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  1. Microstructure and Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy Analysis of Interface Between Cu Substrate and Al2O3 Film Formed by Aerosol Deposition Method

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    Naoe, Kazuaki; Nishiki, Masashi; Sato, Keishi

    2014-12-01

    Aerosol deposition method is a technique to form dense films by impacting solid particles on a substrate at room temperature. To clarify the bonding mechanism between AD films and substrates, TEM observation and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis of the interface between Al2O3 AD films and Cu substrates were conducted. The Al2O3 film was directly adhered to the Cu substrate without any void or crack. The film was composed of randomly oriented α-Al2O3 crystal grains of about 10-20 nm large. At the Al2O3/Cu interface, the lattice fringes of the film were recognized, and no interfacial layer with nanometer-order thickness could be found. EELS spectra near O- K edge obtained at the interface had the pre-peak feature at around 528 eV. According to previously reported experiments and theoretical calculations, this suggests interactions between Cu and O in Al2O3 at the interface. It is inferred that not only the anchoring effect but also the ionic bonding and covalent bonding that originates from the Cu-O interactions contribute to the bonding between Al2O3 AD films and Cu substrates.

  2. Novel silicon surface passivation by Al2O3/ZnO/Al2O3 films deposited by thermal atomic layer deposition

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    Jeong, Kwang-Seok; Oh, Sung-Kwen; Shin, Hong-Sik; Yun, Ho-Jin; Kim, Seong-Hyeon; Lee, Ho-Ryeong; Han, Kyu-Min; Park, Ho-Yun; Lee, Hi-Deok; Lee, Ga-Won

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a novel Al2O3/ZnO/Al2O3 stack is proposed as the silicon passivation layer for c-Si solar cell application. Recently, the Al2O3 film has been proved to be effective for passivating the p-type c-Si surface by forming the negative fixed oxide charge. It is confirmed by this experiment that the amount of negative fixed oxide charge can be controlled by inserting a ZnO interlayer (IL), which is explained by acceptor-like defect (VZn, Oi, and OZn) formation determined by the room-temperature photoluminescence (RTPL) analysis. The effect of ZnO IL is investigated using Al2O3 bottom layers of various thicknesses by electrical and physical analyses. The effective lifetime measurement shows that the electronic recombination losses at the silicon surface are reduced effectively by optimizing the Al2O3/ZnO/Al2O3 stack.

  3. Mesostructured forms of gamma-Al(2)O(3).

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    Zhang, Zhaorong; Hicks, Randall W; Pauly, Thomas R; Pinnavaia, Thomas J

    2002-02-27

    gamma-Al2O3 is one of the most extensively utilized metal oxides in heterogeneous catalysis. Conventional forms of this oxide typically exhibit a surface area and pore volume less than 250 m2/g and 0.5 cm3/g, respectively. Previous efforts to prepare mesostructured forms of alumina resulted only in structurally unstable derivatives with amorphous framework walls. The present work reports mesostructured aluminas with walls made of gamma-Al2O3, denoted MSU-gamma. These materials are structurally stable and provide surface areas and pore volumes up to 370 m2/g and 1.5 cm3/g, respectively. The key to obtaining these structures is the formation of a mesostructured surfactant/boehmite precursor, denoted MSU-S/B, assembled through the hydrolysis of an aluminum cation, oligomer, or molecule in the presence of a nonionic surfactant. Mesostructured, gamma-aluminas offer the possibility of improving the catalytic efficiency of many heterogeneous catalytic processes, such as petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, and automobile exhaust control. PMID:11853430

  4. Preparation of γ-Al2O3 films by laser chemical vapor deposition

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    Gao, Ming; Ito, Akihiko; Goto, Takashi

    2015-06-01

    γ- and α-Al2O3 films were prepared by chemical vapor deposition using CO2, Nd:YAG, and InGaAs lasers to investigate the effects of varying the laser wavelength and deposition conditions on the phase composition and microstructure. The CO2 laser was found to mostly produce α-Al2O3 films, whereas the Nd:YAG and InGaAs lasers produced γ-Al2O3 films when used at a high total pressure. γ-Al2O3 films had a cauliflower-like structure, while the α-Al2O3 films had a dense and columnar structure. Of the three lasers, it was the Nd:YAG laser that interacted most with intermediate gas species. This promoted γ-Al2O3 nucleation in the gas phase at high total pressure, which explains the cauliflower-like structure of nanoparticles observed.

  5. Oxidation precursor dependence of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 films in a-Si:H(i)/Al2O3 surface passivation stacks.

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    Xiang, Yuren; Zhou, Chunlan; Jia, Endong; Wang, Wenjing

    2015-01-01

    In order to obtain a good passivation of a silicon surface, more and more stack passivation schemes have been used in high-efficiency silicon solar cell fabrication. In this work, we prepared a-Si:H(i)/Al2O3 stacks on KOH solution-polished n-type solar grade mono-silicon(100) wafers. For the Al2O3 film deposition, both thermal atomic layer deposition (T-ALD) and plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) were used. Interface trap density spectra were obtained for Si passivation with a-Si films and a-Si:H(i)/Al2O3 stacks by a non-contact corona C-V technique. After the fabrication of a-Si:H(i)/Al2O3 stacks, the minimum interface trap density was reduced from original 3 × 10(12) to 1 × 10(12) cm(-2) eV(-1), the surface total charge density increased by nearly one order of magnitude for PE-ALD samples and about 0.4 × 10(12) cm(-2) for a T-ALD sample, and the carrier lifetimes increased by a factor of three (from about 10 μs to about 30 μs). Combining these results with an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, we discussed the influence of an oxidation precursor for ALD Al2O3 deposition on Al2O3 single layers and a-Si:H(i)/Al2O3 stack surface passivation from field-effect passivation and chemical passivation perspectives. In addition, the influence of the stack fabrication process on the a-Si film structure was also discussed in this study. PMID:25852428

  6. Space-charge-controlled field emission model of current conduction through Al2O3 films

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    Hiraiwa, Atsushi; Matsumura, Daisuke; Kawarada, Hiroshi

    2016-02-01

    This study proposes a model for current conduction in metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) capacitors, assuming the presence of two sheets of charge in the insulator, and derives analytical formulae of field emission (FE) currents under both negative and positive bias. Since it is affected by the space charge in the insulator, this particular FE differs from the conventional FE and is accordingly named the space-charge-controlled (SCC) FE. The gate insulator of this study was a stack of atomic-layer-deposition Al2O3 and underlying chemical SiO2 formed on Si substrates. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics simulated using the SCC-FE formulae quantitatively reproduced the experimental results obtained by measuring Au- and Al-gated Al2O3/SiO2 MIS capacitors under both biases. The two sheets of charge in the Al2O3 films were estimated to be positive and located at a depth of greater than 4 nm from the Al2O3/SiO2 interface and less than 2 nm from the gate. The density of the former is approximately 1 × 1013 cm-2 in units of electronic charge, regardless of the type of capacitor. The latter forms a sheet of dipoles together with image charges in the gate and hence causes potential jumps of 0.4 V and 1.1 V in the Au- and Al-gated capacitors, respectively. Within a margin of error, this sheet of dipoles is ideally located at the gate/Al2O3 interface and effectively reduces the work function of the gate by the magnitude of the potential jumps mentioned above. These facts indicate that the currents in the Al2O3/SiO2 MIS capacitors are enhanced as compared to those in ideal capacitors and that the currents in the Al-gated capacitors under negative bias (electron emission from the gate) are more markedly enhanced than those in the Au-gated capacitors. The larger number of gate-side dipoles in the Al-gated capacitors is possibly caused by the reaction between the Al and Al2O3, and therefore gate materials that do not react with underlying gate insulators should be chosen

  7. Effects of the interfacial layer on electrical characteristics of Al 2O 3/TiO 2/Al 2O 3 thin films for gate dielectrics

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    Kim, Chang Eun; Yun, Ilgu

    2012-01-01

    Effects of thermal annealing on the electrical properties of Al2O3/TiO2/Al2O3 (ATA) dielectric thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition are investigated. The structural properties and chemical states in the interfacial layer are analyzed with varying the annealing temperature. The dielectric constant and leakage current are affected by the formation of Al2O3-TiO2 composite and interfacial layer including SiOx in the interface by the annealing. The transformation of interfacial layer at the interface of the ATA/Si substrate due to the annealing is a critical point to apply ATA thin films as gate dielectric layers.

  8. Atomic layer controlled deposition of Al 2O 3 films using binary reaction sequence chemistry

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    Ott, A. W.; McCarley, K. C.; Klaus, J. W.; Way, J. D.; George, S. M.

    1996-11-01

    Al 2O 3 films with precise thicknesses and high conformality were deposited using sequential surface chemical reactions. To achieve this controlled deposition, a binary reaction for Al 2O 3 chemical vapor deposition (2Al(CH 3) 3 + 3H 2O → Al 2O 3 + 6CH 4) was separated into two half-reactions: (A) AlOH ∗ + Al(CH 3) 3 → AlOAl(CH 3) 2∗ + CH 4, (B) AlCH 3∗ + H 2O → AlOH ∗ + CH 4, where the asterisks designate the surface species. Trimethylaluminum (Al(CH 3) 3) (TMA) and H 2O reactants were employed alternately in an ABAB … binary reaction sequence to deposit Al 2O 3 films on single-crystal Si(100) and porous alumina membranes with pore diameters of ˜ 220 Å. Ellipsometric measurements obtained a growth rate of 1.1 Å/AB cycle on the Si(100) substrate at the optimal reaction conditions. The Al 2O 3 films had an index of refraction of n = 1.65 that is consistent with a film density of ϱ = 3.50 g/cm 3. Atomic force microscope images revealed that the Al 2O 3 films were exceptionally flat with a surface roughness of only ±3 Å ( rms) after the deposition of ˜ 270 Å using 250 AB reaction cycles. Al 2O 3 films were also deposited inside the pores of Anodisc alumina membranes. Gas flux measurements for H 2 and N 2 were consistent with a progressive pore reduction versus number of AB reaction cycles. Porosimetry measurements also showed that the original pore diameter of ˜ 220 Å was reduced to ˜ 130 Å after 120 AB reaction cycles.

  9. The chemisorption of H2O, HCOOH and CH3COOH on thin amorphous films of Al2O3

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    Lewis, B. F.; Weinberg, W. H.; Mosesman, M.

    1974-01-01

    Investigation of the irreversible chemisorption of water, formic acid and acetic acid on a thin amorphous aluminum oxide film, using inelastic tunneling spectroscopy. All of the tunnel junctions employed were Al-Al2O3-Pb junctions with the adsorbate on the Al2O3 surface between the Al2O3 and the Pb electrode. The results obtained include the finding that all Al2O3 surfaces prepared by oxidation of Al have free CH groups present on them.

  10. Thermal stability of atomic layer deposition Al2O3 film on HgCdTe

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    Zhang, P.; Sun, C. H.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, X.; He, K.; Chen, Y. Y.; Ye, Z. H.

    2015-06-01

    Thermal stability of Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 film on HgCdTe was investigated by Al2O3 film post-deposition annealing treatment and Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor device low-temperature baking treatment. The effectiveness of Al2O3 film was evaluated by measuring the minority carrier lifetime and capacitance versus voltage characteristics. After annealing treatment, the minority carrier lifetime of the HgCdTe sample presented a slight decrease. Furthermore, the fixed charge density and the slow charge density decreased significantly in the annealed MIS device. After baking treatment, the fixed charge density and the slow charge density of the unannealed and annealed MIS devices decreased and increased, respectively.

  11. Growth of highly oriented γ- and α-Al2O3 thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Balakrishnan, G.; Babu, R. Venkatesh; Shin, K. S.; Song, J. I.

    2014-03-01

    Highly oriented aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin films were grown on SrTiO3 (100), α-Al2O3 (11¯02), α-Al2O3 (0001) and MgO (100) single crystal substrates at an optimized oxygen partial pressure of 3.5×10-3 mbar and 700 °C by pulsed laser deposition. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The X-ray diffraction studies indicated the highly oriented growth of γ-Al2O3 (400) ǁ SrTiO3 (100), α-Al2O3 (024) ǁ α-Al2O3 (11¯02), α-Al2O3 (006) ǁ α-Al2O3 (0001) and α-Al2O3 (006) ǁ MgO (100). Formation of nanostructures with dense and smooth surface morphology was observed using atomic force microscopy. The root mean square surface roughness of the films were 0.2 nm, 0.5 nm, 0.7 nm and 0.3 nm on SrTiO3 (100), α-Al2O3 (11¯02), α-Al2O3 (0001) and MgO (100) substrates, respectively.

  12. Microwave Band-Pass Filter with Aerosol-Deposited Al2O3-Polytetrafluoroethylene Composite Thick Films.

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    Lee, Ji-Won; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2015-03-01

    Fabrication of microwave band-pass filter with coplanar waveguide with ground structure was realized by employing Al2O3-polytetrafluoroethylene (Al2O3-PTFE) composite thick films for integrated substrates produced by aerosol deposition (AD). In order to predict the performance of the band-pass filter, 3-D electromagnetic simulations were performed by high-frequency structure analysis. The thick Al2O3-PTFE composite films prepared by the AD process had submicron-sized Al2O3 crystallites due to the shock-absorbing effect of PTFE during the film growth. The thick films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The Cu transmission lines with the thickness of 300 nm were deposited by electron-beam evaporation to form the band-pass filter. The fabricated band-pass filter showed similar characteristics to the simulation results. The insertion loss and resonance frequency were 9.5 dB and 2.3 GHz, respectively. PMID:26413656

  13. Enhanced Barrier Performance of Engineered Paper by Atomic Layer Deposited Al2O3 Thin Films.

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    Mirvakili, Mehr Negar; Van Bui, Hao; van Ommen, J Ruud; Hatzikiriakos, Savvas G; Englezos, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Surface modification of cellulosic paper is demonstrated by employing plasma assisted atomic layer deposition. Al2O3 thin films are deposited on paper substrates, prepared with different fiber sizes, to improve their barrier properties. Thus, a hydrophobic paper is created with low gas permeability by combining the control of fiber size (and structure) with atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 films. Papers are prepared using Kraft softwood pulp and thermomechanical pulp. The cellulosic wood fibers are refined to obtain fibers with smaller length and diameter. Films of Al2O3, 10, 25, and 45 nm in thickness, are deposited on the paper surface. The work demonstrates that coating of papers prepared with long fibers efficiently reduces wettability with slight enhancement in gas permeability, whereas on shorter fibers, it results in significantly lower gas permeability. Wettability studies on Al2O3 deposited paper substrates have shown water wicking and absorption over time only in papers prepared with highly refined fibers. It is also shown that there is a certain fiber size at which the gas permeability assumes its minimum value, and further decrease in fiber size will reverse the effect on gas permeability. PMID:27165172

  14. Tribological properties of Ag/Ti films on Al2O3 ceramic substrates

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Pepper, Stephen V.; Honecy, Frank S.

    1991-01-01

    Ag solid lubricant films, with a thin Ti interlayer for enhanced adhesion, were sputter deposited on Al2O3 substrate disks to reduce friction and wear. The dual Ag/Ti films were tested at room temperature in a pin-on-disk tribometer sliding against bare, uncoated Al2O3 pins under a 4.9 N load at a sliding velocity of 1 m/s. The Ag/Ti films reduced the friction coefficient by 50 percent to about 0.41 compared to unlubricated baseline specimens. Pin wear was reduced by a factor of 140 and disk wear was reduced by a factor of 2.5 compared to the baseline. These films retain their good tribological properties including adhesion after heat treatments at 850 C and thus may be able to lubricate over a wide temperature range. This lubrication technique is applicable to space lubrication, advanced heat engines, and advanced transportation systems.

  15. Influence of argon plasma on the deposition of Al2O3 film onto the PET surfaces by atomic layer deposition

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) films with and without plasma pretreatment were modified by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (PA-ALD). It demonstrates that the Al2O3 films are successfully deposited onto the surface of PET films. The cracks formed on the deposited Al2O3 films in the ALD, plasma pretreated ALD, and PA-ALD were attributed to the energetic ion bombardment in plasmas. The surface wettability in terms of water contact angle shows that the deposited Al2O3 layer can enhance the wetting property of modified PET surface. Further characterizations of the Al2O3 films suggest that the elevated density of hydroxyl -OH group improve the initial growth of ALD deposition. Chemical composition of the Al2O3-coated PET film was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which shows that the content of C 1s reduces with the growing of O 1s in the Al2O3-coated PET films, and the introduction of plasma in the ALD process helps the normal growth of Al2O3 on PET in PA-ALD. PMID:23413804

  16. Electrical characteristics of SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated film capacitors

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    Peng, Yong; Yao, Manwen; Chen, Jianwen; Xu, Kaien; Yao, Xi

    2016-07-01

    The electrical characteristics of SrTiO3/Al2O3 (160 nm up/90 nm down) laminated film capacitors using the sol-gel process have been investigated. SrTiO3 is a promising and extensively studied high-K dielectric material, but its leakage current property is poor. SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated films can effectively suppress the demerits of pure SrTiO3 films under low electric field, but the leakage current value reaches to 0.1 A/cm2 at higher electric field (>160 MV/m). In this study, a new approach was applied to reduce the leakage current and improve the dielectric strength of SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated films. Compared to laminated films with Au top electrodes, dielectric strength of laminated films with Al top electrodes improves from 205 MV/m to 322 MV/m, simultaneously the leakage current maintains the same order of magnitude (10-4 A/cm2) until the breakdown occurs. The above electrical characteristics are attributed to the anodic oxidation reaction in origin, which can repair the defects of laminated films at higher electric field. The anodic oxidation reactions have been confirmed by the corresponding XPS measurement and the cross sectional HRTEM analysis. This work provides a new approach to fabricate dielectrics with high dielectric strength and low leakage current.

  17. Influence of Content of Al2O3 on Structure and Properties of Nanocomposite Nb-B-Al-O films.

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    Liu, Na; Dong, Lei; Dong, Lei; Yu, Jiangang; Pan, Yupeng; Wan, Rongxin; Gu, Hanqing; Li, Dejun

    2015-12-01

    Nb-B-Al-O nanocomposite films with different power of Al2O3 were successfully deposited on the Si substrate via multi-target magnetron co-sputtering method. The influences of Al2O3's content on structure and properties of obtained nanocomposite films through controlling Al2O3's power were investigated. Increasing the power of Al2O3 can influence the bombarding energy and cause the momentum transfer of NbB2. This can lead to the decreasing content of Al2O3. Furthermore, the whole films showed monocrystalline NbB2's (100) phase, and Al2O3 shaded from amorphous to weak cubic-crystalline when decreasing content of Al2O3. This structure and content changes were proof by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). When NbB2 grains were far from each other in lower power of Al2O3, the whole films showed a typical nanocomposite microstructure with crystalline NbB2 grains embedded in a matrix of an amorphous Al2O3 phase. Continuing increasing the power of Al2O3, the less content of Al2O3 tended to cause crystalline of cubic-Al2O3 between the close distances of different crystalline NbB2 grains. The appearance of cubic-crystallization Al2O3 can help to raise the nanocomposite films' mechanical properties to some extent. The maximum hardness and elastic modulus were up to 21.60 and 332.78 GPa, which were higher than the NbB2 and amorphous Al2O3 monolithic films. Furthermore, this structure change made the chemistry bond of O atom change from the existence of O-Nb, O-B, and O-Al bonds to single O-Al bond and increased the specific value of Al and O. It also influenced the hardness in higher temperature, which made the hardness variation of different Al2O3 content reduced. These results revealed that it can enhance the films' oxidation resistance properties and keep the mechanical properties at high temperature. The study highlighted the importance of controlling the Al2O3's content to prepare

  18. New half-film method for measuring Al2O3 film MTF of 3rd generation image intensifier

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    Cheng, Yaojin; Shi, Feng; Bai, Xiaofeng; Zhu, Yufeng; Yan, Lei; Liu, Feng; Li, Min

    2012-10-01

    In 3rd generation image intensifier, Al2O3 film on the input of MCP is a serious influence factor on device MTF due to its electron scattering process. There are no reportes about how to measure the MTF of Al2O3 film. In this paper a new Half-film comparssion test method is creatively established for determing the film MTF, which overcomes the difficulty of measuring super thin film less than a few nm. In this way, the MTF curves of 10nm Al2O3 film can be accurately obtained. The measurement results show that 10nm Al2O3 film obviously decay the MTF performance of the 3rd generation image intensifier and take an important role in the improvement work of 3rd generation image intensifier MTF and resolution performances.

  19. Effect of B content on structure and magnetic properties of FeCoB-Al2O3 nanogranular films

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    Wang, Shu; Zhang, Xudong; Li, Jiangong; Tian, Qiang; Kou, Xinli

    2011-07-01

    The effect of B content on the structure, soft magnetic properties, and high frequency characteristics of as-deposited FeCoB-Al2O3 nanogranular films fabricated by radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering was studied in this work. The introduction of B into the FeCo-Al2O3 films leads to a refinement of granular microstructure. The FeCoB-Al2O3 nanogranular films consist of the FeCoB nanoparticles uniformly embedded in the amorphous Al2O3 matrix. An addition of a small amount of B into the FeCo-Al2O3 films can markedly decrease the coercivity of the films. The excellent magnetic softness with a low coercivity of about 0.08 kA/m was achieved in the FeCoB-Al2O3 films. The Henkel plots confirm the existence of intergranular exchange coupling in the FeCoB-Al2O3 films. The FeCoB-Al2O3 films with low B content exhibit a high permeability over 200 at low frequency and a high-resonance frequency of 3.2 GHz, implying a high cut-off frequency for high frequency applications.

  20. Effect of adsorbed films on friction of Al2O3-metal systems

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    The kinetic friction of polycrystalline Al2O3 sliding on Cu, Ni, and Fe in ultrahigh vacuum was studied as a function of the surface chemistry of the metal. Clean metal surfaces were exposed to O2, Cl2, C2H4, and C2H3Cl, and the change in friction due to the adsorbed species was observed. Auger electron spectroscopy assessed the elemental composition of the metal surface. It was found that the systems exposed to Cl2 exhibited low friction, interpreted as the van der Waals force between the Al2O3 and metal chloride. The generation of metal oxide by oxygen exposures resulted in an increase in friction, interpreted as due to strong interfacial bonds established by reaction of metal oxide with Al2O3 to form the complex oxide (spinel). The only effect of C2H4 was to increase the friction of the Fe system, but C2H3Cl exposures decreases friction in both Ni and Fe systems, indicating the dominance of the chlorine over the ethylene complex on the surface

  1. Adherent Al2O3 scales formed on undoped NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, James L.

    1987-01-01

    Changes in the spalling behavior of Al2O3 scales formed on an undoped NiCrAl alloy are described. Two samples of Ni-15Cr-13Al (wt pct), one a control and the other sanded, were subjected to 25 oxidation cycles. It is observed that adherent scales formed on the sanded sample; however, the control sample had speckled, spalled scales. The data reveal that the adherent scales are caused by repeated removal of surface layers after each oxidation cycle. It is determined that interfacial segregation of sulfur influences spallation and sulfur removal increases bonding. The effect of moisture on scale adhesions is investigated.

  2. Characteristics of nanocomposite ZrO2/Al2O3 films deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Yun, Sun Jin; Lim, Jung Wook; Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2007-11-01

    Nanocomposite ZrO2/Al2O3 (ZAO) films were deposited on Si by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition and the film characteristics including interfacial oxide formation, dielectric constant (k), and electrical breakdown strength were investigated without post-annealing process. In both the mixed and nano-laminated ZAO films, the thickness of the interfacial oxide layer (T(IL)) was considerably reduced compared to ZrO2 and Al2O3 films. The T(IL) was 0.8 nm in nano-composite films prepared at a mixing ratio (ZrO2:Al2O3) of 1:1. The breakdown strength and the leakage current level were greatly improved by adding Al2O3 as little as 7.9% compared to that of ZrO2 and were enhanced more with increasing content of Al2O3. The k of ZrO2 and mixed ZAO (Al2O3 7.9%) films were 20.0 and 16.5, respectively. These results indicate that the addition of Al2O3 to ZrO2 greatly improves the electrical properties with less cost of k compared to the addition of SiO2. PMID:18047146

  3. Effect of thermal annealing on the structure of ZnSe/Al2O3 nanocomposite films

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    Dedyukhin, A. A.; Krylov, P. N.; Kostenkov, N. V.; Zakirova, R. M.; Fedotova, I. V.

    2016-04-01

    The ZnSe/Al2O3 nanocomposite films synthesized by laser evaporation followed by heat treatment are studied. X-ray diffraction and electron-microscopic investigations of the as-deposited films demonstrate the presence of ZnSe crystallites in an Al2O3 amorphous matrix. Annealing changes the structures of ZnSe and Al2O3, increases the ZnSe crystallite size, and causes the appearance of the ZnSeO4 phase. The presence of aluminum oxide layers decreases the phase transformation temperature of zinc selenide.

  4. Some TEM observations of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, J.; Gibala, R.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural development of Al2O3 scales on NiCrAl alloys has been examined by transmission electron microscopy. Voids have been observed within grains in scales formed on a pure NiCrAl alloy. Both voids and oxide grains grew measurably with oxidation time at 1100 C. The size and amount of porosity decreased towards the oxide-metal growth interface. It was postulated that the voids resulted from an excess number of oxygen vacancies near the oxide-metal interface. Short-circuit diffusion paths were discussed in reference to current growth stress models for oxide scales. Transient oxidations of pure, Y-doped, and Zr-doped NiCrAl was also examined. Oriented alpha-(Al,Cr)2O3 and Ni(Al,Cr)2O4 scales often coexisted in layered structures on all three alloys. Close-packed oxygen planes and directions in the corundum and spinel layers were parallel. The close relationships between oxide layers provided a gradual transition from initial transient scales to steady state Al2O3 growth.

  5. Some TEM observations of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, J.; Gibala, R.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural development of Al2O3 scales on NiCrAl alloys has been examined by transmission electron microscopy. Voids were observed within grains in scales formed on a pure NiCrAl alloy. Both voids and oxide grains grew measurably with oxidation time at 1100 C. The size and amount of porosity decreased towards the oxide-metal growth interface. The voids resulted from an excess number of oxygen vacancies near the oxidemetal interface. Short-circuit diffusion paths were discussed in reference to current growth stress models for oxide scales. Transient oxidation of pure, Y-doped, and Zr-doped NiCrAl was also examined. Oriented alpha-(Al, Cr)2O3 and Ni(Al, Cr)2O4 scales often coexisted in layered structures on all three alloys. Close-packed oxygen planes and directions in the corundum and spinel layers were parallel. The close relationship between oxide layers provided a gradual transition from initial transient scales to steady state Al2O3 growth.

  6. Physical characterization of thin ALD-Al 2O 3 films

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    Jakschik, Stefan; Schroeder, Uwe; Hecht, Thomas; Krueger, Dietmar; Dollinger, Guenther; Bergmaier, Andreas; Luhmann, Claudia; Bartha, Johann W.

    2003-04-01

    Aluminum oxide was deposited using atomic layer deposition on either a silicon oxide or a silicon nitride interface. Water vapor or ozone were used as oxidation precursors. The structural properties of these films were investigated by time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass-spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and elastic recoil detection (ERD). Special attention was given to contamination issues of the film and the interface, bonding conditions and temperature influence on diffusion. The results suggest that the silicon most likely diffused along grain boundaries of polycrystalline Al 2O 3. Carbon and hydrogen were located at the interface and furthermore hydrogen diffused out of the film to some extent due to anneal. Carbon content in the layer was reduced when using O 3 as an oxidant. The formation of metallic aluminum clusters was not observed for any of the investigated process conditions.

  7. Infrared properties of Pt/Al2O3 cermet films

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    MacMillan, M. F.; Devaty, R. P.; Mantese, J. V.

    1991-06-01

    The room-temperature transmittance and front reflectance of mid- and near-infrared radiation (400-15 000 cm-1) by thin Pt/Al2O3 cermet films prepared by electron-beam evaporation onto sapphire substrates were measured using a Fourier-transform spectrometer. The high value of the dc percolation threshold fc (0.50<=fc<=0.59) for the Pt/Al2O3 system is evidence for correlations in the positions of the particles that can be described by coated-grain topologies. The data were compared with the predictions of five effective-medium models, which feature different microstructural topologies and values of fc. Published data on the dielectric functions of the component materials were used in the modeling. The Maxwell-Garnett and Bruggeman models do not describe the data adequately. A simplified version of a model by Sheng (fc~=0.455) provides an improved description. The best agreement is achieved for two models with adjustable, high values of fc. We conclude that an effective-medium theory is able to describe the infrared optical properties of a cermet system over a wide range of composition if proper account is taken of both the microstructure and the value of fc.

  8. High temperature oxidation of ZrO2/Al2O3 thin films deposited on steel.

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    Lee, Jae Chun; Kim, Sun Kyu; Van Trung, Trinh; Lee, Dong Bok

    2013-11-01

    Thin ZrO2/Al2O3 films that consisted of alternating monoclinic ZrO2 nanolayers and amorphous Al2O3 nanolayers were deposited on a tool steel substrate using Zr and Al cathodes in a cathodic arc plasma deposition system, and then oxidized at 600-900 degrees C in air for up to 50 h. The ZrO2/Al2O3 films effectively suppressed the oxidation of the substrate up to 800 degrees C by acting as a barrier layer against the outward diffusion of the substrate elements and inward diffusion of oxygen. However, rapid oxidation occurred at 900 degrees C due mainly to the increased diffusion and subsequent oxidation of steel as well as the crystallization of amorphous Al2O3. PMID:24245292

  9. Nano porous Al2O3-TiO2 thin film based humidity sensor prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Chandrashekara, H. D.; Angadi, Basavaraj; Ravikiran, Y. T.; Poornima, P.; Shashidhar, R.; Murthy, L. C. S.

    2016-05-01

    The nano porous surface structured TiO2 and Al2O3-TiO2 thin films were prepared using spray pyrolysis technique at 350°C. The XRD pattern of Al2O3-TiO2 film shows anatase phase and mixed phase of Al2TiO5. The surface morphology of films show a uniformly distributed nano porous structure. The elemental analysis through EDAX shows good stoichiometry. The sensitivity for humidity sensing were determined for both films of TiO2 and Al2O3-TiO2 and corresponding values are found to be 74.2% and 84.02%, this result reveal that Al2O3-TiO2 films shows higher sensing percent than the TiO2 due to the nano porous surface nature. The Al2O3-TiO2 film shows fast response time and long recovery time than the TiO2 film, this may be due to the meso-porous morphology of these films.

  10. Passivation Effect of Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 Film on HgCdTe Infrared Detectors

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    Zhang, Peng; Ye, Zhen-Hua; Sun, Chang-Hong; Chen, Yi-Yu; Zhang, Tian-Ning; Chen, Xin; Lin, Chun; Ding, Ring-Jun; He, Li

    2016-09-01

    The passivation effect of atomic layer deposition of (ALD) Al2O3 film on a HgCdTe infrared detector was investigated in this work. The passivation effect of Al2O3 film was evaluated by measuring the minority carrier lifetime, capacitance versus voltage ( C- V) characteristics of metal-insulator-semiconductor devices, and resistance versus voltage ( R- V) characteristics of variable-area photodiodes. The minority carrier lifetime, C- V characteristics, and R- V characteristics of HgCdTe devices passivated by ALD Al2O3 film was comparable to those of HgCdTe devices passivated by e-beam evaporation of ZnS/CdTe film. However, the baking stability of devices passivated by Al2O3 film is inferior to that of devices passivated by ZnS/CdTe film. In future work, by optimizing the ALD Al2O3 film growing process and annealing conditions, it may be feasible to achieve both excellent electrical properties and good baking stability.

  11. Passivation Effect of Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 Film on HgCdTe Infrared Detectors

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    Zhang, Peng; Ye, Zhen-Hua; Sun, Chang-Hong; Chen, Yi-Yu; Zhang, Tian-Ning; Chen, Xin; Lin, Chun; Ding, Ring-Jun; He, Li

    2016-06-01

    The passivation effect of atomic layer deposition of (ALD) Al2O3 film on a HgCdTe infrared detector was investigated in this work. The passivation effect of Al2O3 film was evaluated by measuring the minority carrier lifetime, capacitance versus voltage (C-V) characteristics of metal-insulator-semiconductor devices, and resistance versus voltage (R-V) characteristics of variable-area photodiodes. The minority carrier lifetime, C-V characteristics, and R-V characteristics of HgCdTe devices passivated by ALD Al2O3 film was comparable to those of HgCdTe devices passivated by e-beam evaporation of ZnS/CdTe film. However, the baking stability of devices passivated by Al2O3 film is inferior to that of devices passivated by ZnS/CdTe film. In future work, by optimizing the ALD Al2O3 film growing process and annealing conditions, it may be feasible to achieve both excellent electrical properties and good baking stability.

  12. Stabilization of Hydrogen Production via Methanol Steam Reforming in Microreactor by Al2O3 Nano-Film Enhanced Catalyst Adhesion.

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    Jeong, Heondo; Na, Jeong-Geol; Jang, Min Su; Ko, Chang Hyun

    2016-05-01

    In hydrogen production by methanol steam reforming reaction with microchannel reactor, Al2O3 thin film formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) was introduced on the surface of microchannel reactor prior to the coating of catalyst particles. Methanol conversion rate and hydrogen production rate, increased in the presence of Al2O3 thin film. Over-view and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy study showed that the adhesion between catalyst particles and the surface of microchannel reactor enhanced due to the presence of Al2O3 thin film. The improvement of hydrogen production rate inside the channels of microreactor mainly came from the stable fixation of catalyst particles on the surface of microchannels. PMID:27483762

  13. Impact of device size and thickness of Al2O 3 film on the Cu pillar and resistive switching characteristics for 3D cross-point memory application.

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    Panja, Rajeswar; Roy, Sourav; Jana, Debanjan; Maikap, Siddheswar

    2014-12-01

    Impact of the device size and thickness of Al2O3 film on the Cu pillars and resistive switching memory characteristics of the Al/Cu/Al2O3/TiN structures have been investigated for the first time. The memory device size and thickness of Al2O3 of 18 nm are observed by transmission electron microscope image. The 20-nm-thick Al2O3 films have been used for the Cu pillar formation (i.e., stronger Cu filaments) in the Al/Cu/Al2O3/TiN structures, which can be used for three-dimensional (3D) cross-point architecture as reported previously Nanoscale Res. Lett.9:366, 2014. Fifty randomly picked devices with sizes ranging from 8 × 8 to 0.4 × 0.4 μm(2) have been measured. The 8-μm devices show 100% yield of Cu pillars, whereas only 74% successful is observed for the 0.4-μm devices, because smaller size devices have higher Joule heating effect and larger size devices show long read endurance of 10(5) cycles at a high read voltage of -1.5 V. On the other hand, the resistive switching memory characteristics of the 0.4-μm devices with a 2-nm-thick Al2O3 film show superior as compared to those of both the larger device sizes and thicker (10 nm) Al2O3 film, owing to higher Cu diffusion rate for the larger size and thicker Al2O3 film. In consequence, higher device-to-device uniformity of 88% and lower average RESET current of approximately 328 μA are observed for the 0.4-μm devices with a 2-nm-thick Al2O3 film. Data retention capability of our memory device of >48 h makes it a promising one for future nanoscale nonvolatile application. This conductive bridging resistive random access memory (CBRAM) device is forming free at a current compliance (CC) of 30 μA (even at a lowest CC of 0.1 μA) and operation voltage of ±3 V at a high resistance ratio of >10(4). PMID:26088986

  14. Growth and characterization of ceria thin films and Ce-doped γ-Al2O3 nanowires using sol-gel techniques.

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    Gravani, S; Polychronopoulou, K; Stolojan, V; Cui, Q; Gibson, P N; Hinder, S J; Gu, Z; Doumanidis, C C; Baker, M A; Rebholz, C

    2010-11-19

    γ-Al(2)O(3) is a well known catalyst support. The addition of Ce to γ-Al(2)O(3) is known to beneficially retard the phase transformation of γ-Al(2)O(3) to α-Al(2)O(3) and stabilize the γ-pore structure. In this work, Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires have been prepared by a novel method employing an anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template in a 0.01 M cerium nitrate solution, assisted by urea hydrolysis. Calcination at 500 °C for 6 h resulted in the crystallization of the Ce-doped AlOOH gel to form Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires. Ce(3+) ions within the nanowires were present at a concentration of < 1 at.%. On the template surface, a nanocrystalline CeO(2) thin film was deposited with a cubic fluorite structure and a crystallite size of 6-7 nm. Characterization of the nanowires and thin films was performed using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The nanowire formation mechanism and urea hydrolysis kinetics are discussed in terms of the pH evolution during the reaction. The Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires are likely to find useful applications in catalysis and this novel method can be exploited further for doping alumina nanowires with other rare earth elements. PMID:20975211

  15. Ferromagnetic resonance experiments in an obliquely deposited FeCo-Al2O3 film system

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    Lesnik, N. A.; Oates, C. J.; Smith, G. M.; Riedi, P. C.; Kakazei, G. N.; Kravets, A. F.; Wigen, P. E.

    2003-11-01

    Granular cermet films (Fe50Co50)x-(Al2O3)1-x fabricated using the electron-beam coevaporation technique at oblique incidence of FeCo and alumina atom fluxes have been found to exhibit both oblique and in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. This anisotropy first appears just below the percolation threshold due to a magnetic coupling of particles taking place at a certain stage of their growth and coalescence. The FeCo content x varied from 0.07 to 0.49. A simple model of the film microstructure is presented based on the results of magnetization measurements and ferromagnetic resonance at intermediate (9.4 GHz) and high (94 GHz) frequencies. At 94 GHz the concentration dependence of the effective anisotropy field follows the solid solution law, since then the magnetic field is sufficient to magnetize the films close to saturation. The 9.4 GHz data points deviate from the solid solution line below the percolation threshold due to both modification of the resonance fields by intergranular interactions in nonsaturated films and the reduction of the average magnetization of granules, comparing to the saturation magnetization, at room temperature. Different mechanisms of line broadening observed at frequencies used in experiments are also discussed.

  16. Structural and mechanical characterization of Al/Al2O3 nanotube thin film on TiV alloy

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    Sarraf, M.; Zalnezhad, E.; Bushroa, A. R.; Hamouda, A. M. S.; Baradaran, S.; Nasiri-Tabrizi, B.; Rafieerad, A. R.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, the fabrication and characterization of Al/Al2O3 nanotubular arrays on Ti-6Al-4V substrate were carried out. To this end, aluminum thin films were deposited as a first coating layer by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering with the coating conditions of 300 W, 150 °C and 75 V substrate bias voltage. Al2O3 nanotube array as a second layer was grown on the Al layer by electrochemical anodisation at the constant potential of 20 V within different time periods in an electrolyte solution. For annealing the coated substrates, plasma treatment (PT) technique was utilized under various conditions to get the best adhesion strength of coating to the substrate. To characterize the coating layers, micro scratch test, Vickers hardness and field emission of scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) were used. Results show that after the deposition of pure aluminum on the substrate the scratch length, load and failure point were 794.37 μm, 1100 mN and 411.43 μm, respectively. After PT, the best adhesion strength (2038 mN) was obtained at RF power of 60 W. With the increase of the RF power up to 80 W, a reduction in adhesion strength was observed (1525.22 mN). From the microstructural point of view, a homogenous porous structure with an average pore size of 40-60 nm was formed after the anodisation for 10-45 min. During PT, the porous structure was converted to dense alumina layer when the RF power rose from 40 to 80 W. This led to an increase in hardness value from 2.7 to 3.4 GPa. Based on the obtained data, the RF power of 60 W was the optimum condition for plasma treatment of Al/Al2O3 nanotubular arrays on Ti-6Al-4V substrate.

  17. Consideration of the formation mechanism of an Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic film on a SiC substrate

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    Seya, Kyosuke; Ueno, Shunkichi; Nishimura, Toshiyuki; Jang, Byung-Koog

    2016-01-01

    An Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic EBC film was prepared on a SiC substrate by using the electric furnace heating and the optical zone melting methods. All of Al2O3 phase disappeared during the heating step at a temperature below the melting point, and all of the HfO2 phase reacted with the carbon and boron, which are included in SiC bulk as sintering agents, during the heating step at a temperature below the melting point. The thermal decomposition of the SiC phase, the reduction reaction of Al2O3 phase, the vaporization of the Al2O3 component, the reduction reaction of HfO2 and the formation of the HfC phase occurred at a temperature below the melting point. However, a highly dense HfC phase was formed on the SiC substrate. A rapid heating process becomes possible by using the optical zone melting method. A solidified film that was composed of a highly dense HfC layer as the intermediate layer and the Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic structure layer as the top coat was obtained by using the optical zone melting method.

  18. Studies on the properties of Al2O3:Cr2O3 (50:50) thin film

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    Ponmudi, S.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2016-05-01

    Aluminium oxide (Al2O3) and chromium oxide (Cr2O3) thin films have received great attention of researchers because of their unique properties of corrosion/oxidation resistance and high dielectric constant. In addition, chromium aluminium oxide has been considered as a best candidate for deep-ultraviolet optical masks. In the present work, thin films of Al2O3:Cr2O3 (50:50) were deposited on pre-cleaned microscopic glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The substrate temperature and RF power induced changes in structural, surface morphological, compositional and optical properties of the films have been studied.

  19. Enhanced TC in granular and thin film Al-Al2O3 nanostructures

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    Higgins, J. S.; Greene, R. L.

    It is known since the 1970s that the superconducting transition temperature of granular aluminum films can be as high as two to three times the transition temperature of bulk aluminum, depending on the grain size and how strongly the nanometer size grains are connected1,2. As the strength of the grain connectivity becomes increasingly weak, the enhanced TC is suppressed. The mechanism behind this enhancement is still under debate. Recently, work on larger aluminum nanoparticles (18nm) embedded in an insulating Al2O3 matrix showed an onset of the superconducting transition as high as three times that of bulk aluminum3. In this situation, the Al grains are electrically disconnected and in a regime far removed from that of the granular films. Here we compare the two situations through electronic and thermal measurements in order to help elucidate the mechanism behind the enhancements. 1S. Pracht, et al., arXiv:1508.04270v1 [cond-mat.supr-con] (2015). 2G. Deutscher, New Superconductors From Granular to High TC, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2006, p. 72-74. 3V. N. Smolyaninova, et al., Sci. Rep. 5, 15777 (2015). Funding by NSF DMR # 1410665.

  20. Dynamic Friction Performance of a Pneumatic Cylinder with Al2O3 Film on Cylinder Surface.

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    Chang, Ho; Lan, Chou-Wei; Wang, Hao-Xian

    2015-11-01

    A friction force system is proposed for accurately measuring friction force and motion properties produced by reciprocating motion of piston in a pneumatic cylinder. In this study, the proposed system is used to measure the effects of lubricating greases of different viscosities on the friction properties of pneumatic cylinder, and improvement of stick-slip motion for the cylinder bore by anodizing processes. A servo motor-driven ball screw is used to drive the pneumatic cylinder to be tested and to measure the change in friction force of the pneumatic cylinder. Experimental results show, that under similar test conditions, the lubricating grease with viscosity VG100 is best suited for measuring reciprocating motion of the piston of pneumatic cylinder. The wear experiment showed that, in the Al2O3 film obtained at a preset voltage 40 V in the anodic process, the friction coefficient and hardness decreased by 55% and increased by 274% respectively, thus achieving a good tribology and wear resistance. Additionally, the amplitude variation in the friction force of the pneumatic cylinder wall that received the anodizing treatment was substantially reduced. Additionally, the stick-slip motion of the pneumatic cylinder during low-speed motion was substantially improved. PMID:26726680

  1. Growth of Sputtered-Aluminum Oxide Thin Films on si (100) and si (111) Substrates with Al2O3 Buffer Layer

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    Lim, Wei Qiang; Shanmugan, Subramani; Devarajan, Mutharasu

    2016-03-01

    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin films with Al2O3 buffer layer were deposited on Si (100) and Si (111) substrates using RF magnetron sputtering of Al2O3 target in Ar atmosphere. The synthesized films were then annealed at the temperature of 400∘C, 600∘C and 800∘C in nitrogen (N2) environment for 6h. Structural properties and surface morphology are examined by using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). XRD analysis indicated that different orientation of Al2O3 were formed with different intensities due to increase in the annealing temperature. From FESEM cross-section analysis results, it is observed that the thickness of films were increased as the annealing temperature increased. EDX analysis shows that the concentration of aluminum and oxygen on both the Si substrates increased with the increase in annealing temperature. The surface roughness of the films were found to be decreased first when the annealing temperature is increased to 400∘C, yet the roughness increased when the annealing temperature is further increased to 800∘C.

  2. Impact of graphene–graphite films on electrical properties of Al2O3 metal–insulator–semiconductor structure

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    Choi, Kyeong-Keun; Kee, Jong; Park, Chan-Gyung; Kim, Deok-kee

    2016-08-01

    The diffusion barrier property of directly grown graphene–graphite films between Al2O3 films and Si substrates was evaluated using metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) structures. The roughness, morphology, sheet resistance, Raman spectrum, chemical composition, and breakdown field strength of the films were investigated after rapid thermal annealing. About 2.5-nm-thick graphene–graphite films effectively blocked the formation of the interfacial layer between Al2O3 films and Si, which was confirmed by the decreased breakdown field strength of graphene–graphite film structures. After annealing at 975 °C for 90 s, the increase in the mean breakdown field strength of the structure with the ∼2.5-nm-thick graphene–graphite film was about 91% (from 8.7 to 16.6 MV/cm), while that without the graphene–graphite film was about 187% (from 11.2 to 32.1 MV/cm). Si atom diffusion into Al2O3 films was reduced by applying the carbon-based diffusion barrier.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of Al2O3 /Si composite nanodome structures for high efficiency crystalline Si thin film solar cells

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    Zhang, Ruiying; Zhu, Jian; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Yanyan; Qiu, Bocang; Liu, Xuehua; Zhang, Jinping; Zhang, Yi; Fang, Qi; Ren, Zhong; Bai, Yu

    2015-12-01

    We report on our fabrication and characterization of Al2O3/Si composite nanodome (CND) structures, which is composed of Si nanodome structures with a conformal cladding Al2O3 layer to evaluate its optical and electrical performance when it is applied to thin film solar cells. It has been observed that by application of Al2O3thin film coating using atomic layer deposition (ALD) to the Si nanodome structures, both optical and electrical performances are greatly improved. The reflectivity of less than 3% over the wavelength range of from 200 nm to 2000 nm at an incident angle from 0° to 45° is achieved when the Al2O3 film is 90 nm thick. The ultimate efficiency of around 27% is obtained on the CND textured 2 μm-thick Si solar cells, which is compared to the efficiency of around 25.75% and 15% for the 2 μm-thick Si nanodome surface-decorated and planar samples respectively. Electrical characterization was made by using CND-decorated MOS devices to measure device's leakage current and capacitance dispersion. It is found the electrical performance is sensitive to the thickness of the Al2O3 film, and the performance is remarkably improved when the dielectric layer thickness is 90 nm thick. The leakage current, which is less than 4x10-9 A/cm2 over voltage range of from -3 V to 3 V, is reduced by several orders of magnitude. C-V measurements also shows as small as 0.3% of variation in the capacitance over the frequency range from 10 kHz to 500 kHz, which is a strong indication of surface states being fully passivated. TEM examination of CND-decorated samples also reveals the occurrence of SiOx layer formed between the interface of Si and the Al2O3 film, which is thin enough that ensures the presence of field-effect passivation, From our theoretical and experimental study, we believe Al2O3 coated CND structures is a truly viable approach to achieving higher device efficiency.

  4. Interface Properties of Atomic-Layer-Deposited Al2O3 Thin Films on Ultraviolet/Ozone-Treated Multilayer MoS2 Crystals.

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    Park, Seonyoung; Kim, Seong Yeoul; Choi, Yura; Kim, Myungjun; Shin, Hyunjung; Kim, Jiyoung; Choi, Woong

    2016-05-11

    We report the interface properties of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 thin films on ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3)-treated multilayer MoS2 crystals. The formation of S-O bonds on MoS2 after low-power UV/O3 treatment increased the surface energy, allowing the subsequent deposition of uniform Al2O3 thin films. The capacitance-voltage measurement of Au-Al2O3-MoS2 metal oxide semiconductor capacitors indicated n-type MoS2 with an electron density of ∼10(17) cm(-3) and a minimum interface trap density of ∼10(11) cm(-2) eV(-1). These results demonstrate the possibility of forming a high-quality Al2O3-MoS2 interface by proper UV/O3 treatment, providing important implications for their integration into field-effect transistors. PMID:27117229

  5. Twin symmetry texture of energetically condensed niobium thin films on sapphire substrate (a-plane Al2O3)

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    Zhao, X.; Phillips, L.; Reece, C. E.; Seo, Kang; Krishnan, M.; Valderrama, E.

    2011-08-01

    An energetic condensation technique, cathodic arc discharge deposition, is used to grow epitaxial Niobium (Nb) thin films on a-plane sapphire (hexagonal-closed-packed Al2O3) at moderate substrate heating temperature (<400 °C). The epitaxial Nb(110)/Al2O3(1,1,-2,0) thin films reached a maximum residual resistance ratio (RRR) value 214, despite using a reactor-grade Nb cathode source whose RRR was only 30. The measurements suggest that the film's density of impurities and structural defects are lower when compared to Nb films produced by other techniques, such as magnetron sputtering, e-beam evaporation or molecular-beam-epitaxy. At lower substrate temperature, textured polycrystalline Nb thin films were created, and the films might have twin symmetry grains with {110} orientations in-plane. The texture was revealed by x-ray diffraction pole figures. The twin symmetry might be caused by a combination effect of the Nb/Al2O3 three-dimensional epitaxial relationship ("3D-Registry" Claassen's nomenclature) and the "Volmer-Weber" (Island) growth model. However, pole figures obtained by electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) found no twin symmetry on the thin films' topmost surface (˜50 nm in depth). The EBSD pole figures showed only one Nb{110} crystal plane orientation. A possible mechanism is suggested to explain the differences between the bulk (XRD) and surface (EBSD) pole figures.

  6. Controlled direct growth of Al2O3-doped HfO2 films on graphene by H2O-based atomic layer deposition.

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    Zheng, Li; Cheng, Xinhong; Yu, Yuehui; Xie, Yahong; Li, Xiaolong; Wang, Zhongjian

    2015-02-01

    Graphene has been drawing worldwide attention since its discovery in 2004. In order to realize graphene-based devices, thin, uniform-coverage and pinhole-free dielectric films with high permittivity on top of graphene are required. Here we report the direct growth of Al2O3-doped HfO2 films onto graphene by H2O-based atom layer deposition (ALD). Al2O3-onto-HfO2 stacks benefited the doping of Al2O3 into HfO2 matrices more than HfO2-onto-Al2O3 stacks did due to the micro-molecular property of Al2O3 and the high chemical activity of trimethylaluminum (TMA). Al2O3 acted as a network modifier, maintained the amorphous structure of the film even to 800 °C, and made the film smooth with a root mean square (RMS) roughness of 0.8 nm, comparable to the surface of pristine graphene. The capacitance and the relative permittivity of Al2O3-onto-HfO2 stacks were up to 1.18 μF cm(-2) and 12, respectively, indicating the high quality of Al2O3-doped HfO2 films on graphene. Moreover, the growth process of Al2O3-doped HfO2 films introduced no detective defects into graphene confirmed by Raman measurements. PMID:25519447

  7. A Study on the Growth Behavior and Stability of Molecular Layer Deposited Alucone Films Using Diethylene Glycol and Trimethyl Aluminum Precursors, and the Enhancement of Diffusion Barrier Properties by Atomic Layer Deposited Al2O3 Capping.

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    Choi, Dong-Won; Yoo, Mi; Lee, Hyuck Mo; Park, Jozeph; Kim, Hyun You; Park, Jin-Seong

    2016-05-18

    As a route to the production of organic-inorganic hybrid multilayers, the growth behavior of molecular layer deposited (MLD) alucone and atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 films on top of each other was examined. MLD alucone films were prepared using trimethyl aluminum and diethylene glycol precursors, the latter resulting in faster growth rates than ethylene glycol precursors. The sensitivity of individual alucone films with respect to ambient exposure was found to be related to moisture permeation and hydration reactions, of which the mechanism is studied by density functional theory calculations. Deleterious effects such as thickness reduction over time could be suppressed by applying a protective Al2O3 layer on top of alucone. A preliminary nucleation period was required in the ALD process of Al2O3 films on alucone surfaces, prior to reaching a linear regime where the thickness increases linearly with respect to the number of ALD cycles. The same behavior was observed for alucone growing on Al2O3. The protective Al2O3 films were found to effectively suppress moisture permeation, thus isolating the underlying alucone from the surrounding environment. The water vapor transmission rate was greatly reduced when an Al2O3/alucone/Al2O3 multilayer stack was formed, which suggests that proper combinations of organic/inorganic hybrid structures may provide chemically stable platforms, especially for mechanically flexible applications. PMID:27117392

  8. Electrical and structural characterizations of crystallized Al2O3/GaN interfaces formed by in situ metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, X.; Jackson, C. M.; Wu, F.; Mazumder, B.; Yeluri, R.; Kim, J.; Keller, S.; Arehart, A. R.; Ringel, S. A.; Speck, J. S.; Mishra, U. K.

    2016-01-01

    Al2O3 films were grown in situ by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition at 900 °C on GaN of both Ga- and N-face polarities. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that the Al2O3 films were crystalline and primarily γ-phase. The Al2O3/Ga-GaN and Al2O3/N-GaN interfaces were both atomically sharp, and the latter further exhibited a biatomic step feature. The corresponding current-voltage (J-V) characteristics were measured on a metal-Al2O3-semiconductor capacitor (MOSCAP) structure. The leakage current was very high when the Al2O3 thickness was comparable with the size of the crystalline defects, but was suppressed to the order of 1 × 10-8 A/cm2 with larger Al2O3 thicknesses. The interface states densities (Dit) were measured on the same MOSCAPs by using combined ultraviolet (UV)-assisted capacitance-voltage (C-V), constant capacitance deep level transient spectroscopy (CC-DLTS), and constant capacitance deep level optical spectroscopy (CC-DLOS) techniques. The average Dit measured by CC-DLTS and CC-DLOS were 6.6 × 1012 and 8.8 × 1012 cm-2 eV-1 for Al2O3/Ga-GaN and 8.6 × 1012 and 8.6 × 1012 cm-2 eV-1 for Al2O3/N-GaN, respectively. The possible origins of the positive (negative) polarization compensation charges in Al2O3/Ga-GaN (Al2O3/N-GaN), including the filling of interface states and the existence of structure defects and impurities in the Al2O3 layer, were discussed in accordance with the experimental results and relevant studies in the literature.

  9. Enhanced water vapor barrier properties for biopolymer films by polyelectrolyte multilayer and atomic layer deposited Al 2 O 3 double-coating

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    Hirvikorpi, Terhi; Vähä-Nissi, Mika; Harlin, Ali; Salomäki, Mikko; Areva, Sami; Korhonen, Juuso T.; Karppinen, Maarit

    2011-09-01

    Commercial polylactide (PLA) films are coated with a thin (20 nm) non-toxic polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) film made from sodium alginate and chitosan and additionally with a 25-nm thick atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al 2O 3 layer. The double-coating of PEM + Al 2O 3 is found to significantly enhance the water vapor barrier properties of the PLA film. The improvement is essentially larger compared with the case the PLA film being just coated with an ALD-grown Al 2O 3 layer. The enhanced water vapor barrier characteristics of the PEM + Al 2O 3 double-coated PLA films are attributed to the increased hydrophobicity of the surface of these films.

  10. Isotope analysis of diamond-surface passivation effect of high-temperature H2O-grown atomic layer deposition-Al2O3 films

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    Hiraiwa, Atsushi; Saito, Tatsuya; Matsumura, Daisuke; Kawarada, Hiroshi

    2015-06-01

    The Al2O3 film formed using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) method with trimethylaluminum as Al precursor and H2O as oxidant at a high temperature (450 °C) effectively passivates the p-type surface conduction (SC) layer specific to a hydrogen-terminated diamond surface, leading to a successful operation of diamond SC field-effect transistors at 400 °C. In order to investigate this excellent passivation effect, we carried out an isotope analysis using D2O instead of H2O in the ALD and found that the Al2O3 film formed at a conventional temperature (100 °C) incorporates 50 times more CH3 groups than the high-temperature film. This CH3 is supposed to dissociate from the film when heated afterwards at a higher temperature (550 °C) and causes peeling patterns on the H-terminated surface. The high-temperature film is free from this problem and has the largest mass density and dielectric constant among those investigated in this study. The isotope analysis also unveiled a relatively active H-exchange reaction between the diamond H-termination and H2O oxidant during the high-temperature ALD, the SC still being kept intact. This dynamic and yet steady H termination is realized by the suppressed oxidation due to the endothermic reaction with H2O. Additionally, we not only observed the kinetic isotope effect in the form of reduced growth rate of D2O-oxidant ALD but found that the mass density and dielectric constant of D2O-grown Al2O3 films are smaller than those of H2O-grown films. This is a new type of isotope effect, which is not caused by the presence of isotopes in the films unlike the traditional isotope effects that originate from the presence of isotopes itself. Hence, the high-temperature ALD is very effective in forming Al2O3 films as a passivation and/or gate-insulation layer of high-temperature-operation diamond SC devices, and the knowledge of the aforementioned new isotope effect will be a basis for further enhancing ALD technologies in general.

  11. The adsorption of water on Cu2O and Al2O3 thin films

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    Deng, Xingyi; Herranz, Tirma; Weis, Christoph; Bluhm, Hendrik; Salmeron, Miquel

    2008-06-27

    The initial stages of water condensation, approximately 6 molecular layers, on two oxide surfaces, Cu{sub 2}O and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, have been investigated by using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at relative humidity values (RH) from 0 to >90%. Water adsorbs first dissociatively on oxygen vacancies producing adsorbed hydroxyl groups in a stoichiometric reaction: O{sub lattic} + vacancies + H{sub 2}O = 2OH. The reaction is completed at {approx}1% RH and is followed by adsorption of molecular water. The thickness of the water film grows with increasing RH. The first monolayer is completed at {approx}15% RH on both oxides and is followed by a second layer at 35-40% RH. At 90% RH, about 6 layers of H{sub 2}O film have been formed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  12. Optical, Structural and Electrochemical Properties of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 Thin Films

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    Saygin Hinczewski, Dursen; Hinczewski, Michael; Sorar, Idris; Pehlivan, Esat; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Tepehan, Galip G.

    2008-03-01

    CeO2 thin films can be used as counter-electrodes in electrochromic devices, but have the disadvantage of slow reaction kinetics. Thus research has shifted to composite CeO2 films as more promising ion-storage candidates. In this work, we examine the sol-gel coating and characterization of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 transparent thin films deposited onto glass microslides and indium-tin-oxide-coated conducting glass. We investigate the evolution of the surface morphology, and the optical, structural and electrochemical properties of the films with varying Si-Al-Ce mol ratios. In particular we find the formation of novel complex phase-segregated structures at the surface, which have the potential for enhancing Li ion insertion/extraction.

  13. Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate thin film encapsulation for organic thin film transistors via plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Lae Ho; Kim, Kyunghun; Park, Seonuk; Jeong, Yong Jin; Kim, Haekyoung; Chung, Dae Sung; Kim, Se Hyun; Park, Chan Eon

    2014-05-14

    Organic electronic devices require a passivation layer that protects the active layers from moisture and oxygen because most organic materials are very sensitive to such gases. Passivation films for the encapsulation of organic electronic devices need excellent stability and mechanical properties. Although Al2O3 films obtained with plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) have been tested as passivation layers because of their excellent gas barrier properties, amorphous Al2O3 films are significantly corroded by water. In this study, we examined the deformation of PEALD Al2O3 films when immersed in water and attempted to fabricate a corrosion-resistant passivation film by using a PEALD-based Al2O3/TiO2 nanolamination (NL) technique. Our Al2O3/TiO2 NL films were found to exhibit excellent water anticorrosion and low gas permeation and require only low-temperature processing (<100 °C). Organic thin film transistors with excellent air-stability (52 days under high humidity (a relative humidity of 90% and a temperature of 38 °C)) were fabricated. PMID:24712401

  14. In situ Formed α-Al2O3 Nanocrystals Repaired the Preexisting Microcracks in Plasma-Sprayed Al2O3 Coating via Stress-Induced Phase Transformation

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    Yang, Kai; Feng, Jingwei; Rong, Jian; Liu, Chenguang; Tao, Shunyan; Ding, Chuanxian

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, the phase composition and generation mechanism of the nanocrystals located in the microcracks of plasma-sprayed Al2O3 coating were reevaluated. The Al2O3 coatings were investigated using transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. We supply the detailed explanations to support the new viewpoint that in situ formation of α-Al2O3 nanocrystals in the preexisting microcracks of the as-sprayed Al2O3 coating may be due to the stress-induced phase transformation. Owing to the partially coherent relationship, the phase interfaces between the α-Al2O3 nanocrystals with the preferred orientation and the γ-Al2O3 matrix may possess better bonding strength. The α-Al2O3 nanocrystals could repair the microcracks in the coating, which further strengthens grain boundaries. Grain boundary strengthening is beneficial to the coating fracture toughness enhancement.

  15. Temperature dependence of microstructure and strain evolution in strained ZnO films on Al2O3(0001)

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    Kim, In-Woo; Lee, Kyu-Mann

    2008-09-01

    We have studied the temperature dependence of the growth mode and microstructure evolution in highly mismatched sputter-grown ZnO/Al2O3(0001) heteroepitaxial films. The growth mode was studied by real-time synchrotron x-ray scattering. We find that the growth mode changes from a two-dimensional (2D) layer to a 3D island in the early growth stage with temperature (300-600 °C), in sharp contrast to the reported transition from three dimensions to two dimensions in metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. At around 400 °C intermediate 2D platelets nucleate in the early stage, which act as nucleation cores of 3D islands and transform to a misaligned state during further growth. Meanwhile, at high temperature (above 500 °C), the spinel structure of ZnAl2O4 grows in the early stage, and it undergoes a transition to wurtzite-ZnO (w-ZnO) with thickness. The spinel formation is presumably driven by high temperature and large incident energy of impacting atoms during sputtering. The results of the strain evolution as functions of temperature and thickness during growth suggest that the surface diffusion is a major factor determining the microstructural properties in the strained ZnO/Al2O3(0001) heteroepitaxy.

  16. Andreev spectroscopy of CrO2 thin films on TiO2 and Al2O3

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    Yates, K. A.; Anwar, M. S.; Aarts, J.; Conde, O.; Eschrig, M.; Löfwander, T.; Cohen, L. F.

    2013-09-01

    Here we analyse the spectroscopic information gathered at a number of single CrO2/Pb interfaces. We examine thin films requiring additional interfacial layers to generate long-range spin triplet proximity effect superconductivity (CrO2/TiO2) or not (CrO2/Al2O3). We analyse the data using two theoretical models and explore the use of a parameter-free method to determine the agreement between the models and experimental observations, showing the necessary temperature range that would be required to make a definitive statement. The use of the excess current as a further tool to distinguish between models is also examined. The analysis of the spectra demonstrates that the temperature dependence of the normalised zero-bias conductance is independent of the substrate onto which the films are grown. This result has important implications for the engineering of interfaces required for the long-range spin triplet proximity effect.

  17. Effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed Al2O3 layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide thin-film transistors.

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    Kim, Yong-Hoon; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Park, Sung Kyu

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, the effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed aluminum oxide (Al2O3) layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide (IZTO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been investigated. The dielectric properties of Al2O3 layers such as leakage current density and dielectric strength were largely affected by their annealing conditions. In particular, oxygen partial pressure in rapid thermal annealing, and the temperature profile of hot plate annealing had profound effects on the dielectric properties. From a refractive index analysis, the enhanced dielectric properties of Al2O3 gate dielectrics can be attributed to higher film density depending on the annealing conditions. With the low-temperature-annealed Al2O3 gate dielectric at 350 degrees C, solution-processed IZTO TFTs with a field-effect mobility of approximately 2.2 cm2/Vs were successfully fabricated. PMID:24245333

  18. Properties of the surface of ceramic formed under laser irradiation of Al2O3-TiO2 compacts

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    Márquez Aguilar, P. A.; Vlasova, M.; Escobar Martínez, A.; Tomila, T.; Stetsenko, V.

    2014-04-01

    The phase formation in the laser irradiation area from xAl2O3-yTiO2 compacts and the properties of the surface layer have been investigated by the XRD, IR, and SEM methods. Main phases precipitating from eutectic melt are tialite, corundum, and rutile. A high temperature on the surface of specimens leads to the development of dissociation processes of these compounds and molecules of the gaseous medium. As dissociation products fly apart and pass through different temperature zone, there are formed different metal oxides, metal hydroxides, and thermolysis products. When these different oxides are deposited on the surface of the ceramic, they form layers with different adhesion degrees.

  19. Magnetic properties and anisotropic coercivity in nanogranular films of Co/Al2O3 above the percolation limit

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    Kulyk, M. M.; Kalita, V. M.; Lozenko, A. F.; Ryabchenko, S. M.; Stognei, O. V.; Sitnikov, A. V.; Korenivski, V.

    2014-08-01

    Magnetic properties of nanogranular ferromagnetic Co/Al2O3 films with 74.5 at% Co, which is above the percolation limit, are investigated. It is established that the films have perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and a weaker in-plane anisotropy. The magnetization curves show that the film consists of two magnetic components: a dominating contribution from magneto-anisotropic isolated grains with the anisotropy axis perpendicular to the film plane and a weaker contribution from the percolated part of the film. This two-component magnetic composition of the films, with the dominating contribution from the nanograins, is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy as well as by ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy. It is further established that the coercive field of the film is almost entirely determined by the percolated part of the film. In this, the angular dependence of the coercive force, Hc (θH), is essentially proportional to sin-1θH, where θH is the angle between the applied field and the film's normal. However, for θH → 0, Hc (θH) there is a narrow minimum with Hc approaching zero. Such non-linear dependence agrees well with our modelling results for a two-component magnetic system of the film, where the non-percolated nanograins have a distinct perpendicular anisotropy. The reported results should be important for in-depth characterization and understanding the magnetism and anisotropy in inhomogeneous systems as well as for applications, specifically in perpendicular magnetic recording.

  20. Effect of water and ammonia on surface species formed during NO(x) storage-reduction cycles over Pt-K/Al2O3 and Pt-Ba/Al2O3 catalysts.

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    Morandi, Sara; Prinetto, Federica; Castoldi, Lidia; Lietti, Luca; Forzatti, Pio; Ghiotti, Giovanna

    2013-08-28

    The effect of water, in the temperature range 25-350 °C, and ammonia at RT on two different surface species formed on Pt-K/Al2O3 and Pt-Ba/Al2O3 NSR catalysts during NO(x) storage-reduction cycles was investigated. The surface species involved are nitrates, formed during the NO(x) storage step, and isocyanates, which are found to be intermediates in N2 production during reduction by CO. FT-IR experiments demonstrate that the dissociative chemisorption of water and ammonia causes the transformation of the bidentate nitrates and linearly bonded NCO(-) species into more symmetric species that we call ionic species. In the case of water, the effect on nitrates is observable at all the temperatures studied; however, the extent of the transformation decreases upon increasing temperature, consistent with the decreased extent of dissociatively adsorbed water. It was possible to hypothesize that the dissociative chemisorption of water and ammonia takes place in a competitive way on surface sites able to give bidentate nitrates and linearly bonded NCO(-) that are dislocated, remaining on the surface as ionic species. PMID:23860492

  1. Synthesis of Al2O3 thin films using laser assisted spray pyrolysis (LASP)

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    Dhonge, Baban P.; Mathews, Tom; Tripura Sundari, S.; Krishnan, R.; Balamurugan, A. K.; Kamruddin, M.; Subbarao, R. V.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2013-01-01

    The present study reports the development of a laser assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique and synthesis of dense optical alumina films using the same. In this technique ultrasonically generated aerosols of aluminum acetylacetonate dissolved in ethanol and a laser beam (Nd:YAG, CW, 1064 nm) were fed coaxially and concurrently through a quartz tube on to a hot substrate mounted on an X-Y raster stage. At the laser focused spot the precursor underwent solvent evaporation and solute sublimation followed by precursor vapor decomposition giving rise to oxide coating, the substrate is rastered to get large surface area coating. The surface morphology revealed coalescence of particles with increase in laser power. The observed particle sizes were 17 nm for films synthesized without laser and 18, 21 and 25 nm for films made with laser at 25, 38 and 50 W, respectively. Refractive index of the films synthesized increased from 1.56 to 1.62 as the laser power increased from 0 to 50 W. The stoichiometry of films was studied using XPS and the increase in interfacial layer thickness with laser power was observed from dynamic SIMS depth profiling and ellipsometry.

  2. Superconducting MgB2 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates

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    Wang, S. F.; Dai, S. Y.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Cui, D. F.; Xu, J. D.; He, M.; Lu, H. B.; Yang, G. Z.; Fu, G. S.; Han, L.

    2001-11-01

    Superconducting MgB2 thin films were fabricated on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates by a two-step method. Boron thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition followed by an ex-situ annealing process. Resistance measurements of the deposited MgB2 films show a Tc of 38.6 K for MgB2/Al2O3 and 38.1 K for MgB2/MgO. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to study the properties of the films. The results indicate that the MgB2/Al2O3 films consist of well-crystallized grains with a highly c-axis-oriented structure while the MgB2/MgO films have a dense uniform appearance with an unfixed orientation.

  3. Low Surface Recombination Velocity on P-Type Cz-Si Surface by Sol-Gel Deposition of Al2O3 Films for Solar Cell Applications.

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    Balaji, Nagarajan; Park, Cheolmin; Raja, Jayapal; Ju, Minkyu; Venkatesan, Muthukumarasamy Rangaraju; Lee, Haeseok; Yi, Junsin

    2015-07-01

    High quality surface passivation has gained a significant importance in photovoltaic industry for fabricating low cost and high efficiency solar cells using thinner and lower cost wafers. The passivation property of spin coated Al2O3 films with a thickness of about 50 nm on p-type Cz-Si wafers has been investigated as a function of annealing temperatures. An effective surface recombination velocity of 55 cm/s was obtained for the films annealed at 500 °C. The chemical and field effect passivation was analyzed by C-V measurements. A high density of negative fixed charges (Qf) in the order of 9 x 10(11) cm(-2) was detected in Al2O3 films and its impact on the level of surface passivation was demonstrated experimentally. The C-V curves show density of the interface state (Dit) of 1 x 10(12) eV(-1)cm(-2) at annealing temperature of 500 °C. During annealing, a thin interfacial SiOx is formed, and this interfacial layer is supposed to play a vital role in the origin of negative QF and Dit. The homogeneous SiOx interlayer result in higher passivation performance due to both the increase of negative Qf and the decrease of Dit. PMID:26373089

  4. Effect of Al2O3 Micro-powder Additives on the Properties of Micro-arc Oxidation Coatings Formed on 6061 Aluminum Alloy

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    Wang, Ping; Wu, Ting; Xiao, You Tao; Pu, Jun; Guo, Xiao Yang; Huang, Jun; Xiang, Chun Lang

    2016-07-01

    Al2O3 micro-powder was suspended in the basis electrolyte to form micro-arc oxidation (MAO) coatings on 6061 aluminum alloy by MAO. During the stage of micro-arc oxidation, Al2O3 micro-powder with negative surface charge was melted by the micro-arc around the anode and incorporated into the MAO coatings. With the continuous addition of Al2O3 micro-powder, the oxidation voltages rose up firstly and then decreased. The surface and cross-sectional morphologies showed that the size of micropores decreased and the MAO coatings surface got loosened following the variation in Al2O3 micro-powder concentration. As a consequence of the changing coating structure, the corrosion resistance of the coatings decreased apparently. The micro-hardness of the coatings increased firstly and then decreased, opposite to the trend of the average friction coefficient. It revealed the minimum average friction coefficient of MAO coatings and maximum adhesion between the coatings and substrate when 2.0 g/L Al2O3 micro-powder was added into electrolyte. There were visible cracks and peelings on the coating surface merely at 4.0 g/L after thermal shock tests. The x-ray diffraction results indicated that the addition of Al2O3 micro-powder had less effect on the phase composition of MAO coatings.

  5. Preparation and characterization of α-Al2O3 film by low temperature thermal oxidation of Al8Cr5 coating

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    Zhang, Min; Xu, Bajin; Ling, Guoping

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, α-Al2O3 film was prepared by low temperature thermal oxidation of Al8Cr5 coating. The Al8Cr5 alloy coating was prepared on SUS430 stainless steel through a two-step approach including electrodepositing Cr/Al composite coating and subsequent heat treatment at 740 °C for 16 h. After mechanical polishing removal of voids on the surface, the Al8Cr5 coating was thermal oxidized at 720 °C in argon for 100 h. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDX, XRD, XPS and TEM. XPS detection on the surface of oxidized Al8Cr5 coating showed that the oxide film mainly consisted of Al2O3. TEM characterization of the oxide film showed that it was α-Al2O3 films ca. 110 nm. The formation of α-Al2O3 films at low temperature can be attributed to the formation of Cr2O3 nuclei at the initial stage of oxidation which lowers the nucleation energy barrier of α-Al2O3.

  6. Preparation and characterization of thin films of MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 by atomic layer deposition

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    Huang, Ron; Kitai, Adrian H.

    1993-02-01

    MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 thin films were deposited on silicon substrates at various temperatures by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) method using bis(cyclopentadienyl)magnesium, triethylaluminum, and H2O and were characterized systematically. High-quality polycrystalline MgO films were deposited for a substrate temperature above 500°C, and amorphous thin films were deposited around 400°C. The deposited Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 thin films were characterized as amorphous in structure. Applicability of ALD to complex oxides is discussed.

  7. Properties of Ultrathin Al2O3-TiO2 Nanolaminate Films for Gate Dielectric Applications Deposited by Plasma-Assisted Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Garces, Nelson; Meyer, David; Nepal, Neeraj; Wheeler, Virginia; Eddy, Charles

    2012-02-01

    High permittivity dielectrics such as Al2O3, HfO2, Ta2O5, TiO2, etc., are an essential component of aggressively-scaled III-V and graphene field effect transistors (FETs) where insulators are necessary to reduce gate leakage current while maintaining high gate capacitance and charge control of the channel. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) has the capability to deposit hybrid films, or nanolaminates, of two or more dielectrics that have unique properties. Thin [Al2O3+TiO2] nanolaminates with varying TiO2 and Al2O3 content were deposited on n-Si substrates at ˜225-300 C using ALD. A nanolaminate is composed of bilayers, defined as the sum of (x)Al2O3 and (y)TiO2, where x, and y indicate the number of times a component monolayer is repeated. While the overall thickness of the dielectric was held at ˜ 17-20 nm, the relative ratio of Al2O3 to TiO2 in the bilayer stack was varied to evaluate changes in the material properties and electrical performance of the oxides. C-V and I-V measurements on various [(x)TiO2+(y)Al2O3] MOS capacitors were taken. The high-TiO2-content films show limited evidence of oxide charge trapping and relatively large dielectric constants (κ˜15), whereas the high-Al2O3-content films offer a larger optical bandgap and improved suppression of leakage current. We will discuss the properties of very thin nanolaminates and their possible use as gate oxides. Morphological, electrical, and XPS composition assessments will be presented.

  8. Electrically programmable-erasable In-Ga-Zn-O thin-film transistor memory with atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/Pt nanocrystals/Al2O3 gate stack

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    Qian, Shi-Bing; Zhang, Wen-Peng; Liu, Wen-Jun; Ding, Shi-Jin

    2015-12-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) memory is very promising for transparent and flexible system-on-panel displays; however, electrical erasability has always been a severe challenge for this memory. In this article, we demonstrated successfully an electrically programmable-erasable memory with atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/Pt nanocrystals/Al2O3 gate stack under a maximal processing temperature of 300 oC. As the programming voltage was enhanced from 14 to 19 V for a constant pulse of 0.2 ms, the threshold voltage shift increased significantly from 0.89 to 4.67 V. When the programmed device was subjected to an appropriate pulse under negative gate bias, it could return to the original state with a superior erasing efficiency. The above phenomena could be attributed to Fowler-Nordheim tunnelling of electrons from the IGZO channel to the Pt nanocrystals during programming, and inverse tunnelling of the trapped electrons during erasing. In terms of 0.2-ms programming at 16 V and 350-ms erasing at -17 V, a large memory window of 3.03 V was achieved successfully. Furthermore, the memory exhibited stable repeated programming/erasing (P/E) characteristics and good data retention, i.e., for 2-ms programming at 14 V and 250-ms erasing at -14 V, a memory window of 2.08 V was still maintained after 103 P/E cycles, and a memory window of 1.1 V was retained after 105 s retention time.

  9. Photoluminescence of Au - formed in 12CaO · 7Al 2O 3 single crystal by Au +-implantation

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    Miyakawa, M.; Kamioka, H.; Hirano, M.; Kamiya, T.; Hosono, H.

    2006-09-01

    Au + ion implantation with fluences from 1 × 10 14 to 3 × 10 16 cm -2 into 12CaO · 7Al 2O 3 (C12A7) single crystals was carried out at a sample temperature of 600 °C. The implanted sample with the fluence of 1 × 10 15 cm -2 exhibited photoluminescence (PL) bands peaking at ˜3.1 and ˜2.3 eV at ⩽150 K when excited by He-Cd laser (325 nm). This was the first observation of PL from C12A7. These two PL bands are possibly due to intra-ionic transitions of an Au - ion having the electronic configuration of 6 s2, judged from their similarities to those reported on Au - ions in alkali halides. However, when the concentration of the implanted Au ions exceeded the theoretical maximum value of anions encaged in C12A7 (˜2.3 × 10 21 cm -3), surface plasmon absorption appeared in the optical absorption spectrum, suggesting Au colloids were formed at such high fluences. These observations indicate that negative gold ions are formed in the cages of C12A7 by the Au + implantation if an appropriate fluence is chosen.

  10. Studies on oxidation and deuterium permeation behavior of a low temperature α-Al2O3-forming Fesbnd Crsbnd Al ferritic steel

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    Xu, Yu-Ping; Zhao, Si-Xiang; Liu, Feng; Li, Xiao-Chun; Zhao, Ming-Zhong; Wang, Jing; Lu, Tao; Hong, Suk-Ho; Zhou, Hai-Shan; Luo, Guang-Nan

    2016-08-01

    To evaluate the capability of Fesbnd Crsbnd Al ferritic steels as tritium permeation barrier in fusion systems, the oxidation behavior together with the permeation behavior of a Fesbnd Crsbnd Al steel was investigated. Gas driven permeation experiments were performed. The permeability of the oxidized Fesbnd Crsbnd Al steel was obtained and a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel CLF-1 was used as a comparison. In order to characterize the oxide layer, SEM, XPS, TEM, HRTEM were used. Al2O3 was detected in the oxide film by XPS, and HRTEM showed that Al2O3 in the α phase was found. The formation of α-Al2O3 layer at a relatively low temperature may result from the formation of Cr2O3 nuclei.

  11. Synthesis of Vertically-Aligned Carbon Nanotubes from Langmuir-Blodgett Films Deposited Fe Nanoparticles on Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si Substrate.

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    Takagiwa, Shota; Kanasugi, Osamu; Nakamura, Kentaro; Kushida, Masahito

    2016-04-01

    In order to apply vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs) to a new Pt supporting material of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC), number density and outer diameter of CNTs must be controlled independently. So, we employed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique for depositing CNT growth catalysts. A Fe nanoparticle (NP) was used as a CNT growth catalyst. In this study, we tried to thicken VA-CNT carpet height and inhibit thermal aggregation of Fe NPs by using Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si substrate. Fe NP LB films were deposited on three typed of substrates, SiO2/Si, as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si and annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si at 923 K in Ar atmosphere of 16 Pa. It is known that Al2O3/Al catalyzes hydrocarbon reforming, inhibits thermal aggregation of CNT growth catalysts and reduces CNT growth catalysts. It was found that annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si exerted three effects more strongly than as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si. VA-CNTs were synthesized from Fe NPs-C16 LB films by thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. As a result, at the distance between two nearest CNTs 28 nm or less, VA-CNT carpet height on annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si was about twice and ten times thicker than that on SiO2/Si and that on as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si, respectively. Moreover, distribution of CNT outer diameter on annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si was inhibited compared to that on SiO2/Si. These results suggest that since thermal aggregation of Fe NPs is inhibited, catalyst activity increases and distribution of Fe NP size is inhibited. PMID:27451619

  12. A light-stimulated synaptic transistor with synaptic plasticity and memory functions based on InGaZnOx-Al2O3 thin film structure

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    Li, H. K.; Chen, T. P.; Liu, P.; Hu, S. G.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, Q.; Lee, P. S.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a synaptic transistor based on the indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO)-aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin film structure, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light pulses as the pre-synaptic stimulus, has been demonstrated. The synaptic transistor exhibits the behavior of synaptic plasticity like the paired-pulse facilitation. In addition, it also shows the brain's memory behaviors including the transition from short-term memory to long-term memory and the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve. The synapse-like behavior and memory behaviors of the transistor are due to the trapping and detrapping processes of the holes, which are generated by the UV pulses, at the IGZO/Al2O3 interface and/or in the Al2O3 layer.

  13. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural reorganization of Eu3+ optical centers in Al2O3-Eu2O3-BiOF gel films

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    Malashkevich, G. E.; Kornienko, A. A.; Dunina, E. B.; Prusova, I. V.; Shevchenko, G. P.; Bokshits, Yu. V.

    2007-06-01

    The dependence of the structural reorganization of Eu3+ optical centers in Al2O3-Eu2O3-BiOF films on the annealing temperature has been investigated. It is shown by the methods of crystal field theory and computer simulation that the increase in the annealing temperature from 700 to 1100 °C leads to removal of bismuth from Eu-O-Bi complex centers with the C 3V symmetry in the Al2O3 structure and the change in symmetry from D 3 to O h for a large fraction of EuAlO3 centers.

  14. Optimization of Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate thin films prepared with different oxide ratios, for use in organic light-emitting diode encapsulation, via plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Lae Ho; Jeong, Yong Jin; An, Tae Kyu; Park, Seonuk; Jang, Jin Hyuk; Nam, Sooji; Jang, Jaeyoung; Kim, Se Hyun; Park, Chan Eon

    2016-01-14

    Encapsulation is essential for protecting the air-sensitive components of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), such as the active layers and cathode electrodes. Thin film encapsulation approaches based on an oxide layer are suitable for flexible electronics, including OLEDs, because they provide mechanical flexibility, the layers are thin, and they are easy to prepare. This study examined the effects of the oxide ratio on the water permeation barrier properties of Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate films prepared by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition. We found that the Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate film exhibited optimal properties for a 1 : 1 atomic ratio of Al2O3/TiO2 with the lowest water vapor transmission rate of 9.16 × 10(-5) g m(-2) day(-1) at 60 °C and 90% RH. OLED devices that incorporated Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate films prepared with a 1 : 1 atomic ratio showed the longest shelf-life, in excess of 2000 hours under 60 °C and 90% RH conditions, without forming dark spots or displaying edge shrinkage. PMID:26661064

  15. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 and Al2O3 on nanographite films: structure and field emission properties

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    Kleshch, Victor I.; Ismagilov, Rinat R.; Smolnikova, Elena A.; Obraztsova, Ekaterina A.; Tuyakova, Feruza; Obraztsov, Alexander N.

    2016-03-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of metal oxides (MO) was used to modify the properties of nanographite (NG) films produced by direct current plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. NG films consist of a few layers of graphene flakes (nanowalls) and nanoscrolls homogeneously distributed over a silicon substrate with a predominantly vertical orientation of graphene sheets to the substrate surface. TiO2 and Al2O3 layers, with thicknesses in the range of 50 to 250 nm, were deposited on NG films by ALD. The obtained NG-MO composite materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that ALD forms a uniform coating on graphene flakes, while on the surface of needle-like nanoscrolls it forms spherical nanoparticles. Field emission properties of the films were measured in a flat vacuum diode configuration. Analysis based on obtained current-voltage characteristics and electrostatic calculations show that emission from NG-TiO2 films is determined by the nanoscrolls protruding from the TiO2 coverage. The TiO2 layers with thicknesses of <200 nm almost do not affect the overall field emission characteristics of the films. At the same time, these layers are able to stabilize the NG films' surface and can lead to an improvement of the NG cold cathode performance in vacuum electronics.

  16. Preparation and Wear Resistance of Aluminum Composites Reinforced with In Situ Formed TiO/Al2O3

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    Qin, Q. D.; Huang, B. W.; Li, W.; Zeng, Z. Y.

    2016-05-01

    An in situ TiO/Al2O3-reinforced Al composite is successfully prepared using a powder metallurgy route by the reaction of Ti2CO and Al powder. The Ti2CO powder is produced by carrying out a carbothermic reduction of titanium dioxide at 1000 °C. XRD results show that the final product is composed of Al, TiO, Al2O3, and Al3Ti. Morphology examination of the composite reveals the presence of bigger blocks of TiO and fine particles of Al2O3 and the volume fraction of reinforcement is found to range between 18 and 55%. As the volume fraction of the reinforced materials approaches 50%, the particles start to agglomerate. Dry sliding wear tests conducted using a conventional pin-on-disk testing machine show that the wear resistance of the composite is higher than that of the pure aluminum ingot. The wear rate of the composite increases almost linearly with the increase in the wear distance. The sliding wear test shows that as the volume fraction of the reinforced phase increases, the coefficient of friction decreases. The wear mechanism is also discussed.

  17. Vanadium oxides on aluminum oxide supports. 1. Surface termination and reducibility of vanadia films on alpha-Al2O3(0001).

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    Todorova, Tanya K; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M Veronica; Sauer, Joachim

    2005-12-15

    Using density functional theory and statistical thermodynamics, we obtained the phase diagram of thin VnOm films of varying thickness (approximately 2-6 A, 1-6 vanadium layers) supported on alpha-Al2O3(0001). Depending on the temperature, oxygen pressure, and vanadium concentration, films with different thickness and termination may form. In ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), at room temperature and for low vanadium concentrations, an ultrathin (1 x 1) O=V-terminated film is most stable. As more vanadium is supplied, the thickest possible films form. Their structures and terminations correspond to previous findings for the (0001) surface of bulk V2O3 [Kresse et al., Surf. Sci. 2004, 555, 118]. The presence of surface vanadyl (O=V) groups is a prevalent feature. They are stable up to at least 800 K in UHV. Vanadyl oxygen atoms induce a V(2p) core-level shift of about 2 eV on the surface V atoms. The reducibility of the supported films is characterized by the energy of oxygen defect formation. For the stable structures, the results vary between 4.11 and 3.59 eV per 1/2O2. In contrast, oxygen removal from the V2O5(001) surface is much easier (1.93 eV). This provides a possible explanation for the lower catalytic activity of vanadium oxides supported on alumina compared to that of crystalline vanadia particles. PMID:16375327

  18. XRD, ESCA and C- V investigations of Al 2O 3 SiO 2 composite thin films synthesized by high dose oxygen ion implantation

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    Dubey, S. K.; Yadav, A. D.

    1998-10-01

    High purity aluminium (99.999%) films were deposited onto cleaned silicon substrates. 30 keV 16O 2+ ions were implanted in Al-Si system with dose levels varying from 1 × 10 17 to 7 × 10 17 O 2+ cm -2. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies reveal the formation of α-Al 2O 3 phase at all doses and γ-Al 2O 3 and SiO 2 phases only for high dose implants. ESCA studies for Al 2p 3/2 and Si 2p lines at various depths confirm the formation of Al 2O 3 at all doses and the gradual chemical transformation of the SiO x towards the stoichiometric composition of SiO 2 with implanted oxygen dose. The interface-state density of Al 2O 3·SiO 2-Si MOS device shows approximately U shape distribution with a discrete peak at <0.4 eV above the valence band edge.

  19. A Pt/Al2O3-supported metal-organic framework film as the size-selective core-shell hydrogenation catalyst.

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    Aguado, Sonia; El-Jamal, Sawsan; Meunier, Frederic; Canivet, Jerome; Farrusseng, David

    2016-06-01

    The substituted imidazolate-based MOF (SIM-1) easily forms a homogeneous layer at the surface of millimetric platinum-loaded alumina beads. This new core-shell SIM-1@Pt/Al2O3 catalyst shows the fine molecular sieving effect for the Pt-catalyzed hydrogenation of carbon-carbon double bonds. PMID:27172134

  20. Negative charge trapping effects in Al2O3 films grown by atomic layer deposition onto thermally oxidized 4H-SiC

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    Schilirò, Emanuela; Lo Nigro, Raffaella; Fiorenza, Patrick; Roccaforte, Fabrizio

    2016-07-01

    This letter reports on the negative charge trapping in Al2O3 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition onto oxidized silicon carbide (4H-SiC). The films exhibited a permittivity of 8.4, a breakdown field of 9.2 MV/cm and small hysteresis under moderate bias cycles. However, severe electron trapping inside the Al2O3 film (1 × 1012 cm-2) occurs upon high positive bias stress (>10V). Capacitance-voltage measurements at different temperatures and stress conditions have been used to determine an activation energy of 0.1eV. The results provide indications on the possible nature of the trapping defects and, hence, on the strategies to improve this technology for 4H-SiC devices.

  1. Comparison of Multilayer Dielectric Thin Films for Future Metal-Insulator-Metal Capacitors: Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 versus SiO2/HfO2/SiO2

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    Park, Sang-Uk; Kwon, Hyuk-Min; Han, In-Shik; Jung, Yi-Jung; Kwak, Ho-Young; Choi, Woon-Il; Ha, Man-Lyun; Lee, Ju-Il; Kang, Chang-Yong; Lee, Byoung-Hun; Jammy, Raj; Lee, Hi-Deok

    2011-10-01

    In this paper, two kinds of multilayered metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors using Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 (AHA) and SiO2/HfO2/SiO2 (SHS) were fabricated and characterized for radio frequency (RF) and analog mixed signal (AMS) applications. The experimental results indicate that the AHA MIM capacitor (8.0 fF/µm2) is able to provide a higher capacitance density than the SHS MIM capacitor (5.1 fF/µm2), while maintaining a low leakage current of about 50 nA/cm2 at 1 V. The quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance, α gradually decreases as a function of stress time under constant voltage stress (CVS). The parameter variation of SHS MIM capacitors is smaller than that of AHA MIM capacitors. The effects of CVS on voltage linearity and time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) characteristics were also investigated.

  2. Comparison of the microstructure and magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite films deposited on Al2O3(0001), Si(100)/Pt(111) and Si(100) substrates by pulsed laser technique

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    Masoudpanah, S. M.; Seyyed Ebrahimi, S. A.; Ong, C. K.

    2014-01-01

    Strontium hexaferrite SrFe12O19 (SrM) films have been deposited on Al2O3(0001), Si(100)/Pt(111) and Si(100) substrates. The (001) oriented SrFe12O19 films deposited on the Al2O3(0001) and Si(100)/Pt(111) substrates have been confirmed by X-ray diffraction patterns. Higher coercivity in perpendicular direction rather than in-plane direction of the SrM/Al2O3(0001) and SrM/Pt(111) films showed that the films had perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The (001) orientation and similar microstructure and magnetic properties of the SrM/Al2O3(0001) and SrM/Pt(111) films show the Al2O3(0001) substrate can be replaced by the Si(100)/Pt(111) substrate.

  3. Enhancement of ferromagnetic resonance in Al2O3-doped Co2FeAl Heusler alloy film prepared by oblique sputtering

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    Li, Shan-Dong; Cai, Zhi-Yi; Xu, Jie; Cao, Xiao-Qin; Du, Hong-Lei; Xue, Qian; Gao, Xiao-Yang; Xie, Shi-Ming

    2014-10-01

    Large and variable in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in a nanocrystalline (Co2FeAl)97.8(Al2O3)2.2 soft magnetic thin film is obtained by an oblique sputtering method without being induced by magnetic field or post annealing. The in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy varies from 50 Oe to 180 Oe (1 Oe = 79.5775 Am-1) by adjusting the sample's position. As a result, the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of the film increases from 1.9 GHz to 3.75 GHz.

  4. Epitaxial growth of (111)-oriented ZrxTi1-xN thin films on c-plane Al2O3 substrates

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    Li, Ruiteng; Gandhi, Jateen S.; Pillai, Rajeev; Forrest, Rebecca; Starikov, David; Bensaoula, Abdelhak

    2014-10-01

    A systematic study is presented on the effects of process parameters of S-gun configured DC magnetron sputtered ZrN thin films on c-plane Al2O3 substrates. Using a quartz crystal microbalance the deposition rate of ZrN is investigated as a function of Ar and N2 flow rates, target power, chamber pressure and gas injection position in the chamber. Selected growth conditions for ZrN show the interrelation of growth parameters on film orientation and crystallinity. (111) oriented ZrN thin films exhibit X-ray diffraction rocking curve FWHM as low as 0.36°. Additionally, (111) oriented ternary ZrxTi1-xN thin films (0≤x≤1) are also deposited on c-plane Al2O3 substrates. High resolution X-ray diffraction characterization shows that ZrxTi1-xN (x=0, 0.64, 0.80, 0.93, 1) layers exhibit rocking curve FWHM values of 0.0045-0.006° for the (111) reflection, indicating highly crystalline thin films. Atomic force microscopy characterizations show ZrxTi1-xN thin films with a surface roughness between 1.2 nm and 2.9 nm.

  5. Effect of the growth conditions on the optical and mechanical properties of TiO2 and Al2O3 films.

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    G-Berasategui, E; Bayon, R; Fernandez-Diaz, B; Ruiz de Gopegui, U; Goikoetxea, J; Zubizarreta, C; Ciarsolo, I; Barriga, J

    2010-02-01

    The mechanical and optical properties of TiO2 and Al2O3 films deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering were analysed as a function of the deposition conditions. Two different sputtering powers and three different voltages targets which influence the pressure and the deposition rate were studied. The voltage corresponds to two different percentages of the turn down set point of the hysteresis curve and fully poisoned condition. As their optical application is the main functionality of these coatings, the transparency and the refractive index were investigated. However, the mechanical properties are the key factors for determining the performance of these systems in use. For this, the wear resistance of these coatings was studied through the analysis of the evolution of the friction coefficient with time and the analysis of the wear track. The corrosion resistance has been also analysed through electrochemical studies. The results reveal that there is a clear influence of the studied deposition conditions on the mechanical and optical properties of these films. However, while general conclusions could be drawn for Al2O3 films, for TiO2 films the tendency is not so clear and further work needs to be performed. PMID:20352755

  6. Sputtering characteristics, crystal structures, and transparent conductive properties of TiOxNy films deposited on α-Al2O3(0 0 0 1) and glass substrates

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2012-12-01

    Adding N2 gas during reactive sputtering of a Ti target prevented the target surface from being severely poisoned by oxygen atoms and sustained a high deposition rate for titanium oxynitride films under metal-mode-like sputtering conditions. With progress in the degree of oxidization, films deposited onto a glass substrate varied from TiO1-xNx having a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure to TiO2-xNx having an anatase structure. Titanium oxynitride films deposited on an Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate were epitaxial with major orientations toward the (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) directions for fcc-TiO1-xNx and (1 1 2) for anatase-TiO2-xNx. Intermediately oxidized films between TiO1-xNx and TiO2-xNx were amorphous on the glass substrate but crystallized into a Magneli phase, TinO(N)2n-1, on the Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrate. Partially substituting oxygen in TiO2 with nitrogen as well as continuously irradiating the growing film surface with a Xe plasma stream preferentially formed anatase rather than rutile. However, the occupation of anion sites with enough oxygen rather than nitrogen was the required condition for anatase crystals to form. The transparent conductive properties of epitaxial TiO2-xNx films on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) were superior to those of microcrystalline films on the glass substrate. Since resistivity and optical transmittance of TiOxNy films vary continuously with changing N2 flow rate, their transparent conductive properties can be controlled more easily than TiOx. Nb5+ ions could be doped as donors in TiO2-xNx anatase crystals.

  7. Microstructure of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys. Ph.D. Thesis - Case Western Reserve Univ.

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    Smialek, J. L.

    1981-01-01

    The structure of transient scales formed on pure and Y or Zr-doped Ni-15Cr-13Al alloys oxidized for 0.1 hr at 1100 C was studied by the use of transmission electron microscopy. Crystallographically oriented scales were found on all three alloys, but especially for the Zr-doped NiCrAl. The oriented scales consisted of alpha-(Al,Cr)2O3, Ni(Al,Cr)2O4 and gamma-Al2O3. They were often found in intimate contact with each other such that the close-packed planes and directions of one oxide phase were aligned with those of another. The prominent structural features of the oriented scales were approximately equal to micrometer subgrains; voids, antiphase domain boundaries and aligned precipitates were also prevalent. Randomly oriented alpha-Al2O3 was also found and was the only oxide ever observed at the immediate oxide metal interface. These approximately 0.15 micrometer grains were populated by intragranular voids which decreased in size and number towards the oxide metal interface. A sequence of oxidation was proposed in which the composition of the growing scale changed from oriented oxides rich in Ni and Cr to oriented oxides rich in Al. At the same time the structure changed from cubic spinels to hexagonal corundums with apparent precipitates of one phase in the matrix of the other. Eventually randomly oriented pure alpha-Al2O3 formed as the stable oxide with an abrupt transition: there was no gradual loss of orientation, no gradual compositional change or no gradual decrease in precipitate density.

  8. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance of α-Fe2O3 thin films by surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles coupled with surface passivation by atom layer deposition of Al2O3

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    Liu, Yuting; Xu, Zhen; Yin, Min; Fan, Haowen; Cheng, Weijie; Lu, Linfeng; Song, Ye; Ma, Jing; Zhu, Xufei

    2015-09-01

    The short lifetime of photogenerated charge carriers of hematite (α-Fe2O3) thin films strongly hindered the PEC performances. Herein, α-Fe2O3 thin films with surface nanowire were synthesized by electrodeposition and post annealing method for photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) water splitting. The thickness of the α-Fe2O3 films can be precisely controlled by adjusting the duration of the electrodeposition. The Au nanoparticles (NPs) and Al2O3 shell by atom layer deposition were further introduced to modify the photoelectrodes. Different constructions were made with different deposition orders of Au and Al2O3 on Fe2O3 films. The Fe2O3-Au-Al2O3 construction shows the best PEC performance with 1.78 times enhancement by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of NPs in conjunction with surface passivation of Al2O3 shells. Numerical simulation was carried out to investigate the promotion mechanisms. The high PEC performance for Fe2O3-Au-Al2O3 construction electrode could be attributed to the Al2O3 intensified LSPR, effective surface passivation by Al2O3 coating, and the efficient charge transfer due to the Fe2O3-Au Schottky junctions.

  9. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance of α-Fe2O3 thin films by surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles coupled with surface passivation by atom layer deposition of Al2O3.

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    Liu, Yuting; Xu, Zhen; Yin, Min; Fan, Haowen; Cheng, Weijie; Lu, Linfeng; Song, Ye; Ma, Jing; Zhu, Xufei

    2015-12-01

    The short lifetime of photogenerated charge carriers of hematite (α-Fe2O3) thin films strongly hindered the PEC performances. Herein, α-Fe2O3 thin films with surface nanowire were synthesized by electrodeposition and post annealing method for photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) water splitting. The thickness of the α-Fe2O3 films can be precisely controlled by adjusting the duration of the electrodeposition. The Au nanoparticles (NPs) and Al2O3 shell by atom layer deposition were further introduced to modify the photoelectrodes. Different constructions were made with different deposition orders of Au and Al2O3 on Fe2O3 films. The Fe2O3-Au-Al2O3 construction shows the best PEC performance with 1.78 times enhancement by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of NPs in conjunction with surface passivation of Al2O3 shells. Numerical simulation was carried out to investigate the promotion mechanisms. The high PEC performance for Fe2O3-Au-Al2O3 construction electrode could be attributed to the Al2O3 intensified LSPR, effective surface passivation by Al2O3 coating, and the efficient charge transfer due to the Fe2O3-Au Schottky junctions. PMID:26415539

  10. Data storage applications based on LiCoO2 thin films grown on Al2O3 and Si substrates

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    Svoukis, E.; Mihailescu, C. N.; Mai, V. H.; Schneegans, O.; Breza, K.; Lioutas, C.; Giapintzakis, J.

    2016-09-01

    In this study, LiCoO2 thin films were investigated for data storage applications based on scanning probe mediated approaches. LiCoO2, compared to other materials proposed for scanning probe mediated nanoscale patterning, is highly stable and exhibits reversible electrochemical surface modifications. LiCoO2 thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on Al2O3 and Si substrates over a range of deposition temperatures. The crystal structure and the microstructure of the films has been inferred through in- and out-of-plane X-ray diffraction studies and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The influence of the film deposition temperature on the surface electrical properties of the LiCoO2 films is discussed along with the relevant mechanism of surface resistance modification.

  11. Preparation of Ca-Si Films on (001) Al2O3 Substrates by an RF Magnetron Sputtering Method and Their Electrical Properties

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    Uehara, Mutsuo; Akiyama, Kensuke; Shimizu, Takao; Matsushima, Masaaki; Uchida, Hiroshi; Kimura, Yoshisato; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    The constituent phases, electrical conductivity, and Seebeck coefficient of Ca-Si films deposited on (001) Al2O3 substrates by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering method using a Mg disk target with Ca and Si chips are investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the films consist of a single phase of CaSi2, CaSi or Ca5Si3 that are deposited together with the films consisting of a mixture of CaSi2 and CaSi. Films with a CaSi2 or CaSi single phase exhibit a metallic behavior. In contrast, films with a Ca5Si3 single phase show p-type conduction and their Seebeck coefficient reaches 90 μV/K at 400°C.

  12. Thickness effect on the optical and morphological properties in Al2O3/ZnO nanolaminate thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    López, J.; Martínez, J.; Abundiz, N.; Domínguez, D.; Murillo, E.; Castillón, F. F.; Machorro, R.; Farías, M. H.; Tiznado, H.

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we studied the optical and morphological properties of ultrathin nanolaminate films based on Al2O3/ZnO (AZ) bilayers stack. The films were deposited on Si (100) by means of thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The bilayer thicknesses (ratio = 1:1) were 0.2, 1, 2, 4, 10 and 20 nm. Refractive index (n) and band gap (Eg) of each nanolaminate were studied via spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), and spectral reflectance ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). Surface morphology and roughness parameters of the nanolaminates were measured by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical and morphological properties were shown highly dependent on the bilayer thickness. Ellipsometric data treated through the Cody-Lorentz optical model revealed that the refractive index decreases for thinner bilayers. A sharp intensity decay of refractive index and peaks at the UV region (200-400 nm) indicated increased transparency for thinner bilayers. It is also shown that the band gap is tunable. The maximum band gap value was 4.8 eV. These results reveal that ZnO combined with Al2O3 as bilayers stack can be converted into a dielectric material with enhanced band gap, opening the possibility for new optical and dielectric applications.

  13. TEM study of defect structure of GaN epitaxial films grown on GaN/Al2O3 substrates with buried column pattern

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    Mynbaeva, M. G.; Kremleva, A. V.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Sitnikova, A. A.; Pechnikov, A. I.; Mynbaev, K. D.; Nikolaev, V. I.; Bougrov, V. E.; Lipsanen, H.; Romanov, A. E.

    2016-07-01

    A TEM study of defect structure of GaN films grown by chloride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) on GaN/Al2O3 substrates was performed. The substrates were fabricated by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition overgrowth of templates with buried column pattern. The results of TEM study showed that the character of the defect structure of HVPE-grown films was determined by the configuration of the column pattern in the substrate. By choosing the proper pattern, the reduction in the density of threading dislocations in the films by two orders of magnitude (in respect to the substrate material), down to the value of 107 cm-2, was achieved.

  14. Decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters supported on thin film Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0)

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    Chao, C. S.; Li, Y. D.; Liao, T. W.; Hung, T. C.; Luo, M. F.

    2014-08-01

    Various surface probe techniques were applied to investigate the decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters on an ordered thin film of Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0). The alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters were prepared on annealing Pt clusters (grown by vapor deposition onto the Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0) at 300 K) to 650 K under UHV conditions. The annealed cluster became a Pt1+-Pt2+ state and partially encapsulated with inert alumina. Methanol on the partially encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed only on the uncovered Pt sites, and through both dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C-O bond. In comparison to the reactions on Pt clusters, the C-O bond scission was altered little on the partially encapsulated clusters whereas the dehydrogenation was hindered to a certain extent. The quantities of CO and hydrogen produced from the dehydrogenation per surface Pt on the partially encapsulated clusters amounted to only half those on Pt clusters. The altered methanol decomposition was correlated to both electronic and ensemble effects.

  15. Abnormal positive bias stress instability of In-Ga-Zn-O thin-film transistors with low-temperature Al2O3 gate dielectric

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    Chang, Yu-Hong; Yu, Ming-Jiue; Lin, Ruei-Ping; Hsu, Chih-Pin; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2016-01-01

    Low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) was employed to deposit Al2O3 as a gate dielectric in amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin-film transistors fabricated at temperatures below 120 °C. The devices exhibited a negligible threshold voltage shift (ΔVT) during negative bias stress, but a more pronounced ΔVT under positive bias stress with a characteristic turnaround behavior from a positive ΔVT to a negative ΔVT. This abnormal positive bias instability is explained using a two-process model, including both electron trapping and hydrogen release and migration. Electron trapping induces the initial positive ΔVT, which can be fitted using the stretched exponential function. The breakage of residual AlO-H bonds in low-temperature ALD Al2O3 is triggered by the energetic channel electrons. The hydrogen atoms then diffuse toward the In-Ga-Zn-O channel and induce the negative ΔVT through electron doping with power-law time dependence. A rapid partial recovery of the negative ΔVT after stress is also observed during relaxation.

  16. Microstructure and dielectric properties of (Ba 0.6Sr 0.4)TiO 3 thin films grown on super smooth glazed-Al 2O 3 ceramics substrate

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    Chen, Hongwei; Yang, Chuanren; Zheng, Shanxue; Zhang, Jihua; Zhang, Qiaozhen; Lei, Guanhuan; Lou, Feizhi; Yang, Lijun

    2011-12-01

    Modified substrates with nanometer scale smooth surface were obtained via coating a layer of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CaAlSi) high temperature glaze with proper additives on the rough-95% Al2O3 ceramics substrates. (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 (BST) thin films were deposited on modified Al2O3 substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The microstructure, dielectric, and insulating properties of BST thin films grown on glazed-Al2O3 substrates were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), and dielectric properties measurement. These results showed that microstructure and dielectric properties of BST thin films grown on glazed-Al2O3 substrates were almost consistent with that of BST thin films grown on LaAlO3 (1 0 0) single-crystal substrates. Thus, the expensive single-crystal substrates may be substituted by extremely cheap glazed-Al2O3 substrates.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of highly luminescent Er3+:Al2O3 thin films with optimized growth parameters

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    Nayar, Priyanka; Zhu, Xue-Yi; Yang, Fuyi; Lu, Minghui; Lakshminarayana, G.; Liu, Xiao Ping; Chen, Yan-Feng; Kityk, I. V.

    2016-10-01

    Erbium doped amorphous alumina thin films were fabricated using Co-sputtering technique in various depositions runs with varying parameters for optimizing the deposition parameters to obtain the films with best optical performance. The main subject of investigation includes the effects of change in various deposition parameters such as substrate heating, radio frequency (RF) power and oxygen pressure inside the chamber while deposition. High quality as-deposited films with various Er concentrations and low carbon content have been confirmed by XPS. Substrate heating ∼500 °C was found to be very effective in getting highly dense films with high refractive index of 1.70 at 1530-1570 nm emission band. The Er3+-doped films showed very intense near-infrared luminescence peak at 1550 nm even without any post-deposition annealing treatment.

  18. Uniform deposition of ultrathin polymer films on the surfaces of Al2O3 nanoparticles by a plasma treatment

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    Shi, Donglu; Wang, S. X.; van Ooij, Wim J.; Wang, L. M.; Zhao, Jiangang; Yu, Zhou

    2001-02-01

    Surface modification of nanoparticles will present great challenges due to their extremely small dimensions, high surface areas, and high surface energies. In this research, we demonstrate the uniform deposition of ultrathin polymer films of 2 nm on the surfaces of alumina nanoparticles. The deposited film can also be tailored to multilayers. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy was used to confirm the pyrrole thin film on the nanoparticle surfaces. Using such a nanocoating, it is possible to alter the intrinsic properties of materials that cannot be achieved by conventional methods and materials.

  19. Effect of Al2O3 insulator thickness on the structural integrity of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide based thin film transistors.

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    Kim, Hak-Jun; Hwang, In-Ju; Kim, Youn-Jea

    2014-12-01

    The current transparent oxide semiconductors (TOSs) technology provides flexibility and high performance. In this study, multi-stack nano-layers of TOSs were designed for three-dimensional analysis of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) based thin film transistors (TFTs). In particular, the effects of torsional and compressive stresses on the nano-sized active layers such as the a-IGZO layer were investigated. Numerical simulations were carried out to investigate the structural integrity of a-IGZO based TFTs with three different thicknesses of the aluminum oxide (Al2O3) insulator (δ = 10, 20, and 30 nm), respectively, using a commercial code, COMSOL Multiphysics. The results are graphically depicted for operating conditions. PMID:25971080

  20. Surface plasmon coupled emission studies on engineered thin film hybrids of nano α-Al2O3 on silver

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    Mulpur, Pradyumna; Lingam, Kiran; Chunduri, Avinash; Rattan, Tanu Mimani; Rao, Apparao M.; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah

    2014-01-01

    We report the first time engineering and fabrication of a novel thin film hybrid of nano α-alumina doped in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix along with rhodamine b (Rh.B) on a silver thin film. Silver films of 50 nm thickness on glass slides were fabricated by thermal evaporation. Nano α-alumina was synthesized through the combustion route and characterized by XRD. The α-alumina was dispersed in the PVA-Rh.B matrix by tip sonication. The resultant solution was spin coated on the Ag thin film at 3000 rpm to generate an overcoat of ˜30 nm. We have designed and constructed an opto-mechanical setup for performing the SPCE studies. Excitation with a 532 nm continuous laser, led to the coupling of the energy of Rh.B emission to the surface plasmon modes of silver. The emission @ 580 nm was recorded using an Ocean Optics{copyright, serif} fiber optic spectrometer. Calculation of the ratio of signal intensity between the directional SPCE and isotropic fluorescence gives us the factor of signal enhancements which SPCE offers. We report an '8 fold' signal enhancement attributed to SPCE arising from the metal oxide doped thin film hybrid. We observed only a '5 fold' signal enhancement in the case of a thin film hybrid without α-alumina. The emission was also 92% P-polarized which is in coherence with the theory of SPCE. The greater degree of signal enhancement observed in the α-alumina doped thin film substrate can be attributed to the surface roughness which alumina offers to silver, which along with the porous nature of alumina enables a greater degree of adsorption of Rh.B which results in a higher emission intensity. Computational modeling was also performed, based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) calculations to provide theoretical background to observed experimental data. The α-alumina thin film hybrid can be extended as an economical sensing platform towards the high sensitive detection of analytes.

  1. A novel p-type and metallic dual-functional Cu-Al2O3 ultra-thin layer as the back electrode enabling high performance of thin film solar cells.

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    Lin, Qinxian; Su, Yantao; Zhang, Ming-Jian; Yang, Xiaoyang; Yuan, Sheng; Hu, Jiangtao; Lin, Yuan; Liang, Jun; Pan, Feng

    2016-09-14

    Increasing the open-circuit voltage (Voc) along with the fill factor (FF) is pivotal for the performance improvement of solar cells. In this work, we report the design and construction of a new structure of CdS/CdTe/Al2O3/Cu using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) method, and then we control Cu diffusion through the Al2O3 atomic layer into the CdTe layer. Surprisingly, this generates a novel p-type and metallic dual-functional Cu-Al2O3 atomic layer. Due to this dual-functional character of the Cu-Al2O3 layer, an efficiency improvement of 2% in comparison with the standard cell was observed. This novel dual-functional back contact structure could also be introduced into other thin film solar cells for their efficiency improvement. PMID:27384986

  2. Low-Loss Optical Waveguides for the Near Ultra-Violet and Visible Spectral Regions with Al2O3 Thin Films from Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Aslan, Mustafa M.; Webster, Nathan A.; Byard, Courtney L.; Pereira, Marcelo B.; Hayes, Colin M.; Wiederkehr, Rodrigo S.; Mendes, Sergio B.

    2011-01-01

    In this work, we report low-loss single-mode integrated optical waveguides in the near ultra-violet and visible spectral regions with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) films using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. Alumina films were deposited on glass and fused silica substrates by the ALD process at substrate/chamber temperatures of 200 °C and 300 °C. Transmission spectra and waveguide measurements were performed in our alumina films with thicknesses in the range of 210 – 380 nm for the optical characterization. Those measurements allowed us to determine the optical constants (nw and kw), propagation loss, and thickness of the alumina films. The experimental results from the applied techniques show good agreement and demonstrate a low-loss optical waveguide. Our alumina thin-film waveguides is well transparent in the whole visible spectral region and also in an important region of the UV; the measured propagation loss is below 4 dB/cm down to a wavelength as short as 250 nm. The low propagation loss of these alumina guiding films, in particular in the near ultra-violet region which lacks materials with high optical performance, is extremely useful for several integrated optic applications. PMID:21359156

  3. Enhancement Of Free Exciton Peak Intensity In Reactively Sputtered ZnO Thin Films On (0001) Al2O3

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    Tuezemen, S.; Guer, Emre; Yildirim, T.; Xiong, G.; Williams, R. T.

    2007-04-23

    Wide bandgap materials such as GaN with its direct bandgap structure have been developed rapidly for applications in short wavelength light emission. ZnO, II-VI oxide semiconductor, is also promising for various technological applications, especially for optoelectronic light emitting devices in the visible and ultraviolet (UV) range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Above-band-edge absorption spectra of reactively sputtered Zn- and O-rich samples exhibit free exciton (FX) and neutral acceptor bound exciton (A deg. X) features. It is shown that the residual acceptors which bind excitons with an energy of 75 meV reside about 312 meV above the valence band, according to effective mass theory. An intra-bandgap absorption feature peaking at 2.5 eV shows correlation with the characteristically narrow A-free exciton peak intensity. Relevant annealing processes are presented as a function of time and temperature dependently for both Zn- and O- rich thin films. Enhancement of the free exciton peak intensity is observed without disturbing the residual shallow acceptor profile which is necessary for at least background p-type conductivity.

  4. Effects of ozone post deposition treatment on interfacial and electrical characteristics of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 and HfO2 films on GaSb substrates

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    Zhao, Lianfeng; Tan, Zhen; Wang, Jing; Xu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 and HfO2 films on GaSb substrates were treated by in-situ ozone post deposition treatment (PDT). The effects of ozone PDT on the interfacial and electrical properties of Al2O3 and HfO2 gate dielectric films on GaSb substrates were investigated carefully. It is found that the dielectric quality and the interfacial properties of the Al2O3 and HfO2 films are improved by ozone PDT. After in-situ ozone PDT for 5 min, the Al2O3 and HfO2 films on GaSb substrates exhibit improved electrical and interfacial properties, such as reduced frequency dispersion, gate leakage current, border traps and interface traps. Interface trap density is reduced by ∼24% for the Al2O3/GaSb stacks and ∼27% for the HfO2/GaSb stacks. In-situ ozone PDT is proved to be a promising technique in improving the quality of high-k gate stacks on GaSb substrates.

  5. Evaluation of the optoelectronic properties and corrosion behavior of Al2O3-doped ZnO films prepared by dc pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Zubizarreta, C.; Berasategui, E. G.; Bayón, R.; Escobar Galindo, R.; Barros, R.; Gaspar, D.; Nunes, D.; Calmeiro, T.; Martins, R.; Fortunato, E.; Barriga, J.

    2014-12-01

    The main requirements for transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films acting as electrodes are a high transmission rate in the visible spectral region and low resistivity. However, in many cases, tolerance to temperature and humidity exposure is also an important requirement to be fulfilled by the TCOs to assure proper operation and durability. Besides improving current encapsulation methods, the corrosion resistance of the developed TCOs must also be enhanced to warrant the performance of optoelectronic devices. In this paper the performance of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films deposited by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering has been studied. Structure, optical transmittance/reflectance, electrical properties (resistivity, carrier concentration and mobility) and corrosion resistance of the developed coatings have been analyzed as a function of the doping of the target and the coating thickness. Films grown from a 2.0 wt% Al2O3 target with a thickness of approximately 1 µm showed a very low resistivity of 6.54  ×  10-4 Ωcm and a high optical transmittance in the visible range of 84%. Corrosion studies of the developed samples have shown very low corrosion currents (nanoamperes), very high corrosion resistances (in the order of 107 Ω) and very high electrochemical stability, indicating no tendency for electrochemical corrosion degradation.

  6. Reduced impurities and improved electrical properties of atomic-layer-deposited HfO2 film grown at a low temperature (100 °C) by Al2O3 incorporation

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    Park, Tae Joo; Byun, Youngchol; Wallace, Robert M.; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-05-01

    The HfO2 films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at a low temperature (100 °C) necessarily has a large amount of residual impurities due to lack of thermal energy for stable ALD reactions such as ligand removal and oxidation, which degrades various properties. However, Al2O3 incorporation into the film significantly decreased the residual impurities despite of a low growth temperature. The decrease in C impurity is attributed to the reduced oxygen vacancies by the incorporated Al2O3 phase or the high reactivity of Al precursor. Consequently, the electronic band structure of the film, and thereby the electrical properties were improved significantly.

  7. Border trap reduction in Al2O3/InGaAs gate stacks

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    Tang, Kechao; Winter, Roy; Zhang, Liangliang; Droopad, Ravi; Eizenberg, Moshe; McIntyre, Paul C.

    2015-11-01

    The effect of Al2O3 atomic layer deposition (ALD) temperature on the border trap density (Nbt) of Al2O3/InGaAs gate stacks is investigated quantitatively, and we demonstrate that lowering the trimethylaluminum (TMA)/water vapor ALD temperature from 270 °C to 120 °C significantly reduces Nbt. The reduction of Nbt coincides with increased hydrogen incorporation in low temperature ALD-grown Al2O3 films during post-gate metal forming gas annealing. It is also found that large-dose (˜6000 L) exposure of the In0.53Ga0.47As (100) surface to TMA immediately after thermal desorption of a protective As2 capping layer is an important step to guarantee the uniformity and reproducibility of high quality Al2O3/InGaAs samples made at low ALD temperatures.

  8. Optical characteristic and numerical study of gold nanoparticles on Al2O3 coated gold film for tunable plasmonic sensing platforms

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    Lumdee, Chatdanai; Yun, Binfeng; Kik, Pieter G.

    2013-09-01

    Substrate-based tuning of plasmon resonances on gold nanoparticles (NP) is a versatile method of achieving plasmon resonances at a desired wavelength, and offers reliable nanogap sizes and large field enhancement factors. The reproducibility and relative simplicity of these structures makes them promising candidates for frequency-optimized sensing substrates. The underlying principle in resonance tuning of such a structure is the coupling between a metal nanoparticle and the substrate, which leads to a resonance shift and a polarization dependent scattering response. In this work, we experimentally investigate the optical scattering spectra of isolated 60 nm diameter gold nanoparticles on aluminum oxide (Al2O3) coated gold films with various oxide thicknesses. Dark-field scattering images and scattering spectra of gold particles reveal two distinct resonance modes. The experimental results are compared with numerical simulations, revealing the magnitude and phase relationships between the effective dipoles of the gold particle and the gold substrate. The numerical approach is described in detail, and enables the prediction of the resonance responses of a particle-on-film structure using methods that are available in many available electromagnetics simulation packages. The simulated scattering spectra match the experimentally observed data remarkably well, demonstrating the usefulness of the presented approach to researchers in the field.

  9. Large modification in insulator-metal transition of VO2 films grown on Al2O3 (001) by high energy ion irradiation in biased reactive sputtering

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    Azhan, Nurul Hanis; Okimura, Kunio; Ohtsubo, Yoshiyuki; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Zaghrioui, Mustapha; Sakai, Joe

    2016-02-01

    High energy ion irradiation in biased reactive sputtering enabled significant modification of insulator-metal transition (IMT) properties of VO2 films grown on Al2O3 (001). Even at a high biasing voltage with mean ion energy of around 325 eV induced by the rf substrate biasing power of 40 W, VO2 film revealed low IMT temperature (TIMT) at 309 K (36 °C) together with nearly two orders magnitude of resistance change. Raman measurements from -193 °C evidenced that the monoclinic VO2 lattice begins to transform to rutile-tetragonal lattice near room temperature. Raman spectra showed the in-plane compressive stress in biased VO2 films, which results in shortening of V-V distance along a-axis of monoclinic structure, aM-axis (cR-axis) and thus lowering the TIMT. In respect to that matter, significant effects in shortening the in-plane axis were observed through transmission electron microscopy observations. V2p3/2 spectra from XPS measurements suggested that high energy ion irradiation also induced oxygen vacancies and resulted for an early transition onset and rather broader transition properties. Earlier band gap closing against the temperature in VO2 film with higher biasing power was also probed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. Present results with significant modification of IMT behavior of films deposited at high-energy ion irradiation with TIMT near the room temperature could be a newly and effective approach to both exploring mechanisms of IMT and further applications of this material, due to the fixed deposition conditions and rather thicker VO2 films.

  10. Ultra-sensitive film sensor based on Al2O3-Au nanoparticles supported on PDDA-functionalized graphene for the determination of acetaminophen.

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    Li, Jianbo; Sun, Weiyan; Wang, Xiaojiao; Duan, Huimin; Wang, Yanhui; Sun, Yuanling; Ding, Chaofan; Luo, Chuannan

    2016-08-01

    An electrochemical sensor of acetaminophen based on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-functionalized reduced graphene-loaded Al2O3-Au nanoparticles coated onto glassy carbon electrode (Al2O3-Au/PDDA/reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/glass carbon electrode (GCE)) were prepared by layer self-assembly technique. The as-prepared electrode-modified materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The electrocatalytic performances of Al2O3-Au/PDDA/rGO-modified glassy carbon electrode toward the acetaminophen were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. The modified electrodes of graphene oxide (GO)/GCE, PDDA/rGO/GCE, and Al2O3-Au/PDDA/rGO/GCE were constructed for comparison and learning the catalytic mechanism. The research showed Al2O3-Au/PDDA/rGO/GCE having good electrochemical performance, attributing to the synergetic effect that comes from the special nanocomposite structure and physicochemical properties of Al2O3-Au nanoparticles and graphene. A low detection limit of 6 nM (S/N = 3) and a wide linear detection range from 0.02 to 200 μM (R (2) = 0.9970) was obtained. The preparation of sensor was successfully applied for the detection of acetaminophen in commercial pharmaceutical pills. Graphical abstract Schematic diagram of synthesis of Al2O3-Au/PDDA/rGO/GCE. PMID:27255103

  11. Analysis of interface states of FeO-Al2O3 spinel composite film/p-Si diode by conductance technique

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    Tataroğlu, Adem; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; El-Tantawy, Farid; Farooq, W. A.; Yakuphanoğlu, F.

    2016-03-01

    The interface states and series resistance properties of the Al/FeO-Al2O3/p-Si diode were investigated by the capacitance ( C) and conductance ( G) measurements. The measured capacitance and conductance values were corrected to eliminate the effect of series resistance to obtain the real capacitance and conductance values of the diode. The C and G characteristics indicate the presence of interface states at the interface of the diode. The interface states density, N ss, was determined using Hill-Coleman method, and it was found that the density of interface states is decreased with the frequency. The obtained results suggest that the series resistance and interface states affect significantly the electronic parameters of the Al/FeO-Al2O3/p-Si diode.

  12. Epitaxial Growth of V2O3 Thin Films on c-Plane Al2O3 in Reactive Sputtering and Its Transformation to VO2 Films by Post Annealing

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    Okimura, Kunio; Suzuki, Yasushi

    2011-06-01

    Epitaxial growth of thin vanadium sesquioxide (V2O3) films on c-plane sapphire (c-Al2O3) substrates was achieved with reactive magnetron sputtering under restricted oxygen flow. Even with a film thickness of approximately 12 nm, highly c-axis textured growth of corundum V2O3 was realized because of the smaller mismatch of V2O3 against corundum Al2O3. Post annealing in O2 atmosphere for as-grown V2O3 films caused phase transformation to oxidized crystalline phases. At a moderate annealing temperature of 450 °C, the V2O3 thin films transformed to VO2 films, which show a resistivity change of over three orders of magnitude. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra for the annealed VO2 film showed a single charge state of V4+, indicating a homogeneous crystalline structure, in contrast to the inhomogeneous feature with mixed charge states of V in addition to V3+ for as-grown V2O3 film. This method is promising to prepare thin VO2 films with metal-insulator transition in productive reactive sputtering and to examine crystalline phase transformation mechanisms, including phase coexistence.

  13. Effect of annealing on the structural and UV photoluminescence properties of Sb-doped SnO2 films deposited on Al2O3 (0001) substrates by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Feng, Xianjin; Luo, Yi; Luan, Caina

    2014-11-01

    The antimony-doped tin oxide (SnO2∶Sb) films have been deposited on the Al2O3 (0001) substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The influence of annealing on the structural and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the SnO2∶Sb films was investigated. The prepared samples were polycrystalline films having a rutile structure of pure SnO2 and a preferred orientation along the (110) direction, with an improvement in the film crystallinity observed after annealing. An ultraviolet PL peak near 334 nm was observed at room temperature both before and after annealing. The corresponding PL mechanism was discussed in detail.

  14. Electronic properties of ultrathin HfO2, Al2O3, and Hf-Al-O dielectric films on Si(100) studied by quantitative analysis of reflection electron energy loss spectra

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    Jin, Hua; Oh, Suhk Kun; Kang, Hee Jae; Tougaard, Sven

    2006-10-01

    Quantitative analysis of reflection electron energy loss spectra for ultrathin HfO2, Al2O3, and Hf-Al-O dielectric thin films on Si(100) were carried out by using Tougaard-Yubero [Surf. Interface Anal. 36, 824 (2004)] QUEELS-ɛ(k ,ω)-REELS software. Experimental cross sections obtained from reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy were compared with theoretical inelastic scattering cross section Ksc deduced from the simulated energy loss function (ELF). The ELF is expressed as a sum of Drude oscillators. For HfO2, the ELF shows peaks in the vicinity of 10, 17, 22, 27, 37, and 47eV. For Al2O3, a broad peak at 22eV with a very weak shoulder at 14eV and a shoulder at 32eV were observed, while for the Al2O3 doped HfO2, the peak position is similar to that of HfO2. This indicates that when Hf-Al-O film is used as a gate dielectric in a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor transistor, its electronic structure is mainly determined by the d state of Hf. In addition, the inelastic mean free path (IMFP) was also calculated from the theoretical inelastic scattering cross section. The IMFPs at 300eV were about 7.05, 9.62, and 8.48Å and those at 500eV were 11.42, 15.40, and 13.64Å for HfO2, Al2O3, and Hf-Al-O, respectively. The method of determining the IMFP from the ELF is a convenient tool for ultrathin dielectric materials.

  15. Preparation and Characterization of (Ba0.8Sr0.2)TiO3-Al2O3 Composite Oxide for Thin Film Capacitor

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    Jang, Joo-Hee; Kim, Tae-Yoo; Lee, Chang-Hyoung; Zhang, JingJing; Park, Eun-Mi; Park, Chan; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2011-07-01

    Barium strontium titanate-alumina composites were fabricated using a sol-gel and anodizing process for high performance thin film capacitors and the properties of the films were studied. The (Ba0.8Sr0.2)TiO3 (BST) films were formed by spin coating and subsequent annealing at 150-550 °C. The respective annealed films were anodized in a neutral borate solution. The capacitance density increased with increasing annealing temperature up to 450 °C but decreased at 550 °C. The capacitance density was approximately 28.46% higher with the BST coating than without the BST layer.

  16. Self limiting atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on perovskite surfaces: a reality?

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    Choudhury, Devika; Rajaraman, Gopalan; Sarkar, Shaibal K.

    2016-03-01

    The feasibility of self-saturated atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on an organolead halide perovskite (MAPbI3-xClx) surface through a well known trimethylaluminium (TMA)-water (H2O) chemistry is studied. Though the sequential dosages of reactants form films on the perovskite surfaces, a self saturated growth is never observed. Self-saturation leads to the degradation of the material. Both experimental and density functional theory calculations are carried out for complete understanding of the growth mechanism of self-limiting Al2O3 on the perovskite surface.The feasibility of self-saturated atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on an organolead halide perovskite (MAPbI3-xClx) surface through a well known trimethylaluminium (TMA)-water (H2O) chemistry is studied. Though the sequential dosages of reactants form films on the perovskite surfaces, a self saturated growth is never observed. Self-saturation leads to the degradation of the material. Both experimental and density functional theory calculations are carried out for complete understanding of the growth mechanism of self-limiting Al2O3 on the perovskite surface. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional QCM results, FTIR spectra and DFT results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06974b

  17. Nanostructured Er3+-doped SiO2-TiO2 and SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3 sol-gel thin films for integrated optics

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    Predoana, Luminita; Preda, Silviu; Anastasescu, Mihai; Stoica, Mihai; Voicescu, Mariana; Munteanu, Cornel; Tomescu, Roxana; Cristea, Dana

    2015-08-01

    The nanostructured multilayer silica-titania or silica-titania-alumina films doped with Er3+ were prepared by sol-gel method. The sol-gel method is a flexible and convenient way to prepare oxide films on several types of substrates, and for this reason it was extensively investigated for optical waveguides fabrication. The selected molar composition was 90%SiO2-10%TiO2 or 85%SiO2-10%TiO2-5% Al2O3 and 0.5% Er2O3. The films were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Spectroellipsometry (SE), as well as by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and photoluminescence (PL). The films deposited on Si/SiO2 substrate by dip-coating or spin-coating, followed by annealing at 900 °C, presented homogenous and continuous surface and good adherence to the substrate. Differences were noticed in the structure and properties of the prepared films, depending on the composition and the number of deposited layers. Channel optical waveguides were obtained by patterning Er3+-doped SiO2-TiO2 and SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3 sol-gel layers deposited on oxidized silicon wafers.

  18. Vacuum ultraviolet photochemical selective area atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 dielectrics

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    Chalker, P. R.; Marshall, P. A.; Dawson, K.; Brunell, I. F.; Sutcliffe, C. J.; Potter, R. J.

    2015-01-01

    We report the photochemical atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 thin films and the use of this process to achieve area-selective film deposition. A shuttered vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light source is used to excite molecular oxygen and trimethyl aluminum to deposit films at 60°C. In-situ QCM and post-deposition ellipsometric measurements both show that the deposition rate is saturative as a function of irradiation time. Selective area deposition was achieved by projecting the VUV light through a metalized magnesium fluoride photolithographic mask and the selectivity of deposition on the illuminated and masked regions of the substrate is a logarithmic function of the UV exposure time. The Al2O3 films exhibit dielectric constants of 8 - 10 at 1 MHz after forming gas annealing, similar to films deposited by conventional thermal ALD.

  19. Comparison of the strain of GaN films grown on MOCVD-GaN/Al2O3 and MOCVD-GaN/SiC samples by HVPE growth

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    Zhang, Lei; Shao, Yongliang; Hao, Xiaopeng; Wu, Yongzhong; Qu, Shuang; Chen, Xiufang; Xu, Xiangang

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, GaN films were successfully grown on the samples of MOCVD-GaN/Al2O3 (MGA) and MOCVD-GaN/6H-SiC (MGS) by HVPE method. We compare the strain of GaN films grown on the two samples by employing various characterization techniques. The surface morphology of GaN films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The variations of strain characteristic were also microscopically identified using the Z scan of Raman spectroscopy. The Raman peak (E2) shift indicates that the stress enhanced gradually as a function of increasing the measurement depth. The strain of GaN grown on MGA sample is compressive strain, while on MGS is tensile strain. The stress of GaN films grown on MGA and MGS sample are calculated. The difference in the value of stress between calculation and measurement was interpreted.

  20. Atomic rearrangements in amorphous Al2O3 under electron-beam irradiation

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    Nakamura, R.; Ishimaru, M.; Yasuda, H.; Nakajima, H.

    2013-02-01

    The electron-irradiation-induced crystallization of amorphous Al2O3 (a-Al2O3) was investigated by in-situ transmission electron microscopy under the wide electron-energy region of 25-300 keV. The formation of γ-Al2O3 nanocrystallites was induced by irradiating the a-Al2O3 thin film along with the formation of nanovoids in the crystalline grains regardless of the acceleration voltage. The crystallization became more pronounced with decreasing the electron energy, indicating that electronic excitation processes play a dominant role in the formation of γ-Al2O3. Radial distribution analyses suggested that a-Al2O3 transforms to γ-phase via the "excited" ("stimulated") amorphous state, in which the breaking and rearrangement of unstable short-range Al-O bonds, i.e., fivefold-coordinated Al-O (AlO5) basic units, occur.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of TS-1 films on α-Al 2O 3 substrates using TiCl 3 as titanium source

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    Wang, Xiaodong; Zhang, Pingping; Liu, Xiufeng; Zhang, Baoquan

    2007-11-01

    The continuous and highly intergrown anatase-free TS-1 film was fabricated with TiCl 3 as the titanium source for the first time. The in situ nucleation and secondary growth method was employed to synthesize the TS-1 film. By means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, and FT-IR and UV-vis spectra measurements, the resulting film was observed to be anatase-free, continuous and highly intergrown with the MFI-type structure, and the Ti atoms existed only in tetrahedral coordination.

  2. Non-polar a-plane ZnO films grown on r-Al2O3 substrates using GaN buffer layers

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    Xu, C. X.; Chen, W.; Pan, X. H.; Chen, S. S.; Ye, Z. Z.; Huang, J. Y.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, GaN buffer layer has been used to grow non-polar a-plane ZnO films by laser-assisted and plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The thickness of GaN buffer layer ranges from ∼3 to 12 nm. The GaN buffer thickness effect on the properties of a-plane ZnO thin films is carefully investigated. The results show that the surface morphology, crystal quality and optical properties of a-plane ZnO films are strongly correlated with the thickness of GaN buffer layer. It was found that with 6 nm GaN buffer layer, a-plane ZnO films display the best crystal quality with X-ray diffraction rocking curve full-width at half-maximum of only 161 arcsec for the (101) reflection.

  3. Microstructural characteristics of tin oxide-based thin films on (0001) Al2O3 substrates: effects of substrate temperature and RF power during co-sputtering.

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Lee, Ju Ho; Kim, Young Yi; Yun, Myeong Goo; Lee, Kwan-Hun; Lee, Jeong Yong; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2014-12-01

    While tin oxides such as SnO and SnO2 are widely used in various applications, surprisingly, only a limited number of reports have been presented on the microstructural characteristics of tin oxide thin films grown under various growth conditions. In this paper, the effects of the substrate temperature and content of foreign Zn ion on the microstructural characteristics of tin oxide thin films grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering were investigated. The increase in substrate temperature induced change in the stoichiometry of the thin films from SnO(1+x) to SnO(2-x). Additionally, the phase contrast in the transmission electron microscopy image revealed that SnO(1+x) and SnO(2-x) phases were alternating in thin films and the width of each phase became narrower at high substrate temperature. The ternary zinc tin oxide thin films were deposited using the co-sputtering method. As the ZnO target power increased, the crystallinity of the thin films became poly-crystalline, and then showed improved crystallinity again with two types of phases. PMID:25970980

  4. Effect of ZnO channel thickness on the device behaviour of nonvolatile memory thin film transistors with double-layered gate insulators of Al2O3 and ferroelectric polymer

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    Yoon, Sung-Min; Yang, Shin-Hyuk; Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Jung, Soon-Won; Cho, Doo-Hee; Byun, Chun-Won; Kang, Seung-Youl; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Yu, Byoung-Gon

    2009-12-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene) and ZnO were employed for nonvolatile memory thin film transistors as ferroelectric gate insulator and oxide semiconducting channel layers, respectively. It was proposed that the thickness of the ZnO layer be carefully controlled for realizing the lower programming voltage, because the serially connected capacitor by the formation of a fully depleted ZnO channel had a critical effect on the off programming voltage. The fabricated memory transistor with Al/P(VDF-TrFE) (80 nm)/Al2O3 (4 nm)/ZnO (5 nm) exhibits encouraging behaviour such as a memory window of 3.8 V at the gate voltage of -10 to 12 V, and 107 on/off ratio, and a gate leakage current of 10-11 A.

  5. Pulsed Laser Deposition and Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction studies of epitaxial long range order, nano- and microstructured Ag thin films grown on MgO, Al2 O3 , STO and Si

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    Velazquez, Daniel; Seibert, Rachel; Man, Hamdi; Spentzouris, Linda; Terry, Jeff

    2015-03-01

    Pulsed Laser Deposition is a state-of-the-art technique that allows for the fine tunability of the deposition rate, highly uniform and epitaxial sample growth, the ability to introduce partial pressures of gases into the experimental chamber for growth of complex materials without interfering with the energy source (laser). An auxiliary in situ technique for growth monitoring, Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction, is a powerful characterization tool for predictability of the surface physical structure both, qualitatively and quantitatively. RHEED patterns during and post deposition of Ag thin films on MgO, Al2O3, Si and STO substrtates are presented and their interpretations are compared with surface imaging techniques (SEM, STM) to evidence the usefulness of the technique.

  6. Domain epitaxy in TiO2/ -Al2O3 thin film heterostructures with Ti2O3 transient layer

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    Bayati, M R; Molaei, R; Narayan, Jagdish; Zhou, Honghui; Pennycook, Stephen J

    2012-01-01

    Rutile TiO2 films were grown epitaxially on -alumina (sapphire(0001)) substrates and characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy. It was revealed that the rutile film initially grows pseudomorphically on sapphire as Ti2O3 and, after a few monolayers, it grows tetragonally on the Ti2O3/sapphire platform. Formation of the Ti2O3 transient layer was attributed to the symmetry mismatch between tetragonal structure of TiO2 and hexagonal structure of alumina. The separation between the [10](101) misfit dislocations was dictated by Ti2O3 and was determined to be 9.7 which is consistent with 4/3 and 3/2 alternating domains across the film/substrate interface.

  7. Determination of the coincidence lattice of an ultra thin Al 2O 3 film on Ni 3Al(1 1 1)

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    Degen, S.; Krupski, A.; Kralj, M.; Langner, A.; Becker, C.; Sokolowski, M.; Wandelt, K.

    2005-02-01

    Spot profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED) and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) measurements were performed on an ultra thin alumina film grown at 1000 K in an oxygen atmosphere on Ni 3Al(1 1 1). By the aid of these two experimental techniques it has been shown that the alumina film exhibits a large superstructure with a lattice constant of 4.16 nm. The unit cell of this superstructure has a commensurate (√67 × √67)R47.784° relation to the Ni 3Al(1 1 1) substrate lattice.

  8. Synthesis And Characterization of Gamma-Al2O3-Supported Pt Catalysts From Pt(4) And Pt(6) Clusters Formed in Aqueous Solutions

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    Siani, A.; Wigal, K.R.; Alexeev, A.S.; Amiridis, M.D.

    2009-05-26

    Highly dispersed Pt catalysts were prepared by deposition of Pt{sub 4} and Pt{sub 6} clusters, initially formed in unprotected and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-protected colloidal Pt suspensions, onto a {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface. These catalysts were characterized by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies. The EXAFS results indicate that the supported Pt species formed were very similar in structure to those of the original clusters in the corresponding colloidal suspensions. The FTIR results further indicate that the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-supported Pt{sub 4} clusters have significantly lower chemisorptive properties compared with larger supported Pt nanoparticles; nevertheless, the Pt{sub 4}/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample was active for the oxidation of CO with no need for additional activation treatment. In fact, treatment of this sample with H{sub 2} at 150--200 {sup o}C led to the formation of Pt aggregates with sizes of 1.0--1.6 nm, demonstrating that the surface Pt4 species readily sintered in this temperature range under reducing conditions.

  9. PEDOT gate electrodes with PVP/Al2O3 dielectrics for stable high-performance organic TFTs

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    Lee, Young Kyu; Maniruzzaman, Md.; Lee, Chiyoung; Lee, Mi Jung; Lee, Eun-Gu; Lee, Jaegab

    2013-11-01

    A poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) gate electrode on a polyestersulfone (PES) substrate was used to fabricate inverted staggered pentacene organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). The PEDOT gate formed on the PES substrate exhibited semi-transparency, high conductivity, and excellent adhesion to the substrate. Prior to the deposition of poly-4-vinyl phenol (PVP) dielectrics, a thin Al2O3 layer (12 nm) was coated onto a PEDOT electrode, providing an effective barrier against inter-diffusion between the PVP dielectrics and the underlying PEDOT gate electrode, and against moisture penetration through the PES substrate. This led to stable high-performance OTFTs consisting of a PEDOT gate electrode and PVP/Al2O3 dielectrics. The combined PVP/Al2O3 dielectrics with PEDOT gate electrodes were successfully implemented in flexible organic TFTs that exhibit excellent compatibility with flexible electronics.

  10. Tensile Behavior of Al2o3/feal + B and Al2o3/fecraly Composites

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    Draper, S. L.; Eldridge, J. I.; Aiken, B. J. M.

    1995-01-01

    The feasibility of Al2O3/FeAl + B and Al2O3/FeCrAlY composites for high-temperature applications was assessed. The major emphasis was on tensile behavior of both the monolithics and composites from 298 to 1100 K. However, the study also included determining the chemical compatibility of the composites, measuring the interfacial shear strengths, and investigating the effect of processing on the strength of the single-crystal Al2O3 fibers. The interfacial shear strengths were low for Al203/FeAl + B and moderate to high for Al203/FeCrAlY. The difference in interfacial bond strengths between the two systems affected the tensile behavior of the composites. The strength of the Al203 fiber was significantly degraded after composite processing for both composite systems and resulted in poor composite tensile properties. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) values of the composites could generally be predicted with either rule of mixtures (ROM) calculations or existing models when using the strength of the etched-out fiber. The Al2O3/FeAl + B composite system was determined to be unfeasible due to poor interfacial shear strengths and a large mismatch in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). Development of the Al2O3/FeCrAlY system would require an effective diffusion barrier to minimize the fiber strength degradation during processing and elevated temperature service.

  11. Resistive switching characteristics in memristors with Al2O3/TiO2 and TiO2/Al2O3 bilayers

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    Alekseeva, Liudmila; Nabatame, Toshihide; Chikyow, Toyohiro; Petrov, Anatolii

    2016-08-01

    Differences between the resistive switching characteristics of Al2O3/TiO2 and TiO2/Al2O3 bilayer structures, fabricated by atomic layer deposition at 200 °C and post-deposition annealing, were studied in Pt bottom electrode (Pt-BE)/insulator/Pt top electrode (Pt-TE) capacitors. The Pt-BE/Al2O3/TiO2/Pt-TE capacitor exhibits stable bipolar resistive switching with an on-resistance/off-resistance ratio of ∼102 controlled by a small voltage of ±0.8 V. The forming process occurs in two steps of breaking of the Al2O3 layer and transfer of oxygen vacancies (VO) into the TiO2 layer. The capacitor showed poor endurance, particularly in the high-resistance state under vacuum conditions. This indicates that the insulating TiO2 layer without VO is not formed near the Al2O3 layer because oxygen cannot be introduced from the exterior. On the other hand, in the Pt-BE/TiO2/Al2O3/Pt-TE capacitor, multilevel resistive switching with several applied voltage-dependent nonvolatile states is observed. The switching mechanism corresponds to the Al2O3 layer’s trapped VO concentration, which is controlled by varying the applied voltage.

  12. Effect of Hydrogen on Interfacial Structure and Adhesion of Metal/Al_2O_3

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    Wang, Xiao-Gang; Scheffler, Matthias

    2001-03-01

    Metal/sapphire interfaces have been intensively studying because of their importance in many technological applications. A large work of adhesion was found for the oxygen-terminated Al_2O_3(0001)/metal interfaces. As well known, the clean oxygen-terminated Al_2O3 surface is not stable even under a high oxygen pressure[1]. The understanding of how the oxygen-terminated interfaces can be formed is limited. Using an ab initio full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method, we investigated the effect of hydrogen on the formation of metal/Al_2O_3(0001) interfaces. Our results reveal that hydrogen plays an important role in the formation of the oxygen-terminated interfaces. Hydrogen impurities greatly decrease the work of adhesion. The behavior of hydrogen in deposition process of ultrathin metal films on sapphire substrates and the possible structures of the ultrathin films are discussed also. [1] Xiao-Gang Wang, Anne Chaka, Matthias Scheffler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3650 (2000).

  13. The MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 system - Free energy of pyrope and Al2O3-enstatite. [in earth mantle formation

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    Saxena, S. K.

    1981-01-01

    The model of fictive ideal components is used to determine Gibbs free energies of formation of pyrope and Al2O3-enstatite from the experimental data on coexisting garnet and orthopyroxene and orthopyroxene and spinel in the temperature range 1200-1600 K. It is noted that Al2O3 forms an ideal solution with MgSiO3. These thermochemical data are found to be consistent with the Al2O3 isopleths that could be drawn using most recent experimental data and with the reversed experimental data on the garnet-spinel field boundary.

  14. Metastability in the MgAl2O4-Al2O3 System

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    Wilkerson, Kelley R.; Smith, Jeffrey D.; Hemrick, James G.

    2014-07-22

    Aluminum oxide must take a spinel form ( γ-Al2O3) at elevated temperatures in order for extensive solid solution to form between MgAl2O4 and α-Al2O3. The solvus line between MgAl2O4 and Al2O3 has been defined at 79.6 wt% Al2O3 at 1500°C, 83.0 wt% Al2O3 at 1600°C, and 86.5 wt% Al2O3 at 1700°C. A metastable region has been defined at temperatures up to 1700°C which could have significant implications for material processing and properties. Additionally, initial processing could have major implications on final chemistry. The spinel solid solution region has been extended to form an infinite solid solution with Al2O3 at elevatedmore » temperatures. A minimum in melting at 1975°C and a chemistry of 96 wt% Al2O3 rather than a eutectic is present, resulting in no eutectic crystal formation during solidification.« less

  15. The role of thermally and chemically stable composite Y2O3:Al2O3 in the development of YBa2Cu3O7-x films on metal substrates

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    Stan, L.; Tao, B. W.; Holesinger, T. G.; Yang, H.; Feldmann, D. M.; Maiorov, B.; Baily, S. A.; Civale, L.; DePaula, R. F.; Li, Y. R.; Jia, Q. X.

    2010-04-01

    We have developed Y2O3:Al2O3 (YAlO) composites to simplify the architecture of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thick films on polycrystalline metal substrates. By implementing the use of YAlO, we have reduced the total number of non-superconducting layers between the polycrystalline metal substrate and the YBCO film from five (as in the standard architecture used by industry) to three. The YBCO films grown on this simplified platform exhibited an in-plane mosaic spread of less than 4° in full width at half-maximum, correlated pinning centered at \\mathbf {H}\\parallel c , and an α value (the proportionality factor of the critical current density H - α) of around 0.38 over the field range of 0.1-1.0 T. We believe that the excellent structural stability at high temperatures and the exceptional chemical inertness in an oxidizing environment make YAlO a good choice for use in the growth of biaxially oriented MgO and subsequent buffer and superconducting layers.

  16. High Temperature Mechanical Characterization and Analysis of Al2O3 /Al2O3 Composition

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    Gyekenyesi, John Z.; Jaskowiak, Martha H.

    1999-01-01

    Sixteen ply unidirectional zirconia coated single crystal Al2O3 fiber reinforced polycrystalline Al2O3 was tested in uniaxial tension at temperatures to 1400 C in air. Fiber volume fractions ranged from 26 to 31%. The matrix has primarily open porosity of approximately 40%. Theories for predicting the Young's modulus, first matrix cracking stress, and ultimate strength were applied and evaluated for suitability in predicting the mechanical behavior of Al2O3/Al2O3 composites. The composite exhibited pseudo tough behavior (increased area under the stress/strain curve relative to monolithic alumina) from 22 to 1400 C. The rule-of-mixtures provides a good estimate of the Young's modulus of the composite using the constituent properties from room temperature to approximately 1200 C for short term static tensile tests in air. The ACK theory provides the best approximation of the first matrix cracking stress while accounting for residual stresses at room temperature. Difficulties in determining the fiber/matrix interfacial shear stress at high temperatures prevented the accurate prediction of the first matrix cracking stress above room temperature. The theory of Cao and Thouless, based on Weibull statistics, gave the best prediction for the composite ultimate tensile strength.

  17. Critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-x films with BaZrO3 inclusions on SrTiO3 and Al2O3 substrates

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    Augieri, A.; Galluzzi, V.; Celentano, G.; Fabbri, F.; Mancini, A.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Gambardella, U.; Padeletti, G.; Cusmà, A.; Petrisor, T.; Ciontea, L.

    2008-02-01

    Recently, many efforts have been dedicated to the development of a reliable technology for the introduction of artificial pinning sites in YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with the aim of improving the in-field Jc performances. One of the most effective technique resulted to be the inclusion of BaZrO3 (BZO) second phase embedded in the YBCO films. In this contribution we present Jc measurements on BZO-added YBCO films deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) and CeO2-buffered-Al2O3 (ALO) substrates. Samples were deposited by pulsed laser ablation technique using a composite YBCO + 5mol.% BZO target at the optimum conditions for fully oxygenated c-axis oriented YBCO films. Despite of a slight Tc reduction, BZO addition in YBCO-STO films resulted in an improvement of in-field performances with the appearance of a Jc plateau in the low field region which extends up to about 2.5 Tesla irrespective of the temperature at least in the investigated range (down to 65K). On the other hand, samples deposited on ALO did not exhibit any remarkable difference neither in the Jc value nor in the magnetic field dependences as compared with pure YBCO. The presence of 0° (magnetic field parallel to the c-axis) peaks in the Jc. angular behaviour revealed a c-axis correlated character of the pinning forces in BZO added YBCO films grown on both STO and ALO substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements and AFM investigations were carried out in order to determine the influence of BZO addition on films crystalline quality and microstructure.

  18. Structural, electronic structure, and band alignment properties at epitaxial NiO/Al2O3 heterojunction evaluated from synchrotron based X-ray techniques

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    Singh, S. D.; Nand, Mangla; Das, Arijeet; Ajimsha, R. S.; Upadhyay, Anuj; Kamparath, Rajiv; Shukla, D. K.; Mukherjee, C.; Misra, P.; Rai, S. K.; Sinha, A. K.; Jha, S. N.; Phase, D. M.; Ganguli, Tapas

    2016-04-01

    The valence band offset value of 2.3 ± 0.2 eV at epitaxial NiO/Al2O3 heterojunction is determined from photoelectron spectroscopy experiments. Pulsed laser deposited thin film of NiO on Al2O3 substrate is epitaxially grown along [111] direction with two domain structures, which are in-plane rotated by 60° with respect to each other. Observation of Pendellosung oscillations around Bragg peak confirms high interfacial and crystalline quality of NiO layer deposited on Al2O3 substrate. Surface related feature in Ni 2p3/2 core level spectra along with oxygen K-edge soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy results indicates that the initial growth of NiO on Al2O3 substrate is in the form of islands, which merge to form NiO layer for the larger coverage. The value of conduction band offset is also evaluated from the measured values of band gaps of NiO and Al2O3 layers. A type-I band alignment at NiO and Al2O3 heterojunction is also obtained. The determined values of band offsets can be useful in heterojunction based light emitting devices.

  19. Thermal Properties in the MgAl2O4-Al2O3 System

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    Wilkerson, Dr. Kelley R.; Smith, Jeffrey D; Hemrick, James Gordon

    2013-01-01

    Compositional effects on the thermal diffusivity in the MgAl2O4-Al2O3 system were studied. The lowest thermal diffusivity, 0.0258 +/-5% cm/s, was measured between 79.8 and 83.9 wt% Al2O3 quenched from various temperatures between 1500 and 1700C. All of the chemistries in this range extend past the solvus, but still form a singe super-saturated spinel solid solution, regardless of quenching tempeature. A super-saturated metastable solid solution region was observed at 1500, 1600, and 1700C extending to 83.9, 85.2, and 87.1 wt% Al2O3, respectively. Beyond 83.9% Al2O3 a significant increase in thermal diffusivity, 11.7%, was observed and its attributed to precipiation of Al2O3 through spinodal decomposition.

  20. Electroforming and Ohmic contacts in Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes

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    Hickmott, T. W.

    2012-03-01

    Electroforming of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes is a non-destructive dielectric breakdown process that changes the diode from its initial high resistance state (HRS) to a low resistance state (LRS). After electroforming, resistance switching memories (RSMs) use voltages to switch from HRS to LRS and back. Many MIM combinations are proposed for use in RSMs. In many cases conduction in the LRS is nearly temperature independent at low temperatures; an Ohmic contact with a barrier to electron injection of ˜0 eV results from electroforming. Electroforming of Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes with amorphous anodic Al2O3 thicknesses between 12 and 41 nm has been studied. Two anodizing electrolytes have been used; 0.1 M ammonium pentaborate (bor-H2O) and a solution of 0.1 M of ammonium pentaborate per liter of ethylene glycol (bor-gly). Polarization of Al2O3 and negative charge in Al2O3 are much larger when Al2O3 is formed in bor-H2O solution than when Al is anodized in bor-gly solution. Electroforming of Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes results in an Ohmic contact at the Al-Al2O3 interface, voltage-controlled negative resistance (VCNR) in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics, electroluminescence (EL), and electron emission into vacuum (EM) from filamentary conducting channels. Two distinct modes of electroforming occur for Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes. α-forming occurs for 2.5 V ≲ VS ≲ 5 V, where VS is the applied voltage. It is characterized by an abrupt current jump with the simultaneous appearance of EL and EM. β-forming occurs for VS ≳ 7 V. I-V curves, EL, and EM develop gradually and are smaller than for α-forming. Electroforming occurs more readily for diodes with Al2O3 formed in bor-H2O that have greater defect densities. Fully developed I-V curves have similar VCNR, EL, and EM after α-forming or β-forming. A model is proposed in which excited states of F-centers, oxygen vacancies in amorphous anodic Al2O3, form defect conduction bands. Electroforming that results in an Ohmic

  1. Dependence of electrostatic potential distribution of Al2O3/Ge structure on Al2O3 thickness

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    Wang, Xiaolei; Xiang, Jinjuan; Wang, Wenwu; Zhao, Chao; Zhang, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Electrostatic potential distribution of Al2O3/Ge structure is investigated vs. Al2O3 thickness by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrostatic potential distribution is found to be Al2O3 thickness dependent. This interesting phenomenon is attributed to the appearance of gap states on Al2O3 surface (GSAl2O3) and its higher charge neutrality level (CNL) compared with the CNL of gap states at Al2O3/Ge interface (GSAl2O3/Ge), leading to electron transfer from GSAl2O3 to GSAl2O3/Ge. In the case of thicker Al2O3, fewer electrons transfer from GSAl2O3 to GSAl2O3/Ge, resulting in a larger potential drop across Al2O3 and XPS results.

  2. Oxidation of Al2O3 continuous fiber-reinforced/NiAl composites

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    Doychak, J.; Nesbitt, J. A.; Noebe, R. D.; Bowman, R. R.

    1992-01-01

    The 1200 C and 1300 C isothermal and cyclic oxidation behavior of Al2O3 continuous fiber-reinforced/NiAl composites were studied. Oxidation resulted in formation of Al2O3 external scales in a similar manner as scales formed on monolithic NiAl. The isothermal oxidation of an Al2O3/NiAl composite resulted in oxidation of the matrix along the fiber/matrix interface near the fiber ends. This oxide acted as a wedge between the fiber and the matrix, and, under cyclic oxidation conditions, led to further oxidation along the fiber lengths and eventual cracking of the composite. The oxidation behavior of composites in which the Al2O3 fibers were sputter coated with nickel prior to processing was much more severe. This was attributed to open channels around the fibers which formed during processing, most likely as a result of the diffusion of the nickel coating into the matrix.

  3. Formation of gamma'-Ni3Al via the Peritectoid Reaction: gamma plus beta (+Al2O3) equals gamma'(+Al2O3)

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    Copland, Evan

    2008-01-01

    The activities of Al and Ni were measured using multi-cell Knudsen effusion-cell mass spectrometry (multi-cell KEMS), over the composition range 8 - 32 at.%Al and temperature range T = 1400 - 1750 K in the Ni-Al-O system. These measurements establish that equilibrium solidification of gamma'-Ni3Al-containing alloys occurs by the eutectic reaction, L (+ Al2O3) = gamma + beta (+ Al2O3), at 1640 plus or minus 1 K and a liquid composition of 24.8 plus or minus 0.2 at.%Al (at an unknown oxygen content). The {gamma + beta + Al2O3} phase field is stable over the temperature range 1633 - 1640 K, and gamma'-Ni3Al forms via the peritectiod, gamma + beta (+ Al2O3) = gamma'(+ Al2O3), at 1633 plus or minus 1 K. This behavior is inconsistent with the current Ni-Al phase diagram and a new diagram is proposed. This new Ni-Al phase diagram explains a number of unusual steady state solidification structures reported previously and provides a much simpler reaction scheme in the vicinity of the gamma'-Ni3Al phase field.

  4. Formation of gamma(sup prime)-Ni3Al via the Peritectoid Reaction: gamma + beta (+ Al2O3)=gamma(sup prime)(+ Al2O3)

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    Copeland, Evan

    2008-01-01

    The activities of Al and Ni were measured using multi-cell Knudsen effusion-cell mass spectrometry (multi-cell KEMS), over the composition range 8-32 at.%Al and temperature range T=1400-1750 K in the Ni-Al-O system. These measurements establish that equilibrium solidification of gamma(sup prime)-Ni3Al-containing alloys occurs by the eutectic reaction, L (+ Al2O3)=gamma + Beta(+ Al2O3), at 1640 +/- 1 K and a liquid composition of 24.8 +/- 0.2 at.%al (at an unknown oxygen content). The {gamma + Beta (+Al2O3} phase field is stable over the temperature range 1633-1640 K, and gamma(sup prime)-Ni3Al forms via the peritectoid, gamma + Beta (+ Al2O3)=gamma(sup prime) (+ Al2O3), at 1633 +/- 1 K. This behavior is consistent with the current Ni-Al phase diagram and a new diagram is proposed. This new Ni-Al phase diagram explains a number of unusual steady-state solidification structures reported previously and provides a much simpler reaction scheme in the vicinity of the gamma(sup prime)-Ni2Al phase field.

  5. Feasibility study of plasma sprayed Al2O3 coatings as diffusion barrier on CFC components

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    Bobzin, Kirsten; Zhao, Lidong; Kopp, Nils; Warda, Thomas

    2012-12-01

    Carbon fibre reinforced carbon (CFC) materials are increasingly applied as sample carriers in modern furnaces. Only their tendency to react with different metals at high temperatures by C-diffusion is a disadvantage, which can be solved by application of diffusion barriers. Within this study the feasibility of plasma sprayed Al2O3 coatings as diffusion barrier was studied. Al2O3 coatings were prepared by air plasma spraying (APS). The coatings were investigated in terms of their microstructure, bonding to CFC substrates and thermal stability. The results showed that Al2O3 could be well deposited onto CFC substrates. The coatings had a good bonding and thermal shock behavior at 1060°C. At higher temperature of 1270°C, crack network formed within the coating, showing that the plasma sprayed Al2O3 coatings are limited regarding to their application temperatures as diffusion barrier on CFC components.

  6. Fabrication of Al2O3/glass/Cf Composite Substrate with High Thermal Conductivity

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    Wang, S. X.; Liu, G. S.; Ouyang, X. Q.; Wang, Y. D.; Zhang, D.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, carbon fiber with high thermal conductivity was introduced into the alumina-based composites. To avoid oriented alignment of carbon fibers (Cf) and carbothermal reactions during the sintering process, the Al2O3/glass/Cf substrate was hot-pressed under a segmental-pressure procedure at 1123 K. Experimental results show that carbon fibers randomly distribute and form a bridging structure in the matrix. The three-dimensional network of Cf in Al2O3/glass/Cf substrate brings excellent heat conducting performance due to the heat conduction by electrons. The thermal conductivity of Al2O3/30%glass/30%Cf is as high as 28.98 W mK-1, which is 4.56 times larger than that of Al2O3/30%glass.

  7. High-reliability passivation of hydrogen-terminated diamond surface by atomic layer deposition of Al2O3

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    Daicho, Akira; Saito, Tatsuya; Kurihara, Shinichiro; Hiraiwa, Atsushi; Kawarada, Hiroshi

    2014-06-01

    Although the two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG) of a hydrogen-terminated diamond surface provides a unique p-type conducting layer for high-performance transistors, the conductivity is highly sensitive to its environment. Therefore, the surface must be passivated to preserve the 2DHG, especially at high temperature. We passivated the surface at high temperature (450 °C) without the loss of C-H surface bonds by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and investigated the thermal reliability of the Al2O3 film. As a result, C-H bonds were preserved, and the hole accumulation effect appeared after the Al2O3 deposition by ALD with H2O as an oxidant. The sheet resistivity and hole density were almost constant between room temperature and 500 °C by the passivation with thick Al2O3 film thicker than 38 nm deposited by ALD at 450 °C. After the annealing at 550 °C in air The sheet resistivity and hole density were preserved. These results indicate the possibility of high-temperature application of the C-H surface diamond device in air. In the case of lower deposition temperatures, the sheet resistivity increased after air annealing, suggesting an insufficient protection capability of these films. Given the result of sheet resistivity after annealing, the increase in the sheet resistivity of these samples was not greatly significant. However, bubble like patterns were observed in the Al2O3 films formed from 200 to 400 °C by air annealing at 550 °C for 1 h. On the other hand, the patterns were no longer observed at 450 °C deposition. Thus, this 450 °C deposition is the sole solution to enabling power device application, which requires high reliability at high temperatures.

  8. Passivation of Al2O3 / TiO2 on monocrystalline Si with relatively low reflectance

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    Lu, Chun-Ti; Huang, Yu-Shiang; Liu, C. W.

    2016-06-01

    Al2O3/TiO2 stack layers deposited by the plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition enhance photoluminescence intensity by reducing effective surface recombination velocities on both n-type and p-type monocrystalline Si. The field effect of negative oxide charges in the dielectrics is responsible for the low effective surface recombination velocity. The dependence of the effective surface recombination velocity on the photoluminescence intensity is investigated by the 2D numerical simulation. The bilayer stacks without texture also reduce the AM1.5-weighted front side reflectance to 11.8%. The field-effect passivation of Al2O3/TiO2 films is further improved by a forming gas annealing due to the additional increase of the negative oxide charge density.

  9. Optical properties of the Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings

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    Marszałek, Konstanty; Winkowski, Paweł; Jaglarz, Janusz

    2014-01-01

    Investigations of bilayer and trilayer Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings are presented in this paper. The oxide films were deposited on a heated quartz glass by e-gun evaporation in a vacuum of 5 × 10-3 [Pa] in the presence of oxygen. Depositions were performed at three different temperatures of the substrates: 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C. The coatings were deposited onto optical quartz glass (Corning HPFS). The thickness and deposition rate were controlled with Inficon XTC/2 thickness measuring system. Deposition rate was equal to 0.6 nm/s for Al2O3, 0.6 nm - 0.8 nm/s for HfO2 and 0.6 nm/s for SiO2. Simulations leading to optimization of the thin film thickness and the experimental results of optical measurements, which were carried out during and after the deposition process, have been presented. The optical thickness values, obtained from the measurements performed during the deposition process were as follows: 78 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/SiO2 and 78 nm/156 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2. The results were then checked by ellipsometric technique. Reflectance of the films depended on the substrate temperature during the deposition process. Starting from 240 nm to the beginning of visible region, the average reflectance of the trilayer system was below 1 % and for the bilayer, minima of the reflectance were equal to 1.6 %, 1.15 % and 0.8 % for deposition temperatures of 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively.

  10. Surface passivation and optical characterization of Al2O3/a-SiCx stacks on c-Si substrates

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    Ortega, Pablo R; Voz, Cristóbal; Martín, Isidro; Colina, Mónica; Morales, Anna B; Orpella, Albert; Alcubilla, Ramón

    2013-01-01

    Summary The aim of this work is to study the surface passivation of aluminum oxide/amorphous silicon carbide (Al2O3/a-SiCx) stacks on both p-type and n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates as well as the optical characterization of these stacks. Al2O3 films of different thicknesses were deposited by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 200 °C and were complemented with a layer of a-SiCx deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) to form anti-reflection coating (ARC) stacks with a total thickness of 75 nm. A comparative study has been carried out on polished and randomly textured wafers. We have experimentally determined the optimum thickness of the stack for photovoltaic applications by minimizing the reflection losses over a wide wavelength range (300–1200 nm) without compromising the outstanding passivation properties of the Al2O3 films. The upper limit of the surface recombination velocity (S eff,max) was evaluated at a carrier injection level corresponding to 1-sun illumination, which led to values below 10 cm/s. Reflectance values below 2% were measured on textured samples over the wavelength range of 450–1000 nm. PMID:24367740

  11. Surface passivation and optical characterization of Al2O3/a-SiCx stacks on c-Si substrates.

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    López, Gema; Ortega, Pablo R; Voz, Cristóbal; Martín, Isidro; Colina, Mónica; Morales, Anna B; Orpella, Albert; Alcubilla, Ramón

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work is to study the surface passivation of aluminum oxide/amorphous silicon carbide (Al2O3/a-SiCx) stacks on both p-type and n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates as well as the optical characterization of these stacks. Al2O3 films of different thicknesses were deposited by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 200 °C and were complemented with a layer of a-SiCx deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) to form anti-reflection coating (ARC) stacks with a total thickness of 75 nm. A comparative study has been carried out on polished and randomly textured wafers. We have experimentally determined the optimum thickness of the stack for photovoltaic applications by minimizing the reflection losses over a wide wavelength range (300-1200 nm) without compromising the outstanding passivation properties of the Al2O3 films. The upper limit of the surface recombination velocity (S eff,max) was evaluated at a carrier injection level corresponding to 1-sun illumination, which led to values below 10 cm/s. Reflectance values below 2% were measured on textured samples over the wavelength range of 450-1000 nm. PMID:24367740

  12. Electrowetting properties of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 decorated silicon nanowires

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    Rajkumar, K.; Rajavel, K.; Cameron, D. C.; Mangalaraj, D.; Rajendrakumar, R. T.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports the electrowetting properties of liquid droplet on superhydrophobic silicon nanowires with Atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 as dielectric layer. Silicon wafer were etched by metal assisted wet chemical etching with silver as catalyst. ALD Al2O3 films of 10nm thickness were conformally deposited over silicon nanowires. Al2O3 dielectric film coated silicon nanowires was chemically modified with Trichloro (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl) silane to make it superhydrophobic(SHP). The contact angle was measured and all the samples exhibited superhydrophobic nature with maximum contact angles of 163° and a minimum contact angle hysteresis of 6°. Electrowetting induced a maximum reversible decrease of the contact angle of 20°at 150V in air.

  13. Microstructure and High-Temperature Mechanical Properties of ZrO2-Al2O3-SiC Ceramics

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    Zhang, Xiu-Ping; Ouyang, Jia-Hu; Wang, Yu-Jin; Liu, Zhan-Guo; Wang, Ya-Ming

    2015-09-01

    In the present work, ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramics incorporated with and without β-SiC were prepared by hot pressing. ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramic powder used in this study is a mixture of 71 vol.% YSZ (3 mol.% Y2O3 partially stabilized zirconia) and 29 vol.% α-Al2O3. β-SiC powders with different volume fractions are added into the ZrO2-Al2O3 powder to form the composite powder. The microstructure and high-temperature mechanical properties of ZrO2-Al2O3-SiC ceramics were investigated by tailoring the compositions and sintering parameters to optimize the strengthening mechanisms. For a comparative study, the TZ3Y20A powder was also hot-pressed under identical sintering condition to form dense bulk ceramic. ZrO2-Al2O3-SiC ceramics consist mainly of t-ZrO2, α-Al2O3, and β-SiC phases. SiC particles in the ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramic restrain the grain growth of the oxide matrix. The incorporation of SiC into ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramic enhances high-temperature flexural strength at 1273 K. ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramic incorporated with 15 vol.% SiC has a flexural strength of 518 MPa at 1273 K, much higher than that (201 MPa) of unmodified ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramic.

  14. Pt-Al2O3 dual layer atomic layer deposition coating in high aspect ratio nanopores

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    Pardon, Gaspard; Gatty, Hithesh K.; Stemme, Göran; van der Wijngaart, Wouter; Roxhed, Niclas

    2013-01-01

    Functional nanoporous materials are promising for a number of applications ranging from selective biofiltration to fuel cell electrodes. This work reports the functionalization of nanoporous membranes using atomic layer deposition (ALD). ALD is used to conformally deposit platinum (Pt) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) on Pt in nanopores to form a metal-insulator stack inside the nanopore. Deposition of these materials inside nanopores allows the addition of extra functionalities to nanoporous materials such as anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. Conformal deposition of Pt on such materials enables increased performances for electrochemical sensing applications or fuel cell electrodes. An additional conformal Al2O3 layer on such a Pt film forms a metal-insulator-electrolyte system, enabling field effect control of the nanofluidic properties of the membrane. This opens novel possibilities in electrically controlled biofiltration. In this work, the deposition of these two materials on AAO membranes is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Successful process parameters are proposed for a reliable and cost-effective conformal deposition on high aspect ratio three-dimensional nanostructures. A device consisting of a silicon chip supporting an AAO membrane of 6 mm diameter and 1.3 μm thickness with 80 nm diameter pores is fabricated. The pore diameter is reduced to 40 nm by a conformal deposition of 11 nm Pt and 9 nm Al2O3 using ALD.

  15. Low-Temperature Process for Atomic Layer Chemical Vapor Deposition of an Al2O3 Passivation Layer for Organic Photovoltaic Cells.

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    Kim, Hoonbae; Lee, Jihye; Sohn, Sunyoung; Jung, Donggeun

    2016-05-01

    Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells have drawn extensive attention due to their light weight, cost efficiency, portability, and so on. However, OPV cells degrade quickly due to organic damage by water vapor or oxygen penetration when the devices are driven in the atmosphere without a passivation layer. In order to prevent damage due to water vapor or oxygen permeation into the devices, passivation layers have been introduced through methods such as sputtering, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, and atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD). In this work, the structural and chemical properties of Al2O3 films, deposited via ALCVD at relatively low temperatures of 109 degrees C, 200 degrees C, and 300 degrees C, are analyzed. In our experiment, trimethylaluminum (TMA) and H2O were used as precursors for Al2O3 film deposition via ALCVD. All of the Al2O3 films showed very smooth, featureless surfaces without notable defects. However, we found that the plastic flexible substrate of an OPV device passivated with 300 degrees C deposition temperature was partially bended and melted, indicating that passivation layers for OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates need to be formed at temperatures lower than 300 degrees C. The OPV cells on plastic flexible substrates were passivated by the Al2O3 film deposited at the temperature of 109 degrees C. Thereafter, the photovoltaic properties of passivated OPV cells were investigated as a function of exposure time under the atmosphere. PMID:27483916

  16. Rapid fabrication of Al2O3 encapsulations for organic electronic devices

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    Ali, Kamran; Ali, Junaid; Mehdi, Syed Murtuza; Choi, Kyung-Hyun; An, Young Jin

    2015-10-01

    Organic electronics have earned great reputation in electronic industry yet they suffer technical challenges such as short lifetimes and low reliability because of their susceptibility to water vapor and oxygen which causes their fast degradation. This paper report on the rapid fabrication of Al2O3 encapsulations through a unique roll-to-roll atmospheric atomic layer deposition technology (R2R-AALD) for the life time enhancement of organic poly (4-vinylphenol) (PVP) memristor devices. The devices were then categorized into two sets. One was processed with R2R-AALD Al2O3 encapsulations at 50 °C and the other one was kept as un-encapsulated. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) results revealed that pin holes and other irregularities in PVP films with average arithmetic roughness (Ra) of 9.66 nm have been effectively covered by Al2O3 encapsulation having Ra of 0.92 nm. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS spectrum for PVP film showed peaks of C 1s and O 1s at the binding energies of 285 eV and 531 eV, respectively. The respective appearance of Al 2p, Al 2s, and O 1s peaks at the binding energies of 74 eV, 119 eV, and 531 eV, confirms the fabrication of Al2O3 films. Electrical current-voltage (I-V) measurements confirmed that the Al2O3 encapsulation has a huge influence on the performance, robustness and life time of memristor devices. The Al2O3 encapsulated memristor performed with superior stability for four weeks whereas the un-encapsulated devices could only last for one week. The performance of encapsulated device had been promising after being subjected to bending test for 100 cycles and the variations in its stability were of minor concern confirming the mechanical robustness and flexibility of the devices.

  17. Al2O3 e-Beam Evaporated onto Silicon (100)/SiO2, by XPS

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    Madaan, Nitesh; Kanyal, Supriya S.; Jensen, David S.; Vail, Michael A.; Dadson, Andrew; Engelhard, Mark H.; Samha, Hussein; Linford, Matthew R.

    2013-09-25

    We report the XPS characterization of a thin film of Al2O3 (35 nm) deposited via e-beam evaporation onto silicon (100). The film was characterized with monochromatic Al Ka radiation. An XPS survey scan, an Al 2p narrow scan, and the valence band spectrum were collected. The Al2O3 thin film is used as a diffusion barrier layer for templated carbon nanotube (CNT) growth in the preparation of microfabricated thin layer chromatography plates.

  18. Investigating the electronic properties of Al2O3/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 interface

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    Kotipalli, R.; Vermang, B.; Joel, J.; Rajkumar, R.; Edoff, M.; Flandre, D.

    2015-10-01

    Atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 films on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) surfaces have been demonstrated to exhibit excellent surface passivation properties, which is advantageous in reducing recombination losses at the rear metal contact of CIGS thin-film solar cells. Here, we report, for the first time, experimentally extracted electronic parameters, i.e. fixed charge density (Qf) and interface-trap charge density (Dit), for as-deposited (AD) and post-deposition annealed (PDA) ALD Al2O3 films on CIGS surfaces using capacitance-voltage (C-V) and conductance-frequency (G-f) measurements. These results indicate that the AD films exhibit positive fixed charges Qf (approximately 1012 cm-2), whereas the PDA films exhibit a very high density of negative fixed charges Qf (approximately 1013 cm-2). The extracted Dit values, which reflect the extent of chemical passivation, were found to be in a similar range of order (approximately 1012 cm-2 eV-1) for both AD and PDA samples. The high density of negative Qf in the bulk of the PDA Al2O3 film exerts a strong Coulomb repulsive force on the underlying CIGS minority carriers (ns), preventing them to recombine at the CIGS/Al2O3 interface. Using experimentally extracted Qf and Dit values, SCAPS simulation results showed that the surface concentration of minority carriers (ns) in the PDA films was approximately eight-orders of magnitude lower than in the AD films. The electrical characterization and estimations presented in this letter construct a comprehensive picture of the interfacial physics involved at the Al2O3/CIGS interface.

  19. Super Smooth Modification of Al2O3 Ceramic Substrate by High Temperature Glaze of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 System

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    Zhang, Jihua; Zhen, Shanxue; Yang, Lijun; Lou, Feizhi; Chen, Hongwei; Yang, Chuanren

    2011-01-01

    The rough surface of ceramic substrate is an obstacle for the scale down of line-width for thin film passive integrated devices (PID). In this paper, a modification method for Al2O3 ceramic substrate with super smooth in surface was proposed. Coating a layer of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CAS) glass was performed to flat the rough surface of alumina substrate by sol-gel method. It was found that addition of 0.06% V2O5 can inhibit the recrystallization of the glaze. The root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of the glazed substrates reached a surprising flatness as small as 0.5 nm, and its melting temperature is higher than 1300 °C. This substrate with super flatness and high temperature endurance may be promising for high performance thin film devices.

  20. Photochemistry of the α-Al2O3-PETN interface

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    Tsyshevsky, Roman V.; Zverev, Anton; Mitrofanov, Anatoly; Rashkeev, Sergey N.; Kuklja, Maija M.

    2016-02-29

    Optical absorption measurements are combined with electronic structure calculations to explore photochemistry of an α-Al2O3-PETN interface formed by a nitroester (pentaerythritol tetranitrate, PETN, C5H8N4O12) and a wide band gap aluminum oxide (α-Al2O3) substrate. The first principles modeling is used to deconstruct and interpret the α-Al2O3-PETN absorption spectrum that has distinct peaks attributed to surface F0-centers and surfacePETN transitions. We predict the low energy α-Al2O3 F0-centerPETN transition, producing the excited triplet state, and α-Al2O3 F-0-centerPETN charge transfer, generating the PETN anion radical. This implies that irradiation by commonly used lasers can easily initiate photodecomposition of both excited and charged PETN atmore » the interface. As a result, the feasible mechanism of the photodecomposition is proposed.« less

  1. Spin-coatable Al2O3 resists in electron-beam nanolithography

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    Saifullah, Mohammad S.; Namatsu, Hideo; Yamaguchi, Toru; Yamazaki, Kenji; Kurihara, Kenji

    1999-06-01

    Inorganic resist such as amorphous alumina are projected as potential candidates for high resolution electron beam nanolithography; the drawbacks being its low sensitivity and tedious deposition process such as sputtering. Therefore, a spin-coatable Al2O3 resist with higher sensitivity is strongly desirable to overcome these drawbacks. In this paper, we describe the electron beam exposure characteristics of spin-coatable Al2O3 gel films prepared by reacting aluminium tri-sec-butoxide, Al(OBus)3 with chelating agents like ethylacetoacetate. The electron beam sensitivity of approximately 70nm thick Al2O3 gel films baked at 40 degrees C as well as in the no-bake condition is approximately 4mCcm-2, which is approximately 106 times higher than the sputtered alumina films. Baking at 70 degrees C seems to produce little change in the sensitivity. The Fourier transformed IR spectroscopy studies indicate that the increased sensitivity of these films is due to the rapid breakdown of chelate rings under the electron beam. This rapid breakdown of organic bonds could have resulted in the appearance of inorganic Al-O bonds which are insoluble in acetone. Indeed the spin-coatable Al2O3 resist provides high resolution negative line patterns of linewidth of about 20nm.

  2. Effect of AL2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles on aquatic organisms

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    Gosteva, I.; Morgalev, Yu; Morgaleva, T.; Morgalev, S.

    2015-11-01

    Environmental toxicity of aqueous disperse systems of nanoparticles of binary compounds of titanium dioxides (with particle size Δ50=5 nm, Δ50=50 nm, Δ50=90 nm), aluminum oxide alpha-forms (Δ50=7 nm and Δ50=70 nm) and macro forms (TiO2 Δ50=350 nm, Al2O3 A50=4000 nm) were studied using biological testing methods. The bioassay was performed using a set of test organisms representing the major trophic levels. We found the dependence of the toxic effect concentration degree of nTiO2 and nAl2O3 on the fluorescence of the bacterial biosensor "Ekolyum", the chemotactic response of ciliates Paramecium caudatum, the growth of unicellular algae Chlorella vulgaris Beijer and mortality of entomostracans Daphnia magna Straus. We revealed the selective dependence of nTiO2 and nAl2O3 toxicity on the size, concentration and chemical nature of nanoparticles. The minimal concentration causing an organism's response on nTiO2 and nAl2O3 effect depends on the type of the test- organism and the test reaction under study. We specified L(E)C50 and acute toxicity categories for all the studied nanoparticles. We determined that nTiO2 (Δ50=5 nm) belong to the category «Acute toxicity 1», nTiO2 (A50=90 nm) and nAl2O3 (Δ50=70 nm) - to the category «Acute toxicity 2», nAl2O3 (Δ50=7 nm) - to the category «Acute toxicity 3». No acute toxicity was registered for nTiO2 (Δ50=50 nm) and macro form TiO2.

  3. Reactive Plasma Nitriding of AL2O3 Powder in Thermal Spray

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    Shahien, Mohammed; Yamada, Motohiro; Yasui, Toshiaki; Fukumoto, Masahiro

    Among advanced ceramics, aluminum nitride (AlN) had attracted much attention in the field of electrical and structural applications due to its outstanding properties. However, it is difficult to fabricate AlN coating by conventional thermal spray processes directly. Due to the thermal decomposition of feedstock AlN powder during spraying without a stable melting phase (which is required for deposition in thermal spray). Reactive plasma spraying (RPS) has been considered as a promising technology for in-situ formation of AlN thermally sprayed coatings. In this study the possibility of fabrication of AlN coating by reactive plasma nitriding of alumina (Al2O3) powder using N2/H2 plasma was investigated. It was possible to fabricate a cubic-AlN (c-AlN) based coating and the fabricated coating consists of c-AlN, α-Al2O3, Al5O6N and γ-Al2O3. It was difficult to understand the nitriding process from the fabricated coatings. Therefore, the Al2O3 powders were sprayed and collected in water. The microstructure observation of the collected powder and its cross section indicate that the reaction started from the surface. Thus, the sprayed particles were melted and reacted in high temperature reactive plasma and formed aluminum oxynitride which has cubic structure and easily nitride to c-AlN. During the coatings process the particles collide, flatten, and rapidly solidified on a substrate surface. The rapid solidification on the substrate surface due to the high quenching rate of the plasma flame prevents AlN crystal growth to form the hexagonal phase. Therefore, it was possible to fabricate c-AlN/Al2O3 based coatings through reactive plasma nitriding reaction of Al2O3 powder in thermal spray.

  4. Catalytic Methane Decomposition over Fe-Al2 O3.

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    Zhou, Lu; Enakonda, Linga Reddy; Saih, Youssef; Loptain, Sergei; Gary, Daniel; Del-Gallo, Pascal; Basset, Jean-Marie

    2016-06-01

    The presence of a Fe-FeAl2 O4 structure over an Fe-Al2 O3 catalysts is demonstrated to be vital for the catalytic methane decomposition (CMD) activity. After H2 reduction at 750 °C, Fe-Al2 O3 prepared by means of a fusion method, containing 86.5 wt % FeAl2 O4 and 13.5 wt % Fe(0) , showed a stable CMD activity at 750 °C for as long as 10 h. PMID:27159367

  5. On the Structural and Chemical Characteristics of Co/Al2O3/graphene Interfaces for Graphene Spintronic Devices

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    Canto, Bárbara; Gouvea, Cristol P.; Archanjo, Bráulio S.; Schmidt, João E.; Baptista, Daniel L.

    2015-09-01

    We report a detailed investigation of the structural and chemical characteristics of thin evaporated Al2O3 tunnel barriers of variable thickness grown onto single-layer graphene sheets. Advanced electron microscopy and spectrum-imaging techniques were used to investigate the Co/Al2O3/graphene/SiO2 interfaces. Direct observation of pinhole contacts was achieved using FIB cross-sectional lamellas. Spatially resolved EDX spectrum profiles confirmed the presence of direct point contacts between the Co layer and the graphene. The high surface diffusion properties of graphene led to cluster-like Al2O3 film growth, limiting the minimal possible thickness for complete barrier coverage onto graphene surfaces using standard Al evaporation methods. The results indicate a minimum thickness of nominally 3 nm Al2O3, resulting in a 0.6 nm rms rough film with a maximum thickness reaching 5 nm.

  6. On the Structural and Chemical Characteristics of Co/Al2O3/graphene Interfaces for Graphene Spintronic Devices

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    Canto, Bárbara; Gouvea, Cristol P.; Archanjo, Bráulio S.; Schmidt, João E.; Baptista, Daniel L.

    2015-01-01

    We report a detailed investigation of the structural and chemical characteristics of thin evaporated Al2O3 tunnel barriers of variable thickness grown onto single-layer graphene sheets. Advanced electron microscopy and spectrum-imaging techniques were used to investigate the Co/Al2O3/graphene/SiO2 interfaces. Direct observation of pinhole contacts was achieved using FIB cross-sectional lamellas. Spatially resolved EDX spectrum profiles confirmed the presence of direct point contacts between the Co layer and the graphene. The high surface diffusion properties of graphene led to cluster-like Al2O3 film growth, limiting the minimal possible thickness for complete barrier coverage onto graphene surfaces using standard Al evaporation methods. The results indicate a minimum thickness of nominally 3 nm Al2O3, resulting in a 0.6 nm rms rough film with a maximum thickness reaching 5 nm. PMID:26395513

  7. On the Structural and Chemical Characteristics of Co/Al2O3/graphene Interfaces for Graphene Spintronic Devices.

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    Canto, Bárbara; Gouvea, Cristol P; Archanjo, Bráulio S; Schmidt, João E; Baptista, Daniel L

    2015-01-01

    We report a detailed investigation of the structural and chemical characteristics of thin evaporated Al2O3 tunnel barriers of variable thickness grown onto single-layer graphene sheets. Advanced electron microscopy and spectrum-imaging techniques were used to investigate the Co/Al2O3/graphene/SiO2 interfaces. Direct observation of pinhole contacts was achieved using FIB cross-sectional lamellas. Spatially resolved EDX spectrum profiles confirmed the presence of direct point contacts between the Co layer and the graphene. The high surface diffusion properties of graphene led to cluster-like Al2O3 film growth, limiting the minimal possible thickness for complete barrier coverage onto graphene surfaces using standard Al evaporation methods. The results indicate a minimum thickness of nominally 3 nm Al2O3, resulting in a 0.6 nm rms rough film with a maximum thickness reaching 5 nm. PMID:26395513

  8. A study of planar structures formed on the modified Al2O3 surfaces determining the topology of superconducting elements during YBa2Cu3O7- d deposition

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    Masterov, D. V.; Pavlov, S. A.; Parafin, A. E.; Yunin, P. A.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the structural and electrical properties of planar superconducting structures based on the YBa2Cu3O7- d (YBCO) epitaxial films obtained by preliminary modification of the substrate surface. A special master mask was formed on the substrates, so that, at the standard YBCO film deposition onto such a substrate, an insulator layer grew in the modified areas and a superconducting film, in the unmodified ones. Thus, the planar superconducting structure of a desired topology was formed, and the YBCO deposition finished the process. Using this technique, YBCO bridges with widths of 4, 10, and 50 μm on films of different thicknesses and a planar inductive coil were formed. The superconducting transition temperature of the bridges was about 90 K, and the critical current density at a temperature of 77 K was up to 3 MA/cm2. The Q factor of the planar inductive coil at a frequency of 85 MHz was 53000 at a temperature of 77 K.

  9. MIM capacitors with various Al2O3 thicknesses for GaAs RFIC application

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    Jiahui, Zhou; Hudong, Chang; Honggang, Liu; Guiming, Liu; Wenjun, Xu; Qi, Li; Simin, Li; Zhiyi, He; Haiou, Li

    2015-05-01

    The impact of various thicknesses of Al2O3 metal—insulator—metal (MIM) capacitors on direct current and radio frequency (RF) characteristics is investigated. For 20 nm Al2O3, the fabricated capacitor exhibits a high capacitance density of 3850 pF/mm2 and acceptable voltage coefficients of capacitance of 681 ppm/V2 at 1 MHz. An outstanding VCC-α of 74 ppm/V2 at 1 MHz, resonance frequency of 8.2 GHz and Q factor of 41 at 2 GHz are obtained by 100 nm Al2O3 MIM capacitors. High-performance MIM capacitors using GaAs process and atomic layer deposition Al2O3 could be very promising candidates for GaAs RFIC applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61274077, 61474031), the Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (No. 2013GXNSFGA019003), the Guangxi Department of Education Project (No. 201202ZD041), the Guilin City Technology Bureau (Nos. 20120104-8, 20130107-4), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Funded Project (Nos. 2012M521127, 2013T60566), the National Basic Research Program of China (Nos. 2011CBA00605, 2010CB327501), the Innovation Project of GUET Graduate Education (Nos. GDYCSZ201448, GDYCSZ201449), the State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, UESTC (No. KFJJ201205), and the Guilin City Science and Technology Development Project (Nos. 20130107-4, 20120104-8).

  10. Nanopore patterning using Al2O3 hard masks on SOI substrates

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    Wang, Xiaofeng; Goryll, Michael

    2015-07-01

    Aluminum oxide Al2O3, deposited using amorphous atomic layer deposition (ALD), is a very promising material to be utilized as a hard mask for nano-patterning. We used an aluminum oxide hard mask on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate to implement a sub-100 nm nanopore process. The transfer of nanoscale patterns via dry etching of the Al2O3 thin film was investigated by comparing etch profiles, etch rates, and selectivity of Al2O3 over PMMA resist, using different gas chemistries such as Cl2, Ar, Ar/BCl3 mixtures, and BCl3 plasma. A selectivity of 1:4 was observed using an inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE) tool with BCl3 plasma, and the sub-100 nm nanopore patterns were anisotropically transferred to the alumina layer from a 250 nm PMMA layer. The dense and inert Al2O3 hard mask showed exceptional etch selectivity to Si and SiO2, which allowed the subsequent transfer of the nanopore patterns into the 340 nm-thick Si device layer and made it possible to attempt etching the 1 μm-thick buried oxide (BOX) layer. Using chlorine chemistry, nanopores patterned in the Si device layer showed excellent anisotropy while preserving the original pattern dimensions. The process demonstrated is ideally suited for patterning high aspect ratio nanofluidic structures.

  11. Silicon passivation and tunneling contact formation by atomic layer deposited Al2O3/ZnO stacks

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    Garcia-Alonso, D.; Smit, S.; Bordihn, S.; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2013-08-01

    The passivation of Si by Al2O3/ZnO stacks, which can serve as passivated tunneling contacts or heterojunctions in silicon photovoltaics, was investigated. It was demonstrated that stacks with Al2O3 thicknesses >3 nm lead to lower surface recombination velocities (Seff,max < 4 cm s-1) on n- and p-type Si than single-layer Al2O3 films for a wide range of ZnO thicknesses and irrespective of Al-doping of the ZnO. Stacks with an Al2O3 thickness of 1-2 nm were found to combine reasonable surface passivation (Seff,max = 100-700 cm s-1) with sufficiently high tunneling current densities (10-300 mA cm-2 at 700 mV).

  12. Epitaxial growth and electrochemical transfer of graphene on Ir(111)/α-Al2O3(0001) substrates

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    Koh, Shinji; Saito, Yuta; Kodama, Hideyuki; Sawabe, Atsuhito

    2016-07-01

    Low-pressure chemical vapor deposition growth of graphene on Iridium (Ir) layers epitaxially deposited on α-Al2O3 (0001) substrates was investigated. The X-ray diffraction, Raman and reflection high energy electron diffraction characterizations revealed that graphene films were epitaxially grown on Ir(111) layers, and the in-plane epitaxial relationship between graphene, Ir(111), and α-Al2O3(0001) was graphene ⟨ 1 1 ¯ 00 ⟩//Ir⟨ 11 2 ¯ ⟩//α-Al2O3⟨ 11 2 ¯ 0 ⟩. The graphene on Ir(111) was electrochemically transferred onto SiO2/Si substrates. We also demonstrated the reuse of the Ir(111)/α-Al2O3(0001) substrates in multiple growth and transfer cycles.

  13. Crystallization kinetics of BaO-Al2O3-SiO2 glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Hyatt, Mark J.

    1988-01-01

    Barium aluminosilicate glasses are being investigated as matrix materials in high-temperature ceramic composites for structural applications. Kinetics of crystallization of two refractory glass compositions in the barium aluminosilicate system were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From variable heating rate DTA, the crystallization activation energies for glass compositions (wt percent) 10BaO-38Al2O3-51SiO2-1MoO3 (glass A) and 39BaO-25Al2O3-35SiO2-1MoO3 (glass B) were determined to be 553 and 558 kJ/mol, respectively. On thermal treatment, the crystalline phases in glasses A and B were identified as mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2) and hexacelsian (BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2), respectively. Hexacelsian is a high-temperature polymorph which is metastable below 1590 C. It undergoes structural transformation into the orthorhombic form at approximately 300 C accompanied by a large volume change which is undesirable for structural applications. A process needs to be developed where stable monoclinic celsian, rather than hexacelsian, precipitates out as the crystal phase in glass B.

  14. Crystallization kinetics of BaO-Al2O3-SiO2 glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Hyatt, Mark J.

    1989-01-01

    Barium aluminosilicate glasses are being investigated as matrix materials in high-temperature ceramic composites for structural applications. Kinetics of crystallization of two refractory glass compositions in the barium aluminosilicate system were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From variable heating rate DTA, the crystallization activation energies for glass compositions (wt percent) 10BaO-38Al2O3-51SiO2-1MoO3 (glass A) and 39BaO-25Al2O3-35SiO2-1MoO3 (glass B) were determined to be 553 and 558 kJ/mol, respectively. On thermal treatment, the crystalline phases in glasses A and B were identified as mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2) and hexacelsian (BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2), respectively. Hexacelsian is a high-temperature polymorph which is metastable below 1590 C. It undergoes structural transformation into the orthorhombic form at approximately 300 C accompanied by a large volume change which is undesirable for structural applications. A process needs to be developed where stable monoclinic celsian, rather than hexacelsian, precipitates out as the crystal phase in glass B.

  15. Precipitation of ZnO in Al 2O 3-doped zinc borate glass ceramics

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    Masai, Hirokazu; Ueno, Takahiro; Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Fujiwara, Takumi

    2011-10-01

    Crystallization behavior of the oxide semiconductor ZnO in zinc borate glass was investigated. The precipitated crystalline phase of glass ceramics containing a small amount of Al 2O 3 was α-Zn 3B 2O 6 whereas that of the glass ceramics containing a large amount of Al 2O 3 was ZnO. It was found that the c-oriented precipitation of ZnO in a glass ceramic was brought about by the in-plane crystal growth of needle-like ZnO crystallites along the a-axis. Amount of Al 2O 3 that can make glass network affected the coordination state of B 2O 3 in the glass, and a three-coordinated BO 3 unit was preferentially formed in the glass containing a higher amount of Al 2O 3. The present results suggest that crystallization of ZnO from multi-component glass is dominated by the local coordination state of the mother glass.

  16. Vacuum ultraviolet thin films. I - Optical constants of BaF2, CaF2, LaF3, MgF2, Al2O3, HfO2, and SiO2 thin films. II - Vacuum ultraviolet all-dielectric narrowband filters

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    Zukic, Muamer; Torr, Douglas G.; Spann, James F.; Torr, Marsha R.

    1990-01-01

    An iteration process matching calculated and measured reflectance and transmittance values in the 120-230 nm VUV region is presently used to ascertain the optical constants of bulk MgF2, as well as films of BaF2, CaF2, LaF3, MgF2, Al2O3, HfO2, and SiO2 deposited on MgF2 substrates. In the second part of this work, a design concept is demonstrated for two filters, employing rapidly changing extinction coefficients, centered at 135 nm for BaF2 and 141 nm for SiO2. These filters are shown to yield excellent narrowband spectral performance in combination with narrowband reflection filters.

  17. Effect of Al2O3 on the Viscosity and Structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO Slags

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    Wang, Zhanjun; Sun, Yongqi; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min; Zhang, Zuotai

    2015-04-01

    The present paper provided a fundamental investigation on the effect of Al2O3 on the viscosity and structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO slags for the purpose of efficiently recycling the valuable elements from the steelmaking slags. The results show that the viscosity of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO-FetO slags slightly increases with increasing Al2O3 content. The degree of the polymerization (DOP) of quenched slags, determined from Raman spectra and magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, is also found to increase with increasing Al2O3 content. It can be deduced that the increasing DOP can promote the formation of gehlenite phase (Ca2Al2SiO7), thus facilitating the formation of higher phosphorous (or vanadium) contained solid solution ( n'Ca2SiO4·Ca3((P or V)O4)2). As Al2O3 content increases up to a specific value, the charge compensating ions which present near [AlO4]-tetrahedra and [FeO4]-tetrahedra are not fully supplied due to the scarcity of Ca2+. In this case, the existing Fe3+ in the melt cannot completely form [FeO4]-tetrahedra and part of Fe3+ would form [FeO6]-octahedra to substitute Ca2+ to modify the slags.

  18. The role of copper species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction

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    Liang, Chunxia; Li, Xinyong; Qu, Zhenping; Tade, Moses; Liu, Shaomin

    2012-02-01

    UV-vis spectra, XRD, H2-TPR, TEM and ESR were used to characterize a series of Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, which were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation using copper nitrate, copper acetate or copper sulfate as precursors, to study the role of Cu species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction. It was found that the mixture of CuO phase and CuAl2O4 phase formed on various Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, and the Cu species and dispersion had significant influence on the Cu/γ-Al2O3 activity. Highly dispersed CuO phase on the support would be related with its high activity for the NH3-SCO reaction.

  19. Thermal expansion and elastic anisotropy in single crystal Al2O3 and SiC reinforcements

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    Salem, Jonathan A.; Li, Zhuang; Bradt, Richard C.

    1994-01-01

    In single crystal form, SiC and Al2O3 are attractive reinforcing components for high temperature composites. In this study, the axial coefficients of thermal expansion and single crystal elastic constants of SiC and Al2O3 were used to determine their coefficients of thermal expansion and Young's moduli as a function of crystallographic orientation and temperature. SiC and Al2O3 exhibit a strong variation of Young's modulus with orientation; however, their moduli and anisotropies are weak functions of temperature below 1000 C. The coefficients of thermal expansion exhibit significant temperature dependence, and that of the non-cubic Al2O3 is also a function of crystallographic orientation.

  20. Control of Interfacial Properties of Al2O3/Ge Gate Stack Structure Using Radical Nitridation Technique

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    Kato, Kimihiko; Kyogoku, Shinya; Sakashita, Mitsuo; Takeuchi, Wakana; Kondo, Hiroki; Takeuchi, Shotaro; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki

    2011-10-01

    We have investigated the control of the interfacial properties of Al2O3/Ge gate stack structures by the radical nitridation technique. In the Al2O3/Ge structures formed by the atomic layer deposition method, the interface state density increases with the deposition temperature due to the decrease in the thickness of the Ge oxide interlayer. On the other hand, the hysteresis width of the capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics decreases with increasing deposition temperature, which indicates a decrease in the oxide trap density near the interface. We also investigated the control of the interfacial structure by the radical nitridation of Al2O3/Ge to form an interfacial structure after the deposition of a high-k dielectric layer. The results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal that an Al2O3/Ge3N4/GeO2/Ge stack structure is formed after the radical nitridation owing to the minimal oxygen diffusion into the Al2O3/Ge interface. Furthermore, the interfacial mixing is suppressed after radical nitridation at less than 300 °C. As a result, we can decrease the interface state density of the Al2O3/Ge sample after the radical nitridation by more than one order of magnitude compared with that without radical nitridation.

  1. On the Control of the Fixed Charge Densities in Al2O3-Based Silicon Surface Passivation Schemes.

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    Simon, Daniel K; Jordan, Paul M; Mikolajick, Thomas; Dirnstorfer, Ingo

    2015-12-30

    A controlled field-effect passivation by a well-defined density of fixed charges is crucial for modern solar cell surface passivation schemes. Al2O3 nanolayers grown by atomic layer deposition contain negative fixed charges. Electrical measurements on slant-etched layers reveal that these charges are located within a 1 nm distance to the interface with the Si substrate. When inserting additional interface layers, the fixed charge density can be continuously adjusted from 3.5 × 10(12) cm(-2) (negative polarity) to 0.0 and up to 4.0 × 10(12) cm(-2) (positive polarity). A HfO2 interface layer of one or more monolayers reduces the negative fixed charges in Al2O3 to zero. The role of HfO2 is described as an inert spacer controlling the distance between Al2O3 and the Si substrate. It is suggested that this spacer alters the nonstoichiometric initial Al2O3 growth regime, which is responsible for the charge formation. On the basis of this charge-free HfO2/Al2O3 stack, negative or positive fixed charges can be formed by introducing additional thin Al2O3 or SiO2 layers between the Si substrate and this HfO2/Al2O3 capping layer. All stacks provide very good passivation of the silicon surface. The measured effective carrier lifetimes are between 1 and 30 ms. This charge control in Al2O3 nanolayers allows the construction of zero-fixed-charge passivation layers as well as layers with tailored fixed charge densities for future solar cell concepts and other field-effect based devices. PMID:26618751

  2. Formation Mechanism of CuAlO2 Prepared by Rapid Thermal Annealing of Al2O3/Cu2O/Sapphire Sandwich Structure

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    Shih, C. H.; Tseng, B. H.

    Single-phase CuAlO2 films were successfully prepared by thin-film reaction of an Al2O3/Cu2O/sapphire sandwich structure. We found that the processing parameters, such as heating rate, holding temperature and annealing ambient, were all crucial to form CuAlO2 without second phases. Thermal annealing in pure oxygen ambient with a lower temperature ramp rate might result in the formation of CuAl2O4 in addition to CuAlO2, since part of Cu2O was oxidized to form CuO and caused the change in reaction path, i.e. CuO + Al2O3 → CuAl2O4. Typical annealing conditions successful to prepare single-phase CuAlO2 would be to heat the sample with a temperature rampt rate higher than 7.3 °C/sec and hold the temperature at 1100 °C in air ambient. The formation mechanism of CuAlO2 has also been studied by interrupting the reaction after a short period of annealing. TEM observations showed that the top Al2O3 layer with amorphous structure reacted immediately with Cu2O to form CuAlO2 in the early stage and then the remaining Cu2O reacted with the sapphire substrate.

  3. Interfacial reactions and oxidation behavior of Al 2O 3 and Al 2O 3/Al coatings on an orthorhombic Ti 2AlNb alloy

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    Li, H. Q.; Wang, Q. M.; Gong, J.; Sun, C.

    2011-02-01

    The uniform and dense Al2O3 and Al2O3/Al coatings were deposited on an orthorhombic Ti2AlNb alloy by filtered arc ion plating. The interfacial reactions of the Al2O3/Ti2AlNb and Al2O3/Al/Ti2AlNb specimens after vacuum annealing at 750 °C were studied. In the Al2O3/Ti2AlNb specimens, the Al2O3 coating decomposed significantly due to reaction between the Al2O3 coating and the O-Ti2AlNb substrate. In the Al2O3/Al/Ti2AlNb specimens, a γ-TiAl layer and an Nb-rich zone came into being by interdiffusion between the Al layer and the O-Ti2AlNb substrate. The γ-TiAl layer is chemically compatible with Al2O3, with no decomposition of Al2O3 being detected. No internal oxidation or oxygen and nitrogen dissolution zone was observed in the O-Ti2AlNb alloy. The Al2O3/Al/Ti2AlNb specimens exhibited excellent oxidation resistance at 750 °C.

  4. Mechanical properties of porous Al2O3 composite with surface modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs).

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    Kim, Eun-Hee; Lee, Woo-Ram; Jung, Yeon-Gil

    2011-08-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been reinforced in alumina (Al2O3) matrix to overcome the inherent brittleness of the Al2O3 matrix. In this work, MWCNTs were treated by acid to provide hydrophilicity to hydrophobic MWCNTs, inducing the homogeneous dispersion of MWCNTs in an aqueous solution. Aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3) as a Al2O3 precursor was added in the solution with the modified MWCNTs, and then this mixture solution was filtered at room temperature. The prepared powders were calcinated at 800-1000 degrees C to reduce the gas pocket in the matrix by decomposition of Al(OH)3. Then the calcinated powders were formed, and heat-treated. The porous MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites show higher mechanical properties in flexure strength and hardness than the porous Al2O3 without the reinforcement phase, which is attributed to the high mechanical properties of MWCNTs. However, higher MWCNTs contents in the composites decrease the mechanical properties due to the aggregation of MWCNTs in the composites. Therefore, control of the MWCNTs content and its dispersibility in the matrix are key factors to be considered for the fabrication of the porous MWCNT-Al2O3 composites. PMID:22103230

  5. Understanding the gradual reset in Pt/Al2O3/Ni RRAM for synaptic applications

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    Sarkar, Biplab; Lee, Bongmook; Misra, Veena

    2015-10-01

    In this work, a study has been performed to understand the gradual reset in Al2O3 resistive random-access memory (RRAM). Concentration of vacancies created during the forming or set operation is found to play a major role in the reset mechanism. The reset was observed to be gradual when a significantly higher number of vacancies are created in the dielectric during the set event. The vacancy concentration inside the dielectric was increased using a multi-step forming method which resulted in a diffusion-dominated gradual filament dissolution during the reset in Al2O3 RRAM. The gradual dissolution of the filament allows one to control the conductance of the dielectric during the reset. RRAM devices with gradual reset show excellent endurance and retention for multi-bit storage. Finally, the conductance modulation characteristics realizing synaptic learning are also confirmed in the RRAM.

  6. Atomic layer deposition of highly-doped Er:Al2O3 and Tm:Al2O3 for silicon-based waveguide amplifiers (Conference Presentation)

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    Roenn, John; Karvonen, Lasse; Pyymäki-Perros, Alexander; Peyghambarian, Nasser; Lipsanen, Harri; Säynätjoki, Antti; Sun, Zhipei

    2016-05-01

    Recently, rare-earth doped waveguide amplifiers (REDWAs) have drawn significant attention as a promising solution to on-chip amplification of light in silicon photonics and integrated optics by virtue of their high excited state lifetime (up to 10 ms) and broad emission spectrum (up to 200 nm) at infrared wavelengths. In the family of rare-earths, at least erbium, holmium, thulium, neodymium and ytterbium have been demonstrated to be good candidates for amplifier operation at moderate concentrations (< 0.1 %). However, efficient amplifier operation in REDWAs is a very challenging task because high concentration of ions (<0.1%) is required in order to produce reasonable amplification over short device length. Inevitably, high concentration of ions leads to energy-transfer between neighboring ions, which results as decreased gain and increased noise in the amplifier system. It has been shown that these energy-transfer mechanisms in highly-doped gain media are inversely proportional to the sixth power of the distance between the ions. Therefore, novel fabrication techniques with the ability to control the distribution of the rare-earth ions within the gain medium are urgently needed in order to fabricate REDWAs with high efficiency and low noise. Here, we show that atomic layer deposition (ALD) is an excellent technique to fabricate highly-doped (<1%) RE:Al2O3 gain materials by using its nanoscale engineering ability to delicately control the incorporation of RE ions during the deposition. In our experiment, we fabricated Er:Al2O3 and Tm:Al2O3 thin films with ALD by varying the concentration of RE ions from 1% to 7%. By measuring the photoluminescence response of the fabricated samples, we demonstrate that it is possible to incorporate up to 5% of either Er- or Tm-ions in Al2O3 host before severe quenching occurs. We believe that this technique can be extended to other RE ions as well. Therefore, our results show the exceptionality of ALD as a deposition technique for

  7. The Influence of Al2O3 Powder Morphology on the Properties of Cu-Al2O3 Composites Designed for Functionally Graded Materials (FGM)

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    Strojny-Nędza, Agata; Pietrzak, Katarzyna; Węglewski, Witold

    2016-07-01

    In order to meet the requirements of an increased efficiency applying to modern devices and in more general terms science and technology, it is necessary to develop new materials. Combining various types of materials (such as metals and ceramics) and developing composite materials seem to be suitable solutions. One of the most interesting materials includes Cu-Al2O3 composite and gradient materials (FGMs). Due to their potential properties, copper-alumina composites could be used in aerospace industry as rocket thrusters and components in aircraft engines. The main challenge posed by copper matrix composites reinforced by aluminum oxide particles is obtaining the uniform structure with no residual porosity (existing within the area of the ceramic phase). In the present paper, Cu-Al2O3 composites (also in a gradient form) with 1, 3, and 5 vol.% of aluminum oxide were fabricated by the hot pressing and spark plasma sintering methods. Two forms of aluminum oxide (αAl2O3 powder and electrocorundum) were used as a reinforcement. Microstructural investigations revealed that near fully dense materials with low porosity and a clear interface between the metal matrix and ceramics were obtained in the case of the SPS method. In this paper, the properties (mechanical, thermal, and tribological) of composite materials were also collected and compared. Technological tests were preceded by finite element method analyses of thermal stresses generated in the gradient structure, and additionally, the role of porosity in the formation process of composite properties was modeled. Based on the said modeling, technological conditions for obtaining FGMs were proposed.

  8. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Do Kim, Keum; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization – voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  9. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization - voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  10. Specific heat capacity of nanoporous Al2O3

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    Huang, Cong-Liang; Feng, Yan-Hui; Zhang, Xin-Xin; Li, Jing; Wang, Ge

    2013-09-01

    Based on Lindemann's criterion, a specific heat capacity model for nanoporous material was proposed by defining the surface-atom layer, to take the surface atoms and the volume atoms separately into account. The height of the surface-atom layer was determined from the experiment, and results show that only the first layer atoms on the surface should be separately considered for nanoporous Al2O3. The shape factor of the pore was also introduced in the model with values between 2 (for cylindrical pore) and 3 (for spherical pore) to characterize the morphology of the pore. It turns out experimentally that the specific heat capacity of the analyzed nanoporous Al2O3 is much larger than that of the bulk, which can be interpreted as due to the fact that the surface atom plays a more important role than the volume one. And the smaller the radius and/or the larger the porosity, which lead to a larger surface-volume ratio, the larger the specific heat capacity becomes. The nanoporous material could be a better heat storage medium than the corresponding bulk with a much lighter weight, smaller volume but higher heat storage capacity.

  11. Al2O3-based nanofluids: a review

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    2011-01-01

    Ultrahigh performance cooling is one of the important needs of many industries. However, low thermal conductivity is a primary limitation in developing energy-efficient heat transfer fluids that are required for cooling purposes. Nanofluids are engineered by suspending nanoparticles with average sizes below 100 nm in heat transfer fluids such as water, oil, diesel, ethylene glycol, etc. Innovative heat transfer fluids are produced by suspending metallic or nonmetallic nanometer-sized solid particles. Experiments have shown that nanofluids have substantial higher thermal conductivities compared to the base fluids. These suspended nanoparticles can change the transport and thermal properties of the base fluid. As can be seen from the literature, extensive research has been carried out in alumina-water and CuO-water systems besides few reports in Cu-water-, TiO2-, zirconia-, diamond-, SiC-, Fe3O4-, Ag-, Au-, and CNT-based systems. The aim of this review is to summarize recent developments in research on the stability of nanofluids, enhancement of thermal conductivities, viscosity, and heat transfer characteristics of alumina (Al2O3)-based nanofluids. The Al2O3 nanoparticles varied in the range of 13 to 302 nm to prepare nanofluids, and the observed enhancement in the thermal conductivity is 2% to 36%. PMID:21762528

  12. Oxygen defects in amorphous Al2O3: A hybrid functional study

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    Guo, Zhendong; Ambrosio, Francesco; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties of the oxygen vacancy and interstitial in amorphous Al2O3 are studied via ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and hybrid functional calculations. Our results indicate that these defects do not occur in amorphous Al2O3, due to structural rearrangements which assimilate the defect structure and cause a delocalization of the associated defect levels. The imbalance of oxygen leads to a nonstoichiometric compound in which the oxygen occurs in the form of O2- ions. Intrinsic oxygen defects are found to be unable to trap excess electrons. For low Fermi energies, the formation of peroxy linkages is found to be favored leading to the capture of holes. The relative +2/0 defect levels occur at 2.5 eV from the valence band.

  13. Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 on WSe2 Functionalized by Titanyl Phthalocyanine.

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    Park, Jun Hong; Fathipour, Sara; Kwak, Iljo; Sardashti, Kasra; Ahles, Christopher F; Wolf, Steven F; Edmonds, Mary; Vishwanath, Suresh; Xing, Huili Grace; Fullerton-Shirey, Susan K; Seabaugh, Alan; Kummel, Andrew C

    2016-07-26

    To deposit an ultrathin dielectric onto WSe2, monolayer titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc) is deposited by molecular beam epitaxy as a seed layer for atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 on WSe2. TiOPc molecules are arranged in a flat monolayer with 4-fold symmetry as measured by scanning tunneling microscopy. ALD pulses of trimethyl aluminum and H2O nucleate on the TiOPc, resulting in a uniform deposition of Al2O3, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. The field-effect transistors (FETs) formed using this process have a leakage current of 0.046 pA/μm(2) at 1 V gate bias with 3.0 nm equivalent oxide thickness, which is a lower leakage current than prior reports. The n-branch of the FET yielded a subthreshold swing of 80 mV/decade. PMID:27305595

  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Al2O3 composites with surface-treated carbon nanotubes (CNTs): dispersibility of modified carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Al2O3 matrix.

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    Kim, Eun-Hee; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Paik, Ungyu

    2012-02-01

    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) matrix have been reinforced by the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to overcome the inherent brittleness of Al2O3 matrix. In order to increase mechanical properties of MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites, MWCNTs need to be well dispersed and individually incorporated in Al2O3 matrix. In this work, aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3) used as a Al2O3 precursor and MWCNTs were mixed in an aqueous solution for the homogeneous mixing of hetero-particles, as functions of the content of MWCNTs and the potential hydrogen (pH) of Al(OH)3 suspension. Firstly, MWCNTs were purified and modified by an acid reagent, inducing that the dispersibility of MWCNTs is increased in an aqueous solution by carboxylic group given on the surface of MWCNTs. The modified MWCNTs were added in the Al(OH)3 suspension, and then the mixture was filtered at room temperature. The filtered powders were formed using an uniaxial pressing and then densified by a pressureless heat treatment. As the pH is decreased the Al(OH)3 particles are well dispersed in an aqueous solution, due to the increment of repulsive force between particles with a same surface charge. MWCNTs are individually incorporated into Al2O3 matrix up to 1 vol.% MWCNTs, whereas MWCNTs are aggregated at the composite with 3 vol.% MWCNTs. Therefore, control of the pH and the MWCNTs content are key factors to be considered for the fabrication of MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites with high functional properties. PMID:22629950

  15. Dissociation of Al2O3(0001) substrates and the roles of silicon and oxygen in n-type GaN thin solid films grown by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Van Nostrand, J. E.; Solomon, J.; Saxler, A.; Xie, Q.-H.; Reynolds, D. C.; Look, D. C.

    2000-06-01

    Unintentionally doped and silicon doped GaN films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy using ammonia are investigated. Hall, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), photoluminescence, and x-ray data are utilized for analysis of sources of autodoping of GaN epitaxial films in an effort to identify whether the n-type background electron concentration is of impurity origin or native defect origin. We identify and quantify an anomalous relationship between the Si doping concentration and free carrier concentration and mobility using temperature dependent Hall measurements on a series of 2.0-μm-thick GaN(0001) films grown on sapphire with various Si doping concentrations. SIMS is used to identify oxygen as the origin of the excess free carriers in lightly doped and undoped GaN films. Further, the source of the oxygen is positively identified to be dissociation of the sapphire substrate at the nitride-sapphire interface. Dissociation of SiC at the nitride-carbide interface is also observed. Finally, SIMS is again utilized to show how Si doping can be utilized to suppress the diffusion of the oxygen into the GaN layer from the sapphire substrate. The mechanism of suppression is believed to be formation of a Si-O bond and a greatly reduced diffusion coefficient of the subsequent Si-O complex in GaN.

  16. Solid state reduction of chromium (VI) pollution for Al2O3-Cr metal ceramics application

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    Zhu, Hekai; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yangai; Tang, Hao; Min, Xin; Wu, Xiaowen

    2016-04-01

    Reduction of chromium (VI) from Na2CrO4 through aluminothermic reaction and fabrication of metal-ceramic materials from the reduction products have been investigated in this study. Na2CrO4 could be successfully reduced into micrometer-sized Cr particles in a flowing Ar atmosphere in presence of Al powder. The conversion ratio of Na2CrO4 to metallic Cr attained 96.16% efficiency. Al2O3-Cr metal-ceramic with different Cr content (5 wt%, 10 wt%, 15 wt%, 20 wt%) were further prepared from the reduction product Al2O3-Cr composite powder, and aluminum oxide nanopowder via pressure-less sintering. The phase composition, microstructure and mechanical properties of metal-ceramic composites were characterized to ensure the potential of the Al2O3-Cr composite powder to form ceramic materials. The highest relative density and bending strength can reach 93.4% and 205 MP, respectively. The results indicated that aluminothermic reduction of chromium (VI) for metal-ceramics application is a potential approach to remove chromium (VI) pollutant from the environment.

  17. Removal of alachlor from water by catalyzed ozonation on Cu/Al2O3 honeycomb

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    2013-01-01

    Background The herbicide alachlor (2-chloro-2′6′-diethyl-N-methoxymethylacetanilide) has been known as a probable human carcinogen, and the MCL (minimum contamination level) for drinking water has been set at 2 μg L-1. Therefore, the advanced methods for effectively removing it from water are a matter of interest. Catalyzed ozonation is a promising method for refractory organics degradation. Cu/Al2O3 catalyzed ozonation for degrading an endocrine disruptor (alachlor) in water was investigated. Results Experimental results showed that the ozonation of alachlor can be effectively catalyzed and enhanced by Cu/Al2O3-honeycomb. The main intermediate products formed (aliphatic carboxylic acids) were mineralized to a large extent in the catalytic process. Conclusions This study has shown that Cu/Al2O3-honeycomb is a feasible and efficient catalyst in the ozonation of alachlor in water. Less intermediate oxidation product was produced in the catalytic process than in the uncatalytic one. Furthermore, the mineralization of alachlor could be enhanced by increasing the pH of the reaction solution. PMID:23977841

  18. Different behavior of lithium interaction with SiO2 and Al2 O3

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    Zhao, Yufeng; Ban, Chunmei; Kappes, Branden B.; Xu, Qiang; Engtrakul, Chaiwat; Ciobanu, Cristian V.; Dillon, Anne C.

    2014-03-01

    Lithiation of SiO2 and lithium intercalation in Al2O3 is studied both theoretically and experimentally. Lithium interacts with these two types of oxides in distinctly different behaviors. Reversible insertion/extraction of lithium in SiO2 up to a Li density of 2/3 Li per Si are demonstrated experimentally. Density-functional-theory (DFT) calculation shows that neither free interstitial Li atoms (no reduction) nor formation of a local Li2O cluster plus a Si-Si bond (full reduction) is energetically favorable. However, two Li atoms can effectively break a Si-O bond and be stabilized between the Si and O atoms. Such a defect, representing a state of partial reduction of SiO2, is energetically favorable. DFT simulation shows that intercalation of SiO2 at high Li density through partial reduction results in crystalline compounds LixSiO2 (x <2/3) with tunable band-gaps in the range of 2-3.4 eV. In sharp contrast, Al2O3 is very stable against lithiation through any form of reduction. However, good conductivity of Li ions is shown in porous Al2O3. Work funded by the U.S. DOE under Subcontract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 through the Office of EERE, the Office of the Vehicle Technologies Program, and by NSF through Award Nos. OCI-1048586 and CMMI-0846858.

  19. Multidisciplinary Investigation of the Structural and Electronic Properties of the Pt/ γ-Al2O3 interface

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    Yang, Judith; Zhu, Qing; Bonifacio, Cecile; Kas, Josh; Ayoola, Henry; Kisslinger, Kim; Su, Dong; Vila, Fernando; House, Stephen; Stach, Eric; Rehr, John; Saidi, Wissam; University of Pittsburgh Team; University of Washington Team; Brookhaven National Laboratory Team

    Pt/ γ-Al2O3 is arguably the most important heterogeneous catalyst system. Despite the numerous studies on this system, the detailed structural and electronic properties of this interface remain uncertain. Through controlled oxidation of NiAl (110), we were able to obtain single crystalline Pt/ γ-Al2O3 thin films. We also prepared Pt/ γ-Al2O3 samples. STEM observations show that use of cryo-electron microscopy techniques prevented electron-beam damage, including direct sample damage, and changes in the EELS oxygen K pre-peak (~532 eV). The oxygen K pre-peak was consistently present in spectra taken at the Pt/ γ-Al2O3 interface at cryo-temperatures, but not in those acquired at room temperature. The theoretically calculated EELS oxygen K signals for the Pt on (110) Pt/ γ-Al2O3 exhibited a similar pre-peak at 532 eV correlating to the experimental EELS oxygen K data, and we attribute to this feature to the formation of Pt-O complex. This points out an important factor in understanding the reactivity of this catalysis.

  20. Operando Raman spectroscopy study on the deactivation of Pt/Al2O3 and Pt-Sn/Al2O3 propane dehydrogenation catalysts.

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    Sattler, Jesper J H B; Beale, Andrew M; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2013-08-01

    The deactivation of 0.5 wt% Pt/Al2O3 and 0.5 wt% Pt-1.5 wt% Sn/Al2O3 catalysts has been studied by operando Raman spectroscopy during the dehydrogenation of propane and subsequent regeneration in air for 10 successive dehydrogenation-regeneration cycles. Furthermore, the reaction feed was altered by using different propane/propene/hydrogen ratios. It was found that the addition of hydrogen to the feed increases the catalyst performance and decreases the formation of coke deposits, as was revealed by thermogravimetrical analysis. The positive effect of hydrogen on the catalyst performance is comparable to the addition of Sn, a promoter element which increases both the propane conversion and propene selectivity. Operando Raman spectroscopy showed that hydrogen altered the nature of the coke deposits formed during propane dehydrogenation. Due to this approach it was possible to perform a systematic deconvolution procedure on the Raman spectra. By analysing the related intensity, band position and bandwidth of the different Raman features, it was determined that smaller graphite crystallites, which have less defects, are formed when the partial pressure of hydrogen in the feed was increased. PMID:23615824

  1. Characterization of ultrafast microstructuring of alumina (Al2O3)

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    Perrie, Walter; Rushton, Anne; Gill, Matthew; Fox, Peter; O'Neill, William

    2005-03-01

    Alumina ceramic, Al2O3, presents a challenge to laser micro-structuring due to its neglible linear absorption coefficient in the optical region coupled with its physical properties such as extremely high melting point and high thermal conductivity. In this work, we demonstrate clean micro-structuring of alumina using NIR (λ=775 nm) ultrafast optical pulses with 180 fs duration at 1kHz repetition rate. Sub-picosecond pulses can minimise thermal effects along with collateral damage when processing conditions are optimised, consequently, observed edge quality is excellent in this regime. We present results of changing micro-structure and morphology during ultrafast processing along with measured ablation rates and characteristics of developing surface relief. Initial crystalline phase (alpha Al2O3) is unaltered by femtosecond processing. Multi-pulse ablation threshold fluence Fth ~ 1.1 Jcm-2 and at low fluence ~ 3 Jcm-2, independent of machined depth, there appears to remain a ~ 2μm thick rapidly re-melted layer. On the other hand, micro-structuring at high fluence F ~ 21 Jcm-2 shows no evidence of melting and the machined surface is covered with a fine layer of debris, loosely attached. The nature of debris produced by femtosecond ablation has been investigated and consists mainly of alumina nanoparticles with diameters from 20 nm to 1 micron with average diameter ~ 300 nm. Electron diffraction shows these particles to be essentially single crystal in nature. By developing a holographic technique, we have demonstrated periodic micrometer level structuring on polished samples of this extremely hard material.

  2. Surface chemistry of plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 studied by infrared spectroscopy

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    Langereis, E.; Keijmel, J.; van de Sanden, M. C. M.; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2008-06-01

    The surface groups created during plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 were studied by infrared spectroscopy. For temperatures in the range of 25-150°C, -CH3 and -OH were unveiled as dominant surface groups after the Al(CH3)3 precursor and O2 plasma half-cycles, respectively. At lower temperatures more -OH and C-related impurities were found to be incorporated in the Al2O3 film, but the impurity level could be reduced by prolonging the plasma exposure. The results demonstrate that -OH surface groups rule the surface chemistry of the Al2O3 process and likely that of plasma-assisted ALD of metal oxides from organometallic precursors in general.

  3. Corrosion behaviour of sintered NdFeB coated with Al/Al 2O 3 multilayers by magnetron sputtering

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    Mao, Shoudong; Yang, Hengxiu; Huang, Feng; Xie, Tingting; Song, Zhenlun

    2011-02-01

    Al/Al2O3 multilayers were deposited on sintered NdFeB magnets to improve the corrosion resistance. The amorphous Al2O3 films were used to periodically interrupt the columnar growth of the Al layers. The structure of the multilayers was investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM). It was found that the columnar structure was effectively inhibited in the multilayers. Subsequent corrosion testing by potentiodynamic polarization in 3.5 wt.% NaCl and neutral salt spray test (NSS) revealed that the Al/Al2O3 multilayers had much better corrosion resistance than the Al single layer. Furthermore, for multilayers with similar thickness, the corrosion resistance was improved as the period decreased.

  4. Microstructure and transport properties of epitaxial topological insulator Bi2Se3 thin films grown on MgO (100), Cr2O3 (0001), and Al2O3 (0001) templates

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    Lee, Y. F.; Kumar, R.; Hunte, F.; Narayan, J.; Schwartz, J.

    2015-09-01

    We report the epitaxial integration of defect-induced room temperature ferromagnetic insulators, Cr2O3 and MgO, with topological insulators Bi2Se3 on c-sapphire substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The structural, magnetic, and magnetotransport properties of ˜15 nm Bi2Se3 thin films are investigated on each template. The lattice misfits of Cr2O3/Bi2Se3 and MgO/Bi2Se3 are ˜16% and ˜39%, respectively, where the critical thickness for pseudomorphic growth is less than one monolayer. The insulating behavior is more pronounced due to the additional scattering of the surface states of the Bi2Se3 layer by interfacing with MgO and Cr2O3. The weak antilocalization effect from the surface states is clearly suppressed, accounting for the presence of magnetic bottom layers. This work demonstrates an effective way to study the emergence of a ferromagnetic phase in topological insulators by the magnetic proximity effect in Bi2Se3, a step toward unveiling their exotic properties.

  5. Assimilation Behavior of Calcium Ferrite and Calcium Diferrite with Sintered Al2O3 and MgO

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    Long, Hongming; Wu, Xuejian; Chun, Tiejun; Di, Zhanxia; Yu, Bin

    2016-06-01

    In this study, the assimilation behaviors between calcium ferrite (CF), calcium diferrite (CF2) and sintered Al2O3, and MgO were explored by an improved sessile drop technique, and the interfacial microstructure was discussed. The results indicated that the apparent contact angles of CF slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 15.7 and 5.5 deg, and the apparent contact angles of CF2 slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 17.9 and 7.2 deg, respectively. Namely, CF and CF2 slag were wetting well with Al2O3 and MgO substrate. The dissolution of Al2O3 substrate into the CF and CF2 slag was found to be the driving force of the wetting process. For the CF-MgO and CF2-MgO substrate systems, CaO contrarily distributed with MgO after wetting. For the CF-MgO system, after wetting, the slag was composed of CF and C2F, and most of the Fe2O3 permeated into substrate and formed two permeating layers.

  6. Comparing the Thermodynamic Behaviour of Al(1)+ZrO2(s) to Al(1)+Al2O3(s)

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    Copland, Evan

    2004-01-01

    In an effort to better determine the thermodynamic properties of Al(g) and Al2O(g). the vapor in equilibrium with Al(l)+ZrO2(s) was compared to the vapor in equilibrium with Al(l)+Al2O3(s) over temperature range 1197-to-1509K. The comparison was made directly by Knudsen effusion-cell mass spectrometry with an instrument configured for a multiple effusion-cell vapor source (multi-cell KEMS). Second law enthalpies of vaporization of Al(g) and Al2O(g) together with activity measurements show that Al(l)+ZrO2(s) is thermodynamically equivalent to Al(l)+Al2O3(s), indicating Al(l) remained pure and Al2O3(s) was present in the ZrO2-cell. Subsequent observation of the Al(l)/ZrO2 and vapor/ZrO2 interfaces revealed a thin Al2O3-layer had formed, separating the ZrO2-cell from Al(l) and Al(g)+Al2O(g), effectively transforming it into an Al2O3 effusion-cell. This behavior agrees with recent observations made for Beta-NiAl(Pt) alloys measured in ZrO2 effusion-cell.

  7. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of highly (100)-oriented (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 thin films grown on LaNiO 3/γ-Al 2O 3/Si substrates by chemical solution deposition

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    Guo, Yiping; Akai, Daisuke; Sawada, Kazauki; Ishida, Makoto

    2008-07-01

    A (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 chemical solution was prepared by using barium acetate, nitrate of sodium, nitrate of bismuth, and Ti-isopropoxide as raw materials. A white precipitation appeared during the preparation was analyzed to be Ba(NO 3) 2. We found that ethanolamine is a very effective coordinating ligand of Ba 2+. A transparent and stable (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 precursor chemical solution has been achieved by using ethanolamine as a ligand of Ba 2+. (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 films were grown on LaNiO 3/γ-Al 2O 3/Si substrates. Highly (100)-oriented (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 films were obtained in this work due to lattice match growth. The dielectric, ferroelectric and insulative characteristics against applied field were studied. The conduction current shows an Ohmic conduction behavior at lower voltages and space-charge-limited behavior at higher voltages, respectively. These results indicate that, the (Na 0.5Bi 0.5) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3 film is a promising lead-free ferroelectric film.

  8. Influence of calcination temperature on the surface area of submicron-sized Al2O3 electrospun fibers

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    Shin, Hyeon Ung; Ramsier, Rex D.; Chase, George G.

    2016-03-01

    Submicron-sized Al2O3 fibers were formed by calcination of electrospun aluminum acetate/PVP composite fibers. At 650 °C, the fibers were amorphous. As the calcination temperature increased to 750 °C, the fibers transitioned from amorphous to 49 % crystalline gamma phase Al2O3. The crystallinity further increased with calcination temperature to 80 % gamma Al2O3 at 950 °C, but decreased above 950 °C as the crystal structure began to change to alpha phase. The fiber diameters tended to decrease as calcination temperature increased to 950 °C but increased as the alpha phase was formed at temperatures above 950 °C. Surface areas as measured by BET decreased as gamma phase crystallinity increased. Further decrease in surface area as the gamma phase crystal structure transitioned to alpha phase indicated changing internal pore structures of the fibers.

  9. Quantum Chemical Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Nucleation on Al2O3 Catalysts via CH4 Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Page, Alister J; Saha, Supriya; Li, Hai-Bei; Irle, Stephan; Morokuma, Keiji

    2015-07-29

    We present quantum chemical simulations demonstrating how single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) form, or "nucleate", on the surface of Al2O3 nanoparticles during chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using CH4. SWCNT nucleation proceeds via the formation of extended polyyne chains that only interact with the catalyst surface at one or both ends. Consequently, SWCNT nucleation is not a surface-mediated process. We demonstrate that this unusual nucleation sequence is due to two factors. First, the π interaction between graphitic carbon and Al2O3 is extremely weak, such that graphitic carbon is expected to desorb at typical CVD temperatures. Second, hydrogen present at the catalyst surface actively passivates dangling carbon bonds, preventing a surface-mediated nucleation mechanism. The simulations reveal hydrogen's reactive chemical pathways during SWCNT nucleation and that the manner in which SWCNTs form on Al2O3 is fundamentally different from that observed using "traditional" transition metal catalysts. PMID:26148208

  10. The growth of Al2O3/YAG:Ce melt growth composite by the vertical Bridgman technique using an a-axis Al2O3 seed

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    Yoshimura, Masafumi; Sakata, Shin-ichi; Yamada, Seiya; Taishi, Toshinori; Hoshikawa, Keigo

    2015-10-01

    Al2O3/Y3Al5O12 (YAG):Ce melt growth composites (MGCs) were grown by the vertical Bridgman (VB) method using an a-axis [112¯0] Al2O3 seed, and the crystallographic orientations and optical properties of the grown MGCs were investigated. It was found that a crack-free MGC ingot could be grown from the Al2O3 seed. In the MGC grown using the Al2O3 seed, the position of the seeding interface was almost the same to the initial position of the top of the seed. By means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis, it was found that the crystallographic orientation of the Al2O3 phase in the grown MGC corresponded to the a-axis Al2O3 seed, while YAG phases with several different orientations were observed. The light-conversion properties of the MGCs grown using an a axis Al2O3 seed for application to white light emitting diodes (LEDs) were quite similar to those grown using an MGC seed. It was also found that it was possible to grow larger diameter, 2-in., Ce-doped MGC ingots with similar crystallographic properties with the VB method using a small Al2O3 seed.

  11. Unraveling the Origin of Structural Disorder in High Temperature Transition Al2O3: Structure of θ-Al2O3

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    Kovarik, Libor; Bowden, Mark E.; Shi, Dachuan; Washton, Nancy M.; Anderson, Amity; Hu, Jian Z.; Lee, Jaekyoung; Szanyi, Janos; Kwak, Ja Hun; Peden, Charles HF

    2015-09-22

    The crystallography of transition Al2O3 has been extensively studied in the past due to the advantageous properties of the oxide in catalytic and a range of other technological applications. However, existing crystallographic models are insufficient to describe the structure of many important Al2O3 polymorphs due to their highly disordered nature. In this work, we investigate structure and disorder in high-temperature treated transition Al2O3, and provide a structural description for θ-Al2O3 by using a suite of complementary imaging, spectroscopy and quantum calculation techniques. Contrary to current understanding, our high-resolution imaging shows that θ-Al2O3 is a disordered composite phase of at least two different end members. By correlating imaging and spectroscopy results with DFT calculations, we propose a model that describes θ-Al2O3 as a disordered intergrowth of two crystallographic variants at the unit cell level. One variant is based on β-Ga2O3, and the other on a monoclinic phase that is closely-related to δ-Al2O3. The overall findings and interpretations afford new insight into the origin of poor crystallinity in transition Al2O3, and also provide new perspectives on structural complexity that can emerge from intergrowth of closely related structural polymorphs.

  12. One-nanometer-precision control of Al(2)O(3) nanoshells through a solution-based synthesis route.

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    Zhang, Wei; Chi, Zi-Xiang; Mao, Wen-Xin; Lv, Rong-Wen; Cao, An-Min; Wan, Li-Jun

    2014-11-17

    Forming uniform metal oxide nanocoatings is a well-known challenge in the construction of core-shell type nanomaterials. Herein, by using buffer solution as a specific reaction medium, we demonstrate the possibility to grow thin nanoshells of metal oxides, typically Al2 O3 , on different kinds of core materials, forming a uniform surface-coating layer with thicknesses achieving one nanometer precision. The application of this methodology for the surface modification of LiCoO2 shows that a thin nanoshell of Al2 O3 can be readily tuned on the surface for an optimized battery performance. PMID:25336171

  13. Plasma-Assisted ALD of an Al2O3 Permeation Barrier Layer on Plastic

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    Lei, Wenwen; Li, Xingcun; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Zhengduo

    2012-02-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique is used in the preparation of organic/inorganic layers, which requires uniform surfaces with their thickness down to several nanometers. For film with such thickness, the growth mode defined as the arrangement of clusters on the surface during the growth is of significance. In this work, Al2O3 thin film was deposited on various interfacial species of pre-treated polyethylene terephthalate (PET, 12 μm) by plasma assisted atomic layer deposition (PA-ALD), where trimethyl aluminium was used as the Al precursor and O2 as the oxygen source. The interfacial species, -NH3, -OH, and -COOH as well as SiCHO (derived from monomer of HMDSO plasma), were grafted previously by plasma and chemical treatments. The growth mode of PA-ALD Al2O3 was then investigated in detail by combining results from in-situ diagnosis of spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and ex-situ characterization of as-deposited layers from the morphologies scanned by atomic force microscopy (AFM). In addition, the oxygen transmission rates (OTR) of the original and treated plastic films were measured. The possible reasons for the dependence of the OTR values on the surface species were explored.

  14. The thermodynamic properties of hydrated -Al2O3 nanoparticles

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    Spencer, Elinor; Huang, Baiyu; Parker, Stewart F.; Kolesnikov, Alexander I; Ross, Dr. Nancy; Woodfield, Brian

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we report a combined calorimetric and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) study of hydrated -Al2O3 ( -alumina) nanoparticles. These complementary techniques have enabled a comprehensive evaluation of the thermodynamic properties of this technological and industrially important metal oxide to be achieved. The isobaric heat capacity (Cp) data presented herein provide further critical insights into the much-debated chemical composition of -alumina nanoparticles. Furthermore, the isochoric heat capacity (Cv) of the surface water, which is so essential to the stability of all metal-oxides at the nanoscale, has been extracted from the high-resolution INS data and differs significantly from that of ice Ih due to the dominating influence of strong surface-water interactions. This study also encompassed the analysis of four -alumina samples with differing pore diameters [4.5 (1), 13.8 (2), 17.9 (3), and 27.2 nm (4)], and the results obtained allow us to unambiguously conclude that the water content and pore size have no influence on the thermodynamic behaviour of hydrated -alumina nanoparticles.

  15. Trapped charge densities in Al2O3-based silicon surface passivation layers

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    Jordan, Paul M.; Simon, Daniel K.; Mikolajick, Thomas; Dirnstorfer, Ingo

    2016-06-01

    In Al2O3-based passivation layers, the formation of fixed charges and trap sites can be strongly influenced by small modifications in the stack layout. Fixed and trapped charge densities are characterized with capacitance voltage profiling and trap spectroscopy by charge injection and sensing, respectively. Al2O3 layers are grown by atomic layer deposition with very thin (˜1 nm) SiO2 or HfO2 interlayers or interface layers. In SiO2/Al2O3 and HfO2/Al2O3 stacks, both fixed charges and trap sites are reduced by at least a factor of 5 compared with the value measured in pure Al2O3. In Al2O3/SiO2/Al2O3 or Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 stacks, very high total charge densities of up to 9 × 1012 cm-2 are achieved. These charge densities are described as functions of electrical stress voltage, time, and the Al2O3 layer thickness between silicon and the HfO2 or the SiO2 interlayer. Despite the strong variation of trap sites, all stacks reach very good effective carrier lifetimes of up to 8 and 20 ms on p- and n-type silicon substrates, respectively. Controlling the trap sites in Al2O3 layers opens the possibility to engineer the field-effect passivation in the solar cells.

  16. Investigation on the passivated Si/Al2O3 interface fabricated by non-vacuum spatial atomic layer deposition system

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    Lien, Shui-Yang; Yang, Chih-Hsiang; Wu, Kuei-Ching; Kung, Chung-Yuan

    2015-02-01

    Currently, aluminum oxide stacked with silicon nitride (Al2O3/SiNx:H) is a promising rear passivation material for high-efficiency P-type passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC). It has been indicated that atomic layer deposition system (ALD) is much more suitable to prepare high-quality Al2O3 films than plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system and other process techniques. In this study, an ultrafast, non-vacuum spatial ALD with the deposition rate of around 10 nm/min, developed by our group, is hired to deposit Al2O3 films. Upon post-annealing for the Al2O3 films, the unwanted delamination, regarded as blisters, was found by an optical microscope. This may lead to a worse contact within the Si/Al2O3 interface, deteriorating the passivation quality. Thin stoichiometric silicon dioxide films prepared on the Si surface prior to Al2O3 fabrication effectively reduce a considerable amount of blisters. The residual blisters can be further out-gassed when the Al2O3 films are thinned to 8 nm and annealed above 650°C. Eventually, the entire PERC with the improved triple-layer SiO2/Al2O3/SiNx:H stacked passivation film has an obvious gain in open-circuit voltage ( V oc) and short-circuit current ( J sc) because of the increased minority carrier lifetime and internal rear-side reflectance, respectively. The electrical performance of the optimized PERC with the V oc of 0.647 V, J sc of 38.2 mA/cm2, fill factor of 0.776, and the efficiency of 19.18% can be achieved.

  17. Investigation on the passivated Si/Al2O3 interface fabricated by non-vacuum spatial atomic layer deposition system.

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    Lien, Shui-Yang; Yang, Chih-Hsiang; Wu, Kuei-Ching; Kung, Chung-Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Currently, aluminum oxide stacked with silicon nitride (Al2O3/SiNx:H) is a promising rear passivation material for high-efficiency P-type passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC). It has been indicated that atomic layer deposition system (ALD) is much more suitable to prepare high-quality Al2O3 films than plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system and other process techniques. In this study, an ultrafast, non-vacuum spatial ALD with the deposition rate of around 10 nm/min, developed by our group, is hired to deposit Al2O3 films. Upon post-annealing for the Al2O3 films, the unwanted delamination, regarded as blisters, was found by an optical microscope. This may lead to a worse contact within the Si/Al2O3 interface, deteriorating the passivation quality. Thin stoichiometric silicon dioxide films prepared on the Si surface prior to Al2O3 fabrication effectively reduce a considerable amount of blisters. The residual blisters can be further out-gassed when the Al2O3 films are thinned to 8 nm and annealed above 650°C. Eventually, the entire PERC with the improved triple-layer SiO2/Al2O3/SiNx:H stacked passivation film has an obvious gain in open-circuit voltage (V oc) and short-circuit current (J sc) because of the increased minority carrier lifetime and internal rear-side reflectance, respectively. The electrical performance of the optimized PERC with the V oc of 0.647 V, J sc of 38.2 mA/cm(2), fill factor of 0.776, and the efficiency of 19.18% can be achieved. PMID:25852389

  18. Duplex Al2O3/DLC Coating on 15SiCp/2024 Aluminum Matrix Composite Using Combined Microarc Oxidation and Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition

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    Xue, Wenbin; Tian, Hua; Du, Jiancheng; Hua, Ming; Zhang, Xu; Li, Yongliang

    2012-08-01

    Microarc oxidation (MAO) treatment produces a thick Al2O3 coating on the 15SiCp/2024 aluminum matrix composite. After pretreatment of Ti ion implantation, a thin diamond-like carbon film (DLC) was deposited on the top of polished Al2O3 coating by a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition system with a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) source. The morphology and tribological properties of the duplex Al2O3/DLC multiplayer coating were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SRV ball-on-disk friction tester. It is found that the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating had good adhesion and a low friction coefficient of less than 0.07. As compared to a single Al2O3 or DLC coating, the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating on aluminum matrix composite exhibited a better wear resistance against ZrO2 ball under dry sliding, because the Al2O3 coating as an intermediate layer improved load support for the top DLC coating on 15SiCp/2024 composite substrate, meanwhile the top DLC coating displayed low friction coefficient.

  19. Role of interfacial transition layers in VO2/Al2O3 heterostructures

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    Zhou, Honghui; Chisholm, Matthew F; Yang, Tsung-Han; Pennycook, Stephen J; Narayan, Jagdish

    2011-01-01

    Epitaxial VO2 films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on c-cut sapphire substrates ((0001) Al2O3) were studied by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). A number of film/substrate orientation relationships were found and are discussed in the context of the semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) characteristics. A structurally and electronically modified buffer layer was revealed on the interface and was attributed to the interface free-energy minimization process of accommodating the symmetry mismatch between the substrate and the film. This interfacial transition layer is expected to affect the SMT behavior when the interfacial region is a significant fraction of the VO2 film thickness.

  20. Lipid bilayer coated Al(2)O(3) nanopore sensors: towards a hybrid biological solid-state nanopore.

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    Venkatesan, Bala Murali; Polans, James; Comer, Jeffrey; Sridhar, Supriya; Wendell, David; Aksimentiev, Aleksei; Bashir, Rashid

    2011-08-01

    Solid-state nanopore sensors are highly versatile platforms for the rapid, label-free electrical detection and analysis of single molecules, applicable to next generation DNA sequencing. The versatility of this technology allows for both large scale device integration and interfacing with biological systems. Here we report on the development of a hybrid biological solid-state nanopore platform that incorporates a highly mobile lipid bilayer on a single solid-state Al(2)O(3) nanopore sensor, for the potential reconstitution of ion channels and biological nanopores. Such a system seeks to combine the superior electrical, thermal, and mechanical stability of Al(2)O(3) solid-state nanopores with the chemical specificity of biological nanopores. Bilayers on Al(2)O(3) exhibit higher diffusivity than those formed on TiO(2) and SiO(2) substrates, attributed to the presence of a thick hydration layer on Al(2)O(3), a key requirement to preserving the biological functionality of reconstituted membrane proteins. Molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that the electrostatic repulsion between the dipole of the DOPC headgroup and the positively charged Al(2)O(3) surface may be responsible for the enhanced thickness of this hydration layer. Lipid bilayer coated Al(2)O(3) nanopore sensors exhibit excellent electrical properties and enhanced mechanical stability (GΩ seals for over 50 h), making this technology ideal for use in ion channel electrophysiology, the screening of ion channel active drugs and future integration with biological nanopores such as α-hemolysin and MspA for rapid single molecule DNA sequencing. This technology can find broad application in bio-nanotechnology. PMID:21487665

  1. Glass-ceramic nuclear waste forms obtained by crystallization of SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th): Study of the crystallization from the surface

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    Loiseau, P.; Caurant, D.

    2010-07-01

    Glass-ceramic materials containing zirconolite (nominally CaZrTi 2O 7) crystals in their bulk can be envisaged as potential waste forms for minor actinides (Np, Am, Cm) and Pu immobilization. In this study such matrices are synthesized by crystallization of SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th) as surrogates. A thin partially crystallized layer containing titanite and anorthite (nominally CaTiSiO 5 and CaAl 2Si 2O 8, respectively) growing from glass surface is also observed. The effect of the nature and concentration of surrogates on the structure, the microstructure and the composition of the crystals formed in the surface layer is presented in this paper. Titanite is the only crystalline phase able to significantly incorporate trivalent lanthanides whereas ThO 2 precipitates in the layer. The crystal growth thermal treatment duration (2-300 h) at high temperature (1050-1200 °C) is shown to strongly affect glass-ceramics microstructure. For the system studied in this paper, it appears that zirconolite is not thermodynamically stable in comparison with titanite growing form glass surface. Nevertheless, for kinetic reasons, such transformation (i.e. zirconolite disappearance to the benefit of titanite) is not expected to occur during interim storage and disposal of the glass-ceramic waste forms because their temperature will never exceed a few hundred degrees.

  2. Mesostructured gamma-Al(2)O(3) with a lathlike framework morphology.

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    Zhang, Zhaorong; Pinnavaia, Thomas J

    2002-10-16

    A novel three-step assembly pathway is reported for the formation of a mesostructured alumina with framework pore walls made of crystalline, lathlike gamma-Al(2)O(3) nanoparticles. In the initial supramolecular assembly step of the pathway a mesostructured alumina with a wormhole framework morphology and amorphous pore walls is assembled through the hydrolysis of Al(13) oligocations and hydrated aluminum cations in the presence of a nonionic diblock or triblock poly(ethylene oxide) surfactant as the structure-directing porogen. The walls of the initial mesostructure are then transformed in a second hydrolysis step at a higher temperature to a surfactant-boehmite mesophase, denoted MSU-S/B, with a lathlike framework made of boehmite nanoparticles. A final thermal reaction step topochemically converts the intermediate boehmitic mesophase to a mesostructure with crystalline gamma-Al(2)O(3) pore walls, denoted MSU-gamma, with retention of the lathlike framework morphology. The boehmitic MSU-S/B intermediates formed from the chloride salts of aluminum incorporate chloride anions into the mesostructure. Chloride ion incorporation tends to disorder the nanoparticle assembly process, leading to a broadening of the slit-shaped framework pores in the final MSU-gamma phases and to the introduction of intra- and interparticle textural mesopores. However, the well-ordered MSU-gamma phases made from aluminum nitrate as the preferred aluminum reagent exhibit narrow framework pore size distributions and average pore sizes that are independent of the surfactant size and packing parameter, in accord with a lathlike framework assembled from nanoparticles of regular size and connectivity. The high surface areas ( approximately 300-350 m(2)/g) and pore volumes ( approximately 0.45-0.75 cm(3)/g) provided by these mesostructured forms of gamma-Al(2)O(3) should be useful in materials and catalytic applications where the availability of surface Lewis acid sites and the dispersion of

  3. Modulus, strength and thermal exposure studies of FP-Al2O3/aluminum and FP-Al2O3/magnesium composites

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    Bhatt, R. T.

    1981-01-01

    The mechanical properties of FP-Al2O3 fiber reinforced composites prepared by liquid infiltration techniques are improved. A strengthening addition, magnesium, was incorporated with the aluminum-lithium matrix alloy usually selected for these composites because of its good wetting characteristics. This ternary composite, FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li-(3-5)Mg, showed improved transverse strength compared with FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li composites. The lower axial strengths found for the FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li-(3-5)Mg composites were attributed to fabrication related defects. Another technique was the use of Ti/B coated FP-Al2O3 fibers in the composites. This coating is readily wet by molten aluminum and permitted the use of more conventional aluminum alloys in the composites. However, the anticipated improvements in the axial and transverse strengths were not obtained due to poor bonding between the fiber coating and the matrix. A third approach studied to improve the strengths of FP-Al2O3 reinforced composites was the use of magnesium alloys as matrix materials. While these alloys wet fibers satisfactorily, the result indicated that the magnesium alloy composites used offered no axial strength or modulus advantage over FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li composites.

  4. Growth-Rate Induced Epitaxial Orientation of CeO2 on Al2O3(0001)

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    Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Gao, Fei; Jiang, Weilin; Shutthanandan, V.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Seal, Sudipta; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2009-05-19

    High-quality ceria (CeO2) films were grown on sapphire (Al2O3) (0001) substrates using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The epitaxial orientation of the ceria films has been found to be (100) and (111) at low (< 8 Å/min) and higher growth rates (up to ~30 Å/min), respectively. Evidence shows that CeO2 (100) film grows as three-dimensional islands, while CeO2 (111) proceeds with layered growth. Three in-plane domains at 30° to each other are observed in the CeO2 (100), which is attributed to the close match of the oxygen sub-lattices in the film and substrate that has a three-fold symmetry. Molecular dynamic simulations have further confirmed that the CeO2 film retains (100) orientation on the Al2O3 (0001) substrate.

  5. Glass-ceramic nuclear waste forms obtained from SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th): study of internal crystallization

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    Loiseau, P.; Caurant, D.; Baffier, N.; Mazerolles, L.; Fillet, C.

    2004-10-01

    Glass-ceramic waste forms such as zirconolite (nominally CaZrTi 2O 7) based ones can be envisaged as good candidates for minor actinides or Pu immobilization. Such materials, in which the actinides (or lanthanides used as actinide surrogates) would be preferentially incorporated into zirconolite crystals homogeneously dispersed in a durable glassy matrix, can be prepared by controlled crystallization (nucleation + crystal growth) of parent glasses belonging to the SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 system. In this work we present the effects of the nature of the minor actinide surrogate (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb, Th) on the structure, the microstructure and the composition of the zirconolite crystals formed in the bulk of the glass-ceramics. The amount of lanthanides and thorium incorporated into zirconolite crystals is discussed in relation with the capacity of the glass to accommodate these elements and of the crystals to incorporate them in the calcium and zirconium sites of their structure.

  6. Crystalline gamma-Al2O3 physical vapour deposition-coating for steel thixoforging tools.

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    Bobzin, K; Hirt, G; Bagcivan, N; Khizhnyakova, L; Ewering, M

    2011-10-01

    The process of thixoforming, which has been part of many researches during the last decades, combines the advantages of forging and casting for the shaping of metallic components. But due to the high temperatures of semi-solid steel alloys high demands on the tools are requested. To resists the thermal and mechanical loads (wear, friction, thermal and thermomechanical fatigue) protecting thin films are necessary. In this regard crystalline gamma-Al2O3 deposited via Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) is a promising candidate: It exhibits high thermal stability, high oxidation resistance and high hot hardness. In the present work the application of a (Ti, Al)N/gamma-Al2O3 coating deposited by means of Magnetron Sputter Ion Plating in an industrial coating unit is presented. The coating was analysed by means of Rockwell test, nanoindentation, and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The coated tool was tested in thixoforging experiments with steel grade X210CrW12 (AlSI D6). The surface of the coated dies was examined with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) after 22, 42, 90 and 170 forging cycles. PMID:22400259

  7. The evolution and growth of Al2O3 scales on beta-NiAl. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Report

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    Doychak, J. K.

    1986-01-01

    The formation and growth of Al2O3 scales on (beta)-NiAl were studied using electron microscopy and other analytical techniques to gain an understanding of the oxidation properties of (beta)-NiAl and of alumina-forming alloys, in general. The transient and mature stages of oxidation were studied as well as the transformation stage during which the oxide scale transforms from metastable Al2O3 phases to the thermodynamically stable alpha-Al2O3 phase. The transient oxidation stages were studied at 800 deg C and for short times at 1100C. At 800C, the scales consist predominantly of delta-Al2O3 which forms by cation vacancy ordering in the defective spinel lattice of gamma-Al2O3. At 1100C, a fast-growth morphology of theta-Al2O3 forms as a surface layer over delta-Al2O3. For both oxidation temperatures, the scales are often epitaxially oriented with respect to the metal. The transient scales grow by outward cation diffusion as evidenced by surface growth morphologies. The transformation to alpha-Al2O3 occurs within 1 hour at 1100C by a nucleation and radial growth process. The large volume decrease associated with the transformation results in a highly strained alpha-Al2O3 microstructure. A change in scale growth mechanism from outward cation to inward anion diffusion allows transient surface morphologies to be smoothed by surface diffusion. The mature stage of oxidation involves the growth of an alpha-Al2O3 scale having the lacey morphology formed as a result of the gamma yields alpha transformation. Growth of the scale occurs by counterdiffusion along grain boundaries resulting in ridges formed by impingement of alpha-Al2O3 nuclei during the transformation stage. Also scale growth occurs by inward oxygen diffusion through healed cracks; the cracks result from transformation stresses. The measured growth rates of scales having the lacey morphology are an order of magnitude less than fine-grained alpha-Al2O3 scales. Metal orientations were found to have a large effect on

  8. An in-depth understanding of the bimetallic effects and coked carbon species on an active bimetallic Ni(Co)/Al2O3 dry reforming catalyst.

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    Liao, Xin; Gerdts, Rihards; Parker, Stewart F; Chi, Lina; Zhao, Yongxiang; Hill, Martyn; Guo, Junqiu; Jones, Martin O; Jiang, Zheng

    2016-06-29

    Ni/Al2O3, Co/Al2O3 and bimetallic Ni(Co)/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared using an impregnation method and employed in CO2 dry reforming of methane under coking-favored conditions. The spent catalysts were carefully characterized using typical characterization technologies and inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy. The bimetallic catalyst exhibited a superior activity and anti-coking performance compared to Ni/Al2O3, while the most resistant to coking behavior was Co/Al2O3. The enhanced activity of the Ni(Co)/Al2O3 bimetallic catalyst is attributed to the reduced particle size of metallic species and resistance to forming stable filamentous carbon. The overall carbon deposition on the spent bimetallic catalyst is comparable to that of the spent Ni/Al2O3 catalyst, whereas the carbon deposited on the bimetallic catalyst is mainly less-stable carbonaceous species as confirmed by SEM, TPO, Raman and INS characterization. This study provides an in depth understanding of alloy effects in catalysts, the chemical nature of coked carbon on spent Ni-based catalysts and, hopefully, inspires the creative design of a new bimetallic catalyst for dry reforming reactions. PMID:27326792

  9. Effects of Al2O3 and CaO/SiO2 Ratio on Phase Equilbria in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 System in Equilibrium with Metallic Iron

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2011-02-01

    The phase equilibria and liquidus temperatures in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 system in equilibrium with metallic iron have been determined experimentally in the temperature range 1383 K to 1573 K (1150 °C to 1300 °C). The experimental conditions were selected to characterize lead blast furnace and imperial smelting furnace slags. The results are presented in a form of pseudoternary sections ZnO-"FeO"-(Al2O3 + CaO + SiO2) with fixed CaO/SiO2 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 ratios. It was found that wustite and spinel are the major primary phases in the composition range investigated. Effects of Al2O3 concentration as well as the CaO/SiO2 ratio on the primary phase field, the liquidus temperature, and the partitioning of ZnO between liquid and solid phases have been discussed for zinc-containing slags.

  10. Stacked Graphene-Al2O3 Nanopore Sensors for Sensitive Detection of DNA and DNA-Protein Complexes

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    Venkatesan, Bala Murali; Estrada, David; Banerjee, Shouvik; Jin, Xiaozhong; Dorgan, Vincent E.; Bae, Myung-Ho; Aluru, Narayana R.; Pop, Eric; Bashir, Rashid

    2012-01-01

    We report the development of a multilayered graphene-Al2O3 nanopore platform for the sensitive detection of DNA and DNA-protein complexes. Graphene-Al2O3 nanolaminate membranes are formed by sequentially depositing layers of graphene and Al2O3 with nanopores being formed in these membranes using an electron-beam sculpting process. The resulting nanopores are highly robust, exhibit low electrical noise (significantly lower than nanopores in pure graphene), are highly sensitive to electrolyte pH at low KCl concentrations (attributed to the high buffer capacity of Al2O3) and permit the electrical biasing of the embedded graphene electrode, thereby allowing for three terminal nanopore measurements. In proof-of-principle biomolecule sensing experiments, the folded and unfolded transport of single DNA molecules and RecA coated DNA complexes could be discerned with high temporal resolution. The process described here also enables nanopore integration with new graphene based structures, including nanoribbons and nanogaps, for single molecule DNA sequencing and medical diagnostic applications. PMID:22165962

  11. Stacked graphene-Al2O3 nanopore sensors for sensitive detection of DNA and DNA-protein complexes.

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    Venkatesan, Bala Murali; Estrada, David; Banerjee, Shouvik; Jin, Xiaozhong; Dorgan, Vincent E; Bae, Myung-Ho; Aluru, Narayana R; Pop, Eric; Bashir, Rashid

    2012-01-24

    We report the development of a multilayered graphene-Al(2)O(3) nanopore platform for the sensitive detection of DNA and DNA-protein complexes. Graphene-Al(2)O(3) nanolaminate membranes are formed by sequentially depositing layers of graphene and Al(2)O(3), with nanopores being formed in these membranes using an electron-beam sculpting process. The resulting nanopores are highly robust, exhibit low electrical noise (significantly lower than nanopores in pure graphene), are highly sensitive to electrolyte pH at low KCl concentrations (attributed to the high buffer capacity of Al(2)O(3)), and permit the electrical biasing of the embedded graphene electrode, thereby allowing for three terminal nanopore measurements. In proof-of-principle biomolecule sensing experiments, the folded and unfolded transport of single DNA molecules and RecA-coated DNA complexes could be discerned with high temporal resolution. The process described here also enables nanopore integration with new graphene-based structures, including nanoribbons and nanogaps, for single-molecule DNA sequencing and medical diagnostic applications. PMID:22165962

  12. Slurry Erosion Performance of Ni-Al2O3 Based Thermal-Sprayed Coatings: Effect of Angle of Impingement

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    Grewal, H. S.; Agrawal, Anupam; Singh, H.; Shollock, B. A.

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, slurry erosion performance of high velocity flame-sprayed Ni-Al2O3 based coatings was evaluated. The coatings were deposited on a hydroturbine steel (CA6NM) by varying the content of Al2O3 in Ni. Using jet-type test rig, erosion behavior of coatings and bare steel was evaluated at different impingement angles. Detailed investigation of the surface morphology of the eroded specimens was undertaken using SEM/EDS to identify potential erosion mechanism. A parameter named "erosion mechanism identifier" (ξ) was used to predict the mode of erosion. It was observed that the coating prepared using 40 wt.% of Al2O3 showed a highest resistance to erosion. This coating enhanced the erosion resistance of the steel by 2 to 4 times. Spalling in the form of splats and chunks of material (formed by interlinking of cracks) along with fracture of Al2O3 splats were identified as primary mechanisms responsible for the loss of coating material. The erosion mechanism of coatings and bare steel predicted by ξ was in good agreement with that observed experimentally. Among different parameters,, a function of fracture toughness ( K IC) and hardness ( H) showed excellent correlation with erosion resistance of coatings at both the impingement angles.

  13. Containerless solidification of undercooled SrO-Al2O3 binary melts.

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    Kato, Katsuyoshi; Masuno, Atsunobu; Inoue, Hiroyuki

    2015-03-01

    The solidification of the SrO-Al2O3 binary system was investigated under containerless conditions using an aerodynamic levitation furnace. Glass formation was observed in compositions with 35-45 mol% SrO and 55-75 mol% SrO. Cooling curves were obtained at a constant cooling rate in the range of 1-1000 °C s(-1). The crystallization temperature was apparently independent of the cooling rate and far below the melting point when the sample was fully crystallized, whereas it decreased when the sample was partially crystallized. The difference between the crystallization temperature and the melting point under containerless conditions is considered a good measure of the glass-forming ability when there is not much difference in the critical cooling rates between the melt compositions. Furthermore, the homogeneous nucleation theory suggests that the apparent time-independent crystallization temperature is attributed to the high glass-forming ability of the SrO-Al2O3 binary system. The results suggest that the experimentally obtained continuous cooling transformation diagrams under containerless conditions provide new insights regarding solidification from an undercooled melt. PMID:25655235

  14. Atomic layer etching of Al2O3 using sequential, self-limiting thermal reactions with Sn(acac)2 and hydrogen fluoride.

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    Lee, Younghee; George, Steven M

    2015-02-24

    The atomic layer etching (ALE) of Al2O3 was demonstrated using sequential, self-limiting thermal reactions with tin(II) acetylacetonate (Sn(acac)2) and hydrogen fluoride (HF) as the reactants. The Al2O3 samples were Al2O3 atomic layer deposition (ALD) films grown using trimethylaluminum and H2O. The HF source was HF-pyridine. Al2O3 was etched linearly with atomic level precision versus number of reactant cycles. The Al2O3 ALE was monitored at temperatures from 150 to 250 °C. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) studies revealed that the sequential Sn(acac)2 and HF reactions were self-limiting versus reactant exposure. QCM measurements also determined that the mass change per cycle (MCPC) increased with temperature from -4.1 ng/(cm(2) cycle) at 150 °C to -18.3 ng/(cm(2) cycle) at 250 °C. These MCPC values correspond to etch rates from 0.14 Å/cycle at 150 °C to 0.61 Å/cycle at 250 °C based on the Al2O3 ALD film density of 3.0 g/cm(3). X-ray reflectivity (XRR) analysis confirmed the linear removal of Al2O3 and measured an Al2O3 ALE etch rate of 0.27 Å/cycle at 200 °C. The XRR measurements also indicated that the Al2O3 films were smoothed by Al2O3 ALE. The overall etching reaction is believed to follow the reaction Al2O3 + 6Sn(acac)2 + 6HF → 2Al(acac)3 + 6SnF(acac) + 3H2O. In the proposed reaction mechanism, the Sn(acac)2 reactant donates acac to the substrate to produce Al(acac)3. The HF reactant allows SnF(acac) and H2O to leave as reaction products. The thermal ALE of many other metal oxides using Sn(acac)2 or other metal β-diketonates, together with HF, should be possible by a similar mechanism. This thermal ALE mechanism may also be applicable to other materials such as metal nitrides, metal phosphides, metal sulfides and metal arsenides. PMID:25604976

  15. CoFe2/Al2O3/PMNPT multiferroic heterostructures by atomic layer deposition

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Grocke, Garrett; Yanguas-Gil, Angel; Wang, Xinjun; Gao, Yuan; Sun, Nianxiang; Howe, Brandon; Chen, Xing

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic materials and applications allow electric bias control of magnetism or magnetic bias control of polarization, enabling fast, compact, energy-efficient devices in RF/microwave communication systems such as filters, shifters, and antennas; electronics devices such as inductors and capacitors; and other magnetic material related applications including sensors and memories. In this manuscript, we utilize atomic layer deposition technology to grow magnetic CoFe metallic thin films onto PMNPT, with a ˜110 Oe electric field induced ferromagnetic resonance field shift in the CoFe/Al2O3/PMNPT multiferroic heterostructure. Our work demonstrates an atomic layer deposition fabricated multiferroic heterostructure with significant tunability and shows that the unique thin film growth mechanism will benefit integrated multiferroic application in near future.

  16. Influence of Al2O3 on the ionic conductivity of plasticized PVC-PEG blend polymer electrolytes

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    Ravindran, D.; Vickraman, P.

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes with PVC-PEG blend as host matrix and LiClO4 as dopant salt was prepared through conventional solution casting method. To enhance the conductivity propylene carbonate (PC) was used as plasticizer. The influence of ceramic filler Al2O3 on the conductivity of the electrolyte films were studied by varying the (PVC: Al2O3) ratio. The films were subjected to XRD, complex impedance analysis and SEM analysis. The XRD studies reveal a marginal increase in the amorphous phase of the electrolyte films due to the incorporation of filler. The AC impedance analysis shows the dependency of ionic conductivity on the content (wt %) of filler and exhibit a maximum at 4 wt% filler. The SEM analysis depicts the occurrence of phase separation in electrolyte which is attributed to the poor solubility of polymer PVC in the liquid electrolyte.

  17. Silicon diffusion control in atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/La2O3/Al2O3 gate stacks using an Al2O3 barrier layer.

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    Wang, Xing; Liu, Hong-Xia; Fei, Chen-Xi; Yin, Shu-Ying; Fan, Xiao-Jiao

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the physical and electrical characteristics of Al2O3/La2O3/Al2O3/Si stack structures affected by the thickness of an Al2O3 barrier layer between Si substrate and La2O3 layer are investigated after a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatment. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) tests indicate that an Al2O3 barrier layer (15 atomic layer deposition (ALD) cycles, approximately 1.5 nm) plays an important role in suppressing the diffusion of silicon atoms from Si substrate into the La2O3 layer during the annealing process. As a result, some properties of La2O3 dielectric degenerated by the diffusion of Si atoms are improved. Electrical measurements (C-V, J-V) show that the thickness of Al2O3 barrier layer can affect the shift of flat band voltage (V FB) and the magnitude of gate leakage current density. PMID:25897303

  18. Al 2O 3 supported Ru catalysts prepared by thermolysis of Ru 3(CO) 12 for catalytic wet air oxidation

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    Yu, Chaoying; Zhao, Peiqing; Chen, Gexin; Hu, Bin

    2011-06-01

    Low loading catalysts Ru/γ-Al 2O 3 and Ru-Ce/γ-Al 2O 3 were prepared by thermolysis of Ru 3(CO) 12 on γ-Al 2O 3. The catalysts were characterized by XPS, XRD and SEM. Two new Ru species (Ru A and Ru B) were detected during the Ru 3(CO) 12 decomposition process due to chemical interaction with the active OH groups on the surface of Al 2O 3 support, and the reduction of them can lead to more dispersed metallic phases. The sample was completely decomposed at 673 K in H 2, and RuO 2 was formed with minor amounts of Ru 0. When the temperature was increased to 773 K to heat the sample, the ratio of Ru 0 to RuO 2 increased. However, after the addition of CeO 2, only RuO 2 was detected on surface. The catalysts exhibited high activities in Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of different organic compounds at high concentration such as isopropyl alcohol, phenol, acetic acids and N,N-dimethylformamide, which is attributed to the better dispersion of Ru particles and the addition of CeO 2 further enhanced number of effectively active sites on the cluster-derived catalyst surface.

  19. Enhanced lithium battery with polyethylene oxide-based electrolyte containing silane-Al2 O3 ceramic filler.

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    Zewde, Berhanu W; Admassie, Shimelis; Zimmermann, Jutta; Isfort, Christian Schulze; Scrosati, Bruno; Hassoun, Jusef

    2013-08-01

    A solid polymer electrolyte prepared by using a solvent-free, scalable technique is reported. The membrane is formed by low-energy ball milling followed by hot-pressing of dry powdered polyethylene oxide polymer, LiCF3 SO3 salt, and silane-treated Al2 O3 (Al2 O3 -ST) ceramic filler. The effects of the ceramic fillers on the properties of the ionically conducting solid electrolyte membrane are characterized by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, XRD, differential scanning calorimeter, SEM, and galvanostatic cycling in lithium cells with a LiFePO4 cathode. We demonstrate that the membrane containing Al2 O3 -ST ceramic filler performs well in terms of ionic conductivity, thermal properties, and lithium transference number. Furthermore, we show that the lithium cells, which use the new electrolyte together with the LiFePO4 electrode, operate within 65 and 90 °C with high efficiency and long cycle life. Hence, the Al2 O3 -ST ceramic can be efficiently used as a ceramic filler to enhance the performance of solid polymer electrolytes in lithium batteries. PMID:23757331

  20. Phase progression of γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles synthesized in a solvent-deficient environment.

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    Smith, Stacey J; Amin, Samrat; Woodfield, Brian F; Boerio-Goates, Juliana; Campbell, Branton J

    2013-04-15

    Our simple and uniquely cost-effective solvent-deficient synthetic method produces 3-5 nm Al2O3 nanoparticles which show promise as improved industrial catalyst-supports. While catalytic applications are sensitive to the details of the atomic structure, a diffraction analysis of alumina nanoparticles is challenging because of extreme size/microstrain-related peak broadening and the similarity of the diffraction patterns of various transitional Al2O3 phases. Here, we employ a combination of X-ray pair-distribution function (PDF) and Rietveld methods, together with solid-state NMR and thermogravimetry/differential thermal analysis-mass spectrometry (TG/DTA-MS), to characterize the alumina phase-progression in our nanoparticles as a function of calcination temperature between 300 and 1200 °C. In the solvent-deficient synthetic environment, a boehmite precursor phase forms which transitions to γ-Al2O3 at an extraordinarily low temperature (below 300 °C), but this γ-Al2O3 is initially riddled with boehmite-like stacking-fault defects that steadily disappear during calcination in the range from 300 to 950 °C. The healing of these defects accounts for many of the most interesting and widely reported properties of the γ-phase. PMID:23557087

  1. Investigation of neutron converters for production of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) neutron dosimeters using Al 2O 3:C

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    Mittani, J. C. R.; da Silva, A. A. R.; Vanhavere, F.; Akselrod, M. S.; Yukihara, E. G.

    2007-07-01

    This paper presents the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of neutron dosimeters in powder and in the form of pellets prepared with a mixture of Al 2O 3:C and neutron converters. The neutron converters investigated were high density polyethylene (HDPE), lithium fluoride (LiF), lithium fluoride 95% enriched with 6Li ( 6LiF), lithium carbonate 95% enriched with 6Li ( 6Li 2CO 3), boric acid enriched with 99% of 10B (H310BO) and gadolinium oxide (Gd 2O 3). The proportion of Al 2O 3:C and neutron converter in the mixture was varied to optimize the total OSL signal and neutron sensitivity. The neutron sensitivity and dose-response were determined for the OSL dosimeters using a bare 252Cf source and compared to the response of Harshaw TLD-600 and TLD-700 dosimeters ( 6LiF:Mg,Ti and 7LiF:Mg,Ti). The results demonstrate the possibility of developing an OSL dosimeter made of Al 2O 3:C powder and neutron converter with a neutron sensitivity (defined as the ratio between the 60Co equivalent gamma dose and the reference neutron absorbed dose) and neutron-gamma discrimination comparable to the TLD-600/TLD-700 combination. It was shown that the shape of the OSL decay curves varied with the type of the neutron converter, demonstrating the influence of the energy deposition mechanism and ionization density on the OSL process in Al 2O 3:C.

  2. Al2O3 fiber strength degradation in metal and intermetallic matrix composites

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    Draper, S. L.; Locci, I. E.

    1994-01-01

    The mechanisms for fiber damage in single crystal Al2O3 fiber-reinforced composites were investigated. Both fiber fragmentation and fiber strength degradation were observed in composites with a variety of matrix compositions. Four mechanisms that may be contributing to the fiber strength loss have been proposed and include matrix reaction, reaction with binders, residual stress-induced damage, and pressure from hot pressing. The effect of matrix reaction was separated from the other three effects by sputter-coating the matrices on cleaned fibers and annealing with a temperature profile that simulates processing conditions. These experiments revealed that Y and Cr in FeCrAlY base alloys and Zr in NiAl alloys reacted with the fiber, and grooves and adherent particles were formed on the fiber surface which were responsible for the strength loss. The effects of the matrix reaction appeared to dominate over the other possible mechanisms, although evidence for reaction with binders was also found. Ridges on the fiber surface, which reflected the grain boundaries of the matrix, were also observed. In order for single-crystal Al2O3 to be used as a fiber in MMC's and IMC's, a matrix or protective coating which minimizes matrix reaction during processing will be necessary. Of the matrices investigated, the Thermo-span(sup TM) alloy was the least damaging to fiber properties.

  3. Al(2)O(3(w))-Al(2)O(3(n))-ZrO(2) (TZ-3Y)(n) multi-scale nanocomposite: an alternative for different dental applications?

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    Nevarez-Rascon, A; Aguilar-Elguezabal, A; Orrantia, E; Bocanegra-Bernal, M H

    2010-02-01

    The influence of the addition of Al(2)O(3) whiskers (2.5wt.% up to 30wt.%) on Vickers hardness and fracture toughness in an Al(2)O(3(n))+ZrO(2) (TZ-3Y)(n) (90, 80 and 70wt.%) composite was investigated. Green compacts were obtained by uniaxial pressing at 50MPa and pressureless sintering at 1500 degrees C in air for 2h. After sintering, relative densities ranging from 75% to 97% were reached. The whiskers resisted particle rearrangement owing to the extensive sliding distances along the whisker boundaries during sintering and the high length/diameter ratios. Sintering becomes more difficult with increasing whisker content, because whiskers come into contact with each other, forming a rigid network which hinders densification. The 2.5wt.% Al(2)O(3) whiskers+27.5wt.% Al(2)O(3) nanoparticles+70wt.% TZ-3Y composite showed a hardness>13GPa and a maximum fracture toughness of 6.9MPam(-1/2), with an average grain size of 0.4+/-0.17microm. The observed crack deflection was an important mechanism in the improved fracture toughness of the composite. In addition, the grain size and residual porosity also seem to be factors in obtaining a wide range of hardness as well as fracture toughness by varying the Al(2)O(3) whiskers and ZrO(2) (TZ-3Y) content. The use of alumina-whisker-reinforced composites in dental applications could be promising for increasing hardness and fracture toughness compared with other materials. The reported values for these composites can compete with those of commercially available materials in different dental applications. PMID:19560564

  4. Fabrication of charged membranes by the solvent-assisted lipid bilayer (SALB) formation method on SiO2 and Al2O3.

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    Tabaei, Seyed R; Vafaei, Setareh; Cho, Nam-Joon

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we employed the solvent-assisted lipid bilayer (SALB) formation method to fabricate charged membranes on solid supports. The SALB formation method exploits a ternary mixture of lipid-alcohol-aqueous buffer to deposit lamellar phase structures on solid supports upon gradual increase of the buffer fraction. Using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique, we investigated the formation of negatively and positively charged membranes via the SALB formation method and directly compared with the vesicle fusion method on two different oxide films. Bilayers containing an increasing fraction of negatively charged DOPS lipid molecules were successfully formed on both SiO2 and Al2O3 substrates using the SALB formation method at physiological pH (7.5). In contrast, the vesicle fusion method did not support bilayer formation on Al2O3 and those containing more than 10% DOPS ruptured on SiO2 only under acidic conditions (pH 5). Characterization of the fraction of negatively charge DOPS by in situ annexin 5A binding assay revealed that the fraction of DOPS lipid molecules in the bilayers formed on Al2O3 is significantly higher than that formed on SiO2. This suggests that the SALB self-assembly of charged membranes is predominantly governed by the electrostatic interaction. Furthermore, our findings indicate that when multicomponent lipid mixtures are used, the relative fraction of lipids in the bilayer may differ from the fraction of lipids in the precursor mixture. PMID:25858554

  5. Role of Tricoordinate Al Sites in CH3ReO3/Al2O3 Olefin Metathesis Catalysts.

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    Valla, Maxence; Wischert, Raphael; Comas-Vives, Aleix; Conley, Matthew P; Verel, René; Copéret, Christophe; Sautet, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    Re2O7 supported on γ-alumina is an alkene metathesis catalyst active at room temperature, compatible with functional groups, but the exact structures of the active sites are unknown. Using CH3ReO3/Al2O3 as a model for Re2O7/Al2O3, we show through a combination of reactivity studies, in situ solid-state NMR, and an extensive series of DFT calculations, that μ-methylene structures (Al-CH2-ReO3-Al) containing a Re═O bound to a tricoordinated Al (AlIII) and CH2 bound to a four-coordinated Al (AlIVb) are the precursors of the most active sites for olefin metathesis. The resting state of CH3ReO3/Al2O3 is a distribution of μ-methylene species formed by the activation of the C-H bond of CH3ReO3 on different surface Al-O sites. In situ reaction with ethylene results in the formation of Re metallacycle intermediates, which were studied in detail through a combination of solid-state NMR experiments, using labeled ethylene, and DFT calculations. In particular, we were able to distinguish between metallacycles in TBP (trigonal-bipyramidal) and SP (square-pyramidal) geometry, the latter being inactive and detrimental to catalytic activity. The SP sites are more likely to be formed on other Al sites (AlIVa/AlIVa). Experimentally, the activity of CH3ReO3/Al2O3 depends on the activation temperature of alumina; catalysts activated at or above 500 °C contain more active sites than those activated at 300 °C. We show that the dependence of catalytic activity on the Al2O3 activation temperature is related to the quantity of available AlIII-defect sites and adsorbed H2O. PMID:27140286

  6. Nucleation of ordered Fe islands on Al 2O 3/Ni 3Al(1 1 1)

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    Lehnert, A.; Krupski, A.; Degen, S.; Franke, K.; Decker, R.; Rusponi, S.; Kralj, M.; Becker, C.; Brune, H.; Wandelt, K.

    2006-05-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to investigate the nucleation and stability of iron clusters on the Al 2O 3/Ni 3Al(1 1 1) surface as a function of coverage and annealing temperature. We show that atomic beam deposition of iron leads to hexagonally ordered cluster arrangements with a distance of 24 Å between the clusters evidencing the template effect of the alumina film. The shape of the iron clusters is two-dimensional (2D) at deposition temperatures from 130 K to 160 K and three-dimensional (3D) at 300 K. However, the 2D iron clusters grown between 130 K and 160 K are stable up to 350 K.

  7. Rectification and tunneling effects enabled by Al2O3 atomic layer deposited on back contact of CdTe solar cells

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    Liang, Jun; Lin, Qinxian; Li, Hao; Su, Yantao; Yang, Xiaoyang; Wu, Zhongzhen; Zheng, Jiaxin; Wang, Xinwei; Lin, Yuan; Pan, Feng

    2015-07-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) is employed to optimize the back contact of thin film CdTe solar cells. Al2O3 layers with a thickness of 0.5 nm to 5 nm are tested, and an improved efficiency, up to 12.1%, is found with the 1 nm Al2O3 deposition, compared with the efficiency of 10.7% without Al2O3 modification. The performance improvement stems from the surface modification that optimizes the rectification and tunneling of back contact. The current-voltage analysis indicates that the back contact with 1 nm Al2O3 maintains large tunneling leakage current and improves the filled factor of CdTe cells through the rectification effect. XPS and capacitance-voltage electrical measurement analysis show that the ALD-Al2O3 modification layer features a desired low-density of interface state of 8 × 1010 cm-2 by estimation.

  8. Electrochemical promotion of propane oxidation on Pt deposited on a dense β"-Al2O3 ceramic Ag+ conductor

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    Tsampas, Michail; Kambolis, Anastasios; Obeid, Emil; Lizarraga, Leonardo; Sapountzi, Foteini; Vernoux, Philippe

    2013-08-01

    A new kind of electrochemical catalyst based on a Pt porous catalyst film deposited on a β"-Al2O3 ceramic Ag+ conductor was developed and evaluated during propane oxidation. It was observed that upon anodic polarization, the rate of propane combustion was significantly electropromoted up to 400%. Moreover, for the first time, exponential increase of the catalytic rate was evidenced during galvanostatic transient experiment in excellent agreement with EPOC equation.

  9. Comparative Study of CuO Species on CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3 and CuO/La2O-Al2O3 Catalysts for CO Oxidation

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    Jin, Ling-yun; He, Mai; Lu, Ji-qing; Luo, Meng-fei; Fang, Ping; Xie, Yun-long

    2007-10-01

    CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3, and CuO/La2O3-Al2O3 (denoted as Cu/Al, Cu/CeAl, and Cu/LaAl) catalysts were prepared by an impregnation method. CuO species and CuO/Al2O3 thermal solid-solid interaction were characterized by in situ XRD, Raman spectroscopy and H2-TPR techniques. For the Cu/Al catalyst, a CuAl2O4 phase exists between the CuO and Al2O3 layer and the CuO phase exists on the surface in both highly dispersed and bulk forms. For the Cu/CeAl catalyst, there is highly dispersed and bulk CuO on the surface, but most of the CuO has transferred into the internal layer of CeO2 as bulk CuO and CuAl2O4. For the Cu/LaAl catalyst, only bulk CuO is present on the surface of the catalyst and no CuAl2O4 is formed. The catalytic activity order for CO oxidation is Cu/CeAl>Cu/Al>Cu/LaAl. The highly dispersed CuO on the catalyst surface may be the active phase for CO oxidation. The results show that the addition of CeO2 not only promotes both the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4 but also favors the CO oxidation due to the association of highly dispersed CuO with CeO2, while La2O3 hinders the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4.

  10. Injection Seeding of Ti:Al2O3 in an unstable resonator theory and experiment

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    Barnes, J. C.; Wang, L. G.; Barnes, N. P.; Edwards, W. C.; Cheng, W. A.; Hess, R. V.; Lockard, G. E.; Ponsardin, P. L.

    1991-01-01

    Injection Seeding of a Ti:Al2O3 unstable resonator using both a pulsed single-mode Ti:Al2O3 laser and a continuous wave laser diode has been characterized. Results are compared with a theory which calculates injection seeding as function of seed and resonator alignment, beam profiles, and power.

  11. ALD of Al2O3 for Highly Improved Performance in Li-Ion Batteries

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    Dillon, A.; Jung, Y. S.; Ban, C.; Riley, L.; Cavanagh, A.; Yan, Y.; George, S.; Lee, S. H.

    2012-01-01

    Significant advances in energy density, rate capability and safety will be required for the implementation of Li-ion batteries in next generation electric vehicles. We have demonstrated atomic layer deposition (ALD) as a promising method to enable superior cycling performance for a vast variety of battery electrodes. The electrodes range from already demonstrated commercial technologies (cycled under extreme conditions) to new materials that could eventually lead to batteries with higher energy densities. For example, an Al2O3 ALD coating with a thickness of ~ 8 A was able to stabilize the cycling of unexplored MoO3 nanoparticle anodes with a high volume expansion. The ALD coating enabled stable cycling at C/2 with a capacity of ~ 900 mAh/g. Furthermore, rate capability studies showed the ALD-coated electrode maintained a capacity of 600 mAh/g at 5C. For uncoated electrodes it was only possible to observe stable cycling at C/10. Also, we recently reported that a thin ALD Al2O3 coating with a thickness of ~5 A can enable natural graphite (NG) electrodes to exhibit remarkably durable cycling at 50 degrees C. The ALD-coated NG electrodes displayed a 98% capacity retention after 200 charge-discharge cycles. In contrast, bare NG showed a rapid decay. Additionally, Al2O3 ALD films with a thickness of 2 to 4 A have been shown to allow LiCoO2 to exhibit 89% capacity retention after 120 charge-discharge cycles performed up to 4.5 V vs Li/Li+. Bare LiCoO2 rapidly deteriorated in the first few cycles. The capacity fade is likely caused by oxidative decomposition of the electrolyte at higher potentials or perhaps cobalt dissolution. Interestingly, we have recently fabricated full cells of NG and LiCoO2 where we coated both electrodes, one or the other electrode as well as neither electrode. In creating these full cells, we observed some surprising results that lead us to obtain a greater understanding of the ALD coatings. We have also recently coated a binder free LiNi0.04Mn0

  12. Sinterability, mechanical, and electrical properties of Al2O3/8YSZ nanocomposites prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis.

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    Yang, Jae-Kyo; Shim, Kwang-Bo; Kim, Hee-Taik; Choa, Yong-Ho

    2006-11-01

    Al2O3 nanoparticles added the YSZ for improving the mechanical property and the ionic conductivity. Al2O3/YSZ nanocomposites were prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and PECS process. The relative density of the Al2O3/YSZ nanocomposites was fully densified at a sintering temperature of 1100 degrees C. The grain size for 5 vol.% Al2O3/YSZ was less than 100 nm. The fracture toughness and total ionic conductivity of Al2O3/YSZ nanocomposites were improved compared with Al2O3/YSZ nanocomposites by conventional process, due to homogeneous dispersion and uniform particle size of added Al2O3. PMID:17252776

  13. Influence of Al2O3 sol concentration on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu-Al2O3 composite coatings

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    Wei, Xiaojin; Yang, Zhendi; Tang, Ying; Gao, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Copper (Cu) is widely used as electrical conducting and contacting material. However, Cu is soft and does not have good mechanical properties. In order to improve the hardness and wear resistance of Cu, sol-enhanced Cu-Al2O3 nanocomposite coatings were electroplated by adding a transparent Al oxide (Al2O3) sol into the traditional electroplating Cu solution. It was found that the microstructure and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite coatings were largely influenced by the Al2O3 sol concentration. The results show that the Al2O3 nanoparticle reinforced the composite coatings, resulting in significantly improved hardness and wear resistance in comparison with the pure Cu coatings. The coating prepared at the sol concentration of 3.93 mol/L had the best microhardness and wear resistance. The microhardness has been improved by 20% from 145.5 HV (Vickers hardness number) of pure Cu coating to 173.3 HV of Cu-Al2O3 composite coatings. The wear resistance was also improved by 84%, with the wear volume loss dropped from 3.2 × 10-3 mm3 of Cu coating to 0.52 × 10-3 mm3 of composite coatings. Adding excessive sol to the electrolyte deteriorated the properties.

  14. Carbon-riveted Pt catalyst supported on nanocapsule MWCNTs-Al2O3 with ultrahigh stability for high-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Jiang, Zheng-Zhi; Wang, Zhen-Bo; Qu, Wei-Li; Rivera, Harry; Gu, Da-Ming; Yin, Ge-Ping

    2012-11-01

    Pt catalyst supported on nanocapsule MWCNTs-Al2O3 (multi-walled carbon nanotubes, MWCNTs) catalyst has been prepared by microwave-assisted polyol process (MAPP). The results of electrochemical measurements show that the nanocapsule Pt/MWCNTs-Al2O3 catalyst has higher activity due to more uniform dispersion and smaller size of Pt nanoparticles, and higher stability ascribed to the stronger metal-support interaction (SMSI) between Pt nanoparticles and nanocapsule support than in Pt/MWCNTs. Furthermore, the carbon-riveted nanocapsule Pt/MWCNTs-Al2O3 catalyst has been designed and synthesized on the basis of in situ carbonization of glucose. The physical characteristics such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have indicated that α-Al2O3 indeed entered into the inside of the MWCNTs and formed a nanocapsule support of MWCNTs with α-Al2O3 as stuffing. The accelerated potential cycling tests (APCT) show that carbon-riveted nanocapsule Pt/MWCNTs-Al2O3 possesses 10 times the stability of Pt/C and has 4.5 times the life-span of carbon-riveted Pt/TiO2-C reported in our previous work. The significantly enhanced stability for carbon-riveted nanocapsule Pt/MWCNTs-Al2O3 catalyst is attributed to the reasons as follows: the inherently excellent mechanical resistance and stability of α-Al2O3 and MWCNTs in acidic and oxidative environments; SMSI between Pt nanoparticles and the nanocapsule support; the anchoring effect of the carbon layers formed during the carbon-riveting process (CRP); the increase of Pt(0) composition during CRP.

  15. Effects of Al2O3 phase and Cl component on dehydrogenation of propane

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    Liu, Jie; Liu, Changcheng; Ma, Aizeng; Rong, Junfeng; Da, Zhijian; Zheng, Aiguo; Qin, Ling

    2016-04-01

    The effects of two Al2O3 phases, γ- and θ-Al2O3, and Cl component on the performances of Pt-Al2O3 catalysts in the dehydrogenation of propane were investigated in this work. The catalysts were systematically characterized by various techniques, such as scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), temperature-programmed desorption with ammonia as probe molecules (NH3-TPD) and temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO). The characterizations and catalytic results show that: (i) the pore structures and acid properties of the two Al2O3 phases can change the quantity, location and property of the carbon deposition, (ii) the existence of Cl plays a significant role on the agglomeration of Pt particles and carbon deposition, which further influence the catalytic performances of Pt-Al2O3 catalysts with different support phases for propane dehydrogenation.

  16. Synthesis of the RGO/Al2O3 core-shell nanocomposite flakes and characterization of their unique electrostatic properties using zeta potential measurements

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    Jastrzębska, A. M.; Karcz, J.; Letmanowski, R.; Zabost, D.; Ciecierska, E.; Zdunek, J.; Karwowska, E.; Siekierski, M.; Olszyna, A.; Kunicki, A.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the influence of the modification of electrostatic properties of RGO/Al2O3 core-shell nanocomposite flakes. The amount of crystalline form of aluminum oxide was very small. It existed mostly in amorphous phase in the form of covalently bonded to GO surface. The morphological, structural and physicochemical investigations results showed that spherical Al2O3 nanoparticles (ca. 41 nm) in gamma phase completely covered the surface of curly-shaped RGO flakes and acted as a spreader between individual flakes. The high BET specific surface area of the analyzed composite (119.71 m2/g) together with very low open porosity (0.479 cm3/g) indicated that RGO/Al2O3 nanocomposite flakes showed low tendency to agglomeration. The zeta potential curves obtained for RGO/Al2O3 core-shell nanocomposite flakes were differing from curves obtained for GO and Al2O3 suspensions in distilled water and neutral environment. The specific electrostatic properties of the core-shell system of RGO/Al2O3 flakes had an influence on its surface charge (zeta potential) which was measured by applying an external electric field. The FTIR and Raman investigations results also confirmed that the Cdbnd O species were not taking part in the surface amphoteric reactions resulting in the formation of electrostatic surface charge.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of Co68Fe24Zr8/Al2O3 multilayers

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    Lidbaum, Hans; Raanaei, Hossein; Papaioannou, Evangelos Th.; Leifer, Klaus; Hjörvarsson, Björgvin

    2010-02-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Co68Fe24Zr8/Al2O3 multilayers grown by using magnetron sputtering were investigated with X-ray reflectivity, transmission electron microscopy and magneto-optical Kerr effect. The Co68Fe24Zr8 form amorphous islands when the nominal thickness of the Co68Fe24Zr8 layers is 10 Å, exhibiting an isotropic superparamagnetic behavior. Continuous layers with mostly a nano-crystalline structure are instead formed when the nominal thickness of the Co68Fe24Zr8 layers is increased to 20 Å. The continuous layers exhibit random, in-plane, magnetic anisotropy resulting from the growth process. However, induced uniaxial anisotropy is obtained when growing the sample in the presence of an applied magnetic field, regardless of the combination of amorphous and nano-crystalline material.

  18. Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in Pd/Fe bilayers on Al2O3 (0001) induced by oblique deposition

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    Chi, Chiao-Sung; Wang, Bo-Yao; Pong, Way-Faung; Ho, Tsung-Ying; Tsai, Cheng-Jui; Lo, Fang-Yuh; Chern, Ming-Yau; Lin, Wen-Chin

    2012-06-01

    This study reports the preparation of self-organized 1-dimensional magnetic structures of Fe on Al2O3 (0001) by oblique deposition. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) results in this study show the preferred (110) texture of the Fe films. XRD and extended x-ray adsorption fine structure measurements indicate larger oblique deposition angle (65°) leads to more disorder in the Fe crystalline structure. After capping with a Pd overlayer, the Pd/Fe/Al2O3 (0001) still exhibits uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by the underlying 1-dimensional Fe nanostructure. This uniaxial magnetic anisotropy changes with the variation in Fe thickness and oblique deposition angle. These results clearly indicate the feasibility of manipulating uniaxial magnetic anisotropy and crystalline order through the oblique deposition of magnetic materials.

  19. Excellent passivation of highly doped p-type Si surfaces by the negative-charge-dielectric Al2O3

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    Hoex, B.; Schmidt, J.; Bock, R.; Altermatt, P. P.; van de Sanden, M. C. M.; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2007-09-01

    From lifetime measurements, including a direct experimental comparison with thermal SiO2, a-Si :H, and as-deposited a-SiNx:H, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 provides an excellent level of surface passivation on highly B-doped c-Si with doping concentrations around 1019cm-3. The Al2O3 films, synthesized by plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition and with a high fixed negative charge density, limit the emitter saturation current density of B-diffused p +-emitters to ˜10 and ˜30fA/cm2 on >100 and 54Ω/sq sheet resistance p+-emitters, respectively. These results demonstrate that highly doped p-type Si surfaces can be passivated as effectively as highly doped n-type surfaces.

  20. Effect of incorporation of different modified Al2O3 nanoparticles on holographic characteristics of PVA/AA photopolymer composites.

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    Li, Yunxi; Wang, Chunhui; Li, Hailong; Wang, Xiaoyi; Han, Junhe; Huang, Mingju

    2015-11-20

    Al2O3 nanoparticles modified with different chemical reagents, prepared by using three chemical dispersants [high definition (HD), sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, and cetyl trimethyl ammonium chloride], were doped into photopolymer films in a polyvinyl alcohol/acrylamide (PVA/AA) system, respectively. A 647 nm Ar-Kr laser was used to expose and study the holographic properties of the samples. The research shows that doping Al2O3 nanoparticles into PVA/AA photopolymer film leads to different levels of improvement of the holographic characteristics. The diffraction efficiency of the sample can be raised to 93.8%, the maximum refractive index modulation increased to 2.28×10(-3), the shrinkage can be depressed to 0.8%, and the Bragg mismatch is 0.04°, while the concentration of 10 nm Al2O3 nanoparticles modified by HD dispersant is 1.02×10(-3)  mol·L(-1). PMID:26836540

  1. Properties of slow traps of ALD Al2O3/GeOx/Ge nMOSFETs with plasma post oxidation

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    Ke, M.; Yu, X.; Chang, C.; Takenaka, M.; Takagi, S.

    2016-07-01

    The realization of Ge gate stacks with a small amount of slow trap density as well as thin equivalent oxide thickness and low interface state density (Dit) is a crucial issue for Ge CMOS. In this study, we examine the properties of slow traps, particularly the location of slow traps, of Al2O3/GeOx/n-Ge and HfO2/Al2O3/GeOx/n-Ge MOS interfaces with changing the process and structural parameters, formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 and HfO2/Al2O3 combined with plasma post oxidation. It is found that the slow traps can locate in the GeOx interfacial layer, not in the ALD Al2O3 layer. Furthermore, we study the time dependence of channel currents in the Ge n-MOSFETs with 5-nm-thick Al2O3/GeOx/Ge gate stacks, with changing the thickness of GeOx, in order to further clarify the position of slow traps. The time dependence of the current drift and the effective time constant of slow traps do not change among the MOSFETs with the different thickness GeOx, demonstrating that the slow traps mainly exist near the interfaces between Ge and GeOx.

  2. Explosive fragmentations of alumina (Al2O3) under quasistatic compressive loading

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    Zhang, Qingyan; Jin, Xiaoqing; Zhou, Fenghua

    2015-09-01

    Quasistatic compression tests for alumina (Al2O3) cylinders were conducted for the investigations of the compressive strengths and the dynamic fragmentation properties of the material. We focused on the post-failure dynamic fragmentation phenomenon. Most of the fragments were collected after tests, the shapes and sizes of these fragments were measured and statistically analyzed. The fragments were divided into three types on basis of their shapes and sizes, namely: the flaky medium sized fragments, the tiny debris, and the remaining large blocks, each type of the fragments were formed at different stages of the compressive failure-fragmentation process. The tiny debris were mainly generated from the "explosion" of the cylindrical specimen, in this stage the stored elastic energy within the specimen was released rapidly. The tiny fragments accounted the most part of the fragments in numbers. The average fragment size calculated by the proposed formula agree well with the experimental data.

  3. Synthesis, sintering and characterization of Al2O 3-TiC nano-composites powders from carbon coated precursors

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    Kaga, Hisashi

    Synthesis, sintering and characterization of Al2O3-TiC nano-composite powders from carbon coated precursors were investigated. Degussa P-25 titanium dioxide, Cabot carbon black, and Alfa Aesar aluminum were the initial starting powders. Hydrocarbon gas (C3H6) was used as the carbon source for the carbon coated precursors. Analytical methods employed in this research were BET surface area measurement, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Vickers hardness tester, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). For Al2O3-TiC formation studies, three different types of precursors which are carbon coated TiO2/Al mixture, mixture of carbon coated TiO2 and Al, and standard mixture of TiO 2, Al, and carbon black were prepared to examine formation mechanism reaction. The carbon coated TiO2/Al mixture dramatically changed the reaction mechanism and produced high quality nanosize Al2O 3-TiC powders. XRD and BET results showed that the carbon coated TiO 2/Al synthesized at 1200°C had only Al2O3 and TiC phases with high surface area about 22m2/g which were formed via intermediate phases of Ti2O3 and Al 3Ti. TEM results showed that the produced Al2O3-TiC powders had fine particle size (20--80 nm), narrow particle size distribution, and freely agglomerated. DSC curve and XRD results of the carbon coated TiO 2/Al mixture also showed that there were two endothermic and three successive weak exothermic reactions because released heat was controlled by the carbon coating. Experimentally determined the first exothermic reaction 5Al + 3TiO 2 → Al2O3 + Ti2O3 + Al3Ti which was compared with theoretical explanation model and they were found to be in agreement. Sintering behavior of nano-size Al 2O3-TiC synthesized from carbon coated precursors was investigated in Al2O3-TiC-MgO system using pressureless sintering and hot-pressing methods. After pressureless sintering, MgO doped Al 2O3-20wt.%TiC resulted in 98% of theoretical

  4. Stellar Sapphires: The Properties and Origins of Presolar Al2O3 in Meteorites

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    Nittler, Larry R.; Alexander, O'D.; Gao, Xia; Walker, Robert M.; Zinner, Ernst

    1997-07-01

    that they formed in thermally pulsing asymptotic branch (TP-AGB) stars that had undergone the third dredge-up. Group 2 grains probably formed in low-mass AGB stars as well, and their substantial 18O depletions are the likely result of ``extra'' mixing (cool bottom processing). The origin of the 18O enrichments in Group 4 grains is unknown, but it might be due to initial compositional differences of the stellar sources or to unusual third dredge-up in low-mass AGB stars. The highly 17O-enriched grain T54 could have formed in an AGB star undergoing hot bottom burning or in a massive star in the Of-WN phase. O-rich circumstellar dust seems to be underrepresented in meteorites, relative to C-rich. Explanations include the possibility that most O-rich stardust grains are silicates and have been destroyed either in the laboratory or in nature and the possibility that presolar Al2O3 has a finer grain size distribution than SiC and graphite.

  5. Structural and Superconducting Properties of (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 Composites

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Zaman, Munawar; Nadeem, K.; Mumtaz, M.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of nano-Alumina (Al2O3) particles inclusion on the structural and superconducting transport properties of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) matrix were explored in detail. Different concentrations (i.e. y = 0-1.5 wt.%) of Al2O3 nanoparticles were added to a CuTl-1223 matrix to obtain the desired (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 nano-superconducting composites. No significant change was observed in the crystal structure and stoichiometry of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting phase after the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles. This indicates the occupancy of these nanoparticles at the inter-granular spaces. The superconductivity was suppressed with increasing Al2O3 nanoparticles contents in the CuTl-1223 matrix. The suppression of superconducting properties is most probably due to a pair-breaking mechanism caused by the reflection/scattering of carriers across the insulating nano-Al2O3 particles present at the grain boundaries. The non-monotonic variation of the superconducting properties may be due to inhomogeneous distribution of Al2O3 nanoparticles at the grain boundaries.

  6. Pinhole Effect on the Melting Behavior of Ag@Al2O3 SERS Substrates.

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    Ma, Lingwei; Huang, Yu; Hou, Mengjing; Li, Jianghao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-12-01

    High-temperature surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing is significant for practical detections, and pinhole-containing (PC) metal@oxide structures possessing both enhanced thermal stability and superior SERS sensitivity are served as promising SERS sensors at extreme sensing conditions. Through tuning the Al2O3 precursors' exposure time during atomic layer deposition (ALD), Al2O3 shells with different amount of pinholes were covered over Ag nanorods (Ag NRs). By virtue of these unique PC Ag@Al2O3 nanostructures, herein we provide an excellent platform to investigate the relationship between the pinhole rate of Al2O3 shells and the melting behavior, high-temperature SERS performances of these core-shell nanostructures. Pinhole effect on the melting procedures of PC Ag@Al2O3 substrates was characterized in situ via their reflectivity variations during heating, and the specific melting point was quantitatively estimated. It is found that the melting point of PC Ag@Al2O3 raised along with the decrement of pinhole rate, and substrates with less pinholes exhibited better thermal stability but sacrificed SERS efficiency. This work achieved highly reliable and precise control of the pinholes over Al2O3 shells, offering sensitive SERS substrates with intensified thermal stability and superior SERS performances at extreme sensing conditions. PMID:27033846

  7. Catalytic ozonation of petroleum refinery wastewater utilizing Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O 3 catalyst.

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    Chen, Chunmao; Yoza, Brandon A; Wang, Yandan; Wang, Ping; Li, Qing X; Guo, Shaohui; Yan, Guangxu

    2015-04-01

    There is of great interest to develop an economic and high-efficient catalytic ozonation system (COS) for the treatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. Applications of COS require options of commercially feasible catalysts. Experiments in the present study were designed to prepare and investigate a novel manganese-iron-copper oxide-supported alumina-assisted COS (Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS) for the pretreatment of petroleum refinery wastewater. The highly dispersed composite metal oxides on the catalyst surface greatly promoted the performance of catalytic ozonation. Hydroxyl radical mediated oxidation is a dominant reaction in Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS enhanced COD removal by 32.7% compared with a single ozonation system and by 8-16% compared with Mn-Fe/Al2O3-COS, Mn-Cu/Al2O3-COS, and Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. The O/C and H/C ratios of oxygen-containing polar compounds significantly increased after catalytic ozonation, and the biodegradability of petroleum refinery wastewater was significantly improved. This study illustrates potential applications of Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS for pretreatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. PMID:25649390

  8. Pinhole Effect on the Melting Behavior of Ag@Al2O3 SERS Substrates

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    Ma, Lingwei; Huang, Yu; Hou, Mengjing; Li, Jianghao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-03-01

    High-temperature surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing is significant for practical detections, and pinhole-containing (PC) metal@oxide structures possessing both enhanced thermal stability and superior SERS sensitivity are served as promising SERS sensors at extreme sensing conditions. Through tuning the Al2O3 precursors' exposure time during atomic layer deposition (ALD), Al2O3 shells with different amount of pinholes were covered over Ag nanorods (Ag NRs). By virtue of these unique PC Ag@Al2O3 nanostructures, herein we provide an excellent platform to investigate the relationship between the pinhole rate of Al2O3 shells and the melting behavior, high-temperature SERS performances of these core-shell nanostructures. Pinhole effect on the melting procedures of PC Ag@Al2O3 substrates was characterized in situ via their reflectivity variations during heating, and the specific melting point was quantitatively estimated. It is found that the melting point of PC Ag@Al2O3 raised along with the decrement of pinhole rate, and substrates with less pinholes exhibited better thermal stability but sacrificed SERS efficiency. This work achieved highly reliable and precise control of the pinholes over Al2O3 shells, offering sensitive SERS substrates with intensified thermal stability and superior SERS performances at extreme sensing conditions.

  9. Helium stability and its interaction with H in α-Al2O3: a first-principles study.

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    Zhang, Guikai; Xiang, Xin; Yang, Feilong; Peng, Xuexing; Tang, Tao; Shi, Yan; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-01-21

    Little is known about hydrogen interaction with helium, an extrinsic defect, present in α-Al2O3 TPBs due to tritium decay and (n, a) reaction. Using density functional theory (DFT), the stability, structure and diffusion of He-related complexes at the different positions (VAl(3-), V, Oi(2-) and octahedral interstitial sites (OISs)) in α-Al2O3, as well as the interactions with H, are determined under H2-rich conditions. A He atom favors occupation of Al vacancies, the centers of OISs or forms a dumbbell around Al vacancies, forming Hei, HeAl(3-), Hei-HeAl(3-), [V-Hei](0) and [Oi(2-)-He](2-) complexes, among of which HeAl(3-) forms most readily. VAl(3-) can attract He to form small stable He-HeAl(3-) clusters, whereas only a He atom is trapped by an OIS, V and Oi(2-). Hei is more likely to diffuse into VAl(3-) and V than diffuse along the c-axis from one OIS to another. Hi(+) trapping into HeAl(3-) and [V-Hei](0) is thermodynamically and kinetically feasible, whereas dissociation of [Hei-H(+)](+) is more feasible. Forms of H-He complex defects in α-Al2O3 are Hei, Hi(+), [Hei-H(+)](+), [HeAl(3-)-H(+)](2-) and [HO(+)-Hei](+). HeAl(3-) and [V-Hei](0) present will increase the activation energy of H migration in α-Al2O3, which is favored for low H transport of TPBs. PMID:26674752

  10. Ni-Al2O3 and Ni-Al composite high-aspect-ratio microstructures

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    Wang, Tao; Sorrell, Melford; Kelly, Kevin W.; Ma, Evan

    1998-09-01

    High-aspect-ratio microstructures (HARMs) have a variety of potential applications in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, catalysts and other microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility to fabricate high performance particulate metal-matrix composite and intermetallic micromechanical structures using the LIGA process. Well-defined functionally graded Ni-Al2O3 and Ni-Al high-aspect-ratio microposts were electroformed into lithographically patterned PMMA holes from a nickel sulfamate bath containing submicron alumina and a diluted Watts bath containing microsized aluminum particles, respectively. SEM image analysis showed that the volume fraction of the alumina reached up to around 30% in the Ni-Al2O3 deposit. The Vickers microhardness of these composites is in the range of 418 through 545, which is higher than those of nickel microstructures from a similar particle-free bath and other Ni-based electrodeposits. In the work on Ni-Al electroplating, a newly developed diluted Watts bath was used to codeposit micron-sized aluminum particles. The intermetallic compound Ni3Al was formed by the reaction of nickel matrices and aluminum particles through subsequent annealing at 630 degrees Celsius. WDS and XRD analyses confirmed that the annealed coating is a two-phase (Ni-Ni3Al) composite. The maximum aluminum volume fraction reached 19% at a cathode current density of 12 mA cm-2, and the Vickers microhardness of the as-deposited coatings is in the range 392 - 515 depending on the amount of aluminum incorporated.

  11. Reduced defect density at the CZTSSe/CdS interface by atomic layer deposition of Al2O3

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    Erkan, Mehmet Eray; Chawla, Vardaan; Scarpulla, Michael A.

    2016-05-01

    The greatest challenge for improving the power conversion efficiency of Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe)/CdS/ZnO thin film solar cells is increasing the open circuit voltage (VOC). Probable leading causes of the VOC deficit in state-of-the-art CZTSSe devices have been identified as bulk recombination, band tails, and the intertwined effects of CZTSSe/CdS band offset, interface defects, and interface recombination. In this work, we demonstrate the modification of the CZTSSe absorber/CdS buffer interface following the deposition of 1 nm-thick Al2O3 layers by atomic layer deposition (ALD) near room temperature. Capacitance-voltage profiling and quantum efficiency measurements reveal that ALD-Al2O3 interface modification reduces the density of acceptor-like states at the heterojunction resulting in reduced interface recombination and wider depletion width. Indications of increased VOC resulting from the modification of the heterojunction interface as a result of ALD-Al2O3 treatment are presented. These results, while not conclusive for application to state-of-the-art high efficiency CZTSSe devices, suggest the need for further studies as it is probable that interface recombination contributes to reduced VOC even in such devices.

  12. Thermoluminescence studies of γ-irradiated Al2O3:Ce3+ phosphor

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    Reddy, S. Satyanarayana; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Singh, Fouran

    2016-07-01

    Pure and Ce3+ doped Al2O3 phosphors were synthesized by solution combustion method. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and its shows α-phase of Al2O3. Crystallite size was estimated by Williamson-Hall (W-H) method and found to be 49, 59 and 84 nm for pure, 0.1 mol% and 1 mol% Ce3+ doped Al2O3 respectively. Trace elemental analysis of undoped Al2O3 shows impurities viz. Fe, Cr, Mn, Mg, Ti, etc. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Al2O3:Ce3+ shows emission at 367 nm and excitation peak at 273 nm, which are corresponding to 5D → 4F and 4F → 5D transitions respectively. PL intensity decreases with concentration up to 0.4 mol%, beyond this mol% PL intensity increases with doping concentration up to 2 mol%. Thermoluminescence (TL) studies of γ-rayed pure and Ce3+ doped Al2O3 have been studied. Two well resolved TL glow peaks at 457.5 K and 622 K were observed in pure Al2O3. Additional glow peak at 566 K was observed in Al2O3:Ce3+. Maximum TL intensity was observed for Al2O3:Ce3+ (0.1 mol%) beyond this TL intensity decreases with increasing Ce3+ concentration. Computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) method was used to resolve the multiple peaks and to calculate TL kinetic parameters. Thermoluminescence emission (TLE) spectra of pure Al2O3 glow peaks (457.5 K and 622 K) shows sharp emission at 694 nm and two small humps at 672 nm and 709 nm. The sharp peak at 696 nm corresponds to Cr3+ impurity of 2Eg → 4A2g transition of R lines and 713 nm hump is undoubtedly belongs to Cr3+ emission of near neighbor pairs. The emission at 672 nm is characteristic of Mn4+ impurity ions of 2E → 4A2 transition. TLE of Al2O3:Ce3+ (0.1 mol%) shows additional broad emission at 412 nm corresponds to F-centers. Linearity is observed in the dose range 20-500 Gy in Al2O3:Ce3+ (1 mol%).

  13. Synthesis and optical studies of chemically synthesized PPy/Al2O3 nanocomposites

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    Bahadur, Indra; Mishra, Sheo K.; Tripathi, Akhilesh; Shukla, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, we have synthesised pure and 2wt% Al2O3 doped PPy by the chemical oxidation method. XRD patterns of 2wt% Al2O3 doped PPy shows several broad peaks while pure PPy shows only one single peak indicating poor crystalline phase of PPy. FTIR spectra confirm the formation of PPy and also suggest that doping of Al2O3 in PPy does not affect its structure. PL shows several emission peaks for both samples located at ˜365 nm with two shoulders at ˜473 nm and ˜533 nm. The further synthesis and properties study is under investigation.

  14. Synthesis of Al-Al2O3 and Al-Aln Nanoparticle Composites Via Electric Explosion of Wires

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    Lerner, M. I.; Lozhkomoev, A. S.; Pervikov, A. V.; Bakina, O. V.

    2016-07-01

    Composite Al-Al2O3 and Al-AlN nanoparticles were synthesized via electric explosion of aluminum wires in an argon-oxygen gas mixture and in nitrogen. The parameters of electric explosion and gas medium affect the size and relative content of nitride and aluminum oxide in the nanoparticles. Processes of forming chemical compounds during aluminum oxidation at the contact surface between explosive products and gas and of nitrogen diffusions into the nanoparticles of the condensed phase are considered.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  16. Some Investigations on Effect of Cooling Rate on Al2O3 Reinforced Al-MMC Prepared by Vacuum Moulding

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    Singh, Rupinder; Sahni, Kanwalpreet

    2016-07-01

    In the present research work effort has been made to study the effect of cooling rate of Al2O3 reinforced; aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMC) on hardness of component prepared by vacuum moulding (VM) process. The study started with selection of the component for industrial application. This study also highlights the effect of reinforcement in form of double particle size and triple particle size on hardness of Al-Al2O3 MMC. The input parameters of process are composition of MMC, vacuum moulding silica sand AFS No., vacuum pressure and component volume. The results of study supported by microstructure analysis suggest the geometric model for MMC hardness prepared by VM process.

  17. Some Investigations on Effect of Cooling Rate on Al2O3 Reinforced Al-MMC Prepared by Vacuum Moulding

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    Singh, Rupinder; Sahni, Kanwalpreet

    2016-06-01

    In the present research work effort has been made to study the effect of cooling rate of Al2O3 reinforced; aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMC) on hardness of component prepared by vacuum moulding (VM) process. The study started with selection of the component for industrial application. This study also highlights the effect of reinforcement in form of double particle size and triple particle size on hardness of Al-Al2O3 MMC. The input parameters of process are composition of MMC, vacuum moulding silica sand AFS No., vacuum pressure and component volume. The results of study supported by microstructure analysis suggest the geometric model for MMC hardness prepared by VM process.

  18. Oxidation of the GaAs semiconductor at the Al2O3/GaAs junction.

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    Tuominen, Marjukka; Yasir, Muhammad; Lång, Jouko; Dahl, Johnny; Kuzmin, Mikhail; Mäkelä, Jaakko; Punkkinen, Marko; Laukkanen, Pekka; Kokko, Kalevi; Schulte, Karina; Punkkinen, Risto; Korpijärvi, Ville-Markus; Polojärvi, Ville; Guina, Mircea

    2015-03-14

    Atomic-scale understanding and processing of the oxidation of III-V compound-semiconductor surfaces are essential for developing materials for various devices (e.g., transistors, solar cells, and light emitting diodes). The oxidation-induced defect-rich phases at the interfaces of oxide/III-V junctions significantly affect the electrical performance of devices. In this study, a method to control the GaAs oxidation and interfacial defect density at the prototypical Al2O3/GaAs junction grown via atomic layer deposition (ALD) is demonstrated. Namely, pre-oxidation of GaAs(100) with an In-induced c(8 × 2) surface reconstruction, leading to a crystalline c(4 × 2)-O interface oxide before ALD of Al2O3, decreases band-gap defect density at the Al2O3/GaAs interface. Concomitantly, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) from these Al2O3/GaAs interfaces shows that the high oxidation state of Ga (Ga2O3 type) decreases, and the corresponding In2O3 type phase forms when employing the c(4 × 2)-O interface layer. Detailed synchrotron-radiation XPS of the counterpart c(4 × 2)-O oxide of InAs(100) has been utilized to elucidate the atomic structure of the useful c(4 × 2)-O interface layer and its oxidation process. The spectral analysis reveals that three different oxygen sites, five oxidation-induced group-III atomic sites with core-level shifts between -0.2 eV and +1.0 eV, and hardly any oxygen-induced changes at the As sites form during the oxidation. These results, discussed within the current atomic model of the c(4 × 2)-O interface, provide insight into the atomic structures of oxide/III-V interfaces and a way to control the semiconductor oxidation. PMID:25686555

  19. First-principles elastic constants of α- and θ-Al2O3

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    Shang, Shunli; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2007-03-01

    Using an efficient strain-stress method, the first-principles elastic constants cij's of α-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 have been predicted within the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation. It is indicated that more accurate calculations of cij's can be accomplished by the local density approximation. The predicted cij's of θ-Al2O3 provide helpful guidance for future measurements, especially the predicted negative c15. The present results make the stress estimation in thermally grown oxides containing of α- and θ-Al2O3 possible, which in turn provide helpful insights for preventing the failure of thermal barrier coatings on components in gas-turbine engines.

  20. Phase relations in the system MgSiO3-Al2O3 up to 52 GPa and 2000 K

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    Liu, Zhaodong; Irifune, Tetsuo; Nishi, Masayuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Arimoto, Takeshi; Shinmei, Toru

    2016-08-01

    Phase relations in the system MgSiO3-Al2O3 have been determined for pressures from 15 to 52 GPa and at a temperature of 2000 K from in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements obtained using sintered diamond anvils in a multi-anvil apparatus. A wide two-phase region of garnet and corundum is found to exist up to 27 GPa; at higher pressures, a phase assemblage of aluminous bridgmanite and corundum is stabilized. The solubility of Al2O3 in bridgmanite and that of MgSiO3 in corundum are highly dependent on pressure; the Al2O3 content in bridgmanite increases from 12 mol% at 27 GPa to 29 mol% at 52 GPa, forming bridgmanite with the pyrope composition (25 mol% Al2O3) at about 45 GPa. In contrast, the MgSiO3 content in corundum decreases from 24 mol% at 27 GPa to 9 mol% at 52 GPa. The minimum pressure where the pyropic bridgmanite is formed is significantly higher than the result of the earlier study (∼37 GPa) on the pyrope composition. These results suggest the Al2O3 content in bridgmanite and the MgSiO3 content in corundum are good pressure indicators in the mixed-phase region at pressures above 30 GPa, where virtually no pressure references are available for quench experiments. The new phase diagram in the system MgSiO3-Al2O3 confirms that bridgmanite is the dominant host mineral for Al2O3 in the pyrolitic or peridotitic compositions under the pressure and temperature conditions of the Earth's lower mantle.

  1. Superconductivity in Al/Al2O3 interface

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    Palnichenko, A. V.; Vyaselev, O. M.; Mazilkin, A. A.; Khasanov, S. S.

    2016-06-01

    Metastable superconductivity at Tc ≈ 65 K has been observed in Al foil subjected to special oxidation process, according to the ac magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistance measurements. Comparison of the ac susceptibility and the dc magnetization measurements infers that the superconductivity arises within the interfacial granular layer formed during the oxidation process between metallic aluminum and its oxide.

  2. Determination of transmission factors for beta radiation using Al 2O 3:C commercial OSL dosimeters

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    Pinto, T. N. O.; Caldas, L. V. E.

    2010-07-01

    In recent years, the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) technique has been used in personal dosimetry, and aluminum oxide (Al 2O 3:C) has become a very useful material for this technique. The objective of this work was the determination of the transmission factors for beta radiation using Al 2O 3:C commercial dosimeters and the OSL method. The obtained results were similar to the transmission factors reported in the beta source calibration certificates.

  3. A 13C NMR study of the adsorbed states of CO on Rh dispersed on Al2O3

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    Duncan, T. M.; Yates, J. T.; Vaughan, R. W.

    1980-07-01

    The results of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been analyzed with respect to previous infrared studies of CO adsorbed on Rh dispersed on Al2O3 to quantify the site distribution and to describe the adsorbed state. The 13C NMR spectra account for all the 13CO adsorbed on a 2.2% Rh on Al2O3 substrate. Although the spectra from the different adsorbed states of CO overlap, the line shapes may be separated into two components based on differences in the 13C spin-lattice relaxation times. These two components have been assigned to the 13CO dicarbonyl formed on single Rh atoms and to 13CO adsorbed on Rh rafts. The component attributed to the CO adsorbed on the raft sites is further separated into linear and bridged CO state contributions based on chemical shift information, yielding a quantitative distribution of the three adsorbed states of CO on Rh. The 13CO distribution is used to estimate the molar integrated intensities of the infrared spectrum of 13CO on Rh at high coverage and to determine the degree of dispersion of Rh on the Al2O3. The 13C NMR line shapes of CO adsorbed on Rh are different from the powder pattern of Rh2Cl2(CO)4. It is suggested that the line shape of the dicarbonyl surface species is narrowed to a Lorentzian curve by reorientation at the site and the line shape of CO on the Rh rafts is modulated by exchange between sites on a single raft. The 13C relaxation time distribution provides further evidence for the existence of isolated Rh atoms on the Al2O3 surface.

  4. 12Cao-7Al2o3 Electride Hollow Cathode

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    Rand, Lauren P. (Inventor); Williams, John D. (Inventor); Martinez, Rafael A. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    The use of the electride form of 12CaO-7Al.sub.2O.sub.3, or C12A7, as a low work function electron emitter in a hollow cathode discharge apparatus is described. No heater is required to initiate operation of the present cathode, as is necessary for traditional hollow cathode devices. Because C12A7 has a fully oxidized lattice structure, exposure to oxygen does not degrade the electride. The electride was surrounded by a graphite liner since it was found that the C12A7 electride converts to it's eutectic (CA+C3A) form when heated (through natural hollow cathode operation) in a metal tube.

  5. Sodium ion diffusion in Al2O3: a distinct perspective compared with lithium ion diffusion.

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    Jung, Sung Chul; Kim, Hyung-Jin; Choi, Jang Wook; Han, Young-Kyu

    2014-11-12

    Surface coating of active materials has been one of the most effective strategies to mitigate undesirable side reactions and thereby improve the overall battery performance. In this direction, aluminum oxide (Al2O3) is one of the most widely adopted coating materials due to its easy synthesis and low material cost. Nevertheless, the effect of Al2O3 coating on carrier ion diffusion has been investigated mainly for Li ion batteries, and the corresponding understanding for emerging Na ion batteries is currently missing. Using ab initio molecular dynamics calculations, herein, we first find that, unlike lithiation, sodiation of Al2O3 is thermodynamically unfavorable. Nonetheless, there can still exist a threshold in the Na ion content in Al2O3 before further diffusion into the adjacent active material, delivering a new insight that both thermodynamics and kinetics should be taken into account to describe ionic diffusion in any material media. Furthermore, Na ion diffusivity in NaxAl2O3 turns out to be much higher than Li ion diffusivity in LixAl2O3, a result opposite to the conventional stereotype based on the atomic radius consideration. While hopping between the O-rich trapping sites via an Na-O bond breaking/making process is identified as the main Na ion diffusion mechanism, the weaker Na-O bond strength than the Li-O counterpart turns out to be the origin of the superior diffusivity of Na ions. PMID:25286155

  6. Postperovskite phase equilibria in the MgSiO3-Al2O3 system.

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    Tsuchiya, Jun; Tsuchiya, Taku

    2008-12-01

    We investigate high-P,T phase equilibria of the MgSiO(3)-Al(2)O(3) system by means of the density functional ab initio computation methods with multiconfiguration sampling. Being different from earlier studies based on the static substitution properties with no consideration of Rh(2)O(3)(II) phase, present calculations demonstrate that (i) dissolving Al(2)O(3) tends to decrease the postperovskite transition pressure of MgSiO(3) but the effect is not significant ( approximately -0.2 GPa/mol% Al(2)O(3)); (ii) Al(2)O(3) produces the narrow perovskite+postperovskite coexisting P,T area (approximately 1 GPa) for the pyrolitic concentration (x(Al2O3) approximately 6 mol%), which is sufficiently responsible to the deep-mantle D'' seismic discontinuity; (iii) the transition would be smeared (approximately 4 GPa) for the basaltic Al-rich composition (x(Al2O3) approximately 20 mol%), which is still seismically visible unless iron has significant effects; and last (iv) the perovskite structure spontaneously changes to the Rh(2)O(3)(II) with increasing the Al concentration involving small displacements of the Mg-site cations. PMID:19036928

  7. Influence of annealing temperature on the phase transformation of Al2O3

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    Mahat, Annie Maria; Mastuli, Mohd Sufri; Kamarulzaman, Norlida

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, Al2O3 powders were prepared via a self-propagating combustion method using citric acid as a combustion agent. Effects of annealing temperature on the phase transformation of the prepared powders were studied on samples annealed at 800 °C and 1000 °C. The Al2O3 samples were characterized using X-Ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The XRD results showed that pure η-phase and pure α-phase of Al2O3 were obtained at 800 °C and 1000 °C, respectively. Their crystallite sizes are totally different as can be seen clearly from the FESEM micrographs. The η-Al2O3 sample annealed at low temperature has crystallite size smaller than 10 nm compared to the α-Al2O3 sample annealed at higher temperature which has crystallites from few microns to hundreds microns in size. From the BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) method, the specific surface area for both samples are 59.4 m2g-1 and 3.1 m2g-1, respectively. It is proposed that the annealing temperature less pronounced for the morphology, but, it is significant for the phase transitions as well as the size and the specific surface area of the Al2O3 samples.

  8. Reactive Plasma Spraying of Fine Al2O3/AlN Feedstock Powder

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    Shahien, Mohammed; Yamada, Motohiro; Yasui, Toshiaki; Fukumoto, Masahiro

    2013-12-01

    Reactive plasma spraying (RPS) is a promising technology for in situ formation of aluminum nitride (AlN) coatings. Recently, AlN-based coatings were fabricated by RPS of alumina (Al2O3) powder in N2/H2 thermal plasma. This study investigated the feasibility of RPS of a fine Al2O3/AlN mixture and the influence of the plasma gases (N2, H2) on the nitriding conversion, and coating microstructure and properties. Thick AlN/Al2O3 coatings with high nitride content were successfully fabricated. The coatings consist of h-AlN, c-AlN, Al5O6N, γ-Al2O3, and a small amount of α-Al2O3. Use of fine particles enhanced the nitriding conversion and the melting tendency by increasing the surface area. Furthermore, the AlN additive improved the AlN content in the coatings. Increasing the N2 gas flow rate improved the nitride content and complete crystal growth to the h-AlN phase, and enhanced the coating thickness. On the other hand, though the H2 gas is required for plasma nitriding of the Al2O3 particles, increasing its flow rate decreased the nitride content and the coating thickness. Remarkable influence of the plasma gases on the coating composition, microstructure, and properties was observed during RPS of the fine particles.

  9. Characterization of water dissociation on α-Al2O3(11[combining macron]02): theory and experiment.

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    Wirth, Jonas; Kirsch, Harald; Wlosczyk, Sebastian; Tong, Yujin; Saalfrank, Peter; Campen, R Kramer

    2016-06-01

    The interaction of water with α-alumina (i.e. α-Al2O3) surfaces is important in a variety of applications and a useful model for the interaction of water with environmentally abundant aluminosilicate phases. Despite its significance, studies of water interaction with α-Al2O3 surfaces other than the (0001) are extremely limited. Here we characterize the interaction of water (D2O) with a well defined α-Al2O3(11[combining macron]02) surface in UHV both experimentally, using temperature programmed desorption and surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy, and theoretically, using periodic-slab density functional theory calculations. This combined approach makes it possible to demonstrate that water adsorption occurs only at a single well defined surface site (the so-called 1-4 configuration) and that at this site the barrier between the molecularly and dissociatively adsorbed forms is very low: 0.06 eV. A subset of OD stretch vibrations are parallel to this dissociation coordinate, and thus would be expected to be shifted to low frequencies relative to an uncoupled harmonic oscillator. To quantify this effect we solve the vibrational Schrödinger equation along the dissociation coordinate and find fundamental frequencies red-shifted by more than 1500 cm(-1). Within the context of this model, at moderate temperatures, we further find that some fraction of surface deuterons are likely delocalized: dissociatively and molecularly absorbed states are no longer distinguishable. PMID:27109875

  10. Carbon Deposition from the CO2-Steam Reforming of Methane Over Modified Ni/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts.

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    Choi, Bong Kwan; Ok, Hye Jeong; Moon, Dong Ju; Kim, Jong Ho; Park, Nam Cook; Kim, Young Chul

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work is to study the catalytic activity and suppression of carbon deposition in the CO2-Steam reforming of methane (SCR) to develop a high performance catalyst for GTL-FPSO application which is required to high pressure (20 bar) for F-T synthesis. Ni/La-X(6)/Al2O3 (X = Ce, Mg, Zr) catalysts were prepared by the impregnation method. The catalytic reaction was studied in a fixed bed reactor system at high pressure. X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET specific surface area and H2-temperature programmed reduction (TPR) were used to observe the characteristics of the prepared catalysts. The carbon deposition and the carbon amount in the used catalysts were examined by SEM and TGA, respectively. As a result, it was found that the Ni/La-Mg(6)/Al2O3 catalyst showed the highest activity and high carbon resistance. The highest activity in Ni/La-Mg(6)/Al2O3 was attributed to the proper Mg loading. It also had the lowest Ni particle and formed relatively stable MgAl2O4, which have an effect on the catalytic activity. PMID:26328367

  11. Pool boiling of water-Al2O3 and water-Cu nanofluids on horizontal smooth tubes.

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    Cieslinski, Janusz T; Kaczmarczyk, Tomasz Z

    2011-01-01

    Experimental investigation of heat transfer during pool boiling of two nanofluids, i.e., water-Al2O3 and water-Cu has been carried out. Nanoparticles were tested at the concentration of 0.01%, 0.1%, and 1% by weight. The horizontal smooth copper and stainless steel tubes having 10 mm OD and 0.6 mm wall thickness formed test heater. The experiments have been performed to establish the influence of nanofluids concentration as well as tube surface material on heat transfer characteristics at atmospheric pressure. The results indicate that independent of concentration nanoparticle material (Al2O3 and Cu) has almost no influence on heat transfer coefficient while boiling of water-Al2O3 or water-Cu nanofluids on smooth copper tube. It seems that heater material did not affect the boiling heat transfer in 0.1 wt.% water-Cu nanofluid, nevertheless independent of concentration, distinctly higher heat transfer coefficient was recorded for stainless steel tube than for copper tube for the same heat flux density. PMID:21711741

  12. Synthesis and characterization of molybdenum catalysts supported on γ-Al2O3-CeO2 composite oxides

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    Farooq, Muhammad; Ramli, Anita; Subbarao, Duvvuri

    2012-09-01

    The physical and chemical properties of a catalyst play a vital role in various industrial applications. Molybdenum catalysts supported on γ-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3-CeO2 mixed oxides with varying loading of CeO2 (5, 10, 15, 20 wt% with respect to γ-Al2O3) were prepared by wet impregnation method. The physiochemical properties of these synthesized Mo catalysts were studied with various characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), field emission scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive analysis (FESEM-EDX) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF). The results showed that the addition of CeO2 into the support affected the binding energies of the elements and reducibility of the metal oxides formed after calcination of catalyst samples due to the change in metal-support interaction. Further, the characterization techniques showed that the active metal was well dispersed on the surface of support material.

  13. Oxidation Behavior of Al2O3 Coating on Ti-25Al-12.5Nb Alloy

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    Małecka, J.

    2016-07-01

    The oxidation behavior of Al2O3 coating deposited on Ti-25Al-12.5Nb alloy by sol-gel method was investigated at 700 and 800 °C under isothermal oxidation conditions in air. At both temperatures, the coated samples exhibited reduced mass gain compared to uncoated alloy; at 700 °C rather insignificant differences were observed; however, at the temperature of 800 °C, the deposited coating strongly limits the mass gain of the test material. As a consequence of the isothermal oxidation a scale forms containing mainly TiO2 on the alloy surface of the uncoated alloy, while during the oxidation of the coated alloy the surface coating of Al2O3 dissociated and the initially compact Al2O3 coating dissolved and its place was taken by a porous scale. These coated samples displayed good resistance to oxidation in set conditions and no zones of dissolved oxygen and nitrogen were recorded. No spallation of the coated samples was observed.

  14. Nanocomposite YCrO3/Al2O3: characterization of the core-shell, magnetic properties, and enhancement of dielectric properties.

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    Durán, A; Tiznado, H; Romo-Herrera, J M; Domínguez, D; Escudero, R; Siqueiros, J M

    2014-05-19

    Multifuncionality in polycrystalline multiferroic ceramics can be improved using an advanced synthesis process. In this work, core-shell design is being proposed to enhance the transport properties of biferroic YCrO3. The atomic layer deposition (ALD) thin-film growth technique was used for the YCrO3/Al2O3 (Y@Al) nanocomposite fabrication. A continuous, amorphous, and uniform Al2O3 shell, a few nanometers thick, was obtained and characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The transport properties of biferroic YCrO3 coated with 50, 500, and 1000 ALD cycles of insulating Al2O3 were investigated using magnetization and AC conductivity measurements. It is observed that the values of the magnetic coercive field and the magnetization are affected by the amorphous and partially crystallized Al2O3 shell. Additionally, the Y@Al nanocomposite experiments show a notorious decreasing in the loss tangent and the electrical conductivity. Accordingly, hysteresis loops in the polarization versus electric energy data confirm the decrease of the leakage current as a consequence of the Al2O3 shell acting as a barrier layer. The results shown here confirm that the core-shell architecture is a promising alternative for improvement of the magnetic and ferroelectric properties in bulk multiferroics. PMID:24811873

  15. Al2O3 Scale Development on Iron Aluminides

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    Zhang, Xiao-Feng; Thaidigsmann, Katja; Ager, Joel; Hou, Peggy Y.

    2005-11-10

    The structure and phase of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale that forms on an Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloy (Fe-28Al-5Cr) (at %) was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). Oxidation was performed at 900 C and 1000 C for up to 190 min. TEM revealed that single-layer scales were formed after short oxidation times. Electron diffraction was used to show that the scales are composed of nanoscale crystallites of the {theta}, {gamma}, and {alpha} phases of alumina. Band-like structure was observed extending along three 120{sup o}-separated directions within the surface plane. Textured {theta} and {gamma} grains were the main components of the bands, while mixed {alpha} and transient phases were found between the bands. Extended oxidation produced a double-layered scale structure, with a continuous {alpha} layer at the scale/alloy interface, and a {gamma}/{theta} layer at the gas surface. The mechanism for the formation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales on iron aluminide alloys is discussed and compared to that for nickel aluminide alloys.

  16. The remarkable enhancement of CO-pretreated CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 supported catalyst for the reduction of NO with CO: the formation of surface synergetic oxygen vacancy.

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    Li, Dan; Yu, Qiang; Li, Shan-Shan; Wan, Hai-Qin; Liu, Lian-Jun; Qi, Lei; Liu, Bin; Gao, Fei; Dong, Lin; Chen, Yi

    2011-05-01

    NO reduction by CO was investigated over CuO/γ-Al2O3, Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3, and CuOMn2O3/γ-Al2O3 model catalysts before and after CO pretreatment at 300 °C. The CO-pretreated CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalyst exhibited higher catalytic activity than did the other catalysts. Based on X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Raman, and H2-temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) results, as well as our previous studies, the possible interaction model between dispersed copper and manganese oxide species as well as γ-Al2O3 surface has been proposed. In this model, Cu and Mn ions occupied the octahedral vacant sites of γ-Al2O3, with the capping oxygen on top of the metal ions to keep the charge conservation. For the fresh CuO/γ-Al2O3 and Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, the -Cu-O-Cu- and -Mn-O-Mn- species were formed on the surface of γ-Al2O3, respectively; but for the fresh CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalyst, -Cu-O-Mn- species existed on the surface of -Al2O3. After CO pretreatment, -Cu-□-Cu- and -Mn-□-Mn- (□ represents surface oxygen vacancy (SOV)) species would be formed in CO-pretreated CuO/γ-Al2O3 and CO-pretreated Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, respectively; whereas -Cu-□-Mn- species existed in CO-pretreated CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3. Herein, a new concept, surface synergetic oxygen vacancy (SSOV), which describes the oxygen vacancy formed between the individual Mn and Cu ions, is proposed for CO-pretreated CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. In addition, the role of SSOV has also been approached by NO temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and in situ FTIR experiments. The FTIR results of competitive adsorption between NO and CO on all the CO-pretreated CuO/γ-Al2O3, Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3, and CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 samples demonstrated that NO molecules mainly were adsorbed on Mn2+ and CO mainly on Cu+ sites. The current study suggests that the properties of the SSOVs in CO-pretreated CuO-Mn2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalyst were significantly

  17. Capability for Fine Tuning of the Refractive Index Sensing Properties of Long-Period Gratings by Atomic Layer Deposited Al2O3 Overlays

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    Śmietana, Mateusz; Myśliwiec, Marcin; Mikulic, Predrag; Witkowski, Bartłomiej S.; Bock, Wojtek J.

    2013-01-01

    This work presents an application of thin aluminum oxide (Al2O3) films obtained using atomic layer deposition (ALD) for fine tuning the spectral response and refractive-index (RI) sensitivity of long-period gratings (LPGs) induced in optical fibers. The technique allows for an efficient and well controlled deposition at monolayer level (resolution ∼ 0.12 nm) of excellent quality nano-films as required for optical sensors. The effect of Al2O3 deposition on the spectral properties of the LPGs is demonstrated experimentally and numerically. We correlated both the increase in Al2O3 thickness and changes in optical properties of the film with the shift of the LPG resonance wavelength and proved that similar films are deposited on fibers and oxidized silicon reference samples in the same process run. Since the thin overlay effectively changes the distribution of the cladding modes and thus also tunes the device's RI sensitivity, the tuning can be simply realized by varying number of cycles, which is proportional to thickness of the high-refractive-index (n > 1.6 in infrared spectral range) Al2O3 film. The advantage of this approach is the precision in determining the film properties resulting in RI sensitivity of the LPGs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that an ultra-precise method for overlay deposition has been applied on LPGs for RI tuning purposes and the results have been compared with numerical simulations based on LP mode approximation.

  18. Excellent resistive switching properties of atomic layer-deposited Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 trilayer structures for non-volatile memory applications.

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    Wang, Lai-Guo; Qian, Xu; Cao, Yan-Qiang; Cao, Zheng-Yi; Fang, Guo-Yong; Li, Ai-Dong; Wu, Di

    2015-01-01

    We have demonstrated a flexible resistive random access memory unit with trilayer structure by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The device unit is composed of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3-based functional stacks on TiN-coated Si substrate. The cross-sectional HRTEM image and XPS depth profile of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 on TiN-coated Si confirm the existence of interfacial layers between trilayer structures of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 after 600°C post-annealing. The memory units of Pt/Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3/TiN/Si exhibit a typical bipolar, reliable, and reproducible resistive switching behavior, such as stable resistance ratio (>10) of OFF/ON states, sharp distribution of set and reset voltages, better switching endurance up to 10(3) cycles, and longer data retention at 85°C over 10 years. The possible switching mechanism of trilayer structure of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 has been proposed. The trilayer structure device units of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 on TiN-coated Si prepared by ALD may be a potential candidate for oxide-based resistive random access memory. PMID:25852426

  19. Impacts of Annealing Conditions on the Flat Band Voltage of Alternate La2O3/Al2O3 Multilayer Stack Structures.

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    Feng, Xing-Yao; Liu, Hong-Xia; Wang, Xing; Zhao, Lu; Fei, Chen-Xi; Liu, He-Lei

    2016-12-01

    The mechanism of flat band voltage (VFB) shift for alternate La2O3/Al2O3 multilayer stack structures in different annealing condition is investigated. The samples were prepared for alternate multilayer structures, which were annealed in different conditions. The capacitance-voltage (C-V) measuring results indicate that the VFB of samples shift negatively for thinner bottom Al2O3 layer, increasing annealing temperature or longer annealing duration. Simultaneously, the diffusion of high-k material to interfaces in different multilayer structures and annealing conditions is observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Based on the dipole theory, a correlation between the diffusion effect of La towards bottom Al2O3/Si interface and VFB shift is found. Without changing the dielectric constant k of films, VFB shift can be manipulated by controlling the single-layer cycles and annealing conditions of alternate high-k multilayer stack. PMID:27620192

  20. Resistive Switching in Al/Al2O3/TiO2/Al/PES Flexible Device for Nonvolatile Memory Application.

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    Lin, Chun-Chieh; Lee, Wang-Ying; Lee, Han-Tang

    2016-05-01

    Resistive switching memory devices with superior properties are possibly used in next-generation nonvolatile memory to replace the flash memory. In addition, flexible electronics has also attracted much attention because of its light-weight and flexibility. Therefore, an Al/Al2O3/TiO2/Al/PES flexible resistive switching memory is employed in this study. The resistive switching characteristics and stability of the flexible device are improved by inserting the Al2O3 film. The resistive switching of the flexible device can be repeated over hundreds of times after the bending test. A possible resistive switching model of the flexible device is also proposed. In addition, the non-volatility of the flexible device is demonstrated. Based on our research results, the proposed Al2O3/TiO2-based resistive switching memory is possibly used in next-generation flexible electronics and nonvolatile memory applications. PMID:27483828

  1. Differential toxicity of Al2O3 particles on Gram-positive and Gram-negative sediment bacterial isolates from freshwater.

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    Bhuvaneshwari, M; Bairoliya, Sakcham; Parashar, Abhinav; Chandrasekaran, N; Mukherjee, Amitava

    2016-06-01

    The current study was aimed to explore the differential effects on Gram-positive and Gram-negative freshwater sediment bacterial isolates upon exposure to nano-particles and bulk particles of Al2O3 at low concentrations (0.25, 0.5, and 1 mg/L). The Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa was more susceptible to both the nano-forms and bulk forms than the Gram-positive Bacillus altitudinis. The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and release of lipopolysaccharide due to membrane damage were dependent on the dose of nano-Al2O3. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) studies confirmed the attachment of nano-Al2O3 on bacterial cells, which may lead to subsequent changes in the cell membrane composition and integrity. Internalization of nano-Al2O3 was estimated to be more for P. aeruginosa than for B. altitudinis cells. As a role of defense mechanism, the biofilm formation and production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs; polysaccharide and protein) were increased with respect to the concentration of toxicant. Nano-Al2O3 was estimated to cause more DNA damage than the bulk particles in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. PMID:26965278

  2. Effect of powder reactivity on fabrication and properties of NiAl/Al2O3 composite coated on cast iron using spark plasma sintering

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    Beyhaghi, Maryam; Kiani-Rashid, Ali-Reza; Kashefi, Mehrdad; Khaki, Jalil Vahdati; Jonsson, Stefan

    2015-07-01

    Powder mixtures of Ni, NiO and Al are ball milled for 1 and 10 h. X-ray diffractometry and differential thermal analysis show that while ball milling for 1 h produced mechanically activated powder; 10 h ball milling produced NiAl and Al2O3 phases. Dense NiAl/Al2O3 composite coatings are formed on gray cast iron substrate by spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The effect of powder reactivity on microstructure, hardness and scratch hardness of NiAl/Al2O3 coatings after SPS is discussed. Results show that in the coating sample made of mechanically activated powder in situ synthesis of NiAl/Al2O3 composite coating is fulfilled and a thicker well-formed diffusion bond layer at the interface between coating and substrate is observed. The diffusion of elements across the bond layers and phase evolution in the bond layers were investigated. No pores or cracks were observed at the interface between coating layer and substrate in any of samples. Higher Vickers hardness and scratch hardness values in coating made of 10 h ball milled powder than in coating fabricated from 1 h ball milled powder are attributed to better dispersion of Al2O3 reinforcement particles in NiAl matrix and nano-crystalline structure of NiAl matrix. Scratched surface of coatings did not reveal any cracking or spallation at coating-substrate interface indicating their good adherence at test conditions.

  3. Quick photo-Fenton degradation of phenolic compounds by Cu/Al2O3-MCM-41 under visible light irradiation: small particle size, stabilization of copper, easy reducibility of Cu and visible light active material.

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    Pradhan, Amaresh C; Nanda, Binita; Parida, K M; Das, Mira

    2013-01-14

    The present study reports the photo-Fenton degradation of phenolic compounds (phenol, 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol and 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol) in aqueous solution using mesoporous Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 nanocomposite as a heterogeneous photo-Fenton-like catalyst. The in situ incorporation of mesoporous Al(2)O(3) (MA) into the framework of MCM-41 (sol-gel method) forms Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 and wetness impregnation of Cu(II) on Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 generates mesoporous Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 composite. The effects of pH and H(2)O(2) concentration on degradation of phenol, 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol and 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol are studied. Kinetics analysis shows that the photocatalytic degradation reaction follows a first-order rate equation. Mesoporous 5 Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 is found to be an efficient photo-Fenton-like catalyst for the degradation of phenolic compounds. It shows nearly 100% degradation in 45 min at pH 4. The combined effect of small particle size, stabilization of Cu(2+) on the support Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41, ease reducibility of Cu(2+) and visible light activeness are the key factors for quick degradation of phenolic compounds by Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41. PMID:23090390

  4. Effect of ozone concentration on silicon surface passivation by atomic layer deposited Al2O3

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    von Gastrow, Guillaume; Li, Shuo; Putkonen, Matti; Laitinen, Mikko; Sajavaara, Timo; Savin, Hele

    2015-12-01

    We study the impact of ozone-based Al2O3 Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) on the surface passivation quality of crystalline silicon. We show that the passivation quality strongly depends on the ozone concentration: the higher ozone concentration results in lower interface defect density and thereby improved passivation. In contrast to previous studies, our results reveal that too high interface hydrogen content can be detrimental to the passivation. The interface hydrogen concentration can be optimized by the ozone-based process; however, the use of pure ozone increases the harmful carbon concentration in the film. Here we demonstrate that low carbon and optimal hydrogen concentration can be achieved by a single process combining the water- and ozone-based reactions. This process results in an interface defect density of 2 × 1011 eV-1 cm-2, and maximum surface recombination velocities of 7.1 cm/s and 10 cm/s, after annealing and after an additional firing at 800 °C, respectively. In addition, our results suggest that the effective oxide charge density can be optimized in a simple way by varying the ozone concentration and by injecting water to the ozone process.

  5. New battery strategies with a polymer/Al2O3 separator

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    Park, Kyusung; Cho, Joon Hee; Shanmuganathan, Kadhiravan; Song, Jie; Peng, Jing; Gobet, Mallory; Greenbaum, Steven; Ellison, Christopher J.; Goodenough, John B.

    2014-10-01

    A low-cost, thin, flexible, and mechanically robust alkali-ion electrolyte separator is shown to allow fabrication of a safe rechargeable alkali-ion battery with alternative cathode strategies. A Na-ion battery with an insertion host as cathode and a Li-ion battery with a redox flow-through cathode are demonstrated to cycle without significant fade. The separator membrane is a composite of Al2O3 particles and cross-linked ethylene-oxide chains; it can be fabricated at low cost into a large-area thin membrane that blocks dendrites from an alkali-metal anode. To block a soluble ferrocene redox molecule from crossing from the cathode side to the anode in a Li-ion battery with a redox-flow cathode, a thin mixed Li+/electronic-conducting film has been added to the cathode side of the composite separator. An osmosis issue was minimized by balancing concentrations of solutes on the two sides of the separator where the cathode side contains a soluble redox molecule.

  6. Dissolutive Wetting and Spreading Phenomena Between Al2O3 Substrate and CaO-Al2O3 Liquid Slags

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    Kim, Seonjin; Lee, Kyuyong; Chung, Yongsug

    2016-04-01

    The wetting and spreading behavior are influenced by the dissolution reaction. The wetting and spreading behavior between CaO-Al2O3 slag and Al2O3 substrate were investigated using the dispensed drop technique and a high speed camera (1000 frame/s) at 1823 K (1550 °C) using saturated slag and non-saturated slag on Al2O3. The contact angle of the saturated slag and the non-saturated slag was not substantially different. The apparent height of the spreading droplet for the non-saturated slag was lower than that of the saturated slag due to the formation of a crater generated by the dissolution reaction. A spherical cap model is associated with crater formation was suggested by analyzing the spread droplet and a quenched sample. The spreading rate of the non-saturated slag was faster than that of the saturated slag due to convection. For the saturated slag, the experimental values are in good agreement with the De Gennes's theoretical model. (Non-reactive viscous model) In contrast, the non-saturated slag curve shifts the experimental curve to correspond with the saturated slag curve.

  7. Atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3-HfO2-Al2O3 dielectrics for metal-insulator-metal capacitor applications

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    Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhu, Chunxiang; Li, Ming-Fu; Zhang, David Wei

    2005-08-01

    Atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3-HfO2-Al2O3 dielectrics have been investigated to replace conventional silicon oxide and nitride for radio frequency and analog metal-insulator-metal capacitors applications. In the case of 1-nm-Al2O3, sufficiently good electrical performances are achieved, including a high dielectric constant of ˜17, a small dissipation factor of 0.018 at 100kHz, an extremely low leakage current of 7.8×10-9A/cm2 at 1MV/cm and 125°C, perfect voltage coefficients of capacitance (74ppm/V2 and 10ppm/V). The quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance decreases with the applied frequency due to the change of relaxation time with different carrier mobility in insulator, and correlates with the dielectric composition and thickness, which is of intrinsic property owing to electric field polarization. Furthermore, the conduction mechanism of the AHA dielectrics is also discussed, indicating the Schottky emission dominated at room temperature.

  8. N-TiO2/gamma-Al2O3 granules: preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenol.

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    Huang, Donggen; Xie, Wenfa; Tu, Zhibin; Zhang, Feng; Quan, Shuiqing; Liu, Lei

    2013-01-01

    Nitrogen doping TiO2 and gamma-Al2O3 composite oxide granules (N-TiO2/gamma-Al2O3) were prepared by co-precipitation/oil-drop/calcination in gaseous NH3 process using titanium sulphate and aluminum nitrate as raw materials. After calcination at 550 degrees C in NH3 atmosphere, the composite granules showed anatase TiO2 and gamma-Al2O3 phases with the granularity of 0.5-1.0 mm. The anatase crystallite size of composite granules was range from 3.5-25 nm calculated from XRD result. The UV-Vis spectra and N 1s XPS spectra indicated that N atoms were incorporated into the TiO2 crystal lattice. The product granules could be used as a photocatalyst in moving bed reactor, and was demonstrated a higher visible-light photocatalytic activity for 2,4-dichlorophenol degradation compared with commercial P25 TiO2. When the mole ratio of TiO2 to Al2O3 equal to 1.0 showed the highest catalytic activity, the degradation percentage of 2,4-chlorophenol could be up to 92.5%, under 60 W fluorescent light irradiation for 9 hours. The high visible-light photocatalytic activity might be a synergetic effect of nitrogen doping and the form of binary metal oxide of TiO2 and gamma-Al2O3. PMID:23646725

  9. Epitaxial growth of (1 1 1)-oriented spinel CoCr2O4/Al2O3 heterostructures

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    Liu, Xiaoran; Choudhury, D.; Cao, Yanwei; Middey, S.; Kareev, M.; Meyers, D.; Kim, J.-W.; Ryan, P.; Chakhalian, J.

    2015-02-01

    High quality (1 1 1)-oriented CoCr2O4/Al2O3 heterostructures were synthesized on the sapphire (0 0 0 1) single crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The structural properties are demonstrated by in-situ reflection high energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, X-ray reflectivity, and X-ray diffraction. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy confirms that the films possess the proper chemical stoichiometry. This work offers a pathway to fabricating spinel type artificial quasi-two-dimensional frustrated lattices by means of geometrical engineering.

  10. Some aspects of metal-support strong interactions in Rh/Al 2O 3 catalyst under oxidising and reducing conditions

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    Zimowska, M.; Wagner, J. B.; Dziedzic, J.; Camra, J.; Borzęcka-Prokop, B.; Najbar, M.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the Letter is to elucidate the nature of metal-support interaction in the 2 wt% Rh/Al 2O 3 catalyst obtained by annealing Rh-O-Al xerogel at 1113 K in air. XPS, HRTEM, and XRD results reveal that during the Rh-O-Al xerogel annealing in air, rhodium incorporates into forming alumina, which results mostly in Rh 4+/δ-Al 2O 3 solid solution formation. However, in the course of the catalyst reduction at 773 with H 2 and at 823 K with CH 4 the Rh 4+/δ-Al 2O 3 solid solution transforms into Rh-Al alloy. The islands of rhodium form on the surface of the Rh-Al alloy nanocrystallites if the reduction is slow enough.

  11. Mechanical and morphological properties of polypropylene/nano α-Al2O3 composites.

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    Mirjalili, F; Chuah, L; Salahi, E

    2014-01-01

    A nanocomposite containing polypropylene (PP) and nano α-Al2O3 particles was prepared using a Haake internal mixer. Mechanical tests, such as tensile and flexural tests, showed that mechanical properties of the composite were enhanced by addition of nano α-Al2O3 particles and dispersant agent to the polymer. Tensile strength was approximately ∼ 16% higher than pure PP by increasing the nano α-Al2O3 loading from 1 to 4 wt% into the PP matrix. The results of flexural analysis indicated that the maximum values of flexural strength and flexural modulus for nanocomposite without dispersant were 50.5 and 1954 MPa and for nanocomposite with dispersant were 55.88 MPa and 2818 MPa, respectively. However, higher concentration of nano α-Al2O3 loading resulted in reduction of those mechanical properties that could be due to agglomeration of nano α-Al2O3 particles. Transmission and scanning electron microscopic observations of the nanocomposites also showed that fracture surface became rougher by increasing the content of filler loading from 1 to 4% wt. PMID:24688421

  12. (100) facets of γ-Al2O3: the active surfaces for alcohol dehydration reactions

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Mei, Donghai; Peden, Charles HF; Rousseau, Roger J.; Szanyi, Janos

    2011-05-01

    Temperature programmed desorption (TPD) of ethanol, and methanol dehydration reaction were studied on γ-Al2O3 in order to identify the catalytic active sites for alcohol dehydration reactions. Two high temperature (> 473 K) desorption features were observed following ethanol adsorption. Samples calcined at T≤473 K displayed a desorption feature in the 523-533 K temperature range, while those calcined at T ≥ 673 K showed a single desorption feature at 498 K. The switch from the high to low temperature ethanol desorption correlated well with the dehydroxylation of the (100) facets of γ-Al2O3 that was predicted at 550 K DFT calculations. Theoretical DFT simulations of the mechanism of dehydration. on clean and hydroxylated γ-Al2O3(100) surfaces, find that a concerted elimination of ethylene from an ethanol molecule chemisorbed at an Al3+ pentacoordinated site is the rate limiting step for catalytic cycle on both surfaces. Furthermore, titration of the pentacoordinate Al3+ sites on the (100) facets of γ-Al2O3 by BaO completely turned off the methanol dehydration reaction activity. These results unambiguously demonstrate that only the (100) facets on γ-Al2O3 are the catalytic active surfaces for alcohol dehydration.

  13. Mechanical and Morphological Properties of Polypropylene/Nano α-Al2O3 Composites

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    Mirjalili, F.; Chuah, L.; Salahi, E.

    2014-01-01

    A nanocomposite containing polypropylene (PP) and nano α-Al2O3 particles was prepared using a Haake internal mixer. Mechanical tests, such as tensile and flexural tests, showed that mechanical properties of the composite were enhanced by addition of nano α-Al2O3 particles and dispersant agent to the polymer. Tensile strength was approximately ∼16% higher than pure PP by increasing the nano α-Al2O3 loading from 1 to 4 wt% into the PP matrix. The results of flexural analysis indicated that the maximum values of flexural strength and flexural modulus for nanocomposite without dispersant were 50.5 and 1954 MPa and for nanocomposite with dispersant were 55.88 MPa and 2818 MPa, respectively. However, higher concentration of nano α-Al2O3 loading resulted in reduction of those mechanical properties that could be due to agglomeration of nano α-Al2O3 particles. Transmission and scanning electron microscopic observations of the nanocomposites also showed that fracture surface became rougher by increasing the content of filler loading from 1 to 4% wt. PMID:24688421

  14. Synthesis, biocompatibility and mechanical properties of ZrO2-Al2O3 ceramics composites.

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    Nevarez-Rascon, Alfredo; González-Lopez, Santiago; Acosta-Torres, Laura Susana; Nevarez-Rascon, Martina Margarita; Orrantia-Borunda, Erasmo

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluated cell viability, microhardness and flexural strength of two ceramic composites systems (ZA and AZ), pure alumina and zirconia. There were prepared homogeneous mixtures of 78wt%Al2O3+20wt%3Y-TZP+2wt%Al2O3w (AZ) and 80wt%3YTZP+18wt%Al2O3+2wt%Al2O3w (ZA), as well as 3Y-TZP (Z), pure Al2O3 (A) and commercial monolithic 3Y-TZP (Zc). Also mouse fibroblast cells 3T3-L1 and a MTT test was carried out at 24, 48 and 72 h. The surfaces were observed with SEM and the microhardness and three-point flexural strength values were estimated. The absolute microhardness values were: A>AZ>Z>Zc>ZA. Flexural strength of Zc, Z, and ZA were around double than AZ and A. All groups showed high biocompatibility trough cell viability values at 24, 48 and 72 h. Factors like grain shape, grain size and homogeneous or heterogeneous grain distributions may play an important role in physical, mechanical and biological properties of the ceramic composites. PMID:27251994

  15. Reaction paths in the system Al 2O 3-hBN-Y

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    Reichert, K.; Oreshina, O.; Cremer, R.; Neuschütz, D.

    2001-07-01

    As part of the investigations on the suitability of a new concept for a tailored fiber-matrix interface in sapphire fiber reinforced NiAl matrix composites for application as a high-temperature structural material, the interfacial reactions in the system alumina-hexagonal boron nitride-yttrium (Al 2O 3-hBN-Y) have been examined in the temperature range of 1100-1300°C. For this, alumina substrates were coated with hBN by means of CVD and subsequently with sputter deposited yttrium. Afterwards the samples were annealed for up to 16 h under inert atmosphere. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) served to analyze the phases formed by diffusion processes in the reaction zone. The peak intensities in these diffraction patterns were used to evaluate the sequence of phases formed due to diffusion and reaction. After the initial formation of YN and YB 2, the phases Y 2O 3, Al 2Y, and YB 4 were observed. Even longer annealing times or higher temperatures, respectively, led to the formation of the ternary oxides YAlO 3 and Y 3Al 5O 12 as well as metallic aluminum.

  16. Evaluation of Misfit Relaxation in α-Ga2O3 Epitaxial Growth on α-Al2O3 Substrate

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    Kaneko, Kentaro; Kawanowa, Hitoshi; Ito, Hiroshi; Fujita, Shizuo

    2012-02-01

    Corundum-structured α-Ga2O3 epitaxial thin films were grown on c-plane α-Al2O3 (sapphire) substrates by a mist chemical vapor deposition method. To reveal the defect structures, the α-Ga2O3 film was observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We found that the α-Ga2O3 thin film was in-plane compressive stressed from the α-Al2O3 substrate. Although misfit dislocations were periodically generated at the α-Ga2O3/α-Al2O3 interface owing to the large lattice mismatches between α-Ga2O3 and α-Al2O3, 3.54% (c-axis) and 4.81% (a-axis), most of the misfit dislocations did not thread through the layer. An extra-half plane was {bar 2110} consisting only of Ga. Screw dislocations were not confirmed, i.e., the density was under 107 cm-2. The threading dislocation density was 7 ×1010 cm-2.

  17. Effect of Process Parameters on Microstructure and Micro-hardness of AZ91/Al2O3 Surface Composite Produced by FSP

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    Faraji, Ghader; Dastani, Omid; Mousavi, S. Ali Asghar Akbari

    2011-12-01

    In this article, the effects of three different sizes of Al2O3 particles in the friction stir processing on grain size, cluster size, microstructure, and micro-hardness of as-cast magnesium alloy AZ91 were investigated. Moreover, the effects of two types of tool geometries and number of passes on the mentioned parameters were considered. Effect of mentioned parameters on microstructure, grain refinement, and micro-hardness profile in the friction stirred zone of the specimens was compared by as-cast received form and also friction stir processed (FSPed) specimens without particles. Microstructural characterization of the materials revealed reasonably uniform distribution of Al2O3 reinforcement and significant grain refinement. Hardness studies revealed that the incorporation of nano- and micro-size Al2O3 particulates in magnesium matrix led to a simultaneous increase in hardness.

  18. Ionic conductivity and thermoelectric power of pure and Al2O3-dispersed AgI

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    Shahi, K.; Wagner, J. B., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Ionic and electronic conductivities, and thermoelectric power have been measured for AgI and AgI containing a dispersion of submicron size Al2O3 particles. While the dispersion of Al2O3 enhances the ionic conductivity significantly, it does not affect the electronic properties of the matrix. The enhancement is a strong function of the size and concentration of the dispersoid. Various models have been tested to account for the enhanced conduction. However, the complex behavior of the present results points out the need for more sophisticated theoretical models. Ionic conduction and thermoelectric power data suggest that the dispersed Al2O3 generates an excess of cation vacancies and thereby enhances the conductivity and suppresses the thermoelectric power of the matrix. The individual heats of transport of cation interstitials and vacancies have been estimated and compared to their respective migration energies.

  19. Glycerol Steam Reforming Over Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 Catalyst: Effect of Cerium.

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    Go, Gwang-Sub; Go, Yoo-Jin; Lee, Hong-Joo; Moon, Dong-Ju; Park, Nam-Cook; Kim, Young-Chul

    2016-02-01

    In this work, hydrogen production from glycerol by steam reforming was studied using Ni-metal oxide catalysts. Ni-based catalyst becomes deactivated during steam reforming reactions because of coke deposits and sintering. Therefore, the aim of this study was to reduce carbon deposits and sintering on the catalyst surface by adding a promoter. Ni-metal oxide catalysts supported on Al2O3 were prepared via impregnation method, and the calcined catalyst was reduced under H2 flow for 2 h prior to the reaction. The characteristics of the catalysts were examined by XRD, TPR, TGA, and SEM. The Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 catalyst, which contained less than 2 wt% Ce, showed the highest hydrogen selectivity and glycerol conversion. Further analysis of the catalysts revealed that the Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 catalyst required a lower reduction temperature and produced minimum carbon deposit. PMID:27433687

  20. Nondestructive depth profile of the chemical state of ultrathin Al2O3/Si interface

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    Lee, Jong Cheol; Oh, S.-J.

    2004-05-01

    We investigated a depth profile of the chemical states of an Al2O3/Si interface using nondestructive photon energy-dependent high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HRXPS). The Si 2p binding energy, attributed to the oxide interfacial layer (OIL), was found to shift from 102.1 eV to 102.9 eV as the OIL region closer to Al2O3 layer was sampled, while the Al 2p binding energy remains the same. This fact strongly suggests that the chemical state of the interfacial layer is not Al silicate as previously believed. We instead propose from the HRXPS of Al 2p and Si 2p depth-profile studies that the chemical states of the Al2O3/Si interface mainly consist of SiO2 and Si2O3.

  1. Growth, Quantitative Growth Analysis, and Applications of Graphene on γ-Al2O3 catalysts

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    Park, Jaehyun; Lee, Joohwi; Choi, Jung-Hae; Hwang, Do Kyung; Song, Yong-Won

    2015-07-01

    The possibilities offered by catalytic γ-Al2O3 substrates are explored, and the mechanism governing graphene formation thereon is elucidated using both numerical simulations and experiments. The growth scheme offers metal-free synthesis at low temperature, grain-size customization, large-area uniformity of electrical properties, single-step preparation of graphene/dielectric structures, and readily detachable graphene. We quantify based on thermodynamic principles the activation energies associated with graphene nucleation/growth on γ-Al2O3, verifying the low physical and chemical barriers. Importantly, we derive a universal equation governing the adsorption-based synthesis of graphene over a wide range of temperatures in both catalytic and spontaneous growth regimes. Experimental results support the equation, highlighting the catalytic function of γ-Al2O3 at low temperatures. The synthesized graphene is manually incorporated as a ‘graphene sticker’ into an ultrafast mode-locked laser.

  2. Optical and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies of α-Al2O3

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    Prakash, Ram; Kumar, Sandeep; Kumar, Vinay; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-05-01

    α-Al2O3 powder sample was synthesized at 550 °C via solution combustion synthesis (SCS) method using urea as an organic fuel. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Optical spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) without any further thermal treatment. XRD study reveals that the powder crystallized directly in the hexagons α-Al2O3 phase. A band gap of 5.7 eV was estimated using diffuse reflectance spectra. For surface investigation X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out. The XPS survey scan study of α-Al2O3 powder reveals that the sample is free from impurity. The core levels of Al-2s and O-1s are also reported.

  3. Growth, Quantitative Growth Analysis, and Applications of Graphene on γ-Al2O3 catalysts

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    Park, Jaehyun; Lee, Joohwi; Choi, Jung-Hae; Hwang, Do Kyung; Song, Yong-Won

    2015-01-01

    The possibilities offered by catalytic γ-Al2O3 substrates are explored, and the mechanism governing graphene formation thereon is elucidated using both numerical simulations and experiments. The growth scheme offers metal-free synthesis at low temperature, grain-size customization, large-area uniformity of electrical properties, single-step preparation of graphene/dielectric structures, and readily detachable graphene. We quantify based on thermodynamic principles the activation energies associated with graphene nucleation/growth on γ-Al2O3, verifying the low physical and chemical barriers. Importantly, we derive a universal equation governing the adsorption-based synthesis of graphene over a wide range of temperatures in both catalytic and spontaneous growth regimes. Experimental results support the equation, highlighting the catalytic function of γ-Al2O3 at low temperatures. The synthesized graphene is manually incorporated as a ‘graphene sticker’ into an ultrafast mode-locked laser. PMID:26137994

  4. Electrical Double Layer Capacitance in a Graphene-embedded Al2O3 Gate Dielectric

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    Ki Min, Bok; Kim, Seong K.; Jun Kim, Seong; Ho Kim, Sung; Kang, Min-A; Park, Chong-Yun; Song, Wooseok; Myung, Sung; Lim, Jongsun; An, Ki-Seok

    2015-01-01

    Graphene heterostructures are of considerable interest as a new class of electronic devices with exceptional performance in a broad range of applications has been realized. Here, we propose a graphene-embedded Al2O3 gate dielectric with a relatively high dielectric constant of 15.5, which is about 2 times that of Al2O3, having a low leakage current with insertion of tri-layer graphene. In this system, the enhanced capacitance of the hybrid structure can be understood by the formation of a space charge layer at the graphene/Al2O3 interface. The electrical properties of the interface can be further explained by the electrical double layer (EDL) model dominated by the diffuse layer. PMID:26530817

  5. Surface reactions of dimethyl ether on γ-Al2O3

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    Bondarenko, G. N.; Volnina, E. A.; Kipnis, M. A.; Rodionov, A. S.; Samokhin, P. V.; Lin, G. I.

    2016-02-01

    The surface reactions of dimethyl ether (DME) on industrial alumina (γ-Al2O3) were studied by chromatographic analysis of the products at the outlet of the flow reactor and (independently) by diffuse reflectance IR spectroscopy. The major products of the reactions at 250°C were found to be methanol formed in the reaction of DME with hydroxyl groups (the 3720 and 3674 cm-1 bands in the diffuse reflectance spectrum) and various methoxy groups (the 1121, 1070, 695, and 670 cm-1 bands in the differential spectra). The presence of molecularly adsorbed methanol was confirmed by experiments with methanol fed in a high-temperature IR cell. The interaction of the resulting methanol molecule with the hydroxyl group led to the formation of a water molecule in the gas phase and a methoxy group on the oxide surface. Strong adsorption of molecular DME was revealed, which was favored by an increase in the temperature of the preliminary calcination of oxide from 250 to 450-500°C; treatment of alumina with water vapor after its preliminary contact with DME led to a recovery of the hydroxyl coating and a replacement of molecularly adsorbed DME with hydroxyl. The thermal effect recorded in a flow reactor was positive during the adsorption of DME and negative during the desorption of weakly bonded DME. Schemes of formation of methoxy groups in the interaction of DME and methanol with surface hydroxyls were suggested.

  6. Characterization of Al2O3 Supported Nickel Catalysts Derived from RFNon-thermal Plasma Technology

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    Jang, Ben W; Helleson, Michael J; Shi, Chunkai; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Schwartz, Viviane; Liang, Chengdu; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2008-01-01

    Catalysts derived from non-thermal plasma techniques have previously shown unusual and highly advantageous catalytic properties including room temperature reduction, unusual metal particle structure and metal-support interactions, and enhanced selectivity and stability. This study focuses on the characterization of Al2O3 supported Ni catalysts derived from the RF non-thermal plasma technique with in-situ XRD, TPR-MS and STEM and on relating the results to the enhanced activity and stability of benzene hydrogenation. The results suggest that catalysts with plasma treatments before impregnation are relatively easier to be reduced and result in better activities under mild reduction conditions. These plasma treatments stabilize the nickel particle sizes of air(B) and H2(B) catalysts at 600 C by slowing down the sintering process. Plasma treatments after the impregnation of precursors, on the other hand, tend to delay the growth of nickel particles below 600 C, forming smaller Ni particles, but with a sudden increase in particle size near 600 C. It suggests that the structure of Ni nitrate and the metal-support interaction have been altered by the plasma treatments. The reduction patterns of plasma 1 treated catalysts are, therefore, changed. The catalyst with a combination plasma treatment demonstrates that the effect of a combination plasma treatment is larger than either the plasma treatment before or after the impregnation alone. Both plasma treatments before and after the impregnation of metal precursor play important roles in modifying supported metal catalysts.

  7. Transferable model for the atomistic simulation of Al2O3

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    Wilson, Mark; Exner, Martin; Huang, Yin-Min; Finnis, Michael W.

    1996-12-01

    We calculate the energies of different solid phases of Al2O3 using a shell model, a compressible ion model, and a compressible ion model which includes both dipole and quadrupolar polarizability of the O2- ions. Compressible oxygen ions are found to stabilize the corundum structure with respect to the θ form of alumina. The observed corundum structure is nevertheless unstable with respect to the bixbyite structure until quadrupolar polarizability of the oxygen is also included. Entropy differences are estimated with a lattice dynamics calculation and are found to make an insignificant contribution to stabilizing the corundum. We also calculate the relative energies of the corundum and bixbyite structures using the ab initio pseudopotential method, within the local-density approximation for exchange and correlation. The resulting self-consistent electron density shows graphically how the quadrupolar distortions around the oxygen develop as the basis is made more complete (the plane-wave cutoff is increased from 500 to 700 eV), which at the same time brings the energy of the corundum structure below that of the bixbyite structure.

  8. High Temperature Aerogels in the Al2O3-SiO2 System

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.; Aranda, Denisse V.; Gallagher, Meghan E.

    2008-01-01

    Al2O3-SiO2 aerogels are of interest as constituents of thermal insulation systems for use at high temperatures. Al2O3 and mullite aerogels are expected to crystallize at higher temperatures than their SiO2 counterparts, hence avoiding the shrinkages that accompany the formation of lower temperature SiO2 phases and preserving pore structures into higher temperature regimes. The objective of this work is to determine the influence of processing parameters on shrinkage, gel structure (including surface area, pore size and distribution) and pyrolysis behavior.

  9. Study on ion conductivity and crystallinity of composite polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylonitrile) containing nano-sized Al2O3 fillers.

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    Kim, Mingyeong; Lee, Lyungyu; Jung, Yongju; Kim, Seok

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, composite polymer electrolytes were prepared by a blend of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) as a polymer matrix, ethylene carbonate as a plasticizer, LiClO4 as a salt, and by containing a different content of nano-sized Al2O3. The composite films were prepared by using the solution casting method. The crystallinity and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and AC impedance method, respectively. The morphology of composite polymer electrolyte film was analyzed by SEM method. From the experimental results, by increasing the Al2O3 content, the crystallinity of PEO was reduced, and the ionic conductivity was increased. In particular, by a doping of 15 wt.% Al2O3 in PEO/PAN polymer blend, the CPEs showed the superior ionic conductivity. However, when Al2O3 content exceeds 15 wt.%, the ionic conductivity was decreased. From the surface morphology, it was concluded that the ionic conductivity was decreased because the CPEs showed a heterogenous morphology due to immiscibility or aggregation of the ceramic filler within the polymer matrix. PMID:24266154

  10. Catalyst Size and Morphological Effects on the Interaction of NO2 with BaO/γ-Al2O3 Materials

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    Mei, Donghai; Kwak, Ja Hun; Szanyi, Janos; Ge, Qingfeng; Peden, Charles HF

    2010-06-19

    The capability of NOx storage on the supported BaO catalyst largely depends on the Ba loading. With different Ba loadings, the supported BaO component exposes various phases ranging from well-dispersed nanoclusters to large crystalline particles on the oxide support materials. In order to better understand size and morphological effects on NOx storage over -Al2O3 supported BaO materials, the adsorption structures and energetics of single NO2 molecule, as well as NOx+NOy (NO2+NO2, NO+NO3 and NO2+NO3) pairs on the BaO/-Al2O3(100), (BaO)2/-Al2O3(100), and (BaO)5/-Al2O3(100) surfaces were investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. A single NO2 molecule prefers to adsorb at basic OBa site forming anionic nitrate species. Upon adsorption, a charge redistribution in the supported (BaO)n clusters occurs. Synergistic effects due to the interaction of NO2 with both the (BaO)n clusters and the  Al2O3(100) support enhances the stability of adsorbed NO2. The interaction between NO2 and the (BaO)n/ Al2O3(100) catalysts was found to be markedly affected by the sizes and morphologies of the supported (BaO)n clusters. The adsorption energy of NO2 increases from 0.98 eV on the BaO/-Al2O3(100) surface to 3.01 eV on (BaO)5/ Al2O3(100). NO2 adsorption on (BaO)2 clusters in a parallel configuration on the -Al2O3(100) surface is more stable than on dimers oriented in a perpendicular fashion. Similar to the bulk BaO(100) surface, a supported (BaO)n cluster-mediated electron transfer induces cooperative effects that dramatically increase the total adsorption energy of NOx+NOy pairs on the (BaO)n/-Al2O3(100) surfaces. Following the widely accepted NO2 storage mechanism of , our thermodynamic analysis indicates that the largest energy gain for this overall process of NOx uptake is obtained on the amorphous monolayer-like (BaO)5/-Al2O3(100) surface. This suggests that -Al2O3-supported BaO materials with ~ 6  12 wt

  11. The corrosive influence of chloride ions preference adsorption on α-Al2O3 (0 0 0 1) surface

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    Zhang, Chuan-Hui; Liu, Min; Jin, Ying; Sun, Dong-Bai

    2015-08-01

    Conductor-like screening model (COSMO), Periodic DFT calculations have been performed on a Al2O3 surface to model the influence of preference adsorption and interaction of chloride ions at increasing monolayer coverage on undefective passive film on Aluminum in solution environment. The results evidence that the critical monolayer of Cl- is 3/7, which is redefined. With increasing Cl- adsorption, both the first and second Cl- move from Al(1) atop and bridge10 sites to O(5) sites, suggesting that the weaker interaction between Cl- and Al2O3 surface but stronger interactions between three ions make the electrons uniformly occupy on the energy levels of them. More calculations shows that the preference adsorption sites of Cl- are independent of the surface area of oxide, and the adsorption energy decrease in three steps, each adsorption energy step only relate to the adsorption site and the morphology. On undefective oxide film, low coverage Cl- adsorption would restrain surface breakdown to happen which is consistent with the experiment results.

  12. Deposition and characterization of binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2 coating layers on the surfaces of rutile TiO 2 and the pigmentary properties

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    Zhang, Yunsheng; Yin, Hengbo; Wang, Aili; Ren, Min; Gu, Zhuomin; Liu, Yumin; Shen, Yutang; Yu, Longbao; Jiang, Tingshun

    2010-12-01

    Binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2-coated rutile TiO 2 composites were prepared by a liquid-phase deposition method starting from Na 2SiO 3·9H 2O and NaAlO 2. The chemical structure and morphology of binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2 coating layers were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, TG-DSC, Zeta potential, powder X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. Binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2 coating layers both in amorphous phase were formed at TiO 2 surfaces. The silica coating layers were anchored at TiO 2 surfaces via Si-O-Ti bonds and the alumina coating layers were probably anchored at the SiO 2-coated TiO 2 surfaces via Al-O-Si bonds. The formation of continuous and dense binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2 coating layers depended on the pH value of reaction solution and the alumina loading. The binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2-coated TiO 2 composites had a high dispersibility in water. The whiteness and brightness of the binary Al 2O 3/SiO 2-coated TiO 2 composites were higher than those of the naked rutile TiO 2 and the SiO 2-coated TiO 2 samples. The relative light scattering index was found to depend on the composition of coating layers.

  13. [Research on SCR denitrification of MnOx/Al2O3 modified by CeO2 and its mechanism at low temperature].

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    Guo, Jing; Li, Cai-Ting; Lu, Pei; Cui, Hua-Fei; Peng, Dun-Liang; Wen, Qing-Bo

    2011-08-01

    The Al2O3,which has large specific surface area and is used as carrier,was prepared by sol-gel method in this study. Series catalysts of MnOx, CeO2 plus MnOx supported on Al2O3 by isometric impregnation method. The SCR denitrification experimental conditions were as follows: NH3 as reductive agent, certain gas velocity and suitable ratio of gas mixed was setup. Furthermore, the experiments of BET, XRD and SEM were also carried out respectively in order to obtain physicochemical properties of the prepared catalysts. The experimental results showed that the loading of active component and calcination temperature made a big difference to the catalysts' performance. With appropriate addition of CeO2, MnOx/Al2O3 exhibits better activity and stability. For MnOx/Al2O3, the catalytic activity on NO was greatly influenced by its loaded content, and 7% MnOx/Al2O3 showed superior catalytic activity among the MnOx/Al2O3. The addition of CeO2 could greatly improve the dispersibility of MnOx on the carrier and increase its catalytic activity. The 4% CeO2 addition was the optimum loaded mass precent. Forthermore, 550 degrees C is the best calcination temperature, as MnOx formed different crystalline phases with temperature, at the same time, the addition of CeO2 could affect MnOx crystalline phase. The catalytic mechanism of SCR on NO was also discussed. PMID:22619944

  14. Phase composition and some properties of titanium carbonitride-titanium nickelide alloys with Al2O3 nanoparticles

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    Ermakov, A. N.; Misharina, I. V.; Grigorov, I. G.; Pushin, V. G.; Zainulin, Yu. G.

    2009-02-01

    The phase formation in and the microstructure of titanium carbonitride-titanium nickelide alloys with aluminum oxide Al2O3 nanopowder additions are studied by X-ray diffraction, electron-microscopic, and electron-probe microanalyses. The phase interaction is characterized by the redistribution of nonmetallic elements and aluminum between refractory and binding phases with the formation of a nonstoichiometric titanium-aluminum (Ti,Al)(C,N) carbonitride and a titanium-aluminum nickelide. The number of forming phases and their compositions are controlled by the kinetic parameters of the process.

  15. Network topology for the formation of solvated electrons in binary CaO–Al2O3 composition glasses

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    Akola, Jaakko; Kohara, Shinji; Ohara, Koji; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Usuki, Takeshi; Kubo, Takashi; Nakahira, Atsushi; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Weber, J. K. Richard; Benmore, Chris J.

    2013-01-01

    Glass formation in the CaO–Al2O3 system represents an important phenomenon because it does not contain typical network-forming cations. We have produced structural models of CaO–Al2O3 glasses using combined density functional theory–reverse Monte Carlo simulations and obtained structures that reproduce experiments (X-ray and neutron diffraction, extended X-ray absorption fine structure) and result in cohesive energies close to the crystalline ground states. The O–Ca and O–Al coordination numbers are similar in the eutectic 64 mol % CaO (64CaO) glass [comparable to 12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7)], and the glass structure comprises a topologically disordered cage network with large-sized rings. This topologically disordered network is the signature of the high glass-forming ability of 64CaO glass and high viscosity in the melt. Analysis of the electronic structure reveals that the atomic charges for Al are comparable to those for Ca, and the bond strength of Al–O is stronger than that of Ca–O, indicating that oxygen is more weakly bound by cations in CaO-rich glass. The analysis shows that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals occurs in cavity sites, suggesting that the C12A7 electride glass [Kim SW, Shimoyama T, Hosono H (2011) Science 333(6038):71–74] synthesized from a strongly reduced high-temperature melt can host solvated electrons and bipolarons. Calculations of 64CaO glass structures with few subtracted oxygen atoms (additional electrons) confirm this observation. The comparable atomic charges and coordination of the cations promote more efficient elemental mixing, and this is the origin of the extended cage structure and hosted solvated (trapped) electrons in the C12A7 glass. PMID:23723350

  16. Agglomeration, sputtering, and carbon monoxide adsorption behavior for Au/Al(2)O(3) prepared by Au(n)(+) deposition on Al(2)O(3)/NiAl(110).

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    Lee, Sungsik; Fan, Chaoyang; Wu, Tianpin; Anderson, Scott L

    2005-06-01

    Size-selected gold clusters, Au(n)(+) (n = 1, 3, 4), were deposited on an ordered Al(2)O(3) film grown on NiAl(110), and changes in morphology and electronic properties with deposition/annealing temperature and cluster size were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ion-scattering spectroscopy (ISS). Extensive agglomeration was observed by ISS for annealing temperatures above 300 K, accompanied by large shifts in the Au XPS binding energy. Agglomeration is more extensive in room-temperature deposition, compared to samples prepared by low-temperature deposition, then annealed to room temperature. Agglomeration is also observed to be dependent on deposited cluster size. CO adsorption was studied by ISS and temperature-programmed desorption, and we looked for CO oxidation under conditions where substantial activity is seen for Au(n)/TiO(2). No activity was observed for Au(n)/Al(2)O(3). The differences between the two systems are interpreted in terms of the nature of the metal-support interactions. PMID:16852385

  17. Dehydrogenation of dodecahydro-N-ethylcarbazole on Pd/Al2O3 model catalysts.

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    Sobota, Marek; Nikiforidis, Ioannis; Amende, Max; Sanmartín Zanón, Beatriz; Staudt, Thorsten; Höfert, Oliver; Lykhach, Yaroslava; Papp, Christian; Hieringer, Wolfgang; Laurin, Mathias; Assenbaum, Daniel; Wasserscheid, Peter; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Görling, Andreas; Libuda, Jörg

    2011-10-01

    To elucidate the dehydrogenation mechanism of dodecahydro-N-ethylcarbazole (H(12)-NEC) on supported Pd catalysts, we have performed a model study under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions. H(12)-NEC and its final dehydrogenation product, N-ethylcarbazole (NEC), were deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) at temperatures between 120 K and 520 K onto a supported model catalyst, which consisted of Pd nanoparticles grown on a well-ordered alumina film on NiAl(110). Adsorption and thermally induced surface reactions were followed by infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HR-XPS) in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It was shown that, at 120 K, H(12)-NEC adsorbs molecularly both on the Al(2)O(3)/NiAl(110) support and on the Pd particles. Initial activation of the molecule occurs through C-H bond scission at the 8a- and 9a-positions of the carbazole skeleton at temperatures above 170 K. Dehydrogenation successively proceeds with increasing temperature. Around 350 K, breakage of one C-N bond occurs accompanied by further dehydrogenation of the carbon skeleton. The decomposition intermediates reside on the surface up to 500 K. At higher temperatures, further decay to small fragments and atomic species is observed. These species block most of the absorption sites on the Pd particles, but can be oxidatively removed by heating in oxygen at 600 K, fully restoring the original adsorption properties of the model catalyst. PMID:21953930

  18. Crack-resistant Al2O3-SiO2 glasses.

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki

    2016-01-01

    Obtaining "hard" and "crack-resistant" glasses have always been of great important in glass science and glass technology. However, in most commercial glasses both properties are not compatible. In this work, colorless and transparent xAl2O3-(100-x)SiO2 glasses (30 ≤ x ≤ 60) were fabricated by the aerodynamic levitation technique. The elastic moduli and Vickers hardness monotonically increased with an increase in the atomic packing density as the Al2O3 content increased. Although a higher atomic packing density generally enhances crack formation in conventional oxide glasses, the indentation cracking resistance increased by approximately seven times with an increase in atomic packing density in binary Al2O3-SiO2 glasses. In particular, the composition of 60Al2O3 • 40SiO2 glass, which is identical to that of mullite, has extraordinary high cracking resistance with high elastic moduli and Vickers hardness. The results indicate that there exist aluminosilicate compositions that can produce hard and damage-tolerant glasses. PMID:27053006

  19. New fully bakeable and moveable vacuum seal between stainless steel and Al2O3 ceramic.

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    Langenwalter, M; Grössl, M; Märk, T D

    1979-02-01

    The current paper describes a simple construction which allows the monitoring of the radial dependence of the extracted and mass identified ion currents in a hollow cathode stationary afterglow apparatus at any time during the afterglow. The main feature of the monitoring device is a fully bakeable and moveable vacuum seal between polished stainless steel and polished Al2O3 ceramic. PMID:18699481

  20. Crack-resistant Al2O3–SiO2 glasses

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A.; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki

    2016-01-01

    Obtaining “hard” and “crack-resistant” glasses have always been of great important in glass science and glass technology. However, in most commercial glasses both properties are not compatible. In this work, colorless and transparent xAl2O3–(100–x)SiO2 glasses (30 ≤ x ≤ 60) were fabricated by the aerodynamic levitation technique. The elastic moduli and Vickers hardness monotonically increased with an increase in the atomic packing density as the Al2O3 content increased. Although a higher atomic packing density generally enhances crack formation in conventional oxide glasses, the indentation cracking resistance increased by approximately seven times with an increase in atomic packing density in binary Al2O3–SiO2 glasses. In particular, the composition of 60Al2O3•40SiO2 glass, which is identical to that of mullite, has extraordinary high cracking resistance with high elastic moduli and Vickers hardness. The results indicate that there exist aluminosilicate compositions that can produce hard and damage-tolerant glasses. PMID:27053006

  1. Nature of MgO and Al2O3 Dissolution in Metallurgical Slags

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    Yan, Pengcheng; Webler, Bryan A.; Pistorius, P. Chris; Fruehan, Richard J.

    2015-12-01

    The nature of MgO and Al2O3 dissolution in metallurgical slags may affect production cost, efficiency, and product quality. However, the rate-limiting dissolution mechanism, chemical reaction or boundary layer diffusion, is not well understood. In the present report, the dissolution mechanism of MgO and Al2O3 in metallurgical slag was evaluated based on available literature data. The mass balance between the dissolving particle and the flux equation through the boundary layer was applied to predict the dissolution curve. The influence of fluid flow was taken into account to calculate the mass transfer rate at the oxide/slag interface. It was found that the rate-limiting step of MgO and Al2O3 dissolution is the same: mass transfer through the boundary layer. Depending on the slag composition and experimental temperature, the effective diffusion coefficient for MgO and Al2O3 dissolution falls in the range of 10-12 to 10-9 m2/s.

  2. Plasma etching behavior of Y2O3 ceramics: Comparative study with Al2O3

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    Cao, Yu-Chao; Zhao, Lei; Luo, Jin; Wang, Ke; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Yokota, Hiroki; Ito, Yoshiyasu; Li, Jing-Feng

    2016-03-01

    The plasma etching behavior of Y2O3 coating was investigated and compared with that of Al2O3 coating under various conditions, including chemical etching, mixing etching and physical etching. The etching rate of Al2O3 coating declined with decreasing CF4 content under mixing etching, while that of Y2O3 coating first increased and then decreased. In addition, the Y2O3 coating demonstrated higher erosion-resistance than Al2O3 coating after exposing to fluorocarbon plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the formations of YF3 and AlF3 on the Y2O3 and Al2O3 coatings, respectively, which acted as the protective layer to prevent the surface from further erosion with fluorocarbon plasma. It was revealed that the etching behavior of Y2O3 depended not only on the surface fluorination but also on the removal of fluoride layer. To analyze the effect of porosity, Y2O3 bulk samples with high density were prepared by spark plasma sintering, and they demonstrated higher erosion-resistances compared with Y2O3 coating.

  3. Distinctive electrical properties in sandwich-structured Al2O3/low density polyethylene nanocomposites

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    Wang, Si-Jiao; Zha, Jun-Wei; Li, Wei-Kang; Dang, Zhi-Min

    2016-02-01

    The sandwich-structured Al2O3/low density polyethylene (Al2O3/LDPE) nanocomposite dielectrics consisting of layer-by-layer with different concentration Al2O3 loading were prepared by melt-blending and following hot pressing method. The space charge distribution from pulsed electro-acoustic method and breakdown strength of the nanocomposites were investigated. Compared with the single-layer Al2O3/LDPE nanocomposites, the sandwich-structured nanocomposites remarkably suppressed the space charge accumulation and presented higher breakdown strength. The charges in the sandwich-structured nanocomposites decayed much faster than that in the single-layer nanocomposites, which was attributed to an effective electric field caused by the formation of the interfacial space charges. The energy depth of shallow and deep traps was estimated as 0.73 eV and 1.17 eV in the sandwich-structured nanocomposites, respectively, according to the thermal excitation theoretical model we proposed. This work provides an attractive strategy of design and fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with excellent space charge suppression.

  4. Acid-base properties of the surface of the α-Al2O3 suspension

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    Ryazanov, M. A.; Dudkin, B. N.

    2009-12-01

    The distribution of the acid-base centers on the surface of α-Al2O3 suspension particles was studied by potentiometric titration, and the corresponding p K spectra were constructed. It was inferred that the double electric layer created by the supporting electrolyte substantially affected the screening of the acid-base centers on the particle surface of the suspension.

  5. MALEIC ANHYDRIDE HYDROGENATION OF PD/AL2O3 CATALYST UNDER SUPERCRITICAL CO2 MEDIUM

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    Hydrogenation of maleic anhydride (MA) to either y-butyrolactone of succinic anhydride over simple Pd/Al2O3 impregnated catalyst in supercritical CO2 medium has been studied at different temperatures and pressures. A comparison of the supercritical CO2 medium reaction with the c...

  6. Synthesis of MgO nanoparticle loaded mesoporous Al2O3 and its defluoridation study

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    Dayananda, Desagani; Sarva, Venkateswara R.; Prasad, Sivankutty V.; Arunachalam, Jayaraman; Parameswaran, Padmanabhan; Ghosh, Narendra N.

    2015-02-01

    MgO nanoparticle loaded mesoporous alumina has been synthesized using a simple aqueous solution based cost effective method for removal of fluoride from water. Wide angle powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption desorption analysis, transmission electron microscopy techniques and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize the synthesized adsorbents. Synthesized adsorbents possess high surface area with mesoporous structure. The adsorbents have been thoroughly investigated for the adsorption of F- using batch adsorption method. MgO nanoparticle loading on mesoporous Al2O3 enhances the F- adsorption capacity of Al2O3 from 56% to 90% (initial F- concentration = 10 mg L-1). Kinetic study revealed that adsorption kinetics follows the pseudo-second order model, suggesting the chemisorption mechanism. The F- adsorption isotherm data was explained by both Langmuir and Freundlich model. The maximum adsorption capacity of 40MgO@Al2O3 was 37.35 mg g-1. It was also observed that, when the solutions having F- concentration of 5 mg L-1 and 10 mg L-1 was treated with 40MgO@Al2O3, the F- concentration in treated water became <1 mg L-1, which is well below the recommendation of WHO.

  7. Compatibility of Ce-TZP/Al2O3 nanocomposite frameworks and veneering porcelains.

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    Terui, Yuichi; Sato, Kotaro; Goto, Daisuke; Hotta, Yasuhiro; Tamaki, Yukimichi; Miyazaki, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the compatibility of Ce-TZP/Al2O3 nanocomposite (CTA) frameworks and veneering porcelains using the Schwickerath crack initiation test and clarify the effects on debonding/crack initiation strength (DIS) of both surface pretreatment (include heat treatment) of the frameworks, type of veneering porcelain varying the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), and surface roughness of the frameworks. The surfaces of Ce-TZP/Al2O3 plates were mechanically treated and followed by post-heat treatment. The liner and body porcelains were built up and fired according to the manufacturer's instructions. Surface analyses of the fractured plates showed compatibility with liner porcelains. Since no statistically difference in the DIS was found amongst the different surface treatments, post-heat treatments don't be mandatory. Whereas, since differences in DIS were found when different porcelains with different CTE were used, we concluded the matching of CTE of the porcelain with that of Ce-TZP/Al2O3 was important for successful all-ceramic restorations using Ce-TZP/Al2O3 frameworks. PMID:24088843

  8. Transport mechanisms of leakage current in Al2O3/InAlAs MOS capacitors

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    Jin, Chengji; Lu, Hongliang; Zhang, Yimen; Zhang, Yuming; Guan, He; Wu, Lifan; Lu, Bin; Liu, Chen

    2016-09-01

    An Al2O3 layer is inserted between the InAlAs layer and the metal gate in InAs/AlSb HEMTs to suppress the leakage current. The transport mechanisms of leakage current in Al2O3/InAlAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors at both positive and negative biases at different temperatures ranging from 10 °C to 70 °C are investigated. For positive bias, the leakage current is dominated by Schottky emission. Based on the fitted straight lines, the relative dielectric constant of Al2O3 and the barrier height between Al2O3 and InAlAs are extracted. However, for negative bias, the leakage current is dominated by Frenkel-Poole (F-P) emission and the depth of the trap energy level from the conduction band (ϕt) is extracted. Furthermore, authors explain the reason why the dominating mechanisms at positive and negative biases are different.

  9. Optical observation of DNA translocation through Al2O3 sputtered silicon nanopores in porous membrane

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    Yamazaki, Hirohito; Ito, Shintaro; Esashika, Keiko; Taguchi, Yoshihiro; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2016-03-01

    Nanopore sensors are being developed as a platform for analyzing single DNA, RNA, and protein. In nanopore sensors, ionic current measurement is widely used and proof-of-concept of nanopore DNA sequencing by it has been demonstrated by previous studies. Recently, we proposed an alternative platform of nanopore DNA sequencing that incorporates ultraviolet light and porous silicon membrane to perform high-throughput measurement. In the development of our DNA sequencing platform, controlling nanopore size in porous silicon membrane is essential but remains a challenge. Here, we report on observation of DNA translocation through Al2O3 sputtered silicon nanopores (Al2O3 nanopores) by our optical scheme. Electromagnetic wave simulation was performed to analyze the excitation volume on Al2O3 nanopores generated by focused ultraviolet light. In the experiment, DNA translocation time through Al2O3 nanopores was compared with that of silicon nanopores and we examined the effect of nanopore density and thickness of membrane by supplementing the static electric field simulation.

  10. Erbium-ion implantation into various crystallographic cuts of Al2O3

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    Nekvindova, P.; Mackova, A.; Malinsky, P.; Cajzl, J.; Svecova, B.; Oswald, J.; Wilhelm, R. A.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports on the importance of crystallographic cuts with a different orientation on the luminescent properties and structural changes of Al2O3 implanted with Er+ ions at 190 keV and with a fluence of 1.0 × 1016 cm-2. Post-implantation annealing at 1000 °C in oxygen atmosphere was also done. The chemical compositions and erbium concentration-depth profiles of implanted layers were studied by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and compared to SRIM simulations. The same value of the maximum erbium concentration (up to 2 at.%) was observed at a depth of about 40 nm for all crystallographic cuts. The structural properties of the prepared layers were characterised by RBS/channelling. The relative amount of disordered atoms of 70-80% was observed in the prepared implanted layers and discussed for various cuts. It has been found that erbium is positioned randomly in the Al2O3 crystalline matrix, and no preferential positions appeared even after the annealing procedure. Erbium luminescence properties were measured in the wavelength range of 1440-1650 nm for all samples. As-implanted Al2O3 samples had a significant luminescence band at 1530 nm. The best luminescence was repeatedly observed in the <0 0 0 1> cut of Al2O3. The annealing procedure significantly improved the luminescent properties.

  11. Crack-resistant Al2O3–SiO2 glasses

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A.; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki

    2016-04-01

    Obtaining “hard” and “crack-resistant” glasses have always been of great important in glass science and glass technology. However, in most commercial glasses both properties are not compatible. In this work, colorless and transparent xAl2O3–(100–x)SiO2 glasses (30 ≤ x ≤ 60) were fabricated by the aerodynamic levitation technique. The elastic moduli and Vickers hardness monotonically increased with an increase in the atomic packing density as the Al2O3 content increased. Although a higher atomic packing density generally enhances crack formation in conventional oxide glasses, the indentation cracking resistance increased by approximately seven times with an increase in atomic packing density in binary Al2O3–SiO2 glasses. In particular, the composition of 60Al2O3•40SiO2 glass, which is identical to that of mullite, has extraordinary high cracking resistance with high elastic moduli and Vickers hardness. The results indicate that there exist aluminosilicate compositions that can produce hard and damage-tolerant glasses.

  12. Pyridine adsorption on NiSn/MgO-Al2O3: An FTIR spectroscopic study of surface acidity

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    Penkova, Anna; Bobadilla, Luis F.; Romero-Sarria, Francisca; Centeno, Miguel A.; Odriozola, José A.

    2014-10-01

    The acid-base properties of MgO-Al2O3 supports and NiSn/MgO-Al2O3 catalysts were evaluated by IR spectroscopy using pyridine as a probe molecule. The results indicate that only Lewis acid sites were detected on the surface of the supports as well as on the catalysts. Nevertheless, Brønsted acid sites were not detected. In the support without MgO three kinds of coordinatively unsaturated acid sites were detected: Al3+ cations occupying octahedral, tetrahedral and tetrahedral with cationic vacancy in the neighbourhood. The last sites appear as the strongest. Moreover, they are able to activate the pyridine molecules leading to the formation of an intermediate α-pyridone complex. When MgO or NiO were added to the alumina, the number and strength of the Lewis acid sites decreased and significant changes were observed in the tetrahedral sites with adjoining cation vacancies. The incorporation of the Mg2+ cations into the alumina's structure takes place on the vacant tetrahedral positions, forming spinel MgAl2O4. As a result, the fraction of tetrahedral sites with adjoining cationic vacancy diminished and the intermediate α-pyridone complex in the support with the highest MgO loading was hardly detected. The addition of Ni2+ cations leads to the filling of the free octahedral positions, resulting in the formation of a NiAl2O4 spinel structure and the thermal stability of the α-pyridone species decreases. In the catalysts, the progressive reduction of the number and strength of the Lewis acid sites is due to a competitive formation of the two types of MgAl2O4 and NiAl2O4 spinels. In the catalyst NiSn/30MgO-Al2O3 no cationic vacancies were detected and the surface reaction with α-pyridone formation did not occur.

  13. MgO-Al2O3-ZrO2 Amorphous Ternary Composite: A Dense and Stable Optical Coating

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    Shaoo, Naba K.; Shapiro, Alan P.

    1998-01-01

    The process-parameter-dependent optical and structural properties of MgO-Al2O3-ZrO2 ternary mixed-composite material were investigated. Optical properties were derived from spectrophotometric measurements. The surface morphology, grain size distributions, crystallographic phases, and process- dependent material composition of films were investigated through the use of atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis, and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis made evident the correlation between the optical constants and the process-dependent compositions in the films. It is possible to achieve environmentally stable amorphous films with high packing density under certain optimized process conditions.

  14. Surface Tension of the System NaF -AlF3-Al2O3 and Surface Adsorption of Al2O3

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    Kucharík, Marián; Vasiljev, Roman

    2006-08-01

    Part of the molten system NaF-AlF3-Al2O3 was studied by surface tension measurements, which were performed at cryolite ratios (CR) between 1.5 and 3 [CR = n(NaF)/n(AlF3)]. The maximal bubble pressure method was applied. The surface adsorption of alumina (Al2O3) was also calculated. The obtained results were discussed in terms of the anionic composition of the melt. The addition of AlF3 to melt with CR= 3 decreases the surface tension, as AlF3 is surface-active in molten Na3AlF6. The concentration dependence of the surface tension and the surface adsorption of alumina in the title system are influenced by the formation of surface-active oxofluoroaluminates. An increase of the difference between the surface tension of NaF-AlF3 mixtures and the surface tension of pure alumina was observed with decreasing cryolite ratio.

  15. Defect energetics in α-Al2O3 and rutile TiO2

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    Catlow, C. R. A.; James, R.; Mackrodt, W. C.; Stewart, R. F.

    1982-01-01

    We report a theoretical survey of defect energetics in α-Al2O3 and rutile TiO2 which we relate to structural and transport properties of these materials. The study of these crystals has required us to modify our computational methods based on the Mott-Littleton theory, which were previously confined to the treatment of cubic materials. We discuss the theoretical aspects of a new and quite general computational procedure, HADES III, which can be used for defect calculations on crystals of any symmetry. Our discussion pays particular attention to the effects on the calculated energetics of the use of Mott-Littleton methods adapted for anisotropic crystals. Other features, considered in detail, are the sensitivity of calculated defect energies to the choice of lattice potential and to the size of the atomistically simulated region surrounding the defect. We also compare our results for α-Al2O3 and those of an earlier study of Dienes et al. Our calculations are then used to discuss the simplest features of the defect properties of pure and doped α-Al2O3 and TiO2. The present results support the dominance of Schottky disorder in both crystals; cation Frenkel energies are high and anion Frenkel pairs may be of significance in α-Al2O3. In addition we present a survey of doped alumina and of the effect of oxygen partial pressure on the defect structure of this material. Our results suggest that defect clustering will have a major influence on the properties of doped Al2O3.

  16. Structural optical correlated properties of SnO2/Al2O3 core@ shell heterostructure

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    Heiba, Zein K.; Imam, N. G.; Bakr Mohamed, Mohamed

    2016-07-01

    Nano size polycrystalline samples of the core@shell heterostructure of SnO2 @ xAl2O3 (x = 0, 25, 50, 75 wt.%) were synthesized by sol-gel technique. The resulting samples were characterized with fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The XRD patterns manifest diffraction peaks of SnO2 as main phase with weak peaks corresponding to Al2O3 phase. The formation of core@ shell structure is confirmed by TEM images and Rietveld quantitative phase analysis which revealed that small part of Al2O3 is incorporated into the SnO2 lattice while the main part (shell) remains as a separate phase segregated on the grain boundary surface of SnO2 (core). It is found that the grain size of the mixed oxides SnO2 @ xAl2O3 is below 10 nm while for pure SnO2 it is over 41 nm, indicating that alumina can effectively prevent SnO2 from further growing up in the process of calcination. This is confirmed by the large increase in the specific surface area for mixed oxide samples. The PL emission showed great dependence on the structure properties analyzed by XRD and FTIR. The PL results recommend Al2O3@SnO2 core@shell heterostructure to be a promising short-wavelength luminescent optoelectronic devices for blue, UV, and laser light-emitting diodes.

  17. The Influence of Na2O on the Solidification and Crystallization Behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-Based Mold Flux

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    Gao, Jinxing; Wen, Guanghua; Sun, Qihao; Tang, Ping; Liu, Qiang

    2015-08-01

    The reaction between [Al] and SiO2 sharply increased the Al2O3 and decreased SiO2 contents in mold flux during the continuous casting of high-Al steels. These changes converted original CaO-SiO2-based flux into CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based flux, promoting the crystallization and deteriorating the mold lubrication. Therefore, study on the solidification and crystallization behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux, with the applicable fluidizers, is of importance. The effect of Na2O, predominantly used as the fluidizer in mold flux, on the solidification and crystallization behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux needs to be investigated. In this study, a CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux containing 6.5 wt pct Li2O was designed; the effect of Na2O on the solidification and crystallization behavior of these mold fluxes was investigated using the single hot thermocouple technique (SHTT) and the double hot thermocouple technique (DHTT). Moreover, the slag film obtained by a heat flux simulator was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results indicate that the solid fraction of molten slag (Fs) and the crystalline fraction of solid slag (Fc) in the mold slag films decrease with increasing Na2O content from 0 to 2 wt pct. However, Fs and Fc increased when the Na2O content increased from 2 to 6 wt pct. The critical cooling rates initially decreases and then increases with increasing Na2O content. The XRD analysis results show that LiAlO2 and CaF2 were the basic crystals for all the mold fluxes. Increasing the Na2O content both inhibits the Ca2Al2SiO7 formation and promotes the production of Ca12Al14O33, indicating that the mold lubrication deteriorated because of the high melting-point phase formation of Ca2Al2SiO7 in the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux containing 6.5 wt pct Li2O, without Na2O. The strong crystallization tendency also deteriorated the mold lubrication for the mold flux with a higher Na2O content. Therefore, the addition of Na2O was less than 2 wt pct in

  18. TPR investigations on the reducibility of Cu supported on Al 2O 3, zeolite Y and SAPO-5

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    Hoang, Dang Lanh; Dang, Thi Thuy Hanh; Engeldinger, Jana; Schneider, Matthias; Radnik, Jörg; Richter, Manfred; Martin, Andreas

    2011-08-01

    Reducibility of Cu supported on Al 2O 3, zeolite Y and silicoaluminophosphate SAPO-5 has been investigated in dependence on the Cu content using a method combining conventional temperature programmed reduction (TPR) by hydrogen with reoxidation in N 2O followed by a second the so-called surface-TPR (s-TPR). The method enables discrimination and a quantitative estimation of the Cu oxidation states +2, +1 and 0. The quantitative results show that the initial oxidation state of Cu after calcination in air at 400 °C, independent on the nature of the support, is predominantly +2. Cu 2+ supported on Al 2O 3 is quantitatively reduced by hydrogen to metallic Cu 0. Comparing the TPR of the samples calcined in air and that of samples additionally pre-treated in argon reveals that in zeolite Y and SAPO-5 Cu 2+ cations are stabilized as weakly and strongly forms. In both systems, strongly stabilized Cu 2+ ions are not auto-reduced by pre-treatment in argon at 650 °C, but are reduced in hydrogen to form Cu +. The weakly stabilized Cu 2+ ions, in contrast, may be auto-reduced by pre-treatment in argon at 650 °C forming Cu + but are reduced in hydrogen to metallic Cu 0.

  19. Phase separation, crystallization and polyamorphism in the Y(2)O(3)-Al(2)O(3) system.

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    Skinner, Lawrie B; Barnes, Adrian C; Salmon, Philip S; Crichton, Wilson A

    2008-05-21

    A detailed study of glass formation from aerodynamically levitated liquids in the (Y(2)O(3))(x)(Al(2)O(3))(1-x) system for the composition range 0.21≤x≤0.41 was undertaken by using pyrometric, optical imaging and x-ray diffraction methods. Homogeneous and clear single-phase glasses were produced over the composition range [Formula: see text]. For Y(2)O(3)-rich compositions ([Formula: see text]), cloudy materials were produced which contain inclusions of crystalline yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) of diameter up to 40 µm in a glassy matrix. For Y(2)O(3)-poor compositions around x = 0.24, cloudy materials were also produced, but it was not possible to deduce whether this resulted from (i) sub-micron inclusions of a nano-crystalline or glassy material in a glassy matrix or (ii) a glass formed by spinodal decomposition. For x = 0.21, however, the sample cloudiness results from crystallization into at least two phases comprising yttrium aluminium perovskite and alumina. The associated pyrometric cooling curve shows slow recalescence events with a continuous and slow evolution of excess heat which contrasts with the sharp recalescence events observed for the crystallization of YAG at compositions near x = 0.375. The materials that are the most likely candidates for demonstrating homogeneous nucleation of a second liquid phase occur around x = 0.25, which corresponds to the limit for formation of a continuous random network of corner-shared AlO(4) tetrahedra. PMID:21694284

  20. Effect of surface roughness on the development of protective Al 2O 3 on Fe-10Al (at.%) alloys containing 0-10 at.% Cr

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    Zhang, Z. G.; Hou, P. Y.; Gesmundo, F.; Niu, Y.

    2006-11-01

    The effect of alloy surface roughness, achieved by different degrees of surface polishing, on the development of protective alumina layer on Fe-10 at.% Al alloys containing 0, 5, and 10 at.% Cr was investigated during oxidation at 1000 °C in 0.1 MPa oxygen. For alloys that are not strong Al 2O 3 formers (Fe-10Al and Fe-5Cr-10Al), the rougher surfaces increased Fe incorporation into the overall surface layer. On the Fe-10Al, more iron oxides were formed in a uniform layer of mixed aluminum- and iron-oxides since the layer was thicker. On the Fe-5Cr-10Al, more iron-rich nodules developed on an otherwise thin Al 2O 3 surface layer. These nodules nucleated preferentially along surface scratch marks but not on alloy grain boundaries. For the strong Al 2O 3-forming Fe-10Cr-10Al alloy, protective alumina surface layers were observed regardless of the surface roughness. These results indicate that the formation of a protective Al 2O 3 layer on Fe-Cr-Al surfaces is not dictated by Al diffusion to the surface. More cold-worked surfaces caused an enhanced Fe diffusion, hence produced more Fe-rich oxides during the early stage of oxidation.

  1. Characterization of ZrO2 buffer layers for sequentially evaporated Y-Ba-CuO on Si and Al2O3 substrates

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    Valco, George J.; Rohrer, Norman J.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1988-01-01

    Thin film high temperature superconductors have the potential to change the microwave technology for space communications systems. For such applications it is desirable that the films be formed on substrates such as Al2O3 which have good microwave properties. The use of ZrO2 buffer layers between Y-Ba-Cu-O and the substrate has been investigated. These superconducting films have been formed by multilayer sequential electron beam evaporation of Cu, BaF2 and Y with subsequent annealing. The three layer sequence of Y/BaF2/Cu is repeated four times for a total of twelve layers. Such a multilayer film, approximately 1 micron thick, deposited directly on SrTiO3 and annealed at 900 C for 45 min produces a film with a superconducting onset of 93 K and critical temperature of 85 K. Auger electron spectroscopy in conjunction with argon ion sputtering was used to obtain the distribution of each element as a function of depth for an unannealed film, the annealed film on SrTiO3 and annealed films on ZrO2 buffer layers. The individual layers were apparent. After annealing, the bulk of the film on SrTiO3 is observed to be fairly uniform while films on the substrates with buffer layers are less uniform. The Y-Ba-Cu-O/ZrO2 interface is broad with a long Ba tail into the ZrO2, suggesting interaction between the film and the buffer layer. The underlying ZrO2/Si interface is sharper. The detailed Auger results are presented and compared with samples annealed at different temperatures and durations.

  2. Interactions between vacancies and prismatic Σ3 grain boundary in α-Al2O3: First principles study

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    Fei, Wang; Wen-Sheng, Lai; Ru-Song, Li; Bin, He; Su-Fen, Li

    2016-06-01

    Interactions between vacancies and Σ3 prismatic screw-rotation grain boundary in α-Al2O3 are investigated by the first principles projector-augmented wave method. It turns out that the vacancy formation energy decreases with reducing the distance between vacancy and grain boundary (GB) plane and reaches the minimum on the GB plane (at the atomic layer next to the GB) for an O (Al) vacancy. The O vacancy located on the GB plane can attract other vacancies nearby to form an O–O di-vacancy while the Al vacancy cannot. Moreover, the O–O di-vacancy can further attract other O vacancies to form a zigzag O vacancy chain on the GB plane, which may have an influence on the diffusion behavior of small atoms such as H and He along the GB plane of α-Al2O3. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research and Technology Program, China (Grant No. 2010CB731601) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 50871057).

  3. The effect of Mg location on Co-Mg-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch catalysts

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    Combes, Gary B.; Ozkaya, Don; Enache, Dan I.; Ellis, Peter R.; Kelly, Gordon; Rosseinsky, Matthew J.

    2016-01-01

    The effectiveness of Mg as a promoter of Co-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch catalysts depends on how and when the Mg is added. When the Mg is impregnated into the support before the Co and Ru addition, some Mg is incorporated into the support in the form of MgxAl2O3+x if the material is calcined at 550°C or 800°C after the impregnation, while the remainder is present as amorphous MgO/MgCO3 phases. After subsequent Co-Ru impregnation MgxCo3−xO4 is formed which decomposes on reduction, leading to Co(0) particles intimately mixed with Mg, as shown by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The process of impregnating Co into an Mg-modified support results in dissolution of the amorphous Mg, and it is this Mg which is then incorporated into MgxCo3−xO4. Acid washing or higher temperature calcination after Mg impregnation can remove most of this amorphous Mg, resulting in lower values of x in MgxCo3−xO4. Catalytic testing of these materials reveals that Mg incorporation into the Co oxide phase is severely detrimental to the site-time yield, while Mg incorporation into the support may provide some enhancement of activity at high temperature. PMID:26755760

  4. The effect of Mg location on Co-Mg-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer-Tropsch catalysts.

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    Gallagher, James R; Boldrin, Paul; Combes, Gary B; Ozkaya, Don; Enache, Dan I; Ellis, Peter R; Kelly, Gordon; Claridge, John B; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2016-02-28

    The effectiveness of Mg as a promoter of Co-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer-Tropsch catalysts depends on how and when the Mg is added. When the Mg is impregnated into the support before the Co and Ru addition, some Mg is incorporated into the support in the form of MgxAl2O3+x if the material is calcined at 550°C or 800°C after the impregnation, while the remainder is present as amorphous MgO/MgCO3 phases. After subsequent Co-Ru impregnation MgxCo3-xO4 is formed which decomposes on reduction, leading to Co(0) particles intimately mixed with Mg, as shown by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The process of impregnating Co into an Mg-modified support results in dissolution of the amorphous Mg, and it is this Mg which is then incorporated into MgxCo3-xO4. Acid washing or higher temperature calcination after Mg impregnation can remove most of this amorphous Mg, resulting in lower values of x in MgxCo3-xO4. Catalytic testing of these materials reveals that Mg incorporation into the Co oxide phase is severely detrimental to the site-time yield, while Mg incorporation into the support may provide some enhancement of activity at high temperature. PMID:26755760

  5. A study of niobia deposition on α-Al 2O 3(0001) and oxidized Al

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    Roberts, S.; Gorte, R. J.

    1992-02-01

    The deposition of niobia on oxidized Al films and on an α-Al 2O 3(0001) crystal was examined using Auger electron spectroscopy and high-resolution TEM. Vapor deposition of niobia resulted in amorphous, two-dimensional films which were stable upon heating up to at least 900 K in vacuum. The presence of niobia had no measurable effect on the acidity of the samples. Temperature-programmed desorption of 2-propanol and isopropylamine occurred from sharp desorption features at 185 and 140 K, respectively on all surfaces examined, indicating that no acid were present on any of the samples. An alternate approach to deposition of niobia using Nb(C 2H 5O) 5 resulted in significant carbon contamination. The implications of these results to the formation of model, supported-oxide catalysts is discussed.

  6. ALD TiO2-Al2O3 Stack: An Improved Gate Dielectrics on Ga-polar GaN MOSCAPs

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    Wei, Daming; Edgar, James H.; Briggs, Dayrl P.; Srijanto, Bernadeta R.; Retterer, Scott T.; Meyer, III, Harry M.

    2014-10-15

    This research focuses on the benefits and properties of TiO2-Al2O3 nano-stack thin films deposited on Ga2O3/GaN by plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (PA-ALD) for gate dielectric development. This combination of materials achieved a high dielectric constant, a low leakage current, and a low interface trap density. Correlations were sought between the films’ structure, composition, and electrical properties. The gate dielectrics were approximately 15 nm thick and contained 5.1 nm TiO2, 7.1 nm Al2O3 and 2 nm Ga2O3 as determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The interface carbon concentration, as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profile, was negligible for GaN pretreated bymore » thermal oxidation in O2 for 30 minutes at 850°C. The RMS roughness slightly increased after thermal oxidation and remained the same after ALD of the nano-stack, as determined by atomic force microscopy. The dielectric constant of TiO2-Al2O3 on Ga2O3/GaN was increased to 12.5 compared to that of pure Al2O3 (8~9) on GaN. In addition, the nano-stack's capacitance-voltage (C-V) hysteresis was small, with a total trap density of 8.74 × 1011 cm-2. The gate leakage current density (J=2.81× 10-8 A/cm2) was low at +1 V gate bias. These results demonstrate the promising potential of plasma ALD deposited TiO2/Al2O3 for serving as the gate oxide on Ga2O3/GaN based MOS devices.« less

  7. Eliminated Phototoxicity of TiO2 Particles by an Atomic-Layer-Deposited Al2 O3 Coating Layer for UV-Protection Applications.

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    Jang, Eunyong; Sridharan, Kishore; Park, Young Min; Park, Tae Joo

    2016-08-16

    We demonstrate the conformal coating of an ultrathin Al2 O3 layer on TiO2 nanoparticles through atomic layer deposition by using a specifically designed rotary reactor to eliminate the phototoxicity of the particles for cosmetic use. The ALD reactor is modified to improve the coating efficiency as well as the agitation of the particles for conformal coating. Elemental and microstructural analyses show that ultrathin Al2 O3 layers are conformally deposited on the TiO2 nanoparticles with a controlled thickness. Rhodamine B dye molecules on Al2 O3 -coated TiO2 exhibited a long life time under UV irradiation, that is, more than 2 h, compared to that on bare TiO2 , that is, 8 min, indicating mitigation of photocatalytic activity by the coated layer. The effect of carbon impurities in the film resulting from various deposition temperatures and thicknesses of the Al2 O3 layer on the photocatalytic activity are also thoroughly investigated with controlled experimental condition by using dye molecules on the surface. Our results reveal that an increased carbon impurity resulting from a low processing temperature provides a charge conduction path and generates reactive oxygen species causing the degradation of dye molecule. A thin coated layer, that is, less than 3 nm, also induced the tunneling of electrons and holes to the surface, hence oxidizing dye molecules. Furthermore, the introduction of an Al2 O3 layer on TiO2 improves the light trapping thus, enhances the UV absorption. PMID:27405514

  8. Effect of Nano-Al2O3 on the Toxicity and Oxidative Stress of Copper towards Scenedesmus obliquus

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    Li, Xiaomin; Zhou, Suyang; Fan, Wenhong

    2016-01-01

    Nano-Al2O3 has been widely used in various industries; unfortunately, it can be released into the aquatic environment. Although nano-Al2O3 is believed to be of low toxicity, it can interact with other pollutants in water, such as heavy metals. However, the interactions between nano-Al2O3 and heavy metals as well as the effect of nano-Al2O3 on the toxicity of the metals have been rarely investigated. The current study investigated copper toxicity in the presence of nano-Al2O3 towards Scenedesmus obliquus. Superoxide dismutase activity and concentration of glutathione and malondialdehyde in cells were determined in order to quantify oxidative stress in this study. Results showed that the presence of nano-Al2O3 reduced the toxicity of Cu towards S. obliquus. The existence of nano-Al2O3 decreased the growth inhibition of S. obliquus. The accumulation of copper and the level of oxidative stress in algae were reduced in the presence of nano-Al2O3. Furthermore, lower copper accumulation was the main factor that mitigated copper toxicity with the addition of nano-Al2O3. The decreased copper uptake could be attributed to the adsorption of copper onto nanoparticles and the subsequent decrease of available copper in water. PMID:27294942

  9. Effect of silicate on the formation and stability of Ni-Al LDH at the γ-Al2O3 surface.

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    Tan, Xiaoli; Fang, Ming; Ren, Xuemei; Mei, Huiyang; Shao, Dadong; Wang, Xiangke

    2014-11-18

    The formation of mixed metal precipitates has been identified as a significant mechanism for the immobilization and elimination of heavy metal ions. Silicate is present in natural systems ubiquitously, which may interfere with metal uptake on the mineral surface and thereby influences the solubility of the precipitate. Herein, kinetic sorption and dissolution experiments combined with extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) were performed to elucidate the effect of silicate on the formation of Ni precipitates at the γ-Al2O3 surfaces. The uptake of Ni on γ-Al2O3 decreased with increasing amounts of silicate coated onto the γ-Al2O3 surface. Results of EXAFS analyses suggested the formation of Ni-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) phases. The surface coating of silicate on γ-Al2O3 reduced Al release and finally resulted in a high Ni:Al ratio due to a lower extent of Al substitution into the precipitates. The presence of silicate prevented the growth of the precipitates and led to the formation of less stable Ni-Al LDH. The influence of silicate on the precipitate formation provided the evidence for the growth relationship between the precipitate and mineral substrate in the real environment. Increased rates of proton-promoted dissolution of Ni surface precipitates were mainly attributed to higher Ni:Al ratios in Ni-Al LDH precipitates formed in the presence of silicate. PMID:25339547

  10. Stoichiometry of the ALD-Al2O3/4H–SiC interface by synchrotron-based XPS

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    Usman, Muhammad; Saveda Suvanam, Sethu; Ghadami Yazdi, Milad; Göthelid, Mats; Sultan, Muhammad; Hallén, Anders

    2016-06-01

    The interface of Al2O3 with 4H-SiC is investigated with synchrotron-based high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to clarify the effect of post-dielectric deposition annealing processes (rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and furnace annealing (FA)) involved in device fabrication. Our results show that post-deposition annealing of Al2O3/4H-SiC up to 1100 °C forms a thin interfacial layer of SiO2 between Al2O3 and SiC, which possibly improves the dielectric properties of the system by reducing oxide charges and near-interface traps. Moreover, the formation of SiO2 at the interface gives additional band offset to the dielectric system. We have also observed that the RTA and FA processes have similar results at a high temperature of 1100 °C. Therefore, we propose that high-temperature post-oxide (Al2O3) deposition annealing of up to 1100 °C may be used in device processing, which can improve overall dielectric properties and consequently the device performance.

  11. Using a surface-sensitive chemical probe and a bulk structure technique to monitor the γ- to θ-Al2O3 phase transformation

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Peden, Charles HF; Szanyi, Janos

    2011-06-30

    In this work, we investigated the phase transformation of γ Al2O3 to θ Al2O3 by ethanol TPD and XRD. Ethanol TPD showed remarkable sensitivity toward the surface structures of the aluminas studied. Maximum desorption rates for the primary product of ethanol adsorption, ethylene, were observed at 225°C, 245°C and 320°C over γ-, θ-, and α-Al2O3, respectively. Ethanol TPD over a γ Al2O3 sample calcined at 800 °C clearly show that the surface of the resulting material possesses θ-alumina characteristics, even though only the γ-alumina phase was detected by XRD. These results strongly suggest that the γ-to-θ phase transformation of alumina initiates at oxide particle surfaces. The results obtained are also consistent with our previous finding that the presence of penta-coordinated Al3+ sites, formed on the (100) facets of the alumina surface, are strongly correlated with the thermal stability of γ-alumina.

  12. 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.

  13. N-doped carbon@Ni-Al2O3 nanosheet array@graphene oxide composite as an electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline medium

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    Wang, Juan; Qiu, Tian; Chen, Xu; Lu, Yanluo; Yang, Wensheng

    2015-10-01

    An NiAl-layered double-hydroxide (NiAl-LDH) nanosheet array is grown on a graphene oxide (GO) substrate (NiAl-LDH@GO) by the hydrothermal method. The NiAl-LDH@GO is used as the precursor to synthetize an N-doped carbon@Ni-Al2O3 nanosheet array@GO composite (N-C@Ni-Al2O3@GO) by coating with dopamine followed by calcination. The N-C@Ni-Al2O3@GO is used as a non-noble metal electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline medium, and exhibits high electrocatalytic activity with low onset overpotential (-75 mV). The improved electrocatalytic performance of N-C@Ni-Al2O3@GO arises from its intrinsic features. First, it has a high specific surface area with the Ni nanoparticles in the composite dispersed well and the sizes of Ni nanoparticles are small, which lead to the exposure of more active sites for electrocatalysis. Second, there is a synergistic effect between the Ni nanoparticles and the N-C coating layer, which is beneficial to reduce the activation energy of the Volmer step and improve the electrocatalytic activity. Third, the N-C coating layer and the XC-72 additive can form an electrically conductive network, which serves as a bridge for the transfer of electrons from the electrode to the Ni nanoparticles.

  14. Microwave Dielectric Resonance and Negative Permittivity Behavior in Al2O3-CuO-Cu Nanocomposites

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    Calame, Jeffrey; Battat, Jacob

    2006-03-01

    The frequency-dependent microwave (0.1-18 GHz) complex permittivity of nanocomposites based on the Al2O3/CuO/Cu system is investigated. The composites are formed by solution infusion of copper precursors into a porous Al2O3 matrix, followed by thermal decomposition to copper oxides and localized formation of CuAl2O4 spinels, and finally partial reduction by H2 firing. The final material has a complicated microstructure and exhibits strong amplitude, relatively narrowband dielectric resonance in the microwave regime at intermediate concentrations (˜15-18% by volume) of Cu. The resonances are superficially similar in structure to plasmon and Reststrahlen resonances typically seen in conductors at far-infrared to optical frequencies, but occurring at much lower frequencies in the composites. This is in contrast to the usual broadband induced-polarization dielectric relaxations observed in standard composites. Large concentrations of copper cause negative permittivity behavior below 6 GHz. Permittivity data, SEM micrographs, and possible explanations will be presented.

  15. Characterization of Surface and Bulk Nitrates of γ-Al2O3-Supported Alkaline Earth Oxides using Density Functional Theory

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    Mei, Donghai; Ge, Qingfeng; Kwak, Ja Hun; Kim, Do Heui; Verrier, Christelle M.; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2009-05-14

    “Surface" and "bulk" nitrates formed on a series of alkaline earth oxides (AEOs), AE(NO3)2, were investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. The formation of these surface and bulk nitrates was modeled by the adsorption of NO2+NO3 pairs on gamma-Al2O3-supported monomeric AEOs (MgO, CaO, SrO, and BaO) and on the extended AEO(001) surfaces, respectively. The calculated vibrational frequencies of the surface and bulk nitrates based on our proposed models are in good agreement with experimental measurements of AEO/gamma-Al2O3 materials after prolonged NO2 exposure. This indicates that experimentally observed "surface" nitrates are most likely formed with isolated two dimensional (including monomeric) AEO clusters on the gamma-Al2O3 substrate, while the "bulk" nitrates are formed on exposed (including (001)) surfaces (and likely in the bulk as well) of large three dimensional AEO particles supported on the gamma-Al2O3 substrate. Also in line with the experiments, our calculations show that the low and high frequency components of the vibrations for both surface and bulk nitrates are systematically red shifted with the increasing basicity and cationic size of the AEOs. The adsorption strengths of NO2+NO3 pairs are nearly the same for the series of alumina-supported monomeric AEOs, while the adsorption strengths of NO2+NO3 pairs on the AEO surfaces increase in the order of MgO < CaO < SrO ~ BaO. Compared to the NO2+NO3 pair that only interacts with monomeric AEOs, the stability of NO2+NO3 pairs that interact with both the monomeric AEO and the gamma-Al2O3 substrate is enhanced by about 0.5 eV. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  16. Oxidation of elemental mercury vapor over gamma-Al2O3 supported CuCl2 catalyst for mercury emissions control

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    Liu, Zhouyang; Liu, Xin; Lee, Joo-Youp; Bolin, Trudy B.

    2015-09-01

    In our previous studies, CuCl2 demonstrated excellent Hg(0) oxidation capability and holds potential for Hg(0) oxidation in coal-fired power plants. In this study, the properties and performances of CuCl2 supported onto gamma-Al2O3 with high surface area were investigated. From various characterization techniques using XPS, XAFS, XRD, TPR, SEM and TGA, the existence of multiple copper species was identified. At low CuCl2 loadings, CuCl2 forms copper aluminate species with gamma-Al2O3 and is inactive for Hg(0) oxidation. At high loadings, amorphous CuCl2 forms onto the gamma-Al2O3 surface, working as a redox catalyst for Hg(0) oxidation by consuming Cl to be converted into CuCl and then being regenerated back into CuCl2 in the presence of O-2 and HCl gases. The 10%(wt) CuCl2/gamma-Al2O3 catalyst showed excellent Hg(0) oxidation performance and SO2 resistance at 140 degrees C under simulated flue gas conditions containing 6%(v) O-2 and 10 ppmv HCl. The oxidized Hg(0) in the form of HgCl2 has a high solubility in water and can be easily captured by other air pollution control systems such as wet scrubbers in coal-fired power plants. The CuCl2/gamma-Al2O3 catalyst can be used as a low temperature Hg(0) oxidation catalyst. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Pseudo-hexagonal in-plane alignment of rutile (100)Nb:TiO2 on hexagonal (0001)Al2O3 plane

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    Wang, Chaojun; Dho, Joonghoe; Geul Lee, Sang

    2013-10-01

    Nb-doped TiO2 (Nb:TiO2) films were grown on a hexagonal (0001)Al2O3 substrate at 650 °C and ∼10-5 Torr. The Nb:TiO2 film had a small resistivity of ∼8×10-4 Ω cm at room temperature and a behavior of a slightly increasing resistance upon cooling. In addition, the Nb:TiO2 film had an optical transmittance of about 60% in the visible range. A careful analysis of the in-plane atomic structure suggests that the rutile Nb:TiO2 film on the hexagonal (0001)Al2O3 can be re-interpreted by a certain pseudo-hexagonal structure, which is discriminated from the in-plane rectangular one of the tetragonal (100)Nb:TiO2. The pseudo-hexagonal properties of the Nb:TiO2 film were characterized by negligible mosaic structure at the interface, the same electron diffraction pattern as the hexagonal Al2O3 substrate, and perfect six-fold symmetries in the pole figure and ϕ-scan XRD patterns.

  18. Geant4 calculations for space radiation shielding material Al2O3

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    Capali, Veli; Acar Yesil, Tolga; Kaya, Gokhan; Kaplan, Abdullah; Yavuz, Mustafa; Tilki, Tahir

    2015-07-01

    Aluminium Oxide, Al2O3 is the most widely used material in the engineering applications. It is significant aluminium metal, because of its hardness and as a refractory material owing to its high melting point. This material has several engineering applications in diverse fields such as, ballistic armour systems, wear components, electrical and electronic substrates, automotive parts, components for electric industry and aero-engine. As well, it is used as a dosimeter for radiation protection and therapy applications for its optically stimulated luminescence properties. In this study, stopping powers and penetrating distances have been calculated for the alpha, proton, electron and gamma particles in space radiation shielding material Al2O3 for incident energies 1 keV - 1 GeV using GEANT4 calculation code.

  19. PTOSL response of commercial Al2O3:C detectors to ultraviolet radiation.

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    Gronchi, Claudia C; Caldas, Linda V E

    2013-04-01

    The photo-transferred optically stimulated luminescence (PTOSL) technique using Al2O3:C detectors has been suggested as a good option for ultraviolet (UV) radiation dosimetry. The objective of this work was to study the PTOSL response of Al2O3:C InLight detectors and the OSL microStar reader of Landauer. The parameters such as radiation pre-dose, optical treatment time and UV illumination time were determined. The detectors presented a satisfactory stimulus of PTOSL signals when they were subjected to a preconditioning procedure with gamma radiation (1 Gy pre-dose), 30 min of optical treatment (to empty the shallow traps) and 30 min of UV illumination from an artificial source. PMID:22887115

  20. Characteristics of Al2O3 gate dielectrics partially fluorinated by a low energy fluorine beam

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    Kim, Sung Woo; Park, Byoung Jae; Kang, Se Koo; Kong, Bo Hyun; Cho, Hyung Koun; Yeom, Geun Young; Heo, Sungho; Hwang, Hyunsang

    2008-11-01

    The partial fluorination of Al2O3 gate dielectrics was examined by exposing an oxide-nitride-aluminum oxide (ONA) stack to a low energy fluorine beam, and its effect on the properties of the ONA was investigated. Exposing ONA to about 10 eV fluorine beam resulted in a 5-nm-thick AlOxFy layer on the ONA by replacing some Al-O to Al-F. The electrical properties such as leakage current and memory window characteristics were improved after fluorination of the ONA, possibly due to the improved charge trapping characteristics through the formation of an AlOxFy layer on the Al2O3 without changing the blocking layer thickness.

  1. Effect of sulfur removal on Al2O3 scale adhesion

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    Smialek, James L.

    1991-01-01

    The effect of removing sulfur impurity on the adhesion of Al2O3 scale to NiCrAl was investigated in four experiments. It was found that removing sulfur to concentration less than 1 ppm per weight is sufficient to produce a very significant degree of alpha-Al2O3 scale adhesion to undoped NiCrAl alloys. Results of experiments show that repeated oxidation, and polishing after each oxidation cycle, of pure NiCrAl alloy lowered sulfur content from 10 to 2 ppm by weight (presumably by removing the segregated interfacial layer after each cycle); thinner samples became adherent after fewer oxidation-polishing cycles because of more limited supply of sulfur. It was found that spalling in subsequent cyclic oxidation tests was a direct function of the initial sulfur content. The transition between the adherent and nonadherent behavior was modeled in terms of sulfur flux, sulfur content, and sulfur segregation.

  2. X-ray imaging using the thermoluminescent properties of commercial Al2O3 ceramic plates.

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    Shinsho, Kiyomitsu; Kawaji, Yasuyuki; Yanagisawa, Shin; Otsubo, Keisuke; Koba, Yusuke; Wakabayashi, Genichiro; Matsumoto, Kazuki; Ushiba, Hiroaki

    2016-05-01

    This research demonstrated that commercially available alumina is well-suited for use in large area X-ray detectors. We discovered a new radiation imaging device that has a high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, large imaging area, repeatable results, and low operating costs. The high thermoluminescent (TL) properties of Al2O3 ceramic plates make them useful for X-ray imaging devices. PMID:26972627

  3. Charge injection from a surface depletion region—The Al 2O 3-silicon system

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    Kolk, J.; Heasell, E. L.

    1980-03-01

    Electron injection from a surface depletion region, over the surface barrier at an Al 2O 3-silicon interface is studied. The current passing over the barrier is measured by observing the rate of flat-band voltage shift as charge is trapped in the oxide. The data obtained is compared with the predictions of present models for charge injection. It is found that the so-called 'lucky-electron' model gives the most generally satisfactory agreement with the observations.

  4. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3:C, BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors.

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    Kumar, Pratik; Bahl, Shaila; Sahare, P D; Kumar, Surender; Singh, Manveer

    2015-12-01

    This paper investigates the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors for different doses and bleaching durations. The results have also been compared with the commercially available Landauer Al2O3:C (Luxel®) dosemeter. Nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is known to be a sensitive thermoluminescent phosphor, but its OSL response is hardly reported. At first, pellets of nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu powder were prepared by adding Teflon as a binder. Their OSL signal was compared with that of the material in pure form, i.e. without adding the binder (in 100:1 ratio). It was observed that adding the binder does not appreciably affect the OSL intensity. On comparison with the commercially available Al2O3:C from Landauer, it was found that K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is around 15 times less sensitive than Al2O3:C. 'Homemade' BaFCl:Eu phosphor has also been studied. The intensity of BaFCl:Eu was ∼20 times more than the standard Al2O3:C dosemeter and ∼200 times more sensitive than K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu in the dose range of 13-200 cGy. OSL dosemeters are believed to give luminescence signal even if they are read before, i.e. multiple reading may be possible under suitable conditions after single exposure. This was also checked for all the prepared dosemeters and it was found that Al2O3:C showed the least decrease of <2 %, followed by BaFCl:Eu of 15 % and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu with 20 %. Finally, Al2O3:C and BaFCl:Eu phosphors were also studied for their optical bleaching durations to which the respective signals get completely removed so that the phosphor can be re-used. It was observed that BaFCl:Eu is bleached faster and more easily than Al2O3:C. PMID:25646524

  5. Nanoclusters of MoO3-x embedded in an Al2O3 matrix engineered for customizable mesoscale resistivity and high dielectric strength

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    Tong, William M.; Brodie, Alan D.; Mane, Anil U.; Sun, Fuge; Kidwingira, Françoise; McCord, Mark A.; Bevis, Christopher F.; Elam, Jeffrey W.

    2013-06-01

    We have synthesized a material consisting of conducting metal oxide (MoO3-x) nanoclusters embedded in a high-dielectric-strength insulator (Al2O3) matrix. The resistivity of this material can be customized by varying the concentration of the MoO3-x nanoclusters. The Al2O3 protects the MoO3-x from stoichiometry change, thus conserving the number of carriers and maintaining a high dielectric strength. This composite material is grown by atomic layer deposition, a thin film deposition technique suitable for coating 3D structures. We applied these atomic layer deposition composite films to our 3D electron-optical micro electrical mechanical systems devices and greatly improved their performance.

  6. Insight into the effects of different ageing protocols on Rh/Al2O3 catalyst

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    Zhao, Baohuai; Ran, Rui; Cao, Yidan; Wu, Xiaodong; Weng, Duan; Fan, Jun; Wu, Xueyuan

    2014-07-01

    In this work, a catalyst of Rh loaded on Al2O3 was prepared by impregnating method with rhodium nitrate aqueous solution as the Rh precursor. The catalyst was aged under different protocols (lean, rich, inert and cyclic) to obtain several aged samples. All the Rh/Al2O3 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, CO-chemisorption, H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that a specific ageing treatment could strongly affect the catalytic activity. The N2 aged and the H2 aged samples had a better catalytic activity for CO + NO reaction than the fresh sample while the air aged and the cyclic aged samples exhibited much worse activity. More surface Rh content and better reducibility were obtained in the N2 and the H2 aged samples and the Rh particles existed with an appropriate size, which were all favorable to the catalytic reaction. However, the air and the cyclic ageing protocols induced a strong interaction between Rh species and the Al2O3 support, which resulted in a severe sintering of particles of Rh species and the loss of active sites. The structure evolution scheme of the catalysts aged in different protocols was also established in this paper.

  7. Impact of Al2O3 on the aggregation and deposition of graphene oxide.

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    Ren, Xuemei; Li, Jiaxing; Tan, Xiaoli; Shi, Weiqun; Chen, Changlun; Shao, Dadong; Wen, Tao; Wang, Longfei; Zhao, Guixia; Sheng, Guoping; Wang, Xiangke

    2014-05-20

    To assess the environmental behavior and impact of graphene oxide (GO) on living organisms more accurately, the aggregation of GO and its deposition on Al2O3 particles were systematically investigated using batch experiments across a wide range of solution chemistries. The results indicated that the aggregation of GO and its deposition on Al2O3 depended on the solution pH and the types and concentrations of electrolytes. MgCl2 and CaCl2 destabilized GO because of their effective charge screening and neutralization, and the presence of NaH2PO4 and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) improved the stability of GO with the increase in pH values as a result of electrostatic interactions and steric repulsion. Specifically, the dissolution of Al2O3 contributed to GO aggregation at relatively low pH or high pH values. Results from this study provide critical information for predicting the fate of GO in aquatic-terrestrial transition zones, where aluminum (hydro)oxides are present. PMID:24754235

  8. 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

  9. Paramagnetic Spins on -Al2O3 with Varied Surface Termination

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    Ray, Keith; Lee, Donghwa; Adelstein, Nicole; Dubois, Jonathan; Lordi, Vincenzo

    Superconducting qubits (SQs) are promising building blocks for a quantum computer, however, coherence in SQs is reduced by unintended coupling to magnetic noise sources. The microscopic origins of the magnetic noise have not been satisfactorily characterized. Building on previous computational studies of magnetic spins induced by molecules adsorbed on bare Al terminated Al2O3, we present a density functional theory investigation of magnetic noise associated with other Al2O3 surfaces likely to be encountered in experiment. We calculate the exchange interaction between native defects and adsorbed molecules, as well as the magnetic states energy splitting and anisotropy, on fully hydroxylated Al2O3, with and without a water over-layer. We also present simulated x-ray adsorption and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra of these systems with the aim of aiding experimental surface characterization. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  10. Investigation of Al2O3-MWCNTs hybrid dispersion in water and their thermal characterization.

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    Nine, M J; Batmunkh, Munkhbayar; Kim, Jun-Hyo; Chung, Han-Shik; Jeong, Hyo-Min

    2012-06-01

    Synthesis of water based Al2O3-MWCNTs hybrid nanofluids have been investigated and characterized. Al2O3-MWCNTs nanoparticles in weight proportion of 97.5:2.5 to 90:10 have been studied over 1% to 6% weight concentration. Dispersion quality of nanofluids is assured by additional synthesis process like acids treatment and grinding of MWCNTs by planetary ball mill. The effects of ground and non-ground MWCNTs over dispersion quality and thermal conductivity have been investigated. Sedimentation effect of hybrid nanofluids with time length has been studied by sample visualization and TEM micrographs. The augmentative absorbance and thermal conductivity of hybrid nanofluids have been compared with pure Al2O3/water nanofluids. The overall result shows that the enhancement in normalized thermal conductivity of hybrid nanofluids is still not so sharp though the absorbance and other qualities show much better comparing mono type nanofluids. Hybrid nanofluids with spherical particles show a smaller increase in thermal conductivity comparing cylindrical shape particles. PMID:22905499

  11. A short-time fading study of Al2O3:C

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    Nascimento, L. F.; Vanhavere, F.; Silva, E. H.; Deene, Y. De

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies the short-time fading from Al2O3:C by measuring optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signals (Total OSL: TOSL, and Peak OSL: POSL) from droplets and Luxel™ pellets. The influence of various bleaching regimes (blue, green and white) and light power is compared. The fading effect is the decay of the OSL signal in the dark at room temperature. Al2O3:C detectors were submitted to various bleaching regimes, irradiated with a reference dose and read out after different time spans. Investigations were carried out using 2 mm size droplet detectors, made of thin Al2O3:C powder mixed with a photocured polymer. Tests were compared to Luxel™-type detectors (Landauer Inc.). Short-time post-irradiation fading is present in OSL results (TOSL and POSL) droplets for time spans up to 200 s. The effect of short-time fading can be lowered/removed when treating the detectors with high-power and/or long time bleaching regimes; this result was observed in both TOSL and POSL from droplets and Luxel™.

  12. The electrical conductivity of Al2O3 under shock-compression

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    Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.; Nellis, W. J.

    2015-01-01

    Sapphire (Al2O3) crystals are used below 100 GPa as anvils and windows in dynamic-compression experiments because of their transparency and high density. Above 100 GPa shock pressures, sapphire becomes opaque and electrically conducting because of shock-induced defects. Such effects prevent temperature and dc conductivity measurements of materials compressed quasi-isentropically. Opacities and electrical conductivities at ~100 GPa are non-equilibrium, rather than thermodynamic parameters. We have performed electronic structure calculations as a guide in predicting and interpreting shock experiments and possibly to discover a window up to ~200 GPa. Our calculations indicate shocked sapphire does not metallize by band overlap at ~300 GPa, as suggested previously by measured non-equilibrium data. Shock-compressed Al2O3 melts to a metallic liquid at ~500 GPa and 10,000 K and its conductivity increases rapidly to ~2000 Ω−1cm−1 at ~900 GPa. At these high shock temperatures and pressures sapphire is in thermal equilibrium. Calculated conductivity of Al2O3 is similar to those measured for metallic fluid H, N, O, Rb, and Cs. Despite different materials, pressures and temperatures, and compression techniques, both experimental and theoretical, conductivities of all these poor metals reach a common end state typical of strong-scattering disordered materials. PMID:26239369

  13. Hg(0) Capture over CoMoS/γ-Al2O3 with MoS2 Nanosheets at Low Temperatures.

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    Zhao, Haitao; Yang, Gang; Gao, Xiang; Pang, Cheng Heng; Kingman, Samuel W; Wu, Tao

    2016-01-19

    CoMoS/γ-Al2O3 sorbent was prepared via incipient wetness impregnation (IWI) and sulfur-chemical vapor reaction (S-CVR) methods and tested in terms of its potential for Hg(0) capture. It was observed that the CoMoO/γ-Al2O3 showed a Hg(0) capture efficiency around 75% at a temperature between 175 and 325 °C while CoMoS/γ-Al2O3 achieved almost 100% Hg(0) removal efficiency at 50 °C. The high removal efficiency for CoMoS/γ-Al2O3 remained unchanged for 2000 min in the test. Its theoretical capacity for Hg(0) capture was found to be 18.95 mg/g based on the Elovich model. The ability of this material for Hg(0) capture is atributed to the MoS2 nanosheets coated on surface of the maro- and meso-pores of γ-Al2O3. These MoS2 are two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide (2D TMDC) assembled with unsulfided cobalt atoms at the edges. It is believed that these MoS2 nanosheets provided dense active sites for Hg(0) capture. The removal of Hg(0) at low temperatures was achieved via the combination of Hg(0) with the chalcogen (S) atoms on the entire basal plane of the MoS2 nanosheets with coordinative unsaturated sites (CUS) to form a stable compound, HgS. PMID:26690488

  14. Oxidative-reforming of model biogas over NiO/Al2O3 catalysts: The influence of the variation of support synthesis conditions

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    Asencios, Yvan J. O.; Elias, Kariny F. M.; Assaf, Elisabete M.

    2014-10-01

    In this study, nickel catalysts (20 wt%) supported on γ-Al2O3 were prepared by the impregnation method. The γ-Al2O3, was synthesized by precipitation of bayerite gel obtained from aluminum scrap. The synthetic conditions of the bayerite gel varied as follows: precipitation pH ranging from 6 to 7; ageing temperature ranging from 25 to 80 °C, the calcination temperature for all samples was 500 °C. The catalysts and the supports were analyzed by temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), physisorption of N2 (BET), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Isopropanol decomposition reactions over the catalysts were carried out to evaluate their acidity. SEM images of the spent catalysts showed that the morphology of the carbon formed during the reaction is of the filamentous type. The TPR analysis of the catalysts showed the presence of NiO species weakly interacted with the support as well as stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric nickel aluminate, the reduction of these species was also observed by XANES analysis. XRD analysis of the fresh catalyst showed peaks assigned to NiO, NiAl2O4 and γ-Al2O3. The best catalysts (samples NiAl7-25 and NiAl7-80) synthesized in this report showed high stability and high conversion values (CH4 (70%) and CO2 (78%)). These catalysts showed better performance than the catalyst supported on commercial γ-Al2O3, which showed a high coke formation which affected the course of the reaction. The γ-Al2O3 synthesized from bayerite obtained at neutral pH conditions was the best support for nickel catalysts in the oxidative-reforming of model biogas.

  15. Oxide thickness mapping of ultrathin Al2O3 at nanometer scale with conducting atomic force microscopy

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    Olbrich, Alexander; Ebersberger, Bernd; Boit, Christian; Vancea, Johann; Hoffmann, Horst; Altmann, Hans; Gieres, Guenther; Wecker, Joachim

    2001-05-01

    In this work, we introduce conducting atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) for the quantitative electrical characterization of ultrathin Al2O3 films on a nanometer scale length. By applying a voltage between the AFM tip and the conductive Co substrate direct tunneling currents in the sub pA range are measured simultaneously to the oxide surface topography. From the microscopic I-V characteristics the local oxide thickness can be obtained with an accuracy of 0.03 nm. A conversion scheme was developed, which allows the calculation of three-dimensional maps of the local electrical oxide thickness with sub-angstrom thickness resolution and nanometer lateral resolution from the tunneling current images. Local tunneling current variations of up to three decades are correlated with the topography and local variations of the electrical oxide thickness of only a few angstroms.

  16. Electrochemical promotion of propane oxidation on Pt deposited on a dense β″-Al2O3 ceramic Ag+ conductor

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    Tsampas, Mihalis N.; Kambolis, Anastasios; Obeid, Emil; Lizarraga, Leonardo; Sapountzi, Foteini M.; Vernoux, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    A new kind of electrochemical catalyst based on a Pt porous catalyst film deposited on a β″-Al2O3 ceramic Ag+ conductor was developed and evaluated during propane oxidation. It was observed that, upon anodic polarization, the rate of propane combustion was significantly electropromoted up to 400%. Moreover, for the first time, exponential increase of the catalytic rate was evidenced during galvanostatic transient experiment in excellent agreement with EPOC equation. PMID:24790942

  17. Al2O3 influence on structural, elastic, thermal properties of Yb(3+) doped Ba-La-tellurite glass: evidence of reduction in self-radiation trapping at 1μm emission.

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    Balaji, S; Biswas, K; Sontakke, A D; Gupta, G; Ghosh, D; Annapurna, K

    2014-12-10

    Ba-La-tellurite glasses doped with Yb(3+) ions have been prepared through melt quenching technique by modifying their composition with the inclusion of varied concentration of Al2O3 to elucidate its effects on glass structural, elastic, thermal properties and Yb(3+) ion NIR luminescence performance. The FTIR spectral analysis indicates Al2O3 addition is promoting the conversion of BOs from NBOs which have been generated during the process of depolymerisation of main glass forming TeO4 units. The elastic properties of the glass revealed an improved rigidity of the glass network on addition of Al2O3. In concurrence to this, differential thermal analysis showed an increase in glass transition temperature with improved thermal stability factor. Also, Yb(3+) fluorescence dynamics demonstrated that, Al2O3 inclusion helps in restraining the detrimental radiation trapping of ∼1μm emission. PMID:24954756

  18. A nanoplate-like α-Al2O3 out-layered Al2O3-ZrO2 coating fabricated by micro-arc oxidation for hip joint prosthesis

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    Zhang, Lan; Zhang, Wenting; Han, Yong; Tang, Wu

    2016-01-01

    A nanoplate-like α-Al2O3 out-layered Al2O3-ZrO2 coating was fabricated on Zr substrate by micro-arc oxidation (MAO). The structure, formation mechanism, anti-wear property and aging behavior of the coating were explored. The obtained results show that the coating is composed of Al2O3 and ZrO2; the amount and crystallinity of Al2O3 increase gradually from inner layer to the coating surface; monoclinic ZrO2 (m-ZrO2) and tetragonal ZrO2 (t-ZrO2) are both present in the coating, and the ratio of t-ZrO2/m-ZrO2 increases with closing to the coating surface by a "constraint" mechanism of Al2O3; the coating surface mainly consists of nanoplate-like α-Al2O3, and a small amount of nanocrystallized m- and t-ZrO2. The superimposition of α-Al2O3 growth unit on {0 0 0 1} face should be prohibited by PO43- during the MAO process, resulting in the formation of nanoplate-like α-Al2O3 on the coating surface. Compared with pure Zr, the coating shows noticeable improvement in wear-resistance. For aging behavior, although more t-ZrO2 in the coating is transformed to m-ZrO2 with increasing aging time, wear loss increases slightly. It indicates that the nanoplate-like α-Al2O3 out-layered Al2O3-ZrO2 is a potential coating for articular head replacement.

  19. Cu/Ba/bauxite: an Inexpensive and Efficient Alternative for Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx Removal

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    Wang, Xiuyun; Chen, Zhilin; Luo, Yongjin; Jiang, Lilong; Wang, Ruihu

    2013-01-01

    Cu/Ba/bauxite possesses superior NOx storage and reduction (NSR) performances, high thermal stability, strong resistance against SO2 poisoning and outstanding regeneration ability in comparison with Pt/Ba/Al2O3. It can serve as a cheap and promising alternative for traditional Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx removal from lean-burn engines. PMID:23536149

  20. Structure, optical properties and thermal stability of Al2O3-WC nanocomposite ceramic spectrally selective solar absorbers

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    Gao, Xiang-Hu; Wang, Cheng-Bing; Guo, Zhi-Ming; Geng, Qing-Fen; Theiss, Wolfgang; Liu, Gang

    2016-08-01

    Traditional metal-dielectric composite coating has found important application in spectrally selective solar absorbers. However, fine metal particles can easily diffuse, congregate, or be oxidized at high temperature, which causes deterioration in the optical properties. In this work, we report a new spectrally selective solar absorber coating, composed of low Al2O3 ceramic volume fraction (Al2O3(L)-WC) layer, high Al2O3 ceramic volume fraction (Al2O3(H)-WC layer) and Al2O3 antireflection layer. The features of our work are: 1) compared with the metal-dielectric composites concept, Al2O3-WC nanocomposite ceramic successfully achieves the all-ceramic concept, which exhibits a high solar absorptance of 0.94 and a low thermal emittance of 0.08, 2) Al2O3 and WC act as filler material and host material, respectively, which are different from traditional concept, 3) Al2O3-WC nanocomposite ceramic solar absorber coating exhibits good thermal stability at 600 °C. In addition, the solar absorber coating is successfully modelled by a commercial optical simulation programme, the result of which agrees with the experimental results.

  1. Characterization of Al2O3 in High-Strength Mo Alloy Sheets by High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Zhou, Yucheng; Gao, Yimin; Wei, Shizhong; Hu, Yajie

    2016-02-01

    A novel type of alumina (Al2O3)-doped molybdenum (Mo) alloy sheet was prepared by a hydrothermal method and a subsequent powder metallurgy process. Then the characterization of α-Al2O3 was investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as the research focus. The tensile strength of the Al2O3-doped Mo sheet is 43-85% higher than that of the pure Mo sheet, a very obvious reinforcement effect. The sub-micron and nanometer-scale Al2O3 particles can increase the recrystallization temperature by hindering grain boundary migration and improve the tensile strength by effectively blocking the motion of the dislocations. The Al2O3 particles have a good bond with the Mo matrix and there exists an amorphous transition layer at the interface between Al2O3 particles and the Mo matrix in the as-rolled sheet. The sub-structure of α-Al2O3 is characterized by a number of nanograins in the $\\left[ {2\\bar{2}1} \\right]$ direction. Lastly, a new computer-based method for indexing diffraction patterns of the hexagonal system is introduced, with 16 types of diffraction patterns of α-Al2O3 indexed. PMID:26914997

  2. Recombinant Phage Coated 1D Al2O3 Nanostructures for Controlling the Adhesion and Proliferation of Endothelial Cells

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    Lee, Juseok; Jeon, Hojeong; Haidar, Ayman; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim; Veith, Michael; Kim, Youngjun

    2015-01-01

    A novel synthesis of a nanostructured cell adhesive surface is investigated for future stent developments. One-dimensional (1D) Al2O3 nanostructures were prepared by chemical vapor deposition of a single source precursor. Afterwards, recombinant filamentous bacteriophages which display a short binding motif with a cell adhesive peptide (RGD) on p3 and p8 proteins were immobilized on these 1D Al2O3 nanostructures by a simple dip-coating process to study the cellular response of human endothelial EA hy.926. While the cell density decreased on as-deposited 1D Al2O3 nanostructures, we observed enhanced cell proliferation and cell-cell interaction on recombinant phage overcoated 1D Al2O3 nanostructures. The recombinant phage overcoating also supports an isotropic cell spreading rather than elongated cell morphology as we observed on as-deposited Al2O3 1D nanostructures. PMID:26090458

  3. Temperature-dependent elastic stiffness constants of α- and θ-Al2O3 from first-principles calculations

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    Shang, Shun-Li; Zhang, Hui; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2010-09-01

    Temperature-dependent elastic stiffness constants (cijs), including both the isothermal and isoentropic ones, have been predicted for rhombohedral α-Al2O3 and monoclinic θ-Al2O3 in terms of a quasistatic approach, i.e., a combination of volume-dependent cijs determined by a first-principles strain versus stress method and direction-dependent thermal expansions obtained by first-principles phonon calculations. A good agreement is observed between the predictions and the available experiments for α-Al2O3, especially for the off-diagonal elastic constants. In addition, the temperature-dependent cijs predicted herein, in particular the ones for metastable θ-Al2O3, enable the stress analysis at elevated temperatures in thermally grown oxides containing α- and θ-Al2O3, which are crucial to understand the failure of thermal barrier coatings in gas-turbine engines.

  4. Effect of Microstructure on the Thermal Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed Al2O3-YSZ Coatings

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    Song, Xuemei; Liu, Ziwei; Kong, Mingguang; Wang, Yongzhe; Huang, Liping; Zheng, Xuebin; Zeng, Yi

    2016-04-01

    The microstructures of three atmospheric plasma-sprayed (APS) Al2O3-ZrO2 coatings were investigated using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The differences in the microstructures of the three Al2O3-ZrO2 coatings, including their phase compositions, cracks, pores, grain sizes, and solid solutions, were analyzed in detail. A close relationship was observed between the thermal conductivities of the coatings and the microstructures, and the Al2O3-YSZ coatings with more spherical pores, fewer vertical cracks, and finer grains exhibited the lowest thermal conductivity of 0.91 W/m·K. Compared with YSZ coatings, Al2O3-YSZ coatings can exhibit lower thermal conductivity, which may be attributed to the formation of an amorphous phase, smaller grains, and Al2O3-YSZ solid solution.

  5. Relationship between Eu3+ reduction and glass polymeric structure in Al2O3-modified borate glasses under air atmosphere

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    Jiao, Qing; Yu, Xue; Xu, Xuhui; Zhou, Dacheng; Qiu, Jianbei

    2013-06-01

    The reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+ is realized efficiently in Eu2O3-doped borate glasses prepared under air condition by melting-quenching method. Luminescent spectra show an increasing tendency of Eu2+ emission with increasing Al2O3 concentration in B2O3-Na2O glasses. It is interesting that significant enhancement appeared of Eu2+ luminescence in the Al2O3-rich sample comparing to the samples of Al2O3 less than 6 mol%. FTIR and Raman scattering measurements indicated that some new vibration modes assigned to the low-polymerized structure groups decomposed from the slight Al2O3 dopant samples. These results demonstrated that the polymerization of the glass structure decreased with increasing incorporation of Al2O3 into the borate glasses, linking to the efficiency of Eu3+ self-reduction in air at high temperature.

  6. Behavior of Al2O3 and SiO2 with heating in a Cl2 + CO stream

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    Shchetinin, L. K.

    1984-01-01

    Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to study the chlorination of alpha-Al2O3, gamma-Al2O3 and amorphous SiO2 in a Cl + CO stream, for the preparation of AlCl3 and SiCl4. The chlorination starting temperatures were 235 deg for Al2O3 and 680 deg for SiO2. The chlorination of alpha- and gamma-Al2O3 takes place via the formation of AlOCl as an intermediate product, and its subsequent dissociation at 480 to 560 deg, according to 3AlOCl yields AlCl3 + Al2O3. The chlorination activation energies are given for the three oxides.

  7. Phase Equilibria Studies in the System ZnO-``FeO''-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 Relevant to Imperial Smelting Furnace Slags: Part II

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2010-04-01

    The phase equilibria and the liquidus temperatures in the system ZnO-“FeO”-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 have been determined experimentally in equilibrium with metallic iron. Specifically, the effects of Al2O3 concentrations in Imperial Smelting Furnace slags are identified, and the results are presented in the form of pseudo-ternary sections ZnO-“FeO”-(Al2O3 + CaO + SiO2) in which CaO/SiO2 = 0.93 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 = 5.0 and 3.5, respectively. It was found that, in the presence of Al2O3, the spinel phase is formed, the spinel primary phase field expands, and the wustite and melilite primary phase fields are reduced in size with an increasing Al2O3 concentration. The implications of the findings to industrial practice are discussed.

  8. The Viscous Behavior of FeOt-Al2O3-SiO2 Copper Smelting Slags

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    Park, Hyun-Shik; Park, Su Sang; Sohn, Il

    2011-08-01

    Understanding the viscous behavior of copper smelting slags is essential in increasing the process efficiency and obtaining the discrete separation between the matte and the slag. The viscosity of the FeOt-SiO2-Al2O3 copper smelting slags was measured in the current study using the rotating spindle method. The viscosity at a fixed Al2O3 concentration decreased with increasing Fe/SiO2 ratio because of the depolymerization of the molten slag by the network-modifying free oxygen ions (O2-) supplied by FeO. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses of the slag samples with increasing Fe/SiO2 ratio revealed that the amount of large silicate sheets decreased, whereas the amount of simpler silicate structures increased. Al2O3 additions to the ternary FeOt-SiO2-Al2O3 slag system at a fixed Fe/SiO2 ratio showed a characteristic V-shaped pattern, where initial additions decreased the viscosity, reached a minimum, and increased subsequently with higher Al2O3 content. The effect of Al2O3 was considered to be related to the amphoteric behavior of Al2O3, where Al2O3 initially behaves as a basic oxide and changes to an acidic oxide with variation in slag composition. Furthermore, Al2O3 additions also resulted in the high temperature phase change between fayalite/hercynite and the modification of the liquidus temperature with Al2O3 additions affecting the viscosity of the copper smelting slag.

  9. CO2 Reduction on Supported Ru/Al2O3 Catalysts: Cluster Size Dependence of Product Selectivity

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Kovarik, Libor; Szanyi, Janos

    2013-11-01

    The catalytic performance of a series of Ru/Al2O3 catalysts with Ru content in the 0.1-5% range was examined in the reduction of CO2 with H2. At low Ru loadings (≤0.5 %) where the active metal phase is highly dispersed (mostly atomically) on the alumina support CO is formed with high selectivity. With increasing metal loading the selectivity toward CH4 formation increases, while that for CO production decreases. In the 0.1% Ru/Al2O3 catalyst Ru is mostly present in atomic dispersion as STEM images obtained from the fresh sample prior to catalytic testing reveal. STEM images recorded form this same sample following temperature programmed reaction test clearly show the agglomeration of small metal particles (and atoms) into 3D clusters. The clustering of the highly dispersed metal phase is responsible for the observed dramatic selectivity change during elevated temperature tests: dramatic decrease in CO, and large increase in CH4 selectivity. Apparent activation energies, estimated from the slopes of Arrhenius plots, of 82 kJ/mol and 62 kJ/mol for CO and CH4 formation were determined, respectively, regardless of Ru loading. These results suggest that the formation of CO and CH4 follow different reaction pathways, or proceed on active centers of different nature. Reactions with CO2/H2 and CO/H2 mixtures (under otherwise identical reaction conditions) reveal that the onset temperature of CO2 reduction is about 150 ºC lower than of CO reduction. We thank Dr. Feng Gao for carrying out the H2 chemisorption measurements on all the Ru/Al2O3 catalysts discussed in this work. The catalyst preparation and catalytic measurements were supported by a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project, while the TEM work was supported by the Chemical Imaging Initiative at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is operated for the US Department of Energy by Battelle under contract number DE-AC05-76RL01830. JHK also acknowledges the support of this work

  10. Oxide Charge Engineering of Atomic Layer Deposited AlOxNy/Al2O3 Gate Dielectrics: A Path to Enhancement Mode GaN Devices.

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    Negara, M A; Kitano, M; Long, R D; McIntyre, P C

    2016-08-17

    Nitrogen incorporation to produce negative fixed charge in Al2O3 gate insulator layers is investigated as a path to achieve enhancement mode GaN device operation. A uniform distribution of nitrogen across the resulting AlOxNy films is obtained using N2 plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (ALD). The flat band voltage (Vfb) increases to a significantly more positive value with increasing nitrogen concentration. Insertion of a 2 nm thick Al2O3 interlayer greatly decreases the trap density of the insulator/GaN interface, and reduces the voltage hysteresis and frequency dispersion of gate capacitance compared to single-layer AlOxNy gate insulators in GaN MOSCAPs. PMID:27459343

  11. Nano SnO 2-Al 2O 3 mixed oxide and SnO 2-Al 2O 3-carbon composite oxides as new and novel electrodes for supercapacitor applications

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    Jayalakshmi, M.; Venugopal, N.; Raja, K. Phani; Rao, M. Mohan

    New nano-materials like SnO 2-Al 2O 3 and SnO 2-Al 2O 3-carbon were synthesized by a single step hydrothermal method in searching for novel mixed oxides with high electrochemical double layer capacitance. A SnO 2-Al 2O 3-carbon sample was calcined at 600 °C and tested for its performance. The source of carbon was tetrapropyl ammonium hydroxide. The capacitive behavior of SnO 2 was compared to the performance of SnO 2-Al 2O 3, SnO 2-Al 2O 3-carbon and calcined SnO 2-Al 2O 3-carbon using the techniques of cyclic voltammetry, double potential step, chronopotentiometry and E-log I polarization. In 0.1 M NaCl solutions, SnO 2-Al 2O 3 gave the best performance with a value of 119 Fg -1 and cycled 1000 times. The nano-material mixed oxides were characterized by TEM, XRD, ICP-AES and SEM-EDAX.

  12. Properties of the c-Si/Al2O3 interface of ultrathin atomic layer deposited Al2O3 layers capped by SiNx for c-Si surface passivation

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    Schuldis, D.; Richter, A.; Benick, J.; Saint-Cast, P.; Hermle, M.; Glunz, S. W.

    2014-12-01

    This work presents a detailed study of c-Si/Al2O3 interfaces of ultrathin Al2O3 layers deposited with atomic layer deposition (ALD), and capped with SiNx layers deposited with plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. A special focus was the characterization of the fixed charge density of these dielectric stacks and the interface defect density as a function of the Al2O3 layer thickness for different ALD Al2O3 deposition processes (plasma-assisted ALD and thermal ALD) and different thermal post-deposition treatments. Based on theoretical calculations with the extended Shockley-Read-Hall model for surface recombination, these interface properties were found to explain well the experimentally determined surface recombination. Thus, these interface properties provide fundamental insights into to the passivation mechanisms of these Al2O3/SiNx stacks, a stack system highly relevant, particularly for high efficiency silicon solar cells. Based on these findings, it was also possible to improve the surface passivation quality of stacks with thermal ALD Al2O3 by oxidizing the c-Si surface prior to the Al2O3 deposition.

  13. High performance GaN-based LEDs on patterned sapphire substrate with patterned composite SiO2/Al2O3 passivation layers and TiO2/Al2O3 DBR backside reflector.

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    Guo, Hao; Zhang, Xiong; Chen, Hongjun; Zhang, Peiyuan; Liu, Honggang; Chang, Hudong; Zhao, Wei; Liao, Qinghua; Cui, Yiping

    2013-09-01

    GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) with patterned composite SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) passivation layers and TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) backside reflector have been proposed and fabricated. Highly passivated Al(2)O(3) layer deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) layer with excellent uniformity and quality has been achieved with atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. With a 60 mA current injection, an enhancement of 21.6%, 59.7%, and 63.4% in the light output power (LOP) at 460 nm wavelength was realized for the LED with the patterned composite SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) passivation layers, the LED with the patterned composite SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) passivation layers and Ag mirror + 3-pair TiO(2)/SiO(2) DBR backside reflector, and the LED with the patterned composite SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) passivation layer and Ag mirror + 3-pair ALD-grown TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) DBR backside reflector as compared with the conventional LED only with a single SiO(2) passivation layer, respectively. PMID:24104020

  14. Effects of MgO/Al2O3 Ratio and Basicity on the Viscosities of CaO-MgO-SiO2-Al2O3 Slags: Experiments and Modeling

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    Pengcheng, Li; Xiaojun, Ning

    2016-02-01

    The effects of the MgO/Al2O3 ratio and basicity on the viscosities of CaO-MgO-SiO2-Al2O3 slags were investigated at 1733 K, 1773 K, and 1823 K (1460 °C, 1500 °C, and 1550 °C) in this study. At a fixed Al2O3 of 15 and 18 mass pct, increasing the basicity from 1 to 1.2 resulted in lowering the viscosity of slags. At a fixed basicity of 1.0 and 1.2, increasing the MgO from 0 to 15 mass pct decreased the viscosity of slags. The Fourier transform-infrared spectra analysis of the slag structure was made to discuss the depolymerization roles of MgO and basicity. Considering the different depolymerization effects of basic oxides upon the silicate/aluminate network structure as suggested by FT-IT analysis, a fresh model for predicting the viscosity of CaO-MgO-SiO2-Al2O3 slags was constructed. A total of 209 viscosity measurements with large compositional variations showed satisfactory agreement with the results calculated by the present model. With the aid of the current model, the co-effects of the MgO/Al2O3 ratio and basicity on the viscosities of CaO-MgO-SiO2-Al2O3 slags (15 to 20 mass pct Al2O3) were investigated.

  15. A comparative study of AlN and Al2O3 based gate stacks grown by atomic layer deposition on InGaAs

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    Krylov, Igor; Pokroy, Boaz; Ritter, Dan; Eizenberg, Moshe

    2016-02-01

    Thermal activated atomic layer deposited (t) (ALD) and plasma enhanced (p) ALD (PEALD) AlN films were investigated for gate applications of InGaAs based metal-insulator-semiconductor devices and compared to the well-known Al2O3 based system. The roles of post-metallization annealing (PMA) and the pre-deposition treatment (PDT) by either trimethylaluminium (TMA) or NH3 were studied. In contrast to the case of Al2O3, in the case of AlN, the annealing temperature reduced interface states density. In addition, improvement of the AlN film stoichiometry and a related border traps density reduction were observed following PMA. The lowest interface states density (among the investigated gate stacks) was found for PEALD AlN/InGaAs stacks after TMA PDT. At the same time, higher values of the dispersion in accumulation were observed for AlN/InGaAs gate stacks compared to those with Al2O3 dielectric. No indium out-diffusion and the related leakage current degradation due to annealing were observed at the AlN/InGaAs stack. In light of these findings, we conclude that AlN is a promising material for InGaAs based gate stack applications.

  16. High temperature carbon dioxide capture on nano-structured MgO-Al2O3 and CaO-Al2O3 adsorbents: an experimental and theoretical study.

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    Bang, Yongju; Han, Seung Ju; Kwon, Soonchul; Hiremath, Vishwanath; Song, In Kyu; Seo, Jeong Gil

    2014-11-01

    Nano-structured alkaline-earth metal oxide adsorbents (denoted as MgO-Al2O3 and CaO-Al2O3) were prepared by an epoxide-driven one-pot sol-gel method, and they were applied to the dynamic and static CO2 adsorption. For comparison, a nano-structured aluminum oxide adsorbent (denoted as Al2O3) was also prepared by a similar method. MgO-Al2O3 adsorbent exhibited a well-developed mesopore structure through the formation of MgAl2O4 spinel phase, whereas CaO-Al2O3 adsorbent was composed of nano-sized CaO and CaAl2O4, resulting in a pore plugging. It was revealed that total basicity increased in the order of Al2O3 (0.11 mmol-CO2/g) < MgO-Al2O3 (0.37 mmol-CO2/g) < CaO-Al2O3, (1.21 mmol-CO2/g), which is in concurrent with adsorption energy obtained from DFT calculations. However, it was found that both basicity and base strength of the adsorbents played an important role in determining the CO2 adsorptive performance at different operating temperature. Among the adsorbents tested, MgO-Al2O3, which mostly retained medium basic sites, exhibited a best CO2 adsorptive performance at 200 degrees C. Furthermore, the experimental results are well supported by theoretical estimation, suggesting a useful design method of adsorbents for facile and regenerative adsorption in the applications of CO2 capture. PMID:25958558

  17. Structural and band alignment properties of Al2O3 on epitaxial Ge grown on (100), (110), and (111)A GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hudait, M. K.; Zhu, Y.; Maurya, D.; Priya, S.; Patra, P. K.; Ma, A. W. K.; Aphale, A.; Macwan, I.

    2013-04-01

    Structural and band alignment properties of atomic layer Al2O3 oxide film deposited on crystallographically oriented epitaxial Ge grown in-situ on (100), (110), and (111)A GaAs substrates using two separate molecular beam epitaxy chambers were investigated using cross-sectional transmission microscopy (TEM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). High-resolution triple axis x-ray measurement demonstrated pseudomorphic and high-quality Ge epitaxial layer on crystallographically oriented GaAs substrates. The cross-sectional TEM exhibited a sharp interface between the Ge epilayer and each orientation of the GaAs substrate as well as the Al2O3 film and the Ge epilayer. The extracted valence band offset, ΔEv, values of Al2O3 relative to (100), (110), and (111) Ge orientations using XPS measurement were 3.17 eV, 3.34 eV, and 3.10 eV, respectively. Using XPS data, variations in ΔEv related to the crystallographic orientation were ΔEV(110)Ge>ΔEV(100)Ge≥ΔEV(111)Ge and the conduction band offset, ΔEc, related to the crystallographic orientation was ΔEc(111)Ge>ΔEc(110)Ge>ΔEc(100)Ge using the measured ΔEv, bandgap of Al2O3 in each orientation, and well-known Ge bandgap of 0.67 eV. These band offset parameters are important for future application of Ge-based p- and n-channel metal-oxide field-effect transistor design.

  18. Colony structure in Ce-doped Al2O3/YAG eutectic systems grown by vertical Bridgman technique

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    Yamada, Seiya; Yoshimura, Masafumi; Sakata, Shin-ichi; Taishi, Toshinori; Hoshikawa, Keigo

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the influence of growth rate and Ce concentration on colony structure variation in Al2O3/YAG:Ce eutectic systems. The distance between boundary zones in the colony structure decreased with increases in either growth rate or Ce concentration. The eutectic spacing in the coarse microstructure in the boundary zone decreased with increasing growth rate but increased with increasing Ce concentration. We conclude that the colony structure is formed by cellular growth driven by constitutional supercooling with an interface instability due to Ce atom accumulation, so that the distance between boundary zones depends on both the growth rate and Ce concentration, and the coarse microstructure in the boundary zone depends on the solidification rate perpendicular to the growth interface at the cell bottom of the microscopic growth interface shape in the cellular growth.

  19. Novel guar gum/Al2O3 nanocomposite as an effective photocatalyst for the degradation of malachite green dye.

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    Pathania, Deepak; Katwal, Rishu; Sharma, Gaurav; Naushad, Mu; Khan, Mohammad Rizwan; Al-Muhtaseb, Ala'a H

    2016-06-01

    Guar gum/Al2O3 (GG/AO) nanocomposite was prepared using simple and cost effective sol-gel method. This nanocomposite was characterized by several analytical techniques viz. scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The FTIR analysis confirmed that GG/AO composite material was formed. TEM images inferred the particle size in the range between 20 and 45nm. GG/AO nanocomposite exhibited good photocatalytic performance for malachite green (MG) dye (dye initial concentration 1.5×10(-5)M) degradation from aqueous phase. The adsorption followed by photocatalysis and coupled adsorption/photocatalysis reaction achieved about 80% and 90% degradation of MG dye under solar irradiation. Antibacterial test showed the excellent activity of GG/AO nanocomposite against Staphylococcus aureus. PMID:26944664

  20. Micromechanical stresses in SiC-reinforced Al2O3 composites

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    Li, Zhuang; Bradt, Richard C.

    1989-01-01

    Applying an Eshelby (1957) approach, the internal micromechanical stresses within an SiC-inclusion-reinforced (platelet to whisker geometries) polycrystalline alumina matrix composite were calculated. The results are compared to the experimental residual stress measurements of a SiC-whisker-reinforced Al2O3 by Predecki, et al. (in press) and found to be in excellent agreement. The calculations are then extended to SiC-reinforced composites with polycrystalline mullite, silicon nitride, and cordierite matrices. It is concluded that the internal stresses are significantly influenced by the inclusion geometry as well as the thermoelastic differences between the inclusion and the matrix and also the volume fraction.

  1. Thermal expansion characteristics of Al2O3 nanofluids: More to understand than understood

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    Nayak, A. K.; Singh, R. K.; Kulkarni, P. P.

    2009-03-01

    In this paper, the thermal expansion characteristics of Al2O3 nanofluids have been studied and compared with the base fluid, i.e., water. The nanoparticles used were in the range of 40-80 nm, which were dispersed in water by sonication. Interestingly, it was found that the volumetric rise of the metallic oxide nanofluids is much larger than water for the corresponding temperature rise, which is opposite to what has been interpreted so far. This is one of the wonderful properties of nanofluids that would find tremendous application in many heat extraction systems using natural convection as mode of heat removal.

  2. Hydrogen and Carbon Effects on Al2O3 Surface Phases and Metal Deposition

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    Wang, Xiao-Gang; Smith, John

    2005-03-01

    Effects of H and C impurities on α-Al2O3 (0001) surface stability and metal wetting behavior are determined from first principles[1]. The ab initio surface phase diagram for H and C on the alumina surface reveals six distinct surface phases. These different surface phases exhibit a variety of adhesion strengths with Cu and Co, and correspondingly different wetting behaviors. These results are consistent with the varied wetting characteristics observed experimentally. [1] Xiao-Gang Wang and John R. Smith, Phys. Rev. B70, Rapid communications, 081401 (2004).

  3. Head-up display using an inclined Al2O3 column array.

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    Cho, Wen-Hao; Lee, Chao-Te; Kei, Chi-Chung; Liao, Bo-Huei; Chiang, Donyau; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2014-02-01

    An orderly inclined Al2O3 column array was fabricated by atomic layer deposition and sequential electron beam evaporation using a hollow nanosphere template. The transmittance spectra at various angles of incidence were obtained through the use of a Perkin-Elmer Lambda 900 UV/VIS/NIR spectrometer. The inclined column array could display the image information through a scattering mechanism and was transparent at high viewing angles along the deposition plane. This characteristic of the inclined column array gives it potential for applications in head-up displays in the automotive industry. PMID:24514203

  4. In situ study of atomic layer deposition Al2O3 on GaP (100)

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    Dong, H.; Brennan, B.; Qin, X.; Zhernokletov, D. M.; Hinkle, C. L.; Kim, J.; Wallace, R. M.

    2013-09-01

    The interfacial chemistry of atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al2O3 on chemically treated GaP (100) has been studied using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A "self-cleaning" effect for Ga-oxide upon exposure to trimethylaluminum is seen to be efficient on the native oxide and chemically treated surfaces. The phosphorus oxide chemical states are seen to change during the ALD process, but the total concentration of P-oxides is seen to remain constant throughout the ALD process.

  5. Photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy studies of low-temperature γ-Al2O3 phases synthesized from different precursors

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    Baronskiy, Mark; Rastorguev, Alexander; Zhuzhgov, Aleksey; Kostyukov, Anton; Krivoruchko, Oleg; Snytnikov, Valeriy

    2016-03-01

    Spectroscopic features of the local structure of high purity (with the content of impurities <10-3 wt.%) spinel-like γ- and γ∗-Al2O3 phases differing in the unit cell parameters were studied. Samples of these phases were synthesized from crystalline boehmite and nanodispersed pseudoboehmite, respectively. For each of the phases, photoluminescence of transition metal ions and oxygen vacancies - F- and F2-centers - was detected, and Raman scattering spectra were recorded. The photoluminescence study of γ∗-Al2O3 revealed octahedrally coordinated ions Mn4+. Values of the crystal field strength and Racah parameters for Mn4+ ions in γ∗-Al2O3 were determined. Manifestation of PL of Mn4+ ions in γ∗-Al2O3 and its absence in γ-Al2O3 can serve as the indicator for distinguishing between these phases. It was found that γ- and γ∗-Al2O3 samples have individual Raman spectra. The revealed spectroscopic features in the local structure of γ- and γ∗-Al2O3 phases confirm the differences between these spinel-like structures.

  6. Enhanced Dielectric Properties and High-Temperature Microwave Absorption Performance of Zn-Doped Al2O3 Ceramic

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    Wang, Yuan; Luo, Fa; Wei, Ping; Zhou, Wancheng; Zhu, Dongmei

    2015-07-01

    To improve the dielectric and microwave absorption properties of Al2O3 ceramic, Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic was prepared by conventional ceramic processing. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that Zn atoms successfully entered the Al2O3 ceramic lattice and occupied Al sites. The complex permittivity increased with increasing Zn concentration, which is mainly attributed to the increase in charged vacancy defects and densification of the Al2O3 ceramic. In addition, the temperature-dependent complex permittivity of 3% Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic was determined in the temperature range from 298 K to 873 K. Both the real and imaginary parts of the complex permittivity increased monotonically with increasing temperature, which can be ascribed to the shortened relaxation time and increasing electrical conductivity. The increased complex permittivity leads to a great improvement in microwave absorption. In particular, when the temperature is up to 873 K, the 3% Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic exhibited the best absorption performance with a maximum peak (-12.1 dB) and broad effective absorption bandwidth (reflection loss less than -10 dB from 9.3 GHz to 12.3 GHz). These results reveal that Zn-doped Al2O3 ceramic is a promising candidate for use as a kind of high-temperature microwave absorption material.

  7. Bimetallic Pt-Au Nanocatalysts on ZnO/Al2O3/Monolith for Air Pollution Control.

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    Kim, Ki-Joong; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2015-08-01

    The catalytic activity of a monolithic catalyst with nanosized Pt and Au particles on ZnO/Al2O3 (Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M) prepared by a wash-coat method was examined, specifically for toluene oxidation. Scanning electron microscopy image showed clearly the formation of a ZnO/Al2O3 layer on the monolith. Nanosized Pt-Au particles on ZnO/Al2O3/M with different sizes could be found in the Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M catalyst. The conversion of toluene decreased with increasing toluene concentration and was also largely affected by the feed flow rate. The Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3/M catalysts prepared in this work have almost the same activity (molecules of toluene per second) compared with a powder Pt-Au/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst with the same loadings of Pt and Au components; thus this catalyst could be used in controlling air pollution with very low concentrations and high flow rate. PMID:26369207

  8. Control of MgO·Al2O3 Spinel Inclusions during Protective Gas Electroslag Remelting of Die Steel

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    Shi, Cheng-Bin; Chen, Xi-Chun; Guo, Han-Jie; Zhu, Zi-Jiang; Sun, Xiao-Lin

    2013-04-01

    The effect of calcium treatment and/or aluminum-based deoxidant addition on the oxygen control and modification of MgO·Al2O3 spinel inclusions during protective gas electroslag remelting (P-ESR) of H13 die steel with low oxygen content was experimentally studied. It is found that all the inclusions in the consumable electrode are MgO·Al2O3 spinels, besides a few MgO·Al2O3 spinels surrounded by an outer (Ti,V)N or MnS layer. After P-ESR refining combined with proper calcium treatment, all the original MgO·Al2O3 spinels in the electrode (except for the original MgO·Al2O3 spinels having been removed in the P-ESR process) were modified to mainly CaO-MgO-Al2O3 and some CaO-Al2O3 inclusions, both of which have a low melting point and homogeneous compositions. In the case of only Al-based deoxidant addition, all the oxide inclusions remaining in ESR ingots are MgO·Al2O3 spinels. The operation of Al-based deoxidant addition and/or calcium treatment during P-ESR of electrode steel containing low oxygen content is invalid to further reduce the oxygen content and oxide inclusions amount compared with remelting only under protective gas atmosphere. All the original sulfide inclusions were removed after the P-ESR process. Most of the inclusions in ESR ingots are about 2 μm in size. The mechanisms of non-metallic inclusions evolution and modification of MgO·Al2O3 spinels by calcium treatment during the P-ESR process were proposed.

  9. Formation mechanism and control of MgO·Al2O3 inclusions in non-oriented silicon steel

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    Sun, Yan-hui; Zeng, Ya-nan; Xu, Rui; Cai, Kai-ke

    2014-11-01

    On the basis of the practical production of non-oriented silicon steel, the formation of MgO·Al2O3 inclusions was analyzed in the process of "basic oxygen furnace (BOF) → RH → compact strip production (CSP)". The thermodynamic and kinetic conditions of the formation of MgO·Al2O3 inclusions were discussed, and the behavior of slag entrapment in molten steel during RH refining was simulated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The results showed that the MgO/Al2O3 mass ratio was in the range from 0.005 to 0.017 and that MgO·Al2O3 inclusions were not observed before the RH refining process. In contrast, the MgO/Al2O3 mass ratio was in the range from 0.30 to 0.50, and the percentage of MgO·Al2O3 spinel inclusions reached 58.4% of the total inclusions after the RH refining process. The compositions of the slag were similar to those of the inclusions; furthermore, the critical velocity of slag entrapment was calculated to be 0.45 m·s-1 at an argon flow rate of 698 L·min-1, as simulated using CFD software. When the test steel was in equilibrium with the slag, [Mg] was 0.00024wt%-0.00028wt% and [Al]s was 0.31wt%-0.37wt%; these concentrations were theoretically calculated to fall within the MgO·Al2O3 formation zone, thereby leading to the formation of MgO·Al2O3 inclusions in the steel. Thus, the formation of MgO·Al2O3 inclusions would be inhibited by reducing the quantity of slag entrapment, controlling the roughing slag during casting, and controlling the composition of the slag and the MgO content in the ladle refractory.

  10. Thermodynamic simulation on mineralogical composition of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO quaternary slag system.

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    Liu, Chao; Zhang, Yu-Zhu; Li, Jie; Li, Jun-Guo; Kang, Yue

    2016-01-01

    It is necessary to elucidate the crystallization thermodynamic of mineralogical phases during the cooling process of the molten BFS with different chemical composition, because the high-melting point mineral phase maybe crystallized during the fiber forming and thereafter cooling process. Thermodynamic calculation software FactSage6.4 and the hot remelting experiments were performed to explore the influence of basicity, Al2O3 content and MgO content on the crystallization of mineralogical components and their transformation. The results showed that the main mineralography of the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO quaternary slag system was melilite, and a certain amount of anorthite and calcium metasilicate. The crystallographic temperature of melilite is increased with the increasing of basicity, MgO and Al2O3 content, which has a significant impact on the utilization performance of the mineral wool prepared with the hot blast furnace slag directly. With the increasing of basicity, there was a tendency that crystallographic amount of melilite increased to the summit and then declined, while the amount of anorthite and calcium metasilicate decreased consistently. Finally, these two mineralogical components could be replaced by magnesium rhodonite and spinel with the increasing of basicity. When the basicity and MgO content were 1.0 and 9 %, the crystallographic mass ratio of melilite and anorthite increased, while that of calcium silicate declined, and replaced by spinel finally with the increasing of Al2O3 content. When the basicity and Al2O3 content were 1.0 and 13 %, the crystallographic mass ratio of melilite increased, while that of anorthite and calcium silicate declined, and replaced by pyroxene and spinel with the increasing of MgO content. To decline fiberization temperature of the melt BFS, the basicity, MgO and Al2O3 content should be decreased during the modification process of chemical composition, because the crystallization temperature of the primary crystalline

  11. Microstructural and Tribological Properties of Al2O3-13pctTiO2 Thermal Spray Coatings Deposited by Flame Spraying

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    Younes, Rassim; Bradai, Mohand Amokrane; Sadeddine, Abdelhamid; Mouadji, Youcef; Bilek, Ali; Benabbas, Abderrahim

    2015-10-01

    T He present investigation has been conducted to study the tribological properties of Al2O3-13pctTiO2 (AT-13) ceramic coatings deposited on a low carbon steel type E335 by using a thermal flame spray technique. The microstructure and phase composition of wire and coatings were analyzed by scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Measurements of micro hardness were also performed on the surface of the coatings. The tribological tests were carried out using a pin-on-disk tribometer at different loads. All tests were performed using two disks as counter body, namely Al2O3-ZrO2 (AZ-25) and Al2O3-TiO2 (AT-3) which formed couple 1 and couple 2, respectively, in order to work out the wear rate and friction coefficient. Roughness profiles were also evaluated before and after each test. The SEM showed that the dense microstructure of Al2O3-TiO2 (AT-13) coatings have a homogenous lamellar morphology and complex of several phases with the presence of porosities and unmelted particles. The XRD analysis of the wire before the spray showed a majority phase of α-Al2O3 rhombohedral structure and a secondary phase of Al2TiO5 orthorhombic structure with little traces of TiO2 (rutile) tetragonal structure, whereas the XRD of the coating revealed the disappearance of TiO2 replaced by the formation of a new metastable phase γ-Al2O3 cubic structure. The tribological results showed that the applied contact pressure affects the variation of the friction coefficient with time and that it decreases with the rise of the normal force of contact. It was found also that the couple 2 with nearly chemical compositions of spray-coated (AT-13) and disk (AT-3) exhibited much higher wear resistance than the couple 1 although they have sliding coefficient of friction nearly.

  12. Structural properties of Y2O3–Al2O3 liquids and glasses: An overview

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    Wilding, Martin C.; Wilson, Mark; McMillan, Paul F.; Benmore, Chris J.; Weber, J. K.R.; Deschamps, Thierry; Champagnon, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Liquids in the system Y2O3- Al2O3 have been the subject of considerable study because of the reported occurrence of a first-order density and entropy-driven liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in the supercooled liquid state. The observations have become controversial because of the presence of crystalline material that can be formed simultaneously and that can mask the nucleation and growth of the lower density liquid. The previous work is summarized here along with arguments for and against the different viewpoints. Also two studies have been undertaken to investigate the LLPT in this refractory system with emphasis on determining the structure of unequivocally amorphous materials. These include the in situ high energy X-ray diffraction (HEXRD) of supercooled Y2O3 - Al2O3 liquids and the low frequency vibrational dynamics of recovered glasses. Manybody molecular dynamics simulations are also used to interpret the results of both studies. The HEXRD measurements, combined with aerodynamic levitation and rapid data acquisition techniques, show that for the 20 mol% Y2O3 (i.e. AlY20) liquid there is a shift in the position of the first peak in the diffraction pattern over a narrow temperature range (2100-1800 K) prior to crystallization. Microbeam Raman spectroscopy measurements made on AlY20 glasses clearly show contrasting spectra in the low frequency part of the spectrum for low(LDA) and high-density (HDA) glassy regions. The molecular dynamics simulations identify contrasting coordination environments around oxygen anions for the high- (HDL) and low-density (LDL) liquids. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Oxidation behavior of single-crystal Al2O3-fiber-reinforced Ni3Al-based composites

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    Nourbakhsh, S.; Rhee, W. H.; Sahin, O.; Margolin, H.

    1994-07-01

    A series of single-crystal Al2O3-fiber-reinforced Ni3Al-based intermetallic matrix composites were fabricated by pressure casting. The matrices employed were binary Ni3Al, Ni3Al-0.5 at. pct Cr, and Ni3Al-0.34 at. pct Zr. The development of microstructure upon oxidation in air at either 1100 °C or 1200 °C was investigated by optical, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy. In air-oxidized binary Ni3Al, some of the fibers were fully or partially covered with a layer of oxide. A weak fiber/matrix bond in this system, which led to fiber debonding during composite processing, is believed to be responsible for the ingress of O into the composite and oxidation of the matrix in the debonded regions at the fiber/matrix interface. Addition of Cr to Ni3Al resulted in an almost threefold increase in fiber/matrix bond strength. No oxidation of the interface was observed. A thick layer of oxide was formed around all the fibers when the composite was thermally cycled prior to isothermal annealing. Addition of Zr to Ni3Al resulted in the formation of a layer of ZrO2 on the surface of the fibers during composite processing. The ZrO2 layer provided a fast path for the diffusion of O, which led to the formation of a rootlike oxide structure around the fibers. The rootlike structure consisted of a network of Al2O3-covered ZrO2.

  14. First principles investigation of helium physisorption on an α-Al2O3(0001) surface.

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    Zhang, Guikai; Xiang, Xin; Yang, Feilong; Liu, Lang; Tang, Tao; Shi, Yan; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-06-21

    The interaction of helium with an α-Al2O3(0001) surface was studied by density functional theory (DFT), with consideration of the effects of He-coverage, surface defects, He-coadsorption and van der Waals interaction, respectively. Adsorption energies of helium atoms are very small as expected for a physisorbed state, varying from -20 to -5 meV, which is attributed to the small overlap between Al 3sp, O 2sp and He 1s states. A correlation is obtained for the adsorption energies and the He to nearest-neighbor Al atom distances on a clean (0001) surface. The He atom prefers to bound atop the Al site of the fourth atomic layer (Al4 hollow site), and the favorable site around an O-vacancy is atop the site of the O vacancy with less stability. The competition between O-He attraction and Al-He repulsion makes the He stable sites. As He-coverage on the surface increases, He atoms tend to form clusters, and coadsorption configuration is not solely determined by the most stable site but also by the He-He distance. The two co-adsorbed He atoms absorb on hollow sites Al4 and Al3, with a He-He distance of 2.767 Å. The OBS dispersion corrected DFT energies are 2.2-4.4 times larger than the non-corrected DFT values and He-surface distances are smaller. Finally, implications on H/He interaction within α-Al2O3 as a tritium permeation barrier are discussed. PMID:27226211

  15. High density Al2O3/TaN-based metal insulator metal capacitors in application to radio frequency integrated circuits

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    Ding, Shi-Jin; Huang, Yu-Jian; Huang, Yue; Pan, Shao-Hui; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Li-Kang

    2007-09-01

    Metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors with atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 dielectric and reactively sputtered TaN electrodes in application to radio frequency integrated circuits have been characterized electrically. The capacitors exhibit a high density of about 6.05 fF/μm2, a small leakage current of 4.8×10-8 A/cm2 at 3V, a high breakdown electric field of 8.61MV/cm as well as acceptable voltage coefficients of capacitance (VCCs) of 795 ppm/V2 and 268ppm/V at 1 MHz. The observed properties should be attributed to high-quality Al2O3 film and chemically stable TaN electrodes. Further, a logarithmically linear relationship between quadratic VCC and frequency is observed due to the change of relaxation time with carrier mobility in the dielectric. The conduction mechanism in the high field ranges is dominated by the Poole-Frenkel emission, and the leakage current in the low field ranges is likely to be associated with trap-assisted tunnelling. Meanwhile, the Al2O3 dielectric presents charge trapping under low voltage stresses, and defect generation under high voltage stresses, and it has a hard-breakdown performance.

  16. Gamma and proton irradiation effects and thermal stability of electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-silicon capacitors with atomic layer deposited Al2O3 dielectric

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    Rafí, J. M.; Pellegrini, G.; Fadeyev, V.; Galloway, Z.; Sadrozinski, H. F.-W.; Christophersen, M.; Phlips, B. F.; Lynn, D.; Kierstead, J.; Hoeferkamp, M.; Gorelov, I.; Palni, P.; Wang, R.; Seidel, S.

    2016-02-01

    The radiation hardness and thermal stability of the electrical characteristics of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 layers to be used as passivation films for silicon radiation detectors with slim edges are investigated. To directly measure the interface charge and to evaluate its change with the ionizing dose, metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) capacitors implementing differently processed Al2O3 layers were fabricated on p-type silicon substrates. Qualitatively similar results are obtained for degradation of capacitance-voltage and current-voltage characteristics under gamma and proton irradiations up to equivalent doses of 30 Mrad and 21.07 Mrad, respectively. While similar negative charge densities are initially extracted for all non-irradiated capacitors, superior radiation hardness is obtained for MOS structures with alumina layers grown with H2O instead of O3 as oxidant precursor. Competing effects between radiation-induced positive charge trapping and hydrogen release from the H2O-grown Al2O3 layers may explain their higher radiation resistance. Finally, irradiated and non-irradiated MOS capacitors with differently processed Al2O3 layers have been subjected to thermal treatments in air at temperatures ranging between 100 °C and 200 °C and the thermal stability of their electrical characteristics has been evaluated. Partial recovery of the gamma-induced degradation has been noticed for O3-grown MOS structures. This can be explained by a trapped holes emission process, for which an activation energy of 1.38 ± 0.15 eV has been extracted.

  17. Gamma and proton irradiation effects and thermal stability of electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-silicon capacitors with atomic layer deposited Al2O3 dielectric

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    J. M. Rafi; Lynn, D.; Pellegrini, G.; Fadeyev, V.; Galloway, Z.; Sadrozinski, H. F. -W.; Christophersen, M.; Philips, B. F.; Kierstead, J.; Hoeferkamp, M.; et al

    2015-12-11

    The radiation hardness and thermal stability of the electrical characteristics of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 layers to be used as passivation films for silicon radiation detectors with slim edges are investigated. To directly measure the interface charge and to evaluate its change with the ionizing dose, metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) capacitors implementing differently processed Al2O3 layers were fabricated on p-type silicon substrates. Qualitatively similar results are obtained for degradation of capacitance–voltage and current–voltage characteristics under gamma and proton irradiations up to equivalent doses of 30 Mrad and 21.07 Mrad, respectively. While similar negative charge densities are initially extracted for all non-irradiated capacitors,more » superior radiation hardness is obtained for MOS structures with alumina layers grown with H2O instead of O3 as oxidant precursor. Competing effects between radiation-induced positive charge trapping and hydrogen release from the H2O-grown Al2O3 layers may explain their higher radiation resistance. Finally, irradiated and non-irradiated MOS capacitors with differently processed Al2O3 layers have been subjected to thermal treatments in air at temperatures ranging between 100 °C and 200 °C and the thermal stability of their electrical characteristics has been evaluated. Partial recovery of the gamma-induced degradation has been noticed for O3-grown MOS structures. Lastly, this can be explained by a trapped holes emission process, for which an activation energy of 1.38 ± 0.15 eV has been extracted.« less

  18. The monooxidation of ethylene with hydrogen peroxide on the per-FTPhPFe3+OH/Al2O3 biomimetic

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    Nasirova, U. V.; Gasanova, L. M.; Nagiev, T. M.

    2010-06-01

    The gas-phase monooxidation of ethylene by hydrogen peroxide on a biomimetic heterogeneous catalyst (per-FTPhPFe3+OH/Al2O3) was studied under comparatively mild conditions. The biomimetic oxidation of ethylene with hydrogen peroxide was shown to be coherently synchronized with the decomposition of H2O2. Depending on reaction medium conditions, one of two desired products was formed, either ethanol or acetaldehyde. The kinetics and probable mechanism of ethylene transformation were studied.

  19. Microstructure-controlled effects on temperature reduction of α-Al 2O 3 crystallite formation

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    Yang, Rung-Je; Yen, Fu-Su; Lin, Shen-Min; Chen, Chih-Cheng

    2007-02-01

    The inter-particle relationship effects on a temperature reduction and simultaneity of α-crystallite formation during θ- to α-phase transformation were examined using DTA, XRD, and TEM techniques. Three powder systems derived from the same θ-powder of average crystallite size 15.2 nm were prepared, with the intention of creating different microstructure for each powder systems as: (1) as-received, (2) pre-treated by homogenization with a mechanical stirring accompanied by pH adjustment for dispersion, and (3) homogenized and additionally uniaxial-pressed to compacts with higher bulk density. Activation energies of θ-crystallite growth occurring in the three powder systems were also obtained based on an isothermal model of grain growth rate equation. It is found that the temperature reduction characteristics can be related to the homogeneity as well as the inter θ-Al 2O 3 crystallite distances behaved by the θ-crystallites. Higher homogeneity and shorter inter-crystallite distance for the θ-powder systems may favor the α-crystallite formation at lower temperatures over a shorter duration of phase transformation. Furthermore, activation energies of θ-crystallite growth can be reduced. And α-Al 2O 3 powders fabricated can be mono-sized and free of vermicular growth.

  20. Revisiting the Al/Al2O3 Interface: Coherent Interfaces and Misfit Accommodation

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam; Thijsse, Barend J.; Hoagland, Richard G.; Lazić, Ivan; Valone, Steven M.; Liu, Xiang-Yang

    2014-01-01

    We study the coherent and semi-coherent Al/α-Al2O3 interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations with a mixed, metallic-ionic atomistic model. For the coherent interfaces, both Al-terminated and O-terminated nonstoichiometric interfaces have been studied and their relative stability has been established. To understand the misfit accommodation at the semi-coherent interface, a 1-dimensional (1D) misfit dislocation model and a 2-dimensional (2D) dislocation network model have been studied. For the latter case, our analysis reveals an interface dislocation structure with a network of three sets of parallel dislocations, each with pure-edge character, giving rise to a pattern of coherent and stacking-fault-like regions at the interface. Structural relaxation at elevated temperatures leads to a further change of the dislocation pattern, which can be understood in terms of a competition between the stacking fault energy and the dislocation interaction energy at the interface. Our results are expected to serve as an input for the subsequent dislocation dynamics models to understand and predict the macroscopic mechanical behavior of Al/α-Al2O3 composite heterostructures. PMID:24670940

  1. Sulfuric acid baking and leaching of spent Co-Mo/Al2O3 catalyst.

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    Kim, Hong-In; Park, Kyung-Ho; Mishra, Devabrata

    2009-07-30

    Dissolution of metals from a pre-oxidized refinery plant spent Co-Mo/Al(2)O(3) catalyst have been tried through low temperature (200-450 degrees C) sulfuric acid baking followed by mild leaching process. Direct sulfuric acid leaching of the same sample, resulted poor Al and Mo recoveries, whereas leaching after sulfuric acid baking significantly improved the recoveries of above two metals. The pre-oxidized spent catalyst, obtained from a Korean refinery plant found to contain 40% Al, 9.92% Mo, 2.28% Co, 2.5% C and trace amount of other elements such as Fe, Ni, S and P. XRD results indicated the host matrix to be poorly crystalline gamma- Al(2)O(3). The effect of various baking parameters such as catalyst-to-acid ratio, baking temperature and baking time on percentage dissolutions of metals has been studied. It was observed that, metals dissolution increases with increase in the baking temperature up to 300 degrees C, then decreases with further increase in the baking temperature. Under optimum baking condition more than 90% Co and Mo, and 93% Al could be dissolved from the spent catalyst with the following leaching condition: H(2)SO(4)=2% (v/v), temperature=95 degrees C, time=60 min and Pulp density=5%. PMID:19121897

  2. Enhanced fibroblast cell adhesion on Al/Al2O3 nanowires

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    Aktas, O. C.; Sander, M.; Miró, M. M.; Lee, J.; Akkan, C. K.; Smail, H.; Ott, A.; Veith, M.

    2011-02-01

    Biological cells stick together via transmembrane proteins, which are linked to receptor molecules of the extracellular matrix (ECM). This specific biochemical adhesion plays a leading role in many cellular processes, among them cell differentiation, morphogenesis, and wound healing. Various medical applications require endogen cells to bind to an exogene substrate as in the case of an implant. Coatings with proteins that naturally belong to the ECM are known to enhance the cell adhesion. However, the choice of inorganic materials, which promote cell adhesion, is limited. Here, we report on a new engineered surface composed of Al/Al2O3 bi-phasic nanowires (NWs), which promotes the adhesion of fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts grow well on this inorganic layer and keep proliferating. Using the cell monolayer rheology (CMR) technique, we show that the adhesion of fibroblasts on Al/Al2O3 NWs is comparable to fibronectin coated surfaces. To our knowledge, this is one of the strongest cell adhesions on an inorganic surface, which has been reported on so far, since it compares to bio-organic layers such as fibronectin.

  3. [Effect of erosion on strength of dental infiltrated Al2O3 ceramics].

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    Xiong, Fang; Yu, Haiyang A; Liao, Yunmao; Zhu, Zhimin; Zhou, Zhongrong; Zhu, Minhao

    2005-12-01

    The objective of the research is to investigate the elements of routine sandblast technique on the evolution of bending strength of dental infiltrated Al2O3 ceramics and the underlying erosion mechanism. The plane specimens of an infiltrated ceramic were manufactured, polished and then tested under the modified pen-like sandblasting apparatus (90 degrees erosive angle and 10 mm sandblasting distance), with different grit sizes, working pressure and disposing time. Half of samples were selected randomly and sintered subsequently with Vitadur alpha veneering porcelain. Before and after sintering, the three-point-bending strengths was measured, and the surfaces of dental porcelain were observed with SEM and LCSM. The bending strength of ceramics decreased significantly after sandblast as compared with that of empty control group. After the procedure of sintering the veneering porcelain, the descending evolution of bending strength slowed down. Under the present manufacturing conditions, grit size effect is prominent among those correlative elements of sand grit size, working pressure and disposing time. And fatigue cracking characterizes the mechanism of erosion of dental infiltrated Al2O3 ceramics. PMID:16422096

  4. Tribological performance of Graphene/Carbon nanotube hybrid reinforced Al2O3 composites

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    Yazdani, Bahareh; Xu, Fang; Ahmad, Iftikhar; Hou, Xianghui; Xia, Yongde; Zhu, Yanqiu

    2015-01-01

    Tribological performance of the hot-pressed pure Al2O3 and its composites containing various hybrid contents of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were investigated under different loading conditions using the ball-on-disc method. Benchmarked against the pure Al2O3, the composite reinforced with a 0.5 wt% GNP exhibited a 23% reduction in the friction coefficient along with a promising 70% wear rate reduction, and a hybrid reinforcement consisting of 0.3 wt.% GNPs + 1 wt.% CNTs resulted in even better performance, with a 86% reduction in the wear rate. The extent of damage to the reinforcement phases caused during wear was studied using Raman spectroscopy. The wear mechanisms for the composites were analysed based on the mechanical properties, brittleness index and microstructural characterizations. The excellent coordination between GNPs and CNTs contributed to the excellent wear resistance property in the hybrid GNT-reinforced composites. GNPs played the important role in the formation of a tribofilm on the worn surface by exfoliation; whereas CNTs contributed to the improvement in fracture toughness and prevented the grains from being pulled out during the tribological test. PMID:26100097

  5. Surface micromorphology of dental composites [CE-TZP]-[Al2O3] with Ca(+2) modifier.

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    Berezina, Sofia; Il'icheva, Alla Alexandrovna; Podzorova, Lyudmila Ivanovna; Ţălu, Ştefan

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize the three-dimensional (3D) surface micromorphology of the ceramics produced from nanoparticles of alumina and tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) with addition of Ca(+2) for sintering improvement. The 3D surface roughness of samples was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), fractal analysis of the 3D AFM-images, and statistical analysis of surface roughness parameters. Cube counting method, based on the linear interpolation type, applied for AFM data was used for fractal analysis. The morphology of non-modified ceramic sample was characterized by the rather big (1-2 μm) grains of α-Al2O3 phase with a habit close to hexagonal drowned in solid solution of t-ZrO2 with smooth surface. The pattern surfaces of modified composite content a little amount of elongated prismatic grains with composition close to the phase of СаСеAl3О7 as well as hexahedral α-Al2O3-grains. Fractal dimension, D, as well as height values distribution have been determined for the surfaces of the samples with and without modifying. It can be concluded that the smoothest surface is of the modified samples with Ca(+2) modifier but the most regular one is of the non-modified samples. A connection was observed between the surface morphology and the physical properties as assessed in previous works. PMID:26190812

  6. Tribological performance of Graphene/Carbon nanotube hybrid reinforced Al2O