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  1. (Al, Er) co-doped ZnO nanoparticles for photodegradation of rhodamine blue

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    Ghomri, R.; Shaikh, M. Nasiruzzaman; Ahmed, M. I.; Bououdina, M.; Ghers, M.

    2016-10-01

    Pure and co-doped (Al, Er) ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized by hydrothermal method using (Zn, Er and Al) nitrates. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal the formation of single phase of ZnO würtzite-type structure. The crystallite size for pure ZnO is in the order of 26.5 nm which decreases up to the range 14.2-22.0 nm after (Al, Er) co-doping. SEM micrographs show that the specimen is composed of regular spherical particles in the nanoscale regime with homogeneous size distribution and high tendency to agglomeration. FTIR spectra exhibit absorption lines located at wavenumbers corresponding to vibration modes between the constituent atoms. Raman spectra recorded under excitation ( λ exc = 632.8 nm) reveal peaks related to modes of transverse and longitudinal optical phonons of the würtzite ZnO structure. The energy band gap E g of ZnO:(Al, Er) NPs ranges in 3.264-3.251 eV. The photocatalytic activity of pure and co-doped (Al, Er) ZnO NPs was evaluated by the photodegradation of rhodamine blue under an irradiation of wavelength 554 nm. It is found that a photodegradation rate above 90 % could be achieved for a period of time of 40 min for pure ZnO and 120 min for (Al, Er) co-doped ZnO. A photodegradation mechanism is proposed.

  2. Charge Compensated (Al, N) Co-Doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Films for Photlelectrochemical Application

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    Shet, S.

    2012-01-01

    ZnO thin films with significantly reduced bandgaps were synthesized by doping N and co-doping Al and N at 100oC. All the films were synthesized by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on F-doped tin-oxide-coated glass. We found that co-doped ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited significantly enhanced crystallinity as compared to ZnO doped solely with N, ZnO:N, at the same growth conditions. Furthermore, annealed ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited enhanced N incorporation over ZnO:N films. As a result, ZnO:(Al,N) films exhibited improved photocurrents than ZnO:N films grown with pure N doping, suggesting that charge-compensated donor-acceptor co-doping could be a potential method for bandgap reduction of wide-bandgap oxide materials to improve their photoelectrochemical performance.

  3. Microstructural analysis and thermoelectric properties of Sn-Al co-doped ZnO ceramics

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    Hoemke, Joshua; Khan, Atta Ullah; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Mori, Takao; Tochigi, Eita; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Sakka, Yoshio

    2016-08-01

    Sn-Al co-doped polycrystalline ZnO ceramics were prepared by sintering in air. Phase and microstructure analysis was performed by X-ray diffraction and SEM-EDS and thermoelectric properties were measured. XRD analysis showed a ZnO primary phase as well as secondary phase peaks due to the formation of a Zn2SnO4 spinel phase or SnO2(ZnO:Sn-Al)m intergrowth phase. SEM analysis revealed a dense microstructure with a small number of nanometric pores, consistent with the measured density of 5.48 g/cm3. An activated electrical conductivity characteristic of a semiconducting material was observed as well as a negative Seebeck coefficient with both values increasing in absolute value from RT to 730 °C. The power factor had a maximum value of 3.73×10-4 W m-1 K-2 at 730 °C. Thermal conductivity measurements showed a significant reduction over the measured temperature range compared to undoped ZnO. This could be attributed to grain size reduction, the formation of a nanoscale secondary phase or a reduction in crystallinity caused by Sn-Al co-doping. A maximum ZT of 0.06 was obtained at 750 °C for the Sn-Al co-doped ZnO ceramics.

  4. Sol-gel derived Al-Ga co-doped transparent conducting oxide ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi; Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO doped with Al, Ga and co-doped Al and Ga (1:1) (AGZO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by cost effective sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD results showed that all the films are polycrystalline in nature and highly textured along the (002) plane. Enhanced grain size was observed in the case of AGZO thin films. The transmittance of all the films was more than 83% in the visible region of light. The electrical properties such as carrier concentration and mobility values are increased in case of AGZO compared to that of Al and Ga doped ZnO thin films. The minimum resistivity of 2.54 × 10-3 Ω cm was observed in AGZO thin film. The co-doped AGZO thin films exhibited minimum resistivity and high optical transmittance, indicate that co-doped ZnO thin films could be used in transparent electronics mainly in display applications.

  5. RETRACTED: Investigation of structural, optical and electronic properties in Al-Sn co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Pan, Zhanchang; Tian, Xinlong; Wu, Shoukun; Yu, Xia; Li, Zhuliang; Deng, Jianfeng; Xiao, Chumin; Hu, Guanghui; Wei, Zhigang

    2013-01-01

    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Figures 3 and 4 of this paper have also been presented as belonging to other materials in other publications. This observation is evidence of fraud and therefore it is not certain that the described research and conclusions of this paper belong to the presented images. Figures 3 and 4 of this paper can also be found in: Effect of annealing on the structures and properties of Al and F co-doped ZnO nanostructures, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 2014, 17, 162-167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mssp.2013.09.023 Highly transparent and conductive Sn/F and Al co-doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel method, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2014,583, 32-38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.06.192 Properties of fluorine and tin co-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel method, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2013,576, 31-37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.04.132

  6. Al and Fe co-doped transparent conducting ZnO thin film for mediator-less biosensing application

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay

    2011-12-01

    Highly c-axis oriented Al and Fe co-doped ZnO (ZAF) thin film is prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Fe introduces redox centre along with shallow donor level while Al doping enhances conductivity of ZnO, thus removing the requirement of both mediator and bottom conducting layer in bioelectrode. Model enzyme (glucose oxidase), was immobilized on surface of ZAF matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that prepared bio-electrode is sensitive to glucose concentration with enhanced response of 0.18 μAmM-1cm-2 and low Km ˜ 2.01 mM. The results illustrate that ZAF is an attractive matrix for realization of miniaturized mediator-less solid state biosensor.

  7. Hydrothermal growth and conductivity enhancement of (Al, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanorods thin films

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Mahapatra, Preetilata; Thangavel, R.

    2016-05-01

    The incorporation of Al, Cu co-doping in ZnO host lattice plays an important role in modification of structural, optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present work, we were grown one dimensional ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different concentration of Al (0%~5%) and Cu was kept 20 M% on ITO glass substrates using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the codoping on the surface morphology and the electrical and optical performances of the doped ZnO NRs as photo anodes for solar water splitting applications. The crystallite size of NRs shows tuning in the band gap between 3.194 (Zn0.79Al0.01Cu0.2O) to 3.212 eV (Zn0.75Al0.05Cu0.2O) with Aluminium doping concentration and a remarkable improvement in current density (J) from 0.05 mA/cm2 to 4.98 mA/cm2 was achieved by incorporating Al and Cu has a critical effect of ZnO nanorods.

  8. Effect of annealing atmosphere on photoluminescence and gas sensing of solution-combustion-synthesized Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Min; Lv, Tan; Wang, Qiong; Zou, Yun-ling; Lian, Xiao-xue; Liu, Hong-peng

    2015-11-01

    Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized using a solution combustion method and subsequent annealing process under various atmospheres, including air, nitrogen, and hydrogen, were characterized using x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The gas-sensing properties of the sensors based on the NPs were also examined. The results indicated that the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs, with an average crystallite size of 10 nm, exhibited enhanced gas-sensing performance compared with that of pure ZnO and Al-doped ZnO. The response of the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs annealed in N2 to ethanol (49.22) was nearly 5.7 times higher than that to acetone (8.61) and approximately 20 - 27 times higher than that to benzene (2.38), carbon monoxide (2.23), and methane (1.78), which demonstrates their excellent selectivity to ethanol versus other gases. This high ethanol response can be attributed to the combined effects of the small size, Schottky barrier, lattice defects, and catalysis. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. Effect of substrate temperature on transparent conducting Al and F co-doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Fang-Hsing; Chang, Chiao-Lu

    2016-05-01

    ZnO is a wide bandgap semiconductor that has many potential applications such as solar cells, thin film transistors, light emitting diodes, and gas/biological sensors. In this study, a composite ceramic ZnO target containing 1 wt% Al2O3 and 1.5 wt% ZnF2 was prepared and used to deposit transparent conducting Al and F co-doped zinc oxide (AFZO) thin films on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 200 °C on structural, morphological, electrical, chemical, and optical properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Hall effect measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The XRD results showed that all the AFZO thin films had a (0 0 2) diffraction peak, indicating a typical wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation of the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The FE-SEM and AFM analyses indicated that the crystallinity and grain size of the films were enhanced while the surface roughness decreased as the substrate temperature increased. Results of Hall effect measurement showed that Al and F co-doping decreased the resistivity more effectively than single-doping (either Al or F doping) in ZnO thin films. The resistivity of the AFZO thin films decreased from 5.48 × 10-4 to 2.88 × 10-4 Ω-cm as the substrate temperature increased from RT to 200 °C due to the increased carrier concentration and Hall mobility. The optical transmittances of all the AFZO thin films were over 92% in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm regardless of substrate temperature. The blue-shift of absorption edge accompanied the rise of the optical band gap, which conformed to the Burstein-Moss effect. The developed AFZO thin films are suitable as transparent conducting electrodes for various optoelectronic

  10. Co doped ZnO nanowires as visible light photocatalysts

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    Šutka, Andris; Käämbre, Tanel; Pärna, Rainer; Juhnevica, Inna; Maiorov, Mihael; Joost, Urmas; Kisand, Vambola

    2016-06-01

    High aspect ratio cobalt doped ZnO nanowires showing strong photocatalytic activity and moderate ferromagnetic behaviour were successfully synthesized using a solvothermal method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities evaluated for visible light driven degradation of an aqueous methylene orange (MO) solution were higher than for Co doped ZnO nanoparticles at the same doping level and synthesized by the same synthesis route. The rate constant for MO visible light photocatalytic degradation was 1.9·10-3 min-1 in case of nanoparticles and 4.2·10-3 min-1 in case of nanowires. We observe strongly enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity for moderate Co doping levels, with an optimum at a composition of Zn0.95Co0.05O. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Co doped ZnO nanowires were attributed to the combined effects of enhanced visible light absorption at the Co sites in ZnO nanowires, and improved separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers at optimal Co doping.

  11. Al-Mg co-doping effect on optical and magnetic properties of ZnO nanopowders

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    Si, Xiaodong; Liu, Yongsheng; Wu, Xinfang; Lei, Wei; Lin, Jia; Gao, Tian; Zheng, Li

    2015-07-01

    Zn0.97 - xMgxAl0.03O (x = 0 , 0.01 , 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal growth, and their optical and magnetic properties were systematically studied by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), the UV-visible spectrophotometer, the infrared spectrometer and the physical properties measurement system (PPMS). These results showed that all the nanopowders had hexagonal wurtzite structures. With increasing the content of Mg, the strength of the (110) intensity peak increased. When Mg atoms were not incorporated into the Zn0.97Al0.03O lattice, the infrared light transmittance was higher than that of other groups of samples. In the UV range, the absorption decreased with the increase of the concentration of Mg. Mg doping weakened the magnetic property of the nanoparticles at room temperature. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetization curves were separated with the decrease of temperature due to the pinning effect between the ferromagnetic domain and antiferromagnetic domain.

  12. Improving the ethanol gas-sensing properties of porous ZnO microspheres by Co doping

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    Xiao, Qi Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Co-doped porous ZnO microspheres were synthesized. • 3 mol% Co-doped ZnO sensor showed the highest response to ethanol. • 3 mol% Co-doped ZnO sensor exhibited fast recovery property. • 3 mol% Co-doped ZnO sensor exhibited good selectivity and long-term stability. - Abstract: Porous Co-doped ZnO microspheres were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method combined with post-annealing. Co species existed as a form of divalent state in the sample and substituted Zn{sup 2+} sites in ZnO crystal lattice, which was affirmed by X-ray diffraction, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The gas-sensing measurements demonstrated that the 3 mol% Co-doped ZnO sample showed the highest response value to 100 ppm ethanol at 350 °C, which were 5 folds higher than that of the pure ZnO sample. In addition, the 3 mol% Co-doped ZnO sensor exhibited fast recovery property, good quantitative determination, good selectivity and long-term stability. The superior sensing properties were contributed to high specific surface area combined with the large amount of oxygen vacancies originating from Co doping.

  13. Structural, magnetic and electronic structure properties of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Shalendra; Song, T.K.; Gautam, Sanjeev; Chae, K.H.; Kim, S.S.; Jang, K.W.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • XRD and HR-TEM results show the single phase nature of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. • XMCD and dc magnetization results indicate the RT-FM in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. • Co L{sub 3,2} NEXAFS spectra infer that Co ions are in 2+ valence state. • O K edge NEXAFS spectra show that O vacancy increases with Co doping in ZnO. - Abstract: We reported structural, magnetic and electronic structure studies of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. Doping of Co ions in ZnO host matrix has been studied and confirmed using various methods; such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersed X-ray (EDX), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, magnetic hysteresis loop measurements and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). From the XRD and HR-TEM results, it is observed that Co doped ZnO nanoparticles have single phase nature with wurtzite structure and exclude the possibility of secondary phase formation. FE-SEM and TEM micrographs show that pure and Co doped nanoparticles are nearly spherical in shape. O K edge NEXAFS spectra indicate that O vacancies increase with Co doping. The Co L{sub 3,2} edge NEXAFS spectra revealed that Co ions are in 2+ valence state. DC magnetization hysteresis loops and XMCD results clearly showed the intrinsic origin of temperature ferromagnetism in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  14. Ni, Fe Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Dhiman, Pooja Chand, Jagdish Verma, S. Sarveena, Singh, M.

    2014-04-24

    This paper outlines the synthesis and characterization of Ni-Fe co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by facile solution combustion method. The structural characterization by XRD confirmed the phase purity of the samples. Surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope revealed cubic type shape of grains. EDS analysis conformed the elemental composition. Higher value of DC electrical conductivity and less band gap for co-doped ZnO from UV-Vis studies confirmed the change in defect chemistry of ZnO Matrix.

  15. Size and grain morphology dependent magnetic behaviour of Co-doped ZnO

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    Vagadia, Megha; Ravalia, Ashish; Khachar, Uma; Solanki, P.S.; Doshi, R.R.; Rayaprol, S.; Kuberkar, D.G.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Structure and magnetic studies on Co-doped ZnO. {yields} Synthesis method dependent comparison of magnetic properties. {yields} Grain size and morphology affect the magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO. -- Abstract: We have carried out a comparative study of structural, microstructural and magnetic properties of the two sets of Co-doped ZnO samples synthesized using solid state reaction and sol-gel method. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data reveals single phase hexagonal wurtzite structure for all the samples, while the tunnelling electron microscopy measurements show the presence of nano-phase in the sol-gel grown Co-doped ZnO samples. It is found that, the microstructure strongly depends on the synthesis method adopted. Samples with higher Co-concentration synthesized by SSR route exhibit antiferromagnetism while SG grown Co-doped ZnO samples exhibit weak ferromagnetic behaviour. Improved magnetic phase in the SG grown samples has been attributed to the grain morphology.

  16. Electronic structure of Co-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Neffati, Ahmed; Souissi, Hajer; Kammoun, Souha

    2012-10-01

    The optical transmission spectra, the photoluminescence (PL), and the photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods Zn1-xCoxO (x = 0.01, 0.10) were measured by Loan et al. [J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42, 065412 (2009)] in the region 1.5-4 eV. These spectra exhibit a group of ultraviolet narrow lines in the region of 3.0-3.4 eV related to the near-band-edge emission of the host ZnO materials and a group of emission lines in the red region of 1.8-1.9 eV assigned to the radiative transitions within the tetrahedral Co2+ ions in the ZnO host crystal. The group of lines in the visible region provides important information about the electronic structure of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods. This work investigates a theoretical crystal-field analysis of the visible lines associated to the Co2+ ion transition occupying a Td site symmetry in ZnO host crystal. A satisfactory correlations were obtained between experimental and calculated energy levels. The electronic structure was compared with the reported for cobalt transition ion doped in ZnO nanoparticles and bulk crystals [Volbers et al., Appl. Phys. A 88, 153 (2007) and H. J. Schulz and M. Thiede, Phys. Rev. B 35, 18 (1987)]. In order to explain the existence of excitation peaks observed near the band edge of the ZnO host, an energy transfer mechanism is proposed.

  17. Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Optical and electrochemical properties

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    Romeiro, Fernanda C.; Marinho, Juliane Z.; Lemos, Samantha C. S.; de Moura, Ana P.; Freire, Poliana G.; da Silva, Luis F.; Longo, Elson; Munoz, Rodrigo A. A.; Lima, Renata C.

    2015-10-01

    We report for the first time a rapid preparation of Zn1-2xCoxNixO nanoparticles via a versatile and environmentally friendly route, microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method. The Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles present an effect on photoluminescence and electrochemical properties, exhibiting excellent electrocatalytic performance compared to undoped ZnO sample. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements indicated the reduction of the green-orange-red visible emission region after adding Co and Ni ions, revealing the formation of alternative pathways for the generated recombination. The presence of these metallic ions into ZnO creates different defects, contributing to a local structural disorder, as revealed by Raman spectra. Electrochemical experiments revealed that the electrocatalytic oxidation of dopamine on ZnO attached to multi-walled carbon nanotubes improved significantly in the Co, Ni co-doped ZnO samples when compared to pure ZnO.

  18. Characterization of co-doped (In, N): ZnO by indigenous thermopower measurement system

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    Kedia, Sanjay Kumar; Singh, Anil; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2016-05-01

    The thermopower measurement of (In, N) co-doped ZnO thin films have been carried out using indigenous high and low temperature thermopower measurement system. The compact thermopower measurement system has been designed, developed, tested in house. The sensitivity and accuracy of indigenous thermopower system have been investigated by measuring thermopower of standard samples like Cu, Ni, Sb etc. It has been also investigated by the comparison of carrier concentration using Hall Effect and Thermopower measurement of these (In, N) co-doped ZnO thin films. The constant temperature gradient between hot and cold junction has been maintained by using the temperature controller. The room temperature and low temperature Seebeck coefficient measurements were performed on these co-doped ZnO samples. A series of experiments have been performed to detect the p-type conductivity in co-doped ZnO thin films, particularly at low temperature. The negative Seebeck coefficient observed down to 40 K established the n-type behavior in these co-doped samples.

  19. Reversible ferromagnetic spin ordering governed by hydrogen in Co-doped ZnO semiconductor

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    Cho, Yong Chan; Kim, Sung-Jin; Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Su Jae; Cho, Chae Ryong; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Park, Chul Hong; Jeong, Il Kyoung; Park, Sungkyun; Hong, Tae Eun; Kuroda, Shinji; Jeong, Se-Young

    2009-10-26

    We report a reversible manipulation of short-range spin ordering in Co-doped ZnO through hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes. In both magnetic-circular dichroism and superconducting quantum interference device measurements, the ferromagnetism was clearly induced and removed by the injection and ejection of hydrogen, respectively. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results and the first-principles electronic structure calculations consistently support the dependence of the ferromagnetism on the hydrogen position and the contribution of transition metal ions. The results suggest the ferromagnetic interaction between Co ions can be reversibly controlled by the hydrogen-mediated intrinsic spin ordering in Co doped ZnO.

  20. Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Optical and electrochemical properties

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    Romeiro, Fernanda C.; Marinho, Juliane Z.; Lemos, Samantha C.S.; Moura, Ana P. de; Freire, Poliana G.; Silva, Luis F. da; Longo, Elson; Munoz, Rodrigo A.A.; Lima, Renata C.

    2015-10-15

    We report for the first time a rapid preparation of Zn{sub 1−2x}Co{sub x}Ni{sub x}O nanoparticles via a versatile and environmentally friendly route, microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method. The Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles present an effect on photoluminescence and electrochemical properties, exhibiting excellent electrocatalytic performance compared to undoped ZnO sample. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements indicated the reduction of the green–orange–red visible emission region after adding Co and Ni ions, revealing the formation of alternative pathways for the generated recombination. The presence of these metallic ions into ZnO creates different defects, contributing to a local structural disorder, as revealed by Raman spectra. Electrochemical experiments revealed that the electrocatalytic oxidation of dopamine on ZnO attached to multi-walled carbon nanotubes improved significantly in the Co, Ni co-doped ZnO samples when compared to pure ZnO. - Graphical abstract: Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: optical and electrochemical properties. Co, Ni co-doped ZnO hexagonal nanoparticles with optical and electrocatalytic properties were successfully prepared for the first time using a microwave hydrothermal method at mild conditions. - Highlights: • Co{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} into ZnO lattice obtained a mild and environmentally friendly process. • The heating method strongly influences in the growth and shape of the particles. • Short-range defects generated by the ions insertion affects the photoluminescence. • Doped ZnO nanoparticles improve the electrocatalytic properties of pure oxide.

  1. Aluminum- and boron-co-doped ZnO ceramics: structural, morphological and electrical characterization

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    Liu, Shimin; Liu, Jindong; Jiang, Weiwei; Liu, Chaoqian; Ding, Wanyu; Wang, Hualin; Wang, Nan

    2016-10-01

    Highly dense and electrically conductive aluminum- and boron-co-doped ZnO (ABZO) ceramics were prepared by traditional pressureless sintering process. Single aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) ceramics were synthesized with similar process and characterized for comparison. The densification behavior, crystal structure, morphology, composition and electrical properties of the ceramics were studied. Results indicated that AZO ceramics with the maximum relative density of 99.01 % were obtained only at 1350 °C for 4 h, which, however, was accompanied by electrical conductivity deterioration because of the increased insulated ZnAl2O4 phase formed in ceramics. Interestingly, the ABZO ceramics reached the maximum relative density of 98.84 % at 1100 °C, which was 250 °C lower compared with that of AZO ceramics. Moreover, the electrical conductivity of ABZO ceramics improved significantly with the increased sintering temperature and increased insulated ZnAl2O4 phase, which should be ascribed to the decreased grain boundaries and the resultant reduced carrier scattering in ceramics overcoming the influence of increased ZnAl2O4 phase due to boron doping effect.

  2. Luminescence Properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ Co-Doped ZnO Quantum Dots.

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    Liu, Fengyi; Li, Hong; Hu, Yajing; Na, Jin; Mou, Yun; Yang, Kun; Ye, Zuhu; Li, Mingyue; Xie, Ya-Hong

    2016-04-01

    In order to improve luminescence properties of semiconductor ZnO quantum dots (QDs), Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs have been controllably synthesized by sol-gel method in this paper. ZnO QDs have a spherical shape with mean diameter at about 5-6 nm, which was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). ZnO QDs have hexagonal wurtzite structure with parts of Sm3+ and Eu3+ incorporated into the lattice, which was demonstrated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Luminescence properties at room temperature (RT) of different amount of Sm3+ and 2 mol% Eu3+ doped ZnO QDs were examined in-depth by optical spectra. In contrast to the Pr3+/Eu3+ co-doped fluorescent performance researched in our previous study, the photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicates the unique luminescence properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs. In addition, fluorescence lifetimes were obtained to illustrate the luminous mechanism. PMID:27451672

  3. Synthesis, structural and optical characterization of undoped, N-doped ZnO and co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Pathak, Trilok Kumar Kumar, R.; Purohit, L. P.

    2015-05-15

    ZnO, N-doped ZnO and Al-N co-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on ITO coated corning glass by spin coater using sol-gel method. The films were annealed in air at 450°C for one hour. The crystallographic structure and morphology of the films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) respectively. The X-ray diffraction results confirm that the thin films are of wurtzite hexagonal with a very small distortion. The optical properties were investigated by transmission spectra of different films using spectrophotometer (Shimadzu UV-VIS-NIR 3600). The results indicate that the N doped ZnO thin films have obviously enhanced transmittance in visible region. Moreover, the thickness of the films has strong influences on the optical constants.

  4. Observation of low field microwave absorption in co-doped ZnO system

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    Mahule, Tebogo S.; Srinivasu, Vijaya V.; Das, Jayashree

    2016-10-01

    Room temperature low field microwave absorption (LFMA) in magnetic materials find application in microwave absorbers and low field sensors. However not all the magnetic materials show LFMA and the phenomenon is not fully understood. We report on the observation of low field microwave absorption (LFMA) or the non-resonant microwave absorption (NRMA) in the transition metal (TM) co-doped ZnO samples of the composition Zn1-x(TM:TM)xO synthesized by solid state reaction technique. LFMA peaks and hysteresis matches very well with that of the magnetization hysteresis loop and the anisotropy fields at room temperature similar to the reports in the literature for other magnetic systems. However we show through our careful experiments that such a correlation between LFMA and the magnetization does not survive at low temperatures and particularly at 10 K the LFMA hysteresis collapses in our TM co-doped ZnO system; whereas the magnetization hysteresis loop becomes very big and anisotropy field becomes bigger in the range of kOe. We interpret the LFMA as field dependent surface impedance or eddy current losses, in terms of a possible role of anomalous hall resistivity that follows magnetization and the ordinary hall resistivity that only follows the applied field. We then argue that LFMA accordingly follows magnetization or applied field when AHE or OHE dominates respectively. Also we confirm the absence of LFMA signals in the rare earth co-doped ZnO system.

  5. Resistive switching: An investigation of the bipolar–unipolar transition in Co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Santos, Daniel A.A.; Zeng, Hao; Macêdo, Marcelo A.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • A purely bipolar behavior on a Co-doped ZnO thin film has been demonstrated. • We have shown what can happen if a unipolar test is performed in a purely bipolar device. • An explanation for how a sample can show a purely bipolar switching behavior was suggested. • An important open issue about resistive switching effect was put in debate. - Abstract: In order to investigate the resistive switching effect we built devices in a planar structure in which two Al contacts were deposited on the top of the film and separated by a small gap using a shadow mask. Therefore, two samples of 10% Co-doped ZnO thin films were sputtered on glass substrate. High resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) revealed a highly c-axis oriented crystalline structure, without secondary phase. The high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) showed a flat surface with good coverage and thickness about 300 nm. A Keithley 2425 semiconductor characterization system was used to perform the resistive switching tests in the bipolar and unipolar modes. Considering only the effect of compliance current (CC), the devices showed a purely bipolar behavior since an increase in CC did not induce a transition to unipolar behavior.

  6. First-principles study on the electronic and optical properties of Si and Al co-doped zinc oxide for solar cell devices

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    Abbassi, A.; El Amrani, A.; Ez-Zahraouy, H.; Benyoussef, A.; El Amraoui, Y.

    2016-06-01

    Electronic and optical properties of co-doped zinc oxide ZnO with silicon (Si) and aluminum (Al), in Zn1-2 x Si x Al x O (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.0625) original structure forms, are investigated by the first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). The optical constants and dielectric functions are investigated with the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) by WIEN2k package. The complex dielectric functions, refractive index and band gap of the pure as well as doped and co-doped ZnO were investigated, which are in good agreement with the available experimental results for the undoped ZnO. Thus, the maximum optical transmittance of the co-doped ZnO of about 95 % was achieved; it is higher than that of pure ZnO. Thus, we showed for the Si-Al co-doped ZnO with x = 0.0315 that the optical transmittance can cover a larger range in the visible light region. In addition, an occurrence of important energy levels around Fermi levels was showed, which is mainly due to doping atoms that lead to an overlap between valence and conduction bands, and consequently to the significant conductor behavior of the Si-Al co-doped ZnO. The original Zn1-2 x Si x Al x O structure reveals promising optical and electronic properties, and it can be investigated as good candidates for practical uses as transparent and conducting electrodes in solar cell devices.

  7. Impacts of Co doping on ZnO transparent switching memory device characteristics

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    Simanjuntak, Firman Mangasa; Prasad, Om Kumar; Panda, Debashis; Lin, Chun-An; Tsai, Tsung-Ling; Wei, Kung-Hwa; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen

    2016-05-01

    The resistive switching characteristics of indium tin oxide (ITO)/Zn1-xCoxO/ITO transparent resistive memory devices were investigated. An appropriate amount of cobalt dopant in ZnO resistive layer demonstrated sufficient memory window and switching stability. In contrast, pure ZnO devices demonstrated a poor memory window, and using an excessive dopant concentration led to switching instability. To achieve suitable memory performance, relying only on controlling defect concentrations is insufficient; the grain growth orientation of the resistive layer must also be considered. Stable endurance with an ON/OFF ratio of more than one order of magnitude during 5000 cycles confirmed that the Co-doped ZnO device is a suitable candidate for resistive random access memory application. Additionally, fully transparent devices with a high transmittance of up to 90% at wavelength of 550 nm have been fabricated.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Mn and (Mn, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Wang, H B; Wang, H; Zhang, C; Yang, F J; Duan, J X; Yang, C P; Gu, H S; Zhou, M J; Li, Q; Jiang, Y

    2009-05-01

    We report on the ferromagnetic characteristics of Zn(1-x)Mn(x)O nanorods synthesized by a seed-mediated solution method. The as-doped ZnO nanorods had a length about 200 nm and a diameter ranging from 20 to 30 nm. Magnetic property measurements revealed that the Zn(1-x)Mn(x)O nanorods exhibited weak ferromagnetism at 305 K. Similar solution method were also employed to fabricate the (Mn, Cu) co-doped nanostructures. The presence of Cu2+ was found to change the nanorod morphology (in the case of pure ZnO) to nanoparticle. On the other hand, not only the hysteresis curve saturated at lower magnetic field, but also the saturation magnetization was increased with the Cu doping. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Photoluminescence analysis suggested that the room temperature (RT) ferromagnetism could be originated from the Mn2+ doped into the ZnO lattice, and additional carriers due to the Cu co-doping may enhance the room temperature ferromagnetism in the Mn:ZnO system.

  9. Re-dispersible Li+ and Eu3+ co-doped nanocrystalline ZnO: luminescence and EPR studies.

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    Ningthoujam, R S; Gajbhiye, N S; Ahmed, Asar; Umre, S S; Sharma, S J

    2008-06-01

    Nano-crystals of ZnO, Eu3+ doped ZnO, and Li+, Eu3+ co-doped ZnO have been prepared by urea hydrolysis in ethylene glycol medium at 150 degrees C. Ethylene glycol acts as capping agent for nanoparticles. Three colors 437 (blue), 540 (green) and 615 nm (red) from 2 at.% Li+ and 5 at.% Eu3+ co-doped ZnO have been observed from luminescence studies compared to that from 5 at.%. Eu3+ doped ZnO, which shows emission at 437 and 615 nm. It is established that green light is originated from the oxygen vacancy brought by Li+ incorporation into ZnO. Particles are redispersible in organic solvent such as ethanol, and are able to incorporate into polymer-based material such as SiO2 matrix.

  10. Magnetic and dielectric studies of Li-Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Vivek, S.; Ajith, S. K.; Chitralekha, C. S.; Nair, Swapna S.

    2016-05-01

    Room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in Li-Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel route. Our studies indicated that the observed ferromagnetism is a surface phenomenon which depends on oxygen vacancy and the nature of the dopants. Dependence of ferromagnetism on the annealing temperature indicated the role of oxygen vacancy, and the decrease in coercivity as the particle size increases indicates the surface dependence of ferromagnetism. It is found that the addition of dopants also enhanced ferromagnetism. Dielectric studies indicated an increase in dielectric constant as the doping concentration is increased.

  11. Fabrication and photoelectric properties of Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films

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    Feng, Wei; Wang, Xiangfu; Meng, Lan; Yan, Xiaohong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films deposited by a novel thermal decomposition method under different annealing temperature process have been reported. The effects of annealing temperature on the morphology and properties of the films are systematically studied. The resulting spectra demonstrate that the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films possessed the property of up-conversion, converting IR light into visible light that can be absorbed by amorphous silicon solar cell. After all, inner photoelectric effect of the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films in the amorphous as a light scattering layer are also found with an infrared 980 nm laser as excitation source.

  12. Bipolar charge storage characteristics in copper and cobalt co-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film.

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    Kumar, Amit; Herng, Tun Seng; Zeng, Kaiyang; Ding, Jun

    2012-10-24

    The bipolar charge phenomenon in Cu and Co co-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) film samples has been studied using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques. Those ZnO samples are made using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. It is found that the addition of Cu and Co dopants suppresses the electron density in ZnO and causes a significant change in the work function (Fermi level) value of the ZnO film; this results in the ohmic nature of the contact between the electrode (probe tip) and codoped sample, whereas this contact exhibits a Schottky nature in the undoped and single-element-doped samples. These results are verified by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) measurements. It is also found that the co-doping (Cu and Co) can stabilize the bipolar charge, whereas Cu doping only stabilizes the positive charge in ZnO thin films.

  13. Magnetic and optical properties of Co-doped and Mn-doped ZnO nanocrystalline particles

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    Alsmadi, Abdel; Salameh, B.; Shatnawi, M.; Alnawashi, G.; Bsoul, I.

    We carried out a systematic study on the effect of Co doping and Mn doping on the structural, magnetic and optical properties of ZnO nanocrystalline particles, using x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Quantum Design PPMS-9 magnetometry, and Ultra Violet-Visible spectroscopy. The Zn1- x CoxO and Zn1- x MnxO nanoparticles with 0 <= x <= 0 . 1 were successfully prepared by the formal solid-state reaction method. The XPS results and the XRD analysis with full structural Rietveld refinement reveal that both structures have hexagonal wurtzite structure. For all Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles under investigation, the field dependence of the magnetization curves exhibits ferromagnetic behavior with relatively small coercive fields at room temperature. In addition, we found a signature for antiferromagnetic ordering between the Co ions. For the Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles, we observed ferromagnetic behavior only below 50 K. We also observed a strong correlation between the magnetic and optical behavior of the Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Optical diffuse reflectance and absorption spectra exhibit a red shift at room temperature in the absorption band edge with increasing Co-doping. The red shift is attributed to the sp-d exchange interaction between free charge carriers in ZnO band and the localized magnetic moments.

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Co-doped ZnO Dilute Magnetic Semiconducting Nanorods

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    Das, N.; Khanra, S.; Bhamidipati, S.; Manivannan, K.; Kahol, P.; Ghosh, K.

    2012-02-01

    Transition-metal doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconducting nanomaterials are considered as ideal systems for carrying out research in the field of spintronics as they can successfully combine magnetism and electronics in a single substance. ZnO is a wurtzite-type wide-bandgap semiconductor of the II-VI semiconductor group with band gap energy of 3.37 eV. Hydrothermal synthesis of undoped ZnO and Co-doped ZnO nanorods is carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2.6H2O, Co(C2H3OO)2.4 H2O, and using NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying the process parameters such as molarity (0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M) and pH (8-11) of the precursors, growth temperature (130^oC), and annealing time during the hydrothermal Process. Structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties are studied using various techniques such as XRD, SEM, UV-vis spectroscopy, and SQUID magnetometer. XRD and SEM studies reveal nanorods with hexagonal wurtzite structure with length in the range of 200 to 500 nm, and cross section in the range of 30 to 60 nm. Detailed structural, optical, and magnetic properties will be discussed in this presentation.

  15. Temperature dependence anomalous dielectric relaxation in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Sajid Ali; Nisar, Ambreen; Fatma, Bushara; Khan, Wasi; Chaman, M.; Azam, Ameer; Naqvi, A.H.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We prepared Co doped ZnO by facile gel-combustion method. ► Studied temperature dependent dielectric properties in detail. ► Relaxation time shifts toward the higher temperature as increase in Co content. ► SEM analysis shows formation and agglomeration of nanoparticles. ► Dielectric constants, loss and ac conductivity increases with rise in temperature. ► The dielectric constant, loss and ac conductivity decreases as Co ion increases. -- Abstract: We have reported temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric behavior of nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O (x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1) samples prepared by gel-combustion method. The synthesized samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and LCR-meter, respectively. The XRD analysis reveals that ZnO has a hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The morphology and size of the nanoparticles (∼10–25 nm) were observed by SEM for 5% Co doped ZnO sample. In dielectric properties, complex permittivity (ε{sup *} = ε′ − jε″), loss tangent (tan δ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) in the frequency range 75 kHz to 5 MHz were analyzed with temperature range 150–400 °C. The experimental results indicate that ε′, ε″, tan δ and σ{sub ac} decreases with increase in frequency and temperature. The transition temperature as obtained in dispersion curve of dielectric constant shifts toward higher temperature with increase Co content.

  16. Local structure investigation of (Co, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanocrystals and its correlation with magnetic properties

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    Tiwari, N.; Doke, S.; Lohar, A.; Mahamuni, Shailaja; Kamal, C.; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Choudhary, R. J.; Mondal, P.; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2016-03-01

    Pure, Co doped and (Co, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanocrystals have been prepared by wet chemical route at room temperature to investigate the effect of Cu doping in Co doped ZnO nanocrystals . The nanocrystals have initially been characterized by X-ray diffraction, FTIR, Raman, optical absorption and EPR spectroscopy and the results were corroborated with DFT based electronic structure calculations. Magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated by studying their magnetic hysteresis behavior and temperature dependence of susceptibilities. Finally the local structure at the host and dopant sites of the nanocrystals have been investigated by Zn, Co and Cu K edges EXAFS measurements with synchrotron radiation to explain their experimentally observed magnetic properties.

  17. Effect of Co Doping on the Structural, Optical and Magnetic Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Hays, Jason; Reddy, K. M.; Graces, N. Y.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Luo, M.; Xu, Changqing; Giles, N. C.; Wang, Chong M.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Punnoose, Alex

    2007-07-04

    We report the results of a detailed investigation of sol-gel synthesized nanoscale Zn1-xCoxO powders processed at 350 °C with 0 @ x @ 0.12 to understand how the structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of ZnO are modified by Co doping, in addition to searching for the theoretically predicated ferromagnetism. With x increasing to 0.03, both lattice parameters a and c of the hexagonal ZnO decreased suggesting substitutional doping of Co at the tetrahedral Zn2+ sites. For x > 0.03, these trends reversed and the lattice showed a gradual expansion as x approached 0.12, probably due to additional interstitial incorporation of Co. Raman spectroscopy measurements showed a rapid change in the ZnO peak positions for x > 0.03 suggesting significant disorder and changes in the ZnO structure, in support of additional interstitial Co doping possibility. Combined x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy showed clear evidence for tetrahedrally coordinated high spin Co2+ ions occupying the lattice sites of ZnO host system, which became saturated for x > 0.03. Magnetic measurements showed a paramagnetic behavior in Zn1-xCoxO with increasing antiferromagnetic interactions as x increased to 0.10. Surprisingly, a weak ferromagnetic behavior was observed for the sample with x = 0.12 with a characteristic hysteresis loop showing a coercivity Hc ~ 350 Oe, 25% remanence Mr, a low saturation magnetization Ms ~ 0.04 emu/g and with a Curie temperature Tc ~ 540 K. The XPS data collected from Zn1-xCoxO samples showed a gradual increase in the oxygen concentration, changing the oxygen deficient undoped ZnO to an excess oxygen state for x = 0.12. This indicates that such high Co concentrations and appropriate oxygen stoichiometry may be needed to achieve adequate ferromagnetic exchange coupling between the incorporated Co2+ ions.

  18. Co and Cu co-doped ZnO epitaxial films—A magnetically soft nano-composite

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    Ney, V.; Venkataraman, V.; Henne, B.; Ollefs, K.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Ney, A.

    2016-04-01

    A series of Co/Cu co-doped ZnO epitaxial films has been grown on sapphire substrates to investigate the possibilities of tailoring the magnetic properties in functional ZnO-Co/Cu nano-composites. The growth was performed using reactive magnetron sputtering varying the oxygen partial pressure to tune the incorporation of the dopants and the resulting valence state. At high oxygen pressures, Co2+ is formed and the resulting magnetic properties are very similar to phase pure paramagnetic Co-doped ZnO samples. However, the formation of a secondary CuO phase reduces the overall structural quality of the layers and virtually no substitutional incorporation of Cu2+ in ZnO could be evidenced. At low oxygen pressures, a significant fraction of metallic Co and Cu forming nanometer-sized superparamagnetic precipitates of a Co/Cu alloy can be evidenced which are embedded in a ZnO host matrix.

  19. Effect of Co doping on the structural and dielectric properties of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ram, Mast; Bala, Kanchan; Sharma, Hakikat; Negi, N. S.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on the synthesis of Co doped Zn1-xCoxO (x= 0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles by solution combustion method using urea as a fuel. The Structural and dielectric properties of the samples were studied. Crystallite sizes were obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns whose values decreased with increase in Co concentration. The XRD study reveals that Co2+ ions substitute the Zn2+ ion without changing the wurtzite structure of pristine ZnO up to Co concentrations of 5%. The dielectric constants, dielectric loss (tanδ) and ac conductivity (σac) were studied as the function of frequency and composition, which have been explained by Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and discussed Koops phenomenological theory.

  20. Sol-gel production of Cu/Al co-doped zinc oxide: Effect of Al co-doping concentration on its structure and optoelectronic properties

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    Bu, Ian Yi-Yu

    2014-12-01

    Sol-gel deposition of ZnO:Cu:Al thin films were co-doped different Cu:Al ratio. The optoelectronic and structural properties of the resultant film were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and UV-VIS spectroscopy. It was found that the Al content leads to narrowing of the band gap and that excessive Al doping concentration greater than 5 at% degrade the film's properties.

  1. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of pure ZnO and Co doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by the co-precipitation method

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    Devi, P. Geetha; Velu, A. Sakthi

    2016-09-01

    Pure ZnO and Cobalt (Co) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Co doped ZnO NPs showed Spherical and nanorod mixed phase and Spherical like morphology, respectively. The amount of dopant (Co2+) incorporated into ZnO sample was determined by EDAX. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 438 and 427 cm-1 for ZnO and Co doped ZnO NPs. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurements, the excitonic pecks were found around 376 and 370 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of seven different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Zeta potential measurements were used to find out the size and surface charges.

  2. A sensitive and label-free photoelectrochemical aptasensor using Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles.

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    Li, Hongbo; Qiao, Yunfei; Li, Jing; Fang, Hailin; Fan, Dahe; Wang, Wei

    2016-03-15

    Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor as a novel photoelectric beacon was first constructed for photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor of acetamiprid. The fabricated PEC sensing is based on the specific binding of acetamiprid and its aptamer, which induces the decreasement of enhanced photocurrent produced by the electron donor of quercetin. Co(2+) doping has a beneficial effect in extending the band width of light absorption of ZnO into the visible region and to promote the separation of the photoinduced carriers due to the sp-d exchange interactions existing between the band electrons and the localized d electrons of Co(2+). The fabricated aptasensor was linear with the concentration of acetamiprid in the range of 0.5-800 nmolL(-1) with the detection limit of 0.18 nmolL(-1). The presence of same concentration of other conventional pesticides did not interfere in the detection of acetamiprid and the recovery is between 96.2% and 103.7%. This novel PEC aptasensor has good performances with high sensitivity, good selectivity, low cost and portable features. The strategy of Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor paves a new way to improve the performances of PEC aptasensor.

  3. A sensitive and label-free photoelectrochemical aptasensor using Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles.

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    Li, Hongbo; Qiao, Yunfei; Li, Jing; Fang, Hailin; Fan, Dahe; Wang, Wei

    2016-03-15

    Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor as a novel photoelectric beacon was first constructed for photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor of acetamiprid. The fabricated PEC sensing is based on the specific binding of acetamiprid and its aptamer, which induces the decreasement of enhanced photocurrent produced by the electron donor of quercetin. Co(2+) doping has a beneficial effect in extending the band width of light absorption of ZnO into the visible region and to promote the separation of the photoinduced carriers due to the sp-d exchange interactions existing between the band electrons and the localized d electrons of Co(2+). The fabricated aptasensor was linear with the concentration of acetamiprid in the range of 0.5-800 nmolL(-1) with the detection limit of 0.18 nmolL(-1). The presence of same concentration of other conventional pesticides did not interfere in the detection of acetamiprid and the recovery is between 96.2% and 103.7%. This novel PEC aptasensor has good performances with high sensitivity, good selectivity, low cost and portable features. The strategy of Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor paves a new way to improve the performances of PEC aptasensor. PMID:26436325

  4. Ab-initio study on electronic and magnetic properties of (Ga,Co) co-doped ZnO

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    González-García, A.; Mendoza-Estrada, V.; López-Pérez, W.; Pinilla-Castellanos, C.; González-Hernández, R.

    2016-08-01

    Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within GGA formalism, we have studied the electronic structure and magnetic properties of (Ga,Co) co-doped ZnO system. The effect of impurity distances on ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic ground state in Co0.056Zn0.944O has been studied. For the closest Co-Co distance, a ferromagnetic ground state with total magnetic moment of ∼⃒3.00μB per Co atom has been found. The electronic structure also displays a nearly halfmetallic order. Conversely, for the farthest Co-Co distance an antiferromagnetic ground state was found for Co0.056Zn0.944O. When Zn2+ ions are replaced by Ga ions in Co0.056Zn0.944O, the new (Ga,Co) co-doped ZnO system is more energetically stable. It has also been found that Ga-doping reduces the Co0.056Zn0.944O band gap due to the sp-d exchange interactions, which is in good agreement with the experimental data. Moreover, the Ga-doping changes the nearly halmetallic order of Co0.056Zn0944O to metallic. Results also show that Ga0.029Co0.056Zn0.915O is still ferromagnetic with a total magnetic moment of ∼⃒3.00μB per Co atom. It was also found that the ferromagnetic ground state in (Ga,Co) co-doped ZnO vanishes as Ga concentration increases.

  5. Role of sp-d exchange interactions in room-temperature photoluminescence and ferromagnetism of CuCo Co-doped ZnO nanorods.

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    Iqbal, Javed; Wang, Baiqi; Liu, Xiaofang; Zhu, Huichao; Yu, Dapeng; Yu, Ronghai

    2009-12-01

    CuCo co-doped ZnO nanorods have been synthesized via a soft chemistry route without using any surfactant, seed and catalyst. Structural analyses reveal that the samples of nominal compositions Cu0.01Co0.02Zn0.97O and Cu0.02Co0.01Zn0.97O have single hexagonal wurtzite structure without forming any extra secondary phase. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the Cu co-doping in Co doped ZnO nanorods strongly influences the optical band structure and gives significant red shifts in the PL spectra. Furthermore, magnetic measurements of CuCo co-doped ZnO nanorods exhibit obvious room temperature ferromagnetism at low concentrations of Cu (< 1%) co-doping, while at higher concentrations of Cu co-doping, magnetization drops off sharply. An experimental relationship has been found to explain the redshift of E(g) edge in PL and the origin of observed ferromagnetism as function of Cu co-dopant concentration due to the spin exchange interactions between the sp band and localized spins of d electrons of dopants, which is useful for future semiconductor based spintronic devices.

  6. Annealing in tellurium-nitrogen co-doped ZnO films: The roles of intrinsic zinc defects

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    Tang, Kun Gu, Ran; Gu, Shulin Ye, Jiandong; Zhu, Shunming; Yao, Zhengrong; Xu, Zhonghua; Zheng, Youdou

    2015-04-07

    In this article, the authors have conducted an extensive investigation on the roles of intrinsic zinc defects by annealing of a batch of Te-N co-doped ZnO films. The formation and annihilation of Zn interstitial (Zn{sub i}) clusters have been found in samples with different annealing temperatures. Electrical and Raman measurements have shown that the Zn{sub i} clusters are a significant compensation source to holes, and the Te co-doping has a notable effect on suppressing the Zn{sub i} clusters. Meanwhile, shallow acceptors have been identified in photoluminescence spectra. The N{sub O}-Zn-Te complex, zinc vacancy (V{sub Zn})-N{sub O} complex, and V{sub Zn} clusters are thought to be the candidates as the shallow acceptors. The evolution of shallow acceptors upon annealing temperature have been also studied. The clustering of V{sub Zn} at high annealing temperature is proposed to be a possible candidate as a stable acceptor in ZnO.

  7. Structural and optical properties of highly crystalline Ce, Eu and co-doped ZnO nanorods

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

    2015-06-01

    Different concentrations of europium (Eu), cerium (Ce) doped and co-doped ZnO:Eu (1%), Ce (1%) nanorods were successfully synthesized by chemical method using Polyvinylpyrrolidone as a surfactant. Crystalline phase, morphology, functional groups, optical absorption, emission and thermal properties of prepared samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR), UV-visible, Photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometer and thermogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) analysis. The XRD study showed high crystalline nature of the products with nanoscale regime. Optical study showed shifting the absorption and emission spectra toward higher wavelength side when increasing the doping concentrations. Mainly, this is first time observed a red emission peak at 660 nm for Ce (3%) doped ZnO. Additionally, co-doped ZnO:Eu (1%), Ce (1%) nanorods were synthesized and studied their optical properties. This work demonstrates that simply modified their optical absorption and emission of ZnO by introducing rare earth ions can be used as an effective electrode material in solar cell applications, optoelectronic devices and photocatalysis analysis.

  8. Highly piezoelectric co-doped AlN thin films for wideband FBAR applications.

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    Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi; Iwazaki, Yoshiki; Onda, Yosuke; Nishihara, Tokihiro; Sasajima, Yuichi; Ueda, Masanori

    2015-06-01

    We report piezoelectric materials composed of charge-compensated co-doped (Mg, β)(x)Al(1-x)N (β = Zr or Hf) thin films. The effect of the dopant element into AlN on the crystal structure, and piezoelectric properties of co-doped AlN was determined on the basis of a first-principles calculation, and the theoretical piezoelectric properties were confirmed by experimentally depositing thin films of magnesium (Mg) and zirconium (Zr) co-doped AlN (Mg-Zr-doped AlN). The Mg-Zrdoped AlN thin films were prepared on Si (100) substrates by using a triple-radio-frequency magnetron reactive co-sputtering system. The crystal structures and piezoelectric coefficients (d33) were investigated as a function of the concentrations, which were measured by X-ray diffraction and a piezometer. The results show that the d33 of Mg-Zr-doped AlN at total Mg and Zr concentrations (both expressed as β) of 0.35 was 280% larger than that of pure AlN. The experimentally measured parameter of the crystal structure and d33 of Mg-Zr-doped AlN (plotted as functions of total Mg and Zr concentrations) were in very close agreement with the corresponding values obtained by the first-principle calculations. Thin film bulk acoustic wave resonators (FBAR) employing (Mg,Zr)0.13Al0.87N and (Mg, Hf)0.13 Al0.87N as a piezoelectric thin film were fabricated, and their resonant characteristics were evaluated. The measured electromechanical coupling coefficient increased from 7.1% for pure AlN to 8.5% for Mg-Zr-doped AlN and 10.0% for Mg- Hf-doped AlN. These results indicate that co-doped (Mg, β)(x)Al(1-x)N (β = Zr or Hf) films have potential as piezoelectric thin films for wideband RF applications.

  9. The effect of the starting powders particle size on the electrical properties of sintered Co doped ZnO varistors

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    Hamdelou, S.; Guergouri, K.; Arab, L.

    2014-11-01

    Pure and Co doped zinc oxide nanopowders have been synthesized by sol-gel route. The obtained powders, after calcination in air at 550, 650, 750 and 850 °C, were consolidated and sintered using microwaves. The effect of sintering temperature on the density and electrical properties was investigated. The best characteristics are obtained using a sintering temperature equal to 1,075 °C. The powders and sintered samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, microstructure images, density and electrical measurements. The studied nanopowders have: a density of 5.22 (g/cm3), a breakdown voltage of 446.5 V/mm and a coefficient of non-linearity of 11.48 for ZnO doped with 7 mol% Co, and a density of 5.19 (g/cm3), a breakdown voltage of 292.5 V/mm and a non-linearity coefficient of 11.62 for ZnO doped with 5 mol% Co. The XRD results indicate that pure and Co doped ZnO powders are solid solutions crystallizing in pure würtzite structure, and consisted of a mixture of nanoparticles with an average grain size between 36 and 210 nm. The grain size decreases with increasing Co concentration and reaches its lowest value at 7 mol% Co and increases with increasing temperature. On the other hand the increase of Co concentration leads to a decrease of the porosity and an increase of the density of samples sintered at 1,070 °C and leads also to an increase of the electric field (E) in the non-linear area. The samples of 5 mol% Co sintered at 1,075 °C, show that the non-linear coefficient α decreases by increasing of calcined temperature, therefore increases with decreasing of grain and particle sizes.

  10. Studies on the structural and optical properties of zinc oxide nanobushes and Co-doped ZnO self-aggregated nanorods synthesized by simple thermal decomposition route

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    Freedsman, Joseph J.; Kennedy, L. John; Kumar, R. Thinesh; Sekaran, G.; Vijaya, J. Judith

    2010-10-15

    Pure and Co-doped zinc oxide nanomaterials were prepared by a simple low temperature synthesis and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution-transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. The results showed the formation of nanobushes that consists of several nanowires for pure ZnO and the nanorods formed by self-aggregation for Co-doped ZnO. The presence of Co{sup 2+} ions replacing some of the Zn{sup 2+} in the ZnO lattice was confirmed by EPR and DRS studies. The mechanism for the formation of self-aggregated and self-aligned ZnO rods after the incorporation of cobalt in the lattice by the building block units is discussed in this study. Morphological studies were carried out using SEM and HR-TEM, which supports the validity of the proposed mechanism for the formation of ZnO nanobushes and Co-doped ZnO nanorods. The synthesized nanomaterials were found to have good optoelectronic properties.

  11. Morphological evolution and electronic alteration of ZnO nanomaterials induced by Ni/Fe co-doping.

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    Fletcher, Cameron; Jiang, Yijiao; Sun, Chenghua; Amal, Rose

    2014-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals mono- and co-doped with nickel/iron were prepared using a facile solvothermal procedure. A significant change in the surface morphology from nanorods to plate-like nanoparticles was observed with an increase in the dopant concentration. The variations of their optical and electronic properties induced by metal dopants were investigated using a combination of characterization techniques and ab initio calculations. It is found that both nickel and iron atoms have been successfully incorporated into the crystal lattice rather than forming a secondary phase, suggesting good dispersion of dopants within the ZnO matrix. Doping with iron has red-shifted the absorption edges of ZnO towards the visible portion resulting in lower band gap energies with increasing dopant concentration. Evidenced by Raman and EPR spectroscopy, the addition of iron has been shown to promote the formation of more oxygen vacancy and crystal defects within the host lattice as well as increasing the free-electron density of the nanomaterial. The DFT plus Hubbard model calculations confirm that low concentration Ni-doping does not induce band gap narrowing but results in localized states. The calculations show that Fe-doping has the potential to greatly improve the optical absorption characteristics and lead to structural deformation, corroborating the UV-Vis, Raman, and EPR spectra. PMID:24848323

  12. Morphological evolution and electronic alteration of ZnO nanomaterials induced by Ni/Fe co-doping

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    Fletcher, Cameron; Jiang, Yijiao; Sun, Chenghua; Amal, Rose

    2014-06-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals mono- and co-doped with nickel/iron were prepared using a facile solvothermal procedure. A significant change in the surface morphology from nanorods to plate-like nanoparticles was observed with an increase in the dopant concentration. The variations of their optical and electronic properties induced by metal dopants were investigated using a combination of characterization techniques and ab initio calculations. It is found that both nickel and iron atoms have been successfully incorporated into the crystal lattice rather than forming a secondary phase, suggesting good dispersion of dopants within the ZnO matrix. Doping with iron has red-shifted the absorption edges of ZnO towards the visible portion resulting in lower band gap energies with increasing dopant concentration. Evidenced by Raman and EPR spectroscopy, the addition of iron has been shown to promote the formation of more oxygen vacancy and crystal defects within the host lattice as well as increasing the free-electron density of the nanomaterial. The DFT plus Hubbard model calculations confirm that low concentration Ni-doping does not induce band gap narrowing but results in localized states. The calculations show that Fe-doping has the potential to greatly improve the optical absorption characteristics and lead to structural deformation, corroborating the UV-Vis, Raman, and EPR spectra.Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals mono- and co-doped with nickel/iron were prepared using a facile solvothermal procedure. A significant change in the surface morphology from nanorods to plate-like nanoparticles was observed with an increase in the dopant concentration. The variations of their optical and electronic properties induced by metal dopants were investigated using a combination of characterization techniques and ab initio calculations. It is found that both nickel and iron atoms have been successfully incorporated into the crystal lattice rather than forming a secondary phase

  13. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO nanorods with hidden secondary phases

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    Wang, Xuefeng; Zheng, Rongkun; Liu, Zongwen; Ho, Ho-pui; Xu, Jianbin; Ringer, Simon P.

    2008-11-01

    Co-doped ZnO nanorods (composition: Zn0.955Co0.045O) were grown by a simple surfactant-assisted hydrothermal technique. The morphological, structural, optical and magnetic properties of the as-prepared nanorods were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, micro-cathodoluminescence, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The results showed that the sample had rod-like morphology and that the preferential growth direction was along the c axis. While Co was successfully doped into the ZnO wurtzite lattice structure as revealed by several characterization techniques, hidden secondary phases of ZnyCo3-yO4 (0<=y<=1) were also clearly detected by the micro-Raman spectroscopic technique. We propose that the predominant diffusion-limited Ostwald ripening crystal growth mechanism under the hydrothermal coarsening yielded such phase segregation. VSM results showed that the nanorods displayed relatively weak room-temperature ferromagnetism. We suggest that the origin of the ferromagnetism is probably due to the presence of the mixed cation valence of Co via a d-d double-exchange mechanism rather than the real doping effect. It is essential to control the crystal growth mechanism and defect states associated with the ferromagnetism in order to realize the intrinsic diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  14. Physical study on Cobalt-Indium Co-doped ZnO nanofilms as hydrophobic surfaces

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    Mimouni, R.; Mahdhi, N.; Boubaker, K.; Madouri, A.; Amlouk, M.

    2016-03-01

    The present work reports some physical investigations on (Co,In) codoped zinc oxide nanofilms deposited on glass substrates at 460 °C by the spray pyrolysis technique. The effect of Co and In concentration on the structural, morphological, optical and surface wettability properties have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, optical measurement, photoluminescence spectroscopy as well as the measurement of hydrophobicity in terms of water contact angle. It is found that all films crystallized in würtzite ZnO phase, with a preferentially orientation towards (002) direction parallel to c-axis. The Raman spectra of the samples exhibit the presence of E2high characteristic mode of würtzite structure with high crystallinity as well as two dominant bands 1LO and 2LO. Also, no additional modes introduced by codopoing have been found. SEM micrographs show the uniform deposition of fine grains on surface films. Thicknesses of films are less than 100 nm. In addition, optical investigations indicate that the band gap narrowing of (Co,In) codoped ZnO thin films is due to the increase in the band tail width. Indeed, PL study indicates that (Co,In) codoped ZnO nanofilms exhibit a large decrease of the UV luminescence, which is assigned to the trapping of photo-generated electrons by both In3+ and Co2+ ions as well as an improvement of charge separation in the ZnO thin films. Finally, the (Co,In) codoping influences the surface wettability property and transform the ZnO character from hydrophilic (θ < 90°) for pure ZnO nanofilm to hydrophobic (θ > 90°) for (Co,In) codoped ZnO ones.

  15. Systematic approach on the fabrication of Co doped ZnO semiconducting nanoparticles by mixture of fuel approach for Antibacterial applications

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    Rajendar, V.; Dayakar, T.; Shobhan, K.; Srikanth, I.; Venkateswara Rao, K.

    2014-11-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide band gap semiconductor (3.2 eV) with a high exciton binding energy (60 meV), where it has wide applications in advanced spintronic devices. The theoretical prediction of room temperature ferromagnetism and also antibacterial activity will be possible through the investigation of diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), such as transition metal doped ZnO, especially Cobalt doped ZnO. The aim of the work is the synthesis of Cobalt (Co) doped ZnO nanopowders were prepared Zn1-xCoxO (0 ⩽ x ⩾ 0.09) nanopowders from Sol-Gel auto combustion method have been synthesized with precursors such as Zinc and Cobalt nitrates with the assistance Ammonium acetate & Urea as fuel by increasing the cobalt concentration in zinc oxide and their structural, morphological, optical, Thermal, magnetic and antibacterial properties were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), Transmission Electron microscope (TEM), UV-visible spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) and vibrating sample magneto meter (VSM). From the antibacterial studies, against gram positive Bacillus subtilis bacteria is most abundant bacteria in soil and indoor atmosphere, which affects the stored spintronic devices so that the devices should be made with antibacterial activity of DMS like Co doped ZnO. In this article is found that ZnO:Co nanopowders with higher Co doping level (0.07 and 0.09 wt%) exhibit good antibacterial efficiency. The magnetization curves obtained using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) show a sign of strong room temperature ferromagnetic behavior when the Co doping level is 0.05 wt% and a weak room temperature ferromagnetic behavior Co doping level is below 0.07 wt%, and also they found to exhibit antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic properties, when the Co doping levels are 0.07 and 0.09 wt%, respectively, to enhance and increase the special magnetic and antibacterial property for

  16. Structural, linear and nonlinear optical properties of co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Shaaban, E. R.; El-Hagary, M.; Moustafa, El Sayed; Hassan, H. Shokry; Ismail, Yasser A. M.; Emam-Ismail, M.; Ali, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    Different compositions of Co-doped zinc oxide [(Zn(1- x)Co x O) ( x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.10)] thin films were evaporated onto highly clean glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique using a modified source. The structural properties investigated by X-ray diffraction revealed hexagonal wurtzite ZnO-type structure. The crystallite size of the films was found to decrease with increasing Co content. The optical characterization of the films has been carried out using spectral transmittance and reflectance obtained in the wavelength range from 300 to 2500 nm. The refractive index has been found to increase with increasing Co content. It was further found that optical energy gap decreases from 3.28 to 3.03 eV with increasing Co content from x = 0 to x = 0.10, respectively. The dispersion of refractive index has been analyzed in terms of Wemple-DiDomenico (WDD) single-oscillator model. The oscillator parameters, the single-oscillator energy ( E o), the dispersion energy ( E d), and the static refractive index ( n 0), were determined. The nonlinear refractive index of the Zn(1- x)Co x O thin films was calculated and revealed well correlation with the linear refractive index and WDD parameters which in turn depend on the density and molar volume of the system.

  17. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism and photoluminescence behavior of Cu-doped ZnO co-doped with Mn

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    Ashokkumar, M.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-05-01

    Cu, Mn co-doped ZnO nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel technique. XRD pattern described that Mn-doping did not affect the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the samples and no secondary phases were found. The reduced crystallite size at Mn=2% is due to the suppression of grain surface growth by foreign impurity. The enhancement of crystal size after Mn=2% is due to the expansion of lattice volume produced by the distortion around the dopant ion. The better dielectric constant and conductivity noticed at Mn=2% are explained by charge carrier density and crystallite size. The suppression of broad UV band by Mn-doping is discussed based on the generation of non-radiative recombination centers. Hysteresis loop showed the clear room temperature ferromagnetism in all the samples and the magnetization increased with Mn-doping. Better electrical and magnetic behavior of Zn0.94Cu0.04Mn0.02O sample is suggested for effective opto-magnetic devices.

  18. Many-body quasiparticle spectrum of Co-doped ZnO: A GW perspective

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    Sarsari, I. Abdolhosseini; Pemmaraju, C. D.; Salamati, Hadi; Sanvito, S.

    2013-06-01

    In transition-metal-doped ZnO the energy position of the dopant 3d states relative to the host conduction and valence bands determines the possibility of long-range ferromagnetism. Density functional theory (DFT) can estimate the energy position of the Co-3d states in ZnO:Co but this depends substantially upon the choice of exchange-correlation functional. In this paper we investigate many-body GW corrections built on top of DFT+U and hybrid-DFT ground states to provide a theoretical benchmark for the quasiparticle energies in wurtzite ZnO:Co. Both single shot G0W0 as well as partially self-consistent GW0, wherein the wave functions are held fixed at the DFT level but the eigenvalues in G are iterated, are considered. The predicted energy position of the minority spin Co-t2 states is 3.0-3.6 eV above the ZnO conduction band minimum, which is closer to hybrid-DFT-based estimates. Such an electronic structure does not support carrier-mediated long-range ferromagnetism at achievable n-doping conditions.

  19. Microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of combustion synthesized Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinatha, N.; Nair, K. G. M.; Angadi, Basavaraj

    2015-10-01

    We report on the microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Zn1-xCoxO (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) particles prepared by solution combustion technique using L-Valine as fuel. The detailed structural and micro-structural studies were carried out by XRD, HRTEM and TEM-SAED respectively, which confirms the formation of single phased, nano-sized particles. The electronic structure was determined through NEXAFS and atomic multiplet calculations/simulations performed for various symmetries and valence states of 'Co' to determine the valance state, symmetry and crystal field splitting. The correlations between the experimental NEXAFS spectra and atomic multiplet simulations, confirms that, 'Co' present is in the 2+ valence state and substituted at the 'Zn' site in tetrahedral symmetry with crystal field splitting, 10Dq =-0.6 eV. The optical properties and 'Co' induced defect formation of as-synthesized materials were examined by using diffuse reflectance and Photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Red-shift of band gap energy (Eg) was observed in Zn1-xCoxO samples due to Co (0.58 Å) substitution at Zn (0.60 Å) site of the host ZnO. Also, in PL spectra, a prominent pre-edge peak corresponds to ultraviolet (UV) emission around 360-370 nm was observed with Co concentration along with near band edge emission (NBE) of the wide band gap ZnO and all samples show emission in the blue region.

  20. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism in electrodeposited Co-doped ZnO nanostructured thin films by controlling the oxygen vacancy defects

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    Simimol, A.; Anappara, Aji A.; Greulich-Weber, S.; Chowdhury, Prasanta; Barshilia, Harish C.

    2015-06-07

    We report the growth of un-doped and cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures fabricated on FTO coated glass substrates using electrodeposition method. A detailed study on the effects of dopant concentration on morphology, structural, optical, and magnetic properties of the ZnO nanostructures has been carried out systematically by varying the Co concentration (c.{sub Co}) from 0.01 to 1 mM. For c.{sub Co }≤ 0.2 mM, h-wurtzite phase with no secondary phases of Co were present in the ZnO nanostructures. For c.{sub Co} ≤ 0.2 mM, the photoluminescence spectra exhibited a decrease in the intensity of ultraviolet emission as well as band-gap narrowing with an increase in dopant concentration. All the doped samples displayed a broad emission in the visible range and its intensity increased with an increase in Co concentration. It was found that the defect centers such as oxygen vacancies and zinc interstitials were the source of the visible emission. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies revealed, Co was primarily in the divalent state, replacing the Zn ion inside the tetrahedral crystal site of ZnO without forming any cluster or secondary phases of Co. The un-doped ZnO nanorods exhibited diamagnetic behavior and it remained up to a c.{sub Co} of 0.05 mM, while for c.{sub Co }> 0.05 mM, the ZnO nanostructures exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. The coercivity increased to 695 G for 0.2 mM Co-doped sample and then it decreased for c.{sub Co }> 0.2 mM. Our results illustrate that up to a threshold concentration of 0.2 mM, the strong ferromagnetism is due to the oxygen vacancy defects centers, which exist in the Co-doped ZnO nanostructures. The origin of strong ferromagnetism at room temperature in Co-doped ZnO nanostructures is attributed to the s-d exchange interaction between the localized spin moments resulting from the oxygen vacancies and d electrons of Co{sup 2+} ions. Our findings provide a new insight for tuning the

  1. Infrared emissivities of Mn, Co co-doped ZnO powders

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    Yao, Yin-Hua; Cao, Quan-Xi

    2012-12-01

    Infrared emissivities of Zn0.99-xMn0.01CoxO (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) powders synthesized at different calcination temperatures by solid-state reaction are investigated. Their phases, morphologies, UV absorption spectra, and infrared emissivities are studied by XRD, SEM, UV spectrophotometer, and an IR-2 dual-band infrared emissometer in a range of 8 μm-14 μm. Doped ZnO still has a wurtzite structure, and no peaks of other phases originating from impurities are detected. The optical band-gap decreases as the Co content and calcination temperature ascend, and of which the smallest optical band gap is 2.19 eV. The lowest infrared emissivity, 0.754, is observed in Zn0.98Mn0.01Co0.01O with the increase in Co concentration. The infrared emissivity experiences fluctuations as the calcination temperature increases, and its minimum value is 0.762 at 1100 °C.

  2. Effects of F- on the optical and spectroscopic properties of Yb3+/Al3+-co-doped silica glass

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    Xu, Wenbin; Yu, Chunlei; Wang, Shikai; Lou, Fengguang; Feng, Suya; Wang, Meng; Zhou, Qinling; Chen, Danping; Hu, Lili; Guzik, Malgorzata; Boulon, Georges

    2015-04-01

    Yb3+/Al3+-co-doped silica glasses with different F- content were prepared in this work by sol-gel method combined with high temperature sintering. XRF, FTIR and XPS methods were used to confirm the presence of F-. The effects of F- on the optical and spectroscopic properties of these glasses have been investigated. It is worth to notice that the F-/Si4+ mass ratio equal to 9% is a significant value showing a real change in the variation trends of numerous following parameters: refractive index, UV absorption edge, absorption and emission cross sections, scalar crystal-field NJ and fluorescent lifetimes. Furthermore, introduction of F- can adjust the refractive index of Yb3+/Al3+-co-doped silica glass and it is useful for large mode area (LMA) fibers.

  3. Defects in paramagnetic Co-doped ZnO films studied by transmission electron microscopy

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    Kovács, A.; Duchamp, M.; Boothroyd, C. B.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Ney, A.; Ney, V.; Galindo, P. L.; Kaspar, T. C.; Chambers, S. A.

    2013-12-28

    We study planar defects in epitaxial Co:ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductor thin films deposited on c-plane sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), as well as the Co:ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface, using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Co:ZnO samples that were deposited using pulsed laser deposition and reactive magnetron sputtering are both found to contain extrinsic stacking faults, incoherent interface structures, and compositional variations within the first 3–4 Co:ZnO layers next to the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate. The stacking fault density is in the range of 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3}. We also measure the local lattice distortions around the stacking faults. It is shown that despite the relatively high density of planar defects, lattice distortions, and small compositional variation, the Co:ZnO films retain paramagnetic properties.

  4. Interplay of dopant, defects and electronic structure in driving ferromagnetism in Co-doped oxides: TiO(2), CeO(2) and ZnO.

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    Ali, Bakhtyar; Shah, Lubna R; Ni, C; Xiao, J Q; Shah, S Ismat

    2009-11-11

    A comprehensive study of the defects and impurity (Co)-driven ferromagnetism is undertaken in the oxide semiconductors: TiO(2), ZnO and CeO(2). The effect of magnetic (Co(2+)) and non-magnetic (Cu(2+)) impurities in conjunction with defects, such as oxygen vacancies (V(o)), have been thoroughly investigated. Analyses of the x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data reveal the incorporation of cobalt in the lattice, with no signature of cobalt segregation. It is shown that oxygen vacancies are necessary for the ferromagnetic coupling in the Co-doped oxides mentioned above. The possible exchange mechanisms responsible for the ferromagnetism are discussed in light of the energy levels of dopants in the host oxides. In addition, Co and Cu co-doped TiO(2) samples are studied in order to understand the role of point defects in establishing room temperature ferromagnetism. The parameters calculated from the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) and Jorgensen's optical electronegativity models offer a satisfactory explanation of the defect-driven ferromagnetism in the doped/co-doped samples.

  5. (Ga,N) and (Cu,Ga) Co-Doped ZnO Films for Improving Photoelectrochemical Response for Solar Driven Hydrogen Production

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    Shet, S.

    2010-01-01

    In this study, Bandgap-reduced p-type ZnO thin films were synthesized through Cu and Ga co-doping. The ZnO:(Cu,Ga) films were synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering in O2 gas ambient at room temperature and then annealed at 500{sup o} in air for 2 hours. We found that the carrier concentration tuning does not significantly change the bandgap and crystallinity of the ZnO:Cu films. However, it can optimize the carrier concentration and thus dramatically enhance PEC response for the bandgap-reduced p-type ZnO thin films. The co-doped ZnO:(Ga,N) films were deposited by co-sputtering at room temperature, followed by post-annealing at 500{sup o}. We found that the ZnO:(Ga,N) films exhibited greatly enhanced crystallinity compared to ZnO:N films doped with pure N. Furthermore, the ZnO:(Ga,N) films showed much higher N-incorporation than ZnO:N films. As a result, the ZnO:(Ga,N) films showed significantly higher photocurrents than ZnO:N films.

  6. Effect of Ce and Cu co-doping on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnO nanocrystals and first principle investigation of their stability and magnetic properties

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    Mary, J. Arul; Vijaya, J. Judith; Bououdina, M.; Kennedy, L. John; Dai, J. H.; Song, Y.

    2015-02-01

    Ce, Cu co-doped ZnO (Zn1-2xCexCuxO: x=0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05) nanocrystals were synthesized by a microwave combustion method. These nanocrystals were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The stability and magnetic properties of Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO were probed by first principle calculations. XRD results revealed that all the compositions are single crystalline. hexagonal wurtzite structure. The optical band gap of pure ZnO was found to be 3.22 eV, and it decreased from 3.15 to 3.10 eV with an increase in the concentration of Cu and Ce content. The morphologies of Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO samples confirmed the formation of nanocrystals with an average grain size ranging from 70 to 150 nm. The magnetization measurement results affirmed the antiferro and ferromagnetic state for Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO samples and this is in agreement with the first principles theoretical calculations.

  7. Investigation of structural, surface morphological, optical properties and first-principles study on electronic and magnetic properties of (Ce, Fe)-co doped ZnO

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    Arul Mary, J.; Judith Vijaya, J.; Bououdina, M.; John Kennedy, L.; Daie, J. H.; Song, Y.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the synthesis of ((Zn1-2xCexFex) O (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05)) nanoparticles via microwave combustion by using urea as a fuel. To understand how the dopant influenced the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanoparticles, it was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The stability and magnetic properties of Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO were probed by first principle calculations. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction, the samples are identified with the wurtzite crystal structure. The change in lattice parameters, micro-strain, and a small shift in XRD peaks confirms the substitution of co dopants into the ZnO lattice. Morphological investigation of the products revealed the existence of irregular shapes, such as spherical, spherodial and hexagonal. DRS measurements showed a decrease in the energy gap with increasing dopants contents, probably due to an increase in the lattice parameters. PL spectra consist of visible emission, due to the electronic defects, which are related to deep level emissions, such as oxide antisite (OZn), interstitial zinc (Zni), interstitial oxygen (Oi) and zinc vacancy (VZn). Magnetic measurements showed a ferromagnetic behavior for all the doped samples at room temperature. The first principle calculation results showed that the Ce governs the stability, while the Fe adjusts the magnetic characteristics in the Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO.

  8. Electrical, dielectric, photoluminescence and magnetic properties of ZnO nanoparticles co-doped with Co and Cu

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    Ashokkumar, M.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-01-01

    X-ray diffraction spectra of Zn0.96-xCu0.04CoxO (0≤x≤0.04) nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite structure without any secondary phase formation. The dielectric dispersion was high at lower frequencies and almost frequency independent at higher frequencies. The observed higher dielectric constant, dielectric loss and ac conductivity in Co=2% doped Zn0.96Cu0.04O samples was explained in terms of average crystalline size and number of nano-dipoles. Photoluminescence spectra of undoped and Co-doped Zn0.96Cu0.04O samples showed four distinct bands, (i) ultra violet emission bands around 382-391 nm, (ii) violet emission band centered at 417 nm, (iii) blue emission bands centered at 478 nm and (iv) green emission bands centered at 523 nm. The observed minimum of Igreen/Iblue revealed that Co=1% doped Zn0.96Cu0.04O sample had minimum defects sites and vacancies and it saturated after Co=3% doping. Undoped Zn0.96Cu0.04O sample had higher magnetization and it was suppressed by Co-doping due to the enhanced antiferromagnetic interaction between neighbouring Cu-Cu ion.

  9. Influence of Al-, Co-, Cu-, and In-doped ZnO buffer layers on the structural and the optical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Younggyu; Choe, Jongyun; Nam, Giwoong; Kim, Ikhyun; Leem, Jae-Young; Lee, Sang-heon; Kim, Soaram; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O.

    2015-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films without a buffer layer and with Al-, Co-, Cu-, and In-doped ZnO buffer layers were prepared by using the sol-gel spin-coating method. For the first time, the effects of the ZnO buffer layers doped with different metal materials on the structural and the optical properties of the ZnO thin films are investigated. The surface morphologies of the ZnO thin films having wrinkle structures significantly depended on the type of buffer layer. The largest crystallite size and the highest c-axis orientation were observed for the ZnO thin film with a Co-doped ZnO buffer layer. However, the transmittance for the ZnO thin films with metal-doped buffer layers was slightly decreased compared to that without the buffer layer, and metal-doped ZnO buffer layers hardly affected the optical band gap of the ZnO thin films.

  10. Structure and magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductors synthesized via hydrothermal method

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    Ghosh, K.; Kahol, P. K.; Bhamidipati, S.; Das, N.; Khanra, S.; Wanekaya, A.; Delong, R.

    2012-07-01

    Using X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Superconducting Quantum Interference Device magnetometer, detailed structural, morphological, and magnetic properties are reported on undoped and cobalt doped ZnO Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors, which were prepared by the hydrothermal method. Synthesis of undoped ZnO and cobalt-doped ZnO nanorods was carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2ṡ6H2O, Co(C2H3OO)2ṡ4H2O, and NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Samples of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying process parameters such as solution molarity (0.05M, 0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M), pH of the precursors in the range 8-11, growth temperature (100°-130°C), growth time (3-6 hrs), and annealing time. Optimum synthesis parameters to grow ZnO and cobalt-doped ZnO nanorods have been obtained. These nanorods show paramagnetic-like behavior. Our results do not indicate ferromagnetism behavior, unlike reported in thin films and nanocrystalline samples. The differences are likely due to the possible role of nanoparticle size, shape, and different oxygen vacancy concentrations.

  11. Optical properties of Bi 12TiO 20 doped with Al, P, Ag, Cu, Co and co-doped with Al+P single crystals

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    Marinova, V.

    2000-11-01

    Large optically homogeneous photorefractive Bi 12TiO 20 (BTO) single crystals doped with Al, P, Ag, Cu, Co and Al+P-co-doping were obtained by the Top Seeded Solution Growth Method (TSSG) in a Bi 2O 3 solution. A strong bleaching effect was observed for the Al, P, Ag and Al+P-doped crystals, whereas doping with Cu and Co induced a strong photochromic effect and increased the absorption coefficients in the red spectral region. Al, P, Al+P-doped crystals increased the values of optical rotator power, while Cu and Ag-doped crystals exhibited a strong decrease in optical activity in comparison with non-doped BTO. The influences of doping elements on the optical rotation power are discussed on the basis of two structural elementary cell units - MO 4 tetrahedra and BiO n polyhedra.

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

  13. Li and Ag Co-Doped ZnO Photocatalyst for Degradation of RO 4 Dye Under Solar Light Irradiation.

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    Dhatshanamurthi, P; Shanthi, M

    2016-06-01

    The synthesis of Li doped Ag-ZnO (Li-Ag-ZnO) has been successfully achieved by a sonochemically assisted precipitation-decomposition method. The synthesized catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and BET surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of Li-Ag-ZnO was investigated for the degradation of Reactive orange 4 (RO 4) dye in aqueous solution under solar light irradiation. Co-dopants shift the absorbance of ZnO to the visible region. Li-Ag-ZnO is found to be more efficient than Ag-ZnO, Li-ZnO, commercial ZnO and prepared ZnO at pH 7 for the mineralization of RO 4 dye under solar light irradiation. The influences of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration, initial pH on photo-mineralization of RO 4 have been analyzed. The mineralization of RO 4 dye has been confirmed by COD measurements. A degradation mechanism is proposed for the degradation of RO 4 under solar light. The catalyst was found to be more stable and reusable. PMID:27427652

  14. Microstructure, optical and FTIR studies of Ni, Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method

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    Ashokkumar, M.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2014-11-01

    Zn0.96-xCu0.04NixO (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.04) nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. The X-ray diffraction pattern showed the crystalline nature of prepared nanoparticles with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The average crystal size is decreased from 27 to 22.7 nm when Ni concentration is increased from 0% to 2% due to the suppression of nucleation and subsequent growth of ZnO by Ni-doping. The increased crystal size from 22.7 to 25.8 nm (ΔD ∼ 3.1 nm) by Ni-doping from 2% to 4% is due to the creation of distortion centers and Zn/Ni interstitials. The cell parameters and volume of the lattice showed solubility limit at 2% of Ni doping. The energy dispersive X-ray spectra confirmed the presence of Cu and Ni in Zn-O. The optical absorption spectra showed that the absorption was increased up to Ni = 2% due to the creation of carrier concentration by Ni-doping and decreased beyond 2% due to the presence of more defects and interstitials in the Zn-Ni-Cu-O lattice. The observed red shift of energy gap from 3.65 eV (Ni = 0%) to 3.59 eV (Ni = 2%, ΔEg ≈ 0.06 eV) is explained by sp-d exchange interactions between the band electrons and the localized d-electrons of the Ni2+ ions. The blue shift of energy gap from 3.59 eV (Ni = 2%) to 3.67 eV (Ni = 4%, ΔEg ≈ 0.08 eV) is explained by Burstein-Moss effect. Presence of chemical bonding was confirmed by FTIR spectra.

  15. Effect of Mg2+ ions co-doping on timing performance and radiation tolerance of Cerium doped Gd3Al2Ga3O12 crystals

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    Lucchini, M. T.; Babin, V.; Bohacek, P.; Gundacker, S.; Kamada, K.; Nikl, M.; Petrosyan, A.; Yoshikawa, A.; Auffray, E.

    2016-04-01

    Inorganic scintillators with high density and high light yield are of major interest for applications in medical imaging and high energy physics detectors. In this work, the optical and scintillation properties of Mg co-doped Ce:Gd3Al2Ga3O12 crystals, grown using Czochralski technique, have been investigated and compared with Ce:Gd3Al2Ga3O12 ones prepared with identical technology. Improvements in the timing performance of the Mg co-doped samples with respect to Ce:Gd3Al2Ga3O12 ones have been measured, namely a substantial shortening of the rise time and scintillation decay components and lower afterglow were achieved. In particular, a significantly better coincidence time resolution of 233 ps FWHM, being a fundamental parameter for TOF-PET devices, has been observed in Mg co-doped crystals. The samples have also shown a good radiation tolerance under high doses of γ-rays, making them suitable candidates for applications in harsh radiation environments, such as detectors at future collider experiments.

  16. A clear effect of charge compensation through Na+ co-doping on the luminescence spectra and decay kinetics of Nd3+-doped CaAl4O7

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    Puchalska, M.; Watras, A.

    2016-06-01

    We present a detailed analysis of luminescence behavior of singly Nd3+ doped and Nd3+, Na+ co-doped calcium aluminates powders: Ca1-xNdxAl4O7 and Ca1-2xNdxNaxAl4O7 (x=0.001-0.1). Relatively intense Nd3+ luminescence in IR region corresponding to typical 4F3/2→4IJ (J=9/2-13/2) transitions with maximum located at about 1079 nm was obtained in all samples on direct excitation into f-f levels. The effect of dopant concentration and charge compensation by co-doping with Na+ ions on morphology and optical properties were studied. The results show that both, the Nd3+ concentration and the alkali metal co-doping affected the optical properties but had no influence on the powders morphology. The studies of luminescence spectra (298 and 77 K) in a function of dopant concentration showed an increasing distortion of the local symmetry of Nd3+with raising activator content due to certain defects created in the crystal lattice. On the other hand Na+ addition led to significant narrowing of absorption and luminescence bands and also a reduction of the number of their components, showing smaller disturbance of Nd3+ ions local symmetries. Consequently, charge compensated by Na+ co-doping materials showed significantly enhanced Nd3+ luminescence. The decrease of emission intensity and luminescence lifetimes with increase of activator concentration was attributed mainly to phonon-assisted cross-relaxation processes between Nd3+ ions. Analysis with Inokuti-Hirayama model indicated dipole-dipole mechanism of ion-ion interaction. Na+ addition led to much smaller concentration quenching due to smaller clustering of dopant ions in CaAl4O7 lattice.

  17. Colossal dielectric permittivity in (Al + Nb) co-doped rutile SnO2 ceramics with low loss at room temperature

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Zhang, Xingquan; Qi, Xudong; Liu, Zhiguo; Zhang, Lingli; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yang; Sui, Yu; Song, Bo

    2016-10-01

    The exploration of colossal dielectric permittivity (CP) materials with low dielectric loss in a wide range of frequencies/temperatures continues to attract considerable interest. In this paper, we report CP in (Al + Nb) co-doped rutile SnO2 ceramics with a low dielectric loss at room temperature. Al0.02Nb0.05Sn0.93O2 and Al0.03Nb0.05Sn0.92O2 ceramics exhibit high relative dielectric permittivities (above 103) and low dielectric losses (0.015 < tan δ < 0.1) in a wide range of frequencies and at temperatures from 140 to 400 K. Al doping can effectively modulate the dielectric behavior by increasing the grain and grain boundary resistances. The large differences in the resistance and conductive activation energy of the grains and grain boundaries suggest that the CP in co-doped SnO2 ceramics can be attributed to the internal barrier layer capacitor effect.

  18. Microstructure and property of diamond-like carbon films with Al and Cr co-doping deposited using a hybrid beams system

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    Dai, Wei; Liu, Jingmao; Geng, Dongsen; Guo, Peng; Zheng, Jun; Wang, Qimin

    2016-12-01

    DLC films with weak carbide former Al and carbide former Cr co-doping (Al:Cr-DLC) were deposited by a hybrid beams system comprising an anode-layer linear ion beam source (LIS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering using a gas mixture of C2H2 and Ar as the precursor. The doped Al and Cr contents were controlled via adjusting the C2H2 fraction in the gas mixture. The composition, microstructure, compressive stress, mechanical properties and tribological behaviors of the Al:Cr-DLC films were researched carefully using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, stress-tester, nanoindentation and ball-on-plate tribometer as function of the C2H2 fraction. The results show that the Al and Cr contents in the films increased continuously as the C2H2 fraction decreased. The doped Cr atoms preferred to bond with the carbon while the Al atoms mainly existed in metallic state. Structure modulation with alternate multilayer consisted of Al-poor DLC layer and Al-rich DLC layer was found in the films. Those periodic Al-rich DLC layers can effectively release the residual stress of the films. On the other hand, the formation of the carbide component due to Cr incorporation can help to increase the film hardness. Accordingly, the residual stress of the DLC films can be reduced without sacrificing the film hardness though co-doping Al and Cr atoms. Furthermore, it was found that the periodic Al-rich layer can greatly improve the elastic resilience of the DLC films and thus decreases the film friction coefficient and wear rate significantly. However, the existence of the carbide component would cause abrasive wear and thus deteriorate the wear performance of the films.

  19. Isoelectronic co-doping

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    Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2004-11-09

    Isoelectronic co-doping of semiconductor compounds and alloys with deep acceptors and deep donors is used to decrease bandgap, to increase concentration of the dopant constituents in the resulting alloys, and to increase carrier mobilities lifetimes. Group III-V compounds and alloys, such as GaAs and GaP, are isoelectronically co-doped with, for example, N and Bi, to customize solar cells, thermal voltaic cells, light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and lasers on GaP, InP, GaAs, Ge, and Si substrates. Isoelectronically co-doped Group II-VI compounds and alloys are also included.

  20. Enhancement of optical properties of hydrothermally synthesized TiO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles by Al, Ce Co-doping

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    Tomar, Laxmi J.; Bhatt, Piyush J. Desai, Rahul K.; Chakrabarty, Bishwajit S.

    2015-06-24

    Al, Ce co-doped TiO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} (TZ) nano composites have been prepared by hydrothermal method. The structural and optical properties of the obtained samples were investigated by X –ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopy respectively. It has been found that the crystallite size of all the samples was distributed in the range 9.19 to 17.41 nm. The content of anatase phase varied in the range 48.71 to 100% depending on doping. The dopant produced lattice strain in material and it was found between 0.027 - 0.069. A clear shift of absorption edge for different dopant has been observed from UV-Visible absorption spectra. The change in optical bandgap, refractive index, absorption co efficient and optical conductivity was also evaluated from absorption spectra.

  1. The effects of co-doping GeO II and Al 3+ on ytterbium-doped silica-based fiber

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    Wang, Lin; Yan, Fengping; Fu, Yongjun; Li, Yifang; Gong, Taorong; Liu, Peng; Jian, Shuisheng

    2007-11-01

    Four types of YDFs with different Al 3+ concentration and mole content of GeO II were manufactured and the refractive index and absorption spectra of these fibers were explored. With the comparison of four YDFs and detailed analyze, it was found that higher Al 3+ concentration leads to more GeO II volatilization, which results in the refractive index decrease. Therefore, mole content of GeO II should be increased when co-doping Al 3+ in YDF to maintain numerical aperture. Meanwhile, the temperature of making porous layer should be controlled exactly to obtain good repetition of Al 3+- codoped YDF as the little change of temperature has little effect on mole content of GeO II and SiO II but has great effect on compactness of porous layer. By drawing the fiber and testing the related parameters, the results show that the optimum temperature range for making soot layer should between 1440°C and 1480°C where the absorption coefficients were as high as 620dB/m with better repeatability. Finally, the ratio of GeO II to SiO II should be controlled to obtain long fluorescence lifetime for fabricating highly ytterbium-doped fiber with required numerical aperture.

  2. Defect related microstructure, optical and photoluminescence behaviour of Ni, Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method

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    Anbuselvan, D.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-04-01

    In the present study Ni-doped ZnO and Ni, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by co-precipitation method. Structural studies confirmed the dominant presence of hexagonal wurtzite ZnO phase at lower Cu concentration and CuO phase was observed at higher Cu (Cu = 5%) concentration. The existence of Cu2+ ions were dominant at Cu ⩽ 3% (responsible for lattice shrinkage) and the presence of Cu+ ions were dominant at Cu > 3% (responsible for lattice expansion). The change in UV-visible absorption and energy gap were discussed by secondary phase generation and charge carrier density. The low absorption loss and high transmittance at Cu = 3% doped samples is used as potential candidate for opto-electronic devices. The increase of green band intensity and decrease of UV band at higher Cu concentration confirmed the existence of more defect related states.

  3. Low-temperature growth and physical investigations of undoped and (In, Co) doped ZnO thin films sprayed on PEI flexible substrate

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    Ben Ameur, S.; Barhoumi, A.; Mimouni, R.; Amlouk, M.; Guermazi, H.

    2015-08-01

    ZnO thin films were deposited on polymer substrate Polyethyerimide (PEI) at 250 °C by spray pyrolysis technique. The effects of different doping elements (Co and In) on physical properties of ZnO thin films were investigated. Thin film characterizations were carried out using X-ray diffraction technique, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and the contact angle measurement method. XRD measurement showed a successful growth of crystalline films on polymer substrate at low temperature by the spray pyrolysis process. XRD patterns revealed that all films consist of single ZnO phase and were well crystallized with preferential orientation towards (1 0 1) direction. Doping by cobalt has effective role in the enhancement of the crystalline quality, increases in the band gap according to Burstein Moss effect. Doping with indium leads rather to the decrease of both crystallinity and optical band gap energy value. Photoluminescence of the films showed UV emission (NBE) and visible emission related to defects. The contact angles were measured to study the effect of various doping elements on the hydrophobicity of the film depending on surface roughness. Results showed strong dependence on the doping element. In fact, doping with cobalt element increases the roughness of ZnO films and reinforces the surface from hydrophilic to hydrophobic (θ > 90°).

  4. Computational discovery of lanthanide doped and Co-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} for optoelectronic applications

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    Choudhary, Kamal; Chernatynskiy, Aleksandr; Phillpot, Simon R.; Sinnott, Susan B.; Mathew, Kiran; Bucholz, Eric W.; Hennig, Richard G.

    2015-09-14

    We systematically elucidate the optoelectronic properties of rare-earth doped and Ce co-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) using hybrid exchange-correlation functional based density functional theory. The predicted optical transitions agree with the experimental observations for single doped Ce:YAG, Pr:YAG, and co-doped Er,Ce:YAG. We find that co-doping of Ce-doped YAG with any lanthanide except Eu and Lu lowers the transition energies; we attribute this behavior to the lanthanide-induced change in bonding environment of the dopant atoms. Furthermore, we find infrared transitions only in case of the Er, Tb, and Tm co-doped Ce:YAG and suggest Tm,Ce:YAG and Tb,Ce:YAG as possible functional materials for efficient spectral up-conversion devices.

  5. Effect of Al(3+) co-doping on the luminescence properties of Cu doped Na2SiF6.

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    Barve, R A; Patil, R R; Moharil, S V; Bhatt, B C; Kulkarni, M S

    2016-10-01

    Studies were carried out to assess the correlation between thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of this phosphor. It was observed that the OSL and TL glow curve consists of a wide distribution of traps having different photo-ionization cross-sections, trap depths and frequency factors. In case of Al doped sample, some of the traps up to 200°C are assumed to act as a source traps for the observance of OSL due to thermal transfer of charge carriers into the deep traps beyond 480°C. This suggests that Al impurities play an important role in the thermal transfer OSL process. As most of the work on this phenomenon is done on natural materials (mainly quartz) in which aluminum is a natural impurity, this study will explain the role of Al in this phenomenon. PMID:27501135

  6. The effect of sulfur and zirconium Co-doping on the oxidation of NiCrAl

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    Smialek, James L.

    1987-01-01

    The adhesion behavior of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl+Zr alloys was examined as a function of both sulfur and zirconium doping levels. In general, very high levels of zirconium were required to counteract the detrimental effects of sulfur. A sulfur-zirconium adherence map was constructed, as determined from the oxidation and spalling behavior in 1100 C cyclic tests. For low sulfur alloys, the amount of zirconium required for adherence at any given sulfur level can be described by Zr greater than 600 S sup 0.2 (in ppma). These results underscore the importance of sulfur to adhesion mechanisms and suggests that sulfur gettering is a first order effect of reactive element additions to MCrAl alloys.

  7. The effect of sulfur and zirconium co-doping on the oxidation of NiCrAl

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    Smialek, James L.

    1988-01-01

    The adhesion behavior of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl+Zr alloys was examined as a function of both sulfur and zirconium doping levels. In general, very high levels of zirconium were required to counteract the detrimental effects of sulfur. A sulfur-zirconium adherence map was constructed, as determined from the oxidation and spalling behavior in 1100 C cyclic tests. For low sulfur alloys (less than 500 ppma), the amount of zirconium required for adherence at any given sulfur level can be described by Zr greater than 600 S(0.2) (in ppma). These results underscore the importance of sulfur to adhesion mechanisms and suggest that sulfur gettering is a first order effect of reactive element additions to MCrAl alloys.

  8. Gd-Al co-doped mesoporous silica nanoparticles loaded with Ru(bpy)₃²⁺ as a dual-modality probe for fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Zhang, Dan; Gao, Ai; Xu, Yang; Yin, Xue-Bo; He, Xi-Wen; Zhang, Yu-Kui

    2014-09-21

    Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) were co-doped with Gd(3+) and Al(3+) and then loaded with Ru(bpy)3(2+) by ion-exchange to prepare Ru/Gd-Al@MSNs. The as-prepared Ru/Gd-Al@MSNs were applied as contrast agents for in vivo fluorescence and magnetic resonance (MR) dual-modality imaging with a mouse as a model. The effects of Al(3+) and MSNs on longitudinal relaxivity (r1) and fluorescence were investigated using a series of Gd-containing silica nanoparticles, including Gd@MSNs, Gd-Al@MSNs, and Ru/Gd-Al@nonporous silica nanoparticles. Co-doping with Al(3+) improved the loading of Gd(3+); the mesoporous structure improved the water exchange rate. The improvement enhanced the MR imaging efficiency of the Ru/Gd-Al@MSN probe. A higher relaxivity (19.2 mM(-1) s(-1)) was observed compared to that from a commercial contrast agent, Gd-diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA). Importantly, the mesoporous structure provided a large specific surface area for the loading of Ru(bpy)3(2+) by a simple ion-exchange procedure. Intense red fluorescence was observed from Ru/Gd-Al@MSN probes. The versatility of Ru/Gd-Al@MSNs for dual-modality imaging was demonstrated using in vivo fluorescence imaging and T1-weighted MR imaging with a mouse model. The nanoparticles are biocompatible and may be attractive for clinical applications.

  9. Preparation, structural, photoluminescence and magnetic studies of Cu doped ZnO nanoparticles co-doped with Ni by sol-gel method

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    Theyvaraju, D.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-11-01

    Zn0.96-xNi0.04CuxO nanoparticles have been synthesized by varying different Cu concentrations between 0% and 4% using simple sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the hexagonal structure of the prepared samples. The formation of secondary phases, CuO (111) and Zn (101) at higher Cu content is due un-reacted Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions present in the solution which reduces the interaction between precursor ions and surfaces of ZnO. Well agglomerated and rod-like structure noticed at Cu=4% greatly de-generate and enhanced the particle size. The nominal elemental composition of Zn, Cu, Ni and O was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Even though energy gap was increased (blue-shift) from Cu=0-2% by quantum size effect, the s-d and p-d exchange interactions between the band electrons of ZnO and localized d electrons of Cu and Ni led to decrease (red-shift) the energy gap at Cu=4%. Presence of Zn-Ni-Cu-O bond was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared analysis. Ultraviolet emission by band to band electronic transition and defect related blue emission were discussed by photoluminescence spectra. The observed optical properties concluded that the doping of Cu in the present system is useful to tune the emission wavelength and hence acting as the important candidates for the optoelectronic device applications. Ferromagnetic ordering of Cu=2% sample was enhanced by charge carrier concentration where as the antiferromagnetic interaction between neighboring Cu-Cu ions suppressed the ferromagnetism at higher doping concentrations of Cu.

  10. Energy transfer based photoluminescence spectra of co-doped (Dy3+ + Sm3+): Li2O-LiF-B2O3-ZnO glasses for orange emission

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    Vijayalakshmi, L.; Naveen Kumar, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2016-07-01

    The present paper brings out the results concerning the preparation and optical properties of Sm3+ and Dy3+ each ion separately in different concentrations (0.3, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mol.%) and also together doped (x mol.% Dy3+ + 1.5 mol.% Sm3+): Li2O-LiF-B2O3-ZnO (where x = 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mol.%) glasses by a melt quenching method. Structural and thermal properties have been extensively studied for those glasses by XRD and TG/DTA. The compositional analysis has been carried out from FTIR spectral profile. Optical absorption spectral studies were also carried out. Sm3+: LBZ glasses have displayed an intense orange emission at 603 nm (4G5/2 → 6H7/2) with an excitation wavelength at 403 nm and Dy3+: LBZ glasses have shown two emissions located at 485 nm (4F9/2 → 6H15/2; blue) and 574 nm (4F9/2 → 6H13/2; yellow) with an excitation wavelength at 385 nm. Remarkably, it has been identified that the significant increase in the reddish orange emission of Sm3+ ions and diminished yellow emission pertaining to Dy3+ ions in the co-doped LBZ glass system under the excitation of 385 nm which relates to Dy3+ ions. This could be due energy transfer from Dy3+ to Sm3+. The non-radiative energy transfer from Dy3+ to Sm3+ is explained in terms of their emission spectra, donor lifetime, energy level diagram and energy transfer characteristic factors. These significantly enhanced orange emission exhibited glasses could be suggested as potential optical glasses for orange luminescence photonic devices.

  11. RETRACTED: P-type Zno thin films fabricated by Al-N co-doping method at different substrate temperature

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    Yuan, Guodong; Ye, Zhizhen; Qian, Qing; Zhu, Liping; Huang, Jingyun; Zhao, Binghui

    2005-01-01

    This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal ( http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). The editors and publisher would like to confirm the retraction of this paper at the request of the author Guodong Yuan. Reason: The SIMS profile published in this paper had already been included in articles published in Mater. Lett., 58 (2004) 3741-3744, and Thin Solid Films, 484 (2005) 420-425 describing a sample prepared under different conditions. The author did not notify either the Journal of Crystal Growth Editors or the coauthors of this fact. The author apologizes sincerely to the readers, referees, and Editors for violating the guidelines of ethical publication.Also the author apologizes to the coauthors for mishandling of the manuscript.

  12. Preparation, structural and optical characterization of ZnO, ZnO: Al nanopowder

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    Mohan, R. Raj; Rajendran, K.; Sambath, K.

    2014-01-28

    In this paper, ZnO and ZnO:Al nanopowders have been synthesized by low cost hydrothermal method. Zinc nitrate, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) and aluminium nitrate are used as precursors for ZnO and AZO with different molar ratios. The structural and optical characterization of doped and un-doped ZnO powders have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), photoluminescence (PL) and ultra violet visible (UV-Vis) absorption studies. The SEM results show that the hydrothermal synthesis can be used to obtain nanoparticles with different morphology. It is observed that the grain size of the AZO nanoparticles increased with increasing of Al concentration. The PL measurement of AZO shows that broad range of green emission around 550nm with high intensity. The green emission resulted mainly because of intrinsic defects.

  13. Structural and photoluminescence properties of Cd and Cu co-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Samuel, T.; Sujatha, K.; Rao, K. Ramachandra; Rao, M. C.

    2016-05-01

    Cd and Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by Polyol method and subsequently have been characterized by their structure, optical and photoluminescence studies. XRD and PSA results revealed the formation of Cd and Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 50 nm and average particle size of 246 nm. From Zeta Potential measurements the Zeta Potential was found to be - 29.2 eV indicating the stability of prepared nanoparticles. From Uv-Vis studies, it is found that the absorption of undoped ZnO is less compared with Cd and Cu co-doped ZnO and the absorbance increases with increase in dopant concentration. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the samples are with high structural and optical quality.

  14. Semiconducting properties of Al doped ZnO thin films.

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    Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A; Al-Hartomy, Omar A; El Okr, M; Nawar, A M; El-Gazzar, S; El-Tantawy, Farid; Yakuphanoglu, F

    2014-10-15

    Aluminum doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were successfully deposited via spin coating technique onto glass substrates. Structural properties of the films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction results reveal that all the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation according to the direction (002) plane. The crystallite size of ZnO and AZO films was determined from Scherrer's formula and Williamson-Hall analysis. The lattice parameters of the AZO films were found to decrease with increasing Al content. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) results indicate that Zn, Al and O elements are present in the AZO thin films. The electrical conductivity, mobility carriers and carrier concentration of the films are increased with increasing Al doping concentration. The optical band gap (Eg) of the films is increased with increasing Al concentration. The AZO thin films indicate a high transparency in the visible region with an average value of 86%. These transparent AZO films may be open a new avenue for optoelectronic and photonic devices applications in near future. PMID:24840493

  15. pH-controlled selective etching of Al2O3 over ZnO.

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    Sun, Kaige G; Li, Yuanyuan V; Saint John, David B; Jackson, Thomas N

    2014-05-28

    We describe pH-controlled selective etching of atomic layer deposition (ALD) Al2O3 over ZnO. Film thickness as a function of etch exposure was measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. We find that alkaline aqueous solutions with pH between about 9 and 12 will etch Al2O3 at useful rate with minimal attack of ZnO. Highly selective etching of Al2O3 over ZnO (selectivity >400:1) and an Al2O3 etch rate of ∼50 nm/min can be obtained using a pH 12 etch solution at 60 °C. PMID:24818868

  16. Structural, optical and electronic structure studies of Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Devi, Vanita; Kumar, Manish; Shukla, D. K.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Kumar, Ravindra; Joshi, B. C.

    2015-07-01

    Structural, optical and electronic structure of Al doped ZnO thin films grown using pulsed laser deposition on glass substrate are investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that all the films are textured along the c-axis and have wurtzite structure. Al doping in ZnO films leads to increase in grain size due to relaxation in compressive stress. Enhancement in band gap of ZnO films with the Al doping is also noticed which can be ascribed to the Brustein-Moss shift. The changes in the electronic structure caused by Al in the doped thin film samples are understood through X-ray absorption measurements.

  17. Temperature- and frequency-dependent dielectric behaviors of insulator/semiconductor (Al2O3/ZnO) nanolaminates with various ZnO thicknesses

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    Li, Jin; Bi, Xiaofang

    2016-07-01

    Al2O3/ZnO nanolaminates (NLs) with various ZnO sublayer thicknesses were prepared by atomic layer deposition. The Al2O3 sublayers are characterized as amorphous and the ZnO sublayers have an oriented polycrystalline structure. As the ZnO thickness decreases to a certain value, each NL exhibits a critical temperature at which its dielectric constant starts to rise quickly. Moreover, this temperature increases as the ZnO thickness is decreased further. On the other hand, the permittivity demonstrates a large value of several hundred at a frequency  ⩽1000 Hz, followed by a steplike decrease at a higher frequency. The change in the cut-off frequency with ZnO thickness is characterized by a hook function. It is revealed that the Coulomb confinement effect becomes predominant in the dielectric behaviors of the NLs with very thin ZnO. As the ZnO thickness decreases to about the same as or even smaller than the Bohr radius of ZnO, a great change in the carrier concentration and effective mass of ZnO is induced, which is shown to be responsible for the peculiar dielectric behaviors of Al2O3/ZnO with very thin ZnO. These findings provide insight into the prevailing mechanisms to optimize the dielectric properties of semiconductor/insulator laminates with nanoscale sublayer thickness.

  18. Fabrication of Al-Doped ZnO Film with High Conductivity Induced by Photocatalytic Activity

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    Hong, Jeongsoo; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Matsushita, Nobuhiro

    2016-06-01

    We have fabricated Al-doped ZnO films by a spin-spray method, achieving high conductivity by Al-ion doping and photocatalytic activity of the ZnO. The surface morphology of the as-deposited films was varied by changing the Al concentration and addition of citrate ions. As-deposited Al-doped ZnO film without citrate ions showed rod array structure with increasing rod width as the Al concentration was increased. Meanwhile, Al-doped ZnO film deposited with addition of citrate ions changed to exhibit dense and continuous surface morphology with high transmittance of 85%. The lowest resistivity recorded for undoped and Al-doped ZnO film was 2.1 × 10-2 Ω cm and 5.9 × 10-3 Ω cm, after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The reason for the decreased resistivity is thought to be that Al-ion doping and the photocatalytic activity of ZnO contributed to improve the conductivity.

  19. Fabrication of Al-Doped ZnO Film with High Conductivity Induced by Photocatalytic Activity

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    Hong, Jeongsoo; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Matsushita, Nobuhiro

    2016-10-01

    We have fabricated Al-doped ZnO films by a spin-spray method, achieving high conductivity by Al-ion doping and photocatalytic activity of the ZnO. The surface morphology of the as-deposited films was varied by changing the Al concentration and addition of citrate ions. As-deposited Al-doped ZnO film without citrate ions showed rod array structure with increasing rod width as the Al concentration was increased. Meanwhile, Al-doped ZnO film deposited with addition of citrate ions changed to exhibit dense and continuous surface morphology with high transmittance of 85%. The lowest resistivity recorded for undoped and Al-doped ZnO film was 2.1 × 10-2 Ω cm and 5.9 × 10-3 Ω cm, after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The reason for the decreased resistivity is thought to be that Al-ion doping and the photocatalytic activity of ZnO contributed to improve the conductivity.

  20. Enhanced cathodoluminescence from an amorphous AlN:holmium phosphor by co-doped Gd{sup +3} for optical devices applications

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    Maqbool, Muhammad; Kordesch, Martin E.; Kayani, A.

    2009-05-15

    Sputter-deposited thin films of amorphous AlN:Ho (1 at. %) emits in the green (549 nm) region of the visible spectrum under electron excitation. The addition of Gd (1 at. %) in the film enhances the green emission linearly after thermal activation at 900 deg. C for 40 min in a nitrogen atmosphere. The luminescence enhancement saturates when the gadolinium concentration reaches four times the holmium concentration. The optical bandgap of amorphous AlN is about 210 nm, so that the film is transparent in the ultraviolet, allowing us to observe the ultraviolet emission at 313 nm from Gd. No significant quenching of the Gd emission is observed. Energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectra confirm the increasing concentration of Gd. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows no peaks other than those arising from the Si (111) substrate, confirming that the films are amorphous. The enhanced luminescence can be used to make high-efficiency optical devices.

  1. Defect assisted saturable absorption characteristics in Al and Li doped ZnO thin films

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    K. M., Sandeep; Bhat, Shreesha; S. M., Dharmaprakash; P. S., Patil; Byrappa, K.

    2016-09-01

    The influence of different doping ratios of Al and Li on the nonlinear optical properties, namely, a two-photon absorption and a nonlinear refraction using single beam Z-scan technique, of nano-crystalline ZnO thin films has been investigated in the present study. A sol-gel spin-coated pure ZnO, Al-doped ZnO (AZO), and Li-doped ZnO (LZO) thin films have been prepared. The stoichiometric deviations induced by the occupancy of Al3+ and Li+ ions at the interstitial sites injects the compressive stress in the AZO and LZO thin films, respectively, while the extended defect states below the conduction band leads to a redshift of energy band gap in the corresponding films as compared to pure ZnO thin film. Switching from an induced absorption in ZnO and 1 at. wt. % doped AZO and LZO films to a saturable absorption (SA) in 2 at. wt. % doped AZO and LZO films has been observed, and it is attributed to the saturation of a linear absorption of the defect states. The closed aperture Z-scan technique revealed the self-focusing (a positive nonlinear refractive index) in all the films, which emerge out of the thermo-optical effects due to the continuous illumination of laser pulses. A higher third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) of the order 10-3 esu has been observed in all the films.

  2. Resistive switching characteristics of a compact ZnO nanorod array grown directly on an Al-doped ZnO substrate

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    Yoo, E. J.; Shin, J. Y.; Yoon, T. S.; Kang, C. J.; Choi, Y. J.

    2016-07-01

    ZnO’s resistive switching properties have drawn much attention because ZnO has a simple chemical composition and is easy to manipulate. The propulsion mechanism for resistive switching in ZnO is based on a conducting filament that consists of oxygen vacancies. In the case of film structure, the random formation of the conducting filaments occasionally leads to unstable switching characteristics. Limiting the direction in which the conducting filaments are formed is one way to solve this problem. In this study, we demonstrate reliable resistive switching behavior in a device with an Au/compact ZnO nanorod array/Al-doped ZnO structure with stable resistive switching over 105 cycles and a long retention time of 104 s by confining conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods. The restrictive formation of conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods is observed directly using conductive atomic force microscopy.

  3. Preparation of Al-doped ZnO nanocrystalline aggregates with enhanced performance for dye adsorption

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    Zhang, Jin; Que, WenXiu; Yuan, Yuan; Zhong, Peng; Liao, YuLong

    2012-07-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanocrystalline aggregates (NCAs) were prepared by a low cost colloid chemistry method and effects of the Al-doped concentration on the morphological and structural properties of the AZO NCAs were studied. The dye adsorption ability of the AZO NCAs with various Al-doped concentrations was also investigated. Results indicate that the doping of the Al ions not only does not change the wurtzite structure of the ZnO crystal but also can reduce the crystallite grain size and the particle size distribution of the NCAs, which gives them a higher specific surface area and dye adsorption ability than that of the ZnO NCAs. The as-prepared AZO NCAs would be a promising material to be applied in the dye sensitized solar cells and water treatment.

  4. Al doped ZnO thin films - microstructure, physical and sensor properties

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    Starbov, N.; Balabanov, S.; Bineva, I.; Rachkova, A.; Krumov, E.; Starbova, K.

    2012-12-01

    Thin ZnO films doped with Al are deposited by spray pyrolysis onto glass substrates using starting solution of Zn-acetate + n.AlCl (where 0.1 < n < 30 at.%). The ZnO phase composition and surface morphology are revealed via X-ray diffraction or atomic force and scanning electron microscopy respectively. UV/VIS transmittance/reflectance, as well as DC-conductivity measurements are applied in order to reveal the influence of the Al doping on the optical and electrical transport properties of the films studied. The sensing efficiency of the pure as well as of doped ZnO films for detection of noxious gases is checked via resistivity measurements under saturated vapours of ethanol, acetone, ammonia, dimethylamine and formalin at room temperature. Finally the results obtained are discussed concerning the application of the ZnO:Al films studied in the field of sensor technique.

  5. Magnetic interactions in the Zn-Co-O system: tuning local structure, valence and carrier type from extremely Co doped ZnO to ZnCo2O4

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    Henne, Bastian; Ney, Verena; Ollefs, Katharina; Wilhelm, Fabrice; Rogalev, Andrei; Ney, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the relation between local structure, valence and carrier type with magnetism in the Zn-Co-O system. Thin films ranging from wurtzite Zn1−xCoxO (Co:ZnO) to ZnCo2O4 spinel were grown on c-sapphire substrates. On the one hand, the unprecedented doping of x = 0.6 Co in ZnO enables to study the structural and magnetic properties well-above the coalescence limit. On the other hand, the ZnCo2O4 spinel provides a p-type environment. We find a strong correlation between local structure, valence and carrier type throughout the Zn-Co-O system. In contrast to earlier publications neither 60% Co:ZnO nor ZnCo2O4 exhibit any sign of ferromagnetic order despite of the high concentration of magnetic ions and a p-type carrier background. Instead, antiferromagnetic exchange is found to be the predominant magnetic interaction in the Zn-Co-O system. PMID:26578268

  6. Nitrogen and cobalt co-doped zinc oxide nanowires - Viable photoanodes for hydrogen generation via photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Patel, Prasad Prakash; Hanumantha, Prashanth Jampani; Velikokhatnyi, Oleg I.; Datta, Moni Kanchan; Hong, Daeho; Gattu, Bharat; Poston, James A.; Manivannan, Ayyakkannu; Kumta, Prashant N.

    2015-12-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has been considered as a promising and environmentally benign approach for efficient and economic hydrogen generation by utilization of solar energy. Development of semiconductor materials with low band gap, high photoelectrochemical activity and stability has been of particular interest for a viable PEC water splitting system. In this study, Co doped ZnO, .i.e., (Zn0.95Co0.05)O nanowires (NWs) was selected as the composition for further co-doping with nitrogen by comparing solar to hydrogen efficiency (SHE) of ZnO NWs with that of various compositions of (Zn1-xCox)O NWs (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1). Furthermore, nanostructured vertically aligned Co and N-doped ZnO, .i.e., (Zn1-xCox)O:N NWs (x = 0.05) have been studied as photoanodes for PEC water splitting. An optimal SHE of 1.39% the highest reported so far to the best of our knowledge for ZnO based photoanodes was obtained for the co-doped NWs, (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N - 600 NWs generated at 600 °C in ammonia atmosphere. Further, (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N-600 NWs exhibited excellent photoelectrochemical stability under illumination compared to pure ZnO NWs. These promising results suggest the potential of (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N-600 NWs as a viable photoanode in PEC water splitting cell. Additionally, theoretical first principles study conducted explains the beneficial effects of Co and N co-doping on both, the electronic structure and the band gap of ZnO.

  7. Electrical and optical properties of in and Al doped ZnO thin film

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    Park, Sang-Uk; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2013-07-01

    In this study, to improve the electrical and optical properties of aluminium (Al) doped zinc oxide thin films, we have added small amounts of indium (In) to Al doped ZnO thin films. We will present the results of In and Al doped ZnO thin film on glass substrates prepared by the sol-gel processing method. A rapid thermal annealing process was applied to cure the thin film properties. Different amounts of In were used to dope the AZO thin films to find the optimum process condition. The effects of crystallinity were analyzed by an x-ray diffraction method. In addition, the optical transmittance and electrical proprties of In doped AZO thin films were investigated.

  8. Characterization and Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Grown on AlN Thin Film

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    Yousefi, Ramin; Kamaluddin, Burhanuddin; Ghoranneviss, Mahmood; Hajakbari, Fatemeh

    2009-07-07

    In this paper, we report ZnO nanowires grown on AlN thin film deposited on glass as substrate by physical vapour deposition. The temperature of substrates was kept between 600 deg. C and 500 deg. C during the growth. The typical average diameters of the obtained nanowires on substrate at 600 deg. C and 500 deg. C was about 57 nm and 22 nm, respectively with several micrometers in lengths. X-ray diffraction and Auger spectroscopy results showed Al diffused from AlN thin film into ZnO nanowires for sample at high temperature zone. In the photoluminescence spectra two emission bands appeared, one related to ultraviolet emission with a strong peak at 380-382 nm, and another related to deep level emission with a weak peak at 510 nm.

  9. Transparent Conducting ZnO Thin Films Doped with Al and Mo

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    Duenow, J.; Gessert, T.; Wood, D.; Young, D.; Coutts, T.

    2007-01-01

    Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin films are a vital part of photovoltaic cells, flat-panel displays, and electrochromic windows. ZnO-based TCOs, due to the relative abundance of Zn, may reduce production costs compared to those of the prevalent TCO In2O3:Sn (ITO). Undoped ZnO, ZnO:Al (0.5, 1, and 2 wt.% Al2O3), and ZnO:Mo (2 wt.%) films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. Controlled incorporation of H2 in the Ar sputtering ambient increased mobility of undoped ZnO by a factor of ~20 to 48 cm2V-1s-1. H2 also appears to catalyze ionization of dopants. This enabled lightly doped ZnO:Al to provide comparable conductivity to the standard 2 wt.%-doped ZnO:Al while demonstrating reduced infrared absorption. Mo was found to be an n-type dopant of ZnO, though material properties did not match those of ZnO:Al. Scattering mechanisms were investigated using temperature-dependent Hall measurements and the method of four coefficients. This abstract is subject to government rights.

  10. Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors from Electrodeposited ZnO Nanowires

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    Athavan, Nadarajah; Konenkamp, R.

    2011-02-02

    We present experimental results on the magnetic properties of doped ZnO nanowires grown at 80 8C in electrodeposition. We show that impurities such as Al, Mn, Co, and Cu can be incorporated in the nanowires by adding the corresponding metal salts to the electrolyte solution. At concentration levels of a few atomic percent we find the impurity concentration in the solid to be approximately proportional to the precursor concentration in solution. ZnO nanowrires doped with Cu, Co, and Mn show superparamagnetic response at room temperature, while undoped and Al-doped wires show no discernible magnetic response. The results indicate that with Cu, Mn, and Co doping dilute magnetic semiconductors can be prepared.

  11. Plasmonic enhancement of UV emission from ZnO thin films induced by Al nano-concave arrays

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    Norek, Małgorzata; Łuka, Grzegorz; Włodarski, Maksymilian

    2016-10-01

    Surface plasmons (SPs) supported by Al nano-concave arrays with increasing interpore distance (Dc) were used to enhance the ultraviolet light emission from ZnO thin films. Two sets of samples were prepared: in the first set the thin ZnO films were deposited directly on Al nanoconcaves (the Al/ZnO samples) and in the second set a 10 nm - Al2O3 spacer was placed between the textured Al and the ZnO films (the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO samples). In the Al/ZnO samples the enhancement was limited by a nonradiative energy dissipation due to the Ohmic loss in the Al metal. However, for the ZnO layer deposited directly on Al nanopits synthesized at 150 V (Dc = 333 ± 18 nm), the largest 9-fold enhancement was obtained by achieving the best energy fit between the near band-edge (NBE) emission from ZnO and the λ(0,1) SPP resonance mode. In the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO samples the amplification of the UV emission was smaller than in the Al/ZnO samples due to a big energy mismatch between the NBE emission and the λ(0,1) plasmonic mode. The results obtained in this work indicate that better tuning of the NBE - λ(0,1) SPP resonance mode coupling is possible through a proper modification of geometrical parameters in the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO system such as Al nano-concave spacing and the thickness of the corresponding layer. This approach will reduce the negative influence of the non-radiative plasmonic modes and most likely will lead to further enhancement of the SP-modulated UV emission from ZnO thin films.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer

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    2012-01-01

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it. PMID:22222067

  13. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer.

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    Baek, Seong-Ho; Noh, Bum-Young; Park, Il-Kyu; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-01-05

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it.

  14. Plasma versus thermal annealing for the Au-catalyst growth of ZnO nanocones and nanowires on Al-doped ZnO buffer layers

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    Güell, Frank; Martínez-Alanis, Paulina R.; Roso, Sergio; Salas-Pérez, Carlos I.; García-Sánchez, Mario F.; Santana, Guillermo; Marel Monroy, B.

    2016-06-01

    We successfully synthesized ZnO nanocones and nanowires over polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers on fused silica substrates by a vapor-transport process using Au-catalyst thin films. Different Au film thicknesses were thermal or plasma annealed in order to analyze their influence on the ZnO nanostructure growth morphology. Striking differences have been observed. Thermal annealing generates a distribution of Au nanoclusters and plasma annealing induces a fragmentation of the Au thin films. While ZnO nanowires are found in the thermal-annealed samples, ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been obtained on the plasma-annealed samples. Enhancement of the preferred c-axis (0001) growth orientation was demonstrated by x-ray diffraction when the ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been grown over the AZO buffer layer. The transmittance spectra of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires show a gradual increase from 375 to 900 nm, and photoluminescence characterization pointed out high concentration of defects leading to observation of a broad emission band in the visible range from 420 to 800 nm. The maximum emission intensity peak position of the broad visible band is related to the thickness of the Au-catalyst for the thermal-annealed samples and to the plasma power for the plasma-annealed samples. Finally, we proposed a model for the plasma versus thermal annealing of the Au-catalyst for the growth of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires. These results are promising for renewable energy applications, in particular for its potential application in solar cells.

  15. Structural, optical and electrical properties of Al-N codoped ZnO films by RF-assisted MOCVD method

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    Su, Jianfeng; Zang, Chunhe; Cheng, Chunxiao; Niu, Qiang; Zhang, Yongsheng; Yu, Ke

    2010-10-01

    N-doped ZnO films were produced using N 2 as N source by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system which has been improved with radio-frequency (RF)-assisted equipments. The data of secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) indicate that the concentration of N in N-doped ZnO films is around 5 × 10 20 cm -3, implying that sufficient incorporation of N into ZnO can be obtained by RF-assisted equipment. On this basis, the structural, optical and electrical properties of Al-N codoped ZnO films were studied. Then, the effect of RF power on crystal quality, surface morphologies, optical properties was analyzed using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and photo-luminescence methods. The results illustrate that the RF plasma is the key factor for the improvement of crystal quality. Then the observation of A 0X recombination associated with N O acceptor in low-temperature PL spectrum proved that some N atoms have occupied the positions of O atoms in ZnO films. Hall measurements shown that p-type ZnO film deposited on quartz glasses was obtained when RF power was 150 W for the Al-N codoped ZnO films, while the resistivity of N-doped ZnO films was rather high. Compared with the Al-doped ZnO film, the obviously increased resistivity of codoped films indicates that the formation of N O acceptors compensate some donors in ZnO films effectively.

  16. Preparation of superior lubricious amorphous carbon films co-doped by silicon and aluminum

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    Liu, Xiaoqiang; Hao, Junying; Yang, Jun; Zheng, Jianyun; Liang, Yongmin; Liu, Weimin

    2011-09-01

    Silicon (Si) and aluminum (Al) co-doped amorphous carbon films ((Si, Al)-C:H) were deposited on Si and stainless steel substrates by radio frequency (13.56 MHz) magnetron sputtering. The Al and Si were found to jointly regulate the hybridized carbon bonds. Mechanical properties of the films were detected by nano-indention and scratch tests. The nano-indention results revealed that all the samples exhibited good elastic recovery rate, among which the highest one was beyond 84%. Besides co-regulating the hybridizations of carbon, the co-doped Si and Al also had a common regulation on the mechanical and tribological properties. Especially, the film containing 1.6 at. % of Si and 0.9 at. % of Al showed a super-low friction (< 0.01) and a superior wear resistance in ambient air.

  17. Optoelectronic properties of novel amorphous CuAlO2/ZnO NWs based heterojunction

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    Bu, Ian Y. Y.

    2013-08-01

    Amorphous p-type CuAlO2 thin films were grown onto n-type crystalline ZnO NWs forming a heterojunction through the combination of sol-gel process and hydrothermal growth method. The effects of temperature on structure and optoelectronic properties of CuAlO2 thin films were investigated through various measurement techniques. It was found that the derived CuAlO2 is Al-rich with thin film. UV-Vis measurements showed that the deposited CuAlO2 films are semi-transparent with maximum transmittance ∼82% at 500 nm. Electrical characterization and integration into pn junction confirms that the amorphous CuAlO2 is p-type and exhibited photovoltaic behavior.

  18. Electrical and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO and ZnAl2O4 films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    2013-01-01

    ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers were prepared by alternating atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 150°C using diethylzinc, trimethylaluminum, and water. The growth process, crystallinity, and electrical and optical properties of the multilayers were studied with a variety of the cycle ratios of ZnO and Al2O3 sublayers. Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO films were prepared with the minimum resistivity of 2.4 × 10−3 Ω·cm at a low Al doping concentration of 2.26%. Photoluminescence spectroscopy in conjunction with X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the thickness of ZnO sublayers plays an important role on the priority for selective crystallization of ZnAl2O4 and ZnO phases during high-temperature annealing ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers. It was found that pure ZnAl2O4 film was synthesized by annealing the specific composite film containing alternative monocycle of ZnO and Al2O3 sublayers, which could only be deposited precisely by utilizing ALD technology. PMID:23537274

  19. Directed photoluminescent emission of ZnO tetrapods on biotemplated Al2O3

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    Rambo, Carlos R.; Hotza, Dachamir; Cunha, Carlo R. da; Zollfrank, Cordt

    2013-12-01

    In this work biomorphic Al2O3 with microcellular morphology was produced by biotemplating of rattan and coating with ZnO tetrapods (T-ZnO). The morphological features of the biomorphic ceramics were evaluated, as well as the photoluminescent properties of the final device. The T-ZnO-coated microvessels of rattan metaxylem acted as structural guides for the directional travel of light. Therefore, the intensity of the green emission was controlled through orientation of the device with respect to the microvessels axis. Microcellular ceramics coated with functional materials such as ZnO can be used to design novel optoelectronic sensing devices in applications that require control of the emitted luminescence signal.

  20. Spectroscopic characterization of the plasmas formed during the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films by plasma-assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Peipei; Cai, Hua; Yang, Xu; Li, Hui; Zhang, Wu; Xu, Ning; Sun, Jian; Wu, Jiada

    2016-11-01

    An oxygen-zinc plasma and an oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma are formed by pulsed laser ablation of a Zn target or pulsed laser co-ablation of a Zn target and an Al target in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge-generated oxygen plasma for the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films. The plasmas are characterized spectroscopically by time-integrated and time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy. Both the oxygen-zinc plasma and the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma contain excited species originally present in the working O2 gas and energetic species ablated from the targets. The optical emission of the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma is abundant in the emission bands of oxygen molecular ions and the emission lines of mono-atomic oxygen, zinc and aluminum atoms and atomic ions. The time-integrated spectra as well as the time-resolved spectra of the plasma emission indicate that the oxygen species in the ECR oxygen plasma experience additional excitation by the expanding ablation plumes, and the ablated species are excited frequently when traveling accompanying the plume expansion in the oxygen plasma, making the formed plasma highly excited and very reactive, which plays an important role in the reactive growth of ZnO matrix and the in-situ doping of Al into the growing ZnO matrix. The deposited ZnO and AZO films were evaluated for composition analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, structure characterization by X-ray diffraction and optical transmission measurement. The deposited ZnO is slightly rich in O. The Al concentration of the AZO films can be controlled and varied simply by changing the repetition rate of the laser used for Al target ablation. Both the ZnO and the AZO films are featured with hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure and exhibit high optical transparency in a wide spectral region. Al doping results in an improvement in the ultraviolet transparency, a blue shift in the absorption edge and a widening of the band gap.

  1. Atomic scattering spectroscopy for determination of the polarity of semipolar AlN grown on ZnO

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    Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Ueno, Kohei; Oshima, Masaharu; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2013-11-04

    Determination of the polarity of insulating semipolar AlN layers was achieved via atomic scattering spectroscopy. The back scattering of neutralized He atoms on AlN surfaces revealed the atomic alignment of the topmost layers of semipolar AlN and the ZnO substrate. Pole figures of the scattering intensity were used to readily determine the polarity of these wurtzite-type semipolar materials. In addition, we found that +R-plane AlN epitaxially grows on −R-plane ZnO, indicating that the polarity flips at the semipolar AlN/ZnO interface. This polarity flipping is possibly explained by the appearance of −c and m-faces on the −R ZnO surfaces, which was also revealed by atomic scattering spectroscopy.

  2. Tilted domain growth of metalorganic chemical vapor (MOCVD)-grown ZnO(0001) on α-Al2O3(0001)

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    Wang, C. M.; Saraf, L. V.; Hubler, T. L.; Nachimuthu, P.

    2008-01-01

    ZnO grown on α-Al2O3 (0001) generally possesses an orientation such that α-Al2O3 (0001)//ZnO(0001) and two in-plane domains nucleate such that: α-Al2O3 [11-20]//ZnO[11-20] and/or α-Al2O3 [11-20]//ZnO[10-10]. In this paper, we report a new growth mode for ZnO grown on α-Al2O3 (0001) using MOCVD. We find that α-Al2O3 [11-20]//ZnO[10-10] but the (0001) plane of ZnO is tilted relative to the (0001) plane of α-Al2O3 such that ZnO(0001) is almost parallel to the α-Al2O3 (-1104) plane. This orientation reduces the extent of lattice mismatch. The interface between ZnO and α-Al2O3 is abrupt and possesses periodic dislocations.

  3. Enhanced Luminescence in Tb/Ce co-doped Zinc- and Tin-Oxide quantum dots

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    Larochelle, Christie; Xu, Jingjing; McCutcheon, Kelly

    2013-03-01

    SnO2 and ZnO quantum dots doped with Tb3+ exhibit strong luminescence from the Tb3+ dopants due to efficient energy transfer from the semiconductor donors to the Tb3+ acceptor ions. We report results from a study of the effect of co-doping the SnO2 and ZnO dots with both Tb3+ and Ce3+ on the photoluminescence properties of the samples. The dots were synthesized using a sol-gel technique and the Ce3+/Tb3+ ratio was varied while keeping the total doping level at 1wt %. X-ray diffraction and TEM results confirm the presence of nanocrystals of less than 10 nm in diameter. Photoluminescence results indicate that the Tb3+ ions are incorporated in a crystalline environment and that co-doping with Ce3+ enhances the energy transfer efficiency and therefore the intensity of the Tb3+ luminescence. The effect of heat treatment on the size of the dots and the impact of size on luminescence properties was also investigated.

  4. Effects of Al Doping on the Properties of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Zhai, Chen-Hui; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Liu, Juan; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-12-01

    The tuning of structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique is reported in this work. With the increasing Al doping level, the evolution from (002) to (100) diffraction peaks indicates the change in growth mode of ZnO films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been applied to study the thickness, optical constants, and band gap of AZO films. Due to the increasing carrier concentration after Al doping, a blue shift of band gap and absorption edge can be observed, which can be interpreted by Burstein-Moss effect. The carrier concentration and resistivity are found to vary significantly among different doping concentration, and the optimum value is also discussed. The modulations and improvements of properties are important for Al-doped ZnO films to apply as transparent conductor in various applications.

  5. Effects of Al Doping on the Properties of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Zhai, Chen-Hui; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Liu, Juan; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-09-01

    The tuning of structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique is reported in this work. With the increasing Al doping level, the evolution from (002) to (100) diffraction peaks indicates the change in growth mode of ZnO films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been applied to study the thickness, optical constants, and band gap of AZO films. Due to the increasing carrier concentration after Al doping, a blue shift of band gap and absorption edge can be observed, which can be interpreted by Burstein-Moss effect. The carrier concentration and resistivity are found to vary significantly among different doping concentration, and the optimum value is also discussed. The modulations and improvements of properties are important for Al-doped ZnO films to apply as transparent conductor in various applications.

  6. Effects of Al Doping on the Properties of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Zhai, Chen-Hui; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Liu, Juan; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-12-01

    The tuning of structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique is reported in this work. With the increasing Al doping level, the evolution from (002) to (100) diffraction peaks indicates the change in growth mode of ZnO films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been applied to study the thickness, optical constants, and band gap of AZO films. Due to the increasing carrier concentration after Al doping, a blue shift of band gap and absorption edge can be observed, which can be interpreted by Burstein-Moss effect. The carrier concentration and resistivity are found to vary significantly among different doping concentration, and the optimum value is also discussed. The modulations and improvements of properties are important for Al-doped ZnO films to apply as transparent conductor in various applications. PMID:27639580

  7. Structural and Morphological Properties of Al doped ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Akdağ, A.; Budak, H. F.; Yılmaz, M.; Efe, A.; Büyükaydın, M.; Can, M.; Turgut, G.; Sönmez, E.

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide nanoparticles have a wide area of use because of their unique properties such as catalytic, electrical, and optical properties and low cost. Since the suitable additive materials can be changed the electrical and optical properties of zinc oxide, the demand of the industrial commercial area to the zinc oxide increased. In this study, Al doped ZnO nanoparticles produced by using the methods of reduction thought having materials of the Zn(NO)3, AlCl3 and NaOH. XRD, SEM and EDS used for making analyzing of structural and dimensional of particles. The analyses show that the large amount of the Al3+ ions did nut substitute with Zn2+ successfully with the reduction method. XRD and EDS results confirm this situation.

  8. Exploration of Al-Doped ZnO in Photovoltaic Thin Films

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    Ciccarino, Christopher; Sahiner, M. Alper

    The electrical properties of Al doped ZnO-based thin films represent a potential advancement in the push for increasing solar cell efficiency. Doping with Aluminum will theoretically decrease resistivity of the film and therefore achieve this potential as a viable option in the P-N junction phase of photovoltaic cells. The n-type semi-conductive characteristics of the ZnO layer will theoretically be optimized with the addition of Aluminum carriers. In this study, Aluminum doping concentrations ranging from 1-3% by mass were produced, analyzed, and compared. Films were developed onto ITO coated glass using the Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. Target thickness was 250 nm and ellipsometry measurements showed uniformity and accuracy in this regard. Active dopant concentrations were determined using Hall Effect measurements. Efficiency measurements showed possible applications of this doped compound, with upwards of 7% efficiency measured, using a Keithley 2602 SourceMeter set-up. XRD scans showed highly crystalline structures, with effective Al intertwining of the hexagonal wurtzile ZnO molecular structure. This alone indicates a promising future of collaboration between these two materials.

  9. Temperature dependent dual hydrogen sensor response of Pd nanoparticle decorated Al doped ZnO surfaces

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    Gupta, D.; Barman, P. B.; Hazra, S. K.; Dutta, D.; Kumar, M.; Som, T.

    2015-10-28

    Sputter deposited Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films exhibit a dual hydrogen sensing response in the temperature range 40 °C–150 °C after surface modifications with palladium nanoparticles. The unmodified AZO films showed no response in hydrogen in the temperature range 40 °C–150 °C. The operational temperature windows on the low and high temperature sides have been estimated by isolating the semiconductor-to-metal transition temperature zone of the sensor device. The gas response pattern was modeled by considering various adsorption isotherms, which revealed the dominance of heterogeneous adsorption characteristics. The Arrhenius adsorption barrier showed dual variation with change in hydrogen gas concentration on either side of the semiconductor-to-metal transition. A detailed analysis of the hydrogen gas response pattern by considering the changes in nano palladium due to hydrogen adsorption, and semiconductor-to-metal transition of nanocrystalline Al doped ZnO layer due to temperature, along with material characterization studies by glancing incidence X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, are presented.

  10. Structure and Properties of Al and Ga- Doped ZnO

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    Temizer, Namik Kemal

    Recently there is tremendous interest in Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) research due to the unlimited and exciting application areas. Current research is mostly focused on finding alternative low cost and sustainable materials in order to replace indium tin oxide (ITO), which caused serious concern due to the increasing cost of indium and chemical stability issues of ITO. The primary aim of this research is to develop alternative TCO materials with superior properties in order to increase the efficiency in optoelectronic applications, as well as to study the properties of these materials to fully characterize them. We have grown Al and Ga-doped ZnO films with an optimized composition under different deposition conditions in order to understand the effect of processing parameters on the film properties. We report a detailed investigation on the structure-property correlations in Ga and Al codoped ZnO films on c-sapphire substrates where the thin film microstructure varies from nanocrystalline to single crystal. We have achieved highly epitaxial films with very high optical transmittance (close to 90%) and low resistivity (˜110muO-cm) values. The films grown in an ambient oxygen partial pressure (PO2 ) of 50 mTorr and at growth temperatures from room temperature to 600°C showed semiconducting behavior, whereas samples grown at a Po2 of 1 mTorr showed metallic nature. The most striking feature is the occurrence of resistivity minima at relatively high temperatures around 110 K in films deposited at high temperatures. The structure-property correlations reveal that point defects play an important role in modifying the structural, optical, electrical and magnetic properties and such changes in physical properties are controlled predominantly by the defect content. To gain a better understanding of the conduction processes in doped ZnO thin films, we have studied the temperature variation of resistivity of some selected samples that showed some interesting behavior

  11. Observation of room temperature ferromagnetic behavior in cluster-free, Co doped HfO2 films

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    Chang, Y. H.; Soo, Y. L.; Lee, W. C.; Huang, M. L.; Lee, Y. J.; Weng, S. C.; Sun, W. H.; Hong, M.; Kwo, J.; Lee, S. F.; Ablett, J. M.; Kao, C.-C.

    2007-08-01

    Extensive structural and magnetic analyses of Hf1-xCoxO2 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy are reported. Nearly cobalt cluster-free film with x =0.04-0.1 was obtained via 100°C growth, and Co ions are inferred to be located at interstitial site. Ferromagnetic behavior was observed up to 300K in both magnetization curves and temperature dependence of the moment. Via post-oxygen-annealing studies, a qualitative correlation between saturation magnetization and oxygen vacancy concentration is established, consistent with the impurity-band exchange model, and that the occurrence of ferromagnetic insulator behavior in the Co doped HfO2 is more probable than Co doped ZnO, TiO2, and SnO2 systems for doping concentrations under cation percolation threshold.

  12. Origin of carrier scattering in polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO films

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    Jia, Junjun; Oka, Nobuto; Kusayanagi, Minehide; Nakatomi, Satoshi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2014-10-01

    We observed the carrier transport phenomena in polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films with carrier densities ranging from 2.0 × 1019 to 1.1 × 1021 cm-3. A comparison of the optical carrier density and Hall carrier density indicates that the conduction band in AZO films is nonparabolic above 2.0 × 1020 cm-3. A transition from grain boundary scattering to ionized impurity scattering is observed at a doping level of ˜4.0 × 1020 cm-3. The trap density at the grain boundary increases with increasing Al concentration in the films, implying that the doping level plays a decisive role in the trap density. The excellent fitting of the optical mobility and carrier density using the Brooks-Herring model shows that the acceptor concentration increases with increasing doping level.

  13. Ceria co-doping: synergistic or average effect?

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    Burbano, Mario; Nadin, Sian; Marrocchelli, Dario; Salanne, Mathieu; Watson, Graeme W

    2014-05-14

    Ceria (CeO2) co-doping has been suggested as a means to achieve ionic conductivities that are significantly higher than those in singly doped systems. Rekindled interest in this topic over the last decade has given rise to claims of much improved performance. The present study makes use of computer simulations to investigate the bulk ionic conductivity of rare earth (RE) doped ceria, where RE = Sc, Gd, Sm, Nd and La. The results from the singly doped systems are compared to those from ceria co-doped with Nd/Sm and Sc/La. The pattern that emerges from the conductivity data is consistent with the dominance of local lattice strains from individual defects, rather than the synergistic co-doping effect reported recently, and as a result, no enhancement in the conductivity of co-doped samples is observed. PMID:24658460

  14. Enhanced photoluminescence and Raman properties of Al-Doped ZnO nanostructures prepared using thermal chemical vapor deposition of methanol assisted with heated brass.

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    Thandavan, Tamil Many K; Gani, Siti Meriam Abdul; San Wong, Chiow; Md Nor, Roslan

    2015-01-01

    Vapor phase transport (VPT) assisted by mixture of methanol and acetone via thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) was used to prepare un-doped and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs). The structure and morphology were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Photoluminescence (PL) properties of un-doped and Al-doped ZnO showed significant changes in the optical properties providing evidence for several types of defects such as zinc interstitials (Zni), oxygen interstitials (Oi), zinc vacancy (Vzn), singly charged zinc vacancy (VZn-), oxygen vacancy (Vo), singly charged oxygen vacancy (Vo+) and oxygen anti-site defects (OZn) in the grown NSs. The Al-doped ZnO NSs have exhibited shifted PL peaks at near band edge (NBE) and red luminescence compared to the un-doped ZnO. The Raman scattering results provided evidence of Al doping into the ZnO NSs due to peak shift from 145 cm-1 to an anomalous peak at 138 cm-1. Presence of enhanced Raman signal at around 274 and 743 cm-1 further confirmed Al in ZnO NSs. The enhanced D and G band in all Al-doped ZnO NSs shows possible functionalization and doping process in ZnO NSs.

  15. Enhanced Photoluminescence and Raman Properties of Al-Doped ZnO Nanostructures Prepared Using Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition of Methanol Assisted with Heated Brass

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    Thandavan, Tamil Many K.; Gani, Siti Meriam Abdul; San Wong, Chiow; Md. Nor, Roslan

    2015-01-01

    Vapor phase transport (VPT) assisted by mixture of methanol and acetone via thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) was used to prepare un-doped and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs). The structure and morphology were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Photoluminescence (PL) properties of un-doped and Al-doped ZnO showed significant changes in the optical properties providing evidence for several types of defects such as zinc interstitials (Zni), oxygen interstitials (Oi), zinc vacancy (Vzn), singly charged zinc vacancy (VZn-), oxygen vacancy (Vo), singly charged oxygen vacancy (Vo+) and oxygen anti-site defects (OZn) in the grown NSs. The Al-doped ZnO NSs have exhibited shifted PL peaks at near band edge (NBE) and red luminescence compared to the un-doped ZnO. The Raman scattering results provided evidence of Al doping into the ZnO NSs due to peak shift from 145 cm-1 to an anomalous peak at 138 cm-1. Presence of enhanced Raman signal at around 274 and 743 cm-1 further confirmed Al in ZnO NSs. The enhanced D and G band in all Al-doped ZnO NSs shows possible functionalization and doping process in ZnO NSs. PMID:25756598

  16. Enhanced photoluminescence and Raman properties of Al-Doped ZnO nanostructures prepared using thermal chemical vapor deposition of methanol assisted with heated brass.

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    Thandavan, Tamil Many K; Gani, Siti Meriam Abdul; San Wong, Chiow; Md Nor, Roslan

    2015-01-01

    Vapor phase transport (VPT) assisted by mixture of methanol and acetone via thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) was used to prepare un-doped and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs). The structure and morphology were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Photoluminescence (PL) properties of un-doped and Al-doped ZnO showed significant changes in the optical properties providing evidence for several types of defects such as zinc interstitials (Zni), oxygen interstitials (Oi), zinc vacancy (Vzn), singly charged zinc vacancy (VZn-), oxygen vacancy (Vo), singly charged oxygen vacancy (Vo+) and oxygen anti-site defects (OZn) in the grown NSs. The Al-doped ZnO NSs have exhibited shifted PL peaks at near band edge (NBE) and red luminescence compared to the un-doped ZnO. The Raman scattering results provided evidence of Al doping into the ZnO NSs due to peak shift from 145 cm-1 to an anomalous peak at 138 cm-1. Presence of enhanced Raman signal at around 274 and 743 cm-1 further confirmed Al in ZnO NSs. The enhanced D and G band in all Al-doped ZnO NSs shows possible functionalization and doping process in ZnO NSs. PMID:25756598

  17. Effects of Al concentration on microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films on Si substrates by atomic layer deposition.

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    Lee, Ju Ho; Lee, Jae-Won; Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Sang Yun; Cho, Hyung Koun; Lee, Jeong Yong; Park, Jin-Seong

    2012-07-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films with various Al concentrations were synthesized on Si(001) substrates with native oxide layers by atomic layer deposition process. The effects of the Al concentration on the microstructural characteristics of the AZO thin films grown at 250 degrees C and the correlation between their microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of the AZO thin films were investigated by AFM, XRD, HRTEM and Hall measurements. The XRD and HRTEM results revealed that the crystallinity and electrical properties of the undoped ZnO thin films were enhanced by 2.48 at% Al doping. However, 12.62 at% Al doping induced the deterioration of their crystallinity and electrical properties due to the formation of nano-sized metallic Al clusters and randomly oriented ZnO-based nano-crystals. To enhance the electrical properties of the AZO thin films while maintaining their crystallinity and electrical properties, a moderate Al concentration has to be chosen under the solubility limit of Al in ZnO.

  18. Thickness-dependent fracture behaviour of flexible ZnO : Al thin films

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    Mohanty, Bhaskar Chandra; Choi, Hong Rak; Muk Choi, Yong; Cho, Yong Soo

    2011-01-01

    The effects of thickness on flexibility and crack initiation in ZnO : Al thin films sputter-deposited on polyethersulfone substrates have been investigated. With an increase in thickness, root-mean-square roughness and average crystallite size increase linearly. It is found that the higher the thickness, the lower is the strain required to initiate cracks in the film. The thinnest film (~240 nm) exhibits a crack-initiating critical strain of 0.96% and a saturated crack density of 0.10 µm-1. A critical energy release rate of 68.5 J m-2 and a mode I fracture toughness of 3.2 MPa m0.5 are estimated for the films. These parameters are found to exhibit a linear dependence on film thickness.

  19. Sputter deposition of Al-doped ZnO films with various incident angles

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    Sato, Yasushi; Yanagisawa, Kei; Oka, Nobuto; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2009-09-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were sputter deposited on glass substrates heated at 200 degree sign C under incident angles of sputtered particles at 0 degree sign (incidence normal to substrate), 20 deg., 40 deg., 60 deg., and 80 deg. In the case of normal incidence, x-ray diffraction pole figures show a strong [001] preferred orientation normal to the film surface. In contrast, in the case wherein the incident angles were higher than 60 degree sign , the [001] orientation inclined by 25 deg. - 35 deg. toward the direction of sputtered particles. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the tilt angle of the [001] orientation increased with increasing angle of the incident sputtered particles, whereas the columnar structure did not show any sign of inclination with respect to the substrate plane.

  20. Pulsed laser deposition of Al-doped ZnO films on glass and polycarbonate

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    Tan, Kwan Chu; Lee, Yen Sian; Yap, Seong Ling; Kok, Soon Yie; Nee, Chen Hon; Siew, Wee Ong; Tou, Teck Yong; Yap, Seong Shan

    2014-01-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were deposited on glass and polycarbonate (PC) at room temperature by using pulsed Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm. AZO thin films were obtained for both substrates at laser fluences from 2 to 5 J/cm2 in O2 partial pressure of 2.1 Pa. The effects of laser fluence on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films were investigated. The films with lowest resistivity and highest transmittance have been obtained at 2 J/cm2. The resistivities were 2.29×10-3 Ω cm for AZO on glass and 1.49×10-3 Ω cm for AZO on PC. With increasing laser fluence, the deposited films have lower crystallinity, higher resistivity, and smaller optical bandgap.

  1. Al-doped ZnO Nanostructured Thin Films: Density Functional Theory and Experiment

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    Sarma, J. V. N.; Rahman, A.; Jayaganthan, R.; Chowdhury, Rajib; Haranath, D.

    2015-06-01

    Nanostructured Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films are deposited on glass substrates by electroless deposition technique in the present work. AZO films with Al concentration from 1 at.% to 5 at.% are investigated for their structural and morphological properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). An excellent homogeneity is achieved with average crystallite sizes of below 32 nm and a nearly constant root mean square (RMS) surface roughness between 1 nm and 3 nm, for various Al doping concentrations. These smooth and uniform films are characterized for their optical and photoluminescence (PL) properties. A higher value of average transparency between 79% and 92% in the wavelength range of 300-800 nm is achieved, and the PL intensity is found to be a strong function of doping. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations agree with the measured transmittance values, in addition to their predicted electronic structure. Moreover, time-resolved PL measurements indicate that the luminescence decay time decreases with increased doping concentration.

  2. Comparative studies of Al-doped ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO transparent conducting oxide thin films

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    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the influences of aluminum and gallium dopants (0 to 2.0 mol%) on zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films regarding crystallization and electrical and optical properties for application in transparent conducting oxide devices. Al- and Ga-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrates (corning 1737) by sol–gel spin-coating process. As a starting material, AlCl3⋅6H2O, Ga(NO3)2, and Zn(CH3COO)2⋅2H2O were used. A lowest sheet resistance of 3.3 × 103 Ω/□ was obtained for the GZO thin film doped with 1.5 mol% of Ga after post-annealing at 650°C for 60 min in air. All the films showed more than 85% transparency in the visible region. We have studied the structural and microstructural properties as a function of Al and Ga concentrations through X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. In addition, the optical bandgap and photoluminescence were estimated. PMID:23173885

  3. Layer-by-Layer Growth of InAlN Films on ZnO(0001) Substrates at Room Temperature

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    Kajima, Tomofumi; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Shimomoto, Kazuma; Ueno, Kohei; Fujii, Tomoaki; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi; Oshima, Masaharu

    2010-02-01

    We have grown In-rich InxAl1-xN (x = 0.6-0.7) films on nearly lattice-matched ZnO(0001) substrates at various temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C by the use of pulsed laser deposition and investigated their structural properties. Grazing-incidence X-ray reflection and X-ray diffraction revealed that films grown at RT are composed of single-phase InAlN and possess atomically flat surfaces and abrupt interfaces. In addition, we have found that RT-growth of InAlN films on ZnO(0001) surfaces proceeds in a layer-by-layer mode from the initial stages of film growth.

  4. Effects of annealing pressure and Ar+ sputtering cleaning on Al-doped ZnO films

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    Wang, Jiwei; Mei, Yong; Lu, Xuemei; Fan, Xiaoxing; Kang, Dawei; Xu, Panfeng; Tan, Tianya

    2016-11-01

    Post-treatments of Al-doped ZnO films fabricated by sol-gel method were studied in condition of annealing in air, vacuum and protective ambient, as well as the follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning. The effect of annealing pressure on resistivity of AZO films was investigated from 105 to 10-4 Pa, where the resistivity decreased four orders of magnitude as the pressure decreased and approached to its minimum at 10 Pa. It was observed that the main decreasing of resistivity occurred in a very narrow range of middle vacuum (between 100 and 10 Pa) and high vacuum was dispensable. The XRD and XPS characterizations demonstrated that the radical increasing of oxygen vacancy, Zn interstitial and substitution of Al3+ for Zn2+ under middle vacuum were responsible for the significant enhancement of conductivity. The follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning can further decrease the resistivity through removing the chemisorbed oxygen on film surface and grain boundaries, meanwhile fulfil the surface texture process, and thus improve both electrical and optical performances for applications.

  5. Room temperature epitaxial growth of AlGaN on ZnO by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Kawaguchi, Yuji; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2006-09-01

    The authors have grown Al0.1Ga0.9N films on atomically flat ZnO substrates at room temperature (RT) by pulsed laser deposition. Epitaxial growth of AlGaN at RT proceeds in the layer-by-layer mode, and the films show atomically flat stepped and terraced surfaces. On the other hand, growth at 600°C proceeds three dimensionally, and the films suffer from degradation in their crystalline quality and from rough surface morphology. These results indicate that suppression of the formation of interfacial layers between AlGaN and ZnO by reducing the growth temperature is inherently important in order to take advantage of the nearly lattice-matched ZnO substrates. They have also found that high-quality AlGaN films can be obtained under highly N-rich conditions at reduced growth temperatures, which provides a striking contrast to the case of molecular beam epitaxy.

  6. The improvement of solar photocatalytic activity of ZnO by doping with Er3+:Y3Al5O12 during dye degradation

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    Yin, L. N.; Li, Y.; Wang, J.; Kong, Y. M.; Zhai, Y.; Wang, B. X.; Li, K.; Zhang, X. D.

    2012-12-01

    The Er3+:Y3Al5O12, an upconversion luminescence agent, which is able to transform the visible light to ultraviolet light, was synthesized by nitrate-citric acid method. And then, a novel photocatalyst, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO composites, was prepared by ultrasonic dispersing and liquid boil method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structural morphology and surface properties of the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO. Azo Fuchsine dye was selected as target organic pollutant to inspect the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO. The key parameters affecting the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO, such as Er3+:Y3Al5O12 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time, were studied. In addition, the effects of dye initial concentration, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO amount and solar light irradiation time were also reviewed, as well as the photocatalytic activity in degradation of other organic dyes were compared. It was found that the photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO was much superior to pure ZnO under the same conditions. Thus, the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/ZnO is a useful photocatalyst for the wastewater treatment because it can efficiently utilize solar light by converting visible light into ultraviolet light.

  7. Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of GaN and InGaN on ZnO substrate using Al2O3 as a transition layer

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    Li, Nola; Wang, Shen-Jie; Huang, Chung-Lung; Feng, Zhe Chuan; Valencia, Adriana; Nause, Jeff; Summers, Christopher; Ferguson, Ian

    2008-08-01

    Al2O3 films were deposited on the Zn face of ZnO (0001) substrates as a transition layer by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The as-deposited 20 and 50nm Al2O3 films were transformed to polycrystalline α-Al2O3 phase after optimal annealing at 1100°C after 10 and 20 minutes, respectively, as identified by high resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD). Furthermore, GaN and InGaN layers were grown on annealed 20 and 50nm Al2O3 deposited ZnO substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using NH3 as a nitrogen source at high growth temperature. Wurtzite GaN was only seen on the 20nm Al2O3/ZnO substrates. Room temperature photoluminescence (RT-PL) shows the near band-edge emission of GaN red-shifted, which might be from oxygen incorporation forming a shallow donor-related level in GaN. Raman scattering also indicated the presence of a wellcrystallized GaN layer on the 20nm Al2O3/ZnO substrate. InGaN was grown on bare ZnO as well as Al2O3 deposited ZnO substrates. HRXRD measurements revealed that the thin Al2O3 layer after annealing was an effective transition layer for the InGaN films grown epitaxially on ZnO substrates. Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) atomic depth profile shows a decrease in Zn in the InGaN layer. Moreover, (0002) InGaN layers were successfully grown on 20nm Al2O3/ZnO substrates after 10min annealing in a high temperature furnace.

  8. A facile cost-effective method for preparing poinsettia-inspired superhydrophobic ZnO nanoplate surface on Al substrate with corrosion resistance

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    Wang, Peng; Han, Huilong; Li, Junfeng; Fan, Xiaoliang; Ding, Haimin; Wang, Jinfeng

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports an easy method to imitate the "poinsettia leaves" by constructing ZnO nanoplates on Al substrate. Using ammonium hydroxide as the reactant, together with zinc nitrate hexahydrate, randomly distributed ZnO nanoplates can be fabricated on the Al substrate directly. The morphology of the ZnO nanoplates can be controlled by the growth time, and the nanoplate growth mechanism is discussed in detail. After modification with stearic acid, the nanoplate surface shows a stable superhydrophobicity. Moreover, the superhydrophobic ZnO nanoplate surface showed much smaller corrosion current density, reduced 23,088-fold from the bare Al 6061 substrate. This facile and low-cost method may open a new avenue in the design and fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces on Al materials with anticorrosive property.

  9. Photovoltaic Conversion Enhancement of a Carbon Quantum Dots/p-Type CuAlO2/n-Type ZnO Photoelectric Device.

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    Pan, Jiaqi; Sheng, Yingzhuo; Zhang, Jingxiang; Huang, Peng; Zhang, Xin; Feng, Boxue

    2015-04-22

    Carbon quantum dots (C QDs)/p-type CuAlO2/n-type ZnO photoelectric bilayer film composites were prepared by a simple route, through which ZnO films were sputtered on crystal quartz substrates and CuAlO2 films were prepared by sol-gel on ZnO films and then these bilayer films were composited with C QDs on their surface. The characterization results indicated that C QDs were well combined with the surface of the CuAlO2 films. The photovoltage and photocurrent of these bilayer film composites were investigated under illumination and darkness switching, which demonstrated to be significantly enhanced compared with those of the CuAlO2/ZnO bilayer films. Through analysis, this enhancement of the photoconductivity was mainly attributed to C QDs with unique up-converted photoluminescence behavior. PMID:25822085

  10. Effect of Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doping on the performance of a ZnO-based DSSC

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    Tsege, Ermias Libnedengel; Vu, Hong Ha Thi; Atabaev, Timur Sh.; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2016-06-01

    Zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) co-doped with different concentrations of rare-earth ions of erbium and ytterbium, (ZnO: Er3+, Yb3+) were synthesized for applications to ZnO-based dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The composite NPs used for the photoelectrode (PE) were synthesized using a simple co-precipitation technique. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy measurements on the prepared samples revealed a single phase wurzite ZnO powder with approximate sizes in the range from 15 to 20 nm. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements confirmed that the synthesized composite NPs had a good up-conversion (UPC) property. The prepared powders were directly used to make PEs for DSSCs. The photovoltaic efficiency of the DSSCs was enhanced compared to that of pure ZnO-based DSSCs. Particularly, the PE made up of ZnO: Er3+, Yb3+ NPs with 4 wt% of Er3+ and Yb3+ generates a short-circuit current density ( J sc ) of 4.794 mA·cm -2 and an open circuit voltage ( V oc ) of 0.602 V with an efficiency ( η) of 1.58%. The result indicates a 48.4% J sc improvement compared to a pure ZnO PE-based DSSC. The photocurrent improvement is due to an increase in the light-harvesting capacity of the PEs attained through the UPC property of ZnO: Er3+, Yb3+ NPs. As confirmed by PL and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS), the use of ZnO: Er3+,Yb3+ NPs as PEs for DSSCs enhances charge concentration and transport as a result of n-type doping. However, all ZnO: Er3+, Yb3+ NP based PEs exhibited a lower V oc as a result of a down shift in the Fermi energy, which affects the overall efficiency of the cell.

  11. Enhanced Ultraviolet Stability of Air-Processed Polymer Solar Cells by Al Doping of the ZnO Interlayer.

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    Prosa, Mario; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Margeat, Olivier; Gedefaw, Desta; Gaceur, Meriem; Videlot-Ackermann, Christine; Andersson, Mats R; Muccini, Michele; Seri, Mirko; Ackermann, Jörg

    2016-01-27

    Photostability of organic photovoltaic devices represents a key requirement for the commercialization of this technology. In this field, ZnO is one of the most attractive materials employed as an electron transport layer, and the investigation of its photostability is of particular interest. Indeed, oxygen is known to chemisorb on ZnO and can be released upon UV illumination. Therefore, a deep analysis of the UV/oxygen effects on working devices is relevant for the industrial production where the coating processes take place in air and oxygen/ZnO contact cannot be avoided. Here we investigate the light-soaking stability of inverted organic solar cells in which four different solution-processed ZnO-based nanoparticles were used as electron transport layers: (i) pristine ZnO, (ii) 0.03 at %, (iii) 0.37 at %, and (iv) 0.8 at % aluminum-doped AZO nanoparticles. The degradation of solar cells under prolonged illumination (40 h under 1 sun), in which the ZnO/AZO layers were processed in air or inert atmosphere, is studied. We demonstrate that the presence of oxygen during the ZnO/AZO processing is crucial for the photostability of the resulting solar cell. While devices based on undoped ZnO were particularly affected by degradation, we found that using AZO nanoparticles the losses in performance, due to the presence of oxygen, were partially or totally prevented depending on the Al doping level.

  12. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis growth of ZnO and ZnO:Al nanostructured films: Application to photocatalysis

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    Kenanakis, G.; Katsarakis, N.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Al–ZnO thin films and nanostructures were obtained by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. • The texture and morphology of the samples depend on the deposition parameters. • The photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid was studied upon UV-A irradiation. - Abstract: Pure and Al-doped ZnO (Al = 1, 3, 5%) nanostructured thin films were grown at 400 °C on glass substrates by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, a simple, environmental-friendly and inexpensive method, using aqueous solutions as precursors. The structural and morphological characteristics of the samples depend drastically on deposition parameters; ZnO nanostructured films, nanopetals and nanorods were systematically obtained by simply varying the precursor solution and/or the spraying time. Transmittance measurements have shown that all samples are transparent in the visible wavelength region. Finally, the photocatalytic properties of the samples were investigated against the degradation of stearic acid under UV-A light illumination (365 nm); both pure and Al-doped ZnO nanostructured thin films show good photocatalytic activity regarding the degradation of stearic acid, due to their good crystallinity and large surface area.

  13. The formation of tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings on aluminum by plasma electrolytic oxidation and their application in photocatalysis

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Vasilić, Rastko; Radić, Nenad; Tadić, Nenad; Stefanov, Plamen; Grbić, Boško

    2016-07-01

    Tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings are formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation of aluminum substrate in supporting electrolyte (0.1 M boric acid + 0.05 M borax + 2 g/L ZnO) with addition of different concentrations of Na2WO4·2H2O. The morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, and light absorption characteristics of formed surface coatings are investigated. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that formed surface coatings consist of alpha and gamma phase of Al2O3, ZnO, metallic tungsten and WO3. Obtained results showed that incorporated tungsten does not have any influence on the absorption spectra of Al2O3/ZnO coatings, which showed invariable band edge at about 385 nm. The photocatalytic activity of undoped and tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings is estimated by the photodegradation of methyl orange. The photocatalytic activity of tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings is higher thanof undoped Al2O3/ZnO coatings; the best photocatalytic activity is ascribed to coatings formed in supporting electrolyte with addition of 0.3 g/L Na2WO4·2H2O. Tungsten in Al2O3/ZnO coatings acts as a charge trap, thus reducing the recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The results of PL measurements are in agreement with photocatalytic activity. Declining PL intensity corresponds to increasing photocatalytic activity of the coatings, indicating slower recombination of electron-hole pairs.

  14. Co-Doped Polypyrrole Coatings for Stainless Steel Protection

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    Prissanaroon, W.; Brack, N.; Pigram, P. J.; Liesegang, J.

    Polypyrrole (PPy) films have been successfully electrodeposited on stainless steel substrates in aqueous solution. In this work, three systems of electrolytes were studied: oxalic acid, dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA) and a mixture of oxalic acid and DBSA. A combination of XPS and TOF-SIMS revealed the formation of an iron oxalate layer at the interface between the oxalic acid-doped PPy (PPy(Ox)) and stainless steel and a thin layer of DBSA was observed at the interface between DBSA-doped PPy (PPy(DBSA)) and stainless steel. Similar to the PPy(Ox) system, an iron oxalate was also present at the co-doped PPy/stainless steel interface. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that an iron oxalate layer initially formed at the surface of the stainless steel when the co-doping system was used. The adhesion strength and corrosion performance of the PPy coating on stainless steel were evaluated by lap shear tests and an anodic potentiodynamic polarization technique, respectively. The co-doped PPy-coated stainless steel exhibited the best adhesion and a significant shift of corrosion potential to the positive direction. This finding opens the possibility for the co-doped PPy coating to be deployed as a strongly adherent corrosion inhibitor by using a simple one-step electropolymerization process.

  15. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Characteristics of CaIn2O4:Dy3+ Phosphors Co-Doped with Gd3+, Zn2+ or AI3+ Ions.

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    Gou, Jing; Wang, Jing; Yu, Binxun; Zhang, Dongyang

    2016-04-01

    Novel warm-white emitting phosphors CaIn2O4:Dy3+ co-doped with Gd3+, Zn2+, or Al3+ ions were prepared by solid state reaction. In this paper, a strategy of co-doping with different ions was used with the aim of affecting the luminescence properties of CaIn204:0.6%Dy3+ under NUV excitation. The luminescence intensities of CaIn2O4:0.6%Dy3+ were enhanced by 0.2% Gd3+ or 0.2% Zn2+ ions co-doping under 367 nm excitation, but lowered by co-doping with 0.2% Al3+ ions. Furthermore, the chromaticity coordinates of CaIn2O4:0.6%Dy3+ can be tuned from the cold-white region to warm-white region with Gd3+ or Zn2+ ions co-doping. These findings show that CaIn2O4:0.6%Dy3+,0.2% Gd3+, and CaIn2O4:0.6%Dy3+,0.2% Zn2+ have potential application value as new warm-white LED phosphors. PMID:27451749

  16. Highly piezoelectric MgZr co-doped aluminum nitride-based vibrational energy harvesters.

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    Minh, Le Van; Hara, Motoaki; Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi; Nishihara, Tokihiro; Ueda, Masanori; Kuwano, Hiroki

    2015-11-01

    The first MgZr co-doped AlN-based vibrational energy harvester (VEH) is presented. (MgZr)AlN, which is a new class of doped AlN, provides high piezoelectricity and cost advantage. Using 13%-(MgZr)-doped AlN for micromachined VEHs, maximum output power of 1.3 μW was achieved with a Q-factor of 400 when resonant frequency, vibration acceleration, load resistance were 792 Hz, 8 m/s(2), and 1.1 MΩ, respectively. Normalized power density was 8.1 kW·g(-2)·m(-3). This was one of the highest values among the currently available piezoelectric VEHs. PMID:26559628

  17. Highly piezoelectric MgZr co-doped aluminum nitride-based vibrational energy harvesters.

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    Minh, Le Van; Hara, Motoaki; Yokoyama, Tsuyoshi; Nishihara, Tokihiro; Ueda, Masanori; Kuwano, Hiroki

    2015-11-01

    The first MgZr co-doped AlN-based vibrational energy harvester (VEH) is presented. (MgZr)AlN, which is a new class of doped AlN, provides high piezoelectricity and cost advantage. Using 13%-(MgZr)-doped AlN for micromachined VEHs, maximum output power of 1.3 μW was achieved with a Q-factor of 400 when resonant frequency, vibration acceleration, load resistance were 792 Hz, 8 m/s(2), and 1.1 MΩ, respectively. Normalized power density was 8.1 kW·g(-2)·m(-3). This was one of the highest values among the currently available piezoelectric VEHs.

  18. Structural Properties and Electrochemical Performance of ZnO Nanosheets Grown Directly on Al substrate by Chemical Bath Deposition Techniques

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    Al-Asadi, Ahmed; Ferrera, Roberto; Henley, Luke; Lopez, Nestor; Carozo, Victor; Lin, Zhong; Terrones, Mauricio; Talapatra, Saikat

    We will report on the synthesis & electrochemical characterization of 2-dimentional zinc oxide grown directly on Al substrate by a simple chemical bath deposition method at low temperature (below 1000C). Detail structural characterizations of the synthesized ZnO sheets will be presented and discussed. The electrochemical performances of electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) on electrodes fabricated using these materials were evaluated using cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using various electrolytes. We found that high specific capacitance values (greater than 300 F/g) could be achieved using an aqueous electrolyte. The aforementioned results indicates the possibly for using 2-D ZnO architectures fabricated by this simple and cost efficient technique for future electrochemical energy storage devices.

  19. Enhancement ZnO nanofiber as semiconductor for dye-sensitized solar cells by using Al doped

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    Sutanto, Bayu; Arifin, Zainal; Suyitno, Hadi, Syamsul; Pranoto, Lia Muliani; Agustia, Yuda Virgantara

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this research is to produce Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanofibers in order to enhance the performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). AZO nanofiber semiconductor was manufactured by electrospinning process of Zinc Acetate Dehydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2) solution and precursor of Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA). The doping process of Al was built by dissolving 0-4 wt% in concentrations of AlCl3 to Zinc Acetate. AZO green fiber was sintered at temperature 500°C for an hour. The result shows that Al doped ZnO had capability to increase the electrical conductivity of semiconductor for doping 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 wt% for 2,07×10-3; 3,71×10-3; 3,59 ×10-3; 3,10 ×10-3 and 2,74 ×10-3 S/m. The best performance of DSSC with 3 cm2 active area was obtained at 1 wt% Al-ZnO which the value of VOC, ISC, FF, and efficiency were 508,43 mV, 3,125 mA, 38,76%, and 0,411% respectively. These coincide with the electrical conductivity of semiconductor and the crystal size of XRD result that has the smallest size as compared to other doping variations.

  20. Fabrication of nanostructured Al-doped ZnO thin film for methane sensing applications

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    Shafura, A. K.; Sin, N. D. Md.; Azhar, N. E. I.; Saurdi, I.; Uzer, M.; Mamat, M. H.; Shuhaimi, A.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    CH4 gas sensor was fabricated using spin-coating method of the nanostructured ZnO thin film. Effect of annealing temperature on the electrical and structural properties of the film was investigated. Dense nanostructured ZnO film are obtained at higher annealing temperature. The optimal condition of annealing temperature is 500°C which has conductivity and sensitivity value of 3.3 × 10-3 S/cm and 11.5%, respectively.

  1. Defect analysis by transmission electron microscopy of epitaxial Al-doped ZnO films grown on (0001) ZnO and a-sapphire by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Rengachari, Mythili; Bikowski, André; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-07-01

    Microstructural investigations by cross section Transmission Electron Microscopy have been carried out on Al-doped ZnO films epitaxially grown on (0001) ZnO and a-sapphire by RF magnetron sputtering, since it is known that crystallographic defects influence the physical properties of ZnO films. Threading dislocations and basal stacking faults were the predominant defects observed in these films, which were dependent on the type of the substrate and its orientation. The orientational relationship between the ZnO:Al film and the a-sapphire was determined to be ( 11 2 ¯ 0 )sapphire||(0001)ZnO:Al and [0001]sapphire||[ 11 2 ¯ 0 ]ZnO:Al. The density of dislocations in the heteroepitaxial film of ZnO:Al on a-sapphire was higher than that of the homoepitaxial film of ZnO:Al on undoped ZnO, due to the difference in the lattice mismatch, which also affected the crystallinity of the film.

  2. Control of selforganized magnetic nanocrystals aggregation in (Ga,Fe)N by co-doping with shallow donors and acceptors

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    Bonanni, A.; Navarro-Quezada, A.; Li, T.; Kiecana, M.; Sawicki, M.; Dietl, T.

    2008-03-01

    A number of possible room temperature functionalities has recently been proposed for magnetically doped semiconductors, in which spinodal decomposition leads to the self-organized formation of coherent ferromagnetic nanodots or nanocolumns [1]. It has also been suggested that the decomposition can be controlled in a wide range by growth conditions and co-doping [2]. We have extended our previous structural and magnetic studies of (Ga,Fe)N [3] by examining the effects of Si and Mg co-doping. As before, we have found the magnetic response to consist of a paramagnetic signal from substitutional Fe and of a ferromagnetic component due to Fe1-xN nanocrystals. Our results demonstrate that the co-doping reduces the fractional concentration of Fe contributing to the nanocrystals. This shows that tuning of the Fermi energy by changing the charge state of the transition metal ions affects their aggregation, as proposed recently [2].1. H.Katayama-Yosida et al., phys.stat. sol. (a) 204, 15 (2007); T.Dietl, arXiv:0711.0343. 2. S.Kuroda et al., Nature Mat. 6, 440 (2007). 3. A.Bonanni et al., Phys. Rev. B 75, 125210 (2007).

  3. Studies on visible light photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating method.

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    Poongodi, G; Anandan, P; Kumar, R Mohan; Jayavel, R

    2015-09-01

    Nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The XRD results showed that the thin films were well crystalline with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The results of EDAX and XPS revealed that Co was doped into ZnO structure. FESEM images revealed that the films possess granular morphology without any crack and confirm that Co doping decreases the grain size. UV-Vis transmission spectra show that the substitution of Co in ZnO leads to band gap narrowing. The Co doped ZnO films were found to exhibit improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light in comparison with the undoped ZnO film. The decrease in grain size and extending light absorption towards the visible region by Co doping in ZnO film contribute equally to the improved photocatalytic activity. The bactericidal efficiency of Co doped ZnO films were investigated against a Gram negative (Escherichia coli) and a Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. The optical density (OD) measurement showed better bactericidal activity at higher level of Co doping in ZnO.

  4. Studies on visible light photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Poongodi, G.; Anandan, P.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Jayavel, R.

    2015-09-01

    Nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The XRD results showed that the thin films were well crystalline with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The results of EDAX and XPS revealed that Co was doped into ZnO structure. FESEM images revealed that the films possess granular morphology without any crack and confirm that Co doping decreases the grain size. UV-Vis transmission spectra show that the substitution of Co in ZnO leads to band gap narrowing. The Co doped ZnO films were found to exhibit improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light in comparison with the undoped ZnO film. The decrease in grain size and extending light absorption towards the visible region by Co doping in ZnO film contribute equally to the improved photocatalytic activity. The bactericidal efficiency of Co doped ZnO films were investigated against a Gram negative (Escherichia coli) and a Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. The optical density (OD) measurement showed better bactericidal activity at higher level of Co doping in ZnO.

  5. Al-doped ZnO contact to CdZnTe for x- and gamma-ray detector applications

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    Roy, U. N.; Camarda, G. S.; Cui, Y.; Gul, R.; Hossain, A.; Yang, G.; Mundle, R. M.; Pradhan, A. K.; James, R. B.

    2016-06-01

    The poor adhesion of common metals to CdZnTe (CZT)/CdTe surfaces has been a long-standing challenge for radiation detector applications. In this present work, we explored the use of an alternative electrode, viz., Al-doped ZnO (AZO) as a replacement to common metallic contacts. ZnO offers several advantages over the latter, such as having a higher hardness, a close match of the coefficients of thermal expansion for CZT and ZnO, and better adhesion to the surface of CZT due to the contact layer being an oxide. The AZO/CZT contact was investigated via high spatial-resolution X-ray response mapping for a planar detector at the micron level. The durability of the device was investigated by acquiring I-V measurements over an 18-month period, and good long-term stability was observed. We have demonstrated that the AZO/CZT/AZO virtual-Frisch-grid device performs fairly well, with comparable or better characteristics than that for the same detector fabricated with gold contacts.

  6. Improvement in the Crystalline Quality of Semipolar AlN(1102) Films by Using ZnO Substrates with Self-Organized Nanostripes

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    Ueno, Kohei; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2010-04-01

    We have found that self-organized nanostripes structures can be formed on the surface of ZnO(1102) substrates by annealing in the air, and high quality semipolar AlN can be grown on such substrates by growing a room temperature epitaxial AlN buffer layer. The full width at half maximum value of the X-ray rocking curve for AlN 1102 was as low as 500 arcsec. The observed tilt of the AlN(1102) layer grown on ZnO(1102) with self-organized nanostripes is smaller than that on as-received ZnO(1102), indicating that the nanostripes structure suppresses the introduction of misfit dislocations at the heterointerface probably due to the reduced stress field around the nanostripes. This reduction in the density of the misfit dislocations is probably responsible for the improvement in crystalline quality.

  7. Nonpolar light emitting diodes of m-plane ZnO on c-plane GaN with the Al2O3 interlayer

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    Wang, T.; Wu, H.; Zheng, H.; Wang, J. B.; Wang, Z.; Chen, C.; Xu, Y.; Liu, C.

    2013-04-01

    Nonpolar m-plane ZnO films are deposited on GaN (0002) with a 10 nm Al2O3 interlayer by atomic layer deposition. The growth direction of the ZnO films directly on GaN (0002) is [707¯4] (perpendicular to (101¯1) plane), whereas with the Al2O3 interlayer it changes into [101¯0]. With the Al2O3 interlayer, the m-plane ZnO films are presented and the leakage current of the heterojunctions dramatically reduces. The electroluminescence spectra of the n-ZnO/Al2O3/p-GaN heterojunctions are dominated by a blue emission under forward biases, whereas it is violet under reverse biases.

  8. Electrical and optical properties of p-type codoped ZnO thin films prepared by spin coating technique

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    Pathak, Trilok Kumar; Kumar, Vinod; Swart, H. C.; Purohit, L. P.

    2016-03-01

    Undoped, doped and codoped ZnO thin films were synthesized on glass substrates using a spin coating technique. Zinc acetate dihydrate, ammonium acetate and aluminum nitrate were used as precursor for zinc, nitrogen and aluminum, respectively. X-ray diffraction shows that the thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure for the undoped, doped and co-doped ZnO. The transmittance of the films was above 80% and the band gap of the film varied from 3.20 eV to 3.24 eV for undoped and doped ZnO. An energy band diagram to describe the photoluminescence from the thin films was also constructed. This diagram includes the various defect levels and possible quasi-Fermi levels. A minimum resistivity of 0.0834 Ω-cm was obtained for the N and Al codoped ZnO thin films with p-type carrier conductivity. These ZnO films can be used as a window layer in solar cells and in UV lasers.

  9. Dependence on pressure of the refractive indices of wurtzite ZnO, GaN, and AlN

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    Goni, AR; Kaess, F; Reparaz, JS; Alonso, MI; Garriga, M; Callsen, G; Wagner, MR; Hoffmann, A; Sitar, Z

    2014-07-25

    We have measured both the ordinary and extraordinary refractive index of m-plane cuts of wurtzite ZnO, GaN, and AlN single crystals at room temperature and as a function of hydrostatic pressure up to 8 GPa. For that purpose we have developed an alternative optical interference method, called bisected-beam method, which leads, in general, to high contrast interference fringes. Its main feature, however, is to be particularly suitable for high pressure experiments with the diamond anvil cell, when the refractive index of the sample is low and similar to that of diamond and/or the pressure transmitting medium, as is the case here. For all three wide-gap materials we observe a monotonous decrease of the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices with increasing pressure, being most pronounced for GaN, less marked for ZnO, and the smallest for AlN. The frequency dependence of the refractive indices was extrapolated to zero energy using a critical-point-plus-Lorentz-oscillator model of the ordinary and extraordinary dielectric function. In this way, we determined the variation with pressure of the electronic part (no-phonon contribution) of the static dielectric constant epsilon(infinity). Its volume derivative, r = d ln epsilon(infinity)/d ln V, serves as single scaling coefficient for comparison with experimental and/or theoretical results for other semiconductors, regarding the pressure effects on the dielectric properties. We have obtained an ordinary/extraordinary average value (r) over bar of 0.49(15) for ZnO, 1.22(9) for GaN, and 0.32(4) for AlN. With the values for the ordinary and extraordinary case being within experimental uncertainty, there is thus no apparent change in dielectric anisotropy under pressure for these wurtzite semiconductors. Results are discussed in terms of the pressure-dependent electronic band structure of the materials.

  10. Etching Characteristics of ZnO and Al-Doped ZnO in Inductively Coupled Cl2/CH4/H2/Ar and BCl3/CH4/H2/Ar Plasmas

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    Lee, Hack Joo; Kwon, Bong Soo; Kim, Hyun Woo; Kim, Seon Il; Yoo, Dong-Geun; Boo, Jin-Hyo; Lee, Nae-Eung

    2008-08-01

    ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) were etched in Cl2/CH4/H2/Ar (Cl2-based) and BCl3/CH4/H2/Ar (BCl3-based), inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs) and their etching characteristics were compared by varying the Cl2/(Cl2+CH4) and BCl3/(BCl3+CH4) flow ratios, top electrode power and dc self-bias voltage (Vdc). The etch rates of both ZnO and AZO layers were higher in the Cl2-based chemistry than in the BCl3-based chemistry. The AZO and ZnO etch rates were increased and decreased, respectively, with increasing Cl2 or BCl3 flow ratio. Optical emission measurements of the radical species in the plasma and surface binding states by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively, indicated that, with increasing Cl2 or BCl3 flow ratio; the effective removal of Al in the AZO enhanced the AZO etch rate, whereas the reduced removal of Zn by the Zn(CHx)y products reduced the ZnO etch rate.

  11. Optical and physical properties of Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped tellurite fibers

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    Narro-García, R.; Chillcce, E. F.; Miranda, A. R.; Giehl, J. M.; Barbosa, L. C.; Rodriguez, E.; Arronte, M.

    2011-10-01

    In this work we present results of physical and optical properties of Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses and fibers. The Double Clad Tellurite Fibers (DCTFs) are based on glasses with the composition: TeO2-WO3-Nb2O5-Na2O-Al2O3-Er2O3-Yb2O3. The DCTFs were fabricated by using the rod-in-tube technique and a Heathway drawing tower. The optical absorption spectra (ranging from 350 to 1750 nm) of these fibers were measured using an Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA). The emission spectra, around 1550 nm band, of these fibers (lengths varying from 1 to 60 cm) were obtained by using a 980nm diode laser pump. The optimal Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) spectra were observed for fiber lengths ranging from 2 to 6 cm. The Er 3+/Yb3+ co-doped DCTFs show an efficient up-conversion process in comparison with the Er3+-doped DCTF.

  12. Optical and spectroscopic characterization of Er3+-Yb3+co-doped tellurite glasses and fibers

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    Narro-García, R.; Desirena, H.; Chillcce, E. F.; Barbosa, L. C.; Rodriguez, E.; De la Rosa, E.

    2014-04-01

    Optical and spectroscopic properties of Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped TeO2-WO3-Nb2O5-Na2O-Al2O3 glasses and fibers were investigated. Emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes of 4I13/2 level of Er3+ion as a function of rare earth concentration and fiber length were measured in glasses. Results show that the self-absorption effect broadens the spectral bandwidth of 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition and lengthens the lifetime significantly from 3.5 to 4.6 ms. Fibers were fabricated by the rod-in-tube technique using a Heathway drawing tower. The emission power of these Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Step Index Tellurite Fibers (SITFs; lengths varying from 2 to 60 cm) were generated by a 980 nm diode laser pump and then the emission power spectra were acquired with an OSA. The maximum emission power spectra, within the 1530-1560 nm region, were observed for fiber lengths ranging from 3 to 6 cm. The highest bandwidth obtained was 108 nm for 8 cm fiber length around 1.53 µm.

  13. Formation of a ZnO overlayer in industrial Cu/ZnO/Al2 O3 catalysts induced by strong metal-support interactions.

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    Lunkenbein, Thomas; Schumann, Julia; Behrens, Malte; Schlögl, Robert; Willinger, Marc G

    2015-04-01

    In industrially relevant Cu/ZnO/Al2 O3 catalysts for methanol synthesis, the strong metal support interaction between Cu and ZnO is known to play a key role. Here we report a detailed chemical transmission electron microscopy study on the nanostructural consequences of the strong metal support interaction in an activated high-performance catalyst. For the first time, clear evidence for the formation of metastable "graphite-like" ZnO layers during reductive activation is provided. The description of this metastable layer might contribute to the understanding of synergistic effects between the components of the Cu/ZnO/Al2 O3 catalysts. PMID:25683230

  14. (Indium, Aluminum) co-doped Zinc Oxide as a Novel Material System for Quantum-Well Multilayer Thermoelectrics

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    Teehan, Sean

    Waste heat recovery from low efficiency industrial processes requires high performance thermoelectric materials to meet challenging requirements. The efficiency such a device is quantified by the dimensionless figure of merit ZT=S2sigmaT/kappa, where S is the Seebeck coefficient, sigma is the electrical conductivity, T is the absolute temperature and kappa is the thermal conductivity. For practical applications these devices are only cost-effective if the ZT is higher than 2. Theoretically it has been proven that by engineering nanostructures with lower dimensionality one can significantly increase ZT. A superlattice, or a system of 2-dimensional multilayer quantum wells has previously shown the potential to be used for thermoelectric structures. However, the use of conventional materials within these structures has only allowed this at low temperatures and has utilized cross-plane transport. This study focuses on both high temperature range operation and the in-plane transport properties of such structures, which benefit from both quantum confinement and an enhancement in density of states near EF. The n-type structures are fabricated by alternately sputtering barrier and well materials of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) and indium co-doped AZO, respectively. Samples investigated consist of 50 periods with targeted layer thicknesses of 10nm, which results in sufficient sampling material as well as quantum well effects. The indium doping level within the quantum well was controlled by varying the target power, and ultimately results in a 3x improvement in power factor (S 2sigma) over the parent bulk materials. The film characterization was determined by X-ray reflectometry, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, auger electron spectroscopy, as well as other relevant techniques. In addition, process optimization was performed on material parameters such as layer thickness, interface roughness, and band-gap offset which all play a major role in determining the

  15. Electronic structure of Al- and Ga-doped ZnO films studied by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Gabás, M.; Ramos Barrado, José R.; Torelli, P.; Barrett, N. T.

    2014-01-01

    Al- and Ga-doped sputtered ZnO films (AZO, GZO) are semiconducting and metallic, respectively, despite the same electronic valence structure of the dopants. Using hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy we observe that both dopants induce a band in the electronic structure near the Fermi level, accompanied by a narrowing of the Zn 3d/O 2p gap in the valence band and, in the case of GZO, a substantial shift in the Zn 3d. Ga occupies substitutional sites, whereas Al dopants are in both substitutional and interstitial sites. The latter could induce O and Zn defects, which act as acceptors explaining the semiconducting character of AZO and the lack of variation in the optical gap. By contrast, mainly substitutional doping is consistent with the metallic-like behavior of GZO.

  16. Comparative study on beryllium and magnesium as a co-doping element for ZnO:N

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    Yu-Quan, Su; Ming-Ming, Chen; Long-Xing, Su; Yuan, Zhu; Zi-Kang, Tang

    2016-06-01

    Stable nitrogen doping is an important issue in p-type ZnO research for device applications. In this paper, beryllium and magnesium are systematically compared as a dopant in ZnO to reveal their nitrogen-stabilizing ability. Secondary ion mass spectrum shows that Be and Mg can both enhance the stability of nitrogen in ZnO while Be has a better performance. Zn 2p and O 1s electron binding energies change in both MgZnO and BeZnO thin films. Donor-acceptor luminescence is observed in the BeZnO samples. We conclude that Be is a better co-doping element than Mg for p-type ZnO:N. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB302000), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51232009 and 51202299), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 11lgpy16), the Natural Science Foundation for Jiangsu Provincial Higher Education, Institutions of China (Grant No. 15KJB510005), and the Talent Fund of Jiangsu University, China (Grant No. 15JDG042).

  17. Catalyst-Free Direct Vapor-Phase Growth of Hexagonal ZnO Nanowires on α-Al2O3

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    Hullavarad, S. S.; Hullavarad, N. V.; Vispute, R. D.; Venkatesan, T.; Kilpatrick, S. J.; Ervin, M. H.; Nichols, B.; Wickenden, A. E.

    2010-08-01

    The evolution of ZnO nanowires has been studied under supersaturation of Zn metal species with and without a ZnO thin-film buffer layer on α-Al2O3 deposited by the pulsed laser ablation technique. The nanowires had diameters in the range of 30 nm to 50 nm and lengths in the range of 5 μm to 10 μm with clear hexagonal shape and [000bar{1}] , [10bar{1}1] , and [10bar{1}0] facets. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements indicated crystalline properties for the ZnO nanostructures grown on pulsed laser deposition (PLD) ZnO nucleation layers. The optical properties were analyzed by photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements. The ZnO nanowires were found to emit strong ultraviolet (UV) light at 386 nm and weak green emission as observed by PL measurements. The stoichiometry of Zn and O was found to be close to 1 by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. The process-dependent growth properties of ZnO nanostructures can be harnessed for future development of nanoelectronic components including optically pumped lasers, optical modulators, detectors, electron emitters, and gas sensors.

  18. Characteristics of ZnO thin films doped by various elements

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    Kahraman, S.; Çakmak, H. M.; Çetinkaya, S.; Bayansal, F.; Çetinkara, H. A.; Güder, H. S.

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of Al, K and Co dopant elements on the properties of ZnO thin films deposited by CBD method on glass substrates. Changing in morphology, structural parameters, ionization energies of impurity levels, absorption behavior and optical band gap values were investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), resistance-temperature measurement (R-T) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) techniques. From the SEM observations, various morphologies (rod-like, flower-like and rice-like) were observed. Those morphological variations were attributed to the change in stable growth mechanism of intrinsic ZnO, induced by different atomic radius and different electronegativity of dopants. XRD results indicated that all orientations are well indexed to hexagonal phase crystalline ZnO. The impurity level ionization energy values (ΔE) were estimated as 0.32/0.13/0.07 eV; 0.34/0.15 eV; 0.40/0.13 eV and 0.48/0.22 eV for the Al, K, Co doped samples and i-ZnO, respectively. Optical band gap values were found that the doped samples' were higher than the intrinsic one's. This increasing (blue shift) was attributed to a deterioration which occurred in the lattice of the structures after doping. This effect was also supported by the structural results.

  19. Metalorganic chemical vapour deposition of GaN layers on ZnO substrates using α-Al2O3 as a transition layer

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    Wang, Shen-Jie; Li, Nola; Yu, Hong Bo; Feng, Zhe Chuan; Summers, Christopher; Ferguson, Ian

    2009-12-01

    This work addresses the instability of a ZnO substrate during metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) growth of GaN by using Al2O3 films deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) as a stabilizing transition layer on the Zn face of ZnO (0 0 0 1) substrates. A systematic study of Al2O3 films of different thicknesses (2-90 nm) under different ALDs and post-annealing conditions was carried out. However, this paper focuses on as-deposited 20 and 50 nm Al2O3 films that were transformed to polycrystalline α-Al2O3 phases after optimal annealing at 1100 °C for 10 min and 20 min, respectively. GaN layers were grown on ZnO substrates with these α-Al2O3 transition layers by MOCVD using NH3 as a nitrogen source. Wurtzite GaN was observed by high resolution x-ray diffraction only on 20 nm Al2O3/ZnO substrates. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy showed a mirror-like surface, no etch pits and no film peeling in these samples. Room temperature photoluminescence showed a red-shift in the near band-edge emission of GaN, which may be related to oxygen incorporation forming a shallow donor-related level in GaN. Raman scattering also indicated the presence of a well-crystallized GaN layer on the 20 nm Al2O3/ZnO substrate.

  20. Effects of N- and N-In doping on ZnO films prepared by using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Wang, Qun; Park, Se-Jeong; Shin, Dong-Myeong; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Zhang, Yiwen; Li, Xiaomin

    2014-12-01

    The effects of N-doping, and N-In co-doping on ZnO films were studied by analyzing the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films prepared by using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method. According to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data, all films had very complex surface structures. Their polycrystallinity were also proven by using an X-ray diffraction method. The Hall-effect measurement showed that both the undoped and the N-doped ZnO films exhibited n-type conductivity and that the N-In co-doped ZnO film showed p-type conductivity. In the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis, the number of oxygen atoms in the N-In codoped ZnO films was found to be larger than that in the N-doped and the undoped ZnO films. The photoluminescence spectra also showed that the N-In co-doping suppressed the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the ZnO films. Through an effective incorporation of indium atoms, more oxygen atoms seem to have been introduced into the lattice of the N-In co-doped ZnO films.

  1. Atomic layer deposition of Al(2)O(3) and ZnO at atmospheric pressure in a flow tube reactor.

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    Jur, Jesse S; Parsons, Gregory N

    2011-02-01

    Improving nanoscale thin film deposition techniques such as atomic layer deposition (ALD) to permit operation at ambient pressure is important for high-throughput roll-to-roll processing of emerging flexible substrates, including polymer sheets and textiles. We present and investigate a novel reactor design for inorganic materials growth by ALD at atmospheric pressure. The reactor uses a custom "pressure boost" approach for delivery of low vapor pressure ALD precursors that controls precursor dose independent of reactor pressure. Analysis of continuum gas flow in the reactor shows key relations among reactor pressure, inert gas flow rate, and species diffusion that define conditions needed to efficiently remove product and adsorbed reactive species from the substrate surface during the inert gas purge cycle. Experimental results, including in situ quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) characterization and film thickness measurements for deposition of ZnO and Al(2)O(3) are presented and analyzed as a function of pressure and gas flow rates at 100 °C. At atmospheric pressure and high gas flow, ZnO deposition can proceed at the same mass uptake and growth rate as observed during more typical low pressure ALD. However, under the same high pressure and flow conditions the mass uptake and growth rate for Al(2)O(3) is a factor of ∼1.5-2 larger than at low pressure. Under these conditions, Al(2)O(3) growth at atmospheric pressure in a "flow-through" geometry on complex high surface area textile materials is sufficiently uniform to yield functional uniform coatings.

  2. Nitrogen and Phosphorous Co-Doped Graphene Monolith for Supercapacitors.

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    Wen, Yangyang; Rufford, Thomas E; Hulicova-Jurcakova, Denisa; Wang, Lianzhou

    2016-03-01

    The co-doping of heteroatoms has been regarded as a promising approach to improve the energy-storage performance of graphene-based materials because of the synergetic effect of the heteroatom dopants. In this work, a single precursor melamine phosphate was used for the first time to synthesise nitrogen/phosphorus co-doped graphene (N/P-G) monoliths by a facile hydrothermal method. The nitrogen contents of 4.27-6.58 at% and phosphorus levels of 1.03-3.00 at% could be controlled by tuning the mass ratio of melamine phosphate to graphene oxide in the precursors. The N/P-G monoliths exhibited excellent electrochemical performances as electrodes for supercapacitors with a high specific capacitance of 183 F g(-1) at a current density of 0.05 A g(-1), good rate performance and excellent cycling performance. Additionally, the N/P-G electrode was stable at 1.6 V in 1 m H2 SO4 aqueous electrolyte and delivered a high energy density of 11.33 Wh kg(-1) at 1.6 V. PMID:26834002

  3. Formation energy of oxygen vacancies in ZnO determined by investigating thermal behavior of Al and In impurities

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    Komatsuda, S.; Sato, W.; Ohkubo, Y.

    2014-11-14

    Thermal behavior and interacting nature of 100-ppm Al and ∼100-ppt In impurities doped in zinc oxide (ZnO) were investigated by means of the time-differential perturbed angular correlation method with the {sup 111}In(→{sup 111}Cd) probe. Contrasting interactions between Al and In impurities were observed depending on different atmospheric conditions: (1) in air, Al and In impurities irreversibly associate with each other in the process of their thermal diffusion, but (2) in vacuum, their bound state formed in air dissociates by heat treatment at temperatures higher than 873 K, and this process is enhanced with increasing temperature. Detailed investigation of the thermal behavior of the impurities has revealed that the dissociation reaction is triggered by the formation of oxygen vacancies in the vicinity of the locally associated In-Al structure. A unique method to determine the activation energy of the oxygen-vacancy formation is presented with the estimated experimental value of E{sub a} = 0.72(6) eV.

  4. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

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    Vunnam, Swathi; Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Kellar, Jon; Cross, William

    2014-12-01

    The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications.

  5. Thermoelectric properties optimization of Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by reactive sputtering Zn-Al alloy target

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    Fan, Ping; Li, Ying-zhen; Zheng, Zhuang-hao; Lin, Qing-yun; Luo, Jing-ting; Liang, Guang-xing; Zhang, Miao-qin; Chen, Min-cong

    2013-11-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) has practical applications in the industry for thermoelectric generation, owing to its nontoxicity, low-cost and stability at high temperatures. In this study, AZO thin films with high quality were deposited on BK7 glass substrates at room-temperature by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering using Zn-Al alloy target. The deposited thin films were annealed at various temperatures ranging from 623 K to 823 K with a space of 50 K. It is found that the absolute value of Seebeck coefficient of AZO thin film annealed at 723 K increases stably with increasing of measuring temperature and reaches a value of ∼60 μV/K at 575 K. After that, Al-doping content was varied to further optimize the thermoelectric properties of AZO thin films. The power factor of AZO thin films with Al content of 3 wt% increased with increase of measuring temperature and the maximum power factor of 1.54 × 10-4 W m-1K-2 was obtained at 550 K with the maximum absolute values of Seebeck coefficient of 99 μV/K, which is promising for high temperature thermoelectric application.

  6. All-sputtered 14% CdS/CdTe thin-film solar cell with ZnO :Al transparent conducting oxide

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    Gupta, Akhlesh; Compaan, Alvin D.

    2004-07-01

    Radio-frequency (rf)-sputtered Al-doped ZnO was used as the transparent front contact in the fabrication of high efficiency superstrate configuration CdS /CdTe thin-film solar cells. These cells had CdS and CdTe layers also deposited by rf sputtering at 250°C with the highest processing temperature of 387°C reached during a post-deposition treatment. The devices were tested at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and yielded an efficiency of 14.0%, which is excellent for a CdTe cell using ZnO and also for any sputtered CdTe solar cell. The low-temperature deposition process using sputtering for all semiconductor layers facilitates the use of ZnO and conveys significant advantages for the fabrication of more complex multiple layers needed for the fabrication of tandem polycrystalline solar cells and for cells on polymer materials.

  7. Effect of bi-layer ratio in ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers on microstructure and functional properties of ZnO nanocrystals embedded in Al2O3 matrix

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    Sekhar, K. C.; Levichev, S.; Buljan, M.; Bernstorff, S.; Kamakshi, Koppole; Chahboun, A.; Almeida, A.; Agostinho Moreira, J.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2014-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in alumina (Al2O3) matrix were produced via rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of pulsed laser deposited ZnO/Al2O3 multilayered nanostructures. The effect of the thickness ratio ( R) between Al2O3 and ZnO in one bi-layer on the microstructure and functional properties of NCs has been investigated. Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering confirmed the formation of nanocrystals after RTA. Grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering studies revealed that ZnO NCs have a high crystalline quality with (100) as preferred orientation. Tensile strain of NCs decreases with increasing R and is correlated to the distribution of NCs. From Raman analysis, it is noticed that the phonon frequency of the E2 mode, related to the ZnO wurtzite phase, in NCs is shifted towards that of bulk ZnO with increasing R. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the near edge peak position shifts from 382 nm to 371 nm as the ratio R changes from 1.5 to 4 and is attributed to the strain effect. The intensity of emission in the yellow-green region due to defects decreases significantly with increasing R. Current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of Al/ZnO NCs embedded in Al2O3/n-Si (100)/Al have shown a hysteresis behavior. The increasing width of the hysteresis with increasing R revealed that the origin of the hysteresis might be due to the existence of polar surface charges on well-separated NCs. The high-resistance and low-resistance states in I- V hysteresis curves seem to be governed by Fowler-Nordheim tunneling and Schottky emission mechanisms, respectively.

  8. ZnO nanorod array/CuAlO2 nanofiber heterojunction on Ni substrate: synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Ding, Juan; Sui, Yongming; Fu, Wuyou; Yang, Haibin; Zhao, Bo; Li, Minghui

    2011-07-22

    A novel ZnO nanorod array (NR)/CuAlO(2) nanofiber (NF) heterojunction nanostructure was grown on a substrate of Ni plates using sol-gel synthesis for the NFs and hydrothermal reaction for the NRs. Compared with a traditional ZnO/CuAlO(2) laminar film nanostructure, the photocurrent of this fibrous network heterojunction is significantly increased. A significant blue-shift of the absorption edge and a favorable forward current to reverse current ratio at applied voltages of -2 to +2 V were observed in this heterojunction with the increase of Zn(2+) ion concentration in the hydrothermal reaction. Furthermore, the photoelectrochemical properties were investigated and the highest photocurrent of 3.1 mA cm(-2) was obtained under AM 1.5 illumination with 100 mW cm(-2) light intensity at 0.71 V (versus Ag/AgCl). This novel 3D fibrous network nanostructure plays an important role in the optoelectronic field and can be extended to other binary or ternary oxide compositions for various applications. PMID:21677371

  9. ZnO nanorod array/CuAlO2 nanofiber heterojunction on Ni substrate: synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties

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    Ding, Juan; Sui, Yongming; Fu, Wuyou; Yang, Haibin; Zhao, Bo; Li, Minghui

    2011-07-01

    A novel ZnO nanorod array (NR)/CuAlO2 nanofiber (NF) heterojunction nanostructure was grown on a substrate of Ni plates using sol-gel synthesis for the NFs and hydrothermal reaction for the NRs. Compared with a traditional ZnO/CuAlO2 laminar film nanostructure, the photocurrent of this fibrous network heterojunction is significantly increased. A significant blue-shift of the absorption edge and a favorable forward current to reverse current ratio at applied voltages of - 2 to + 2 V were observed in this heterojunction with the increase of Zn2 + ion concentration in the hydrothermal reaction. Furthermore, the photoelectrochemical properties were investigated and the highest photocurrent of 3.1 mA cm - 2 was obtained under AM 1.5 illumination with 100 mW cm - 2 light intensity at 0.71 V (versus Ag/AgCl). This novel 3D fibrous network nanostructure plays an important role in the optoelectronic field and can be extended to other binary or ternary oxide compositions for various applications.

  10. Epitaxial growth a-plane ZnO films on a-GaN/r-Al2O3 templates

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    Liu, Cheng; Dai, Jiangnan; Wu, Zhihao; Han, Xiangyun; He, Qinghua; Yu, Chenhui; Zhang, Lei; Gao, Yihua; Chen, Changqing

    2008-12-01

    In this work, we have grown a-plane ZnO films on a-plane GaN/r-sapphire templates by pulsed laser deposition. The aplane GaN of the templates is aimed to mitigate the large lattice mismatch between ZnO and sapphire, and was grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The grown a-plane ZnO films have been analyzed by various techniques such as high resolution X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence. It shows that high quality a-plane ZnO films have been achieved by our growth method.

  11. Dynamics of iron-acceptor-pair formation in co-doped silicon

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    Bartel, T.; Gibaja, F.; Graf, O.; Gross, D.; Kaes, M.; Heuer, M.; Kirscht, F.; Möller, C.; Lauer, K.

    2013-11-11

    The pairing dynamics of interstitial iron and dopants in silicon co-doped with phosphorous and several acceptor types are presented. The classical picture of iron-acceptor pairing dynamics is expanded to include the thermalization of iron between different dopants. The thermalization is quantitatively described using Boltzmann statistics and different iron-acceptor binding energies. The proper understanding of the pairing dynamics of iron in co-doped silicon will provide additional information on the electronic properties of iron-acceptor pairs and may become an analytical method to quantify and differentiate acceptors in co-doped silicon.

  12. Selective growth of catalyst-free ZnO nanowire arrays on Al:ZnO for device application

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    Chung, T. F.; Luo, L. B.; He, Z. B.; Leung, Y. H.; Shafiq, I.; Yao, Z. Q.; Lee, S. T.

    2007-12-03

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays have been synthesized selectively on patterned aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) layer deposited on silicon substrates without using any metal catalysts. The growth region was defined by conventional photolithography with an insulating template. Careful control of the types of template materials and growth conditions allows good alignment and growth selectivity for ZnO NW arrays. Sharp ultraviolet band-edge peak observed in the photoluminescence spectra of the patterned ZnO NW arrays reveals good optical qualities. The current-voltage characteristics of ZnO NWs/AZO/p-Si device suggest that patterned and aligned ZnO NW arrays on AZO may be used in optoelectronic devices.

  13. Effect of different dopant elements (Al, Mg and Ni) on microstructural, optical and electrochemical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis (SP)

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    Benzarouk, Hayet; Drici, Abdelaziz; Mekhnache, Mounira; Amara, Abdelaziz; Guerioune, Mouhamed; Bernède, Jean Christian; Bendjffal, Hacen

    2012-09-01

    In the present work we studied the influence of the dopant elements and concentration on the microstructural and electrochemical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis. Transparent conductive thin films of zinc oxide (ZnO) were prepared by the spray pyrolysis process using an aqueous solution of zinc acetate dehydrate [Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O] on soda glass substrate heated at 400 ± 5 °C. AlCl3, MgCl2 and NiCl2 were used as dopant. The effect of doping percentage (2-4%) has been investigated. Afterwards the samples were thermally annealed in an ambient air during one hour at 500 °C. X-ray diffraction showed that films have a wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) direction for doped ZnO. The lattice parameters a and c are estimated to be 3.24 and 5.20 Ǻ, respectively. Transmission allowed to estimate the band gaps of ZnO layers. The electrochemical studies revealed that the corrosion resistance of the films depended on the concentration of dopants.

  14. Effect of band gap energy on the electrical conductivity in doped ZnO thin film

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    Benramache, Said; Belahssen, Okba; Ben Temam, Hachemi

    2014-07-01

    The transparent conductive pure and doped zinc oxide thin films with aluminum, cobalt and indium were deposited by ultrasonic spray technique on glass substrate at 350 °C. This paper is to present a new approach to the description of correlation between electrical conductivity and optical gap energy with dopants' concentration of Al, Co and In. The correlation between the electrical and optical properties with doping level suggests that the electrical conductivity of the films is predominantly estimated by the band gap energy and the concentrations of Al, Co and In. The measurement in the electrical conductivity of doped films with correlation is equal to the experimental value, the error of this correlation is smaller than 13%. The minimum error value was estimated in the cobalt-doped ZnO thin films. This result indicates that such Co-doped ZnO thin films are chemically purer and have far fewer defects and less disorder owing to an almost complete chemical decomposition.

  15. Highly transparent and conductive Al-doped ZnO nanoparticulate thin films using direct write processing.

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    Vunnam, S; Ankireddy, K; Kellar, J; Cross, W

    2014-05-16

    Solution processable Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films are attractive candidates for low cost transparent electrodes. We demonstrate here an optimized nanoparticulate ink for the fabrication of AZO thin films using scalable, low-cost direct write processing (ultrasonic spray deposition) in air at atmospheric pressure. The thin films were made via thermal processing of as-deposited films. AZO films deposited using the proposed nanoparticulate ink with further reducing in vacuum and rf plasma of forming gas exhibited optical transparency greater than 95% across the visible spectrum, and electrical resistivity of 0.5 Ω cm and it drops down to 7.0 × 10(-2) Ω cm after illuminating with UV light, which is comparable to commercially available tin doped indium oxide colloidal coatings. Various structural analyses were performed to investigate the influence of ink chemistry, deposition parameters, and annealing temperatures on the structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of the spray deposited AZO thin films. Optical micrographs confirmed the presence of surface defects and cracks using the AZO NPs ink without any additives. After adding N-(2-Aminoethyl)-3-aminopropylmethyldimethoxy silane to the ink, AZO films exhibited an optical transparency which was virtually identical to that of the plain glass substrate. PMID:24763438

  16. Solution processed Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles/TiOx composite for highly efficient inverted organic solar cells.

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    Gadisa, Abay; Hairfield, Travis; Alibabaei, Leila; Donley, Carrie L; Samulski, Edward T; Lopez, Rene

    2013-09-11

    We investigated the electrical properties of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanoparticles, stabilized by mixing with a TiOx complex. Thin solid films cast from the solution of AZO-TiOx (AZOTi) (Ti/Zn ∼0.4 in the bulk and ∼0.8 on its surface) is processable in inert environment, without a need for either ambient air exposure for hydrolysis or high temperature thermal annealing commonly applied to buffer layers of most metal-oxides. It was found that the electronic structure of AZOTi matches the electronic structure of several electron acceptor and donor materials used in organic electronic devices, such as solar cells. Inverted solar cells employing a bulk heterojunction film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, cast on an indium-tin-oxide/AZOTi electrode, and capped with a tungsten oxide/aluminum back electrode, give rise to a nearly 70% fill factor and an optimized open-circuit voltage as a result of efficient hole blocking behavior of AZOTi. The resulting electron collecting/blocking capability of this material solves crucial interfacial recombination issues commonly observed at the organic/metal-oxide interface in most inverted organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. PMID:23980825

  17. Effect of Cobalt Concentration and Oxygen Vacancy on Magnetism of Co Doped ZnO Nanorods.

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    Li, Congli; Che, Ping; Sun, Changyan; Li, Wenjun

    2016-03-01

    Zn(1-x)Co(x)O (x = 0-0.07) single-crystalline nanorods were prepared by a modified microemulsion route. The crystalline structure, morphology, optical, and hysteresis loop at low and room temperature of as-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, TEM, PL spectra, and magnetic measurement respectively. The nanorods are 80-250 nm in diameter and about 3 μm in length. X-ray diffraction data, TEM images confirm that the materials synthesized in optimal conditions are ZnO:Co single crystalline solid solution without any impurities related to Co. The PL spectra show that the ferromagnetic samples exhibit strong Zn interstitials and oxygen vacancy emission indicating defects may stabilize ferromagnetic order in the obtained diluted magnetic semiconductors. Magnetic measurements show that the Zn(1-x)Co(x)O nanorods exist obvious ferromagnetic characteristics with T(c) above 300 K. M(s) and coercivities first increase and then decrease with dopant concentration increasing, reaching the highest for 3% doping level. The structural and magnetic properties of these samples support the hypothesis that the FM of DMS nanorods is due to a defect mediated mechanism instead of cobalt nanoclusters and carrier mediated. PMID:27455697

  18. Effect of Cobalt Concentration and Oxygen Vacancy on Magnetism of Co Doped ZnO Nanorods.

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    Li, Congli; Che, Ping; Sun, Changyan; Li, Wenjun

    2016-03-01

    Zn(1-x)Co(x)O (x = 0-0.07) single-crystalline nanorods were prepared by a modified microemulsion route. The crystalline structure, morphology, optical, and hysteresis loop at low and room temperature of as-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, TEM, PL spectra, and magnetic measurement respectively. The nanorods are 80-250 nm in diameter and about 3 μm in length. X-ray diffraction data, TEM images confirm that the materials synthesized in optimal conditions are ZnO:Co single crystalline solid solution without any impurities related to Co. The PL spectra show that the ferromagnetic samples exhibit strong Zn interstitials and oxygen vacancy emission indicating defects may stabilize ferromagnetic order in the obtained diluted magnetic semiconductors. Magnetic measurements show that the Zn(1-x)Co(x)O nanorods exist obvious ferromagnetic characteristics with T(c) above 300 K. M(s) and coercivities first increase and then decrease with dopant concentration increasing, reaching the highest for 3% doping level. The structural and magnetic properties of these samples support the hypothesis that the FM of DMS nanorods is due to a defect mediated mechanism instead of cobalt nanoclusters and carrier mediated.

  19. Structural and Mechanical Properties of (Co/Cu) Co-doped Nano ZnO

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    Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Akcay, Dogan; Arda, Lutfi; Tasci, Ahmet Tolga; Senol, Abdulkadir; Senol, Sevim; Terzioglu, Cabir

    2015-03-01

    Zn1-xCoxO (x =0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05 and 0.10) and Zn0 . 95 - xCo0.05CuxO (x =0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05) solutions were prepared by sol-gel synthesis using zinc acetate dihydrate, cobalt acetate tetrahydrate and copper acetate tetrahydrate which were dissolved into solvent and chelating agent. Zn1-xCoxO and Zn0 . 95 - xCo0.05CuxO nanoparticles were annealed at 600°C for 30 min to observe the doping effect on structural and mechanical properties. The particle size, crystal structure, particle morphology and elemental composition were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDS. Vickers microhardness measurements have been done on the sample surfaces using a digital Vickers microhardness tester in the load range of 0.245-2.940 N. In this work, the crystal structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of nanoparticles were presented. This research has been partially supported by Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey (Project No. 114F259) and partially supported by Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KUBAP-03/2013-41.

  20. All-inorganic colloidal silicon nanocrystals—surface modification by boron and phosphorus co-doping

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    Fujii, Minoru; Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Imakita, Kenji

    2016-07-01

    Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs) with extremely heavily B- and P-doped shells are developed and their structural and optical properties are studied. Unlike conventional Si-NCs without doping, B and P co-doped Si-NCs are dispersible in alcohol and water perfectly without any surface functionalization processes. The colloidal solution of co-doped Si-NCs is very stable and no precipitates are observed for more than 5 years. The co-doped colloidal Si-NCs exhibit size-controllable photoluminescence (PL) in a very wide energy range covering 0.85 to 1.85 eV. In this paper, we summarize the structural and optical properties of co-doped Si-NCs and demonstrate that they are a new type of environmentally-friendly nano-light emitter working in aqueous environments in the visible and near infrared (NIR) ranges.

  1. Broadband near-infrared emission from Tm{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} co-doped nanostructured glass ceramics

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    Chen Daqin; Wang Yuansheng; Bao Feng; Yu Yunlong

    2007-06-01

    Transparent SiO{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NaF-YF{sub 3} glass ceramics co-doped with Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} were prepared by melt quenching and subsequent heating. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy experiments revealed that {beta}-YF{sub 3} nanocrystals incorporated with Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} were precipitated homogeneously among the oxide glass matrix. An integrated broad near-infrared emission band in the wavelength region of 1300-1700 nm, consisting of Tm{sup 3+} emissions around 1472 nm ({sup 3}H{sub 4}{yields}{sup 3}F{sub 4}) and 1626 nm ({sup 3}F{sub 4}{yields}{sup 3}H{sub 6}), and Er{sup 3+} emission around 1543 nm ({sup 4}I{sub 13/2}{yields}{sup 4}I{sub 15/2}), was obtained under 792 nm laser excitation. The full width at half maximum of this integrated band increased with the increasing of [Tm]/[Er] ratio, and it reached as large as 175 nm for the 0.1 mol% Er{sup 3+} and 0.8 mol% Tm{sup 3+} co-doped sample. The energy transfers between Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} were proposed to play an important role in tailoring the emission bandwidth of the sample.

  2. Double Rare-Earth Oxides Co-doped Strontium Zirconate as a New Thermal Barrier Coating Material

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    Ma, Wen; Wang, Dongxing; Dong, Hongying; Lun, Wenshan; He, Weiyan; Zheng, Xuebin

    2013-03-01

    Y2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped strontium zirconate with chemistry of Sr(Zr0.9Y0.05Yb0.05)O2.95 (SZYY) was synthesized and had a minor second phase of Yb2O3. The SZYY showed good phase stability not only from room temperature to 1400 °C but also at high temperature of 1450 °C for a long period, analyzed by thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) of the sintered bulk SZYY were recorded by a high-temperature dilatometer and revealed a positive influence on phase transitions of SrZrO3 by co-doping with Y2O3 and Yb2O3. The thermal conductivities of SZYY were at least ~30% lower in contrast to that of SrZrO3 and 8YSZ in the whole tested temperature range. Good chemical compatibility was observed for SZYY with 8YSZ or Al2O3 powders after a 24 h heat treatment at 1250 °C. The phase stability and the microstructure evolution of the as-sprayed SZYY coating during annealing at 1400 °C were also investigated.

  3. Bi-layer Al2O3/ZnO atomic layer deposition for controllable conductive coatings on polypropylene nonwoven fiber mats

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    Sweet, William J.; Jur, Jesse S.; Parsons, Gregory N.

    2013-05-01

    Electrically conductive zinc oxide coatings are applied to polypropylene nonwoven fiber mats by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 50-155 °C. A low temperature (50 °C) aluminum oxide ALD base layer on the polypropylene limits diffusion of diethyl zinc into the polypropylene, resulting in ZnO layers with properties similar to those on planar silicon. Effective conductivity of 63 S/cm is achieved for ZnO on Al2O3 coated polypropylene fibers, and the fibers remain conductive for months after coating. Without the Al2O3 precoating, the effective conductivity was much smaller, consistent with precursor diffusion into the polymer and sub-surface ZnO nucleation. Mechanical robustness tests showed that conductive samples bent around a 6 mm radius maintained up to 40% of the pre-bending conductivity. Linkages between electrical conductivity and mechanical performance will help inform materials choice for flexible and porous electronics including textile-based sensors and antennas.

  4. A versatile cost-effective and one step process to engineer ZnO superhydrophobic surfaces on Al substrate

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    Siddaramanna, Ashoka; Saleema, N.; Sarkar, D. K.

    2014-08-01

    Multifunctional superhydrophobic surfaces based on photocatalytic material, ZnO have generated significant research interest from both fundamental and potential applications. Superhydrophobic ZnO surfaces are usually made in multi steps by creating rough surface and subsequent hydrophobization by low-surface-energy materials. Herein, a simple and one step chemical bath deposition has been developed to prepare superhydrophobic ZnO surfaces on aluminum substrate. The aluminum surfaces covered with randomly distributed ZnO particles can not only present multiscale surface roughness, but also readily coordinate with fatty acid, leading to special wettability. The contact angle of the resulting superhydrophobic surface reaches up to 165 ± 2° and contact angle hysteresis of 4°. The contact angle and contact angle hysteresis variation as a function of particle size has been discussed systematically based on surface morphology.

  5. Growth and characterizations of nonpolar [1 1 -2 0] ZnO on [1 0 0] (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O 3 substrate by chemical vapor deposition

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    Chou, Mitch M. C.; Hang, Da-Ren; Chuan Wang, Shih; Chen, Chenlong; Lee, Chun-Yu

    2010-04-01

    Nonpolar a-plane ZnO film with [1 1 -2 0] orientation was grown on a nearly lattice-matched [1 0 0] (La 0.3,Sr 0.7)(Al 0.65,Ta 0.35)O 3 (LSAT) substrate from a simple chemical vapor deposition method. LSAT single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method. The dependence of growth characteristics on the growth temperatures and reactor's pressures was investigated. The surface morphologies of ZnO films were studied by a scanning electron microscope. The sample orientations were identified by X-ray diffraction pattern and transmission electron microscope. Optical properties examined by room temperature photoluminescence spectra exhibit a strong near-band-edge emission peak at 378.6 nm and a negligible green band.

  6. GaAs nanowires grown on Al-doped ZnO buffer layer

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    Haggren, Tuomas; Perros, Alexander; Dhaka, Veer; Huhtio, Teppo; Jussila, Henri; Jiang, Hua; Ruoho, Mikko; Kakko, Joona-Pekko; Kauppinen, Esko; Lipsanen, Harri

    2013-08-01

    We report a pathway to grow GaAs nanowires on a variety of substrates using a combination of atomic layer deposition and metallo-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). GaAs nanowires were grown via MOVPE at 430-540 °C on an atomic-layer-deposited Al:ZnO buffer layer. The resulting nanowires were affected only by the properties of the buffer layer, allowing nanowire growth on a number of substrates that withstand ˜400 °C. The growth occurred in two phases: initial in-plane growth and subsequent out-plane growth. The nanowires grown exhibited a strong photoluminescence signal both at room temperature and at 12 K. The 12 K photoluminescence peak was at 1.47 eV, which was attributed to Zn autodoping from the buffer layer. The crystal structure was zincblende plagued with either twin planes or diagonal defect planes, which were related to perturbations in the seed particle during the growth. The used method combines substrates with variable properties to nanowire growth on a transparent and conductive Al:ZnO buffer layer.

  7. Thickness Effect of Al-Doped ZnO Window Layer on Damp Heat Stability of CuInGaSe2 Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Pern, F. J.; Mansfield, L.; DeHart, C.; Glick, S. H.; Yan, F.; Noufi, R.

    2011-07-01

    We investigated the damp heat (DH) stability of CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) solar cells as a function of thickness of the Al-doped ZnO (AZO) window layer from the 'standard' 0.12 μm to a modest 0.50 μm over an underlying 0.10-μm intrinsic ZnO buffer layer. The CIGS cells were prepared with external electrical contact using fine Au wire to the tiny 'standard' Ni/Al (0.05 μm/3 μm) metal grid contact pads. Bare cell coupons and sample sets encapsulated in a specially designed, Al-frame test structure with an opening for moisture ingress control using a TPT backsheet were exposed to DH at 85oC and 85% relative humidity, and characterized by current-voltage (I-V), quantum efficiency (QE), and (electrochemical) impedance spectroscopy (ECIS). The results show that bare cells exhibited rapid degradation within 50-100 h, accompanied by film wrinkling and delamination and corrosion of Mo and AlNi grid, regardless of AZO thickness. In contrast, the encapsulated cells did not show film wrinkling, delamination, and Mo corrosion after 168 h DH exposure; but the trend of efficiency degradation rate showed a weak correlation to the AZO thickness.

  8. Highly (0001)-oriented Al-doped ZnO polycrystalline films on amorphous glass substrates

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    Nomoto, Junichi; Inaba, Katsuhiko; Osada, Minoru; Kobayashi, Shintaro; Makino, Hisao; Yamamoto, Tetsuya

    2016-09-01

    Very thin aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films with a well-defined (0001) orientation and a surface roughness of 0.357 nm were deposited on amorphous glass substrates at a temperature of 200 °C by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, which are promising, particularly in terms of orientation evolution, surface roughness, and carrier transport, as buffer layers for the subsequent deposition of highly (0001)-oriented AZO polycrystalline films of 490 nm thickness by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering. Sintered AZO targets with an Al2O3 content of 2.0 wt. % were used. DC magnetron sputtered AZO films on bare glass substrates showed a mixed (0001) and the others crystallographic orientation, and exhibited a high contribution of grain boundary scattering to carrier transport, resulting in reduced Hall mobility. Optimizing the thickness of the AZO buffer layers to 10 nm led to highly (0001)-oriented bulk AZO films with a marked reduction in the above contribution, resulting in AZO films with improved Hall mobility together with enhanced carrier concentration. The surface morphology and point defect density were also improved by applying the buffer layers, as shown by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, respectively.

  9. NIR luminescence studies on Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped sodium telluroborate glasses for lasers and optical amplifer applications

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    Annapoorani, K.; Murthy, N. Suriya; Marimuthu, K.

    2016-05-01

    Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped Sodium telluroborate glasses were prepared with the chemical composition (49.5-x)B2O3+25TeO2+5Li2CO3+10ZnO+10NaF+0.5Er2O3+xYb2O3 (where x= 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 in mol %) following the melt quenching technique. With the addition of Yb3+ ions into Er3+ ions in the prepared glasses, the absorption cross-section values were found to increase due to the effective energy transfer from 2F5/2 level of Yb3+ ions to the 4I11/2 level of Er3+ ions. The fluorescence around 1550 nm correspond to the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was observed under 980 nm pumping. Among the present glasses, integrated intensity was found to be higher for 1.0 mol% Yb3+ ion glass. The parameters such as stimulated emission cross- section, Gain bandwidth and quantum efficiency of the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was found to be higher for the NTBE1.0Y glass and the same is suggested for potential NIR lasers and optical amplifier applications.

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni/Mn codoped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Vijayaprasath, G.; Murugan, R.; Asaithambi, S.; Sakthivel, P.; Mahalingam, T.; Ravi, G.

    2016-05-01

    We report systematic studies of the magnetic properties of Ni and Mn co-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by co-precipitation method. Structural characterization reveals that Ni and Mn ions substituted into ZnO lattices without any secondary phases formation. Photoluminescence and Raman spectra shows that the Ni/Mn were doped into the ZnO lattice resulting slight shift in near-band-edge emission. Moreover, the novel Raman peak at 586 cm-1 indicates two kinds of cations via doping that could affect the local polarizability. Magnetic measurements of the nanoparticles exhibits ferromagnetic behavior at room-temperature.

  11. Amplified spontaneous emission from ZnO in n-ZnO/ZnO nanodots-SiO(2) composite/p-AlGaN heterojunction light-emitting diodes.

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    Shih, Ying Tsang; Wu, Mong Kai; Li, Wei Chih; Kuan, Hon; Yang, Jer Ren; Shiojiri, Makoto; Chen, Miin Jang

    2009-04-22

    This study demonstrates amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of the ultraviolet (UV) electroluminescence (EL) from ZnO at lambda~380 nm in the n-ZnO/ZnO nanodots-SiO(2) composite/p- Al(0.12)Ga(0.88)N heterojunction light-emitting diode. A SiO(2) layer embedded with ZnO nanodots was prepared on the p-type Al(0.12)Ga(0.88)N using spin-on coating of SiO(2) nanoparticles followed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ZnO. An n-type Al-doped ZnO layer was deposited upon the ZnO nanodots-SiO(2) composite layer also by the ALD technique. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) reveals that the ZnO nanodots embedded in the SiO(2) matrix have diameters of 3-8 nm and the wurtzite crystal structure, which allows the transport of carriers through the thick ZnO nanodots-SiO(2) composite layer. The high quality of the n-ZnO layer was manifested by the well crystallized lattice image in the HRTEM picture and the low-threshold optically pumped stimulated emission. The low refractive index of the ZnO nanodots-SiO(2) composite layer results in the increase in the light extraction efficiency from n-ZnO and the internal optical feedback of UV EL into n-ZnO layer. Consequently, significant enhancement of the UV EL intensity and super-linear increase in the EL intensity, as well as the spectral narrowing, with injection current were observed owing to ASE in the n-ZnO layer.

  12. Structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of Co doped CuS diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Sreelekha, N.; Subramanyam, K.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Ramu, S.; Rahul Varma, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2016-08-01

    Pristine and Co doped covellite CuS nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous solution by facile chemical co-precipitation method with Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) as a stabilizing agent. EDAX measurements confirmed the presence of Co in the CuS host lattice. Hexagonal crystal structure of pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were authenticated by XRD patterns. TEM images indicated that sphere-shape of nanoparticles through a size ranging from 5 to 8 nm. The optical absorption edge moved to higher energies with increase in Co concentration as indicated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements revealed that bare CuS sample show sign of diamagnetic character where as in Co doped nanoparticles augmentation of room temperature ferromagnetism was observed with increasing doping precursor concentrations. Photocatalytic performance of the pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were assessed by evaluating the degradation rate of rhodamine B solution under sun light irradiation. The 5% Co doped CuS nanoparticles provide evidence for high-quality photocatalytic activity.

  13. Band gap tuning and room temperature ferromagnetism in Co doped Zinc stannate nanostructures

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    Sumithra, S.; Victor Jaya, N.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of Co doping on structural, optical and magnetic behavior of pure and Co doped Zinc stannate (ZTO) nanostructures was investigated. Pure and Co (1%, 3% & 5%) doped Zn2SnO4 compounds were prepared through simple precipitation route. Formation of cubic inverse spinel structure and metal oxide vibrations of the samples were investigated using XRD and FTIR. Co doping influences the crystallite size producing micro strain in ZTO lattice. Poly dispersed rod like shape of the particles was examined by FESEM. Elemental composition of prepared samples was identified by EDAX analysis. Optical Absorption spectra shows significant red shift on increasing the dopant concentration which indicates the reduction in optical band gap. Visible luminescence observed from photoluminescence studies confirms the presence of oxygen vacancies and trap sites in the lattice. Magnetization analysis reveals the enhanced ferromagnetic behavior in all Co doped ZTO samples. The amplified ferromagnetic ordering in Co doped ZTO compounds has been explained in terms of defects serving as free spin polarized prophetic carriers.

  14. An excellent enzymatic lactic acid biosensor with ZnO nanowires-gated AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistor.

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    Ma, Siwei; Liao, Qingliang; Liu, Hanshuo; Song, Yu; Li, Ping; Huang, Yunhua; Zhang, Yue

    2012-10-21

    An excellent biosensor with ZnO nanowires-gated AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) was used to detect lactic acid. Due to the new structure, addition of the Si-doped GaAs cap layer, the HEMT biosensor could detect a wide range of lactic acid concentrations from 0.03 nM to 300 mM. The novel biosensor exhibiting good performance along with fast response, high sensitivity, wide detection range, and long-term stability, can be integrated with a commercially available transmitter to realize lactic acid detection. PMID:22951602

  15. An excellent enzymatic lactic acid biosensor with ZnO nanowires-gated AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistor

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    Ma, Siwei; Liao, Qingliang; Liu, Hanshuo; Song, Yu; Li, Ping; Huang, Yunhua; Zhang, Yue

    2012-09-01

    An excellent biosensor with ZnO nanowires-gated AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) was used to detect lactic acid. Due to the new structure, addition of the Si-doped GaAs cap layer, the HEMT biosensor could detect a wide range of lactic acid concentrations from 0.03 nM to 300 mM. The novel biosensor exhibiting good performance along with fast response, high sensitivity, wide detection range, and long-term stability, can be integrated with a commercially available transmitter to realize lactic acid detection.

  16. Field-induced doping-mediated tunability in work function of Al-doped ZnO: Kelvin probe force microscopy and first-principle theory

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    Kumar, Mohit; Mookerjee, Sumit; Som, Tapobrata

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate that the work function of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) can be tuned externally by applying an electric field. Our experimental investigations using Kelvin probe force microscopy show that by applying a positive or negative tip bias, the work function of AZO film can be enhanced or reduced, which corroborates well with the observed charge transport using conductive atomic force microscopy. These findings are further confirmed by calculations based on first-principles theory. Tuning the work function of AZO by applying an external electric field is not only important to control the charge transport across it, but also to design an Ohmic contact for advanced functional devices.

  17. Atomic layer deposition of Al-doped ZnO films using ozone as the oxygen source: A comparison of two methods to deliver aluminum

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    Yuan Hai; Luo Bing; Yu Dan; Cheng, An-jen; Campbell, Stephen A.; Gladfelter, Wayne L.

    2012-01-15

    Aluminum-doped ZnO films were prepared by atomic layer deposition at 250 deg. C using diethylzinc (DEZ), trimethylaluminum (TMA), and ozone as the precursors. Two deposition methods were compared to assess their impact on the composition, structural, electrical, and optical properties as a function of Al concentration. The first method controlled the Al concentration by changing the relative number of Al to Zn deposition cycles; a process reported in the literature where water was used as the oxygen source. The second method involved coinjection of the DEZ and TMA during each cycle where the partial pressures of the precursors control the aluminum concentration. Depth profiles of the film composition using Auger electron spectroscopy confirmed a layered microstructure for the films prepared by the first method, whereas the second method led to a homogeneous distribution of the aluminum throughout the ZnO film. Beneath the surface layer the carbon concentrations for all of the films were below the detection limit. Comparison of their electrical and optical properties established that films deposited by coinjection of the precursors were superior.

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

  19. Magnetic and ferroelectric properties of Zn and Mn co-doped BaTiO3

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    Keshari Das, Sangram; Kumar Roul, Binod

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports an approach to obtaining multiferroic properties in co-doped (Zn:Mn) BaTiO3 near room temperature. Interestingly, an unusual magnetic hysteresis loop is observed in the co-doped compositions in which the central portion of the loop is squeezed. However, in the composition Ba0.9Zn0.1Ti0.9Mn0.1O3, a broad magnetic hysteresis loop is observed. Such a magnetic effect is attributed to the coexistence of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic exchange interactions in the system. The observation of the above type of magnetic properties is likely to be due to the presence of exchange interactions between Mn ions. A lossy-type of ferroelectric hysteresis loop is also observed in co-doped ceramic compositions near room temperature. Author S. K. Das supported financially by CSIR, New Delhi (Grant No. 09/750 (0005)/2009-EMR-I).

  20. Nitrogen-fluorine co-doped titania inverse opals for enhanced solar light driven photocatalysis.

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    Rahul, T K; Sandhyarani, N

    2015-11-21

    Three dimensionally ordered nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) co-doped TiO2 inverse opals (IOs) were fabricated by templating with polystyrene (PS) colloidal photonic crystals (CPCs) by infiltration. During preparation, the TiO2 precursor was treated with a mixture of nitric acid and trifluoroacetic acid to facilitate N-F co-doping into the TiO2 lattice. Enhanced solar light absorption was observed in the samples as a consequence of the red shift in the electronic band gap of TiO2 due to N-F co-doping. The photonic band gap (PBG) of these TiO2 IO films was tuned by varying the sphere size of the PS CPC templates. The as-prepared N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films were used as photocatalysts for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under solar light irradiation. A significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity was observed in N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films prepared using PS spheres of 215 nm as a template, with the red edge of the PBG closer to the electronic band gap (EBG) of TiO2. 100% of the dye molecules were degraded within 2 minutes under direct solar irradiation, which is one of the fastest reaction times ever reported for RhB degradation in the presence of TiO2 photocatalysts. The N-F co-doped TiO2 IO film prepared using PS of 460 nm with its PBG centered at 695 nm also showed good photocatalytic activity. It was found that the IO films displayed improved photocatalytic activity in comparison to ordinary nanocrystalline (nc)-TiO2 films. The enhancement could be attributed to the bandgap scattering effect and the slow photon effect, leading to a significant improvement in solar light harvesting. PMID:26487369

  1. Nitrogen-fluorine co-doped titania inverse opals for enhanced solar light driven photocatalysis

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    Rahul, T. K.; Sandhyarani, N.

    2015-10-01

    Three dimensionally ordered nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) co-doped TiO2 inverse opals (IOs) were fabricated by templating with polystyrene (PS) colloidal photonic crystals (CPCs) by infiltration. During preparation, the TiO2 precursor was treated with a mixture of nitric acid and trifluoroacetic acid to facilitate N-F co-doping into the TiO2 lattice. Enhanced solar light absorption was observed in the samples as a consequence of the red shift in the electronic band gap of TiO2 due to N-F co-doping. The photonic band gap (PBG) of these TiO2 IO films was tuned by varying the sphere size of the PS CPC templates. The as-prepared N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films were used as photocatalysts for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under solar light irradiation. A significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity was observed in N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films prepared using PS spheres of 215 nm as a template, with the red edge of the PBG closer to the electronic band gap (EBG) of TiO2. 100% of the dye molecules were degraded within 2 minutes under direct solar irradiation, which is one of the fastest reaction times ever reported for RhB degradation in the presence of TiO2 photocatalysts. The N-F co-doped TiO2 IO film prepared using PS of 460 nm with its PBG centered at 695 nm also showed good photocatalytic activity. It was found that the IO films displayed improved photocatalytic activity in comparison to ordinary nanocrystalline (nc)-TiO2 films. The enhancement could be attributed to the bandgap scattering effect and the slow photon effect, leading to a significant improvement in solar light harvesting.

  2. Nitrogen-fluorine co-doped titania inverse opals for enhanced solar light driven photocatalysis.

    PubMed

    Rahul, T K; Sandhyarani, N

    2015-11-21

    Three dimensionally ordered nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) co-doped TiO2 inverse opals (IOs) were fabricated by templating with polystyrene (PS) colloidal photonic crystals (CPCs) by infiltration. During preparation, the TiO2 precursor was treated with a mixture of nitric acid and trifluoroacetic acid to facilitate N-F co-doping into the TiO2 lattice. Enhanced solar light absorption was observed in the samples as a consequence of the red shift in the electronic band gap of TiO2 due to N-F co-doping. The photonic band gap (PBG) of these TiO2 IO films was tuned by varying the sphere size of the PS CPC templates. The as-prepared N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films were used as photocatalysts for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under solar light irradiation. A significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity was observed in N-F co-doped TiO2 IO films prepared using PS spheres of 215 nm as a template, with the red edge of the PBG closer to the electronic band gap (EBG) of TiO2. 100% of the dye molecules were degraded within 2 minutes under direct solar irradiation, which is one of the fastest reaction times ever reported for RhB degradation in the presence of TiO2 photocatalysts. The N-F co-doped TiO2 IO film prepared using PS of 460 nm with its PBG centered at 695 nm also showed good photocatalytic activity. It was found that the IO films displayed improved photocatalytic activity in comparison to ordinary nanocrystalline (nc)-TiO2 films. The enhancement could be attributed to the bandgap scattering effect and the slow photon effect, leading to a significant improvement in solar light harvesting.

  3. Suppression of boron-oxygen defects in Czochralski silicon by carbon co-doping

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    Wu, Yichao; Yu, Xuegong He, Hang; Chen, Peng; Yang, Deren

    2015-03-09

    We have investigated the influence of carbon co-doping on the formation of boron-oxygen defects in Czochralski silicon. It is found that carbon can effectively suppress the formation of boron-oxygen defects. Based on our experiments and first-principle theoretical calculations, it is believed that this effect is attributed to the formation of more energetically favorable carbon-oxygen complexes. Moreover, the diffusion of oxygen dimers in carbon co-doped silicon also becomes more difficult. All these phenomena should be associated with the tensile stress field induced by carbon doping in silicon.

  4. Ferromagnetism in (Mn,Li) co-doped CdSe

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    Nabi, Z.; Ahuja, R.

    2008-12-01

    Ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory are reported for the Mn-doped CdSe for 5.5% and 12.5% Mn on a Cd sublattice. It is found that Mn-doped CdSe is antiferromagnetic. An essential ingredient to stabilize the ferromagnetism in bulk Cd1-xMnxSe can be realized by the co-doping of Li. We demonstrate that CdSe co-doped with Mn and Li has a stable ferromagnetic ground state and we show that the electronic structure of Cd1-2xMnxLixSe has a nearly metallic character.

  5. Quadrupole mass spectrometry and time-of-flight analysis of ions resulting from 532 nm pulsed laser ablation of Ni, Al, and ZnO targets

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    Sage, Rebecca S.; Cappel, Ute B.; Ashfold, Michael N. R.; Walker, Nicholas R.

    2008-05-01

    This work describes the design and validation of an instrument to measure the kinetic energies of ions ejected by the pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of a solid target. Mass spectra show that the PLA of Ni, Al, and ZnO targets, in vacuum, using the second harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, pulse duration {approx}10 ns) generates abundant X{sup n+} ions (n{<=}3 for Ni, {<=}2 for Al, {<=}3 and {<=}2 for Zn and O respectively from ZnO). Ions are selected by their mass/charge (m/z) ratio prior to the determination of their times of flight. PLA of Ni has been studied in most detail. The mean velocities of ablated Ni{sup n+} ions are shown to follow the trend v(Ni{sup 3+})>v(Ni{sup 2+})>v(Ni{sup +}). Data from Ni{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 3+} are fitted to shifted Maxwellian functions and agree well with a model which assumes both thermal and Coulombic contributions to ion velocities. The dependence of ion velocities on laser pulse energy (and fluence) is investigated, and the high energy data are shown to be consistent with an effective accelerating voltage of {approx}90 V within the plume. The distribution of velocities associated with Ni{sup 3+} indicates a population at cooler temperature than Ni{sup 2+}.

  6. Room-Temperature Epitaxial Growth of High-Quality m-Plane InAlN Films on Nearly Lattice-Matched ZnO Substrates

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    Kajima, Tomofumi; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ueno, Kohei; Shimomoto, Kazuma; Fujii, Tomoaki; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi; Oshima, Masaharu

    2010-07-01

    We have found that single-phase m-plane In0.24Al0.76N(1100) grows without phase separation in the layer-by-layer mode at room temperature from the initial stages of the growth. The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) values of the 1100 X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) for the film with X-ray incident azimuths perpendicular to the c- and a-axes are 119 and 102 arcsec, respectively. m-plane In0.24Al0.76N films grew without accommodating misfit dislocations beyond the critical thickness on ZnO(1100) substrates, which is probably due to the large energy barrier for the initiation process of misfit dislocations and is responsible for the small FWHM values for XRCs.

  7. Room-Temperature Epitaxial Growth of High-Quality m-Plane InAlN Films on Nearly Lattice-Matched ZnO Substrates

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    Tomofumi Kajima,; Atsushi Kobayashi,; Kohei Ueno,; Kazuma Shimomoto,; Tomoaki Fujii,; Jitsuo Ohta,; Hiroshi Fujioka,; Masaharu Oshima,

    2010-07-01

    We have found that single-phase m-plane In0.24Al0.76N(1\\bar{1}00) grows without phase separation in the layer-by-layer mode at room temperature from the initial stages of the growth. The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) values of the 1\\bar{1}00 X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) for the film with X-ray incident azimuths perpendicular to the c- and a-axes are 119 and 102 arcsec, respectively. m-plane In0.24Al0.76N films grew without accommodating misfit dislocations beyond the critical thickness on ZnO(1\\bar{1}00) substrates, which is probably due to the large energy barrier for the initiation process of misfit dislocations and is responsible for the small FWHM values for XRCs.

  8. Controllable synthesis of flake-like Al-doped ZnO nanostructures and its application in inverted organic solar cells

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Flake-like Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanostructures including dense AZO nanorods were obtained via a low-temperature (100°C) hydrothermal process. By doping and varying Al concentrations, the electrical conductivity (σ) and morphology of the AZO nanostructures can be readily controlled. The effect of σ and morphology of the AZO nanostructures on the performance of the inverted organic solar cells (IOSCs) was studied. It presents that the optimized power conversion efficiency of the AZO-based IOSCs is improved by approximately 58.7% compared with that of un-doped ZnO-based IOSCs. This is attributed to that the flake-like AZO nanostructures of high σ and tunable morphology not only provide a high-conduction pathway to facilitate electron transport but also lead to a large interfacial area for exciton dissociation and charge collection by electrodes. PMID:21970654

  9. Strain-dependent electronic and magnetic of Co-doped monolayer of WSe2

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    Wu, Ninghua; Zhao, Xu; Wang, Tianxing

    2016-10-01

    We perform first-principles calculation to investigate electronic and magnetic properties of Co-doped WSe2 monolayer with strains from -10% to 10%. We find that Co can induce magnetic moment about 0.894 μB, the Co-doped WSe2 monolayer is a magnetic semiconductor material without strain. The doped system shows half-metallic properties under tensile strain, and the largest half-metal gap is 0.147 eV at 8% strain. The magnetic moment (0.894 μB) increases slightly from 0% to 6%, and jumps into about 3 μB at 8% and 10%, which presents high-spin state configurations. When we applied compressive strain, the doped system shows a half-metallic feature at -2% strain, and the magnetic moment jumps into 1.623 μB at -4% strain, almost two times as the original moment 0.894 μB at 0% strain. The magnetic moment vanishes at -7% strain. The Co-doped WSe2 can endure strain from -6% to 10%. Strain changes the redistribution of charges and magnetic moment. Our calculation results show that the Co-doped WSe2 monolayer can transform from magnetic semiconductor to half-metallic material under strain.

  10. Study on the characteristics of an Er/Yb co-doped double cladding fiber laser

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    Qu, Zhou; Li, Qiushi; Yan, Mingliang

    2009-07-01

    An Er/Yb co-doped double cladding fiber laser pumped at 980 nm was optimized. The double-cladding fiber laser with whole fiber was obtained by end-pumping and utilizing fiber bragg grating as a resonator. The output power of laser was analyzed along the changes of output grating reflectance (L=10m) as well as the fiber length (R2=4%). Consequently, a fiber with 4 m Er / Yb co-doped double cladding was employed as gain medium while a fiber of which the reflectance was approximately 15% was used as output resonator mirror. Thereafter the technical indexes of EYDF(Er / Yb Double cladding Fiber) were measured. The absorption maximum of fiber core Er3+ was higher than 30dB/m and material gain maximum was observed at 1535nm. Moreover, the diameters of fiber core and inner cladding of double-cladding fiber grating were 6μm and 125μm respectively however the diameters of fiber core and inner cladding of Er/Yb co-doped double cladding fiber were 7μm and 130μm separately.According to the experimental data, a fiber laser with 4 m Er / Yb co-doped double cladding and launched maximum pump power of 3.4 W was set up. Proposed laser shows the maximum output power of 1.25 W and slope efficiency of 40%.

  11. Co-doped mesoporous titania photocatalysts prepared from a peroxo-titanium complex solution

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    El Saliby, Ibrahim; Erdei, Laszlo; McDonagh, Andrew; Kim, Jong-Beom; Kim, Jong-Ho; Shon, Ho Kyong

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Peroxotitanium complex for the synthesis of doped photocatalysts. • Fabrication of N doped and N/Ag co-doped photocatalysts. • Characterization of photocatalysts by SEM, XRD, BET, DRS and XPS. • Bench scale photocatalysis under simulated solar light using crystal violet pollutant. - Abstract: In this study, nitrogen doped and nitrogen/silver co-doped TiO{sub 2} photocatalsysts were fabricated using a sol–gel method at room temperature. The obtained gels were neutralized, washed with pure water, and calcined at 400 °C for 4 h. The photocatalysts were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and BET specific surface area. The results showed that spherical particles with anatase structure were produced after annealing at 400 °C. N 1s (400 eV) and Ag 3d (367.3 eV) states indicated that nitrogen doping and silver co-doping were in the form of NO bonds and AgO, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of photocatalysts was investigated using a batch reactor system exposed to artificial solar irradiation. Both nitrogen and silver/nitrogen co-doped materials were effective in the photocatalytic degradation of hexamethyl pararosaniline chloride.

  12. White-light emitting Eu3+ co-doped ZnO/Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ composite microphosphor

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    Ramakrishna, P. V.; Murthy, D. B. R. K.; Sastry, D. L.

    Eu3+ co-doped ZnO/Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ composites were synthesized via conventional solid state reaction route and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) techniques. XRD studies reveal the presence of both ZnO and Zn2SiO4 phases. Photoluminescence properties of the samples were studied using 266 Nd-YAG laser excitations. Emission bands observed at ˜400 nm are ascribed to ZnO phosphor. The green emission bands at 530 nm is associated with the presence of Mn2+ ion, while orange (˜583) and red (615 nm) bands are supposed to be due to the presence of Eu3+ doped Zn2SiO4 phosphor. Energy transfer from power dependence of the sample for electric dipole transition (615 nm) was studied under 532 nm excitation by varying the power from 0.1 to 4.5 W. The estimated colour correlated temperature (CCT) values are found to be ˜4875 and 4458 K under 266 nm and 532 nm laser (0.5 W) excitations. These values are close to those of tubular fluorescent or cool white/daylight compact fluorescent (CFL) (˜5000 K) lamps. The present composite phosphor may have potential application in display devices.

  13. The microstructure of erbium-ytterbium co-doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramic optical fibers

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    Augustyn, Elżbieta; Żelechower, Michał; Stróż, Danuta; Chrapoński, Jacek

    2012-04-01

    Oxyfluoride transparent glass-ceramics combine some features of glasses (easier shaping or lower than single crystals cost of fabrication) and some advantages of rare-earth doped single crystals (narrow absorption/emission lines and longer lifetimes of luminescent levels). Since the material seems to be promising candidate for efficient fiber amplifiers, the manufacturing as well as structural and optical examination of the oxyfluoride glass-ceramic fibers doped with rare-earth ions seems to be a serious challenge. In the first stage oxyfluoride glasses of the following compositions 48SiO2-11Al2O3-7Na2CO3-10CaO-10PbO-11PbF2-3ErF3 and 48SiO2-11Al2O3-7Na2CO3-10CaO-10PbO-10PbF2-3YbF3-1ErF3 (in molar%) were fabricated from high purity commercial chemicals (Sigma-Aldrich). The fabricated glass preforms were drawn into glass fibers using the mini-tower. Finally, the transparent Er3+ doped and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramic fibers were obtained by controlled heat treatment of glass fibers. The preceding differential thermal analysis (DTA) studies allowed estimating both the fiber drawing temperature and the controlled crystallization temperature of glass fibers. X-ray diffraction examination (XRD) at each stage of the glass-ceramic fibers fabrication confirmed the undesirable crystallization of preforms and glass fibers has been avoided. The fibers shown their mixed amorphous-crystalline microstructure with nano-crystals of size even below 10 nm distributed in the glassy host. The crystal structure of the grown nano-crystals has been determined by XRD and confirmed by electron diffraction (SAED). Results obtained by both techniques seem to be compatible: Er3FO10Si3 (monoclinic; ICSD 92512), Pb5Al3F19 (triclinic; ICSD 91325) and Er4F2O11Si3 (triclinic; ICSD 51510) against to initially expected PbF2 crystals.

  14. Microstructure and dielectric properties of (Nb + In) co-doped rutile TiO2 ceramics

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    Li, Jinglei; Li, Fei; Zhuang, Yongyong; Jin, Li; Wang, Linghang; Wei, Xiaoyong; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2014-08-01

    The (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics recently attracted considerable attention due to their colossal dielectric permittivity (CP) (˜100,000) and low dielectric loss (˜0.05). In this research, the 0.5 mol. % In-only, 0.5 mol. % Nb-only, and 0.5-7 mol. % (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics were synthesized by standard conventional solid-state reaction method. Microstructure studies showed that all samples were in pure rutile phase. The Nb and In ions were homogeneously distributed in the grain and grain boundary. Impedance spectroscopy and I-V behavior analysis demonstrated that the ceramics may compose of semiconducting grains and insulating grain boundaries. The high conductivity of grain was associated with the reduction of Ti4+ ions to Ti3+ ions, while the migration of oxygen vacancy may account for the conductivity of grain boundary. The effects of annealing treatment and bias filed on electrical properties were investigated for co-doped TiO2 ceramics, where the electric behaviors of samples were found to be susceptible to the annealing treatment and bias field. The internal-barrier-layer-capacitance mechanism was used to explain the CP phenomenon, the effect of annealing treatment and nonlinear I-V behavior for co-doped rutile TiO2 ceramics. Compared with CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics, the high activation energy of co-doped rutile TiO2 (3.05 eV for grain boundary) was thought to be responsible for the low dielectric loss.

  15. High-Hall-Mobility Al-Doped ZnO Films Having Textured Polycrystalline Structure with a Well-Defined (0001) Orientation

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    Nomoto, Junichi; Makino, Hisao; Yamamoto, Tetsuya

    2016-06-01

    Five hundred-nanometer-thick ZnO-based textured polycrystalline films consisting of 490-nm-thick Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films deposited on 10-nm-thick Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films exhibited a high Hall mobility ( μ H) of 50.1 cm2/Vs with a carrier concentration ( N) of 2.55 × 1020 cm-3. Firstly, the GZO films were prepared on glass substrates by ion plating with dc arc discharge, and the AZO films were then deposited on the GZO films by direct current magnetron sputtering (DC-MS). The GZO interface layers with a preferential c-axis orientation play a critical role in producing AZO films with texture development of a well-defined (0001) orientation, whereas 500-nm-thick AZO films deposited by only DC-MS showed a mixture of the c-plane and the other plane orientation, to exhibit a μ H of 38.7 cm2/Vs with an N of 2.22 × 1020 cm-3.

  16. Studies on the Controlling of the Microstructural and Morphological Properties of Al Doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Hydrothermal Method

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    Gil Gang, Myeng; Shin, Seung Wook; Gurav, K. V.; Wang, YinBo; Agawane, G. L.; Lee, Jeong Yong; Moon, Jong-Ha; Hyeok Kim, Jin

    2013-10-01

    Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were prepared on ZnO coated glass substrates by hydrothermal synthesis technique using aqueous solutions containing zinc nitrate hexahydrate, ammonium hydroxide, and different sodium citrate concentrations at 60 °C for 6 h. The effects of different trisodium citrate concentrations on the microstructural, crystallinity, morphological, optical, and chemical properties of thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the AZO thin films were grown as a polycrystalline wurtzite hexagonal phase with a c-axis preferred orientation and without an unwanted second phase regardless of trisodium citrate concentrations. The thickness and grain sizes of AZO thin films decreased with increasing trisodium citrate concentration. The microstructure of AZO thin films was changed from flat to needle shaped and the morphology was smoother with increasing trisodium citrate concentrations. The AZO thin films have a high transmittance in the visible region ranging from 75 to 85% and a sharp edge from 366 to 374 nm.

  17. Transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity under UV light.

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-09-15

    ZnO nanoparticles doped with transition metals (Mn and Co) were prepared by a co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-rays, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles were evaluated in the degradation of methyl orange under UV irradiation. ZnO nanoparticles doped with 12 at.% of Mn and Co ions exhibited the maximum photodegradation efficiency. The experiment also demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles was higher than that of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles. These results indicate that charge trapping states due to the doping were the decisive factor rather than the average particle size and energy gap. Moreover the effect of pH values on the degradation efficiency was discussed in the photocatalytic experiments using 12 at.% Mn- and Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  18. Influence of Postdeposition Cooling Atmosphere on Thermoelectric Properties of 2% Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Saini, S.; Mele, P.; Honda, H.; Matsumoto, K.; Miyazaki, K.; Luna, L. Molina; Hopkins, P. E.

    2015-06-01

    We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of 2% Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films depending on the postdeposition cooling atmosphere [in oxygen pressure (AZO-O) or vacuum (AZO-V)]. Thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on sapphire () substrates at various deposition temperatures ( to ). All films were c-axis oriented. The electrical conductivity of AZO-V thin films was higher than that of AZO-O thin films across the whole temperature range from 300 K to 600 K, due to the optimal carrier concentration () of AZO-V samples. Furthermore, the thermoelectric performance of AZO-V films increased with the deposition temperature; for instance, the highest power factor of and dimensionless figure of merit of 0.07 at 600 K were found for AZO-V thin film deposited at.

  19. Micro/Nano hierarchical peony-like Al doped ZnO superhydrophobic film: The guiding effect of (100) preferred seed layer

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    Li, Yang; Wang, Jingfeng; Kong, Yi; Zhou, Jia; Wu, Jinzhu; Wang, Gang; Bi, Hai; Wu, Xiaohong; Qin, Wei; Li, Qingkun

    2016-01-01

    In this communication, we present a versatile and controllable strategy for formation of superhydrophobic micro/nano hierarchical Al doped ZnO (AZO) films with a water contact angle (CA) of 170 ± 4°. This strategy involves a two-step layer-by-layer process employing an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique followed by a hydrothermal method, and the resulting novel AZO surface layer consists of (100) dominant nano-rice-like AZO seed layer (the water CA of 110 ± 4°) covered with micro-peony-like AZO top. The growth mechanisms and superhydrophobic properties of the hierarchical AZO layer are discussed. It is believed that the present route holds promise for future success in the design and development of practical superhydrophobic materials.

  20. ZnO Nanorods on a LaAlO3 -SrTiO3 Interface: Hybrid 1D-2D Diodes with Engineered Electronic Properties.

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    Bera, Ashok; Lin, Weinan; Yao, Yingbang; Ding, Junfeng; Lourembam, James; Wu, Tom

    2016-02-10

    Integrating nanomaterials with different dimensionalities and properties is a versatile approach toward realizing new functionalities in advanced devices. Here, a novel diode-type heterostructure is reported consisting of 1D semiconducting ZnO nanorods and 2D metallic LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface. Tunable insulator-to-metal transitions, absent in the individual components, are observed as a result of the competing temperature-dependent conduction mechanisms. Detailed transport analysis reveals direct tunneling at low bias, Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high forward bias, and Zener breakdown at high reverse bias. Our results highlight the rich electronic properties of such artificial diodes with hybrid dimensionalities, and the design principle may be generalized to other nanomaterials.

  1. The effect of heating rate on the structural and electrical properties of sol-gel derived Al-doped ZnO films

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    Gao, Meizhen; Wu, Xiaonan; Liu, Jing; Liu, Wenbao

    2011-05-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films are prepared by sol-gel method with a proper annealing procedure. For the first time, we find that the heating rate which is normally neglected during the post annealing process plays a significant role in improving AZO properties. The AZO film with nanorod structure is obtained by using a rapid heating rate. The AZO nanorods can provide a faster conduction pathway for charge transport due to the high crystal quality and thus enhance the conductivity of the film significantly. After hydrogen treatment, the AZO nanorod film exhibits a minimum resistivity of 1.4 × 10 -3 Ω cm. This approach to the preparation of AZO nanorods by a simple rapid annealing process may be helpful for the development of sol-gel-derived TCO films.

  2. Polarity assignment in ZnTe, GaAs, ZnO, and GaN-AlN nanowires from direct dumbbell analysis.

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    de la Mata, Maria; Magen, Cesar; Gazquez, Jaume; Utama, Muhammad Iqbal Bakti; Heiss, Martin; Lopatin, Sergei; Furtmayr, Florian; Fernández-Rojas, Carlos J; Peng, Bo; Morante, Joan Ramon; Rurali, Riccardo; Eickhoff, Martin; Fontcuberta i Morral, Anna; Xiong, Qihua; Arbiol, Jordi

    2012-05-01

    Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with high angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging and the newly developed annular bright field (ABF) imaging are used to define a new guideline for the polarity determination of semiconductor nanowires (NWs) from binary compounds in two extreme cases: (i) when the dumbbell is formed with atoms of similar mass (GaAs) and (ii) in the case where one of the atoms is extremely light (N or O: ZnO and GaN/AlN). The theoretical fundaments of these procedures allow us to overcome the main challenge in the identification of dumbbell polarity. It resides in the separation and identification of the constituent atoms in the dumbbells. The proposed experimental via opens new routes for the fine characterization of nanostructures, e.g., in electronic and optoelectronic fields, where the polarity is crucial for the understanding of their physical properties (optical and electronic) as well as their growth mechanisms.

  3. Micro/Nano hierarchical peony-like Al doped ZnO superhydrophobic film: The guiding effect of (100) preferred seed layer.

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    Li, Yang; Wang, Jingfeng; Kong, Yi; Zhou, Jia; Wu, Jinzhu; Wang, Gang; Bi, Hai; Wu, Xiaohong; Qin, Wei; Li, Qingkun

    2016-01-12

    In this communication, we present a versatile and controllable strategy for formation of superhydrophobic micro/nano hierarchical Al doped ZnO (AZO) films with a water contact angle (CA) of 170 ± 4°. This strategy involves a two-step layer-by-layer process employing an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique followed by a hydrothermal method, and the resulting novel AZO surface layer consists of (100) dominant nano-rice-like AZO seed layer (the water CA of 110 ± 4°) covered with micro-peony-like AZO top. The growth mechanisms and superhydrophobic properties of the hierarchical AZO layer are discussed. It is believed that the present route holds promise for future success in the design and development of practical superhydrophobic materials.

  4. Micro/Nano hierarchical peony-like Al doped ZnO superhydrophobic film: The guiding effect of (100) preferred seed layer

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    Li, Yang; Wang, Jingfeng; Kong, Yi; Zhou, Jia; Wu, Jinzhu; Wang, Gang; Bi, Hai; Wu, Xiaohong; Qin, Wei; Li, Qingkun

    2016-01-01

    In this communication, we present a versatile and controllable strategy for formation of superhydrophobic micro/nano hierarchical Al doped ZnO (AZO) films with a water contact angle (CA) of 170 ± 4°. This strategy involves a two-step layer-by-layer process employing an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique followed by a hydrothermal method, and the resulting novel AZO surface layer consists of (100) dominant nano-rice-like AZO seed layer (the water CA of 110 ± 4°) covered with micro-peony-like AZO top. The growth mechanisms and superhydrophobic properties of the hierarchical AZO layer are discussed. It is believed that the present route holds promise for future success in the design and development of practical superhydrophobic materials. PMID:26753877

  5. Investigation of the biaxial stress of Al-doped ZnO thin films on a flexible substrate with RF magnetron sputtering

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    Huang, Kuo-Ting; Chen, Hsi-Chao; Cheng, Po-Wei; Chang, Jhe-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate, using the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The residual stress of flexible electronics was investigated by a double beam shadow moiré interferometer with phase shifting interferometry (PSI). Moreover, the biaxial stress of AZO thin films can be graphically represented by using Mohr’s circle of stress. The residual stress of AZO thin films becomes more compressive with the increase in sputtering power. The maximum residual stress is -1115.74 MPa, and the shearing stress is 490.57 MPa at a sputtering power of 200 W. The trends of residual stress were evidenced by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and optical properties of AZO thin films. According to the evaluation results of the refractive index and the extinction coefficient, the AZO thin films have better quality when the sputtering power less than 100 W.

  6. Boron, bismuth co-doping of gallium arsenide and other compounds for photonic and heterojunction bipolar transistor devices

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    Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2015-07-07

    Isoelectronic co-doping of semiconductor compounds and alloys with acceptors and deep donors is sued to decrease bandgap, to increase concentration of the dopant constituents in the resulting alloys, and to increase carrier mobilities lifetimes. For example, Group III-V compounds and alloys, such as GaAs and GaP, are isoelectronically co-doped with, for example, B and Bi, to customize solar cells, and other semiconductor devices. Isoelectronically co-doped Group II-VI compounds and alloys are also included.

  7. Synthesis, structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Co doped, Sm doped and Co+Sm co-doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Poornaprakash, B.; Poojitha, P. T.; Chalapathi, U.; Subramanyam, K.; Park, Si-Hyun

    2016-09-01

    The compositional, structural, optical and magnetic properties of ZnS, Zn0.98Co0.02S, Zn0.98Sm0.02S and Zn0.96Co0.02Sm0.02S nanoparticles synthesized by a hydrothermal method are presented and discussed. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) studies revealed that all the samples exhibited cubic structure without any impurity phases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results revealed that the Co and Sm ions existed in +2 and +3 states in these samples. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of all the samples exhibited a broad emission in the visible region. The room temperature magnetization versus applied magnetic field (M-H) curves demonstrated that the Sm+Co doped nanoparticles exhibited enhanced ferromagnetic behavior compare to Co and Sm individually doped ZnS nanoparticles, which is probably due to the exchange interaction between conductive electrons with local spin polarized electrons on the Co2+ or Sm3+ ions. This study intensifies the understanding of the novel performances of co-doped ZnS nanoparticles and also provides possibilities to fabricate future spintronic devices.

  8. Enhancement of carrier mobility in thin Ge layer by Sn co-doping

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    Prucnal, S.; Liu, F.; Berencén, Y.; Vines, L.; Bischoff, L.; Grenzer, J.; Andric, S.; Tiagulskyi, S.; Pyszniak, K.; Turek, M.; Drozdziel, A.; Helm, M.; Zhou, S.; Skorupa, W.

    2016-10-01

    We present the development, optimization and fabrication of high carrier mobility materials based on GeOI wafers co-doped with Sn and P. The Ge thin films were fabricated using plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition followed by ion implantation and explosive solid phase epitaxy, which is induced by millisecond flash lamp annealing. The influence of the recrystallization mechanism and co-doping of Sn on the carrier distribution and carrier mobility both in n-type and p-type GeOI wafers is discussed in detail. This finding significantly contributes to the state-of-the-art of high carrier mobility-GeOI wafers since the results are comparable with GeOI commercial wafers fabricated by epitaxial layer transfer or SmartCut technology.

  9. Low-temperature ferromagnetic properties in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles

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    Yang, Fengxia E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn; Yu, Gen; Han, Chong; Liu, Tingting; Zhang, Duanming; Xia, Zhengcai E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn

    2014-01-06

    β-Ag{sub 2}Se is a topologically nontrivial insulator. The magnetic properties of Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles with Co concentrations up to 40% were investigated. The cusp of zero-field-cooling magnetization curves and the low-temperature hysteresis loops were observed. With increasing concentration of Co{sup 2+} ions mainly substituting Ag{sub I} sites in the Ag{sub 2}Se structure, the resistivity, Curie temperature T{sub c}, and magnetization increased. At 10 T, a sharp drop of resistance near T{sub c} was detected due to Co dopants. The ferromagnetic behavior in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se might result from the intra-layer ferromagnetic coupling and surface spin. This magnetic semiconductor is a promising candidate in electronics and spintronics.

  10. Fe/Co doped molybdenum diselenide: a promising two-dimensional intermediate-band photovoltaic material.

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    Zhang, Jiajia; He, Haiyan; Pan, Bicai

    2015-05-15

    An intermediate-band (IB) photovoltaic material is an important candidate in developing the new-generation solar cell. In this paper, we propose that the Fe-doped or the Co-doped MoSe2 just meets the required features in IB photovoltaic materials. Our calculations demonstrate that when the concentration of the doped element reaches 11.11%, the doped MoSe2 shows a high absorptivity for both infrared and visible light, where the photovoltaic efficiency of the doped MoSe2 is as high as 56%, approaching the upper limit of photovoltaic efficiency of IB materials. So, the Fe- or Co-doped MoSe2 is a promising two-dimensional photovoltaic material.

  11. Enhanced electrical activation in In-implanted Ge by C co-doping

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    Feng, R. Kremer, F.; Mirzaei, S.; Medling, S. A.; Ridgway, M. C.; Sprouster, D. J.; Decoster, S.; Pereira, L. M. C.; Glover, C. J.; Russo, S. P.

    2015-11-23

    At high dopant concentrations in Ge, electrically activating all implanted dopants is a major obstacle in the fulfillment of high-performance Ge-channel complementary metal oxide semiconductor devices. In this letter, we demonstrate a significant increase in the electrically-active dopant fraction in In-implanted Ge by co-doping with the isovalent element C. Electrical measurements have been correlated with x-ray absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy results in addition to density functional theory simulations. With C + In co-doping, the electrically active fraction was doubled and tripled at In concentrations of 0.2 and 0.7 at. %, respectively. This marked improvement was the result of C-In pair formation such that In-induced strain in the Ge lattice was reduced while the precipitation of In and the formation of In-V clusters were both suppressed.

  12. First-principles calculation on electronic properties of B and N co-doping carbon nanotubes

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    Jianhao, Shi; Tong, Zhao; Xuechao, Li; Meng, Huo; Rundong, Wan

    2016-03-01

    We apply the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional calculation to study the (2, 3) nanotube co-doped with various compositions of nitrogen and boron atoms. We find that the bandgaps and other properties of doped nanotubes oscillate with the doped compositions. Our study should shed light on the understanding of the properties of doped small nanotubes. This might have potential in designing new nano electronic-devices.

  13. Yb/Er co-doped phosphate all-solid single-mode photonic crystal fiber.

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    Wang, Longfei; He, Dongbing; Feng, Suya; Yu, Chunlei; Hu, Lili; Qiu, Jianrong; Chen, Danping

    2014-01-01

    An all-solid Yb(3+)/Er(3+) co-doped single-mode phosphate photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with Watt-level output power and 20 μm core diameter is demonstrated for the first time. A PCF whose refractivity of the active core is lower than that of the background glass is suggested and theoretically confirmed to be in single-mode operation at 40 μm core diameter.

  14. Hydrophilic Nitrogen and Sulfur Co-doped Molybdenum Carbide Nanosheets for Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution.

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    Ang, Huixiang; Tan, Hui Teng; Luo, Zhi Min; Zhang, Yu; Guo, Yuan Yuan; Guo, Guilue; Zhang, Hua; Yan, Qingyu

    2015-12-16

    Nitrogen and sulfur dual-doped Mo2 C nanosheets provide low operating potential (-86 mV for driving 10 mA cm(-2) of current density). Co-doping of N and S heteroatoms can improve the wetting property of the Mo2C electrocatalyst in aqueous solution and induce synergistic effects via σ-donation and π-back donation with hydronium cation.

  15. Synthesis of N, F and S co-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Kundu, Sumana; Yadav, Ram Manohar; Narayanan, T. N.; Shelke, Manjusha V.; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, P. M.; Pillai, Vijayamohanan K.

    2015-07-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are a promising category of materials with remarkable size dependent properties like tunable bandgap and photoluminescence along with the possibility of effective chemical functionalization. Doping of GQDs with heteroatoms is an interesting way of regulating their properties. Herein, we report a facile and scalable one-step synthesis of luminescent GQDs, substitutionally co-doped with N, F and S, of ~2 nm average size by a microwave treatment of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in a customized ionic liquid medium. The use of an ionic liquid coupled with the use of a microwave technique enables not only an ultrafast process for the synthesis of co-doped GQDs, but also provides excellent photoluminescence quantum yield (70%), perhaps due to the interaction of defect clusters and dopants.Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are a promising category of materials with remarkable size dependent properties like tunable bandgap and photoluminescence along with the possibility of effective chemical functionalization. Doping of GQDs with heteroatoms is an interesting way of regulating their properties. Herein, we report a facile and scalable one-step synthesis of luminescent GQDs, substitutionally co-doped with N, F and S, of ~2 nm average size by a microwave treatment of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in a customized ionic liquid medium. The use of an ionic liquid coupled with the use of a microwave technique enables not only an ultrafast process for the synthesis of co-doped GQDs, but also provides excellent photoluminescence quantum yield (70%), perhaps due to the interaction of defect clusters and dopants. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: PLQY calculation, MWCNT synthetic details, TGA analysis and tabular format of GQD synthesis processes. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02427g

  16. Structural, optical and dielectric property of Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Swain, Smita Mohapatra, S. R. Sahoo, B. Singh, A. K.

    2014-04-24

    Multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} and Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} are prepared by solid state route reaction method using bismuth oxide(Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}), iron oxide(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and cobalt oxide (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}). Their structural optical and dielectric properties are studied and compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm that there is no change in crystal structure due to Co doping. From dielectric constant measurement we conclude that dielectric constant increases due to Co doping. UV-Visible plot shows due to Co doping bang gap energy increases.

  17. Defect Chemistry Study of Nitrogen Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Miami University: Dr. Lei L. Kerr Wright State University: Dr. David C. Look and Dr. Zhaoqiang Fang

    2009-11-29

    Our team has investigated the defect chemistry of ZnO:N and developed a thermal evaporation (vapor-phase) method to synthesis p-type ZnO:N. Enhanced p-type conductivity of nitrogen doped ZnO via nano/micro structured rods and Zn-rich Co-doping process were studied. Also, an extended X-Ray absorption fine structure study of p-type nitrogen doped ZnO was conducted. Also reported are Hall-effect, photoluminescence, and DLTS studies.

  18. Homoepitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C-H; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; McCarty, P.; George, M. A.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    ZnO films have high potential for many applications, such as surface acoustic wave filters, UV detectors, and light emitting devices due to its structural, electrical, and optical properties. High quality epitaxial films are required for these applications. The Al2O3 substrate is commonly used for ZnO heteroepitaxial growth. Recently, high quality ZnO single crystals are available for grow homoepitaxial films. Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films were also deposited on (0001) Al2O3 substrates. It was found that the two polar ZnO surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which strongly influence the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of homoepitaxial films grown on the ZnO substrates were different from heteroepitaxial films grown on the Al2O3. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  19. Gain dynamics in Er(3+):Yb(+) co-doped fiber amplifiers.

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    Steinke, M; Neumann, J; Kracht, D; Wessels, P

    2015-06-01

    Understanding the gain dynamics of fiber amplifiers is essential for the implementation and active stabilization of low noise amplifiers or for coherent beam combining schemes. The gain dynamics of purely Er3+ or Yb3+ doped fiber amplifiers are well studied, whereas no analysis for co-doped systems, especially for Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped fiber amplifiers has been performed, so far. Here, we analyze for the first time the gain dynamics of Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped fiber amplifiers theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that due to the energy transfer between the Yb3+ and Er3+ ions a full analytical solution is not possible. Thus, we used numerical simulations to gain further insights. Comparison of experimental and numerical results shows good qualitative agreement. In addition, we were able to determine the Yb3+-Er3+ transfer function of the energy transfer experimentally.

  20. Growth study and photocatalytic properties of Co-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals

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    Sun, Shibin; Chang, Xueting; Li, Zhenjiang

    2012-11-15

    Cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals with different morphologies have been successfully generated using a solvothermal method with tungsten hexachloride and cobalt chloride salts as precursors. The resulting mesocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller analysis of nitrogen sorptometer, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic properties of the cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals were evaluated on the basis of their ability to degrade methyl orange in an aqueous solution under simulated sunlight irradiation. Results showed that the cobalt doping had obvious effect on the morphologies of the final products, and lenticular and blocky cobalt-doped tungsten oxide mesocrystals could be obtained with 1.0 wt.% and 2.0 wt.% cobalt doping, respectively. The cobalt-doped tungsten oxides exhibited superior photocatalytic activities to that of the undoped tungsten oxide. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustrations of the growth of the bundled nanowires, lenticular mesocrystals, and blocky mesocrystals. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co-doped W{sub 18}O{sub 49} mesocrystals were synthesized using a solvothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Co doping has obvious effect on the morphology of the final mesocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Co-doped W{sub 18}O{sub 49} exhibited superior photocatalytic activity to the undoped W{sub 18}O{sub 49}.

  1. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of nonmetal Co-doped titanium dioxide photocatalyst

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    Sun, Xiaogang; Xing, Jun; Qiu, Jingping

    2016-06-01

    A series of boron and sulfur co-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts were prepared by a sol-gel method using boric acid, thiourea and tetrabutyl titanate [Ti(OC4H9)4] as precursors. The photoabsorbance of as-prepared photocatalysts was measured by UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and its microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The prepared photocatalysts consisted of the anatase phase mainly in the form of spherical particles. The photocatalytic performance was studied by photodegradation of methyl blue (MB) in water under UV and visible light irradiation. The calcination temperature and the codoping content influenced the photoactivity. The synergistic effect of boron and sulfur co-doping played an important role in improving the photocatalytic activity. In addition, the possibility of cyclic usage of codoped TiO2 was also confirmed, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 remained above 91% of that of the fresh sample after being used four times. It was shown that the co-doped TiO2 could be activated by visible light and could thus be potentially applied for the treatment of water contaminated by organic pollutants.

  2. Study of new states in visible light active W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} photo catalyst

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    Sajjad, Ahmed Khan Leghari; Shamaila, Sajjad; Zhang, Jinlong

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► Visible light efficient W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} photo catalysts are prepared by sol–gel. ► Oxygen vacancies are detected in the form of new linkages as N-Ti-O, N-W-O, Ti-O-N and W-O-N. ► W, N co-doped titania has new energy states which narrows the band gap effectively. ► Oxygen vacancies are proved to be the cause for high photo catalytic activity. ► W and N co-doping plays the major role to make the composite thermally stable. -- Abstract: The visible light efficient W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} photo catalysts are prepared by sol–gel method. New linkages of N, W and O are formed as N-Ti-O, N-W-O, Ti-O-N and W-O-N. Electron paramagnetic resonance illustrates the presence of oxygen vacancies in W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} acting as trapping agencies for electrons to produce active species. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the presence of new energy states. New linkages and oxygen vacancies are proved to be the main cause for the improved photo catalytic performances. W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} has new energy states which narrow the band gap effectively. W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} is thermally stable and retains its anatase phase up to 900 °C. 4.5% W, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} showed superior activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B and 2,4-dichlorophenol as compared to pure titania, Degussa P-25, traditional N-doped TiO{sub 2} and pure WO{sub 3}.

  3. The electronic structure and optical properties of Mn and B, C, N co-doped MoS2 monolayers

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    2014-01-01

    The electronic structure and optical properties of Mn and B, C, N co-doped molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayers have been investigated through first-principles calculations. It is shown that the MoS2 monolayer reflects magnetism with a magnetic moment of 0.87 μB when co-doped with Mn-C. However, the systems co-doped with Mn-B and Mn-N atoms exhibit semiconducting behavior and their energy bandgaps are 1.03 and 0.81 eV, respectively. The bandgaps of the co-doped systems are smaller than those of the corresponding pristine forms, due to effective charge compensation between Mn and B (N) atoms. The optical properties of Mn-B (C, N) co-doped systems all reflect the redshift phenomenon. The absorption edge of the pure molybdenum disulfide monolayer is 0.8 eV, while the absorption edges of the Mn-B, Mn-C, and Mn-N co-doped systems become 0.45, 0.5, and 0 eV, respectively. As a potential material, MoS2 is widely used in many fields such as the production of optoelectronic devices, military devices, and civil devices. PMID:25317103

  4. Valence band structure and magnetic properties of Co-doped Fe3O4(100) films

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    Ran, F. Y.; Tsunemaru, Y.; Hasegawa, T.; Takeichi, Y.; Harasawa, A.; Yaji, K.; Kim, S.; Kakizaki, A.

    2011-06-01

    Structural and magnetic properties, and the valence band structure of pure and Co-doped (up to 33%) Fe3O4(100) films were investigated. Reconstruction of the Fe3O4(100) surface is found to be blocked by Co doping. Doped Co ions in Fe3O4 are in a charge state of 2 + and substitute the Fe2+ in the B site of Fe3O4. All the films exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism. Co doping changes the coercivity and reduces saturation magnetization. The density of states near the Fermi level is reduced by Co doping due to the decrease of Fe2+ in the B site, which might responsible for the decrease in conductivity and magnetoresistance of Co-doped Fe3O4. The Verwey transition in the range of 100-120 K is observed for the pure Fe3O4 film, while no transition could be detected for Co-doped Fe3O4 films.

  5. The electronic structure and optical properties of Mn and B, C, N co-doped MoS2 monolayers.

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    Xu, Wei-Bin; Huang, Bao-Jun; Li, Ping; Li, Feng; Zhang, Chang-Wen; Wang, Pei-Ji

    2014-01-01

    The electronic structure and optical properties of Mn and B, C, N co-doped molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayers have been investigated through first-principles calculations. It is shown that the MoS2 monolayer reflects magnetism with a magnetic moment of 0.87 μB when co-doped with Mn-C. However, the systems co-doped with Mn-B and Mn-N atoms exhibit semiconducting behavior and their energy bandgaps are 1.03 and 0.81 eV, respectively. The bandgaps of the co-doped systems are smaller than those of the corresponding pristine forms, due to effective charge compensation between Mn and B (N) atoms. The optical properties of Mn-B (C, N) co-doped systems all reflect the redshift phenomenon. The absorption edge of the pure molybdenum disulfide monolayer is 0.8 eV, while the absorption edges of the Mn-B, Mn-C, and Mn-N co-doped systems become 0.45, 0.5, and 0 eV, respectively. As a potential material, MoS2 is widely used in many fields such as the production of optoelectronic devices, military devices, and civil devices.

  6. γ irradiation induced effects on bismuth active centres and related photoluminescence properties of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres.

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    Sporea, D; Mihai, L; Neguţ, D; Luo, Yanhua; Yan, Binbin; Ding, Mingjie; Wei, Shuen; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effects of γ irradiation on bismuth active centres (BACs) and related photoluminescence properties of bismuth/erbium co-doped silica fibre (BEDF), [Si] ~28, [Ge] ~1.60, [Al] ~0.10, [Er] ~ <0.10 and [Bi] ~0.10 atom%, fabricated by in-situ solution doping and Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition (MCVD). The samples were irradiated at 1 kGy, 5 kGy, 15 kGy, 30 kGy and 50 kGy doses, and dose rate of 5.5 kGy/h, at room temperature. The optical properties of BEDF samples are tested before and after γ irradiation. We found that high dose γ irradiation could significantly influence the formation and composition of BACs and their photoluminescence performance, as important changes in absorption and emission properties associated with the 830 nm pump produces the direct evidence of γ irradiation effects on BAC-Si. We notice that the saturable to unsaturable absorption ratio at pump wavelength could be increased with high dose γ irradiation, indicating that emission and pump efficiency could be increased by γ irradiation. Our experimental results also reveal good radiation survivability of the BEDF under low and moderate γ irradiation. Our investigation suggests the existence of irradiation related processing available for tailoring the photoluminescence properties and performance of bismuth doped/co-doped fibres. PMID:27440386

  7. γ irradiation induced effects on bismuth active centres and related photoluminescence properties of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres

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    Sporea, D.; Mihai, L.; Neguţ, D.; Luo, Yanhua; Yan, Binbin; Ding, Mingjie; Wei, Shuen; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effects of γ irradiation on bismuth active centres (BACs) and related photoluminescence properties of bismuth/erbium co-doped silica fibre (BEDF), [Si] ~28, [Ge] ~1.60, [Al] ~0.10, [Er] ~ <0.10 and [Bi] ~0.10 atom%, fabricated by in-situ solution doping and Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition (MCVD). The samples were irradiated at 1 kGy, 5 kGy, 15 kGy, 30 kGy and 50 kGy doses, and dose rate of 5.5 kGy/h, at room temperature. The optical properties of BEDF samples are tested before and after γ irradiation. We found that high dose γ irradiation could significantly influence the formation and composition of BACs and their photoluminescence performance, as important changes in absorption and emission properties associated with the 830 nm pump produces the direct evidence of γ irradiation effects on BAC-Si. We notice that the saturable to unsaturable absorption ratio at pump wavelength could be increased with high dose γ irradiation, indicating that emission and pump efficiency could be increased by γ irradiation. Our experimental results also reveal good radiation survivability of the BEDF under low and moderate γ irradiation. Our investigation suggests the existence of irradiation related processing available for tailoring the photoluminescence properties and performance of bismuth doped/co-doped fibres. PMID:27440386

  8. γ irradiation induced effects on bismuth active centres and related photoluminescence properties of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres

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    Sporea, D.; Mihai, L.; Neguţ, D.; Luo, Yanhua; Yan, Binbin; Ding, Mingjie; Wei, Shuen; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the effects of γ irradiation on bismuth active centres (BACs) and related photoluminescence properties of bismuth/erbium co-doped silica fibre (BEDF), [Si] ~28, [Ge] ~1.60, [Al] ~0.10, [Er] ~ <0.10 and [Bi] ~0.10 atom%, fabricated by in-situ solution doping and Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition (MCVD). The samples were irradiated at 1 kGy, 5 kGy, 15 kGy, 30 kGy and 50 kGy doses, and dose rate of 5.5 kGy/h, at room temperature. The optical properties of BEDF samples are tested before and after γ irradiation. We found that high dose γ irradiation could significantly influence the formation and composition of BACs and their photoluminescence performance, as important changes in absorption and emission properties associated with the 830 nm pump produces the direct evidence of γ irradiation effects on BAC-Si. We notice that the saturable to unsaturable absorption ratio at pump wavelength could be increased with high dose γ irradiation, indicating that emission and pump efficiency could be increased by γ irradiation. Our experimental results also reveal good radiation survivability of the BEDF under low and moderate γ irradiation. Our investigation suggests the existence of irradiation related processing available for tailoring the photoluminescence properties and performance of bismuth doped/co-doped fibres.

  9. Y2O3 and Yb2O3 Co-doped Strontium Hafnate as a New Thermal Barrier Coating Material

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    Ma, Wen; Li, Peng; Dong, Hongying; Bai, Yu; Zhao, Jinlan; Fan, Xiaoze

    2014-01-01

    Y2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped strontium hafnate powder with chemistry of Sr(Hf0.9Y0.05Yb0.05)O2.95 (SHYY) was synthesized by a solid-state reaction at 1450 °C. The SHYY showed good phase stability not only from 200 to 1400 °C but also at a high temperature of 1450 °C for a long period, analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The coefficient of thermal expansion of the sintered bulk SHYY was recorded by a high-temperature dilatometer and revealed a positive influence on phase transitions of SrHfO3 by co-doping with Y2O3 and Yb2O3. The thermal conductivity of the bulk SHYY was approximately 16% lower in contrast to that of SrHfO3 at 1000 °C. Good chemical compatibility was observed for SHYY with 8YSZ or Al2O3 powders after a 24 h heat treatment at 1250 °C. The phase stability and the microstructure evolution of the as-sprayed SHYY coating during annealing at 1400 °C were also investigated.

  10. High throughput fabrication of transition-metal-doped epitaxial ZnO thin films: A series of oxide-diluted magnetic semiconductors and their properties

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    Jin, Zhengwu; Fukumura, T.; Kawasaki, M.; Ando, K.; Saito, H.; Sekiguchi, T.; Yoo, Y. Z.; Murakami, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Hasegawa, T.

    2001-06-11

    Combinatorial laser molecular-beam epitaxy method was employed to fabricate epitaxial ZnO thin films doped with all the 3d transition metal (TM) ions in a high throughput fashion. The solubility behavior of TM ions was discussed from the viewpoints of the ionic radius and valence state. The magneto-optical responses coincident with absorption spectra were observed for Mn- and Co-doped samples. Cathodoluminescence spectra were studied for Cr-, Mn-, Fe-, and Co-doped samples, among which Cr-doped ZnO showed two sharp peaks at 2.97 eV and 3.71 eV, respectively, at the expense of the exciton emission peak of pure ZnO at 3.25 eV. Different magnetoresistance behavior was observed for the samples codoped with n-type carriers. Ferromagnetism was not observed for Cr- to Cu-doped samples down to 3 K. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  11. Broadband telecommunication wavelength emission in Yb(3+)-Er(3+)-Tm(3+) co-doped nano-glassceramics.

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    Tikhomirov, V K; Driesen, K; Görller-Walrand, C; Mortier, M

    2007-07-23

    Transparent Yb(3+), Er(3+) and Tm(3+) co-doped nano-glass-ceramics 3(SiO(2)2)9(AlO(1.5))31.5(CdF(2))18.5(PbF(2))5.5(ZnF(2)):3.5(Yb-Er-TmF(3)), mol%, have been prepared where co-dopants mostly partition in nano-crystals Pb(1-x) (Yb(3+),Er(3+),Tm(3+))(x)F(2+x) embedded in the glass network. The Yb(3+) ensures high absorption at 980 nm telecommunication pump wavelength and further phonon-mediated energy transfer to Er(3+) and Tm(3+) co-dopants. Er(3+) and Tm(3+) radiate overlapping emission bands from their lowest energy levels, with similar lifetime of about 9 ms, which cover the range between 1.50 to 1.70 mum. The lifetime of all higher levels of Er(3+) and Tm(3+) dopants is shorter than 70 mus due to short inter-dopant distances in the nano-crystals resulting in fast energy transfer to their lowest levels.

  12. A comparative investigation on structure and multiferroic properties of bismuth ferrite thin films by multielement co-doping

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Multielement (Tb, Cr and Mn) co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films were fabricated by CSD method. • Multielement co-doping induces a structural transition. • It is found effective to stabilize the valence of Fe ions at +3 by the strategy. • The co-doping at A/B-sites gives rise to the superior multiferroic properties. - Abstract: (Tb, Cr and Mn) multielement co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BTFCMO) thin films were prepared by the chemical solution deposition method on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement and Raman analyses revealed that a phase transition from rhombohedral to triclinic structure occurs in the multielement co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films. It is found that the doping is conducive to stabilizing the valence of Fe ions and reducing leakage current. In addition, the highly enhanced ferroelectric properties with a huge remanent polarization (2P{sub r}) of 239.6 μC/cm{sup 2} and a low coercive field (2E{sub c}) of 615.6 kV/cm are ascribed to the well film texture, the structure transition and the reduced leakage current by the co-doping. Moreover, the structure transition is the dominant factor resulting in the significant enhancement observed in magnetization (M{sub s} ∼ 10.5 emu/cm{sup 3}), owing to the collapse of the space-modulated spin structure. In this contribution, these results demonstrate that the multielement co-doping is in favor of the enhanced multiferroic properties of the BFO films for possible multifunctional applications.

  13. Spectroscopic properties of Er3+/Yb3+ Co-doped zinc boro-tellurite glasses for 1.5 xB5m broadband optical amplifiers

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    Suthanthirakumar, P.; Karthikeyan, P.; Vijayakumar, R.; Marimuthu, K.

    2015-06-01

    A new series of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped Zinc boro-tellurite glasses with the chemical composition (40-x-y)B2O3+ 25TeO2+20ZnO+15BaO+xYb2O3+yEr2O3 (where x = 0.1, 0.5, 1 and 3; y =1 in wt %) were prepared by melt quenching technique and their spectroscopic behavior were studied through UV-Vis-NIR absorption and NIR luminescence measurements. The bonding parameters (β ¯ and δ) and Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) have been calculated from the band positions of the absorption spectra. A broad near-infrared emission band at 1540 nm with a full width at half maximum around 80 nm was observed from the NIR luminescence spectra by monitoring an excitation at 980 nm. The absorption cross-section and emission cross-section for the4I13/2→4I15/2 transition of the Er3+ ions were also determined using McCumber theory and the results were discussed and reported.

  14. Optimized structure stability and electrochemical performance of LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 by sputtering nanoscale ZnO film

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    Lai, Yan-Qing; Xu, Ming; Zhang, Zhi-An; Gao, Chun-Hui; Wang, Peng; Yu, Zi-Yang

    2016-03-01

    LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 (NCA) is one of the most promising cathode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in electric vehicles, which is successfully adopted in Tesla. However, the dissolution of the cation into the electrolyte is still a one of the major challenges (fading capacity and poor cyclability, etc.) presented in pristine NCA. Herein, a homogeneous nanoscale ZnO film is directly sputtered on the surface of NCA electrode via the magnetron sputtering (MS). This ZnO film is evidenced by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results clearly demonstrate that ZnO film is fully and uniformly covered on the NCA electrodes. After 90 cycles at 1.0C, the optimized MS-2min coated NCA electrode delivers much higher discharge capacity with 169 mAh g-1 than that of the pristine NCA electrode with 127 mAh g-1. In addition, the discharge capacity also reaches 166 mAh g-1 at 3.0C, as compared to that of 125 mAh g-1 for the pristine electrode. The improved electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the superiority of the MS ZnO film that reduce charge transfer resistance and protect the NCA electrode from cation dissolution.

  15. Characterization of Bi and Fe co-doped PZT capacitors for FeRAM

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    Cross, Jeffrey S.; Kim, Seung-Hyun; Wada, Satoshi; Chatterjee, Abhijit

    2010-08-01

    Ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) has been in mass production for over 15 years. Higher polarization ferroelectric materials are needed for future devices which can operate above about 100 °C. With this goal in mind, co-doping of thin Pb(Zr40,Ti60)O3 (PZT) films with 1 at.% Bi and 1 at.% Fe was examined in order to enhance the ferroelectric properties as well as characterize the doped material. The XRD patterns of PZT-5% BiFeO3 (BF) and PZT 140-nm thick films showed (111) orientation on (111) platinized Si wafers and a 30 °C increase in the tetragonal to cubic phase transition temperature, often called the Curie temperature, from 350 to 380 °C with co-doping, indicating that Bi and Fe are substituting into the PZT lattice. Raman spectra revealed decreased band intensity with Bi and Fe co-doping of PZT compared to PZT. Polarization hysteresis loops show similar values of remanent polarization, but square-shaped voltage pulse-measured net polarization values of PZT-BF were higher and showed higher endurance to repeated cycling up to 1010 cycles. It is proposed that Bi and Fe are both in the +3 oxidation state and substituting into the perovskite A and B sites, respectively. Substitution of Bi and Fe into the PZT lattice likely creates defect dipoles, which increase the net polarization when measured by the short voltage pulse positive-up-negative-down (PUND) method.

  16. Preparation and properties of sliver and nitrogen co-doped TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst

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    Zhang, Ying; Zhang, Jin; Zhu, Zhongqi; Yan, Ningning; Liu, Qingju

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The silver and nitrogen co-doped TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts were prepared and characterized. • The light absorption threshold wavelength of Ag–N–TiO{sub 2} is red-shifted to visible light. • The recombination of the photo-generated electrons and holes of Ag–N–TiO{sub 2} is inhibited. • The photocatalytic activity of Ag–N–TiO{sub 2} is remarkable improved. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts co-doped with different content of Ag and N were prepared by sol–gel method combined with microwave chemical method. The samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), ultraviolet–visible diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis) and photo-luminescence emission spectrum (PL). The photocatalytic activity was investigated by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under irradiation of fluorescent lamp. The results indicate that Ag and N co-doping can restrain the increase of grain size, broaden the absorption spectrum to visible light region, and inhibit the recombination of the photo-generated electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of Ag–N–TiO{sub 2} in MB degradation is remarkable improved. The degradation rate of the sample with Ag:TiO{sub 2} = 0.05 at%, N:TiO{sub 2} = 18.50 wt% in 5 h is 93.44%, which is much higher than that of Degussa P25 (39.40%)

  17. Origins of Highly Stable Al-evaporated Solution-processed ZnO Thin Film Transistors: Insights from Low Frequency and Random Telegraph Signal Noise

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    Kim, Joo Hyung; Kang, Tae Sung; Yang, Jung Yup; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-01-01

    One long-standing goal in the emerging field of flexible and transparent electronic devices is to meet the demand of key markets, such as enhanced output performance for metal oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) prepared by a solution process. While solution-based fabrication techniques are cost-effective and ensure large-area coverage at low temperature, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing large trap states into TFTs. Such states, the formation of which is induced by intrinsic defects initially produced during preparation, have a significant impact on electrical performance. Therefore, the ability to enhance the electrical characteristics of solution-processed TFTs, along with attaining a firm understanding of their physical nature, remains a key step towards extending their use. In this study, measurements of low-frequency noise and random telegraph signal noise are employed as generic alternative tools to examine the origins of enhanced output performance for solution-processed ZnO TFTs through the control of defect sites by Al evaporation. PMID:26525284

  18. Superior electrochemical performance of LiCoO2 electrodes enabled by conductive Al2O3-doped ZnO coating via magnetron sputtering

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    Dai, Xinyi; Zhou, Aijun; Xu, Jin; Yang, Bin; Wang, Liping; Li, Jingze

    2015-12-01

    A conductive Al2O3-doped ZnO (AZO) layer is coated directly on the LiCoO2 (LCO) porous composite electrode by magnetron sputtering of an AZO target, offering more efficient electron transfer and a stabilized interface layer. Up to 90% of the initial capacity of the AZO-coated electrode can be retained (173 mAh g-1) after 150 cycles between 3.0 and 4.5 V vs. Li/Li+. Meanwhile, the rate performance is remarkably improved showing a reversible capacity of 112 mAh g-1 at 12 C. The formation of amorphous solid electrolyte interface (SEI) observed on the uncoated LCO electrode is effectively impeded on the AZO-coated one. Acting as an intermediate barrier, the AZO layer can prevent chemical dissolution of the active materials by forming a thin passivation layer on the electrode surface containing some metal fluorides which are chemically inactive and ionically conductive. The positive role of the AZO coating is still effective under a more severe condition tested with an upper cut-off potential of 4.7 V.

  19. Band alignment at the interface between Ni-doped Cr2O3 and Al-doped ZnO: implications for transparent p-n junctions

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    Arca, Elisabetta; McInerney, Michael A.; Shvets, Igor V.

    2016-06-01

    The realization of transparent electronic and optoelectronic devices requires the use of transparent p-n junctions. In this context, understanding the band alignment at the interface between the p- and n-components represents a fundamental step towards the realization of high performance devices. In this work, the band alignment at the interface between Al-doped ZnO (AZO) and Ni-doped Cr2O3 has been analysed. The formation and evolution of the core levels as the interface progressively forms have been followed by means of x-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and x-ray reflectivity. A type two (staggered) band alignment was identified, with the valence band offset and conduction band offset found to be 2.6 eV and 2.5 eV, respectively. The electrical behaviour will be discussed in terms of the position of the bands, the presence of band bending and the expected built-in potential and how these can be engineered in order to achieve the maximum performance for this hetero-structure.

  20. Origins of Highly Stable Al-evaporated Solution-processed ZnO Thin Film Transistors: Insights from Low Frequency and Random Telegraph Signal Noise

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    Kim, Joo Hyung; Kang, Tae Sung; Yang, Jung Yup; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-11-01

    One long-standing goal in the emerging field of flexible and transparent electronic devices is to meet the demand of key markets, such as enhanced output performance for metal oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) prepared by a solution process. While solution-based fabrication techniques are cost-effective and ensure large-area coverage at low temperature, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing large trap states into TFTs. Such states, the formation of which is induced by intrinsic defects initially produced during preparation, have a significant impact on electrical performance. Therefore, the ability to enhance the electrical characteristics of solution-processed TFTs, along with attaining a firm understanding of their physical nature, remains a key step towards extending their use. In this study, measurements of low-frequency noise and random telegraph signal noise are employed as generic alternative tools to examine the origins of enhanced output performance for solution-processed ZnO TFTs through the control of defect sites by Al evaporation.

  1. Origins of Highly Stable Al-evaporated Solution-processed ZnO Thin Film Transistors: Insights from Low Frequency and Random Telegraph Signal Noise.

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    Kim, Joo Hyung; Kang, Tae Sung; Yang, Jung Yup; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-01-01

    One long-standing goal in the emerging field of flexible and transparent electronic devices is to meet the demand of key markets, such as enhanced output performance for metal oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) prepared by a solution process. While solution-based fabrication techniques are cost-effective and ensure large-area coverage at low temperature, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing large trap states into TFTs. Such states, the formation of which is induced by intrinsic defects initially produced during preparation, have a significant impact on electrical performance. Therefore, the ability to enhance the electrical characteristics of solution-processed TFTs, along with attaining a firm understanding of their physical nature, remains a key step towards extending their use. In this study, measurements of low-frequency noise and random telegraph signal noise are employed as generic alternative tools to examine the origins of enhanced output performance for solution-processed ZnO TFTs through the control of defect sites by Al evaporation. PMID:26525284

  2. Ferromagnetism in Co-doped (La,Sr)TiO3

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    Fix, T.; Liberati, M.; Aubriet, H.; Sahonta, S.-L.; Bali, R.; Becker, C.; Ruch, D.; MacManus-Driscoll, J.L.; Arenholz, E.; Blamire, M.G.

    2009-04-21

    The origin of ferromagnetism in Co-doped (La,Sr)TiO{sub 3} epitaxial thin films is discussed. While the as-grown samples are not ferromagnetic at room temperature or at 10 K, ferromagnetism at room temperature appears after annealing the films in reducing conditions and disappears after annealing in oxidizing conditions. Magnetic measurements, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy experiments indicate that within the resolution of the instruments the activation of the ferromagnetism is not due to the presence of pure Co.

  3. Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dots with strong blue luminescence

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    Ding, Hui; Wei, Ji-Shi; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2014-10-01

    Sulfur-doped carbon dots (S-CDs) with a quantum yield (QY) of 5.5% and nitrogen, sulfur co-doped carbon dots (N,S-CDs) with a QY of 54.4% were synthesized, respectively, via the same hydrothermal route using α-lipoic acid as the carbon source. The obtained S-CDs and N,S-CDs had similar sizes but different optical features. The QY of N,S-CDs was gradually enhanced when extending the reaction time to increase the nitrogen content. After careful characterization of these CDs, the doped nitrogen element was believed to be in the form of C&z.dbd;N and C-N bonds which enhanced the fluorescence efficiency significantly. Meanwhile, the co-doped sulfur element was found to be synergistic for nitrogen doping in N,S-CDs. The optimal N,S-CDs were successfully employed as good multicolor cell imaging probes due to their fine dispersion in water, excitation-dependent emission, excellent fluorescence stability and low toxicity. Besides, such N,S-CDs showed a wide detection range and excellent accuracy as fluorescent sensors for Fe3+ ions.Sulfur-doped carbon dots (S-CDs) with a quantum yield (QY) of 5.5% and nitrogen, sulfur co-doped carbon dots (N,S-CDs) with a QY of 54.4% were synthesized, respectively, via the same hydrothermal route using α-lipoic acid as the carbon source. The obtained S-CDs and N,S-CDs had similar sizes but different optical features. The QY of N,S-CDs was gradually enhanced when extending the reaction time to increase the nitrogen content. After careful characterization of these CDs, the doped nitrogen element was believed to be in the form of C&z.dbd;N and C-N bonds which enhanced the fluorescence efficiency significantly. Meanwhile, the co-doped sulfur element was found to be synergistic for nitrogen doping in N,S-CDs. The optimal N,S-CDs were successfully employed as good multicolor cell imaging probes due to their fine dispersion in water, excitation-dependent emission, excellent fluorescence stability and low toxicity. Besides, such N,S-CDs showed a

  4. Reverse magnetostructural transformation in Co-doped NiMnGa multifunctional alloys

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    Fabbrici, S.; Albertini, F.; Paoluzi, A.; Bolzoni, F.; Cabassi, R.; Solzi, M.; Righi, L.; Calestani, G.

    2009-07-01

    We studied the composition dependence of the structural and magnetic properties of Co-doped Ni-Mn-Ga alloys around the Mn-rich composition Ni50Mn30Ga20. By varying the Co and Mn content we have been able to tune the critical temperatures. In particular, in a suitable composition range, the Curie temperature of martensite is lower than Curie temperature of austenite and lower than martensitic transformation temperature, giving rise to a paramagnetic gap between magnetically ordered martensite and austenite and to the occurrence of a reverse magnetostructural transformation.

  5. Co-doping effects of Gd and Ag on YBCO films derived by metalorganic deposition

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    Sun, Meijuan; Liu, Zhiyong; Bai, Chuanyi; Guo, Yanqun; Lu, Yuming; Fan, Feng; Cai, Chuanbing

    2015-12-01

    Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3O7-δ-Ag (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) thin films were prepared on oxide buffered Hastelloy substrates by low fluorine metalorganic depostion (MOD) process. The effects of co-doping of Ag and Gd on the microstructures and superconducting properties of YBCO thin films are investigated with respect to improvement on texture and superconducting performance in case of optimized doping content. It is found that optimum addition of Ag and Gd may lead to better c-axis orientation, superior surface microstructure and finally give rise to much improvement of superconducting performance.

  6. Influence of praseodymium and nitrogen co-doping on the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}

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    Wu, Jing; Liu, Qingju; Gao, Pan; Zhu, Zhongqi

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} The praseodymium and nitrogen co-doped TiO{sub 2} (Pr-N-TiO{sub 2}) powders were prepared and characterized. {yields} The effects on the photocatalytic activity were studied. {yields} The results exhibit that the spectrum absorption region of the co-doped sample is red-shifted to visible light and the recombination of the photo-generated pairs is inhibited. {yields} The photocatalytic activity is greatly improved. -- Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles co-doped with different doping concentration of Pr and N were prepared by sol-gel method combined with microwave chemical method. The samples were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-vis, TEM, XPS, PL, and the photocatalytic activity were investigated by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results indicate that Pr and N ions incorporate into the lattice of TiO{sub 2}, co-doping restrains the increase of grain size, broadens the absorption region to visible light, and inhibits the recombination of the photo-generated electrons and holes. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of Pr-N-TiO{sub 2} is remarkable improved due to the synergistic effect of the co-doped ions. The degradation rate of MB in 6 h is 92.81%, which is much higher than that of Degussa P25 (45.01%).

  7. Comparison of selected optical properties of oxyfluoride glass fibers doped with Er3+ and co-doped with Er3+ Yb3+

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    Augustyn, E.; Stremplewski, P.; Rozanski, M.; Koepke, C.; Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Kępińska, M.; Żelechower, M.

    2011-12-01

    The method of manufacturing and spectroscopic evaluation of the Er3+ ions doped and Er3+-Yb3+co-doped SiO2-Al2O3-Na2CO3-CaO-PbO-PbF2 oxyfluoride glass fibers is presented in the paper. Both optically active elements erbium and ytterbium were introduced into the batch in the form of fluorides. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique was applied at each stage of fibers manufacturing in order to control an amorphous structure of the preforms and fibers. Optical studies of glass preforms and fibers (reflection/transmission, absorption, emission, and excited state absorption (ESA)) were directed to examine their suitability as fiber amplifiers at 1.55 μm band.

  8. Oxygen vacancies induced Spin polarized current in Co-doped ZnO by Andreev reflection technique

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    Yang, Kung-Shang; Chou, Hsiung; Chan, Wen Ling; Chen, Bo-Yu; Shang-Fan Lee Collaboration

    Dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMO) is a semiconducting system with spin-polarized carriers and magnetic properties. However, since most studies had been focused on existence of FM, the proportion of spin-polarized current (SPC) in DMO is far from being determined. We used Point-contact Andreev reflection measurements on various Zn0.95Co0.05O thin films, with controlled oxygen vacancies by sputtering in various H2 partial pressure with Ar atmosphere. We found that conductance versus voltage (G-V) spectra suppresses as oxygen vacancy concentration increases. It indicates oxygen vacancies play significant role in inducing the SPC. To understand the origin of spin polarized current at the interface of the superconducting tip/CZO system, we use modified Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk (MBTK) model in ballistic and diffusive regime to interpret GV curve. The extracted SPC value were up to 70% in ballistic regime and 65% in diffusive regime. The results suggest tiny routes have been formed by oxygen vacancies which are extended throughout the whole films. This result confirmed that MBTK model in ballistic regime is more suitable for our GV spectra and this explains the observation of such a high SPC Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica Taiwan.

  9. Enhanced stability of Eu in GaN nanoparticles: Effects of Si co-doping

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    Kaur, Prabhsharan; Sekhon, S. S.; Zavada, J. M.; Kumar, Vijay

    2015-06-14

    Ab initio calculations on Eu doped (GaN){sub n} (n = 12, 13, and 32) nanoparticles show that Eu doping in nanoparticles is favorable compared with bulk GaN as a large fraction of atoms lie on the surface where strain can be released compared with bulk where often Eu doping is associated with a N vacancy. Co-doping of Si further facilitates Eu doping as strain from an oversized Eu atom and an undersized Si atom is compensated. These results along with low symmetry sites in nanoparticles make them attractive for developing strongly luminescent nanomaterials. The atomic and electronic structures are discussed using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy as well as GGA + U formalism. In all cases of Eu (Eu + Si) doping, the magnetic moments are localized on the Eu site with a large value of 6μ{sub B} (7μ{sub B}). Our results suggest that co-doping can be a very useful way to achieve rare-earth doping in different hosts for optoelectronic materials.

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

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

    2010-07-15

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

  11. Thermoelectric performance of co-doped SnTe with resonant levels

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    Zhou, Min; Gibbs, Zachary M.; Wang, Heng; Han, Yemao; Li, Laifeng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2016-07-01

    Some group III elements such as Indium are known to produce the resonant impurity states in IV-VI compounds. The discovery of these impurity states has opened up new ways for engineering the thermoelectric properties of IV-VI compounds. In this work, resonant states in SnTe were studied by co-doping with both resonant (In) and extrinsic (Ag, I) dopants. A characteristic nonlinear relationship was observed between the Hall carrier concentration (nH) and extrinsic dopant concentration (NI, NAg) in the stabilization region, where a linear increase of dopant concentration does not lead to linear response in the measured nH. Upon substituting extrinsic dopants beyond a certain amount, the nH changed proportionally with additional dopants (Ag, I) (the doping region). The Seebeck coefficients are enhanced as the resonant impurity is introduced, whereas the use of extrinsic doping only induces minor changes. Modest zT enhancements are observed at lower temperatures, which lead to an increase in the average zT values over a broad range of temperatures (300-773 K). The improved average zT obtained through co-doping indicates the promise of fine carrier density control in maximizing the favorable effect of resonant levels for thermoelectric materials.

  12. Electronic and optical properties study on Fesbnd B co-doped anatase TiO2

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    Li, Xuechao; Shi, Jianhao; Chen, Hao; Wan, Rundong; Leng, Chongyan; Lei, Ying

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the density of states and optical properties for Fe, 2B and (Fe, 2B) doped TiO2 with DFT calculations. The calculated results reveal mono-doping introduces midgap states which are half-occupied and easy to become the recombination centers of charge carriers, thus inhibiting the enhancement of photocatalystic activity. The coupling of 2p-3d states in the (Fe, 2B) compensated co-doped TiO2 makes gap states couple with the valence bands edge, thus greatly causing the band gap narrowing and higher visible light absorption. Moreover, the gap states cannot become recombination centers of the photoexcited carriers, thus promoting the separation of electron-hole pairs, prolonging the lifetime of carriers. The analysis of electron density indicates more electrons from Fe transfer to adjacent B, realizing the charge compensation and forming a stronger Fesbnd B bond. Therefore, the (Fe, 2B) compensated co-doped TiO2 exhibits the higher visible-light photocatalystic activity than those of pure and solely doped TiO2.

  13. Tm/Ho co-doped pulsed fiber laser with low spectral and temporal noise

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    Akosman, Ahmet E.; Sander, Michelle Y.

    2016-05-01

    A Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked soliton fiber laser design is presented with stable and low noise single-pulsing operation at a repetition rate of 135.2 MHz and a transform limited pulse duration of 375 fs. The fiber laser is directly core pumped at a wavelength of 790 nm. In single-pulsing operation, the fiber laser is centered at a wavelength of 1983 nm and can be continuously tuned over an 8 nm bandwidth. The fiber laser consists of a linear cavity which allows scaling of the repetition rate further by reducing the cavity length and utilizing the high pump absorption at 790 nm and efficient absorption/emission dynamics without photodarkening. In addition, co-doping with Tm/Ho increases the efficiency of the lasing with enhanced cross-relaxation rates. Stable mode-locked operation with reduced ripples in the optical spectrum and high signal-to-background ratios in the RF spectrum is observed. A low relative intensity noise with an rms fluctuation level of 0.13 % (frequency interval of 10 Hz to 1 MHz) and a low phase noise with a timing jitter of 20 fs (frequency range of 100 Hz to 1 MHz) characterizes the mode-locked laser.

  14. Synthesis of boron, nitrogen co-doped porous carbon from asphaltene for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Zhou, Ying; Wang, Dao-Long; Wang, Chun-Lei; Jin, Xin-Xin; Qiu, Jie-Shan

    2014-08-01

    Oxidized asphaltene (OA), a thermosetting material with plenty of functional groups, is synthesized from asphaltene (A) using HNO3/H2SO4 as the oxidizing agent. Boron, nitrogen co-doped porous carbon (BNC—OA) is prepared by carbonization of the mixture of boric acid and OA at 1173 K in an argon atmosphere. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterization reveals that the BNC—OA has a nitrogen content of 3.26 at.% and a boron content of 1.31 at.%, while its oxidation-free counterpart (BNC—SA) has a nitrogen content of 1.61 at.% and a boron content of 3.02 at.%. The specific surface area and total pore volume of BNC—OA are 1103 m2·g-1 and 0.921 cm3·g-1, respectively. At a current density of 0.1 A·g-1, the specific capacitance of BNC-OA is 335 F·g-1 and the capacitance retention can still reach 83% at 1 A·g-1. The analysis shows that the superior electrochemical performance of the BNC—OA is attributed to the pseudocapacitance behavior of surface heteroatom functional groups and an abundant pore-structure. Boron, nitrogen co-doped porous carbon is a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  15. W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 for photocatalytic treatment of polymer-containing wastewater in oilfield

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    Zhou, Ying; Li, Wei; Wan, Wenchao; Zhang, Ruiyang; Lin, Yuanhua

    2015-06-01

    Polymer flooding is an effective way to enhance oil recovery (EOR). However, the treatment of the oily wastewater becomes an urgent issue. Photocatalysis is a promising approach for this purpose. In this report, W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 particles are synthesized by hydrothermal method. W/Mo co-doping could promote an effective separation of photogenerated carriers reflecting from the 6 times higher photocurrent density compared to pure BiVO4. The photodegradation of partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) over 0.5 at.% W and 1.5 at.% Mo co-doped BiVO4 is 43% under UV-vis light irradiation for 3 h, which is much higher than that of pure BiVO4 (18%).

  16. Enhanced dopant solubility and visible-light absorption in Cr-N co-doped TiO2 nanoclusters

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    Chiodi, Dr Mirco; Cheney, Christine; Vilmercati, Paolo; Cavaliere, Emanuele; Mannella, Norman; Gavioli, Luca; Weitering, Harm H

    2012-01-01

    A major obstacle toward employing TiO2 as an efficient photoactive material is related to its large optical band gap, strongly limiting visible light absorption. Substitutional doping with both donors and acceptors (co-doping) potentially leads to a significant band gap reduction, but the effectiveness of the co-doping approach remains limited by the low solubility of dopants inside TiO2. Here we show that nanostructured Cr and N co-doped TiO2 thin films can be obtained by Supersonic Cluster Beam Deposition (SCBD) with a high concentration of dopants and a strongly reduced band gap. Complementary spectroscopic investigations show that doping effectively occurs into substitutional lattice sites, inducing dopant levels in the gap that are remarkably delocalized. The high surface-to-volume ratio, typical of SCBD nanostructured films, likely facilitates the dopant incorporation. The present results indicate that SCBD films are highly promising photoactive nanophase materials.

  17. Structural and electronic properties of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doped TiO2 (101) anatase surface

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    Sasani, Alireza; Baktash, Ardeshir; Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos; Khoshnevisan, Bahram

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, by using density functional theory, Mg and Nb-Mg co-doping of TiO2 anatase (101) surfaces are studied. By studying the formation energy of the defects and the bond length distribution of the surface, it is shown that Mg defects tend to stay as far as possible to induce least possible lattice distortion while Nb and Mg defects stay close to each other to cause less stress to the surface. By investigating band structure of the surface and changes stemmed from the defects, potential effects of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doping of TiO2 surface on dye-sensitized solar cells are investigated. In this study, it is shown that the Nb-Mg co-doping could increase JSC of the surface while slightly decreasing VOC compared to Mg doped surface, which might result in an increase in efficiency of the DSSCs compared to Nb or Mg doped surfaces.

  18. Thermochromic properties of Sn, W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film deposited by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Hur, M G; Masaki, T; Yoon, D H

    2014-12-01

    Tin (Sn) and tungsten (W) co-doped vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructured thin films with 50-nm thickness were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to reduce the transition temperature and improve the IR transmittance. The crystal structure of the nanostructured thin films and the presence of elements were evaluated by XRD and XPS analysis. The transition temperature (T(c)) of 1 at% Sn-1 at% W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film was decreased to about 22 degrees C (from 70.3 to 48.5 degrees C) compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. The transmittance width in the IR range of the co-doped nanostructured thin film decreased from 37.5% to 27% compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. Also, the width of hysteresis was narrowed by Sn doping. PMID:25970986

  19. Thermochromic properties of Sn, W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film deposited by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Hur, M G; Masaki, T; Yoon, D H

    2014-12-01

    Tin (Sn) and tungsten (W) co-doped vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructured thin films with 50-nm thickness were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to reduce the transition temperature and improve the IR transmittance. The crystal structure of the nanostructured thin films and the presence of elements were evaluated by XRD and XPS analysis. The transition temperature (T(c)) of 1 at% Sn-1 at% W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film was decreased to about 22 degrees C (from 70.3 to 48.5 degrees C) compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. The transmittance width in the IR range of the co-doped nanostructured thin film decreased from 37.5% to 27% compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. Also, the width of hysteresis was narrowed by Sn doping.

  20. The effect of K-na co-doping on the formation and particle size of Bi-2212 phase

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    Kır, M. Ebru; Özkurt, Berdan; Aytekin, M. Ersin

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting K-Na co-doped Bi2Sr2KxCa1Cu1.75Na0.25Oy (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.25) ceramics are prepared by a solid-state reaction method. It is clearly determined from XRD data that the characteristic peaks of Bi-2212 phase are observed in all samples. The resistivity measurements show that Tc (onset) values is gradually increasing as K content is increased. It is also found that K-Na co-doping influence the grain sizes for Bi-2212 phase significantly. The critical current densities as a function of magnetic field have been calculated from M-H hysteresis loops of samples according to Bean's critical model, indicating that K-Na co-doping cause higher Jc values than the pure ones.

  1. Non-polar a-plane ZnO films grown on r-Al2O3 substrates using GaN buffer layers

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    Xu, C. X.; Chen, W.; Pan, X. H.; Chen, S. S.; Ye, Z. Z.; Huang, J. Y.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, GaN buffer layer has been used to grow non-polar a-plane ZnO films by laser-assisted and plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The thickness of GaN buffer layer ranges from ∼3 to 12 nm. The GaN buffer thickness effect on the properties of a-plane ZnO thin films is carefully investigated. The results show that the surface morphology, crystal quality and optical properties of a-plane ZnO films are strongly correlated with the thickness of GaN buffer layer. It was found that with 6 nm GaN buffer layer, a-plane ZnO films display the best crystal quality with X-ray diffraction rocking curve full-width at half-maximum of only 161 arcsec for the (101) reflection.

  2. Comparative x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of Co-doped SnO2 and TiO2

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    Lussier, A.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y. U.; Ogale, S. B.; Shinde, S. R.; Choudary, R. J.; Venkatesan, T.

    2004-06-01

    We performed x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements at the cobalt L2,3 edge and the oxygen K edge of Co-doped SnO2 and Co-doped TiO2. Our measurements confirm that doped cobalt atoms are in the same local environment in both compounds. Furthermore, the results support the idea that cobalt atoms occupy substitutional cation sites. Additionally, the oxygen spectral shapes offer insight into a possible cause for the observed giant magnetic moment of cobalt atoms present in SnO2, but not in TiO2.

  3. Highly luminescent S, N co-doped graphene quantum dots with broad visible absorption bands for visible light photocatalysts

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    Qu, Dan; Zheng, Min; Du, Peng; Zhou, Yue; Zhang, Ligong; Li, Di; Tan, Huaqiao; Zhao, Zhao; Xie, Zhigang; Sun, Zaicheng

    2013-11-01

    A facile hydrothermal synthesis route to N and S, N co-doped graphene quantum dots (GQDs) was developed by using citric acid as the C source and urea or thiourea as N and S sources. Both N and S, N doped GQDs showed high quantum yield (78% and 71%), excitation independent under excitation of 340-400 nm and single exponential decay under UV excitation. A broad absorption band in the visible region appeared in S, N co-doped GQDs due to doping with sulfur, which alters the surface state of GQDs. However, S, N co-doped GQDs show different color emission under excitation of 420-520 nm due to their absorption in the visible region. The excellent photocatalytic performance of the S, N co-doped GQD/TiO2 composites was demonstrated by degradation of rhodamine B under visible light. The apparent rate of S, N:GQD/TiO2 is 3 and 10 times higher than that of N:GQD/TiO2 and P25 TiO2 under visible light irradiation, respectively.A facile hydrothermal synthesis route to N and S, N co-doped graphene quantum dots (GQDs) was developed by using citric acid as the C source and urea or thiourea as N and S sources. Both N and S, N doped GQDs showed high quantum yield (78% and 71%), excitation independent under excitation of 340-400 nm and single exponential decay under UV excitation. A broad absorption band in the visible region appeared in S, N co-doped GQDs due to doping with sulfur, which alters the surface state of GQDs. However, S, N co-doped GQDs show different color emission under excitation of 420-520 nm due to their absorption in the visible region. The excellent photocatalytic performance of the S, N co-doped GQD/TiO2 composites was demonstrated by degradation of rhodamine B under visible light. The apparent rate of S, N:GQD/TiO2 is 3 and 10 times higher than that of N:GQD/TiO2 and P25 TiO2 under visible light irradiation, respectively. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: More XPS and UV-Vis spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04402e

  4. Er/Yb co-doped oxy-fluoride glass-ceramics core/polymer cladding optical fibers

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    Czerska, E.; Świderska, M.

    2014-11-01

    Erbium/ytterbium co-doped glasses can be applied as NIR laser sources (1.55 μm) or optical amplifiers in this range. About hundred meters of Er/Yb co-doped oxy-fluoride glass-ceramics fibers have been drawn from a glass preform followed by controlled annealing. Processing temperatures (drawing and annealing) were selected upon thermal analysis results (DTA/DSC plots). Glass-ceramic structure was confirmed by the XRD measurements. Obtained fibers show good optical properties. As a cladding material polymer material (acrylic resin) is considered due to its low deposition temperature and suitable value of refractive index.

  5. Electrical stability of Al-doped ZnO transparent electrode prepared by sol-gel method

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    Tabassum, Samia; Yamasue, Eiji; Okumura, Hideyuki; Ishihara, Keiichi N.

    2016-07-01

    Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been considered as a promising alternative to tin doped indium oxide (ITO), which is currently used in various optoelectronic applications. However, the environmental stability of AZO film is not satisfactory, in that the resistivity is significantly increases in air. Here, we investigate the resistivity stability of AZO thin films prepared by sol-gel method using various annealing temperatures and durations. The degradation of resistivity property was observed for AZO films stored in ambient or damp heat environment, where the degradation rate was influenced by annealing temperature. A significant improvement of electrical stability was attained in AZO films that were prepared at high annealing temperature. The films, which showed the highest and the lowest increasing rate of resistivity, were further characterized in detail to shed light on the possible mechanisms explaining the improved stability through crystallinity, surface morphology and elemental state of the thin film.

  6. Effects of NIR annealing on the characteristics of al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by RF sputtering

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates by employing radio frequency (RF) sputtering method for transparent conducting oxide applications. For the RF sputtering process, a ZnO:Al2O3 (2 wt.%) target was employed. In this paper, the effects of near infrared ray (NIR) annealing technique on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the AZO thin films have been researched. Experimental results showed that NIR annealing affected the microstructure, electrical resistance, and optical transmittance of the AZO thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all films have a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with the preferentially c-axis oriented normal to the substrate surface. Optical transmittance spectra of the AZO thin films exhibited transmittance higher than about 80% within the visible wavelength region, and the optical direct bandgap (Eg) of the AZO films was increased with increasing the NIR energy efficiency. PMID:22673232

  7. Epitaxial Growth and Properties of Cobalt-doped ZnO on α-Al₂O₃ Single-Crystal Substrates

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    Tuan, Allan C.; Bryan, John D.; Pakhomov, Alexandre; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; McCready, David E.; Gaspar, Dan J.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Rogers, J. W.; Krishnan, Kannan M.; Gamelin, Daniel R.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2004-08-30

    Co-doped ZnO (CoxZn₁-xO) is of potential interest for spintronics due to the prediction of room-temperature ferromagnetism. We have grown epitaxial CoxZn₁-xO films on Al₂O₃(012) substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition using a liquid precursor delivery system. High concentrations of Co (x < 0.35) can be uniformly incorporated into the film without phase segregation. Co is found to be in the ⁺² oxidation state, independent of x. This material can be grown n type by the deliberate incorporation of oxygen vacancies, but not by inclusion of ~1 at. % Al. Semiconducting films remain ferromagnetic up to 350 K. In contrast films without oxygen vacancies are insulating and nonmagnetic, suggesting that exchange interaction is mediated by itinerant carriers. The saturation and remanent magnetization on a per Co basis was very small (< 0.1 μB/Co), even in the best films. The dependence of saturation magnetization, as measured by optical magnetic circular dichroism, on magnetic field and temperature, agrees with the theoretical Brillouin function, demonstrating that the majority of the Co(II) ions behave as magnetically isolated S = 3/2 spins.

  8. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped amorphous carbon composites from the spin polarized semiconductor band

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    Hsu, H. S.; Chien, P. C.; Sun, S. J.; Chang, Y. Y.; Lee, C. H.

    2014-08-01

    This study provides conclusive evidence of room temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped amorphous carbon (a-C) composites from the spin polarized semiconductor band. These composites are constructed from discontinuous [Co(3 nm)/a-C(dc nm)]5 multilayers with dc = 3 nm and dc = 6 nm. Only remnant circular dichroism (CD) was observed from the dc = 3 nm sample but not when dc = 6 nm. In addition, the remnant CD peaks at 5.5 eV, which is comparable with the absorption peak associated with the C σ-σ* gap transition. We suggest that the possible mechanism for this coupling can be considered as a magnetic proximity effect in which a ferromagnetic moment in the C medium is induced by Co/C interfaces.

  9. Theoretical study on erbium ytterbium co-doped super-fluorescent fiber source

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    Wentao, Guo; Feng, Du; Manqing, Tan; Jian, Jiao; Xiaofeng, Guo

    2016-01-01

    Erbium ytterbium co-doped super-fluorescent fiber source (EYD-SFS) has been simulated by a theoretical model based on rate equations and power transfer equations. The output performances of four basic structures of EYD-SFS have been expressed, and it indicated that the DPF structure is a preferable structure. The dependence of output power, mean wavelength and bandwidth stability on the pump fiber length and the concentration of Er3+ and Yb3+ have also been studied. The results indicated with a proper doping concentration of Er3+ and Yb3+ of 6.0 × 1026 ions/m3 and 1.0 × 1027 ions/m3, the optimal gain fiber length is 3.6 cm. In this condition, good performances of DPF structure of EYD-SFS have been achieved.

  10. Near infrared luminescence in Yb3+/Ho3+: co-doped germanate glass

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    Kochanowicz, Marcin; Żmojda, Jacek; Miluski, Piotr; Ragin, Tomasz; Jeleń, Piotr; Sitarz, Maciej; Dorosz, Dominik

    2015-12-01

    The near-infrared emission of low phonon (805 cm-1) germanate glasses from GeO2-Ga2O3-BaO system co-doped with 0.7Yb2O3/(0.07-0.7)Ho2O3 ions has been investigated. Luminescence at 2.1 μm corresponding to 5I7 → 5I8 transition in holmium was obtained by energy transfer between Yb3+ and Ho3+ ions. The optimization of the activator content and the concentration ratio were conducted with the purpose of maximizing the efficiency of energy transfer and as a consequence luminescence intensity at 2mm. The highest value of the luminescence intensity was obtained in glass codoped with 0.7Yb2O3/0.15 Ho2O3.

  11. Deposition of Co-doped TiO2 Thin Films by sol-gel method

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    Boutlala, A.; Bourfaa, F.; Mahtili, M.; Bouaballou, A.

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method onto glass substrate at room temperature. in this present work, we are interesting to study the effect of Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films.the concentration of Co was varied from 0 to 6%at .The obtained films have been annealed at 500°C for 2 hours. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that Co: TiO2 films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal anatase and orthorhombic brookite types structures. The surface morphologies of the TiO2 doped with cobalt thin films were evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied by mean of UV-visible and near infrared spectroscopy.The calculated optical band gap decreases from 3.30 to 2.96 eV with increasing Co doping.

  12. Ultrahigh volumetric capacitance and cyclic stability of fluorine and nitrogen co-doped carbon microspheres

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    Zhou, Junshuang; Lian, Jie; Hou, Li; Zhang, Junchuan; Gou, Huiyang; Xia, Meirong; Zhao, Yufeng; Strobel, Timothy A.; Tao, Lu; Gao, Faming

    2015-01-01

    Highly porous nanostructures with large surface areas are typically employed for electrical double-layer capacitors to improve gravimetric energy storage capacity; however, high surface area carbon-based electrodes result in poor volumetric capacitance because of the low packing density of porous materials. Here, we demonstrate ultrahigh volumetric capacitance of 521 F cm−3 in aqueous electrolytes for non-porous carbon microsphere electrodes co-doped with fluorine and nitrogen synthesized by low-temperature solvothermal route, rivaling expensive RuO2 or MnO2 pseudo-capacitors. The new electrodes also exhibit excellent cyclic stability without capacitance loss after 10,000 cycles in both acidic and basic electrolytes at a high charge current of 5 A g−1. This work provides a new approach for designing high-performance electrodes with exceptional volumetric capacitance with high mass loadings and charge rates for long-lived electrochemical energy storage systems. PMID:26415838

  13. Co-doped sodium chloride crystals exposed to different irradiation temperature

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    Ortiz-Morales, A.; Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Furetta, C.; Kitis, G.; Flores J., C.; Hernández A., J.; Murrieta S., H.

    2013-07-01

    Monocrystals of NaCl:XCl2:MnCl2(X = Ca,Cd) at four different concentrations have been analyzed. The crystals were exposed to different irradiation temperature, such as at room temperature (RT), solid water (SW), dry ice (DI) and liquid nitrogen (LN). The samples were irradiated with photon from 60Co irradiators. The co-doped sodium chloride crystals show a complex structure of glow curves that can be related to different distribution of traps. The linearity response was analyzed with the F(D) index. The F(D) value was less than unity indicating a sub-linear response was obtained from the TL response on the function of the dose. The glow curves were deconvoluted by using the CGCD program based on the first, second and general order kinetics.

  14. Electronic and magnetic properties of Co doped MoS2 monolayer

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    Wang, Yiren; Li, Sean; Yi, Jiabao

    2016-01-01

    First principle calculations are employed to calculate the electronic and magnetic properties of Co doped MoS2 by considering a variety of defects including all the possible defect complexes. The results indicate that pristine MoS2 is nonmagnetic. The materials with the existence of S vacancy or Mo vacancy alone are non-magnetic either. Further calculation demonstrates that Co substitution at Mo site leads to spin polarized state. Two substitutional CoMo defects tend to cluster and result in the non-magnetic behaviour. However, the existence of Mo vacancies leads to uniform distribution of Co dopants and it is energy favourable with ferromagnetic coupling, resulting in an intrinsic diluted magnetic semiconductor. PMID:27052641

  15. Magnetic property and possible half-metal behavior in Co-doped graphene

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    Li, Zhongyao Xie, Wenze; Liu, Xingen; Wu, Yong

    2015-02-28

    The magnetic property and band structures of Co-monolayer doped graphene were examined on the basis of density-functional theory. The magnetic moment of the system is closely related to the interfacial spacing. Magnetic-nonmagnetic transition would be produced by decreasing the layer distance. Although the magnetic moment can also be reduced by increasing the lattice constant, the ground states are magnetic states under tension. Besides, the increase of lattice constant greatly enlarges the direct and indirect gaps of spin-down bands near the Fermi level. With a little increase of the Fermi level or the electron density, half-metal behavior would be expectable in the Co-doped graphene under tension.

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of fluorine & manganese co-doped PZT based cuboidal shaped powder

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    Nawaz, H.; Shuaib, M.; Saleem, M.; Rauf, A.; Aleem, A.

    2016-08-01

    Cuboidal shaped PZT powder particles based composition Pb0.89(Ba, Sr)0.11(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 co- doped with 1 mol% manganese and 2 mol% fluorine was prepared through hydrothermal route. 200-250nm size cuboidal particles were observed under FE-SEM. XRD technique revealed that the perovskite type ceramic structure has a dominant rhombohedral phase. The resultant powder particles were then spray dried, uniaxially pressed and sintered at different temperatures to achieve maximum theoretical density. 98% density was obtained in the pellets at a sintering temperature of 1190°C with an average grain size of 1-3um. The electrical properties of sintered samples were also measured before and after poling to evaluate the effect of dopants on piezoelectric properties.

  17. Co-doped sodium chloride crystals exposed to different irradiation temperature

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    Ortiz-Morales, A.; Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Furetta, C.; Kitis, G.; Flores J, C.; Hernandez A, J.; Murrieta S, H.

    2013-07-03

    Monocrystals of NaCl:XCl{sub 2}:MnCl{sub 2}(X = Ca,Cd) at four different concentrations have been analyzed. The crystals were exposed to different irradiation temperature, such as at room temperature (RT), solid water (SW), dry ice (DI) and liquid nitrogen (LN). The samples were irradiated with photon from {sup 60}Co irradiators. The co-doped sodium chloride crystals show a complex structure of glow curves that can be related to different distribution of traps. The linearity response was analyzed with the F(D) index. The F(D) value was less than unity indicating a sub-linear response was obtained from the TL response on the function of the dose. The glow curves were deconvoluted by using the CGCD program based on the first, second and general order kinetics.

  18. Encapsulation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into N, S co-Doped Graphene Sheets with Greatly Enhanced Electrochemical Performance

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    Yang, Zunxian; Qian, Kun; Lv, Jun; Yan, Wenhuan; Liu, Jiahui; Ai, Jingwei; Zhang, Yuxiang; Guo, Tailiang; Zhou, Xiongtu; Xu, Sheng; Guo, Zaiping

    2016-01-01

    Particular N, S co-doped graphene/Fe3O4 hybrids have been successfully synthesized by the combination of a simple hydrothermal process and a subsequent carbonization heat treatment. The nanostructures exhibit a unique composite architecture, with uniformly dispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles and N, S co-doped graphene encapsulant. The particular porous characteristics with many meso/micro holes/pores, the highly conductive N, S co-doped graphene, as well as the encapsulating N, S co-doped graphene with the high-level nitrogen and sulfur doping, lead to excellent electrochemical performance of the electrode. The N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite electrode exhibits a high initial reversible capacity of 1362.2 mAhg−1, a high reversible specific capacity of 1055.20 mAhg−1 after 100 cycles, and excellent cycling stability and rate capability, with specific capacity of 556.69 mAhg−1 when cycled at the current density of 1000 mAg−1, indicating that the N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite is a promising anode candidate for Li-ion batteries. PMID:27296103

  19. Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}co-doped bismuth molybdate nanosheets upconversion photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Adhikari, Rajesh; Gyawali, Gobinda; Cho, Sung Hun; Narro-García, R.; Sekino, Tohru; Lee, Soo Wohn

    2014-01-15

    In this paper, we report the microwave hydrothermal synthesis of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} upconversion photocatalyst. Crystal structure, morphology, elemental composition, optical properties and BET surface area were analyzed in detail. Infrared to visible upconversion luminescence at 532 nm and 546 nm of the co-doped samples was investigated under excitation at 980 nm. The results revealed that the co-doping of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} into Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of rhodamine B under simulated solar light irradiation. Enhanced photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the energy transfer between Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} and Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} via infrared to visible upconversion from Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} ion and higher surface area of the Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets. Therefore, this synthetic approach may exhibit a better alternative to fabricate upconversion photocatalyst for integral solar light absorption. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the upconversion photocatalysis. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} upconversion photocatalyst is successfully synthesized. • We obtained the nanosheets having high surface area. • Upconversion of IR to visible light was confirmed. • Upconversion phenomena can be utilized for effective photocatalysis.

  20. Encapsulation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into N, S co-Doped Graphene Sheets with Greatly Enhanced Electrochemical Performance.

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    Yang, Zunxian; Qian, Kun; Lv, Jun; Yan, Wenhuan; Liu, Jiahui; Ai, Jingwei; Zhang, Yuxiang; Guo, Tailiang; Zhou, Xiongtu; Xu, Sheng; Guo, Zaiping

    2016-01-01

    Particular N, S co-doped graphene/Fe3O4 hybrids have been successfully synthesized by the combination of a simple hydrothermal process and a subsequent carbonization heat treatment. The nanostructures exhibit a unique composite architecture, with uniformly dispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles and N, S co-doped graphene encapsulant. The particular porous characteristics with many meso/micro holes/pores, the highly conductive N, S co-doped graphene, as well as the encapsulating N, S co-doped graphene with the high-level nitrogen and sulfur doping, lead to excellent electrochemical performance of the electrode. The N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite electrode exhibits a high initial reversible capacity of 1362.2 mAhg(-1), a high reversible specific capacity of 1055.20 mAhg(-1) after 100 cycles, and excellent cycling stability and rate capability, with specific capacity of 556.69 mAhg(-1) when cycled at the current density of 1000 mAg(-1), indicating that the N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite is a promising anode candidate for Li-ion batteries. PMID:27296103

  1. Investigations on luminescence behavior of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped boro-tellurite glasses

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    Maheshvaran, K.; Arunkumar, S.; Venkata Krishnaiah, K.; Marimuthu, K.

    2015-01-01

    Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped boro-tellurite glasses with the chemical composition 30TeO2+(24 - x)B2O3 + 15SrO + 10BaO + 10Li2O + 10LiF + 1Er2O3 + xYb2O3 (where x = 0, 0.1, 0.5, 1 and 2 in wt%) have been prepared and their luminescence behavior were studied and reported. Absorption spectral measurements have been used to derive the Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters from the experimental and calculated oscillator strength values following the JO theory. The various lasing parameters such as stimulated emission cross-section (σEp), experimental and calculated branching ratios (βR) and radiative lifetime (τcal) for the 2H9/2 → 4I15/2, 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 and 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 emission transitions were determined using the JO intensity parameters. The absorption and emission cross-section values for the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 emission band have been calculated using McCumbar theory and the Gain cross-section for the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 emission transition also obtained. The upconversion emission mechanism have been studied through various energy transfer processes and the intensity of the upconversion emission transitions are found to increase with the increase in Yb3+ ion concentration. The luminescence decay curves corresponding to the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition of the Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped boro-tellurite glasses under 980 nm excitation wavelength have also been studied and reported in the present work.

  2. Interband emission energy in wurtzite GaN/Ga{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}N and ZnO/ Zn{sub 0.607}Mg{sub 0.393}O strained quantum dots

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    Minimala, N. S.; Peter, A. John

    2014-04-24

    The effects of geometrical confinement on the exciton binding energies and thereby the interband emission energy are investigated in wurtzite /Ga{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}N and ZnO/ Zn{sub 0.607}Mg{sub 0.393}O quantum dots taking into account the geometrical confinement. The calculations are performed with the same barrier height of both the materials. The effects of strain and the internal electric field, induced by spontaneous and piezoelectric polarization, are taken into consideration in all the calculations.

  3. The layered double hydroxide route to Bi-Zn co-doped TiO₂ with high photocatalytic activity under visible light.

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    Benalioua, Bahia; Mansour, Meriem; Bentouami, Abdelhadi; Boury, Bruno; Elandaloussi, El Hadj

    2015-05-15

    In this work, a co-doped Bi-Zn-TiO₂ photocatalist is synthesized by an original synthesis route of layered double hydroxide followed by heat treatment at 670 °C. After characterization the photocatalyst efficiency is estimated by the photo-discoloration of an anionic dye (indigo carmine) under visible light and compare to TiO₂-P25 as reference material. In this new photocatalyst, anatase and ZnO wurtzite are the only identified crystalline phase, rutile and Bi₂O₃ being undetected. Moreover, the binding energy of Bi determined (XPS analysis) is different from the one of Bi in Bi₂O₃. Compared to TiO₂-P25, the absorption is red shifted (UV-vis DRS) and the Bi-Zn-TiO₂ photocatalyst showed sorption capacity toward indigo carmine higher than that TiO₂-P25. The kinetics of the photo-discoloration is faster with Bi-Zn-TiO₂ than with TiO₂-P25. Indeed, a complete discoloration is obtained after 70 min and 120 min in the presence of Bi-Zn-TiO₂ and TiO₂-P25 respectively. The identification of the responsible species on photo-discoloration was carried out in the presence of different scavengers. The study showed that the first responsible is h(+) specie with a moderate contribution of superoxide anion radical and a minor contribution of the hydroxyl radical. The material showed high stability after five uses with the same rate of photo-discoloration. PMID:25699677

  4. High-quality ZnO growth, doping, and polarization effect

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    Kun, Tang; Shulin, Gu; Jiandong, Ye; Shunming, Zhu; Rong, Zhang; Youdou, Zheng

    2016-03-01

    The authors have reported their recent progress in the research field of ZnO materials as well as the corresponding global advance. Recent results regarding (1) the development of high-quality epitaxy techniques, (2) the defect physics and the Te/N co-doping mechanism for p-type conduction, and (3) the design, realization, and properties of the ZnMgO/ZnO hetero-structures have been shown and discussed. A complete technology of the growth of high-quality ZnO epi-films and nano-crystals has been developed. The co-doping of N plus an iso-valent element to oxygen has been found to be the most hopeful path to overcome the notorious p-type hurdle. High mobility electrons have been observed in low-dimensional structures utilizing the polarization of ZnMgO and ZnO. Very different properties as well as new physics of the electrons in 2DEG and 3DES have been found as compared to the electrons in the bulk. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61025020, 61274058, 61322403, 61504057, 61574075), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (Nos. BK2011437, BK20130013, BK20150585), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  5. Poole-Frenkel effect on electrical characterization of Al-doped ZnO films deposited on p-type GaN

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    Huang, Bohr-Ran; Liao, Chung-Chi; Ke, Wen-Cheng Chang, Yuan-Ching; Huang, Hao-Ping; Chen, Nai-Chuan

    2014-03-21

    This paper presents the electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films directly grown on two types of p-type GaN thin films. The low-pressure p-GaN thin films (LP-p-GaN) exhibited structural properties of high-density edge-type threading dislocations (TDs) and compensated defects (i.e., nitrogen vacancy). Compared with high-pressure p-GaN thin films (HP-p-GaN), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy of Ga 3d core levels indicated that the surface Fermi-level shifted toward the higher binding-energy side by approximately 0.7 eV. The high-density edge-type TDs and compensated defects enabled surface Fermi-level shifting above the intrinsic Fermi-level, causing the surface of LP-p-GaN thin films to invert to n-type semiconductor. A highly nonlinear increase in leakage current regarding reverse-bias voltage was observed for AZO/LP-p-GaN. The theoretical fits for the reverse-bias voltage region indicated that the field-assisted thermal ionization of carriers from defect associated traps, which is known as the Poole-Frenkel effect, dominated the I-V behavior of AZO/LP-p-GaN. The fitting result estimated the trap energy level at 0.62 eV below the conduction band edge. In addition, the optical band gap increased from 3.50 eV for as-deposited AZO films to 3.62 eV for 300 °C annealed AZO films because of the increased carrier concentration. The increasing Fermi-level of the 300 °C annealed AZO films enabled the carrier transport to move across the interface into the LP-p-GaN thin films without any thermal activated energy. Thus, the Ohmic behavior of AZO contact can be achieved directly on the low-pressure p-GaN films at room temperature.

  6. Defects in ZnO

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    McCluskey, M. D.; Jokela, S. J.

    2009-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide band gap semiconductor with potential applications in optoelectronics, transparent electronics, and spintronics. The high efficiency of UV emission in this material could be harnessed in solid-state white lighting devices. The problem of defects, in particular, acceptor dopants, remains a key challenge. In this review, defects in ZnO are discussed, with an emphasis on the physical properties of point defects in bulk crystals. As grown, ZnO is usually n-type, a property that was historically ascribed to native defects. However, experiments and theory have shown that O vacancies are deep donors, while Zn interstitials are too mobile to be stable at room temperature. Group-III (B, Al, Ga, and In) and H impurities account for most of the n-type conductivity in ZnO samples. Interstitial H donors have been observed with IR spectroscopy, while substitutional H donors have been predicted from first-principles calculations but not observed directly. Despite numerous reports, reliable p-type conductivity has not been achieved. Ferromagnetism is complicated by the presence of secondary phases, grain boundaries, and native defects. The famous green luminescence has several possible origins, including Cu impurities and Zn vacancies. The properties of group-I (Cu, Li, and Na) and group-V (N, P, As, and Sb) acceptors, and their complexes with H, are discussed. In the future, doping of ZnO nanocrystals will rely on an understanding of these fundamental properties.

  7. Co-co-doping Effect on Superconducting Properties of 112-Type Ca0.8La0.2FeAs2 Single Crystals

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    Xing, Xiangzhuo; Zhou, Wei; Xu, Baozhang; Li, Na; Sun, Yiran; Zhang, Yufeng; Shi, Zhixiang

    2015-07-01

    We systematically investigated the Co-co-doping effects in Ca0.8La0.2FeAs2 superconductors. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) decreases almost linearly with increasing Co content. Simultaneously, it is found that the (Ca,La)112 phase is so sensitive to the Co doping level that chemical phase separation becomes more and more apparent as a result of formation of the (Ca,La)122 phase. The maximum Co doping level for 112 phase seems very low, indicating a quite cruel growth condition for 112 compared with other IBSs.

  8. Self-organized vanadium and nitrogen co-doped titania nanotube arrays with enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into CH4

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    2014-01-01

    Self-organized V-N co-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) with various doping amount were synthesized by anodizing in association with hydrothermal treatment. Impacts of V-N co-doping on the morphologies, phase structures, and photoelectrochemical properties of the TNAs films were thoroughly investigated. The co-doped TiO2 photocatalysts show remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activity for the CO2 photoreduction to methane under ultraviolet illumination. The mechanism of the enhanced photocatalytic activity is discussed in detail. PMID:24948893

  9. Nature of magnetism in copper-doped oxides: ZrO2, TiO2, MgO, SiO2, Al2O3, and ZnO

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    Dutta, P.; Seehra, M. S.; Zhang, Y.; Wender, I.

    2008-04-01

    The nature of magnetism in 10% Cu-doped ZrO2, TiO2, MgO, SiO2, and Al2O3 is investigated using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry and electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The doping was done by the incipient wetness impregnation technique. X-ray diffraction studies showed the presence of some CuO notably in TiO2, SiO2, and Al2O3. However, EMR yielded typical Cu2+ spectra in all the samples, resulting from some doping. Magnetic field (H ) and temperature (T) dependences of the magnetization (M) show only paramagnetism in these oxides in contrast to ferromagnetism with Tc=380K observed in Cu /ZnO. Concentrations x of Cu2+ doped into the oxides are determined from the M vs T and M vs H data, showing Cu /ZrO2 with the largest x and hence largest magnetization.

  10. Processing and Characterization of In-Situ Generated Nanosilver and Er3+ Co-Doped Bromoborosilicate Glass Nanocomposites.

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    Sarkar, Jit; Tarafder, Anal; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2015-09-01

    In the present investigation, bromoborosilicate glass of composition 6Na2O-19K2O-10BaBr2- 2Al2O3-15B2O3-48SiO2 (mole %) added with 0.2 wt% SnO, co-doped with 0.001 wt% Ag and 0.7 wt% Er2O3 in excess amount, was prepared by melt-quench technique. The metal-glass nanocomposites were derived involving a single-step in-situ thermochemical reduction of the precursor glass subjecting an isothermal heat-treatment protocol. The precursor glass and metal glass nanocomposites were characterized by dilatometer, differential scanning calorimeter, X-ray diffractometer, field emission scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, fluorimeter etc. XRD spectra represent the amorphous nature of the samples and without having any sharp peaks of silver (Ag0) and barium bromide (BaBr2). But the FESEM micrograph shows the presence of BaBr2 crystallites in clusters and the TEM micrograph shows the presence of AgO nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes. The precursor glass sample shows sharp absorption peak at 378 nm and 521 nm due to the 4G11,2 and 2H11/2 energy levels of Er3+ but glass nanocomposites exhibit another band at 410 nm due to the surface plasmon resonance of Ag0 nanoparticles. They also show sharp emis- sion peak at 1542 nm due to 4115/2 -+4l13/2 transition of Er3+ ions and prominent upconverted peaks at 630 nm (red, medium) and 645 nm (red, strong) due to 4F9/2 + 1 15/2 transition. The intensity of the absorption and upconverted peaks increases with the duration of heat treatment, having maximum intensity at 5 h and the intensity of the emission peak increases with heat treatment upto 1 h and then decreases for 5 h. Thus these metal-glass nanocomposites show enhanced photoluminescence upconversion and are promising material for different photonic applications. PMID:26716215

  11. First principles study on B/N pairs co-doping zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Yao, Xinhua; Li, Kejing; Ye, Jinqian; Shao, Qing Yi

    2016-06-01

    The B/N pairs co-doping (5, 0) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been investigated by using density functional theory. We gradually increase B/N doping concentration to simulate the growth of B/N pairs doping. We find that B/N pairs prefer to form a B/N hexagonal ring and then B/N rings successively grow around the axis until they are end to end. All B/N pairs doped tubes are turned to semiconducting and the five BN rings co-doped (5, 0) tube shows the occurrence of magnetism. Moreover, the increase of the doping concentration in a particular law may not change electrical properties obviously.

  12. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance of g-C3N4 photocatalysts co-doped with iron and phosphorus

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    Hu, Shaozheng; Ma, Lin; You, Jiguang; Li, Fayun; Fan, Zhiping; Lu, Guang; Liu, Dan; Gui, Jianzhou

    2014-08-01

    Preparation of Fe and P co-doped g-C3N4 was described, using dicyandiamide monomer, ferric nitrate, and diammonium hydrogen phosphate as precursor. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption, UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and photocurrent measurement were used to characterize the prepared catalysts. The results indicated that the addition of dopants inhibited the crystal growth of graphitic carbon nitride, enhanced the surface area, decreased the band gap energy, and restrained the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. Fe and P co-doped g-C3N4 exhibited much higher Rhodamine B (RhB) photodegradation rate and H2 production ability than that of single doped and neat g-C3N4 catalysts. The possible mechanism and doping sites of P and Fe were proposed.

  13. Direct view at colossal permittivity in donor-acceptor (Nb, In) co-doped rutile TiO2

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    Mandal, Suman; Pal, Somnath; Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.; Hazarika, Abhijit; Rioult, Maxime; Belkhou, Rachid

    2016-08-01

    Topical observations of colossal permittivity (CP) with low dielectric loss in donor-acceptor cations co-doped rutile TiO2 have opened up several possibilities in microelectronics and energy-storage devices. Yet, the precise origin of the CP behavior, knowledge of which is essential to empower the device integration suitably, is highly disputed in the literature. From spectromicroscopic approach besides dielectric measurements, we explore that microscopic electronic inhomogeneities along with the nano-scale phase boundaries and the low temperature polaronic relaxation are mostly responsible for such a dielectric behavior, rather than electron-pinned defect-dipoles/grain-boundary effects as usually proposed. Donor-acceptor co-doping results in a controlled carrier-hopping inevitably influencing the dielectric loss while invariably upholding the CP value.

  14. Novel band gap-tunable K-Na co-doped graphitic carbon nitride prepared by molten salt method

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    Zhao, Jiannan; Ma, Lin; Wang, Haoying; Zhao, Yanfeng; Zhang, Jian; Hu, Shaozheng

    2015-03-01

    Novel band gap-tunable K-Na co-doped graphitic carbon nitride was prepared by molten salt method using melamine, KCl, and NaCl as precursor. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption, Scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, Photoluminescence (PL), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the prepared catalysts. The CB and VB potentials of graphitic carbon nitride could be tuned from -1.09 and +1.55 eV to -0.29 and +2.25 eV by controlling the weight ratio of eutectic salts to melamine. Besides, ions doping inhibited the crystal growth of graphitic carbon nitride, enhanced the surface area, and increased the separation rate of photogenerated electrons and holes. The visible-light-driven Rhodamine B (RhB) photodegradation and mineralization performances were significantly improved after K-Na co-doping.

  15. Evolution of spin wave excitations with Co-doping in the spinel MnV2O4

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    Hahn, Steven; Ma, Jie; Lee, Jun Hee; Hong, Tao; Cao, Huibo; Aczel, Adam; Dun, Zhiling; Stone, Matthew; Tian, Wei; Qiu, Yiming; Copley, John; Zhou, Haidong; Fishman, Randy; Matsuda, Masaaki

    2015-03-01

    Spin waves were measured at several levels of Co-doping in the spinel system MnV2O4 by inelastic neutron scattering and analyzed with first-principles-guided spin models. Co-doping creates a rich phase diagram encompassing the transition from localized- to itinerant-electron regimes. Increasing Co concentration weakens the single-ion anisotropy and increases both the magnitude and isotropy of the nearest-neighbor exchange interactions. First principles calculations emphasize the the distinctly different microscopic origins of the two-in-two-out magnetic structure at the Mn-rich and Co-rich limits. Research at HFIR and SNS, ORNL, were sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division and Materials Science and Engineering Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy.

  16. Corrosion of soda lime silicate glasses co-doped with Gd2O3 and Y2O3

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    Wang, Mitang; Li, Mei; Cheng, Jinshu; He, Feng; Liu, Zhaogang; Hu, Yanhong

    2014-01-01

    Corrosion behaviors of Gd2O3 and Y2O3 co-doped silicate glasses have been carried out at low reaction progress. The better enhance effect of co-doping with Gd2O3 and Y2O3 on the silicate glass resistance against attacking of neutral and acid media is observed, while the alkaline resistance is Y2O3 > Gd2O3 + Y2O3 > Gd2O3. Moreover, extreme value is also observed in variation of released ions concentration, pH value and mass loss of glass when substituting Y2O3 for Gd2O3.

  17. Photocatalytic enhancement of TiO2 by B and Zr co-doping and modulation of microstructure

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    Fu, Chengxin; Gong, Yinyan; Wu, Yitao; Liu, Jiaqi; Zhang, Zhen; Li, Can; Niu, Lengyuan

    2016-08-01

    Visible-light photodegradation test revealed that B and Zr co-doping can raise the photocatalytic ability of the undoped TiO2 by a fold. XRD crystallography and Raman phonon spectroscopy measurements suggest that the Zr4+ ions replace the Ti4+ ions while the B3+ ions occupy the interstitial sites, expanding the unit-cell volume and reducing crystallite size. The incorporation of interstitial boron dopants creates oxygen vacancies (Ovrad rad) and reduce Ti4+ to Ti3+ to form [Ovrad rad -Ti3+]+, which traps the carriers and prolongs carrier lifetime. Moreover, Zr4+ ions replace Ti4+ ions and form impurity levels, which could improve visible light response. The co-doped samples are benefited from both B interstitials and Zr substitutes.

  18. Electronic, optical and photocatalytic behavior of Mn, N doped and co-doped TiO2: Experiment and simulation

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    Zhao, Ya Fei; Li, Can; Lu, Song; Liu, Ru Xi; Hu, Ji Yuan; Gong, Yin Yan; Niu, Leng Yuan

    2016-03-01

    The crystal phase structure, surface morphology, chemical states and optical properties of Mn, N mono-doped and co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were investigated by X-ray powder diffractometry, Raman spectra, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Meanwhile, geometry structures, formation energies, electronic and optical properties of all systems have been also analyzed by density functional theory. The results showed that the band gap values and the carrier mobility in the valence band, conduction band and impurity levels have a synergetic influence on the visible-light absorption and photocatalytic activity of the doped TiO2. The number and the carrier mobility of impurity level jointly influence the photocatalytic activity of catalyst under visible-light. Especially, the photocatalytic activity of Mn-2N co-doped TiO2 beyond three-fold than that of pure TiO2 under visible-light.

  19. Enhanced magnetocaloric effect in a Co-doped Heusler Mn50Ni37Co3In10 unidirectional crystal

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    Ren, Jian; Feng, Shutong; Fang, Yue; Zhai, Qijie; Luo, Zhiping; Zheng, Hongxing

    2016-11-01

    A high-pressure optical zone-melting technique was employed to grow a Mn-rich Heusler Mn50Ni37Co3In10 unidirectional crystal in the present study. It was found that the Co-doped Mn50Ni37Co3In10 unidirectional crystal showed a low magnetic hysteretic loss and a widened working temperature interval in the vicinity of the martensitic transformation. The inverse magnetic entropy change (∆SM) reached 7.84 Jkg-1K-1 around 237.5 K under a magnetic field change of 30 kOe, and the corresponding effective refrigeration capacity (RCeff) was about 127.2 Jkg-1. The experimental results demonstrated a high potential to develop high-performance Mn-rich Heusler Mn-Ni-In magnetocaloric materials by means of Co doping in combination with the high-pressure optical zone-melting fabrication technique.

  20. Green up-converted luminescence in (Er3+-Yb3+) co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Stoffel, M.; Rinnert, H.; Kokanyan, E.; Demirkhanyan, G.; Demirkhanyan, H.; Aillerie, M.

    2016-07-01

    Er3+ doped and (Er3+-Yb3+) co-doped LiNbO3 (LN) crystals grown by the Czochralski method are investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy. Green up-converted luminescence is observed in Er3+ doped LN crystals under 980 nm excitation. This is explained by an energy transfer between two neighboring Er3+ ions. In (Er3+, Yb3+) co-doped LN crystals, the intensity of the green up-converted luminescence can be further enhanced suggesting that Yb3+ ions also contribute to the up-conversion process. Time resolved photoluminescence measurements clearly demonstrate that an efficient energy transfer occurs between Yb3+ and Er3+ ions. A theoretical model taking into account the contribution of both Er3+-Er3+ pairs and Yb3+-Er3+ pairs is able to describe correctly the decay of the up-converted luminescence.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  2. Bioinspired synthesis of nitrogen/sulfur co-doped graphene as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Liu, Xiangqian; He, Guangli; Zhang, Xiaoxing; Bao, Shujuan; Hu, Weihua

    2015-04-01

    Efficient electrocatalyst of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is crucial for a variety of renewable energy applications and heteroatom-doped carbon materials have demonstrated promising catalytic performance towards ORR. In this paper we report a bioinspired method to synthesize nitrogen/sulfur (N/S) co-doped graphene as an efficient ORR electrocatalyst via self-polymerization of polydopamine (PDA) thin layer on graphene oxide sheets, followed by reacting with cysteine and finally thermal annealing in Argon (Ar) atmosphere. As-prepared N/S co-doped graphene exhibits significantly enhanced ORR catalytic activity in alkaline solution compared with pristine graphene or N-doped graphene. It also displays long-term operation stability and strong tolerance to methanol poison effect, indicating it a promising ORR electrocatalyst.

  3. XAFS study on the temperature-dependent occupation sites of Co codopants in (Co, Cu)-codoped ZnO films

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    Hu, Fengchun; Zhang, Shibao; Pan, Zhiyun; Yan, Wensheng; Liu, Qinghua; Yao, Tao; Wei, Shiqiang

    2016-05-01

    Elemental codoping has been an effective way to regulate the structural and electronic properties of semiconductors. By using x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, we investigate the local structure and spatial occupations of Co dopants in Cu-doped ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed-laser deposition method. It is revealed that the Co dopants are substantially incorporated into ZnO matrix when the deposition temperature is increased up to 650 °C, although the preferential orientation of ZnO film is changed. The results provide experimental guidance in the synthesis of the co-doped ZnO based dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  4. Spectral properties of ZnO and ZnO-Al2O3 coatings prepared by polymer-salt method

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    Evstropiev, Sergey K.; Gatchin, Yury A.; Evstropyev, Kirill S.; Romanova, Eva B.

    2016-04-01

    Experimental results show that the use of film-forming solutions based on zinc and aluminum nitrates and high molecular polyvinylpyrrolidone allows obtaining thin oxide coatings having unusually large bandgap values and transparent in a wide spectral range. The values of the bandgaps of coating materials are significantly higher than the bandgap of bulk ZnO, and it is varied in the range from 3.46 to 4.16 eV, resulting from the metastable structure of the coating.

  5. Origin of resolution enhancement by co-doping of scintillators: Insight from electronic structure calculations

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    Åberg, Daniel Sadigh, Babak; Schleife, André; Erhart, Paul

    2014-05-26

    It was recently shown that the energy resolution of Ce-doped LaBr{sub 3} scintillator radiation detectors can be crucially improved by co-doping with Sr, Ca, or Ba. Here, we outline a mechanism for this enhancement on the basis of electronic structure calculations. We show that (i) Br vacancies are the primary electron traps during the initial stage of thermalization of hot carriers, prior to hole capture by Ce dopants; (ii) isolated Br vacancies are associated with deep levels; (iii) Sr doping increases the Br vacancy concentration by several orders of magnitude; (iv) Sr{sub La} binds to V{sub Br} resulting in a stable neutral complex; and (v) association with Sr causes the deep vacancy level to move toward the conduction band edge. The latter is essential for reducing the effective carrier density available for Auger quenching during thermalization of hot carriers. Subsequent de-trapping of electrons from Sr{sub La}–V{sub Br} complexes can activate Ce dopants that have previously captured a hole leading to luminescence. This mechanism implies an overall reduction of Auger quenching of free carriers, which is expected to improve the linearity of the photon light yield with respect to the energy of incident electron or photon.

  6. Significant Enhancement of Water Splitting Activity of N-Carbon Electrocatalyst by Trace Level Co Doping.

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    Bayatsarmadi, Bita; Zheng, Yao; Tang, Youhong; Jaroniec, Mietek; Qiao, Shi-Zhang

    2016-07-01

    Replacement of precious metal electrocatalysts with highly active and cost efficient alternatives for complete water splitting at low voltage has attracted a growing attention in recent years. Here, this study reports a carbon-based composite co-doped with nitrogen and trace amount of metallic cobalt (1 at%) as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting at low overpotential and high current density. An excellent electrochemical activity of the newly developed electrocatalyst originates from its graphitic nanostructure and highly active Co-Nx sites. In the case of carefully optimized sample of this electrocatalyst, 10 mA cm(-2) current density can be achieved for two half reactions in alkaline solutions-hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction-at low overpotentials of 220 and 350 mV, respectively, which are smaller than those previously reported for nonprecious metal and metal-free counterparts. Based on the spectroscopic and electrochemical investigations, the newly identified Co-Nx sites in the carbon framework are responsible for high electrocatalytic activity of the Co,N-doped carbon. This study indicates that a trace level of the introduced Co into N-doped carbon can significantly enhance its electrocatalytic activity toward water splitting. PMID:27246288

  7. Paramagnetic behavior of Co doped TiO2 nanocrystals controlled by self-purification mechanism

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    Anitha, B.; Khadar, M. Abdul; Banerjee, Alok

    2016-07-01

    Doping in nanocrystals is a challenging process because of the self- purification mechanism which tends to segregate out the dopants resulting in a greater dopant concentration near the surface than at the interior of nanocrystals. In the present work nanocrystals of TiO2 doped with different atom % of Co were synthesized by peroxide gel method. XRD analysis confirmed the tetragonal anatase structure and HRTEM images showed the rod-like morphology of the samples. Raman modes of anatase phase of TiO2 along with weak intensity peaks of Co3O4 for higher Co dopant concentrations were observed for the samples. EPR measurements revealed the presence of cobalt in +2 oxidation state in the TiO2 matrix. SQUID measurements indicated paramagnetic behavior of the Co doped TiO2 nanocrystals. The paramagnetic behavior is attributed to an increased concentration of Co2+ ions and an increased presence of Co3O4 phase near the surface of the TiO2 nanocrystals due to self-purification mechanism.

  8. Boron and nitrogen co-doped porous carbon and its enhanced properties as supercapacitor

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    Guo, Hongliang; Gao, Qiuming

    Boron and nitrogen co-doped porous carbons (BNCs) were prepared through a facile procedure using citric acid, boric acid and nitrogen as C, B and N precursors, respectively. The BNC samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and nitrogen sorption at 77 K. Cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge experiments were adopted to investigate their electrochemical behaviors. The BNC-9 and BNC-15 samples with high specific surface areas of 894 and 726 m 2 g -1 showed the large specific capacitance up to 268 and 173 F g -1, respectively, with the current of 0.1 A g -1. When the current was set as 1 A g -1, the energy densities were 3.8 and 3.0 Wh kg -1 and the power densities were 165 and 201 W kg -1 for BNC-9 and BNC-15, respectively. Thus, BNC-15 is more suitable to apply in high-power-demanded occasion, while BNC-9 tends to store more energy.

  9. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Ba and Ti co-doped SrRuO3

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    Sarkar, Babusona; Dalal, Biswajit; Dev Ashok, Vishal; De, S. K.

    2014-12-01

    Temperature evolution of magnetic properties in Ba and Ti doped SrRuO3 has been investigated to observe the effects of larger ionic radius Ba at Sr site and isovalent nonmagnetic impurity Ti at Ru site. Ionic radius mismatch and different electronic configuration in comparison with Ru modify Sr(Ba)-O and Ru(Ti)-O bond lengths and Ru-O-Ru bond angle. The apical and basal Ru-O-Ru bond angles vary significantly with Ti doping. Ferromagnetic Curie temperature decreases from 161 K to 149 K monotonically with Ba (10%) and Ti (10%) substitutions at Sr and Ru sites. The zero field cooled (ZFC) magnetization reveals a prominent peak which shifts towards lower temperature with application of magnetic field. The substitution of tetravalent Ti with localized 3d0 orbitals for Ru with more delocalized 4d4 orbitals leads to a broad peak in ZFC magnetization. A spontaneous ZFC magnetization becomes negative below 160 K for all the compositions. The occurrence of both normal and inverse magnetocaloric effects in Ba and Ti co-doped SrRuO3 makes the system more interesting.

  10. Microstructure of Co-doped TiO{sub 2}(110) rutile by ion implantation

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    Wang, C.M.; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, S.; Droubay, T.; Chambers, S.A.

    2005-04-01

    Co-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} was synthesized by injecting Co ions into single crystal rutile TiO{sub 2} using high energy ion implantation. Microstructures of the implanted specimens were studied in detail using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, electron diffraction, and HRTEM image simulations. The spatial distribution and conglomeration behavior of the implanted Co ions, as well as the point defect distributions induced by ion implantation, show strong dependences on implantation conditions. Uniform distribution of Co ions in the rutile TiO{sub 2} lattice was obtained by implanting at 1075 K with a Co ion fluence of 1.25x10{sup 16} Co/cm{sup 2}. Implanting at 875 K leads to the formation of Co metal clusters. The precipitated Co metal clusters and surrounding TiO{sub 2} matrix exhibit the orientation relationships Co<110> parallel TiO{sub 2}[001] and Co{l_brace}111{r_brace} parallel TiO{sub 2}(110). A structural model representing the interface between Co metal clusters and TiO{sub 2} is developed based on HRTEM imaging and image simulations.

  11. Microstructure of Co-doped TiO₂ (110) Rutile by Ion Implantation

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    Wang, Chong M.; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Droubay, Timothy C.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2005-04-01

    Co-doped rutile TiO₂ was synthesized by injecting Co ions into single crystal rutile TiO₂ using high energy ion implantation. Microstructures of the implanted specimens were studied in detail using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron diffraction, and HRTEM image simulations. The spatial distribution and conglomeration behavior of the implanted Co ions, as well as the point defect distributions induced by ion implantation, show strong dependences on implantation conditions. Uniform distribution of Co ions in the rutile TiO₂ lattice was obtained by implanting at 1075 K with a Co ion fluence of 1.25x10¹⁶ Co/cm². Implanting at 875 K leads to the formation of Co metal clusters. The precipitated Co metal clusters and surrounding TiO₂ matrix exhibit the orientation relationships Co<110>//TiO₂[001] and Co{111}//TiO₂(110). A structural model representing the interface between Co metal clusters and TiO₂ is developed based on HRTEM imaging and image simulations.

  12. Visible light carrier generation in co-doped epitaxial titanate films

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    Comes, Ryan B. Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Chambers, Scott A.; Smolin, Sergey Y.; Baxter, Jason B.; Gao, Ran; Apgar, Brent A.; Martin, Lane W.; Bowden, Mark E.

    2015-03-02

    Perovskite titanates such as SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) exhibit a wide range of important functional properties, including ferroelectricity and excellent photocatalytic performance. The wide optical band gap of titanates limits their use in these applications; however, making them ill-suited for integration into solar energy harvesting technologies. Our recent work has shown that by doping STO with equal concentrations of La and Cr, we can enhance visible light absorption in epitaxial thin films while avoiding any compensating defects. In this work, we explore the optical properties of photoexcited carriers in these films. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry, we show that the Cr{sup 3+} dopants, which produce electronic states immediately above the top of the O 2p valence band in STO reduce the direct band gap of the material from 3.75 eV to 2.4–2.7 eV depending on doping levels. Transient reflectance spectroscopy measurements are in agreement with the observations from ellipsometry and confirm that optically generated carriers are present for longer than 2 ns. Finally, through photoelectrochemical methylene blue degradation measurements, we show that these co-doped films exhibit enhanced visible light photocatalysis when compared to pure STO.

  13. Study on the Photorefractive Properties of Sc, in Co-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    Xu, Zhaopeng; Xu, Shiwen; Xu, Yuheng; Wang, Rui

    The Sc:In:LiNbO3 crystals co-doped with 0.5 mol% Sc2O3 and 0, 0.5, 0.75 and 1 mol% In2O3 were grown by the Czochralski method. The structure of the crystals was measured by infrared spectra. The mechanism of the shift of OH- absorption peak was investigated. The photo-damage resistance ability of Sc:In:LiNbO3 crystals was observed by the straightly observing transmission facula distortion method. The Sc:In:LiNbO3 waveguide substrates were fabricated by the proton exchange technique using benzoic acid as the proton source. The photo-damage thresholds of these y-cut waveguide substrates were measured by the m-line method. The results measured by the two methods above all show that the photo-damage resistance ability of Sc:In:LiNbO3 crystals increases two orders of magnitude in comparison with that of pure LiNbO3 crystals. The mechanism of the enhancement of the photo-damage resistance ability of Sc:In:LiNbO3 crystals is discussed by Li-vacancy model.

  14. Combinatorial optimization of La, Ce-co-doped pyrosilicate phosphors as potential scintillator materials.

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    Wei, Qinhua; Wan, Jieqiong; Liu, Guanghui; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Yang, Hua; Wang, Jiacheng; Liu, Qian

    2015-04-13

    A combinatorial method was employed to rapidly screen the effects of La, Ce-co-doping on the luminescent properties of Gd2Si2O7 pyrosilicate using an 8 × 8 library. The candidate formulations (Gd1-x-yLax)2Si2O7:Ce2y were evaluated by luminescence pictures under ultraviolet excitation. The optimal composition was found to be (Gd0.89La0.1)2Si2O7:Ce0.02 after scaled-up preparation and detailed characterization of powder samples, which shows an excellent light output under both ultraviolet and X-ray excitation (about 5.43 times of commercial YAG:Ce powders). The XRD results indicate that the phase structure sequence is tetragonal-orthorhombic-triclinic for different calcination temperatures and doping ions. The (Gd0.89La0.1)2Si2O7:Ce0.02 powder sample also demonstrated excellent temperature stability of luminescence up to 200 °C and a short decay time of several tens of nanoseconds, suggesting that this may represent a new kind of scintillation material, such as single crystals, ceramics, glass, or phosphors.

  15. Spectroscopic properties in Er3+/Yb3+ Co-doped fluorophosphate glass

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    Zheng, Tao; Qin, Jie-Ming; Jiang, Da-Yong; Lü, Jing-Wen; Xiao, Sheng-Chun

    2012-04-01

    Using the technique of high-temperature melting, a new Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped fluorophosphate glass was prepared. The absorption and fluorescence spectra were investigated in depth. The effect of Er3+ and Yb3+ concentration on the spectroscopic properties of the glass sample was also discussed. According to the Judd—Ofelt theory, the oscillator strength was computed. The lifetime of 4I13/2 level (τm) of Er3+ ions was 8.23 ms, and the full width at half maximum of the dominating emission peak was 68 nm at 1.53 μm. The large stimulated emission cross section of the Er3+ was calculated by the McCumber theory. The spectroscopic properties of Er3+ ion were compared with those in different glasses. The full width at half maximum and σe are larger than those of other glass hosts, indicating this studied glass may be a potentially useful candidate for high-gain erbium-doped fiber amplifier.

  16. Visible-Light-Induced Bactericidal Activity of Titanium Dioxide Co-doped with Nitrogen and Silver

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    Wu, Pinggui; Xie, Rongcai; Imlay, Kari; Shang, Jian-Ku

    2011-01-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles co-doped with nitrogen and silver (Ag2O/TiON) were synthesized by the sol-gel process and found to be an effective visible light driven photocatalyst. The catalyst showed strong bactericidal activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli) under visible light irradiation (λ> 400 nm). In x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction characterization of the samples, the as-added Ag species mainly exist as Ag2O. Spin trapping EPR study showed Ag addition greatly enhanced the production of hydroxyl radicals (•OH) under visible light irradiation. The results indicate that the Ag2O species trapped eCB− in the process of Ag2O/TiON photocatalytic reaction, thus inhibiting the recombination of eCB− and hVB+ in agreement with the stronger photocatalytic bactericidal activity of Ag2O/TiON. The killing mechanism of Ag2O/TiON under visible light irradiation is shown to be related to oxidative damages in the forms of cell wall thinning and cell disconfiguration. PMID:20726520

  17. Significant Enhancement of Water Splitting Activity of N-Carbon Electrocatalyst by Trace Level Co Doping.

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    Bayatsarmadi, Bita; Zheng, Yao; Tang, Youhong; Jaroniec, Mietek; Qiao, Shi-Zhang

    2016-07-01

    Replacement of precious metal electrocatalysts with highly active and cost efficient alternatives for complete water splitting at low voltage has attracted a growing attention in recent years. Here, this study reports a carbon-based composite co-doped with nitrogen and trace amount of metallic cobalt (1 at%) as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting at low overpotential and high current density. An excellent electrochemical activity of the newly developed electrocatalyst originates from its graphitic nanostructure and highly active Co-Nx sites. In the case of carefully optimized sample of this electrocatalyst, 10 mA cm(-2) current density can be achieved for two half reactions in alkaline solutions-hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction-at low overpotentials of 220 and 350 mV, respectively, which are smaller than those previously reported for nonprecious metal and metal-free counterparts. Based on the spectroscopic and electrochemical investigations, the newly identified Co-Nx sites in the carbon framework are responsible for high electrocatalytic activity of the Co,N-doped carbon. This study indicates that a trace level of the introduced Co into N-doped carbon can significantly enhance its electrocatalytic activity toward water splitting.

  18. Visible light carrier generation in co-doped epitaxial titanate films

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Smolin, Sergey Y.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Gao, Ran; Apgar, Brent A.; Martin, Lane W.; Bowden, Mark E.; Baxter, Jason; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-03-02

    Perovskite titanates such as SrTiO3 (STO) exhibit a wide range of important functional properties, including high electron mobility, ferroelectricity—which may be valuable in photovoltaic applications—and excellent photocatalytic performance. The wide optical band gap of titanates limits their use in these applications, however, making them ill-suited for integration into solar energy harvesting technologies. Our recent work has shown that by doping STO with equal concentrations of La and Cr we can enhance visible light absorption in epitaxial thin films while avoiding any compensating defects. In this work, we explore the optical properties of photoexcited carriers in these films. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry, we show that the Cr3+ dopants, which produce electronic states immediately above the top of the O 2p valence band in STO reduce the direct band gap of the material from 3.75 eV to between 2.4 and 2.7 eV depending on doping levels. Transient reflectance measurements confirm that optically generated carriers have a recombination lifetime comparable to that of STO and are in agreement with the observations from ellipsometry. Finally, through photoelectrochemical yield measurements, we show that these co-doped films exhibit enhanced visible light photocatalysis when compared to pure STO.

  19. Effect of Co doping on catalytic activity of small Pt clusters

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    Dhilip Kumar, T. J.; Zhou, Chenggang; Cheng, Hansong; Forrey, Robert C.; Balakrishnan, N.

    2008-03-01

    Platinum is the most widely used catalyst in fuel cell electrodes. Designing improved catalysts with low or no platinum content is one of the grand challenges in fuel cell research. Here, we investigate electronic structures of Pt4 and Pt3Co clusters and report a comparative study of adsorption of H2, O2, and CO molecules on the two clusters using density functional theory. The adsorption studies show that H2 undergoes dissociative chemisorption on the tetrahedral clusters in head on and side on approaches at Pt centers. O2 dissociation occurs primarily in three and four center coordinations and CO prefers to adsorb on Pt or Co atop atoms. The adsorption energy of O2 is found to be higher for the Co doped cluster. For CO, the Pt atop orientation is preferred for both Pt4 and Pt3Co tetrahedral clusters. Adsorption of CO molecule on tetrahedral Pt3Co in side on approach leads to isomerization to planar rhombus geometry. An analysis of Hirshfeld charge distribution shows that the clusters become more polarized after adsorption of the molecules.

  20. Effect of Co doping on catalytic activity of small Pt clusters.

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    Dhilip Kumar, T J; Zhou, Chenggang; Cheng, Hansong; Forrey, Robert C; Balakrishnan, N

    2008-03-28

    Platinum is the most widely used catalyst in fuel cell electrodes. Designing improved catalysts with low or no platinum content is one of the grand challenges in fuel cell research. Here, we investigate electronic structures of Pt(4) and Pt(3)Co clusters and report a comparative study of adsorption of H(2), O(2), and CO molecules on the two clusters using density functional theory. The adsorption studies show that H(2) undergoes dissociative chemisorption on the tetrahedral clusters in head on and side on approaches at Pt centers. O(2) dissociation occurs primarily in three and four center coordinations and CO prefers to adsorb on Pt or Co atop atoms. The adsorption energy of O(2) is found to be higher for the Co doped cluster. For CO, the Pt atop orientation is preferred for both Pt(4) and Pt(3)Co tetrahedral clusters. Adsorption of CO molecule on tetrahedral Pt(3)Co in side on approach leads to isomerization to planar rhombus geometry. An analysis of Hirshfeld charge distribution shows that the clusters become more polarized after adsorption of the molecules. PMID:18376957

  1. Preparation and characterization of zinc and copper co-doped WO3 nanoparticles: Application in photocatalysis and photobiology.

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    Mohammadi, Sanaz; Sohrabi, Maryam; Golikand, Ahmad Nozad; Fakhri, Ali

    2016-08-01

    In this study, pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles samples were prepared by precipitation and co-precipitation methods. These nanoparticles were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The synthesized pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles have smart optical properties and average sizes with 3.2, 3.12, 3.08 and 2.97eV of band-gap, 18.1, 23.2, 25.7 and 30.2nm, respectively. Photocatalytic activity of four nanoparticles was studying towards degradation of gentamicin antibiotic under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. The result showed that Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 possessed high photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanoparticles could be remarkably increased by doping the Zn and Cu impurity. This can be attributed to the fact that the red shift of absorption edge and the trapping effect of the mono and co-doped WO3 nanoparticles. The research result presents a general and effective way to prepare different photocatalysts with enhanced visible and UV light-driven photocatalytic performance. Antibacterial activity of four different WO3 nanoparticles against Escherichia coli bacterium has been assessed by the agar disc method under light irradiation and dark medium. It is concluded from the present findings that WO3 nanoparticles can be used as an efficient antibacterial agent. PMID:27262854

  2. Preparation and characterization of zinc and copper co-doped WO3 nanoparticles: Application in photocatalysis and photobiology.

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    Mohammadi, Sanaz; Sohrabi, Maryam; Golikand, Ahmad Nozad; Fakhri, Ali

    2016-08-01

    In this study, pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles samples were prepared by precipitation and co-precipitation methods. These nanoparticles were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The synthesized pure, Zn, Cu, Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 nanoparticles have smart optical properties and average sizes with 3.2, 3.12, 3.08 and 2.97eV of band-gap, 18.1, 23.2, 25.7 and 30.2nm, respectively. Photocatalytic activity of four nanoparticles was studying towards degradation of gentamicin antibiotic under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. The result showed that Zn,Cu co-doped WO3 possessed high photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanoparticles could be remarkably increased by doping the Zn and Cu impurity. This can be attributed to the fact that the red shift of absorption edge and the trapping effect of the mono and co-doped WO3 nanoparticles. The research result presents a general and effective way to prepare different photocatalysts with enhanced visible and UV light-driven photocatalytic performance. Antibacterial activity of four different WO3 nanoparticles against Escherichia coli bacterium has been assessed by the agar disc method under light irradiation and dark medium. It is concluded from the present findings that WO3 nanoparticles can be used as an efficient antibacterial agent.

  3. Effect of Co doping on structural, optical, magnetic and dielectric properties of Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Singh, A. K.; Kaushik, S. D.

    2015-06-24

    Polycrystalline Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} and 2% Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} were prepared by solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that there is no change in the crystal structure due to Co doping and the compound has orthorhombic structure. UV-visible spectroscopy confirms the decrease in band gap due Co doping. Zero field cooled magnetization measurement at 100 Oe magnetic field shows substantial decrease in the magnetic transition temperature. Room temperature frequency dependent dielectric permittivity at 1V DC bias shows ∼10% increase in Co doped sample with respect to pure Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}.

  4. Dependences on RE of superconducting properties of transition metal co-doped (Ca, RE)FeAs2 with RE = La-Gd

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    Yakita, H.; Ogino, H.; Sala, A.; Okada, T.; Yamamoto, A.; Kishio, K.; Iyo, A.; Eisaki, H.; Shimoyama, J.

    2015-11-01

    Dependence of superconducting properties of (Ca, RE)(Fe, TM)As2 [(Ca, RE)112, TM: Co, Ni)] on RE elements (RE = La-Gd) was systematically investigated. Improvement of superconducting properties by Co or Ni co-doping was observed for all (Ca, RE)112, which is similar to Co-co-doped (Ca, La)112 or (Ca, Pr)112. Tc of Co-co-doped samples decreased from 38 K for RE = La to 29 K for RE = Gd with decreasing ionic radii of RE3+. However, Co-co-doped (Ca, Eu)112 showed exceptionally low Tc = 21 K probably due to the co-existence of Eu3+ and Eu2+ suggested by longer interlayer distance dFe-Fe of (Ca, Eu)112 than other (Ca, RE)112.

  5. Effects of acceptor-donor complexes on electronic structure properties in co-doped TiO2: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, L.; Cai, L. L.; Yuan, X. B.; Hu, G. C.; Ren, J. F.

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the doping effects induced by impurity complexes on the electronic structures of anatase TiO2 based on the density functional theory. Mono-doping and co-doping effects are discussed separately. The results show that the impurity doping can make the band-edges shift. The induced defect levels in the band gaps by impurity doping reduce the band gap predominantly. The compensated acceptor-donor pairs in the co-doped TiO2 will improve the photoelectrochemical activity. From the calculations, it is also found that (S+Zr)-co-doped TiO2 has the ideal band gap and band edge, at the same time, the binding energy is higher than other systems, so (S+Zr)-co-doping in TiO2 is more promise in photoelectrochemical experiments.

  6. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Solution-Processed Co-Doped ZnS Thin Films

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    Goktas, A.; Mutlu, İ. H.

    2016-11-01

    Co-doped ZnS thin films have been grown on glass substrates using solution-processing and dip-coating techniques, and the impact of the Co doping level (0% to 5%) and film thickness on certain characteristics examined. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the films possessed hexagonal crystal structure. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed presence of Zn, Co, and S in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the film surface was homogeneous and dense with some cracks and spots. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed introduction and integration of Co2+ ions into the ZnS thin films. Compared with undoped ZnS, optical studies indicated a reduction in optical bandgap energy ( E g) while the refractive index ( n), extinction coefficient ( k), and dielectric constants ( ɛ 1, ɛ 2) increased with film thickness ( t) and Co doping level (except for 5%). Photoluminescence spectra showed enhanced luminescence intensity as the Co concentration was increased, while the dependence on t showed an initial increase followed by a decrease. The origin of the observed low-temperature (5 K and 100 K) ferromagnetic order may be related to point defects such as zinc vacancies, zinc interstitials, and sulfide vacancies or to the grain-boundary effect.

  7. Analysis of thermal and structural properties of germanate glasses co-doped with Yb3+/Tb3+ ions

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    Zmojda, J.; Kochanowicz, M.; Miluski, P.; Dorosz, D.; Jelen, P.; Sitarz, M.

    2014-10-01

    In the work the new glass compositions in the GeO2-GaO-BaO system have been prepared and thermal, structural properties of in germanate glasses co-doped with Yb3+/Tb3+ions were studied. Glasses were obtained by conventional high-temperature melt-quenching technique. The study of the crystallization kinetics processes of glasses co-doped with 0.7Yb2O3:0.7Tb2O3 was performed with DSC measurements. The activation energies have been calculated using Freedman analysis and verified with the Flynn-Wall-Ozawa method. In this order, the DSC curves have been registered with different heating rates, between 5 and 15 degrees/min. The structure of fabricated glasses has been studied by infrared and Raman spectroscopes. The effect of heat treatment on the structural properties was determined. In all glass samples the dominated infrared absorbance band at 800 cm-1 corresponds to asymmetric stretching motions of GeO4 tetrahedra containing bridging (Ge-O(Ge)) and non-bridging (Ge-O-) oxygens. Additionally, the influence of heat treatment on the luminescent properties was evaluated. Strong luminescence at 489, 543, 586 and 621 nm corresponding to 5D4 → 7FJ (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) transitions was measured. The highest upconversion emission intensity was obtained in the germanate glass co-doped with 0.7Yb2O3/0.7Tb2O3.

  8. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of B, Ce Co-doped TiO2 hollow fibers photocatalyst

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    Qiu, Jingping; Sun, Xiaogang; Xing, Jun; Liu, Xiaobo

    2014-07-01

    A series of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 (B, Ce-TiO2) photocatalytic materials with a hollow fiber structure were successfully prepared by template method using boric acid, ammonium ceric nitrate and tetrabutyltitanate as precursors and cotton fibers as template, followed by calcination at 500°C in an N2 atmosphere for 2 h. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements, and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) were employed to characterize the morphology, crystal structure, surface structure, and optical absorption properties of the samples. The photocatalytic performance of the samples was studied by photodegradation phenol in water under UV light irradiation. The results showed that the TiO2 fiber materials have hollow structures, and the fiber structure materials showed better photocatalytic properties for the degradation of phenol than pure TiO2 under UV light. In the experiment condition, the photocatalytic activity of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 fibers was optimal of all the prepared samples. In addition, the possibility of cyclic usage of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 fiber photocatalyst was also confirmed, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 fibers remained above 90% of that of the fresh sample after being used four times. The material was easily removed by centrifugal separation from the medium. It can therefore be potentially applied for the treatment of water contaminated by organic pollutants.

  9. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Solution-Processed Co-Doped ZnS Thin Films

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    Goktas, A.; Mutlu, İ. H.

    2016-07-01

    Co-doped ZnS thin films have been grown on glass substrates using solution-processing and dip-coating techniques, and the impact of the Co doping level (0% to 5%) and film thickness on certain characteristics examined. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the films possessed hexagonal crystal structure. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed presence of Zn, Co, and S in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the film surface was homogeneous and dense with some cracks and spots. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed introduction and integration of Co2+ ions into the ZnS thin films. Compared with undoped ZnS, optical studies indicated a reduction in optical bandgap energy (E g) while the refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (k), and dielectric constants (ɛ 1, ɛ 2) increased with film thickness (t) and Co doping level (except for 5%). Photoluminescence spectra showed enhanced luminescence intensity as the Co concentration was increased, while the dependence on t showed an initial increase followed by a decrease. The origin of the observed low-temperature (5 K and 100 K) ferromagnetic order may be related to point defects such as zinc vacancies, zinc interstitials, and sulfide vacancies or to the grain-boundary effect.

  10. Optical and magnetic properties of Co-doped CuO flower/plates/particles-like nanostructures.

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    Basith, N Mohamed; Vijaya, J Judith; Kennedy, L John; Bououdina, M; Hussain, Shamima

    2014-03-01

    In this study, pure and Co-doped CuO nanostructures (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 at wt% of Co) were synthesized by microwave combustion method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). Powder X-ray diffraction patterns refined by the Rietveld method indicated the formation of single-phase monoclinic structure. The surface morphology and elemental analysis of Co-doped CuO nanostructures were studied by using HR-SEM and EDX. Interestingly, the morphology was found to change considerably from nanoflowers to nanoplates then to nanoparticles with the variation of Co concentration. The optical band gap calculated using DRS was found to be 2.1 eV for pure CuO and increases up to 3.4 eV with increasing cobalt content. Photoluminescence measurements also confirm these results. The magnetic measurements indicated that the obtained nanostructures were ferromagnetic at room temperature with an optimum value of saturation magnetization at 1.0 wt.% of Co-doped CuO, i.e., 970 micro emu/g.

  11. A novel anode comprised of C&N co-doped Co3O4 hollow nanofibres with excellent performance for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Yan, Chunshuang; Chen, Gang; Sun, Jingxue; Zhou, Xin; Lv, Chade

    2016-07-20

    C&N co-doped Co3O4 hollow nanofibres are prepared by combining the electrospinning technique and the hydrothermal method, which show a high reversible capacity and excellent cycling stability as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. DFT calculations give a good explanation for the experimentally enhanced conductivity in C&N co-doped Co3O4 hollow nanofibres. PMID:27389924

  12. Raman scattering in Me-doped ZnO nanorods (Me = Mn, Co, Cu and Ni) prepared by thermal diffusion.

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    Phan, The Long; Vincent, Roger; Cherns, David; Nghia, Nguyen Xuan; Ursaki, V V

    2008-11-26

    We have investigated normal and resonant Raman scattering in Me-doped ZnO nanorods (Me = Mn, Co, Cu and Ni) prepared by thermal diffusion. Experimental results show that the normal Raman spectra consist of the conventional modes associated with wurtzite ZnO and impurity-related additional modes. Under resonant conditions, only longitudinal optical (LO) phonon scattering and its overtones are observed. The number of LO phonon lines and their relative intensity depend on the doping element and level. For the nanorods doped with Cu and Ni, we have observed LO phonon overtones up to eleventh order. This situation does not happen for the Mn-doped nanorods, which show only five LO phonon modes. By co-doping Mn and Co into the ZnO host lattice, however, the LO phonon overtones up to eleventh order are observed again. The nature of this phenomenon is explained by means of the study of XRD, TEM and photoluminescence.

  13. Single phase formation of Co-implanted ZnO thin films by swift heavy ion irradiation: Optical studies

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    Kumar, Ravi; Singh, Fouran; Angadi, Basavaraj; Choi, Ji-Won; Choi, Won-Kook; Jeong, Kwangho; Song, Jong-Han; Khan, M. Wasi; Srivastava, J. P.; Kumar, Ajay; Tandon, R. P.

    2006-12-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence and optical absorption studies on 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiated Co-implanted ZnO thin films were studied. The Co clusters present in as implanted samples were observed to be dissolved using 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation with a fluence of 1x10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The photoluminescence spectrum of pure ZnO thin film was characterized by the I{sub 4} peak due to the neutral donor bound excitons and the broad green emission. The Co-doped ZnO films show three sharp levels and two shoulders corresponding to 3t{sub 2g} and 2e{sub g} levels of crystal field splitted Co d orbitals, respectively. The ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy also shows the systematic variation of band gap after 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation.

  14. What is atomic structures of (ZnO) 34 magic cluster?

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    Wang, Xiaoqiu; Wang, Baolin; Tang, Lingli; Sai, Linwei; Zhao, Jijun

    2010-01-01

    Recent experiment on the mass spectrum of ZnO clusters revealed a (ZnO) 34 magic cluster with enhanced stability [A. Dmytruk, et al., Microelect. J. 40 (2009) 218]. We have performed an extensive search for the most stable structure of (ZnO) 34 using gradient-corrected density-functional theory. Instead of the previously nominated onion-like nested cage of (ZnO) 6@(ZnO) 28, we found that the hollow cage structures satisfying the isolated six square rule constitute the most preferred structural motif for (ZnO) 34 cluster.

  15. Formation and Characteristics of Anatase-Type Titania Solid Solution Nanoparticles Doped with Nb5+ M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+)

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    Hirano, Masanori; Ito, Takaharu

    2011-10-01

    Anatase-type titania solid solutions co-doped with Nb5+ and cation M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+) with composition Ti1-2XNbXMXO2 were directly formed as nanoparticles from precursor solutions of TiOSO4, NbCl5, and metal salts (Ga(SO4)3, Al(NO3)3, and Sc(NO3)3) under mild hydrothermal conditions at 180 °C for 5 h using the hydrolysis of urea. The effect of co-doped cation M on the formation and properties of anatase-type titania solid solutions was investigated. The region of anatse-type solid solution depended on the co-doped cation M. The composition range of anatase-type titania solid solution in the case of M = Sc3+ was much wider than that in the case of M = Ga3+ and Al3+. The increase in the amount of co-doped cation M = Ga3+, Al3+ enhanced the crystallite growth of anatase solid solutions under the hydrothermal conditions. The solid solutions co-doped with M = Al3+ showed the most improved photocatalytic activity in the three cations. The anatase-to-rutile phase transformation of solid solutions was promoted at lower temperature via the presence of co-doped cation M = Ga3+.

  16. Spectral properties of ZnO and ZnO-Al2O3 coatings prepared by polymer-salt method

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    Evstropiev, Sergey K.; Gatchin, Yury A.; Evstropyev, Kirill S.; Romanova, Eva B.

    2016-04-01

    Experimental results show that the use of film-forming solutions based on zinc and aluminum nitrates and high molecular polyvinylpyrrolidone allows obtaining thin oxide coatings having unusually large bandgap values and transparent in a wide spectral range. The values of the bandgaps of coating materials are significantly higher than the bandgap of bulk ZnO, and it is varied in the range from 3.46 to 4.16 eV, resulting from the metastable structure of the coating.

  17. Novel tannin-based Si, P co-doped carbon for supercapacitor applications

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    Ramasahayam, Sunil Kumar; Nasini, Udaya B.; Shaikh, Ali U.; Viswanathan, Tito

    2015-02-01

    Increasing environmental pollution and population compounded by a decrease in the availability of non-renewable resources and fossil fuels has propelled the need for sustainable alternate energy storage technologies particularly in the last two decades. An attempt to meet this crisis was carried out by a unique, microwave-assisted method which has enabled the generation of a novel Si, P co-doped carbon (SiPDC) for supercapacitor applications. The microwave-assisted method is useful in developing SiPDC at a rapid and economical fashion that does not employ any inert or reducing gases, but is high yielding. Varying proportions of precursor materials were utilized to generate four SiPDCs (SiPDC-1, SiPDC-2, SiPDC-3 and SiPDC-4) with varying contents of dopants as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) results. Surface area and pore size analysis revealed that SiPDC-2 has a surface area of 641.51 m2 g-1, abundant micropores, mesopores and macropores which are critical for electrical double layer capacitance (EDLC). Of all the SiPDCs, SiPDC-2 exhibited highest capacitance of 276 F g-1 in 1 M H2SO4 and 244 F g-1 in 6 M KOH at a scan rate of 5 mV s-1. Galvanostatic charge-discharge studies performed in 6 M KOH establish the high capacitance of SiPDC-2. SiPDC-2 also exhibited excellent electrochemical stability in 1 M H2SO4 and 6 M KOH.

  18. Magnetic nanoparticles formed in glasses co-doped with iron and larger radius elements

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    Edelman, I.; Ivanova, O.; Ivantsov, R.; Velikanov, D.; Zabluda, V.; Zubavichus, Y.; Veligzhanin, A.; Zaikovskiy, V.; Stepanov, S.; Artemenko, A.; Curely, J.; Kliava, J.

    2012-10-15

    A new type of nanoparticle-containing glasses based on borate glasses co-doped with low contents of iron and larger radius elements, Dy, Tb, Gd, Ho, Er, Y, and Bi, is studied. Heat treatment of these glasses results in formation of magnetic nanoparticles, radically changing their physical properties. Transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation-based techniques: x-ray diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray absorption near-edge structure, and small-angle x-ray scattering, show a broad distribution of nanoparticle sizes with characteristics depending on the treatment regime; a crystalline structure of these nanoparticles is detected in heat treated samples. Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) studies of samples subjected to heat treatment as well as of maghemite, magnetite, and iron garnet allow to unambiguously assign the nanoparticle structure to maghemite, independently of co-dopant nature and of heat treatment regime used. Different features observed in the MCD spectra are related to different electron transitions in Fe{sup 3+} ions gathered in the nanoparticles. The static magnetization in heat treated samples has non-linear dependence on the magnetizing field with hysteresis. Zero-field cooled magnetization curves show that at higher temperatures the nanoparticles occur in superparamagnetic state with blocking temperatures above 100 K. Below ca. 20 K, a considerable contribution to both zero field-cooled and field-cooled magnetizations occurs from diluted paramagnetic ions. Variable-temperature electron magnetic resonance (EMR) studies unambiguously show that in as-prepared glasses paramagnetic ions are in diluted state and confirm the formation of magnetic nanoparticles already at earlier stages of heat treatment. Computer simulations of the EMR spectra corroborate the broad distribution of nanoparticle sizes found by 'direct' techniques as well as superparamagnetic nanoparticle behaviour demonstrated in the magnetization

  19. Effects of Co doping on the metamagnetic states of the ferromagnetic fcc Fe-Co alloy.

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    Ortiz-Chi, Filiberto; Aguayo, Aarón; de Coss, Romeo

    2013-01-16

    The evolution of the metamagnetic states in the ferromagnetic face centered cubic (fcc) Fe(1-x)Co(x) alloy as a function of Co concentration has been studied by means of first-principles calculations. The ground state properties were obtained using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The alloying was modeled using the virtual crystal approximation and the magnetic states were obtained from the calculations of the total energy as a function of the spin moment, using the fixed spin moment method. For ferromagnetic fcc Fe, the binding-energy curve shows metamagnetic behavior, with two minima corresponding to a small-volume, low-spin (LS) state and a large-volume, high-spin (HS) state, which are separated by a small energy (E(LS) ≲ E(HS)). The evolution of the magnetic moment, the exchange integral (J), and the binding-energy curve is analyzed in the whole range of Co concentrations (x). The magnetic moment corresponding to the HS state decreases monotonically from 2.6 μ(B)/atom in fcc Fe to 1.7 μ(B)/atom in fcc Co. In contrast, the exchange integral for the HS state shows a maximum at around x = 0.45. The thermal dependence of the lattice parameter is evaluated with a method based on statistical mechanics using the binding-energy curve as an effective potential. It is observed that the behavior of the lattice parameter with temperature is tuned by Co doping, from negative thermal expansion in fcc Fe to positive thermal expansion in fcc Co, through the modification of the energetics of the metamagnetic states.

  20. Structural and spectroscopic behavior of Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped lithium telluroborate glasses

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    Annapoorani, K.; Maheshvaran, K.; ArunKumar, S.; Suriya Murthy, N.; Soukka, Tero; Marimuthu, K.

    2015-01-01

    A new series of Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped Lithium telluroborate glasses were prepared following the melt quenching technique. The structural analyzes were made through XRD, Raman, FTIR spectra to explore the different vibrations of borate and tellurite network. The absorption spectra have been used to determine the nature of the metal-ligand and further Band gap and Urbach's analysis have also been carried out. The oscillator strength value of the 2H11/2→4I15/2 hypersensitive transition is found to be higher and increases as the concentration of the RE ion increases which emphasis the asymmetry nature of the glasses. The magnitude of the JO intensity parameters follow the trend as Ω2>Ω4>Ω6 uniformly for all the prepared glasses. A bright green emission corresponding to the 2H11/2+4S3/2→ 4I15/2 transition and luminescence from 4I13/2→4I15/2 in eye safe region have also been observed. The radiative parameters such as radiative transition probability, stimulated emission cross-section, branching ratios, radiative lifetime, gain bandwidth and gain linewidth for the 4S3/2 and 4I13/2 level of the title glasses have also been determined. The absorption and emission cross-section corresponding to the 4I13/2 level has been calculated using McCumber theory. Lifetime measurements were made under 980 nm excitation and the quantum efficiency were also calculated to evaluate the appropriateness of the host matrix for the fabrication of laser materials and broad band amplifiers.

  1. Magnetic nanoparticles formed in glasses co-doped with iron and larger radius elements

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    Edelman, I.; Ivanova, O.; Ivantsov, R.; Velikanov, D.; Zabluda, V.; Zubavichus, Y.; Veligzhanin, A.; Zaikovskiy, V.; Stepanov, S.; Artemenko, A.; Curély, J.; Kliava, J.

    2012-10-01

    A new type of nanoparticle-containing glasses based on borate glasses co-doped with low contents of iron and larger radius elements, Dy, Tb, Gd, Ho, Er, Y, and Bi, is studied. Heat treatment of these glasses results in formation of magnetic nanoparticles, radically changing their physical properties. Transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation-based techniques: x-ray diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray absorption near-edge structure, and small-angle x-ray scattering, show a broad distribution of nanoparticle sizes with characteristics depending on the treatment regime; a crystalline structure of these nanoparticles is detected in heat treated samples. Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) studies of samples subjected to heat treatment as well as of maghemite, magnetite, and iron garnet allow to unambiguously assign the nanoparticle structure to maghemite, independently of co-dopant nature and of heat treatment regime used. Different features observed in the MCD spectra are related to different electron transitions in Fe3+ ions gathered in the nanoparticles. The static magnetization in heat treated samples has non-linear dependence on the magnetizing field with hysteresis. Zero-field cooled magnetization curves show that at higher temperatures the nanoparticles occur in superparamagnetic state with blocking temperatures above 100 K. Below ca. 20 K, a considerable contribution to both zero field-cooled and field-cooled magnetizations occurs from diluted paramagnetic ions. Variable-temperature electron magnetic resonance (EMR) studies unambiguously show that in as-prepared glasses paramagnetic ions are in diluted state and confirm the formation of magnetic nanoparticles already at earlier stages of heat treatment. Computer simulations of the EMR spectra corroborate the broad distribution of nanoparticle sizes found by "direct" techniques as well as superparamagnetic nanoparticle behaviour demonstrated in the magnetization studies.

  2. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Effect of Annealing Conditions on Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Gao, Mei-Zhen; Zhang, Feng; Liu, Jing; Sun, Hui-Na

    2009-08-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films are prepared on normal glass substrates by the sol-gel spin coating method. The effects of drying conditions, annealing temperature and cooling rate on the structural, electrical and optical properties of AZO films are investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, the four-point probe method and UV-VIS spectrophotometry, respectively. The deposited films show a hexagonal wurtzite structure and high preferential c-axis orientation. As the drying temperature increases from 100°C to 300°C the resistivity of AZO films decreases dramatically. In contrast to the annealed films cooled in a furnace and in air, the resistivity of the annealed film which is cooled at -15°C is greatly reduced. Increasing the cooling rate dramatically increases the electrical conductivity of AZO films.

  3. Enhanced light extraction of GaN-based light-emitting diodes with periodic textured SiO2 on Al-doped ZnO transparent conductive layer

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    Yu, Zhao; Bingfeng, Fan; Yiting, Chen; Yi, Zhuo; Zhoujun, Pang; Zhen, Liu; Gang, Wang

    2016-07-01

    We report an effective enhancement in light extraction of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with an Al-doped ZnO (AZO) transparent conductive layer by incorporating a top regular textured SiO2 layer. The 2 inch transparent through-pore anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane was fabricated and used as the etching mask. The periodic pore with a pitch of about 410 nm was successfully transferred to the surface of the SiO2 layer without any etching damages to the AZO layer and the electrodes. The light output power was enhanced by 19% at 20 mA and 56% at 100 mA compared to that of the planar LEDs without a patterned surface. This approach offers a technique to fabricate a low-cost and large-area regular pattern on the LED chip for achieving enhanced light extraction without an obvious increase of the forward voltage. ).

  4. Realizing ferromagnetic ordering in SnO2 and ZnO nanostructures with Fe, Co, Ce ions.

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Kotnala, R K

    2016-07-14

    We report the defects/vacancies that attribute to room temperature ferromagnetism in SnO2 in contrast to ZnO [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 5647], which has observed ferromagnetic ordering below room temperature, since both the systems involve similar dopant Fe, Co, and Ce ions. The Fe, Co, Ce doped SnO2 nanostructures were synthesized by a sol-gel process. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data detects a rutile SnO2 structure, with structural defects due to the deformation of the unit cell with doping. The pure, Fe and Co doped SnO2 have nanoparticle formation that is induced to nanorods with Ce co-doping. However, ZnO retained a nanorod-type shape with Fe and Co ions and changed to nanoparticles with Ce co-doping. The rutile SnO2 structure and defect formation with Fe, Co, and Ce ions is also confirmed with Raman vibrational modes. The observed lattice defects due to oxygen vacancies are shown by the photoluminescence study. The weak room temperature ferromagnetism is observed with Fe and Co ions in SnO2, which is enhanced with Ce ions. The zero field (ZFC) and field cooling magnetic measurements indicate an improvement in magnetization with a cusp in the ZFC curve at low temperature, observed due to an antiferromagnetic transition. It also induced variations in the magnetic coercive field due to the phenomenon of superparamagnetism, spin glasses, and magnetic clustered growth. This can be further confirmed with ac magnetic susceptibility measurements that show magnetic transitions as well as frequency dispersive and dependent behaviors of χ'(T)/χ''(T). However, the Fe, Co, Ce doped ZnO exhibit paramagnetic behavior at room temperature due to favorable antiferromagnetic interactions and have a ferromagnetic transition at low temperature with little ferromagnetic cluster growth. PMID:27305970

  5. Domain matched epitaxial growth of (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} thin films on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with ZnO buffer layer

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    Krishnaprasad, P. S. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Jayaraj, M. K. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Antony, Aldrin; Rojas, Fredy

    2015-03-28

    Epitaxial (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate with ZnO as buffer layer. The x-ray ω-2θ, Φ-scan and reciprocal space mapping indicate epitaxial nature of BST thin films. The domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films over ZnO buffer layer was confirmed using Fourier filtered high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the film-buffer interface. The incorporation of ZnO buffer layer effectively suppressed the lattice mismatch and promoted domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films. Coplanar inter digital capacitors fabricated on epitaxial (111) BST thin films show significantly improved tunable performance over polycrystalline thin films.

  6. The effect of dopant concentration on properties of transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films for efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 thin-film solar cells prepared by electrodeposition method

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    Mkawi, E. M.; Ibrahim, K.; Ali, M. K. M.; Farrukh, M. A.; Mohamed, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were potentiostatically deposited on indium tin oxide substrates. The influence of the doping level of the ZnO:Al films was investigated. The results of the X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the structural properties of the AZO films were found polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure along the (002) plane. The grain size of the AZO films was observed as approximately 3 μm in the film doping with 4 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The thin films also exhibited an optical transmittance as high as 90 % in the wavelength range of 100-1,000 nm. The optical band gap increased from 3.33 to 3.45 eV. Based on the Hall studies, the lowest resistivity (4.78 × 10-3 Ω cm) was observed in the film doping with 3 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The sheet resistant, carrier concentration and Hall mobility values were found as 10.78 Ω/ square, 9.03 × 1018 cm-3 and 22.01 cm2/v s, respectively, which showed improvements in the properties of AZO thin films. The ZnO:Al thin films were used as a buffer layer in thin-film solar cells with the structure of soda-lime glass/Mo/Cu2ZnSnS4/ZnS/ZnO/Al grid. The best solar cell efficiency was 2.3 % with V OC of 0.430 V, J SC of 8.24 mA cm-2 and FF of 68.1 %.

  7. Electrical property studies on chemically processed polypyrolle/aluminum doped ZnO based hybrid heterostructures

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    Mohan Kumar, G.; Ilanchezhiyan, P.; Madhan Kumar, A.; Yuldashev, Sh. U.; Kang, T. W.

    2016-04-01

    A hybrid structure based on p-type polypyrolle (PPy) and n-type aluminum (Al) doped ZnO nanorods was successfully constructed. The effect of Al doping on material properties of wurtzite structured ZnO were studied using several analytical techniques. To establish the desired hybrid structure, pyrrole monomers were polymerized on hydrothermally grown Al doped ZnO nanorods by chemical polymerization. The current-voltage characteristics on the fabricated PPy/Al doped ZnO heterostructures were found to exhibit excellent rectifying characteristics under dark and illumination conditions. The obtained results augment the prescribed architecture to be highly suitable for high-sensitivity optoelectronic applications.

  8. Rutile-type Co doped SnO2 diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles: Structural, dielectric and ferromagnetic behavior

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    Mehraj, Sumaira; Shahnawaze Ansari, M.; Alimuddin

    2013-12-01

    Nanoparticles of basic composition Sn1-xCoxO2 (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1) were synthesized through the citrate-gel method and were characterized for structural properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). XRD analysis of the powder samples sintered at 500 °C for 12 h showed single phase rutile type tetragonal structure and the crystallite size decreased as the cobalt content was increased. FT-IR spectrum displayed various bands that came due to fundamental overtones and combination of O-H, Sn-O and Sn-O-Sn entities. The effect of Co doping on the electrical and magnetic properties was studied using dielectric spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature. The dielectric parameters (ε, tan δ and σac) show their maximum value for 10% Co doping. The dielectric loss shows anomalous behavior with frequency where it exhibits the Debye relaxation. The variation of dielectric properties and ac conductivity with frequency reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization in general and hopping of charge between Sn2+ and Sn4+ as well as between Co2+ and Co3+ ions. The complex impedance analysis was used to separate the grain and grain boundary contributions in the system which shows that the conduction process in grown nanoparticles takes place predominantly through grain boundary volume. Hysteresis loops were observed clearly in M-H curves from 0.01 to 0.1% Co doped SnO2 samples. The saturation magnetization of the doped samples increased slightly with increase of Co concentration. However pure SnO2 displayed paramagnetism which vanished at higher values of magnetic field.

  9. Synthesis and properties of ZnTe and Eu3+ ion co-doped glass nanocomposites

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    Rahaman Molla, Atiar; Tarafder, Anal; Dey, Chirantan; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2014-10-01

    In this study, ZnTe (II-VI) semiconductor and Eu+3-ion co-doped borosilicate glass has been prepared in the SiO2-K2O-CaO-BaO-B2O3 glass system followed by controlled heat-treatment to produce glass nanocomposites. Glass transition temperature and crystallization peak temperature have been evaluated using DSC analysis. Dilatometric studies were carried out to evaluate thermal expansion co-efficient, glass transition temperature, and dilatometric softening temperature and found to be 10.7 × 10-6/K, 580° C and 628° C, respectively. TEM micrographs demonstrate formation of nano sized crystallites of less than 50 nm. The ZnTe crystal formation also established through selected area electron diffraction (SAED) analysis and high resolution images obtained through TEM studies. With increasing heat treatment time, optical transmission cut-off wavelength (λcut-off) shifted towards higher wavelength. Excitation spectra were recorded by monitoring emission at 613 nm corresponding to the 5D0 → 7F2 transition. An intense 394 nm excitation band corresponding to the 7F0 → 5L6 transition was observed. Emission spectra were then recorded by exciting the glass samples at 394 nm. When the glass is heat-treated for 30 min at 610° C, a 6-fold increase in the intensity of the red emission at 612 nm has been observed, which is attributed to the segregation of Eu3+ ions into the low phonon energy ZnTe crystallites and as the size of the nanocrystals is smaller than the size of the exciton, quantum confinement effect is visible. Further increase in heat-treatment duration led to decrease in luminescence intensity due to the growth of larger size crystals. 5D1 → 7F0 transition is visible only in the samples heat-treated for 30 min and 1 h, which is a characteristic of presence of Eu3+ ions in the low phonon energy ZnTe crystal sites. The micro hardness of the precursor glass and glass nanocomposites was evaluated; base glass shows hardness of 6.7 GPa and hardness of heat

  10. Investigation of the stability of Co-doped apatite ionic conductors in NH{sub 3}

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    Headspith, D.A.; Orera, A.; Young, N.A.; Francesconi, M.G.

    2010-12-15

    Hydrogen powered solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are of enormous interest as devices for the efficient and clean production of electrical energy. However, a number of problems linked to hydrogen production, storage and transportation are slowing down the larger scale use of SOFCs. Identifying alternative fuel sources to act as intermediate during the transition to the full use of hydrogen is, therefore, of importance. One excellent alternative is ammonia, which is produced on a large scale, is relatively cheap and has the infrastructure for storage and transportation already in place. However, considering that SOFCs operate at temperatures higher than 500 {sup o}C, a potential problem is the interaction of gaseous ammonia with the materials in the cathode, anode and solid electrolyte. In this paper, we extend earlier work on high temperature reactions of apatite electrolytes with NH{sub 3} to the transition metal (Co) doped systems, La{sub 9.67}Si{sub 5}CoO{sub 26} and La{sub 10}(Si/Ge){sub 5}CoO{sub 26.5}. A combination of PXRD, TGA and XAFS spectroscopy data showed a better structural stability for the silicate systems. Apatite silicates and germanates not containing transition metals tend to substitute nitride anions for their interstitial oxide anions, when reacted with NH{sub 3} at high temperature and, consequentially, lower the interstitial oxide content. In La{sub 9.67}Si{sub 5}CoO{sub 26} and La{sub 10}(Si/Ge){sub 5}CoO{sub 26.5} reduction of Co occurs as a competing process, favouring lower levels of nitride-oxide substitution. -- Graphical Abstract: In reactions between the apatites La{sub 9.67}Si{sub 5}CoO{sub 26} and La{sub 10}(Si/Ge){sub 5}CoO{sub 26.5} and NH{sub 3} (g) at temperatures T>500 {sup o}C, the partial substitution of the Si and Ge by Co seems to discourage O{sup 2-}/N{sup 3-} substitution in favour of the reduction of the metal. Display Omitted

  11. Performance comparison of bismuth/erbium co-doped optical fibre by 830 nm and 980 nm pumping

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    Yan, Binbin; Luo, Yanhua; Zareanborji, Amirhassan; Xiao, Gui; Peng, Gang-Ding; Wen, Jianxiang

    2016-10-01

    The performance of bismuth/erbium co-doped fibre (BEDF) by 830 nm and 980 nm pumping has been studied in detail, including the small signal absorption, pump absorption, emission, gain and excited state absorption (ESA). Based on the study, energy transition diagrams of BEDF under 830 nm or 980 nm pumping are proposed to clarify the spectroscopic properties. The results demonstrate the advantages of 830 nm pumping for BEDF over 980 nm pumping when considering the absorption, pumping efficiency, excited state absorption and optical amplification.

  12. Doping concentration dependence of microstructure and magnetic behaviours in Co-doped TiO2 nanorods

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    2014-01-01

    Co-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods with different doping concentrations were fabricated by a molten salt method. It is found that the morphology of TiO2 changes from nanorods to nanoparticles with increasing doping concentration. The mechanism for the structure and phase evolution is investigated in detail. Undoped TiO2 nanorods show strong ferromagnetism at room temperature, whereas incorporating of Co deteriorates the ferromagnetic ordering. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) results demonstrate that the ferromagnetism is associated with Ti vacancy. PMID:25593558

  13. Photocatalytic performance of nitrogen, osmium co-doped TiO2 for removal of eosin yellow in water under simulated solar radiation.

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    Kuvarega, Alex T; Krause, Rui W M; Mamba, Bhekie B

    2013-07-01

    Nitrogen, osmium co-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a modified sol-gel method using ammonia as the nitrogen source and osmium tetroxide as the source of osmium. The role of rutile phase OsO2 in enhancing the photocatalytic activity of rutile TiO2 towards the degradation of Eosin Yellow was investigated. The materials were characterised by various techniques that include FTIR, Raman, XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, TGA and DRUV-Vis. The amorphous, oven dried sample was transformed to the anatase and then the rutile phase with increasing calcination temperature. DRUV-Vis analysis revealed a red shift in absorption with increasing calcination temperature, confirmed by a decrease in the band gap of the material. The photocatalytic activity of N, Os co-doped TiO2 was evaluated using eosin yellow degradation and activity increased with increase in calcination temperature under simulated solar irradiation. The rutile phase of the co-doped TiO2 was found to be more effective in degrading the dye (k(a) = 1.84 x 10(-2) min(-1)) compared to the anatase co-doped phase (k(a) = 9.90 x 10(-3) min(-1)). The enhanced photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of rutile TiO2 and rutile OsO2 in the N, Os co-doped TiO2. PMID:23901525

  14. Photocatalytic performance of nitrogen, osmium co-doped TiO2 for removal of eosin yellow in water under simulated solar radiation.

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    Kuvarega, Alex T; Krause, Rui W M; Mamba, Bhekie B

    2013-07-01

    Nitrogen, osmium co-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a modified sol-gel method using ammonia as the nitrogen source and osmium tetroxide as the source of osmium. The role of rutile phase OsO2 in enhancing the photocatalytic activity of rutile TiO2 towards the degradation of Eosin Yellow was investigated. The materials were characterised by various techniques that include FTIR, Raman, XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, TGA and DRUV-Vis. The amorphous, oven dried sample was transformed to the anatase and then the rutile phase with increasing calcination temperature. DRUV-Vis analysis revealed a red shift in absorption with increasing calcination temperature, confirmed by a decrease in the band gap of the material. The photocatalytic activity of N, Os co-doped TiO2 was evaluated using eosin yellow degradation and activity increased with increase in calcination temperature under simulated solar irradiation. The rutile phase of the co-doped TiO2 was found to be more effective in degrading the dye (k(a) = 1.84 x 10(-2) min(-1)) compared to the anatase co-doped phase (k(a) = 9.90 x 10(-3) min(-1)). The enhanced photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of rutile TiO2 and rutile OsO2 in the N, Os co-doped TiO2.

  15. Magneto-optical spectrum and the effective excitonic Zeeman splitting energies of Mn and Co-doped CdSe nanowires

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    Xiong, Wen; Chen, Wensuo

    2013-12-21

    The electronic structure of Mn and Co-doped CdSe nanowires are calculated based on the six-band k·p effective-mass theory. Through the calculation, it is found that the splitting energies of the degenerate hole states in Mn-doped CdSe nanowires are larger than that in Co-doped CdSe nanowires when the concentration of these two kinds of magnetic ions is the same. In order to analysis the magneto-optical spectrum of Mn and Co-doped CdSe nanowires, the four lowest electron states and the four highest hole states are sorted when the magnetic field is applied, and the 10 lowest optical transitions between the conduction subbands and the valence subbands at the Γ point in Mn and Co-doped CdSe nanowires are shown in the paper, it is found that the order of the optical transitions at the Γ point almost do not change although two different kinds of magnetic ions are doped in CdSe nanowires. Finally, the effective excitonic Zeeman splitting energies at the Γ point are found to increase almost linearly with the increase of the concentration of the magnetic ions and the magnetic field; meanwhile, the giant positive effective excitonic g factors in Mn and Co-doped CdSe nanowires are predicted based on our theoretical calculation.

  16. Structural, morphological and electroluminescence studies of Zno:Co nanophosphor

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    Singh, Anju; Vishwakarma, H. L.

    2016-09-01

    The nanoparticles of zinc oxide (ZnO) doped with various concentrations of cobalt (Co) were synthesized by chemical precipitation method in the presence of capping agent polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The effect of doping concentration on structural and morphological properties has been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Cell volume, bond length, texture coefficient, lattice constants and dislocation density are also studied. Here, we also compared the interplaner spacing and relative peak intensities from their standard values with different angles. Crystallite sizes have been calculated by Debye-Scherrer's formula whose values are decreasing with increase in cobalt content up to 3 %. It has been seen that the growth orientation of the prepared ZnO nanorods was (101). The XRD analysis also ensures that ZnO has a hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The electroluminescence (EL) cells were prepared by placing pure and cobalt-doped ZnO nanoparticles between ITO-coated conducting glass plate and aluminium foil. Alternating voltage of various frequencies was applied, and EL brightness at different voltages was measured and corresponding current was also recorded. The voltage dependence of electroluminescence (EL) brightness of the ZnO:Co shows exponential increase. The linear voltage-current characteristic indicates ohmic nature. The EL brightness at a particular voltage is found to increase by increasing Co doping, but for higher percentage of Co the EL brightness is reduced. It is also seen that Co does not influence the threshold voltage. The brightness is also affected by increasing the frequency of AC signal.

  17. Fundamental understanding of the growth, doping and characterization of aligned ZnO nanowires

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    Shen, Gang

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a II-VI semiconductor whose wide direct bandgap (3.37 eV) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV) make it compelling for optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, solar cells, and mechanical energy harvesting devices. One dimensional structures of ZnO (nanowires) have become significant due to their unique physical properties arising from quantum confinement, and they are ideal for studying transport mechanisms in one-dimensional systems. In this doctoral research work, ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays were synthesized on sapphire substrates through carbo-thermal reduction of ZnO powders, and the effects of growth parameters on the properties of ZnO NW arrays were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. Based on the phonon mode selection rules in wurtzite ZnO, confocal Raman spectroscopy was used to assess the alignment of ZnO NWs in an array, thereby complementing X-ray diffraction. Al doped ZnO NW arrays were achieved by mixing Al powder into the ZnO and graphite source mixture, and the presence of Al was confirmed by Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The incorporation of Al had the effects of lowering the electrical resistivity, slightly deteriorating crystal quality and suppressing defect related green emission. Two models of ZnO NW growth were developed by establishing the relationship between NW length and diameter for undoped and Al doped ZnO NWs separately. The growth of undoped ZnO NWs followed the diffusion-induced model which was characterized by thin wires being longer than thick wires, while the growth of Al doped ZnO was controlled by Gibbs-Thomson effect which was characterized by thin wires being shorter than thin wires. Local electrode atom probe analysis of ZnO NWs was carried out to study the crystal stoichiometry and Al incorporation. Undoped ZnO NWs were found to be high purity with no detectable impurities

  18. High-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser with evanescent field interaction.

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Sun, Zhipei; Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Cheng, Yuanbing; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-01-01

    Mid-infrared ultrafast fiber lasers are valuable for various applications, including chemical and biomedical sensing, material processing and military applications. Here, we report all-fiber high-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser at long wavelength with evanescent field interaction. Ultrafast pulses up to 7.8 MHz are generated at a center wavelength of 1879.4 nm, with a pulse width of 4.7 ps. A graphene absorber integrated with a side-polished fiber can increase the damage threshold significantly. Harmonics mode-locking can be obtained till to the 21(th) harmonics at a pump power of above 500 mW. By using one stage amplifier in the anomalous dispersion regime, the laser can be amplified up to 450 mW and the narrowest pulse duration of 1.4 ps can be obtained simultaneously. Our work paves the way to graphene Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked all-fiber master oscillator power amplifiers as potentially efficient and economic laser sources for high-power laser applications, such as special material processing and nonlinear optical studies. PMID:26567536

  19. High-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser with evanescent field interaction

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Sun, Zhipei; Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Cheng, Yuanbing; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-01-01

    Mid-infrared ultrafast fiber lasers are valuable for various applications, including chemical and biomedical sensing, material processing and military applications. Here, we report all-fiber high-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser at long wavelength with evanescent field interaction. Ultrafast pulses up to 7.8 MHz are generated at a center wavelength of 1879.4 nm, with a pulse width of 4.7 ps. A graphene absorber integrated with a side-polished fiber can increase the damage threshold significantly. Harmonics mode-locking can be obtained till to the 21th harmonics at a pump power of above 500 mW. By using one stage amplifier in the anomalous dispersion regime, the laser can be amplified up to 450 mW and the narrowest pulse duration of 1.4 ps can be obtained simultaneously. Our work paves the way to graphene Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked all-fiber master oscillator power amplifiers as potentially efficient and economic laser sources for high-power laser applications, such as special material processing and nonlinear optical studies. PMID:26567536

  20. Color-tunable nanophosphors by co-doping flame-made Y2O3 with Tb and Eu.

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A; Schneider, Melanie; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2011-02-01

    Rare-earth phosphors with tunable optical properties are used in display panels and fluorescent lamps and have potential applications in lasers and bio-imaging. Here, non-aggregated Y2O3 nanocrystals either doped with Tb(3+) (1-5 at%) or co-doped with Tb(3+) (2 at%) and Eu(3+) (0.1-2 at%) ions are made in one-step by scalable flame spray pyrolysis. The morphology of these nanophosphors is investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and N2 adsorption while their optical properties are monitored by photoluminescent spectroscopy. When yttria nanocrystals are doped with terbium, a bright green emission is obtained at an optimum Tb-content of 2 at%. When, however, europium is added, the emission color of these Tb-doped yttria nanophosphors can be tuned precisely from green to red depending on the Tb/Eu ratio. Furthermore, energy-transfer from Tb(3+) to Eu(3+) is observed, thus allowing the control of the excitation spectra of the co-doped nanophosphors. PMID:23730401

  1. Laser oscillation of Yb³⁺:Er³⁺ co-doped phosphosilicate microsphere [invited].

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    Wu, Tianjiao; Huang, Yantang; Huang, Jing; Huang, Yu; Zhang, Peijin; Ma, Jing

    2014-07-20

    A fiber-taper-microsphere-coupled system was used to research the characteristics of laser oscillation and upconversion luminescence of Yb3+:Er3+ co-doped phosphosilicate (YECP) microspheres. The YECP microspheres were fabricated by melting the end of phosphosilicate filaments. Single- and multimode laser oscillation at 1535-1565 nm within the C-band were obtained. In addition, the output power of the single-mode laser at 1545.5 nm can be as high as 48.98 μW, which was achieved under pump power of 9.63 mW, and the side-mode suppression ratio was 51.49 dB. Upconversion fluorescence of Er3+ at 521, 532, and 544 nm also were measured, and the pump power dependence was studied. The fluorescence intensity was lower than that of Yb3+:Er3+ co-doped silica and oxyfluoride glass ceramic microspheres. Moreover, the physical mechanism of upconversion suppression and laser oscillation enhancement observed in our experiment was presented, which is beneficial to the preparation of rare-earth-doped microcavity lasers. PMID:25090213

  2. Colour emission tunability in Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped Y2O3 upconverted phosphor

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    Pandey, Anurag; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2012-12-01

    The frequency upconversion (UC) emission throughout the visible region from the Y2O3:Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped phosphors synthesized by using low temperature combustion process upon excitation with a diode laser operating at 980 nm have been presented. The colour emission tunability in co-doped phosphor has been observed on increasing the pump power and seen by the naked eyes. The tunability in colour emission has also been visualized by CIE chromaticity diagram. The variation in UC emission intensity of the 1G4 → 3H6 (Tm3+) and 5F3 → 5I8 (Ho3+) transitions lying in the blue region has been monitored with increase in the pump power and marked that their ratio can be used to determine the temperature. The developed phosphor has been used to record fingerprints. The observed most intense visible colour emission from the developed material may be used for photodynamic therapy and as an alternative of traditional fluorescent biolabels.

  3. Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) non-/single-/co-doped K-Lu-F materials: synthesis, optical properties, and energy transfer.

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    Cao, Chunyan; Xie, An; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2016-08-01

    Using a hydrothermal method, Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) non-/single-/co-doped K-Lu-F materials have been synthesized. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results suggest that the Ce(3+) and/or Tb(3+) doping had great effects on the crystalline phases of the final samples. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images indicated that the samples were in hexagonal disk or polyhedron morphologies in addition to some nanoparticles, which also indicated that the doping also had great effects on the sizes and the morphologies of the samples. The energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) patterns illustrated the constituents of different samples. The enhanced emissions of Tb(3+) were observed in the Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) co-doped K-Lu-F materials. The energy transfer (ET) efficiency ηT were calculated based on the fluorescence yield. The ET mechanism from Ce(3+) to Tb(3+) was confirmed to be the dipole-quadrupole interaction inferred from the theoretical analysis and the experimental data. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. Synergistic enhancement of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene with carbon nanospheres insertion for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction

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    Wu, Min; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Wang, Deli

    2015-03-13

    A nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene/carbon black (NSGCB) nanocomposite for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was synthesized through a one-pot annealing of a precursor mixture containing graphene oxide, thiourea, and acidized carbon black (CB). The NSGCB showed excellent performance for the ORR with the onset and half-way potentials at 0.96 V and 0.81 V (vs. RHE), respectively. It is significantly improved over that of the catalysts derived from only graphene (0.90 V and 0.76 V) or carbon nanosphere (0.82 V and 0.74 V). The enhanced catalytic activity on the NSGCB electrode could be attributed to the synergistic effect of N/Smore » co-doping and the enlarged interlayer space resulted from the insertion of carbon nanosphere into the graphene sheets. The four-electron selectivity and the limiting current density of the NSGCB nanocomposite are comparable to that of the commercially Pt/C catalyst. Furthermore, the NSGCB nanocomposite was superior to Pt/C in terms of long-term durability and tolerance to methanol poisoning.« less

  5. Energetics and magnetism of Co-doped GaN(0001) surfaces: A first-principles study

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    Qin, Zhenzhen; Xiong, Zhihua Chen, Lanli; Qin, Guangzhao

    2014-12-14

    A comprehensive first-principles study of the energetics, electronic, and magnetic properties of Co-doped GaN(0001) thin films are presented and the effect of surface structure on the magnetic coupling between Co atoms is demonstrated. It is found that Co atoms prefer to substitute the surface Ga sites in different growth conditions. In particular, a CoN/GaN interface structure with Co atoms replacing the first Ga layer is preferred under N-rich and moderately Ga-rich conditions, while CoGa{sub x}/GaN interface is found to be energetically stable under extremely Ga-rich conditions. It is worth noted that the antiferromagnetic coupling between Co atoms is favorable in clean GaN(0001) surface, but the existence of ferromagnetism would be expected to occur as Co concentration increased in Ga-bilayer GaN(0001) surface. Our study provides the theoretical understanding for experimental research on Co-doped GaN films and might promise the Co:GaN system potential applications in spin injection devices.

  6. On the Luminescence Enhancement of Mn2+ By Co-doping of Eu2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu

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    Hossu, Marius; Schaeffer, Roger O.; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Zhu, Yongbin; Sammynaiken, Ramaswami; Joly, Alan G.

    2013-06-01

    The photoluminescence and X-ray luminescence of ZnS:Mn, ZnS:Mn,Eu and ZnS:Eu were investigated and it was found that the luminescence intensity of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu co-doped phosphors is highly dependent on the doping concentration of Eu2+. At the optimized Eu2+concentration (0.2%), the photoluminescence of Mn2+ shows about a 5.5 times enhancement and its X-ray luminescence is enhanced by a factor of 2.5. Both wurtzite and zinc blend phases are present in the samples with wurtzite phase dominant. Co-doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does not change appreciably the ratio of the two phases or the Mn2+ emission luminescence lifetime; however, the doping of Eu2+ into ZnS:Mn does change the phonon activity. Furthermore, it was found that the defect-related blue emission of ZnS:Eu overlaps with the excitation bands of Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn and there is likely energy transfer from these defect states to Mn2+ in ZnS:Mn,Eu. This energy transfer and the phonon modification are considered to be the two main reasons for the luminescence enhancement and the intensity dependence of Mn2+ emission on Eu2+ doping concentration in ZnS:Mn,Eu.

  7. High-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser with evanescent field interaction.

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Sun, Zhipei; Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Cheng, Yuanbing; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-11-16

    Mid-infrared ultrafast fiber lasers are valuable for various applications, including chemical and biomedical sensing, material processing and military applications. Here, we report all-fiber high-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser at long wavelength with evanescent field interaction. Ultrafast pulses up to 7.8 MHz are generated at a center wavelength of 1879.4 nm, with a pulse width of 4.7 ps. A graphene absorber integrated with a side-polished fiber can increase the damage threshold significantly. Harmonics mode-locking can be obtained till to the 21(th) harmonics at a pump power of above 500 mW. By using one stage amplifier in the anomalous dispersion regime, the laser can be amplified up to 450 mW and the narrowest pulse duration of 1.4 ps can be obtained simultaneously. Our work paves the way to graphene Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked all-fiber master oscillator power amplifiers as potentially efficient and economic laser sources for high-power laser applications, such as special material processing and nonlinear optical studies.

  8. N, S co-doped-TiO2/fly ash beads composite material and visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Lv, Jun; Sheng, Tong; Su, Lili; Xu, Guangqing; Wang, Dongmei; Zheng, Zhixiang; Wu, Yucheng

    2013-11-01

    Using TiCl4 as the titanium source, urea as the precipitating agent, nano-TiO2/fly ash beads composite materials were prepared by hydrolysis-precipitation method. Using (NH2)2CO and (NH2)2SC as the N and S source respectively, N and S co-doped TiO2/fly ash beads composite materials were prepared by grinding them together according to a certain proportion and calcined at 500 °C for 2 h. The composite materials were characterized by SEM, EDS, XPS, and UV-vis spectrophotometer methods. The UV-vis absorption spectra results show that the absorption edge of un-doped composites is 390 nm while that of doped composites red-shifts to 500 nm. The photocatalytic activity of composite materials was evaluated by degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation (halogen lamp, 250 W). The results showed that after irradiation for 1 h, degradation rate of N, S co-doped-TiO2/fly ash beads composite material can reach 65%, while the degradation rate of un-doped sample and P25 were just 10% and 6%, respectively. The composite material also showed excellent recycling properties.

  9. Enhanced electrical properties in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics co-doped by La3+ and V5+

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    Yu, Benfang; Li, Meiya; Wang, Jing; Pei, Ling; Guo, Dongyun; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-09-01

    La3+ and V5+ co-doped Bi0.85La0.15Fe1-xVxO3 (BLFVx, x = 0-0.1) ceramics were prepared by a rapid liquid sintering technique. The effects of the V5+-doping content on the structure and electrical properties of BLFVx ceramics were investigated. In the range of the V5+ content x from 0 to 0.03, BLFVx ceramics had a polycrystalline perovskite structure with tiny residual Bi2O3, while an impurity phase appeared for x > 0.03. As the x increased from 0 to 0.1, both the leakage current density and the dielectric loss (tan δ) for BLFVx ceramics decreased gradually, while the dielectric constant (ɛr) first increased and then decreased gradually in this process, reaching a maximum value of 273 for x = 0.03. Among the BLFVx ceramics, the BLFVx=0.01 ceramic showed a well-saturated hysteresis loop with large remanent polarization (Pr) of 39.4 µC cm-2 and a low coercive electric field (Ec) of ±43.1 kV cm-1 under an applied electric field of ±75 kV cm-1. In addition, these ceramics exhibited good anti-fatigue characteristics after 2 × 1010 read/write polarization cycles. These suggested that La3+ and V5+ co-doping was beneficial for enhancing the dielectric, ferroelectric and anti-fatigue properties of the BLFVx ceramics.

  10. Effect of co-doping Tm3+ ions on the emission properties of Dy3+ ions in tellurite glasses

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    Sasikala, T.; Rama Moorthy, L.; Mohan Babu, A.; Srinivasa Rao, T.

    2013-07-01

    The present work reports the absorption, photoluminescence and decay properties of singly doped Dy3+ and co-doped Dy3+/Tm3+ ions in TeO2+ZnO+K2O+CaO (TZKC) glasses prepared by the melt quenching technique. The glassy nature of the host glass has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis and the primary vibrational modes were determined from the Raman spectrum. Judd-Ofelt (JO) analysis has been used to calculate the radiative transition rates, branching ratios and radiative lifetime of the emitting 4F9/2 state. The effect of co-doping of different concentrations of Tm3+ ions on the emission properties of Dy3+ ions has been investigated. The decay profiles of the 4F9/2 level were fitted to double exponential as well as Inokuti-Hirayama (IH) model to determine the energy transfer rates between Dy3+ and Tm3+ ions. The energy transfer rates found to increase with the increase of Tm3+ ions concentration. The chromaticity coordinates and color purity of the emitted light for all glasses were determined.

  11. Luminescence studies on Dy3+ and Dy3+:Eu3+ co-doped boro-phosphate glasses for WLED applications

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    Vijayakumar, M.; Uma, V.; Arunkumar, S.; Marimuthu, K.

    2015-06-01

    Dy3+ and Dy3+:Eu3+ co-doped boro-phosphate glasses have been prepared and optically characterized using absorption, luminescence and decay measurements. The Nephelauxetic ratios (β), Bonding parameters (δ) and Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters Ωλ (λ = 2, 4 and 6) were calculated to study the nature of the environment around the RE3+ ions in the prepared glasses. The yellow to blue (Y/B) intensity ratio and the chromaticity color coordinates were calculated from the luminescence measurements. The lifetimes of the 4F9/2 excited level were measured using decay curves and is found to decrease in the Dy3+:Eu3+ co-doped glass due to the occurrence of resonant energy transfer between Dy3+-Eu3+ ions and the non-exponential decay rates have been fitted with Inokuti-Hirayama (IH) model. The decay curves are well fitted for S= 6 suggesting that the interaction between active ions for the energy transfer is of dipole-dipole nature.

  12. Er 3+ - Yb 3+ co-doped phosphate glass optical fiber for application at 1.54 microns

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    Lafond, Christophe; Osouf, Jocelyne; Laperle, Pierre; Soucy, Jean-Luc; Desrosiers, Cynthia; Morency, Steeve; Croteau, André; Parent, André

    2006-09-01

    We present current work developed at INO on phosphate glass optical fiber for laser and amplifier applications at 1.54 microns. Core and cladding glasses were fabricated by a multi-components melting process which gave an uniform refractive index core profile. Rod-in-tube method under Argon atmosphere was used to fabricate optical fibers. The effect of nitrogen atmosphere on hydroxyl groups OH - during glass melting was studied. The absorption coefficient calculated at 3.42 μm was found to be lower than 0.5 cm -1 which corresponds to less than 70 ppm OH -. Absorption and emission cross sections were calculated at 1534 nm. Fabrication process allowed us to decrease background losses of core Er 3+ - Yb 3+ co-doped fiber between 0.02 and 0.04 dB/cm. Laser power was measured at 1563 nm and a 26% slope efficiency was achieved with a 22 cm-long single-clad fiber co-doped with 1.1 wt% in Er 3+ and 11.1 wt% in Yb 3+. For the same fiber, an internal gain was found to be 20 dB at 1536 nm for a 5-cm-long fiber.

  13. Upconversion emission in antimony-germanate double-clad optical fiber co-doped with Yb3+/Tm3+ ions

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    Kochanowicz, M.; Dorosz, D.; Zmojda, J.; Miluski, P.; Dorosz, J.; Pisarska, J.; Pisarski, W. A.

    2015-03-01

    In the paper upconversion luminescence properties in Yb3+/Tm3+ co-doped antimony-germanate glass and double-clad optical fiber were studied. The concentration of lanthanides, which has shown the highest upconversion emission intensity at 478 nm (1G4 → 3H6) and 650 nm (1G4 → 3F4), is 1Yb2O3/0.1Tm2O3 (mol%) as a result of exciting with a laser diode (976 nm). The lifetime of 2F5/2 (Yb3+) level decreases from 781 μs to 71 μs in the presence of Tm3+ 0.1-0.75 mol% respectively. Luminescence decay curve of glass co-doped with 1Yb2O3/0.75Tm2O3 suggests donor-donor fast migration followed by Tm3+ → Yb3+ energy transfer. Glass characterized by highest intensity of upconversion luminescence (1Yb2O3/0.1Tm2O3 mol%) was used as core of double-clad optical fiber made by modified rod-in-tube method. Mechanisms influencing differences in upconversion amplified spontaneous emission of the fabricated optical fiber and bulk glass were discussed. Reabsorption of the amplified spontaneous emission signal along the fibre resulting from Tm3+:3H6 → 1G4, transition was observed.

  14. Synergistic enhancement of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene with carbon nanospheres insertion for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction

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    Wu, Min; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Wang, Deli

    2015-03-13

    A nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene/carbon black (NSGCB) nanocomposite for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was synthesized through a one-pot annealing of a precursor mixture containing graphene oxide, thiourea, and acidized carbon black (CB). The NSGCB showed excellent performance for the ORR with the onset and half-way potentials at 0.96 V and 0.81 V (vs. RHE), respectively. It is significantly improved over that of the catalysts derived from only graphene (0.90 V and 0.76 V) or carbon nanosphere (0.82 V and 0.74 V). The enhanced catalytic activity on the NSGCB electrode could be attributed to the synergistic effect of N/S co-doping and the enlarged interlayer space resulted from the insertion of carbon nanosphere into the graphene sheets. The four-electron selectivity and the limiting current density of the NSGCB nanocomposite are comparable to that of the commercially Pt/C catalyst. Furthermore, the NSGCB nanocomposite was superior to Pt/C in terms of long-term durability and tolerance to methanol poisoning.

  15. Thickness dependence of structural and transport properties of Co-doped BaFe2As2 on Fe buffered MgO substrates

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    Iida, Kazumasa; Hänisch, Jens; Trommler, Sascha; Haindl, Silvia; Kurth, Fritz; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Holzapfel, Bernhard

    2011-12-01

    We have investigated the influence of the superconducting layer thickness, d, on the structural and transport properties of Co-doped BaFe2As2 films deposited on Fe buffered MgO substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The superconducting transition temperature and the texture quality of Co-doped BaFe2As2 films improve with increasing d due to a gradual relief of the tensile strain. For d >= 90 nm an additional 110 textured component of Co-doped BaFe2As2 was observed, which leads to an upward shift in the angle-dependent critical current density at H \\parallel c . These results indicate that the grain boundaries created by the 110 textured component may contribute to the c-axis pinning.

  16. Electrical properties of Ge crystals and effective Schottky barrier height of NiGe/Ge junctions modified by P and chalcogen (S, Se, or Te) co-doping

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    Koike, Masahiro; Kamimuta, Yuuichi; Tezuka, Tsutomu; Yamabe, Kikuo

    2016-09-01

    The electrical properties of Ge crystals and the effective Schottky barrier height (SBH) of NiGe/Ge diodes fabricated by P and/or chalcogen (S, Se, or Te) doping were investigated for Ge n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors with a NiGe/n+Ge junction. The electron concentration in Ge was increased more by co-doping with chalcogen and P than by doping with P alone. Moreover, SBH values were decreased in NiGe/nGe diodes and increased in NiGe/pGe diodes compared with undoped NiGe/Ge by both P doping and P and chalcogen co-doping. Co-doping with Te and P was most effective in modifying the SBH.

  17. Toward an ultra-broadband emission source based on the bismuth and erbium co-doped optical fiber and a single 830nm laser diode pump.

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    Zhang, Jianzhong; Sathi, Zinat M; Luo, Yanhua; Canning, John; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2013-03-25

    We demonstrate a broadband optical emission from Bi/Er co-doped fiber and a single 830nm laser diode pump. The ultra-broadband mechanism is studied and discussed in details based on a combination of experimental measurements, including luminescence, differential luminescence and ESA, on fiber samples of different Bi and Er concentrations. The Er co-doping in Bi doped fiber is found to be effective for broadband emission, by enhancing not only luminescence at C and L bands but also that at O and shorter wavelength bands. The luminescence intensity between 1100 and 1570nm is over -45dBm/5nm in single mode fiber using a few meters of Bi/Er co-doped fiber and offers a modest ~40dB dynamic range and a broad bandwidth of ~470nm for an OSA based spectral measurement.

  18. Erbium and nitrogen co-doped SrTiO{sub 3} with highly visible light photocatalytic activity and stability by solvothermal synthesis

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    Xu, Jing; Wei, Yuelin; Huang, Yunfang; Wang, Jing; Zheng, Xuanqing; Sun, Zhixian; Wu, Ying; Tao, Xinling; Fan, Leqing; Wu, Jihuai

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Er/N co-doped SrTiO{sub 3} was prepared by a solvothermal process at low temperature. • The co-doping induces the band gap narrowing and prominent absorbance in visible light region. • The samples show excellent catalytic activity and stability under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: Erbium–nitrogen co-doped SrTiO{sub 3} photocatalysts have been synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. The resulting samples were analyzed by FE-SEM, XRD, BET-surface area and UV–vis. The UV–vis absorption spectra of these powders indicated that erbium–nitrogen co-doped SrTiO{sub 3} possessed stronger absorption bands in the visible light region in comparison with that of pure SrTiO{sub 3}. The occurrence of the erbium–nitrogen co-doped cubic SrTiO{sub 3} induced the higher photocatalytic activities for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under irradiation by ultraviolet light and visible light, respectively, being superior to that of pure SrTiO{sub 3} and commercial TiO{sub 2} (P-25) powders. In addition, the Er–N co-doped SrTiO{sub 3} (initial molar ratios of Sr/Er/N = 1:0.015:0.1, designated as S5) sample showed the best photocatalytic activity with the degradation rate as high as 98% after 30 min under the visible light irradiation. After five cycles, the photocatalytic activity of the S5 catalyst showed no significant decrease, which indicated that the photocatalysts were stable under visible light irradiation.

  19. Valency configuration of transition metal impurities in ZnO

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    Petit, Leon; Schulthess, Thomas C; Svane, Axel; Temmerman, Walter M; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Janotti, Anderson

    2006-01-01

    We use the self-interaction corrected local spin-density approximation to investigate the ground state valency configuration of transition metal (TM=Mn, Co) impurities in n- and p-type ZnO. We find that in pure Zn{sub 1-x}TM{sub x}O, the localized TM{sup 2+} configuration is energetically favored over the itinerant d-electron configuration of the local spin density (LSD) picture. Our calculations indicate furthermore that the (+/0) donor level is situated in the ZnO gap. Consequently, for n-type conditions, with the Fermi energy {epsilon}F close to the conduction band minimum, TM remains in the 2+ charge state, while for p-type conditions, with {epsilon}F close to the valence band maximum, the 3+ charge state is energetically preferred. In the latter scenario, modeled here by co-doping with N, the additional delocalized d-electron charge transfers into the entire states at the top of the valence band, and hole carriers will only exist, if the N concentration exceeds the TM impurity concentration.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  2. A dual-colored bio-marker made of doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Wu, Y. L.; Fu, S.; Tok, A. I. Y.; Zeng, X. T.; Lim, C. S.; Kwek, L. C.; Boey, F. C. Y.

    2008-08-01

    Bio-compatible ZnO nanocrystals doped with Co, Cu and Ni cations, surface capped with two types of aminosilanes and titania are synthesized by a soft chemical process. Due to the small particle size (2-5 nm), surface functional groups and the high photoluminescence emissions at the UV and blue-violet wavelength ranges, bio-imaging on human osteosarcoma (Mg-63) cells and histiocytic lymphoma U-937 monocyte cells showed blue emission at the nucleus and bright turquoise emission at the cytoplasm simultaneously. This is the first report on dual-color bio-images labeled by one semiconductor nanocrystal colloidal solution. Bright green emission was detected on mung bean seedlings labeled by all the synthesized ZnO nanocrystals. Cytotoxicity tests showed that the aminosilanes capped nanoparticles are non-toxic. Quantum yields of the nanocrystals varied from 79% to 95%. The results showed the potential of the pure ZnO and Co-doped ZnO nanocrystals for live imaging of both human cells and plant systems.

  3. Conductivity and touch-sensor application for atomic layer deposition ZnO and Al:ZnO on nylon nonwoven fiber mats

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    Sweet, William J.; Oldham, Christopher J.; Parsons, Gregory N.

    2015-01-15

    Flexible electronics and wearable technology represent a novel and growing market for next generation devices. In this work, the authors deposit conductive zinc oxide films by atomic layer deposition onto nylon-6 nonwoven fiber mats and spun-cast films, and quantify the impact that deposition temperature, coating thickness, and aluminum doping have on the conductivity of the coated substrates. The authors produce aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) coated fibers with conductivity of 230 S/cm, which is ∼6× more conductive than ZnO coated fibers. Furthermore, the authors demonstrate AZO coated fibers maintain 62% of their conductivity after being bent around a 3 mm radius cylinder. As an example application, the authors fabricate an “all-fiber” pressure sensor using AZO coated nylon-6 electrodes. The sensor signal scales exponentially under small applied force (<50 g/cm{sup 2}), yielding a ∼10{sup 6}× current change under 200 g/cm{sup 2}. This lightweight, flexible, and breathable touch/force sensor could function, for example, as an electronically active nonwoven for personal or engineered system analysis and diagnostics.

  4. Growth and characterization of periodically polarity-inverted ZnO structures on sapphire substrates

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    Park, Jinsub; Yao, Takafumi

    2012-10-15

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of periodically polarity inverted (PPI) ZnO heterostructures on (0 0 0 1) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates. For the periodically inverted array of ZnO polarity, CrN and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} polarity selection buffer layers are used for the Zn- and O-polar ZnO films, respectively. The change of polarity and period in fabricated ZnO structures is evaluated by diffraction patterns and polarity sensitive piezo-response microscopy. Finally, PPI ZnO structures with subnanometer scale period are demonstrated by using holographic lithography and regrowth techniques.

  5. 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.

  6. Intrinsic and extrinsic doping of ZnO and ZnO alloys

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    Ellmer, Klaus; Bikowski, André

    2016-10-01

    In this article the doping of the oxidic compound semiconductor ZnO is reviewed with special emphasis on n-type doping. ZnO naturally exhibits n-type conductivity, which is used in the application of highly doped n-type ZnO as a transparent electrode, for instance in thin film solar cells. For prospective application of ZnO in other electronic devices (LEDs, UV photodetectors or power devices) p-type doping is required, which has been reported only minimally. Highly n-type doped ZnO can be prepared by doping with the group IIIB elements B, Al, Ga, and In, which act as shallow donors according to the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model of Bethe (1942 Theory of the Boundary Layer of Crystal Rectifiers (Boston, MA: MIT Rad Lab.)). Group IIIA elements (Sc, Y, La etc) are also known to act as shallow donors in ZnO, similarly explainable by the shallow donor model of Bethe. Some reports showed that even group IVA (Ti, Zr, Hf) and IVB (Si, Ge) elements can be used to prepare highly doped ZnO films—which, however, can no longer be explained by the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model. More probably, these elements form defect complexes that act as shallow donors in ZnO. On the other hand, group V elements on oxygen lattice sites (N, P, As, and Sb), which were viewed for a long time as typical shallow acceptors, behave instead as deep acceptors, preventing high hole concentrations in ZnO at room temperature. Also, ‘self’-compensation, i.e. the formation of a large number of intrinsic donors at high acceptor concentrations seems to counteract the p-type doping of ZnO. At donor concentrations above about 1020 cm-3, the electrical activation of the dopant elements is often less than 100%, especially in polycrystalline thin films. Reasons for the electrical deactivation of the dopant atoms are (i) the formation of dopant-defect complexes, (ii) the compensation of the electrons by acceptors (Oi, VZn) or (iii) the formation of secondary phases, for

  7. Influence of transparent conductive oxides on passivation of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions as studied by atomic layer deposited Al-doped ZnO

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    Macco, B.; Deligiannis, D.; Smit, S.; van Swaaij, R. A. C. M. M.; Zeman, M.; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2014-12-01

    In silicon heterojunction solar cells, the main opportunities for efficiency gain lie in improvements of the front-contact layers. Therefore, the effect of transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) on the a-Si:H passivation performance has been investigated for Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) layers made by atomic layer deposition (ALD). It is shown that the ALD process, as opposed to sputtering, does not impair the chemical passivation. However, the field-effect passivation is reduced by the ZnO:Al. The resulting decrease in low injection-level lifetime can be tuned by changing the ZnO:Al doping level (carrier density = 7 × 1019-7 × 1020 cm-3), which is explained by a change in the TCO workfunction. Additionally, it is shown that a ˜10-15 nm ALD ZnO:Al layer is sufficient to mitigate damage to the a-Si:H by subsequent sputtering, which is correlated to ALD film closure at this thickness.

  8. Controlling the 1 μm spontaneous emission in Er/Yb co-doped fiber amplifiers.

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    Sobon, Grzegorz; Kaczmarek, Pawel; Antonczak, Arkadiusz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2011-09-26

    In this paper we present our experimental studies on controlling the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) from Yb(3+) ions in Er/Yb co-doped fiber amplifiers. We propose a new method of controlling the Yb-ASE by stimulating a laser emission at 1064 nm in the amplifier, by providing a positive 1 μm signal feedback loop. The results are discussed and compared to a conventional amplifier setup without 1 μm ASE control and to an amplifier with auxiliary 1064 nm seeding. We have shown, that applying a 1064 nm signal loop in an Er/Yb amplifier can increase the output power at 1550 nm and provide stable operation without parasitic lasing at 1 μm.

  9. Two photon thermal sensing in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocrystalline NaNbO3.

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    Kumar, Kagola Upendra; Santos, Weslley Queiroz; Silva, Wagner Ferreira; Jacinto, Carlos

    2013-10-01

    We investigate the potential use of two-photon absorption of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped NaNbO3 nanocrystals for nanothermometry as well as thermal imaging, based on the thermally coupled green Er3+ emission lines. In fact, thermal sensor in the range of 20-80 degrees C with -0.1 degrees C accuracy using excitation powers readily obtained from commercially available semiconductor laser was achieved. The pump-intensity induced local heating was also investigated upon femtosecond laser excitation and 0.55 K/kW x cm(-2) was achieved. The highly efficient green emission together with two-photon dependence and femtosecond laser excitation should increase the brightness of thermal imaging. Additionally, the high temperature-sensitive fluorescence, when compared to previous literatures, should increase the resolution of nanothermometers. PMID:24245152

  10. Absolute quantum cutting efficiency of Tb{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} co-doped glass

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    Duan, Qianqian; Qin, Feng; Zhang, Zhiguo; Zhao, Hua; Cao, Wenwu

    2013-12-07

    The absolute quantum cutting efficiency of Tb{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} co-doped glass was quantitatively measured by an integrating sphere detection system, which is independent of the excitation power. As the Yb{sup 3+} concentration increases, the near infrared quantum efficiency exhibited an exponential growth with an upper limit of 13.5%, but the visible light efficiency was reduced rapidly. As a result, the total quantum efficiency monotonically decreases rather than increases as theory predicted. In fact, the absolute quantum efficiency was far less than the theoretical value due to the low radiative efficiency of Tb{sup 3+} (<61%) and significant cross-relaxation nonradiative loss between Yb{sup 3+} ions.

  11. Pr3+/Yb3+ co-doped beta-phase NaYF4 microprisms: controlled synthesis and upconversion luminescence.

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    Gao, Wei; Zheng, Hairong; Gao, Dangli; He, Enjie; Li, Jiao; Tu, Yinxun

    2014-06-01

    Pr3+/Yb3+ co-doped hexagonal NaYF4(beta-NaYF4) microprisms were synthesized by the hydrothermal method, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) was introduced to control the size of the microcrystal samples. Bright upconverted fluorescence emission was observed when the samples were excited with an infrared (IR) laser at 976.4 nm. The emission was found to originate from the transitions of 3P0-3F2, 3P0-3H6 or 1G4-3H4, 3P1-3H6, 3P0-3H5, 3P1-3H5, and 3P0-3H4 of Pr3+ ions. Possible mechanisms for upconversion fluorescence and concentration dependence as well as the crystal structure and its formation of NaYF4:Yb3+/Pr3+ microprisms were explored and discussed based on the experimental observations.

  12. Two photon thermal sensing in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocrystalline NaNbO3.

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    Kumar, Kagola Upendra; Santos, Weslley Queiroz; Silva, Wagner Ferreira; Jacinto, Carlos

    2013-10-01

    We investigate the potential use of two-photon absorption of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped NaNbO3 nanocrystals for nanothermometry as well as thermal imaging, based on the thermally coupled green Er3+ emission lines. In fact, thermal sensor in the range of 20-80 degrees C with -0.1 degrees C accuracy using excitation powers readily obtained from commercially available semiconductor laser was achieved. The pump-intensity induced local heating was also investigated upon femtosecond laser excitation and 0.55 K/kW x cm(-2) was achieved. The highly efficient green emission together with two-photon dependence and femtosecond laser excitation should increase the brightness of thermal imaging. Additionally, the high temperature-sensitive fluorescence, when compared to previous literatures, should increase the resolution of nanothermometers.

  13. Electrodeposited Co-doped NiSe2 nanoparticles film: a good electrocatalyst for efficient water splitting.

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    Liu, Tingting; Asiri, Abdullah M; Sun, Xuping

    2016-02-21

    In this communication, we report that a Co-doped NiSe2 nanoparticles film electrodeposited on a conductive Ti plate (Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti) behaves as a robust electrocatalyst for both HER and OER in strongly basic media, with good activity over a NiSe2/Ti counterpart. This Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti catalytic electrode delivers 10 mA cm(-2) at an overpotential of 64 mV for HER and 100 mA cm(-2) at an overpotential of 320 mV for OER in 1.0 M KOH. A voltage of only 1.62 V is required to drive 10 mA cm(-2) for the two-electrode alkaline water electrolyzer using Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti as an anode and cathode. PMID:26866797

  14. Sustained phase separation and spin glass in Co-doped KxFe2 -ySe2 single crystals

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    Ryu, Hyejin; Wang, Kefeng; Opacic, M.; Lazarevic, N.; Warren, J. B.; Popovic, Z. V.; Bozin, Emil S.; Petrovic, C.

    2015-11-01

    We present Co substitution effects in KxFe2 -y -zCozSe2 (0.06 ≤z ≤1.73 ) single-crystal alloys. By 3.5% of Co doping superconductivity is suppressed, whereas phase separation of semiconducting K2Fe4Se5 and superconducting/metallic KxFe2Se2 is still present. We show that the arrangement and distribution of the superconducting phase (stripe phase) are connected with the arrangement of K, Fe, and Co atoms. Semiconducting spin glass is found in proximity to the superconducting state, persisting for large Co concentrations. At high Co concentrations a ferromagnetic metallic state emerges above the spin glass. This is coincident with changes of the unit cell and arrangement and connectivity of the stripe conducting phase.

  15. Sustained phase separation and spin glass in Co-doped KxFe2-ySe2 single crystals

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    Ryu, Hyejin; Wang, Kefeng; Opacic, M.; Lazarevic, N.; Warren, J. B.; Popovic, Z. V.; Bozin, Emil S.; Petrovic, C.

    2015-11-19

    We describe Co substitution effects in KxFe2-y-zCozSe2 (0.06 ≤ z ≤ 1.73) single crystal alloys. By 3.5% of Co doping superconductivity is suppressed whereas phase separation of semiconducting K2Fe4Se5 and superconducting/metallic KxFe2Se2 is still present. We show that the arrangement and distribution of superconducting phase (stripe phase) is connected with the arrangement of K, Fe and Co atoms. Semiconducting spin glass is found in proximity to superconducting state, persisting for large Co concentrations. At high Co concentrations ferromagnetic metallic state emerges above the spin glass. This is coincident with changes of the unit cell, arrangement and connectivity of stripemore » conducting phase.« less

  16. 10 W single-mode Er/Yb co-doped all-fiber amplifier with suppressed Yb-ASE

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    Sobon, G.; Sliwinska, D.; Abramski, K. M.; Kaczmarek, P.

    2014-02-01

    In this work we demonstrate a single-frequency, single-mode all-fiber master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) source, based on erbium-ytterbium co-doped double-clad fiber emitting 10 W of continuous wave power at 1565 nm. In the power amplifier stage, the amplified spontaneous emission from Yb3+ ions (Yb-ASE) is forced to recirculate in a loop resonator in order to provide stable lasing at 1060 nm. The generated signal acts as an additional pump source for the amplifier and is reabsorbed by the Yb3+ ions in the active fiber, allowing an increase in the efficiency and boosting the output power. The feedback loop also protects the amplifier from parasitic lasing or self-pulsing at a wavelength of 1 μm. This allows one to significantly scale the output power in comparison to a conventional setup without any Yb-ASE control.

  17. Thermoluminescence dosimetry properties and kinetic parameters of lithium potassium borate glass co-doped with titanium and magnesium oxides.

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    Hashim, S; Alajerami, Y S M; Ramli, A T; Ghoshal, S K; Saleh, M A; Abdul Kadir, A B; Saripan, M I; Alzimami, K; Bradley, D A; Mhareb, M H A

    2014-09-01

    Lithium potassium borate (LKB) glasses co-doped with TiO2 and MgO were prepared using the melt quenching technique. The glasses were cut into transparent chips and exposed to gamma rays of (60)Co to study their thermoluminescence (TL) properties. The TL glow curve of the Ti-doped material featured a single prominent peak at 230 °C. Additional incorporation of MgO as a co-activator enhanced the TL intensity threefold. LKB:Ti,Mg is a low-Z material (Z(eff)=8.89) with slow signal fading. Its radiation sensitivity is 12 times lower that the sensitivity of TLD-100. The dose response is linear at doses up to 10(3) Gy. The trap parameters, such as the kinetics order, activation energy, and frequency factor, which are related to the glow peak, were determined using TolAnal software.

  18. The photoluminescence and structural properties of (Ce, Yb) co-doped silicon oxides after high temperature annealing

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    Heng, C. L. Li, J. T.; Su, W. Y.; Yin, P. G.; Finstad, T. G.

    2015-01-28

    We studied the photoluminescence (PL) and structural properties of Ce and Yb co-doped silicon oxide films after high temperature annealing. The PL spectra of Ce{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions were sensitive to the structural variation of the films, and the Yb PL intensities were significantly enhanced especially upon 1200 °C annealing. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, indicated that rare earth silicates and the CeO{sub 2} phase had formed in the oxides. The proportions of the phases varied with the “nominal Si-richness” of the films. Energy transfer from the excited Ce{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} can be inferred from both PL excitation and decay spectra.

  19. Pr3+/Yb3+ co-doped beta-phase NaYF4 microprisms: controlled synthesis and upconversion luminescence.

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    Gao, Wei; Zheng, Hairong; Gao, Dangli; He, Enjie; Li, Jiao; Tu, Yinxun

    2014-06-01

    Pr3+/Yb3+ co-doped hexagonal NaYF4(beta-NaYF4) microprisms were synthesized by the hydrothermal method, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) was introduced to control the size of the microcrystal samples. Bright upconverted fluorescence emission was observed when the samples were excited with an infrared (IR) laser at 976.4 nm. The emission was found to originate from the transitions of 3P0-3F2, 3P0-3H6 or 1G4-3H4, 3P1-3H6, 3P0-3H5, 3P1-3H5, and 3P0-3H4 of Pr3+ ions. Possible mechanisms for upconversion fluorescence and concentration dependence as well as the crystal structure and its formation of NaYF4:Yb3+/Pr3+ microprisms were explored and discussed based on the experimental observations. PMID:24738388

  20. Thermally Oxidized C, N Co-Doped ANATASE-TiO2 Coatings on Stainless Steel for Tribological Properties

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    Wang, Hefeng; Shu, Xuefeng; Li, Xiuyan; Tang, Bin; Lin, Naiming

    2013-07-01

    Ti(C, N) coatings were prepared on stainless steel (SS) substrates by plasma surface alloying technique. Carbon-nitrogen co-doped titanium dioxide (C-N-TiO2) coatings were fabricated by oxidative of the Ti(C, N) coatings in air. The prepared C-N-TiO2 coatings were characterized by SEM, XPS and XRD. Results reveal that the SS substrates were entirely shielded by the C-N-TiO2 coatings. The C-N-TiO2 coatings are anatase in structure as characterized by X-ray diffraction. The tribological behavior of the coatings was tested with ball-on-disc sliding wear and compared with substrate. Such a C-N-TiO2 coatings showed good adhesion with the substrate and tribological properties of the SS in terms of much reduced friction coefficient and increased wear resistance.

  1. Large power factor and anomalous Hall effect and their correlation with observed linear magneto resistance in Co-doped Bi2Se3 3D topological insulator

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    Singh, Rahul; Shukla, K. K.; Kumar, A.; Okram, G. S.; Singh, D.; Ganeshan, V.; Lakhani, Archana; Ghosh, A. K.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2016-09-01

    Magnetoresistance (MR), thermo power, magnetization and Hall effect measurements have been performed on Co-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulators. The undoped sample shows that the maximum MR as a destructive interference due to a π-Berry phase leads to a decrease of MR. As the Co is doped, the linearity in MR is increased. The observed MR of Bi2Se3 can be explained with the classical model. The low temperature MR behavior of Co doped samples cannot be explained with the same model, but can be explained with the quantum linear MR model. Magnetization behavior indicates the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering with Co doping. Hall effect data also supports the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering in Co-doped Bi2Se3 samples by showing the anomalous Hall effect. Furthermore, when spectral weight suppression is insignificant, Bi2Se3 behaves as a dilute magnetic semiconductor. Moreover, the maximum power factor is observed when time reversal symmetry (TRS) is maintained. As the TRS is broken the power factor value is decreased, which indicates that with the rise of Dirac cone above the Fermi level the anomalous Hall effect and linearity in MR increase and the power factor decreases.

  2. Pulsed Laser Synthesis of Er3+/Yb3+ Co-Doped CaMoO4 Colloidal Nanocrystal and Its Upconversion Luminescence.

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    Cho, Kyoungwon; Choi, Jaeha; Kim, Kang Min; Kim, Tae Wan; Lee, Jung-Il; Ryu, Jeong Ho

    2016-06-01

    We report a novel synthetic route for Er3+Yb3+ co-doped calcium molybdate (CaMoO4) nanoparticles by pulsed laser ablation in ethanol. The crystalline phase, particle morphology, laser ablation mechanism and upconversion (UC) luminescent properties are investigated. Stable colloidal suspensions consisting of well-dispersed Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped CaMoO4 nanoparticles could be obtained without any surfactant. Under 980 nm excitation, Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocolloidal CaMoO4 suspension had a weak red emission near 670 nm and strong green UC emissions at 530 and 550 nm, corresponding to the intra 4f transitions of Er3+ (4F(9/2), 2H(11/2), 4S(3/2)) --> Er3+ (4I(15/2)). The Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocrystalline CaMoO4 suspension exhibited strong green emission visible to the naked eyes and a possible UC mechanism depending on the pump power dependence is discussed in detail. PMID:27427715

  3. One-pot synthesis of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene as efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Wang, Xin; Wang, Jie; Wang, Deli; Dou, Shuo; Ma, Zhaoling; Wu, Jianghong; Tao, Li; Shen, Anli; Ouyang, Canbin; Liu, Qiuhong; Wang, Shuangyin

    2014-05-14

    Novel N, S co-doped graphene (NSG) was prepared by annealing graphene oxide with thiourea as the single N and S precursor. The NSG electrodes, as efficient metal-free electrocatalysts, show a direct four-electron reaction pathway, high onset potential, high current density and high stability for the oxygen reduction reaction.

  4. Energy transfer based photoluminescence properties of co-doped (Er3+ + Pr3+): PEO + PVP blended polymer composites for photonic applications

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    Naveen Kumar, K.; Kang, Misook; Bhaskar Kumar, G.; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2016-04-01

    Er3+, Pr3+ singly doped and co-doped PEO + PVP polymer composites have been synthesized by conventional solution casting method. The structural analysis has been carried out for all these polymer composites from XRD analysis. Raman spectral studies confirm the ion-polymer interactions and polymer complex formation. Thermal properties of pure polymer film has also been clearly elucidated by TG/DTA profiles. Well defined optical absorption bands pertaining to Er3+ and Pr3+ are observed in the absorption spectral profile and these bands are assigned with corresponding electronic transitions. The polymer films containing singly doped Er3+ and Pr3+ ions have displayed green and red emissions at 510 nm (2H11/2 → 4I15/2) and 688 nm (3P0 → 3F3) respectively under UV excitation source. Comparing the emission spectra of singly Er3+ and co-doped Er3+ + Pr3+: PEO + PVP polymer films, a significant red emission pertaining to Pr3+ions is remarkably enhanced in co-doped polymer system. This could be ascribed to possible energy transfer from Er3+ to Pr3+ in co-doped polymer system. The energy transfer mechanism is clearly demonstrated using their emission performances, overlapped spectral profiles and also life time decay dynamics. Thus, it could be suggested that Er3+: PEO + PVP, Pr3+: PEO + PVP and (Er3+ + Pr3+): PEO + PVP blended polymer films are potential materials for several photonic applications.

  5. Improved performance of Co-doped Li2O cathodes for lithium-peroxide batteries using LiCoO2 as a dopant source

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    Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Ogasawara, Yoshiyuki; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Kudo, Tetsuichi; Okuoka, Shin-ichi; Yonehara, Koji; Ono, Hironobu; Sumida, Yasutaka; Oshima, Masaharu; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2016-02-01

    We recently proposed a new battery system based on the redox of lithium peroxide (Li2O2)/lithium oxide (Li2O) at the cathode (lithium-peroxide battery system). In this system, the use of Li2O with cobalt ions partially substituted for lithium ions (Co-doped Li2O) is key to its realization. In this study, to further improve the cell performance, we prepare various Co-doped Li2O samples by a mechanochemical process using different cobalt source materials (e.g., LiCoO2, Co3O4, and CoO) and comparatively investigate them. Amongst the investigated cathode materials, the Co-doped Li2O sample prepared using LiCoO2 with a Co/(Co + Li) ratio of 0.09 exhibits the best performance. Monitoring of the pressure in the cell reveals that this Co-doped Li2O cathode can be charged to 270 mAh g-1 without O2 evolution involving its decomposition. Charge and discharge at 270 mAh g-1 is repeated more than 50 times. In addition, the rate-capability tests reveals that the redox reaction between peroxide and oxide ions is fast and that the cathode can be discharged at a high current density of 1000 mA g-1.

  6. Thermoluminescence response of K2Ca2(SO4)3 nanophosphor Co-doped with Eu and Ce for gamma ray dosimetry

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    Patil, B. J.; Bhadane, Mahesh S.; Mandlik, N. T.; Dahiwale, S. S.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dhole, S. D.

    2015-06-01

    K2Ca2(SO4)3 nanophosphors co-doped with Eu and Ce were synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method. These samples were further annealed at 700 °C structural reformation. The structural and morphological characteristics were studied using XRD and TEM techniques. The particle size calculated from XRD spectra was around 35 nm. The as synthesized sample shows cubic structure annealed at 700 °C. The as synthesized and annealed sample of K2Ca2(SO4)3: EuCe were irradiated with Co60 gamma rays for the doses from 2Gy to 1kGy. The TL characteristic sample of co-doped were studied for the dosimetric application by gamma radiation. The TL spectrum of annealed sample has single peaked at 160 °C. The Eu doped sample has a high TL sensitivity than Ce doped sample. But after co-doping with Eu and Ce, TL intensity observed to be decreased. The decrees in TL peak intensity of the phosphor on co-doping of Eu and Ce gives an insight into the emission mechanism of the phosphor which involves energy transfer from Eu to Ce. The TL response of all the samples were found to be linear for the dose from 2 Gy to 1 KGy. Therefore, K2Ca2(SO4)3: EuCe nanophosphor can be used for the measurement of high dose of gamma radiation.

  7. Increased fluorescence intensity in CaTiO3:Pr3+ phosphor due to NH3 treatment and Nb Co-doping

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    Holliday, K. S.; Kohlgruber, T. A.; Tran, I. C.; Åberg, D.; Seeley, Z. M.; Bagge-Hansen, M.; Srivastava, A. M.; Cherepy, N. J.; Payne, S. A.

    2016-10-01

    Development of next generation red phosphors for commercial lighting requires understanding of how increased luminescence is achieved by various treatment strategies. In this work, we compare co-doping with Nb to NH3 treatment of CaTiO3:Pr phosphors to reveal a general mechanism responsible for the increased luminescence. The phosphors were synthesized using standard solid-state synthesis techniques and the fluorescence was characterized for potential use in fluorescent lighting, with 254 nm excitation. The lifetime of the fluorescence was determined and used to identify a change in a trap state by the co-doping of Nb5+ in the phosphor. The oxidation state of the Pr was probed by NEXAFS and revealed that both Nb5+ co-doping and NH3 treatment reduced the number of non-fluorescing Pr4+ centers. Calculations were performed to determine the energetically favorable defects. Vacuum annealing was also used to further probe the nature of the trap state. It was determined that NH3 treatments reduce the number of Pr4+ non-fluorescing centers, while Nb5+ co-doping additionally reduces the number of excess oxygen trap states that quench the fluorescence.

  8. Large power factor and anomalous Hall effect and their correlation with observed linear magneto resistance in Co-doped Bi2Se3 3D topological insulator.

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    Singh, Rahul; Shukla, K K; Kumar, A; Okram, G S; Singh, D; Ganeshan, V; Lakhani, Archana; Ghosh, A K; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2016-09-21

    Magnetoresistance (MR), thermo power, magnetization and Hall effect measurements have been performed on Co-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulators. The undoped sample shows that the maximum MR as a destructive interference due to a π-Berry phase leads to a decrease of MR. As the Co is doped, the linearity in MR is increased. The observed MR of Bi2Se3 can be explained with the classical model. The low temperature MR behavior of Co doped samples cannot be explained with the same model, but can be explained with the quantum linear MR model. Magnetization behavior indicates the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering with Co doping. Hall effect data also supports the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering in Co-doped Bi2Se3 samples by showing the anomalous Hall effect. Furthermore, when spectral weight suppression is insignificant, Bi2Se3 behaves as a dilute magnetic semiconductor. Moreover, the maximum power factor is observed when time reversal symmetry (TRS) is maintained. As the TRS is broken the power factor value is decreased, which indicates that with the rise of Dirac cone above the Fermi level the anomalous Hall effect and linearity in MR increase and the power factor decreases. PMID:27419361

  9. Pulsed-laser-assisted synthesis of a Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped CaMoO4 colloidal nanocrystal and its upconversion luminescence

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    Cho, Kyoungwon; Choi, Jaeha; Lee, Jung-Il; Ryu, Jeong Ho

    2016-01-01

    We report a novel synthetic route for the synthesis of Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped calcium molybdate (CaMoO4) nanoparticles by using pulsed laser ablation in ethanol. The crystalline phase, particle morphology, particle size distribution, laser ablation mechanism, and upconversion (UC) luminescent properties are investigated. Stable colloidal suspensions consisting of well-dispersed Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped CaMoO4 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution could be obtained without any surfactant. Under 980-nm excitation, a Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocolloidal CaMoO4 suspension showed bright blue emission at a wavelength near 475 nm, which was generated by the 1G4 → 3H6 transition, and a weak red emission at a wavelength near 650 nm due to the 3F2 → 3H6 transition. The Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocrystalline CaMoO4 suspension exhibited a strong blue emission visible to the naked eyes, and a possible UC mechanism that depends on the pump-power dependence is discussed in detail.

  10. Significant improvement in performances of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 through surface modification with high ordered Al-doped ZnO electro-conductive layer

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    Sun, Hongdan; Xia, Bingbo; Liu, Weiwei; Fang, Guoqing; Wu, Jingjing; Wang, Haibo; Zhang, Ruixue; Kaneko, Shingo; Zheng, Junwei; Wang, Hongyu; Li, Decheng

    2015-03-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO)-coated LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) was prepared by sol-gel method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis indicates that AZO layer grown on the surface of LNMO is high ordered. The results of electrochemical performance measurements reveal that the AZO-coated LNMO electrode displays the best rate capability compared with the bare LNMO and ZnO-coated LNMO, even at a high rate of 10 C. The discharge capacity of the AZO-coated LNMO electrode can still reach 114.3 mAh g-1, about 89% of its discharge capacity at 0.1 C. Moreover, AZO-coated LNMO electrode shows a remarkable improvement in the cyclic performance at a high rate at elevated temperature due to the protective effect of AZO coating layer. The electrode delivers a capacity of 120.3 mAh g-1 with the capacity retention of 95% at 5 C in 50 cycles at 50 °C. The analysis of electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) indicates that AZO-coated LNMO possesses the lowest charge transfer resistance compared to the bare LNMO and ZnO-coated LNMO, which may be responsible for improved rate capability.

  11. The combined effect of alumina and silica co-doping on the ageing resistance of 3Y-TZP bioceramics.

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    Samodurova, Anastasia; Kocjan, Andraž; Swain, Michael V; Kosmač, Tomaž

    2015-01-01

    The combined effect of alumina and silica co-doping on the ageing resistance of 3Y-TZP bioceramics was investigated. In order to differentiate between the distinct contributions of two dopants to the overall resistance to low-temperature degradation (LTD), specimens were prepared by infiltration of silica sol into pre-sintered 3Y-TZP pellets, produced from commercially available powders, which were alumina-free or contained 0.05 and 0.25 wt.%. After sintering, specimens were exposed to accelerated ageing in distilled water at 134°C for 6-48 h. X-ray diffraction was applied to quantify the tetragonal-to-monoclinic (t-m) phase transformation associated with the LTD, while a focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy technique was employed to study the microstructural features in the transformed layer. The results showed that the minor alumina and/or silica additions did not drastically change the densities, grain sizes or mechanical properties of 3Y-TZP, but they did significantly reduce LTD. The addition of either alumina or silica has the potential to influence both the nucleation and the propagation of moisture-induced transformation, but in different ways and to different extents. The co-doped ceramics exhibited predominantly transgranular fracture, reflecting strong grain boundaries (limiting microcracking of the transformed layer), for alumina doping, and rounded grains with a glassy phase at multiple grain junctions (reducing internal stresses) for silica-doped material. These two additives evidently have different dominant mechanisms associated with the deceleration of LTD of 3Y-TZP, but their combination increases resistance to ageing, importantly, without reducing the fracture toughness of this popular biomaterial. PMID:25234155

  12. Improved visible light photocatalytic activity of fluorine and nitrogen co-doped TiO2 with tunable nanoparticle size

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    Cheng, Junyang; Chen, Jin; Lin, Wei; Liu, Yandong; Kong, Yan

    2015-03-01

    Fluorine and nitrogen co-doped TiO2 (F-N-TiO2) photocatalysts with enhanced photocatalytic activities were facilely synthesized by a simple one-step hydrothermal method using Ti(SO4)2 as an economical precursor, and hydrofluoric acid and ammonia as F and N source, respectively. The structure, morphology, and optical properties of produced nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) methods. The synergistic effects of F and N doping were systematically examined by changing the molar ratio of F/N. Compared with the un-doped F or N mono-doped TiO2, the co-doped samples exhibited significantly improved photocatalytic performance due to their synergistic effects under visible light. It was shown that F dopant promoted the crystal growth and crystallinity of samples, while N dopant hindered it to some extent, which resulted in the tunable particle size of obtained F-N-TiO2 materials. The effects of F and N dopants on the enhanced photocatalytic activity of modified TiO2 materials were also discussed. The degradation rate of methylene blue (MB) was achieved at 97.31% after 5 h reaction under visible light over the optimized sample of FN3.5T. The materials also showed excellent stability according to the recycling tests of the photodegradation of MB.

  13. Electrodeposited Co-doped NiSe2 nanoparticles film: a good electrocatalyst for efficient water splitting

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    Liu, Tingting; Asiri, Abdullah M.; Sun, Xuping

    2016-02-01

    In this communication, we report that a Co-doped NiSe2 nanoparticles film electrodeposited on a conductive Ti plate (Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti) behaves as a robust electrocatalyst for both HER and OER in strongly basic media, with good activity over a NiSe2/Ti counterpart. This Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti catalytic electrode delivers 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 64 mV for HER and 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 320 mV for OER in 1.0 M KOH. A voltage of only 1.62 V is required to drive 10 mA cm-2 for the two-electrode alkaline water electrolyzer using Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti as an anode and cathode.In this communication, we report that a Co-doped NiSe2 nanoparticles film electrodeposited on a conductive Ti plate (Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti) behaves as a robust electrocatalyst for both HER and OER in strongly basic media, with good activity over a NiSe2/Ti counterpart. This Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti catalytic electrode delivers 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 64 mV for HER and 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 320 mV for OER in 1.0 M KOH. A voltage of only 1.62 V is required to drive 10 mA cm-2 for the two-electrode alkaline water electrolyzer using Co0.13Ni0.87Se2/Ti as an anode and cathode. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section and supplementary figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07170d

  14. Near Infrared Quantum Cutting of Tb3+-Yb3+ Co-Doped CeF3 Nanophosphors.

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    Sun, Xiao; Hu, Xiao-Yun; Hou, Wen-Qian; Fan, Jun; Miao, Hui; Zhan, Su-Chang

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, Tb3+-Yb3+ Co-doped CeF3 nanophosphors were synthesized using the microwave-assisted heating hydrothermal method (M-H). The excitation and emission spectra of the samples at room temperature show that the samples absorb ultraviolet light from 250 nm to 280 nm, and emit light at 300 nm. This corresponds to the transitions from 5D to 4F of Ce3+, 480 nm, 540 nm, 583 nm, 620 nm which correspond to the transitions from 5D4 to 7F6,5,4,3 of Tb3+, 973 nm which corresponds to the transitions from 2F5/2-2F7/2 of Yb3+. In the emission spectra, it is clear that the emission intensity of Ce3+ and Tb3+ decreases, and Yb3+ increases with increasing Yb3+. This suggests that energy transfer from Ce3+ to Yb3+, and Ce3+ to Tb3+ to Yb3+ may occur. In the near infrared emission area, it is noted that a distinct emission centered at 973 nm was observed under 260 nm excitation. This is due to transitions among the different Stark levels of 2FJ(J=5/2,7/2) Yb3+ ions. This also suggests an energy transfer from Ce3+ ions to Tb3+ and then to Yb3+. The energy transfers from Tb3+-Yb3+ Co-doped CeF3 nanophosphors, which lead to intense NIR emissions at 900-1050 nm, match the energy of Si band gaps of Si-based solar cells. Therefore, these kinds of materials are promising candidates for applications that require modifying if solar spectrums and enhancement of conversion efficiency of Si-based solar cells. PMID:27451668

  15. C/TiO{sub 2} nanohybrids co-doped by N and their enhanced photocatalytic ability

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    Ming Hai; Huang Hui; Pan Keming; Li Haitao; Liu Yang; Kang Zhenhui

    2012-08-15

    N-doping carbon-TiO{sub 2} nanohybrids (NCTs, nitrogen not only in situ doped carbon film but also doped TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals, and 5-10 nm TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals evenly dispersed on N-doping carbon film) have been successfully prepared by a mild, one-step approach. N-O-Ti chemical bonds between N-Carbon film and N-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were formed, and here, N-Carbon can not only sensitize and modify TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals surface, but also N can dope in the TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals. The as-prepared NCTs were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, TEM, FT-IR, electrochemistry method. It was demonstrated that the as-obtained NCTs have a large BET specific surface area of 279.43 m{sup 2}/g. The NCTs show excellent photocatalytic abilities towards organic (Rhodamine B) and inorganic pollutant (K{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) degradation under visible light irradiation. This work provided a new approach for the high performance catalyst design towards new energy sources and environmental issues. - Graphical abstract: C/TiO{sub 2} nanohybrids co-doped by N with excellent photocatalytic performance were prepared. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C/TiO{sub 2} nanohybrids (NCTs) co-doped by nitrogen (N) were prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer N was not only in situ doped in carbon film but also doped in TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer N-O-Ti chemical bonds were formed between C film and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NCTs exhibited excellent visible-light photocatalytic performance.

  16. Local geometric and electronic structures and origin of magnetism in Co-doped BaTiO{sub 3} multiferroics

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    Phan, The-Long; Ho, T. A.; Manh, T. V.; Yu, S. C.; Thang, P. D.; Thanh, Tran Dang; Lam, V. D.; Dang, N. T.

    2015-05-07

    We have prepared polycrystalline samples BaTi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0–0.1) by solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction and Raman-scattering studies reveal the phase separation in crystal structure as changing Co-doping content (x). The samples with x = 0–0.01 are single phase in a tetragonal structure. At higher doping contents (x > 0.01), there is the formation and development of a secondary hexagonal phase. Magnetization measurements at room temperature indicate a coexistence of paramagnetic and weak-ferromagnetic behaviors in BaTi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} samples with x > 0, while pure BaTiO{sub 3} is diamagnetic. Both these properties increase with increasing x. Analyses of X-ray absorption spectra recorded from BaTi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} for the Co and Ti K-edges indicate the presence of Co{sup 2+} and Co{sup 3+} ions. They locate in the Ti{sup 4+} site of the tetragonal and hexagonal BaTiO{sub 3} structures. Particularly, there is a shift of oxidation state from Co{sup 2+} to Co{sup 3+} when Co-doping content increases. We believe that the paramagnetic nature in BaTi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} samples is due to isolated Co{sup 2+} and Co{sup 3+} centers. The addition of Co{sup 3+} ions enhances the paramagnetic behavior. Meanwhile, the origin of ferromagnetism is due to lattice defects, which is less influenced by the changes caused by the variation in concentration of Co{sup 2+} and Co{sup 3+} ions.

  17. Characterization of ZnO and Zn0.95Co0.05O prepared by sol-gel method using PAC spectroscopy

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    Mercurio, M. E.; Carbonari, A. W.; Cordeiro, M. R.; Saxena, R. N.

    The measurement of the electric field gradient (efg) with PAC spectroscopy was used to follow the heat treatment during the preparation of ZnO samples using sol-gel method. In particular, the investigation was carried out on samples of intrinsically n-type II-VI wurtzite semiconductor ZnO and Co-doped Zn0.95Co0.05O samples prepared by sol-gel methodology from pure metallic Zn(99.9999%). Carrier-free 111In nuclei were introduced in the samples by thermal diffusion. 111In solution was added to the precursor sol-gel solution prior to the formation of gel material. PAC measurements were carried out to follow the formation of the ZnO. Two undoped ZnO samples, which were heated in air and argon atmosphere, show different results. PAC measurements were also used to follow the 111In diffusion in a commercially purchased ZnO (99.99%) sample as well as to compare the results with the measurements taken with sol-gel prepared samples. The results show that samples prepared by sol-gel process followed by heating in argon produce better quality ZnO samples. The results also show that the Co atoms in Zn0.95Co0.05O are in substitutional sites.

  18. Characterization of ZnO and Zn0.95Co0.05O prepared by sol-gel method using PAC spectroscopy

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    Mercurio, M. E.; Carbonari, A. W.; Cordeiro, M. R.; Saxena, R. N.

    2007-07-01

    The measurement of the electric field gradient (efg) with PAC spectroscopy was used to follow the heat treatment during the preparation of ZnO samples using sol-gel method. In particular, the investigation was carried out on samples of intrinsically n-type II-VI wurtzite semiconductor ZnO and Co-doped Zn0.95Co0.05O samples prepared by sol-gel methodology from pure metallic Zn(99.9999%). Carrier-free 111In nuclei were introduced in the samples by thermal diffusion. 111In solution was added to the precursor sol-gel solution prior to the formation of gel material. PAC measurements were carried out to follow the formation of the ZnO. Two undoped ZnO samples, which were heated in air and argon atmosphere, show different results. PAC measurements were also used to follow the 111In diffusion in a commercially purchased ZnO (99.99%) sample as well as to compare the results with the measurements taken with sol-gel prepared samples. The results show that samples prepared by sol-gel process followed by heating in argon produce better quality ZnO samples. The results also show that the Co atoms in Zn0.95Co0.05O are in substitutional sites.

  19. Sn/Be Sequentially co-doped Hematite Photoanodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation: Effect of Be2+ as co-dopant

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    Annamalai, Alagappan; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Choi, Sun Hee; Lee, Su Yong; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Subramanian, Arunprabaharan; Park, Jaedeuk; Kong, Ki-jeong; Jang, Jum Suk

    2016-01-01

    For ex-situ co-doping methods, sintering at high temperatures enables rapid diffusion of Sn4+ and Be2+ dopants into hematite (α–Fe2O3) lattices, without altering the nanorod morphology or damaging their crystallinity. Sn/Be co-doping results in a remarkable enhancement in photocurrent (1.7 mA/cm2) compared to pristine α–Fe2O3 (0.7 mA/cm2), and Sn4+ mono-doped α-Fe2O3 photoanodes (1.0 mA/cm2). From first-principles calculations, we found that Sn4+ doping induced a shallow donor level below the conduction band minimum, which does not contribute to increase electrical conductivity and photocurrent because of its localized nature. Additionally, Sn4+-doping induce local micro-strain and a decreased Fe-O bond ordering. When Be2+ was co-doped with Sn4+-doped α–Fe2O3 photoanodes, the conduction band recovered its original state, without localized impurities peaks, also a reduction in micro-strain and increased Fe-O bond ordering is observed. Also the sequence in which the ex-situ co-doping is carried out is very crucial, as Be/Sn co-doping sequence induces many under-coordinated O atoms resulting in a higher micro-strain and lower charge separation efficiency resulting undesired electron recombination. Here, we perform a detailed systematic characterization using XRD, FESEM, XPS and comprehensive electrochemical and photoelectrochemical studies, along with sophisticated synchrotron diffraction studies and extended X-ray absorption fine structure. PMID:27005757

  20. Sn/Be Sequentially co-doped Hematite Photoanodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation: Effect of Be2+ as co-dopant

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    Annamalai, Alagappan; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Choi, Sun Hee; Lee, Su Yong; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Subramanian, Arunprabaharan; Park, Jaedeuk; Kong, Ki-Jeong; Jang, Jum Suk

    2016-03-01

    For ex-situ co-doping methods, sintering at high temperatures enables rapid diffusion of Sn4+ and Be2+ dopants into hematite (α-Fe2O3) lattices, without altering the nanorod morphology or damaging their crystallinity. Sn/Be co-doping results in a remarkable enhancement in photocurrent (1.7 mA/cm2) compared to pristine α-Fe2O3 (0.7 mA/cm2), and Sn4+ mono-doped α-Fe2O3 photoanodes (1.0 mA/cm2). From first-principles calculations, we found that Sn4+ doping induced a shallow donor level below the conduction band minimum, which does not contribute to increase electrical conductivity and photocurrent because of its localized nature. Additionally, Sn4+-doping induce local micro-strain and a decreased Fe-O bond ordering. When Be2+ was co-doped with Sn4+-doped α-Fe2O3 photoanodes, the conduction band recovered its original state, without localized impurities peaks, also a reduction in micro-strain and increased Fe-O bond ordering is observed. Also the sequence in which the ex-situ co-doping is carried out is very crucial, as Be/Sn co-doping sequence induces many under-coordinated O atoms resulting in a higher micro-strain and lower charge separation efficiency resulting undesired electron recombination. Here, we perform a detailed systematic characterization using XRD, FESEM, XPS and comprehensive electrochemical and photoelectrochemical studies, along with sophisticated synchrotron diffraction studies and extended X-ray absorption fine structure.

  1. Key Materials Aspects for Valence Control of ZnO.

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    Tsukazaki, Atsushi

    2006-03-01

    ZnO has significant advantages for light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers from the following reasons; 1) exciton binding energy in ZnO is 60 meV and can be enhanced over 100 meV in superlattices, 2) it is possible to tune the bandgap from 3 eV to 4.5 eV in Zn1-xCdxO and MgxZn1-xO alloy films having quite small lattice mismatch, and 3) large and high-quality single-crystal wafers are commercially available. In order to harvest these advantages in real devices, reliable technique for fabricating p-type ZnO has to be properly established. Recently we have reported on the improvements of undoped ZnO film quality with inserting a ZnO self-buffer layer onto lattice matched ScAlMgO4 substrate [1]. In view of point defect formation during the epitaxy, we have carefully optimized the growth conditions. We selected nitrogen as an acceptor, because the ionic radius is close to that of oxygen. Here we propose a repeated temperature modulation (RTM) technique for efficient nitrogen doping into ZnO with keeping high crystallinity [2]. By carefully optimizing the conditions, p-type ZnO with a hole concentration of 10^16 - 10^17 cm-3 can be reproducibly fabricated. We also demonstrated blue electroluminescence from p-i-n homojunction LED [3]. The details of thin film growth, characteristics of p-type ZnO and device performance will be presented. [1] A. Tsukazaki et al. Nature Mater. 4, 42 (2005). [2] A. Tsukazaki et al. Appl. Phys. Lett.83, 2784 (2003). [3]A. Tsukazaki et al. Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.Lett.44, L643 (2005).

  2. Radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and wet thermal oxidation of ZnO thin film

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    Liu, H. F.; Chua, S. J.; Hu, G. X.; Gong, H.; Xiang, N.

    2007-08-01

    The authors studied the growth and wet thermal oxidation (WTO) of ZnO thin films using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a preferred orientation of [101¯0]ZnO(0002)//[112¯0]Al2O3(0002) coexisted with a small amount of ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) crystals on the Al2O3 (0001) substrate. The ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) crystals, as well as the in-plane preferred orientation, are absent from the growth of ZnO on the GaAs(001) substrate. WTO at 550 °C improves the crystalline and the photoluminescence more significantly than annealing in air, N2 and O2 ambient; it also tends to convert the crystal from ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) to ZnO (0002). The evolution of the photoluminescence upon WTO and annealing reveals that the green and orange emissions, centered at 520 and 650 nm, are likely originated from oxygen vacancies and oxygen interstitials, respectively; while the 420 nm emission, which is very sensitive to the postgrowth thermal processing regardless of the substrate and the ambient gas, is likely originated from the surface-state related defects.

  3. AlGaN/GaN HEMT And ZnO nanorod-based sensors for chemical and bio-applications

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    Chu, B. H.; Kang, B. S.; Wang, H. T.; Chang, C. Y.; Lele, T.,; Tseng, Y.; Goh, A.; Sciullo, A.; Wu, W. S.; Lin, J. N.; Gila, B. P.; Pearton, S. J.; Johnson, J. W.; Piner, E. L.; Linthicum, K. J.; Ren, F.

    2009-02-01

    Chemical sensors can be used to analyze a wide variety of environmental and biological gases and liquids and may need to be able to selectively detect a target analyte. Different methods, including gas chromatography (GC), chemiluminescence, selected ion flow tube (SIFT), and mass spectroscopy (MS) have been used to measure biomarkers. These methods show variable results in terms of sensitivity for some applications and may not meet the requirements for a handheld biosensor. A promising sensing technology utilizes AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs). HEMT structures have been developed for use in microwave power amplifiers due to their high two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) mobility and saturation velocity. The conducting 2DEG channel of GaN/AlGaN HEMTs is very close to the surface and extremely sensitive to adsorption of analytes. HEMT sensors can be used for detecting gases, ions, pH values, proteins, and DNA. In this paper we review recent progress on functionalizing the surface of HEMTs for specific detection of glucose, kidney marker injury molecules, prostate cancer and other common substances of interest in the biomedical field.

  4. Ultra-violet absorption induced modifications in bulk and nanoscale electrical transport properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films

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    Kumar, Mohit; Basu, Tanmoy; Som, Tapobrata

    2015-08-07

    Using conductive atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy, we study local electrical transport properties in aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al or AZO) thin films. Current mapping shows a spatial variation in conductivity which corroborates well with the local mapping of donor concentration (∼10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}). In addition, a strong enhancement in the local current at grains is observed after exposing the film to ultra-violet (UV) light which is attributed to persistent photocurrent. Further, it is shown that UV absorption gives a smooth conduction in AZO film which in turn gives rise to an improvement in the bulk photoresponsivity of an n-AZO/p-Si heterojunction diode. This finding is in contrast to the belief that UV absorption in an AZO layer leads to an optical loss for the underneath absorbing layer of a heterojunction solar cell.

  5. An enzymatic biosensor based on three-dimensional ZnO nanotetrapods spatial net modified AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistors

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    Song, Yu; Zhang, Xiaohui; Yan, Xiaoqin; Liao, Qingliang; Wang, Zengze; Zhang, Yue

    2014-11-24

    We designed and constructed three dimensional (3D) zinc oxide Nanotetrapods (T-ZnOs) modified AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for enzymatic uric acid (UA) detection. The chemical vapor deposition synthesized T-ZnOs was distributed on the gate areas of HEMTs in order to immobilize uricase and improve the sensitivity of the HEMTs. Combining with the high efficiency of enzyme immobilization by T-ZnOs and high sensitivity from HEMT, the as-constructed uricase/T-ZnOs/HEMTs biosensor showed fast response towards UA at ∼1 s, wide linear range from 0.2 nM to 0.2 mM and the low detect limit at 0.2 nM. The results point out an avenue to design electronic device as miniaturized lab-on-chip device for high sensitive and specific in biomedical and clinical diagnosis applications.

  6. An enzymatic biosensor based on three-dimensional ZnO nanotetrapods spatial net modified AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistors

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    Song, Yu; Zhang, Xiaohui; Yan, Xiaoqin; Liao, Qingliang; Wang, Zengze; Zhang, Yue

    2014-11-01

    We designed and constructed three dimensional (3D) zinc oxide Nanotetrapods (T-ZnOs) modified AlGaAs/GaAs high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for enzymatic uric acid (UA) detection. The chemical vapor deposition synthesized T-ZnOs was distributed on the gate areas of HEMTs in order to immobilize uricase and improve the sensitivity of the HEMTs. Combining with the high efficiency of enzyme immobilization by T-ZnOs and high sensitivity from HEMT, the as-constructed uricase/T-ZnOs/HEMTs biosensor showed fast response towards UA at ˜1 s, wide linear range from 0.2 nM to 0.2 mM and the low detect limit at 0.2 nM. The results point out an avenue to design electronic device as miniaturized lab-on-chip device for high sensitive and specific in biomedical and clinical diagnosis applications.

  7. Vacancies driven magnetic ordering in ZnO nanoparticles due to low concentrated Co ions

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Bhatia, Ravi; Kumar, Sanjeev; Kotnala, R. K.

    2016-07-01

    The lattice defects due to oxygen vacancies in ZnO nanoparticles with low doping of Co ions are investigated. The low concentrated Co ions in ZnO are responsible to the free charge carriers and oxygen vacancies to induce long-range ferromagnetic ordering. We have synthesized Zn1-x Co x O [x = 0.002, 0.004, 0.006 and 0.008] nanoparticles by a sol-gel process. X-ray fluorescence analysis detects the chemical composition of Zn, Co and O atoms. Rietveld refinement of x-ray diffraction pattern could confirm the wurtzite ZnO structure and the lattice constants with Co doping. The nanoparticles dimensions as well lattice spacing of ZnO are enhanced with Co substitution. Fourier transform infrared vibrational modes involve some organic groups to induce lattice defects and the ionic coordination among Zn, Co and O atoms. The room temperature Raman active mode E2 indicates frequency shifting with Co to induce stress in the wurtzite lattice. Photoluminescence spectra have a strong near-band-edge emission due to band gap energy and defects related to oxygen vacancies. X-ray photoelectron spectra confirm that the low dopant Co ions in ZnO lattice occupied Zn atoms by introducing oxygen vacancies and the valance states Zn2+, Co2,3+. The zero-field and field cooling magnetic measurement at 500 Oe in Co:ZnO samples indicate long-range ferromagnetism that is enhanced at 10 K due to antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic ordering. The lattice defects/vacancies due to oxygen act as the medium of magnetic interactions which is explained by the bound magnetic polaron model.

  8. Enhanced superconductivity of SmFeAsO co-doped by Scandium and Fluorine to increase chemical inner pressure

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    Chen, Haijie; Zheng, Ming; Fang, Aihua; Yang, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang; Xie, Xiaoming; Jiang, Mianheng

    2012-10-15

    Sm{sub 1-x/3}Sc{sub x/3}FeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} (x=0.09-0.27) were synthesized by the mechanical alloying and subsequent low temperature rapid sintering (2 h at 950 Degree-Sign C). The superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) increased with the doping level of x. The optimal doping achieved a T{sub c} up to 53.5 K in Sm{sub 0.93}Sc{sub 0.07}FeAsO{sub 0.79}F{sub 0.21}. The higher T{sub c} value was attributed to the increased chemical inner pressure from local lattice distortion induced by smaller-size dopants, which was further confirmed by Sm{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.88}F{sub 0.12} (x=0.04, 0.08, 0.12). Accordingly, larger lattice distortion can enhance the superconductivity below the doping limit. Similar phenomenon was also observed in the La{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} (x=0.4, 0.5, 0.6). - Graphical abstract: The introduction of Sc{sup 3+} and F{sup -} in SmFeAsO leads to higher chemical inner pressure generated by larger lattice distortion, which is the reason of the improved T{sub c}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The superconducting properties of Sm{sub 1-x/3}Sc{sub x/3}FeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} are investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The co-doping of Sc{sup 3+} and F{sup -} in SmFeAsO leads to higher chemical inner pressure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Higher chemical inner pressure is beneficial to the superconductivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The co-doped samples of La{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} further demonstrate the assumption.

  9. Optical characterization, luminescence properties of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses for broadband amplification

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    Meruva, Seshadri; Carlos, Barbosa Luiz; Alberto Peres, Ferencz Junior Julio

    2014-03-01

    In the present paper, optical absorption and emission spectra and luminescence decay lifetimes of different concentrations, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 mol% of Er3+ and 0.1Er3+/0.5Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses (TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnONb2O5) were reported. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were determined and used to calculate spontaneous radiative transition probabilities (Arad), radiative lifetimes (τR), branching ratios (β) and stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) for certain emission transitions. NIR emission at 1.5μm and up-conversion spectra of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses were measured under excitation wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption, emission and gain cross-sections for 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition of Er3+ are determined. The peak emission cross-section of this transition is found to be higher (9.95×10-21 cm2) for 0.1 mol% of Er3+ and lower (6.81×10-21 cm2) for 1.0 mol% of Er3+ doped tellurite glasses, which is comparable to other oxide glasses. The larger peak emission cross-section for lower concentration of Er3+ is due to the high refractive index of glass matrix (2.1547), relation established from Judd-Ofelt theory. The observed full-widths at half maxima (FWHM) for lower and higher concentrations of Er3+ are 64nm and 96 nm respectively. The larger values of FWHM and peak emission cross-sections are potentially useful for optical amplification processes in the design of Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFs). Under 980 nm excitation three strong up-conversion bands were observed at 530nm, 546nm and 665nm. The pump power dependent intensities and mechanisms involved in the up-conversion process have been studied. The luminescence decay profiles for 4I13/2 level were reported for all glass matrices.

  10. Crossover between weak anti-localization and weak localization by Co doping and annealing in gapless PbPdO{sub 2} and spin gapless Co-doped PbPdO{sub 2}

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    Choo, S. M.; Lee, K. J.; Park, S. M.; Park, G. S.; Jung, M. H.; Yoon, J. B.; You, C.-Y.

    2015-04-27

    The magnetotransport properties of Pb(Pd,Co)O{sub 2} and PbPdO{sub 2} thin films were investigated. In magnetoconductance curves, we observed a crossover between weak anti-localization (WAL) and weak localization (WL) depending on the annealing and Co doping in PbPdO{sub 2} thin films. For the Pb(Pd,Co)O{sub 2} case showing WAL signals, the ex-situ annealing weakens the Pd-O hybridization by stabilizing Co{sup 3+} states and generating Pd{sup 1+} states, instead of Pd{sup 2+}, so that the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) strength is significantly reduced. It causes the dominant magnetotransport mechanism change from WAL to WL. This annealing effect is compared with the PbPdO{sub 2} case, which possesses WL signals. The annealing process stabilizes the oxygen states and enhances the Pd-O hybridization, and consequently the SOC strength is enhanced. Our experimental results are well explained by the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka theory in terms of two important physical parameters; SOC strength-related α and inelastic scattering length l{sub ϕ}.

  11. Rational growth of semi-polar ZnO texture on a glass substrate for optoelectronic applications

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    Lu, B.; Ma, M. J.; Ye, Y. H.; Lu, J. G.; He, H. P.; Ye, Z. Z.

    2013-02-01

    Semi-polar ZnO films with surface texture were grown on glass substrates via pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) through Co-Ga co-doping. Oxygen pressure (PO2) was found to have significant effects on the structural and optical properties of the Zn(Co, Ga)O (ZCGO) films. A self-textured film with (1\\,0\\,\\bar {1}\\,1) preferred orientation (PO) was achieved by varying the growth conditions including a crucial narrow PO2 window and growth time. A possible mechanism underlying the PO evolution and the final texture of the films was proposed, which can be attributed to the collaboration of the doping effect and the PO2-dependent evolutionary selection process, in which certain grains can have increased vertical growth rate with respect to the substrate surface through interplane diffusion. Moreover, the growth of undoped pure ZnO films proceeded by using the (1\\,0\\,\\bar {1}\\,1) ZCGO film as a buffer layer. The ZnO layers retained a semi-polar characteristic with improved crystallinity and better optical quality. The epitaxy-like orientation of ZnO layers grown on (1\\,0\\,\\bar {1}\\,1) ZCGO films has applications in the development of semi-polar ZnO-based light-emitting diodes.

  12. Green Upconversion Emissions in Er³⁺/Yb³⁺ Co-Doped CaMoO₄Prepared by Microwave-Assisted Metathetic Method.

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    Liu, Jing; Liu, Yunzhao; Li, Changlin; Wang, Xinze; Gao, Hongjian; Liu, Zhongxin; Chen, Wei

    2016-01-01

    In this study Er³⁺ doped CaMoO₄ (CaMoO₄:Er³⁺), and Er³⁺/Yb³⁺-co-doped CaMoO₄ (CaMoO₄:Er³⁺Yb³⁺) nanoparticles have been synthesized by the microwave-assisted metathetic method. Er³⁺/Yb³⁺ co-doped CaMoO₄ nanoparticles sintered at 600 °C showed the strongest photoluminescence intensity, and crystallized well. At the excitation of 980 nm, the CaMoO₄ nanoparticles show the strongest green emission at the 520 nm and 550 nm emission bands. Moreover, the green light produced has a better color purity. PMID:27398526

  13. Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays Co-doped with Phosphorus and Nitrogen as Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction.

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    Yu, Dingshan; Xue, Yuhua; Dai, Liming

    2012-10-01

    Using a mixture of ferrocene, pyridine, and triphenylphosphine as precursors for injection-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD), we prepared the first vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube array co-doped with phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) with a relatively high P-doping level (designated as PN-ACNT). We have also demonstrated the potential applications of the resultant PN-ACNTs as high-performance electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). PN-ACNT arrays were shown to exhibit a high ORR electrocatalytic activity, superb long-term durability, and good tolerance to methanol and carbon monoxide, significantly outperforming their counterparts doped with P (P-ACNT) or N (N-ACNT) only and even comparable to the commercially available Pt-C catalyst (45 wt % Pt on Vulcan XC-72R; E-TEK) due to a demonstrated synergetic effect arising from the co-doping of CNTs with both P and N.

  14. Enhanced NIR downconversion luminescence by precipitating nano Ca5(PO4)3F crystals in Eu2+-Yb3+ co-doped glass.

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    Li, Chen; Song, Zhiguo; Li, Yongjin; Lou, Kai; Qiu, Jianbei; Yang, Zhengwen; Yin, Zhaoyi; Wang, Xue; Wang, Qi; Wan, Ronghua

    2013-10-01

    Eu(2+)-Yb(3+) co-doped transparent glass-ceramic containing nano-Ca5(PO4)3F (FAP) was prepared in reducing atmosphere. XRD and TEM analysis indicated that nano-FAP about 40 nm precipitated homogeneously in glass matrix after heat treatment. Confirmed by spectroscopy measurements, the crystal-like absorption and emission of Eu(2+) indicated the partition of Eu(2+) into FAP nanocrystals in glass ceramic. NIR emission due to the transition (2)F5/2→(2)F7/2 of Yb(3+) ions (about 980-1100 nm) was observed from glasses under ultraviolet excitation, ascribed to downconversion from Eu(2+) to Yb(3+), which can be enhanced by precipitating nano-FAP crystals. The results indicated that Eu(2+)-Yb(3+) co-doped glass-ceramic embedding with nano-FAP is a promising candidate as downconversion materials for enhancing conversion efficiency of solar cells.

  15. Iron-boron pairing kinetics in illuminated p-type and in boron/phosphorus co-doped n-type silicon

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    Möller, Christian; Bartel, Til; Gibaja, Fabien; Lauer, Kevin

    2014-07-01

    Iron-boron (FeB) pairing is observed in the n-type region of a boron and phosphorus co-doped silicon sample which is unexpected from the FeB pair model of Kimerling and Benton. To explain the experimental data, the existing FeB pair model is extended by taking into account the electronic capture and emission rates at the interstitial iron (Fei) trap level as a function of the charge carrier densities. According to this model, the charge state of the Fei may be charged in n-type making FeB association possible. Further, FeB pair formation during illumination in p-type silicon is investigated. This permits the determination of the charge carrier density dependent FeB dissociation rate and in consequence allows to determine the acceptor concentration in the co-doped n-type silicon by lifetime measurement.

  16. Effects of doping concentration and co-doping with cerium on the luminescence properties of Gd3Ga5O12:Cr3+ for thermometry applications

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    Pareja, Jhon; Litterscheid, Christian; Molina, Alejandro; Albert, Barbara; Kaiser, Bernhard; Dreizler, Andreas

    2015-09-01

    The accuracy of surface temperature measurements using thermographic phosphors relies on an extensive knowledge of the temperature-dependent properties of the phosphor. This paper addresses the effects of doping concentration and co-doping with cerium on the luminescence properties of the Gd3Ga5O12:Cr3+ phosphor. High-crystallinity Gd3Ga5O12:Cr3+,Ce3+ powder samples (GGG:Cr,Ce) with different Cr3+ and Ce3+ concentrations were synthesized, and their luminescence spectra as well as their decay lifetime properties were characterized after UV laser excitation. Results revealed that the concentration quenching decreases the luminescence lifetime at concentrations above 0.5 mol% Cr3+ while the emission spectrum remains independent of the Cr3+ concentration. Co-doping with small amounts of Ce3+ improves the temperature-dependent luminescence characteristics by reducing the afterglow and producing fairly mono-exponential luminescence decays without changing the lifetime.

  17. Zirconium and silver co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles as visible light catalyst for reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue

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    Naraginti, Saraschandra; Stephen, Finian Bernard; Radhakrishnan, Adhithya; Sivakumar, A.

    2015-01-01

    Catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles on the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methylene blue and methyl orange was studied using sodium borohydride as reducing agent. The nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The rate of the reduction/degradation was found to increase with increasing amount of the photocatalyst which could be attributed to higher dispersity and small size of the nanoparticles. The catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed no significant difference even after recycling the catalyst four times indicating a promising potential for industrial application of the prepared photocatalyst.

  18. Iron-boron pairing kinetics in illuminated p-type and in boron/phosphorus co-doped n-type silicon

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    Möller, Christian; Bartel, Til; Gibaja, Fabien; Lauer, Kevin

    2014-07-14

    Iron-boron (FeB) pairing is observed in the n-type region of a boron and phosphorus co-doped silicon sample which is unexpected from the FeB pair model of Kimerling and Benton. To explain the experimental data, the existing FeB pair model is extended by taking into account the electronic capture and emission rates at the interstitial iron (Fe{sub i}) trap level as a function of the charge carrier densities. According to this model, the charge state of the Fe{sub i} may be charged in n-type making FeB association possible. Further, FeB pair formation during illumination in p-type silicon is investigated. This permits the determination of the charge carrier density dependent FeB dissociation rate and in consequence allows to determine the acceptor concentration in the co-doped n-type silicon by lifetime measurement.

  19. Visible up-conversion and near-infrared luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped SbPO4-GeO2 glasses

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    Manzani, D.; Montesso, M.; Mathias, C. F.; Krishanaiah, K. Venkata; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Nalin, M.

    2016-07-01

    Recent advances in glass chemistry have led to new multifunctional optical glasses of great technological importance. Glasses containing high amounts of antimony have been studied for use in nonlinear optics, near-infrared transmission, and as hosts for rare-earth ions in photonic devices. This work describes a luminescence study of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doping in a new SbPO4-GeO2 binary glass system. Near-infrared and visible up-conversion emissions were observed in the green and red regions, which are enhanced when the samples are co-doped with Yb3+. Near-infrared emissions have good quantum efficiency and full width half maximum of 61 nm. Visible up-conversion emissions are governed by two photons and described by excited state absorption, energy transfer and cross-relaxation processes.

  20. Effect of co-doped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles on photoluminescence of cu-doped potassium lithium borate glass

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    Namma, Haydar Aboud; Wagiran, H.; Hussin, R.; Ariwahjoedi, B.

    2012-09-26

    The SnO{sub 2} co-doped lithium potassium borate glasses doped with 0.05, 0.10, 0.25 and 0.50 mol% of Cu were synthesized by the melt quenching technique. The SnO{sub 2} co-dope was added to the compounds in the amounts of 0.05, 0.10, and 0.20 mol%. The photoluminescent spectrum for different concentrations of copper was studied. It was observed that the intensity of blue emission (450, 490 nm) varies with concentration mol%. In addition, with different concentration of SnO{sub 2} to 0.10 mol% Cu, the influence of the luminescence has been observed to enhance intensity and shifted to blue and red (490, 535 nm) emissions.

  1. Sulfur and nitrogen co-doped, few-layered graphene oxide as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen-reduction reaction.

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    Xu, Jiaoxing; Dong, Guofa; Jin, Chuanhong; Huang, Meihua; Guan, Lunhui

    2013-03-01

    S and N co-doped, few-layered graphene oxide is synthesized by using pyrimidine and thiophene as precursors for the application of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The dual-doped catalyst with pyrrolic/graphitic N-dominant structures exhibits competitive catalytic activity (10.0 mA cm(-2) kinetic-limiting current density at -0.25 V) that is superior to that for mono N-doped carbon nanomaterials. This is because of a synergetic effect of N and S co-doping. Furthermore, the dual-doped catalyst also shows an efficient four-electron-dominant ORR process, which has excellent methanol tolerance and improved durability in comparison to commercial Pt/C catalysts. PMID:23404829

  2. Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon with three-dimensional ordered macroporosity: An efficient metal-free oxygen reduction catalyst derived from ionic liquid

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    Wu, Hui; Shi, Liang; Lei, Jiaheng; Liu, Dan; Qu, Deyu; Xie, Zhizhong; Du, Xiaodi; Yang, Peng; Hu, Xiaosong; Li, Junsheng; Tang, Haolin

    2016-08-01

    The development of efficient and durable catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is critical for the practical application of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). A novel imidazole based ionic liquid is synthesized in this study and used subsequently for the preparation of a N and S co-doped metal-free catalyst with three dimensional ordered microstructure. The catalyst prepared at 1100 °C showed improved ORR catalytic performance and stability compared to commercial Pt/C catalyst. We demonstrate that the high graphitic N content and high degree of graphitization of the synthesized catalyst is responsible for its superb ORR activity. Our results suggest that the N and S co-doped metal-free catalyst reported here is a promising alternative to traditional ORR catalyst based on noble metal. Furthermore, the current study also demonstrate that importance of morphology engineering in the development of high performance ORR catalyst.

  3. ZnO nanorods/plates on Si substrate grown by low-temperature hydrothermal reaction

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    Gao, S. Y.; Li, H. D.; Yuan, J. J.; Li, Y. A.; Yang, X. X.; Liu, J. W.

    2010-02-01

    The zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods/plates are obtained via hydrothermal method assisted by etched porous Al film on Si substrate. The products consist of nanorods with average diameter of 100 nm and nanoplates with thickness of 200-300 nm, which are uniformly distributed widely and grown perpendicularly to the substrate. The ZnO nanoplates with thickness of 150-300 nm were grown on Si substrate coated with a thin continuous Al film (without etching) in the same aqueous solution. The growth mechanism and room temperature photoluminescence (PL) properties of ZnO nanorods/plates and nanoplates were investigated. It is found that the introduction of the etched Al film plays a key role in the formation of ZnO nanorods/plates. The annealing process is favorable to enhance the UV PL emissions of the ZnO nanorods/plates.

  4. Effect of internal stress on the electro-optical behaviour of Al-doped ZnO transparent conductive thin films

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    Proost, J.; Henry, F.; Tuyaerts, R.; Michotte, S.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we will report on scientific efforts aimed at unraveling the quantitative effect of elastic strain on the electro-optical behaviour of Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO). AZO thin films have been deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering to thicknesses from 300 to 500 nm, both on extra-clear glass substrates as well as on oxidised Si wafers. This resulted in both cases in polycrystalline, strongly textured (002) films. During deposition, the internal stress evolution in the growing film was monitored in-situ using high resolution curvature measurements. The resulting growth-induced elastic strain, which was found to depend heavily on the oxygen partial pressure, could further be modulated by appropriately choosing the deposition temperature. The latter also induces an additional extrinsic thermal stress component, whose sign depends on the substrate used. As such, a wide range of biaxial internal stresses could be achieved, from -600 MPa in compression up to 800 MPa in tension. The resulting charge carrier mobilities, obtained independently from room temperature Hall measurements, were found to range between 5 and 25 cm2/V s. Interestingly, the maximum mobility occurred at the zero-stress condition, and together with a charge carrier concentration of about 8 × 1020 cm-3, this gave rise to a resistivity of only 300 μΩ cm. From the stress-dependent optical transmission spectra in the range of 200-1000 nm, the pressure coefficient of the optical bandgap was estimated from the corresponding Tauc plots to be 31 meV/GPa, indicating a very high strain-sensitivity as well.

  5. Enrichment of Pyrrolic Nitrogen by Hole Defects in Nitrogen and Sulfur Co-Doped Graphene Hydrogel for Flexible Supercapacitors.

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    Tran, Ngoc Quang; Kang, Bong Kyun; Woo, Moo Hyun; Yoon, Dae Ho

    2016-08-23

    The effect of the doping configuration and concentration of nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) on the electrochemical performance of 3 D N and S co-doped hole defect graphene hydrogel (NS-HGH) electrodes is investigated. Surprisingly, by introducing a hole defect on the graphene surface, the difference in the doping concentrations of N and S can be used to effectively modulate the electrochemical behavior of the NS-HGH. The hole defects provide a rapid ion diffusion path. Finally, we showed that the intriguing specific capacitance (536 F g(-1) ) of the NS-HGH could enhance the overall performance of the pseudocapacitance and electric double layer capacitance. The rational design of the NS-HGH-based flexible solid state supercapacitor results in not only outstanding electrochemical performance with a maximum energy density of 14.8 Wh kg(-1) and power density of 5.2 KW kg(-1) but also in extraordinary mechanical flexibility and excellent cycle stability. PMID:27460556

  6. Structural, optical and photovoltaic properties of co-doped CdTe QDs for quantum dots sensitized solar cells

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    Ayyaswamy, Arivarasan; Ganapathy, Sasikala; Alsalme, Ali; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Ramasamy, Jayavel

    2015-12-01

    Zinc and sulfur alloyed CdTe quantum dots (QDs) sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes have been fabricated for quantum dots sensitized solar cells. Alloyed CdTe QDs were prepared in aqueous phase using mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA) as a capping agent. The influence of co-doping on the structural property of CdTe QDs was studied by XRD analysis. The enhanced optical absorption of alloyed CdTe QDs was studied using UV-vis absorption and fluorescence emission spectra. The capping of MSA molecules over CdTe QDs was confirmed by the FTIR and XPS analyses. Thermogravimetric analysis confirms that the prepared QDs were thermally stable up to 600 °C. The photovoltaic performance of alloyed CdTe QDs sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes were studied using J-V characteristics under the illumination of light with 1 Sun intensity. These results show the highest photo conversion efficiency of η = 1.21%-5% Zn & S alloyed CdTe QDs.

  7. High sensitivity of gold nanoparticles co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite to nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Songjin; Tian, Xiumei; Liu, Chufeng; Zhang, Lei; Hu, Wenyong; Shao, Yuanzhi; Li, Li

    2016-01-01

    Nanoprobes for combined optical and magnetic resonance imaging have tremendous potential in early cancer diagnosis. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite (Au/Gd@MCM-41) can produce pronounced contrast enhancement for T1 weighted image in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we show the remarkably high sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to the human poorly differentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell line (CNE-2) using fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). The upconversion luminescences from CNE-2 and the normal nasopharyngeal (NP) cells (NP69) after uptake of Au/Gd@MCM-41 show the characteristic of two-photon-induced-radiative recombination of the AuNPs. The presence of the Gd3+ ion induces a much shorter luminescence lifetime in CNE-2 cells. The interaction between AuNPs and Gd3+ ion clearly enhances the optical sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to CNE-2. Furthermore, the difference in the autofluorescence between CNE-2 and NP69 cells can be efficiently demonstrated by the emission lifetimes of Au/Gd@MCM-41 through the Forster energy transfers from the endogenous fluorophores to AuNPs. The results suggest that Au/Gd@MCM-41 may impart high optical resolution for the FLIM imaging that differentiates normal and high-grade precancers. PMID:27694966

  8. Effects of (La, Sr) co-doping on electrical conduction and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Liu, Li; Wang, Shouyu; Yin, Zi; Liu, Weifang; Xu, Xunling; Zhang, Chuang; Li, Xiu; Yang, Jiabin

    2016-09-01

    Multiferroic material as a photovoltaic material has gained considerable attention in recent years. Nanoparticles (NPs) La0.1Bi0.9‑xSrxFeOy (LBSF, x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) with dopant Sr2+ ions were synthesized by the sol–gel method. A systematic change in the crystal structure from rhombohedral to tetragonal upon increasing Sr doping was observed. There is an obvious change in the particle size from 180 nm to 50 nm with increasing Sr substitution into LBFO. It was found that Sr doping effectively narrows the band gap from ∼ 2.08 eV to ∼ 1.94 eV, while it leads to an apparent enhancement in the electrical conductivity of LBSF NPs, making a transition from insulator to semiconductor. This suggests an effective way to modulate the conductivity of BiFeO3-based multiferroic materials with pure phase by co-doping with La and Sr at the A sites of BiFeO3. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11104202 and 51572193).

  9. Post-annealed gallium and aluminum co-doped zinc oxide films applied in organic photovoltaic devices

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    2014-01-01

    Gallium and aluminum co-doped zinc oxide (GAZO) films were produced by magnetron sputtering. The GAZO films were post-annealed in either vacuum or hydrogen microwave plasma. Vacuum- and hydrogen microwave plasma-annealed GAZO films show different surface morphologies and lattice structures. The surface roughness and the spacing between adjacent (002) planes decrease; grain growth occurs for the GAZO films after vacuum annealing. The surface roughness increases and nanocrystals are grown for the GAZO films after hydrogen microwave plasma annealing. Both vacuum and hydrogen microwave plasma annealing can improve the electrical and optical properties of GAZO films. Hydrogen microwave plasma annealing improves more than vacuum annealing does for GAZO films. An electrical resistivity of 4.7 × 10−4 Ω-cm and average optical transmittance in the visible range from 400 to 800 nm of 95% can be obtained for the GAZO films after hydrogen microwave plasma annealing. Hybrid organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices were fabricated on the as-deposited, vacuum-annealed, and hydrogen microwave plasma-annealed GAZO-coated glass substrates. The active layer consisted of blended poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) in the OPV devices. The power conversion efficiency of the OPV devices is 1.22% for the hydrogen microwave plasma-annealed GAZO films, which is nearly two times higher compared with that for the as-deposited GAZO films. PMID:25352768

  10. Enhancement of magnetic and ferroelectric behaviour in (Ca, Co) co-doped HoMnO3 multiferroics

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    Rout, P. P.; Pradhan, S. K.; Das, S. K.; Samantaray, S.; Roul, B. K.

    2013-11-01

    The effect of sintering temperature on structural, electrical and magnetic behaviours of polycrystalline samples of Ho0.9Ca0.1Mn0.9Co0.1O3 prepared by the solid state reaction route sintered at three different temperature 1250 °C, 1350 °C, 1450 °C for 10 h are investigated. XRD, SEM, magnetization, dielectric and ferroelectric measurements were carried out. Experimental results showed the nucleation of orthorhombic phase as the sintering temperature increases from 1250 °C to 1450 °C. Ferroelectric (Tc) and antiferromagnetic transition temperature (TN) increases with increase in sintering temperature. Strong bifurcation of FC and ZFC curve in sample sintered at 1450 °C showed a clear onset of ferromagnetic state around 165 °K, which is confirmed from M to H graph at 165 °K. All the sample showed ferroelectric behaviour at room temperature which are leaky in nature. Sintering temperature along with Ca and Co doping in HoMnO3 ceramics plays an important role in phase transformation along with enhancement in multiferroic properties.

  11. Enhanced ferromagnetic properties in Ho and Ni co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Park, J. S.; Yoo, Y. J.; Hwang, J. S.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Lee, B. W.

    2014-01-07

    The magnetic properties of polycrystalline Bi{sub 1-x}Ho{sub x}Fe{sub 1-y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.1; y = 0, 0.03), which were prepared by the solid-state method, have been investigated. The powder X-ray diffraction reveals that all the samples are polycrystalline and show rhombohedral perovskite structure. The micro-Raman scattering studies confirm that Bi{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 0.97}Ni{sub 0.03}O{sub 3} has a compressive lattice distortion induced by the simultaneous substitution of Ho and Ni ions at A and B-sites, respectively. From the magnetization dependences at room temperature, Bi{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 0.97}Ni{sub 0.03}O{sub 3} has enhanced magnetization (0.2280 emu/g) and low coercive field (280 Oe). It was revealed that the Ni dopant plays an important role for the improved ferromagnetic properties and the Ho dopant favors the magnetic exchange interactions in the co-doped ceramic.

  12. Spectral downshifting from blue to near infer red region in Ce3+-Nd3+ co-doped YAG phosphor

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    Sawala, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-07-01

    The YAG phosphors co-doped with Ce3+-Nd3+ ions by varying concentration of Nd3+ ion from 1 mol% to 15 mol% were successfully synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. The phosphors were characterized by powder X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and surface morphology was studied by scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The photoluminescence (PL) properties were studied in near infra red (NIR) and ultra violet visible (UV-VIS) region. The synthesized phosphors can convert a blue region photon (453 nm) into photons of NIR region (1063 nm). The energy transfer (ET) process was studied by time decay curve and PL spectra. The theoretical value of energy transfer efficiency (ETE) was calculated from time decay luminescence measurement and the maximum efficiency approached up to 82.23%. Hence this phosphor could be prime candidate as a downshifting (DS) luminescent convertor (phosphor) in front of crystalline silicon solar cell (c-Si) panels to reduce thermalization loss in the solar cells.

  13. Thermal analysis and temperature dependent dielectric responses of Co doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Alamgir; Khan, Wasi; Ahammed, Nashiruddin; Naqvi, A. H.; Ahmad, Shabbir

    2015-05-15

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of pure and 5 mol % cobalt doped TiO{sub 2} synthesized through acid modified sol-gel method were characterized to understand their thermal, structural, morphological, and temperature dependent dielectric properties. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) has been used for thermal studies and indicates the weight loss in two steps due to the removal of residual organics. X-ray diffraction study was employed to confirm the formation of single anatase phase with tetragonal symmetry for both pure and 5 mol % Co doped TiO{sub 2} NPs. The average crystallite size of both samples was calculated from the Scherrer’s formula and was found in the range from 9-11 nm. TEM micrographs of these NPs reflect their shape and distribution. The dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss (tanδ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) were also studied as a function of temperature at different frequencies. Electrical responses of the synthesized NPs have been analyzed carefully in the framework of relevant models. It is also noticed that the dielectric constant (ε′) of the samples found to decrease with increasing frequency but increases with increasing temperature up to a particular value and then sharply decreases. Temperature variation of dielectric constant exhibits step like escalation and shows relaxation behavior. Study of dielectric properties shows dominant dependence on the grain size as well as Co ion incorporation in TiO{sub 2}.

  14. Influence of Co co-doping on structural, optical and magnetic properties of SnO2:Cr nanoparticles

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    Subramanyam, K.; Sreelekha, N.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2015-06-01

    We are the first to report a systematic study on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of chromium and cobalt co-doped SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized by the simple co-precipitation method using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as capping agent. EDAX spectra confirmed the presence of Sn, O, Cr and Co elements in the samples with near stoichiometry. X-ray diffraction studies revealed that all the samples were in single phase rutile type tetragonal crystalline structure. Peak broadening analysis was used to evaluate the average crystallite size and lattice strain using Scherer's equation and Williamson-Hall (W-H) method. From TEM images particle size was found be around 9-12 nm. Redshift of absorption edge and related bandgap narrowing was observed from the optical absorption spectra. FTIR studies indicated that PEG simply co-exists on the surface of the nanoparticles and acts as the capping agent preventing agglomeration of the nanoparticles. Discrepancy in saturation of magnetization with inclusion of Co content in host matrix can be attributed to antiferromagnetic interactions as anticipated by the BMP model.

  15. Charge and magnetic states of Mn-, Fe-, and Co-doped monolayer MoS{sub 2}

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    Lin, Xianqing; Ni, Jun

    2014-07-28

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of monolayer MoS{sub 2} substitutionally doped with Mn, Fe, and Co in possible charge states (q). We find that the Mn, Fe, and Co dopants substituting for a Mo atom in monolayer MoS{sub 2} (Mn@Mo, Fe@Mo, and Co@Mo) are all magnetic in their neutral and charge states except in the highest positive charge states. Mn@Mo, Fe@Mo, and Co@Mo have the same highest negative charge states of q=−2 for chemical potential of electron just below the conduction band minimum, which corresponds to the electron doping. In the q=−2 state, Mn@Mo has a much larger magnetic moment than its neutral state with the antiferromagnetic coupling between the Mn dopant and its neighboring S atoms maintained, while Fe@Mo and Co@Mo have equal or smaller magnetic moments than their neutral states. The possible charge states of Mn@Mo, Fe@Mo, and Co@Mo and the variation of the magnetic moments for different dopants and charge states are due to the change of the occupation and energy of the anti-bonding defect levels in the band gap. The rich magnetic properties of the neutral and charge states suggest possible realization of the substitutionally Mn-, Fe-, and Co-doped monolayer MoS{sub 2} as dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  16. Effects of (La, Sr) co-doping on electrical conduction and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Liu, Li; Wang, Shouyu; Yin, Zi; Liu, Weifang; Xu, Xunling; Zhang, Chuang; Li, Xiu; Yang, Jiabin

    2016-09-01

    Multiferroic material as a photovoltaic material has gained considerable attention in recent years. Nanoparticles (NPs) La0.1Bi0.9-xSrxFeOy (LBSF, x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) with dopant Sr2+ ions were synthesized by the sol-gel method. A systematic change in the crystal structure from rhombohedral to tetragonal upon increasing Sr doping was observed. There is an obvious change in the particle size from 180 nm to 50 nm with increasing Sr substitution into LBFO. It was found that Sr doping effectively narrows the band gap from ˜ 2.08 eV to ˜ 1.94 eV, while it leads to an apparent enhancement in the electrical conductivity of LBSF NPs, making a transition from insulator to semiconductor. This suggests an effective way to modulate the conductivity of BiFeO3-based multiferroic materials with pure phase by co-doping with La and Sr at the A sites of BiFeO3. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11104202 and 51572193).

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of Yb3+, Tm3+ co-doped Gd6MoO12 and its upconversion properties

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    Di, Qiu-Mei; Sun, Yu-Mei; Xu, Qi-Guang; Han, Liu; Xue, Bing; Sun, Jia-Yue

    2015-06-01

    Yb3+, Tm3+ co-doped Gd6MoO12 phosphors with different morphologies are prepared by the hydrothermal method. The dendrites present different morphologies (including hexagonal prisms, spindles, and spheres) after changing the pH value and edetate disodium (EDTA) usage. It is found that each of the two factors plays a crucial role in forming different morphologies. The up-conversion (UC) luminescence is studied. Under 980-nm semiconductor laser excitation, relatively strong blue emission and weak red emission are observed. Finally, the effect of pumping power on the UC luminescence properties and the level diagram mechanism of Gd6MoO12:Yb3+/Tm3+ phosphor are also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 20976002), the Beijing Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant No. 2122012), the Key Projects for Science and Technology of Beijing Education Commission, China (Grant No. KZ201310011013), and the Education and Research Fund of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2011B090400100).

  18. High-power narrow-linewidth tunable Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped cladding-pumped fiber ring laser

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    Zhang, Shumin; Lu, Fuyun; Wang, Jian; Xie, Chunxia

    2005-01-01

    A tunable Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped cladding-pumped all fiber ring laser is presented. Under the maximum pump power of 3594.5mW, the absorbed pump power of the fiber is measured to be 2737.37mW, the maximum output power of the fiber laser is 438mW, and the slope efficiency is greater than 15.9%. By using a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) as a wavelength filter, the linewidth of output laser is as narrow as 0.04nm by 3 dB, and by compressing or stretching the FBG, tuning range of 4.0nm is realized, the side mode suppression ratio is about 42dB. We also study the relationship between the output power and the splitting ratio of the output coupler, and it is found that there is an optimum splitting ratio of the output coupler at which the highest output power can achieve 647mW.

  19. Er 3+-Yb 3+ co-doped glass waveguide amplifiers using ion exchange and field-assisted annealing

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    Zhang, X. Z.; Liu, K.; Mu, S. K.; Tan, C. Z.; Zhang, D.; Pun, E. Y. B.; Zhang, D. M.

    2006-12-01

    Er 3+-Yb 3+ co-doped waveguide amplifiers fabricated using thermal two-step ion-exchange are demonstrated. K +-Na + ion-exchange process was first carried out in pure KNO 3 molten bath, and then field-assisted annealing (FAA) was used to make the buried waveguides. The effective buried depth is estimated to be ˜3.4 μm for the buried FAA waveguides. With the use of cut-back method, the fiber-to-guide coupling loss of ˜4.38 dB, the waveguide loss of ˜2.27 dB/cm, and Er 3+ absorption loss ˜5.7 dB were measured for a ˜1.24-cm-long waveguide. Peak relative gain of ˜7.0 dB is obtained for a ˜1.24-cm-long waveguide. The potential for the fabrication of compact optical amplifiers operating in the range of 1520-1580 nm is also demonstrated.

  20. Effect of WO 3 on the spectroscopic properties in Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped bismuth-borate glasses

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    Wang, Jun; Zhou, Yaxun; Dai, Shixun; Xu, Tiefeng; Nie, Qiuhua

    2007-11-01

    The spectroscopic properties of Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped Bi 2O 3-B 2O 3-WO 3 (BBW) glasses were analyzed and discussed. The effect of WO 3 content on the absorption spectra, the Judd-Ofelt parameters Ω t ( t=2, 4, 6), emission spectra and the lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition were also investigated. With the substitution of WO 3 for B 2O 3, the measured lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition increase from 0.98 to 1.31 ms and from 38.2% to 49.2%, respectively. The effective width of emission band and the emission cross-section both decrease slightly. And the emission spectra is analyzed via the different curve ( σe- σa) of BBW glasses, the influence of OH - is also discussed.