly used in many products and are expected to end up in the aquatic environment. Mussels have been proposed as marine model species to evaluate NP toxicity in vitro. The objective of this work was to assess the mechanisms of toxicity of Ag NPs on mussel hemocytes and gill cells, in comparison to ionic and bulk Ag. Firstly, cytotoxicity of commercial and maltose stabilized Ag NPs was screened in parallel with the ionic and bulk forms at a wide range of concentrations in isolated mussel cells using cell viability assays. Toxicity of maltose alone was also tested. LC50 values were calculated and the most toxic Ag NPs tested were selected for a second step where sublethal concentrations of each Ag form were tested using a wide array of mechanistic tests in both cell types. Maltose-stabilized Ag NPs showed size-dependent cytotoxicity, smaller (20 nm) NPs being more toxic than larger (40 and 100 nm) NPs. Maltose alone provoked minor effects on cell viability. Ionic Ag was the most cytotoxic Ag form tested whereas bulk Ag showed similar cytotoxicity to the commercial Ag NPs. Main mechanisms of action of Ag NPs involved oxidative stress and genotoxicity in the two cell types, activation of lysosomal AcP activity, disruption of actin cytoskeleton and stimulation of phagocytosis in hemocytes and increase of MXR transport activity and inhibition of Na-K-ATPase in gill cells. Similar effects were observed after exposure to ionic and bulk Ag in the two cell types, although generally effects were more marked for the ionic form. In conclusion, results suggest that most observed responses were due at least in part to dissolved Ag. PMID:26061169

  15. Optical thin film devices

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    Mao, Shuzheng

    1991-11-01

    Thin film devices are applied to almost all modern scientific instruments, and these devices, especially optical thin film devices, play an essential role in the performances of the instruments, therefore, they are attracting more and more attention. Now there are numerous kinds of thin film devices and their applications are very diversified. The 300-page book, 'Thin Film Device and Applications,' by Prof. K. L. Chopra gives some general ideas, and my paper also outlines the designs, fabrication, and applications of some optical thin film devices made in my laboratory. Optical thin film devices have been greatly developed in the recent decades. Prof. A. Thelan has given a number of papers on the theory and techniques, Prof. H. A. Macleod's book, 'Thin Film Optical Filters,' has concisely concluded the important concepts of optical thin film devices, and Prof. J. A. Dobrowobski has proposed many successful designs for optical thin film devices. Recently, fully-automatic plants make it easier to produce thin film devices with various spectrum requirements, and some companies, such as Balzers, Leybold AG, Satis Vacuum AG, etc., have manufactured such kinds of coating plants for research or mass-production, and the successful example is the production of multilayer antireflection coatings with high stability and reproducibility. Therefore, it could be said that the design of optical thin film devices and coating plants is quite mature. However, we cannot expect that every problem has been solved, the R&D work still continues, the competition still continues, and new design concepts, new techniques, and new film materials are continually developed. Meanwhile, the high-price of fully-automatic coating plants makes unpopular, and automatic design of coating stacks is only the technique for optimizing the manual design according to the physical concepts and experience, in addition, not only the optical system, but also working environment should be taken into account when

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of the mixed-valent Np(IV)/Np(V) selenite, Np(NpO{sub 2}){sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 3}.

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    Almond, P. M.; Sykora, R. E.; Skanthakumar, S.; Soderholm, L.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Chemistry; Auburn Univ.

    2004-02-09

    The reaction of NpO{sub 2} with SeO{sub 2} in the presence of CsCl at 180 {sup o}C results in the formation of Np(NpO{sub 2}){sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 3} (1). The structure of 1 consists of three crystallographically unique Np centers with three different coordination environments in two different oxidation states. Np(1) is found in a neptunyl(V), ONpO{sup +}, unit that is further ligated in the equatorial plane by three chelating SeO{sub 3}{sup 2-} anions to create a hexagonal bipyramidal NpO{sub 8} unit. A second neptunyl(V) cation also occurs for Np(2); it is bound by four bridging selenite anions and by the oxo atom from the Np(1) neptunyl cation to form a pentagonal bipyramidal, NpO{sub 7}, unit. The third neptunium center, Np(3), which contains Np(IV), is found in a distorted NpO{sub 8} dodecahedron. Np(3) is bound by five bridging selenite anions and by three neptunyl units via cation-cation interactions. The NpO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids and NpO{sub 8} hexagonal bipyramids share both corners and edges. Both of these polyhedra share corners via cation-cation interactions with the NpO{sub 8} dodecahedra creating a three-dimensional structure with small channels that house the stereochemically active lone pair of electrons on the selenite anions. Magnetic susceptibility data follow Curie-Weiss behavior over the entire temperature range measured (5 {<=} T {<=} 320 K). The effective moment, {mu}{sub eff} = 2.28 {mu}{sub B}, which represents an average over the three crystallographically inequivalent Np atoms, is within the expected range of values. There is no evidence of long-range ordering of the Np moments at temperatures down to 5 K, consistent with the negligible Weiss constant determined from fitting the susceptibility data. Crystallographic data: 1, orthorhombic, space group Pbca, a = 10.6216(5), b = 11.9695(6), and c = 17.8084(8) {angstrom} and Z = 8 (T = 193 K).

  17. High Visible Photoelectrochemical Activity of Ag Nanoparticle-Sandwiched CdS/Ag/ZnO Nanorods.

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    Yang, Xu; Li, Hui; Zhang, Wu; Sun, Mingxuan; Li, Lequn; Xu, Ning; Wu, Jiada; Sun, Jian

    2017-01-11

    We report on the sensitizing of CdS-coated ZnO (CdS/ZnO) nanorods (NRs) by Ag nanoparticles (NPs) embedded between the CdS coating and the ZnO nanorod and the improved optical and photoelectrochemical properties of the Ag NP-sandwiched nanostructure CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs. The CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs were fabricated by growing Ag NPs on hydrothermally grown ZnO NRs and subsequently depositing CdS coatings followed by subsequent N2 annealing. The structure of the fabricated CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs was characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman backscattering, revealing that the ZnO NRs and the CdS coatings are both structured with hexagonal wurtzite and the Ag NPs contact well with ZnO and CdS. Optical properties were evaluated by measuring optical absorption and photoluminescence, showing that the Ag NPs behave well as sensitizers for optical property improvement and the CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs exhibit better photoresponse in a wide spectral region than CdS/ZnO because of plasmon-enhanced absorption due to the embedment of Ag NPs. The Ag NPs also serve as electron relays from CdS to ZnO, facilitating electron transfer from the CdS coatings to the ZnO NRs. The excellent photoresponse and efficient electron transfer make the CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs highly photoelectrochemically active. The CdS/Ag/ZnO NRs fabricated on indium-tin oxide present much better photoelectrochemical performance as photoanodes working in the visible region than CdS/ZnO NRs without Ag NPs. Under visible illumination, a maximum optical-to-chemical conversion efficiency of 3.13% is obtained for CdS/Ag/ZnO NR photoanodes against 1.35% for CdS/ZnO NR photoanodes.

  18. Preparation and catalytic application of Ag/polydopamine composite on surface of glass substrates

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    Yu, Jianying; Sun, Chengyi; Lu, Shixiang; Xu, Wenguo; Liu, Zhehan; He, Dongsheng

    2017-01-01

    In this work, Ag/polydopamine composite on glass substrates (Ag/PDA@slides) were formed by using polydopamine (PDA) as both reducing and stabilizing agent to reduce silver salts to silver nanoparticles (NPs) and adhesive them to slides. The morphology and chemical composition of the composite material was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD). The prepared Ag/PDA@slide was a highly active catalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) aqueous solution at room temperature. The reduction rate of the optimal catalyst was as fast as 10 s and it was stable up to 6 cycles without a significant loss of its catalytic activity. By measuring the UV-Vis absorption bonds of Ag/PDA@slides, it proved that condition of the strongest surface plasmon resonance of Ag/PDA@slides is the optimal condition of catalytic reduction of 4-NP.

  19. The role of exopolymeric substances in the bioaccumulation and toxicity of Ag nanoparticles to algae

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    Zhou, Kaijun; Hu, Yi; Zhang, Luqing; Yang, Kun; Lin, Daohui

    2016-01-01

    Exopolymeric substances (EPS) have an important role in bioaccumulation and toxicity of nanoparticles (NPs) to algae, which warrants specific studies. The interaction of EPS with citrate and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) coated AgNPs (C-AgNPs and P-AgNPs, respectively) and its roles in bioaccumulation and toxicity of the AgNPs to Chlorella pyrenoidosa were investigated. The amino and aromatic carboxylic groups in the EPS were involved in the EPS-AgNP interactions. Compared with Ag+, C-AgNPs had comparable total bioaccumulation but greater absorption by intact algae with EPS; P-AgNPs had the smallest total bioaccumulation and were mainly adsorbed on algal surfaces. With EPS removed, the total bioaccumulations and surface adsorptions for the three Ag species decreased but the cell internalizations increased; the 96 h half growth inhibition concentrations decreased, indicating EPS alleviated the algal toxicity of Ag. The cell-internalized but not the adsorbed AgNPs could contribute to the nanotoxicity. The EPS could bind both AgNPs and Ag+, and thus inhibited the cell internalization and the nanotoxicity. However, the EPS-bound Ag on the cell surfaces would migrate along with the algae and be biologically amplified in the aquatic food chains, presenting ecological risks. These results are helpful for understanding the fate and ecological effects of NPs. PMID:27615743

  20. The role of exopolymeric substances in the bioaccumulation and toxicity of Ag nanoparticles to algae

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    Zhou, Kaijun; Hu, Yi; Zhang, Luqing; Yang, Kun; Lin, Daohui

    2016-09-01

    Exopolymeric substances (EPS) have an important role in bioaccumulation and toxicity of nanoparticles (NPs) to algae, which warrants specific studies. The interaction of EPS with citrate and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) coated AgNPs (C-AgNPs and P-AgNPs, respectively) and its roles in bioaccumulation and toxicity of the AgNPs to Chlorella pyrenoidosa were investigated. The amino and aromatic carboxylic groups in the EPS were involved in the EPS-AgNP interactions. Compared with Ag+, C-AgNPs had comparable total bioaccumulation but greater absorption by intact algae with EPS; P-AgNPs had the smallest total bioaccumulation and were mainly adsorbed on algal surfaces. With EPS removed, the total bioaccumulations and surface adsorptions for the three Ag species decreased but the cell internalizations increased; the 96 h half growth inhibition concentrations decreased, indicating EPS alleviated the algal toxicity of Ag. The cell-internalized but not the adsorbed AgNPs could contribute to the nanotoxicity. The EPS could bind both AgNPs and Ag+, and thus inhibited the cell internalization and the nanotoxicity. However, the EPS-bound Ag on the cell surfaces would migrate along with the algae and be biologically amplified in the aquatic food chains, presenting ecological risks. These results are helpful for understanding the fate and ecological effects of NPs.

  1. The role of exopolymeric substances in the bioaccumulation and toxicity of Ag nanoparticles to algae.

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    Zhou, Kaijun; Hu, Yi; Zhang, Luqing; Yang, Kun; Lin, Daohui

    2016-09-12

    Exopolymeric substances (EPS) have an important role in bioaccumulation and toxicity of nanoparticles (NPs) to algae, which warrants specific studies. The interaction of EPS with citrate and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) coated AgNPs (C-AgNPs and P-AgNPs, respectively) and its roles in bioaccumulation and toxicity of the AgNPs to Chlorella pyrenoidosa were investigated. The amino and aromatic carboxylic groups in the EPS were involved in the EPS-AgNP interactions. Compared with Ag(+), C-AgNPs had comparable total bioaccumulation but greater absorption by intact algae with EPS; P-AgNPs had the smallest total bioaccumulation and were mainly adsorbed on algal surfaces. With EPS removed, the total bioaccumulations and surface adsorptions for the three Ag species decreased but the cell internalizations increased; the 96 h half growth inhibition concentrations decreased, indicating EPS alleviated the algal toxicity of Ag. The cell-internalized but not the adsorbed AgNPs could contribute to the nanotoxicity. The EPS could bind both AgNPs and Ag(+), and thus inhibited the cell internalization and the nanotoxicity. However, the EPS-bound Ag on the cell surfaces would migrate along with the algae and be biologically amplified in the aquatic food chains, presenting ecological risks. These results are helpful for understanding the fate and ecological effects of NPs.

  2. Magnetic and electronic properties of NpRhGe

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    Colineau, E.; Sanchez, J. P.; Wastin, F.; Javorský, P.; Riffaud, E.; Homma, Y.; Boulet, P.; Rebizant, J.

    2008-06-01

    NpRhGe is the neptunium homologue of the ferromagnetic superconductor URhGe, and has been investigated using magnetization, electrical resistivity, specific heat and 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy. NpRhGe exhibits antiferromagnetic ordering below TN≈21 K with an ordered magnetic moment μNp = 1.14 μB. The value of the isomer shift suggests a Np3+ charge state (configuration 5f4) and possible delocalization of the 5f electrons. The Brillouin-like (J = 1/2) thermal variation of the magnetic hyperfine field indicates that a doublet ground state of the neptunium ion may occur in this compound. The specific heat indicates a high Sommerfeld coefficient value for NpRhGe (195 mJ mol-1 K-2).

  3. High pressure Mössbauer studies of magnetic Np intermetallics

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    Moser, J.; Gal, J.; Potzel, W.; Wortmann, G.; Kalvius, G. M.; Dunlap, B. D.; Lam, D. J.; Spirlet, J. C.

    1980-10-01

    A high pressure (50 kbar) Mössbauer spectrometer for the 60 keV resonance in 237Np for temperatures between 1.4 and 100 K is described. It was used to study the magnetic properties of some neptunium intermetallics under pressure. For the cubic Laves phase compounds NpOs 2 and NpAl 2 a drastic decrease of the ordering temperature, the hyperfine field, and the isomer shift under increasing pressure was observed. It shows that their magnetic properties are primarily determined by the Np-Np separation which controls the width and hybridization of the 5f band. In contrast, an increase of ordering temperature coupled with a decrease of isomer shift with pressure was found in tetragonal NpCo 2Si 2, while the hyperfine field remains constant. This suggests that its magnetic properties must arise from different sources.

  4. Neptunyl (Np) interaction with green rust, GRNa,SO4

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    Christiansen, B. C.; Geckeis, H.; Marquardt, C. M.; Bauer, A.; Römer, J.; Wiss, T.; Schild, D.; Stipp, S. L. S.

    2011-03-01

    Green rust (GR), a member of the Fe(II),Fe(III) layered double hydroxide mineral family, forms in groundwater and during steel corrosion. It has high surface area and is very reactive, especially for redox-sensitive elements such as some actinides. During neutron irradiation of nuclear fuel in a reactor, 237Np develops. Although the abundance of Np in spent nuclear fuel is only about 0.05% by mass, it has a very long half life, 2.14 × 10 6 years, so there is concern about its mobility in the distant future, when radioactive storage sites might be expected to degrade. Under oxidizing conditions, as are expected from radiolysis in a repository, the very mobile neptunyl-ion, Np O2+, would be the dominant aqueous neptunium species. In this work, we investigated the interaction of Np O2+ with green rust sodium sulphate ( GR). The aim of the study was to define the processes involved, to determine the final redox speciation of Np, hence its potential mobility, and to characterise changes in the green rust. The GR sorbed and reduced Np O2+ within minutes. Reduced Np(IV) was primarily found as precipitated nanoparticles at the edges of the GR crystal platelets. The position of the particles at the crystal edges suggests initial sorption of Np(V) and subsequent reduction at GR edge sites. In further experiments, Np-containing GR was allowed to oxidise completely in aqueous suspension. Surprisingly, about 50% of the Np remained associated with the oxidised product and about 75% of the associated Np was still present as Np(IV).

  5. Short-term bioconcentration studies of Np in freshwater biota

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    Poston, T.M.; Klopfer, D.C.; Simmons, M.A. )

    1990-12-01

    Short-term laboratory exposures were conducted to determine the potential accumulation of Np in aquatic organisms. Concentration factors were highest in green algae. Daphnia magna, a filter-feeding crustacean, accumulated Np at levels one order of magnitude greater than the amphipod Gammarus sp., an omnivorous substrate feeder. Accumulation of Np in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was highest in carcass (generally greater than 78% of the total body burden) and lowest in fillets. Recommended concentration factors for Np, based on fresh weight, were 300 for green algae, 100 for filter-feeding invertebrates, for nonfilter-feeding invertebrates, 10 for whole fish, and one for fish flesh.

  6. Negligible particle-specific toxicity mechanism of silver nanoparticles: the role of Ag+ ion release in the cytosol.

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    De Matteis, Valeria; Malvindi, Maria Ada; Galeone, Antonio; Brunetti, Virgilio; De Luca, Elisa; Kote, Sachin; Kshirsagar, Prakash; Sabella, Stefania; Bardi, Giuseppe; Pompa, Pier Paolo

    2015-04-01

    Toxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) is supported by many observations in literature, but no mechanism details have been proved yet. Here we confirm and quantify the toxic potential of fully characterized AgNPs in HeLa and A549 cells. Notably, through a specific fluorescent probe, we demonstrate the intracellular release of Ag(+) ions in living cells after nanoparticle internalization, showing that in-situ particle degradation is promoted by the acidic lysosomal environment. The activation of metallothioneins in response to AgNPs and the possibility to reverse the main toxic pathway by Ag(+) chelating agents demonstrate a cause/effect relationship between ions and cell death. We propose that endocytosed AgNPs are degraded in the lysosomes and the release of Ag(+) ions in the cytosol induces cell damages, while ions released in the cell culture medium play a negligible effect. These findings will be useful to develop safer-by-design nanoparticles and proper regulatory guidelines of AgNPs. From the clinical editor: The authors describe the toxic potential of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) in human cancer cell lines. Cell death following the application of AgNPs is dose-dependent, and it is mostly due to Ag+ ions. Further in vivo studies should be performed to gain a comprehensive picture of AgNP-toxicity in mammals.

  7. Fabrication and characterization of WO3/Ag/WO3 multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes

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    2012-01-01

    The dielectric/metal/dielectric multilayer is suitable for a transparent electrode because of its high-optical and high-electrical properties; however, it is fabricated by an expensive and inefficient multistep vacuum process. We present a WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). This WAW multilayer not only has high transmittance and low resistance but also can be easily and rapidly fabricated. We devised a novel method to deposit a thin WO3 layer by a solution process in an air environment. A tungstic acid solution was prepared from an aqueous solution of Na2WO4 and then converted to WO3 nanoparticles (NPs) by a thermal treatment. Thin WO3 NP layers form WAW multilayer with a thermal-evaporated Ag layer, and they improve the transmittance of the WAW multilayer because of its high transmittance and refractive index. Moreover, the surface of the WO3 layer is homogeneous and flat with low roughness because of the WO3 NP generation from the tungstic acid solution without aggregation. We performed optical simulation and experiments, and the optimized WAW multilayer had a high transmittance of 85% with a sheet resistance of 4 Ω/sq. Finally, PLEDs based on the WAW multilayer anode achieved a maximum luminance of 35,550 cd/m2 at 8 V, and this result implies that the solution-processed WAW multilayer is appropriate for use as a transparent anode in PLEDs. PMID:22587669

  8. Unaffected features of BSA stabilized Ag nanoparticles after storage and reconstitution in biological relevant media.

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    Valenti, Laura E; Giacomelli, Carla E

    2015-08-01

    Silver-coated orthopedic implants and silver composite materials have been proposed to produce local biocidal activity at low dose to reduce post-surgery infection that remains one of the major contributions to the patient morbidity. This work presents the synthesis combined with the characterization, colloidal stability in biological relevant media, antimicrobial activity and handling properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) before and after freeze dry and storage. The nanomaterial was synthesized in aqueous solution with simple, reproducible and low-cost strategies using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the stabilizing agent. Ag-NP were characterized by means of the size distribution and morphology (UV-vis spectra, dynamic light scattering measurements and TEM images), charge as a function of the pH (zeta potential measurements) and colloidal stability in biological relevant media (UV-vis spectra and dynamic light scattering measurements). Further, the interactions between the protein and Ag-NP were evaluated by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and the antimicrobial activity was tested with two bacteria strains (namely Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis) mainly present in the infections caused by implants and prosthesis in orthopedic surgery. Finally, the Ag-NP dispersed in aqueous solution were dried and stored as long-lasting powders that were easily reconstituted without losing their stability and antimicrobial properties. The proposed methods to stabilize Ag-NP not only produce stable dispersions in media of biological relevance but also long-lasting powders with optimal antimicrobial activity in the nanomolar range. This level is much lower than the cytotoxicity determined in vitro on osteoblasts, osteoclasts and osteoarthritic chondrocytes. The synthesized Ag-NP can be incorporated as additive of biomaterials or pharmaceutical products to confer antimicrobial activity in a powdered form in different formulations, dispersed in

  9. Enhancing photocatalysis in SrTiO{sub 3} by using Ag nanoparticles: A two-step excitation model for surface plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis

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    Ma, Lei; Sun, Tao; Cai, Hua; Zhou, Zhi-Quan; Sun, Jian E-mail: minglu55@fudan.edu.cn; Lu, Ming E-mail: minglu55@fudan.edu.cn

    2015-08-28

    Surface plasmon (SP)-enhanced ultraviolet and visible photocatalytic activities of SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) are observed after incorporating Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) on STO surfaces. A two-step excitation model is proposed to explain the SP-enhanced photocatalysis. The point of the model is that an electron at the valence band of STO is first excited onto the Fermi level of Ag-NP by the SP field generated on the Ag-NP, and then injected into the conduction band of STO from the SP band, leaving a hole at the valence band of STO. A full redox catalytic reaction at the surface of STO is then available. For Ag-NP incorporated STO, up-converted and inter-band photoluminescence emissions of STO are observed, and nonlinear evolutions of photocatalytic activity with illumination light powers are found. Furthermore, near infrared photocatalysis is detected. These results support the proposed model.

  10. Enhancing photocatalysis in SrTiO3 by using Ag nanoparticles: A two-step excitation model for surface plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis.

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    Ma, Lei; Sun, Tao; Cai, Hua; Zhou, Zhi-Quan; Sun, Jian; Lu, Ming

    2015-08-28

    Surface plasmon (SP)-enhanced ultraviolet and visible photocatalytic activities of SrTiO3 (STO) are observed after incorporating Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) on STO surfaces. A two-step excitation model is proposed to explain the SP-enhanced photocatalysis. The point of the model is that an electron at the valence band of STO is first excited onto the Fermi level of Ag-NP by the SP field generated on the Ag-NP, and then injected into the conduction band of STO from the SP band, leaving a hole at the valence band of STO. A full redox catalytic reaction at the surface of STO is then available. For Ag-NP incorporated STO, up-converted and inter-band photoluminescence emissions of STO are observed, and nonlinear evolutions of photocatalytic activity with illumination light powers are found. Furthermore, near infrared photocatalysis is detected. These results support the proposed model.

  11. Magnetic properties of NpNiSi2

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    Colineau, E.; Wastin, F.; Sanchez, J. P.; Rebizant, J.

    2008-02-01

    NpNiSi2 represents the first transuranium-based system in the isostructural family with rare earths and uranium homologues that crystallizes into the orthorhombic Cmcm structure. It exhibits strong anisotropic ferromagnetic ordering below TC = 51.5 K with the easy magnetization axis along the shortest (c) axis. The ordered magnetic moment inferred from 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy amounts to μNp = 1.4 μB. The isomer shift value of 6.8 mm s-1 versus NpAl2 suggests that the neptunium ions are in the Np3+ charge state with electronic configuration 5f4 (J = 4). From the values of the quadrupolar interaction parameters, the direction of the main principal axis of the electric field gradient (VZZ) is deduced to be along the b axis. The Sommerfeld coefficient γ = 133 mJ mol-1 K-2 obtained from the low temperature behaviour of specific heat qualifies NpNiSi2 as a moderately heavy fermion. Finally, the logarithmic decrease of the high temperature resistivity and the reduced (compared to the free Np3+ ion) magnetic moments (both ordered and effective) point to the occurrence of a Kondo effect. NpNiSi2 hence appears as a good candidate for being described with the underscreened Kondo lattice model of Perkins et al (2007 Phys. Rev. B 76 125101) which accounts for the coexistence of the Kondo effect and ferromagnetic order.

  12. A Simple Method for the Preparation of TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@Polypyrrole Composite and Its Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Yao, Tongjie; Shi, Lei; Wang, Hao; Wang, Fangxiao; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Xiao; Sun, Jianmin; Cui, Tieyu

    2016-01-01

    A novel and facile method was developed to prepare a visible-light driven TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@polypyrrole (PPy) photocatalyst with Ag-AgCl nanoparticles supported on TiO2 nanofibers and covered by a thin PPy shell. During the synthesis, the PPy shell and Ag-AgCl nanoparticles were prepared simultaneously onto TiO2 nanofibers, which simplified the preparation procedure. In addition, because Ag-AgCl aggregates were fabricated via partly etching the Ag nanoparticles, their size was well controlled at the nanoscale, which was beneficial for improvement of the contact surface area. Compared with reference photocatalysts, the TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@PPy composite exhibited an enhanced photodegradation activity towards rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. The superior photocatalytic property originated from synergistic effects between TiO2 nanofibers, Ag-AgCl nanoparticles and the PPy shell. Furthermore, the TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@PPy composite could be easily separated and recycled without obvious reduction in activity.

  13. Spin pumping effects for Co/Ag films

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    Demirtas, S.; Parlak, M.

    2012-09-01

    Dynamic exchange coupling between two ferromagnetic cobalt (Co) thin films separated by a nonmagnetic silver (Ag) layer was investigated by means of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) technique. Nonmagnetic Ag layer was sufficiently thick to suppress any magnetostatic coupling between the thin films of Co. Dynamical coupling is established via angular momentum exchange due to simultaneous precession of ferromagnets and as a result FMR linewidth narrows. We also confirmed the spin pumping theory's prediction on the thickness dependence of FMR linewidth such that the linewidth for thin film Co decreases exponentially as its thickness increases.

  14. N/P re-mineralization ratios across forests worldwide

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    Marklein, A. R.; Houlton, B. Z.

    2012-12-01

    Decomposition of leaf litter is the primary mechanism by which nutrients are recycled in forests. Forests are a sink for atmospheric CO2, but nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) could limit or eliminate this ecosystem service in the future. Nutrient cycling during mineralization supplies the vast majority of nutrients to enable forest growth. Therefore, elucidating patterns by which organic N and P are mineralized by decomposing organisms or immobilized in microbial biomass is crucial to establishing controls on plant nutrient availability. Here, we compare re-mineralization N/P ratios to the stoichiometry of the initial material. We performed a meta-analysis of N and P mineralization from leaves and needles in forest ecosystems and included 112 studies, 511 litterbag sequences, and 3225 observations. Of the compiled data, net mineralization occurred in 54 studies, 372 litterbag sequences, and 1308 observations. We compare re-mineralization ratios across temperate and tropical forest systems to elucidate patterns across latitudes. We report strong and systematic regularities between decomposing litter N/P and the N/P of re-mineralization across global forests. Overall, the N/P of mineralization scales at a slope close to unity (slope = 1.4, R2=0.53, n=372), with a tendency toward higher N/P in tropical vs. temperate forests. The N/P of tropical forest re-mineralization is equal to 30/1 (R2=0.55; n=691), corresponding with the high N/P of plant foliage and litter within this biome. In contrast, the N/P of mineralization is equal to 5/1 in temperate forests (R2=0.34; n=617). A modal anomaly analysis further reveals the central tendency of mineralization N/P on that of litter, with departures from the average case tending toward a lower N/P of mineralization compared to litter substrates. These deviations suggest the potential for preferential N retention or enhanced P mineralization, or both, as opposed to more rapid N releases from decomposing organic matter. The

  15. Ag-nanoparticle fractionation by low melting point agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Guarrotxena, Nekane; Braun, Gary

    2012-10-01

    The separation of surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)-active Ag-multi-nanoparticle (NP) assemblies by low melting point agarose gel electrophoresis was accomplished here by controlling surface charge using NP capping agents, and the pore size of agarose gel matrix. Detailed transmission electron microscopy analysis of excised gel fractions showed dimers and small clusters to have the greatest SERS activity and a mobility in between the monomers and large aggregates. This strategy enables one to: (1) stabilize small multispherical Ag clusters against further aggregation during purification; (2) fractionate and recover spherical assemblies by nuclearity; and (3) analyze SERS-enhancements for each fraction to optimize purification conditions.

  16. Achieving 3-D Nanoparticle Assembly in Nanocomposite Thin Films via Kinetic Control

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    Huang, Jingyu; Xiao, Yihan; Xu, Ting

    2017-02-20

    Nanocomposite thin films containing well-ordered nanoparticle (NP) assemblies are ideal candidates for the fabrication of metamaterials. Achieving 3-D assembly of NPs in nanocomposite thin films is thermodynamically challenging as the particle size gets similar to that of a single polymer chain. The entropic penalties of polymeric matrix upon NP incorporation leads to NP aggregation on the film surface or within the defects in the film. Controlling the kinetic pathways of assembly process provides an alternative path forward by arresting the system in nonequilibrium states. Here, we report the thin film 3-D hierarchical assembly of 20 nm NPs in supramolecules withmore » a 30 nm periodicity. By mediating the NP diffusion kinetics in the supramolecular matrix, surface aggregation of NPs was suppressed and NPs coassemble with supramolecules to form new 3-D morphologies in thin films. Lastly, the present studies opened a viable route to achieve designer functional composite thin films via kinetic control.« less

  17. Antibacterial performance of Ag nanoparticles and AgGO nanocomposites prepared via rapid microwave-assisted synthesis method

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    Chook, Soon Wei; Chia, Chin Hua; Zakaria, Sarani; Ayob, Mohd Khan; Chee, Kah Leong; Huang, Nay Ming; Neoh, Hui Min; Lim, Hong Ngee; Jamal, Rahman; Rahman, Raha Mohd Fadhil Raja Abdul

    2012-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles and silver-graphene oxide nanocomposites were fabricated using a rapid and green microwave irradiation synthesis method. Silver nanoparticles with narrow size distribution were formed under microwave irradiation for both samples. The silver nanoparticles were distributed randomly on the surface of graphene oxide. The Fourier transform infrared and thermogravimetry analysis results showed that the graphene oxide for the AgNP-graphene oxide (AgGO) sample was partially reduced during the in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles. Both silver nanoparticles and AgGO nanocomposites exhibited stronger antibacterial properties against Gram-negative bacteria ( Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli) than against Gram-positive bacteria ( Staphyloccocus aureus and Staphyloccocus epidermidis). The AgGO nanocomposites consisting of approximately 40 wt.% silver can achieve antibacterial performance comparable to that of neat silver nanoparticles.

  18. Theoretical study of the electronic spectra of neutral and cationic NpO and NpO{sub 2}

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    Kovács, Attila; Infante, Ivan

    2015-08-21

    The electronic spectra of neutral NpO and NpO{sub 2} as well as of their mono- (NpO{sup +}, NpO{sub 2}{sup +}) and dications (NpO{sup 2+}, NpO{sub 2}{sup 2+}) were studied using multiconfigurational relativistic quantum chemical calculations at the complete active space self-consistent field/CASPT2 level of theory taking into account spin-orbit coupling. The active space included 16 orbitals: all the 7s, 6d, and 5f orbitals of neptunium together with selected orbitals of oxygen. The vertical excitation energies on the ground state geometries have been computed up to ca. 35 000 cm{sup −1}. The gas-phase electronic spectra were evaluated on the basis of the computed Einstein coefficients at 298 K and 3000 K. The computed vertical transition energies show good agreement with previous condensed-phase results on NpO{sub 2}{sup +} and NpO{sub 2}{sup 2+}.

  19. Behaviour of bisphenol A (BPA), 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) and 4-nonylphenol ethoxylates (4-NP1EO, 4-NP2EO) in oxidative water treatment processes.

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    Lenz, K; Beck, V; Fuerhacker, M

    2004-01-01

    Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as natural and synthetic hormones or industrial chemicals can adversely affect the endocrine system at very low concentrations. As such substances can be present in raw water used for drinking-water production, they potentially pose a health risk to humans. In this study laboratory tests were performed to determine removal efficiencies of selected oxidative drinking water treatment processes, namely ozonation (1.4 mg/l O3) and chlorination, using sodium hypochlorite (0.5 mg/l NaClO) and chlorine dioxide (0.4-0.6 mg/l ClO2) under conditions applied in technical plants. 500-300,000 ng/l of bisphenol A (BPA), 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) and 4-nonylphenol-n-ethoxylates (NPnEO) were selected for investigations and measured by HPLC/FLD and HPLC/MS. To investigate possible oxidation by-products, adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) were determined and estrogenic activities were assessed with the help of an estrogen receptor binding assay (YES). Ozonation and chlorination with ClO2 removed both 4-NP and BPA below detection limits, corresponding with AOX and estrogenic activity. Concerning NPnEO ozonation removed NP1EO and NP2EO up to 28% and 30%, respectively, whereas ClO2 showed high removal efficiencies, eliminating >94% and 92%, respectively. NaCIO removed 4-NP and BPA below detection limits, but estrogenic activities increased and AOX could be measured. NP1EO and NP2EO were only marginally reduced corresponding to the slight decrease of estrogenic potential.

  20. Materials Data on NpAgSeO5 (SG:2) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-07-09

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  1. Materials Data on NpAgSeO5 (SG:14) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-10

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  2. Thermal durability of AZO/Ag(Al)/AZO transparent conductive films

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    Sugimoto, Yukiko; Igarashi, Kanae; Shirasaki, Shinya; Kikuchi, Akihiko

    2016-04-01

    Effects of Al doping on surface morphology, sheet resistance, optical transmission spectra, and thermal durability of a thin Ag layer and AZO/Ag/AZO dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD) transparent conductive films (TCFs) were investigated. The 1.7 at. % Al doping suppressed the initial island growth of a thin Ag layer and the plasmon resonant absorption dip in the optical transmission spectra. The threshold thickness of percolation conductivity was reduced from 9-10 (pure Al layer) to 5-6 nm (1.7 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). Al doping in the Ag layer improved the thermal durability of AZO/Ag/AZO-DMD TCFs. The threshold temperature for Ag void formation increased from 400 °C (DMD with pure Ag layer) to 600 °C (DMD with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). The optimum annealing temperature increased from 300 °C (DMD with a pure Ag layer) to 500 °C (DMD with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). Maximum figures of merit (FOM) were 0.5 × 10-2 and 1.1 × 10-2 Ω-1 for the DMD with a pure Ag layer and that with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer, respectively.

  3. Sulfur-doped graphene-supported Ag nanoparticles for nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide detection

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Yu; Wang, Weiping; Zhang, Xiao; Peng, Wei

    2015-04-01

    Heteroatom doping is an effective way to modulate the physicochemical properties of graphene and its hybrid materials. In this work, sulfur-doped graphene (SG) was used for the first time as a supporting material for loading Ag nanoparticles, and the resulting Ag/SG hybrid with a high S-doping level (2.8 at.%) and a uniform Ag NP decoration was successfully prepared by a microwave-assisted method. Electrochemical measurements revealed that the Ag/SG exhibited a better electrocatalytic activity toward H2O2 reduction than undoped Ag/reduced graphene oxide, which highlighted the important role of S-doping that could not only improve the charge transfer, but also introduce more defects as active sites. The nonenzymatic sensor based on Ag/SG displayed good sensing performances for highly sensitive, selective, and stable detection of H2O2, demonstrating that SG is indeed a promising catalyst-supporting material for electrochemical sensing.

  4. Hydrophobic interactions increase attachment of gum Arabic- and PVP-coated Ag nanoparticles to hydrophobic surfaces.

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    Song, Jee Eun; Phenrat, Tanapon; Marinakos, Stella; Xiao, Yao; Liu, Jie; Wiesner, Mark R; Tilton, Robert D; Lowry, Gregory V

    2011-07-15

    A fundamental understanding of attachment of surface-coated nanoparticles (NPs) is essential to predict the distribution and potential risks of NPs in the environment. Column deposition studies were used to examine the effect of surface-coating hydrophobicity on NP attachment to collector surfaces in mixtures with varying ratios of octadecylichlorosilane (OTS)-coated (hydrophobic) glass beads and clean silica (hydrophilic) glass beads. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) coated with organic coatings of varying hydrophobicity, including citrate, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and gum arabic (GA), were used. The attachment efficiencies of GA and PVP AgNPs increased by 2- and 4-fold, respectively, for OTS-coated glass beads compared to clean glass beads. Citrate AgNPs showed no substantial change in attachment efficiency for hydrophobic compared to hydrophilic surfaces. The attachment efficiency of PVP-, GA-, and citrate-coated AgNPs to hydrophobic collector surfaces correlated with the relative hydrophobicity of the coatings. The differences in the observed attachment efficiencies among AgNPs could not be explained by classical DLVO, suggesting that hydrophobic interactions between AgNPs and OTS-coated glass beads were responsible for the increase in attachment of surface-coated AgNPs with greater hydrophobicity. This study indicates that the overall attachment efficiency of AgNPs will be influenced by the hydrophobicity of the NP coating and the fraction of hydrophobic surfaces in the environment.

  5. Ferro- and antiferro-magnetism in (Np, Pu)BC

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    Klimczuk, T.; Kozub, A. L.; Griveau, J.-C.; Colineau, E.; Wastin, F.; Falmbigl, M.; Rogl, P.

    2015-04-01

    Two new transuranium metal boron carbides, NpBC and PuBC, have been synthesized. Rietveld refinements of powder XRD patterns of (Np,Pu)BC confirmed in both cases isotypism with the structure type of UBC. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data reveal antiferromagnetic ordering for PuBC below T{sub N} = 44 K, whereas ferromagnetic ordering was found for NpBC below T{sub C} = 61 K. Heat capacity measurements prove the bulk character of the observed magnetic transition for both compounds. The total energy electronic band structure calculations support formation of the ferromagnetic ground state for NpBC and the antiferromagnetic ground state for PuBC.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and multifunctional properties of plasmonic Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Prakash, Jai; Kumar, Promod; Harris, R. A.; Swart, Chantel; Neethling, J. H.; Janse van Vuuren, A.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-09-01

    We report on the synthesis of multifunctional Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites and their optical, physio-chemical, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and antibacterial properties. A series of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by sol-gel technique and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersed x-ray analysis, photoluminescence, UV-vis, x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) (7-20 nm) were found to be uniformly distributed around and strongly attached to TiO2 NPs. The novel optical responses of the nanocomposites are due to the strong electric field from the localized surface plasmon (LSP) excitation of the Ag NPs and decreased recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes at Ag-TiO2 interface providing potential materials for photocatalysis. The nanocomposites show enhancement in the SERS signals of methyl orange (MO) molecules with increasing Ag content attributed to the long-range electromagnetic enhancement from the excited LSP of the Ag NPs. To further understand the SERS activity, molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the geometries and SERS enhancement of MO adsorbed onto Ag-TiO2 respectively. Simulation results indicate that number of ligands (MO) that adsorb onto the Ag NPs as well as binding energy per ligand increases with increasing NP density and molecule-to-surface orientation is mainly flat resulting in strong bond strength between MO and Ag NP surface and enhanced SERS signals. The antimicrobial activity of the Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites was tested against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and enhanced antibacterial effect was observed with increasing Ag content explained by contact killing action mechanism. These results foresee promising applications of the plasmonic metal-semiconductor based nano-biocomposites for both chemical and biological samples.

  7. Ag Nanoparticles (Ag NM300K) in the Terrestrial Environment: Effects at Population and Cellular Level in Folsomia candida (Collembola)

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    Mendes, Luís André; Maria, Vera L.; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck J.; Amorim, Mónica J. B.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of nanomaterials have been primarily assessed based on standard ecotoxicity guidelines. However, by adapting alternative measures the information gained could be enhanced considerably, e.g., studies should focus on more mechanistic approaches. Here, the environmental risk posed by the presence of silver nanoparticles (Ag NM300K) in soil was investigated, anchoring population and cellular level effects, i.e., survival, reproduction (28 days) and oxidative stress markers (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 days). The standard species Folsomia candida was used. Measured markers included catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione S-transferase (GST), total glutathione (TG), metallothionein (MT) and lipid peroxidation (LPO). Results showed that AgNO3 was more toxic than AgNPs at the population level: reproduction EC20 and EC50 was ca. 2 and 4 times lower, respectively. At the cellular level Correspondence Analysis showed a clear separation between AgNO3 and AgNP throughout time. Results showed differences in the mechanisms, indicating a combined effect of released Ag+ (MT and GST) and of AgNPs (CAT, GR, TG, LPO). Hence, clear advantages from mechanistic approaches are shown, but also that time is of importance when measuring such responses. PMID:26473892

  8. Global distribution of Pu isotopes and 237Np.

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    Kelley, J M; Bond, L A; Beasley, T M

    1999-09-30

    Inventories and compositions of Pu isotopes and 237Np in archived soil samples collected in the 1970s from 54 locations around the world were determined to provide regional baselines for recognizing possible future environmental inputs of non-fallout Pu and Np. As sample sizes used in this work were small (typically 1 g), inhomogeneities in Pu and Np concentrations were easily recognizable and, as a result, we were able to determine that atypical debris in South America, from French testing in the South Pacific, is more widely and uniformly distributed than previously supposed. From our results we conclude that fallout 237Np/239Pu atom ratios are generally lower in the Southern Hemisphere (approximately 0.35) than in the Northern Hemisphere (approximately 0.47.) Moreover, 237Np/239Pu atom ratios are more device-dependent, hence more variable, than counterpart 240Pu/239Pu atom ratios. Given predictable trends caused by sample inhomogeneities, with only two exceptions, the Pu results of this work are entirely consistent with (and in several instances improve on) results previously reported for these same samples. However, unlike earlier interpretations used to explain these results, we recommend that fallout isotopic signatures be represented by mixing lines, rather than averages, to better reflect regional variations of stratospheric fallout inventories relative to tropospheric fallout inventories, and provide the theoretical basis for doing so. Finally, the Np results of this work constitute one of the largest single compilations of such data reported to date.

  9. In situ assembly of well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) on electrospun carbon nanofibers (CNFs) for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Zhang, Peng; Shao, Changlu; Zhang, Zhenyi; Zhang, Mingyi; Mu, Jingbo; Guo, Zengcai; Liu, Yichun

    2011-08-01

    Carbon nanofibers/silver nanoparticles (CNFs/AgNPs) composite nanofibers were fabricated by two steps consisting of the preparation of the CNFs by electrospinning and the hydrothermal growth of the AgNPs on the CNFs. The as-prepared nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, resonant Raman spectra, thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results indicated that not only were AgNPs (25-50 nm) successfully grown on the CNFs but also the AgNPs were distributed without aggregation on the CNFs. Further more, by adjusting the parameters in hydrothermal processing, the content of silver supported on the CNFs could be easily controlled. The catalytic activities of the CNFs/AgNPs composite nanofibers to the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) with NaBH4 were tracked by UV-visible spectroscopy. It was suggested that the CNFs/AgNPs composite nanofibers exhibited high catalytic activity in the reduction of 4-NP, which might be attributed to the high surface areas of AgNPs and synergistic effect on delivery of electrons between CNFs and AgNPs. And, the catalytic efficiency was enhanced with the increasing of the content of silver on the CNFs/AgNPs composite nanofibers. Notably, the CNFs/AgNPs composite nanofibers could be easily recycled due to their one-dimensional nanostructural property.Carbon nanofibers/silver nanoparticles (CNFs/AgNPs) composite nanofibers were fabricated by two steps consisting of the preparation of the CNFs by electrospinning and the hydrothermal growth of the AgNPs on the CNFs. The as-prepared nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, resonant Raman spectra, thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results

  10. In Situ Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) Spectroscopy to Investigate Kinetics of Chemical Bath Deposition of CdS Thin Films

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    Kalyanaraman, Ramki; Taz, Humaira; Ruther, Rose E.; ...

    2015-02-11

    Techniques that can characterize the early stages of thin film deposition from liquid phase processes can aid greatly in our understanding of mechanistic aspects of chemical bath deposition (CBD). Here we have used localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy to monitor in-situ the kinetics of early-stage growth of cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films on Ag nanoparticle on quartz substrates. Real-time shift during CdS deposition showed that the LSPR wavelength red shifted rapidly due to random deposition of CdS on the substrate, but saturated at longer times. LSPR modeling showed that these features could be interpreted as an initial deposition ofmore » CdS islands followed by preferential deposition onto itself. The CdS also showed significantly enhanced Raman signals up to 170 times due to surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS) from the CdS/Ag NP regions. The ex-situ SERS effect supported the LSPR shift suggesting that these techniques could be used to understand nucleation and growth phenomena from the liquid phase.« less

  11. In Situ Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) Spectroscopy to Investigate Kinetics of Chemical Bath Deposition of CdS Thin Films

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    Kalyanaraman, Ramki; Taz, Humaira; Ruther, Rose E.; Nanda, Jagjit

    2015-02-11

    Techniques that can characterize the early stages of thin film deposition from liquid phase processes can aid greatly in our understanding of mechanistic aspects of chemical bath deposition (CBD). Here we have used localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy to monitor in-situ the kinetics of early-stage growth of cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films on Ag nanoparticle on quartz substrates. Real-time shift during CdS deposition showed that the LSPR wavelength red shifted rapidly due to random deposition of CdS on the substrate, but saturated at longer times. LSPR modeling showed that these features could be interpreted as an initial deposition of CdS islands followed by preferential deposition onto itself. The CdS also showed significantly enhanced Raman signals up to 170 times due to surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS) from the CdS/Ag NP regions. The ex-situ SERS effect supported the LSPR shift suggesting that these techniques could be used to understand nucleation and growth phenomena from the liquid phase.

  12. AGS experiments - 1994, 1995, 1996

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    Depken, J.C.

    1997-01-01

    This report contains the following information on the Brookhaven AGS Accelerator complex: FY 1996 AGS schedule as run; FY 1997 AGS schedule (working copy); AGS beams 1997; AGS experimental area FY 1994 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1995 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1996 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1997 physics program (in progress); a listing of experiments by number; two-phage summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; listing of publications of AGS experiments begins here; and listing of AGS experimenters begins here.

  13. Structural, electronic, and magnetic characteristics of Np2Co17

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    Halevy, I.; Hen, A.; Orion, I.; Colineau, E.; Eloirdi, R.; Griveau, J.-C.; Gaczyński, P.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Sanchez, J.-P.; Winterrose, M. L.; Magnani, N.; Shick, A. B.; Caciuffo, R.

    2012-01-01

    A previously unknown neptunium-transition-metal binary compound Np2Co17 has been synthesized and characterized by means of powder x-ray diffraction, 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy, superconducting-quantum-interference-device magnetometry, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The compound crystallizes in a Th2Ni17-type hexagonal structure with room-temperature lattice parameters a=8.3107(1) Å and c=8.1058(1) Å. Magnetization curves indicate the occurrence of ferromagnetic order below TC>350 K. Mössbauer spectra suggest a Np3+ oxidation state and give an ordered moment of μNp=1.57(4) μB and μNp=1.63(4) μB for the Np atoms located, respectively, at the 2b and 2d crystallographic positions of the P63/mmc space group. Combining these values with a sum-rule analysis of the XMCD spectra measured at the neptunium M4,5 absorption edges, one obtains the spin and orbital contributions to the site-averaged Np moment [μS=-1.88(9) μB, μL=3.48(9) μB]. The ratio between the expectation value of the magnetic-dipole moment and the spin magnetic moment (mmd/μS=+1.36) is positive as predicted for localized 5f electrons and lies between the values calculated in intermediate-coupling (IC) and jj approximations. The expectation value of the angular part of the spin-orbit-interaction operator is in excellent agreement with the IC estimate. The ordered moment averaged over the four inequivalent Co sites, as obtained from the saturation value of the magnetization, is μCo≃1.6 μB. The experimental results are discussed against the predictions of first-principles electronic-structure calculations based on the spin-polarized local-spin-density approximation plus the Hubbard interaction.

  14. The study of metal enhanced fluorescence property of Ag/ZnO composite structure

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    Liu, Xingzuo; Chen, Zhuo; Zhao, Yue; Shen, Yue; Guo, Yun; Huang, Jian; Min, Jiahua; Wang, Linjun

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, Ag nanoparticles were successfully prepared by chemical reduction, and then Ag/ZnO composite particles were successfully prepared and deposited onto glass substrates to form Ag/ZnO thin films. Hereafter, the structure, the morphology and the metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) property of Ag nanoparticles and ZnO/Ag composite particles were studied by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence (FL) spectrometer. The results showed that the average size of Ag nanoparticles increased with the increase of prepared time. Moreover, ZnO layer consisted of polycrystalline structure and amorphous interface layer, but nano-Ag particle was polycrystalline structure. Annealing process was carried out to investigate the influence of annealing process parameters on MEF property of Ag/ZnO composite structure. Due to annealing treatment, the amorphous component of Ag/ZnO thin films was reduced, which might improve the density of Ag/ZnO thin films and the diameter of composite particles. Furthermore, FL enhancement phenomenon of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) molecules might be attributed to the joint influence of the roughness and the density of these films and the average diameter of composite particles.

  15. Foliar exposure of the crop Lactuca sativa to silver nanoparticles: evidence for internalization and changes in Ag speciation.

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    Larue, Camille; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Sobanska, Sophie; Cécillon, Lauric; Bureau, Sarah; Barthès, Véronique; Ouerdane, Laurent; Carrière, Marie; Sarret, Géraldine

    2014-01-15

    The impact of engineered nanomaterials on plants, which act as a major point of entry of contaminants into trophic chains, is little documented. The foliar pathway is even less known than the soil-root pathway. However, significant inputs of nanoparticles (NPs) on plant foliage may be expected due to deposition of atmospheric particles or application of NP-containing pesticides. The uptake of Ag-NPs in the crop species Lactuca sativa after foliar exposure and their possible biotransformation and phytotoxic effects were studied. In addition to chemical analyses and ecotoxicological tests, micro X-ray fluorescence, micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy, time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and electron microscopy were used to localize and determine the speciation of Ag at sub-micrometer resolution. Although no sign of phytotoxicity was observed, Ag was effectively trapped on lettuce leaves and a thorough washing did not decrease Ag content significantly. We provide first evidence for the entrapment of Ag-NPs by the cuticle and penetration in the leaf tissue through stomata, for the diffusion of Ag in leaf tissues, and oxidation of Ag-NPs and complexation of Ag(+) by thiol-containing molecules. Such type of information is crucial for better assessing the risk associated to Ag-NP containing products.

  16. Highly active Ag clusters stabilized on TiO2 nanocrystals for catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol

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    Wang, Xin; Zhao, Zhe; Ou, Dingrong; Tu, Baofeng; Cui, Daan; Wei, Xuming; Cheng, Mojie

    2016-11-01

    Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites comprising of Ag clusters on TiO2 nanocrystal surfaces are of great significance in catalysts and advanced functional materials. Herein a novel method to synthesize Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites with Ag clusters under 2 nm on TiO2 nanocrystal surfaces have been developed. The success of this method relies on a silver mirror reaction in toluene, which refers to the reduction of silver-dodecylamine complexes by acetaldehyde in the presence of mono-dispersed TiO2 nanocrystals. The prepared Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites have been characterized by FT-IR spectra, UV-vis absorption spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, ultra high resolution scanning electron microscope (Ultra-HRSEM), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). Catalytic activity of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites is evaluated for the reduction of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) into p-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4. Results demonstrate that Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites have shown an outstanding catalytic activity as well as a good stability in successive reduction of 4-NP. Noticeably, TOF of Ag/TiO2-0.75 nanocomposites obtained in this work is the highest among Ag based catalysts previously reported.

  17. Overview on the target fabrication facilities at ELI-NP and ongoing strategies

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    Gheorghiu, C. C.; Leca, V.; Popa, D.; Cernaianu, M. O.; Stutman, D.

    2016-10-01

    Along with the development of petawatt class laser systems, the interaction between high power lasers and matter flourished an extensive research, with high-interest applications like: laser nuclear physics, proton radiography or cancer therapy. The new ELI-NP (Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics) petawatt laser facility, with 10PW and ~ 1023W/cm2 beam intensity, is one of the innovative projects that will provide novel research of fundamental processes during light-matter interaction. As part of the ELI-NP facility, Targets Laboratory will provide the means for in-house manufacturing and characterization of the required targets (mainly solid ones) for the experiments, in addition to the research activity carried out in order to develop novel target designs with improved performances. A description of the Targets Laboratory with the main pieces of equipment and their specifications are presented. Moreover, in view of the latest progress in the target design, one of the proposed strategies for the forthcoming experiments at ELI-NP is also described, namely: ultra-thin patterned foil of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated with a carbon-based ultra-low density layer. The carbon foam which behaves as a near-critical density plasma, will allow the controlled-shaping of the laser pulse before the main interaction with the solid foil. Particular emphasis will be directed towards the target's design optimization, by simulation tests and tuning the key-properties (thickness/length, spacing, density foam, depth, periodicity etc.) which are expected to have a crucial effect on the laser-matter interaction process.

  18. Fabrication of Ag nanowire and Al-doped ZnO hybrid transparent electrodes

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    You, Sslimsearom; Park, Yong Seo; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Among the materials used as transparent electrodes, silver nanowires (AgNWs) have attracted attention because of their high transmittance and excellent conductivity. However, AgNWs have shortcomings, including their poor adhesion, oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, and unstable characteristics at high temperature. To overcome these shortcomings, multi-layer thin films with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/AgNW/AZO structure were fabricated using facing targets sputtering. The samples heated to 350 °C exhibited stable electrical characteristics. In addition, the adhesion to the substrate was improved compared with AgNWs layer. The AZO/AgNW/AZO thin films with multilayer structure overcame the shortcomings of AgNWs, and we propose their use as transparent electrodes with excellent properties for optoelectronic applications.

  19. 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

    2010-10-01

    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 Ω/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 6.32×10-2 Ω-1, an average transmittance over 92% and a sheet resistance of 7.1 Ω/sq. The results suggest that ZAZ film has better optoelectrical properties than conditional indium tin oxide single layer.

  20. Dilute Nitride GaNP Wide Bandgap Solar Cells Grown by Gas-Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Sukrittanon, Supanee

    Integration of III-V semiconductors and Si is a very attractive means to achieve low-cost high-efficiency solar cells. A promising configuration is to utilize a dual-junction solar cell, in which Si is employed as the bottom junction and a wide-bandgap III-V semiconductor as the top junction. The use of a III-V semiconductor as a top junction offers the potential to achieve higher efficiencies than today's best Si solar cell. Dilute nitride GaNP is a promising candidate for the top cell in dual-junction solar cells because it possesses several extremely important attributes: a direct-bandgap that is also tunable as well as easily-attained lattice-match with Si. As a first step towards integration of GaNP solar cells onto Si, the goal of this dissertation is to optimize and demonstrate GaNP solar cells grown by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy (GSMBE) on GaP (001) substrate. The dissertation is divided into three major parts. In the first part, we demonstrate ˜ 2.05 eV ([N]˜ 1.8%) dilute nitride GaNP thin film solar cells, in which the GaNP is closely lattice-matched to Si, on GaP substrates. From transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the device exhibits defects only at the GaNP/GaP interface, and no threading dislocations in an active layer are observed. Our best GaNP solar cell achieved an efficiency of 7.9% with anti-reflection (AR) coating and no window layer. This GaNP solar cell's efficiency is higher than the most efficient GaP solar cell to date and higher than other solar cells with similar direct bandgap (InGaP, GaAsP). Through a systematic study of the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the device, efficient broadband optical absorption and enhanced solar cell performance using GaNP are demonstrated. In the second part, we demonstrate the successful fabrication of GaP/GaNP core/shell microwires utilizing a novel technique: top-down reactive-ion etching (RIE) to create the cores and MBE to create the shells. Systematic studies have been

  1. Stroop interference and negative priming (NP) suppression in normal aging.

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    Mayas, J; Fuentes, L J; Ballesteros, S

    2012-01-01

    Age-related differences in the reduction of Stroop interference were explored by comparing the performance of 18 younger (of mean age: 30.0±3.9 years) and 18 older healthy adults (of mean age: 75±7.2 years) in a color-word Stroop task. The aim of this study was to determine whether a decrease in the efficiency of inhibitory mechanisms associated with aging could account for age-related differences in the ability to suppress a pre-potent response. Participants performed a Stroop task to assess Stroop interference and NP suppression concurrently. Results showed a greater Stroop interference in older than in young adults. On the other hand, the NP effect was only reliable in the younger group, the older group not showing NP suppression. These findings suggest that the slowing hypothesis alone cannot explain this pattern of results and that the age-related differences must also involve an inhibitory breakdown during aging.

  2. Systematics of Mössbauer hyperfine parameters in Np intermetallics

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    Kalvius, G. M.; Gal, J.; Asch, L.; Potzel, W.

    1992-05-01

    Data for intermetallic compounds of neptunium obtained with the 60 keV Mössbauer resonance of237Np are reviewed. Measurements of temperature, pressure and field dependencies are available. The main questions addressed are: (a) the degree of delocalization of 5f-electrons, (b) the formal charge state of Np, and (c) the influence of the ligand on the neptunium electronic structure. For this purpose, we present an evaluation of systematic behavior concerning mainly the hyperfine field and isomer shift in the cubic Laves phase materials NpX2, the NaCl-type monochalcogenides and monopnictides, and intermetallics with AuCu3 and ThCr2Si2 structures. Analogies to corresponding rare-earth compounds will be pointed out.

  3. Quantitative determination of melamine in milk using Ag nanoparticle monolayer film as SERS substrate

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    Li, Ruoping; Yang, Jingliang; Han, Junhe; Liu, Junhui; Huang, Mingju

    2017-04-01

    A Raman method employing silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) monolayer film as Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate was presented to rapidly detect melamine in milk. The Ag NPs with 80 nm diameter were modified by polyvinylpyrrolidone to improve their uniformity and chemical stability. The treatment procedure of liquid milk required only addition of acetic acid and centrifugation, and required time is less than 15 min. The Ag NP monolayer film significantly enhanced Raman signal from melamine and allowed experimentally reproducible determination of the melamine concentration. A good linear relationship (R2=0.994) between the concentration and Raman peak intensity of melamine at 681 cm-1 was obtained for melamine concentrations between 0.10 mg L-1 and 5.00 mg L-1. This implies that this method can detect melamine concentrations below 1.0 mg L-1, the concentration currently considered unsafe.

  4. A comparative study about electronic structures at rubrene/Ag and Ag/rubrene interfaces

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    Sinha, Sumona Mukherjee, M.

    2015-10-15

    The contact between the electrode and the organic semiconductor is one of the most crucial factors in determining the organic device performance. The development and production technology of different organic devices require the understanding of different types of metal/organic semiconducting thin film interfaces. Comparisons about the electronic structures at Rubrene/Ag and Ag/Rubrene interfaces have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. The Ag on rubrene interfaces is found to show more interesting and complex natures than its counterpart. The vacuum level (VL) was shifted about 0.51 eV from push back effect for deposition of 5 Å rubrene onto Ag film whereas the electronic features of silver was only suppressed and no energy shift was resulted. While the deposition of 5 Å Ag onto rubrene film leads to the diffusion of the Ag atoms, as a cluster with quantum size effect, inside the film. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that diffused metal clusters were present at entire probed depth of the film. Moreover these clusters dope the uppermost surface of the rubrene film which consequences a shift of the electronic states of thick organic film towards higher binding energy. The VL was found to shift about 0.31 eV toward higher binding energy whereas the shift was around 0.21 eV for the electronic states of rubrene layer.

  5. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M.; Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V.; Dinakaran, K.

    2015-09-14

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  6. De Bruijn Superwalk with Multiplicities Problem is NP-hard

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    2013-01-01

    De Bruijn Superwalk with Multiplicities Problem is the problem of finding a walk in the de Bruijn graph containing several walks as subwalks and passing through each edge the exactly predefined number of times (equal to the multiplicity of this edge). This problem has been stated in the talk by Paul Medvedev and Michael Brudno on the first RECOMB Satellite Conference on Open Problems in Algorithmic Biology in August 2012. In this paper we show that this problem is NP-hard. Combined with results of previous works it means that all known models for genome assembly are NP-hard. PMID:23734822

  7. Optical Properties of Semiconductor-Metal Composite Thin Films in the Infrared Region

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    Nagendra, C. L.; Lamb, James L.

    1993-01-01

    Germanium:Silver (Ge:Ag) composite thin films having different concentrations of Ag, ranging from 7% to 40% have been prepared by dc co-sputtering of Ge an Ag and the films' surface morphology and optical properties have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and infrared spectrophotometry. It is seen that while the films containing lower concentrations of Ag have island-like morphology (i.e. Ag particles distributed in a Ge matrix), the higher metallic concentration films tend to have symmetric distribution of Ag and Ge.

  8. A novel P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite film for water purification and antibacterial application under solar light irradiation.

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    Zhu, Qi; Hu, Xiaohong; Stanislaus, Mishma S; Zhang, Nan; Xiao, Ruida; Liu, Na; Yang, Yingnan

    2017-01-15

    TiO2-based thin films have been intensively studied in recent years to develop efficient photocatalyst films to degrade refractory organics and inactivate bacteria for wastewater treatment. In the present work, P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite films on the inner-surface of glass tube were successfully prepared via sol-gel approach. P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite films with 3 coating layers, synthesized at 400°C for 2h, showed the optimal photocatalytic performance for rhodamine B (Rh B) degradation. The results indicated that degradation ratio of Rh B by P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite film reached 99.9% after 60min under simulated solar light, while just 67.9% of Rh B was degraded by pure TiO2 film. Moreover, repeatability experiments indicated that even after five recycling runs, the photodegradation ratio of Rh B over composite film maintained at 99.9%, demonstrating its high stability. Photocatalytic inactivation of E. coli with initial concentration of 10(7)CFU/mL also showed around 100% of sterilization ratio under simulated solar light irradiation in 5min by the composite film. The radical trapping experiments implied that the major active species of P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite films were photo-generated holes and O2(-) radicals. The proposed photocatalytic mechanism shows that the transfer of photo-induced electrons and holes may reduce the recombination efficiency of electron-hole pairs and potential photodecomposition of composite film, resulting in enhanced photocatalytic ability of P/Ag/Ag2O/Ag3PO4/TiO2 composite films.

  9. Agreement of NP and VP Coordination in English and Korean

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    Hong, Sung-Ryong; Na, Won-Shik

    2011-01-01

    There have been long argumentations about this topic and people are still having difficulty in explaining precisely what the agreement values the mother NP phrase should have from two conjunct daughters which have different AGR (Agreement) values. Especially, this could be more complicated when the values of gender, number, and person of each…

  10. Gamma beam industrial applications at ELI-NP

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    Suliman, Gabriel; Iancu, Violeta; Ur, Calin A.; Iovea, Mihai; Daito, Izuru; Ohgaki, Hideaki

    2016-09-01

    The Nuclear Physics oriented pillar of the pan-European Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI-NP) will host an ultra-bright, energy tunable, and quasi-monochromatic gamma-ray beam system in the range of 0.2-19.5 MeV produced by laser Compton backscattering. This gamma beam satisfies the criteria for large-size product investigations with added capabilities like isotope detection through the use of nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) and is ideal for non-destructive testing applications. Two major applications of gamma beams are being envisaged at ELI-NP: industrial applications based on NRF and industrial radiography and tomography. Both applications exploit the unique characteristics of the gamma beam to deliver new opportunities for the industry. Here, we present the experimental setups proposed at ELI-NP and discuss their performance based on analytical calculations and GEANT4 numerical simulations. One of the main advantages of using the gamma beam at ELI-NP for applications based on NRF is the availability of an advanced detector array, which can enhance the advantages already provided by the high quality of the gamma beam.

  11. Electrical properties of thin-film structures formed by pulsed laser deposition of Au, Ag, Cu, Pd, Pt, W, Zr metals on n-6H-SiC crystal

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    Romanov, R. I.; Zuev, V. V.; Fominskii, V. Yu. Demin, M. V.; Grigoriev, V. V.

    2010-09-15

    Diode structures with ideality factors of 1.28-2.14 and potential barriers from 0.58 to 0.62 eV on the semiconductor side were formed by pulsed laser deposition of Au, Ag, Cu, Pd, Pt, W, and Zr metal films on n-6H-SiC crystal without epitaxial layer preparation. A high density of surface acceptor and donor states was formed at the metal-semiconductor interface during deposition of the laser-induced atomic flux, which violated the correlation between the potential barrier height and metal work function. The barrier heights determined from characteristic currents and capacitance measurements were in quite good agreement. For the used low-resistance semiconductor and contact elements, the sizes of majority carrier (electron) depletion regions were determined as 26-60 nm.

  12. Kinetic trapping through coalescence and the formation of patterned Ag-Cu nanoparticles

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    Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Galea, Antony; Vernieres, Jerome; Benelmekki, Maria; Diaz, Rosa E.; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two separate sputter targets allows for good control over composition. Simultaneously, it involves fast kinetics and non-equilibrium processes, which can trap the nascent NPs into metastable configurations. In this study, we observed such configurations in immiscible, bi-metallic Ag-Cu NPs by scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and noticed a marked difference in the shape of NPs belonging to Ag- and Cu-rich samples. We explained the formation of Janus or Ag@Cu core/shell metastable structures on the grounds of in-flight mixed NP coalescence. We utilised molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) computer simulations to demonstrate that such configurations cannot occur as a result of nanoalloy segregation. Instead, sintering at relatively low temperatures can give rise to metastable structures, which eventually can be stabilised by subsequent quenching. Furthermore, we compared the heteroepitaxial diffusivities along various surfaces of both Ag and Cu NPs, and emphasised the differences between the sintering mechanisms of Ag- and Cu-rich NP compositions: small Cu NPs deform as coherent objects on large Ag NPs, whereas small Ag NPs dissolve into large Cu NPs, with their atoms diffusing along specific directions. Taking advantage of this observation, we propose controlled NP coalescence as a method to engineer mixed NPs of a unique, patterned core@partial-shell structure, which we refer to as a ``glass-float'' (ukidama) structure.In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two

  13. Effects of Ag Nanoparticles on Growth and Fat Body Proteins in Silkworms (Bombyx mori).

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    Meng, Xu; Abdlli, Nouara; Wang, Niannian; Lü, Peng; Nie, Zhichao; Dong, Xin; Lu, Shuang; Chen, Keping

    2017-03-30

    Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs), a widely used non-antibiotic, antibacterial material, have shown toxic and other potentially harmful effects in mammals. However, the deleterious effects of AgNPs on insects are still unknown. Here, we studied the effects of AgNPs on the model invertebrate organism Bombyx mori. After feeding silkworm larvae different concentrations of AgNPs, we evaluated the changes of B. mori body weights, survival rates, and proteomic differences. The results showed that low concentrations (<400 mg/L) of AgNPs promoted the growth and cocoon weights of B. mori. Although high concentrations (≥800 mg/L) of AgNPs also improved B. mori growth, they resulted in silkworm death. An analysis of fat body proteomic differences revealed 13 significant differences in fat body protein spots, nine of which exhibited significantly downregulated expression, while four showed significantly upregulated expression. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction results showed that at an AgNP concentration of 1600 mg/L, the expression levels of seven proteins were similar to the transcription levels of their corresponding genes. Our results suggest that AgNPs lowered the resistance to oxidative stress, affected cell apoptosis, and induced cell necrosis by regulating related protein metabolism and metabolic pathways in B. mori.

  14. Silica Cladding of Ag Nanoparticles for High Stability and Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Performance

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    Zhao, Miaomiao; Guo, Hao; Liu, Wenyao; Tang, Jun; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Binzhen; Xue, Chenyang; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Wendong

    2016-09-01

    For high-precision biochemical sensing, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been demonstrated to be a highly sensitive spectroscopic analytical method and Ag is considered to be the best material for SERS performance. Due to the high surface activity of Ag nanoparticles, the high stability of Ag nanostructures, especially in moist environments, is one of the key issues that need to be solved. A method for silica (SiO2) cladding of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is demonstrated here for high sensitivity and long-term stability when putted in aqueous solution. The chemically inert, transparent, hydrophilic, and bio-compatible SiO2 surface acts as the protection layer for the Ag nanoparticles, which can also enhance the Raman intensity to a certain extent. In our study, the Ag@SiO2 core-shell substrate can detect crystal violet solutions with molar concentrations down to 10-12 M. After 24 h of immersion, the reduction in Raman scattering intensity is about 85 % for sole Ag NP films, compared to 12 % for the Ag coated with a 10-nm SiO2 layer. This thickness was found to be optimum for Ag@SiO2 core-shell substrates with long-term stability and high SERS activity.

  15. AgRISTARS

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    An introduction to the overall AgRISTARS program, a general statement on progress, and separate summaries of the activities of each project, with emphasis on the technical highlights are presented. Organizational and management information on AgRISTARS is included in the appendices, as is a complete bibliography of publication and reports.

  16. AGS experiments: 1993 - 1994 - 1995

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    Depken, J.C.

    1996-04-01

    This report contains: FY 1995 AGS Schedule as Run; FY 1996-97 AGE Schedule (working copy); AGS Beams 1995; AGS Experimental Area FY 1993 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1994 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1995 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1996 Physics Program (In progress); A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Listing of publications of AGS experiments begins here; and Listing of AGS experimenters begins here. This is the twelfth edition.

  17. Adaptive response of trivial activated sludge towards toxic effect of oNP, PCP and combination oNP/PCP

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    Topalova, Y.; Dimkov, R. . Faculty of Biology); Kozuharov, D. )

    1999-01-01

    The reaction of the real aerobic activated sludge taken from the Sofia Waste Water Treatment Plant (SWWTP) and treated with the xenobiotics pentachlorphenol (PCP) (0.16 mMol), ortho-nitrophenol (oNP) (0.58 mMol) and with a combination of PCP (0.08 mMol), oNP (0.29 mMol) has been investigated in a model detoxification process. The adaptive changes are studied in the microbial structure level and at the level of changes in the qualitative and quantitative parameters of the macro-organisms in the activated sludge (consuments of 1 and 2 level). The presence of several different taxonomic groups has been shown by other researchers to be essential in the detoxification process. The quantitative changes in these taxonomic and physiological groups of micro-organisms are studied. The number of micro-organisms from Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and the bacteria from the xenobiotic-catabolizing complex considerably increased with the individual and the combined effect of the xenobiotics oNP, PCP and oNP PCP. At the same time the toxic shock leads to a remarkable reduction of NH[sub 3] releasing, nitrifying bacteria and those from family Enterobacteriaceae. It is ascertained that the number of Ciliata, Flagellata apochromata, Oligochaeta and Rotatoria is strongly decreased in the series of samples treated with xenobiotics. The leading role of micro-organisms in the real detoxification of hazardous pollutants was experimentally confirmed by research.

  18. @AuAg nanostructures

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    Singh, Rina; Soni, R. K.

    2014-09-01

    Bimetallic and trimetallic nanoparticles have attracted significant attention in recent times due to their enhanced electrochemical and catalytic properties compared to monometallic nanoparticles. The numerical calculations using Mie theory has been carried out for three-layered metal nanoshell dielectric-metal-metal (DMM) system consisting of a particle with a dielectric core (Al@Al2O3), a middle metal Ag (Au) layer and an outer metal Au (Ag) shell. The results have been interpreted using plasmon hybridization theory. We have also prepared Al@Al2O3@Ag@Au and Al@Al2O3@AgAu triple-layered core-shell or alloy nanostructure by two-step laser ablation method and compared with calculated results. The synthesis involves temporal separations of Al, Ag, and Au deposition for step-by-step formation of triple-layered core-shell structure. To form Al@Ag nanoparticles, we ablated silver for 40 min in aluminium nanoparticle colloidal solution. As aluminium oxidizes easily in water to form alumina, the resulting structure is core-shell Al@Al2O3. The Al@Al2O3 particle acts as a seed for the incoming energetic silver particles for multilayered Al@Al2O3@Ag nanoparticles is formed. The silver target was then replaced by gold target and ablation was carried out for different ablation time using different laser energy for generation of Al@Al2O3@Ag@Au core-shell or Al@Al2O3@AgAu alloy. The formation of core-shell and alloy nanostructure was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy. The absorption spectra show shift in plasmon resonance peak of silver to gold in the range 400-520 nm with increasing ablation time suggesting formation of Ag-Au alloy in the presence of alumina particles in the solution.

  19. Kinetic trapping through coalescence and the formation of patterned Ag-Cu nanoparticles.

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    Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Galea, Antony; Vernieres, Jerome; Benelmekki, Maria; Diaz, Rosa E; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-05-14

    In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two separate sputter targets allows for good control over composition. Simultaneously, it involves fast kinetics and non-equilibrium processes, which can trap the nascent NPs into metastable configurations. In this study, we observed such configurations in immiscible, bi-metallic Ag-Cu NPs by scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and noticed a marked difference in the shape of NPs belonging to Ag- and Cu-rich samples. We explained the formation of Janus or Ag@Cu core/shell metastable structures on the grounds of in-flight mixed NP coalescence. We utilised molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) computer simulations to demonstrate that such configurations cannot occur as a result of nanoalloy segregation. Instead, sintering at relatively low temperatures can give rise to metastable structures, which eventually can be stabilised by subsequent quenching. Furthermore, we compared the heteroepitaxial diffusivities along various surfaces of both Ag and Cu NPs, and emphasised the differences between the sintering mechanisms of Ag- and Cu-rich NP compositions: small Cu NPs deform as coherent objects on large Ag NPs, whereas small Ag NPs dissolve into large Cu NPs, with their atoms diffusing along specific directions. Taking advantage of this observation, we propose controlled NP coalescence as a method to engineer mixed NPs of a unique, patterned core@partial-shell structure, which we refer to as a "glass-float" (ukidama) structure.

  20. Radial direct bandgap p-i-n GaNP microwire solar cells with enhanced short circuit current

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    Sukrittanon, Supanee; Liu, Ren; Breeden, Michael C.; ...

    2016-08-07

    Here, we report the demonstration of dilute nitride heterostructure core/shell microwire solar cells utilizing the combination of top-down reactive-ion etching to create the cores (GaP) and molecular beam epitaxy to create the shells (GaNP). Systematic studies of cell performance over a series of microwire lengths, array periods, and microwire sidewall morphologies examined by transmission electron microscopy were conducted to shed light on performance-limiting factors and to optimize the cell efficiency. We also show by microscopy and correlated external quantum efficiency characterization that the open circuit voltage is degraded primarily due to the presence of defects at the GaP/GaNP interface andmore » in the GaNP shells, and is not limited by surface recombination. Compared to thin film solar cells in the same growth run, the microwire solar cells exhibit greater short circuit current but poorer open circuit voltage due to greater light absorption and number of defects in the microwire structure, respectively. Finally, we present performance benefits of dilute nitride microwire solar cells and show that it can be achieved by further tuning of the epitaxial quality of the underlying materials.« less

  1. Radial direct bandgap p-i-n GaNP microwire solar cells with enhanced short circuit current

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    Sukrittanon, Supanee; Liu, Ren; Breeden, Michael C.; Pan, Janet L.; Jungjohann, K. L.; Tu, Charles W.; Dayeh, Shadi A.

    2016-08-07

    Here, we report the demonstration of dilute nitride heterostructure core/shell microwire solar cells utilizing the combination of top-down reactive-ion etching to create the cores (GaP) and molecular beam epitaxy to create the shells (GaNP). Systematic studies of cell performance over a series of microwire lengths, array periods, and microwire sidewall morphologies examined by transmission electron microscopy were conducted to shed light on performance-limiting factors and to optimize the cell efficiency. We also show by microscopy and correlated external quantum efficiency characterization that the open circuit voltage is degraded primarily due to the presence of defects at the GaP/GaNP interface and in the GaNP shells, and is not limited by surface recombination. Compared to thin film solar cells in the same growth run, the microwire solar cells exhibit greater short circuit current but poorer open circuit voltage due to greater light absorption and number of defects in the microwire structure, respectively. Finally, we present performance benefits of dilute nitride microwire solar cells and show that it can be achieved by further tuning of the epitaxial quality of the underlying materials.

  2. Method for separating actinides. [Patent application; stripping of Np from organic extractant

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    Friedman, H.A.; Toth, L.M.

    1980-11-10

    An organic solution used for processing spent nuclear reactor fuels is contacted with an aqueous nitric acid solution to strip Np(VI), U(VI), and Pu(IV) from the organic solution into the acid solution. The acid solution is exposed to ultraviolet light, which reduces Np(VI) to Np(V) without reducing U(VI) and Pu(IV). Since the solubility of Np(V) in the organic solution is much lower than that of Np(VI), U(VI), and Pu(IV), a major part of the Np is stripped from the organic solution while leaving most of the U and Pu therein.

  3. Lab Scale Production of NpO2

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    Duffey, J

    2003-08-29

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) plans to disposition its legacy H-Canyon neptunium to Oak Ridge National Laboratory after converting it to oxide in HB-Line. Neptunium oxide, (NpO{sub 2}) was produced at the Savannah River Technology Center using the anticipated HB-Line flowsheet conditions. The oxide was produced from a neptunium nitrate solution via anion exchange, oxalate precipitation, and calcination at either 600 C or 650 C. The 98 grams of NpO{sub 2} produced in the laboratory should be representative of material produced in HB-Line and is to be used for gas generation testing to support radioactive material transportation safety analysis as part of the neptunium stabilization and disposition program at SRS. Results of each step of the oxide production will be presented.

  4. Covariant spectator theory of np scattering: Deuteron quadrupole moment

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    Gross, Franz

    2015-01-26

    The deuteron quadrupole moment is calculated using two CST model wave functions obtained from the 2007 high precision fits to np scattering data. Included in the calculation are a new class of isoscalar np interaction currents automatically generated by the nuclear force model used in these fits. The prediction for model WJC-1, with larger relativistic P-state components, is 2.5% smaller that the experiential result, in common with the inability of models prior to 2014 to predict this important quantity. However, model WJC-2, with very small P-state components, gives agreement to better than 1%, similar to the results obtained recently frommore » XEFT predictions to order N3LO.« less

  5. Covariant spectator theory of np scattering: Deuteron quadrupole moment

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    Gross, Franz

    2015-01-26

    The deuteron quadrupole moment is calculated using two CST model wave functions obtained from the 2007 high precision fits to np scattering data. Included in the calculation are a new class of isoscalar np interaction currents automatically generated by the nuclear force model used in these fits. The prediction for model WJC-1, with larger relativistic P-state components, is 2.5% smaller that the experiential result, in common with the inability of models prior to 2014 to predict this important quantity. However, model WJC-2, with very small P-state components, gives agreement to better than 1%, similar to the results obtained recently from XEFT predictions to order N3LO.

  6. ICANP2: Isoenergetic cluster algorithm for NP-complete Problems

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    Zhu, Zheng; Fang, Chao; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    NP-complete optimization problems with Boolean variables are of fundamental importance in computer science, mathematics and physics. Most notably, the minimization of general spin-glass-like Hamiltonians remains a difficult numerical task. There has been a great interest in designing efficient heuristics to solve these computationally difficult problems. Inspired by the rejection-free isoenergetic cluster algorithm developed for Ising spin glasses, we present a generalized cluster update that can be applied to different NP-complete optimization problems with Boolean variables. The cluster updates allow for a wide-spread sampling of phase space, thus speeding up optimization. By carefully tuning the pseudo-temperature (needed to randomize the configurations) of the problem, we show that the method can efficiently tackle problems on topologies with a large site-percolation threshold. We illustrate the ICANP2 heuristic on paradigmatic optimization problems, such as the satisfiability problem and the vertex cover problem.

  7. Interfacial magnetic coupling between Fe nanoparticles in Fe–Ag granular alloys.

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    Alonso, J; Fdez-Gubieda, M L; Sarmiento, G; Chaboy, J; Boada, R; García Prieto, A; Haskel, D; Laguna-Marco, M A; Lang, J C; Meneghini, C; Fernández Barquín, L; Neisius, T; Orue, I

    2012-01-20

    The role of the interface in mediating interparticle magnetic interactions has been analysed in Fe50Ag50 and Fe55Ag45 granular thin films deposited by the pulsed laser deposition technique (PLD). These samples are composed of crystalline bcc Fe (2–4 nm) nanoparticles and fcc Ag (10–12 nm) nanoparticles, separated by an amorphous Fe50Ag50 interface, occupying around 20% of the sample volume, as determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Interfacial magnetic coupling between Fe nanoparticles is studied by dc magnetization and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at the Fe K and Ag L2,3 edges. This paper reveals that these thin films present two magnetic transitions, at low and high temperatures, which are strongly related to the magnetic state of the amorphous interface, which acts as a barrier for interparticle magnetic coupling.

  8. Behavior of Np(VII, VI, V) in Silicate Solutions

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    Shilov, V P.; Fedoseev, A M.; Yusov, A B.; Delegard, Calvin H.

    2004-11-30

    Spectrophotometric methods were used to investigate the properties of neptunium(VII), (VI), and (V) in silicate solution. The transition of cationic neptunium(VII) to anionic species in non-complexing environments proceeds in the range of ?? 5.5 to 7.5. In the presence of carbonate, this transition occurs at ?? 10.0 to 11.5 and in silicate solutions at ?? 10.5-12.0. These findings show that cationic neptunium(VII) forms complexes with both carbonate and silicate and that the silicate complex is stronger than that of the carbonate. The competition of complex formation reactions for neptunium(VI) with carbonate and silicate and on the known complex stability constant of NpO2(CO3)34- allowed the NpO2SiO3 complex stability constant, log ? = 16.5, to be estimated. Determination of the formation constant of Np(V) complexes with SiO32- was not possible using similar methods.

  9. Kondo bahavior in antiferromagnetic NpPdSn

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    Shrestha, K.; Prokes, K.; Griveau, J.-C.; Jardin, R.; Colineau, E.; Caciuffo, R.; Eloirdi, R.; Gofryk, K.

    Actinide-based intermetallics show a large variety of exotic physical phenomena mainly coming from 5f hybridization with both on-site and neighboring ligand states. Depending on the strength of these process unusual behaviors such as long-range magnetic order, Kondo effect, heavy-fermion ground state, valence fluctuations, and/or superconductivity have been observed. Here we report results of our extensive studies on NpPdSn. The compound crystalizes in hexagonal ZrNiAl-type of crystal structure and is studied by means of x-ray and neutron diffraction, magnetization, heat capacity, electrical resistivity, and thermoelectric power measurements, performed over a wide range of temperatures and applied magnetic fields. All the results revealed Kondo lattice behavior and antiferromagnetic ordering below 19 K. NpPdSn can be classified as a moderately enhanced heavy-fermion system, one of very few known amidst Np-based intermetallics. Work at Idaho National Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Engineering Division.

  10. Global Optimal Trajectory in Chaos and NP-Hardness

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    Latorre, Vittorio; Gao, David Yang

    This paper presents an unconventional theory and method for solving general nonlinear dynamical systems. Instead of the direct iterative methods, the discretized nonlinear system is first formulated as a global optimization problem via the least squares method. A newly developed canonical duality theory shows that this nonconvex minimization problem can be solved deterministically in polynomial time if a global optimality condition is satisfied. The so-called pseudo-chaos produced by linear iterative methods are mainly due to the intrinsic numerical error accumulations. Otherwise, the global optimization problem could be NP-hard and the nonlinear system can be really chaotic. A conjecture is proposed, which reveals the connection between chaos in nonlinear dynamics and NP-hardness in computer science. The methodology and the conjecture are verified by applications to the well-known logistic equation, a forced memristive circuit and the Lorenz system. Computational results show that the canonical duality theory can be used to identify chaotic systems and to obtain realistic global optimal solutions in nonlinear dynamical systems. The method and results presented in this paper should bring some new insights into nonlinear dynamical systems and NP-hardness in computational complexity theory.

  11. Growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films ({ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)}=89 K) by pulsed laser ablation on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6}: A new perovskite ceramic substrate

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    Kurian, J.; Varma, H.K.; Koshy, J.; Pai, S.P.; Pinto, R.

    1996-11-01

    Synthesis and characterization of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} which is a new substrate material for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} superconductor are reported. Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} has a complex cubic perovskite structure (A{sub 2}BB{prime}O{sub 6}) with a lattice constant {ital a}=8.60 A. No detectable chemical reaction between YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} and Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} was observed even under severe heat treatment. The dielectric constant and loss factor of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} are in a range suitable for its use as a substrate for microwave applications. Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films are grown {ital in} {ital situ} on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} by pulsed laser ablation method. The film exhibited (00{ital l}) orientation of an orthorhombic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} phase. The films gave a {ital T}{sub {ital c}} onset of 91 K and {ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)} of 89 K. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  12. AgSTAR Partners

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  13. NMR Studies of the Dynamics of High-Spin Nitrophorins: Comparative Studies of NP4 and NP2 at Close to Physiological pH

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The β-barrel nitrophorin (NP) heme proteins are found in the saliva of the blood-sucking insect Rhodnius prolixus, which synthesizes and stores nitric oxide (NO) in the salivary glands. NO is bound to iron of the NPs and is released by dilution and an increase in pH when the insect spits its saliva into the tissues of a victim, to aid in obtaining a blood meal. In the adult insect, there are four nitrophorins, NP1–NP4, which have sequence similarities in two pairs, NP1 and NP4 (90% identical) and NP2 and NP3 (80% identical). The available crystal structures of NP4 have been used to propose that pH-dependent changes in the conformation of two loops between adjacent β-strands at the front opening of the protein, the A–B and G–H loops, determine the rate of NO release. At pH 7.3, NP4 releases NO 17 times faster than NP2 does. In this work, the aqua complexes of NP4 and NP2 have been investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation measurements to probe the pico- to nanosecond and micro- to millisecond time scale motions at two pH values, 6.5 and 7.3. It is found that NP4-OH2 is fairly rigid and only residues in the loop regions show dynamics at pH 6.5; at pH 7.3, much more dynamics of the loops and most of the β-strands are observed while the α-helices remain fairly rigid. In comparison, NP2-OH2 shows much less dynamics, albeit somewhat more than that of the previously reported NP2-NO complex [Muthu, D., Berry, R. E., Zhang, H., and Walker, F. A. (2013) Biochemistry 52, 7910–7925]. The reasons for this major difference between NP4 and NP2 are discussed. PMID:25486224

  14. Ag-Al-Ca

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/97.etType="URL"/> 'Systems from Ag-Al-Ca to Au-Pd-Si' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter 'Ag-Al-Ca' with the content:

  15. Selective photochemical synthesis of Ag nanoparticles on position-controlled ZnO nanorods for the enhancement of yellow-green light emission.

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    Park, Hyeong-Ho; Zhang, Xin; Lee, Keun Woo; Sohn, Ahrum; Kim, Dong-Wook; Kim, Joondong; Song, Jin-Won; Choi, Young Su; Lee, Hee Kwan; Jung, Sang Hyun; Lee, In-Geun; Cho, Young-Dae; Shin, Hyun-Beom; Sung, Ho Kun; Park, Kyung Ho; Kang, Ho Kwan; Park, Won-Kyu; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-12-28

    A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to preferentially form Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods. The ratio of visible emission to ultraviolet (UV) emission for the Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays, synthesized for 30 min, is 20.5 times that for the ZnO nanorod arrays without Ag NPs. The enhancement of the visible emission is believed to associate with the surface plasmon (SP) effect of Ag NPs. The Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays show significant SP-induced enhancement of yellow-green light emission, which could be useful in optoelectronic applications. The technique developed here requires low processing temperatures (120 °C and lower) and no high-vacuum deposition tools, suitable for applications such as flexible electronics.

  16. Mechanism of optical absorption enhancement in thin film organic solar cells with plasmonic metal nanoparticles.

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    Qu, Di; Liu, Fang; Huang, Yidong; Xie, Wanlu; Xu, Qi

    2011-11-21

    The optical absorption enhancement in thin film organic solar cells (OSCs) with plasmonic metal nanoparticles (NPs) has been studied by means of finite element method with a three-dimension model. It is found that significant plasmonic enhancement of above 100% can be obtained by introducing Ag-NPs at the interface between P3HT:PCBM active layer and PEDOT:PSS anode layer. This enhancement is even larger than that with Ag-NPs totally embedded in the P3HT:PCBM active layer of thin film OSCs. Furthermore, the enhancement mechanism of Ag-NPs at different positions of thin film OSCs is investigated.

  17. Np and Pu Sorption to Manganese Oxide Minerals

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    Zhao, P; Johnson, M R; Roberts, S K; Zavarin, M

    2005-08-30

    Manganese oxide minerals are a significant component of the fracture lining mineralogy at Yucca Mountain (Carlos et al., 1993) and within the tuff-confining unit at Yucca Flat (Prothro, 1998), Pahute Mesa (Drellack et al., 1997), and other locations at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Radionuclide sorption to manganese oxide minerals was not included in recent Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hydrologic source term (HST) models which attempt to predict the migration behavior of radionuclides away from underground nuclear tests. However, experiments performed for the Yucca Mountain Program suggest that these minerals may control much of the retardation of certain radionuclides, particularly Np and Pu (Triay et al., 1991; Duff et al., 1999). As a result, recent HST model results may significantly overpredict radionuclide transport away from underground nuclear tests. The sorption model used in HST calculations performed at LLNL includes sorption to iron oxide, calcite, zeolite, smectite, and mica minerals (Zavarin and Bruton 2004a; 2004b). For the majority of radiologic source term (RST) radionuclides, we believe that this accounts for the dominant sorption processes controlling transport. However, for the case of Np, sorption is rather weak to all but the iron and manganese oxides (Figure 1). Thus, we can expect to significantly reduce predicted Np transport by accounting for Np sorption to manganese oxides. Similarly, Pu has been shown to be predominantly associated with manganese oxides in Yucca Mountain fractured tuffs (Duff et al., 1999). Recent results on colloid-facilitated Pu transport (Kersting and Reimus, 2003) also suggest that manganese oxide coatings on fracture surfaces may compete with colloids for Pu, thus reducing the effects of colloid-facilitated Pu transport (Figure 1b). The available data suggest that it is important to incorporate Np and Pu sorption to manganese oxides in reactive transport models. However, few data are available for

  18. {sup 237}Np: Oxidation state in vivo and chelation by multidentate catecholat and hydroxypyridinonate ligands

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    Durbin, P.W.; Kullgren, B.; Allen, P.G.; Bucher, J.J.; Edelstein, N.M.; Shuh, D.K.; Xu, J.; Raymond, K.N. |

    1998-07-01

    Chemically, {sup 237}Np(V) is as toxic as U(VI), and radiologically, about as toxic as {sup 239}Pu. Depending on redox conditions in vivo, {sup 237}Np exists as weakly complexing Np(V) (NpO{sub 2}{sup +}) or as Np(IV), which forms complexes as stable as those of Pu(IV). Ten multidentate catecholate (CAM) and hydroxypyridinonate (HOPO) ligands with great affinity for Pu(IV) were compared with CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA for in vivo chelation of {sup 237}Np. Mice were injected intravenously with {sup 237}NpO{sub 2}Cl: those in a kinetic study were killed 1 to 2,880 min; in ligand studies, fed mice were injected intraperitoneally with a ligand 5, 60, or 1,440 min after {sup 237}Np(V), mice fasted for 16 h were gastrically intubated with a ligand 3 min after {sup 237}Np(V), and all were killed 24 h after ligand administration; tissues and excreta were radioanalyzed. Rapid plasma clearance and urinary excretion of {sup 237}Np(V) resemble U(VI); deposition and early retention in skeleton and liver resemble Pu(IV). The x-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) spectra of femora of {sup 237}Np(V)-injected mice, compared with spectra of Np(V) and Np(IV) from reference solids, showed predominantly Np(IV). Significant in vivo {sup 237}Np chelation was obtained with all of the HOPO and CAM ligands injected at molar ratio 22; the HOPO ligands reduced {sup 237}Np in skeleton, liver, and other soft tissue, on average, to 72, 25, and 25% of control, respectively, while CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA was ineffective.

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  20. Nonylphenol biodegradation characterizations and bacterial composition analysis of an effective consortium NP-M2.

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    Bai, Naling; Abuduaini, Rexiding; Wang, Sheng; Zhang, Meinan; Zhu, Xufen; Zhao, Yuhua

    2017-01-01

    Nonylphenol (NP), ubiquitously detected as the degradation product of nonionic surfactants nonylphenol polyethoxylates, has been reported as an endocrine disrupter. However, most pure microorganisms can degrade only limited species of NP with low degradation efficiencies. To establish a microbial consortium that can effectively degrade different forms of NP, in this study, we isolated a facultative microbial consortium NP-M2 and characterized the biodegradation of NP by it. NP-M2 could degrade 75.61% and 89.75% of 1000 mg/L NP within 48 h and 8 days, respectively; an efficiency higher than that of any other consortium or pure microorganism reported so far. The addition of yeast extract promoted the biodegradation more significantly than that of glucose. Moreover, surface-active compounds secreted into the extracellular environment were hypothesized to promote high-efficiency metabolism of NP. The detoxification of NP by this consortium was determined. The degradation pathway was hypothesized to be initiated by oxidization of the benzene ring, followed by step-wise side-chain biodegradation. The bacterial composition of NP-M2 was determined using 16S rDNA library, and the consortium was found to mainly comprise members of the Sphingomonas, Pseudomonas, Alicycliphilus, and Acidovorax genera, with the former two accounting for 86.86% of the consortium. The high degradation efficiency of NP-M2 indicated that it could be a promising candidate for NP bioremediation in situ.

  1. Phenomenological Model of the Growth of Ultrasmooth Silver Thin Films Deposited with a Germanium Nucleation Layer.

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    Zhang, Junce; Fryauf, David M; Garrett, Matthew; Logeeswaran, V J; Sawabe, Atsuhito; Islam, M Saif; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P

    2015-07-21

    The structural properties of optically thin (15 nm) silver (Ag) films deposited on SiO2/Si(100) substrates with a germanium (Ge) nucleation layer were studied. The morphological and crystallographical characteristics of Ag thin films with different Ge nucleation layer thicknesses were assessed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), grazing incidence X-ray diffractometry (GIXRD), X-ray reflection (XRR), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The surface roughness of Ag thin films was found to decrease significantly by inserting a Ge nucleation layer with a thickness in the range of 1 to 2 nm (i.e., smoothing mode). However, as the Ge nucleation layer thickness increased beyond 2 nm, the surface roughness increased concomitantly (i.e., roughing mode). For the smoothing mode, the role of the Ge nucleation layer in the Ag film deposition is discussed by invoking the surface energy of Ge, the bond dissociation energy of Ag-Ge, and the deposition mechanisms of Ag thin films on a given characteristic Ge nucleation layer. Additionally, Ge island formation, the precipitation of Ge from Ag-Ge alloys, and the penetration of Ge into SiO2 are suggested for the roughing mode. This demonstration of ultrasmooth Ag thin films would offer an advantageous material platform with scalability for applications such as optics, plasmonics, and photonics.

  2. Influence of microstructure on fatigue crack growth behavior of Sn-Ag solder interfaces

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    Liu, Pi Lin; Shang, Jian Ku

    2000-05-01

    The relationship between microstructure and fatigue crack growth behavior was examined at Sn-Ag solder interfaces on copper and electroless-nickel metallizations. On copper metallization, the solder interface was lined with a coarse Ag3Sn intermetallic phase in addition to the Cu6Sn5 intermetallic and the adjacent solder alloy contained nodular Ag3Sn phase. This interfacial microstructure was shown to result in inferior fatigue resistance, with the fatigue crack path following the interfacial Ag3Sn intermetallic phase. In contrast, the solder interface on the electroless-nickel metallization was covered with a thin layer of Ni3Sn4 intermetallic phase, and the solder microstructure was composed of fine needles of Ag3Sn phase dispersed in the Sn-rich matrix. This solder interface was found to be significantly more resistant to fatigue than the copper/Sn-Ag solder interface.

  3. Measurement of the quasi free npnpπ+π- and np → ppπ-π0 reactions at 1.25 GeV With HADES

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    Kurilkin, A.; Arnold, O.; Atomssa, E. T.; Behnke, C.; Belyaev, A.; Berger-Chen, J. C.; Biernat, J.; Blanco, A.; Blume, C.; Böhmer, M.; Bordalo, P.; Chernenko, S.; Deveaux, C.; Dybczak, A.; Epple, E.; Fabbietti, L.; Fateev, O.; Fonte, P.; Franco, C.; Friese, J.; Fröhlich, I.; Galatyuk, T.; Garzón, J. A.; Gill, K.; Golubeva, M.; González-Díaz, D.; Guber, F.; Gumberidze, M.; Harabasz, S.; Hennino, T.; Höhne, C.; Holzmann, R.; Ierusalimov, A.; Ivashkin, A.; Jurkovic, M.; Kämpfer, B.; Karavicheva, T.; Kardan, K.; Koenig, I.; Koenig, W.; Kolb, B. W.; Korcyl, G.; Kornakov, G.; Kotte, R.; Krása, A.; Krebs, E.; Krizek, F.; Kuc, H.; Kugler, A.; Kunz, T.; Kurepin, A.; Kurilkin, P.; Ladygin, V.; Lalik, R.; Lang, S.; Lapidus, K.; Lebedev, A.; Lopes, L.; Lorenz, M.; Maier, L.; Mangiarotti, A.; Markert, J.; Metag, V.; Michel, J.; Müntz, C.; Münzer, R.; Naumann, L.; Palka, M.; Pechenov, V.; Pechenova, O.; Petousis, V.; Pietraszko, J.; Przygoda, W.; Ramstein, B.; Rehnisch, L.; Reshetin, A.; Rost, A.; Rustamov, A.; Sadovsky, A.; Salabura, P.; Scheib, T.; Schmidt-Sommerfeld, K.; Schuldes, H.; Sellheim, P.; Siebenson, J.; Silva, L.; Sobolev, Yu. G.; Spataro, S.; Ströbele, H.; Stroth, J.; Strzempek, P.; Sturm, C.; Svoboda, O.; Tarantola, A.; Teilab, K.; Tlusty, P.; Traxler, M.; Tsertos, H.; Vasiliev, T.; Wagner, V.; Wendisch, C.; Wirth, J.; Wüstenfeld, J.; Yurevich, S.; Zanevsky, Y.

    2014-11-01

    We present the results of two-pion production in tagged quasi-free np collisions at a deutron incident beam energy of 1.25 GeV/c measured with the High-Acceptance Di-Electron Spectrometer (HADES) installed at GSI. The specific acceptance of HADES allowed for the first time to obtain high-precision data on π+π- and π-π0 production in np collisions in a region corresponding to large transverse momenta of the secondary particles. The obtained differential cross section data provide strong constraints on the production mechanisms and on the various baryon resonance contributions (∆∆, N(1440), N(1520), ∆(1600)). The invariant mass and angular distributions from the npnpπ+π -and np → ppπ-π0 reactions are compared with different theoretical model predictions.

  4. HNO₃-assisted polyol synthesis of ultralarge single-crystalline Ag microplates and their far propagation length of surface plasmon polariton.

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    Chang, Cheng-Wei; Lin, Fan-Cheng; Chiu, Chun-Ya; Su, Chung-Yi; Huang, Jer-Shing; Perng, Tsong-Pyng; Yen, Ta-Jen

    2014-07-23

    We developed a HNO3-assisted polyol reduction method to synthesize ultralarge single-crystalline Ag microplates routinely. The edge length of the synthesized Ag microplates reaches 50 μm, and their top facets are (111). The mechanism for dramatically enlarging single-crystalline Ag structure stems from a series of competitive anisotropic growths, primarily governed by carefully tuning the adsorption of Ag(0) by ethylene glycol and the desorption of Ag(0) by a cyanide ion on Ag(100). Finally, we measured the propagation length of surface plasmon polaritons along the air/Ag interface under 534 nm laser excitation. Our single-crystalline Ag microplate exhibited a propagation length (11.22 μm) considerably greater than that of the conventional E-gun deposited Ag thin film (5.27 μm).

  5. [Immunogenic and protective characteristics of recombinant Lassa virus NP protein].

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    Ignat'ev, G M

    2002-01-01

    Recombinant fragment of Lassa virus (strain Josiah) nucleocapsid protein (corresponding to amino acid residues 141 + 569) constructed by Dr. Jan ter Meulen (Tropenmedizine, Hamburg) was used for immunizing CBA/calac mice. The preparation was injected intraperitoneally twice with 2-week interval in a dose of 10 micrograms. The parameters of the resultant specific humoral and cell-mediated immunity were comparable to those in reference animals immunized with inactivated Lassa virus. Challenge with Lassa virus (10,000 PFU) resulted in 100% death of the reference animals, while of 15 animals immunized with the recombinant NP protein 8 survived.

  6. Simulation of photofission experiments at the ELI-NP facility

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    Constantin, P.; Balabanski, D. L.; Cuong, P. V.

    2016-04-01

    An extensive experimental program for the study of photofission will take place at the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) facility, where different actinide targets will be exposed to a brilliant gamma beam to produce fission fragments. We report on the implementation within the Geant4 simulation toolkit of the photofission process, of related background processes, and of extended ionic charge parameterization. These developments are used to evaluate the production rates of photofission fragments and their release efficiency from the actinide targets.

  7. Extracting dynamical equations from experimental data is NP hard.

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    Cubitt, Toby S; Eisert, Jens; Wolf, Michael M

    2012-03-23

    The behavior of any physical system is governed by its underlying dynamical equations. Much of physics is concerned with discovering these dynamical equations and understanding their consequences. In this Letter, we show that, remarkably, identifying the underlying dynamical equation from any amount of experimental data, however precise, is a provably computationally hard problem (it is NP hard), both for classical and quantum mechanical systems. As a by-product of this work, we give complexity-theoretic answers to both the quantum and classical embedding problems, two long-standing open problems in mathematics (the classical problem, in particular, dating back over 70 years).

  8. Determination of low level Np-237 by various techniques.

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    Benedik, L; Trdin, M

    2017-02-09

    Determination of a low level (237)Np in environmental samples was performed by various techniques: i) a direct gamma-ray spectrometry, ii) an alpha-particle spectrometry that followed pre-separation of neptunium radioisotope(s) by ion-exchange or extraction chromatography and iii) pre-separation radiochemical neutron activation analysis. The methods used were applied to various reference materials with inorganic and organic matrix as well as to a wide range of neptunium content. The results were compared with reference and literature values.

  9. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Np-237 (Neptunium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Np-237 (Neptunium, atomic number Z = 93, mass number A = 237).

  10. Extracting Dynamical Equations from Experimental Data is NP Hard

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    Cubitt, Toby S.; Eisert, Jens; Wolf, Michael M.

    2012-03-01

    The behavior of any physical system is governed by its underlying dynamical equations. Much of physics is concerned with discovering these dynamical equations and understanding their consequences. In this Letter, we show that, remarkably, identifying the underlying dynamical equation from any amount of experimental data, however precise, is a provably computationally hard problem (it is NP hard), both for classical and quantum mechanical systems. As a by-product of this work, we give complexity-theoretic answers to both the quantum and classical embedding problems, two long-standing open problems in mathematics (the classical problem, in particular, dating back over 70 years).

  11. Controlled joining of Ag nanoparticles with femtosecond laser radiation

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    Huang, H.; Liu, L.; Peng, P.; Hu, A.; Duley, W. W.; Zhou, Y.

    2012-12-01

    We show that it is possible to tailor the gap separation and interface geometry between adjacent Ag nanoparticles (NPs) by controlling fluence when irradiating with pulses from a fs laser. Unirradiated samples extracted from aqueous solution consist of networks of Ag NPs coated with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). At low laser fluence, bonding between NPs occurs via the formation of an intervening hydrogenated amorphous carbon (α-C:H) layer resulting from the laser-induced decomposition of PVP. This occurs when electrons are emitted at hot-spots created by the trapping of plasmons. The thickness of the α-C:H layer determines the minimum separation between NPs. Ag NPs with different contact geometries can be produced by irradiation of the networks in solution at fluences exceeding the threshold for the formation of α-C:H. At fluences between 200 and 380 μJ/cm2, the α-C:H interface layer is replaced with a metallic neck. Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been used to quantify the electromagnetic field enhancement in joined NP samples. We find that Ag NPs bonded by α-C:H and exhibiting a narrow gap possess the highest SERS enhancement.

  12. Formation of the BiAg2 surface alloy on lattice-mismatched interfaces

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    Abd El-Fattah, Z. M.; Lutz, P.; Piquero-Zulaica, I.; Lobo-Checa, J.; Schiller, F.; Bentmann, H.; Ortega, J. E.; Reinert, F.

    2016-10-01

    We report on the growth of a monolayer-thick BiAg2 surface alloy on thin Ag films grown on Pt(111) and Cu(111). Using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) we show that the surface structure of the 1/3 ML Bi/x -ML Ag/Pt(111) system (x ≥2 ) is strongly affected by the annealing temperature required to form the alloy. As judged from the characteristic (√{3 }×√{3 } )R 30∘ LEED pattern, the BiAg2 alloy is partially formed at room temperature. A gentle, gradual increase in the annealing temperatures successively results in the formation of a pure BiAg2 phase, a combination of that phase with a (2 ×2 ) superstructure, and finally the pure (2 ×2 ) phase, which persists at higher annealing temperatures. These results complement recent work reporting the (2 ×2 ) as a predominant phase, and attributing the absence of BiAg2 alloy to the strained Ag/Pt interface. Likewise, we show that the growth of the BiAg2 alloy on similarly lattice-mismatched 1 and 2 ML Ag-Cu(111) interfaces also requires a low annealing temperature, whilst higher temperatures result in BiAg2 clustering and the formation of a BiCu2 alloy. The demonstration that the BiAg2 alloy can be formed on thin Ag films on different substrates presenting a strained interface has the prospect of serving as bases for technologically relevant systems, such as Rashba alloys interfaced with magnetic and semiconductor substrates.

  13. Plasmonic effect-enhanced Ag nanodisk incorporated ZnO/Si metal-semiconductor-metal photodetectors

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    Kumar, Manjeet; Kojori, Hossein Shokri; Kim, Sung Jin; Park, Hyeong-Ho; Kim, Joondong; Yun, Ju-Hyung

    2016-10-01

    In this work, we present the enhancement of ultraviolet (UV) photodetection of Ag-ZnO thin film deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The surface morphological, optical, structural, and electrical properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by various characterization techniques. With this Ag-ZnO thin film structure and proper geometry of metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) interdigitated structure design, photocurrent enhancement has been accomplished. MSM-photodetectors (PDs) using structures of Ag-ZnO gave a 30 times higher magnitude photocurrent at 340 nm of the wavelength. Plasmon-induced hot electrons contributed to improved spectral response to the UV region, while absorption and scattering effect enhanced broadband improvement to a response in the VIS-IR spectrum range. The improvement of Ag-ZnO PD in comparison with ZnO is attributed to the surface plasmon effect using Ag nanodisks. These results indicate that Ag-ZnO thin films can serve as excellent ultraviolet-PD and a very promising candidate for practical applications.

  14. Structure and Phase Separation in Ultrathin Ag/Cu Amorphous Alloy System

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    Chen, Hao

    2005-03-01

    The structure of disordered metallic alloys is an important but unsolved problem. Previous studies on Ag-Cu system showed that relatively homogeneous solid solutions formed at liquid nitrogen temperature decompose into separate phases or evolve into crystalline structure at a higher temperature. In this research project, we prepared ultra-thin Ag-Cu films on amorphous carbon support by HV magnetron sputtering with both targets. With high energy Ag and Cu atoms bombarding on the carbon substrate, they are forced to form amorphous alloy or nano-crystalline thin film at room temperature. We have investigated the structure of ultra-thin Ag-Cu films by examining their pair distribution function (PDF) using electron diffraction and observed phase separation process directly in STEM images. In the STEM Z-contrast images, since the contrast is directly related to the atomic number (Z) of the components, we can see clearly the phase separation process. Experimental results show that the sample morphology evolutions are different in samples with different thickness, and the phase separation depends on various Ag/Cu atomic ratios. In Ag50Cu50 sample, early stage phase separation is associated with increasing Cu crystallite size, indicates that Cu diffuse out of Ag-Cu solid solution phase.

  15. Heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability under visible light

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    Wang, Wan-Sheng; Du, Hong; Wang, Rui-Xia; Wen, Tao; Xu, An-Wu

    2013-03-01

    A heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst was prepared by a rational in situ ion exchange reaction between Ag3PO4 micro-cubes and Br- in aqueous solution followed by photoreduction. The photocatalytic activities of obtained photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation (λ >= 400 nm). Compared to AgBr/Ag, Ag3PO4/AgBr heterocrystals and pure Ag3PO4 crystals, the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity and stability. This enhanced photocatalytic activity suggests that the synergetic effects of the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag and the strong SPR of Ag NPs on the surface result in the high efficiencies of the photocatalytic activity and the improved stability. With the assistance of Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag heterostructures, only 8 min and 12 min are taken to completely decompose MO and MB molecules under visible-light irradiation, respectively. Furthermore, the photodegradation rate does not show an obvious decrease during ten successive cycles, indicating that our heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts are extremely stable under visible-light irradiation.A heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst was prepared by a rational in situ ion exchange reaction between Ag3PO4 micro-cubes and Br- in aqueous solution followed by photoreduction. The photocatalytic activities of obtained photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation (λ >= 400 nm). Compared to AgBr/Ag, Ag3PO4/AgBr heterocrystals and pure Ag3PO4 crystals, the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity and stability. This enhanced photocatalytic activity suggests that the synergetic effects of the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag and the strong SPR of Ag NPs on the surface result in the high

  16. Improvement of polypyrrole nanowire devices by plasmonic space charge generation: high photocurrent and wide spectral response by Ag nanoparticle decoration

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    Lee, S.-H.; Bae, J.; Lee, S. W.; Jang, J.-W.

    2015-10-01

    In this study, improvement of the opto-electronic properties of non-single crystallized nanowire devices with space charges generated by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) is demonstrated. The photocurrent and spectral response of single polypyrrole (PPy) nanowire (NW) devices are increased by electrostatically attached Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs). To take advantage of plasmon-exciton coupling in the photocurrent of the device, 80 nm of Ag NPs (454 nm = λmax) were chosen for matching the maximum absorption with PPy NWs (442 nm = λmax). The photocurrent density is remarkably improved, up to 25.3 times (2530%), by the Ag NP decoration onto the PPy NW (PPyAgNPs NW) under blue light (λ = 425-475 nm) illumination. In addition, the PPyAgNPs NW shows a photocurrent decay time twice that of PPy NW, as well as an improved spectral response of the photocurrent. The improved photocurrent efficiency, decay time, and spectral response resulted from the space charges generated by the LSPR of Ag NPs. Furthermore, the increasing exponent (m) of the photocurrent (JPC ~ Vm) and finite-differential time domain (FDTD) simulation straightforwardly indicate relatively large plasmonic space charge generation under blue light illumination. These results prove that the performance of non-single crystallized polymer nanowire devices can also be improved by plasmonic enhancement.In this study, improvement of the opto-electronic properties of non-single crystallized nanowire devices with space charges generated by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) is demonstrated. The photocurrent and spectral response of single polypyrrole (PPy) nanowire (NW) devices are increased by electrostatically attached Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs). To take advantage of plasmon-exciton coupling in the photocurrent of the device, 80 nm of Ag NPs (454 nm = λmax) were chosen for matching the maximum absorption with PPy NWs (442 nm = λmax). The photocurrent density is remarkably improved, up to 25.3 times

  17. The effect of TiO{sub 2} and Ag nanoparticles on reproduction and development of Drosophila melanogaster and CD-1 mice

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    Philbrook, Nicola A.; Winn, Louise M.; Afrooz, A.R.M. Nabiul; Saleh, Navid B.; Walker, Virginia K.

    2011-12-15

    In the last two decades, nanoparticles (NPs) have found applications in a wide variety of consumer goods. Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) and silver (Ag) NPs are both found in cosmetics and foods, but their increasing use is of concern due to their ability to be taken up by biological systems. While there are some reports of TiO{sub 2} and Ag NPs affecting complex organisms, their effects on reproduction and development have been largely understudied. Here, the effects of orally administered TiO{sub 2} or Ag NPs on reproduction and development in two different model organisms were investigated. TiO{sub 2} NPs reduced the developmental success of CD-1 mice after a single oral dose of 100 or 1000 mg/kg to dams, resulting in a statistically significant increase in fetal deformities and mortality. Similarly, TiO{sub 2} NP addition to food led to a significant progeny loss in the fruit fly, Drosophila, as shown by a decline in female fecundity. Ag NP administration resulted in an increase in the mortality of fetal mice. Similarly in Drosophila, Ag NP feeding led to a significant decrease in developmental success, but unlike TiO{sub 2} NP treatment, there was no decline in fecundity. The distinct response associated with each type of NP likely reflects differences in NP administration as well as the biology of the particular model. Taken together, however, this study warns that these common NPs could be detrimental to the reproductive and developmental health of both invertebrates and vertebrates.

  18. 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy on neptunium doped borosilicate glasses

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    Bogé, M.; Blaise, A.; Bonnisseau, D.; Fournier, J. M.; Thérond, P. G.; Poirot, I.; Beauvy, M.

    1986-02-01

    Mössbauer and magnetization measurements have been carried out on borosilicate glasses containing neptunium. Different melting and annealing times, in various crucibles have been investigated. Using the 59.5 keV Mössbauer resonance in237Np we have characterized valency states of neptunium ions in glasses and studied hyperfine interactions. Roughly, absorption spectra show two sites easily differenciated above 50 K by two lines. Isomer shifts (relative to NpAl2) are respectively: - 10.0 (1.0) and + 32.5(.5) mm/s. These resonance lines can be assigned, the first at Np4+, the second at Np3+ species. The intensity ratio Np4+/Np3+ varies with elaboration conditions. At 4.2 K, Np4+ ions exhibit a hyperfine splitting arising from relaxation phenomenon. Magnetization measurements do not show any magnetic ordering.

  19. Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics Eli-Np Project

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    Gales, S.

    2015-06-01

    The development of high power lasers and the combination of such novel devices with accelerator technology has enlarged the science reach of many research fields, in particular High energy, Nuclear and Astrophysics as well as societal applications in Material Science, Nuclear Energy and Medicine. The European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has selected a proposal based on these new premises called "ELI" for Extreme Light Infrastructure. ELI will be built as a network of three complementary pillars at the frontier of laser technologies. The ELI-NP pillar (NP for Nuclear Physics) is under construction near Bucharest (Romania) and will develop a scientific program using two 10 PW class lasers and a Back Compton Scattering High Brilliance and Intense Low Energy Gamma Beam , a marriage of Laser and Accelerator technology at the frontier of knowledge. In the present paper, the technical description of the facility, the present status of the project as well as the science, applications and future perspectives will be discussed.

  20. The ELI-NP facility for nuclear physics

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    Ur, C. A.; Balabanski, D.; Cata-Danil, G.; Gales, S.; Morjan, I.; Tesileanu, O.; Ursescu, D.; Ursu, I.; Zamfir, N. V.

    2015-07-01

    Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) is aiming to use extreme electromagnetic fields for nuclear physics research. The facility, currently under construction at Magurele-Bucharest, will comprise a high power laser system and a very brilliant gamma beam system. The technology involved in the construction of both systems is at the limits of the present-day's technological capabilities. The high power laser system will consist of two 10 PW lasers and it will produce intensities of up to 1023-1024 W/cm2. The gamma beam, produced via Compton backscattering of a laser beam on a relativistic electron beam, will be characterized by a narrow bandwidth (<0.5%) and tunable energy of up to almost 20 MeV. The research program of the facility covers a broad range of key topics in frontier fundamental physics and new nuclear physics. A particular attention is given to the development of innovative applications. In the present paper an overview of the project status and the overall performance characteristics of the main research equipment will be given. The main fundamental physics and applied research topics proposed to be studied at ELI-NP will also be briefly reviewed.

  1. Covariant Spectator Theory of np scattering: Isoscalar interaction currents

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    Gross, Franz L.

    2014-06-01

    Using the Covariant Spectator Theory (CST), one boson exchange (OBE) models have been found that give precision fits to low energy $np$ scattering and the deuteron binding energy. The boson-nucleon vertices used in these models contain a momentum dependence that requires a new class of interaction currents for use with electromagnetic interactions. Current conservation requires that these new interaction currents satisfy a two-body Ward-Takahashi (WT), and using principals of {\\it simplicity\\/} and {\\it picture independence\\/}, these currents can be uniquely determined. The results lead to general formulae for a two-body current that can be expressed in terms of relativistic $np$ wave functions, ${\\it \\Psi}$, and two convenient truncated wave functions, ${\\it \\Psi}^{(2)}$ and $\\widehat {\\it \\Psi}$, which contain all of the information needed for the explicit evaluation of the contributions from the interaction current. These three wave functions can be calculated from the CST bound or scattering state equations (and their off-shell extrapolations). A companion paper uses this formalism to evaluate the deuteron magnetic moment.

  2. Ab initio energetics for modeling phase stability of the Np-U system

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    Xie, Wei; Chang, Y. Austin; Morgan, Dane

    2016-10-01

    The Np-U system has been rarely studied despite this alloy being a key binary subsystem of metallic nuclear fuels. This study aims to further the understanding of the phase stability of the Np-U system through ab initio calculations. We first examined an existing CALPHAD model based on available experimental phase boundary data. We then focused on phases of which the CALPHAD model reproduces reasonably the experimental data and examined if values of the effective Hubbard U (i.e., Ueff) parameter for Np and U fitted previously in the Np-Zr and U-Zr systems are also applicable to the Np-U system, using CALPHAD predicted enthalpies as references. We found that in general DFT + U predicts improved or at least similarly accurate enthalpies compared to standard DFT when the Ueff's used are within the ranges of single-structure optimized Ueff's (0.65-0.9 eV for Np and 1-1.5 eV for U)-for example, the multi-structure optimized Ueff's (0.9 eV for Np and 1.24 eV for U)-determined in our previous U-Zr and Np-Zr studies. Finally, we focused on the intermediate phase ζ(Np,U), which at present is poorly characterized by experiments and unsatisfactorily described in the CALPHAD model. Based on ab initio calculated formation enthalpies for ordered end members and the compound energy formalism, we predicted its site occupations as functions of composition and temperature. Our study demonstrated that Ueff's fitted for U and Np determined in the U-Zr and Np-Zr systems may be transferable to the Np-U system and also provided new prediction of the site occupations for ζ(Np,U), which may serve as reference for future experimental and modeling study of the Np-U system.

  3. Immunochemical properties of some monoclonal IgE antibodies to 4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenylacetyl (NP).

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    Bose, R; Bundesen, P G; Holford-Stevens, V; Stefura, W P; Kelly, K A; Jeffrey, J C; Rector, E S; Fischer, J; Sehon, A H; Schwenk, R J

    1984-01-01

    Several hybridoma cell lines secreting NP-specific, murine IgE antibodies were generated by fusion of P3-X20 (gamma, kappa) tumour cells with spleen cells from (BALB/c X C57B1/6)F1 (CB6F1) mice previously immunized with NP-ovalbumin. Four subclones (designated NP-epsilon-3.57, NP-epsilon-15.88, NP-epsilon-91.58 and NP-epsilon-95.31) were propagated in vivo and milligram quantities of the corresponding IgE antibodies were purified from ascitic fluid by gel filtration, ion exchange chromatography and affinity chromatography. Immunological analyses and sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) indicated that NP-epsilon-15.88, NP-epsilon-91.58 and NP-epsilon-95.31 all possessed lambda 1 (or possibly lambda 3) light chains; and that NP-epsilon-3.57 possessed lambda 2 light chains; NP-epsilon-95.31 also expressed the P3-X20 derived, MOPC-21 kappa light chain. Radioallergosorbent test (RAST) titration curves, generated from the interaction of the four monoclonal IgE antibodies with NP-BSA attached to paper discs (NP-BSA-P) were found to be non-overlapping. Measurements of the relative amounts of NP-epsilon-aminocaproic acid (NP-CAP) and 4-hydro-3-iodo-5-nitrophenylacetyl-epsilon-aminocaproic acid (NIP-CAP) that were required to inhibit by 50% the binding of the 4 IgE antibodies to NP-BSA-P indicated that these antibodies were all heteroclitic, since their affinity for NIP appeared to be higher than their affinity for NP. These results, in conjunction with other findings reported in the literature, suggested that the V regions of NP-specific IgE antibodies are similar to the V regions of NP-specific IgM and IgG antibodies, produced by the same mouse strains. Finally, in vitro histamine release measurements demonstrated that two of these monoclonal IgE antibodies could mediate antigen induced histamine release from passively sensitized rat peritoneal mast cells. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 PMID:6209208

  4. Needle Profile Grating Structure for Absorption Enhancement in GaAs Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Wang, Yile; Zhang, Xu; Guo, Minqiang; Sun, Xiaohong; Yu, Yanguang; Xi, Jiangtao

    2015-11-01

    We conduct a systematic study of thin film solar cells consisting of a GaAs needle profile (NP) grating structure as a light-trapping layer. The influence of geometric parameters on the optical absorption of the NP grating is investigated using rigorous coupled wave analysis and the finite element method. This type of structure can lead to broadband optical absorption enhancement throughout the wavelength range that we studied. Our simulation results reveal that the absorption efficiency of NP grating can be improved significantly compared with its rectangular grating counterpart. The proposed structure is expected to illuminate the design and fabrication of high-efficiency solar cells.

  5. Ag Nanoparticle-Sensitized WO3 Hollow Nanosphere for Localized Surface Plasmon Enhanced Gas Sensors.

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    Yao, Yao; Ji, Fangxu; Yin, Mingli; Ren, Xianpei; Ma, Qiang; Yan, Junqing; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-07-20

    Ag nanoparticle (NP)-sensitized WO3 hollow nanospheres (Ag-WO3-HNSs) are fabricated via a simple sonochemical synthesis route. It is found that the Ag-WO3-HNS shows remarkable performance in gas sensors. Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images reveal that the Agx-WO3 adopts the HNS structure in which WO3 forms the outer shell framework and the Ag NPs are grown on the inner wall of the WO3 hollow sphere. The size of the Ag NPs can be controlled by adjusting the addition amount of WCl6 during the reaction. The sensor Agx-WO3 exhibits extremely high sensitivity and selectivity toward alcohol vapor. In particular, the Ag(15nm)-WO3 sensor shows significantly lower operating temperature (230 °C), superior detection limits as low as 0.09 ppb, and faster response (7 s). Light illumination was found to boost the sensor performance effectively, especially at 405 and 900 nm, where the light wavelength resonates with the absorption of Ag NPs and the surface oxygen vacancies of WO3, respectively. The improved sensor performance is attributed to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect.

  6. Aminated polyethersulfone-silver nanoparticles (AgNPs-APES) composite membranes with controlled silver ion release for antibacterial and water treatment applications.

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    Haider, M Salman; Shao, Godlisten N; Imran, S M; Park, Sung Soo; Abbas, Nadir; Tahir, M Suleman; Hussain, Manwar; Bae, Wookeun; Kim, Hee Taik

    2016-05-01

    The present study reports the antibacterial disinfection properties of a series of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) immobilized membranes. Initially, polyethersulfone (PES) was functionalized through the introduction of amino groups to form aminated polyethersulfone (NH2-PES, APES). AgNPs were then coordinately immobilized on the surface of the APES composite membrane to form AgNPs-APES. The properties of the obtained membrane were examined by FT-IR, XPS, XRD, TGA, ICP-OES and SEM-EDAX analyses. These structural characterizations revealed that AgNPs ranging from 5 to 40 nm were immobilized on the surface of the polymer membrane. Antibacterial tests of the samples showed that the AgNPs-APES exhibited higher activity than the AgNPs-PES un-functionalized membrane. Generally, the AgNPs-APES 1 cm × 3 cm strip revealed a four times longer life than the un-functionalized AgNPs polymer membranes. The evaluation of the Ag(+) leaching properties of the obtained samples indicated that approximately 30% of the AgNPs could be retained, even after 12 days of operation. Further analysis indicated that silver ion release can be sustained for approximately 25 days. The present study provides a systematic and novel approach to synthesize water treatment membranes with controlled and improved silver (Ag(+)) release to enhance the lifetime of the membranes.

  7. Energy level analysis of Np3+:LaCl3 and Np3+:LaBr3

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    Carnall, W. T.; Crosswhite, H.; Crosswhite, H. M.; Hessler, Jan P.; Edelstein, N.; Conway, J. G.; Shalimoff, G. V.; Sarup, R.

    1980-05-01

    The polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra of 0.01-5% Np3+ doped into single-crystal LaCl3 were measured at moderate and high resolution in the range to 50 000 cm-1 at 298, 77, and 4 K. The 150 crystal field components identified were fit by a parametrized model which has previously been shown to provide an excellent account of the energy level structures observed for lanthanides doped into LaCl3. This constitutes the first successful evaluation of the crystal field interaction for an actinide ion in LaCl3 in which J mixing effects were explicitly included. The crystal field parameters for Np3+:LaCl3, B20=163, B40=-632, B60=-1625, and B66=1028, all in cm-1, were determined to be approximately twice as large as those for the analogous lanthanide, Pm3+:LaCl3. From analysis of Zeeman patterns in the fluorescence spectra, the ground state was found to be doubly degenerate, having crystal quantum numbers ±2 and a parallel splitting factor 0.17 LU (Lorentz unit).

  8. A new-concept gamma calorimeter at ELI-NP

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    Lenzi, M.; Adriani, O.; Albergo, S.; Andreotti, M.; Berto, D.; Borgheresi, R.; Cappello, G.; Cardarelli, P.; Ciaranfi, R.; Consoli, E.; Di Domenico, G.; Evangelisti, F.; Gambaccini, M.; Graziani, G.; Marziani, M.; Palumbo, L.; Passaleva, G.; Pellegriti, M. G.; Serban, A.; Starodubtsev, O.; Statera, M.; Tricomi, A.; Variola, A.; Veltri, M.

    2017-02-01

    ELI-NP is an European Research Infrastructure that will provide a monochromatic, high brilliance gamma beam with tunable energy up to 19.5 MeV. The time structure of the beam consists of 32 high intensity gamma bunches separated by a time interval of 16 ns and delivered at a repetition rate of 100 Hz. In order to match such unprecedented beam specifications, specific devices and techniques have been developed to measure and monitor the beam parameters during the commissioning and the operational phase. This paper presents an overview of the gamma beam characterization system, with particular focus on a new-concept sampling calorimeter made of silicon detectors and polyethylene absorbers.

  9. NP-hardness of decoding quantum error-correction codes

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    Hsieh, Min-Hsiu; Le Gall, Francois

    2011-05-15

    Although the theory of quantum error correction is intimately related to classical coding theory and, in particular, one can construct quantum error-correction codes (QECCs) from classical codes with the dual-containing property, this does not necessarily imply that the computational complexity of decoding QECCs is the same as their classical counterparts. Instead, decoding QECCs can be very much different from decoding classical codes due to the degeneracy property. Intuitively, one expects degeneracy would simplify the decoding since two different errors might not and need not be distinguished in order to correct them. However, we show that general quantum decoding problem is NP-hard regardless of the quantum codes being degenerate or nondegenerate. This finding implies that no considerably fast decoding algorithm exists for the general quantum decoding problems and suggests the existence of a quantum cryptosystem based on the hardness of decoding QECCs.

  10. Exclusive µ+Np topologies with ArgoNeuT

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    Partyka, Kinga

    2015-05-15

    The Argon Neutrino Test, ArgoNeuT, is a small scale Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LAr TPC) that is one step towards the construction of large scale LAr TPCs for long-baseline neutrino physics. LArTPCs provide bubble-chamber-like quality images for excellent particle ID and background rejection. Due to its superb capabilities it is well suited for topological analysis by reporting what it sees in a final state. Preliminary analysis of ArgoNeuT’s 0.1 to 10 GeV neutrino µ+Np topologies together with first ever study of proton multiplicities in neutrino-argon interactions was presented and compared with GENIE Monte Carlo generator.

  11. Non-Concave Penalized Likelihood with NP-Dimensionality

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    Fan, Jianqing; Lv, Jinchi

    2011-01-01

    Penalized likelihood methods are fundamental to ultra-high dimensional variable selection. How high dimensionality such methods can handle remains largely unknown. In this paper, we show that in the context of generalized linear models, such methods possess model selection consistency with oracle properties even for dimensionality of Non-Polynomial (NP) order of sample size, for a class of penalized likelihood approaches using folded-concave penalty functions, which were introduced to ameliorate the bias problems of convex penalty functions. This fills a long-standing gap in the literature where the dimensionality is allowed to grow slowly with the sample size. Our results are also applicable to penalized likelihood with the L1-penalty, which is a convex function at the boundary of the class of folded-concave penalty functions under consideration. The coordinate optimization is implemented for finding the solution paths, whose performance is evaluated by a few simulation examples and the real data analysis. PMID:22287795

  12. NXT1, a Novel Influenza A NP Binding Protein, Promotes the Nuclear Export of NP via a CRM1-Dependent Pathway.

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    Chutiwitoonchai, Nopporn; Aida, Yoko

    2016-07-28

    Influenza remains a serious worldwide public health problem. After infection, viral genomic RNA is replicated in the nucleus and packed into viral ribonucleoprotein, which will then be exported to the cytoplasm via a cellular chromosome region maintenance 1 (CRM1)-dependent pathway for further assembly and budding. However, the nuclear export mechanism of influenza virus remains controversial. Here, we identify cellular nuclear transport factor 2 (NTF2)-like export protein 1 (NXT1) as a novel binding partner of nucleoprotein (NP) that stimulates NP-mediated nuclear export via the CRM1-dependent pathway. NXT1-knockdown cells exhibit decreased viral replication kinetics and nuclear accumulated viral RNA and NP. By contrast, NXT1 overexpression promotes nuclear export of NP in a CRM1-dependent manner. Pull-down assays suggest the formation of an NXT1, NP, and CRM1 complex, and demonstrate that NXT1 binds to the C-terminal region of NP. These findings reveal a distinct mechanism for nuclear export of the influenza virus and identify the NXT1/NP interaction as a potential target for antiviral drug development.

  13. Relationship between 237Np Mössbauer parameters and bond distances in nitrogen coordinated [NpO2(acac)2py

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    Kawasaki, Takeshi; Kitazawa, Takafumi; Nishimura, Tatsuru; Nakada, Masami; Saeki, Masakatsu

    2005-11-01

    We now report the 237Np Mössbauer spectra for [NpO2(acac)2py] I. The neptunium(VI) ion in I is coordinated by six oxygen atoms and the one nitrogen atom of pyridine. The isomer shift value obtained for I is -40 mm/s, which falls in the range for the Np(VI) oxidation state. The relationship between the isomer shift and Np O bond distance of the neptunyl group for oxygen coordination compounds is in good agreement with the reported structure of I. It is well known that the mean Np O bond distance of the neptunium compounds is shorter by 0.01 Å than that of analogous uranium compounds. The good agreement in the 237Np Mössbauer parameters and the Np O distance has indicated that the reported analogous [UO2(acac)2py] structure may have some inaccuracies. Therefore, we have re-determined the crystal structure of [UO2(acac)2py]. The U O bond distance we have obtained is reasonable.

  14. NXT1, a Novel Influenza A NP Binding Protein, Promotes the Nuclear Export of NP via a CRM1-Dependent Pathway

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    Chutiwitoonchai, Nopporn; Aida, Yoko

    2016-01-01

    Influenza remains a serious worldwide public health problem. After infection, viral genomic RNA is replicated in the nucleus and packed into viral ribonucleoprotein, which will then be exported to the cytoplasm via a cellular chromosome region maintenance 1 (CRM1)-dependent pathway for further assembly and budding. However, the nuclear export mechanism of influenza virus remains controversial. Here, we identify cellular nuclear transport factor 2 (NTF2)-like export protein 1 (NXT1) as a novel binding partner of nucleoprotein (NP) that stimulates NP-mediated nuclear export via the CRM1-dependent pathway. NXT1-knockdown cells exhibit decreased viral replication kinetics and nuclear accumulated viral RNA and NP. By contrast, NXT1 overexpression promotes nuclear export of NP in a CRM1-dependent manner. Pull-down assays suggest the formation of an NXT1, NP, and CRM1 complex, and demonstrate that NXT1 binds to the C-terminal region of NP. These findings reveal a distinct mechanism for nuclear export of the influenza virus and identify the NXT1/NP interaction as a potential target for antiviral drug development. PMID:27483302

  15. Optical band gap of NpO2 and PuO2 from optical absorbance of epitaxial films

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    Mark McCleskey, T.; Bauer, Eve; Jia, Quanxi; Burrell, Anthony K.; Scott, Brian L.; Conradson, Steven D.; Mueller, Alex; Roy, Lindsay; Wen, Xiaodong; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Martin, Richard L.

    2013-01-01

    We report a solution based synthesis of epitaxial thin films of neptunium oxide and plutonium oxide. Actinides represent a challenge to first principle calculations due to features that arise from f orbital interactions. Conventional semi-local density functional theory predicts NpO2 and PuO2 to be metallic, when they are well known insulators. Improvements in theory are dependent on comparison with accurate measurements of material properties, which in turn demand high-quality samples. The high melting point of actinide oxides and their inherent radioactivity makes single crystal and epitaxial film formation challenging. We report on the preparation of high quality epitaxial actinide films. The films have been characterized through a combination of X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption fine structure (XANES and EXAFS) measurements. We report band gaps of 2.80 ± 0.1 eV and 2.85 ± 0.1 eV at room temperature for PuO2 and NpO2, respectively, and compare our measurements with state-of-the-art calculations.

  16. AGS experiments -- 1991, 1992, 1993. Tenth edition

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    Depken, J.C.

    1994-04-01

    This report contains: (1) FY 1993 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1994--95 AGS schedule; (3) AGS experiments {ge} FY 1993 (as of 30 March 1994); (4) AGS beams 1993; (5) AGS experimental area FY 1991 physics program; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1992 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1993 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1994 physics program (planned); (9) a listing of experiments by number; (10) two-page summaries of each experiment; (11) listing of publications of AGS experiments; and (12) listing of AGS experiments.

  17. AGS experiments -- 1995, 1996 and 1997

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    Depken, J.C.; Presti, P.L.

    1997-12-01

    This report contains (1) FY 1995 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1996 AGS schedule as run; (3) FY 1997 AGS schedule as run; (4) FY 1998--1999 AGS schedule (proposed); (5) AGS beams 1997; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1995 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1996 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1997 physics program; (9) AGS experimental area FY 1998--1999 physics program (proposed); (10) a listing of experiments by number; (11) two-page summaries of each experiment, in order by number; and (12) listing of publications of AGS experiments.

  18. Thin Clouds

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    2013-04-18

    ... one of a new generation of instruments flying aboard the NASA Earth Observing System's Terra satellite, views Earth with nine cameras ... of thin cirrus minutes after MISR imaged the cloud from space. At the same time, another NASA high-altitude jet, the WB-57, flew right ...

  19. Flexible Textile-Based Organic Transistors Using Graphene/Ag Nanoparticle Electrode.

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    Kim, Youn; Kwon, Yeon Ju; Lee, Kang Eun; Oh, Youngseok; Um, Moon-Kwang; Seong, Dong Gi; Lee, Jea Uk

    2016-08-16

    Highly flexible and electrically-conductive multifunctional textiles are desirable for use in wearable electronic applications. In this study, we fabricated multifunctional textile composites by vacuum filtration and wet-transfer of graphene oxide films on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile in association with embedding Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) to improve the electrical conductivity. A flexible organic transistor can be developed by direct transfer of a dielectric/semiconducting double layer on the graphene/AgNP textile composite, where the textile composite was used as both flexible substrate and conductive gate electrode. The thermal treatment of a textile-based transistor enhanced the electrical performance (mobility = 7.2 cm²·V(-1)·s(-1), on/off current ratio = 4 × 10⁵, and threshold voltage = -1.1 V) due to the improvement of interfacial properties between the conductive textile electrode and the ion-gel dielectric layer. Furthermore, the textile transistors exhibited highly stable device performance under extended bending conditions (with a bending radius down to 3 mm and repeated tests over 1000 cycles). We believe that our simple methods for the fabrication of graphene/AgNP textile composite for use in textile-type transistors can potentially be applied to the development of flexible large-area electronic clothes.

  20. Flexible Textile-Based Organic Transistors Using Graphene/Ag Nanoparticle Electrode

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    Kim, Youn; Kwon, Yeon Ju; Lee, Kang Eun; Oh, Youngseok; Um, Moon-Kwang; Seong, Dong Gi; Lee, Jea Uk

    2016-01-01

    Highly flexible and electrically-conductive multifunctional textiles are desirable for use in wearable electronic applications. In this study, we fabricated multifunctional textile composites by vacuum filtration and wet-transfer of graphene oxide films on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile in association with embedding Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) to improve the electrical conductivity. A flexible organic transistor can be developed by direct transfer of a dielectric/semiconducting double layer on the graphene/AgNP textile composite, where the textile composite was used as both flexible substrate and conductive gate electrode. The thermal treatment of a textile-based transistor enhanced the electrical performance (mobility = 7.2 cm2·V−1·s−1, on/off current ratio = 4 × 105, and threshold voltage = −1.1 V) due to the improvement of interfacial properties between the conductive textile electrode and the ion-gel dielectric layer. Furthermore, the textile transistors exhibited highly stable device performance under extended bending conditions (with a bending radius down to 3 mm and repeated tests over 1000 cycles). We believe that our simple methods for the fabrication of graphene/AgNP textile composite for use in textile-type transistors can potentially be applied to the development of flexible large-area electronic clothes. PMID:28335276

  1. Tumor suppressor WWOX binds to ΔNp63α and sensitizes cancer cells to chemotherapy.

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    Salah, Z; Bar-mag, T; Kohn, Y; Pichiorri, F; Palumbo, T; Melino, G; Aqeilan, R I

    2013-01-31

    The WWOX tumor suppressor is a WW domain-containing protein. Its function in the cell has been shown to be mediated, in part, by interacting with its partners through its first WW (WW1) domain. Here, we demonstrated that WWOX via WW1 domain interacts with p53 homolog, ΔNp63α. This protein-protein interaction stabilizes ΔNp63α, through antagonizing function of the E3 ubiquitin ligase ITCH, inhibits nuclear translocation of ΔNp63α into the nucleus and suppresses ΔNp63α transactivation function. Additionally, we found that this functional crosstalk reverses cancer cells resistance to cisplatin, mediated by ΔNp63α, and consequently renders these cells more sensitive to undergo apoptosis. These findings suggest a functional crosstalk between WWOX and ΔNp63α in tumorigenesis.

  2. Tumor suppressor WWOX binds to ΔNp63α and sensitizes cancer cells to chemotherapy

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    Salah, Z; Bar-mag, T; Kohn, Y; Pichiorri, F; Palumbo, T; Melino, G; Aqeilan, R I

    2013-01-01

    The WWOX tumor suppressor is a WW domain-containing protein. Its function in the cell has been shown to be mediated, in part, by interacting with its partners through its first WW (WW1) domain. Here, we demonstrated that WWOX via WW1 domain interacts with p53 homolog, ΔNp63α. This protein–protein interaction stabilizes ΔNp63α, through antagonizing function of the E3 ubiquitin ligase ITCH, inhibits nuclear translocation of ΔNp63α into the nucleus and suppresses ΔNp63α transactivation function. Additionally, we found that this functional crosstalk reverses cancer cells resistance to cisplatin, mediated by ΔNp63α, and consequently renders these cells more sensitive to undergo apoptosis. These findings suggest a functional crosstalk between WWOX and ΔNp63α in tumorigenesis. PMID:23370280

  3. High-value utilization of lignin to synthesize Ag nanoparticles with detection capacity for Hg²⁺.

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    Shen, Zuguang; Luo, Yuqiong; Wang, Qun; Wang, Xiaoying; Sun, Runcang

    2014-09-24

    This study reports the rapid preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from Tollens' reagent under microwave irradiation. In the synthesis, lignin with reducing groups and spatial three-dimensional structure was used as reducing and stabilizing agents without other chemical reagents, and the effects of the ratio of lignin to Ag(+), reaction temperature, and heating time on the synthesis of AgNPs were investigated. The obtained AgNPs were further characterized by UV-vis, Malvern particle size, TEM, XRD, and XPS analyses. The structural changes of lignin before and after reaction were also studied by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, and GC-MS. The results revealed that the obtained AgNPs were mostly spherical with diameters of around 24 nm. The optimum reaction conditions were a ratio 50 mg of lignin to 0.3 mM of Ag(+), a microwave irradiation temperature of 60 °C, and a heating time of 10 min. Moreover, AgNPs redispersed well in water and ethanol after centrifugation for the removal of lignin. During the formation of AgNPs, lignin was oxidized, and the side chains of lignin were partly disrupted into small molecules, such as hydrocarbon and alcohol. The resultant lignin-AgNPs showed highly selective sensing detection for Hg(2+), and the color of the lignin-AgNP solution containing Hg(2+) decreased gradually with increasing amounts of Hg(2+) within seconds, but the other 19 metal ions had little effect on the color and surface plasmon absorption band of the lignin-AgNPs. Also, there was a linear relationship between the absorbance and Hg(2+) concentration, with a limit of detection concentration of 23 nM. This study provides not only a new way to take advantage of agricultural and forestry residues, but also a green and rapid method for the synthesis of AgNPs to detect the toxic ion Hg(2+) selectively and sensitively.

  4. An investigation of localised surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag nanoparticles produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique

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    Gezgin, Serap Yiǧit; Kepceoǧlu, Abdullah; Kılıç, Hamdi Şükür

    2017-02-01

    Noble metal nano-structures such as Ag, Cu, Au are used commonly to increase power conversion efficiency of the solar cell by using their surface plasmons. The plasmonic metal nanoparticles of Ag among others that have strong LSPR in near UV range. They increase photon absorbance via embedding in the active semiconductor of the solar cell. Thin films of Ag are grown in the desired particle size and interparticle distance easily and at low cost by PLD technique. Ag nanoparticle thin films were grown on micro slide glass at 25-36 mJ laser pulse energies under by PLD using ns-Nd:YAG laser. The result of this work have been presented by carrying out UV-VIS and AFM analysis. It was concluded that a laser energy increases, the density and size of Ag-NPs arriving on the substrate increases, and the interparticle distance was decreases. Therefore, LSPR wavelength shifts towards to longer wavelength region.

  5. Selective photochemical synthesis of Ag nanoparticles on position-controlled ZnO nanorods for the enhancement of yellow-green light emission

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    Park, Hyeong-Ho; Zhang, Xin; Lee, Keun Woo; Sohn, Ahrum; Kim, Dong-Wook; Kim, Joondong; Song, Jin-Won; Choi, Young Su; Lee, Hee Kwan; Jung, Sang Hyun; Lee, In-Geun; Cho, Young-Dae; Shin, Hyun-Beom; Sung, Ho Kun; Park, Kyung Ho; Kang, Ho Kwan; Park, Won-Kyu; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-12-01

    A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to preferentially form Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods. The ratio of visible emission to ultraviolet (UV) emission for the Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays, synthesized for 30 min, is 20.5 times that for the ZnO nanorod arrays without Ag NPs. The enhancement of the visible emission is believed to associate with the surface plasmon (SP) effect of Ag NPs. The Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays show significant SP-induced enhancement of yellow-green light emission, which could be useful in optoelectronic applications. The technique developed here requires low processing temperatures (120 °C and lower) and no high-vacuum deposition tools, suitable for applications such as flexible electronics.A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to

  6. Submicron patterns obtained by thermal-induced reconstruction of self-assembled monolayer of Ag nanoparticles and their application in SERS

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    Ruan, Weidong; Zhou, Tieli; Cui, Yinqiu; Dong, Yujie; Liu, Zhuo; Dong, Fengxia; Wang, Haiyang; Luan, Xintong; Wang, Xu; Song, Wei; Zhao, Bing

    2014-08-01

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique was employed for the deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and triangular Ag nanoplates on glass substrates. A thermal-induced reconstruction of these polyelectrolyte-linked nanoparticle (NP) films was presented. Before the reconstruction, triangular Ag nanoplates were distributed uniformly on the surface with an average interval of 50 ± 15 nm. After the reconstruction, the triangular Ag nanoplates accumulated into discrete stacks with an average interval of 90 ± 25 nm. The temperature-dependent experiments were done and the optimal temperature for the formation of the reconstructed patterns was 120 °C. The possible mechanism of the NP movement and stacking was analyzed. Under the experimental conditions, a hydrophobic environment was formed because of the vacuum and heating. As a result the polyelectrolyte-linked Ag NPs preferred to congregate due to the lowered surface energy. Finally the submicron patterns were formed. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) properties of the films before and after the reconstruction was investigated. The reconstructed films with submicron patterns had better SERS enhancement ability, which was 1300 times to the original films. The reconstruction method of the monolayer films showed great potential in the surface design and related applications. AFM images were obtained to clarify the three dimensional structures of the reconstructed films obtained at 120 °C. As shown in Fig. 2, the Ag NP stacks had an average diameter of 1.0 ± 0.2 μm and an average height of 170 ± 30 nm. The diameter and height of the stacks were shaped by the aggregates of tens of triangular Ag nanoplates. The AFM cross-sectional contour showed the clear intervals of the stacks, which was corresponding to the SEM characterization.XRD patterns of the polyelectrolyte-linked NP films before and after thermal post-treatment are showed in

  7. ΔNp63α regulates keratinocyte proliferation by controlling PTEN expression and localization.

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    Leonard, M K; Kommagani, R; Payal, V; Mayo, L D; Shamma, H N; Kadakia, M P

    2011-12-01

    ΔNp63α, implicated as an oncogene, is upregulated by activated Akt, part of a well-known cell survival pathway. Inhibition of Akt activation by phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) and the presence of putative p63-binding sites in the pten promoter led us to investigate whether ΔNp63α regulates PTEN expression. Knockdown of ΔNp63α led to increases in PTEN levels and loss of activated Akt, while overexpression of ΔNp63α decreased PTEN levels and elevated active Akt. The repression of PTEN by ΔNp63α occurs independently of p53 status, as loss of ΔNp63α increases PTEN expression in cell lines with and without functional p53. In addition, decreased levels of ΔNp63α resulted in an increase in nuclear PTEN. Conversely, in vivo nuclear PTEN was absent in the proliferative basal layer of the epidermis where ΔNp63α expression is highest. Additionally, we show that in keratinocytes a balance between ΔNp63α and PTEN regulates Akt activation and maintains normal proliferation rates. This balance is disrupted in non-melanoma skin cancers through increased ΔNp63α levels, and could enhance proliferation and subsequent neoplastic development. Our studies show that ΔNp63α negatively regulates PTEN, thereby providing a feedback loop between PTEN, Akt and ΔNp63α, which has an integral role in skin cancer development.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  9. DNA/Ag Nanoparticles as Antibacterial Agents against Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Takeshima, Tomomi; Tada, Yuya; Sakaguchi, Norihito; Watari, Fumio; Fugetsu, Bunshi

    2015-01-01

    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles were produced using DNA extracted from salmon milt as templates. Particles spherical in shape with an average diameter smaller than 10 nm were obtained. The nanoparticles consisted of Ag as the core with an outermost thin layer of DNA. The DNA/Ag hybrid nanoparticles were immobilized over the surface of cotton based fabrics and their antibacterial efficiency was evaluated using E. coli as the typical Gram-negative bacteria. The antibacterial experiments were performed according to the Antibacterial Standard of Japanese Association for the Functional Evaluation of Textiles. The fabrics modified with DNA/Ag nanoparticles showed a high enough inhibitory and killing efficiency against E. coli at a concentration of Ag ≥ 10 ppm. PMID:28347012

  10. Perspectives for photonuclear research at the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) facility

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    Filipescu, D.; Anzalone, A.; Balabanski, D. L.; Belyshev, S. S.; Camera, F.; La Cognata, M.; Constantin, P.; Csige, L.; Cuong, P. V.; Cwiok, M.; Derya, V.; Dominik, W.; Gai, M.; Gales, S.; Gheorghe, I.; Ishkhanov, B. S.; Krasznahorkay, A.; Kuznetsov, A. A.; Mazzocchi, C.; Orlin, V. N.; Pietralla, N.; Sin, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Stopani, K. A.; Tesileanu, O.; Ur, C. A.; Ursu, I.; Utsunomiya, H.; Varlamov, V. V.; Weller, H. R.; Zamfir, N. V.; Zilges, A.

    2015-12-01

    The perspectives for photonuclear experiments at the new Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) facility are discussed in view of the need to accumulate novel and more precise nuclear data. The parameters of the ELI-NP gamma beam system are presented. The emerging experimental program, which will be realized at ELI-NP, is presented. Examples of day-one experiments with the nuclear resonance fluorescence technique, photonuclear reaction measurements, photofission experiments and studies of nuclear collective excitation modes and competition between various decay channels are discussed. The advantages which ELI-NP provides for all these experiments compared to the existing facilities are discussed.

  11. Unusual electric field gradient variation in the NpPd2Ge2 compound

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    Gaczyński, P.; Colineau, E.; Wastin, F.; Boulet, P.; Rebizant, J.; Caciuffo, R.

    2011-01-01

    NpPd2Ge2 has been studied by 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy between 4.2 K and 80 K. The value of the isomer shift suggests a Np3+ electronic configuration. The low temperature spectra provide a value of 2.10 μB for the magnetic ordered moment on the Np site. These values suggest a rather localized character of the 5f electrons in this system. The magnetic transition around 60 K is accompanied by a large increase of the quadrupolar interaction that is evidence of a redistribution of the electronic charges around the neptunium nucleus.

  12. Controls on the Fate and Speciation of Np(V) During Iron (Oxyhydr)oxide Crystallization.

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    Bots, Pieter; Shaw, Samuel; Law, Gareth T W; Marshall, Timothy A; Mosselmans, J Frederick W; Morris, Katherine

    2016-04-05

    The speciation and fate of neptunium as Np(V)O2(+) during the crystallization of ferrihydrite to hematite and goethite was explored in a range of systems. Adsorption of NpO2(+) to iron(III) (oxyhydr)oxide phases was reversible and, for ferrihydrite, occurred through the formation of mononuclear bidentate surface complexes. By contrast, chemical extractions and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) analyses showed the incorporation of Np(V) into the structure of hematite during its crystallization from ferrihydrite (pH 10.5). This occurred through direct replacement of octahedrally coordinated Fe(III) by Np(V) in neptunate-like coordination. Subsequent analyses on mixed goethite and hematite crystallization products (pH 9.5 and 11) showed that Np(V) was incorporated during crystallization. Conversely, there was limited evidence for Np(V) incorporation during goethite crystallization at the extreme pH of 13.3. This is likely due to the formation of a Np(V) hydroxide precipitate preventing incorporation into the goethite particles. Overall these data highlight the complex behavior of Np(V) during the crystallization of iron(III) (oxyhydr)oxides, and demonstrate clear evidence for neptunium incorporation into environmentally important mineral phases. This extends our knowledge of the range of geochemical conditions under which there is potential for long-term immobilization of radiotoxic Np in natural and engineered environments.

  13. The effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on proliferation and apoptosis of in ovo cultured glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells

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    Urbańska, Kaja; Pająk, Beata; Orzechowski, Arkadiusz; Sokołowska, Justyna; Grodzik, Marta; Sawosz, Ewa; Szmidt, Maciej; Sysa, Paweł

    2015-03-01

    Recently, it has been shown that silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) provide a unique approach to the treatment of tumors, especially those of neuroepithelial origin. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of AgNPs on proliferation and activation of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells cultured in an in ovo model. Human GBM cells, line U-87, were placed on chicken embryo chorioallantoic membrane. After 8 days, the tumors were divided into three groups: control (non-treated), treated with colloidal AgNPs (40 μg/ml), and placebo (tumors supplemented with vehicle only). At the end of the experiment, all tumors were isolated. Assessment of cell proliferation and cell apoptosis was estimated by histological, immunohistochemical, and Western blot analyses. The results show that AgNPs can influence GBM growth. AgNPs inhibit proliferation of GBM cells and seem to have proapoptotic properties. Although there were statistically significant differences between control and AgNP groups in the AI and the levels of active caspase 9 and active caspase 3, the level of these proteins in GBM cells treated with AgNPs seems to be on the border between the spontaneous apoptosis and the induced. Our results indicate that the antiproliferative properties of silver nanoparticles overwhelm proapoptotic ones. Further research focused on the cytotoxic effect of AgNPs on tumor and normal cells should be conducted.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Synthesis of Ball-Like Ag Nanorod Aggregates for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Catalytic Reduction

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    Zhang, Wenjing; Cai, Yin; Qian, Rui; Zhao, Bo; Zhu, Peizhi

    2016-01-01

    In this work, ball-like Ag nanorod aggregates have been synthesized via a simple seed-mediated method. These Ag mesostructures were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Adding a certain amount of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) can prolong its coagulation time. These Ag nanorod aggregates exhibit effective SERS effect, evaluated by Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and doxorubicin (DOX) as probe molecules. The limit of detection (LOD) for R6G and DOX are as low as 5 × 10−9 M and 5 × 10−6 M, respectively. Moreover, these Ag nanorod aggregates were found to be potential catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in the presence of NaBH4.

  17. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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

    2015-10-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Numerical calculation of plasmonic field absorption enhancement in CdSe-quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorods by Ag nanoparticle periodic arrays

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    Kohnehpoushi, Saman; Eskandari, Mehdi; Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid

    2016-12-01

    Plasmonic field absorption enhancement (PFAE) of Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) periodic arrays in CdSe-quantum dot (QD) sensitized ZnO nanorods was numerically investigated by the three-dimensional finite difference time domain (FDTD). The Ag NPs with spherical morphology were found to have an optimum PFAE compared to other Ag NP morphologies such as cubic and pyramidal. The results also showed that PFAE intensity in CdSe-QD-sensitized ZnO nanorods is increased with the reduction of Ag NP diameter until 10 nm and decreases thereafter. Moreover, the optimum density of spherical Ag NPs for optimum PFAE was observed as 20%. PFAE in CdSe-QD-sensitized ZnO nanorods is improved with increasing space between ZnO nanorods until 180 nm and reduces thereafter. Finally, the results showed that PFAE of Ag NPs for the high distance between ZnO nanorods is dependent on radiation angle; while for the low distance between ZnO nanorods it is free of radiation angle.

  20. Ag Nanoparticle-Grafted PAN-Nanohump Array Films with 3D High-Density Hot Spots as Flexible and Reliable SERS Substrates.

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    Li, Zhongbo; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Qing; Hu, Xiaoye; He, Xuan; Tang, Haibin; Wang, Zhiwei; Li, Fadi

    2015-10-28

    A facile fabrication approach of large-scale flexible films is reported, with one surface side consisting of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanohump (denoted as Ag-NPs@PAN-nanohump) arrays. This is achieved via molding PAN films with ordered nanohump arrays on one side and then sputtering much smaller Ag-NPs onto each of the PAN-nanohumps. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the Ag-NPs@PAN-nanohump array films can be improved by curving the flexible PAN film with ordered nanohump arrays during the Ag-sputtering process to increase the density of the Ag-NPs on the sidewalls of the PAN-nanohumps. More 3D hot spots are thus achieved on a large-scale. The Ag-NPs@PAN-nanohump array films show high SERS activity with good Raman signal reproducibility for Rhodamine 6G probe molecules. To trial their practical application, the Ag-NPs@PAN-nanohump array films are employed as SERS substrates for trace detection of trinitrotoluene and a congener of polychlorinated biphenyls. A lower detection limit of 10(-12) m and 10(-5) m can be achieved, respectively. Furthermore, the flexible Ag-NPs@PAN-nanohump array films can also be utilized as swabs to probe traces of methyl parathion on the surface of fruits such as apples. The as-fabricated SERS substrates therefore have promising potential for applications in rapid safety inspection and environmental protection.

  1. Study of the reaction npπ → npπ+π- at 1.0 and 1.5 GeV

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    Jerusalimov, A. P.; Belyaev, A. V.; Ladygin, V. P.; Kurilkin, A. K.; Troyan, A. Yu.; Troyan, Yu. A.

    2015-07-01

    The npnpπ + π - reaction has been studied at the incident neutron energies of 1.0 GeV and 1.5 GeV in 4 π-geometry using the neutron beam produced by the breakup of the relativistic deuterons at the JINR Synchrophasotron. The npnpπ + π - data obtained at 1.5 GeV demonstrate the dominance of the ΔΔ excitation process with a significant contribution of the higher-lying baryonic resonances, while the data at 1.0 GeV show a non-resonant behavior. The angular and mass distributions are compared with the predictions of different models suggested for the double pion production in the NN collisions. The calculations performed within the model based on the reggeized π-exchange taking one baryon exchange into account are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained at both energies.

  2. Ag doped silicon nitride nanocomposites for embedded plasmonics

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    Bayle, M.; Bonafos, C.; Benzo, P.; Benassayag, G.; Pécassou, B.; Khomenkova, L.; Gourbilleau, F.; Carles, R.

    2015-09-01

    The localized surface plasmon-polariton resonance (LSPR) of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) is widely exploited for enhanced optical spectroscopies of molecules, nonlinear optics, photothermal therapy, photovoltaics, or more recently in plasmoelectronics and photocatalysis. The LSPR frequency depends not only of the noble metal NP material, shape, and size but also of its environment, i.e., of the embedding matrix. In this paper, Ag-NPs have been fabricated by low energy ion beam synthesis in silicon nitride (SiNx) matrices. By coupling the high refractive index of SiNx to the relevant choice of dielectric thickness in a SiNx/Si bilayer for an optimum antireflective effect, a very sharp plasmonic optical interference is obtained in mid-range of the visible spectrum (2.6 eV). The diffusion barrier property of the host SiNx matrix allows for the introduction of a high amount of Ag and the formation of a high density of Ag-NPs that nucleate during the implantation process. Under specific implantation conditions, in-plane self-organization effects are obtained in this matrix that could be the result of a metastable coarsening regime.

  3. Ag doped silicon nitride nanocomposites for embedded plasmonics

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    Bayle, M.; Bonafos, C. Benzo, P.; Benassayag, G.; Pécassou, B.; Carles, R.; Khomenkova, L.; Gourbilleau, F.

    2015-09-07

    The localized surface plasmon-polariton resonance (LSPR) of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) is widely exploited for enhanced optical spectroscopies of molecules, nonlinear optics, photothermal therapy, photovoltaics, or more recently in plasmoelectronics and photocatalysis. The LSPR frequency depends not only of the noble metal NP material, shape, and size but also of its environment, i.e., of the embedding matrix. In this paper, Ag-NPs have been fabricated by low energy ion beam synthesis in silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}) matrices. By coupling the high refractive index of SiN{sub x} to the relevant choice of dielectric thickness in a SiN{sub x}/Si bilayer for an optimum antireflective effect, a very sharp plasmonic optical interference is obtained in mid-range of the visible spectrum (2.6 eV). The diffusion barrier property of the host SiN{sub x} matrix allows for the introduction of a high amount of Ag and the formation of a high density of Ag-NPs that nucleate during the implantation process. Under specific implantation conditions, in-plane self-organization effects are obtained in this matrix that could be the result of a metastable coarsening regime.

  4. Core/shell Cu@Ag nanoparticle: a versatile platform for colorimetric visualization of inorganic anions.

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    Zhang, Jia; Yuan, Yue; Xu, Xiaowen; Wang, Xiaolei; Yang, Xiurong

    2011-10-01

    Recognition and sensing of anions in aqueous media have been of considerable interest while remaining a challenging task up to date. In this document, we wish to present a simple yet sensitive method to detect inorganic anions by colorimetry based on the citrate-stabilized core/shell Cu@Ag nanoparticle (NP). It was found that the NP could discriminate some specific anions (Cl(-), Br(-), I(-), S(2-), and SCN(-)) from a wide range of environmentally dominant anions (F(-), SO(4)(2-), H(2)PO(4)(-), CO(3)(2-), NO(3)(-), etc), identified by the change in the color of the buffered NP solution or the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorbance band in the UV-vis spectrum. Among the recognized anions, four types of variation in the SPR absorption band were revealed. It was strongly enhanced for Cl(-) and Br(-) and was strongly damped for S(2-). For I(-), it first was slightly enhanced at lower concentrations and then gradually was damped at higher concentrations. For SCN(-), it first was slightly damped at lower concentrations and then was strongly enhanced at higher concentrations. In response to the optical change, the color of the NP solution turned from brown to bright yellow for Cl(-) (1 mM), Br(-) (10 μM), and SCN(-) (50 μM) to brownish orange for I(-) (10 μM) and to reddish orange for S(2-) (50 μM). The reason for these phenomena was postulated by the evidence of transmission electron microscope (TEM) images, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and zeta potentials. In view of the importance of anions in the environment and for human health, the Cu@Ag NP colorimetric platform may have some applications, such as discriminating household table salt (NaCl) from industrial salt (NaNO(2)), testing the quality and extent of a variety of waters, and so forth.

  5. Low energy scattering cross section ratios of 14N(p ,p ) 14N

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    deBoer, R. J.; Bardayan, D. W.; Görres, J.; LeBlanc, P. J.; Manukyan, K. V.; Moran, M. T.; Smith, K.; Tan, W.; Uberseder, E.; Wiescher, M.; Bertone, P. F.; Champagne, A. E.; Islam, M. S.

    2015-04-01

    Background: The slowest reaction in the first CNO cycle is 14N(p ,γ ) 15O , therefore its rate determines the overall energy production efficiency of the entire cycle. The cross section presents several strong resonance contributions, especially for the ground-state transition. Some of the properties of the corresponding levels in the 15O compound nucleus remain uncertain, which affects the uncertainty in extrapolating the capture cross section to the low energy range of astrophysical interest. Purpose: The 14N(p ,γ ) 15O cross section can be described by using the phenomenological R matrix. Over the energy range of interest, only the proton and γ -ray channels are open. Since resonance capture makes significant contributions to the 14N(p ,γ ) 15O cross section, resonant proton scattering data can be used to provide additional constraints on the R -matrix fit of the capture data. Methods: A 4 MV KN Van de Graaff accelerator was used to bombard protons onto a windowless gas target containing enriched 14N gas over the proton energy range from Ep=1.0 to 3.0 MeV. Scattered protons were detected at θlab=90 , 120∘, 135∘, 150∘, and 160∘ using ruggedized silicon detectors. In addition, a 10 MV FN Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator was used to accelerate protons onto a solid Adenine (C5H5N5 ) target, of natural isotopic abundance, evaporated onto a thin self-supporting carbon backing, over the energy range from Ep=1.8 to 4.0 MeV. Scattered protons were detected at 28 angles between θlab=30 .4∘ and 167 .7∘ by using silicon photodiode detectors. Results: Relative cross sections were extracted from both measurements. While the relative cross sections do not provide as much constraint as absolute measurements, they greatly reduce the dependence of the data on otherwise significant systematic uncertainties, which are more difficult to quantify. The data are fit simultaneously using an R -matrix analysis and level energies and proton widths are extracted. Even

  6. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  7. Promising antimicrobial capability of thin film metallic glasses.

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    Chu, Y Y; Lin, Y S; Chang, C M; Liu, J-K; Chen, C H; Huang, J C

    2014-03-01

    Thin film metallic glasses (TFMGs) are demonstrated to exhibit excellent surface flatness, high corrosion resistance and satisfactory hydrophobic properties. Moreover, the antimicrobial and biocompatibility abilities of TFMGs are examined and the results are compared with the behavior of pure Ag and 316L stainless steel. Three TFMGs, Al48Ag37Ti15, Zr54Ti35Si11, and Zr59Ti22Ag19, are prepared by sputtering to assess the antimicrobial performance against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are the most common nosocomial infection pathogens. Experimental results show that the antimicrobial effect of the Al- or Ag-containing AlAgTi and ZrTiAg TFMGs is similar to that of the pure Ag coating. The ZrTiSi TFMG with no Ag or Al shows poor antimicrobial capability. The physical properties of highly smooth surface and hydrophobic nature alone are not sufficient to result in promising antimicrobial ability. The chemical metal ion release still plays a major role, which should be born in mind in designing biomedical devices.

  8. Enhanced ultraviolet photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by modified polymer-network gel method

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    Lu, Y. H.; Xu, M.; Xu, L. X.; Zhang, C. L.; Zhang, Q. P.; Xu, X. N.; Xu, S.; Ostrikov, K.

    2015-09-01

    Ag/ZnO nanoparticle (NP) heterostructures are synthesized through a modified polymer-network gel method in which glucose is added to the precursor solution to prevent the gel from drastically shrinking during drying of the aqueous solution. Structural and optical properties of the samples are characterized by a range of techniques including XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, UV-Vis, and PL. The high-quality Ag-ZnO heterostructure is evidenced clearly by high-resolution TEM. The Ag/ZnO heterostructure nanocomposites exhibit a higher photocatalytic activity in the degradation of methyl orange than pure ZnO. Especially, Ag/ZnO NP heterostructures with the Ag/Zn molar ratio of 5:95 (sample ZA-5) show the highest degradation efficiency, which is 11 times higher compared with pure ZnO. The photoluminescence properties of the heterostructures and O defect states are studied to well explain the observed photocatalytic effects. ZA-5 also exhibits competitive photocatalytic activity for the degradation of other pollutant dyes such as Methylene blue and Rhodamine B compared with the recently reported techniques, while showing excellent catalyst photostability as well as offering simplicity and reliability.

  9. Spectroscopic investigation of U, Np and Th in nuclear glasses

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    Calas, G.; Galoisy, L. V.; Petit-Maire, D.

    2011-12-01

    Vitrification of high-level radioactive waste in borosilicate glasses is currently used on an industrial scale in several countries. The fundamental properties of the waste forms are their chemical and mechanical durability against the forcing conditions represented by chemical alteration or internal/external irradiation. The waste immobilized in glass is composed of over 30 different nuclear fission and activation products, as well as minor actinides. The oxidation state and local atomic coordination of long-lived radionuclides are important parameters to understand the long-term evolution of the glass. We present an overview of the local structure around actinides in glasses similar to the French nuclear glass. X-Ray absorption spectroscopy has been used to probe the local environment around uranium, neptunium and thorium in these glasses. It is combined with with UV-visible spectroscopy, used to get selective information on the surrounding of U(IV), U(V) and U(VI) in glasses. Our spectroscopic data show that U, Np and Th occur in nuclear glasses in a peculiar surrounding showing significant differences with the crystal chemistry of these elements in crystalline compounds. Element speciation may be used as a pertinent parameter to follow the long-term stability of nuclear glasses, either under irradiation or during the alteration of the glass.

  10. Preparation of AgBr@SiO2 core@shell hybrid nanoparticles and their bactericidal activity.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Yang, Lisu; Zhao, Yanbao; Li, Binjie; Sun, Lei; Luo, Huajuan

    2013-04-01

    AgBr@SiO2 core@shell hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully prepared by sol-gel method. Their morphology and structure were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The hybrid NPs are predominantly spherical in shape, with an average diameter of 180-200 nm, and each NP contains one inorganic core. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the hybrid NPs were examined against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Escherichia coli (E. coli), respectively. Results indicated that the AgBr@SiO2 NPs had excellent antibacterial activity.

  11. Solution-processed Ag-nanowire/ZnO-nanoparticle composite transparent electrode for flexible organic solar cells.

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    Wei, Bin; Pan, Saihu; Wang, Taohong; Tian, Zhenghao; Chen, Guo; Xu, Tao

    2016-12-16

    This paper demonstrates a hybrid transparent electrode composed of a solution-processed silver-nanowire (AgNW) film coated by zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) acting as a modified buffer layer. The effect of the ZnO-NPs' coating ratio on the performances of indium tin oxide (ITO)-free organic solar cells (OSCs) has been systematically investigated. The optimized ITO-free OSCs achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.85%, while flexible OSCs using the AgNW/ZnO-NP composite transparent electrode grown on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate showed a PCE of 2.2%.

  12. Solution-processed Ag-nanowire/ZnO-nanoparticle composite transparent electrode for flexible organic solar cells

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    Wei, Bin; Pan, Saihu; Wang, Taohong; Tian, Zhenghao; Chen, Guo; Xu, Tao

    2016-12-01

    This paper demonstrates a hybrid transparent electrode composed of a solution-processed silver-nanowire (AgNW) film coated by zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) acting as a modified buffer layer. The effect of the ZnO-NPs’ coating ratio on the performances of indium tin oxide (ITO)-free organic solar cells (OSCs) has been systematically investigated. The optimized ITO-free OSCs achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.85%, while flexible OSCs using the AgNW/ZnO-NP composite transparent electrode grown on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate showed a PCE of 2.2%.

  13. Enhancement of NO2 gas detection in hybrid silver nanoparticles-phthalocyanine thin films

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    Zasedatelev, A. V.; Krichevsky, D. M.; Zelenskiy, Yu M.; Tolbin, A. Yu; Krasovskii, V. I.; Karpo, A. B.; Tomilova, L. G.

    2016-08-01

    Phthalocyanine-functionalized plasmonic sensing systems are typically based on Kretschmann configuration. Such scheme of detection utilizes spectral or angular modulation of reflected light, which is induced by surface plasmon's excitation in the metal film on prism. Phthalocyanine's layer plays a role of analyte adsorber. In present paper we offer another approach to phthalocyanine-plasmonic sensing, where both local surface plasmon resonance and optical absorption of phthalocyanines are simultaneously detected. Hybrid Ag nanoparticles (AgNps) - low symmetrical A3B zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) thin films were prepared, and their NO2 gas sensitive properties were examined. Since the plasmon resonance of AgNps was properly tuned to charge-transfer band of ZnPc-NO2 complex, we found out more than two-fold increase of the optical response to NO2 exposure in AgNps-ZnPc thin films compared to ZnPc films without AgNps.

  14. An ultrathin, smooth, and low-loss Al-doped Ag film and its application as a transparent electrode in organic photovoltaics.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Zhao, Dewei; Gu, Deen; Kim, Hyunsoo; Ling, Tao; Wu, Yi-Kuei Ryan; Guo, L Jay

    2014-08-27

    An ultrathin, smooth, and low-loss Ag film without a wetting layer is achieved by co-depositing a small amount of Al into Ag. The film can be as thin as 6 nm, with a roughness below 1 nm and excellent mechanical flexibility. Organic photovoltaics that use these thin films as transparent electrode show superior efficiency to their indium tin oxide (ITO) counterparts because of improved photon management.

  15. Simultaneous determination of epinephrine and dopamine by electrochemical reduction on the hybrid material SiO₂/graphene oxide decorated with Ag nanoparticles.

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    Cincotto, Fernando H; Canevari, Thiago C; Campos, Anderson M; Landers, Richard; Machado, Sérgio A S

    2014-09-21

    This paper describes the synthesis, characterization and applications of a new hybrid material composed of mesoporous silica (SiO2) modified with graphene oxide (GO), SiO2/GO, obtained by the sol-gel process using HF as the catalyst. The hybrid material, SiO2/GO, was decorated with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with a size of less than 20 nanometres, prepared directly on the surface of the material using N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) as the reducing agent. The resulting material was designated as AgNP/SiO2/GO. The Ag/SiO2/GO material was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). A glassy carbon electrode modified with AgNP/SiO2/GO was used in the development of a sensitive electrochemical sensor for the simultaneous determination of epinephrine and dopamine employing electrocatalytic reduction using squarewave voltammetry. Well-defined and separate reduction peaks were observed in PBS buffer at pH 7. No significant interference was seen for primarily biological interferents such as uric acid and ascorbic acid in the detection of dopamine and epinephrine. Our study demonstrated that the resultant AgNP/SiO2/GO-modified electrode is highly sensitive for the simultaneous determination of dopamine and epinephrine, with the limits of detection being 0.26 and 0.27 μmol L(-1), respectively. The AgNP/SiO2/GO-modified electrode is highly selective and can be used to detect dopamine and epinephrine in a human urine sample.

  16. The Ebola Virus VP30-NP Interaction Is a Regulator of Viral RNA Synthesis

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    Kirchdoerfer, Robert N.; Moyer, Crystal L.; Abelson, Dafna M.; Saphire, Erica Ollmann

    2016-01-01

    Filoviruses are capable of causing deadly hemorrhagic fevers. All nonsegmented negative-sense RNA-virus nucleocapsids are composed of a nucleoprotein (NP), a phosphoprotein (VP35) and a polymerase (L). However, the VP30 RNA-synthesis co-factor is unique to the filoviruses. The assembly, structure, and function of the filovirus RNA replication complex remain unclear. Here, we have characterized the interactions of Ebola, Sudan and Marburg virus VP30 with NP using in vitro biochemistry, structural biology and cell-based mini-replicon assays. We have found that the VP30 C-terminal domain interacts with a short peptide in the C-terminal region of NP. Further, we have solved crystal structures of the VP30-NP complex for both Ebola and Marburg viruses. These structures reveal that a conserved, proline-rich NP peptide binds a shallow hydrophobic cleft on the VP30 C-terminal domain. Structure-guided Ebola virus VP30 mutants have altered affinities for the NP peptide. Correlation of these VP30-NP affinities with the activity for each of these mutants in a cell-based mini-replicon assay suggests that the VP30-NP interaction plays both essential and inhibitory roles in Ebola virus RNA synthesis. PMID:27755595

  17. Training and Generalized Production of wh- and NP-Movement Structures in Agrammatic Aphasia.

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    Thompson, Cynthia K.; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Production of complex sentences was studied in two men with agrammatic aphasia. The influence of training question production (wh)-movement structures on untrained wh-movement structures and on noun phrases (NP)-movement structures was investigated. Results indicate that movement to an argument position, as in NP-movement, is distinct from a…

  18. Faculty supervision of NP program practicums: A comparison of rural and urban site differences.

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    Kaplan, Louise; Klein, Tracy; Skillman, Susan; Andrilla, C Holly

    2016-06-16

    Results of a survey of NP education programs were analyzed to describe factors influencing clinical placement of students in rural clinical rotations, methods used to evaluate NP students in their clinical rotations, and whether the frequency and type of faculty evaluations differed by urban or rural clinical sites.

  19. Radiochemical determination of 237NP in soil samples contaminated with weapon grade plutonium

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    Antón, M. P.; Espinosa, A.; Aragón, A.

    2006-01-01

    The Palomares terrestrial ecosystem (Spain) constitutes a natural laboratory to study transuranics. This scenario is partially contaminated with weapon-grade plutonium since the burnout and fragmentation of two thermonuclear bombs accidentally dropped in 1966. While performing radiometric measurements in the field, the possible presence of 237Np was observed through its 29 keV gamma emission. To accomplish a detailed characterization of the source term in the contaminated area using the isotopic ratios Pu-Am-Np, the radiochemical isolation and quantification by alpha spectrometry of 237Np was initiated. The selected radiochemical procedure involves separation of Np from Am, U and Pu with ionic resins, given that in soil samples from Palomares 239+240Pu levels are several orders of magnitude higher than 237Np. Then neptunium is isolated using TEVA organic resins. After electrodeposition, quantification is performed by alpha spectrometry. Different tests were done with blank solutions spiked with 236Pu and 237Np, solutions resulting from the total dissolution of radioactive particles and soil samples. Results indicate that the optimal sequential radionuclide separation order is Pu-Np, with decontamination percentages obtained with the ionic resins ranging from 98% to 100%. Also, the addition of NaNO2 has proved to be necessary, acting as a stabilizer of Pu-Np valences.

  20. Superior antibacterial activity of GlcN-AuNP-GO by ultraviolet irradiation.

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    Govindaraju, Saravanan; Samal, Monica; Yun, Kyusik

    2016-12-01

    A complete bacterialysis analysis of glucosamine-gold nanoparticle-graphene oxide (GlcN-AuNP-GO) and UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO was conducted. Analytical characterization of GlcN-AuNPs, GO and GlcN-AuNP-GO revealed UV-Vis absorbance peak at around 230 and 500nm. Microscopic characterization of prepared nanomaterials was performed by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy, and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The results confirmed that the GlcN-AuNPs were uniformly decorated on the surface and edges of graphene sheets. In addition, potent antibacterial activity of GlcN-AuNP-GO that was UV irradiated for 10min and normal GlcN-AuNP-GO was detected, compared to the standard drug kanamycin, against both Gram-negative and positive bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and fluorescence intensity spectra results for Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis showed that the UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO has better antibacterial activity than normal GlcN-AuNP-GO and kanamycin. Morphological changes were detected by AFM after treatment. These results confirmed that GlcN-AuNP-GO is a potent antibacterial agent with good potential for use in manufacturing medical instruments, pharmaceutical industries and in waste water treatment.

  1. Photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with Ag on the degradation of endocrine disrupting under UV irradiation and the investigation of its antibacterial activity

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    Bechambi, Olfa; Chalbi, Manel; Najjar, Wahiba; Sayadi, Sami

    2015-08-01

    Ag-doped ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag molar content (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0%) were prepared via hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV--Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural, textural and optical properties of the samples. The results showed that Ag-doping does not change the average crystallite size with the Ag low content (≤1.0%) but slightly decreases with Ag high content (>1.0%). The specific surface area (SBET) increases with the increase of the Ag content. The band gap values of ZnO are decreased with the increase of the Ag doping level. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol (NP) in aqueous solutions under UV irradiation and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. The TOC conversion BPA and NP are 72.1% and 81.08% respectively obtained using 1% Ag-doped ZnO. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electrons-holes in ZnO. The antibacterial activity of the catalysts which uses Escherichia coli as a model for Gram-negative bacteria confirmed that Ag-doped ZnO possessed more antibacterial activity than the pure ZnO.

  2. Morphology and oxygen incorporation effect on antimicrobial activity of silver thin films

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    Rebelo, Rita; Manninen, N. K.; Fialho, Luísa; Henriques, Mariana; Carvalho, Sandra

    2016-05-01

    Ag and AgxO thin films were deposited by non-reactive and reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering, respectively, with the final propose of functionalizing the SS316L substrate with antibacterial properties. The coatings were characterized chemically, physically and structurally. The coatings nanostructure was assessed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), while the coatings morphology was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD and XPS analyses suggested that Ag thin film is composed by metallic Ag, which crystallizes in fcc-Ag phase, while the AgxO thin film showed both metallic Ag and Agsbnd O bonds, which crystalize in fcc-Ag and silver oxide phases. The SEM results revealed that Ag thin film formed a continuous layer, while AgxO layer was composed of islands with hundreds of nanometers surrounded by small nanoparticles with tens of nanometers. The surface wettability and surface tension parameters were determined by contact angle measurements, being found that Ag and AgxO surfaces showed very similar behavior, with all the surfaces showing a hydrophobic character. In order to verify the antibacterial behavior of the coatings, halo inhibition zone tests were realized for Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. Ag coatings did not show antibacterial behavior, contrarily to AgxO coating, which presented antibacterial properties against the studied bacteria. The presence of silver oxide phase along with the development of different morphology was pointed as the main factors in the origin of the antibacterial effect found in AgxO thin film. The present study demonstrated that AgxO coating presented antibacterial behavior and its application in cardiovascular stents is promising.

  3. STABILITY CONSTANTS OF NP(V) COMPLEXES WITH FLOURIDE AND SULFATE AT VARIABLE TEMPERATURES

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    Y. Xia; J.I. Friese; D.A. Moore; L. Rao

    2005-07-11

    A solvent extraction method was used to determine the stability constants of Np(V) complexes with fluoride and sulfate in 1.0 M NaClO{sub 4} from 25 C to 60 C. The distribution ratio of Np(V) between the organic and aqueous phases was found to decrease as the concentrations of fluoride and sulfate were increased. Stability constants of the 1:1 Np(V)-fluoride complexes and the 1:1 Np(V)-sulfate and 1:2 Np(V)-sulfate complexes, dominant in the aqueous phase under the experimental conditions, were calculated from the effect of [F{sup -}] and [SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}] on the distribution ratio. The enthalpy and entropy of complexation were calculated from the stability constants at different temperatures by using the Van't Hoff equation.

  4. Precision Photothermal Annealing of Nanoporous Gold Thin Films for the Microfabrication of a Single-chip Material Libraries

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    Harris, C. D.; Shen, N.; Rubenchik, A.; Demos, S. G.; Matthews, M. J.

    2015-06-30

    Single-chip material libraries of thin films of nanostructured materials are a promising approach for high throughput studies of structure-property relationship in the fields of physics and biology. Nanoporous gold (np-Au), produced by an alloy corrosion process, is a nanostructured material of specific interest in both these fields. One attractive property of np-Au is its self-similar coarsening behavior by thermally induced surface diffusion. However, traditional heat application techniques for the modification of np-Au are bulk processes that cannot be used to generate a library of different pore sizes on a single chip. Laser micromachining offers an attractive solution to this problem by providing a means to apply energy with high spatial and temporal resolution. In the present study we use finite element multiphysics simulations to predict the effects of laser mode (continuous-wave vs. pulsed) and supporting substrate thermal conductivity on the local np-Au film temperatures during photothermal annealing and subsequently investigate the mechanisms by which the np-Au network is coarsening. Our simulations predict that continuous-wave mode laser irradiation on a silicon supporting substrate supports the widest range of morphologies that can be created through the photothermal annealing of thin film np-Au. Using this result we successfully fabricate a single-chip material library consisting of 81 np-Au samples of 9 different morphologies for use in increased throughput material interaction studies.

  5. Ag/AgCl reference electrode in thionyl chloride electrolytes

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    Delnick, F. M.; Cieslak, W. R.

    1985-07-01

    Thionyl chloride is the active cathode and electrolyte solvent in Li/SOCl2 primary battery systems. To evaluate charge-transfer reactions in this solvent system, a reference electrode is required. This report describes the fabrication and characterization of Ag/AgCl microreference electrodes that can be used in SOCl2 battery electrolytes.

  6. TANK 40 FINAL SB5 CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION RESULTS PRIOR TO NP ADDITION

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    Bannochie, C.; Click, D.

    2010-01-06

    A sample of Sludge Batch 5 (SB5) was pulled from Tank 40 in order to obtain radionuclide inventory analyses necessary for compliance with the Waste Acceptance Product Specifications (WAPS). This sample was also analyzed for chemical composition including noble metals. Prior to radionuclide inventory analyses, a final sample of the H-canyon Np stream will be added to bound the Np addition anticipated for Tank 40. These analyses along with the WAPS radionuclide analyses will help define the composition of the sludge in Tank 40 that is currently being fed to DWPF as SB5. At the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) the 3-L Tank 40 SB5 sample was transferred from the shipping container into a 4-L high density polyethylene vessel and solids allowed to settle overnight. Supernate was then siphoned off and circulated through the shipping container to complete the transfer of the sample. Following thorough mixing of the 3-L sample, a 239 g sub-sample was removed. This sub-sample was then utilized for all subsequent analytical samples. Eight separate aliquots of the slurry were digested, four with HNO{sub 3}/HCl (aqua regia) in sealed Teflon{reg_sign} vessels and four in Na{sub 2}O{sub 2} (alkali or peroxide fusion) using Zr crucibles. Due to the use of Zr crucibles and Na in the peroxide fusions, Na and Zr cannot be determined from this preparation. Additionally, other alkali metals, such as Li and K that may be contaminants in the Na{sub 2}O{sub 2} are not determined from this preparation. Three Analytical Reference Glass - 14 (ARG-1) standards were digested along with a blank for each preparation. The ARG-1 glass allows for an assessment of the completeness of each digestion. Each aqua regia digestion and blank was diluted to 1:100 mL with deionized water and submitted to Analytical Development (AD) for inductively coupled plasma - atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES) analysis, inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis of masses 81-209 and 230

  7. Ag-Air Service

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    1981-01-01

    Econ, Inc.'s agricultural aerial application, "ag-air," involves more than 10,000 aircraft spreading insecticides, herbicides, fertilizer, seed and other materials over millions of acres of farmland. Difficult for an operator to estimate costs accurately and decide what to charge or which airplane can handle which assignment most efficiently. Computerized service was designed to improve business efficiency in choice of aircraft and determination of charge rates based on realistic operating cost data. Each subscriber fills out a detailed form which pertains to his needs and then receives a custom-tailored computer printout best suited to his particular business mix.

  8. Construction of Ag/AgCl nanostructures from Ag nanoparticles as high-performance visible-light photocatalysts

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    Yang, Fan; Liu, Dongzhi; Wang, Tianyang; Li, Wei; Hu, Wenping; Zhou, Xueqin

    2016-11-01

    A combined strategy of in situ oxidation and assembly is developed to prepare Ag/AgCl nanospheres and nanocubes from Ag nanoparticles under room temperature. It is a new facile way to fabricate Ag/AgCl with small sizes and defined morphologies. Ag/AgCl nanospheres with an average size of 80 nm were achieved without any surfactants, while Ag/AgCl nanocubes with a mean edge length of 150 nm were obtained by introduction of N-dodecyl- N, N-dimethyl-2-ammonio-acetate. The possible formation mechanism involves the self-assembly of AgCl nanoparticles, Ostwald ripening and photoreduction of Ag+ into Ag0 by the room light. The as-prepared Ag/AgCl nanospheres and nanocubes exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity and stability toward degradation of organic pollutants under visible-light irradiation. It is demonstrated that Ag/AgCl nanocubes display enhanced photocatalytic activity in comparison with Ag/AgCl nanospheres due to the more efficient charge transfer. This work may pave an avenue to construct various functional materials via the assembly strategy using nanoparticles as versatile building blocks.

  9. Plasmonic Ag@oxide nanoprisms for enhanced performance of organic solar cells.

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    Du, Peng; Jing, Pengtao; Li, Di; Cao, Yinghui; Liu, Zhenyu; Sun, Zaicheng

    2015-05-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), light scattering, and lowering the series resistance of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) provide positive effect on the performance of photovoltaic device. However, the exciton recombination on the noble metal NPs accompanying above influences will deteriorate the performance of device. In this report, surface-modified Ag@oxide (TiO2 or SiO2 ) nanoprisms with 1-2 nm shell thickness are developed. The thin film composed of P3HT/Ag@oxides and P3HT:PCBM/Ag@oxides is investigated by absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and transient absorption spectroscopy. The results show a significant absorption, PL enhancement, and long-lived photogenerated polaron in the P3HT/Ag@TiO2 film, indicating the increase of photogenerated exciton population by LSPR of Ag nanoprisms. In the case of P3HT/Ag nanoprisms, partial PL quench and relatively short-lived photogenerated polaron are observed. That indicates that the oxides layer can effectively avoid the exciton recombination. When the Ag@oxide nanoprisms are introduced into the active layer of P3HT:PCBM photovoltaic devices, about 31% of power conversion efficiency enhancement is obtained relative to the reference cell. All these results indicate that Ag@oxides can enhance the performance of the cell, at the same time the ultrathin oxide shell prevents from the exciton recombination.

  10. High-temperature magnetization anomaly in Co/Ag/Si(1 1 1) ultrathin films

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    Lin, J. Y.; Tsay, J. S.; Liou, Y.; Yao, Y. D.; Lee, S. F.; Yang, C. S.

    2000-01-01

    High-temperature magnetic properties of ultrathin Co/Ag/Si(1 1 1) films were studied by surface magneto-optic Kerr effect (SMOKE) in an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) chamber with a background pressure less than 1×10 -10 Torr. A 6 mono-layer (ML) Co layer was deposited on Si(1 1 1) surface with Ag as a buffer layer with the thickness being varied between 0 and 5.6 ML. Both polar and longitudinal MOKE (P- and LMOKE) were studied as a function of temperature between 300 and 550 K. It is interesting to note that the Kerr intensity of LMOKE for Co/Ag/Si(1 1 1) thin film with Ag thickness of 2.8 and 5.6 ML decreases with increasing temperature and vanishes near 475 K; it shows up again in the opposite direction above 475 K before vanishing again at 550 K. This was not observed for samples with Ag thickness less than 2.8 ML. This indicates that the Ag buffer layer is playing an important role in the variation of magnetization of Co at high temperature; in other words, stress or small Co/Co-Ag clusters formed by the diffusion between Ag and Co layer at high temperature may cause the magnetization anomaly.

  11. Thermoelectric Properties of Hybrid Thin Films of PEDOT-PSS and Silver Nanowires

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    Yoshida, Akihito; Toshima, Naoki

    2016-06-01

    We report the thermoelectric (TE) properties of organic-inorganic hybrid thin films composed of conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS), and inorganic silver nanowire (AgNW). Two kinds of AgNW with different wire length, 3 μm and 27 μm, were used in this study. The AgNW/PEDOT-PSS hybrid films showed an increase in electrical conductivity ( σ) with increase in AgNW concentration. The maximum value of σ obtained in this system was ca. 10,000 S cm-1. The films containing long AgNWs (L-AgNWs) showed higher σ relative to short AgNWs (S-AgNWs) at given concentration, which results from the fact that longer nanowires can easily form a percolated structure. The formation of a percolated structure was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient ( S) of the hybrid films showed the opposite dependence on AgNW concentration. This decrease in S with increasing AgNW concentration is probably because of increase in carrier number due to the AgNWs. These results suggest that the presented organic-inorganic hybrid system is one example where the electrical conductivity and TE properties can be tuned by use of a nanocomposite.

  12. Communication: Structure, formation, and equilibration of ensembles of Ag-S complexes on an Ag surface

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    Russell, Selena M.; Kim, Yousoo; Liu, Da-Jiang; Evans, J. W.; Thiel, P. A.

    2013-02-15

    We have utilized conditions of very low temperature (4.7 K) and very low sulfur coverage to isolate and identify Ag-S complexes that exist on the Ag(111) surface. The experimental conditions are such that the complexes form at temperatures above the temperature of observation. These complexes can be regarded as polymeric chains of varying length, with an Ag4S pyramid at the core of each monomeric unit. Steps may catalyze the formation of the chains and this mechanism may be reflected in the chain length distribution.

  13. Recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} assisted by metallic Cu or Ag

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    Rodriguez-Alvarez, Humberto; Mainz, Roland; Marsen, Bjoern; Schock, Hans-Werner

    2010-04-15

    We monitor the recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} thin films assisted by pure Cu or pure Ag by means of real-time synchrotron-based polychromatic X-ray diffraction. In both cases a new microstructure is formed accompanied by an increase in grain size. In the case of Cu, the onset temperature of the thin-film recrystallization is higher than 370 deg. C. In the case of Ag, the thin-film recrystallization comes to an end at 270 deg. C. The Ag-assisted recrystallization occurs in the presence of the body-centered cubic beta-Ag{sub 2}S phase. We find that domain growth and diffusion of silver into the film occur simultaneously. - Graphical abstract Keywords: Recrystallization; Thin-film solar cells; Energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction: In-situ monitoring by means of energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction of the thin-film recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} assisted by metallic Ag.

  14. Post-growth process for flexible CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells with high specific power.

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    Cho, Eunwoo; Kang, Yoonmook; Kim, Donghwan; Kim, Jihyun

    2016-05-16

    We demonstrated a flexible CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell with high specific power of approximately 254 W/kg. A flexible and ultra-light weight CdS/CdTe cell treated with pre-NP etch process exhibited high conversion efficiency of 13.56% in superstrate configuration. Morphological, structural and optical changes of CdS/CdTe thin films were characterized when pre-NP etch step was incorporated to the conventional post-deposition process. Improvement of photovoltaic parameters can be attributed to the removal of the oxide and the formation of Te-rich layer, which benefit the activation process. Pre-NP etched cell maintained their flexibility and performance under the repeated tensile strain of 0.13%. Our method can pave a way for manufacturing flexible CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells with high specific power for mobile and aerospace applications.

  15. A facile strategy to synthesize bimetallic Au/Ag nanocomposite film by layer-by-layer assembly technique

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    Zhang, Li; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Yi

    2012-05-01

    A facile strategy has been developed for the preparation of bimetallic gold-silver (Au-Ag) nanocomposite films by alternating absorption of poly-(ethyleneimine)-silver ions and Au onto substrates and subsequent reduction of the silver ions. The composition, micro-structure and properties of the {PEI-Ag/Au}n nanocomposite films were characterized by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), transmisson electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The UV-vis characteristic absorbances of {PEI-Ag/Au}n nanocomposite thin film increase almost linear with the number of bilayers, which indicates a process of uniform assembling. Appearance of a double plasmon bands in the visible region and the lack of apparent core-shell structures in the TEM images confirm the formation of bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles. The result of XPS also demonstrates the existence of Ag and Au nanoparticles in the nanocomposite films. TEM and FESEM images show that these Ag and Au nanoparticles in the films possess sphere structure with the size of 20-25 nm. The resulting {PEI-Ag/Au}n films inherit the properties from both the metal Ag and Au, which exhibits a unique performance in SERS and electrocatalytic activities to the oxidation of dopamine. As a result, the {PEI-Ag/Au}n films are more attractive compared to {PEI-Ag/PSS}n and {PEI/Au}n films.

  16. Weak polyion multilayer-assisted in situ synthesis as a route toward a plasmonic Ag/TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Logar, Manca; Jancar, Bostjan; Sturm, Saso; Suvorov, Danilo

    2010-07-20

    Nanocrystalline Ag/TiO(2) composite thin films were synthesized using a two-step synthesis methodology: the in situ precipitation of Ag nanoparticles followed by an in situ sol-gel reaction of titanium iso-propoxide in a weak polyion multilayer (PEM) template formed by the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and polyallylamine (PAH). Because the PEM template is assembled from weak polyions, it contains nonionized carboxylic groups that are able to react with the inorganics, resulting in the formation of a homogeneous Ag(x)/TiO(2)-PEM precursor film, where the content of Ag is controlled by repeating the Ag loading cycle. The subsequent annealing of the precursor yields nanostructured Ag(x)/TiO(2) films with thicknesses controlled by the PEM template on the nanometer scale. Transmission electron, field-emission scanning electron, and atomic force microscopy methods were employed to evaluate the morphology and growth characteristics of the metallic and semiconductor nanocrystallites in the Ag(x)/TiO(2) composite thin films. The as-formed Ag(x)/TiO(2) composite thin films exhibited UV-visible photoactivity monitored by the decomposition of methylene blue (MB). In the near-UV range, the expected photocatalytic behavior of TiO(2) is greatly enhanced because it is assisted by the near-field amplitudes of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the Ag nanoparticles in the Ag(x)/TiO(2) films.

  17. Modulating resonance modes and Q value of a CdS nanowire cavity by single Ag nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Qing; Shan, Xin-Yan; Feng, Xiao; Wang, Chun-Xiao; Wang, Qu-Quan; Jia, Jin-Feng; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2011-10-12

    Semiconductor nanowire (NW) cavities with tailorable optical modes have been used to develop nanoscale oscillators and amplifiers in microlasers, sensors, and single photon emitters. The resonance modes of NW could be tuned by different boundary conditions. However, continuously and reversibly adjusting resonance modes and improving Q-factor of the cavity remain a great challenge. We report a method to modulate resonance modes continuously and reversibly and improve Q-factor based on surface plasmon-exciton interaction. By placing single Ag nanoparticle (NP) nearby a CdS NW, we show that the wavelength and relative intensity of the resonance modes in the NW cavity can systematically be tuned by adjusting the relative position of the Ag NP. We further demonstrate that a 56% enhancement of Q-factor and an equivalent π-phase shift of the resonance modes can be achieved when the Ag NP is located near the NW end. This hybrid cavity has potential applications in active plasmonic and photonic nanodevices.

  18. Amperometric detection and electrochemical oxidation of aliphatic amines and ammonia on silver-lead oxide thin-film electrodes

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    Ge, Jisheng

    1996-01-08

    This thesis comprises three parts: Electrocatalysis of anodic oxygen-transfer reactions: aliphatic amines at mixed Ag-Pb oxide thin-film electrodes; oxidation of ammonia at anodized Ag-Pb eutectic alloy electrodes; and temperature effects on oxidation of ethylamine, alanine, and aquated ammonia.

  19. Effects of reducibility of graphene oxide nanosheets on preparation of AgNPs/GO nanocomposites and their electrocatalytic performance

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    Dou, Yanpeng; Peng, Junjun; Li, Wei; Li, Ming; Liu, Huihong; Zhang, Hanmin

    2015-12-01

    Silver nanoparticles/graphene oxide (AgNPs/GO) nanocomposites were prepared in a solution of AgNO3 and GO. The GO serves not only as a reductant but also as a substrate to support the as-reduced silver nanoparticles. The reducibility of GO was investigated by analyzing the influence factors such as pH, duration, the reaction temperature, and the weight ratio of AgNO3 and GO in the AgNP/GO nanocomposite mixture, which were evaluated by the UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The results demonstrated that Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 5-10 nm were uniformly dispersed on the surface of GO nanosheets under the optimum synthesis conditions of pH between 8 and 11, weight ratio of AgNO3 and GO between 55 % and 60 %, and at 80 °C for 6 h. Moreover, the obtained AgNPs/GO nanocomposites exhibit good electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of p-nitrophenol to 4-(hydroxyamino) phenol.

  20. Plasmonic Ag Core-Satellite Nanostructures with a Tunable Silica-Spaced Nanogap for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.

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    Rong, Zhen; Xiao, Rui; Wang, Chongwen; Wang, Donggen; Wang, Shengqi

    2015-07-28

    Plasmonic Ag core-satellite nanostructures were synthesized by utilizing the ultrathin silica shell as a spacer to generate a tunable nanogap between the Ag core and satellites. To synthesize the nanoparticles, Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with a diameter of ∼60 nm were synthesized as cores, on which Raman dyes were adsorbed and then tunable ultrathin silica shells from 2.0 to 6.5 nm were coated, followed by the deposition of Ag NPs as satellites onto the silica surface. The relationships between the SERS signal and the important parameters, including the satellite diameter and the nanogap distance, were studied by experimental methods and theoretical calculations. The maximum SERS intensity of the core-satellite nanoparticles was over 14.6 times stronger than that of the isolated Raman-encoded Ag/PATP@SiO2 NP. The theoretical calculations indicated that the local maximum calculated enhancement factor (EF) of the hot spots with a 2.0 nm nanogap was 9.5 × 10(5). The well-defined Ag core-satellite nanostructures have a high structural uniformity and an anomalously strong electromagnetic enhancement for highly quantitative SERS, leading to a better understanding of hot spot formation and providing new insights into the optimal design and synthesis of the hot SERS nanostructures in a controlled manner.

  1. Protoporphyrin IX Functionalised AgSiO2 Core-shell Nanoparticle: Plasmonic Enhancement of Fluorescence and Singlet Oxygen Production.

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    Lismont, Marjorie; Dreesen, Laurent; Heinrichs, Benoît; Páez, Carlos A

    2015-12-15

    Metal-enhanced processes arising from the coupling of a dye with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely reported. However, few studies have simultaneously investigated these mechanisms from the viewpoint of dye fluorescence and photoactivity. Herein, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is grafted onto the surface of silver core silica shell NPs in order to investigate the effect of silver (Ag) localised surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) on PpIX fluorescence and PpIX singlet oxygen ((1) O2 ) production. Using two Ag core sizes, we report a systematic study of these photophysical processes as a function of silica (SiO2 ) spacer thickness, LSPR band position and excitation wavelength. The excitation of Ag NP LSPR, which overlaps the PpIX absorption band, leads to the concomitant enhancement of PpIX fluorescence and (1) O2 production independently of the Ag core size, but in a more pronounced way for larger Ag cores. These enhancements result from the increase of the PpIX excitation rate through the LSPR excitation and decrease when the distance between PpIX and Ag NPs increases. A maximum fluorescence enhancement of up to 14-fold, together with an increase of photogenerated (1) O2 production of up to 5 times are obtained using 100 nm Ag cores coated with a 5 nm thick silica coating. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  2. Improvement of polypyrrole nanowire devices by plasmonic space charge generation: high photocurrent and wide spectral response by Ag nanoparticle decoration.

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    Lee, S-H; Bae, J; Lee, S W; Jang, J-W

    2015-11-07

    In this study, improvement of the opto-electronic properties of non-single crystallized nanowire devices with space charges generated by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) is demonstrated. The photocurrent and spectral response of single polypyrrole (PPy) nanowire (NW) devices are increased by electrostatically attached Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs). To take advantage of plasmon-exciton coupling in the photocurrent of the device, 80 nm of Ag NPs (454 nm = λmax) were chosen for matching the maximum absorption with PPy NWs (442 nm = λmax). The photocurrent density is remarkably improved, up to 25.3 times (2530%), by the Ag NP decoration onto the PPy NW (PPyAgNPs NW) under blue light (λ = 425-475 nm) illumination. In addition, the PPyAgNPs NW shows a photocurrent decay time twice that of PPy NW, as well as an improved spectral response of the photocurrent. The improved photocurrent efficiency, decay time, and spectral response resulted from the space charges generated by the LSPR of Ag NPs. Furthermore, the increasing exponent (m) of the photocurrent (JPC ∼ V(m)) and finite-differential time domain (FDTD) simulation straightforwardly indicate relatively large plasmonic space charge generation under blue light illumination. These results prove that the performance of non-single crystallized polymer nanowire devices can also be improved by plasmonic enhancement.

  3. Study of the quasi-free npnp π+π- reaction with a deuterium beam at 1.25 GeV/nucleon

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    Agakishiev, G.; Balanda, A.; Belver, D.; Belyaev, A. V.; Blanco, A.; Böhmer, M.; Boyard, J. L.; Braun-Munzinger, P.; Cabanelas, P.; Castro, E.; Chernenko, S.; Christ, T.; Destefanis, M.; Díaz, J.; Dohrmann, F.; Dybczak, A.; Fabbietti, L.; Fateev, O. V.; Finocchiaro, P.; Fonte, P.; Friese, J.; Fröhlich, I.; Galatyuk, T.; Garzón, J. A.; Gernhäuser, R.; Gil, A.; Gilardi, C.; Göbel, K.; Golubeva, M.; González-Díaz, D.; Guber, F.; Gumberidze, M.; Hennino, T.; Holzmann, R.; Ierusalimov, A.; Iori, I.; Ivashkin, A.; Jurkovic, M.; Kämpfer, B.; Karavicheva, T.; Kirschner, D.; Koenig, I.; Koenig, W.; Kolb, B. W.; Kotte, R.; Krizek, F.; Krücken, R.; Kühn, W.; Kugler, A.; Kurepin, A.; Kurilkin, A.; Kurilkin, P.; Ladygin, V.; Lang, S.; Lange, J. S.; Lapidus, K.; Liu, T.; Lopes, L.; Lorenz, M.; Maier, L.; Mangiarotti, A.; Markert, J.; Metag, V.; Michalska, B.; Michel, J.; Morinière, E.; Mousa, J.; Müntz, C.; Naumann, L.; Otwinowski, J.; Pachmayer, Y. C.; Palka, M.; Parpottas, Y.; Pechenov, V.; Pechenova, O.; Pietraszko, J.; Przygoda, W.; Ramstein, B.; Reshetin, A.; Rustamov, A.; Sadovsky, A.; Salabura, P.; Schmah, A.; Schwab, E.; Sobolev, Yu. G.; Spataro, S.; Spruck, B.; Ströbele, H.; Stroth, J.; Sturm, C.; Tarantola, A.; Teilab, K.; Tlusty, P.; Traxler, M.; Trebacz, R.; Tsertos, H.; Wagner, V.; Vasiliev, T.; Weber, M.; Wisniowski, M.; Wojcik, T.; Wüstenfeld, J.; Yurevich, S.; Zanevsky, Y.; Zhou, P.

    2015-11-01

    The tagged quasi-free npnp π+π- reaction has been studied experimentally with the High Acceptance Di-Electron Spectrometer (HADES) at GSI at a deuteron incident beam energy of 1.25 GeV/nucleon (√{ s} ∼ 2.42 GeV / c for the quasi-free collision). For the first time, differential distributions of solid statistics for π+π- production in np collisions have been collected in the region corresponding to the large transverse momenta of the secondary particles. The invariant mass and angular distributions for the npnp π+π- reaction are compared with different models. This comparison confirms the dominance of the t-channel with ΔΔ contribution. It also validates the changes previously introduced in the Valencia model to describe two-pion production data in other isospin channels, although some deviations are observed, especially for the π+π- invariant mass spectrum. The extracted total cross section is also in much better agreement with this model. Our new measurement puts useful constraints for the existence of the conjectured dibaryon resonance at mass M ∼ 2.38 GeV and with width Γ ∼ 70 MeV.

  4. AGS Experiments: 1989, 1990, 1991

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    Depken, J.C.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains: Experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule as run''; proposed 1992 schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS Experiments begin here; and list of AGS Experimenters begins here.

  5. AGS Experiments: 1989, 1990, 1991

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    Depken, J.C.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains: Experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule ``as run``; proposed 1992 schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS Experiments begin here; and list of AGS Experimenters begins here.

  6. What Is Ag-Ed?

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    Lindley, Judy

    Ag-Ed is an agricultural education project aimed at upper primary students, held in conjunction with the Toowoomba Show (similar to a county fair) in Queensland, Australia. The program achieves its purpose of helping children understand the impact and relevance that agriculture has on their everyday lives through two components, an Ag-Ed day and a…

  7. Antifungal mechanisms of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles to Sclerotinia homoeocarpa.

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    Li, Junli; Sang, Hyunkyu; Guo, Huiyuan; Popko, James T; He, Lili; White, Jason C; Parkash Dhankher, Om; Jung, Geunhwa; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-04-18

    Fungicides have extensively been used to effectively combat fungal diseases on a range of plant species, but resistance to multiple active ingredients has developed in pathogens such as Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the causal agent of dollar spot on cool-season turfgrasses. Recently, ZnO and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have received increased attention due to their antimicrobial activities. In this study, the NPs' toxicity and mechanisms of action were investigated as alternative antifungal agents against S. homoeocarpa isolates that varied in their resistance to demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides. S. homoeocarpa isolates were treated with ZnO NPs and ZnCl2 (25-400 μg ml(-1)) and Ag NPs and AgNO3 (5-100 μg ml(-1)) to test antifungal activity of the NPs and ions. The mycelial growth of S. homoeocarpa isolates regardless of their DMI sensitivity was significantly inhibited on ZnO NPs (≥200 μg ml(-1)), Ag NPs (≥25 μg ml(-1)), Zn(2+) ions (≥200 μg ml(-1)), and Ag(+) ions (≥10 μg ml(-1)) amended media. Expression of stress response genes, glutathione S-transferase (Shgst1) and superoxide dismutase 2 (ShSOD2), was significantly induced in the isolates by exposure to the NPs and ions. In addition, a significant increase in the nucleic acid contents of fungal hyphae, which may be due to stress response, was observed upon treatment with Ag NPs using Raman spectroscopy. We further observed that a zinc transporter (Shzrt1) might play an important role in accumulating ZnO and Ag NPs into the cells of S. homoeocarpa due to overexpression of Shzrt1 significantly induced by ZnO or Ag NPs within 3 h of exposure. Yeast mutants complemented with Shzrt1 became more sensitive to ZnO and Ag NPs as well as Zn(2+) and Ag(+) ions than the control strain and resulted in increased Zn or Ag content after exposure. This is the first report of involvement of the zinc transporter in the accumulation of Zn and Ag from NP exposure in filamentous plant pathogenic fungi. Understanding

  8. Antifungal mechanisms of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles to Sclerotinia homoeocarpa

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    Li, Junli; Sang, Hyunkyu; Guo, Huiyuan; Popko, James T.; He, Lili; White, Jason C.; Parkash Dhankher, Om; Jung, Geunhwa; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-04-01

    Fungicides have extensively been used to effectively combat fungal diseases on a range of plant species, but resistance to multiple active ingredients has developed in pathogens such as Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the causal agent of dollar spot on cool-season turfgrasses. Recently, ZnO and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have received increased attention due to their antimicrobial activities. In this study, the NPs’ toxicity and mechanisms of action were investigated as alternative antifungal agents against S. homoeocarpa isolates that varied in their resistance to demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides. S. homoeocarpa isolates were treated with ZnO NPs and ZnCl2 (25–400 μg ml‑1) and Ag NPs and AgNO3 (5–100 μg ml‑1) to test antifungal activity of the NPs and ions. The mycelial growth of S. homoeocarpa isolates regardless of their DMI sensitivity was significantly inhibited on ZnO NPs (≥200 μg ml‑1), Ag NPs (≥25 μg ml‑1), Zn2+ ions (≥200 μg ml‑1), and Ag+ ions (≥10 μg ml‑1) amended media. Expression of stress response genes, glutathione S-transferase (Shgst1) and superoxide dismutase 2 (ShSOD2), was significantly induced in the isolates by exposure to the NPs and ions. In addition, a significant increase in the nucleic acid contents of fungal hyphae, which may be due to stress response, was observed upon treatment with Ag NPs using Raman spectroscopy. We further observed that a zinc transporter (Shzrt1) might play an important role in accumulating ZnO and Ag NPs into the cells of S. homoeocarpa due to overexpression of Shzrt1 significantly induced by ZnO or Ag NPs within 3 h of exposure. Yeast mutants complemented with Shzrt1 became more sensitive to ZnO and Ag NPs as well as Zn2+ and Ag+ ions than the control strain and resulted in increased Zn or Ag content after exposure. This is the first report of involvement of the zinc transporter in the accumulation of Zn and Ag from NP exposure in filamentous plant pathogenic fungi. Understanding the

  9. Toward a modular multi-material nanoparticle synthesis and assembly strategy via bionanocombinatorics: bifunctional peptides for linking Au and Ag nanomaterials

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    Briggs, Beverly D.; Palafox-Hernandez, J. Pablo; Li, Yue; Lim, Chang-Keun; Woehl, Taylor J.; Bedford, Nicholas M.; Seifert, Soenke; Swihart, Mark T.; Prasad, Paras N.; Walsh, Tiffany R.; Knecht, Marc R.

    2016-01-01

    Materials-binding peptides represent a unique avenue towards controlling the shape and size of nanoparticles (NPs) grown under aqueous conditions. Here, employing a bionanocombinatorics approach, two such materials-binding peptides were linked at either end of a photoswitchable spacer, forming a multi-domain materials-binding molecule to control the in situ synthesis and organization of Ag and Au NPs under ambient conditions. These multi-domain molecules retained the peptides’ ability to nucleate, grow, and stabilize Ag and Au NPs in aqueous media. Disordered co-assemblies of the two nanomaterials were observed by TEM imaging of dried samples after sequential growth of the two metals, and showed a clustering behavior that was not observed without both metals and the linker molecules. While TEM evidence indicated the formation of AuNP/AgNP assemblies upon drying, SAXS analysis indicated that no extended assemblies existed in solution, suggesting that sample drying plays an important role in facilitating NP clustering. Molecular simulations and experimental data revealed tunable materials-binding based upon the isomerization state of the photoswitchable unit and metal employed. This work is a first step in generating externally actuated biomolecules with specific material-binding properties that could be used as the building blocks to achieve multi-material switchable NP assemblies.

  10. Molecular release from patterned nanoporous gold thin films

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    Kurtulus, Ozge; Daggumati, Pallavi; Seker, Erkin

    2014-05-01

    Nanostructured materials have shown significant potential for biomedical applications that require high loading capacity and controlled release of drugs. Nanoporous gold (np-Au), produced by an alloy corrosion process, is a promising novel material that benefits from compatibility with microfabrication, tunable pore morphology, electrical conductivity, well-established gold-thiol conjugate chemistry, and biocompatibility. While np-Au's non-biological applications are abundant, its performance in the biomedical field is nascent. In this work, we employ a combination of techniques including nanoporous thin film synthesis, quantitative electron microscopy, fluorospectrometry, and electrochemical surface characterization to study loading capacity and molecular release kinetics as a function of film properties and discuss underlying mechanisms. The sub-micron-thick sputter-coated nanoporous gold films provide small-molecule loading capacities up to 1.12 μg cm-2 and molecular release half-lives between 3.6 hours to 12.8 hours. A systematic set of studies reveals that effective surface area of the np-Au thin films on glass substrates plays the largest role in determining loading capacity. The release kinetics on the other hand depends on a complex interplay of micro- and nano-scale morphological features.Nanostructured materials have shown significant potential for biomedical applications that require high loading capacity and controlled release of drugs. Nanoporous gold (np-Au), produced by an alloy corrosion process, is a promising novel material that benefits from compatibility with microfabrication, tunable pore morphology, electrical conductivity, well-established gold-thiol conjugate chemistry, and biocompatibility. While np-Au's non-biological applications are abundant, its performance in the biomedical field is nascent. In this work, we employ a combination of techniques including nanoporous thin film synthesis, quantitative electron microscopy

  11. Gold nanoparticles supported in zirconia-ceria mesoporous thin films: a highly active reusable heterogeneous nanocatalyst.

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    Violi, Ianina L; Zelcer, Andrés; Bruno, Mariano M; Luca, Vittorio; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A

    2015-01-21

    Gold nanoparticles (NP) trapped in the mesopores of mixed zirconia-ceria thin films are prepared in a straightforward and reproducible way. The films exhibit enhanced stability and excellent catalytic activity in nitro-group reduction by borohydride and electrocatalytic activity in CO and ethanol oxidation and oxygen reduction.

  12. Plasmonic Ag2MoO4/AgBr/Ag composite: Excellent photocatalytic performance and possible photocatalytic mechanism

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    Wang, Zhongliao; Zhang, Jinfeng; Lv, Jiali; Dai, Kai; Liang, Changhao

    2017-02-01

    Plasmonic Ag2MoO4/AgBr/Ag composite is fabricated by in-situ ion exchange and reduction methods at room temperature. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance (DRS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The results show that butterfly-like Ag2MoO4 nanosheets served as the precursor, and Ag2MoO4/AgBr/Ag is formed in phase transformation with MoO42- displaced by Br-. The ternary Ag2MoO4/AgBr/Ag composite photocatalysts show greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity in photodegrading methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation compared with AgBr and Ag2MoO4. The pseudo-first-order rate constant kapp of Ag2MoO4/AgBr/Ag is 0.602 min-1, which is 11.6 and 18.3 times as high as that of AgBr and Ag2MoO4, respectively. Meanwhile, the efficiency of degradation still kept 90% after ten times cyclic experiments. Eventually, possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed.

  13. Antibacterial activity of microstructured sacrificial anode thin films by combination of silver with platinum group elements (platinum, palladium, iridium).

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    Köller, Manfred; Bellova, Petri; Javid, Siyamak Memar; Motemani, Yahya; Khare, Chinmay; Sengstock, Christina; Tschulik, Kristina; Schildhauer, Thomas A; Ludwig, Alfred

    2017-05-01

    Five different Ag dots arrays (16 to 400dots/mm(2)) were fabricated on a continuous platinum, palladium, or iridium thin film and for comparison also on titanium film by sputter deposition and photolithographic patterning. To analyze the antibacterial activity of these microstructured films Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were placed onto the array surfaces and cultivated overnight. To analyze the viability of planktonic as well as surface adherent bacteria, the applied bacterial fluid was subsequently aspirated, plated on blood agar plates and adherent bacteria were detected by fluorescence microscopy. A particular antibacterial effect towards S. aureus was induced by Ag dot arrays on each of the platinum group thin film (sacrificial anode system for Ag) in contrast to Ag dot arrays fabricated on the Ti thin films (non-sacrificial anode system for Ag). Among platinum group elements the Ir-Ag system exerted the highest antibacterial activity which was accompanied by most advanced dissolution of the Ag dots and Ag ion release compared to Ag dots on Pt or Pd.

  14. Particle-Film Plasmons on Periodic Silver Film over Nanosphere (AgFON): A Hybrid Plasmonic Nanoarchitecture for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Jiwon; Zhang, Qianpeng; Park, Seungyoung; Choe, Ayoung; Fan, Zhiyong; Ko, Hyunhyub

    2016-01-13

    Plasmonic systems based on particle-film plasmonic couplings have recently attracted great attention because of the significantly enhanced electric field at the particle-film gaps. Here, we introduce a hybrid plasmonic architecture utilizing combined plasmonic effects of particle-film gap plasmons and silver film over nanosphere (AgFON) substrates. When gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are assembled on AgFON substrates with controllable particle-film gap distances, the AuNP-AgFON system supports multiple plasmonic couplings from interparticle, particle-film, and crevice gaps, resulting in a huge surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect. We show that the periodicity of AgFON substrates and the particle-film gaps greatly affects the surface plasmon resonances, and thus, the SERS effects due to the interplay between multiple plasmonic couplings. The optimally designed AuNP-AgFON substrate shows a SERS enhancement of 233 times compared to the bare AgFON substrate. The ultrasensitive SERS sensing capability is also demonstrated by detecting glutathione, a neurochemical molecule that is an important antioxidant, down to the 10 pM level.

  15. Construction of Z-scheme Ag2CO3/N-doped graphene photocatalysts with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity by tuning the nitrogen species

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    Song, Shaoqing; Meng, Aiyun; Jiang, Shujuan; Cheng, Bei; Jiang, Chuanjia

    2017-02-01

    Semiconductor-based photocatalysis has great potential in various environmental and energy applications, and Z-scheme photocatalysts have many advantages over single-component photocatalysts. The construction of a highly efficient Z-scheme photocatalytic system depends on the geometric structure arrangement, microscopic and crystalline form of the stoichiometric species, and it has not been elucidated whether the Z-scheme photocatalysts can be designed by tuning the electronic structures of cocatalysts alone. Here, using N-doped graphene (NG) as cocatalyst, we successfully constructed Z-scheme Ag2CO3-NG photocatalysts with enhanced activity for the photooxidative degradation of phenol pollutant. It was found that the pyridinic nitrogen species (Np) of NG could spontaneously reduce Ag+ to produce plasmonic Ag nanoparticles on Ag2CO3-NG, while the efficiency of the photogenerated charge separation, Z-scheme transfer option, and O2 adsorption were promoted by the graphitic nitrogen species (Ng). Therefore, the as-designed Z-scheme Ag2CO3-NG photocatalysts showed much higher activity than Ag2CO3 and its composites with graphene oxide (GO) or reduced GO as cocatalysts in the photocatalytic degradation of phenol. Hence, our results provide a new strategy for exploring advanced Z-scheme photocatalysts with NG as cocatalyst by rationally tuning the Np and Ng species.

  16. Facile Routes to Th(IV), U(IV), and Np(IV) Phosphites and Phosphates

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    Villa, Eric M.; Wang, Shuao; Alekseev, Evgeny V.; Depmeier, Wulf; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2011-08-05

    Three actinide(IV) phosphites and a NpIV phosphate, AnIV(HPO₃)₂(H₂O)₂ (An = Th, U, Np) and Cs[Np(H1.5PO₄)(PO₄)]₂, respectively, were synthesized using mild hydrothermal conditions. The first three phases are isotypic and were obtained using similar reaction conditions. Cs[Np(H1.5PO₄)(PO₄)]₂ was synthesized using an analogous method to that of Np(HPO₃)₂(H₂O)₂. However, this fourth phase is quite different in comparison to the other phases in both composition and structure. The structure of Cs[Np(H1.5PO₄)(PO₄)]₂ is constructed from double layers of neptunium(IV) phosphate with caesium cations in the interlayer region. In contrast, An(HPO₃)₂(H₂O)₂ (An = Th, U, Np) form dense 3D networks. The actinide contraction is detected in variety of metrics obtained from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. Changes in the oxidation state of the neptunium starting materials yield different products.

  17. SERS-barcoded colloidal gold NP assemblies as imaging agents for use in biodiagnostics

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    Dey, Priyanka; Olds, William; Blakey, Idriss; Thurecht, Kristofer J.; Izake, Emad L.; Fredericks, Peter M.

    2014-03-01

    There is a growing need for new biodiagnostics that combine high throughput with enhanced spatial resolution and sensitivity. Gold nanoparticle (NP) assemblies with sub-10 nm particle spacing have the benefits of improving detection sensitivity via Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and being of potential use in biomedicine due to their colloidal stability. A promising and versatile approach to form solution-stable NP assemblies involves the use of multi-branched molecular linkers which allows tailoring of the assembly size, hot-spot density and interparticle distance. We have shown that linkers with multiple anchoring end-groups can be successfully employed as a linker to assemble gold NPs into dimers, linear NP chains and clustered NP assemblies. These NP assemblies with diameters of 30-120 nm are stable in solution and perform better as SERS substrates compared with single gold NPs, due to an increased hot-spot density. Thus, tailored gold NP assemblies are potential candidates for use as biomedical imaging agents. We observed that the hot-spot density and in-turn the SERS enhancement is a function of the linker polymer concentration and polymer architecture. New deep Raman techniques like Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) have emerged that allow detection from beneath diffusely scattering opaque materials, including biological media such as animal tissue. We have been able to demonstrate that the gold NP assemblies could be detected from within both proteinaceous and high lipid containing animal tissue by employing a SORS technique with a backscattered geometry.

  18. Selective CO2 reduction on a polycrystalline Ag electrode enhanced by anodization treatment.

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    Zhou, Li Qin; Ling, Chen; Jones, Michael; Jia, Hongfei

    2015-12-28

    Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO on polycrystalline silver (Ag) was greatly improved by a simple anodization treatment. A CO faradaic efficiency of 92.8% was achieved at an overpotential of 0.50 V in an aqueous electrolyte. This study suggests that the enhanced performance is due to a preferred (220) orientation and a thin silver oxide layer formed by anodization.

  19. Fabrication of an organic field effect transistor using nano imprinting of Ag inks and semiconducting polymers

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    Hu, PingAn; Li, Kun; Chen, Weilin; Peng, Li; Chu, Daping; O'Neill, William

    2010-07-01

    A simple and cheap procedure for flexible electronics fabrication was demonstrated by imprinting metallic nanoparticles (NPs) on flexible substrates. Silver NPs with an average diameter of 10 nm were prepared via an improved chemical approach and Ag Np ink was produced in α-terpineol with a concentration up to 15%. Silver micro/nanostructures with a dimension varying from nanometres to microns were produced on a flexible substrate (polyimide) by imprinting the as-prepared silver ink. The fine fluidic properties of an Ag NP/α-terpineol solution and low melting temperatures of silver nanoparticles render a low pressure and low temperature procedure, which is well suited for flexible electronics fabrication. The effects of sintering and mechanical bending on the conductivity of imprinted silver contacts were also investigated. Large area organic field effect transistors (OFET) on flexible substrates were fabricated using an imprinted silver electrode and semiconducting polymer. The OFET with silver electrodes imprinted from our prepared oleic acid stabilized Ag nanoparticle ink show an ideal ohmic contact; therefore, the OFET exhibit high performance (Ion/Ioff ratio: 1 × 103; mobility: 0.071 cm2 V-1 s-1).

  20. X-ray photoelectron spectra structure and chemical bond nature in NpO2

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    Teterin, Yu. A.; Teterin, A. Yu.; Ivanov, K. E.; Ryzhkov, M. V.; Maslakov, K. I.; Kalmykov, St. N.; Petrov, V. G.; Enina, D. A.

    2014-01-01

    Quantitative analysis was done of the x-ray photoelectron spectra structure in the binding energy (BE) range of 0 to ˜35 eV for neptunium dioxide (NpO2) valence electrons. The BEs and structure of the core electronic shells (˜35-1250 eV) as well as the relativistic discrete variation calculation results for the finite fragment of the NpO2 lattice and the data of other authors were taken into account. The experimental data show that the many-body effects and the multiplet splitting contribute to the spectral structure much less than the effects of formation of the outer (0-˜15 eV) and the inner (˜15-˜35 eV) valence molecular orbitals (OVMO and IVMO, respectively). The filled Np 5f electronic states were shown to form in the NpO2 valence band. The Np 6p electrons participate in formation of both the IVMO and the OVMO (bands). The filled Np 6p3/2 and the O 2s electronic shells were found to take the maximum part in the IVMO formation. The MO composition and the sequence order in the BE range 0-˜35 eV in NpO2 were established. The experimental and theoretical data allowed a quantitative MO scheme for NpO2, which is fundamental for both understanding the chemical bond nature in neptunium dioxide and the interpretation of other x-ray spectra of NpO2.

  1. 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.

  2. Optical Absorption, Stability and Structure of NpO2+ Complexeswith Dicarboxylic Acids

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    Guoxin Tian; Linfeng Rao

    2006-01-04

    Complexation of NpO2+ with oxalic acid (OX),2,2'-oxydiacetic acid (ODA), 2,2'-iminodiacetic acid (IDA) and 2,2'-thiodiacetic acid (TDA), has been studied using spectrophotometry in1 M NaClO4. Both the position and the intensity of the absorption band of NpO2+ at 980 nm are affected by the formation of NpO2+/dicarboxylate complexes, providing useful information on the complexation strength, the coordination mode and the structure of the complexes.

  3. Conversion-electron experiment to characterize the decay of the Np-237 shape isomer

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    Henry, E. A.; Becker, J. A.; Bauer, R. W.; Gardner, D. G.; Decman, D. J.

    1988-01-01

    Nuclear isomerism plays a key role in current conceptual designs of a gamma-ray laser. Conversion electrons from the decay of low-lying levels of Np-237 have been measured to detect the population of these levels by gamma-ray decay of the Np-237 shape isomer. Analysis of the 208-keV transition L conversion-electron peak gives an upper limit of about 17 micro-b for the population of the 3/2(-) 267-keV level in Np-237 from the shape isomer decay. Model calculations are compared with the measured limit, and experimental improvements are suggested.

  4. Mössbauer spectroscopy and neutron diffraction studies of neptunium antimonide NpSb

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    Sanchez, J. P.; Burlet, P.; Quézel, S.; Bonnisseau, D.; Rossat-Mignod, J.; Spirlet, J. C.; Rebizant, J.; Vogt, O.

    1988-09-01

    NpSb has been studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy ( 237Np and 121Sb resonances) and by neutron diffraction using single crystals. Np 3+ magnetic moments order antiferromagnetically below TN = 200 K in a triple- k type I structure. A strong mixing of 5 f electrons with anion p states can be deduced from results of 121Sb resonance. This mixing is certainty at the origin of the interaction mechanism responsible of the coupling between the Fourier components leading to the triple- k multiaxial magnetic structure.

  5. Genotoxicity and molecular response of silver nanoparticle (NP)-based hydrogel

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    2012-01-01

    Background Since silver-nanoparticles (NPs) possess an antibacterial activity, they were commonly used in medical products and devices, food storage materials, cosmetics, various health care products, and industrial products. Various silver-NP based medical devices are available for clinical uses, such as silver-NP based dressing and silver-NP based hydrogel (silver-NP-hydrogel) for medical applications. Although the previous data have suggested silver-NPs induced toxicity in vivo and in vitro, there is lack information about the mechanisms of biological response and potential toxicity of silver-NP-hydrogel. Methods In this study, the genotoxicity of silver-NP-hydrogel was assayed using cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN). The molecular response was studied using DNA microarray and GO pathway analysis. Results and discussion The results of global gene expression analysis in HeLa cells showed that thousands of genes were up- or down-regulated at 48 h of silver-NP-hydrogel exposure. Further GO pathway analysis suggested that fourteen theoretical activating signaling pathways were attributed to up-regulated genes; and three signal pathways were attributed to down-regulated genes. It was discussed that the cells protect themselves against silver NP-mediated toxicity through up-regulating metallothionein genes and anti-oxidative stress genes. The changes in DNA damage, apoptosis and mitosis pathway were closely related to silver-NP-induced cytotoxicity and chromosome damage. The down-regulation of CDC14A via mitosis pathway might play a role in potential genotoxicity induced by silver-NPs. Conclusions The silver-NP-hydrogel induced micronuclei formation in cellular level and broad spectrum molecular responses in gene expression level. The results of signal pathway analysis suggested that the balances between anti-ROS response and DNA damage, chromosome instability, mitosis inhibition might play important roles in silver-NP induced toxicity. The inflammatory factors

  6. Neutron diffraction determination of the magnetic structures of NpCo 2Si 2 and NpCu 2Si 2

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    Novion, C. H. de; Gal, J.; Buevoz, J. L.

    1980-07-01

    A small polycrystalline ingot sample of NpCo 2Si 2 (weight ≈ 1.5 g) has been studied by neutron diffration between 2 and 160 K on the multi-detector D1B of ILL, Grenoble. At 100 K, the crystal structure is body-centered tetragonal (space group 14/mmm) with a = 3.886 Å and c =9.649 Å. Below TN = (44 ± 2) K, seven superlattice lines are observed which correspond to a simple tetragonal lattice with lattice constants as above. They are consistent with a type I antiferromagnetic structure of the Np (2a) sublattice, with (001) ferromagnetic sheets coupled antiferromagnetically according to the sequence +-+-. At 6 K, the neptunium moment obtained from the diffracted intensities is: (1.48 ± 0.20) μuB, and makes an angle 52° ± 15° with the c axis. The cobalt moment is certainly smallet than 0.3 μuB. The Np moment correlates well with the 237Np hyperfine field deduced from Mössbauer spectroscopy; the sublattice magnetization-temoperature curve follows very well the J= {1}/{2} brillouin curve. The magnetism is therefore probably of lovalized character in this compound. An isomorphous sample of NpCu 2Si 2 ( a = 3.990 Å c = 9.920 Å) was shown to be ferromagnetic below (41 ± 2) K, with the Np moment [1.5 ± 0.2) μuB] aligned along the c axis.

  7. AgH, Ag/sub 2/, and AgO revisited: Basis set extensions

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    Martin, R.L.

    1987-05-01

    An extended basis set has been developed for Ag which significantly improves the agreement between theoretical and experimental spectroscopic parameters for AgH, AgO, and Ag/sub 2/. The major improvement comes about as a result of the improved treatment of electron correlation in the Ag d shell upon the introduction of f functions. Their inclusion produces very slight differences at the SCF level, but significant reductions in r/sub e/ and increases in ..omega../sub e/ and D/sub e/ in the Mo-dash-barller--Plesset perturbation theory expansion. At the MP4(SDTQ) level, typical results are 0.02 A too long for r/sub e/, 4% too low for ..omega../sub e/, and 10 kcal too small for D/sub e/. From a pragmatic standpoint, MP2 give results very similar to this at a much reduced level of effort.

  8. Water dissociation on Mn(1×1)/Ag(100)

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    Arble, Chris; Tong, Xiao; Giordano, Livia; Ferrari, Anna Maria; Newberg, John T.

    2016-08-19

    In this work we utilize experimental and simulation techniques to examine the molecular level interaction of water with a MnO(1×1) thin film deposited onto Ag(100). The formation of MnO(1×1)/Ag(100) was characterized by low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. Density functional theory (DFT) shows MnO(1×1) is thermodynamically more stable than MnO(2×1) by –0.4 eV per MnO. Upon exposure to 2.5 Torr water vapor at room temperature, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show extensive surface hydroxylation attributed to reactivity at MnO(1×1) terrace sites. DFT calculations of a water monomer on MnO(1×1)/Ag(100) show the dissociated form is energetically more favorable than molecular adsorption, with a hydroxylation activation barrier 0.4 eV per H2O. Lastly, these results are discussed and contrasted with previous studies of MgO/Ag(100) which show a stark difference in behavior for water dissociation.

  9. Water dissociation on Mn(1×1)/Ag(100)

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    Arble, Chris; Tong, Xiao; Giordano, Livia; ...

    2016-08-19

    In this work we utilize experimental and simulation techniques to examine the molecular level interaction of water with a MnO(1×1) thin film deposited onto Ag(100). The formation of MnO(1×1)/Ag(100) was characterized by low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. Density functional theory (DFT) shows MnO(1×1) is thermodynamically more stable than MnO(2×1) by –0.4 eV per MnO. Upon exposure to 2.5 Torr water vapor at room temperature, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show extensive surface hydroxylation attributed to reactivity at MnO(1×1) terrace sites. DFT calculations of a water monomer on MnO(1×1)/Ag(100) show the dissociated form is energetically more favorable than molecularmore » adsorption, with a hydroxylation activation barrier 0.4 eV per H2O. Lastly, these results are discussed and contrasted with previous studies of MgO/Ag(100) which show a stark difference in behavior for water dissociation.« less

  10. THE AGS ELECTROSTATIC SEPTUM.

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    HOCK,J.RUSSO,T.GLEN,J.BROWN,K.

    2003-05-12

    The previous slow beam extraction electro static septum in the AGS was designed in 1981. Research documented at the Fermi Laboratory was used as the base line for this design. The septum consisted of a ground plane of .002 inch diameter wire tungsten-rhenium alloy (75%W 25%Re) with a hollow welded titanium cathode assembly. The vacuum chamber is stationary and the septum is moved with a pair of high vacuum linear feed throughs. After years of beam time, the frequency of failures increased. The vacuum system design was poor by today's standards and resulted in long pump down times after repairs. The failures ranged from broken septum wires to a twisted cathode. In addition to the failures, the mechanical drive system had too much backlash, making the operating position difficult to repeat. The new septum needed to address all of these issues in order to become a more reliable septum.

  11. The AGS-Booster lattice

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    Lee, Y.Y.; Barton, D.S.; Claus, J.; Cottingham, J.G.; Courant, E.D.; Danby, G.T.; Dell, G.F.; Forsyth, E.B.; Gupta, R.C.; Kats, J.

    1987-01-01

    The AGS Booster has three objectives. They are to increase the space charge limit of the AGS, to increase the intensity of the polarized proton beam by accumulating many linac pulses (since the intensity is limited by the polarized ion source), and to reaccelerate heavy ions from the BNL Tandem Van de Graaff before injection into the AGS. The machine is capable of accelerating protons at 7.5 Hertz from 200 MeV to 1.5 GeV or to lower final energies at faster repetition rates. The machine will also be able to accelerate heavy ions from as low as 1 MeV/nucleon to a magnetic rigidity as high as 17.6 Tesla-meters with a one second repetition rate. As an accumulator for polarized protons, the Booster should be able to store the protons at 200 MeV for several seconds. We expect that the Booster will increase the AGS proton intensity by a factor of four, polarized proton intensity by a factor of twenty to thirty, and will also enable the AGS to accelerate all species of heavy ions (at present the AGS heavy ion program is limited to the elements lighter than sulfur because it can only accelerate fully stripped ions). The construction project started in FY 1985 and is expected to be completed in 1989. The purpose of this paper is to provide a future reference for the AGS Booster lattice.

  12. Effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt ultrathin films.

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    Liu, Mingfeng; Jin, Tianli; Hao, Liang; Cao, Jiangwei; Wang, Ying; Wu, Dongping; Bai, Jianmin; Wei, Fulin

    2015-01-01

    The effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt ultrathin films have been investigated. The results indicate that i) The Ag cap layer segregates from the FePt/Ag bilayer, lowers the FePt ordering temperature, promotes the FePt thin films to form island structure, and enhances the coercivity; ii) The Ru cap layer increases the FePt ordering temperature, helps to maintain smooth continuous structure film, and restrains the FePt (001) orientation and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). The effects become more pronounced for the 3-nm-thick FePt thin films. The effects can be mainly attributed to the different melting point and thermal expansion stress between the cap layer and FePt thin films.

  13. Effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt ultrathin films

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    Liu, Mingfeng; Jin, Tianli; Hao, Liang; Cao, Jiangwei; Wang, Ying; Wu, Dongping; Bai, Jianmin; Wei, Fulin

    2015-04-01

    The effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt ultrathin films have been investigated. The results indicate that i) The Ag cap layer segregates from the FePt/Ag bilayer, lowers the FePt ordering temperature, promotes the FePt thin films to form island structure, and enhances the coercivity; ii) The Ru cap layer increases the FePt ordering temperature, helps to maintain smooth continuous structure film, and restrains the FePt (001) orientation and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). The effects become more pronounced for the 3-nm-thick FePt thin films. The effects can be mainly attributed to the different melting point and thermal expansion stress between the cap layer and FePt thin films.

  14. Studies on plasmon characteristics and the local density of states of Au and Ag based nanoparticles

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    Vinod, M.; Biju, V.; Gopchandran, K. G.

    2016-01-01

    Knowledge about the conductive properties and the local density of states of chemically pure Au, Ag, Ag@Au core-shell and Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles is technologically important. Herein, the I-V characteristics and the density of states derived from scanning tunneling microscopy measurements made under atmospheric conditions is reported. The nanoparticles in thin film form used in this study were prepared by laser ablation in water followed by drop and evaporation. The morphology of the surface of the nanostructures was observed from optimizing tunneling current in each case. The monometallic Au and Ag particles shows almost similar current characteristics as well as discrete energy states but the slope of I-V characteristics was different for bimetallic structures. An attempt has also been made to compare the current measurements done in the nanoscale with the surface plasmon characteristics.

  15. Characterization of nanostructured TiO2:Ag films: structural and optical properties

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-10-01

    TiO2:Ag nanocomposites have been prepared by sol-gel method with varying silver concentration. Different technological approaches are employed to study the formation of Ag nanoparticles in titanium dioxide matrix. The obtained thin films are either thermally treated at temperatures from 300 to 600oC or UV irradiated for 15 minutes between layer deposition. XRD and FTIR studies reveal that Ag is incorporated in TiO2 films as nanoparticles and no Ag oxide phases are detected. Optical characterization performed by UV-VIS spectroscopy confirms the formation of silver nanoparticles. The influence of thermal treatment and UV radiation on the optical and structural properties is studied.

  16. Silver nanoparticles on Zinc Oxide thin film: An insight in fabrication and characterization

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    Hossain, M. K.; Drmosh, Q. A.; Yamani, Z. H.; Tabet, N.

    2014-08-01

    In this work, a simple two-steps process has been explained to fabricate silver (Ag) nanoparticles on Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film followed by their characterizations. The underneath layer ZnO thin film, as an example, was also investigated how the properties change during the course of nanoparticles fabrication. ZnO thin film was sputtered on standard glass substrate followed by further sputtering of an ultrathin Ag layer. Subsequently the specimen was treated at high temperature in inert environment. A periodic observation at specific temperature intervals confirmed the formation of Ag nanoparticles on ZnO thin film. Field-emission scanning electron microscopic (FESEM) observations revealed the size distribution of as-fabricated Ag nanoparticles in the range of 50-250 nm. Elemental analysis was also confirmed by SEM-aided energy dispersion spectroscopy. The underneath layer ZnO thin film was found to go through recrystallization, stress relaxation, and grain growth during the annealing process. Further treatment to ZnO only film showed a variation in surface topology with reference to those with Ag nanoparticles on ZnO. Such a system was also analysed with finite different time domain (FDTD) analysis. A typical model was considered and FDTD simulation was carried out to understand the trend of absorption depth profile within the absorbing layer involved in plasmonics solar cell.

  17. Core-shell AgSiO2-protoporphyrin IX nanoparticle: Effect of the Ag core on reactive oxygen species generation

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    Lismont, M.; Pá; ez-Martinez, C.; Dreesen, L.

    2015-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer is based on the use of a light sensitive molecule to produce, under specific irradiation, toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS). A way to improve the therapy efficiency is to increase the amount of produced ROS near cancer cells. This aim can be achieved by using a metal enhanced process arising when an optically active molecule is located near a metallic nanoparticle (NP). Here, the coupling effect between silver (Ag) NPs and protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) molecules, a clinically approved photosensitizer, is studied compared first, to PpIX fluorescence yield and second, to ROS production efficiency. By applying a modified Stöber process, PpIX was encapsulated into a silica (SiO2) shell, surrounding a 60 nm sized Ag core. We showed that, compared to SiO2-PpIX NPs, Ag coated SiO2-PpIX NPs dramatically decreased PpIX fluorescence together with singlet oxygen production efficiency. However, after incubation time in the dark, the amount of superoxide anions generated by the Ag doped sample was higher than the control sample one.

  18. Microstructural investigation of the oxidation behavior of Cu in Ag-coated Cu films using a focused ion beam transmission electron microscopy technique

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    Kim, Ji Hwan; Lee, Jong-Hyun

    2016-06-01

    With the aim of elucidating a detailed mechanism for the oxidation behavior in submicron Cu particles coated with a thin Ag layer, the dewetting of Ag and the oxidation behavior of Cu in Ag-coated Cu films upon heating were investigated with a focused ion beam transmission electron microscopy technique. A slight dewetting of the Ag layer began at approximately 200 °C and aggregates of Cu2O particles were formed on the Ag layer, indicating that the initial Cu2O phase was formed on the thin Ag layer. Voids were formed in the Cu layer because of Cu atoms diffusing through the thin Ag layer to be oxidized in the upper Cu2O aggregates. After being heated to 250 °C, the Ag layer became more irregular, and in some regions, it disappeared because of intensive dewetting. The number and average size of the voids also increased. At 300 °C, a hollow structure with a Cu2O shell was formed. Pillar-like structures of unoxidized Cu and large voids were found under the Cu2O layer.

  19. Study on migration behaviour of 237Np and 241Am in near-surface environments.

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    Tanaka, Tadao; Ya-Anant, Nanthavan

    2011-07-01

    Laboratory-scale experiments were performed to investigate migration behaviour of (237)Np and (241)Am, which were deposited onto the ground surface from spent fuel reprocessing facilities. Migration experiments by column method were conducted for a sandy soil and a reddish soil by varying the volume of eluting solution. There seemed to be two chemical species of (237)Np in the sandy soil column: one is cationic and the other is particulate form. The particulates moved without significant interaction with the sandy soil. The sorption of cationic (237)Np was controlled by both a reversible ion-exchange reaction and irreversible reactions. Most of (241)Am was formed into rather large particulates and trapped in the sandy soil column. The (237)Np and (241)Am loaded into the reddish soil column moved deeper with increasing eluting volume. The sorption was mainly controlled by ion-exchange reaction. The migration behaviour might be evaluated by the distribution coefficient.

  20. 237Np Mössbauer studies on actinide superconductors and related materials

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    Colineau, Eric; Gaczyński, Piotr; Griveau, Jean-Christophe; Eloirdi, Rachel; Caciuffo, Roberto

    2012-03-01

    Actinide materials play a special role in condensed matter physics, spanning behaviours of itinerant d-electron and localized 4f-electron materials. This duality of the 5f electrons confer to actinide-based intermetallic compounds a broad variety of physical properties such as magnetic or multipolar ordering, heavy fermion behaviour, quantum criticality, unconventional superconductivity... 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy is a unique microscopic tool for gaining information on the electronic and magnetic properties of Np systems.