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  1. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems

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    Kocha, S.; Arent, D.; Peterson, M.

    1995-09-01

    The goal of this research is to develop a stable, cost effective, photoelectrochemical based system that will split water upon illumination, producing hydrogen and oxygen directly, using sunlight as the only energy input. This type of direct conversion system combines a photovoltaic material and an electrolyzer into a single monolithic device. We report on our studies of two multifunction multiphoton photoelectrochemical devices, one based on the ternary semiconductor gallium indium phosphide, (GaInP{sub 2}), and the other one based on amorphous silicon carbide. We also report on our studies of the solid state surface treatment of GaInP{sub 2} as well as our continuing effort to develop synthetic techniques for the attachment of transition metal complexes to the surface of semiconductor electrodes. All our surface studies are directed at controlling the interface energetics and forming stable catalytic surfaces.

  2. Lithium Based Anodes for Solid State Batteries

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-06-30

    AFOSR- 77- 3460 LITHIUM BASED ANODES FOR SOLID STATE BATTERIES R.A.H. Edwards, J.R. Owen and B.C.H. Steele I!Tolfson Unit for Solid State Ionics, D...use in secondary lithium batteries . Three main problems associated with the use of pure lithium as the negative plate are as follows: (a) Formation of...Proceedings of the Workshop on Lithium Non aque ous Battery Electrochemistry. Case Western Reserve Univ. June 4-6 1980, pp.130-142, The Electrochemical Soc

  3. Solid-state-based analog of optomechanics

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    Naumann, Nicolas L.; Droenner, Leon; Carmele, Alexander; ...

    2016-09-01

    In this study, we investigate a semiconductor quantum dot as a microscopic analog of a basic optomechanical setup. We show that optomechanical features can be reproduced by the solid-state platform, arising from parallels of the underlying interaction processes, which in the optomechanical case is the radiation pressure coupling and in the semiconductor case the electron–phonon coupling. We discuss bistabilities, lasing, and phonon damping, and recover the same qualitative behaviors for the semiconductor and the optomechanical cases expected for low driving strengths. However, in contrast to the optomechanical case, distinct signatures of higher order processes arise in the semiconductor model.

  4. Solid state transport-based thermoelectric converter

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    Hu, Zhiyu

    2010-04-13

    A solid state thermoelectric converter includes a thermally insulating separator layer, a semiconducting collector and an electron emitter. The electron emitter comprises a metal nanoparticle layer or plurality of metal nanocatalyst particles disposed on one side of said separator layer. A first electrically conductive lead is electrically coupled to the electron emitter. The collector layer is disposed on the other side of the separator layer, wherein the thickness of the separator layer is less than 1 .mu.m. A second conductive lead is electrically coupled to the collector layer.

  5. Plasmon-Assisted Nd(3+)-Based Solid-State Nanolaser.

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    Molina, Pablo; Yraola, Eduardo; Ramírez, Mariola O; Tserkezis, Christos; Plaza, José L; Aizpurua, Javier; Bravo-Abad, Jorge; Bausá, Luisa E

    2016-02-10

    Solid-state lasers constitute essential tools in a variety of scientific and technological areas, being available in many different designs. However, although nanolasing has been successfully achieved for dyes and semiconductor gain media associated with plasmonic structures, the operation of solid-state lasers beyond the diffraction limit has not been reported yet. Here, we demonstrate room temperature laser action with subwavelength confinement in a Nd(3+)-based solid-state laser by means of the localized surface plasmon resonances supported by chains of metallic nanoparticles. We show a 50% reduction of the pump power at threshold and a remarkable 15-fold improvement of the slope efficiency with respect to the bulk laser operation. The results can be extended to the large diversity of solid-state lasers with the subsequent impact on their applications.

  6. In Situ Solid-State Synthesis of a AgNi/g-C3 N4 Nanocomposite for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Bhandary, Nimai; Singh, Aadesh P; Kumar, Sandeep; Ingole, Pravin P; Thakur, Gohil S; Ganguli, Ashok K; Basu, Suddhasatwa

    2016-10-06

    A graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) polymer matrix was embedded with AgNi alloy nanoparticles using a simple and direct in situ solid-state heat treatment method to develop a novel AgNi/g-C3 N4 photocatalyst. The characterization confirms that the AgNi alloy particles are homogeneously distributed throughout the g-C3 N4 matrix. The catalyst shows excellent photoelectrochemical activity for water splitting with a maximum photocurrent density of 1.2 mA cm(-2) , which is the highest reported for doped g-C3 N4 . Furthermore, a detailed experimental study of the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye using doped g-C3 N4 showed the highest reported degradation efficiency of approximately 95 % after 90 min. The electronic conductivity increased upon incorporation of AgNi alloy nanoparticles on g-C3 N4 and the material showed efficient charge carrier separation and transfer characteristics, which are responsible for the enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic performance under visible light.

  7. HIGH-EFFICIENCY NITRIDE-BASED SOLID-STATE LIGHTING

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    Dr. Paul T. Fini; Prof. Shuji Nakamura

    2002-09-01

    In this annual report we summarize the progress obtained in the first year with the support of DoE contract No.DE-FC26-01NT41203, entitled ''High-Efficiency Nitride-Based Solid-State Lighting''. The two teams, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Principle Investigator: Dr. Shuji Nakamura) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (led by Dr. N. Narendran), are pursuing the goals of this contract from thin film growth, characterization, and packaging standpoints. The UCSB team has made significant progress in the development of GaN vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) as well as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with AlGaN active regions emitting in the ultraviolet (UV). The Rensselaer team has developed target specifications for some of the key parameters for the proposed solid-state lighting system, including a luminous flux requirement matrix for various lighting applications, optimal spectral power distributions, and the performance characteristics of currently available commercial LEDs for eventual comparisons to the devices developed in the scope of this project.

  8. HIGH-EFFICIENCY NITRIDE-BASED SOLID-STATE LIGHTING

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    Dr. Paul T. Fini; Prof. Shuji Nakamura

    2002-04-30

    In this semiannual report we summarize the progress obtained in the first six months with the support of DoE contract No.DE-FC26-01NT41203, entitled ''High-Efficiency Nitride-Based Solid-State Lighting''. The two teams, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Principle Investigator: Dr. Shuji Nakamura) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (led by Dr. N. Narendran), are pursuing the goals of this contract from thin film growth, characterization, and packaging standpoints. The UCSB team has made significant progress in the development of GaN vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) as well as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with AlGaN active regions emitting in the ultraviolet (UV). The Rensselaer team has developed target specifications for some of the key parameters for the proposed solid-state lighting system, including a luminous flux requirement matrix for various lighting applications, optimal spectral power distributions, and the performance characteristics of currently available commercial LEDs for eventual comparisons to the devices developed in the scope of this project.

  9. Solid-state cooling line based on the electrocaloric effect.

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    Khodayari, Akram; Mohammadi, Saber

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, the feasibility of using ferroelectric materials as a cooling device or solid-state refrigerator based on the electrocaloric effect has been considered. The electrocaloric responses of two different ferroelectric capacitors (PMN-25PT, PZN-4.5PT) are studied. In this study, the dynamics of temperature variation at the edges of a layered structure comprised of an electrocaloric material with heatconducting elements on its sides to an applied periodic electric field have been studied. Electrocaloric elements can generate directed heat flux as a thermal pump by alternative switching. A temperature reduction of 6° is obtained in an electric field of 1 KV/mm at a frequency of 1 Hz for PMN-25PT material after applying 80 cycles. It is shown that the type of applied electric pulses and ferroelectric material affect the results.

  10. Laser (cooling) refrigeration in erbium based solid state materials

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    Lynch, Jonathan W.

    The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of erbium based solid state materials for laser refrigeration in bulk material. A great deal of work in the field has been focused on the use of ytterbium based ZBLAN glass. Some experiments have also reported cooling in thulium based solid state materials but with considerably less success. We proposed that erbium had many attractive features compared to ytterbium and therefore should be tried for cooling. The low lying energy level structure of erbium provides energy levels that could bring obtainable temperatures two orders of magnitude lower. Erbium transitions of interest for cooling fall in the near IR region (0.87 microns and 1.5 microns). Lasers for one of these transitions, in the 1.5 micron region, are well developed for communication and are in the eye-safe and water and atmosphere transparent region. Theoretical calculations are also presented so as to identify energy levels of the eleven 4f electrons in Er3+ in Cs2NaYCl 6:Er3+ and the transitions between them. The strengths of the optical transitions between them have been calculated. Knowledge of such energy levels and the strength of the laser induced transitions between them is crucial for understanding the refrigeration mechanisms and different energy transfer pathways following the laser irradiation. The crystal host for erbium was a hexa-chloro-elpasolite crystal, Cs 2NaYCl6:Er3+ with an 80% (stoichiometric) concentration of erbium. The best cooling results were obtained using the 0.87 micron transition. We have demonstrated bulk cooling in this crystal with a temperature difference of ~6.2 K below the surrounding temperature. The temperatures of the crystal and its immediate surrounding environment were measured using differential thermometry. Refrigeration experiments using the 1.5 micron transition were performed and the results are presented. The demonstrated temperature difference was orders of magnitude smaller. Only a temperature

  11. All-solid-state reference electrodes based on conducting polymers.

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    Kisiel, Anna; Marcisz, Honorata; Michalska, Agata; Maksymiuk, Krzysztof

    2005-12-01

    A novel construction of solution free (pseudo)reference electrodes, compatible with all-solid-state potentiometric indicator electrodes, has been proposed. These electrodes use conducting polymers (CP): polypyrrole (PPy) or poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT). Two different arrangements have been tested: solely based on CP and those where the CP phase is covered with a poly(vinyl chloride) based outer membrane of tailored composition. The former arrangement was designed to suppress or compensate cation- and anion-exchange, using mobile perchlorate ions and poly(4-styrenesulfonate) or dodecylbenzenesulfonate anions as immobilized dopants. The following systems were used: (i) polypyrrole layers doped simultaneously by two kinds of anions, both mobile and immobilized in the polymer layer; (ii) bilayers of polypyrrole with anion exchanging inner layer and cation-exchanging outer layer; (iii) polypyrrole doped by surfactant dodecylbenzenesulfonate ions, which inhibit ion exchange on the polymer/solution interface. For the above systems, recorded potentials have been found to be practically independent of electrolyte concentration. The best results, profound stability of potentials, have been obtained for poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) or polypyrrole doped by poly(4-styrenesulfonate) anions covered by a poly(vinyl chloride) based membrane, containing both anion- and cation-exchangers as well as solid potassium chloride and silver chloride with metallic silver. Differently to the cases (i)-(iii) these electrodes are much less sensitive to the influence of redox and pH interferences. This arrangement has been also characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and chronopotentiometry.

  12. Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated by coupling photoelectrochemically deposited poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) with silver-paint on cathode.

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    Manseki, Kazuhiro; Jarernboon, Wirat; Youhai, You; Jiang, Ke-Jian; Suzuki, Kazuharu; Masaki, Naruhiko; Kim, Yukyeong; Xia, Jiangbin; Yanagida, Shozo

    2011-03-21

    A PEDOT-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) is successfully improved by coupling photoelectrochemically deposited PEDOT layer with an Ag paste-paint on the cathode. With a 9.3 μm thick mesoscopic nanocrystalline TiO(2) film, a maximum cell performance of 3.2% with relatively high V(oc) of around 780 mV is achieved.

  13. HIGH-EFFICIENCY NITRIDE-BASED SOLID-STATE LIGHTING

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    Paul T. Fini; Shuji Nakamura

    2003-10-30

    In this second annual report we summarize the progress in the second-year period of Department of Energy contract DE-FC26-01NT41203, entitled ''High- Efficiency Nitride-Based Solid-State Lighting''. The two teams, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Principle Investigator: Dr. Shuji Nakamura) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (led by Dr. N. Narendran), are pursuing the goals of this contract from thin film growth, characterization, and packaging standpoints. The UCSB team has recently made significant progress in the development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with AlGaN active regions emitting in the ultraviolet (UV), resonant-cavity LEDs (RCLEDs), as well as lateral epitaxial overgrowth (LEO) techniques to obtain large-area non-polar GaN films with low average dislocation density. The Rensselaer team has benchmarked the performance of commercially available LED systems and has also conducted efforts to develop an optimized RCLED packaging scheme, including development of advanced epoxy encapsulant chemistries.

  14. Nitride and Oxynitride Based Phosphors for Solid State Lighting

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    Tian, Yongchi

    2011-10-15

    The objective of the project is to advance the technology of the Lightscape Materials Inc. (Lightscape) proprietary nitride and oxynitride phosphors for solid state lighting (SSL) from the current level of maturity of applied research to advanced engineering development. This objective will be accomplished by optimizing the novel nitride and oxynitride phosphors, whose formulations are listed in Table 1, and establishing cost-effective preparation processes for the phosphors. The target performances of the phosphors are: • High luminescence efficiency: Quantum Yield = 90%. • Superior thermal stability of luminescence: Thermal Quenching Loss <10% at 150 °C. • Superior environmental stability: Luminescence Maintenance >90% after 5,000 hours at 85 °C and 85% relative humidity. • Scattering loss <10%. • Cost-effective preparation processes. The resulting phosphor materials and their preparation processes are anticipated to be a drop-in component for product development paths undertaken by LED lamp makers in the SSL industry. Upon program completion, Lightscape will target market insertion that enables high efficacy, high color rendering index (CRI), high thermal stability and long lifetime LED-based lighting products for general illumination that realizes substantial energy savings.

  15. Environment-protected solid-state-based distributed charge qubit

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    Tayebi, Amin; Hoatson, Tanya Nicole; Wang, Joie; Zelevinsky, Vladimir

    2016-12-01

    A solid-state-based charge qubit is presented. The system consists of a one-dimensional wire with a pair of qubits embedded at its center. It is shown that the system supports collective states localized in the left and right sides of the wire and therefore, as a whole, performs as a single qubit. The couplings between the ground and excited states of the two central qubits are inversely proportional making them fully asynchronized and allowing for coherent manipulation and gate operations. Initialization and measurement devices, such as leads and charge detectors, connected to the edges of the wire are modeled by a continuum of energy states. The coupling to the continuum is discussed using the effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. At weak continuum coupling, all internal states uniformly acquire small decay widths. This changes dramatically as the coupling strength increases: the width distribution undergoes a sharp restructuring and is no longer uniformly divided among the eigenstates. Two broad resonances localized at the ends of the wire are formed. These superradiant states (analogous to Dicke states in quantum optics) effectively protect the remaining internal states from decaying into the continuum and hence increase the lifetime of the qubit. Environmental noise is introduced by considering random Gaussian fluctuations of electronic energies. The interplay between decoherence and superradiance is studied by solving the stochastic Liouville equation. In addition to increasing the lifetime, the emergence of the superradiant states increases the qubit coherence.

  16. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric analysis of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells: comparison of in situ photoelectrochemical polymerization in aqueous micellar and organic media.

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    Zhang, Jinbao; Ellis, Hanna; Yang, Lei; Johansson, Erik M J; Boschloo, Gerrit; Vlachopoulos, Nick; Hagfeldt, Anders; Bergquist, Jonas; Shevchenko, Denys

    2015-04-07

    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (sDSCs) are devoid of such issues as electrolyte evaporation or leakage and electrode corrosion, which are typical for traditional liquid electrolyte-based DSCs. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is one of the most popular and efficient p-type conducting polymers that are used in sDSCs as a solid-state hole-transporting material. The most convenient way to deposit this insoluble polymer into the dye-sensitized mesoporous working electrode is in situ photoelectrochemical polymerization. Apparently, the structure and the physicochemical properties of the generated conducting polymer, which determine the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding solar cell, can be significantly affected by the preparation conditions. Therefore, a simple and fast analytical method that can reveal information on polymer chain length, possible chemical modifications, and impurities is strongly required for the rapid development of efficient solar energy-converting devices. In this contribution, we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) for the analysis of PEDOT directly on sDSCs. It was found that the PEDOT generated in aqueous micellar medium possesses relatively shorter polymeric chains than the PEDOT deposited from an organic medium. Furthermore, the micellar electrolyte promotes a transformation of one of the thiophene terminal units to thiophenone. The introduction of a carbonyl group into the PEDOT molecule impedes the growth of the polymer chain and reduces the conductivity of the final polymer film. Both the simplicity of sample preparation (only application of the organic matrix onto the solar cell is needed) and the rapidity of analysis hold the promise of making MALDI MS an essential tool for the physicochemical characterization of conducting polymer-based sDSCs.

  17. A review of lithium and non-lithium based solid state batteries

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    Kim, Joo Gon; Son, Byungrak; Mukherjee, Santanu; Schuppert, Nicholas; Bates, Alex; Kwon, Osung; Choi, Moon Jong; Chung, Hyun Yeol; Park, Sam

    2015-05-01

    Conventional lithium-ion liquid-electrolyte batteries are widely used in portable electronic equipment such as laptop computers, cell phones, and electric vehicles; however, they have several drawbacks, including expensive sealing agents and inherent hazards of fire and leakages. All solid state batteries utilize solid state electrolytes to overcome the safety issues of liquid electrolytes. Drawbacks for all-solid state lithium-ion batteries include high resistance at ambient temperatures and design intricacies. This paper is a comprehensive review of all aspects of solid state batteries: their design, the materials used, and a detailed literature review of various important advances made in research. The paper exhaustively studies lithium based solid state batteries, as they are the most prevalent, but also considers non-lithium based systems. Non-lithium based solid state batteries are attaining widespread commercial applications, as are also lithium based polymeric solid state electrolytes. Tabular representations and schematic diagrams are provided to underscore the unique characteristics of solid state batteries and their capacity to occupy a niche in the alternative energy sector.

  18. High-Efficiency Nitride-Based Solid-State Lighting

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    Paul T. Fini; Shuji Nakamura

    2005-07-30

    In this final technical progress report we summarize research accomplished during Department of Energy contract DE-FC26-01NT41203, entitled ''High-Efficiency Nitride-Based Solid-State Lighting''. Two teams, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Principle Investigator: Dr. Shuji Nakamura) and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (led by Dr. N. Narendran), pursued the goals of this contract from thin film growth, characterization, and packaging/luminaire design standpoints. The UCSB team initially pursued the development of blue gallium nitride (GaN)-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, as well as ultraviolet GaN-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). In Year 2, the emphasis shifted to resonant-cavity light emitting diodes, also known as micro-cavity LEDs when extremely thin device cavities are fabricated. These devices have very directional emission and higher light extraction efficiency than conventional LEDs. Via the optimization of thin-film growth and refinement of device processing, we decreased the total cavity thickness to less than 1 {micro}m, such that micro-cavity effects were clearly observed and a light extraction efficiency of over 10% was reached. We also began the development of photonic crystals for increased light extraction, in particular for so-called ''guided modes'' which would otherwise propagate laterally in the device and be re-absorbed. Finally, we pursued the growth of smooth, high-quality nonpolar a-plane and m-plane GaN films, as well as blue light emitting diodes on these novel films. Initial nonpolar LEDs showed the expected behavior of negligible peak wavelength shift with increasing drive current. M-plane LEDs in particular show promise, as unpackaged devices had unsaturated optical output power of {approx} 3 mW at 200 mA drive current. The LRC's tasks were aimed at developing the subcomponents necessary for packaging UCSB's light emitting diodes, and packaging them to produce a white

  19. Nanocomposite Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Narayan, Sri R.; Kindler, Andrew; Whitacre, Jay F.

    2007-01-01

    Improved, solid-state photoelectrochemical cells for converting solar radiation to electricity have been proposed. (In general, photoelectrochemical cells convert incident light to electricity through electrochemical reactions.) It is predicted that in comparison with state-of-the-art photoelectrochemical cells, these cells will be found to operate with greater solar-to-electric energy-conversion efficiencies.

  20. Investigation of Space Based Solid State Coherent Lidar

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    Amzajerdian, Farzin

    2002-01-01

    This report describes the work performed over the period of October 1, 1997 through March 31, 2001. Under this contract, UAH/CAO participated in defining and designing the SPAce Readiness Coherent Lidar Experiment (SPARCLE) mission, and developed the instrument's optical subsystem. This work was performed in collaborative fashion with NASA/MSFC engineers at both UAH/CAO and NASA/MSFC facilities. Earlier work by the UAH/CAO had produced a preliminary top-level system design for the Shuttle lidar instrument meeting the proposed mission performance requirements and the Space Shuttle Hitchhiker canister volume constraints. The UAH/CAO system design efforts had concentrated on the optical and mechanical designs of the instrument. The instrument electronics were also addressed, and the major electronic components and their interfaces defined. The instrument design concept was mainly based on the state of the transmitter and local oscillator laser development at NASA Langley Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and utilized several lidar-related technologies that were either developed or evaluated by the NASA/MSFC and UAH/CAO scientists. UAH/CAO has developed a comprehensive coherent lidar numerical model capable of analyzing the performance of different instrument and mission concepts. This model uses the instrument configuration, atmospheric conditions and current velocity estimation theory to provide prediction of instrument performance during different phases of operation. This model can also optimize the design parameters of the instrument.

  1. Apollony photonic sponge based photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Ramiro-Manzano, Fernando; Atienzar, Pedro; Rodriguez, Isabelle; Meseguer, Francisco; Garcia, Hermenegildo; Corma, Avelino

    2007-01-21

    We have developed a quasi-fractal colloidal crystal to localize efficiently photons in a very broad optical spectral range; it has been applied to prepare dye sensitized photoelectrochemical solar (PES) cells able to harvest very efficiently photons from the ultraviolet (UV) and the visible (VIS) regions of the solar spectrum.

  2. Scintillation neutron detectors based on solid-state photomultipliers and lightguides

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    Litvin, V. S. Marin, V. N.; Karaevsky, S. K.; Trunov, D. N.; Axenov, S. N.; Stolyarov, A. A.; Sadykov, R. A.

    2016-01-15

    Neutron detectors based on scintillation screens ZnS(Ag)/LiF and solid-state photomultipliers have been developed. Lightguides are used to collect light. The application of a coincidence scheme provides a low dark count and a neutron detection efficiency as high as 70%. A scheme of x-y neutron detector based on wavelength shifting fibers is also proposed. Tests of the proposed versions of detectors in a neutron beam have shown their efficiency.

  3. All solid-state electric double-layer capacitors based on alkaline polyvinyl alcohol polymer electrolytes

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Hsu, Sung-Ting; Chien, Wen-Chen

    Solid-state electrochemical double-layer capacitors (ELDCs) based on alkaline polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) are prepared. Electrochemical capacitance performance of these capacitors is studied by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge testing, and ac impedance spectroscopy. For comparison, two types of EDLC cells are constructed and tested. It is found that an EDLC with a PVA polymer electrolyte exhibits much higher capacitance and longer cycle-life than one with the PP/PE separator. The specific capacitance for the EDLC with the PVA-based SPE is in the range of 100-112 F g -1, and depends on the scan rate or the charge-discharge current rates. The results also indicate that the solid-state EDLC shows a relatively stable specific capacitance of 100 F g -1 after 1000 cycles. The findings suggest that the PVA-based SPE is a promising material for use in EDLCs.

  4. Creation of functional solid-state composites based on black peat

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    Naumova, L. B.; Batalova, V. N.; Gorlenko, N. P.; Sarkisov, Yu S.; Kartashova, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    The paper presents investigations of composite materials based on black peats of Barabinskoe and Taganskoe deposits of the Tomsk region and carboxymethyl cellulose, both modified with iron (III) and copper (II) chloride solutions. In order to improve hydrophobic properties of compositions, optimum salt concentrations are detected. Water sorption and desorption isotherms are obtained for modified specimens. It is suggested to employ synthesized solid-state compositions as insulators in the capacity of both humidity controller and indoor-contaminant absorber.

  5. Polylactide-based microspheres prepared using solid-state copolymerized chitosan and d,l-lactide.

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    Demina, T S; Akopova, T A; Vladimirov, L V; Zelenetskii, A N; Markvicheva, E A; Grandfils, Ch

    2016-02-01

    Amphiphilic chitosan-g-poly(d,l-lactide) copolymers have been manufactured via solid-state mechanochemical copolymerization and tailored to design polyester-based microspheres for tissue engineering. A single-step solid-state reactive blending (SSRB) using low-temperature co-extrusion has been used to prepare these copolymers. These materials have been valorized to stabilize microspheres processed by an oil/water emulsion evaporation technique. Introduction of the copolymers either in water or in the oil phase of the emulsion allowed to replace a non-degradable emulsifier typically used for microparticle preparation. To enhance cell adhesion, these copolymers were also tailored to bring amino-saccharide positively charged segments to the microbead surface. Size distribution, surface morphology, and total microparticle yield have been studied and optimized as a function of the copolymer composition. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. High performance of a solid-state flexible asymmetric supercapacitor based on graphene films

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    Choi, Bong Gill; Chang, Sung-Jin; Kang, Hyun-Wook; Park, Chan Pil; Kim, Hae Jin; Hong, Won Hi; Lee, Sanggap; Huh, Yun Suk

    2012-07-01

    Solid-state flexible energy storage devices hold the key to realizing portable and flexible electronic devices. Achieving fully flexible energy storage devices requires that all of the essential components (i.e., electrodes, separator, and electrolyte) with specific electrochemical and interfacial properties are integrated into a single solid-state and mechanically flexible unit. In this study, we describe the fabrication of solid-state flexible asymmetric supercapacitors based on an ionic liquid functionalized-chemically modified graphene (IL-CMG) film (as the negative electrode) and a hydrous RuO2-IL-CMG composite film (as the positive electrode), separated with polyvinyl alcohol-H2SO4 electrolyte. The highly ordered macroscopic layer structures of these films arising through direct flow self-assembly make them simultaneously excellent electrical conductors and mechanical supports, allowing them to serve as flexible electrodes and current collectors in supercapacitor devices. Our asymmetric supercapacitors have been optimized with a maximum cell voltage up to 1.8 V and deliver a high energy density (19.7 W h kg-1) and power density (6.8 kW g-1), higher than those of symmetric supercapacitors based on IL-CMG films. They can operate even under an extremely high rate of 10 A g-1 with 79.4% retention of specific capacitance. Their superior flexibility and cycling stability are evident in their good performance stability over 2000 cycles under harsh mechanical conditions including twisted and bent states. These solid-state flexible asymmetric supercapacitors with their simple cell configuration could offer new design and fabrication opportunities for flexible energy storage devices that can combine high energy and power densities, high rate capability, and long-term cycling stability.Solid-state flexible energy storage devices hold the key to realizing portable and flexible electronic devices. Achieving fully flexible energy storage devices requires that all of the

  7. Modulation of a solid-state reversible fluorescent photoswitching based on a controllable photochromic pyrazolones

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    Liu, Hu; Guo, Jixi; Jia, Dianzeng; Guo, Mingxi; Le, Fuhe; Liu, Lang; Wu, Dongling; Li, Feng

    2014-08-15

    A novel solid-state reversible fluorescence photoswitching system (FPS) based on photochromism of photochromic pyrazolones has been developed by employing phosphor Sr{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} co-doped with europium ion and chlorine ion (Sr{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}–EC) and 1,3-diphenyl-4-(3-chlorobenzal)-5-hydroxypyrazole-4-phenylsemicarbazone (1a) as the fluorescence dye and the photochromic compound, respectively. With carefully selected components, the absorption band of the keto-form photochromic pyrazolones well overlaps with the emission peak of Sr{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}–EC. The fluorescence emission intensity of Sr{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}–EC is efficiently modulated by the photoisomerization of 1a with controlling the exposure time in the solid state. The fluorescence photoswitching system displayed high fluorescence quenching efficiency and remarkable fatigue resistance. It can be repeated 7 cycles without observable the changes of emission intensity. A fluorescence quenching efficiency can be achieved with a reversible colour change from white to yellow. - Graphical abstract: A novel fluorescence photoswitching system based on doping inorganic fluorescence dye into photochromic pyrazolones was constructed successfully. Its fluorescence emission could be efficiently modulated by the photoisomerization of pyrazolones. - Highlights: • A solid-state fluorescence photoswitching material was prepared. • Photoswitching is due to energy transfer between pyrazolone and fluorescence dye. • It exhibits excellent fluorescence contrast and fatigue resistance in the solid state.

  8. Base-by-base Ratcheting of Single Stranded DNA through a Solid-State Nanopore

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    Luan, Binquan; Peng, Hongbo; Polonsky, Stas; Rossnagel, Steve; Stolovitzky, Gustavo; Martyna, Glenn

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the base-by-base translocation dynamics of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) confined in a solid-state nanopore dressed with an electrostatic trap, using all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. We observe on the simulation time scale of tens of nanoseconds that ssDNA can be driven through the nanopore in a ratchet-like fashion, with a step size equal to the spacing between neighboring phosphate groups in the ssDNA backbone. A 1D-Langevin-like model is derived from atomistic dynamics which can quantitatively describe simulation results and can be used to study dynamics on longer time-scales. The controlled ratcheting motion of DNA could potentially enhance the signal-to-noise ratio for nanoelectronic DNA sensing technologies. PMID:20867275

  9. Color-Tunable Solid-State Fluorescence Emission from Carbazole-Based BODIPYs.

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    Maeda, Chihiro; Todaka, Takumi; Ueda, Tomomi; Ema, Tadashi

    2016-05-23

    Several carbazole-based boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) dyes were synthesized by organometallic approaches. Thiazole, benzothiazole, imidazole, benzimidazole, triazole, and indolone substituents were introduced at the 1-position of the carbazole moiety, and boron complexation of each dipyrrin generated the corresponding compounds 1, 2 a, and 3-6. The properties of these products were investigated by UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, X-ray crystallography, and DFT calculations. These compounds exhibited large Stokes shifts, and compounds 1, 2 a, and 3-5 fluoresced both in solution and in the solid state. Complex 2 a showed the highest fluorescence quantum yield (ΦF ) in the solid state, therefore boron complexes of the carbazole-benzothiazole hybrids 2 b-f, which had several different substituents, were prepared and the effects of the substituents on the photophysical properties of the compounds were examined. The fluorescence properties showed good correlation with the results of crystal-packing analyses, and the dyes exhibited color-tunable solid-state fluorescence.

  10. Optical characterization of nitride-based light-emitting diodes for solid-state lighting applications

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    Masui, Hisashi

    This dissertation describes research dedicated to the solid-state lighting technology based on III-nitride light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Nitride semiconductors are rather an immature material system compared to conventional III-V semiconductors. As the solid-state lighting technology based on nitride optoelectronic devices becomes widely accepted in the market, solid-state technology is required to compete with the conventional vacuum lighting technology, especially in energy efficiency. In addition to such energy-efficiency requirements, solid-state optoelectronic devices have the potential to explore new applications based on their unique properties. The research was conducted as a way of optical characterization of LEDs with a strong emphasis on electroluminescence. Device-packaging techniques were introduced in the early stage of the research to evaluate performances of discrete LEDs including phosphor-combined white-light emitting devices. Light extraction and white-LED fabrication were of direct interest in terms of solid-state lighting, which occupies a large part of the present dissertation. The suspended-LED technique was introduced to improve light extraction and the sphere package was invented as a result of the technique. A phosphor-combined sphere LED achieved as high as 117 lm/W of luminous efficacy. Low-temperature characterization is important to evaluate light-emission efficiency of LEDs, especially the internal quantum efficiency. It was a generally known problem that electroluminescence efficiency deteriorates drastically at low temperature where photoluminescence efficiency remains high. High-quality LEDs prepared on GaN bulk substrates that became available during the present project contributed to the low-temperature study, largely to address the problem. Electroluminescence is related to carrier generation processes via low-temperature measurements on such high-quality LEDs. This study produced a model to explain electroluminescence

  11. Solid-state, polymer-based fiber solar cells with carbon nanotube electrodes.

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    Liu, Dianyi; Zhao, Mingyan; Li, Yan; Bian, Zuqiang; Zhang, Luhui; Shang, Yuanyuan; Xia, Xinyuan; Zhang, Sen; Yun, Daqin; Liu, Zhiwei; Cao, Anyuan; Huang, Chunhui

    2012-12-21

    Most previous fiber-shaped solar cells were based on photoelectrochemical systems involving liquid electrolytes, which had issues such as device encapsulation and stability. Here, we deposited classical semiconducting polymer-based bulk heterojunction layers onto stainless steel wires to form primary electrodes and adopted carbon nanotube thin films or densified yarns to replace conventional metal counter electrodes. The polymer-based fiber cells with nanotube film or yarn electrodes showed power conversion efficiencies in the range 1.4% to 2.3%, with stable performance upon rotation and large-angle bending and during long-time storage without further encapsulation. Our fiber solar cells consisting of a polymeric active layer sandwiched between steel and carbon electrodes have potential in the manufacturing of low-cost, liquid-free, and flexible fiber-based photovoltaics.

  12. Mutual injection phase locking coherent combination of solid-state lasers based on corner cube.

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    Cheng, Yong; Liu, Xu; Wan, Qiang; Zhu, Mengzhen; Mi, Chaowei; Tan, Chaoyong; Wei, Shangfang; Chen, Xia

    2013-12-01

    Coherent beam combination is an effective way to develop high-power lasers with high beam quality and high brightness. Coherent combination of six solid-state lasers based on the technique of mutual injection phase locking by using the natural coherent combination property of corner cube is first investigated. The coherent combination with 15.3 J of output energy, 1.7 mrad of divergent angle is obtained, and the combining efficiency is as high as 95.6% at 10 Hz and 85 A. The far-field profile is flattened protuberance.

  13. Structural modeling of Vpu from HIV-1 based on solid-state NMR observables

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    Ahn, SeonJoo; Lim, GyuTae; Nam, Seungyoon; Lee, Jinhyuk

    2014-04-01

    Vpu is one of the accessory proteins of HIV-1, and is involved in viral particle release. Viral particle release is enhanced by two proposed functions of Vpu: (i) tetherin interaction and (ii) membrane polarization. Two Vpu functions in viral particle release are still controversial. Here, we investigated the proposed functions by extensive structural modeling of Vpu based on solid-state NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) observables. We found that Vpu can co-exist in two structural forms: left-handed and right-handed conformation. The co-existence of the two conformations provides a clue to reconcile the controversial issue of its two functions in virus particle release.

  14. Simulation of solid-state dye solar cells based on organic and Perovskite sensitizers

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    Di Carlo, Aldo; Gentilini, Desireé; Gagliardi, Alessio

    2015-03-01

    In this work we present a multiscale numerical simulation of solid-state Dye and Perovskite Solar Cells where the real morphology of the mesoporous active layer is taken into account. Band alignment and current densities are computed using the drift-diffusion model. In the case of Dye cells, a portion of the real interface is merged between two regions described using the effective medium approximation, casting light on the role of trapped states at the interface between TiO2 / Dye / hole transporting materials. A second case of study is the simulation of Perovskite Solar Cell where the performances of cells based on Alumina and Titania mesoporous layer are compared.

  15. Flexible solid-state supercapacitors based on carbon nanoparticles/MnO2 nanorods hybrid structure.

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    Yuan, Longyan; Lu, Xi-Hong; Xiao, Xu; Zhai, Teng; Dai, Junjie; Zhang, Fengchao; Hu, Bin; Wang, Xue; Gong, Li; Chen, Jian; Hu, Chenguo; Tong, Yexiang; Zhou, Jun; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-01-24

    A highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor was fabricated through a simple flame synthesis method and electrochemical deposition process based on a carbon nanoparticles/MnO(2) nanorods hybrid structure using polyvinyl alcohol/H(3)PO(4) electrolyte. Carbon fabric is used as a current collector and electrode (mechanical support), leading to a simplified, highly flexible, and lightweight architecture. The device exhibited good electrochemical performance with an energy density of 4.8 Wh/kg at a power density of 14 kW/kg, and a demonstration of a practical device is also presented, highlighting the path for its enormous potential in energy management.

  16. Highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor based on graphene/polypyrrole hydrogel

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    Wu, Xinming; Lian, Meng

    2017-09-01

    Polymer-based solid-state supercapacitors (PSCs) have potential for large-scale flexible energy storage applications because of their high electrochemical activity and the low cost. However, one of the obstacles to developing PSCs is maintaining the high flexibility (horizontal and vertical) and cycle stability along with a high specific capacitance. Thus, to develop high-flexible PSCs with excellent cycle stability, this paper presents a novel and highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor based on a graphene/polypyrrole hydrogel (PGH) with long cycle performance that was prepared via a simple heating approach. Specifically, the pore structures based on the PGH not only introduce more electrochemically active surfaces for absorption/desorption of electrolyte ions but also provide additional mechanical flexibility. The unique structural design for flexible supercapacitors exhibits a high specific capacitance of 363 F cm-3 at a current density of 1.0 mA cm-3 and excellent cycle stability with a capacitance retention of 98.6% after 12000 charge/discharge cycles under bent, folded and twisted states. The remarkable electrochemical and flexible properties of the PGH developed in this study are higher than those of similar polypyrrole (PPy)-based supercapacitors previously reported.

  17. Solid-state supercapacitors with ionic liquid based gel polymer electrolyte: Effect of lithium salt addition

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    Pandey, G. P.; Hashmi, S. A.

    2013-12-01

    Performance characteristics of the solid-state supercapacitors fabricated with ionic liquid (IL) incorporated gel polymer electrolyte and acid treated multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) electrodes have been studied. The effect of Li-salt (LiPF6) addition in the IL (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl) trifluorophosphate, EMImFAP) based gel electrolyte on the performance of supercapacitors has been specifically investigated. The LiPF6/IL/poly(vinylidine fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) gel electrolyte film possesses excellent electrochemical window of 4 V (from -2.0 to 2.0 V), high ionic conductivity ˜2.6 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 20 °C and high enough thermal stability. The comparative performance of supercapacitors employing electrolytes with and without lithium salt has been evaluated by impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetric studies. The acid-treated MWCNT electrodes show specific capacitance of ˜127 F g-1 with IL/LiPF6 containing gel polymer electrolyte as compared to that with the gel polymer electrolyte without Li-salt, showing the value of ˜76 F g-1. The long cycling stability of the solid state supercapacitor based on the Li-salt containing gel polymer electrolyte confirms the electrochemical stability of the electrolyte.

  18. Flexible Asymmetrical Solid-State Supercapacitors Based on Laboratory Filter Paper.

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    Zhang, Leicong; Zhu, Pengli; Zhou, Fengrui; Zeng, Wenjin; Su, Haibo; Li, Gang; Gao, Jihua; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2016-01-26

    In this study, a flexible asymmetrical all-solid-state supercapacitor with high electrochemical performance was fabricated with Ni/MnO2-filter paper (FP) as the positive electrode and Ni/active carbon (AC)-filter paper as negative electrode, separated with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-Na2SO4 electrolyte. A simple procedure, such as electroless plating, was introduced to prepare the Ni/MnO2-FP electrode on the conventional laboratory FP, combined with the subsequent step of electrodeposition. Electrochemical results show that the as-prepared electrodes display outstanding areal specific capacitance (1900 mF/cm(2) at 5 mV/s) and excellent cycling performance (85.1% retention after 1000 cycles at 20 mA/cm(2)). Such a flexible supercapacitor assembled asymmetrically in the solid state exhibits a large volume energy density (0.78 mWh/cm(3)) and superior flexibility under different bending conditions. It has been demonstrated that the supercapacitors could be used as a power source to drive a 3 V light-emitting diode indicator. This study may provide an available method for designing and fabricating flexible supercapacitors with high performance in the application of wearable and portable electronics based on easily available materials.

  19. A Low-Noise Solid-State Nanopore Platform Based on a Highly Insulating Substrate

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    Lee, Min-Hyun; Kumar, Ashvani; Park, Kyeong-Beom; Cho, Seong-Yong; Kim, Hyun-Mi; Lim, Min-Cheol; Kim, Young-Rok; Kim, Ki-Bum

    2014-01-01

    A solid-state nanopore platform with a low noise level and sufficient sensitivity to discriminate single-strand DNA (ssDNA) homopolymers of poly-A40 and poly-T40 using ionic current blockade sensing is proposed and demonstrated. The key features of this platform are (a) highly insulating dielectric substrates that are used to mitigate the effect of parasitic capacitance elements, which decrease the ionic current RMS noise level to sub-10 pA and (b) ultra-thin silicon nitride membranes with a physical thickness of 5 nm (an effective thickness of 2.4 nm estimated from the ionic current) are used to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio and the spatial depth resolution. The utilization of an ultra-thin membrane and a nanopore diameter as small as 1.5 nm allow the successful discrimination of 40 nucleotide ssDNA poly-A40 and poly-T40. Overall, we demonstrate that this platform overcomes several critical limitations of solid-state nanopores and opens the door to a wide range of applications in single-molecule-based detection and analysis. PMID:25502421

  20. Ion chromatography detector based on solid-state ion-selective electrode array.

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    Lee, D K; Lee, H J; Cha, G S; Nam, H; Paeng, K J

    2000-12-15

    A variety of neutral carrier type ionophores for monovalent cations were employed to prepare solid-state cation-selective electrodes (SSEs) for use as a detector in single-column ion chromatography (IC). The polyurethane-based pseudoreference electrode made it possible to assemble an array type SSE detector for IC. An SSE-based detector provides not only the overall chromatogram for the separated ion species (monensin methyl ester-nonactin-based membrane), but also the enhanced chromatogram for specified ions of interest (valinomycin as K+ and nonactin for NH4+). This feature makes it possible to perform highly quantitative analysis with low detection limits even if the separation efficiency of the ion-exchange is not sufficient. Since SSE-based IC detectors are easily miniaturized and replaceable at low cost, they are an ideal component of a portable IC system.

  1. Solid-state characterization of sertraline base-β-cyclodextrin inclusion complex.

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    Ogawa, Noriko; Hashimoto, Takuro; Furuishi, Takayuki; Nagase, Hiromasa; Endo, Tomohiro; Yamamoto, Hiromitsu; Kawashima, Yoshiaki; Ueda, Haruhisa

    2015-03-25

    Sertraline is one of the serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors that is effective in treating several disorders such as major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia. It is marketed in the form of its hydrochloride salt, which exhibits better solubility in water than its free base form. However, the absorption of sertraline through biological membranes could be improved by enhancing the solubility of its base because it is more hydrophobic than sertraline hydrochloride. To clarify the mechanism for the interaction of sertraline base with β-CD, it is important to study the basic interaction between the β-CD ring and sertraline base. Therefore, in this study, the currently used hydrochloride salt form was converted into the free base and β-CD was used as a model for β-CD derivatives to evaluate the interaction between β-CD and the sertraline base. The solid-state physicochemical characteristics of the sertraline-β-CD complex were investigated by the phase solubility method, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, FT-Raman spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and (13)C cross-polarization magic-angle spinning NMR measurements. The results showed that sertraline base and β-CD form an inclusion complex, and the stoichiometric ratio of the solid-state sertraline base-β-CD complex is 1:1, which was estimated by the (1)H NMR measurements of the complex dissolved in DMSO-d6. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Ground penetrating detection using miniaturized radar system based on solid state microwave sensor.

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    Yao, B M; Fu, L; Chen, X S; Lu, W; Guo, H; Gui, Y S; Hu, C-M

    2013-12-01

    We propose a solid-state-sensor-based miniaturized microwave radar technique, which allows a rapid microwave phase detection for continuous wave operation using a lock-in amplifier rather than using expensive and complicated instruments such as vector network analyzers. To demonstrate the capability of this sensor-based imaging technique, the miniaturized system has been used to detect embedded targets in sand by measuring the reflection for broadband microwaves. Using the reconstruction algorithm, the imaging of the embedded target with a diameter less than 5 cm buried in the sands with a depth of 5 cm or greater is clearly detected. Therefore, the sensor-based approach emerges as an innovative and cost-effective way for ground penetrating detection.

  3. Hierarchical Corannulene-Based Materials: Energy Transfer and Solid-State Photophysics.

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    Rice, Allison M; Fellows, W Brett; Dolgopolova, Ekaterina A; Greytak, Andrew B; Vannucci, Aaron K; Smith, Mark D; Karakalos, Stavros G; Krause, Jeanette A; Avdoshenko, Stanislav M; Popov, Alexey A; Shustova, Natalia B

    2017-04-10

    We report the first example of a donor-acceptor corannulene-containing hybrid material with rapid ligand-to-ligand energy transfer (ET). Additionally, we provide the first time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) data for any corannulene-based compounds in the solid state. Comprehensive analysis of PL data in combination with theoretical calculations of donor-acceptor exciton coupling was employed to estimate ET rate and efficiency in the prepared material. The ligand-to-ligand ET rate calculated using two models is comparable with that observed in fullerene-containing materials, which are generally considered for molecular electronics development. Thus, the presented studies not only demonstrate the possibility of merging the intrinsic properties of π-bowls, specifically corannulene derivatives, with the versatility of crystalline hybrid scaffolds, but could also foreshadow the engineering of a novel class of hierarchical corannulene-based hybrid materials for optoelectronic devices.

  4. GPU-based acceleration of free energy calculations in solid state physics

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    Januszewski, Michał; Ptok, Andrzej; Crivelli, Dawid; Gardas, Bartłomiej

    2015-07-01

    Obtaining a thermodynamically accurate phase diagram through numerical calculations is a computationally expensive problem that is crucially important to understanding the complex phenomena of solid state physics, such as superconductivity. In this work we show how this type of analysis can be significantly accelerated through the use of modern GPUs. We illustrate this with a concrete example of free energy calculation in multi-band iron-based superconductors, known to exhibit a superconducting state with oscillating order parameter (OP). Our approach can also be used for classical BCS-type superconductors. With a customized algorithm and compiler tuning we are able to achieve a 19×speedup compared to the CPU (119×compared to a single CPU core), reducing calculation time from minutes to mere seconds, enabling the analysis of larger systems and the elimination of finite size effects.

  5. Solid state dye lasers based on LDS 698 doped in modified polymethyl methacrylate.

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    Fan, Rongwei; Xia, Yuanqin; Chen, Deying

    2008-06-23

    Broad band solid state dye lasers based on LDS 698 doped in modified polymethyl methacrylate (MPMMA) with laser wavelength about 650 nm were demonstrated. It was demonstrated that the fluorescence spectra of LDS 698 in solid host MPMMA displays an obvious blue shift about 50 nm comparing with that in ethanol solution. The dye concentration has great effect on the laser's performance including laser slope efficiency and lifetime. The lifetime increased dramatically with the increase of the LDS 698 concentration. With pump repetition rate of 10 Hz and intensity of 0.1 J/cm(2), the maximum lifetime 300,000 shots corresponding normalized photostability 102 GJ/mol was obtained with LDS 698 at 1.5 x 10(-4)mol/L.

  6. Few-layer black phosphorus based saturable absorber mirror for pulsed solid-state lasers.

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    Ma, Jie; Lu, Shunbin; Guo, Zhinan; Xu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Han; Tang, Dingyuan; Fan, Dianyuan

    2015-08-24

    We experimentally demonstrated that few-layer black phosphorus (BP) could be used as an optical modulator for solid-state lasers to generate short laser pulses. The BP flakes were fabricated by the liquid phase exfoliation method and drop-casted on a high-reflection mirror to form a BP-based saturable absorber mirror (BP-SAM). Stable Q-switched pulses with a pulse width of 620 ns at the wavelength of 1046 nm were obtained in a Yb:CaYAlO(4) (Yb:CYA) laser with the BP-SAM. The generated pulse train has a repetition rate of 113.6 kHz and an average output power of 37 mW. Our results show that the BP-SAMs could have excellent prospective for ultrafast photonics applications.

  7. Solid-state-based laser system as a replacement for Ar+ lasers.

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    Beck, Tobias; Rein, Benjamin; Sörensen, Fabian; Walther, Thomas

    2016-09-15

    We report on a solid-state-based laser system at 1028 nm. The light is generated by a diode laser seeded ytterbium fiber amplifier. In two build-up cavities, its frequency is doubled and quadrupled to 514 nm and 257 nm, respectively. At 514 nm, the system delivers up to 4.7 W of optical power. In the fourth harmonic, up to 173 mW are available limited by the nonlinear crystal. The frequency of the laser is mode-hop-free tunable by 16 GHz in 10 ms in the UV. Therefore, the system is suitable as a low maintenance, efficient, and tunable narrowband replacement for frequency doubled Ar+ laser systems.

  8. Novel solid state proton-conductors based on polymeric non-oxy acids. Final report

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    Appleby, A.J.; Srinivasan, S.; Parthasarathy, A.; Gonzalez, E.R.; DesMarteau, D.; Gillette, M.S.; Ghosh, J.K.; Jalan, V.; Desai, M.

    1992-01-01

    Objectives of this project were to prepare and characterize novel solid state proton-conductors and to evaluate these compounds as fuel cell electrolytes. The thrust was on the synthesis of new proton-conducting ``model`` and ``polymeric`` compounds, based on acid functions of the type (R{sub f}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}NH and (R{sub f}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}CH{sub 2} in appropriate fluorinated carbon structures, their physics-chemical characterization (Infra-red, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, and X-ray Diffraction), and is pro. evaluation as candidate fuel cell electrolytes for use at elevated temperatures. This project consisted of four tasks (i) Synthesis of Proton-Conducting Polymer Electrolytes; (ii) Physical and Chemical Characterization of Proton-Conducting Polymer Electrolytes; (iii) Electrochemical Characterization of Proton-Conducting Polymer Electrolytes; and (iv) Evaluation of Proton-Conducting Polymer Electrolytes for Fuel Cells.

  9. Thermal effect of diode-pumped solid state lasers based on composite crystals

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    Hao, Ming-ming; Lu, Guo-guang; Zhu, Hong-bo; Huang, Yun; En, Yun-fei

    2013-12-01

    Thermal effect of diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSL) based on YAP/Tm:YAP composite crystal is studied by using of finite element method (FEM). It is found that the peak temperature in a composite rod decreases to less than 80% of that in a non-composite crystal. Thermal stress of composite rod is obviously reduced to less than 70% comparing with non-composite crystal. It is also demonstrated that length of thermal lens unchanged with increasing of un-doped crystal length, which means that beam quality of composite laser wouldn't be improved by non-composite crystal. Therefore, it is concluded that using composite crystal would benefit for the properties of temperature and heat stress while insignificance for beam quality of DPSSL.

  10. All-solid-state micro-supercapacitors based on inkjet printed graphene electrodes

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    Li, Jiantong; Mishukova, Viktoriia; Östling, Mikael

    2016-09-01

    The all-solid-state graphene-based in-plane micro-supercapacitors are fabricated simply through reliable inkjet printing of pristine graphene in interdigitated structure on silicon wafers to serve as both electrodes and current collectors, and a following drop casting of polymer electrolytes (polyvinyl alcohol/H3PO4). Benefiting from the printing processing, an attractive porous electrode microstructure with a large number of vertically orientated graphene flakes is observed. The devices exhibit commendable areal capacitance over 0.1 mF/cm2 and a long cycle life of over 1000 times. The simple and scalable fabrication technique for efficient micro-supercapacitors is promising for on-chip energy storage applications in emerging electronics.

  11. Solid-state semiconductor optical cryocooler based on CdS nanobelts.

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    Li, Dehui; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xinjiang; Huang, Baoling; Xiong, Qihua

    2014-08-13

    We demonstrate the laser cooling of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate using CdS nanobelts. The local temperature change of the SOI substrate exactly beneath the CdS nanobelts is deduced from the ratio of the Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman intensities from the Si layer on the top of the SOI substrate. We have achieved a 30 and 20 K net cooling starting from 290 K under a 3.8 mW 514 nm and a 4.4 mW 532 nm pumping, respectively. In contrast, a laser heating effect has been observed pumped by 502 and 488 nm lasers. Theoretical analysis based on the general static heat conduction module in the Ansys program package is conducted, which agrees well with the experimental results. Our investigations demonstrate the laser cooling capability of an external thermal load, suggesting the applications of II-VI semiconductors in all-solid-state optical cryocoolers.

  12. All solid-state comb-like network polymer electrolytes based on poly(methylsiloxane)

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    Jiang, Hui; Fang, Shibi

    All solid-state comb-like network polymer electrolytes (CNPE) based on poly(methylsiloxane) with pendant PEO chains as internal plasticizing chains (IPC) have been designed and synthesized. Ultraviolet (UV) polymerization method was applied for the curing of CNPEs. Effects of the network structure on the conductive properties and mechanical properties were discussed in details. Ionic conductivity of the prepared CNPE is one order of magnitude larger than those without IPCs, which suggests that the expected drop of conductivity caused by crosslinking has been well compensated by the introduction of IPCs. Maximum conductivity of 1.01 × 10 -4 S cm -1 and maximum tensile strength of 0.66 MPa were obtained at 30 °C. Electrochemical stability and electrolyte/electrodes interfacial stability properties were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and ac impedance, respectively.

  13. Reversible Luminescence Modulation upon an Electric Field on a Full Solid-State Device Based on Lanthanide Dimers.

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    Yi, Xiaohui; Shang, Jie; Pan, Liang; Tan, Hongwei; Chen, Bin; Liu, Gang; Huang, Gang; Bernot, Kevin; Guillou, Olivier; Li, Run-Wei

    2016-06-22

    Switching luminescence of lanthanide-based molecules through an external electric field is considered as a promising approach toward novel functional molecule-based devices. Classic routes use casted films and liquid electrolyte as media for redox reactions. Such protocol, even if efficient, is relatively hard to turn into an effective solid-state device. In this work, we explicitly synthesize lanthanide-based dimers whose luminescent behavior is affected by the presence of Cu(2+) ions. Excellent evaporability of the dimers and utilization of Cu(2+)-based solid-state electrolyte makes it possible to reproduce solution behavior at the solid state. Reversible modulation of Cu(2+) ions transport can be achieved by an electric field in a solid-state device, where lanthanide-related luminescence is driven by an electric field. These findings provide a proof-of-concept alternative approach for electrically driven modulation of solid-state luminescence and show promising potential for information storage media in the future.

  14. All-Solution-Based Aggregation Control in Solid-State Photon Upconverting Organic Model Composites.

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    Goudarzi, Hossein; Keivanidis, Panagiotis E

    2017-01-11

    Hitherto, great strides have been made in the development of organic systems that exhibit triplet-triplet annihilation-induced photon-energy upconversion (TTA-UC). Yet, the exact role of intermolecular states in solid-state TTA-UC composites remains elusive. Here we perform a comprehensive spectroscopic study in a series of solution-processable solid-state TTA-UC organic composites with increasing segregated phase content for elucidating the impact of aggregate formation in their TTA-UC properties. Six different states of aggregation are reached in composites of the 9,10-diphenylanthracene (DPA) blue emitter mixed with the (2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octaethylporphyrinato)platinum(II) sensitizer (PtOEP) in a fixed nominal ratio (2 wt % PtOEP). Fine-tuning of the PtOEP and DPA phase segregation in these composites is achieved with a low-temperature solution-processing protocol when three different solvents of increasing boiling point are alternatively used and when the binary DPA:PtOEP system is dispersed in the optically inert polystyrene (PS) matrix (PS:DPA:PtOEP). Time-gated (in the nanosecond and microsecond time scales) photoluminescence measurements identify the upper level of PtOEP segregation at which the PtOEP aggregate-based networks favor PtOEP triplet exciton migration toward the PtOEP:DPA interfaces and triplet energy transfer to the DPA triplet manifold. The maximum DPA TTA-UC luminescence intensity is ensured when the bimolecular annihilation constant of PtOEP remains close to γTTA-PtOEP = 1.1 × 10(-13) cm(3) s(-1). Beyond this PtOEP segregation level, the DPA TTA-UC luminescence intensity decreases because of losses caused by the generation of PtOEP delayed fluorescence and DPA phosphorescence in the nanosecond and microsecond time scales, respectively.

  15. Conformal, Nanoscale ZnO Surface Modification of Garnet-Based Solid-State Electrolyte for Lithium Metal Anodes.

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    Wang, Chengwei; Gong, Yunhui; Liu, Boyang; Fu, Kun; Yao, Yonggang; Hitz, Emily; Li, Yiju; Dai, Jiaqi; Xu, Shaomao; Luo, Wei; Wachsman, Eric D; Hu, Liangbing

    2017-01-11

    Solid-state electrolytes are known for nonflammability, dendrite blocking, and stability over large potential windows. Garnet-based solid-state electrolytes have attracted much attention for their high ionic conductivities and stability with lithium metal anodes. However, high-interface resistance with lithium anodes hinders their application to lithium metal batteries. Here, we demonstrate an ultrathin, conformal ZnO surface coating by atomic layer deposition for improved wettability of garnet solid-state electrolytes to molten lithium that significantly decreases the interface resistance to as low as ∼20 Ω·cm(2). The ZnO coating demonstrates a high reactivity with lithium metal, which is systematically characterized. As a proof-of-concept, we successfully infiltrated lithium metal into porous garnet electrolyte, which can potentially serve as a self-supported lithium metal composite anode having both high ionic and electrical conductivity for solid-state lithium metal batteries. The facile surface treatment method offers a simple strategy to solve the interface problem in solid-state lithium metal batteries with garnet solid electrolytes.

  16. Detection of fluorescence lifetime based on solid state technology and its application to optical oxygen sensing

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    Gruber, Wolfgang R.; O'Leary, Paul; Wolfbeis, Otto S.

    1995-05-01

    This paper presents the development of an instrument using solid state components for luminescence lifetime based sensing. For a number of applications luminescence lifetime based sensing is the preferred method because of its inherent referencing possibility. Further, lifetime based instrumentation promises a simplified optical construction, since the measurement is, within certain limits, independent of the signal intensity. Various measurement schemes have been reported, especially for optical oxygen sensors, using dynamic fluorescence quenching as the information carrier. However, most of them require bulky and expensive instrumentation because of the need for high-frequency modulated excitation sources and detection systems. In general photo-multipliers have been required. We report on the development of a measurement scheme using low-cost semiconductor devices (light emitting diodes, photo-diodes). The detection system is based on heterodyne demodulation techniques for reduction of the signal frequency range. The basic principles of the system is described and a comparison with existing measurement schemes is presented. The capabilities of the system are demonstrated with measurements on two sensor types having luminescence lifetimes in the range of 1 microsecond(s) and 50 microsecond(s) . Finally, a custom CMOS integrated circuit is presented which implements the front-end of the detection system.

  17. Controlling Growth of Novel Solid-State Materials via Discrete Molybdenum-Oxide-Based Building Blocks as Synthons

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    Cronin, Leroy; Kögerler, Paul; Müller, Achim

    2000-06-01

    The understanding of the fundamental principles behind the growth of materials from discrete molecules to new solid-state materials is presently a great challenge. Herein novel nanoscale polyoxometalate clusters with circular and spherical topologies are described and examples that have application in the study of molecular growth processes are highlighted. This is because it is now possible to control the formation of solid-state structures from certain types of polyoxometalate fragments that can be described as synthon-based building blocks. This ability, combined with the enormous number of ways that these building blocks can be linked together, is opening completely new and fascinating avenues for the synthesis of solid-state structures with predesigned properties.

  18. All-solid-state flexible supercapacitors based on papers coated with carbon nanotubes and ionic-liquid-based gel electrolytes.

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    Kang, Yu Jin; Chung, Haegeun; Han, Chi-Hwan; Kim, Woong

    2012-02-17

    All-solid-state flexible supercapacitors were fabricated using carbon nanotubes (CNTs), regular office papers, and ionic-liquid-based gel electrolytes. Flexible electrodes were made by coating CNTs on office papers by a drop-dry method. The gel electrolyte was prepared by mixing fumed silica nanopowders with ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMIM][NTf(2)]). This supercapacitor showed high power and energy performance as a solid-state flexible supercapacitor. The specific capacitance of the CNT electrodes was 135 F g(-1) at a current density of 2 A g(-1), when considering the mass of active materials only. The maximum power and energy density of the supercapacitors were 164 kW kg(-1) and 41 Wh kg(-1), respectively. Interestingly, the solid-state supercapacitor with the gel electrolyte showed comparable performance to the supercapacitors with ionic-liquid electrolyte. Moreover, the supercapacitor showed excellent stability and flexibility. The CNT/paper- and gel-based supercapacitors may hold great potential for low-cost and high-performance flexible energy storage applications.

  19. A 6 GW nanosecond solid-state generator based on semiconductor opening switch

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    Gusev, A. I.; Pedos, M. S.; Rukin, S. N.; Timoshenkov, S. P.; Tsyranov, S. N.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a nanosecond all solid-state generator providing peak power of up to 6 GW, output voltage of 500-900 kV, pulse length (full width at half maximum) of ˜7 ns across external loads of 40-100 Ω, and pulse repetition frequency up to 1 kHz in burst operation mode is described. The output pulse is generated by a semiconductor opening switch (SOS). A new SOS pumping circuit based on a double forming line (DFL) is proposed and its implementation described. As compared with a lumped capacitors-based pumping circuit, the DFL allows minimization of the inductance and stray capacitance of the reverse pumping circuit, and thus, an increase in the SOS cutoff current amplitude and generator output peak power as a whole. The pumping circuit provides a reverse current increasing through the SOS up to 14 kA within ˜12 ns. The SOS cuts off the current in ˜2 ns; the current cutoff rate reaches 7 kA/ns. The SOS braking power (the product of peak voltage and cutoff current) for an external load above 100 Ω is 13 GW.

  20. Laser Hardening Prediction Tool Based On a Solid State Transformations Numerical Model

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    Martinez, S.; Ukar, E.; Lamikiz, A.

    2011-01-17

    This paper presents a tool to predict hardening layer in selective laser hardening processes where laser beam heats the part locally while the bulk acts as a heat sink.The tool to predict accurately the temperature field in the workpiece is a numerical model that combines a three dimensional transient numerical solution for heating where is possible to introduce different laser sources. The thermal field was modeled using a kinetic model based on Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. Considering this equation, an experimental adjustment of transformation parameters was carried out to get the heating transformation diagrams (CHT). With the temperature field and CHT diagrams the model predicts the percentage of base material converted into austenite. These two parameters are used as first step to estimate the depth of hardened layer in the part.The model has been adjusted and validated with experimental data for DIN 1.2379, cold work tool steel typically used in mold and die making industry. This steel presents solid state diffusive transformations at relative low temperature. These transformations must be considered in order to get good accuracy of temperature field prediction during heating phase. For model validation, surface temperature measured by pyrometry, thermal field as well as the hardened layer obtained from metallographic study, were compared with the model data showing a good adjustment.

  1. Study of dual wavelength composite output of solid state laser based on adjustment of resonator parameters

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    Wang, Lei; Nie, Jinsong; Wang, Xi; Hu, Yuze

    2016-10-01

    The 1064nm fundamental wave (FW) and the 532nm second harmonic wave (SHW) of Nd:YAG laser have been widely applied in many fields. In some military applications requiring interference in both visible and near-infrared spectrum range, the de-identification interference technology based on the dual wavelength composite output of FW and SHW offers an effective way of making the device or equipment miniaturized and low cost. In this paper, the application of 1064nm and 532nm dual-wavelength composite output technology in military electro-optical countermeasure is studied. A certain resonator configuration that can achieve composite laser output with high power, high beam quality and high repetition rate is proposed. Considering the thermal lens effect, the stability of this certain resonator is analyzed based on the theory of cavity transfer matrix. It shows that with the increase of thermal effect, the intracavity fundamental mode volume decreased, resulting the peak fluctuation of cavity stability parameter. To explore the impact the resonator parameters does to characteristics and output ratio of composite laser, the solid-state laser's dual-wavelength composite output models in both continuous and pulsed condition are established by theory of steady state equation and rate equation. Throughout theoretical simulation and analysis, the optimal KTP length and best FW transmissivity are obtained. The experiment is then carried out to verify the correctness of theoretical calculation result.

  2. Model Predictive Control of A Matrix-Converter Based Solid State Transformer for Utility Grid Interaction

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    Xue, Yaosuo

    2016-01-01

    The matrix converter solid state transformer (MC-SST), formed from the back-to-back connection of two three-to-single-phase matrix converters, is studied for use in the interconnection of two ac grids. The matrix converter topology provides a light weight and low volume single-stage bidirectional ac-ac power conversion without the need for a dc link. Thus, the lifetime limitations of dc-bus storage capacitors are avoided. However, space vector modulation of this type of MC-SST requires to compute vectors for each of the two MCs, which must be carefully coordinated to avoid commutation failure. An additional controller is also required to control power exchange between the two ac grids. In this paper, model predictive control (MPC) is proposed for an MC-SST connecting two different ac power grids. The proposed MPC predicts the circuit variables based on the discrete model of MC-SST system and the cost function is formulated so that the optimal switch vector for the next sample period is selected, thereby generating the required grid currents for the SST. Simulation and experimental studies are carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness and simplicity of the proposed MPC for such MC-SST-based grid interfacing systems.

  3. Solid-state (49/47)Ti NMR of titanium-based MCM-41 hybrid materials.

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    Ballesteros, Ruth; Fajardo, Mariano; Sierra, Isabel; Force, Carmen; del Hierro, Isabel

    2009-11-03

    Titanium solid-state NMR spectroscopy data for a series of organic-inorganic titanium MCM-41 based materials have been collected. These materials have been synthesized by first modifying the mesoporous silica MCM-41 in one step with a mixture of silanes: a triazine propyl triethoxysilane acting as functional linker and methyltrimethoxysilane or hexamethyldisilizane as capped agents to mask the remaining silanol groups. Second, the appropiate titanium precursor Ti(OPr(i))(4), [{Ti(OPr(i))(3)(OMent)}(2)] (OMent = 1R,2S,5R-(-)-menthoxo), Ti(OPr(i))(4), or [Ti(eta(5)-C(5)HMe(4))Cl(3)], has been immobilized by reaction with the modified MCM-41. Finally, after Ti(OPr(i))(4) immobilization onto the organomodified support the reaction with the chiral (+)-diethyl-l-tartrate was accomplished. The materials without functional linker have been also prepared by reaction in one step of the capped agent and the titanium precursor with the mesoporous silica. Relevant correlations of titanium NMR resonance chemical shifts and line widths can be inferred depending on different factors. The immobilization procedure used to prepare titanium-based MCM-41 hybrid materials and the choice of the silylating reagents employed to mask the silanol groups present on the silica surfaces produce significant differences in the Ti NMR spectra. Furthermore, depending on the electronic and sterical influence of the substituents directly attached to the titanium center, chemical shifts and line widths are modified providing novel information about titanium structure.

  4. (31)P solid-state NMR based monitoring of permeation of cell penetrating peptides into skin.

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    Desai, Pinaki R; Cormier, Ashley R; Shah, Punit P; Patlolla, Ram R; Paravastu, Anant K; Singh, Mandip

    2014-02-01

    The main objective of the current study was to investigate penetration of cell penetrating peptides (CPPs: TAT, R8, R11, and YKA) through skin intercellular lipids using (31)P magic angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR. In vitro skin permeation studies were performed on rat skin, and sections (0-60, 61-120, and 121-180μm) were collected and analyzed for (31)P NMR signal. The concentration-dependent shift of 0, 25, 50, 100, and 200mg/ml of TAT on skin layers, diffusion of TAT, R8, R11, and YKA in the skin and time dependent permeation of R11 was measured on various skin sections using (31)P solid-state NMR. Further, CPPs and CPP-tagged fluorescent dye encapsulate liposomes (FLip) in skin layers were tagged using confocal microscopy. The change in (31)P NMR chemical shift was found to depend monotonically on the amount of CPP applied on skin, with saturation behavior above 100mg/ml CPP concentration. R11 and TAT caused more shift in solid-state NMR peaks compared to other peptides. Furthermore, NMR spectra showed R11 penetration up to 180μm within 30min. The results of the solid-state NMR study were in agreement with confocal microscopy studies. Thus, (31)P solid-state NMR can be used to track CPP penetration into different skin layers. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. 31P Solid-state NMR based monitoring of permeation of cell penetrating peptides into skin

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    Desai, Pinaki R.; Cormier, Ashley R.; Shah, Punit P.; Patlolla, Ram R.; Paravastu, Anant K.; Singh, Mandip

    2013-01-01

    The main objective of the current study was to investigate penetration of cell penetrating peptides (CPPs: TAT, R8, R11 and YKA) through skin intercellular lipids using 31P magic angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR. In vitro skin permeation studies were performed on rat skin, sections (0–60, 61–120 and 121–180 µm) were collected and analyzed for 31P NMR signal. The concentration dependent shift of 0, 25, 50, 100 and 200 mg/ml of TAT on skin layers, diffusion of TAT, R8, R11 and YKA in the skin and time dependent permeation of R11 was measured on various skin sections using 31P solid-state NMR. Further, CPPs and CPP-tagged fluorescent dye encapsulate liposomes (FLip) in skin layers were tagged using confocal microscopy. The change in 31P NMR chemical shift was found to depend monotonically on the amount of CPP applied on skin, with saturation behavior above 100 mg/ml CPP concentration. R11 and TAT caused more shift in solid-state NMR peaks compared to other peptides. Furthermore, NMR spectra showed R11 penetration up to 180 µm within 30 min. The results of the solid-state NMR study were in agreement with confocal microscopy studies. Thus, 31P solid-state NMR can be used to track CPP penetration into different skin layers. PMID:23702274

  6. A GdAlO3 Perovskite Oxide Electrolyte-Based NOx Solid-State Sensor

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    Xiao, Yihong; Wang, Dongmei; Cai, Guohui; Zheng, Yong; Zhong, Fulan

    2016-11-01

    NOx is a notorious emission from motor vehicles and chemical factories as the precursor of acid rain and photochemical smog. Although zirconia-based NOx sensors have been developed and showed high sensitivity and selectivity at a high temperature of above 800 °C, they fail to show good performance, and even don’t work at the typical work temperature window of the automotive engine (<500 °C). It still is a formidable challenge for development of mild-temperature NOx detector or sensor. Herein, a novel amperometric solid-state NOx sensor was developed using perovskite-type oxide Gd1-xCaxAlO3-δ(GCA) as the electrolyte and NiO as the sensing electrode. NOx sensing properties of the device were investigated at the temperature region of 400-500 °C. The response current value at -300 mV was almost linearly proportional to the NOx concentration between 300 and 500 ppm at 500 °C. At such a temperature, the optimal sensor gave the highest NO2 sensitivity of 20.15 nA/ppm, and the maximum response current value reached 5.57 μA. Furthermore, a 90% response and 90% recover time to 500 ppm NO2 were about 119 and 92 s, respectively. The excellent selectivity and stability towards NOx sensing showed the potential application of the sensor in motor vehicles.

  7. Formulation and Solid State Characterization of Nicotinamide-based Co-crystals of Fenofibrate

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    Shewale, Sheetal; Shete, A. S.; Doijad, R. C.; Kadam, S. S.; Patil, V. A.; Yadav, A. V.

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation deals with formulation of nicotinamide-based co-crystals of fenofibrate by different methods and solid-state characterization of the prepared co-crystals. Fenofibrate and nicotinamide as a coformer in 1:1 molar ratio were used to formulate molecular complexes by kneading, solution crystallization, antisolvent addition and solvent drop grinding methods. The prepared molecular complexes were characterized by powder X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and in vitro dissolution study. Considerable improvement in the dissolution rate of fenofibrate from optimized co-crystal formulation was due to an increased solubility that is attributed to the super saturation from the fine co-crystals is faster because of large specific surface area of small particles and prevention of phase transformation to pure fenofibrate. In vitro dissolution study showed that the formation of co-crystals improves the dissolution rate of fenofibrate. Nicotinamide forms the co-crystals with fenofibrate, theoretically and practically. PMID:26180279

  8. Solid State pH Sensor Based on Light Emitting Diodes (LED) As Detector Platform

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    Lau, King Tong; Shepherd, R.; Diamond, Danny; Diamond, Dermot

    2006-01-01

    A low-power, high sensitivity, very low-cost light emitting diode (LED)-based device developed for low-cost sensor networks was modified with bromocresol green membrane to work as a solid-state pH sensor. In this approach, a reverse-biased LED functioning as a photodiode is coupled with a second LED configured in conventional emission mode. A simple timer circuit measures how long (in microsecond) it takes for the photocurrent generated on the detector LED to discharge its capacitance from logic 1 (+5 V) to logic 0 (+1.7 V). The entire instrument provides an inherently digital output of light intensity measurements for a few cents. A light dependent resistor (LDR) modified with similar sensor membrane was also used as a comparison method. Both the LED sensor and the LDR sensor responded to various pH buffer solutions in a similar way to obtain sigmoidal curves expected of the dye. The pKa value obtained for the sensors was found to agree with the literature value.

  9. All-solid-state carbonate-selective electrode based on screen-printed carbon paste electrode

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    Li, Guang; Lyu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Zhan; Rong, Yuanzhen; Hu, Ruifen; Luo, Zhiyuan; Wang, You

    2017-02-01

    A novel disposable all-solid-state carbonate-selective electrode based on a screen-printed carbon paste electrode using poly(3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (POT) as an ion-to-electron transducer has been developed. The POT was dropped onto the reaction area of the carbon paste electrode covered by the poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) membrane, which contains N,N-Dioctyl-3α,12α-bis(4-trifluoroacetylbenzoyloxy)-5β-cholan-24-amide as a carbonate ionophore. The electrode showed a near-Nernstian slope of  -27.5 mV/decade with a detection limit of 3.6 * 10-5 mol l-1. Generally, the detection time was 30 s. Because these electrodes are fast, convenient and low in cost, they have the potential to be mass produced and used in on-site testing as disposable sensors. Furthermore, the repeatability, reproducibility and stability have been studied to evaluate the properties of the electrodes. Measurement of the carbonate was also conducted in a human blood solution and achieved good performance.

  10. A solid state fungal fermentation-based strategy for the hydrolysis of wheat straw.

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    Pensupa, Nattha; Jin, Meng; Kokolski, Matt; Archer, David B; Du, Chenyu

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports a solid-state fungal fermentation-based pre-treatment strategy to convert wheat straw into a fermentable hydrolysate. Aspergillus niger was firstly cultured on wheat straw for production of cellulolytic enzymes and then the wheat straw was hydrolyzed by the enzyme solution into a fermentable hydrolysate. The optimum moisture content and three wheat straw modification methods were explored to improve cellulase production. At a moisture content of 89.5%, 10.2 ± 0.13 U/g cellulase activity was obtained using dilute acid modified wheat straw. The addition of yeast extract (0.5% w/v) and minerals significantly improved the cellulase production, to 24.0 ± 1.76 U/g. The hydrolysis of the fermented wheat straw using the fungal culture filtrate or commercial cellulase Ctec2 was performed, resulting in 4.34 and 3.13 g/L glucose respectively. It indicated that the fungal filtrate harvested from the fungal fermentation of wheat straw contained a more suitable enzyme mixture than the commercial cellulase.

  11. All-solid-state repetitive semiconductor opening switch-based short pulse generator.

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    Ding, Zhenjie; Hao, Qingsong; Hu, Long; Su, Jiancang; Liu, Guozhi

    2009-09-01

    The operating characteristics of a semiconductor opening switch (SOS) are determined by its pumping circuit parameters. SOS is still able to cut off the current when pumping current duration falls to the order of tens of nanoseconds and a short pulse forms simultaneously in the output load. An all-solid-state repetitive SOS-based short pulse generator (SPG100) with a three-level magnetic pulse compression unit was successfully constructed. The generator adopts magnetic pulse compression unit with metallic glass and ferrite cores, which compresses a 600 V, 10 mus primary pulse into short pulse with forward pumping current of 825 A, 60 ns and reverse pumping current of 1.3 kA, 30 ns. The current is sent to SOS in which the reverse pumping current is interrupted. The generator is capable of providing a pulse with the voltage of 120 kV and duration of 5-6 ns while output load being 125 Omega. The highest repetition rate is up to 1 kHz.

  12. Enzymatic logic calculation systems based on solid-state electrochemiluminescence and molecularly imprinted polymer film electrodes.

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    Lian, Wenjing; Liang, Jiying; Shen, Li; Jin, Yue; Liu, Hongyun

    2017-09-18

    The molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) films were electropolymerized on the surface of Au electrodes with luminol and pyrrole (PY) as the two monomers and ampicillin (AM) as the template molecule. The electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity peak of polyluminol (PL) of the AM-free MIP films at 0.7V vs Ag/AgCl could be greatly enhanced by AM rebinding. In addition, the ECL signals of the MIP films could also be enhanced by the addition of glucose oxidase (GOD)/glucose and/or ferrocenedicarboxylic acid (Fc(COOH)2) in the testing solution. Moreover, Fc(COOH)2 exhibited cyclic voltammetric (CV) response at the AM-free MIP film electrodes. Based on these results, a binary 3-input/6-output biomolecular logic gate system was established with AM, GOD and Fc(COOH)2 as inputs and the ECL responses at different levels and CV signal as outputs. Some functional non-Boolean logic devices such as an encoder, a decoder and a demultiplexer were also constructed on the same platform. Particularly, on the basis of the same system, a ternary AND logic gate was established. The present work combined MIP film electrodes, the solid-state ECL, and the enzymatic reaction together, and various types of biomolecular logic circuits and devices were developed, which opened a novel avenue to construct more complicated bio-logic gate systems. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Black phosphorus based saturable absorber for Nd-ion doped pulsed solid state laser operation

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    Han, S.; Zhang, F.; Wang, M.; Wang, L.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, Z.; Xu, X.

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the use of black phosphorus (BP) as a saturable absorber in a Q-switched Nd-ion doped solid state laser is presented. Few layers of BP in isopropyl alcohol are obtained by liquid phase exfoliation. The BP nanosheets with thicknesses in the range of 15-20 nm are deposited onto a K9 glass substrate. By inserting the BP nanosheets into a diode pumped Nd-ion doped solid state laser, stable Q-switched lasing at 0.9, 1.06, 1.3 μm is obtained. Using this approach, we have achieved a short pulse duration down to 219 ns, a high pulse energy of up to 6.5 μJ, and the corresponding peak power of 30 W. Our results show that the BP saturable absorber functions well in a Nd-ion doped solid state laser for pulsed laser generation.

  14. Black phosphorus based saturable absorber for Nd-ion doped pulsed solid state laser operation

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    Han, S.; Zhang, F.; Wang, M.; Wang, L.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, Z.; Xu, X.

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, the use of black phosphorus (BP) as a saturable absorber in a Q-switched Nd-ion doped solid state laser is presented. Few layers of BP in isopropyl alcohol are obtained by liquid phase exfoliation. The BP nanosheets with thicknesses in the range of 15-20 nm are deposited onto a K9 glass substrate. By inserting the BP nanosheets into a diode pumped Nd-ion doped solid state laser, stable Q-switched lasing at 0.9, 1.06, 1.3 μm is obtained. Using this approach, we have achieved a short pulse duration down to 219 ns, a high pulse energy of up to 6.5 μJ, and the corresponding peak power of 30 W. Our results show that the BP saturable absorber functions well in a Nd-ion doped solid state laser for pulsed laser generation.

  15. Development of Advanced LED Phosphors by Spray-based Processes for Solid State Lighting

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    Cabot Corporation

    2007-09-30

    The overarching goal of the project was to develop luminescent materials using aerosol processes for making improved LED devices for solid state lighting. In essence this means improving white light emitting phosphor based LEDs by improvement of the phosphor and phosphor layer. The structure of these types of light sources, displayed in Figure 1, comprises of a blue or UV LED under a phosphor layer that converts the blue or UV light to a broad visible (white) light. Traditionally, this is done with a blue emitting diode combined with a blue absorbing, broadly yellow emitting phosphor such as Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Ce (YAG). A similar result may be achieved by combining a UV emitting diode and at least three different UV absorbing phosphors: red, green, and blue emitting. These emitted colors mix to make white light. The efficiency of these LEDs is based on the combined efficiency of the LED, phosphor, and the interaction between the two. The Cabot SSL project attempted to improve the over all efficiency of the LED light source be improving the efficiency of the phosphor and the interaction between the LED light and the phosphor. Cabot's spray based process for producing phosphor powders is able to improve the brightness of the powder itself by increasing the activator (the species that emits the light) concentration without adverse quenching effects compared to conventional synthesis. This will allow less phosphor powder to be used, and will decrease the cost of the light source; thus lowering the barrier of entry to the lighting market. Cabot's process also allows for chemical flexibility of the phosphor particles, which may result in tunable emission spectra and so light sources with improved color rendering. Another benefit of Cabot's process is the resulting spherical morphology of the particles. Less light scattering results when spherical particles are used in the phosphor layer (Figure 1) compared to when conventional, irregular shaped phosphor particles

  16. Performance of solid state supercapacitors based on polymer electrolytes containing different ionic liquids

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    Tiruye, Girum Ayalneh; Muñoz-Torrero, David; Palma, Jesus; Anderson, Marc; Marcilla, Rebeca

    2016-09-01

    Four Ionic Liquid based Polymer Electrolytes (IL-b-PE) were prepared by blending a Polymeric Ionic Liquid, Poly(diallyldimethylammonium) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PILTFSI), with four different ionic liquids: 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYR14TFSI) (IL-b-PE1), 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (PYR14FSI) (IL-b-PE2), 1-(2-hydroxy ethyl)-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (HEMimTFSI) (IL-b-PE3), and 1-Butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium dicyanamide, (PYR14DCA) (IL-b-PE4). Physicochemical properties of IL-b-PE such as ionic conductivity, thermal and electrochemical stability were found to be dependent on the IL properties. For instance, ionic conductivity was significantly higher for IL-b-PE2 and IL-b-PE4 containing IL with small size anions (FSI and DCA) than IL-b-PE1 and IL-b-PE3 bearing IL with bigger anion (TFSI). On the other hand, wider electrochemical stability window (ESW) was found for IL-b-PE1 and IL-b-PE2 having ILs with electrochemically stable pyrrolidinium cation and FSI and TFSI anions. Solid state Supercapacitors (SCs) were assembled with activated carbon electrodes and their electrochemical performance was correlated with the polymer electrolyte properties. Best performance was obtained with SC having IL-b-PE2 that exhibited a good compromise between ionic conductivity and electrochemical window. Specific capacitance (Cam), real energy (Ereal) & real power densities (Preal) as high as 150 F g-1, 36 Wh kg-1 & 1170 W kg-1 were found at operating voltage of 3.5 V.

  17. A GdAlO3 Perovskite Oxide Electrolyte-Based NOx Solid-State Sensor

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    Xiao, Yihong; Wang, Dongmei; Cai, Guohui; Zheng, Yong; Zhong, Fulan

    2016-01-01

    NOx is a notorious emission from motor vehicles and chemical factories as the precursor of acid rain and photochemical smog. Although zirconia-based NOx sensors have been developed and showed high sensitivity and selectivity at a high temperature of above 800 °C, they fail to show good performance, and even don’t work at the typical work temperature window of the automotive engine (<500 °C). It still is a formidable challenge for development of mild-temperature NOx detector or sensor. Herein, a novel amperometric solid-state NOx sensor was developed using perovskite-type oxide Gd1−xCaxAlO3−δ(GCA) as the electrolyte and NiO as the sensing electrode. NOx sensing properties of the device were investigated at the temperature region of 400–500 °C. The response current value at −300 mV was almost linearly proportional to the NOx concentration between 300 and 500 ppm at 500 °C. At such a temperature, the optimal sensor gave the highest NO2 sensitivity of 20.15 nA/ppm, and the maximum response current value reached 5.57 μA. Furthermore, a 90% response and 90% recover time to 500 ppm NO2 were about 119 and 92 s, respectively. The excellent selectivity and stability towards NOx sensing showed the potential application of the sensor in motor vehicles. PMID:27886278

  18. Quantum-dots-based photoelectrochemical bioanalysis highlighted with recent examples.

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    Zhang, Nan; Zhang, Ling; Ruan, Yi-Fan; Zhao, Wei-Wei; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2017-03-07

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) bioanalysis is a newly developed methodology that provides an exquisite route for innovative biomolecular detection. Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanocrystals with unique photophysical properties that have attracted tremendous attentions among the analytical community. QDs-based PEC bioanalysis comprises an important research hotspot in the field of PEC bioanalysis due to its combined advantages and potentials. Currently, it has ignited increasing interests as demonstrated by increased research papers. This review aims to cover the most recent advances in this field. With the discussion of recent examples of QDs-PEC bioanalysis from the literatures, special emphasis will be placed on work reporting on fundamental advances in the signaling strategies of QDs-based PEC bioanalysis from 2013 to now. Future prospects in this field are also discussed.

  19. Solid-State, High Energy 2-Micron Laser Development for Space-Based Remote Sensing

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    Singh, Upendra N.

    2010-01-01

    report in 2000 strongly advocated that NASA maintain in-house laser and lidar capability, and that NASA should work to lower the technology risk for all future lidar missions. A multi-Center NASA team formulated an integrated NASA strategy to provide the technology and maturity of systems necessary to make Lidar/Laser systems viable for space-based study and monitoring of the Earth's atmosphere. In 2002 the NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) and Office of Aerospace Technology (OAT) created the Laser Risk Reduction Program (LRRP) and directed NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and Goddard Space Flight Center to carry out synergistic and complementary research towards solid-state lasers/lidars developments for space-based remote sensing applications.

  20. Development of Bipolar All-solid-state Lithium Battery Based on Quasi-solid-state Electrolyte Containing Tetraglyme-LiTFSA Equimolar Complex

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    Gambe, Yoshiyuki; Sun, Yan; Honma, Itaru

    2015-01-01

    The development of high energy–density lithium-ion secondary batteries as storage batteries in vehicles is attracting increasing attention. In this study, high-voltage bipolar stacked batteries with a quasi-solid-state electrolyte containing a Li-Glyme complex were prepared, and the performance of the device was evaluated. Via the successful production of double-layered and triple-layered high-voltage devices, it was confirmed that these stacked batteries operated properly without any internal short-circuits of a single cell within the package: Their plateau potentials (6.7 and 10.0 V, respectively) were two and three times that (3.4 V) of the single-layered device, respectively. Further, the double-layered device showed a capacity retention of 99% on the 200th cycle at 0.5 C, which is an indication of good cycling properties. These results suggest that bipolar stacked batteries with a quasi-solid-state electrolyte containing a Li-Glyme complex could readily produce a high voltage of 10 V. PMID:25746860

  1. Development of bipolar all-solid-state lithium battery based on quasi-solid-state electrolyte containing tetraglyme-LiTFSA equimolar complex.

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    Gambe, Yoshiyuki; Sun, Yan; Honma, Itaru

    2015-03-09

    The development of high energy-density lithium-ion secondary batteries as storage batteries in vehicles is attracting increasing attention. In this study, high-voltage bipolar stacked batteries with a quasi-solid-state electrolyte containing a Li-Glyme complex were prepared, and the performance of the device was evaluated. Via the successful production of double-layered and triple-layered high-voltage devices, it was confirmed that these stacked batteries operated properly without any internal short-circuits of a single cell within the package: Their plateau potentials (6.7 and 10.0 V, respectively) were two and three times that (3.4 V) of the single-layered device, respectively. Further, the double-layered device showed a capacity retention of 99% on the 200th cycle at 0.5 C, which is an indication of good cycling properties. These results suggest that bipolar stacked batteries with a quasi-solid-state electrolyte containing a Li-Glyme complex could readily produce a high voltage of 10 V.

  2. A solid state source of photon triplets based on quantum dot molecules

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    Khoshnegar, Milad; Huber, Tobias; Predojević, Ana; Dalacu, Dan; Prilmüller, Maximilian; Lapointe, Jean; Wu, Xiaohua; Tamarat, Philippe; Lounis, Brahim; Poole, Philip; Weihs, Gregor; Majedi, Hamed

    2017-01-01

    Producing advanced quantum states of light is a priority in quantum information technologies. In this context, experimental realizations of multipartite photon states would enable improved tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics as well as implementations of complex quantum optical networks and protocols. It is favourable to directly generate these states using solid state systems, for simpler handling and the promise of reversible transfer of quantum information between stationary and flying qubits. Here we use the ground states of two optically active coupled quantum dots to directly produce photon triplets. The formation of a triexciton in these ground states leads to a triple cascade recombination and sequential emission of three photons with strong correlations. We record 65.62 photon triplets per minute under continuous-wave pumping, surpassing rates of earlier reported sources. Our structure and data pave the way towards implementing multipartite photon entanglement and multi-qubit readout schemes in solid state devices. PMID:28604705

  3. High-performance solid-state supercapacitors based on graphene-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report a facile low-cost synthesis of the graphene-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites for solid-state supercapacitors. Structural analysis revealed a homogeneous distribution of ZnO nanorods that are inserted in graphene nanosheets, forming a sandwiched architecture. The material exhibited a high specific capacitance of 156 F g−1 at a scan rate of 5 mV.s−1. The fabricated solid-state supercapacitor device using these graphene-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites exhibits good supercapacitive performance and long-term cycle stability. The improved supercapacitance property of these materials could be ascribed to the increased conductivity of ZnO and better utilization of graphene. These results demonstrate the potential of the graphene-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites as an electrode in high-performance supercapacitors. PMID:24215772

  4. A solid state source of photon triplets based on quantum dot molecules

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    Khoshnegar, Milad; Huber, Tobias; Predojević, Ana; Dalacu, Dan; Prilmüller, Maximilian; Lapointe, Jean; Wu, Xiaohua; Tamarat, Philippe; Lounis, Brahim; Poole, Philip; Weihs, Gregor; Majedi, Hamed

    2017-06-01

    Producing advanced quantum states of light is a priority in quantum information technologies. In this context, experimental realizations of multipartite photon states would enable improved tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics as well as implementations of complex quantum optical networks and protocols. It is favourable to directly generate these states using solid state systems, for simpler handling and the promise of reversible transfer of quantum information between stationary and flying qubits. Here we use the ground states of two optically active coupled quantum dots to directly produce photon triplets. The formation of a triexciton in these ground states leads to a triple cascade recombination and sequential emission of three photons with strong correlations. We record 65.62 photon triplets per minute under continuous-wave pumping, surpassing rates of earlier reported sources. Our structure and data pave the way towards implementing multipartite photon entanglement and multi-qubit readout schemes in solid state devices.

  5. A plasticized polymer-electrolyte-based photoelectrochemical solar cell

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    Mao, D.; Ibrahim, M.A.; Frank, A.J.

    1998-01-01

    A photoelectrochemical solar cell based on an n-GaAs/polymer-redox-electrolyte junction is reported. Di(ethylene glycol) ethyl ether acrylate containing ferrocene as a redox species and benzoin methyl ether as a photoinitiator is polymerized in situ. Propylene carbonate is used as a plasticizer to improve the conductivity of the polymer redox electrolyte. For thin (1 {micro}m) polymer electrolytes, the series resistance of the cell is negligible. However, the short-circuit photocurrent density of the cell at light intensities above 10 mW/cm{sup 2} is limited by mass transport of redox species within the polymer matrix. At a light intensity of 70 mW/cm{sup 2}, a moderate light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency (3.1%) is obtained. The interfacial charge-transfer properties of the cell in the dark and under illumination are studied.

  6. Endo-Fullerenes and Doped Diamond Nanocrystallite Based Solid-State Qubits

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    Park, Seongjun; Srivastava, Deepak; Cho, K.

    2001-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation provides information on the use of endo-fullerenes and doped diamond nanocrystallites in the development of a solid state quantum computer. Arrays of qubits, which have 1/2 nuclear spin, are more easily fabricated than arrays of similar bare atoms. H-1 can be encapsulated in a C20D20 fullerene, while P-31 can be encapsulated in a diamond nanocrystallite.

  7. Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing Based on Inner Surfaces Modification of Solid-State Nanopore

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    Zhu, Libo; Gu, Dejian; Liu, Quanjun

    2017-06-01

    There are many techniques for the detection of molecules. But detection of molecules through solid-state nanopore in a solution is one of the promising, high-throughput, and low-cost technology used these days. In the present investigation, a solid-state nanopore platform was fabricated for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is not only a label free product but also a significant participant in the redox reaction. We have successfully fabricated silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanopores with diameters of 50 nm by using a focused Ga ion beam, the inner surface of the nanopore has been modified with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) by employing carbodiimide coupling chemistry. The immobilized HRP enzymes have ability to induce redox reactions in a single nanopore channel. Moreover, a real-time single aggregated ABTS•+ molecular translocation events were monitored and investigated. The designed solid-state nanopore biosensor is reversible and can be applied to detect H2O2 multiple times.

  8. Design, fabrication, and evaluation of a 5 F-5 V prototype of solid-state PANI based supercapacitor

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    Khandpekar, M. M.; Kushwaha, R. K.; Pati, S. P.

    2011-08-01

    A 5 F-5 V prototype of solid state supercapacitor based on polymer electrolyte (PANI) and XSPEEK composing of six single cells stacked in series has been fabricated. The scale-up from a small single cell to a larger stack prototype of a solid-state electrochemical supercapacitor is discussed in this paper. The developed prototype showed a higher series resistance than estimated in our previous study on individual cell supercapacitor. The fabricated prototype achieved a specific capacitance of 480 F/g. The assembled capacitor has been characterized by cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic charging/discharging. The performances of the electrodes have been compared with that of the single cell electrodes of area 4 cm 2.

  9. All-solid state supercapacitors operating at 3.5 V by using ionic liquid based polymer electrolytes

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    Ayalneh Tiruye, Girum; Muñoz-Torrero, David; Palma, Jesus; Anderson, Marc; Marcilla, Rebeca

    2015-04-01

    All-solid state supercapacitors (SCs) using Ionic Liquid based Polymer Electrolyte (IL-b-PE) and activated carbon were assembled and characterized electrochemically. IL-b-PE consisted of a binary blend of a polymeric ionic liquid (PIL), poly(diallyldimethylammonium) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (pDADMATFSI), and their corresponding ionic liquid (IL), N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (PYR14TFSI) in a ratio of 40:60,w/w respectively. Assembling of supercapacitors simply consists of facing two impregnated electrodes without the need of additional separator. Several all-solid state SCs with impregnation ratios (IL-b-PE mass/active material mass) ranging from 5 to 18 were characterized. An all-solid state SC with impregnation ratio of 7 showed the best performance with specific capacitance (Cam) and real energy (Ereal) of 100 F g-1 and 32 Wh kg-1, respectively. After increasing temperatures to 60 °C, the performance of SCs further improved exhibiting Ereal values of 42 Wh kg-1 at 1 mA cm-2. These figures of merit are only slightly lower than those obtained for convectional SCs using pure PYR14TFS and much higher as compared with other solid SCs based on conventional polymer electrolytes. This is mainly due to the high electrochemical stability of this IL-b-PE that allows these solid SCs to operate at maximum voltages as high as 3.5 V for the first time.

  10. Spectroscopic studies of solid-state forms of donepezil free base and salt forms with various salicylic acids

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    Brittain, Harry G.

    2014-12-01

    The polymorphic forms of donepezil free base have been studied using X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. None of the free base crystal forms was observed to exhibit detectable fluorescence in the solid state under ambient conditions. Crystalline salt products were obtained by the reaction of donepezil with salicylic and methyl-substituted salicylic acids, with the salicylate and 4-methylsalicylate salts being obtained as non-solvated products, and the 3-methylsalicylate and 5-methylsalicylate salts being obtained as methanol solvated products. The intensity of solid-state fluorescence from donepezil salicylate and donepezil 4-methylsalicylate was found to be reduced relative to the fluorescence intensity of the corresponding free acids, while the solid-state fluorescence intensity of donepezil 3-methylsalicylate methanolate and donepezil 5-methylsalicylate methanolate was greatly increased relative to the fluorescence intensity of the corresponding free acids. Desolvation of the solvated salt products led to formation of glassy solids that exhibited strong green fluorescence.

  11. Progress on High-Energy 2-micron Solid State Laser for NASA Space-Based Wind and Carbon Dioxide Measurements

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    Singh, Upendra N.

    2011-01-01

    Sustained research efforts at NASA Langley Research Center during last fifteen years have resulted in significant advancement of a 2-micron diode-pumped, solid-state laser transmitter for wind and carbon dioxide measurements from ground, air and space-borne platforms. Solid-state 2-micron laser is a key subsystem for a coherent Doppler lidar that measures the horizontal and vertical wind velocities with high precision and resolution. The same laser, after a few modifications, can also be used in a Differential Absorption Lidar system for measuring atmospheric CO2 concentration profiles. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a compact, flight capable, high energy, injection seeded, 2-micron laser transmitter for ground and airborne wind and carbon dioxide measurements. It is capable of producing 250 mJ at 10 Hz by an oscillator and one amplifier. This compact laser transmitter was integrated into a mobile trailer based coherent Doppler wind and CO2 DIAL system and was deployed during field measurement campaigns. This paper will give an overview of 2-micron solid-state laser technology development and discuss results from recent ground-based field measurements.

  12. Solid-state reference electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and polyacrylate membranes.

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    Rius-Ruiz, F Xavier; Kisiel, Anna; Michalska, Agata; Maksymiuk, Krzystof; Riu, Jordi; Rius, F Xavier

    2011-04-01

    A novel potentiometric solid-state reference electrode containing single-walled carbon nanotubes as the transducer layer between a polyacrylate membrane and the conductor is reported here. Single-walled carbon nanotubes act as an efficient transducer of the constant potentiometric signal originating from the reference membrane containing the Ag/AgCl/Cl(-) ions system, and they are needed to obtain a stable reference potentiometric signal. Furthermore, we have taken advantage of the light insensitivity of single-walled carbon nanotubes to improve the analytical performance characteristics of previously reported solid-state reference electrodes. Four different polyacrylate polymers have been selected in order to identify the most efficient reservoir for the Ag/AgCl system. Finally, two different arrangements have been assessed: (1) a solid-state reference electrode using photo-polymerised n-butyl acrylate polymer and (2) a thermo-polymerised methyl methacrylate:n-butyl acrylate (1:10) polymer. The sensitivity to various salts, pH and light, as well as time of response and stability, has been tested: the best results were obtained using single-walled carbon nanotubes and photo-polymerised n-butyl acrylate polymer. Water transport plays an important role in the potentiometric performance of acrylate membranes, so a new screening test method has been developed to qualitatively assess the difference in water percolation between the polyacrylic membranes studied. The results presented here open the way for the true miniaturisation of potentiometric systems using the excellent properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  13. Noise reduction in solid-state lasers using a SHG-based buffer reservoir.

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    El Amili, Abdelkrim; Alouini, Mehdi

    2015-04-01

    The cancellation of resonant intensity noise, from a few kHz up to several GHz, is reported using a second-harmonic generation (SHG) buffer reservoir in a Nd:YAG solid-state laser. This approach is shown to be well suited and easily optimizable for reducing the excess noise lying at the laser relaxation oscillations as well as that originating from the beating between the lasing mode and nonlasing adjacent longitudinal modes. A thorough analysis of noise spectra of both laser and SHG signals confirms definitely that noise reduction is a consequence of a deep laser dynamics modification rather than noise evacuation mechanism.

  14. Novel creatine biosensors based on all solid-state contact ammonium-selective membrane electrodes.

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    Altikatoglu, Melda; Karakus, Emine; Erci, Vildan; Pekyardımcı, Sule; Isildak, Ibrahim

    2013-04-01

    Novel creatine bienzymatic potentiometric biosensors were prepared by immobilizing urease and creatinase on all solid-state contact PVC-containing palmitic acid and carboxylated PVC matrix membrane ammonium-selective electrodes without inner reference solution. Potentiometric characteristics of biosensors were examined in physiological model solutions at different creatine concentrations. The linear working range and long-term sensitivity of the biosensors were also determined. The creatine biosensors prepared by using the carboxylated PVC membrane electrodes showed more effective performance than those of the PVC containing palmitic acid membrane electrodes. Creatine assay in serum samples was successfully carried out by using the standard addition method.

  15. Novel Nanostructured Solid Materials for Modulating Oral Drug Delivery from Solid-State Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Systems.

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    Dening, Tahnee J; Rao, Shasha; Thomas, Nicky; Prestidge, Clive A

    2016-01-01

    Lipid-based drug delivery systems (LBDDS) have gained significant attention in recent times, owing to their ability to overcome the challenges limiting the oral delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs. Despite the successful commercialization of several LBDDS products over the years, a large discrepancy exists between the number of poorly water-soluble drugs displaying suboptimal in vivo performances and the application of LBDDS to mitigate their various delivery challenges. Conventional LBDDS, including lipid solutions and suspensions, emulsions, and self-emulsifying formulations, suffer from various drawbacks limiting their widespread use and commercialization. Accordingly, solid-state LBDDS, fabricated by adsorbing LBDDS onto a chemically inert solid carrier material, have attracted substantial interest as a viable means of stabilizing LBDDS whilst eliminating some of the various limitations. This review describes the impact of solid carrier choice on LBDDS performance and highlights the importance of appropriate solid carrier material selection when designing hybrid solid-state LBDDS. Specifically, emphasis is placed on discussing the ability of the specific solid carrier to modulate drug release, control lipase action and lipid digestion, and enhance biopharmaceutical performance above the original liquid-state LBDDS. To encourage the interested reader to consider their solid carrier choice on a higher level, various novel materials with the potential for future use as solid carriers for LBDDS are described. This review is highly significant in guiding future research directions in the solid-state LBDDS field and fostering the translation of these delivery systems to the pharmaceutical marketplace.

  16. Electrochemical-reaction-induced synaptic plasticity in MoOx-based solid state electrochemical cells.

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    Yang, Chuan-Sen; Shang, Da-Shan; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Yan, Li-Qin; Shen, Bao-Gen; Sun, Young

    2017-02-08

    Solid state electrochemical cells with synaptic functions have important applications in building smart-terminal networks. Here, the essential synaptic functions including potentiation and depression of synaptic weight, transition from short- to long-term plasticity, spike-rate-dependent plasticity, and spike-timing-dependent plasticity behavior were successfully realized in an Ag/MoOx/fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) cell with continual resistance switching. The synaptic plasticity underlying these functions was controlled by tuning the excitatory post-synaptic current (EPSC) decay, which is determined by the applied voltage pulse number, width, frequency, and intervals between the pre- and post-spikes. The physical mechanism of the artificial synapse operation is attributed to the interfacial electrochemical reaction processes of the MoOx films with the adsorbed water, where protons generated by water decomposition under an electric field diffused into the MoOx films and intercalated into the lattice, leading to the short- and long-term retention of cell resistance, respectively. These results indicate the possibility of achieving advanced artificial synapses with solid state electrochemical cells and will contribute to the development of smart-terminal networking systems.

  17. Negating interfacial impedance in garnet-based solid-state Li metal batteries

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    Han, Xiaogang; Gong, Yunhui; Fu, Kun (Kelvin); He, Xingfeng; Hitz, Gregory T.; Dai, Jiaqi; Pearse, Alex; Liu, Boyang; Wang, Howard; Rubloff, Gary; Mo, Yifei; Thangadurai, Venkataraman; Wachsman, Eric D.; Hu, Liangbing

    2017-05-01

    Garnet-type solid-state electrolytes have attracted extensive attention due to their high ionic conductivity, approaching 1 mS cm-1, excellent environmental stability, and wide electrochemical stability window, from lithium metal to ~6 V. However, to date, there has been little success in the development of high-performance solid-state batteries using these exceptional materials, the major challenge being the high solid-solid interfacial impedance between the garnet electrolyte and electrode materials. In this work, we effectively address the large interfacial impedance between a lithium metal anode and the garnet electrolyte using ultrathin aluminium oxide (Al2O3) by atomic layer deposition. Li7La2.75Ca0.25Zr1.75Nb0.25O12 (LLCZN) is the garnet composition of choice in this work due to its reduced sintering temperature and increased lithium ion conductivity. A significant decrease of interfacial impedance, from 1,710 Ω cm2 to 1 Ω cm2, was observed at room temperature, effectively negating the lithium metal/garnet interfacial impedance. Experimental and computational results reveal that the oxide coating enables wetting of metallic lithium in contact with the garnet electrolyte surface and the lithiated-alumina interface allows effective lithium ion transport between the lithium metal anode and garnet electrolyte. We also demonstrate a working cell with a lithium metal anode, garnet electrolyte and a high-voltage cathode by applying the newly developed interface chemistry.

  18. All solid state lithium batteries based on lamellar garnet-type ceramic electrolytes

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    Du, Fuming; Zhao, Ning; Li, Yiqiu; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Ziwei; Guo, Xiangxin

    2015-12-01

    All solid-state lithium batteries are constructed by using highly conducting Ta-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZTO) as the solid electrolytes as well as the supports, coated with composite cathodes consisting of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF):LiTFSI, Ketjen Black, and carbon-coated LiFePO4 on one side and attached with Li anode on the other side. At 60 °C, the batteries show the first discharge capacity of 150 mAh g-1 at 0.05 C and 93% capacity retention after 100 cycles. As the current density increases from 0.05 C to 1 C, the specific capacity decreases from 150 mAh g-1 to 100 mAh g-1. Further elevated temperature up to 100 °C leads to further improved performance, i.e. 126 mAh g-1 at 1 C and 99% capacity retention after 100 cycles. This good performance can be attributed to the highly conducting ceramic electrolytes, the optimum electronic and ionic conducting networks in the composite cathodes, and closely contacted cathode/LLZTO interface. These results indicate that the present strategy is promising for development of high-performance solid-state Li-ion batteries operated at medium temperature.

  19. Photoelectrochemical cells

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    Nozik, A. J.

    1980-02-01

    The application of photoelectrochemical systems based on photoactive semiconducting electrodes to the problem of solar energy conversion and chemical synthesis is discussed. Three types of cells are described: electrochemical photovoltaic cells (wherein optical energy is converted into electrical energy); photoelectrolysis cells (wherein optical energy is converted into chemical free energy); and photocatalytic cells (wherein optical energy provides the activation energy for exoergic chemical reactions). The critical semiconductor electrode properties for these cells are the band gap, the flat-band potential, and the photoelectrochemical stability. No semiconductor electrode material is yet known for which all three parameters are simultaneously optimized. An interesting configurational variation of photoelectrolysis cells, labelled 'photochemical diodes', is described. These diodes comprise cells that have been collapsed into monolithic particles containing no external wires. Recent advances in several areas of photoelectrochemical systems are also described.

  20. Solid State Photovoltaic Research Branch

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    Not Available

    1990-09-01

    This report summarizes the progress of the Solid State Photovoltaic Research Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) from October 1, 1988, through September 30,l 1989. Six technical sections of the report cover these main areas of SERIs in-house research: Semiconductor Crystal Growth, Amorphous Silicon Research, Polycrystalline Thin Films, III-V High-Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells, Solid-State Theory, and Laser Raman and Luminescence Spectroscopy. Sections have been indexed separately for inclusion on the data base.

  1. High-resolution vector microwave magnetometry based on solid-state spins in diamond.

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    Wang, Pengfei; Yuan, Zhenheng; Huang, Pu; Rong, Xing; Wang, Mengqi; Xu, Xiangkun; Duan, Changkui; Ju, Chenyong; Shi, Fazhan; Du, Jiangfeng

    2015-03-23

    The measurement of the microwave field is crucial for many developments in microwave technology and related applications. However, measuring microwave fields with high sensitivity and spatial resolution under ambient conditions remains elusive. In this work, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a scheme to measure both the strength and orientation of the microwave magnetic field by utilizing the quantum coherent dynamics of nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond. An angular resolution of 5.7 mrad and a sensitivity of 1.0 μT Hz(-1/2) are achieved at a microwave frequency of 2.6000 GHz, and the microwave magnetic field vectors generated by a copper wire are precisely reconstructed. The solid-state microwave magnetometry with high resolution and wide frequency range that can work under ambient conditions proposed here enables unique potential applications over other state-of-art microwave magnetometry.

  2. Introduction to the Solid State Based Interior Lighting System for ISS

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    Maida, James C.

    2014-01-01

    Solid state lighting assembly (SSLA) were designed to replace general luminaire assembly (GLA) for both general interior illumination and improved circadian rhythm through melatonin control using multiple spectrums. To accomplish these goals, the light is design to operate in 3 modes with 3 distinct spectrum. The different spectrum provide control of the blue portion of the light which impacts melatonin production in humans which impacts sleep. General mode is a 4500K "neutral" light spectrum intended to the be the default mode of operation for day to day operations. Pre-sleep mode is a 2700K "warm" light spectrum intended to be used by the crew at the end of the work day. Phase-shift mode is a 6500K "cool" light spectrum intended to be used for altering the crew's sleep patterns.

  3. Non-invasive medical diagnostics by nanoparticle-based solid-state gas sensors

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    Tricoli, Antonio

    2013-08-01

    Chemical sensors made of tailored nanoparticles offer excellent miniaturization capability and are able to rapidly and continuously detect trace amounts of important analytes down to trace concentrations. Application of these sensing materials to non-invasive medical diagnostics by breath analysis has the potential to drastically reduce diagnostics costs while offering better service quality to the patients and enabling very early-stage detection of severe illnesses such as lung cancer. Here, we present a flexible approach to synthesize advanced solid-state gas sensor materials that have demonstrated reliable detection of important breath markers. In particular, the feasibility of capturing highly performing, meta-stable sensing nanoparticles by flame-synthesis of multi component metal-oxides is critically discussed.

  4. Detection of a single enzyme molecule based on a solid-state nanopore sensor

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    Tan, ShengWei; Gu, DeJian; Liu, Hang; Liu, QuanJun

    2016-04-01

    The nanopore sensor as a high-throughput and low-cost technology can detect a single molecule in a solution. In the present study, relatively large silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanopores with diameters of ∼28 and ∼88 nm were fabricated successfully using a focused Ga ion beam. We have used solid-state nanopores with various sizes to detect the single horseradish peroxidase (HRP) molecule and for the first time analyzed single HRP molecular translocation events. In addition, a real-time monitored single enzyme molecular biochemical reaction and a translocation of the product of enzyme catalysis substrates were investigated by using a Si3N4 nanopore. Our nanopore system showed a high sensitivity in detecting single enzyme molecules and a real-time monitored single enzyme molecular biochemical reaction. This method could also be significant for studying gene expression or enzyme dynamics at the single-molecule level.

  5. Novel red phosphors based on vanadate garnets for solid state lighting applications

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    Gundiah, Gautam; Shimomura, Y.; Kijima, N.; Cheetham, A. K.

    2008-04-01

    A series of vanadate garnets with the composition Bi xLn yEu 1-x-yNa 2Mg 2V 3O 12 (where Ln = Y, La, Gd; x = 0-0.4 and y = 0-0.2) were synthesized and their applications as red phosphors for solid state lighting were investigated. The phosphors show a broad charge transfer excitation that can be suitable tuned by the addition of Bi 3+ to capture the UV radiation from InGaN LEDs. We have synthesized a range of compositions and performed structural and optical studies on the samples. In addition, the performance of the phosphors at higher temperatures has been evaluated and compared to a commercial standard.

  6. A data base of ASAS digital imagery. [Advanced Solid-state Array Spectroradiometer

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    Irons, James R.; Meeson, Blanche W.; Dabney, Philip W.; Kovalick, William M.; Graham, David W.; Hahn, Daniel S.

    1992-01-01

    The Advanced Solid-State Array Spectroradiometer (ASAS) is an airborne, off-nadir tilting, imaging spectroradiometer that acquires digital image data for 29 spectral bands in the visible and near-infrared. The sensor is used principally for studies of the bidirectional distribution of solar radiation scattered by terrestial surfaces. ASAS has acquired data for a number of terrestial ecosystem field experiments and investigators have received over 170 radiometrically corrected, multiangle, digital image data sets. A database of ASAS digital imagery has been established in the Pilot Land Data System (PLDS) at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center to provide access to these data by the scientific community. ASAS, its processed data, and the PLDS are described, together with recent improvements to the sensor system.

  7. Microwave-induced plasma reactor based on a domestic microwave oven for bulk solid state chemistry

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    Brooks, David J.; Douthwaite, Richard E.

    2004-12-01

    A microwave-induced plasma (MIP) reactor has been constructed from a domestic microwave oven (DMO) and applied to the bulk synthesis of solid state compounds. Low pressure MIP can be initiated and maintained using a range of gases including Ar, N{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}, O{sub 2}, Cl{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}S. In order to obtain reproducible synthesis conditions the apparatus is designed to allow control of gas flow rate, gas composition, and pressure. The use of the reactor is demonstrated by the synthesis of three binary metal nitrides formed in a NH{sub 3} MIP. The reactions are rapid and the products show good crystallinity and phase purity as judged by powder x-ray diffraction.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of solid-state thermal neutron detectors based on hexagonal boron nitride epilayers

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    Doan, T. C.; Majety, S.; Grenadier, S.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-06-01

    Solid-state thermal neutron detectors with improved detection efficiencies are highly sought after for many applications. Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) epilayers have been synthesized by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on sapphire substrates. Important material parameters including the mobility-lifetime (μτ) product and the thermal neutron absorption length (λ) have been measured. For hBN epilayers with a room temperature resistivity of 5.3×1010 Ω cm, the measured μτ product of electrons is 4.46×10-8 cm2/V and of holes is 7.07×10-9 cm2/V. The measured λ values are 277 μm and 77 μm for natural and 10B enriched hBN epilayers, respectively. Metal-semiconductor-metal detectors incorporating 0.3 µm thick hBN epilayers were fabricated. The reaction product pulse-height spectra were measured under thermal neutron irradiation produced by a 252Cf source moderated by high density polyethylene block. The measured pulse-height spectra revealed distinguishable peaks corresponding to the product energies of 10B and neutron reaction with the 0.84 MeV 7Li peak being the most prominent. The detectors exhibited negligible responses to gamma rays produced by 137Cs decay. Our results indicate that hBN epilayers are highly promising for realizing highly sensitive solid-state thermal neutron detectors with expected advantages resulting from semiconductor technologies, including compact size, light weight, ability to integrate with other functional devices, and low cost.

  9. Negating interfacial impedance in garnet-based solid-state Li metal batteries.

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    Han, Xiaogang; Gong, Yunhui; Fu, Kun Kelvin; He, Xingfeng; Hitz, Gregory T; Dai, Jiaqi; Pearse, Alex; Liu, Boyang; Wang, Howard; Rubloff, Gary; Mo, Yifei; Thangadurai, Venkataraman; Wachsman, Eric D; Hu, Liangbing

    2017-05-01

    Garnet-type solid-state electrolytes have attracted extensive attention due to their high ionic conductivity, approaching 1 mS cm(-1), excellent environmental stability, and wide electrochemical stability window, from lithium metal to ∼6 V. However, to date, there has been little success in the development of high-performance solid-state batteries using these exceptional materials, the major challenge being the high solid-solid interfacial impedance between the garnet electrolyte and electrode materials. In this work, we effectively address the large interfacial impedance between a lithium metal anode and the garnet electrolyte using ultrathin aluminium oxide (Al2O3) by atomic layer deposition. Li7La2.75Ca0.25Zr1.75Nb0.25O12 (LLCZN) is the garnet composition of choice in this work due to its reduced sintering temperature and increased lithium ion conductivity. A significant decrease of interfacial impedance, from 1,710 Ω cm(2) to 1 Ω cm(2), was observed at room temperature, effectively negating the lithium metal/garnet interfacial impedance. Experimental and computational results reveal that the oxide coating enables wetting of metallic lithium in contact with the garnet electrolyte surface and the lithiated-alumina interface allows effective lithium ion transport between the lithium metal anode and garnet electrolyte. We also demonstrate a working cell with a lithium metal anode, garnet electrolyte and a high-voltage cathode by applying the newly developed interface chemistry.

  10. A high performance quasi-solid-state self-powered UV photodetector based on TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Xie, Yanru; Wei, Lin; Li, Qinghao; Chen, Yanxue; Liu, Hong; Yan, Shishen; Jiao, Jun; Liu, Guolei; Mei, Liangmo

    2014-07-01

    Self-powered UV photodetectors based on TiO2 and ZnO nanorod arrays have attracted lots of attention in recent years due to their various advantages. Impressive performances were observed in photochemical cell based UV detectors. However, liquid electrolytes are not ideal for long-term operation and are inconvenient for practical applications. Hence there is an urgent demand for replacing liquid electrolytes with solid-state hole transfer materials. Herein we report a nanostructured quasi-solid-state UV photodetector fabricated using a liquid crystal (LC)-embedded electrolyte with a light-trapping scheme. Vertical rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide conductive glass were used as the active photoanode. A high incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of 29% at 383 nm and a quick response time of less than 0.03 s were observed. In addition, it was revealed that the quasi-solid-state UV photodetector showed visible-blind, high responsivity, fast time response and good photosensitivity linearity in a wide light intensity range. The LC-embedded electrolyte with a light-trapping scheme enhanced the light absorption and thus improved the photodetecting performance. This self-powered device is a promising candidate for application in high-sensitivity and high-speed UV light photodetectors.Self-powered UV photodetectors based on TiO2 and ZnO nanorod arrays have attracted lots of attention in recent years due to their various advantages. Impressive performances were observed in photochemical cell based UV detectors. However, liquid electrolytes are not ideal for long-term operation and are inconvenient for practical applications. Hence there is an urgent demand for replacing liquid electrolytes with solid-state hole transfer materials. Herein we report a nanostructured quasi-solid-state UV photodetector fabricated using a liquid crystal (LC)-embedded electrolyte with a light-trapping scheme. Vertical rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on

  11. Low-cost superior solid-state symmetric supercapacitors based on hematite nanocrystals

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    Peng, Shaomin; Yu, Lin; Lan, Bang; Sun, Ming; Cheng, Gao; Liao, Shuhuan; Cao, Han; Deng, Yulin

    2016-12-01

    We present a facile method for the fabrication of hematite nanocrystal-carbon cloth (Fe2O3-CC) composite. Hierarchical manganite is chosen as the sacrificial precursor, that does not contribute to the component of final iron oxide but can be in situ dissolved by the acid produced from the Fe3+ hydrolysis. This method effectively enhances the specific surface area and conductivity of hematite (Fe2O3) by attaching Fe2O3 nanocrystals (around 5 nm) firmly on the surface of carbon fibers. The obtained Fe2O3-CC can be directly used as a binder-free electrode for a supercapacitor. Interestingly, the composite electrode exhibits synergistic electrochemical capacitance (electrochemical double-layer capacitance and pseudo-capacitance). It manifests a very high areal capacitance of 1.66 F cm-2 (1660 F g-1) at 2 mA cm-2 and excellent cycling performance at large current densities (88.6% retention at 30 mA cm-2 after 5000 cycles) in a three-electrode testing system, which is among the best performances reported in the literature. Importantly, when fabricated as a solid-state flexible symmetric supercapacitor it still shows a maximum energy density of 8.74 mW h cm-3 and power density of 253.9 mW cm-3. Additionally, its good flexibility makes it suitable for portable devices.

  12. A high performance quasi-solid-state supercapacitor based on CuMnO2 nanoparticles

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    Wang, Lu; Arif, Muhammad; Duan, Guorong; Chen, Shenming; Liu, Xiaoheng

    2017-07-01

    Mixed metal or transition metal oxides hold an unveiled potential as one of the most promising energy storage material because of their excellent stability, reliable conductivity, and convenient use. In this work, CuMnO2 nanoparticles are successfully prepared by a facile hydrothermal process with the help of dispersing agent cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). CuMnO2 nanoparticles possess a uniform quadrilateral shape, small size (approximately 25 × 25 nm-35 × 35 nm), excellent dispersity, and large specific surface specific (56.9 m2 g-1) with an interparticle mesoporous structure. All these characteristics can bring benefit for their application in supercapacitor. A quasi-solid-state symmetric supercapacitor device is assembled by using CuMnO2 nanoparticles as both positive electrode and negative electrode. The device exhibits good supercapacitive performance with a high specific capacitance (272 F g-1), a maximum power density of 7.56 kW kg-1 and a superior cycling stability of 18,000 continuous cycles, indicating an excellent potential to be used in energy storage device.

  13. Characterization of a Tissue-Equivalent Dosimeter based on CMOS Solid-State Photomultipliers

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    Johnson, Erik; Benton, Eric; Stapels, Christopher; Chrsitian, James; Jie Chen, Xiao

    Available digital dosimeters are bulky and unable to provide real-time monitoring of dose from space radiation. The complexity of space-flight design requires reliable, fault-tolerant equip-ment capable of providing real-time dosimetry during a mission, which is not feasible with the existing thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) technology, especially during extravehicular activity (EVA). Real-time monitoring is important for low-Earth orbiting spacecraft and inter-planetary space flight to alert the crew when Solar Particle Events (SPE) increase the particle flux of the spacecraft environment. A dosimeter-on-a-chip for personal dosimetry is comprised of a tissue-equivalent scintillator coupled to a solid-state photomultiplier (SSPM) built using CMOS technology. The radiation sensitive component of the dosimeter is coupled to analog signal processing components and a microprocessor, which can maintain processing fidelity up to 5x105 events per second. The dynamic range of the dosimeter has been verified from 1-GeV protons (0.22 keV/µm in H20) to 420 MeV/n Fe (201.1 keV/µm in H20). The dosimeter confirmed doses to within 3

  14. High performance solid state flexible supercapacitor based on molybdenum sulfide hierarchical nanospheres

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    Javed, Muhammad Sufyan; Dai, Shuge; Wang, Mingjun; Guo, Donglin; Chen, Lin; Wang, Xue; Hu, Chenguo; Xi, Yi

    2015-07-01

    Molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) hierarchical nanospheres are synthesized using a hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The prepared MoS2 is used to fabricate solid state flexible supercapacitors which show excellent electrochemical performance such as high capacitance 368 F g-1 at a scan rate of 5 mV s-1 and high power density of 128 W kg-1 at energy density of 5.42 Wh kg-1. The fabricated supercapacitor presents good characteristics such as lightweight, low cast, portability, high flexibility, and long term cycling stability by retaining 96.5% after 5000 cycles at constant discharge current of 0.8 mA. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results reveal low resistance and suggest that MoS2 nanospheres would be a promising candidate for supercapacitors. Three charged supercapacitors connected in series can light 8 red color commercial light emitting diodes (LEDs) for 2 min, demonstrating its capability as a good storage device.

  15. Solid state cathodoluminescence based on tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum and its quenching mechanism

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    Niu, Lianbin; Guan, Yunxia

    2010-05-01

    A novel solid state cathodoluminescence (SSCL) device (the device has a structure of ITO/SiO2/Alq3/SiO2/Al) is fabricated using organic materials as the fluorescent film sandwiched between two SiO2 layers. When alternating current (AC) voltage is applied to this device, uniform emissions are observed. When the voltage is 50 V, a longer wavelength emission (522 nm) is obtained, but the shorter wavelength emission (465 nm) is dominant when the voltage is 76 V. The origins of these emissions are discussed. The interface formed between SiO2 and tris-(8-hydroquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) of SSCL device was investigated by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Analyses of the XPS spectra reveal a deep diffusion of the indium into the interface. On the other hand, the interaction between indium and Alq3 occurs at the interface and results in the formation of a carbon-oxygen-metal (In or Al) complex in the contact region. This effect causes a luminescence quenching in the SSCL device.

  16. Quasi-solid state dye-sensitized solar cells based on I-/I3 - ions

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    Yanagida, Masatoshi

    2017-08-01

    The leakage of liquid electrolytes is crucial for the application of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The ion transport in solid imidazolium iodides used as the quasi-solid state electrolyte (EL) of DSCs was investigated. The imidazolium EL, whose melting point is ca. 100 °C, was chosen to fully penetrate in porous TiO2 by the heat permeation method. The apparent diffusion coefficients (D) of I3 - in porous TiO2 are on the order of 1,3-dimethly-imidazolium (DM+) > 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium > 1,2-dimethyl-3-propylimidazolium > 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium. D increases with decreasing imidazolium cation size. Therefore, the effective distance between I- and I3 - was assumed to decrease with decreasing cation size. The transport-limited current of DM+ at the TiO2 thickness of 20 µm is ca. 30 mA·cm-2. The result suggests that the I3 - transport in DM+ can compensate for the large short circuit current (30 mA·cm-2).

  17. A 2×2 array of EMCCD-based solid state x-ray detectors.

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    Sharma, P; Swetadri Vasan, S N; Titus, A H; Cartwright, A N; Bednarek, D R; Rudin, S

    2012-01-01

    We have designed and developed a new solid-state x-ray imaging system that consists of a 2×2 array of electron multiplying charge coupled devices (EMCCDs). This system is intended for fluoroscopic and angiographic medical imaging. The key components are the four 1024 × 1024 pixel EMCCDs with a pixel size of 13 × 13 µm(2). Each EMCCD is bonded to a fiber optic plate (FOP), and optically coupled to a 350 µm thick micro-columnar CsI(TI) scintillator via a 3.22∶1 fiber optic taper (FOT). The detector provides x-ray images of 9 line pairs/mm resolution at 15 frames/sec and real-time live video at 30 frames/sec with binning at a lower resolution, independent of the electronic gain applied to the EMCCD. The total field of view (FOV) of the array is 8.45 cm × 8.45 cm. The system is designed to also provide the ability to do region-of- interest imaging (ROI) by selectively enabling individual modules of the array.

  18. Immobilizing Organic-Based Molecular Switches into Metal-Organic Frameworks: A Promising Strategy for Switching in Solid State.

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    Gui, Bo; Meng, Yi; Xie, Yang; Du, Ke; Sue, Andrew C-H; Wang, Cheng

    2017-09-14

    Organic-based molecular switches (OMS) are essential components for the ultimate miniaturization of nanoscale electronics and devices. For practical applications, it is often necessary for OMS to be incorporated into functional solid-state materials. However, the switching characteristics of OMS in solution are usually not transferrable to the solid state, presumably because of spatial confinement or inefficient conversion in densely packed solid phase. A promising way to circumvent this issue is harboring the functional OMS within the robust and porous environment of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as their organic components. In this feature article, recent research progress of OMS-based MOFs is briefly summarized. The switching behaviors of OMS under different stimuli (e.g., light, redox, pH, etc.) in the MOF state are first introduced. After that, the technological applications of these OMS-based MOFs in different areas, including CO2 adsorption, gas separation, drug delivery, photodynamic therapy, and sensing, are outlined. Finally, perspectives and future challenges are discussed in the conclusion. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Iodine-Pseudohalogen Ionic Liquid-Based Electrolytes for Quasi-Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Lennert, Annkatrin; Sternberg, Michelle; Meyer, Karsten; Costa, Rubén D; Guldi, Dirk M

    2017-10-04

    In the current work, novel symmetrically alkyl-substituted imidazolium-based ionic liquids have been synthesized featuring either iodide (I(-)) or selenocyanate (SeCN(-)) as counteranions. Physicochemical assays based on spectroscopy and electrochemistry techniques have been performed to identify the best ionic liquid for application as electrolytes in quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSC). The latter were mixed with additives such as 4-tert-butylpyridine (4tbpy) and guanidinium thiocyanate (GuSCN) to optimize electrode surface coverage, ionic diffusion, and dye regeneration. In addition, we demonstrate that electrolytes containing a mixture of I2 and (SeCN)2 enhance the open-circuit voltage of the final quasi-solid-state device by up to 70 mV. As such, iodine-pseudohalogen electrolytes reveal in qssDSSCs a good balance between dye regeneration and hole transport and, in turn, enhance the overall solar energy conversion efficiency by 70% with respect to reference qssDSSCs with iodine-based electrolytes. Finally, devices with the iodine-pseudohalogen electrolyte show a 1000 h stable efficiency of 7-8% under outdoor temperature operation conditions and 1 sun illumination.

  20. Stable, High-Efficiency Pyrrolidinium-Based Electrolyte for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    He, Tong; Wang, Ye Feng; Zeng, Jing Hui

    2015-09-30

    We synthesized a series of pyrrolidinium based dicationic ionic crystals with high melting point and good thermal stability. Research on the crystal structure shows that there are ordered three-dimensional ionic channels in these crystals which is favorable for the ionic conductor to achieve high conductivity and diffusion coefficient. These ionic crystals are applied to electrolyte as matrix in dye sensitized solar cells, and the influence of crystal structure (including the alkylene chain separating two pyrrolidinium rings and anion) versus the device performances are studied by steady-state voltammography, current-voltage trace, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. As the solid state electrolyte, an optimized efficiency of 6.02% have achieved under full sunlight irradiation using ionic crystal [C6BEP][TFSI]2. And the device based on this solid electrolyte shows the excellent long-term stability, maintaining 92% of the initial efficiency after 960 h. This study elucidates fundamental the structure of dicationic crystal and provide useful clues for further improvement of solid-state electrolytes in DSSC.

  1. High Performance All-Solid-State Flexible Micro-Pseudocapacitor Based on Hierarchically Nanostructured Tungsten Trioxide Composite.

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    Huang, Xuezhen; Liu, Hewei; Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Hongrui

    2015-12-23

    Microsupercapacitors (MSCs) are promising energy storage devices to power miniaturized portable electronics and microelectromechanical systems. With the increasing attention on all-solid-state flexible supercapacitors, new strategies for high-performance flexible MSCs are highly desired. Here, we demonstrate all-solid-state, flexible micropseudocapacitors via direct laser patterning on crack-free, flexible WO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composites containing high levels of porous hierarchically structured WO3 nanomaterials (up to 50 wt %) and limited binder (PVDF, <25 wt %). The work leads to an areal capacitance of 62.4 mF·cm(-2) and a volumetric capacitance of 10.4 F·cm(-3), exceeding that of graphene based flexible MSCs by a factor of 26 and 3, respectively. As a noncarbon based flexible MSC, hierarchically nanostructured WO3 in the narrow finger electrode is essential to such enhancement in energy density due to its pseudocapacitive property. The effects of WO3/PVDF/MWCNTs composite composition and the dimensions of interdigital structure on the performance of the flexible MSCs are investigated.

  2. High-performance flexible all-solid-state supercapacitors based on densely-packed graphene/polypyrrole nanoparticle papers

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    Yang, Chao; Zhang, Liling; Hu, Nantao; Yang, Zhi; Wei, Hao; Wang, Yanyan; Zhang, Yafei

    2016-11-01

    Graphene-based all-solid-state supercapacitors (ASSSCs) have received increasing attention. It's a great challenge to fabricate high-performance flexible solid-state supercapacitors with high areal and volumetric energy storage capability, superior electron and ion conductivity, robust mechanical flexibility, as well as long term stability. Herein, we report a facile method to fabricate flexible ASSSCs based on densely-packed reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/polypyrrole nanoparticle (PPy NP) hybrid papers with a sandwich framework, which consists of well-separated and continuously-aligned rGO sheets. The incorporation of PPy NPs not only provides pseudocapacitance but also facilitates the infiltration of gel electrolyte. The assembled ASSSCs possess maximum areal and volumetric specific capacitances of 477 mF/cm2 and 94.9 F/cm3 at 0.5 mA/cm2. They also exhibit little capacitance deviation under different bending states, excellent cycling stability, small leakage current and low self-discharge characteristics. Additionally, the maximum areal and volumetric energy densities of 132.5 μWh/cm2 and 26.4 mWh/cm3 are achieved, which indicate that this hybrid paper is a promising candidate for high-performance flexible energy storage devices.

  3. Carbon-Based Flexible and All-Solid-State Micro-supercapacitors Fabricated by Inkjet Printing with Enhanced Performance

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    Pei, Zhibin; Hu, Haibo; Liang, Guojin; Ye, Changhui

    2017-04-01

    By means of inkjet printing technique, flexible and all-solid-state micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) were fabricated with carbon-based hybrid ink composed of graphene oxide (GO, 98.0 vol.%) ink and commercial pen ink (2.0 vol.%). A small amount of commercial pen ink was added to effectively reduce the agglomeration of the GO sheets during solvent evaporation and the following reduction processes in which the presence of graphite carbon nanoparticles served as nano-spacer to separate GO sheets. The printed device fabricated using the hybrid ink, combined with the binder-free microelectrodes and interdigital microelectrode configuration, exhibits nearly 780% enhancement in areal capacitance compared with that of pure GO ink. It also shows excellent flexibility and cycling stability with nearly 100% retention of the areal capacitance after 10,000 cycles. The all-solid-state device can be optionally connected in series or in parallel to meet the voltage and capacity requirements for a given application. This work demonstrates a promising future of the carbon-based hybrid ink for directly large-scale inkjet printing MSCs for disposable energy storage devices.

  4. High Performance All-Solid-State Flexible Micro-Pseudocapacitor Based on Hierarchically Nanostructured Tungsten Trioxide Composite

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    2015-01-01

    Microsupercapacitors (MSCs) are promising energy storage devices to power miniaturized portable electronics and microelectromechanical systems. With the increasing attention on all-solid-state flexible supercapacitors, new strategies for high-performance flexible MSCs are highly desired. Here, we demonstrate all-solid-state, flexible micropseudocapacitors via direct laser patterning on crack-free, flexible WO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composites containing high levels of porous hierarchically structured WO3 nanomaterials (up to 50 wt %) and limited binder (PVDF, <25 wt %). The work leads to an areal capacitance of 62.4 mF·cm–2 and a volumetric capacitance of 10.4 F·cm–3, exceeding that of graphene based flexible MSCs by a factor of 26 and 3, respectively. As a noncarbon based flexible MSC, hierarchically nanostructured WO3 in the narrow finger electrode is essential to such enhancement in energy density due to its pseudocapacitive property. The effects of WO3/PVDF/MWCNTs composite composition and the dimensions of interdigital structure on the performance of the flexible MSCs are investigated. PMID:26618406

  5. Study of storage capacity in various carbon/graphene-based solid-state supercapacitors

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    Subramaniam, C. K.; Boopalan, G.

    2014-09-01

    Solid-state electrochemical double-layer capacitor (SEDLC) forms excellent energy storage device for high-power applications. They are highly reliable, with no electrolyte leaks, and can be packaged to suit various applications. The electrode material can be activated carbon to graphene. These can have a range of particle size, surface area, pore size and pore distribution for charge storage. The emphasis will be to optimize the graphene to carbon blend in the electrodes which would provide appreciable storage density of the SEDLC. We can use perfluorosulfonic acid polymer as the solid electrolyte in the SEDLC assembly. They have high ionic conductivity, good thermal stability, and mechanical strength. They also have excellent long-term chemical stability. Carbon is widely used for many practical applications, especially for the adsorption of ions and molecules, as it is possible to synthesize one-, two- or three-dimensional (1-, 2-, or 3-D) carbons. Some of the problems in activated carbon like varying micro or mesopores, poor ion mobility due to varying pore distribution, low electrical conductivity, can be overcome using graphene and blends of graphene with carbon of the right pore dimension and distribution. Graphene in various structural nomenclatures have been used by various groups for charge storage. Graphene nanoplates (GNP), with narrow mesopore distributions have been effectively used for SEDLCs. SEDLCs assembled with GNP and blends of GNP with Vulcan XC and solid polymer electrolyte like Nafion show exceptional performance. The cyclic voltammetric studies show that they support high scan rates with substantial smaller capacitance drop as we increase scan rates. Optimization of the electrode structure in terms of blend percentage, binder content and interface character in the frequency and time domain provides excellent insight into the double-layer interface.

  6. Obviating the requirement for oxygen in SnO2-based solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Docampo, Pablo; Snaith, Henry J

    2011-06-03

    Organic semiconductors employed in solar cells are perfectly stable to solar irradiation provided oxygen content can be kept below 1 ppm. Paradoxically, the state-of-the-art molecular hole-transporter-based solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells only operate efficiently if measured in an atmosphere containing oxygen. Without oxygen, these devices rapidly lose photovoltage and photocurrent and are rendered useless. Clearly this peculiar requirement has detrimental implications to the long term stability of these devices. Through characterizing the solar cells in air and in oxygen-free atmospheres, and considering the device architecture, we identify that direct contact between the metallic cathode and the mesoporous metal oxide photo-anode is responsible for a shunting path through the device. This metal-metal oxide contact forms a Schottky barrier under ambient conditions and the barrier is suitably high so as to prevent significant shunting of the solar cells. However, under light absorption in an anaerobic atmosphere the barrier reduces significantly, opening a low resistance shunting path which dominates the current-voltage characteristics in the solar cell. By incorporating an extra interlayer of insulating mesoporous aluminum oxide, on top of the mesoporous semiconducting metal oxide electrode, we successfully block this shunting path and subsequently the devices operate efficiently in an oxygen-free atmosphere, enabling the possibility of long term stability of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

  7. A theoretical perspective on the accuracy of rotational resonance (R 2)-based distance measurements in solid-state NMR

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    Pandey, Manoj Kumar; Ramachandran, Ramesh

    2010-03-01

    The application of solid-state NMR methodology for bio-molecular structure determination requires the measurement of constraints in the form of 13C-13C and 13C-15N distances, torsion angles and, in some cases, correlation of the anisotropic interactions. Since the availability of structurally important constraints in the solid state is limited due to lack of sufficient spectral resolution, the accuracy of the measured constraints become vital in studies relating the three-dimensional structure of proteins to its biological functions. Consequently, the theoretical methods employed to quantify the experimental data become important. To accentuate this aspect, we re-examine analytical two-spin models currently employed in the estimation of 13C-13C distances based on the rotational resonance (R 2) phenomenon. Although the error bars for the estimated distances tend to be in the range 0.5-1.0 Å, R 2 experiments are routinely employed in a variety of systems ranging from simple peptides to more complex amyloidogenic proteins. In this article we address this aspect by highlighting the systematic errors introduced by analytical models employing phenomenological damping terms to describe multi-spin effects. Specifically, the spin dynamics in R 2 experiments is described using Floquet theory employing two different operator formalisms. The systematic errors introduced by the phenomenological damping terms and their limitations are elucidated in two analytical models and analysed by comparing the results with rigorous numerical simulations.

  8. Thermostable gel polymer electrolyte based on succinonitrile and ionic liquid for high-performance solid-state supercapacitors

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    Pandey, Gaind P.; Liu, Tao; Hancock, Cody; Li, Yonghui; Sun, Xiuzhi Susan; Li, Jun

    2016-10-01

    A flexible, free-standing, thermostable gel polymer electrolyte based on plastic crystalline succinonitrile (SN) and ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMImBF4) entrapped in copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) is prepared and optimized for application in solvent-free solid-state supercapacitors. The synthesized gel polymer electrolyte exhibits a high ionic conductivity over a wide temperature range (from ∼5 × 10-4 S cm-1 at -30 °C up to ∼1.5 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 80 °C) with good electrochemical stability window (-2.9 to 2.5 V). Thermal studies confirm that the SN containing gel polymer electrolyte remains stable in the same gel phase over a wide temperature range from -30 to 90 °C. The electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) have been fabricated using activated carbon as active materials and new gel polymer electrolytes. Electrochemical performance of the EDLCs is assessed through cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge cycling and impedance spectroscopy. The EDLC cells with the proper SN-containing gel polymer electrolyte has been found to give high specific capacitance 176 F g-1 at 0.18 A g-1 and 138 F g-1 at 8 A g-1. These solid-state EDLC cells show good cycling stability and the capability to retain ∼80% of the initial capacitance after 10,000 cycles.

  9. Development of a high current high temperature SiC MOSFET based solid-state power controller

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    Guo, Yuanbo

    Solid-State Power Controllers (SSPCs) are critical components in the development of electric aircraft and must be small in size, fast in response, and have high reliability. They are also proposed for use in microgrids to improve the power quality and system reliability. The development of Silicon Carbide (SiC) semiconductor switches provides a series of improvements for the SSPCs in both electrical and thermal performances. In the proposed SSPC design investigation, SiC MOSFETs die are mounted on cast-aluminum traces, under which are an aluminum nitride (AlN) layer and an aluminum composite base plate. The concept of i2t and its application in solid state protection is discussed in detail. Transient thermal characterizations of SiC MOSFETs are provided for a nearly-all-aluminum package by Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The SSPC is targeted for 120A nominal, 1200A fault current, 270V DC system, and working at 105°C environment with a maximum 350°C transient junction temperature capability.

  10. All-solid-state high performance asymmetric supercapacitors based on novel MnS nanocrystal and activated carbon materials

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    Chen, Teng; Tang, Yongfu; Qiao, Yuqing; Liu, Zhangyu; Guo, Wenfeng; Song, Jianzheng; Mu, Shichun; Yu, Shengxue; Zhao, Yufeng; Gao, Faming

    2016-03-01

    All-solid-state high-performance asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) are fabricated using γ-MnS as positive electrode and porous eggplant derived activated carbon (EDAC) as negative electrode with saturated potassium hydroxide agar gel as the solid electrolyte. The laminar wurtzite nanostructure of γ-MnS facilitates the insertion of hydroxyl ions into the interlayer space, and the manganese sulfide nanowire offers electronic transportation channels. The size-uniform porous nanostructure of EDAC provides a continuous electron pathway as well as facilitates short ionic transportation pathways. Due to these special nanostructures of both the MnS and the EDAC, they exhibited a specific capacitance of 573.9 and 396 F g‑1 at 0.5 A g‑1, respectively. The optimized MnS//EDAC asymmetric supercapacitor shows a superior performance with specific capacitance of 110.4 F g‑1 and 89.87% capacitance retention after 5000 cycles, a high energy density of 37.6 Wh kg‑1 at a power density of 181.2 W kg‑1 and remains 24.9 Wh kg‑1 even at 5976 W kg‑1. Impressively, such two assembled all-solid-state cells in series can light up a red LED indicator for 15 minutes after fully charged. These impressive results make these pollution-free materials promising for practical applications in solid aqueous electrolyte-based ASCs.

  11. A 70 kV solid-state high voltage pulse generator based on saturable pulse transformer.

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    Fan, Xuliang; Liu, Jinliang

    2014-02-01

    High voltage pulse generators are widely applied in many fields. In recent years, solid-state and operating at repetitive mode are the most important developing trends of high voltage pulse generators. A solid-state high voltage pulse generator based on saturable pulse transformer is proposed in this paper. The proposed generator is consisted of three parts. They are charging system, triggering system, and the major loop. Saturable pulse transformer is the key component of the whole generator, which acts as a step-up transformer and main switch during working process of this generator. The circuit and working principles of the proposed pulse generator are introduced first in this paper, and the saturable pulse transformer used in this generator is introduced in detail. Circuit of the major loop is simulated to verify the design of the system. Demonstration experiments are carried out, and the results show that when the primary energy storage capacitor is charged to a high voltage, such as 2.5 kV, a voltage with amplitude of 86 kV can be achieved on the secondary winding. The magnetic core of saturable pulse transformer is saturated deeply and the saturable inductance of the secondary windings is very small. The switch function of the saturable pulse transformer can be realized ideally. Therefore, a 71 kV output voltage pulse is formed on the load. Moreover, the magnetic core of the saturable pulse transformer can be reset automatically.

  12. All-solid-state high performance asymmetric supercapacitors based on novel MnS nanocrystal and activated carbon materials.

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    Chen, Teng; Tang, Yongfu; Qiao, Yuqing; Liu, Zhangyu; Guo, Wenfeng; Song, Jianzheng; Mu, Shichun; Yu, Shengxue; Zhao, Yufeng; Gao, Faming

    2016-03-29

    All-solid-state high-performance asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) are fabricated using γ-MnS as positive electrode and porous eggplant derived activated carbon (EDAC) as negative electrode with saturated potassium hydroxide agar gel as the solid electrolyte. The laminar wurtzite nanostructure of γ-MnS facilitates the insertion of hydroxyl ions into the interlayer space, and the manganese sulfide nanowire offers electronic transportation channels. The size-uniform porous nanostructure of EDAC provides a continuous electron pathway as well as facilitates short ionic transportation pathways. Due to these special nanostructures of both the MnS and the EDAC, they exhibited a specific capacitance of 573.9 and 396 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1), respectively. The optimized MnS//EDAC asymmetric supercapacitor shows a superior performance with specific capacitance of 110.4 F g(-1) and 89.87% capacitance retention after 5000 cycles, a high energy density of 37.6 Wh kg(-1) at a power density of 181.2 W kg(-1) and remains 24.9 Wh kg(-1) even at 5976 W kg(-1). Impressively, such two assembled all-solid-state cells in series can light up a red LED indicator for 15 minutes after fully charged. These impressive results make these pollution-free materials promising for practical applications in solid aqueous electrolyte-based ASCs.

  13. Temperature-induced solid-state valence tautomeric interconversion in two cobalt-Schiff base diquinone complexes.

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    Cador, Olivier; Chabre, Françoise; Dei, Andrea; Sangregorio, Claudio; van Slageren, Joris; Vaz, Maria G F

    2003-10-06

    The mixed-ligand complexes [Co(III)(tpy)(Cat-N-SQ)]Y and [Ni(II)(tpy)(Cat-N-BQ)]PF(6) (tpy = 2,2':6',2' '-terpyridine; Cat-N-BQ, Cat-N-SQ = mononegative and radical dinegative Schiff base diquinone ligand; Y = PF(6), BPh(4)) were prepared. Structural and spectroscopic data support the different charge distribution of the two compounds. The temperature-dependent electronic and spectral properties of solutions containing the [Co(III)(tpy)(Cat-N-SQ)](+) suggest that this compound undergoes a thermally driven valence tautomeric interconversion to [Co(II)(tpy)(Cat-N-BQ)](+) complex, the metal ion being in high-spin configuration. The comparison of the electrochemical properties of the cobalt and nickel derivatives supports the observed behavior. The same interconversion process was found to occur also in the solid state with a significant higher T(c) value than in solution. It was found that the previously reported [Co(III)(Cat-N-BQ)(Cat-N-SQ)] shows a similar behavior. The large difference between the interconversion T(c) in the solid state and in solution is suggested to come from the entropy changes associated with the modifications of vibronic interactions.

  14. Solid-state voltammetry-based electrochemical immunosensor for Escherichia coli using graphene oxide-Ag nanoparticle composites as labels.

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    Jiang, Xiaochun; Chen, Kun; Wang, Jing; Shao, Kang; Fu, Tao; Shao, Feng; Lu, Donglian; Liang, Jiangong; Foda, M Frahat; Han, Heyou

    2013-06-21

    A new electrochemical immunosensor based on solid-state voltammetry was fabricated for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) by using graphene oxide-Ag nanoparticle composites (P-GO-Ag) as labels. To construct the platform, Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) were first self-assembled on an Au electrode surface through cysteamine and served as an effective matrix for antibody (Ab) attachment. Under a sandwich-type immunoassay format, the analyte and the probe (P-GO-Ag-Ab) were successively captured onto the immunosensor. Finally, the bonded AgNPs were detected through a solid-state redox process in 0.2 M of KCl solution. Combining the advantages of the high-loading capability of graphene oxide with promoted electron-transfer rate of AuNPs, this immunosensor produced a 26.92-fold signal enhancement compared with the unamplified protocol. Under the optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited a wide linear dependence on the logarithm of the concentration of E. coli ranging from 50 to 1.0 × 10(6) cfu mL(-1) with a detection limit of 10 cfu mL(-1). Moreover, as a practical application, the proposed immunosensor was used to monitor E. coli in lake water with satisfactory results.

  15. Solid-state configurations

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    Schroeder, K. G.

    1980-01-01

    Two prototype solid-state phased array systems concepts developed for the solar power satellite (SPS) are described. In both concepts, the beam was centered on the rectenna by means of phase conjugation of a pilot signal emanating from the ground. Also discussed are results of solid state studies.

  16. Solid State Division

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    Green, P.H.; Watson, D.M.

    1989-08-01

    This report contains brief discussions on work done in the Solid State Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The topics covered are: Theoretical Solid State Physics; Neutron scattering; Physical properties of materials; The synthesis and characterization of materials; Ion beam and laser processing; and Structure of solids and surfaces. (LSP)

  17. Solid state synthesis of Fe2P nanoparticles as high-performance anode materials for nickel-based rechargeable batteries

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    Wang, Yaping; Zhang, Lili; Li, Huanhuan; Wang, Yijing; Jiao, Lifang; Yuan, Huatang; Chen, Long; Tang, Hua; Yang, Xiaofei

    2014-05-01

    Using a green and effective method based on the solid state reaction between FePO4·2H2O and KBH4, high pure Fe2P nanoparticles are successfully prepared. The mass ratio of FePO4·2H2O to KBH4 has a decisive influence on the composition of the products. Moreover, Fe2P nanoparticles exhibit considerably high discharge capacities and excellent rate capability as the anode materials for nickel-based rechargeable batteries. The reversible discharge capacities are 413 and 343 mAh g-1 at currents of 100 and 500 mA g-1, respectively. It is expected that Fe2P nanoparticles have potential applications in nickel-based rechargeable batteries.

  18. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems for hydrogen production

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    Kocha, S.; Peterson, M.; Arent, D.

    1996-10-01

    Photon driven, direct conversion systems consist of a light absorber and a water splitting catalyst as a monolithic system; water is split directly upon illumination. This one-step process eliminates the need to generate electricity externally and subsequently feed it to an electrolyzer. These configurations require only the piping necessary for transport of hydrogen to an external storage system or gas pipeline. This work is focused on multiphoton photoelectrochemical devices for production of hydrogen directly using sunlight and water. Two types of multijunction cells, one consisting of a-Si triple junctions and the other GaInP{sub 2}/GaAs homojunctions, were studied for the photoelectrochemical decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen from an aqueous electrolyte solution. To catalyze the water decomposition process, the illuminated surface of the device was modified either by addition of platinum colloids or by coating with ruthenium dioxide. These colloids have been characterized by gel electrophoresis.

  19. Efficiency Improvement of Nitride-Based Solid State Light Emitting Materials -- CRADA Final Report

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    Kisielowski, Christian; Weber, Eicke

    2010-05-13

    The development of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x} N/GaN thin film growth by Molecular Beam Epitaxy has opened a new route towards energy efficient solid-state lighting. Blue and green LED's became available that can be used to match the whole color spectrum of visible light with the potential to match the eye response curve. Moreover, the efficiency of such devices largely exceeds that of incandescent light sources (tungsten filaments) and even competes favorably with lighting by fluorescent lamps. It is, however, also seen in Figure 1 that it is essential to improve on the luminous performance of green LED's in order to mimic the eye response curve. This lack of sufficiently efficient green LED's relates to particularities of the In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N materials system. This ternary alloy system is polar and large strain is generated during a lattice mismatched thin film growth because of the significantly different lattice parameters between GaN and InN and common substrates such as sapphire. Moreover, it is challenging to incorporate indium into GaN at typical growth temperatures because a miscibility gap exists that can be modified by strain effects. As a result a large parameter space needs exploration to optimize the growth of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N and to date it is unclear what the detailed physical processes are that affect device efficiencies. In particular, an inhomogeneous distribution indium in GaN modifies the device performance in an unpredictable manner. As a result technology is pushed forward on a trial and error basis in particular in Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, which dominate the market and it is desirable to strengthen the competitiveness of the US industry. This CRADA was initiated to help Lumileds Lighting/USA boosting the performance of their green LED's. The tasks address the distribution of the indium atoms in the active area of their blue and green LED's and its relation to internal and external quantum efficiencies. Procedures to

  20. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems for hydrogen production

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    Khaselev, O.; Bansal, A.; Kocha, S.; Turner, J.A.

    1998-08-01

    With an eye towards developing a photoelectrochemical system for hydrogen production using sunlight as the only energy input, two types of systems were studied, both involving multijunction devices. One set of cells consisted of a-Si triple junctions and the other a GaInP{sub 2}/GaAs tandem cell combination. Additional investigations were carried out on semiconductor surface modifications to move semiconductor band edges to more favorable energetic positions.

  1. An all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer.

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    Lin, Jiajin; Yang, Jianhua; Zhang, Jiande; Chen, Xinbing

    2013-09-01

    Innovative design of an all solid-state high-voltage ns trigger generator, based on magnetic pulse compression and transmission line transformer, is presented. The repetitive trigger pulse generator was developed to trigger a 700 kV trigatron, which has been used to pulse a repetitive intense electron beam accelerator with Tesla transformer charged double pulse forming lines (PFLs). Experimental results show that the trigger pulse generator could produce 180 kV 65 ns duration pulses with a rise time of 20 ns. The repetitive trigger pulses have nice uniform in the voltage waveform. The control time jitter is less then 3 ns. Owing to its good stability and low time jitter, the high-voltage trigger generator is an excellent candidate to trigger the repetitive accelerator.

  2. Scattering-layer-induced energy storage function in polymer-based quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Hongrui

    2015-01-01

    Photo-self-charging cells (PSCs) are compact devices with dual functions of photoelectric conversion and energy storage. By introducing a scattering layer in polymer-based quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, two-electrode PSCs with highly compact structure were obtained. The charge storage function stems from the formed ion channel network in the scattering layer/polymer electrolyte system. Both the photoelectric conversion and the energy storage functions are integrated in only the photoelectrode of such PSCs. This design of PSC could continuously output power as a solar cell with considerable efficiency after being photo-charged. Such PSCs could be applied in highly-compact mini power devices. PMID:25829547

  3. Self-powered solid-state photodetector based on TiO2 nanorod/spiro-MeOTAD heterojunction

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    Xie, Yanru; Wei, Lin; Li, Qinghao; Wei, Guodong; Wang, Dong; Chen, Yanxue; Jiao, Jun; Yan, Shishen; Liu, Guolei; Mei, Liangmo

    2013-12-01

    A nanostructured solid-state photodetector based on an inorganic/organic semiconductor heterojunction of TiO2 nanorod/spiro-MeOTAD is constructed. Spiro-MeOTAD serves as the active absorption layer and TiO2 offers a direct pathway for electron transport. A maximum photoresponsivity of 0.01 A/W was observed under illumination of 410 nm at 0 V bias. The time response (decay time is 0.06 s and rise time is 0.12 s) was observed to be rapid. The self-powered device is a promising candidate for application in high-sensitivity and high-speed blue light photodetectors. These results provided a simple way to fabricate low-cost, high spectrum selectivity hybrid photodetector with large area.

  4. Scattering-layer-induced energy storage function in polymer-based quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Hongrui

    2015-03-09

    Photo-self-charging cells (PSCs) are compact devices with dual functions of photoelectric conversion and energy storage. By introducing a scattering layer in polymer-based quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, two-electrode PSCs with highly compact structure were obtained. The charge storage function stems from the formed ion channel network in the scattering layer/polymer electrolyte system. Both the photoelectric conversion and the energy storage functions are integrated in only the photoelectrode of such PSCs. This design of PSC could continuously output power as a solar cell with considerable efficiency after being photo-charged. Such PSCs could be applied in highly-compact mini power devices.

  5. Tunable infrared solid-state laser materials based on Cr/sup 3 +/ in low ligand fields

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    Kenyon, P.T.; Andrews, L.; Lempick, A.; McCollum, B.

    1982-08-01

    A new class of solid-state tunable lasers based on Cr/sup 3 +/ in low ligand field materials is described. Spectroscopic and calculated laser properties have been obtained for the /sup 4/T/sub 2/ emission in two low field crystals: K/sub 2/Na Sc/sub 1-x/ Cr/sub x/F/sub 6/ and Al/sub 1-x/ Cr/sub x/ (PO/sub 3/)/sub 3/. A comparison is made with two d/sup 3/ laser materials (Cr/sup 3 +/:alexandrite and V/sup 2 +/:MgF/sub 2/). The prospect of expanding this class of materials is assessed.

  6. Eco-friendly wood-based solid-state flexible supercapacitors from wood transverse section slice and reduced graphene oxide

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    Lv, Shaoyi; Fu, Feng; Wang, Siqun; Huang, Jingda; Hu, La

    2015-07-01

    An interesting wood-based all-solid-state supercapacitor is produced using reduced graphene oxide (RGO) coated on wood transverse section slice (WTSS) as electrode material by means of a low-cost, eco-friendly, and simple method for the first time. The RGO-coated WTSS electrode has a porous 3D honeycomb framework due to the hierarchical cellular structure of the WTSS substrate and can function as an electrolyte reservoir. This special construction endows this novel electrode with good areal capacitance (102 mF cm-2) and excellent cyclic stability (capacitance retention of 98.9% after 5000 cycles). In addition, the supercapacitors exhibit good mechanical flexibility and preserve almost constant capacitive behavior under different bending conditions. Our study introduces a new and eco-friendly material design for electrodes in future flexible energy storage devices that closely resemble natural materials. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. Effect of ion-chelating chain lengths in thiophene-based monomers on in situ photoelectrochemical polymerization and photovoltaic performances.

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    Song, In Young; Kim, Minjun; Park, Taiho

    2015-06-03

    We synthesized thiophene-based monomers (bis-EDOTs) with different ethylene glycol oligomer (EGO) lengths (TBO3, TBO4, and TBO5) and investigated their polymerization characteristics during photoelectrochemical polymerization (PEP) at the surfaces of dye (D205)-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline particles. During the PEP reaction, monomers were expected to diffuse toward neighboring dyes through the growing polymer layers to enable continuous chain growth. We found that the less bulky monomer (TBO3) formed a more compact polymer layer with a high molecular weight. Its diffusion to the active sites through the resulting growing polymer layer was, therefore, limited. We deployed layers of the polymers (PTBO3, PTBO4, and PTBO5) in iodine-free solid-state hybrid solar cells to investigate the lithium ion chelating properties of the polymers as a function of the number of oxygen atoms present in the EGOs. PTBO4 and PTBO5 were capable of chelating lithium ions, yielding a photovoltaic performance that was 142% of the performance obtained without the polymer layers (3.0→5.2%).

  8. Solid-state lithium battery

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    Ihlefeld, Jon; Clem, Paul G; Edney, Cynthia; Ingersoll, David; Nagasubramanian, Ganesan; Fenton, Kyle Ross

    2014-11-04

    The present invention is directed to a higher power, thin film lithium-ion electrolyte on a metallic substrate, enabling mass-produced solid-state lithium batteries. High-temperature thermodynamic equilibrium processing enables co-firing of oxides and base metals, providing a means to integrate the crystalline, lithium-stable, fast lithium-ion conductor lanthanum lithium tantalate (La.sub.1/3-xLi.sub.3xTaO.sub.3) directly with a thin metal foil current collector appropriate for a lithium-free solid-state battery.

  9. Toward ambient temperature operation with all-solid-state lithium metal batteries with a sp3 boron-based solid single ion conducting polymer electrolyte

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    Zhang, Yunfeng; Cai, Weiwei; Rohan, Rupesh; Pan, Meize; Liu, Yuan; Liu, Xupo; Li, Cuicui; Sun, Yubao; Cheng, Hansong

    2016-02-01

    The ionic conductivity decay problem of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) when increase the lithium salt of the SPEs up to high concentration is here functionally overcome by the incorporation of a charge delocalized sp3 boron based single ion conducting polymer electrolyte (SIPE) with poly(ethylene oxide) to fabricate solid-state sp3 boron based SIPE membranes (S-BSMs). By characterizations, particularly differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and ionic conductivity studies, the fabricated S-BSMs showed decreased melting points and increased ionic conductivity as steadily increase the content of sp3 boron based SIPE, which significantly improved the low temperature performance of the all-solid-state lithium batteries. The fabricated Li | S-BSMs | LiFePO4 cells exhibit highly electrochemical stability and excellent cycling at temperature below melting point of PEO, which has never been reported so far for SIPEs based all-solid-state lithium batteries.

  10. Air Pollution Monitoring and Use of Nanotechnology Based Solid State Gas Sensors in Greater Cairo Area, Egypt

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    Ramadan, A. B. A.

    Air pollution is a serious problem in thickly populated and industrialized areas in Egypt, especially in greater Cairo area. Economic growth and industrialization are proceeding at a rapid pace, accompanied by increasing emissions of air polluting sources. Furthermore, though the variety and quantities of polluting sources have increased dramatically, the development of a suitable method for monitoring the pollution causing sources has not followed at the same pace. Environmental impacts of air pollutants have impact on public health, vegetation, material deterioration etc. To prevent or minimize the damage caused by atmospheric pollution, suitable monitoring systems are urgently needed that can rapidly and reliably detect and quantify polluting sources for monitoring by regulating authorities in order to prevent further deterioration of the current pollution levels. Consequently, it is important that the current real-time air quality monitoring system, controlled by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), should be adapted or extended to aid in alleviating this problem. Nanotechnology has been applied to several industrial and domestic fields, for example, applications for gas monitoring systems, gas leak detectors in factories, fire and toxic gas detectors, ventilation control, breath alcohol detectors, and the like. Here we report an application example of studying air quality monitoring based on nanotechnology `solid state gas sensors'. So as to carry out air pollution monitoring over an extensive area, a combination of ground measurements through inexpensive sensors and wireless GIS will be used for this purpose. This portable device, comprising solid state gas sensors integrated to a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) linked through Bluetooth communication tools and Global Positioning System (GPS), will allow rapid dissemination of information on pollution levels at multiple sites simultaneously.

  11. Bacillus coagulans tolerance to 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids in aqueous and solid-state thermophilic culture.

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    Simmons, Christopher W; Reddy, Amitha P; Vandergheynst, Jean S; Simmons, Blake A; Singer, Steven W

    2014-01-01

    The use of ionic liquids (ILs) to disrupt the recalcitrant structure of lignocellulose and make polysaccharides accessible to hydrolytic enzymes is an emerging technology for biomass pretreatment in lignocellulosic biofuel production. Despite efforts to reclaim and recycle IL from pretreated biomass, residual IL can be inhibitory to microorganisms used for downstream fermentation. As a result, pathways for IL tolerance are needed to improve the activity of fermentative organisms in the presence of IL. In this study, microbial communities from compost were cultured under high-solids and thermophilic conditions in the presence of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ILs to enrich for IL-tolerant microorganisms. A strain of Bacillus coagulans isolated from an IL-tolerant community was grown in liquid and solid-state culture in the presence of the ILs 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]) or 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2mim][Cl]) to gauge IL tolerance. Viability and respiration varied with the concentration of IL applied and the type of IL used. B. coagulans maintained growth and respiration in the presence of 4 wt% IL, a concentration similar to that present on IL-pretreated biomass. In the presence of both [C2mim][OAc] and [C2mim][Cl] in liquid culture, B. coagulans grew at a rate approximately half that observed in the absence of IL. However, in solid-state culture, the bacteria were significantly more tolerant to [C2mim][Cl] compared with [C2mim][OAc]. B. coagulans tolerance to IL under industrially relevant conditions makes it a promising bacterium for understanding mechanisms of IL tolerance and discovering IL tolerance pathways for use in other microorganisms, particularly those used in bioconversion of IL-pretreated plant biomass.

  12. The Organic Solid State.

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    Cowan, Dwaine O.; Wlygul, Frank M.

    1986-01-01

    Reviews interesting and useful electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of the organic solid state. Offers speculation as to areas of fruitful research. Discusses organic superconductors, conducting organic polymers, organic metals, and traces recent history of creation of organic metals. (JM)

  13. The Organic Solid State.

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    Cowan, Dwaine O.; Wlygul, Frank M.

    1986-01-01

    Reviews interesting and useful electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of the organic solid state. Offers speculation as to areas of fruitful research. Discusses organic superconductors, conducting organic polymers, organic metals, and traces recent history of creation of organic metals. (JM)

  14. Solid state switch

    DOEpatents

    Merritt, Bernard T.; Dreifuerst, Gary R.

    1994-01-01

    A solid state switch, with reverse conducting thyristors, is designed to operate at 20 kV hold-off voltage, 1500 A peak, 1.0 .mu.s pulsewidth, and 4500 pps, to replace thyratrons. The solid state switch is more reliable, more economical, and more easily repaired. The switch includes a stack of circuit card assemblies, a magnetic assist and a trigger chassis. Each circuit card assembly contains a reverse conducting thyristor, a resistor capacitor network, and triggering circuitry.

  15. Fluorescent gold nanoclusters based photoelectrochemical sensors for detection of H2O2 and glucose.

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    Zhang, Jianxiu; Tu, Liping; Zhao, Shuang; Liu, Guohua; Wang, Yangyun; Wang, Yong; Yue, Zhao

    2015-05-15

    In this work, low-toxicity fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) based photoelectrochemical sensors were developed for H2O2 and glucose detection. Herein, the processes used to fabricate the sensors and the photoelectrochemical performances of the sensors under different conditions were presented. Based on the energy band levels of the AuNCs and electron tunneling processes, a detailed photoelectrochemical sensing model was given. The designed sensors were then used for H2O2 and glucose detection without any extra modification of the AuNCs or complex enzyme immobilization. The results demonstrate that the AuNCs allow for H2O2 sensing based on their capacity for both fluorescence and catalysis. Indeed, it was observed that H2O2 was catalyzed by the AuNCs and reduced by photoinduced electrons derived from excited AuNCs. Furthermore, an enhancement in photocurrent amplitude followed the increase in the concentrations of H2O2 and glucose. The effects of the types of ligands surrounding the AuNCs and the applied potential on the output photocurrent were well studied to optimize the measurement conditions. The sensitivity and LOD of MUA-AuNCs at -500 mV were 4.33 nA/mM and 35 μM, respectively. All experimental results indicated that AuNCs could not only serve as a promising photoelectrical material for building the photoelectrochemical biosensors but as catalysts for H2O2 sensing.

  16. Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on spirofluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) and arylamines as hole transporting materials.

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    Hsu, Chih-Yu; Chen, Yung-Chung; Lin, Ryan Yeh-Yung; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Lin, Jiann T

    2012-11-07

    Dye-sensitized solar cells are a promising solar technology because of their low cost, reliability, and high efficiency, compared with silicon-based solar cells. Efforts over the last two decades have increased solar cell efficiency to 12% based on liquid electrolytes, and more research on solid-state devices is necessary to determine their practical usage and long-term stability. The development of solid-state devices has achieved an overall efficiency over 7% using hole transporting materials. This study reviews current progress on hole transporting materials, sensitizers, and mesoporous TiO(2) in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells using small organic molecules as the hole transporting material. This study also discusses the key factors, such as molecular structure design and interfacial problems, affecting device performance.

  17. High-temperature solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on organic ionic plastic crystal electrolytes.

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    Li, Qing; Zhao, Jie; Sun, Baoquan; Lin, Bencai; Qiu, Lihua; Zhang, Yueguang; Chen, Xiaojian; Lu, Jianmei; Yan, Feng

    2012-02-14

    Organic ionic plastic crystal, 1-ethyl-1-methyl pyrrolidinium iodide (P(12) I), is employed as the solid-state electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The fabricated solid-state devices show an overall power conversion efficiency of ~5.8% under AM 1.5 radiation (50 mW/cm(2) ) and excellent long-term stability at 80 °C.

  18. A review on phosphate based, solid state, protonic conductors for intermediate temperature fuel cells

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    Paschos, O.; Kunze, J.; Stimming, U.; Maglia, F.

    2011-06-01

    The electrolytes currently used for proton exchange membrane fuel cells are mainly based on polymers such as Nafion which limits the operation regime of the cell to ~ 80 °C. Solid oxide fuel cells operate at much elevated temperatures compared to proton exchange membrane fuel cells (~1000 °C) and employ oxide electrolytes such as yttrium stabilized zirconia and gadolinium doped ceria. So far an intermediate temperature operation regime (300 °C) has not been widely explored which would open new pathways for novel fuel cell systems. In this review we summarize the potential use of phosphate compounds as electrolytes for intermediate temperature fuel cells. Various examples on ammonium polyphosphate, pyrophosphate, cesium phosphate and other phosphate based electrolytes are presented and their preparation methods, conduction mechanism and conductivity values are demonstrated.

  19. Asynchronous symmetry-based sequences for homonuclear dipolar recoupling in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Tan, Kong Ooi; Rajeswari, M.; Madhu, P. K.; Ernst, Matthias

    2015-02-01

    We show a theoretical framework, based on triple-mode Floquet theory, to analyze recoupling sequences derived from symmetry-based pulse sequences, which have a non-vanishing effective field and are not rotor synchronized. We analyze the properties of one such sequence, a homonuclear double-quantum recoupling sequence derived from the C72 1 sequence. The new asynchronous sequence outperforms the rotor-synchronized version for spin pairs with small dipolar couplings in the presence of large chemical-shift anisotropy. The resonance condition of the new sequence is analyzed using triple-mode Floquet theory. Analytical calculations of second-order effective Hamiltonian are performed to compare the efficiency in suppressing second-order cross terms. Experiments and numerical simulations are shown to corroborate the results of the theoretical analysis.

  20. A Novel Solid-State Thermal Rectifier Based On Reduced Graphene Oxide

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    Tian, He; Xie, Dan; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tian-Ling; Zhang, Gang; Wang, Yu-Feng; Zhou, Chang-Jian; Peng, Ping-Gang; Wang, Li-Gang; Liu, Li-Tian

    2012-01-01

    Recently, manipulating heat transport by phononic devices has received significant attention, in which phonon – a heat pulse through lattice, is used to carry energy. In addition to heat control, the thermal devices might also have broad applications in the renewable energy engineering, such as thermoelectric energy harvesting. Elementary phononic devices such as diode, transistor and logic devices have been theoretically proposed. In this work, we experimentally create a macroscopic scale thermal rectifier based on reduced graphene oxide. Obvious thermal rectification ratio up to 1.21 under 12 K temperature bias has been observed. Moreover, this ratio can be enhanced further by increasing the asymmetric ratio. Collectively, our results raise the exciting prospect that the realization of macroscopic phononic device with large-area graphene based materials is technologically feasible, which may open up important applications in thermal circuits and thermal management. PMID:22826801

  1. A novel solid-state thermal rectifier based on reduced graphene oxide.

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    Tian, He; Xie, Dan; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tian-Ling; Zhang, Gang; Wang, Yu-Feng; Zhou, Chang-Jian; Peng, Ping-Gang; Wang, Li-Gang; Liu, Li-Tian

    2012-01-01

    Recently, manipulating heat transport by phononic devices has received significant attention, in which phonon--a heat pulse through lattice, is used to carry energy. In addition to heat control, the thermal devices might also have broad applications in the renewable energy engineering, such as thermoelectric energy harvesting. Elementary phononic devices such as diode, transistor and logic devices have been theoretically proposed. In this work, we experimentally create a macroscopic scale thermal rectifier based on reduced graphene oxide. Obvious thermal rectification ratio up to 1.21 under 12 K temperature bias has been observed. Moreover, this ratio can be enhanced further by increasing the asymmetric ratio. Collectively, our results raise the exciting prospect that the realization of macroscopic phononic device with large-area graphene based materials is technologically feasible, which may open up important applications in thermal circuits and thermal management.

  2. A review on phosphate based, solid state, protonic conductors for intermediate temperature fuel cells.

    PubMed

    Paschos, O; Kunze, J; Stimming, U; Maglia, F

    2011-06-15

    The electrolytes currently used for proton exchange membrane fuel cells are mainly based on polymers such as Nafion which limits the operation regime of the cell to ∼80 °C. Solid oxide fuel cells operate at much elevated temperatures compared to proton exchange membrane fuel cells (∼1000 °C) and employ oxide electrolytes such as yttrium stabilized zirconia and gadolinium doped ceria. So far an intermediate temperature operation regime (300 °C) has not been widely explored which would open new pathways for novel fuel cell systems. In this review we summarize the potential use of phosphate compounds as electrolytes for intermediate temperature fuel cells. Various examples on ammonium polyphosphate, pyrophosphate, cesium phosphate and other phosphate based electrolytes are presented and their preparation methods, conduction mechanism and conductivity values are demonstrated.

  3. Spin-Photon Entanglement in Semiconductor Quantum Dots: Towards Solid-State-Based Quantum Repeaters

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    De Greve, Kristiaan; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    `In this chapter, we introduced and analyze techniques that allow truly secure secret key sharing over long distances, using public, open channels, where the laws of quantum mechanics ensure the security of the long distance key sharing - an idea generally referred to as the essence of a quantum repeater. We describe several proof-of-principle experiments where technology based on self-assembled quantum dots is used as the backbone of a future quantum repeater.'

  4. A Bipolar Current Actuated Gate Driver for JFET Based Bidirectional Scalable Solid-State Circuit Breakers

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    2010-12-16

    for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data...19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include area code) 02/16/2010 Technical Report - Briefing Charts A Bipolar Current Actuated Gate Driver for JFET Based...Approved For Public Release 12/3/2015 No U U U U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command A Bipolar Current Actuated Gate Driver for

  5. Solid state radiation chemistry of co-crystallized DNA base pairs studied with EPR and ENDOR

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    Nelson, W.H.; Nimmala, S.; Hole, E.O.; Sagstuen, E.; Close, D.M.

    1995-12-31

    For a number of years, the authors` group has focused on identification of radicals formed from x-irradiation of DNA components by application of EPR and ENDOR spectroscopic techniques to samples in the form of single crystals. With single crystals as samples, it is possible to use the detailed packing and structural information available from x-ray or neutron diffraction reports. This report summarizes results from two crystal systems in which DNA bases are paired by hydrogen bonding. Extensive results are available from one of these, 1-methyl-thymine:9-methyladenine (MTMA), in which the base pairing is the Hoogsteen configuration. Although this configuration is different from that found by Watson-Crick in DNA, nonetheless the hydrogen bond between T(O4) and A(NH{sub 2}) is present. Although MTMA crystals have been studied previously, the objective was to apply the high-resolution technique of ENDOR to crystals irradiated and studied at temperatures of 10 K or lower in the effort to obtain direct evidence for specific proton transfers. The second system, from which the results are only preliminary, is 9-ethylguanine:1-methyl-5-fluorocytosine (GFC) in which the G:C bases pair is in the Watson Crick configuration. Both crystal systems are anhydrous, so the results include no possible effects from water interactions.

  6. Solid-state supercapacitors with ionic liquid gel polymer electrolyte based on poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene), carbon nanotubes, and metal oxides nanocomposites for electrical energy storage

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    Obeidat, Amr M.

    Clean and renewable energy systems have emerged as an important area of research having diverse and significant new applications. These systems utilize different energy storage methods such as the batteries and supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are electrochemical energy storage devices that are designed to bridge the gap between batteries and conventional capacitors. Supercapacitors which store electrical energy by electrical double layer capacitance are based on large surface area structured carbons. The materials systems in which the Faradaic reversible redox reactions store electrical energy are the transition metal oxides and electronically conducting polymers. Among the different types of conducting polymers, poly (3, 4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is extensively investigated owing to its chemical and mechanical stability. Due to instability of aqueous electrolytes at high voltages and toxicity of organic electrolytes, potential of supercapacitors has not been fully exploited. A novel aspect of this work is in utilizing the ionic liquid gel polymer electrolyte to design solid-state supercapacitors for energy storage. Various electrochemical systems were investigated including graphene, PEDOT, PEDOT-carbon nanotubes, PEDOT-manganese oxide, and PEDOT-iron oxide nanocomposites. The electrochemical performance of solid-state supercapacitor devices was evaluated based on cyclic voltammetry (CV), charge-discharge (CD), prolonged cyclic tests, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. Raman spectroscopy technique was also utilized to analyze the bonding structure of the electrode materials. The graphene solid-state supercapacitor system displayed areal capacitance density of 141.83 mF cm-2 based on high potential window up to 4V. The PEDOT solid-state supercapacitor system was synthesized in acetonitrile and aqueous mediums achieving areal capacitance density of 219.17 mF cm-2. The hybrid structure of solid-state supercapacitors was also

  7. Live spectroscopy to observe electrochromism in viologen based solid state device

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    Mishra, Suryakant; Pandey, Haardik; Yogi, Priyanka; Saxena, Shailendra K.; Roy, Swarup; Sagdeo, P. R.; Kumar, Rajesh

    2017-08-01

    In-situ Raman and UV-vis spectroscopies have been carried out from viologen based electrochromic device fabricated in two simple geometries. Ethyl viologen diperchlorate in polyethylene oxide matrix was used as the active layer in the device without any counter material to understand the effect of bias on viologen. The device, which is transparent otherwise, changes its color to navy blue when a bias of 2 V is applied. Reduction of viologen to its free radical state as revealed from Raman spectroscopy recorded in-situ in both the geometries appears to be the mechanism for this color switching. It is also observed that absorbance of the device is perturbed when bias is applied with maximum change in absorbance corresponding to green wavelength which is giving the blue tint of the device in on state. We establish that UV-vis and Raman spectroscopies prove to be the best method for understanding the mechanism of color switching in viologen based electrochromic device because it gives the advantage to see a device 'live' while operating.

  8. Nano-self-assembly in manganese-based spinels through solid state process

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    Zhang, Chenglin

    Transition-metal oxides characterized with anisotropic d-orbital electrons are subject to intense discussion in strongly correlated electron systems, ranging from colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) to high temperature superconductivity (HTSC). The orbital degree of freedom often underpins complex physical properties and a variety of extraordinary phenomena while coupling with charge, spin and lattice. In this thesis, we demonstrate a fascinating example of orbital-related physical properties in Mn-based spinels. The strong octahedral preference of Jahn-Teller ions Mn3+ results in simultaneous chemical and structural phase separation into Mn-poor (cubic) and Mn-rich (tetragonal) regions, forming two types of rectangular nanorods with cross section checkerboard-like (CB). Because of the pioneering discovery of checkerboards in the nonmagnetic ZnMnxGa1-xO4, we chose to study two magnetic spinel systems: (1) Mg(MnxFe1-x)O4, where unfortunately only poorly-ordered magnetic nano CBs were observed; and (2) Mn-doped CoFe 2O4, the nano CBs with distinct magnetic properties and tunable sizes achieved here are highly ordered, exhibiting a nearly ideal architecture for the patterned perpendicular recording medium. The evolution of such compositional separation and topological nanoscale ordering is reasonably understood based on a three dimensional (3D) phase-field microelasticity (PFM) model.

  9. 3-V Solid-State Flexible Supercapacitors with Ionic-Liquid-Based Polymer Gel Electrolyte for AC Line Filtering.

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    Kang, Yu Jin; Yoo, Yongju; Kim, Woong

    2016-06-08

    State-of-the-art solid-state flexible supercapacitors with sufficiently fast response speed for AC line filtering application suffer from limited energy density. One of the main causes of the low energy density is the low cell voltage (1 V), which is limited by aqueous-solution-based gel electrolytes. In this work, we demonstrate for the first time a 3-V flexible supercapacitor for AC line filtering based on an ionic-liquid-based polymer gel electrolyte and carbon nanotube electrode material. The flexible supercapacitor exhibits an areal energy density that is more than 20 times higher than that of the previously demonstrated 1-V flexible supercapacitor (0.66 vs 0.03 μWh/cm(2)) while maintaining excellent capacitive behavior at 120 Hz. The supercapacitor shows a maximum areal power density of 1.5 W/cm(2) and a time constant of 1 ms. The improvement of the cell voltage while maintaining the fast-response capability greatly improves the potential of supercapacitors for high-frequency applications in wearable and/or portable electronics.

  10. Semipolar InGaN-based superluminescent diodes for solid-state lighting and visible light communications

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    Shen, Chao; Ng, Tien Khee; Lee, Changmin; Leonard, John T.; Nakamura, Shuji; Speck, James S.; Denbaars, Steven P.; Alyamani, Ahmed Y.; El-Desouki, Munir M.; Ooi, Boon S.

    2017-02-01

    III-nitride light emitters, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes (LDs), have been demonstrated and studied for solid-state lighting (SSL) and visible-light communication (VLC) applications. However, for III-nitride LEDbased SSL-VLC system, its efficiency is limited by the "efficiency droop" effect and the high-speed performance is limited by a relatively small -3 dB modulation bandwidth (<100 MHz). InGaN-based LDs were recently studied as a droop-free, high-speed emitter; yet it is associated with speckle-noise and safety concerns. In this paper, we presented the semipolar InGaN-based violet-blue emitting superluminescent diodes (SLDs) as a high-brightness and high-speed light source, combining the advantages of LEDs and LDs. Utilizing the integrated passive absorber configuration, an InGaN/GaN quantum well (QW) based SLD was fabricated on semipolar GaN substrate. Using SLD to excite a YAG:Ce phosphor, white light can be generated, exhibiting a color rendering index of 68.9 and a color temperature of 4340 K. Besides, the opto-electrical properties of the SLD, the emission pattern of the phosphor-converted white light, and the high-speed (Gb/s) visible light communication link using SLD as the transmitter have been presented and discussed in this paper.

  11. Optimizing symmetry-based recoupling sequences in solid-state NMR by pulse-transient compensation and asynchronous implementation

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    Hellwagner, Johannes; Sharma, Kshama; Tan, Kong Ooi; Wittmann, Johannes J.; Meier, Beat H.; Madhu, P. K.; Ernst, Matthias

    2017-06-01

    Pulse imperfections like pulse transients and radio-frequency field maladjustment or inhomogeneity are the main sources of performance degradation and limited reproducibility in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. We quantitatively analyze the influence of such imperfections on the performance of symmetry-based pulse sequences and describe how they can be compensated. Based on a triple-mode Floquet analysis, we develop a theoretical description of symmetry-based dipolar recoupling sequences, in particular, R2 6411, calculating first- and second-order effective Hamiltonians using real pulse shapes. We discuss the various origins of effective fields, namely, pulse transients, deviation from the ideal flip angle, and fictitious fields, and develop strategies to counteract them for the restoration of full transfer efficiency. We compare experimental applications of transient-compensated pulses and an asynchronous implementation of the sequence to a supercycle, SR26, which is known to be efficient in compensating higher-order error terms. We are able to show the superiority of R26 compared to the supercycle, SR26, given the ability to reduce experimental error on the pulse sequence by pulse-transient compensation and a complete theoretical understanding of the sequence.

  12. All solid-state redox supercapacitors based on supramolecular 1,5-diaminoanthraquinone oligomeric electrode and polymeric electrolytes

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    Hashmi, S. A.; Suematsu, Shunzo; Naoi, Katsuhiko

    Supramolecular conducting oligomeric 1,5-diaminoanthraquinone (DAAQ)-based all solid-state redox supercapacitors have been fabricated with the solid polymer electrolyte, poly vinyl alcohol (PVA)-H 3PO 4 blend and polymeric gel electrolyte poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA)-ethylene carbonate (EC)-propylene carbonate (PC)-tetra ethyl ammonium perchlorate (TEAClO 4) system. The films of gel electrolyte of the optimized composition PMMA (35 wt.%)-EC:PC (1:1 v/v)-1 M TEAClO 4 and polymer electrolyte PVA-H 3PO 4 (50:50 w/w) blend exhibited high ionic conductivity (10 -4 to 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature) with good mechanical strength, suitable for application in electrochemical supercapacitors. The capacitors have been characterized using a.c. impedance spectroscopy, linear sweep voltammetry and prolonged cyclic test. The maximum capacitance value of 3.7-5.4 mF cm -2 (equivalent to single electrode capacitance 125-184 F g -1 of DAAQ electrode) has been observed for the PMMA-gel electrolyte based capacitor. This corresponds to the energy density 92-135 Wh kg -1. System based on the proton-conducting PVA-H 3PO 4 polymer blend, however has relatively lower capacitance of 1.1-4.0 mF cm -2 (equivalent to single electrode capacitance of 36-136 F g -1).

  13. An experimental sample of the field gamma-spectrometer based on solid state Si-photomultiplier

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    Denisov, Viktor; Korotaev, Valery; Titov, Aleksandr; Blokhina, Anastasia; Kleshchenok, Maksim

    2017-05-01

    Design of optical-electronic devices and systems involves the selection of such technical patterns that under given initial requirements and conditions are optimal according to certain criteria. The original characteristic of the OES for any purpose, defining its most important feature ability is a threshold detection. Based on this property, will be achieved the required functional quality of the device or system. Therefore, the original criteria and optimization methods have to subordinate to the idea of a better detectability. Generally reduces to the problem of optimal selection of the expected (predetermined) signals in the predetermined observation conditions. Thus the main purpose of optimization of the system when calculating its detectability is the choice of circuits and components that provide the most effective selection of a target.

  14. All solid state mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy platform based on QCL technology

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    Hugi, Andreas; Geiser, Markus; Villares, Gustavo; Cappelli, Francesco; Blaser, Stephane; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    We develop a spectroscopy platform for industrial applications based on semiconductor quantum cascade laser (QCL) frequency combs. The platform's key features will be an unmatched combination of bandwidth of 100 cm-1, resolution of 100 kHz, speed of ten to hundreds of μs as well as size and robustness, opening doors to beforehand unreachable markets. The sensor can be built extremely compact and robust since the laser source is an all-electrically pumped semiconductor optical frequency comb and no mechanical elements are required. However, the parallel acquisition of dual-comb spectrometers comes at the price of enormous data-rates. For system scalability, robustness and optical simplicity we use free-running QCL combs. Therefore no complicated optical locking mechanisms are required. To reach high signal-to-noise ratios, we develop an algorithm, which is based on combination of coherent and non-coherent averaging. This algorithm is specifically optimized for free-running and small footprint, therefore high-repetition rate, comb sources. As a consequence, our system generates data-rates of up to 3.2 GB/sec. These data-rates need to be reduced by several orders of magnitude in real-time in order to be useful for spectral fitting algorithms. We present the development of a data-treatment solution, which reaches a single-channel throughput of 22% using a standard laptop-computer. Using a state-of-the art desktop computer, the throughput is increased to 43%. This is combined with a data-acquisition board to a stand-alone data processing unit, allowing real-time industrial process observation and continuous averaging to achieve highest signal fidelity.

  15. A Solid State Pyranometer

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    Dumitrescu, Anca Laura; Paulescu, Marius; Ercuta, Aurel

    2015-12-01

    The construction of a solid state device-based pyranometer designated to broadband irradiance measurements is presented in this paper. The device is built on the physical basis that the temperature difference between two bodies of identical shape and external surface area, identically exposed to the incident radiation, but having different absorption and heat transfer coefficients (e.g. one body is painted white and the other is painted black), is proportional to the incident irradiance. This proportionality may be put in evidence if the two bodies consisting of identical arrays of correspondingly painted semiconductor diodes, due to the thermal behaviour of their p-n junction. It is theoretically predicted and experimentally confirmed that the voltage drop across a diode passed through a constant forward current linearly decreases with the temperature of the junction. In other words, a signal proportional to the irradiance of the light source may be obtained via conventional analog electronics. The calibration of the apparatus, as performed by means of a professional device (LP PYRA 03), indicates a good linearity.

  16. Model-based predictions of solid state intermetallic compound layer growth in hybrid microelectronic circuits

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    Vianco, P.T.; Erickson, K.L.; Hopkins, P.L.

    1997-12-31

    A mathematical model was developed to quantitatively describe the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer growth that takes place between a Sn-based solder and a noble metal thick film conductor material used in hybrid microcircuit (HMC) assemblies. The model combined the reaction kinetics of the solder/substrate interaction, as determined from ancillary isothermal aging experiments, with a 2-D finite element mesh that took account of the porous morphology of the thick film coating. The effect of the porous morphology on the IMC layer growth when compared to the traditional 1-D computations was significant. The previous 1-D calculations under-predicted the nominal IMC layer thickness relative to the 2-D case. The 2-D model showed greater substrate consumption by IMC growth and lesser solder consumption that was determined with the 1-D computation. The new 2-D model allows the design engineer to better predict circuit aging and hence, the reliability of HMC hardware that is placed in the field.

  17. Next Generation Print-based Manufacturing for Photovoltaics and Solid State Lighting

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    Sue A. Carter

    2012-09-07

    For the grand challenge of reducing our energy and carbon footprint, the development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies offer a potential solution. Energy technologies can reduce our dependence on foreign oil as well as the energy consumed by the petroleum industry, the leading consumer of energy by a U.S. industry sector. Nonetheless, the manufacturing processes utilized to manufacture equipment for alternative energy technologies often involve energy-intensive processes. This undermines some of the advantages to moving to 'green' technologies in the first place. Our answer to the Industrial Technology Program's (ITP) Grand Challenge FOA was to develop a transformational low cost manufacturing process for plastic-based photovoltaics that will lower by over 50% both energy consumption and greenhouse emissions and offer a return-of-investment of over 20%. We demonstrated a Luminescent Solar Concentrator fabricated on a plastic acrylic substrate (i.e. no glass) that increases the power output of the PV cell by 2.2x with a 2% power efficiency as well as an LSC with a 7% power efficiency that increased the power output from the PV cells by 35%. S large area 20-inch x 60-inch building-integrated photovoltaic window was fabricated using contract manufacturing with a 4% power efficiency which improved the power output of the PV cell by over 50%. In addition, accelerated lifetimes of the luminescent material demonstrate lifetimes of 20-years.

  18. Solid Polymer Electrolytes Based on Functionalized Tannic Acids from Natural Resources for All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Shim, Jimin; Bae, Ki Yoon; Kim, Hee Joong; Lee, Jin Hong; Kim, Dong-Gyun; Yoon, Woo Young; Lee, Jong-Chan

    2015-12-21

    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries are prepared by simple one-pot polymerization induced by ultraviolet (UV) light using poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) as an ion-conducting monomeric unit and tannic acid (TA)-based crosslinking agent and plasticizer. The crosslinking agent and plasticizer based on natural resources are obtained from the reaction of TA with glycidyl methacrylate and glycidyl poly(ethylene glycol), respectively. Dimensionally stable free-standing SPE having a large ionic conductivity of 5.6×10(-4)  Scm(-1) at room temperature can be obtained by the polymerization of PEGMA into P(PEGMA) with a very small amount (0.1 wt %) of the crosslinking agent and 2.0 wt % of the plasticizer. The ionic conductivity value of SPE with a crosslinked structure is one order of magnitude larger than that of linear P(PEGMA) in the waxy state. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. POSS-Based Electrolyte for Efficient Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells at Sub-Zero Temperatures.

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    Lv, Kai; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Lu; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2016-03-02

    To expand the application of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs) to low temperatures, it is necessary to develop new solid electrolytes with low glass transition temperature (Tg). The Tg is regulated by varying the length of alkyl chain that is connected with the nitrogen atom in the imidazolium ring linked to the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). The Tg as low as -8.8 °C is achieved with the POSS grafted with methyl-substituted imidazolium. The effect of alkyl group on the conductivity, Tg, and photovoltaic performance has also been investigated. The conductivity and power conversion efficiency increase with the alkyl length, while the Tg first increases and then decreases with the alkyl length. Among the synthesized POSS-based ionic conductors, the POSS grafted with the methyl-substituted imidazolium yields the highest power conversion efficiency of 6.98% at RT due to its highest conductivity, and the efficiency (6.52%) is still good at -4 °C, as its Tg (-8.8 °C) is lower than the working temperature (-4 °C). This finding suggests that the POSS-based solid electrolyte is promising for subzero-temperature applications of ssDSSCs.

  20. Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Composite Electrolytes Filled with Periodic Mesoporous Silica for Solid State Ionics

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    Tominaga, Yoichi; Morita, Masahiro; Asai, Shigeo; Sumita, Masao

    Mesoporous silica (MPS) was used for poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based solid polymer electrolytes as novel inorganic filler. For improvement in ionic conductivity in solid state, a room temperature ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, was introduced into periodic nano-tunnels of MPS, and the modified MPS (IL-MPS) was filled with PEO-LiBF4 electrolyte. Ionic conductivity of neat-MPS-filled composites was approximately 4-fold higher than that of the original electrolyte. On the other hand, the conductivity was more than 11-fold enhanced by addition of IL-MPS, to be more than 10-6 S/cm at 30°C and at least 10 wt% silica contents. The conductivity increased with increasing IL-MPS contents, to be a maximum value of approximately 3×10-6 S/cm at 30°C and at 40 wt%. Dynamic mechanical measurements for neat- and IL-MPS composites revealed that the addition of fillers improves storage modulus of PEO-based electrolytes at room temperature. The addition of IL-MPS was able to realize the improvement in both ionic conductivity and storage modulus.

  1. The solid state

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    Guinier, A.; Remi, J.

    1989-01-01

    This book is an introduction to the solid state for students and non-specialists. Authors aim to relate the macroscopic properties of solids (usually crystalline) to models of their atomic structure. Thermal expansion, the electronic conductivity of metals, ferromagnetism, plastic deformation and diffusion in real systems are among specific topics addressed. Advanced mathematical explanations are set off from the rest of the text in boxed sections for readers wishing a more indepth treatment of topics. Abbreviated bibliography included. For academic collections in solid state physics.

  2. Solid state switch

    DOEpatents

    Merritt, B.T.; Dreifuerst, G.R.

    1994-07-19

    A solid state switch, with reverse conducting thyristors, is designed to operate at 20 kV hold-off voltage, 1,500 A peak, 1.0 [mu]s pulsewidth, and 4,500 pps, to replace thyratrons. The solid state switch is more reliable, more economical, and more easily repaired. The switch includes a stack of circuit card assemblies, a magnetic assist and a trigger chassis. Each circuit card assembly contains a reverse conducting thyristor, a resistor capacitor network, and triggering circuitry. 6 figs.

  3. Impact of the atomic layer deposition precursors diffusion on solid-state carbon nanotube based supercapacitors performances.

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    Fiorentino, Giuseppe; Vollebregt, Sten; Tichelaar, F D; Ishihara, Ryoichi; Sarro, Pasqualina M

    2015-02-13

    A study on the impact of atomic layer deposition (ALD) precursors diffusion on the performance of solid-state miniaturized nanostructure capacitor array is presented. Three-dimensional nanostructured capacitor array based on double conformal coating of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) bundles is realized using ALD to deposit Al2O3 as dielectric layer and TiN as high aspect-ratio conformal counter-electrode on 2 μm long MWCNT bundles. The devices have a small footprint (from 100 μm(2) to 2500 μm(2)) and are realized using an IC wafer-scale manufacturing process with high reproducibility (≤0.3E-12F deviation). To evaluate the enhancement of the electrode surface, the measured capacitance values are compared to a lumped circuital model. The observed discrepancies are explained with a partial coating of the CNT, that determine a limited use of the available electrode surface area. To analyze the CNT coating effectiveness, the ALD precursors diffusions inside the CNT bundle is studied using a Knudsen diffusion mechanism.

  4. Compact and portable terahertz source based on frequency mixing using dual-frequency solid-state laser

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    Ding, Yujie J.; Zhao, Pu; Li, Da

    2012-03-01

    We review the recent progress made by us on power scaling of terahertz (THz) waves and development of compact and portable THz sources. By reversely stacking GaP plates, we were able to improve the photon conversion efficiency from 25% to 40%, which is the record-high value. As the number of the stacked GaP plates was increased from 4 to 5, the output power was decreased. This is the evidence on back conversion. In order to make our THz source truly compact and portable, we investigated a new route to THz generation by mixing two frequencies generated by a single Nd:YLF solid-state laser. After two Nd:YLF crystals were introduced in the laser cavity, the output power was scaled up to 4.5 μW. Such a configuration exhibits versatile characteristics such as the generation of different THz frequencies by combining two different laser crystals. Our recent investigation of THz generation based on passively Q-switched dual-frequency pulses may help us with further reducing the dimension of our compact and portable THz source.

  5. Synthesis and evaluation of nitroxide-based oligoradicals for low-temperature dynamic nuclear polarization in solid state NMR.

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    Yau, Wai-Ming; Thurber, Kent R; Tycko, Robert

    2014-07-01

    We describe the synthesis of new nitroxide-based biradical, triradical, and tetraradical compounds and the evaluation of their performance as paramagnetic dopants in dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) experiments in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with magic-angle spinning (MAS). Under our experimental conditions, which include temperatures in the 25-30 K range, a 9.4 T magnetic field, MAS frequencies of 6.2-6.8 kHz, and microwave irradiation at 264.0 GHz from a 800 mW extended interaction oscillator source, the most effective compounds are triradicals that are related to the previously-described compound DOTOPA-TEMPO (see Thurber et al., 2010), but have improved solubility in glycerol/water solvent near neutral pH. Using these compounds at 30 mM total nitroxide concentration, we observe DNP enhancement factors of 92-128 for cross-polarized (13)C NMR signals from (15)N,(13)C-labeled melittin in partially protonated glycerol/water, and build-up times of 2.6-3.8s for (1)H spin polarizations. Net sensitivity enhancements with biradical and tetraradical dopants, taking into account absolute (13)C NMR signal amplitudes and build-up times, are approximately 2-4 times lower than with the best triradicals. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Recent developments in solid-state dye-sensitized photovoltaic devices based on spiro-MeOTAD

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    Krueger, Jessica; Plass, Robert; Matthieu, Hans J.; Graetzel, Michael

    2003-02-01

    The photovoltaic performance of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on spiro-MeOTAD (2,2'7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene) has been improved to 3.2% overall conversion efficiency under air mass AM 1.5 illumination by performing the dye adsorption in the presence of silver ions in the dye solution. Different spectroscopic methods, such as X-ray photoelectron, Fourier-transform infrared and UV-visible spectroscopy have been employed to scrutinize the impact of the silver on the dye-sensitized device. From spectroscopic evidence it is inferred that the silver binds to the sensitizer mainly via the amphidentate thiocyanate, allowing the formation of ligand-bridged dye complexes. The enhancement in overall device efficiency is a result of increased open circuit potential and short circuit current. The increased open circuit voltage was explained by the blocking of the dark current as a result of a closer packed dye layer and/or the partial formation of a dye double layer upon silver coordination. The increased short circuit current corresponds to the higher amount of ruthenium dye units adsorbed to the TiO2 surface.

  7. Solid-State High Performance Flexible Supercapacitors Based on Polypyrrole-MnO2-Carbon Fiber Hybrid Structure

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    Tao, Jiayou; Liu, Nishuang; Ma, Wenzhen; Ding, Longwei; Li, Luying; Su, Jun; Gao, Yihua

    2013-01-01

    A solid-state flexible supercapacitor (SC) based on organic-inorganic composite structure was fabricated through an “in situ growth for conductive wrapping” and an electrode material of polypyrrole (PPy)-MnO2 nanoflakes-carbon fiber (CF) hybrid structure was obtained. The conductive organic material of PPy greatly improved the electrochemical performance of the device. With a high specific capacitance of 69.3 F cm−3 at a discharge current density of 0.1 A cm−3 and an energy density of 6.16 × 10−3 Wh cm−3 at a power density of 0.04 W cm−3, the device can drive a commercial liquid crystal display (LCD) after being charged. The organic-inorganic composite active materials have enormous potential in energy management and the “in situ growth for conductive wrapping” method might be generalized to open up new strategies for designing next-generation energy storage devices. PMID:23884478

  8. Structure and Dynamics Characterization of HMDI- and MDI-based Poly(urethane urea) Elastomers via Solid- State NMR

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    Hu, Weiguo; Hsieh, Alex; Rinderspacher, B. Christopher; Chantawansri, Tanya

    2013-03-01

    High performance elastomers have recently gained considerable interest throughout DoD, particularly for their potential in ballistic impact protection and blast mitigation capabilities. Recent simulation results based on coarse-grained modeling have revealed the role of the intermolecular interaction and the flexibility of interface between hard and soft segments on the morphology and mechanical deformation behavior of poly(urethane urea), PUU, elastomers. In this work, we exploit solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to investigate the influence of hard domain size on molecular dynamics by comparing the diisocyanate chemistry (aliphatic 4,4'-dicyclohexylmethane diisocyanate (HMDI) vs. aromatic 4,4'-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI)) in PUU elastomers. Despite identical stoichiometry and soft segment chemical structure, large difference in the molecular dynamics, indicated by the 1H dipolar dephasing time (Td) , is observed. The Td of HMDI-PUU is shorter and it exhibits higher activation energy, suggesting finer phase mixing. Results from 1H spin echo measurements are also included for comparison.

  9. Mechanically delaminated few layered MoS2 nanosheets based high performance wire type solid-state symmetric supercapacitors

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    Krishnamoorthy, Karthikeyan; Pazhamalai, Parthiban; Veerasubramani, Ganesh Kumar; Kim, Sang Jae

    2016-07-01

    Two dimensional nanostructures are increasingly used as electrode materials in flexible supercapacitors for portable electronic applications. Herein, we demonstrated a ball milling approach for achieving few layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) via exfoliation from their bulk. Physico-chemical characterizations such as X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, and laser Raman analyses confirmed the occurrence of exfoliated MoS2 sheets with few layers from their bulk via ball milling process. MoS2 based wire type solid state supercapacitors (WSCs) are fabricated and examined using cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic charge discharge (CD) measurements. The presence of rectangular shaped CV curves and symmetric triangular shaped CD profiles suggested the mechanism of charge storage in MoS2 WSC is due to the formation of electrochemical double layer capacitance. The MoS2 WSC device delivered a specific capacitance of 119 μF cm-1, and energy density of 8.1 nW h cm-1 with better capacitance retention of about 89.36% over 2500 cycles, which ensures the use of the ball milled MoS2 for electrochemical energy storage devices.

  10. High-performance all-solid state asymmetric supercapacitor based on Co3O4 nanowires and carbon aerogel

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    Liu, Weiwei; Li, Xin; Zhu, Menghua; He, Xiong

    2015-05-01

    An all-solid state asymmetric supercapacitor has been fabricated using carbon aerogel (CA) microspheres as the negative electrode and Co3O4 nanowires on nickel foam (Co3O4-NF) as the positive electrode separated by PVA-KOH membrane as the electrolyte. For the desirable porous structure, high specific capacitance and rate capability of CA and Co3O4-NF, broader potential window of the two electrodes, no binder and conductive agent added, the asymmetric supercapacitor can be cycled reversibly in a wide potential window of 0-1.5 V with an energy density of 17.9 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 750 W kg-1. The energy density of the asymmetric supercapacitor is significantly improved in comparison with those of the symmetric supercapacitors based on CA (6.28 Wh kg-1) and Co3O4-NF (2.42 Wh kg-1). The asymmetric supercapacitor can also deliver a high energy density of 10.44 Wh kg-1, even at a high power density of 7.5 kW kg-1. In addition, the asymmetric device shows good stability with approximately 85% of its initial capacitance after 1000 cycles.

  11. Synthesis and evaluation of nitroxide-based oligoradicals for low-temperature dynamic nuclear polarization in solid state NMR

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    Yau, Wai-Ming; Thurber, Kent R.; Tycko, Robert

    2014-01-01

    We describe the synthesis of new nitroxide-based biradical, triradical, and tetraradical compounds and the evaluation of their performance as paramagnetic dopants in dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) experiments in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with magic-angle spinning (MAS). Under our experimental conditions, which include temperatures in the 25–30 K range, a 9.4 T magnetic field, MAS frequencies of 6.2–6.8 kHz, and microwave irradiation at 264.0 GHz from a 800 mW extended interaction oscillator source, the most effective compounds are triradicals that are related to the previously-described compound DOTOPA-TEMPO (see Thurber et al., 2010), but have improved solubility in glycerol/water solvent near neutral pH. Using these compounds at 30 mM total nitroxide concentration, we observe DNP enhancement factors of 92–128 for cross-polarized 13C NMR signals from 15N,13C-labeled melittin in partially protonated glycerol/water, and build-up times of 2.6–3.8 s for 1H spin polarizations. Net sensitivity enhancements with biradical and tetraradical dopants, taking into account absolute 13C NMR signal amplitudes and build-up times, are approximately 2–4 times lower than with the best triradicals. PMID:24887201

  12. Novel nanofluidic chemical cells based on self-assembled solid-state SiO2 nanotubes.

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    Zhu, Hao; Li, Haitao; Robertson, Joseph; Balijepalli, Arvind; Krylyuk, Sergiy; Davydov, Albert; Kasianowicz, John J; Suehle, John; Li, Qiliang

    2017-08-30

    Novel nanofluidic chemical cells based on self-assembled solid-state SiO2 nanotubes on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate have been successfully fabricated and characterized. The vertical SiO2 nanotubes with a smooth cavity are built from Si nanowires which were epitaxially grown on the SOI substrate. The nanotubes have rigid, dry-oxidized SiO2 walls with precisely controlled nanotube inner diameter, very attractive for chemical-/bio-sensing applications. No dispersion/aligning procedures were involved in the nanotube fabrication and integration by using this technology, enabling clean and smooth chemical cell. Such a robust and well-controlled nanotube is an excellent case of developing functional nanomaterials by leveraging the strength of top-down lithography and the unique advantage of bottom-up growth. These solid, smooth, clean SiO2 nanotubes and nanofluidic devices are very encouraging and attractive in future bio-medical applications, such as single molecule sensing and DNA sequencing. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  13. Importance of "weak-base" poplar wastes to process performance and methane yield in solid-state anaerobic digestion.

    PubMed

    Yao, Yiqing; Chen, Shulin; Kafle, Gopi Krishna

    2017-05-15

    Failure of methane yield is common for anaerobic digestion (AD) of "weak-acid/acid" wastes alone. In order to verify the importance of pH of materials on the process performance and the methane yield, the "weak-base" wastes-poplar wastes (PW) were used as substrate of solid-state AD (SS-AD). The results show that PW could be used for efficient methane yield after NaOH treatment, the total methane yield was 81.1 L/kg volatile solids (VS). PW also could be used for anaerobic co-digestion with high-pH cattle slurry (CM). For the group with NaOH pretreatment, time used for reaching stable state was 2 days earlier than that of the group without NaOH pretreatment. The maximal methane yield of 98.2 L/kg VS was obtained on conditions of 1:1 of PW-to-CM (P/C) ratio and NaOH pretreatment, which was 21.1% (p < 0.05) higher than that of PW. The maximal reductions of total solids (TS), VS, cellulose and hemicellulose were 51.3%, 57.5%, 46.0% and 47.0%, respectively, which were associated with the maximal methane yield. The results indicate that PW could be alone used for efficient SS-AD for methane yield after NaOH treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Probing the nanostructure, interfacial interaction, and dynamics of chitosan-based nanoparticles by multiscale solid-state NMR.

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    Wang, Fenfen; Zhang, Rongchun; Wu, Qiang; Chen, Tiehong; Sun, Pingchuan; Shi, An-Chang

    2014-12-10

    Chitosan-based nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used in drug and gene delivery, therapy, and medical imaging, but a molecular-level understanding of the internal morphology and nanostructure size, interface, and dynamics, which is critical for building fundamental knowledge for the precise design and efficient biological application of the NPs, remains a great challenge. Therefore, the availability of a multiscale (0.1-100 nm) and nondestructive analytical technique for examining such NPs is of great importance for nanotechnology. Herein, we present a new multiscale solid-state NMR approach to achieve this goal for the investigation of chitosan-poly(N-3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid) NPs. First, a recently developed (13)C multiple cross-polarization magic-angle spinning (MAS) method enabled fast quantitative determination of the NPs' composition and detection of conformational changes in chitosan. Then, using an improved (1)H spin-diffusion method with (13)C detection and theoretical simulations, the internal morphology and nanostructure size were quantitatively determined. The interfacial coordinated interaction between chitosan and phenylboronic acid was revealed by one-dimensional MAS and two-dimensional (2D) triple-quantum MAS (11)B NMR. Finally, dynamic-editing (13)C MAS and 2D (13)C-(1)H wide-line separation experiments provided details regarding the componential dynamics of the NPs in the solid and swollen states. On the basis of these NMR results, a model of the unique nanostructure, interfacial interaction, and componential dynamics of the NPs was proposed.

  15. Solid State Lighting

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    Hastbacka, Mildred; Dieckmann, John; Bouza, Antonio

    2013-03-30

    The article discusses solid state lighting technologies. This topic was covered in two previous ASHRAE Journal columns (2010). This article covers advancements in technologies and the associated efficacies. The life-cycle, energy savings and market potential of these technologies are addressed as well.

  16. Solid-State Devices.

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    Sutliff, Ronald D.; And Others

    This self-study course is designed to familiarize Marine Corps enlisted personnel with the principles of solid-state devices and their functions. The course contains four study units. Each study unit begins with a general objective, which is a statement of what the student should learn from the unit. The study units are divided into numbered work…

  17. A highly stable sodium solid-state electrolyte based on a dodeca/deca-borate equimolar mixture.

    PubMed

    Duchêne, L; Kühnel, R-S; Rentsch, D; Remhof, A; Hagemann, H; Battaglia, C

    2017-04-11

    Na2(B12H12)0.5(B10H10)0.5, a new solid-state sodium electrolyte is shown to offer high Na(+) conductivity of 0.9 mS cm(-1) at 20 °C, excellent thermal stability up to 300 °C, and a large electrochemical stability window of 3 V including stability towards sodium metal anodes, all essential prerequisites for a stable room-temperature 3 V all-solid-state sodium-ion battery.

  18. Solid state characterisation and taste masking efficiency evaluation of polymer based extrudates of isoniazid for paediatric administration.

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    Keating, Alison V; Soto, Jessica; Tuleu, Catherine; Forbes, Claire; Zhao, Min; Craig, Duncan Q M

    2017-07-04

    Hot melt extrusion has gained considerable attention as a novel technique for taste masking of bitter APIs. The aim of this study was to investigate whether hot melt extrusion could be used to develop taste masked formulations of isoniazid and also to evaluate and correlate different taste assessment methods Two polymers with different physico-chemical properties, Soluplus and Eudragit E-PO were chosen as carriers for the drug. Eudragit E-PO has already been widely used for taste masking due to its selective release properties, while Soluplus has not been studied in this regard but provides a useful comparator of a polymer that should release the drug reasonably efficiently. Polymeric formulations of isoniazid were produced with drug loadings of 20% and 30% w/w. The solid state characteristics of the formulations were assessed by differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction. The taste of isoniazid was assessed using the rodent Brief Access Taste Aversion (BATA) model, while formulations were assessed using the electronic tongue and dissolution under simulated oral conditions. Investigation into the drug loading effect with these two polymers showed that all Soluplus based extrudates with drug loading up to 30% w/w were fully amorphous while Eudragit E-PO based extrudates contained crystalline drug as demonstrated by both DSC and PXRD, dependent on loading. BATA testing of isoniazid gave an IC50 value, i.e. the dose of drug which inhibits 50% of licks, of 11.1mg/mL. Taste assessment of the formulations using both simulated oral drug release and the electronic tongue demonstrated that Eudragit E-PO based formulations had a better taste masking efficiency than Soluplus. This is due to the fact that significantly less isoniazid is released from the Eudragit E-PO based formulations under oral conditions. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Solid-state molecular sensors (SSMS) based on confined III-IV-V2 multi-functional heterostructures

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    Dietz, Nikolaus; Madarasz, Frank; Inguva, Ramarao

    2005-08-01

    Nonlinear confined (optical and/or electrical) heterostructures based on III-IV-V2 chalcopyrite (CP) thin films and/or embedded CP materials offer unique advantages over group III-V and IV linear structures. These stem from the birefringent nature and the lower crystal symmetry of the CP semiconductors. As an example, this property is responsible three-wave nonlinear parametric processes (a second-order nonlinear effect) and very high values of the second-order hyperpolarizabilities. The recent discovery of room-temperature ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic CP semiconductors adds an additional functionality to this material system that makes possible the construction of novel magneto-optical device structures based on ferromagnetic nanocomposites and confined ferromagnetic heterostructures, which can be embedded in confined birefringent layers. Such structures are the basic elements for advanced "Solid-State Molecular Sensor" (SSMS) device structures. Rugged, miniaturized SSMS structures can be constructed which are based on a unique, optically confined birefringent, group II-IV-V2 CP heterostructure technology. This system identifies target chemicals and biological molecules in real-time under ambient conditions. It can detect and discriminate between numerous and varied molecular species by employing resonant phase- and/or amplitude sensitive detection over a large, tunable spectral range. The SSMS can be made sensitive to a specific group of molecules with appropriate phase matching conditions. Its response is unlike that of a linear waveguide sensor in two primary areas: change of frequency output, and intensity of the output light generated. Both signals are generated in a nonlinear second harmonic generation process sensitive to small changes in the phase matching conditions. Potential applications include compact ultra-sensitive sensors, nonlinear optical modulators, magnetic photonic crystals, magneto-optical switches, detectors, and spin electronic

  20. Solid-state NMR Reveals the Carbon-based Molecular Architecture of Cryptococcus neoformans Fungal Eumelanins in the Cell Wall*

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    Chatterjee, Subhasish; Prados-Rosales, Rafael; Itin, Boris; Casadevall, Arturo; Stark, Ruth E.

    2015-01-01

    Melanin pigments protect against both ionizing radiation and free radicals and have potential soil remediation capabilities. Eumelanins produced by pathogenic Cryptococcus neoformans fungi are virulence factors that render the fungal cells resistant to host defenses and certain antifungal drugs. Because of their insoluble and amorphous characteristics, neither the pigment bonding framework nor the cellular interactions underlying melanization of C. neoformans have yielded to comprehensive molecular-scale investigation. This study used the C. neoformans requirement of exogenous obligatory catecholamine precursors for melanization to produce isotopically enriched pigment “ghosts” and applied 2D 13C-13C correlation solid-state NMR to reveal the carbon-based architecture of intact natural eumelanin assemblies in fungal cells. We demonstrated that the aliphatic moieties of solid C. neoformans melanin ghosts include cell-wall components derived from polysaccharides and/or chitin that are associated proximally with lipid membrane constituents. Prior to development of the mature aromatic fungal pigment, these aliphatic moieties form a chemically resistant framework that could serve as the scaffold for melanin synthesis. The indole-based core aromatic moieties show interconnections that are consistent with proposed melanin structures consisting of stacked planar assemblies, which are associated spatially with the aliphatic scaffold. The pyrrole aromatic carbons of the pigments bind covalently to the aliphatic framework via glycoside or glyceride functional groups. These findings establish that the structure of the pigment assembly changes with time and provide the first biophysical information on the mechanism by which melanin is assembled in the fungal cell wall, offering vital insights that can advance the design of bioinspired conductive nanomaterials and novel therapeutics. PMID:25825492

  1. Solid-state NMR Reveals the Carbon-based Molecular Architecture of Cryptococcus neoformans Fungal Eumelanins in the Cell Wall.

    PubMed

    Chatterjee, Subhasish; Prados-Rosales, Rafael; Itin, Boris; Casadevall, Arturo; Stark, Ruth E

    2015-05-29

    Melanin pigments protect against both ionizing radiation and free radicals and have potential soil remediation capabilities. Eumelanins produced by pathogenic Cryptococcus neoformans fungi are virulence factors that render the fungal cells resistant to host defenses and certain antifungal drugs. Because of their insoluble and amorphous characteristics, neither the pigment bonding framework nor the cellular interactions underlying melanization of C. neoformans have yielded to comprehensive molecular-scale investigation. This study used the C. neoformans requirement of exogenous obligatory catecholamine precursors for melanization to produce isotopically enriched pigment "ghosts" and applied 2D (13)C-(13)C correlation solid-state NMR to reveal the carbon-based architecture of intact natural eumelanin assemblies in fungal cells. We demonstrated that the aliphatic moieties of solid C. neoformans melanin ghosts include cell-wall components derived from polysaccharides and/or chitin that are associated proximally with lipid membrane constituents. Prior to development of the mature aromatic fungal pigment, these aliphatic moieties form a chemically resistant framework that could serve as the scaffold for melanin synthesis. The indole-based core aromatic moieties show interconnections that are consistent with proposed melanin structures consisting of stacked planar assemblies, which are associated spatially with the aliphatic scaffold. The pyrrole aromatic carbons of the pigments bind covalently to the aliphatic framework via glycoside or glyceride functional groups. These findings establish that the structure of the pigment assembly changes with time and provide the first biophysical information on the mechanism by which melanin is assembled in the fungal cell wall, offering vital insights that can advance the design of bioinspired conductive nanomaterials and novel therapeutics.

  2. Water-resistant, solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells based on hydrophobic organic ionic plastic crystal electrolytes.

    PubMed

    Li, Shichao; Qiu, Lihua; Shi, Chengzhen; Chen, Xiaojian; Yan, Feng

    2014-02-26

    Water-resistant, solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells with excellent long-term stability at 100% relative humidity and at 50 °C are fabricated on the basis of a novel hydrophobic organic ionic plastic crystal electrolyte and hybrid redox couple. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Detection of zinc ions under aqueous conditions using chirality assisted solid-state fluorescence of a bipyridyl based fluorophore.

    PubMed

    Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Divya, Kizhumuri P; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2008-07-07

    A pyrrole end-capped bipyridyl ligand incorporating a chiral handle exhibited high solid-state emission when compared to the achiral analogue 1b and to the racemic molecule 1c which allowed the design of a reusable fluorescent probe for the selective detection of Zn2+ under aqueous conditions.

  4. Metal hydride-based materials towards high performance negative electrodes for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Zeng, Liang; Kawahito, Koji; Ikeda, Suguru; Ichikawa, Takayuki; Miyaoka, Hiroki; Kojima, Yoshitsugu

    2015-06-18

    Electrode performances of MgH2-LiBH4 composite materials for lithium-ion batteries have been studied using LiBH4 as the solid-state electrolyte, which shows a high reversible capacity of 1650 mA h g(-1) with an extremely low polarization of 0.05 V, durable cyclability and robust rate capability.

  5. Solid state characterization and crystal structure from X-ray powder diffraction of two polymorphic forms of ranitidine base.

    PubMed

    de Armas, Héctor Novoa; Peeters, Oswald M; Blaton, Norbert; Van Gyseghem, Elke; Martens, Johan; Van Haele, Gerrit; Van Den Mooter, Guy

    2009-01-01

    Ranitidine hydrochloride (RAN-HCl), a known anti-ulcer drug, is the product of reaction between HCl and ranitidine base (RAN-B). RAN-HCl has been extensively studied; however this is not the case of the RAN-B. The solid state characterization of RAN-B polymorphs has been carried out using different analytical techniques (microscopy, thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry in the attenuated total reflection mode, (13)C-CPMAS-NMR spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction). The crystal structures of RAN-B form I and form II have been determined using conventional X-ray powder diffraction in combination with simulated annealing and whole profile pattern matching, and refined using rigid-body Rietveld refinement. RAN-B form I is a monoclinic polymorph with cell parameters: a = 7.317(2), b = 9.021(2), c = 25.098(6) A, beta = 95.690(1) degrees and space group P2(1)/c. The form II is orthorhombic: a = 31.252(4), b = 13.052(2), c = 8.0892(11) A with space group Pbca. In RAN-B polymorphs, the nitro group is involved in a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond responsible for the existence of a Z configuration in the enamine portion of the molecules. A tail to tail packing motif can be denoted via intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The crystal structures of RAN-B forms are compared to those of RAN-HCl polymorphs. RAN-B polymorphs are monotropic polymorphic pairs. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association

  6. Dipole tensor-based atomic-resolution structure determination of a nanocrystalline protein by solid-state NMR

    PubMed Central

    Franks, W. Trent; Wylie, Benjamin J.; Schmidt, Heather L. Frericks; Nieuwkoop, Andrew J.; Mayrhofer, Rebecca-Maria; Shah, Gautam J.; Graesser, Daniel T.; Rienstra, Chad M.

    2008-01-01

    Magic-angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR (SSNMR) techniques have emerged in recent years for solving complete structures of uniformly labeled proteins lacking macroscopic order. Strategies used thus far have relied primarily on semiquantitative distance restraints, analogous to the nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) routinely used in solution NMR. Here, we present a complementary approach for using relative orientations of molecular fragments, determined from dipolar line shapes. Whereas SSNMR distance restraints typically have an uncertainty of ≈1 Å, the tensor-based experiments report on relative vector (pseudobond) angles with precision of a few degrees. By using 3D techniques of this type, vector angle (VEAN) restraints were determined for the majority of the 56-residue B1 immunoglobulin binding domain of protein G [protein GB1 (a total of 47 HN-HN, 49 HN-HC, and 12 HA-HB restraints)]. By using distance restraints alone in the structure calculations, the overall backbone root-mean-square deviation (bbRMSD) was 1.01 ± 0.13 Å (1.52 ± 0.12 Å for all heavy atoms), which improved to 0.49 ± 0.05 Å (1.19 ± 0.07 Å) on the addition of empirical chemical shift [torsion angle likelihood obtained from shift and sequence similarity (TALOS)] restraints. VEAN restraints further improved the ensemble to 0.31 ± 0.06 Å bbRMSD (1.06 ± 0.07 Å); relative to the structure with distances alone, most of the improvement remained (bbRMSD 0.64 ± 0.09 Å; 1.29 ± 0.07 Å) when TALOS restraints were removed before refinement. These results represent significant progress toward atomic-resolution protein structure determination by SSNMR, capabilities that can be applied to a large range of membrane proteins and fibrils, which are often not amenable to solution NMR or x-ray crystallography. PMID:18344321

  7. Solid State Laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The Titan-CW Ti:sapphire (titanium-doped sapphire) tunable laser is an innovation in solid-state laser technology jointly developed by the Research and Solid State Laser Divisions of Schwartz Electro-optics, Inc. (SEO). SEO is producing the laser for the commercial market, an outgrowth of a program sponsored by Langley Research Center to develop Ti:sapphire technology for space use. SEO's Titan-CW series of Ti:sapphire tunable lasers have applicability in analytical equipment designed for qualitative analysis of carbohydrates and proteins, structural analysis of water, starch/sugar analyses, and measurements of salt in meat. Further applications are expected in semiconductor manufacture, in medicine for diagnosis and therapy, and in biochemistry.

  8. Solid State Research.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-11-22

    Advances in Tunable Transition- P.F. Moulton X11th International Quantum Metal Lasers Electronics Conference, Munich, Germany, 22-25 June 1982 5904 Optical...Ti:A1203 - A New Solid State Tunable Laser 15 2.3 Laser Microchemical Deposition of Conducting Links for 21 Restructurable VLSI 2.4 Single Mode Waveguide...gates have verified the predicted performance. 2. QUANTUM ELECTRONICS A dual-wavelength, dual-CO2- laser , differential-absorption LIDAR system has been

  9. Solid State Research.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-08-15

    Lincoln C.O. Bozler 6632 Microwave Oscillations and Optical T.C.L.G. Sollner Effects from Resonant Tunneling P.E. Tannenwald Quantum Well Structures W.D...elements to achieve a fixed repetition rate as well as reduce the physical dimensions to a size compatible with an all integrated optical system. 28 (a...May through 31 July 1984. The topics covered are Solid State Device Research, Quantum Electronics, Materials Research, Microelectronics, and - Analog

  10. Solid State Research

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shaver, David C.

    1995-01-01

    This report covers in detail the research work of the Solid State Division at Lincoln Laboratory for the period 1 May-31 July 1995. The topics covered are: Electrooptical Devices, Quantum Electronics, Materials Research, Submicrometer Technology, High Speed Electronics, Microelectronics, and analog device technology. Funding is provided primarily by the Air Force, with additional Support provided by the Army, ARPA, Navy, BMDO, NASA and NIST.

  11. Solid State Research

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shaver, David C.

    1996-01-01

    This report covers in detail the research work of the Solid State Division at Lincoln Laboratory for the period 1 May - 31 July 1996. The topics covered are Electrooptical Devices, Quantum Electronics, Materials Research, Submicrometer Technology, High Speed Electronics, Microelectronics, and Analog Device Technology. Funding is provided primarily by the Air Force, with additional Support provided by the Army, DARPA, Navy, BMDO, NASA, and NIST.

  12. Tunable solid state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Hammerling, R.; Budgor, A.B.; Pinto, A.

    1985-01-01

    This book presents the papers given at a conference on solid state lasers. Topics considered at the conference included transition-metal-doped lasers, line-narrowed alexandrite lasers, NASA specification, meteorological lidars, laser materials spectroscopy, laser pumped single pass gain, vibronic laser materials growth, crystal growth methods, vibronic laser theory, cross-fertilization through interdisciplinary fields, and laser action of color centers in diamonds.

  13. Microwave power transmission system workshop, session on solid state

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    Finnell, W.

    1980-01-01

    The development of solid state technology for solar power satellite systems is briefly addressed. The economic advantages of solid state based systems are listed along with some conclusions and issues regarding specific design concepts.

  14. Solid-state photogalvanic dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Berhe, Seare A; Gobeze, Habtom B; Pokharel, Sundari D; Park, Eunsol; Youngblood, W Justin

    2014-07-09

    Photogalvanic cells are photoelectrochemical systems wherein the semiconductor electrode is not a participant in primary photoinduced charge formation. The discovery of photoelectrochemical systems that successfully exploit secondary (thermal) electron injection at dye-semiconductor interfaces may enable studies of electron transfer at minimal driving force for electron injection into the semiconductor. In this study, we have examined thermal electron transfer from molecular sensitizers to nanostructured semiconductor electrodes composed of titanium dioxide nanorods by means of transient spectroscopy and the assembly and testing of photoelectrochemical cells. Electron-accepting molecular dyes have been studied alongside an arylamine electron donor. Thermal injection is estimated for a naphthacenequinone radical anion as a multiexponential decay process with initial decay lifetimes of 6 and 27 ps. The ambient electric field present during charge separation at a surface-adsorbed dye monolayer causes Stark shifts of the radical ion pair absorbance peaks that confounded kinetic estimation of thermal injection for a fullerene sensitizer. Electron-accepting dyes that operate by thermal injection into titanium dioxide function better in solid-state photoelectrochemical cells than in liquid-junction cells due to the kinetic advantage of solid-state cells with respect to photoinduced acceptor-quenching to form the necessary radical anion sensitizers.

  15. CdS/MoS2 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical DNA biosensor via enhanced chemiluminescence excitation.

    PubMed

    Zang, Yang; Lei, Jianping; Hao, Qing; Ju, Huangxian

    2016-03-15

    This work developed a CdS/MoS2 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical biosensor for sensitive detection of DNA under the enhanced chemiluminescence excitation of luminol catalyzed by hemin-DNA complex. The CdS/MoS2 photocathode was prepared by the stepwise assembly of MoS2 and CdS quantum dots (QDs) on indium tin oxide (ITO), and achieved about 280% increasing of photocurrent compared to pure CdS QDs electrode due to the formation of heterostructure. High photoconversion efficiency in the photoelectrochemical system was identified to be the rapid spatial charge separation of electron-hole pairs by the extension of electron transport time and electron lifetime. In the presence of target DNA, the catalytic hairpin assembly was triggered, and simultaneously the dual hemin-labeled DNA probe was introduced to capture DNA/CdS/MoS2 modified ITO electrode. Thus the chemiluminescence emission of luminol was enhanced via hemin-induced mimetic catalysis, leading to the physical light-free photoelectrochemical strategy. Under optimized conditions, the resulting photoelectrode was proportional to the logarithm of target DNA concentration in the range from 1 fM to 100 pM with a detection limit of 0.39 fM. Moreover, the cascade amplification biosensor demonstrated high selectivity, desirable stability and good reproducibility, showing great prospect in molecular diagnosis and bioanalysis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Solar-rechargeable battery based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation: Solar water battery.

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    Kim, Gonu; Oh, Misol; Park, Yiseul

    2016-09-15

    As an alternative to the photoelectrochemical water splitting for use in the fuel cells used to generate electrical power, this study set out to develop a solar energy rechargeable battery system based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation. We refer to this design as a "solar water battery". The solar water battery integrates a photoelectrochemical cell and battery into a single device. It uses a water oxidation reaction to simultaneously convert and store solar energy. With the solar water battery, light striking the photoelectrode causes the water to be photo-oxidized, thus charging the battery. During the discharge process, the solar water battery reduces oxygen to water with a high coulombic efficiency (>90%) and a high average output voltage (0.6 V). Because the reduction potential of oxygen is more positive [E(0) (O2/H2O) = 1.23 V vs. NHE] than common catholytes (e.g., iodide, sulfur), a high discharge voltage is produced. The solar water battery also exhibits a superior storage ability, maintaining 99% of its specific discharge capacitance after 10 h of storage, without any evidence of self-discharge. The optimization of the cell design and configuration, taking the presence of oxygen in the cell into account, was critical to achieving an efficient photocharge/discharge.

  17. Solar-rechargeable battery based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation: Solar water battery

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    Kim, Gonu; Oh, Misol; Park, Yiseul

    2016-09-01

    As an alternative to the photoelectrochemical water splitting for use in the fuel cells used to generate electrical power, this study set out to develop a solar energy rechargeable battery system based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation. We refer to this design as a “solar water battery”. The solar water battery integrates a photoelectrochemical cell and battery into a single device. It uses a water oxidation reaction to simultaneously convert and store solar energy. With the solar water battery, light striking the photoelectrode causes the water to be photo-oxidized, thus charging the battery. During the discharge process, the solar water battery reduces oxygen to water with a high coulombic efficiency (>90%) and a high average output voltage (0.6 V). Because the reduction potential of oxygen is more positive [E0 (O2/H2O) = 1.23 V vs. NHE] than common catholytes (e.g., iodide, sulfur), a high discharge voltage is produced. The solar water battery also exhibits a superior storage ability, maintaining 99% of its specific discharge capacitance after 10 h of storage, without any evidence of self-discharge. The optimization of the cell design and configuration, taking the presence of oxygen in the cell into account, was critical to achieving an efficient photocharge/discharge.

  18. Solar-rechargeable battery based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation: Solar water battery

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Gonu; Oh, Misol; Park, Yiseul

    2016-01-01

    As an alternative to the photoelectrochemical water splitting for use in the fuel cells used to generate electrical power, this study set out to develop a solar energy rechargeable battery system based on photoelectrochemical water oxidation. We refer to this design as a “solar water battery”. The solar water battery integrates a photoelectrochemical cell and battery into a single device. It uses a water oxidation reaction to simultaneously convert and store solar energy. With the solar water battery, light striking the photoelectrode causes the water to be photo-oxidized, thus charging the battery. During the discharge process, the solar water battery reduces oxygen to water with a high coulombic efficiency (>90%) and a high average output voltage (0.6 V). Because the reduction potential of oxygen is more positive [E0 (O2/H2O) = 1.23 V vs. NHE] than common catholytes (e.g., iodide, sulfur), a high discharge voltage is produced. The solar water battery also exhibits a superior storage ability, maintaining 99% of its specific discharge capacitance after 10 h of storage, without any evidence of self-discharge. The optimization of the cell design and configuration, taking the presence of oxygen in the cell into account, was critical to achieving an efficient photocharge/discharge. PMID:27629362

  19. C-HCl(-) hydrogen bonds in solution and in the solid-state: HgCl2 complexes with cyclen-based cryptands.

    PubMed

    Ikeda, Mari; Sah, Ajay Kumar; Iwase, Miki; Murashige, Rina; Ishi-I, Jun-Ichi; Hasegawa, Masatoshi; Kachi-Terajima, Chihiro; Park, Ki-Min; Kuwahara, Shunsuke; Habata, Yoichi

    2017-03-21

    Structural evidence is reported for C-HCl(-) hydrogen bonds in solution and in the solid state of HgCl2 complexes with cyclen-based cryptands. These cyclen-based cryptands (1) and (2) are bridged by di- and triethylene glycol units, respectively, between two aromatic rings. The X-ray structure indicates that the 2/HgCl2 complex contains an acetonitrile molecule in the cavity.

  20. All-solid-state reference electrodes based on colloid-imprinted mesoporous carbon and their application in disposable paper-based potentiometric sensing devices.

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    Hu, Jinbo; Ho, Kieu T; Zou, Xu U; Smyrl, William H; Stein, Andreas; Bühlmann, Philippe

    2015-03-03

    Reference electrodes are used in almost every electroanalytical measurement. Here, all-solid-state reference electrodes are described that employ colloid-imprinted mesoporous (CIM) carbon as solid contact and a poly(vinyl chloride) reference membrane to contact the sample. Such a reference membrane is doped with a moderately hydrophilic ionic liquid and a hydrophobic redox couple, leading to well-defined constant potentials at the interfaces of this membrane to the sample and to the solid contact, respectively. Due to the intrinsic properties of CIM carbon, reference electrodes with a CIM carbon solid contact exhibit excellent resistance to common interfering agents such as light and O2, with outstanding potential stability in continuous potentiometric measurements. The potential drift of CIM carbon-based reference electrodes without redox couple is as low as 1.7 μV/h over 110 h, making them the most stable all-solid-state reference electrodes reported so far. To demonstrate the compatibility of CIM carbon-based reference electrodes with miniaturized potentiometric systems, these reference electrodes were integrated into paper-based potentiometric sensing devices, successfully replacing the conventional reference electrode with its reference electrolyte solution. As a proof of concept, disposable paper-based Cl(-) sensing devices that contain stencil-printed Ag/AgCl-based Cl(-) selective electrodes and CIM carbon-based reference electrodes were constructed. These sensing devices are inexpensive, easy to use, and offer highly reproducible Cl(-) measurements with sample volumes as low as 10 μL.

  1. Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO nanoparticle and nanorod array hybrid photoanodes

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    2011-01-01

    The effect of ZnO photoanode morphology on the performance of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is reported. Four different structures of dye-loaded ZnO layers have been fabricated in conjunction with poly(3-hexylthiophene). A significant improvement in device efficiency with ZnO nanorod arrays as photoanodes has been achieved by filling the interstitial voids of the nanorod arrays with ZnO nanoparticles. The overall power conversion efficiency increases from 0.13% for a nanorod-only device to 0.34% for a device with combined nanoparticles and nanorod arrays. The higher device efficiency in solid-state DSSCs with hybrid nanorod/nanoparticle photoanodes is originated from both large surface area provided by nanoparticles for dye adsorption and efficient charge transport provided by the nanorod arrays to reduce the recombinations of photogenerated carriers. PMID:21884596

  2. Solid-State Examination of Conformationally Diverse Sulfonamide Receptors Based on Bis(2-anilinoethynyl)pyridine, -Bipyridine, and -Thiophene

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    Berryman, Orion B.; Johnson, Charles A.; Vonnegut, Chris L.; Fajardo, Kevin A.; Zakharov, Lev N.; Johnson, Darren W.; Haley, Michael M.

    2015-01-01

    Utilizing an induced-fit model and taking advantage of rotatable acetylenic C(sp)–C(sp2) bonds, we disclose the synthesis and solid-state structures of a series of conformationally diverse bis-sulfonamide arylethynyl receptors using either pyridine, 2,2′-bipyridine, or thiophene as the core aryl group. Whereas the bipyridine and thiophene structures do not appear to bind guests in the solid state, the pyridine receptors form 2 + 2 dimers with water molecules, two halides, or one of each, depending on the protonation state of the pyridine nitrogen atom. Isolation of a related bis-sulfonimide derivative demonstrates the importance of the sulfonamide N–H hydrogen bonds in dimer formation. The pyridine receptors form monomeric structures with larger guests such as BF4− or HSO4−, where the sulfonamide arms rotate to the side opposite the pyridine N atom. PMID:26405435

  3. Endo-Fullerene and Doped Diamond Nanocrystallite Based Models of Qubits for Solid-State Quantum Computers

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    Park, Seongjun; Srivastava, Deepak; Cho, Kyeongjae; Biegel, Bryan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Models of encapsulated 1/2 nuclear spin H-1 and P-31 atoms in fullerene and diamond nanocrystallite, respectively, are proposed and examined with ab-initio local density functional method for possible applications as single quantum bits (qubits) in solid-state quantum computers. A H-1 atom encapsulated in a fully deuterated fullerene, C(sub 20)D(sub 20), forms the first model system and ab-initio calculation shows that H-1 atom is stable in atomic state at the center of the fullerene with a barrier of about 1 eV to escape. A P-31 atom positioned at the center of a diamond nanocrystallite is the second model system, and 3 1P atom is found to be stable at the substitutional site relative to interstitial sites by 15 eV, Vacancy formation energy is 6 eV in diamond so that substitutional P-31 atom will be stable against diffusion during the formation mechanisms within the nanocrystallite. The coupling between the nuclear spin and weakly bound (valance) donor electron coupling in both systems is found to be suitable for single qubit applications, where as the spatial distributions of (valance) donor electron wave functions are found to be preferentially spread along certain lattice directions facilitating two or more qubit applications. The feasibility of the fabrication pathways for both model solid-state qubit systems within practical quantum computers is discussed with in the context of our proposed solid-state qubits.

  4. Solid-state Marx based two-switch voltage modulator for the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research

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    Redondo, L. M.; Canacsinh, H.; Ferrao, N.; Mendes, C.; Silva, J. Fernando; Soares, R.; Schipper, J.; Fowler, A.

    2010-07-15

    A new circuit topology is proposed to replace the actual pulse transformer and thyratron based resonant modulator that supplies the 60 kV target potential for the ion acceleration of the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator, the stability of which is critical for the mass resolution downstream separator, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The improved modulator uses two solid-state switches working together, each one based on the Marx generator concept, operating as series and parallel switches, reducing the stress on the series stacked semiconductors, and also as auxiliary pulse generator in order to fulfill the target requirements. Preliminary results of a 10 kV prototype, using 1200 V insulated gate bipolar transistors and capacitors in the solid-state Marx circuits, ten stages each, with an electrical equivalent circuit of the target, are presented, demonstrating both the improved voltage stability and pulse flexibility potential wanted for this new modulator.

  5. Solid-state Marx based two-switch voltage modulator for the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

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    Redondo, L M; Silva, J Fernando; Canacsinh, H; Ferrão, N; Mendes, C; Soares, R; Schipper, J; Fowler, A

    2010-07-01

    A new circuit topology is proposed to replace the actual pulse transformer and thyratron based resonant modulator that supplies the 60 kV target potential for the ion acceleration of the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator, the stability of which is critical for the mass resolution downstream separator, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The improved modulator uses two solid-state switches working together, each one based on the Marx generator concept, operating as series and parallel switches, reducing the stress on the series stacked semiconductors, and also as auxiliary pulse generator in order to fulfill the target requirements. Preliminary results of a 10 kV prototype, using 1200 V insulated gate bipolar transistors and capacitors in the solid-state Marx circuits, ten stages each, with an electrical equivalent circuit of the target, are presented, demonstrating both the improved voltage stability and pulse flexibility potential wanted for this new modulator.

  6. Quantitative study of solid-state acid-base reactions between polymorphs of flufenamic acid and magnesium oxide using X-ray powder diffraction.

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    Chen, Xiaoming; Stowell, Joseph G; Morris, Kenneth R; Byrn, Stephen R

    2010-03-11

    The purpose of this study is to investigate solid-state acid-base reactions between polymorphs of flufenamic acid (FFA) and magnesium oxide (MgO) using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). Polymorphs of FFA were blended with MgO and stored under conditions of 96.5% RH and 89% RH at 40 degrees C. The disappearance of FFA and production of magnesium flufenamate were monitored by XRPD. It was observed that the reactions between FFA and MgO proceeded following the Jander equation. Form I of FFA is more reactive with MgO than Form III. Differential accessibility of reactive groups is hypothesized as one of the reasons that Form I is more reactive than Form III. It was noted that the reaction between FFA and MgO could be mitigated by adding another acidic excipient such as polyacrylic acid to prevent the acid-base reaction with FFA. The effectiveness of polyacrylic acid was impacted by the mixing order of the tertiary mixture. Mixing polyacrylic acid and MgO first provided the most significant protection. In conclusion, solid-state acid-base reactions could be investigated using XRPD. Different forms may have distinct reactivity. Acid-base reactions in the solid state could be mitigated through the addition of another "shielding" excipient. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Bioinspired integrated nanosystems based on solid-state nanopores: “iontronic” transduction of biological, chemical and physical stimuli

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    Pérez-Mitta, Gonzalo; Albesa, Alberto G.; Trautmann, Christina; Toimil-Molares, María Eugenia

    2017-01-01

    researchers. We believe that even a casual reader of this perspective will not fail to be impressed by the wealth of opportunities that solid-state nanopores can offer to the transduction of biological, physical and chemical stimuli. PMID:28572900

  8. A high performance flexible all solid state supercapacitor based on the MnO2 sphere coated macro/mesoporous Ni/C electrode and ionic conducting electrolyte

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    Zhi, Jian; Reiser, Oliver; Wang, Youfu; Hu, Aiguo

    2016-06-01

    A high contact resistance between the active materials and the current collector, a low ionic conductivity of the gel electrolyte, and an impenetrable electrode structure are the three major barriers which greatly limit the capacitance of MnO2 in solid state supercapacitors. As a potential solution to these problems, in this work we report a novel electrode for solid state supercapacitors, based on a ternary system composed of hierarchical MnO2 spheres as the active material, macroporous Ni foam as gel penetrable skeletons and an ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) membrane as the charge-transport accelerating layer. By employing butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl) modified gels as the ionic conducting electrolyte, the utilization efficiency of MnO2 on the specific capacitance was enhanced up to 88% of the theoretical value, delivering a volumetric capacitance of 81 F cm-3, which is the highest value among MnO2 based solid state supercapacitors. Moreover, such a flexible device exhibits exceptional volumetric energy and power density (6.6 Wh L-1 and 549 W L-1, based on the whole device volume) combined with a small capacity loss of 8.5% after 6000 cycles under twisting. These encouraging findings unambiguously overcome the energy bottleneck of MnO2 in solid state supercapacitors, and open up a new application of macro/mesoporous materials in flexible devices.A high contact resistance between the active materials and the current collector, a low ionic conductivity of the gel electrolyte, and an impenetrable electrode structure are the three major barriers which greatly limit the capacitance of MnO2 in solid state supercapacitors. As a potential solution to these problems, in this work we report a novel electrode for solid state supercapacitors, based on a ternary system composed of hierarchical MnO2 spheres as the active material, macroporous Ni foam as gel penetrable skeletons and an ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) membrane as the charge-transport accelerating

  9. Solid state oxygen sensor

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    Garzon, Fernando H.; Chung, Brandon W.; Raistrick, Ian D.; Brosha, Eric L.

    1996-01-01

    Solid state oxygen sensors are provided with a yttria-doped zirconia as an electrolyte and use the electrochemical oxygen pumping of the zirconia electrolyte. A linear relationship between oxygen concentration and the voltage arising at a current plateau occurs when oxygen accessing the electrolyte is limited by a diffusion barrier. A diffusion barrier is formed herein with a mixed electronic and oxygen ion-conducting membrane of lanthanum-containing perovskite or zirconia-containing fluorite. A heater may be used to maintain an adequate oxygen diffusion coefficient in the mixed conducting layer.

  10. Solid state oxygen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Garzon, F.H.; Chung, B.W.; Raistrick, I.D.; Brosha, E.L.

    1996-08-06

    Solid state oxygen sensors are provided with a yttria-doped zirconia as an electrolyte and use the electrochemical oxygen pumping of the zirconia electrolyte. A linear relationship between oxygen concentration and the voltage arising at a current plateau occurs when oxygen accessing the electrolyte is limited by a diffusion barrier. A diffusion barrier is formed herein with a mixed electronic and oxygen ion-conducting membrane of lanthanum-containing perovskite or zirconia-containing fluorite. A heater may be used to maintain an adequate oxygen diffusion coefficient in the mixed conducting layer. 4 figs.

  11. Solid State Research

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    1990-11-15

    Alo .3Gao.7As confining layers. 38 IX Figure No. Page 3-2 Schematic structure and energy diagram of AlInGaAs/AlGaAs SCH SQW diode laser. 39 3-3...Lithography Photooxidation of a-Conjugated Si-Si Network Polymers High-Power Solid-State Laser Radar Technology Heat Driven Cryocoolers for...M.J. Nichols, K.B. Parker, CD. Rabe, S. Rathman, D.D. Smith, F.W., III Vera , A. xxvn ELECTROOPTICAL DEVICES ANALOG DEVICE TECHNOLOGY R.C

  12. Solid state optical microscope

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    Young, I.T.

    1983-08-09

    A solid state optical microscope wherein wide-field and high-resolution images of an object are produced at a rapid rate by utilizing conventional optics with a charge-coupled photodiode array. A galvanometer scanning mirror, for scanning in one of two orthogonal directions is provided, while the charge-coupled photodiode array scans in the other orthogonal direction. Illumination light from the object is incident upon the photodiodes, creating packets of electrons (signals) which are representative of the illuminated object. The signals are then processed, stored in a memory, and finally displayed as a video signal. 2 figs.

  13. Solid state optical microscope

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    Young, Ian T.

    1983-01-01

    A solid state optical microscope wherein wide-field and high-resolution images of an object are produced at a rapid rate by utilizing conventional optics with a charge-coupled photodiode array. A galvanometer scanning mirror, for scanning in one of two orthogonal directions is provided, while the charge-coupled photodiode array scans in the other orthogonal direction. Illumination light from the object is incident upon the photodiodes, creating packets of electrons (signals) which are representative of the illuminated object. The signals are then processed, stored in a memory, and finally displayed as a video signal.

  14. High-performance solid-state on-chip supercapacitors based on Si nanowires coated with ruthenium oxide via atomic layer deposition

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    Zheng, Wen; Cheng, Qingmei; Wang, Dunwei; Thompson, Carl V.

    2017-02-01

    Solid-state on-chip supercapacitors based on ruthenium oxide coated silicon nanowires were fabricated using a process that is compatible with silicon integrated circuit processing. Ordered arrays of silicon nanowires were fabricated using metal-assisted anodic etching (MAAE). Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to form a uniform coating of ruthenium oxide on high-aspect-ratio silicon nanowires at a moderate temperature of 290 °C. Coated nanowire electrodes were studied using cyclic voltammetry and charge-discharge tests in a neutral Na2SO4 electrolyte, and a specific capacitance of 19 mFcm-2 was achieved at 5 mVs-1. Solid state nanowire capacitors were then fabricated with symmetric face to face nanowire arrays separated by a polymer-based electrolyte. This device exhibited a specific capacitance as high as 6.5 mFcm-2 at 2 mVs-1. The full device was tested over 10000 cycles under galvanostatic charge-discharge at 0.4 mAcm-2, and showed a retention of 92% of the specific capacitance. The specific capacitance was found to scale with the total nanowire surface area, as controlled by controlling the aspect ratios of the wires. The solid state nanowire-based device also achieved high specific energies without sacrificing power performance.

  15. Investigating the all-solid-state batteries based on lithium garnets and a high potential cathode - LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4.

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    Hänsel, Christian; Afyon, Semih; Rupp, Jennifer L M

    2016-11-03

    All-solid-state Li-ion batteries based on lithium garnets give new prospects for safer battery operations avoiding liquids, and could enable the integration of high energy density electrode materials. Herein, we critically investigate the structural and chemical stability of the high voltage cathode material, LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4, based on the solid lithium garnet electrolyte LLZO (c-Li6.4Ga0.2La3Zr2O12) for all-solid Li-ion batteries. We manufacture battery cells based on nano-grained synthesized LLZO and composite cathodes (LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4/LLZO/C) fabricated via direct slurry casting of the cathode material and additives on sintered LLZO pellets against metallic Li anodes. The galvanostatic tests of such all-solid-state batteries up to 4.9 V at 95 °C reveal the incompatibility of the solid electrolyte and the cathode material under given conditions. Post-mortem analyses of the all-solid-state batteries demonstrate the formation of new inactive phases at the LLZO/LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 interfacial region through an irreversible reaction starting at ∼3.8 V during charging. The discovered limited chemical stability under the investigated conditions raises the question if LLZO could be a promising solid-electrolyte for future all-solid-state Li-ion batteries especially at higher operation potentials and demanding operation conditions.

  16. Solid State Humidity Sensors

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    Chang, Song-Lin

    There are only a few solid state humidity sensors available today. Most of those sensors use a porous oxide material as a principal part of the device. The devices work on the basis of a change in resistance as the moisture in the air varies. In this experiment, two solid state humidity sensors have been developed for use under practical conditions. One is a Polymer Oxide Semiconductor device with a POLYOX film that absorbs the moisture from the air. The amount of water dipoles absorbed by the polymer is a function of relative humidity. This sensor can measure relative humidity from 20% to 90%. The other is a Dew Point sensor. The sensor is in contact with the upper surface of a miniature Peltier cooler. Water molecules deposited on the sensor surface cause the electrical current through the sensor to increase. The operator adjusts the temperature of the Peltier cooler until a saturated current through the sensor is reached. About one min. is required to measure low relative humidities. The Dew Point sensor can measure a range of relative humidities of 30% to 80%.

  17. Packaging of solid state devices

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    Glidden, Steven C.; Sanders, Howard D.

    2006-01-03

    A package for one or more solid state devices in a single module that allows for operation at high voltage, high current, or both high voltage and high current. Low thermal resistance between the solid state devices and an exterior of the package and matched coefficient of thermal expansion between the solid state devices and the materials used in packaging enables high power operation. The solid state devices are soldered between two layers of ceramic with metal traces that interconnect the devices and external contacts. This approach provides a simple method for assembling and encapsulating high power solid state devices.

  18. Development of White-Light Emitting Active Layers in Nitride Based Heterostructures for Phosphorless Solid State Lighting

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    Jan Talbot; Kailash Mishra

    2007-12-31

    This report provides a summary of research activities carried out at the University of California, San Diego and Central Research of OSRAM SYLVANIA in Beverly, MA partially supported by a research contract from US Department of Energy, DE-FC26-04NT422274. The main objective of this project was to develop III-V nitrides activated by rare earth ions, RE{sup 3+}, which could eliminate the need for phosphors in nitride-based solid state light sources. The main idea was to convert electron-hole pairs injected into the active layer in a LED die to white light directly through transitions within the energy levels of the 4f{sup n}-manifold of RE{sup 3+}. We focused on the following materials: Eu{sup 3+}(red), Tb{sup 3+}(green), Er{sup 3+}(green), Dy{sup 3+}(yellow) and Tm{sup 3+}(blue) in AlN, GaN and alloys of AlN and GaN. Our strategy was to explore candidate materials in powder form first, and then study their behavior in thin films. Thin films of these materials were to be deposited on sapphire substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). The photo- and cathode-luminescence measurements of these materials were used to investigate their suitability for white light generation. The project proceeded along this route with minor modifications needed to produce better materials and to expedite our progress towards the final goal. The project made the following accomplishments: (1) red emission from Eu{sup 3+}, green from Tb{sup 3+}, yellow from Dy{sup 3+} and blue from Tm{sup 3+} in AlN powders; (2) red emission from Eu{sup 3+} and green emission from Tb{sup 3+} in GaN powder; (3) red emission from Eu{sup 3+} in alloys of GaN and AlN; (4) green emission from Tb{sup 3+} in GaN thin films by PLD; (5) red emission from Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} in GaN thin films deposited by MOVPE; (6) energy transfer from host to RE{sup 3+}; (7) energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+} in AlN powders; (8) emission from AlN powder samples

  19. A repetitively pulsed xenon chloride excimer laser with all ferrite magnetic cores (AFMC) based all solid state exciter

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    Benerji, N. S.; Varshnay, N. K.; Ghodke, D. V.; Singh, A.

    2016-10-01

    Performance of repetitively pulsed xenon chloride excimer laser (λ~308 nm) with solid state pulser consisting of magnetic pulse compression circuit (MPC) using all ferrite magnetic cores (AFMC) is reported. Laser system suitable for 100 Hz operation with inbuilt pre-ionizer, compact gas circulation and cooling has been developed and presented. In this configuration, high voltage pulses of ~8 μs duration are compressed to ~100 ns by magnetic pulse compression circuit with overall compression factor of ~80. Pulse energy of ~18 J stored in the primary capacitor is transferred to the laser head with an efficiency of ~85% compared to ~70% that is normally achieved in such configurations using annealed met-glass core. This is a significant improvement of about 21%. Maximum output laser pulse energy of ~100 mJ was achieved at repetition rate of 100 Hz with a typical pulse to pulse energy stability of ±5% and laser pulse energy of 150 mJ was generated at low rep-rate of ~40 Hz. This exciter uses a low current and low voltage solid state switch (SCR) that replaces high voltage and high current switch i. e, thyratron completely. The use of solid state exciter in turn reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) effects particularly in excimer lasers where high EMI is present due to high di/dt. The laser is focused on a thin copper sheet for generation of micro-hole and the SEM image of the generated micro hole shows the energy stability of the laser at high repetition rate operation. Nearly homogeneous, regular and well developed xenon chloride (XeCl) laser beam spot was achieved using the laser.

  20. Electrochemical, Electrochemiluminescence, and Photoelectrochemical Aptamer-Based Nanostructured Sensors for Biomarker Analysis.

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    Ravalli, Andrea; Voccia, Diego; Palchetti, Ilaria; Marrazza, Giovanna

    2016-08-02

    Aptamer-based sensors have been intensively investigated as potential analytical tools in clinical analysis providing the desired portability, fast response, sensitivity, and specificity, in addition to lower cost and simplicity versus conventional methods. The aim of this review, without pretending to be exhaustive, is to give the readers an overview of recent important achievements about electrochemical, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical aptasensors for the protein biomarker determination, mainly cancer related biomarkers, by selected recent publications. Special emphasis is placed on nanostructured-based aptasensors, which show a substantial improvement of the analytical performances.

  1. Electrochemical, Electrochemiluminescence, and Photoelectrochemical Aptamer-Based Nanostructured Sensors for Biomarker Analysis

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    Ravalli, Andrea; Voccia, Diego; Palchetti, Ilaria; Marrazza, Giovanna

    2016-01-01

    Aptamer-based sensors have been intensively investigated as potential analytical tools in clinical analysis providing the desired portability, fast response, sensitivity, and specificity, in addition to lower cost and simplicity versus conventional methods. The aim of this review, without pretending to be exhaustive, is to give the readers an overview of recent important achievements about electrochemical, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical aptasensors for the protein biomarker determination, mainly cancer related biomarkers, by selected recent publications. Special emphasis is placed on nanostructured-based aptasensors, which show a substantial improvement of the analytical performances. PMID:27490578

  2. New thermal-neutron solid-state electronic detector based on HgI/sub 2/ single crystals

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    Melamud, M.; Burshtein, Z.; Levi, A.; Schieber, M.M.

    1983-08-01

    The use of HgI/sub 2/ as a thermal-neutron solid-state electronic detector, in particular its application for neutron diffractometry, is demonstrated for the first time. A single crystal HgI/sub 2/ detector is used to count prompt gamma emissions (0.2--5 MeV) from (n,..gamma..) nuclear reactions in Gd or Cd foils. The neutron counting efficiency depends on the HgI/sub 2/ detector thickness. For a 1-mm thickness of HgI/sub 2/ the efficiency is about 10% compared to the efficiency of a /sup 10/BF/sub 3/ gas detector.

  3. Nanoscale electrochemical characterization of a solid-state electrolyte using a manganese-based thin-film probe.

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    Liu, Yi-Hung; Liao, Sin-Syu; Haochih Liu, Bernard

    2016-12-08

    A Li-Mn-O thin-film electrode probe has been developed via a facile synthesis process, which enables nanoscale electrochemical investigation of the solid-state electrolyte LiPON. Detailed information of ion transport can be obtained by the thin-film probe, rather than the macroscale electrochemical impedance analysis. It is clarified from the nanoscale analysis that the charge transfer resistance at the Li-Mn-O/LiPON interface dominates the localized impedance, while it can be significantly reduced rather than the electrolyte resistance by applying a DC bias.

  4. Toward garnet electrolyte–based Li metal batteries: An ultrathin, highly effective, artificial solid-state electrolyte/metallic Li interface

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    Fu, Kun (Kelvin); Gong, Yunhui; Liu, Boyang; Zhu, Yizhou; Xu, Shaomao; Yao, Yonggang; Luo, Wei; Wang, Chengwei; Lacey, Steven D.; Dai, Jiaqi; Chen, Yanan; Mo, Yifei; Wachsman, Eric; Hu, Liangbing

    2017-01-01

    Solid-state batteries are a promising option toward high energy and power densities due to the use of lithium (Li) metal as an anode. Among all solid electrolyte materials ranging from sulfides to oxides and oxynitrides, cubic garnet–type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) ceramic electrolytes are superior candidates because of their high ionic conductivity (10−3 to 10−4 S/cm) and good stability against Li metal. However, garnet solid electrolytes generally have poor contact with Li metal, which causes high resistance and uneven current distribution at the interface. To address this challenge, we demonstrate a strategy to engineer the garnet solid electrolyte and the Li metal interface by forming an intermediary Li-metal alloy, which changes the wettability of the garnet surface (lithiophobic to lithiophilic) and reduces the interface resistance by more than an order of magnitude: 950 ohm·cm2 for the pristine garnet/Li and 75 ohm·cm2 for the surface-engineered garnet/Li. Li7La2.75Ca0.25Zr1.75Nb0.25O12 (LLCZN) was selected as the solid-state electrolyte (SSE) in this work because of its low sintering temperature, stabilized cubic garnet phase, and high ionic conductivity. This low area-specific resistance enables a solid-state garnet SSE/Li metal configuration and promotes the development of a hybrid electrolyte system. The hybrid system uses the improved solid-state garnet SSE Li metal anode and a thin liquid electrolyte cathode interfacial layer. This work provides new ways to address the garnet SSE wetting issue against Li and get more stable cell performances based on the hybrid electrolyte system for Li-ion, Li-sulfur, and Li-oxygen batteries toward the next generation of Li metal batteries. PMID:28435874

  5. Toward garnet electrolyte-based Li metal batteries: An ultrathin, highly effective, artificial solid-state electrolyte/metallic Li interface.

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    Fu, Kun Kelvin; Gong, Yunhui; Liu, Boyang; Zhu, Yizhou; Xu, Shaomao; Yao, Yonggang; Luo, Wei; Wang, Chengwei; Lacey, Steven D; Dai, Jiaqi; Chen, Yanan; Mo, Yifei; Wachsman, Eric; Hu, Liangbing

    2017-04-01

    Solid-state batteries are a promising option toward high energy and power densities due to the use of lithium (Li) metal as an anode. Among all solid electrolyte materials ranging from sulfides to oxides and oxynitrides, cubic garnet-type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) ceramic electrolytes are superior candidates because of their high ionic conductivity (10(-3) to 10(-4) S/cm) and good stability against Li metal. However, garnet solid electrolytes generally have poor contact with Li metal, which causes high resistance and uneven current distribution at the interface. To address this challenge, we demonstrate a strategy to engineer the garnet solid electrolyte and the Li metal interface by forming an intermediary Li-metal alloy, which changes the wettability of the garnet surface (lithiophobic to lithiophilic) and reduces the interface resistance by more than an order of magnitude: 950 ohm·cm(2) for the pristine garnet/Li and 75 ohm·cm(2) for the surface-engineered garnet/Li. Li7La2.75Ca0.25Zr1.75Nb0.25O12 (LLCZN) was selected as the solid-state electrolyte (SSE) in this work because of its low sintering temperature, stabilized cubic garnet phase, and high ionic conductivity. This low area-specific resistance enables a solid-state garnet SSE/Li metal configuration and promotes the development of a hybrid electrolyte system. The hybrid system uses the improved solid-state garnet SSE Li metal anode and a thin liquid electrolyte cathode interfacial layer. This work provides new ways to address the garnet SSE wetting issue against Li and get more stable cell performances based on the hybrid electrolyte system for Li-ion, Li-sulfur, and Li-oxygen batteries toward the next generation of Li metal batteries.

  6. Hepatoprotective Effect of Wheat-Based Solid-State Fermented Antrodia cinnamomea in Carbon Tetrachloride-Induced Liver Injury in Rat

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    Chiu, Huan-Wen; Hua, Kuo-Feng

    2016-01-01

    Antrodia cinnamomea (A. cinnamomea) is an indigenous medical fungus in Taiwan and has multiple biological functions, including hepatoprotective and immune-modulatory effects. Currently, the commercially available A. cinnamomea are mainly liquid- and solid-state fermented A. cinnamomea. However, the hepatoprotective effect of solid-state fermented A. cinnamomea has never been reported. Here we evaluate the ability of air-dried, ground and non-extracted wheat-based solid-state fermented A. cinnamomea (WFAC) to protect against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic injury in vivo. The results showed that oral administration of WFAC dose dependently (180, 540 and 1080 mg/kg) ameliorated the increase in plasma aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels caused by chronic repeated CCl4 intoxication in rats. WFAC significantly reduced the CCl4-induced increase in hepatic lipid peroxidation levels and hydroxyproline contents, as well as reducing the spleen weight and water content of the liver. WFAC also restored the hepatic soluble protein synthesis and plasma albumin concentration in CCl4-intoxicated rats, but it did not affect the activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase, or glutathione peroxidase. In addition, a hepatic morphological analysis showed that the hepatic fibrosis and necrosis induced by CCl4 were significantly ameliorated by WFAC. Furthermore, the body weights of control rats and WFAC-administered rats were not significantly different, and no adverse effects were observed in WFAC-administered rats. These results indicate that WFAC is a nontoxic hepatoprotective agent against chronic CCl4-induced hepatic injury. PMID:27046059

  7. Water-based fractionation of a commercial humic acid. Solid-state and colloidal characterization of the solubility fractions.

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    Swiech, Weronika M; Hamerton, Ian; Zeng, Huang; Watson, David J; Mason, Eleonore; Taylor, Spencer E

    2017-12-15

    Humic acid (HA) is of considerable environmental significance, being a major component of soil, as well as being considered for application in other technological areas. However, its structure and colloidal properties continue to be the subject of debate, largely owing to its molecular complexity and association with other humic substances and mineral matter. As a class, HA is considered to comprise supramolecular assemblies of heterogeneous species, and herein we consider a simple route for the separation of some HA sub-fractions. A commercial HA sample from Sigma-Aldrich has been fractionated into two soluble (S1, S2) and two insoluble (I1, I2) fractions by successive dissolution in deionized water at near-neutral pH. These sub-fractions have been characterized by solution and solid-state approaches. Using this simple approach, the HA has been shown to contain non-covalently bonded species with different polarity and water solubility. The soluble and insoluble fractions have very different chemical structures, as revealed particularly by their solid-state properties ((13)C NMR and IR spectroscopy, and TGA); in particular, S1 and S2 are characterized by higher carbonyl and aromatic contents, compared with I1 and I2. As shown by solution SAXS measurements and AFM, the soluble fractions behave as hydrophilic colloidal aggregates of at least 50nm diameter. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes.

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    Cai, Guofa; Darmawan, Peter; Cui, Mengqi; Chen, Jingwei; Wang, Xu; Eh, Alice Lee-Sie; Magdassi, Shlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-01-07

    Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and WO3 nanostructured films with strong adhesion to ITO coated glass using inkjet printing for energy saving electrochromic applications. We achieved a high performance electrochromic electrode, producing porous and continuous electrochromic films without aggregation. The NiO film with 9 printed layers exhibits an optical modulation of 64.2% at 550 nm and a coloration efficiency (CE) of 136.7 cm(2) C(-1). An inkjet-printed complementary all solid-state device was assembled, delivering a larger optical modulation of 75.4% at 633 nm and a higher CE of 131.9 cm(2) C(-1) among all solid-state devices. The enhanced contrast is due to the printed NiO film that not only performs as an ion storage layer, but also as a complementary electrochromic layer.

  9. Solid-State Lithium Conductors for Lithium Metal Batteries Based on Electrospun Nanofiber/Plastic Crystal Composites.

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    Zhou, Yundong; Wang, Xiaoen; Zhu, Haijin; Yoshizawa-Fujita, Masahiro; Miyachi, Yukari; Armand, Michel; Forsyth, Maria; Greene, George W; Pringle, Jennifer M; Howlett, Patrick C

    2017-08-10

    Organic ionic plastic crystals (OIPCs) are a class of solid-state electrolytes with good thermal stability, non-flammability, non-volatility, and good electrochemical stability. When prepared in a composite with electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) nanofibers, a 1:1 mixture of the OIPC N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide ([C2 mpyr][FSI]) and lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (LiFSI) produced a free-standing, robust solid-state electrolyte. These high-concentration Li-containing electrolyte membranes had a transference number of 0.37(±0.02) and supported stable lithium symmetric-cell cycling at a current density of 0.13 mA cm(-2) . The effect of incorporating PVdF in the Li-containing plastic crystal was investigated for different ratios of PVdF and [Li][FSI]/[C2 mpyr][FSI]. In addition, Li|LiNi1/3 Co1/3 Mn1/3 O2 cells were prepared and cycled at ambient temperature and displayed a good rate performance and stability. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Microfluidic etching for fabrication of flexible and all-solid-state micro supercapacitor based on MnO2 nanoparticles.

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    Xue, Mianqi; Xie, Zhuang; Zhang, Lesheng; Ma, Xinlei; Wu, Xinglong; Guo, Yuguo; Song, Weiguo; Li, Zhibo; Cao, Tingbing

    2011-07-01

    Micro-supercapacitors are a promising candidate whose reliability and performances are struggling to meet the energy demands dictated by the incoming generation of miniaturized electronic devices. In this paper, we describe a facile and low-cost method for fabricating flexible and all-solid-state micro supercapacitors by microfluidic etching. The micro-supercapacitor configuration is composed of sub-10-nm-scale MnO(2) nanoparticle interdigital microelectrode fingers prepared by microfluidic etching with H(3)PO(4)-PVA thin films as both the solid-state electrolyte and the flexible substrate. The entire device shows outstanding electrochemical performances with high specific capacitance and stable cycle life, and the performance can be mostly preserved even conditions of under repeated bending. The technique we describe here is a universal method for fabricating a micro-supercapacitor, since the microfluidic etching can be extended to most active materials which can be used for energy- and power-devices, and there are many other choices for the solid electrolyte. Thus, these micro-supercapacitors provide a promising power source in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), wearable electronics and other general requirements.

  11. High-performance flexible all-solid-state microbatteries based on solid electrolyte of lithium boron oxynitride

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    Song, Seung-Wan; Lee, Ki-Chang; Park, Ho-Young

    2016-10-01

    Rapidly growing interest and demand for wearable electronics require the development of flexible and lightweight all-solid-state batteries as power sources that guarantee high performance and safety with the absence of the risk of fire or explosion that can occur with traditional liquid electrolyte systems. Herein, we successfully fabricate new flexible all-solid-state microbatteries integrating a solid electrolyte film of lithium boron oxynitride (LiBON) on a flexible substrate using sophisticated thin-film fabrication technology. The new microbattery of Li/LiBON/LiCoO2 exhibits excellent mechanical integrity even under severe bending and twisting test conditions, enabling the realization of flexible microbatteries. The microbatteries demonstrate superior electrochemical cycling stability relative to conventional batteries, delivering an outstanding capacity retention of 90% on the 1000th cycle. Furthermore, operation at various temperatures from -10 °C to +60 °C and fast charging within 3-6 min are achieved. With various types of flexible substrates, the microbatteries can provide diverse opportunities for flexible and wearable electronics.

  12. Carbon-nanofiber-based nanocomposite membrane as a highly stable solid-state junction for reference electrodes.

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    O'Neil, Glen D; Buiculescu, Raluca; Kounaves, Samuel P; Chaniotakis, Nikos A

    2011-07-15

    There is currently a need for a reliable solid-state reference electrode, especially in applications such as autonomous sensing or long-term environmental monitoring. We present here for the first time a novel solid-state nanofiber junction reference electrode (NFJRE) incorporating a junction consisting of poly(methyl methacrylate) and carbon graphene stacked nanofibers. The NFJRE operates by using the membrane polymer junction, which has a very high glass transition temperature (T(g)) and small diffusion coefficient, to control the diffusion of ions, and the carbon nanofibers lower the junction resistance and act as ion-to-electron transducers. The fabrication of the NFJRE is detailed, and its behavior is characterized in terms of its impedance, stability, and behavior in comparison with traditional reference electrodes. The NFJRE showed a response of <5-13 mV toward a variety of electrolyte solutions from 10(-5) to 10(-2) M, <10 mV over a pH range of 2-12, and excellent behavior when used with voltammetric methods.

  13. Solid state rapid thermocycling

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    Beer, Neil Reginald; Spadaccini, Christopher

    2014-05-13

    The rapid thermal cycling of a material is targeted. A solid state heat exchanger with a first well and second well is coupled to a power module. A thermoelectric element is coupled to the first well, the second well, and the power module, is configured to transfer thermal energy from the first well to the second well when current from the power module flows through the thermoelectric element in a first direction, and is configured to transfer thermal energy from the second well to the first well when current from the power module flows through the thermoelectric element in a second direction. A controller may be coupled to the thermoelectric elements, and may switch the direction of current flowing through the thermoelectric element in response to a determination by sensors coupled to the wells that the amount of thermal energy in the wells falls below or exceeds a pre-determined threshold.

  14. Solid state television camera

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    The design, fabrication, and tests of a solid state television camera using a new charge-coupled imaging device are reported. An RCA charge-coupled device arranged in a 512 by 320 format and directly compatible with EIA format standards was the sensor selected. This is a three-phase, sealed surface-channel array that has 163,840 sensor elements, which employs a vertical frame transfer system for image readout. Included are test results of the complete camera system, circuit description and changes to such circuits as a result of integration and test, maintenance and operation section, recommendations to improve the camera system, and a complete set of electrical and mechanical drawing sketches.

  15. Solid state research

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    McWhorter, Alan L.

    1986-02-01

    A report on solid state research contains the following: Monolithic Two-Dimensional Arrays of High Power GaInAsP/InP Surface Emitting Diode Lasers; Intermodulation Measurements of Semiconductor Diode Lasers; Room Temperature CW Operation of a Ti: Al2O3 Laser; Er: YAG Laser Developement; New Capping Technique for Zone Melting Recrystallization of Silicon on Insulator Films; Radiation Hardened Silicon on Insulator JFETs; Ti Doped Semi-insulating InP; CCD Vector Matrix Product Device; A Low Loss Ku Band Monolithic Analog Phase Shifter; Electron Beam Programming of CMOS Digital Systems; Noise Properties of Quantum Well Structure; Technologies for Optical Interconnects; Heterodyne Imaging of a 135 GHz Source Using Microstrip Antennas Integrated with Planar Mixers; SAW/FET Programmable Transversal Filter with 100-MHz Bandwidth and Enhanced Programmability; A Comparison of Nonlinear Associative Memory and Matched Filter Processing for Detecting Lines in Optical Images; Wideband Chirp Transform Adaptive Filter.

  16. Solid state power controllers

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    Gibbs, R. S.

    1973-01-01

    The rationale, analysis, design, breadboarding and testing of the incremental functional requirements are reported that led to the development of prototype 1 and 5 Amp dc and 1 Amp ac solid state power controllers (SSPC's). The SSPC's are to be considered for use as a replacement of electro-mechanical relays and circuit breakers in future spacecraft and aircraft. They satisfy the combined function of both the relay and circuit breaker and can be remotely controlled by small signals, typically 10 mA, 5 to 28 Vdc. They have the advantage over conventional relay/circuit breaker systems in that they can be located near utilization equipment and the primary ac or dc bus. The low level control, trip indication and status signals can be circuited by small guage wire for control, computer interface, logic, electrical multiplexing, unboard testing, and power management and distribution purposes. This results in increased system versatility at appreciable weight saving and increased reliability.

  17. Solid-state proton conductors

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    Jewulski, J. R.; Osif, T. L.; Remick, R. J.

    1990-12-01

    The purpose of this program was to survey the field of solid-state proton conductors (SSPC), identify conductors that could be used to develop solid-state fuel cells suitable for use with coal derived fuel gases, and begin the experimental research required for the development of these fuel cells. This document covers the following topics: the history of developments and current status of the SSPC, including a review of proton conducting electrolyte structures, the current status of the medium temperature SSPC development, electrodes for moderate temperature (SSPC) fuel cell, basic material and measurement techniques applicable for SSPC development, modeling, and optimization studies. Correlation and optimization studies are described which include correlation studies on proton conduction and oxide cathode optimization for the SSPC fuel cell. Experiments with the SSPC fuel cells are presented which include the fabrication of the electrolyte disks, apparatus for conducting measurements, the strontium-cerium based electrolyte, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with solid foil electrodes, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with porous electrodes, and conduction mechanisms.

  18. Solid-state proton conductors

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    Jewulski, J.R.; Osif, T.L.; Remick, R.J.

    1990-12-01

    The purpose of this program was to survey the field of solid-state proton conductors (SSPC), identify conductors that could be used to develop solid-state fuel cells suitable for use with coal derived fuel gases, and begin the experimental research required for the development of these fuel cells. This document covers the following topics: the history of developments and current status of the SSPC, including a review of proton conducting electrolyte structures, the current status of the medium temperature SSPC development, electrodes for moderate temperature (SSPC) fuel cell, basic material and measurement techniques applicable for SSPC development, modeling and optimization studies. Correlation and optimization studies, to include correlation studies on proton conduction and oxide cathode optimization for the SSPC fuel cell. Experiments with the SSPC fuel cells including the fabrication of the electrolyte disks, apparatus for conducting measurements, the strontium-cerium based electrolyte, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with solid foil electrodes, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with porous electrodes, and conduction mechanisms. 164 refs., 27 figs., 13 tabs.

  19. Combining Solid-state and Solution-based Techniques: Synthesis and Reactivity of Chalcogenidoplumbates(II or IV).

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    Thiele, Günther; Donsbach, Carsten; Nußbruch, Isabell; Dehnen, Stefanie

    2016-12-29

    The phases of "PbCh2" (Ch = Se, Te) are obtained from solid-state syntheses (i.e., by the fusion of the elements under inert conditions in silica glass ampules). Reduction of such phases by elemental alkaline metals in amines affords crystalline chalcogenidoplumbate(II) salts comprised of [PbTe3](2)(-) or [Pb2Ch3](2)(-) anions, depending upon which sequestering agent for the cations is present: crown ethers, like 18-crown-6, or cryptands, like [2.2.2]crypt. Reactions of solutions of such anions with transition-metal compounds yield (poly-)chalcogenide anions or transition-metal chalcogenide clusters, including one with a µ-PbSe ligand (i.e., the heaviest-known CO homolog). In contrast, the solid-state synthesis of a phase of the nominal composition "K2PbSe2" by successive reactions of the elements and by the subsequent solvothermal treatment in amines yields the first non-oxide/halide inorganic lead(IV) compound: a salt of the ortho-selenidoplumbate(IV) anion [PbSe4](4)(-). This was unexpected due to the redox potentials of Pb(IV) and Se(-II). Such methods can further be applied to other elemental combinations, leading to the formation of solutions with binary [HgTe2](2)(-) or [BiSe3](3)(-) anions, or to large-scale syntheses of K2Hg2Se3 or K3BiSe3 via the solid-state route. All compounds are characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and elemental analysis; solutions of plumbate salts can be investigated by (205)Pb and (77)Se or (127)Te NMR techniques. Quantum chemical calculations using density functional theory methods enable energy comparisons. They further allow for insights into the electronic configuration and thus, the bonding situation. Molecular Rh-containing Chevrel-type compounds were found to exhibit delocalized mixed valence, whereas similar telluridopalladate anions are electron-precise; the cluster with the µ-PbSe ligand is energetically favored over a hypothetical CO analog, in line with the unsuccessful attempt at its synthesis. The

  20. ZnO nanoflower-based photoelectrochemical DNAzyme sensor for the detection of Pb2+.

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    Zhang, Bintian; Lu, Lili; Hu, Qichang; Huang, Feng; Lin, Zhang

    2014-06-15

    Lead contamination is now widespread, and exposure to lead may cause adverse effects on human beings. In this study, a photoelectrochemical sensor based on flower-like ZnO nanostructures was developed for Pb(2+) detection, using a Pb(2+)-dependent DNAzyme as the recognition unit and a double-strand DNA intercalator, Ru(bpy)2(dppz)(2+) (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, dppz=dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine) as the photoelectrochemical signal reporter. The ZnO nanoflower was fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode by the convenient hydrothermal decomposition method. The morphology and photoelectrochemical property of the ZnO nanoflowers were characterized by SEM, XRD and photocurrent measurements. DNAzyme-substrate duplex was assembled on an ITO/ZnO electrode through electrostatic adsorption. In the presence of Pb(2+), RNA-cleavage activity of the DNAzyme was activated and its substrate strand was cleaved, resulting in the release of Ru(bpy)2(dppz)(2+) from the DNA film and the concomitant photocurrent decrease. The detection principle was verified by fluorescence measurements. Under the optimized conditions, a linear relationship between photocurrent and Pb(2+) concentration was obtained over the range of 0.5-20 nM, with a detection limit of 0.1 nM. Interference from other common metal ions was found negligible. Applicability of the sensor was demonstrated by analyzing lead level in human serum and Pb(2+) spiked water samples. This facile and economical sensor system showed high sensitivity and selectivity, thus can be potentially applied for on-site monitoring of lead contaminant.

  1. Electrochemical and photoelectrochemical nano-immunesensing using origami paper based method.

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    Hasanzadeh, Mohammad; Shadjou, Nasrin

    2016-04-01

    Patterned paper has characteristics that lead to miniaturized assays that run by capillary action with small volumes of fluids. These methods suggest a path for the development of simple, inexpensive, and portable diagnostic assays that can be useful in remote settings, where simple immunoassays are becoming increasingly important for detecting disease and monitoring health. Incorporation of nanomaterials plays a major role in sensing probe immobilization and detection sensitivity of paper-based devices. Nanomaterial properties, such as increased surface area, have aided with signal amplification and lower detection limits. This review focuses on application of nanomaterials as signal amplification elements on origami paper-based electro-analytical devices for immune biomarkers detection with a brief introduction about various fabrication techniques and designs, biological and detection methods. In this review, we comprehensively summarize the selected latest research articles from 2013 to May 2015 on application of nanomaterials in various types of origami paper based electrochemical and photoelectrochemical immunosensors. The review breaks into two parts. The first part devotes to the development and applications of nanomaterials in electrochemical immunesensing. The second part provides an overview of recent origami paper based photoelectrochemical immunosensors.

  2. Nanostructured all-solid-state supercapacitor based on Li2S-P2S5 glass-ceramic electrolyte

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    Francisco, Brian E.; Jones, Christina M.; Lee, Se-Hee; Stoldt, Conrad R.

    2012-03-01

    While today's lithium-ion batteries offer acceptable energy storage capability, they lack the ability to be cycled repeatedly more than a couple thousand times. Electrochemical capacitors, i.e., supercapacitors, are being developed whose lifetimes exceed 1 × 106 cycles and power densities surpass those of batteries by several times. Here, we present an all-solid-state supercapacitor using a Li2S-P2S5 glass-ceramic electrolyte as both separator and ion conductor. Three device architectures are examined including two with nanostructured electrodes which incorporate multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Cyclic voltammograms and electrochemical impedance measurements demonstrate that these devices develop reversible double layer capacitance, and a maximum of 7.75 F/g is achieved in the device constructed by mechanically mixing the nanostructured electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy explains non-idealities observed when MWCNTs are incorporated in the electrode layers.

  3. Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes

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    Cai, Guofa; Darmawan, Peter; Cui, Mengqi; Chen, Jingwei; Wang, Xu; Eh, Alice Lee-Sie; Magdassi, Shlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2015-12-01

    Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and WO3 nanostructured films with strong adhesion to ITO coated glass using inkjet printing for energy saving electrochromic applications. We achieved a high performance electrochromic electrode, producing porous and continuous electrochromic films without aggregation. The NiO film with 9 printed layers exhibits an optical modulation of 64.2% at 550 nm and a coloration efficiency (CE) of 136.7 cm2 C-1. An inkjet-printed complementary all solid-state device was assembled, delivering a larger optical modulation of 75.4% at 633 nm and a higher CE of 131.9 cm2 C-1 among all solid-state devices. The enhanced contrast is due to the printed NiO film that not only performs as an ion storage layer, but also as a complementary electrochromic layer.Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and

  4. Recycling and processing of several typical crosslinked polymer scraps with enhanced mechanical properties based on solid-state mechanochemical milling

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    Lu, Canhui; Zhang, Xinxing; Zhang, Wei

    2015-05-01

    The partially devulcanization or de-crosslinking of ground tire rubber (GTR), post-vulcanized fluororubber scraps and crosslinked polyethylene from cable scraps through high-shear mechanochemical milling (HSMM) was conducted by a modified solid-state mechanochemical reactor. The results indicated that the HSMM treated crosslinked polymer scraps can be reprocessed as virgin rubbers or thermoplastics to produce materials with high performance. The foamed composites of low density polyethylene/GTR and the blend of post-vulcanized flurorubber (FKM) with polyacrylate rubber (ACM) with better processability and mechanical properties were obtained. The morphology observation showed that the dispersion and compatibility between de-crosslinked polymer scraps and matrix were enhanced. The results demonstrated that HSMM is a feasible alternative technology for recycling post-vulcanized or crosslinked polymer scraps.

  5. Recycling and processing of several typical crosslinked polymer scraps with enhanced mechanical properties based on solid-state mechanochemical milling

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    Lu, Canhui; Zhang, Xinxing; Zhang, Wei

    2015-05-22

    The partially devulcanization or de-crosslinking of ground tire rubber (GTR), post-vulcanized fluororubber scraps and crosslinked polyethylene from cable scraps through high-shear mechanochemical milling (HSMM) was conducted by a modified solid-state mechanochemical reactor. The results indicated that the HSMM treated crosslinked polymer scraps can be reprocessed as virgin rubbers or thermoplastics to produce materials with high performance. The foamed composites of low density polyethylene/GTR and the blend of post-vulcanized flurorubber (FKM) with polyacrylate rubber (ACM) with better processability and mechanical properties were obtained. The morphology observation showed that the dispersion and compatibility between de-crosslinked polymer scraps and matrix were enhanced. The results demonstrated that HSMM is a feasible alternative technology for recycling post-vulcanized or crosslinked polymer scraps.

  6. Two-dimensional solid state gaseous detector based on 10B layer for thermal and cold neutrons

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    Potashev, S.; Burmistrov, Yu; Drachev, A.; Karaevsky, S.; Konobeevski, E.; Zuyev, S.

    2017-01-01

    Two-dimensional solid state gaseous detector for thermal and cold neutrons is created. The detector has active area of 128 x 128 mm2, 10B neutron converter, and gas chamber with thin windows. The resistive charge-division readout is applied to determine the neutron position. The detector was tested using W-Be photoneutron source at the Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow. The detector efficiency is estimated as ∼4% at neutron wavelength λ = 1.82 Å and 8% at λ = 8 Å. The efficiency of the background detection was less than 10-5 of that for thermal neutrons. The resulting pulse height resolution and the spatial resolution are estimated as ∼15% and ∼2.5 mm, respectively.

  7. Single molecule magnet behavior of a pentanuclear Mn-based metallacrown complex: solid state and solution magnetic studies.

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    Zaleski, Curtis M; Tricard, Simon; Depperman, Ezra C; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Mallah, Talal; Kirk, Martin L; Pecoraro, Vincent L

    2011-11-21

    The magnetic behavior of the pentanuclear complex of formula Mn(II)(O(2)CCH(3))(2)[12-MC(Mn(III)(N)shi)-4](DMF)(6), 1, was investigated using magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements both in the solid state and in solution. Complex 1 has a nearly planar structure, made of a central Mn(II) ion surrounded by four peripheral Mn(III) ions. Solid state variable-field dc magnetic susceptibility experiments demonstrate that 1 possesses a low value for the total spin in the ground state; fitting appropriate expressions to the data results in antiferromangetic coupling both between the peripheral Mn(III) ions (J = -6.3 cm(-1)) and between the central Mn(II) ion and the Mn(III) ones (J' = -4.2 cm(-1)). In order to obtain a reasonable fit, a relatively large single ion magnetic anisotropy (D) value of 1 cm(-1) was necessary for the central Mn(II) ion. The single crystal magnetization measurements using a microsquid array display a very slight opening of the hysteresis loop but only at a very low temperature (0.04 K), which is in line with the ac susceptibility data where a slow relaxation of the magnetization occurs just around 2 K. In frozen solution, complex 1 displays a frequency dependent ac magnetic susceptibility signal with an energy barrier to magnetization reorientation (E) and relaxation time at an infinite temperature (τ(o)) of 14.7 cm(-1) and 1.4 × 10(-7) s, respectively, demonstrating the single molecule magnetic behavior in solution.

  8. Spectroscopic-Based Chemometric Models for Quantifying Low Levels of Solid-State Transitions in Extended Release Theophylline Formulations.

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    Korang-Yeboah, Maxwell; Rahman, Ziyaur; Shah, Dhaval A; Khan, Mansoor A

    2016-01-01

    Variations in the solid state form of a pharmaceutical solid have profound impact on the product quality and clinical performance. Quantitative models that allow rapid and accurate determination of polymorphic changes in pharmaceutical products are essential in ensuring product quality throughout its lifecycle. This study reports the development and validation of chemometric models of Raman and near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) for quantifying the extent of pseudopolymorphic transitions of theophylline in extended release formulations. The chemometric models were developed using sample matrices consisting of the commonly used excipients and at the ratios in commercially available products. A combination of scatter removal (multiplicative signal correction and standard normal variate) and derivatization (Savitzky-Golay second derivative) algorithm were used for data pretreatment. Partial least squares and principal component regression models were developed and their performance assessed. Diagnostic statistics such as the root mean square error, correlation coefficient, bias and Q(2) were used as parameters to test the model fit and performance. The models developed had a good fit and performance as shown by the values of the diagnostic statistics. The model diagnostic statistics were similar for MSC-SG and SNV-SG treated spectra. Similarly, PLSR and PCR models had comparable performance. Raman chemometric models were slightly better than their corresponding NIR model. The Raman and NIR chemometric models developed had good accuracy and precision as demonstrated by closeness of the predicted values for the independent observations to the actual TMO content hence the developed models can serve as useful tools in quantifying and controlling solid state transitions in extended release theophylline products. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  9. Mechanochemical solid-state synthesis of 2-aminothiazoles, quinoxalines and benzoylbenzofurans from ketones by one-pot sequential acid- and base-mediated reactions.

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    Nagarajaiah, Honnappa; Mishra, Abhaya Kumar; Moorthy, Jarugu Narasimha

    2016-04-26

    α-Chloroketones - obtained by the atom-economical chlorination of ketones with trichloroisocyanuric acid (TCCA) in the presence of p-TSA under ball-milling conditions - were set up for a sequential base-mediated condensation reaction with thiourea/thiosemicarbazides, o-phenylenediamine and salicylaldehyde to afford 2-aminothiazoles, 2-hydrazinylthiazoles, quinoxalines and benzoylbenzofurans, respectively, in respectable yields. The viability of one-pot sequential acid- and base-mediated reactions in the solid state under ball-milling conditions is thus demonstrated.

  10. Carbazole-based hole-transport materials for efficient solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells and perovskite solar cells.

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    Xu, Bo; Sheibani, Esmaeil; Liu, Peng; Zhang, Jinbao; Tian, Haining; Vlachopoulos, Nick; Boschloo, Gerrit; Kloo, Lars; Hagfeldt, Anders; Sun, Licheng

    2014-10-01

    Two carbazole-based small molecule hole-transport materials (HTMs) are synthesized and investigated in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSCs) and perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The HTM X51-based devices exhibit high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 6.0% and 9.8% in ssDSCs and PSCs, respectively. These results are superior or comparable to those of 5.5% and 10.2%, respectively, obtained for the analogous cells using the state-of-the-art HTM Spiro-OMeTAD. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. High-performance photoelectrochemical cells based on a binuclear ruthenium catalyst for visible-light-driven water oxidation.

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    Zhang, Linlin; Gao, Yan; Ding, Xin; Yu, Ze; Sun, Licheng

    2014-10-01

    Two photoanodes based on a binuclear (2) and a mononuclear ruthenium (3) water oxidation catalysts were assembled in combination with a molecular photosensitizer (1) by using a co-adsorption method. The anodes were used in dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DS-PECs) for visible-light-driven water splitting. A DS-PEC device using TiO2 (1+2) as working electrode (WE) exhibits better performance than TiO2 (1+3) as WE in light-driven water splitting. Detailed photoelectrochemical studies on these DS-PEC devices are discussed. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Contamination and solid state welds.

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    Mills, Bernice E.

    2007-05-01

    Since sensitivity to contamination is one of the verities of solid state joining, there is a need for assessing contamination of the part(s) to be joined, preferably nondestructively while it can be remedied. As the surfaces that are joined in pinch welds are inaccessible and thus provide a greater challenge, most of the discussion is of the search for the origin and effect of contamination on pinch welding and ways to detect and mitigate it. An example of contamination and the investigation and remediation of such a system is presented. Suggestions are made for techniques for nondestructive evaluation of contamination of surfaces for other solid state welds as well as for pinch welds. Surfaces that have good visual access are amenable to inspection by diffuse reflection infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy. Although other techniques are useful for specific classes of contaminants (such as hydrocarbons), DRIFT can be used most classes of contaminants. Surfaces such as the interior of open tubes or stems that are to be pinch welded can be inspected using infrared reflection spectroscopy. It must be demonstrated whether or not this tool can detect graphite based contamination, which has been seen in stems. For tubes with one closed end, the technique that should be investigated is emission infrared spectroscopy.

  13. Study of solid state photomultiplier

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    Hays, K. M.; Laviolette, R. A.

    1987-01-01

    Available solid state photomultiplier (SSPM) detectors were tested under low-background, low temperature conditions to determine the conditions producing optimal sensitivity in a space-based astronomy system such as a liquid cooled helium telescope in orbit. Detector temperatures varied between 6 and 9 K, with background flux ranging from 10 to the 13th power to less than 10 to the 6th power photons/square cm-s. Measured parameters included quantum efficiency, noise, dark current, and spectral response. Experimental data were reduced, analyzed, and combined with existing data to build the SSPM data base included herein. The results were compared to analytical models of SSPM performance where appropriate models existed. Analytical models presented here were developed to be as consistent with the data base as practicable. Significant differences between the theory and data are described. Some models were developed or updated as a result of this study.

  14. Solid state laser

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    Rines, Glen A. (Inventor); Moulton, Peter F. (Inventor); Harrison, James (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A wavelength-tunable, injection-seeded, dispersion-compensated, dispersively-pumped solid state laser includes a lasing medium; a highly reflective mirror; an output coupler; at least one isosceles Brewster prism oriented to the minimum deviation angle between the medium and the mirror for directing light of different wavelengths along different paths; means for varying the angle of the highly reflective mirror relative to the light from at least one Brewster angle for selecting a predetermined laser operating wavelength; a dispersion compensation apparatus associated with the lasing medium; a laser injection seeding port disposed between the dispersion compensation apparatus and one of the mirror and coupler and including a reflective surface at an acute non-Brewster angle to the laser beam for introducing a seed input; a dispersion compensation apparatus associated with the laser medium including opposite chirality optical elements; the lasing medium including a pump surface disposed at an acute angle to the laser beam to define a discrete path for the pumping laser beam separate from the pumped laser beam.

  15. Solid State Ultracapacitor

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    Rolin, Terry D.

    2015-01-01

    NASA analyzes, tests, packages, and fabricates electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts used in space vehicles. One area that NASA wishes to advance is energy storage and delivery. Currently, space vehicles use rechargeable batteries that utilize silver zinc or lithium ion electrochemical processes. These current state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries cannot be rapidly charged, contain harmful chemicals, and suffer from early wear-out mechanisms. A solid state ultracapacitor is an EEE part that offers significant advantages over current electrochemical and electrolytic devices. The objective of this research is to develop an internal barrier layer ultracapacitor (IBLC) using novel dielectric materials as a battery replacement with a focus on these advantages: longer life, lower mass-toweight ratio, rapid charging, on-demand pulse power, improved on-pad standby time without maintenance, and environmental friendliness. The approach is unique in two areas. A deposition technique is used that has been shown to produce a more uniformly coated nanoparticle than sol-gel, which has resulted in colossal permittivities. These particles are then distributed in an ink formulation developed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and deposited utilizing a 3D aerosol jet technique. This additive manufacturing technique controls layer thickness, resulting in extremely large capacitance and energy density.

  16. Polarized Solid State Target

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    Dutz, Hartmut; Goertz, Stefan; Meyer, Werner

    2017-01-01

    The polarized solid state target is an indispensable experimental tool to study single and double polarization observables at low intensity particle beams like tagged photons. It was one of the major components of the Crystal-Barrel experiment at ELSA. Besides the operation of the 'CB frozen spin target' within the experimental program of the Crystal-Barrel collaboration both collaborative groups of the D1 project, the polarized target group of the Ruhr Universität Bochum and the Bonn polarized target group, have made significant developments in the field of polarized targets within the CRC16. The Bonn polarized target group has focused its work on the development of technically challenging polarized solid target systems towards the so called '4π continuous mode polarized target' to operate them in combination with 4π-particle detection systems. In parallel, the Bochum group has developed various highly polarized deuterated target materials and high precision NMR-systems, in the meantime used for polarization experiments at CERN, JLAB and MAMI, too.

  17. Multi-analyte Biochip (MAB) Based on All-solid-state Ion-selective Electrodes (ASSISE) for Physiological Research

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    Wan Salim, Wan W. Amani; Zeitchek, Michael A.; Hermann, Andrew C.; Ricco, Antonio J.; Tan, Ming; Selch, Florian; Fleming, Erich; Bebout, Brad M.; Bader, Mamoun M.; ul Haque, Aeraj; Porterfield, D. Marshall

    2013-01-01

    Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) applications in environmental, biomedical, agricultural, biological, and spaceflight research require an ion-selective electrode (ISE) that can withstand prolonged storage in complex biological media 1-4. An all-solid-state ion-selective-electrode (ASSISE) is especially attractive for the aforementioned applications. The electrode should have the following favorable characteristics: easy construction, low maintenance, and (potential for) miniaturization, allowing for batch processing. A microfabricated ASSISE intended for quantifying H+, Ca2+, and CO32- ions was constructed. It consists of a noble-metal electrode layer (i.e. Pt), a transduction layer, and an ion-selective membrane (ISM) layer. The transduction layer functions to transduce the concentration-dependent chemical potential of the ion-selective membrane into a measurable electrical signal. The lifetime of an ASSISE is found to depend on maintaining the potential at the conductive layer/membrane interface 5-7. To extend the ASSISE working lifetime and thereby maintain stable potentials at the interfacial layers, we utilized the conductive polymer (CP) poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) 7-9 in place of silver/silver chloride (Ag/AgCl) as the transducer layer. We constructed the ASSISE in a lab-on-a-chip format, which we called the multi-analyte biochip (MAB) (Figure 1). Calibrations in test solutions demonstrated that the MAB can monitor pH (operational range pH 4-9), CO32- (measured range 0.01 mM - 1 mM), and Ca2+ (log-linear range 0.01 mM to 1 mM). The MAB for pH provides a near-Nernstian slope response after almost one month storage in algal medium. The carbonate biochips show a potentiometric profile similar to that of a conventional ion-selective electrode. Physiological measurements were employed to monitor biological activity of the model system, the microalga Chlorella vulgaris. The MAB conveys an advantage in size, versatility, and multiplexed analyte sensing capability

  18. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Solid State Dye Lasers Based on Coumarin 440 and Pyrromethene 567 Codoped Polymethyl Methacrylate

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    Fan, Rong-Wei; Li, Xiao-Hui; Xia, Yuan-Qin; Jiang, Yu-Gang; He, Wei-Ming; Chen, De-Ying

    2008-05-01

    Laser dye coumarin 440(C440) is codoped with pyrromethene 567 (PM567) into polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The effects of C440 concentration on the performance of the solid state dye medium, including spectra property, slope efficiency and photostability, are studied. When C440 is codoped with PM567 at the same concentration 1 × 10-4 mol/L, the highest efficiency and photostability can be obtained. Compared with the medium based on pure PM567 doped PMMA, about 50% increase in slope efficiency and at least five-fold enhancement in the photostability are observed.

  19. Imidazolium-based Block Copolymers as Solid-State Separators for Alkaline Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Nykaza, Jacob Richard

    In this study, polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) diblock copolymers were explored as solid-state polymer separators as an anion exchange membrane (AEM) for alkaline fuel cells AFCs and as a solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) for lithium-ion batteries. Polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymers are a distinct set of block copolymers that combine the properties of both ionic liquids (e.g., high conductivity, high electrochemical stability) and block copolymers (e.g., self-assembly into various nanostructures), which provides the opportunity to design highly conductive robust solid-state electrolytes that can be tuned for various applications including AFCs and lithium-ion batteries via simple anion exchange. A series of bromide conducting PIL diblock copolymers with an undecyl alkyl side chain between the polymer backbone and the imidazolium moiety were first synthesized at various compositions comprising of a PIL component and a non-ionic component. Synthesis was achieved by post-functionalization from its non-ionic precursor PIL diblock copolymer, which was synthesized via the reverse addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) technique. This PIL diblock copolymer with long alkyl side chains resulted in flexible, transparent films with high mechanical strength and high bromide ion conductivity. The conductivity of the PIL diblock copolymer was three times higher than its analogous PIL homopolymer and an order of magnitude higher than a similar PIL diblock copolymer with shorter alkyl side chain length, which was due to the microphase separated morphology, more specifically, water/ion clusters within the PIL microdomains in the hydrated state. Due to the high conductivity and mechanical robustness of this novel PIL block copolymer, its application as both the ionomer and AEM in an AFC was investigated via anion exchange to hydroxide (OH-), where a maximum power density of 29.3 mW cm-1 (60 °C with H2/O2 at 25 psig (172 kPa) backpressure) was achieved. Rotating disk

  20. Insights into Nano- and Micron-Scale Phase Separation in Amorphous Solid Dispersions Using Fluorescence-Based Techniques in Combination with Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

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    Purohit, Hitesh S; Ormes, James D; Saboo, Sugandha; Su, Yongchao; Lamm, Matthew S; Mann, Amanda K P; Taylor, Lynne S

    2017-07-01

    Miscibility between the drug and the polymer in an amorphous solid dispersion (ASD) is considered to be one of the most important factors impacting the solid state stability and dissolution performance of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). The research described herein utilizes emerging fluorescence-based methodologies to probe (im)miscibility of itraconazole (ITZ)-hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) ASDs. The ASDs were prepared by solvent evaporation with varying evaporation rates and were characterized by steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, confocal imaging, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) spectroscopy. The size of the phase separated domains for the ITZ-HPMC ASDs was affected by the solvent evaporation rate. Smaller domains (<10 nm) were observed in spray-dried ASDs, whereas larger domains (>30 nm) were found in ASDs prepared using slower evaporation rates. Confocal imaging provided visual confirmation of phase separation along with chemical specificity, achieved by selectively staining drug-rich and polymer-rich phases. ssNMR confirmed the results of fluorescence-based techniques and provided information on the size of phase separated domains. The fluorescence-based methodologies proved to be sensitive and rapid in detecting phase separation, even at the nanoscale, in the ITZ-HPMC ASDs. Fluorescence-based methods thus show promise for miscibility evaluation of spray-dried ASDs.

  1. The Detrimental Effects of Carbon Additives in Li10GeP2S12-Based Solid-State Batteries.

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    Zhang, Wenbo; Leichtweiß, Thomas; Culver, Sean P; Koerver, Raimund; Das, Dyuman; Weber, Dominik A; Zeier, Wolfgang G; Janek, Jürgen

    2017-10-03

    All-solid-state batteries (SSBs) have recently attracted much attention due to their potential application in electric vehicles. One key issue that is central to improve the function of SSBs is to gain a better understanding of the interfaces between the material components toward enhancing the electrochemical performance. In this work, the interfacial properties of a carbon-containing cathode composite, employing Li10GeP2S12 as the solid electrolyte, are investigated. A large interfacial charge-transfer resistance builds up upon the inclusion of carbon in the composite, which is detrimental to the resulting cycle life. Analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that carbon facilitates faster electrochemical decomposition of the thiophosphate solid electrolyte at the cathode/solid electrolyte interface-by transferring the low chemical potential of lithium in the charged state deeper into the solid electrolyte and extending the decomposition region. The occurring accumulation of highly oxidized sulfur species at the interface is likely responsible for the large interfacial resistances and aggravated capacity fading observed.

  2. High performance all-solid-state symmetric supercapacitor based on porous carbon made from a metal-organic framework compound

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    Yu, Feng; Wang, Teng; Wen, Zubiao; Wang, Hongxia

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the synthesis of porous carbon material with high specific surface area by using metal-organic framework (MOF) as precursor. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have confirmed that the material was amorphous and consisted of nanoparticles (5-6 nm) and hierarchical distribution of pores. The characterization of the material by N2 adsorption/desorption isotherm measurement have shown that the material had a high specific surface area reaching to 2618.7 m2 g-1 and abundant porosity with pore size less than 10 nm. The investigation of the electrochemical properties of the material has shown the porous carbon electrode possessed excellent rate performance with high specific capacitances of 150.8 F g-1 at a current density of 5 A g-1, and 133.6 F g-1 at a current density of 50 A g-1, respectively. An all-solid-state symmetric supercapacitor assembled using the as-prepared porous carbon as electrodes and Na2SO4/PVA gel as an electrolyte delivered a high power density of 13 516.4 W kg-1 with an energy density of 8.26 Wh kg-1. A high energy density of 17.37 Wh kg-1 was obtained at discharge current density of 1 A g-1. In addition, the device exhibited superior cycling performance with 94.8% retention rate after 10 000 cycles at a current density of 10 A g-1.

  3. Development of complex hydride-based all-solid-state lithium ion battery applying low melting point electrolyte

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    Suzuki, Shohei; Kawaji, Jun; Yoshida, Koji; Unemoto, Atsushi; Orimo, Shin-ichi

    2017-08-01

    A thermally durable all-solid-state lithium ion battery composed of a complex hydride, oxide electrolytes, and LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 active material is developed. This battery exhibits a discharge capacity of 56 mAh g-1, and the tenth capacity retention ratio is 29% at 150 °C owing to the large contact resistance between the electrolyte layer and the composite positive electrode layer. This large contact resistance is reduced by introducing an adhesive layer comprised of a mixture of LiBH4 and LiNH2 that is easily melted by thermal treatment and fills the voids and pores at the interface between the two layers. As a result, repeated charge-discharge cycles are successfully demonstrated at 150 °C with a high discharge capacity and discharge capacity retention ratio. The first discharge capacity is enhanced to 114 mAh g-1 and the capacity retention ratio at the tenth cycle is improved to 71%. These results demonstrate that using an adhesive layer is an effective measure to reduce the contact resistance and thereby enhance the performance of the battery.

  4. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network

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    Chen, Rong; Yang, Jianhua; Cheng, Xinbing; Pan, Zilong

    2017-03-01

    High voltage pulse generators are widely applied in a number of fields. Defense and industrial applications stimulated intense interests in the area of pulsed power technology towards the system with high power, high repetition rate, solid state characteristics, and compact structure. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on a fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network is proposed in this paper. This generator consists of a charging system, a step-up system, and a modulating system. In this generator, the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer is the key component since it acts as a step-up transformer and a main switch during the working process. Demonstrative experiments show that if the primary storage capacitors are charged to 400 V, a quasi-square pulse with amplitude of about 29 kV can be achieved on a 3500 Ω resistive load, as well as the pulse duration (full width at half maximum) of about 1.3 μs. Preliminary repetition rate experiments are also carried out, which indicate that this pulse generator could work stably with the repetition rates of 30 Hz and 50 Hz. It can be concluded that this kind of all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator can not only lower both the operating voltage of the primary windings and the saturable inductance of the secondary windings, thus ideally realizing the magnetic switch function of the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer, but also achieve a quasi-square pulse with high quality and fixed flat top after the modulation of a two-section anti-resonance network. This generator can be applied in areas of large power microwave sources, sterilization, disinfection, and wastewater treatment.

  5. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network.

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    Chen, Rong; Yang, Jianhua; Cheng, Xinbing; Pan, Zilong

    2017-03-01

    High voltage pulse generators are widely applied in a number of fields. Defense and industrial applications stimulated intense interests in the area of pulsed power technology towards the system with high power, high repetition rate, solid state characteristics, and compact structure. An all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator based on a fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer and anti-resonance network is proposed in this paper. This generator consists of a charging system, a step-up system, and a modulating system. In this generator, the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer is the key component since it acts as a step-up transformer and a main switch during the working process. Demonstrative experiments show that if the primary storage capacitors are charged to 400 V, a quasi-square pulse with amplitude of about 29 kV can be achieved on a 3500 Ω resistive load, as well as the pulse duration (full width at half maximum) of about 1.3 μs. Preliminary repetition rate experiments are also carried out, which indicate that this pulse generator could work stably with the repetition rates of 30 Hz and 50 Hz. It can be concluded that this kind of all-solid-state microsecond-range quasi-square pulse generator can not only lower both the operating voltage of the primary windings and the saturable inductance of the secondary windings, thus ideally realizing the magnetic switch function of the fractional-turn ratio saturable pulse transformer, but also achieve a quasi-square pulse with high quality and fixed flat top after the modulation of a two-section anti-resonance network. This generator can be applied in areas of large power microwave sources, sterilization, disinfection, and wastewater treatment.

  6. 6-Li enriched Cs2LiYCl6:Ce based thermal neutron detector coupled with CMOS solid-state photomultipliers for a portable detector unit

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    Whitney, Chad; Stapels, Christopher; Johnson, Erik; Chapman, Eric; Alberghini, Guy; Glodo, Jarek; Shah, Kanai; Christian, James

    2011-03-01

    For detecting neutrons, 3-He tubes provide sensitivity and a unique capability for detecting and discriminating neutron signals from background gamma-ray signals. A solid-state scintillation-based detector provides an alternative to 3-He for neutron detection. A real-time, portable, and low cost thermal neutron detector has been constructed from a 6Li-enriched Cs2LiYCl6:Ce (CLYC) scintillator crystal coupled with a CMOS solid-state photomultiplier (SSPM). These components are fully integrated with a miniaturized multi-channel analyzer (MCA) unit for calculation and readout of the counts and count rates. CLYC crystals and several other elpasolites including Cs2LiLaCl6:Ce (CLLC) and Cs2LiLaBr6:Ce (CLLB) have been considered for their unique properties in detecting neutrons and discriminating gamma ray events along with providing excellent energy resolution comparable to NaI(Tl) scintillators. CLYC's slower rise and decay time for neutrons (70ns and 900ns respectively) relative to a faster rise and decay time for gamma ray events (6ns and 55ns respectively) allows for pulse shape discrimination in mixed radiation fields. Light emissions from CLYC crystals are detected using an array of avalanche photodiodes referred to as solid-state photomultipliers. SSPMs are binary photon counting devices where the number of pixels activated is directly proportional to the light output of the CLYC scintillator which is proportional to the energy deposited from the radiation field. SSPMs can be fabricated using standard CMOS processes and inherently contain the low noise performance associated with ordinary photomultiplier tubes (PMT) while providing a light and compact solution for portable neutron detectors.

  7. Solid State Electrochromic Display Device

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    Bohnke, Odile; Bohnke, Claude

    1989-12-01

    Polymer electrolyte - based display devices are of growing importance in view of their specific properties compared to liquid devices. One of them is, of course, the possibility to obtain all solid-state devices without leakage and another one, may be more interesting, is the possibility to obtain a strong dependence of the response time of the display on the temperature. Such a property may be conveniently used for the realization of devices with specific applications such as thermal sensors or heated display devices, for instance. The optical response characteristics of amorphous W03/polymeric electrolyte/stainless steel electrochromic display (ECD) devices have been investigated using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry coupled with optical reflection measurements. The variations of both the colouration time and the colouring efficency with temperature are related to both the ionic conductivity of the polymer and the phase diagram of the polymer.

  8. Solid State Lighting Program (Falcon)

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    Meeks, Steven

    2012-06-30

    Over the past two years, KLA-Tencor and partners successfully developed and deployed software and hardware tools that increase product yield for High Brightness LED (HBLED) manufacturing and reduce product development and factory ramp times. This report summarizes our development effort and details of how the results of the Solid State Light Program (Falcon) have started to help HBLED manufacturers optimize process control by enabling them to flag and correct identified killer defect conditions at any point of origin in the process manufacturing flow. This constitutes a quantum leap in yield management over current practice. Current practice consists of die dispositioning which is just rejection of bad die at end of process based upon probe tests, loosely assisted by optical in-line monitoring for gross process deficiencies. For the first time, and as a result of our Solid State Lighting Program, our LED manufacturing partners have obtained the software and hardware tools that optimize individual process steps to control killer defects at the point in the processes where they originate. Products developed during our two year program enable optimized inspection strategies for many product lines to minimize cost and maximize yield. The Solid State Lighting Program was structured in three phases: i) the development of advanced imaging modes that achieve clear separation between LED defect types, improves signal to noise and scan rates, and minimizes nuisance defects for both front end and back end inspection tools, ii) the creation of defect source analysis (DSA) software that connect the defect maps from back-end and front-end HBLED manufacturing tools to permit the automatic overlay and traceability of defects between tools and process steps, suppress nuisance defects, and identify the origin of killer defects with process step and conditions, and iii) working with partners (Philips Lumileds) on product wafers, obtain a detailed statistical correlation of automated

  9. Specific of a photocurrent in GaN-based photoelectrochemical cell

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    Marchenko, O. N.; Ermakov, I. A.; Puzyk, M. V.; Kovalev, D. S.; Ivanova, S. A.; Papchenko, B. P.; Usikov, A. S.; Chernyakov, A. E.

    2016-08-01

    An influence of various parameters of a photoelectrochemical cell (PECC) having a GaN working electrode on the photocurrent was studied. Type of the aqua electrolyte (alkaline (KOH)-, neutral salt (Na2SO4)- and acid (H2SO4)- based electrolytes) influences on transient time for the photocurrent stabilization. A transient time for the photo current stabilization was observed under illumination by the UV LED light sources. The shortest transient time and the highest photocurrent were observed in the alkaline-based electrolyte (∼0.5M KOH) with n- GaN working electrodes (ND-NA =(3-5)×1016 cm-3). PECC with electrolytes based on sodium sulfate and sulfuric acid demonstrated longer transient time (up to ten minutes) for the photocurrent stabilization and smaller photocurrent.

  10. All-solid-state thin film battery based on well-aligned slanted LiCoO2 nanowires fabricated by glancing angle deposition

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    Yoon, Miyoung; Lee, Seunghwan; Lee, Daehee; Kim, Joosun; Moon, Jooho

    2017-08-01

    We fabricated all-solid-state thin film batteries based on well-aligned slanted LiCoO2 nanowires by glancing angle deposition, as a facile template-free method in order to increase the electrochemically active site, i.e., the contact area between the solid electrolyte and the electrode. A highly porous thin film composed of well-separated slanted LiCoO2 nanowires not only facilitates the penetration of solid electrolyte phase into the cathode, but also alleviates the thermally and mechanically induced stresses during post-annealing and electrochemical cycling. The all-solid-state thin film battery based on the well-aligned slanted LiCoO2 nanowires, whose contact area between electrolyte and electrode was three times as high as that of a dense thin film, could provide additional migration pathways for lithium ion diffusion due to the enlarged reaction sites. This resulted in enhanced electrochemical kinetics, thereby leading to better rate capability and long-term cyclic stability as compared to the dense LiCoO2 thin film.

  11. Controlled Translocation of ds/ss hybrid DNA through Solid State Nanopores with Tuning Fork based Force sensing Probe tip (SSN-TFFSP)

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    Kaur, Harpreet; Hyun, Changbae; Huang, Tao; Walsh, Nathan; Nandivada, Santoshi; Rollings, Ryan; Xiao, Min; McNabb, David; Li, Jiali

    2014-03-01

    Using a newly constructed apparatus that integrates a Solid State Nanopore (SSN) and Tuning Fork based Force sensing Probe tip (SSN-TFFSP), we studied ds/ss hybrid single DNA molecules. The ds/ss hybrid DNA is a 48.6 kb double-stranded λ DNA ligated to a 1kb single-stranded DNA. The λ DNA end was ligated to a biotinlated Oligo for attaching the hybrid DNA to a probe tip. The SSN-TFFSP apparatus combines the measurement of ionic current through a solid-state nanopore with a DNA tethered probe tip that is position controlled and sensed by a tuning fork force sensor and a nanopositioning system. The SSN-TFFSP system monitors the process of DNA molecules being captured and trapped by a voltage-biased nanopore, and the process of pulling the trapped DNA out of the nanopore with a controlled speed of 100 μs/base (1nm/ms) or slower. Here we report on the 3 signals measured simultaneously from this apparatus: ionic current through a nanopore, tip position, and tip vibrational amplitude during the process of a ds/ss hybrid DNA tethered to a Probe tip being captured and released by a nanopore This work is supported by a NHGRI (R21HG004776) Grant.

  12. Solid state double layer capacitor based on a polyether polymer electrolyte blend and nanostructured carbon black electrode composites

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    Lavall, Rodrigo L.; Borges, Raquel S.; Calado, Hállen D. R.; Welter, Cezar; Trigueiro, João P. C.; Rieumont, Jacques; Neves, Bernardo R. A.; Silva, Glaura G.

    An all solid double layer capacitor was assembled by using poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene glycol)- b-poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(propylene glycol)-bis(2-aminopropyl ether) blend (PEO-NPPP) and LiClO 4 as polymer electrolyte layer and PEO-NPPP-carbon black (CB) as electrode film. High molecular weight PEO and the block copolymer NPPP with molecular mass of 2000 Da were employed, which means that the design is safe from the point of view of solvent or plasticizer leakage and thus, a separator is not necessary. Highly conductive with large surface area nanostructured carbon black was dispersed in the polymer blend to produce the electrode composite. The electrolyte and electrode multilayers prepared by spray were studied by differential scanning calorimetry, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and impedance spectroscopy. The ionic conductivity as a function of temperature was fitted with the Williams-Landel-Ferry equation, which indicates a conductivity mechanism typical of solid polymer electrolyte. AFM images of the nanocomposite electrode showed carbon black particles of approximately 60 nm in size well distributed in a semicrystalline and porous polymer blend coating. The solid double layer capacitor with 10 wt.% CB was designed with final thickness of approximately 130 μm and delivered a capacitance of 17 F g -1 with a cyclability of more than 1000 cycles. These characteristics make possible the construction of a miniature device in complete solid state which will avoid electrolyte leakage and present a performance superior to other similar electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) presented in literature, as assessed in specific capacitance by total carbon mass.

  13. Controlled synthesis of GaN-based nanowires for photoelectrochemical water splitting applications

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    Ebaid, Mohamed; Kang, Jin-Ho; Ryu, Sang-Wan

    2017-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting using semiconductor materials as light absorbers have been extensively studied. Several semiconducting materials have been proposed, such as TiO2, ZnO, and GaN. Because the efficiency of PEC water splitting is dependent on visible light absorption, the ability to tune the bandgap of GaN by alloying with In makes it advantageous over other wide bandgap semiconductors. The fabrication of GaN-based materials with nanoscale geometry offers more merit for their use in PEC water splitting. In this review, we provide an overview of the recent progress made in the synthesis and application of GaN-based nanomaterials in PEC water splitting. The outstanding challenges and the future prospects of this field will also be addressed.

  14. Automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell driven by visible light.

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    Yu, You; Han, Yanchao; Xu, Miao; Zhang, Lingling; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-04-28

    Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm(-2) and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications.

  15. A miniature photoelectrochemical sensor based on organic electrochemical transistor for sensitive determination of chemical oxygen demand in wastewaters.

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    Liao, Jianjun; Lin, Shiwei; Zeng, Min; Yang, Yue

    2016-05-01

    A three-electrode configuration is often required in the conventional photoelectrochemical measurements. Nevertheless, one common drawback is the reference electrode and the counter electrode used in the measurements, which has been proved to be an impediment for the miniaturization. In this study, a simple, cost-effective and miniature photoelectrochemical sensor based on high sensitive organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) is developed and used for the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in wastewaters. The devices show detection limit down to 0.01 mg/L COD, which is two orders of magnitude better than that of the conventional photoelectrochemical method. The excellent sensing performance can be contributed to the novel sensing mechanism of OECT devices. That is, the devices are sensitive to the potential changes induced by the photoelectrochemical reaction on TiO2 nanotube arrays gate electrodes. Real sample analyses are also carried out. The results demonstrate that the measured COD values using the OECT devices and the standard dichromate methods are in a good agreement. Since the proposed sensor is constructed on a miniature transistor, it is expected that the device shows a promising application on the integrated COD monitoring platform.

  16. Features of chemical bonds based on the overlap polarizabilities: diatomic and solid-state systems with the frozen-density embedding approach.

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    Moura, Renaldo T; Duarte, Gian C S; da Silva, Thiago E; Malta, Oscar L; Longo, Ricardo L

    2015-03-28

    The chemical bond overlap properties were obtained for alkali halides NaY (Y = F, Cl, Br), alkaline-earth chalcogenides MX (M = Ca, Mg and X = O, S, Se) and alkali and alkali-earth metals (Li, Na, and Mg) in diatomic and solid-state systems using an embedding approach based on the frozen density functional theory to simulate the crystalline effects. The computational protocol established provides errors for bond distances smaller than 1%. The results indicate that larger chemical bond covalency leads to larger absorption or scattering by the overlap region. The ionic specific valence and overlap polarizability are closely related to the valence orbital compactness measured by the sum of Mulliken electronegativities. The embedding approach used in this work makes it possible to quantify the effects of the crystalline environment on the chemical bond overlap properties. In the solid-state, the bond overlap charges are less polarizable, in cases of well-known ionic systems (provided by electronegativity differences), leading to smaller chemical bond covalency in solids than in diatomics. The spectroscopic properties of the polarizability of the electron density in the overlap region of a chemical bond could be measured in the 1-20 eV spectral region and could be used to characterize some bands in several spectra whose assignments are ambiguous or not available.

  17. Highly efficient solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on hexylimidazolium iodide ionic polymer electrolyte prepared by in situ low-temperature polymerization

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Yan, Chao; Zhang, Juan; Hou, Shuo; Zhang, Wei

    2017-03-01

    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are fabricated using a novel ionic polymer electrolyte containing hexylimidazolium iodide (HII) ionic polymer prepared by in situ polymerization of N,N‧-bis(imidazolyl) hexane and 1,6-diiodohexane without an initiator at low temperature (40 °C). The as-prepared HII ionic polymer has a similar structure to alkylimidazolium iodide ionic liquid, and the imidazolium cations are contained in the polymer main chain; so, it can act simultaneously as the redox mediator in the electrolyte. By incorporating an appropriate amount of 1,3-dimethylimidazolium iodide (DMII) in HII ionic polymer (DMII/HII ionic polymer = 0.7:1, weight ratio), the conductivity of the ionic polymer electrolyte is greatly improved due to the formation of Grotthuss bond exchange. In addition, in situ synthesis of ionic polymer electrolyte guarantees a good pore-filling of the electrolyte in the TiO2 photoanode. As a result, the solid-state DSC based on the ionic polymer electrolyte containing HII ionic polymer and DMII without iodine achieves a conversion efficiency of 6.55% under the illumination of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5), which also exhibits a good at-rest stability at room temperature.

  18. A Newly Designed Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte Based on Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-Hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) for Enhanced Solid-State Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Xia, Yan; Wang, Xiuli; Xia, Xinhui; Xu, Ruochen; Zhang, Shengzhao; Wu, Jianbo; Liang, Yanfei; Gu, Changdong; Tu, Jiangping

    2017-09-05

    Developing high-performance solid-state electrolytes is crucial for the innovation of next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries. Herein, a facile method for preparation of a novel gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) is reported. Furthermore, Li1.5 Al0.5 Ti1.5 (PO4 )3 (LATP) nanoparticles as the active fillers are uniformly embedded into the GPE to form the final PVDF-HFP/LATP composite gel polymer electrolyte (CPE). Impressively, the obtained CPE demonstrates a high lithium ion transference number of 0.51 and improved electrochemical stability as compared to commercial liquid electrolyte. In addition, the assembled solid-sate Li-S battery with the composite gel polymer electrolyte membrane presents a high initial capacity of 918 mAh g(-1) at 0.05 C, and better cycle performance than the counterparts with liquid electrolyte. Our designed PVDF-HFP/LATP composite can be a promising electrolyte for next-generation solid-state batteries with high cycling stability. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Superior performance of highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor based on the ternary composites of graphene oxide supported poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-carbon nanotubes

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    Zhou, Haihan; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Han, Gaoyi

    2016-08-01

    Ternary composite electrodes based on carbon nanotubes thin films (CNFs)-loaded graphene oxide (GO) supported poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)- carbon nanotubes (GO/PEDOT-CNTs) have been prepared via a facile one-step electrochemical codeposition method. The effect of long and short CNTs-incorporated composites (GO/PEDOT-lCNTs and GO/PEDOT-sCNTs) on the electrochemical behaviors of the electrodes is investigated and compared. Electrochemical measurements indicate that the incorporation of CNTs effectively improves the electrochemical performances of the GO/PEDOT electrodes. Long CNTs-incorporated GO/PEDOT-lCNTs electrodes have more superior electrochemical behaviors with respect to the short CNTs-incorporated GO/PEDOT-lCNTs electrodes, which can be attributed to the optimized composition and specific microstructures of the former. To verify the feasibility of the prepared composite electrodes for utilization as flexible supercapacitor, a solid-state supercapacitor using the CNFs-loaded GO/PEDOT-lCNTs electrodes is fabricated and tested. The device shows lightweight, ultrathin, and highly flexible features, which also has a high areal and volumetric specific capacitance (33.4 m F cm-2 at 10 mV s-1 and 2.7 F cm-3 at 0.042 A cm-3), superior rate capability, and excellent cycle stability (maintaining 97.5% for 5000 cycles). This highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor has great potential for applications in flexible electronics, roll-up display, and wearable devices.

  20. Solid-State Neutron Detector Device

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    Bensaoula, Abdelhak (Inventor); Starikov, David (Inventor); Pillai, Rajeev (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    The structure and methods of fabricating a high efficiency compact solid state neutron detector based on III-Nitride semiconductor structures deposited on a substrate. The operation of the device is based on absorption of neutrons, which results in generation of free carriers.

  1. Automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell driven by visible light

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    Yu, You; Han, Yanchao; Xu, Miao; Zhang, Lingling; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-04-01

    Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm-2 and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications.Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm-2 and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00759g

  2. Photoelectrochemical corrosion of GaN-based p-n structures

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    Fomichev, A. D.; Kurin, S. Yu; Ermakovi, I. A.; Puzyk, M. V.; Usikov, A. S.; Helava, H.; Nikiforov, A.; Papchenko, B. P.; Makarov, Yu N.; Chernyakov, A. E.

    2016-08-01

    Direct water photoelectrolysis using III-N materials is a promising way for hydrogen production. GaN/AlGaN based p-n structures were used in a photoelectrochemical process to investigate the material etching (corrosion) in an electrolyte. At the beginning, the corrosion performs through the top p-type layers via channels associated with threading defects and can penetrate deep into the structure. Then, the corrosion process occurs in lateral direction in n- type layers forming voids and cavities in the structure. The lateral etching is due to net positive charges at the AlGaN/GaN interfaces arising because of spontaneous and piezoelectric polarization in the structure and positively charged ionized donors in the space charge region of the p-n junction.

  3. Photoelectrochemical batteries for efficient energy recovery.

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    Han, Lei; Guo, Shaojun; Xu, Miao; Dong, Shaojun

    2014-11-11

    Herein we propose novel photoelectrochemical fuel cells (PEFCs) by the introduction of a solid-state Ag2O/Ag cathode (here also term as photoelectrochemical battery). Due to the superior electrochemical properties of Ag2O/Ag, the maximum power density of our PEFCs can reach 0.94 mW cm(-2) upon UV illumination. Furthermore, our PEFCs have stable cycle operation and can be undertaken in a single chamber without an ion-exchange membrane. Most importantly, we demonstrate that our PEFCs can be adopted to degrade the methyl orange (MO) dye with a decomposition percentage of 72.5% within 30 min during the PEFC process.

  4. High power solid state lasers

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    Weber, H.

    1988-01-01

    These proceedings discuss the following subjects: trends in materials processing with laser radiation; slabs and high power systems; glasses and new crystals; solid state lasers at HOYA Corp.; lamps, resonators and transmission; glasses as active materials for high average power solid state lasers; flashlamp pumped GGG-crystals; alexandrite lasers; designing telescope resonators; mode operation of neodymium: YAG lasers; intracavity frequency doubling with KTP crystal and thermal effects in cylinder lasers.

  5. Solar-pumped solid state Nd lasers

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    Williams, M. D.; Zapata, L.

    1985-01-01

    Solid state neodymium lasers are considered candidates for space-based polar-pumped laser for continuous power transmission. Laser performance for three different slab laser configurations has been computed to show the excellent power capability of such systems if heat problems can be solved. Ideas involving geometries and materials are offered as potential solutions to the heat problem.

  6. Solid-state optoelectronic devices (Handbook)

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    Ivanov, V. I.; Aksenov, A. I.; Iushin, A. M.

    The principles of operation of solid-state optoelectronic devices are examined, and their main technical characteristics and applications are presented. The devices covered in the book include light-emitting diodes, indicating devices based on light-emitting diodes, infrared radiators, photoreceivers, and optoelectronic microcircuits.

  7. DFT calculations of quadrupolar solid-state NMR properties: Some examples in solid-state inorganic chemistry.

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    Cuny, Jerome; Messaoudi, Sabri; Alonzo, Veronique; Furet, Eric; Halet, Jean-François; Le Fur, Eric; Ashbrook, Sharon E; Pickard, Chris J; Gautier, Regis; Le Polles, Laurent

    2008-10-01

    This article presents results of first-principles calculations of quadrupolar parameters measured by solid-state nuclear magnetic measurement (NMR) spectroscopy. Different computational methods based on density functional theory were used to calculate the quadrupolar parameters. Through a series of illustrations from different areas of solid state inorganic chemistry, it is shown how quadrupolar solid-state NMR properties can be tackled by a theoretical approach and can yield structural information.

  8. Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane photooxidation on titania based photoanodes and its implication for photoelectrochemical biofuel cells

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    Filipiak, Marcin S.; Zloczewska, Adrianna; Grzeskowiak, Piotr; Lynch, Robert; Jönsson-Niedziolka, Martin

    2015-09-01

    In many photoelectrochemical biofuel cells tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (TRIS) is used a buffer. We show that TRIS can be readily photooxidised on titania electrodes. Combining a titania nanotube photoanode in a TRIS buffer with an air-breathing enzymatic biocathode we construct a relatively efficient photoelectrochemical biofuel cell using the TRIS buffer as fuel. This shows both the prospect of using air-breathing bio-cathodes in this kind of cells, but more importantly, shows the need for caution when using TRIS as buffer in photoelectrochemical applications.

  9. Ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation using a diode-pumped solid-state laser based frequency comb and a polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver.

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    Portuondo-Campa, Erwin; Buchs, Gilles; Kundermann, Stefan; Balet, Laurent; Lecomte, Steve

    2015-12-14

    We report ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation at a 9.6 GHz carrier frequency from optical frequency combs based on diode-pumped solid-state lasers emitting at telecom wavelength and referenced to a common cavity-stabilized continuous-wave laser. Using a novel fibered polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver, a single-oscillator phase-noise floor of -171 dBc/Hz at 10 MHz offset frequency has been measured with commercial PIN InGaAs photodiodes, constituting a record for this type of detector. Also, a direct optical measurement of the stabilized frequency combs' timing jitter was performed using a balanced optical cross correlator, allowing for an identification of the origin of the phase-noise limitations in the system.

  10. An all-solid-state perovskite-sensitized solar cell based on the dual function polyaniline as the sensitizer and p-type hole-transporting material

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    Xiao, Yaoming; Han, Gaoyi; Chang, Yunzhen; Zhou, Haihan; Li, Miaoyu; Li, Yanping

    2014-12-01

    High performance dual function of polyaniline (PANI) with brachyplast structure is synthesized by using a two-step cyclic voltammetry (CV) approach onto the fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate, which acts as the sensitizer and p-type hole-transporting material (p-HTM) for the all-solid-state perovskite-sensitized solar cell (ass-PSSC) due to its π-π* transition and the localized polaron. The ass-PSSC based on the PANI delivers a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 7.34%, and reduces from 7.34% to 6.71% after 1000 h, thereby 91.42% of the energy conversion efficiency is kept, indicating the device has a good long-term stability.

  11. Effects of amount of graphene oxide and the times of LightScribe on the performance of all-solid-state flexible graphene-based micro-supercapacitors

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    Cai, Fenglian; Tao, Cheng-an; Li, Yujiao; Yin, Wenchang; Wang, Xueye; Wang, Jianfang

    2017-03-01

    Recently, the preparation of flexible graphene-based micro-supercapacitors has attracted considerable attention. In this paper, a flexible and all-solid-state micro-supercapacitor was fabricated by LightScribe technology. Additionally, the influences of the drop-cast amount of graphene oxide (GO) and the numbers of LightScribe times on the performance of the supercapacitor were systematically investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic charge/discharge. It was determined that the electrochemical performance of the micro-supercapacitor was optimal when the drop-cast amount was 0.38 mg cm‑2. Moreover, a positive correlation was found between the capacitance and the number of LightScribe times. The maximum capacitance was 2.9 mF cm‑2, which was reached with 20 rounds of LightScribe.

  12. A novel Zn(4)O-based triazolyl benzoate MOF: synthesis, crystal structure, adsorption properties and solid state 13C NMR investigations.

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    Lincke, Jörg; Lässig, Daniel; Stein, Karolin; Moellmer, Jens; Kuttatheyil, Anusree Viswanath; Reichenbach, Christian; Moeller, Andreas; Staudt, Reiner; Kalies, Grit; Bertmer, Marko; Krautscheid, Harald

    2012-01-21

    The newly synthesized Zn(4)O-based MOF (3)(∞)[Zn(4)(μ(4)-O){(Metrz-pba)(2)mPh}(3)]·8 DMF (1·8 DMF) of rare tungsten carbide (acs) topology exhibits a porosity of 43% and remarkably high thermal stability up to 430 °C. Single crystal X-ray structure analyses could be performed using as-synthesized as well as desolvated crystals. Besides the solvothermal synthesis of single crystals a scalable synthesis of microcrystalline material of the MOF is reported. Combined TG-MS and solid state NMR measurements reveal the presence of mobile DMF molecules in the pore system of the framework. Adsorption measurements confirm that the pore structure is fully accessible for nitrogen molecules at 77 K. The adsorptive pore volume of 0.41 cm(3) g(-1) correlates well with the pore volume of 0.43 cm(3) g(-1) estimated from the single crystal structure.

  13. A mass diffusion-based interpretation of the effect of total solids content on solid-state anaerobic digestion of cellulosic biomass.

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    Xu, Fuqing; Wang, Zhi-Wu; Tang, Li; Li, Yebo

    2014-09-01

    In solid-state anaerobic digestion (SS-AD) of cellulosic biomass, the volumetric methane production rate has often been found to increase with the increase in total solids (TS) content until a threshold is reached, and then to decrease. This phenomenon cannot be explained by conventional understanding derived from liquid anaerobic digestion. This study proposed that the high TS content-caused mass diffusion limitation may be responsible for the observed methane production deterioration. Based on this hypothesis, a new SS-AD model was developed by taking into account the mass diffusion limitation and hydrolysis inhibition. The good agreement between model simulation and the experimental as well as literature data verified that the observed reduction in volumetric methane production rate could be ascribed to hydrolysis inhibition as a result of the mass diffusion limitation in SS-AD.

  14. Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production - Final Report

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    Miller, E.L.; Marsen, B.; Paluselli, D.; Rocheleau, R.

    2004-11-17

    The scope of this photoelectrochemical hydrogen research project is defined by multijunction photoelectrode concepts for solar-powered water splitting, with the goal of efficient, stable, and economic operation. From an initial selection of several planar photoelectrode designs, the Hybrid Photoelectrode (HPE) has been identified as the most promising candidate technology. This photoelectrode consists of a photoelectrochemical (PEC) junction and a solid-state photovoltaic (PV) junction. Immersed in aqueous electrolyte and exposed to sunlight, these two junctions provide the necessary voltage to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The efficiency of the conversion process is determined by the performance of the PEC- and the PV-junctions and on their spectral match. Based on their stability and cost effectiveness, iron oxide (Fe2O3) and tungsten oxide (WO3) films have been studied and developed as candidate semiconductor materials for the PEC junction (photoanode). High-temperature synthesis methods, as reported for some high-performance metal oxides, have been found incompatible with multijunction device fabrication. A low-temperature reactive sputtering process has been developed instead. In the parameter space investigated so far, the optoelectronic properties of WO3 films were superior to those of Fe2O3 films, which showed high recombination of photo-generated carriers. For the PV-junction, amorphous-silicon-based multijunction devices have been studied. Tandem junctions were preferred over triple junctions for better stability and spectral matching with the PEC junction. Based on a tandem a-SiGe/a-SiGe device and a tungsten trioxide film, a prototype hybrid photoelectrode has been demonstrated at 0.7% solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency. The PEC junction performance has been identified as the most critical element for higher-efficiency devices. Research into sputter-deposited tungsten trioxide films has yielded samples with higher photocurrents of

  15. Semi-interpenetrating solid polymer electrolyte based on thiol-ene cross-linker for all-solid-state lithium batteries

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    Suk, Jungdon; Lee, Yu Hwa; Kim, Do Youb; Kim, Dong Wook; Cho, Song Yun; Kim, Ji Man; Kang, Yongku

    2016-12-01

    We developed highly promising solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) based on a novel cross-linker containing star-shaped phosphazene with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) branches with very high ionic conductivity (7.6 × 10-4 S cm-1), improved mechanical stability, and good electrochemical stability for all-solid-state lithium batteries. In particular, allyl groups were introduced at the ends of the cross-linker in order to overcome the easy self-polymerization of existing cross-linking acrylate end groups. A novel semi-interpenetrating network (semi-IPN) SPE was prepared by in-situ radical polymerization of a precursor solution containing lithium salt, poly(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether as a plasticizer, and a mixture of pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) and a synthesized hexakis(allyloxy)cyclotriphosphazene (thiol-ene PAL) as the cross-linker. Batteries employing LiFePO4 as the cathode, lithium foil as the anode, and the SPE thin film as the electrolyte were assembled and tested. At ambient temperature, the initial discharge capacity was 147 mAh/g at 0.1 °C and 132 mAh/g at 0.5 °C, and 97% of the capacity was retained at the 100th cycle. All-solid-state pouch-package lithium cells assembled with the SPEs exhibited stable electrochemical performance, even under a severely wrinkled state. These outstanding properties of SPEs based on thiol-ene PAL demonstrate feasibility for practical battery applications with improved reliability and safety.

  16. In situ generated AgBr-enhanced ZnO nanorod-based photoelectrochemical aptasensing via layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Li, Jing; Tu, Wenwen; Li, Hongbo; Bao, Jianchun; Dai, Zhihui

    2014-02-28

    A robust aptasensor for Ag(+) was proposed for the first time using an enhanced ZnO nanorod-based photoelectrochemistry by in situ generated AgBr via layer-by-layer assembly. This work opens up new avenues for application of one-dimensional ZnO nanorod arrays in photoelectrochemical sensing. Additionally, the strategy of employing in situ generated narrow-bandgap semiconductors paves a new way for photoelectrochemical sensing.

  17. Solid-State Thin-Film Supercapacitors with Ultrafast Charge/Discharge Based on N-Doped-Carbon-Tubes/Au-Nanoparticles-Doped-MnO2 Nanocomposites.

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    Lv, Qiying; Wang, Shang; Sun, Hongyu; Luo, Jun; Xiao, Jian; Xiao, JunWu; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Shuai

    2016-01-13

    Although carbonaceous materials possess long cycle stability and high power density, their low-energy density greatly limits their applications. On the contrary, metal oxides are promising pseudocapacitive electrode materials for supercapacitors due to their high-energy density. Nevertheless, poor electrical conductivity of metal oxides constitutes a primary challenge that significantly limits their energy storage capacity. Here, an advanced integrated electrode for high-performance pseudocapacitors has been designed by growing N-doped-carbon-tubes/Au-nanoparticles-doped-MnO2 (NCTs/ANPDM) nanocomposite on carbon fabric. The excellent electrical conductivity and well-ordered tunnels of NCTs together with Au nanoparticles of the electrode cause low internal resistance, good ionic contact, and thus enhance redox reactions for high specific capacitance of pure MnO2 in aqueous electrolyte, even at high scan rates. A prototype solid-state thin-film symmetric supercapacitor (SSC) device based on NCTs/ANPDM exhibits large energy density (51 Wh/kg) and superior cycling performance (93% after 5000 cycles). In addition, the asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) device assembled from NCTs/ANPDM and Fe2O3 nanorods demonstrates ultrafast charge/discharge (10 V/s), which is among the best reported for solid-state thin-film supercapacitors with both electrodes made of metal oxide electroactive materials. Moreover, its superior charge/discharge behavior is comparable to electrical double layer type supercapacitors. The ASC device also shows superior cycling performance (97% after 5000 cycles). The NCTs/ANPDM nanomaterial demonstrates great potential as a power source for energy storage devices.

  18. Solid-State Metalized Reduction of Magnesium-Rich Low-Nickel Oxide Ores Using Coal as the Reductant Based on Thermodynamic Analysis

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    Ma, Baozhong; Xing, Peng; Yang, Weijiao; Wang, Chengyan; Chen, Yongqiang; Wang, Hua

    2017-08-01

    The solid-state metalized reduction of magnesium-rich low-nickel oxide ore using coal as a reductant was studied based on thermodynamic analysis. The major constituent minerals of the ore were silicates and goethite. The former was the main nickel-bearing mineral, and the latter was the main iron-bearing mineral. Single factor tests were conducted to investigate the effects of reduction temperature, duration, and coal dosage on the beneficiation of nickel and iron such that optimal conditions were achieved. Considering the low recoveries of nickel and iron (Ni, 13.9 pct; Fe, 30.3 pct) under the obtained optimal conditions, an improved process, adding CaF2 before the reaction, was proposed to modify the solid-state metalized process. The results showed that the recoveries of nickel and iron reached to 96.5 and 73.4 pct, respectively, and that the grades of nickel and iron in the concentrate increased from 2.5 and 62.6 wt pct to 6.9 and 71.4 wt pct, respectively. Nickel and iron in the absence of CaF2 were metalized; nevertheless, the size of ferronickel particles was only 1 μm. Furthermore, alloys in the presence of CaF2 aggregated and exhibited bands with a length greater than 200 µm. These observations suggested that CaF2 could effectively reduce the surface tension of the newly generated alloy interface and promote the migration and polymerization of the alloy particles, which improves the beneficiation of nickel and iron by magnetic separation.

  19. Nanoscale solid-state cooling: a review.

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    Ziabari, Amirkoushyar; Zebarjadi, Mona; Vashaee, Daryoosh; Shakouri, Ali

    2016-09-01

    The recent developments in nanoscale solid-state cooling are reviewed. This includes both theoretical and experimental studies of different physical concepts, as well as nanostructured material design and device configurations. We primarily focus on thermoelectric, thermionic and thermo-magnetic coolers. Particular emphasis is given to the concepts based on metal-semiconductor superlattices, graded materials, non-equilibrium thermoelectric devices, Thomson coolers, and photon assisted Peltier coolers as promising methods for efficient solid-state cooling. Thermomagnetic effects such as magneto-Peltier and Nernst-Ettingshausen cooling are briefly described and recent advances and future trends in these areas are reviewed. The ongoing progress in solid-state cooling concepts such as spin-calorimetrics, electrocalorics, non-equilibrium/nonlinear Peltier devices, superconducting junctions and two-dimensional materials are also elucidated and practical achievements are reviewed. We explain the thermoreflectance thermal imaging microscopy and the transient Harman method as two unique techniques developed for characterization of thermoelectric microrefrigerators. The future prospects for solid-state cooling are briefly summarized.

  20. Nanoscale solid-state cooling: a review

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    Ziabari, Amirkoushyar; Zebarjadi, Mona; Vashaee, Daryoosh; Shakouri, Ali

    2016-09-01

    The recent developments in nanoscale solid-state cooling are reviewed. This includes both theoretical and experimental studies of different physical concepts, as well as nanostructured material design and device configurations. We primarily focus on thermoelectric, thermionic and thermo-magnetic coolers. Particular emphasis is given to the concepts based on metal-semiconductor superlattices, graded materials, non-equilibrium thermoelectric devices, Thomson coolers, and photon assisted Peltier coolers as promising methods for efficient solid-state cooling. Thermomagnetic effects such as magneto-Peltier and Nernst-Ettingshausen cooling are briefly described and recent advances and future trends in these areas are reviewed. The ongoing progress in solid-state cooling concepts such as spin-calorimetrics, electrocalorics, non-equilibrium/nonlinear Peltier devices, superconducting junctions and two-dimensional materials are also elucidated and practical achievements are reviewed. We explain the thermoreflectance thermal imaging microscopy and the transient Harman method as two unique techniques developed for characterization of thermoelectric microrefrigerators. The future prospects for solid-state cooling are briefly summarized.

  1. XANES: Solid state mineral analysis

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    Bell, Peter M.

    Researchers in the field of mineral physics have become aware of new analytical techniques for studying the electronic structure of solids; one such technique is the X ray absorption fine structure (XFAS) method. In this technique the fine structure of the X ray K-edge, for example, can b e employed as a critical probe of t h e intricacies of a crystal structure (P. A. Lee, P. H. Citrin, P. Eisenberger, and B. M. Kincaid, Rev. Mod. Phys., 53, 799, 1981).A similar, related technique, X ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), is a relatively unknown method of studying the electronic structure of solids. XANES is new, and due to its complex nature, data on all but very simple solids have not yet been applied rigorously. Among the first XANES results on minerals is the recent study reported by G. Knapp, B. Veal, H. Pan, and T. Klipper (Solid State Comm. 44, 1343, 1982) on perovskites, magnesiowustites, and other 3d oxides in the zircon and spinel groups. The interpretation of these results is still semiquantitative, being based on ground state and basic selection rule considerations. The results show, however, a strong correlation between near-edge spectra and crystal structure.

  2. Solid state safety jumper cables

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    Kronberg, J.W.

    1993-02-23

    Solid state jumper cables for connecting two batteries in parallel, having two bridge rectifiers for developing a reference voltage, a four-input decoder for determining which terminals are to be connected based on a comparison of the voltage at each of the four terminals to the reference voltage, and a pair of relays for effecting the correct connection depending on the determination of the decoder. No connection will be made unless only one terminal of each battery has a higher voltage than the reference voltage, indicating positive'' terminals, and one has a lower voltage than the reference voltage, indicating negative'' terminals, and that, therefore, the two high voltage terminals may be connected and the two lower voltage terminals may be connected. Current flows once the appropriate relay device is closed. The relay device is preferably a MOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor) combined with a series array of photodiodes that develop MOSFET gate-closing potential when the decoder output causes an LED to light.

  3. Solid state safety jumper cables

    DOEpatents

    Kronberg, James W.

    1993-01-01

    Solid state jumper cables for connecting two batteries in parallel, having two bridge rectifiers for developing a reference voltage, a four-input decoder for determining which terminals are to be connected based on a comparison of the voltage at each of the four terminals to the reference voltage, and a pair of relays for effecting the correct connection depending on the determination of the decoder. No connection will be made unless only one terminal of each battery has a higher voltage than the reference voltage, indicating "positive" terminals, and one has a lower voltage than the reference voltage, indicating "negative" terminals, and that, therefore, the two high voltage terminals may be connected and the two lower voltage terminals may be connected. Current flows once the appropriate relay device is closed. The relay device is preferably a MOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor) combined with a series array of photodiodes that develop MOSFET gate-closing potential when the decoder output causes an LED to light.

  4. Research on photoelectrochemical cells based on CdSe, CdSe/sub 1-x/Te/sub x/ and other photoelectrode materials

    SciTech Connect

    Wallace, W L

    1984-05-01

    Research on electrochemical photovoltaic cells incorporating thin film n-CdSe and n-CdSe/sub 1-x/Te/sub x/ photoanodes has resulted in efficiencies up to 7.5% using small area electrodes in polysulfide electrolytes. Efficiencies close to 10% can be achieved using alternate electrolytes in significantly less stable systems. The major limitations on the efficiency of II-VI photoelectrochemical cells are associated with the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. Research on CuInSe/sub 2/ electrochemical photovoltaic cells has resulted in efficiencies up to 11.7% using single crystal n-CuInSe/sub 2/ photoanodes in aqueous electrolytes. The n-CuInSe/sub 2/ surface and the electrolyte have been optimized to produce a highly stable semiconductor/electrolyte junction. A review will also be given on the status of photoelectrochemical storage cell research. In situ photoelectrochemical measurement techniques have been used to probe the semiconductor/electrolyte interface and have been used to support the characterization of semiconductor materials for solid state photovoltaic applications.

  5. Recent Advances in Bismuth-Based Nanomaterials for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

    PubMed

    Bhat, Swetha S M; Jang, Ho Won

    2017-08-10

    In recent years, bismuth-based nanomaterials have drawn considerable interest as potential candidates for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting owing to their narrow band gaps, nontoxicity, and low costs. The unique electronic structure of bismuth-based materials with a well-dispersed valence band comprising Bi 6s and O 2p orbitals offers a suitable band gap to harvest visible light. This Review presents significant advancements in exploiting bismuth-based nanomaterials for solar water splitting. An overview of the different strategies employed and the new ideas adopted to improve the PEC performance of bismuth-based nanomaterials are discussed. Morphology control, the construction of heterojunctions, doping, and co-catalyst loading are several approaches that are implemented to improve the efficiency of solar water splitting. Key issues are identified and guidelines are suggested to rationalize the design of efficient bismuth-based materials for sunlight-driven water splitting. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Solid state reduced voltage starters

    SciTech Connect

    Posma, B.W.

    1982-11-01

    This article predicts that as the relatively low cost, reliability and flexibility of solid state starters become recognized, they will replace conventional devices for starting ac motors under reduced voltage conditions. It explains that reduced voltage starters are used to reduce motor starting current, and to limit starting torque which thereby reduces excessive shock to driven machinery. For squirrel cage motors, there are 2 types of reduced voltage starters: electromechanical (part-winding, autotransformer, primary resistor, wye-delta, and reactor) and solid state (using SCRs). Solid state reduced voltage starters (SRVSs) provide smooth, stepless acceleration of ac squirrel cage and wound rotor motors from standstill to full speed. A rugged, low cost SRVS teamed with a standard squirrel cage motor can perform the starter functions normally accomplished by fluid couplings, eddy current drives, wound rotor drives and even some dc motor drives.

  7. Modern solid state laser materials

    SciTech Connect

    Krupke, W.F.

    1984-06-20

    This document contains visual aids used in an invited talk entitled Modern Solid State Laser Materials, presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) held in Anaheim, California, on June 20, 1984. Interest at LLNL in solid state lasers focuses on evaluating the potential of solid state laser media for high average power applications, including inertial fusion power production. This talk identifies the relevant bulk material parameters characterizing average power capacity and uses chromium and neodymium co-doped gadolinium scandium gallium garnet (Nd:Cr:GSGG) as an example of a laser material with improved laser properties relative to Nd:YAG (plausible large-scale growth, more efficient spectral coupling to xenon flashlamp radiation, reduced stimulated emission cross section, adequate thermal shock and optical damage threshold parameters, etc.). Recently measured spectroscopic, kinetic, and thermo-mechanical properties of Nd:Cr:GSGG are given.

  8. Solid State Research

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-11-15

    Thermally induced drastic morphological changes have recently been observed on etched InP, GaAs, and GaP mesa structures and have been used to fabricate...the base temperature of the sub- strate, changing the shape of the movable heater and the gap between this heater and the sample, and heating or... oxychloride adsorbed layer even at submonolayer thickness. The temperature rise due to the laser pulse depends strongly on the condensed-layer

  9. Solid State Research

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-05-15

    a modulation frequency of 30 Hz and determining the intercept for the output laser power (the threshold). Moving the crystal is equivalent to moving...Microwave MESFETs Fabricated in GaAs Layers Grown on Silicon-on-Sapphire Substrates 25 3.2 Optical Absorption and Photoluminescence of Ti:ScB03 29...43 5.2 Integrated Circuit Implementation of an Artificial Neural Network Based on CCD and MNOS Technologies 45 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Figure No

  10. Copper-based ternary and quaternary semiconductor nanoplates: templated synthesis, characterization, and photoelectrochemical properties.

    PubMed

    Wu, Xue-Jun; Huang, Xiao; Qi, Xiaoying; Li, Hai; Li, Bing; Zhang, Hua

    2014-08-18

    Two-dimensional (2D) copper-based ternary and quaternary semiconductors are promising building blocks for the construction of efficient solution-processed photovoltaic devices at low cost. However, the facile synthesis of such 2D nanoplates with well-defined shape and uniform size remains a challenge. Reported herein is a universal template-mediated method for preparing copper-based ternary and quaternary chalcogenide nanoplates, that is, CuInS2, CuIn(x)Ga(1-x)S2, and Cu2ZnSnS4, by using a pre-synthesized CuS nanoplate as the starting template. The various synthesized nanoplates are monophasic with uniform thickness and lateral size. As a proof of concept, the Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoplates were immobilized on a Mo/glass substrate and used as semiconductor photoelectrode, thus showing stable photoelectrochemical response. The method is general and provides future opportunities for fabrication of cost-effective photovoltaic devices based on 2D semiconductors.

  11. Exciton dynamics in an energy up-converting solid state system based on diphenylanthracene doped with platinum octaethylporphyrin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Karpicz, R.; Puzinas, S.; Gulbinas, V.; Vakhnin, A.; Kadashchuk, A.; Rand, B. P.

    2014-01-01

    Photophysics of composite solid films based on 9,10-diphenylanthracene (DPA) doped with Pt(II)octaethylporphyrin (PtOEP) has been investigated by means of transient absorption and luminescence spectroscopy. The DPA:PtOEP host:guest system is a benchmark for incoherent energy up-conversion via triplet fusion in solution and we focus here on photophysical processes of this system in solid films. The triplet energy transfer from PtOEP to DPA takes place during tens of ns, featuring a thermally activated behavior. This implies that, before being transferred to the host, triplets migrate within PtOEP aggregates, defining a rate limiting step for the overall energy transfer to DPA. In contrast to other porphyrin-based sensitizers, no significant triplet-triplet annihilation was found to happen during triplet migration within PtOEP aggregates, implying that such a triplet loss mechanism does not universally apply to porphyrin-based organometallic complexes.

  12. Solid state electrolyte systems

    SciTech Connect

    Pederson, L.R.; Armstrong, B.L.; Armstrong, T.R.

    1997-12-01

    Lanthanum gallates are a new family of solid electrolytes that exhibit high ionic conductivity and are stable to high temperatures. Compositions have been developed that are as much as a factor of two more conductive than yttria-stabilized zirconia at a given temperature, through partial replacement of lanthanum by calcium, strontium, and/or barium and through partial replacement of gallium by magnesium. Oxide powders were prepared using combustion synthesis techniques developed in this laboratory; these were sintered to >95% of theoretical density and consisted of a single crystalline phase. Electrical conductivities, electron and ion transference numbers, thermal expansion, and phase behavior were evaluated as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure. A key advantage of the use of lanthanum gallate electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells is that the temperature of operation may be lowered to perhaps 800 C, yet provide approximately the same power density as zirconia-based cells operating at 1000 C. Ceramic electrolytes that conduct both oxygen ions and electrons are potentially useful to passively separate pure oxygen from an air source at low cost. In such materials, an oxygen ion flux in one direction is charge-compensated by an opposing electron flux. The authors have examined a wide range of mixed ion and electron conducting perovskite ceramics in the system La{sub 1{minus}x}M{sub x}Co{sub 1{minus}y{minus}z}Fe{sub y}N{sub z}O{sub 3{minus}{delta}}, where M = Sr, Ca, and Ba, and N = Pr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Ti, and Al, as well as mixed conducting brownmillerite ceramics, and have characterized oxygen permeation behavior, defect chemistry, structural and phase stability, and performance as cathodes.

  13. Cyclometalated iridium complex-based label-free photoelectrochemical biosensor for DNA detection by hybridization chain reaction amplification.

    PubMed

    Li, Chunxiang; Wang, Hongyang; Shen, Jing; Tang, Bo

    2015-04-21

    Photoactive material is the most crucial factor which intimately determines analytical performances of the photoelectrochemical sensor. On the basis of the high affinity of dipyrido [3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine (dppz) with DNA helix, a novel photoactive intercalator, [(ppy)2Ir(dppz)](+)PF6(-)(ppy = 2-phenylpyridine and dppz = dipyrido [3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine) was prepared and characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared iridium(III) complex immobilized on the ITO electrode was investigated. Either cathodic or anodic photocurrent generation can be observed when triethanolamine (TEOA) or dissolved O2 is used as a sacrificial electron donor/acceptor, respectively. The probable photocurrent-generation mechanisms are speculated. A highly sensitive iridium(III) complex-based photoelectrochemical sensor was proposed for DNA detection via hybridization chain reaction (HCR) signal amplification. Under optimal conditions, the biosensor was found to be linearly proportional to the logarithm of target DNA concentration in the range from 0.025 to 100 pmol L(-1) with a detection limit of 9.0 fmol L(-1) (3σ). Moreover, the proposed sensor displayed high selectivity and good reproducibility, demonstrating efficient and stable photoelectric conversion ability of the Ir(III) complex.

  14. In situ-generated nano-gold plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensing based on carboxylated perylene-functionalized graphene.

    PubMed

    Li, Jing; Tu, Wenwen; Li, Hongbo; Han, Min; Lan, Yaqian; Dai, Zhihui; Bao, Jianchun

    2014-01-21

    A novel in situ-generated nanogold plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensor for Hg(2+) ions was fabricated using a perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid/graphene (PTCA-GR) heterojunction. The fabricated photoelectrochemical aptasensor was based on thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine coordination chemistry and the plasmonic near-field absorption enhancement effect of the subsequent specific catalytic formation of nanogold. The energetic electrons from the surface plasmons of the nanogold were injected into the LUMO orbit of the organic PTCA semiconductor and then rapidly transferred to the electrode through GR due to the possible Hg(2+)-DNA molecular wires following irradiation with the visible light (λ > 450 nm) and at a bias voltage of 0.2 V. The fabricated aptasensor was linear in its response to the concentration of Hg(2+) ions in the range of 5-500 pmol L(-1), with a detection limit of 2 pmol L(-1). The presence of up to 200-fold greater concentrations of other common metal ions did not interfere with the detection of Hg(2+) ions in an aqueous system, and the results corresponded well with those obtained by ICP-MS. This novel plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensor exhibited good performance with its high sensitivity, good selectivity, low cost, and portable features. The strategy of the localized surface plasmon resonance through the in situ generation of noble metal nanoparticles paves the way for improvements in PEC aptasensor performance.

  15. Note: Real time optical sensing of alpha-radiation emitting radioactive aerosols based on solid state nuclear track detector

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kulkarni, A.; Ha, S.; Joshirao, P.; Manchanda, V.; Bak, M. S.; Kim, T.

    2015-06-01

    A sensitive radioactive aerosols sensor has been designed and developed. Its design guidance is based on the need for a low operational cost and reliable measurements to provide daily aerosol monitoring. The exposure of diethylene-glycol bis (allylcarbonate) to radiation causes modification of its physico-chemical properties like surface roughness and reflectance. In the present study, optical sensor based on the reflectance measurement has been developed with an aim to monitor real time presence of alpha radioactive aerosols emitted from thorium nitrate hydrate. The results shows that the fabricated sensor can detect 0.0157 kBq to 0.1572 kBq of radio activity by radioactive aerosols generated from (Th(NO3)4 ṡ 5H2O) at 0.1 ml/min flow rate. The proposed instrument will be helpful to monitor radioactive aerosols in/around a nuclear facility, building construction sites, mines, and granite polishing factories.

  16. Note: Real time optical sensing of alpha-radiation emitting radioactive aerosols based on solid state nuclear track detector

    SciTech Connect

    Kulkarni, A.; Bak, M. S. E-mail: moonsoo@skku.edu; Ha, S.; Joshirao, P.; Manchanda, V.; Kim, T. E-mail: moonsoo@skku.edu

    2015-06-15

    A sensitive radioactive aerosols sensor has been designed and developed. Its design guidance is based on the need for a low operational cost and reliable measurements to provide daily aerosol monitoring. The exposure of diethylene-glycol bis (allylcarbonate) to radiation causes modification of its physico-chemical properties like surface roughness and reflectance. In the present study, optical sensor based on the reflectance measurement has been developed with an aim to monitor real time presence of alpha radioactive aerosols emitted from thorium nitrate hydrate. The results shows that the fabricated sensor can detect 0.0157 kBq to 0.1572 kBq of radio activity by radioactive aerosols generated from (Th(NO{sub 3}){sub 4} ⋅ 5H{sub 2}O) at 0.1 ml/min flow rate. The proposed instrument will be helpful to monitor radioactive aerosols in/around a nuclear facility, building construction sites, mines, and granite polishing factories.

  17. Note: Real time optical sensing of alpha-radiation emitting radioactive aerosols based on solid state nuclear track detector.

    PubMed

    Kulkarni, A; Ha, S; Joshirao, P; Manchanda, V; Bak, M S; Kim, T

    2015-06-01

    A sensitive radioactive aerosols sensor has been designed and developed. Its design guidance is based on the need for a low operational cost and reliable measurements to provide daily aerosol monitoring. The exposure of diethylene-glycol bis (allylcarbonate) to radiation causes modification of its physico-chemical properties like surface roughness and reflectance. In the present study, optical sensor based on the reflectance measurement has been developed with an aim to monitor real time presence of alpha radioactive aerosols emitted from thorium nitrate hydrate. The results shows that the fabricated sensor can detect 0.0157 kBq to 0.1572 kBq of radio activity by radioactive aerosols generated from (Th(NO3)4 ⋅ 5H2O) at 0.1 ml/min flow rate. The proposed instrument will be helpful to monitor radioactive aerosols in/around a nuclear facility, building construction sites, mines, and granite polishing factories.

  18. Solid state lasers based on chromium- and neodymium-activated scandium garnets operating in the Q-switched mode

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Denisov, A. L.; Zharikov, E. V.; Zavartsev, Iu. D.; Zagumennyi, A. I.; Lutts, G. B.

    1991-02-01

    The development of passively Q-switched and self-Q-switched lasers based on chromium-containing scandium garnets with phototropic centers is reported. The lasers operate over a wide frequency repetition rate with a mean output up to 100 W. The characteristics of phototropic absorption in the 1-micron region are examined, and the possibility of lasing at the weak transition of the Nd(3+) ion in chromium-containing scandium garnets with phototropic centers is discussed.

  19. PPLN-based photon-pair source compatible with solid state quantum memories and telecom optical fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Latypov, I. Z.; Shkalikov, A. V.; Akat'ev, D. O.; Kalachev, A. A.

    2017-06-01

    We report on the realization of a tunable source of correlated photon pairs compatible with telecommunication networks and quantum memories involving dielectric crystals doped by Nd3+ ions. The source is based on spontaneous parametric down-conversion in a 25 mm periodically poled lithium niobate crystal pumped by 532 nm cw laser. Spectral and correlation characteristics of the corresponding heralded single-photon source compatible with quantum memories are presented.

  20. On-chip, high-sensitivity temperature sensors based on dye-doped solid-state polymer microring lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wan, Lei; Chandrahalim, Hengky; Chen, Cong; Chen, Qiushu; Mei, Ting; Oki, Yuji; Nishimura, Naoya; Guo, L. Jay; Fan, Xudong

    2017-08-01

    We developed a chip-scale temperature sensor with a high sensitivity of 228.6 pm/°C based on a rhodamine 6G (R6G)-doped SU-8 whispering gallery mode microring laser. The optical mode was largely distributed in a polymer core layer with a 30 μm height that provided detection sensitivity, and the chemically robust fused-silica microring resonator host platform guaranteed its versatility for investigating different functional polymer materials with different refractive indices. As a proof of concept, a dye-doped hyperbranched polymer (TZ-001) microring laser-based temperature sensor was simultaneously developed on the same host wafer and characterized using a free-space optics measurement setup. Compared to TZ-001, the SU-8 polymer microring laser had a lower lasing threshold and a better photostability. The R6G-doped SU-8 polymer microring laser demonstrated greater adaptability as a high-performance temperature-sensing element. In addition to the sensitivity, the temperature resolutions for the laser-based sensors were also estimated to be 0.13 °C and 0.35 °C, respectively. The rapid and simple implementation of micrometer-sized temperature sensors that operate in the range of 31 - 43 °C enables their potential application in thermometry.

  1. Solid-state radioluminescent compositions

    DOEpatents

    Clough, Roger L.; Gill, John T.; Hawkins, Daniel B.; Renschler, Clifford L.; Shepodd, Timothy J.; Smith, Henry M.

    1991-01-01

    A solid state radioluminescent composition for light source comprises an optically clear polymer organic matrix containing tritiated organic materials and dyes capable of "red" shifting primary scintillation emissions from the polymer matrix. The tritiated organic materials are made by reducing, with tritium, an unsaturated organic compound that prior to reduction contains olefinic or alkynylic bonds.

  2. Metallography of solid state bonds

    SciTech Connect

    Johns, W.L.; Doyle, J.H.

    1985-01-01

    Two methods of bonding dissimilar metals have been described: silver-assisted solid state bonding and friction welding. Both methods can produce bonds that are very strong at room temperature with ultimate strengths greater than the lower strength metal. Two distinct types of defects have been observed in friction welds between 1100 aluminum and 316 stainless steel: voids or tearing at the bond interface and formation of brittle intermetallic. Silver-assisted solid state bonds have been made that have very high ultimate strengths. This process requires a large amount of handling of the piece parts prior to being bonded, with the chance for contamination or damage. There are numerous metallurgical problems in the silver-assisted solid state bonding technique. The types of surface preparation method should be considered. In the case of 1100 aluminum bonded to 316 stainless steel, as-machined surfaces are adequate. There is a definite relationship between silver microstructure and substrate temperature. The microstructures produced have significant differences in hardness and ductility. A change in microstructure does not appear to have any effect on the resulting bond strength. Optimum bonding parameters are needed to produce high strength bonds. Low bonding pressure and/or temperature can result in low strength failures. High bonding temperatures can result in the growth of brittle intermetallics. Metallography is an important tool in studying solid state bonds. Both SEM and optical metallography methods are employed.

  3. Solid State Photovoltaics Research Branch

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1983-09-01

    The major areas of in-house photovoltaic research covered include: semiconductor crystal growth and devices; material preparation and purification; solid state theory; amorphous materials; thin film compound semiconductor solar cells; and high efficiency multijunction solar cells. The purpose and major accomplishments of the work is explained in the context of the overall goals of the national photovoltaics program.

  4. Study of a solid state microdosemeter based on a monolithic silicon telescope: irradiations with low-energy neutrons and direct comparison with a cylindrical TEPC.

    PubMed

    Agosteo, S; Colautti, P; Fanton, I; Fazzi, A; Introini, M V; Moro, D; Pola, A; Varoli, V

    2011-02-01

    A silicon device based on the monolithic silicon telescope technology coupled to a tissue-equivalent converter was proposed and investigated for solid state microdosimetry. The detector is constituted by a ΔE stage about 2 µm in thickness geometrically segmented in a matrix of micrometric diodes and a residual-energy measurement stage E about 500 µm in thickness. Each thin diode has a cylindrical sensitive volume 9 µm in nominal diameter, similar to that of a cylindrical tissue-equivalent proportional counter (TEPC). The silicon device and a cylindrical TEPC were irradiated in the same experimental conditions with quasi-monoenergetic neutrons of energy between 0.64 and 2.3 MeV at the INFN-Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL-INFN, Legnaro, Italy). The aim was to study the capability of the silicon-based system of reproducing microdosimetric spectra similar to those measured by a reference microdosemeter. The TEPC was set in order to simulate a tissue site about 2 μm in diameter. The spectra of the energy imparted to the ▵E stage of the silicon telescope were corrected for tissue-equivalence through an optimized procedure that exploits the information from the residual energy measurement stage E. A geometrical correction based on parametric criteria for shape-equivalence was also applied. The agreement between the dose distributions of lineal energy and the corresponding mean values is satisfactory at each neutron energy considered.

  5. Photoelectrochemical sensing of 4-chlorophenol based on Au/BiOCl nanocomposites.

    PubMed

    Yan, Pengcheng; Xu, Li; Xia, Jiexiang; Huang, Yan; Qiu, Jingxia; Xu, Qian; Zhang, Qi; Li, Huaming

    2016-08-15

    The Au/BiOCl composites have been prepared by a facile one-pot ethylene glycol (EG) assisted solvothermal reaction in the presence of ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C16mim]Cl). During the synthesis procedure, the [C16mim]Cl has been used as Cl source, solvent of this system, and dispersing agent to effectively disperse Au on the surface of BiOCl. The as-prepared samples have been systematically characterized by multiple instruments to investigate the structure, morphology, and photoelectrochemical properties. According to the photoelectrochemical data, the Au/BiOCl composites exhibit better photoelectrochemical performance toward the detection of 4-chlorophenol than that of the pure BiOCl. The photocurrent response of Au/BiOCl modified electrode is high and stable under light irradiation. The proposed Au/BiOCl modified electrode shows a wide linear response ranging from 0.16 to 20mgL(-1) with detection limit of 0.05mgL(-1). It indicates a dramatically promising application of bismuth oxyhalides in photoelectrochemical detection. It will be expected that the present study may be lightly extended to the monitor of other organic pollutants by photoelectrochemical detection of the Au/BiOCl composites.

  6. Detector of the reactor AntiNeutrino based on Solid-state plastic Scintillator (DANSS). Status and first results.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alekseev, I.; Belov, V.; Brudanin, V.; Danilov, M.; Egorov, V.; Filosofov, D.; Fomina, M.; Hons, Z.; Kazartsev, S.; Kobyakin, A.; Kuznetsov, A.; Machikhiliyan, I.; Medvedev, D.; Nesterov, V.; Olshevsky, A.; Ponomarev, D.; Rozova, I.; Rumyantseva, N.; Rusinov, V.; Salamatin, A.; Shevchik, Ye; Shirchenko, M.; Shitov, Yu; Skrobova, N.; Starostin, A.; Svirida, D.; Tarkovsky, E.; Tikhomirov, I.; Vlášek, J.; Zhitnikov, I.; Zinatulina, D.

    2017-01-01

    A detector of the reactor antineutrino based on a cubic meter of plastic scintillator is installed below 3.1 GW industrial reactor. The detector is placed on a movable platform which allows to change the distance to the reactor core center in the range 10.7-12.7 m. 2500 scintillator strips are read out individually by SiPMs and in groups of 50 by PMTs. In addition to the overburden by the reactor (50 m w.e.) the detector has multilayer passive shielding and active muon veto. Inverse beta-decay count rate of about 5000 events per day in the fiducial volume (78% of the detector) with about 5% of cosmic background has been reached. DANSS is sensitive to sterile neutrino in the most interesting region of mixing parameter space. The article covers the detector status and performance, as well as the first results.

  7. SU-E-I-99: An Ultra-High Resolution Small Field-Of-View Solid State X-Ray Imaging Detector Based on an Electron Multiplying CCD.

    PubMed

    Singh, V; Loughran, B; Jain, A; Sharma, P; Bednarek, D; Rudin, S

    2012-06-01

    To demonstrate the ultra-high resolution capability of a small field-of-view (FOV) solid state x-ray imaging detector based on an EMCCD sensor. A micro-solid state x-ray image intensifier (micro-SSXII) was developed to serve as an ultra-high resolution region-of-interest (ROI) imaging detector. It is based on an 8 micron, 1004 by 1002 pixel electron multiplying CCD (EMCCD) optically coupled to a 100 micron thick CsI(Tl) phosphor through a fiber optic window resulting in a FOV of 8 mm. The modulation transfer function (MTF) of the micro-SSXII was measured by the slanted edge method. A cast of a rat kidney (made by mixing resin and iodine for contrast) and a mammography line pair test object were imaged at 50 kVp to demonstrate the detector's ultra-high resolution capability visually. The MTF was determined and was 5% at 20 cycles/mm. This is consistent with the clear visualization of the maximum 20 lp/mm group in the image of the mammography test object. Also, iodine bubbles with diameters as small as 25 microns, which are formed by the non-uniform mixing of the iodine in the resin cast, can be clearly identified in the rat kidney vessels. The ultra-high resolution capability (>20 lp/mm) but small FOV (8 mm) of the micro-SSXII in combination with a low-energy x-ray source may have application for investigations of vascular specimen details and other fine structures where optical or other surface imagers would be unsuited for evaluating features below the surface. Contact radiography with this imager combined with a large higher-load focal spot x-ray tube may be a promising substitute for magnification radiography which is limited by the use of specialized low output microfocus x-ray tubes and geometric un-sharpness for large magnifications. Supported in part by: NIH Grants R01-EB008425, R01-EB002873 and an equipment grant from Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. © 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

  8. Ultra-fast solid state electro-optical modulator based on liquid crystal polymer and liquid crystal composites

    SciTech Connect

    Ouskova, Elena; Sio, Luciano De Vergara, Rafael; Tabiryan, Nelson; White, Timothy J.; Bunning, Timothy J.

    2014-12-08

    A different generation of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) based on a liquid crystalline polymer host is reported wherein the fluid behavior of the reactive mesogenic monomer is an enabler to concentration windows (liquid crystal polymer/liquid crystal) (and subsequent morphologies) not previously explored. These liquid crystal (LC) polymer/LC composites, LCPDLCs, exhibit excellent optical and electro-optical properties with negligible scattering losses in both the ON and OFF states. These systems thus have application in systems where fast phase modulation of optical signal instead of amplitude control is needed. Polarized optical microscopy and high resolution scanning electron microscopy confirm a bicontinuous morphology composed of aligned LC polymer coexisting with a phase separated LC fluid. Operating voltages, switching times, and spectra of LCPDLCs compare favourably to conventional PDLC films. The LCPDLCs exhibit a low switching voltage (4–5 V/μm), symmetric and submillisecond (200 μs) on/off response times, and high transmission in both the as formed and switched state in a phase modulation geometry.

  9. Fully flexible, lightweight, high performance all-solid-state supercapacitor based on 3-Dimensional-graphene/graphite-paper

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ramadoss, Ananthakumar; Yoon, Ki-Yong; Kwak, Myung-Jun; Kim, Sun-I.; Ryu, Seung-Tak; Jang, Ji-Hyun

    2017-01-01

    Realization of a highly flexible, lightweight, and high performance flexible supercapacitor was achieved using three-dimensional graphene on flexible graphite-paper. A simple and fast self-assembly approach was utilized for the uniform deposition of chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown high quality 3D-graphene powders on a flexible graphite-paper substrate. The fabricated paper-based symmetric supercapacitor exhibited a maximum capacitance of 260 F g-1 (15.6 mF cm-2) in a three electrode system, 80 F g-1 (11.1 mF cm-2) in a full cell, high capacitance retention and a high energy density of 8.8 Wh kg-1 (1.24 μWh cm-2) at a power density of 178.5 W kg-1 (24.5 μW cm-2). The flexible supercapacitor maintained its supercapacitor performance well, even under bent, rolled, or twisted conditions, signifying the excellent flexibility of the fabricated device. Our straightforward approach to the fabrication of highly flexible and lightweight supercapacitors offers new design opportunities for flexible/wearable electronics and miniaturized device applications that require energy storage units that meet the demands of the multifarious applications.

  10. Nanoelectronic devices and measurements toward nanocrystal-based optoelectronics and DNA sequencing with solid-state nanopores

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    Willis, Lauren J.

    Nanoelectronics are critical to exploring nanoscale materials: including nanocrystals, which could revolutionize optoelectronics, and DNA, which could revolutionize medicine. Our suspended silicon nitride membranes combined with electron beam lithography and transmission electron microscopy have been essential to our device fabrication and measurements. Nanocyrstal-based optoelectronics have garnered much interest, and thus new ways of increasing their transport are constantly being researched. We used ligand exchanges to decrease the interparticle spacing of nanocrystal films, which is known to augment transport. Using gaps only a few nanoparticles-wide, we measured transport and found that current could be controlled with annealing, hydrazine treatment, and voltage-sweeping. Annealing destroyed the insulating ligand surrounding each nanocrystal and allowed the particles to move closer. This usually increased the photocurrent, without significantly increasing the dark current. However, this was ineffective on sub-monolayers. Hydrazine was similar, except it replaced the ligand, rather than destroying it, and it was effective on sub-monolayers; however, it caused a large increase in the dark current as well as the photocurrent. Sweeping the voltage overnight could increase or decrease the photocurrent of a sample depending on whether the sample was illuminated or in the dark, corresponding to traps being emptied or filled. In addition to nanocrystals, our devices were used in solution to sense DNA. We fabricated nanelectrodes and nanowires next to nanopores and showed DNA translocations ionically. We also developed methods to make the pores hydrophilic without the use of piranha; we instead used rapid thermal annealing, heated ozone treatments, and oxygen/hydrogen plasmas. While high rates of device failure was a challenge, recommendations for future experiments are presented, including grounding of all equipment and an extreme focus on sample cleanliness. We have

  11. Ultimate gradient in solid-state accelerators

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    Whittum, D.H.

    1998-08-01

    The authors recall the motivation for research in high-gradient acceleration and the problems posed by a compact collider. They summarize the phenomena known to appear in operation of a solid-state structure with large fields, and research relevant to the question of the ultimate gradient. They take note of new concepts, and examine one in detail, a miniature particle accelerator based on an active millimeter-wave circuit and parallel particle beams.

  12. A solid-state CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cell based on a quaterthiophene as a hole transporting material.

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    Barceló, Irene; Campiña, José M; Lana-Villarreal, Teresa; Gómez, Roberto

    2012-04-28

    A hybrid quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSC) composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) as light harvesters and TiO(2) and 3,3'''-didodecyl-quaterthiophene (QT12) as electron and hole conductors, respectively, has been fully processed in air. The sensitizer has been introduced into the TiO(2) nanoporous layer either by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method or by attaching colloidal QDs either directly or through molecular cables (linkers). As previously observed for QDSCs based on liquid electrolytes, the efficiency depends on the way of QD attachment, the direct adsorption of QDs being the procedure yielding the best results. Thermal annealing was applied in order to enhance the device response under illumination. Remarkable open circuit potentials are attained (close to 1 V), leading to an efficiency of 0.34% (AM 1.5G) in initial tests. Although low, it ranks as one of the highest values reported for solid state QDSCs based on titanium dioxide and colloidal quantum dots. This journal is © the Owner Societies 2012

  13. Novel Solid-State Solar Cell Based on Hole-Conducting MOF-Sensitizer Demonstrating Power Conversion Efficiency of 2.1.

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    Ahn, Do Young; Lee, Deok Yeon; Shin, Chan Yong; Bui, Hoa Thi; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Giebeler, Lars; Noh, Yong-Young; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2017-04-19

    This work reports on designing of first successful MOF-sensitizer based solid-state photovoltaic device, perticularly with a meaningful output power conversion efficiency. In this study, an intrinsically conductive cobalt-based MOFs (Co-DAPV) formed by the coordination between Co (II) ions and a redox active di(3-diaminopropyl)-viologen (i.e., DAPV) ligand is investigated as sensitizer. Hall-effect measurement shows p-type conductivity of the Co-DAPV film with hole mobility of 0.017 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), suggesting its potential application as hole transporting sensitizer. Further, the energy levels of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of Co-DAPV are well-matched to be suitably employed for sensitizing TiO2. Thus, by layer-by-layer deposition of hole conducting MOF-sensitizer onto mesoporous TiO2 film, a power conversion efficiency of as high as 2.1% is achieved, which exceeds the highest efficiency values of MOF-sensitized liquid-junction solar cells reported so far.

  14. Semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical water splitting at the limit of very wide depletion region

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    Liu, Mingzhao; Lyons, John L.; Yan, Danhua H.; ...

    2015-11-23

    In semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, carrier separation and delivery largely relies on the depletion region formed at the semiconductor/water interface. As a Schottky junction device, the trade-off between photon collection and minority carrier delivery remains a persistent obstacle for maximizing the performance of a water splitting photoelectrode. Here, it is demonstrated that the PEC water splitting efficiency for an n-SrTiO3 (n-STO) photoanode is improved very significantly despite its weak indirect band gap optical absorption (α < 10⁴ cm⁻¹), by widening the depletion region through engineering its doping density and profile. Graded doped n-SrTiO3 photoanodes are fabricated with their bulkmore » heavily doped with oxygen vacancies but their surface lightly doped over a tunable depth of a few hundred nanometers, through a simple low temperature re-oxidation technique. The graded doping profile widens the depletion region to over 500 nm, thus leading to very efficient charge carrier separation and high quantum efficiency (>70%) for the weak indirect transition. As a result, this simultaneous optimization of the light absorption, minority carrier (hole) delivery, and majority carrier (electron) transport by means of a graded doping architecture may be useful for other indirect band gap photocatalysts that suffer from a similar problem of weak optical absorption.« less

  15. Hematite-based photoelectrochemical water splitting supported by inverse opal structures of graphene.

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    Yoon, Ki-Yong; Lee, Jung-Soo; Kim, Kwanghyun; Bak, Chang Hong; Kim, Sun-I; Kim, Jin-Baek; Jang, Ji-Hyun

    2014-12-24

    By coupling α-Fe2O3 with a 3D graphene inverse opal (3D-GIO) conducting electrode, the short diffusion length of carriers and low absorption coefficient in α-Fe2O3 for photoelectrochemical applications were successfully addressed. GIO was directly grown on FTO substrate under low temperature conditions, removing the need for a graphene transfer process. α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) were hydrothermally deposited on the surface of GIO, creating α-Fe2O3/GIO. The photocurrent density of α-Fe2O3/GIO in water splitting reactions reached 1.62 mA/cm(2) at 1.5 V vs RHE, which is 1.4 times greater than that of optimized α-Fe2O3. The EIS and IPCE data confirm reduced electron-hole recombination and fast electron transfer processes due to the short distance between active materials and the conducting electrode in the α-Fe2O3/GIO system. Our result may pave the way for designing devices in advanced energy conversion applications as well as a high efficiency hematite-based PEC system.

  16. Semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical water splitting at the limit of very wide depletion region

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    Liu, Mingzhao; Lyons, John L.; Yan, Danhua H.; Hybertsen, Mark S.

    2015-11-23

    In semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, carrier separation and delivery largely relies on the depletion region formed at the semiconductor/water interface. As a Schottky junction device, the trade-off between photon collection and minority carrier delivery remains a persistent obstacle for maximizing the performance of a water splitting photoelectrode. Here, it is demonstrated that the PEC water splitting efficiency for an n-SrTiO3 (n-STO) photoanode is improved very significantly despite its weak indirect band gap optical absorption (α < 10⁴ cm⁻¹), by widening the depletion region through engineering its doping density and profile. Graded doped n-SrTiO3 photoanodes are fabricated with their bulk heavily doped with oxygen vacancies but their surface lightly doped over a tunable depth of a few hundred nanometers, through a simple low temperature re-oxidation technique. The graded doping profile widens the depletion region to over 500 nm, thus leading to very efficient charge carrier separation and high quantum efficiency (>70%) for the weak indirect transition. As a result, this simultaneous optimization of the light absorption, minority carrier (hole) delivery, and majority carrier (electron) transport by means of a graded doping architecture may be useful for other indirect band gap photocatalysts that suffer from a similar problem of weak optical absorption.

  17. Photovoltaic Properties Of ZnO Nanoparticle Based Solid Polymeric Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Ghosh, Manoranjan; Kurian, Mima; Veerender, P.; Padma, N.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.; Yakhmi, J. V.

    2010-12-01

    In this work, we report optical and photovoltaic properties of ZnO based solid polymeric photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. In this device construction, film of ZnO nanoparticle (NP) has been sandwiched between ITO and LiClO4-PEO solid electrolyte. ZnO NP has been used as photo-anode and the electrolyte LiClO4 has been dissolved in a solid solution polyethylene oxide that makes the device lightweight and portable. The charge transfer is performed by Li+ and ClO4- ions which serve the purpose of a redox couple in a conventional dye sensitize solar cell (DSSC). Short Circuit Current (JSC) shows maximum when the ZnO/ITO interface has been illuminated by a UV light (350±15 nm) passing through the transparent ITO glass substrate. JSC and Open Circuit Voltage (VOC) of the best performing device are found to be 7 μA/cm2 and 0.24 V respectively under white light of intensity 15 mW/cm2.

  18. Modeling practical performance limits of photoelectrochemical water splitting based on the current state of materials research.

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    Seitz, Linsey C; Chen, Zhebo; Forman, Arnold J; Pinaud, Blaise A; Benck, Jesse D; Jaramillo, Thomas F

    2014-05-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a means to store solar energy in the form of hydrogen. Knowledge of practical limits for this process can help researchers assess their technology and guide future directions. We develop a model to quantify loss mechanisms in PEC water splitting based on the current state of materials research and calculate maximum solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiencies along with associated optimal absorber band gaps. Various absorber configurations are modeled considering the major loss mechanisms in PEC devices. Quantitative sensitivity analyses for each loss mechanism and each absorber configuration show a profound impact of both on the resulting STH efficiencies, which can reach upwards of 25 % for the highest performance materials in a dual stacked configuration. Higher efficiencies could be reached as improved materials are developed. The results of the modeling also identify and quantify approaches that can improve system performance when working with imperfect materials. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Solid-state supramolecular synthesis based on the N-H…O heterosynthon: an approach to solve the polymorphism problem in famotidine.

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    Russo, Marcos G; Brusau, Elena V; Ellena, Javier; Narda, Griselda E

    2014-11-01

    Famotidine (FMT), a histamine H2 -receptor antagonist, is a drug commonly used in treatments of gastroesophageal diseases that presents solid-state polymorphism (A and B forms), the marketed form being the metastable polymorph B. A new stable salt was obtained by combination of FMT and maleic acid as coformer. FMT maleate (FMT-MLT) was prepared either by solvent evaporation or comilling methods. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that (FMT)(+) in FMT-MLT adopts an extended conformation that is stabilized by classical and nonclassical H-bonds. The three-dimensional packing consists of tapes along the axis b that further develop a columnar array based on H-bonds involving (FMT)(+) side chain. Nonconventional π-stacking interactions between adjacent tapes were also identified. Fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, polarized light thermal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were employed to characterize the multicomponent complex. According to the solubility values in water and simulated gastric fluid, FMT-MLT exhibits such a performance that improves on the solubility of the commercially available polymorph. Finally, the higher stability of FMT-MLT regarding both FMT forms, as well as its easy preparation from either A or B forms or a mixture of them, also allows to consider this salt as a valuable alternative to avoid the polymorphism issue in marketed formulations containing FMT.

  20. High Energy Density All Solid State Asymmetric Pseudocapacitors Based on Free Standing Reduced Graphene Oxide-Co3O4 Composite Aerogel Electrodes.

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    Ghosh, Debasis; Lim, Joonwon; Narayan, Rekha; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2016-08-31

    Modern flexible consumer electronics require efficient energy storage devices with flexible free-standing electrodes. We report a simple and cost-effective route to a graphene-based composite aerogel encapsulating metal oxide nanoparticles for high energy density, free-standing, binder-free flexible pseudocapacitive electrodes. Hydrothermally synthesized Co3O4 nanoparticles are successfully housed inside the microporous graphene aerogel network during the room temperature interfacial gelation at the Zn surface. The resultant three-dimensional (3D) rGO-Co3O4 composite aerogel shows mesoporous quasiparallel layer stack morphology with a high loading of Co3O4, which offers numerous channels for ion transport and a 3D interconnected network for high electrical conductivity. All solid state asymmetric pseudocapacitors employing the composite aerogel electrodes have demonstrated high areal energy density of 35.92 μWh/cm(2) and power density of 17.79 mW/cm(2) accompanied by excellent cycle life.

  1. An all-solid-state screen-printed carbon paste reference electrode based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as solid contact transducer

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    Xu, Hui; Pan, Yiwen; Wang, You; Li, Guang; Chen, Ying; Ye, Ying

    2012-12-01

    The paper presents the design of an all-solid-state portable reference electrode based on a screen-printed carbon paste electrode suitable for rapid human serum testing. The electrode was covered by electropolymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) doped with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) as an internal solid contact layer and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane containing lipophilic anion and cation additives. The electrochemical properties of PEDOT(PSS) and PEDOT(PSS)/PVC film on a carbon paste electrode were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry methods. The reference electrode exhibited good potential stability (for H+, Na+, K+, Ca2+, Cl- and CO2 -3/HCO-3), good reproducibility and long-term stability. The structure is applied as reference electrodes in human serum pH analysis with pH ion selective planar electrodes, forming a serum pH sensor. The response time of such a pH sensor was 15 s and the sensitivity was -52.2 ± 1.0 mV per decade. Other properties, such as repeatability, reproducibility and stability, were also evaluated. Clinical trials were carried out and compared with the results obtained from the routine hospital electrolyte analyzer, which demonstrated that their analytical performance was closely matched.

  2. Constraining the Evolution of the Fundamental Constants with a Solid-State Optical Frequency Reference Based on the {sup 229}Th Nucleus

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    Rellergert, Wade G.; Hudson, Eric R.; DeMille, D.; Greco, R. R.; Hehlen, M. P.; Torgerson, J. R.

    2010-05-21

    We describe a novel approach to directly measure the energy of the narrow, low-lying isomeric state in {sup 229}Th. Since nuclear transitions are far less sensitive to environmental conditions than atomic transitions, we argue that the {sup 229}Th optical nuclear transition may be driven inside a host crystal with a high transition Q. This technique might also allow for the construction of a solid-state optical frequency reference that surpasses the short-term stability of current optical clocks, as well as improved limits on the variability of fundamental constants. Based on analysis of the crystal lattice environment, we argue that a precision (short-term stability) of 3x10{sup -17}<{Delta}f/f<1x10{sup -15} after 1 s of photon collection may be achieved with a systematic-limited accuracy (long-term stability) of {Delta}f/f{approx}2x10{sup -16}. Improvement by 10{sup 2}-10{sup 3} of the constraints on the variability of several important fundamental constants also appears possible.

  3. Photoelectrochemical sensor for pentachlorophenol on microfluidic paper-based analytical device based on the molecular imprinting technique.

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    Sun, Guoqiang; Wang, Panpan; Ge, Shenguang; Ge, Lei; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei

    2014-06-15

    Combining microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD) and the molecular imprinting technique, a visible light photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform for the detection of pentachlorophenol (PCP) was established on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) decorated paper working electrode using polypyrrole-functionalized ZnO nanoparticles. Ascorbic acid (AA) was exploited as an efficient and nontoxic electron donor for scavenging photogenerated holes under mild solution medium and facilitating the generation of stable photocurrent. The microfluidic molecular imprinted polymer-based PEC analytical origami device is developed for the detection of PCP in the linear range from 0.01 ng mL(-1) to 100 ng mL(-1) with a low detection limit of 4 pg mL(-1). This disposable microfluidic PEC origami device would provide a new platform for sensitive, specific, and multiplex assay in public health, environmental monitoring, and the developing world.

  4. NMR-based structural modeling of graphite oxide using multidimensional 13C solid-state NMR and ab initio chemical shift calculations.

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    Casabianca, Leah B; Shaibat, Medhat A; Cai, Weiwei W; Park, Sungjin; Piner, Richard; Ruoff, Rodney S; Ishii, Yoshitaka

    2010-04-28

    Chemically modified graphenes and other graphite-based materials have attracted growing interest for their unique potential as lightweight electronic and structural nanomaterials. It is an important challenge to construct structural models of noncrystalline graphite-based materials on the basis of NMR or other spectroscopic data. To address this challenge, a solid-state NMR (SSNMR)-based structural modeling approach is presented on graphite oxide (GO), which is a prominent precursor and interesting benchmark system of modified graphene. An experimental 2D (13)C double-quantum/single-quantum correlation SSNMR spectrum of (13)C-labeled GO was compared with spectra simulated for different structural models using ab initio geometry optimization and chemical shift calculations. The results show that the spectral features of the GO sample are best reproduced by a geometry-optimized structural model that is based on the Lerf-Klinowski model (Lerf, A. et al. Phys. Chem. B 1998, 102, 4477); this model is composed of interconnected sp(2), 1,2-epoxide, and COH carbons. This study also convincingly excludes the possibility of other previously proposed models, including the highly oxidized structures involving 1,3-epoxide carbons (Szabo, I. et al. Chem. Mater. 2006, 18, 2740). (13)C chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) patterns measured by a 2D (13)C CSA/isotropic shift correlation SSNMR were well reproduced by the chemical shift tensor obtained by the ab initio calculation for the former model. The approach presented here is likely to be applicable to other chemically modified graphenes and graphite-based systems.

  5. Solid-state membrane module

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    Gordon, John Howard; Taylor, Dale M.

    2011-06-07

    Solid-state membrane modules comprising at least one membrane unit, where the membrane unit has a dense mixed conducting oxide layer, and at least one conduit or manifold wherein the conduit or manifold comprises a dense layer and at least one of a porous layer and a slotted layer contiguous with the dense layer. The solid-state membrane modules may be used to carry out a variety of processes including the separating of any ionizable component from a feedstream wherein such ionizable component is capable of being transported through a dense mixed conducting oxide layer of the membrane units making up the membrane modules. For ease of construction, the membrane units may be planar.

  6. Modern solid state laser materials

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    Krupke, W. F.

    1984-06-01

    Visual aids used in an invited talk entitled Modern Solid State Laser Materials are presented. Interest at LLNL in solid state lasers focuses on evaluating the potential inertial fusion power production. The relevant bulk material parameters characterizing average power capacity are identified and chromium and neodymium co-doped gadolinium scandium gallium garnet (Nd:Cr:GSGG) are used as an example of a laser material with improved laser properties relative to Nd:YAG (plausible large scale growth, more efficient spectral coupling to xenon flashlamp radiation, reduced stimulated emission cross section, adequate thermal shock and optical damage threshold parameters, etc.). Recently measured spectroscopic, kinetic, and thermomechanical properties of Nd:Cr:GSGG are given.

  7. Solid-State Nuclear Power

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    George, Jeffrey A.

    2012-01-01

    A strategy for "Solid-State" Nuclear Power is proposed to guide development of technologies and systems into the second 50 years of nuclear spaceflight. The strategy emphasizes a simple and highly integrated system architecture with few moving parts or fluid loops; the leverage of modern advances in materials, manufacturing, semiconductors, microelectromechanical and nanotechnology devices; and the targeted advancement of high temperature nuclear fuels, materials and static power conversion to enable high performance from simple system topologies.

  8. Solid-State Quantum Refrigeration

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    2013-03-01

    i n a l Te c h n... i c a l Re p o r t Name of Grantee: Northwestern University Grant Title: Solid-State Quantum Refrigeration Grant #: FA9550-09-1...200 -150 -100 -50 0 Anglewavelength b a c k c o u p lin g i n to th e w a v e g u id e l o s s ( d B ) Figure 8. results of a) percentage

  9. Solid-state membrane module

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    Hinklin, Thomas Ray; Lewinsohn, Charles Arthur

    2015-06-30

    A module for separating oxygen from an oxygen-containing gaseous mixture comprising planar solid-state membrane units, each membrane unit comprising planar dense mixed conducting oxides layers, planar channel-free porous support layers, and one or more planar intermediate support layers comprising at least one channeled porous support layer. The porosity of the planar channeled porous support layers is less than the porosity of the planar channel-free porous support layers.

  10. Solid state electrochemical current source

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    Potanin, Alexander Arkadyevich; Vedeneev, Nikolai Ivanovich

    2002-04-30

    A cathode and a solid state electrochemical cell comprising said cathode, a solid anode and solid fluoride ion conducting electrolyte. The cathode comprises a metal oxide and a compound fluoride containing at least two metals with different valences. Representative compound fluorides include solid solutions of bismuth fluoride and potassium fluoride; and lead fluoride and potassium fluoride. Representative metal oxides include copper oxide, lead oxide, manganese oxide, vanadium oxide and silver oxide.

  11. Solid state cell with anolyte

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    Barnette, L. H.; Liang, C. C.

    1985-06-25

    A solid state cell having a solid cathode, a solid electrolyte, and a solid anolyte comprised of at least 50% by volume of ionically conductive materials such as the electrolye and 50% or less by volume of an active metal. The anolyte is either the cell anode or alternatively the anolyte is an additional structural member within said cell positioned between an anode, comprised of the same active metal, and the solid electrolyte.

  12. Radiation sensitive solid state switch

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    Hutto, R. J. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A mechanically operable solid state switch suited for use in achieving a variable circuit-switching function is described. This switch is characterized by an annular array of photoresponsive switching devices, disposed in communication with an included source of radiation, and a plurality of interchangeable, mechanically operable interrupter disks. Each disk has a predetermined pattern of transparent and opaque portions. Operative displacement of each disk serves to make and break selected electrical circuits through the photo responsive devices of said array.

  13. Structural color-tunable mesoporous bragg stack layers based on graft copolymer self-assembly for high-efficiency solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lee, Chang Soo; Park, Jung Tae; Kim, Jong Hak

    2016-08-01

    We present a facile fabrication route for structural color-tunable mesoporous Bragg stack (BS) layers based on the self-assembly of a cost-effective graft copolymer. The mesoporous BS layers are prepared through the alternating deposition of organized mesoporous-TiO2 (OM-TiO2) and -SiO2 (OM-SiO2) films on the non-conducting side of the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The OM layers with controlled porosity, pore size, and refractive index are templated with amphiphilic graft copolymers consisting of poly(vinyl chloride) backbones and poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) side chains, i.e., PVC-g-POEM. The morphology and properties of the structural color-tunable mesoporous BS-functionalized electrodes are characterized using energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), spectroscopic ellipsometry, and reflectance spectroscopy. The solid-state DSSCs (ssDSSCs) based on a structural color-tunable mesoporous BS counter electrode with a single-component solid electrolyte show an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 7.1%, which is much greater than that of conventional nanocrystalline TiO2-based cells and one of the highest values for N719 dye-based ssDSSCs. The enhancement of η is due to the enhancement of current density (Jsc), attributed to the improved light harvesting properties without considerable decrease in fill factor (FF) or open-circuit voltage (Voc), as confirmed by incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  14. A supramolecular gel electrolyte formed from amide based co-gelator for quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell with boosted electron kinetic processes

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    Huo, Zhipeng; Wang, Lu; Tao, Li; Ding, Yong; Yi, Jinxin; Alsaedi, Ahmed; Hayat, Tasawar; Dai, Songyuan

    2017-08-01

    A supramolecular gel electrolyte (Tgel > 100 °C) is formed from N,N‧-1,8-octanediylbis-dodecanamide and iodoacetamide as two-component co-gelator, and introduced into the quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (QS-DSSCs). The different morphologies of microscopic network between two-component and single-component gel electrolytes have influence on the diffusion of redox couple in gel electrolytes and further affect the electron kinetic processes in QS-DSSCs. Compared with the single-component gel electrolyte, the two-component gel electrolyte has less compact gel network and weaker steric hindrance effect, which provides more effective charge transport channel for the diffusion of I3/I- redox couple. Meanwhile, the sbnd NH2 groups of iodoacetamide molecules interact with Li+ and I3-, which also accelerate the transport of I3-/I- and decrease in the I3- concentration in the TiO2/electrolyte interface. As a result, nearly a 12% improvement in short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) and much higher open circuit potential (Voc) are found in the two-component gel electrolyte based QS-DSSC. Consequently, the QS-DSSC based on the supramolecular gel electrolyte obtains a 17% enhancement in the photoelectric conversion efficiency (7.32%) in comparison with the QS-DSSC based on the single-component gel electrolyte (6.24%). Furthermore, the degradations of these QS-DSSCs are negligible after one sun light soaking with UV cutoff filter at 50 °C for 1000 h.

  15. In Situ Lipolysis and Synchrotron Small-Angle X-ray Scattering for the Direct Determination of the Precipitation and Solid-State Form of a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug During Digestion of a Lipid-Based Formulation.

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    Khan, Jamal; Hawley, Adrian; Rades, Thomas; Boyd, Ben J

    2016-09-01

    In situ lipolysis and synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) were used to directly detect and elucidate the solid-state form of precipitated fenofibrate from the digestion of a model lipid-based formulation (LBF). This method was developed in light of recent findings that indicate variability in solid-state form upon the precipitation of some drugs during the digestion of LBFs, addressing the need to establish a real-time technique that enables solid-state analysis during in vitro digestion. In addition, an ex situ method was also used to analyse the pellet phase formed during an in vitro lipolysis experiment at various time points for the presence of crystalline drug. Fenofibrate was shown to precipitate in its thermodynamically stable crystalline form upon digestion of the medium-chain LBF, and an increase in scattering intensity over time corresponded well to an increase in concentration of precipitated fenofibrate quantified from the pellet phase using high-performance liquid chromatography. Crossed polarized light microscopy served as a secondary technique confirming the crystallinity of the precipitated fenofibrate. Future application of in situ lipolysis and SAXS may focus on drugs, and experimental conditions, which are anticipated to produce altered solid-state forms upon the precipitation of drug (i.e., polymorphs, amorphous forms, and salts). Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. Photoelectrochemical water splitting with mesoporous hematite prepared by a solution-based colloidal approach.

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    Sivula, Kevin; Zboril, Radek; Le Formal, Florian; Robert, Rosa; Weidenkaff, Anke; Tucek, Jiri; Frydrych, Jiri; Grätzel, Michael

    2010-06-02

    Sustainable hydrogen production through photoelectrochemical water splitting using hematite (alpha-Fe(2)O(3)) is a promising approach for the chemical storage of solar energy, but is complicated by the material's nonoptimal optoelectronic properties. Nanostructuring approaches have been shown to increase the performance of hematite, but the ideal nanostructure giving high efficiencies for all absorbed light wavelengths remains elusive. Here, we report for the first time mesoporous hematite photoelectodes prepared by a solution-based colloidal method which yield water-splitting photocurrents of 0.56 mA cm(-2) under standard conditions (AM 1.5G 100 mW cm(-2), 1.23 V vs reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE) and over 1.0 mA cm(-2) before the dark current onset (1.55 V vs RHE). The sintering temperature is found to increase the average particle size, and have a drastic effect on the photoactivity. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and magnetic measurements using a SQUID magnetometer link this effect to the diffusion and incorporation of dopant atoms from the transparent conducting substrate. In addition, examining the optical properties of the films reveals a considerable change in the absorption coefficient and onset properties, critical aspects for hematite as a solar energy converter, as a function of the sintering temperature. A detailed investigation into hematite's crystal structure using powder X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement to account for these effects correlates an increase in a C(3v)-type crystal lattice distortion to the improved optical properties.

  17. An ultrasensitive and universal photoelectrochemical immunoassay based on enzyme mimetics enhanced signal amplification.

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    Wang, Guang-Li; Shu, Jun-Xian; Dong, Yu-Ming; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun

    2015-04-15

    An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunoassay based on signal amplification by enzyme mimetics was fabricated for the detection of mouse IgG (as a model protein). The PEC immunosensor was constructed by a layer-by-layer assembly of poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), CdS quantum dots (QDs), primary antibody (Ab1, polyclonal goat antimouse IgG), and the antigen (Ag, mouse IgG) on an indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode. Then, the secondary antibody (Ab2, polyclonal goat antimouse IgG) combined to a bio-bar-coded Pt nanoparticle(NP)-G-quadruplex/hemin probe was used for signal amplification. The bio-bar-coded Pt NP-G-quadruplex/hemin probe could catalyze the oxidation of hydroquinone (HQ) using H2O2 as an oxidant, demonstrating its intrinsic enzyme-like activity. High sensitivity for the target Ag was achieved by using the bio-bar-coded probe as signal amplifier due to its high catalytic activity, a competitive nonproductive absorption of hemin and the steric hindrance caused by the polymeric oxidation products of HQ. For most important, the oxidation product of HQ acted as an efficient electron acceptor of the illuminated CdS QDs. The target Ag could be detected from 0.01pg/mL to 1.0ng/mL with a low detection limit of 6.0fg/mL. The as-obtained immunosensor exhibited high sensitivity, good stability and acceptable reproducibility. This method might be attractive for clinical and biomedical applications.

  18. Chemical Symbolism and the Solid State

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    Jensen, William B.

    1977-01-01

    Discusses the coordinated polyhedra approach to teaching the solid state. A solid is viewed as a collection of coordination complexes. Also proposes a method of extending the current chemical symbolism to include structural facts of solid state chemistry. (MLH)

  19. Neglect of Solid State Chemistry Scored

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Chemical and Engineering News, 1974

    1974-01-01

    At a recent symposium concerning the teaching of solid state chemistry in the classroom, many educators indicated that important areas of solid state chemistry were being neglected in college curricula. (RH)

  20. Investigation of Dissolution Behavior HPMC/Eudragit(®)/Magnesium Aluminometasilicate Oral Matrices Based on NMR Solid-State Spectroscopy and Dynamic Characteristics of Gel Layer.

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    Naiserová, M; Kubová, K; Vysloužil, J; Pavloková, S; Vetchý, D; Urbanová, M; Brus, J; Vysloužil, J; Kulich, P

    2017-10-02

    Burst drug release is often considered a negative phenomenon resulting in unexpected toxicity or tissue irritation. Optimal release of a highly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) from hypromellose (HPMC) matrices is technologically impossible; therefore, a combination of polymers is required for burst effect reduction. Promising variant could be seen in combination of HPMC and insoluble Eudragits(®) as water dispersions. These can be applied only on API/insoluble filler mixture as over-wetting prevention. The main hurdle is a limited water absorption capacity (WAC) of filler. Therefore, the object of this study was to investigate the dissolution behavior of levetiracetam from HPMC/Eudragit(®)NE matrices using magnesium aluminometasilicate (Neusilin(®) US2) as filler with excellent WAC. Part of this study was also to assess influence of thermal treatment on quality parameters of matrices. The use of Neusilin(®) allowed the application of Eudragit(®) dispersion to API/Neusilin(®) mixture in one step during high-shear wet granulation. HPMC was added extragranularly. Obtained matrices were investigated for qualitative characteristics, NMR solid-state spectroscopy (ssNMR), gel layer dynamic parameters, SEM, and principal component analysis (PCA). Decrease in burst effect (max. of 33.6%) and dissolution rate, increase in fitting to zero-order kinetics, and paradoxical reduction in gel layer thickness were observed with rising Eudragit(®) NE concentration. The explanation was done by ssNMR, which clearly showed a significant reduction of the API particle size (150-500 nm) in granules as effect of surfactant present in dispersion in dependence on Eudragit(®)NE amount. This change in API particle size resulted in a significantly larger interface between these two entities. Based on ANOVA and PCA, thermal treatment was not revealed as a useful procedure for this system.

  1. Final report on grand challenge LDRD project : a revolution in lighting : building the science and technology base for ultra-efficient solid-state lighting.

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    Copeland, Robert Guild; Mitchell, Christine Charlotte; Follstaedt, David Martin; Lee, Stephen Roger; Shul, Randy John; Fischer, Arthur Joseph; Chow, Weng Wah Dr.; Myers, Samuel Maxwell, Jr.; Thoma, Steven George; Gee, James Martin; Coltrin, Michael Elliott; Burdick, Brent A.; Salamone, Angelo, L., Jr.; Hadley, G. Ronald; Elliott, Russell D.; Campbell, Jonathan M.; Abrams, Billie Lynn; Wendt, Joel Robert; Pawlowski, Roger Patrick; Simpson, Regina Lynn; Kurtz, Steven Ross; Cole, Phillip James; Fullmer, Kristine Wanta; Seager, Carleton Hoover; Bogart, Katherine Huderle Andersen; Biefeld, Robert Malcolm; Kerley, Thomas M.; Norman, Adam K.; Tallant, David Robert; Woessner, Stephen Matthew; Figiel, Jeffrey James; Moffat, Harry K.; Provencio, Paula Polyak; Emerson, John Allen; Kaplar, Robert James; Wilcoxon, Jess Patrick; Waldrip, Karen Elizabeth; Rohwer, Lauren Elizabeth Shea; Cross, Karen Charlene; Wright, Alan Francis; Gonzales, Rene Marie; Salinger, Andrew Gerhard; Crawford, Mary Hagerott; Garcia, Marie L.; Allen, Mark S.; Southwell, Edwin T.; Bauer, Tom M.; Monson, Mary Ann; Tsao, Jeffrey Yeenien; Creighton, James Randall; Allerman, Andrew Alan; Simmons, Jerry A.; Boyack, Kevin W.; Jones, Eric Daniel; Moran, Michael P.; Pinzon, Marcia J.; Pinson, Ariane O.; Miksovic, Ann E.; Wang, George T.; Ashby, Carol Iris Hill; Missert, Nancy A.; Koleske, Daniel David; Rahal, Nabeel M.

    2004-06-01

    This SAND report is the final report on Sandia's Grand Challenge LDRD Project 27328, 'A Revolution in Lighting -- Building the Science and Technology Base for Ultra-Efficient Solid-state Lighting.' This project, which for brevity we refer to as the SSL GCLDRD, is considered one of Sandia's most successful GCLDRDs. As a result, this report reviews not only technical highlights, but also the genesis of the idea for Solid-state Lighting (SSL), the initiation of the SSL GCLDRD, and the goals, scope, success metrics, and evolution of the SSL GCLDRD over the course of its life. One way in which the SSL GCLDRD was different from other GCLDRDs was that it coincided with a larger effort by the SSL community - primarily industrial companies investing in SSL, but also universities, trade organizations, and other Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories - to support a national initiative in SSL R&D. Sandia was a major player in publicizing the tremendous energy savings potential of SSL, and in helping to develop, unify and support community consensus for such an initiative. Hence, our activities in this area, discussed in Chapter 6, were substantial: white papers; SSL technology workshops and roadmaps; support for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), DOE and Senator Bingaman's office; extensive public relations and media activities; and a worldwide SSL community website. Many science and technology advances and breakthroughs were also enabled under this GCLDRD, resulting in: 55 publications; 124 presentations; 10 book chapters and reports; 5 U.S. patent applications including 1 already issued; and 14 patent disclosures not yet applied for. Twenty-six invited talks were given, at prestigious venues such as the American Physical Society Meeting, the Materials Research Society Meeting, the AVS International Symposium, and the Electrochemical Society Meeting. This report contains a summary of these science and technology advances and breakthroughs

  2. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1993-12-07

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  3. Solid-State Personal Dosimetry

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    Wrbanek, John D.; Fralick, Gustave C.; Wrbanek, Susan Y.

    2005-01-01

    This document is a web site page, and a data sheet about Personal protection (i.e., space suits) presented to the Radiation and Micrometeoroid Mitigation Technology Focus Group meeting. The website describes the work of the PI to improve solid state personal radiation dosimetry. The data sheet presents work on the active personal radiation detection system that is to provide real-time local radiation exposure information during EVA. Should undue exposure occur, knowledge of the dynamic intensity conditions during the exposure will allow more precise diagnostic assessment of the potential health risk to the exposed individual.

  4. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1990-01-01

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  5. Solid state nuclear track detection

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    Durrani, S.A.; Bull, R.K.

    1987-01-01

    This book is a basic work on the technique variously known as 'nuclear track analysis', 'track-etch technique', or 'solid state nuclear tract detection'. This has greatly expanded in range, scope and depth since the early 1960's, soon after its discovery, until there is hardly a field now in which it has not found an actual or potential use. Such applications range from archaeology, geology, space physics, medicine and biology to reactor physics and nuclear physics-to name but a few.

  6. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1993-01-01

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  7. Solid-state optical microscope

    DOEpatents

    Young, I.T.

    1981-01-07

    A solid state optical microscope is described wherein wide-field and high-resolution images of an object are produced at a rapid rate by utilizing conventional optics with a charge-coupled photodiode array. Means for scanning in one of two orthogonal directions are provided, while the charge-coupled photodiode array scans in the other orthogonal direction. Illumination light from the object is incident upon the photodiodes, creating packets of electrons (signals) which are representative of the illuminated object. The signals are then processed, stored in a memory, and finally displayed as a video signal.

  8. Excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer (ESIPT)-inspired solid state emitters.

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    Padalkar, Vikas S; Seki, Shu

    2016-01-07

    Solid state emitters based on excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) have been attracting considerable interest since the past few years in the field of optoelectronic devices because of their desirable unique photophysical properties. The photophysical properties of the solid state ESIPT fluorophores determine their possible applicability in functional materials. Less fluorescence quantum efficiencies and short fluorescence lifetime in the solid state are the shortcomings of the existing ESIPT solid state emitters. Designing of ESIPT chromophores with high fluorescence quantum efficiencies and a long fluorescence lifetime in the solid state is a challenging issue because of the unclear mechanism of the solid state emitters in the excited state. Reported design strategies, detailed photophysical properties, and their applications will help in assisting researchers to overcome existing challenges in designing novel solid state ESIPT fluorophores for promising applications. This review highlights recently developed solid state ESIPT emitters with focus on molecular design strategies and their photophysical properties, reported in the last five years.

  9. Photoelectrochemical cell

    DOEpatents

    Rauh, R. David; Boudreau, Robert A.

    1983-06-14

    A photoelectrochemical cell comprising a sealed container having a light-transmitting window for admitting light into the container across a light-admitting plane, an electrolyte in the container, a photoelectrode in the container having a light-absorbing surface arranged to receive light from the window and in contact with the electrolyte, the surface having a plurality of spaced portions oblique to the plane, each portion having dimensions at least an order of magnitude larger than the maximum wavelength of incident sunlight, the total surface area of the surface being larger than the area of the plane bounded by the container, and a counter electrode in the container in contact with the electrolyte.

  10. Photoelectrochemical solar cells based on d-band electrochemistry at transition metal diselenides

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    Parkinson, B. A.; Kam, K. K.; Kline, G.; Levy, C.

    1981-11-01

    The photoelectrochemical behavior of synthetic crystals of WS2, MoS2 and crystals with mixed metal and chalcogen composition was studied and compared with the behavior of MoSe2 and WSe2. The composition and stoichiometry of the crystals and the composition of the electrolyte were varied and the behavior of the materials in a regenerative liquid junction solar cell was measured and analyzed. The quantum yields as a function of wavelength and photon flux were investigated and sunlight to electricity conversion efficiencies were measured. The formation of iodine layers on the photoelectrode surface under high illumination intensity was observed and discussed with respect to the use of these materials with solar concentrators. Various configurations for photoelectrochemical photovoltaic solar cells are reviewed and evauated. Both flat plate cells and cells with moderate light concentration are examined. Several novel systems where the electrolyte plays a role in light concentration are proposed.

  11. Photoelectrochemical water splitting for hydrogen production with metal oxide (hematite and cupric oxide) based photocatalysts

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    Tang, Houwen

    Solar hydrogen is one ideal energy source to replace fossil fuel, as it is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Solar hydrogen can be generated in a number of ways. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is one of the most promising methods for solar-to-chemical energy conversion. In this research project, metal oxide-based photocatalysts, especially hematite (α-Fe 2O3) and cupric oxide (CuO), were investigated for use as electrodes in PEC water splitting for solar hydrogen production. In our research project of hematite-based electrodes, we started with the incorporation of transition metal, particularly titanium (Ti), in hematite thin films to modify the valence and conduction band edges of hematite. We found that Ti impurities improve the electron conductivity of hematite and consequently lead to significantly enhanced photocurrents. We further investigated the Ti and Mg co-alloyed hematite. In this case, Ti is the donor and Mg is the acceptor in hematite. The co-alloying approach enhanced the solubility of Mg and Ti, which led to reduced electron effective mass and therefore increased electron mobility. Also, co-alloying tunes the carrier density and therefore allows the optimization of electrical conductivity. The densities of charged defects were found to be reduced, and therefore carrier recombinations were reduced. As a result, the Ti and Mg co-alloyed hematite thin films exhibited much improved performance in PEC water splitting as compared to pure hematite thin films. For the study of cupric oxide-based electrodes, we first investigated the possibility of reducing the electrode corrosion of cupric oxide in aqueous solutions by incorporating Ti as an electrode corrosion inhibitor. We found that Ti alloying can enhance the stability of cupric oxide in base solutions at the cost of reducing its crystallinity and optical absorption, and consequently lowering its photon-to-electron conversion efficiency. In order to balance the stability and the

  12. Solid state thin disk laser

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    Huegel, Helmut; Bohn, Willy L.

    1998-12-01

    Most high power applications either production or defense oriented require good beam quality. A state-of-the-art review shows that current solid state lasers exhibit a clear deficiency as compared to well developed gas lasers. This may be overcome by the new concept of a diode pumped thin disc laser combining the advantages of low optical degradation of the laser medium and good output power scalability. This solid state laser benefits further from the shorter wavelength and better coupling efficiency for a wide range of materials. Yb:YAG is chosen as the preferred laser material because it primarily has a high quantum efficiency, guarantees good energy storage for pulsed operation, and exhibits a broad absorption line at 941 nm for easy and effective pumping with InGaAs diodes. Performance data of the thin disc laser are shown for output powers up tp 350 W CW with optical and slope efficiencies of 49% and 56%, respectively. Scalability of the concept is demonstrated by using a multiple disc design with a zig-zag stable resonator. Beam quality parameter, M2, has also been determined for al operation conditions. Best values of M2 equals 1.22 have been obtained for 100 W output power at 39% optical efficiency. In addition, passive mode locking and Q-switched operation are demonstrated. Finally, performance in alternative laser active materials (Nd:YAG, Nd:YVO4, Tm:YAG) is also presented.

  13. Solid state fluorometer: Prototype development

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    Czarnaski, Joseph; Foster, Karen; Hardgrove, John; Oprison, Richard; Hickman, James

    1994-03-01

    The development of new detectors for chemical and biological warfare agents is of interest to the DOD. One way to detect these agents is by fluorescent labeling of one of the species involved in a binding event. The U.S. Air Force has developed a system that combines a biological assay with a fluorescent molecule tag. The binding event is quantified by measuring the ratio of red to green fluorescence. With a solid state fluorometer fast binding detection is possible in a small, lightweight package that could easily be interfaced to a microprocessor with readout. We have begun the development of a solid state microfluorometer. The development has been divided into three phases: (1) prototype development, (2) device operational parameter investigation, and (3) design and construction. This report details the construction of the prototype device. The prototype has a 488-nm laser for excitation, and red and green detectors for fluorescent emission. The calibration of the detectors and the computer interface construction is described. It can be used as a fluorescent imaging system as well.

  14. Solid-state X-band Combiner Study

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    Pitzalis, O., Jr.; Russell, K. J.

    1979-01-01

    The feasibility of developing solid-state amplifiers at 4 and 10 GHz for application in spacecraft altimeters was studied. Bipolar-transistor, field-effect-transistor, and Impatt-diode amplifier designs based on 1980 solid-state technology are investigated. Several output power levels of the pulsed, low-duty-factor amplifiers are considered at each frequency. Proposed transistor and diode amplifier designs are illustrated in block diagrams. Projections of size, weight, and primary power requirements are given for each design.

  15. Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of polymer backbone dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide) based lithium and sodium polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2013-05-01

    Polymer backbone dynamics of single ion conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ionomer samples with low glass transition temperatures (Tg) have been investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. Experiments detecting 13C with 1H decoupling under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions identified the different components of the polymer backbone (PEO spacer and isophthalate groups) and their relative mobilities for a suite of lithium- and sodium-containing ionomer samples with varying cation contents. Variable temperature (203-373 K) 1H-13C cross-polarization MAS (CP-MAS) experiments also provided qualitative assessment of the differences in the motions of the polymer backbone components as a function of cation content and identity. Each of the main backbone components exhibit distinct motions, following the trends expected for motional characteristics based on earlier Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering and 1H spin-lattice relaxation rate measurements. Previous 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation measurements focused on both the polymer backbone and cation motion on the nanosecond timescale. The studies presented here assess the slower timescale motion of the polymer backbone allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the polymer dynamics. The temperature dependences of 13C linewidths were used to both qualitatively and quantitatively examine the effects of cation content and identity on PEO spacer mobility. Variable contact time 1H-13C CP-MAS experiments were used to further assess the motions of the polymer backbone on the microsecond timescale. The motion of the PEO spacer, reported via the rate of magnetization transfer from 1H to 13C nuclei, becomes similar for T ˜x 1{.1} Tg in all ionic samples, indicating that at similar elevated reduced temperatures the motions of the polymer backbones on the microsecond timescale become insensitive to ion interactions. These results present an improved picture, beyond those of previous findings, for the

  16. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Polymer Backbone Dynamics in Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Based Lithium and Sodium Polyether-ester-sulfonate Ionomers

    SciTech Connect

    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2013-01-01

    Polymer backbone dynamics of single ion conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ionomer samples with low glass transition temperatures (Tg) have been investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Experiments detecting 13C with 1H decoupling under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions identified the different components of the polymer backbone (PEO spacer and isophthalate groups) and their relative mobilities for a suite of lithium- and sodium-containing ionomer samples with varying cation contents. Variable temperature (203-373 K) 1H-13C cross-polarization MAS (CP-MAS) experiments also provided qualitative assessment of the differences in the motions of the polymer backbone components as a function of cation content and identity. Each of the main backbone components exhibit distinct motions, following the trends expected for motional characteristics based on earlier Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering and 1H spin-lattice relaxation rate measurements. Previous 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation measurements focused on both the polymer backbone and cation motion on the nanosecond timescale. The studies presented here assess the slower timescale motion of the polymer backbone allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the polymer dynamics. The temperature dependences of 13C linewidths were used to both qualitatively and quantitatively examine the effects of cation content and identity on PEO spacer mobility. Variable contact time 1H-13C CP-MAS experiments were used to further assess the motions of the polymer backbone on the microsecond timescale. The motion of the PEO spacer, reported via the rate of magnetization transfer from 1H to 13C nuclei, becomes similar for T ≳ 1.1 Tg in all ionic samples, indicating that at similar elevated reduced temperatures the motions of the polymer backbones on the microsecond timescale become insensitive to ion interactions. These results present an improved picture, beyond those of previous findings, for

  17. Effect of NaI/I 2 mediators on properties of PEO/LiAlO 2 based all-solid-state supercapacitors

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    Yin, Yijing; Zhou, Juanjuan; Mansour, Azzam N.; Zhou, Xiangyang

    NaI/I 2 mediators and activated carbon were added into poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/lithium aluminate (LiAlO 2) electrolyte to fabricate composite electrodes. All solid-state supercapacitors were fabricated using the as prepared composite electrodes and a Nafion 117 membrane as a separator. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements were conducted to evaluate the electrochemical properties of the supercapacitors. With the addition of NaI/I 2 mediators, the specific capacitance increased by 27 folds up to 150 F g -1. The specific capacitance increased with increases in the concentration of mediators in the electrodes. The addition of mediators also reduced the electrode resistance and rendered a higher electron transfer rate between mediator and mediator. The stability of the all-solid-state supercapacitor was tested over 2000 charge/discharge cycles.

  18. Solid state opening switches of new type

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    Kudasov, Yu. B.; Makarov, I. V.; Pavlov, V. N.

    2001-04-01

    We discuss two new types of high-current solid-state opening switches based on nonlinear diffusion of a strong magnetic field into a substance. In the first case, a magnetic field penetrates into solid solution (V 1- xCr x) 2O 3, which undergoes a metal-insulator phase transition of the first order under Joule heating. In the second case, a switching of current occurs due to the Hall diffusion of magnetic field into n-InAs. Results of numerical analysis are presented.

  19. Solid State Marx Modulators for Emerging Applications

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    Kemp, M.A.; /SLAC

    2012-09-14

    Emerging linear accelerator applications increasingly push the boundaries of RF system performance and economics. The power modulator is an integral part of RF systems whose characteristics play a key role in the determining parameters such as efficiency, footprint, cost, stability, and availability. Particularly within the past decade, solid-state switch based modulators have become the standard in high-performance, high power modulators. One topology, the Marx modulator, has characteristics which make it particularly attractive for several emerging applications. This paper is an overview of the Marx topology, some recent developments, and a case study of how this architecture can be applied to a few proposed linear accelerators.

  20. Tunable visible solid-state lasers based on second-harmonic generation of LiF:F(2) in potassium titanyl phosphate.

    PubMed

    Giffin, S M; McKinnie, I T; Ter-Mikirtychev, V V

    1998-02-01

    A new broadly tunable visible solid-state laser is reported. Wavelengths between 550 and 610 nm are generated by intracavity frequency doubling of tuned and free-running room-temperature pulsed LiF:F(2)(-) lasers in potassium titanyl phosphate. Second-harmonic energy of 1.3 mJ has been achieved, corresponding to a fundamental-to-second-harmonic conversion efficiency of 20%. Operation is optimized with respect to LiF:F(2)(-) laser parameters.

  1. The potential for the indirect crystal structure verification of methyl glycosides based on acetates' parent structures: GIPAW and solid-state NMR approaches

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    Szeleszczuk, Łukasz; Gubica, Tomasz; Zimniak, Andrzej; Pisklak, Dariusz M.; Dąbrowska, Kinga; Cyrański, Michał K.; Kańska, Marianna

    2017-10-01

    A convenient method for the indirect crystal structure verification of methyl glycosides was demonstrated. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction structures for methyl glycoside acetates were deacetylated and subsequently subjected to DFT calculations under periodic boundary conditions. Solid-state NMR spectroscopy served as a guide for calculations. A high level of accuracy of the modelled crystal structures of methyl glycosides was confirmed by comparison with published results of neutron diffraction study using RMSD method.

  2. All solid-state solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Yang, Xiuchun; Liu, Wei; Ren, Peng

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) were firstly used as photoanode in methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 NTAs heterojunction solar cell, where CH3NH3PbI3 functions as both light absorber and hole conductor. The composition, structure and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer and electrochemical workstation. The results indicate that the as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 belongs to the cubic crystal system, and TiO2 NTAs sensitized by 0.3 M CH3NH3I and PbI2 exhibit the best photoelectrochemical properties with an open-circuit voltage of 0.422 V and a short-circuit current density of 173.4 μA cm-2. The EIS result shows that the extremely large resistance at CH3NH3PbI3/FTO interface contributes to the low current density of the perovskite solar cell.

  3. Effects of hydration on the acid-base interactions and secondary structures of poly-L-lysine probed by 15N and 13C solid state NMR.

    PubMed

    Dos, Alexandra; Schimming, Volkmar; Chan-Huot, Monique; Limbach, Hans-Heinrich

    2010-09-21

    Using high resolution solid state (15)N and (13)C NMR spectroscopy we have studied the effects of successive hydration on the (15)N labeled side chain amino groups of solid poly-L-lysine (PLL) in the presence of acids. Generally, hydration leads to the formation of local "ionic fluid" phases composed by flexible side chain ammonium groups, acid anions and small amounts of water. The associated local dynamics reduces the widths of the inhomogeneously broadened (15)N amino signals found for the dry states. The hydration of free base PLL--which consists of mixtures of alpha-helices and beta-pleated sheets--is monitored by a small low-field shift of the amino group signal arising from hydrogen bonding with water, reaching eventually the value of PLL in water at pH 13. No difference for the two conformations is observed. PLL x HF adopts a similar secondary structure with isolated NHF hydrogen bonds; hydration leads only to small low-field shifts which are nevertheless compatible with the formation of ammonium groups in aqueous solution. PLL doped with small amounts of HCl contains ammonium groups which are internally solvated by neighboring free amino groups. Both nitrogen environments are characterized by different chemical shifts. Hydration with less than one water molecule per amino group leads already to a chemical shift averaging arising from fast proton motions along NHN-hydrogen bonds and fast side chain and anion motions.By contrast, the hydration of fully doped PLL x HBr and PLL x HCl is more complex. These systems exist only in beta-pleated sheet conformations forming alkyl ammonium salt structures. Separate (15)N signal components are observed for (i) the dry states, for (ii) wet beta-pleated sheets and for (iii) wet alpha-helices which are successively formed upon hydration. Exchange between these environments is slow, but water motions lead to averaged amino group signals within each of the two wet environments. These results indicate that the different

  4. Acid-base interactions and secondary structures of poly-L-lysine probed by 15N and 13C solid state NMR and Ab initio model calculations.

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    Dos, Alexandra; Schimming, Volkmar; Tosoni, Sergio; Limbach, Hans-Heinrich

    2008-12-11

    The interactions of the 15N-labeled amino groups of dry solid poly-L-lysine (PLL) with various halogen and oxygen acids HX and the relation to the secondary structure have been studied using solid-state 15N and 13C CPMAS NMR spectroscopy (CP = cross polarization and MAS = magic angle spinning). For comparison, 15N NMR spectra of an aqueous solution of PLL were measured as a function of pH. In order to understand the effects of protonation and hydration on the 15N chemical shifts of the amino groups, DFT and chemical shielding calculations were performed on isolated methylamine-acid complexes and on periodic halide clusters of the type (CH3NH3(+)X(-))n. The combined experimental and computational results reveal low-field shifts of the amino nitrogens upon interaction with the oxygen acids HX = HF, H2SO4, CH3COOH, (CH3)2POOH, H3PO4, HNO3, and internal carbamic acid formed by reaction of the amino groups with gaseous CO2. Evidence is obtained that only hydrogen-bonded species of the type (Lys-NH2***H-X)n are formed in the absence of water. 15N chemical shifts are maximum when H is located in the hydrogen bond center and then decrease again upon full protonation, as found for aqueous solution at low pH. By contrast, halogen acids interact in a different way. They form internal salts of the type (Lys-NH3(+)X(-))n via the interaction of many acid-base pairs. This salt formation is possible only in the beta-sheet conformation. By contrast, the formation of hydrogen-bonded complexes can occur both in beta-sheet domains as well as in alpha-helical domains. The 15N chemical shifts of the protonated ammonium groups increase when the size of the interacting halogen anions is increased from chloride to iodide and when the number of the interacting anions is increased. Thus, the observed high-field 15N shift of ammonium groups upon hydration is the consequence of replacing interacting halogen atoms by oxygen atoms.

  5. Room-temperature solid-state maser.

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    Oxborrow, Mark; Breeze, Jonathan D; Alford, Neil M

    2012-08-16

    The invention of the laser has resulted in many innovations, and the device has become ubiquitous. However, the maser, which amplifies microwave radiation rather than visible light, has not had as large an impact, despite being instrumental in the laser's birth. The maser's relative obscurity has mainly been due to the inconvenience of the operating conditions needed for its various realizations: atomic and free-electron masers require vacuum chambers and pumping; and solid-state masers, although they excel as low-noise amplifiers and are occasionally incorporated in ultrastable oscillators, typically require cryogenic refrigeration. Most realizations of masers also require strong magnets, magnetic shielding or both. Overcoming these various obstacles would pave the way for improvements such as more-sensitive chemical assays, more-precise determinations of biomolecular structure and function, and more-accurate medical diagnostics (including tomography) based on enhanced magnetic resonance spectrometers incorporating maser amplifiers and oscillators. Here we report the experimental demonstration of a solid-state maser operating at room temperature in pulsed mode. It works on a laboratory bench, in air, in the terrestrial magnetic field and amplifies at around 1.45 gigahertz. In contrast to the cryogenic ruby maser, in our maser the gain medium is an organic mixed molecular crystal, p-terphenyl doped with pentacene, the latter being photo-excited by yellow light. The maser's pumping mechanism exploits spin-selective molecular intersystem crossing into pentacene's triplet ground state. When configured as an oscillator, the solid-state maser's measured output power of around -10 decibel milliwatts is approximately 100 million times greater than that of an atomic hydrogen maser, which oscillates at a similar frequency (about 1.42 gigahertz). By exploiting the high levels of spin polarization readily generated by intersystem crossing in photo-excited pentacene and other

  6. A photoelectrochemical immunosensor for detection of α-fetoprotein based on Au-ZnO flower-rod heterostructures

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    Han, Zhizhong; Luo, Min; Chen, Li; Chen, Jinghua; Li, Chunyan

    2017-04-01

    In this work, a novel label free photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensor has been developed for the detection of α-fetoprotein (AFP). The immunosensor was based on Au-ZnO flower-rods (FRs) heterostructure, where Au nanoparticles (NPs) were firstly electrodeposited by cyclic voltammetry methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mott-Schottky plot (MS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum and fluorescence emission spectrum were used for the characterizations of Au-ZnO FRs. The results demonstrated that Au NPs not only obviously enhanced the visible light absorption of ZnO FRs due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) but also improved the separation of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. Therefore, the photocurrent of Au-ZnO FRs was increased under simulated sunlight. The photocurrent was reduced after the specific antibody-antigen immune reaction. And the photocurrent decrement was linear with the logarithm of AFP antigen concentration in the range from 0.005 ng mL-1 to 50 ng mL-1 with a low detection limit of 0.56 pg mL-1 (S/N = 3). The PEC immunosensor also exhibited high anti-interference property and acceptable stability. This work would provide a promising photoelectrochemical strategy for the detection of other proteins in clinical diagnosis.

  7. Extending solid state laser performance

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    Miesak, Ed

    2017-02-01

    Coherent Diode-Pumped Solid-State Orlando (CDO), formerly known as Lee Laser, headquartered in Orlando Florida produces CW and pulsed solid state lasers. Primary wavelengths include 1064 nm, 532 nm, and 355 nm. Other wavelengths produced include 1320 nm, 15xx nm, and 16xx nm. Pulse widths are in the range of singles to hundreds of nanoseconds. Average powers are in the range of a few watts to 1000 watts. Pulse repetition rates are typically in the range of 100 Hz to 100 KHz. Laser performance parameters are often modified according to customer requests. Laser parameters that can be adjusted include average power, pulse repetition rate, pulse length, beam quality, and wavelength. Laser parameters are typically cross-coupled such that adjusting one may change some or all of the others. Customers often request one or more parameters be changed without changing any of the remaining parameters. CDO has learned how to accomplish this successfully with rapid turn-around times and minimal cost impact. The experience gained by accommodating customer requests has produced a textbook of cause and effect combinations of laser components to accomplish almost any parameter change request. Understanding the relationships between component combinations provides valuable insight into lasing effects allowing designers to extend laser performance beyond what is currently available. This has led to several break through products, i.e. >150W average power 355 nm, >60W average power 6 ps 1064 nm, pulse lengths longer than 400 ns at 532 nm with average power >100W, >400W 532 nm with pulse lengths in the 100 ns range.

  8. Proteins as solid-state electronic conductors.

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    Ron, Izhar; Pecht, Israel; Sheves, Mordechai; Cahen, David

    2010-07-20

    Protein structures can facilitate long-range electron transfer in solution. But a fundamental question remains: can these structures also serve as solid-state electronic conductors? Answering this question requires methods for studying conductivity of the "dry" protein (which only contains tightly bound structured water molecules) sandwiched between two electronic conductors in a solid-state type configuration. If successful, such systems could serve as the basis for future, bioinspired electronic device technology. In this Account, we survey, analyze, and compare macroscopic and nanoscopic (scanning probe) solid-state conductivities of proteins, noting the inherent constraints of each of these, and provide the first status report on this research area. This analysis shows convincing evidence that "dry" proteins pass orders of magnitude higher currents than saturated molecules with comparable thickness and that proteins with known electrical activity show electronic conductivity, nearly comparable to that of conjugated molecules ("wires"). These findings suggest that the structural features of proteins must have elements that facilitate electronic conductivity, even if they do not have a known electron transfer function. As a result, proteins could serve not only as sensing, polar,or photoactive elements in devices (such as field-effect transistor configurations) but also as electronic conductors. Current knowledge of peptide synthesis and protein modification paves the way toward a greater understanding of how changes in a protein's structure affect its conductivity. Such an approach could minimize the need for biochemical cascades in systems such as enzyme-based circuits, which transduce the protein's response to electronic current. In addition, as precision and sensitivity of solid-state measurements increase, and as knowledge of the structure and function of "dry" proteins grows, electronic conductivity may become an additional approach to study electron

  9. Crystallizations, solid-state phase transformations and dissolution behavior explained by dispersive kinetic models based on a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of activation energies: theory, applications, and practical limitations.

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    Skrdla, Peter J

    2009-08-20

    The potential applications of dispersive kinetic models range from solid-state conversions to gas-phase chemical physics and to microbiology. Here, the derivation and application of two such models, for use in solid-state applications, is presented. The models are based on the concept of a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of activation energies. The ability of the models to fit/explain an assortment of asymmetric, sigmoidal conversion-versus-time transients presented in the recent literature, as well as to provide physicochemical interpretations of the kinetics via the two fit parameters, alpha and beta, makes them a powerful tool for understanding nucleation/denucleation rate-limited processes that are involved in many phase transformations, dissolutions and crystallizations.

  10. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of 5-chlorocytosine: Solid state simulation and tautomerism. Effect of the chlorine substitution in the Watson-Crick base pair 5-chlorodeoxycytidine-deoxyguanosine.

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    Alcolea Palafox, M; Rastogi, V K; Singh, S P

    2018-01-05

    The laser Raman and IR spectra of 5-chlorocytosine have been recorded and accurately assigned in the solid state using Density functional calculations (DFT) together with the linear scaling equation procedure (LSE) and the solid state simulation of the crystal unit cell through a tetramer form. These results remarkably improve those reported previously by other authors. Several new scaling equations were proposed to be used in related molecules. The six main tautomers of the biomolecule 5-chlorocytosine were determined and optimized at the MP2 and CCSD levels, using different basis sets. The relative stabilities were compared with those obtained in cytosine and their 5-halo derivatives. Several relationships between energies, geometric parameters and NBO atomic charges were established. The effect of the chlorine substitution in the fifth position was evaluated through the stability of the Watson-Crick (WC) base pair of 5-chlorodeoxycytidine with deoxyguanosine, and through their vibrational spectra. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. A Quasi-Solid-State Li-Ion Capacitor Based on Porous TiO2 Hollow Microspheres Wrapped with Graphene Nanosheets.

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    Wang, Faxing; Wang, Chun; Zhao, Yujuan; Liu, Zaichun; Chang, Zheng; Fu, Lijun; Zhu, Yusong; Wu, Yuping; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-12-01

    The quasi-solid-state Li-ion capacitor is demonstrated with graphene nanosheets prepared by an electrochemical exfoliation as the positive electrode and the porous TiO2 hollow microspheres wrapped with the same graphene nanosheets as the negative electrode, using a Li-ion conducting gel polymer electrolyte. This device may be the key to bridging the gap between conventional lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, meanwhile meeting the safety demands of electronic devices. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Measurement of submilliwatt, picosecond terahertz emission from a femtosecond-laser-pumped solid-state dc to ac radiation converter based on a ZnSe crystal

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    Yugami, Noboru; Ohata, Nobuo; Yaegashi, Kenta; Kawanago, Hiroshi

    2006-11-15

    We measured the terahertz pulse emission from a femtosecond-laser-pumped solid-state dc to ac radiation converter using a 150 fs Ti:sapphire laser pulse for dense plasma diagnostics. The laser-produced ionization front was directly modulated from a periodic electrostatic field to pulsed emission. The central frequency of the emission was measured to be 0.13 THz having a bandwidth of 0.1 THz and a peak power of 0.2 mW. This emission source is suitable for use in various novel diagnostic techniques, such as dense plasma diagnostics.

  13. Photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic characteristics of amorphous-silicon-based tandem cells as photocathodes for water splitting.

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    Ziegler, Jürgen; Kaiser, Bernhard; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Urbain, Félix; Becker, Jan-Philipp; Smirnov, Vladimir; Finger, Friedhelm

    2014-12-15

    In this study amorphous silicon tandem solar cells are successfully utilized as photoelectrodes in a photoelectrochemical cell for water electrolysis. The tandem cells are modified with various amounts of platinum and are combined with a ruthenium oxide counter electrode. In a two-electrode arrangement this system is capable of splitting water without external bias with a short-circuit current of 4.50 mA cm(-2). On the assumption that no faradaic losses occur, a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 5.54% is achieved. In order to identify the relevant loss processes, additional three-electrode measurements were performed for each involved half-cell.

  14. Solid state lighting and photobiological safety

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    Soskind, Y. G.; Campin, J. A.; Hopler, M. D.; Pettit, G. H.

    2007-02-01

    Recent advancements in Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology have led to significant proliferation of solid-state lighting in our every-day life. White light and monochrome LED-based solid-state sources provide a small size, lower power consumption, and longer life alternative to several types of traditional light sources, such as incandescent lights. However, the spectral characteristics of LEDs are significantly different from the spectra of self-luminous objects that human eyes are adapted to through evolution and, therefore, may pose a real threat of photic-induced eye injury. In this paper the spectral characteristics of individual sources are considered from a photobiological safety perspective, and are used to estimate the retinal hazard potential of LEDs relative to that for daylight and blackbody radiators. The presented LED source retinal hazard exposure ranking considerations could be accounted for during illumination system design to minimize photic-induced eye injury risk. The importance of the material presented herein can not be underestimated since high power LED sources are found in a variety of high volume lighting applications and systems including automotive lamps, signal lighting, flash lights and other illumination devices.

  15. Solid-state rechargeable magnesium battery

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    Shao, Yuyan; Liu, Jun; Liu, Tianbiao; Li, Guosheng

    2016-09-06

    Embodiments of a solid-state electrolyte comprising magnesium borohydride, polyethylene oxide, and optionally a Group IIA or transition metal oxide are disclosed. The solid-state electrolyte may be a thin film comprising a dispersion of magnesium borohydride and magnesium oxide nanoparticles in polyethylene oxide. Rechargeable magnesium batteries including the disclosed solid-state electrolyte may have a coulombic efficiency .gtoreq.95% and exhibit cycling stability for at least 50 cycles.

  16. Solid-state NMR spectroscopy of proteins.

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    Müller, Henrik; Etzkorn, Manuel; Heise, Henrike

    2013-01-01

    Solid-state NMR spectroscopy proved to be a versatile tool for characterization of structure and dynamics of complex biochemical systems. In particular, magic angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR came to maturity for application towards structural elucidation of biological macromolecules. Current challenges in applying solid-state NMR as well as progress achieved recently will be discussed in the following chapter focusing on conceptual aspects important for structural elucidation of proteins.

  17. Achieving high capacity in bulk-type solid-state lithium ion battery based on Li6.75La3Zr1.75Ta0.25O12 electrolyte: Interfacial resistance

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    Liu, Ting; Ren, Yaoyu; Shen, Yang; Zhao, Shi-Xi; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2016-08-01

    A bulk-type all-solid-state lithium ion battery based on Ta-doped Li6.75La3Zr1.75Ta0.25O12 (LLZ-Ta) is prepared by a simple solid state process with high capacity of 279.0 μAh cm-2 at 80 °C. However, severe polarization is discovered during charging/discharging cycles at room temperature (RT) for battery with a higher active cathode loading. Large interfacial resistance due to the poor contact at the interfaces between cathode and LLZ-Ta solid electrolyte and at the interfaces within the composite cathode layer is proven to be the main reason for the poor electrochemical performance of the battery at RT. The polarization could be suppressed at elevated temperature, which is attributed to the decreased interfacial resistance as indicated by the results of impedance measurements and gives rise to much enhanced performance of the all-solid-state battery.

  18. Amplified solid-state electrochemiluminescence detection of cholesterol in near-infrared range based on CdTe quantum dots decorated multiwalled carbon nanotubes@reduced graphene oxide nanoribbons.

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    Huan, Juan; Liu, Qian; Fei, Airong; Qian, Jing; Dong, Xiaoya; Qiu, Baijing; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2015-11-15

    An amplified solid-state electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor for detection of cholesterol in near-infrared (NIR) range was constructed based on CdTe quantum dots (QDs) decorated multiwalled carbon nanotubes@reduced graphene nanoribbons (CdTe-MWCNTs@rGONRs), which were prepared by electrostatic interactions. The CdTe QDs decorated on the MWCNTs@rGONRs resulted in the amplified ECL intensity by ~4.5 fold and decreased onset potential by ~100 mV. By immobilization of the cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) and NIR CdTe-MWCNTs@rGONRs on the electrode surface, a solid-state ECL biosensor for cholesterol detection was constructed. When cholesterol was added to the detection solution, the immobilized ChOx catalyzed the oxidation of cholesterol to generate H2O2, which could be used as the co-reactant in the ECL system of CdTe-MWCNTs@rGONRs. The as-prepared biosensor exhibited good performance for cholesterol detection including good reproducibility, selectivity, and acceptable linear range from 1 μM to 1mM with a relative low detection limit of 0.33 μM (S/N=3). The biosensor was successfully applied to the determination of cholesterol in biological fluid and food sample, which would open a new possibility for development of solid-state ECL biosensors with NIR emitters.

  19. High Capacity, Superior Cyclic Performances in All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries Based on 78Li2S-22P2S5 Glass-Ceramic Electrolytes Prepared via Simple Heat Treatment.

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    Zhang, Yibo; Chen, Rujun; Liu, Ting; Shen, Yang; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2017-08-30

    Highly Li-ion conductive 78Li2S-22P2S5 glass-ceramic electrolytes were prepared by simple heat treatment of the glass phase obtained via mechanical ball milling. A high ionic conductivity of ∼1.78 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) is achieved at room temperature and is attributed to the formation of a crystalline phase of high lithium-ion conduction. All-solid-state lithium-ion batteries based on these glass-ceramic electrolytes are assembled by using Li2S nanoparticles or low-cost commercially available FeS2 as active cathode materials and Li-In alloys as anode. A high discharge capacity of 535 mAh g(-1) is achieved after at least 50 cycles for the all-solid-state cells with Li2S as cathode materials, suggesting a rather high capacity retention of 97.4%. Even for the cells using low-cost FeS2 as cathode materials, same high discharge capacity of 560 mAh g(-1) is also achieved after at least 50 cycles. Moreover, the Coulombic efficiency remain at ∼99% for these all-solid-state cells during the charge-discharge cycles.

  20. Dual Cation- and Anion-Based Redox Process in Lithium Titanium Oxysulfide Thin Film Cathodes for All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Dubois, Vincent; Pecquenard, Brigitte; Soulé, Samantha; Martinez, Hervé; Le Cras, Frédéric

    2017-01-25

    A dual redox process involving Ti(3+)/Ti(4+) cation species and S(2-)/(S2)(2-) anion species is highlighted in oxygenated lithium titanium sulfide thin film electrodes during lithium (de)insertion, leading to a high specific capacity. These cathodes for all-solid-state lithium-ion microbatteries are synthesized by sputtering of LiTiS2 targets prepared by different means. The limited oxygenation of the films that is induced during the sputtering process favors the occurrence of the S(2-)/(S2)(2-) redox process at the expense of the Ti(3+)/Ti(4+) one during the battery operation, and influences its voltage profile. Finally, a perfect reversibility of both electrochemical processes is observed, whatever the initial film composition. All-solid-state lithium microbatteries using these amorphous lithiated titanium disulfide thin films and operated between 1.5 and 3.0 V/Li(+)/Li deliver a greater capacity (210-270 mAh g(-1)) than LiCoO2, with a perfect capacity retention (-0.0015% cycle(-1)).

  1. Effect of Ionic Conductivity on Response Speed of SrTiO3-Based All-Solid-State Electric-Double-Layer Transistor.

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    Tsuchiya, Takashi; Ochi, Masanori; Higuchi, Tohru; Terabe, Kazuya; Aono, Masakazu

    2015-06-10

    An all-solid-state electric-double-layer transistor (EDLT) with a Y-stabilized ZrO₂ (YSZ) proton conductor/SrTiO₃ (STO) single crystal has been fabricated to investigate ionic conductivity effect on the response speed, which should be a key parameter for development of next-generation EDLTs. The drain current exhibited a 4-order-of-magnitude increment by electrostatic carrier doping at the YSZ/STO interface due to ion migration, and the behavior strongly depended on the operation temperature. An Arrhenius-type plot of the ionic conductivity (σ(i)) in the YSZ and t(c)⁻¹, which is a current-rise time needed for charge accumulation at the YSZ/STO interface, shows a synchronized variation, indicating a proportional relationship between the two parameters. Analysis of the σ(i)-t(c) diagram shows that, in contrast to conventional EDLTs, the response speed should reach picosecond order at room temperature by using extreme miniaturization and superionic conductors. Furthermore, the diagram indicates that plenty of solid electrolytes, which have not been used due to the lack of criteria for evaluation, can be a candidate for all-solid-state EDLTs exceeding the carrier density of conventional EDLTs, even though the response speed becomes comparably lower than those of FETs.

  2. Molecular engineering and theoretical investigation of organic sensitizers based on indoline dyes for quasi-solid state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Bo; Wu, Wenjun; Li, Xiaoyan; Li, Lei; Guo, Shaofu; Wei, Xiaoru; Zhu, Weihong; Liu, Qingbin

    2011-05-21

    Novel indoline dyes, I-1-I-4, with structural modification of π-linker group in the D-π-A system have been synthesized and fully characterized. Molecular engineering through expanding the π-linker segment has been performed. The ground and excited state properties of the dyes have been studied by means of density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). Larger π-conjugation linkers would lead to broader spectral response and higher molar extinction coefficient but would decrease dye-loaded amount on TiO(2) electrode and LUMO level. While applied in DSSCs, the variation trends in short-circuit current density (J(sc)) and open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) were observed to be opposite to each other. The internal reasons were studied by experimental data and theoretical calculations in detail. Notably, I-2 showed comparable photocurrent values with liquid and quasi-solid state electrolyte, which suggested through molecular engineering of organic sensitizers the dilemma between optical absorption and charge diffusion lengths can be balanced well. Through studies of photophysical, electrochemical, and theoretical calculation results, the internal relations between chemical structure and efficiency have been revealed, which serve to enhance our knowledge regarding design and optimization of new sensitizers for quasi-solid state DSSCs, providing a powerful strategy for prediction of photovoltaic performances.

  3. Solid state radiative heat pump

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    Berdahl, Paul H.

    1986-01-01

    A solid state radiative heat pump (10, 50, 70) operable at room temperature (300.degree. K.) utilizes a semiconductor having a gap energy in the range of 0.03-0.25 eV and operated reversibly to produce an excess or deficit of charge carriers as compared to thermal equilibrium. In one form of the invention (10, 70) an infrared semiconductor photodiode (21, 71) is used, with forward or reverse bias, to emit an excess or deficit of infrared radiation. In another form of the invention (50), a homogeneous semiconductor (51) is subjected to orthogonal magnetic and electric fields to emit an excess or deficit of infrared radiation. Three methods of enhancing transmission of radiation through the active surface of the semiconductor are disclosed. In one method, an anti-reflection layer (19) is coated into the active surface (13) of the semiconductor (11), the anti-reflection layer (19) having an index of refraction equal to the square root of that of the semiconductor (11). In the second method, a passive layer (75) is spaced from the active surface (73) of the semiconductor (71) by a submicron vacuum gap, the passive layer having an index of refractive equal to that of the semiconductor. In the third method, a coupler (91) with a paraboloid reflecting surface (92) is in contact with the active surface (13, 53) of the semiconductor (11, 51), the coupler having an index of refraction about the same as that of the semiconductor.

  4. Solid state radiative heat pump

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    Berdahl, P.H.

    1984-09-28

    A solid state radiative heat pump operable at room temperature (300 K) utilizes a semiconductor having a gap energy in the range of 0.03-0.25 eV and operated reversibly to produce an excess or deficit of change carriers as compared equilibrium. In one form of the invention an infrared semiconductor photodiode is used, with forward or reverse bias, to emit an excess or deficit of infrared radiation. In another form of the invention, a homogenous semiconductor is subjected to orthogonal magnetic and electric fields to emit an excess or deficit of infrared radiation. Three methods of enhancing transmission of radiation the active surface of the semiconductor are disclosed. In one method, an anti-refection layer is coated into the active surface of the semiconductor, the anti-reflection layer having an index of refraction equal to the square root of that of the semiconductor. In the second method, a passive layer is speaced trom the active surface of the semiconductor by a submicron vacuum gap, the passive layer having an index of refractive equal to that of the semiconductor. In the third method, a coupler with a paraboloid reflecting surface surface is in contact with the active surface of the semiconductor, the coupler having an index of refraction about the same as that of the semiconductor.

  5. Photoelectrochemical lab-on-paper device based on molecularly imprinted polymer and porous Au-paper electrode.

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    Wang, Panpan; Sun, Guoqiang; Ge, Lei; Ge, Shenguang; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei

    2013-09-07

    In this work, microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD) was applied in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) method and thus a truly low-cost, simple, portable, and disposable microfluidic PEC origami device (μ-PECOD) was demonstrated. The molecular imprinting technique was introduced into microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μ-PADs) through electropolymerization of molecular imprinted polyaniline (MPANI) in a novel Au nanoparticle (AuNP)-modified paper working electrode (Au-PWE). This is fabricated through the growth of an AuNP layer on the surfaces of cellulose fibers in the PWE. Under visible light irradiation, MPANI can generate the photoelectric transition from the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), delivering the excited electrons to the AuNPs, and then to the carbon working electrode. Simultaneously, it is believed that a positively charged hole of MPANI that took part in the oxidation process was consumed by ascorbic acid (AA) to promote the amplifying photocurrent response. On the basis of this novel MPANI-Au-PWE and the principle of origami, a microfluidic molecular imprinted polymer (MIP)-based photoelectrochemical analytical origami device (μ-MPECOD), comprised of an auxiliary tab and a sample tab, is developed for the detection of heptachlor in the linear range from 0.03 nmol L(-1) to 10.0 nmol L(-1) with a low detection limit of 8.0 pmol L(-1). The selectivity, reproducibility, and stability of this μ-MPECOD are investigated. This μ-MPECOD would provide a new platform for high-throughput, sensitive, specific, and multiplex assay in public health, environmental monitoring, and the developing world.

  6. Numerical algorithms based on Galerkin methods for the modeling of reactive interfaces in photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cells

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    Harmon, Michael; Gamba, Irene M.; Ren, Kui

    2016-12-01

    This work concerns the numerical solution of a coupled system of self-consistent reaction-drift-diffusion-Poisson equations that describes the macroscopic dynamics of charge transport in photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cells with reactive semiconductor and electrolyte interfaces. We present three numerical algorithms, mainly based on a mixed finite element and a local discontinuous Galerkin method for spatial discretization, with carefully chosen numerical fluxes, and implicit-explicit time stepping techniques, for solving the time-dependent nonlinear systems of partial differential equations. We perform computational simulations under various model parameters to demonstrate the performance of the proposed numerical algorithms as well as the impact of these parameters on the solution to the model.

  7. A zwitterionic gel electrolyte for efficient solid-state supercapacitors

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    Peng, Xu; Liu, Huili; Yin, Qin; Wu, Junchi; Chen, Pengzuo; Zhang, Guangzhao; Liu, Guangming; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi

    2016-05-01

    Gel electrolytes have attracted increasing attention for solid-state supercapacitors. An ideal gel electrolyte usually requires a combination of advantages of high ion migration rate, reasonable mechanical strength and robust water retention ability at the solid state for ensuring excellent work durability. Here we report a zwitterionic gel electrolyte that successfully brings the synergic advantages of robust water retention ability and ion migration channels, manifesting in superior electrochemical performance. When applying the zwitterionic gel electrolyte, our graphene-based solid-state supercapacitor reaches a volume capacitance of 300.8 F cm-3 at 0.8 A cm-3 with a rate capacity of only 14.9% capacitance loss as the current density increases from 0.8 to 20 A cm-3, representing the best value among the previously reported graphene-based solid-state supercapacitors, to the best of our knowledge. We anticipate that zwitterionic gel electrolyte may be developed as a gel electrolyte in solid-state supercapacitors.

  8. A zwitterionic gel electrolyte for efficient solid-state supercapacitors.

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    Peng, Xu; Liu, Huili; Yin, Qin; Wu, Junchi; Chen, Pengzuo; Zhang, Guangzhao; Liu, Guangming; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi

    2016-05-26

    Gel electrolytes have attracted increasing attention for solid-state supercapacitors. An ideal gel electrolyte usually requires a combination of advantages of high ion migration rate, reasonable mechanical strength and robust water retention ability at the solid state for ensuring excellent work durability. Here we report a zwitterionic gel electrolyte that successfully brings the synergic advantages of robust water retention ability and ion migration channels, manifesting in superior electrochemical performance. When applying the zwitterionic gel electrolyte, our graphene-based solid-state supercapacitor reaches a volume capacitance of 300.8 F cm(-3) at 0.8 A cm(-3) with a rate capacity of only 14.9% capacitance loss as the current density increases from 0.8 to 20 A cm(-3), representing the best value among the previously reported graphene-based solid-state supercapacitors, to the best of our knowledge. We anticipate that zwitterionic gel electrolyte may be developed as a gel electrolyte in solid-state supercapacitors.

  9. Advanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy of natural organic matter.

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    Mao, Jingdong; Cao, Xiaoyan; Olk, Dan C; Chu, Wenying; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus

    2017-05-01

    Solid-state NMR is essential for the characterization of natural organic matter (NOM) and is gaining importance in geosciences and environmental sciences. This review is intended to highlight advanced solid-state NMR techniques, especially a systematic approach to NOM characterization, and their applications to the study of NOM. We discuss some basics of how to acquire high-quality and quantitative solid-state (13)C NMR spectra, and address some common technical mistakes that lead to unreliable spectra of NOM. The identification of specific functional groups in NOM, primarily based on (13)C spectral-editing techniques, is described and the theoretical background of some recently-developed spectral-editing techniques is provided. Applications of solid-state NMR to investigating nitrogen (N) in NOM are described, focusing on limitations of the widely used (15)N CP/MAS experiment and the potential of improved advanced NMR techniques for characterizing N forms in NOM. Then techniques used for identifying proximities, heterogeneities and domains are reviewed, and some examples provided. In addition, NMR techniques for studying segmental dynamics in NOM are reviewed. We also briefly discuss applications of solid-state NMR to NOM from various sources, including soil organic matter, aquatic organic matter, organic matter in atmospheric particulate matter, carbonaceous meteoritic organic matter, and fossil fuels. Finally, examples of NMR-based structural models and an outlook are provided. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. A zwitterionic gel electrolyte for efficient solid-state supercapacitors

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    Peng, Xu; Liu, Huili; Yin, Qin; Wu, Junchi; Chen, Pengzuo; Zhang, Guangzhao; Liu, Guangming; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Gel electrolytes have attracted increasing attention for solid-state supercapacitors. An ideal gel electrolyte usually requires a combination of advantages of high ion migration rate, reasonable mechanical strength and robust water retention ability at the solid state for ensuring excellent work durability. Here we report a zwitterionic gel electrolyte that successfully brings the synergic advantages of robust water retention ability and ion migration channels, manifesting in superior electrochemical performance. When applying the zwitterionic gel electrolyte, our graphene-based solid-state supercapacitor reaches a volume capacitance of 300.8 F cm−3 at 0.8 A cm−3 with a rate capacity of only 14.9% capacitance loss as the current density increases from 0.8 to 20 A cm−3, representing the best value among the previously reported graphene-based solid-state supercapacitors, to the best of our knowledge. We anticipate that zwitterionic gel electrolyte may be developed as a gel electrolyte in solid-state supercapacitors. PMID:27225484

  11. Recent Progress on Compact and Portable Terahertz Source Based on Parametric Conversion from Dual-Frequency Solid-State Laser Pulses

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    Ding, Yujie J.; Zhao, Pu; Li, Da

    2013-02-01

    We review the progress made on power scaling and compact and portable THz sources. By reversely stacking GaP plates, we improved photon conversion efficiency from 25% to 40%, which is the maximum value. As the number of the plates was increased from 4 to 5, the output power was decreased due to back conversion. We also investigated THz generation by mixing two frequencies generated by a single Nd:YLF solid-state laser. The average output power reached 1 μW. By introducing two Nd:YLF crystals, we significantly improved the output power to 4.5 μW. Such a configuration allowed us to generate different output frequencies. We have also reviewed our effort of making the THz source further compact by exploiting passively Q-switched laser pulses.

  12. Solid-State 2-Micron Laser Transmitter Advancement for Wind and Carbon Dioxide Measurements From Ground, Airborne, and Space-Based Lidar Systems

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    Singh, Upendra N.; Kavaya, Michael J.; Koch, Grady; Yu, Jirong; Ismail, Syed

    2008-01-01

    NASA Langley Research Center has been developing 2-micron lidar technologies over a decade for wind measurements, utilizing coherent Doppler wind lidar technique and carbon dioxide measurements, utilizing Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) technique. Significant advancements have been made towards developing state-of-the-art technologies towards laser transmitters, detectors, and receiver systems. These efforts have led to the development of solid-state lasers with high pulse energy, tunablility, wavelength-stability, and double-pulsed operation. This paper will present a review of these technological developments along with examples of high resolution wind and high precision CO2 DIAL measurements in the atmosphere. Plans for the development of compact high power lasers for applications in airborne and future space platforms for wind and regional to global scale measurement of atmospheric CO2 will also be discussed.

  13. Study of the possibility of developing a multichannel-diode-pumped multikilowatt solid-state laser based on optically dense active media

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    Garnov, S V; Mikhailov, V A; Serov, R V; Smirnov, V A; Tsvetkov, V B; Shcherbakov, I A

    2007-10-31

    Optimal conditions are determined for the development of efficient diode-pumped 1-{mu}m solid-state lasers with output powers up to a few tens of kilowatts. The thermal operating conditions are analysed for various Yb{sup 3+}- or Nd{sup 3+}-doped active media used in high-power laser systems. The advantages and disadvantages of these active ions and various crystal matrices are discussed. The theoretical analysis and experimental simulations allow one to determine the application fields of various laser crystals. A new concept of a multibeam (multipoint) pumping of active media is proposed. (special issue devoted to the 25th anniversary of the a.m. prokhorov general physics institute)

  14. Large piezoelectric properties in KNN-based lead-free single crystals grown by a seed-free solid-state crystal growth method

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    Yang, Jie; Zhang, Faqiang; Yang, Qunbao; Liu, Zhifu; Li, Yongxiang; Liu, Yun; Zhang, Qiming

    2016-05-01

    We report lead-free single crystals with a nominal formula of (K0.45Na0.55)0.96Li0.04NbO3 grown using a simple low-cost seed-free solid-state crystal growth method (SFSSCG). The crystals thus prepared can reach maximum dimensions of 6 mm × 5 mm × 2 mm and exhibit a large piezoelectric coefficient d33 of 689 pC/N. Moreover, the effective piezoelectric coefficient d33 * , obtained under a unipolar electric field of 30 kV/cm, can reach 967 pm/V. The large piezoelectric response plus the high Curie temperature (TC) of 432 °C indicate that SFSSCG is an effective approach to synthesize high-performance lead-free piezoelectric single crystals.

  15. Efficient scalable solid-state neutron detector

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    Moses, Daniel

    2015-06-01

    We report on scalable solid-state neutron detector system that is specifically designed to yield high thermal neutron detection sensitivity. The basic detector unit in this system is made of a 6Li foil coupled to two crystalline silicon diodes. The theoretical intrinsic efficiency of a detector-unit is 23.8% and that of detector element comprising a stack of five detector-units is 60%. Based on the measured performance of this detector-unit, the performance of a detector system comprising a planar array of detector elements, scaled to encompass effective area of 0.43 m2, is estimated to yield the minimum absolute efficiency required of radiological portal monitors used in homeland security.

  16. Solid state electrochromic switchable window glazings

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    Benson, D.K.; Tracy, C.E.; Ruth, M.R.

    1984-08-01

    Multilayer, solid state electrochromic coatings based on a-WO/sub 3/ (amorphous WO/sub 3/) have been tested. A typical coating on glass consists of indium-tin oxide (520 nm), WO/sub 3/ (410 nm), MgF/sub 2/ (170 nm) and gold (15 nm) all deposited by vacuum evaporation. Optical spectra and solar weighted, integrated transmission values are given for the component films and complete multilayer devices. Electrical characterisitcs and electrooptic responses are reported. Devices with MgF/sub 2/ layers deposited at low pressures have high internal resistances and exhibit long term optical term memories suitable for diurnal switching. The replacement of the gold electrode layer with an indium-tin oxide layer greatly increases the transmittance of the electrochromic coating stack (from solar weighted transmission of 22% to 53%). Electrochromic coatings have promise for solar gain control windows, but further improvements in optical and electrical efficiencies are needed.

  17. Efficient scalable solid-state neutron detector

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    Moses, Daniel

    2015-06-15

    We report on scalable solid-state neutron detector system that is specifically designed to yield high thermal neutron detection sensitivity. The basic detector unit in this system is made of a {sup 6}Li foil coupled to two crystalline silicon diodes. The theoretical intrinsic efficiency of a detector-unit is 23.8% and that of detector element comprising a stack of five detector-units is 60%. Based on the measured performance of this detector-unit, the performance of a detector system comprising a planar array of detector elements, scaled to encompass effective area of 0.43 m{sup 2}, is estimated to yield the minimum absolute efficiency required of radiological portal monitors used in homeland security.

  18. Optical Solid State Cooling within a Laser

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    Stone, M.; Heeg, B.; Khizhnyak, A.; DeBarber, P. A.

    2004-06-01

    Recent demonstrations of optical solid state cooling by anti-Stokes luminescence has yielded temperatures of 236 K, while it has been predicted that cooling efficiencies of the order of 1% are obtainable for temperatures as low as 40 to 50 K for some materials. In this paper, we will discuss a design of an optical cooling device based on the idea of locating the active cooling element inside a laser resonator. The inherent multi-passing of radiation within a laser cavity allows efficient pumping of the cooling medium. Results of a low power prototype version of the device are discussed and a method for optimizing the cooling efficiencies with this approach is presented.

  19. Lattice defect-enhanced hydrogen production in nanostructured hematite-based photoelectrochemical device.

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    Wang, Peng; Wang, Degao; Lin, Jun; Li, Xiaolong; Peng, Cheng; Gao, Xingyu; Huang, Qing; Wang, Jianqiang; Xu, Hongjie; Fan, Chunhai

    2012-04-01

    Nanostructured hematite photoanodes have been intensively studied in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting for sustainable hydrogen production. Whereas many previous efforts have been focused on doping elements in nanostructured hematite (α-Fe(2)O(3)), we herein demonstrated an alternative approach to enhance the PEC performance by exploiting intrinsic nanostructuring properties of hematite. We found that the introduction of lattice defects effectively decreased the flatband potential and increased the charge transport mobility of nanostructured hematite, hence enhance the light harvest for more efficient hydrogen production via PEC. The nanostructured hematite photoanodes with lattice defects yielded water-splitting photocurrent density of 1.2 mA/cm(2) at 1.6 V vs reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), which excelled defect-free ones by approximately 1.5 folds. This study thus provides a new strategy for finely tuning properties of nanostructured hematite photoanodes and enhancing the water-splitting ability of PEC.

  20. Electrochemical photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical storage cells based on II-VI polycrystalline thin film materials

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    Wallace, W.L.

    1983-06-01

    Research on electrochemical photovoltaic cells incorporating thin film CdSe and CdSe /SUB x/ Te /SUB 1-x/ photoanodes has progressed to the point where efficiencies of up to 7% can be achieved on small area electrodes using a polysulfide electrolyte. Higher efficiencies can be obtained in alternate electrolytes in significantly less stable systems. The major limitations on cell efficiency are associated with the open circuit voltage and fill factor. At present, the most promising photoelectrochemical storage system is an in situ three electrode cell which consists of an n-CdSe /SUB x/ Te /SUB 1-x/ photoanode and CoS counterelectrode in a sulfide/polysulfide electrolyte and a Sn/SnS storage electrode isolated in an aqueous sulfide electrolyte.

  1. Enhanced performance of quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by branching the linear substituent in sensitizers based on thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione.

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    Feng, Quanyou; Zhang, Weiyi; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione-based organic sensitizers with triphenylamine (FNE38 and FNE40) or julolidine (FNE39 and FNE41) as electron-donating unit have been designed and synthesized. A linear hexyl group or a branched alkyl chain, the 2-ethylhexyl group, is incorporated into molecular skeleton of the dyes to minimize intermolecular interactions. The absorption, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties for these sensitizers were then systematically investigated. It is found that the sensitizers have similar photophysical and electrochemical properties, such as absorption spectra and energy levels, owing to their close chemical structures. However, the quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on the two types of sensitizers exhibit very different performance parameters. Upon the incorporation of the short ethyl group on the hexyl moiety, enhancements in both open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (J(sc)) are achieved for the quasi-solid-state DSSCs. The V(oc) gains originating from the suppression of charge recombination were quantitatively investigated and are in good agreement with the experimentally observed V(oc) enhancements. Therefore, an enhanced solar energy conversion efficiency (η) of 6.16%, constituting an increase by 23%, is achieved under standard AM 1.5 sunlight without the use of coadsorbant agents for the quasi-solid-state DSSC based on sensitizer FNE40, which bears the branched alkyl group, in comparison with that based on FNE38 carrying the linear alkyl group. This work presents a design concept for considering the crucial importance of the branched alkyl substituent in novel metal-free organic sensitizers.

  2. Development and evaluation of a new radiographic and fluoroscopic imager based on electron-multiplying CCDs: The solid state x-ray image intensifier

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    Kuhls-Gilcrist, Andrew Thomas

    A new dual detector system was developed which utilizes a low resolution, large field-of-view x-ray image intensifier (II) and a high resolution, region-of-interest microangiographic (MA) detector on the same c-arm gantry. With this new MA-II system, the larger field-of-view (FOV) II can be operated when the demands of the task are not as high, and a larger imaging area is desired. However, when a higher-resolution image with greater image quality is desired at a targeted region-of-interest (ROI), the MA can be deployed to take on these greater demands. To quantitatively and qualitatively assess the imaging performance of each detector under realistic conditions, angiographic images of simulated vessels and rabbit neurovasculature were acquired with both detectors under nearly identical conditions. With the MA detector deployed, vessels as small as 95 mum were visible, whereas the II could not detect vessels smaller than 235 mum. The ROI MA mode was also shown to provide sharper images with higher contrast-to-noise ratios and was four times as likely to successfully detect overlapping vessels as compared to the II. More accurate three-dimensional center lines of vasculature using multi-view reconstruction techniques were also obtained with the MA. The solid state x-ray image intensifier (SSXII) was developed to provide similar high-resolution imaging capabilities as the MA and a built in adjustable gain to provide high-sensitivity imaging capabilities for operation at all exposures used in medical x-ray imaging procedures. The imaging components used in construction of the prototype SSXII were selected based on a theoretical performance evaluation, using a Fourier-based linear-systems model analysis. The performance of the prototype SSXII was then extensively evaluated. Images of various objects and image comparisons with current state-of-the-art detectors qualitatively demonstrated that the SSXII is capable of providing substantial improvements. A quantitative

  3. Solid State Reactor Final Report

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    Mays, G.T.

    2004-03-10

    The Solid State Reactor (SSR) is an advanced reactor concept designed to take advantage of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) recently developed graphite foam that has enhanced heat transfer characteristics and excellent high-temperature mechanical properties, to provide an inherently safe, self-regulated, source of heat for power and other potential applications. This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) program (Project No. 99-064) from August 1999 through September 30, 2002. The initial concept of utilizing the graphite foam as a basis for developing an advanced reactor concept envisioned that a suite of reactor configurations and power levels could be developed for several different applications. The initial focus was looking at the reactor as a heat source that was scalable, independent of any heat removal/power conversion process. These applications might include conventional power generation, isotope production and destruction (actinides), and hydrogen production. Having conducted the initial research on the graphite foam and having performed the scoping parametric analyses from neutronics and thermal-hydraulic perspectives, it was necessary to focus on a particular application that would (1) demonstrate the viability of the overall concept and (2) require a reasonably structured design analysis process that would synthesize those important parameters that influence the concept the most as part of a feasible, working reactor system. Thus, the application targeted for this concept was supplying power for remote/harsh environments and a design that was easily deployable, simplistic from an operational standpoint, and utilized the new graphite foam. Specifically, a 500-kW(t) reactor concept was pursued that is naturally load following, inherently safe, optimized via neutronic studies to achieve near-zero reactivity change with burnup, and proliferation resistant. These four major areas of research

  4. Solid State Technology Meets Collider Challenge

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    Hazi, A

    2005-09-20

    Probing the frontiers of particle physics and delving into the mysteries of the universe and its beginnings require machines that can accelerate beams of fundamental particles to very high energies and then collide those beams together, producing a multitude of exotic subatomic particles. The proposed Next Linear Collider (NLC), being developed by Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), is such a machine. The NLC is expected to produce a variety of subatomic particles by smashing together electrons and their antimatter counterparts (positrons) at nearly the speed of light with energies in the teraelectronvolt (TeV) range. Plans are that the NLC will initially operate at 0.5 TeV and ultimately be scaled up to 1.5 TeV. (See S&TR, April 2000, pp. 12-16.) Work at the facility will complement the research to be conducted at another high-energy particle accelerator, the 14-TeV Large Hadron Collider at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (commonly known by the acronym CERN from its former name) in Geneva, which is scheduled for completion in 2007. Achieving beam energy levels in the TeV range requires modulator systems that can convert ac line power--the same type of power one gets from the wall plug--into dc pulses. Ultimately, these pulses are transformed into radiofrequency (rf) pulses that ''kick'' the particles up to the required energy levels. Livermore scientists and engineers have designed a solid-state modulator to replace oldstyle modulators based on vacuum-tube technology. These new modulators promise to be far more efficient, reliable, and serviceable than the previous components. Livermore's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program supported the basic research and development on the solid-state modulator technology, and SLAC supported the systems integration.

  5. Tunable solid-state fluorescent materials for supramolecular encryption

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    Hou, Xisen; Ke, Chenfeng; Bruns, Carson J.; McGonigal, Paul R.; Pettman, Roger B.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2015-04-01

    Tunable solid-state fluorescent materials are ideal for applications in security printing technologies. A document possesses a high level of security if its encrypted information can be authenticated without being decoded, while also being resistant to counterfeiting. Herein, we describe a heterorotaxane with tunable solid-state fluorescent emissions enabled through reversible manipulation of its aggregation by supramolecular encapsulation. The dynamic nature of this fluorescent material is based on a complex set of equilibria, whose fluorescence output depends non-linearly on the chemical inputs and the composition of the paper. By applying this system in fluorescent security inks, the information encoded in polychromic images can be protected in such a way that it is close to impossible to reverse engineer, as well as being easy to verify. This system constitutes a unique application of responsive complex equilibria in the form of a cryptographic algorithm that protects valuable information printed using tunable solid-state fluorescent materials.

  6. Wideband Waveform Design principles for Solid-state Weather Radars

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    Bharadwaj, Nitin; Chandrasekar, V.

    2012-01-01

    The use of solid-state transmitter is becoming a key part of the strategy to realize a network of low cost electronically steered radars. However, solid-state transmitters have low peak powers and this necessitates the use of pulse compression waveforms. In this paper a frequency diversity wideband waveforms design is proposed to mitigate low sensitivity of solid-state transmitters. In addition, the waveforms mitigate the range eclipsing problem associated with long pulse compression. An analysis of the performance of pulse compression using mismatched compression filters designed to minimize side lobe levels is presented. The impact of range side lobe level on the retrieval of Doppler moments are presented. Realistic simulations are performed based on CSU-CHILL radar data and Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) Integrated Project I (IP1) radar data.

  7. Tunable solid-state fluorescent materials for supramolecular encryption

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    Hou, Xisen; Ke, Chenfeng; Bruns, Carson J.; McGonigal, Paul R.; Pettman, Roger B.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2015-01-01

    Tunable solid-state fluorescent materials are ideal for applications in security printing technologies. A document possesses a high level of security if its encrypted information can be authenticated without being decoded, while also being resistant to counterfeiting. Herein, we describe a heterorotaxane with tunable solid-state fluorescent emissions enabled through reversible manipulation of its aggregation by supramolecular encapsulation. The dynamic nature of this fluorescent material is based on a complex set of equilibria, whose fluorescence output depends non-linearly on the chemical inputs and the composition of the paper. By applying this system in fluorescent security inks, the information encoded in polychromic images can be protected in such a way that it is close to impossible to reverse engineer, as well as being easy to verify. This system constitutes a unique application of responsive complex equilibria in the form of a cryptographic algorithm that protects valuable information printed using tunable solid-state fluorescent materials. PMID:25901677

  8. Solid-state ring laser gyroscope

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    Schwartz, S.

    The ring laser gyroscope is a rotation sensor used in most kinds of inertial navigation units. It usually consists in a ring cavity filled with a mixture of helium and neon, together with high-voltage pumping electrodes. The use of a gaseous gain medium, while resulting naturally in a stable bidirectional regime enabling rotation sensing, is however the main industrially limiting factor for the ring laser gyroscopes in terms of cost, reliability and lifetime. We study in this book the possibility of substituting for the gaseous gain medium a solid-state medium (diode-pumped Nd-YAG). For this, a theoretical and experimental overview of the lasing regimes of the solid-state ring laser is reported. We show that the bidirectional emission can be obtained thanks to a feedback loop acting on the states of polarization and inducing differential losses proportional to the difference of intensity between the counterpropagating modes. This leads to the achievement of a solid-state ring laser gyroscope, whose frequency response is modified by mode coupling effects. Several configurations, either mechanically or optically based, are then successively studied, with a view to improving the quality of this frequency response. In particular, vibration of the gain crystal along the longitudinal axis appears to be a very promising technique for reaching high inertial performances with a solid-state ring laser gyroscope. Gyrolaser à état solide. Le gyrolaser est un capteur de rotation utilisé dans la plupart des centrales de navigation inertielle. Dans sa forme usuelle, il est constitué d'une cavité laser en anneau remplie d'un mélange d'hélium et de néon pompé par des électrodes à haute tension. L'utilisation d'un milieu amplificateur gazeux, si elle permet de garantir naturellement le fonctionnement bidirectionnel stable nécessaire à la mesure des rotations, constitue en revanche la principale limitation industrielle des gyrolasers actuels en termes de coût, fiabilit

  9. A solid-state heat pump using electrocaloric ceramic elements

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    Hilt, Matthew G.

    The thermoacoustic cycle is a robust thermodynamic cycle that can be generalized to describe and develop an all-solid-state heat pump using generic caloric elements. Ferroelectric barium strontium titanate (BST) and relaxor lead magnesium niobate - lead titanate (PMN-PT) are two candidate materials for the caloric elements using the electrocaloric effect. I developed a procedure to repeatably produce high quality BST and PMN-PT ceramics so that the electrocaloric and dielectric properties could be accurately measured. The measured electrocaloric properties serve as the baseline numbers for calculating the performance of a proposed all-solid-state cooler based on thermoacoustic principles.

  10. Solid-state NMR and Membrane Proteins

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    Opella, Stanley J.

    2015-01-01

    The native environment for a membrane protein is a phospholipid bilayer. Because the protein is immobilized on NMR timescales by the interactions within a bilayer membrane, solid-state NMR methods are essential to obtain high-resolution spectra. Approaches have been developed for both unoriented and oriented samples, however, they all rest on the foundation of the most fundamental aspects solid-state NMR, and the chemical shift and homo- and hetero-nuclear dipole-dipole interactions. Solid-state NMR has advanced sufficiently to enable the structures of membrane proteins to be determined under near-native conditions in phospholipid bilayers. PMID:25681966

  11. Solid-state NMR and membrane proteins

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    Opella, Stanley J.

    2015-04-01

    The native environment for a membrane protein is a phospholipid bilayer. Because the protein is immobilized on NMR timescales by the interactions within a bilayer membrane, solid-state NMR methods are essential to obtain high-resolution spectra. Approaches have been developed for both unoriented and oriented samples, however, they all rest on the foundation of the most fundamental aspects of solid-state NMR, and the chemical shift and homo- and hetero-nuclear dipole-dipole interactions. Solid-state NMR has advanced sufficiently to enable the structures of membrane proteins to be determined under near-native conditions in phospholipid bilayers.

  12. Influence of Nitrogen Doping on Device Operation for TiO2-Based Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Photo-Physics from Materials to Devices

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    Wang, Jin; Tapio, Kosti; Habert, Aurélie; Sorgues, Sebastien; Colbeau-Justin, Christophe; Ratier, Bernard; Scarisoreanu, Monica; Toppari, Jussi; Herlin-Boime, Nathalie; Bouclé, Johann

    2016-01-01

    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSC) constitute a major approach to photovoltaic energy conversion with efficiencies over 8% reported thanks to the rational design of efficient porous metal oxide electrodes, organic chromophores, and hole transporters. Among the various strategies used to push the performance ahead, doping of the nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) electrode is regularly proposed to extend the photo-activity of the materials into the visible range. However, although various beneficial effects for device performance have been observed in the literature, they remain strongly dependent on the method used for the production of the metal oxide, and the influence of nitrogen atoms on charge kinetics remains unclear. To shed light on this open question, we synthesized a set of N-doped TiO2 nanopowders with various nitrogen contents, and exploited them for the fabrication of ssDSSC. Particularly, we carefully analyzed the localization of the dopants using X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) and monitored their influence on the photo-induced charge kinetics probed both at the material and device levels. We demonstrate a strong correlation between the kinetics of photo-induced charge carriers probed both at the level of the nanopowders and at the level of working solar cells, illustrating a direct transposition of the photo-physic properties from materials to devices. PMID:28344292

  13. In situ gelation of Al(III)-4-tert-butylpyridine based metal-organic gel electrolyte for efficient quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Dong, Yu-Jie; Rao, Hua-Shang; Cao, Yang; Chen, Hong-Yan; Kuang, Dai-Bin; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2017-03-01

    A novel Al(III)-4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP) gel electrolyte is successfully achieved by a simple and facile in situ gelation method and applied as quasi-solid-state electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Through directly adding Al3+ into the TBP solution, the induced hydrolysis of Al3+ and the coordination interaction between Al3+ and TBP facilitates the formation of metal-organic gels(MOGs), in which such bi-functional TBP molecules will act as both gelators and active additives to tailor the performance of electrolytes. In addition, the gel electrolytes can largely preserve the properties of liquid electrolyte and penetrate well into the TiO2 photoanode film. Both Al3+ and TBP in the gel electrolytes affect the performance of cells. The Jsc of gel electrolytes decrease with the increasing concentration of gelators due to the enhanced strength and viscosity of the gel electrolytes, while the competition between Al3+ and TBP causes conduction band edge shift and electron recombination, leading to a variation of Voc. Herein, by tuning the molar ratio of Al3+/TBP, an impressive conversion efficiency of 8.25% is obtained, indicating a promising protocol of preparing MOGs not only to achieve high performance in solar cells, but also opens up extended scopes in other energy-related fields such as catalysis.

  14. Influence of Nitrogen Doping on Device Operation for TiO₂-Based Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Photo-Physics from Materials to Devices.

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    Wang, Jin; Tapio, Kosti; Habert, Aurélie; Sorgues, Sebastien; Colbeau-Justin, Christophe; Ratier, Bernard; Scarisoreanu, Monica; Toppari, Jussi; Herlin-Boime, Nathalie; Bouclé, Johann

    2016-02-23

    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSC) constitute a major approach to photovoltaic energy conversion with efficiencies over 8% reported thanks to the rational design of efficient porous metal oxide electrodes, organic chromophores, and hole transporters. Among the various strategies used to push the performance ahead, doping of the nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO₂) electrode is regularly proposed to extend the photo-activity of the materials into the visible range. However, although various beneficial effects for device performance have been observed in the literature, they remain strongly dependent on the method used for the production of the metal oxide, and the influence of nitrogen atoms on charge kinetics remains unclear. To shed light on this open question, we synthesized a set of N-doped TiO₂ nanopowders with various nitrogen contents, and exploited them for the fabrication of ssDSSC. Particularly, we carefully analyzed the localization of the dopants using X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) and monitored their influence on the photo-induced charge kinetics probed both at the material and device levels. We demonstrate a strong correlation between the kinetics of photo-induced charge carriers probed both at the level of the nanopowders and at the level of working solar cells, illustrating a direct transposition of the photo-physic properties from materials to devices.

  15. Disposable all-solid-state pH and glucose sensors based on conductive polymer covered hierarchical AuZn oxide.

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    Kim, Dong-Min; Cho, Seong Je; Cho, Chul-Ho; Kim, Kwang Bok; Kim, Min-Yeong; Shim, Yoon-Bo

    2016-05-15

    Poly(terthiophene benzoic acid) (pTBA) layered-AuZn alloy oxide (AuZnOx) deposited on the screen printed carbon electrode (pTBA/AuZnOx/SPCE) was prepared to create a disposable all-solid-state pH sensor at first. Further, FAD-glucose oxidase (GOx) was immobilized onto the pTBA/AuZnOx/SPCE to fabricate a glucose sensor. The characterizations of the sensor probe reveal that AuZnOx forms a homogeneous hierarchical structure, and that the polymerized pTBA layer on the alloy oxide surface captures GOx covalently. The benzoic acid group of pTBA coated on the probe layer synergetically improved the pH response of the alloy oxide and provide chemical binding sites to enzyme, which resulted in a Nernstian behavior (59.2 ± 0.5 mV/pH) in the pH range of 2-13. The experimental parameters affecting the glucose analysis were studied in terms of pH, temperature, humidity, and interferences. The sensor exhibited a fast response time <1s and a dynamic range between 30 and 500 mg/dL glucose with a detection limit of 17.23 ± 0.32 mg/dL. The reliabilities of the disposable pH and glucose sensors were examined for biological samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Note: All solid-state high repetitive sub-nanosecond risetime pulse generator based on bulk gallium arsenide avalanche semiconductor switches.

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    Hu, Long; Su, Jiancang; Ding, Zhenjie; Hao, Qingsong; Fan, Yajun; Liu, Chunliang

    2016-08-01

    An all solid-state high repetitive sub-nanosecond risetime pulse generator featuring low-energy-triggered bulk gallium arsenide (GaAs) avalanche semiconductor switches and a step-type transmission line is presented. The step-type transmission line with two stages is charged to a potential of 5.0 kV also biasing at the switches. The bulk GaAs avalanche semiconductor switch closes within sub-nanosecond range when illuminated with approximately 87 nJ of laser energy at 905 nm in a single pulse. An asymmetric dipolar pulse with peak-to-peak amplitude of 9.6 kV and risetime of 0.65 ns is produced on a resistive load of 50 Ω. A technique that allows for repetition-rate multiplication of pulse trains experimentally demonstrated that the parallel-connected bulk GaAs avalanche semiconductor switches are triggered in sequence. The highest repetition rate is decided by recovery time of the bulk GaAs avalanche semiconductor switch, and the operating result of 100 kHz of the generator is discussed.

  17. A suite of pulse sequences based on multiple sequential acquisitions at one and two radiofrequency channels for solid-state magic-angle spinning NMR studies of proteins.

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    Sharma, Kshama; Madhu, Perunthiruthy K; Mote, Kaustubh R

    2016-08-01

    One of the fundamental challenges in the application of solid-state NMR is its limited sensitivity, yet a majority of experiments do not make efficient use of the limited polarization available. The loss in polarization in a single acquisition experiment is mandated by the need to select out a single coherence pathway. In contrast, sequential acquisition strategies can encode more than one pathway in the same experiment or recover unused polarization to supplement a standard experiment. In this article, we present pulse sequences that implement sequential acquisition strategies on one and two radiofrequency channels with a combination of proton and carbon detection to record multiple experiments under magic-angle spinning. We show that complementary 2D experiments such as [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] or DARR and [Formula: see text], and 3D experiments such as [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], or [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]  can be combined in a single experiment to ensure time savings of at least 40 %. These experiments can be done under fast or slow-moderate magic-angle spinning frequencies aided by windowed [Formula: see text] acquisition and homonulcear decoupling. The pulse sequence suite is further expanded by including pathways that allow the recovery of residual polarization, the so-called 'afterglow' pathways, to encode a number of pulse sequences to aid in assignments and chemical-shift mapping.

  18. On the impedance and phase transition of thin film all-solid-state batteries based on the Li4Ti5O12 system

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    Schichtel, Patrick; Geiß, Matthias; Leichtweiß, Thomas; Sann, Joachim; Weber, Dominik A.; Janek, Jürgen

    2017-08-01

    Model-type thin film all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) of the type Li/;LiPON;/Li4Ti5O12 are characterized by impedance spectroscopy as function of the state of charge. Both the contact of Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) to the substrate and current collector as well as the Li ion transport through the LTO thin film prove to be important factors for the rate limitation of the cell. The ionic charge transfer resistance between Li4Ti5O12 and ;LiPON; is proven to not be a rate limiting factor. The impedance measurements are interpreted in terms of the mechanism of phase change in the Li4Ti5O12 thin film and the data indicate a solid solution mechanism of phase change. The resulting data are compared to recent results for the Li/;LiPON;/LiCoO2 system, and several key similarities and differences are highlighted mostly involving the solid electrolyte/Li interface and the degradation thereof. The results are meant to improve the understanding of interfaces in ASSB in general rather than to advance high performance batteries.

  19. Calibration of the Politrack® system based on CR39 solid-state nuclear track detectors for passive indoor radon concentration measurements.

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    Kropat, G; Baechler, S; Bailat, C; Barazza, F; Bochud, F; Damet, J; Meyer, N; Palacios Gruson, M; Butterweck, G

    2015-11-01

    Swiss national requirements for measuring radon gas exposures demand a lower detection limit of 50 kBq h m(-3), representing the Swiss concentration average of 70 Bq m(-3) over a 1-month period. A solid-state nuclear track detector (SSNTD) system (Politrack, Mi.am s.r.l., Italy) has been acquired to fulfil these requirements. This work was aimed at the calibration of the Politrack system with traceability to international standards and the development of a procedure to check the stability of the system. A total of 275 SSNTDs was exposed to 11 different radon exposures in the radon chamber of the Secondary Calibration Laboratory at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. The exposures ranged from 50 to 15000 kBq h m(-3). For each exposure of 20 detectors, 5 SSNTDs were used to monitor possible background exposures during transport and storage. The response curve and the calibration factor of the whole system were determined using a Monte Carlo fitting procedure. A device to produce CR39 samples with a reference number of tracks using a (241)Am source was developed for checking the long-term stability of the Politrack system. The characteristic limits for the detection of a possible system drift were determined following ISO Standard 11929. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  20. Synthesis and characterisation of composite based biohydroxyapatite bovine bone mandible waste (BHAp) doped with 10 wt % amorphous SiO2 from rice husk by solid state reaction

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    Asmi, Dwi; Sulaiman, Ahmad; Oktavia, Irene Lucky; Badaruddin, Muhammad; Zulfia, Anne

    2016-04-01

    Effect of 10 wt% amorphous SiO2 from rice husk addition on the microstructures of biohydroxyapatite (BHAp) obtained from bovine bone was synthesized by solid state reaction. In this study, biohydroxyapatite powder was obtained from bovine bone mandible waste heat treated at 800 °C for 5 h and amorphous SiO2 powder was extracted from citric acid leaching of rice husk followed by combustion at 700°C for 5 h. The composite powder then mixed and sintered at 1200 °C for 3 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques are utilized to characterize the phase relations, functional group present and morphology of the sample. The study has revealed that the processing procedures played an important role in microstructural development of BHAp-10 wt% SiO2 composite. The XRD study of the raw material revealed that the primary phase material in the heat treated of bovine bone mandible waste is hydroxyapatite and in the combustion of rice husk is amorphous SiO2. However, in the composite the hydroxyapatite, β-tricalcium phosphate, and calcium phosphate silicate were observed. The FTIR result show that the hydroxyl stretching band in the composite decrease compared with those of hydroxyapatite spectra and the evolution of morphology was occurred in the composite.

  1. Alignment of druglike compounds in lipid bilayers analyzed by solid-state (19)F-NMR and molecular dynamics, based on dipolar couplings of adjacent CF3 groups.

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    Dürr, Ulrich H N; Afonin, Sergii; Hoff, Barbara; de Luca, Giuseppina; Emsley, James W; Ulrich, Anne S

    2012-04-26

    Solid-state (19)F-NMR spectroscopy is frequently used to analyze the structure and dynamics of lipophilic drugs and peptides embedded in biomembranes. The homonuclear dipolar couplings of trifluoromethyl (CF3) labels can provide valuable parameters such as orientational constraints and/or distances. To characterize the complex dipolar patterns of multiple (19)F spin interactions, three different model compounds carrying two CF3 groups in meta-position on a phenyl ring were incorporated in macroscopically aligned DMPC bilayers. The dipolar patterns obtained with the CPMG (Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill) multipulse sequence were analyzed to yield simultaneously the intra-CF3 and intergroup dipolar coupling values. The fluorine-fluorine distances were predicted by a density functional calculation, and the alignment of the labeled molecular segment could be determined from these distances and the dipolar coupling values. The different compounds were found to align in the lipid bilayer according to their amphiphilic properties, though with a weak anisotropic preference that is typical of solutes in liquid crystals. The residual dipolar couplings were used to calculate Saupe order parameters. For the least complex molecule, (CF3)2-BA, an orientational probability function for the solute in the lipid matrix could be derived. The overall description of how (CF3)2-BA is embedded in the bilayer was independently assessed by molecular dynamics simulations, and compared in structural and dynamical terms with the results of the NMR experiments.

  2. Solid state and solution dynamics of pyridine based tetraaza-macrocyclic lanthanide chelates possessing phosphonate ligating functionality (Ln-PCTMB): effect on relaxometry and optical properties.

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    Kiefer, Garry E; Woods, Mark

    2009-12-21

    The macrocyclic ligand 3,6,9-tris(methylenebutyl phosphonic acid)-3,6,9-15-tetraazabicyclo [9.3.1]pentadeca-1(15),11,13-triene (PCTMB) was synthesized and complexes of Eu(3+), Tb(3+), and Gd(3+) studied by X-ray crystallography, luminescence, and relaxometry. In the crystal these complexes are dimeric and possess 8-coordinate Ln(3+) centers that are linked by bridging phosphonates. The rigidity introduced by the pyridyl nucleus forces the EuPCTMB and TbPCTMB to adopt a twisted snub disphenoid (TSD) coordination geometry. Examination of the (5)D(0) --> (7)F(0) luminescent transition of EuPCTMB in the solid state confirmed the existence of a single distinct Eu(3+) coordination environment, whereas two Eu(3+) coordination environments were observed in aqueous solution. Lifetime analysis of aqueous TbPCTMB solutions determined that q = 0.1 and q = 1.0 for the two coordination environments and Stern-Volmer quenching constants (K(SV)(tau) = 1101 M(-1), K(SV)(Phi) = 40780 M(-1)) support the presence of a complicated monomer/dimer equilibrium. Relaxivity studies of GdPCTMB in H(2)O/CH(3)OH exhibited a concentration dependency (0.02 mM-10.00 mM) ranging from r(1) = 7.0 mM(-1) s(-1) to 4.0 mM(-1) s(-1) consistent with the trend observed by luminescence.

  3. Prospects for inertial fusion energy based on a diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) driver: Overview and development path

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    Orth, C.D.

    1997-03-01

    It is now known with certainty that the type of fusion known as inertial fusion will work with sufficient energy input, so inertial fusion is really beyond the ``scientific breakeven`` point in many respects. The most important question that remains for inertial fusion energy (IFE) is whether this type of fusion can operate with sufficiently low input energy to make it economically feasible for energy production. The constraint for low input energy demands operation near the inertial fusion ignition threshold, and such operation creates enormous challenges to discover a target design that will produce sufficient energy gain. There are also multiple issues relating to the scientific feasibility of using a laboratory-type ``driver`` to energize a target, such as those concerning bandwidth and beam smoothing for ``direct drive,`` and extension of hohlraum plasma physics to the IFE scale for ``indirect drive.`` One driver that appears as though it will be able to meet the IFE requirements, assuming modest development and sufficient target gain, is a diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL). We give an overview of this type of laser system, and explain what development remains for the economic production of electricity using this type of driver for IFE.

  4. A parallel model for SQL astronomical databases based on solid state storage. Application to the Gaia Archive PostgreSQL database

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    González-Núñez, J.; Gutiérrez-Sánchez, R.; Salgado, J.; Segovia, J. C.; Merín, B.; Aguado-Agelet, F.

    2017-07-01

    Query planning and optimisation algorithms in most popular relational databases were developed at the times hard disk drives were the only storage technology available. The advent of higher parallel random access capacity devices, such as solid state disks, opens up the way for intra-machine parallel computing over large datasets. We describe a two phase parallel model for the implementation of heavy analytical processes in single instance PostgreSQL astronomical databases. This model is particularised to fulfil two frequent astronomical problems, density maps and crossmatch computation with Quad Tree Cube (Q3C) indexes. They are implemented as part of the relational databases infrastructure for the Gaia Archive and performance is assessed. Improvement of a factor 28.40 in comparison to sequential execution is observed in the reference implementation for a histogram computation. Speedup ratios of 3.7 and 4.0 are attained for the reference positional crossmatches considered. We observe large performance enhancements over sequential execution for both CPU and disk access intensive computations, suggesting these methods might be useful with the growing data volumes in Astronomy.

  5. A facile method to prepare "green" nano-phosphors with a large Stokes-shift and solid-state enhanced photophysical properties based on surface-modified gold nanoclusters.

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    Cheng, C H; Huang, H Y; Talite, M J; Chou, W C; Yeh, J M; Yuan, C T

    2017-12-15

    Colloidal nano-materials, such as quantum dots (QDs) have been applied to light-conversion nano-phosphors due to their unique tunable emission. However, most of the QDs involve toxic elements and are synthesized in a hazardous solvent. In addition, conventional QD nano-phosphors with a small Stokes shift suffered from reabsorption losses and aggregation-induced quenching in the solid state. Here, we demonstrate a facile, matrix-free method to prepare eco-friendly nano-phosphors with a large Stokes shift based on aqueous thiolate-stabilized gold nanoclusters (GSH-AuNCs) with simple surface modifications. Our method is just to drop GSH-AuNCs solution on the aluminum foil and then surface-modified AuNCs (Al-GSH-AuNCs) can be spontaneously precipitated out of the aqueous solution. Compared with pristine GSH-AuNCs in solution, the Al-GSH-AuNCs exhibit enhanced solid-state PL quantum yields, lengthened PL lifetime, and spectral blue shift, which can be attributed to the aggregation-induced emission enhancement facilitated by surface modifications. Such surface-treatment induced aggregation of AuNCs can restrict the surface-ligand motion, leading to the enhancement of PL properties in the solid state. In addition, the Al-GSH-AuNCs nano-phosphors with a large Stokes shift can mitigate the aggregation-induced PL quenching and reabsorption losses, which would be potential candidates for "green" nano-phosphors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Solid-state light sources getting smart.

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    Schubert, E Fred; Kim, Jong Kyu

    2005-05-27

    More than a century after the introduction of incandescent lighting and half a century after the introduction of fluorescent lighting, solid-state light sources are revolutionizing an increasing number of applications. Whereas the efficiency of conventional incandescent and fluorescent lights is limited by fundamental factors that cannot be overcome, the efficiency of solid-state sources is limited only by human creativity and imagination. The high efficiency of solid-state sources already provides energy savings and environmental benefits in a number of applications. However, solid-state sources also offer controllability of their spectral power distribution, spatial distribution, color temperature, temporal modulation, and polarization properties. Such "smart" light sources can adjust to specific environments and requirements, a property that could result in tremendous benefits in lighting, automobiles, transportation, communication, imaging, agriculture, and medicine.

  7. Standards Development for Solid-State Lighting

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    2011-12-16

    To accelerate the development and implementation of needed standards for solid-state lighting products, DOE works closely with a network of standards-setting organizations and offers technical assistance and support

  8. Solid state laser technology - A NASA perspective

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    Allario, F.

    1985-01-01

    NASA's program for developing solid-state laser technology and applying it to the Space Shuttle and Space Platform is discussed. Solid-state lasers are required to fulfill the Earth Observation System's requirements. The role of the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology in developing a NASA tunable solid-state laser program is described. The major goals of the program involve developing a solid-state pump laser in the green, using AlGaAs array technology, pumping a Nd:YAG/SLAB crystal or glass, and fabricating a lidar system, with either a CO2 laser at 10.6 microns or a Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 microns, to measure tropospheric winds to an accuracy of + or - 1 m/s and a vertical resolution of 1 km. The procedures to be followed in order to visualize this technology plan include: (1) material development and characterization, (2) laser development, and (3) implementation of the lasers.

  9. Solid state laser technology - A NASA perspective

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    Allario, F.

    1985-01-01

    NASA's program for developing solid-state laser technology and applying it to the Space Shuttle and Space Platform is discussed. Solid-state lasers are required to fulfill the Earth Observation System's requirements. The role of the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology in developing a NASA tunable solid-state laser program is described. The major goals of the program involve developing a solid-state pump laser in the green, using AlGaAs array technology, pumping a Nd:YAG/SLAB crystal or glass, and fabricating a lidar system, with either a CO2 laser at 10.6 microns or a Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 microns, to measure tropospheric winds to an accuracy of + or - 1 m/s and a vertical resolution of 1 km. The procedures to be followed in order to visualize this technology plan include: (1) material development and characterization, (2) laser development, and (3) implementation of the lasers.

  10. A highly selective photoelectrochemical biosensor for uric acid based on core-shell Fe3O4@C nanoparticle and molecularly imprinted TiO2.

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    Zhang, Chunjing; Si, Shihui; Yang, Zhengpeng

    2015-03-15

    Combining the surface modification and molecular imprinting technique, a novel photoelectrochemical sensing platform with excellent photochemical catalysis and molecular recognition capabilities was established for the detection of uric acid based on the magnetic immobilization of Fe3O4@C nanoparticles onto magnetic glassy carbon electrode (MGCE) and modification of molecularly imprinted TiO2 film on Fe3O4@C. The developed biosensor was highly sensitive to uric acid in solutions, with a linear range from 0.3 to 34µM and a limit of detection of 0.02μM. Furthermore, the biosensor exhibited outstanding selectivity while used in coexisting systems containing various interferents with high concentration. The practical application of the biosensor was also realized for the selective detection of uric acid in spiked samples. The study made a successful attempt in the development of highly selective and sensitive photoelectrochemical biosensor for urine monitoring.

  11. N-doped TiO2 based visible light activated label-free photoelectrochemical biosensor for detection of Hg(2+) through quenching of photogenerated electrons.

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    Han, Qianqian; Wang, Kewei; Xu, Lijun; Yan, Xiang; Zhang, Kunchi; Chen, Xing; Wang, Qinglin; Zhang, Lan; Pei, Renjun

    2015-06-21

    A novel photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor was fabricated based on N-doped TiO2 for the detection of Hg(2+) through the quenching of photogenerated electrons. The N-doped TiO2 was synthesized by a sol-gel method with urea and tetrabutyl titanate as the N and Ti sources. Compared with the undoped TiO2, the N-doped TiO2 showed an enhanced photocurrent response under visible light (λ > 420 nm). The sensing surface was functionalized with 5'-amino-modified T-rich oligonucleotides. The photoelectrochemical biosensor bound Hg(2+) on the surface by a highly specific T-Hg(2+)-T recognition. Hg(2+) on the surface of the N-doped TiO2 film withdrew the photogenerated electrons and decreased the recorded current signal. The dynamic linear range for Hg(2+) has been determined to be as low as 2-6 μM.

  12. Realistic Theory of Solid-State Qubits

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    2006-03-20

    limited by decoherence due to the many extra degrees of freedom of a solid state system. We investigate a system of two solid state qubits that are...of systems with finite degrees of freedom whose dynamics are Lie-algebraically closed. vi) Transfer of knowledge to quantum dot charge qubis We studied...the stationary current depending on the internal degrees of freedom . In particular, it turns out that at fixed transport voltage, the current through

  13. Grating enhanced solid-state laser amplifiers

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    Erlandson, Alvin C.; Britten, Jerald A.

    2010-11-09

    A novel method and apparatus for suppressing ASE and parasitic oscillation modes in a high average power laser is introduced. Such an invention, as disclosed herein, uses diffraction gratings to increase gain, stored energy density, and pumping efficiency of solid-state laser gain media, such as, but not limited to rods, disks and slabs. By coupling predetermined gratings to solid-state gain media, such as crystal or ceramic laser gain media, ASE and parasitic oscillation modes can be effectively suppressed.

  14. [A 24-hour solid state Holter recording and analyzing system].

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    Jia, C; Duan, H; Yan, X; Lu, W

    1998-01-01

    The design and functions of a new type of multi-channel solid-state Holter system were introduced in this paper. The flash memory card based recorder can record 24 hours or more of data from up to all 12 leads. The full function scanner software can analysis automatically and archive with complete editing capabilities.

  15. Principles and applications of photoelectrochemical sensing strategies based on biofunctionalized nanostructures.

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    Zang, Yang; Lei, Jianping; Ju, Huangxian

    2017-10-15

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensing is a popular research hotspot that has attracted substantial attention from chemists and biologists due to its low cost and desirable sensitivity. The PEC biosensing mainly refers to the influence of the interaction between recognition element and analyte on photocurrent signal, which involves the charge and energy transfer of PEC reaction between electron donor/acceptor and photoactive material upon light irradiation. Understanding the fundamentals of PEC strategy benefits the development of next-generation PEC sensors. However, the research on detection mechanism of PEC sensors is in the initial stage and need to be further exploited. Thus, with a particular focus on the signal transduction formats, this review highlights the novel concept on PEC sensing strategies, and categorizes the recent illustrative examples into three signaling principles: reactant determinant, electron transfer and energy transfer, providing the comprehensive design guidelines for researchers to develop more advanced PEC sensors. The prospects and challenges for future work are also included. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Photoelectrodes based upon Mo:BiVO4 inverse opals for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhou, Min; Bao, Jian; Xu, Yang; Zhang, Jiajia; Xie, Junfeng; Guan, Meili; Wang, Chengliang; Wen, Liaoyong; Lei, Yong; Xie, Yi

    2014-07-22

    BiVO4 has been regarded as a promising material for photoelectrochemical water splitting, but it suffers from a major challenge on charge collection and utilization. In order to meet this challenge, we design a nanoengineered three-dimensional (3D) ordered macro-mesoporous architecture (a kind of inverse opal) of Mo:BiVO4 through a controllable colloidal crystal template method with the help of a sandwich solution infiltration method and adjustable post-heating time. Within expectation, a superior photocurrent density is achieved in return for this design. This enhancement originates primarily from effective charge collection and utilization according to the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and so on. All the results highlight the great significance of the 3D ordered macro-mesoporous architecture as a promising photoelectrode model for the application in solar conversion. The cooperating amplification effects of nanoengineering from composition regulation and morphology innovation are helpful for creating more purpose-designed photoelectrodes with highly efficient performance.

  17. Metal-based anode for high performance bioelectrochemical systems through photo-electrochemical interaction

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    Liang, Yuxiang; Feng, Huajun; Shen, Dongsheng; Long, Yuyang; Li, Na; Zhou, Yuyang; Ying, Xianbin; Gu, Yuan; Wang, Yanfeng

    2016-08-01

    This paper introduces a novel composite anode that uses light to enhance current generation and accelerate biofilm formation in bioelectrochemical systems. The composite anode is composed of 316L stainless steel substrate and a nanostructured α-Fe2O3 photocatalyst (PSS). The electrode properties, current generation, and biofilm properties of the anode are investigated. In terms of photocurrent, the optimal deposition and heat-treatment times are found to be 30 min and 2 min, respectively, which result in a maximum photocurrent of 0.6 A m-2. The start-up time of the PSS is 1.2 days and the maximum current density is 2.8 A m-2, twice and 25 times that of unmodified anode, respectively. The current density of the PSS remains stable during 20 days of illumination. Confocal laser scanning microscope images show that the PSS could benefit biofilm formation, while electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicates that the PSS reduce the charge-transfer resistance of the anode. Our findings show that photo-electrochemical interaction is a promising way to enhance the biocompatibility of metal anodes for bioelectrochemical systems.

  18. Performance predictions for solar-chemical converters based on photoelectrochemical I-V curves

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    Luttmer, J.D.; Trachtenberg, I.

    1985-06-01

    Texas Instruments' solar energy system contains a solar-chemical converter (SCC) which converts solar energy into chemical energy via the electrolysis of hydrobromic acid (HBr) into hydrogen (H/sub 2/) and bromine (Br/sub 2/). Previous predictions of SCC performance have employed electrical dry-probe data and a computer simulation model to predict the H/sub 2/ generation rates. The method of prediction described here makes use of the photoelectrochemical Icurves to determine the ''wet'' probe parameters of V /SUB oc/ J /SUB sc/ FF, and efficiency for anodes and cathodes. The advantages of this technique over the dry-probe/computer simulation method are discussed. A comparison of predicted and measured H/sub 2/ generation rates is presented. Solar to chemical efficiencies of 8.6% have been both predicted and measured for the electrolysis of 48% HBr to hydrogen and bromine by a full anode/cathode array. Individual cathode solar to hydrogen efficiencies of 9.5% have been obtained.

  19. Self-Powered Photoelectrochemical Biosensor Based on CdS/RGO/ZnO Nanowire Array Heterostructure.

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    Zhao, Kun; Yan, Xiaoqin; Gu, Yousong; Kang, Zhuo; Bai, Zhiming; Cao, Shiyao; Liu, Yichong; Zhang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Yue

    2016-01-13

    A CdS/reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/ZnO nanowire array (NWAs) heterostructure is designed, which exhibits enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity compared to pure ZnO, RGO/ZnO, and CdS/ZnO. The enhancement can be attributed to the synergistic effect of the high electron mobility of ordered 1D ZnO NWAs, extended visible-light absorption of CdS nanocrystals, and the formed type II band alignment between them. Moreover, the incorporation of RGO further promotes the charge carrier separation and transfer process due to its excellent charge collection and shuttling characteristics. Subsequently, the CdS/RGO/ZnO heterostructure is successfully utilized for the PEC bioanalysis of glutathione at 0 V (vs Ag/AgCl). The self-powered device demonstrates satisfactory sensing performance with rapid response, a wide detection range from 0.05 mm to 1 mm, an acceptable detection limit of 10 μm, as well as certain selectivity, reproducibility, and stability. Therefore, the CdS/RGO/ZnO heterostructure has opened up a promising channel for the development of PEC biosensors.

  20. Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2/NiO core-shell nanocomposites.

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    Mekprasart, Wanichaya; Noonuruk, Russameeruk; Jarernboon, Wirat; Pecharapa, Wisanu

    2011-07-01

    The core-shell nanocomposites of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and nickel oxide (NiO) used as modified photoelectrode materials in a quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (quasi-DSSC) were synthesized using TiO2 P-25 and a nickel acetate precursor, via ball milling. The as-obtained intermediate products were annealed at 350, 450, and 550 degrees C. The structural properties of the NiO/TiO2 nanocomposites were well characterized via X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results imply that NiO-shell-coated TiO2 nanoparticles can be obtained with the assistance of sufficient thermal energy in the system. The crystallite size of the composite increased as the annealing temperature increased. Among all the prepared conditions, the composite with 0.1 wt% NiO exhibited the best performance, with an optimized solar-energy conversion efficiency of 2.29% and with a short-circuit current density of 7.21 mA/cm2. The significant enhancement of the device's current density may be associated with the charge recombination suppression by the NiO shell, which acted as a potential barrier in the composite. The decrease in the recombination of the photo-injected electrons, and the increase in the number of electrons tunneling through the NiO layer at the interface, may have resulted from the presence of a NiO layer on the TiO2 nanoparticles.

  1. Probing the structural flexibility of MOFs by constructing metal oxide@MOF-based heterostructures for size-selective photoelectrochemical response

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    Zhan, Wenwen; He, Yue; Guo, Jiangbin; Chen, Luning; Kong, Xiangjian; Zhao, Haixia; Kuang, Qin; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2016-07-01

    It is becoming a challenge to achieve simpler characterization and wider application of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting the gate-opening or breathing behavior. Herein, we designed an intelligent MOF-based system where the gate-opening or breathing behavior of MOFs can be facially visualized in solution. Two types of metal oxide@MOF core-shell heterostructures, ZnO@ZIF-7 and ZnO@ZIF-71, were prepared using ZnO nanorods as self-sacrificial templates. The structural flexibility of both the MOFs can be easily judged from the distinct molecular-size-related formation modes and photoelectrochemical performances between the two ZnO@ZIF heterostructures. Moreover, the rotational dynamics of the flexible parts of ZIF-7 were studied by analyzing the intrinsic physical properties, such as dielectric constants, of the structure. The present work reminds us to pay particular attention to the influences of the structural flexibility of MOFs on the structure and properties of MOF-involved heterostructures in future studies.It is becoming a challenge to achieve simpler characterization and wider application of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting the gate-opening or breathing behavior. Herein, we designed an intelligent MOF-based system where the gate-opening or breathing behavior of MOFs can be facially visualized in solution. Two types of metal oxide@MOF core-shell heterostructures, ZnO@ZIF-7 and ZnO@ZIF-71, were prepared using ZnO nanorods as self-sacrificial templates. The structural flexibility of both the MOFs can be easily judged from the distinct molecular-size-related formation modes and photoelectrochemical performances between the two ZnO@ZIF heterostructures. Moreover, the rotational dynamics of the flexible parts of ZIF-7 were studied by analyzing the intrinsic physical properties, such as dielectric constants, of the structure. The present work reminds us to pay particular attention to the influences of the structural flexibility of

  2. Biomolecule-free, selective detection of o-diphenol and its derivatives with WS2/TiO2-based photoelectrochemical platform.

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    Ma, Weiguang; Wang, Lingnan; Zhang, Nan; Han, Dongxue; Dong, Xiandui; Niu, Li

    2015-01-01

    Herein, a novel photoelectrochemical platform with WS2/TiO2 composites as optoelectronic materials was designed for selective detection of o-diphenol and its derivatives without any biomolecule auxiliary. First, catechol was chosen as a model compound for the discrimination from resorcinol and hydroquinone; then several o-diphenol derivatives such as dopamine, caffeic acid, and catechin were also detected by employing this proposed photoelectrochemical sensor. Finally, the mechanism of such a selective detection has been elaborately explored. The excellent selectivity and high sensitivity should be attributed to two aspects: (i) chelate effect of adjacent double oxygen atoms in the o-diphenol with the Ti(IV) surface site to form a five/six-atom ring structure, which is considered as the key point for distinction and selective detection. (ii) This selected WS2/TiO2 composites with proper band level between WS2 and TiO2, which could make the photogenerated electron and hole easily separated and results in great improvement of sensitivity. By employing such a photoelectrochemical platform, practical samples including commercial clinic drugs and human urine samples have been successfully performed for dopamine detection. This biomolecule-free WS2/TiO2 based photoelectrochemical platform demonstrates excellent stability, reproducibility, remarkably convenient, and cost-effective advantages, as well as low detection limit (e.g., 0.32 μmol L(-1) for dopamine). It holds great promise to be applied for detection of o-diphenol kind species in environment and food fields.

  3. Nanoparticle size and shape characterization with Solid State Nanopores

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    Nandivada, Santoshi; Benamara, Mourad; Li, Jiali

    2015-03-01

    Solid State Nanopores are widely used in a variety of single molecule studies including DNA and biomolecule detection based on the principle of Resistive Pulse technique. This technique is based on electrophoretically driving charged particles through 35-60 nm solid state nanopores. The translocation of these particles produces current blockage events that provide an insight to the properties of the translocation particles and the nanopore. In this work we study the current blockage events produced by ~ 30nm negatively charged PS nanoparticles through Silicon Nitride solid state nanopores. We show how the current blockage amplitudes and durations are related to the ratio of the volume of the particle to the volume of the pore, the shape of the particle, charge of the particle and the nanopore surface, salt concentration, solution pH, and applied voltage. The solid-state nanopores are fabricated by a combination of Focus Ion Beam and low energy Ion beams in silicon nitride membranes. High resolution TEM is used to measure the 3D geometry of the nanopores and a finite element analysis program (COMSOL) is used to simulate the experimental results.

  4. Facile fabrication of an aptasensor for thrombin based on graphitic carbon nitride/TiO2 with high visible-light photoelectrochemical activity.

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    Fan, Dawei; Guo, Cuijuan; Ma, Hongmin; Zhao, Di; Li, Yina; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin

    2016-01-15

    A novel aptasensor for thrombin with high visible-light activity was facilely fabricated based on graphitic carbon nitride/TiO2 (g-C3N4/TiO2) photoelectrochemical (PEC) composite. Crystallization of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and their strong interaction with g-C3N4 sheet were confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), both of which contributed to the high photocurrent intensity under visible-light irradiation. Carboxyl functionalized thrombin aptamers were first successfully bound to the g-C3N4/TiO2 modified electrode as proven by photoelectrochemical test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis. Ascorbic acid was utilized as the electron donor for scavenging photo-generated holes and inhibiting light driven electron-hole pair recombination. The specific recognition between thrombin aptamer and thrombin led to the linear decrease of photocurrent with the increase of logarithm of thrombin concentration in the range of 5.0×10(-13)molL(-1) to 5.0×10(-9)molL(-1) with a detection limit of 1.2×10(-13)molL(-1). This proposed low-cost, convenient and sensitive aptasensor showed promising applications in biosensor and photoelectrochemical analysis.

  5. A novel multi-amplification photoelectrochemical immunoassay based on copper(II) enhanced polythiophene sensitized graphitic carbon nitride nanosheet.

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    Li, Rongxia; Liu, Yixin; Li, Xiaojian; Zhang, Sen; Wu, Dan; Zhang, Yong; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2014-12-15

    A new sandwich photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing strategy was proposed for the first time based on the increasing photocurrent of water-soluble polythiophene sensitized g-C3N4 nanosheet (PT-Cl/g-C3N4) in the presence of copper(II) (Cu(2+)), which was doped on the surface of titanium dioxide as labels for multi-amplification. Herein, the photoactive films of PT-Cl/g-C3N4 is employed as the photoactive antibody (Ab1) immobilization matrix for the subsequent sandwich-type antibody-antigen affinity interactions. Upon the presence of antigen (Ag), greatly enhanced photocurrent could be triggered in the PEC platform by the labels of second antibody (Ab2) of Cu(2+) doped titanium dioxide (Cu(2+)-TiO2). As a result of the multi-amplification in this Cu(2+)-TiO2 enhanced PT-Cl/g-C3N4-based PEC immunoassay, it possesses excellent analytical performance. The antigen could be detected from 0.01 pg mL(-1) to 100.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 5 fg mL(-1). This work opens up g-C3N4 nanosheet applied in PEC sensing. More importantly, the strategy of specific positive effect of Cu(2+) on the photocurrent of g-C3N4 opens an alternative horizon for PEC sensing.

  6. Nano-architecture based photoelectrochemical water oxidation efficiency enhancement by CdS photoanodes

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    Pareek, Alka; Kim, Hyun Gyu; Paik, Pradip; Joardar, Joydip; Borse, Pramod H.

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, 2D nanostructuring has been utilized to impart an efficiency improvement to the hexagonal phase CdS films for the photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells those were deposited by spray pyrolysis technique. By controlling the aerosol droplet- size, population and impingement time during the spray pyrolysis deposition, various nano-features viz. randomly aligned nanorods, nanotubes and nanowires of CdS has been demonstrated for the first time. A growth mechanism has been proposed to predict the temporal evolution of the nanostructures. The prominent nanoscale structures show improved optical properties in the visible range of solar spectrum. The structural studies validate the morphological differences of nanostructures in terms of the texture coefficient analysis as well as 2D micro x-ray diffraction imaging. Electrochemical characterization is carried out to understand the effect of nanostructuring on the PEC performance of the CdS photoanodes in the sulphide (0.1 M Na2S  +  0.02 M Na2SO3) electrolyte at applied bias of 0.2 V (versus SCE). The evolution of morphology from randomly aligned rods to nanowire is responsible for improved photocurrent (3.5 times). CdS film morphology can be tuned to nanotubes, nano- rose buds and nanorod bunches even by doping Zn2+ ions in CdS lattice. Nano-structuring of doped CdS has shown enhanced performance of the photoanodes. The nanotubes structures yielded highest photocurrent density of 1.6 mA cm-2. Whereas modifying the 2D-nanostructured CdS film by simple MoO3 spray coating yields the photocurrent enhancement to 2.1 mA cm-2.

  7. Diode pumped solid-state laser oscillators for spectroscopic applications

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    Byer, R. L.; Basu, S.; Fan, T. Y.; Kozlovsky, W. J.; Nabors, C. D.; Nilsson, A.; Huber, G.

    1987-01-01

    The rapid improvement in diode laser pump sources has led to the recent progress in diode laser pumped solid state lasers. To date, electrical efficiencies of greater than 10 percent were demonstrated. As diode laser costs decrease with increased production volume, diode laser and diode laser array pumped solid state lasers will replace the traditional flashlamp pumped Nd:YAG laser sources. The use of laser diode array pumping of slab geometry lasers will allow efficient, high peak and average power solid state laser sources to be developed. Perhaps the greatest impact of diode laser pumped solid state lasers will be in spectroscopic applications of miniature, monolithic devices. Single-stripe diode-pumped operation of a continuous-wave 946 nm Nd:YAG laser with less than 10 m/w threshold was demonstrated. A slope efficiency of 16 percent near threshold was shown with a projected slope efficiency well above a threshold of 34 percent based on results under Rhodamine 6G dye-laser pumping. Nonlinear crystals for second-harmonic generation of this source were evaluated. The KNbO3 and periodically poled LiNbO3 appear to be the most promising.

  8. Solid-state lasers for x-ray lithography

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    Manes, K.R.

    1989-12-01

    Background technical and cost information are compiled on four solid-state laser systems for x-ray lithography. If one takes a single work station on an IBM synchrotron beam-line as a standard, there is no near-term glass laser driven source to equal it. Our least cost near-term solid-state laser which can meet all the requirements is CVL pumped Ti:sapphire, but the high cost of CVL pumping makes its long-term salability questionable. The most attractive long-term option appears to be diode pumped Nd:YAG with Vortek arc-lamp pumped Nd:YAG as a low risk backup. Both of these solid-state options appear to significantly undercut synchrotron based x-ray sources in capital cost and probably also in operating costs as well as safety considerations. Once engineering development of solid-state x-ray lithographic laser systems is complete, one to a few kilowatt crystalline lasers should be producible for between $1 million and $2 million. 23 refs., 25 figs., 4 tabs.

  9. Coherent manipulation of single quantum systems in the solid state

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    Childress, Lilian Isabel

    2007-12-01

    The controlled, coherent manipulation of quantum-mechanical systems is an important challenge in modern science and engineering, with significant applications in quantum information science. Solid-state quantum systems such as electronic spins, nuclear spins, and superconducting islands are among the most promising candidates for realization of quantum bits (qubits). However, in contrast to isolated atomic systems, these solid-state qubits couple to a complex environment which often results in rapid loss of coherence, and, in general, is difficult to understand. Additionally, the strong interactions which make solid-state quantum systems attractive can typically only occur between neighboring systems, leading to difficulties in coupling arbitrary pairs of quantum bits. This thesis presents experimental progress in understanding and controlling the complex environment of a solid-state quantum bit, and theoretical techniques for extending the distance over which certain quantum bits can interact coherently. Coherent manipulation of an individual electron spin associated with a nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond is used to gain insight into its mesoscopic environment. Furthermore, techniques for exploiting coherent interactions between the electron spin and a subset of the environment are developed and demonstrated, leading to controlled interactions with single isolated nuclear spins. The quantum register thus formed by a coupled electron and nuclear spin provides the basis for a theoretical proposal for fault-tolerant long-distance quantum communication with minimal physical resource requirements. Finally, we consider a mechanism for long-distance coupling between quantum dots based on chip-scale cavity quantum electrodynamics.

  10. Solid-state dynamics of uranyl polyoxometalates.

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    Alam, Todd M; Liao, Zuolei; Zakharov, Lev N; Nyman, May

    2014-07-01

    Understanding fundamental uranyl polyoxometalate (POM) chemistry in solution and the solid state is the first step to defining its future role in the development of new actinide materials and separation processes that are vital to every step of the nuclear fuel cycle. Many solid-state geometries of uranyl POMs have been described, but we are only beginning to understand their chemical behavior, which thus far includes the role of templates in their self-assembly, and the dynamics of encapsulated species in solution. This study provides unprecedented detail into the exchange dynamics of the encapsulated species in the solid state through Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy. Although it was previously recognized that capsule-like molybdate and uranyl POMs exchange encapsulated species when dissolved in water, analogous exchange in the solid state has not been documented, or even considered. Here, we observe the extremely high rate of transport of Li(+) and aqua species across the uranyl shell in the solid state, a process that is affected by both temperature and pore blocking by larger species. These results highlight the untapped potential of emergent f-block element materials and vesicle-like POMs. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Structural effects on the photoelectrochemical properties of new push-pull dyes based on vinazene acceptor triphenylamine donor

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    Arcos, Wilmmer A.; Guimarães, Robson R.; Insuasty, Braulio; Araki, Koiti; Ortiz, Alejandro

    2016-05-01

    The push-pull behavior of novel dyes, based on vinazene electron-acceptor groups linked to arrays of triphenylamine (TPA) electron-donor group, was studied by electronic absorption and emission spectroscopy, as well as by cyclic voltammetry. The most stable ground state structure and their electronic properties were modeled by density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the B3LYP functional and 6-31G++ basis set, whereas the electronic properties in the excited states were calculated by TD-DFT, under the same functional and basis set, using SCF and PCM methods. The theoretical calculations matched well with experimental data, showing that λmax of the lowest energy absorption band can be assigned to an intramolecular charge transfer transition. In fact, the HOMO and LUMO are respectively localized on the TPA donor and the dicyanomethylene acceptor moiety confirming a remarkable push-pull character. Photoelectrochemical cells parameters were correlated with dyes structural properties showing to be consistent with the anchoring through the nitrogen atoms of CN groups. The nature of the donor-acceptor groups, conformation and number of anchoring CN groups (2 seems to be the best) strongly influenced the overall efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells.

  12. Highly Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Efficiency Based on Triadic Quantum Dot/Layered Double Hydroxide/BiVO4 Photoanodes.

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    Tang, Yanqun; Wang, Ruirui; Yang, Ye; Yan, Dongpeng; Xiang, Xu

    2016-08-03

    The water oxidation half-reaction is considered to be a bottleneck for achieving highly efficient solar-driven water splitting due to its multiproton-coupled four-electron process and sluggish kinetics. Herein, a triadic photoanode consisting of dual-sized CdTe quantum dots (QDs), Co-based layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets, and BiVO4 particles, that is, QD@LDH@BiVO4, was designed. Two sets of consecutive Type-II band alignments were constructed to improve photogenerated electron-hole separation in the triadic structure. The efficient charge separation resulted in a 2-fold enhancement of the photocurrent of the QD@LDH@BiVO4 photoanode. A significantly enhanced oxidation efficiency reaching above 90% in the low bias region (i.e., E < 0.8 V vs RHE) could be critical in determining the overall performance of a complete photoelectrochemical cell. The faradaic efficiency for water oxidation was almost 90%. The conduction band energy of QDs is ∼1.0 V more negative than that of LDH, favorable for the electron injection to LDH and enabling a more efficient hole separation. The enhanced photon-to-current conversion efficiency and improved water oxidation efficiency of the triadic structure may result from the non-negligible contribution of hot electrons or holes generated in QDs. Such a band-matching and multidimensional triadic architecture could be a promising strategy for achieving high-efficiency photoanodes by sufficiently utilizing and maximizing the functionalities of QDs.

  13. A competitive photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on a CdS-induced signal amplification strategy for the ultrasensitive detection of dexamethasone

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    Wang, Xueping; Yan, Tao; Li, Yan; Liu, Yixin; Du, Bin; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin

    2015-01-01

    A novel photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on the competitive strategy is proposed for the specific detection of dexamethasone (DXM). Graphitic carbon nitride coupled with bismuth sulfide are used as the sensing matrix for the immobilization of BSA-DXM on the electrode surface, while cadmium sulfide functionalized titanium dioxide (TiO2@CdS) is used as the photoelectric active labels of anti-DXM. Due to the perfect matching of energy levels between TiO2 and CdS, the in situ prepared composite labels show excellent photocurrent response under visible lights. The competitive binding of DXM in sample solutions and BSA-DXM on the electrode surface reduces the specific attachment of labels to the electrode, resulting in a decrease of the photocurrent intensity. Greatly enhanced sensitivity is achieved after the optimization of the detection conditions. Under the optimal detection condition, the well-designed immunosensor for DXM exhibits a low detection limit of 2 pg∙mL−1. Additionally, the proposed immunoassay system shows high specificity, good reproducibility and acceptable stability, which is also expected to become a promising platform for the detection of other small molecules. PMID:26648409

  14. CuWO4 Nanoflake Array-Based Single-Junction and Heterojunction Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Ye, Wen; Chen, Fengjiao; Zhao, Feipeng; Han, Na; Li, Yanguang

    2016-04-13

    Over recent years, tremendous efforts have been invested in the search and development of active and durable semiconductor materials for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, particularly for photoanodes operating under a highly oxidizing environment. CuWO4 is an emerging candidate with suitable band gap and high chemical stability. Nevertheless, its overall solar-to-electricity remains low because of the inefficient charge separation process. In this work, we demonstrate that this problem can be partly alleviated through designing three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures. CuWO4 nanoflake arrays on conducting glass are prepared from the chemical conversion of WO3 templates. Resulting electrode materials possess large surface areas, abundant porosity and small thickness. Under illumination, our CuWO4 nanoflake array photoanodes exhibit an anodic current density of ∼0.4 mA/cm(2) at the thermodynamic potential of water splitting in pH 9.5 potassium borate buffer--the largest value among all available CuWO4-based photoanodes. In addition, we demonstrate that their performance can be further boosted to >2 mA/cm(2) by coupling with a solution-cast BiVO4 film in a heterojunction configuration. Our study unveils the great potential of nanostructured CuWO4 as the photoanode material for PEC water oxidation.

  15. A label-free photoelectrochemical aptasensor based on nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots for chloramphenicol determination.

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    Liu, Yong; Yan, Kai; Okoth, Otieno Kevin; Zhang, Jingdong

    2015-12-15

    A photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform for chloramphenicol (CAP) detection was constructed using nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) as transducer species and label-free aptamer as biological recognition element. N-GQDs, synthesized via a facile one-step hydrothermal method, were explored to achieve highly efficient photon-to-electricity conversion under visible light irradiation. The obtained N-GQDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which displayed a narrow size distribution with a mean diameter of 2.14 nm. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic (FT-IR) analysis confirmed that nitrogen was successfully doped in GQDs. The UV-visible absorption spectra indicated that nitrogen doping obviously enhanced the absorption of GQDs in visible light region. As a result, the PEC activity of GQDs was promoted by nitrogen doping. Additionally, the π-conjugated structure of N-GQDs provided an excellent platform for aptamer immobilization via π-π stacking interaction. Such an aptamer/N-GQDs based sensor showed a linear PEC response to CAP concentration in the range of 10-250 nM with a detection limit (3 S/N) of 3.1 nM. The developed PEC aptasensor exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity, good reproducibility and high stability.

  16. A novel bismuth oxychloride-graphene hybrid nanosheets based non-enzymatic photoelectrochemical glucose sensing platform for high performances.

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    Gopalan, A I; Muthuchamy, N; Lee, K P

    2017-03-15

    A novel non-enzymatic photoelectrochemical (PEC) glucose sensor was first constructed based on the unique two-dimensional (2D) bismuth oxychloride-graphene nanohybrid sheets (BiOCl-G NHS). We have utilized a facile hydrothermal approach for the preparation of BiOCl-G NHS. Results from cyclic voltammetric and differential pulse voltammetric measurements revealed that the BiOCl-G NHS electrode is capable of generating photocurrent for glucose when its surface is irradiated with a light source (wavelength=365nm). The photocurrents produced for the presence of glucose at the bias potential of +0.50V showed a linear dependence on glucose concentration in the range between 0.5 and 10mM and had a detection limit of 0.22mM. The PEC detection of glucose at BiOCl-G NHS was not influenced by the presence of other common interfering species. The glucose levels, as determined by the BiOCl-G NHS sensor, agreed well with those obtained by the commercial glucometers. This novel non-enzymatic PEC glucose sensor exhibited good performances, such as a wider concentration range (500µM-10mM), high sensitivity (1.878µMmM(-1)cm(-2) (500µM-2mM) and 127.2µMmM(-1)cm(-2) (2mM-10mM)), good selectivity, reproducibility (RSD=2.4%) and applicability to real sample (human serum).

  17. Visible light photoelectrochemical aptasensor for adenosine detection based on CdS/PPy/g-C3N4 nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Yixin; Ma, Hongmin; Zhang, Yong; Pang, Xuehui; Fan, Dawei; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin

    2016-12-15

    In this work, a label-free photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor was developed for adenosine detection based on CdS/PPy/g-C3N4 nanocomposites. The CdS/g-C3N4 heterojunction effectively prevented the photogenerated charges recombination of g-C3N4 and self-photocorrosion processes of CdS, improving photo-to-current conversion efficiency. The introduced polypyrrole (PPy) nanoparticles could lead to a more effective separation of photogenerated charges, thus resulting in a further increasing of photocurrent. The CdS/PPy/g-C3N4 was firstly employed as the photoactive materials for fabrication of aptasensor, and SH-aptamer was then adsorbed on the CdS/PPy/g-C3N4 modified electrodes through S-Cd bond. With increasing of adenosine concentration, the photocurrent decreased as the formation of SH-aptamer-adenosine bioaffinity complexes. Under optimal conditions, the PEC aptasensor had a sensitive response to adenosine in a linear range of 0.3nmolL(-1) to 200nmolL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.1nmolL(-1). Besides, the as-proposed aptasensor has also been applied in human serum samples analysis. The aptasensor exhibits high sensitivity and good stability, thus opening up a new promising PEC platform for some other small molecules analysis.

  18. Excellent graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets-based photoelectrochemical platform motivated by Schottky barrier and LSPR effect and its sensing application.

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    Dai, Hong; Zhang, Shupei; Li, Yilin; Lin, Yanyu

    2015-05-21

    A visible light responsive photocatalytic hybrid with excellent photoelectrochemical activity was first fabricated via the self-assembly of Au nanorods onto poly(l-cysteine) modified graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets. Herein, layered structural graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets with a proper band gap, high stability, and nontoxicity, as a photoactive material, demonstrate a high photocatalytic activity. Furthermore, the incorporation of multifunctional Au nanorods gave the hybrid a Schottky barrier and localized surface plasmonic resonance, which considerably enhanced the separation of the photo-excited electrons and holes, resulting in increased photoelectrochemical performance. As a proof of concept, mercapto-beta-cyclodextrin as a bionic recognition device was introduced into the hybrid to selectively detect naringin on the basis of the dramatic decreasing of photocurrent. The visible-light driven photoelectrochemical sensor exhibited excellent analytical performance, including high sensitivity, good selectivity and wide linear range from 1 × 10(-4) to 1 × 10(-10) M.

  19. Electrodes for solid state devices

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    Bickler, D. B. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    The invention relates to coated metal powders and to dispersions of such powders in liquid vehicles forming screenable, sinterable pastes for use in forming electrodes on photovoltaic devices. The primary nickel or copper metal particles are provided with a carrier of lower melting sintering metals such as 1-20% by weight, of a non-oxidizing metal such as lead or tin. The powdered metal systems operate on the basis of fusing together by way of eutectic alloying. As the paste is heated during firing the organic binder is first vaporized. An eutectic of the base metal (copper) and coating (tin) forms at the intersections of the base metal grains. This eutectic dissolves the grains and as the temperature is raised above the eutectic temperature, more of the base metal is dissolved. While the temperature is held at the higher value, the much smaller amount of sintering metal disappears as the eutectic dissolves and diffuses into the base metal until the composition of the eutectic is so enriched with base metal that it no longer has the eutectic properties and it solidifies. In this high temperature solidification, the base metal grains became thoroughly alloyed together and will not separate at the eutectic temperature (a lower temperature than their solidification by diffusion).

  20. Solid state replacement of rotating mirror cameras

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    Frank, Alan M.; Bartolick, Joseph M.

    2007-01-01

    Rotating mirror cameras have been the mainstay of mega-frame per second imaging for decades. There is still no electronic camera that can match a film based rotary mirror camera for the combination of frame count, speed, resolution and dynamic range. The rotary mirror cameras are predominantly used in the range of 0.1 to 100 micro-seconds per frame, for 25 to more than a hundred frames. Electron tube gated cameras dominate the sub microsecond regime but are frame count limited. Video cameras are pushing into the microsecond regime but are resolution limited by the high data rates. An all solid state architecture, dubbed 'In-situ Storage Image Sensor' or 'ISIS', by Prof. Goji Etoh has made its first appearance into the market and its evaluation is discussed. Recent work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has concentrated both on evaluation of the presently available technologies and exploring the capabilities of the ISIS architecture. It is clear though there is presently no single chip camera that can simultaneously match the rotary mirror cameras, the ISIS architecture has the potential to approach their performance.