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  1. Interfacial Phenomena in Al/Al, Al/Cu, and Cu/Cu Joints Soldered Using an Al-Zn Alloy with Ag or Cu Additions

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    Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    The studies of soldered joints were carried out in systems: Al/solder/Al, Al/solder/Cu, Cu/solder/Cu, where the solder was (Al-Zn)EUT, (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Ag and (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Cu addition. Brazing was performed at 500 °C for 3 min. The EDS analysis indicated that the composition of the layers starting from the Cu pad was CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4, respectively. Wetting tests were performed at 500 °C for 3, 8, 15, and 30 min, respectively. Thickness of the layers and their kinetics of growth were measured based on the SEM micrographs. The formation of interlayers was not observed from the side of Al pads. On the contrary, dissolution of the Al substrate and migration of Al-rich particles into the bulk of the solder were observed.

  2. Effect of Cu Addition to Zn-12Al Alloy on Thermal Properties and Wettability on Cu and Al Substrates

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Mosińska, Sylwia; Pawlak, Sylwia

    2016-01-01

    The thermal properties, electrical resistivity, thermal linear expansion and tensile strength of a new high-temperature lead-free solder based on a eutectic Zn-Al alloy with 0.5, 1.0, or 1.5 at. pct Cu added were studied. Wettability studies on Cu substrate were performed with flux at 773 K (500 °C) for 60, 180, 240, 900, 1800, and 3600 seconds, and for 480 seconds at 733 K, 753 K, 773 K, 793 K, and 823 K (460 °C, 480 °C, 500 °C, 520 °C, and 550 °C, respectively). The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of the addition of Cu on the kinetics of the formation and growth of the CuZn, Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and Al4Cu9 phases, which were identified by X-ray diffraction analysis. Wetting tests were also performed on the Al substrate, for 15 and 30 seconds at 773 K and 793 K (500 °C and 520 °C, respectively). Very low contact angles on Al pads were obtained. The electrical resistivity of Zn-Al-Cu alloys was slightly higher than that of the ZnAl eutectic alloy. The present results are discussed with respect to the available literature on Zn-Al and Zn-Al-Cu alloys.

  3. Elastocaloric effect in CuAlZn and CuAlMn shape memory alloys under compression.

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    Qian, Suxin; Geng, Yunlong; Wang, Yi; Pillsbury, Thomas E; Hada, Yoshiharu; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Hwang, Yunho; Radermacher, Reinhard; Cui, Jun; Yuki, Yoji; Toyotake, Koutaro; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-08-13

    This paper reports the elastocaloric effect of two Cu-based shape memory alloys: Cu68Al16Zn16 (CuAlZn) and Cu73Al15Mn12 (CuAlMn), under compression at ambient temperature. The compression tests were conducted at two different rates to approach isothermal and adiabatic conditions. Upon unloading at a strain rate of 0.1 s(-1) (adiabatic condition) from 4% strain, the highest adiabatic temperature changes (ΔTad) of 4.0 K for CuAlZn and 3.9 K for CuAlMn were obtained. The maximum stress and hysteresis at each strain were compared. The stress at the maximum recoverable strain of 4.0% for CuAlMn was 120 MPa, which is 70% smaller than that of CuAlZn. A smaller hysteresis for the CuAlMn alloy was also obtained, about 70% less compared with the CuAlZn alloy. The latent heat, determined by differential scanning calorimetry, was 4.3 J g(-1) for the CuAlZn alloy and 5.0 J g(-1) for the CuAlMn alloy. Potential coefficients of performance (COPmat) for these two alloys were calculated based on their physical properties of measured latent heat and hysteresis, and a COPmat of approximately 13.3 for CuAlMn was obtained.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'.

  4. Structural and electronic properties of CuI doped with Zn, Ga and Al

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Gu, Mu; Pandey, Ravindra

    2013-08-01

    The structural and electronic properties of CuI doped with Zn, Ga and Al are investigated using density functional theory. The calculated results find that the solubility of the cation dopants considered is primarily determined by the difference in the electronic configurations between host and dopants. The order of the formation energy of the dopants is predicted to be E(ZnCu)>E(AlCu)>E(GaCu) in CuI. Furthermore, dopants at the octahedral interstitial sites have lower formation energies as compared to dopants located at the tetrahedral interstitial sites in the lattice. The defect complex consisting of ZnCu and the copper vacancy (ZnCu+VCu) is predicted to be preferred in the lattice, suggesting that incorporation of Zn is expected to enhance the concentration of copper vacancies in CuI.

  5. Massive spalling of Cu-Zn and Cu-Al intermetallic compounds at the interface between solders and Cu substrate during liquid state reaction

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    Kotadia, H. R.; Panneerselvam, A.; Mokhtari, O.; Green, M. A.; Mannan, S. H.

    2012-04-01

    The interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) formation between Cu substrate and Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu-X (wt.%) solder alloys has been studied, where X consists of 0-5% Zn or 0-2% Al. The study has focused on the effect of solder volume as well as the Zn or Al concentration. With low solder volume, when the Zn and Al concentrations in the solder are also low, the initial Cu-Zn and Al-Cu IMC layers, which form at the solder/substrate interface, are not stable and spall off, displaced by a Cu6Sn5 IMC layer. As the total Zn or Al content in the system increases by increasing solder volume, stable CuZn or Al2Cu IMCs form on the substrate and are not displaced. Increasing concentration of Zn has a similar effect of stabilizing the Cu-Zn IMC layer and also of forming a stable Cu5Zn8 layer, but increasing Al concentration alone does not prevent spalling of Al2Cu. These results are explained using a combination of thermodynamic- and kinetics-based arguments.

  6. Corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy in simulated uterine fluid.

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    Chen, Bangyi; Liang, Chenghao; Fu, Daojun; Ren, Deming

    2005-09-01

    Chemical immersion tests, electrochemical methods and atomic absorption spectrometry were employed to investigate the corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy (SMA) in simulated uterine fluid. The effect of pH on corrosion rate and corrosion potential was also investigated. The results indicated that in the static state in simulated uterine fluid, dealuminumification of the Cu-Zn-Al alloy occurred with Cl- combining with aluminum ions to form hydroxyl aluminum chloride. The hydroxyl aluminum chloride hydrolyzed readily and facilitated further dealuminumification corrosion. The corrosion process of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid was controlled by cathodic reduction of oxygen. Because the tendency for surface ionization is greater for aluminum than for zinc, a compact protective aluminum layer was formed, which inhibited the cathodic reduction of oxygen. Hence, the corrosion rate of Cu-Zn-Al SMA was smaller than that of Cu in simulated uterine fluid. With increasing pH, the corrosion rate of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid decreased and the open-circuit potential moved in a positive direction.

  7. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    2011-01-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz. PMID:22136081

  8. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-12-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz.

  9. Microstructural characteristics and aging response of Zn-containing Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy

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    Cai, Yuan-hua; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2013-07-01

    Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys with and without Zn addition were fabricated by conventional ingot metallurgy method. The microstructures and properties were investigated using optical microscopy (OM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tensile test, hardness test, and electrical conductivity measurement. It is found that the as-cast Al-Mg-Si-Cu-Zn alloy is composed of coarse dendritic grains, long needle-like β/δ-AlFeSi white intermetallics, and Chinese script-like α-AlFeSi compounds. During high temperature homogenization treatment, only harmful needle-like β-AlFeSi phase undergoes fragmentation and spheroidizing at its tips, and the destructive needle-like δ-phase does not show any morphological and size changes. Phase transitions from β-AlFeSi to α-AlFeSi and from δ-AlFeSi to β-AlFeSi are also not found. Zn addition improves the aging hardening response during the former aging stage and postpones the peak-aged hardness to a long aging time. In T4 condition, Zn addition does not obviously increase the yield strength and decrease the elongation, but it markedly improves paint-bake hardening response during paint-bake cycle. The addition of 0.5wt% Zn can lead to an increment of 99 MPa in yield strength compared with the value of 69 MPa for the alloy without Zn after paint-bake cycle.

  10. Martensitic transformation in a Cu-Zn-Al alloy studied by 63Cu and 27Al NMR

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    Rubini, S.; Dimitropoulos, C.; Gotthardt, R.; Borsa, F.

    1991-08-01

    27Al and 63Cu line shape, Knight shift, and relaxation rates over a wide range of temperature and external magnetic field are reported for a Cu-Zn-Al alloy displaying a martensitic phase transformation (MPT) at MS=152 K. Changes in line shape, linewidth, and T-12 at the MPT are detected for both nuclei, and are found to be consistent with the local atomic rearrangement occurring at the transformation. A double structure for the 27Al NMR line is observed in a small range of temperature below MS, and interpreted as the superposition of the signals arising from the two coexisting phases. It is shown that the growth of the martensitic phase during the cooling can be monitored by means of the deconvolution of the 27Al spectrum into the two components. From the analysis, it is inferred that a sudden formation of extensive regions in the martensitic phase occurs at the transition. The Knight shift and the Korringa term (T1T)-1 are slightly different in the two phases, indicating a small increase of the density of s electrons at the Fermi surface at the nuclear sites. The enhancement factors of the susceptibility and of the spin-lattice relaxation rate do not seem to be affected by the MPT but are different when measured at the Al or Cu site, indicating a local nonuniform charge-density distribution in the unit cell. A small enhancement of T-11 is observed for both nuclei in the temperature interval in which the growth of the martensite within the austenite is detected. The anomalous contribution to the relaxation is interpreted as due to strong local charge-density fluctuations caused by atomic motion at the interfaces between the two phases. No precursor effects were detected on the NMR parameters above MS, indicating the absence of a static or long-lived microstructure of the product phase and of a static short-wavelength modulation of the lattice.

  11. Interfacial Reactions Between ZnAl(Ge) Solders on Cu and Ni Substrates

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    Rautiainen, Antti; Vuorinen, Vesa; Paulasto-Kröckel, Mervi

    2017-04-01

    Reactions between zinc-aluminum-germanium solder and copper/nickel substrates were investigated after 30 min of soldering at 420°C that simulates a wafer-level bonding process, and the results were compared to a eutectic zinc-aluminum solder. The ZnAlGe system (81.4 at.% Zn, 13.1 at.% Al, 5.5 at.% Ge) was selected in order to decrease the eutectic temperature of the ZnAleut (88.7 at.% Zn, 11.3 at.% Al) for high-temperature lead-free solder applications. In addition, a standard high temperature storage test at 150°C was performed up to 3000 h in order to investigate the evolution of the interconnection microstructures. Extensive copper dissolution was discovered during the soldering process. Germanium did not participate in any of the interfacial reactions on a copper substrate. On a nickel substrate, rapid formation of intermetallic compounds was discovered with both solders, and all the aluminum from the 500 μm thick solder was consumed by the formation of the Al3Ni2 phase during bonding. Germanium was observed to dissolve in the Al3Ni2 phase, but the addition of germanium to the solder was not found to affect markedly the interfacial microstructure. Based on the results, isothermal sections at 150°C of Al-Cu-Zn and Al-Ni-Zn systems are presented with superimposed diffusion paths.

  12. Electron transport in Al-Cu co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Serin, T.; Atilgan, A.; Kara, I.; Yildiz, A.

    2017-03-01

    To investigate the influence of varying Al content on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films, Al-Cu co-doped ZnO thin films with fixed Cu content at 1 wt. % and different Al contents (1, 3, and 5 wt. %) were successfully synthesized on glass substrates using a sol-gel process. The results indicated that the varying Al content affects not only the grain size and band gap but also the electrical conductivity of the films, and a linear relationship was found between the band gap and strain values of the films. The temperature-dependent electrical conductivity data of the films demonstrated that electron transport was mainly controlled by the grain boundaries at intermediate and high temperatures, whereas it was governed by Mott-variable range hopping at low temperatures. Additionally, 3 wt. % Al content improved the electrical conductivity of Al-Cu co-doped ZnO by lowering the trap density and enhancing the hopping probability.

  13. Incommensurate modulated structure study of a Cu-Zn-Al-Zr phase

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    Chung, C.Y.; Zou, W.H.; Han, X.D.; Lam, C.W.H.; Lai, J.K.L.; Gao, M.; Duan, X.F.

    1998-09-18

    Zr was added to Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy as a grain refinement element. There are two new phases, Cu{sub 50.2}Zr{sub 24.6}Al{sub 17.3}Zn{sub 7.9} (at%) (Z{sub 1} phase) and Cu{sub 57.4}Zr{sub 20.4}Zn{sub 10.3}Al{sub 11.9} (at%) (Z{sub 2}) phase is studied in detail in the present paper. The results of electron diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) investigations indicated a one-dimensional incommensurate modulated structure in the Z{sub 2} phase. The average structure of the phase is base-centered orthorhombic. The systematic reflection conditions associated with the main and satellite reflections demonstrate that the Bravais class of the Z{sub 2} phases is P{sub 11{bar 1}}{sup Cmmm} type in a (3 + 1) dimensional space for the incommensurate modulated structure. The substitution modulation effects of the Al and Zr elements are revealed by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), {l_brace}1{bar 3}{bar 2}{r_brace} compound-type twins are observed in the Z{sub 2} phase. The relationship between the Z{sub 1} and Z{sub 2} phases in the alloy is discussed.

  14. Microstructure evolution and tensile mechanical properties of thixoformed high performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Chen, Gang; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Bo; Du, Zhi-ming

    2015-09-01

    Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys are the strongest aluminum alloys which have been widely used for aerospace applications. They are usually machined from the wrought state usually with a high waste percentage. To reduce waste, it is important to thixoform these alloys in near net shape. In this work, the thixoformability of a commercial high performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy 7075 was studied. A novel multistep reheating regime was developed in recrystallization and partial melting (RAP) route to obtain spheroidal semi-solid microstructures. The as-extruded 7075 alloy was fully recrystallized for a short holding time using the multistep reheating regime. Semi-solid microstructures with fine and spherical solid grains with a grain size of 40-50 μm embedded in liquid matrix were obtained. The advantage of the multistep reheating regimes over those conventional routes was also discussed. Some wheel-shaped components were thixoformed from the as-received 7075 alloy. The ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and elongation to fracture of the thixoformed component based on multistep reheating regime, are 510 MPa, 446 MPa and 17.5% respectively. These values are superior to those of the products manufactured with the conventional RAP route. As the results indicated, thixoforming could be conducted based on commercial extruded Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, which has important practical significance.

  15. Influence of Li Addition to Zn-Al Alloys on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatment

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstrus, Janusz; Cempura, Grzegorz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-12-01

    The spreading of Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.05 wt.%, 0.1 wt.%, and 0.2 wt.% Li on Cu substrate has been studied using the sessile drop method in presence of QJ201 flux. Wetting tests were performed after 1 min, 3 min, 8 min, 15 min, 30 min, and 60 min of contact at temperatures of 475°C, 500°C, 525°C, and 550°C. Samples after spreading at 500°C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1 day, 10 days, and 30 days at temperature of 120°C, 170°C, and 250°C. The spreadability of eutectic Zn-5.3Al alloy with different Li contents on Cu substrate was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected solidified solder-substrate couples were, after spreading and aging tests, cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the interfacial microstructure. An experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Li addition on the kinetics of the formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 intermetallic compound (IMC) phases, during spreading and aging. The IMC layers formed at the interface were identified using XRD and EDS analyses. Increasing addition of Li to Zn-Al alloy caused a reduction in the thickness of the IMC layer at the interface during spreading, and an increase during aging. The activation energy was calculated, being found to increase for the Cu5Zn8 phase but decrease for the CuZn and CuZn4 phases with increasing Li content in the Zn-Al-Li alloys. The highest value of 142 kJ mol-1 was obtained for Zn-Al with 1.0 Li during spreading and 69.2 kJ mol-1 for Zn-Al with 0.05 Li during aging. Aging at 250°C caused an increase in only the Cu5Zn8 layer, which has the lowest Gibbs energy in the Cu-Zn system. This result is connected to the high diffusion of Cu from the substrate to the solder.

  16. Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol on Nanosized Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared Using Microwave Process.

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    Kim, Dong Won; Ha, Sang Ho; Moon, Myung Jun; Lim, Kwon Taek; Ryu, Young Bok; Lee, Sun Do; Lee, Man Sig; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2015-01-01

    Cu-Zn-Al catalysts were prepared using microwave-assisted process and co-precipitation methods. The prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD, BET, XPS and TPD of ammonia and their catalytic activity for the hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol was also examined. The XRD patterns of Cu/Zn/Al mixed catalysts show CuO and ZnO crystalline phase regardless of preparation method. The highest glycerol hydrogenolysis conversion is obtained with the catalyst having a Cu/Zn/Al ratio of 2:2:1. Hydrogen pre-reduction of catalysts significantly enhanced both glycerol conversions and selectivity to propylene glycol. The glycerol conversion increased with an increase of reaction temperature. However, the selectivity to propylene glycol increased with an increase of temperature, and then declined to 30.5% at 523 K.

  17. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an AL-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    Young, G A; Scully, J R

    2002-04-09

    Precipitation hardenable Al-Zn-Mg alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength but overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). Results show that overaging the copper bearing alloys both inhibits hydrogen ingress from oxide covered surfaces and decreases the apparent hydrogen diffusion rates in the metal.

  18. Effect of homogenization process on the hardness of Zn-Al-Cu alloys

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    Villegas-Cardenas, Jose D.; Saucedo-Muñoz, Maribel L.; Lopez-Hirata, Victor M.; De Ita-De la Torre, Antonio; Avila-Davila, Erika O.; Gonzalez-Velazquez, Jorge Luis

    2015-10-01

    The effect of a homogenizing treatment on the hardness of as-cast Zn-Al-Cu alloys was investigated. Eight alloy compositions were prepared and homogenized at 350 °C for 180 h, and their Rockwell "B" hardness was subsequently measured. All the specimens were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and metallographically prepared for observation by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the present work indicated that the hardness of both alloys (as-cast and homogenized) increased with increasing Al and Cu contents; this increased hardness is likely related to the presence of the θ and τ' phases. A regression equation was obtained to determine the hardness of the homogenized alloys as a function of their chemical composition and processing parameters, such as homogenization time and temperature, used in their preparation.

  19. Thermal and Microstructure Characterization of Zn-Al-Si Alloys and Chemical Reaction with Cu Substrate During Spreading

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    Berent, Katarzyna; Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2016-08-01

    The problems associated with the corrosion of aluminum connections, the low mechanical properties of Al/Cu connections, and the introduction of EU directives have forced the potential of new materials to be investigated. Alloys based on eutectic Zn-Al are proposed, because they have a higher melting temperature (381 °C), good corrosion resistance, and high mechanical strength. The Zn-Al-Si cast alloys were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements, which were performed to determine the melting temperatures of the alloys. Thermal linear expansion and electrical resistivity measurements were performed at temperature ranges of -50 to 250 °C and 25 to 300 °C, respectively. The addition of Si to eutectic Zn-Al alloys not only limits the growth of phases at the interface of liquid solder and Cu substrate but also raises the mechanical properties of the solder. Spreading test on Cu substrate using eutectic Zn-Al alloys with 0.5, 1.0, 3.0, and 5.0 wt.% of Si was studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed with contact times of 1, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min, and at temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreadability of Zn-Al-Si on Cu was determined. Selected, solidified solder/substrate couples were cross-sectioned, and the interfacial microstructures were studied using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The growth of the intermetallic phase layer was studied at the solder/substrate interface, and the activation energy of growth of Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and CuZn phases were determined.

  20. 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.

  1. Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys in Saline Environments

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Stress corrosion cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx) aluminum alloys exposed to saline environments at temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed with particular attention to the influences of alloy composition and temper, and bulk and local environmental conditions. Stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rates at room temperature for peak- and over-aged tempers in saline environments are minimized for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than ~8 wt pct Zn when Zn/Mg ratios are ranging from 2 to 3, excess magnesium levels are less than 1 wt pct, and copper content is either less than ~0.2 wt pct or ranging from 1.3 to 2 wt pct. A minimum chloride ion concentration of ~0.01 M is required for crack growth rates to exceed those in distilled water, which insures that the local solution pH in crack-tip regions can be maintained at less than 4. Crack growth rates in saline solution without other additions gradually increase with bulk chloride ion concentrations up to around 0.6 M NaCl, whereas in solutions with sufficiently low dichromate (or chromate), inhibitor additions are insensitive to the bulk chloride concentration and are typically at least double those observed without the additions. DCB specimens, fatigue pre-cracked in air before immersion in a saline environment, show an initial period with no detectible crack growth, followed by crack growth at the distilled water rate, and then transition to a higher crack growth rate typical of region 2 crack growth in the saline environment. Time spent in each stage depends on the type of pre-crack ("pop-in" vs fatigue), applied stress intensity factor, alloy chemistry, bulk environment, and, if applied, the external polarization. Apparent activation energies ( E a) for SCC growth in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys exposed to 0.6 M NaCl over the temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) for under-, peak-, and over-aged low-copper-containing alloys (<0.2 wt pct) are typically ranging from

  2. Precipitation of a new platelet phase during the quenching of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Zhang, Yong; Weyland, Matthew; Milkereit, Benjamin; Reich, Michael; Rometsch, Paul A.

    2016-01-01

    A previously undescribed high aspect ratio strengthening platelet phase, herein named the Y-phase, has been identified in a commercial Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that this phase only precipitates at temperature and cooling rate of about 150–250 °C and 0.05–300 K/s, respectively. This precipitate is shown to be responsible for a noticeable improvement in mechanical properties. Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy demonstrates the minimal thickness (~1.4 nm) precipitate plates are isostructural to those of the T1 (Al2CuLi) phase observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. Low voltage chemical analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy gives evidence of the spatial partitioning of the Al, Cu and Zn within the Y-phase, as well as demonstrating the incorporation of a small amount of Mg. PMID:26979123

  3. Interfacial Reactions of Zn-Al Alloys with Na Addition on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatments

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-08-01

    Spreading tests for Cu substrate with Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 wt.% of Na were studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed for 1, 3, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min of contact, at the temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreading area of Zn-Al + Na on Cu was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected, solidified solder-substrate couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy of the interfacial microstructure. The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Na addition on the kinetics of formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 phases, which were identified using x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis. The addition of Na to eutectic Zn-Al caused the spreading area to decrease and the thickness of intermetallic compound layers at the interface to reduce. Samples after the spreading test at 500 °C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1, 10, and 30 days at 120,170, and 250 °C. The greater thicknesses of IMC layers were obtained for a temperature of 250 °C. With increasing Na content in Zn-Al + Na alloys, the thickness reduced, which correlates to the highest value of activation energy for Zn-Al with 1% Na.

  4. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    G.A. Young; J.R. Scully

    2001-09-12

    It is well established that Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) aluminum alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are commonly used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength. Overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). When freshly bared coupons of AA 7050 are exposed to 90 C, 90% RH air, hydrogen ingress follows inverse-logarithmic-type kinetics and is equivalent for underaged (HEAC susceptible) and overaged (HEAC resistant) tempers. However, when the native oxide is allowed to form (24 hrs in 25 C, 40% RH lab air) prior to exposure to 90 C, 90% RH air, underaged alloy shows significantly greater hydrogen ingress than the overaged alloy. Humid air is a very aggressive environment producing local ({approx}1{micro}m) hydrogen concentrations in excess of 10,000 wt. ppm at 90 C. In the copper bearing alloy, overaging also effects the apparent diffusivity of hydrogen. As AA 7050 is aged from underaged {yields} peak aged {yields} overaged, the activation energy for hydrogen diffusion increases and the apparent diffusivity for hydrogen decreases, In the low copper alloy, overaging has little effect on hydrogen diffusion. Comparison of the apparent activation energies for hydrogen diffusion and for K independent (stage II) crack growth

  5. Metallographic preparation of Zn-21Al-2Cu alloy for analysis by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD).

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    Rodríguez-Hernández, M G; Martínez-Flores, E E; Torres-Villaseñor, G; Escalera, M Dolores

    2014-08-01

    Samples of Zn-21Al-2Cu alloy (Zinalco) that will be heavily deformed were prepared using five different manual mechanical metallographic methods. Samples were analyzed before tensile testing using the orientation imaging microscopy-electron backscatter diffraction (OIM-EBSD) technique. The effect of type and particle size during the final polishing stages for this material were studied in order to identify a method that produces a flat, damage free surface with a roughness of about 50 nm and clean from oxide layers, thereby producing diffraction patterns with high image quality (IQ) and adequate confidence indexes (CI). Our results show that final polishing with alumina and silica, as was previously suggested by other research groups for alloys that are difficult to prepare or alloys with low melting point, are not suitable for manual metallographic preparation of this alloy. Indexes of IQ and CI can be used to evaluate methods of metallographic preparation of samples studied using the OIM-EBSD technique.

  6. Reducing the formation of FIB-induced FCC layers on Cu-Zn-Al austenite.

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    Zelaya, Eugenia; Schryvers, Dominique

    2011-01-01

    The irradiation effects of thinning a sample of a Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy to electron transparency by a Ga(+) focused ion beam were investigated. This thinning method was compared with conventional electropolishing and Ar(+) ion milling. No implanted Ga was detected but surface FCC precipitation was found as a result of the focused ion beam sample preparation. Decreasing the irradiation dose by lowering the energy and current of the Ga(+) ions did not lead to a complete disappearance of the FCC structure. The latter could only be removed after gentle Ar(+) ion milling of the sample. It was further concluded that the precipitation of the FCC is independent of the crystallographic orientation of the surface.

  7. Kinetics of hydrogen production of methanol reformation using Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst.

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    Wu, Ho-Shing; Chung, Shun-Chang

    2007-01-01

    The catalytic performance of methanol reformation using Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 was investigated at low temperature. The operation conditions, such as composition of Cu, Zn, and Al, temperature, molar ratio of H2O/CH3OH, weight hourly space velocity, catalyst weight, and kind and flow rate of carrier gas (helium and air), were evaluated to obtain the optimum reaction condition. The catalysts were prepared by oxalic coprecipitation, coprecipitation, and polyol method. The weight composition of Cu, Zn, and Al prepared by oxalic coprecipitation was 15:15:5 by high-throughput screening of combinatorial chemistry method, which was the best Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst. The prepared catalysts showed high activity and selectivity towards hydrogen formation. The methanol conversion, production rate, and volumetric percentage of hydrogen using this best catalyst were larger than 95%, 0.65 mol/h x g and 59%, respectively, and the CO volumetric percentage was smaller than 0.22% when the reaction temperature was 240 degrees C. The size and dispersity of copper, and the activity and turnover frequency of the catalyst were calculated as well.

  8. Zn incorporation and (CuIn)1-xZn2xSe2 thin film formation during the selenization of evaporated Cu and In precursors on Al:ZnO coated glass substrates

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    Guillén, C.; Herrero, J.

    2011-11-01

    CuInSe2 thin films with typical 1.0 eV gap energy and tetragonal chalcopyrite structure have been obtained on soda-lime glass substrates by the reaction of sequentially evaporated Cu and In layers with elemental selenium vapor, at 500 °C in flowing Ar. When analogous deposition and reaction processes were performed on Al:ZnO coated glasses, some increment in the band gap energy and diminution in the crystalline interplanar spacings have been detected for the resulting films with an extent that depends on the Cu/In atomic ratio of the evaporated precursor layers. This fact has been related to Zn incorporation into the selenized film, with quaternary (CuIn)1-xZn2xSe2 compound formation that is influenced by the presence of copper selenide phases during the reaction process. Such deductions are supported by the optical, structural and compositional characterizations that have been performed comparatively on samples prepared by selenization of evaporated metallic precursors with two different Cu/In ratios (0.9 and 1.1) on bare and Al:ZnO coated glass substrates.

  9. Reactions of Sn-3.5Ag-Based Solders Containing Zn and Al Additions on Cu and Ni(P) Substrates

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    Kotadia, H. R.; Mokhtari, O.; Bottrill, M.; Clode, M. P.; Green, M. A.; Mannan, S. H.

    2010-12-01

    In this study we consider the effect of separately adding 0.5 wt.% to 1.5 wt.% Zn or 0.5 wt.% to 2 wt.% Al to the eutectic Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solder alloy to limit intermetallic compound (IMC) growth between a limited volume of solder and the contact metallization. The resultant solder joint microstructure after reflow and high-temperature storage at 150°C for up to 1000 h was investigated. Experimental results confirmed that the addition of 1.0 wt.% to 1.5 wt.% Zn leads to the formation of Cu-Zn on the Cu substrate, followed by massive spalling of the Cu-Zn IMC from the Cu substrate. Growth of the Cu6Sn5 IMC layer is significantly suppressed. The addition of 0.5 wt.% Zn does not result in the formation of a Cu-Zn layer. On Ni substrates, the Zn segregates to the Ni3Sn4 IMC layer and suppresses its growth. The addition of Al to Sn-3.5Ag solder results in the formation of Al-Cu IMC particles in the solder matrix when reflowed on the Cu substrate, while on Ni substrates Al-Ni IMCs spall into the solder matrix. The formation of a continuous barrier layer in the presence of Al and Zn, as reported when using solder baths, is not observed because of the limited solder volumes used, which are more typical of reflow soldering.

  10. Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule across a whole solid solution range in a series of gamma-brasses in Cu-Zn, Cu-Cd, Cu-Al, Cu-Ga, Ni-Zn and Co-Zn alloy systems

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    Mizutani, U.; Noritake, T.; Ohsuna, T.; Takeuchi, T.

    2010-05-01

    The aim of the present work is to examine if the Hume-Rothery stabilisation mechanism holds across whole solid solution ranges in a series of gamma-brasses with especial attention to the role of vacancies introduced into the large unit cell. The concentration dependence of the number of atoms in the unit cell, N, for gamma-brasses in the Cu-Zn, Cu-Cd, Cu-Al, Cu-Ga, Ni-Zn and Co-Zn alloy systems was determined by measuring the density and lattice constants at room temperature. The number of itinerant electrons in the unit cell, e/uc, is evaluated by taking a product of N and the number of itinerant electrons per atom, e/a, for the transition metal element deduced earlier from the full-potential linearised augmented plane wave (FLAPW)-Fourier analysis. The results are discussed within the rigid-band model using as a host the density of states (DOS) derived earlier from the FLAPW band calculations for the stoichiometric gamma-brasses Cu5Zn8, Cu9Al4 and TM2Zn11 (TM = Co and Ni). A solid solution range of gamma-brasses in Cu-Zn, Cu-Cd, Cu-Al, Cu-Ga and Ni-Zn alloy systems is found to fall inside the existing pseudogap at the Fermi level. This is taken as confirmation of the validity of the Hume-Rothery stability mechanism for a whole solute concentration range of these gamma-brasses. An exception to this behaviour was found in the Co-Zn gamma-brasses, where orbital hybridisation effects are claimed to play a crucial role in stabilisation.

  11. A new family of wurtzite-phase Cu2ZnAS4-x and CuZn2AS4 (A = Al, Ga, In) nanocrystals for solar energy conversion applications.

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    Ghosh, Anima; Palchoudhury, Soubantika; Thangavel, Rajalingam; Zhou, Ziyou; Naghibolashrafi, Nariman; Ramasamy, Karthik; Gupta, Arunava

    2016-01-07

    A new family of quaternary semiconductors Cu2ZnAS4-x and CuZn2AS4 (A = Al, Ga, In) has been synthesized in the form of wurtzite phase nanocrystals for the first time. The nanocrystals can be converted to the stannite phase via thermal annealing under a N2 atmosphere. A direct band gap in the visible wavelength region combined with a high absorption cross-section makes these materials promising for solar energy conversion applications.

  12. Softening Behavior of a New Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Due to TIG Welding

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    Zhang, Liang; Li, Xiaoyan; Nie, Zuoren; Huang, Hui; Sun, Jiantong

    2016-05-01

    A new Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy with T6 temper was welded by TIG welding, and the softening behavior of the joint was evaluated. Results show that the ultimate tensile strength of the joint is 436.2 ± 26.4 MPa which is about 64.5% of that of the base metal (BM). Fusion zone (FZ) is the weakest region even though its microhardness increases from 107.6 to 131.3 HV within 90 days after welding. Microhardness of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) adjacent to FZ increases from 125.2 to 162.3 HV within 90 days. However, a valley value of microhardness appears in the rest of the HAZ that increases from 112.1 to 128.1 HV within 90 days. The variation of grain size and precipitates is regarded as the main cause of softening in both FZ and HAZ. The grain size of FZ is about 33.9 μm, whereas 8.7 and 8.4 μm for HAZ and BM, respectively. A large number of η' phases distribute dispersively in BM, whereas precipitates in FZ identified as GPI zones are finer and fewer. Besides, precipitates in HAZ adjacent to FZ are also GPI zones. Precipitates in HAZ far away from FZ are coarser and fewer than those in BM and η phases begin to emerge.

  13. Phase transformations in the system Cu-Zn-Al under conditions far from equilibrium

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    Klopotov, Anatolii; Ivanov, Yuri; Vlasov, Viktor; Dedov, Nikolai; Loskutov, Oleg

    2016-01-01

    It is shown that the alloy Cu-Zn-Al is a multiphase material. Under equilibrium conditions this alloy can form an α-phase (FCC crystalline lattice) and a β-phase (simple cubic crystalline lattice) based on copper. The possibility of formation of a γ-phase due to a three-component alloy composition is revealed. It is established that different chemical composition of the copper-based solid solution (alloys with zinc or alloys with aluminum), different concentration of the second element in a solid solution leads to the fact that within the same type of the crystalline lattice there is a certain amount of α- and γ-phases, differing in the parameter value of the crystalline lattice. The possibility of formation of powder alloys with an x-ray amorphous and a nanocrystalline structure using the plasma chemical synthesis methods is demonstrated. A wide variety of binary phases, each with different concentrations of zinc and aluminum in a solid copper-based solution is revealed. These results indicate that plasma-chemical synthesis of metal alloy powders is accompanied by separation of elements. Powders of the ternary composition are not detected.

  14. Aging kinetics of a silicon carbide reinforced Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Davies, C.H.J.; Raghunathan, N.; Sheppard, T.

    1994-01-01

    The aging kinetics of a composite of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu powder (CW67) combined with a varied volume fraction of a particulate silicon carbide were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). DSC revealed that the maximum rate of precipitation of the metastable {eta}{prime} phase was substantially lower for CW67/SiC/20p than for the unreinforced alloy or CW67/SiC/10p. TEM of isothermally aged material revealed differences between the unreinforced alloy and composites in respect of precipitate size and morphology. The authors conclude that SiC additions, by dint of additional dislocations generated during quenching, can affect the aging of CW67 either by accelerating the nucleation of precipitates or by accelerating precipitate growth. The aging rate of CW67/SiC/20p was increased by accelerating both the nucleation of precipitates and growth, whereas the aging in CW67/SiC10p was enhanced by accelerating precipitate growth only.

  15. Direct measurement of precipitate induced strain in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy with aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy.

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    Ying, X R; Du, Y X; Song, M; Lu, N; Ye, H Q

    2016-11-01

    Precipitates and their associated strain fields significantly influence mechanical properties and, consequently, the industrial performance of aluminum alloys. In this work, we present a direct measurement of strains induced by η' and η precipitates in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy using aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and quantitative strain analysis. The results demonstrate that the strain induced by precipitates in the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy shows significant tensile strains perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the precipitate discs on the side of the discs and along the longitudinal direction at both ends of the η' and η precipitates. This strain field can be described by an equivalent dislocation model, in which the lattice mismatch between the precipitate and the matrix is equivalent to a series of dislocation pairs along the precipitate/matrix interfaces.

  16. Functional Characterization of Shape Memory CuZnAl Open-Cell Foams by Molten Metal Infiltration

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    Arnaboldi, S.; Bassani, P.; Passaretti, F.; Redaelli, A.; Tuissi, A.

    2011-07-01

    In the recent years, the research for novel materials with tailored mechanical properties, as well as functional properties, has encouraged the study of porous and cellular materials. Our previous work proposed and reported about the possibility to manufacture open-cell metal foams of CuZnAl shape memory alloy by liquid infiltration in a leachable bed of silica-gel particles. This innovative methodology is based on cheap commercial consumables and a simple technology, focusing on intermediate-density low-cost foams with interesting cost/benefits ratio. Microstructural analyses on foamed specimens showed uniform microstructure of ligaments and a very regular and well reproducible open-cell morphology. Moreover, calorimetric analysis detected a thermo-elastic martensitic transformation in the foamed material. In this study, a CuZnAl shape memory alloy was considered and tested to clarify possible effects of the foaming process on the functional properties of the material. Morphological, calorimetric, and thermo-mechanical analyses were carried out. The results show that it is possible to produce metal foams of CuZnAl shape memory alloy with different functional properties and able to recover mono-axial compressive strains up to 3%.

  17. Formation and Stability of Equiatomic and Nonequiatomic Nanocrystalline CuNiCoZnAlTi High-Entropy Alloys by Mechanical Alloying

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    Varalakshmi, S.; Kamaraj, M.; Murty, B. S.

    2010-10-01

    Nanocrystalline equiatomic high-entropy alloys (HEAs) have been synthesized by mechanical alloying in the Cu-Ni-Co-Zn-Al-Ti system from the binary CuNi alloy to the hexanary CuNiCoZnAlTi alloy. An attempt also has been made to find the influence of nonequiatomic compositions on the HEA formation by varying the Cu content up to 50 at. pct (Cu x NiCoZnAlTi; x = 0, 8.33, 33.33, 49.98 at. pct). The phase formation and stability of mechanically alloyed powder at an elevated temperature (1073 K [800 °C] for 1 hour) were studied. The nanocrystalline equiatomic Cu-Ni-Co-Zn-Al-Ti alloys have a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure up to quinary compositions and have a body-centered cubic (bcc) structure in a hexanary alloy. In nonequiatomic alloys, bcc is the dominating phase in the alloys containing 0 and 8.33 at. pct of Cu, and the fcc phase was observed in alloys with 33.33 and 49.98 at. pct of Cu. The Vicker’s bulk hardness and compressive strength of the equiatomic nanocrystalline hexanary CuNiCoZnAlTi HEA after hot isostatic pressing is 8.79 GPa, and the compressive strength is 2.76 GPa. The hardness of these HEAs is higher than most commercial hard facing alloys ( e.g., Stellite, which is 4.94 GPa).

  18. Fine precipitation scenarios of AlZnMg(Cu) alloys revealed by advanced atomic-resolution electron microscopy study Part I: Structure determination of the precipitates in AlZnMg(Cu) alloys

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    Liu, J.Z.; Chen, J.H.; Yuan, D.W.; Wu, C.L.; Zhu, J.; Cheng, Z.Y.

    2015-01-15

    Although they are among the most important precipitation-hardened materials for industry applications, the high-strength AlZnMg(Cu) alloys have thus far not yet been understood adequately about their underlying precipitation scenarios in relation with the properties. This is partly due to the fact that the structures of a number of different precipitates involved in electron microscopy in association with quantitative image simulations have to be employed; a systematic study of these hardening precipitates in different alloys is also necessary. In Part I of the present study, it is shown that there are five types of structurally different precipitates including the equilibrium η-phase precipitate. Using two state-of-the-art atomic-resolution imaging techniques in electron microscopy in association with quantitative image simulations, we have determined and clarified all the unknown precipitate structures. It is demonstrated that atomic-resolution imaging can directly suggest approximate structure models, whereas quantitative image analysis can refine the structure details that are much smaller than the resolution of the microscope. This combination is crucially important for solving the difficult structure problems of the strengthening precipitates in AlZnMg(Cu) alloys. - Highlights: Part I: • We determine and verify all the key precipitate structures in AlMgZn(Cu) alloys. • We employ aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). • We use aberration-corrected high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) for the investigations. • We obtain atomic-resolution images of the precipitates and model their structures. • We refine all precipitate structures with quantitative image simulation analysis. Part II: • The hardening precipitates in AlZnMg alloys shall be classified into two groups. • Two precipitation scenarios coexist in the alloys. • The precipitation behavior of such an alloy depends on the alloy's composition. • Very detailed phase

  19. Improved Stress Corrosion Cracking Resistance and Strength of a Two-Step Aged Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Using Taguchi Method

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    Lin, Lianghua; Liu, Zhiyi; Ying, Puyou; Liu, Meng

    2015-12-01

    Multi-step heat treatment effectively enhances the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance but usually degrades the mechanical properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. With the aim to enhance SCC resistance as well as strength of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, we have optimized the process parameters during two-step aging of Al-6.1Zn-2.8Mg-1.9Cu alloy by Taguchi's L9 orthogonal array. In this work, analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed to find out the significant heat treatment parameters. The slow strain rate testing combined with scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope was employed to study the SCC behaviors of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. Results showed that the contour map produced by ANOVA offered a reliable reference for selection of optimum heat treatment parameters. By using this method, a desired combination of mechanical performances and SCC resistance was obtained.

  20. Effect of magnesium on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu/Al2O3 metal matrix composites

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    Chou, Ming-Chun; Chao, Chuen-Guang

    1996-07-01

    The effect of magnesium content on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy reinforced with alumina (A12O3) was studied by using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique and hardness measurement. The magnesium contents were studied in the range from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. The addition of magnesium was found to increase the coherent Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in com-posites. The apparent formation enthalpy of GP zones of composites (0.1 V f) was 0.932 cal/g for 1.23 wt pct magnesium content and 1.375 cal/g for 2.97 wt pct magnesium content. The precipitation time to achieve the maximum hardness in the composites depends on the magnesium content. The time changed from 12 to 48 hours as the magnesium content increased from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. Both Vickers microhardness and Rockwell hardness increased with increasing magnesium content. The maximum hardness occurred in the composites that contained maximum amounts of GP zones and η' precipitates. However, the microhardness of the composites was always lower than that of monolithic alloys due to the alumina fibers which caused the suppression of GP zones and η' for-mation in the composites.

  1. Isothermal ageing at low temperatures of a smart material: A Cu-Zn-Al-Co shape memory alloy

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    Guilemany, J.M.; Fernandez, J. . Metalurgia Fisica-Ciencia de Materiales)

    1994-10-01

    Shape memory properties are found in alloys having a martensitic or [beta] structure. These structures are unstable at high and also at low aging temperatures transforming into the eutectoid phases by diffusion controlled processes. The presence of cobalt in heat-treated aluminum bronze was found to cause changes in the proportions of the equilibrium phases, increasing the [alpha] content and decreasing the fraction of the eutectoid [alpha] and [gamma]. On aging the cobalt containing alloy, thee were no structural changes until the temperature was below 350 C. At higher temperatures the martensite decomposed by two different modes. In the first mode, [alpha] phase precipitates at the grain boundaries or around CoAl(Cu) particles and the [gamma] phase is formed afterwards. The second mode of decomposition took place by a transitional [gamma][double prime] precipitation, which takes Al from the matrix, so allowing it to transform to the [gamma] phase. Little work has been carried out on systems such as Cu-Zn-Al-X, where X is a grain refining element. Authors have extensively studied the improvements of the properties of a Cu-Zn-Al-Co shape memory alloy. Calorimetric methods have also been used by the present authors to study the decomposition phenomena of this alloy. The present work is a continuation of that study to determine the hardness and structural changes brought about by the addition of Co.

  2. Methanol Synthesis over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3: The Active Site in Industrial Catalysis

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    Behrens, Malte

    2012-03-28

    Unlike homogeneous catalysts, heterogeneous catalysts that have been optimized through decades are typically so complex and hard to characterize that the nature of the catalytically active site is not known. This is one of the main stumbling blocks in developing rational catalyst design strategies in heterogeneous catalysis. We show here how to identify the crucial atomic structure motif for the industrial Cu/ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} methanol synthesis catalyst. Using a combination of experimental evidence from bulk-, surface-sensitive and imaging methods collected on real high-performance catalytic systems in combination with DFT calculations. We show that the active site consists of Cu steps peppered with Zn atoms, all stabilized by a series of well defined bulk defects and surface species that need jointly to be present for the system to work.

  3. Selective recovery of dissolved Fe, Al, Cu, and Zn in acid mine drainage based on modeling to predict precipitation pH.

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    Park, Sang-Min; Yoo, Jong-Chan; Ji, Sang-Woo; Yang, Jung-Seok; Baek, Kitae

    2015-02-01

    Mining activities have caused serious environmental problems including acid mine drainage (AMD), the dispersion of mine tailings and dust, and extensive mine waste. In particular, AMD contaminates soil and water downstream of mines and generally contains mainly valuable metals such as Cu, Zn, and Ni as well as Fe and Al. In this study, we investigated the selective recovery of Fe, Al, Cu, Zn, and Ni from AMD. First, the speciation of Fe, Al, Cu, Zn, and Ni as a function of the equilibrium solution pH was simulated by Visual MINTEQ. Based on the simulation results, the predicted pHs for the selective precipitation of Fe, Al, Cu, and Zn/Ni were determined. And recovery yield of metals using simulation is over 99 %. Experiments using artificial AMD based on the simulation results confirmed the selective recovery of Fe, Al, Cu, and Zn/Ni, and the recovery yields of Fe/Al/Cu/Zn and Fe/Al/Cu/Ni mixtures using Na2CO3 were 99.6/86.8/71.9/77.0 % and 99.2/85.7/73.3/86.1 %, respectively. After then, the simulation results were applied to an actual AMD for the selective recovery of metals, and the recovery yields of Fe, Al, Cu, and Zn using NaOH were 97.2, 74.9, 66.9, and 89.7 %, respectively. Based on the results, it was concluded that selective recovery of dissolved metals from AMD is possible by adjusting the solution pH using NaOH or Na2CO3 as neutralizing agents.

  4. Preparation of HZSM-5 membrane packed CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 nanoparticles for catalysing carbon dioxide hydrogenation to dimethyl ether

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    Liu, Rong; Tian, Haifeng; Yang, Aimei; Zha, Fei; Ding, Jian; Chang, Yue

    2015-08-01

    Spherical carbons were prepared successfully from aqueous glucose using hydrothermal method. After covered with aqueous Cu2+, Zn2+ and Al3+ ions during the co-precipitation treatment, carbons were removed via calcination to yield CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 nanoparticles. HZSM-5 membrane, which was synthesized using tetrapropylammonium hydroxide as templating agent, was packed onto CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 nanoparticles hydrothermally to form HZSM-5 packed CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 nanoparticles. It was characterized by the method of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and nitrogen sorption measurement. HZSM-5 packed CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 nanoparticles were used as catalysts for the CO2 hydrogenation to dimethyl ether. The catalyst activity was investigated in a fixed-bed reactor. Under the reaction conditions of pressure at 3.0 MPa, space velocity (SV) of 1800 mL gcat-1 h-1, volume ratio of CO2/H2 to 1:3 and temperature at 270 °C, the conversion of CO2 could reach to 48.3%, with a dimethyl ether yield and selectivity of 23.4% and 48.5%, respectively.

  5. Microwave-hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of nanostructured copper substituted ZnM2O4 (M = Al, Ga) spinels as precursors for thermally stable Cu catalysts.

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    Conrad, Franziska; Massue, Cyriac; Kühl, Stefanie; Kunkes, Edward; Girgsdies, Frank; Kasatkin, Igor; Zhang, Bingsen; Friedrich, Matthias; Luo, Yuan; Armbrüster, Marc; Patzke, Greta R; Behrens, Malte

    2012-03-21

    Nanostructured Cu(x)Zn(1-x)Al(2)O(4) with a Cu:Zn ratio of ¼:¾ has been prepared by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis at 150 °C and used as a precursor for Cu/ZnO/Al(2)O(3)-based catalysts. The spinel nanoparticles exhibit an average size of approximately 5 nm and a high specific surface area (above 250 m(2) g(-1)). Cu nanoparticles of an average size of 3.3 nm can be formed by reduction of the spinel precursor in hydrogen and the accessible metallic Cu(0) surface area of the reduced catalyst was 8 m(2) g(-1). The catalytic performance of the material in CO(2) hydrogenation and methanol steam reforming was compared with conventionally prepared Cu/ZnO/Al(2)O(3) reference catalysts. The observed lower performance of the spinel-based samples is attributed to a lack of synergetic interaction of the Cu nanoparticles with ZnO due to the incorporation of Zn(2+) in the stable spinel lattice. Despite its lower performance, however, the nanostructured nature of the spinel catalyst was stable after thermal treatment up to 500 °C in contrast to other Cu-based catalysts. Furthermore, a large fraction of the re-oxidized copper migrates back into the spinel upon calcination of the reduced catalyst, thereby enabling a regeneration of sintered catalysts after prolonged usage at high temperatures. Similarly prepared samples with Ga instead of Al exhibit a more crystalline catalyst with a spinel particle size around 20 nm. The slightly decreased Cu(0) surface area of 3.2 m(2) g(-1) due to less copper incorporation is not a significant drawback for the methanol steam reforming.

  6. Electronic state and superconductivity of YBa2Cu3-xO7-y (M=Al,Zn and Sn) systems

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    A series of YBa2Cu(3-x)MxO(7-y) (M=Al,Zn and Sn) single phase samples were prepared, and the measurements of the crystal structure, oxygen content, electric resistivity, thermoelectric power, Mossbauer spectrum, XPS and superconductivity were performed. The experimental results of X ray powder diffraction, Mossbauer spectrum and oxygen content show that the Zn(2+) and the Al(3+) occupy the Cu(2) site in Cu-O planes and the Cu(1) site in Cu-O chains respectively, but the Sn(4+) occupies both the Cu(1) sites. As regards the properties in superconducting state, both the Zn(2+) and the Al(3+) depress T(sub c) strongly, but the Sn(4+) does not. As for the electronic transport properties in normal state, the system doped by Al(3+) displays a rapid increase of resistivity and some electron localization-like effects, and the thermoelectric power enhances obviously; the series contained Zn(2+) almost shows no changes of electric resistivity but the sign of the thermoelectric power is reversed. Other results are given and briefly discussed.

  7. The Expending Retrogression Time of Hot-Extruded Sc-CONTAINING Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy

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    Shim, Sung-Yong; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Sung, Young-Rock; Ahn, In-Shup; Lim, Su-Gun

    In this paper, the retrogression and reaging (RRA) behavior and corrosion properties of Sc-containing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy were observed. The dependence of the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance on the heat treatment condition was measured by hardness, tensile, C-ring and conductivity testing. The retrogression time for recovery of the yield strength of the alloy subjected to T6 treatment was 20 min at 200°C of retrogression temperature, which was longer than that of Al7075 alloy. The results of electrical conductivity and C-ring tests showed that the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance in Sc-containing alloy treated for 20 min at 200°C was improved. These study results demonstrated the ability of the Sc-containing alloy to extend the retrogression time and thereby improve the SCC resistance and mechanical properties.

  8. Microstructure, Interface Morphology, and Antioxidant Properties of Sn-8.5Zn-0.1Cr-(Nd,Al,Cu) Solders

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    Tang, Hongqun; Liu, Moumiao; Ma, Yueyuan; Du, Zaixiang; Zhan, Yongzhong; Yang, Wenchao

    2017-01-01

    The effects of minor alloying element Nd, Al or Cu on the fundamental microstructural properties, interface morphology, and antioxidant properties of Sn-8.5Zn-0.1Cr (SZC) alloy have been investigated. Addition of Nd, Al or Cu element significantly refined the microstructure of SZC alloy, especially promoting disappearance of the stripe Zn-rich phase. Precipitated phases could be found in the β-Sn matrix when the content of each element reached 0.1 wt.%. During soldering, it was found that Nd, Al or Cu element addition did not contribute to intermetallic compound (IMC) formation, as verified by the same IMC phase as at the Sn-8.5Zn/Cu interface and no obvious influence on interface morphology. After 15 days of aging, IMC interface layers increased severely and a wide Zn-poor transition zone formed. The growth rate of IMC was reduced and the transition zone became narrower after microalloying. Meanwhile, addition of Al or Cu element improved the oxidation resistance of the SZC alloy, while Nd-containing alloys oxidized severely. The wettability and microhardness of the SZC- xM alloys were superior to those of SZC alloy.

  9. Fine precipitation scenarios of AlZnMg(Cu) alloys revealed by advanced atomic-resolution electron microscopy study Part II: Fine precipitation scenarios in AlZnMg(Cu) alloys

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    Liu, J.Z.; Chen, J.H.; Liu, Z.R.; Wu, C.L.

    2015-01-15

    Although they are among the most important precipitation-hardened materials for industry applications, the high-strength AlZnMg(Cu) alloys have thus far not yet been understood adequately about their underlying precipitation scenarios in relation with the properties. This is partly due to the fact that the structures of a number of different precipitates involved in the alloys are unknown, and partly due to the complexity that the precipitation behaviors of the alloys may be closely related to the alloy's composition. In Part I of the present study, we have determined all the unknown precipitate structures in the alloys. Here in Part II, using atomic-resolution electron microscopy in association with the first principles energy calculations, we further studied and correlated the phase/structure transformation/evolution among these hardening precipitates in relation with the alloy's composition. It is shown that there are actually two coexisting classes of hardening precipitates in these alloys: the first class includes the η′-precipitates and their early-stage Guinier–Preston (GP-η′) zones; the second class includes the precursors of the equilibrium η-phase (referred to η{sub p}, or η-precursor) and their early-stage Guinier–Preston (GP-η{sub p}) zones. The two coexisting classes of precipitates correspond to two precipitation scenarios. - Highlights: • We determine and verify all the key precipitate structures in AlMgZn(Cu) alloys. • We employ aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). • We use aberration-corrected high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) for the investigations. • We obtain atomic-resolution images of the precipitates and model their structures. • We refine all precipitate structures with quantitative image simulation analysis. • The hardening precipitates in AlZnMg alloys shall be classified into two groups. • Two precipitation scenarios coexist in the alloys. • The precipitation behavior of such an

  10. Highly stable CuInS2@ZnS:Al core@shell quantum dots: the role of aluminium self-passivation.

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    Rao, Pinhua; Yao, Wei; Li, Zhichun; Kong, Long; Zhang, Wenqi; Li, Liang

    2015-05-25

    A simple approach was introduced to enhance the photostability of CuInS2@ZnS core@shell quantum dots (QDs) by doping aluminium into the ZnS shell. Aluminium in the as-prepared QDs was oxidized to Al2O3, which formed a passivation oxide layer that effectively prevents photo-degradation of QDs during long-term light irradiation.

  11. Microstructure and calorimetric behavior of laser welded open cell foams in CuZnAl shape memory alloy

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    Biffi, Carlo Alberto; Previtali, Barbara; Tuissi, Ausonio

    Cellular shape memory alloys (SMAs) are very promising smart materials able to combine functional properties of the material with lightness, stiffness, and damping capacity of the cellular structure. Their processing with low modification of the material properties remains an open question. In this work, the laser weldability of CuZnAl SMA in the form of open cell foams was studied. The cellular structure was proved to be successfully welded in lap joint configuration by using a thin plate of the same alloy. Softening was seen in the welded bead in all the investigated ranges of process speed as well as a double stage heat affected zone was identified due to different microstructures; the martensitic transformation was shifted to higher temperatures and the corresponding peaks were sharper with respect to the base material due to the rapid solidification of the material. Anyways, no compositional variations were detected in the joints.

  12. Regulation Mechanism of Novel Thermomechanical Treatment on Microstructure and Properties in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy

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    Chen, Zhiguo; Ren, Jieke; Zhang, Jishuai; Chen, Jiqiang; Fang, Liang

    2016-02-01

    Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, tensile test, exfoliation corrosion test, and slow strain rate tensile test were applied to investigate the properties and microstructure of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy processed by final thermomechanical treatment, retrogression reaging, and novel thermomechanical treatment (a combination of retrogression reaging with cold or warm rolling). The results indicate that in comparison with conventional heat treatment, the novel thermomechanical treatment reduces the stress corrosion susceptibility. A good combination of mechanical properties, stress corrosion resistance, and exfoliation corrosion resistance can be obtained by combining retrogression reaging with warm rolling. The mechanism of the novel thermomechanical treatment is the synergistic effect of composite microstructure such as grain morphology, dislocation substructures, as well as the morphology and distribution of primary phases and precipitations.

  13. Effect of electromagnetic vibration on the microstructure of direct chill cast Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Zuo, Y.; Fu, X.; Zhu, Q.; Li, L.; Wang, P.; Cui, J.

    2016-03-01

    An electromagnetic vibration was achieved by the combined application of an alternating magnetic field and a stationary magnetic field during direct chill (DC) casting process. The ingots with 200 mm in diameter were prepared under the influence of electromagnetic vibration. The effect of electromagnetic vibration on the microstructure of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was studied. The results showed that electromagnetic vibration has a significant effect on the solidification behaviour, under the influence of electromagnetic vibration during DC casting process, the microstructure is significantly refined and the uniformity of microstructure is evidently improved. This paper introduces the DC casting technology with the application of electromagnetic vibration, presents these results and gives corresponding discussions.

  14. Influences of Hydrogen Micropores and Intermetallic Particles on Fracture Behaviors of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys

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    Su, Hang; Yoshimura, Takuro; Toda, Hiroyuki; Bhuiyan, Md. Shahnewaz; Uesugi, Kentaro; Takeuchi, Akihisa; Sakaguchi, Nobuhito; Watanabe, Yoshio

    2016-12-01

    The combined effects of hydrogen micropores and intermetallic particles on the voids initiation and growth behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu aluminum alloys during deformation and fracture are investigated with the help of the high-resolution X-ray tomography. It is interesting to note that the high-hydrogen concentration induced by an EDM cutting process results in the initiation of quasi-cleavage fracture near surface. With the increase of strain, the quasi-cleavage fracture is gradually replaced by dimple fracture. Voids initiation related to the dimple fracture is caused by both intermetallic particles fracture and interfacial debonding between particles and matrix. The nucleation of hydrogen micropores on intermetallic particles accelerates the voids initiation. The existence of triaxial stress ahead of the tip of a quasi-cleavage crack enhances growth rate for both hydrogen micropores and voids.

  15. Numerical simulations of the pseudoelastic effect in CuZnAl shape-memory single crystals considering two successive martensitic transitions

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    de Castro Bubani, F.; Lovey, F.; Sade, M.; Cetlin, P.

    2016-02-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) with double martensitic transitions are potential candidates for highly effective, nonstandard mechanical damping systems. This paper presents a numerical model that can be used to simulate pseudoelasticity in systems with two successive martensitic transformations, such as adequately oriented CuZnAl, CuAlNi and CuAlBe single crystals. The model is based on stress versus strain data obtained from the tensile test of a CuZnAl single crystal and is able to simulate the mechanical damping of SMAs with two successive martensitic transitions. The numerical model has been implemented as an algorithm and used to assess the mechanical damping capacity of a system based on CuZnAl SMA single crystals, considering the complete β-18R-6R cycle. A numerical model with a single degree of freedom is used and the behavior of the SMA-based damper is analyzed both under free and forced oscillation conditions. The results obtained indicate that the alloy studied is a very effective mechanical damper.

  16. Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) and Its Application to Grain Refinement of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy

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    Tekeli, Sueleyman; Gueral, Ahmet

    2011-12-10

    Microstructure of a metal can be considerably changed by severe plastic deformation techniques such as high pressure torsion, extrusion and equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP). Among these methods, ECAP is particularly attractive because it has a potential for introducing significant grain refinement and homogeneous microstructure into bulk materials. Typically, it reduces the grain size to the submicrometer level or even nanometer range and thus produces materials that are capable of exhibiting unusual mechanical properties. In the present study, a test unites for equal channel angular pressing was constructed and this system was used for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. After the optimization tests, it was seen that the most effective lubricant for the dies was MoS{sub 2}, the pressing pressure was around 25-35 ton and the pressing speed was 2 mm/s. By using these parameters, the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was successfully ECAPed up to 14 passes at 200 deg. C using route C. After ECAP tests, the specimens were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), hardness and macrostructural investigations. It was seen that the plastic deformation in the ECAPed specimens occurred from edge to the centre like whirlpool. In addition, the deformation intensity increased with increasing pass number. The grain size of the specimens effectively also decreased with increasing pass number. That is, while the grain size of unECAPed specimen was 10 {mu}m, this value decreased to 300 nm after 14 passes. At the beginning, while there was a banding tendency in the grains toward deformation direction, homogeneous and equiaxed grains were formed with increasing pass number. This grain refinement was as a result of an interaction between shear strain and thermal recovery during ECAP processing. Hardness measurements showed that the hardness values increased up to 4 passes, decreased effectively at 6th pass, again increased at 8th pass and after this pass, the hardness again decreased due to

  17. Assessment of retrogression and re-aging treatment on microstructural and mechanical properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu P/M alloy

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    Naeem, Haider T.; Mohammad, Kahtan S.; Hussin, Kamarudin; Tan, T. Qing; Idris, M. Sobri

    2015-05-01

    In order to understand the importance of the retrogression and re-aging as a heat treatment for improving microstructural and mechanical properties of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu powder metallurgy alloys, Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr alloys were fabricated from the elemental powders. Green compacts are compressed under compaction pressure about 370 MPa. The sintering process carried out for the samples of aluminum alloys at temperature was 650°C under argon atmosphere for two hours. The sintered compacts were subjected into homogenizing condition at 470°C for 1.5 hours and then aged at 120°C for 24 hours (T6 temper) after that it carried out the retrogressed at 180°C for 30 min., and then re-aged at 120°C for 24 hours (RRA). Observations microstructures were examined using optical, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Density and porosity content was conducted for the samples of alloys. The result showing that the highest Vickers hardness exhibited for an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy after underwent the retrogression and reaging treatment. Increasing in hardness was because of the precipitation hardening through precipitate the (Mg Zn) and (Mg2Zn11) phases during matrix of aluminum-alloy.

  18. Assessment of retrogression and re-aging treatment on microstructural and mechanical properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu P/M alloy

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    Naeem, Haider T.; Mohammad, Kahtan S.; Hussin, Kamarudin; Tan, T. Qing; Idris, M. Sobri

    2015-05-15

    In order to understand the importance of the retrogression and re-aging as a heat treatment for improving microstructural and mechanical properties of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu powder metallurgy alloys, Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr alloys were fabricated from the elemental powders. Green compacts are compressed under compaction pressure about 370 MPa. The sintering process carried out for the samples of aluminum alloys at temperature was 650°C under argon atmosphere for two hours. The sintered compacts were subjected into homogenizing condition at 470°C for 1.5 hours and then aged at 120°C for 24 hours (T6 temper) after that it carried out the retrogressed at 180°C for 30 min., and then re-aged at 120°C for 24 hours (RRA). Observations microstructures were examined using optical, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Density and porosity content was conducted for the samples of alloys. The result showing that the highest Vickers hardness exhibited for an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy after underwent the retrogression and reaging treatment. Increasing in hardness was because of the precipitation hardening through precipitate the (Mg Zn) and (Mg{sub 2}Zn{sub 11}) phases during matrix of aluminum-alloy.

  19. Hole mobility enhancement of Cu-deficient Cu{sub 1.75}Zn(Sn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x})Se{sub 4} bulks

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    Kuo, Dong-Hau Tsega, Moges

    2013-10-15

    Cu-deficient Cu{sub 1.75}ZnSn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}Se{sub 4} (x=0–0.6) bulks were prepared by a liquid-phase reactive sintering method at 600 {sup °}C with soluble sintering aids of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te. Defect chemistry was studied by measuring electrical properties of Al-doped CZTSe as a function of dopant concentration. Al-CZTSe pellets at x=0.4 with electrical conductivity of 57.2 S cm{sup −1} showed the highest hole mobility of 32.5 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}. The high mobility is mainly contributed from the low atomic scattering factor of Al. The high carrier concentration and slightly changed lattice parameter of Al-CZTSe are related to the types of its defects. - Graphical abstract: The controls in electrical properties and the changes in lattice parameters of Cu-deficient Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} by doping Al{sup 3+} on the Sn{sup 4+} site. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Cu-deficient Cu{sub 1.75}Zn(Sn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x})Se{sub 4} was prepared by liquid-phase sintering at 600 °C. • Sintering aids of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te were used for reactive sintering. • Al-CZTSe at x=0.4 showed the extremely high mobility of 32.5 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}. • Al-CZTSe reached large grains of 2−3 μm, while it was <1.0 μm for the undoped. • Electrical properties of Al-CZTSe pellets changed with the Al content.

  20. Accumulation of Al, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb by the bryophyte Scapania undulata in three upland waters of different pH.

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    Vincent, C D; Lawlor, A J; Tipping, E

    2001-01-01

    Measurements were made of the contents of Al, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in Scapania undulata in three streams (D2, D5, D11) in the English Lake District. The stream waters had average pH values of 5.35 (D2), 5.81 (D5) and 7.26 (D11), the main differences in other major chemical components being in Mg, Al, Ca and alkalinity. There was generally more metal accumulation in the older parts of the plants, but this was not significant in all cases. Extents of accumulation varied with stream pH and dissolved metal concentration. For Al, accumulation was greatest in streams D2 and D5. Mn accumulated most in D5 and Fe was without preference. Cu, Zn and Cd accumulated mostly in the plants in stream D11 and Pb accumulated more in D5 and D11. In terms of enrichment factors (amount of metal in the plants divided by stream water concentration) the sequence was Zn < Cd < Cu < Mn < Pb < Al < Fe. Laboratory experiments supported the findings of the field data, providing evidence that uptake increases with pH at constant total metal concentration. The results are interpreted qualitatively in terms of the chemical speciation of the metals in the stream water and competition between metal ions and protons at the plant-water interface. It is suggested that Al, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb behave according to chemical complexation, whereas redox processes and/or colloidal interactions may be significant for Mn and Fe.

  1. Cooling rate effects on the structure and transformation behavior of Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloys

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    Lohan, Nicoleta-Monica; Suru, Marius-Gabriel; Pricop, Bogdan; Bujoreanu, Leandru-Gheorghe

    2014-11-01

    Different fragments of a hot-rolled and homogenized Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy (SMA) were subjected to thermal cycling by means of a differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) device. During thermal cycling, heating was performed at the same constant rate of increasing temperature while cooling was carried out at different rates of decreasing temperature. For each cooling rate, the temperature decreased in the same thermal interval. During each cooling stage, an exothermic peak (maximum) was observed on the DSC thermogram. This peak was associated with forward martensitic transformation. The DSC thermograms were analyzed with PROTEUS software: the critical martensitic transformation start (Ms) and finish (Mf) temperatures were determined by means of integral and tangent methods, and the dissipated heat was evaluated by the area between the corresponding maximum plot and a sigmoid baseline. The effects of the increase in cooling rate, assessed from a calorimetric viewpoint, consisted in the augmentation of the exothermic peak and the delay of direct martensitic transformation. The latter had the tendency to move to lower critical transformation temperatures. The martensite plates changed in morphology by becoming more oriented and by an augmenting in surface relief, which corresponded with the increase in cooling rate as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  2. Transformation relaxation and aging in a CuZnAl shape-memory alloy studied by modulated differential scanning calorimetry

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    Wei, Z.G.

    1998-11-01

    The reverse martensitic transformation and aging processes in a polycrystalline Cu-23.52 at. pct Zn-9.65 at. pct Al shape-memory alloy have been studied using the recently developed modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) technique, and some new findings are obtained. By separating the nonreversing heat flow from the reversing heat flow, MDSC can better characterize the thermodynamic, kinetic, and hysteretic feature of thermoelastic martensitic transformations. Two kinds of exothermal relaxation peaks have been identified and separated from the endothermal reverse martensitic transformations: one is associated with the movement of twin interfaces or martensite-parent interfaces, and another is due to the atomic reordering in the parent phase via a vacancy mechanism. The martensite aging processes have been examined, and two stages of the aging process has been distinguished: the first stage of aging is characterized by the stabilization of martensite, as manifested in the increase in the reversing enthalpy of the reverse martensitic transformation and in the transformation temperatures, and the second stage, is in fact, the decomposition of the martensite on prolonged aging, accompanied by a decrease in the transformation enthalpy. The results suggest that the mechanisms of the relaxation in the martensite and in the parent phase may be quite different.

  3. /Cu-Al System

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    Kish, Orel; Froumin, Natalya; Aizenshtein, Michael; Frage, Nachum

    2014-05-01

    Wettability and interfacial interaction of the Ta2O5/Cu-Al system were studied. Pure Cu does not wet the Ta2O5 substrate, and improved spreading is achieved when relatively a high fraction of the active element (~40 at.% Al) was added. The Al2O3 and AlTaO4 phases were observed at the Ta2O5/Cu-Al interface. A thermodynamic evaluation allowed us to suggest that the lack of wetting bellow 40 at.% Al is due to the presence of a native oxide, which covers the drop. The conditions of the native oxide decomposition and the formation of the volatile Al2O suboxide strongly depend on the vacuum level during sessile drop experiments and the composition of the Cu-Al alloy. In our case, Al contents greater than 40% provides thermodynamic conditions for the formation of Al2O (as a result of Al reaction with Al2O3) and the drop spreading. It was suggested that the final contact angle in the Ta2O5/Cu-Al system (50°) is determined by Ta adsorption on the newly formed alumina interlayer.

  4. Formation of mixed Al-Fe colloidal sorbent and dissolved-colloidal partitioning of Cu and Zn in the Cement Creek - Animas River Confluence, Silverton, Colorado

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    Schemel, L.E.; Kimball, B.A.; Runkel, R.L.; Cox, M.H.

    2007-01-01

    Transport and chemical transformations of dissolved and colloidal Al, Fe, Cu and Zn were studied by detailed sampling in the mixing zone downstream from the confluence of Cement Creek (pH 4.1) with the Animas River (pH 7.6). Complete mixing resulted in circumneutral pH in the downstream reach of the 1300 m study area. All four metals were transported through this mixing zone without significant losses to the streambed, and they exhibited transformations from dissolved to colloidal forms to varying degrees during the mixing process. Nearly all of the Al formed colloidal hydrous Al oxides (HAO) as pH increased (4.8-6.5), whereas colloidal hydrous Fe oxides (HFO) were supplied by Cement Creek as well as formed in the mixing zone primarily at higher pH (>6.5). The short travel time through the mixing zone (approx. 40 min) and pH limited the formation of HFO from dissolved Fe2+ supplied by Cement Creek. Although the proportions of HAO and HFO varied as the streams mixed, the colloidal sorbent typically was enriched in HAO relative to HFO by a factor of 1.5-2.1 (by mole) in the pH range where dissolved-to-colloidal partitioning of Cu and Zn was observed. Model simulations of sorption by HFO (alone) greatly underestimated the dissolved-to-colloidal partitioning of Zn. Previous studies have shown that HAO-HFO mixtures can sorb greater amounts of Zn than HFO alone, but the high Zn-to-sorbent ratio in this mixing zone could also account for greater partitioning. In contrast to Zn, comparisons with model simulations did not show that Cu sorption was greater than that for HFO alone, and also indicated that sorption was possibly less than what would be expected for a non-interactive mixture of these two sorbents. These field results for Cu, however, might be influenced by (organic) complexation or other factors in this natural system. Laboratory mixing experiments using natural source waters (upstream of the confluence) showed that the presence of HFO in the mixed sorbent

  5. In-situ activation of CuO/ZnO/Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 catalysts in the liquid phase

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    Brown, Dennis M.; Hsiung, Thomas H.; Rao, Pradip; Roberts, George W.

    1989-01-01

    The present invention relates to a method of activation of a CuO/ZnO/Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 catalyst slurried in a chemically inert liquid. Successful activation of the catalyst requires the use of a process in which the temperature of the system at any time is not allowed to exceed a certain critical value, which is a function of the specific hydrogen uptake of the catalyst at that same time. This process is especially critical for activating highly concentrated catalyst slurries, typically 25 to 50 wt %. Activation of slurries of CuO/ZnO/Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 catalyst is useful in carrying out the liquid phase methanol or the liquid phase shift reactions.

  6. Avalanche correlations in the martensitic transition of a Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy: analysis of acoustic emission and calorimetry.

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    Baró, Jordi; Martín-Olalla, José-María; Romero, Francisco Javier; Gallardo, María Carmen; Salje, Ekhard K H; Vives, Eduard; Planes, Antoni

    2014-03-26

    The existence of temporal correlations during the intermittent dynamics of a thermally driven structural phase transition is studied in a Cu-Zn-Al alloy. The sequence of avalanches is observed by means of two techniques: acoustic emission and high sensitivity calorimetry. Both methods reveal the existence of event clustering in a way that is equivalent to the Omori correlations between aftershocks in earthquakes as are commonly used in seismology.

  7. Synthesis and luminescence properties of polymeric complexes of Cu(II), Zn(II) and Al(III) with 8-hydroxyquinoline side group-containing polystyrene

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    Gao, Baojiao; Wei, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Yanyan

    2013-01-01

    Three kinds of metalloquinolate-containing polystyrene were prepared via a polymer reaction and a coordination reaction. 5-Chloromethyl-8-hydroxyquinoline (CHQ) was first prepared through the chloromethylation reaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ) with 1,4-bichloromethoxy-butane as chloromethylation reagent. A polymer reaction, Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction, was carried out between polystyrene (PS) and CHQ in the presence of Lewis catalyst, and HQ was bonded onto the side chains of PS, obtaining 8-hydroxyquinoline-functionalized Polystyrene, HQ-PS. And then, by using one-pot method with two-stage procedures, the coordination reaction of HQ-PS and small molecule HQ with metal ions including Al(III), Zn(II) and Cu(II) ions, was allowed to be carried out, and three polymeric metalloquinolates, AlQ3-PS, ZnQ2-PS and CuQ2-PS, were successfully prepared, respectively. In the chemical structures of these polymeric metalloquinolates, metalloquinolates were chemically attached onto the side chains of PS. HQ-PS and three polymeric metalloquinolates were fully characterized by FTIR, 1H NMR and TGA. The luminescence properties of the three polymeric metalloquinolates were mainly investigated by UV/Vis absorption spectra and fluorescence emission spectra in solutions and in solid film states. When excited by the ray at about 365 nm, the three polymeric metalloquinolates have blue-green luminescence, and the main emission peaks in the DMF solutions are located at 490, 482 and 502 nm for AlQ3-PS, ZnQ2-PS and CuQ2-PS, respectively. As compared with their emissions in solutions, the emissions in solid film states are red-shifted to some extent, and the main emission peaks are located at 500, 488 and 510 nm for AlQ3-PS, ZnQ2-PS and CuQ2-PS, respectively. Besides, these polymeric metalloquinolates have higher thermal stability than PS as polymeric skeleton.

  8. Resistive switching characteristics of Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices constructed on plastic substrates.

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    Han, Yong; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2012-07-01

    In this study, Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6Al devices are fabricated on plastic substrates using the sputtering method at room temperature. The ratio of O/S in the zinc oxysulfide thin film is confirmed to be 0.4/0.6 from the Auger depth profiling. The Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices show unipolar resistive switching behaviors and the ratio of the measured resistance in the low-resistance state (LRS) to that in the high-resistance state (HRS) is above 10(4). The conduction mechanism of the LRS is governed by Ohm's law. On the other hand, in the HRS, the conduction mechanism at low voltages is controlled by Ohm's law, but that at high voltages results from the Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism. The Ohmic and Poole-Frenkel conduction mechanisms observed in the LRS and HRS support the filament model of unipolar resistive switching. The memory characteristics of the Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices are retained for 10(4) sec without any change.

  9. Electroluminescent layers based on ZnS:Cu deposited into matrices of porous anodic Al2O3

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    Valeev, R. G.; Petukhov, D. I.; Chukavin, A. I.; Bel'tyukov, A. N.

    2016-02-01

    It is suggested to use a new nanocomposite material—nanostructures of copper-doped zinc sulfide in a matrix of porous aluminum oxide—as a light-emitting layer of electroluminescent sources of light. The material was deposited by thermal evaporation in a vacuum. The microstructure of the layers, impurity distribution in the electroluminescent-phosphor layer, and electroluminescence spectra at various copper concentrations in ZnS:Cu were studied.

  10. Structural and superconducting properties of co-doped YBa2-xLaxCu3-xMxOz and La-free YBa2Cu3-xMxOz (M = Al, Zn) high-TC superconductors

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    Hao, S. J.; Jin, W. T.; Guo, C. Q.; Zhang, H.

    2012-05-01

    Two co-doped high-Tc superconducting systems, YBa2-xLaxCu3-xAlxOz and YBa2-xLaxCu3-xZnxOz (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.3), both of which have not been reported up to the present, were synthesized. The structural and superconducting properties have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and DC magnetization measurement. Comparing the properties of these co-doped systems with single-doped systems YBa2Cu3-xAlxOz and YBa2Cu3-xZnxOz, it shows that in the Al-single-doped YBCO system, the depression of the critical temperature (Tc) with doping is stronger than that in (La, Al)-co-doped system, however, in the Zn-single-doped system, the Tc descends slower than that in (La, Zn)-co-doped system. This is possibly due to the opposite change of the distance between the Ba site and the CuO2 plane induced by the La doping. Besides, the La doping has another effect of improving the solid solubility compared with the Al- or Zn-single-doped system.

  11. Effect of magnesium on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} metal matrix composites

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    Chou, M.C.; Chao, C.G.

    1996-07-01

    The effect of magnesium content on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy reinforced with alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was studied by using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique and hardness measurement. The magnesium contents were studied in the range from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. The addition of magnesium was found to increase the coherent Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in composites. The apparent formation enthalpy of GP zones of composites (0.1 V{sub f}) was 0.932 cal/g for 1.23 wt pct magnesium content and 1.375 cal/g for 2.97 wt pct magnesium content. The precipitation time to achieve the maximum hardness in the composites depends on the magnesium content. The time changed from 12 to 48 hours as the magnesium content increased from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. Both Vickers microhardness and Rockwell hardness increased with increasing magnesium content. The maximum hardness occurred in the composites that contained maximum amounts of GP zones and {eta}{prime} precipitates. However, the microhardness of the composites was always lower than that of monolithic alloys due to the alumina fibers which caused the suppression of GP zones and {eta}{prime} formation in the composites.

  12. High-effective approach from amino acid esters to chiral amino alcohols over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst and its catalytic reaction mechanism

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    Zhang, Shuangshuang; Yu, Jun; Li, Huiying; Mao, Dongsen; Lu, Guanzhong

    2016-09-01

    Developing the high-efficient and green synthetic method for chiral amino alcohols is an intriguing target. We have developed the Mg2+-doped Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for hydrogenation of L-phenylalanine methyl ester to chiral L-phenylalaninol without racemization. The effect of different L-phenylalanine esters on this title reaction was studied, verifying that Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 is an excellent catalyst for the hydrogenation of amino acid esters to chiral amino alcohols. DFT calculation was used to study the adsorption of substrate on the catalyst, and showed that the substrate adsorbs on the surface active sites mainly by amino group (-NH2) absorbed on Al2O3, and carbonyl (C=O) and alkoxy (RO-) group oxygen absorbed on the boundary of Cu and Al2O3. This catalytic hydrogenation undergoes the formation of a hemiacetal intermediate and the cleavage of the C–O bond (rate-determining step) by reacting with dissociated H to obtain amino aldehyde and methanol ad-species. The former is further hydrogenated to amino alcohols, and the latter desorbs from the catalyst surface.

  13. High-effective approach from amino acid esters to chiral amino alcohols over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst and its catalytic reaction mechanism

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    Zhang, Shuangshuang; Yu, Jun; Li, Huiying; Mao, Dongsen; Lu, Guanzhong

    2016-01-01

    Developing the high-efficient and green synthetic method for chiral amino alcohols is an intriguing target. We have developed the Mg2+-doped Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for hydrogenation of L-phenylalanine methyl ester to chiral L-phenylalaninol without racemization. The effect of different L-phenylalanine esters on this title reaction was studied, verifying that Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 is an excellent catalyst for the hydrogenation of amino acid esters to chiral amino alcohols. DFT calculation was used to study the adsorption of substrate on the catalyst, and showed that the substrate adsorbs on the surface active sites mainly by amino group (-NH2) absorbed on Al2O3, and carbonyl (C=O) and alkoxy (RO-) group oxygen absorbed on the boundary of Cu and Al2O3. This catalytic hydrogenation undergoes the formation of a hemiacetal intermediate and the cleavage of the C–O bond (rate-determining step) by reacting with dissociated H to obtain amino aldehyde and methanol ad-species. The former is further hydrogenated to amino alcohols, and the latter desorbs from the catalyst surface. PMID:27619990

  14. 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 %.

  15. Improvement in Joint Strength of Spray-Deposited Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy in Underwater Friction Stir Welding by Altered Temperature of Cooling Water

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    Liang, Haimei; Yan, Keng; Wang, Qingzhao; Zhao, Yong; Liu, Chuan; Zhang, Hao

    2016-12-01

    We improved the joint properties of spray-deposited Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy during underwater friction stir welding at cooling media temperatures of 8.6, 24.8 and 58.6 °C, respectively. The joint welded at high temperature (58.6 °C) showed a high tensile strength (467.18 MPa) and improved elongation. Its thermal cycle indicates preheating and slow cooling, which created a mild and uniform temperature gradient on both sides of the joint. DSC, SEM and EDS, and XRD analyses indicate that high-temperature cooling medium facilitated re-dissolution of the strengthening phases in the matrix, to strengthen the joint. Al32(Mg,Zn)49 exhibited a semi-coherent structure with matrix detected in the joint welded in a high-temperature medium. The high-temperature cooling medium is most efficient for joint optimization.

  16. In-situ study of precipitates in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys using anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering

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    Chun-Ming, Yang; Feng-Gang, Bian; Bai-Qing, Xiong; Dong-Mei, Liu; Yi-Wen, Li; Wen-Qiang, Hua; Jie, Wang

    2016-06-01

    In the present work, the precipitate compositions and precipitate amounts of these elements (including the size distribution, volume fraction, and inter-precipitate distance) on the Cu-containing 7000 series aluminum alloys (7150 and 7085 Al alloys), are investigated by anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering (ASAXS) at various energies. The scattering intensity of 7150 alloy with T6 aging treatment decreases as the incident x-ray energy approaches the Zn absorption edge from the lower energy side, while scattering intensity does not show a noticeable energy dependence near the Cu absorption edge. Similar results are observed in the 7085 alloy in an aging process (120 °C) by employing in-situ ASAXS measurements, indicating that the precipitate compositions should include Zn element and should not be strongly related to Cu element at the early stage after 10 min. In the aging process, the precipitate particles with an initial average size of ˜ 8 Å increase with aging time at an energy of 9.60 keV, while the increase with a slower rate is observed at an energy of 9.65 keV as near the Zn absorption edge. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11005143, 11405259, and 51274046) and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry of China (Grant No. [2014]1685).

  17. Improvement of performance in low temperature solid oxide fuel cells operated on ethanol and air mixtures using Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 catalyst layer

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    Morales, M.; Espiell, F.; Segarra, M.

    2015-10-01

    Anode-supported single-chamber solid oxide fuel cells with and without Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 catalyst layers deposited on the anode support have been operated on ethanol and air mixtures. The cells consist of gadolinia-doped ceria electrolyte, Ni-doped ceria anode, and La0.6Sr0.4CoO3-δ-doped ceria cathode. Catalyst layers with different Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 ratios are deposited and sintered at several temperatures. Since the performance of single-chamber fuel cells strongly depends on catalytic properties of electrodes for partial oxidation of ethanol, the cells are electrochemically characterized as a function of the temperature, ethanol-air molar ratio and gas flow rate. In addition, catalytic activities of supported anode, catalytic layer-supported anode and cathode for partial oxidation of ethanol are analysed. Afterwards, the effect of composition and sintering temperature of catalyst layer on the cell performance are determined. The results indicate that the cell performance can be significantly enhanced using catalyst layers of 30:35:35 and 40:30:30 wt.% Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 sintered at 1100 °C, achieving power densities above 50 mW cm-2 under 0.45 ethanol-air ratio at temperatures as low as 450 °C. After testing for 15 h, all cells present a gradual loss of power density, without carbon deposition, which is mainly attributed to the partial re-oxidation of Ni at the anode.

  18. Synthesis of ZnO/CuO nanocomposite immobilized on γ-Al2O3 and application for removal of methyl orange

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    Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S. A.; Motlagh, Mahboube Mohaghegh; Salahshour, Saman

    2016-10-01

    ZnO/CuO nanocomposite immobilized on γ-Al2O3 was prepared by heterogeneous precipitation method. The composite was used as an adsorbent for the removal of anionic dye methyl orange (MO) from aqueous solution. The synthesized nanocomposites were studied by X- ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The SEM results showed that a layered structure was formed which was composed of nanostructured sheets. Thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy change (ΔH°), entropy change (ΔS°) and free energy change (ΔG°) were also investigated. Free energy change showed that adsorption of methyl orange was spontaneous. The adsorption capacity increased with increasing CuO content, and the highest adsorption capacity of 341 mg/g was obtained at calcination temperature of 400 °C. The study showed that this nanocomposite can be considered a promising adsorbent to decontaminate water.

  19. Localized surface plasmon induced enhancement of electron-hole generation with silver metal island at n-Al:ZnO/p-Cu{sub 2}O heterojunction

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    Kaur, Gurpreet Yadav, K. L.; Mitra, Anirban

    2015-08-03

    Localized surface plasmon induced generation of electron-hole pairs with inclusion of metal islands of noble metal like Ag can enhance the photocurrent. A heterostructure of n-Al:ZnO/p-Cu{sub 2}O with inclusion of Ag metalislands at the junction has been fabricated. I-V characteristic curve of these heterostructures shows a significant enhancement of photocurrent under the illumination (1.5 AMU). This enhancement of photocurrent is attributed to the supply of hot electrons generated in silver metal nanoislands. It has also been shown that inclusion of metal islands increases the absorption of solar spectrum in visible region at 500 nm. Enhancement of photocurrent may also be due to the direct resonance energy transfer from Localized Surface Plasmons of metal islands to Cu{sub 2}O.

  20. Origin of the DOS pseudogap and Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism in RT-type Al48Mg64Zn48 and Al84Li52Cu24 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants

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    Inukai, M.; Zijlstra, E. S.; Sato, H.; Mizutani, U.

    2011-11-01

    Full-potential linearized plane wave (FLAPW) band calculations with subsequent FLAPW-Fourier analyses have been performed for two RT-type Al48Mg64Zn48 and Al84Li52Cu24 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants containing 160 atoms per unit cell. The FLAPW-Fourier analysis revealed that the Fermi surface-Brillouin zone (FsBz) interactions involving more than two sets of lattice planes are responsible for the formation of a pseudogap across the Fermi level in both compounds. The most critical sets of lattice planes interfering with electrons at the Fermi level are deduced to be {543} + {710} + {550} with ? = 50 in the former and {631} with ? = 46 in the latter. The square of the Fermi diameter ? is determined to be 49.9 ± 0.1 and 47.1 ± 0.4 in units of ? , respectively, where a is the lattice constant. Hence, the matching condition ? holds well in both compounds. It is also shown that, while a shallow pseudogap in the Al48Mg64Zn48 approximant can be ascribed solely to the FsBz interactions, a much deeper one in the Al84Li52Cu24 approximant is explained as a superposition of the FsBz interactions and the formation of strongly directional bonding states between Cu-4p and Al-3p orbitals.

  1. A novel electroluminescent device based on a reduced graphene oxide wrapped phosphor (ZnS:Cu,Al) and hexagonal-boron nitride for high-performance luminescence.

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    Gupta, Bipin Kumar; Singh, Satbir; Kedawat, Garima; Kanika; Kumar, Pawan; Gangwar, Amit Kumar; Narayanan, Tharangattu N; Marti, Angel A; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, P M

    2017-04-06

    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) has recently emerged as a very promising family of exotic carbon material with augmented performance in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Herein, we report an efficient and novel inorganic electroluminescent device geometry, where a new phosphor composite, reduced graphene oxide wrapped ZnS:Cu,Al, acts as an active emitting layer and an exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) as a dielectric layer. The roles of rGO in the active layer as a conductive support and local electric field enhancing agent are attributed to its wrinkles being unraveled compared with other carbon exotic nano-forms such as carbon nanotubes, graphite, charcoal and activated carbon, which significantly improves the brightness of the device (∼50 cd m(-2) for 0.50 wt% rGO/ZnS:Cu,Al at 10 kHz and 110 V with an external quantum efficiency of ∼6.3% ± 0.1% and current efficiency of ∼0.81 ± 0.09 cd A(-1)). This new and facile strategy to construct the luminescent devices could be a paradigm shift towards cost effective, highly stable in air (for several days) and energy efficient next generation display devices.

  2. A comparative study on phenomenon and deep belief network models for hot deformation behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Lin, Y. C.; Liang, Ying-Jie; Chen, Ming-Song; Chen, Xiao-Min

    2017-01-01

    The high temperature deformation behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy is studied by isothermal compression tests at the temperature range of 573-723 K and strain rate range of 0.001-0.1 s-1. Considering the coupled influences of deformation temperature, strain, and strain rate on hot deformation behavior, a deep belief network (DBN) model, as well as a phenomenological constitutive model, is developed for the studied alloy. In order to validate the developed models, the average absolute relative error and correlation coefficient are evaluated between the measured and predicted true stresses. The results show that the developed DBN model has the better predictability for the high temperature deformation behavior of the studied Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. Moreover, the average absolute relative error and correlation coefficient of DBN model are 0.57% and 0.9997, respectively. In addition, the developed DBN model can be effectively applied in the intelligent manufacturing, such as intelligent isothermal die forging technology.

  3. 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.

  4. The effect of copper, chromium, and zirconium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys

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    Wagner, John A.; Shenoy, R. N.

    1991-01-01

    The present study evaluates the effect of the systematic variation of copper, chromium, and zirconium contents on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a 7000-type aluminum alloy. Fracture toughness and tensile properties are evaluated for each alloy in both the peak aging, T8, and the overaging, T73, conditions. Results show that dimpled rupture essentially characterize the fracture process in these alloys. In the T8 condition, a significant loss of toughness is observed for alloys containing 2.5 pct Cu due to the increase in the quantity of Al-Cu-Mg-rich S-phase particles. An examination of T8 alloys at constant Cu levels shows that Zr-bearing alloys exhibit higher strength and toughness than the Cr-bearing alloys. In the T73 condition, Cr-bearing alloys are inherently tougher than Zr-bearing alloys. A void nucleation and growth mechanism accounts for the loss of toughness in these alloys with increasing copper content.

  5. Structural and optical studies of ZnAl2O4:x% Cu2+(0 < x ≤ 1.25) nanophosphors synthesized via citrate sol-gel route

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    Motloung, S. V.; Dejene, F. B.; Koao, L. F.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.; Motaung, T. E.; Ndwandwe, O. M.

    2017-02-01

    Nanocrystalline ZnAl2O4:x% Cu2+(0 < x ≤ 1.25) phosphor powders were prepared via the citrate sol-gel technique. The pure-phase cubic structures in this systems were verified by the powder X-ray diffraction. Energy Dispersive x-ray Spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of the expected elements (Zn, Al, O and Cu). Scanning Electron Microscopy showed that the morphology of the phosphor was dependent on the concentration of Cu2+. High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy confirmed that the Cu2+ concentration does not significantly influence the crystallites sizes of the phosphors. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy results showed that the Cu2+ concentration influenced the band gap of the host. Photoluminescence results showed that the emission intensity of the powder sample was dependent on the Cu2+ concentration. The emission from the host lattice was observed at 394 nm, while Cu2+ showed major emission at 405 and minor emission at 574 nm. The emission at 405 nm was due to the 3d84s1 → 3d9 transitions of Cu2+. The Commission on Illumination color coordinate evidently showed shifts from the bluewish to the greenish region with an increase in Cu2+ concentration.

  6. Phase Evolution and Thermal Analysis of Nanocrystalline AlCrCuFeNiZn High Entropy Alloy Produced by Mechanical Alloying

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    Koundinya, N. T. B. N.; Sajith Babu, C.; Sivaprasad, K.; Susila, P.; Kishore Babu, N.; Baburao, J.

    2013-10-01

    A multi-component nanocrystalline AlCrCuFeNiZn high entropy alloy with 12 nm crystallite size was successfully synthesized using high energy ball milling. The progress of solid solution formation during milling was analyzed using XRD. A major portion of the HEA is observed to be BCC in crystal structure after 30 h of milling. Thermal analysis showed that HEA powders exhibited exponential oxidation characteristics. Thermal analysis showed that low activation energy was sufficient to start recrystallization because of high energy stored in the milled powders. The crystallite size after consolidation is in nanocrystalline range due to the sluggish diffusion of atoms and nanotwinning. After consolidation, the crystallite size is around 79 nm. Samples sintered at 850 °C for 2 h exhibited high hardness values of 700 ± 15 HV1.0, major volume fraction of the phases are having FCC crystal structure along with a minor phase having BCC crystal structure. Due to positive enthalpy mixing of Cu with other elements, decomposition of BCC to new FCC phases occurs.

  7. Study on electrical properties of Al/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Schottky junction and ZnO/CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 heterojunction using admittance spectroscopy

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    Sakurai, T.; Ishida, N.; Ishizuka, S.; Matsubara, K.; Sakurai, K.; Yamada, A.; Paul, G. K.; Akimoto, K.; Niki, S.

    2006-09-01

    The electrical properties of Al/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (Al/CIGSe) Schottky junction and ZnO/CdS/CIGSe heterojunction were studied by admittance spectroscopy. Three distinct peaks (peaks , , and ) were detected from all the CIGSe samples. The activation energies for the traps corresponding to peaks and were estimated to be approximately 10 meV and 300 meV, respectively. The peak may be due to the shallow acceptor, and peaks and may be due to defects in the CIGSe layer. The characteristics of the peak have close correlation with the surface potential of the CIGSe layer. Therefore, the peak may be caused by traps such as grain boundary defects near the surface of the CIGSe layer.

  8. Ultrasound assisted co-precipitation of nanostructured CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 over HZSM-5: effect of precursor and irradiation power on nanocatalyst properties and catalytic performance for direct syngas to DME.

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    Allahyari, Somaiyeh; Haghighi, Mohammad; Ebadi, Amanollah; Hosseinzadeh, Shahin

    2014-03-01

    Nanostructured CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 was synthesized from nitrate and acetate precursors using ultrasound assisted co-precipitation method under different irradiation powers. The CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 nanocatalysts were characterized using XRD, FESEM, BET, FTIR and EDX Dot-mapping analyses. The results indicated precursor type and irradiation power have significant influences on phase structure, morphology, surface area and functional groups. It was observed that the acetate formulated CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 nanocatalyst have smaller CuO crystals with better dispersion and stronger interaction between components in comparison to nitrate based nanocatalysts. Ultrasound assisted co-precipitation synthesis method resulted in nanocatalyst with more uniform morphology compared to conventional method and increasing irradiation power yields smaller particles with better dispersion and higher surface area. Additionally the crystallinity of CuO is lower at high irradiation powers leading to stronger interaction between metal oxides. The nanocatalysts performance were tested at 200-300 °C, 10-40 bar and space velocity of 18,000-36,000 cm(3)/g h with the inlet gas composition of H2/CO = 2/1 in a stainless steel autoclave reactor. The acetate based nanocatalysts irradiated with higher levels of power exhibited better reactivity in terms of CO conversion and DME yield. While there is an optimal temperature for CO conversion and DME yield in direct synthesis of DME, CO conversion and DME yield both increase with the pressure increase. Furthermore ultrasound assisted co-precipitation method yields more stable CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 nanocatalyst while conventional precipitated nanocatalyst lost their activity ca. 18% and 58% in terms of CO conversion and DME yield respectively in 24 h time on stream test.

  9. Cyclotron production of {sup 61}Cu using natural Zn and enriched {sup 64}Zn targets

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    Asad, A. H.; Smith, S. V.; Chan, S.; Jeffery, C. M.; Morandeau, L.; Price, R. I.

    2012-12-19

    Copper-61 ({sup 61}Cu) shares with {sup 64}Cu certain advantages for PET diagnostic imaging, but has a shorter half-life (3.4hr vs. 12.7hr) and a greater probability of positron production per disintegration (61% vs. 17.9%). One important application is for in vivo imaging of hypoxic tissue. In this study {sup 61}Cu was produced using the {sup 64}Zn(p,{alpha}){sup 61}Cu reaction on natural Zn or enriched {sup 64}Zn targets. The enriched {sup 64}Zn (99.82%) was electroplated onto high purity gold or silver foils or onto thin Al discs. A typical target bombardment used 30{mu}A; at 11.7, 14.5 or 17.6MeV over 30-60min. The {sup 61}Cu (radiochemical purity of >95%) was separated using a combination of cation and anion exchange columns. The {sup 64}Zn target material was recovered after each run, for re-use. In a direct comparison with enriched {sup 64}Zn-target results, {sup 61}Cu production using the cheaper {sup nat}Zn target proved to be an effective alternative.

  10. Improved strength and ductility of high alloy containing Al-12Zn-3Mg-2.5Cu alloy by combining non-isothermal step rolling and cold rolling

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    Ravikumar, V. V.; Kumaran, S.

    2017-02-01

    Al-12Zn-3Mg-2.5Cu alloy was prepared using a liquid metallurgy route under the optimized conditions. A sample cut from the ingot was rolled non-isothermally from 400°C to 100°C in 100°C steps, with 15% reduction in thickness; it was then cold rolled isothermally at room temperature for 85% reduction. The cold-rolled alloys were characterized by electron microscopy, hardness test, and tensile test to elucidate their structural evolution and evaluate their mechanical behavior. In the results, the cast alloy consists of α-aluminum and various intermetallic compounds. These compounds are segregated along the grain boundaries, which makes the alloy difficult to roll at room temperature. The combined effect of non-isothermal step rolling and cold rolling results in the nano/microsized compounds distributed uniformly in the matrix. The hardness is substantially increased after rolling. This increase in hardness is attributed to the ultra-fine grain size, fine-scale intermetallic compounds, and structural defects (e.g., dislocations, stacking faults, and sub-grains). The ultimate tensile strength of the rolled alloy is approximately 628 MPa with 7% ductility.

  11. Morphology and performance of Cu/ZnO based catalyst: Comparison between Al2O3 and SiC support

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    Halim, Nadia Syazana Abd.; Zabidi, Noor Asmawati Mohd; Tasfy, Sara Faiz Hanna; Shaharun, Maizatul Shima

    2016-11-01

    The effect of textural properties and morphologies of the support involving commercial alumina, Al2O3 and silicon carbide, SiC for copper-zinc oxide, Cu/ZnO based catalyst on the performance of carbon dioxide, CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, CH3OH was investigated. Using the same reaction condition at 2.25 MPa, 483 K, and the gas feed volume of CO2 to H2 ratio of 1:3, remarkable difference in terms of CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity were obtained using these two different supports. Copper and zinc oxide loaded onto alumina and silicon carbide, denoted as CZA and CZS respectively were characterized using Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) and their result showed that CZA and CZS BET surface area were lower compared to their respective unloaded support because of the pore blockage. The morphologies of catalysts were also characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experimental data showed that CZA exhibit lower CO2 conversion of 10.77% but producing higher methanol selectivity of 77.09% compared to that of CZS. These results may due to the difference of textural properties, morphologies and chemical nature of the supports involved.

  12. The promotional effects of cesium promoter on higher alcohol synthesis from syngas over cesium-promoted Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts

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    Sun, Jie; Cai, Qiuxia; Wan, Yan; Wan, Shaolong; Wang, Li; Lin, Jingdong; Mei, Donghai; Wang, Yong

    2016-09-02

    In this study, the promotional effects of cesium promoter on higher alcohol (C2+OH) synthesis from syngas over Cs-Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts were investigated using a combined experimental and theoretical density functional theory (DFT) calculation method. In the presence of cesium, the C2+OH productivity increases from 77.1 g•kgcat-1•h-1 to 157.3 g•kgcat-1•h-1 at 583 K due to the enhancement of the initial C–C bond formation. Detailed analysis of chain growth probabilities (CGPs) confirms that initial C–C bond formation is the rate-determining step in the temperature range of 543-583 K. Addition of cesium promoter significantly increases the productivities of 2-methyl-1-propanol, while the CGPs values (C3* to 2-methyl-C3*) is almost unaffected. With the assistance of cesium promoter, the CGPs of the initial C–C bond formation step (C1* to C2*) could be increased from 0.13 to 0.25 at 583 K. DFT calculations indicate that the initial C–C bond formation is mainly contributed by the HCO+HCO coupling reaction over the ZnCu(211) model surface. In the presence of the Cs2O, the stabilities of key reaction intermediates such as HCO and H2CO are enhanced which facilitates both HCO+HCO and HCO+H2CO coupling reaction steps with lower activation barriers over the Cs2O-ZnCu(211) surface. The promotional effects of cesium on the C2+OH productivity are also benefited from the competitive CH+HCO coupling reaction over CH hydrogenation that leads to lower alkane formation. In addition, Bader charge analysis suggests that the presence of cesium ions would facilitate the nucleophilic reaction between HCO and H2CO for initial C–C bond formation. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 91545114 and No. 91545203). We appreciate the joint PhD scholarship support from the China Scholarship Council. The authors would also like to thank the support from Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials (2011-iChEM). DM

  13. Electrical transport and Raman spectral studies of (110)-oriented PrBa2 (Cu0.8M0.2)3O7 (M = Ga, Al, Zn, Ni) thin films

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    Kandel, Hom; Chen, Tar-Pin; Iliev, Milko N.; Bourdo, Shawn; Seo, Hye-Won; Watanabe, Fumiya; Viswanathan, Tito

    2013-04-01

    The electrical transport and Raman spectral studies of (110)-oriented PrBa2 (Cu0.8M0.2)3O7 (M = Ga, Al, Ni, Zn) (PBCMO) thin films have been investigated. The electrical resistivity, ρ(T), of (110)-oriented PrBa2 (Cu0.8Ga0.2)3O7 (PBCGO) and PrBa2 (Cu0.8Al0.2)3O7 (PBCAO) thin films are many orders of magnitude higher than that of the (110)-oriented PrBa2Cu3O7 (PBCO) thin films and follow Mott's 3D variable range hopping law up to room temperature. The electrical resistivity and Raman spectroscopic studies show that Al and Ga ions replace the Cu ions in the Cu-O chains of (110)-oriented PBCO and cause an extensive localization of charge carriers (holes) in the chains site of the PBCO. Our transport studies on YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO)/PBCGO and YBCO/PBCAO multilayers suggest that PBCAO and PBCGO thin films possess very less or no proximity effects. These results show (110)-oriented PBCGO and PBCAO thin films may serve as very effective insulators in YBCO based superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunneling Josephson junction.

  14. Effects of Aging on the Evolution of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Al - Li - Cu - Mg Alloy with Ag, Zr, Mn, and Zn Additives

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    Sun, Zhong-gang; Bao, Peng-li; Ma, Chao; Chen, Jie; Guo, Xuan; Li, Hua-guan; Ling, Juan

    2016-03-01

    The microstructure and the post-aging hardness of an Al - Li - Cu - Mg alloy is studied by the methods of transmission electron microscopy. Tensile tests are performed. The volume fraction and the size of the particles of the δ', S and T 1 phases are shown to be dependent on the aging temperature and time. The effect of the precipitates of the δ', S and T 1 phases on the hardening of the Al - Li - Cu - Mg alloy during aging is determined.

  15. H2S adsorption onto Cu-Zn-Ni nanoparticles loaded activated carbon and Ni-Co nanoparticles loaded γ-Al2O3: Optimization and adsorption isotherms.

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    Daneshyar, A; Ghaedi, M; Sabzehmeidani, M M; Daneshyar, A

    2017-03-15

    The nanocomposites based on copper, zinc and nickel were loaded on activated carbon (Cu-Zn-Ni-NPs-AC) and cobalt and nickel nanoparticles was loaded on γ-alumina (Ni-Co-NPs-γAl2O3) and applied for removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from natural gas and their efficiency were compared. Cu-Zn-Ni/AC and Ni-Co/γ-Al2O3 was characterized using different techniques such as energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The effects of variables such as amount of adsorbent, flow rate, temperature, pressure and volume of gas on H2S removal were examined and optimum values were found to be 0.3g adsorbent, and flow rate of 0.15L/min and 15°C and 7Psi for both adsorbent and also 5.5 and 6.5L of sample by Cu-Zn-Ni/C and Co-Ni/γ-Al2O3, respectively. Setting conditions at the above optimum conditions lead to achievement of maximum removal of H2S (94% and 91.6%) by Cu-Zn-Ni/AC and Co-Ni/γ-Al2O3. The negative value of ΔG° and its numerical value confirm physisorption nature of adsorption. The experimental equilibrium data with high efficiency were explained and represented by Langmuir model for both adsorbents with the highest correlation coefficients.

  16. Molecular assembly in synthesised hydrotalcites of formula Cu xZn 6- xAl 2(OH) 16(CO 3) · 4H 2O—a vibrational spectroscopic study

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    Frost, R. L.; Ding, Z.; Martens, W. N.; Johnson, T. E.; Kloprogge, J. Theo

    2003-01-01

    Infrared and Raman spectroscopy have been used to characterise synthetic hydrotalcites of formula Cu xZn 6- xAl 2(OH) 16(CO 3) · 4H 2O. The spectra have been used to assess the molecular assembly of the cations in the hydrotalcite structure. The spectra may be conveniently subdivided into spectral features based (a) upon the carbonate anion (b) the hydroxyl units (c) water units. The Raman spectra of the hydroxyl-stretching region enable bands to be assigned to the CuOH, ZnOH and AlOH units. It is proposed that in the hydrotalcites with minimal cationic replacement that the cations are arranged in a regular array. For the Cu xZn 6- xAl 2(OH) 16(CO 3) · 4H 2O hydrotalcites, spectroscopic evidence suggests that 'islands' of cations arte formed in the structure. In a similar fashion, the bands assigned to the interlayer water suggest that the water molecules are also in a regular well-structured arrangement. Bands are assigned to the hydroxyl stretching vibrations of water. Three types of water are identified (a) water hydrogen bonded to the interlayer carbonate ion (b) water hydrogen bonded to the hydrotalcite hydroxyl surface and (c) interlamellar water. It is proposed that the water is highly structured in the hydrotalcite as it is hydrogen bonded to both the carbonate anion and the hydroxyl surface.

  17. Low resistivity p-type Zn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O:Cu{sub 2}O composite transparent conducting oxide thin film fabricated by sol–gel method

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    Hui, K.N.; Hui, K.S.; Li, Lei; Cho, Y.R.; Singh, Jai

    2013-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Cu{sub 2}O doped p-type AZO films was first prepared by sol–gel method. ► AZO:Cu{sub 2}O films showed a polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O (1 1 0) and Cu (2 0 0) phases. ► p-Type conductivity was achieved by annealing in N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} forming gas at 400 °C. ► p–n junction (ITO/AZO:Cu{sub 2}O) revealed rectifying I–V characteristics. ► The mean optical transmittance of AZO:Cu{sub 2}Ofilms was >90%. -- Abstract: Highly transparent Cu{sub 2}O-doped p-type Zn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O (AZO; Al/Zn = 1.5 at%) conducting oxide films were synthesized on glass substrates using a cost effective low temperature sol–gel method. X-ray diffraction of the Cu{sub 2}O-doped AZO (AZO:Cu{sub 2}O) films revealed a polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O (1 1 0) peak. The I–V measurements of the p–n junction (ITO/AZO:Cu{sub 2}O) revealed rectifying I–V characteristics, showing that these AZO:Cu{sub 2}O films exhibit p-type conductivity. p-Type conductivity was achieved by annealing the AZO:Cu{sub 2}O films in N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} forming gas at 400 °C. The hole concentration, hole mobility and resistivity of the 0.5–2 mol% AZO:Cu{sub 2}O films were 5.41 × 10{sup 18} to 1.99 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3}, 8.36–21.6 cm{sup 2}/V s and 1.66 × 10{sup −2} to 6.94 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm, respectively. These results show that post-annealing in a forming gas is effective and practicable in producing p-type AZO.

  18. Unravelling the composition of the surface layers formed on Cu, Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ni-Zn in clean and polluted environments

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    Awad, Nasser K.; Ashour, E. A.; Allam, Nageh K.

    2015-08-01

    The performance of copper and copper-based alloys in working environments is controlled by the composition of the layers formed on their surfaces. Herein, we report the detailed structural and compositional analyses of the layers formed on the surface of Cu, Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ni-Zn upon their use in both NaCl and Na2S-polluted NaCl solutions. In clean NaCl environments, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis revealed that Cu2O is the major compound formed over the surfaces of pure Cu and Cu-Ni, whereas mixed oxides/hydroxides were detected over the surfaces of Cu-Zn (Cu2O and ZnO) and Cu-Ni-Zn alloy (CuO, ZnO, Cu(OH)2 and Ni(OH)2). However, in Na2S- polluted NaCl environments, sulphide compounds (such as Cu2S) were detected on the surfaces of Cu-Ni and Cu-Zn. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the XPS findings, where Cu2O was confirmed in case of Cu and CuO in case of Cu-Ni-Zn in pure NaCl solutions. However, in sulphide-polluted media, compounds such as Cu4(S2)2(CuS)2 were identified in case of Cu-Ni, and CuS in case of Cu-Zn. Further, the morphology of the surface of Cu-Ni-Zn tested in Na2S-polluted NaCl solution looks compact and has a wide band gap (4.47 eV) as revealed from the UV-vis absorption measurements. Therefore, the formation of mixed oxides/hydroxides and/or sulphides on the surface of Cu-Ni-Zn alloy is ultimately responsible for the enhancement of its dissolution resistance.

  19. Abundance of CuZn + SnZn and 2CuZn + SnZn defect clusters in kesterite solar cells

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    Chen, Shiyou; Wang, Lin-Wang; Walsh, Aron; Gong, X. G.; Wei, Su-Huai

    2012-11-01

    Kesterite solar cells show the highest efficiency when the absorber layers (Cu2ZnSnS4 [CZTS], Cu2ZnSnSe4 [CZTSe] and their alloys) are non-stoichiometric with Cu/(Zn+Sn)≈0.8 and Zn/Sn≈1.2. The fundamental cause is so far not understood. Using a first-principles theory, we show that passivated defect clusters such as CuZn+SnZn and 2CuZn+SnZn have high concentrations even in stoichiometric samples with Cu/(Zn+Sn) and Zn/Sn ratios near 1. The partially passivated CuZn+SnZn cluster produces a deep donor level in the band gap of CZTS, and the fully passivated 2CuZn+SnZn cluster causes a significant band gap decrease. Both effects are detrimental to photovoltaic performance, so Zn-rich and Cu, Sn-poor conditions are required to prevent their formation and increase the efficiency. The donor level is relatively shallower in CZTSe than in CZTS, which gives an explanation to the higher efficiency obtained in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) cells with high Se content.

  20. Enhanced Cu emission in ZnS : Cu,Cl/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals

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    Corrado, Carley; Hawker, Morgan; Livingston, Grant; Medling, Scott; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z.

    2010-07-01

    ZnS : Cu,Cl/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals (NCs) have been synthesized via a facile aqueous synthesis method. The shell growth of the NCs was observed via a red-shift in the UV-Vis absorption spectra with increasing NC size. The Cu photoluminescence (PL) emission was enhanced by capping with a thin ZnS shell. The ZnS : Cu (0.2%) and ZnS : Cu (0.5%) show a more pronounced red-shift in the apparent PL peak position as well as a 37% and 67% increase in emission intensity, respectively, in comparison to the undoped NCs. The observed red-shift is mainly due to an increase in intensity of the Cu PL emission. The 1% Cu-doped NCs exhibit very little red-shift because the observed emission is dominated by the Cu-dopant and thus nearly independent of the size of the NCs. The increase in Cu emission is evidence that Cu atoms occupying non-emissive surface sites in doped ZnS NCs were encapsulated by the ZnS shell. Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) data also suggests that the Cu had slightly more neighbors upon growth of a ZnS shell, indicating its encapsulation into the core of the NCs. The EXAFS Zn edge data also indicate greater disorder in the ZnS structure when the shell is grown, which may be attributed to the ZnS shell being more amorphous than the core NCs. This study demonstrates that core-shell structures can be used as a simple and yet powerful strategy to enhance PL properties of doped semiconductor NCs.

  1. Direct synthesis of dimethyl ether as a green fuel from syngas over nanostructured CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 catalyst: Influence of irradiation time on nanocatalyst properties and catalytic performance

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    Allahyari, Somaiyeh; Haghighi, Mohammad; Ebadi, Amanollah; Qavam Saeedi, Habib

    2014-12-01

    CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 (CZAZ) nanocatalyst is prepared by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method at different irradiation times, characterized and tested for direct synthesis of DME from syngas. Synthesized nanocatalysts were characterized using XRD, FESEM, PDS, EDX and BET techniques. Direct synthesis of DME is carried out at 200-300 °C and 10-40 bar using a mixture of CO:H2 = 2:1. The catalyst with the longest sonication time showed the smallest degree of aggregates, the highest dispersion and surface area. Although the long irradiated nanocatalyst has slightly bigger CuO crystal size but the size of particle aggregates was small and less populated. The sonicated catalyst with longest irradiation presented a high CO conversion of ca. 40%. It seems that, not the CuO crystal size but the size of particle aggregates and nanocatalyst surface had a great effect on the CZAZ nanocatalyst performance. While there was an optimal temperature for CO conversion and DME yield in direct synthesis of DME, both the CO conversion and the DME yield increased with the pressure increase. Long irradiated nanocatalyst yielded more stable CuO-ZnO-Al2O3/HZSM-5 nanocatalyst while conventional co-precipitated nanocatalyst lost its activity ca. 11% and 58% in terms of CO conversion and DME yield, respectively, in 24 h time on stream test.

  2. Al-Cu-Zr (050)

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/9getType="URL"/> 'Systems from Ag-Al-Ca to Au-Pd-Si' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter 'Al-Cu-Zr (050)' with the content:

  3. Electrodeposition of Zn and Cu-Zn alloy from ZnO/CuO precursors in deep eutectic solvent

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    Xie, Xueliang; Zou, Xingli; Lu, Xionggang; Lu, Changyuan; Cheng, Hongwei; Xu, Qian; Zhou, Zhongfu

    2016-11-01

    The electrodeposition of Zn and Cu-Zn alloy has been investigated in choline chloride (ChCl)/urea (1:2 molar ratio) based deep eutectic solvent (DES). Cyclic voltammetry study demonstrates that the reduction of Zn(II) to Zn is a diffusion-controlled quasi-reversible, one-step, two electrons transfer process. Chronoamperometric investigation indicates that the electrodeposition of Zn on a Cu electrode typically involves three-dimensional instantaneous nucleation with diffusion-controlled growth process. Micro/nanostructured Zn films can be obtained by controlling the electrodeposition potential and temperature. The electrodeposited Zn crystals preferentially orient parallel to the (101) plane. The Zn films electrodeposited under more positive potentials and low temperatures exhibit improved corrosion resistance in 3 wt% NaCl solution. In addition, Cu-Zn alloy films have also been electrodeposited directly from CuO-ZnO precursors in ChCl/urea-based DES. The XRD analysis indicates that the phase composition of the electrodeposited Cu-Zn alloy depends on the electrodeposition potential.

  4. Doping effect on the structural properties of Cu1-x(Ni, Zn, Al and Fe)xO samples (0

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    Amaral, J. B.; Araujo, R. M.; Pedra, P. P.; Meneses, C. T.; Duque, J. G. S.; dos S. Rezende, M. V.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the effect of insertion of transition metal, TM (=Ni, Zn, Al and Fe), ions in Cu1-xTMxO samples (0Zn-doped samples show a small amount of spurious phases for concentrations above x=0.05. Based on these results, a defect disorder study for using atomistic computational simulations which is based on the lattice energy minimization technique is employed to predict the location of the dopant ions in the structure. In agreement with XRD data, our computational results indicate that the trivalent (Al and Fe ions) are more favorable to be incorporated into CuO matrix than the divalent (Ni and Zn ions).

  5. Complexation of desferricoprogen with trivalent Fe, Al, Ga, In and divalent Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn metal ions: effects of the linking chain structure on the metal binding ability of hydroxamate based siderophores.

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    Enyedy, Eva A; Pócsi, István; Farkas, Etelka

    2004-11-01

    Complexes of the natural siderophore, desferricoprogen (DFC), with several trivalent and divalent metal ions in aqueous solution were studied by pH-potentiometry, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and cyclic voltammetry. DFC was found to be an effective metal binding ligand, which, in addition to Fe(III), forms complexes of high stability with Ga(III), Al(III), In(III), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II). Fe(II), however, is oxidized by DFC under anaerobic conditions and Fe(III) complexes are formed. By comparing the results with those of desferrioxamine B (DFB), it can be concluded that the conjugated beta-double bond slightly increases the stability of the hydroxamate chelates, consequently increases the stability of mono-chelated complexes of DFC. Any steric effect by the connecting chains arises only in the bis- and tris-chelated complexes. With metal ions possessing a relatively big ionic radius (Cu(II), Ni(II), Zn(II), In(III)) DFC, containing a bit longer chains than DFB, forms slightly more stable complexes. With smaller metal ions the trend is the opposite. Also a notable difference is that stable trinuclear complex, [Cu(3)L(2)], is formed with DFC but not with DFB. Possible bio-relevance of the Fe(II)/Fe(III) results is also discussed in the paper.

  6. Selective recovery of Cu, Zn, and Ni from acid mine drainage.

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    Park, Sang-Min; Yoo, Jong-Chan; Ji, Sang-Woo; Yang, Jung-Seok; Baek, Kitae

    2013-12-01

    In Korea, the heavy metal pollution from about 1,000 abandoned mines has been a serious environmental issue. Especially, the surface waters, groundwaters, and soils around mines have been contaminated by heavy metals originating from acid mine drainage (AMD) and mine tailings. So far, AMD was considered as a waste stream to be treated to prevent environmental pollutions; however, the stream contains mainly Fe and Al and valuable metals such as Ni, Zn, and Cu. In this study, Visual MINTEQ simulation was carried out to investigate the speciation of heavy metals as functions of pH and neutralizing agents. Based on the simulation, selective pH values were determined to form hydroxide or carbonate precipitates of Cu, Zn, and Ni. Experiments based on the simulation results show that the recovery yield of Zn and Cu were 91 and 94 %, respectively, in a binary mixture of Cu and Zn, while 95 % of Cu and 94 % of Ni were recovered in a binary mixture of Cu and Ni. However, the recovery yield and purity of Zn and Ni were very low because of similar characteristics of Zn and Ni. Therefore, the mixture of Cu and Zn or Cu and Ni could be recovered by selective precipitation via pH adjustment; however, it is impossible to recover selectively Zn and Ni in the mixture of them.

  7. Photocatalytic property and structural stability of CuAl-based layered double hydroxides

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    Lv, Ming; Liu, Haiqiang

    2015-07-15

    Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) were successfully synthesized by coprecipitation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis) were used to confirm the formation of as-synthesized solids with good crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of those LDH materials for CO{sub 2} reduction under visible light was investigated. The experimental results show that CuNiAl-LDHs with narrowest band gap and largest surface areas behave highest efficiency for methanol generation under visible light compared with CuMgAl-LDHs and CuZnAl-LDHs. The CuNiAL-LDH showed high yield for methanol production i.e. 0.210 mmol/g h, which was high efficient. In addition, the influence of the different M{sup 2+} on the structures and stability of the CuMAl-LDHs was also investigated by analyzing the geometric parameters, electronic arrangement, charge populations, hydrogen-bonding, and binding energies by density functional theory (DFT) analysis. The theoretical calculation results show that the chemical stability of LDH materials followed the order of CuMgAl-LDHs>CuZnAl-LDHs>CuNiAl-LDHs, which is just opposite with the photocatalytic activity and band gaps of three materials. - Graphical abstract: The host–guest calculation models and XRD patterns of CuMAl-LDHs: CuMgAl-LDHs (a), CuZnAl-LDHs (b) and CuNiAl-LDHs (c). - Highlights: • Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) has been synthesized. • CuMgNi shows narrower band gap and more excellent textural properties than other LDHs. • The band gap: CuMgAl based on result from UV–vis analysis. • CuMgAl shows the highest stability and lowest photocatalytic activity, while CuNiAl just opposite.

  8. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties of Al3+ substituted Ni0.25Cu0.20Zn0.55AlxFe2-xO4 ferrites synthesized by solid state reaction route

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    Rahman, K. R.; Chowdhury, F.-U.-Z.; Khan, M. N. I.

    Ni-Cu-Zn ferrite materials have been extensively used in electronic materials because of their outstanding properties at high frequencies. This work investigates the impact of Al substitution on the structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Ni0.25Cu0.20Zn0.55AlxFe2-xO4 (x = 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) prepared by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), impedance analyzer and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) were used to characterize the properties of the samples. The XRD study confirmed the cubic spinel structure with single phase for all the samples. The lattice constant, X-ray density and bulk density decrease while the porosity and grain size increase with the increase of Al content in the samples. The frequency dependence of the complex permeability sintered at 1200 °C has been measured for toroidal samples in the frequency range between 1 kHz and 120 MHz at room temperature. The decrease in initial permeability has been explained on the basis of variation in grain size. The temperature dependence of the initial permeability has been measured in the temperature range between from 30 to 250 °C. Curie temperature (Tc) has been estimated from the temperature dependence of the permeability spectra for all samples. It is found that Curie temperatures and initial permeability (μi‧) decrease on Al substitution. The saturation magnetization has been measured at room temperature and it was found to decrease with increasing of Al3+ ions.

  9. Half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cu doped ZnO?

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    Ye, Lin-Hui; Freeman, A. J.

    2004-03-01

    It has been shown that diluted magnetic semiconductors could form by hole doping into ZnO(T.Dietl, et al.,) Science 287, 1019(2000). In this work doping by non-magnetic Cu into ZnO has been simulated by the accurate ab initio FLAPW method(E.Wimmer, H.Krakauer, M.Weinert, and A.J.Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24), 864(1981), and references therein, using GGA to represent the exchange-correlation potential. For a 1/8 doping concentration which is simulated by a 16 atom supercell, we find magnetic moments of 0.58 μB on Cu, and 0.08 μB or 0.05 μB on neighboring O. Decreasing the doping concentration to 1/16 causes the magnetic moments change by 0.005 μ_B. In the ferromagnetic (FM) phase, the system is half-metallic. The hole states on the Fermi surface are mainly determined by Cu 3d and O 2p hybridization. The calculated exchange splitting is 0.45 eV which opens a half-metallic gap of 0.30 eV. For comparison with the FM phase, several anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) phases are being investigated using the doubled supercell. To design possible diluted magnetic semiconductors, simulations of doping by other non-magnetic ions into ZnO are also in progress.

  10. Optical properties of ZnS and Cu2+ doped ZnS nanostructures

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    Sarkar, A.; Chakrabarty, N.; Bera, S.; Chakraborty, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Flower like ZnS and ZnS:Cu2+ nanostructures are developed by simple chemical route. Structural, morphological and optical characterizations are carried out by XRD, FESEM, UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy and FTIR. Analysis indicates successful incorporation of Cu2+ ions into ZnS lattice. Optical studies show that the copper doped ZnS enhances the optical property of pristine ZnS by harvesting more visible light.

  11. Enhanced mechanism investigation on violet-blue emission of ZnO films by incorporating Al and Zn to form ZnO-Al-Zn films

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    Chen, Haixia; Ding, Jijun; Wang, Xiaomeng; Wang, Xiaojun; Chen, Guoxiang; Ma, Li

    2016-12-01

    ZnO, ZnO-Zn, ZnO-Al0.10-Zn and ZnO-Al0.15-Zn are deposited on glass substrates by radio frequency and direct current magnetron co-sputtering. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the optical performances of samples are strongly dependent on both Al and Zn incoprations. The origin of the defect-related PL emission has been investigated for a long time. Several different hypotheses have been proposed, however, they are still under investigation. Especially for the blue emissions, its origins have been debated intensely for more than thirty years because of its sparsity and instability. In this paper, both violet and blue emissions are observed in all the samples. PL emission decreases sharply as Zn is doped in ZnO to form ZnO-Zn film. However, as both Al and Zn are simultaneously doped in ZnO to form ZnO-Al0.10-Zn film, PL emission conversely increases and attains the maxima. In addition, PL emission decreases again with the increase of Al target power to form ZnO-Al0.15-Zn film. We concluded that violet-blue emission is ascribed to defect types in reverse change trend with interstitial Zn, such as Zn vacancies. This is different from previous universal hypothesis that violet-blue emission is from interstitial Zn defects.

  12. Production and Isomeric Distribution of Xanthylium Cation Pigments and Their Precursors in Wine-like Conditions: Impact of Cu(II), Fe(II), Fe(III), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Al(III).

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    Guo, Anque; Kontoudakis, Nikolaos; Scollary, Geoffrey R; Clark, Andrew C

    2017-03-09

    This study establishes the influence of Cu(II), Fe(II), Fe(III), Zn(II), Al(III), and Mn(II) on the oxidative production of xanthylium cations from (+)-catechin and either tartaric acid or glyoxylic acid in model wine systems. The reaction was studied at 25 °C using UHPLC and LC-HRMS for the analysis of phenolic products and their isomeric distribution. In addition to the expected products, a colorless product, tentatively assigned as a lactone, was detected for the first time. The results show the importance of Fe ions and a synergistic influence of Mn(II) in degrading tartaric acid to glyoxylic acid, whereas the other metal ions had minimal activity in this mechanistic step. Fe(II) and Fe(III) were shown to mediate the (+)-catechin-glyoxylic acid addition reaction, a role previously attributed to only Cu(II). Importantly, the study demonstrates that C-8 addition products of (+)-catechin are promoted by Cu(II), whereas C-6 addition products are promoted by Fe ions.

  13. The synthesis of methanol and the reverse water-gas shift reaction over Zn-deposited Cu(100) and Cu(110) surfaces: comparison with Zn/Cu(111)

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    Nakamura, I.; Fujitani, T.; Uchijima, T.; Nakamura, J.

    1998-03-01

    The catalytic activity of Zn vapor-deposited Cu(100) and Cu(110) surfaces for methanol synthesis by the hydrogenation of CO 2 and the reverse water-gas shift reaction were studied using an XPS apparatus combined with a high-pressure flow reactor (18 atm). At a reaction temperature of 523 K, no promotional effect of Zn was observed for the methanol synthesis on both Zn/Cu(100) and Zn/Cu(110). The results were quite different from those for Zn/Cu(111), on which a significant promotion of methanol synthesis activity appeared to be due to the deposition of Zn, indicating that the promotional effect of Zn was sensitive to the surface structure of Cu. However, hysteresis was observed in the catalytic activity for methanol synthesis over the Zn/Cu(110) surface upon heating above 543 K in the reaction mixture. The activity became twice that measured before heating, which was close to the methanol synthesis activity of Zn/Cu(111) at the same Zn coverage. On the other hand, no such hysteresis was observed for the reverse water-gas shift reaction on Zn/Cu(110), indicating that the active site for methanol synthesis was not identical to that for the reverse water-gas shift reaction. In the post-reaction surface analysis, formate species was detected on both Zn/Cu(100) and Zn/Cu(110), whose coverage increased with increasing Zn coverage at 0< ΘZn<0.2. No correlation between the formate coverage and the methanol synthesis activity was obtained, which was in contrast to the results for Zn/Cu(111). Thus, the structure sensitivity observed in the catalytic activity of methanol synthesis over Zn-deposited Cu surfaces is ascribed to the significant difference in the reactivity of the formate intermediate.

  14. SERS and DFT investigation of 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol and its metal complexes with Al(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Pb(II)

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    Szabó, László; Herman, Krisztian; Mircescu, Nicoleta E.; Fălămaş, Alexandra; Leopold, Loredana F.; Leopold, Nicolae; Buzumurgă, Claudia; Chiş, Vasile

    The development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) as a prospective analytical methodology for detection of metal ions was shown in recent years by several studies on metal complexes. In this work, 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol (PAN) and its Al(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Pb(II) complexes were studied by FTIR, FT-Raman and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopies. Molecular geometry optimization, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) distribution and vibrational frequencies calculations were performed using the hybrid B3LYP exchange-correlation functional for the PAN molecule and its bidentate complexes. The calculated MEP distributions indicated the atoms with highest electronegativity, the adsorption to the silver surface occurring through these atoms. Based on experimental and theoretical data we were able to identify unique and representative features, useful for the identification of each PAN-metal complex.

  15. SERS and DFT investigation of 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol and its metal complexes with Al(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Pb(II).

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    Szabó, László; Herman, Krisztian; Mircescu, Nicoleta E; Fălămaş, Alexandra; Leopold, Loredana F; Leopold, Nicolae; Buzumurgă, Claudia; Chiş, Vasile

    2012-07-01

    The development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) as a prospective analytical methodology for detection of metal ions was shown in recent years by several studies on metal complexes. In this work, 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol (PAN) and its Al(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Pb(II) complexes were studied by FTIR, FT-Raman and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopies. Molecular geometry optimization, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) distribution and vibrational frequencies calculations were performed using the hybrid B3LYP exchange-correlation functional for the PAN molecule and its bidentate complexes. The calculated MEP distributions indicated the atoms with highest electronegativity, the adsorption to the silver surface occurring through these atoms. Based on experimental and theoretical data we were able to identify unique and representative features, useful for the identification of each PAN-metal complex.

  16. Catalytic behaviour and copper leaching of Cu0.10Zn0.90Al1.90Fe0.10O4 spinel for catalytic wet air oxidation of phenol.

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    Xu, Aihua; Sun, Chenglin

    2012-06-01

    A Cu0.10Zn0.90Al1.90Fe0.10O4 spinel catalyst prepared by the sol-gel method was tested for catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of phenol. The catalyst showed high activity for phenol degradation. During successive test at 170 degrees C, 100% phenol conversion and 95% chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal were observed. Results from scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the catalyst structure remained unchanged during reaction. From the analysis of temperature programmed reduction (TPR), diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra (DR UV-Vis) and activity assay at basic solution pH, it can be suggested that the highly dispersed copper ions on the catalyst surface were almost completely dissolved into the reaction solution, whereas the tetra-coordinated copper ions were not only stable against leaching but also active towards phenol degradation.

  17. The Effects of Test Temperature, Temper, and Alloyed Copper on the Hydrogen-Controlled Crack Growth Rate of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    G.A. Young, Jr.; J.R. Scully

    2000-09-17

    The hydrogen embrittlement controlled stage II crack growth rate of AA 7050 (6.09 wt.% Zn, 2.14 wt% Mg, 2.19 wt.% Cu) was investigated as a function of temper and alloyed copper level in a humid air environment at various temperatures. Three tempers representing the underaged, peak aged, and overaged conditions were tested in 90% relative humidity (RH) air at temperatures between 25 and 90 C. At all test temperatures, an increased degree of aging (from underaged to overaged) produced slower stage II crack growth rates. The stage II crack growth rate of each alloy and temper displayed Arrhenius-type temperature dependence with activation energies between 58 and 99 kJ/mol. For both the normal copper and low copper alloys, the fracture path was predominantly intergranular at all test temperatures (25-90 C) in each temper investigated. Comparison of the stage II crack growth rates for normal (2.19 wt.%) and low (0.06 wt.%) copper alloys in the peak aged and overaged tempers showed the beneficial effect of copper additions on stage II crack growth rate in humid air. In the 2.19 wt.% copper alloy, the significant decrease ({approx} 10 times at 25 C) in stage II crack growth rate upon overaging is attributed to an increase in the apparent activation energy for crack growth. IN the 0.06 wt.% copper alloy, overaging did not increase the activation energy for crack growth but did lower the pre-exponential factor, {nu}{sub 0}, resulting in a modest ({approx} 2.5 times at 25 C) decrease in crack growth rate. These results indicate that alloyed copper and thermal aging affect the kinetic factors that govern stage II crack growth rate. Overaged, copper bearing alloys are not intrinsically immune to hydrogen environment assisted cracking but are more resistant due to an increased apparent activation energy for stage II crack growth.

  18. Characterization of calf liver Cu,Zn-metallothionein: naturally variable Cu and Zn stoichiometries.

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    Chen, P; Onana, P; Shaw, C F; Petering, D H

    1996-07-15

    Cu,Zn-metallothioneins were purified from bovine calf liver in order to examine the stoichiometry of metal binding to the protein. Copper and zinc analyses were carried out by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Consistent quantitative thiolate analyses were obtained spectrophotometrically with Ellman's reagent and amperometrically with phenylmercuric acetate. These were used to define protein concentration. A complementary method to assess the sum of the thiol and Cu(I) content of metallothionein involved titration of the reducing equivalents of the protein with ferricyanide. The stoichiometry of reaction was consistent with the oxidation of all the sulphydryl groups to disulphides and all of the bound Cu from the cuprous to the cupric oxidation state. Accordingly to these methods, total numbers of zinc plus copper ions bound to metallothionein isolated from a number of calf livers centred on about 7, 10-12, or 15 g-atoms of metal per mol of protein. The reactivity of ferricyanide and 4,7-phenylsulphonyl-2,9-dimethyl-1, 10-phenanthroline (BCS) with Cu,Zn-metallothioneins of various metal ratios was assessed. Zinc metallothionein reacted almost entirely in two slow steps with ferricyanide. As the Cu content of the protein increased, the fraction of reaction occurring in the time of mixing increased in parallel. BCS was able to remove 70-80% of metallothionein-bound Cu as Cu(I). The rest was resistant to reaction.

  19. The effects of test temperature, temper, and alloyed copper on the hydrogen-controlled crack growth rate of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) alloy

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    Young, George A.; Scully, John R.

    2002-01-01

    The hydrogen-environment embrittlement (HEE)-controlled stage II crack growth rate of AA 7050 (6.09 wt pct Zn, 2.14 wt pct Mg, and 2.19 wt pct Cu) was investigated as a function of temper and alloyed copper level in a humid air environment at various temperatures. Three tempers representing the underaged (UA), peak-aged (PA), and overaged (OA) conditions were tested in 90 pct relative humidity (RH) air at temperatures between 25 °C and 90 °C. At all test temperatures, an increased degree of aging (from UA to OA) produced slower stage II crack growth rates. The stage II crack growth rate of each alloy and temper displayed an Arrhenius-type temperature dependence, with activation energies between 58 and 99 kJ/mol. For both the normal-copper and low-copper alloys, the fracture path was predominately intergranular at all test temperatures (25 °C to 90 °C) in each temper investigated. Comparison of the stage II HEE crack growth rates for normal- (2.19 wt pct) and low- (0.06 wt pct) copper alloys in the peak PA aged and OA tempers showed a beneficial effect of copper additions on the stage II crack growth rate in humid air. In the 2.19 wt pct copper alloy, the significant decrease (˜10 times at 25 °C) in the stage II crack growth rate upon overaging is attributed to an increase in the apparent activation energy for crack growth. In the 0.06 wt pct copper alloy, overaging did not increase the activation energy for crack growth but did lower the pre-exponential factor ( v 0), resulting in a modest (˜2.5 times at 25 °C) decrease in the crack growth rate. These results indicate that alloyed copper and thermal aging affect the kinetic factors that govern stage II HEE crack growth rates. The OA, copper-bearing alloys are not intrinsically immune to hydrogen-environment-assisted cracking, but are more resistant due to an increased apparent activation energy for stage II crack growth.

  20. The effects of test temperature, temper, and alloyed copper on the hydrogen-controlled crack growth rate of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) alloy

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    Young, George A.; Scully, John R.

    2002-04-01

    The hydrogen-environment embrittlement (HEE)-controlled stage II crack growth rate of AA 7050 (6.09 wt pct Zn, 2.14 wt pct Mg, and 2.19 wt pct Cu) was investigated as a function of temper and alloyed copper level in a humid air environment at various temperatures. Three tempers representing the underaged (UA), peak-aged (PA), and overaged (OA) conditions were tested in 90 pct relative humidity (RH) air at temperatures between 25 °C and 90 °C. At all test temperatures, an increased degree of aging (from UA to OA) produced slower stage II crack growth rates. The stage II crack growth rate of each alloy and temper displayed an Arrhenius-type temperature dependence, with activation energies between 58 and 99 kJ/mol. For both the normal-copper and low-copper alloys, the fracture path was predominately intergranular at all test temperatures (25 °C to 90 °C) in each temper investigated. Comparison of the stage II HEE crack growth rates for normal- (2.19 wt pct) and low- (0.06 wt pct) copper alloys in the peak PA aged and OA tempers showed a beneficial effect of copper additions on the stage II crack growth rate in humid air. In the 2.19 wt pct copper alloy, the significant decrease (˜10 times at 25 °C) in the stage II crack growth rate upon overaging is attributed to an increase in the apparent activation energy for crack growth. In the 0.06 wt pct copper alloy, overaging did not increase the activation energy for crack growth but did lower the pre-exponential factor ( v 0), resulting in a modest (˜2.5 times at 25 °C) decrease in the crack growth rate. These results indicate that alloyed copper and thermal aging affect the kinetic factors that govern stage II HEE crack growth rates. The OA, copper-bearing alloys are not intrinsically immune to hydrogen-environment-assisted cracking, but are more resistant due to an increased apparent activation energy for stage II crack growth.

  1. A kinetic study of methanol synthesis in a slurry reactor using a CuO/ZnO/Al sub 2 O sub 3 catalyst

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    Al-Adwani, H.A.

    1992-05-01

    A kinetic model that describes the methanol production rate over a CuO/ZnO/AI{sub 2}0{sub 3} catalyst (United Catalyst L-951) at typical industrial operating conditions is developed using a slurry reactor. Different experiments are conducted in which the H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio is equal to 2, 1, and 0.5, respectively, while the CO/CO{sub 2} ratio is held constant at 9. At each H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio the space velocity is set at four different values in the range of 3000-13,000 1/hr kg{sub cat}. The effect of H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio and space velocity on methanol production rate, conversions, and product composition is further investigated. The results indicate that the highest methanol production rate can be achieved at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 1 followed by H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 0.5 and 2 respectively. The hydrogen and carbon monoxide conversions decrease with increasing space velocity for all H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratios tested. Carbon monoxide hydrogenation appears to be the main route to methanol at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 0.5 and 2. On the other hand, carbon dioxide hydrogenation appears to be the main route to methanol at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 1. At all H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratios, the extent of the reverse water gas shift reaction decreases with increasing space velocity. The effect of temperature on the kinetics is examined by using the same experimental approach at 508 K. It is found that a different reaction sequence takes place at each temperature. Also, a time on stream study is conducted simultaneously in order to investigate the characteristic of catalyst deactivation with time on stream. During the first 150 hours of time on stream, the catalyst loses approximately 2/3 of its initial activity before reaching a steady state activity.

  2. A kinetic study of methanol synthesis in a slurry reactor using a CuO/ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst

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    Al-Adwani, H.A.

    1992-05-01

    A kinetic model that describes the methanol production rate over a CuO/ZnO/AI{sub 2}0{sub 3} catalyst (United Catalyst L-951) at typical industrial operating conditions is developed using a slurry reactor. Different experiments are conducted in which the H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio is equal to 2, 1, and 0.5, respectively, while the CO/CO{sub 2} ratio is held constant at 9. At each H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio the space velocity is set at four different values in the range of 3000-13,000 1/hr kg{sub cat}. The effect of H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio and space velocity on methanol production rate, conversions, and product composition is further investigated. The results indicate that the highest methanol production rate can be achieved at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 1 followed by H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 0.5 and 2 respectively. The hydrogen and carbon monoxide conversions decrease with increasing space velocity for all H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratios tested. Carbon monoxide hydrogenation appears to be the main route to methanol at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 0.5 and 2. On the other hand, carbon dioxide hydrogenation appears to be the main route to methanol at H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratio of 1. At all H{sub 2}/(CO+CO{sub 2}) ratios, the extent of the reverse water gas shift reaction decreases with increasing space velocity. The effect of temperature on the kinetics is examined by using the same experimental approach at 508 K. It is found that a different reaction sequence takes place at each temperature. Also, a time on stream study is conducted simultaneously in order to investigate the characteristic of catalyst deactivation with time on stream. During the first 150 hours of time on stream, the catalyst loses approximately 2/3 of its initial activity before reaching a steady state activity.

  3. Tuning of properties of sprayed CuZnS films

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    Sreejith, M. S.; Deepu, D. R.; Kartha, C. Sudha; Vijayakumar, K. P.

    2014-04-01

    CuZnS is an alloy having mixed structure of CuxS and ZnS. Here we studied the structural, optical, compositional and electrical properties of CuZnS films prepared using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP). Just by varying ratio of Cu to Zn was observed that material can be changed from P type to N type and electrical conductivity can be increased by 4 orders. Increase in concentration of Cu leads to decrease bandgap to 1.8 eV from 3.4 eV. CuZnS films having high concentration of copper can be used as good absorber and weakly doped films as buffer / window layers in solar cells.

  4. Simple continuous-flow synthesis of Cu-In-Zn-S/ZnS and Ag-In-Zn-S/ZnS core/shell quantum dots.

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    Li, Shenjie; Chen, Yanyan; Huang, Lijian; Pan, Daocheng

    2013-10-04

    We present a simple continuous-flow reaction for the synthesis of quaternary Cu-In-Zn-S/ZnS and Ag-In-Zn-S/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) using inexpensive and low-toxic precursors. The composition and band gap of Cu-In-Zn-S and Ag-In-Zn-S QDs were well controlled by changing the molar ratios of the starting materials. The PL quantum yields of Cu-In-Zn-S/ZnS core/shell quantum dots can reach as high as 40%.

  5. Preparation and catalytic performance of CuO-znO-AlO3/clinoptilolite nanocatalyst for single-step synthesis of dimethyl ether from syngas as a green fuel.

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    Khoshbin, Reza; Haghighi, Mohammad

    2013-07-01

    Direct conversion of syngas to dimethyl ether was successfully carried out over a clinoptilolite supported nanocatalyst modified by NH4Cl. A series of bifunctional nanocatalysts, CuO-ZnO-Al2O3 (CZA) over Clinoptilolite with different loading of CZA, were prepared via coprecipitation method and their catalytic performance were compared in a fixed-bed high pressure reactor. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, BET, FESEM, FTIR and TPD-NH3 techniques. The physicochemical analysis showed that with NH4CI treatment, the specific surface area of clinoptilolite increased obviously, while its crystallinity decreased slightly. It was found that the crystallinity of clinoptilolite was dramatically changed, whereas crystallinity of CuO has not been influenced significantly by the increase of CZA content. Moreover, with increasing the CZA/Clinoptilolite ratio, the specific surface area of nanocatalysts decreased. It is shown that the CZA particle size is distributed between 30.5-131.2 nm with an average size of 70.6 nm in which 77.8% of the particles are in the range of below 100 nm. The TPD-NH3 patterns showed that the number of the acid sites of the nanocatalysts decreased with the increase the CZA content. The influence of reaction pressure was investigated, confirming that the optimal reaction pressure for this catalyst was 40 bar. The catalytic performance is shown that the CZA/Clinoptilolite = 2 nanocatalyst had higher activity, selectivity due to its higher acidic sites.

  6. Cu and Zn in different stellar populations:. inferring their origin

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    Bisterzo, S.; Gallino, R.; Pignatari, M.; Pompeia, L.; Cunha, K.; Smith, V.

    We analyse recent high-resolution spectroscopic observations of Cu and Zn for stars of different stellar populations and metallicities, using the best available stellar nucleosynthesis expectations. The observations include unevolved stars of the Galactic halo, thick-disk and thin-disk, bulge-like stars and stars of Omega Cen, globular clusters and Dwarf Spheroidal systems. Most cosmic Cu and half the Zn are synthesised in massive stars during the hydrostatic He-burning and C-burning phases by the weak sr-process, which depends linearly on metallicity. A minor primary contribution for Cu derives from explosive nucleosynthesis in SNe II. A large primary contribution to Zn (as 64Zn) is ascribable to the alpha -rich freezout in nu -winds or to SNe II with large explosion energies (hypernovae). AGB stars and type Ia supernovae do not contribute appreciably to either Cu or Zn.

  7. Chemical Synthesis of ZnS:Cu Nanosheets

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    Bodo, Bhaskarjyoti; Kalita, P. K.

    2010-10-01

    ZnS thin films are synthesized through chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique from aqueous solution of ZnSO4 and thiourea mixing in equal volume and equimolar ratio. A 1% CuSO4 solution is mixed with the ZnSO4 solution for doping before the final chemical reaction. SEM image shows the formation of mainly nanosheets, teeth and comb like structures. Absorption studies show red shift of enhanced band gap on Cu doping. Photoluminescence of ZnS:Cu reveals the enhancement of blue luminescence at 468 nm and low intensity green emission at 493 nm which is attributed to more Cu2+ lying in the interstices. XRD shows that the prepared ZnS nanophosphors possess cubic zinc blende structures.

  8. Vibrational spectroscopic study of the sulphate mineral glaucocerinite (Zn,Cu)10Al6(SO4)3(OH)32ṡ18H2O - A natural layered double hydroxide

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    Frost, Ray L.; Theiss, Frederick L.; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo

    2014-06-01

    We have studied the molecular structure of the mineral glaucocerinite (Zn,Cu)5Al3(SO4)1.5(OH)16ṡ9(H2O) using a combination of Raman and infrared spectroscopy. The mineral is one of the hydrotalcite supergroup of natural layered double hydroxides. The Raman spectrum is characterised by an intense Raman band at 982 cm-1 with a low intensity band at 1083 cm-1. These bands are attributed to the sulphate symmetric and antisymmetric stretching mode. The infrared spectrum is quite broad with a peak at 1020 cm-1. A series of Raman bands at 546, 584, 602, 625 and 651 cm-1 are assigned to the ν4 (SO4)2- bending modes. The observation of multiple bands provides evidence for the reduction in symmetry of the sulphate anion from Td to C2v or even lower symmetry. The Raman band at 762 cm-1 is attributed to a hydroxyl deformation mode associated with AlOH units. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of glaucocerinite to be determined.

  9. Cu,Zn-Superoxide Dismutase without Zn is Folded but Catalytically Inactive

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    Nedd, Sean; Redler, Rachel L.; Proctor, Elizabeth A.; Dokholyan, Nikolay V.; Alexandrova, Anastassia N.

    2014-01-01

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis has been linked to the gain of aberrant function of superoxide dismutase, Cu,Zn-SOD1 upon protein misfolding. The mechanism of SOD1 misfolding is thought to involve mutations leading to the loss of Zn, followed by protein unfolding, and aggregation. We show that the removal of Zn from SOD1 may not lead to an immediate unfolding, but immediately deactivates the enzyme through a combination of subtle structural and electronic effects. Using Quantum Mechanics/Discrete Molecular Dynamics, we showed that Zn-less wild type SOD1 and its D124N mutant that does not bind Zn both have at least metastable folded states. In those states, the reduction potential of Cu increases, leading to the presence of detectable amounts of Cu(I) instead of Cu(II) in the active site, as confirmed experimentally. The Cu(I) protein cannot participate in the catalytic Cu(I) – Cu(II) cycle. However, even without the full reduction to Cu(I), the Cu site in the Zn-less variants of SOD1 is shown to be catalytically incompetent: unable to bind superoxide in a way comparable to the wild type SOD1. The changes are more radical and different in the D124N Zn-less mutant than in the Zn-less wild type SOD1, suggesting D124N being perhaps not the most adequate model for Zn-less SOD1. Overall, Zn in SOD1 appears to be influencing the Cu site directly by adjusting its reduction potential and geometry. Thus, the role of Zn in SOD1 is not just structural, as was previously thought; it is a vital part of the catalytic machinery. PMID:25083917

  10. The interfacial amorphous double layer and the homogeneous nucleation in reflow of a Sn-Zn solder on Cu substrate

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    Pan, Chien-Cheng; Lin, Kwang-Lung

    2011-05-15

    To illustrate the interfacial reaction mechanism, the Sn-Zn[Sn-8.5Zn-0.5Ag-0.01Al-0.1Ga (wt%)] solder was reflowed on Cu substrate at 250 deg. C for 15 s followed by immediate quench in liquid nitrogen. The frozen interfacial microstructure was investigated with high resolution transmission electron microscope. An amorphous double layer was formed at the interface which consists of a 5 nm pure Cu region and a Cu-Zn diffusion region. Nanocrystalline intermetallic compound (IMC) Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} were observed in the Cu-Zn diffusion region. These nanocrystalline IMCs are suggested to form via a homogeneous nucleation process.

  11. Aqueous synthesis of internally doped Cu:ZnSe/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals with good stability

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    Xu, Shuhong; Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Zhuyuan; Zhang, Haisheng; Yang, Jing; Xu, Qinying; Shao, Haibao; Li, Rongqing; Lei, Wei; Cui, Yiping

    2011-07-01

    To prepare biologically available Zn-based NCs in aqueous solution, we herein reported the synthesis of aqueous Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs with internally doped aqueous Cu:ZnSe NCs as the core template. Due to the dual protection of Cu impurities by the ZnSe core and ZnS shells, the as-prepared Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs show excellent stability in the open air, which overcomes the intrinsic instability of traditional aqueous Cu:ZnSe NCs. The as-prepared Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs possess extremely good stability, good biocompatibility and lower cytotoxicity, and thus can be used as a promising candidate for fluorescent NC-based biological applications.

  12. Optimizing performance of Cu2O/ZnO nanorods heterojunction based self-powered photodetector with ZnO seed layer

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    Wang, Chang; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Zhang, Yuzhu; Gao, Yanyan; Liu, Zeming; Zhang, Xuguang; Li, Lan

    2017-04-01

    The Cu2O films were electrodeposited on ZnO nanorod arrays (NRs) and the Cu2O/ZnO NRs heterojunctions were formed. The optical-electronic response of the heterojunctions was investigated. The diameter size and crystal quality of ZnO NRs were modified by the seed layer. ZnO NRs with good crystal quality were obtained on the 0.5% Al doped ZnO seed layer film (named as AZO (0.5%)). The devices based on the Cu2O/ZnO NRs heterojunction exhibit excellent stability and reproducibility of the self-powered photoresponse properties. The device with AZO (0.5%) seed layer demonstrates the high photoresponsivity of 60-70 mA/W in the violet and blue light with a fast response speed at zero applied bias.

  13. Determination of the constants of affinity of FeCl3, CuCl2, and ZnCl2 for a nitrogen-containing organosilane bonded on Al2O3-cellulose acetate hybrid material surface from ethanol solution.

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    Lazarin, Angélica M; Landers, Richard; Kholin, Yuriy V; Gushikem, Yoshitaka

    2002-10-01

    This work describes the preparation and characterization of a cellulose acetate fiber coated with Al(2)O(3), resulting in the organic-inorganic hybrid Cel/Al(2)O(3). Furthermore, the hybrid was modified by attaching organofunctional groups by reaction with the precursor reagents (RO)(3)Si(CH(2))(3)L (L=NH(2), NH(CH(2))(2)NH(2), NH(CH(2))(2)NH(CH(2))(2)NH(2), and N(2)C(3)H(3) (imidazole)), resulting in Cel/Al(2)O(3)/Si(CH(2))(3)NH(2) (1), Cel/Al(2)O(3)/Si(CH(2))(3)NH(CH(2))(2)NH(2) (2), Cel/Al(2)O(3)/Si(CH(2))(3)NH(CH(2))(2)NH(CH(2))(2)NH(2) (3), and Cel/Al(2)O(3)/Si(CH(2))(3)N(2)C(3)H(3) (4). The amounts of attached organofunctional groups were (in mmol per gram of the material) 1=1.90, 2=1.89, 3=1.66, and 4=1.35. The isotherms of adsorption of FeCl(3), CuCl(2), and ZnCl(2) by Cel/Al(2)O(3)/Si(CH(2))(3)L from ethanol solutions were obtained at 298 K. Accurate estimates of the specific sorption capacities and the heteregeneous stability constants of the immobilized metal complexes were determined with the aid of several computational procedures. It is shown that the sorptional capacities are much less than the concentrations of the attached organofunctional groups. As all sorption isotherms are fitted properly with the Langmuir isotherm equation, the effects of the energetic heterogeneity and the lateral interactions do not affect the chemisorption equilibria. The heterogeneous stability constants of the immobilized complexes are fairly high, which provides efficient removal of the metal ions from solutions by the hybrid materials.

  14. Fabrication of p-CuGaS2/n-ZnO:Al heterojunction light-emitting diode grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy and helicon-wave-excited-plasma sputtering methods

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    Chichibu, Shigefusa F.; Ohmori, Takuya; Shibata, Naoyuki; Koyama, Takahiro; Onuma, Takeyoshi

    2005-11-01

    Greenish-white electroluminescence (EL) was observed from the heterojunction light-emitting diodes (LEDs) composed of p-type (001) CuGaS2 chalcopyrite semiconductor epilayers and preferentially (0001)-oriented polycrystalline n-type ZnO thin films. The CuGaS2 layers were grown on a (001) GaP substrate by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy and the ZnO films were deposited by the surface-damage-free helicon-wave-excited-plasma sputtering method. The n-ZnO/p-CuGaS2 LED structure was designed to enable an electron injection from the n-type wider band gap material forming a TYPE-I heterojunction. The EL spectra exhibited emission peaks and bands between 1.6 and 2.5 eV, although their higher energy portions were absorbed by the GaP substrate. Since the spectral lineshape resembled that of the photoluminescence from identical CuGaS2 epilayers, the EL was assigned to originate from p-CuGaS2.

  15. Highly efficient and selective adsorption of In3+ on pristine Zn/Al layered double hydroxide (Zn/Al-LDH) from aqueous solutions

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    Barnabas, Mary Jenisha; Parambadath, Surendran; Mathew, Aneesh; Park, Sung Soo; Vinu, Ajayan; Ha, Chang-Sik

    2016-01-01

    A pristine Zn/Al-layered double hydroxide (Zn/Al-LDH) showed excellent adsorption ability and selectivity towards In3+ ions from aqueous solutions. The adsorption behaviour as a function of the contact time, solution pH, ionic strength, and amount of adsorbent under ambient conditions revealed a strong dependency on the pH and ionic strength over In3+ intake. The structure and properties of Zn/Al-LDH and In3+ adsorbed Zn/Al-LDH (In-Zn/Al-LDH) were examined carefully by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, N2-sorption/desorption, UV-vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The adsorbent had a sufficient number of active sites that were responsible for the In3+ adsorption and quite stable even after the adsorption process. The selective adsorption of In3+ on Zn/Al-LDH was also observed even from a mixture containing competing ions, such as Mn2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, and Cu2+. The adsorption experiments showed that Zn/Al-LDH is a promising material for the pre-concentration and selective removal of In3+ from large volumes of aqueous solutions.

  16. Influence of hot isostatic pressing on the structure and properties of an innovative low-alloy high-strength aluminum cast alloy based on the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Fe system

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    Akopyan, T. K.; Padalko, A. G.; Belov, N. A.

    2015-11-01

    Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is applied for treatment of castings of innovative low-ally high-strength aluminum alloy, nikalin ATs6N0.5Zh based on the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Fe system. The influence of HIP on the structure and properties of castings is studied by means of three regimes of barometric treatment with different temperatures of isometric holding: t 1 = 505 ± 2°C, p 1 = 100 MPa, τ1 = 3 h (HIP1); t 2 = 525 ± 2°C, p 2 = 100 MPa, τ2 = 3 h (HIP2); and t 3 = 545 ± 2°C, p 3 = 100 MPa, τ3 = 3 h (HIP3). It is established that high-temperature HIP leads to actually complete elimination of porosity and additional improvement of the morphology of second phases. Improved structure after HIP provides improvement properties, especially of plasticity. In particular, after heat treatment according of regime HIP2 + T4 (T4 is natural aging), the alloy plasticity is improved by about two times in comparison with the initial state (from ~6 to 12%). While applying regime HIP3 + T6 (T6 is artificial aging for reaching the maximum strength), the plasticity has improved by more than three times in comparison with the initial state, as after treatment according to regimes HIP1 + T6 and HIP2 + T6 (from ~1.2 to ~5.0%), which are characterized by a lower HIP temperature.

  17. Chitosan film loaded with silver nanoparticles-sorbent for solid phase extraction of Al(III), Cd(II), Cu(II), Co(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II).

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    Djerahov, Lubomir; Vasileva, Penka; Karadjova, Irina; Kurakalva, Rama Mohan; Aradhi, Keshav Krishna

    2016-08-20

    The present study describes the ecofriendly method for the preparation of chitosan film loaded with silver nanoparticles (CS-AgNPs) and application of this film as efficient sorbent for separation and enrichment of Al(III), Cd(II), Cu(II), Co(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II). The stable CS-AgNPs colloid was prepared by dispersing the AgNPs sol in chitosan solution at appropriate ratio and further used to obtain a cast film with very good stability under storage and good mechanical strength for easy handling in aqueous medium. The incorporation of AgNPs in the structure of CS film and interaction between the polymer matrix and nanoparticles were confirmed by UV-vis and FTIR spectroscopy. The homogeneously embedded AgNPs (average diameter 29nm, TEM analysis) were clearly observed throughout the film by SEM. The CS-AgNPs nanocomposite film shows high sorption activity toward trace metals under optimized chemical conditions. The results suggest that the CS-AgNPs nanocomposite film can be feasibly used as a novel sorbent material for solid-phase extraction of metal pollutants from surface waters.

  18. Highly efficient and selective adsorption of In{sup 3+} on pristine Zn/Al layered double hydroxide (Zn/Al-LDH) from aqueous solutions

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    Barnabas, Mary Jenisha; Parambadath, Surendran; Mathew, Aneesh; Park, Sung Soo; Vinu, Ajayan; Ha, Chang-Sik

    2016-01-15

    A pristine Zn/Al-layered double hydroxide (Zn/Al-LDH) showed excellent adsorption ability and selectivity towards In{sup 3+} ions from aqueous solutions. The adsorption behaviour as a function of the contact time, solution pH, ionic strength, and amount of adsorbent under ambient conditions revealed a strong dependency on the pH and ionic strength over In{sup 3+} intake. The structure and properties of Zn/Al-LDH and In{sup 3+} adsorbed Zn/Al-LDH (In–Zn/Al-LDH) were examined carefully by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, N{sub 2}-sorption/desorption, UV–vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The adsorbent had a sufficient number of active sites that were responsible for the In{sup 3+} adsorption and quite stable even after the adsorption process. The selective adsorption of In{sup 3+} on Zn/Al-LDH was also observed even from a mixture containing competing ions, such as Mn{sup 2+}, Co{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, Pb{sup 2+}, and Cu{sup 2+}. The adsorption experiments showed that Zn/Al-LDH is a promising material for the pre-concentration and selective removal of In{sup 3+} from large volumes of aqueous solutions. - Highlights: • A pristine Zn/Al-layered double hydroxide showed good selectivity for In{sup 3+} ions. • The material exhibited a maximum In{sup 3+} intake of 205 mg g{sup −1} at pH 6. • The materials showed good affinity of In{sup 3+} over Cu{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} from ion mixtures.

  19. Development of reproducible and increased strength properties in thick extrusions of low-alloy Al-Zn-Mg-Cu based AA 7075

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    Mukhopadhyay, A.K.

    1997-11-01

    The present article deals with the studies undertaken to resolve an industrial problem, where the desired minimum tensile properties in the T651 temper, i.e., 0.2 pct PS = 530 MPa, UTS = 580 MPa, and elongation (in 50-mm gage length) = 7 pct, were difficult to obtain in a reproducible manner in low-alloy (i.e., alloy containing major alloying elements in amounts not greater than those specified by the nominal compositions in the specification) AA 7075 round bar extrusions having 80-mm diameter. The present results that the use of the two-step artificial aging treatment enables higher strength properties to be achieved in the alloy with reduced Zn and Mg contents has an additional advantage in that the susceptibility to SCC is known to reduce with decreasing Zn + Mg contents in this alloy series. This, together with the previously documented results that the strength properties of these materials subjected to the two-step artificial aging treatments (employed for increasing the SCC resistance) are not affected by the time delay between quenching and aging, should make the use of the two-step artificial aging treatment commercially more attractive compared to the single-step artificial aging treatment used for the T6/T651 temper.

  20. Classification of lattice defects in the kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 earth-abundant solar cell absorbers.

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    Chen, Shiyou; Walsh, Aron; Gong, Xin-Gao; Wei, Su-Huai

    2013-03-20

    The kesterite-structured semiconductors Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 are drawing considerable attention recently as the active layers in earth-abundant low-cost thin-film solar cells. The additional number of elements in these quaternary compounds, relative to binary and ternary semiconductors, results in increased flexibility in the material properties. Conversely, a large variety of intrinsic lattice defects can also be formed, which have important influence on their optical and electrical properties, and hence their photovoltaic performance. Experimental identification of these defects is currently limited due to poor sample quality. Here recent theoretical research on defect formation and ionization in kesterite materials is reviewed based on new systematic calculations, and compared with the better studied chalcopyrite materials CuGaSe2 and CuInSe2 . Four features are revealed and highlighted: (i) the strong phase-competition between the kesterites and the coexisting secondary compounds; (ii) the intrinsic p-type conductivity determined by the high population of acceptor CuZn antisites and Cu vacancies, and their dependence on the Cu/(Zn+Sn) and Zn/Sn ratio; (iii) the role of charge-compensated defect clusters such as [2CuZn +SnZn ], [VCu +ZnCu ] and [ZnSn +2ZnCu ] and their contribution to non-stoichiometry; (iv) the electron-trapping effect of the abundant [2CuZn +SnZn ] clusters, especially in Cu2ZnSnS4. The calculated properties explain the experimental observation that Cu poor and Zn rich conditions (Cu/(Zn+Sn) ≈ 0.8 and Zn/Sn ≈ 1.2) result in the highest solar cell efficiency, as well as suggesting an efficiency limitation in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 cells when the S composition is high.

  1. Study of Dissolution Process of Solid Cu in Liquid Al

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    Chen, Shuying; Wu, Yang; Chang, Guowei; Zhu, Changxu; Li, Qingchun

    2016-09-01

    The dissolution process of solid Cu in liquid Al influences the compound quality directly when fabricating the copper cladding aluminum (CCA) composite castings utilizing the casting aluminum method. Dissolution rate of solid Cu is investigated utilizing the method of quenching rapidly. Effects of liquid Al temperature and the contact time between solid Cu and liquid Al on the dissolution rate of Cu are investigated; meanwhile, the dissolution mechanism of Cu is explored. Subsequently, the influences of processing parameters on the dissolution thickness of Cu are examined. The results indicate that chemical compounds, such as AlCu2, Cu5Al, CuAl2 and Cu2Al3, may form on the contact surface between solid Cu and liquid Al. These chemical compounds are contributed to decompose the solid Cu, Cu5Al exerts the greatest effect. The dissolution of Cu is affected by the contact time between solid Cu and liquid Al, temperature and cooling method of Cu plate. The dissolution of Cu cannot terminate immediately even though the Cu plate is cooled by the spray. The experimental results will provide a reference for controlling the composite layer thickness.

  2. First-principles study of Be doped CuAlS2 for p-type transparent conductive materials

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    Huang, Dan; Zhao, Yu-Jun; Tian, Ren-Yu; Chen, Di-Hu; Nie, Jian-Jun; Cai, Xin-Hua; Yao, Chun-Mei

    2011-06-01

    CuAlS2 has attracted much attention recently as a p-type transparent conductive material. In this paper, we investigate the site preference of substitutional Be in CuAlS2 and the transition level of BeAl using the first-principles calculation. We find that Be would be doped effectively at Al sites in CuAlS2 as a good p-type dopant. In addition, we speculate that Be-Mg or Be-Zn codoped CuAlS2 could have a mobility enhancement and thus a good p-type conductivity due to low lattice distortion.

  3. PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS analysis of Cu-doped ZnO films

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    Zhang, B.; Yang, C.; Wang, J. Z.; Shi, L. Q.; Cheng, H. S.

    2014-08-01

    Cu-doped ZnO films were prepared by rf magnetron sputtering on sapphire substrate at different atmosphere. Microstructure of these films and Cu occupation sites were investigated using PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS. Only 2.9 at.% Cu, no other magnetic impurities (e.g., Fe, Co and Ni) were detected. The ZnO:Cu films possessed the wurtzite ZnO structures and no precipitates (e.g., CuO and Cu2O or Cu cluster) were found. Cu atoms were incorporated into ZnO crystal lattice by occupying Zn atomic sites.

  4. Uptake of Al, As, Cr, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sr, and Zn in native wheatgrasses, wildryes, and bluegrass on three metal-contaminated soils from Montana

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    One of the biggest challenges to successfully phytoremediate contaminated mineland soils is the identification of native plants that possess a broad adaptation to ecological sites and either exclude or uptake heavy metals of interest. This study evaluated forage concentrations of aluminum (Al), ars...

  5. Emission of Cu-related complexes in ZnO:Cu nanocrystals

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    Torchynska, T. V.; El Filali, B.; Ballardo Rodríguez, I. Ch.

    2016-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL), its temperature dependence, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and X ray diffraction (XRD) have been applied for the comparative study of varying the emission, morphology and crystal structure of ZnO and ZnO:Cu nanocrystals (NCs) versus technological routines, as well as the dependence of ZnO:Cu NC parameters on the Cu concentration. A set of ZnO and ZnO Cu NCs was prepared by the electrochemical (anodization) method at a permanent voltage and different etching durations with follows thermal annealing at 400 °C for 2 h in ambient air. The size of ZnO NCs decreases from 300 nm×540 nm down to 200 nm×320 nm with etching duration increasing. XRD study has confirmed that thermal annealing stimulates the ZnO oxidation and crystallization with the formation of wurtzite ZnO crystal lattice. XRD method has been used for monitoring the lattice parameters and for confirming the Cu doping of ZnO Cu NCs. In ZnO Cu NCs four defect related PL bands are detected with the PL peaks at 1.95-2.00 eV (A), 2.15-2.23 eV (B), 2.43-2.50 eV (C) and 2.61-2.69 eV (D). Highest PL intensities of orange, yellow and green emissions have been obtained in ZnO Cu NCs with the Cu concentration of 2.28 at%. At Cu concentration increasing (≥2.28 at%) the PL intensities of the bands A, B, C decrease and the new PL band peaked at 2.61-2.69 eV at 10 K appears in the PL spectrum. The variation of PL intensities for all PL bands versus temperature has been studied and the corresponding activation energies of PL thermal decay have been estimated. The type of Cu-related complexes is discussed using the correlation between the PL spectrum transformation and the variation of XRD parameters in ZnO Cu NCs.

  6. Pulse Electrodeposition of Cu-ZnO and Mn-Cu-ZnO Nanowires

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    Gupta, Mayank; Pinisetty, D.; Flake, John C.; Spivey, James J.

    2010-07-09

    Cu–ZnO and Mn–Cu–ZnO nanowires are attractive catalysts for alcohol synthesis from CO hydrogenation reactions. Nanowire alloys are pulse electrodeposited into track etched polycarbonate membranes using aqueous electrolytes including Mn(NO3)2, Cu(NO3)2, Zn(NO3)2, and NH4 NO3. Pulse waveforms with a cathodic current density of 50.7mAcm -2 for 50 ms (on-time), with varying off-times (400, 500, and 600 ms), are used to fabricate nanowire arrays (400 nm diameter, 25μm long, and pore density of 1.5×108pores cm-2 ). Pulse waveforms allow significantly higher copper concentrations and better control of zinc and manganese concentrations within nanowires. X-ray diffraction results show preferential growth in the (111) direction and crystallite size increases with an increase in off-time. Waveforms with longer off-times (500 and 600 ms) resulted in nanowires with relatively higher copper concentrations due to improved copper transport in nanopores. The nanowire surface has no manganese; however, the core shows manganese, which increases with the decrease in off-time. The effect of deposition conditions and electrolyte composition on nanowire properties are explained and discussed.

  7. Intracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn-SOD) from hard clam Meretrix meretrix: its cDNA cloning, mRNA expression and enzyme activity.

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    Gao, Xianggang; He, Chongbo; Liu, Hong; Li, Hongjun; Zhu, Dan; Cai, Shengli; Xia, Ying; Wang, Ying; Yu, Zhe

    2012-12-01

    Hard clam (Meretrix meretrix) is an economically important bivalve in China. In the present study, a gene coding for an intracellular Cu/Zn-SOD was cloned and characterized from hard clam. The full-length cDNA of this Cu/Zn-SOD (designated as Mm-icCuZn-SOD) consisted of 1,383 bp, with a 462-bp of open reading frame (ORF) encoding 153 amino acids. Several highly conserved motifs, including the Cu/Zn binding sites [H(46), H(48), H(63), and H(119) for Cu binding; H(63), H(71), H(80), and D(83) for Zn binding], an intracellular disulfide bond and two Cu/Zn-SOD signatures were identified in Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD. The deduced amino acid sequence of Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD has a high degree of homology with the Cu/Zn-dependent SODs from other species, indicating that Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD should be a member of the intracellular Cu/Zn-dependent SOD family. Real-time PCR analysis showed that the highest level of Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD expression was in the hepatopancreas, while the lowest level occurred in the hemocytes. Hard clam challenged with Vibrio anguillarum showed a time-dependent increase in Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD expression that reached a maximum level after 6 h. Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD purified as a recombinant protein expressed in E. coli retained a high level of biological activity, 83 % after 10 min incubation at 10-50 °C, and more than 87 % after incubation in buffers with pH values between 2.2 and 10.2. These results indicated that Mm-icCu/Zn-SOD may play an important role in the innate immune system of hard clam.

  8. The shape memory capability and life of Cu-Al-Be-X alloys

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    Dong, Y.Y.; Dar, K.Z. ); Wang, T.M. ); Zin, S.J. )

    1994-09-01

    The shape memory capacity and the shape memory life of three alloys of the Cu-11.6Al-0.4Be-X type have been investigated using the strain angle restoration method and compared with the alloy Cu-25Zn-4Al. The alloys were subjected to various normalizing and normalizing plus aging treatments, and all were found to possess excellent shape memory properties. The alloy Cu-11.6Al-0.4Be-0.2Cr demonstrated the best shape memory capacity and life.

  9. The character of interactions of CO, H2, and CH3OH with the surface of γ-Al2O3 and Cu-Zn oxide catalyst

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    Kurina, L. N.; Kosova, N. I.; Shilyaeva, L. P.; Nikitich, E. A.

    2010-08-01

    The thermal desorption of CO, H2, and CH3OH from the surface of Katalco-58 industrial catalyst for the synthesis of methanol and γ-Al2O3 was studied. Weak interaction of the gases with the surface of samples was observed over the temperature range 75-400°C. The desorption of the gases obeyed the second-order Wigner-Polyani equation. The desorption energies of the gases were calculated. The mechanism of dimethyl ether synthesis was studied.

  10. Cu multiply twinned particle precipitation in low-temperature fired Ni-Zn-Cu ferrite

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    Fujimoto, Masayuki; Hoshi, Ken-Ichi; Nakazawa, Mutsuo; Sekiguchi, Shoichi

    1993-12-01

    Cu metal precipitates and truncated Cu metal multiply twinned particles (MTPs) were observed in low-temperature fired ferrite with a small excess of Ni-Zn-Cu chemical composition. The Cu metal precipitates suggest the existence of Cu solid solution and accelerated grain growth during the sintering accompanied with the formation of defect structures, such as oxygen vacancies in the ferrite spinel structure. The defect structure compensation during the cooling process after sintering results in Cu metal precipitation at the multiple grain junction.

  11. Cu Multiply Twinned Particle Precipitation in Low-Temperature Fired Ni-Zn-Cu Ferrite

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    Fujimoto, Masayuki; Hoshi, Ken-ichi; Nakazawa, Mutsuo; Sekiguchi, Shoichi

    1993-12-01

    Cu metal precipitates and truncated Cu metal multiply twinned particles (MTPs) were observed in low-temperature fired ferrite with a small excess of Ni-Zn-Cu chemical composition. The Cu metal precipitates suggest the existence of Cu solid solution and accelerated grain growth during the sintering accompanied with the formation of defect structures, such as oxygen vacancies in the ferrite spinel structure. The defect structure compensation during the cooling process after sintering results in Cu metal precipitation at the multiple grain junction.

  12. Pseudogap studied by optical conductivity spectra of Zn-substituted YBa2Cu3Oy

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    Uykur, Ece; Masui, Takahiko; Tanaka, Kiyohisa; Miyasaka, Shigeki; Tajima, Setsuko

    2012-02-01

    The pseudogap and the superconducting gap cause a similar suppression of the low energy optical conductivity, but the behaviors of the spectral weight transfers are different, which enables us to distinguish these two gaps. In the c-axis spectra of YBa2Cu3Oy, however, it is difficult to discuss these spectral weight transfers because of the additional structures due to a transverse Josephson plasma mode [1]. To overcome this problem, we substituted Zn for Cu, which is known to suppress those supplementary structures [2]. In this study, we performed temperature dependent reflectivity measurements in Zn-substituted YBa2Cu3Oy system. We have revealed the continuous transfer of the low energy spectral weight to the higher energy region even below Tc, which suggests the coexistence of the pseudogap and the superconducting gap. [1]C. Bernhard et al. Phys. Rev. B, 61 (2000) 618. [2]R. Hauff et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 77 (1996) 4620.

  13. A DFT study on the complex formation between desferrithiocin and metal ions (Mg(2+), Al(3+), Ca(2+), Mn(2+), Fe(3+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+)).

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    Kaviani, Sadegh; Izadyar, Mohammad; Housaindokht, Mohammad Reza

    2017-04-01

    In recent years, Metal-chelating compounds, namely siderphores have been considered very much because of their crucial role in various fields of the environmental researches. Their importance lies in the fact that they are able to be bonded to a variety of metals in addition to iron. A theoretical study on the structures of desferrithiocin siderphore coordinated to Mg(2+), Al(3+), Ca(2+), Mn(2+), Fe(3+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) metal ions was carried out, using the CAM-B3LYP/6-31G(d) level of the theory in the water. In order to understand the factors which control the stability, reactivity and the strength of toxic metals excretion as well as microbial uptake of the metal-siderphore complexes, we examined the stability and binding energies of the desferrithiocin and various metal ions with different spin states. The binding affinity of desferrithiocin to Fe(3+) (log β2=23.88) showed that the desferrithiocin can scavenge the excess iron(III) from the labile sources. Also, the binding energy values were well described by addition of the dispersion-corrected D3 functional. Because of the importance of the charge transfer in the complex formation, donor-acceptor interaction energies were evaluated. Based on this analysis, an increase in the effective nuclear charge increases E(2) values. Vibrational analysis showed that the critical bonds (CO stretching and CH bending) are in the range of 1300-1800cm(-1). Finally, some probable correlations between the complexation behavior and quantum chemistry descriptors have been analyzed.

  14. Zn, Cu, and Mn levels in the liver of the dogfish exposed to Zn

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    Sanpera, C.; Vallribera, M.; Crespo, S.

    1983-10-01

    To investigate the effects of Zn contamination on the hepatic distribution of these trace elements, Zn, Cu, and Mn levels were determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry in the liver of the dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula exposed to 80 and 10 ppm of zinc.

  15. Colloidal synthesis of Cu-ZnO and Cu@CuNi-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals with controlled morphologies and multifunctional properties.

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    Zeng, Deqian; Gong, Pingyun; Chen, Yuanzhi; Zhang, Qinfu; Xie, Qingshui; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-06-02

    Metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals have received extensive attention owing to their multiple functionalities which can find wide technological applications. The utilization of low-cost non-noble metals to construct novel metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals is important and meaningful for their large-scale applications. In this study, a facile solution approach is developed for the synthesis of Cu-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals with well-controlled morphologies, including nanomultipods, core-shell nanoparticles, nanopyramids and core-shell nanowires. In the synthetic strategy, Cu nanocrystals formed in situ serve as seeds for the heterogeneous nucleation and growth of ZnO, and it eventually forms various Cu-ZnO hetero-nanostructures under different reaction conditions. These hybrid nanocrystals possess well-defined and stable heterostructure junctions. The ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectra reveal morphology-dependent surface plasmon resonance absorption of Cu and the band gap absorption of ZnO. Furthermore, we construct a novel Cu@CuNi-ZnO ternary hetero-nanostructure by incorporating the magnetic metal Ni into the pre-synthesized colloidal Cu nanocrystals. Such hybrid nanocrystals possess a magnetic Cu-Ni intermediate layer between the ZnO shell and the Cu core, and exhibit ferromagnetic/superparamagnetic properties which expand their functionalities. Finally, enhanced photocatalytic activities are observed in the as-prepared non-noble metal-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals. This study not only provides an economical way to prepare high-quality morphology-controlled Cu-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals for potential applications in the fields of photocatalysis and photovoltaic devices, but also opens up new opportunities in designing ternary non-noble metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals with multifunctionalities.

  16. Cu/CuOx Nanoclusters on ZnO(1010): Electronic, Catalytic, Morphological Structure

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    Zhang, Ziyu; Wang, Fei; Ren, Maomin; Womack, Frank; Le, Minh; Losovyi, Yaroslav; Kurtz, Richard; Sprunger, Phil; Flake, John

    2011-03-01

    To develop a high performance catalyst for CO2 reduction, we tried bi-layers based on CuOx (x=0, 1, 2) and ZnO. The highest yield rate is found for Cu(I) on ZnO. The repeatability of the experiment illustrates that the Cu(I) catalytic clusters are stable in the air, due to the interface of the bilayer.STM and ARPUS results reveal that the preparation process are highly dependent on the annealing temperature and cluster size. EELS and UPS data show that CO adsorption is distinctly different between Cu and CuOx clusters on ZnO, which explains the different yield rate. Based on TDS and EELS of adsorption such as CO2, H2O, combined with DFT calculation, the mechanism of methanol synthesis is given by introducing intermediate products. Center for Atomic-lever Catalyst Design, DOE.

  17. Room Temperature Radiolytic Synthesized Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Abedini, Alam; Saion, Elias; Larki, Farhad; Zakaria, Azmi; Noroozi, Monir; Soltani, Nayereh

    2012-01-01

    Colloidal Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared by a gamma irradiation method in an aqueous system in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and isopropanol respectively as a colloidal stabilizer and scavenger of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. The gamma irradiation was carried out in a 60Co gamma source chamber with different doses up to 120 kGy. The formation of Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles was observed initially by the change in color of the colloidal samples from colorless to brown. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the presence of bonds between polymer chains and the metal surface at all radiation doses. Results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles are in a core-shell structure. By controlling the absorbed dose and precursor concentration, nanoclusters with different particle sizes were obtained. The average particle diameter increased with increased precursor concentration and decreased with increased dose. This is due to the competition between nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes in the formation of nanoclusters during irradiation. PMID:23109893

  18. Zn and Cu complexes with glutathione in ricinis phloem sap

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    Albrigo, L.G.; Taylor, K.C. )

    1989-04-01

    To characterize phloem Cu and Zn carriers, phloem sap was collected from native stands of Ricinis communis. The sap was separated by DEAE-Sephadex ion exchange chromatography. Two peaks were resolved from subsequent Zorbax CN-HPLC (isocratic elution: 0.25% MeOH, 0.025% TFA). Both peaks contained Cu and Zn. Further assessment by Mono Q-FPLC showed that these peaks were approximately 90% homogeneous, with similar retention times. The amino acid compositions of the HPLC eluted Cu- and Zn-containing fractions were determined. Both peaks contained glutathione (cysteic acid: glutamic acid: glycine, 1:1:1). Further work is underway to verify a complexing association of these metals with glutathione.

  19. Precisely Controlled Synthesis of High Quality Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Film via Co-Electrodeposited CuZnSn Alloy Film.

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    Hreid, Tubshin; Tiong, Vincent Tiing; Cai, Molang; Wang, Hongxia; Will, Geoffrey

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a facile co-electrodeposition method was used to fabricate CuZnSn alloy films where the content of copper, zinc and tin could be precisely controlled through manipulating the mass transfer process in the electrochemical deposition. By finely tuning the concentration of the cations of Cu2+, Zn2+ and Sn2+ in the electrochemical bath solution, uniform CuZnSn film with desired composition of copper poor and zinc rich was made. Sulphurisation of the CuZnSn alloy film led to the formation of compact and large grains Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film absorber with an optimum composition of Cu/(Zn+Sn) ≈ 0.8, Zn/Sn ≈ 1.2. Both SEM morphology and EDS mapping results confirmed the uniformity of the CuZnSn and Cu2ZnSnS4 films and the homogeneous distribution of Cu, Zn, Sn and S elements in the bulk films. The XRD and Raman measurements indicated that the synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 film was kesterite phase without impurities detected. Photoelectrochemical tests were carried out to evaluate the CZTS film's photocurrent response under illumination of green light.

  20. Comment on 'The diatomic dication CuZn{sup 2+} in the gas phase' [J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034306 (2011)

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    Fiser, Jiri; Diez, Reinaldo Pis; Franzreb, Klaus; Alonso, Julio A.

    2013-02-21

    In this Comment, the density functional theory (DFT) calculations carried out by Diez et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034306 (2011)] are revised within the framework of the coupled-cluster single double triple method. These more sophisticated calculations allow us to show that the {sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +} electronic ground state of CuZn{sup 2+}, characterized as the metastable ground state by DFT calculations, is a repulsive state instead. The {sup 2}{Delta} and {sup 2}{Pi} metastable states of CuZn{sup 2+}, on the other hand, should be responsible for the formation mechanism of the dication through the near-resonant electron transfer CuZn{sup +}+ Ar{sup +}{yields} CuZn{sup 2+}+ Ar reaction.

  1. Recovery of Cu and Zn from Complex Sulphide Ore

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    Talapaneni, Trinath; Sarkar, S.; Yedla, N.; Reddy, P. L. N., Dr

    2015-02-01

    Complex Sulphide Ores are often found to be a close mutual association with each other and with the nonmetallic gangue. The beneficiation experiments showed that it would be very difficult to recover Cu and Zn from the lean complex Sulphide ores using traditional ore beneficiation methods. In the present work, leaching of complex sulfide ores in sulfuric acid was investigated by the Electro hydrometallurgy process. The lab-scale experiments were conducted to investigate the influences of pulp-density, electrolyte concentration, particle size, current density and time on recovery of Cu and Zn. The leach liquor obtained after electrolysis was subjected to Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy analysis for the recovery of minerals.

  2. Abundant defects and defect clusters in kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4

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    Chen, Shiyou; Wang, Lin-Wang; Walsh, Aron; Gong, Xin-Gao; Wei, Su-Huai

    2013-03-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 are drawing intensive attention as the light-absorber materials in thin-film solar cells. A large variety of intrinsic defects can be formed in these quaternary semiconductors, which have important influence on their optical and electrical properties, and hence their photovoltaic performance. We will present our first-principles calculation study on a series of intrinsic defects and defect clusters in Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4, and discuss: (i) strong phase-competition between the kesterites and the coexisting secondary compounds; (ii) the dominant CuZn antisites and Cu vacancies which determine the intrinsic p-type conductivity, and their dependence on the elemental ratios; (iii) the high population of charge-compensated defect clusters (like VCu + ZnCu and 2CuZn + SnZn) and their contribution to non-stoichiometry ; (iv) the deep-level defects which act as recombination centers. Based on the calculation, we will explain the experimental observation that Cu poor and Zn rich conditions give the highest solar cell efficiency, as well as suggesting an efficiency limitation in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 cells with high S composition. Supported by NSF of China, JCAP: a U.S. DOE Energy Innovation Hub, Royal Society of U.K. and EPSRC, and U.S. DOE.

  3. Mechanically driven luminescence in a ZnS:Cu-PDMS composite

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    Sohn, Kee-Sun; Timilsina, Suman; Singh, Satendra Pal; Choi, Taekjib; Kim, Ji Sik

    2016-10-01

    The conventional mechanoluminescence (ML) mechanism of phosphors such as SrAl2O4:Eu and ZnS:Mn is known to utilize carrier trapping at shallow traps followed by stress (or strain)-induced detrapping, which leads to activator recombination in association with local piezoelectric fields. However, such a conventional ML mechanism was found to be invalid for the ZnS:Cu-embedded polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite, due to the absence of luminescence with a rigid matrix and a negligibly small value of the piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of the composite. An alternative mechanism, namely, the triboelectricity-induced luminescence has been proposed for the mechanically driven luminescence of a ZnS:Cu-PDMS composite.

  4. A density functional study on properties of a Cu3Zn material and CO adsorption onto its surfaces

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    Tang, Qian-Lin; Duan, Xiao-Xuan; Liu, Bei; Wei, An-Qing; Liu, Sheng-Long; Wang, Qi; Liang, Yan-Ping; Ma, Xiao-Hua

    2016-02-01

    Prior experimental and theoretical efforts have provided strong evidence that the formation of α-brass such as Cu3Zn alloys in Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 CO2/CO hydrogenation catalysts enhances dramatically the catalytic activity toward methanol synthesis. In this work, a density functional theory (DFT) slab model has been adopted to get information concerning the bulk and surface properties of DO23-like Cu3Zn and to explore CO molecular adsorption, which will help pave the way to future rationalization of the impact of surface alloying on Cu/ZnO-based catalysis for CO2 and CO hydrogenations. Our calculations imply that the bulk modulus and cohesive energy of the binary solid solution lie between the corresponding ones for the individual components, but only the former quantity equals its composition weighted average. From the DFT-computed surface energies, the stability of Cu3Zn surfaces was predicted to be reinforced in the sequence (1 1 0) < (1 0 1) < (1 1 1) < (1 0 0) = (0 0 1) < (2 1 4) < (1 1 4), which can be interpreted as sensitive to the density change of surface dangling bonds. The downward shifts in the C-O stretch frequency measured experimentally over methanol synthesis catalysts at successively elevated reduction temperatures were correctly reproduced by the present simulation for the adsorption of CO to take place at Cu3Zn(1 1 4), Cu3Zn(2 1 4) and, as a reference, Cu(1 1 1). This agreement confirms the total energy results that indicate that the flat (1 1 4) and stepped (2 1 4) facets are the most stable and abundant ones in the Cu3Zn particles formed. It was found that a subtle compromise between the cost of fragment distortions and the large stabilization due to molecule-surface interaction is the way to control and optimize the reactivity of the Cu-based alloy to CO chemisorption. Intriguingly, electronic structure evaluation reveals that as far as all the alloy surfaces under scrutiny are concerned, a layer of CO brought a decrease, not an increase, in work

  5. Conduction behavior conversion for Cu-doped ZnS/n-type Si devices with different Cu contents

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    Ni, Wei-Shih; Lin, Yow-Jon

    2015-06-01

    Currents through Cu-doped ZnS (ZnCuS)/n-type Si structures were studied. The electrical conduction investigations suggest that the carrier transport behavior is governed by the Poole-Frenkel emission for ZnCuS/n-type Si devices having the low Cu concentration. However, the carrier transport behavior is governed by the thermionic emission for ZnCuS/n-type Si devices having the high Cu concentration. The photoluminescence result revealed that sulfur vacancy ( V S) is the origin of conduction behavior conversion. It is shown that the increased Cu concentration leads to the reduced formation probability of V S. The dependence of V S on the film composition was identified for providing a guide to control the current transport behavior of ZnCuS/n-type Si devices.

  6. Properties of Al-doped ZnS Films Grown by Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Nagamani, K.; Prathap, P.; Lingappa, Y.; Miles, R. W.; Reddy, K. T. R.

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) buffer layers are a cadmium free, wider energy band gap, alternative to the cadmium sulphide (CdS) buffer layers commonly used in copper indium gallium diselenide (CuInGaSe2)-based solar cells. However extrinsic doping of the ZnS is important to lower the resistivity of the layers and to improve flexibility of device design. In this work, Al-doped ZnS nanocrystalline films have been produced on glass substrates using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The Al- concentration was varied from 0 at. % to 10 at. %, keeping other deposition parameters constant. The elemental composition of a typical sample with 6 at. % 'Al' in ZnS was Zn=44.9 at. %, S=49.8 at. % and Al=5.3 at.%. The X-ray diffraction data taken on these samples showed a broad peak corresponding to the (111) plane of ZnS while the crystallite size varied in the range, 8 - 15 nm, depending on the concentration of Al in the layers. The films with a Al-doping content of 6 at. % had an optical transmittance of 75% in the visible range and the energy band gap evaluated from the data was 3.66 eV. The films n-type electrical conductivities and the electrical resistivity varied in the range, 107-103 Ωcm, it decreasing with an increase of the Al-concentration in the solution.

  7. Fabrication of Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4 thin films using a two-step method for solar cell applications

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    Xu, Jiaxiong; Liu, Yaqun; Yang, Yuanzheng

    2016-09-01

    To explore Cu2ZnSnS4-based materials for solar cell applications, for the first time, Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4 thin films were fabricated using a two-step method that consists of sputtering and post-sulfurization. The films were characterized and then incorporated into solar cells. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy revealed the formation of Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4 structure with traces of a secondary phase after sulfurization treatments. The degree of sulfurization was enhanced as the temperature was increased. In addition, these techniques revealed that there was no silicon or silicide phase present. The Si/Sn atomic ratio was 0.04-0.10. The thin films exhibited Cu-poor and Zn-rich characteristics and high absorption coefficients. The direct optical band gap of the thin films ranged between 1.42 and 1.52 eV. Heterojunction solar cells (glass/Mo/Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4/CdS/i-ZnO/ZnO:Al/Al) were fabricated and exhibited the highest conversion efficiency of 0.427%. This study showed the feasibilities of fabricating Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4 thin films by a two-step method and using Cu2Zn(Sn,Si)S4 thin films as an absorber layer within a solar cell.

  8. Bandgap- and Radial-Position-Dependent Mn-Doped Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS Core/Shell Nanocrystals.

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    Peng, Lucheng; Huang, Keke; Zhang, Zhuolei; Zhang, Ying; Shi, Zhan; Xie, Renguo; Yang, Wensheng

    2016-03-03

    This paper presents a mechanistic study on the doping of Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with Mn by changing the Zn-Cu-In-S QD bandgap and dopant position inside the samples (Zn-Cu-In-S core and ZnS shell). Results show that for the Mn:Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS system, a Mn-doped emission can be obtained when the bandgap value of the QDs is larger than the energy of Mn-doped emission. Conversely, a bandgap emission is only observed for the doped system when the bandgap value of QDs is smaller than the energy gap of the Mn-doped emission. In the Zn-Cu-In-S/Mn:ZnS systems, doped QDs show dual emissions, consisting of bandgap and Mn dopant emissions, instead of one emission band when the value of the host bandgap is larger than the energy of the Mn-doped emission. These findings indicate that the emission from Mn-doped Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS core/shell QDs depends on the bandgap of the QDs and the dopant position inside the core/shell material. The critical bandgap of the host materials is estimated to have the same value as the energy of the Mn d-d transition. Subsequently, the mechanism of photoluminescence properties of the Mn:Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS and Zn-Cu-In-S/Mn:ZnS core/shell QD systems is proposed. Control experiments are then carried out by preparing Mn-doped Zn(Cu)-In-S QDs with various bandgaps, and the results confirm the reliability of the suggested mechanism. Therefore, the proposed mechanism can aid the design and synthesis of novel host materials in fabricating doped QDs.

  9. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  10. Growth and Oxidation of Thin Film Al(2)Cu

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    SON,KYUNG-AH; MISSERT,NANCY A.; BARBOUR,J. CHARLES; HREN,J.J.; COPELAND,ROBERT GUILD; MINOR,KENNETH G.

    2000-01-18

    Al{sub 2}Cu thin films ({approx} 382 nm) are fabricated by melting and resolidifying Al/Cu bilayers in the presence of a {micro} 3 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivating layer. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) measures a 1.0 eV shift of the Cu2p{sub 3/2} peak and a 1.6 eV shift of the valence band relative to metallic Cu upon Al{sub 2}Cu formation. Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) and Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) show that the Al{sub 2}Cu film is composed of 30-70 {micro}m wide and 10-25 mm long cellular grains with (110) orientation. The atomic composition of the film as estimated by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) is 67 {+-} 2% Al and 33 {+-} 2% Cu. XPS scans of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}Cu taken before and after air exposure indicate that the upper Al{sub 2}Cu layers undergo further oxidation to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} even in the presence of {approx} 5 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The majority of Cu produced from oxidation is believed to migrate below the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers, based upon the lack of evidence for metallic Cu in the XPS scans. In contrast to Al/Cu passivated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, melting/resolidifying the Al/Cu bilayer without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in phase-segregated dendritic film growth.

  11. Biocompatibility Assessment of Novel Bioresorbable Alloys Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu for Endovascular Applications: In- Vitro Studies.

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    Persaud-Sharma, Dharam; Budiansky, Noah; McGoron, Anthony J

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that using biodegradable magnesium alloys such as Mg-Zn and Mg-Zn-Al possess the appropriate mechanical properties and biocompatibility to serve in a multitude of biological applications ranging from endovascular to orthopedic and fixation devices. The objective of this study was to evaluate the biocompatibility of novel as-cast magnesium alloys Mg-1Zn-1Cu wt.% and Mg-1Zn-1Se wt.% as potential implantable biomedical materials, and compare their biologically effective properties to a binary Mg-Zn alloy. The cytotoxicity of these experimental alloys was evaluated using a tetrazolium based- MTS (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium) assay and a lactate dehydrogenase membrane integrity assay (LDH). The MTS assay was performed on extract solutions obtained from a 30-day period of alloy immersion and agitation in simulated body fluid to evaluate the major degradation products eluted from the alloy materials. Human foreskin fibroblast cell growth on the experimental magnesium alloys was evaluated for a 72 hour period, and cell death was quantified by measuring lactate dehydrogenase concentrations. Both Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys exhibit low cytotoxicity levels which are suitable for biomaterial applications. The Mg-Zn-Cu alloy was found to completely degrade within 72 hours, resulting in lower human foreskin fibroblast cell viability. The Mg-Zn-Se alloy was shown to be less cytotoxic than both the Mg-Zn-Cu and Mg-Zn alloys.

  12. Biocompatibility Assessment of Novel Bioresorbable Alloys Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu for Endovascular Applications: In- Vitro Studies

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    Budiansky, Noah; McGoron, Anthony J.

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that using biodegradable magnesium alloys such as Mg-Zn and Mg-Zn-Al possess the appropriate mechanical properties and biocompatibility to serve in a multitude of biological applications ranging from endovascular to orthopedic and fixation devices. The objective of this study was to evaluate the biocompatibility of novel as-cast magnesium alloys Mg-1Zn-1Cu wt.% and Mg-1Zn-1Se wt.% as potential implantable biomedical materials, and compare their biologically effective properties to a binary Mg-Zn alloy. The cytotoxicity of these experimental alloys was evaluated using a tetrazolium based- MTS (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium) assay and a lactate dehydrogenase membrane integrity assay (LDH). The MTS assay was performed on extract solutions obtained from a 30-day period of alloy immersion and agitation in simulated body fluid to evaluate the major degradation products eluted from the alloy materials. Human foreskin fibroblast cell growth on the experimental magnesium alloys was evaluated for a 72 hour period, and cell death was quantified by measuring lactate dehydrogenase concentrations. Both Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys exhibit low cytotoxicity levels which are suitable for biomaterial applications. The Mg-Zn-Cu alloy was found to completely degrade within 72 hours, resulting in lower human foreskin fibroblast cell viability. The Mg-Zn-Se alloy was shown to be less cytotoxic than both the Mg-Zn-Cu and Mg-Zn alloys. PMID:24058329

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

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    2013-01-01

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

  14. The Cu, Zn Superoxide Dismutase: Not Only a Dismutase Enzyme

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    Mondola, Paolo; Damiano, Simona; Sasso, Anna; Santillo, Mariarosaria

    2016-01-01

    The Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) is an ubiquitary cytosolic dimeric carbohydrate free molecule, belonging to a family of isoenzymes involved in the scavenger of superoxide anions. This effect certainly represents the main and well known function ascribed to this enzyme. Here we highlight new aspects of SOD1 physiology that point out some inedited effects of this enzyme in addition to the canonic role of oxygen radical enzymatic dismutation. In the last two decades our research group produced many data obtained in in vitro studies performed in many cellular lines, mainly neuroblastoma SK-N-BE cells, indicating that this enzyme is secreted either constitutively or after depolarization induced by high extracellular K+ concentration. In addition, we gave many experimental evidences showing that SOD1 is able to stimulate, through muscarinic M1 receptor, pathways involving ERK1/2, and AKT activation. These effects are accompanied with an intracellular calcium increase. In the last part of this review we describe researches that link deficient extracellular secretion of mutant SOD1G93A to its intracellular accumulation and toxicity in NSC-34 cells. Alternatively, SOD1G93A toxicity has been attributed to a decrease of Km for H2O2 with consequent OH radical formation. Interestingly, this last inedited effect of SOD1G93A could represent a gain of function that could be involved in the pathogenesis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (fALS). PMID:27965593

  15. The Cu, Zn Superoxide Dismutase: Not Only a Dismutase Enzyme.

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    Mondola, Paolo; Damiano, Simona; Sasso, Anna; Santillo, Mariarosaria

    2016-01-01

    The Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) is an ubiquitary cytosolic dimeric carbohydrate free molecule, belonging to a family of isoenzymes involved in the scavenger of superoxide anions. This effect certainly represents the main and well known function ascribed to this enzyme. Here we highlight new aspects of SOD1 physiology that point out some inedited effects of this enzyme in addition to the canonic role of oxygen radical enzymatic dismutation. In the last two decades our research group produced many data obtained in in vitro studies performed in many cellular lines, mainly neuroblastoma SK-N-BE cells, indicating that this enzyme is secreted either constitutively or after depolarization induced by high extracellular K(+) concentration. In addition, we gave many experimental evidences showing that SOD1 is able to stimulate, through muscarinic M1 receptor, pathways involving ERK1/2, and AKT activation. These effects are accompanied with an intracellular calcium increase. In the last part of this review we describe researches that link deficient extracellular secretion of mutant SOD1(G93A) to its intracellular accumulation and toxicity in NSC-34 cells. Alternatively, SOD1(G93A) toxicity has been attributed to a decrease of Km for H2O2 with consequent OH radical formation. Interestingly, this last inedited effect of SOD1(G93A) could represent a gain of function that could be involved in the pathogenesis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (fALS).

  16. Behavior of Cu and Zn Impurities on GaAs Wafer Surfaces

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    Shibaya, Hiroshi

    1995-08-01

    Surface Cu and Zn contamination levels of intentionally contaminated GaAs wafers were measured by total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF). Cu and Zn are both major metallic impurities on GaAs wafer surfaces, but their adsorption behaviors in an organic base solution were quite different. Surface concentration of Cu was much higher than that of Zn when concentrations of Cu and Zn in the organic base solution were the same. Cleaning effects of running deionized water rinse in an ultrasonic bath (U-RDIW) were also studied. Surface concentrations of Cu and Zn were drastically reduced by U-RDIW rinse.

  17. Colloidal synthesis of Cu-ZnO and Cu@CuNi-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals with controlled morphologies and multifunctional properties

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    Zeng, Deqian; Gong, Pingyun; Chen, Yuanzhi; Zhang, Qinfu; Xie, Qingshui; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-06-01

    Metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals have received extensive attention owing to their multiple functionalities which can find wide technological applications. The utilization of low-cost non-noble metals to construct novel metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals is important and meaningful for their large-scale applications. In this study, a facile solution approach is developed for the synthesis of Cu-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals with well-controlled morphologies, including nanomultipods, core-shell nanoparticles, nanopyramids and core-shell nanowires. In the synthetic strategy, Cu nanocrystals formed in situ serve as seeds for the heterogeneous nucleation and growth of ZnO, and it eventually forms various Cu-ZnO hetero-nanostructures under different reaction conditions. These hybrid nanocrystals possess well-defined and stable heterostructure junctions. The ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectra reveal morphology-dependent surface plasmon resonance absorption of Cu and the band gap absorption of ZnO. Furthermore, we construct a novel Cu@CuNi-ZnO ternary hetero-nanostructure by incorporating the magnetic metal Ni into the pre-synthesized colloidal Cu nanocrystals. Such hybrid nanocrystals possess a magnetic Cu-Ni intermediate layer between the ZnO shell and the Cu core, and exhibit ferromagnetic/superparamagnetic properties which expand their functionalities. Finally, enhanced photocatalytic activities are observed in the as-prepared non-noble metal-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals. This study not only provides an economical way to prepare high-quality morphology-controlled Cu-ZnO hybrid nanocrystals for potential applications in the fields of photocatalysis and photovoltaic devices, but also opens up new opportunities in designing ternary non-noble metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals with multifunctionalities.Metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocrystals have received extensive attention owing to their multiple functionalities which can find wide technological applications

  18. Extremely High Phosphate Sorption Capacity in Cu-Pb-Zn Mine Tailings.

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    Huang, Longbin; Li, Xiaofang; Nguyen, Tuan A H

    2015-01-01

    Elevated inorganic phosphate (Pi) concentrations in pore water of amended tailings under direct revegetation may cause toxicity in some native woody species but not native forbs or herb species, all of which are key constituents in target native plant communities for phytostabilizing base metal mine tailings. As a result, Pi sorption capacity has been quantified by a conventional batch procedure in three types of base metal mine tailings sampled from two copper (Cu)-lead (Pb)-zinc (Zn) mines, as the basis for Pi-fertiliser addition. It was found that the Pi-sorption capacity in the tailings and local soil was extremely high, far higher than highly weathered agricultural soils in literature, but similar to those of volcanic ash soils. The Langmuir P-sorption maximum was up to 7.72, 4.12, 4.02 and 3.62 mg P g-1 tailings, in the fresh tailings of mixed Cu-Pb-Zn streams (MIMTD7), the weathered tailings of mixed Cu-Pb-Zn streams (MIMTD5), EHM-TD (fresh Cu-stream, high magnetite content) and local soil (weathered shale and schist), respectively. Physicochemical factors highly correlated with the high Pi-sorption in the tailings were fine particle distribution, oxalate and dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate extractable Fe (FeO and Fed), oxalate-extractable Al and Mn, and the levels of soluble Cd and Zn, and total S and Fe. Large amounts of amorphous Fe oxides and oxyhydroxides may have been formed from the oxidation of pyritic materials and redox cycles of Fe-minerals (such as pyrite (FeS2), ankerite (Ca(Fe Mg)(CO3)2 and siderite (FeCO3), as indicated by the extractable FeO values. The likely formation of sparingly soluble Zn-phosphate in the Pb-Zn tailings containing high levels of Zn (from sphalerite ((Zn,Fe)S, ZnS, (Zn,Cd)S)) may substantially lower soluble Zn levels in the tailings through high rates of Pi-fertiliser addition. As a result, the possibility of P-toxicity in native plant species caused by the addition of soluble phosphate fertilizers would be minimal.

  19. Extremely High Phosphate Sorption Capacity in Cu-Pb-Zn Mine Tailings

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    Huang, Longbin; Li, Xiaofang; Nguyen, Tuan A. H.

    2015-01-01

    Elevated inorganic phosphate (Pi) concentrations in pore water of amended tailings under direct revegetation may cause toxicity in some native woody species but not native forbs or herb species, all of which are key constituents in target native plant communities for phytostabilizing base metal mine tailings. As a result, Pi sorption capacity has been quantified by a conventional batch procedure in three types of base metal mine tailings sampled from two copper (Cu)-lead (Pb)-zinc (Zn) mines, as the basis for Pi-fertiliser addition. It was found that the Pi-sorption capacity in the tailings and local soil was extremely high, far higher than highly weathered agricultural soils in literature, but similar to those of volcanic ash soils. The Langmuir P-sorption maximum was up to 7.72, 4.12, 4.02 and 3.62 mg P g-1 tailings, in the fresh tailings of mixed Cu-Pb-Zn streams (MIMTD7), the weathered tailings of mixed Cu-Pb-Zn streams (MIMTD5), EHM-TD (fresh Cu-stream, high magnetite content) and local soil (weathered shale and schist), respectively. Physicochemical factors highly correlated with the high Pi-sorption in the tailings were fine particle distribution, oxalate and dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate extractable Fe (FeO and Fed), oxalate-extractable Al and Mn, and the levels of soluble Cd and Zn, and total S and Fe. Large amounts of amorphous Fe oxides and oxyhydroxides may have been formed from the oxidation of pyritic materials and redox cycles of Fe-minerals (such as pyrite (FeS2), ankerite (Ca(Fe Mg)(CO3)2 and siderite (FeCO3), as indicated by the extractable FeO values. The likely formation of sparingly soluble Zn-phosphate in the Pb-Zn tailings containing high levels of Zn (from sphalerite ((Zn,Fe)S, ZnS, (Zn,Cd)S)) may substantially lower soluble Zn levels in the tailings through high rates of Pi-fertiliser addition. As a result, the possibility of P-toxicity in native plant species caused by the addition of soluble phosphate fertilizers would be minimal. PMID

  20. Molecular characterization and oxidative stress response of an intracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci.

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    Li, Jun-Min; Su, Yun-Lin; Gao, Xian-Long; He, Jiao; Liu, Shu-Sheng; Wang, Xiao-Wei

    2011-07-01

    Superoxide dismutases (SODs) are important for the survival of insects under environmental and biological stresses; however, little attention has been devoted to the functional characterization of SODs in whitefly. In this study, an intracellular copper/zinc superoxide dismutase of whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) (Bt-CuZnSOD) was cloned. Sequence analysis indicated that the full length cDNA of Bt-CuZnSOD is of 907 bp with a 471 bp open reading frame encoding 157 amino acids. The deduced amino acid sequence shares common consensus patterns with the CuZnSODs of various vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that Bt-CuZnSOD is grouped together with intracellular CuZnSODs. Bt-CuZnSOD was then over-expressed in E. coli and purified using GST purification system. The enzymatic activity of purified Bt-CuZnSOD was assayed under various temperatures. When whiteflies were exposed to low (4°C) and high (40°C) temperatures, the in vivo activity of Bt-CuZnSOD was significantly increased. Furthermore, we measured the activities of several antioxidant enzymes, including SOD, catalase and peroxidase, in the whitefly after transferring the whitefly from cotton to tobacco (an unfavorable host plant). We found that the activity of SOD increased rapidly on tobacco plant. Taken together, these results suggest that the Bt-CuZnSOD plays a major role in protecting the whitefly against various stress conditions.

  1. Synthesis and spectroscopic investigations of Cu- and Pb-doped colloidal ZnS nanocrystals.

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    Ehlert, Oliver; Osvet, Andres; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Winnacker, Albrecht; Nann, Thomas

    2006-11-23

    A novel organometallic synthesis method for the preparation of colloidal ZnS nanoparticles is presented. This method enables the synthesis of undoped ZnS nanocrystals as well as doping with Cu, Pb, or both. The particles can be covered with an undoped layer of ZnS, forming core/shell-type particles with the ZnS:Pb, ZnS:Cu, or ZnS:Cu,Pb cores. The particles were characterized via TEM, XRD, dynamic light scattering, and optical spectroscopy. We investigated the extrinsic surface defects and their coverage with an additional ZnS layer in detail by temperature-dependent luminescence and luminescence lifetime spectroscopy.

  2. Electron paramagnetic resonance in Cu-doped ZnO

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    Buchheit, R.; Acosta-Humánez, F.; Almanza, O.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn1-xCuxO, x = 3%), with a calcination temperature of 500∘C were synthesized using the sol-gel method. The particles were analyzed using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at X-band, measurement in a temperature range from 90 K to room temperature. AAS confirmed a good correspondence between the experimental doping concentration and the theoretical value. XRD reveals the presence of ZnO phase in hexagonal wurtzite structure and a nanoparticle size for the samples synthesized. EPR spectroscopy shows the presence of point defects in both samples with g-values of g = 1.959 for shallow donors and g = 2.004 for ionized vacancies. It is important when these materials are required have been used as catalysts, as suggested that it is not necessary prepare them at higher temperature. A simulation of the Cu EPR signal using an anisotropic spin Hamiltonian was performed and showed good coincidence with the experimental spectra. It was shown that Cu2+ ions enter interstitial octahedral sites of orthorhombic symmetry in the wurtzite crystal structure. Temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth and signal intensity shows a paramagnetic behavior of the sample in the measurement range. A Néel temperature TN = 78 ± 19 K was determined.

  3. Synthesis of highly non-stoichiometric Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles with tunable bandgaps

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    Hamanaka, Yasushi; Oyaizu, Wataru; Kawase, Masanari; Kuzuya, Toshihiro

    2017-01-01

    Non-stoichiometric Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles with average diameters of 4-15 nm and quasi-polyhedral shape were successfully synthesized by a colloidal method. We found that a non-stoichiometric composition of Zn to Cu in Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles yielded a correlation where Zn content increased with a decrease in Cu content, suggesting formation of lattice defects relating to Cu and Zn, such as a Cu vacancy (VCu), antisite with Zn replacing Cu (ZnCu), and/or defect cluster of VCu and ZnCu. The bandgap energy of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles systematically varies between 1.56 and 1.83 eV depending on the composition ratios of Cu and Zn, resulting in a wider bandgap for Cu-deficient Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles. These characteristics can be ascribed to the modification in electronic band structures due to formation of VCu and ZnCu on the analogy of ternary copper chalcogenide, chalcopyrite CuInSe2, in which the top of the valence band shifts downward with decreasing Cu contents, because much like the structure of CuInSe2, the top of the valence band is composed of a Cu 3 d orbital in Cu2ZnSnS4.

  4. Multinuclear (67Zn, 119Sn and 65Cu) NMR spectroscopy--an ideal technique to probe the cationic ordering in Cu2ZnSnS4 photovoltaic materials.

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    Choubrac, Léo; Paris, Michaël; Lafond, Alain; Guillot-Deudon, Catherine; Rocquefelte, Xavier; Jobic, Stéphane

    2013-07-14

    For the very first time, (67)Zn, (119)Sn and (65)Cu NMR investigations have been carried out on Cu2ZnSnS4 derivatives (CZTS) for photovoltaic applications. NMR spectroscopy is shown to be sensitive enough to probe the Cu/Zn disorder within the kesterite structure of the studied compounds. In addition, reference spectra of Cu2ZnSnS4 are provided, and experimental (67)Zn and (65)Cu parameters are compared with ab initio calculations.

  5. Nuclear excitation functions of proton-induced reactions (Ep = 35-90 MeV) from Fe, Cu, and Al

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    Graves, Stephen A.; Ellison, Paul A.; Barnhart, Todd E.; Valdovinos, Hector F.; Birnbaum, Eva R.; Nortier, Francois M.; Nickles, Robert J.; Engle, Jonathan W.

    2016-11-01

    Fe, Cu, and Al stacked foils were irradiated by 90 MeV protons at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center's Isotope Production Facility to measure nuclear cross sections for the production of medically relevant isotopes, such as 52gMn, 54Mn, 48Cr, 55Co, 58mCo and 57Ni. The decay of radioactive isotopes produced during irradiation was monitored using high-purity germanium gamma spectroscopy over the months following irradiation. Proton fluence was determined using the natAl(p,x)22Na, natCu(p,x)62Zn natCu(p,x)65Zn, and natCu(p,x)56Co monitor reactions. Calculated cross sections were compared against literature values and theoretical TALYS predictions. Notably this work includes the first reported independent cross section measurements of natCu(p,x)58mCo and natCu(p,x)58gCo.

  6. The adsorption of Cu, Pb, Zn, and Cd on goethite from major ion seawater

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    Balistrieri, L. S.; Murray, J. W.

    1982-07-01

    The adsorption of Cu, Pb, Zn, and Cd on goethite (αFeOOH) from NaNO 3 solutions and from major ion seawater was compared to assess the effect of the major ions of seawater (Na, Mg, Ca, K, Cl, and SO 4) on the adsorption behavior of the metals. Magnesium and sulphate are the principal seawater ions which enhance or inhibit adsorption relative to the inert system. Their effect, as determined from the site-binding model of Davis et al. (1978), was a combination of changing the electrostatic conditions at the interface and decreasing the available binding sites. The basic differences between the experimental system of major ion seawater and natural seawater were examined. It was concluded that: 1) although the experimental metal concentrations in major ion seawater were higher than those found in natural seawater, estimates of the binding energy of Cu, Zn, and Cd with αFeOOH for natural seawater concentrations could be made from the data, 2) Cu, Pb, Zn, and Cd showed little or no competition for surface sites on goethite, and 3) the presence of carbonate, phosphate, and silicate had little or no effect on the adsorption of Zn and Cd on goethite.

  7. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  8. Two fluorescent Schiff base sensors for Zn(2+): the Zn(2+)/Cu(2+) ion interference.

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    Jiménez-Sánchez, Arturo; Ortíz, Benjamín; Ortiz Navarrete, Vianney; Farfán, Norberto; Santillan, Rosa

    2015-09-07

    Two simple and low cost 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-[(1-hydroxycyclohexylmethylimino)methyl]phenol (L1) and 2-[{(1-hydroxycyclohexyl)methylimino}methyl]phenol (L2) Schiff base sensors exhibiting selectivity for Zn(2+) in water:methanol (95:5, v/v, 10 mM HEPES) are described. L1 and L2 display an "off-on" fluorescence effect forming the L1·Zn and L2·Zn complexes, respectively. In the case of L1·Zn, the emission response is quenched by the addition of Cu(2+) forming the respective L1·Cu complex; in spite of that, the fluorescence signal can be completely restored only by the addition of tartrate anions (C4H4O6(2-)) forming again L1·Znvia the "off-on" displacement approach. However, in the case of L2·Zn no Cu(2+) interference is observed, which is a typical problem for Zn(2+) sensors. Here we describe that a very subtle structural change in the ligand during transition from the enol-imine tautomer in L1 to the keto-enamine tautomer in L2 is enough to modulate the Zn(2+)/Cu(2+) selectivity. Also, the Zn(2+)vs. Cd(2+) discrimination for L1 and L2 is proved. Moreover, we found that the interaction between both L·Zn complexes and tartrate anions completely restored the free ligands by the ligand substitution mechanism even in a more efficient association than phosphate anions. Further, a second colorimetric response channel upon addition of Fe(2+) was observed for L1 and L2. Then, TD-DFT theoretical calculations were conducted in order to study the efficiency of the sensors to give different responses in the presence of such metal ions. Finally, the L2 sensor successfully detects Zn(2+) in Jurkat cells cultured with and without Zn(2+) enriched medium.

  9. Chemical fractionation of Cu and Zn in stormwater, roadway dust and stormwater pond sediments

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    Camponelli, Kimberly M.; Lev, Steven M.; Snodgrass, Joel W.; Landa, Edward R.; Casey, Ryan E.

    2010-01-01

    This study evaluated the chemical fractionation of Cu and Zn from source to deposition in a stormwater system. Cu and Zn concentrations and chemical fractionation were determined for roadway dust, roadway runoff and pond sediments. Stormwater Cu and Zn concentrations were used to generate cumulative frequency distributions to characterize potential exposure to pond-dwelling organisms. Dissolved stormwater Zn exceeded USEPA acute and chronic water quality criteria in approximately 20% of storm samples and 20% of the storm duration sampled. Dissolved Cu exceeded the previously published chronic criterion in 75% of storm samples and duration and exceeded the acute criterion in 45% of samples and duration. The majority of sediment Cu (92–98%) occurred in the most recalcitrant phase, suggesting low bioavailability; Zn was substantially more available (39–62% recalcitrant). Most sediment concentrations for Cu and Zn exceeded published threshold effect concentrations and Zn often exceeded probable effect concentrations in surface sediments.

  10. The effect of sarafloxacin on Cu/ZnSOD structure and activity

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    Cao, Zhaozhen; Liu, Rutao; Dong, Ziliang; Yang, Xinping; Chen, Yadong

    2015-02-01

    The effect of sarafloxacin to Cu/ZnSOD was evaluated via investigating the change in Cu/ZnSOD structure and the structure basis activity upon sarafloxacin binding. Multi-spectroscopic methods, isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) and molecular docking method were adopted in this study. Sarafloxacin binds to Cu/ZnSOD mainly through hydrophobic and hydrogen bond forces and tends to be saturated as the molar ratio of sarafloxacin to Cu/ZnSOD reaches 4. The binding changed the microenvironment around Tyr and the secondary structure of Cu/ZnSOD but did not affect the activity of Cu/ZnSOD. Molecular docking study revealed that sarafloxacin binds into a hydrophobic area with possibility to form hydrogen bonds with Tyr 108, Asp 25, Pro 100 and Ser 103 of Cu/ZnSOD. The binding area locates on the surface of β-barrel close to the second Greek key loop (GK2) and V-loop but far away from the active site and active site channel of Cu/ZnSOD. These promoted the understanding of the experiment phenomenons. The binding of sarafloxacin does not affect the activity of Cu/ZnSOD should attribute to the binding not to change the microenvironment of Cu/ZnSOD active site and active site channel.

  11. Non-equilibrium phase map, optical and electrical properties of Cu-Zn-O alloys

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    Subramaniyan, Archana; Perkins, John; O'Hayre, Ryan; Ginley, David; Lany, Stephan; Zakutayev, Andriy

    2014-03-01

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is a candidate p-type solar cell absorber material that has been spotlighted recently due to its low cost, earth abundant and non-toxic nature. The maximum reported efficiency of Cu2O based solar cells is rather low (5. 38%) and it can in part be attributed its forbidden direct band gap (2.1 eV) and higher absorption threshold (2.6 eV). Here, we alloy Cu2O with ZnO via combinatorial RF magnetron sputtering as a function of temperature (T) and composition at fixed 20 mTorr Ar pressure to modify the electronic band structure and reduce its absorption threshold, which can potentially enhance the solar cell performance. A non-equilibrium Cu-Zn-O phase map was generated in the T range 100 - 400 °C and Zn composition 0 - 37 at%. Highly crystalline Cu2O structured Cu-Zn-O alloys with Zn content of 0 to 17 at% were synthesized in the T range 200 - 270 °C. With increasing Zn at%, the preferential orientation in Cu-Zn-O alloy changes from (200) to (111) direction. At lower T (<200 °C), either amorphous or poor crystalline Cu2O structured alloys were observed, whereas at higher T (>270 ° C) and higher Zn composition (>25 at%), CuO or ZnO second phases were observed. The absorption coefficient of all Cu-Zn-O alloys was higher than that of phase pure Cu2O. The absorption threshold () was also reduced significantly, for example, at = 2*104 cm-1 the absorption threshold of Cu-Zn-O alloy with 10 at% Zn reduced from 2.4 eV to 2.1 eV. The electrical conductivity of all Cu-Zn-O alloys was measured to be within 2 - 5 mS/cm.

  12. Cu and Zn adsorption to a heterogeneous natural sediment: Influence of leached cations and natural organic matter.

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    Fisher-Power, Leanne M; Cheng, Tao; Rastghalam, Zahra Sadat

    2016-02-01

    Adsorption of heavy metals by natural sediments has important implications to the fate and transport of contaminants in subsurface environments. Although the importance of major multivalent cations and dissolved organic matter (DOM) in heavy metal adsorption had been previously demonstrated, the leaching of major cations and DOM from sediments and its influence on heavy metal adsorption have not been fully examined. In this study, the concentrations of Ca, Mg, Al, Fe, and natural organic matter that leached from a natural sediment in Cu and Zn adsorption experiments were measured and used in surface complexation models to elucidate their effects on Cu and Zn adsorption. Experimental results showed that the leaching of cations and DOM was substantial and pH-dependent. The leached concentrations of Ca and Mg were reasonably simulated based on BaCl2 extractable Ca and Mg at pH < 5, and Al and Fe activities were accurately predicted for specific pH ranges by assuming solubility control by Al(OH)3 and Fe(OH)3. Visual MINTEQ simulations showed that the leached cations markedly decreased Cu adsorption at pH < 6 and Zn adsorption at pH 3-8. Due to varying affinity for DOM between Cu and Zn, DOM was found to decrease Cu adsorption at pH > 6 due to formation of Cu-DOM aqueous complexes, but increase Zn adsorption at pH 4-7 due to formation of aqueous complexes between DOM and major cations, which reduced competition from these cations against Zn for binding sites on the sediment.

  13. Facile synthesis of dendritic Cu by electroless reaction of Cu-Al alloys in multiphase solution

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    Wang, Ying; Liang, Shuhua; Yang, Qing; Wang, Xianhui

    2016-11-01

    Two-dimensional nano- or micro-scale fractal dendritic coppers (FDCs) were synthesized by electroless immersing of Cu-Al alloys in hydrochloric acid solution containing copper chloride without any assistance of template or surfactant. The FDC size increases with the increase of Al content in Cu-Al alloys immersed in CuCl2 + HCl solution. Compared to Cu40Al60 and Cu45Al55 alloys, the FDC shows hierarchical distribution and homogeneous structures using Cu17Al83 alloy as the starting alloy. The growth direction of the FDC is <110>, and all angles between the trunks and branches are 60°. Nanoscale Cu2O was found at the edge of FDC. Interestingly, nanoporous copper (NPC) can also be obtained through Cu17Al83 alloy. Studies showed that the formation of FDC depended on two key factors: the potential difference between CuAl2 intermetallic and α-Al phase of dual-phase Cu-Al alloys; a replacement reaction that usually occurs in multiphase solution. The electrochemical experiment further proved that the multi-branch dendritic structure is very beneficial to the proton transfer in the process of catalyzing methanol.

  14. Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells prepared by sulfurization of sputtered ZnS/Sn/CuS precursors

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    Li, Zhi-Shan; Wang, Shu-Rong; Jiang, Zhi; Yang, Min; Lu, Yi-Lei; Liu, Si-Jia; Zhao, Qi-Chen; Hao, Rui-Ting

    2016-12-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films were grown on Mo-coated Soda-lime-glass (SLG) substrates by sulfurization of sputtered ZnS/Sn/CuS precursors at different temperatures i.e. 560 °C, 580 °C and 600 °C. The effects of sulfurization temperature on the quality of CZTS thin films and solar cells were investigated. The crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical composition, phase purity and surface roughness of CZTS thin films fabricated at different sulfurization temperatures were characterized by X Ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscope (AFM), respectively. The results show that all CZTS thin films exhibit a polycrystalline kesterite structure and preferred (112) orientation. For the sulfurization temperature of 580 °C, the obtained CZTS thin films are dense and flat with larger grain size. Meanwhile composition studying indicates that the fabricated CZTS with single phase is copper poor and zinc rich. Furthermore, the surface roughness of CZTS film is the lowest. Finally, the CZTS solar cells with the structure of SLG/Mo/CZTS/CdS/i-ZnO/ITO/Al were fabricated and demonstrated the best power conversion efficiency of 3.59% when used sulfurization temperature was 580 °C.

  15. Electronic structure and optical properties of Cu-doping and Zn vacancy impurities in ZnTe.

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    Li, Qing-Fang; Hu, Ge; She, Qing; Yao, Jing; Feng, Wen-Jiang

    2013-09-01

    The geometric structures of perfect ZnTe, that with Zn vacancy (Zn0.875Te), and Cu-doped ZnTe (Zn0.875Cu0.125Te) were optimized using the pseudopotential plane wave (PP-PW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The cohesive energy, band structure, density of states, and Mulliken populations were calculated and discussed in detail. On the other hand, an accurate calculation of linear optical functions (the dielectric function, refraction index, reflectivity, conductivity function, and energy-loss spectrum) was performed. The results demonstrated that compared to the perfect ZnTe, the lattice parameters of Zn0.875Te and Zn0.875Cu0.125Te were changed and the cell volumes decreased to some extent due to the vacancy and introduction of impurity. A vacancy acceptor level and an acceptor impurity level were produced in Zn0.875Te and Zn0.875Cu0.125Te, respectively. By comparison, Cu doping in the ZnTe system is relatively stable while the monovacancy system is not.

  16. ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cells prepared by vapor phase Zn doping

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    Ramanathan, Kannan; Hasoon, Falah S.; Asher, Sarah E.; Dolan, James; Keane, James C.

    2007-02-20

    A process for making a thin film ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cell without depositing a buffer layer and by Zn doping from a vapor phase, comprising: depositing Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on a metal back contact deposited on a glass substrate; heating the Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on the metal back contact on the glass substrate to a temperature range between about 100.degree. C. to about 250.degree. C.; subjecting the heated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 to an evaporant species from a Zn compound; and sputter depositing ZnO on the Zn compound evaporant species treated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2.

  17. Intermetallic compound formation at Cu-Al wire bond interface

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    Bae, In-Tae; Young Jung, Dae; Chen, William T.; Du, Yong

    2012-12-01

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation and evolution at Cu-Al wire bond interface were studied using focused ion beam /scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and structure factor (SF) calculation. It was found that discrete IMC patches were formed at the Cu/Al interface in as-packaged state and they grew toward Al pad after high temperature storage (HTS) environment at 150 °C. TEM/EDS and NBED results combined with SF calculation revealed the evidence of metastable θ'-CuAl2 IMC phase (tetragonal, space group: I4¯m2, a = 0.404 nm, c = 0.580 nm) formed at Cu/Al interfaces in both of the as-packaged and the post-HTS samples. Two feasible mechanisms for the formation of the metastable θ'-CuAl2 phase are discussed based on (1) non-equilibrium cooling of wire bond that is attributed to highly short bonding process time and (2) the epitaxial relationships between Cu and θ'-CuAl2, which can minimize lattice mismatch for θ'-CuAl2 to grow on Cu.

  18. Electrochemical Synthesis of Highly Oriented, Transparent, and Pinhole-Free ZnO and Al-Doped ZnO Films and Their Use in Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Kang, Donghyeon; Lee, Dongho; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2016-10-04

    Electrochemical synthesis conditions using nonaqueous solutions were developed to prepare highly transparent (T > 90%) and crystalline ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films for use in solar energy conversion devices. A focused effort was made to produce pinhole-free films in a reproducible manner by identifying a key condition to prevent the formation of cracks during deposition. The polycrystalline domains in the resulting films had a uniform orientation (i.e., the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate), which enhanced the electron transport properties of the films. Furthermore, electrochemical Al doping of ZnO using nonaqueous media, which was demonstrated for the first time in this study, effectively increased the carrier density and raised the Fermi level of ZnO. These films were coupled with an electrodeposited p-type Cu2O to construct p-n heterojunction solar cells to demonstrate the utilization of these films for solar energy conversion. The resulting n-ZnO/p-Cu2O and n-AZO/p-Cu2O cells showed excellent performance compared with previously reported n-ZnO/p-Cu2O cells prepared by electrodeposition. In particular, replacing ZnO with AZO resulted in simultaneous enhancements in short circuit current and open circuit potential, and the n-AZO/p-Cu2O cell achieved an average power conversion efficiency (η) of 0.92 ± 0.09%. The electrodeposition condition reported here will offer a practical and versatile way to produce ZnO or AZO films, which play key roles in various solar energy conversion devices, with qualities comparable to those prepared by vacuum-based techniques.

  19. Atmospheric corrosion of Cu, Zn, and Cu-Zn alloys protected by self-assembled monolayers of alkanethiols

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    Hosseinpour, Saman; Forslund, Mattias; Johnson, C. Magnus; Pan, Jinshan; Leygraf, Christofer

    2016-06-01

    In this article results from earlier studies have been compiled in order to compare the protection efficiency of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of alkanethiols for copper, zinc, and copper-zinc alloys exposed to accelerated indoor atmospheric corrosion conditions. The results are based on a combination of surface spectroscopy and microscopy techniques. The protection efficiency of investigated SAMs increases with chain length which is attributed to transport hindrance of the corrosion stimulators in the atmospheric environment, water, oxygen and formic acid, towards the copper surface. The transport hindrance is selective and results in different corrosion products on bare and on protected copper. Initially the molecular structure of SAMs on copper is well ordered, but the ordering is reduced with exposure time. Octadecanethiol (ODT), the longest alkanethiol investigated, protects copper significantly better than zinc, which may be attributed to the higher bond strength of Cu-S than of Zn-S. Despite these differences, the corrosion protection efficiency of ODT for the single phase Cu20Zn brass alloy is equally efficient as for copper, but significantly less for the heterogeneous double phase Cu40Zn brass alloy.

  20. Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 films from co-electrodeposited Cu-Zn-Sn precursors and their microstructural and optical properties

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    He, Xiancong; Shen, Honglie; Wang, Wei; Pi, Jinhong; Hao, Yu; Shi, Xiaobo

    2013-10-01

    The Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) films were successfully prepared using a process of co-electro-deposition of Cu-Sn-Zn precursors by a novel electrolyte formula and optimized parameters on Mo substrates, succeeded by annealing in saturated sulfur atmosphere. The optimized electrolyte formula was achieved as 0.16 M CuSO4·5H2O, 0.33 M ZnSO4, 0.08 M SnCl2·2H2O, 2.25 M NaOH, 1.36 M C6H5Na3O7 and 1.00 M C4H6O6 under a voltage of -1.62 V for 5 min. Cu3Sn, Cu6Sn5 and Cu4Zn alloys were firstly synthesized at temperature lower than 300 °C. At 300 °C, these alloys decomposed in sulfur atmosphere and CuS, SnS and ZnS binary phases were formed. Ternary Cu4SnS6 formed through reaction between CuS and SnS above 350 °C. Finally, the CZTS films were synthesized through reaction among CuS, SnS, ZnS and Cu4SnS6 sulfides. CZTS films synthesized at 550 °C for 1 h had an average atomic ratio of 0.96 and 1.1 for Cu/(Zn + Sn) and Zn/Sn, respectively. The photoluminescence peaking at about 1.55 eV in the prepared samples demonstrated a high quality of the CZTS film.

  1. Complete transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles in ...

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    Here, we present evidence on complete transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles, which are among the most heavily studied metal oxide particles, during 24 h in vitro toxicological testing with human T-lymphocytes. Synchrotron radiation-based X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy results revealed that Zn speciation profiles of 30 nm and 80 nm ZnO nanoparticles, and ZnSO4- exposed cells were almost identical with the prevailing species being Zn-cysteine. This suggests that ZnO nanoparticles are rapidly transformed during a standard in vitro toxicological assay, and are sequestered intracellularly, analogously to soluble Zn. Complete transformation of ZnO in the test conditions was further supported by almost identical Zn spectra in medium to which ZnO nanoparticles or ZnSO4 was added. Likewise, Cu XANES spectra for CuO and CuSO4-exposed cells and cell culture media were similar. These results together with our observation on similar toxicological profiles of ZnO and soluble Zn, and CuO and soluble Cu, underline the importance of dissolution and subsequent transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles during toxicological testing and provide evidence that the nano-specific effect of ZnO and CuO nanoparticulates is negligible in this system. We strongly suggest to account for this aspect when interpreting the toxicological results of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles. Although a number of studies have discussed the transformation of nanoparticles during

  2. Ferromagnetic properties of Cu-doped ZnS: A density functional theory study

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    Yan, Huiyu; Li, Yuqi; Guo, Yanrui; Song, Qinggong; Chen, Yifei

    2011-02-01

    Using plane-wave pseudopotential (PWPP) method, the magnetism and spin-resolved electronic properties of Cu-doped ZnS system are studied. Our calculations indicate that ferromagnetic (FM) state is ground state in Cu-doped ZnS. The FM coupling strength in ZnS doping with Cu fluctuates with the variation of distance between two dopants and the fluctuation gets larger with increase in distance. Room temperature ferromagnetism can be observed in Cu-doped ZnS with high dopant concentration. Formation energy calculation implies that the clustering effect is not obvious in Cu-doped ZnS. Thus, Cu-doped ZnS can be a promising dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS), which promises to be free of magnetic precipitates.

  3. Synthesis and luminescence properties of ZnS and metal (Mn, Cu)-doped-ZnS ceramic powder

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    Ummartyotin, S.; Bunnak, N.; Juntaro, J.; Sain, M.; Manuspiya, H.

    2012-03-01

    ZnS and metal (Mn, Cu)-doped-ZnS were successfully prepared by wet chemical synthetic route. The understanding of substituted metal ions (Mn, Cu) into ZnS leads to transfer the luminescent centre by small amount of metal dopant (Mn, Cu). Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction were used to determine chemical bonding and crystal structure, respectively. It showed that small amount of metal (Mn, Cu) can be completely substituted into ZnS lattice. X-ray fluorescence was used to confirm the existence of metal-doped ZnS. Scanning electron microscope revealed that their particles exhibits blocky particle with irregular sharp. Laser confocal microscope and photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that ZnS and metal-doped-ZnS exhibited intense, stable, and tunable emission covering the blue to red end of the visible spectrum. ZnS, Mn-doped-ZnS and Cu-doped-ZnS generated blue, yellow and green color, respectively.

  4. Preparation and characterization of water-soluble ZnSe:Cu/ZnS core/shell quantum dots

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    Wang, Lei; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Liu, Wei; Xia, Chenghui; Zhou, Huajian

    2013-09-01

    The synthesis and luminescent properties of water-soluble ZnSe:Cu/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with different shell thickness are reported in this paper. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) studies present that the ZnSe:Cu/ZnS core/shell QDs with different shell thickness have a cubic zinc-blende structure. The tests of transmission electron microscope (TEM) pictures exhibit that the QDs obtained are spherical-shaped particles and the average grain size increased from 2.7 to 3.8 nm with the growth of ZnS shell. The emission peak position of QDs has a small redshift from 461 to 475 nm with the growth of ZnS shell within the blue spectral window. The photoluminescence (PL) emission intensity and stability of the ZnSe:Cu core d-dots are both enhanced by coating ZnS shell on the surface of core d-dots. The largest PL intensity of the core/shell QDs is almost 3 times larger than that of Cu doped ZnSe quantum dots (ZnSe:Cu d-dots). The redshift of core/shell QDs compared with the core QDs are observed in both the absorption and the photoluminescence excitation spectra.

  5. Cu isotope variability in Bavariás largest Cu-Zn deposit in Kupferberg (NE Bavaria, Germany)

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    Höhn, Stefan; Frimmel, Hartwig E.; Debaille, Vinciane; Debouge, Wendy

    2016-04-01

    Kupferberg, a small town c. 15 km northeast of Kulmbach, owns its existence to Bavaria's largest Cu-Zn deposit, which was mined intermittently from the 13th to the 19th century. The deposit is located in the Saxothuringian Zone of the Variscan basement in northeastern Bavaria. It is positioned between the allochthonous Münchberg metamorphic complex in the east and a major northwest-southeast tending regional fault zone, the "Franconian Lineament", in the west. The deposit is hosted by an Early Palaeozoic volcano-sedimentary succession of the Randschiefer Formation (RF) and consists of a northwest-southeast directed string of several stratiform, sulfide-rich ore lenses. These lenses show a remarkably simple mineralogy dominated by quartz, carbonate, pyrite and chalcopyrite with minor amounts of sphalerite and chlorite. The genesis of the Cu-Zn mineralization has remained speculative. A purely syngenetic model, supported by the generally laminated appearance of the ore, has to be questioned because of the ore lenses occurring in different tectonic units. Urban & Vaché (1972) proposed supergene enrichment between the Cretaceous and the Tertiary as most critical. To test such a supergene versus hypogene Cu-mineralization, we investigated the Cu isotopic composition of primary and secondary Cu phases as well as the trace element distribution in three pyrite generations. The pyrite generation that is coeval with the principal Cu-mineralization in the form of chalcopyrite has Co/Ni ratios (on average 35) typical of hydrothermal, possibly metamorphic, formation. Chalcopyrite, present at highly variable modal proportions, yielded a narrow range in δ65Cu from -0.26 to 0.36 ‰Ḃoth the absolute values and the narrow range are similar to the δ65Cu range known for hydrothermal chalcopyrite in crustal rocks (Markl et al. 2006). Metamorphism has been shown to further restrict the range in δ65Cu (Ikehata et al. 2011) - an effect that might be applicable to Kupferberg. In

  6. Impact of the Stack Order in Cu-Zn-Sn Metal Precursors on the Properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Films

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    Abusnina, Mohamed; Matin, Mohammad; Moutinho, Helio; Al-Jassim, Mowafak

    2015-06-14

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films were grown by the annealing of metallic precursors with different stack orders in sulfur atmosphere. The sequential deposition of the metal layers from single Cu, Zn, and Sn targets on Mo-coated soda-lime glass substrates was carried out using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. In this work, we investigated the effect of the sequence of metal layers on the chemical, structural, and morphological properties of the final CZTS films using X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman scattering spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The realized stack sequences were Mo/Sn/Zn/Cu, Mo/Sn/Cu/Zn, Mo/Cu/Zn/Sn, Mo/Cu/Sn/Zn, and Mo/Zn/Cu/Sn. XRF measurements revealed notable impact of the metal layers' stacking order in the precursor on the chemical composition. It also showed Sn loss and high Zn concentration in all sulfurized films; however, having Cu on the Sn or Zn/Sn layer showed some minimization of the Sn loss. XRD showed CZTS films with good crystallinity and no evidence of the presence of secondary phases. Changing the precursor stack order did not show any influence on the films' crystallinity or texture. Raman spectroscopy, in contrast, indicated the presence of ZnS phase beside the main CZTS phase. The morphology study showed significant effect on the structure of the final CZTS films depending on the used stack order. Generally, the films that originated from precursors having a Zn layer deposited directly on Mo or as the second layer exhibited better adhesion to the Mo layer and showed fewer or even no voids compared to the other films.

  7. Cu and Zn in different stellar populations: Inferring their astrophysical origin

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    Bisterzo, S.; Pompeia, L.; Gallino, R.; Pignatari, M.; Cunha, K.; Heger, A.; Smith, V.

    2005-07-01

    Copper and Zinc behave differently in unevolved stars of various metallicities and stellar populations. Current hypotheses on the astrophysical origin of both elements are highly debated. It has been advanced in previous works ([Matteucci, F., Raiteri, C., Busso, M., Gallino, R. and Gratton, R. A&A 272 (1993) 421,Mishenina, T.V. et al. A&A 396 (2002) 189]) that most solar Cu and Zn were synthesized in Type la Supernovae, although present theory of SNIe explosions predicts very little contribution to both elements [Thielemann, F.-K., Nomoto, K. and Yokoi, K. A&A 158 (1986) 17]. We have collected a large sample of recent high-resolution spectroscopic observations of unevolved stars in the Galactic halo, thick-disk and thin-disk, in bulge-like stars, globular clusters, Omega Cen, and Dwarf Spheroidal systems. Then we compare spectroscopic observations of Cu and Zn with present stellar nucleosynthesis theory. Cu is the best signature of a secondary-like production in massive stars by neutron captures with a small primary contribution by explosive nucleosynthesis. Zn needs a more complex description. No need of extra contribution by SNIa is required.

  8. Optical and Electrical Properties of TTF-MPcs (M = Cu, Zn) Interfaces for Optoelectronic Applications.

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    Sánchez-Vergara, María Elena; Leyva-Esqueda, Mariel; Alvárez-Bada, José Ramón; García-Montalvo, Verónica; Rojas-Montoya, Iván Darío; Jiménez-Sandoval, Omar

    2015-11-25

    Sandwich structures were fabricated by a vacuum deposition method using MPc (M = Cu, Zn), with a Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative, and Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and aluminum electrodes. The structure and morphology of the deposited films were studied by IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The absorption spectra of TTF derivative-MPc (M = Cu, Zn) thin films deposited at room temperature were recorded in the spectral range 200-1000 nm. The optical band gap of the thin films was determined from the (αhν)(1/2) vs. hν plot. The direct-current (DC) electrical properties of the glass/ITO/TTFderiv-MPc (M = Cu, Zn)/Al structures were also investigated. Changes in conductivity of the derivative-TTF-enriched Pc compounds suggest the formation of alternative paths for carrier conduction. At low voltages, forward current density obeys an ohmic I-V relationship; at higher voltages, conduction is mostly due to a space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) mechanism.

  9. Incorporation of trace elements in Portland cement clinker: Thresholds limits for Cu, Ni, Sn or Zn

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    Gineys, N.; Aouad, G.; Sorrentino, F.; Damidot, D.

    2011-11-15

    This paper aims at defining precisely, the threshold limits for several trace elements (Cu, Ni, Sn or Zn) which correspond to the maximum amount that could be incorporated into a standard clinker whilst reaching the limit of solid solution of its four major phases (C{sub 3}S, C{sub 2}S, C{sub 3}A and C{sub 4}AF). These threshold limits were investigated through laboratory synthesised clinkers that were mainly studied by X-ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy. The reference clinker was close to a typical Portland clinker (65% C{sub 3}S, 18% C{sub 2}S, 8% C{sub 3}A and 8% C{sub 4}AF). The threshold limits for Cu, Ni, Zn and Sn are quite high with respect to the current contents in clinker and were respectively equal to 0.35, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 wt.%. It appeared that beyond the defined threshold limits, trace elements had different behaviours. Ni was associated with Mg as a magnesium nickel oxide (MgNiO{sub 2}) and Sn reacted with lime to form a calcium stannate (Ca{sub 2}SnO{sub 4}). Cu changed the crystallisation process and affected therefore the formation of C{sub 3}S. Indeed a high content of Cu in clinker led to the decomposition of C{sub 3}S into C{sub 2}S and of free lime. Zn, in turn, affected the formation of C{sub 3}A. Ca{sub 6}Zn{sub 3}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15} was formed whilst a tremendous reduction of C{sub 3}A content was identified. The reactivity of cements made with the clinkers at the threshold limits was followed by calorimetry and compressive strength measurements on cement paste. The results revealed that the doped cements were at least as reactive as the reference cement.

  10. First-principles study for ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO with carrier doping

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    Kang, Byung-Sub; Kim, Kyeong-Sup; Yu, Seong-Cho; Chae, Heejoon

    2013-02-15

    We studied the effects on the ferromagnetism of carrier doping in Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O with x=0.0277-0.0833 by using the first-principles calculations. The total magnetic moment of Cu is about 1, 2, and 3 {mu}{sub B}/cell at the concentration of 2.77%, 5.55%, and 8.33%, respectively. For Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}N{sub y}, we obtained the ferromagnetic and half-metallic ground state. The Cu magnetic moment in low Cu concentration is increased by the N-doping. However, for the F-doping it decreases. The ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO is controllable by changing the carrier density. The N 2p states hybridize well with Cu 3d states instead of the O 2p states. Due to the hybridization between N 2p and Cu 3d states, the holes are itinerant with keeping its 3d states. For (Cu,N)-codoped ZnO, it is recognized that the width of 3d states is larger than that of (Cu,F)-codoped ZnO. - Graphical abstract: Considered clean wurtzite ZnO structure, the Cu magnetic moments for Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}N{sub y} or Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}F{sub y} of the ferromagnetic state (left), and the charge density difference of Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O (x=0.0277) (right). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO is controllable by N or F carrier density. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Cu magnetic moment in low Cu concentration is increased by hole doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The N 2p states hybridize well with the Cu 3d states instead of the O 2p states. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For (Cu,F)-codoped ZnO, the Cu 3d band is narrower than that for (Cu,N)-codoped ZnO.

  11. Study of Substitution of Zn FOR Cu in YBa2Cu3O7 System

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    Sharma, P. K.; Samariya, A.; Dhawan, M. S.; Singhal, R. K.

    The polycrystalline YBa2(Cu1-XZnX)3O7-δ samples (x=0.0 to 0.06) were synthesized and studied using X Ray diffraction, titration, resistivity, magnetization and X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Results show that O2 stoichiometry (δ) changes on Zn substitution which affects their normal state resistivity as well as the TC. Zn also induces local magnetic moment as evidenced from magnetization results. A combination of change in O2 stoichiometry and magnetic pair breaking is found to be responsible for a rapid suppression of superconductivity.

  12. Switching mechanism transition induced by annealing treatment in nonvolatile Cu/ZnO/Cu/ZnO/Pt resistive memory: From carrier trapping/detrapping to electrochemical metallization

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    Yang, Y. C.; Pan, F.; Zeng, F.; Liu, M.

    2009-12-01

    ZnO/Cu/ZnO trilayer films sandwiched between Cu and Pt electrodes were prepared for nonvolatile resistive memory applications. These structures show resistance switching under electrical bias both before and after a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatment, while it is found that the resistive switching effects in the two cases exhibit distinct characteristics. Compared with the as-fabricated device, the memory cell after RTA demonstrates remarkable device parameter improvements including lower threshold voltages, lower write current, and higher Roff/Ron ratio. A high-voltage forming process is avoided in the annealed device as well. Furthermore, the RTA treatment has triggered a switching mechanism transition from a carrier trapping/detrapping type to an electrochemical-redox-reaction-controlled conductive filament formation/rupture process, as indicated by different features in current-voltage characteristics. Both scanning electron microscopy observations and Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiles reveal that the Cu charge trapping layer in ZnO/Cu/ZnO disperses uniformly into the storage medium after RTA, while x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses demonstrate that the Cu atoms have lost electrons to become Cu2+ ions after dispersion. The above experimental facts indicate that the altered status of Cu in the ZnO/Cu/ZnO trilayer films during RTA treatment should be responsible for the switching mechanism transition. This study is envisioned to open the door for understanding the interrelation between different mechanisms that currently exist in the field of resistive memories.

  13. Effect of Cu doping on the properties of ZnTe:Cu thin films and CdS/CdTe/ZnTe solar cells

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    Tang, J.; Mao, D.; Trefny, J. U.

    1997-02-01

    The effects of Cu doping concentration and post-deposition annealing treatment on the properties of ZnTe thin films were investigated in an effort to decrease the Cu doping concentration and improve the long-term stability of CdS/CdTe/ZnTe solar cells. The structural, compositional, and electrical properties were studied systematically using x-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe, Hall effect and conductivity measurements. XRD measurements indicated that the crystalline phase of as-deposited and low-temperature annealed ZnTe films is dependent on Cu doping concentration. Low-Cu-doped films exhibited zincblende phase, whereas high-Cu-doped films showed wurtzite phase. After annealing at high temperature (⩾350 °C), all films exhibited zincblende structure. Electron probe microanalysis revealed a deficiency of cations in low-Cu-doped films and an excess of cations in high-Cu-doped films. Hall effect measurements revealed a dependence of hole mobility on Cu doping concentration with the highest mobility (20 cm2/Vṡs) obtained at a low Cu concentration. Carrier concentrations higher than mid-1016cm-3 were obtained at a Cu concentration of 2 at. % and relatively low annealing temperatures. Studies of the activation energy of dark conductivity suggested that intrinsic defects (e.g., Zn vacancies) are the dominant acceptors for Cu concentrations lower than 4.5 at. %. Finally, ZnTe films with Cu concentrations as low as 1 at. % were used successfully as a back contact layer in CdTe based solar cells. Fill factors over 0.70 were obtained using ZnTe films of low Cu concentrations.

  14. Al-to-Cu Friction Stir Lap Welding

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    Firouzdor, Vahid; Kou, Sindo

    2012-01-01

    Recently, friction stir welding (FSW) has been used frequently to join dissimilar metals, for instance, Al to Mg, Cu, and steel. The formation of brittle intermetallic compounds often severely limits the strength and ductility of the resultant welds. In the present study, Al-to-Cu lap FSW was studied by welding 6061 Al to commercially pure Cu. Conventional lap FSW was modified by butt welding a small piece of Al to the top of Cu, with a slight pin penetration into the bottom of Al. At travel speeds up to 127 mm/min (5 ipm), the modified welds were about twice the joint strength and five to nine times the ductility of the conventional lap welds. In the conventional lap welds, voids were present along the Al-Cu interface, and fracture occurred along the interface in tensile testing. No such voids were observed in the modified lap welds, and fracture occurred through Cu. Thus, as in the case of Al-to-Mg lap FSW recently studied by the authors, modified lap FSW significantly improved the weld quality in Al-to-Cu lap FSW. At the relatively high travel speed of 203 mm/min (8 ipm), however, modified lap FSW was no longer superior because of channel formation.

  15. Vertical p-type Cu-doped ZnO/n-type ZnO homojunction nanowire-based ultraviolet photodetector by the furnace system with hotwire assistance.

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    Hsu, Cheng-Liang; Gao, Yi-Dian; Chen, You-Syuan; Hsueh, Ting-Jen

    2014-03-26

    Vertical p-ZnO:Cu/n-ZnO homojunction nanowires (NWs) and whole ZnO:Cu NWs were synthesized on a ZnO thin film/glass substrate by a furnace at 600 °C with 1700 °C hotwire assistance. According to the ZnO:Cu NW investigation, the energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrum indicates that the Cu content is 3.01 atomic %. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks of ZnO:Cu NWs shift toward larger angles with increasing amounts of doped Cu. The Cu dopant enhanced the photoluminescence (PL) green-band peak and decreased the conductivity of the NWs, as measured by I-V. The gas sensing measurement and Hall effect verified that all ZnO:Cu NWs were p-type. In this study, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and EDX mapping images revealed that the majority of the Cu element is located at the top of the p-ZnO:Cu/n-ZnO NW. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) image of the p-ZnO:Cu region shows that the NWs are [0001] growth-oriented, with lateral surfaces enclosed by (1̅101) planes. The I-V curve of p-ZnO:Cu/n-ZnO NWs displays the characteristics of normal rectifying diodes. The photocurrent under ultraviolet (UV) exposure was around 6 times higher than the dark current at the reverse bias of -5 V.

  16. Quantifying point defects in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films using resonant x-ray diffraction

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    Stone, Kevin H.; Christensen, Steven T.; Harvey, Steven P.; Teeter, Glenn; Repins, Ingrid L.; Toney, Michael F.

    2016-10-01

    Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 is an interesting, earth abundant photovoltaic material, but has suffered from low open circuit voltage. To better understand the film structure, we have measured resonant x-ray diffraction across the Cu and Zn K-edges for the device quality thin films of Cu2ZnSnS4 (8.6% efficiency) and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (3.5% efficiency). This approach allows for the confirmation of the underlying kesterite structure and quantification of the concentration of point defects and vacancies on the Cu, Zn, and Sn sublattices. Rietveld refinement of powder diffraction data collected at multiple energies is used to determine that there exists a high level of CuZn and ZnCu defects on the 2c and 2d Wyckoff positions. We observe a significantly lower concentration of ZnSn defects and Cu or Zn vacancies.

  17. Quantifying point defects in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films using resonant x-ray diffraction

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    Stone, Kevin H.; Christensen, Steven T.; Harvey, Steven P.; Teeter, Glenn; Repins, Ingrid L.; Toney, Michael F.

    2016-10-17

    Cu 2ZnSn(S,Se)4 is an interesting, earth abundant photovoltaic material, but has suffered from low open circuit voltage. To better understand the film structure, we have measured resonant x-ray diffraction across the Cu and Zn K-edges for the device quality thin films of Cu 2ZnSnS4 (8.6% efficiency) and Cu 2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (3.5% efficiency). This approach allows for the confirmation of the underlying kesterite structure and quantification of the concentration of point defects and vacancies on the Cu, Zn, and Sn sublattices. Rietveld refinement of powder diffraction data collected at multiple energies is used to determine that there exists a high level of Cu Zn and Zn Cu defects on the 2c and 2d Wyckoff positions. We observe a significantly lower concentration of Zn Sn defects and Cu or Zn vacancies.

  18. X-ray excited ZnS:Cu,Co afterglow nanoparticles for photodynamic activation

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    Ma, Lun; Zou, Xiaoju; Bui, Brian; Chen, Wei; Song, Kwang Hyun; Solberg, Timothy

    2014-07-01

    Copper and cobalt co-doped ZnS (ZnS:Cu,Co) afterglow nanoparticles were conjugated to photosensitizer tetrabromorhodamine-123 (TBrRh123) and efficient energy transfer from the nanoparticles to TBrRh123 was observed. In addition to their X-ray excited luminescence, the ZnS:Cu,Co nanoparticles also show long lasting afterglow, which continuously serve as a light source for photodynamic therapy (PDT) activation. Compared to TBrRh123 or ZnS:Cu,Co alone, the ZnS:Cu,Co-TBrRh123 conjugates show low dark toxicity but high X-ray induced toxicity to human prostate cancer cells. The results indicate that the ZnS:Cu,Co afterglow nanoparticles have a good potential for PDT activation.

  19. ZnCuInS/ZnSe/ZnS Quantum Dot-Based Downconversion Light-Emitting Diodes and Their Thermal Effect

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    Liu, Wenyan; Zhang, Yu; Ruan, Cheng; ...

    2015-01-01

    The quantum dot-based light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) were fabricated using blue GaN chips and red-, yellow-, and green-emitting ZnCuInS/ZnSe/ZnS QDs. The power efficiencies were measured as 14.0 lm/W for red, 47.1 lm/W for yellow, and 62.4 lm/W for green LEDs at 2.6 V. The temperature effect of ZnCuInS/ZnSe/ZnS QDs on these LEDs was investigated using CIE chromaticity coordinates, spectral wavelength, full width at half maximum (FWHM), and power efficiency (PE). The thermal quenching induced by the increased surface temperature of the device was confirmed to be one of the important factors to decrease power efficiencies while the CIE chromaticity coordinates changed little due to themore » low emission temperature coefficients of 0.022, 0.050, and 0.068 nm/°C for red-, yellow-, and green-emitting ZnCuInS/ZnSe/ZnS QDs. These indicate that ZnCuInS/ZnSe/ZnS QDs are more suitable for downconversion LEDs compared to CdSe QDs.« less

  20. Probing the local structure of dilute Cu dopants in fluorescent ZnS nanocrystals using EXAFS.

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    Car, Brad; Medling, Scott; Corrado, Carley; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z

    2011-10-05

    A local structure study of ZnS nanocrystals, doped with very low concentrations of Cu, was carried out using the EXAFS technique to better understand how Cu substitutes into the host lattice and forms Cu luminescence centers. We show that a large fraction of the Cu have three nearest neighbor S atoms and the Cu-S bond is significantly shortened compared to Zn-S, by ∼0.08 Å. In addition, the second neighbor Cu-Cu peak is extremely small. We propose that Cu occupies an interior site next to a S(2-) vacancy, with the Cu displaced towards the remaining S(2-) and away from the vacancy; such a displacement immediately explains the lack of a significant Cu-Cu peak in the data. There is no evidence for interstitial Cu sites (Cu(i)), indicating that no more than 2% of the Cu are Cu(i.) This study provides new insights into the local structure of the Cu dopant in ZnS without the presence of CuS nanoprecipitates that are present at higher Cu doping levels.

  1. Creep behaviour of Cu-30 percent Zn at intermediate temperatures

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    Raj, S. V.

    1991-01-01

    The present, intermediate-temperature (573-823 K) range investigation of creep properties for single-phase Cu-30 percent Zn alpha-brass observed inverse, linear, and sigmoidal primary-creep transients above 573 K under stresses that yield minimum creep rates in the 10 to the -7th to 2 x 10 to the -4th range; normal primary creep occurred in all other conditions. In conjunction with a review of the pertinent literature, a detailed analysis of these data suggests that no clearly defined, classes M-to-A-to-M transition exists in this alloy notwithstanding the presence of both classes' characteristics under nominally similar stresses and temperatures.

  2. Facile synthesis and photocatalytic activity of bi-phase dispersible Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles

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    Liu, Xiao; Liu, HongLing; Zhang, WenXing; Li, XueMei; Fang, Ning; Wang, XianHong; Wu, JunHua

    2015-04-01

    Bi-phase dispersible Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles were synthesized by one-pot non-aqueous nanoemulsion with the use of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEO-PPO-PEO) as the surfactant. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) show high crystallinity of the Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles and an average particle size of ~19.4 nm. The ultraviolet-visible light absorbance spectrometry (UV-vis) and photoluminescence spectrophotometry (PL) demonstrate well dispersibility and excellent optical performance of Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles both in organic and aqueous solvent. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms Cu1+ and Cu2+ in ZnO. The observation using Sudan red (III) as probe molecule reveals that the Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles possess enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability which are promising for potential applications in photocatalysis.

  3. Facile synthesis and photocatalytic activity of bi-phase dispersible Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Xiao; Liu, HongLing; Zhang, WenXing; Li, XueMei; Fang, Ning; Wang, XianHong; Wu, JunHua

    2015-01-01

    Bi-phase dispersible Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles were synthesized by one-pot non-aqueous nanoemulsion with the use of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEO-PPO-PEO) as the surfactant. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) show high crystallinity of the Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles and an average particle size of ~19.4 nm. The ultraviolet-visible light absorbance spectrometry (UV-vis) and photoluminescence spectrophotometry (PL) demonstrate well dispersibility and excellent optical performance of Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles both in organic and aqueous solvent. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms Cu(1+) and Cu(2+) in ZnO. The observation using Sudan red (III) as probe molecule reveals that the Cu-ZnO hybrid nanoparticles possess enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability which are promising for potential applications in photocatalysis.

  4. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of ultra-high aspect ratio ZnO nanowires due to Cu induced defects

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    Pasupathi Sugavaneshwar, Ramu; Duy Dao, Thang; Nanda, Karuna Kar; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hishita, Shunichi; Sakaguchi, Isao

    2015-12-01

    We report the synthesis of ZnO nanowires in ambient air at 650°C by a single-step vapor transport method using two different sources Zn (ZnO nanowires-I) and Zn:Cu (ZnO nanowires-II). The Zn:Cu mixed source co-vaporize Zn with a small amount of Cu at temperatures where elemental Cu source does not vaporize. This method provides us a facile route for Cu doping into ZnO. The aspect ratio of the grown ZnO nanowires-II was found to be higher by more than five times compared ZnO nanowires-I. Photocatalytic activity was measured by using a solar simulator and its ultraviolet-filtered light. The ZnO nanowires-II shows higher catalytic activity due to increased aspect ratio and higher content of surface defects because of incorporation of Cu impurities.

  5. Existence and removal of Cu2Se second phase in coevaporated Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films

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    Tanaka, Tooru; Sueishi, Tatsuya; Saito, Katsuhiko; Guo, Qixin; Nishio, Mitsuhiro; Yu, Kin M.; Walukiewicz, Wladek

    2012-03-01

    The composition dependence of the electrical properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films synthesized by coevaporation and the results of phase analyses are reported. We found that the hole concentration depends on the Cu/(Zn + Sn) ratio and is on the order of 1017 cm-3 for the ratio of 0.7 and increases to over 1020 cm-3 when the ratio exceeds 0.9. Raman spectra indicate the coexistence of semimetallic Cu2Se second phase in the thin films with Cu/(Zn + Sn) ratio above 0.9. In order to remove the Cu2Se phase selectively, we attempted a KCN etching. After the KCN etching for 30 min, the Raman peak attributed to the Cu2Se phase disappeared, and the hole concentration decreased to about 1018 cm-3.

  6. Interplay of Cu and oxygen vacancy in optical transitions and screening of excitons in ZnO:Cu films

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    Darma, Yudi; Rusydi, Andrivo; Seng Herng, Tun; Marlina, Resti; Fauziah, Resti; Ding, Jun

    2014-02-24

    We study room temperature optics and electronic structures of ZnO:Cu films as a function of Cu concentration using a combination of spectroscopic ellipsometry, photoluminescence, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Mid-gap optical states, interband transitions, and excitons are observed and distinguishable. We argue that the mid-gap states are originated from interactions of Cu and oxygen vacancy (Vo). They are located below conduction band (Zn4s) and above valence band (O2p) promoting strong green emission and narrowing optical band gap. Excitonic states are screened and its intensities decrease upon Cu doping. Our results show the importance of Cu and Vo driving the electronic structures and optical transitions in ZnO:Cu films.

  7. Mercury embrittlement of Cu-Al alloys under cyclic loading

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    Regan, T. M.; Stoloff, N. S.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of mercury on the room temperature, high cycle fatigue properties of three alloys: Cu-5.5 pct Al, Cu-7.3 pct Al, and Cu-6.3 pct Al-2.5 pct Fe has been determined. Severe embrittlement under cyclic loading in mercury is associated with rapid crack propagation in the presence of the liquid metal. A pronounced grain size effect is noted under mercury, while fatigue properties in air are insensitive to grain size. The fatigue results are discussed in relation to theories of adsorption-induced liquid metal embrittlement.

  8. An impedance study of complex Al/Cu-Al2O3 electrode

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    Denisova, J.; Katkevics, J.; Erts, D.; Viksna, A.

    2011-06-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate different Cu deposition regimes on Al surface obtained by internal electrolysis and to characterize properties of fabricated electrodes. EIS experimental data confirmed that Cu deposition by internal electrolysis is realized and the complex electrode system is obtained. The main difficulty in preparation of Al/Cu electrodes is to prevent aluminium oxidation before and during electrochemical deposition of Cu particles. In this work NaCl, CH3COONa, K2SO4, mono- and diammonium citrate electrolytes were examined to determine their suitability for impedance measurements. Al/Cu-Al2O3 electrode composition was approved by equivalent circuit analysis, optical and scanning electron microscope methods. The most optimal Cu deposition mode using internal electrolysis was determined. The obtained results are promising for future electrochemical fabrication of nanostructures directly on Al surfaces by internal electrolysis.

  9. Radiative recombination in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films with Cu deficiency and Zn excess

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    Yakushev, M. V.; Márquez-Prieto, J.; Forbes, I.; Edwards, P. R.; Zhivulko, V. D.; Mudryi, A. V.; Krustok, J.; Martin, R. W.

    2015-12-01

    Thin films of Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) with copper deficiency and zinc excess were fabricated at Northumbria University by the selenisation of metallic precursors deposited on Mo/glass and bare glass substrates. Absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were used to examine the film on glass whereas films on Mo/glass were used to produce a solar cell with efficiency of 8.1%. Detailed temperature and excitation intensity analysis of PL spectra allows identification of the main recombination mechanisms as band-to-tail and band-to-band transitions. The latter transition was observed in the spectra from 6 to 300 K.

  10. Structural, chemical and optical evaluation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an aqueous solution method

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    Iribarren, A.; Hernández-Rodríguez, E.; Maqueira, L.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis. • Substitutional or interstitial Cu into ZnO lead specific structural, chemical, and optical changes. • Incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in ZnO as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. - Abstract: In this work a study of ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis in aqueous media was carried out. Structural analysis gave the dominant presence of wurtzite ZnO phase forming a solid solution Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O. For high Cu doping CuO phase is also present. For low Cu concentration the lattice shrinks due to Cu atoms substitute Zn atoms. For high Cu concentration the lattice enlarges due to predominance of interstitial Cu. From elemental analysis we determined and analyzed the incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. Combining structural and chemical results we described the Cu/Zn precursor concentrations r{sub w} in which the solid solution of Cu in ZnO is predominant. In the region located at r{sub w} ≈ 0.2–0.3 it is no longer valid. For Cu/Zn precursor concentration r{sub w} > 0.3 interstitial Cu dominates, and some amount of copper oxide appears. As the Cu concentration increases, the effective size of nanoparticles decreases. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were carried out and analyzed.

  11. Vibrational spectra and lattice thermal conductivity of kesterite-structured Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4

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    Skelton, Jonathan M.; Jackson, Adam J.; Dimitrievska, Mirjana; Wallace, Suzanne K.; Walsh, Aron

    2015-04-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is a promising material for photovoltaic and thermoelectric applications. Issues with quaternary semiconductors include chemical disorder (e.g., Cu-Zn antisites) and disproportionation into secondary phases (e.g., ZnS and Cu2SnS3). To provide a reference for the pure kesterite structure, we report the vibrational spectra—including both infra-red and Raman intensities—from lattice-dynamics calculations using first-principles force constants. Three-phonon interactions are used to estimate phonon lifetimes (spectral linewidths) and thermal conductivity. CZTS exhibits a remarkably low lattice thermal conductivity, competitive with high-performance thermoelectric materials. Transition from the sulfide to selenide (Cu2ZnSnSe4) results in softening of the phonon modes and an increase in phonon lifetimes.

  12. Absolute densities of Cu, Zn, Sn, and S atoms in magnetron sputtering plasmas employing a Cu2ZnSnS4 target

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    Nafarizal, Nayan; Sasaki, Koichi

    2016-07-01

    Absolute densities of Cu, Zn, Sn, and S atoms in magnetron sputtering plasmas were measured by ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy and vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy. A stoichiometric Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) target was used in this work. It was found that, at various Ar pressures, the S density ranged between (2-8) × 1010 cm-3, the Cu and Sn densities ranged between (0.6-3) × 1010 cm-3, and the Zn density ranged between (2-3) × 109 cm-3. The effective depositing flux, which was evaluated from the absolute densities and the sticking probabilities, was comparable with that evaluated from the deposition rate of the CZTS film. However, the composition ratio of Cu, Zn, Sn, and S in the gas phase deviated from the ideal stoichiometry of CZTS. We discussed the possible mechanisms for the difference among the element compositions of the target, the deposited film, and the gas-phase densities.

  13. Polarized Raman spectroscopy of Cu-poor and Zn-rich single-crystal Cu2ZnSnSe4

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    Nam, Dahyun; Kim, Jungcheol; Lee, Jae-Ung; Nagaoka, Akira; Yoshino, Kenji; Cha, Wonsuk; Kim, Hyunjung; Hwang, In Chul; Yoon, Kyung Byung; Cheong, Hyeonsik

    2014-10-01

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) is a p-type semiconductor which has been developed as an absorber layer of polycrystalline thin film solar cells. Generally, Cu-poor and Zn-rich compositions tend to give the highest solar conversion efficiencies. Raman spectroscopy has been used to detect secondary phases such as ZnSe and Cu2SnSe3 in CZTSe thin films. However, the fundamental phonon modes in single-crystal CZTSe with a composition matching that of high-efficiency thin film solar cells have not yet been fully understood. We performed polarized Raman measurements on Cu-poor and Zn-rich single-crystal CZTSe and identified 12 peaks, including two low-frequency peaks. By comparing the polarization dependence of the Raman peaks with a group theoretical analysis, we concluded that the crystal structure of CZTSe single-crystal is kesterite and made appropriate peak assignments.

  14. Investigations on Cu2+-substituted Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles

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    Amarjeet; Kumar, Vinod

    2016-11-01

    CuxNi(1-x)/2Zn(1-x)/2Fe2O4 (x = 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5) nanoparticles were prepared by chemical co-precipitation method. The developed nanoparticles were characterized for structural properties by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. Peak position in the X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the single spinel phase of the developed particles. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy in mid-IR range showed the presence of characteristic absorption bands corresponding to octahedral and tetrahedral bonds in the spinel structure of prepared samples. Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements showed a considerable weight loss in the developed samples above 700∘C. Frequency dependence of the electrical properties of the developed material pellets was studied in the frequency range of 1 kHz-5 MHz. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of Cu0.1Ni0.45Zn0.45Fe2O4 was studied at different temperatures, i.e. at 425, 450 and 475 K, in the frequency range of 1 kHz-5 MHz. It was found that the electrical conductivity decreases with increasing Cu2+ ion content while it increases with the increase in temperature.

  15. (Zn,H)-codoped copper oxide nanoparticles via pulsed laser ablation on Cu-Zn alloy in water

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    Lin, Bo-Cheng; Chen, Shuei-Yuan; Shen, Pouyan

    2012-05-01

    Nanosized (5 to 10 nm) amorphous and crystalline nanocondensates, i.e., metallic α-phase of Zn-Cu alloy in face-centered cubic structure and (Zn,H)-codoped cuprite (Cu2O) with high-pressure-favored close-packed sublattice, were formed by pulsed laser ablation on bulk Cu65Zn35 in water and characterized by X-ray/electron diffractions and optical spectroscopy. The as-fabricated hybrid nanocondensates are darkish and showed photoluminescence in the whole visible region. Further dwelling of such nanocondensates in water caused progressive formation of a rice-like assembly of (Zn,H)-codoped tenorite (CuO) nanoparticles with (001), (100), and {111} preferred orientations, (111) tilt boundary, yellowish color, and minimum bandgap narrowing down to ca. 2.7 eV for potential photocatalytic applications.

  16. (Zn,H)-codoped copper oxide nanoparticles via pulsed laser ablation on Cu-Zn alloy in water

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    2012-01-01

    Nanosized (5 to 10 nm) amorphous and crystalline nanocondensates, i.e., metallic α-phase of Zn-Cu alloy in face-centered cubic structure and (Zn,H)-codoped cuprite (Cu2O) with high-pressure-favored close-packed sublattice, were formed by pulsed laser ablation on bulk Cu65Zn35 in water and characterized by X-ray/electron diffractions and optical spectroscopy. The as-fabricated hybrid nanocondensates are darkish and showed photoluminescence in the whole visible region. Further dwelling of such nanocondensates in water caused progressive formation of a rice-like assembly of (Zn,H)-codoped tenorite (CuO) nanoparticles with (001), (100), and {111} preferred orientations, (111) tilt boundary, yellowish color, and minimum bandgap narrowing down to ca. 2.7 eV for potential photocatalytic applications. PMID:22647312

  17. Synthesis CuO-ZnO nanocomposite and its application as an antibacterial agent

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    Widiarti, N.; Sae, J. K.; Wahyuni, S.

    2017-02-01

    The synthesis of CuO-ZnO composites and their application as anti-bacterial have been conducted. Nanocomposite CuO-ZnO was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanocomposite products were characterized by XRD, DR-UV, SAA, FTIR, SEM-EDX. The results of the XRD analysis showed that the CuO-ZnO composite has a nanometer size with the average of 15.99 nanometer. The DR-UV analysis showed that the CuO-ZnO composite has a band-gap of 2.28 eV in the average. The analysis of SAA showed that the CuO-ZnO has a surface area of 23.20 m2/g in average. FTIR investigation revealed that the vibration of ZnO was observed at 432.05 cm-1 whereas CuO at 524.64 cm-1 and 594, 06 cm-1. The SEM-EDX analysis showed that the ZnO has a hexagonal structure whereas the CuO has a monoclinic structure. The CuO-ZnO nanocomposite has the ability as an antibacterial against S. aureus as gram-positive and E. coli as Gram-negative bacteria.

  18. First-principles investigation of Cu-doped ZnS with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity

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    Dong, Ming; Zhou, Peng; Jiang, Chuanjia; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    The band structure and electronic properties of Cu-doped wurtzite ZnS were investigated by density functional theory calculations. According to the formation energies, the substitutional Cu and S vacancy defects are stable among the examined doping species. Particularly, the hybridization of substitutional Cu 3d and S 3p orbitals narrows the band gap of substitutional Cu-doped ZnS (CuZn-ZnS), while the high effective mass ratio of photogenerated holes and electrons (mh∗/me∗) in the CuZn-ZnS is beneficial for the separation and migration of the photogenerated charge carriers. Lab-synthesized CuZn-ZnS sample exhibited enhanced visible-light absorption and photocatalytic hydrogen production activity compared to pure ZnS.

  19. Reversible switching of ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods by electric field

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    Zou, Changwei Wang, Hongjun; Liang, Feng; Shao, Lexi

    2015-04-06

    The reproducible switching of ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods by applying a reversible electric field has been realized. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images showed a hexagonal wurtzite structure with no detectable trace of secondary phase or precipitation of Cu impurity in the ZnCuO nanorods. The Cu concentrations in the ZnCuO nanorods were tested by energy dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and found to be about 2.7 at. %. The switching mechanism is confirmed in terms of the formation and rupture of conductive filaments, with oxygen vacancies (V{sub O}) localized mainly on surface of the ZnCuO nanorods. Subsequently, the variation of V{sub O} concentration during the resistive switching process modulates the ferromagnetism of the ZnCuO nanorods. The saturation magnetization at low resistance state is apparently 6.4 times larger than that at high resistance state for an Au/ZnCuO/ITO structure. An indirect double-exchange model has been used to explain the ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods.

  20. Reversible switching of ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods by electric field

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    Zou, Changwei; Wang, Hongjun; Liang, Feng; Shao, Lexi

    2015-04-01

    The reproducible switching of ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods by applying a reversible electric field has been realized. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images showed a hexagonal wurtzite structure with no detectable trace of secondary phase or precipitation of Cu impurity in the ZnCuO nanorods. The Cu concentrations in the ZnCuO nanorods were tested by energy dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and found to be about 2.7 at. %. The switching mechanism is confirmed in terms of the formation and rupture of conductive filaments, with oxygen vacancies (VO) localized mainly on surface of the ZnCuO nanorods. Subsequently, the variation of VO concentration during the resistive switching process modulates the ferromagnetism of the ZnCuO nanorods. The saturation magnetization at low resistance state is apparently 6.4 times larger than that at high resistance state for an Au/ZnCuO/ITO structure. An indirect double-exchange model has been used to explain the ferromagnetism in ZnCuO nanorods.

  1. Root-zone temperature influences the distribution of Cu and Zn in potato-plant organs.

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    Baghour, Mourad; Moreno, Diego A; Víllora, Gemma; López-Cantarero, Inmaculada; Hernández, Joaquín; Castilla, Nicolas; Romero, Luis

    2002-01-02

    Root-zone temperatures (RZT) in relation to Cu and Zn uptake and tissue accumulation, and to total biomass, in potato plants (Solanum tuberosum L. var. Spunta) were studied. Using five different plastic mulches (no cover, transparent polyethylene, white polyethylene, coextruded white-black polyethylene, and black polyethylene) resulted in significantly different RZT (16, 20, 23, 27, and 30 degrees C, respectively). These RZT significantly influenced Cu and Zn content (concentrated) and the biomass in various potato organs. Root-zone temperature at 20 degrees C resulted in significantly high Cu content in leaflets, and soluble Cu content in leaflets and stems, whereas 23 and 27 degrees C resulted in significantly high Cu content in roots. However, RZT had no effect on Cu content in tubers or stems or on soluble Cu in roots or tubers. The RZT at 20 degrees C resulted in significantly high Zn and soluble Zn in stems, roots, and tubers; whereas, at 27 degrees C Zn and soluble Zn content were significantly highest in leaflets. The most biomass occurred in roots and tubers at 27 degrees C; whereas in leaves and stems, the RZT influence was highly variable. Total accumulation of both Cu forms was affected by RZT at 20 degrees C, with roots and tubers having significantly the least Cu and stems and leaflets having the most. Total accumulation of both Zn forms by RZT in potato organs was highly variable, but tubers consistently accumulated the most.

  2. Probing the local structure of dilute Cu dopants in fluorescent ZnS nanocrystals using EXAFS

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    Car, Brad; Medling, Scott; Corrado, Carley; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z.

    2011-10-01

    A local structure study of ZnS nanocrystals, doped with very low concentrations of Cu, was carried out using the EXAFS technique to better understand how Cu substitutes into the host lattice and forms Cu luminescence centers. We show that a large fraction of the Cu have three nearest neighbor S atoms and the Cu-S bond is significantly shortened compared to Zn-S, by ~0.08 Å. In addition, the second neighbor Cu-Cu peak is extremely small. We propose that Cu occupies an interior site next to a S2- vacancy, with the Cu displaced towards the remaining S2- and away from the vacancy; such a displacement immediately explains the lack of a significant Cu-Cu peak in the data. There is no evidence for interstitial Cu sites (Cui), indicating that no more than 2% of the Cu are Cui. This study provides new insights into the local structure of the Cu dopant in ZnS without the presence of CuS nanoprecipitates that are present at higher Cu doping levels.

  3. Pb, Cu, and Zn distributions at humic acid-coated metal-oxide surfaces

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    Wang, Yingge; Michel, F. Marc; Choi, Yongseong; Eng, Peter J.; Levard, Clement; Siebner, Hagar; Gu, Baohua; Bargar, John R.; Brown, Gordon E.

    2016-05-09

    Here, mineral surfaces are often coated by natural organic matter (NOM), which has a major influence on metal-ion sorption and sequestration because of the abundance of binding sites in such coatings and the changes they cause in local nanoscale environments. The effects of NOM coatings on mineral surfaces are, however, still poorly understood at the molecular level due to the complexity of these systems. In this study, we have applied long-period X-ray standing wave-fluorescence yield (LP-XSW-FY) spectroscopy to measure the partitioning of naturally present Cu(II) (0.0226%), Zn(II) (0.009%), and Pb(II) ( 0.0004%) between Elliott Soil Humic Acid (ESHA) coatings and three model single-crystal metal-oxide substrates: α-Al2O3 (0 0 0 1), α-Al2O3 (1 1 0 2), and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1). The competitive sorption effects among these metal ions for binding sites in the ESHA coatings and on the metal-oxide surfaces were investigated as a function of reaction time, calcium content, and solution pH. Pb(II) ions present in the ESHA coatings were found to redistribute to reactive α-Al2O3 (1 1 0 2) and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) surfaces after 3 h of reaction (pH = 6.0, [Ca(II)] = 2 mM). Pb(II) partitioning onto these reactive metal-oxide surfaces increased with increasing reaction time (up to 7 d). In addition, the partitioning of Cu(II) and Zn(II) from the ESHA coating to the α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) substrate increased slightly with reaction time (2.4% and 3.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 3 h and 6.4% and 7.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 72 h of reaction time).

  4. Pb, Cu, and Zn distributions at humic acid-coated metal-oxide surfaces

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    Wang, Yingge; Michel, F. Marc; Choi, Yongseong; ...

    2016-05-09

    Here, mineral surfaces are often coated by natural organic matter (NOM), which has a major influence on metal-ion sorption and sequestration because of the abundance of binding sites in such coatings and the changes they cause in local nanoscale environments. The effects of NOM coatings on mineral surfaces are, however, still poorly understood at the molecular level due to the complexity of these systems. In this study, we have applied long-period X-ray standing wave-fluorescence yield (LP-XSW-FY) spectroscopy to measure the partitioning of naturally present Cu(II) (0.0226%), Zn(II) (0.009%), and Pb(II) ( 0.0004%) between Elliott Soil Humic Acid (ESHA) coatings andmore » three model single-crystal metal-oxide substrates: α-Al2O3 (0 0 0 1), α-Al2O3 (1 1 0 2), and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1). The competitive sorption effects among these metal ions for binding sites in the ESHA coatings and on the metal-oxide surfaces were investigated as a function of reaction time, calcium content, and solution pH. Pb(II) ions present in the ESHA coatings were found to redistribute to reactive α-Al2O3 (1 1 0 2) and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) surfaces after 3 h of reaction (pH = 6.0, [Ca(II)] = 2 mM). Pb(II) partitioning onto these reactive metal-oxide surfaces increased with increasing reaction time (up to 7 d). In addition, the partitioning of Cu(II) and Zn(II) from the ESHA coating to the α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) substrate increased slightly with reaction time (2.4% and 3.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 3 h and 6.4% and 7.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 72 h of reaction time).« less

  5. Electrical and Thermal Transport Behavior in Zn-Doped BiCuSeO Oxyselenides

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    Ren, Guangkun; Butt, Sajid; Zeng, Chengcheng; Liu, Yaochun; Zhan, Bin; Lan, Jinle; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Cewen

    2015-06-01

    Oxide-based thermoelectric materials such as BiCuSeO have been researched for several years to optimize their thermoelectric performance. In this article, we present a series of Zn-doped BiCuSeO ceramics produced by fine processing. The results indicate that Zn doping can effectively increase the power factor through Cu vacancies along with a suppressed thermal conductivity through increased phonon scattering at ZnSe impurity phase. Consequently, a higher ZT value of 0.65 at 873 K is obtained for 10% Zn doping, being about three times larger than that of the pure sample.

  6. Neuron-specific expression of CuZnSOD prevents the loss of muscle mass and function that occurs in homozygous CuZnSOD-knockout mice.

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    Sakellariou, Giorgos K; Davis, Carol S; Shi, Yun; Ivannikov, Maxim V; Zhang, Yiqiang; Vasilaki, Aphrodite; Macleod, Gregory T; Richardson, Arlan; Van Remmen, Holly; Jackson, Malcolm J; McArdle, Anne; Brooks, Susan V

    2014-04-01

    Deletion of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) in Sod1(-/-) mice leads to accelerated loss of muscle mass and force during aging, but the losses do not occur with muscle-specific deletion of CuZnSOD. To determine the role of motor neurons in the muscle decline, we generated transgenic Sod1(-/-) mice in which CuZnSOD was expressed under control of the synapsin 1 promoter (SynTgSod1(-/-) mice). SynTgSod1(-/-) mice expressed CuZnSOD in brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve, but not in other tissues. Sciatic nerve CuZnSOD content in SynTgSod1(-/-) mice was ~20% that of control mice, but no reduction in muscle mass or isometric force was observed in SynTgSod1(-/-) mice compared with control animals, whereas muscles of age-matched Sod1(-/-) mice displayed 30-40% reductions in mass and force. In addition, increased oxidative damage and adaptations in stress responses observed in muscles of Sod1(-/-) mice were absent in SynTgSod1(-/-) mice, and degeneration of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) structure and function occurred in Sod1(-/-) mice but not in SynTgSod1(-/-) mice. Our data demonstrate that specific CuZnSOD expression in neurons is sufficient to preserve NMJ and skeletal muscle structure and function in Sod1(-/-) mice and suggest that redox homeostasis in motor neurons plays a key role in initiating sarcopenia during aging.

  7. Cooperative cytotoxic activity of Zn and Cu in bovine serum albumin-conjugated ZnS/CuS nano-composites in PC12 cancer cells

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Yu, Xue-Hong; Wang, Cai-Feng; Cao, Ying

    2013-11-01

    Series of self-assembled and mono-dispersed bovine serum albumin (BSA)-conjugated ZnS/CuS nano-composites with different Zn/Cu ratios had been successfully synthesized by a combination method of the biomimetic synthesis and ion-exchange strategy under the gentle conditions. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy observation, Fourier transform infrared spectra and zeta potential analysis demonstrated that BSA-conjugated ZnS/CuS nano-composites with well dispersity had the hierarchical structure and BSA was a key factor to control the morphology and surface electro-negativity of final products. The real-time monitoring by atomic absorption spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction revealed that the Zn/Cu ratio of nano-composites could be controlled by adjusting the ion-exchange time. In addition, the metabolic and morphological assays indicated that the metabolic proliferation and spread of rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells could be inhibited by nano-composites, with the high anti-cancer activity at a low concentration (4 ppm). What were more important, Zn and Cu in nano-composites exhibited a positive cooperativity at inhibiting cancer cell functions. The microscope observation and biochemical marker analysis clearly revealed that the nano-composites-included lipid peroxidation and disintegration of membrane led to the death of PC12 cells. Summarily, the present study substantiated the potential of BSA-conjugated ZnS/CuS nano-composites as anti-cancer drug.

  8. Cu,Zn Superoxide Dismutase is a Peroxisomal Enzyme in Human Fibroblast and Hepatoma Cells

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    Keller, Gilbert-Andre; Warner, Thomas G.; Steimer, Kathelyn S.; Hallewell, Robert A.

    1991-08-01

    The intracellular localization of Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (superoxide:superoxide oxidoreductase, EC 1.15.1.1) has been examined by immunofluorescence using four monoclonal anti-Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase antibodies raised against a recombinant human Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase derivative produced and purified from Escherichia coli. Colocalization with catalase, a peroxisomal matrix enzyme, was used to demonstrate the peroxisomal localization of Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase in human fibroblasts and hepatoma cells. In the fibroblasts of Zellweger syndrome patients, the enzyme is not transported to the peroxisomal ghosts but, like catalase, remains in the cytoplasm. In addition, immunocryoelectron microscopy of yeast cells expressing human Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase showed that the enzyme is translocated to the peroxisomes.

  9. Defect formation and phase stability of Cu2ZnSnS4 photovoltaic material

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    Nagoya, Akihiro; Asahi, Ryoji; Wahl, Roman; Kresse, Georg

    2010-03-01

    First-principles studies of the phase stability of and defect formation in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) are performed. We show that CZTS is the thermodynamically stable phase for a rather small confined domain of chemical potentials. Even slight deviations from the optimal growth conditions will therefore result in the formation of other sulfidic precipitates, including ZnS, Cu2SnS3 , SnS, SnS2 , and CuS. In particular, under the prevalent experimental Cu-poor and Zn-rich growth conditions ZnS is the main competing phase. Furthermore, the calculations unambiguously predict that Cu at the Zn site is the most stable defect in the entire stability range of CZTS. This correlates with the experimental observation that CZTS is an intrinsic p -type semiconductor.

  10. Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin-film solar cells fabricated using Cu2SnSe3 and ZnSe bilayers

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    Kim, Kang Min; Liao, Kuang Hsiang; Tampo, Hitoshi; Shibata, Hajime; Niki, Shigeru

    2015-04-01

    Evaporated Cu2SnSe3 (CTSe) and ZnSe bilayers are used as precursors for the fabrication of Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films. Large grains (i.e., >1 µm) in CZTSe were obtained at a relatively low annealing temperature of 500 °C. The stacking order of precursors strongly affected the chemical composition of CZTSe thin films even under identical growth conditions. Zn loss in CTSe/ZnSe/Mo precursors occurred during CTSe deposition, whereas ZnSe/CTSe/Mo precursors showed improved stability in composition. The CZTSe solar cells fabricated using ZnSe/CTSe bilayer precursors with annealing showed a conversion efficiency of over 7%.

  11. Influence of Cu ion implantation on the microstructure and cathodoluminescence of ZnS nanostructures

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    Shang, L. Y.; Zhang, D.; Liu, B. Y.

    2016-07-01

    The microstructure and optical properties of as-synthesized and Cu ion implanted ZnS nanostructures with branched edges are studied by using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) and spatially-resolved cathodoluminescence measurement. Obvious crystalline deterioration has been observed in Cu-doped ZnS nanostructures due to the invasion of Cu ions into ZnS lattice. It was found that the optical emissions of ZnS nanostructures can be selectively modified through the control of Cu ion dose and subsequent heat treatment. An increase of Cu dopant content will lead to an apparent red-shift of the intrinsic band-gap emission in the UV range and the broadening of defect-related emission in visible range. The influences of Cu ion implantation on the microstructure and related optical properties were discussed.

  12. Thermochemistry of paddle wheel MOFs: Cu-HKUST-1 and Zn-HKUST-1.

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    Bhunia, Manas K; Hughes, James T; Fettinger, James C; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2013-06-25

    Metal-organic framework (MOF) porosity relies upon robust metal-organic bonds to retain structural rigidity upon solvent removal. Both the as-synthesized and activated Cu and Zn polymorphs of HKUST-1 were studied by room temperature acid solution calorimetry. Their enthalpies of formation from dense assemblages (metal oxide (ZnO or CuO), trimesic acid (TMA), and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF)) were calculated from the calorimetric data. The enthalpy of formation (ΔHf) of the as-synthesized Cu-HKUST-H2O ([Cu3TMA2·3H2O]·5DMF) is -52.70 ± 0.34 kJ per mole of Cu. The ΔHf for Zn-HKUST-DMF ([Zn3TMA2·3DMF]·2DMF) is -54.22 ± 0.57 kJ per mole of Zn. The desolvated Cu-HKUST-dg [Cu3TMA2] has a ΔHf of 16.66 ± 0.51 kJ/mol per mole Cu. The ΔHf for Zn-HKUST-amorph [Zn3TMA2·2DMF] is -3.57 ± 0.21 kJ per mole of Zn. Solvent stabilizes the Cu-HKUST-H2O by -69.4 kJ per mole of Cu and Zn-HKUST-DMF by at least -50.7 kJ per mole of Zn. Such strong chemisorption of solvent is similar in magnitude to the strongly exothermic binding at low coverage for chemisorbed H2O on transition metal oxide nanoparticle surfaces. The strongly exothermic solvent-framework interaction suggests that solvent can play a critical role in obtaining a specific secondary building unit (SBU) topology.

  13. Calorimetric Measurements of Liquid Al-Zn Alloys

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    Dębski, Adam; Gąsior, Władysław; Szmit, Katarzyna

    2016-10-01

    The integral molar enthalpies of mixing were determined by the drop calorimetric method for binary AL-Zn liquid solutions and compared with the Miedema model as well as the earlier experimental data. The measurements were conducted at two temperatures: 957 K and 1001 K (684 °C and 728 °C), in the entire concentration range. Based on the experimental calorimetric data of this study as well as those available in the literature and the results of the activity studies, the interaction parameters of the Redlich-Kister equation for the liquid Al-Zn phase were worked out with the use of the least square method. The partial and integral Gibbs energies, entropies and enthalpies were calculated and presented in tables and figures. Additionally, the concentration-concentration partial structure factors for the ideal and real Al-Zn solutions were calculated and graphically presented.

  14. Color Tunable Gd-Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS Quantum Dots for Dual Modality Magnetic Resonance and Fluorescence Imaging

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    Guo, Weisheng; Yang, Weitao; Wang, Yu; Sun, Xiaolian; Liu, Zhongyun; Zhang, Bingbo

    2014-01-01

    Inorganic nanoparticles have been introduced into biological systems as useful probes for in vitro diagnosis and in vivo imaging, due to their relatively small size and exceptional physical and chemical properties. A new kind of color tunable Gd-Zn-Cu-In-S/ZnS (GZCIS/ZnS) quantum dots (QDs) with stable crystal structure was successfully synthesized and utilized for magnetic resonance (MR) and fluorescence dual modality imaging. This strategy allows successful fabrication of GZCIS/ZnS QDs by incorporating Gd into ZCIS/ZnS QDs to achieve great MR enhancement without compromising the fluorescence properties of the initial ZCIS/ZnS QDs. The as-prepared GZCIS/ZnS QDs show high T1 MR contrast as well as “color-tunable” photoluminescence (PL) in the range of 550–725 nm by adjusting the Zn/Cu feeding ratio with high PL quantum yield (QY). The GZCIS/ZnS QDs were transferred into water via a bovine serum albumin (BSA) coating strategy. The resulting Cd-free GZCIS/ZnS QDs reveal negligible cytotoxicity on both HeLa and A549 cells. Both fluorescence and MR imaging studies were successfully performed in vitro and in vivo. The results demonstrated that GZCIS/ZnS QDs could be a dual-modal contrast agent to simultaneously produce strong MR contrast enhancement as well as fluorescence emission for in vivo imaging. PMID:25485043

  15. Effect of Cu content and temperature on the properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells

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    Sahayaraj, Sylvester; Brammertz, Guy; Buffière, Marie; Meuris, Marc; Vleugels, Jef; Poortmans, Jef

    2016-09-01

    The complexity involved in obtaining pure Kesterite Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin film primarily arises due to its narrow region of stability, leading to the presence of unavoidable binary selenides of the constituent metals. This study offers an insight on the formation of Cu selenides when the amount of Cu is varied in the precursor from Cu poor to Cu rich. The amount of Cu selenides was found to decrease when the composition of CZTSe absorber approached Cu rich conditions but functional devices were not obtained. Detailed characterizations also showed that the Cu and Sn binary phases were present at the backside interface of CZTSe solar cells. However with an increase in the selenization temperature it was found that the amount of Cu selenides and other secondary phases could be drastically minimized or even eliminated leading to high efficiency devices.

  16. Highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by Cu doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Kuriakose, Sini; Satpati, Biswarup; Mohapatra, Satyabrata

    2015-10-14

    Copper doped ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by a facile wet chemical method. Structural properties of as-synthesized nanomaterials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, while UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy have been used to study their optical properties. Sunlight driven photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) dyes in water was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that there is an optimum Cu doping level which leads to the highly enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures, as compared to pure ZnO nanostructures. A mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is tentatively proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is attributed to the combined effects of improved separation of photogenerated charge carriers due to optimal Cu doping in ZnO nanostructures and the formation of ZnO-CuO nanoheterojunctions.

  17. Preparation and characterization of a (Cu,Zn)-pMMO from Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath).

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    Chen, Chang-Li; Chen, Kelvin H-C; Ke, Shyue-Chu; Yu, Steve S-F; Chan, Sunney I

    2004-12-01

    We report the preparation of a (Cu,Zn)-particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) in which the bulk of the copper ions of the electron-transfer clusters (E-clusters) has been replaced by divalent Zn ions. The Cu and Zn contents in the (Cu,Zn)-pMMO were determined by both inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and X-ray absorption K-edge spectroscopy. Further characterization of the (Cu,Zn)-pMMO was provided by pMMO-activity assays as well as low-temperature electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy following reductive titration and incubation in air or air/propylene mixtures. The pMMO-activity assays indicated that the (Cu,Zn)-pMMO was no longer capable of supporting catalytic turnover of hydrocarbon substrates. However, the EPR studies revealed that the catalytic cluster (C-cluster) copper ions in the (Cu,Zn)-pMMO were still capable of supporting the activation of dioxygen when reduced, and that the 14N-superhyperfine features associated with one of the type 2 Cu(II) centers in the hydroxylation C-cluster remained unperturbed. The replacement of the E-cluster copper ions by Zn ions did compromise the ability of the protein to mediate the transfer of reducing equivalents from exogenous reductants to the C-clusters. These observations provide strong support for the electron transfer and catalytic roles for the E-cluster and C-cluster copper ions, respectively.

  18. Composition dependence of the electronic properties of Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru-Si semimetallic quasicrystals

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    Pierce, F. S.; Bancel, P. A.; Biggs, B. D.; Guo, Q.; Poon, S. J.

    1993-03-01

    Electronic transport properties and specific heats of ordered icosahedral phase alloys in the Al-Cu-Ru-Si and Al-Cu-Fe systems are examined, and comparison with high-quality rhombohedral (3/2) approximant phase samples of Al-Cu-Fe is made. Strong temperature dependence and sensitivity to composition changes of these properties are observed. The similarity of transport properties between the icosahedral (i) and rhombohedral (r) phases of Al62.5Cu26.5Fe11 is noted. The results can be qualitatively interpreted in terms of band structure. There appears to be sufficient evidence for a rapidly varying conductivity spectrum σ(E) in the ordered i phases. However, important questions concerning the physics of these semimetallic quasicrystals remain to be answered.

  19. Preparation of Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films by selenization of stacked metallic layers

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    Huang, Hou-Ying; Liu, Shang-En

    2013-12-01

    A Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin film fabricated by selenization of stacked pure metal precursors through e-beam evaporation on Mo-coated soda lime glass substrates worked as thin film solar cell absorber. The selenization was carried out under element Se vapor circumstance at 570 °C for 20 min. The absorber went through chemical bath CdS deposition, sputtered ZnO, ITO and Al electrodes to become a solar cell. Unlike previous works, only simple three-layer metal precursors without any compound were used as evaporation sources. The synthesized CZTSe absorber layer phase was identified by X-ray diffraction. The solar cells were measured by AAA class solar simulator. The absorber layer thickness was measured by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) was also used for checking metal ratios in the absorber layer. The best efficiency was 4.2%. In this work, we found that there were voids in absorber film bottom. The Cu-top precursors will lead to larger grains, flatter surfaces and larger voids than Sn-top precursors. The Cu-top precursor may also contribute to better selenization which may help prevent Zn loss but cause Sn loss. Finally, this work also showed Cu-poor and Zn-rich will improve conversion efficiency.

  20. Kinetic parameters and structural variations in Cu-Al-Mn and Cu-Al-Mn-Mg shape memory alloys

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    Canbay, Canan Aksu

    2017-02-01

    In this work polycrystalline Cu-Al-Mn and Cu-Al-Mn-Mg SMAs were fabricated by arc melting. The thermal analysis was made to determine the characteristic transformation temperatures of the samples and kinetic parameters. Also the effect of Mg on transformation temperatures and kinetic parameters detected. The structural analysis was made to designate the diffraction planes of martensite phase at room temperature and this was supported by optical measurement observations.

  1. Synthesis of Cu, Zn and Cu/Zn brass alloy nanoparticles from metal amidinate precursors in ionic liquids or propylene carbonate with relevance to methanol synthesis

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    Schütte, Kai; Meyer, Hajo; Gemel, Christian; Barthel, Juri; Fischer, Roland A.; Janiak, Christoph

    2014-02-01

    Microwave-induced decomposition of the transition metal amidinates {[Me(C(NiPr)2)]Cu}2 (1) and [Me(C(NiPr)2)]2Zn (2) in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIm][BF4]) or in propylene carbonate (PC) gives copper and zinc nanoparticles which are stable in the absence of capping ligands (surfactants) for more than six weeks. Co-decomposition of 1 and 2 yields the intermetallic nano-brass phases β-CuZn and γ-Cu3Zn depending on the chosen molar ratios of the precursors. Nanoparticles were characterized by high-angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), dynamic light scattering and powder X-ray diffractometry. Microstructure characterizations were complemented by STEM with spatially resolved energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Synthesis in ILs yields significantly smaller nanoparticles than in PC. β-CuZn alloy nanoparticles are precursors to catalysts for methanol synthesis from the synthesis gas H2/CO/CO2 with a productivity of 10.7 mol(MeOH) (kg(Cu) h)-1.Microwave-induced decomposition of the transition metal amidinates {[Me(C(NiPr)2)]Cu}2 (1) and [Me(C(NiPr)2)]2Zn (2) in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIm][BF4]) or in propylene carbonate (PC) gives copper and zinc nanoparticles which are stable in the absence of capping ligands (surfactants) for more than six weeks. Co-decomposition of 1 and 2 yields the intermetallic nano-brass phases β-CuZn and γ-Cu3Zn depending on the chosen molar ratios of the precursors. Nanoparticles were characterized by high-angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), dynamic light scattering and powder X-ray diffractometry. Microstructure characterizations were complemented by STEM with spatially resolved energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Synthesis in ILs yields significantly smaller nanoparticles than in PC. β-CuZn

  2. Optical spectroscopy reveals transition of CuInS2/ZnS to CuxZn1-xInS2/ZnS:Cu alloyed quantum dots with resultant double-defect luminescence

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    Yan, Ruolin; Zhang, Wenxia; Wu, Wenhui; Dong, Xingmin; Wang, Qiqi; Fan, Jiyang

    2016-12-01

    The structure and luminescence mechanisms of the CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) after epitaxial growth of ZnS shell are in debate. The light absorption/emission spectroscopy reveals that after ZnS shell growth the cation diffusion at the CuInS2/ZnS interface results in formation of the alloyed CuxZn1- xInS2/ZnS:Cu QDs. These core/shell QDs exhibit dual-color photoluminescence with abnormal blue shift with decreasing excitation photon energy. The results show that the green and orange emissions originate separately from defects in the core and the shell. The absorption tail of the ZnS QDs turns from Urbach to Halperin-Lax type after Cu doping.

  3. Calculation and measurement of helium generation and solid transmutations in Cu-Zn-Ni alloys

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    Greenwood, L.R.; Oliver, B.M.; Garner, F.A.; Muroga, T.

    1998-03-01

    A method was recently proposed by Garner and Greenwood that would allow the separation of the effects of solid and gaseous transmutation for Cu-Zn-Ni alloys. Pure copper produces zinc and nickel during neutron irradiation. {sup 63}Cu transmutes to {sup 64}Ni and {sup 64}Zn, in about a 2-to-1 ratio, and {sup 65}Cu transmutes to {sup 66}Zn. The {sup 64}Zn further transmutes to {sup 65}Zn which has been shown to have a high thermal neutron (n,{alpha}) cross-section. Since a three-step reaction sequence is required for natural copper, the amount of helium produced is much smaller than would be produced for the two-step, well-known {sup 58}Ni (n,{gamma}) {sup 59}Ni (n,{alpha}) reaction sequence. The addition of natural Zn and Ni to copper leads to greatly increased helium production in neutron spectra with a significant thermal component. Using a suitable Cu-Zn-Ni alloy matrix and comparative irradiation of thermal neutron-shielded and unshielded specimens, it should be possible to distinguish the separate influences of the solid and gaseous transmutants. Whereas helium generation rates have been previously measured for natural nickel and copper, they have not been measured for natural Zn or Cu-Ni-Zn alloys. The (N,{alpha}) cross section for {sup 65}Zn was inferred from helium measurements made with natural copper. By comparing helium production in Cu and Cu-Zn alloys, this cross section can be determined more accurately. In the current study, both the solid and helium transmutants were measured for Cu, Cu-5Ni, Cu-3.5Zn and Cu-5Ni-2Zn, irradiated in each of two positions in the HFIR JP-23 test. Highly accurate helium measurements were performed on these materials by isotope dilution mass spectrometry using a facility that was recently moved from Rockwell International to PNNL. It is shown that both the helium and solid transmutants for Cu-zn-Ni alloys can be calculated with reasonable certainty, allowing the development of a transmutation experiment as proposed by

  4. CuO-ZnO heterometallic hollow spheres: Morphology and defect structure

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    Shi Xuemin; Yang Xuzhuang; Gu Xiaojun; Su Haiquan

    2012-02-15

    The Cu-ZnO hollow spheres, where CuO nanocrystals were dispersed in the shell of ZnO nanoparticals, were synthesized by using highly uniform and monodispersed Cu-embedded carbon spheres as sacrificial templates via a simple route under hydrothermal conditions. The morphology and structure of the spheres were characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption. It was suggested that the OH and C=O groups in the surface of the Cu-embedded carbon spheres facilitated the adsorption of Zn{sup 2+} in the aqueous solution, giving rise to the final CuO-ZnO hollow structure after these Zn{sup 2+}-adsorbed spheres were calcined in air. Moreover, the photoluminescence (PL) study showed that the as-prepared CuO-ZnO hollow spheres and the annealed counterpart exhibited strong and dramatically weakened emissions, respectively. This remarkably different photoluminescent behavior afforded the evidence regarding the oxygen vacancy defects in the CuO-ZnO hollow spheres. - Graphical abstract: CuO-ZnO hollow spheres were obtained using Cu-embedded carbon spheres as template, and the photoluminescent spectra afforded the evidence regarding the oxygen vacancies in the hollow spheres. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A approach was presented to prepare carbon spheres in a high yield. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The fabrication of CuO-ZnO hollow spheres was a simple route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photoluminescence afforded the evidence of the oxygen vacancies in the hollows. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synthetic approach might be applicable to preparing other hollow structures.

  5. Improving the separation of Cu(II) from Zn(II) based on an anion exchanger for the preparation a 62Zn/62Cu generator.

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    El-Azony, K M

    2011-09-01

    A separation procedure of (64,67)Cu(II) from (65)Zn(II) was studied for serving (62)Zn/(62)Cu generator preparation. The distribution coefficients of (65)Zn(II) and (64,67)Cu(II) ions from homogeneous medium of hydrochloric acid and acetone onto De-Acidite FF anion exchanger were investigated. Both hydrochloric acid and acetone concentrations are important factors that affect the separation process. Effects of decreasing the HCl concentration from 0.2 to 0.04 M, increasing the acetone concentration from 5% to 80% and different acetone concentrations (5-97%) in 0.2M HCl were also studied on the separation of (64,67)Cu(II) from (65)Zn(II). The exchange capacity of Zn(II) on the De-Acidite FF matrix was obtained as 3.8 meq/g and the(64,67)Cu(II) elution efficiency was 92.5% using 20 ml of 0.2M HCl-60% acetone with flow rate of 2 ml/min.The radionuclidic purity and radiochemical purity of the eluted (64,67)Cu(II) were examined.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  8. Dielectric Properties of Rare Earth Substituted Cu-Zn Ferrites

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    Sattar, A. A.; Rahman, Samy A.

    2003-12-01

    Samples with the chemical formula Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2-xRxO4 (R = La, Nd, Sm and Gd; x = 0 and 0.1) were prepared by the standard ceramic method. The real part of the dielectric constant and the ac electrical conductivity ac are measured and the dielectric loss tangent tan δ is calculated in the frequency range 50-105 Hz and from room temperature up to 800 K. and tan δ are found to decrease with increasing the frequency while ac is generally increased. On the contrary , ac and tan δ are increased with temperature. No relaxation was detected in tan δ(f) in the investigated frequency range while tan δ(T) showed two maxima. The composition dependence of the dielectric parameters is discussed and the results are explained using Koops's model. (

  9. First-principles study of defect formation in the photovoltaic semiconductors Cu2GeS3 and Cu2ZnGeS4 for comparison with Cu2SnS3, Cu2ZnSnS4, and CuInSe2

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    Nishihara, Hironori; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Shigemi, Akio; Wada, Takahiro

    2017-04-01

    The formation energies of neutral Cu, Ge, and S vacancies in monoclinic Cu2GeS3 and those of neutral Cu, Zn, Ge, and S vacancies in kesterite-type Cu2ZnGeS4 were evaluated by first-principles pseudopotential calculations using plane-wave basis functions. The calculations were performed at typical points in a schematic ternary phase diagram of a Cu–Ge–S system for Cu2GeS3 and in Cu–(Zn1/2Ge1/2)–S and Cu29S16–ZnS–GeS2 pseudoternary phase diagrams for Cu2ZnGeS4. The results have been compared with those for Cu2SnS3, Cu2ZnSnS4, and CuInSe2 calculated with the same version of the CASTEP program code. The results indicate that Cu vacancies are easily formed in Cu2GeS3 and Cu2ZnGeS4 under the Cu-poor condition as in the cases of Cu2SnS3, Cu2ZnSnS4, and CuInSe2, suggesting that Cu2GeS3 and Cu2ZnGeS4 are also preferable p-type absorber materials for thin-film solar cells. Desirable preparation conditions of these thin films for photovoltaic application are discussed using the calculated formation energies of antisite defects.

  10. Pb, Cu, and Zn distributions at humic acid-coated metal-oxide surfaces

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    Wang, Yingge; Michel, F. Marc; Choi, Yongseong; Eng, Peter J.; Levard, Clement; Siebner, Hagar; Gu, Baohua; Bargar, John R.; Brown, Gordon E.

    2016-09-01

    Mineral surfaces are often coated by natural organic matter (NOM), which has a major influence on metal-ion sorption and sequestration because of the abundance of binding sites in such coatings and the changes they cause in local nanoscale environments. The effects of NOM coatings on mineral surfaces are, however, still poorly understood at the molecular level due to the complexity of these systems. In this study, we have applied long-period X-ray standing wave-fluorescence yield (LP-XSW-FY) spectroscopy to measure the partitioning of naturally present Cu(II) (0.0226%), Zn(II) (0.009%), and Pb(II) (∼0.0004%) between Elliott Soil Humic Acid (ESHA) coatings and three model single-crystal metal-oxide substrates: α-Al2O3 (0 0 0 1), α-Al2O3 (1 -1 0 2), and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1). The competitive sorption effects among these metal ions for binding sites in the ESHA coatings and on the metal-oxide surfaces were investigated as a function of reaction time, calcium content, and solution pH. Pb(II) ions present in the ESHA coatings were found to redistribute to reactive α-Al2O3 (1 -1 0 2) and α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) surfaces after 3 h of reaction (pH = 6.0, [Ca(II)] = 2 mM). Pb(II) partitioning onto these reactive metal-oxide surfaces increased with increasing reaction time (up to 7 d). In addition, the partitioning of Cu(II) and Zn(II) from the ESHA coating to the α-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) substrate increased slightly with reaction time (2.4% and 3.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 3 h and 6.4% and 7.7% for Cu(II) and Zn(II), respectively, after 72 h of reaction time). However, no changes in the partitioning of Cu(II) and Zn(II) onto the α-Al2O3 (1 -1 0 2) surface were observed with increasing reaction time, suggesting that these ions strongly complex with functional groups in the ESHA coatings. Similar results were obtained for Cu(II) and Zn(II) on the ESHA-coated α-Al2O3 (1 -1 0 2) surfaces in samples without the addition of calcium. However, the amounts of Pb

  11. Efficient white light emitting diodes based on Cu-doped ZnInS/ZnS core/shell quantum dots

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    Yuan, Xi; Hua, Jie; Zeng, Ruosheng; Zhu, Dehua; Ji, Wenyu; Jing, Pengtao; Meng, Xiangdong; Zhao, Jialong; Li, Haibo

    2014-10-01

    We report the fabrication of efficient white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs) based on Cu : ZnInS/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with super large Stokes shifts. The composition-controllable Cu : ZnInS/ZnS QDs with a tunable emission from deep red to green were prepared by a one-pot noninjection synthetic approach. The high performance Cu : ZnInS QD-WLEDs with the colour rendering index up to 96, luminous efficacy of 70-78 lm W-1, and colour temperature of 3800-5760 K were successfully fabricated by integration of red and green Cu-doped QDs. Negligible energy transfer between Cu-doped QDs was clearly found by measuring the photoluminescence lifetimes of the QDs, consistent with the small spectral overlap between QD emission and absorption. The experimental results indicated low toxic Cu : ZnInS/ZnS QDs could be suitable for solid state lighting.

  12. Transfer of copper and zinc from ionic and metallothionein-bound forms to Cu, Zn--superoxide dismutase.

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    Suzuki, K T; Kuroda, T

    1995-03-01

    Reactivity in transfer of copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) to their binding sites of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was examined in vitro by the HPLC/atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Ionic Cu (cuprous and cupric ions) were incorporated more efficiently than the metal bound to metallothionein. Cu binds not only to the Cu-binding site but also to the Zn-binding site. Although Zn in the reaction medium and the metal bound to the Zn-binding site of SOD affected little the reactivity in binding of ionic Cu, they disturbed the reactivity of Cu bound to metallothionein to the Cu-binding site. Both ionic and metallothionein-bound Zn were transferred at a comparable efficiency to the Zn-binding site but not to the Cu-binding site. Co-existing ionic Cu but not metallothionein-bound Cu in the medium inhibited the binding of Zn to SOD. The results indicate that ionic Cu can be transferred to both Cu- and Zn-binding sites of SOD more efficiently than metallothionein-bound Cu, while both ionic and metallothionein-bound Zn are transferred only to Zn-binding site at a comparable efficiency.

  13. Significant improvement in dopant emission and lifetime in water soluble Cu:ZnSe/ZnS nanocrystals

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    Saikia, K.; Deb, P.; Mondal, B.; Kalita, E.

    2014-03-01

    We report here the enhanced dopant emission in Cu:ZnSe/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals (NCs) through an aqueous route in ambient conditions. A three-fold quantum enhancement in luminescence has been achieved by developing a ZnS inert shell as compared to the pristine doped NCs. The internal doping of Cu after shell growth, signifying localization of Cu2+ t2 energy states in the deep band gap, has shown a significant improvement in dopant excited state lifetime. The long lifetime related to Cu dopant emission is the longest lifetime ever reported for copper doped zinc based NCs developed through an aqueous route. The good colloidal as well as the luminescence stability of these highly efficient doped NCs mean they have great potential for use in biomedical imaging applications.

  14. Determination of new Cu+, Cu2+, and Zn2+ Lennard-Jones ion parameters in acetonitrile.

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    Torras, Juan; Alemán, Carlos

    2013-09-12

    We present new Lennard-Jones (LJ) parameters for Cu(+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+) ion-acetonitrile interactions. The adjustment of ion parameters is made to reproduce simultaneously experimental solvation free energy and structural properties, namely ion-N distance and coordination numbers. Initially, the methodology has been validated deriving parameters for well-studied Na(+) and Cl(-) ions in acetonitrile being compared with experimental and theoretical data. The transferability of parameters is checked by the calculation of thermodynamic and structural properties with three different acetonitrile models. The results obtained for transition metal ions show an overall agreement with reference values. The solvation free energy calculated with new LJ trained parameters using a six-site acetonitrile model, and two older three- and six-site acetonitrile models presents, respectively, percent differences of 0.4, 4.8, and 7.3% when compared with experimental values.

  15. Interfacial reaction of intermetallic compounds of ultrasonic-assisted brazed joints between dissimilar alloys of Ti6Al4V and Al4Cu1Mg.

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    Ma, Zhipeng; Zhao, Weiwei; Yan, Jiuchun; Li, Dacheng

    2011-09-01

    Ultrasonic-assisted brazing of Al4Cu1Mg and Ti6Al4V using Zn-based filler metal (without and with Si) has been investigated. Before brazing, the Ti6Al4V samples were pre-treated by hot-dip aluminizing and ultrasonic dipping in a molten filler metal bath in order to control the formation of intermetallic compounds between the Ti6Al4V samples and the filler metal. The results show that the TiAl(3) phase was formed in the interface between the Ti6Al4V substrate and the aluminized coating. For the Zn-based filler metal without Si, the Ti6Al4V interfacial area of the brazed joint did not change under the effect of the ultrasonic wave, and only consisted of the TiAl(3) phase. For the Zn-based filler metal with Si, the TiAl(3) phase disappeared and a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase was formed at the interfacial area of the brazed joints under the effect of the ultrasonic wave. Due to the TiAl(3) phase completely changing to a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase, the morphology of the intermetallic compounds changed from a block-like shape into a lamellar-like structure. The highest shear strength of 138MPa was obtained from the brazed joint free of the block-like TiAl(3) phase.

  16. Phase transformation and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanorods

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    Datta, Anuja Panda, Subhendu K.; Chaudhuri, Subhadra

    2008-09-15

    ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu have been prepared by simple solvothermal process. With gradual increase in the Cu concentration, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed. Twins and stacking faults were developed due to atomic rearrangement in the heavily doped ZnS nanorods during phase transformation. UV-vis-NIR absorbance spectroscopy ruled out the presence of any impure Cu-S phase. The doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR with peaks at 370, 492-498, 565 and 730 nm. The UV region peak is due to the near-band-edge transition, whereas, the green peak can be related to emission from elementary sulfur species on the surfaces of the nanorods. The orange emission at 565 nm may be linked to the recombination of electrons at deep defect levels and the Cu(t{sub 2}) states present near the valence band of ZnS. The near IR emission possibly originated from transitions due to deep-level defects. - Graphical abstract: ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu has been prepared by simple solvothermal route. Interestingly, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed with gradual increase in the Cu concentration. Doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR, which is also a rare observation.

  17. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Cu and V co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Liu, Huilian; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Hongbo; Yang, Jinghai; Liu, Yang; Liu, Xiaoyan; Gao, Ming; Wei, Maobin; Zhang, Xu; Jiang, Yuhong

    2013-01-01

    Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O (x=0, 0.01, 0.02 and 0.03) samples were synthesized by the sol-gel technology to dope up to 3% Cu in ZnO. Investigations of structural, optical and magnetic properties of the samples have been done. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicated that the V and Cu ions were incorporated into the crystal lattices of ZnO. With Cu doping concentration increasing up to 2 at%, the XRD results showed that all diffraction peaks corresponded to the wurtzite structure of ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O powders exhibited that the position of the ultraviolet (UV) emission peak of the samples showed an obvious red-shift and the green emission peak enhanced significantly with Cu doping in ZnVO nanoparticle. Magnetic measurements indicated that room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) of Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O was an intrinsic property when Cu concentration was less than 3 at%. The saturation magnetization (Ms) of Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O (x=0, 0.01 and 0.02) increased with the increase of the Cu concentration.

  18. Electrical and photoresponse properties of vacuum deposited Si/Al:ZnSe and Bi:ZnTe/Al:ZnSe photodiodes

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    Rao, Gowrish K.

    2017-04-01

    The paper reports fabrication and characterization of Bi:ZnTe/Al:ZnSe and Si/Al:ZnSe thin film photodiodes. The characteristics of the devices were studied under dark and illuminated conditions. The normalized spectral response, speed of photoresponse and variation of photocurrent with power density were studied in detail. Many vital parameters, such as diode ideality factor, barrier height, the thickness of the depletion region, trap depth, rise and decay times of photocurrent, were determined. Conduction mechanism in the photodiodes is discussed with the help of widely accepted theoretical models.

  19. Adsorptive property of Cu2+-ZnO/cetylpyridinium-montmorillonite complexes for pathogenic bacterium in vitro.

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    Ma, Yu-Long; Yang, Bo; Xie, Li

    2010-09-01

    Cu(2+)-ZnO/cetylpyridinium-montmorillonite (Cu(2+)-ZnO/CP-MMT) complexes were prepared using montmorillonite (MMT), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and cetylpyridinium (CP). The goal was to assess comparatively the adsorption properties of Cu(2+)-ZnO/CP-MMT in vitro using pathogenic Escherichia coli. The results showed that Cu(2+)-ZnO/CP-MMT adsorbed significantly (P<0.05) more E. coli compared with the parent clay. The adsorption process of bacterial cells occurring on the modified MMT surface reached equilibrium after 90 min. The percentages of E. coli adsorbed onto the surfaces of Cu(2+)-ZnO/CP-MMT and MMT in adsorption equilibrium were 84.66% and 47.01%, respectively. Adsorption data from the bacteria-clay systems followed the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms, but not the BET isotherm. Adsorption of E. coli in acidic medium was higher than in alkaline medium. The extent of bacteria adsorption onto the modified MMT increased with decreasing ionic strength, and with increasing temperature. The processes of E. coli adsorption onto the tested adsorbents were endothermic and spontaneous at the experimental temperature. The mechanism of adsorption of bacteria on Cu(2+)-ZnO/CP-MMT may involve enhanced hydrophobicity and the reversal of surface charge from negative to positive.

  20. [Cloning and analysis of promoter of pig copper zinc superoxide dismutase gene (CuZnSOD)].

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    Shi, Yuan; Chen, Wei; Zeng, Yongqing; Zhu, Honglei; Xu, Zhenggang; Zhang, Zhe; Yang, Yun; Zhang, Tianyang

    2014-02-01

    Pig copper zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) is an important antioxidant enzyme. Some studies focused on the function of CuZnSOD gene, but the transcriptional regulation of the CuZnSOD gene is not yet fully elucidated. Therefore, the aims of the study were to determine the core promoter region and to explore its mechanism of transcriptional regulation. The 853 bp DNA sequence of 5'-flanking promoter was amplified by performing PCR. A series of CuZnSOD promoter fragments with gradually truncated 5'-end were produced by nested PCR and inserted into pGL3-Basic vector. The activities of the promoters were measured by the dual-luciferase assay system after transient transfection into the NIH/3T3 cells. The results demonstrated that there were 2 potential transcription start sites in the regions from initiation codon to -87 bp and -266 bp, respectively. The region from -383 bp to +67 bp in CuZnSOD gene promoter showed higher activity than other regions, and further deletion analysis demonstrated that the region from -75 bp to -32 bp contained an essential promoter sequence for pig CuZnSOD gene transcription. In addition, several potential transcription factor binding sites were predicted with bioinformatics method. These results suggest that these transcription factor binding sites may be involved in the transcriptional regulation of CuZnSOD gene.

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

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    Lin, Kuan Bo; Su, Yen Hsun

    2013-12-01

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

  2. Fabrication of biodegradable Zn-Al-Mg alloy: Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, cytotoxicity and antibacterial activities.

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H R; Hamzah, E; Low, H T; Kasiri-Asgarani, M; Farahany, S; Akbari, E; Cho, M H

    2017-04-01

    In this work, binary Zn-0.5Al and ternary Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys with various Mg contents were investigated as biodegradable materials for implant applications. Compared with Zn-0.5Al (single phase), Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys consisted of the α-Zn and Mg2(Zn, Al)11 with a fine lamellar structure. The results also revealed that ternary Zn-Al-Mg alloys presented higher micro-hardness value, tensile strength and corrosion resistance compared to the binary Zn-Al alloy. In addition, the tensile strength and corrosion resistance increased with increasing the Mg content in ternary alloys. The immersion tests also indicated that the corrosion rates in the following order Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg<Zn-0.5Al-0.3Mg<Zn-0.5Al-0.1Mg<Zn-0.5Al. The cytotoxicity tests exhibited that the Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg alloy presents higher viability of MC3T3-E1 cell compared to the Zn-0.5Al alloy, which suggested good biocompatibility. The antibacterial activity result of both Zn-0.5Al and Zn-0.5Al-Mg alloys against Escherichia coli presented some antibacterial activity, while the Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg significantly prohibited the growth of Escherichia coli. Thus, Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg alloy with appropriate mechanical properties, low corrosion rate, good biocompatibility and antibacterial activities was believed to be a good candidate as a biodegradable implant material.

  3. Impurity induced bond-softening and defect states in ZnO:Cu

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    Samanta, Kousik; Arora, A. K.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-08-01

    Phonons and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO have been investigated using micro-Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Two new modes found in Raman spectra are assigned to Cu-O impurity vibrations analogous to polar A1 and E1 modes of ZnO on the basis of a Cu-O force constant lower than that of the Zn-O bond. The reduction in the frequencies of the nonpolar E2 modes also appears to arise due to softening of the mixed crystal. In the PL spectrum at 80 K a prominent blue emission arises due to Cu-related intraband transitions. Temperature dependent PL spectrum confirms the existence of donor acceptor pair transition at 3.305 eV in ZnO:Cu system.

  4. First-principles prediction of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnS

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    Zhang, Chang-wen; Yan, Shi-shen

    2010-02-01

    The spin-polarized full potential linearized augmented plane wave method in the generalized gradient approximation is carried out for investigation on the magnetism and electronic structures of Cu-doped ZnS. We find that the Cu-doped ZnS supercell shows half-metallic ferromagnetic character with a total magnetic moment of 1.0μB per Cu. The long-range ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnS can be explained in terms of p-d like hybridization chain, and the Curie temperature higher than around 350 K is predicted. These results suggest that Cu-doped ZnS may be a promising half-metallic ferromagnetic material for applications in spintronics.

  5. P-Cu2O/n-ZnO nanowires on ITO glass for solar cells.

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    Zhang, Jin; Que, Wenxiu; Zhong, Peng; Zhu, Gangqiang

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, the fabrication and characterization of a heterojunction solar cell based on p-Cu2O/n-ZnO nanowires on ITO glass are presented. ZnO aligned nanocrystal seed layer is firstly prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique, and then vertical ZnO nanowire arrays with an acicular crystal structure are obtained by using a chemical bath deposition processing. The results indicate that the ZnO nanowires with a diameter of about 50 nm and 500 nm in length can be easily obtained. The absorption and transmittance of the ZnO nanowires are studied. It is also noted that the Cu2O can fill well into the space between ZnO nanowires by an electrodeposition process. Furthermore, the effect of the Cu2O orientation on the cell performance is also presented.

  6. Performance evaluation of ZnO–CuO hetero junction solid state room temperature ethanol sensor

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    Yu, Ming-Ru; Suyambrakasam, Gobalakrishnan; Wu, Ren-Jang; Chavali, Murthy

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Sensor response (resistance) curves of time were changed from 150 ppm to 250 ppm alcohol concentration of ZnO–CuO 1:1. The response and recovery times were measured to be 62 and 83 s, respectively. The sensing material ZnO–CuO is a high potential alcohol sensor which provides a simple, rapid and highly sensitive alcohol gas sensor operating at room temperature. Highlights: ► The main advantages of the ethanol sensor are as followings. ► Novel materials ZnO–CuO ethanol sensor. ► The optimized ZnO–CuO hetero contact system. ► A good sensor response and room working temperature (save energy). -- Abstract: A semiconductor ethanol sensor was developed using ZnO–CuO and its performance was evaluated at room temperature. Hetero-junction sensor was made of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles for sensing alcohol at room temperature. Nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal method and optimized with different weight ratios. Sensor characteristics were linear for the concentration range of 150–250 ppm. Composite materials of ZnO–CuO were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). ZnO–CuO (1:1) material showed maximum sensor response (S = R{sub air}/R{sub alcohol}) of 3.32 ± 0.1 toward 200 ppm of alcohol vapor at room temperature. The response and recovery times were measured to be 62 and 83 s, respectively. The linearity R{sup 2} of the sensor response was 0.9026. The sensing materials ZnO–CuO (1:1) provide a simple, rapid and highly sensitive alcohol gas sensor operating at room temperature.

  7. Tracing contamination sources in soils with Cu and Zn isotopic ratios.

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    Fekiacova, Z; Cornu, S; Pichat, S

    2015-06-01

    Copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) are naturally present and ubiquitous in soils and are important micronutrients. Human activities contribute to the input of these metals to soils in different chemical forms, which can sometimes reach a toxic level for soil organisms and plants. Isotopic signatures could be used to trace sources of anthropogenic Cu and Zn pollution. The aim of this paper is to determine whether it is possible to identify (i) Cu and Zn contamination in soils and their sources, on the basis of their isotopic signatures, and (ii) situations that are a priori favorable or not for tracing Cu and Zn pollution using the isotopic approach. Therefore, we compiled data from the literature on Cu and Zn isotopes in soils, rocks and pollutants and added to this database the results of our own research. As only a few studies have dealt with agricultural contamination, we also studied a soil toposequence from Brittany, France, that experienced spreading of pig slurry for tens of years. In the surface horizons of the natural soils, the δ(65)Cu values vary from -0.15 to 0.44‰ and the δ(66)Zn from -0.03 to 0.43‰. Furthermore, vertical variations along soil profiles range from -0.95 to 0.44‰ for δ(65)Cu and from -0.53 to 0.64‰ for δ(66)Zn values. We concluded that pedogenetic processes can produce isotopic fractionation, yet, it is not always discernible and can be overprinted by an exogenous isotopic signature. Furthermore, some contaminants are enriched in heavy Cu or in light Zn compared to the rock or soil, but no generalization can be made. The anthropogenic inputs can be identified based on stable Cu and Zn isotope ratios if the isotope ratios of the sources are different from those of the soil, which needs to be tested for each individual case.

  8. Precipitation of Zn2Al LDH by urease enzyme.

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    Vial, Stephanie; Ghanbaja, Jaafar; Forano, Claude

    2006-01-21

    A biomineralization process based on the promotion of precipitating agent by the urea-urease enzymatic system is developed to prepare ZnAl layered double hydroxide materials and the effects of the enzymatic reaction parameters on the structural and textural properties of the materials are investigated on the basis of XRD and EM analysis.

  9. Phosphorescence quenching by mechanical stimulus in CaZnOS:Cu

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    Tu, Dong; Kamimura, Sunao; Xu, Chao-Nan; Fujio, Yuki; Sakata, Yoshitaro; Ueno, Naohiro

    2014-07-07

    We have found that phosphorescence intensity of CaZnOS:Cu decreased visibly under an applied load. This mechanical quenching (MQ) of phosphorescence in CaZnOS:Cu corresponded to the mechanical stimuli. We have thus demonstrated that the MQ of CaZnOS:Cu could be used for visualizing stress distributions in practical applications. We propose that MQ arises from non-radiative recombination due to electron-transfer from trap levels to non-radiative centers as a result of the mechanical load.

  10. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  11. Properties of a Cu2ZnSnS4 absorber layer fabricated by dip coating with a sulfurized Cu, Zn, Sn precursor and annealing

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    Truong, Mau Tuan; Muslih, Ersan Y.; Kim, Kyoo Ho

    2015-09-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films were prepared on soda lime glass by dip coating with sulfurized Cu, Zn, Sn precursors, N2 gas jet flattening, and annealing under an Ar+H2S atmosphere, which is a simple and inexpensive process for large-area thin-film preparation, and the influence of the Cu/(Zn+Sn) ratio on the properties of the film were investigated. Copper (II) acetate monohydrate, zinc (II) acetate dihydrate, tin (II) chloride dihydrate and thiourea dissolved in an ethanol solution were used for the preparation of the sulfurized Cu, Zn and Sn precursors as a low-cost raw materials for chemical bath deposition, and dip coating of the precursors and annealing under an Ar+H2S atmosphere were applied to prepare kesterite CZTS films on substrates. Sulfurization under an Ar+H2S atmosphere enhanced CZTS formation with no zinc oxide and adhesion on the soda lime glass. As the Cu/(Zn+Sn) ratio was increased in the film,the grain size and the film density increased whereas the band gap energy and the resistivity decreased. All films exhibited a p-type semi-conductivity with a high carrier concentration.

  12. Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films prepared by selenization of one-step electrochemically deposited Cu-Zn-Sn-Se precursors

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    Meng, Mingming; Wan, Lei; Zou, Peng; Miao, Shiding; Xu, Jinzhang

    2013-05-01

    In this research a non-vacuum strategy was reported in facile preparation of kesterite-type Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films via selenization of one-step electrochemically prepared Cu-Zn-Sn-Se precursors. The Cu-Zn-Sn-Se precursor films were prepared by electrochemical deposition from electrolytes containing CuSO4, ZnSO4, SnCl4 and H2SeO3, and the substrate is a Mo coated soda-lime glass. The CZTSe thin films were obtained by annealing the electrochemically deposited films in the selenium vapors at the temperature of 550 °C. The crystal phases, micro-structures, chemical compositions and optical properties of CZTSe films have been studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), Raman scattering spectrum, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopic means. The results revealed that the electrolytes with Cu:Zn:Sn:Se molar ratio of 3:70:20:3 yields nearly pure phase of kesterite, and a band gap of 0.94 eV was determined by spectroscopic measurements.

  13. Environmental levels of Zn do not protect embryos from Cu toxicity in three species of amphibians.

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    Weir, Scott M; Flynn, R Wesley; Scott, David E; Yu, Shuangying; Lance, Stacey L

    2016-07-01

    Contaminants often occur as mixtures in the environment, but investigations into toxicity usually employ a single chemical. Metal contaminant mixtures from anthropogenic activities such as mining and coal combustion energy are widespread, yet relatively little research has been performed on effects of these mixtures on amphibians. Considering that amphibians tend to be highly sensitive to copper (Cu) and that metal contaminants often occur as mixtures in the environment, it is important to understand the interactive effects that may result from multiple metals. Interactive effects of Cu and zinc (Zn) on amphibians have been reported as antagonistic and, conversely, synergistic. The goal of our study was to investigate the role of Zn in Cu toxicity to amphibians throughout the embryonic developmental period. We also considered maternal effects and population differences by collecting multiple egg masses from contaminated and reference areas for use in four experiments across three species. We performed acute toxicity experiments with Cu concentrations that cause toxicity (10-200 μg/L) in the absence of other contaminants combined with sublethal concentrations of Zn (100 and 1000 μg/L). Our results suggest very few effects of Zn on Cu toxicity at these concentrations of Zn. As has been previously reported, we found that maternal effects and population history had significant influence on Cu toxicity. The explanation for a lack of interaction between Cu and Zn in this experiment is unknown but may be due to the use of sublethal Zn concentrations when previous experiments have used Zn concentrations associated with acute toxicity. Understanding the inconsistency of amphibian Cu/Zn mixture toxicity studies is an important research direction in order to create generalities that can be used to understand risk of contaminant mixtures in the environment.

  14. Large-scale growth of Cu2ZnSnSe4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4/Cu2ZnSnS4 core/shell nanowires.

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    Li, Z Q; Shi, J H; Liu, Q Q; Chen, Y W; Sun, Z; Yang, Z; Huang, S M

    2011-07-01

    We present a fast and simple protocol for large-scale preparation of quaternary Cu(2)ZnSnSe(4) (CZTSe), as well as CZTSe/Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) (CZTS) core/shell nanowires using CuSe nanowire bundles as self-sacrificial templates. CuSe nanowire bundles were synthesized by reacting Cu(2 - x)Se nanowire bundles with sodium citrate solution. CZTSe nanowires were prepared by reacting CuSe nanowire bundles with Zn(CH(3)COO)(2) and SnCl(2) in triethylene glycol. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction studies show that stannite CZTSe is formed. The formed CZTSe nanowire bundles have diameters of 200-400 nm and lengths of up to hundreds of micrometers. CZTSe/CZTS nanocable bundles with similar morphologies were grown by the addition of some elemental sulfur to the reaction system for growth of CZTSe bundles. The stannite CZTSe/kesterite CZTS core/shell structure of the grown nanocables was confirmed by XRD and high-resolution transmission electron microscope investigation. The influence of S/Se molar ratio in the reaction system on the crystallographic structures and optical properties of CZTSe/CZTS nanocables was studied. The obtained CZTSe/CZTS core/shell nanocable bundles show broad and enhanced optical absorption over the visible and near-infrared region, which is promising for use in photovoltaic applications.

  15. Facile synthesis of Zn doped CuO hierarchical nanostructures: Structural, optical and antibacterial properties

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    Iqbal, Javed E-mail: javed.suggau@iiu.edu.pk; Jan, Tariq E-mail: javed.suggau@iiu.edu.pk; Ul-Hassan, Sibt; Umair Ali, M.; Abbas, Fazal; Ahmed, Ishaq; Mansoor, Qaisar; Ismail, Muhammad

    2015-12-15

    Zn{sub x}Cu{sub 1−x}O (where x= 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1 mol%) hierarchical nanostructures have been prepared via soft chemical route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results of the synthesized samples reveal the monoclinic structure of CuO without any impurity related phases. The micro-structural parameters such as crystallite size and microstrain have been strongly influenced by Zn doping. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses depict the formation of hierarchical nanostructures having average particle size in the range of 26-43 nm. The surface area of CuO nanostructures has been reduced systematically with the increase in Zn content which is linked with the variations in particle size. An obvious decrease in the optical band gap energy of the synthesized CuO hierarchical nanostructures has been observed with Zn doping which is assigned to the formation of shallow levels in the band gap of CuO and combined transition from oxygen 2p states to d sates of Cu and Zn ions. The bactericidal potency of the CuO hierarchical nanostructures have been found to be enhanced remarkably with Zn doping.

  16. Cu-Zn powders as potential Cr(VI) adsorbents for drinking water.

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    Kaprara, E; Seridou, P; Tsiamili, V; Mitrakas, M; Vourlias, G; Tsiaoussis, I; Kaimakamis, G; Pavlidou, E; Andritsos, N; Simeonidis, K

    2013-11-15

    This work examines the possibility of applying CuZn alloys as a reducing medium for the efficient removal of hexavalent chromium from drinking water. In an effort to develop a route for producing powders of CuZn alloys under mild conditions and investigate the optimum composition for such application, a series of alloys in the form of powders were prepared, by a sequence of Cu and Zn ball-milling and low temperature annealing. Batch Cr(VI) removal tests, performed to evaluate and compare the efficiency of the products under typical natural water parameters (pH 7 and natural-like water), indicated that the best performing material have a composition around 50 wt% Cu. The dominant reduction mechanisms are both the corrosion of the alloy surface and the electron transfer to the solution. The behavior of granulated CuZn media was tested in rapid-scale column tests using the commercial KDF which verified the high potential of CuZn alloys in Cr(VI) removal. Nevertheless, Cu and Zn leaching problems should be also considered.

  17. Impurity mediated large three photon absorption in ZnS:Cu nanophosphors

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    Sreeja, R.; Sridharan, Kishore; Philip, Reji; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2014-03-01

    Copper doped ZnS nanophosphors with the cubic zinc blende (Sphalerite) structure have been prepared through the wet chemical route in aqueous media. The ZnS:Cu nanoparticles display a widening in the band gap with increase in Cu dopant concentration. The observed green photoluminescence (PL) in ZnS:Cu originates from the transition between the conduction band and the copper acceptor levels. The open aperture Z-scan traces of the ZnS:Cu nanoparticles embedded in PVA matrix, excited at 800 nm using 100 fs laser pulses, show an optical limiting type nonlinearity which is attributed to three photon absorption. An increase in the value of the three photon absorption coefficient is observed with increase in the Cu doping concentration. The increase in the density of intermediate defect levels plays a significant role in the enhancement of three photon absorption in Cu doped ZnS. These studies reveal that Cu doped ZnS nanoparticles in polymer matrices are potential candidates for ultra fast optical limiting applications.

  18. Electrodeposited ZnS Precursor Layer with Improved Electrooptical Properties for Efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Mkawi, E. M.; Ibrahim, K.; Ali, M. K. M.; Farrukh, M. A.; Mohamed, A. S.

    2015-10-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films were prepared on indium tin oxide-coated glass by electrodeposition using aqueous zinc sulfate, thiourea, and ammonia solutions at 80°C. The effects of sulfurization at temperatures of 350°C, 400°C, 450°C, and 500°C on the morphological, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the ZnS thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the ZnS thin films exhibited cubic zincblende structure with preferred (111) orientation. The film crystallization improved with increasing annealing temperature. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy images showed that the film morphology became more compact and uniform with increasing annealing temperature. The percentage of sulfur in the ZnS thin films increased after sulfurization until a stoichiometric S/Zn ratio was achieved at 500°C. The annealed films showed good adhesion to the glass substrates, with moderate transmittance (85%) in the visible region. Based on absorption measurements, the direct bandgap increased from 3.71 eV to 3.79 eV with annealing temperature, which is attributed to the change of the buffer material composition and suitable crystal surface properties for effective p- n junction formation. The ZnS 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 1.86%.

  19. ZnO:Cu nanorods with visible luminescence: copper induced defect levels and its luminescence dynamics

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    Raji, R.; Gopchandran, K. G.

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis of ZnO:Cu nanoparticles with rod-like morphology using co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that these ZnO:Cu nanoparticles has wurtzite structure with preferential growth along (1 0 1) crystal plane. The formation of additional defect levels in these particles on doping with Cu was investigated using Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. The increase in intensity of E 1 (LO) mode observed at ~580 cm‑1 in the Raman spectra of ZnO:Cu nanoparticles, confirmed the formation of additional defect levels in these nanoparticles on doping with Cu. The doping concentration was evident in the intensity of the additional Raman mode observed at ~280 cm‑1 for the Cu doped nanoparticles. Photoluminescence spectra of Cu doped ZnO nanoparticles shows three visible emission peaks at 413, 435 and 531 nm along with a UV emission peak at 390 nm, whereas undoped ZnO nanoparticles showed only two peaks, at 389 and 582 nm. The shrinkage in band gap causing the emission of violet, blue and green colors on doping with Cu are attributed to the s-d and p-d exchange interactions between conduction band electrons of ZnO and localized d electrons of Cu ions, resulting in renormalization of band gap. The emission bands observed in these ZnO:Cu nanoparticles has been illustrated with a schematic energy level diagram.

  20. Synthesis, structural, and optical properties of stable ZnS:Cu,Cl nanocrystals.

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    Corrado, Carley; Jiang, Yu; Oba, Fadekemi; Kozina, Mike; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z

    2009-04-23

    Stable water-suspendable Cu+-doped ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) have been synthesized with mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as a capping molecule. The nanocrystals have been characterized using a combination of experimental techniques including UV-vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). The UV-vis electronic absorption spectrum shows an excitonic peak at 310 nm, characteristic of quantum-confined ZnS NCs. This excitonic peak does not change noticeably with Cu+ doping. XRD confirms the formation of ZnS nanocrystals, and the average size of the NCs has been determined to be around 6 nm by TEM. The incorporation of Cu+ into the ZnS is manifested as a substantial red-shift of the emission band in the PL spectra upon addition of Cu2+ that was reduced into Cu+ during the synthesis reaction. EXAFS data were obtained to confirm copper doping as well as determine the local structure about Cu+ and Zn2+ in the NCs. Fitting to the EXAFS data for Cu+ suggests that most Cu+ ions are located near the surface within the ZnS NCs and that a significant fraction may be in the form of CuS as found in bulk material. These combined optical and structural studies have provided important new insight into the relevant electronic energy levels and their correlation to the optical and structural properties of ZnS:Cu,Cl NCs. This has important implications in potential applications of this phosphor material for solid state lighting, imaging, and other photonic devices.

  1. Overwhelming reaction enhanced by ultrasonics during brazing of alumina to copper in air by Zn-14Al hypereutectic filler.

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    Ji, Hongjun; Chen, Hao; Li, Mingyu

    2017-03-01

    The ultrasonic-assisted brazing of α-alumina to copper was achieved in air without flux using Zn-14wt%Al hypereutectic filler at 753K within tens of seconds. The effects of ultrasonic time on the microstructures and mechanical properties of joints were investigated. In the joint interlayer, large amounts of intermetallic phases consisted of binary CuZn5 embedded by many ternary Al4.2Cu3.2Zn0.7 particles were formed. At the ceramic interface, newly formed crystalline Al2O3 aggregated. At the Cu interface, acoustic corrosion on the copper resulted in depriving the surface oxides and forming many pits on its surface, which provided saturated Cu in the melted filler alloys during the brazing. The ultrasonic vibrations had distinct effects on the metallurgical reactions of the joints, resulting in intermetallic-phase-filled composite joints with shear strength of 66MPa. The overgrowth of intermetallic compounds, the newly formed crystalline alumina, and the acoustic pits was probably ascribed to the ultrasonic effects.

  2. Efficiency enhancement using a Zn1- x Ge x -O thin film as an n-type window layer in Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Nishi, Yuki; Miyata, Toshihiro

    2016-05-01

    Efficiency enhancement was achieved in Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells fabricated with a zinc-germanium-oxide (Zn1- x Ge x -O) thin film as the n-type window layer and a p-type Na-doped Cu2O (Cu2O:Na) sheet prepared by thermally oxidizing Cu sheets. The Ge content (x) dependence of the obtained photovoltaic properties of the heterojunction solar cells is mainly explained by the conduction band discontinuity that results from the electron affinity difference between Zn1- x Ge x -O and Cu2O:Na. The optimal value of x in Zn1- x Ge x -O thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition was observed to be 0.62. An efficiency of 8.1% was obtained in a MgF2/Al-doped ZnO/Zn0.38Ge0.62-O/Cu2O:Na heterojunction solar cell.

  3. Controlling Bulk Cu6Sn5 Nucleation in Sn0.7Cu/Cu Joints with Al Micro-alloying

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    Xian, J. W.; Belyakov, S. A.; Gourlay, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    We show that dilute Al additions can control the size of primary Cu6Sn5 rods in Sn-0.7Cu/Cu ball grid array joints. In Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al/Cu joints, the number of primary Cu6Sn5 per mm2 is ˜7 times higher and the mean three-dimensional length of rods is ˜4 times smaller than in Al-free Sn-0.7Cu/Cu joints, while the area fraction of primary Cu6Sn5 is similar. It is shown that epitaxial nucleation of primary Cu6Sn5 occurs on δ-Cu33Al17 or γ 1-Cu9Al4 particles, which are stable in the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al melt during holding at 250°C. The observed facet relationships agree well with previously determined orientation relationships between δ-Cu33Al17 and Cu6Sn5 in hypereutectic Sn-Cu-Al alloys and result in a good lattice match with <˜2.5% lattice mismatch on two different interfacial planes.

  4. Template-directed synthesis of ordered single-crystalline nanowires arrays of Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4.

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    Shi, Liang; Pei, Congjian; Xu, Yeming; Li, Quan

    2011-07-13

    Highly ordered quaternary semiconductor Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) nanowires array have been prepared via a facile solvothermal approach using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a hard template. The as-prepared nanowires are uniform and single crystalline. They grow along either the crystalline [110] or [111] direction. The structure, morphology, composition, and optical absorption properties of the as-prepared Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) samples were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-vis spectrometry. A possible formation mechanism of the nanowire arrays is proposed. Governed by similar mechanism, we show that Cu(2)ZnSnSe(4) nanowire array with similar structural characteristics can also be obtained.

  5. Cu 2ZnSnSe 4 thin films prepared by selenization of co-electroplated Cu-Zn-Sn precursors

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    Chen, Zhesheng; Han, Lei; Wan, Lei; Zhang, Chunhui; Niu, Haihong; Xu, Jinzhang

    2011-08-01

    A novel technique for growth of high quality Cu 2ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) thin films is reported in our work. The CZTSe thin films were fabricated onto Mo layers by co-electroplating Cu-Zn-Sn precursors followed by annealing in the selenium vapors at the substrate temperature of 550 °C. The morphology and structure of CZTSe thin films were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering spectrum, respectively. The results revealed that the single phase was in the CZTSe thin films, and the other impurities such as ZnSe and Cu 2SnSe 3 were not existed though they were difficult to distinguish both from EDS and XRD.

  6. Re-investigation of phase equilibria in the system Al-Cu and structural analysis of the high-temperature phase η1-Al1-δCu.

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    Ponweiser, Norbert; Lengauer, Christian L; Richter, Klaus W

    2011-11-01

    The phase equilibria and reaction temperatures in the system Al-Cu were re-investigated by a combination of optical microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) at ambient and elevated temperature, differential thermal analysis (DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A full description of the phase diagram is given. The phase equilibria and invariant reactions in the Cu-poor part of the phase diagram could be confirmed. The Cu-rich part shows some differences in phase equilibria and invariant reactions compared to the known phase diagram. A two phase field was found between the high temperature phase η1 and the low temperature phase η2 thus indicating a first order transition. In the ζ1/ζ2 region of the phase diagram recent findings on the thermal stability could be widely confirmed. Contrary to previous results, the two phase field between δ and γ1 is very narrow. The results of the current work indicate the absence of the high temperature β0 phase as well as the absence of a two phase field between γ1 and γ0 suggesting a higher order transition between γ1 and γ0. The structure of γ0 (I-43m, Cu5Zn8-type) was confirmed by means of high-temperature XRD. Powder XRD was also used to determine the structure of the high temperature phase η1-Al1-δCu. The phase is orthorhombic (space group Cmmm) and the lattice parameters are a = 4.1450(1) Å, b = 12.3004(4) Å and c = 8.720(1) Å; atomic coordinates are given.

  7. The electrochemical behaviors of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn in sodium chloride solution

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    Lv, Yanzhuo; Liu, Min; Xu, Yan; Cao, Dianxue; Feng, Jing

    2013-03-01

    The electrochemical oxidation behaviors of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrodes in 0.7 mol L-1 NaCl solution are investigated by methods of potentiodynamic polarization, potentiostatic oxidation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The phase composition of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn alloys is analyzed conducted by X-ray diffraction. The performances of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn as the anode of Mg-H2O2 semi fuel cells are determined. The effect of Zn content on the corrosion resistant of these Mg-Li-based alloys is studied. It is found that the Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn electrode has higher discharge activity and less corrosion resistance than that of Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrode in 0.7 mol L-1 NaCl solution. The Mg-H2O2 semi fuel cell with Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn anode presents a maximum power density of 100 mW cm-2 at room temperature, which is higher than that of Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn anode (80 mW cm-2). The performance of semi fuel cell with the Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn electrode is better than that with Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrode, especially at higher current density (>30 mA cm-2).

  8. Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol on Cu-ZnO composite catalysts: structural requirements and reaction mechanism.

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    Wang, Shuai; Zhang, Yichi; Liu, Haichao

    2010-05-03

    Cu-ZnO catalysts were prepared by homogeneous coprecipitation with varying Cu/Zn atomic ratios (0.4-2:1). The catalysts were examined in selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol. Although propylene glycol selectivities remained essentially constant (over 93%) on the different Cu-ZnO catalysts, the turnover frequencies changed markedly with the Cu/Zn ratio, and reached the greatest value at the ratio of 1:1. Such activity dependence on the Cu/Zn ratio was in parallel with the change in the interaction between Cu and ZnO and in the Cu microstrain, as a consequence of the effects on the crystalline phases of hydroxycarbonate precursors for the Cu-ZnO catalysts, reflecting the structural requirements for glycerol hydrogenolysis. The hydrogenolysis mechanism was also examined and apparently involves kinetically relevant glycerol dehydrogenation to glyceraldehyde on Cu-ZnO and subsequent glyceraldehyde dehydration and hydrogenation to propylene glycol. The mechanism is consistent with the observed superior activities of the more strained Cu particles, and the higher propylene glycol selectivities obtained at higher glycerol and hydrogen concentrations. These findings provide a rationale for the design of more effective Cu-based catalysts in selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol and other biomass-derived polyols, for example, by synthesis of highly strained Cu particles strongly interacting with ZnO or other oxide supports.

  9. Inhibition of rabbit gastric glucosamine synthetase activity by Cu2+, Zn2+ and Se4+.

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    Fujita, T; Sakuma, S; Takahashi, K; Bohtani, Y; Nishida, H; Fujimoto, Y

    1997-05-01

    The effects of Fe2+, Cu2+, Zn2+ and Se4+ on the activity of glucosamine synthetase, the rate-limiting enzyme of mucus synthesis, in rabbit gastric corporal mucosa were examined. Cu2+, Zn2+ and Se4+ inhibited the glucosamine synthetase activity at concentrations ranging from 1 to 10 microM (Cu2+, 8-98% inhibition; Zn2+, 10-99% inhibition; Se4+, 32-89% inhibition). The inhibitory effects of these three ions were much stronger than that of UDP-N-acetylglúcosamine known as a representative inhibitor of the glucosamine synthetase activity (10 microM, 52% inhibition). Fe2+ had no significant effect on the glucosamine synthetase activity up to 100 microM. These results suggest that Cu2+, Zn2+ and Se4+ can be potent inhibitors of gastric glucosamine synthetase activity.

  10. Structural transitions of ordered kesterite-type Cu2ZnSnS4 under pressure

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    Efthimiopoulos, I.; Ritscher, A.; Lerch, M.; Speziale, S.; Pakhomova, A. S.; Liermann, H. P.; Koch-Müller, M.

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the high-pressure structural and vibrational behavior of the ordered kesterite-type Cu2ZnSnS4 compound. Our investigations have revealed two structural transitions: a kesterite-to-disordered kesterite transition was observed between 7 and 9 GPa, which involves a Zn/Cu disorder within the respective cationic sublattice, whereas a rocksalt-type structure was realized at ˜15 GPa. The latter transition is accompanied by a cationic coordination increase from fourfold-to-sixfold with respect to the sulfur anions. The predicted kesterite-to-stannite transition was not detected. Furthermore, our high-pressure Raman studies have shown that the aforementioned Zn/Cu cationic disorder will always be present in Cu2ZnSnS4 under relatively moderate compression.

  11. Cu2ZnSnS4 absorption layers with controlled phase purity.

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    Su, Chia-Ying; Chiu, Chiu-Yen; Ting, Jyh-Ming

    2015-03-24

    We report the synthesis and characterization of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) with controlled phase purity. The precursor was first prepared using sequential electrodeposition of Cu, Zn, and Sn in different orders. The Cu/(Sn+Zn) ratio in each stacking order was also varied. The precursor was subjected to annealing at 200°C and sulfurization at 500°C in a 5%-H2S/Ar atmosphere for the formation of CZTS. The phase evolutions during the electrodeposition and annealing stages, and the final phase formation at the sulfurization stage were examined using both x-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy, both of which are shown to be complimentary tools for phase identification. Detailed growth path is therefore reported. We also demonstrate by controlling the stacking order and the Cu/(Sn+Zn) ratio, CZTS with a phase purity as high as 93% is obtained.

  12. Cu2ZnSnS4 absorption layers with controlled phase purity

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    Su, Chia-Ying; -Yen Chiu, Chiu; Ting, Jyh-Ming

    2015-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) with controlled phase purity. The precursor was first prepared using sequential electrodeposition of Cu, Zn, and Sn in different orders. The Cu/(Sn+Zn) ratio in each stacking order was also varied. The precursor was subjected to annealing at 200°C and sulfurization at 500°C in a 5%-H2S/Ar atmosphere for the formation of CZTS. The phase evolutions during the electrodeposition and annealing stages, and the final phase formation at the sulfurization stage were examined using both x-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy, both of which are shown to be complimentary tools for phase identification. Detailed growth path is therefore reported. We also demonstrate by controlling the stacking order and the Cu/(Sn+Zn) ratio, CZTS with a phase purity as high as 93% is obtained. PMID:25801219

  13. In Vitro Degradation Behavior of Ternary Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu Alloys as Biomaterials

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    Persaud-Sharma, Dharam; Budiansky, Noah

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys was investigated to evaluate their corrosion behavior related to use as implantable biomaterials. The corrosion behavior of these alloys and a commercially available Mg-Zn alloy were examined using static solution electrochemical testing, dynamic solution gravimetric testing, ion leaching testing, and microscopic evaluation. Fluctuations in the pH of the Dulbecco’s Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM) used for the gravimetric and ion leaching immersion testing were also recorded over the 30-day duration to assess whether the media conditions induced by the alloy degradation would permit for cellular survival. Weight loss experimentation and electrochemical tests revealed the Mg-Zn-Cu alloy to have the greatest corrosion rate. PMID:24465245

  14. Spray pyrolysis deposition of Cu-ZnO and Zn-SnO{sub 2} solar cells

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    Khelfane, A.; Tarzalt, H.; Sebboua, B.; Zerrouki, H.; Kesri, N.

    2015-12-31

    Large-gap metal oxides, such as titanium, tin, and zinc oxides, have attracted great interest because of their remarkable potential in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and their low cost and simple preparation procedure. In this work, we investigated several Zn-SnO{sub 2} and Cu-ZnO thin films that were sprayed under different experimental conditions. We varied [Zn/[Sn] and [Cu/[Zn] ratios, calculated on atomic percent in the starting solution. We report some structural results of the films using X-ray diffraction. Optical reflection and transmission spectra investigated by an UV/VIS/NIR spectrophotometer permit the determination of optical constants. The direct band gap was deduced from the photon energy dependence of the absorption coefficient.

  15. 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.

  16. Characterization of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy RX226-T8 Plate

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2003-01-01

    Aluminum-copper-magnesium-silver (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag) alloys that were developed for thermal stability also offer attractive ambient temperature strength-toughness combinations, and therefore, can be considered for a broad range of airframe structural applications. The current study evaluated Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy RX226-T8 in plate gages and compared performance with sheet gage alloys of similar composition. Uniaxial tensile properties, plane strain initiation fracture toughness, and plane stress tearing resistance of RX226-T8 were examined at ambient temperature as a function of orientation and thickness location in the plate. Properties were measured near the surface and at the mid-plane of the plate. Tensile strengths were essentially isotropic, with variations in yield and ultimate tensile strengths of less than 2% as a function of orientation and through-thickness location. However, ductility varied by more than 15% with orientation. Fracture toughness was generally higher at the mid-plane and greater for the L-T orientation, although the differences were small near the surface of the plate. Metallurgical analysis indicated that the microstructure was primarily recrystallized with weak texture and was uniform through the plate with the exception of a fine-grained layer near the surface of the plate. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed Al-Cu-Mg second phase particles which varied in composition and were primarily located on grain boundaries parallel to the rolling direction. Fractography of toughness specimens for both plate locations and orientations revealed that fracture occurred predominantly by transgranular microvoid coalescence. Introduction High-strength, low-density Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were initially developed to replace conventional 2000 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7000 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) series aluminum alloys for aircraft structural applications [1]. During the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program, improvements in thermal stability were demonstrated for candidate

  17. Induction of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase after cortical contusion injury during hypothermia.

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    Fukuhara, T; Nishio, S; Ono, Y; Kawauchi, M; Asari, S; Ohmoto, T

    1994-09-19

    To determine the effect of hypothermia on superoxide injury after cerebral contusion, the induction of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase was examined 6 h after contusion in rats using Northern blotting. Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase gene expression increased at the periphery of the contusion, which may indicate the severity of the superoxide stimulus. This increase was preserved after contusion under hypothermia, which may show that superoxide injury is still severe although brain edema is decreased.

  18. Monitoring of monochlorophenols adsorbed on metal (Cu and Zn) supported pumice by infrared spectroscopy.

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    Bardakçi, Belgin

    2009-01-01

    The adsorption of monochlorophenols (o-, m-, p-chlorophenol) on pumice, Zn/pumice and Cu/pumice has been studied through Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy in transmission mode. The data show that after Zn and Cu were supported on pumice, the adsorption of 4-chlorophenol is characterized by the bands at 1591, 1494, 1092 and 824 cm(-1). Adsorption process occurred via metal cations on the surface of pumice. Metal oxides on pumice can mediate binding of p-chlorophenol.

  19. Colloidal synthesis of wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanorods and their perpendicular assembly.

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    Singh, Ajay; Geaney, Hugh; Laffir, Fathima; Ryan, Kevin M

    2012-02-15

    The quaternary copper chalcogenide Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) is an important emerging material for the development of low-cost and sustainable solar cells. Here we report a facile solution synthesis of stoichiometric Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) in size-controlled nanorod form (11 nm × 35 nm). The monodisperse nanorods have a band gap of 1.43 eV and can be assembled into perpendicularly aligned arrays by controlled evaporation from solution.

  20. Facile Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 Photovoltaic Absorber Thin Films via Sulfurization of Cu2SnS3/ZnS Layers

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    Kahraman, Süleyman; Podlogar, Mateja; Bernik, Slavko; Güder, Hüsnü Salih

    2014-04-01

    Copper zinc tin sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years as a new, alternative absorber for the production of cheap thin film solar cells owing to the high natural abundance of all the constituents, its tunable direct-band-gap energy, and its large optical absorption coefficient. In addition, to overcome the problem of expensive vacuum-based methods, solution-based approaches are being developed for Cu2ZnSnS4 deposition. In this study, Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films were grown on soda lime glass substrates via the sulfurization of solution grown Cu2SnS3/ZnS stacked sulfide layers. A new facile route to overcome the difficulty of depositing Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film with a desired stoichiometric composition in a single cation solution has been presented. The influences of deposition cycles of layers on the morphological, compositional, structural, and optical properties of the samples were investigated. It was observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images that the films were continuous and composed of homogenously distributed large grains. Possible chemical formulations of the best samples were predicted to be Cu1.99Zn1.25Sn1.00S3.76 and Cu1.97Zn1.03Sn1.29S3.71 via energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) results. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the samples matched very well with the reference values. The Raman-scattering analysis of the films proved the phase purity of the CZTS samples. The optical absorption coefficient of the films was found to be about 104 cm-1 based on absorbance spectroscopy. The optical band gaps of the films were estimated to be between 1.36 and 1.50 eV. From these we are able to conclude that CZTS thin films can be effectively obtained via the vacuum-atmosphere sulfurization of Cu2SnS3/ZnS stacked sulfide layers.

  1. Cu(2)ZnSnS(4)-Pt and Cu(2)ZnSnS(4)-Au heterostructured nanoparticles for photocatalytic water splitting and pollutant degradation.

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    Yu, Xuelian; Shavel, Alexey; An, Xiaoqiang; Luo, Zhishan; Ibáñez, Maria; Cabot, Andreu

    2014-07-02

    Cu2ZnSnS4, based on abundant and environmental friendly elements and with a direct band gap of 1.5 eV, is a main candidate material for solar energy conversion through both photovoltaics and photocatalysis. We detail here the synthesis of quasi-spherical Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles with unprecedented narrow size distributions. We further detail their use as seeds to produce CZTS-Au and CZTS-Pt heterostructured nanoparticles. Such heterostructured nanoparticles are shown to have excellent photocatalytic properties toward degradation of Rhodamine B and hydrogen generation by water splitting.

  2. Solution-processed highly efficient Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells by dissolution of elemental Cu, Zn, Sn, and Se powders.

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    Yang, Yanchun; Wang, Gang; Zhao, Wangen; Tian, Qingwen; Huang, Lijian; Pan, Daocheng

    2015-01-14

    Solution deposition approaches play an important role in reducing the manufacturing cost of Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin film solar cells. Here, we present a novel precursor-based solution approach to fabricate highly efficient CZTSe solar cells. In this approach, low-cost elemental Cu, Zn, Sn, and Se powders were simultaneously dissolved in the solution of thioglycolic acid and ethanolamine, forming a homogeneous CZTSe precursor solution to deposit CZTSe nanocrystal thin films. Based on high-quality CZTSe absorber layer, pure selenide CZTSe solar cell with a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 8.02% has been achieved without antireflection coating.

  3. Double junction photoelectrochemical solar cells based on Cu2ZnSnS4/Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film as composite photocathode

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    Zhu, L.; Qiang, Y. H.; Zhao, Y. L.; Gu, X. Q.

    2014-02-01

    A solvothermal method was used to synthesize Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) and Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) nanoparticles. CZTS/CZTSe bilayer films have been fabricated via a layer-by-layer blade coating process on the fluorine dope tin oxide (FTO) substrates. We converted conventional dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) into double junction photoelectrochemical solar cells with the replacement of the Pt-coated counter electrode with the as-prepared films as composite photocathodes. Compared with conventional DSSCs, the cells show an increased short circuit current and power conversion efficiency.

  4. Non-blinking (Zn)CuInS/ZnS Quantum Dots Prepared by In Situ Interfacial Alloying Approach

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    Zhang, Aidi; Dong, Chaoqing; Li, Liang; Yin, Jinjin; Liu, Heng; Huang, Xiangyi; Ren, Jicun

    2015-10-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are very important optical nanomaterials with a wide range of potential applications. However, blinking behavior of single QD is an intrinsic drawback for some biological and photoelectric applications based on single-particle emission. Herein we present a rational strategy for fabrication of non-blinking (Zn)CuInS/ZnS QDs in organic phase through in situ interfacial alloying approach. This new strategy includes three steps: synthesis of CuInS QDs, eliminating the interior traps of QDs by forming graded (Zn)CuInS alloyed QDs, modifying the surface traps of QDs by introducing ZnS shells onto (Zn)CuInS QDs using alkylthiols as sulfur source and surface ligands. The suppressed blinking mechanism was mainly attributed to modifying QDs traps from interior to exterior via a step-by-step modification. Non-blinking QDs show high quantum yield, symmetric emission spectra and excellent crystallinity, and will enable applications from biology to optoelectronics that were previously hindered by blinking behavior of traditional QDs.

  5. Non-blinking (Zn)CuInS/ZnS Quantum Dots Prepared by In Situ Interfacial Alloying Approach

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    Zhang, Aidi; Dong, Chaoqing; Li, Liang; Yin, Jinjin; Liu, Heng; Huang, Xiangyi; Ren, Jicun

    2015-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are very important optical nanomaterials with a wide range of potential applications. However, blinking behavior of single QD is an intrinsic drawback for some biological and photoelectric applications based on single-particle emission. Herein we present a rational strategy for fabrication of non-blinking (Zn)CuInS/ZnS QDs in organic phase through in situ interfacial alloying approach. This new strategy includes three steps: synthesis of CuInS QDs, eliminating the interior traps of QDs by forming graded (Zn)CuInS alloyed QDs, modifying the surface traps of QDs by introducing ZnS shells onto (Zn)CuInS QDs using alkylthiols as sulfur source and surface ligands. The suppressed blinking mechanism was mainly attributed to modifying QDs traps from interior to exterior via a step-by-step modification. Non-blinking QDs show high quantum yield, symmetric emission spectra and excellent crystallinity, and will enable applications from biology to optoelectronics that were previously hindered by blinking behavior of traditional QDs. PMID:26458511

  6. Shell Evolution in the Neutron-Rich Cu and Zn Isotopes

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    Belarge, Joe; Bazin, Daniel; Gade, Alexandra; Ayyad, Yassid; Bender, Peter; Elder, Robert; Elman, Brandon; Iwasaki, Hiro; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki; Loelius, Charles; Longfellow, Brenden; Lunderberg, Eric; Morfouace, Pierre; Sullivan, Chris; Weisshaar, Dirk; Whitmore, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Recent shell model calculations predict a gradual reduction of the Z=28 shell gap in Ni isotopes as the ν 1g9 / 2 orbital is filled from 68Ni to 78Ni [Otsuka et al. PRL 95, 232502]. These predictions can be experimentally tested by measuring the spectroscopic strength of a given orbital in an isotopic chain. The neutron-rich Cu isotopes, with one proton outside of a filled π 1f7 / 2 orbital, are some of the best candidates to exhibit the effects of the underlying structure evolution in this region. The high luminosity provided by fast beam, thick target experiments performed at the NSCL, coupled with the high resolution, high efficiency gamma-ray array GRETINA, provide a unique opportunity to study the neutron-rich Cu isotopes. The current experiment aims to measure the strength of 2p-1h excitations in 69-77Cu, populated through one proton knockout from 70-78Zn beams on a Be target, thereby probing the effective single particle energy and spectroscopic strength of the π 1f7 / 2 orbital. Results from the ongoing analysis will be presented.

  7. Large-scale solution-phase growth of Cu-doped ZnO nanowire networks.

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    Xu, Chunju; Koo, Tae-Woong; Kim, Byung-Sung; Lee, Jae-Hyun; Hwang, Sung Woo; Whang, Dongmok

    2011-07-01

    Film-like networks of Cu-doped (0.8-2.5 at.%) ZnO nanowires were successfully synthesized through a facile solution process at a low temperature (<100 degrees C). The pH value of solution plays a key role in controlling the density and quality of the Cu-doped ZnO nanowires and the dopant concentration of ZnO nanowires was controlled by adjusting the Cu2+/Zn2+ concentration ratio during the synthesis. The structural study showed that the as-prepared Cu-doped ZnO nanowires with a narrow diameter range of 20-30 nm were single crystal and grew along [0001] direction. Photoluminescence and electrical conductivity measurements showed that Cu doping can lead to a redshift in bandgap energy and an increase in the resistivity of ZnO. The thermal annealing of the as-grown nanowires at a low temperature (300 degrees C) decreased the defect-related emission within the visible range and increased the electrical conductivity. The high-quality ZnO nanowire network with controlled doping will enable further application to flexible and transparent electronics.

  8. Modification and inactivation of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase by the lipid peroxidation product, acrolein

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    Kang, Jung Hoon

    2013-01-01

    Acrolein is the most reactive aldehydic product of lipid peroxidation and is found to be elevated in the brain when oxidative stress is high. The effects of acrolein on the structure and function of human Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) were examined. When Cu,Zn-SOD was incubated with acrolein, the covalent crosslinking of the protein was increased, and the loss of enzymatic activity was increased in a dose-dependent manner. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavengers and copper chelators inhibited the acrolein-mediated Cu,Zn-SOD modification and the formation of carbonyl compound. The present study shows that ROS may play a critical role in acrolein-induced Cu,Zn-SOD modification and inactivation. When Cu,Zn-SOD that has been exposed to acrolein was subsequently analyzed by amino acid analysis, serine, histidine, arginine, threonine and lysine residues were particularly sensitive. It is suggested that the modification and inactivation of Cu,Zn-SOD by acrolein could be produced by more oxidative cell environments. [BMB Reports 2013; 46(11): 555-560] PMID:24152914

  9. Modification and inactivation of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase by the lipid peroxidation product, acrolein.

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    Kang, Jung Hoon

    2013-11-01

    Acrolein is the most reactive aldehydic product of lipid peroxidation and is found to be elevated in the brain when oxidative stress is high. The effects of acrolein on the structure and function of human Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) were examined. When Cu,Zn-SOD was incubated with acrolein, the covalent crosslinking of the protein was increased, and the loss of enzymatic activity was increased in a dose-dependent manner. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavengers and copper chelators inhibited the acrolein-mediated Cu,Zn-SOD modification and the formation of carbonyl compound. The present study shows that ROS may play a critical role in acrolein-induced Cu,Zn-SOD modification and inactivation. When Cu,Zn-SOD that has been exposed to acrolein was subsequently analyzed by amino acid analysis, serine, histidine, arginine, threonine and lysine residues were particularly sensitive. It is suggested that the modification and inactivation of Cu,Zn-SOD by acrolein could be produced by more oxidative cell environments.

  10. Migration behavior of Cu and Zn in landfill with different operation modes.

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    Long, Yu-Yang; Shen, Dong-Sheng; Wang, Hong-Tao; Lu, Wen-Jing

    2010-07-15

    Cu and Zn were chosen to study the heavy metal migration behavior and mechanism in three simulated landfills with different operation modes, namely conventional landfill (CL), leachate directly recirculated landfill (RL) and leachate pre-treated bioreactor landfill (BL). It showed that Cu and Zn in refuse experienced periodic migration and retention gradually during decomposition, and the variation of Cu(II) and Zn(II) in leachate correspondingly reflected the releasing behavior of Cu and Zn in landfill refuse at different stabilization stages. Except for their accumulated leaching amounts, Cu(II) and Zn(II) concentrations in leachate from landfills with different operation modes had no significant difference. The accumulated leaching amounts of Cu and Zn from CL showed exponential increase, while those of RL and BL showed exponential decay. The operation of bioreactor landfill with leachate recirculation can obviously attenuate the heavy metal leaching than conventional operation. The introduction of methanogenic reactor (MR) in bioreactor landfill can further promote the immobilization of heavy metal in refuse than leachate recirculation directly.

  11. Characterization of Cu-exchanged SSZ-13: a comparative FTIR, UV-Vis, and EPR study with Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β with similar Si/Al and Cu/Al ratios.

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    Giordanino, Filippo; Vennestrøm, Peter N R; Lundegaard, Lars F; Stappen, Frederick N; Mossin, Susanne; Beato, Pablo; Bordiga, Silvia; Lamberti, Carlo

    2013-09-21

    Cu-SSZ-13 has been characterized by different spectroscopic techniques and compared with Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β with similar Si/Al and Cu/Al ratios and prepared by the same ion exchange procedure. On vacuum activated samples, low temperature FTIR spectroscopy allowed us to appreciate a high concentration of reduced copper centres, i.e. isolated Cu(+) ions located in different environments, able to form Cu(+)(N2), Cu(+)(CO)n (n = 1, 2, 3), and Cu(+)(NO)n (n = 1, 2) upon interaction with N2, CO and NO probe molecules, respectively. Low temperature FTIR, DRUV-Vis and EPR analysis on O2 activated samples revealed the presence of different Cu(2+) species. New data and discussion are devoted to (i) [Cu-OH](+) species likely balanced by one framework Al atom; (ii) mono(μ-oxo)dicopper [Cu2(μ-O)](2+) dimers observed in Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β, but not in Cu-SSZ-13. UV-Vis-NIR spectra of O2 activated samples reveal an intense and finely structured d-d quadruplet, unique to Cu-SSZ-13, which is persistent under SCR conditions. This differs from the 22,700 cm(-1) band of the mono(μ-oxo)dicopper species of the O2 activated Cu-ZSM-5, which disappears under SCR conditions. The EPR signal intensity sets Cu-β apart from the others.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Phenotypic rescue by a bovine transgene in a Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase-null mutant of Drosophila melanogaster

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    Reveillaud, I.; Kongpachith, A.; Fleming, J.E.

    1994-02-01

    Null mutants for Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) in Drosophila melanogaster are male sterile, have a greatly reduced adult life span, and are hypersensitive to paraquat. We have introduced a synthetic bovine CuZnSOD transgene under the transcriptional control of the D. melanogaster 5C actin promoter into a CuZnSOD-null mutant of D. melanogaster. This was carried out by P-element-mediated transformation of the Drosophila-bovine CuZnSOD transgene into a CuZnSOD{sup +} recipient strain followed by genetic crossing of the transgene into a strain carrying the CuZnSOD-null mutation, cSOD{sup n108}. The resulting transformants express bovine CuZnSOD exclusively to about 30% of normal Drosophila CuZnSOD levels. Expression of the Drosophila-bovine CuZnSOD transgene in the CuZnSOD-null mutant rescues male fertility and resistance to paraquat to apparently normal levels. However, adult life span is restored to only 30% of normal, and resistance to hyperoxia is 90% of that found in control flies. This striking differential restoration of pleiotropic phenotypes could be the result of a threshold of CuZnSOD expression necessary for normal male fertility and resistance to the toxicity of paraquat or hyperoxia which is lower than the threshold required to sustain a normal adult life span. Alternatively, the differential rescue of fertility, resistance to active oxygen, and life span might indicate different cell-specific transcriptional requirements for these functions which are normally provided by the control elements of the native CuZnSOD gene but are only partly compensated for by the transcriptional control elements of the actin 5C promoter. 29 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase: cloning and analysis of the Taenia solium gene and Taenia crassiceps cDNA.

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    Parra-Unda, Ricardo; Vaca-Paniagua, Felipe; Jiménez, Lucia; Landa, Abraham

    2012-01-01

    Cytosolic Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu,Zn-SOD) catalyzes the dismutation of superoxide (O(2)(-)) to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and plays an important role in the establishment and survival of helminthes in their hosts. In this work, we describe the Taenia solium Cu,Zn-SOD gene (TsCu,Zn-SOD) and a Taenia crassiceps (TcCu,Zn-SOD) cDNA. TsCu,Zn-SOD gene that spans 2.841 kb, and has three exons and two introns; the splicing junctions follow the GT-AG rule. Analysis in silico of the gene revealed that the 5'-flanking region has three putative TATA and CCAAT boxes, and transcription factor binding sites for NF1 and AP1. The transcription start site was a C, located at 22 nucleotides upstream of the translation start codon (ATG). Southern blot analysis showed that TcCu,Zn-SOD and TsCu,Zn-SOD genes are encoded by a single copy. The deduced amino acid sequences of TsCu,Zn-SOD gene and TcCu,Zn-SOD cDNA reveal 98.47% of identity, and the characteristic motives, including the catalytic site and β-barrel structure of the Cu,Zn-SOD. Proteomic and immunohistochemical analysis indicated that Cu,Zn-SOD does not have isoforms, is distributed throughout the bladder wall and is concentrated in the tegument of T. solium and T. crassiceps cysticerci. Expression analysis revealed that TcCu,Zn-SOD mRNA and protein expression levels do not change in cysticerci, even upon exposure to O(2)(-) (0-3.8 nmol/min) and H(2)O(2) (0-2mM), suggesting that this gene is constitutively expressed in these parasites.

  16. Study of Zn-Cu ferrite nanoparticles for LPG sensing.

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    Jain, Anuj; Baranwal, Ravi Kant; Bharti, Ajaya; Vakil, Z; Prajapati, C S

    2013-01-01

    Nanostructured zinc-copper mixed ferrite was synthesized using sol-gel method. XRD patterns of different compositions of zinc-copper ferrite, Zn(1-x)Cu(x)Fe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75), revealed single phase inverse spinel ferrite in all the samples synthesized. With increasing copper concentration, the crystallite size was found to be increased from 28 nm to 47 nm. The surface morphology of all the samples studied by the Scanning Electron Microscopy there exhibits porous structure of particles throughout the samples. The pellets of the samples are prepared for LPG sensing characteristics. The sensing is carried out at different operating temperatures (200, 225, and 250°C) with the variation of LPG concentrations (0.2, 0.4, and 0.6 vol%). The maximum sensitivity of 55.33% is observed at 250°C operating for the 0.6 vol% LPG.

  17. Carbonate phobic (Zn,Mn)-Al hydrotalcite-like compounds

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    Sampieri, Alvaro; Fetter, Geolar; Pfeiffer, Heriberto; Bosch, Pedro

    2007-05-01

    The synthesis method of three series of nitrated (Zn,Mn)-Al hydrotalcites in the presence of microwave irradiation is presented. MnO 4- anions were partially incorporated between the layers of those compounds and a staged intercalation occurred. In the presence of CO 2, nitrated and permanganate intercalated hydrotalcites were tested in CO 32- retention. Carbonate phobic character was observed and it may be correlated to the poor basicity of hydrotalcites, thus, to the electronegativity of M 2+ cations.

  18. Efficient "green" quantum dot-sensitized solar cells based on Cu2S-CuInS2-ZnSe architecture.

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    Chang, Jia-Yaw; Su, Li-Fong; Li, Chen-Hei; Chang, Chia-Chan; Lin, Jie-Mo

    2012-05-18

    A Cu(2)S-CuInS(2)-ZnSe quantum dot (QD)-sensitized solar cell with cascaded energy gap structures has been fabricated. Under simulated illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2)), the best device is obtained with a Cu(2)S-CuInS(2)-ZnSe QD-sensitized solar cell, yielding a power conversion efficiency of 2.52%.

  19. Pharmocokinetical study of Al- and Zn-sulphonated phthalocyanines

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    Kazachkina, Natalia I.; Zharkova, Natalia N.; Fomina, Galina I.; Yakubovskaya, Raisa I.; Sokolov, Victor V.; Lukyanets, Eugeny A.

    1996-12-01

    The comparative pharmacokinetical study of Al- and Zn- sulphonated phthalocyanines (AlPcS and ZnPcS, respectively) is the aim of the present work. Mice bearing solid Ehrlich tumor were used in this study. AlPcS (sodium salt) and ZnPcS (ammonium and sodium salts were used as photosensitizers. The photosensitizers were injected i/v in various doses. The exogenous fluorescence of tissues (tumor, liver, spleen, kidneys, muscles, skin) was measured dynamically after sensitization. It was shown that all of the photosensitizers under study had similar distribution pattern in organisms of mice and were selectively accumulated in the Ehrlich tumor tissue. The exogenous fluorescence intensity of tissues and it tumor:normal muscle ratio (Cs) depended on the dosage of the preparation, on the time, which had passed after drug injection, and on the stage of tumor growth. It was also shown that the kinetics of the tissue uptake of the studied sensitizers varied to some extent. Thus, the obtained data may be interesting for deeper understanding of the interaction of the dye with malignant tissues.

  20. Methotrexate intercalated ZnAl-layered double hydroxide

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    Chakraborty, Manjusha; Dasgupta, Sudip; Soundrapandian, Chidambaram; Chakraborty, Jui; Ghosh, Swapankumar; Mitra, Manoj K.; Basu, Debabrata

    2011-09-01

    The anticancerous drug methotrexate (MTX) has been intercalated into an ZnAl-layered double hydroxide (LDH) using an anion exchange technique to produce LDH-MTX hybrids having particle sizes in the range of 100-300 nm. X-ray diffraction studies revealed increases in the basal spacings of ZnAl-LDH-MTX hybrid on MTX intercalation. This was corroborated by the transmission electron micrographs, which showed an increase in average interlayer spacing from 8.9 Å in pristine LDH to 21.3 Å in LDH-MTX hybrid. Thermogravimetric analyses showed an increase in the decomposition temperature for the MTX molecule in the LDH-MTX hybrid indicating enhanced thermal stability of the drug molecule in the LDH nanovehicle. The cumulative release profile of MTX from ZnAl-LDH-MTX hybrids in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) at pH 7.4 was successfully sustained for 48 h following Rigter-Peppas model release kinetics via diffusion.

  1. Modeling interactions and toxicity of Cu-Zn mixtures to zebrafish larvae.

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    Gao, Yongfei; Feng, Jianfeng; Wang, Cancan; Zhu, Lin

    2017-04-01

    Quantitative predictions of metal-metal interactions and toxicity in aquatic organisms meet a unique challenge. Accumulation and toxicity of Cu and Zn mixtures in zebrafish larvae has been quantified in binary metal system with variable combinatorial concentrations in order to understand the interactions between essential trace metals and assess availability of the toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic (TK-TD) model which simulated the uptake of metals over time as well as metal toxicity after 24h of exposure. Competitive uptake experiments showed a straightforward antagonistic competition, as would be predicted by Michaelis-Menten competitive equilibrium model. Zn uptake decreased significantly in the presence of Cu(2+) concentrations higher than 10(-6)M. Cu(2+) was shown to compete strongly with Zn for uptake, having a higher affinity constant to biotic ligand (BL) sites (KCuBL=10(5.42)M(-1)) than Zn (KZnBL=10(4.13)M(-1)). TK-TD model considering potential metal-metal antagonism interactions showed good predictive power in predicting accumulation and toxicity of Cu-Zn mixtures in zebrafish larvae with the high coefficient of determination (r(2)) and significant level (p). In particular, with the elevated Zn concentrations in mixtures, the TD model showed better predictive power in predicting toxicity of 10(-6)M Cu concentration in Cu-Zn mixtures. The TK-TD analysis provided some new insights into the interactive mechanism of binary Cu and Zn exposure in aquatic animals and may have important implications for our understanding of quantitative predictions of metal-metal interactions and toxicity in a field where animals are simultaneously exposed to several metals.

  2. Reduced Cu concentration in CuAl-LPE-grown thin Si layers

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    Wang, T.H.; Ciszek, T.F.; Asher, S.; Reedy, R.

    1995-08-01

    Cu-Al has been found to be a good solvent system to grow macroscopically smooth Si layers with thicknesses in tens of microns on cast MG-Si substrates by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) at temperatures near 900{degrees}C. This solvent system utilizes Al to ensure good wetting between the solution and substrate by removing silicon native oxides, and employs Cu to control Al doping into the layers. Isotropic growth is achieved because of a high concentration of solute silicon in the solution and the resulting microscopically rough interface. The incorporation of Cu in the Si layers, however, was a concern since Cu is a major solution component and is generally regarded as a bad impurity for silicon devices due to its fast diffusivity and deep energy levels in the band gap. A study by Davis shows that Cu will nonetheless not degrade solar cell performance until above a level of 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}. This threshold is expected to be even higher for thin layer silicon solar cells owing to the less stringent requirement on minority carrier diffusion length. But to ensure long term stability of solar cells, lower Cu concentrations in the thin layers are still preferred.

  3. Optical properties of diluted magnetic semiconductor Cu:ZnS quantum dots

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    Imam, N. G.; Bakr Mohamed, Mohamed

    2014-09-01

    Herein quantum dots (QDs) of diluted magnetic semiconductor Cu:ZnS have been synthesized via a simple chemical synthesis method. A single phase solid solution is formed up to x = 0.1 which confirmed by using X-ray diffraction. Crystal structure and microstructure analyses were performed by Rietveld refinement. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra were recorded for pure and Cu doped ZnS QDs excited at 268 and 228 nm respectively. PL emission and excitation spectra were investigated in different wavelength regions within the range of 200-900 nm. PL results in the range of 220-300 nm emission band reveals that the band gap of pure ZnS QDs is about 4.43 eV which greater than that of bulk ZnS (3.7 eV). The band gap of Cu:ZnS QDs is tunable with Cu content (x) as well as the crystalline size, and it is peaked around 4.47 eV. PL emission in the range of 350-650 nm exhibits a green fluorescence band peaking around 552 nm for pure ZnS QDs, which confirms the characteristic feature of Zn2+ as luminescent centers in the lattice, while blue emission bands peaked around 471 nm for Cu:ZnS QDs that is attributed to the transition of electrons from conduction band of ZnS to the Cu impurity level. The blue shift of the absorption peak directly reflects the effect of quantum confinement. The PL results have been supported by X-ray phase analysis, high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM and SEM), compositional evaluation (EDX) and magnetic measurements (VSM).

  4. Cu-doped ZnO nanorod arrays: the effects of copper precursor and concentration

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    2014-01-01

    Cu-doped ZnO nanorods have been grown at 90°C for 90 min onto a quartz substrate pre-coated with a ZnO seed layer using a hydrothermal method. The influence of copper (Cu) precursor and concentration on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnO nanorods was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the nanorods grown are highly crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure grown along the c-axis. The lattice strain is found to be compressive for all samples, where a minimum compressive strain of −0.114% was obtained when 1 at.% Cu was added from Cu(NO3)2. Scanning electron microscopy was used to investigate morphologies and the diameters of the grown nanorods. The morphological properties of the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods were influenced significantly by the presence of Cu impurities. Near-band edge (NBE) and a broad blue-green emission bands at around 378 and 545 nm, respectively, were observed in the photoluminescence spectra for all samples. The transmittance characteristics showed a slight increase in the visible range, where the total transmittance increased from approximately 80% for the nanorods doped with Cu(CH3COO)2 to approximately 90% for the nanorods that were doped with Cu(NO3)2. PMID:24855460

  5. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; ...

    2016-02-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0 > is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2 > and < 0,2,8,1 >, are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2 > polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5more » MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0 > in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. Lastly, the relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  6. Synthesis and properties of ZnO-HMD@ZnO-Fe/Cu core-shell as advanced material for hydrogen storage.

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    Bouazizi, N; Boudharaa, T; Bargougui, R; Vieillard, J; Ammar, S; Le Derf, F; Azzouz, A

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, a new synthetic strategy towards functionalized ZnO-HMD@ZnO-Fe/Cu core-shell using sol-gel process modified by chemical grafting of hexamethylenediamine (HMD) on the core and in-situ dispersion of Cu(0)/Fe(0) as metallic nanoparticles (M-NPs) on the shell. The as-prepared core-shell materials were fully characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, diffuse reflectance and FT-IR spectrophotometery, photoluminescence, and complexes impedance spectroscopy measurements. The XRD patterns agreed with that of the ZnO typical wurtzite structure, indicating good crystallinity of ZnO-HMD@ZnO-Fe/Cu, with the presence of Fe(0) and Cu(0) phases. Hexamethylenediamine grafting and M-NPs insertion were highly activated and enhanced the core and shell interface by the physiochemical interaction. After functionalization, luminescence intensities and electrical properties of both core and core-shell nanoparticles are improved, indicating the effects of the surface groups on the charge transfer of ZnO-HMD@ZnO-Fe/Cu. The hydrogen capacity retention was depended strongly on the composition and structure of the obtained core-shell. Iron/Copper-loaded ZnO-HMD@ZnO materials exhibited the highest capacity for hydrogen storage. The excellent stability and performance of the ZnO-HMD@ZnO-Fe/Cu core-shell make it an efficient candidate for hydrogen storage.

  7. Laser Weldability of High-Strength Al-Zn Alloys and Its Improvement by the Use of an Appropriate Filler Material

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    Enz, Josephin; Riekehr, Stefan; Ventzke, Volker; Huber, Norbert; Kashaev, Nikolai

    2016-06-01

    Heat-treatable Al-Zn alloys are promising candidates for use as structural lightweight materials in automotive and aircraft applications. This is mainly due to their high strength-to-density ratio in comparison to conventionally employed Al alloys. Laser beam welding is an efficient method for producing joints with high weld quality and has been established in the industry for many years. However, it is well known that aluminum alloys with a high Zn content or, more precisely, with a high (Zn + Mg + Cu) content are difficult to fusion weld due to the formation of porosity and hot cracks. The present study concerns the laser weldability of these hard-to-weld Al-Zn alloys. In order to improve weldability, it was first necessary to understand the reasons for weldability problems and to identify crucial influencing factors. Based on this knowledge, it was finally possible to develop an appropriate approach. For this purpose, vanadium was selected as additional filler material. Vanadium exhibits favorable thermophysical properties and, thereby, can improve the weldability of Al-Zn alloys. The effectiveness of the approach was verified by its application to several Al-Zn alloys with differing amounts of (Zn + Mg + Cu).

  8. Complete transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles in culture medium and lymphocyte cells during toxicity testing.

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    Ivask, Angela; Scheckel, Kirk G; Kapruwan, Pankaj; Stone, Vicki; Yin, Hong; Voelcker, Nicolas H; Lombi, Enzo

    2017-03-01

    Here, we present evidence on complete transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles, which are among the most heavily studied metal oxide particles, during 24 h in vitro toxicological testing with human T-lymphocytes. Synchrotron radiation-based X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy results revealed that Zn speciation profiles of 30 nm and 80 nm ZnO nanoparticles, and ZnSO4- exposed cells were almost identical with the prevailing species being Zn-cysteine. This suggests that ZnO nanoparticles are rapidly transformed during a standard in vitro toxicological assay, and are sequestered intracellularly, analogously to soluble Zn. Complete transformation of ZnO in the test conditions was further supported by almost identical Zn spectra in medium to which ZnO nanoparticles or ZnSO4 was added. Likewise, Cu XANES spectra for CuO and CuSO4-exposed cells and cell culture media were similar. These results together with our observation on similar toxicological profiles of ZnO and soluble Zn, and CuO and soluble Cu, underline the importance of dissolution and subsequent transformation of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles during toxicological testing and provide evidence that the nano-specific effect of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles is negligible in this system. We strongly suggest to account for this aspect when interpreting the toxicological results of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles.

  9. 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

  10. In situ investigation of spinodal decomposition in hypermonotectic Al Bi and Al Bi Zn alloys

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    Schaffer, P. L.; Mathiesen, R. H.; Arnberg, L.; Di Sabatino, M.; Snigirev, A.

    2008-05-01

    Spinodal decomposition of hypermonotectic Al-6 wt.%Bi, Al-8 wt.%Bi and Al-6 wt.%Bi-8 wt.%Zn alloys has been investigated using synchrotron radiography. In the case of the 6 and 8 wt.%Bi binary alloys undercoolings of 70 and 110 K, respectively, were required to initiate the L→L1+L2 reaction, which appeared to occur very close to the monotectic reaction temperature. The nucleated L2 droplets were set in collective size-dependent motion by forces coupled to external fields (gravity and imposed temperature gradient) as well as forces arising due to internal fluctuations of the system. With experimental conditions similar to those realized during strip casting of the same materials, it was found that the size-dependant droplet velocity field combined with Stokes drag at the L1-L2 interfaces as well as attractive and repulsive diffusion-coupling between adjacent L2 droplets, yield complex meso- to microscale hydrodynamics. The hydrodynamics are the dominating mechanisms for L2 droplet coagulation, and are accordingly decisive for the final size distribution and geometrical dispersion of the soft Bi-rich component in the cast material. A different decomposition mode was observed in the Al-6 wt.%Bi-8 wt.%Zn ternary alloy, with the L2 droplets undergoing an immiscible-miscible-immiscible transition. In contrast to what was found for the binaries, L2 domains formed at relatively small undercoolings, and very little droplet motion was observed, as all L2 domains nucleated and remained on the crucible walls until they encroached on the monotectic front. At small distances from the monotectic front a Zn-rich solute boundary layer preceding the α-Al, caused the L2 domains to dissolve as Bi-Zn-Al regains complete miscibility upon reaching a critical Zn-concentration. In the shallow mush region behind the monotectic reaction, a high Zn solid solubility and a relatively fast diffusion of Zn in α-Al combine to cause a rapid diminishing Zn concentration in the mush liquid

  11. Comparative Study of the Defect Point Physics and Luminescence of the Kesterites Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 and Chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)Se2: Preprint

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    Romero, M. J.; Repins, I.; Teeter, G.; Contreras, M.; Al-Jassim, M.; Noufi, R.

    2012-08-01

    In this contribution, we present a comparative study of the luminescence of the kesterites Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) and Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) and their related chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe). Luminescence spectroscopy suggests that the electronic properties of Zn-rich, Cu-poor kesterites (both CZTS and CZTSe) and Cu-poor CIGSe are dictated by fluctuations of the electrostatic and chemical potentials. The large redshift in the luminescence of grain boundaries in CIGSe, associated with the formation of a neutral barrier is clearly observed in CZTSe, and, to some extent, in CZTS. Kesterites can therefore replicate the fundamental electronic properties of CIGSe.

  12. Optical and structural characterization of CdS/ZnS and CdS:Cu(2+) /ZnS core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Murugadoss, G; Kumar, M Rajesh

    2014-09-01

    Core-shell CdS/ZnS (Zn 0.025-0.125 M) and CdS:Cu(2+) (1%)/ZnS nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using a chemical method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and UV/Visible (UV/Vis) techniques were used to characterize the novel CdS/ZnS and CdS:Cu(2+) /ZnS core-shell nanoparticles. All absorption peaks of the synthesized samples were highly blue-shifted from the bulk CdS and ZnS. Very narrow and symmetric PL emission was observed in the yellow region for core-shell CdS/ZnS. Furthermore, the PL emission of CdS/ZnS was tuned into orange region by incorporate the Cu ion into the core CdS lattice.

  13. Research on a Zn-Cu alloy as a biodegradable material for potential vascular stents application.

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    Niu, Jialin; Tang, Zibo; Huang, Hua; Pei, Jia; Zhang, Hua; Yuan, Guangyin; Ding, Wenjiang

    2016-12-01

    Zn-based alloys have been viewed as new potential materials for biodegradable implants, such as cardiovascular stents, mainly in consideration of their lower corrosion rate when compared with that of Mg alloys. In this study we developed a new Zinc-4wt.%Copper (Zn-4Cu) alloy as a biodegradable material. Hot extrusion was applied to Zn-4Cu to refine the microstructure and consequently improve its mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. After extrusion, dendritic CuZn5 phases were broken and distributed along the extrusion direction. The grains were refined obviously due to dynamical recrystallization. The yield strength (YS), ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of the as-extruded alloy are 250±10MPa, 270±10MPa and 51±2%, respectively. The corrosion rate of the as-extruded alloy in Hank's solution is about 9.41(±1.34)μmyear(-1). In vitro evaluation shows that Zn-4Cu presents acceptable toxicity to human endothelial cells, and could effectively inhibit bacteria adhesion and biofilm formation. The present study indicates that the as-extruded Zn-4Cu alloy exhibits excellent strength and ductility, uniform and slow degradation, good biocompatibility and significant antibacterial effect, which make it an excellent candidate material for biodegradable implants, especially for cardiovascular stents application.

  14. Syntheses of Cu2SnS3 and Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles with tunable Zn/Sn ratios under multibubble sonoluminescence conditions.

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    Park, Jongpil; Song, Miyeon; Jung, Won Mok; Lee, Won Young; Kim, Hanggeun; Kim, Youngkwon; Hwang, Chahwan; Shim, Il-Wun

    2013-08-07

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanoparticles were synthesized by sonochemical reactions under multibubble sonoluminescence (MBSL) conditions. First, Cu2SnS3 (CTS) nanoparticles were synthesized by the sonochemical method with a 91.3% yield. Second, ZnS was coated on Cu2SnS3 nanoparticles by the same method. Then, they were transformed into CZTS nanoparticles of 90-300 nm diameter by heating them at 450 °C for 1 hour. The ratios between Zn and Sn could be controlled from 0.20 to 1.32 by adjusting the relative concentrations of Cu2SnS3 and ZnCl2. With relatively lower Zn : Sn ratios (0.20-0.41), there was a mixture of CTS and CZTS nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles show different band gaps from 1.19 to 1.52 eV depending on the zinc to tin ratio. In this sonochemical method without using any toxic or high temperature solvents, the specific stoichiometric element ratios in CZTS were controllable on demand and their experimental results were always reproducible in separate syntheses. The CZTS nanoparticles were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, a UV-Vis spectrophotometer, a scanning electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy, and a high resolution-transmission electron microscope.

  15. Improved photoluminescence property of CTAB assisted polyaniline-AlZnO nanocomposite

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    Mitra, Mousumi; Banerjee, Dipali; Kargupta, Kajari; Ganguly, Saibal

    2015-06-24

    Polyaniline-Al doped ZnO ((PANI-AlZnO:: 70:30) nanocomposite was prepared via in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, while the hexagonal powder of AlZnO was synthesized via sol-gel technique, using Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a capping agent. The prepared nanocomposite was characterized by High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), EDAX, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectra. The optical property of the nanomaterials is examined by photoluminescence (PL) spectra analysis. The XRD pattern confirms the formation of Al doped ZnO as well as PANI. The HRTEM images of the composite showed the formation of hexagonal AlZnO embedded in polyaniline matrix. EDAX spectrum shows the compositional analysis of the nanocomposite. FTIR spectra confirm the formation of nanocomposite of PANI and hexagonal AlZnO. The PL intensity of the nanocomposite is improved as compared to pure AlZnO.

  16. Crystal structure of 1/0-2/1-1/0 Cu-Al-Sc approximant

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    Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Hirao, Arina; Honma, Takahiro; Mihalkovič, Marek

    2011-07-01

    The new crystal structure of an orthorhombic phase formed at the alloy composition Cu48.1Al36.4Sc15.5 was analyzed by means of the Rietveld method using synchrotron radiation diffraction data. The starting model for this analysis was constructed theoretically using the so-called 'cell constrained melt-quenching technique'. The space group of the final model is Cmmm, and the unit cell includes 49.0 Cu, 39.0 Al and 16.0 Sc atoms. The lattice parameters are a = 8.337(4) Å, b = 22.02(1) Å and c = 8.305(4) Å, which are related to the six-dimensional lattice parameter, a 6D = 6.959 Å, of the corresponding Cu-Al-Sc icosahedral quasicrystal as 1/0, 2/1 and 1/0 approximations, respectively. The characteristics of the structure can be understood as a framework consisting of Sc atoms, which is regarded as a tiling of five local structural units; the largest is an icosahedron similar to that included in the Tsai-type quasicrystal. The second exhibits structural similarity to a Mg2Zn11-type crystal and the third is an octahedron.

  17. Enhancement of ferromagnetic properties in Zn1-xCoxO by additional Cu doping

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    Lin, Hung-Ta; Chin, Tsung-Shune; Shih, Jhy-Chau; Lin, Show-Hau; Hong, Tzay-Ming; Huang, Rong-Tan; Chen, Fu-Rong; Kai, Ji-Jung

    2004-07-01

    The high-temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped ZnO samples fabricated by the standard solid-state reaction method is reported. Additional Cu doping into bulk Zn0.98Co0.02O is essential to achieve room-temperature ferromagnetism. Structure and composition analyses revealed that cobalt is incorporated into the lattice structure, forming a solid solution instead of precipitates. In the case of Zn0.97Cu0.01Co0.02O, the coercive field measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer at room temperature is 60Oe. The implication of the effect of Cu doping in bulk Zn0.98Co0.02O is also discussed.

  18. Growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 Films by Sputtering with Post-Sulfurization

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    Yoo, Hyesun; Kim, JunHo

    2011-12-01

    We have fabricated Cu2ZnSnS4 films by sputtering of stacked Cu/Sn/Cu/Zn films and subsequent sulfurizations. The sulfurizations were carried out at different temperatures, i.e., 520 °C (CZTS_L film) and 570 °C (CZTS_H film). The CZTS_L film showed impurity phase, SnS2, in X-ray diffraction (XRD) result and a lower optical band gap, ˜1.3 eV. Further, in CZTS_L film localized highly Zn-rich and Zn-rich phases were observed. For the CZTS_H film, no segregated impurity phase was observed in XRD result, but Sn-poor phases were observed all over the film surface. The optical band gap of CZTS_H film was observed to be ˜1.4 eV.

  19. Accumulation of Cu and Zn in discarded antifouling paint particles by the marine gastropod, Littorina littorea

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    Gammon, Melanie; Turner, Andrew; Brown, Murray T.

    2009-10-01

    The short-term (5 day) accumulation of Cu and Zn in different tissues of the marine gastropod, Littorina littorea, has been studied in the presence of ˜10 mg l -1 of antifouling paint particles and pre- or simultaneously contaminated algal food ( Ulva lactuca). Accumulation of Cu was observed in the head-foot, digestive gland-gonad complex and gills to extents dependent on how and when food was contaminated and administered. However, retention of Zn was only observed in the gills and only when L. littorea and U. lactuca were simultaneously exposed to paint particles. Relative to the alga, faecal material was highly enriched in Zn, suggesting that the animal is able to rapidly eliminate this metal, most likely through the formation and egestion of insoluble phosphate granules. Thus, L. littorea is a useful biomonitor of marine contamination by antifouling applications in respect of Cu but not Zn.

  20. Structural, compositional and Raman studies of ZnS: Ce, Cu co-doped nanoparticles

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    Harish, G. S.; Reddy, P. Sreedhara

    2013-06-01

    In this present work, Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature using chemical precipitation method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) and High Resolution Raman spectroscopic techniques. X-ray diffraction studies show that the diameter of the particles is 2-4 nm. Broadened XRD peaks confirmed the formation of nanoparticles with face centered cubic (FCC) structure. SEM attached with EDS gave the size, morphology and compositional analysis of as-prepared material. The Raman spectra of unplanted and Cu, Ce ions implanted samples of nano structured ZnS showed LO mode and TO mode. Compared with the Raman modes (276 and 351 cm-1) of undoped ZnS nanoparticles, the Raman modes of Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles are slightly shifted towards lower frequency side.

  1. Luminescence properties of ZnS:Cu, Eu semiconductor nanocrystals synthesized by a hydrothermal process

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    Xin, Mei; Hu, Li-Zhong

    2013-08-01

    ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals with an average diameter of ~ 80 nm are synthesized using a hydrothermal approach at 200 °C. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the ZnS:Cu, Eu nanocrystals before and after annealing, as well as the doping form of Eu, are studied. The as-synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, and the excitation and emission spectra (PL). The results show that both Cu and Eu are indeed incorporated into the ZnS matrix. Compared with the PL spectrum of the Cu mono-doped sample, the PL emission intensity of the Cu and Eu-codoped sample increases and a peak appears at 516 nm, indicating that Eu3+ ions, which act as an impurity compensator and activator, are incorporated into the ZnS matrix, forming a donor level. Compared with the unannealed sample, the annealed one has an increased PL emission intensity and the peak position has a blue shift of 56 nm from 516 nm to 460 nm, which means that Eu3+ ions reduce to Eu2+ ions, thereby leading to the appearance of Eu2+ characteristic emission and generating effective host-to-Eu2+ energy transfer. The results indicate the potential applications of ZnS:Cu, Eu nanoparticles in optoelectronic devices.

  2. Effect of the Zn(II) on the reduction of Cu(II) in natural clinoptilolite

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    Rodríguez Iznaga, I.; Petranovskii, V.; Castillon, F. F.; Farias, M. H.

    2006-10-01

    The [Cu(H 2O) n] 2+ reduction in the presence of Zn 2+, with both cations supported on natural clinoptilolite, has been studied using hydrogen flow at different reduction temperatures. The analysis of the obtained results allows to conclude that the Cu 2+ reduction process and the subsequent aggregation of the reduced species of copper forming particles of colloidal and nanometric size is sensitive to the presence of zinc and to the temperature of reduction. The presence of Zn 2+ diminishes the temperature of Cu 2+ reduction. The Cu 2+ reduction in the presence of Zn 2+ could constitute an alternative procedure to control the degree of aggregation of reduced copper species and, thus, to modify the size of the resultant copper nanoparticles in the clinoptilolite matrix.

  3. Intermetallic Formation at Interface of Al/Cu Clad Fabricated by Hydrostatic Extrusion and Its Properties.

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    Lee, Jongbeom; Jeong, Haguk

    2015-11-01

    Al/Cu clad composed of Al core and Cu sheath has been produced by hydrostatic extrusion at 523 K, at an extrusion rate of 27. The prepared specimen was post-annealed at temperatures of 673 K and 773 K for various time durations, and the effect of annealing conditions have been analyzed. The hardness at the interface between Al and Cu matrix of the Al/Cu bimetal clad increases because of annealing. Results indicate that the hardness is more sensitive to annealing temperature than the annealing time. Three kinds of intermetallic compounds (IMC), namely, CuAl, Cu3Al2, and CuAl2, are formed at the Al-Cu interface, upon annealing at 673 K. On the other hand, four kinds of IMCs, namely, Cu4Al3, CuAl, Cu3Al2, CuAl2, are formed at the annealing temperature of 773 K. The growth of each IMC follows the parabolic law as a function of annealing times at certain annealing temperature. The growth rate of each IMC is limited to its interdiffusion rate constant. The IMC Cu4Al3 appears upon annealing at 773 K, and not during annealing at 673 K, because of the higher value of activation energy associated with its formation, when compared to other IMCs.

  4. Molecular cloning and characterization of Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) copper, zinc superoxide dismutase (CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD) gene.

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    Sujiwattanarat, Penporn; Pongsanarakul, Parinya; Temsiripong, Yosapong; Temsiripong, Theeranan; Thawornkuno, Charin; Uno, Yoshinobu; Unajak, Sasimanas; Matsuda, Yoichi; Choowongkomon, Kiattawee; Srikulnath, Kornsorn

    2016-01-01

    Superoxide dismutase (SOD, EC 1.15.1.1) is an antioxidant enzyme found in all living cells. It regulates oxidative stress by breaking down superoxide radicals to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. A gene coding for Cu,Zn-SOD was cloned and characterized from Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis; CSI). The full-length expressed sequence tag (EST) of this Cu,Zn-SOD gene (designated as CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD) contained 462bp encoding a protein of 154 amino acids without signal peptides, indicated as intracellular CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD. This agreed with the results from the phylogenetic tree, which indicated that CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD belonged to the intracellular Cu,Zn-SOD. Chromosomal location determined that the CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD was localized to the proximal region of the Siamese crocodile chromosome 1p. Several highly conserved motifs, two conserved signature sequences (GFHVHEFGDNT and GNAGGRLACGVI), and conserved amino acid residues for binding copper and zinc (His(47), His(49), His(64), His(72), His(81), Asp(84), and His(120)) were also identified in CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD. Real-time PCR analysis showed that CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD mRNA was expressed in all the tissues examined (liver, pancreas, lung, kidney, heart, and whole blood), which suggests a constitutively expressed gene in these tissues. Expression of the gene in Escherichia coli cells followed by purification yielded a recombinant CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD, with Km and Vmax values of 6.075mM xanthine and 1.4×10(-3)mmolmin(-1)mg(-1), respectively. This Vmax value was 40 times lower than native Cu,Zn-SOD (56×10(-3)mmolmin(-1)mg(-1)), extracted from crocodile erythrocytes. This suggests that cofactors, protein folding properties, or post-translational modifications were lost during the protein purification process, leading to a reduction in the rate of enzyme activity in bacterial expression of CSI-Cu,Zn-SOD.

  5. A facile green antisolvent approach to Cu2+-doped ZnO nanocrystals with visible-light-responsive photoactivities.

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    Lu, Yi-Hsuan; Lin, Wei-Hao; Yang, Chao-Yao; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Pu, Ying-Chih; Lee, Min-Han; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2014-08-07

    An environmentally benign antisolvent method has been developed to prepare Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals with controllable dopant concentrations. A room temperature ionic liquid, known as a deep eutectic solvent (DES), was used as the solvent to dissolve ZnO powders. Upon the introduction of the ZnO-containing DES into a bad solvent which shows no solvation to ZnO, ZnO was precipitated and grown due to the dramatic decrease of solubility. By adding Cu(2+) ions to the bad solvent, the growth of ZnO from the antisolvent process was accompanied by Cu(2+) introduction, resulting in the formation of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals. The as-prepared Cu(2+)-doped ZnO showed an additional absorption band in the visible range (400-800 nm), which conduced to an improvement in the overall photon harvesting efficiency. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra, together with the photovoltage information, suggested that the doped Cu(2+) may otherwise trap photoexcited electrons during the charge transfer process, inevitably depressing the photoconversion efficiency. The photoactivity of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals for photoelectrochemical water oxidation was effectively enhanced in the visible region, which achieved the highest at 2.0 at% of Cu(2+). A further increase in the Cu(2+) concentration however led to a decrease in the photocatalytic performance, which was ascribed to the significant carrier trapping caused by the increased states given by excessive Cu(2+). The photocurrent action spectra illustrated that the enhanced photoactivity of the Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals was mainly due to the improved visible photon harvesting achieved by Cu(2+) doping. These results may facilitate the use of transition metal ion-doped ZnO in other photoconversion applications, such as ZnO based dye-sensitized solar cells and magnetism-assisted photocatalytic systems.

  6. Characterization and photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites synthesized by two-solvent method

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    Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Zhang, Gongtuo; Li, Guang; Sun, Zhaoqi; Liu, Xiansong; Wu, Mingzai

    2014-08-15

    Schematic between charge genenration and transfer for methylene orange degradation simulated by light. - Highlights: • Two-solvent method is used to prepare ZnO–CuO particles embedded in porous SBA-15. • The absorption edge of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite is in the visible light regime. • The absorption intensity of the composite in visible light regime is enhanced. • The (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite has higher photocatalytic ability than Degussa P-25. - Abstract: Two-solvent method was employed to prepare ZnO–CuO nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica SBA-15 ((ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15). The as-obtained (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption porosimetry, and diffusive reflective UV–vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites toward methylene orange was investigated under simulated solar light irradiation, and the measurement results indicated that (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites exhibit higher photodegradation activity toward methylene orange than commercial TiO{sub 2} P-25. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were found to be dependent on both the adsorption ability of the nanocomposites and the loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles in SBA-15. The optimal loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles was determined. Too high or too low loading will lower the photodegradation ability of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites.

  7. Self-assembled ZnS nanowire arrays: synthesis, in situ Cu doping and field emission

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    Liu, Baodan; Bando, Yoshio; Jiang, Xin; Li, Chun; Fang, Xiaosheng; Zeng, Haibo; Terao, Takeshi; Tang, Chengchun; Mitome, Masanori; Golberg, Dmitri

    2010-09-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline ZnS nanowire arrays have been grown on highly conductive Cu substrates through controlling the morphology evolution of self-patterned ZnS nanoparticles. The ZnS nanowires have sharp tips with an average size of ~ 30 nm and a length of ~ 3 µm. Field emission measurements demonstrated that the aligned ZnS nanowires grown on Cu substrates are excellent field emitters having a turn-on field as low as 2.92 V µm - 1 and a field-enhancement factor as high as 3400. The use of highly conductive metal substrate may promote the commercial applications of ZnS-based emitters in flat panel displays and other optoelectronic devices.

  8. Fabrication of tunable hydrophobic surface of ZnO nanorods with Cu doping

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Thangavel, R.

    2015-08-28

    In this work, tunable wettability of the Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanorod surface with Cu doping prepared by a hydrothermal method. These grown samples were characterized by XRD, FESEM, AFM and water contact angle measurements. The wettability of the ZnO nanorods surface area was controlled and tuned by different concentration of copper doping. It was found that the hydrophobic surface of doped ZnO Nanorods shows a maximum and minimum contact angle of about 156.60° and 136.36° was achieved with doping concentration of 10 and 20 M % respectively. Further, the surface properties such as surface energy and work of adhesion were calculated for undoped and Cu doped ZnO nanostructure surfaces. These nanosructures can be potentially applicable to enlarge time honoured application of ZnO based electronic devices.

  9. The primary structure of Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase from Photobacterium leiognathi: evidence for a separate evolution of Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase in bacteria.

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    Steffens, G J; Bannister, J V; Bannister, W H; Flohé, L; Günzler, W A; Kim, S M; Otting, F

    1983-06-01

    The complete amino-acid sequence of the copper-zinc superoxide dismutase of the Photobacterium leiognathi was determined. The fragmentation strategy employed included cyanogen bromide cleavage at its methionine residues and the only tryptophan residue. The S-carboxymethylated chain was further cleaved by means of trypsin, in order to obtain overlapping fragments. For sequence determination automated solid or liquid-phase techniques of Edman degradation were used. C-Terminal amino acids of the entire chain were determined after treatment with carboxypeptidase A. Comparison of the primary structure of this bacterial Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase with the established amino-acid sequences of the other eukaryotic Cu-Zn superoxide dismutases revealed clear homologies. Correspondingly, the Cu-Zn-binding amino-acid residues of the active centre were localized: His45, His47, His70, His79, His125 and Asp91. The two cysteine residues in position 52 and 147 were homologous to the cysteine residues, modelling the essential intrachain disulfide bridge of the corresponding bovine enzyme. As only 25-30% of aligned sequence positions were found to be identical, the enzyme of P. leiognathi shows only a remote phylogenetic relationship towards eukaryotic Cu-Zn superoxide dismutases. When compared to the established phylogenetic tree of the cytochrome c family, this indicates a separate evolution of Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase in Photobacterium. Therefore, a natural gene transfer from the eukaryotic host (ponyfish) to the prokaryotic photobacterium, which Martin and Fridovich postulated 1981 (J. Biol. Chem. 256, 6080-6089) on the basis of amino-acid compositions, can be excluded.

  10. Catalytic and photoelectrochemical performances of Cu-Zn-Sn-Se thin films prepared using selenization of electrodeposited Cu-Zn-Sn metal precursors

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    Shao, Pin-Wen; Li, Chun-Ting; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Cheng, Kong-Wei

    2015-07-01

    In this study, Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) films are deposited onto the fluorine-doped-tin-oxide-coated glass substrate via the selenization of electrodeposited Cu-Zn-Sn metal precursors in an acidic solution with the applied potential of -0.9 V vs. an Ag/AgCl electrode. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that the samples are the quaternary tetragonal CZTSe phase. The thicknesses and direct band gaps of the samples are in the ranges of 2.3 to 2.7 μm and 0.95 to 1.02 eV, respectively. All samples are p-type semiconductors with carrier density, mobility and flat-band potential in the ranges of 3.88 × 1017 to 1.37 × 1018 cm-3, 10.31 to 12.6 cm2 V-1 s-1 and -0.01 V to -0.08 V vs. Ag/AgCl reference electrode, respectively. The sample with [Cu]/[Zn + Sn] and [Zn]/[Sn] molar ratios of 0.87 and 0.66, respectively, has a maximum photo-enhanced current density of 0.41 mA cm-2 at an applied bias of -0.5 V vs. an Ag/AgCl electrode in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution under illumination. The best photo-conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells using CZTSe with [Cu]/[Zn + Sn] and [Zn]/[Sn] molar ratios of 0.87 and 0.66, respectively, as the counter electrode was 7.98%. The results show the high quality CZTSe films have potentials in applications of photoelectrochemical water splitting and dye-sensitized solar cells.

  11. Solution-processed Cu2ZnSnS4 superstrate solar cell using vertically aligned ZnO nanorods.

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    Lee, Dongwook; Yong, Kijung

    2014-02-14

    One-dimensional (1D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are considered to be promising materials for use in thin film solar cells because of their high light harvesting and charge collection efficiencies. We firstly report enhanced photovoltaic performances in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin film solar cells prepared using ZnO nanostructures. A CdS-coated, vertically well-aligned ZnO nanorod (NR) array was prepared via a hydrothermal reaction and nanocrystal layer deposition (NCLD) and was used as a transparent window/buffer layer in a CZTS thin film photovoltaic. A light absorber CZTS thin film was prepared on the CdS/ZnO NRs in air by depositing a non-toxic precursor solution that was annealed in two steps at temperatures up to 250 °C. The crystallized CZTS phase completely infiltrated the CdS/ZnO NR array. The nanostructured ZnO array provided improved light harvesting behavior compared to a thin film configuration by measuring UV-vis transmittance spectroscopy. The prepared CZTS/CdS/ZnO NR device exhibited a solar energy conversion efficiency of 1.2%, which is the highest efficiency yet reported for nanostructured superstrate CZTS solar cells.

  12. Investigation of Al/CuO multilayered thermite ignition

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    Nicollet, Andréa; Lahiner, Guillaume; Belisario, Andres; Souleille, Sandrine; Djafari-Rouhani, Mehdi; Estève, Alain; Rossi, Carole

    2017-01-01

    The ignition of the Al/CuO multilayered material is studied experimentally to explore the effects of the heating surface area, layering, and film thickness on the ignition characteristics and reaction performances. After the description of the micro-initiator devices and ignition conditions, we show that the heating surface area must be properly calibrated to optimize the nanothermite ignition performances. We demonstrated experimentally that a heating surface area of 0.25 mm2 is sufficient to ignite a multilayered thermite film of 1.6 mm wide by a few cm long, with a success rate of 100%. A new analytical and phenomenological ignition model based on atomic diffusion across layers and thermal exchange is also proposed. This model considers that CuO first decomposes into Cu2O, and then the oxygen diffuses across the Cu2O and Al2O3 layers before reaching the Al layer, where it reacts to form Al2O3. The theoretical results in terms of ignition response times confirm the experimental observation. The increase of the heating surface area leads to an increase of the ignition response time and ignition power threshold (go/no go condition). We also provide evidence that, for any heating surface area, the ignition time rapidly decreases when the electrical power density increases until an asymptotic value. This time point is referred to as the minimum response ignition time, which is a characteristic of the multilayered thermite itself. At the stoichiometric ratio (Al thickness is half of the CuO thickness), the minimum ignition response time can be easily tuned from 59 μs to 418 ms by tuning the heating surface area. The minimum ignition response time increases when the bilayer thickness increases. This work not only provides a set of micro-initiator design rules to obtain the best ignition conditions and reaction performances but also details a reliable and robust MicroElectroMechanical Systems process to fabricate igniters and brings new understanding of phenomena

  13. A facile phosphine-free colloidal synthesis of Cu2SnS3 and Cu2ZnSnS4 nanorods with a controllable aspect ratio.

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    Wang, Jian-Jun; Liu, Pai; Ryan, Kevin M

    2015-09-18

    Cu2SnS3 (CTS) nanorods were synthesized with a controllable aspect ratio via a facile phosphine-free colloidal synthesis. This synthesis can be readily extended to obtain Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanorods with tunable Zn content.

  14. How Zn can impede Cu detoxification by chelating agents in Alzheimer's disease: a proof-of-concept study.

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    Conte-Daban, Amandine; Day, Adam; Faller, Peter; Hureau, Christelle

    2016-10-04

    The role of Cu and Zn ions in Alzheimer's disease is linked to the consequences of their coordination to the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide, i.e. to the modulation of Aβ aggregation and to the production of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), two central events of the so-called amyloid cascade. The role of both ions in Aβ aggregation is still controversial. Conversely the higher toxicity of the redox competent Cu ions (compared to the redox inert Zn ions) in ROS production is acknowledged. Thus the Cu ions can be considered as the main therapeutic target. Because Zn ions are present in higher quantity than Cu ions in the synaptic cleft, they can prevent detoxification of Cu by chelators unless they have an unusually high Cu over Zn selectivity. We describe a proof-of-concept study where the role of Zn on the metal swap reaction between two prototypical ligands and the Cu(Aβ) species has been investigated by several complementary spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, EPR and XANES). The first ligand has a higher Cu over Zn selectivity relative to the one of Aβ peptide while the second one exhibits a classical Cu over Zn selectivity. How Zn impacts the effect of the ligands on Cu-induced ROS production and Aβ aggregation is also reported.

  15. The kinetics and mechanism of methanol synthesis by hydrogenation of CO 2 over a Zn-deposited Cu(111) surface

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    Fujitani, T.; Nakamura, I.; Uchijima, T.; Nakamura, J.

    1997-07-01

    The hydrogenation of CO 2 over a Zn-deposited Cu(111) surface has been studied using an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) apparatus combined with a high-pressure flow reactor. It was shown that the turnover frequency (TOF) for methanol formation linearly increased with Zn coverage below ϑZn=0.19 and decreased above ϑZn=0.20. The optimum TOF obtained at ϑZn=0.19 was thirteen-fold larger than that of the Zn-free Cu(111) surface. On the other hand, the TOF for CO formation started to decrease at ϑZn=0.10 and approached zero at ϑZn=0.5. No promotional effect of Zn was thus observed for the reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) reaction on Cu(111). Post-reaction surface analysis by XPS showed the formation of formate species (HCOO a) on the Cu(111) surfaces. The formate coverage linearly increased with the Zn coverage below ϑZn=0.15, suggesting that the formation of the formate species was stabilized by the Zn species. The relation between ϑHCOO and ϑZn is similar to that between TOF and ϑZn; thus, the formate species is considered to be the reaction intermediates during methanol formation, and the amount of the formate species should determine the rate of the reaction. It was found that the surface chemistry of the Zn-deposited Cu surface drastically changed at ϑZn=0.15. At higher Zn coverages ( ϑZn>0.15), Zn on Cu(111) was readily oxidized to ZnO during the CO 2 hydrogenation reaction. On the other hand, at low Zn coverages below ϑZn=0.15, Zn was partially oxidized in the absence of oxygen in ZnO or O a on the Cu surface under the reaction conditions. It was suggested that the Zn on Cu(111) was directly bound to the oxygen in the surface formate species as the role of the active sites.

  16. Valorization of a treated soil via amendments: fractionation and oral bioaccessibility of Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn.

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    Zagury, Gerald J; Rincon Bello, Jhony A; Guney, Mert

    2016-04-01

    The present study aims to transform a treated soil (TS) into a more desirable resource by modifying physico-chemical properties via amendments while reducing toxic metals' mobility and oral bioaccessibility. A hydrocarbon-contaminated soil submitted to treatment (TS) but still containing elevated concentrations of Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn has been amended with compost, sand, and Al2(SO4)3 to render it usable for horticulture. Characterization and sequential extraction were performed for TS and four amended mixtures (AM1-4). P and K availability and metal bioaccessibility were investigated in TS and AM2. Amendment improved soil properties for all mixtures and yielded a usable product (AM2 20 % TS, 49 % compost, 30 % sand, 1 % Al2(SO4)3) satisfying regulatory requirements except for Pb content. In particular, AM2 had improved organic matter (OM) and cation exchange capacity (CEC), highly increased P and K availability, and reduced total metal concentrations. Furthermore, amendment decreased metal mobile fraction likely to be plant-available (in mg kg(-1), assumed as soluble/exchangeable + carbonates fractions). For AM2, estimated Pb bioavailability decreased from 1.50 × 10(3) mg kg(-1) (TS) to 238 mg kg(-1) (52.4 % (TS) to 34.2 %). Bioaccessible concentrations of Cu, Ni, and Zn (mg kg(-1)) were lower in AM2 than in TS, but there was no significant decrease for Pb. The results suggest that amendment improved soil by modifying its chemistry, resulting in lower metal mobile fraction (in %, for Cu and Zn) and bioaccessibility (in %, for Cu only). Amending soils having residual metal contamination can be an efficient valorization method, indicating potential for reducing treatment cost and environmental burden by rendering disposal/additional treatment unnecessary. Further studies including plant bioavailability are recommended to confirm results.

  17. Electrical Characterization of Cu Composition Effects in CdS/CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells with a ZnTe:Cu Back Contact: Preprint

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    Li, J. V.; Duenow, J. N.; Kuciauskas, D.; Kanevce, A.; Dhere, R. G.; Young, M. R.; Levi, D. H.

    2012-07-01

    We study the effects of Cu composition on the CdTe/ZnTe:Cu back contact and the bulk CdTe. For the back contact, its potential barrier decreases with Cu concentration while its saturation current density increases. For the bulk CdTe, the hole density increases with Cu concentration. We identify a Cu-related deep level at {approx}0.55 eV whose concentration is significant when the Cu concentration is high. The device performance, which initially increases with Cu concentration then decreases, reflects the interplay between the positive influences and negative influences (increasing deep levels in CdTe) of Cu.

  18. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high;more » for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.« less

  19. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high; for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.

  20. Theoretics-directed effect of copper or aluminum content on the ductility characteristics of Al-based (Al3Ti, AlTi, AlCu, AlTiCu2) intermetallic compounds

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    Li, Yong; Ma, Xiao-Juan; Liu, Qi-Jun; Kong, Ge-Xing; Ma, Hai-Xia; Wang, Wen-Peng; Wang, Yi-Gao; Jiao, Zhen; Liu, Fu-Sheng; Liu, Zheng-Tang

    2016-11-01

    First-principle simulations have been applied to investigate the effect of copper (Cu) or aluminum (Al) content on the ductility of Al3Ti, AlTi, AlCu, and AlTiCu2 alloys. The mechanical stable and elastic properties of Al-based intermetallic compounds are researched by density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation (DFT-GGA). The calculated lattice constants are in conformity with the previous experimental and theoretical data. The deduced elastic constants show that the investigated Al3Ti, AlTi, AlCu, and AlTiCu2 structures are mechanically stable. Shear modulus, Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, and the ratio B/G have also been figured out by using reckoned elastic constants. A further analysis of Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio reveals that the third added element copper content has significant effects on the Al-Ti-based ICs ductile character. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41674088, 11574254, 11272296, and 11547311), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808201), the Fundamental Research Fund for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. 2682014ZT30 and 2682014ZT31), and the Fund of the State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing in Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (Grant No. SKLSP201511).

  1. Electrical properties of Cu4ZnSnS2/ZnS heterojunction prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Guitouni, S.; Khammar, M.; Messaoudi, M.; Attaf, N.; Aida, M. S.

    2016-12-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS)/ZnS heterojunctions have been prepared by a successive deposition of ZnS and CZTS thin films by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique on glass substrates. The cupric chloride concentration has been varied in the starting solution in order to investigate its influence on device properties. CZTS/ZnS heterojunctions were characterized by recording their current-voltage characteristics at different temperatures. The obtained results exhibit a good rectifying behavior of the realized heterojunction. Analysis of these results yields saturation current, series resistance and ideality factor determination. From the activation energy of saturation current we inferred that the thermal emission through the barrier height is the dominant mechanism of the reverse current rather than the defects contribution.

  2. Detection of a ZnSe secondary phase in coevaporated Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films

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    Redinger, Alex; Hönes, Katja; Fontané, Xavier; Izquierdo-Roca, Victor; Saucedo, Edgardo; Valle, Nathalie; Pérez-Rodríguez, Alejandro; Siebentritt, Susanne

    2011-03-01

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films are grown by coevaporation. Composition depth profiles reveal that a Zn rich phase is present at the CZTSe/Mo interface. Raman measurements on the as grown films are used to study the near surface region and the CZTSe/Mo interface, after mechanically removing the thin film from the Mo coated glass. These measurements provide direct experimental evidence of the formation of a ZnSe phase at the CZTSe/Mo interface. While the Raman spectra at the surface region are dominated by CZTSe modes, those measured at the CZTSe/Mo interface are dominated by ZnSe and MoSe2 modes.

  3. Intrinsic point defects and complexes in the quaternary kesterite semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4

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    Chen, Shiyou; Yang, Ji-Hui; Gong, X. G.; Walsh, Aron; Wei, Su-Huai

    2010-06-01

    Current knowledge of the intrinsic defect properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is limited, which is hindering further improvement of the performance of CZTS-based solar cells. Here, we have performed first-principles calculations for a series of intrinsic defects and defect complexes in CZTS, from which we have the following observations. (i) It is important to control the elemental chemical potentials during crystal growth to avoid the formation of secondary phases such as ZnS, CuS, and Cu2SnS3 . (ii) The intrinsic p -type conductivity is attributed to the CuZn antisite which has a lower formation energy and relatively deeper acceptor level compared to the Cu vacancy. (iii) The low formation energy of many of the acceptor defects will lead to the intrinsic p -type character, i.e., n -type doping is very difficult in this system. (iv) The role of electrically neutral defect complexes is predicted to be important, because they have remarkably low formation energies and electronically passivate deep levels in the band gap. For example, [CuZn-+ZnCu+] , [VCu-+ZnCu+] , and [ZnSn2-+2ZnCu+] may form easily in nonstoichiometric samples. The band alignment between Cu2ZnSnS4 , CuInSe2 and the solar-cell window layer CdS has also been calculated, revealing that a type-II band alignment exists for the CdS/Cu2ZnSnS4 heterojunction. The fundamental differences between CZTS and CuInSe2 for use in thin-film photovoltaics are discussed. The results are expected to be relevant to other I2-II-IV-VI4 semiconductors.

  4. Speciation of Cu and Zn during composting of pig manure amended with rock phosphate.

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    Lu, Duian; Wang, Lixia; Yan, Baixing; Ou, Yang; Guan, Jiunian; Bian, Yu; Zhang, Yubin

    2014-08-01

    Pig manure usually contains a large amount of metals, especially Cu and Zn, which may limit its land application. Rock phosphate has been shown to be effective for immobilizing toxic metals in toxic metals contaminated soils. The aim of this study work was to investigate the effect of rock phosphate on the speciation of Cu and Zn during co-composting of pig manure with rice straw. The results showed that composting process and rock phosphate addition significantly affected the changes of metal species. During co-composting, the exchangeable and reducible fractions of Cu were transformed to organic and residue fractions, thus the bioavailable Cu fractions were decreased. The rock phosphate addition enhanced the metal transformation depending on the level of rock phosphate amendment. Zinc was found in the exchangeable and reducible fractions in the compost. The bioavailable Zn fraction changed a little during the composting process. The composting process converted the exchangeable Zn fraction into reducible fraction. Addition of an appropriate amount (5.0%) of rock phosphate could advance the conversion. Rock phosphate could reduce metal availability through adsorption and complexation of the metal ions on inorganic components. The increase in pH and organic matter degradation could be responsible for the reduction in exchangeable and bioavailable Cu fractions and exchangeable Zn fraction in rock phosphate amended compost.

  5. Assessment of environmental loads of Cu and Zn from intensive inland shrimp aquaculture.

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    León-Cañedo, J A; Alarcón-Silvas, S G; Fierro-Sañudo, J F; Mariscal-Lagarda, M M; Díaz-Valdés, T; Páez-Osuna, F

    2017-02-01

    An experiment was developed to simulate inland shrimp farming using diluted seawater (1.9 g L(-1)) containing 75 shrimps (Litopenaeus vannamei) per square meter during a growth cycle of 120 days. In this study, the environmental loads of copper and zinc were estimated and compared to anthropogenic sources and shrimp aquacultures in other locations. Both metals resulted primarily from feeding, which accounted for 91.8% of Cu and 97.0% of Zn. Concentrations of Cu (110.8 ± 11.8 μg g(-1)) and Zn (69.0 ± 0.7 μg g(-1)) measured in the harvested shrimp had higher Cu and lower Zn concentrations compared to those reported for farmed shrimp from Brazil and Mexico. Clearly, organic sludge was the main route of removal for both metals (Cu 46.2%; Zn 92.6%). The annual environmental loads estimated for inland shrimp aquaculture were 598 ± 74 g Cu ha(-1) and 5080 ± 328 g Zn ha(-1).

  6. Dependence of Cu, Pb and Zn remobilization on physicochemical properties of marine sediments.

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    Durán, Iria; Sánchez-Marín, Paula; Beiras, Ricardo

    2012-06-01

    The resuspension of 65 marine sediments was simulated in the laboratory with elutriates from 30 different sites from the north coast of Spain. The partitioning of Cu, Pb and Zn between sediment and elutriate was studied as a function of different physicochemical characteristics of the sediment: organic matter (OM), fine fraction (FF), redox potential and acid volatile sulfides (AVS). Mean remobilization factors (RF) -calculated as metal concentration in the elutriate (μg/L) divided by metal concentration in the sediment (μg/g dry weight)- were 0.072 for Cu, 0.012 for Pb and 0.071 for Zn. Remobilization of Pb was significantly lower than that of Cu and Zn. Although AVS, OM and FF presented a strong intercorrelation, OM explained great part of the variability on Cu and Pb remobilization while AVS did it for Zn. A multiple regression model considering both OM and AVS explained slightly better the remobilization of Pb and Cu, but not that of Zn.

  7. Influence factors and mechanism of emission of ZnS:Cu nanocrystals

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    Chu, Xue-Ying; Wang, Xin-Nong; Li, Jin-Hua; Yao, Dan; Fang, Xuan; Fang, Fang; Wei, Zhi-Peng; Wang, Xiao-Hua

    2015-06-01

    Copper-doped ZnS (ZnS:Cu) nanocrystals are synthesized by the sol-gel method. The average size of the ZnS:Cu nanocrystals is 3.1 nm. The x-ray diffraction indicates that increasing the Cu-dopant concentration results in a large shift in the diffraction angle. The effects of the dopant concentration, the reactant ratio, and aging temperature on the optical properties of the ZnS:Cu nanocrystals are also investigated. The fluorescence emission mechanism is analyzed by peak deconvolution using Gaussian functions. We find that the emission of the ZnS:Cu nanocrystal is composed of different luminescence centers at 430, 470, 490, 526, and 560 nm. The origins of these emissions are discussed and demonstrated by controlled experiments. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61205193, 61204065, and 61307045), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20112216120005), and the Developing Project of Science and Technology of Jilin Province, China (Grant Nos. 201201116, 20140520107JH, and 20140204025GX).

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of NiCuZn ferrite/SiO 2 nanocomposites

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    Praveena, K.; Sadhana, K.; Ramana Murthy, S.

    2011-08-01

    Ni0.53Cu0.12Zn0.35Fe2O4/SiO2 nanocomposites with different weight percentages of NiCuZn ferrite dispersed in silica matrix were prepared by microwave-hydrothermal method using tetraethylorthosilicate as a precursor of silica, and metal nitrates as precursors of NiCuZn ferrite. The structure and morphology of the composites were studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The structural changes in these samples were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer in the range of 400-1500 cm-1. The bands in the range of 580-880 cm-1 show a slight increase in intensity, which could be ascribed to the enhanced interactions between the NiCuZnFe2O4 clusters and silica matrix. The effects of silica content and sintering temperature on the magnetic properties of Ni0.53Cu0.12Zn0.35Fe2O4/SiO2 nanocomposites have been studied using electron spin resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer.

  9. Fabrication of Cu3Zn3Se ternary compounds by AP-MOCVD

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    Chen, Tsung-Ming; Lan, Shan-Ming; Uen, Wu-Yih; Yang, Tsun-Neng; Chang, Kuo-Jen; Shen, Chin-Chang; Hsu, Cheng-Fang; Jhao, Jian-Chang

    2013-10-01

    I-II-VI Ternary chalcopyrite semiconductors of Cu1-xZn1-ySe2-δ (Cu3Zn3Se) were successfully fabricated by the atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapor deposition method for the first time. Four major peaks of (112), (220)/(204), (312)/(116), and (400), accompanied by three minor peaks of (103), (211) and (301) were observable in the X-ray diffraction spectra. In particular, the presence of those latter low-intensity peaks featured the formation of the chalcopyrite type Cu3Zn3Se compound. Typical absorption coefficients of the films produced were found to vary from 2.75×10 cm-1 to 5.75×10 cm-1 over all visible light range and from the same optical absorption spectra the energy gap of the material was extracted to be about 2.02 eV. Moreover, the photoluminescence measurement conducted at room temperature also exhibited a strong orange-colored emission line at 1.94 eV, which further confirmed that the Cu3Zn3Se ternary compound has been prepared. In addition, the cross-sectional and top-view scanning electron microscopy images characterized the fabricated Cu3Zn3Se compound as a polycrystalline film of thickness about 1-1.3 μm and consisting of 1-2.5 μm sized grains.

  10. 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.

  11. Structural, magnetic and electrical properties of CuZn ferrite nanopowders

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    Li, Le-Zhong; Peng, Long; Zhong, Xiao-Xi; Wang, Rui; Tu, Xiao-Qiang

    2016-12-01

    Zn-substituted Cu ferrite nanopowders, Cu1-xZnxFe2O4 (0≤x≤1.0), were synthesized by the sol-gel auto-combustion method. The effect of Zn substitution on the structural, magnetic and electrical properties have been investigated. The DTA and TG results indicate that there are three steps of combustion process. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that there are Fe2O3, CuO and CuFeO2 secondary phases and tetragonal structure when x=0.0. Furthermore, the lattice parameter and the average crystallite size decrease, and the X-ray density increases with the increase of Zn substitution. The saturation magnetization increases with the increase of Zn substitution when x≤0.40, and decreases when x>0.40. Meanwhile, the coercivity monotonically decreases with the increase of Zn substitution. The polarization behavior for all the samples in the test frequency range of 100 Hz to 10 MHz obeys the charge polarization mechanism. Electrical transport behavior of the ferrites nanopowders is same with the impurity semiconductor, and the effect of Zn substitution on the temperature dependence of dc resistivity is observed.

  12. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  13. Viscous and acoustic properties of AlCu melts

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    Khusnutdinoff, R. M.; Mokshin, A. V.; Menshikova, S. G.; Beltyukov, A. L.; Ladyanov, V. I.

    2016-05-01

    The atomic dynamics of the binary Al100- x Cu x system is simulated at a temperature T = 973 K, a pressure p = 1.0 bar, and various copper concentrations x. These conditions (temperature, pressure) make it possible to cover the equilibrium liquid Al100- x Cu x phase at copper concentrations 0 ≤ x ≤ 40% and the supercooled melt in the concentration range 40% ≤ x ≤ 100%. The calculated spectral densities of the time correlation functions of the longitudinal {tilde C_L}( k, ω) and transverse {tilde C_T}( k, ω) currents in the Al100- x Cu x melt at a temperature T = 973 K reveal propagating collective excitations of longitudinal and transverse polarizations in a wide wavenumber range. It is shown that the maximum sound velocity in the v L ( x) concentration dependence takes place for the equilibrium melt at an atomic copper concentration x = 10 ± 5%, whereas the supercooled Al100- x Cu x melt saturated with copper atoms ( x ≥ 40%) is characterized by the minimum sound velocity. In the case of the supercooled melt, the concentration dependence of the kinematic viscosity ν( x) is found to be interpolated by a linear dependence, and a deviation from the linear dependence is observed in the case of equilibrium melt at x < 40%. An insignificant shoulder in the ν( x) dependence is observed at low copper concentrations ( x < 20%), and it is supported by the experimental data. This shoulder is caused by the specific features in the concentration dependence of the density ρ( x).

  14. Photovoltaic properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 cells fabricated using ZnSnO and ZnSnO/CdS buffer layers

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    Tajima, Shin; Umehara, Mitsutaro; Mise, Takahiro

    2016-11-01

    To improve the photovoltaic properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) photovoltaic cells, we investigated the use of novel buffer layer materials. We found that Zn1- x Sn x O y fabricated by atomic layer deposition functioned as an effective buffer layer. The short-circuit current density increased by 10% because of a decrease in the absorption loss in the short-wavelength region. With Zn0.70Sn0.30O y layers, the conversion efficiency was 5.7%. To reduce interface recombination, a thin CdS layer was inserted between the ZnSnO and CZTS layers. The CZTS cells fabricated using ZnSnO/CdS double buffer layers showed a high open-circuit voltage of 0.81 V.

  15. Lubrication performance and mechanisms of Mg/Al-, Zn/Al-, and Zn/Mg/Al-layered double hydroxide nanoparticles as lubricant additives

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    Li, Shuo; Bhushan, Bharat

    2016-08-01

    Solid lubricant particles are commonly used as oil additives for low friction and wear. Mg/Al-, Zn/Al-, and Zn/Mg/Al-layered double hydroxides (LDH) were synthesized by coprecipitation method. The benefits of LDH nanoparticles are that they can be synthesized using chemical methods where size and shape can be controlled, and can be modified organically to allow dispersal in fluids. The LDH nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, thermogravimetry, and differential scanning calorimetry. A pin-on-disk friction and wear tester was used for evaluating the friction and wear properties of LDH nanoparticles as lubricant additives. LDH nanoparticles have friction-reducing and anti-wear properties compared to oil without LDHs. Mg/Al-LDH has the best lubrication, possibly due to better thermal stability in severe conditions.

  16. Surface composition deviation of Cu2ZnSnS4 derivative powdered samples

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    Harel, S.; Guillot-Deudon, C.; Choubrac, L.; Hamon, J.; Lafond, A.

    2014-06-01

    Powdered samples of Cu2ZnSnS4 derivatives prepared through a solid-state route were investigated by both bulk (electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) and surface-sensitive (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) methods. We observe a deviation in composition between the surface and the bulk for all non-stoichiometric samples (both Cu-poor and Cu-rich). This behavior has already been observed for slightly Cu-poor CZTS thin films and is reminiscent of that of CIGSe compounds.

  17. Structural and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles formed in chitosan/sodium alginate multilayer films.

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    Wang, Liping; Sun, Yujie; Xie, Xiaodong

    2014-05-01

    Chitosan/alginate multilayers were fabricated using a spin-coating method, and ZnS:Cu nanoparticles were generated within the network of two natural polysaccharides, chitosan and sodium alginate. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results showed that cubic zinc blende-structured ZnS:Cu nanoparticles with an average crystal size of ~ 3 nm were uniformly distributed. UV-vis spectra indicate a large quantum size effect and the absorption edge for the ZnS:Cu nanoparticles slightly shifted to longer wavelengths with increasing Cu ion concentrations. The photoluminescence of the Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles reached a maximum at a 1% doping level. The ZnS:Cu nanoparticles form and are distributed uniformly in the composite multilayer films with a surface average height of 25 nm.

  18. Investigation of new type Cu-Hf-Al bulk glassy alloys

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    Nagy, E.; Rontó, V.; Sólyom, J.; Roósz, A.

    2009-01-01

    In the last years new type Cu-Hf-Al ternary alloys were developed with high glass forming ability and ductility. The addition of Al to Cu-Hf alloys results in improvements in glass formation, thermal stability and mechanical properties of these alloys. We have investigated new Cu-based bulk amorphous alloys in Cu-Hf-Al ternary system. The alloys with Cu49Hf42Al9, Cu46Hf45Al9, Cu50Hf42.5Al7.5 and Cu50Hf45Al5 compositions were prepared by arc melting. The samples were made by centrifugal casting and were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Thermodynamic properties were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and the structure of the crystallising phases by scanning electron microscopy. The determination of liquidus temperatures of alloys were measured by differential thermal analysis.

  19. Interface band gap narrowing behind open circuit voltage losses in Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells

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    Crovetto, Andrea; Palsgaard, Mattias L. N.; Gunst, Tue; Markussen, Troels; Stokbro, Kurt; Brandbyge, Mads; Hansen, Ole

    2017-02-01

    We present evidence that bandgap narrowing at the heterointerface may be a major cause of the large open circuit voltage deficit of Cu2ZnSnS4/CdS solar cells. Bandgap narrowing is caused by surface states that extend the Cu2ZnSnS4 valence band into the forbidden gap. Those surface states are consistently found in Cu2ZnSnS4, but not in Cu2ZnSnSe4, by first-principles calculations. They do not simply arise from defects at surfaces but are an intrinsic feature of Cu2ZnSnS4 surfaces. By including those states in a device model, the outcome of previously published temperature-dependent open circuit voltage measurements on Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells can be reproduced quantitatively without necessarily assuming a cliff-like conduction band offset with the CdS buffer layer. Our first-principles calculations indicate that Zn-based alternative buffer layers are advantageous due to the ability of Zn to passivate those surface states. Focusing future research on Zn-based buffers is expected to significantly improve the open circuit voltage and efficiency of pure-sulfide Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells.

  20. Acute toxicity of binary and ternary mixtures of Cd, Cu, and Zn to Daphnia magna.

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    Meyer, Joseph S; Ranville, James F; Pontasch, Mandee; Gorsuch, Joseph W; Adams, William J

    2015-04-01

    Standard static-exposure acute lethality tests were conducted with Daphnia magna neonates exposed to binary or ternary mixtures of Cd, Cu, and Zn in moderately hard reconstituted water that contained 3 mg dissolved organic carbon/L added as Suwannee River fulvic acid. These experiments were conducted to test for additive toxicity (i.e., the response to the mixture can be predicted by combining the responses obtained in single-metal toxicity tests) or nonadditive toxicity (i.e., the response is less than or greater than additive). Based on total metal concentrations (>90% dissolved) the toxicity of the tested metal mixtures could be categorized into all 3 possible additivity categories: less-than-additive toxicity (e.g., Cd-Zn and Cd-Cu-Zn mixtures and Cd-Cu mixtures when Cu was titrated into Cd-containing waters), additive toxicity (e.g., some Cu-Zn mixtures), or more-than-additive toxicity (some Cu-Zn mixtures and Cd-Cu mixtures when Cd was titrated into Cu-containing waters). Exposing the organisms to a range of sublethal to supralethal concentrations of the titrated metal was especially helpful in identifying nonadditive interactions. Geochemical processes (e.g., metal-metal competition for binding to dissolved organic matter and/or the biotic ligand, and possibly supersaturation of exposure waters with the metals in some high-concentration exposures) can explain much of the observed metal-metal interactions. Therefore, bioavailability models that incorporate those geochemical (and possibly some physiological) processes might be able to predict metal mixture toxicity accurately.

  1. Growth of Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films by selenization of sputtered single-layered Cu-Zn-Sn metallic precursors from a Cu-Zn-Sn alloy target

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    Kim, Kyoo-Ho; Amal, Ikhlasul

    2011-09-01

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films were prepared by the simple process of selenization of single-layered metallic Cu-Zn-Sn precursors. These metallic precursors were deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering of a ternary Cu-Zn-Sn alloy target. Successive selenization was performed at various temperatures between 250°C and 500°C for 30 min. X-ray diffraction and Raman analysis showed that a single phase of the CZTSe compound can be obtained by selenization at 400°C, while increasing the selenization temperature to 500°C improves the grain size and crystal quality. The direct optical band gap of CZTSe films was calculated to be 1.06 eV to 1.09 eV with a high absorption coefficient on the order of 104 cm-1 for samples selenized at 400°C to 500°C. The obtained films are p-type semiconductors with bulk carrier concentrations of 2.41 to 7.96 × 1018 cm3, mobilities of 1.30 cm2 V-1 s-1 to 9.27 cm2 V-1 s-1, and resistivities of 0.20 Ωcm to 1.95 Ωcm.

  2. Changes in urinary Cu, Zn, and Se levels in cancer patients after treatment with Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang

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    Lai, Tung-Yuan; Kuo, Hsien-Wen

    2015-01-01

    Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang (SMD-2; 沙參麥冬湯 shā shēn mài dōng tāng) is a Chinese medicinal herb (CMH; 中草藥 zhōng cǎo yào) used to treat symptoms associated with cancer therapy. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of SMD-2 on the levels of urinary copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and selenium (Se) in lung cancer patients and head and neck cancer patients receiving chemoradiotherapy. Forty-two head and neck cancer patients and 10 lung cancer patients participated in our clinical trial. Each patient received chemoradiotherapy for 4 weeks. In addition, each patient was treated with SMD-2 for 8 weeks, including 2 weeks prior to and after the chemoradiotherapy treatment. Comparison of urinary Cu, Zn, and Se levels and the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu at three time points in the two types of cancer were assessed using the generalized estimating equations (GEEs). After the patients received chemoradiotherapy for 4 weeks, SMD-2 treatment was found to be associated with a significant decrease in urinary Cu levels, whereas urinary Zn and Se levels increased significantly. In addition, the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu in the urine samples of these patients also increased significantly. Both the urinary Zn levels and the ratio of Zn to Cu in head and neck cancer patients were significantly higher than in lung cancer patients. Urinary Zn and Se levels and the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu, but not urinary Cu levels, increased significantly during and after treatment when assessed using the GEE model. The SMD-2 treatments significantly increased Zn and Se levels in the urine of head and neck cancer patients. Increased Zn and Se levels in urine strengthened immune system. PMID:27114935

  3. Changes in urinary Cu, Zn, and Se levels in cancer patients after treatment with Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang.

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    Lai, Tung-Yuan; Kuo, Hsien-Wen

    2016-04-01

    Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang (SMD-2; shā shēn mài dōng tāng) is a Chinese medicinal herb (CMH; zhōng cǎo yào) used to treat symptoms associated with cancer therapy. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of SMD-2 on the levels of urinary copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and selenium (Se) in lung cancer patients and head and neck cancer patients receiving chemoradiotherapy. Forty-two head and neck cancer patients and 10 lung cancer patients participated in our clinical trial. Each patient received chemoradiotherapy for 4 weeks. In addition, each patient was treated with SMD-2 for 8 weeks, including 2 weeks prior to and after the chemoradiotherapy treatment. Comparison of urinary Cu, Zn, and Se levels and the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu at three time points in the two types of cancer were assessed using the generalized estimating equations (GEEs). After the patients received chemoradiotherapy for 4 weeks, SMD-2 treatment was found to be associated with a significant decrease in urinary Cu levels, whereas urinary Zn and Se levels increased significantly. In addition, the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu in the urine samples of these patients also increased significantly. Both the urinary Zn levels and the ratio of Zn to Cu in head and neck cancer patients were significantly higher than in lung cancer patients. Urinary Zn and Se levels and the ratios of Zn to Cu and Se to Cu, but not urinary Cu levels, increased significantly during and after treatment when assessed using the GEE model. The SMD-2 treatments significantly increased Zn and Se levels in the urine of head and neck cancer patients. Increased Zn and Se levels in urine strengthened immune system.

  4. Molecular controls on Cu and Zn isotopic fractionation in Fe-Mn crusts

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    Little, S. H.; Sherman, D. M.; Vance, D.; Hein, J. R.

    2014-06-01

    The isotopic systems of the transition metals are increasingly being developed as oceanic tracers, due to their tendency to be fractionated by biological and/or redox-related processes. However, for many of these promising isotope systems the molecular level controls on their isotopic fractionations are only just beginning to be explored. Here we investigate the relative roles of abiotic and biotic fractionation processes in controlling modern seawater Cu and Zn isotopic compositions. Scavenging to Fe-Mn oxides represents the principal output for Cu and Zn to sediments deposited under normal marine (oxic) conditions. Using Fe-Mn crusts as an analogue for these dispersed phases, we investigate the phase association and crystal chemistry of Cu and Zn in such sediments. We present the results of an EXAFS study that demonstrate unequivocally that Cu and Zn are predominantly associated with the birnessite (δ-MnO2) phase in Fe-Mn crusts, as previously predicted from sequential leaching experiments (e.g., Koschinsky and Hein, 2003). The crystal chemistry of Cu and Zn in the crusts implies a reduction in coordination number in the sorbed phase relative to the free metal ion in seawater. Thus, theory would predict equilibrium fractionations that enrich the heavy isotope in the sorbed phase (e.g., Schauble, 2004). In natural samples, Fe-Mn crusts and nodules are indeed isotopically heavy in Zn isotopes (at ∼1‰) compared to deep seawater (at ∼0.5‰), consistent with the predicted direction of equilibrium isotopic fractionation based on our observations of the coordination environment of sorbed Zn. Further, ∼50% of inorganic Zn‧ is chloro-complexed (the other ∼50% is present as the free Zn2+ ion), and complexation by Cl- is also predicted to favour equilibrium partitioning of light Zn isotopes into the dissolved phase. The heavy Zn isotopic composition of Fe-Mn crusts and nodules relative to seawater can therefore be explained by an inorganic fractionation during

  5. Effect of co substitution of Mg and Zn on electromagnetic properties of NiCuZn ferrites

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    Sujatha, Ch.; Reddy, K. Venugopal; Babu, K. Sowri; Reddy, A. Rama Chandra; Suresh, M. Buchi; Rao, K. H.

    2013-07-01

    Ni0.5-2xMgxCu0.05Zn0.45+xFe2O4 (x=0, 0.04, 0.08, 0.12, and 0.16) ferrite samples were prepared through sol-gel method using polyvinyl alcohol as a chelating agent. Structural, magnetic, dielectric and electrical properties of the sintered samples were investigated using the characterisation techniques such as X-ray Diffractometer, Vibration sample magnetometer and impedance analyser respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure of the samples. FTIR spectra showed two prominent bands (400 cm-1 and 600 cm-1) corresponding to characteristic of ferrites. Substitution of Mg and Zn for Ni showed gradual decrease of both magnetisation and coercivity. Magnetic permeability showed increasing trend with composition due to low anisotropy constant of Mg and Zn compared to Ni. Dielectric properties of the samples showed that both the dielectric constant as well as the dielectric loss factor was decreased with the composition. Cole-Cole plots consist of distorted semicircle with increasing diameter as a function of composition indicating improved resistance of the samples. The effect of substitution of Mg and Zn for Ni in NiCuZn ferrite system resulted in improved permeability with high cut off frequency, reduced dielectric losses and enhanced resistance of the samples.

  6. Band offsets engineering at CdxZn1-xS/Cu2ZnSnS4 heterointerface

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    Bao, Wujisiguleng; Sachuronggui; Qiu, Fang-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    Cd1-xZnxS/Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS)-based thin film solar cells usually use CdS as a buffer layer, but due to its smaller band gap (2.4 eV), CdS film has been replaced with higher band gap materials. The cadmium zinc sulfide (CdZnS) ternary compound has a higher band gap than other compounds, which leads to a decrease in window absorption loss. In this paper, the band offsets at Cd1-xZnxS/Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) heterointerface are calculated by the first-principles, density-functional and pseudopotential method. The band offsets at Cd1-xZnxS/CZTS heterointerface are tuned by controlling the composition of Zn in Cd1-xZnxS alloy, the calculated valence band offsets are small, which is consistent with the common-anion rule. The favorable heterointerface of type-I with a moderate barrier height (< 0.3 eV) can be obtained by controlling the composition of Zn in Cd1-xZnxS alloy between 0.25 and 0.375. Project supported by the Special Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11547226 and 11547180).

  7. Solution-based synthesis of wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaves introduced by α-Cu2S nanocrystals as a catalyst.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhai, Lanlan; He, Na; Zou, Chao; Geng, Xiaozhen; Cheng, Lujun; Dong, Youqing; Huang, Shaoming

    2013-09-07

    Cu2ZnSnS4 is a promising solar absorbing material in solar cells due to its high absorption coefficient and abundance on earth. We have demonstrated that wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaves could be synthesized through a facile solution-based method. Detailed investigation of the growth process indicates that α-Cu2S nanocrystals are first formed and then serve as a catalyst to introduce the Cu, Zn, and Sn species into the nanoleaf growth for fast ionic conduction. The structure of the as-synthesized nanoleaves is characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, fast Fourier transform, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping. Photoresponses of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaves are evaluated by I-V curves of a Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaf film. It is believed that the enhancement of the photoresponse current of the Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaf film can be attributed to fast carrier transport due to the single crystalline nature and enhanced light absorption resulting from larger absorption areas of the Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoleaves.

  8. Transmittance Spectra of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Films

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    Bodnar, I. V.; Telesh, E. V.; Gurieva, G.; Schorr, S.

    2015-10-01

    Thin films of the quaternary compound semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) were produced by ion beam sputtering at substrate temperatures of 323 K, 423 K, and 573 K. The chemical and structural properties of the thin films were studied by electron microprobe analysis and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. It was shown that, similarly to the corresponding crystals, the main phase in the thin films was Cu2ZnSnS4 with a tetragonal lattice and the space group . The transmittance spectra near the fundamental absorption edge were used to establish the energies and nature of optical transitions. The energies of crystal-field splitting (Δcr) and spin-orbit splitting (Δso) of the valence band of the Cu2ZnSnS4 quaternary compound were calculated on the basis of the Hopfield quasi-cubic model.

  9. Cu and Zn uptake by Halimione portulacoides (L. ) Aellen. A long-term accumulation experiment

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    Reboredo, F. )

    1991-03-01

    Coastal areas and plant species colonizing salt-marshes are often exposed to a large diversity of pollutants, with emphasis on heavy metals. The important role of marsh vegetation in the accumulation of metals has been shown. Halimione portulacoides is one of the most representative halophytes of the salt-marshes of the river Sado estuary. In order to study the uptake and pattern of accumulation of Cu and Zn by the roots, stems and leaves of Halimione, plants were cultivated in vitro and treated daily with solutions containing 5, 25 and 50ppm Cu (as CuCl{sub 2}) and 50, 100 and 150ppm Zn (as ZnCl{sub 2}).

  10. Epitaxial growth of magnetic ZnCuO thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Kim, Tae Cheol; Lee, Seung Han; Jung, Hyun Kyu; Jeong, Jaeeun; Han, Seung Ho

    2017-02-01

    The crystal structure and magnetic properties of epitaxial ZnO thin films doped with 5 at% Cu on SrTiO3 (001) and (111) substrates were investigated. In the case of films deposited in oxygen, unique crystallographic growth directions on different substrates were observed, while a metallic phase was detected in films grown under vacuum. The Cu-doped ZnO thin films deposited on the SrTiO3 (111) substrates, with hexagonal structures, showed a single epitaxial relationship with the substrates, whereas those deposited on the SrTiO3 (001) substrates showed a double epitaxial growth mode. The epitaxial ZnCuO thin films deposited on the SrTiO3 (111) substrates under high vacuum exhibited a ferromagnetic signal at room temperature.

  11. Leaching of Cu and Zn from discarded boat paint particles into tap water and rain water.

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    Jessop, Adam; Turner, Andrew

    2011-06-01

    We studied the leaching of copper and zinc from particles of discarded boat paint added to tap water (pH 7.3) and rain water (pH=4.7), simulating conditions encountered during the hosing or runoff of antifouling waste. Leaching rates appeared to be diffusion-controlled and were greater in rain water than in tap water and were greater for Zn than for Cu. After a period of 120h, between about 0.5% and 3% of total Cu and 5-30% of total Zn had been released to the aqueous phase. These observations suggest that Cu and Zn mobilised from fine antifouling particulates during washdown or rainfall events may be important contaminants of runoff and soils in the vicinity of boat repair facilities.

  12. A role for Haemophilus ducreyi Cu,ZnSOD in resistance to heme toxicity.

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    Negari, Shahin; Sulpher, Jeff; Pacello, Francesca; Ingrey, Keely; Battistoni, Andrea; Lee, B Craig

    2008-06-01

    The Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu,ZnSOD) from Haemophilus ducreyi is the only enzyme of this class which binds a heme molecule at its dimer interface. To explore the role of the enzyme in this heme-obligate bacterium, a sodC mutant was created by insertional inactivation. No difference in growth rate was observed during heme limitation. In contrast, under heme rich conditions growth of the sodC mutant was impaired compared to the wild type strain. This growth defect was abolished by supplementation of exogenous catalase. Genetic complementation of the sodC mutant in trans demonstrated that the enzymatic property or the heme-binding activity of the protein could repair the growth defect of the sodC mutant. These results indicate that Cu,ZnSOD protects Haemophilus ducreyi from heme toxicity.

  13. Novel inhibitors to Taenia solium Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase identified by virtual screening.

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    García-Gutiérrez, P; Landa-Piedra, A; Rodríguez-Romero, A; Parra-Unda, R; Rojo-Domínguez, A

    2011-12-01

    We describe in this work a successful virtual screening and experimental testing aimed to the identification of novel inhibitors of superoxide dismutase of the worm Taenia solium (TsCu/Zn-SOD), a human parasite. Conformers from LeadQuest(®) database of drug-like compounds were selected and then docked on the surface of TsCu/Zn-SOD. Results were screened looking for ligand contacts with receptor side-chains not conserved in the human homologue, with a subsequent development of a score optimization by a set of energy minimization steps, aimed to identify lead compounds for in vitro experiments. Six out of fifty experimentally tested compounds showed μM inhibitory activity toward TsCu/Zn-SOD. Two of them showed species selectivity since did not inhibit the homologous human enzyme when assayed in vitro.

  14. Novel inhibitors to Taenia solium Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase identified by virtual screening

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    García-Gutiérrez, P.; Landa-Piedra, A.; Rodríguez-Romero, A.; Parra-Unda, R.; Rojo-Domínguez, A.

    2011-12-01

    We describe in this work a successful virtual screening and experimental testing aimed to the identification of novel inhibitors of superoxide dismutase of the worm Taenia solium ( TsCu/Zn-SOD), a human parasite. Conformers from LeadQuest® database of drug-like compounds were selected and then docked on the surface of TsCu/Zn-SOD. Results were screened looking for ligand contacts with receptor side-chains not conserved in the human homologue, with a subsequent development of a score optimization by a set of energy minimization steps, aimed to identify lead compounds for in vitro experiments. Six out of fifty experimentally tested compounds showed μM inhibitory activity toward TsCu/Zn-SOD. Two of them showed species selectivity since did not inhibit the homologous human enzyme when assayed in vitro.

  15. Effect of Cu and Zn Substitutions on MnSb Properties

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    Mitsiuk, V. I.; Ryzhkovskii, V. M.; Tkachenka, T. M.

    2008-10-28

    The NiAs-type solid solutions based on manganese antimonide Mn{sub 1.1}Sb with Zn or Cu (up to 10 at % of substituting component) have been studied by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. It has been shown that the replacement of the manganese antimonide by Cu or Zn does not appreciably affect the main Moessbauer parameters in comparison to those of the parent compound. Two different values of hyperfine magnetic field at Fe are present in all the samples and can be attributed to the metal atoms located in MeI and MeII positions. The substitution of Cu or Zn for manganese antimonide leads to the redistribution of the metal atoms between two cation sublattices.

  16. The band gap of Cu2ZnSnSe4: Effect of order-disorder

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    Rey, G.; Redinger, A.; Sendler, J.; Weiss, T. P.; Thevenin, M.; Guennou, M.; El Adib, B.; Siebentritt, S.

    2014-09-01

    The order-disorder transition in kesterite Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), an interesting material for solar cell, has been investigated by spectrophotometry, photoluminescence (PL), and Raman spectroscopy. Like Cu2ZnSnS4, CZTSe is prone to disorder by Cu-Zn exchanges depending on temperature. Absorption measurements have been used to monitor the changes in band gap energy (Eg) of solar cell grade thin films as a function of the annealing temperature. We show that ordering can increase Eg by 110 meV as compared to fully disordered material. Kinetics simulations show that Eg can be used as an order parameter and the critical temperature for the CZTSe order-disorder transition is 200 ± 20 °C. On the one hand, ordering was found to increase the correlation length of the crystal. But on the other hand, except the change in Eg, ordering did not influence the PL signal of the CZTSe.

  17. Passivation for Cu2ZnSnS4/WZ-ZnO interface states: From the first principles calculations

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    Cheng, Yu-Wen; Tang, Fu-Ling; Xue, Hong-Tao; Liu, Hong-Xia; Gao, Bo

    2017-02-01

    We employed the first-principles calculations to investigate F, Cl and H's passivation effects for Cu2ZnSnS4 (102)/WZ-ZnO (110) interface, in which the interface states mainly originate from Sn atoms. The interface states peaks can be reduced more or less by introducing F, Cl and H around Sn atom. H and F have a more efficient passivation effect than Cl atoms. The charge density difference and Bader atomic charge analysis suggests that F, Cl and H can get part of the electrons leading to interface states and that the interface states can be passivated by F, Cl or H atoms.

  18. Zn (O,S) buffer layers by atomic layer deposition in Cu (In,Ga)Se2 based thin film solar cells: Band alignment and sulfur gradient

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    Platzer-Björkman, C.; Törndahl, T.; Abou-Ras, D.; Malmström, J.; Kessler, J.; Stolt, L.

    2006-08-01

    Thin film solar cells with the structure sodalimeglass /Mo/Cu(In,Ga)Se2/Zn(O,S)/ZnO/ZnO:Al are studied for varying thickness and sulfur content of the Zn (O,S) buffer layer. These Zn (O,S) layers were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 120°C. Devices with no or small concentrations of sulfur in the buffer layer show low open-circuit voltages. This is explained by the cliff, or negative conduction-band offset (CBO), of -0.2eV measured by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and optical methods for the Cu (In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS)/ZnO interface. Devices with ZnS buffer layers exhibit very low photocurrent. This is expected from the large positive CBO (spike) of 1.2eV measured for the CIGS /ZnS interface. For devices with Zn (O,S) buffer layers, two different deposition recipes were found to yield devices with efficiencies equal to or above reference devices in which standard CdS buffer layers were used; ultrathin Zn (O,S) layers with S /Zn ratios of 0.8-0.9, and Zn (O,S) layers of around 30nm with average S /Zn ratios of 0.3. The sulfur concentration increases towards the CIGS interface as revealed by transmission electron microscopy and in vacuo PES measurements. The occurrence of this sulfur gradient in ALD-Zn (O,S) is explained by longer incubation time for ZnO growth compared to ZnS growth. For the Zn (O,S) film with high sulfur content, the CBO is large which causes blocking of the photocurrent unless the film is ultrathin. For the Zn (O,S) film with lower sulfur content, a CBO of 0.2eV is obtained which is close to ideal, according to simulations. Efficiencies of up to 16.4% are obtained for devices with this buffer layer.

  19. Thermoluminescence of K-Mg-Al-Zn fluorophosphate glass

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    Thomas, Sunil; Chithambo, M. L.

    2017-02-01

    The thermoluminescence of beta irradiated K-Mg-Al-Zn fluorophosphate glass is reported. A glow-curve corresponding to 10 Gy measured at 1 °C/s shows two peaks, a weaker-intensity one at 70 °C and a more prominent one at 235 °C, the subject of this report. The main peak was observed to fade with delay between irradiation and measurement and specifically, by 11% in 15 h. Its dose response is superlinear in the dose range 1-190 Gy although the change was linear for the initial 10 Gy. Regarding kinetic analysis, the activation energy of the higher temperature peak was evaluated as 1.31 eV and that of the lower temperature peak was found as 0.47 eV. It was also noted that the main peak is affected by thermal quenching with an activation energy for thermal quenching equal to 1.37 eV. It is proposed that the mechanism associated with the thermoluminescence in K-Mg-Al-Zn fluorophosphate glass is that electrons trapped by the metal cations are released during heating and then recombine with holes at oxygen sites.

  20. Immobilization of Zn, Cu, and Pb in contaminated soils using phosphate rock and phosphoric acid.

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    Cao, Xinde; Wahbi, Ammar; Ma, Lena; Li, Bing; Yang, Yongliang

    2009-05-30

    Considerable research has been done on P-induced Pb immobilization in Pb-contaminated soils. However, application of P to soils contaminated with multiple heavy metals is limited. The present study examined effectiveness of phosphoric acid (PA) and/or phosphate rock (PR) in immobilizing Pb, Cu, and Zn in two contaminated soils. The effectiveness was evaluated using water extraction, plant uptake, and a simple bioaccessibility extraction test (SBET) mimicking metal uptake in the acidic environment of human stomach. The possible mechanisms for metal immobilization were elucidated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and chemical speciation program Visual MINTEQ. Compared to the control, all P amendments significantly reduced Pb water solubility, phytoavailability, and bioaccessibility by 72-100%, 15-86%, and 28-92%, respectively. The Pb immobilization was probably attributed to the formation of insoluble Pb phosphate minerals. Phosphorus significantly reduced Cu and Zn water solubility by 31-80% and 40-69%, respectively, presumably due to their sorption on minerals (e.g., calcite and phosphate phases) following CaO addition. However, P had little effect on the Cu and Zn phytoavailability; while the acid extractability of Cu and Zn induced by SBET (pH 2) were even elevated by up to 48% and 40%, respectively, in the H(3)PO(4) treatments (PA and PR+PA). Our results indicate that phosphate was effective in reducing Pb availability in terms of water solubility, bioaccessibility, and phytoavailability. Caution should be exercised when H(3)PO(4) was amended to the soil co-contaminated with Cu and Zn since the acidic condition of SBET increased Cu and Zn bioaccessibility though their water solubility was reduced.

  1. Cation/Anion Substitution in Cu2ZnSnS4 for Improved Photovoltaic Performance

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    Ananthoju, Balakrishna; Mohapatra, Jeotikanta; Jangid, Manoj K.; Bahadur, D.; Medhekar, N. V.; Aslam, M.

    2016-10-01

    Cations and anions are replaced with Fe, Mn, and Se in CZTS in order to control the formations of the secondary phase, the band gap, and the micro structure of Cu2ZnSnS4. We demonstrate a simplified synthesis strategy for a range of quaternary chalcogenide nanoparticles such as Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu2FeSnS4 (CFTS), Cu2MnSnS4 (CMTS), Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), and Cu2ZnSn(S0.5Se0.5)4 (CZTSSe) by thermolysis of metal chloride precursors using long chain amine molecules. It is observed that the crystal structure, band gap and micro structure of the CZTS thin films are affected by the substitution of anion/cations. Moreover, secondary phases are not observed and grain sizes are enhanced significantly with selenium doping (grain size ~1 μm). The earth-abundant Cu2MSnS4/Se4 (M = Zn, Mn and Fe) nanoparticles have band gaps in the range of 1.04–1.51 eV with high optical-absorption coefficients (~104 cm‑1) in the visible region. The power conversion efficiency of a CZTS solar cell is enhanced significantly, from 0.4% to 7.4% with selenium doping, within an active area of 1.1 ± 0.1 cm2. The observed changes in the device performance parameters might be ascribed to the variation of optical band gap and microstructure of the thin films. The performance of the device is at par with sputtered fabricated films, at similar scales.

  2. Cation/Anion Substitution in Cu2ZnSnS4 for Improved Photovoltaic Performance

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    Ananthoju, Balakrishna; Mohapatra, Jeotikanta; Jangid, Manoj K.; Bahadur, D.; Medhekar, N. V.; Aslam, M.

    2016-01-01

    Cations and anions are replaced with Fe, Mn, and Se in CZTS in order to control the formations of the secondary phase, the band gap, and the micro structure of Cu2ZnSnS4. We demonstrate a simplified synthesis strategy for a range of quaternary chalcogenide nanoparticles such as Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu2FeSnS4 (CFTS), Cu2MnSnS4 (CMTS), Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), and Cu2ZnSn(S0.5Se0.5)4 (CZTSSe) by thermolysis of metal chloride precursors using long chain amine molecules. It is observed that the crystal structure, band gap and micro structure of the CZTS thin films are affected by the substitution of anion/cations. Moreover, secondary phases are not observed and grain sizes are enhanced significantly with selenium doping (grain size ~1 μm). The earth-abundant Cu2MSnS4/Se4 (M = Zn, Mn and Fe) nanoparticles have band gaps in the range of 1.04–1.51 eV with high optical-absorption coefficients (~104 cm−1) in the visible region. The power conversion efficiency of a CZTS solar cell is enhanced significantly, from 0.4% to 7.4% with selenium doping, within an active area of 1.1 ± 0.1 cm2. The observed changes in the device performance parameters might be ascribed to the variation of optical band gap and microstructure of the thin films. The performance of the device is at par with sputtered fabricated films, at similar scales. PMID:27748406

  3. Cation/Anion Substitution in Cu2ZnSnS4 for Improved Photovoltaic Performance.

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    Ananthoju, Balakrishna; Mohapatra, Jeotikanta; Jangid, Manoj K; Bahadur, D; Medhekar, N V; Aslam, M

    2016-10-17

    Cations and anions are replaced with Fe, Mn, and Se in CZTS in order to control the formations of the secondary phase, the band gap, and the micro structure of Cu2ZnSnS4. We demonstrate a simplified synthesis strategy for a range of quaternary chalcogenide nanoparticles such as Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu2FeSnS4 (CFTS), Cu2MnSnS4 (CMTS), Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), and Cu2ZnSn(S0.5Se0.5)4 (CZTSSe) by thermolysis of metal chloride precursors using long chain amine molecules. It is observed that the crystal structure, band gap and micro structure of the CZTS thin films are affected by the substitution of anion/cations. Moreover, secondary phases are not observed and grain sizes are enhanced significantly with selenium doping (grain size ~1 μm). The earth-abundant Cu2MSnS4/Se4 (M = Zn, Mn and Fe) nanoparticles have band gaps in the range of 1.04-1.51 eV with high optical-absorption coefficients (~10(4) cm(-1)) in the visible region. The power conversion efficiency of a CZTS solar cell is enhanced significantly, from 0.4% to 7.4% with selenium doping, within an active area of 1.1 ± 0.1 cm(2). The observed changes in the device performance parameters might be ascribed to the variation of optical band gap and microstructure of the thin films. The performance of the device is at par with sputtered fabricated films, at similar scales.

  4. Unexpected observation of splitting of skyrmion phase in Zn doped Cu2OSeO3

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    Wu, H. C.; Wei, T. Y.; Chandrasekhar, K. D.; Chen, T. Y.; Berger, H.; Yang, H. D.

    2015-01-01

    Polycrystalline (Cu1−xZnx)2OSeO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) samples were synthesized using solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effect of Zn doping upon saturation magnetization (MS) indicates that the Zn favors to occupying Cu(II) square pyramidal crystallographic site. The AC susceptibility (χ′ac) was measured at various temperatures (χ′ac–T) and magnetic field strengths (χ′ac–H). The Zn doping concentration is found to affect greatly the M-T and χ′ac-T. The skyrmion phase has been inferred from the χ′ac-H data, and then indicated within the H-T phase diagrams for various Zn doping concentrations. The striking and unexpected observation is that the skyrmion phase region becomes split upon Zn doping concentration. Interestingly, second conical boundary accompanied by second skyrmion phase was also observed from dχ′ac/dH vs. H curves. Atomic site disorder created by the chemical doping modulates the delicate magnetic interactions via change in the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) vector of distorted Cu(II) square pyramidal, thereby splitting of skyrmion phase might occur. These findings illustrate the potential of using chemical and atomic modification for tuning the temperature and field dependence of skyrmion phase of Cu2OSeO3. PMID:26350508

  5. Investigations on structural, vibrational and dielectric properties of nanosized Cu doped Mg-Zn ferrites

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    Yadav, Anand; Rajpoot, Rambabu; Dar, M. A.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Transition metal Cu2+ doped Mg-Zn ferrite [Mg0.5Zn0.5-xCuxFe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] were prepared by sol gel auto combustion (SGAC) method to probe the structural, vibrational and electrical properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals a single-phase cubic spinel structure without the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to other structure. The average particle size of the parent Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 is found to be ~29.8 nm and is found to increase with Cu2+ doping. Progressive reduction in lattice parameter of Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 has been observed due to difference in ionic radii of cations with improved Cu doping. Spinel cubic structure is further confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Small shift in Raman modes towards higher wave number has been observed in doped Mg-Zn ferrites. The permittivity and dielectric loss decreases at lower doping and increases at higher order doping of Cu2+.

  6. A Question of Balance: Facing the challenges of Cu, Fe and Zn Homeostasis

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    Palmer, Christine; Guerinot, Mary Lou

    2011-01-01

    Plants have recently moved into the spotlight with the growing realization that the world needs solutions to energy and food production that are sustainable and environmentally sound. Iron (Fe), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) are essential for plant growth and development, yet the same properties that make these transition metals indispensable can also make them deadly in excess. Fe and Cu are most often utilized for their redox properties, while Zn is primarily utilized for is ability to act as a Lewis acid. Here we review recent advances in the field of metal homeostasis, seeking to integrate the findings on uptake, transport, and storage of these three metals. PMID:19377460

  7. Zn and Cu isotopes as tracers of anthropogenic contamination in a sediment core from an Urban Lake

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    Thapalia, A.; Borrok, D.M.; Van Metre, P.C.; Musgrove, M.; Landa, E.R.

    2010-01-01

    In this work, we use stable Zn and Cu isotopes to identify the sources and timing of the deposition of these metals in a sediment core from Lake Ballinger near Seattle, Washington, USA. The base of the Lake Ballinger core predates settlement in the region, while the upper sections record the effects of atmospheric emissions from a nearby smelter and rapid urbanization of the watershed. ??66Zn and ??65Cu varied by 0.50% and 0.29%, respectively, over the 500 year core record. Isotopic changes were correlated with the presmelter period (~1450 to 1900 with ??66Zn = +0.39% ?? 0.09% and ??65Cu = +0.77% ?? 0.06%), period of smelter operation (1900 to 1985 with ??66Zn = +0.14 ?? 0.06% and ??65Cu = +0.94 ?? 0.10%), and postsmelting/stable urban land use period (post 1985 with ??66Zn = 0.00 ?? 0.10% and ??65Cu = +0.82% ?? 0.12%). Rapid early urbanization during the post World War II era increased metal loading to the lake but did not significantly alter the ??66Zn and ??65Cu, suggesting that increased metal loads during this time were derived mainly from mobilization of historically contaminated soils. Urban sources of Cu and Zn were dominant since the smelter closed in the 1980s, and the (??66Zn measured in tire samples suggests tire wear is a likely source of Zn. ?? 2010 American Chemical Society.

  8. Bipolar resistive switching and conduction mechanism of an Al/ZnO/Al-based memristor

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    Gul, Fatih; Efeoglu, Hasan

    2017-01-01

    In this study, a direct-current reactive sputtered Al/ZnO/Al-based memristor device was fabricated and its resistive switching (RS) characteristics investigated. The optical and structural properties were confirmed by using UV-vis spectrophotometry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The memristive and resistive switching characteristics were determined using time dependent current-voltage (I-V-t) measurements. The typical pinched hysteresis I-V loops of a memristor were observed. In addition, the device showed forming-free, uniform and bipolar RS behavior. The low electric field region exhibited ohmic conduction, while the Schottky emission (SE) was found to be the dominant conduction mechanism in the high electric field region. A weak Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission also appeared. In conclusion, it was suggested that the SE and PF mechanisms were related to the oxygen vacancies in the ZnO.

  9. Luminescent CdSe-ZnS quantum dots as selective Cu 2+ probe

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    Xie, Hai-Yan; Liang, Jian-Gong; Zhang, Zhi-Ling; Liu, Yi; He, Zhi-Ke; Pang, Dai-Wen

    2004-09-01

    Luminescent CdSe-ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were modified with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and used as selective copper ion probe. The fluorescence of the water-soluble QDs can be quenched only by Cu 2+ and Fe 3+ in physiological buffer solution. Approximate concentrations of other physiologically important cations, such as Zn 2+, Na + and K + etc. have no effect on the fluorescence. Adding F - to form the colorless complex FeF 63- can eliminate the interference of Fe 3+. The detection limit of Cu 2+ ions was 10 nM. The results can be explained in terms of strong binding of Cu 2+ onto the surface of CdSe resulting in a chemical displacement of Cd 2+ ions and the formation of CuSe on the surface of the QDs.

  10. Afterglow Study of ZnS:Cu,Co Water-soluble Nanoparticles and Potential Applications

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    Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei

    2011-03-01

    ZnS:Cu,Co water-soluble afterglow particles with average size of 4 nm have been prepared by using simple wet chemistry method. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the nanoparticles shows a cubic zinc blende structure as the synthesis temperature is low comparing with solid state reactions. The nanoparticles have two photoluminescence emission peaks. The blue emission is from sulfur defects (vacancies), while the green emission is from Cu 2+ luminescent center which also contributes to the particle's afterglow. The presence of co-dopant Co 2+ is critical to perform the afterglow of these nanoparticles. The afterglow intensity and decay vary on different Cu 2+ and Co 2+ doping levels. Further conjugation of ZnS:Cu,Co nanoparticles and photosensitizers presents a new method for deep cancer treatment in photodynamic therapy. The successful afterglow observation from water-soluble nanoparticles may find many new applications in biological imaging, detection and treatment.

  11. Fabrication of Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1 - x)4 solar cells by ethanol-ammonium solution process

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    Xue, Cong; Li, Jianmin; Wang, Yaguang; Jiang, Guoshun; Weifeng, Liu; Zhu, Changfei

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1 - x)4 precursor films were produced by doctor blade process from SnS-Cu2O-ZnS slurry. To prepare the slurry, SnS, ZnS and Cu2O precipitates, which are outgrowths of stacked layer ZnS/Cu/SnS by CBD (chemical bath deposition)-annealing route, were dissolved in the mixture solvent of ethanol and NH3·H2O. Synthesized precursor films were then annealed at different conditions. The post-annealed films were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman measurements and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. SEM studies reveal that the rough and relatively compact absorber thin films are obtained via the sulfidation and sulfidation-selenization processes. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrum results verify that the obtained films are composed of Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 phases, which have high absorbance in visible range and direct band gap energy of 1.01-1.47 eV. The best devices yield total area power conversion efficiency of 1.99% and 2.95% corresponding to Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1 - x)4 thin film solar cells under AM1.5 illumination without any anti-reflection layer.

  12. Reactively Sputtered Cu2ZnTiS4 Thin Film as Low-Cost Earth-Abundant Absorber

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    Adiguzel, Seniha; Kaya, Derya; Genisel, Mustafa Fatih; Celik, Omer; Tombak, Ahmet; Ocak, Yusuf Selim; Turan, Rasit

    2017-03-01

    Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films have been deposited on glass by the reactive cosputtering technique with high-purity ZnS and Cu and Ti metals as targets and H2S as reactive gas. Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were obtained at various temperatures and H2S flows and were annealed in H2S atmosphere. The structural, morphological, and optical properties of the Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. Agglomeration was found to increase with increasing temperature. The XRD peaks of the Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were consistent with those of Cu2ZnSnS4. Furthermore, the optical bandgaps of the Cu2ZnTiS4 films were lower than those of conventional Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films.

  13. A series of M(II)Cu(II)3 stars (M = Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn) exhibiting unusual magnetic properties.

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    Mondal, Suraj; Mandal, Shuvankar; Carrella, Luca; Jana, Arpita; Fleck, Michel; Köhn, Andreas; Rentschler, Eva; Mohanta, Sasankasekhar

    2015-01-05

    The work in this report describes the syntheses, electrospray ionization mass spectromtery, structures, and experimental and density functional theoretical (DFT) magnetic properties of four tetrametallic stars of composition [M(II)(Cu(II)L)3](ClO4)2 (1, M = Mn; 2, M = Ni; 3, M = Cu; 4, M = Zn) derived from a single-compartment Schiff base ligand, N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-1,4-butanediamine (H2L), which is the [2 + 1] condensation product of salicylaldehyde and 1,4-diaminobutane. The central metal ion (Mn(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), or Zn(II)) is linked with two μ2-phenoxo bridges of each of the three [Cu(II)L] moieties, and thus the central metal ion is encapsulated in between three [Cu(II)L] units. The title compounds are rare or sole examples of stars having these metal-ion combinations. In the cases of 1, 3, and 4, the four metal ions form a centered isosceles triangle, while the four metal ions in 2 form a centered equilateral triangle. Both the variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility and variable-field magnetization (at 2-10 K) of 1-3 have been measured and simulated contemporaneously. While the Mn(II)Cu(II)3 compound 1 exhibits ferromagnetic interaction with J = 1.02 cm(-1), the Ni(II)Cu(II)3 compound 2 and Cu(II)Cu(II)3 compound 3 exhibit antiferromagnetic interaction with J = -3.53 and -35.5 cm(-1), respectively. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data of the Zn(II)Cu(II)3 compound 4 indicate very weak antiferromagnetic interaction of -1.4 cm(-1), as expected. On the basis of known correlations, the magnetic properties of 1-3 are unusual; it seems that ferromagnetic interaction in 1 and weak/moderate antiferromagnetic interaction in 2 and 3 are possibly related to the distorted coordination environment of the peripheral copper(II) centers (intermediate between square-planar and tetrahedral). DFT calculations have been done to elucidate the magnetic properties. The DFT-computed J values are quantitatively (for 1) or qualitatively (for 2 and 3) matched

  14. Synthesis of methanol and dimethyl ether from syngas over Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts

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    Lebarbier, Vanessa M.; Dagle, Robert A.; Kovarik, Libor; Lizarazo-Adarme, Jair A.; King, David L.; Palo, Daniel R.

    2012-01-01

    A Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst was developed for the synthesis of methanol and dimethyl ether (DME) from syngas. Studied were temperatures of operation ranging from 250°C to 380°C. High temperatures (e.g. 380°C) are necessary when combining methanol and DME synthesis with a methanol to gasoline (MTG) process in a single reactor bed. A commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst, utilized industrially for the synthesis of methanol at 220-280°C, suffers from a rapid deactivation when the reaction is conducted at high temperature (>320°C). On the contrary, a Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst was found to be highly stable for methanol and DME synthesis at 380°C. The Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst was thus further investigated for methanol and DME synthesis at P=34-69 bars, T= 250-380°C, GHSV= 5 000-18 000 h-1, and molar feeds H2/CO= 1, 2, and 3. Selectivity to DME increased with decreasing operating temperature, and increasing operating pressure. Increased GHSV’s and H2/CO syngas feed ratios also enhanced DME selectivity. Undesirable CH4 formation was observed, however, can be minimized through choice of process conditions and by catalyst design. By studying the effect of the Pd loading and the Pd:Zn molar ratio the formulation of the Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst was optimized. A catalyst with 5% Pd and a Pd:Zn molar ratio of 0.25:1 has been identified as the preferred catalyst. Results indicate that PdZn particles are more active than Pdº particles for the synthesis of methanol and less active for CH4 formation. A correlation between DME selectivity and the concentration of acid sites of the catalysts has been established. Hence, two types of sites are required for the direct conversion of syngas to DME: 1) PdZn particles are active for the synthesis of methanol from syngas, and 2) acid sites which are active for the conversion of methanol to DME. Additionally, CO2 formation was problematic as PdZn was found to be active for the water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction, under all the conditions evaluated.

  15. Cu(II) and Zn(II) adsorption capacity of three different clay liner materials.

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    Musso, T B; Parolo, M E; Pettinari, G; Francisca, F M

    2014-12-15

    Sorption of Cu(II) and Zn(II) on three natural clays meeting the international requirements for use as liners was evaluated by means of batch tests. The purpose of this research was to determine the retention capacities of the clays for metal cations commonly present in urban solid waste leachates. The pH and ionic strength conditions were set at values frequently found in real leachates. The changes observed in the XRD patterns and FTIR spectra upon adsorption can be considered an evidence of clay-metal electrostatic interaction. The Langmuir model was found to best describe the sorption processes, offering maximum sorption capacities from 8.16 to 56.89 mg/g for Cu(II) and from 49.59 to 103.83 mg/g for Zn(II). All samples remove more Zn(II) than Cu(II), which may be related to the different geometry of the hydrated Cu(II) cation. The total amount of metal sorption was strongly influenced by the total specific surface area, the presence of carbonates and the smectite content of the clays. In addition to their known quality as physical barriers, the adsorbed amounts obtained indicate the suitability of the tested clays to contribute to the retardation of Cu(II) and Zn(II) transport through clay liners.

  16. Trap and recombination centers study in sprayed Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films

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    Courel, Maykel; Vigil-Galán, O.; Jiménez-Olarte, D.; Espíndola-Rodríguez, M.; Saucedo, E.

    2014-10-01

    In this work, a study of trap and recombination center properties in polycrystalline Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films is carried out in order to understand the poor performance in Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cells. Thermally stimulated current has been studied in Cu2ZnSnS4 deposited by pneumatic spray pyrolysis method using various heating rates, in order to gain information about trap centers and/or deep levels present within the band-gap of this material. A set of temperature-dependent current curves revealed three levels with activation energy of 126 ± 10, 476 ± 25, and 1100 ± 100 meV. The possible nature of the three levels found is presented, in which the first one is likely to be related to CuZn antisites, while second and third to Sn vacancies and SnCu antisites, respectively. The values of frequency factor, capture cross section, and trap concentration have been determined for each center.

  17. Ab initio investigation on hydrogen adsorption capability in Zn and Cu-based metal organic frameworks

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    Tanuwijaya, V. V.; Hidayat, N. N.; Agusta, M. K.; Dipojono, H. K.

    2015-09-01

    One of the biggest challenge in material technology for hydrogen storage application is to increase hydrogen uptake in room temperature and pressure. As a class of highly porous material, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) holds great potential with its tunable structure. However, little is known about the effect of metal cluster to its hydrogen storage capability. Investigation on this matter has been carried out carefully on small cluster of Zn and Cu-based MOF using first principles method. The calculation of two distinct building units of MOFs, namely octahedral and paddle-wheel models, have been done with B3LYP density functional method using 6-31G(d,p) and LANL2DZ basis sets. From geometry optimization of Zn-based MOF linked by benzene-dicarboxylate (MOF-5), it is found that hydrogen tends to keep distance from metal cluster group and stays above benzene ring. In the other hand, hydrogen molecule prefers to stay atop of the exposed Cu atom in Cu-based MOF system linked by the same linker group (Cu-bdc). Calculated hydrogen binding enthalpies for Zn and Cu octahedral cages at ZnO3 sites are 1.64kJ/mol and 2.73kJ/mol respectively, while hydrogen binding enthalpies for Zn and Cu paddle-wheel cages calculated on top of metal atoms are found to be at 6.05kJ/mol and 6.10kJ/mol respectively. Major difference between Zn-MOF-5 and Cu-bdc hydrogen uptake performance might be caused by unsaturated metal sites present in Cu-bdc system and the influence of their geometric structures, although a small difference on binding energy in the type of transition metal used is also observed. The comparison between Zn and Cu-based MOF may contribute to a comprehensive understanding of metal clusters and the importance of selecting best transition metal for design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks.

  18. Ab initio investigation on hydrogen adsorption capability in Zn and Cu-based metal organic frameworks

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    Tanuwijaya, V. V.; Hidayat, N. N. Agusta, M. K. Dipojono, H. K.

    2015-09-30

    One of the biggest challenge in material technology for hydrogen storage application is to increase hydrogen uptake in room temperature and pressure. As a class of highly porous material, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) holds great potential with its tunable structure. However, little is known about the effect of metal cluster to its hydrogen storage capability. Investigation on this matter has been carried out carefully on small cluster of Zn and Cu-based MOF using first principles method. The calculation of two distinct building units of MOFs, namely octahedral and paddle-wheel models, have been done with B3LYP density functional method using 6-31G(d,p) and LANL2DZ basis sets. From geometry optimization of Zn-based MOF linked by benzene-dicarboxylate (MOF-5), it is found that hydrogen tends to keep distance from metal cluster group and stays above benzene ring. In the other hand, hydrogen molecule prefers to stay atop of the exposed Cu atom in Cu-based MOF system linked by the same linker group (Cu-bdc). Calculated hydrogen binding enthalpies for Zn and Cu octahedral cages at ZnO{sub 3} sites are 1.64kJ/mol and 2.73kJ/mol respectively, while hydrogen binding enthalpies for Zn and Cu paddle-wheel cages calculated on top of metal atoms are found to be at 6.05kJ/mol and 6.10kJ/mol respectively. Major difference between Zn-MOF-5 and Cu-bdc hydrogen uptake performance might be caused by unsaturated metal sites present in Cu-bdc system and the influence of their geometric structures, although a small difference on binding energy in the type of transition metal used is also observed. The comparison between Zn and Cu-based MOF may contribute to a comprehensive understanding of metal clusters and the importance of selecting best transition metal for design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks.

  19. HNO/NO Conversion Mechanisms of Cu-Based HNO Probes with Implications for Cu,Zn-SOD

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    2015-01-01

    HNO has broad biological effects and pharmacological activities. Direct HNO probes for in vivo applications were recently reported, which are CuII-based complexes having fluorescence reporters with reaction to HNO resulting in CuI systems and the release of NO. Their coordination environments are similar to that in Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays a significant role in cellular HNO/NO conversion. However, none of these conversion mechanisms are known. A quantum chemical investigation was performed here to provide structural, energetic, and electronic profiles of HNO/NO conversion pathways via the first CuII-based direct HNO probe. Results not only are consistent with experimental observations but also provide numerous structural and mechanistic details unknown before. Results also suggest the first HNO/NO conversion mechanism for Cu,Zn-SOD, as well as useful guidelines for future design of metal-based HNO probes. These results shall facilitate development of direct HNO probes and studies of HNO/NO conversions via metal complexes and metalloproteins. PMID:24803995

  20. Ferromagnetic behavior due to Al3+ doping into ZnO nanorods

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    Yingsamphancharoen, T.; Nakarungsee, P.; Herng, T. S.; Ding, J.; Tang, I. M.; Thongmee, S.

    2016-12-01

    Al doped ZnO nanorods (NR's) having Al concentration up to 10 mol% were grown by the hydrothermal method. XRD measurements showed that the Al substituted ZnO NR's maintained the hexagonal wurtzite structure for all levels of Al substitution. EDX measurements of the ZnO:Al NR's indicated that the Al substitution created additional Zn vacancies in the wurtzite structure which is reflected in the enhanced photoluminescence emission in the visible light spectra between 450 and 550 nm of the more heavily doped ZnO:Al NR's. SEM images of the heavier doped ZnO:Al nanorods showed nano nodules being formed on the surface of the hexagonal shaped NR's. The saturation magnetizations of the ZnO:Al NR's as measured by a SQUID magnetometer increased to 10.66×10-4 emu/g as more Al was substituted in. The hysteresis loops for the ZnO:Al NR's began to exhibit novel effects, such as horizontal shift (exchange bias field 0.0382 kOe for the 9 mol% NR) and butterfly shapes.

  1. Solidification behavior and structure of Al-Cu alloy welds

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    Brooks, J.A.; Li, M.; Yang, N.C.Y.

    1997-09-01

    The microsegregation behavior of electron beam (EB) and gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds of Al-Cu alloys covering a range from 0.19 to 7.74 wt% Cu were characterized for dendrite core concentrations and fraction eutectic solidification. Although a single weld speed of 12.7 mm/sec was used, some differences were observed in the segregation behavior of the two weld types. The microsegregation behavior was also modeled using a finite differences technique considering dendrite tip and eutectic undercooling and solid state diffusion. Fairly good agreement was observed between measured and calculated segregation behavior although differences between the two weld types could not be completely accounted for. The concept of dendrite tip undercooling was used to explain the formation of a single through thickness centerline grain in the higher alloy content GTA welds.

  2. High voltage ZnSe/CuInSe[sub 2] solar cells

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    Olsen, L.C.; Addis, F.W. )

    1994-06-30

    This paper describes investigations of CIS solar cells based on ZnSe window layers deposited by MOCVD. Investigations of ZnSe/CIS solar cells are being carried out to determine if ZnSe is a viable alternative to CdS as a window material. MOCVD growth of ZnSe is accomplished in a SPIRE 500XT reactor and conductive n-type ZnSe is grown by using iodine as a dopant. ZnSe films have been grown on CIS substrates at 200 [degree]C to 250 [degree]C. ZnO is also being deposited by MOCVD by reacting tetrahydrofuran (THF) with a zinc adduct. ZnSe/CIS heterojunctions have been studied by growing n-ZnSe films onto 2 cm [times] 2 cm CIS substrates diced from materials supplied by Siemens. Test cells are fabricated by depositing thin, transparent Al contacts 2.8 mm in diameter on top of the ZnSe to serve as contacts. These test devices typically exhibit open circuit voltages [gt]500 mV and estimated active area efficiencies [gt]13%. Efforts to deposit ZnO onto ZnSe/CIS structures for top contact layers have usually resulted in photocurrent suppression, apparently due to interaction of the ZnO deposition process with the ZnSe layer. One approach used for cell fabrication involves the use of a protective layer between ZnO and ZnSe. A cell with a total area efficiency of 9.3% and a Voc of 509 mV has been fabricated.

  3. Low-Temperature Sintering and Electromagnetic Properties of NiCuZn/CaTiO3 Composites

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    Yang, Haibo; Yang, Yanyan; Lin, Ying; Zhu, Jianfeng; Wang, Fen

    2012-04-01

    Dense CaTiO3/Ni0.37Cu0.20Zn0.43Fe1.92O3.88 (CTO/NiCuZn) composites were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method and sintered at 950°C. The phase compositions and surface morphologies of the composites were investigated using x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The dielectric and magnetic properties of the composites were also investigated. The results show that the CTO/NiCuZn composites possess high dielectric constants and permeabilities, which can be used in high-frequency communications for capacitor-inductor integrating devices such as electromagnetic interference filters and antennas. With increasing NiCuZn concentration, the permeabilities of the CTO/NiCuZn composites increase, while the dielectric constants and cutoff frequencies decrease.

  4. EXAFS analysis of a human Cu,Zn SOD isoform focused using non-denaturing gel electrophoresis

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    Chevreux, Sylviane; Solari, Pier Lorenzo; Roudeau, Stéphane; Deves, Guillaume; Alliot, Isabelle; Testemale, Denis; Hazemann, Jean Louis; Ortega, Richard

    2009-11-01

    Isoelectric point isoforms of a metalloprotein, copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), separated on electrophoresis gels were analyzed using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Mutations of this protein are involved in familial cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The toxicity of mutants could be relied to defects in the metallation state. Our purpose is to establish analytical protocols to study metallation state of protein isoforms such as those from CuZnSOD. We previously highlighted differences in the copper oxidation state between CuZnSOD isoforms using XANES. Here, we present the first results for EXAFS analyses performed at Cu and Zn K-edge on the majoritary expressed isoform of human CuZnSOD separated on electrophoresis gels.

  5. A novel pyrazole biscoumarin based chemosensors for the selective detection of Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) ions.

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    Kandasamy, Karthikeyan; Ganesabaskaran, Sivaprasad; Pachamuthu, Muthusamy Poomalai; Ramanathan, Anand

    2015-09-05

    A novel chemosensor based on pyrazole biscoumarin molecule "4-hydroxy-3-((4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)(1,3-diphenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)methyl)-2H-chromen-2-one" (PBC) was synthesized by a simple method. The chemosensing properties of PBC towards transition metal ions like Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) by naked eye, UV-Visible and fluorescence spectroscopic methods were described. The PBC solution with Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) ion showed brown and blue colour respectively. The UV-Visible spectra of PBC with Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) ions exposed their corresponding absorption maxima. Further, the Job's plot method confirmed the 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometry of the complex formation between the PBC with Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) ions respectively. The fluorescence enhancement of PBC on binding with Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) is due to the inhibition of photo induced electron transfer mechanism.

  6. A novel pyrazole biscoumarin based chemosensors for the selective detection of Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions

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    Kandasamy, Karthikeyan; Ganesabaskaran, Sivaprasad; Pachamuthu, Muthusamy Poomalai; Ramanathan, Anand

    2015-09-01

    A novel chemosensor based on pyrazole biscoumarin molecule "4-hydroxy-3-((4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)(1,3-diphenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)methyl)-2H-chromen-2-one" (PBC) was synthesized by a simple method. The chemosensing properties of PBC towards transition metal ions like Cu2+ and Zn2+ by naked eye, UV-Visible and fluorescence spectroscopic methods were described. The PBC solution with Cu2+ and Zn2+ ion showed brown and blue colour respectively. The UV-Visible spectra of PBC with Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions exposed their corresponding absorption maxima. Further, the Job's plot method confirmed the 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometry of the complex formation between the PBC with Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions respectively. The fluorescence enhancement of PBC on binding with Cu2+ and Zn2+ is due to the inhibition of photo induced electron transfer mechanism.

  7. Growth and oxidation of thin film Al{sub 2}Cu

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    Son, K.A.; Missert, N.A.; Barbour, J.C.; Hren, J.J.; Copeland, R.G.; Minor, K.G.

    1999-11-09

    Al{sub 2}Cu thin films ({approximately}382 nm) are fabricated by melting and resolidifying Al/Cu bilayers in the presence of a {approximately}3 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivating layer. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) measures a 1.0 eV shift of the Cu2p{sub 3/2} peak and a 1.6 eV shift of the valence band relative to metallic Cu upon Al{sub 2}Cu formation. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) show that the Al{sub 2}Cu film is composed of 30--70 {mu}m wide and 10--25 mm long cellular grains with (110) orientation. The atomic composition of the film as estimated by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) is 67{+-}2% Al and 33{+-}2% Cu. XPS scans of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}Cu taken before and after air exposure indicate that the upper Al{sub 2}Cu layers undergo further oxidation to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} even in the presence of {approximately}5 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The majority of Cu produced from oxidation is believed to migrate below the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers, based upon the lack of evidence for metallic Cu in the XPS scans. In contrast to Al/Cu passivated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, melting/resolidifying the Al/Cu bilayer without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in phase-segregated dendritic film growth.

  8. Cu2ZnSnSe4 Thin Films by Selenization of Simultaneously Evaporated Sn-Zn-Cu Metallic Lays for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Shao, Lexi; Zhang, Jun; Zou, Changwei; Xie, Wei

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films were prepared by selenization of simultaneously evaporated metallic Cu-Zn-Sn on soda lime glass (SLG) substrates. The selenization were performed in elemental selenium vapor ambient at 450 °C for 1.5 h using Argon as the carrier gas. The compositions and structural properties of the films were characterized by using EDS, XRD, and Raman, respectively. The results show that the synthesized CZTSe thin films are nearly stoichiometric and single-phase with a kesterite structure. The measurement for electrical and optical properties indicated that a high absorption coefficient of 104 cm-1 and a low resistivity of 30 Ωcm are obtained. The optical band-gap energy of the CZTSe thin film can be fitted to be as 1.52 eV, which closes to the optimum value for solar cell absorber. The preparation processing for CZTSe developed in this woek is more attractive than others reported in the industrialization applications because the atomic ratio of Cu:Sn:Zn in the precursor can be easily controlled by adjusting the ratio of the evaporation sources, meanwhile, it is more suitable for large-scale production.

  9. Solid Liquid Interdiffusion Bonding of Zn4Sb3 Thermoelectric Material with Cu Electrode

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    Lin, Y. C.; Lee, K. T.; Hwang, J. D.; Chu, H. S.; Hsu, C. C.; Chen, S. C.; Chuang, T. H.

    2016-10-01

    The ZnSb intermetallic compound may have thermoelectric applications because it is low in cost and environmentally friendly. In this study, a Zn4Sb3 thermoelectric element coated with a Ni barrier layer and a Ag reaction layer was bonded with a Ag-coated Cu electrode using a Ag/Sn/Ag solid-liquid interdiffusion bonding process. The results indicated that a Ni5Zn21 intermetallic phase formed easily at the Zn4Sb3/Ni interface, leading to sound adhesion. In addition, Sn film was found to react completely with the Ag layer to form a Ag3Sn intermetallic layer having a melting point of 480°C. The resulting Zn4Sb3 thermoelectric module can be applied at the optimized operation temperature (400°C) of Zn4Sb3 material as a thermoelectric element. The bonding strengths ranged from 14.9 MPa to 25.0 MPa, and shear tests revealed that the Zn4Sb3/Cu-joints fractured through the interior of the thermoelectric elements.

  10. Structure and properties of high efficiency ZnO/CdZnS/CuInGaSe2 solar cells

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    Devaney, W. E.; Chen, W. S.; Stewart, J. M.; Mickelsen, R. A.

    1990-02-01

    Thin-film polycrystalline solar cells with the structure ZnO/CdZnS/CuInGaSe2 fabricated with total area efficiencies of up to 12.5 percent under AM1.5 equivalent illumination and 10.5 percent under AM0 equivalent are discussed. These are among the highest total area efficiencies reported for polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. Current-voltage and quantum efficiency data for such a high-efficiency cell are given. Described are the deposition of the CuInGaSe2 by physical vapor deposition in vacuum, the CdZnS by chemical deposition from solution, and the ZnO by reactive sputtering. The electrical and optical properties of the individual layers have been inferred from measurements on complete devices and on separate witness layers. Optical constants and thicknesses obtained for the device layers from these measurements are presented, and the requirements for optimizing the device efficiency are discussed.

  11. Effect of the dietary oregano (Origanum vulgare) on Cu and Zn balance in weaned piglets.

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    Untea, Arabela; Criste, Rodica; Panaite, Tatiana; Costache, Iulian

    2011-01-01

    A 4-week study conducted on 20 weaned piglets (average initial weight 15 kg) evaluated the effects of dietary oregano (Origanum vulgare) used in the presence/absence of phytase on the Cu and Zn balance, while reducing/eliminating their inclusion in the diet as inorganic salts. Oregano was harvested from the wild flora. The Cu and Zn concentrations that were taken into consideration (9.85 ppm and 53.31 pmm, respectively) were the consensus values obtained in an interlaboratory study. The piglets were assigned to 4 groups (C, E1, E2, E3), housed in individual metabolic cages and fed on corn-soybean meal-based diets. The diet of the control group (C) with addition of 1% inorganic mineral premix (MP), contained: 40.92 ppm Cu, 144.96 ppm Zn. The experimental diets differed from the C diet as follows: E1--3% oregano, 0% phytase (5000 PU/g), 0% MP; E2--3% oregano, 0.01% phytase, 0% MP; E3--3% oregano, 0% phytase, 0.5% MP, E4--3% oregano, 0.01% phytase, 0,5% premix. For groups E1, E2, E3 and E4, 0.5% Zn of the MP were included in the diet, because the dietary oregano amount did not meet the requirements (NRC) for piglets. The mineral balance was determined during 3 periods of 5 days each. The levels of Cu and Zn were measured by FAAS in the samples (weekly samples/piglet) of ingesta, faeces and urine. It was noticed that although the dietary Cu ingested by the groups without MP was 75% (10.08 ppm) lower than C, the absorption coefficients were only 47% (28.83) lower than for group C (54.22%), while in the groups with 0.5% MP, the absorption was just 10% (48.86%) lower than for group C. For Zn, where the amount ingested by the experimental groups was 33% (97.62 ppm) lower than for group C, the absorption coefficients were just 20% (46.3%) lower than for group C (57.64%). No significant differences were noticed for Cu and Zn in terms of apparent absorption, between the groups with/without phytase. The deposits of Cu and Zn in the main organs and serum (from slaughtered

  12. Transient and modulated charge separation at CuInSe2/C60 and CuInSe2/ZnPc hybrid interfaces

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    von Morzé, Natascha; Dittrich, Thomas; Calvet, Wolfram; Lauermann, Iver; Rusu, Marin

    2017-02-01

    Spectral dependent charge transfer and exciton dissociation have been investigated at hybrid interfaces between inorganic polycrystalline CuInSe2 (untreated and Na-conditioned) thin films and organic C60 as well as zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) layers by transient and modulated surface photovoltage measurements. The stoichiometry and electronic properties of the bare CuInSe2 surface were characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy which revealed a Cu-poor phase with n-type features. After the deposition of the C60 layer, a strong band bending at the CuInSe2 surface was observed. Evidence for dissociation of excitons followed by charge separation was found at the CuInSe2/ZnPc interface. The Cu-poor layer at the CuInSe2 surface was found to be crucial for transient and modulated charge separation at CuInSe2/organic hybrid interfaces.

  13. Application of 67Cu Produced by 68Zn(n,n'p+d)67Cu to Biodistribution Study in Tumor-Bearing Mice

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    Sugo, Yumi; Hashimoto, Kazuyuki; Kawabata, Masako; Saeki, Hideya; Sato, Shunichi; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Nagai, Yasuki

    2017-02-01

    67Cu produced by the 68Zn(n,n'p+d)67Cu reaction was used for the first time to determine the biodistribution of 67CuCl2 in colorectal tumor-bearing mice. A high uptake of 67Cu was observed in the tumor as well as in the liver and kidney, which are the major organs for copper metabolism. The result showing 67Cu accumulation in the tumor suggests that 67CuCl2 can be a potential radionuclide agent for cancer radiotherapy. It should also encourage further studies on the therapeutic effect on small animals using an increased dose of 67Cu produced by the 68Zn(n,n'p+d)67Cu reaction using presently available intense neutrons.

  14. Synthesis of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles and controlling the morphology with polyethylene glycol

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    Rawat, Kusum; Kim, Hee-Joon; Shishodia, P.K.

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by wet chemical technique. • First report on the effect of using polyethylene glycol as a structure directing agent on Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles. • The morphology of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles changes into nanoflakes and nanorods structures with polyethylene glycol concentration. • Polyethylene glycol assisted Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticle film exhibits optical bandgap of 1.5 eV which is suitable for the application in solar cells. - Abstract: Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by wet chemical technique using metal thiourea precursor at 250 °C. The structural and morphological properties of as grown nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The influence of different concentration of polyethylene glycol as structure directing agent on the morphologies of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles are investigated on thin films deposited by spin coating technique. The mean crystallite size of the Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles was found to improve with polyethylene glycol concentration. Scanning electron microscopy images of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} revealed aggregated spherical shaped nanoparticles whereas the polyethylene glycol assisted Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticle films show nanoflakes and nanorods structures with increasing concentration of polyethylene glycol. Transmission electron microscopy analysis has also been performed to determine the size and structure of nanorods. UV–vis absorption spectroscopy shows the broad band absorption with optical bandgap of 1.50 eV for polyethylene glycol assisted Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} films.

  15. Trace amounts of Cu²⁺ ions influence ROS production and cytotoxicity of ZnO quantum dots.

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    Moussa, Hatem; Merlin, Christophe; Dezanet, Clément; Balan, Lavinia; Medjahdi, Ghouti; Ben-Attia, Mossadok; Schneider, Raphaël

    2016-03-05

    3-Aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) was used as ligand to prepare ZnO@APTMS, Cu(2+)-doped ZnO (ZnO:Cu@APTMS) and ZnO quantum dots (QDs) with chemisorbed Cu(2+) ions at their surface (ZnO@APTMS/Cu). The dots have a diameter of ca. 5 nm and their crystalline and phase purities and composition were established by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopies and by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effect of Cu(2+) location on the ability of the QDs to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) under light irradiation was investigated. Results obtained demonstrate that all dots are able to produce ROS (OH, O2(-), H2O2 and (1)O2) and that ZnO@APTMS/Cu QDs generate more OH and O2(-) radicals and H2O2 than ZnO@APTMS and ZnO:Cu@APTMS QDs probably via mechanisms associating photo-induced charge carriers and Fenton reactions. In cytotoxicity experiments conducted in the dark or under light exposure, ZnO@APTMS/Cu QDs appeared slightly more deleterious to Escherichia coli cells than the two other QDs, therefore pointing out the importance of the presence of Cu(2+) ions at the periphery of the nanocrystals. On the other hand, with the lack of photo-induced toxicity, it can be inferred that ROS production cannot explain the cytotoxicity associated to the QDs. Our study demonstrates that both the production of ROS from ZnO QDs and their toxicity may be enhanced by chemisorbed Cu(2+) ions, which could be useful for medical or photocatalytic applications.

  16. Antiproliferative effects of ZnO, ZnO-MTCP, and ZnO-CuMTCP nanoparticles with safe intensity UV and X-ray irradiation

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    Sadjadpour, Susan; Safarian, Shahrokh; Zargar, Seyed Jalal; Sheibani, Nader

    2016-01-01

    In photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer both the light and the photosensitizing agent are normally harmless, but in combination they could result in selective tumor killing. Zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized and coated with the amino acid cysteine to provide an adequate arm for conjugation with porphyrin photosensitizers (meso-tetra (4-carboxyphenyl) porphyrin [MTCP] and CuMTCP). Porphyrin-conjugated nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, FTIR, and UV–vis, and fluorescence spectrophotometry. The 3-[4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay was used to measure cell viability in the presence or absence of porphyrin conjugates following UV and X-ray irradiation. The uptake of the porphyrin-conjugated ZnO nanoparticles by cells was detected using fluorescence microscopy. Our results indicated that the survival of T-47D cells was significantly compromised in the presence of ZnO-MTCP-conjugated nanostructures with UV light exposure. Exhibition of cytotoxic activity of ZnO-MTCP for human prostate cancer (Du145) cells occurred at a higher concentration, indicating the more resistant nature of these tumor cells. ZnO-CuMTCP showed milder cytotoxic effects in human breast cancer (T-47D) and no cytotoxic effects in Du145 with UV light exposure, consistent with its lower cytotoxic potency as well as cellular uptake. Surprisingly, none of the ZnO-porphyrin conjugates exhibited cytotoxic effects with X-ray irradiation, whereas ZnO alone exerted cytotoxicity. Thus, ZnO and ZnO-porphyrin nanoparticles with UV or X-ray irradiation may provide a suitable treatment option for various cancers. PMID:25581219

  17. The impact of oxygen incorporation during intrinsic ZnO sputtering on the performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin film solar cells

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    Lee, Kkotnim; Ok, Eun-A; Park, Jong-Keuk; Kim, Won Mok; Baik, Young-Joon; Jeong, Jeung-hyun; Kim, Donghwan

    2014-08-25

    We investigated the impact of incorporating 2% oxygen during intrinsic ZnO sputtering on the efficiency of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} solar cells. The added oxygen not only reduced the optical absorption loss of the Al-doped ZnO overlaying layer but also improved the electronic properties of the underlying CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} by increasing carrier density, lowering defect level, and increasing diffusion length, eventually enhancing J{sub SC}, V{sub OC}, and fill factor. It was found that the Na doping concentration was significantly increased around the CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} junction due to the plasma-activated oxygen. The improved electronic properties are better explained by the increased Na concentration than simply the oxygen-related defect passivation.

  18. Synthesis of wurtzite-zincblende Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals: insight into the structural selection of quaternary and ternary compounds influenced by binary nuclei

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    Li, Yingwei; Han, Qifeng; Kim, Tae Whan; Shi, Wangzhou

    2014-03-01

    Nearly monodispersed wurtzite-dominant Cu2ZnSnS4 and zincblende-dominant Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by mixing metal salts with heated thiourea or selenourea in oleylamine. A perspective of the structural relationship between quaternary and ternary semiconductors was investigated through the application of different anion sources to prepare Cu2SnS3 and Cu2SnSe3 nanocrystals. Investigations on copper-based binary compounds found that CuSe (or CuS) and Cu2Se (or Cu1.96S, Cu9S5) nuclei were primarily responsible for the formation of zincblende or wurtzite structures, respectively. Further management over these binary intermediates corresponded to slight structural transformations of the quaternary nanocrystals which could be observed not only in XRD patterns, but from optical and electrical properties as well. According to these results, Cu2ZnGeS4 nanocrystals with wurtzite-dominant structures were first reported using SC(NH2)2, which also verified that the binary semiconductors are the determinative factors.Nearly monodispersed wurtzite-dominant Cu2ZnSnS4 and zincblende-dominant Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by mixing metal salts with heated thiourea or selenourea in oleylamine. A perspective of the structural relationship between quaternary and ternary semiconductors was investigated through the application of different anion sources to prepare Cu2SnS3 and Cu2SnSe3 nanocrystals. Investigations on copper-based binary compounds found that CuSe (or CuS) and Cu2Se (or Cu1.96S, Cu9S5) nuclei were primarily responsible for the formation of zincblende or wurtzite structures, respectively. Further management over these binary intermediates corresponded to slight structural transformations of the quaternary nanocrystals which could be observed not only in XRD patterns, but from optical and electrical properties as well. According to these results, Cu2ZnGeS4 nanocrystals with wurtzite-dominant structures were first reported

  19. CO sub 2 induced inhibition of the localized corrosion of aluminum, Al-0. 5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu in dilute HF solution

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    Scully, J.R. . Dept. of Materials Science); Peebles, D.E. )

    1991-01-01

    This study presents work on corrosion of aluminum, Al-.5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu. Electrochemical tests were performed in dilute HF solutions both with and without CO{sub 2} sparging. It is suggested that CO{sub 2} or its reaction products interact with the passive film so that exposure of Cu in the oxide-solution interface is minimized. CO{sub 2} is investigated as a corrosion inhibitor. 4 refs. (JDL)

  20. Responses of antioxidant defenses to Cu and Zn stress in two aquatic fungi.

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    Azevedo, Maria-Manuel; Carvalho, Agostinho; Pascoal, Cláudia; Rodrigues, Fernando; Cássio, Fernanda

    2007-05-15

    Aquatic hyphomycetes are fungi that play a key role in plant litter decomposition in streams. Even though these fungi occur in metal-polluted streams, the mechanisms underlying their tolerance to metals are poorly documented. We addressed the effects of Zn and Cu in Varicosporium elodeae and Heliscus submersus by examining metal adsorption to cell walls, plasma membrane integrity and production of reactive oxygen species at metal concentrations inhibiting biomass production in 50% or 80%. The activity of the enzymes catalase, superoxide dismutase and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase was measured to elucidate their role in coping with oxidative stress induced by metals at short- (14 h) and long- (8 days) term exposure. Results show that V. elodeae was more susceptible to the toxic effects induced by Cu and Zn than H. submersus, as indicated by more extensive inhibition of biomass production. Both metals, particularly Cu, induced oxidative stress in the two fungal species, as shown by the noticeable recovery of biomass production in the presence of an antioxidant agent. In both fungi, Cu induced a more severe disruption of plasma membrane integrity than Zn. Our studies on antioxidant defenses showed that catalase had a greater role alleviating stress induced by Zn and Cu than superoxide dismutase. Chronic metal stress also stimulated the production of NADPH, via the pentose phosphate pathway by increasing the activity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Our results suggest that the tolerance of aquatic hyphomycetes to Cu and Zn is associated with the ability of these fungi to initiate an efficient antioxidant defense system.

  1. Microstructural Evolution of the 55 Wt Pct Al-Zn Coating During Press Hardening

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    Lee, Chang Wook; De Cooman, Bruno Charles

    2014-09-01

    Press hardening is increasingly being used to produce ultra-high strength steel parts for passenger cars. Al-Si, Zn, and Zn-alloy coatings have been used to provide corrosion protection to press hardening steel grades. The use of coatings has drawbacks such as coating delamination or liquid metal-induced embrittlement. In the present work, the microstructural evolution of Al-Zn coating during press hardening was studied. The 55 wt pct Al-Zn coating can in principle provide both Al barrier protection and Zn cathodic protection to press hardened steel. During the heat treatment associated with the press hardening, the 55 wt pct Al-Zn alloy coating is converted to an intermetallic surface layer of Fe2Al5 and a FeAl intermetallic diffusion layer. The Zn is separated from both intermetallic compounds and accumulates at grain boundaries and at the surface. This Zn separation process is beneficial in terms of providing cathodic protection to Al-Zn coated press hardening steel.

  2. Degradation and rejuvenation studies of AC electroluminescent ZnS:Cu,Cl phosphors

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    Stanley, Jacob; Jiang, Yu; Bridges, Frank; Carter, Sue A.; Ruhlen, Laurel

    2010-02-01

    We report detailed degradation and rejuvenation studies of AC electroluminescence (EL) of the phosphor ZnS:Cu,Cl, aiming to better understand the physical mechanisms that control EL emission. We find that the AC EL emission spectra vary considerably with the AC driving frequency but all spectra can be fit to a sum of four Gaussians. During degradation, although there is a large overall decrease in amplitude, the shape of the emission spectra measured at a given AC frequency does not change. Annealing the samples after they are significantly degraded can rejuvenate the phosphors with a maximum rejuvenation occurring (for fixed annealing times) near 180 °C. Further, these test cells can be degraded and rejuvenated multiple times. However studies at slightly higher annealing temperatures (240 °C) show significant thermal degradation and, perhaps more importantly, a change in the spectral shape; this likely indicates that two distinct mechanisms are then operative. In extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments we find that the CuS nanoprecipitates in the ZnS host (~75% of the Cu is in the CuS precipitates) do not change significantly after the 240 °C anneal; these experiments also provide a more detailed comparison of the local structure about Cu in pure CuS, and in ZnS:Cu,Cl. In addition, the EXAFS experiments also place an upper limit on the fraction of possible interstitial Cu sites, proposed as a blue emission center, at less than 10%. The combined experiments place strong constraints on the mechanisms for degradation and rejuvenation and suggest that EL degradation is most likely caused by either Cu or Cl diffusion under high E-fields, while thermal diffusion at slightly elevated temperatures without E-fields present, re-randomizes the (isolated) dopant distributions. Higher T anneals appear to damage the sharp tips on the precipitates.

  3. CeCu sub 4 A ell and CeCu sub 2 Zn sub 2 A ell : Very heavy fermion systems in high magnetic fields

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    Andraka, B.; Kim, J.S. . Dept. of Physics); Stewart, G.R. . Dept. of Physics Augsburg Univ. ); Fisk, Z. )

    1990-01-01

    CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} and CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} are heavy fermion systems with extremely enhanced C/T (specific heat divided by temperature) values of 2.3 and 1.8 J/K{sup 2} respectively as T {yields} 0 K. The field dependence of the low temperature specific heat is also extreme; 11 T reduces C of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} by more than a factor of five, 12.5 T suppresses C of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell} about seven times. Magnetic field caused changes of the specific heat of CeCu{sub 4}A{ell} are consistent with a single ion Kondo model. Magnetic correlations are at least partially responsible for the enhanced low temperature specific heat of CeCu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}A{ell}.

  4. Corrosion and runoff rates of Cu and three Cu-alloys in marine environments with increasing chloride deposition rate.

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    Odnevall Wallinder, Inger; Zhang, Xian; Goidanich, Sara; Le Bozec, Nathalie; Herting, Gunilla; Leygraf, Christofer

    2014-02-15

    Bare copper sheet and three commercial Cu-based alloys, Cu15Zn, Cu4Sn and Cu5Al5Zn, have been exposed to four test sites in Brest, France, with strongly varying chloride deposition rates. The corrosion rates of all four materials decrease continuously with distance from the coast, i.e. with decreasing chloride load, and in the following order: Cu4Sn>Cu sheet>Cu15Zn>Cu5Al5Zn. The patina on all materials was composed of two main layers, Cu2O as the inner layer and Cu2(OH)3Cl as the outer layer, and with a discontinuous presence of CuCl in between. Additional minor patina constituents are SnO2 (Cu4Sn), Zn5(OH)6(CO3)2 (Cu15Zn and Cu5Al5Zn) and Zn6Al2(OH)16CO3·4H2O/Zn2Al(OH)6Cl·2H2O/Zn5Cl2(OH)8·H2O and Al2O3 (Cu5Al5Zn). The observed Zn- and Zn/Al-containing corrosion products might be important factors for the lower sensitivity of Cu15Zn and Cu5Al5Zn against chloride-induced atmospheric corrosion compared with Cu sheet and Cu4Sn. Decreasing corrosion rates with exposure time were observed for all materials and chloride loads and attributed to an improved adherence with time of the outer patina to the underlying inner oxide. Flaking of the outer patina layer was mainly observed on Cu4Sn and Cu sheet and associated with the gradual transformation of CuCl to Cu2(OH)3Cl of larger volume. After three years only Cu5Al5Zn remains lustrous because of a patina compared with the other materials that appeared brownish-reddish. Significantly lower release rates of metals compared with corresponding corrosion rates were observed for all materials. Very similar release rates of copper from all four materials were observed during the fifth year of marine exposure due to an outer surface patina that with time revealed similar constituents and solubility properties.

  5. Investigation of polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells based on ZnSe and ZnO buffer layers. Final report, February 16, 1992--November 15, 1995

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    Olsen, L C

    1996-06-01

    The major objective of this program was to determine the potential of ZnSe and ZnO buffer layers in solar cells based on CuInSe{sub 2} and related alloys. Experimental studies were carried out with CIS and CIGSS substrates. ZnSe films were deposited by a CVD process which involved the reaction of a zinc adduct and H{sub 2}Se. Al/ZnSe/CIS test cells were used for process development. Test cell performance aided in determining the optimum thickness for ZnSe buffer layers to be in the range of 150 {angstrom} to 200 {angstrom} for Siemens CIS material, and between 80 {angstrom} and 120 {angstrom} for the graded absorber material. If the buffer layers exceeded these values significantly, the short-circuit current would be reduced to zero. The best efficiency achieved for a ZnSe/CIS cell was an active area value of 9.2%. In general, deposition of a conductive ZnO film on top of a ZnSe/CIS structure resulted in either shunted or inflected I-V characteristics. Two approaches were investigated for depositing ZnO buffer layers, namely, chemical bath deposition and CVD. CVD ZnO buffer layers are grown by reacting a zinc adduct with tetrahydrofuran. Best results were obtained for ZnO buffer layers grown with a substrate temperature ca. 225--250 C. These studies concentrated on Siemens graded absorber material (CIGSS). ZnO/CIS solar cells have been fabricated by first depositing a ZnO buffer layer, followed by deposition of a low resistivity ZnO top contact layer and an Al/Ag collector grid. Several cells were fabricated with an area of 0.44 cm{sup 2} that have total area efficiencies greater than 11%. To date, the best performing ZnO/CIS cell had a total area efficiency of 11.3%. In general, the authors find that ZnO buffer layers should have a resistivity > 1,000 ohm-cm and have a thickness from 200 {angstrom} to 600 {angstrom}. CIS cells studies with ZnO buffer layers grown by CBD also show promise. Finally, simulation studies were carried out using the 1-D code, PC-1D.

  6. Kinetics of the Oxidation of Reduced Cu,Zn-Superoxide Dismutase by Peroxymonocarbonate

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    Ranguelova, Kalina; Ganini, Douglas; Bonini, Marcelo G.; London, Robert E.; Mason, Ronald P.

    2012-01-01

    Kinetic evidence is reported for the role of the peroxymonocarbonate, HOOCO2−, as an oxidant for reduced Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase-Cu(I) (SOD1) during the peroxidase activity of the enzyme. The formation of this reactive oxygen species results from the equilibrium between hydrogen peroxide and bicarbonate. Recently, peroxymonocarbonate has been proposed to be a key substrate for reduced SOD1 and has been shown to oxidize SOD1-Cu(I) to SOD1-Cu(II) much faster than H2O2. We have reinvestigated the kinetics of the reaction between SOD1-Cu(I) and HOOCO2− by using conventional stopped-flow spectrophotometry and obtained a second-order rate constant of k = 1600 ± 100 M−1s−1 for SOD1-Cu(I) oxidation by HOOCO2−. Our results demonstrate that peroxymonocarbonate oxidizes SOD1-Cu(I) to SOD1-Cu(II) and is in turn reduced to the carbonate anion radical. It is proposed that the dissociation of His61 from the active site Cu(I) in SOD-Cu(I) contributes to this chemistry by facilitating the binding of larger anions, such as peroxymonocarbonate. PMID:22569304

  7. ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu system with enhanced photocatalytic activity by photo-Fenton-like synergistic reaction

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    Song, Jimei; Wang, Hong; Hu, Gang; Zhao, Shaojuan; Hu, Haiqin; Jin, Baokang

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► A novel coupled system of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu exhibited much higher catalytic activity than pure ZnWO{sub 4} with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} under UV-light irradiation. ► The enhanced catalytic activity of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu system was due to the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and Fenton-like process. ► The possible mechanism of the synergistic effect was proposed. -- Abstract: A novel coupled system of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu, combining two different advanced oxidation processes of photocatalysis and Fenton-like for the degradation of organic dyes, was successfully synthesized. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The nanosized ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu samples exhibited much higher catalytic activity than pure ZnWO{sub 4}. In the presence of the ZC-0.2, the MB solution was completely degraded (the degradation ratio reached 97.79%); while for the ZC-0, the degradation ratio was only 72.29%. The effects of the amount of Cu on the photocatalytic performance of ZnWO{sub 4}–Cu were investigated in detail. The result showed that the synergistic effect between Cu and ZnWO{sub 4} played a key role. The possible mechanism of the synergistic system was proposed.

  8. Electrochemical synthesis of p-Cu2O/n-ZnO nanorods hetero-junction for photovoltaic application

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    Rokade, A. V.; Rondiya, S. R.; Jadhavar, A. A.; Pandharkar, S. M.; Karpe, S. D.; Diwate, K. D.; Jadkar, S. R.

    2016-04-01

    Development of high performance visible light responsive solar cell materials has attracted wide interest due to their potential applications in the energy industries. In this work, ZnO nanorods films were successfully prepared on the ITO coated glass substrates via simple three electrode electrochemical deposition route. The Cu2O nanoparticles were then electrodeposited on the surface of ZnO nanorods to form p-Cu2O/n-ZnO core-shell hetero-structure. The synthesized ZnO, Cu2O films and p-Cu2O/n-ZnO hetero-structure were characterized by low angle x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. Due to the hierarchical morphologies and core-shell structure, p-Cu2O/n-ZnO hetero-structure shows a prominent visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance under the low intensity light irradiation. The obtained results suggest that it is possible to synthesize ZnO nanorods, Cu2O films and p-Cu2O/n-ZnO core-shell hetero-structure by a simple, cost effective and environment friendly electrodeposition process which can be useful for water splitting and solar cell device fabrication.

  9. Toxicity Evaluation of a New Zn-Doped CuO Nanocomposite With Highly Effective Antibacterial Properties.

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    Mantecca, Paride; Moschini, Elisa; Bonfanti, Patrizia; Fascio, Umberto; Perelshtein, Ilana; Lipovsky, Anat; Chirico, Giuseppe; Bacchetta, Renato; Del Giacco, Luca; Colombo, Anita; Gedanken, Aharon

    2015-07-01

    The increased resistances to conventional antibiotics determine a strong need for new antibacterials, and specific syntheses at the nanoscale promise to be helpful in this field. A novel Zinc-doped Copper oxide nanocomposite (nZn-CuO) has been recently sonochemically synthesized and successfully tested also against multi-drug resistant bacteria. After synthesis and characterization of the physicochemical properties, the new nZn-CuO is here evaluated by the Frog Embyo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus test for its toxicological potential and this compared with that of nCuO and nZnO synthesized under the same conditions. No lethal effects are observed, while malformations and growth retardation slightly increase after nZn-CuO exposure. Nevertheless, these effects are smaller than those of nZnO. NP uptake by embryo tissues increase significantly with increasing NP concentrations, while no significant accumulation and adverse effects are seen after exposure to soluble Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) at the concentrations dissolved from the NPs. Key oxidative response genes are upregulated by nZn-CuO, as well as by nCuO and nZnO, suggesting the common mechanism of action. Considering the enhanced biocidal activity shown by the nanocomposite, together with the results presented in this study, we can affirm that the doping of the metal oxide nanoparticles should be considered a useful tool to engineer a safer nano-antibacterial.

  10. ZnO:Al Doping Level and Hydrogen Growth Ambient Effects on CIGS Solar Cell Performance: Preprint

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    Duenow, J. N.; Gessert, T. A.; Wood, D. M.; Egaas, B.; Noufi, R.; Coutts,T. J.

    2008-05-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) cells require a highly conducting and transparent electrode for optimum device performance. ZnO:Al films grown from targets containing 2.0 wt.% Al2O3 are commonly used for this purpose. Maximum carrier mobilities of these films grown at room temperature are ~20-25 cm2V-1s-1. Therefore, relatively high carrier concentrations are required to achieve the desired conductivity, which leads to free carrier absorption in the near infrared (IR). Lightly doped films (0.05 - 0.2 wt.% Al2O3), which show less IR absorption, reach mobility values greater than 50 cm2V-1s-1 when deposited in H2 partial pressure. We incorporate these lightly doped ZnO:Al layers into CIGS PV cells produced at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Preliminary results show quantum efficiency values of these cells rival those of a past world-record cell produced at NREL that used 2.0 wt.% Al-doped ZnO films. The highest cell efficiency obtained in this trial was 18.1%.

  11. Mono-disperse spherical Cu-Zn powder fabricated via the low wettability of liquid/solid interface

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    Lei, Chenglong; Huang, Haifu; Cheng, Zhenzhi; Tang, Shaolong; Du, Youwei

    2015-12-01

    Spherical Cu-Zn alloy powders were fabricated by combining the surface tension of a molten metal with the de-wetting of a metal droplet on a graphite surface. The effect that the gas pressure had on the surface morphology and composition was studied. The Zn concentration can be maintained at 20.18 wt.%, 15.5 wt.% and 12.08 wt.% using 0.22 MPa, 0.10 MPa, and 0.04 MPa, respectively, from a commercially available Cu-38 wt.%Zn raw material. The gas pressure was adjusted to control the surface volatility of Zn without affecting the spherical morphology, and higher gas pressure yielded less volatile Zn. The Cu-Zn alloy powders were perfectly spherical, even at a negative pressure of 0.04 MPa. The spherical Cu-Zn alloy particles hardly changed and were fully dense up to Cu-50 wt.%Zn, which allowed high-quality spherical Cu-Zn alloy powders to potentially serve a large composition range.

  12. First-principles study of defect formation in the photovoltaic semiconductor Cu2SnS3 for comparison with Cu2ZnSnS4 and CuInSe2

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    Nishihara, Hironori; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Shigemi, Akio; Wada, Takahiro

    2016-04-01

    The formation energies of neutral Cu, Sn, and S vacancies in monoclinic Cu2SnS3 were calculated by first-principles pseudopotential calculations using plane-wave basis functions in typical points in a schematic ternary phase diagram of a Cu-Sn-S system. The formation energy of a Cu atom vacancy in Cu2SnS3 under the Cu-poor condition has been calculated to be 0.23 eV, which is considerably smaller than those of Sn and S vacancies in Cu2SnS3. The results have been compared with those in Cu2SnZnS4 and CuInSe2 calculated with the same version of program code. The formation energy of a Cu atom vacancy in Cu2SnS3 under the Cu-poor condition is smaller than those for Cu2SnZnS4 (0.40 eV) and CuInSe2 (0.50 eV). The results indicate that Cu vacancies are easily formed in Cu2SnS3 under the Cu-poor condition as is the case with Cu2ZnSnS4 and CuInSe2. In this respect, Cu2SnS3 has the appropriate character of a light-absorbing material for thin-film solar cells, as is the case with Cu2ZnSnS4 and CuInSe2.

  13. Growth of Cu2ZnSnSe4 Film under Controllable Se Vapor Composition and Impact of Low Cu Content on Solar Cell Efficiency.

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    Li, Jianjun; Wang, Hongxia; Wu, Li; Chen, Cheng; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Liu, Fangfang; Sun, Yun; Han, Junbo; Zhang, Yi

    2016-04-27

    It is a challenge to fabricate high quality Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) film with low Cu content (Cu/(Zn + Sn) < 0.8). In this work, the growth mechanisms of CZTSe films under different Se vapor composition are investigated by DC-sputtering and a postselenization approach. The composition of Se vapor has important influence on the compactability of the films and the diffusion of elements in the CZTSe films. By adjusting the composition of Se vapor during the selenization process, an optimized two step selenization process is proposed and highly crystallized CZTSe film with low Cu content (Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75) is obtained. Further study of the effect of Cu content on the morphology and photovoltaic performance of the corresponding CZTSe solar cells has shown that the roughness of the CZTSe absorber film increases when Cu content decreases. As a consequence, the reflection loss of CZTSe solar cells reduces dramatically and the short circuit current density of the cells improve from 34.7 mA/cm(2) for Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.88 to 38.5 mA/cm(2) for Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75. In addition, the CZTSe solar cells with low Cu content show longer minority carrier lifetime and higher open circuit voltage than the high Cu content devices. A champion performance CZTSe solar cell with 10.4% efficiency is fabricated with Cu/(Zn + Sn) = 0.75 in the CZTSe film without antireflection coating.

  14. Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of the Si/ZnO/ZnO:Al Structure Deposited by RF-Magnetron Sputtering

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    Alaya, A.; Djessas, K.; El Mir, L.; Khirouni, K.

    2016-10-01

    The electrical transport properties of the structures of Si(p)/ZnO(i)/ZnO: Al(3%) and Si(p)/PS/ZnO(i)/ZnO: Al(3%) deposited by radio-frequency-magnetron sputtering were investigated and compared by using current-voltage and impedance spectroscopy measurements in a wide temperature range of 80-300 K. Aluminum-doped ZnO is considered to be one of the most important transparent conducting oxide materials due to its high conductivity, good transparency and low cost. From the current-voltage-temperature ( I- V- T) characteristics, it was found that both structures had a good rectifying behavior. This behavior decreases according to the porous silicon layer. The variation of the conductance with frequency indicates the semiconducting behavior and superposition of different conduction mechanisms. The insertion of the porous silicon layer results in a decrease of conductivity, which is attributed to reduced conductivity of defect-rich porous silicon.

  15. Enhanced photocatalytic performances of hierarchical ZnO/ZnAl2O4 microsphere derived from layered double hydroxide precursor spray-dried microsphere.

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    Huo, Ruijie; Kuang, Ye; Zhao, Zhiping; Zhang, Fazhi; Xu, Sailong

    2013-10-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs), also called hydrotalcites, have been widely investigated for degradation of dye molecules, in the forms of direct photocatalysts, supports or precursors to ZnO-containing photocatalysts. LDH precursor-derived ZnO/ZnAl2O4 photocatalytic nanostructures have hitherto been created, involving ZnO/ZnAl2O4 powder and templated hierarchical frameworks with laboratory-scale preparations. We herein report a scalable preparation of ZnO/ZnAl2O4 microsphere derived from ZnAl-LDH precursor spray-dried microsphere. Survey of textural properties shows that ZnO/ZnAl2O4 microspheres maintain the hierarchically spherical feature and the relatively large surface area. Photocatalytic evaluation under UV irradiation shows that the ZnO/ZnAl2O4 microspheres exhibit highly enhanced photodegradation performance to methylene blue (MB) in comparison with the commercial ZnO powder. A preferential photodegradation to methyl orange (MO) of the MO/MB mixture was also observed, which was illustrated experimentally in terms of the favorable interaction and distribution between basic MO molecules and the acidic-site ZnO/ZnAl2O4 photocatalyst. Our results may initiate large-scale production of microspheres with promising photocatalytic performances.

  16. Copper doping of ZnO crystals by transmutation of {sup 64}Zn to {sup 65}Cu: An electron paramagnetic resonance and gamma spectroscopy study

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    Recker, M. C.; McClory, J. W. Holston, M. S.; Golden, E. M.; Giles, N. C.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2014-06-28

    Transmutation of {sup 64}Zn to {sup 65}Cu has been observed in a ZnO crystal irradiated with neutrons. The crystal was characterized with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) before and after the irradiation and with gamma spectroscopy after the irradiation. Major features in the gamma spectrum of the neutron-irradiated crystal included the primary 1115.5 keV gamma ray from the {sup 65}Zn decay and the positron annihilation peak at 511 keV. Their presence confirmed the successful transmutation of {sup 64}Zn nuclei to {sup 65}Cu. Additional direct evidence for transmutation was obtained from the EPR of Cu{sup 2+} ions (where {sup 63}Cu and {sup 65}Cu hyperfine lines are easily resolved). A spectrum from isolated Cu{sup 2+} (3d{sup 9}) ions acquired after the neutron irradiation showed only hyperfine lines from {sup 65}Cu nuclei. The absence of {sup 63}Cu lines in this Cu{sup 2+} spectrum left no doubt that the observed {sup 65}Cu signals were due to transmuted {sup 65}Cu nuclei created as a result of the neutron irradiation. Small concentrations of copper, in the form of Cu{sup +}-H complexes, were inadvertently present in our as-grown ZnO crystal. These Cu{sup +}-H complexes are not affected by the neutron irradiation, but they dissociate when a crystal is heated to 900 °C. This behavior allowed EPR to distinguish between the copper initially in the crystal and the copper subsequently produced by the neutron irradiation. In addition to transmutation, a second major effect of the neutron irradiation was the formation of zinc and oxygen vacancies by displacement. These vacancies were observed with EPR.

  17. Wetting and Interfacial Chemistry of Sn-Zn-Ga Alloys with Cu Substrate

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Fima, Przemyslaw

    2016-08-01

    Wetting of Cu pads by Sn-Zn eutectic-based alloys with 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 wt.% of Ga was studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of ALU33® flux. Wetting tests were performed at 250 °C after 60, 180, 480, 900, 1800, and 3600 s of contact, and at 230, 280, 320 °C for a contact time of 480 s. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreadability of Sn-Zn-Ga on Cu was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected, solidified solder-pad couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction study of the interfacial microstructure. Growth of the intermetallic Cu5Zn8 and CuZn4 phase layers was studied at the solder-pad interface. Samples after spreading test at 250 °C for 60 s were subjected to aging for 1, 10, and 30 days at 170 °C.

  18. Spatial variability of soil available Zn and Cu in paddy rice fields of China

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    Liu, Xingmei; Xu, Jianming; Zhang, Minghua; Si, Bingcheng; Zhao, Keli

    2008-10-01

    As a source of nutrient supplements, the deficiency or excess of micronutrients in soil is directly connected to the plant uptake and, thereby, status of micronutrients in the human population. Proper management of micronutrients requires an understanding of the variations of soil micronutrients across the fields. This study is to investigate the spatial patterns of soil available Zn and Cu in paddy rice fields. Four hundred and sixty three soil samples were taken in Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou (HJH) watershed in Zhejiang Province, China, and available Zn and Cu were analyzed using an atomic adsorption spectrometer. Geostatistical semivariograms analysis indicated that the available Zn and Cu were best fitted to a spherical model with a range of 40.5 and 210.4 km, respectively. There were moderate spatial dependences for Zn and Cu over a long distance and the dependence were attributed to soil types and anthropogenic activities. The overlay analysis of spatial patterns and soil types gave us greater understanding about how intrinsic factors affect the spatial variation of available micronutrients. Based on the above, macroscopically regionalized management of soil available micronutrients and the implications to potential risk were discussed.

  19. Magnetic properties of the Ni-Cu-Zn system doped with magnesium oxide

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    Hemeda, O. M.; Tawfik, A.; Hemeda, D. M.; Elsheekh, A. M.

    2015-09-01

    A series of ferrite samples, Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-x Fe2O4, (x=0.00, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, 0.55 and 0.70) has been prepared by the standard ceramic technique, sintered at 1200 °C for 2 h, and their crystalline structures were investigated by using X-ray diffraction. The IR spectra and the ESR spectra analysis have been studied. DC electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, charge carriers concentration and charge carrier mobility have been calculated at different temperatures. The value of dc electrical resistivity reach minimum at x=0.35 and above this value the electrical resistivity start to increase. It is noticed that thermoelectric power α for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system exhibits a positive sign indicating the majority carriers are holes without excluding the presence of electrons. Saturation magnetization Ms for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system was calculated from M-H loop. It is noted that Ms decreases with Mg content up to x=0.55 and rapidly decrease above x>0.55 for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system.

  20. ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure network over flexible platform for enhanced cold cathode application

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    Pal, Shreyasi; Maiti, Soumen; Narayan Maiti, Uday; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar

    2016-07-01

    Multistage field emitters consisting of organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures with branched geometry are designed via a two-step protocol: a simple wet chemical method followed by a vapor-solid-phase technique. (Cu/Ag)TCNQ (copper/silver-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) nanowires (NWs) were grown hierarchically on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) to form ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ heterostructure assemblies. By monitoring the metallic Cu and Ag coating thickness on ZnO NRs, precise control over the morphology and orientations of the secondary organic NWs is achieved. In-depth analysis of electron field emission (FE) behavior of the ZnO-(Cu/Ag)TCNQ-based hierarchy suggests highest emission performance with low turn-on as well as threshold fields of 1.15 and 3.75 V μm-1 respectively from the morphology-optimized hierarchy. Beneficial orientation of the branched organic NWs ensures sequential electric field enhancement in the consecutive stem and branches whereas its low work function eases electron emission; these aspects combined together render an overall enhancement in the emission behavior of the hybrid system. As compared to individual building units, the heterostructures show improved field electron emission. Additionally, successful construction of this novel hybrid over a fabric platform displays great potential in opening up new pathways in the highly-anticipated field of flexible electronics.

  1. Wurtzite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystals: a novel quaternary semiconductor.

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    Lu, Xiaotang; Zhuang, Zhongbin; Peng, Qing; Li, Yadong

    2011-03-21

    A new wurtzite phase Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) was discovered and the corresponding nanocrystals have been successfully synthesized. They have been characterized in detail and showed the photoelectric response, which demonstrated their potential in the application of photovoltaic devices.

  2. Size control and quantum confinement in Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystals.

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    Khare, Ankur; Wills, Andrew W; Ammerman, Lauren M; Norris, David J; Aydil, Eray S

    2011-11-14

    Starting with metal dithiocarbamate complexes, we synthesize colloidal Cu(2)ZnSnS(4) (CZTS) nanocrystals with diameters ranging from 2 to 7 nm. Structural and Raman scattering data confirm that CZTS is obtained rather than other possible material phases. The optical absorption spectra of nanocrystals with diameters less than 3 nm show a shift to higher energy due to quantum confinement.

  3. Detection of esophageal cancer cell by photoelectrochemical Cu2O/ZnO biosensor (Conference Presentation)

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    Hsu, Chao-Hsin; Chu, Cheng-Hsun; Chen, Weichung; Wu, I.-Chen; Wu, Ming Tsang; Kuo, Chie-Tong; Tsiang, Raymond Chien-Chao; Wang, Hsiang-Chen

    2016-03-01

    We have demonstrated a Cu2O/ZnO nanorods (NRs) array p-n heterostructures photoelectrochemical biosensor. The electrodeposition of Cu2O at pH 12 acquired the preferably (111) lattice planes, resulting in the largest interfacial electric field between Cu2O and ZnO, which finally led to the highest separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. High verticality ZnO nanorods by seed layer and thermal annealing assist the hydrothermal growth. The optimized Cu2O/ZnO NRs array p-n heterostructures exhibited enhanced PEC performance, such as elevated photocurrent and photoconversion efficiency, as well as excellent sensing performance for the sensitive detection of four strains of different races and different degree of cancer cell which made the device self-powered. We got spectral response characteristics and operating wavelength range of biosensor, and to verify the biological characteristics of cancer cells wafer react with different stages of cancer characterized by a cancer measured reaction experiment.

  4. Heavy metal (Zn and Cu) complexation and molecular size distribution in wastewater treatment plant effluent.

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    Chaminda, G G T; Nakajima, F; Furumai, H

    2008-01-01

    The size distributions of zinc and copper species in the effluent of a wastewater treatment plant were determined by a combination of ultrafiltration and chelating disk